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September 2, 2021updated Nov 19, 2021

A Rare Chance to Own a Historic Blue Plaque London Townhouse

Property of the Week: Live on the oldest recorded road in the prestigious Chelsea neighborhood.

By Emma Al-Mousawi

Positioned proudly on London’s prestigious Old Church Street is an impressively restored five-bedroom period townhouse that has just come to the market. The oldest recorded dwelling on the street, the Chelsea property dates back to the 1700s. 

Standing out from the crowd with its handsome all-white stucco façade and blue plaque – which commemorates its former owner, the revered actor Judy Campbell – the townhouse has been restored to the highest of standards. Campbell (best known as Jane Birkin’s mother and playwright Noel Coward’s muse) lived at the property from 1974-2004.

Located just off the famed King’s Road, the 3,500-sq-ft Chelsea property was originally built as a public house. Spanning five floors it offers generous living quarters, in no small part thanks to a considerable extension to the rear, as well as into the basement. 

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Upon entering through the elegant Georgian paneled front door, you are immediately greeted by a light-filled drawing room featuring a bespoke glass chandelier, dark oak flooring, an original fireplace and the generous ceiling heights typical of properties from this era. A handy cloakroom space can be found to the right of the entrance door for visitors to store coats and shoes. 

Chelsea Property For Sale - Old Church Street

The oldest recorded dwelling on the street, the Chelsea property dates back to the 1700s / ©Russell Simpson

Beyond the drawing room, a fully-glazed atrium-style space featuring exposed original brickwork flows into an expansive open-plan kitchen/dining room, with a large Carrara marble island and bespoke kitchen.

A full-size steel Crittal window with two double doors invites the greenery of the stepped garden into the room and grants perfect vision through to the water feature and outdoor dining and barbecue area. 

Spaces for both work and relaxation can be found downstairs on the lower ground floor. A private study can be shut off for extra privacy to the front of the property, while a media room and separate children’s playroom (that has potential to be transformed into a gym), are located to the rear of the floor.

A guest bedroom with en-suite, which could operate as private staff quarters, can also be found, as can a utility room, plant room and guest WC.

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The beautifully decorated master bedroom occupies the entire first floor and features a spacious walk-in dressing room and bathroom suite with a Victorian roll-top bath providing discrete views of the street below. Three further bedrooms and two bathrooms can be found on the second and third floors making the Chelsea property the ideal home for a family or those that like to entertain. 

Kitchen - Old Church Street Chelsea Property For Sale

The property features a bespoke kitchen by Daytrue London and includes integrated Gaggenau appliances throughout / ©Russell Simpson

Jake Russell, director at Russell Simpson, comments: “21 Old Church Street has the perfect balance of heritage and modernity that makes it an excellent proposition for a discerning buyer. It is extremely unusual to find a house with such generous room sizes, ceiling heights and natural light, while the attention to detail and quality of the finishing touches is unparalleled. The owners really have thought of everything when completely renovating the property.”

Dating back to 1566, Old Church Street is the oldest recorded street in Chelsea meaning the new owners of the property will be purchasing a little piece of London’s history. Despite the home’s age, it has the benefit of a number of 21st-century environmentally-conscious upgrades. This includes an energy-efficient air source heat pump that feeds the property’s cooling and underfloor heating system as well as a grass-laden living roof to the rear of the property – a nod to London’s status as one of the greenest capital cities in the world. 

21 Old Church Street is on the market for £8.95 million ( approx. $12.37 million). For full details visit

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