Kensington

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea is the wealthiest area of London.  Drayton Gardens, where I go to attend Society of Authors’ meetings, is situated here*, on what is officially the 7th most expensive street in England.  The walk from South Kensington tube, along Old Brompton Road to Drayton Gardens,  is an eye-opener, especially for someone like me who lives in a two bedroomed chalet bungalow in Nottinghamshire!

 

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Mansions off the Old Brompton Road

 

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A property here starts about £3,000,000 but could easily go for double that. I always

look upwards to the attic bedrooms and think of  Sara Crewe in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s

 A Little Princess or the Banks children in P.L. TRavers’ Mary Poppins

 

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Of course, if you can afford the house, you need the car to match.

Ferrari showrooms on Old Brompton Road

 

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Even the school uniforms are decidedly different. At Falkner House Prep School  they have

the option of capes or coats and the red ‘jellybag’ hat is proper pixie-like,

tapering all the way down the child’s back a la Wee Willie Winkie. Cute!

 

*Not that Society of Authors HQ is wall-to-wall splendour or anything. The building is lovely but the property was bequeathed to the charity in 1884. It depends on donations and membership fees to maintain itself.

 

 

 

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