DiCamillo Companion
England

44 Berkeley Square

  • Built / Designed For: Lady Isabella Finch

    House & Family History: 44 Berkeley Square was built 1744-45 for Lady Isabella Finch, daughter of Daniel Finch, 7th Earl of Winchilsea and 2nd Earl of Nottingham, and cousin of Lord Burlingon. An Arab consortium, led by the Saudi Arabian royal family, purchased Berkeley Square in May 2001. The consortium paid £345 million to buy the fabled square from BP's pension fund, which bought the square in 1967 for £12 million. The 10-acre purchase encompassed 100 buildings, including the freehold for 44, as well as the famous gunmakers Holland & Holland, and the actual square itself. Also included in the sale were properties in nearby Bruton Street, Hays Hill Street, Charles Street, and Bruton Place. From 1962 until 2017 44 Berkeley Square was the home of the famous Clermont Club and Annabel's nightclub, the latter of which moved to the basement of 46 Berkeley Square in 2018.

    Comments: Pevsner had a lot to say about this townhouse: "might well be called the finest terrace house of London. Inside are the grandest staircase and the grandest drawing room of any eighteenth-century private house in London. There is no other eighteenth-century staircase in England which can so convincingly be compared with those of the great German and Austrian Baroque architects."

  • Architect: William Kent

    Date: 1742-44
    Designed: House for Lady Isabella Finch

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - SOFTBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 1995
    Reference: pg. 584
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 0300072074
    Book Type: Softback

    Title: Best Buildings of England, The
    Author: Pevsner, Nikolaus
    Year Published: 1986
    Publisher: London: Viking
    ISBN: 0670812838
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: No Gardens

  • Past Seat of: Lady Isabella Finch, 18th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Corporation

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Club

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No