Benbow House: The ultimate South Bank trophy penthouse at just over 4,600sqft

Downstairs entertaining space

Almost every new housing development being built in London comes with a luxury penthouse at the top. But it’s one that was built 15 years ago that’s grabbing the attention of international buyers looking for the ultimate trophy home.

The 4,600sqft of this 10th floor penthouse is spread over three floors, making it the largest of its kind in SE1. Situated on New Globe Walk on the South Bank, the property was the jewel of the new Benbow House development when it was unveiled by Berkeley Homes over a decade ago. The floor-to-ceiling glass windows flood the apartment with natural light (with a little help from some artfully-placed skylights) and intimate views of the river, St Paul’s and even the inside of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre.

The upstairs relaxation den

An international businessman bought the penthouse originally as a London base, and his galleried library overlooking the main reception and wood-panelled study are particular highlights. In fact, the entire house is covered in bespoke woodwork as the previous owner hired a carpenter to raise the specification throughout the penthouse. His interior endeavours, plus the South Bank’s newfound desirability as a place to live, means he’s seen a healthy return on his original investment.
“This is a fantastic apartment in one of the most vibrant locations in central London, with breath-taking views of the London skyline and river,” says Susan Cohen, head of sales and lettings at Mayfair-based estate agent Pastor Real Estate. “It’s very centrally located, in the heart of a unique location that offers so much and is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after locations in London.

The wood-panelled study

“The location, space, light and parking mean that it appeals to both those working in the City and the arts. It would make a stunning home or City ‘pied-a-terre’ and is also great for entertaining .”
The four bedroom home – with space for a fifth if the study doesn’t appeal – is a 15-minute walk away from the City via Southwark Bridge and a couple of streets away from Borough Market. But if central London life gets too much, the penthouse comes with two underground parking spaces for your countryside getaway cars.
Viewings are strictly by appointment. For further information contact Pastor Real Estate on 020 3195 959, email or visit

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