Property of the week: Albert Court

  • By Bertie Russell
  • 20 December 2017

Directly adjacent to the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal College of Music, sits the prestigious Grade II listed building, Albert Court. One of London’s first purpose-built mansion blocks, this remarkable Victorian building boasts an array of distinguished residents including the world-famous British Archaeologist, Howard Carter. Set on the first and second floors of Albert Court lies a magnificent five-bedroom apartment spanning over 4,340 sq.ft. Originally two separate apartments, this imposing duplex boasts grand proportions, a south facing aspect and access to the building’s discrete concierge service. The property is on the market with leading prime London estate agents Russell Simpson for £9.75m.

Howard Carter, Albert Court’s most illustrious resident, was born and raised in Kensington before heading to Egypt at the tender age of 17. Carter found work as an artist for an archaeologist who needed someone to document his findings, and in 1891 he began working on the Egypt Exploration Fund’s excavation of the tombs at Beni Hassan. In 1907, Carter was hired by English aristocrat Lord Carnarvon to lead an excavation of Egyptian nobles’ tombs. In 1914, he received the license to dig at the Valley of the Kings, which they believed to be the location of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

In November 1922, Carter and his team uncovered a flight of steps leading down to a sealed door and a secret chamber. Three months later, Carter and Lord Carnarvon entered the innermost chamber and found the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun, which up until then, lay undisturbed for over 3,000 years. “King Tut’s” burial chamber was filled with over 5,000 artefacts for his journey to the afterlife; oils, perfumes, previous jewellery and statues of gold and ebony. Described as the “archaeological triumph of the 20th century”, Carter’s incredible discovery enthralled the world; a craze of “Tut-mania” taking over the west.

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