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Robbie Williams and his wife Flee Knightsbridge Hotel blaze

Robbie Williams and his wife were among 36 guests and 250 hotel staff evacuated from a fire that broke out at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge in west London. One hundred and twenty firefighters and 20 fire engines brought the blaze under control according to the London Fire Brigade. The fire is believed to have spread across a vertical facade for plants and vegetation and into several floors of the hotel but was quickly extinguished. The five -star hotel which provides concierge services to residents of neighbouring One Hyde Park luxury flats is believed to have recently undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment. The hotel has also been visited by the Queen while attending private functions at the venue. Williams, 44, described their dramatic escape on Instagram: “I went on the balcony and looked up and there was just billows and billows of smoke. “I came back in from the balcony and said, ‘The hotel’s on fire,’ and then the next thing a knock at the door came and there was a bellboy there and …

Super-rich ‘Happy to Pay Voluntary Mansion Tax’

A London council plans to launch a revolutionary voluntary “mansion tax” on high-value properties which its leader says the rich are happy to pay. The tax would be for owners of properties worth more than £10m, like the One Hyde Park luxury apartments which heralded the prime central London high-end property boom. Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council, is confident Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) would pay the optional charge. “This scheme might have its cynics, but I have spoken to very wealthy people who want to help the borough more,” she said. She explained proceeds could be used to freeze council tax for other council tax payers. The tax would collect a voluntary supplement of £1,376 a year from the estimated 2,000 owners of £10m-plus properties in band H, doubling what they already pay in council tax. The scheme would raise an extra £2.75m a year if they all fulfilled their promise made the payment. It will come into force from next April and the voluntary contribution will be collectable alongside ordinary council tax. …