Mayfair Mega Mansion

Famously the UK's highest taxpayer, Phones 4u founder John Caudwell has turned two mansions in Mayfair into one vast property that, with an estimated value of £250 million, is thought to be Britain's most expensive private home.

Businessman and philanthropist Caudwell, 67, who sold his Phones 4u chain for just under £1.5 billion in 2006, bought Mayfair House for £87 million in 2012 and a few years later embarked on a total renovation.

Set in a Portland stone building, it's actually two houses knocked into one, with a 120-capacity ballroom, 15 bedrooms and eight floors.

The super-home spans 43,000sq ft, which is roughly the average size of 55 London flats - and more than twice the size of the Royal Albert Hall.

The total overhaul of this huge home was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary earlier this year, in which Caudwell revealed how a vast basement now joins the two mansions together. There's a "car stacker" that can take eight cars from street level to storage at the press of a button, plus an indoor pool with a volcanic lava installation.

Other features you might not expect to find in this historic London enclave include a Thai-themed dining room -​ Caudwell's favourite food - with a river flowing through its centre filled with handpicked African Cichlid fish, all set beneath a faux cherry tree with pink blossoms, while it's also revealed that 20,000 sheets of gold leaf were used throughout the opulent interiors.

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