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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

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Songs of Satire

Cabaret’s comeback

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Annabel’s is back on Berkeley Square

Stocking Thrillers

Our colourful Christmas gift guide

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TWEEDY Works for the town too STARRY NIGHTS Styling that’s out of this world DON’T BE LATE TO THE PARTY Rosalyn Wikeley has silly season sorted LUCIA LOVES Lucia van der Post goes on an LV spree MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE Nell Hudson PARTY SEASON SURVIVAL From cures to cover ups BODY & SOUL Sweat out the stollen WELL GROOMED Embrace the mandle

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THE DIARY Pleasant panic buying ARTS AGENDA Films for all the family BOOK CLUB What to put under the tree ROAD TEST The Volvo XC60 shows that the Swedes do it better, says Jeremy Taylor SEEDER’S DIGEST Cath Kidston’s garden will leave you green with envy CONVERSATIONS AT SCARFES BAR The V&A’s Victoria Broackes joins Matthew Bell at the bar

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CROWNING GLORY The Crown is back, Lucy Cleland meets its newest cast member, and this month’s cover star, Yolanda Kettle 94 THE BAG GIRLS Best friends Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie have got it in the bag 100 ARE YOU HAVING A LAUGH? Kit and McConnel’s cabaret will take you out of your comfort zone, finds Charlotte Metcalf 102 24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE Dust off your gladrags, Annabel’s is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever before, says Anastasia Bernhardt 106 SNOW BUNNIES Jewels that glitter like ice 117 HAVE YOURSELF A MULTICOLOURED CHRISTMAS Gifts in every shade

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The Insider 147 MORRIS MOMENT Trawling through

the Arts and Crafts archives 148 DESIGN NOTES News, views

and inspiration 150 KEEP COSY Baby it’s cold outside,

so follow Carole Annett’s advice 152 Q&A Interior designer Martin Kemp

Food & Travel 155 SHADOWS OF THE PAST Caiti Grove

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finds there’s more to discover in Cambodia than its tumultuous history THE HOTEL WIZARD Be prepared for the battle of the five-star Christmas trees HOMETOWN GLORY Why would you ever leave the wonder of our capital city? THE WEEKENDER Olivia Palamountain follows the beat in Tel Aviv CRYSTAL PALACE You can’t beat New York in the snow, says Rosalyn Wikeley GASTRO GOSSIP The cognac not to put on the pud BOTTLE BANK Drinks to get you in the Christmas spirit HOTEL SECRETS Claridge’s shares its closely guarded mince pie recipe FORK AND FIELD If ever there was a time for decadent feasting in five-star hotels it’s December

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f, like me, you’ve been eagerly awaiting the second installment of Netflix’s richly researched and compelling series The Crown about our very own royal family, your wait is about to be over as it returns to our screens this month... and with a new cast of characters, including our cover girl Yolanda Kettle, who portrays Camilla Fry, one of Lord Snowdon’s multiple mistresses. We took Yolanda off to her own palace for the day, Cliveden House in Berkshire, former seat of the Astor family and now a wonderful country-house hotel, to dress her like a modern-day fairy princess. Like being on the set of The Crown with all those wonderful costumes, she ‘absolutely loved it’ (p86). And just as the royal family is a thoroughly British institution, so too is Richard Caring’s nightspot Annabel’s, originally named in 1963 by its founder Mark Birley after his wife Annabel Goldsmith. The Berkeley Square members-only club has had an alleged £55m spent on moving it two doors down to number 46 and turning it into a place where the ‘new Establishment’ – and now their dogs – can hang out all day and pretty much all night. Anastasia Bernhardt gets the skinny on everything from the design to the staff outfits on page 102. I’d hazard a guess that Suki Waterhouse and Poppy Jamie would be welcome on Annabel’s strict new membership policy (rumour has it some of the old guard may not get their memberships renewed!). The best friends have recently launched their own accessories line, as well as buying a new house (Suki) and visiting the Congo to see the endangered gorillas (both). They tell

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us what it’s like working together, growing up in the Instagram age and what they’ll be doing for Christmas (p94). Finally, no December issue is complete without a gift guide to ease you through the buying frenzy. We’ve colour-coded ours this year, so whether you’re True Blue, Quick Silver or Mellow Yellow, we’ve got it covered (p117). And if you happen to be around Chelsea on 2nd and 3rd December, join us for a special shopping weekend where participating stores will be putting on their finest festive displays and offering some lovely added extras too, along with carriage rides and food fayres. Plus, our very own super stylist Martha Ward will be in store in Boutique 1, Delpozo, Chloé and Hermès to help you with any styling queries. See page 66 for more. Happy Christmas.

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Best Christmas present ever given? A limited-edition set of artist illustrated giant playing cards. All 52 were exceptionally beautiful and unique and they were promptly framed to create three lovely – and large – works of art. And received? A camera. When I was very, very young. It sparked a life-long hobby and passion. Which Christmas tradition would you ban? I wouldn’t dream of banning any of them. I’d encourage more quite frankly, I’m a traditionalist, I’m afraid.

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Best Christmas present ever given? A few years ago I took a portrait of the whole family. As a surprise for Christmas I printed and framed it as a gift for everyone. And received? My parents gave my sister and me a lot of art supplies for Christmas one year when we were very young. It opened up my creative mind, which ultimately led me down the path to photography. We were a lot quieter at home because of it; I wonder if that was the intention? Which Christmas tradition would you ban? Eggnog. I am not a fan.

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Best Christmas present ever given? A red Kitchen Aid for my sister in law... although she doesn’t know that yet... And received? A beautiful Japanese knife that I was given when I was a young chef, starting my career. It would have cost me more than a week’s wages and it is still one of my most treasured possessions. Which Christmas tradition would you ban? That it happens in December – it’s so busy. Can’t we just move it to a quiet month like January?

OLIVIA PALAMOUNTAIN

Best Christmas present ever given? I’d like to think it was the charitable donation I made on my youngest brother’s behalf when all he wanted was a new video game. I imagine he’d disagree. And received? It has to be the Sylvanian Families bakery, complete with miniature croissants and a striped awning. I mean, how do you top that? Which Christmas tradition would you ban? Now that my entire family is vegan, I’m afraid the turkey has got to go.

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THE GOOD LIFE Alice B-B learns to roll with it

for a peach, I’ve got myself involved in the most self-flagellatory, torturous looking bit of kit. The Skin Roller by Swiss Clinic has 1,200 micro-needles that when rolled back and forth across cellulite or stretchmarks, tricks the skin into making new cells and creating collagen. It’s self-administered. And my legs are covered cause it’s winter. So, to hell with it... I’m rolling.

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went down the same slippery path that Mr Love and I slid down. The thrill of how much your hard earned pounds can buy in the sticks as opposed to the smoke – is intoxicating. But be warned: unless you have a huge family, endless empty bedrooms just collect dust and need heating. Then you feel guilty, have masses of people to stay for the weekend and wind up on Sunday night teary from exhaustion having played chef, cleaner and games master. Sometimes bigger means worse. And just enough is plenty.

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revolting. But fear not, according to Laetitia Maklouf – former Virgin Gardener and now The Five-Minute Gardener – it’s about layering your bulbs in a pot, so that different blooms pop-up, staggered at the end of winter. It’s kind of a miniature version of how your garden should be designed; so that throughout the seasons there’s always something pretty and interesting happening. I find it hard enough to choose which darn bulbs to go for – the choice Checking is so huge – that I leave it too late out the when all those deliciously dark new Waldo Works-designed purple Queen of the Night Smythson shop, tulips are sold out. However, I’ve returned to its discovered that De Jager (dejager. original spot on New Bond Street co.uk) make it idiot-proof, as (smythson.com). they sell a collection of tried and tested bulbs specifically for Making a trip to the flicks pots, which takes away all the to see Call decision making. Like buying Me By Your Name oven-ready lasagne. (sonyclassics.

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THE RURBANIST Alexander Armstrong is eyeing up his family’s long-lost country pile in Northumberland

Where do you go to escape the city? Out into the Oxfordshire countryside at weekends or back to Northumberland for a proper holiday. It’s where I grew up.

pleasing and logical. It always gets the pulse racing.

Most memorable night out in London? I went

Which historic country house would you most like to snap up? Wallington Hall in Northumberland.

What are Saturday afternoons made for? Holey jumpers, bonfires, dog walks, tea with cake, and getting excited about Saturday night.

What would you change about yourself? My handwriting. The Ned

Who’s coming round for dinner? Friends and family. I don’t know what we’d eat but we’d drink a 2005 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Les Pucelles and a 1982 Lynch-Bages. Yum, yum.

It’s utterly beautiful. My grandmother’s family, who were called Fenwick, lived there about 250 years ago and lost it (I think) through gambling debts. Last production you saw in the West End? With four children at home we get out far too rarely but I managed to see Travesties with Tom Hollander, directed by Patrick Marber, earlier in the year. It was fabulous. I remember watching it years ago with Antony Sher, when I found that the sense of it just ran away from me. This time it was much clearer to follow. Tom is never less than sublime but this was one of the best things I’ve seen him do. What would you do as mayor for the day? Get everyone to do an hour’s litter-picking between 11.30 and 12.30 and then give them a free pint for their trouble.

What entertainment would you bring to a desert island? A collection of PG Wodehouse short stories – Eggs, Beans and Crumpets or one of the Jeeves anthologies – because they’d cheer me up and remind me of England. I would listen to a bit of early Tom Waits from Closing Time.

What three items would you save from your burning house? A portrait of my wife painted by my friend Jonny; the children’s teddies (I’m grouping them together as one item, conveniently...), as their abject grief would break my heart; my laptop because it has got all our photographs on. And all my work...

What would really improve your life?

Where do you go when you don’t want anyone to get hold of you? I take the dogs for a long walk. Post Brexit Britain... Is desperately in need of firm, competent, kindly and enthusiastic leadership. What’s your favourite game to play? Racing Demon. Its pace is entirely dictated by the fastest player, so sometimes it can be brutal and other times merely

Every time I write a letter I rewrite it eight or nine times because my writing is just too embarrassingly awful.

A zip wire between our house and the station would be ace. Where was the last place you ‘discovered’? Naples. So unbelievably beautiful and exciting. So anciently otherworldly. And so dangerous. I loved it.

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to the opening of The Ned earlier in the year – that was ludicrously good fun. It’s such an astonishing reimagining of the building and so enormous that you can’t help but be thrilled by it. Best thing a cabbie has ever said to you? I was once driven by a man whose dad had written the ident music for Thames TV. It was that beautiful little four-bar fanfare on French horns. It was a huge feature of telly in the Seventies and – along with the theme tunes to All Creatures Great and Small and Grandstand – one my most vivid musical memories.

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Bella Freud Starry nights jumper, £290. bellafreud.com

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Alessandra Rich Sequined georgette gown, £3,255. net-a-porter.com Nathalie Trad Juno clutch, £755. nathalietrad.com

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Stella McCartney Falabella Go backpack, £655. matchesfashion.com

Rochas Sequin boots, £620. brownsfashion.com

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13 Yo-yoing from present hunting to drinks parties without pause is OK if you have Bare Minerals’ BarePro performance wear foundation in tow. £29. bareminerals.co.uk

10 Hypnotise guests with Bulgari’s Margherita di Savoia ring from their Festa collection. The only ‘cocktail’ involved is the one you’re holding. POA. bulgari.com

14 Consider YSL’s Touche Éclat complexion highlighter your best friend when the festive bags kick in. £25. johnlewis.com

2 Slink into the soirée in David Koma’s split feather trim dress. £1,142. davidkoma.co.uk 3 Allow some cool to linger beneath the festive pretty with this Stubbs Wilson silk shirt by Stella McCartney. £685. stellamccartney.com 4 Don’t be a stiletto slave, Laurence Dacade will have you dancing all night long in these embroidered leather Pete boots. £709. laurence-dacade.com

6 Get down to the glitter with Sophie Hulme’s duck egg envelope clutch. £895. matchesfashion.com 7 Christmas without tartan? Pair Hermès’ Pied de Coq tartan silk scarf with an LBD for some old-time jolly. £225. hermes.com 8 Marni’s Pannier bag has a siren handle designed specifically for swinging into parties. £1,400. 020 7491 9966

11 Minimalism can wait till January, these Laurence Coste Lalique and shagreen wonders will steal hearts and minds. £395. laurence-coste.com 12 Wrap Christmas cheer around you with Carolina Bucci’s All gold woven scarf. £15,810. carolinabucci.com

15 Constant partying can take its toll. Keep a dewy complexion with Dr Rita Rakus’s Professional Strength Vitamin C Serum. £84. drritarakus.com 16 Pucker up for party season and lift your fatigue and spirits with a splash of Tom Ford in Emma. £29. selfridges.com

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17 Annie Leibovitz's Portraits (2005– 2016) promises pages of photographic pleasure. £100. phaidon.com

21 Who needs three glasses of champagne for kicks with Mimi Holliday’s Guess Who set loitering under a party dress? Bra, £59; knickers, £39. mimiholliday.com

25 The ultimate hangover buddy, pair this John Smedley Moror Jumper with almost anything for warm, laid-back chic. £285. johnsmedley.com

29 If you’re hard pressed for writing a lyric of thanks, a little token of gratitude from Smythson may excuse you. £95. smythson.com

26 You’re weary, a little afflicted, but no one need know it in this velvet Ulla Johnson Giles blouse. £405. ullajohnson.com

30 Frame the evening as a thoughtful thank you with Asprey’s sterling silver frames. From £165. asprey.com

23 Our Christmas saviour. Bridget took Spanx to the after party, and so can you. Opt for Spotlight high-waisted in vintage rose. £56. houseoffraser.co.uk

27 A winter staple. These Joseph leather Stretch Den trousers are a marriage made in heaven with pretty much anything. £895. joseph-fashion.com

31 Sayeh & Galton is the go to florist for a bloomin’ impressive thank you. sayehgaltonflowers.com

24 This Piper Leavers lacey set by Agent Provocateur politely requests an open fire and mistletoe. Bra, £95; briefs, £65. agentprovocateur.com

28 Keep the party alive the next day in Brunello Cucinelli’s calfskin and mink heels. Accessorising stops here. £1,490. brunellocucinelli.com

18 A Jardine of London Suffolk leather journal ensures its recipient is reminded of you daily. £75. jardineoflondon.co.uk 19 Candles are candles but Penhaligon’s’ silver Portraits Chapter Three candle is more a fancy ornament… too fancy maybe even to burn. £68. penhaligons.com 20 Bring Charbonnel et Walker’s hand-crafted truffles flavoured with wild cranberries, and you will be invited back every time. £14.50. charbonnel.co.uk

22 Leave Olivia von Halle’s silk Capability Billie robe by the door for stylish nightcaps and post-party debriefs. £720. oliviavonhalle.com

32 Bespoke Thank Yous are always well received. Tusche London’s divine stationery guarantees next year’s invitation. POA. tusche.co.uk

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LUXURY

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Louis Vuitton is a masterfully creative brand, says Lucia van der Post

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oday, Louis Vuitton, or Louis Vuitton Malletier to give its proper name, is a glitzy international brand with almost 500 stores in over 50 countries, but within living memory it was still a smallish Paris-based purveyor of smart trunks and a line of small bags, being the first purses and wallets. Though the famous time anybody had monogrammed canvas was invented played around as early as 1896, even by 1977, when so dramatically the old-school French tycoon Henry with the hallowed Racamier, married to Vuitton heiress LV monogram. Odile Vuitton, decided to head it up, He was followed it still only had two shops – one by Japanese in Paris, the other in Nice. But artist Takashi it was Racamier who first saw Murakami, whose the potential in glamorising white Multicolore the world of travel, offering Monogram designs travellers suitcases at over were also an instant £1,000 a time and who found – hit. Since then, to his astonishment – that the there have been more he charged the more he collections created sold. Under his guidance Louis with Richard Prince (jokes printed Vuitton began its journey on the canvas), Yayoi Kusama to becoming the world’s (all those bright spots) and the most valuable luxury Chapman brothers (safari animals). brand. But it wasn’t until This year they launched Jeff Koons after Bernard Arnault took Master Collections in which Koons control of it after a bitter takes some of the most recognisable legal battle with Racamier images in the world (Monet’s water in 1987 that it truly took lilies, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa) flight. Under its brilliant and prints them on the canvas bags. president Yves Carcelle Not everybody approves but they’ve LV embarked on certainly been talked about. a determined programme All this has created a certain to get its story told and buzz around the brand, enabling it began to create it to sell, for instance, a couple new leathers, of pencils tied with a bit of logoed colours and leather for £120, a canvas clad different shapes. notebook for £120 and a pale It’s probably pink leather pencil pouch for most famous for £270. You have to admire its collaborations the chutzpah. with fashionable artists that began uk.louisvuitton.com after Marc Jacobs was made creative director in FROM TOP: The brand started selling its famous monogrammed trunks to sophisticated travellers; LV x Stephen Sprouse; LV x Yayoi Kusama; 1997. Stephen Sprouse’s graffiti strewn LV x the Chapman brothers; LV x Jeff Koons Master Collections bags caused something of a sensation, it

TOTE-TASTIC Well, it has to be something from the Jeff Koons Masters Collection and the Keepall 50, with dramatic Gauguin images on the sides, is something of a collectors’ piece (£2,800).

PREP TIME The LV Ivy League scarf has a strong graphic print in bright blue and white wool and has the great merit of looking quite unlike all the fancy scarf brands. It is sui generis (£290).

PUMP IT UP Everybody needs a cool sneaker and they don’t come cooler than Louis Vuitton’s knitted version (£715).

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MY BEAUTIFUL LIFE Actor Nell Hudson shares her beauty secrets with Nathalie Eleni

What’s the biggest beauty blunder you’ve ever made? I used to wear awful fake tan when I was younger. When I look back at photos I’m literally orange – it’s excruciating.

What three products couldn’t you live without? I love Crème de la Mer; Marc Jacobs mascara works wonders; and By Terry Cellularose CC Cream gives beautiful, barely-there, glowing coverage and smells like roses.

How do you fake a good night’s sleep? Laying a cold flannel over my skin helps. Also I’ve recently discovered Delilah Under Wear primer, which is like pressing restart on your face.

What treatments are you gearing yourself up to try? I’ve been hearing great things about the Abigail James’ facials at Liz Earle, so I might book one for the party season. Where do you go if you need a real indulgence? The Bulgari Spa. It’s so gorgeous there, you forget you’re in London. Alternatively, I’ll go stay with my mum and dad at their home in Worcestershire. There’s nothing as relaxing as country walks, reading and being cooked for. At home I like to just curl up and light a few Diptyque Baies candles. What’s in your makeup bag? Too many things. I love dramatic eye make-up, so I’ve got a Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic palette of shadows and Glossier’s much-coveted Boy Brow for defined eyebrows. I’m currently loving Burt’s Bees new lip crayons, they’re easy to use and feel super hydrating. What beauty tip have you learnt on set? Cleansing with a rich facial oil followed by a hot flannel. On Victoria they heat them up in the microwave for us at the end of each day. Nell appears in the Victoria Christmas special on ITV in December.

FIVE OF THE BEST BEAUTY TREATS CHRISTMAS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME FRIVOLOUS BEAUTY INDULGES 1 INIKA LIP SERUM Organic sea buckthorn is nutrient-packed and gives unbelievable hydration to lips. £19. inikaorganic.com 2 PIXI ROSE FLASH BALM All you could want in one tube. A 3-in-1, oil-free formula that instantly moisturises and brightens, it is best used as a revitalising mask or as a primer to prep skin for perfect makeup. £26. pixibeauty.co.uk

Carol Joy Caviar and Collagen Cocoon Head to the Dorchester Spa for a party prep treatment extraordinaire. The two ‘Cs’ – collagen and caviar – deliver results that leave your face and skin plumped, primed and smooth as the proverbial baby’s bottom. But first let your rough bits be sloughed off with pink Himalayan salt and essential oils. Take a quick shower then lie back in a deeply relaxing and warm cocoon and let the intensive ingredients do their work, while a pure collagen mask is applied to your face and décolleté. Emerge ready for the evening ahead or go home for a cup of green tea and an early night. Either way, you’ll feel fab. 90 mins, £160. dorchestercollection.com

3 SÖND ENERGISING MINERAL SUPPLEMENTS Take these for a hit of replenishing collagen-forming silica for a fresh-faced glow from the inside out. £28. sondskin.co.uk 4 PERRICONE MD ACYL GLUTATHIONE EYE LID SERUM Tightens and firms the upper eyelid area and the skin around your eyes for a fresher more lifted appearance. £96. spacenk.com 5 DR SEBAGH PURE VITAMIN C POWDER CREAM Recharge your skin’s batteries with the purest and highest concentration of Vitamin C. Mix in with your serum or cream to create the perfect clarifying and brightening skin booster. £79. harrods.com

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BEAUT Y

PARTY SEASON SURVIVAL Nathalie Eleni’s favourite face and body treats to combat the festive month

1 Agnes Dos Santos Lashes Beautifully made, cruelty free and reusable strip lashes to add drama and definition to your evening eyes. From £9.99. agnesdossantos.com 2 Zoeva Café Collection Eyeshadow Palette Get experimental and smoky with this gorgeous selection of metallics and matt colours. £19.50. zoevacosmetics.com 3 Rodial Snake Skin Oxygenating Bubble Mask A quick, portable pick-me-up mask with more fizz than a bottle of bubbly, to deeply cleanse partied out pores. £48 for a box of eight. rodial.co.uk 4 Kure Bazaar Vegas Nail Polish Add a bit of festive sparkle over your favourite varnish with a limited-edition sparkly shade from natural nail brand Kure Bazaar. £15. lovelula.com 5 Prosody Rose Rondeaux Perfume Make an entrance with this alluring, luxurious and 100 per cent organic perfume by British brand Prosody. £135. prosodylondon.com 6 Space Masks Help to soothe a hangover or calm a busy mind with this incredible selfheating eye mask combined with a soft jasmine scent. £15 for a box of five. spacemasks.com 7 Cochine Saigon Tuberose & Wild Fig Hand and Body Lotion An uber luxe hand and body lotion to envelop your body with a delicious scent after a relaxing bath or invigorating shower to keep your skin looking and feeling hydrated in the colder months. £24. cochine.co.uk 8 Glo-Minerals Contour Kit Sculpt, illuminate and brighten – all done easily with this little skin-friendly kit. £49. glo-minerals.com 9 The Chapel Pulse Point Fragrance Wand in Noctula A magical little wand to pop in your handbag and take out during times of stress to give you some inner calm. £22. thechapel.co.uk 10 Kjaer Weis Cream Blush in Happy Add a pretty pink to your cheeks that’s both natural and organic to help soothe, while adding a youthful flush of colour. £41. net-a-porter.com 50 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | December 2017

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A VERY HYGGE CHRISTMAS Danish homeware and jewellery brand Georg Jensen is the perfect place to find gifts for the ones you love

Symbolising your everlasting union and precious moments, Fusion’s endless combinations let you write your own love story. Fusion ring, 18kt gold with brilliant cut diamonds, £2,640

The kaleidoscopic effect when light hits these earrings adds both warmth and modern elegance to your look. Savannah earrings, sterling silver with rock crystal, £235

The Vivianna bangle is an icon, seamlessly blurring the line between horology and jewellery. Vivianna, 34mm, quartz, mirror dial, diamond bezel, £2,795

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Combining beautifully cut gemstones with Vivianna Torun Bülow-Hübe’s classic purity of form to create eye-catching pieces set in a cool, Nordic minimalist design. Savannah pendant, sterling silver with rock crystal, £250

The minimalist, fluent lines of the case and hands have become a classic and the overall aesthetic is one of uncluttered purity. Koppel, 41mm, quartz, white dial, brown leather strap, £795

Design is an exercise where you take the simplest things in your daily life and ask yourself how they could be done differently. Sky Set shaker, stirring spoon and jigger, £130

These angels are part of the Alfredo Collection and have a twist that will make you smile and warm your heart. Christmas Mobile Gabriel, gold plated, £49

Aurora celebrates the special moments in life when only a diamond will do. Aurora earrings, 18kt white gold with brilliant cut diamonds, £1,450

Playful, chic and infinitely eye-catching, the Torun bangle is crafted with careful consideration of both form and function. Torun bangle, sterling silver and 18kt yellow gold, £395

Discover the perfect Christmas gift online or in store with Georg Jensen. georgjensen.com

The exquisite golden touch makes these pieces a striking addition to any setting. Cobra candleholder set, gold plated, £800

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BODY & SOUL Camilla Hewitt on feeling healthily festive

A RECIPE FOR WELLNESS

Hemsley + Hemsley Holiday Spiced Ginger Biscuits MAKES 10-12 These healthy treats are naturally free from gluten, grains and refined sugar.

METHOD Preheat oven to 175°C. Mix ground almonds, spices, sea salt and baking soda. Stir through the cranberries and pecans. Stir in maple syrup. Take 1 ½ tbsp of the mixture and shape into a rough cookie with your hands. Place on baking tray lined with parchment paper, pressing lightly to ½ cm thick. Repeat leaving plenty of space between biscuits. Bake for approx. 12 minutes, until browned at the edges but soft in the middle. Good + Simple by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley (Ebury Press, £25)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

James Duigan on how to enjoy the party season without ditching your routine altogether Enjoy your meals out seeing friends and don’t amplify the damage or ruin it with feelings of guilt. When choosing what to eat, think about what you will genuinely enjoy and what makes you feel happy, not just in that instant, but for the rest of the Christmas holidays. No one has to drink. You always have a choice. However, if you really do want a drink then have it, enjoy it and move on. Avoid sugar-laden mixers. Choose vodka over wine, and mix your spirits with soda water, and a squeeze of lime. Take a fish oil supplement regularly. From a Christmas party point of view, they’re great for your hair and nails, and nourish your whole body.

GREENER GIFTS Use recycled wrapping to minimise waste

FUZZY FEELING Oyuna x Lola James Harper’s candle smells like roaring fires

STRESS TEST

James Duigan’s Blueprint for Health (£14.99, bodyism.com) ESCAPE THE OFFICE

ESCAPE THE CITY

SLEEPLESS NIGHTS Tata Harper Bedtime Treatment soothes over-active minds COCONUT WATER Birch water is the latest low-sugar hydration boost

Sweaty Betty, No.1 Carnaby Street With three floors of fashion, fitness, food and beauty, Sweaty Betty’s new flagship store is the ultimate office escape. You can shop the new collection, let London’s hottest trainers put you through your paces, refuel with the best superfood bowls in town at the Farm Girl café and then get ready to go out with Duck + Dry blow dry and braid bar. sweatybetty.com

Another Place, The Lake The first in a new collection of hotels, The Lake is set in 18 acres of Lake District National Park. Everything from swimming to skiing allows you to explore the stunning location – a place that has shaped so much of this hotel, from the colours and textures of its interiors to the active, laid-back living it promotes. From £160 B&B. another.place/the-lake

LONELINESS Pay a visit to an isolated elderly person this Christmas

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INGREDIENTS » 220g ground almonds » 1 tsp cinnamon » 1 tsp allspice » 3/4 tsp ground ginger » 1/2 tsp nutmeg » Pinch of sea salt » 1 tsp baking soda » 40g dried cranberries (look for the sugar-free, apple-sweetened variety) » 40g whole pecans, each chopped into four pieces » 5 tbsp pure maple syrup

HOUSE PLANTS Give your home a healthy breath of fresh air

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MEN’S STYLE

WELL GROOMED Matt Thomas has a bear hug

Connolly has opened a new store-instore on the third floor of Fortnum and Mason. The concession includes an impressive scale model of a Footwork Arrows Formula One car, as well as the brand’s unique range of driving and leather accessories. connollyengland.com

LUNAR LINKS

For something literally out of this world, Tateossian has crafted a set of cufflinks from Lunar Breccia, aka meteorite found in Morocco and presented in an 18kt matt black gold bezel setting feature a pavé of 125 white diamonds. £16,500. tateossian.com

LIMITED TIME Oris has produced a limited-edition watch to mark the 40th anniversary of the Williams Formula One team. Taking inspiration for that ’70s classic – the Chronoris design – the watch has an automatic chronograph and is limited to a thousand pieces. £3,020. oris.ch

BEAR NECESSITIES

SPORT THE SPORTS A single-breasted sports jacket is a wardrobe musthave – versatile enough to elevate casual to smart and ideal for that weekend ‘teamed with jeans’ look. Green Dorset cashmere jacket, £2,500. huntsman savilerow.com

As Paddington ambles back onto the big screen, Maison Labiche join in the fun with a cute capsule collection celebrating the inimitable bear. Sweatshirt, £95. maisonlabiche.com

THREE OF THE BEST

MANDLES ’Tis the season to fill your home or office with enticing and expensive aromas. Yes, men can ‘do’ candles too...

1 MILLER HARRIS L’Art de Fumage candle, £45. millerharris.com

2 ACQUA DI PARMA Fruit and Flowers Silver Gems candle, £91. acquadiparma.com

3 JO MALONE Blackberry and Bay candle, £44. jomalone.co.uk

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Nicole Warne

If you’re Carey Mulligan, you simply don’t pop out to the shops to buy something sparkly to jazz up your LBD. Cartier whisked Carey and Co to Governors Island in New York to be waited on hand and foot by chef to the stars Dan Barber, as jewels from Cartier’s latest high jewellery collection Résonances de Cartier were trotted out. It sure beats pounding Oxford Circus.

Jill Kargman and Nicky Hilton Rothschild

Arthur Elgort and Sofia Coppola

Carey Mulligan

Sofia Boutella

Hannah Bronfman and Zani Gugelmann Bianca Brandolini, Jessica Hart and Eugenie Niarchos Carolyn Murphy Diane Kruger

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HIGH SOCIETY

Bianca Brandolini Eleonora Carisi and Valerie Messika

People, parties, places

Ben Elliot and Henry Wyndham

Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault

Alistair Guy

Barbara Palvin

Mary Charteris Camilla Rutherford Olivia Grant

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

An 85-strong convoy of adventurers are preparing to undertake a 500km journey across Rajasthan in aid of the endangered Asian elephant. Elephant Family and Quintessentially Foundation waved them off with a party at One Horse Guards.

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Marissa Montgomery

Tina Kunakey and Vincent Cassel

Gigi Hadid

Lily Travers

Waris Ahluwalia

Mary Charteris and Jasmine Guinness

GET A MOVE ON

Paris Fashion Week’s hottest ticket was Messika’s lavish shebang, celebrating ten years of its Move collection. Valerie Messika’s guests were joined by the jeweller’s new muse Gigi Hadid for dinner by Michelin-starred chef Akrame and a suitably outrageous birthday cake made by Pierre Hermé.

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JEAN QUEEN

Bella Freud and Tom Hollander

It was cocktails at Mayfair’s Chess Club to launch stylist Bay Garnett’s super stylish capsule collection for M.i.h. Jeans during London Fashion Week. Inspired by west London’s street style, the Golborne Road by Garnett collection weaves together motifs spanning the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The fashion world’s top editors, designers and models joined founder Chloe Lonsdale to toast the denim revolution. Flo Morrissey and Laura Bailey

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George Northcott and Quentin Jones

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DESIGNER DIGS

Margo Stilley, Nicholas Kirkwood and Lady Martha Sitwell

Talisman’s New King’s Road emporium got a fresh new look for London Design Week. Owner Ken Bolan invited eight leading designers and artists to transform the space for the Designed at Talisman exhibition.

Olivia von Halle

Rachel Chudley and Luke Edward Hall

Doina Ciobanu and Lady Violet Manners

Betty Bachz

Arizona Muse Ken Bolan and Lily Lewis

Edward Hope and Lucy Kinsella Mullen Caroline Winberg, Alice Temperley

Meredith Ostrom and Alice Jackson

Oscar Humphries and Sophie Oakley

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ENGLISH ATTIRE

Alice Temperley launched her new book English Myths and Legends, published by Rizzoli, with tea infused punch at The London Edition. On the night, the British designer and Lucy Yeomans discussed the project, an in-depth exploration of the processes and inspiration behind Alice’s iconic designs.

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CHRISTMAS CHEER IN CHELSEA Enjoy a special weekend full of fun and festivity and get some shopping advice from super stylist and C&TH fashion writer Martha Ward

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othing beats Chelsea in Christmas and for one weekend only on 2nd and 3rd December 2017, we bring you the Chelsea Christmas Shopping Weekend. Not only will the area be bedecked in all its finest festive frippery but shops will be putting on their best show – with special offers, added extras and the odd mince pie or two – to make your Christmas shopping a pleasure not a pain. You’ll find a warm welcome in the area’s fashion and beauty shops, which will be offering everything from complimentary champagne to free gifts with purchase and expert consultations. Local restaurants and bars will keep energy levels topped up with tasty titbits, steaming mugs of hot chocolate and wintry cocktails. For a full list of participating shops, see right. For complete details of offers, visit inchelsea.co.uk

available in store on Saturday 2nd December at Boutique 1 (11am12pm), Delpozo (12.30–1.30pm), Chloé (2.30–3.30pm) and at Hermès (4–5pm), to guide you through any shopping or style choices. Need a present for a husband? Martha can help you pick. Or perhaps something to wear for a party? Get Martha’s expert advice, all free of charge.

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STYLE HOURS WITH MARTHA WARD Chelsea Shopping Weekend Style Ambassador and Country & Town House fashion contributor Martha is known for her impeccable taste and over this special weekend you too can share in it. Martha will be

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Not only will you be able to get all your shopping done in one fell swoop, you will also be able to enjoy it accompanied by some wonderful music, from school choirs to swing bands. Plus, on Saturday don’t miss the Christmas Fine Food Market or Sunday’s Gourmet Gift Market – both offering complimentary horse and carriage rides.

FASHION & ACCESSORIES • Anya Hindmarch • Boden • Boutique 1 • Brora • Cassandra Goad • Chloé • Club Monaco • Delpozo • Elliot Rhodes • Emilia Wickstead • Ermenegildo Zegna • Escada • Franchetti Bond • Giorgio Armani • Hugo Boss • J. Crew • Jigsaw • La Perla • Libby London • Links of London • LK Bennett • Monica Vinader • Olivia von Halle • Paule Ka • Peter Jones • Poetry • Rag & Bone • REDValentino • Roberto Cavalli • Smythson • Tateossian • T.ba • Tod’s • Tom Davies • Trilogy • The White Company • Yves Delorme BEAUTY • Aesop • Cosmetics à la Carte • Jo Malone • Liz Earle • Nyumba • Ortigia • Salon Sloane • Sarah Chapman • Space NK FOOD & DRINK • Artisan du Chocolat • Bread Ahead • 11 Cadogan Gardens • Gallery Mess • Haines of Sloane Square (news kiosk) • Jumeirah Carlton Tower • Manicomio • Natoora • Provenance • Wulf & Lamb

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C&TH PARTNERSHIP

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Chelsea Shopping Weekend Style Ambassador Martha Ward chooses 12 of her favourite Sloane Street gift offerings

‘Not just a literary treat, but a visual one too.’ Boutique 1 Jane Austen Juniper Books, £146. 127–128 Sloane St, 020 7118 0111; boutique1.com

‘It’s always a treat to receive a luxury notebook, and not something you ever really buy for yourself.’ Louis Vuitton Gustave notebook, £93. 190–192 Sloane St, 020 7201 4190; louisvuitton.com

‘If you insist on giving slippers, please at least ensure they are a fandango Fendi pair.’ Fendi sliders, £720. 181–182 Sloane St, 020 7838 6288. fendi.com

‘These ultra-chic velvet slippers will bring nothing but joy, and all year round too.’ Giorgio Armani velvet loafers, £450. 37–42 Sloane St, 020 7235 6232; armani.com

‘Nothing to fear about giving gloves this Christmas, at least not when it’s a Missoni rainbow leather pair.’ Missoni striped leather gloves, £485. 193 Sloane St, 020 7823 1910; missoni.com

‘One of the greatest gifts of all, and that’s before you’ve even unwrapped it. The Hermès signature packaging says it all.’ Hermès tie set tumbler, £65 each. 1 Cadogan Place, 020 7823 1014; uk.hermes.com

‘Jewellery need not cost the earth. Wow her with this spectacular number, seemingly from the Crown Jewels.’ Miu Miu crystal necklace, £810. 185 Sloane St, 020 7235 6965; miumiu.com

‘A new wallet will always be gratefully received, particularly when it’s a Dior one scattered with stars.’ Dior zipped French wallet, £420. 31 Sloane St, 020 7245 1330; dior.com

‘When you want to splash out, wow them with a luxury phone case.’ Bottega Veneta Intrecciato high-tech case, £280. 33 Sloane St, 020 7838 9394; bottegaveneta.com

‘A novelty bag is always a hoot, especially when it’s in the form of an owl.’ Chanel black and gold plexi glass, brass and strass round owl clutch, £10,330. 169 Sloane St, 020 7235 6631; chanel.com

‘For that someone who has everything... I bet they don’t have this.’ Smythson crocodile print calf leather travel dominoes set, £450. 141–142 Sloane St, 020 7730 5520; smythson.com

‘When in doubt, head to Cartier These cuff links will be treasured.’ Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier silver cufflinks, £670. 143–144 Sloane St, 020 7312 6930; cartier.co.uk

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THE GU IDE A R T · C U LT U R E · B O O K S · P E O P L E

SPITALFIELDS MUSIC FESTIVAL

PHOTO: © BRIAN SWEENEY

Guest curated by conductor André de Ridder (pictured), this year’s festival embraces classical music in its broadest sense, from an interpretation of Schumann’s Dichterliebe performed in a row of Huguenot houses by local schoolchildren to Daniel Brandt’s Eternal Something colliding with a techno collective. Epic and mindexpanding. 2–10 December. spitalfieldsmusic.org.uk

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THE GUIDE EVENTS

COUNTRY LIFE

DON’T MISS Roger Law, Jesus Bird plate

Christmas shopping far from the madding crowd Artists like Sam Toft will open their homes to visitors for three weekends

ART

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE

Britain’s most creative coastal town flings its doors open to one and all for Brighton’s Artists Open Houses Christmas Festival, when hundreds of local artists will welcome visitors into their homes and studios over three weekends. Perfect for nosey parkers. 25 Nov to 10 Dec. aoh.org.uk

Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law might be bestknown for his caricatures but it’s his ceramic work that is examined at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich. The exhibition looks at his extraordinary career progression from TV to Jingdezhen, one of China’s most famous porcelain cities. 18 Nov to 3 April. scva.ac.uk

SHOPPING

Hot foot it to Highgrove

Luke Edward Hall

MUSIC

SING FOR YOUR SUPPER

D AY T R I P

FESTIVE FUN

Receive the royal treatment as The Prince of Wales welcomes you to Highgrove, his private estate, for a spot of Christmas shopping with a glass of fizz in hand. Hosted in the Orchard Room, you’ll find unique gift ideas from the estate. Make a day of it and book in for a two-course lunch. 22 Nov to 17 Dec. highgrovegardens.com

Carols with Raymond Blanc

EXHIBITION Revolt & Revolutions at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (6 Jan to 15 April)

BOOK NOW Or forever hold your peace

Join Oxfordshire’s favourite Frenchman Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir for a torch-lit walk to nearby St Mary’s Church and an evening of choral performances followed by a five-course meal back at his restaurant. Black tie essential. 4–13 Dec. belmond.com

MUSICAL Matilda The Musical embarks on its first UK tour (5 March to Aug)

THEATRE Quartet at Cheltenham Everyman Theatre (8–17 Feb)

GIFT OF CHARLES SAATCHI 1999; PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW BUTLER; PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN LAWRENCE JONES

Panic purchasing Christmas pressies in a retail centre is usually hellish but The British Collective pop-up boutique, designed by Luke Edward Hall, at Bicester Village puts the therapy back into retail. Until Jan. bicestervillage.com

PHOTOS: © MANUEL HARLAN; MARTIN BOYCE, SOUVENIR-PLACARDS (1993), ARTS COUNCIL COLLECTION, SOUTHBANK CENTRE LONDON © THE ARTIST,

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THE GUIDE EVENTS

TOWN LIFE

DON’T MISS

Natalie Dormer and David Oakes star in Venus in Fur

P L AY

ALL FUR COAT… Game of Thrones actor Natalie Dormer stars in the West End premiere of David Ives’ electrically charged dark comedy at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. Following a knockout run on Broadway, Venus in Fur is the tale of a young actress determined to land her dream role – all the more poignant in light of Hollywood’s latest scandal. Until 9 Dec. venusonstage.com

The Cadogan Estate has Christmas covered. Over the Chelsea Shopping Weekend all your favourite shops will be throwing in a few added extras and the odd glass of champagne, plus free style consultations with C&TH’s Martha Ward (pictured) and facialist Sarah Chapman to get you party season prepped. 2–3 Dec. inchelsea.co.uk

MASTERCLASS

WINTER FLORALS

Festive floral arranging at McQueens

Prevent your home from becoming a sparkly dog’s dinner by attending a McQueens’ Christmas class at its Flower School on Cambridge Heath Road. Choose from one-day to a week-long course and you will learn to make wreaths, table settings and create focal displays. 4–8 Dec. mcqueens.co.uk Emeli Sandé

F A M I LY F U N

SEASONAL STORIES

Night at the Bombay Roxy

I M M E R S I V E T H E AT R E

BARKERS’ BOLLYWOOD

Swamp Studios brings a taste of India to Kensington’s Art Deco Barkers building, presenting Night at the Bombay Roxy, an immersive evening in the as-yet-unopened Dishoom restaurant, taking the audience back to the opening night of the Bombay Roxy in 1949. Tickets include dinner. 27 Nov to 11 Dec. nightatthebombayroxy.com

In Winter’s Tales, names including Tom Hollander, Emeli Sandé and Mel Giedroyc will read their favourite festive stories in the Print Room at the Coronet in Elephant and Castle. It’s all in aid of a good cause, namely the Give a Book charity and the K&C Foundation, which supports victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. 6–10 Dec. the-print-room.org

BOOK NOW Or forever hold your peace

PLAY Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party (9 Jan to 14 April)

ART Tacita Dean stages three major exhibitions next year

MUSIC Roundhouse In the Round (31 Jan to 9 Feb)

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THE GUIDE ARTS

ARTS AGENDA These productions can’t fail to get you into the Christmas spirit, says Caiti Grove 1

English National Ballet stage Nutcracker

Southampton and London

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Magically musical, a score by Tchaikovsky and romantically danced: English National Ballet performers and punters all love The Nutcracker. It’s Christmas Eve and Clara and her Nutcracker doll fly from icy Edwardian London to an alternate universe where she fights the Mouse King and soars above the city in a hot air balloon. Signing up for ballet lessons for 2018, for sure. 29 Nov to 6 Jan. ballet.org.uk

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The Royal Shakespeare Company tackle Dickens’ Christmas classic

FIVE M I N UTE S WITH

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

RACHEL KAVANAUGH

Stratford-upon-Avon

Director of A Christmas Carol at the RSC

Adapted by David Edgar, Dickens’ Mr Fezziwig and Mr Scrooge are joined by new characters – Mrs Snapchat, Mr Tinder and Herr Uber, an Austrian Baker, as they all make-do-and-mend in hard-pressed Victorian Britain and worry about increasing austerity. Dickens would be delighted. 27 Nov to 4 Feb. rsc.org.uk

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Dickens’ characters are psychologically detailed, vivid and strongly drawn. His perception of humanity is brilliant. David Edgar has done a great job with the script. It’s very much a new play but, in some ways, is faithful to the book. You don’t have to ‘make’ A Christmas Carol resonate – it just does. Dickens was writing about the world becoming increasingly insular and not reaching out, the themes don’t need updating.

THE SNOWMAN London

Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman is still a thrilling suspension of disbelief for youngsters, a contemporary classic and irresistible at Christmas. Sadler’s Wells will be packed with the soaring melodies of Howard Blake’s inimitable score. 23 Nov to 31 Dec. sadlerswells.com

We are working with illusionist Ben Hart who is advising on the supernatural element of the story.

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The Snowman comes to Sadler’s Wells

We have a cast of 19 plus five children. They play over 60 characters, so they get to use lots of different acting muscles.

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THE GUIDE

FIVE O F TH E B E ST

IN THE SPOTLIGHT Reviews, previews and children’s films

Hassan Hajjaj, Rider

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Four teenagers from a detention centre tumble into the world of Jumanji, when they discover an old video game console. As avatars they discover Jumanji is a savage game. Out 20 Dec

FERDINAND Mistaken for a dangerous beast, a gentle bull is captured and has to rally a misfit team to escape his fate in the bullfighting ring. Out 15 Dec

PR E VI E W

HASSAN HAJJAJ: LA CARAVANE

Marcel Duchamp, The King and Queen Surrounded by Swift Nudes

Somerset House, London WC2 The potent aromas of the Moroccan desert virtually waft through this exhibition as Hajjaj draws the nomadic world of his native Morocco into La Caravane. Singers, rappers and artists stand for portraits against bold stripes and fluorescent colours. In others, veiled women ride mopeds – simultaneously they are modest, adventurous, rebellious and lacking identity but are also forthright and provocative. A fascinating challenge to our perception of the hijab. Until 7 Jan. somerset house.org.uk Hassan Hajjaj, Khadija

R E VI E W

DALÍ / DUCHAMP

Royal Academy, London W1

They were friends, of course. Now it seems these two rebels inspired and encouraged each other too. Duchamp, Parisian flâneur and thinker, acquired a urinal and scrawled R.Mutt on it and named it ‘Fountain’, and with it posed the great question of the age: ‘What is art?’. Dalí lived for the shock factor, and talked about unveiling one outrageous work after the next. This exhibition is at times moving – their portraits of their fathers hang side by side – at others, hilarious and surprised; Duchamp’s alter ego Marcel Duchamp, Fountain Rrose Sélavy seems to have been accepted in early-20th century Paris. Luxuriously vulgar. Until 3 Jan. royalacademy.org.uk

THE STAR A kind-hearted donkey yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and ends up inside the Christmas story. Out 24 Nov

PADDINGTON 2 Paddington is back – and he’s a window cleaner intent on buying a book for his Aunt Lucy. Villain Hugh Grant is just one of the obstacles to a happy ending. Out 10 Nov

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI The director has advised audiences against watching the trailer if they want to ‘come in clean’. True fans will follow orders. Out 15 Dec

PHOTOS: ROME, NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART. PHOTOGRAPHY: © SCHIAVINOTTO GIUSEPPE / © SUCCESSION MARCEL DUCHAMP/ADAGP, PARIS AND DACS, LONDON 2017; PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART © SUCCESSION MARCEL DUCHAMP/ADAGP, PARIS AND DACS, LONDON 2017; HOTOGRAPH BY ©HASSAN HAJJAJ, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND VIGO GALLERY

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THE GUIDE

READING

BOOK CLUB Richard Hopton chooses a selection of books for tree and stocking

Part travelogue, part guide book and part recipe book The World Atlas of Street Food by Carol Wilson and Sue Quinn will appeal to every armchair traveller and gourmet in search of variety and novelty in the world’s most foodie cities. (Thames & Hudson, £24.95)

ARCHITECTURE

Simon Jenkins’ sumptuously illustrated new book, Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations, champions the astonishing variety of this country’s railway architecture and the efforts made to bring it back to life. This book will make the most jaded commuter look around. (Viking, £25)

LIVING

Dorothea Gundtoft’s source book, Real Nordic Living, goes beyond the homely glow of hygge (thank goodness), providing a wealth of detail, beautifully illustrated, explaining the Scandinavian way in design, food, art and travel. (Thames & Hudson, £19.95)

RUSSIA

In the centenary year of the Russian Revolution, Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine is a shocking and important reminder of the murderous brutality of Stalin’s regime. In 1932–3, the Soviets, for political reasons, deliberately starved to death around four-million Ukrainians. (Allen Lane, £25)

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LETTERS

PHOTOGRAPHY

James Ravilious’ photographs of rural life in north Devon, taken in the 1970s and ’80s, are a moving evocation of an almost completely vanished world. The Recent Past (Wilmington Square Books, £30) is accompanied by A Life (£16,99), a biography by his wife, Robin.

BIOGRAPHY

Mary Wesley achieved fame as a novelist in her seventies. In Darling Pol, letters between Mary and her husband, Eric Siepmann, illuminate her earlier life, much of which later informed her novels. (Harvill Secker, £20)

HISTORY

Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906. David Cannadine’s rigorous, entertaining book offers a fresh perspective of Victorian Britain, an important if familiar period of our history. (Allen Lane, £30)

THE NATURAL WORLD

Patrick Leigh Fermor, travel writer and war hero, is widely known but his wife, Joan, has hitherto been all but invisible. Simon Fenwick’s biography, Joan tells the story of her remarkable life as a talented photographer who shunned the social conventions of her class and time. (Macmillan, £25)

Long out of date, The Zoo Quest Expeditions (Two Roads, £25) records David Attenborough’s expeditions to South America and Indonesia in the 1950s. What We See In The Stars by Kelsey Oseid (Boxtree, £12.99) is an appealing guide to the night sky mixing science and mythology.

STOCKING FILLERS

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FICTION

Alan Hollinghurst’s The Sparsholt Affair is about family, friendship and the passage of time, a wry commentary on the changes in society since 1940. A wholly enjoyable novel, beautifully written and acutely observed. (Picador, £20)

CLASSICS

Joseph Roth’s tainted elegies of human frailty and imperial decline in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire are among the most poignant in European literature. The recently resurfaced Weights and Measures is a good introduction to his work. (Penguin Modern Classics, £8.99)

CHILDREN

Julia Donaldson has charmed and bewitched millions of children and her new book, The Ugly Five will no doubt delight many more. Their appeal lies as much in the rhymes and cadences of the lines as in Axel Scheffler’s wonderful illustrations. (Alison Green Books, £12.99)

Spice up your festive conversation with Judith Flanders’s Christmas: A Biography (Picador, £14.99), a repository of information about Christmas. I’m sure I speak for many others... by Colin Shindler (BBC Books, £9.99) is a collection of letters of complaint to the BBC from the 1940s onwards. Mark Forsyth’s A Short History of Drunkenness (Viking, £12.99) is a light-hearted romp through the history of man and excessive boozing. Quite apt, you may feel.

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THE GUIDE

CARS

ROAD TEST The interior of the new Volvo XC60 is cooler than a Swedish wine bar. Jeremy Taylor discovers his inner Sven…

TOWN

It must be against the law in Sweden for anything not to be stylish. Downtown Stockholm is a smörgåsbord of design cool – Nordic naff simply doesn’t exist. Which makes it even more remarkable that not so long ago, no vehicle was considered as dull as a Volvo. Their huge estate cars were built for Soho antique dealers and beardy folk with labradors. The brand sold on being very safe in a collision with an elk – so how come the car-maker is now super cool? It started with the launch of the hugely popular XC90 in 2002 and continues with the latest XC60. The outgoing model was a Volvo bestseller, even if it looked utility and clattered over city potholes. This new XC60 really is something else. A size medium version of the extra large XC90, it has all the benefits without the bulk – minus a third row of seats. The svelte styling also makes it the best-looking, mid-size SUV in town. And that’s ahead of the ubiquitous Audi Q5, or the sportier Jaguar F-Pace. The interiors seal it. An iPad-sized infotainment screen soaks up all those ugly buttons and dials that can destroy dashboard aesthetics – the build quality across the rest of the cabin is exceptional. If you have an urban commute, opt for our T8 ‘Twin Engine’ hybrid test car, which can return massive mpg in the city. Otherwise, the twin-turbo T5 petrol or any of the diesels are considerably more frugal for longer drives. RATING: 4/5 handbags

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Nobody buys an SUV to go mud-plugging these days. Every XC60 is all-wheel drive but it’s designed to park on the pavement outside Waitrose, rather than tow a horsebox. Both petrol and diesel versions are competent performers on the motorway, or a twisty country back road. However, the petrol is noticeably smoother and quieter for longer hauls. The hybrid T8 I drove is as quick as a Porsche. It may be an SUV but I’m not sure many XC60 owners will welcome wellies and dogs near those plush leather seats. The matt wood and brushed aluminium is very Scandi but not hugely practical for everyday use. A huge, upright touchscreen makes following a satellite navigation route a joy. Operating the sound controls or the heating system is more frustrating – plenty of prodding required to locate the right menu for some functions. There are SUVs with more rear-seat legroom and boot space but the Volvo will swallow up kit for every lifestyle choice. All the seats are inviting, supportive and comfortable. Fun to drive? Not exactly – opt for the Jaguar F-Pace or Porsche Macan S if that’s your remit. That’s not to say the XC60 T8 isn’t fast, it’s just a better buy for urban use. That’s where the T8’s hybrid power comes into its own. Volvo has finally shaken off the ‘dull’ mantle then; a relief for antique dealers and labrador owners everywhere... RATING: 4/5 wellies

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THE GUIDE

GARDENING

SEEDER’S DIGEST

GIFTS FOR GARDENERS

It’s time to start training

... or those who like to pretend Cath Kidston’s garden

GARDEN OF THE MONTH

CATH KIDSTON’S GARDEN

It took six years for Cath Kidston to get around to designing the garden of her London home, but when she did it was discovered that it had an irreparably sloping lawn. The solution? To install smart paving in the pattern of a bar chart to conceal its foibles. If you like nosing around other people’s gardens you’ll love The Secret Gardeners, where Britain’s creatives, from Rupert Everett to Sting, let you pry into their private patches. £30. Frances Lincoln

FELICITY JONES Wild Garden tealight holder, £48.50. petershamnurseries.com

HAECKELS Seaweed hand balm, £18. haeckels.co.uk

BOTANICAL SHAKESPEARE By Gerit Quealy, £17.99 (Harper Collins)

HIGHGROVE Prince of Wales Check throw, £125. highgrovegardens.com

SHIP SHAPE

There’s no planning necessary for this end of the garden officecum-garden room, which is all wrapped up and ready to go. The shipping container has been completely wired and kitted out by Bert & May with reclaimed wall cladding, flooring and smart crittal doors. Perfect for enjoying the garden in the colder months. £26,400. bertandmay.com

TOP TIP Prune open grown fruit trees now and reap the benefits next harvest.

ESPALIER FRUIT TREES

Winter is the best time for planting cordon fruit trees (as long as it’s not too frosty) and their short sideshoots make them perfect for training. Espalier apple and pear trees look just as beautiful trained horizontally across English country walled gardens as they do planted in tight-on-space London patios. It might be fiddly but the fruits of your labour will be both ornamental and delicious.

VEG PATCH Remove yellowed leaves from Brussel sprouts to stop grey mould setting in.

HARVEST Kale, parsnips, leeks and sprouts – which we’d cook in the pan with a splash of bourbon.

V&A Nasturtium mix, £2. vam.ac.uk

QUILL Floral postcards, £18. quilllondon.com

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TREND

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THE GUIDE INTERVIEW

CONVERSATIONS AT SCARFES BAR

VICTORIA BROACKES Charlotte Metcalf meets the unsung hero responsible for bringing some of the biggest smash-hit exhibitions to the Victoria & Albert Museum in recent years Portrait by ALEXANDRA DAO

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f you haven’t heard of Victoria Broackes you will certainly have heard of the exhibitions she has masterminded. It was Victoria who came up with the ideas for all those sell-out shows that revamped the Victoria & Albert Museum’s grand but somewhat staid image, from Kylie Minogue, David Bowie and Pink Floyd to You Say You Want a Revolution? Victoria admits that the Bowie exhibition in 2013 was ‘one of the most successful exhibitions ever recorded’ and as she’s unlikely to boast, this means it was – and continues to be – an out-and-out smash hit (now that it’s travelling, it’s received nearly two million visitors worldwide). Oh – and she’s done this all under the radar while bringing up four daughters. Move over Nicola Horlick, Superwoman is being redefined. Victoria began her career at the Royal College of Art in the ’80s and made a fairly seamless transition into the Boilerhouse at the V&A. ‘I started as part of a tiny team there,’ remembers Victoria. ‘Our mission was to put on groundbreaking exhibitions on unusual subjects, in interesting ways, immersing people in the experience.’ Victoria left for a stint at the Louvre in Paris before returning to London in 1998, by which time she had three children. She started working at the Covent Garden Theatre Museum. ‘I absolutely loved it,’ Victoria says. ‘It was a living, breathing museum and I was working with actors, directors and people who felt passionately about what we were doing, and believed in the power of great stories and stage techniques to bring subjects to life.’ When the Theatre Museum closed down, Victoria was already planning to bring the Kylie Minogue exhibition over from Melbourne to the V&A. Sir Mark Jones, the then director, whom Victoria describes as ‘quite subversive’, was supportive and justifiably – 270,000 flocked to the exhibition, of which more than a third had never been through the V&A’s doors before. Music is Victoria’s passion. She played piano, guitar and cello at school and still sings madrigals. Her daughters were Salisbury Cathedral choristers. At 14, her great-grandfather was reputedly the youngest violinist in the Leeds orchestra. Her older brother, Justin, is ‘a brilliant pianist’ and her half-brother, producer and songwriter, Simon Climie, was part of the pop duo, Climie Fisher. So it wasn’t long before Victoria was rootling around in the V&A archives and discovering it had been collecting pop music, and all its art

IN BRIEF Pub lunch or Michelin star? I’d go for convivial atmosphere over haute cuisine. Killer heels or wellies? I just cannot do killer heels and never could, though I greatly admire those who can. Power breakfast or languorous lunch? Languorous lunch, every time. Glass of wine or green tea? Definitely glass of wine, though the Bowie exhibition opened in Tokyo at New Year 2017 and I came back with a bumper pack of delicious Japanese green tea which will last many years at the rate I’m drinking it. Penthouse or manor house? I love state of the art modern interiors, but I’ll say manor house because I’m a terrible accumulator of stuff, and I think it’s ok to be untidy in a manor house, but not so good in a penthouse.

and design related paraphernalia, since the 1970s. ‘Out of 100 people in the street, ten might be into art and design but 99 will be into music,’ says Victoria. ‘It’s the one art form that unites us all. What I see us doing here, different to other music museums around the world, is putting music into its cultural context and building on the knowledge and interest people already have.’ Before Bowie, Victoria admits to ‘a string of failures’. ‘I developed exhibitions about Madonna, Elvis and The Stones but for complicated business reasons they all failed,’ says Victoria. ‘Then I was introduced to Bowie’s manager, Bill “Z”. Bowie was top of a short shortlist but the museum didn’t have much in the collections, partly because Bowie had kept almost everything and amassed a huge private collection of his own. I still remember exactly where I was when Bill showed me the archive on a computer – I nearly fell off my chair. There were about 75,000 objects going back to his teenage years. We’d had a slot reserved for Elvis that had just fallen through so we went for it.’ After Bowie came the exhibition on the Sixties, You Say You Want a Revolution? Visitors particularly loved the soundtrack – chosen by Victoria, of course. Her hallmark has been using headphones so that as you walk towards an exhibit, your headphones know where you are and the soundtrack changes automatically. ‘We only had 500 sets for the Bowie exhibition because Sennheiser was about to stop making them,’ remembers Victoria. ‘We took the lot on and now we’ve now been working with Sennheiser and their incredible system for five years and by the time Pink Floyd opened, everyone knew what to expect.’ When the V&A won the Museum of the Year Award in 2016, the director, the late Martin Roth, won universal acclaim for his leadership. Now the new director, Tristram Hunt, is enjoying the spotlight. When I suggest that she’s really the one responsible for its success, with three major exhibitions in four years, Victoria says, ‘I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had these opportunities,’ and she’s less concerned with winning plaudits than focusing on her mission to continue using music as a way of inspiring exhibition goers to think about their own lives. ‘Exhibitions aren’t an abstract way of telling people things. People should feel things,’ she says. If ticket sales are anything to go by, Victoria is an unrecognised heroine of the British art scene. Isn’t it time we publicly hailed her?

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GLORY As Netflix series The Crown returns this December, LUCY CLELAND meets new cast member Yolanda Kettle. Expect to see much, much more of her Fashion director NICOLE SMALLWOOD Photography RACHELL SMITH

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or a girl who describes herself as ‘highly strung, anxious and... funny,’ Yolanda Kettle seems to have a wise (and beautiful) head on her 29-yearold shoulders already. The actor – who turns up at the Sanderson Hotel today dressed in black trousers and top, thick blonde hair tied back, peerless complexion (thanks to good genes and Dermalogica) and glasses – certainly wears her heart on her sleeve though, surprisingly for a millennial, not on her Instagram account (it’s private). Whether it’s screwing up her face when she says she comes from Birmingham (‘I hate Birmingham, I find it uninspiring’) to talking about her eating disorders as a young girl which are well and truly behind her and feel a ‘world away’, or her father’s job (an office job – ‘something to do with computing and insurance... he always gets cross with me that I don’t really

know’), her natural warmth, confidence and rich Thespian voice (with not a hint of Brummie) belie what she thinks of herself. Certainly she has no overt reason to feel anxious (apart from the existential angst most of us are feeling about the state of the world at the moment) – but that didn’t stop her from crying yesterday just because ‘she was feeling a bit lonely and insecure’. Yolanda had a happy upbringing, she says, although she hardly saw her Spanish mother, who worked ‘many different jobs’. ‘I loved school so much, I loved learning. I completely devoured plays, Shakespeare and poetry. As my mum wasn’t around much we [her sister and brother] spent a lot of time with my grandmother and aunt, who was really into poetry. We used to put on plays – we put on Macbeth and Fawlty Towers! I must have been so annoying.’ Yolanda’s career took off from the moment it started straight from school and has been on an upward trajectory ever since. December 2017 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 87

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‘Theatre is very special. You can feel the audiences completely and it’s really interesting how they change from night to night. Sometimes you just need to give them permission to laugh or whatever and the whole room changes’

Currently, she’s filming Marcella with Anna Friel (out next spring), as well as starring on the small screen in the BBC’s four-part adaptation of EM Forster’s Howards End. In December we’ll all be settling down to binge-watch her performance in the second series of Netflix’s blockbusting epic, The Crown. Stage, however, is her real passion as it’s what first drew her to acting in the first place. ‘I feel that theatre is very special,’ she says. ‘You completely feel the audiences and it’s really interesting how they change from night to night. Sometimes you just need to give them permission to laugh or whatever and the whole room changes.’ Her first major role was as Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull at the Arcola Theatre in the East End with Geraldine James in 2011; last year she played opposite Anne-Marie Duff in Oil at the Almeida (her favourite role to date, because of the complexity of playing a seven-year-old through to an 80-year-old). Challenging yes, but nothing that she doesn’t want. Her dream role? Hedda Gabler, of course. Yolanda lives in Hackney with her boyfriend, manager of the Trullo restaurant in Islington, Patrick Campbell, who sounds rather too good to be true. ‘He is!’ she exclaims excitedly. ‘He’s so sartorial, he dresses better than me... cooks better than me, he’s really tidy, he’s intelligent, I’m really lucky.’ Too right. Yolanda even credits Patrick – who favours a bit of Paul Smith and Oliver Sweeney – with her own newish pared-back style. ‘I used to be quite flamboyant,’ she says, ‘I loved a mix of vintage, a blue suede shoe here, a leopard print there. But I’m really trying to create a “wardrobe” now.’

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‘I feel really strongly about how we promote ourselves. When I was younger I was really susceptible to image and had eating problems’

One only hopes her boyfriend allows her to keep that leopard print for a rainy day. With all the furore over Harvey Weinstein and the terrible allegations that are coming out of the woodwork every day, has Yolanda ever come up against sexism of any sort during her career? ‘No, thankfully not. I’m in shock about the whole thing. I’m disgusted. I’ve been so lucky.’ And that seems to be the truth of the matter. Even being on set of The Crown in which she plays Camilla Fry, the wife of Jeremy Fry, descendant of the Fry’s chocolate company founder, with whom Princess Margaret’s husband Lord Snowdon has an affair, was nothing but a joy. ‘Everything was unbelievable: the attention to detail and the scale, the locations, the costumes, the hair, the makeup, the cast, the writing... everyone seemed to be at the top of their game and everyone was so nice.’ And why does she not promote herself on Instagram? ‘I feel really strongly about that as when I was younger I was really susceptible to image and had eating problems. I admire those for whom it works financially and successfully, and one day I’d love to be able to use it as a platform for good. I think women like Lena Dunham and Emma Watson are doing amazing things. I’m guilty of being a feminist without actively doing enough at the moment. I hope that will change.’ What she’s not guilty of is being a busy working actor with a brilliantly bright future ahead of her. ■ This autumn Yolanda stars in Howards End on BBC One, and in Netflix drama The Crown

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wherever I can. A nice pillow, staying close to a coffee shop as I love waking up and walking to get coffee. Suki: Framed photographs, dog walks, hot baths with Epsom salts and essential oils, and I recently bought a small massage machine – but I feel the novelty may wear off pretty soon. What’s been your most outrageous fashion choice and who are your go-to designers? Poppy: I am totally in love with Erdem; I just think his collections are always so beautifully detailed, feminine and elegant. Burberry is always a favourite. More recently, Shrimps is my go-to – their coats and new ready-to-wear collection are amazing. My most outrageous fashion choice? A PVC bodysuit, it was sweaty. Suki: Alexandre Vauthier, Reem Acra, Burberry and Valentino have been fabulous to wear recently. Outrageous? Perhaps the black dress I wore to the Harper’s party recently ticks that box. Apart from launching your bag business, what have you both been up to recently? Poppy: Suki and my latest adventure was to the Congo rainforest where we trekked with gorillas... Suki: I’ve just bought a house in Notting Hill. It’s empty at the moment so we’ve been sitting on boxes and possibly on furniture that doesn’t go with anything, drinking matcha lattes and chatting about where to buy tables and chairs. What have been the trickier aspects of going into business together? Who’s the boss? Poppy: We don’t really have a ‘boss’ and we usually agree on quite a lot. I think we are a good personality match because Suki is way better at some stuff and then it switches, so we just play to each other’s strengths. I think it’s useful to be in business with someone who has different skills because you always need each other. Suki: We both end up leaning on each other depending on how our lives are. That’s why it’s fabulous to have a partner. If you’re having a stressful week or month the other one can steer the ship and cover for you. What are your home comforts? Poppy: Apple crumble... I will hunt apple crumble down

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Combined you have around 1.3m followers on Instagram. Do you like engaging in this way? Poppy: I think Instagram is an amazing way to communicate with people, we launched Pop & Suki using the platform, and at first, our account was just a moodboard of pastel pink imagery but it has quickly developed into an amazing, supportive, friendly, pinkloving community.

What do you think about its influence on the younger generation? Burberry S/S’18 Poppy: I recently gave a TED Talk on this subject titled Addicted to Likes. Studies have proven these platforms are highly addictive, can make us slaves to external validation and can cause us to compare our lives at every moment (which has terrible effects on self-esteem). But on the other hand, in moderation, these platforms can be amazing for inspiring, educating and connecting people who may not have found each other before. Suki: I think young people, and actually everyone, need guidance on how to understand the way to consume content and how it’s manipulated across all platforms. There’s a fantastic documentary on YouTube called Miss Representation that I really recommend young girls to watch. I recently set up a screening for the girls’ charity Step

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Up. It’s difficult because we are all a product of our culture and there’s nothing wrong with enjoying it, although I think it’s important to have a deeper understanding of media. What advice might you have for someone who’s struggling to fit in because they don’t quite conform to type? Poppy: I never felt like I fitted in and it was tough because I wanted to feel like I belonged or had ‘a group’. I then began to realise, I never want to be a ‘type’. The day I fit in is the day I am boring. I started to meet other misfits who also didn’t fit in, like Suki, and they are the best sort of people. Suki: You’re onto something! I spent a lot of my life thinking something was wrong with me on a deep level and I still struggle with that. You have to tell yourself to shut up sometimes and stop getting in your own way. Life in Trump’s America is... Poppy: Quite scary. Suki: Horrifying, but we’ll get through it stronger than ever. Life in Brexit Britain is... Poppy: Umm, uncertain, we’ll see, let’s think positive. Suki: Hopefully not as terrible as we think. Time will tell. What is guaranteed to make you laugh? Poppy: Suki, she has me cackling the entire time. Suki: My sister Imogen doing comic sketches in the kitchen at my parents’ house. What are the big issues that might keep you up at night? Poppy: How we are going to live with robots, terrorism, climate change, youth unemployment, human slavery, child and elderly abuse, animal poaching (Space for Giants is an amazing charity protecting elephants, so knowing there’s support helps me sleep better). Suki: Gorilla poaching in Virunga, the Congo, period poverty, talented

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people who aren’t given the opportunities to hone their skills because of societal structures. What’s your idea of a good night out? Poppy: A delicious dinner with great friends and dancing with trainers on. Suki: A good night in. Making up a recipe with someone you love and having people over. The other night I made an almond gazpacho and a kale cayenne pepper apple sesame seeds salad. People do game nights in LA – werewolves and villagers. It can be really fun if you have some good actors in the room. When do you feel most yourself? Poppy: When I am with my family or good friends who remind me of me. Suki: Any time I turn off and lose myself in my thoughts and rediscover who ‘I’ am at that moment. What would shock us about you? Poppy: I once got stabbed in the head when I was 18. Suki: I’m horribly messy. It’s really terrible, I don’t know if anyone should ever have to live with me.

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What’s on your Netflix to watch list? Suki: Lady Gaga’s Five Foot Two. Poppy: Agreed, the latest Lady Gaga Documentary – I heard people were bawling their eyes out at the screening. Will you be home for Christmas? Poppy: Yes! I can’t wait actually. My brothers and I all travel a lot, so it’s rare that the whole family can spend time together at home in Warwickshire. Suki: This is the first Christmas I’m planning for my family, and inviting family. I’ve rented a house in the countryside and I’m stacking up on board games and trying to persuade my little sister to let us have a turkey (she’s vegan).

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How could we most impress you? Poppy: Start telling me about the brain or new research into how we can combat stress and anxiety or positive ways in which we can shape the future. I just finished reading Sapiens, which is about the evolution of humans. It was fascinating. Oh, and if you gave me a star chart/ tarot/palm reading, I love that stuff. Suki: Tell me an extraordinary story, teach me something. What books do you remember loving as a child? Poppy: The Enid Blyton books, Winnie the Pooh, The Naughtiest Girl at School series and Harry Potter, obviously. Suki: Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman.

Any tips to help us survive the Christmas holidays? Poppy: Sleep when you can. Inevitably there are going to be annoyances, being tired does not make it easier. Suki: Patience. Spending time with family in contained spaces is quite taxing sometimes. What are you hoping for under the Christmas tree? Poppy: Our new Pop & Suki carryall – I am SO excited for this bigger bag, perfect for my laptop, long flights, books... Suki: A few nice big mugs would be fabulous. If you could have one wish... what would it be? Poppy: To continue to meet amazing, life changing, interesting people and travel the world having adventures, laughing until my stomach hurts. Suki: To keep shocking myself over and over again. ■

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A LAUGH? Good cabaret flashes a humorous mirror at turbulent times. Prepare for an evening of uncomfortable laughter with two of the best in the business, Kit and McConnel, says CHARLOTTE METCALF

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song about contracting food poisoning at the chicken restaurant f we don’t laugh, they’ve won,’ said Joan Rivers. It’s a Nando’s, but recently they introduced a haunting song about the sentiment that sums up the act of cabaret duo, Kit and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. Kit wrote it, inspired McConnel, who supported Joan on six international and by the theatrical songs of Jacques Brel, and sings it. I’ve seen him three British tours. ‘We loved touring with Joan and were about to go on the next tour when the selfish bitch went and do it several times and tittering and merriment fade as the audience becomes transfixed by the blaze of passionate humanity emanating died,’ laughs James (McConnel). ‘Humour is the deadliest from him. But then, agile as acrobats, Kit and McConnel have them weapon,’ adds Kit. ‘Ridicule can be so much more effective laughing again as they start singing about Vladimir Putin, Theresa than firing missiles.’ In today’s climate of hurricanes and May or James’s pretend crush on Mary Berry. floods, war, political turmoil and financial uncertainty, ‘The thing that marks out cabaret is that it’s different every night,’ Kit and McConnel are bent on poking fun, even at life’s says Kit. ‘It’s created just for that room on that night. The British most hideous disasters. They have the satirical rapier wit of Jonathan Swift sheathed in the elegant jollity of Flanders and Swann. are finally understanding the combination of laughter, drink, food, alternative sexuality and politics. And it’s a lot cheaper and more fun It’s early September and I’m with Kit and James at The Dorchester than going to a blockbuster musical. It was really the Australians, hotel. They are eating twice-baked soufflé in the sumptuous Green starting with Dame Edna, who made the Brits understand about the Room dining area while they wait to perform at The Association of thrill of the collapse of the “fourth wall”, that imaginary wall between Real Estate Fund Managers Awards Dinner. ‘Do you think it’s too audience and the stage. We pick on members of the audience and then early to make a joke about the Parsons Green bomber?’ Kit muses. squeeze and extract the juice from them. You have to respond so fast ‘I mean, how did any terrorist imagine he’d look inconspicuous to circumstances that you can never predict. It’s like hunting – we like carrying a Lidl bag in Fulham?’ living dangerously and when we perform outrageous political songs Pushing boundaries and flouting political correctness is the in front of people with real power it’s ultimately very satisfying. hallmark of Kit and McConnel’s show, which they take up and I’ve always loved the satisfaction of a well-crafted down Britain and all over the world. This year they’ve lyric and I love being a Trojan horse, coming into performed nearly 70 times already. The Dorchester is ‘We pick on members of the a black-tie audience with my Oxbridge accent one of London’s most expensive hotels but one of the audience and then squeeze and posh background and then lambasting last times I saw their act was at Petworth Town Hall in and extract the juice from everything we apparently stand for.’ West Sussex on a Sunday evening, when the audience Kit and James now live in Norfolk. James is seemed mainly to be made up of octogenarians. them. You have to respond a highly accomplished musician, Kit a librettist Kit and McConnel went down a storm, particularly so fast to circumstances that and lyricist and, between them, they have when they sang their song about sexually transmitted you can never predict. picked up numerous awards and collaborated diseases and the glories of having chlamydia at 70, gonorrhoea at 80 and syphilis at 90. It’s like hunting – we like on several projects together. Both also write. The first of Kit’s Rosie Brancaster detective Kit and McConnel play at the Edinburgh living dangerously.’ novels, For the Shooting, has just launched – Festival every year and can often be found at The ‘Stephen Sondheim loves my mysteries,’ he grins Pheasantry on the King’s Road, Brasserie Zédel mischievously, acknowledging the name drop. In 2006 James’s candid on Piccadilly Circus and The Savoy. Otherwise, they are at private memoir about coping with Tourette’s, Life Interrupted, was published. parties, often in grand houses and royal palaces. ‘For a long time Kit is married to the actress and one-time Hot Gossip dancer Katie we were “noted for our discretion” and were really a very well-kept Rabett, with whom he has grown-up children. James is separated from secret among high society,’ says Kit. ‘Today we still tend to play to Waitrose crowds as they get our subtle humour. The Irish love us the cartoonist and sculptor, Annie Tempest, with whom he had as they relish the puns and the banter. Doctors and lawyers tend to a daughter, 22, and a brilliantly musical son who died of an overdose at 18. They do not sing about their lives but their combined experience get us. Journalists are a bit sniffy. We don’t go gives their comedy its defining shadows and depth. down too well in the North West as they don’t realise we’re taking ‘Gary Barlow is so wrong to belittle cabaret on whatever that show the piss out of being posh but sportsmen are the hardest to win is he’s a judge on,’ says Kit. ‘When he says dismissively, “That’s a little round. They have amazing bodies and superb physical reactions bit cabaret”, he has no idea about it and the cabaret community has but don’t have the mental ability to make the jumps.’ really slashed back at him.’ Kit, now over 60, usually wears an elaborate embroidered Indian But can Kit and James carry on at this pace through their sixties? or Chinese jacket, is entirely bald and has grown a twirling moustache Why not? ‘Cabaret is an adventure of love,’ says Kit. He is adamant to play King Rat in Dick Whittington at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud that cabaret doesn’t work on television, though James is not averse Theatre this Christmas, where he has played the villain in their annual is trying it. ‘The unpredictability is why cabaret works and you need pantomime for the last seven years. ‘It’s the first Dick that Yvonne’s had since 2003,’ chuckles Kit. James, a little younger, bespectacled, clean-cut a live audience. Flanders and Swann, Coward – they fell flat on telly.’ Kit is a regular panellist on BBC Radio Four’s Just a Minute, so James and wearing a suit, plays the straight man at the piano – at least that’s thinks radio might be a way forward but for now they will continue what it looks like. In fact, James has Tourette’s Syndrome and is very to delight and shock audiences everywhere. I ask how they might likely to start twitching suddenly. It’s now become an established part of their act, given the duo so enjoys mixing uneasiness with hilarity. ‘You change their act – if at all. ‘Get a new front man,’ says James, quick as a whip. And with that, they’re called to the stage. As they begin, need light and dark, ups and downs for cabaret to work,’ confirms Kit. I hear a surge of delighted guffaws – Joan Rivers would be happy. ■ Their most popular songs can be prep school humour, like their December 2017 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 101

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rags for, will move all of two doors down to much bigger digs after over 50 years’ service. It was opened in 1963 by Mark Birley in the basement of his friend John Aspinall’s casino so he would have somewhere to party after an evening at the card tables. Annabel’s will be back with a bang on Berkeley Square at the end of this year under the direction of Richard Caring, who acquired the Birley Group ten years ago and whose hospitality projects, including The Ivy, Sexy Fish and Cecconi’s, have a habit of turning to gold. Despite Caring’s involvement, the DNA of Birley’s original creation will be very much in evidence at the new site, an expansive 26,000 sq/ft Grade

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lthough there is scarcely a historic street without one, you have probably never noticed them. Hiding right beneath your feet, London’s coal holes once stored the fuel that fanned the city’s smothering smog – though most have long since been converted to squeeze extra space into townhouses. Despite its grubby beginnings, there’s one coal hole unmatched in its fame, where you were just as likely to find Princess Michael of Kent watching sequined girls strut down the catwalk, as you were to catch Frank Sinatra holding court in the corner; Kate Moss locking lips with Jemima Khan on the dance floor or Joan Collins appearing in a dramatic flurry of fur. The coal hole in question is of course Annabel’s on Berkeley Square. The only nightclub the Queen has ever dusted off her glad

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I-listed Georgian townhouse two doors down from the original nightclub. But where Annabel’s once thrummed only after dark, now it is offering a near 24/7 service (7am to 4am) with breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and dancing (and eventually a wellness centre), spread across Princess four floors under the same Eugenie (2016) manicured roof. With an eye to Nina Campbell’s original design, London-based designer Martin Brudnizki has been charged with its aesthetic revival. ‘In four words it’s eccentric, English, maximalist and surrealist,’ says Brudnizki. ‘Imagine the old Annabel’s and times it by 500, it’s going to be like falling down the rabbit hole.’ This playful sense of make believe permeates the whole project, something that Guillaume Glipa, The Birley Group’s executive director, references. ‘Annabel’s is a stage, and for Mr Birley it was definitely a stage that he created Anna Wintour 50 years ago. We are telling (2010) a story and you need to have a script scenario. There is no such thing as a good movie with a crap scenario, even if you pay for the very best actors.’ All the world might have been a stage for Shakespeare, but the Bard’s set certainly didn’t include a bespoke chandelier installation festooned with unicorns, monkeys and swooping through several floors. Each level will have its own distinctive theme but all draw on the idea of the

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garden. ‘It’s all about flora and fauna,’ says Brudnizki, for whom everything in the building leads down to ‘the eventual fall from grace that always happens at the end of the night’ – i.e. the nightclub, or as Brudnizki likes to think of it, the garden of Eden. Trudie Styler and Sting at Lady Gaga’s Intimate The space will also include a courtyard garden Belvedere gig (2013) with a terrace that, rarely for central London, has a late night licence, so there will thankfully be no more huddling on the kerb for a fag in the early hours. Bearing in mind England’s weather, it includes a retractable glass roof, which Glipa likes to call ‘the new centre court of Berkeley Square’, as it takes just a few minutes to glide into place. Despite the building’s glitzy finery, it has always been the members of Annabel’s who have made it what it is, lending the nightclub a smattering of their stardust. This time socialite Astrid Harbord will be holding the keys to entry. ‘The great thing about Annabel’s,’ she says, ‘is that you can walk in and find someone of all ages. I used to go with my father and sister, my granny and her boyfriend, so it’s about all the generations having an equally good time together. You always feel excited about going there because it has such a naughty atmosphere.’ It’s partly for that reason that the club has offered its surviving 72 founding members an annual membership of £5.25 a year, honouring the fee from 1963, but Harbord insists that, although it will retain its legacy, Annabel’s will adapt to represent London society today, encompassing the new tech generation, business women and Madonna at a Stella McCartney launch the city’s increasingly international slant. (2003) Membership is also being expanded December 2017 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 103

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Despite its 21st-century evolution, there are some ways in which Annabel’s will remain old school – telephones and laptops are barred from all but one floor and there will be a fine cigar room. That being said, the cigar room will offer a cocktail pairing that is far from traditional. Where you once might have enjoyed a cognac or whisky with the best Havana, their master sommelier has paired gin, tequila and rum-based cocktails. There will also be a tequila and mescal bar stocked with over 600 bottles (most of which are unavailable anywhere else in the UK), a cocktail fountain on the ground floor and a range of Annabel’s own blend spirits. When I make the mistake of referencing them as ‘house’ spirits, Luis Simoes, the Birley Group’s beverage director, swiftly reminds me that they Richard are nothing of the sort; they are ‘Annabel’s blends’. Caring and Goldie Simoes tracked down niche distilleries to work Hawn preview the new site with, including a bourbon producer who has been (2016) voted best bourbon distiller two years in a row. ‘I could easily have made a cognac that cost £20,000 a bottle but this was about giving something back to members of value. Our spirits will range somewhere from £30 to £70 a bottle and will allow our members to drink a better quality liquid than they could anywhere else for that sort of money.’ There will also be prebottled cocktails to take home, including a negroni that has been gently heated in a sous vide for three days. ‘It brings out 50 times more flavour,’ says Simoes, ‘it has the same effect as leaving it in the barrel for six months, making it less bitter and more well-rounded.’ Although they will make all their own liqueurs, bitters, syrups and cordials, and use techniques as far-fetched as aging drinks in traditional Spanish leather botas, Simoes insists that the customer should never be preached to. ‘As a member sat at the bar, this is not relevant to you. It’s all about the experience you’re going to have while you are drinking the liquid in the glass. This isn’t about ego, it’s about bringing the best product possible to the table.’ And this perhaps best sums up Annabel’s past and future success. Like a swan, the team madly paddle beneath the water, so high society can glide Lady Gaga (2011) graciously through the evening. ■

Francesca von Thyssen and Jerry Hall, at the Valentino party at Annabel’s (1987) Kid Creole (2014)

to include man’s favourite four-legged friend, offering a dog walking service, a change that Astrid didn’t anticipate would be so popular: ‘It has actually swayed a few people’s memberships.’ The dress code has been relaxed… slightly – Patrick Cox, Eric Clapton and Damian Aspinall have all fallen foul of the previous door policy – and trainers will class as appropriate footwear, although the reception staff will have to be fashion savvy enough to differentiate between Gucci sneakers and gym shoes. But fashion savvy this institution will be, especially with fashion editor Deborah Brett in charge of the uniforms. ‘Annabel’s is very British, so it was very important to us that the designers we worked with had a strong connection to London but we also wanted to promote new talent.’ It was French-Lebanese Racil Chalhoub who got the call up to work with Deborah on the uniforms. Her Notting Hill-based studio is a byword for cool among Tracey London’s It crowd. Carefully Emin (2010) balancing practicality and style, the uniforms will reflect the rich jewel colour palette of the interiors. ‘We have looked to the iconic women who partied at Annabel’s, like Jerry Hall in the 1970s, zipped up in a pant suit,’ says Brett. ‘Covering up is much more alluring and Racil sums up this modern kind of sexy perfectly, so we’ve played with the idea of tuxedos for the women.’

PHOTOS: RICHARD YOUNG; REX FEATURES

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Rouge Collection ring, earrings and bracelet in 18kt white gold, white diamonds and diamonds, all Ortaea. Holly sleeveless ski suit, Emmegi Keil at Winternational. Faux fur head band, Helen Moore

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18kt white gold, rock crystal, diamond and sapphire spinning ring from the Enchanted Palace collection, Garrard

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Astraeus white gold cuff, bracelet and ring with white/yellow diamonds, all Raliegh Goss. Stirrup ski pants, Emmegi Keil at Winternational. White boots, Moncler

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Phenomena Glacier three-row and seven row bracelets, Phenomena Frost three row band, all De Beers. Fair Isle sweater, Fendi at Net-a-Porter

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Earrings from the Haute Joaillerie collection in 18kt white gold with pear shaped emeralds and diamonds, Chopard

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Impressions ring with marquise cut diamond set in platinum and The Tide collar with Ashoka diamond set in platinum, both Boodles. Faux fur stole, Helen Moore

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1 LONDON ROAD JEWELLERY Gold and diamond pendant, £495. londonroadjewellery.com 2 WILD & GORGEOUS Playsuit, £95. wildandgorgeous.co.uk 3 CALVIN KLEIN Seamless watch, £239. calvinklein.co.uk 4 GEORG JENSEN Ilse candle holder, £85. georgjensen.com 5 AMANDA WAKELEY Judo tassel belt, £115. amandawakeley.com 6 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD Reusable bottle, £33. viviennewestwood.com 7 ORMONDE JAYNE Ambre Royal perfume 50ml, £110. ormondejayne.com 8 CHARLOTTE TILBURY Instant eye palette, £60. charlottetilbury.com 9 PERCH & PARROW Allegra chandelier, £149. perchandparrow.com 10 BOTTEGA VENETA Botanical Polignac boot, £1,395. bottegaveneta.com 11 DEAKIN & FRANCIS X ANTHONY SINCLAIR Engine turned cufflinks, £245. masonandsons.com 12 MULBERRY Mini Bayswater backpack, £795. mulberry.com 13 ARTERIORS Drexel decanters set of two, £491. arteriorshome.com 14 JIMMY CHOO I Want Choo bag, £595. jimmychoo.com

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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7100 8881 Web: www.lucasrarities.com London jewellers Lucas Rarities specialise in rare and exceptional pieces of period jewellery and objet d’art, with a particular focus on signed pieces from the Art Deco era to the 1970’s. Our collection includes a range of jewellery that fully captures the stylistic shift during the first half of the twentieth century, which saw the evolution of jewellery design into an art form. Tucked away in the heart of Mayfair, we provide our clients with unique collectable items representing the finest craftsmanship from the last century. With a wealth of expertise and experience behind us, Lucas Rarities advises clients beginning or expanding their collection.

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1 DE BEERS Lucky Coin bracelet, £1,750. debeers.com 2 CULT GAIA Glitter bag, £230. shopbop.com 3 ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Velcro sneakers, £360. alexandermcqueen.com 4 LOEWE Klang M1 speaker, £150. loewe.tv 5 TUMI 9 Degree carry-on, £855. tumi.com 6 LINKS OF LONDON Sterling silver signet ring, £85. linksoflondon.com 7 SCOTTISH SILVER Silver stoppers, £235. scottishsilver.com 8 ISABELLE FOX Audrey skirt, £195. isabellefox.com 9 BIMBA Y LOLA Gloves, £90. bimbaylola.com 10 HIHO SILVER Wave bracelet, £325. hihosilver.co.uk 11 TIFFANY First Aid Box, POA. tiffany.com 12 SMYTHSON Panama diary, £95. smythson.com 13 HOLISTIC SILK Silver yoga mat, from £170. holisticsilk.co.uk

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1 JARRE AeroBull XS, £499. amazon.com 2 PEACHY BELTS Cowhide belt, £79; Snoflake buckle, £70. peachybelts.co.uk 3 LIBERTY Notebook, £15. libertylondon.com 4 HEDGEHOG Indian headdress, £47. hedgehogshop.co.uk 5 MAISON LABICHE Daisy Coccinelle shirt, £120. maisonlabiche.com 6 HALCYON DAYS Festive leopard enamel box, £325. halcyondays.co.uk 7 FAIRFAX & FAVOR Electra boot, £255. fairfaxandfavor.com 8 CASSANDRA GOAD Viola pendant, £7,150. cassandragoad.com 9 TURNBULL & ASSER Pocket square, £65. turnbullandasser.co.uk 10 NEW & LINGWOOD Trellis cable knit, £295. newandlingwood.com 11 PAOLO MOSCHINO FOR NICHOLAS HASLAM Suede shoes, £395. nicholashaslam.com 12 DOLCE & GABBANA X SMEG Juicer, £399. smeguk.com 13 ROCOCO CHOCOLATES Nutcracker prince, £32.50. rococochocolates.com 14 SOPHIE CONRAN Set of three mixing bowls, £64. sophieconran.com

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1 DELPOZO Jumper, £1,400. delpozo.com 2 ANNOUSHKA Dusty diamonds blue topaz ring, £2,900. annoushka.com 3 DUKE & DEXTER Paddington boot, £295. dukeanddexter.com 4 JONATHAN ADLER Needlepoint cushion, £98. jonathanadler.com 5 PULLMAN EDITIONS Courchevel print, £395. pullmaneditions.com 6 RICK STEIN Coves of Cornwall dinner plates, £54 for four. johnlewis.com 7 TEATUM JONES X BRORA Merino jumper, £195. brora.co.uk 8 PIPPA SMALL Turquoise Mountain Suman earrings, £170. pippasmall.com 9 THE FOLIO SOCIETY The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, £39.95. foliosociety.com 10 DUBARRY Azores loafer, £139. dubarryboots.com 11 SELF-NATION Cashmere jeans, from £219. selfnation.co.uk 12 CLIVE CHRISTIAN Addictive Arts Europhic perfume, £525. clivechristian.com 13 TOM DAVIES Glasses, from £295. tdtomdavies.com

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1 NEPTUNE Ella Apple tumblers set of six, £36. neptune.com 2 HERMÈS Bolide 1923 Novillo Bag, £5,040; shoulder strap, £690. hermes.com 3 MUNGO AND MAUD Sweet pea collar, £32.50. mungoandmaud.com 4 TRICKER’S Axton boot, £425. trickers.com 5 DIPTYQUE Figuier candle, £60. selfridges.com 6 FLORIS The Perfumer’s wardrobe, £225. florislondon.com 7 BULY 1803 Opiat dentaire toothpaste, £24. doverstreetmarket.com 8 WHERE BARTENDERS DRINK £16.95. phaidon.com 9 DINOSAUR DESIGNS Boulder pepper grinder, £260. dinosaurdesigns.co.uk 10 J CREW Kids boots, £28.50. jcrew.com 11 DAVID MORRIS Le Jardin emerald and diamond earrings, POA. davidmorris.com 12 CASTAÑER X MANOLO BLAHNIK Manolo by night heels, £335. manoloblahnik.com 13 TUSTING Grand Tourer wheeler kit bag, £780. farlows.co.uk

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MELLOW YELLOW

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1 TEMPERLEY LONDON Dress, £995. temperleylondon.com 2 WOLF Cub watch winder, £185. wolf1834.co.uk 3 ARCHIVIST The Inseparables, £6. harrods.com 4 SPORTMAX Coat, £345. sportmax.com 5 LEICA TL2 camera, £1,700. leicastore-mayfair.co.uk 6 BARBOUR Cable knit beanie, £34.95. barbour.com 7 PRESTAT Yuzu sake truffles, £13.95. prestat.co.uk 8 ASCENO Eye mask, £45. asceno.com 9 FBC LONDON Vesta cushion, £300. fbc-london.com 10 SIMON WRIGHT Yellow diamond drops, from £6,000. sw-jewellery.com 11 LOTUSIER Cha Jing tea humidor, from £9,390. lotusier.com 12 GUCCI Bat jacquard sweater, £640. gucci.com 13 CHANEL Leather cuff, £565. chanel.com 14 CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Barry mule, £545. christianlouboutin.com

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WHITE NIGHTS

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1 THREE NORTH STARS Sunshine ivory pyjama, £26.95. threenorthstars.com 2 SELF-PORTRAIT Off-the-shoulder sweater, £220. net-a-porter.com 3 BURBERRY Sheep charm, £275. burberry.com 4 MOLLY GODDARD Pearl T-shirt, £85. doverstreetmarket.com 5 RORY DOBNER Christmas Mouse plate, £36. rorydobner.com 6 LOMBOK Buka bone inlay box, £115. lombok.co.uk 7 OUI Jacket, £475. oui.com. 8 THE WHITE COMPANY Eiderdown duvet, from £7,500. thewhitecompany.com 9 CLOSCA Bike helmet, £120. vam.ac.uk/shop 10 PAPER LONDON Shirt, £225. paperlondon.com 11 HAMILTON & INCHES Moonstone and diamond ring, £6,400. hamiltonandinches.com 12 ELEMIS Papaya enzyme peel, £33. elemis.com 13 POVL KJER Rocking sheep, £334. smallable.com

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PROMOTION

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SILVER LININGS

Italian designer Giovanni Raspini brings jewellery collections to London this Christmas

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iovanni Raspini, an Italian designer famed for his silverware and jewellery, has opened a flagship store on South Molton Street, bringing his continental flare to London in time for Christmas. Handmade in the rich bucolic hills of Tuscany, close to Arezzo, his homeware and jewellery collections require no translation. They ooze Italian glamour and unrestrained decadence. Each piece takes inspiration from nature and its endless transformations, such as the animated forms and textures of wild creatures in the Animalier Collection. With half a century’s experience behind him, Giovanni Raspini settles for nothing short of perfection, his personal style reflecting that of his work. Collections are sketched, modelled, created and packaged exclusively in house – ‘handmade with care and infinite passion’ – typifying the Italian modus operandi. The team begins by sketching a design, then using an ancient wax casting technique, they model and shape creations using heat before completing the piece by buffing, burnishing silver, or embedding jewellery stones. Raspini’s ‘Milky Way’ collection illustrates his silver mastery, punctuated with elegant stone

inserts while the ‘Tree of Life’ collection emulates the symbolic interlacing of branches and leaves. Village is a collection created using hammered silver spheres, alternated for an elaborate, decadent finish. And if you’re pining after classic chain linked jewellery, Raspini’s Chelsea collection adds an eccentric spin, mounting each chain in different sizes. Throughout the collections, Giovanni Raspini’s contemporary outlook and Italian flare combine to create wearable, alluring pieces. Visit the new South Molton Street store for the full Italian job.

ABOVE: Crocodile earrings, £149 BELOW: Leopard necklace, £1,280

Giovanni Raspini specialises in jewellery, sculptures and homeware, and has boutiques in Monaco, Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence, Naples and Brescia. 5 South Molton Street, Mayfair, London W1; 020 7629 1401; giovanniraspini.com

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1 DIOR La Mini D de Dior watch, £3,100. dior.com 2 LORO PIANA Collo Alto Davenport sweater, £1,820. loropiana.com 3 IBBI Kantha bag, £75. ibbidirect.co.uk 4 SCOTCH & SODA Jumpsuit, £210. scotch-soda.com 5 CARTIER Amulette de Cartier earrings, £4,400.cartier.co.uk 6 T2 Rise and Sunshine set, £26. t2tea.com 7 WTR LONDON City coat, £900. wtrlondon.com 8 OKA Schiap plate, £12. oka.com 9 RAZGULYAEV BLAGONRAVOVA Slippers, £230. theplacelondon.com 10 LALIQUE Mon Premier Cristal Sensuel 80ml, £550. lalique.com 11 HEIDI KLEIN X SOPHIE ANDERSON Rosario triangle bikini, £240. heidiklein.com 12 NINA CAMPBELL Bonbon bowl, £49. ninacampbell.com 13 HERMÈS Twilly d’Hermès perfume, £47 for 30ml. uk.hermes.com

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PROMOTION

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Palimpsest ring; Dog Rose ring; Blue Bud ring; Gurmit with Yves Saint Laurent Sycamore; Gurmit shot by Steven Meisel for Italian Vogue; Duo necklace; Orientalis necklace

SET IN STONE Gurmit Kaur Campbell turned her struggles into a story of success

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hile a story lies behind most pieces of fine jewellery, few examples carry tales of such personal struggle and bygone glamour as Gurmit Kaur Campbell’s. Born in a traditional Sikh Punjabi family in liberal Singapore, Gurmit fled an arranged marriage at the age of 19, with the help of Belgian artist Olivier Marie Strebelle. Having trained as a goldsmith in Brussels, Gurmit took her talents to Paris and New York, stumbling across Yves Saint Laurent and Azzedine Alaïa on her travels. She recalls the moment Yves Saint Laurent delighted in Gurmit’s Indian heritage, draping silks around her which inspired his fluid

floral colours collection. Gurmit’s modelling career saw her featured in Italian Vogue and French Glamour. It comes as little surprise then that Gurmit’s jewellery mimics the fluidity and effervescent colour of her past. Her fine jewellery blends the vivid Eastern aesthetic of her heritage with a modern western elegance. Semi-precious stones are combined largely with 18kt gold. The bright golds, reds, blues and greens of India enliven more restrained shapes and styles. As the trend for minimalism fades in the UK fine jewellery market, it is replaced by the bold maximalism of yesteryear, making Gurmit’s fine jewellery more desirable than ever. Gurmit, 24–25 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2RR +44 7795 425 368; gurmit.com

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BLACK MAGIC

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Be enchanted by the dark arts

1 TRUEFITT & HILL Apsley cologne, £68. truefittandhill.co.uk 2 BREITLING FOR BENTLEY GT Dark Sapphire limited-edition chronograph, £8,050. breitling.com 3 TATEOSSIAN Lucky Me bracelet, from £195. tateossian.com 4 GIOVANNI RASPINI Tiger box, £470. giovanniraspini.com 5 CHLOE GOSSELIN Locust ankle boot, £605. chloegosselin.com 6 COMPAGNIE DE PROVENCE Black Tea soap, £15. padlifestyle.com 7 PICKETT Scrabble board, £1,995. pickett.co.uk 8 GIEVES AND HAWKES Nappa cashmere lined gloves, £175. gievesandhawkes.com 9 WINGFIELD DIGBY Guinea Fowl feather tray, £65. wingfielddigby.co.uk 10 ZOË JORDAN Jumper, £405. zoe-jordan.com 11 BYREDO Tree House room spray, £85. byredo.co.uk 12 MR BLACK Cold press coffee liqueur, £39.50. harveynichols.com 13 OLIVER BROWN Cylinder flask with cups, £75. oliverbrown.org.uk

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1 THE VAMPIRE’S WIFE Liberty print dress, £595. matchesfashion.com 2 CHAUMET Hortensia Eden watch, £11,240. chaumet.com 3 ORLEBAR BROWN Trunks, £145. orlebarbrown.com 4 ILSE JACOBSEN Boot, £120. zalando.co.uk 5 ASPREY Fox head decanter, £2,600. asprey.com 6 ETTINGER Metropolitan jubilee satchel, £1,455. ettinger.co.uk 7 BONNE MAISON Dark flower socks, £16. theplacelondon.co.uk 8 BEGG & CO Arran cashmere throw, £695. beggandcompany.com 9 WILLIAM & SON Citrine and diamond ring, £6,180. williamandson.com 10 LONDON VELVET Siena orange backpack, £395. londonvelvet.co.uk 11 TIMOROUS BEASTIES Honey Bee cushion, £100. timorousbeasties.com 12 JO MALONE Orange bitters cologne, £94. jomalone.co.uk 13 ALEX EAGLE Le Monde Beryl mules, £295. alexeagle.co.uk

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1 IZAAK AZANEI Grey faux trim scarf, £190. izaakazanei.com 2 MUSTO Bering Primaloft jacket, £350. musto.com 3 GLADSTONE LONDON Smoke billfold wallet, £250. gladstonelondon.com 4 COZE Sati bathrobe, £70. cozelinen.com 5 PAXTON AND WHITFIELD Camembert baker, £14.50. paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk 6 LIEWOOD Linus knit jumpsuit, £95. liewood.com 7 YVES DELORME Neva silver throw, £2,499. uk.yvesdelorme.com 8 SALVATORE FERRAGAMO PF17 leather wallet, £410. ferragamo.com 9 JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN Limited edition cashmere cable knit, £1,495. johnstonscashmere.com 10 LIZZIE FORTUNATO Crater tassel earrings, £185. matchesfashion.com 11 RUARK Audio R7 MKIII, £2,300. ruarkaudio.com 12 LINLEY Jewellery box, £750. davidlinley.com 13 RACHEL VOSPER THG bowl candles, from £73. rachelvosper.com

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1 FARLOWS Tweed cape, £645. farlows.co.uk 2 MAX MARA Bag, £1,795. maxmara.com 3 PAULA CADEMARTORI Victoire boot, £610. farfetch.com 4 BRUNO MOINARD Paris Paname magazine rack, £1,530. roche-bobois.com 5 EMMA WILLIS Antique paisley smoking jacket, £850. emmawillis.com 6 PURDEY Flask, £75. purdey.com 7 HOUSE OF BRUAR Puddy mitts, £9.95. houseofbruar.com 8 ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA Turntable, £2,870. zegna.com 9 CHESNEYS Broughton log holder, £450. chesneys.co.uk 10 AQUASCUTUM Haddie bonded raincoat, £750. aquascutum.co.uk 11 CZECH & SPEAKE Frankincense and myrrh cologne, 100ml, £85. czechandspeakefragrance.com 12 ROBERT WELCH Q knife block set in walnut, £225. johnlewis.com 13 CROCKETT & JONES Chelsea boot, £570. crockettandjones.com

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1 MIRA MIKATI Rainbow Wave fur coat, £485. net-a-porter.com 2 PAUL SMITH Basso trainers, £330. paulsmith.com 3 JOSEPH JOSEPH Nest measure, £12. josephjoseph.com 4 MISSONI Jumper, £808. boutique1.com 5 RANJANA KHAN Frieda Khalo Nora necklace, £454. ranjanakhan.com 6 LE CREUSET Rainbow espresso mugs, £65. amazon.co.uk 7 THE CONRAN SHOP Confetti stripes bauble, £16. conranshop.co.uk 8 CAROLINE CONSTAS Delphi gown, £387. carolineconstas.com 9 MARCO BICEGO Mixed stone earrings, £11,600. marcobicego.com 10 PIERRE MARCOLINI Box of Planètes, £39. marcolini.com 11 SOMERVILLE Cashmere bobble hat, £75. somervillescarves.com 12 SEP JORDAN Kuffieh scarf, £47. sepjordan.com 13 OKA Florya espresso mugs, set of four, £24. oka.com

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MORRIS MOMENT If ever there’s a time to delve into the past, it’s Christmas. Morris & Co has rustled through its illustrious archives to consider William Morris as a collector. Given the renewed interest in the Arts and Crafts movement, the timing couldn’t be better. Montreal wallpaper, £80 per roll. stylelibrary.com

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HEART OF GOLD I love the gold interior of these lights – a stark contrast to the outer shell. Also in black, pebble and smoke blue. Arctic pendant, £1,710, from the Hyde collection at David Hunt Lighting. davidhuntlighting.co.uk

News and inspiration from the world of interiors. By Carole Annett

STYLE REVIVAL

Cigarette tables, so named as they were big enough for an ashtray and cocktail glass, are now just as useful for smart phones. Fitzgerald Accent table by Jay Jeffers for Arteriors Home, £1,963. arteriorshome.com

HOME HELP Little Greene has launched a colour consultancy service to help you get creative with its paints and wallpaper – £250 for 90 minutes at home or £120 in the showroom, with the cost decreasing the longer you deliberate. Reade wallpaper, Crowe Hall Lane collection, £80 a roll; paints: Toad (stripe) and Silt (lower wall), from £21 a litre. littlegreene.com

LITTLE CRITTERS

Scutelleridae, or jewel bugs to you and me, turn from pest to appealing when adorning a silk pillow. Cushion, £85. charles tottenham.com

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This stylish walnut and maple side table will add an extra dimension to any style of interior. Slant table by Richard Lowry, limited edition of ten, £2,160. lowrylondon.com

CABIN STYLE Perthshire Panelling is a new porcelain tile from Lapicida designed to replicate rustic wood. The tiles come in large panels (905 x 200 x 10mm) and cost £46.90 per sq/m. lapicida.com

Just the chair for an A-list posterior – Gucci Décor’s new collection of homeware inspired by Alessandro Michele’s bold collections. Chiavari chair, £1,790. gucci.com

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Heal’s has introduced a sofa service, Designed By You. Sofas cost from £2,479 and this design with a single seat pad, scatter cushion back and stem foot costs £3,299. Handmade in Sussex, each has a lifetime guarantee and will be delivered within 12 weeks. heals.com

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Sitting in this feels like a big, generous hug. Aura high back armchair in deep blue velvet, from £1,720 by Claudio Bellini for Natuzzi Italia. natuzzi.co.uk

‘Every detail of his life was considered and consciously designed, none more so than these books.’ David Hicks Scrapbooks collated by his son, Ashley. £60, Vendome Press Who, exactly, are the Haute Bohemians? Leave it to the discriminating eye of photographer Miguel FloresVianna. £45, Vendome Press

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL

Paint Box explores Tricia Guild’s distinctive use of colour, with ‘recipes’ to help get creative. £25, Quadrille Publishing

There were some intricate and colourful new fabrics launched at Design Week and none more so than Matthew Williamson’s Lyrebird design from the Belvoir collection at Osborne and Little. Linen mix with a 45cm repeat, it costs £65 a metre. osborneandlittle.com

Place showcases 18 of Tara Bernerd’s projects from the past, present and future. Foreword by Richard Rogers. £42.50, Rizzoli

NATURAL BEAUTY The design cognoscenti love the raw sophistication of de Le Cuona weaves. These are from the Ethereal Elements collection, from £100 per metre. delecuona.com

Life might not always be black and white, but for William Yeoward, it has always been Blue & White. £30, CICO Books English designer Katharine Pooley’s timeless, refined interiors in Journey By Design. Foreword by Janet Jackson. £60, Assouline

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Dark colours in the back of bookshelves create depth while richly coloured upholstery adds warmth in this London sitting room interior by Salvesen Graham. salvesengraham.com

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The interior designer would like an original Guy Bourdin for Christmas CANDLES Culti Milano. culti.com

ART Encounter Contemporary. encountercontemporary.com

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What ‘look’ are you most hoping will fall out of favour? Leather upholstery, I just don’t get it. It’s cold, sweaty and shiny. I particularly hope it falls out of favour in cars – when I was younger sumptuous cloth upholstery was viewed in great esteem. How would you describe your own home? It is furnished with an eclectic mix of heirlooms and inherited pieces, post-war vintage and contemporary.

What’s the most extravagant thing you’ve bought? I don’t seek to spend great amounts on things but if I fall in love with something I find it difficult to come home without it, such as my Rochard sculpture. I had admired it since childhood in a shop window where it had gathered dust for decades. Eventually I had the courage to ask the price and found it was just about affordable. I admire Private jet by Martin Kemp Design it every day.

Unsung hero? Miodrag Živkovi´c and Ranko

Radovic, who have created so many extraordinary ‘Spomenik’ sculptures in Eastern Europe, have repeatedly drawn my admiration. Last piece of art you bought? A large drawing FURNITURE by Samuel Walsh, which is sort of Matisse-like Silver Lining. in its simple execution. But I would love to have silverliningfurniture.co.uk an original Guy Bourdin, he is one of my personal heroes. His photographs are all fun, controversial, mind-bending and provocative in equal measure. Are you green-fingered? Thankfully I live in communal gardens in town, so that’s all taken care of. I do enjoy gardening when I’m in the country though. What would you never throw away? I tend to RUGS hold on to absolutely everything but the only Colbourns. things really worth preserving are the letters colbourns.com and photographs from those I am close to.

Which designers do you have your eye on? My own team. They are such a talented crowd of terrific young people. Do you collect anything? I collect old cars, I have five now, oh dear.

How will you be jazzing up your home for Christmas? I am away from home this year, so decorations will be few, probably a few lights which are easy to pack and some tinsel thrown about. Nothing crazy, just relaxed.

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Most recent ‘find’? A Zhoujie Zhang chair, a steel sculptural form which also happens to be a chair. Favourite room in the house? I live in a loft which is almost entirely open plan. The living space is wonderful for its double-height and triple windows.

CUSHIONS Fameed Khalique. fameedkhalique.com

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FOOD & TRAVEL E AT · D R I N K · E S C A P E A Buddhist monk walks through the ruins of Angkor Wat

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While you can never forget Cambodia’s bloody history, its architectural, historical and natural glories make it a must-visit destination, says Caiti Grove

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t’s a muggy afternoon on the banks of the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh and families sit with picnics on the grassy lawns around a lavish gold statue of the Buddha while crowds congregate on the riverbank as long narrow dragon boats glide past, each carrying at least 40 men in a single row. Suddenly, a holler of excitement travels through the crowd: a procession of black Mercedes bearing the royal crest have been spotted. King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and his First Lady Bun Rany step out onto a red carpet and into the Royal Pavilion, where golden thrones await, surrounded by flowers and silk, looking out onto the dragon boats in the choppy water. This is the annual three-day Water Festival, which takes place all over the country every November to celebrate the army and mark the end of the rainy season. It’s a chaotic, riotous scene: Phnom Penh’s stampede of mopeds, tuk-tuks and cars speed through the whole celebration; young women in short skirts rev their engines and vehicles full of tourists lurch perilously under the weight of stacked luggage. One of the city’s most compelling addresses is Raffles Hotel Le Royal. Built in 1929, the landmark preserves a grand colonial style of old wood and marble behind an enormous garden of traveller palm trees that sets it back from the road. Staff wear domed gold hats with gold embroidered white jackets and coloured trousers for each day of the week – a tradition in the Royal Palace so the king could keep track

of his schedule. Its Elephant Bar is known for hosting Jackie Kennedy in 1967 when she visited to see the glories of ancient Angkor Wat and drank her now signature cocktail, the Femme Fatale – champagne, cognac and crème de fraise des bois, topped with an orchid. Phnom Penh is a concoction of Parisian-esque mansions, gold palaces and post-independence, brutalist-style buildings. Khmer Architecture Tours carry their tourists as passengers in cyclos – a three-wheeled contraption with a seat at the front for a passenger and a cyclist at the back. The country’s past as a French protectorate is most evident in its mansions – yellowwashed and pillar-fronted with paint peeling from their white shutters, they hide behind monkeypod trees and tall palms. While Phnom Penh is intoxicating, after a few days of urban intensity you might want to slow down with a trip into the countryside. Here, a traditional way of life continues. The drive out of town gives a glimpse of real life; girls in pleated skirts and crisp white shirts cycle home from school beside older boys who perch two to a bike and overtake lines of cows being herded in single file down the road. All the while, vast paddy rice fields define the landscape. Some day trips have a darker, more challenging theme. It is difficult to come to Cambodia and forget the brutality of Pol Pot’s communist Khmer Rouge. Some 400 tourists a day visit ‘S-21’, an old school in the city where victims were ‘processed’ before being transported

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Some day trips have a darker, more challenging theme. It is difficult to come to Cambodia and forget the brutality of Pol Pot’s communist Khmer Rouge

to the Killing Fields outside the capital. A short walk around a field takes visitors to different makeshift ‘stations’, where people were brutally murdered; bits of clothes and bone still emerge through the earth as rain washes the soil away. At the centre, a tower of 8,000 skulls stands as a monument to the dead. Some think such trips are necessary to understand this country and its people. Others might find it too disturbing or think this gruesome event is off limits for touristic intrigues. Certainly an awareness of this wounding period is necessary before your trip. Either way, the history and the resilience of the Cambodian people are ever present. From families picnicking at midnight around the night market to servers and tuk-tuk drivers who joke and tease in every exchange, Phnom Penh’s people seem resolute in their determination to not only survive, but to enjoy their relatively new freedom. Forty-minutes’ plane ride north of Phnom Penh, the country’s second city Siem Reap is the gateway to the Temples of Angkor and the hotel to stay at is Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. The temples were built as monuments to different Hindu gods from the 9th century, they have been Buddhist since the 12th century, when it became the largest civilisation in the world with a population of more than one million. Now a thick forest of 70-foot trees surrounds the temples but it was once an urban hive of wooden houses. At the centre, the largest temple Angkor Wat – built for Vishnu –

is monumental in its scale. The smaller sites are less well preserved but are essential for understanding the scale of this once bustling city. Its water management system demonstrates how sophisticated it was in its prime: it stretched over 460 square miles, a network of canals connected a series of reservoirs with the Tonle Sap lake, one of the most productive freshwater ecosystems in the world. Make time for Ta Prohm, commonly known to locals – quite bizarrely – as ‘Tomb Raider temple’ after being used in the film. This temple feels completely magical and dreamlike as 40ft silk cotton and strangler fig trees drape their thick roots over the 800-year-old limestone. Bayon is also surreal but for different reasons – 15ft stone busts of King Jayavarman VII seem to loom ominously from every corner. Ta Nei is apparently rarely visited, and is so quiet that it’s easy to feel like a modern-day Indiana Jones. Angkor Wat has an otherworldly, magical spirit. It’s a powerful place – and one that’s providing a force and touristic focus to reawaken what Cambodia lost 40 years ago. Cambodia’s ancient riches certainly deserve our patronage – as do the people who look to a better and more prosperous future. ■ BOOK IT: About Asia’s Ancient and Modern Capitals tour splits seven

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The splendid old Valsana Hotel in Arosa, Switzerland has risen again. Rebuilt from scratch on the same site, it opens this month and looks gorgeous. Doubles from £310. valsana.ch/en Long haul specialist, Hayes & Jarvis has selected its top five most amazing hotels: Volcano House perched on the Halemaumau crater in Hawaii; a boat over the river Kwai at the River Kwai FloatHouse in Thailand; glamping at Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Canada; sleeping under the Indian Ocean at Pemba Island’s Manta Resort; or in a bubble on a Mauritian Tea Estate. Why not? hayesandjarvis.co.uk

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T R AV E L N E W S

THE HOTEL WIZARD Christmas is a-coming, says Fiona Duncan

Inside L.Cornelissen & Sons

CHRISTMAS TREES AND FESTIVE AFTERNOON TEAS

London’s luxury hotels vie with one another on many fronts, but the knives really come out at Christmas. Whose will be the most spectacular tree? Check out the Ritz, Claridge’s, Dorchester, Goring and Langham and take their festive afternoon tea while you are there. All these hotels do Christmas with fun, panache and not a little excess. For more unusual festive teatime venues, consider Lord’s Cricket Ground (lords.org); Muriel’s Kitchen (murielskitchen. co.uk); Searcys at the Gherkin (searcysclubthegherkin.co.uk); Mr Fogg’s Residence (mr-foggs.com).

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The transformation since the owners of Calcot Manor and Barnsley House took over. This used to be called Cotswold88 Hotel and a very rum place it was.

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The magnificent Palladian house, embellished in the early20th century by Detmar Blow…

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The sense of relaxation: comfy sitting rooms in which to loll, read, drink cocktails, graze on food; soothing, elegant bedrooms.

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Cider with Rosie, set in the area, propped up on the bath rack. ‘I was set down from the carrier’s cart at the age of three…’ my favourite opening line in literature.

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Brilliant breakfasts and dinners in the former Sunday School room…

… And coffee and the papers in The Hearth, with its smörgasbord snacks.

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The Painswick picnic: perfect companion for road trips and rambles across the Cotswold Way.

WALK LONDON

London is made for discovery on foot. Just always remember to look up. Walk with an expert such as architectural historian Richard Nissen and wide-eyed fascination is guaranteed. His funny, richly rewarding two-hour walks around Bloomsbury reveal how to read and understand Georgian architecture and a great deal more. They begin at perfect Palladian but little known St Gilesin-the-Fields and pause inside the treasure trove that is L. Cornelissen & Son. £30pp, all proceeds to Age Unlimited. (12 Dec, 7 Jan and 11 Feb; richard@nissens.co.uk). Other equally engrossing walks organised by this superb, hands-on charity are from Meg Ryder (megryder83@hotmail.com).

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Doubles from £129. 01452 813688; thepainswick.co.uk

Claridge’s Christmas tree is always a show-stopper

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HOMETOWN GLORY The London beat is rocking with the best hotels, so why not pay a little yuletide visit? Edited by Daisy Finer

Grand but graceful, impressively large but with an over-riding sense of intimacy, the Rosewood is an ideal treat retreat and perhaps more than any other London hotel feels reminiscent of the palace hotels of Paris. With its arches, spiral marble staircase, 166-foot high cupola, walnut fittings, fires and mirrors, this Belle Époque building is reassuringly historic while the snappy staff and bedrooms ooze contemporary sophistication. Don’t expect anything new-fangled or trendy – a night here is about the mainstays of hospitality – total comfort, beds like clouds, staff that go out of their way to make you happy, a spa which truly delivers (plus a great and speedy Matthew Curtis hair salon), and a GM – Michael Bonsor – who has real charisma and injects everything with a sense of glamorous fun. No wonder then that both the Holborn Dining Room (especially for breakfast when you can try rising star and healthy chef Mira Manek’s saffron blossom honey compote with cinnamon granola) and Scarfes Bar – with its crackling fire, killer cocktails and snacks, squashy sofas and jazz evenings – have become places to be. BOOK IT: Doubles from £426, room only. rosewoodhotels. com/en/london

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FOOD & TRAVEL THE CURTAIN, Shoreditch

The most rock ’n’ roll opening in east London since Shoreditch House, this hotel and members’ club from the Gansevoort Group (its first outside New York) has music, food and art at its core. Rooms combine an industrial Meatpacking District vibe – exposed brick walls, black framed factory windows – with local touches, such as the Dalston Cola and Ozone Coffee in the drinks cabinet mini-bar. In the wardrobe, you’ll find a Men’s Society ‘Overindulgence Survival Kit’ (sleep mask, restorative bath oil) and a 1980s college locker-style photography collage by renowned British music industry snapper Mick Rock. Artwork is everywhere, from a Banksy in the members-only Imperial Room to an installation of wall-mounted stag heads wearing blindfolds by the entrance to the all-day taqueria, Tienda Roosteria. Other social spaces include the rooftop lido, a brasserie restaurant with a pool, a spa and LP, a live performance venue for members which doubles up as a workout zone for guests’ Boom Cycle classes. There’s also Red Rooster, an outpost of chef Marcus Samuelsson’s hugely successful Southern soul food restaurant (the original is in Harlem). Here, live music acts range from Afrobeat to reggae, and there’s a special gospel choir brunch on Sundays. BOOK IT: Doubles from £240. thecurtain.com

NOBU HOTEL SHOREDITCH

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With a Nobu restaurant at its heart and sophisticated minimalist design throughout, this hotel looks and feels as zen as you would expect – from the rattan shoji screens in the lobby bar to the black and gold corridors. Rooms, all angular lines and wooden floors, come with gold leather woven headboards behind the bed, ‘bento box’ gold cabinets to hide the television and minibar, and hand-painted abstract murals by Hackneybased artist Sichi on blackout night screens at the floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathrooms are all white except for custom-designed, gold-plated washbasins and showers. Kimonos replace dressing gowns and there is green tea and rice crackers to snack on, should you feel peckish. The main draw is the sub-level restaurant which has a ten-seater sushi bar facing the open kitchen at the front and a bar at the back with tan leather stools, high marble tables and Japanese whisky bottles lining the wall. The menu is a mix of the classics (Wagyu steak, black cod) and ‘Shoreditch Specials’, such as umami Chilean sea bass and king crab leg with creamy wasabi. DJs play house music at weekends, and there’s a tiered outdoor garden terrace with a bonsai tree and a bamboo fence. BOOK IT: Doubles from £249. nobuhotelshoreditch.com December 2017 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 161

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THE NED, The City

What was once the Midland Bank HQ is now a grand hotel and members’ club from Soho House and the US Sydell Group. Named after architect Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens who designed the building, the hotel still retains plenty of references to its former financial life, from the woodpanelled bank teller’s cabins which now hold booth seating in the restaurants to the membersonly Vault Room, which has the original 20-tonne door and 3,000 silver safety deposit boxes. The Grand Banking Hall has been transformed into a food court-style space with restaurants that include Italian Cecconi’s; Malibu Kitchen, inspired by healthy Californian fare; Jewish deli Zobler’s; and Asian-Pacific Kaia which serves up poke bowls and matcha pastries. Rooms range from intimate ‘Crash Pads’ with 1920s influenced bespoke floral wallpaper to ‘Heritage’ with French-polished walnut wall panelling, marble fireplaces and Art Deco dressing tables. There’s also a subterranean spa, a gym with a boxing ring and – perhaps the best spot of all – a rooftop pool where cityscape views stretch from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Gherkin. BOOK IT: Doubles from £250. thened.com

HENRIETTA, Covent Garden

Split across a pair of townhouses in one of the smartest streets off Covent Garden, this hotel is the result of a unique partnership between the Experimental Group and feted chef Ollie Dabbous, who earned a Michelin-star for his eponymous restaurant (now closed). And it’s his cooking that really makes this place a hit. The ground floor and glass-roof mezzanine are dedicated to the charming restaurant and bar, which has an open kitchen, foliage framed art and honeycomb-patterned terracotta tiles on the walls. The menu is seasonal but includes delicious dishes such as grilled flatbread with sesame labneh, topped with pickled vegetables and the prettiest spring blossoms; burrata with nectarine, honey and lemon thyme; and barbecued octopus served with crushed peas, broad beans and sour cream. Upstairs, the 18 rooms – brass lights on marble bedside tables, 1970s retro armchairs in pink velvet and fabric bedheads inspired by Milanese door frames – are designed by the group’s regular collaborator Dorothée Meilichzon. The Mrs Dalloway, a crowd-pleasing cocktail of aperol, peach, lime juice, lavender bitters and egg white, makes the perfect nightcap. BOOK IT: Doubles from £250. henriettahotel.com 162 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | December 2017

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BATTY LANGLEY’S, Shoreditch

Give the grande dames of the West End a miss and head east instead to where the hip crowd hang. But don’t fret, it’s not all as cool as you might think, unless deeply comfortable beds, squashy sofas, rich jewel tones, an honesty bar and even a dinky little terrace do it for you. No, at this little Georgian gem of a hotel, located down a cobbled street with oldfashioned lamplights, you won’t find some trendy designer with an unpronounceable name, a resident DJ or a crowd at the bar all dressed in black with thick glasses on, and thank goodness for that, we say. Instead you’ll find a warm and charming atmosphere; rooms filled with fourposters, swagged silks and proper heavy furniture. Stick around for breakfast in bed: you’ll feel rather like the Queen on your plumped up pillows tucking into a smoked salmon bagel and a crumbly croissant. And just two doors down you’ll find the extraordinary Dennis Severs’ House, which if you haven’t ever visited, you must: it’s one of the city’s most unusual off-the-beaten track attractions. This is British quirkiness at its best. BOOK IT: Doubles from £250. battylangleys.com

THE BERKELEY, Knightsbridge

Unapologetically urban, but with a nod to a colourful global aesthetic, the recently unveiled redesign of areas of The Berkeley proves that you can indeed improve upon a classic. Architectural legend Richard Rogers is responsible for the dramatic new entrance, a towering glass canopy supported by sculpted carbon fibre beams. Inside, designer Robert Angell has worked real magic on the Collins Room, collaborating with de Gournay to create the gorgeous hand-painted wallpaper featuring cherry blossom and birds. It’s the prettiest place in London for high tea, but step across the lobby to the Blue Bar, where those classic Lutyens blue panels have been given a zany update with modern pops of colour and an intoxicatingly colourful cocktail menu. Upstairs, the first floor has been redesigned by the John Heath Design Studio, who have created exotic modern rooms mixing Asian and British design. Expect a sensual mixture of Thai silk, Chinese wool and Swedish wood to create an interior that’s artisanal but never twee, dramatic but always serene. Combined with the Bamford Haybarn Spa, with facials by Oskia, and a delicious rooftop pool, as well as breathtakingly good service, this is a hotel to return to, again and again. BOOK IT: Doubles from £510. the-berkeley.co.uk ■ December 2017 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | 163

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THE ESSENTIALS

STAY The Norman is an Art Deco gem, situated on a quiet street near Rothschild Boulevard. Widely regarded as the best hotel in the city, movers and shakers check in here for all the five-star bells and whistles of a larger property.

Jaffa, Tel Aviv

THE WEEKENDER

TEL AVIV A city of the world, says Olivia Palamountain

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SEE The Shuk Hapishpeshim flea market has been trading for over 100 years. A labyrinth of cafés, bars and shops, selling everything from antiques to hip clothing from young designers.

The city is fringed by gold sand beaches

BOOK IT The Norman Doubles, from £332 per room per night, excluding tax. thenorman.com

Museum of Art

Flights from London to Tel Aviv with Elal, from £299. elal.com

The phenomenal Museum of Art (tamuseum.org.il) is another must-see, for its huge collection of Israeli art as well as highlights from the greats including Chagall, Klimt, Kandinsky and Picasso. Don’t miss the vast Lichtensteins that hang in the foyer – just a hint of what’s to come. After a day of culture gear up for a night on the town with pre-party drinks in the Florentin neighbourhood, then a night on the tiles at either Beit Maariv or The Block (block-club. com). These are the go-to clubs for intense house and techno nights, attracting the cream of international DJs.

EAT Food is the heart and soul of Tel Aviv. If hummus is a religion here then Abu Hassan is God. Creamy, rich in tahini and served still warm from the mixer. Port Sa’id, hidden in a square behind the Great Synagogue, is the place for people watching.

BUY Shenkin Street is packed with Israeli fashion and design boutiques, from Maya Geller’s new store (mayageller. com) selling statement jewellery worn by the likes of Alexa Chung, to Scorcher, a favourite run by a mother/ daughter team.

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hanks to the city’s multicultural heritage and Jewish influences, from America to Ashkenazi Eastern Europe, the Mizrachi Yemen, and, in recent years, many from Russia, Israel’s thriving second city is a melting pot of attitudes and flavours, set against fabulous beaches, Bauhaus architecture and some of the most beautiful people on the planet. Add a 24-hour party culture to the mix and you’ve got one helluva weekend. The picturesque port town of Jaffa is evolving into a destination in its own right, with easy access to some of the Tel Aviv’s best beaches and a cool ancient-meets-modern vibe, thanks to the growing band of artists and young bohemians that are making it their home.

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LIVE UNFORGETTABLE

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You can’t beat NYC for festive cheer

CRYSTAL PALACE Few cities rival New York for the theatre of Christmas, says Rosalyn Wikeley, and a stay at the glittering Baccarat Hotel seals the deal

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ew York can be bitterly cold come winter but the city puts on a Christmas show like no other. Make your base Baccarat’s flagship hotel on 53rd Street and check in for their Sparkling Season package – you’ll have your very own winter wonderland. Just think of all that crystal. Like being on the set of Frozen, it’s everywhere; the chandeliers, the wall, champagne flutes and even toothbrush holders. There’s no icy atmosphere though as the winter sun spills into the grand salon where an elaborate afternoon tea lures in locals and visitors alike (don’t overdo it if you want to enjoy supper). Even the pool is ridiculously glamorous, a 55-foot sunken marble ballroom (yes, really) while the La Mer Spa takes the edge off any Central Park chill with warming bespoke massages.

ABOVE & BELOW: Baccarat Hotel

The food is posh and comforting: think quail’s egg croque madame and lobster alongside burger royales. But, of course, you’ve come to New York to shop, so they’ve teamed up with upmarket store Henri Bendel. Within 24 hours of booking your trip, a personal shopper will contact you to get an idea of what you’re looking for, before whisking you into the VIP private salon to view pre-selected gift items over champagne when you arrive. They then sort the wrapping and the sending. Genius. If you’ve got time for a bit of culture (which you will now all that shopping is out of the way), head to MoMa and opt for a Masters tour or visit the museum’s first ever fashion exhibition Don’t miss MoMa’s Items Items – which poses the question, exhibition is fashion modern? And don’t miss The Metropolitan Opera, which has scheduled in some winter classics: Le Nozze Di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel and Tosca. The explosion of elaborate costumes, chandeliers cascading from the ceiling and well-dressed spectators promise an evening of unfettered glamour. After all, it’s not Christmas in New York until you’ve scrubbed up and watched a show. The Sparkling Season package, inclusive of breakfast for two each morning and a one-time food and beverage credit of £76, from around £1,124. baccarathotels.com

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N E W YO R K

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND 2018

Where should you be this Winter?

Villas

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Hotels

attlefields

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FOOD & TRAVEL NEWS

GASTRO GOSSIP

THIS MONTH

STOCKING FILLERS

Forget mince pies, Santa wants a nice bottle of cognac this year

HOLY CHEESE

Patricia Michelson, owner of La Fromagerie, has a few ideas for the festive cheese board: ‘Start with a goats’ cheese to refresh your palate, Sinodun Hill from Oxfordshire isn’t too strong; next, go with something crumbly, like Fleur de Maquis, from Corsican Ewe’s milk. Made near Zurich, Chällerhocker cow’s milk cheese has more bite and richness, which I’d follow with Torta de Dehesa, an unpasteurised ewe’s milk cheese from Salamanca that you can eat with a spoon. Finish with a Rogue River Blue from Oregon – it’s so ballsy that you won’t forget it in a hurry.’

GETTING COCKY

You’ve bought the temperature probe, cooked its legs separately and rested it for longer than your great-uncle’s postprandial somnolence, but still don’t get turkey? How about a cockerel instead? One bird will generously feed six, so it’s perfect for smaller family gatherings. Farmison & Co sources a distinctly delicious variety from the North York Moors. £49.95. farmison.com

HOT SHOTS The wild game industry continues to grow apace. Purdey, Boisdale and Taste of Game have come together to celebrate those making it happen with the inaugural Eat Game Awards. You have until 28 February to make your nominations. eatgameawards.co.uk

1 BUY The Michelin-starred chef’s choice, Savernake’s Wiltshire-made carving knife will make short work of the turkey. £260. savernakeknives.co.uk 2 DRINK Louis XIII The Origin 1874 – too good to set fire to the pud with. £4,900. harrods.com 3 READ Show some good will and buy Hawksmoor’s new book – all royalties go to Action Against Hunger. £30. thehawksmoor.com 4 EAT Props to Liberty for its pretty paisley print pud. £19.95. liberty.co.uk

KNIGHTSBRIDGE FACELIFT Harrods’ historic food hall is undergoing a swish two-year renovation by David Collins Studio, starting with a new Roastery and Bake Hall, both of which are now open. Signature bakes include a baguette that has been cold-proved for 48 hours, Montaigu butter croissants and rolls made with a laminated-dough technique. Gluten worshippers, rejoice. harrods.com 168 | COUNTRYANDTOWNHOUSE.CO.UK | December 2017

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BOTTLE BANK Stash these emergency bottles to help you get through the festive period

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6 Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage 2000, £1,200. clos19.com

11 Bulleit Ten-year-old whisky, £42.95. thewhiskyexchange.com

16 Chase Espresso vodka, £40. chasedistillery.co.uk

7 Berry Bros & Rudd Grand Cru champagne by Mailly, £28.50. bbr.com

12 Johnnie Walker Limited-edition Blue Label, £200. whiskyshop.com

17 Cointreau Golden Age limited edition, £29.99. selfridges.com

13 The Duppy Share Caribbean rum, £30.50. theduppyshare.com

18 Grey Goose Gift tube vodka, £38.99. ocado.com

14 Wimbledon Brewery Quartermaine IPA, 330ml, £2. wimbledonbrewery.com

19 No 1 Rosemary Water Sparkling box of 12, £35.40. rosemarywater.com

15 The Last Drop Distillers 1971 Vintage Blended Scotch whisky, £3,000. lastdropdistillers.com

20 Fever-Tree Clementine and cinnamon tonic water, 500ml, £1.70. waitrose.com

8 Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé in a metal robe, £70. thechampagnecompany.com 9 Pol Roger Sir Winston Churchill 2006, £160. harrods.com 10 il Serraglio Lambrusco, £15. thevinobeano.com

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HOTEL SECRETS Be the host with the most and serve Martyn Nail’s mince pies from Claridge’s

Q&A

MARTYN NAIL Executive chef at Claridge’s

What was the first dish you learnt to cook? A Victoria sandwich with my grandmother… the second was fairy cakes because we had three spoonfuls of mixture left over. Although, I would have rather licked the bowl. Least favourite ingredient? Saffron. For some reason I always avoid it but we do have saffron in the kitchen because we use saffron water in the ravioli paste to give it colour.

INGREDIENTS MAKES 24 FOR THE MINCEMEAT:

» 1 orange » 2 Granny Smith apples » 25g raisins » 250g currants » 75g mixed peel » 25ml brandy » 25ml rum » 15ml Grand Marnier » 300g light brown sugar » 50g shredded suet » 1 tsp ground nutmeg » 1 tsp mixed spice » 1 tsp ground ginger » 1 tsp ground cloves » 2 tsp ground cinnamon » 50g unsalted butter,

What’s your idea of the dream meal? By the Amalfi Coast or in Capri, for the delicious seafood and pasta, all beautifully hand-made, with one or two glasses of equally delicious wine.

METHOD

Zest and juice the orange and reserve both juice and zest. Cut what’s left of the orange into small pieces, then place in a small saucepan and fill with enough water to cover. Simmer for about one hour until completely soft, adding more water as needed to keep covered. In a large bowl, grate the apples. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the butter, and mix well. When the orange is soft, drain then combine with the reserved juice and zest in the blender and purée until cut into small cubes smooth. Stir the orange purée into the mincemeat mixture. Transfer and frozen to the jar or an airtight container and refrigerate for at least one week. Place the flour, butter and salt in a mixing bowl. Rub the butter into FOR THE PASTRY: » 350g plain flour, plus extra the flour until it resembles pea-sized pieces. Add the measured water for dusting and vinegar and mix until the dough comes together. Turn the dough » 220g cold unsalted butter, out on to your work surface. Gently knead two or three times to create cut into 1cm pieces » 1 tsp salt a semi-smooth dough with some small lumps of butter. Pat into a disc » 120g ice-cold water shape, wrap in clingfilm and chill for 45 minutes. » ½ tsp white wine vinegar On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a » 1 egg yolk, mixed with a splash of cream, for large circle, 1–2mm thick. Cut out a 7cm round in the edge the egg wash of the dough and double-check that it fits nicely into a cup » Caster sugar, for dusting in your mince pie tray before you cut out a further 23 circles. Lay the rounds directly into your mince pie trays. Cut out 24 smaller rounds, or stars, for the pie lids. Refrigerate all pastry shapes for 15–20 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a medium bowl, mix the mincemeat with the frozen butter cubes. Spoon one tablespoon of mincemeat into each case. Place the smaller rounds on top of each pie and gently press to create a seal. Brush with the egg wash. Bake the pies for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden. As soon as the pies come out of the oven, dust heavily with caster sugar. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. These can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week, but are best served warm.

Tell us something about yourself that you think we’d be surprised by? I’ve ridden a horse at The Horse of the Year show at Wembley. When you’re not on duty, where do you like to eat out in London? Perilla in Newington Green. It’s a bit of a trek for me but well worth the journey. Ben apprenticed with me, so I know him really well and enjoy his food. How would you describe life behind the scenes at Claridge’s? I liken the kitchen to being a train that never stops. It slows a little bit to allow people and goods on and off, and then it speeds up again and everyone has to be on board. What’s the best thing about Christmas at Claridge’s? The day they put the tree up in November, because nobody knows what it’s going to look like. How can we stop our turkey from drying out? Remove the legs, which helps to break down the bird and reduce cooking time. We bone and stuff the legs and cook the crown separately.

RECIPE EXTRACTED FROM CLARIDGE’S THE COOKBOOK BY MARTYN NAIL AND MEREDITH ERICKSON, £30 (OCTOPUS) , IMAGES BY JOHN CAREY AND CLYM EVERNDEN

MINCE PIES

During the festive season, it starts to feel like we’ve been making mince pies forever, especially in the pastry department where, in the past, there could be a mise en place request for 5,000 pies to be made overnight. We typically make an average of 1,000 a week during the season.

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R E S TA U R A N T R E V I E W S

BEST FOR BOOZE

FORK & FIELD

Go on... it’s silly season

‘Tis the season to pig out, says Anastasia Bernhardt

COUNTRY

ANDRÉ GARRETT at Cliveden, Berks

As if Cliveden’s notorious history weren’t enough – it’s where, of course, Christine Keeler and John Profumo splashed about in the pool during a brief affair that scandalised Macmillan’s ruling Conservative party – add in André Garrett’s impeccably simple cooking and it’s a winning formula. Cliveden embodies the new wave country-house hotel – gone are the dress codes, heavy dishes and silver service, usurped by respectful informality, provenance of food and guest-driven service, and it’s all the better for it. Don’t overdo the bread, courses are punctuated by a truffly amuse bouche here and a foie gras titbit there, while the main events – Devon lamb rack, Cornish turbot – are treated deftly and deferentially, leaving you light enough for a postprandial stroll around those lovely grounds. Mains from £28. clivedenhouse.co.uk

TOWN

CUB, N1 When master mixologist Mr Lyan is involved with a restaurant, you know the drinks will come first. In a venture with Doug McMaster, of Brighton’s pioneering restaurant Silo, the pair have turned conventional dining on its head. Mr Lyan would not thank you for thinking this is a cocktail ‘pairing’ as such – more a tongue-twisting journey where drinks and dishes lead pleasingly into the next. lyancub.com

JEAN-GEORGES at The Connaught, W1

The Connaught has a knack for choosing chefs. First there was Michel Bourdin, who stayed for 26 years, then Angela Hartnett and Hélène Darroze followed. Only a chef as renowned as Jean-Georges Vongerichten could complete the picture. While Darroze’s offering is fancy schmancy, Jean-Georges’ spot is comforting and ‘casual’ (if you can call a £29 shrimp salad such). If spaceships had conservatories, this is what they would look like, with iridescent disc pendants suspended from the ceiling and a fiery stained glass window designed by artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. And that is not a criticism in the slightest, more to say that this place is fun, futuristic and progressive. While you’ve undoubtedly heard about the black truffle pizza, the true star is the 28-day grass fed rib eye for two. Tasting menu, £88. the-connaught.co.uk

DISHES OF THE MONTH…

Tom Kerridge grows his Marlow empire

MARGOT, W1 This tip top Italian has an impressive by-the-glass wine list that includes a Hermitage La Chapelle. You can’t fail to be seduced by Paulo de Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën’s characteristically Italian passion for this project. They were formerly maître d’s of Bar Boulud and La Petite Maison, respectively, so they know a thing or two about showing you a good time. margotrestaurant.com

1 Coleman’s Hanky-Panky at The American Bar at The Savoy – perfect for toasting its newly acquired status as the world’s number one bar. 2 Sausage rolls at the bar of The Butcher’s Tap, yet another Marlow pub by Tom Kerridge. 3 British coast-caught crab flaked into a devilishly gooey mac ‘n’ cheese at Claw Carnaby.

MINNOW, SW4 Minnow is a great new addition to the already excellent choice of restaurants near Clapham Common. Set up by the son of the owners of Knockinaam Lodge in Scotland, it gets top marks for its cocktail list, which draws on local historic characters, suffused with ingredients as unexpected as seawater and beer jam. minnowclapham.co.uk

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PROPERTY HOUSE OF THE MONTH What is unique about it? This ancient but fully restored medieval house has state-of-the-art technology, with a seamlessly blended new wing. Though it sits on a quiet, little used lane, it is under an hour from London. Who would like living here? People who value quality, individuality and love to entertain friends. It will appeal to those who enjoy a high-end lifestyle and want to be within easy reach of London. What are the gardens like? Included in its 50 acres are four acres of manicured gardens designed by multi-award-winning designer, Roger Platts. Specimen trees and plants have been chosen to create vistas from every corner with colours changing through the seasons. Best nearby shops? Edenbridge, Oxted, Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells are all close by and Battersea heliport is just ten minutes by helicopter, so you could be in Harrods in under 30 minutes.

The Old Dairy Farm, Crockham Hill, Edenbridge Price on application 5 bedrooms 5 bathrooms 6,822sq/ft 50 acres

Any good schools in the area? There’s a mix of excellent state and private schools including Hazelwood, Sevenoaks and Tonbridge public schools, Sevenoaks Prep, Radnor House, Walthamstow Hall, The New Beacon in Sevenoaks, Woldingham and Lingfield Notre Dame. What’s the commute to London like? Trains run from Oxted to London Victoria (ten minutes’ drive from The Old Dairy Farm) approximately every 30 minutes. The journey takes around 40 minutes. So, what’s the downside? Some may find the need to take a course in controlling the extensive and varied technical controls to minimise frustration, but so long as the temperature controlled wine cellar remains accessible, the frustration can be overcome. The current owner says… ‘After 30 years of creating this truly magical home, it is time to enjoy other pursuits. It has been a labour of love and the time is right to see others enjoy the fruits of our labour and hopefully love it as much as we do.’ theolddairyfarmestate.com; jandjlondon.com 020 8720 6909

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Apartments for sale in family-friendly Les Gets through Athena Advisers (and below right)

LET’S INVEST IN…

A SKI CHALET Not only do you get great holidays, but they’re a shrewd long-term investment too, says Anna Tyzack

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f skiing is your thing, nothing beats returning from a day in the powder to a relaxing bath in your own chalet. A slope-side home is the ultimate of lifestyle investments, according to Giles Gale of Mark Warner Property. Even Brexit and a weaker pound don’t seem to be holding British buyers back, he says. ‘Almost half of our buyers last year were British – so long as you choose the right resort and take a long-term view, property ownership in the Alps can be a fun and lucrative investment.’ The ‘right resort’ depends on your budget and the type of skiing you enjoy. Chamonix in France, for example, is famous for extreme off-piste skiing, while nearby Megève attracts those who appreciate a piste-side Michelin-star restaurant. There is also the question of travel: buyers, according to Lloyd Hughes of Athena Advisers, tend to fall into two categories; those that want to be in a resort within 90 minutes of an airport (Verbier and Zell am See fall into this category) and those that don’t mind the three and a half hours it takes to travel to further-flung resorts such as Val d’Isère. Unless you have the £5m required to buy a decent chalet in a prime resort such as Meribel in France or Verbier in Swizerland, Hughes recommends looking to ‘back door’ resorts, smaller, lesser-known villages that share the same ski areas – Tignes 1800, for example, a new Savoyarde-style resort in France which is linked to Val d’Isère. Here MGM Properties is selling 20 apartments from € 315,000, with access to

a spa with swimming pool, children’s paddling pool and gym (020 7494 0706; mgmfrenchproperties.com). France has the highest volume of managed new-build apartments and the cheapest mortgages. French resorts such as Alpe d’Huez and Châtel have the potential for future growth, Hughes continues, as they are in the process of being upgraded. ‘They had become a bit tired but all that is changing as more than € 200m is being pumped into the infrastructure of Alpe d’Huez.’ In these resorts increasing numbers of properties are failing to reach the standards required by letting agents, putting a rental premium on newer or more recently renovated apartments. For those after a pretty mountain village without

ABOVE & RIGHT: Apartment interiors at Tignes 1800, for sale through MGM Properties

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Penthouse at Cristal de Jade in Chamonix on sale through MGM Properties

the high prices of premium resorts such as Lech in Austria and Zermatt in Switzerland, there is Obergurgl in Austria, a high altitude and traditionallooking resort in a snowy bowl, and also the lakeside resort of Zell am See, both of which have good potential for capital growth. ‘Zell am See attracts as many visitors in summer as in winter and is soon to be linked to the nearby resort of Saalbach, expanding the ski area to more than 300km,’ Gale explains. For families, Hughes also recommends Les Gets, an understated but charming alternative to Megève. ‘It’s tree-lined, sporty and beautiful in summer,’ he says. One-bed apartments in the new Front de Neige development, just metres from the main lift, cost from € 539,000 (020 7471 4500; athenaadvisers.com). Depending on when they were built (and the resort), the oldest chalets and apartments tend to have more character and are often more spacious, although buyers pay a premium. New builds, meanwhile, have the benefit of modern kitchens, underfloor heating and access to communal spas, sports facilities and management

schemes. ‘If you have to refit a ski property it can be a very expensive and time consuming process,’ he says. Before the 2008 credit crisis, British buyers were less concerned by the rental potential of their ski property but nowadays this tends to be a major consideration, according to Gale. If you buy a well-located, attractively finished property in a known although not necessarily prime resort, you can expect to achieve four or five per cent net yield on a short-term buy-to-let basis. France, Austria and Switzerland all have transparent buying processes and attractive finance options for British buyers – repayment mortgages of up to 85 per cent loan to value on a fixed rate of 1.2 per cent over 20 years in France. Here it is also possible to claim back VAT on your purchase: the buyer of the Penthouse at Cristal de Jade in Chamonix, on the market with MGM Properties and arguably the best apartment in the resort, can claim back € 500,000. Are you not limiting your scope for future ski holidays by locking yourself in to a particular resort? According to Jessica Delaney of Alpine Marketing, rather than binding you to one ski area, a managed alpine property can pay for you to enjoy other resorts. ‘You simply use the rental return to fund a trip to a different ski area,’ she explains. But if you invest in a resort you love, which has extensive skiing and a buzzy atmosphere, you will probably decide to stay put. Your own home in the mountains, according to Delaney, adds an X-factor to your ski holidays that is impossible to replicate in a hotel.

ON THE UP

Alpe d’Huez, France

With 300 days of sunshine and a €350m upgrade, Alpe d’Huez is one to watch, particularly given that it is due to be connected to Les Deux Alps by 2020. Beausoleil replaces the existing hotel in a ski in ski out location at the top of village. Apartments from €315,000–€1.64m. 020 7471 4500; athenaadvisers.com

Obergurgl, Austria Austria’s highest altitude village in a snowy bowl, just 80 minutes from Innsbruck airport with 110km of skiing and the extreme skiing resort of Sölden nearby. Chalet Edel is a new development of furnished apartments with access to luxury five-star hotel spa with pool and concierge facilities with prices starting at €547,000. 020 7935 5132; alpinemarketing.com

Zell am See, Austria Due to be linked to Saalbach next year, this pretty lakeside resort is as popular in summer as it is in winter. The Elements Resort is a luxury apart-hotel opposite the main lift and a ten-minute walk from the lake, with restaurant, wellness and heated outdoor pool. One-bed apartment (sleeps four), from €277,000. 020 7692 0786; markwarnerproperty.com

Grimentz, Switzerland Known already for its scenic ski touring and pretty chalets, Grimentz is now linked to the village of Zinal via a 3km cable car, doubling the ski area. Chalet Ceil in the exclusive Les Flives area has spectacular views from its living room and kitchen. €1.55m. 020 7692 0786; markwarnerproperty.com

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LIVE LIKE EDWARD...

MY LIFE IN PROPERTY

EDWARD BULMER Architectural historian and founder of Edward Bulmer Natural Paint Where was your first home? My grandma’s flat in Warwick Square, Pimlico, but my heart was in Herefordshire where I grew up. Where do you live now? Herefordshire! Favourite room in the house? Our music room is the centre of family life. We congregate there when the girls are home with their friends.

THE STARTER HOME A flat in Warwick Square, Pimlico, £900,000 A charming two-bedroom within an elegant stucco-fronted Thomas Cubitt-designed house. It is also share of freehold and has private access to award-winning square gardens with a newly resurfaced tennis court. jackson-stops.co.uk; braithwait.co.uk

If you could buy a second house where would it be? Squaring homelessness

Edward Bulmer

with the ownership of second homes troubles me but if I could get over myself, I would choose the west coast of Scotland for sublimity or Tuscany to please the family.

you prepared to make when buying a house? I have always felt whatever you buy will involve compromise unless you have untold wealth.

What do you look for when you’re house hunting? I can’t

If money was no object, where would you live in London? The world? Covent Garden

resist classical houses but in many ways I feel more than I look – the atmosphere is really important.

– for its history, old buildings and world-class theatre and music. In the world it would have to be somewhere where you could just live off the land and the effects of climate change would be negligible – so I might as well stay put in England.

Where do you see yourself living in the future? Around my family I hope – we have three daughters. I would really like to build us a totally sustainable house on a good site with classical lines.

What compromises are

What has been your most extravagant home purchase? Edward’s eco-friendly paint range

A pile in Herefordshire, £1.55m Grove House near Ludlow is a pretty Grade II-listed house dating back to the 14th century. There is a wealth of entertaining space: large reception rooms downstairs and a beautiful galleried landing. There is also ancillary accommodation together with formal and walled gardens, paddocks and lots of outbuildings. 01242 548000; savills.com

Our music room required a steel beam to hold up 23 tonnes of masonry, which cost an arm and a leg and our bedroom wallpaper cost more to restore than the rest of the house did to paint.

What advice would you give to a first-time buyer? Rent in the area you like first – to make sure you really do like it and then keep your ear to the ground. Our house was never actually ‘for sale’; we just came along at the right time because we were in the right place. Edward’s home in Herefordshire

THE FOREVER HOME

THE PROJECT A farmhouse to restore in Tuscany, €520,000 Hidden in the Chianti hills, this farmhouse has stunning views and plentiful accommodation. While the property is in need of some love, it is habitable and connected to electricity. Siena is a half an hour drive away. 01223 828300; casatuscany.com

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HARFORD MANOR, 1Berkshire

This new-build, between Windsor and Ascot, is as jaw-dropping as its price tag. Surrounded by 40 acres, it has its own helipad. The estate is an equestrian enthusiast’s dream, with stabling, arena and stick and ball pitch. There’s a leisure complex and tennis court, and the master bedroom has what must surely be Britain’s largest walk-in wardrobe. £30m. 01753 834600; savills.com

END MANOR, Surrey 3CAMP

Arguably the finest house on St George’s Hill, and the flashiest new build on the market this year, Camp End Manor is a neo-Palladian mansion, which – thanks to its elevated positions – has an uninterrupted outlook over 20 miles of Surrey countryside. It’s enormous – 1,600 sq/m – with an elliptic self-supporting stone staircase at its centre, five suites and a full leisure complex with pool, sauna, steam room, gym and cinema. £25m. 020 7861 1378; knightfrank.com

JORDANS, Buckinghamshire 2OLD FIVE OF THE BEST

SUPER MANSIONS

They’re big, they’re brash but they’re also irresistible. Anna Tyzack picks the most luxurious super estates on the market this winter

4 PINEWOOD, Surrey

Built of ambassadorial proportions for a financier in 1800, Pinewood is even more luxurious today, having undergone a most decadent renovation. The ninebedroom house now boasts underfloor heating, surround sound and air conditioning, and there is a gym, cinema and a massive spa complex with indoor and outdoor pool. Staff have their own cottage and a commercial kitchen in the house and London is just 18 miles away. £15.5m. 020 7016 3780; savills.com

A unique super estate, with a seven-bedroom, 18th-century manor house, numerous outbuildings and guest cottages. It was owned by The Quaker Trust for 400 years and served as the hiding place for Quakers from Oliver Cromwell before it underwent a lavish overhaul. The ancient barns are now modern exhibition spaces that have, of late, been a historic car museum. £15m. 020 7861 1378; knightfrank.com

5 KINGSMEAD, Surrey

This classic country estate just outside Farnham is surrounded by manicured gardens and 32 acres of wildflower meadows, orchards and woodland. The house itself is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece with a double-height oak panelled reception hall, tastefully restored to include all modern luxuries, including a pool house with indoor pool and spa. Outside there is another pool, tennis court, stables and staff quarters. £15m. 020 7935 5797; barnes-privateoffice.com

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Exclusive marine estate ø 6 bedrooms ø 4 bathrooms ø leisure suite and heated outdoor swimming pool ø front and rear landscaped gardens ø over 6,000 sq ft of accommodation ø EPC rating = F

Outstanding barn conversion in 10 acres ø 1 bedroom guest annexe ø quadruple garage ø landscaped gardens, pond and paddocks ø EPC rating = C

Guide £3.25 million Freehold

Guide £2.65 million Freehold

Savills Petworth james.machell@savills.com 01798 345996

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WISBOROUGH GREEN, west sussex

Grade ll listed farmhouse ø renovation or re-development opportunity ø glorious downland setting ø main house and detached Sussex barn ø further outbuildings and stores ø lawns, orchard & grass tennis court

Grade ll listed character home ø delightful gardens and paddock in all about 1 acre ø 2 reception rooms ø 4 bedrooms ø kitchen/ breakfast room ø ensuite bathroom and family bathroom ø oak framed garage

Guide £1.895 million Freehold

Guide £1.295 million Freehold

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1 STUNNING ARCHITECT DESIGNED CEDAR CLAD HOME chorleywood, hertfordshire Eco-friendly code 5 sustainable home ø 30ft reception room with drop down cinema screen ø family room and study ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 5 bedrooms ø 4 bath/shower rooms ø gated entrance ø Photovoltaic lighting ø Rako controlled lighting and blinds ø Sonos sound system ø large entertaining terrace ø overall plot about 0.5 acres ø 399 sq m (4,302 sq ft) ø EPC=B

Savills Rickmansworth Sue Trybus strybus@savills.com

01923 725500

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1 A BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED AND EXCEPTIONALLY BRIGHT FAMILY HOUSE stanford road, w8 Double reception room ø open plan eat-in kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 2 further bedrooms ø 1 further bathroom ø sitting room/bedroom 4 ø study/bedroom 5 ø terraced garden ø 196 sq m (2,109 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Savills Kensington Kit Allen kallen@savills.com

020 7535 3300

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1 NEWLY BUILT HOUSE IN SOUGHT AFTER MEWS london, sw1x Substantial kitchen ø dining area ø first floor drawing room ø media room ø 3 bedroom suites ø study/bedroom 4 with en suite shower room ø terrace ø garage ø utility room ø EPC = C

Savills Knightsbridge William Duckworth-Chad wdchad@savills.com

020 7581 5234 Guide £7.95 million Freehold

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Flood Street, Chelsea SW3 A very special three bedroom Chelsea townhouse This beautifully presented freehold house is situated in the heart of Chelsea and benefits from well arranged family accommodation and an exceptional roof terrace. Flood Street is ideally positioned to enjoy all the amenities of the area and runs south from the King's Road. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, family room, study, kitchen, guest cloakroom, patio, roof terrace, vaults. EPC: E. Approximately 191 sq m (2,051 sq ft).       Freehold Guide price: £3,950,000

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A spectacular double-fronted period house Recently refurbished to offer stylish, contemporary living behind a Victorian facade, this house offers plenty of flexible living space, as well as an abundance of natural light. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen/dining/family room, media room, study, utility room, garden and private parking. EPC: F. Approximately 325.71 sq m (3,506 sq ft).   Freehold

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Buckinghamshire A ‘super estate’ of rare historical pedigree Beaconsfield 3 miles, Heathrow Airport 16 miles, Central London 28 miles A one-off property with a unique combination of old and new. Incorporating the beautiful 18th century period manor house, the house has a modern feel with open plan accommodation, excellent garaging and ample guest accommodation overlooking Japanese inspired gardens. 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 6 reception rooms, Car collection garage, Breathtaking gardens. About 21,465 sq ft (1,994 m) in total. In all about 6 acres.

Guide price: £15,000,000

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PARK VIEW Three Elegant Apartments with Hyde Park Views

102 Mount Street, London W1K 2TH T: 020 7493 6935 E: mail@wetherell.co.uk

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Park Lane

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Park Lane

Interior by Nicholas Haslam.Three Bedroom Suites, Double Reception, Family Kitchen and Separate Guest Annex. 24hr Concierge and Parking by Separate Arrangement.

Interior by Fenton Whelan. Large Open Plan Reception/ Dining Room with Direct Park Views from Terrace, Three Bedroom Suites and 24hr Porter.

Stunning Duplex Penthouse with Private Roof Terrace Overlooking Hyde Park. Three Bedroom Suites, Large Open Plan Reception, Porter and ‘In & Out’ Driveway.

£6,950 per week

£5,500 per week

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Tenant Fees Apply - £240.00 inclusive of VAT is payable by the Tenant for Wetherell conducting tenant checks, credit checks and drawing up a tenancy agreement. Cost is payable per unit dwelling.

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A well-presented three-bedroom apartment in this exclusive Knightsbridge block Trevor Square, Knightsbrigdge SW7 • pacious reception room • ree bedrooms • Two en-suite bathrooms

GUIDE PRICE £5,950,000 LEASEHOLD APPROXIMATELY 984 YEARS EPC RATING E

• ar parking space • 24-hour concierge and security • Approx. 1, 7 sq ft / 14 sq m

CONTACT KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE +44 (0)20 7893 8343 leila.dyominova@harrodsestates.com

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A spacious two-bedroom apartment in this prestigious block opposite Harrods Lancelot Place, Knightsbridge SW7 • Two large receptions rooms • Two double bedrooms • Large underground parking space

GUIDE PRICE £6,750,000 LEASEHOLD APPROXIMATELY 988 YEARS EPC RATING B

• Health suite with swimming pool • 24-hour concierge and security • Approx. 1,977sq ft / 184sq m

CONTACT KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE +44 (0)20 7225 8044 jake.irwin-brown@harrodsestates.com

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An impressive central skylight creates a bright and airy living space. Matching people and property in London for over 160 years.

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Scampston Mews, W10 £2,000,000 This unique mews house has been architecturally designed, finished to the highest standard and is located moments from Portobello Road. Freehold.

• Terraced house • Off-street parking • Exceptional specification North Kensington Sales: 020 8033 9028 sales.nkn@marshandparsons.co.uk

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TEDWORTH SQUARE, SW3

CHESTER ROW, SW1W

This elegant, second floor flat, has an excellent sized reception room overlooking the communal gardens to which the flat has access. A wider than average hall, creates the possibility of a dining area close to the kitchen. Conveniently situated close to Sloane Square underground, Burton Court gardens and the shops and restaurants on the Kings Road.

This classic Belgravia house, has been recently refurbished to a high standard. The ground floor reception room, has French windows, which open onto a terrace that overlooks a secluded, south facing garden. The kitchen is beautifully designed with a large dining area and double doors leading onto the garden.

TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS - BATHROOM - RECEPTION ROOM KITCHEN - ACCESS TO COMMUNAL GARDENS

£750 per week

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RECEPTION ROOM - EAT-IN KITCHEN - MASTER BEDROOM - EN-SUITE BATHROOM - TWO FURTHER DOUBLE BEDROOMS - FOURTH BEDROOM/ FAMILY ROOM - FAMILY BATHROOM - SHOWER ROOM - UTILITY ROOM PATIO GARDEN

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QUEEN’S GATE GARDENS, SW7

ASHBURN PLACE, SW7

This fabulous, third floor flat in an elegant, corner building, overlooks the communal gardens. The flat has been totally refurbished throughout, with wood floors, new bathrooms, good sized kitchen and excellent storage space. With windows on two sides, this flat is wonderfully light and the reception space is arranged to create a separate living and dining area. Conveniently located within walking distance of both South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations.

A wonderful, recently renovated, ground and garden maisonette, which has been updated to a very high standard and is located moments from Gloucester Road underground and all the shops, restaurants and facilities of South Kensington. This property has a spacious and airy ground floor living room with an open plan, modern, white kitchen. The property has two bedrooms with the large master bedroom having plenty of wardrobe space, as well as an ensuite bathroom. The second bedroom, currently has bespoke bunk beds, which can be adapted if required. There is also a separate shower room and guest W.C.

THREE DOUBLE BEDROOMS - TWO BATHROOMS - TWO RECEPTION ROOMS - FULLY FITTED KITCHEN - SMALL TERRACE - LIFT COMMUNAL GARDENS

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TWO BEDROOMS - DOUBLE RECEPTION - OPEN PLAN KITCHEN EN SUITE BATHROOM - SHOWER ROOM - GUEST WC - PATIO

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Bedford Gardens, W8

ÂŁ5,950,000 A low built, two storey, four bedroom, semi-detached house of 2,511 sq ft offering lateral living and excellent entertaining space with front and rear gardens. This period property is set back from the road and benefits from off street parking whilst also qualifying for Kensington & Chelsea parking permits. This charming house allows an incoming purchaser the opportunity to create a substantial five bedroom family home as full planning has been granted for a basement, side and loft extension, thus extending the internal space to approximately 4,800 sq ft. Bedford Gardens is an attractive street which runs between Kensington Church Street and Campden Hill Road and is close to the many excellent shops, restaurants and transport facilities of both Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate.

Telephone: 020 7908 9280 Email: alex.mathew@youhome.co.uk Office: nhg@youhome.co.uk Alexandra Mathew Property Guru & Local Expert for W8, W14

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Aria was designed to be unique and individual. The basement leisure complex houses sporting and leisure facilities which accompanied with the luxurious bedroom suites above creates the perfect family home. Less then 20mins into Kings Cross, Aria is close to London’s top schools whilst being surrounded by open spaces and greenery.

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Fryerning Beggar Hill,Essex Fryerning • Ingatestone Guide Price Guide Price £3,850,000 £5,950,000 A striking fiveand double bedroom, reception Grade II This imposing striking private four residence occupies one listed period propertypositions thought in tothe date back 500village years. of the most prominent renowned This charming residence is originally thought 3 of Fryerning, positioned discreetly behind a banktoofbe fully now providing fantastic flow of interesting flcottages, edged trees and hedgingaon the crest of Beggar Hill, and extensive family living spaceacross over two floors. The providing an impressive elevation the parkland 7.5 acre surrounding plot comprises formal grounds mixed and grounds the property. This substantial sympathetically paddocks (benefitting from a well proportionedwith house in the Queen Anne style has second separate access), ponds and a substantial lake. been built to an exceptionally high standard throughout. Numerous outbuildings, tennis court, double garage The attention to detail surrounding the symmetry of the and detached bedroom annexe. Equestrian main dwelling isone apparent when approaching the property potential. EPC Exempt from the sweeping horseshoe driveway accessed via the private electric gates to the front of the property. EPC D.

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Fryerning Ferrers Essex • Chelmsford Woodham Guide Price £3,850,000 Offers in excess of £1,995,000 A striking five bedroom, reception Grade II Edwin’s Hall is double an important and four historic eight bedroom listed period property thought datetoback 500 Century, years. Grade II* listed residence datingto back the 16th This charming residence is originally thought to be renovated by Edwin Sandys between 1570 and 1577.3The cottages,isnow providing a fantastic flow of interesting property set on an elevated position with outstanding and extensive family living space over two floors. Thea mix views towards Crouch Valley. The 10 acre plot enjoys 7.5landscaped acre plot comprises formaland grounds mixed of formal grounds premium equestrian sympathetically with paddocks (benefitting a facilities with adjoining paddocks, linking intofrom extensive second access), pondsIndoor and a substantial off road separate hacking and bridleways. swimming lake. pool Numerous outbuildings, court, double garage complex, tennis court andtennis garaging. EPC Exempt. and detached one bedroom annexe. Equestrian

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Cambridge – Station 0.5 miles

UNRIVALLED COVERAGE AROUND CAMBRIDGE

Guide Price £900,000

A well-proportioned bay fronted Victorian residence in a most attractive and convenient setting with views over Jesus Green and the River Cam and close to the new station. A separate one bedroom detached property with garage is also available at a guide price of £350,000. Accommodation in main house comprises: Entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom and shower room, basement sitting room and store room. 4 bedrooms, en-suite bathroom, shower room and cloakroom. Landscaped walled rear garden. Contact: Richard Freshwater – 01223 214214

Caldecote – Cambridge 6 miles

Guide Price £1,500,000

Manor Farm is a stunning and most impressive Grade II Listed detached period farmhouse of immense character, occupying an idyllic semi-rural setting just 6 miles west of Cambridge. Accommodation comprising: reception hallway, cloakroom, drawing room, kitchen, breakfast room, boot/utility room, dining room, living room, inner hallway, family room. First floor landing, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, bedroom 2 with en suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom. Detached garage/bar, extensive driveway parking, delightful landscaped gardens and grounds extending to about 3 acres. Additional land available by separate negotiation up to 35 acres. Contact: Richard Freshwater – 01223 214214

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CAMBRIDGE ELY HAVERHILL NEWMARKET SAFFRON WALDEN LONDON

Great Sampford – Saffron Warden 9 miles

Guide Price £1,200,000

A substantial Grade II Listed detached period farmhouse which has been updated and improved by the current owners. In an attractive tucked-away rural position together with excellent equestrian facilities and various outbuildings including a farm office. In total the grounds extend to approximately 7 acres, with an opportunity to purchase a further 15 acres of adjoining paddocks by separate negotiation. Versatile and well-proportioned accommodation including entrance hall, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room with Aga, shower/utility room. First floor landing, 6 bedrooms, bathroom, and 2 cloakrooms. Contact: Bruce King – 01799 523656

Ashdon – Saffron Walden 9 miles

Guide Price £1,595,000

An individual detached residence in an idyllic rural lane with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside benefitting from spacious and well-proportioned accommodation together with grounds of about 2 acres. Accommodation set over three floors comprising: Entrance hall opening to an impressive kitchen/breakfast room and spacious sitting/dining room leading to a study. The first and second floors offer six double bedrooms, four of which have en suite facilities, family bathroom, home gym, store, double cart lodge. EER:C Contact: Bruce King – 01799 523656 or Martin Walshe – 01223 214214

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Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire Camp Road in Gerrards Cross is arguably the most desirable private road in the south of England. This imposing and elegant new home with seven bedrooms follows classic Arts and Crafts design incorporating the most up-to-date construction materials and technology. EPC: B

Guide Price £5,750,000 Freehold • • • • •

18 minutes to London Marylebone State-of-the-art kitchen Stunning bathrooms with bespoke installations Landscaped gardens and grounds Close to Windsor, Ascot Racecourse, Smiths Lawn and Stoke Park Country Club

Hamptons Gerrards Cross 01753 415257 | gerrardsx@hamptons-int.com

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Taking a client’s best friend for a walk The difference between them and us, is us. With an eager buyer wanting a viewing and our client’s dog home alone, man’s best friend became Hamptons’ best friend. Coming in on their day off, one of our team volunteered to look after Rover while their colleague took the buyers around. An hour or so of fetch later, they said goodbye and a few days later, we said hello to an offer. Sales. 020 3369 4829. Lettings. 020 3369 4843 hamptons.co.uk

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