The way we live now
History and Hampstead. The two go together like horses and carriages, top hats and tails, gentlemen’s gentlemen and silver salvers. Here, along a lovely late-Victorian street, is a home to bring high satisfaction to any history buff. For Eton Avenue II possesses an elegance which echoes down long years. The sitting room alone spans centuries, with its period paintings, miniature cannon and suit of armour. Take a turn around the ornamental oasis of a garden, be summoned to supper in the art-adorned dining room, or hail a hansom into town. Whether it’s Primrose Hill or Piccadilly Circus, you’ll be there in a matter of minutes.
Your hosts may love their history, but they live very much in the present. One is a retired dentist turned tour guide, and the other a teacher of English to foreign students. When they’re not at the gym or the theatre, you’ll find them roaming the world, from Israel to Spain.
All the houses on Eton Avenue were built between 1895 and 1900, and vary each in appearance. But that’s not the only way in which this home is unique. Masterful paintings, miniature cannons and gilded mirrors are just some of many artefacts to be discovered in the sitting room. Cast an absorbed eye across ornate vases, trophies and history tomes. The dining room lets you feast on artwork and fine furniture, while the kitchen brings you bang up to the twenty-first century. Sunlight glances off its ocean blue splashback and breakfast bar chairs, while each surface has a brand-new gleam.
The garden offers a barbecue and seriously elegant stone fountain, encircled with slate pebbles. You’ve a modern, mirrored master bedroom with a desk for history scholars to get scribbling. The upscale bathroom has room for artwork as well as our White Company toiletries, while upstairs is a bright double bedroom and another up-to-date ensuite shower room.
One thing after another
Primrose Hill has long been home to London’s historical VIPs, including W.B. Yeats and Friedrich Engels. Nowadays you might spot Alan Bennett or Ewan McGregor in a bookshop or exclusive cafe. Gourmets will love the Swiss Cottage farmer’s market, conveniently close by, while the rugged acres of Hampstead Heath are perfect for rambling off any overindulgence. The tube from Swiss Cottage to Oxford Circus takes a mere twelve minutes.