Grand ‘set’ in one of London’s most quirky residential buildings – Albany – offered for sale for £6.95 million
Albany – never ‘The Albany’ – off Piccadilly in Mayfair is perhaps one of the most secret and special residential buildings in London. Divided into sixty-nine ‘sets’, one of the finest is currently on the market and it undoubtedly will appeal to someone with a preference for security and stylish living.
Featured in detail in The Steeple Times in November 2012, Albany has variously housed everyone from Lord Byron to Margaret Thatcher. It only allowed female occupancy in the twentieth century and on one occasion, an applicant to the committee that decides if potential ‘proprietors’ are “suitable” was rejected on the basis: “He’s a foreigner. Don’t like him. Don’t trust him”.
Whilst the majority of sets belong to Peterhouse College, Cambridge, some of the most spectacular are held on long leases. A11/A12 on the second and third floor of the building is a case in point and is now available with a lease that has approximately 125 years remaining. It totals 2,680 square foot and consists of three reception rooms, two kitchens, two bedrooms and two bathrooms and was previously the home of the Thatcherite political and moral philosopher Lord Quinton (1925 – 2010).
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