Actress Lily Cole, 33, is selling her St Pancras Station clock tower two-bedroom flat for sky-high £4.6MILLION
From a lofty perch in the iconic clock tower at St Pancras Station, it is one of the quirkiest and most sought-after properties in London.
The two-bedroom flat features wall paintings by pop artist Peter Blake and unrivalled views over the capital to St Paul’s Cathedral and The Shard.
But now its owner, model and actress Lily Cole, stands to make a profit of more than £3 million on the meticulously restored property – after putting it up for sale for £4.6 million.
Model and actress Lily Cole, stands to make a profit of more than £3 million on the meticulously restored property
The 33-year-old star of the St Trinian’s films bought the flat in 2009 when the Victorian building, formerly the Midland Grand Hotel, was being refurbished.
Designed by Gothic revival architect Sir Gilbert Scott, the hotel opened in 1873 before closing in 1935. It eventually fell into disuse and was saved from demolition in the 1960s.
Cole is said to have engaged a designer she met on the set of a commercial during her modelling days to help her transform the 1,600 sq ft space, which included restoring original features.
Three painters were hired to recreate the original ceiling, which took three weeks, while a company replicated the original mosaics in the hallway. A staircase Lily found in a salvage yard was installed.
The property’s stunning and unusual features are featured in Channel 4’s Britain’s Most Expensive Houses, which takes viewers inside the homes of some of the country’s richest people, on December 29.
Designed by Gothic revival architect Sir Gilbert Scott, the hotel opened in 1873 before closing in 1935. It eventually fell into disuse and was saved from demolition in the 1960s
The property’s stunning and unusual features are featured in Channel 4’s Britain’s Most Expensive Houses
It reveals a unique rainbow painting over the arch of a bay window by Peter Blake, best known for designing the cover of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
The walls also feature a railway track created by a Dutch master craftsman, which runs around the perimeter of the living room just above the picture rail – a quirky nod to the station below.
The model’s eclectic tastes are also revealed, with green bathroom tiles and deer head taps imported from Morocco, and a free-standing copper bathtub in front of a giant window overlooking the city.
The eco-campaigner is believed to have lived in the flat with her partner Kwame Ferreira, 44.
He is an Angolan businessman and co-founder of Cole’s company Impossible, which tries to solve business problems and social issues with eco-friendly technology.
Cole and Ferreira have a five-year-old daughter, Wylde.
She launched Impossible in 2013 when she took a step back from her fashion career. The company now has offices in San Francisco, Lisbon and London and has worked with brands such as jeweller Tiffany & Co and tech giants Samsung and Google.
Earlier this year Cole was forced to apologise after she posted a photograph of herself in a burka, with a call to embrace ‘diversity’, just as the Taliban was overrunning Afghanistan.
The star, who graduated from Cambridge with a double first in history of art, claimed that she didn’t read the news.