Evening Standard - 30 Sept 2019

The Evening Standard

30 September 2019
Jonathan Prynn


New £20m ‘art hub’ in South Kensington terrace ‘set to rival Mayfair’

A huge new “art hub” in a terrace of Victorian townhouses where Winston Churchill honed his painting skills will turn South Kensington into a gallery district to rival Mayfair, its backers claimed today.

The complex of 14 gallery spaces — as well as art storage facilities, viewing rooms and offices — is being created at Cromwell Place through a £20 million conversion of five listed buildings.

It will operate as a membership club for galleries, dealers, collectors and art professionals but will be open free to the public who will be able to view and buy works from Wednesday to Sunday each week.

There will also be a clubhouse restaurant for members that will be overseen by Michelin-starred chef Ollie Dabbous with wine provided by Mayfair boutique Hedonism.

Preston Benson, managing director of Cromwell Place, who today announced that the development will open on May 5, said: “The vision is for South Kensington to become a major fine arts centre.”

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