The view from above

The view from above

Claire Pilton

Could there be a risk that even penthouses, the ultimate urban trophy pads, are in danger of becoming overlooked as they vie with one another for iconic vistas?

Thanks to London’s protected-view corridors, there is a dearth of high-rise in the West End, with one Grade II-listed exception: at 117 metres, the redeveloped swinging-Sixties skyscraper Centre Point is set to remain the tallest residential tower in the West End, with all the best landmarks – and no neighbours-in sight.

To the Point

Centre Point, WC1, may be something of a Marmite building, but the views from the £55 million penthouse are guaranteed to make you gasp.

Spanning the 33rd and 34th floors, with a vast wrap-around terrace, this 7,223-square-foot duplex has three receptions and five bedroom suites.

From the master bathtub you can see over Hampstead Heath; to the south you look past Parliament to the North Downs; the City is to the east; and Heathrow’s control tower is to the west. High-flyers can rely on the navigational neon Centre Point letters to find their way home.