Own a Property Fit for a Prince

Words by
Lee Cassanell

21st July 2022

A St. James’s property seeped in history is up for sale. 

napoleon III london house

A £4.5 million property that once hosted the likes of Charles Dickens and Benjamin Disraeli is on the market.

1C King Street in St. James’s is the former home of the First President of France, Napoelon III, who took over the lease on the premises in 1847, transforming its interior into a shrine to the Bonapartes.

Napoleon became a leading figure in London society and was given honorary membership of some of the most celebrated clubs in St James’s. In September 1848, after the fall of the Bourbon monarchy, he departed for France in great haste as his landlord found ‘the Prince’s bed unmade and his marble bath still full of water’.

The blue plaque commemorating the stay of Napoleon in King Street is the earliest surviving plaque in London. It is the only plaque to have been installed during a recipient’s lifetime. 

The Grade II-listed  two bedroom apartment is south facing  with exceptional ceiling heights and a south facing floor to ceiling windows, a large  balcony spanning the width of the apartment, a feature fire place, a walk-in dressing room and air-con throughout.