ondon is home to a number of picturesque lidos, and you can bet the capital's top swimming spots will be getting a lot of use this summer. But once you've spent a morning fighting for a sunbed or attempting to navigate the lanes without being kicked, splashed or glared at, a private swimming pool will no doubt seem very appealing. Lucky for the future owners of these homes, then, who will be able to enjoy a gentle dip at their own leisure thanks to their private and residents’ only swimming pools. From recently-renovated heritage homes to sparkling new developments, these properties all boast state-of-the-art leisure facilities.
Clarges Mayfair, Mayfair
Clarges is the new super-prime development providing ‘turn-key’ homes in the heart of Mayfair. It doesn’t get much more luxurious than this collection of 34 residences, which overlook Green Park and Buckingham Palace – they are made of traditional Portland stone in order to complement the architecture of the surrounding landmarks, which include The Ritz and The Wolseley. There’s no need to detail the prestige of the area, which is a given, but we will anyway: running between Piccadilly and Curzon Street, Clarges Mayfair is within a stone’s throw of the best members’ clubs, galleries, shops, restaurants and hotels that the capital has to offer.
Cannon Lane, Hampstead
For more out-of-the-way luxury, consider Cannon Lane. Located in a quiet conservation area in Hampstead Village, this property, designed in a minimalist, contemporary style by Claudio Silvestrin, is utterly unique. Comprising features such as a central spiral staircase, a light well, a multi-level roof terrace, and that all-important indoor pool, this 21st century home is also conscious of its impact on the environment, made with sustainable materials. Amenities include mature gardens designed by Chelsea Flower Show prize winner Chris Beardshaw, a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, and a gym and treatment area.
Vicarage Gate, Kensington
This outstanding six-bed is the perfect family home, occupying approximately 8,717 sq ft of space. Vicarage Gate is cleverly arranged, with the kitchen/breakfast room, dining room and impressive drawing room situated on the raised ground floor. The property also features a prominent entertaining space, a passenger lift, and an incredibly chic indoor swimming pool. Ideally situated by the gorgeous Palace Green in Kensington, Vicarage Gate benefits from proximity to Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate, as well as the beautiful Holland Park.
80 Holland Park, Kensington
Recently launched to the market, 80 Holland Park is a collection of 25 apartments spread across five villas, with interiors by award-winning designers Nina Campbell and Albion Nord. Ranging from lateral apartments to duplex townhouses and penthouses, almost all of which have access to private outdoor space, the Christian Candy development is fully-serviced, with amenities including a 24-hour concierge, residents’ car park and a private cinema. There are also a range of health and wellbeing facilities, including a performance-driven gym designed by former Olympic coach Tim Weeks, a spa and a 17m swimming pool.
From £5,950,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, 80hollandpark.com
The Atlas, Old Street
Six architectural fins staggered along the edge of the Atlas draws your eye to the sky, but even without this clever design feature you’d be hard pushed not to gaze up in awe at this striking building. Designed as a direct response to Silicon Roundabout, a cluster of high-tech companies in east London, the Atlas signifies the start of an up-and-coming area in the city. Penthouse and two- and three-bedroom apartments are arranged over 38 floors, each boasting spectacular views across the capital. Residents have access to a host of lifestyle amenities, including a screening room, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a deluxe mezzanine spa with a large swimming pool, hydro pool and steam room.
From £2,599,000, jll.co.uk
The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead
Known as ‘Billionaires Row’, The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead is home to 66 stunning mansions, attracting high-net-worth residents (it was once briefly home to Justin Bieber) with its striking architecture and leafy green setting. This manor-style development has been built to blend in with the grand neighbouring homes, but beyond its elegant façade lies a collection of apartments, one of which has recently hit the market. The three-bedroom, three-bathroom home has been designed to optimise the natural light, and as such each room is bright and spacious. Residents here benefit from a 12-hour concierge and night security, as well as a range of spa and fitness facilities, including a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms.
Fulham Road, Fulham
Originally designed by Edward Blore, an architect best known for his contributions to the design of Buckingham Palace and Government House in Sydney, the Chapel of the College of St Mark was split and renovated into two contemporary family homes, one of which has recently been listed for sale. Interior design firm Thorp Design has made the most of the building’s original features, creating a home with outstanding volume, light and original period windows. Along with four bedrooms and a kitchen extension, the building boasts a large swimming pool and gymnasium in the basement.
250 City Road, Old Street
You’ll be hard pushed to find better views of the capital than those seen from the penthouses at 250 City Road. The new Berkeley development near Old Street is home to five two- and three-bedroom penthouse suites styled by Studio 9 and fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the spectacular vista. So good is the view that there’s a seventh-floor rooftop fitness terrace where gym bunnies can work out with a backdrop of the London skyline. Residents are privilege to a host of leisure facilities, including a state-of-the-art gym, a yoga studio, a 20m swimming pool and a spa.
Riverside Quarter, Wandsworth
The Borough of Wandsworth, despite playing host to a fair few affluent areas, had plenty of room for regeneration, especially around the Wandle Rivers. Now, the potential of the area has been realised with the development of a new living quarter right on the Thames. The final phase of the development at Riverside Quarter, Nine Eastfields, is now complete. The ten buildings across the site, spread over ten acres, contain 554 private apartments, surrounded by manicured gardens and boasting waterside views towards Hurlingham. The leisure facilities are also second-to-none: Nine Eastfields boasts a lap pool and gym on top of the family pool and gym in Coptain House.
Prices start at £795,000, riversidequarter.com