Number One, Bedford Square, is one of the great terraced houses of London and often considered the ‘ace in the pack’ of the 52 houses in the Square. Designed by Thomas Leverton in the late 1770s for Lionel Lyde, a tobacco merchant in the city and a director of the Bank of England. It was initially planned to look like all of the other houses in the Square but narrower however Lyde is believed to have struck a deal with the builder of the house two doors down on Bloomsbury Street to obtain an extra 6 foot of building space. This allowed for the distinctive wide central entrance, a rare exception for standard three bay Georgian houses in London. Due to its architectural importance, the house is Grade I listed. Cameron Mackintosh Ltd moved into Number One in 1988 after they outgrew their previous offices which were located around the corner in Museum Street. A few years later, they also acquired their Grade II listed neighbour, Number Two Bedford Square.
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