The story of Peter Hall’s home begins with an unlikely muse: Morrissey, frontman of indie rock band the Smiths. “I’m a huge Smiths fan and read that Morrissey lived in Primrose Hill, so when I moved to London from Sydney in 1996, I decided to have a look,” Hall says. “I turned onto Regents Park Road and saw the park, the red postbox, the two red telephone boxes, and the houses and shops in all their variety and colour. And I said to myself, ‘This is it. This is where I’m going to live.’”
It was the beginning of an almost 30-year love affair, not just with the area but with this house, too. Chalcot Square is renowned for its brightly coloured Italianate terraces arranged around a pretty garden square, and Hall’s home commands one corner, giving it a unique triple aspect that ensures light on all sides throughout the day.
Grade II listed and built in the mid-19th century, the house was originally split into apartments and Hall spent six years acquiring the entire property. He then embarked on a “once in a 100-year renovation” to create the wonderful home that it is today. “I wanted to do everything to the highest specification possible and restore to the house the dignity it deserved,” says the financier and philanthropist.