Winston Churchill’s Former London Home Lists for £19.5 Million

The war-time prime minister combined the Kensington house with a neighboring property to make one large residence that’s since been returned back to two single-family homes

The former London home of Winston Churchill hit the market earlier this week for £19.5 million (US$24.8 million).

Located in Kensington, just strides from London landmarks like the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park, the house was acquired by the renowned war-time prime minister in 1946 for £7,000—or £244,917 in today’s currency— according to reports. He had already owned the house next door, and originally used the newer addition as an office, before combining the two, to create a vast single home.

“Having been the cherished home of Sir Winston Churchill during a defining era in British history, … this property has an illustrious heritage,” said James Pace, head of Kensington sales at Knight Frank.

The house has a number of fireplaces.

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Churchill is generally considered one of the U.K.’s most popular and greatest prime ministers for his leadership during World War II. He held the role twice, from 1940 to 1945, and again from 1951 to 1955.

After Churchill’s death in 1965, the house was sold as one vast unit, historic records show. But in years since, they have been returned to separate residences, with this one last changing hands in 2001 for £5.75 million, property records show. The owners couldn’t be reached for comment.

These days, along with its discreet location on a quiet cul-de-sac, the standout feature of the home is the double-height reception room, which is “perfect for hosting social gatherings in grand, stately surroundings,” Pace said. The room is on the ground floor, along with a library and a sitting room.

During Churchill’s tenure, this level was home to a ground-floor bedroom, which is where Churchill recuperated after breaking his leg in Monte Carlo, according to reports.

Winston Churchill being carried into the property after a fall in Monto Carlo.

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The kitchen and breakfast room is on the lower ground floor, along with a formal dining room, both of which open up to the garden. There’s also a gym. The home’s six bedrooms are on the upper two floors, including the primary suite, which “is another highlight, with its private terrace,” Pace said.

The home, he said, will suit “discerning buyers looking for a residence rich in historical provenance.”