Rock & Roll Penthouse
An outstanding Mayfair penthouse, formerly the London home of musician and record producer Dave Clark, is for sale through Wetherell. The luxury residence is a stunning 3,469 sqft duplex with 1,316 sqft of wrap around terraces which spans the top two floors of the legendary Grade II listed Curzon Cinema building.
The Curzon Cinema building was designed and built in 1963-66, with the basement and ground floor containing the cinema (accessed from Hertford St), with offices for the cinema on the upper floors (accessed separately at 37 Curzon St). In 1967 the offices were converted into five luxurious apartments.
Dave Clark, then leader and manager of pop group The Dave Clark Five (during the 1960s The Beatles biggest rivals), purchased the two flats on the sixth and top seventh floors and converted them into a single outstanding duplex penthouse. Dave Clark’s new penthouse had furniture and blinds from Liberty; a cinema-screen sized television specially imported from America; automatic blinds and noise-activated lights.
Between the late 1960s to 1990s the penthouse was the venue for numerous rock music, celebrity and social events. Clark was famous for his Sunday brunch parties where guests included Mike Smith, Rick Huxley, Lenny Davidson, TV presenter Cathy McGowan, Freddie Mercury, Leo Sayer and Dionne Warwick. Clark and Mercury had been friends since 1976 when Clark hosted a glittering party in the Curzon penthouse after a Queen concert in adjacent Hyde Park. During the 1960s and 1970s Clark kept his Rolls Royce and E-type Jaguar in the garage of the building and drove them around the lanes, cafes and shops of Mayfair.
Fittingly, the rest of the building matches up to the fame of the penthouse. The Curzon is London’s most illustrious art house cinema. It dates back to 1934 and has been a popular venue for Royal visits, red carpet premiers and high profile celebrity events. In the 1930s it was the local cinema for Buckingham Palace and when King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the two princesses paid their first ever visit to a cinema two Royal Boxes were installed to mark the occasion.
In September 1939 the cinema was closed for refurbishment and due to the war it stayed closed and was taken over for army screenings. From June 1942 it regularly hosted screenings for US General Dwight Eisenhower, who had his headquarters in nearby Grosvenor Square. After the war, the building was returned to Curzon Cinemas, headed by the legendry producer Harold Wingate (1901-1979) whose family remain shareholders of Curzon World cinema group.
The original cinema was demolished in 1964 and replaced by the current building by architect Francis Lorne with modernist and Art Deco interiors by designer William Mitchell. The Curzon Cinema building has hosted numerous red carpet premiers and celebrity events. Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried (In Time premier); Matthew McConnaughey and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club premier); Sandra Bullock (The Heat); Julianne Moore (Still Alice) and Cameron Diaz (The Other Woman) have all hosted events at the cinema.
For those wanting to secure the very best position in this iconic building, the famous four bedroom duplex penthouse, formerly the London home of Dave Clark, has just been released for sale. The current owners have given the penthouse a tasteful and stylish makeover by interior designer Debbie Hatchwell of Xanadu Interiors, a design house which creates luxury bespoke interiors for private and commercial clients.
Access to the penthouse is via an open, loft style entrance hall on the sixth floor. Floor to ceiling windows provide stunning rooftop views over Mayfair and London’s West End with an impressive architect designed staircase connecting the floors.
The sixth floor contains a spacious family room/study and four bedrooms. The grand master bedroom suite has double doors opening onto a private balcony and is complete with a walk-in dressing room and large ensuite bathroom. There are two further bedroom suites, each with ensuite bathrooms. There is also a study and gymnasium which could serve as a fourth bedroom suite.
Along one entire side of the sixth floor is an impressive private terrace, with sliding glass doors providing access from the family room and principal guest bedroom. A guest cloakroom completes the accommodation on this lower floor.
The entire seventh floor consists of a large marble floored open reception space of over 1,000 sqft, bordered by floor to ceiling glazing opening onto wrap around rooftop terraces. With fantastic natural light and outstanding entertaining space, the reception room offers 360 degree panoramic views across London including iconic vistas onto Big Ben, The Palace of Parliament, Shard, BT Tower and Battersea Power Station.
Within the reception room, bespoke cabinetry cleverly conceals the designer fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room from the main reception area. The kitchen has contrasting black and white high gloss units with Miele integrated appliances. The main reception area has a coffered ceiling, spacious lounge area and 10-12 seater dining area.
The penthouse has a luxurious specification including flooring in the finest marble, stone and woven carpets; fitted wardrobes with bespoke joinery and marble bathrooms. There is also underfloor heating and comfort cooling throughout, fully integrated Lutron lighting and the latest AV technology.
The penthouse benefits from private stairwell and lift access with a private apartment foyer at 37 Curzon Street. Residents of the penthouse and the three apartments below enjoy and share the services of a dedicated 24 hour porterage/security. There are two allocated secure underground parking spaces for the penthouse.
Peter Wetherell, Chief Executive of Wetherell comments: “This is Mayfair’s finest penthouse available to purchase, and sits on the top two floors of the most illustrious art house cinema in Britain. This building is the stuff of Mayfair legend: Royalty, film producers, Hollywood stars and celebrities have all flocked to this famous venue and over many decades it has played host to red carpet premiers, celebrity functions and private screenings for people including General Eisenhower. Curzon Street is one of Mayfair’s most desirable addresses, on the doorstep of Green Park and Hyde Park and just a short walk from Berkeley Square, Bond Street and Mount Street.”