Inside the London Royal Air Force base that has been turned into a £2m luxury penthouse

My London

ByRory Bennett
July 10, 2022


Ever wanted to own a little slice of British history? Well now is your chance as a unique property on the outskirts of London has recently gone on the market. The former headquarters of RAF Fighter Command, where the Battle of Britain was coordinated during World War Two, is on sale.

The converted headquarters has been split into a number of flats with the 3-floor, 3-bedroom 2000sq ft penthouse with three terraces currently available for offers over £2m. Sitting inside the grade 2 listed mansion, the penthouse, known as the Dowding Suite, is a stunning example of contemporary design blended with period features.Named after Air Chief Marshal, Lord Dowding, the property features an open-plan great room complete with a double-height ceiling and full-height sash windows which open out onto one of three large terraces. To one side is a relaxing TV snug and to the right corner is a fully integrated Ballerina kitchen and dining area, featuring Miele appliances and stone worktops.

The stairs lead up to the bedroom suites with two double bedrooms on the first floor which have built-in wardrobes, en-suite shower rooms and windows overlooking the floor below and views of the countryside. On the top floor, you will find the principal suite, with direct access to a roof terrace overlooking Central London and a luxury bathroom suite with a second roof terrace.

The owners will also have access to the property's 55-acre land, which includes a tennis court. The property is located 5 minutes about from Stanmore Tube station which is at the end of the Jubilee Line.
Visitors to the property over the years have included Winston Churchill, Queen Victoria and Sir Walter Scott, so it's not a surprise that the mansion has been described as “steeped in history.” Schools close to the area include a vast selection of private and state, including Harrow School and Haberdashers ‘Askes’, and St Margaret’s.