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Inside One Blackfriars – one of London's highest luxury apartment buildings

The Arts Collection at One Blackfriars was created to honour acclaimed British artists. This residence – named after Thomas Gainsborough – certainly has vistas worthy of one of the grand masters

One Blackfriars was inspired by a piece of 1950s art: a Scandinavian glass vessel from architect Ian Simpson’s private collection. Indeed, the resulting Southbank skyscraper has earned its moniker, the Vase. Made up of 5,476 glass panels, the building is actually more like a giant sculpture.

If you travel to the higher floors, the art continues there: first, with the unparalleled views – modern cityscapes; and second, with the Art Collection – a number of luxurious apartments inspired by British artists.

Currently for sale is the Gainsborough Residence [pictured], inspired by the 18th-century painter Thomas Gainsborough.

The three-bedroom apartment takes up half of the 41st floor. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area not only show off the sweeping views over London and the River Thames, but also open to the stylish seating areas of a private sky garden – one of the highest in the capital.

Every detail in the property is finished to the highest level of specification. And clean aesthetics – such as the handle-free kitchen – all help to frame those incredible views.

Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area show off the sweeping views over London and a private sky garden – one of the highest in the capital

The master bedroom suite is focussed on relaxation: subtle lighting, and a calm colour palette provide respite from the city bustle below. Deep, soft carpets in rich neutral tones are complemented by warm timber borders and brass detailing. It opens onto a spacious dressing area, fitted with beautifully-crafted timber cabinetry.

Large bathrooms feature walk-in overhead showers and under mounted baths.

There’s a dedicated 24-hour concierge, valet parking, and porters for helping with luggage or your Ocado delivery.

You also benefit from a gym, spa, business lounge, golf simulator, cinema room and even a wine tasting room. We’ll certainly raise a glass to that. 

For more info: 020 7871 7188; oneblackfriars.co.uk

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