Living in a Mayfair townhouse is all very and well and good, but how many of us can actually afford it? Even those who don’t eat avocados probably aren’t going to be buying into the W1 postcode any time soon. And those of us who are blessed with being a millennial might as well accept defeat now. Except the Athenaeum is giving us a little bit of hope with the launch of their Townhouse Residences, it gives you all the luxuries of a hotel, the freedom and space of an Airbnb and it won’t set you back millions.
Situated on a side-street close to the hotel and Green Park, the 14-bedroom pied-à-terre once belonged to MP and arts patron Henry Hope and has now been divided into one- and two-bedroom residences, all with sitting rooms and kitchenettes.
Designed by the award-winning Martin Hulbert (Coworth Park, Barnsley House, Chewton Glen Treehouse and The Grove House) the residences are said to have a quintessential English feel with eccentric touches and will feature a natural palette and contrasting tones of warm amber and cool teal, large fireplaces, Gubi chairs, leather, Herringbone and deep silks and velvets.
Fancy cooking one night rather than going out? You’ll find a fully equipped kitchenette and dining area, or if you just want to order in then you can make the most of the Athenaeum Hotel’s room service supplied by Michelin-starred chefs, Chris and Jeff Galvin. In the bathroom you’ll find rain showers and Espa provide the in-room spa experience and throughout the residence there are discreet 55-inch televisions, Bose bespoke charging docks, video-phone entry and housekeeping twice a day.
The residences can be booked for as long as you need and whilst they might not be exactly cheap at least you won’t have to get a mortgage to live in a Mayfair townhouse.
The residences can be found at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
16 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ and are available for booking now.