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!






















Mansions off the Old Brompton Road















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















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

Ferrari showrooms on Old Brompton Road















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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