How to spend £200k on your (Downing Street) flat refurb

Features writer Katie Strick’s been looking at how the redecoration of 11 Downing Street by Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds reportedly hit the £200,000 mark.

She reveals the costs of hiring one of London’s top interior designers, Lulu Lytle, whose fabric prices start at £100 a metre.

And she’s been looking into how much of the flat’s furnishings were really from John Lewis when the Prime Minister and his fiancée arrived, such as the £100 chrome table lamp left by Theresa May.

But is £200,000 a lot of money for a Downing Street refurbishment anyway? We also talk about the cash spent by previous occupants. 


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