Here's How Much Fictional Londoners Would Pay For Their Houses
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson rent rooms at 221B Baker Street. Holmes’ business as a consulting detective is obviously going well – this two-bedroom flat just up the road is £3,246 per month, or £1,623 each. Mrs Hudson would be getting close to 40 grand a year from the pair of them.
Bob Cratchit from A Christmas Carol
Ebenezer Scrooge’s put-upon employee lived in Camden Town with his wife and six children. Maybe Scrooge wasn’t so tight-fisted after all – a four-bedroom maisonette would have been putting Cratchit back £3,792 per month. Maybe if he’d chosen a less trendy area to live in, he could have afforded a proper turkey at Christmas. Just saying.
Del Trotter from Only Fools And Horses
There must be at least three bedrooms in Del’s flat, to fit him, Rodders and Grandad/Uncle Albert in, so they’re probably paying a little under five hundred quid each per month. Lovely jubly.
Tim and Daisy from Spaced
The house from Spaced was recently placed on the market for quite a bit more than the £90 per week that Tim Bisley and Daisy Steiner paid. It’s now £460 per week, or £991.50 each per month. Hey, that’s depressing!
For someone whose USP is total fucking idiocy, Mr Bean isn’t doing too badly if he can happily pay the rent on a one-bedroom flat in Highbury. This place would set him back £1,277 a month, although the landlords’ openness to pet ownership would mean his teddy bear would feel at home.
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street would need to cut a lot of hair to happily pay £2,166 in rent every month, which is the going rate round there. That’s only a one-bedroom flat as well, with minimal space for storing corpses. There are a few artisan bakeries around, which would potentially be ideal for turning murder victims into pies.
Fagin from Oliver Twist
In Oliver Twist, Saffron Hill near Farringdon sounds pretty shit. “A dirty and more wretched place [Oliver] had never seen. The street was very narrow and muddy, and the air was impregnated with filthy odours.” It’s nice now – Fagin would be looking at over £2,000 a month for a flat.
In From Russia With Love, the world’s most promiscuous secret agent is said to have “a comfortable flat in the plane-tree’d square off the King’s Road”. Nothing is less Bondlike than the idea of having flatmates, so it seems a safe guess that he’d have a one-bedroom place (the fuck James Bond has a spare room). If so, he’s probably looking at about three grand a month, which is a bit steep considering he’s normally overseas having sex with really evil people.
Howard Moon and Vince Noir from The Mighty Boosh
In the second series of The Mighty Boosh, Howard and Vince relocated to Dalston, where a pretty nice two-bedroom flat would cost them about a thou each per month.
Will Thacker from Notting Hill
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