Lord of the Dance splashes out €28m on London home
LORD of the Dance Michael Flatley has splashed out an estimated €28m on a plush new London home.
The north Cork-based dancer runs his global entertainment empire from London and was previously based in a picturesque but smaller property in Knightsbridge.
However, he has now snapped up a stuccoed mansion in the prestigious Belgravia area, just off Eaton Square (inset).
London reports have indicated the property was on the market with an asking price of around €28m (St£20m) with interest being expressed by both wealthy Arab and Russian buyers.
It ranks as one of London's prime addresses.
However, the Chicago-born dancer moved to snap up the property given his increasing business and family commitments in London.
Mr Flatley and his wife, Niamh, also operate homes in Castlehyde in north Cork and Barbados in the Caribbean.
His bought the 18th Century Castlehyde House outside Fermoy for €3m in 2001 and then lavished a further €27m on restoring the near derelict property to its former grandeur.
He bade farewell to the Irish stage in late March with performances at two sell-out 3Arena shows in Dublin of his revised smash-hit, 'Lord of the Dance - Dangerous Games'.
That show is currently on a 200-date world tour.
Mr Flatley will make his final London stage appearance with a guest performance at the show when it is staged at Wembley Arena on July 4.
His show is currently running in The Dominion Theatre in the West End until June 27 next.
The dancer's first London home was at Park Place Villas in an area nicknamed 'Little Venice'.
The 19th Century property was once the home of the entertainer, Lillie Langtry, who used to host King Edward VII.
He also had a home called Villa Masquerade located in the hills above Monte Carlo in the south of France.