One Hyde Park, London
With a tag line like “Experience the Exceptional,” One Hyde Park has a lot to live up to. But as the Mandarin Oriental’s only residential building in Europe, exceptionality is one are where One Hyde Park doesn’t skimp. The building’s design is a feat in itself, with glass-enclosed elevators that feature iris scanners as a security measure. The residents’ safety is a priority at One Hyde Park, where bomb shelters and bulletproof windows offer added protection, as does the building’s policy of scanning all incoming mail. Over-the-top security like this comes at a cost: units in this building start at £20 million. One Hyde Park has all the typical features of a high-end apartment building—pool, fitness center, movie theater—but what sets this Knightsbridge condo apart from the pack is an underground tunnel, through which room service from the Mandarin Oriental is brought to your apartment. Yes, we have great food delivery in New York, but this isn’t Seamless Web: only at One Hyde Park can you get a dish by Daniel Boulud delivered right to your front door.