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Meard Street,  Soho

An outstanding Grade II* Listed 4 bedroom townhouse in Soho, a wonderful family home with Georgian charm but complimented with modern conveniences such as Cat6 cabling, CCTV, and a NEST thermostat. The dining room, which has a marble fireplace and shuttered windows, and the spacious kitchen, which has bespoke stainless steel units with integrated appliances, an island unit, and a separate utility room, are both accessible from the ground floor of the house. A delightful, south-east facing, lush green garden can be found at the end of the entrance hall, ideal for outdoor gatherings or a retreat from busy central London.
west end
2,494 sq. ft  / 231.7 sq. m
Rent Price
£3,450 per week
Two double bedrooms are located on the lower ground floor, one of which has fitted wardrobes, and an en suite shower room. There are two vaults on this level as well as a little patio. A large reception area on the 1st floor has magnificent period details such as high ceilings, cornice carving, and a fireplace. In addition, a well-sized study and a panelled bathroom are located on this floor. A further reception area with shuttered windows and a surround sound theatre system is located on the second floor. A double bedroom with an en suite bathroom is also included. The third-floor principal bedroom suite has a built-in TV unit, custom fitted wardrobes, electric shades, reading lights, and air conditioning. The bedroom features an en suite bathroom with a large freestanding spoon bath that opens to a private south east facing leavy roof garden. Meard Street is a pedestrianised street in the centre of Soho amongst the lively restaurants, clubs, and nightlife of Soho and London's Theatreland. The closest Underground Stations to the property are Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles), Leicester Square (0.2 miles), and Tottenham Court Road (0.2 miles), and it is at a short stroll from Soho Square Gardens (0.3 miles). Tenancy Term Long Let - 6 months + You will be required to pay a security deposit capped at six weeks rent as the total annual rent exceeds £50,000. This property is Council Tax Band - H London Borough of Westminster
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Owner's Notes

The Western end of Meard Street, formerly Meard’s Court, lies in what was a 60 acre estate surrendered in 1536 by the Abbott and Convent of Abingdon to Henry VIII who had intended to include the land in his new royal park for Whitehall Palace. Instead it was leased to the Pulteney family in 1590. Long before, it lay in St Giles Field, a pasture containing one large brick building situated roughly where present day Wardour Street meets Bourchier St. This building was commonly called So-ho, after the medieval hunting cry similar to ‘Tally Ho’. It was likely an inn used as a hunting rendezvous and gave its name to the whole locality which remains today. In 1721 the head of the Poultney family was Sir William Pulteney, earl of Bath. Following an Act of Parliament allowing the purchase of the Crown’s freehold interest in the land, he began granting building leases for redevelopment to individual building tradespeople and speculators. One such builder was John Meard, a carpenter and citizen of London who worked on many of the fifty new churches, including St Pauls Cathedral, which were commissioned in 1670 after the destruction caused by the Great Fire of London. In 1721 the old dwellings had been pulled down, except the ones where no. 9 and 11 now stand, the street widened, and its name changed to Meards Court. Development of the eastern end of the street became possible in 1731 and in 1732 the last dwellings were pulled down and nos. 9 and 11 were built. The new street was now Meard Street, and a plaque inscribed with 1732 can be seen today on the return fronts of nos. 68 and 69 Dean Street adjacent to the east end of Meard Street. By the 19th century the population of Soho had increased more than anywhere else in London but after a serious cholera outbreak in 1854 the wealthier families moved away. The houses of the area were mostly divided into tenements and overcrowding became common. By the 1970s, several of the houses in Meard Street had fallen into disrepair, including No. 11. Some basic repair work was undertaken by the GLC to make the house habitable, which largely ignored the historic features of the property. It seems that, at this time, some of the original period features, such as rim locks, door handles and mouldings were removed, whilst other features were covered up with plasterboard. It was with some surprise that the present owners discovered the original timber wall panelling in the first-floor rear bathroom behind the 1970s plasterboard lining, as well as the arched rear lightwell. The bathroom panelling has now been restored to its former glory along with many other aspects of the home having been painstakingly restored to create a wonderful family home, complete with modern conveniences, whilst retaining its Grade II* listed status (*representing the top 6% of Grade II listed homes in England).
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