A spring terrace in Kings Cross
King's Cross is one of the largest regeneration projects ever realised in a capital city. From Coal Drops Yard to the redevelopment of Kings Cross Station, demand for luxury homes in the area has also skyrocketed – cue the Gasholders. Designed by landscape architecture practice Dan Pearson Studio (which won gold at RHS Chelsea Flower Show), the Gasholders' resident rooftop mimics the mood of a meadow with a diverse mix of herbaceous perennials, grasses and bulbs to support and encourage pollinating insects.
Apartments at Gasholders start from £745,000, gasholderslondon.co.uk
Cadence: an urban oasis
Another development in the King's Cross area, Cadence has launched to market this month. A large courtyard with a private tranquillity pool provides a sanctuary for residents to enjoy an alfresco lifestyle and escape the bustle of city life. Communal roof terraces across different levels of the building are adorned with greenery and offer far-reaching views across the city.
An intimate courtyard garden at Twenty Grosvenor Square
Thirteen years in the making, Finchatton’s landmark development, Twenty Grosvenor Square, is Mayfair's big boy on the block. Sitting opposite the old American embassy, it is the first standalone residential project with homeowners' services provided by Four Seasons – the latest, and arguably the most spectacular, example of the trend for luxury-branded homes. When all that pampering doesn't suffice, residents can retreat to the secluded courtyard, carefully curated with foliage and warm lighting for intimate evenings.
Prices for a four-bed property at Twenty Grosvenor Square start from £17.5m, 20gs.com
Regent’s Crescent Garden Villas
Set behind one of London’s most iconic facades, The Garden Villa apartments at Regent’s Crescent are complemented by amongst one and a half acres of private landscaped gardens. Trees and evergreen ferns provide a lush enclosure to this calm space – quite an achievement considering it’s only a stone’s throw away from the bustle of Oxford Circus.
Garden Villas at Regent’s Crescent start from £5,350,000, regentscrescent.com