Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Camerons Move into Friends' PS17m Holland Park Townhouse; Exclusive

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Camerons Move into Friends' PS17m Holland Park Townhouse; Exclusive

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Byline: Barney Davis and John Dunne

DAVID CAMERON'S new home is a PS17 million west London townhouse belonging to a close family friend, the Standard reveals today.

The ex-Prime Minister and his family have swapped Downing Street for the seven-bedroom terraced house, on one of the city's most expensive streets.

They arrived under an armed police escort shortly after he gave a speech outside No 10 yesterday afternoon.

The three-storey, six-bathroom and three-reception room property was bought in 2014 for PS16.5 million by their friends, PR mogul Sir Alan Parker and his wife Lady Jane Hermione Parker.

Two armed officers were stationed outside today and police were carrying out regular sweeps of the street. This morning, the Camerons left the Holland Park address on the school run. Wearing a casual blue, open-necked blue polo shirt, a blue smart-casual jacket and jeans, Mr Cameron got into the back of a Land Rover, flanked by his security detail. His wife Samantha, dressed in a grey T-shirt and dark trousers, and their children all climbed in. Armed police escorted the car away as neighbours and passers-by looked on. One said: "We knew there was someone big there but we had no idea it was David Cameron -- they managed to get them in without being seen. There have been loads of police here, it's probably the safest street in London."

Mr Cameron and Sir Alan, chairman of Brunswick Group, have holidayed together, and the Camerons were invited to his wedding in 2007.

Mr Cameron and his wife have wanted to stay in London so their three children Nancy, 12, Elwyn, 10, and Florence, five, can easily continue their schooling.

It is unclear if it is a short-term stay while the Camerons continue to look for a place to rent in the capital, or if they will stay there longer-term while their other home in Notting Hill is rented out. None of their new neighbours on the street, where homes can fetch up to PS33 million, saw removal vans arrive at the property yesterday. …

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