Transforming part of a historic London landmark into a luxurious, contemporary home is not a challenge for the faint-hearted. Yet the opportunity to create a quietly opulent interior at his three-bedroom triplex apartment in the famous Grade I-listed St Pancras Chambers proved irresistible for investment banker Arran Patel. “I wanted to create a home with elegant, modern, open-plan living areas that would sit comfortably within the bones of the original Victorian Gothic building,” he says. As one of three penthouses in Manhattan Loft Corporation’s 52-apartment development, the property already had serious bragging rights when Arran bought it in 2010. Located bang next to the Eurostar terminal, it sits above the five-star St Pancras Renaissance hotel with access to Marcus Wareing’s brasserie and bar The Gilbert Scott, and the hotel’s spa and gym. Its views, meanwhile, take in most of the capital’s major sights including St Paul’s Cathedral, the BT Tower and the London Eye.