Famous music studios linked to David Bowie now transformed into new loft apartments


In the heart of Soho, a historic music recording studio located at 2 Royalty Mews, set in a private cobbled courtyard off Dean Street, has been transformed by developer Met Group into four loft style apartments designed by architects March & White with the upper floor apartments accessed via a striking feature staircase designed by artist Adam Dant, marketed by Beauchamp Estates.

Now build complete 2 Royalty Mews provides four ulta-prime residences consisting of three two bedroom lateral apartments, each with private patios/balconies, ranging from 931 sqft to 1,650 sqft in size; and a 1,763 sqft three bedroom duplex penthouse with a private rooftop terrace. The beautifully finished apartments are ready for immediate occupation, and private tours are being offered to discerning buyers by sales agent Beauchamp Estates.

Part of Soho’s industrial heritage, the recording studio at 2 Royalty Mews was used for many decades for music recordings, film and television production. The recording studios along Dean Street (both current and historic) have played host to many a legend over the years including David Bowie, T-Rex, Roxy Music, Marianne Faithfull, Thin Lizzy, Pink Floyd, Wham!, The Smiths and Duran Duran. In 2014 planning was started to convert the studio into apartments with permission provided in 2017 and the new lateral apartments constructed during 2018-2019.

Accessed via a cobbled courtyard, 2 Royalty Mews has a striking four storey black brick façade with large industrial-style crittal windows. Artist Adam Dant has designed a curved industrial-inspired feature stairwell, finished in brass, which provides access to the upper floor apartments.

To gain inspiration for designing the apartment interiors and specification at 2 Royalty Mews architects Elliott March and James White of international design house March & White listened to music recorded in Soho by artists Roxy Music, David Bowie and Marianne Faithful. The striking colour palette of the iconic album cover of Low by David Bowie is said to relate to the industrial colours of Royalty Mews and its historic recording studios.

Founded in 2010 March & White are known for designing ultra-prime residential projects and the interiors of some of London’s most elite private clubs and hospitality venues including The Arts Club, Devonshire Club, Café Royal, Sussex Garden Hotel and LIMA restaurant; they also have a portfolio of A-list private clients including music mogul Simon Cowell.

Located on the ground and first floors, each of the three lateral apartments at 2 Royalty Mews has a spacious double reception room with an open plan fully fitted designer kitchen. There is a master bedroom suite with ensuite bathroom and dressing area, a second bedroom and guest shower room.

The two ground floor apartments have been cleverly designed with the master bedroom suites opening onto a private patio, perfect for breakfast or reading, with both apartments designed so that the second bedroom also opens onto the patio. The 1,650 sqft first floor apartment has a spacious balcony accessed from both the reception room and master bedroom suite.

Located on the second and third floors, the duplex penthouse has a spacious dining area and open plan kitchen and breakfast area on the lower level. The master bedroom suite with master bathroom and dressing room and two further bedroom suites are also on this level. Stairs lead up to the upper floor which has a spectacular main reception room, opening onto a 220 sqft private roof terrace.

The apartments at 2 Royalty Mews in Soho are priced from £3,900,000 for the three lateral apartments and £4,600,000 for the duplex penthouse.