How London is bouncing back from the recession | Aditya Chakrabortty

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 02:30 in Psychology & Sociology

London has recovered from the banking crisis far more sharply than almost everyone predicted, while much of the rest of the country remains in the doldrumsLast week I discovered a place where you can travel back in time. Just a few years, mind, back to the economic boom enjoyed in Britain for most of the past two decades. More precisely, back to the boom-iest, most bubble-tastic year in recent history: 2006.This magic portal is One Hyde Park, a new apartment block in London's Knightsbridge just across the road from Harvey Nicks. You could call it exclusive – but that would be like calling the guests at a Russian oligarch's birthday party comfortably off. To get past the top-hatted doorman, you'll need either a bullet-proof excuse or, ideally, a steel company under family ownership. Then it's up eight floors in a glass lift with a plasma TV burbling BBC news. The...

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