Over the coming weeks the Thames in London will be transformed into a floating village of luxury. Up to 100 superyachts are due to arrive for the Olympic Games.
Among the first to arrive is Octopus, the £130m super-yacht of Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft; the Ilona, belonging to to 81-year-old Australian shopping centre mogul Frank Lowy; and the Seanna – yours for the week for just £294,000.
There are also rumours that Roman Abramovich’s $1billion boat will arrive tomorrow. At 557ft, the Russian tycoon’s Eclipse is the largest private yacht in the world. It has two swimming pools, two helipads, a dedicated disco hall, 30 cabins, a cinema, a mini-submarine, and even its own missile defence system. Abramovich’s master suite is armour-plated and protected by bullet-proof windows and a laser system designed to dazzle long-lens photographers.
The Olympics brings together all kinds of people from all over the world – but we’re looking forward to what we’ll be seeing this year from the luxury circles.