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Dolphin Square: Home Sweet Home

Housing in London is a major challenge. As I said in the survival guide post rents are expensive, the demand is huge and there’s plenty of traps. When we were planning our move, initial searches were totally discouraging. But then, whilst researching for Dream Spas section I came across the famous urban spa at Dolphin Square (which is a Moroccan inspired and has won several awards) and found the condo, which at first glance seems quite luxurious but when we made contact for ratings, the values were very reasonable for the neighbourhood. Pimlico is located in Westminster (SW1 area), between Victoria and Belgravia, at the Thames’ margins and a 20-minute walk from Buckingham Palace, Parliament, Hyde Park and King’s Road in Chelsea, which means it’s super central! The tube station is 5 minutes from the building and Victoria Line takes you Oxford Street in 10 minutes, for example.

The building is perfect for those who will spend some time in the English capital studying or working, or even for families that can rely on the convenience of having schools, supermarkets and several nearby services. With apartments ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms, with parking available, a rarity in London, a restaurant, gym (residents get discount!), shopping arcade (mini market, hairdresser, stationery, coffee), garden, maintenance and security, there are many reasons to point it out. Another advantage is being able to rent the apartment without previously seeing it as the company that runs the building clearly states in the contract that you are renting a property in excellent condition, with no risk of taking pig in a poke. Bed, sofa, tables and kitchen appliances are always included, i.e. the flats are ready to move in!

Like the facilities? Then we should get a little history, after all this is London! Dolphin Square was built between 1935 and 1937 and consists of 13 houses named after important figures in the British navy. The building suffered with bombings of World War II and was also home for militants of the French resistance. General Charles de Gaulle commanded some actions in its HQ at Grenville House, with the help of MI5, which by the way is less than 10 minutes walk from the Square. Therefore, some famous spies lived in the building and it is rumored that Ian Fleming, creator of 007, was recruited as a secret agent in one of the apartments. The British Royals also left their mark on the community: Princess Anne briefly lived here after her marriage in 1973, and Prince William rented a 3 bedroom flat for about nine months while he was single.

Interested? For more information, send an email to enquiries@dolphinsquare.co.uk or call (+44) 020 7834 3800.

Ah, the building also offers suites and apartments for short stays, so if the idea is to spend only a few days in London, it’s a great tip! To book, just click here.

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