New homes in Covent Garden:Rolling Stones former sixties jazz club residency has been transformed into 14 swish apartments

Set behind two handsome Victorian buildings, these smart apartments in the heart of theatreland are perfect for culture vultures.

London tour guides spend a lot of time in Great Newport Street, Covent Garden, pointing to the blue plaque property (now the Photographers’ Gallery) where artist Joshua Reynolds lived between 1753 and 1761, and explaining the origin of the “policeman’s coat hook”, the capital’s only surviving one, used by constables to hang their capes on before directing traffic along Long Acre and St Martins Lane.

And here too was Studio 51, the legendary Sixties jazz club where Eric Clapton played his first gig and the Rolling Stones held a residency, now transformed into 14 very smart apartments.

Called The Colyer, after the club’s owner, the homes are set behind two handsome Victorian buildings used as offices since the 1980s.

John Robertson Architects, fresh from its splendid refurbishment of nearby Bush House, former headquarters of the BBC World Service, created a spectacular glazed penthouse in a conservation area. Its solution was a variation of the traditional mansard roof, complete with 32 vertical “brise-soleil” sun-deflecting panels that conceal the glazing from street level.

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Rock on: The apartments are on the site of a legendary Sixties jazz club, and on the doorstep of theatreland

The theatreland address could not be more central. Close to Soho and great for culture vultures, being equidistant from the Royal Opera House and the Coliseum.

Prices from £950,000 to £3,750,000. Call CBRE 020 7420 3050.


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