Category Archives: London

Low Supply Continues to Hike U.K. House Prices, Despite Inflation and Diminished Buyer Pool

Although increases have begun to slow, house prices in the U.K. set another record in May, according to a report Wednesday from Halifax. The average cost of a home saw an annual rise of 10.5% last month to £289,099 (US$362,539),  the slowest rate of growth seen since the beginning of the year, according to the […]

License To Thrill: Here Is The Ultimate James Bond Themed Tour Of London

What better place to start immersing yourself in the world of James Bond than the very locations where his creator lived, worked and penned the now legendary 007 novels? Here, LLM writer Chloe Govan takes readers on a journey through some of the best London landmarks seen in the Bond movies and books. First things first: the St Ermin’s Hotel is […]

Londoners Are Trading in Flats for Houses in Leafy, Thames-Front Richmond

England’s well-heeled Richmond is a leafy, riverside town at the end of the Tube’s District line with both country and city vibes. The historic, southwest London suburb has a landmark, 2,500-acre deer park, a bustling stretch of the Thames with towpath access, and picturesque scenery that has barely changed in a century or so.  Last year, Richmond […]

On TOP of Her Majesty’s Secret Service! Billionaire buys £40MILLION penthouse in former War Office building that has doubled as MI6 HQ in three Bond movies

It housed the offices of David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill and doubled as the headquarters of MI6 in three James Bond films.  Now, a mystery billionaire has shelled out an estimated £40million on an exclusive penthouse in the former War Office building in London’s Whitehall. The building, which was built in 1906, served as Sir Winston’s office […]

Reubens reportedly ‘on the verge’ of £180m Admiralty Arch deal

The billionaire Reuben family is reportedly putting together a £180 million deal to fund the super-prime development of Admiralty Arch, between the Mall and Trafalgar Square in central London. Sky News suggests that the Reubens are “on the verge” of becoming “a significant shareholder” in the c.£500m project, which is owned by Rafael Serrano’s investment vehicle, Prime […]

Kew Gardens Is Now Officially Home To The Largest Living Plant Collection On Planet Earth

Last month, we told you that Kew Garden’s was, in fact, the people of Britain’s (yes, not just London’s) favourite garden in the whole country to visit over summer. And, it seems they can’t help but sweep up even more accolades, this time from the folks at Guinness World Records, no less! Yes, Kew Gardens has […]

Mayfair Club Annabel’s Breathtaking Rainforest Facade Is Back To Save The Amazon

he private member’s club that we all covet from afar (because who can actually get inside?) underwent quite the makeover last year when it hosted a ‘Rainforest Month’. The Mayfair venue was dressed from head to toe in tropical decorations, dazzling passersby with green foliage and giant parrots. Now, the beautiful rainforest-inspired facade is back […]

Central London Home Sales Returned to Strength in August

London’s prime property market is back to business and seemingly unaffected by the looming end of a significant transfer tax break, according to data released Wednesday in the U.K. by Knight Frank.  On June 30, the stamp duty holiday—a tax-saving measure introduced last summer—went from scrapping the transfer tax on the first £500,000 (US$689,175) of a home […]

Camden’s Huge New Shopping And Restaurant Complex Is Here

During idle moments when we weren’t writing articles or frittering away our time on the Internet, the Secret London team watched the Hawley Wharf development progress (at least until March 2020, when like the rest of you we retreated to staring at the walls of our flats). Anyway, having seen the new shopping and dining destination come […]

Unique McLaren F1 Road Car Sells for $20.5M at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions

We were incredibly proud to present this exceptional McLaren F1, and tonight, the market confirmed the sheer prowess of this unparalleled supercar from one of the most legendary names in motoring. This sale was a historic moment not only for Gooding & Company, but for the McLaren legacy and the entire industry as a whole. […]