Virgin Holidays has brought a slice of South Africa to London's Southbank, constructing a 35-foot high luxury treehouse - perched atop four massive tree trunks - on the banks of the Thames. With sweeping views of African plains St Paul's cathedral and the London city skyline, the two-bedroom treehouse comes complete with a luxe interior-designed fit-out, four-poster bed, private balcony and - this is the best bit - a personal chef.

Because Virgin Holidays couldn't convince the guys at Downing Street to bring the South African wildlife with them (we're assuming they tried), guests at the treehouse won't be able to experience an actual safari, per se, but tucking into the feast planned by chef Petrus Madutlela (a contestant on the UK Masterchef) will require the same levels of bravery as coming face to face with a lion: the South African-inspired degustation menu includes tempura meal worms, shaved ostrich biltong, braised terrine of crocodile and smoked goat fillet with chakalaka sauce.

 

Central London now has the world's most amazing treehouse

The week-long installation aims to promote one of Virgin Holidays' Wonderlist experiences: the Lion Sands Game Reserve treehouse accommodation in South Africa. 

Central London now has the world's most amazing treehouse