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Welcome Welcome to the Autumn edition of our magazine, Street. Much has changed since writing in our Spring edition when there was an overwhelming supply of buyers in comparison to the number of properties that were available. The balance in supply and demand certainly now seems to be more balanced with more homeowners deciding to sell.  The latest Land Registry data shows us that prices in Hillingdon Borough increased just 0.2% last month, whilst having increased 9.3% annually. The average property is now worth £296,551 in the Borough.  The national press certainly make it very hard to know what is actually happening due to the fact that every area in the UK, not least London, is experiencing very different market conditions. The recent ‘Mortgage Market Review’ has toughened up mortgage lending criteria, which is combined with an impending rise in Bank of England rates giving clear signals that measures are being taken to cool the market.

On Friday 20th June, over 500 leading letting agents attended the Lettings Agency of the Year Awards 2014 in association with The Sunday Times and The Times. We were very proud to collect the Silver Award for the Best Small London Letting Agency, testimony to the hard work and unrivalled service levels of all the team at Coopers.  For more information on what’s happening in the market, whether you’re looking to sell or rent, or just to have an informal chat, please contact one of our offices.


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84. Arts and culture

Property section

Flips and falls at the Commonwealth Games Philip Saville: Directing diversity

A selection of some of the finest properties currently available in your area from Coopers.

Rebecca Seward joined the crowd in Glasgow for the last day of the Artistic Gymnastics.

Andy Chapman talks to writer and director Philip Saville about his works and life over the last 50 years.

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88. Motoring

Award Winners

Top of Their Game

So you think you can drive!

Coopers were presented with the Silver Award for the Best Small London Letting Agency.

Nina Saville visits the best luxury hotels in Andalusia, with the top golfing spots in mind.

Kevin Haggarthy test drives the new Lotus and Ferrari models; and takes a look at the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

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Our Summer with the local schools

The Magic of Alnwick Castle

This summer, Coopers have been busy helping to support numerous schools in the Hillingdon borough.

Antony Sore discovers the history and media appeal behind the second largest inhabited castle in Britain.

22. Fashion and beauty

78. Food and drink

The Great War in Costume

An Incredible Spiceman

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Gemma Rose looks back at how women’s fashion changed.

Cyrus Todiwala is one of the most influential figures on the London culinary scene; Colm O’Rourke finds out why.

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Swakeleys Road

ÂŁ879,950

Five bedroom detached property This five bedroom detached residence offers generous family accommodation throughout, and is situated within close proximity to Ickenham High Street, which has a good selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. Inside, the ground floor briefly comprises: a lounge, a modern fitted kitchen with a dining area and a utility room, and there is also a large family room, a downstairs cloakroom, and a study. Upstairs are three bedrooms including the master, which has an en-suite shower room, and there is also a family bathroom.

Situated within close proximity to Ickenham High Street

Ruislip Office 01895 625 625 | ruislip@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Park Avenue Close to a range of shops, amenities and transport links

Ruislip Office 01895 625 625 | ruislip@coopersresidential.co.uk

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ÂŁ760,000

Four bedroom detached residence Set on one of the most sought after roads in Ruislip, this four bedroom detached family home offers a wealth of charm and character. Inside, the property benefits from three reception areas and there are useful additions such as a downstairs WC and a utility area. Situated just a short walk to the High Street, the property is also close to a range of shops, amenities and transport links.


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Evelyn Avenue

ÂŁ725,000

Three bedroom detached home This three bedroom detached family home is situated on a sought after tree lined road in North Ruislip. The property is close to Kings College Playing Fields and Ruislip Woods, and Ruislip High Street is just a short walk away. There are also a number of transport links nearby, including Ruislip Tube station, which serves the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Lines, and can be found at the end of the High Street.

Situated on a sought after tree lined road in North Ruislip

Ruislip Office 01895 625 625 | ruislip@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Manor Road Comes with scope to personalise and update to your needs

Ruislip Office 01895 625 625 | ruislip@coopersresidential.co.uk

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£575,000

2 bedroom detached bungalow This two bedroom detached bungalow offers comfortable living, and comes with scope to personalise and update to your needs. With its convenient address, and the opportunity to further enhance and personalise, this property will be perfect for first time buyers or investors. Manor Road is a stone’s throw from Ruislip High Street, which has a selection of shops, cafés, restaurants and transport links.


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Gladstone Court Wood Lane ÂŁ400,000 2 bedroom apartment This luxury two bedroom top floor apartment is ideal for completely relaxed living. Situated within an ultra-convenient location, this purpose built apartment is an ideal opportunity for first time buyers, and it is also a perfect investment opportunity. Gladstone Court is a sleek and stylish residence set off Wood Lane, and it is only a short stroll away from Ruislip High Street. There are local transport links available, including Ruislip Tube station, which serves the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines, and provides reliable links into the City and West End.

This purpose built apartment is an ideal opportunity for first time buyers

Ruislip Office 01895 625 625 | ruislip@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Winners

of the Best Small London Letting Agent Silver Award 2014 We are delighted to announce that Coopers was presented with the Silver Award for the Best Small London Letting Agency at The Lettings Agency of the Year Awards 2014 in association with The Sunday Times.

On Friday 20th June, over 500 leading lettings agents from throughout the UK attended a glittering ceremony at The Lancaster London Hotel, opposite Hyde Park, where the winners of the only dedicated awards for the lettings agency industry were revealed. The winners were presented with their awards by Katie Piper, the best-selling international author, inspirational speaker, TV presenter and charity campaigner, with renowned journalist, author and newsreader Penny Smith acting as compere. The awards ceremony was the culminating event of a rigorous and thorough judging process by a panel of 21 industry experts who assessed initial entry submissions before conducting an extensive review of the entrants, which included over 12,000 minutes of telephone interviews and mystery shopping exercises. The whole of the judging process was overseen by The Property Ombudsman; Christopher Hamer. Now in its fifth year as a dedicated competition, these awards have become widely recognised as the most prestigious and difficult to win. With more entrants than ever before, nearly 6,000 offices were represented this year, but only the very best of the best were crowned as winners.

Here is what the judges had to say about Coopers: “The judges found Coopers to be professional, trustworthy and keen.The focus on process is sharp, and the directors spend time looking at this regularly to amend as and when necessary.They set stringent standards for their staff which must be adhered to. Staff retention is excellent and there is a tangible sense of trust and responsibility.The team is incentivised on the results of customer reviews, and they’re encouraged to seek new ways to exceed expectation of landlords and tenants. Open evenings, run in conjunction with one of the major banks, are well received, and make strides for Coopers being seen as an authority. All involved at Coopers are clearly working hard at getting things right; they’re openminded about new ideas and they make them work. It was clear that service is front and centre and they’re doing all the right things and more. Impressive.” If you are thinking of letting or selling a property, we would be delighted to help. Please contact us on 01895 625625 or visit www.coopersresidential.co.uk


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July 2014

Our Summer with the local schools This summer, Coopers have been busy helping to support numerous schools in the Hillingdon borough. In total we have sponsored five school fetes and two school open days.

This summer, Coopers have been busy helping to support numerous schools in the Hillingdon borough. In total we have sponsored five school fetes and two school open days. During May, June and July, members of our team took time to attend the summer fairs of St. Laurence Primary School, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, St. Bernadette Catholic Primary School, St. Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School, and Whiteheath Junior School, where they hosted a game of ‘Guess How Many Balloons’ at each of the events. We also supported Glebe Primary School and Rabbsfarm Primary School by promoting their school open days. In order for the schools to raise as much money as possible at their events, we donated a variety of prizes to be used in the PTA raffles. Some of the prizes we contributed included a PlayStation 4, Xbox Ones, iPad’s and more.

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We worked with each of the schools to publicise their summer events by placing advertisements on the Coopers New community page in the local newspaper, and by producing customised boards which were erected in each school’s surrounding area. We feel that supporting these primary schools helps underpin the foundations of the local community, and we are proud to be a part of the area’s ongoing growth.

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St James Close

£535,000

Four bedroom extended semi-detached house This truly stunning four bedroom extended semi-detached home is situated on the fantastic cul-de-sac of St James’ Close, which benefits from the tranquillity of a country road, but is also just a stone’s throw away from Eastcote High Street. Notable features of the property are a superb breakfast kitchen, and a front reception room, which is beaming with natural light.

Tranquillity of a country road whilst being a stone’s throw away from Eastcote High Street

Ruislip Manor Office 01895 677400 | ruislipmanor@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Forbes Way Within a convenient location close to Eastcote and Ruislip’s high streets

Ruislip Manor Office 01895 677400 | ruislipmanor@coopersresidential.co.uk

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£510,000

3 bedroom detached family home An exceptional opportunity has arisen to own this fantastic three bedroom detached family home, which is situated within a convenient location close to Eastcote and Ruislip’s high streets. Boasting spacious and modern interiors, the property also enjoys the use of a driveway and a garage. Lady Bankes and Newnham Schools are nearby, and the home is also close to a number of transport links, including the Ruislip Manor and Eastcote Tube stations.


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Hatherleigh Road

ÂŁ359,950

Two bedroom terraced house Situated on Hatherleigh Road, the property is within walking distance of Ruislip Manor, and is close to a number of local schools and transport links. Inside, the ground floor has a lounge, a kitchen diner, and a conservatory, while on the first floor there are two bedrooms, and the family bathroom. This beautiful and spacious two bedroom terraced home offers generous living accommodation.

A popular residential road within walking distance of Ruislip Manor

Ruislip Manor Office 01895 677400 | ruislipmanor@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Frazer Avenue The Central, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines are easily accessible

Ruislip Manor Office 01895 677400 | ruislipmanor@coopersresidential.co.uk

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ÂŁ295,000

2 bedroom maisonette Larger than average and immaculately presented throughout, this two bedroom ground floor maisonette is readymade for completely relaxed living. Located between South Ruislip, Ruislip Manor, and Ruislip’s extensive high streets, there are cafes, restaurants, and amenities nearby. The Central, Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines are easily accessible, which offer swift access into the City and West End. Additionally, there are a number of highly regarded schools that cater for children of all ages within close proximity, including Bourne Primary, Queenmead and Ruislip High School.


The future

is micro! The marketplace is now as wide as the world’s online reach, and houses and flats can now be virtually explored through audio, video and images.

Sharing Selling Market your home with your own exclusive website

Share your property via social networking with your own property website.

• Professionally voiced video tour to emphasise the main selling points of your property • Photo slideshow, floorplans and location map • Local area video guide • Local schools map – with click-through to OFSTED reports • The whole site can be shared via social media or email • See how many times your property has been viewed • Share the site with your friends and family, whilst we send it to potential buyers instead of basic details


Time was, when you were considering buying, selling, renting or letting a property, you could anticipate your estate agent of choice to place a notice in their window, or advertise in the classified section of a newspaper to reach the widest audience. Technological advances have expanded the possibilities property marketing affords. Thanks to the internet, the marketplace is now as wide as the world’s online reach, and houses and flats can now be virtually explored through audio, video and images. And one company is moving forward in the process of rolling out a pioneering approach to the way properties are bought, sold and discovered: the microsite. A first in the world of property marketing, the microsite technology has been developed in-house at the Cambridgeshire headquarters of The Cream Club, a progressive marketing company who specialise in the creation and implementation of online video solutions for a constantlyexpanding client base of independent estate agents around the UK. This innovative aspect of property marketing builds on the success of Cream’s established product line, incorporating online TV channels showcasing professionally-produced video walkthroughs of an agent’s portfolio of properties. These guides still form the heart of the new generation of websites, and are enhanced by an increased element of interactivity.

In addition to sharing the microsite link via Facebook and Twitter, a property seeker can compile a playlist of prospective new homes, search for relevant properties more dynamically, and arrange appointments to view the property. Guides to the local area, and the services the agent provides, are also incorporated in each microsite. These form just a part of what has been tailored as a more engaging experience for microsite users; an experience which will continue to evolve, with plans in place to implement property postcards, personal photo galleries, 3D floorplans and interaction with high-end brands already in the pipeline. In essence, the lifespan of the microsite will go beyond the transaction. It is anticipated between 200 and 300 agents nationwide will introduce microsite technology over the coming months, with Coopers among this exclusive group of market-leading and award-winning agents. As one of the prominent exponents of property TV channels, we are looking forward with great anticipation to embracing this new development in online property marketing as part of our high-standard customer service.

Buying House hunting Receive your very own exclusive property search website

Receive your very own exclusive property website • Photo gallery and personal detail management

• Enter your own search criteria and change it at any time

• House warming invitations, new address notifications, or something as simple as ‘look at my new kitchen!’

• Create a playlist of search results for future viewing

• Share via email or social media

• Share search results via social media or email • Book a viewing and provide feedback via your microsite

• Use it as your internet home page and add links to your favourite web/shopping sites

• With your own microsite, you will have new instructions added to your search results as soon as they go live

• In time, these will feature 3D floorplans enabling you to rearrange the layout of the room

Join the future of property marketing: Register today at coopers-tv.co.uk


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GREATINWAR COSTUME As Britain marks exactly 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War; an event that is still so prominent in our history and culture, Gemma Rose looks back at how it affected women and fashion.

Children dressing up at the Great War in Costume exhibition


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s events take place up and down the country from Downing Street to Blackpool Tower to commemorate and educate people about the cause and consequence of the Great War, we are reminded just how much of a turning point the years 1914 to 1918 were for British society. In Liège, 50 Heads of State gathered for a service to mark the invasion of Belgium, at which French President François Hollande declared that “nothing was spared in Belgium.” Meanwhile, back on home soil, the Fashion Museum in Bath put on The Great War in Costume. The exhibition, which ran from July 19th to August 31st, focused on conflict and how that influenced the way women dressed. On show were examples of uniforms and civilian dress, as well as costumes from the ITV series ‘Downton Abbey’. Yvonne Hobbs, the co-curator of the exhibition, wanted to mark the centenary of World War One, as it is such a huge subject to tackle. She says: “We decided to concentrate on women’s roles in the war and how that affected what they wore. Having read Kate Adie’s book, Woman in the First World War, and several other books, I started putting a story together for the exhibition that touches on many aspects of the war, and how they related to women.”

Having read Kate Adie’s book, Woman in the First World War, and several other books, I started putting a story together for the exhibition that touches on many aspects of the war, and how they related to women.

Far Right: Costume worn by Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham; Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow; Laura Carmichael as Lady Edith Crawley (centre); Jessica Brown-Findlay as Lady Sybil Crawley Middle Right: Kate Adie OBE opening the exhibition


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25 There were 26 costumes in total, most of which came from the London costume houses of Angels and Cosprop, accompanied by an original wedding dress from the period that was loaned by Lucy Adlington, whose book Great War Fashion was a huge help in researching. Numerous items were also made especially for the exhibition, including a copy of the first patented bra, and an ammunition worker’s overalls. The event followed two years of careful planning.Yvonne explains: “Nikki Bonner [co-curator] joined me earlier this year. Normally my exhibitions are more costume centred, but this one has a lot more information and graphics. Nikki is a graphic designer and together we formulated the look and the content.” So, how exactly did women’s fashion change? Before the war, girls were wearing tightly laced corsetry that created a wasp waist and ‘monobosom’, and ankle length skirts. And after, comfortable and practical clothing were first choice, such as straighter and shorter dresses. Women who had to work in factories or farms, or carry out duties that involved climbing ladders, started wearing trousers; and undergarments became softer. Many women volunteered for service in uniform and joined the military, or enlisted in the nursing services and saw action abroad, as well as at home. More than a million others worked in factories, on buses and trains, or as policewomen and postwomen – anywhere that men’s work needed to be done because they had gone to fight. Without women, the Allies could not have won the war, even though the Suffragettes were still campaigning vocally to get the vote, and women still didn’t receive equal pay. Despite this, they did achieve a level of independence that they had not had before. Yvonne reveals how even though people were actively encouraged not to dress extravagantly, the girls did treat themselves to a few luxuries: “The newlywaged working girls liked to spend their money on things like silk stockings and make up, things they could previously not afford. They also made a lot of their own clothes; home dressmaking was very popular.”

There were 26 costumes in total, most of which came from the London costume houses of Angels and Cosprop, accompanied by an original wedding dress from the period that was loaned by Lucy Adlington. Left: The Great War in Costume exhibition took place at the Fashion Museum in Bath from July 19th to August 13th 2 2014, and focused on how war changed women’s fashion. Top Right: Uniform from War Horse. All images: Assembly Rooms, Bath & North East Somerset Council Bottom Right: Original bride’s dress 1916, courtesy of Lucy Adlington/The History Wardrobe. Bridegroom: Lieutenant of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment)


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27 A particular highlight of the exhibition was the ‘Downton Abbey’ costumes, which reflected the era quite well and proved to be very popular among visitors.

A particular highlight of the exhibition was the ‘Downton Abbey’ costumes, which reflected the era quite well and proved to be very popular among visitors. Yvonne says: “I hired them [the costumes] from Cosprop who made them for the series, and what they demonstrate is that even in the highest echelons of British society, which ‘Downton’ represents, the structure of life was evolving. “One daughter became a nurse, one a land girl, the convalescent hospital and the assumed natural order of things began to change.” The only original piece in the exhibition was a rare and fragile wedding dress with an original wedding photograph of the bride and groom. Unfortunately, nothing is known about the couple. This year, it’s more important than ever to keep the stories of the First World War very much in our memories, and The Great War in Costume has been just one way, not to depress, but to inform and educate people of all ages about a period that helped shape the modern Britain that we live in today. For more information, please visit www.museumofcostume.co.uk

L to R: Costumes worn by Maggie Smith as Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham (green dress); Dan Stevens as Matthew Crawley; Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham; Rob James Collier as Thomas Barrow.


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Blossom Way

ÂŁ800,000

5 bedroom detached residence This striking five bedroom detached property is impressive in proportions and has been finished to perfection. The property includes three bathrooms, and there are impeccable interiors that have been expertly appointed for a contemporary family lifestyle. With accommodation measuring in excess of 2280sq ft, the property flows effortlessly over three floors.

Expertly appointed for a contemporary family lifestyle

Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Hartshill Close A short walk from Hillingdon train station and local shops

Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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ÂŁ612,500

4 bedroom detached house This four bedroom detached home is situated on Hartshill Close, which is a popular residential cul-desac positioned just off Sweetcroft Lane in North Hillingdon. The property is a short walk from Hillingdon train station and local shops, and there are well regarded schools and recreational facilities nearby. The house comes with plenty of natural light and there are pleasing proportions, which form an attractive partnership throughout this instantly inviting family home.


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Mills Close

ÂŁ485,000

3 bedroom semi-detached house This three bedroom semi-detached house is situated within a highly sought after cul-de-sac in Hillingdon, which has a number of amenities and transport links nearby. There are also recreational facilities and well regarded schools within close proximity. Offering perfect living space for the modern family, the property also includes a loft room.

Recreational facilities and well regarded schools within close proximity

Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Harvey Road Plenty of room for an active family

Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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ÂŁ395,000

3 bedroom semi-detached property This three bedroom 1930s semi-detached home is situated on Harvey Road, which is just off Long Lane in Hillingdon. With a user-friendly layout, there is plenty of room for an active family. Pleasing proportions and natural light flooding through make this family home instantly inviting.


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Charles Street

ÂŁ295,000

2 bedroom mid-terrace property This beautifully kept two bedroom cottage is situated just off Uxbridge Road, and is ideally suited for family living. Charles Street is centrally located to a number of highly regarded amenities including Stockley Business Park, Hillingdon Hospital, Heathrow Airport, Brunel University and Uxbridge town centre. The cottage is brimming with first time buyer appeal, and the property offers genuine character and charm.

Centrally located to a number of highly regarded amenities

Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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St Johns Close

With innovative contemporary interiors that have sumptuous finishes throughout, this beautifully designed six bedroom terrace family home exudes character from the outside, and its spacious rooms are ready for immediate enjoyment.

£450,000

St John’s Road £350,000 Uxbridge Office 01895 257 566 | uxbridge@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Showcasing innovative modern interiors with luxurious finishes throughout, this beautifully designed family home exudes character from the outside, and its spacious rooms are ready for immediate enjoyment.


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Kings Island

Situated within the prestigious Kings Island development in Denham, this two bedroom apartment promises a lifestyle of unparalleled convenience. The apartment has the benefit of stunning interiors, a balcony which overlooks Denham Marina, and two parking spaces. Set within a convenient location; amenities, transport links and local parks are all within close proximity to the apartment.

ÂŁ355,000

Kings Island

This one bedroom ground floor apartment is situated on the ever popular Kings Island development, and is just moments from the town centre of Uxbridge, which has a host of amenities and transport links. Enjoying stylish interiors throughout, the apartment itself offers a fantastic opportunity for first time buyers and investors.

ÂŁ275,000 Uxbridge Office 01895 257 566 | uxbridge@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Armstrong House, High Street ÂŁ217,500 Contemporary convenience within a central Uxbridge location

Uxbridge Office 01895 257 566 | uxbridge@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Sixth floor apartment This sixth floor apartment is suitable for those seeking contemporary convenience within a central Uxbridge location, and the apartment boasts enjoyable views over Uxbridge and Buckinghamshire. The property benefits from a long lease, lift access to all floors, and as there is no upward chain, the property is ready to be acquired immediately.


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Flips and falls at the Commonwealth Games 2014 saw the Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow for the first time in its history. Rebecca Seward recounts the thrills of the Artistic Gymnastics.


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pon exiting the train at Glasgow Central, we were immediately aware of the sheer excitement the Commonwealth Games 2014 had brought. With volunteers everywhere, it didn’t take long to find directions to the venues. Yet with all the helpers, and even marked arrows on the pavements, we still found ourselves wandering off course until a further volunteer sent us the right way. They were everywhere; directing people, taking photos, smiling and waving cheerfully to the hoards of people. My friends and I had tickets for some of the individual event finals in the Artistic Gymnastics category and were on our way to the SSE Hydro. On our journey there, we saw a number of Clyde statutes, and I have to say we did stop to have our photo taken with him - Clyde is a thistle and is the mascot of the games. Upon arriving at our destination, there was a queue to enter, and you could feel the anticipation and excitement of the crowd growing the closer we got to the opening of the doors. Once through security, there were a number of food places and merchandise stalls; at this point the sun decided to come out in full force. We finally got into the arena and found our seats, and I was taken back by the sheer size and capacity. The events we were seeing included the Men’s Parallel Bars, Men’s Vault, Women’s Beam and Women’s Floor, with the Men’s High Bar rounding off the day. Literally! Within the area, the build-up was well organised, with a mixture of audience participation, explanations, and even a message from Unicef, who partnered up with the Games to support all the children of the Commonwealth. In addition to this, there was an entertaining exhibition by the GB Junior Acrobatics team.

Upon exiting the train at Glasgow Central, we were immediately aware of the sheer excitement the Commonwealth Games 2014 had brought.

Left: A general view of the SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow (Photo by Rebecca Seward)


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38 Once the events started, the sheer feats of what can only be described as gravity-defying bravery were extremely impressive to see. The day started with the Men’s Vault final, where Canada’s Scott Morgan took the Gold; however Kristian Thomas of England was a real standout achieving the Silver, despite getting the landing wrong. Wah Toon Hoe for Singapore took the remaining spot on the podium with the Bronze. In between the events, the medals were awarded with the procession being piped out by a lone bagpiper, and the entire stadium was on its feet for the National Anthem. This was a theme throughout the afternoon, with the crowd cheering and supporting every athlete, and showing due respect regardless of which country they had come to support. However, when the Scottish athletes were announced, the stadium erupted in a roar of support with Scottish flags being waved all around me. When Daniel Purvis of Scotland won the Gold on the Men’s Parallel Bars, the noise was so great, ear defenders may have been necessary. To top it off, the English in the audience were cheering as well because Silver and Bronze had gone to Nile Wilson and Max Whitlock respectively. (Whitlock was also the Men’s all-around champion.) The Women’s Beam final was fraught with suspense. Since the skills being used were so difficult and advanced, there was a number of falls and a complete hush came across the audience. The final was concluded with the winner being Elsabeth Black, and the Canadian National Anthem once again filled the arena. The Women’s Floor final was a real highlight, with a high standard of skills and choreography being seen across the board. However, the stand out was Claudia Fragapane for England, who took the Gold with a score of 14.541. Her closest competitor was Silver Medallist Lauren Mitchell with a score of 13.833. A fourth Gold Medal for Fragapane; it really was a great way to celebrate the end of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics.

Once the events started, the sheer feats of what can only be described as gravity-defying bravery were extremely impressive to see.

Near Right: Daniel Keatings, winner of Silver medal, (SCO), Men’s All Round Gymnastics and AG Barr, during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland on 30 July 2014. Credit: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert ©GettyImages2014, all rights reserved. Top Right: Sir Chris Hoy opens the new international arrivals section at Glasgow Airport. Credit: Getty Images for Glasgow 2014 ©2014 Getty Images

Bottom Right: A general view of the SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow. (Photo by Rebecca Seward)


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41 The last event was the Men’s High Bar, which was precluded by a second exhibition from the GB Junior Acrobatics team. Again, this event was tense, with a number of the competitors falling. One of whom showed sheer determination by getting back up not once but twice, before finally finishing his routine. The day ended on a high note for England with Gold and Silver going to Nile Wilson and Kristian Thomas. The real kicker being that it was for the exact same score of 14.966, with Nile scooping the Gold due to a better execution score. Having watched the final medal ceremony we were on our way home, with a host of volunteers pointing us in the right direction and even stopping the traffic. One thing to say about this extraordinary day is that Glasgow’s slogan for the Games - ‘People Make Glasgow’ - was more than apt.

One thing to say about this extraordinary day is that Glasgow’s slogan for the Games - ‘People Make Glasgow’ was more than apt.

Left: Men’s All Round Gymnastics and AG Barr, during the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow, Scotland on 30 July 2014 Credit: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert ©GettyImages2014, all rights reserved.


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25 Frays Avenue

ÂŁ525,000

5 bedroom semi-detached home This five bedroom semi-detached family retreat embraces a premier position on arguably one of the finest roads in West Drayton. Defined by grand proportions and generous entertaining areas, this imposing home is located within a short walk of West Drayton High Street, which is home to a number of amenities, as well as the West Drayton railway station. Additionally, there are a number of transport links to Stockley Park and the M4.

A premier position on arguably one of the finest roads in West Drayton

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45 West Drayton Pk Ave ÂŁ520,000

20 Wraysbury Drive ÂŁ385,000 West Drayton Office 01895 459 950 | westdrayton@coopersresidential.co.uk

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A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase this four or five bedroom detached house, which is located on one of West Drayton finest roads. The property is within walking distance to West Drayton High Street, which boasts a variety of amenities, and there is also a number of transport links nearby, including the West Drayton railway station. The house is offered to the market with no onward chain, and although it is in need of complete modernisation throughout, the property offers any prospective buyers the opportunity to create a generous and well laid out family residence.

This four bedroom end of terrace town house is arranged over three floors, and the property has been well maintained throughout. It is located within a luxury development of dwellings that is just a short walk from West Drayton High Street, which has a host of amenities. There are also a number of transport links, including access to the M4, and the West Drayton railway station.


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42 Jefferson House

This luxury two bedroom apartment is flooded with natural light, and is situated in the Parkwest development, which is just a short walk from West Drayton High Street. Near to a number of amenities and schools, the property is also close to transport links, including the M4 and M25, as well as the West Drayton railway station.

ÂŁ235,000

5 Delaford House

This two bedroom second floor apartment has been maintained to a high standard throughout, and offers well laid out accommodation. The apartment is within a short walk of West Drayton High Street, which has a variety of shops, and there is also the West Drayton railway station. Additionally, there are further transport links to Stockley Park and the M4. The property will be ideal for first time buyers and investment buyers alike.

ÂŁ230,000 West Drayton Office 01895 459 950 | westdrayton@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Kensington Park Road

ÂŁ3,500,000

3 bedroom period house This unique and un-modernised three bedroom period house is situated on Kensington Park Road, which is one of the most prestigious addresses in Notting Hill. The Grade II listed property is in need of complete renovation, but offers an extremely rare opportunity to create a truly magnificent home. There is also a good sized garden to the rear, which offers potential for extension. The property enjoys the use of one of very few off-street parking spaces in the area. Kensington Park Road is superbly located for the world class amenities of Notting Hill Gate, Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road, and London’s West End is also easily accessible.

An extremely rare opportunity to create a truly magnificent home

Fitzrovia Office 0207 580 9658 | info@coopersoflondon.co.uk

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Down Street £1,550,000

Mortimer Street £995,000 Fitzrovia Office 0207 580 9658 | info@coopersoflondon.co.uk

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This one bedroom raised ground floor apartment is set within a gorgeous building on Down Street. Beautifully decorated in the classic Mayfair style, the property comprises: a double reception room with a bay window, an entrance hall with a closet, a separate kitchen, and a large double bedroom, which has an en-suite wet room. The apartment also features excellent ceiling heights, and there are numerous period features. This well maintained building benefits from the highest security standards, as well as the services of a day porter.

This well presented two bedroom property is situated on the junction of Mortimer Street and Great Titchfield Street, and is just a short walk from Oxford Circus. This recently redecorated apartment benefits from a good size dual aspect lounge, and there is also a fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms and a modern shower room. The property is superbly located for exploring the shops, restaurants and bars of London’s world-famous West End. Additionally, there are also excellent transport links, including easy access to the Victoria, Central and Northern Underground lines.


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Bolton Road £950,000

Park Place Villas £900,000

Situated within a magnificent detached Victorian House is this bright and spacious two bedroom garden apartment, which is 1367sq ft and is offered with a share of the freehold. The interior has been designed to a very high specification, and there are many bespoke features. Ideally situated on this prestigious residential road close to Chiswick mainline railway station, and with easy access to the M4 and Heathrow, the development is also just short walk from local amenities. The property comes with allocated off street parking.

This spacious one bedroom apartment is set on the raised ground floor of a charming detached stucco fronted house, which is situated on the leafy Park Place Villas. Full of period charm, the property includes excellent ceiling heights throughout, and there are original window shutters. The property further benefits from the sole use of a good sized garden area. Park Place Villas is enviably located close to the Regent’s Canal and the amenities of both Little Venice and Paddington.

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Top of their game Nina Saville visits the best luxury hotels in Andalusia with golfers in mind.

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ost-recession Southern Spain is still one of the best bets for a relaxing holiday all year round. Now in recuperation, it continues to offer some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the Mediterranean; particularly Marbella and the burgeoning city of Estepona. We choose two wonderful establishments in contrast to each other: fun lovers family-friendly Kempinski Hotel Bahia Resort, Marbella Estepona, is part of the renowned chain and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Global Hotel Alliance. The hotel prides itself on ‘not being a golf hotel but the best hotel for golfers’ offering guests unrivaled access to 25 top golf courses; and the divinely romantic Hotel Villa Padierna Palace in Benahavís, Marbella; a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, graced with three very fine golf courses on site.

Glitz, Glamour & Golf The resort, opened in 1999, is decorated throughout with huge canvasses and tiles painted in an opulent and sensual style by celebrated German-born artist Stefan Szczesny, who is quoted as the most Spanish painter of Spain, post-Picasso. No doubt on the way to the beach you’re bound to bump into a breast, a butt or a bull. There are three gorgeous swimming pools snaking through the award-winning and pristine tropical gardens, sloping down to the sandy beach with panoramic views of the Med, Gibraltar and North African coastline. It’s truly a superb resort for both adults and kids. In spite of being low season, the hotel is full. An eclectic mix of stylish Europeans, mainly from the UK and Germany, and refined Arabian princesses who occupy the sumptuous suites, guarded by their darksuited, mysterious minders.

The Golf Desk arranges packages to all the top courses at special prices. A Willy Wonka-esque choice for golfing guests who can swing at the very best clubs, including the esteemed Finca Cortesin, which hosted the Volvo Match Play Championship from 2009 to 2012; European Tour venues San Roque, Sotogrande and La Quinta; rising stars La Reserva and Almenara, and the golden ticket – the king of them all, the ubiquitous Valderrama, which is open all year round.


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Post-recession Southern Spain is still one of the best bets for a relaxing holiday all year round. Now in recuperation, it continues to offer some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the Mediterranean; particularly Marbella and the burgeoning city of Estepona.

Left: Villa Padierna Palace in BenahavĂ­s, Marbella Right: Kempinski Hotel Bahia Resort, Marbella Estepona


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Above: Kempinski Hotel Bahia Resort, Marbella Estepona

Pillow Talk Accommodation comprises 128 comfortable elegant bedrooms, with marble bathrooms and terraces, and 17 überdeluxe suites, some with Jacuzzis on penthouse roof decks. The hotel also has a Pillow Menu, from which hotel guests can select from the best duck down pillow called Rosa, to modern sleep-inducing head comforters. My husband is very impressed and sleeps with Rosa every night. What’s on the Menu? There’s an abundance of dining choices: seafood and fish at the ocean-facing La Cabaña del Mar, romantic Italian alfresco dining at La Trattoria with live entertainment from June until October; the Alminar Wine and Steakhouse, and for memorable occasions, reserve a four course candlelight dinner at the 16th Century Alminara Watchtower.

The Kempinski chain knows how to entertain At Easter and in high summer, the resort is in full swing, with a calendar of nightly entertainment and events. But it’s not only the facilities that makes this a world-class luxury hotel and the finest all-rounder on the Costa del Sol, it’s the attention to guest requests from the courteous and ‘can do’ staff that makes a stay at this Kempinski classic such fun and so memorable. The hotel is only 3 km from the village of Estepona, and 20 minutes’ drive from Marbella. It is also easy to take a day trip to major cities such as Malaga, Seville, Granada and Cordoba. If you are interested in moving around, it’s best to rent a car, as Estepona is the only town in walking distance (approx. 20 minutes). Rooms are charged from €130 + VAT in low season. For special offers and an events calendar, visit the website at www.kempinski.com/en/marbella/hotel-bahia/welcome.


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55 Left page: Kempinski Hotel Bahia Resort, Marbella Estepona Below: Villa Padierna Palace in Benahavís, Marbella

A Royal Retreat The 5 star Grand Luxe Villa Padierna Palace sits in the hills of Marbella: a magnificent Palladian splendour in the style of a Tuscan palace that whispers rather than shouts. Created by Englishman Edward Gilbert, architect and master-builder, together with his patron Riccardo Arranz de Miguel, their renaissance collaboration is reminiscent of the Medicis. The hotel draws its exclusive clientele from all parts of the globe, gravitating towards sophisticated grownups and romantics young and old, although there are smatterings of well-behaved children with their parents during the school holidays. Keeping up to Par It is unashamedly a golfer’s resort, with the Flamingos Club leading directly down from the terraces of the hotel. Buggies whizz past on the velvety green that is literally on the doorstep. There’s an odd fascination having breakfast at La Loggia, sipping orange juice whilst watching golfers practising their putts in their primary coloured gear, in contrast to the tranquil stillness of the undulating plains surrounding the silky lake, no doubt full of misguided balls –18 holes, Par 71 men’s handicap 27, women’s 34.

The Alferini Club –18 holes, par 73, is much more challenging: suited to top amateurs and professionals. Although the handicaps are stated as the same as the Flamingos, you would be kidding yourself if you weren’t nearer to scratch. Tramores Club is ideal for beginners and good for practice. A shorter course, Par 63/65, ups the handicap to 48 for both men and women. If you really want to perfect your game, there’s the Villa Padierna Michael Campbell Golf Academy, where the 2005 US Open Champion offers a comprehensive support system for aspiring tour professionals of all ages. The hotel has an hourly shuttle service to its own private beach, Club de Mar: a broad sandy coastal stretch with comfortable loungers, all the trimmings and an excellent barrestaurant. We are staying in a sumptuous Junior Suite, with a luxurious marble bathroom overlooking the Flamingos golf course. The rooms are furnished in a classical style, with original art and antiques from the owner’s private collection; the hotel boasts 1200 exquisite pieces throughout. There are 130 unique rooms and suites including 9 villas. The Obama Villa, eponymously named after America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama, who visited the VP with her youngest daughter Sasha in 2010, is especially beautiful, with its huge terrace and elegant airy interiors. Guest Daniella Ruchti, a golfloving reconstructive plastic surgeon, says it’s the ‘VP’s divine symmetry’ that she loves.


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56 Even the food is perfectly balanced. La Loggia offers casual dining with delicate salads, a delightful seafood risotto, inventive pasta, classic Tournedos Rossini and pleasingly pretty puddings. Servings for each course are just enough to make you look forward to the next, leaving space for the dessert and a nightcap in Eddy’s Bar or a Grappa in the opulent drawing room. La Veranda is a grander affair; the room is graced with huge tapestries, and tables spilling out onto romantic terraces. Spa Trek The VP Spa and Wellness Institute must be one of Europe’s finest pamper emporiums, with top-notch beauticians and masseurs who really get to grips with their discerning guests. I am having the Michelle Obama treatment: a delicious two hour gourmet facial with masks – strawberry, truffle, caviar and collagen. Finally, a high-frequency wand slips over the nooks and crevices of the skin, tightening and lifting the face and neck. Nuptials For exchanging wedding vows, the VP’s Romanesque Amphitheatre is perfectly sited next to the stupendous ballroom that can accommodate a banquet for 500 guests. Could anywhere be more magical? The hotel is simply magnificent and the discreet and knowledgeable staff reflect its grace. Rooms are charged from €256 + VAT for a Deluxe Bed and Breakfast room in low season, but for the best deals visit the website at www.padiernapalacehotel.com, which offers excellent promotions and packages. Award-winning online luxury travel agent Destinology also offers fantastic packages to both hotels, with or without flights. You can visit the website at www.destinology.co.uk.

Left: Villa Padierna Palace in Benahavís, Marbella


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Broadwood Avenue

This imposing five bedroom detached property is set on one of Ruislip’s premier roads, and is just a short distance from Ruislip High Street with its vast array of amenities, as well as the Ruislip Tube station, which serves both the Metropolitan and the Piccadilly lines. This impressive house also includes an outdoor swimming pool, a spacious garden, and there is the added benefit of off street parking.

£3200pcm

Elliott Court

This two bedroom split level apartment provides unrivalled living space, and is situated in Elliott Court, which is just a short way from Ruislip Manor and Eastcote’s bustling High Street. With huge amounts of space, the apartment benefits from designer finishes, and there is a Paula Rosa kitchen. Additionally, there are great transport links nearby, including the Metropolitan and the Piccadilly Underground lines.

£1650pcm Ruislip Office 01895 625 625 | ruislip@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Seaton Gardens Within a highly sought after development in Eastcote

Ruislip Office 01895 625 625 | ruislip@coopersresidential.co.uk

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ÂŁ1250pcm

2 bedroom apartment This brand new and superbly presented two bedroom apartment is situated within a highly sought after development in Eastcote. The immaculate property enjoys the use of a private balcony, a secure video entry phone system, and allocated parking. As well as this, the master bedroom boasts an en-suite, and both bedrooms are of a double size. Near the High Street, the property offers easy access to an array of shops and transport links.


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Kings Mill Way ÂŁ2,600pcm

Churchill Road

This truly stunning four bedroom family home is situated on the popular Kings Island development, which is close to Uxbridge High Street. The Grand Union Canal separates the property from the busy town centre, which has a multitude of bars, restaurants and shopping facilities. The property comes part furnished, and there is the added benefit of off-street parking. Additionally, the accommodation and its surroundings provide a peaceful setting for those with a hectic lifestyle.

This brand new four bedroom luxury townhouse has three bathrooms, and is situated on the popular St Andrews Park development at the end of Uxbridge High Street. With four bedrooms, including an en-suite to the master, the property also has a fully fitted kitchen, as well as a private garden and a garage.

ÂŁ2250pcm Uxbridge Office 01895 257 566 | uxbridge@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Kings Road

Light and air, this stunning three bedroom Victorian terraced house is situated within a quiet spot close to Uxbridge town centre. Finished to a high standard throughout, the property includes a new fully fitted kitchen. There are three large bedrooms, and a brand new luxury bathroom. A private garden completes the property.

ÂŁ1700pcm

Kings Mill Way ÂŁ1600pcm Uxbridge Office 01895 257 566 | uxbridge@coopersresidential.co.uk

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This truly stunning executive two bedroom second floor apartment is situated on the new Kings Island development. Located within walking distance of Uxbridge town centre, there is good access to the A40 and M25, and to Uxbridge Business Park. The luxurious and superb apartment is furnished to a high standard, and offers spacious living for the professional. The property further benefits from a balcony, which has views over the River Colne, and from allocated parking.


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Valley Road

This three bedroom house has been completely refurbished, and is situated on the new St Andrews Park development. The property is within walking distance to Uxbridge town centre, which has a host of amenities and transport links. Benefiting from two allocated parking spaces, there is also a private garden, and a fitted kitchen.

ÂŁ1495pcm

Belmont Road

This extremely spacious and completely refurbished two bedroom first floor apartment is situated within a charming Victorian building, which is on the doorstep of the town centre of Uxbridge. There are two double bedrooms, a modern fitted kitchen, a large lounge and a study.

ÂŁ1350pcm Uxbridge Office 01895 257 566 | uxbridge@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Wallace Close

This completely refurbished two bedroom top floor apartment is situated on the St Andrews Park development, which enjoys easy access to Uxbridge town centre. The property is also close to Stockley Business Park, and to the Uxbridge station, which serves the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Tube lines. Offered to the market either furnished or unfurnished, the property also benefits from allocated parking and a balcony.

ÂŁ1295pcm

Park Road ÂŁ1100pcm Uxbridge Office 01895 257 566 | uxbridge@coopersresidential.co.uk

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This two bedroom first floor maisonette is neatly tucked away in a prime location close to Uxbridge College and Lido. As well as being a short walk from the town centre, the property is also a short drive from the A40 motorway. Offered to the market furnished, the property benefits from a fully fitted kitchen, a good size lounge, and off-street parking.


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The

magic of Alnwick The home of the Duke of Northumberland, Grade I listed Alnwick Castle is one of Britain’s most recognisable inhabited castles, being only second in size to Windsor. Famously doubling as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the ‘Harry Potter’ films, and currently being utilised by the cast of ITV’s ‘Downton Abbey’, Antony Sore takes a look inside this iconic building.


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s family homes go, Alnwick Castle is quite an impressive dwelling. Occupied by the illustrious Percy family for over 700 years, the current Duke of Northumberland, Ralph Percy opens his home to the public for seven months of the year; while the Duchess has overseen the establishment of the adjacent Alnwick Garden and its famous poison garden. Being instantly recognisable as the school of Harry Potter, has led to an increase in public interest - Alnwick currently boasts visitor numbers in excess of 800,000 per year. The castle itself dates back to Norman times, encapsulated by the dog-tooth chevron patterns that can be seen on the inner courtyard archway. Originally built to protect England’s border from Scottish forces, the castle guards a road across the River Aln, and would have been surrounded by a moat filled with sharpened stakes and logs to defend from cavalry attack.

Nowadays however, the castle houses special exhibitions in three of the castle’s perimeter towers, including the Northumberland Fusiliers museum and the Percy Tenantry Volunteers exhibition. The extravagant State Rooms are decorated in an Italian Renaissance style, and offer one of the country’s finest private art collections, amassed over the years by generations of the Percy family, of whom many were passionate in their love of art. The drawing room boasts a remarkable ceiling carving and frieze, painted and designed by the Italian artist Alessandro Mantovani; while the 17th century Cucci cabinets were originally made for Louis XIV and boast fine detailing that has been expertly restored - featuring monkeys and dogs amongst other decorations.

Inset images: courtesy of Alnwick Castle


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67 The castle also contains the finest collection of Italian paintings in the north of England, including work by Canaletto, Titian and Van Dyck – the Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England following great success in Italy and his native Flanders. Van Dyck’s portrait of the 10th Earl of Northumberland sits proudly amongst the homegrown work of Turner and William Dobson, one of the first notable English painters. The magnificent library contains one of the most important collections of books and manuscripts currently in private hands; with around 14,000 titles housed in floor to ceiling bookshelves. Built over many centuries by successive Earls and Dukes, the original collection was compiled by the 9th Earl, who having been imprisoned in the Tower of London as a conspirator in the Gunpowder Plot, had a large library placed in his cell, consisting mainly of Italian books, including those by Tasso and Machiavelli. As an interesting side note, while in the Tower, ‘The Wizard Earl’ surrounded himself with men of learning, including the astronomer Thomas Harriot and Sir Walter Raleigh, with whom he discussed advanced scientific ideas and smoked tobacco.

An enormous mahogany table extends to over 33 feet in length and dominates the dining room where the 19th century family silver stands proudly on display – dinner at Alnwick is not a mundane affair. Offering a stunning insight into the lives of the Duke and his family, the medieval banqueting hall features stunning emerald green silked walls, and was refurbished in 2005, which included the restoration of the stunning Italian marble chimney piece figures, carved by sculptors Nucci and Strazza. Other rooms that are open to the public include the china gallery, which retains one of the most important collections of Meissen porcelain in Britain; the Guard Chambers with their Venetian style mosaic floor; the breakfast room; the saloon; and the Chapel, with its 17th century tapestries and Gothic ceiling.

All images: courtesy of Alnwick Castle


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68 As well as being a family home and a tourist attraction, in recent years the castle has provided the backdrop for some of film and television’s most iconic scenes. The opening credits to the original ‘Blackadder’ series see Edmund riding his steed in front of the fortress; while Kevin Costner’s ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’, and ‘Elizabeth’ starring Cate Blanchett are also notable films that were shot in the ancient surroundings. It is as Hogwarts that the castle has enjoyed its most recent fame however, with seminal scenes such as Harry’s first broomstick flying lesson, and Ron Weasley crash-landing his flying Ford Anglia into the Whomping Willow being filmed within the castle’s inner bailey. Indeed, Harry Potter has introduced a new generation of tourists to the castle; with children flocking to try broomstick

training sessions, engage with Potter-inspired characters, or partake in alchemy experiments. Along with conference rooms, wedding facilities, and educational workshops and activities, Alnwick Castle takes stately homes to a new level. As Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland himself says on the castle’s website: “[Alnwick Castle’s] walls are steeped in history and filled with tales of warfare, romance and chivalry. We very much hope that you enjoy your visit to our special home.” Alnwick Castle is open daily from 28th March until 29th October 2014, 10.00am to 5.30pm. Visit www.alnwickcastle.com for more information.

It is as Hogwarts that the castle has enjoyed its most recent fame however, with seminal scenes such as Harry’s first broomstick flying lesson, and Ron Weasley crash-landing his flying Ford Anglia into the Whomping Willow being filmed within the castle’s inner bailey.


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All images: courtesy of Alnwick Castle


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Warren Road

ÂŁ2900pcm

Four bedroom detached house This four bedroom detached house is situated close to Ickenham village, Uxbridge town centre, and the A40 and M25. On the ground floor is a large reception room, a dining room, a kitchen, and a study. Upstairs are four bedrooms, with the master enjoying the use of an en-suite, as a bathroom completes the interior. There is also off-street parking to the front, and a beautiful garden to the rear.

Off-street parking to the front, and a beautiful garden to the rear

Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Court Drive

This completely refurbished three bedroom semi-detached house is situated within a premier position, on one of North Hillingdon’s most sought after tree lined roads. Inside, the ground floor comprises a large entrance hall, a dining room, a living room, and a fully fitted kitchen. Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, the family bathroom, and a separate WC. The property also enjoys the use of driveway parking.

£1650pcm

Vantage Building £1400pcm Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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This luxury two bedroom apartment is situated in a prime position for those who commute. With access to Heathrow Airport, Stockley Park and Central London; shopping facilities, bars and restaurants are also on your doorstep. The property benefits from a private balcony, while the master bedroom enjoys the use of an en-suite, and the kitchen comes fully fitted with integral appliances. Features of the development include a gymnasium and a swimming pool.


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Long Lane

This outstanding and completely refurbished three bedroom semi-detached house is situated within an ideal location in Hillingdon. The property is within reach of local shops and schools, and there is also easy access to the A40 and M40. There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a fully fitted kitchen. Additionally, there is also a private garden and off-street parking for three cars. The property is offered to the market unfurnished.

£1375pcm

Robinwood Grove

This truly amazing one bedroom apartment is situated on the tranquil Robinwood Grove development, which is close to Hillingdon Hospital. With very easy access to Uxbridge town centre, the development is also close to Northmoor Hill Nature Reserve. There are beautifully maintained gardens, and resident’s parking is available. The development is perfect for those with a busy life.

£1050pcm Hillingdon Office 01895 230 103 | hillingdon@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Burlington House Offers an on-site concierge and a gymnasium

West Drayton Office 01895 459 950 | westdrayton@coopersresidential.co.uk

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ÂŁ1300pcm

Two bedroom luxury apartment This modern two bedroom luxury apartment is situated within the popular Parkwest Development, and offers an on-site concierge and a gymnasium, making it ideal for those with a hectic lifestyle. With a large lounge, and a fully fitted kitchen, the apartment also benefits from allocated parking and beautiful communal grounds. The property is just a short walk from West Drayton station, and is offered to the market furnished.


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Bittern House

ÂŁ1,200pcm

Two bedroom modern apartment A must see, this two bedroom modern apartment is situated just a short walk from West Drayton High Street. Being located close to West Drayton train station, London is just a 30 minute journey away. Benefits of the property include a private balcony, a large lounge, allocated parking, and a fully fitted kitchen. The apartment is offered to the market either furnished or unfurnished.

Just a short walk from West Drayton High Street

West Drayton Office 01895 459 950 | westdrayton@coopersresidential.co.uk

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Property TV:

the next generation 48% more effective in generating business than conventional marketing*

100

1.8m

internet users watch an online video**

That’s the value of 1 minute of video***

Every day

million

Words

Sources: *IAB UK, **Digital Sherpa, ***Video Brewery (according to Dr. James McQuivey of Forrester Research).


A pioneering platform in estate agency marketing is now rolling out an update to its client base. Since their advent almost five years ago, the bespoke property TV channel, developed and implemented by the in-house creative teams at The Cream Club’s Cambridgeshire-based headquarters, has become a distinctive medium for leading independent agencies to distinguish themselves from their local competition. The concept behind web TV channels arose from finding new and engaging tools to offer premium estate agencies an exclusive opportunity to increase their market share in their coverage area. Spurred by growth in national online activity, faster broadband speeds and the audience for video-on-demand; and with statistics demonstrating video marketing to be up to 48 percent more effective in generating business than more conventional approaches (Source: IAB UK); professionally-produced walkthrough videos have been the catalyst for this leap forward in online estate agency marketing. The stream of videos, not only showcasing an agent’s collection of properties, but also providing details about corporate services and the geographical area they serve, retain a prime position in the evolution of Cream’s online property TV platform.

Reflecting the shift in online activity from searching to sharing content, the updated online TV platform offers greater integration with social media platforms. Every property which features on the restyled websites is provided with its own microsite. The link can be instantly shared via the leading social networks, and it is anticipated the option of creating a web postcard for every property will quickly follow. At Coopers, we shall be embracing this advance in online property marketing in the months to come. Through coopers-tv.co.uk, we already know and understand the positive impact a property TV website has, and we are looking forward to see how our new-look site will sustain our award-winning and high-standard customer service. The demand for online TV websites appears to be insatiable among the industry, as their effectiveness in increasing instructions, and consequentially, market share, becomes clear among the agencies who have them, and those who want them. In the five years since the initial property TV websites were launched, Cream’s client base has expanded by more than tenfold, to cover a network of companies across England, Scotland and Wales. It seems apparent the progression of the property TV phenomenon keeps moving forward.

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An

Incredible Spiceman In a career spanning almost 40 years, an appetite for progression has kept Cyrus Todiwala at the forefront of London’s culinary scene. The chef talks to Colm O’Rourke about how his distinctive approach to food has seasoned.


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79 When did you first have an ambition to work as a chef? How did that idea develop? I had no clue. The idea of making it a career never occurred. I was selected by the Taj Mahal Hotel in Bombay to come and work for them. When I started, there wasn’t much in the way of ambition. That gradually happened as I aspired to be different and rise. Why were your parents against your desire to become a chef? My parents didn’t know or understand the industry. They’d have preferred me to have a more sought-after career; after all, the son of a popular man in Bombay was becoming a domestic hand, as it was seen in those days. Dad hoped I’d join him and open a garage, but he did cars and I did food. Where did you gain your experience and qualifications? I did a Diploma in Hotel Administration and Food Technology. My main experience came at a hotel chain for fifteen years; I was trained by traditional and foreign chefs. I also trained in Geneva and the Hilton Park Lane, and I spent a few weeks with French chefs. Later, when working in Goa, I decided I had to relearn Indian food, as that was where my passion ought to lie.

You worked around the world before coming to London in 1991. How did the move to the UK arise? I left the Taj Group to open a restaurant with a friend. I then migrated to Australia; in the meantime, a friend who lived in London asked if I’d join him and start a restaurant. Having worked here before, and with so many cousins and relatives, we decided to come over. What did you know about London’s culinary scene when you first arrived? I knew nothing at the time. When I first entered the kitchen at Namaste, I had to learn and cook the British version of Indian cuisine until I was ready to put my own imprint on the menu. I hated it, but it was expected, and until I managed to wean habits away, I couldn’t do anything.


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You then developed what is regarded as your hallmark style. How was this nurtured? Things had to change: it wasn’t the Indian food I grew up with or was trained in. We had to be bold, so we changed the menu overnight. We lost business: people didn’t recognise the menu. Then, luck struck in the form of Fay Maschler. She came to investigate: an article followed, and the people who walked out came back. This prompted me to explore the markets, and follow the style of using what I liked, and creating the food I knew; never sticking to one region. I can proudly say nowhere in any restaurant will you find the variety of raw materials and ingredients used.

You have gained a reputation for staff training, and you are the only Indian restaurant in the UK with Investors in People Champion status. How did this come about? I had good people who needed training if we were to succeed, so we embarked on our own mission. This caught local attention, and eventually, I became a role model. I won a National Training Award and a Millennium Excellence Award. I then became one of three restaurateurs who launched a school, making Britain the world’s first country to train in the Asian and Oriental sectors. This is so vital today as Britain expands into more ethnic cuisines, embracing all of them as their own.

Is your cookery something which changes and evolves? Where do you draw inspirations from? This continues as I learn more about what our markets have, and my relationship with our farmers across the UK deepens. New products on the market, things that excite you, and the urge to do new dishes is constant, and helps keep that creativity going. All you have to do is look around Britain today: inspiration is everywhere, from small new producers to the traditional ones; we have some of the world’s best produce at our doorstep.

You cooked for the Queen as part of her Diamond Jubilee tour. How did this happen, and what did you create for her? I was made a Deputy Lieutenant in 2008. I was asked by the Lord Lieutenant if I’d plan the banquet to start the year-long tour across Britain. This wasn’t just the luncheon, but also the venue, support, sponsorship etc. It was a resounding success, as people chipped in and did everything. We had a set time limit for the menu, so there were only two courses. I created a dish embracing the marriage between British and Indian cuisines: The Country Captain, or Indianised Shepherd’s Pie. I thought it represented both countries, and the work HRH Prince Charles has done to revive mutton. I also created port-soaked prunes with bread-and-butter pudding.


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82 One of your newest restaurants fuses Goan and Portuguese cuisine. Where did the idea for this come from? Working in Goa for eight years gave me a deep passion for its food and culture. Speaking the language fluently, and knowing many Goans, it was a good idea to introduce Goan cuisine to Central London. Three years ago, I was asked to do a documentary on the Portuguese exploration of discovering the modern world. Therefore, it had to be Goan food, partly influenced by the Portuguese. Television work has become part of your life. How did this strand of your career come about? I made my first TV recording sometime in 1996. I have never pushed myself in that direction, and I think I never will. I love doing it though, and I’d really like my own programme so I could teach the British public simple things to make. Cooking is still my career, and of late, TV has added to that. How did it feel bringing Asian cuisine to a mainstream audience with “The Incredible Spicemen”? Have you received any recognition for the series? This was amazing, and such fun to do. Tony, my partner in crime, is full of life, and is fun to work with. Our audience grew with each episode, so that’s recognition. That the BBC may not do another series is a disappointment.

All images: courtesy of Cyrus Todiwala

Are there any upcoming events or projects you’re taking part in? In January 2015, I’m taking a talented team to Goa to launch a food festival showcasing British cuisine, to encourage the budding chefs there to embrace their own cuisine. We’ll invite Indian chefs to question our team and be inspired. There’s a full day of cookery demonstrations, and on the final day, a gala fundraising dinner to help sustain educational and environmental projects in Goa. This hasn’t been done before in a place I love, but I know I can make it a big success. It will be great to add value to both cultures. With all you’ve achieved in your professional career, where would you like to go next? Wherever it takes me really. When I told Mum and Dad before leaving India we would return in seven years, Dad told me two things: do not regret leaving us, go where your destiny takes you; and secondly, you have no control on your destiny, a greater power decides where you go and what you do. In time, I truly believed his words. Do I know where my career will take me next? No - but will I continue to embrace the good things we believe in, to that, the answer is yes!


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Philip Saville:

directing diversity

With over 50 years in the British film and television industry, writer/director Philip Saville has seen it, done it, and probably made a film about it. Andy Chapman sat down with the filmmaker to discuss his life and works.

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ritish television has a long and illustrious history. From its early beginnings, it has seen the country go through many changes, in fashion, music and in politics; and with these changes the television industry has grown. It has embraced emerging technologies, it has shocked us, broken down social and cultural barriers and it has made us cry, as well as giving those in need a voice. Writer/director Philip Saville has not only seen these changes, but he has played an integral role in bringing them to screen, with such credits as the ‘Armchair Theatre’ series (1956 to 1974); to his production of ‘Dracula’ (1977), often cited as one of the most faithful adaptations of the novel put to screen. All followed by the award winning mini-series ‘The Life and Loves of a She-Devil’ (1986); Philip Saville has entertained us with a diverse range of stories. Starting his career as an actor throughout the 50’s, Philip reflects on his start in acting: “I realised I had some kind of acting talent, coupled with a reasonable look and brown curly hair at the time, and I tried my hand. I was

eventually offered a contract with what was then called the Rank Organisation.” It was not until, at the age of 20, when Philip moved to America, that his life would change. In New York, Philip would have a shaky start. He was cast in a play called ‘The Shock at Sly Corner’ with Boris Karloff that ran for six weeks and would go on to be known as ‘The Flop at Sly Corner’. Unable to find acting work, he remembers: “I was always interested in electronics, so I got a job repairing radios in Greenwich Village.” This would become a fortuitous decision, as through this job he would meet the producer of a show called ‘Famous Jury Trails’, who remarked that Philip sounded like a budding director: “He introduced me to a couple of people like Sydney Lumet and Fred Coe, who was a big noise at the time, and I got a job assisting a very well-known producer.” He notes: “Marlon Brando was on Broadway, we still had Noel Coward and various other English people writing very sophisticated plays, it was the most incredible period for me.”

British television has a long and illustrious history. From its early beginnings, it has seen the country go through many changes, in fashion, music and in politics; and with these changes the television industry has grown. It has embraced emerging technologies, it has shocked us, broken down social and cultural barriers and it has made us cry, as well as giving those in need a voice.

All images supplied by: Philip Saville


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86 On returning to England, ITV was just starting up, and with new-found experience, Philip applied for a position as a director: “I took a six week course, I became the star performer on it and they gave me a contract.” His first big production ‘Curtains for Harry’ (1955) would go on to become a huge flop, with a headline reading ‘Curtains for ITV’. Undeterred, Philip stood his ground and began to produce results. ‘Hamlet at Elsinore’ (1964) would go on to win awards and garner critical acclaim, which cemented Philip Saville’s position in the industry. Starring Christopher Plummer, Robert Shaw and Michael Caine in his only Shakespearean role, the production was actually filmed in Elsinore, where the play itself takes place. Saville’s production is also noted for being the first television production of Hamlet to be filmed on location, rather than in a studio.

In 1982, Philip hit a career high with Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Boys from the Blackstuff ’, with the frightening yet poignant Yosser Hughes, played brilliantly by Bernard Hill. The show struck a chord with the public and would go on to win a BAFTA award for Best Drama Series. Reflecting on the production, Philip remembers: “My first day of shooting, I was in the middle of a Toxteth riot, they actually stole our equipment, literally.” With the country politically torn, ‘Boys from the Blackstuff ’ represented life for many people at the time: “The struggle in Liverpool was huge, because of the collapse of the main working jobs, these suddenly disappeared, and then hundreds, thousands of wonderful men with young families were queueing up for a job. It was just terrible, it just ruined their belief in themselves.”

In 1982, Philip hit a career high with Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Boys from the Blackstuff ’, with the frightening yet poignant Yosser Hughes, played brilliantly by Bernard Hill.


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87 Philip Saville would continue his work in film and television throughout the nineties and beyond, with such credits as ‘The Buccaneers’ (1995) with Carla Gugino and Mira Sorvino, and ‘Metroland’ (1997), in which he worked with emerging stars Christian Bale and Emily Watson. With such a long and illustrious career, Philip has worked on some truly ground-breaking productions, and has arguably helped change the face of British television for the better. He has brought to the screen stories and characters that not only speak to us, but above all entertain us: “I think what draws me is the struggle, I am also drawn to characters who are rebellious, who don’t just say ‘Yes sir yes sir’.” As an ambitious screenwriter myself, I was interested in what advice Philip could give to young writers and directors looking to make a name for themselves. He goes on to say: “You have to believe, because there’s always going to be somebody, or a group, or a crowd even who aren’t going to like what you do, take the socks when they come and if you believe strongly, you will succeed.” At the age of 83, Philip Saville is still hard at work, and is currently writing a radio play and has finished work on his autobiography.

With such a long and illustrious career, Philip has worked on some truly ground-breaking productions, and arguably has helped change the face of British television for the better.


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So you think you can drive! Kevin Haggarthy signs up for a bit of expert driving tuition with the Lotus Driving Academy.

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e are at Lotus HQ, and I am riding passenger at the Hethel test circuit with one of their chief test drivers behind the wheel. This was technically ‘the finale’ for me, the icing on the cake if you like, for I’d already spent a week with this car on test. ‘Til then, I thought I had a pretty good handle on its abilities, but on-track, with experienced hands behind the wheel, I was learning a whole lot more. With traction control at first partially disengaged and then switched off completely, the test driver ‘demonstrated’ varying degrees of understeer and oversteer at incredible speeds, yet he was so totally relaxed behind the wheel that he could have been sipping tea at the same time. The natural abilities of this car were incredible, yet they were complemented and made ultimately possible by the skills of its driver.


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Not being new to speed, track driving or even racing for that matter, it wasn’t the case of being phased by a ‘flying lap experience’. Quite the contrary, this was more about the harmony of technical knowledge and acquired driving skill: finding expression in a tool built for the enthusiast to singularly indulge in the joy of driving. I was hungry for more, and I wanted to do it myself, so after some preliminary discussions, and attracting the interest of a couple of mates to join me, I signed up for a Level 2 course at the Lotus Driving Academy. The courses take place at the famous Hethel test track at Lotus HQ in Norwich, and are open to everyone. Don’t mistake this for your average track day; it is anything but! You’ll end up, as we did, beaming with excitement for what is genuinely a true brand experience, and you will leave the premises a genuinely better driver. Our morning began at 8 am (ish), the sun was shining and our very smartly dressed instructors welcomed us with a warm greeting, a beautifully laid breakfast, and much needed coffee. Lotus had taken the time to liaise with us beforehand to make sure the course programme was to our liking.The idea was to focus on and build on our current driving standards rather than start kindergarten-style, making it all the more useful for us all.

Getting to grips After a quick briefing on the day’s activities we were soon out on track. First task: ‘getting to grips’ with understeer and oversteer. No Tiff Needell or The Stig drama here, but simply driving the car faster and faster in a concentric circle until you feel loss of directional control due to understeer – the front of the car running wide of the steering angle, or oversteer - the tendency of the car to turn in more sharply than intended; and applying basic correctional action to get the car back in line. As our instructor pointed out, that is all you need to be able to do on the road to bring the car back under control, nothing overly dramatic as you see often see on the telly. Simple, but crucially effective. Next up was a slalom course, where we were taught to look ahead using vision to temper speed and flow, whilst maintaining a constant throttle to maximise progress and safety at the same time. The smoother and more flowing you are, the quicker the time from start to finish. If you look boring, you’re probably going very quick, and as we were reminded on several occasions: “never mistake drama for speed.”


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Our next technical exercise of the morning focused on braking, and high speed ‘brake and avoid’ exercises. On this one, you needed to trust the unbelievable braking capacity of the entry-level Elise’s we were using, and retrain your brain to ‘brake and steer’ at the same time. We touched something like 85 mph on the straight at Hethel, yet still were able to steer/brake aggressively and stop before a hazard. By the time we hit lunch we were ready for a break, but it also gave time to piece these three exercises together as a prelude to the classroom theory session that followed. It proved quite a technical Q and A, but only so because we were much more erudite on the finer points of performance driving than we were at the start of the day. The classroom banter was the proof in the pudding that Lotus is all about appealing to the enthusiasts; we enthused about the advantages of traditional manual gearboxes for keeping the driver in touch with the driving experience, the importance of good pedal set up for ‘heel’ n toe’ braking and gear changing, the virtues of light weight, mid-engines, hydraulic steering feel etc. A petrolhead fest if you like, and totally Lotus speak; as our Lotus colleagues explained: “we make cars for the enthusiast!”

‘sweet spot’ It was during the afternoon’s track driving activities where it all came together; all of us achieving massively quicker lap times with successive high-speed lapping sessions on track. So much so that all of us reached our own ‘sweet spots’ by the end of the day, lapping as quickly as we ever have or ever did. Beaming smiles, clapping, and backslapping were the order of the day, not least in appreciation of the efforts of our expert Lotus instructors. It turned out to be the perfect day for anyone who loves driving, and there’s hardly a better way to truly experience the high performance capability of a Lotus. My mate Barry summed up the experience best of all; in his own words: “one of the best days of my life!” Not surprisingly, we have already signed up for Level 3.


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Testimonial:

Having agreed to do the Lotus driving day, I had the usual expectation of conventional track days. Oh how wrong I was! The Lotus driving day quickly hit my expectations of normal track/driving events, then superseded them into another realm of superb dedication, knowledge and the most important, supreme professionalism.

Our personal instructor was not only an absolute pleasure to be with, his motivation was indeed the best I have ever experienced. I will be back to the next Lotus Level 3 event. Highly recommended. Barry Yarde (Course participant)


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The fabulous

Ferrari F12

– the ultimate Ferrari magic Words by Kevin Haggarthy


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93 Price starts at £239,736. sit, reminisce, and reflect on what has been a truly mind-blowing experience. For many years I have been blessed with the privilege of driving many supercars, but never has one impressed me as much as this. Our last Ferrari test was the fabulous 458 Spider, and having spent hundreds of miles previously behind the wheel of the hard topped version, the Italia, I found it hard to imagine how it was possible to beat that car on sheer ability. The Ferrari spokesperson’s response to this conclusion was: “Ah, but wait until you try the F12.” He was right – the bar has been raised again. The F12 is powered by a 730 bhp V12, without doubt the most beautiful engine I have ever seen. It generates 690 Nm of torque, or loosely put, it has about seven times more pick up power on the move than an average family saloon. 0-62 mph is achieved in 3.1 seconds, and it is only too eager to reach its 211 mph top speed. To give you some idea of the levels we are talking about here – you can comfortably change from first to second at 60 mph (or even more) with another five more dual-clutch Usain Bolts just waiting for a flick of the paddle.

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Ultimate driveability Yet the driveability of this car is even more impressive than its staggering performance. On our test drive, the rain was falling in buckets and showed no sign of letting up. In fact, my young photographer and passenger for the day had a positively sullen look on his face. He wasn’t worried about the pictures; they were already done – no, his disappointment lay in the prospect that the incessant rain was going to take the edge off his dream drive in a Ferrari. But he was wrong; for in his own words the

rain enhanced the excitement of the drive, and showed the exceptional abilities of this car in a way that otherwise may not have been possible. Being young, he had it all film recorded on his mobile phone, and according to his mates, he has spoken about nothing else since. And he owns a Nissan Skyline. The F12 is as engaging at 40 mph as it is at 70 mph, and how it manages to contain 730 bhp into such a manageable and safe-handling package is simply incredible. Although this style can only be advocated for track, not road, this car is so well-sorted that you can slide the rear end to any predictable angle you like in the wet, for it gives you enough confidence to ease it back into line without fuss or drama. And yet, such is the prodigious power of the F12 that it is capable of breaking rear end traction in any of the intermediate gears on a dry straight road. The genius of the F12 is the marrying of the two extremes. Engineers need look no further for a solution to containing 730 bhp into a road car; the answer is the Ferrari F12. “We’re going to fly” Nothing quite prepares you for the searing standing-start acceleration of the F12. It’s razor keen and raw from the outset. The V12, howling to be released, screams in orgasmic joy as you plant that throttle. Take sex out of the equation and think of the last time you were taxi-ing in an aeroplane on a runway, the pilot applies full power for take-off, and you get that surging push in the back. Well, multiply that force by three and that’s how it feels to be seated in an F12 under hard acceleration. In the words of my passenger, with both hands clutching the side of his seat and the rocket–like acceleration seeming to never end: ‘It feels like we’re going to fly.”


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95 Aero-genius But probably not, for ingenious aerodynamic innovations keep the car rooted to the ground. The F12 has a drag coefficient of 0.299, and generates 123 kg of downforce at 200 km/h. The ‘Aero Bridge’ design concept uses the car’s bonnet to create downforce, and Active Brake Cooling automatically opens spoiler-integrated air vents to cool the brakes. Not surprisingly, the state-of-the-art technology in the F12 is endless, yet its mathematical genesis is simple: less weight, more power. The F12’s space-frame chassis and bodywork are completely new, and it uses 12 different aluminium alloys to contribute to getting the weight down to just 1,525 kg, whilst boosting torsional rigidity by 20%. The F12’s bloodline predecessor, the 599 GTB Fiorano, is a 1688 kg heavyweight by comparison, and the F12 betters its fuel consumption and emission levels by 30%. The human factor It may be a tired cliché when it comes to Ferraris, but this car simply oozes passion, beauty and style. We couldn’t park the car for two minutes without it attracting a crowd. On one occasion, when parking up for photography, a car drives up to us, and the driver says: “I know nothing about cars, I haven’t a clue what that is, but all I can say is that it’s the most beautiful car I have ever seen.” Ferraris reach out to your soul. On two occasions, after a couple of women blew kisses to me, I thought just how lucky Ferrari are to have someone as good looking as me behind the wheel; Ferraris even bring out inflated egos.

Best not to self-delude behind the wheel though, as being one of the fastest cars on the planet, the F12 demands a responsible approach. While the antics described earlier show F12 genius on the test track, it doesn’t mean the F12 cannot be enjoyed within legal limits on the road. It is truly enjoyable and rewarding to drive at any speed and, for those who choose to, it has the usability and reliability of every day transport. Yes, there’s a seven year warranty even with Ferraris these days (and a decent sized boot). Taking into account that this car has the true ability to be a World Grand Master of performance, yet is equally at home on the office run, both redefines and justifies the place of the supercar in today’s world. What an achievement.

Not surprisingly, the state-of-the-art technology in the F12 is endless, yet its mathematical genesis is simple: less weight, more power.


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They’ve done it again... BMW’s first entry into the small SUV class promises to be a real winner.


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Words by Kevin Haggarthy

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very time I drive a new BMW I reflect on the experience with a wry smile. That’s normally because I’ve had a pretty good time driving it. Outside of specialist high performance cars, BMW is amongst the most dedicated brands I know to enjoyment behind the wheel. Us motoring scribblers have often praised their commitment to the common driver’s choice of front-engined rear wheel drive cars, and of course, the overriding priority the brand gives to driving dynamics. The BMW ‘M’ cars are now legendary for just that, but all BMW’s are, in essence, driver focused cars. This new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer breaks away from tradition to make its mark in the highly competitive small SUV class. What’s more, it debuts a new superefficient three cylinder engine. Two quite radical moves for the brand and, being BMW, you have to sit up and take notice. Spacious, comfortable, innovative The move to front wheel drive for the 2 Series Tourer is all about maximising cabin space and comfort in a highly compact, yet user friendly package. As such, herein lies one of the most efficient space-utilising packages this observer has seen. Whilst measuring only 4,342 mm in length, and 1,800 mm in width, there is ample room for five people, and enough room for multiple six footers to sit comfortably front and rear at the same time! Actually, it has the same amount of rear seating space as the BMW 7 Series – their biggest saloon. Flexibility is enhanced by sliding adjustable rear seats, creating even more generous luggage space to the rear. Drop the rear seats, however, and the kitchen

sink won’t be out of the question creating a humongous, easy-to-load 1,510 litres of total luggage space in all. Lift the foldable boot floor and there’s a handy storage compartment and a multifunction tray to stop the kids spotting and eating your Mars bars, Skittles, and Twix bars. Still the driver’s machine Ride and handling are the acid test for any new BMW. If it can’t walk the walk here then it’s game over. Of course, the bar is raised pretty high too, as there is some serious competition out there. BMW have thus needed to redefine how a small SUV bearing its prestigious name should perform. This new car is agile, involving and fun. We test drove the car on some of the Cotswold’s finest roads, and found ourselves praising the flexibility and free breathing nature of the new three cylinder engine, as well as the refinement of the four cylinder diesel. That’ll be due in part to a whole new chassis design matched to a long wheelbase and wide track, a reduced–friction steering system, a tortionally-stiff lightweight body with low overhangs, and a low centre of gravity. That combination allows you to drive with enthusiasm, sitting tight and flat into bends with excellent body control, high levels of grip, and minimum lean into the bends. It has that ideal balance of agility and refinement, striking just the right compromise between those of us who enjoy a keen drive, and those for whom comfort and ride refinement come first. Believe me, this SUV is not a boring option to a keen driver; quite the opposite once you’re behind the wheel.


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98 Yet it’s interesting how BMW have been able to translate an engaging drive and handling dynamics into a class where it is rarely an overriding priority. But of course, ‘it’s a BMW’, a USP for drivers, without sacrificing expectations of possibly less enthusiastic partners and children. It makes absolute sense for BMW to enter this class in this way, and they do it well. They had to. New engines The new twin turbo three cylinder petrol engine is all aluminium and ultra-low friction; it breathes freely, and on the drive, has no noticeable drawbacks to a four cylinder. So much so that you wouldn’t know unless you were told the difference. Where you gain, however, is on fuel consumption (an average 57.6 mpg) and emissions (only 115 g/km) and this from a car that will take you to the 0-62 mph benchmark in 9.3 seconds, top 124 mph, yet generate a respectable 220NM of torque. The four cylinder diesel promises more of everything: 68.9 mpg, 109 g/km on the emissions front, 0-62 mph in 8.9 seconds, and a top speed of 127 mph.

Great standard spec When you buy a new car, the standard price tends to grow with optional equipment that becomes more of a necessity than an option these days. BMW have cottoned on to this and are keeping costs honest by offering a comprehensive range of standard specification on this new car. The Active Tourer, for example, features the new Pedestrian Warning system with City Braking, i.e. if you don’t stop in an emergency, the car will do it for you. The options are useful though; a full colour head-up display shows information on a screen, which extends out between the steering wheel and the windscreen keeps eyes usefully focused on the road, whilst the Parking Assistant package goes one step further by doing your parking for you. So BMW have done it again - as always, a wellresearched, well developed premium motor that will be in your BMW showrooms from 27th September; waiting for the keen driver who needs a truly practical all-purpose lifestyle vehicle, which doesn’t sacrifice the joy of driving.

The new twin turbo three cylinder petrol engine is all aluminium and ultra-low friction; it breathes freely, and on the drive, has no noticeable drawbacks to a four cylinder.


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RANGE ROVER 600-LE BY PROJECT KAHN

Project Kahn is the original British automotive fashion house - designing and styling bespoke vehicles for a discerning clientele. We redefine the spirit and aesthetic of each vehicle, always placing sophistication before ostentation, and originality before convention. The Range Rover 600-LE (Luxury Edition) features a completely redesigned front and rear bumper assembly, modelled in the same lightweight carbon composite used on F1 cars, and precision engineered to fit seamlessly onto the vehicle. Our choice of simple, elegant alloy wheels completes the remodelled exterior. Inside, you’ll find a bespoke luxury interior upholstered by our expert team, to the most exacting standards of British craftsmanship. Choose from a wide range of leathers, fabrics, colours and stitching, including Harris Tweed - the options for personalising your vehicle are almost endless. Working with Project Kahn is the first step towards realising your dream vehicle, and the start of a collaborative process of design and discussion which we’ve found is often every bit as satisfying as its result. Finest quality, to the last detail. The Range Rover 600-LE is available from £89,875

Kahn Laboratories: 240 Canal Road, Bradford, BD1 4SX T: +44 (0) 1274 749 999 A. Kahn Design Boutique: 385 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 0LR T: +44 (0) 207 751 4555 Kahn Automobiles: Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS3 1LX T: +44 (0) 113 834 5055 www.projectkahn.com | info@projectkahn.com

Street Magazine: Autumn 2014  
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