Famous residents count a Lord Mayor, Wimbledon champion and Nobel Prize winner
The terraces in Lancaster Gate are stuccoed and are in an eclectic classical style featuring English Baroque details and French touches. Evidence of 1 Lancaster Terrace (originally known as 1 Kensington Gardens) first appeared in the London Street Directory of 1843.
The first registered occupant was Francis John Lambert esq. Between 1861 and the start of the 20th Century, the house was occupied by Sir James Bacon, a barrister and Vice Chancellor of the Court of Justice. His son Francis Bacon, a judge, became head of the household in 1901. He lived in the house for 50 years. By 1920 Sir Edward Cecil Moore, Lord Mayor of London from 1922-1923, had moved in.
In 1930 the house was occupied by the winner of the 1911 Mixed Double Championship at Wimbledon, Theodore Michel Mavrogordato. He represented England in the Davis Cup several times and had a career as a merchant banker in the City of London.
By the beginning of World War II the house had been divided into apartments and in 1939 became officially known as 1 Lancaster Terrace.
Some of the interesting people who lived in Fountain House from 1939 onwards include Sir William Garthwaite, a ship owner and sugar plantation owner. He helped the Admiralty with shipping between Canada and France during the two world wars and was decorated with the award of Chevalier, Crown of Belgium and was created 1st Baronet Garthwaite of Durham in 1919.
Other occupants included a famous composer of songs and choral works, Sir Adrian Welles Beecham, 3rd Baronet Beecham, author Angus Roy Macphail and the founder of the British School of Motoring, Stanley Coryton Roberts.
A famous film director, a pilot and World War II Commanding Officer, well-known maritime artefacts collector and pop singer who reached the top 10 singles chart in the UK in the 1950s and 1960s.
And last but not least, Sir Robert Robinson, a famous chemist and Nobel Prizewinner for Chemistry in 1947, was registered as a resident in the 1975 sensus.