Awander around PCL yields mansion-lined avenues, antique townhouses and Baroque landmarks; history is everywhere. But one thing that is also often said about the capital is that it has momentum – it isn’t afraid to move with the times. In recent decades, London’s old-world mainstays have been joined by an inspiring suite of new-builds. The sector is world-leading – think breathtaking design, new answers to the sustainability question, and ever-loftier levels of luxury. It’s a tempting – and prudent – prospect if you’re looking to buy.
We’ve rounded up some of the most exciting new-builds in London, all of which are changing what it means to live here.
Triptych Bankside, SE1
The South Bank isn’t necessarily known as a residential destination, but this £400 million mixed-use development is changing all that: Triptych Bankside is situated in a cultural epicentre, boasting neighbours like the Tate Modern and National Theatre. The development comprises two residential towers of 169 apartments, plus 68,000 sq ft of commercial space and extensive retail and cultural facilities. The towers are suitably eye-catching; architect Squire and Partners opted for curved edges and soft lines, and interiors by Cocovara reflect this fluidity. Residents of Triptych will enjoy a diverse range of amenities, including a large co-working space, a state-of-the-art gym and an independent café, not to mention a new cultural space at ground level which is set to become a destination in its own right.
Prices start from £790,000, triptychbankside.com
Nine Eastfields, SW18
Nine Eastfields is the flagship scheme in Wandsworth’s desirable Riverside Quarter – a former Shell oil terminal reborn as a gorgeous living and retail destination. The 14-storey building consists of six one-bedroom apartments, 28 two-bedroom apartments with winter gardens, and 45 two-bedroom apartments with private balconies providing views over the River Thames and River Wandle. Residents are also privy to a swimming pool, lap pool, and gym, not to mention 24-hour estate management including concierge and porterage services. A true standard-bearer for Wandsworth’s transformation into prime real estate.
Prices start from £655,000, riversidequarter.com
The Westin Residences, EC4
The City of London is one of the oldest quarters in our capital – an illustrious history now complemented by a cohort of eminently tasteful new-builds. The Westin Residences is one such building – a collection of nine three-bedroom homes located in the historic Queenhithe Dock. The residences are inspired by the river; floor-to-ceiling windows and waterside balconies reveal uninterrupted views, and interiors make use of natural textures including bespoke oak carpentry. The Westin Residences join the growing trend for branded residences; they enjoy direct and private access to the Marriott’s Westin Hotel services, including 3,500 sq ft of spa and wellness facilities.
The Docklands enjoy the coveted combination of being its own serene bubble and in close proximity to some of London’s most important hubs. Vetro’s collection of elegantly designed one- and two-bedroom apartments sit among the historic waterways of Westferry, but a three-minute train from its virtually dedicated DLR station brings you to the bustling heart of Canary Wharf. The apartments themselves are wonderfully crafted, with modern design and floor-to-ceiling windows.
West End Gate, W2
This new build puts a modern spin on classic London, comprising a 30-story tower alongside a series of mansion blocks at street level. West End Gate is situated in one of London’s most prestigious postcodes; its positioning announces the entrance to the West End, as well as being mere moments from Marylebone and charming Little Venice. The development offers residents facilities such as a concierge, gym, swimming pool, and private cinema, not to mention access to a glorious new piazza complete with water features and landscaping. This is a prime example of a new build breathing life into a historical district.
The Sky Residences at One Bishopsgate Plaza, EC3A
One Bishopsgate Plaza is making real estate history. This is the first development in the City of London to put private ownership and a luxury hotel under the same roof: its 160 residential apartments, The Sky Residences, are perched on top of Pan Pacific’s first European outpost. Residents enjoy the entire spectrum of hotel services and amenities, the jewel in the crown being an 18.5m infinity swimming pool overlooking the plaza.
Prices from £1,300,000, onebgp.com
Along with the wildly popular Granary Square and the behemoth that is the new Google headquarters, Capella represents another piece in the puzzle of King’s Cross’s transformation. Located on Lewis Cubitt Park, the largest green space in the postcode, this 176-apartment (120 private, 56 rented) development concludes a 67-acre regeneration masterplan. Choose between spacious studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and townhouses, all of which boast zero-carbon heating via their own on-site district energy network, and access to a kilometre of picturesque canals.
Due for completion in 2024, prices from £650,000, capellakingscross.co.uk
Clarges Mayfair, W1J
Clarges Mayfair is a Piccadilly-facing, Green Park-adjacent new build designed by Squire & Partners – an architect that has worked on Buckingham Palace. And indeed, this is top-tier luxury: Clarges’ Portland stone façade features hand-carved stone columns, floor-to-ceiling windows and bronze balconies. The 34 residences benefit from a private lounge beneath a dramatic 60 ft atrium, as well as use of the English Spa, which features an 82 ft long swimming pool with cabanas at one end and a hydrotherapy pool/spa at the other. Other facilities include the business suite/private dining room, a cinema room and underground parking with car lift.
Prices from £14,500,000, wetherell.co.uk
Park Modern, W2
Fenton Whelan is currently marketing the Bayswater-based £500 million development Park Modern. This 190,000 sq ft new build comprises 57 one- to six-bedroom residences, including lateral apartments, three trophy penthouses, and mews houses, all located a stone’s throw from Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens. If views across London’s most famous royal park don’t pique your interest, perhaps the extensive set of amenities will: Park Modern boasts 30,000 sq ft of hotel-style perks including a concierge, resident’s lounge, signature restaurant and cafe, and a wellbeing floor with a 25 metre pool, gym, spa, cinema, and treatment salon.