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The asking rent of the penthouse in London is 25,000 a week. Thierry Cardineau for The National
The asking rent of the penthouse in London is 25,000 a week. Thierry Cardineau for The National

Snap to it, the floors are crocodile skin

The Life: A Knightsbridge penthouse is billed as the most expensive apartment for rent in London.

A six-bedroom penthouse with crocodile skin floors in Knightsbridge is billed as the most expensive rental in London's already over-heated market.

The 10,000 square-foot flat sits atop Hyde Park Knightsbridge, commanding 360-degree views of the city and Hyde Park from its six terraces.

The asking price is an eye-catching 25,000 (Dh147,000) a week, which may be worth it to travelling billionaires bored with the dreary penthouses of London's old palaces.

The apartment was decorated by Paul Davies, who has worked with celebrities such as Madonna and Elton John, ensuring no one will ever describe it as dreary.

A private lift opens to a stainless steel Art Deco lobby with a "black Zimbabwe marble" floor. The master bedroom features "pure silk carpet, plasma telly in the ceiling and lavish headboards made of eel skin, crocodile and ostrich leather", Rightmove reports.

Beyond the pop star touches, the apartment offers the type of features that have become fairly standard in luxury apartments, including the requisite cinema and treatment rooms, hydrotherapy spa, his and her bathrooms in the master suite, and a staff kitchen.

The apartment is "lateral space", which means renters don't have to worry about climbing those annoying stairs. And it also includes air conditioning, the listing notes, in case any prospective renters were worried that they would have to invest in floor fans to cool their 100,000 a month flat.

But the real appeal is the location, which is undoubtedly developing into London's most expensive neighbourhood. Tenants can step across the street to Hyde Park or stroll to Harrod's for afternoon tea.

Hyde Park Knightsbridge is around the corner from One Hyde Park, the project opened earlier this year, which is often referred to as the most expensive apartment building in the world.

In April Rinat Akhmetov, who has been called the richest man in Ukraine, reportedly paid 135.4 million for an apartment in One Hyde Park, which is believed to be the most ever paid for an apartment in the UK.

The One Hyde Park flats might set records once they start coming on the rental market.

The Quote: By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. Samuel Johnson


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