St James Mansions

St James Mansions brochure, West Hampstead
St James Mansions, West Hampstead
St James Mansions, West Hampstead

We know St James Mansions

Completed in 1896, St James Mansions was one of the first mansion blocks to be built in the area. This grand block comprises of 43 flats, each built with two reception rooms and three to four bedrooms.

Prior to the construction of St James Mansions there was a large home occupying the site called Beacon House.

Built in a very similar style and layout to other mansion blocks within the area, it is thought that St James Mansions may have been built or designed by the same company which built Buckingham and Marlborough Mansions.

One glance across its glorious front elevation and you immediately see all the classic mansion block characteristics – the aesthetic mix of brick and stone, the bay windows, the dramatic roofline, the proud chimneys, the delicate wrought iron balconies, and, of course, all those windows…and yet more windows!

Resident for nearly 20 years, Mr G B Atkinson commented, ‘My guess is that the flats were initially rented by middle class families and that they probably had house servants.’ The evidence of servants comes from the heavy wear on some of the steps leading down to the basement area.

‘The other evidence of servants was the original installation of service hoists on the outside rear of the block. There were hoists for every flat and I presume they were used to lift coal and to lower the rubbish,’ said Mr Atkinson. The remaining ironwork supporting the hoists was removed during refurbishment in 1995.

St James Mansions has been the home, at some time or another, to several television personalities, the President of the Guinness Book of Records and internationally renowned singer Sheena Easton.

The block has a feeling of luxury benefiting from the nearby diverse blend of West End Lane’s smart shops, trendy restaurants, stylish wine bars and excellent public transport links that will continue to ensure the popularity of the area and St James Mansions.

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