Cover Westmont Club Residences has a private rooftop beach club. Credit: Savills

From a luxury residence with a private beach on its rooftop to Edith Piaf's old yacht, these properties for sale in the heart of London are not your run-of-the-mill real estate

Buying UK property is nothing new to Asia-based investors—yet these London homes on the market, all in prime locations, might pique your interest thanks to distinctive design details and fascinating pasts. Whether you're ready to buy now, or simply want to browse through beautiful images and illustrations of some truly unique homes, take a look at our selections below. 

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Edith Piaf’s Former Boat

The Flamant Rose (French for “pink flamingo”) has a quirky past. Once moored on the Seine in Paris, the yacht was a base for the late French superstar Edith Piaf—famed for her signature 1947 hit La Vie En Rose—while she was on tour.

Piaf was also said to have cruised around Europe on the Flamant Rose with Marcel Cerdan, the celebrated French-Algerian boxer with whom she had a highly publicised affair in the 1940s.

Today, the yacht is based in St. Katharine Docks Marina, right by the landmarks of the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. She has held a private mooring at the docks for 25 years.

Since the Piaf days, the 1,012 sq ft, one-bedroom, two-bathroom yacht has been renovated. She has an open concept design, with plenty of space ideal for entertaining. The country-style furnishings are a nod to its past, seen across the saloon and cosy bedroom.

Listing price: £1,495,000 (approximately HK$16 million)
Available for sale at United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty

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A City Home With A 'Beach'

Imagine living just steps away from a beach—though in the heart of the city. At Westmont Club Residences, you can do just that. 

Located in White City in west London, this luxury complex will boast a Mediterranean-inspired rooftop beach club. Open exclusively to residents, it will be decked out with infinity pools inspired by the sandy shores of an oceanfront resort. Instead of views of the sea, however, you’ll enjoy sprawling views of Central London. 

Westmont Club Residences will comprise 11 storeys and 528 units, which are a mix of suites as well as one-, two- or three-bedrooms. Other luxury amenities include indoor and outdoor lounge bars, private cinemas, game rooms, yoga studios and a spa, to name a few. The property is estimated to be completed between 2024 and 2025. 

Listing price: From £620,000 (approximately HK$6.6 million)
Available for sale at Savills

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Churchill's Old London Office

The OWO Residences by Raffles are located inside the Old War Office in Whitehall, a historical building with a fascinating 115-year history. 

Built in Edwardian baroque style, the Grade-II listed structure was formerly the office of British prime minister Winston Churchill and various other leaders. It was also a major source of inspiration for Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels. Filming for five 007 movies took place there, including 2015’s Spectre.

Part of the legendary Raffles Hotel’s first opening in London, the 85 branded residences will be a mix of studios, sprawling family-style apartments, plus duplexes and penthouses. Inside, find en-suite bedrooms across the board, and walk-in showers with bespoke bronze shower screens. While there is no typical size for each unit, the two-bedroom residences range from 1,400 sq ft to 3,000 sq ft. The development is expected to be completed next year. 

It sits on a prime piece of real estate in Central London, just a stone’s throw away from St. James’ Park, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. 

Listing price: From £5.8million (approximately HK$62 million) for a two-bedroom apartment
Available for sale at Knight Frank and Strutt & Parker

 

 

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