Homes fit for a Queen
1. Eaton Terrace SW1W £7.5m
2. Vicarage Gate W8 £750,000
3. Queen’s Gate SW7 £800p/w
4. Parkside SW1X £2,500p/w
5. Sloane Gardens SW1W £895p/w
6. Elystan Street SW3 £795p/w
7. Cadogan Gardens SW3 £2.125m
8. Sloane Avenue SW3 £975,000
9. Kensington Square W8 £7m
10. Upper Belgrave Street SW1X £3.5m
Her Majesty celebrates her official birthday on June 11 by Trooping the Colour and watching a fly-past by the RAF. A giant picnic takes place in The Mall the following day. We have always enjoyed the monarchs’ special occasions and London reflects its proud regal past more than many cities. Here are 10 princely properties in areas touched by royalty.
Eaton Square and its immediate surroundings were the place to live if you wanted the ear of the monarch. The Kings Road was a private route for the monarch to use if he were going to Kew or Hampton Court from Buckingham Palace. This classic stucco town house is just the place to entertain with inside/outside living achieved by a covered, heated terrace.
Kensington Palace has been a royal residence for nearly four centuries. It’s lived in now by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Gloucesters and the Kents. It looks onto Kensington Palace Gardens, formerly the Queen’s Road, which is said to be one of the most expensive places to buy a home in London. This one-bedroom flat nearby is a bit more affordable. It’s on the fourth floor of a portered block.
This street was built on land bought by the Royal Commissioners for the Great Exhibition. It was originally called Albert’s Road, but its name was changed in 1859. This two-bedroom apartment has a suitably grand entrance and a private patio away from the prying paparazzi.
Hyde Park is one of London’s Royal Parks, created by King Henry VII in 1536. William III had a private road laid out along the southern edge in 1689 and you can still stroll along this graveled drive today. Overlooking the park, this sixth floor apartment has two bedrooms and a balcony.
Lady Di’s old stomping ground was the Chelsea streets around Sloane Square. You can enter this world by renting this two bedroom flat in the perfect location.
Many of our nation’s pubs are named after royals. The Queen’s Head in Tryon Street is a traditional watering hole with cask ales and reliable food. Close by, this two bedroom flat has access to gym, swimming pool and underground parking.
King Charles II founded the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, to house veteran soldiers. Sir Christopher Wren designed the building, which in 1681 was a countryside site near the Thames. This two-bedroom apartment has its own countryside delights in the form of access to Cadogan Gardens. One of London’s best garden squares.
Prince Charles founded a charity school to encourage art in 2000. It changed its name to the Royal Drawing School in 2014 and spread out from its Shoreditch base. Its western outpost is in Sydney Close, South Kensington. All sorts of courses are on offer and afterwards you will need wall space. This two-bedroom apartment has plenty of space and wooden floors to set off your frames or easel.
Royal Warrants are granted to those who supply the Royal Family. There are about 800 firms who have received the warrant and can display the “By Appointment” logo. Bespoke shoe manufacturers Anello and Davide are based in St Albans Grove. With your handmade shoes, you can dance up the street to this beautiful five-bedroom house in Kensington Square, sure in the knowledge that Her Majesty entrusts her feet to the same master shoemakers.
Buckingham Palace is where the Queen entertains visiting heads of state. The main façade was completed in 1850 but the core of the building dates from 1703. These townhouses in Belgravia date from the mid-19th century and this two-bedroom apartment on the second floor retains many period features. The finish is sleek and modern. Fit for king, queen or possibly those with blue blood.