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    Penthouse apartment where Band Aid, Madonna and Queen recorded goes up for sale for £2.5m

    Going for a song: Penthouse apartment that was once music studios where Band Aid recorded Do They Know It’s Christmas and Bob Marley, Queen and Madonna also worked is up for sale for £2.5m

    • A 17th century chapel in London’s Notting Hill converted into a recording studio in the 1980s is now flats 
    • Island Records set up SARM Studios at the church, with Led Zeppelin also among the names to use the site 
    • It is home to nine luxury apartments, with a £2.5m two-bed penthouse with 1,800sq ft of space on the market

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    A penthouse apartment that once saw the the likes of Band Aid, Bob Marley, Queen and Madonna record hit singles within its walls has gone up for sale for £2.5million. 

    A 17th century converted chapel in London‘s Notting Hill was used as a recording studio in the 1980s, before it was converted into nine luxury flats in 2018.

    It was deconsecrated in 1969 for Island Records to begin using the site to record some of the biggest acts of the 20th century. It quickly changed hands to SARM Studios, where other huge bands continued to use the site. 

    In 2017, dozens of musicians collaborated in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, recording a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water at the studios. 

    Now a penthouse in the former church is up for sale offering a spacious two-bedroom duplex with 1,822sq ft of living space.

    A £2.5million penthouse inside 17th century chapel in Notting Hill, which has been used as a recording studio for some of the biggest names in music, has gone on the market

    The penthouse, one of nine luxury apartments inside the former SARM Studios, boasts two bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room within the same walls where the likes of Band Aid, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Queen have recorded

    The penthouse, one of nine luxury apartments inside the former SARM Studios, boasts two bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room within the same walls where the likes of Band Aid, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Queen have recorded 

    The walls of the luxury apartment show off some of the rich history and memorabilia from when the former church was owned by Island Records

    The walls of the luxury apartment show off some of the rich history and memorabilia from when the former church was owned by Island Records 

    The sprawling penthouse apartment boasts more than 1,800sq ft of space in the affluent area of Notting Hill, West London

    The sprawling penthouse apartment boasts more than 1,800sq ft of space in the affluent area of Notting Hill, West London 

    In November 1984 the 40 artists involved in Band Aid recorded the Do They Know it's Christmas charity single at the former Notting Hill chapel to raise funds for the relief efforts in Ethiopia

    In November 1984 the 40 artists involved in Band Aid recorded the Do They Know it’s Christmas charity single at the former Notting Hill chapel to raise funds for the relief efforts in Ethiopia

    Tall windows let in plenty of light to the former chapel. In 2018 it stopped being used as a recording studio and was converted into nine luxury flats

    Tall windows let in plenty of light to the former chapel. In 2018 it stopped being used as a recording studio and was converted into nine luxury flats

    Bob Marley once lived in apartment above the studios, with his own personal chef cooking there through most of the 1980s

    Bob Marley once lived in apartment above the studios, with his own personal chef cooking there through most of the 1980s 

    The apartment boasts a kitchen/dining room, a large reception room and two en suite double bedrooms.

    Charles Erwin, from Winkworth Estate Agents, said: ‘It’s unusual, it’s not your normal Notting Hill period conversion.

    ‘The conversion was completed last year and there are now just three apartments available – one penthouse and two one bedroom apartments.

    ‘It started life as a church and then came Island Records and the likes of Bob Marley and Grace Jones walked the halls.

    Communal parts of the building show off framed records on the walls and each letterbox is themed to an artist, helping to show off the rich history of the chapel, which saw the likes of Queen, Grace Jones, Bob Marley and Yes all record in the studio

    Communal parts of the building show off framed records on the walls and each letterbox is themed to an artist, helping to show off the rich history of the chapel, which saw the likes of Queen, Grace Jones, Bob Marley and Yes all record in the studio

    Some more recent artists to record at the former music studio include Rihanna, KT Tunstall, Take That and Christina Aguilera

    Some more recent artists to record at the former music studio include Rihanna, KT Tunstall, Take That and Christina Aguilera 

    The dining room and kitchen space is shared at the penthouse apartment, which is among the first of the flats to become available after work began last year

    The dining room and kitchen space is shared at the penthouse apartment, which is among the first of the flats to become available after work began last year

    Charles Erwin, from Winkworth, said: 'It's unusual, it's not your normal Notting Hill period conversion. 'The conversion was completed last year and there are now just three apartments available - one penthouse and two one bedroom apartments'

    Charles Erwin, from Winkworth, said: ‘It’s unusual, it’s not your normal Notting Hill period conversion. ‘The conversion was completed last year and there are now just three apartments available – one penthouse and two one bedroom apartments’

    Some of the biggest names in music from the last 60 years recorded at SARM Studios, incluing Paul McArtney, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Madonna and Queen, who recorded some of their biggest hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody, at the former church

    Some of the biggest names in music from the last 60 years recorded at SARM Studios, incluing Paul McArtney, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Madonna and Queen, who recorded some of their biggest hits, including Bohemian Rhapsody, at the former church

    SARM Studios was established by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, in 1969 and over the years scores of incredible artists have been through its doors. Now music lovers have a chance to live in a piece of cultural history, as the luxury flats in Notting Hill hit the market

    SARM Studios was established by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, in 1969 and over the years scores of incredible artists have been through its doors. Now music lovers have a chance to live in a piece of cultural history, as the luxury flats in Notting Hill hit the market

    The former church was deconsecrated in 1969 to make way for Island Records to move in, it later changed hands to SARM Studios, but musicians across a range of tastes and genres continued to use the site

    The former church was deconsecrated in 1969 to make way for Island Records to move in, it later changed hands to SARM Studios, but musicians across a range of tastes and genres continued to use the site 

    A blue plaque on the outside of the building commemorates it as the former home of Bob Marley, and the site where he also recorded some of his most successful work together with The Wailers

    A blue plaque on the outside of the building commemorates it as the former home of Bob Marley, and the site where he also recorded some of his most successful work together with The Wailers 

    Jessie J arriving at the studios in 2017

    Louis Tomlinson at the Notting Hill studios

    In 2017 musicians including Jessie J and Louis Tomlinson recorded a charity single in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy

    Bananarama were among the acts to lend their voices to the Band Aid track, which was recorded in November 1984

    Bananarama were among the acts to lend their voices to the Band Aid track, which was recorded in November 1984 

    Winkworth Estate Agents described the penthouse as 'contemporary,' offering a 'New York-style loft with nice high ceilings' in the heart of the bustling West London district of Notting Hill

    Winkworth Estate Agents described the penthouse as ‘contemporary,’ offering a ‘New York-style loft with nice high ceilings’ in the heart of the bustling West London district of Notting Hill 

    In November 1984 the 40 artists involved in Band Aid recorded the Do They Know it's Christmas charity single at the chapel to raise funds for the relief efforts in Ethiopia. Now it is a two-bed penthouse suite with a £2.5million price tag

    In November 1984 the 40 artists involved in Band Aid recorded the Do They Know it’s Christmas charity single at the chapel to raise funds for the relief efforts in Ethiopia. Now it is a two-bed penthouse suite with a £2.5million price tag

    The penthouse is a site of music history, aside from the countless musicians to have graced its halls, it was the first 24-track recording studio in England and it later became the first with 48-track facilities

    The penthouse is a site of music history, aside from the countless musicians to have graced its halls, it was the first 24-track recording studio in England and it later became the first with 48-track facilities

    Despite the £2.5million price tag, estate agents believe the apartment could be good for 'young people starting out, looking for something different'. Charles Erwin, from Winkworth, said the site's history is 'definitely a conversation point'

    Despite the £2.5million price tag, estate agents believe the apartment could be good for ‘young people starting out, looking for something different’. Charles Erwin, from Winkworth, said the site’s history is ‘definitely a conversation point’

    Dire Straits, Nick Drake, The Eagles, Genesis and Cat Stevens also used the former chapel as a recording studio in its heyday

    Dire Straits, Nick Drake, The Eagles, Genesis and Cat Stevens also used the former chapel as a recording studio in its heyday 

    ‘In the communal parts of the building they’ve got a lot of the framed records on the walls and each letterbox is themed to an artist, so you’ve got all the history.

    ‘But the penthouse itself is contemporary, a New York-style loft with nice high ceilings.

    ‘Notting Hill is obviously extremely famous and it’s right in the heart of the Portobello end of Notting Hill, with the market, so it’s fairly buzzing around there.

    WHO RECORDED AT SARM STUDIOS?

    The studios were used for artist signed to Island Records, including Bob Marley, Iron Maiden, Robert Palmer, Brian Eno, Nick Drake, Cat Stevens and Steve Winwood. 

    Other acts from the record label to use the studio in Notting Hill included Free, Bad Company, Jimmy Cliff, Sparks, Fairport Convention, King Crimson, John Martyn, Mott the Hoople, Quintessence, Roxy Music, Spooky Tooth, Traffic, If, Jethro Tull, the Average White Band and Sensational Alex Harvey Band.

    Huge acts that were not signed to Island Records were still able to use the studios. 

    Among the musicians to record in the former church were Madonna, The Clash, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Take That, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Genesis and Led Zeppelin. Others included KT Tunstall, Christina Aguilera, Joan Armstrong, Nik Kershaw, The Lighthouse Family, Boyzone, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Eagles, Dire Straits, Rihanna, Yes and ABC 

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    ‘We’ve had a range of people looking at it – it can appeal to young people starting out, looking for something different.

    ‘But we’ve also had people trading down from larger properties in Notting Hill but wanting to stay in the area looking for a lock up and leave place. This is ideal because it’s a well-serviced block.

    ‘It’s a bit of fun as well, it’s definitely a conversation point at dinner parties thinking whose been through the doors.’

    SARM Studios was established by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, in 1969 and over the years scores of incredible artists have been through its doors.

    Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull recorded albums there at the same time in 1970 and Bob Marley & The Wailers and the Rolling Stones were in the studio at the same time in 1973.

    Marley also lived for a year in an upstairs apartment at SARM, and his personal chef cooked there for most of the 1980s.

    Other artists to record there included Iron Maiden, Madonna, The Clash, Pet Shop Boys, Paul McCartney, Rihanna, Genesis, Take That and The Eagles.

    Queen recorded some of their biggest hits there, including Bohemian Rhapsody and We Are the Champions. 

    In the mid-70s it was the first 24-track recording studio in England and it later became the first with 48-track facilities.

    In November 1984 the 40 artists involved in Band Aid recorded the Do They Know it’s Christmas charity single there to raise funds for the relief efforts in Ethiopia.

    Artwork lines the walls of the converted chapel as a celebration of its rich ties to some of the biggest names in music in the last 50 years

    Artwork lines the walls of the converted chapel as a celebration of its rich ties to some of the biggest names in music in the last 50 years 

    Records, including the iconic folk album Rum, Sodomy and The Lash by The Pogues, line the communal areas of the luxury apartments in London's Notting Hill

    Records, including the iconic folk album Rum, Sodomy and The Lash by The Pogues, line the communal areas of the luxury apartments in London’s Notting Hill 

    The apartment takes a historic place in the history of Notting Hill, and is just a short walk from nearby Portobello Road

    The apartment takes a historic place in the history of Notting Hill, and is just a short walk from nearby Portobello Road

    Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull recorded albums there at the same time in 1970 and Bob Marley & The Wailers and the Rolling Stones were in the studio at the same time in 1973. Marley also lived for a year in an upstairs apartment at SARM, a detail commemorated by a blue plaque on the former chapel's wall

    Led Zeppelin and Jethro Tull recorded albums there at the same time in 1970 and Bob Marley & The Wailers and the Rolling Stones were in the studio at the same time in 1973. Marley also lived for a year in an upstairs apartment at SARM, a detail commemorated by a blue plaque on the former chapel’s wall

    Charles Erwin, of Winkworth Estate Agents , said of the site: 'It's unusual, it's not your normal Notting Hill period conversion'

    Charles Erwin, of Winkworth Estate Agents , said of the site: ‘It’s unusual, it’s not your normal Notting Hill period conversion’

    Among the musicians to record in the former church were Madonna, The Clash, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Take That, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Genesis and Led Zeppelin

    Among the musicians to record in the former church were Madonna, The Clash, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, Take That, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Genesis and Led Zeppelin

    Others included KT Tunstall, Christina Aguilera, Joan Armstrong, Nik Kershaw, The Lighthouse Family, Boyzone, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Eagles, Dire Straits, Rihanna, Yes and ABC

    Others included KT Tunstall, Christina Aguilera, Joan Armstrong, Nik Kershaw, The Lighthouse Family, Boyzone, Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Eagles, Dire Straits, Rihanna, Yes and ABC

    Winkworth Estate Agents has valued the brand new penthouse apartment, near Ladbroke Grove station, at £2.5million

    Winkworth Estate Agents has valued the brand new penthouse apartment, near Ladbroke Grove station, at £2.5million 

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