Like the London-born legend that was David Bowie himself, the V&A has proved to be one of London’s most successful, quintessentially British exports. News that its David Bowie Is retrospective - due to complete a ten-stop world tour in Barcelona next summer - has become the museum’s most visited exhibition ever, makes Dexters consider afresh the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the equally legendary address that the V&A calls home.
Tourists visit for the museums and galleries, royal parks and palaces, shopping along the inimitable Kings Road and a famous green carrier-bag purchase from Harrods. But what’s it actually like to live here?
“Essentially, once you move to Kensington and Chelsea you become loyal to it. If you do up or downsize, you do it locally,” says Percy, manager of Dexters’ Chelsea office. “When you live here, you appreciate the village-like atmosphere, enhanced by cobbled mews streets and sightings of your favourite Chelsea Pensioner. It also means that wherever you are in the buy/sell cycle, you know you have a sound investment."
Properties for sale in Kensington and Chelsea are popular with diverse buyers. Eaton and other garden squares, with their access to private gardens, attract British and international families alike for their sense of green space and safety. Meanwhile a large flat on Lennox Gardens, for example, benefits from no less than four tube stations under a mile away, ideal for an office commute and also convenient if you’re a downsizer seeking plentiful nearby amenities.
A retrospective exhibition of the life and work of David Bowie has become the most visited show in the V&A's history. More than 1.5 million people have visited David Bowie Is across eight venues around the world so far, the museum said. About 312,000 of those visitors were to the exhibition's debut in London at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013.