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Queen gets new neighbours: The Hindujas

The Hindujas are set to move into the neighbourhood of Queen Elizabeth II, giving Britain’s monarch her first Indian neighbours and the NRI family a place at the top table of British society. Dipankar De Sarkar reports.

world Updated: Nov 07, 2011 02:19 IST
Dipankar De Sarkar
Dipankar De Sarkar
Hindustan Times

The Hindujas are set to move into the neighbourhood of Queen Elizabeth II, giving Britain’s monarch her first Indian neighbours and the billionaire NRI family a place at the top table of British society.

When the Hindujas move in next month, they won’t have far to go — their new home is across the street from where they currently live. But the new home is a substantial property that will directly overlook St James Park outside Buckingham Palace.

And if you crane your neck a bit to the right from the Hindujas’ windows, you will see Buckingham Palace.

NRI Srichand Hinduja and his brothers spent £100 million restoring the building near Buckingham Palace.

The fabulous new family home of Srichand, Gopichand, Ashok and Prakash Hinduja is the largest residential Grade 1-listed home in London, said a source close to the family. Situated on Carlton Terrace, the six-storey building is among the poshest addresses in London and is a stone’s throw from St James Palace — another royal residence.

The new Hinduja home is a palace in its own right — set over 70,000 sq feet, it has 50 rooms, a swimming pool and a private cinema.

The family, once the richest in Britain after the Queen’s and are now ranked 9th, spent five years and upward of £100 million restoring the building.

Each of the brothers — whose total fortune from the Hinduja Group’s industrial, financial and trading empire is estimated to be worth around £6 billion — has an entire floor of the building.

There is enough space to accommodate all 30 members of the extended family.

And more. They’re keeping the older flats across the road: “You have to think of the grandchildren,” the source said.

The Queen would surely appreciate that sentiment.

First Published: Nov 07, 2011 01:38 IST