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Room with a view: five London penthouses with cracking views of the capital

Here's our guide to some of the most luxurious residential developments of 2018

Thinking of making a move this spring? Here are five of London’s most anticipated luxury developments, designed to offer the best of everything – particularly city skyline views. We hope you’ve got your chequebook (or handkerchief) ready. These don’t come cheap, but they are all truly exceptional.

South Bank Tower, London penthouses, Jackal magazine1. Southbank Tower, SE1

It’s no overstatement to say that the Southbank Tower takes the concept of ‘room with a view’ very seriously (don’t just take our word for it – Mark Gatiss will tell you the same). The latest luxury development from independent real estate firm, CIT, it’s 41 storeys populated by 193 of the chicest apartments you ever did see, plus four extraordinary penthouses. The tower’s show apartments demonstrate the scope of each space, with designs by some of London’s biggest design names – including Studio Ashby, Rachel Winham and Goddard Littlefair.

Naturally, there are all the facilities you’d expect of such a plush development. Residents benefit from a 20-metre pool (with some rather impressive skylights in the roof), sauna, steam room, state-of-the-art gym and a private cinema. There’s also one of the largest rooftop gardens in the city and every penthouse is served by Consort24, CIT world class 24-hour lifestyle concierge. With staff handpicked from the likes of The Savoy and the Four Seasons group, it doesn’t matter whether you need a shirt pressing or a frothy coffee on cue, they’ll take care of it. That’s service.

Prices start at £2,450,000, inquiries via southbanktower.co.uk

Chelsea Creek, London penthouses, Jackal magazine

2. Chelsea Creek, SW6

Chelsea Creek is a West Londoner’s dream. A substantial residential development by the Berkeley Group, it’s a series of blocks hosting luxurious one, two and three bedroom apartments priced between £890,000 – £6,349,950 on the banks of Imperial Wharf, minutes from the Kings Road. Topping it all is the impressive Tower Penthouse. A 5,447 sq ft duplex located on the top two floors of the 25-storey Chelsea Creek Tower, it boasts a tremendous 360-degree view of West London and beyond.

The Penthouse also has access to a 3,400 sq ft private sky garden, with an entertainment area, al fresco kitchen, barbecue and a hot tub – we can picture the parties now. The penthouse itself is designed by award-winning agency Lucarna, with an entrance hall, living and dining room, family room, two kitchens (one for entertaining and one chef’s kitchen – again, think more ‘parties’), a study and five bedrooms. If you’re after a palatial, sociable space in a swish location, you’ve found it.

The penthouse is on sale for £16,950,000, available immediately, inquiries via berkeleygroup.co.uk

Room with a view, Emery Wharf, Jackal magazine3. London Dock, EW1

London Dock is one of the largest luxury developments in East London, with a number of impressive residential blocks, plus 210,000 sq ft of commercial space and six acres of open space including a central square with restaurants, bars and cafes. The latest phase of the development is Emery Wharf, which hosts a range of one, two and three bedroom homes for city slickers in search of a riverside haven with tremendous views of the Thames.

Residents have access to two private roof gardens, a gym, swimming pool, squash court, screening room and virtual golf suite, as well as a 24 hour concierge. Quite apart from these jealousy-inducing home comforts, the obvious benefit of investing in a luxe pad here is location. It’s within spitting distance of Tower Hill, St Katherine’s Pier, the City and the South Bank.

Prices start from £1,665,000 for a three-bedroom apartment, inquiries via berkeleygroup.co.uk

Lillie Square, London penthouses, Jackal magazine4. Lillie Square, SW6

Another West London development from that’s scoring high in the luxury stakes is Lillie Square. Masterminded by Capco and KFI, the project offers 808 new homes designed with mansion block architecture, ranging from chic one bedroom apartments to three bedroom penthouses and four or five bed townhouses. The residences line Lillie Square itself, a stunning landscaped garden square, created by Chelsea Flower Show award-winning landscape designer, Andy Sturgeon.

Residences are designed with high ceilings, art deco features and contemporary furnishings. There’s an 18,000 sq ft resident’s clubhouse that’s particularly indulgent, with an impressive range of health, fitness and wellbeing facilities including a 20-metre swimming pool and spa, complete with sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi spa pool. There’s a gym too, with studio space, two treatment rooms and a relaxation room (who doesn’t want one of those?) plus a private dining room with wine storage, a residents’ bar, lounge and a coffee bar. Oh, and The Harwood Arms – London’s only Michelin-starred pub – is just around the corner. Need we say more?

Prices start at £775,000, inquiries via lilliesquare.com

Chiltern Place, room with a view, Jackal magazine5. Chiltern Place, W1U

Developments seldom come more hip than this. Chiltern Place sits on the corner of Chiltern Street and Crawford Street in the heart of Marylebone, on the doorstep of London’s most fashionable shopping streets, surrounded by all the coffee culture you could wish for. The Place itself spans 16 storeys, comprising of 55 refined apartments and a four bedroom townhouse to boot. The views, naturally, are exceptional – with Regents Park to the north, Mayfair to the south and the City to the east.

Developed by Ronson Capital, each residence benefits from bespoke design and furnishings curated by renowned studios Morpheus, Spinocchia Freud, and Tomaz Starzweksi. If you’re in the market, this is one central London development that you’d be mad to miss.

Prices start from £1,950,000, for sales enquiries please contact Knight Frank on +44 (0)20 7861 5499 or Savills +44 (0)20 7409 8756, chilternplace.com