71 South Audley Street is a fascinating structure – the most interesting bit is actually in South Street!
Its a classical building, Grade II, built in 1736 with a now rare pedestrian colonnade added a few years later. Colonnades were all the rage in London throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Such historic examples as this are few and far between although colonnades are once again in vogue within several of the modern redevelopments in the capital.
Number 71 is almost certainly the oldest building within the historic South Audley/South Street area.
Part of 71 South Audley Street can be seen further back in South Street. This stupendous chimney in 71’s garden sits against the wall of 28 South Street (another Grade II building.)