London looks set to remain popular superyacht destination

According to MGMT, a leading superyacht advisory service, superyacht owners are now convinced that London has much more to offer them than the more traditional and predictable yacht destinations - namely Monaco or Cannes.

Superyacht owners are looking for luxury; the best of the best, with no expense spared in the bid for perfection. The company believes that London, therefore, should be the obvious destination of choice for superyachts.

Few cities in the world boast the kind of landmarks London has in spades; Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, Westminster Abbey, just to name a few.

London has hundreds of art galleries and museums displaying some of the world’s most famous art, a plethora of theatres staging smash-hit plays and musicals and is well-renowned for its incredible and varied nightlife.

MGMT commented, “There is no reason to be put off by the weather either. It's officially not raining in London 94 per cent of the time!  London has less rain than Rome and more Michelin star restaurants than Paris.

London has recently been voted both the business capital of the world and the fashion capital of the world. London has also recently retained its standing as the world’s top financial centre. With so much choice, an endless list of things to do and see, it is no wonder that London should be the new playground for super wealthy yacht owners.”

Superyacht owners looking for an alternative destination to the crowded marinas of the Mediterranean are attracted to London with its reasonable mooring rates and access to Northern European shipyards. It would seem that London offers things that the South of France simply cannot.  

Some of the largest superyachts were in London this summer, including ‘Octopus’, owned by co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen and the 74m ‘Ilona’, owned by Frank Lowy, co-founder of Westfield.  Moored in Canary Wharf they couldn’t have been closer to the action!

According to MGMT, superyachts are already inquiring about booking berths in London for winter 2012.

MGMT will be offering numerous services to visiting yachts, such as cruise planning, clearances, visas, bunkering, aviation support, provisioning, ground tours, full concierge service and more to enable superyacht guests and crew to enjoy the best that London and the UK has to offer.

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