The Largest Properties in London
When it comes to property, London is an area with a very diverse range of options. Whether you are looking to rent a one-bedroom apartment or buy a huge investment property, you are sure to find what you are looking for in the UK capital. London is home to some of the biggest properties in the country, including some of the main tourist attractions that we all know such as Buckingham Palace and St. James’s Palace, but there are also plenty of larger residential properties on the market that are suitable for growing families or investors looking to develop smaller properties or let houses of multiple occupation.
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Where Can You Find Big Homes in London?
This year, there have been several large properties put on the market in London, including a huge Hollywood-style super mansion located close to Hampstead Heath, which was the third-most-popular property on Rightmove back in March 2020. With ten bedrooms and seven bathrooms, it became one of the most expensive properties on the UK market last year, listed at £40 million. It was built by an Eastern European property tycoon in a process that is thought to have taken over five years and cost over £30 million. The property featured a gym, swimming pool, tennis court, billiards room, spa, and roof terrace with stunning views over the area, along with a separate lodge for staff.
In the same suburb, Athlone House is a former NHS nursing home that is currently being restored by Mikhail Fridman, a Ukrainian-born businessman. This new 18,300 square foot property is set in two acres of London and sites on a totally unique plot. In August of 2019, a former church located behind Harrods in central London was converted into a luxury mansion and went on sale for a whopping £55 million.
In October, one of the oldest Mansions in the luxury London borough of Mayfair went on sale for a huge £54.5 million, making it one of the most expensive properties to be put on the London market since the March 2020 COVID19 lockdown. It was priced at over 32 times higher than the £1.7 million it was purchased for back in 2008 when it was almost derelict. Located between Park Lane and the former US embassy, the building has undergone a huge refurbishment and includes a 73ft swimming pool which is believed to be one of the largest in a private home in the city. There is also a sauna, jacuzzi, fitness studio, home theatre, and staff quarters. The now modernised six-storey house was originally built in 1732.
Big Houses for Sale in London – What are London’s Biggest Properties?
Last year, a ten-bedroom mansion topped the list of London’s biggest and most expensive homes when it went on the market for a whopping £75 million. Based in St John’s Wood, the new build mansion became the most expensive home to be listed on the London market in 2020, offering a massive 25,000 square footage, a fourteen-metre swimming pool and a massive ten bedrooms. It was developed by Greek businessman George Dragoumanos, who purchased the plot in 2013. Rental prices for the mansion topped the charts at a huge £160,000 per month. Other amenities included in the mansion, which is described as providing a country lifestyle in the heart of the city, area a twelve-seat home cinema with a bar, two secure climate-controlled wine cellars, an underground four-car garage with a hydraulic car lift and a biometric security technology rooms. The mansion has a lot of A-list neighbours including Rihanna, Robbie Williams, and Anthony Joshua. There is a designated staff quarter with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Prior to this huge property going on the market, the most expensive on offer was a property on two acres of land in Highgate, which went for sale with a huge asking price of £40 million.
Who Buys Big Houses in London?
While mansions in London might be out of reach for the average first-time buyer, there are plenty of buyers who are looking to snap up homes such as these. The capital of the UK is home to a range of A-list celebrities who certainly have the money and means to purchase one of the biggest and most luxurious properties in the capital. UK politicians are also at the top of the list for some of the biggest homes in London. In 2019, Boris Johnson purchased a four-bedroom London mansion for £1.3m with his partner Carrie Symonds. Many members of the Royal family also reside in some of the biggest homes in London.
Kensington and Chelsea, a London borough that has long had a reputation for luxury, is known for its large houses and luxury penthouses. It is also home to a range of famous people including British rapper Stormzy, Madonna, and Rowan Atkinson. Eight years ago, a penthouse located in the Bulgari building in Knightsbridge sold for a massive £114m.
Richmond is another area of London filled with large homes that are popular with A-listers and other celebrities. It has been the home of Tom Hardy, actress Amanda Holden, singer Rick Astley, Pete Townshend of The Who, David Attenborough, and even Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who once purchased a home here for around £12m.
The area located around Regents Park, one of the biggest Royal parks in London, is another area that has been popular with celebrities looking to purchase a home. In St John’s Wood on the northwest side of the park, there have been plenty of A-listed neighbours including Sir Richard Branson, Kate Moss, Keith Richards, Mark Ronson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Sir Paul McCartney, and Ewen McGregor.
Where Can You Find Big Houses in North London?
North London is home to Hampstead, which has some of the biggest and most luxury homes in the capital. However, in 2019, new footage emerged from The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, which is locally known as the Billionaires’ Row. Despite being home to almost seventy of some of the most valuable homes in London, many of the properties were left empty and in an uninhabitable state. The mansions are worth over £350m altogether, but images captured in the documentary Beyond the Point showed deserted gardens, mouldy hot tubs and swimming pools, and graffiti-strewn windows. Many had been exposed to the elements and unwanted visitors with homes left in varying conditions; some pristine internally as if the owners had simply walked out. Some of the homes were awaiting sale at the time, with the average property on the street costing £15 million. Many were bought for around £1 million in the late 1980s but had been left empty ever since.
Highgate, a wealthy neighbourhood to the north of London, is also home to Witanhurt, the largest private home in the capital. It was built between 1913 and 1920 and sits on an eleven-acre plot. Close by on Park Lane, Dudley House was bought by the Qatari royal family for forty million pounds. After a renovation, it had an estimated resale value of around £250m.
Most Expensive Mega-Mansion in London?
Two mega-mansions in Mayfair were turned into one huge property that is on track to be the most expensive in the UK. Owned and refurbished by Phones 4U founder John Caudwell, who is known for being one of the biggest taxpayers in the UK, the property is currently valued at £250m, and was purchased in 2012 for £87m.
Caudwell has spent the last few years turning the two huge mansions into one colossal property, spanning 43,000 square feet which is the average size of 55 London flats and twice the size of the Royal Albert Hall. There’s a Thai-themed dining room inspired by Caudwell’s favourite cuisine, with a river filled with handpicked African Cichlid fish flowing through the centre of the room underneath a pink blossom ceiling installation. The mansion offers an opulent bar with pillars and a chandelier, and there’s a luxurious spa complete with an experience shower and hot tub. The basement is where the two mansions are connected, and includes a gigantic indoor pool, stone fixtures and a unique volcanic lava installation. The property also includes a ‘car stacker’ feature that can take up to eight cars at a time from street level into secure storage.
The property was at the centre of Channel 4 documentary Britain’s Most Expensive Home: Building for a Billionaire. Currently, John Caudwell does not use the Mayfair property as a residential home but rather as a base for his charitable foundation, Caudwell Children, where is it used for entertaining and business purposes for his charitable projects.
When it comes to properties in London, there’s something for everybody from one-bedroom flats to huge mega-mansions. Over the past few years, we have seen a huge increase in gigantic London homes being put on the market for eye-watering prices. Snapped up by celebrities, business tycoons, property developers and overseas royalty, London is home to some of the most luxurious mansions worldwide.