GREAT HOUSES OF LONDON

By James Stour­ton. Fran­cis Lin­coln Ltd., 2012. 328 pp., $65

Arts and Crafts Homes - - UP FRON T -

Not that th­ese sump­tu­ous (and mostly un­known) English houses are any­thing like my own for­mer sum­mer cot­tage . . . but still, I find in­spi­ra­tion in London houses that sur­vive as em­bassies, billionaires’ res­i­dences, re­made of­fices, mu­se­ums, and clubs. See ec­cen­tric riches be­hind the sober façades of more than 40 houses, rang­ing from a me­dieval palace to the quirky Arts & Crafts houses of Hol­land Park and Kens­ing­ton.

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