The most spectacular homes for sale in London this month

Leading with Sir David Adjaye's atmospheric masterpiece, this month's property highlights include a plush Bermondsey development and a penthouse occupying a former gas storage tank. What do they have in common? Contemporary design and a no expense spared approach

21 September 2020

Lost House, King's Cross

Photography courtesy of The Modern House
Photography courtesy of The Modern House

Designed by none other than Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye, Lost House is considered one of the most significant domestic projects of recent times. Characterised by a dark interior, the cavernous space utilises materials such as exposed wood and concrete, lending it a sophisticated and broody air. No surprise then that the previous owners once hosted a fashion show here. The main part of the house is built in what used to be an alleyway. As a result, the huge reception room, the centrepiece of the house, measures approximately 60 ft in length, which encompasses a kitchen, dining area and living area. On the lower-ground, a sunken swimming pool runs almost the entire length of the house. 

Natural light pours into the property via three light wells, each of which incorporates tropical fauna and a water garden to create a zen-like ambiance. Located on a quiet street in King’s Cross, the modest exterior gives little indication of what lies within. Private, discreet and effortlessly cool, the house is a masterclass in spatial design, highlighting the intelligent use of reflective light by one of Britain’s most revered architects.

Photography courtesy of The Modern House

£6,500,000; sothebysrealty.co.uk; themodernhouse.co.uk

Queen's Court, Bayswater

This beautiful four-bedroom flat in Bayswater brings together high ceilings, ash wood floors and cream-coloured interiors, basking in buttery sunlight. Thoroughly modern and tastefully furnished, the bright space oozes calm, while a select few traditional features have been lovingly preserved, including large sash windows and cast iron radiators.

Sitting on the fourth floor of the property, an inviting entrance hall with Crittall style doors leads to an exceptional double reception space, peppered with pieces that wouldn't look out of place in The Conran Shop. It features a large master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a guest bedroom with ensuite shower room and two further double bedrooms, offering endlessly versatile living options. 

£2,000,000, domusnova.com

Linden Gardens, Notting Hill 

Set over the top two floors of a stucco-fronted Notting Hill townhouse, this three-bedroom property boasts one of the area's most impressive roof gardens, which overlooks an affluent, leafy cul-de-sac. Offering flexible living space as a result of its open-plan design, the main doors unfold onto the bright reception space with a generously sized dining area and state-of-the-art kitchen. Interiors deftly blend eclectic and muted materials – a raw concrete wall runs the entire length of the third floor, competing for attention with the bespoke copper-coloured breakfast bar.

On the upper floor, exposed beams and an industrial brick wall channel serious NYC-loft vibes. Two contemporary reception spaces, along with the cool upper duplex and incredible roof garden, make this one of the most attractive proposals for those looking to live it up in the capital. 

£3,200,000, domusnova.com

A penthouse in Gasholders, King’s Cross

Gasholders London started its life in the 1850s as part of the Pancras Gasworks, the largest installation for gas storage in Britain at the time. Redeveloped into 145 luxury apartments, Gasholders is one of London's most impressive examples of urban regeneration and seamlessly blends into the new landscape of King's Cross, which includes hip shopping district Coal Drops Yard and Central Saint Martins. The latest apartments for sale in the residence are designed by Suna interior design, occupying the desirable penthouse level of the Gasholders. 

On the market for just shy of £7.5 million, this penthouse apartment spans 2,829 sq ft of interior space with an additional 1,009 sq ft of private roof terrace accessed through an impressive sliding roof light. Paul Smith's striking Carnival rug in the living room inspires the property's colour palette of burnt oranges, soft blues and dusty olive tones, complemented by the muted ruby milieu of the master suite. With extraordinary vistas across London, the building's roof gardens mimic the mood of a meadow with a diverse mix of herbaceous perennials, grasses and bulbs.

£7,400,000 (unfurnished), gasholderslondon.co.uk

Newham’s Yard, Bermondsey

Right in the heart of Bermondsey, this new development is less than a 10-minute walk from London Bridge station – the perfect location for those who want to make the most of this vibrant and cosmopolitan area. The property is around the corner is Maltby Street market, which is considered a calmer, more curated version of Borough market. A select group of apartments have either a private terrace or balcony, from which there are incredible views of the Shard. 

The new-build complex is an innovative mix of residential properties, restaurants, offices, an independently operated gymnasium and Bermonds Locke, an aparthotel. Highlighting the developer's commitment to creating state-of-the-art apartments, each residence comes with Sonos Play One multi-room speaker technology with Sonos Play Bar. Ensuring all rooms look photoshoot ready, there will also be a black track feature spotlighting system in principal living areas and bedrooms. 

Prices from £695,000, acorngroup.co.uk

Coda, Battersea

Designed by award-winning interior design firm Gordon-Duff & Linton, two new show apartments have launched at Coda in Battersea. Following the ramifications of Covid-19, the design team has tweaked some aspects to accommodate the new working-from-home norm and to prioritise living space. As such, both of the apartments provide floor-to-ceiling glass windows and balconies, creating a calm environment where residents can relax and admire the spectacular views north of the river. Although the late AA Gill would have been opposed to the idea (he was a fervent believer that anyone writing should face a blank wall so as not to be distracted), a study area overlooking the river has been thoughtfully integrated.

If working-from-home gets the better of you, residents have access to luxury amenities including a 24-hour concierge, gym, hotel-style foyer, club lounge, gymnasium and landscaped courtyard gardens – not to mention the Peace Pagoda at Battersea Park, a firm favourite of Tai-Chi practitioners on a Sunday morning. 

Two-bedroom apartment from £750,000, codalondon.com