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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Look what they've done to the Red Lion! Disused Mayfair pub is transformed into £25million five-bedroom home with cinema, roof terrace, underground swimming pool... and EIGHT bathrooms

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A run-down pub in Central London has found a new lease of life as a super-luxury home after receiving a total renovation and makeover.
The Red Lion, in Mayfair, shut down in 2009 and was sold to developers, who demolished the whole building apart from its facade.
Now it has been converted into a five-bedroom family home and has gone on the market for £25million.
Luxury: This is the dining room of Red Lion House, a £25million home in Mayfair which has been converted from a pub
Luxury: This is the dining room of Red Lion House, a £25million home in Mayfair which has been converted from a pub
Rare: The home boasts a roof terrace overlooking the wealthy district of Mayfair
Rare: The home boasts a roof terrace overlooking the wealthy district of Mayfair
Conversion: The whole of the building was demolished apart from the old facade of the former pub
Conversion: The whole of the building was demolished apart from the old facade of the former pub
Gone: The popular Red Lion pub was shut down in 2009 and the building is now back on the market
Gone: The popular Red Lion pub was shut down in 2009 and the building is now back on the market
Cladding: Much of the building is now covered in aluminium leaves intended to imitate a nearby Virginia Creeper tree
Cladding: Much of the building is now covered in aluminium leaves intended to imitate a nearby Virginia Creeper tree

The square footage of the building has been more than doubled during the conversion, because two extra storeys were built below ground.
The home, now named Red Lion House, has four reception rooms, eight bathrooms, two roof terraces and a subterranean swimming pool and gym.
Architects Squire and Partners clad much of the house in 4,080 bespoke folded aluminium leaves which mirror a Virginia Creeper climbing tree.
The sky-high price tag reflects not only the lavish facilities, but the location of the home in the heart of Mayfair, which is favoured by the super-rich from London and around the world.
Pool: Two new storeys built below ground include a subterranean swimming pool, pictured
Pool: Two new storeys built below ground include a subterranean swimming pool, pictured
Bathroom
Bathroom
Marble: Two of the eight bathrooms contained in the home, which is one of the priciest currently on the market in Britain
Entertainment: The home cinema room at Red Lion House, which will cost 250 times the average British home
Entertainment: The home cinema room at Red Lion House, which will cost 250 times the average British home
Relaxation: One of four reception rooms in the home; planning permission was granted by Westminster council despite estate agents' doubts
Relaxation: One of four reception rooms in the home; planning permission was granted by Westminster council despite estate agents' doubts
Room with a view: The lucky new owner will be able to look over Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels
Room with a view: The lucky new owner will be able to look over Michelin-starred restaurants and luxury hotels
Keeping fit: The in-house gym is another feature of the extra space built below ground
Keeping fit: The in-house gym is another feature of the extra space built below ground
Peter Wetherell, managing director of the estate agent which is selling the house, said: 'It is trendy meets Mayfair. When I first started working in Mayfair 30 years ago it was one of the most popular pubs in the area.
'It was always full of advertising types and estate agents and the landlord would give each of the barmaids a fresh rose each morning to wear.
'But it went downhill over the years and after a few disputes the brewery decided it was worth more as an asset so decided to sell it.
'I didn't think they would get planning permission to turn it into a residential property but I was wrong.'
Fixtures and fittings: The kitchen and casual dining area in the home, located in an area beloved of the international super-rich
Fixtures and fittings: The kitchen and casual dining area in the home, located in an area beloved of the international super-rich
Pastel hues: One of the five bedrooms in Red Lion House, designed by architects Squire and Partners
Pastel hues: One of the five bedrooms in Red Lion House, designed by architects Squire and Partners
Work: A desk and sofa dominate this office space in the home, which could prove a fruitful work environment for the millionaire who buys it
Work: A desk and sofa dominate this office space in the home, which could prove a fruitful work environment for the millionaire who buys it
Going for a dip: The steps which lead into the underground pool below the property
Going for a dip: The steps which lead into the underground pool below the property
Suite: Another bedroom in the unique property being sold by estate agent Peter Wetherell
Suite: Another bedroom in the unique property being sold by estate agent Peter Wetherell
Garden: One of the roof terraces is covered in greenery with a wall of plants and several pots
Garden: One of the roof terraces is covered in greenery with a wall of plants and several pots

BELOVED PUB WITH LONG HISTORY

Before closing in 2009, the Red Lion in Mayfair was an old-fashioned pub with a history said to stretch back for centuries.
It apparently began life as a farmhouse, but by the 19th century it had become an inn on the outskirts of stately home Chesterfield House.
As the Red Lion was so close to the house's stables, it was a popular destination for workers at the mansion.
During the 20th century, the pub developed a reputation as a particularly cosy spot, where drinkers received a warm welcome even in the depths of winter.
It kept its quirky character even as the surrounding area became the haunt of the super-rich, and before it SHUT it attracted a crowd of financiers, media workers and a steady stream of celebrities.

The City of Westminster's planning committee welcomed the plans, saying that the 'striking' building 'raised the bar for design within the borough'.
The house is one of the most expensive new homes in Britain, at around 150 times the price of the average property sold in England and Wales.
Mr Wetherell added: 'It is a prime example of what you can do by taking a piece of real estate and transforming it into a fine home.
'People want gyms, swimming pools and cinemas and this has it.
'It is also a bit of a mystery from the outside and having a roof terrace is rare - you don't see many of these in Mayfair.'
Red Lion House has a lift which goes to all seven levels, iPod docking stations scattered around the property and underfloor heating.
The reception room on the ground floor opens onto a patio and the reception room on the lower ground floor leads on to a double height dining room and adjoining kitchen.
There is also a maid's bedroom and shower room on the ground floor, with its own side entrance to the house.
The stand-out design feature is the bespoke leaf facade, which took three years of research and development to perfect.
It has been designed to mirror an established Virginia Creeper on a facing building.
Expansive: The home will be perfect for an oligarch looking to settle in to the luxury London lifestyle
Expansive: The home will be perfect for an oligarch looking to settle in to the luxury London lifestyle
Chillaxing: The sofa area of the house next to a coffee table and fireplace
Chillaxing: The sofa area of the house next to a coffee table and fireplace
Bath: The radical re-design of the house was praised by planners who said the building was 'striking'
Bath: The radical re-design of the house was praised by planners who said the building was 'striking'
Sought-after: The unique property is likely to attract a fierce bidding war from ultra-wealthy buyers
Sought-after: The unique property is likely to attract a fierce bidding war from ultra-wealthy buyers

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