The UK property market may be in a state of flux, but London has a history stretching back more than 2,000 years and some of the latest five-star developments are cosying up to this established heritage. In Mayfair, the 44 residences at No 1 Grosvenor Square (savills.co.uk and knightfrank.com; from £8m) will not only benefit from 930sq m of deluxe communal facilities and a Michelin-starred restaurant, but will also enjoy uninterrupted views of Eero Saarinen’s iconic midcentury monument, the recently vacated American Embassy. Westminster Abbey, of course, has a considerably lengthier pedigree, and if living near the site of William the Conqueror’s coronation inspires, then The Broadway – the latest venture from top-of-the-range developer Northacre – should be a welcome addition to the metropolitan landscape. Here, six striking towers will be built on what was once the Abbey orchards, providing 268 handsome apartments (thebroadwaylondon.com; from £1.56m). Designed by award-winning architects Squire & Partners, the buildings will be arranged around a pedestrianised piazza just a short distance from London’s most enduring landmark – the Thames. And those who want to take full advantage of the river’s sinuous vistas – while enjoying an intimate experience of deco masterpiece Battersea Power Station – can now move straight into one of a portfolio of immaculately finished penthouses at Circus West Village (batterseapowerstation.co.uk; from £5m to £20m).