Famous Faces on Cheyne Walk, Chelsea 3) Roman Abramovich
Businessman, politician and primary owner of private investment company Millhouse LLC, Roman Abramovich becomes one of the many famous faces that have called Cheyne Walk their home.
It was Henry VIII who had the first notable address built on Cheyne Walk back in 1536. Since then, a number of artists, musicians and politicians have resided on the street. Now, Israeli-Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea FC joins the list.
Roman Abramovich purchased the Cheyne Walk property in 2011 for £25 million. Previously, the business mogul had plans to create what was described as a £100 million super-home overlooking the Thames: not far from his prized Chelsea Football Club.
The property is, in fact, three linked buildings. Abramovich announced plans to transform the property and its garden which included the obligatory excavation to create two new underground storeys.
The work would have taken a year and it was thought he and former girlfriend Dasha Zhukova would house part of their fabulous art collection there.
One of the Cheyne Walk Grade II-listed period properties to be transformed is a 1670s building that was once home to artist James Whistler and later to the late Lord Kelvedon, better known as Tory minister Paul Channon. A second house in the block was built in 1521 by Sir Thomas More.