New homes in London:modern homes at Connaught Place, overlooking Hyde Park

Seven flats are being launched behind the classical façade of swish stucco townhouses near Knightsbridge. 

Tyburnia, the “lost” neighbourhood in Marble Arch named after the river that ran through it, was a place of public execution for almost 600 years until the last hanging there, of a highwayman, in 1783.

In the 1850s, Tyburnia rivalled Belgravia as a place to live. Sandwiched between Bayswater and Marylebone, the district includes the Connaught Square conservation area where Tony Blair lives, and Portman Village, a small enclave being given a makeover by the Portman Estate.

From here it is a quick stroll into Mayfair, or across the park to Knightsbridge. The tall stucco townhouses at 5 Connaught Place, above, had principal rooms overlooking Hyde Park and a private access road behind. Seven lavish flats are being launched behind the classical façade. Inside, ornate plasterwork is mixed with über-luxe modern finishes and there’s an internal courtyard and terrace.

A 6,000sq ft home is the highlight, spread across two floors and with private cinema and spa. Concierge services are provided by nearby Harrods. Prices from £13.25 million. Call 020 3489 0559.

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