Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2019

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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P rov i d e n c e D ow n s s o u t h 1 9 0 1 S m a r T y J o n e s D r i v e Wa x h aw, N C 2 8 1 7 3 6BR | 4.2BA | 8,312 sq. ft. | $1,399,000 Gorgeous custom home w/a finished basement! Fantastic kitchen, MBR down, 3 car garage, stunning pool and spa. Listed by: Kelley Bohrer | 704-904-1966 C o o k s C ov e 7 2 0 c o o k s c o v e r i d g e L a k e W y l i e , S C 2 8 1 7 3 4BR | 4.2BA | 6,406 sq. ft. | $749,900 Custom home on nearly 3 acres! Beautiful millwork, huge screened porch, saltwater pool w/spa, 4+ car garage. Listed by: Helen St. Angelo | 704-839-1809 K e l l e y B o h r e r H e l e n S t . A n g e l o K a t y B r a d f i e l d B A L L A N T Y N E C O U N T RY C L U B 1 5 8 0 9 S t r i c k l a n d C o u r t c h a r l o t t e , N C 2 8 2 7 7 4BR | 3.1BA | 3,831 sq. ft. | $639,000 Beautifully updated! Open plan, MBR down, bonus and rec rooms, spectacular millwork, and a cul-de-sac street. Listed by: Katy Bradfield | 704-965-5968 the coronation church since 1066, the final resting place of 17 British monarchs and scene of royal weddings and daily services. Many national and historic figures are buried or commemorated here. The Churchill War Rooms museum is also in the vicinity. This underground labyrinth of rooms and corridors was the nerve center where Prime Minister Winston Churchill and his inner circle directed Britain's efforts during World War II. The Map Room, with pins still in the wall to denote troop movements, remains exactly as it was the day the room's lights were turned off in 1945. Along the river to the east is the monolithic Tate Modern, the most visited attraction in the U.K. in 2018. The gallery showcases international modern and contemporary art in the former Bankside Power Station. Nearby, providing panoramic views of dozens of landmarks is the Coca-Cola London Eye, a cantilevered observation wheel. The Eye's 32 capsules, each holding up to 25 people, gracefully rotate for a 30-minute trip. Not far from the river banks stands the domed St. Paul's Cathedral, another stately feature that graces London's skyline. London eats, drinks and shops London continues to evolve its culinary scene. The River Café opened along Thames Wharf 30 years ago and is still a go-to for inventive Italian cuisine. Bluebird Chelsea, serving contemporary European fare, is at once a restaurant, bar, lounge, café, courtyard and emporium in a former art deco garage. Frequenting public houses for pints of ale or plates of fish and chips is ingrained in the British lifestyle. Certainly, the walls of London's 3,000-plus pubs could tell surprising stories. The Westminster Arms is a favorite of politicians thanks to its proximity to the Houses of Parliament. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, dating from 1667, nourished literary notable Charles Dickens. The aptly named "Gloucester: The Only Pub on Sloane Street" leaves no doubt of its location. A more refined activity is high tea, a light meal of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, cakes, pastries and, of course, hot tea. Locales for partaking in this late afternoon ritual are many and varied —such as The Connaught in Mayfair, The Goring Hotel in Belgravia and The Wolseley in Piccadilly, along with upscale department stores like Fortnum & Mason and Harrods (both have food halls that are gastronomic havens). Next to London Bridge is Borough Market. London's preeminent wholesale and retail food market is an enticing and aromatic warren of passageways and open spaces. A market on this site dates back to the early 12 th century. In Notting Hill, the mile-long Portobello Road provides the backdrop for the world's largest antiques market. Specialty shops and stalls are in full swing on Saturdays. Shoppers hustle and haggle for food, clothing, bric-a-brac and collectibles. To uncover London's depths and delights, "take time to immerse yourself and not feel rushed," Ballantyne's Terri Williamson advises. Or, to update the city's pre-WWII slogan, "Keep calm and go to London." BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2019 83 Escape

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