Just across the river from Chelsea lies Battersea, a tangle of mansion blocks, pretty cottages and concrete monstrosities, all clustered around the wilderness of Battersea Park. Batterseaâ€™s not a place for pussy cats â€“ Vivienne Westwood, Bob Geldof and Gordon Ramsay all go to earth here. And so, tiger tiger, will you. Track down this seventh-floor apartment, and youâ€™ll find an extraordinary sixties throwback. Startling pink, magenta and animal prints dominate, but this lair is immensely warm and comfortable. So, curl up and sheathe your claws and take pride in the territory.
Your hostess is usually to be found in a more rural den with her husband in their native Surrey, but despite being a country girl at heart, has owned homes in St Mary le Park for more than 25 years. Working as a freelance writer, she uses this tree top lair as a city pad in which to let her creative side run wild, both on the page and in the furnishings.
A giant zebra print rug is the focus of the sitting-room, with plush fuchsia armchairs and a squashy pouffe at one end, and a herd of hot pink dining chairs clustered round an enormous table at the other.
The kitchen â€“ beautifully equipped â€“ is a riot of deep red, while a fearsome tiger strolls through the savannah in the oatmeal bathroom. The bedroom seems positively tame by comparison. Divided in two, thereâ€™s both a sleeping section with fresh, white linens and a smart dressing area. And if youâ€™re ever worried about missing the call of the wild, this apartment has not one but two balconies overlooking Battersea Park.
There are two award-winning restaurants within prowling distance as well as a pub. And if you like a little urban with your jungle, nip over Albert Bridge and hunt down the latest fashions on the Kingâ€™s Road. From there, Sloane Square tube is just 10 minutes from the West End.