Flat Types in Ben Jonson House

Type Total Rooms Accommodation
F2C 66 2 1 bedroom, living room
M2A 42 3 1 bedroom, living room, dining area
M2B 44 3 1 bedroom, living room, dining area
M2C 2 2 1 bedroom, living room, store room
M3A 21 4 2 bedroom, living room, dining area, roof patio
M3B 22 4 2 bedroom, living room, dining area, roof patio
M3C 1 4 3 bedroom, living/dining room, store room, roof patio
M3D 2 4 2 bedroom, living room, dining area
M3E 2 4 2 bedroom, living room, dining area
M4A 2 5 3 bedroom, living room, dining area
TOTAL 204

Maisonettes and flats

The block contains 66 two-room flats, 88 three-room maisonettes, 4 four-room maisonettes, 44 four-room and 2 five-room penthouse maisonettes.

The two-room flats are on the second third and fifth floors. Off the corridor, is an entrance into a hall, with a bathroom on the right and a doorway on the left into the main part of the flat. The first room you enter runs from the windows at the front of the building back to the wall of the corridor. The kitchen is at the back along the corridor wall. The rest of the room is the living room. Off the living room, is a bedroom which also has windows overlooking the front of the building. Through that doorway, there is a kitchen at the back of the room on the left. (Type F2C).

There are also two-room maisonettes. The accommodation is all on one level. It is double the width but, instead of going from one side of the block to the other, it is half the depth of the first type, and it has windows onto one side of the building or the other. It has a large living room and a bedroom at the front and a kitchen and bathroom at the back. Entrance is still from a (vestigial) higher or a lower level, so you walk up or down to get to your flat. (Type M2C).

Three-room maisonettes have accommodation on two levels. The entrance floor backs onto the central corridor, so it is half-depth. The entrance door opens into a hall with a bathroom off it and a bedroom beyond. From the hall, there are stairs down (Type M2A) or up (Type M2B) to the larger floor which runs through the block from front to back. The living room is at the front, overlooking Cromwell and Shakespeare Towers and Frobisher Crescent. Then there is a kitchen in the middle, and a dining room at the back, overlooking the Golden Lane area.

The four-room maisonettes are on two levels, extending right through the block. You enter at the bedroom level, and turn one way into the front bedroom or the other way into a corridor with the bathroom on one side and a second bedroom ahead. You then walk down (Type M3D) or up (Type M3E) a flight of stairs to the living room. There is a kitchen on the other side of the stairs, and then the dining room at the back.

Flats with entrances on the second floor then go down to the first floor for the main part of the flat. Those with entrances on the third floor have the main part on the fourth floor.

Penthouse Flats

The penthouse maisonettes take up the fifth floor upwards. The front door is on the fifth floor. Since it is off the building’s central corridor, the floor is roughly half the depth of the building. The entrance is into a hall. There is a corridor leading to the bedroom, with a window onto Golden Lane, and there is a bathroom off the corridor. Stairs just inside the entrance go up to the middle floor which is full size. There is a living room at the front overlooking the garden, a kitchen in the middle, and a dining room at the back. A further flight goes up to the penthouse studio or bedroom, which is half the size of the middle level and either overlooks Golden Lane (Type M3A) or the garden (Type M3B). It is like Type M2A or Type M2B but with a penthouse level on top.

The other type of penthouse maisonette is like Type M2C but with a penthouse level on top. On the fifth floor there is only the entrance and stairs to the sixth floor. The sixth floor accommodation is double-width, with the living/dining room and bedroom at the front, and kitchen and bathroom at the back (with no windows). The seventh floor level has two rooms which can either be bedrooms or studios (Type M3C).

Finally, there is a layout similar to Type M3D but with the extra floor on top. The entrance is at fifth floor level with a bedroom at the front, a bathroom off the corridor, and a bedroom at the back. The middle level on the sixth floor has the usual layout of a living room at the front, a kitchen in the middle, and a dining room at the back. The penthouse floor has a single bedroom (Type M4A).