BoJo's abodes: How new Prime Minister Boris Johnson made it to the top of the ...

Boris Johnson finally moved into Downing Street this week.

The domestic arrangements of our peripatetic PM have been complicated to say the least — booted out of his marital home and spending his time between girlfriend Carrie Symonds’s flat and houses lent by friends.

But wanderlust has been a regular feature of his life — since the age of 15, he has moved 32 times.

Here, David Wilkes maps the many homes of Boris . . . 

First home: New York

Boris was born in June 1964 in Manhattan, where his father, Stanley, studied economics at Columbia University.

The family home was a loft apartment opposite artist Andy Warhol’s haunt, the funky Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd St.

‘It contained a yellow, out-of-tune piano with the motto “Vive La Fun!” painted glaringly on its lid,’ recalled Stanley.

Boris Johnson's first home was a New York apartment opposite the infamous Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd St, where he stayed while his father Stanley studied at Columbia university

Boris Johnson's first home was a New York apartment opposite the infamous Chelsea Hotel on West 23rd St, where he stayed while his father Stanley studied at Columbia university

 

Transatlantic crossings

In September 1964, the family rented a property in Oxford while Boris’s artist mum Charlotte resumed her English degree at the university.

In 1968, they went to live in Washington DC, where Stanley worked for the World Bank, moving again to New York. At one point, they lived on an island in Connecticut.

Babes in (St John's) Wood

Now joined by siblings Rachel and Leo, Boris returned to London in 1969.

Initially, the family lodged with Charlotte’s parents, lawyer Sir James Fawcett and his wife, Frances, in Cavendish Avenue, one of the grandest addresses in St John’s Wood.

The family moved to a white stucco house in chi-chi Little Venice. Similar six-bed terrace houses overlooking the canal now cost £8 million.

The Johnson's returned to London in 1969, first lodging at Boris' grandparents' home in Cavendish Avenue, one of the grandest addresses in St John’s Wood

The Johnson's returned to London in 1969, first lodging at Boris' grandparents' home in Cavendish Avenue, one of the grandest addresses in St John’s Wood

The family moved to a white stucco house in chi-chi Little Venice. Similar six-bed terrace houses overlooking the canal now cost £8 million.

The family moved to a white stucco house in chi-chi Little Venice. Similar six-bed terrace houses overlooking the canal now cost £8 million.

Somerset's Indian summers

The scene of Boris’s ‘first known literary work’, according to his father Stanley was ‘Boo to grown-ups!’ written on a wall in the family farm around 1969.

Johnson’s paternal grandfather was a hill farmer on Exmoor and Boris spent much of his childhood on the farm.

‘It’s the one place I truly call home,’ he has said. ‘All other places have changed, but not this one.’ He currently part- owns a property in Somerset.

The scene of Boris’s ‘first known literary work’, according to his father Stanley was ‘Boo to grown-ups!’ written on a wall in the family farm around 1969

The scene of Boris’s ‘first known literary work’, according to his father Stanley was ‘Boo to grown-ups!’ written on a wall in the family farm around 1969

The Johnsons moved to a home in Princess Road, Primrose Hill, in 1970

The Johnsons moved to a home in Princess Road, Primrose Hill, in 1970

In the pink

The Johnsons moved to a home in Princess Road, Primrose Hill, in 1970, and, two years later — after fourth child Jo was born — to a nearby house in Regent’s Park Road.

The next-door house was bought around four years ago for £13.5 million by the designer Stefano Gabbana.

Hello Brussels!

The family moved in 1973 to the EU’s capital city, where Stanley worked for the European Commission.

It was here that Boris began to his views about EU bureaucracy in relation to condom sizes, bendy bananas and prawn cocktail crisp regulations.

 

Notting Hill high jinks

Shortly after Boris was sent to Eton, his parents divorced. His mother moved to a top-floor maisonette in Elgin Crescent (right) and her children followed in 1979.

Boris’s sister Rachel has recalled how her brothers ‘played endless percussive games of cricket and darts in the upstairs passages’.

Johnson honed his debating skills during dinner parties with Establishment figures such as future Times editor Simon Jenkins.

 

Oxford spires and a spouse

Boris spent three years studying Classics at Balliol College, Oxford, where he met his first wife, Allegra

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