A lot of celebrities live in London. Famous people want privacy and beautiful residences full of amenities, but they also want access to green spaces, shopping, and great restaurants. It’s no wonder that some of the areas celebrities live in London are some of the most vibrant areas the city has to offer. Let’s start this off with the London borough which boasts the richest residents in the capital. Seemingly a breeding ground for celebrity homeowners, the green space and generally idyllic aesthetic of Richmond has attracted some of the biggest names around. From rock icons like Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Pete Townshend and Brian May to actress Keira Knightley. Richmond was also the UK home of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie before their relationship imploded in spectacular fashion. SO, here’s a list of celebrities you didn’t know lived in London!
1. Kensington And Chelsea Have Had Reputable Guests
This area has long had a reputation for luxury and swank. It’s known to hide some of the most outrageous basement bunkers complete with underground swimming pools and million dollar man caves. Townhouses here are flush with state-of-the-art fixtures and fancy roof gardens that compliment the charming Georgian architecture.
British rap sensation Stormzy keeps a flat in Chelsea near rock legend Eric Clapton, while fashion designer Paul Smith‘s Kensington mansion is worth $135 million. Rowan Atkinson and Madonna also bought homes here. These are just a few examples of celebrities you didn’t know lived in London!
London has its share of millionaire boroughs, but K & C is the richest of them all. A penthouse in the Bulgari building in Knightsbridge sold for a whopping $157 million five years ago.
2. Notting Hill
This affluent section of West London was on everyone’s radar after the 1999 romantic comedy of the same name starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant hit multiplexes.
It is prized for its renowned market where you can find vintage Chanel, Dior, and Hermes.
Notting Hill seems to hold a special place in the hearts of musicians. Damon Albarn lives and supports the local businesses on Portobello Road. When Tori Amos lived here she used to serenade the locals on the piano in a tiny brasserie. Bjork and Robbie Williams are also rumored to call Notting Hill home.
Tom Hardy, a couple of Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend of British rock band, the Who, David Attenborough, Jerry Hall, actress Amanda Holden, Rick Astley, and Richard Ashcroft all live in Richmond.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie also bought a $16-million home here in happier times. The Richmond Theatre plays host to celebrities performing in limited runs, while the neighborhood homes offer everything from Victorian mansions to modern apartments. There’s so many celebrities you didn’t know lived in London, I bet!
4. Regents Park
The area around one of London’s royal parks is a place many celebrities have purchased homes.
The northwest side–an area known as St. John’s Wood, attracts the likes of Keith Richards, Kate Moss, Sir Paul McCartney, Ewen McGregor, Sir Richard Branson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and record-producer Mark Ronson.
You know it’s a money place when the Rolling Stones’ song “Play With Fire” contains the lyrics: “Your mother she’s an heiress, owns a block in Saint John’s Wood.”
5. Belsize Park
Just to the Northeast of Regents is Belsize Park where Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton are known to reside, along with Tom Hiddleston, the Gallagher brothers, Sean Bean, Kate Hudson, Hugh Laurie, Jude Law, and Martin Freeman. Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow caused a lot of commotion here a few years ago with their frequent renovations to their $7 million mansion.
One of South London’s hippest areas, Clapham has become an enclave for powerful celebrity women. J.K. Rowling, Vivienne Westwood, Margot Robbie, and Vanessa Redgrave are among the famous faces here.
Young-money celebs are drawn to the independent boutiques, hangout spots like the Durrell Arms, fabulous brunches at Manuka Kitchen, and the chic window displays Fulham has going on.
One stretch on Fulham Road is known as “The Beach” and you’ll find it lined with convertible Porsches parked outside of the numerous gastropubs and galleries.