Living in ‘shared accommodation’ might trigger images of student digs or being a lodger in a house owned by a live-in landlord (or landlady!), but another more appealing option is a ‘residence’ where you have your own private room with an en-suite bathroom but share facilities and services.
It may sound a bit like a ‘hall of residence’, the term commonly used for university students’ accommodation, but new modern style residences are proving very popular. Some respected industry experts, including renowned interior designer Naomi Cleaver who has appeared on TV, have even suggested student style residences suitable for professionals might be the answer to the housing crisis in London as well as other cities in the UK.
The phrase ‘the sharing economy’ rather like the ‘gig economy’ is one we hear frequently now; however, sharing has been the key to developing societies, cultures and countries throughout the ages. In particular, ‘shared accommodation’ of varying types has been essential for providing a ‘home’ to countless people – for example ‘lodgers’ used to be a common expression. Nowadays a ‘shared’ flat or house, is more likely to be a group of friends or family members sharing a property on an equal basis. More recent has been the trend for properties acquired by buy to let landlords purposely to accommodate professional/working tenants who may not even know one another before moving in together.
Purpose built communal accommodation isn’t, however, particularly new. At the start of the 19th Century an impressive Victorian woman, Evelyn Hopkinson, was responsible for the development of Brabazon House (1901) and Hopkinson House (1905), both residences for working women in Westminster, London. Just over 30 years later, Evelyn’s grand-daughter Alice Roughton, inspired by her grandmother’s example, formed a new company to develop Vincent House in Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill.
Vincent House, opened as a club style residence for both men and women in 1940. It immediately welcomed new residents attracted by the option of their own private space with an en-suite bathroom plus the provision of breakfast and dinner in a communal dining room and other facilities such as a relaxing lounge and the House’s large garden. Its residents also liked the services which included room cleaning, regular bed linen & towel changes and in-house maintenance.
For many, they chose it for the easy way of life that allowed them to make the most of living in Notting Hill close to many transport options and the attractions of Central London, such as its theatres and cinemas, its shops, museums and parks.
Now owned by Vincent Housing Association (a Registered Society), Vincent House continues to provide accommodation to a wide range of people. It has been updated regularly and has undergone an extensive refurbishment in recent years; however, it retains the original principles of both Evelyn Hopkinson and Alice Roughton of combining business with the social purpose of providing good value serviced accommodation to working people.
If you want to know more about residing at Vincent House visit our homepage www.vincenthouse.london where you will find details of our accommodation & services and our rates. You can also read about our history in “Vincent House, The History”.