Spacious riverside apartment in London

Stylish furnishings, statement art and views of the Thames give this impressive series of rooms the feel of a luxury hotel.

‘The ideal Thameside apartment should have unobstructed views, an excellent concierge service and a decent-sized terrace,’ says the homeowner who, when searching for a new home, found all of this in London’s Battersea.

Riverside apartment

THE PROPERTY

The situation is made better still by the fact that the building, designed by architect Richard Rogers, is not densely packed with apartments, meaning the rooms offer plenty of space to breathe and allow for a free hand with decorating, which was done for the homeowner by interior designer Jane Churchill.

‘I have often joked that many of the London homes I viewed that fell within my price range, in the areas I prefer, were like ladders with rooms coming off at each rung. I felt as if I would be missing out on a lot of house, while with an apartment on one floor, you really do feel as if you’re using all the space, all of the time. This place offers the whole package – the concierge staff are wonderful – so that for me, it’s like having a taste of America in London,’ muses the homeowner.

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Riverside apartment

ENTRANCE HALL

The mirrored wall adds a note of glamour and enhances this light-filled space, while an earthy-hued artwork helps to anchor the scheme and provides a warmer detail.

Riverside apartment

Nonsuch table lamps, £156 each, Oka, okadirect.com.

LIVING AREA

A simple palette of pale greys and soft blues, inspired by the changing colours of the river, blends the seating area with the rest of the room.

Riverside apartment

Artworks on wall (from left) Drawing/lithograph by Antony Gormley, antonygormley.com; Written on the Water: The Other Side of Silence by Gareth Edwards, Jill George Gallery,jillgeorge gallery.co.uk; Battersea from the North by Desmond Healy, Hampstead School of Art, hampstead-school-of-art.org; East Coast by Leszek Skurski, Red Corridor Gallery, redcorridor.com.

DINING AREA

‘I thought that these tall candlesticks were masculine enough for the apartment,’ says Jane Churchill.

Riverside apartment

Strata candlesticks in Midnight, from £363 each, William Yeoward, williamyeoward.com. Chairs in Topiary Velvet, £181.65m, Travers at Jane Clayton, janeclayton.co.uk. Interior design, Jane Churchill. janechurchillinteriors.co.uk.

KITCHEN

Jane lined the vertical edge of the newly opened up wall with the mirror glass to help blur the boundary between the kitchen and dining area. ‘It also emphasis the lovely effect made by the uprights in the floor in the evenings,’ she says.

Riverside apartment

Bespoke Belluno pendant lights, Vaughan, vaughandesigns.com.

Riverside apartment

DRESSING ROOM

The elegant, tailored look of the bedroom is continued in this spare, with built-in cupboards on all three walls, the door panels of which are lined with striped fabric.

Riverside apartment

Cupboard panels in Finlandia in Denim, £128.40m, Altfield, altfield.com. Woodwork in Slipper Satin, eggshell, £60 for 2.5 litres, Farrow & Ball. farrow-ball.com.

GUEST BEDROOM

In this comfortable and inviting scheme, ornamentation has been kept to a minimum so guests feel that it is their spare during their stay.

Riverside apartment

Headboard and valance in Blocking in Stone/Sky, £69m, GP&J Baker, gpjbaker.com.

BATHROOM

The combination of strikingly veined marble, wood-effect parquet pattern floor tiles and a vanity unit made to suit Stefan’s height fulfil the brief for hotel-style luxury.

Riverside apartment

Wilton bathroom wall lights, £315 each,John Cullen, johncullenlighting.com. Cavendish parquet porcelain tiles, £125.22sq m, Capital Designer Studio, cdstiles.com.

MAIN BEDROOM

The set of photographs above the bed records the construction of the Eiffel Tower over a period of two years, two months and five days. There was debate about which carpet to have in this room, with Jane persuading the homeowner to opt for a gentle stripe for added interest, despite his preference for plain. ‘She was right, of course,’ he concedes.

Riverside apartment

Headboard in Check Stripe in Navy, £96m, George Spencer, georgespencer.com. Les Mineraux Opale wallpaper, £131 a roll, Arte, arte-international.com. Big Ben artwork by Craig Alan, craigalanart.com.

Riverside apartment

Photography/ Davide Lovatti

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