Detached family property on the coveted Ingram Avenue, Hampstead, London, $21,192,606. View listing
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Uncover the greatest homes for sale in London, from a futuristic penthouse in Mayfair to a Knightsbridge estate that hosted Edward VIII.

In 2020, the uber-wealthy purchased more homes in London than any other city in the world, making the capital a global hotspot for high-end property sales.

According to JamesEdition’s data, London’s upscale property market currently features more than 500 apartments, penthouses, and detached homes, with a median price of about $2.5 million (€2 million / £1.8 million).

At the highest end, the most expensive house in London pips others to the post – a high net worth buyer won’t get any change from $40 million. The seven-bedroom home in Kensington accommodates 606 expensive square meters (6,520 square feet) in a city where only 3% of luxury estates can afford footage of 600 square meters (6,500 square feet) or more.

In their Wealth Report, Knight Frank forecasts London will experience steady and sustainable property price growth of 3% in 2021. The real estate consultancy also believes the UK stamp duty holiday and the end of Brexit-related political uncertainty will likely offset the introduction of an additional 2% surcharge for foreign buyers.

Affluent international real estate buyers continue to increase, with super-prime homes in London as popular as ever. Continue reading for the lowdown on upscale homes for sale in London, ranging from a contemporary apartment in Mayfair to a grand family home in Hampstead.

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15. Futuristic apartment in Mayfair, London, designed by Jay-Z’s landlord

Price: approx. $15,952,171

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Contemporary penthouse in Mayfair, London, approx. $15,952,171. View listing

This super-sleek penthouse in *SW1, London is just a two-minute stroll from magnificent Westminster Cathedral and a 15-minute walk from both St James’s Park and the meandering Thames. Inside, enjoy over 5,300 square feet of lateral space, built by Italian designer Alessandro Cajrati Crivelli. Crivelli headed up developments in Milan’s fashion district, plus a Los Angeles spec mansion that Jay-Z and Beyoncé rented. What else? The elegant yet contemporary first-floor apartment comes complete with a trio of bathrooms and bedrooms, and a pair of car parking spaces.

*SW1 is the postcode for southwest London, district 1, incorporating areas such as Whitehall, Buckingham Gate, and Victoria.

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14. Modern house with an indoor pool in St John’s Wood, London

Price: approx. $16,298,957

The most expensive house in London, UK, or sale, 300 million GBP.

Spacious house in St John’s Wood, London, approx. $16,298,957. View listing

Featuring five bedrooms spread across 6,086 square feet and three floors, this tastefully decorated house in *NW8, London is a brief five-minute walk from The American School in London, and less than a 20-minute amble from Regent’s Park. The sizeable detached home features an entertaining space and indoor pool, plus a playroom, cinema, and staff quarters. Outside, the front and rear gardens are well-manicured.

*NW8 is the postcode for northwest London, district 8, incorporating areas such as Primrose Hill and Lisson Grove.

13. Gothic penthouse in legendary St Pancras Chambers

Price: approx. $16,283,047

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Unique apartment in St. Pancras Chambers, approx. $16,283,047. View listing

The triplex penthouse sits atop one of the capital’s most revered Gothic buildings, St. Pancras Chambers, in the heart of the *NW1 neighborhood. The building was completed in 1873 and designed by famed architect George Gilbert Scott. Following a £200 million, decade-long renovation in 2010, this striking masterpiece was restored to its original glory and transformed into an upscale residential and hotel complex.

Some music fans might recognize the imposing redbrick building as the setting for the Spice Girls’ inaugural video for their 1996 smash hit, Wannabe.

The apartment offers 6,000 square feet of space spread across the building’s sixth, seventh and eighth floors.

*NW1 is the postcode of northwest London, district 1, incorporating areas such as the iconic King Cross train station, Camden, Regent’s Park.

12. Historic house in Knightsbridge, London, once hosted Picasso and Edward VIII

Price: approx. $17,963,531

The most expensive house in Mayfair, London

House in Knightsbridge, London, approx. $17,963,531. View listing

This stucco-fronted house in *SW3, London gives way to 4,768 square feet of space across six floors, and features a gleaming white exterior. Less than a 10-minute walk from high-end shopping at Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and Sloan Street, and just a 12-minute stroll from Hyde Park, the grand home is well-positioned and impressive. Inside, enjoy six bedrooms and bathrooms, a library, and a pine-paneled ballroom. There’s also a private enclosed patio for alfresco dining. A plethora of notable people were entertained at the property in the past, including Bertrand Russell, Picasso, Richard Rodgers, and the future King Edward VIII.

*SW3 is the postcode for southwest London, district 3, incorporating areas such as Chelsea and Brompton.

11. Family home in Chelsea, London, with underground parking and a lift

Price: approx.  $21,121,964

The most expensive house ever sold in London, UK

Modern family home in Chelsea, London, approx. $20,737,822. View listing

Sitting in the heart of Boltons Conservation Area, this six-bedroom house in *SW10, London is spread over seven levels and a whopping 8,553 square feet. Use the internal lift to move around the bright and airy space, and discover an indoor pool, underground parking, and a 31-foot drawing room leading out to the garden. There’s modern decor throughout, and the stylish property is just a five-minute walk to Fulham Road.

*SW10 is the postcode for southwest London, district 10, incorporating areas such as West Brompton and Chelsea Harbour.

10. Refurbished townhouse with private roof terrace  in Mayfair, London, home to a gym and cinema room

Price: approx. $20,807,179

The most expensive house in UK outside London

Townhouse in Mayfair, London, approx. $20,807,179. View listing

With six floors, five bedrooms, and six bathrooms, this contemporary house in *W1, London features a gym and cinema room, a duo of terraces, and an entire floor dedicated to the master suite, drawing room, and bathroom. A color palette featuring shades of grey and taupe combines with period features, creating a sophisticated atmosphere. Location-wise, the property sits a mere one-minute walk from Hyde Park. And first-rate restaurants Hide, The Wolseley, and Novikov are less than a five-minute stroll away.

*W1 is the postcode for west London, district 1, incorporating areas such as Regent Street and Marylebone.

9. Grade II listed penthouse in St James’s, London, boasting panoramic cityscape vistas

Price: approx. $22,541,111

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Historic property in St James’s, London, approx. $22,541,111. View listing

This contemporary apartment in SW1, London is situated in Oceanic House – the former HQ of White Star Line, where tickets for RMS Titanic were once sold. These days, it’s home to an exclusive development featuring seven units. Just a two-minute walk from Trafalgar Square, the glam split-level space covers 5,496 square feet and features four spacious bedrooms, a concierge service, and a designer kitchen. The capacious condo is high-spec, secure, and luxurious yet comfortable. The icing on the cake? A pair of terraces with panoramic views across the capital.

8. Grandiose house in Hampstead, London, complete with a spa and an indoor pool

Price: approx. $23,581,470

The most expensive house in London, Hyde Park

Double-fronted house in Hampstead, London, approx. $23,581,470. View listing

Located on Bishops Avenue – one of the wealthiest streets in the world – this double-fronted house in *N2, London covers a humongous 14,530 square feet. The imposing property is just a 15-minute stroll from Hampstead Heath and adjacent to Highgate Golf Club. Inside, the four-floor eight-bedroom property is slick and modern – features include an indoor pool, extensive spa, and entertainment suites. There’s also a lift, a cinema room, and landscaped grounds.

*N2 is the postcode for north London, district 2, incorporating areas such as Hampstead Garden Suburb and East Finchley.

7. A Grand Period townhouse In Belgravia, London, close to an array of Michelin eateries

Price: approx. $24,275,043

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Period townhouse In Belgravia, London, approx. $24,275,043. View listing

This grand house in *SW1, London comes complete with seven floors (and bedrooms), a lift, underground parking, and 24-hour security. Located in a prime spot just a 10-minute walk from Buckingham Palace, the superb house also boasts a manicured garden, patios, a gym, and a media room. What’s more, the impressive property is within a 15-minute walk of no less than four Michelin-starred restaurants: Muse, Amaya, Pétrus, and Marcus.

*SW1 is the postcode for southwest London, district 1, incorporating areas such as Whitehall, Buckingham Gate, and Victoria.

6. Spacious house with multi-level landscaped gardens in Chelsea, London

Price: approx. $24,275,043

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Multi-level house in Chelsea, London, approx. $24,275,043. View listing

With six bedrooms across six floors spanning 5,100 square feet, this super-stylish house in SW3, London boasts an enviable position on prestigious Carlyle Square. The Ivy Chelsea Garden and King’s Road are just a five-minute walk away, while Chelsea Embankment is just a 10-minute stroll from the cleverly constructed property with well-kept grounds across three levels. The raised ground space boasts open plan living and a built-in bar, while the master suite overlooks the square and landscaped gardens.

5. Exclusive split-level penthouse in Kensington, London, with underground parking

Price: approx. $26,355,761

The most expensive house in London, UK

Double-height penthouse in Kensington, London, approx. $26,355,761. View listing

You’ll find this chic apartment in *W8, London on Duchess of Bedford’s Walk – a much sought-after address in the capital. A stone’s throw from Holland Park and just a 15-minute walk from Kensington Palace, the expansive flat extends 6,028 square feet across two levels. Inside, there’s a double-height reception room, stone floors, and a central fireplace. Shared between the development are communal gardens, a swimming pool, gym, and concierge service. And the penthouse itself has four underground parking spaces.

*W8 is the postcode for west London, district 8, incorporating areas such as Holland Park and Kensington High Street.

4. Grade II apartment in St. James’s, London, overlooking Pall Mall

Price: approx. $31,210,769

The most expensive house to rent in London

Historic apartment in St. James’s, London, approx. $31,210,769. View listing

Located in The Clarence building, this lateral apartment in SW1, London was dressed by interior designer Katherine Pooley and covers 4,973 square feet. The period residence also boasts four bedrooms and direct views over Pall Mall. Green Park is a two-minute walk away, and Michelin-starred Indian eatery Gymkhana is a five-minute stroll. Back at the development, there’s a state-of-the-art underground car parking system and valet service, plus a gym, pool, and spa for residents to use as and when they choose.

3. Double-fronted house in St John’s Wood, London, with an extensive manicured garden

Price: approx. $34,678,633

The most expensive small house in London

Spacious property in St John’s Wood, London, approx. $34,678,633. View listing

This six-bedroom house in NW8, London is a rare find, rating among the most expensive houses in London. Sitting on one of the widest plots on Avenue Road, the property boasts 7,578 square feet of interior space, while the verdant garden spans 5,900 square feet. Spread over two floors, the grand home offers eight bathrooms and outstanding refurbishment potential – should you wish. Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, and St John’s Wood High Street are a stone’s throw away, while the West End and Mayfair are easily reachable by car in 15 minutes.

2. Duplex 9000 sq ft apartment in the landmark house bordering Knightsbridge and South Kensington, London

Price: approx. $37,452,923

The most expensive terraced house in London for sale

9000 sq ft apartment bordering Knightsbridge and South Kensington, London, approx. $37,452,923. View listing

What you have here is a super-impressive Grade II listed home. The stucco-fronted house in *SW7, London is set across more than 9,000 square feet, bordering Knightsbridge and South Kensington. Fusing classic with contemporary, the property has been renovated with a keen eye for detail. Alongside a lift, marble floors, and walk-in wardrobes, the high-spec, multi-level home also features ornate cornicing and eye-catching lighting. Sitting on Exhibition Road, the striking house is a 5-minute walk from Hyde Park, the V&A, and the Royal Albert Hall, and a 15-minute stroll from Harrods.

*SW7 is the postcode for southwest London, district 7, incorporating areas such as South Kensington, and Knightsbridge.

1. Detached five-level home in Kensington, London, with striking decor

Price: approx. $39,533,641

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Five-level house in Kensington, London, approx. $39,533,641. View listing

Spread across five floors and 6,520 square feet, this family house in W8, London backs onto Holland Park and features bold decor. Think seven bedrooms, off-street parking, and a glorious south-west facing garden. Currently the most expensive house in London on JamesEdition, the entertaining space is capacious, with a raised ground floor drawing room and a dining room overlooking the grounds. Kensington Palace is just a 10-minute walk away, and Michelin-starred restaurants Kitchen W8 and Core by Clare Smyth are within easy strolling distance.

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