Here's a home to make any traditionalist widen their eyes a trifle. And not just at the candlesticks, the soft muted tones or the lampshades of sweetly pleated fabric. Peer from this apartment's balcony and Battersea Power Station peers straight back, the beloved brick cathedral that's fired London's imagination since 1933. Whether you watch the river wimple in the breeze or contemplate those glorious chimneys over an afternoon cup of tea, there's no vantage point more historically steeped. But do find the time to call on Battersea Park and the considerably fine entertainments of Chelsea too.
Your hosts have ventured to India, Bhutan and beyond, but rare is the view that compares to their Battersea balcony. A retired stockbroker and a marketing mogul together you'll find them strolling in the park or sauntering through Sloane Square.
Dazzlingly modern on the outside, this ninth floor apartment is a model of period elegance. Tip your hat to the departing elevator, brew a pot of silken coffee and get better acquainted with that breathless view. But don't throw wide the balcony doors just yet.
The sitting room's fine paintings, creamy fabrics and charmingly floral rug are landmarks of their own. And when those four famous chimneys finally vanish into the night, you'll surely welcome the sight of the sage-hued bedroom and the modern, monochrome bathroom.