See inside the London home of a Hollywood film director, complete with a vault and a mural of Chairman Mao — and it’s available to rent for £35,000 a month

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Yes, that’s Saddam Hussein in the shower.
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It’s no surprise that there are some pretty extravagantly decorated, expensive homes in London – particularly in the wealthy neighbourhood of Knightsbridge.

However, this five-bedroom, five-bathroom 4551 sq. ft. townhouse on Brompton Square, available to rent for £34,666 a month or £8,000 a week, might take the cake.

It’s owned by Hollywood film director Roland Emmerich, known for films like “Independence Day,” “The Day After Tomorrow,” and “Godzilla,” a fact that becomes obvious when you look at its decor. From a wax figure of Pope John Paul II in a cupboard under the stairs to paintings of dictators like Chairman Mao and Lenin on the walls, the property is “truly unique,” according to Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward estate agents.

Spread over five floors, it has five double bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large reception, a drawing room, dining room, breakfast area and open-plan kitchen, as well as a separate kitchenette.

It also boasts two studios, two private terraces (including one roof terrace), a cinema room, and a vault on the lower ground floor.


Step inside the wildly colourful and imaginative London home of film director Roland Emmerich, on the market to rent for £35,000 a month. Before, you ask, yes, those are murals of Chairman Mao and Lenin, and they’re not the only ones in the property.

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The home is located on Brompton Square in SW3, which is between South Kensington and Knightsbridge Tube stations.

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Spread over five floors, the home has five double bedrooms, each as spacious and extravagant as the last. The cushions you see on this bed feature the faces of Stalin and Lenin.

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Some of the bedrooms are slightly more regal…

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But most are pretty unusual. This one has a punching bag right beside the bed…

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…While this one looks like a paint workshop.

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It’s also got five bathrooms. Here’s another mural to look over you while you brush your teeth.

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This one’s slightly more understated, albeit patriotic.

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There’s even a mural of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in one of the showers.

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There’s definitely no shortage of photos throughout the property.

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There are three receptions rooms, including this one which boasts a stuffed zebra.

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This one’s pretty gothic looking.

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Lenin appears on multiple cushions around the house, as do stuffed animals.

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There are two studies, including this one with chalkboard walls.

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There’s also a cinema room, of course — though the TV could be a bit bigger.

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There are two private terraces, including one on a rooftop.

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If that’s not enough, on the lower ground floor you’ll find a vault.

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Oh, and we can’t forget the life-size wax figure of Pope Jean Paul II hidden in a cupboard under the stairs.

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This is a pretty aggressive wall.

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“We make no apologies that this property is not for everyone, but for likeminded film fanatics and colourful personalities, this extraordinary property will not disappoint,” said estate agents Kinleigh Folklard & Hayward.

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They added that the “many gems” include a desk made from the wing of a Second World War Dakota plane, curtains made from 150 year old wedding dresses, and an outdoor bed.

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And in case you were wondering — all bills and WiFi are included.

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