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Take a Seat At The Big Breakfast House

20.10.20

You won’t find Chris Evans or Denise Van Outen propping up the breakfast bar and – thank goodness – Zig and Zag won’t be singing in the bathroom.

But some memories of morning television’s most raucous era must still linger in this east London house where The Big Breakfast was filmed.

Getting ready for school in the Nineties was a decidedly more exciting affair thanks to Channel 4’s decision to broadcast three hours of silly, shouty, in-your-face games, chat and pranks every morning, presented by a group of people who seemed to be enjoying the decade’s longest after-party.

This all took place against a garish backdrop featuring the era’s favourite acid brights – nothing about the show could be described as subtle or understated.

The beds were covered in hot pink satin, the kitchen cabinets were lime green and the walls were painted any colour… so long as it was bright.

Nowadays, while the outside of the converted lock keepers’ cottages looks much the same, the inside is unrecognisable from the days when everyone from David Bowie and a young Tom Hardy to Donald Trump walked through its doors.

A year after the show ended in 2002, the three cottages were sold for about £800,000 but were damaged by fire shortly after.

Now back on the market for £5.75 million after an extensive overhaul, the property is being sold as a six-bedroom detached house decorated with a nod to industrial chic, with exposed brick walls, Crittall-style windows and white walls.

While the bedroom where the late Paula Yates filmed her outrageously flirtatious On The Bed interviews has been toned down a fair degree, the main bedroom still packs a stylish punch with parquet flooring and a semi-open plan en suite bathroom, complete with free-standing clawfoot bath.

Instead of the teacup-shaped paddling pool where contestants played One Lump or Two, the half-acre garden now boasts a swimming pool — although the memorable white picket fence remains.

There’s also a large workshop near where Johnny Vaughan filmed his From Me Shed, Son segment.

Accessed by a private road, the house is next to the Olympic Park and a short walk from Hackney Wick Overground station in now-fashionable east London.

The house is for sale for £5.75m through Blake Stanley.

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