Let's do the time warp: nine of the best homes from another era on the market in London

From an Art Deco beauty in Bromley to a 1970s house in Highgate, we’ve collected nine homes for sale which will send you back in time

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Time capsule homes collage
Our pick of time-capsule home for sale
Emma Magnus19 April 2024

Whether it’s striking modernist architecture or well-preserved period interiors, there is always a thrill in finding a home that has stood the test of time.

“That’s the thing about this house,” said the owner of a lovingly maintained Art Deco house in Devon, who found a time capsule in the wall from 1935.

“It has a sense that other people have lived their lives here before us.”

From a listed Georgian building with “remarkably complete” interiors to a riverside house with 1970s wallpapers, here are nine of the best time capsule homes on the market now.

Isle of Dogs, E14

Ferry Street, E14
Strutt & Parker


Designed by Stout & Litchfield, this Grade II-listed house on the Thames has “untouched” 1970s interiors, with William Morris and Charlies Rennie Mackintosh wallpapers and Scandinavian-style wood boarded ceilings.

Strutt & Parker, 020 45388012.

Kingsbury, NW9

Bacon Lane, NW9
Bacon Lane, NW9


1920s two-bedroom cottage described as a “rich in character time capsule”. There are original wooden ceiling beams, a cast-iron fireplace and a wraparound garden.

Winkworth, 020 38348172.

Ham, TW10

Marlowe Court exterior
Marlowe Court, TW10


Grade II-listed flat in the famous Parkleys Development, designed by Eric Lyons and Geoffrey Townsend in the 1950s. Well-preserved, with original stairwell and parquet flooring.

Chestertons, 020 81152470.

Mayfair, W1

Park Street, W1
Park Street, W1
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Grade II-listed Georgian building dating from 1729 with “remarkably complete” 18th century interiors, including dog leg staircases and panelled walls. In need of restoration.

Knight Frank, 020 38356305.

Highgate, N6

Bishopswood Road, N6
Bishopswood Road, N6


There are wooden ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glazed windows and a central, open-tread staircase in this 1970s house, designed by Stout & Litchfield. Four bedrooms with 1,468 sq ft of space.

PurpleBricks, 0800 8108008.

Bromley, BR1

Exterior of the Art Deco house, Stillness
Lodge Road, BR1
jdm Estate Agents


Called Stillness, this Grade II-listed Art Deco house built in 1934 remains packed with original features, including its curved staircase, oak architraves, skirting boards, fittings and fireplaces.

Jdm, 020 83136800.

Greenwich, SE10

Crooms Hill, SE10
Crooms Hill, SE10
Fine & Country


Queen Anne house replete with period features (feature fireplaces, sash windows, plastered ceilings; even classical busts) and opulent interiors curated by its owners of 68 years. Grade II-listed.

Fine & Country, 020 45383171.

Sydenham, SE26

Round Hill, SE26
Round Hill, SE26


Arts and Crafts family home dating from the 1920s. There are exposed wooden beams, feature fireplaces, a cottage-style kitchen and ornate, curved bay windows.

Stanfords, 0203 8695659.

City of London, EC1Y

Bowater House, EC1Y
Bowater House, EC1Y
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Bowater House, Golden Lane Estate, £750,000

Two-bedroom modernist apartment in the famous 1950s estate with parquet flooring, a concrete cantilever staircase and a double-height pull up window leading to a south-facing balcony.

Nicola Lee, 0203 8403426.