My de­sign Lon­don

London Evening Standard (West End Final B) - ES Homes and Property - - Design -

WHERE I LIVE — AND WHY I LIVE THERE

My wife, Flo, and I have lived in Fen­ti­man Road, SW8, for 34 years. I’m drawn to the raff­ish his­tor­i­cal associations of Vaux­hall. No mat­ter how semi-gen­tri­fied it be­comes there’s a grungy un­der­tow which keeps it fresh. And it’s quite fun to have the best house in a rough area.

We chose the street be­cause you could buy a rea­son­ably large house in what ap­prox­i­mated to cen­tral Lon­don for a rea­son­able sum. But ac­tu­ally I want to get the whole area branded as “S1”. An­thony Trol­lope when he was at the Post Of­fice was re­spon­si­ble for the orig­i­nal post­codes and he didn’t like south Lon­don so we never got an S1. I’m hop­ing to sell the idea to the Amer­i­cans be­cause I’m sure they’d like their new em­bassy to be in S1 rather than SW8.

MY HOME DECOR

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