Sir Winston Churchill’s £23 million home for sale…next to a slum

The Kensington home of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill has been listed for sale for a cool £23 million.

Arranged over four floors, 28 Hyde Park Gate was home to Sir Winston and his wife, Baroness Spencer-Churchill until his death in 1965. The property boasts seven huge bedrooms, five bathrooms, a wine cellar, a terrace, and a formal dining room, as well as a 55-foot long west-facing garden.

‘The British Bulldog’ bought the 5,763 sqr ft home in 1945
‘The British Bulldog’ bought the 5,763 sqr ft home in 1945

James Gow, Partner at managing agent Strutt and Parker, described the home as “one of the most historically significant homes currently for sale in prime central London…situated in this most prestigious and sought-after street”. DMZ can’t argue with that.

Current owner Donatella Flick completely renovated the home adding glossy wood-paneled flooring, recessed lighting and sleek grey carpeting throughout
Current owner Donatella Flick completely renovated the home adding glossy wood-panelled flooring, recessed lighting and sleek grey carpeting throughout

However, all is not well on the leafy Kensington street. Just a few doors down at 36 Hyde Park Gate rogue landlord Abbas Rasul, 64, was raking in nearly £15,000 a month by cramming 18 tenants into one flat! The reported ‘slumlord’ divided the flat into 14 separate bedsits using crudely positioned plasterboard.

Shameful: a Grade II listed building, the cramped tenants paid £800 per month on average to live in tiny bedsits
Shameful: a Grade II listed building, the cramped tenants paid £800 per month on average to live in tiny bedsits

All 18 tenants shared one kitchen and there were no ceiling lights, meaning all rooms were lit through lamps plugged into a maze of extension chords that were sprawled dangerously across the flat.

Mr. Rasul and his companies were slapped with a £162,000 fine and ordered to pay a further £3,498 in costs by Hammersmith Magistrates Court.

A bodged repair on a collapsed ceiling at the flat, only two doors down from Sir Winston’s beautiful mansion
A bodged repair on a collapsed ceiling at the flat, only a few doors down from Sir Winston’s beautiful mansion

Here at DMZ we think that local councils, especially in London boroughs, should be coordinating to ensure closer regulation of illegal HMOs. There’s nothing to stop rogue landlords starting a new company and finding a new location. Last week there was a fire in an illegal 14 person HMO in East London due to an electrical fault.

The only way to curb these alleged slumlords is to clamp down on them via regulation – lets hope the councils will take action.

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