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In the 1940s, if you were the pilot of a fighter plane and you got hit, you had two choices:

And it was he who became the very first person to complete a mid-flight ejection, on 24th July 1946.

Our latest model, the Bremont MBIII, is a beautifully-engineered mechanical chronometer.

1. Stay in your stricken plane and risk certain death.

Bernard went on to complete more than thirty ejections.

2. Jump from your stricken plane and risk certain death.

The Martin-Baker seat was an immediate (and very welcome) success.

It’s been certified as 99.998% accurate by no less an authority than the official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute.

Not ideal, to say the least.

At the last count, the company’s ejection seats have saved more than 7,400 lives worldwide.

Surely, the experts argued, there had to be a way to get a pilot out of his aircraft and bring him safely back down to earth? The British company Martin-Baker were among those seeking an answer. One of the co-founders, Valentine Baker, had died trying to land a crippled plane in 1942, and his partner James Martin had committed himself to the cause of pilot safety. Within a couple of years, a prototype ejection seat had been built, using small explosive charges to send the pilot clear of the aircraft, and a parachute to land him safely. It seemed to work on paper. But would it work in the air? Clearly, somebody needed to test the seat. But who? Step forward Bernard Lynch, a fitter at Martin-Baker. It was he who bravely climbed into the very first Martin-Baker ejection seat.

And though the present day models are rather more sophisticated than the 1946 model, everybody who uses one owes a debt of thanks to Mr. Lynch. When we at Bremont came to design our pilot’s watch, the first thing we did was enlist the help of Martin-Baker. A true pilot’s watch, we reasoned, should be able to withstand everything the pilot does. Including ejection. Martin-Baker obliged by strapping our watch to the vinyl wrist of a crash test dummy, then shooting it out of the cockpit. Subjecting it to forces of up to 30G in the process. Next, dummy and watch underwent a vibration test simulating 30 years in a helicopter. (More than most helicopter pilots ever experience.) And if all this suggests a watch that has been built for endurance at the expense of performance, nothing could be further from the truth.

While GMT movement means you can keep time in two different time zones (disproving the old adage that you can’t be in two places at once). And it features a bronzed aluminium barrel, inspired by the anti-reflective coating found on cockpit canopies. The Bremont MBIII is a tribute to both the craftsmanship of our home-grown watchmakers, and the engineering ingenuity of the Martin-Baker company. But it also owes something to one brave man, who strapped himself into his ejection seat on that July day, nearly 70 years ago. So. Thank you, Bernard.


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A L E X J A M E S S H O OT S F O R AC C O U T E R IN A DERELIC INDUSTRIAL UNIT IN E A S T LO N D O N “I love old industrial spaces. They are the ultimate in utilitarian. They were designed when form always followed function; Industrial interiors were built to last and weren’t built to impress aesthetically. They offer design aspects that are completely honest, unfussy and unpretentious – a perfect location for offsetting the beautiful wardrobe and the elegance of Megan. I’ve always tried to capture movement in my shoots. Cloth and fabric look great when they move, light bouncing from different angles as the model dances and the dress spins randomly. My mood and the subjects are my biggest influences. I don’t consciously try to look for influences, but maybe I should make more of an effort to do this. I have ideas in my head of how I think women and clothes look beautiful and I know how to portray that with my camera. I’m not saying my way is best or unique. It’s just how I shoot…at the moment. Edga Degas, a genius and fellow lover of dancers and the female form. He’s not a conscious influence but I love his adaptive nature of capturing the subject. Edga has said: ‘People call me the painter of dancers, but I really wish to capture movement itself.’ I agree; it’s about the movement, the light, the fabric, the atmosphere.” Watch the accompanying film at: vimeo.com/136198180

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CHRISTIAN LIAIGRE French designer Christian Liaigre is, by his own admission, not so much a man of many words, but one with many thoughts. “I spend a lot of time thinking about each project,” he says, “nothing is left to chance.” Nothing escapes the Liaigre oeuvre. “From the positioning of the windows to the shape of the door handles, the furniture, lighting, woodwork, plaster mouldings, seating, or the selection and colours of

materials and fabrics. Everything is

considered and planned down to the last detail.” It’s a particularly French way of working, enthuses the designer, and one he admires most when drawing on the artisanry of 17th Century by way of example, a tradition that made Versailles most famous, where no detail was neglected. A comparison of such Baroque exuberance may seem at odds with Liaigre’s streamlined simplicity, yet it’s the importance placed on exquisite craftsmanship from both periods that bind them together. “We have to see the hand of the craftsman in our pieces – the patina comes from the human touch, the irregularity of a two colour lacquer process or the sculpting of a bronze handle to fit so neatly in the palm of your hand. It ensures you’ll never have the same piece twice. It’s what makes each piece special and unique.”


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ORIGINS Mentioning the name Liaigre in design circles illicits

Balazs once described Liaigre as ‘refined and soulful

a moment of hushed reverence – the soothing lines

with an exquisite sense of restraint’; in his own

and textural intricacy of his pieces have become

humble way, Liaigre himself doesn’t disagree. “I grew

shorthand for the very best of contemporary late

up in the countryside at a time when things were very

20th, and now 21st Century style. As a newly

difficult. My father was a vet and often the farmers

graduated artist from the Beaux Arts university in

couldn’t afford to pay him so he would return home

Paris in the 1970s, Liaigre first started in design at a

with a dozen eggs instead. But what I learnt from

time when there were no interior design magazines,

that time was the importance of working hard, to

and a photographer friend, frustrated by the lack

have discipline, to stay true to yourself. This is still

of modern design spaces to shoot in, asked Liaigre

at the heart of everything I do today.” He reiterates

to build him some sets for ELLE magazine to

the importance of applying this rigour, as both an

photograph instead. The early 1990s minimalism –

interior and furniture designer, to meeting his client’s

pioneered by the likes of architect John Pawson, and

needs in the introduction of his recently republished

designers Calvin Klein and Helmut Lang – proved

book Liaigre: 12 Projects (Flammarion). “Placing that

Liaigre’s first opportunity to shine on a global scale.

perfect, soft rug beneath the tread of a bare foot

The opening of Andre Balazs’ The Mercer Hotel in a

first thing in the morning; ensuring a door handle,

converted warehouse building in New York’s SoHo

grasped time and again, is designed as much for its

in 1998 provided a perfect template for Liaigre’s

elegance as the pleasure it impacts when touched,”

low-lying dark wenge furniture (iconic for its time),

he says. “Our surroundings should function like a

soothing neutral hues and understated lighting.

work of art, appealing to our emotions, swathing us in security as we cross the threshold.”


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“Luxury is not the state of a beautiful interior, it is the essence of it. There is luxury in the essence of time, comfort, stillness and intricacy. Christian Liaigre is the ultimate when it comes to understated luxury. The design is in the detail and the luxury is in the story he tells.� Rhian Barker Accouter Design

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His fans include everyone from Karl Lagerfeld to Rupert Murdoch, Marc Jacobs and Francois Nars; when Alan Yau opened Hakkasan in 2001, customers raced to the restaurant as much for its Michelin star cuisine as they did for Liaigre’s interiors of dark wood fretwork panels, sexy oceanic blue leather and backlit bars. He has lent his deft, clean lined aesthetic to yachts and hotels, tropical holiday homes and apartments with sweeping views of ancient Athens. It’s the contrasting details of materials that have become Liaigre’s signature: metals such as silver and bronze, hand beaten and moulded by the team of French artisans Liaigre has worked with from the very beginning, form the bases of lamps and side tables, or as subtle loops, the back of a dining chair; mixes of brushed, sandblasted, marquetry and stained woods lend a depth of texture and intrigue; sensual curves are emphasised with glossy lacquers, a technique of applying up to seven layers according to traditional and ancestral Japanese techniques. Liaigre’s long term passion for horses and saddlery, a legacy of his childhood, has been incorporated into their upholstery techniques. It is this flair for teaming tradition with modernity that makes relationships with key interior design practices like Accouter Design such a success - both share the same values of quality, integrity and crafted finishes in every space they create. Working alongside his wife Déborah Comte-Liaigre, Director of the Furniture Collections, Liaigre says that the future of the brand will continue to be a slow, but steady, evolution. “For example, Déborah has taken a desk I designed fifteen years ago and admit I’d forgotten all about; she changed the colour and proportion, and suddenly it’s a new piece.” This, and a full collection of all their pieces, old and new, can now be seen in their recently opened light-filled, elegant showroom in the heart of Mayfair, where you can see first hand why Accouter Design counts Christian Liaigre as one of its key suppliers. Here, amongst shelves and tables, sofas and keepsake boxes, Déborah has also expanded the Liaigre collection of luxurious, high quality linens, silks, Thanks to:

cottons and leathers, used for both upholstering their furniture and creating the ‘chic but casual’

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across the globe. “Having our own textile collection means we know exactly what quality materials we

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we know it will make everything we do perfect.”


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FOOD & DRINK TO P 5 R E S TAU R A N T S I N LO N D O N

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London is home to some of the finest chefs in the world. With many vying for the notorious Michelin star ratings, fine dining has become a hearty contest. Sit back and relish these gastronomic greats.


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THE LEDBURY W11 2 AQ


Opened by Australian-born chef Brett Graham in

The mix of dishes is fantastic; from simple such as

2005, The Ledbury is a classy and conservative mix

flame grilled mackerel with pickled cucumber, Celtic

of white tablecloths, wooden floors, draped curtains

Mustard and Shiso, and Ruby Red Beef, Short Rib,

and chandeliers; no frills and fuss – allowing the food

Wild Garlic, with Turnip and Bone Marrow to the

to take centre stage.

more complex such as the breast and leg of pigeon with beetroots baked in blackcurrant leaves with

Graham has achieved two Michelin stars and has

chicory and gin. Whichever you choose, all are

received many accolades in the past ten years,

elegant and extravagant with an astonishing wine

including San Pellegino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants

list to accompany your meal featuring some rare,

and the Observer Food Monthly Awards’ Best

enviable labels.

UK Restaurant. Three menus are available at The Ledbury; an eight-course tasting menu, the a la carte or the four-course set lunch.


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Le Gavroche was founded in 1967 by French restaurateurs and brothers Michel and Albert Roux. Notable chefs who have also graced the famous kitchens include Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and Marcus Wareing, all offering classical French cuisine with a modern twist. Albert’s son Michel Roux Jr. is now the current Chef Patron of the Mayfair restaurant to perpetuate the family tradition. With a new look and fresh burst of creativity, combined with his family’s signature dishes, the result cements the restaurant’s international renown and confirms the restaurants’ standing as the first UK establishment to be awarded three Michelin stars. With long-serving staff performing dignified service rituals of trolleys being wheeled, wine being decanted and cloches lifted, the experience is as much celebrated as their signature dishes. A meal at Le Gavroche should be part of anyone’s culinary education and will no doubt be a memory that will not just be imprinted but will forever be hard to rival.


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Established in 2011, Pollen Street Social was Jason

no doubt gathered from Atherton’s (great) travels

Atherton’s first UK solo restaurant, gained a Michelin

to far-flung destinations. Plates with flare are the

star within one year of its opening and was named

smoked foie gras on a plate micro-dotted with little

Best New UK Restaurant by the Good Food Guide.

black and gold spots of sesame and smoked golden raisin, and a shallow dish of cauliflower and squid on

A softly lit, woody and welcome space, PSS is divided

clear roasted squid juice.

into a smaller room with a bar and table for snacking guests, with the main restaurant hosting a dessert

This former Mayfair pub promises ‘fine dining with

bar lining the back wall and a glass-fronted kitchen,

a twist’. With two private dining rooms, a large bar

enabling a definite social feel – a buzz of activity with

with the tapas-style menu, a gin trolley and a dessert

the gift of fine dining.

bar, the promise is definitely the truth – and more.

Small tapas-style dishes are both English and French traditional, with a hint of exotic texture and taste,


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Marcus Wareing heads the Michelin 2 star-rated restaurant, self-titled ‘Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley which in 2010 replaced Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus restaurant. Since its millon-pound makeover in 2014, introducing a ‘dinner party atmosphere’, the Knightsbridge restaurant no longer welcomes hushed formal dining, but a more casual and contemporary setting. Now stylish and elegant, Head Chef

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Froydenlund, with Marcus at the helm delivers modern European menus with British influence, using the highest quality produce, with creativity and finishing touches that leave its diners speechless. Choose from clever creations such as turbot in a warm mess of snails and gnocchi, Galloway beef on potato and cabbage with pommes puree with Lincolnshire Poacher sauce or the Anjou pigeon with kromeski and potato. Seasonal choices are hand-picked by Chef that morning and if you want to really indulge, try the 8-course Taster Menu or even the Chef ’s table, where you meet Marcus, Head Chef Mark and team who talk you through the exquisite menu.


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Established in 2004 and tucked away behind a sliding

A high-tech ‘touch to enter’ pad by the front door

door in a quiet mews in London’s elegant Mayfair,

allows entry to polished wood panels and mellow

Japanese restaurant Umu was the first Kyoto kaiseki

lighting where you can expect delicious traditional

establishment in Britain and is part of the MARC

Japanese cuisine served on delicately glazed

group, that also owns The Greenhouse in Mayfair,

tableware. Whether sampling a simple lunchtime

Cassis bistro in Knightsbridge and Morton’s Club in

bento box or the full kaiseki tasting menu, the

Mayfair.

beautifully presented food is bursting with flavour. Try something distinctly different such as the ginger

Within a year, Umu was awarded a Michelin star that

sorbet atop a slick of sesame paste or Wagyu beef

it has retained to this day. Head Chef Yoshinori goes

grilled at the table; just make sure you accompany

to great lengths to source ingredients rather than

these Japanese delicacies with one of Umu’s

importing them, including training some Cornish

premium sakes.

fishermen in the ‘ikejime’ technique of killing a fish instantly, which is less stressful for the fish and is apparently better for its flavour.


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Swarovski, which produced the iconic glass slipper for the film under the direction of Academy Awardwinning costume designer Sandy Powell, provided the crystals featured in the designers’ shoes. The shoes will be available for order in selected retail stores around the world, including Harrods and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as in some of the designer brands’ own stores. “The tale of Cinderella is rich in romance and tradition thus the collaboration between Saks Fifth Avenue and Disney felt natural,” said Mark Briggs, Chief Marketing and Creative Officer. “Saks aims to bring back the magic in retail, and what better way to celebrate than enchanting our customers with dazzling footwear fit to make any dream come true.” In early March, Saks Fifth Avenue will bring Disney’s “Cinderella” to life by creating enchanting fairytale vignettes within the centre six windows of its New York flagship as well as select windows in its Beverly Hills location. The windows will prominently feature the complete designer footwear collection as well as select props from the film, including costumes and spellbinding pumpkins. This iconic story told in spectacular live action is directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, and includes the stellar cast of Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden, Helena Bonham Carter and more. The Walt Disney Studios film “Cinderella” is in theatres March 13, 2015.


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M E RC E D E S - B E N Z S L I have a Design Museum book titled 50 Cars that

aluminium bodied versions considerably in excess of

epitome of style nearly 45 years after production

changed the World, yet the Mercedes Benz SL

that figure. There is little doubt that the Gullwing is

ceased. Even the Editor of GQ magazine, that

doesn’t receive a mention. It could be cogently

rightly named as the haute couture of motoring style

arbiter of style, Dylan Jones considers the SL is a

argued that it merits inclusion since design is key to

Its curvaceous form still graces many prestigious

fantastic car. Proof if proof were needed that Paul

longevity and in one guise the SL had a production

automotive meetings from Goodwood to the Mille

Bracq’s design has more than stood the test of time.

run of eighteen years. It’s an overused phrase, but

Miglia and its presence is almost de rigueur for any

perfectly deserved in the case of the SL, that it’s

serious fashion event. You can imagine then that

When the Pagoda was finally retired a new SL was

been an icon virtually since its launch. Most people

designer Paul Bracq had rather large automotive

born and one which was to have the second longest

are familiar with the SL models from the 1960s

shoes to fill when he was tasked with penning a

ever production run in Mercedes Benz history

through to the present day but the SL started life

replacement for the 190SL and the 300 SL Gullwing.

at eighteen years. Designated the R107 it was a

back in the 1950s.

His answer was what has become known as the

modern take on the Pagoda and it too was destined

“Pagoda” SL thanks to its concave roofed hardtop.

to become a style icon of its time.

It all began with motor racing sports. With its

The 230SL premiered in 1963 and was a coupe and

successes in international competitions, in 1952 the

a convertible thanks to a removeable hardtop in

It is one of the best-built Mercedes Benz of the

300 SL competition sports car (W 194 series, “SL”

addition to the convertible soft top. It successfully

post war era and if looked after will genuinely

stands for “Super-Light”), became the initial spark

married the role of sports car and tourer with

last a lifetime. It’s not some temperamental Italian

for the start of two fascinating production sports

considerable aplomb and soon became a byword for

beauty or graceful English rose. Along with the

cars – the “Gullwing” coupé and the roadster:

style. Today they are arguably the most desirable of

W124 E-Class saloon of the 1980s and 90s the R107

the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL and 190 SL laid the

the SL models due to their longevity and driveability

SL offers a solidity, a reliability that was lacking in

foundation for the tradition of this legendary sports

as an everyday car.

so many of the cars of the time. Indeed today its distinctive style and plethora of specialists makes

car family in 1954. Possessed with an understated beauty and elegance

it a sensible choice for an everyday classic drive.

Today the 300SL Gullwing is a car that is so highly

the Pagoda SLs are rather like comparing old and

Unlike so many of its 1970s and 80s stablemates it

sort after that it commands prices knocking on the

new money, they don’t shout, they’re rather discreet

has never dated and remains a desirable motoring

door of one million pounds with the much-coveted

yet the people that know, know the Pagoda SL is the

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There is a certain disposableness about the modern

to ensure you can keep in touch on the move, and

car, the rush to drive the latest model with the

by comparison an entertainment system that brings

most up to date features and lease plans that

almost orchestra like sound to your cabin. It also

demonstrate a certain lack of commitment on behalf

arguably dispenses with the need for maps thanks

of purchasers. The SL is above that and with strong

to one of the best satellite navigation system around.

straight six and V8 engines the R107 still offers a timeless route to driving something that little bit

As a series the SL has, and continues to be a byword

different, an automotive dash of style amongst a car

for style, substance and is possessed of a discreet

park of similitude.

presence all its own. It’s easy to look back at cars from the past with somewhat rose tinted spectacles

There have been generations of SL that have truly

and overlook their inadequacies both then and

advanced the motoring technology we have today. In

now. In the case of the SL that is not the case. It

its current form the early SL DNA survives with the

represents exceptional design, distinctive style and

latest model still in demand by a discerning clientele

a driving experience that age has not withered or

wanting to cut a classy, if now somewhat more

time diminished.

noticeable, motoring path through our busy roads. It has some modern day touches that make life more bearable, such as neck level heating (the wonderfully named airscarf ) for those bright and chilly mornings when the top must be lowered, and solar reflective leather to help keep the hide upholstered comfort zones in check. On the road the graceful elegance of the earlier SL and more noticeable presence of the new are not as different as you might imagine. The 70s and 80s R107 SL is surprisingly driveable in today’s environment where roads are ever busier and road surfaces ever more challenging. At least in the UK! The R107 deals with the cut and thrust of modern motoring well with both urban and cross country runs still leaving the driver relaxed and unstressed. True the latest SL,

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STEPHEN WEBSTER English eccentricity and American iconography, wildlife, the high life, literature, theatre and pop culture, the ocean and the animal kingdom; these are just some of the inspirations and influences that fuel Stephen Webster’s creative engine. Combining a love of fine craftsmanship with a passion for music, fashion and art, Webster’s keen eye for detail, flair and wild imagination have secured him unique status in the contemporary jewellery world. With references from William Blake to Jules Verne, Webster’s enthusiasm, commitment and talent as a master jeweller of consummate skill, style and audacious verve have helped him to achieve numerous accolades. These include a three-time win of the ‘British Luxury Jeweller of the Year Award’, ‘Diamond Jeweller of the Year’, ‘Jewellery Designer of the Year’ and ‘UK Jewellery Brand of the Year’. Webster was bestowed with an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of Creative Arts in 2007 for his outstanding contribution to the arts and also holds the honour of being a Liveryman of the City of London. In January 2013, he was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to training and skills in the British Jewellery Industry.


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ORIGINS Born in Gravesend, Kent, Stephen left his local grammar school at 16 years old to study jewellery design at Medway College of Design, Rochester, part of the Kent Institute of Art & Design whose alumni also includes Tracey Emin and Zandra Rhodes. By the end of his first term, Stephen had become consumed by a deep and incandescent passion for his mÊtier. After completing his training under Tony Shepherd, a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, Stephen worked as a craftsman for several established London design houses. Among many highly regarded commissions was the honour, on two occasions, of setting the De Beers Diamond Stakes Trophy. Receiving the acclaimed De Beers honour in 1982, an accreditation that marked Stephen’s official passage into the fine jewellery trade, he relocated to Canada to design for an independent jeweller.

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Following a brief return to the UK in 1984, Stephen identified a potential market for his jewellery in California, where his bold style combined with a brave use of colourful, exotic gems attracted a freethinking and fashion-savvy, west coast clientele. After much success and careful expansion, Webster returned to London in 1989 to establish Stephen Webster Ltd. Some 25 years on, the brand philosophy remains the same: thrilling, beguiling, beautiful and remarkable jewellery as a bonafide lifestyle experience, founded upon the finest

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E T H I C A L LY S O U RC E D Throughout a four decade-spanning career, Webster

In recent years his company has expanded globally

has always been an advocate of ethically sourced

with close to 200 points of sale worldwide including

materials, travelling to mines in Tanzania and Peru to

the United Kingdom, United States, Russia, Dubai,

meet the mining communities and trace the origins of

Japan and Hong Kong. Recasting the role of the

the precious materials he uses in his work. He is now

contemporary, luxury jeweller as an artist and

an ambassador for Fairtrade and Fairmined Gold

forward-thinking designer rather than a mere

and works closely with Forevermark Diamonds, the

artisanal technician, Stephen Webster’s approach

world’s most carefully selected diamonds.

has always been one of glistering synergy. With fashion and jewellery as dazzling and devastatingly

“We were amongst the first group of jewellers in the

glamorous co-conspirators, each luxurious aesthetic

world to be awarded a Fair Trade Gold license,” says

in Webster’s collections celebrates traditional skills

Stephen. “We worked for three years to achieve this;

and great British craftsmanship.

our team took a trip to the gold mines in Peru that would be benefiting by working within the fair trade

“Over the last ten years things have changed,”

practices. We saw with our own eyes the difference

Stephen explains. “Jewellery has become not just

it made to miners and their families’ lives. Ethically-

more fashionable itself but also hardwired to the

sourced stones and gold are very important to us”.

wider fashion industry. This has attracted a new

Now, with a workshop and design studio in Mayfair

crowd into our world, people who probably wouldn’t

and flagship stores on London’s super chic Mount

have been around when things were more staid,

Street and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Stephen

unadventurous and less acknowledging of trends.

Webster is widely considered to be one of the

The fear factor, the reverence, the rules and formality

international scene’s most accomplished and exciting

around jewellery have all but disappeared. It’s an

designers.

exciting thing - the young, fashion crowd no longer fits into a particular set. They are, more often than not, unexpected and unpredictable. I like this and feel, in some small part, responsible for the shift.”

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S OA R I N G H E I G H T S When Surrey based developer Royalton approached

for its creations. Its homes are everything one would

A.LONDON by Accouter to furnish a luxurious

expect: well located, impressively proportioned and

showhome in the Oxshott area, the designers were

luxurious. One of the things that distinguishes the

determined not to simply go along with convention.

brand from its competition is that it sets the trends

Instead, they wanted to present a scheme that

in the area rather than follows them. Each and every

appealed to a new generation of Surrey residents,

Royalton home has an individual floor plan and

providing an interior that exuded sophistication,

has unique features. With this level of innovation

luxury and indulgence. The team felt that it would

going into this latest project, Royalton wanted an

be unwise to assume those living outside of London

interior that was equally innovative. The developer

had drastically different tastes to those living more

commissioned A.LONDON to design an interior

centrally. Instead, A.LONDON by Accouter were

that was tailored to the discerning end user, carefully

determined to deliver a thoughtful and approachable

considering how they would live in the space.

interior that was reflective of the affluent tastes of the target market.

“Although the home was grand, it was also intended as a family home. We wanted the interiors to appear

The area has a number of professional sport

elegant but also practical,” explains Heidi Aiad of

personalities and business executives who are

A.LONDON by Accouter, “We asked ourselves why

drawn to its proximity to London, quaint local

designers and developers often spend the most on

villages, exclusive golf clubs and palatial homes. The

grand rooms that are often the least used. Our focus,

developer of Regency House, Royalton, is one of

instead, was to ensure the family areas had as much

the most respected homebuilders in the area and has

impact and careful consideration as the entertaining

a reputation for excellence, commanding premium

areas.”


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ELEGANT INTERIORS Upon entering Regency House, the first thing one notices is the astonishing ceiling heights. The reception entrance into the house presents an open plan arrangement with magnificent double height ceilings. Although the rooms flow from one to the other, the sheer volume of space is impressive. “The biggest challenge here was defining the space,” explains Aiad, “If it had been left unfurnished, buyers would probably have been left wondering how the space was to be used. Our primary task was to designate this open plan space into defined ‘rooms’ to transform the house into a liveable home.” Starting with the voluminous foyer, A.LONDON created a seating area that invited people into the home. By using seating that was low built and intentionally directed the eye into the rooms beyond, it welcomed visitors into the home and created a congenial space in which to relax. The team created a warm and homely introduction to the house that beckoned visitors into the house, a point that was underscored by a custom Smythson guest book emblazoned with the house’s name. A.LONDON used soft tones and warm colours coupled with delicate artwork that kept the emphasis on the property’s architecture. “The overall feel of the home was very elegant, however we wanted to ensure it didn’t feel imposing. We could have easily put a grand piano or a sculpture here, instead, opting for a seating area that was inviting,” says Aiad. “The seating area was framed by the front door and by the double doors leading to the drawing room beyond. However, the true impact comes as you make your way up the staircase and view the foyer from the landings above.”


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A P P E A L I N G TO T H E M A R K E T With the foyer defined, the next challenge lay in distinguishing the living room. With complex patterns and textures set against neutral walls, the scheme made the large space feel soft and warm. To that end, the team also eschewed glass and chrome in favour of rich metals such as bronze and gold. “Large spaces run the risk of feeling cold,” continues Aiad, “We wanted to emphasise the space, yet still create an interesting room where the owners and their guests could feel completely comfortable and at ease.” A seating arrangement that again is intended to be inviting and spark conversation was introduced while ensuring the room continued to frame the wonderful views out towards the grounds. The dining area featured a bespoke dining table and consoles with custom light fixtures. To further emphasise the volume of the room, the A.LONDON by Accouter team styled the space with three oversized vases filled with seasonal flowers. Overall, the arrangement of this room was subtle, to keep the emphasis on the magnificent floor to ceiling glass doors leading to the beautiful garden beyond. The kitchen is the heart of the home so the team kept the space informal and homely. The windows and doors were made the centre point once again, while a family table was introduced to provide the perfect space in which to enjoy a cup of coffee and the papers in the morning or a quiet space in which to complete homework. With artwork on the walls and vibrant flower arrangements on the table, the area felt bright and fresh. Adjacent to the kitchen was a family room that was casual and relaxing. A.LONDON resisted the urge to over-style it and instead ensured it was a place where family members could kick off their shoes and put their feet up. It was intended to be the hub of the home where the family could snuggle up on the sofa or where kids could do their homework. It was 78

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R E S U LT Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of the project is that it made a new build property feel homely. While the property was undeniably grand, it was also a relaxing space that was designed as a family home. By creating separately zoned areas, it was easy to envision which spaces lent themselves to formal entertaining and which were more intimate areas to be used by the family members. Heidi Aiad, “Without a doubt, this was one of our most successful projects. We did our research and understood that the market has matured here. Using bespoke furniture, artwork and accessories, we created a beautiful, but practical family home. I think the developers, Royalton, were every bit as delighted with the design as we were.� Thanks to: Royalton Group Royalton.co.uk A.LONDON by Accouter A-LDN.com | +44 (0)20 3651 3325


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Proxemics are a particular challenge in Britain where

to great effect in the international award winning

the average home size is one of the smallest in the

show home A.LONDON created in Hammersmith

developed world at just 76 square metres. With

that had mirrored and glass furniture, metallic light

space at such a premium, A.LONDON must make

fixtures and was accentuated with accessories that

show homes feel spacious even if the dimensions of

were often reflective.

the apartment are relatively small. The first step for A.LONDON’s team is usually to source correctly

Orientation is also an important factor. Whereas

scaled furniture to demonstrate how the room can

traditional furniture arrangements may have centred

be arranged. This has proven to be far more effective

around

than leaving the property empty where buyers or

often takes in the view from large scale windows

tenants are left to worry how or even if furniture

or emphasises the open plan arrangement of the

can be effectively arranged within the space.

interior. Such orientation accentuates space and

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increases the feeling of wellbeing. “In the past, the solution to this was to ‘paint it all magnolia’ in the belief that lighter colours reflected

“Ultimately, we are creating a happy home for the

light better,” says Cara Browne of A.LONDON,

people who will one day live there. Thankfully the

“The problem was that this made for rather bland

way properties are marketed are changing,” says

interiors.” Colour is very important to psychological

Cara Browne, “By creating a home that immediately

health as bright colours make us feel good about

impacts the senses and makes them feel at home,

ourselves. Bright colours can also provide a feeling

it not only helps the property to sell, but means the

of space. Whereas a splash of yellow, orange, red or

developer has a happier buyer and investor buyers

even a vibrant green can look odd in a large home,

have happier tenants.”

it can be used to great effect in a relatively small property. It creates the illusion of space while also seeming quite cheerful. The further solution lies in the choice of materials used. Reflective metals, mirrors and even innovative paints that contain reflective particles work to refract light throughout the property. This was used

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Heidi is a motivated go-getter designer eluding

When asked what design element is essential to any

the basics, pushing the boundaries far and beyond

client’s property, Heidi answered with a resounding,

within the design world creating herself a magnificent

“There isn’t one particular component. You must

portfolio. Her dominance in industry started many

combine many different elements in the design

years ago, furthering her education with a bachelor’s

process to create the scheme and to WOW the client.

degree from the University of Portsmouth, School

Copper by itself is cool, however combining it with a

of Architecture in Interior Architecture and Design.

secondary material changes the mood and it becomes

She has since been with The Accouter Group for

something special. Copper and velvet is elegant, yet

three years, continuing her development reaching

pair copper and concrete and it becomes much more

many high points in her career.

cool and industrial. Combination is key”.

Heidi receives much delight from many unusual

No stranger to Accouter’s discerning client base,

sources, but aligns St.Mark’s Square, Venice into

Heidi takes pride in a stunning interior scheme

many of her design processes as it is for her, “the

she worked on in Dubai, consulting and supplying

most inspiring and incredible place in the world. I

bespoke furnishings to one of the worlds finest

felt very overwhelmed stood in the centre under the

residencies opposite the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

night sky, taken aback by the grand architecture”.

One of Heidi’s most recent highlights was furnishing

Not a stranger to globe trotting, Heidi was recently

and styling a sophisticated London interior for an

located to a luxurious property in Spain for the Saudi

upcoming photoshoot in a Notting Hill mansion with

Royal Family, set a short walk away from the heart

a £35million price tag. “The best part of the process

of Marbella Old Town. Although a designer by day,

is seeing the vision in all of its physical glory”.

Heidi was in attendance amongst many black ties and gowns for an exclusive evening event at the Grand

It is needless to say that Heidi will go that extra mile

Melia Don Pepe Hotel.

to ensure complete success in both her personal and work life, which is shown through the continuous

When based in London, Heidi is busy leading and

demand she receives. She was last spotted hosting

designing schemes for discerning clients. Always

the Accouter Design and Omni Capital Coffee

looking to drive her creativity into new directions

Networking Event held at the Rolex Watch Gallery,

and seek new innovations for Accouter Design,

One Hyde Park. The event showcased Kopi Luwak,

Heidi finds time out of her busy schedule to attend

the worlds most expensive coffee bean at £60

various events. To name one of many, a man who

per cup, bringing together a night of luxurious

rarely ventures into the streets of London, Lorenzo

entertainment for all.

Quinn, recently held a private viewing for his opening exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery.

Thanks to: Heidi Aiad at Accouter Design AccouterDesign.com | +44 (0)20 3651 3325


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WA R E I N G I T W E L L Marcus Wareing began his restaurant career at

Following months of speculation, it was revealed that

the Savoy Hotel, working under head chef Anton

Wareing would launch his own solo restaurant at the

Edelmann at the age of 18. He then went on to

Berkeley, self titled ‘Marcus at the Berkeley’, taking

work under Albert Roux at Le Gavroche, where

over Petrus’ lease in September 2008. Wareing has

he met notorious chef Gordon Ramsay, later to

since won the Best Restaurant in London Award by

play a huge part in his career. After stints in New

Harden’s Guide in 2008 and 2009, and was awarded

York, Amsterdam and Relais & Chateaux’s Gravetye

two Michelin stars in 2009.

Manor in Sussex, Wareing returned to London as Sous Chef to Head Chef Ramsay at his restaurant

Marcus Wareing has no time for resting; he has since

Aubergine in 1993.

opened his second restaurant in 2011, The Gilbert Scott in the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, offering

After receiving his first Michelin star while head chef

seasonal British food and using small suppliers. His

at L’Oranger, Ramsay and Wareing worked together

most recent acquisition is Tredwell’s in Upper St.

to open Petrus in 1999 with Wareing as head chef,

Martin’s Lane, Seven Dials, described as ‘Comfort

then located at 33 St James’s Street, London and

food heaven’ by The Evening Standard. Tredwell’s

named after the two chefs’ favourite French wine.

celebrates its first anniversary this September,

Wareing soon earned Petrus a Michelin star just

and, along with appearances as a judge on BBC’s

seven months after opening.

MasterChef and working as a consultant on upcoming British film, you have to wonder if the

Petrus moved to the Berkeley Hotel in 2003, where it replaced Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire. The same year Marcus became Chef Patron at the Grill Room of the Savoy Hotel, where he chose to continue the traditional British Cuisine and would be competing against Edelmann, his former boss and the head chef at the River Room at the hotel.

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When do you find the time to relax?

As well as the Michelin stars, you have won many awards. Do they still hold the same value to you now?

Good question! When I am at home with my family at the weekends, where I love watching the kids play

Of course, the awards are key and still to this day

sport and dining out with my wife Jane. I also love

and every day forward it is amazing to be recognised

running, and go for long fast runs – it is one of the

for our achievements. The awards are not just about

few places where no one can reach me!

me, they are about the team, as they recognise all of the collective hard work.

Tell us about your experience working at the Savoy – did you find working under head chef Anton

Do you enjoy your television work? Is it fulfilling to

Edelmann inspirational?

support chefs of the future, and pleasing to see enjoying the art of cooking and preparing food?

That was a long time ago now, but yes, absolutely. I had big ambitions to come to London, as I am from

Absolutely, I have loved being part of MasterChef

a small town called Southport just outside Liverpool.

and inspiring the next generation is one of the best

When I landed my first job at The Savoy I was very

things about it. I have always been very outspoken on

excited! Anton is a true culinary legend – he taught

the need to support and inspire the next generation

me so much; the key defining thing he taught me was

and I take huge pleasure in being able to do so. I

to be myself and work hard.

have never looked for TV, it sort of found me and (ironically). I said not long before I received the offer

You have had the opportunity to have worked in

to be on the show that the only TV I would ever take

restaurants in many different countries. Do you prefer

part in would be MasterChef: The Professionals.

England, and how does it compare to restaurants

So when Karen Ross paid me a visit I really (in all

around the world?

honesty) couldn’t believe it! The talent on the show is a really high standard and you get to know them all

I think Britain is now a main player on the world

really well, so my role is not to send them home as

stage in terms of food, and we are year in, year

‘losers’, but as winners in their own right, celebrating

out attracting the very best chefs and cuisine to

their achievements and helping them to build new

our shores and it inspiring. One thing we must not

skill sets, which they can then carry forward with

forget about the UK is the amazing produce that we

them.

have available to us across all the seasons, making the UK a very exciting place to be in the world of

It is the first anniversary of

cooking. London in particular has now become a

(Marcus’ eatery in Covent Garden). How will you be

Tredwell’s soon

melting pot for all types of cuisines, which is really

celebrating?

exciting to see. We also have Europe and its amazing fare, produce and influence in the UK, which has a

Good question – we have not even thought about

big impact on the menus you see across the capital.

it to be honest! I will definitely be doing something for the team though; they have done a brilliant job

Just how many people are in your hard-working team,

and worked incredibly hard. It is great to see the

and how many people does it involve to be awarded

restaurant buzzing and full, a testament to their

Michelin stars?

combined hard work and dedication.

Across the group we have nearly 170 employees – so a lot! In restaurants, teamwork is essential and each member of my team has their own voice that we all listen to and respect. I am very lucky to have built up an incredibly loyal and talented group of people around me who are instrumental to the Michelin stars and everything achieved in between.


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Tell us about your recent job as a consultant on a

to help get him in the ‘psyche’ of what life is really

film?

like as a chef searching for perfection, helping him to understand the obsession with perfect flavours,

Wow, now that was an amazing journey, and one

ingredients and execution. It is great to be part

that I am still on! The film follows a rock-star chef

of such an exciting project and to work with such

(Bradley Cooper) who is known for his wild style

a talented group of people. Their capacity to

and creating explosions of taste. Hoping to land his

learn quickly and retain genuine knowledge and

own kitchen and that elusive third Michelin star, he

understanding of cooking and hospitality is amazing.

goes to London to bring together a brigade of the best of the best, including Sienna Miller – I cannot

You have recently attended Taste of London - was

really say anything more about the storyline at

there anything unique that caught your eye? Will we

this stage. I was connected with John Wells, the

see anything from this year’s festival in the future?

Director (he is known for his creation, ER, so you can imagine the detailed phone call!) He was meeting

Taste is a brilliant stage for London’s cuisine and gets

with various chefs around the world, in the hope of

bigger and better every year. It was great to be back

someone to partner with him as a Chef Consultant.

and we have some really exciting plans for next year,

Ironically, when he started talking about the script,

which I cannot talk about yet!

I had to stop him – as 7 years ago I had met with the writer and helped with the storyline, by telling

And lastly, we have to know - what do you think about

him about my own journey with food and how the

this obsession with pulled pork?

industry works. We hit it off immediately – he is an amazing man and has an equally amazing team.

No joke, it is one of the best foods you can eat!

My role was to help with various aspects of the film, including menu design, food styling and training the principal leads, as well as kitchen and restaurant set design. Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and other key cast members spent time in the kitchen at my restaurant Marcus in preparation for their roles. I also spent some time working with Bradley Cooper

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Heidi Aiad

Founder | Accouter Group

Senior Interior Designer | Accouter Design

Stella Savage

Cara Browne

Founder | Accouter Group

Interior Designer | A.LONDON by Accouter

Marc Horn

Georgia Rose Ford

Founder | Accouter Group

Interior Designer | A.LONDON by Accouter

Rhian Barker

Katie Watkinson

Head of Design | Accouter Design

Interior Designer | A.LONDON by Accouter

Richard Chaplin

Lucy Day

Director | A.LONDON by Accouter

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C H R I S TO P H E R B A I L E Y In the beginning of the third millennium, British brand

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Burberry was having problems. It wasn’t that the

Alec Watt

clothing and accessories weren’t selling, it was to a different clientele, the famous camel check becoming popular on football terraces and outside sports pubs – the Telegraph reported retailers seeing a growing negative association with the brand. Christopher Bailey, 44, had recently joined as design director, responsible for all collections and brand imagery. Hailing from Yorkshire, so he knows a thing or two about rain coats, he managed to turn the company into one of the most widely-known luxury clothing manufacturers in the world, with revenue up 11 per cent to £2.5bn in 2015. On the way he has enlisted mega stars for his ad campaigns, including Sienna Miller, Emma Watson fresh out of Harry Potter and Romeo Beckham. Now appointed chief creative officer and chief executive officer, it looks like the brand is in good hands.


B E R N A U L D A R N A U LT If you are a fan of French luxury goods, there is a

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good chance Arnault will be involved somewhere.

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An engineer by trade, Arnault assumed control of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton in 1989, vowing to assure French luxury goods brand leadership worldwide and create the ultimate highend mega-brand. He overseas 60 brands, including Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Bulgari, Fendi and Sephora. Considered to be one of the world’s most respected taste-makers he says he is an ambassador for French heritage and culture, and is a renowned art patron and collector. Arnault was appointed a Commander of the Legion of Honour for his services to the French nation and he is Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is also thought to be worth $38bn (£25bn). In short Arnault should be on everyone’s fantasy dinner party list, even if it’s for the decent bottle of fizz he’d bring.


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MAU REEN CHIQU ET Avid Francophile and Chanel head-honcho Maureen

products, worth a hefty $5bn (£3.22bn). While at

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Chiquet’s ascent to the pinnacle of the fashion

Gap she rose to vice-president of merchandising,

industry is a bold story of intuitive decision-making

planning and production, and also lent her expertise

and self confidence. Originally hailing from St. Louis,

to another of the multinational’s subsidiaries, Banana

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Missouri, Chiquet went on to attend the illustrious

Republic.

Yale University, where she obtained a degree in film and literature. Uncertain of which calling to follow

Chiquet’s biggest professional move came in 2002

post-graduation, Chiquet briefl y flirted with the idea

when she switched to Chanel, and no less than a

of becoming a lawyer.

year later was instated as president of US operations. Following a company-wide shake-up in 2007,

After concluding gavels and gowns weren’t chic

Chiquet assumed the role of global CEO for the

enough, she ventured to Paris where she took up a

French couturières, presiding over everything from

marketing internship at the cosmetic giant L’Oreal,

Karl Lagerfeld’s machinations to the heady scent of

an event she cited in Time Magazine as the start

No.5. Under her leadership, Chanel has continued to

of her ‘career and love aff air with the world of

dominate the realm of haute-couture and has grown

beauty and fashion’. Upon returning to the States

into a $6.2 billion company, 50 per cent more than

in 1988, Chiquet swiftly landed a job as an assistant

what it costs for one of their handbags.

merchandiser with Gap. 1994 saw her win praise for playing an instrumental part in the launch of the Old Navy Brand, which later went on to be one of the business’ most lucrative


ZAHA HADID Born in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1950, Zaha Hadid’s

then in 2011. With a CBE and DBE to boot, Hadid

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childhood

Bauhaus

was ranked as one of the UK’s most powerful

mastermind Walter Gropius would have admired.

women by Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour in 2013 – she’s

Growing up in one of the city’s first Modernist-

a true architect of her own success.

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inspired buildings evidently had a bold influence on the young Hadid, whose approach to design mirrors the geometric futurism instated by her Weimar forbearers. After initially reading mathematics at the American University of Beirut, Hadid ventured to London in order to study at the illustrious Architectural Association of School of Architecture. Since then, her portfolio has blossomed, and so has her award winning practice, Zaha Hadid Architects, which currently employs around 400 staff and has completed roughly 950 projects worldwide. Ranging from interior architecture to product and building design, Hadid’s ultramodern style has won her international acclaim – in 2004 she became the first female and Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Award, she has also collected the Stirling Award two years on the trot, firstly in 2010,


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V I C TO R I A B E C K H A M Say what you like about Victoria Beckham – she is

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unstoppable. Where most people would be content

Lucy Day

with being one fifth of the biggest selling girl group of all time, she has become one of the biggest names in fashion design, where a lot of people expected (dare I say, hoped) her to fail. Further annoying the haters, Ms Beckham designs by instinct, but does extremely well out of this approach, now helming a multimillion-pound fashion empire. Lately she is in her stride, having picked up the Brand of the Year award at the latest British Fashion Awards, and just launched a new collection. Glamorous and self-assured, the new range is the perfect metaphor for Beckham, who also happens to be married to a guy called David.


A N N A W I N TO U R If Vogue is fashion, Anna Wintour is Vogue.

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‘Nuclear’ Wintour, so-called because of

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incendiary reputation, has helmed the US branch of the fashion magazine since 1988. With 11 million readers in the US and 12.5 million internationally, the sunglasses-toting editrix is undoubtedly one of the most powerful figures in fashion. And it’s not just what she puts on the pages of Vogue that hit the headlines – 65-year-old Wintour was voted among the ‘50 Best Dressed Over 50s’ by The Guardian. Wintour has been the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and charitable efforts, including the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Award of Courage for AIDS Research from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR).

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CHRISSIE RUCKER We all know that there’s nothing quite like the

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unique sensation of climbing into a bed adorned

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with crisp white linen and downy quilts. Well, for Chrissie Rucker, this sensory experience was the very basis of her ingenious monotone business idea, The White Company, which she established in 1993. After struggling to find well-designed linen-ware whilst refurbishing her then boyfriend’s Fulham flat, Rucker took it upon herself to create an outlet that sold great quality bed sheets and towels, chiefl y in white. However, what started off as a 12 page mailorder catalogue launched on a £6000 budget has grown into one of the country’s premiere home furnishing emporiums. Generating pre-tax profits of £6.5 million last year, Rucker is often regarded as one of Britain’s most successful business woman. If that wasn’t enough wedge, her combined wealth with shirt-making husband Nick Wheeler, the man behind Charles Tyrwhitt, is estimated at £295 million – obviously a couple who have access to plenty of cloth to cut their coats.


J O M A LO N E Before Jo Malone developed her eponymous line

the millions catchment. Malone, who also won a

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of fragrances, the heady aroma of wild fig and

battle with breast cancer, is clearly a grafter with a

cassis was pretty alien to most of us. Since its birth

nose for opportunities – her new brand Jo Loves,

in the mid-1990s, Malone’s creation has become

which arrived in 2011, is scented with the same

Cara Browne

one of the UK’s favourite perfumeries, stocking

passion Malone distilled into Jo Malone over twenty

colognes, lotions and oils that are as renowned as

years ago.

the beribboned off-white boxes they come packaged in. Nevertheless, Malone’s story is a far cry from the middle class niceties her products are invariably synonymous with. Hailing from a council estate in Kent’s Bexleyheath, Malone struggled at school due to dyslexia and eventually left at 14 so as to help her facial therapist mother after suffering a stroke. After honing her entrepreneurial skills under her artist father’s careful eye, Malone began experimenting with scents until she eventually opened her first shop in 1994 on Knightsbridge’s Walton Street. In 1999, the fledgling set-up Malone was co-running with her husband got snapped up by beauty heavyweights Estée Lauder, the undisclosed deal was reputed to be well within


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N ATA L I E M A S S E N E T How times have changed. When Natalie Massenet

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started online fashion phenomenon Net-a-Porter,

Katie Watkinson

investors wouldn’t touch it because there wasn’t a physical retail outfit. In many ways this audacious online-only fashion retailer went on to set the mould, giving consumers a magazine-style shopping experience. Los

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former

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Massenet is therefore the epitome of both gutsy entrepreneurialism and the ultimate noughties dotcom success story. Of course no tale of incredible riches – she is estimated to now have made £96m out of Net-a-Porter thanks to a recent deal with YOOX Group – is complete without anecdotes of running the website initially from her flat and storing the black delivery boxes in her bath.


S I R J O N AT H A N I V E With his shaved head, stubble, stocky build and tight

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t-shirts, Sir Jonathan Ive looks like he could be better

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suited to running the Queen Vic than design at Apple. Recently promoted, and reporting directly to CEO Tim Cook, Londoner Ive has helped mastermind some of the company’s biggest successes, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS. In fact Ive is said to have his name on 5,000 design and utility patents for the company – a staggering number of inventions. Ive is not just a designer though, he is very much part of what Apple stands for. Steve Jobs identified Ive as his ‘spiritual partner at Apple’, and Fortune magazine said that if Ive were to step back from product design at Apple he would be ‘near impossible to replace’. Ive has won multiple prizes for his work, including a National Design Award and a prestigious Red Dot award. Not bad for someone who studied industrial design at Newcastle Polytechnic.


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ONE STEP AHEAD He’s the quintessential English gentleman: the epitome of English style. David Gandy has natural impeccable style, has been named the ‘world’s only male supermodel’ and has had an extremely successful career with fashion houses such as Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Massimo Dutti and M&S as well as gracing over 50 magazine covers. The David Gandy brand seems unstoppable. Just when we thought he couldn’t possibly improve on his career, Gandy takes an even bigger step forward as in January 2015 he announced his acquisition of British Luxury Footwear brand David Preston Ltd.


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G A N DY T E L L S U S O F H I S NEW VENTURE: “Last year I met David Preston through a friend who recommended his Chelsea boots. Mr. Preston is very talented, and through his quest to find the perfect boot, he educated himself on the art of shoemaking. I liked his cool personality and elegant style that clearly influenced his collection.” “I loved the understated style of the boots, the selection of colour and skins are desirable and all are offered at an attainable price.”

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“For several years, men have asked me for advice on

“I am delighted with the introduction of David Gandy

footwear. I noticed that unlike women’s wear, there

to David Preston and thrilled with the acquisition.

is a gap in the market for men’s footwear. I saw the

It will mean I can be more innovative and creative,

potential of David Preston and can now share my

diversifying the collection while remaining loyal to the

passion for this great brand.”

existing clientele. I can now also expand the range to cater to a wider market.”

Starting, running and continuing the success of a commercial fashion brand cannot be any easy task.

The new collection will include the iconic boot ‘the

Gandy says: “Absolutely. I regularly see how difficult

David James’, so named, as both gentlemen’s first

it is to start and establish a new fashion brand. David

names are ‘David James’. The style is a tribute to their

Preston has performed astonishingly well since he

introduction, and, although their personal individual

started only five years ago. Since he launched the

styles are sometimes contradictory, the Chelsea

brand three years ago he has already gained a loyal

boot is a fitting compliment to the partnership

following, with many the successful names from the

between David Gandy and David Preston.

fields of fashion, music and entertainment. I feel extremely proud to support this classic British brand.”

An undoubtedly fantastic start for someone who began his career in fashion by accident. Before

This perfect partnership will continue to contribute

graduating with a marketing degree from the

to the footwear brand’s profile, and is set for

University of Gloucestershire, Gandy’s friends

future growth and performance. Gandy, who also

unknowingly entered him into a search for a model

adds his expertise on brand building, says of the

competition on ITV’s This Morning. 21-year old

collaboration:

Gandy won the competition, which included a contract with Select Model Management. He has

“This partnership will enable David Preston to expand

been working as an international male model for

his creative talent while remaining true to the ethos

over 15 years.

of this great British brand.” Gandy is also an entrepreneur, ambassador for ‘London Collections: Men’ and an ambassador for numerous charities. Including starting his own, The BlueSteel Appeal with Comic Relief. David continues to be the face of Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and has collaborated with Marks & Spencer to launch his own underwear/loungewear and sleepwear collection – with a sellout swimwear collection where a pair was sold every minute on launch.


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T H E F U T U R E S E E M S E X T R E M E LY B R I G H T F O R DAV I D G A N DY. H E CONCLUDES: “I am delighted to have found the ideal partnership for the development for David Preston, together with Mr. Preston and an inspirational team of experts in in the industry who share my vision, passion and excitement. Together this transition will enable us to achieve our development with the David Preston DNA and develop the global recognition for David Preston to strengthen our position as a luxury men’s footwear company.” The DAVID PRESTON AW/2015 launched in January 2015.

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5 Top Five Country Hotels

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Looking for somewhere to rest your head? A luxurious hotel stay away from busy city life leaves you feeling radiant and rested. Experience an English getaway like no other with these timeless traditional country hotels.


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THE WILD RABBIT OXFORDSHIRE, UK

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THE WILD R ABBIT Oxfordshire, UK Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, the Wild Rabbit is a re-invention of the traditional English inn. The latest creation of the Daylesford team, the organic empire created by Lady Carole Bamford, it follows an organic farm and cafÊ in Gloucestershire, delis in London, and a clothing line. Daylesford lends its style to this traditional pub with a twist. Supporting British farmers and artisan producers, the menu reflects this, celebrating seasonal foods from local produce. Freshly picked each morning are organic ingredients from the Wild Rabbit’s own garden, delivered straight to the kitchen and honouring the British seasons. Recently achieving Pub of the Year 2015 in the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs guide, meal times are a definite treat. With just twelve rooms at the inn, four of the rooms have access to the garden and all have a pared-down style with honest creature comforts: with pure linen sheets and beautifully presented bathrooms, relax in serene surroundings.


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BARNSLEY HOUSE Gloucestershire, UK Located in the centre of the Cotswold village of Barnsley, this country house hotel with a difference is nestled in simply beautiful landscaped gardens designed by designer, lecturer and prolific garden writer Rosemary Verey. Each room in Barnsley House is unique in design and character. Whether a two-storey suite or a private garden, the delightful mix of traditional country charm with modern creature comforts ensures that this country retreat appeals to all. Dining is a choice between The Potager restaurant, a light and airy room serving fresh local produce and vegetables picked from the award-winning gardens, or The Village Pub, a relaxed setting, with delicious food, great ales and comfy seating next to an open fire. The spa, with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting gorgeous views of the gardens and surrounding countryside is the perfect place to thoroughly relax 15 0

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C H E W TO N G L E N Hampshire, UK Sweeping lawns and forest-green shutters welcome you to the Chewton Glen. With a unique location in the edge of the New Forest yet a short distance from the coast, this perfectly placed country hotel makes you feel instantly at home. Captain Marryat wrote his famous novel ‘The Children of the New Forest’ here and this wonderful story continues through the hotel rooms and lounges of this elegant and modern retreat. Chewton Glen boasts exceptional leisure and recreational facilities, with the fame of its spa spreading across the farthest reaches of the country. A fairly new feature, the secluded Treehouses are an even more exclusive way to spend your country getaway. Built high among the trees of a secluded valley. Each Treehouse is an unforgettable setting for unwinding, relaxing and simply being…


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GIDLEIGH PARK DEVON, UK

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G I D L E I G H PA R K Devon, UK Gidleigh Park is set within a magnificent 107 acres of mature grounds and woodlands. This beautiful Tudor style country house hotel settles in an idyllic location within Dartmoor Park and enjoys some fantastic outdoor activities, with some of the area’s most breathtaking walking routes. The culinary delights, created by two Michelin star Executive Head Chef Michael Caines MBE uses only the finest local ingredients. Gidleigh also claims the reputation of one of the finest wine lists in the UK, with some 10,000 bottles from around the world. Walk through the grounds, onto Dartmoor itself, take part in horseback riding, clay pigeon shooting or even bird of prey fl ying set to the backdrop of this grand house in the Devon country.


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L E M A N O I R A U X Q U AT ’ S A I S O N S Oxford, Uk Once the home to literary legends Lewis Carroll and Tolkien, Le Manoir is enchanting and welcoming. With his formidable team, owner Raymond Blanc has created a modern classic aimed to overwhelm all your senses. The innovative food draws its character from seasonal ingredients, gathered from the magnificent organic vegetable garden. The hotel complements the excellent cuisine; each room is unique, elegant and extremely comfortable… a place to celebrate life and oneself. As Raymond puts it: “The good doesn’t interest us, only the sublime does”. This is French ‘Art de Vivre’ at its best. Once you have lost yourself in its enchanting surroundings, make sure you visit The Raymond Blanc Cookery School, which shares the beautiful vista at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.


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for yacht construction. It is durable, taking a huge

this the company has a reputation for design and

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insulation, both thermal and with sound. Spirit Yachts’ first build was a 37ft sloop in 1993 Wood is also warm and aesthetically beautiful, for

named Spirit. This gave its name to the range of

yachts that are truly elegant and has the added benefit

beautiful yachts that have been launched ever since.

that it is the only material that is environmentally

The original Spirit yacht now sits in the Starnberger

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With over 20 years’ experience designing and

Daniel Craig and Eva Green began their hunt for

building some of the most exciting and beautiful

James Bond’s personal yacht choice and searched

yachts in the world, Spirit Yachts currently have a

for a sailing boat that would have the sheer screen

portfolio of over 125 designs, covering a diverse

presence to be a star in its own right; a classic for

range of modern classics – from small racing yachts,

the silver screen.

racer-cruisers and power boats to world sailing super yachts.

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any designer/builder conflicts. The highly skilled

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team, who are based at the waterside premises in

history and can be seen gliding across the sparkling

Ipswich, South East England, carefully handcrafts

blue waters of Venice in the film Casino Royale.

each wooden yacht from scratch.

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Customers can choose from a wide range of

Bond’s love of all things stylish, fast and exciting can

to suit every individual preference, or can invest in

exciting designs, each of which can be customised be found with the Spirit 54. Low and elegant on the

a completely customised design and build, from 60

water, this yacht’s design has excelled in competition,

feet to 150 feet.

with major wins in Spirit and Classic regattas. As well as her sparkling performance, the Spirit 54 is as equally a comfortable fast cruiser, with her two double cabins, both en-suite, and a wealth of beautiful detailing – in the finest Spirit tradition.

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Shortlisted from the world’s finest yacht manufacturers, the Spirit 54 is now steeped in movie history and can be seen gliding across the sparkling blue waters of Venice in the film Casino Royale.


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BLACKS

Located in Dean Street, central London, Blacks is a rather imposing Georgian townhouse built by the apprentice to famous architect Christopher Wren, and was once home to Charles Fortnum of Fortnum & Mason. Blacks’ restaurant is fortuitous to have Head Chef Matt Dryden at its helm, who, after over 10 years’ experience in some of London’s finest kitchens, now produces delights for Blacks such as the Hot Smoked Salmon Salad, Seared Scallops and Poached Rhubarb with Baked Custard & Homemade Ginger Nut Biscuit. At the Club Bar, members can sip a house cocktail, classic martini or an after dinner tipple in suave surroundings. Man’s best friend may stay by your side throughout; Blacks is a dog friendly member club and club manager Matt Sim (who famously only wears white) encourages all hounds – even, as he

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HOME HOUSE Home House was created in the late 1800s, for Elizabeth Home, a Jamaican-English heiress. It was considered then to have one of the most lavish interiors in London, which still remains to this day. Located across three town houses at 19, 20 and 21 Portman Square, the emphasis is predominantly elegance and grandeur, perfectly juxtaposed with cutting edge minimalist interiors in 21. Dining is wonderfully diverse, from classic British cuisine in the brasserie-style restaurant at 19 to an Asian-influenced fusion menu in the jewel-box Octagon restaurant in 21. Whether enjoying many of the organised events or just indulging in an afterwork cocktail in the Vestibule Bar, members are safely in the hands of an impeccable team. Managing Director Andrew Richardson has created an ‘Opulent environment and continues to drive Home House to be recognised as ‘the place to be in London’.


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T H E C L U B AT THE IVY

The Ivy restaurant is probably the most wellknown and celebrated hangout in London, popular with celebrities, people from the arts and media and theatregoers. Established in 1929, The Ivy is situated in London’s West End, in the centre of the theatre district and the stomping ground of the many paparazzi hoping for a glimpse of a famous face. September 2008 saw the opening of The Club at The Ivy, a private members’ club with a hidden entrance via an adjacent flower shop. Three floors above the restaurant, the club boasts a piano lounge, dining room, wood-panelled library of books, filmscreening room, private dining room seating up to 14 people and a cigar terrace. Club Director Fernando Peire, known from the Channel 5 TV series ‘The Restaurant Inspector’ and former Senior Maitre d’ of The Ivy keeps the establishment’s air of mystery and the club is hailed as the ‘finest clubs in England’. According to the British writer and critic A. A. Gill, membership to The Club is “as hard to get as a table at The Ivy itself ”, a statement almost priceless in London’s exclusive members’ club circles.

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THE ARTS CLUB, M AY FA I R The Arts Club was founded in 1863 for the purpose of ‘facilitating the social intercourse of those connected with, or interested in, Art, Literature or Science’. The Club relocated to its present 18th Century town house at 40 Dover Street in 1896, affording its members a comfortable base in Mayfair. Providing a haven for those professionals in the Arts, Literature and Science, the club has provided hospitality and friendship through two world wars, including a direct hit on the building during the Blitz in 1940. September 2011 underwent a complete renovation, overseen by David D’Almada, transforming the club into a truly venerable institution. The Club offers some exceptional spaces to eat and drink, including the Brasserie, Japanese restaurant Kyubi and the Library Bar. The elegant Garden provides a welcome retreat to relax in serene surroundings; where scores of nobility have enjoyed over the years at this refined members club.


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P L AY I N G T H E LO N D O N P RO P E RT Y G A M E It is easy to dismiss property styling as nothing more

Knight Frank’s latest market figures show prime

than a bit of window dressing. For those in the

central London rental values climbed to an

property industry, however, dressing properties to

impressive annual growth of 4.2% in 2014 - the

let or sale is an economic necessity. When phases in

highest since December 2011.

a development near completion, investors are often

foreign investors remains high. With powerhouse

putting their new built properties on the market

economies like China slowing down and the general

to let as the same time as other landlords. Only

global unrest, the UK – with its truly cosmopolitan

two things will ensure a property stands out in the

capital - is seen as a relatively safe port in troubled

property portals’ lists: either the rental price must be

seas. Peter Wynne Rees, the City of London’s

slashed or the interior photos have to make it look

planning officer, coined the phrase ‘safe deposit box’

significantly more attractive than all the others. It can

in relation to buying a property in the capital. Given

be the crucial difference between a property letting

the return on investment and high rental returns, it’s

quickly or languishing on the market for months.

no surprise that property is seen as a safe investment for investors from around the globe.

“First impressions count. Statistics from Knight Frank Riverside in 2012 and 2013 show that an average of 93% of lets on the river were fully furnished,” explains Giles Barrett of Knight Frank Riverside.

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“Canny landlords know that a potential tenant looking at a property wants to leave an apartment feeling really good. They will always ask themselves which apartment they felt the best in. And that’s often the one that’s already set up as a living space.” Itala Santos BoxNine7


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But it’s not all sunshine and roses for these buyers.

Merely attracting a tenant is not the only reason for

Securing a good, long term tenant, minimising void

commissioning property stylists. Astute investors

periods and ensuring one’s property stands out

are also keenly aware of the tax benefits of letting

from the crowd when new high end apartments are

a furnished property. Landlords of

being built all across London are just some of the

properties are allowed tax deductions on their

challenges for any would-be investor. Unlike more

rental income that is not extended to landlords

passive investments such as bonds and equities,

of unfurnished properties. Under current rules,

properties must be continuously maintained and

landlords have the option of either deducting 10 per

presented in such a way as to attract affluent tenants.

cent of their rental income against tax to cover ‘wear

furnished

and tear’ of furnishings or they can choose to deduct With technology moving swiftly onwards, over 70

the cost of ‘renewals’ against tax.

per cent of property searches begin online. With only thumbnail photos to entice users and nearly

This latter option means that landlords cannot

identical descriptions of various properties, every

deduct the cost of furnishing the flat when they first

effort has to be made to grab attention. If you have

let it. However, in subsequent years, the cost of

ever wondered why the neutral interiors of the

replacing furnishings can be deducted in full against

Noughties have given way to stronger colours, it is

tax. If an existing landlord opts to furnish a property

in part due to the fact the bold shades stand out on

using Knight Frank Interior Services or BoxNine 7,

web pages while shades of white, cream and taupe

the cost of furnishing the property is almost nothing

do not.

as it is written off entirely against the landlords’ tax liabilities. Landlords should, of course, take

“These days tenants and buyers rarely pick up the

professional tax advice on the best option for their

phone until they’ve already spotted something they

individual circumstances.

like,” continues Barrett, “Whereas once a potential buyer or tenant would describe what they were after

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and we’d match them to the property, that’s just not how it works now. By the time they pick up the phone

There is one final reason to turn to companies such

to us, they already know what they want to view.”

as Knight Frank Interior Services or BoxNine7; time saving. As Lucy Day of Knight Frank Interior Services

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says, “Quite simply, we can furnish an entire property in the space of a day for less than a landlord could

“Some people can envision things and others need

if they were to trawl the high street. Not only that,

help,” explains Itala Santos, Head of Sales at

we will take delivery of all the furnishings and

BoxNine7, which has launched services to meet

accessories, style the flat and leave it immaculate.

demand from foreign investors in Dubai, Singapore,

It’s hard enough for UK based landlords to style a

Shanghai, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur

property themselves as it is virtually impossible to

last year. BoxNine7 advises and act on behalf of

coordinate deliveries from different shops for the

investors there in just such a bespoke capacity.

same day. A landlord attempting to do it from abroad

“When a property is furnished, it’s easier for a

is unthinkable.”

prospective tenant’s imagination to move through the space. Canny landlords know that a potential tenant looking at a property wants to leave an apartment feeling really good. They will always ask themselves which apartment they felt the best in. And that’s often the one that’s already set up as a living space.”

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GROVE END ROAD LONDON NW8 A substantial detached house offering c.7,000 square feet of lateral accommodation over 3 floors. This imposing low built house is set behind security gates and a carriage driveway which can accommodate up to 8 cars. The property offers flexible reception space, a large 2 car garage, front and rear gardens, and staff accommodation with a separate entrance. Entrance hall ◆ formal reception room ◆ study ◆ dining room ◆ family room ◆ master bedroom suite with en suite dressing room and bathroom ◆ cinema suite with a balcony overlooking the rear garden ◆ 4 further bedrooms (2 en suite) ◆ family bathroom ◆ self-contained 2 bedroom flat above the garage with a separate entrance ◆ staff/catering kitchen ◆ gym ◆ 2 guest cloakrooms ◆ carriage driveway with parking for up to 8 cars ◆ double length garage ◆ front and rear gardens ◆ air conditioning ◆ secure electric gates ◆ 648 sq m (6,975 sq ft) ◆ EPC=F

£15.5 MILLION

FREEHOLD

SOLE AGENT Savills St John’s Wood 15 St John’s Wood High Street NW8 7NG 020 3043 3600

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50 St Edmunds Terrace, NW8 50 St Edmund’s Terrace is park living at its most exclusive. Directly overlooking The Royal Regent’s Park, with Primrose Hill to the east and St John’s Wood to the north and west, these 36 apartments along with a single townhouse provide an elegant and private retreat surrounded by acres of green space. Inspired by Regency proportions, architects Squire and Partners have delivered three buildings of class and stature. Inside, the specification is world-class and the facilities sophisticated.

Prices from £4,000,000

Savills New Homes 33 Margaret Street London, W1G 0JD +44 (0) 20 7409 8756 newhomes@savills.com


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The Mansion, W1U The Mansion is located on Marylebone Lane within London’s prestigious W1 postcode. Conceived as a contemporary mansion block of unusual craft and quality, it is graced with the best services London has to offer and situated at the very heart of the capital, close to the West End, Mayfair and Hyde Park. This exclusive development of stunning luxury apartments expresses the finest attributes of international contemporary design and is a place of fascinating spaces, simple lines and classic materials, ensuring it is both comfortable and unfailingly appealing. The Mansion also boasts the highest possible level of service with the scheme’s concierge provided by Quintessentially as well as partnerships with Fortnum and Mason, Bentley, Bold and Reeves and Maids of London.

Price on application

Savills New Homes 33 Margaret Street London, W1G 0JD +44 (0) 20 7409 8756 newhomes@savills.com


SU M N E R P L AC E LO NDON SW7 An exceptional, wider than average stucco fronted family house quietly positioned in the heart of South Kensington, just off Onslow Square. Offering substantial and well proportioned accommodation, the house has been beautifully refurbished, incorporating air conditioning throughout and a passenger lift.

Entrance hall • First floor drawing room • Dining room Media room • Conservatory • 2 kitchens • Principal bedroom with en suite bathroom • 4 further double bedrooms • 4 further bathrooms (2 en suite) • Cloakroom • Storage vault • Front and rear gardens • Passenger lift • Private parking available by separate negotiation • Communal garden access available by separate negotiation • 431 sq m (4,639 sq ft)

£6,750 PER WEEK • UNFURNISHED

Savills 196-200 Fulham Road London SW10 9PN 020 7578 9020

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With over 85 offices across the UK, a significant international reach and an award winning service, we can advise you on your next move. Contact us today on 020 7717 5465. www.hamptons.co.uk

Beyond your expectations


Tregunter Road, SW10 ÂŁ25,000,000

This beautiful family house offers the ultimate in luxury living, in Chelsea. Entirely rebuilt behind the original façade and designed by leading architects Studio Indigo, this stunning Regency home features four en-suite bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room, lift, cinema, off-street parking and a south facing landscaped garden. 020 7717 5465 mayfair@hamptons-int.com

Beyond your expectations


W E S T C o U R T, B R A y , B E R K S H I R E

A beautiful Arts and Crafts period home with an unrivalled waterside setting which includes approximately 300ft of direct river frontage with mooring. This eight bedroom property includes a staff cottage, boathouse, swimming pool, extensive sun terrace and grounds of approximately one acre. West Court is situated on the banks of the River Thames within the highly desirable Fisheries Estate, neighbouring the picturesque village of Bray. The village offers an impressive choice of restaurants and public houses, including two world renowned Michelin starred restaurants – The Waterside Inn and The Fat Duck. The village also hosts two further pub/restaurants, both of which are owned by Heston Blumenthal. Transport links are excellent with fast trains to London Paddington taking approximately 23 minutes. The M4 is nearby giving easy access to central London and Heathrow Airport. Price: £8,500,000

Please contact William von Siegmund | william.vonsiegmund@sothebysrealty.co.uk 01932 798 190 | countryoffice@sothebysrealty.co.uk © 2015 UK Sotheby's International Realty. All rights reserved. Sotheby's International Realty is a registered trademark licensed to UK Sotheby's International Realty in the UK. Each office is independently owned and operated. All information non - contractual, approximate and subject to error, change and withdrawal without notice.


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an exceptional opportunity to create a bespoke palladian mansion Parkwood Estate enjoys one of the most prestigious locations in the south of England an area steeped in history, to the west of Englefield Green and adjacent to Windsor Great Park, just 23 miles from London. Full planning permission to create a new main house of 33,000 sq ft. 77 acre site including private parkland and lake. Offers invited

Gary Hersham - 020 7499 7722 gary@beauchamp.co.uk www.beauchamp.co.uk

Ian Davies - 01932 588 288 ian@grosvenorB.co.uk www.grosvenorB.co.uk


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One Blackfriars, SE1 A 50 storey beacon of architectural brilliance Prices from £2,330,000

London residential experts We offer development advice, investment and funding options, lettings and management services and are experts in buying and selling properties across London. As part of the world’s leading real estate advisor, we have a global network that will bring you opportunities that no-one else can. But we’re not just global. We’re local too. We operate across London, talking to buyers, liaising with developers and helping our clients achieve their business and personal goals. When you need property advice from people in the know, come and talk to us.

Prices correct at time of going to print. Images are computer generated and indicative only.

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One Nine Elms, SW8 Live in the tallest residential tower south of the river. Prices from £1,220,000

Great Minster House, SW1 Prime apartments in the heart of Westminster. Prices from £935,000

Fulham Riverside, SW6 Superb collection of new homes right on the River Thames. Prices from £796,995

South Bank Tower, SE1 Superb riverside location with commanding views. Prices from £670,000 – £6,750,000

London Dock, E1 A stunning range of apartments with hotel-style residents’ facilities. Prices from £659,950

Queen’s Wharf, W6 An elegant collection of homes overlooking the river Thames with quintessentially British interior design. Prices from £540,000


The Tavistock, Covent Garden WC2 A bespoke development with an abundance of natural light in the heart of Covent Garden. Prices from: £3,500,000

To find out how CBRE Residential could help you, please contact the teams: CBRE Residential West End 9 –12 Bow Street Covent Garden London WC2E 7AB Sales: 020 7420 3050 Lettings: 020 7420 3060

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West End

Gatti House, Strand WC2 Majestic period conversion with south facing views. Prices from: £2,950,000

The Beecham, Covent Garden WC2 Outstanding apartments with world famous piazza views. Prices from: £2,750,000

Aldwych Chambers, Temple Gardens WC2 Brand new quiet development ideally located, close to the River Thames. Prices from: £895,000

Pathé Building, Soho W1D An historic landmark development in the centre of Soho. Prices from: £1,175,000

Ewer Street, London Bridge SE1 Duplex apartment situated in the fashionable South Bank. Guide price: £995 per week

Kingsway, Covent Garden WC2 Lutyens style penthouse apartment to rent. Guide price: £1,750 per week


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CANARY WHARF’S 128 ACRE PRIVATE ESTATE WELCOMES ITS NEW RESIDENTIAL OFFERING THE CANARY WHARF ESTATE Five malls with over 300 shops, cafés, bars and restaurants An extensive Arts + Events Programme Managed and maintained by Canary Wharf Group 20 acres of green spaces Two DLR, Jubilee line and Crossrail stations and a pier

For further information, please call +44 (0)20 7001 3800 or visit canarywharf.com/residential Sales and Marketing Suite in Jubilee Place mall, Canary Wharf


GRAHAM TERRACE, BELGRAVIA, SW1W

GUIDE PRICE £10,000,000 LEASEHOLD (Approximately 996 years remaining)

• DOUBLE RECEPTION ROOM • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE• • FOUR FURTHER BEDROOMS • GYM • STEAM ROOM • SWIMMING POOL • SECURE PARKING FOR TWO CARS • EPC D

BELGRAVIA OFFICE

1 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JX +44 (0)20 7235 8861 belgraviaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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Hereford Road W2 ÂŁ4,900,000 Offering grand proportions and enjoying fabulous natural light, this five-bedroom stucco-fronted house has been sympathetically refurbished throughout. Versatile accommodation provides excellent space for entertaining and generously-sized bedrooms including a fabulous master suite. Hereford Road is a popular residential road in the heart of Notting Hill and just to the north of Ladbroke Grove. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agent.

Prime Sales: 020 7368 4197 PrimeSales@marshandparsons.co.uk


Lansdowne House W11 ÂŁ7,500,000 This beautifully finished four-bedroom property occupies the north western corner of this iconic Holland Park building. Former artists studios, the interior is bathed in natural light and enjoys expansive rooms. Magnificent spaces for entertaining including a spectacular kitchen/dining room and a galleried principal reception room with vast windows. The main accommodation connects with an ancillary area that provides additional reception space, a gym and secure off-street parking. Share of Freehold. EPC=D Sole Agent.

Prime Sales: 020 7368 4197 PrimeSales@marshandparsons.co.uk


EATON SQUARE, BELGRAVIA LONDON SW1 Guide price £6,850,000 - leasehold with approximately 125 years remaining • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms (en suite) • Cloakroom • Drawing room • Dining room

• Kitchen • Ground floor lateral • Communal gardens • 24 hr porter and security • EPC rating C

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For more information please call Giles Cook on 020 3553 7131 or email gcook@waellis.com

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