Celebrity Homes

West Ham United chairman lists historic London mansion

In a major move in the UK property market, David Sullivan, chairman of West Ham United Football Club and prominent Welsh media figure, has put his luxurious London mansion up for sale.

The property, acquired in 2015 for about $65 million, is now on the market for a staggering $181.6 million, according to the Robb Report.

This comes after a comprehensive seven-year renovation, costing nearly $120.9 million, under the direction of MSMR Architects and 1508 design studio.

Sullivan, known for his wealth accumulated through adult magazine publishing and ownership of the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport newspapers, bought the mansion from Edward “Fast Eddie” Davenport, a convicted fraudster noted for his extravagant parties.

The Georgian-style residence, designed in the mid-1770s by architects Robert and James Adam, is a Grade II-listed building with a rich history of aristocratic occupants.

The mansion has not only been a home to nobility but also a diplomatic site, previously serving as the Sierra Leone embassy.

It has also been a backdrop for cultural events, featuring in the Oscar-winning film The Kings Men, fashion shoots, and Amy Winehouse’s Rehab music video.

Located on Portland Place, a prime central London street, the property includes an expansive main house and a separate mews house, encompassing 11 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms across nearly 1950sq m.

The renovation has preserved the historic character while introducing modern luxuries, including bespoke joinery, marble finishes, and hand-painted wallpaper.

Standout features of this opulent residence include a grand entrance hall with a curving staircase, a formal dining room with a hydraulic wall, a state-of-the-art kitchen, and a master suite occupying an entire floor.

The property also boasts a cinema room, wine cellar, gym, massage room, indoor pool, spa, and a top-floor sky lounge with a bar and terrace, offering views of the BT Tower.

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