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Assael Architects in Collaboration with Alburn Ltd.
Regency Apartments, Montaigne Close, Westminster, London SW1P 4AQ
City Of Westminster
1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments and penthouses to substantial family Homes
Secure Underground Parking
Pimlico Station is just a few minutes walk away. Victoria Station and St James’ Park Station are also within walking or cycling distance
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Regency Apartments, an Overview
Made up of 155 private apartments Montaigne Close, off Regency Street in Westminster, is actually the site of 10 apartment blocks collectively known as Regency Apartments.
Ranging from one bedroom bachelor pads to substantial family flats, Regency Apartments offers central London living accommodation within striking distance of Big Ben.
With a private resident’s garden, 24 hour concierge, secure underground parking and leisure facilities including sauna, gym and jacuzzi, this quiet, refined enclave would appeal to those who appreciate discretion and seclusion yet with direct access to the absolute best that London has to offer.
Pimlico Station is just a few minutes walk away. Victoria Station and St James’ Park Station are also within walking or cycling distance, as are the Houses of Parliament and other key government buildings. A taxi rank is also situated on the corner of Regency Street and Horseferry Road
A History of Regency Apartments
The actual site on which Regency Apartments was built was rather insignificantly North Thames Gas Offices. So the development of this enclave certainly added colour and vibrancy to the area as well as providing desirable homes with a central London postcode.
Each building or ‘house’ within the development is named after a former Dean of Westminster Abbey. (Essentially an ecclesiastical Chairperson or CEO) The Abbey has special status as a ‘Royal Peculiar’ meaning it comes under the jurisdiction of the Monarch rather than the Bishop of the Diocese. The Dean’s that Regency Apartments are named after, were all Dean’s of Westminster during the early to mid 18th Century which unfortunately does not tally with the Regency Period, popularly acknowledged as having been from 1795-1837. This seems a slightly missed opportunity on the developer’s part. In researching the Deans’ lives we struggled to unearth any scandalous nuggets of information but then, one supposes figures in such high office should be beyond reproach…
So perhaps it may be more interesting to turn away from the ‘Men of God’ to those for whom eternal damnation beckoned, or at least possible emigration to Australia.
Millbank Prison built in the early 1800’s was situated where Tate Britain sits today, just a stone’s throw from Regency Apartments. The prison was the holding facility for convicts waiting to be deported to Australia and ‘Prisoners of Millbank’ is supposedly where the Australian slang term for the English, ‘Pom’s/Pommies’ derives from.
Originally Millbank Prison was supposed to follow the theory and designs of the philosopher, Jeremy Bentham’s famous ‘Pentopticon Design’. Unluckily, like many modern day civic projects, spiralling budgets and a series of hired and fired architects meant the design of the prison altered dramatically. Whatever the architecture, the conditions were still deplorable and when the prison was closed down in 1890, (one assumes the prisoners having been housed elsewhere!) newer prisons were built with slightly more humane and hygienic facilities.
Looking around the pleasant, peaceful residential dwellings of Millbank today it is difficult to image how it once was. However a local pub, the Morpeth Arms, claims to offer and insight to the past. It is believed that the cellars of the pub were once the cells for prisoners in solitary confinement and they are believed to be haunted by ghostly ‘POM’S’. This doesn’t quite add up with contradictory reports that the pub was built to provide sustenance to the prison warders and a map of London in the 1860’s – thirty years before the prison was demolished -clearly shows that the site of the prison does not impinge on the site of the pub. (Above ground level anyway).
Nonetheless the Morpeth Arms is a popular local hostelry frequented by residents and nearby office workers alike. Indeed this author can attest to many a pleasant, sunny afternoon spent overlooking the River Thames from the outside seats of the pub. As of yet however, I have never experienced anything more scary than discovering answers to life are not found at the bottom of the whiskey glass.
Living & Investing In Regency Apartments
Regency Apartments was developed by Barratt Homes and designed by Assael Architects in collaboration with Alburn Ltd. The situation and aspect of each apartment and the development as a whole, has been designed with the utmost consideration to its environment and the buildings around it, while maximising the natural light and privacy for the enjoyment of its residents.
The result is a sympathetic and sophisticated contemporary piece of architecture that also uses greenery and landscaping to maximum effect. Many of the apartments offer private balconies off the reception room, while the penthouses boast floor to ceiling glazing to many of the principal rooms. Obviously Senior Civil Servants, City Financiers and Business Tycoons like the developments location. As do foreign investors and those who do not spend all of their time in London. The accessibility, security and seclusion all being advantages to overseas landlords and multiple-home owners.
The above factors combined with the mix of modern architecture, landscaped gardens, variety of apartment sizes and central location means that Montaigne Close attracts a wide spectrum of occupants.
Regency Apartments & Beyond
Montaigne Close is essentially a private road off a quiet residential street, yet is central to so much of London allowing the best of both worlds. The King’s Road, Sloane Square and Mayfair all boast first class, international designer shops and are all just a short taxi ride away. Tate Britain is practically neighbours to Regency Apartments and for those looking to purchase art rather than simply view it, London’s famous Cork Street and the surrounding area remains the destination place for Fine Art and Objet D’ Art.
Day to Day Living is also well catered for and Regency Apartments easily passes the ‘pint of milk’ test with a number of convenience stores in the immediate vicinity, while a Sainsbury’s Supermarket can be found just up the road in Pimlico. Ocado, Waitrose’s delivery service is also frequently seen making deliveries to Regency Apartments.
Less practically but much more interestingly is the @Work Gallery situated around the corner from Montaigne Close. This long established, independent boutique sells the work of up & coming jewellery designers and is the place to source beautiful diverse gifts, including men’s cufflinks by the English designer Dickie Wilkinson.
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