Vogue
Claire Pilton

The view from above

How the capital’s skyline has changed in the last 10 years, with high-rise buildings shooting up in the City, Isle of Dogs, Nine Elms, Blackfriars and the South Bank.

Interior and view from luxury master bedroom apartment at Centre Point skyscraper in London - Medium

Could there be a risk that even penthouses, the ultimate urban trophy pads, are in danger of becoming overlooked as they vie with one another for iconic vistas?

Thanks to London’s protected-view corridors, there is a dearth of high-rise in the West End, with one Grade II-listed exception: at 117 metres, the redeveloped swinging-Sixties skyscraper Centre Point is set to remain the tallest residential tower in the West End, with all the best landmarks – and no neighbours-in sight.
 
To the Point
 
Centre Point, WC1, may be something of a Marmite building, but the views from the £55 million penthouse are guaranteed to make you gasp.

Spanning the 33rd and 34th floors, with a vast wrap-around terrace, this 7,223-square-foot duplex has three receptions and five bedroom suites.

From the master bathtub you can see over Hampstead Heath; to the south you look past Parliament to the North Downs; the City is to the east; and Heathrow’s control tower is to the west. High-flyers can rely on the navigational neon Centre Point letters to find their way home.

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