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Where to live the high life

A penthouse address has a certain cachet that comes with an expectation of exclusivity and glamour.

Street level view of Centre Point during its construction

“It is not just the top flat,” says Roarie Scarisbrick, a buying agent for Property Vision in central London. “Buyers ideally expect 360-degree views, at the very least more than a terrace facing in one direction, and they want all the toys, including a 24-hour concierge, porter, underground parking, pool, gym, spa, media room and other leisure facilities.” Ian Marris, the head of residential development at Knight Frank, says that buyers will “pay a 10-20 per cent premium, sometimes more” for the penthouse address. Here is our pick of the penthouses that are on the market at the moment.

Number One Centre Point, which is spread over the 33rd and 34th floors of the grade II listed building, has some of the best views in London

Centre Point, Bloomsbury, £55 million
Number One Centre Point, on the 33rd and 34th floors of the grade II listed tower, has 7,223 sq ft of space with five en suite bedrooms, 360 degrees of some of the best views in London and a terrace nestled behind the building’s lettering (which is being recast so that it is see-through). It is located in the centre of the West End, by the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road. The architect and interior designer is Conran and Partners and the developer is Almacantar.

Riverwalk, Westminster, £25 million
The duplex penthouse in this Millbank development, by Ronson Capital Partners, claims to have the largest (2,200 sq ft) private south-facing terrace on the river. There is more than 6,000 sq ft of interior space, including five en suite bedrooms, plus access to a concierge and communal facilities.

One Tower Bridge, Bermondsey, £13.25 million
Prospero penthouse, at the top of the 11-storey Sandringham House, has 5,356 sq ft of outside space — 30 per cent more than inside. The roof terrace has a kitchen, living and dining area and a hot tub, with views of Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The three-bedroom apartment is part of Berkeley Homes’s One Tower Bridge development, which has a concierge, spa, gym, restaurants and the soon-to-be-opened Bridge Theatre.

Kingwood, Knightsbridge, £23 million
This ten-apartment development, by Squire and Partners and Finchatton, on Hans Place, looks like four townhouses. However, the traditional façade conceals large modern lateral apartments. The three-bedroom penthouse on the fifth and sixth floors has 4,544 sq ft of interior space, including a 70ft open-plan living space.

Hempel Gardens, Bayswater, £6.95 million
A four-bedroom, 3,111 sq ft duplex within the Hempel Gardens development (a joint venture between British Land and Amazon Property) inside the grand stucco white building that was once the Hempel Hotel. There is a terrace off the family room on the fifth floor. Residents also have access to the private garden square.

South Bank Tower, Southwark, £20 million
There are four penthouses, ranging from 4,095 sq ft to 4,375 sq ft, on the 40th floor of this tower by CIT Group. They are offered as “shell and core” properties that the buyer can customise — interior design is offered by Design Haus Liberty and 1508 London, with prices starting at £25 million.

Mayfair House, Mayfair, £35,000 a week
The Masterpiece Penthouse is one of four apartments for rent in Mayfair House by Central Investment Properties and Squire and Partners. The five-bedroom duplex is on the fourth and fifth floors and has its own rooftop garden. The development is close to Mount Street and Hyde Park.

Chelsea Creek, Fulham, £16.95 million
The latest launch at Berkeley Group’s St George Chelsea Creek development is a 5,447 sq ft apartment at the top of the Tower, which overlooks Chelsea Harbour. The five-bedroom duplex has a roof terrace with a snug and a bar area.

Beau House, St James’s, £15 million
The penthouse in this boutique development by Dukelease on Jermyn Street has 3,000 sq ft of space and three bedrooms. The turnkey apartment, designed by Oliver Burns, features customised dining chairs by Aiveen Daly, a Davidson Carlton dining table made from sycamore wood, Lee Broom marble and crystal lights, and a Boffi kitchen with Gaggenau appliances. The roof terrace has a bar and an outdoor media area.

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