The penthouse crowning the famous Curzon Cinema in Mayfair has been sold nearly two years after its first showing.
Originally launched at £15.5m in 2015 with a billing as “Mayfair’s finest available penthouse”, the sprawling sixth/seventh floor duplex was re-listed over the summer with a significantly leaner asking of £11.95m (£3,445 psf).
The 23% cut appears to have done the trick, and a deal was sealed earlier this month. Not only will the new owner have 3,469 square feet of internal space and 1,316 square feet of terraces to play with, but as the former home of legendary beat pop purveyor Dave Clark, this place packs one of the strongest rock n’ roll pedigrees around.
Clark, whose band the Dave Clark Five were the Beatles’ biggest rivals during the 60s, bought the top two floors above the art house cinema when they were converted from offices into flats in 1967; he proceeded to amalgamate them into a stonker of a duplex, kitted out with furniture and blinds from Liberty, a cinema-screen sized television specially imported from America, automatic blinds and noise-activated lights. In true rock star style, a classic Rolls and E-type Jag were kept tucked away in the garage below.
Apparently the Sunday brunch parties held here between the late 60s and 90s were pretty special, with guests including Mike Smith, Rick Huxley, Lenny Davidson, TV presenter Cathy McGowan, Freddie Mercury, Leo Sayer and Dionne Warwick.
The space was recently revamped by Debbie Hatchwell of Xanadu to deliver three luxurious bedroom suites, a 1,000 square foot marble-floored entertaining area, dining space for 10-12 guests, and a study/gym, all fully-specced with underfloor heating, comfort cooling, Lutron lighting and top-end AV.
The Grade II listed Curzon Cinema below dates back to 1963-66 and remains the chosen venue for some of the capital’s top film premieres. Timberlake and Seyfried (In Time); McConnaughey and Leto (Dallas Buyers Club); Bullock (The Heat); Moore (Still Alice) and Diaz (The Other Woman) have all hosted launch events here in recent years.