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Inside Albany

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London's Albany building has been home to poet Lord Byron, decorator David Hicks, plus politicians and royals, causing an air of impenetrable intrigue to hover around its Georgian facade. "Think of a monastery, but one in which the customary Trinity has been replaced by secular devotions—exacting taste, the pleasures of life and a romantic nostalgia for England's past," writes Christopher Gibbs about "London's best and most secretive address" in T. Unlike nearby One Hyde Park and its absurdly rich, much-shrouded buyers, don't expect a splashy Vanity Fair exposé on Albany anytime soon. [T; previously]