A collection of penthouses has been launched a short walk from the Thames in the heart of London.

Great Minster House, close to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in Westminster, is the location of the five apartments by Barratt London.

The firm’s regional sales director Gary Patrick said the “village feel” of the location “had to be seen to be believed”.

“The world-famous borough of Westminster is known for politics but it has a rich history that creates a very special atmosphere,” he said.

“This, coupled with its proximity to the river and a wealth of cultural, historic and gastronomic attractions, means it is one of the most coveted residential destinations in the world and attracts people from all over the globe.

“Given that Westminster is an exciting place to call home we anticipate this will translate into strong demand for our limited supply of penthouses at Great Minster House.”

Each of the properties boasts grand living areas as well as outside terraces.

Features include high ceilings, sweeping internal staircases and a range of flooring finishes including engineered parquet, porcelain and plush wool carpets.

Kitchens have been fitted with Miele appliances to and kitted out with comfort cooling and dimmable lighting technology.

London-based interior design house Red Zebrano has dressed a show home with a scheme inspired by the building’s historic features.

Prospective buyers can get inspiration from its soft furnishings, upholstery and artwork aiming to combine a timeless elegance with London’s international feel.

Director of CBRE Alex Greaves said: “The striking design of each apartment manages to showcase the development’s historic features while remaining contemporary and elegant.

“Given the building’s exceptional Westminster location, its 24-hour concierge and high level of specification throughout, Great Minster House has enjoyed enviable sales results with interest coming from both the UK and overseas markets.”

Prices start at £4,500,000. All five homes will be available to occupy by the end of summer.

Call the marketing suite on 0844 811 4321 or go to barrattlondon.com/greatminsterhouse.