Exclusive property in Kensington, LondonOne of the world’s most glamorous cities, London has long been a sought-after location for international buyers. Elite Living Africa takes a look at the top prime real estate properties available to purchase.

In recent years, London has seen a particular rise in the number of investors from Africa seeking to gain a foothold on the upper reaches of the UK capital’s luxury property ladder.

Shirley Humphrey, director at Harrods Estates, says that the popular area of Mayfair offers a village lifestyle in a fantastic central location, “The excellent shopping on Mount Street and Bond Street, fantastic restaurants and five-star hotels, contribute to the area’s popularity, and, with Hyde Park and Knightsbridge a short stroll away, many of our clients love the location as both an investment and lifestyle choice.”

Those seeking homes of a more spacious nature often turn their attention northwards, to the leafy areas surrounding Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath, where penthouses with breathtaking city views give way to grand detached houses with vast gardens and leisure facilities.

Harrods Estates has noticed a 400 per cent increase in the number of sales to African clients compared to last year, while Beauchamp Estates confirmed that buyers from Africa have spent upwards of $935.8m over the last three years. Much of this was spent on luxury apartments in some of central London’s most exclusive residential locations, such as Kensington and the ‘platinum triangle’ of Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair.

Academy Gardens, Kensington, $40.5m (Knight Frank)

Fourth and fifth floor apartment featuring smoked oak hardwood and French polished limestone flooring, a multi-room Meridian (AMX) audio/visual system and boasting views across Chelsea Harbour.

- Five bedrooms

- Five bathrooms

- Swimming pool

- Private parking

Academy Gardens Knight Frank


Marathon House, Regent’s Park, $15.2m (Beauchamp) 

Two-story penthouse suite atop a modern tower with spectacular views of Regent’s Park to the north and the London skyline in every direction.

- Three bedrooms

- Four bathrooms

- Private parking for five cars

- 4,079 sq ft

- Comprehensive security system (CCTV, burglar alarms, 24-hour porterage) 

Spectacular view in Marathon House, Regent's Park, London

Luxury property Marathon House

Luxury bedroom Marathon House

Hanover Terrace, Regent’s Park, $32m (Beauchamp)

Grade I listed house which has just undergone a beautiful restoration, situated in one of the most sought after locations within Regent's Park, close to the boating lake, open air theatre and Queen Mary's Garden. An additional floor provides panoramic views over the park.

- Seven bedrooms

- Six bathrooms

- Three reception rooms

- Garage

- 6,602 sq ft

Hanover Terrace

Reception room in the luxury Hanover Terrace

To view more properties from Destination: London in Issue 1 of the magazine, click here.