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Now, every single one of these is just rich people.

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A few months back, I ranted about the Shoreditchification of London’s inner suburbs.It was normal to leave university and get a flat with your mates in Marylebone or Maida Vale or Primrose Hill or Notting Hill.Not because we were rich, but because London was cheap. Here was a city whose fortunes were reviving and, as 20-somethings, ready to make our mark on the world, we really were bang in the middle of things.But this is what happens when you raise property prices to the point that the cool kids can barely afford Tower Hamlets.Five years ago most of my staff lived within a mile of Proud Camden. Shoreditch may be annoying as a hipster Mecca, but it’ll be much worse in five years’ time when it’s a rich ghetto full of bankers who think they’ve discovered somewhere edgy. If you don’t like it, some parts of Zone 4 have the peace and quiet you crave. Build over Tube cuttings (like they’ve done in Paris, as it happens) and make a proper percentage of the buildings affordable.Ultra-prime central London is fast becoming a ghost-town where absentee investors park their wealth.

As some wag put it, houses in Mayfair are now bitcoins for oligarchs.

I’m sure some of them are perfectly nice, but most of the ones I’ve met sound like the bastard offspring of Kirstie Allsopp and Ayn Rand, secure in the conceit that having been the right age to buy a house in Clapham for peanuts in 1996 makes them investing geniuses. Taken together London’s ultra-high earners, its ultra-wealthy foreigners and its BTL brigade number what, some hundreds of thousand people? We wouldn’t even knock a few percentage points off the returns on some latter-day Rachman’s buy-to-let portfolio.

Boris presides over all this like a comedy buffoon.

These people like high-end chains, expensive restaurants and interiors shops.

They don’t like edgy clubs and interesting markets.

Inner Paris is a fairytale for wealthy people in their fifties (and outer Paris looks like Stalingrad with ethnic strife) while Geneva has dispensed with the poor altogether.