2 Willow Road

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Nestled amongst a strip of picturesque Hampstead cottages and rather imposing Victorian terraces is 2, Willow Road. This groundbreaking, yet remarkably sympathetic Modernist home was built in 1939 by Trellik Tower architect, Erno Goldfinger, and is choc full of inspirational design ideas from high gloss red panels that punctuate the interior scheme to an array of envy-inducing Modernist furniture and works of art by Bridget Riley and Max Ernst.

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National Trust owned, the property is open in the summer months and is a must-see for anyone with a love of design or a penchant for through-the-keyhole Tom peepery. The guides are expert in their knowledge of its architecture and design, as well the Goldfinger history and mythology -  for instance, it is very likely true that Ian Fleming named his notorious bond villain after Erno Goldfinger due to his instant dislike of the architect, though they did not know each other well.