Ditch the itinerary... close those multiple booking platforms and get out your cheque book, for it's time to sign up for The Hideaways Club. Yes, it's one of those investment funds and there's all that talk about equity shares and portfolios — but after a week in Bankside and Kensington Gardens properties, they've coloured us intrigued, and very, very convinced.
We know luxury holds many connotations... but for the most of it, location is key when it comes to choosing a home away from home. Located within the radius that encompasses such London icons as the Tate Modern, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and Borough Market, the Bankside apartment is smack in the middle of the action at South Bank.
A soaring tower of modernity amid century-old buildings... the Richard Rogers-designed space surrounds itself in zen gardens and its own community of food and beverage and service retailers. Inside this modern hideout, three bedrooms and an expansive open concept living room and kitchen are yours for the taking. The usual frills are provided, but The Hideaways Club takes an extra step by decking the space with items for the contemporary creative: Tom Dixon pieces sit among Vitra and Centro Stile lamps, along with an iPad, iPod, and books ranging from 20th-century love poems to Jamie Oliver's latest cookbook.
Every turn around the corner harbours moments of discovery... whether it's the crumbly goodness of a traditional English scone from The Muffin Man Tea Shop, or debating whether high heels are a pleasure or pain at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Check into the Kensington Gardens apartment, located in a red brick building on High Street Kensington. As most heritage homes go, its front door locks have their own temperament, as does the rickety old-fashioned lift. Adding to the building's charm is its locale, for nothing is as exclusive (or fan-girly) as looking out into the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's back garden. Cross the street and you might bump into them taking a stroll in Kensington Gardens.
You wouldn't want to leave... this modern hideout. The building in Kensington Gardens only stands to deceive you — once you enter this sprawling three-bedroom penthouse unit, you'll be struck by how much attention has gone into its curation. A scarlet armchair takes an Arne Jacobsen form, an iconic structure standing strong among a traditional chesterfield sofa, chrome tables, mirrored cabinets, and a Moooi rabbit lamp.
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