The world stood agog when, in the middle of a world recession of historic proportions, London developing duo Candy & Candy said they were launching an apartment development overlooking Hyde Park featuring penthouses for sale at £140m
It is believed that a two-storey, six-bedroom penthouse on top of one of the four diamond-shaped ten-storey towers was bought in summer 2010 for £140 million, making it the most expensive private home ever sold in Britain.
The new owner will enjoy James Bond-style security featuring bullet-proof glass and eye-scanners to prevent unwanted intruders. If it all get too much, he can always get a takeaway from Heston Blumenthal’s new restaurant, Dinner, next door.
One Hyde Park was built on the crossroads of Knightsbridge tube station for a reason other than the striking views over west London and Hyde Park to be enjoyed from its glass- fronted properties. Knightsbridge is the favoured spot for the Middle East playboys and other multi-millioners to hang out.
The sounds of throaty super cars racing around this area of London is a permanent fixture at the weekends, and Harvey Nichols and a plethora of other global luxury brands crowd around the development.
By Peter Swain, 23 March 2011