New City Mile apartments at The Heron and Roman House

Two new developments, The Heron and Roman House, come to Barbican.
Living in the Square Mile, among office towers and Wren spires, usually boils down to a Barbican apartment or a modest crashpad in a converted period building. So the arrival of Manhattan-style penthouses adds a fresh and glamorous ingredient.

At The Heron, a sleek, black-glass, 36-storey tower, a “collection” of 15 penthouses has been unveiled, the most spectacular being a 6,000sq ft “super-yacht in the sky” boasting floor-to-ceiling glass walls and an enclosed terrace with retractable roof, mother-of-pearl mosaic-walled bathrooms and a sweeping marble staircase.

The tower incorporates a secluded seventh-floor roof garden and residents club with bar and rooms for business meetings. Prices from £3.6 million to £12 million.

£3 million: for penthouse flats at Roman House in the Square Mile
Round the corner from The Heron and alongside the Barbican estate is Roman House, with four penthouses priced from £3 million. Square Mile homes are in relatively short supply, which makes them such a good investment. The City is a far more convivial place to live than it was a decade or so ago, with an evening and weekend economy of restaurants, bars and shops.

It is also one of the safest places in London to live, having a low-profile “ring of steel” — police sentry points at various access roads — providing a modern version of the perimeter wall and gates of the medieval City.

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