London's most expensive rentals

The Park Lane apartment

Rental flats can sometimes be pretty grim, especially in London. What's billed in the property particulars as a modern bijou apartment too often turns out to be a mould-ridden hole.

But it doesn't have to be that way. If you're wealthy enough, you can rent total luxury, in the heart of London and with everything from a billiard room to the use of an Aston Martin Rapide.

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And just think, you too could sell your home and move into one of these rentals - well, maybe for a month or so.

We look at ten of the most expensive properties available to rent in London right now.

The brick-built front of the house

Brick Street, London W1J: £130,000 pcm
The agents reckon this house is one of the most prestigious in Mayfair, with its enormous size, luxury and grandeur. The seven bedrooms and six receptions are spread across three floors, set around a courtyard. One of the bathrooms has a circular wooden bath. There's a stylish glass-fronted kitchen and a cinema room, with the obligatory basement extension housing a spa, sauna, gym and heated swimming pool, as well as a massage room, games room and bar. There's also a car lift, allowing access to three parking spaces.

The stunning white frontage of the house

Hanover Terrace, London NW1: £151,667 pcm
Looking like a gigantic wedding cake, this stunning building overlooking Regent's Park is a John Nash masterpiece. Commissioned in 1811 by the Prince Regent, the Grade 1-listed house was built in 1822. The apartment up for grabs has five bedrooms and a pretty west-facing garden, and there are views over Regent's Park boating lake to the front. It comes complete with a separate mews house behind, as well as private parking.

The front of the house

Lower Belgrave Street, London SW1: £151,667 pcm
At least you get a whole house for your hundred and fifty grand a month with this elegant five-bedroom terrace. There are two good reception rooms, as well as a breakfast room, garden room, study and two kitchens. There's a minimalist patio garden out back - plus communal gardens too. It's all kitted out like a luxury hotel. The house is on the books of Relocation In London.

The glamorous hallway

Knightsbridge, London SW1: £216,667 pcm
The grandeur begins as you walk into the Art Deco lobby of this six-bedroom apartment and through the bespoke walnut burr doors into a dramatic reception room with a white baby grand piano and ten-foot ceiling. French windows open onto a vast decked roof terrace. Every inch of the place gleams, from the huge marble bathroom to the polished wood floors and mirrored pillars. Contact Cameron Pearson for more information.

The glamorous bedroom

Rose Square, Chelsea: £216,667 pcm
This raised ground floor apartment in a Grade II listed building has high ceilings and period features including cornicing and pillars. There's a separate staff/guest flat linked to the main eight-bedroom apartment. Altogether, it has two dining rooms, two other receptions, and even a billiard room and a library. There's a shared swimming pool and gym, along with communal gardens; it's on the books of Black Sea Estates.

The opulent living room

Hamilton Place, London W1: £260,000 pcm
Part of the Four Seasons Hotel building, this one bedroom rental is a staggering £260,000 a month - more than the purchase price of the average home. As well as a large balcony, there's a large living area, a dining room with a butler's pantry 'to facilitate the in-room dining experience'. If you don't fancy gazing at the paintings by French artists Fitzia and Crepin, you can watch one of the large LCD televisions, or pop downstairs to the gym. It, too, is up for rent through James Pink.

Park Lane, London W1: £390,000 pcm
You could buy a pretty nice house every single month for the price of renting this Park Lane penthouse. With its own private lift, it has aq balcony and fabulous views across Hyde Park. The five bedrooms all have marble en suites, and there's a fully-fitted Poggenpohl kitchen, cinema room, dining room, study with baby grand piano and four reception rooms. The tenant also gets perks including a 24-hour butler service and even the use of an Aston Martin Rapide. It's up with James Pink properties.

Downton Abbey property for sale
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Downton Abbey property for sale
The house used as Lady Violet Crawey's home in Downton Abbey is on sale for £3.95 million.
The property is actually Byfleet Manor in Surrey, which is currently run as a business.
The many reception rooms host special events and celebrations.
The current owner runs 'afternoon teas' in the 'Downton Room' - with serving staff in period dress
Upstairs are eight elegantly decorated bedrooms
The current owner has restored the property to an excellent standard - with incredible period details
Some areas of the property have been decorated to reflect the fact that some of the house dates from before the 17th century.
Fans of the show will recognise the property from the TV programme
For £3.95 million, Lady Violet's 'little cottage' could be yours. Would you pay this much for a slice of Downton Abbey?

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