There’s something innately charming about living by water. Be it buying a house of the coast, and taking morning strolls on the beach, or keeping this cosmopolitan and commuting into the city by water – as documented in David Gandy’s directorial debut with Gentleman’s Journal earlier this year – there’s no better way to live than by the ripples and waves of Britain’s waterways.
So, if you’re looking to move, here are our best luxury suggestions for Thameside digs…
Canary Wharf group has launched One Park Drive, a 58-storey building that will offer any gentleman the pinnacle of urban living within this instantly recognisable part of London. Standing out amongst Canary Wharf’s famous skyline, the eye-catching apartment building, with its cylindrical appearance will form part of the new district of expansion in one of the city’s most celebrated areas – best to invest now.
Meticulous attention has been paid to the design of this 58-storey building, ranging from cleverly concise studios to spacious four-bedroom penthouses. Three styles of apartments – Loft, Bay and Cluster – powerfully express their own distinct personalities – and each apartment offers generous views over the surrounding docklands and across London. Also, a nice touch, no apartment is overlooked – ensuring privacy at all times.
A unique penthouse with iconic 360 degrees views of London and one of the largest private south-facing terraces on the river, this property is the ultimate bachelor pad, and is conveniently situated in a new stunning riverside development Riverwalk: Westminster SW1. With direct lift access, the duplex penthouse comprises over 6,000 sq ft of space – with a staggering five en-suite bedrooms.
The penthouse is interior-designed by world-renowned Spinocchia Freud with Lisa Ronson – any any resident lucky enough to live at Riverwalk will also benefit from hotel-style facilities, including a concierge service provided by Harrods Estates, fitness suite with a pilates and yoga studio, secure underground parking and 24-hour security. What more could you want?
Overlooking the River Thames by Tower Bridge, Landmark Place holds an unparalleled position in the City of London – and is perfectly located for any professionals working in the city. A spectacular development, these digs include 165 one-bed suites, one, two and three-bed apartments and, of course, for you high-fliers, penthouses.
Invest here and you’ll benefit from a 24-hr concierge, 20m swimming pool and spa, fitness suite and lounge – not to mention the decadence of having your very own cinema room and, if you need to bring work home, business suite.
Chelsea Waterfront is a truly world class development set in the heart of one of the capital’s most historic and sought after areas. Not only that, its masterplan has been designed by internationally renowned architect Sir Terry Farrell. Pair this with the 600 metres of river frontage, 11.3 acre site and a view which takes in the imposing former Lots Road Power Station, which with its iconic twin chimneys, and you’ve got one of the best Thameside properties in London.
Apartments from these towers will have wide reaching views taking in a stretch of river that extends from Chelsea in the West to Canary Wharf in the East – and the iconic Metropolitan Building, also part of the development, will be converted and refurbished into 193 luxury private apartments – a lot to choose from…
If you’re looking for something a little out of the hustle and bustle of the city, this private estate can be found in a parkland setting on the southern edge of the Chiltern Hills. The main house is situated at the end of a stunning three-quarter mile long drive through a completely private mature park and has outstanding views over its own land, the River Thames and beyond.
The house itself was renovated and restored in the mid-1980s to provide substantial reception rooms and the property retains many of the period features of the original house. Other features include a former orangery, an overgrown walled garden, former greenhouses and outbuildings, a disused outdoor swimming pool as well as some fine specimen trees – lots to work on, but with charm and character unrivalled.
A Grade II listed Arts & Crafts home in Bray, this heritage property is situated on the banks of the river, with around 300 ft of its dedicated own river frontage. Standing within the highly desirable Fisheries Estate, and neighbouring the picturesque village of Bray, West Court was designed in the 1890s by the English architect, William West Neve. Designed for himself – so you know no expense was spared – the house was completed in 1901.
Today, over a century later, the property has been renovated throughout and includes a number of interesting architectural features, most notably the Arts & Crafts turret, which is used as a bedroom suite and includes a covered balcony overlooking the gardens and water – a nice quirk for your waterfront haven.