Capital Gains: The London Properties to Invest in Now

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Mayfair Park Residences

Mayfair

Whether for business or pleasure, London has a huge amount to offer potential residents. From the leafy streets of Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, to East End and City properties with superyacht marina access, wherever you choose to buy you won’t be disappointed. Plus, with an abundance of new luxury properties under construction and the pound currently cheaper against the dollar and Euro, there’s never been a better time to invest. Here’s our guide to the hottest London addresses to buy into now…

Mayfair Park Residences

Adjacent to Hyde Park and next to the Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane, Clivedale London’s Mayfair Park Residences sit in one of London’s most iconic neighbourhoods. Hidden behind a Grade II listed Georgian façade the new collection of 24 residences, including apartments, townhouses and a penthouse, mark the Dorchester Collection’s first foray into residential development.

Following the growing trend of combining hotel amenities with ultra-prime property, all Mayfair Park Residence owners will have access to a bevy of tailor-made services from the adjoining hotel, including housekeeping, 24/7 concierge and in-room dining and a Rolls-Royce chauffer service. The development also incorporates a 10,000 sq ft Health Club, with a gym, 20 metre pool, sauna and steam rooms and two treatment rooms, managed by the Dorchester Collection team.

Mayfair-based developer Clivedale has now revealed the first completed townhouse, with interiors by Parisian design duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. Accessed through a private Georgian portico on Stanhope Gate, Townhouse One is a three-bedroom 3,334 sq ft duplex. Merging classic and contemporary elements it has a calm feel with a “little bit of sparkle", including a six-metre-high bespoke light installation and grand spiral staircase that links the two floors.

Due to complete later this year. Prices at Mayfair Park Residences range from £4.25 million to £24.5 million.

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No.1 Palace Street

Westminster

London property developer Northacre is now nearing completion on perhaps its grandest of projects in the capital. Ideally located beside St James' Park and opposite Buckingham Palace, No.1 Palace Street occupies a piece of the city's most desirable real estate. Seventy-two apartments are now available to buy in the historic site, whose royal affiliation can be traced back to 1860 when it hosted overflow guests of the royals as the Palace Hotel.

From the outside, No.1 Palace Street has plenty to pique a buyer's interest: facades constructed in a range of styles from French Renaissance to Queen Anne and direct views into the royal gardens. The building's interior, however, is simply resplendent. Each uniquely designed flat features high ceilings, impressive staircases and marble floors. Alongside the apartments, residential amenities include courtyard gardens and a wellness centre, plus a cinema, library and meeting room. Exclusive access to personal trainers, housekeepers and spa therapists is another lifestyle perk for buyers taking up residence at this Northacre property.

Northacre apartments at No.1 Palace Street are listed for sale with JLL & Clifton Property Partners from £2,550,000.

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South Quay Plaza Penthouse

Canary Wharf

Under development by Berkeley Homes, the Foster + Partners-designed South Quay Plaza offers everything from urban pied-à-terres to family-sized apartments just minutes from the commercial and leisure hub of Canary Wharf. The 65th floor apartment spans 1,483 square feet and offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms as well as an open plan living, kitchen and dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows making the most of stunning views across Canary Wharf, the Thames and beyond. While being sold unfurnished, interior designer Dara Huang has created a bespoke dressing scheme for the penthouse utilising curved shapes, natural fabrics and neutral, alongside high-end pieces by Vladimir Kagan and DHLux, to create an inviting, tranquil atmosphere.

Residents at South Quay Plaza will also gain membership to the Quay Club which grants access to a 56th floor resident's lounge, bar and large terrace as well as a health club boating a 20 metre swimming pool, vitality pool, hot pool, sauna, steam room and wellness facilities.

The South Quay Plaza penthouse is listed for sale for £2,875,000 with Be__rkeley Homes.

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The Townhouses at Chelsea Barracks

Belgravia

Located between Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, Chelsea Barracks represents a major new development in West London set over 12.8 acres and encompassing seven new residential squares with a host of public amenities. The site will have three property types - residence, penthouses and townhouses - on offer. The most luxurious of these are undoubtedly the townhouses which have been designed in reference to their grand Georgian predecessors to boast large living areas set over four storeys, fine British craftsmanship and flexible layouts to cater to all types of owners. Residents will also have access to range a high-end amenities including a beauty salon and gym with training studios designed by Goddard Littlefair, a business suite with board rooms, swimming pool, spa, private screening room, billiard room, a 24-hour hotel-style concierge and valet parking.

Townhouses at Chelsea Barracks start at £37 million.

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Beach House

Lower Mall, Hammersmith

If you are a fan of boats with oars as well as those with sails, it’s hard to think of a much more enticing proposition than the Beach House. Sitting just metres from the towering green pillars of Hammersmith Bridge, this Georgian property offers a prime viewing spot for the annual Boat Race (the bridge is often a crucial point in the duel between Oxford and Cambridge universities).

As well as its viewing credentials, the Grade II listed double-fronted family house has six bedrooms and five bathrooms. It was originally a boat house situated right on the river’s edge before the tow path was laid and the initial structure became part of the basement of the current house when it was built around 1760. It is still packed with period features, lovingly restored, including fruitwood banisters and mouldings. At the rear of the property sit mature landscaped gardens with a hot tub. To the front of the house, across the walkway, is a private river pier, where you can moor a boat for direct access to the Thames.

B__each House is listed for sale for £8,250,000 with Savills.

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Mansion House

Cowley Street, Westminster

Sitting right in the heart of the Establishment, just a stone’s throw from the River Thames, the resplendent Mansion House has a rich political history. The property, which was designed by architect Horace Field, was built in 1905 and initially served as the London office of the North Eastern Railway Company. In 1982 the Liberal Democrats (then known as the Social Democratic Party) moved in – and they didn’t pack up their filing cabinets until 2011. It was at this stage that London-based luxury developer Saigol DDC stepped in to transform the building into a seven-bedroom family home, while maintaining its historical charm.

The renovation, aided by craftsmen who had previously worked on Windsor Castle and the Palace of Westminster, incorporates a host of striking period features, such as a sweeping central staircase and ornate gilt cupola. Despite being Grade II listed, it is packed with modern amenities including an eight-person lift and a wellness area complete with a 10 metre swimming pool.  As well as its dramatic interiors, Mansion House, which is 15 metres wide, has an Italian garden and roof terrace, which offers views of Big Ben, the House of Lords and Westminster Abbey.

Mansion House is listed for sale for £29.95 million with Knight Frank.

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Wardian London

Canary Wharf

A collection of luxury apartments by EcoWorld Ballymore, Wardian London combines modern architecture with innovative landscaping in one of the city’s most lucrative business districts. Composed of two residential towers, the buildings themselves, designed by Glenn Howells Architects, will rise to 50 and 55 storeys over South Dock, with unrivalled views over Canary Wharf and the City.

Wardian London’s penthouses, the development’s most luxurious residences available in two or three bedroom duplex configurations, offer residents the ultimate oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city. Interiors by a specialist team of designers draw inspiration from the development’s unique eco-concept and the apartment's private sky garden. Using an earthy colour palette to give the decor an artisan’s touch, unlacquered marble, stone and brass, as well as organic timber are used in abundance throughout the open plan living areas and spacious bedrooms.

All Wardian London residents will also have access to The Wardian Club and its exclusive facilities, which include a 25 metre open air swimming pool, gym, cinema, business lounge, two restaurants, a vibrant rooftop sky observatory and a 24 hour concierge service. Wardian will also be home to two new restaurants by Hakkasan restauranteur Alan Yau, due to open in summer 2020 once residents have moved in.

Penthouses at Wardian London are listed with price on request with EcoWorld Ballymore.

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The Sky Lofts at One Park Drive

Canary Wharf

The final and most exclusive phase of One Park Drive, a luxurious 58-storey residential building within Canary Wharf's newest development Wood Wharf, the Sky Lofts are located on the 32nd floor offering panoramic views across London. Just three Sky Lofts will be made available, each boasting up to 1,300 square feet of exterior space and putting an emphasis on seamless indoor/outdoor living thanks to floor to ceiling windows and the building's innovative cylindrical architecture by Herzog & de Meuron. Inside, each Sky Loft will offer separate kitchen and living areas as well as spacious bedrooms and fully quipped bathrooms. Residents at One Park Drive will also have access to a host of amenities including a concierge, library, gym, 20-metre swimming pool, steam room and sauna. One Park Drive is expected to be completed by 2020, but the Sky Lofts have already been released for purchase.

Sky Lofts at One Park Drive start from £2,750,000 with Canary Wharf Group.

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The Mansion

Marylebone

Straddling the border between Marylebone and Mayfair, the Mansion occupies a prime position just minutes from Oxford Street, Bond Street, Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace. Designed by DSDHA with interiors by Arney Fender Katsalidis, the building houses 23 single-level and duplex apartments offering a modern take on the area’s traditional red brick buildings. The development's top end offering comes in the form of two beautiful penthouses with large open plan living spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows while all residents will have access to 6,500 square feet of amenities including a residents’ lounge overlooking a sunken garden, spa and fitness centre with sauna, steam room and treatment room and 25-metre swimming pool as well as a 24-hour concierge, access to a chauffeur-driven Bentley, valet parking and hotel-style amenities from a range of external partners.

The Mansion apartments have been developed by Clivedale London and are listed for sale with Savills and CBRE with prices for a two-bedroom residence starting at £5,300,000.

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