Amira Hashish, Digital Features Editor and Property Correspondent for the London Evening Standard, discusses the day's property news.
The beauty of Corinthia Hotel's lobby lounge
Illuminated by a spectacular Baccarat Chandelier and overlooking a picturesque, maple-lined courtyard, the central position and effortless style of The Lobby Lounge at the Corinthia Hotel makes it the natural heart and soul of the fabulous building.
The luxuriously redesigned Victorian destination is ideally located on London's Embankment, a short walk from many of the city’s major attractions.
Dating from 1885, the building spent fifty years as the prestigious Hôtel Métropole, before it was taken over by the Government in 1936 and used as Ministry of Defence offices. The magnificent architecture has been expertly restored by G.A Design and brought vividly back to life with the highest quality materials, fittings and wonderful interiors.
House with Florence & the Machine ties is up for sale
Forties themed "Time for Tea" building in Shoreditch was expected to fetch at least £2 million at a Savills auction last September but failed to find a buyer. Now the four storey Georgian freehold house is now on Fyfe Mcdade’s books for £2.35 million.
The 2,400sqft, four-bedroom property is regularly used for film and TV productions such as ITV’s The Bletchley Circle and the BBC’s The Long Firm. It was also a set for Duffy’s Stepping Stones video and a Vogue photoshoot with Lily Cole.
Fashion haven in Belgravia for sale
The fashion set will doff their hats to a Belgravia townhouse that has come on the market. 9 Chesham House was the residence of Royal Milliner Simone Mirman, whose clients included The Queen and recently appointed Dame Joan Collins, for 30 years.
The two ground floor rooms served as a shop and the first floor main reception room was a salon for VIP customers.
On the two floors above were workrooms for a dozen ladies who created the hats from Simone’s initial sketches while the top floor housed a flat for the designer and her husband Serge.
One Direction's Liam Payne splashes out on new super-mansion
Liam Payne spent £5.1 million on his new super-mansion. The One Direction star, who grew up in a £150,000 three-bed semi-detached house in Wolverhampton, is now the proud owner of a three-storey home in Surrey that features an all-weather tennis court, cinema and heated outdoor swimming pool, in addition to a 700-bottle wine store and ballet studio.
News of Liam's purchase comes shortly after a report claimed that One Direction earned almost £6 million each in 2013.
Liam is also reported to have bought a house for his parents. The One Direction star has invested in a £400,000 home for his father, Geoff, mother, Karen and older sisters Nicola and Ruth near his childhood abode in the West Midlands.
Chris Martin's Glastonbury base for sale
Pennard House is quickly becoming the stately home of choice for pop stars. Recent guests who have stayed at the family-owned 130-acre estate in Somerset include Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and young musician of the moment George Ezra.
In the past, record companies have hired out the entire property for Glastonbury due to its close proximity to the festival grounds.
Bruno Mars celebrates Uptown Funk with uptown house
Bruno Mars has celebrated the global success of his new single Uptown Funk by purchasing a new home.
The Grammy award winning entertainer splashed out $6.95 million (£4.5 million) on a seven-bedroom, 9,000 square foot house which has a bar and wine cellar.
The Los Angeles pad is located in a gated development in the celebrity packed Studio City neighbourhood.