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An extraordinary home, and a work of art

575 Wandsworth Road is an ordinary house that has been transformed into an extraordinary work of art. Externally unassuming, this ‘two-up two-down’ (ie 2 main rooms on the ground floor and 2 bedrooms upstairs) terraced house built in early 1800s contains within it one of the most unexpected, unique and joyous customised interiors you could possibly imagine. It is the single-handed work of its owner Khadambi Asalache, a well-travelled Kenyan poet, author, philosopher of mathematics and civil servant who had studied both architecture and fine art. He bought the former squat in 1981 after seeing it for sale whilst on the top of the #77 bus on his way to work. It suffered from damp and after att

Eltham Palace, the social hub

Eltham Palace is a very cool house that first came onto the radar in 1086 as a manor house, went onto become one of the largest and most frequented royal residences from the 1300s to the late 1500s fell into disrepair and was subsequently redeveloped in the 1930s by Stephen and Genie Courtauld as their cutting edge semi-rural retreat from the hustle and bustle of London. During the 10 or so years until they left in 1944, Eltham played host to some of the most interesting, influential characters of the day with some of the most fabulous parties in the ultra-modern surroundings built in the art deco style. The principal remaining part of the original palace is the Great Hall which was built fo

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