London has been pushed off its top spot by Monaco as the most expensive place to buy residential property, with the capital and the home counties suffering some of the biggest price falls in the world.

Monaco is now the world’s most expensive residential market, where prime property is being sold for €50,000 (£47,000, $68,000) per square metre (up 2.1% in 2008), followed now by London, at €28,000 per square metre, and then Manhattan, at €16,500 per square metre (down 4.1%).

London also saw one of the biggest falls in value of any part of the world, down 17%, beaten only by the 25% falls in prices in Hong Kong.

Financial Times