This gothic Victorian townhouse in east London is full of fantastical treasures

Like a Gothic fairy tale brought to life, this Victorian townhouse in east London has unexpected twists, with angels, insects – and even a unicorn – at every turn

Victorian townhouse in east London

THE PROPERTY

A double-fronted Victorian house on three levels in east London. On the lower ground floor of this modern home (opens in new tab) there is a kitchen, dining room (opens in new tab), utility room (opens in new tab), bedroom (opens in new tab) and wet room. On the ground floor there is a living room (opens in new tab), study, bedroom and WC. On the first floor sit four bedrooms and the main bathroom (opens in new tab).

There’s no denying this home is the stuff of fantastical festive grottoes, with its smorgasbord of ‘what-on-earth!’ oddities at every turn. And guests can’t help but feel they’ve walked into some captivating, otherworldly kingdom – Narnia meets Miss Havisham meets The Natural History Museum. To be honest, it’s hard not to gawp.Waiting inside is a unicorn, more than one angel, a lioness, hundreds of butterflies and even a human skeleton.

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THE LIVING ROOM

The living room (opens in new tab) (above and below) is full of grand gestures, from the sprawling bespoke sofa to the praying angel and imposing convex railway station mirrors.Winter flowers and crackling fires make this home feel cosy during darker months.

Victorian townhouse in east London

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Victorian townhouse in east London

THE HALLWAY

With a hallway (opens in new tab) like this, who can blame guests for wanting to make an entrance?

Victorian townhouse in east London

THE STUDY

The study is a sanctuary for some of the owners' quirkiest pieces.

Victorian townhouse in east London

THE KITCHEN

Terracotta tiles, dark grey cabinetry and rustic wood surfaces create an earthy kitchen.

Victorian townhouse in east London

(Image credit: James Merrell)

The dairy cabinet is an antique from the 1880s.

Victorian townhouse in east London

THE BEDROOM

Neutral walls are the perfect backdrop for the cluster of deer skulls and out-there lighting.

Victorian townhouse in east London

A vintage taxidermy ‘unicorn’ sits in a meadow of flowers designed by Joanna Imrie at Cut Flowers London.

Victorian townhouse in east London

THE WET ROOM

A tiny modern bathroom has been transformed into a functional shower room (opens in new tab).

Victorian townhouse in east London

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Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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