In Pretty Woman, when Julia Roberts asks Richard Gere why he rents the penthouse when he’s too afraid of heights to look at the view, he replies with “It's the best. I looked all around for penthouses on the first floor, but I can't find one.” And that’s the truth; if you want the best you’ve got to press that button.
Plum has some of the finest penthouses in all of London for you to rent and they’re the whole package; perfect location, great view, gorgeous inside and out. Have a look at our top three.
Panoramic views from Clerkenwell Penthouses
The Penthouse Perspective has some fantastic 360° views of London. Wake up to the sun shining off the Gherkin, the Shard, the Walkie Talkie and St. Paul’s Cathedral as the whole space floods with light from the floor to ceiling windows.
Inside, everything has been considered for your comfort and convenience.
The décor is personal and stylish with lots of comfy spots to admire the view, from the big, plush leather sofa in the living room, the loungers on the decked terrace, wrapped up in a fluffy duvet in bed and, of course, no penthouse is complete without a Le Corbusier LC4. The fully stocked kitchen is inviting and the bathrooms are spacious and relaxing.
Another alternative close to Clerkenwell is the Galleria Penthouse. Perched on the 9th and 10th floors of a modern building just minutes from Old Street Station, this apartment boasts enviable views over Shoreditch and The City skyline from the light-filled interior, balcony and spacious rooftop terrace. A contemporary split-level space with an eclectic artwork collection and stylish window-lined living and dining room, this unique home is a real treat for art lovers, business travellers or those simply seeking an exceptional, memorable space to experience vibrant East London.
"You are of course within walking distance of big name attractions like the British Museum and the Barbican, but if you have an interest in the Knights Templar the Museum of the Order of St. John is a little known gem in the area."
To top it all off you’re in one of the hippest parts of town. Surrounded by design agencies and architectural studios, take a walk around to explore some of London’s quirkiest shops like Timorous Beasties; a design studio with a retail space full of exquisite textiles and heritage inspired homeware with contemporary twists. Visit The Old Curiosity Shop in nearby Holdborn for their Tim Burton-esque collection of footwear in keeping with the Victorian Gothic history of the neighbourhood. And if you’re after something a bit more this millennium browse all things bright and beautiful at Clerkenwell London.
Small, but perfectly formed Exmouth Market is home to several independent shops worthy of a look around as you make your way towards Islington.
Start your days with light, elegant international flavours at The Modern Pantry and close your evenings with modern, refined British cooking in the cosy surroundings of The Lady Ottoline or the finest Italian fare north of the Alps at Luca and Palatino.
You are of course within walking distance of big name attractions like the British Museum and the Barbican, but if you have an interest in the Knights Templar the Museum of the Order of St. John is a little known gem in the area.
Newman’s Penthouse embodies the ideal London home; solid craftsmanship, eclectic style, iconic views and a location that can’t be beaten.
"It will be hard to tear yourself away from that roof garden, but you really should since all of London is on your doorstep."
Fitzrovia lies just north of Soho, south of Camden and east of Marylebone before blurring into Bloomsbury – you’re as central as you can be without sleeping in Oxford Circus Station! Newman’s Penthouse is cool, yet homely with fantastic views of London’s Victorian rooftops from every room and quintessentially British touches like a roll top cast iron bath, a proper range cooker in the kitchen and a Big Green Egg in the mature, green garden.
It will be hard to tear yourself away from that roof garden, but you really should since all of London is on your doorstep. Although spitting distance from Oxford Street, skip its thoroughly unremarkable shops and head straight to Soho to rummage around designer boutiques like Other and A.P.C.
There are many cultural sites on your doorstep, but if you’re after something more contemporary than the British Museum or less graphic than the Wellcome Collection, check out the latest in contemporary art at Lazarides, the Frith Street Gallery (unexpectedly on Golden Square) or check out what’s happening at The Vinyl Factory.
In the evenings there’s just too much to choose from; restaurants and watering holes completely line Charlotte Street, Goodge Street, Windmill Street and Rathbone Place. The Carpenter’s Arms is a fine local, Dickie Fitz is good for all day dining or you can splash out at Roka. Drown your sorrows at the LCC, confess your sins to Reverend J W Simpson’s and for a big night email yourself onto the Basement guestlist. Having said all that, if it were us, we’d probably just go back home for some wine on the roof terrace.
"Wake up feeling glamorous and start your day with an invigorating walk in Hyde Park or a leisurely breakfast in the beautiful, grand café of the V&A Museum"
There is so much more to Knightsbridge than Harrods and Harvey Nick’s. Unpack your bags at our Knightsbridge Penthouse and snooze off the jetlag in front of the cozy fire (there’s an LC4 here too) or catch some rays on the sunny terrace, weather depending. With stunning views and private use of the charming Lennox Gardens this duplex penthouse is a real delight. The space has been used thoughtfully throughout and has the light airy feel you would expect from a penthouse.
The open plan living space is comfortably sociable and the bedrooms are peaceful, private and cosy with skylights for you to drift off under the stars.
Wake up feeling glamorous and start your day with an invigorating walk in Hyde Park or a leisurely breakfast in the beautiful, grand café of the V&A Museum which houses one of the finest collections of art, design and fashion in the world.
As everyone knows Knightsbridge is world famous fashion destination and after you’ve fuelled yourself, get ready to shop till you drop.
Escape the tourists who swarm to the the two big department stores we already mentioned and focus on the designer boutiques of Sloane Street. They’re all there – British icons, Italian classics, French powerhouses, the brilliant Shanghai Tang, diamonds, diamonds everywhere, but the jewel in the crown has to be Giuseppe Zanotti because our hearts (and soles) bleed for his sculptural stilettos. For classic British men’s tailoring and extraordinary bridalwear stroll down Beauchamp Place (Pronounced Beechum. Why? It just is.). Interior design lovers will fawn over Skandium and we’ll let you in on one of our all time favourite secret shops, Mint.
"Want to break in those swanky new dancing shoes? Buddha Bar, Boujis and Tonteria await."
Evenings in Knightsbridge can be flashy so dress to impress if you want to dine at Zuma, but they can also be an elegant, relaxed affairs at Scalini, Mr. Chow and San Lorenzo. You’ll find a slew of celebrity chef restaurants in the area’s 5* hotels, most have had their 15 minutes and their time is up, but Outlaw’s is the one really going strong. Want to break in those swanky new dancing shoes? Buddha Bar, Boujis and Tonteria await. Whatever you do and wherever you stay, go high and be sure to savour the view!