Property experts from Maskells, Middleton Advisors, Draker, Londonewcastle and Lurot Brand share some interesting facts you may not know about living in London
- Knightsbridge’s Walton Street area was once part of the Henry Smith Estate and used to be a quail shooting ground.
- A straight line from the Royal Hospital Chelsea along Royal Avenue points to Kensington Palace because the road was originally intended to go all the way there.
Jamie Hope, Maskells
- Richmond Upon Thames is the happiest place to live in London according to Rightmove’s 2015 happiness survey
- People living in Westminster are the least likely nationwide to worry about the value of their property, in spite of an average property price of over £1m they consider their property to be the best value, they were also the most likely to answer that they liked the area where they lived.
- Croydon is the most homely part of London from individuals surveyed, it is also the area where people feel the most proud of their homes
Noah Ellis Londonewcastle
- Draker Lettings’ Sloane Square office looks directly at a large pipe that runs above Sloane Square Underground. This pipe contains the lost river Westbourne which starts in Hampstead and runs through Kilburn, Bayswater, Hyde Park, Sloane Square and through Chelsea to the Inner London Tideway and the Thames.
Tim Hassell, MD, Draker Lettings
- Mulberry Walk in Chelsea got its name from an attempt to start silk production in the area and a large plantation of mulberry trees was grown.
- Old Chelsea used to be one of Henry VIII’s parks and parts of the former hunting lodge and the walls surrounding it still exist on Cheyne Row and Oakley Street.
Merton Croisdale-Appleby, Maskells
- Mews owners are usually more attached to their homes. On average a typical property in London changes hands every 3 years, however mews on average change hands every 7 years.
- Cobbles in mews were originally made from wood. This can still be seen at the entrance to Grosvenor Cottages.
- In Prime Central London, estate agency boards are not allowed to be erected in mews as they are protected under the conservation act – except Clabon Mews in Chelsea Knightsbridge.
Marlon Lloyd Malcolm, Lurot Brand
- Tottenham Court Road is going to be the only station where both Crossrail stations will actually cross.
- The name Pall Mall comes from the French game of croquet know as ‘Paille Maille’ which Charles II learnt during his exile from the Commonwealth. He played this down both the Mall and Pall Mall until he had to move due to traffic interfering.
- The Mall then developed into a fashionable shopping promenade – lending its name to the American shopping Mall.
- There are over 100 gardens squares in Kensington and Chelsea, with majority being private for residents use only. However, they are opened to the public for one weekend a year 18th – 19th June 2016.
Will Watson, Middleton Advisors