Property writer Fiona Brandhorst takes a look at the properties on that will help you capitalise on Christmas with great locations and fantastic facilities – because you just can’t beat London at Christmas…
Lead image: The Liberty Building, Limeharbour
A home at The Mansion by Clivedale at the heart of the action in uber-cool Marylebone has it all. Not only will residents adore the hand-picked, in-house services via the 24/7 concierge, The Queen’s grocer, Fortnum & Mason, will deliver all the ingredients for Christmas lunch, and there’s a chauffeur-driven Bentley o hand for local trips.
Designed with the traditional redbrick Marylebone mansion house in mind, complete with contemporary fireplaces, the boutique collection of 23 luxury apartments boasts a 25-metre subterranean swimming pool and treatment rooms with on-call therapists from wellbeing and luxe spa brand Bamford. Just seven apartments remain with prices from £4.95m.
In a quiet square off Kensington High Street and close to the Albert Hall is De Vere Cottage, a period three bedroom terraced home with a contemporary interior arranged around a secluded courtyard. It features the ultimate Christmas guest pleaser of an impressive spiral wine cellar quirkily built into the kitchen floor.
Perfectly positioned for last minute shopping and spacious enough for overnight guests with two reception rooms and three bathrooms, the mews house is available through Hamptons International for £2.95m.
London’s first floating pocket park at Merchant Square is a few minutes’ walk from the refurbished Paddington station and will be the focus of outdoor Christmas events for residents living in No 3 Canalside Walk, the new apartments lining a stretch of the Regent’s Canal. Free movie nights, a gin bar and an increasing number of eateries are putting this well-connected enclave on the map.
The final phase of apartments at No 3 Canalside Walk, best viewed from a hired Go Boat while enjoying a glass or two of fizz, has just been launched. The residents’ rooftop Observatory features a lounge with amazing views of the capital, an outdoor gym and terrace. Prices start from £1.2m for a two bedroom apartment.
London’s first floating pocket park at Merchant Square will be the focus of outdoor Christmas events for residents living in No 3 Canalside Walk
West Brompton Crossing with pop up shops and restaurants will create a further buzz for residents moving into Lillie Square in time for Christmas. The residents-only clubhouse is designed to rival the finest five-star hotel offering a private dining room where residents can store vintage wines, a swish lounge and BYO bar, cinema room ideal for Christmas karaoke nights or an intimate screening of White Christmas. The deluxe health spa features a swimming pool, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms including one for spray tans.
The newly launched three-bedroom penthouse at the top of One Lillie Square on the 14th and 15th floor with an expansive terrace on the 16th floor, offers impressive views from west to east of London’s skyline. Prices at Lillie Square start from £820,000 for a one bedroom apartment with the penthouse priced at £8.9m.
The Liberty Building at Limeharbour is three stops from Canary Wharf where Christmas is celebrated in style with an outdoor ice rink, Winter Fashion Weekend, five malls of shops, restaurants and an Everyman Cinema with a curated film schedule. Each of the apartments in the flagship 26-floor tower from Telford Homes offers a private balcony and views towards Canary Wharf or The O2 and Greenwich.
The penthouse is across the 24th and 25th floors with a huge roof terrace overlooking Canary Wharf, priced at £2.5m. A 24-hour concierge and residents-only gym are included with only 34 apartments left for sale with prices from £785,000 and completions this Christmas.
Present shopping and eating out along East Dulwich’s Lordship Lane comes into its own at Christmas. Property In is selling a three bedroom Edwardian apartment, within a few minutes’ walk of the action, boasting a stunning roof terrace perfect for cosy drinks parties and a bird’s eye view of the capital’s New Year’s Eve fireworks. Offers in excess of £650,000. Merry Christmas!