Ever wanted to be neighbours with the Queen herself? With London’s newest, most sumptuous address, you can — come take a stroll with us around the neighbourhood.
In our latest property focus, we canvass a mixture of lifestyle destinations, natural greenery and towering cultural institutions that are unique to the surrounding borough of London, the City of Westminster. Better yet, all are mere minutes away on foot from the luxurious new residences at No. 1 Palace Street.
Conveying stunning views of Her Majesty’s quarters at Buckingham, it’s no exaggeration to say that No. 1 Palace Street is a residential development that is exceptional in personality and scope. Built on a one-of-a-kind ‘island’ made up of five distinct architectural sites, each building fuses together British and European architecture, stretching from the Renaissance all the way into the 21st century. The development’s 72 luxury apartments — decorated in a selection of Beaux Arts, Queen Anne and modernist styles — make an impact becoming of the surrounding environment.
Even the most ‘modest’ one-bedroomed floor plan averages a size of 834 sq. ft. and ceilings, in the most extreme case, are more than double the height of the average UK home. Slated for completion later this year, residents can expect many of the hallmarks of modern European living: Communal spaces including a library, cinema, and lounges abound; whilst a spa and indoor lap pool provide convenient alternatives to the tirelessly manicured parks hemming in residences on all sides.
Still, without wanting to detract from each residence’s desirability, the star appeal of No. 1 Palace Street is its location. The imposing, column-clad façade of Buckingham Gate is all that separates you from the strident energy of the British capital: From cultural attractions and traditional sights in St James’s, to fine dining and retail experiences in nearby Mayfair. Below, we walk you through some of the essential spots worth visiting — all within earshot of London’s most exceptional new luxury residence.
1-bedroom apartments at No. 1 Palace Street (averaging a size of 834 sq. ft.) are available starting at HK$24.8 million. For further details, visit JLL online.
Midway between the heart of the British monarchy (Buckingham) and modern government (Whitehall), St James’s Park is harangued on all sides by significant heritage buildings including The Mall and Horse Guards parade ground. It is perhaps most famous for its incandescent horticultural displays, which stretch across the front of Buckingham Palace and provide a familiar backdrop to the area’s many ceremonial pageants. Perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon, the park covers an area totalling nearly 57 acres — complete with its own lake and resident population of pelicans.
Home to The Queen’s not-insubstantial fleet of transportation and one of the few working stables still in existence, The Royal Mews is both a working organ of and testament to the Royal Family. While adults can enjoy The Mews’ splendid architecture and heritage (it was erected in this location in 1825), there’s also an abundance of activities for the whole family. Practice tacking a wooden pony; take photos of the famous Diamond Jubilee state coach; step inside a genuine royal carriage, and much more.
This ultra-modern edifice to steel, glass and structural daring makes quite a statement against the low-slung terraces of Belgravia: mingling clubby luxury residences with a one-stop-shop of Michelin dining, farmers’ markets and specialty retail. The latter will be of special interest to those invested in eating well. Dubbed Nova Food, this section of the building houses more than 20 restaurants and other lifestyle venues, including everything from global fast food outlets like Shake Shack to the award-winning homegrown restaurant Hai Cenato, Jason Atherton’s New York-inspired Italian diner.
Sequestered away in the southernmost extremity of Buckingham Palace, The Queen’s Gallery is an exhibition space for around 450 artworks drawn from the private collection of the British Royal Family. Notwithstanding a 3-year refurbishment in the late 90s, the gallery has been in operation since 1962: exhibiting, on a rotational basis, close to 450 works across the painted, built and illustrated mediums. Until November this year, visitors can enjoy the Japan: Courts and Culture exhibition, a somewhat esoteric exploration of the British monarchy’s 300-year cultural exchange with the Japanese imperial families.
Covering an area of just over 40 acres, The Green Park is one of London’s eight royally designated parklands, visited regularly due to its various wartime memorials, fountains and ceremonial guns. Interestingly, unlike many of the city’s Royal Parks, The Green Park is not planted with year-round flowerbeds of any description — rumoured to be by command of the consort of King Charles II when she glimpsed the monarch picking flowers in the area with another woman. Despite these standing instructions, the park is a riot of yellow during spring, when around a million daffodil bulbs are in bloom. Notable military monuments include Philip Jackson’s RAF Bomber Command and the Canada Memorial.