The Times: Bryanston Court Royal Love Nest
- By Adam Foster
- 03 July 2015
It was over cocktails and long suppers at an apartment belonging to Mr and Mrs Simpson in Bryanston Court, just behind Marble Arch, that Edward, Prince of Wales, forged his friendship with the US divorcée Wallis Simpson. The relationship led to his abdication after less than a year on the throne. Now, the three-bedroom mansion block apartment where they began their affair in 1933 is on the market.
Don’t expect to find a blue plaque, though. English Heritage turned down a plan to commemorate Simpson because of unproven allegations that she had had a secret affair with Joachim von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s ambassador to London, and gave him details of British troop movements during the Second World War.
Not that Simpson would recognise her home, even with a plaque — it has been refurbished and sports many of the trends beloved of luxury homebuyers, including a streamlined white kitchen in which to mix a cocktail or two. There is a 24-hour concierge and the home is sold with a lock-up garage and two studio apartments, ideal for staff accommodation.