Kings at the corner shop

first_imgInside an apartment on Charles Street, prices hover around Euro 16,500,000Royal wedding fever may have abated somewhat but after the amazing spectacular event stage managed by the British Tourist Authority (surely?), the sudden revamped love for the Royal family by the often distinctly ambivalent British public shows no sign of,Inside an apartment on Charles Street, prices hover around Euro 16,500,000Royal wedding fever may have abated somewhat but after the amazing spectacular event stage managed by the British Tourist Authority (surely?), the sudden revamped love for the Royal family by the often distinctly ambivalent British public shows no sign of slowing down. Everyone wants a bit of the suddenly sexy world of the younger generation of toffs that have clotted our screens and newspapers of late. A driveway and apartment block on Charles StreetShould you want to live with the Royals you would, of course, have to work for them as an equerry or an under butler or something. If the idea of indentured labour appears a bit medieval to you, it is possible to live very near them, in what the estate agents will no doubt soon be calling ‘the royal fringes’.Although Westminster and Chelsea could conceivably have claimed to be abutting on our dear Queen, corgis and, of course, shiny-happy royal superstars Kates and Wills, they are too full of politicians, Russians, and Arabs, to be a smug British establishment.The living room, dining room and hallway of an apartment on Mount Street in Mayfair costs around Euro 3,500,000Mayfair is, really, the only truly royal neighbourhood and not only because the Queen was born on Brutton Street and still owns the freehold of most of it (the rest is owned by the Duke of Westminster.) Unlike most areas of London that try to call themselves ‘exclusive’ with a lick of paint and bit of gentrification in the form of a gastropub, Mayfair has been the des res place to live since the 17th century.Named after the two-week long May Fair that was held in the now cool Shepard’s Market from 1686 to 1784 till the well-to-do residents banned it for lowering the tone, it remains London’s most exclusive area, even today. The bedroomIt boasts not only the worlds best shopping-be it for watches or the best in hand made British excellence: bespoke silver, crystal and leather at William and Son on Mount Street or fine art on Cork Street or fashion, fashion, fashion till you drop on Bond Street. But also the finest in dining at Scotts, Nobu or Banaras.Even though it retains a distinctly chummy- if super posh-villagy feel, the same cannot be said of the real estate on the market at the moment. The properties are luxurious and grand; some of which date from the 18th century, and are fully equipped with all the latest must- have millionaire specs.Bath areaThere is an exceptional house/apartment on George Street, which-with two grand reception rooms and seven bedrooms, bathrooms and a stunning conservatory leading to a roof terrace- can be yours for Euro 16 million.(Rs 117.71 crore) This is a place that says you have arrived in London and you intend to stay.If this is a little steep for you then you can snap up a beautiful apartment overlooking lovely and leafy Grosvenor Square. This comes with a unique and quite wonderful 26-foot long reception room with balconies that open onto one of London’s finest locations.A conservatory leading to a roof terrace is available for Euro 16 millionFor those who want a bit of quirk in their properties there is a spacious and light place on the corner of Mount Street: the achingly hip shopping and eating destination for those in the know. This is on the market for Euro 3.5 million (Rs 25.75crore) after an extensive refurbishment has brought it up to date with under floor heating, wooden floors and cat 5 cabling throughout. Fine architecture, excellent shopping and a vibrant atmosphere makes Mount Street a great place to visit, live or work inSo if you want to live somewhere that is owned by the Royals, where they hang out and the super rich establishment play, then Mayfair is the address to vie for.The writer is a film and travel journalist.advertisementlast_img

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