This luxury recording studio turned townhouse where Sir Elton John recorded Candle in the Wind as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, has been put for sale for £1.9 million pounds.
The former Virgin recording studios, aptly named ‘Townhouse Studios’ had been created by Richard Branson for his Virgin record label in 1978. Prior to that the building housed the Goldhawk Film Studios.
The building served as a ‘London residential’ with studios, mastering rooms, accommodation, a canteen as well as recreation rooms all under one roof.
The house boasts an impressive floor to ceiling bookcase alongside impressive windows which encourage light to flood into the property. Residents can sit on a long teal sofa and peer over the stylish balcony into the dining and living area below
The property includes a bright reception room adorned with contemporary soft furnishings, a large teal sofa, plenty of storage and a plush armchair
The designer kitchen features integrated appliances and a breakfast bar for informal, everyday family-dining and a eight-seater dining table for entertaining guests
An emotional Sir Elton John had performed Candle In The Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral.
The pair were good friends before her death in 1997 and Elton John said Diana was not open with her friends had been ‘airy fairy’ with them.
He told VH1 RocDoc ‘Me, Myself and I’: ‘I think in the end with Diana she trusted the wrong people.
‘She didn’t trust the people she should have trusted, her true friends.
‘I always thought the people that really felt for her and really were true to her she just was a bit airy fairy towards in the end.’
Sir Elton, who told how he found out about Diana’s death through a fax sent by a friend offering condolences the next morning, became emotional while watching footage of the funeral.
The property listing says: ‘The ground floor hosts a magnificent open plan kitchen/dining and reception room which benefit from plenty of natural light from the unusually high ceilings and bi-folding doors that span the width of the house and lead onto the landscaped courtyard garden.
‘The designer kitchen features integrated appliances and a breakfast bar for informal, everyday family-dining thus, enhancing the home’s contemporary atmosphere.
Sir Elton John and Diana pictured in 1993. The pair were good friends until her death in Paris in 1997 as a result of a car crash
The £1.9million townhouse also includes a private balcony with glass flooring, roomy outdoor furniture perfect for sunbathing
‘A stylish, suspended wood and glass staircase leads to the first floor, which also provides its own entrance to the home and offers a second, galleried reception room that overlooks the ground floor.
‘The second floor has another bedroom suite with a large walk-in wardrobe and bathroom, complete with dual sinks and terrace access. The third floor holds two additional bedrooms both offering en-suite bathrooms, and up the final set of stairs buyers will find a charming roof terrace with sweeping views over the rooftops of West London.
‘The extraordinary history of this now-modern family home not only adds character and flare, but means you could be sleeping in the same room that the Sex Pistols once performed in.
The principal bedroom includes a roomy plush bed, a large cream rug and a luxury chaise longue with green soft furnishing
The second floor has another bedroom suite with a large walk-in wardrobe and bathroom, complete with dual sinks, a luxurious bathtub and terrace access
Sir Elton John and Princess Diana comforted each at the memorial service for Fashion icon Gianni Versace in Milan Cathedral who was gunned down in Miami
Sir Elton John pictured performing a rewritten version of his song Candle In The Wind as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, at her funeral
With a blend of Victorian and modern properties scattered all over Shepherd’s Bush, the style of Townhouse Mews creates a generous amount of space and is an ideal property for families who want to embrace all the diversity that London has to offer, but with a subtle suburban charm.’ said Georgia Buckley, Director at Dexters Shepherds Bush.
The open plan dining and living area is bright thanks to the large windows that allow light to flood into the property. A wooden dining table that seats eight takes centre stage with chairs that match the plush armchairs in the ‘library’
On an upper floor is a modern study and reception room with a red leather sofa, matching solid wood furniture and framed vinyls in a tribute to the former Virgin recording studios
A stylish, suspended wood and glass staircase with spotlights leads up to the first, second and third floors