All posts tagged: royal borough of kensington and chelsea

Grenfell: Anatomy of a Catastrophe

Grenfell Tower residents should have been told to get out quickly rather than stay put in their flats as flames engulfed the building and killed 71 people, the public inquiry into the fire in west London almost a year ago has heard. The blaze, Britain’s deadliest on domestic premises since World War Two, shocked the nation and raised questions about the maintenance of its social housing, building regulations and fire safety protocols. The fire started just before 1 a.m. on 14 June 2017, in the kitchen of a flat on the fourth floor. It broke out of that apartment, ignited the cladding around the outside of the building, and reached the 23rd floor within half an hour. Expert reports released on the first day of oral hearings into the causes of the fire, pointed to a combustible external cladding installed during a 2012-2016 refurbishment as the main cause of the rapid spread of the fire. Residents who called the London Fire Brigade in the early stages were advised to stay put in their apartments, in …

‘Goodbye, We are now leaving this world, goodbye…’ Haunting Voices, Heartbreak and Horror from Grenfell

Goodbye, we are now leaving this world, goodbye. I hope I haven’t disappointed you. Goodbye to all.” A still of Mohamed Saber Nader appears on screen at the opening day of the Grenfell fire inquiry as a spine-chilling audio delivered in calm tones from his last phone call as fire tore through the 24-storey block in west London is played to survivors who broke down in tears.

Grosvenor Crescent is UK’s Most Expensive Street with £17m Average Homes

Grosvenor Crescent, located in the heart of Belgravia between Hyde Park Corner and Belgravia Square, is the most expensive residential street in England and Wales, according to the annual research from Lloyds Bank. A typical property on Grosvenor Crescent will cost an average of £16,918,000. Embed from Getty Images Belgravia has long attracted wealthy buyers and famous residents including former prime ministers Stanley Baldwin and Margaret Thatcher to the area due to its graceful white stucco residences, sweeping crescents, private garden squares and closeness to all the amenities of nearby Knightsbridge, Pimlico and Chelsea, to create the nation’s wealthiest district – three of the top five most expensive streets are in Belgravia. Grosvenor Crescent seems to have weathered the storm buffeting property valuations at London’s top-end of the market after the vote to exit the European Union, with the typical price tags unchanged since last December. However same thing cannot be said for next-door neighbours Eaton Square – which topped the bank’s table a year ago – which has seen more than £3m wiped off …

Chelsea Tractor is Really King of the Road in … Chelsea

Chelsea Tractors really are the best car marque money can buy in the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea according to research from classified ad website CarGurus.  They indeed rule the roads from the King’s Road to Kensington High Street. Coveted for their rugged beauty, durability, sturdiness and for navigating those muddy pot-holes across Cadogan Street and pulling through the ponds on Pont Street. How can anyone go wrong? Even Tamara Ecclestone, that model of modesty, has a customised white model with TAMARA written in the same type as the marque. Ah, and Victoria Beckham helped design a model some years ago. CarGurus spokeswoman Sarah Welch said: “This data shows that the Chelsea tractor isn’t just a stereotype, but actually is the vehicle of choice for those lucky enough to live in the prestigious Royal Borough. “While the BMW 3 Series looks like a firm favourite amongst other wealthy districts, it’s also interesting to see wider UK shopping patterns emerge, such as residents in Coventry staying loyal to their local Jaguar manufacturer.” Some old money …