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Super-Prime Superheroes

Country and Townhouse

Despite uncertainty, London's super-prime market is proving resilient, finds Anna Tyzack.

From the number of cranes towering above London's skyline, you'd never guess the city is in political limbo. There are super-prime developments going up in Notting Hill, Westminster and Knightsbridge.


Opposite Buckingham Palace and beside St James' Park, this new development of 72 apartments occupies the former Palace Hotel, which was once an overflow for royal guests.

A Very British Education

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When it comes to providing children and young adults with a unique education, London, with its world-class universities, private schools and cultural institutions, is the city of choice for growing numbers of international students and their families.

Indeed, the city boasts four of the world’s top 50 universities, including, notable multidisciplinary universities such as University College London (UCL) and King’s College London - famous for its pioneering research into the structure of DNA. London also offers specialists in particular disciplines such as the London School of Economics and scientific powerhouses, Imperial College and Brunel.

According to Lalage Clay, director of education and talent at the Mayor of London’s promotional arm, London & Partners, London is a popular place to study for several reasons. “London is one of the world’s great cities. It has a rich heritage and cultural history, but it’s also modern, dynamic, creative and adaptable. Its status as the UK’s centre for government and business has long attracted high calibre people and created the need for top-quality education.”

Asian students are especially drawn to London’s universities. According to a report by the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) produced for London & Partners, more than 21,000 Chinese students attended London’s universities in 2017/18 – up by almost 60% since 2013/14 - making this the largest international group at London’s universities. Over the same period, the number of students from India rose 13% to 5,500, while 3,000 came from Malaysia, a rise of 6%.

For many, studying in London’s finest universities has far-reaching benefits. “Many students build up an international network of contacts who can help them in their careers,” notes May Huang, CEO, UK Education Weekly.

London also boasts some of the best private schools in the country, including Harrow, Dulwich College and Westminster School. Our latest properties, No. 1 Palace Street and The Broadway, are situated at the heart of this unique education offering, with Westminster School only a few minutes’ walk away. Just across the river also sits Thomas’s Battersea, one of London's most prestigious prep schools, now famous for counting Prince George and Princess Charlotte as two of its pupils.

The benefits of a British education are numerous says the aforementioned Lalage Clay. “A British education values developing higher-level skills – analysing evidence, understanding trends, evolving and testing arguments, critical evaluation – rather than simply acquiring facts or learning competencies. Those skills are highly prized in the marketplace and much valued by employers.”

Finally, let’s not forget London’s leading fashion and design colleges. From the prestigious Central Saint Martins in Kings Cross where graduates include Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, to the Royal College of Art and Chelsea School of Art, there is no better city in which to stretch the mind, make lifelong friends and enjoy all that London has to offer.

A Champion Racehorse Experience

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Our racing journey continued in August, as the team and special guests travelled across the channel for the weekend, to discover the world of champion racehorse ownership in Deauville, France.

This exciting event was part of our summer celebration of our new landmark development, No. 1 Palace Street, bringing “The Palace Neighbour” experience to life.

Our party flew to France onboard a pristine fleet of Pilatus PC-12 jets, courtesy of private aviation experts Jetfly; touching-down in style in the picturesque town of Deauville, situated on the Normandy coast.

We were joined by our expert racing hosts, bloodstock specialist Hubie de Burgh and champion trainer Richard Hannon, as the day’s unique tour of how champion racehorses are bred, sourced and trained began with an exclusive tour of the Aga Khan’s prestigious Haras de Bonneval Stud.

The Haras de Bonneval stud is the largest of the Aga Khan Studs in France - which are famed for the breeding of racing champion horses for over 50 years and now cover over 1330 acres of finest Normandy pasture. The Haras de Bonneval stud’s 265 acres are home to some of the most prized horses in the world, including famed stallions Siyouni, Dariyan, Zarak and Charm Spirit. The tour gave Northacre and guests a unique insight into the world of champion racehorse breeding at the highest level, including the exciting opportunity to meet the champion (and very lively!) stallion Siyouni – and hear about how his unique lineage is making racing history around the world.

Next stop on our tour was the Deauville-La Touques Racecourse, for an afternoon of exciting sport, bringing to life the knowledge and history we had just experienced during the stud tour. In the afternoon our party then joined the day’s most hotly anticipated event – the Arqana August Yearling Sale. During sale time the town of Deauville lives and breathes racing, and the August sale is no different – attracting the racing elite from around the world, to bid on the next generation of champion thoroughbreds.

The Arqana August Sale is a feast for the senses. Throughout the exciting sale experience our party were hosted by expert auctioneers Arqana, who provided exclusive access and insights into the exciting process of racehorse purchasing and selling. The atmosphere of the event is certainly something to behold, with some of our guests getting in on the action – a beautiful chestnut colt caught the eye of our racing experts Hubie de Burgh and Richard Hannon and we’re pleased to report he is now enjoying the English countryside and progressing well at Richard’s beautiful training facility.

We will be keeping our eyes peeled for this champion of tomorrow!