The Chelsea Charmer
Located on a leafy street in prestigious SW3, a neighbourhood abound with red brick Queen Anne-style mansions, is this five-bedroom house once allegedly part of a royal palace. A definite highlight once you walk through the wooden gates of the driveway, is the wonderfully bright and airy reception room that boasts a floor space of almost 2000 sq ft. On a summer's day, the lofty ceilings, along with the modern lounge garden and patio roof, might make you think you're in California.
Upper Cheyne Row SW3, £22m, 020 3504 4099, knightfrank.co.uk
The Contemporary Masterpiece
It's not often you come across a truly utopic house that looks more like a piece of art than a home. Designed by acclaimed architect Gianni Botsford (also known for Casa Kiké in Costa Rica), the impressive property epitomises seamless space that organically merges earthy, tonal materials with cutting-edge technology and architectural finesse. The copper-panelled roof also opens up to the sky for those who seek further inspiration. There are two levels below the ground floor that take in a bedroom, a living/gallery area and a ten-metre swimming pool, finished in Carrera marble – naturally. A zen-like design, which possesses a richness and complexity in its materiality, we imagine that living here would do wonders for the soul. If the ultimate goal of architecture is to build an earthly paradise for people, perhaps this comes close.
Pembridge Villas W11 2SU, £5.95m, 020 7727 5750, savills.co.uk
The Marylebone Mansion
A grade-II listed Georgian townhouse in the heart of Marylebone Village. From the exterior, the house is beautifully proportioned, typical of the Georgian approach to stateliness, symmetry and form. Inside welcomes games of hide-and-seek from dusk to dawn, with eight bedrooms and six reception rooms, all furnished in contemporary yet traditional pieces. Not surprising for a house of this stature, there is also a gymnasium and cinema room for unwinding, or you could pop round the corner to Chiltern Firehouse.
Upper Wimpole Street W1G, £16.5m, 020 3435 6447, knightfrank.com
A truly unrivalled palatial home in prime central London, this Horace Field-designed building has been made available for the first time in generations, having spent its previous years as HQ of the Liberal Democrats. It boasts seven bedrooms, a gymnasium and a ten-metre swimming pool, spread over five floors that are united by a sweeping central staircase. Magnificent period features remain intact, such as the bookmatched Italian marble, ornate gilding and a four-metre cupola, while rooftop views over Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey remind you that you are a stone's throw away from the echelons of power.
Cowley Street SW1P, £36m, 020 7647 6612, knightfrank.com
The Quintessential Brit
Something about this Holland Park house discreetly evokes the most glorious aspect of London life: summertime, when the Pimms comes out and Wimbledon is on the telly. With a handsome façade and porticoed entrance, the 5,700 sq ft property unfolds over five floors. A striking principal bedroom suite occupies the entire first floor, accompanied by a further four family bedrooms and six bathrooms. There is also a secluded, sizeable garden and separate en suite guest and staff accommodation.
Clarendon Road W11, £18.75m, 079 6703 9612, struttandparker.com
This remarkable property presents some of the finest views you will likely ever encounter in London, let alone in a private residence. Overlooking Kensington Gardens, this five-bedroom apartment crowns Caroline House and is kitted out with the latest technologies befitting of a prime penthouse, while two reception rooms offer plenty of space to entertain. The is an exceptional and stylish abode for those who want to be near central London, but watch the craziness beyond.
Caroline House W2, £18.5m, 020 7591 2201, struttandparker.com
The Family Pad
Right next to Millionaire's Row and Kensington Gardens is Vicarage Gate, where shopping can be done at Wholefoods, sweat wiped off your brow at Equinox and the culture vulture of the family can visit the Design Museum or Japan House, both within walking distance. An outstanding six-bedroom family house, occupying approximately 8,717 sq ft over four floors, linked by a passenger lift. This modern property is deftly designed with a kitchen/breakfast room and dining space on the raised ground floor, as well as an impressive first-floor drawing room. The basement rivals that of a spa, complete with a swimming pool and gymnasium.
Vicarage Gate W8, £19.5m, 020 7938 4311, knightfrank.com