Financial Times

Gurinder Chadha, whose film Viceroy’s House has just been released, is outside her mews house in London’s Primrose Hill looking at two small lions tucked behind a flower pot. They are props from her most successful film Bend It like Beckham and they’re in the wrong place. “They shouldn’t be there,” says Chadha. With great care, she picks them up and places them either side of the front door. Then she smiles and says: “Now, they are protecting the house”. It took her a year to find this house. “From the moment I walked through the front door I said, ‘I am buying this house.’” She saw it on Monday and by Friday she had bought it.

The house is “upside down”, says Chadha, with bedrooms on the ground floor and the sitting/dining room on the first. Originally two coach houses, a Japanese architect converted the property into a single home in the 1980s, based on feng shui principles. “That’s why I feel it’s always so warm when you walk in here.”

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