Bold Modern Strokes Transform Georgian Classic In London

Living room of a four bedroom house in London Fields
Plaster ceilings and a fireplace in almost every room add to this London home's charm. (CHESTERTONS)

It’s hard to find a room in this London home that does not have a fireplace. That’s because the Georgian-style dwelling was originally built in 1839, when furnaces with air ducts were yet a thing of the future.

Other remnants from its early days: decorative coving and original lime plaster ceilings throughout the house. Yet harmonizing with the home’s classic architectural details are bold, modern interiors and updates for contemporary living.

London bedroom with custom chandelier and lime plaster ceilings

A modern chandelier hangs above one of four lively bedrooms in this London house. (CHESTERTONS)

Set in the London Fields area of East London, the townhome is part of a trendy neighborhood with residences, cafes and markets. The namesake park contains children’s play areas, tennis courts and a cricket field.

The stately stone façade of the ground-level entry in the front garden gives way to brick above. The main reception or living room off the main hall features the first of many decorative fireplaces, an arched window, intricate molding and a lime ceiling. A contemporary chandelier extends from a ceiling medallion.

Modern kitchen in London Fields home outfitted by Naked Kitchens

A fresh kitchen outfitted by Naked Kitchens is a chef’s dream. (CHESTERTONS)

Toward the rear of the house is a fully updated kitchen outfitted by Naked Kitchens. The semi-open plan space features a dining area, large central skylight and access to the rear garden through black metal-framed glass doors.

A span of glass ceiling further illuminates the food prep surfaces. Sleek surfaces and modern appliances bring the center-island kitchen firmly into the 21st century. 

Bathroom suite in London Fields 4 bedroom home

A sleek, freestanding tub sits next to a warming fireplace in this bathroom suite. (CHESTERTONS)

Bathrooms include the ground-floor water closet, marble-tiled family bathroom suite and uppermost-level shower room. Design details include vessel sinks.

Two double bedrooms on the next level up both feature fireplaces and coving. There are two more double bedrooms above. Another nod to modernity are the acoustic, noise-dampening glass windows used throughout.

The cellar provides additional storage.

Queensbridge residence backyard with seating and views

Sunny days are never wasted thanks to this inviting backyard sundeck. (CHESTERTONS)

Designed to be low maintenance, the two-tiered backyard is fully landscaped with built-in seating, planter boxes, an outdoor sink and hardscaping.

The property is about a third of a mile from Haggerston Station and British Rail services. Services, pubs and a community center are within walking distance.

Exterior of London Fields home on Queensbridge Road

The multi-level four-bedroom home is located just a short walk from Broadway Market and De Beauvoir. (CHESTERTONS)

The asking price for the Queensbridge Road dwelling is GBP 2 million or about US $2.1 million. Graham Stubbs of Chestertons is representing the property.

Chestertons is an exclusive member of Forbes Global Properties, a consumer marketplace and membership network of elite brokerages selling the world’s most luxurious homes.


During four decades of covering luxury and celebrity housing, I’ve looked into people’s homes, lives and property records through many lenses. I was the Los Angeles Times Real Estate section editor for eight years, the Hot Property columnist for six and did stints as a newspaper reporter, copy editor and page designer. My work for The Times Business, Home and Real Estate sections has garnered in-house and national awards for blogging, editing and feature writing.

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