About Hidden Gems

People are often surprised to find that central London is not just grand houses and large apartment blocks broken up by parades of shops but also includes many property gems, often tucked away in quiet corners just behind the hustle and bustle of London's most famous thoroughfares.

From the mid 18th Century, through the expansion of the Empire and the Industrial Revolution to the end of Victoria's reign, the growth of trade and industry caused a house building boom in London to accommodate the enormous rise in employment and the birth of a huge new 'house seeking' middle class. Cottages became homes for craftsmen, tradesmen and junior clerks, and houses for merchants and senior City clerks. In W2 for instance, the houses built in Bridstow Place by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, were homes for Great Western Railway employees.

Inspired by Robert Adam's neoclassical style, followers like John Nash and numerous others are the men who, together with equally inspired builders like Thomas Cubitt filled many corners of London with houses that have acquired the generic name of a 'Period house'.

Those cottages and houses often have gardens. They are scattered all over central London with many of these charming houses 'hiding' in areas like Kensington, South Kensington, Chelsea, Bayswater, Notting Hill, Belgravia, Marylebone, Islington, Barnsbury, Brook Green, Pimlico, Hammersmith and others.

Virtually always beautiful, always charming and full of character, these houses and cottages are now the most sought after property 'gems' of many buyers, be they British or foreign.

Here at Lurot Brand, we have made finding these hidden gems our business because we love them. If you are looking to buy, rent, sell or let a property of charm and character Lurot Brand should be your first choice simply because we understand that special properties require special attention.

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