You’d be hard pushed to find a bad apartment in the capital’s spate of luxury developments, where a prime central location, striking interior design and a suite of exclusive amenities come as standard. But even in one of the world’s most expensive cities, in the most exclusive of buildings, there is a best room in the house. These are almost always the penthouses, where a family-sized home is spread across one or two floors, with state-of-the-art interior design and, more often than not, access to expansive outdoor space from which you can admire the incredible views. From Soho to South Bank, here’s our pick of the best.
Chelsea Waterfront, SW10
A collection of 10 buildings, Chelsea Waterfront is one of the largest developments to be built on London’s North bank in 100 years. Designed by architect Sir Terry Farrell, the development spans 600m of river frontage and overlooks the Lots Road Power Station, one of Chelsea’s most recognisable buildings. Located on the 61st floor of Compton House, this penthouse sits adjacent to the heritage landmark, with views looking out across the River Thames. Home to four bedrooms and four bathrooms, the striking apartment features a large open-plan kitchen and living area and a terrace on either side. On the second floor, a spacious roof lounge and roof terrace makes the most of the riverside views.
Embassy Gardens, SW11
Officially opening to residents on 22 May, Embassy Garden’s Sky Pool is the world’s very first transparent swimming pool suspended 35m above the ground. Made entirely from acrylic – which, you can rest assured, has been tested again and again (and again) – the floating structure joins the two Embassy Garden towers together, with a rooftop sunbathing area at either end. All residents are automatically enrolled in the Eg: Le Club, which gives access to the swimming pool along with a series of other amenities, including a gym to a private cinema. The Modern is the final residential building to be completed in this development, and will include a series of spectacular penthouses, each with its own terrace and views across the river.
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Greybrook House, W1K
Once the headquarters of piano maker C. Bechstein, Greybrook House was transformed into four luxury apartments in 2018 by Fenton Whelan and Vanbrugh Prime Property. The Grade II-listed building was originally designed by architecture firm Sir John Burnet and Partners, and has been meticulously restored to its former glory. This duplex penthouse is spread across the fourth and fifth floors and is designed upside down, with the five bedrooms found on the lower level and the spacious reception room and kitchen located upstairs, where there’s also access to the first of two private terraces. The second, a roof terrace, can be found on the sixth floor, where residents can enjoy uninterrupted views across central London.
Regent’s Crescent, W1B
One of London’s most unique developments, Regent's Crescent is a collection of 67 apartments and nine garden villas tucked behind a painstakingly restored Grade I-listed façade that dates back to 1820. Having seen considerable sales success so far, with more than £140m worth of residences sold in the past 12 months, the development has unveiled a selection of new apartments, including a penthouse. The end of terrace duplex boasts five bedrooms and a 915 sq ft terrace with views overlooking the Crescent’s landscaped gardens.
Fitzroy Place, W1T
There are 230 apartments in Soho’s Fitzroy Place development, but the best of the bunch can be found on the 7th and 8th floors. This duplex penthouse is split over two levels, with a large open-plan kitchen, living and dining area on the lower floor, and four bedrooms, three ensuite bathrooms and a spacious dressing room found on the upper floor. An extensive terrace on either side of the apartment offers views across the West End and beyond. Residents of Fitzroy Place have access to a 24-hour concierge, a private gym and an 18-seat cinema.
South Bank Tower, SE1
One of the last derelict buildings along the South Bank, South Bank Tower, which was built in the 1970s, has recently been transformed, with an additional 11 floors added to the top to create a 42-storey property. The development is home to 193 luxury apartments, each of which have access to a 25m swimming pool, one of London’s largest communal roof terraces, a residents' lounge, gym and screening room. The duplex penthouse on the 39th floor is available to buy as a complete blank canvas, although these CGI images envisioned by Design Haus Liberty gives an idea of how the space could be utilised. With 4,315 sq ft to play with and double-height windows looking out across the River Thames, this property offers the opportunity for residents to put their unique stamp on the place in a truly incredible setting.
The Bryanston, W1
The Bryanston’s unusual curved structure is all part of architect Rafael Viñoly’s masterplan to maximise on the incredible views his property will offer once it completes this year. Where once a 24-storey tower stood, Viñoly has created an 18-storey building so that each of the 54 apartments enjoys ceiling heights of more than 9ft, which gives all the more room for the panoramic windows that wrap around the structure, allowing for an exceptional vista overlooking Hyde Park at every level. To truly make the most of the vantage point, the duplex five-bedroom penthouse on the top two floors is the property to buy.