For sale: bijou court, needs some attention

The Chelsea Set's former Crown Court at 1 Hans Crescent in Knightsbridge is coming up for sale, returning it back to its former privately-owned glory 100 years after it was built.

The court is to be offered with vacant possession. Although it goes on the market in two or three month's time, some uncertainty hangs over its future use.

Estate agent Knight Frank & Rutley, which is preparing the 100,068 sq ft property for sale, says possible uses for the defunct house include luxury apartments.

The property was originally built in 1894. Previously used as a hotel, the Ministry of Works acquired it in 1950. It became a Crown Court Centre in 1974.

However, it cannot return to being a hotel because of current planning restrictions in the local Unitary Development Plan.

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