The luxury recording studio-turned-townhouse where Sir Elton John recorded Candle in the Wind as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales, has gone on sale for £1.9million.
Virgin’s former recording studios, aptly named “Townhouse Studios”, were established by Richard Branson for his Virgin label in 1978. The building previously housed Goldhawk Film Studios.
The building served as a “London residence” with studios, mastering rooms, living quarters, a canteen as well as recreation rooms all under one roof.
Artists who recorded at The Town House included Elton John, Queen, Phil Collins, The Jam, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams among many others.
The house features an impressive floor-to-ceiling library alongside impressive windows that encourage light to flood the property. Residents can sit on a long teal sofa and gaze over the sleek balcony into the dining room and living room 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 includes integrated appliances and a breakfast bar for everyday informal family meals and an eight-seater dining table for entertaining guests.
A moved Sir Elton John performed Candle In The Wind at Princess Diana’s funeral.
The couple were good friends before her death in 1997 and Elton John said Diana was not open with her friends and had been an “airy fairy” with them.
He told VH1 RocDoc ‘Me, Myself and I’: ‘I think ultimately with Diana she trusted the wrong people.
“She didn’t trust the people she should have trusted, her real friends.
“I always thought people who really felt for her and were really loyal to her, she was just a little airy fairy to her in the end.”
Sir Elton, who told how he found out about Diana’s death through a fax sent by a friend offering his condolences the following morning, became emotional as he watched footage of the funeral.
The property listing states: “The ground floor is home to a magnificent open-plan kitchen/dining room and reception room which benefits from plenty of natural light thanks to the exceptionally high ceilings and bi-folding doors that extend across the full width of the house and lead to the landscaped garden courtyard.
“The designer kitchen includes built-in appliances and a breakfast bar for everyday informal family meals, enhancing the contemporary feel of the home.
Sir Elton John and Diana pictured in 1993. The couple were good friends until his death in Paris in 1997 following a car accident
The £1.9million townhouse also features a private balcony with glass flooring, spacious outdoor furniture perfect for sunbathing
An elegant wood and glass suspended staircase leads to the first floor, which also provides its own entrance to the house and offers a second gallery reception room which overlooks the ground floor.
‘The second floor has another bedroom with a large dressing room and a bathroom, with two sinks and access to the terrace. The third floor has two additional bedrooms both offering en-suite bathrooms. At the top of the final staircase, buyers will find a charming roof terrace with stunning views over the West London skyline.
“The extraordinary history of this now modern family home not only adds character and sparkle, but means you could be sleeping in the same room the Sex Pistols once performed in.
The master bedroom features a spacious plush bed, large cream rug and luxury lounge chair with green furnishings.
The second floor has another bedroom with a large dressing room and a bathroom, with two sinks, a luxurious bathtub and access to the terrace
Sir Elton John and Princess Diana comfort each other during the memorial service for fashion icon Gianni Versace in Milan Cathedral who was shot dead 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 mix of Victorian and modern properties scattered throughout Shepherd’s Bush, the style of Townhouse Mews creates generous space and is an ideal property for families who want to embrace all the diversity London has to offer, but with a subtle suburban charm. ‘ said Georgia Buckley, director of Dexters Shepherds Bush.
The dining room and the open concept living room are bright thanks to the large windows which allow light to flood the property. A wooden dining table that seats eight takes center stage with chairs matching the plush armchairs in the ‘library’
Upstairs is a modern study and reception room with a red leather sofa, matching hardwood furniture and framed vinyl records as a tribute to the old Virgin recording studios
An elegant suspended wooden and glass staircase with spotlights leads to the first, second and third floors