15 Things You Didn’t Know About London.
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Hello, ALUXers, and welcome back to another amazing video.
You guys like the one we did on Singapore so much
that we wanted to give you another one.
This time we’re looking at another city
where billionaires love to spend their time. London.
One of the most iconic cities in Europe,
London has a rich history of memorable monarchs,
incredible architecture, and unique culture.
Now that property prices are so high throughout the city,
many homes have been bought by the foreign super-rich.
London can offer a slice of the high life
which many other cities just can’t match.
Plus you can guarantee that you ‘re going to get
an equally big slice of impressive history to go with it.
Because ALUX.com is dedicated to
becoming the world’s best resource
on the most expensive luxury items and places around the globe,
we have to take a look at the city
where the super-rich love to spend their hard-earned
and not so hard-earned currency.
With that being said,
let’s take a look at
the 15 things you didn’t know about London.
1. According to The Sunday Times Rich List 2015,
London has more billionaires than any other city in the world.
Russian and Chinese billionaires in particular,
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flocked to London, buying up property in the wealthiest areas,
including Mayfair, Kensington and Belgravia.
With Harrods around the corner for their groceries
and no worries about affording the congestion charge,
it’s no wonder foreign billionaires are shipping their Bentley’s over
and buying up four-story townhouses.
2. You can sip cocktails with a perfect view
of one of London’s most famous landmarks,
St. Paul’s Cathedral on the Madison rooftop bar.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of
the most iconic London’s landmarks,
and its domed roof can be seen perfectly
from the Madison rooftop bar,
where Sharon cocktails costs over 100 dollars each.
The rich kids of Instagram
would have a field day with that view.
3. Herry VIII’s wine cellar is still
underneath the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.
The Palace of Whitehall used to be
where England’s kings and queens lived,
but now it’s the Ministry of Defence’s headquarters.
One of the last remaining parts of the old Palace
is King Henry VIII’s wine cellar,
where can still be seen today.
Henry spent 10 million dollars in today’s money,
developing his collection, so it’s easy to see
why he was famous for his decadence and expanding waistline.
4. You have to drive on the wrong side of the road
to get to the 5-Star Savoy Hotel’s door.
Brits will call it the wrong side of the road,
to everyone else, it’s the right side of the road.
This is the only street in London where it’s allowed,
and no one really knows why.
It’s kind of like the changing of the guards,
a weird tradition that just keeps going for no real reason.
London is particularly good at keeping these traditions’ going.
5. A Mayfair mansion sold for 90 million pounds in 2015,
making it the most expensive house in the UK that year.
The 21,000-square-foot mansion was built in 1736,
and includes a spa and leisure complex,
and a ballroom that fits 200 people in it.
Like many Mayfair houses,
it was a commercial property for years,
even housing the Royal Air Force’s headquaters
for a few years during World War I,
but now it’s finally found a buyer
with a deep, enough pocket to call it home.
A while back we ranked
the 10 most expensive houses in the world,
and it turns out that there is a property in London
that’s worth a more than one billion dollars.
We will link to that video after this one,
or click on the top right corner.
6. Kensington & Chelsea became the first borough in london
to stop wealthy property owners from building “Iceberg Homes”.
Some areas of London are extremely luxurious for real estate,
but being in a city does not allow for
quite the same amount of room as some other fancy destinations.
As a result, billionaire property buyers have started building down,
and creating mega basements that
have actually started to make the ground unstable around them.
They have now banned in the Royal Borough,
so the Queen’s home doesn’t get subsidence as a result.
7. At the four seasons, you can have a message
in a “relaxation pod” with a view of Hyde Park.
This famous hotel’s spa
has nine treatment rooms made out of glass,
allowing for the ultimate in relaxing escapism.
Guests can look out at the London’s most beautiful park,
while someone needs the knots of tension
out of their super-rich shoulders
Life sure is tough.
8. The royal suite in the Lanesborough Hotel is
the most expensive hotel suite in the city.
It costs nearly 27 thousand pounds a night.
27,000 pounds is about the average yearly salary in the UK,
and it will all be blown on this seven bedroom suite,
which overlooks the Buckingham Palace.
There is a dining room for 12 people access to a butler,
and you can use a hotel’s Rolls-Royce phantom free of charge, too,
not that any guest staying
there is really going to need a handout.
Can you believe there are even more expensive hotel than that?
We can prove it.
Take a look at our video on
“the most expensive hotels in the world” and be amazed.
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9. The only person allowed to physically touch the crown jewels
other than the monarchs themselves is the crown jeweller.
The crown jeweller is responsible for maintaining and
securing the crown jewels.
This vast collection includes jewelery
worn by Henry V at the Battle of Agincourt.
The St. Edward’s crown,
which is encrusted with 444 precious stones and gems,
and many other crowns used
in coronations at Westminster Abbey.
10. The Dorchester Hotel’s 300-dollar per head tasting menu
makes the most expensive restaurant in the city.
Alain Ducasse brings diners modern French cuisine
at the Dorchester Hotel’s restaurant in Piccadilly.
For your 300 dollars,
you get a private dining experience inside what can only be described
as a white fiber-optic light cave.
The portions are tiny but that’s to be expected.
11. The Queen’s London home,
Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle technically
don’t belong to her, they belong to the State.
The Queen has four homes,
but only officially owns two of them,
Balmoral in Scotland and Sandringham House in Norfolk.
She’s technically a tenant when she’s living in London,
and conducting her business there,
though she could definitely be considered
the fanciest tenant in the world.
12. The world’s most expensive cocktail
is available at Gigi’s in Mayfair.
11,000 dollars will buy you the Gigi’s.
A cocktail which is originally made for Grace Jones,
and it’s now the most expensive in the world.
It’s made with vintage 1990-crystal champagne
and brandy from 1888.
You have to pay for it in advance for obvious reasons,
just don’t spill it.
13. The 2012 London Olympics boosted the British economy
by about 10 billion pounds.
The world’s eyes were on London in 2012,
when it was the city’s turn to host the Olympic Games.
Despite costing a fortune,
the buzz and tourism created meant they turned a profit
and created much more revenue for the nation.
London in particular has benefited,
with 2.1 of the ten billion dollars
generated by tourists visiting the cities specifically for the Games.
14. You can buy the most expensive perfume
in the world from Harrods.
One of the most famous and
iconic department stores in the world,
Harrods is known for its luxury and its eye-watering price tags.
It’s one of those, if you have to ask
you can’t afford it, kind of places,
this price tag in particular takes the cake, though.
For 174,000 dollars
you can buy a one-of-a-kind scent
created by perfumer Clive Christian,
even the bottle is 24-karat gold.
Before we were doing these longer videos,
we only focused on the most expensive items in the world.
Might wanna check it out.
15. Ukrainian-born businessman Len Blavatank
is the richest man in the UK,
worth 16.9 billion dollars.
He obviously lives in London.
Len Blavatank owns a grade-two listed mansion
in Kensington Palace Gardens,
otherwise, known as the most expensive street in Britain,
which means he can call
the Duck and Duchess of Cambridge his neighbours.
You need some serious money to be able to
borrow a cup of sugar from English royalty.
London really does have it all,
you can live next door to royalty,
where 174,000-dollar perfume.
And until recently you could build
a luxury spa and a ballroom in your basement.
If you were a billionaire with your sights set on London property,
where would you look?
Would you want to rub shoulders
with the Cambridges like Len Blavatank?
Or would you prefer something
with a view of that iconic St. Paul’s dome?
Oh you’re still here.
Well here’s another amazing fact about London for you.
Harrods used to sell cocaine over the counter until 1916,
it used to be bought as a painkiller
and a pick-me-up before it was outlawed.
You can still get pretty much anything at Harrods,
but cocaine is definitely off the pricelist.
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