On opening her first London restaurant
ALSO CAPITAL DELIGHTS FABULOUS CHEESEMONGERS TREASURED TOWNHOUSES LONDON'S NOBLE HOMES BY DESIGN ATTRACTING THE BEST BUYERS AND TENANTS CENTRAL LONDON'S FINEST A SELECTION OF PROPERTIES AVAILABLE IN THE CAPITAL
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Built in 1722, this Grade II Listed, double fronted Georgian house overlooks College Garden and the Houses of Parliament. Inside, the property is modern and refurbished to a high specification. There are seven reception rooms, eight bedrooms, four bathrooms and a private walled garden. Dexters Westminster. 12 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB T: 020 7590 9570 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
18 Treasured townhouses
10 Londonâ€™s best traditional taverns
06 Monica's moment
12 London's fabulous cheesemongers
Monica's moment We catch up with MasterChef's Monica Galetti
10 Dexters dozen Londonâ€™s best traditional taverns to visit this autumn 12
Capital delights Our pick of London's fabulous cheesemongers
Through the wardrobe door Clean living and layers of style
Treasured townhouses The past, present and future of these classic homes
46 By design
20 Going the extra mile What sets Dexters apart from the rest of the pack 26
Percy Lendrum's Chelsea Why buyers love the prestige of a Chelsea postcode
32 Kirsty Sugden's Westminster From period to modern, there's something for everybody 38
Guy Thornton's City The growing popularity of living in the City
By design Attracting London's best buyers and tenants
Hidden gems Our favourite secret spots in the capital
15 Through the wardrobe door
Monica's moment She may be hard to please as a judge on TV’s MasterChef: The Professionals, but Monica Galetti tells Dexters that her mission is to make London’s diners happy
F SOMEONE TELLS YOU THAT YOU CAN’T DO SOMETHING AND THAT YOU’RE NOT GOOD ENOUGH, YOU’VE GOT TO PROVE THEM WRONG! - WISE WORDS FROM CHEF, BROADCASTER, MOTHER AND NOW RESTAURANTEUR MONICA GALETTI. Galetti, who first came to London’s attention as Michel Roux Jr’s senior sous chef at Michelin Two Star La Gavroche, entered the national consciousness as the judge in BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals. It’s here the self-confessed ‘control freak’ quickly established her reputation for a certain brand of meticulousness. She’s now also famed for presenting BBC’s Amazing Hotels with The Times restaurant critic Giles Coren – introducing viewers to such delights as Giraffe Manor in Kenya and a five-star cuboid hotel in an Ecuadorian cloud forest. But the most exciting professional achievement for the Samoan-born Kiwi is the opening of Mere with husband and fellow La Gavroche alumni David earlier this year.
people do. It’s about making people feel warm and welcome. I want every customer to walk through the door and feel at home, forget life for a couple of hours and let us take care of them for a little bit.” LONDON DREAMS Galetti first started cooking in New Zealand, having moved there from Western Samoa, where she was born in 1975. She applied to work in some of London’s finest kitchens before landing a role at La Gavroche under Roux Jr. Why London? “I was hungry to learn. I wanted to be successful in my career. I was and am very serious about being the best I could be, not to prove anything, but because I never want to stop improving as a chef. London was where I felt I needed to be to do that,” she says.
FITZROVIAN FOOD HEAVEN Mere is among the significant openings cementing Fitzrovia’s reputation as one of London’s culinary hotspots. Charlotte Street already boasts Pied à Terre and Roka, but the opening of Mere at the north end brings a new vibrancy and warmth to one of the capital’s most exciting destinations for gourmets. “In the beginning people were saying we were at the wrong end of Charlotte Street, but for me that made it the right end to be. Being slightly away from the crowded part of the road is nice because people don’t expect to find us here. And our neighbours and the businesses around us have been wonderful,” Galetti told Dexters. If her TV judge persona is at times uncompromising, as restauranteur, Galetti is focused on creating joy, “Our sole objective is to make people happy, that’s what hospitality is about. I don’t like to queue up and wait for a table; some dexters.co.uk
Roux Jr has described how he tested Galetti as she trained, saying if she couldn’t handle his kitchen, she should go back to cooking in New Zealand. Her enduring desire to prove any doubters wrong came to the fore, with Galetti toughing out his challenges to secure one of the most senior positions in Roux Jr’s impeccable kitchen.
GLOBAL INFLUENCE That single-mindedness showed itself again with Galetti’s departure from La Gavroche and the launch of Mere. Galetti’s Pan-Asian heritage and her classical French training under Roux Jr are also reflected in the exciting flavours and exquisite plating of dishes at Mere, “These cultural influences present themselves in various ways throughout my dishes, sometimes it’s really subtle, sometimes it’s not. For example, we used Marmite from New Zealand in our mushroom and Marmite tortellini, or dishes like the banana and coconut dessert or pork boil-up are both heavily inspired by the South Pacific. My French training comes through most strongly in the presentation of my food,” she says.
I NEVER WANT TO STOP IMPROVING AS A CHEF. LONDON WAS WHERE I FELT I NEEDED TO BE TO DO THAT
The most popular dishes among diners depend, like the menu, on the season. “When we opened it was just coming into spring and the most popular dishes then were easily the mushroom and Marmite tortellini and the banana coconut cream dessert. But in the summer, it was the passionfruit curd and kiwi pavlova. The squab pigeon and the scallops with black curry are also really popular. Oh, and the lamb, people are loving the lamb.” dexters.co.uk
As much care has been given to wine as to the food. Mere uses the Coravin system, where wine can be poured from the bottle without removing the cork, which gives guests access to ‘very special’ wines by the glass or in a carafe. Mere’s cocktails are also a source of pride, “There’s a new one which I personally love called Sharkey, named after our barman Laurent whose last name is Rokan, which means shark. It’s also a tribute to his uncle who’s a good friend of ours and loves Champagne,” says Galetti. NOTHING TO PROVE Galetti shares the joy of food and wine in discussing Mere, but she also invokes the no-nonsense style TV viewers will likely recognise, “We’ve watched trends come and go, things like using liquid nitrogen and dry ice. That’s all fun, but I like to stick to what I know. I enjoy trying and adapting modern techniques, but I don’t necessarily need to do everything under the sun to prove myself as a chef.” With Mere, it seems as Galetti has completed her transformation from young pretender to doyenne of the capital’s dexters.co.uk
fine dining elite. Once quoted in a newspaper, "When I was growing up, the Roux brothers, Michel's father and uncle, Albert and Michel Sr, they were my idols.” How does it now feel to be an idol to the next generation hoping to make an impression on London’s high-end dining establishments? “It’s odd, knowing young chefs are now looking up to me. It makes me feel old [laughs], which I don’t like, but I don’t see myself as someone who needs to be looked up to! My advice to younger chefs is to get themselves into a good kitchen, learn as much as possible and to enjoy cooking, despite the pressures that come with the job. I run a kitchen, which is tough for sure, but we’re always laughing and the majority of the time we’re having a great time. I think it’s really important for young chefs to get themselves into a kitchen where it’s all about the team, not just the chef who runs the kitchen.” It’s a characteristically warm and generous take, one you’ll find reflected in the cuisine and ambience of Mere, and doubtless in Galetti’s future ventures. Mere 74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH.
Monica at a glance W here do you love to eat and drink on a rare moment off? I like to try and catch up with new restaurants and see what my friends are doing. I recently went to Claude Bossi’s restaurant Bibendum which was superb. And I’m desperate to get to Core by Clare Smyth soon. W hat’s the thing you miss most when you’re away from London and what’s the first thing you do when you are back in town? The thing I miss most is my daughter, and my dog! The first thing I do when I get back to London is head to the restaurant and check on the team, I actually miss the restaurant when I’m away. Y ou met your husband David when you were both working at La Gavroche, but where’s the most romantic place in London now? Mere! Clearly! Y ou’re bringing up your daughter in the capital – what’s the thing you most enjoy doing together as a family in London? We love going to the theatre, and she loves dining out with the two of us, needless to say. We’re heading somewhere special for my birthday this year. If you give my daughter the choice of going to a restaurant or seeing a friend she’d rather eat out with us. After food, we would probably head for a walk around the city. Y ou live in South West London, what do you love about your neighbourhood? Tell us a bit more about home. It’s green and quiet, it feels like it’s outside of the city yet it's only 25 minutes back to Victoria. At home, I love my kitchen. It’s open plan, and there’s a lot of light and I love just being able to chill at the breakfast table with David and our daughter: it’s a great space. And I adore my garden, which I couldn’t live without.
PEOPLE SAID WE WERE AT THE WRONG END OF CHARLOTTE STREET, BUT FOR ME THAT MADE IT THE RIGHT END
"Mere has arrived at the perfect time. Fitzrovia is going through a renaissance at the moment, everyone looks like they have stepped off the pages of a lifestyle magazine. It's very trendy, but bohemain and friendly around here". Leon Bell, Lettings Director Dexters Fitzrovia dexters.co.uk
Dexters dozen Traditional taverns Our pick of London’s best traditional taverns to visit this autumn
MR FOGG’S TAVERN WC2
Popular Mr Fogg’s in Covent Garden is a wood-panelled, old-style tavern themed around Phileas Fogg. With quirky interiors and an eccentric vibe, the pub is host to over 300 varieties of gin, and has a pre-theatre 'Cream Cakes & Cocktails' menu. 58 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4EA. 020 7581 3992. mr-foggs.com/tavern dexters.co.uk
YE OLDE MITRE EC1
THE MAYFLOWER SE16
YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE EC4
1 Ely Court, EC1N 6SJ. 020 7405 4751. yeoldemitreholborn.co.uk
117 Rotherhithe Street, SE16 4NF. 020 7237 4088. mayflowerpub.co.uk
145 Fleet Street, EC4A 2BU. 020 7353 6170. londonist.com/pubs/ye-olde-cheshire-cheese
Built in 1546 for the servants of the Bishops of Ely, Ye Olde Mitre is famous for having a cherry tree that Queen Elizabeth reputedly once danced around. Tucked away in a small alleyway, this cosy pub is the perfect spot for a quiet pint in East London.
Supposedly the oldest pub on the Thames, the Mayflower is based at the 1620 launching point for the Pilgrim Fathers. The cosy riverside joint is hidden away on cobbled streets and has a selection of ales, cask beers and delicious British dishes.
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, rebuilt shortly after the Great Fire of 1666, has been at this location since 1538. Popular with literary figures throughout the ages, most notably Charles Dickens, the pub retains a certain gloomy, old-timey charm due to its lack of natural lighting.
THE COAL HOLE WC2
THE STAR TAVERN SW1
91-92 Strand, WC2R 0DW. 020 7379 9883. nicholsonspubs.co.uk
6 Belgrave Mews West, SW1X 8HT. 020 7235 3019. star-tavern-belgravia.co.uk
LAMB & FLAG WC2
THE COUNTING HOUSE EC3
The former coal cellar of the Savoy, the Coal Hole was a favourite performing venue of Gilbert and Sullivan. The Grade II Listed pub is ideally located on the Strand, a short stroll from Charing Cross, Trafalgar Square and Covent Garden.
In the early 19th Century, the Lamb & Flag acquired a reputation for bare-knuckle fighting, earning it the nickname 'The Bucket of Blood.' This treasured institution is now better known for the dozens of tourists and locals who mill about outside. 33 Rose Street, WC2E 9EB. 020 7497 9504. lambandflagcoventgarden.co.uk
THE VICTORIA W2
With a friendly atmosphere, fantastic food and a great selection of beers, Paddington’s Victoria is popular with both locals and commuters. Pop along for a pint and some comfort food in the autumn months. 10 Strathearn Place, W2 2NH. 020 7724 1191. victoriapaddington.co.uk
Infamous during the fifties and sixties as the hangout for London’s inner circle of master criminals, including those behind the Great Train Robbery, the Star Tavern is a Fuller’s pub today, hidden down a back street mews in Knightsbridge.
Built in 1893 as a magnificent banking hall, the Counting House oozes 19th Century decadence. It's even found fame and been used in film making. With a glass-domed ceiling and sweeping staircase, pop in here to enjoy a good old fashioned pie and ale. 50 Cornhill, EC3V 3PD. 020 7283 7123. the-counting-house.com
THE SHIP TAVERN WC2
The Ship Tavern is a classic British pub on the edge of the tranquil Lincoln's Inn Fields. Part of the Holborn scene since 1549, it now offers great British pub classics paired with real ales and a huge selection of gins. 12 Gate Street, WC2A 3HP. 020 7405 1992. theshiptavern.co.uk
THE GEORGE INN SE1
The only remaining galleried inn in the capital, this piece of 17th Century London history, owned by the National Trust, draws in visitors with its oak beams, large courtyard seating area and family friendly atmosphere. 77 Borough High Street, SE1 1NH. 020 7407 2056. george-southwark.co.uk
THE BLACKFRIAR EC4
Known for its striking exterior, this Grade II* Listed Arts & Crafts style building was famously saved from demolition by Sir John Betjeman, much to the appreciation of its current locals, who love it for its architectural beauty, ornamental black friar and ornate dining room. 174 Queen Victoria Street, EC4V 4EG. 020 7236 5474. nicholsonspubs.co.uk dexters.co.uk
Capital delights Dexters pick of London's exquisite cheese shops
A FROMAGERIE FOUNDER PATRICIA MICHELSON'S CHEESE ODYSSEY BEGAN IN 1991 WHEN SHE RETURNED FROM A MERIBEL SKI TRIP WITH A WHEEL OF BEAUFORT CHALET D'ALPAGE. As she opens her third outlet, this time in bustling Bloomsbury, we caught up with Patricia to talk about London’s changing palate, how to create the perfect cheeseboard and why London, and cheese, still excite her. How has London’s appetite for artisan cheese changed since you first started La Fromagerie? Tastes have evolved as people are more travelled and want to taste new cheeses and charcuterie. In 1991 the cheeses were behind the counter, you weren’t expected to ask questions and there was none of the expertise to call on if you did. We offered a completely different perspective: we always gave people a proper taste and we were always very approachable, with precise tasting notes. Is that what makes La Fromagerie different? Yes, whenever I asked a question in a cheese shop, there were no details and you were treated almost snobbishly. Right from the get-go, we wanted all sorts of people to get to know cheese, moving ahead to the next phase of how you put together a cheeseboard, getting the right biscuits and wine to create glorious celebrations of locality. So, what makes a great cheeseboard? It has to be made of cheeses true to their terroir – the soil, the pasture, the fresh grass from a place that gives milk dexters.co.uk
a particular flavour. Terroir is the whole picture of where and when the cheese originates, the land, the animal, the process of getting the milk and the ripening of the cheese. Begin your board with something fresh and light, all the way through to something strong and blue, with crumbly or perhaps washed cheeses in the middle. You want to create a fantastic journey of flavour, with explosions and layers of taste. Isn’t this approach to cheeseboards something you’re evolving with your latest opening in Lamb’s Conduit Street, Bloomsbury? Yes, we really want to take this into the next phase, enjoying a plate of cheese with wine to give you new experiences of taste. You have shops in Highbury and Marylebone, how are you finding Bloomsbury? Lamb’s Conduit Street feels like a little village, everyone knows everyone, it’s a really lovely area and only five minutes’ walk from King’s Cross and Holborn. It’s an extraordinary satellite to lots of areas of central London. How did it feel when the directors from the Howard de Walden Estate asked you to consider opening a shop in Marylebone? It was a joy for me to come back – my family moved to the area in 1966 and I grew up around there. I know the area intimately, and how it’s changed, and I loved the building on Moxon Street, just away from the High Street. I was looking for a second shop, but at that time, we were untried. The retail directors of Howard de Walden could see the validity of having an independent shop on Moxon Street and were really supportive.
You’ve lived in London most of your life and have been running La Fromagerie from the shop floor since 1991 – does London, and cheese, still excite you? London is still the most exciting place in the world to me. Whenever I’m away, I can’t wait to get back home. London is so open-minded and you can find something interesting in every area. As for cheese, it still gives me a tingle. Beaufort Chalet d’Alpage is the cheese that started La Fromagerie and the cheese produced in June, when the animals head up the mountain pass to taste the sweet grass and enjoy the clean air, remains one of my favourites. I also love what some of the young producers experimenting and taking old recipes and tinkering with them are doing. Just half an hour north of London, they’re making the most delicious feta and halloumi from raw unpasteurised ewes’ milk. Where do you go to enjoy good food and wine when you’re not in La Fromagerie? We work with Noble Rot on Lamb’s Conduit Street. They have beautifully curated cheeses, that are so well thought through with the wine. Recent opening Neo Bistro in Mayfair has such an intelligent approach, integrating cheese so it’s absolutely part of the menu and not an add-on. Clipstone in Fitzrovia and sister restaurant Portland are also so interested in cheese, and I love The Laughing Heart in Hackney, it has a very nice wine list.
52 Lamb's Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL. 020 7935 0341. lafromagerie.co.uk
NEAL’S YARD DAIRY WC2
The original cheese shop opened in 1979 at Neal’s Yard in Covent Garden, selecting and maturing farmhouse cheese. Order early to get your hands on their famous Stichelton, a soft and creamy raw milk blue cheese. 17 Shorts Gardens, WC2H 9AT. 020 7240 5700. nealsyarddairy.co.uk
Rhuaridh Buchanan’s Marble Arch cheesemonger, established only three years ago, is a centre of excellence for all things cheese. After spending a decade at the coal face in some of the UK’s top restaurants, Buchanan knows his cheese, and is incredibly proud of his company’s flexible and bespoke approach. 5A Porchester Place, W2 2BS. 020 3441 8010. buchananscheesemonger.com dexters.co.uk
PAXTON & WHITFIELD SW1
Operating for over two centuries, Jermyn Street’s Paxton & Whitfield is a St James’s institution. The company caters to both retail and wholesale customers with exceptional expertise, customer service and high quality cheeses, as well as hampers, biscuits, chutneys and pâtés. 93 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6JE. 020 7930 0259. paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk
LA CAVE A FROMAGE SW7
Billed as “the world’s third most amazing cheese shop,” by the Daily Telegraph, La Cave’s flagship South Kensington shop stocks the finest cheeses the world has to offer. Expect creamy Welsh Perl and French Brillat Truffe among its 225 available cheeses. 24-25 Cromwell Place, SW7 2LD. 020 7581 1804. la-cave.co.uk
CHEESE AT LEADENHALL EC3
Anyone for cheese by the Cheesegrater? Leadenhall, an independent cheese and wine shop in the heart of the City, serves as a restaurant for those who prefer to sit down and savour great cheeses and incredible wines. 4-5 Leadenhall Market, EC3V 1LR. 020 7929 1697. cheeseatleadenhall.co.uk
Wardrobe Door Bespoke walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms have become indispensable features of Londonâ€™s luxury homes. Here we look at the latest trends among discerning dressers
SIMPLE WARDROBE AND CHEST OF DRAWERS DON’T WORK FOR BUYERS IN LONDON’S PRIME PROPERTY MARKET. “More than ever, people need dedicated space to keep their designer clothes,” says Kirsty Sugden, Director at Dexters Westminster. But with space at such a premium in central London, good walk-in wardrobes can prove a rarity. Kirsty says she has seen beautiful homes struggle to find buyers because they lack an adequate dressing area. “If you’re in a position to buy a house at £5m or £10m plus, then you probably have an extensive and valuable collection of clothes and accessories, but some developers seem to overlook this,” says Kirsty. Compare this to the dressing room of a Grade I Listed property in Queen Anne’s Gate, currently available through Dexters. It includes an exceptional dressing room (opposite page) as part of a luxurious master suite. “The smart monochrome palette of this generous-sized dressing room blends neutral tones with handcrafted specialist joinery, clad in the softest of leather and framed with a stunning bronze inlay detail,” says Rachel Winham, the internationally recognised interior designer responsible for the room.
WITH SPACE AT SUCH A PREMIUM IN CENTRAL LONDON, WALK-IN WARDROBES CAN PROVE A RARITY
Elegant and organised: walk-in wardrobe by Katharine Pooley
This dressing room befits the property and also reflects the latest approach to designing dressing spaces. Individuals are looking for well-designed rooms to store clothes and accessories, but they also want dressing areas to provide private sanctuary in their homes. In terms of other trends, Kirsty has recently seen houses where architects have been commissioned to dig sub-basements to provide a dedicated clothes storage space, as more and more time-poor and landchallenged London residents seek spaces for their sartorial collections. ACT OF CURATION
For homeowners who may have decades of purchases for all seasons and occasions, walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms provide an dexters.co.uk
opportunity to curate their collections. “From a practical perspective, they’re a great way to maximise and apportion awkward spaces, but for the time poor and sartorially inclined – certainly many of our clients – you can also plan and put together outfits efficiently whilst enjoying the ritualistic experience of curating your wardrobe,” says Sammy Wickins, Commercial Director at Helen Green Design. You could pair a perfectly organised collection of clothes and accessories in your dressing room with a personal wardrobe management service, such as Vault. Stylists help clients curate items, meaning the time-pressed and fashion-conscious can assemble perfect outfits from their existing collection more easily. Services like Vault’s also allow clients to store furs, designer beach or ski ware in museum-quality conditions, catalogue and retrieve them as required, should their dressing area lack the capacity or conditions for their entire collection.
DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Inspirations from beautiful dressing spaces in properties available through Dexters. QUEEN ANNE'S GATE, WESTMINSTER, SW1H £19,500,000 MADE TO MEASURE The interior designer of this room, Rachel Winham, has been shortlisted at the International Design and Architecture Awards 2017. Bespoke Eucalyptus Pommele-veneered wardrobes featuring integrated internal LED lights and antique mirrors represent the exacting standards of the sumptuous refurbishment of the Grade I Listed historic townhouse in Queen Anne’s Gate in which you’ll find this dressing room.
Dexters Westminster. 020 7590 9570
LUXBOROUGH STREET, MARYLEBONE, W1U £2,950 pw / £12,783 pcm KEEPING COOL With high quality fittings and ample storage, the walkin wardrobe in this luxury penthouse features a sliding partition door and a porthole looking through to the reception. Located in a Grade II Listed building in the heart of Marylebone Village, the property has three bedrooms, two en suite bathrooms, one en suite shower room and has air conditioning throughout, including in the walk-in wardrobe.
Dexters Marylebone. 020 7224 5545
SEYMOUR PLACE, MARYLEBONE, W1H £935,000 - £4,750,000 LAYERS OF STYLE With seven horizontal zones to store or display items, the design of this dressing space maximises the room from floor to ceiling, allowing the dresser to prioritise and organise their possessions with ease. This dressing space can be found among the boutique collection of apartments and penthouses finished to the highest specification, set behind the desirable Georgian-style facade quintessential of the area.
Dexters Marylebone. 020 7224 5544
RUSHWORTH STREET, SOUTHWARK, SE1 £675,000 - £1,750,000 CLEAN LIVING The location of this walk-through wardrobe between bedroom and bathroom delivers an intuitive flow from room to room. This apartment can be found within a brand new development of nine apartments on Rushworth Street. Ideally located close to Waterloo, Borough and Southwark stations, all of the properties have been finished to an exceptionally high standard.
Directory HELEN GREEN DESIGN Encompassing interior design, interior architecture and a range of bespoke British-made furniture, Helen Green Design has a track record of creating beautiful walk-in wardrobes. 020 7352 3344. helengreendesign.com
KATHARINE POOLEY With a boutique and studio in Chelsea, Katharine Pooley is famed for tailored interior design and luxury home accessories that enrich spaces, including dressing areas. 020 7584 3223. katharinepooley.com
THORP DESIGN An experienced and award-winning team of designers and architects with a heritage spanning three decades of creating impeccably designed spaces. 020 7235 7808. thorp.co.uk
RACHEL WINHAM Interior designer with an extensive network of reputable suppliers, combined with a wealth of interior design knowledge. 020 7443 5511. rachelwinham.com
VAULT Wardrobe management services including seasonal rotation, specialist fur, bridal and haute couture storage. The Virtual Vault package translates items into an online catalogue, leaving walk-in dressing spaces for priority and display items. 020 8993 5212. vaultcouture.com
Dexters London Bridge. 020 7483 6395 dexters.co.uk
townhouses With rich pasts and architectural grandeur, London’s townhouses continue to inspire. We look at the past, present and future of these classic homes
N 1771 HENRY BATHURST, BARON APSLEY, COMMISSIONED ARCHITECT ROBERT ADAM TO BUILD HIM A NEW HOUSE AT THE FORMAL ENTRANCE OF HYDE PARK. By 1807 Richard, Marquess Wellesley, paid £16,000 to buy the lease, then spent over £20,000 on new furniture and decorative schemes to secure Apsley House’s status as one of London’s finest townhouses, a reputation it still holds. Today, you may not need to be ennobled to own a London townhouse, but a love of grand architectural styling, an appreciation of artistic detail and a fondness for central locations continue to be essential. The first townhouses were designed to be the London seats of country gentry, “These few families had enormous wealth. They would come to town for the season and wanted to be close to the clubs of Pall Mall and the social hubs of Covent Garden, while overlooking St James’s and Green Park,” says Russell Ball, Sales Director at Dexters Mayfair. Aristocratic palaces such as Spencer House, built between 1756-1766 for John, first Earl Spencer, showcase the neo-classical architecture of the day. Such residences epitomise the sumptuous style in which important families maintained their standard of living and status beyond the confines of their country estates and in the heart of London’s fashionable society. A NEW CLASS In the 19th Century, as wealth began to shift from aristocrats to the emerging upper middle class of lawyers and bastions of trade and industry, there was greater demand for land. Values in the heart of the thriving capital soared, prompting a building boom of significant homes dexters.co.uk
THE FIRST TOWNHOUSES WERE DESIGNED TO BE THE LONDON SEATS OF COUNTRY GENTRY
around garden squares. For the first time, wealthy families were persuaded to live in terraced houses. “With the advent of terraced townhouses, families sought new ways of displaying their wealth. When it came to building a townhouse, you could have the standard model, or demonstrate your status with opulent extras. For example, you could pay to ship in York Stone to create a cantilevered staircase, which represented a feat of engineering and would be the envy of the neighbours. Alternatively, you could opt for elaborate cornicing or friezes sculpted into rooms,” says Russell. Today, we know the areas where grand terraces were first built as central London, including Mayfair, Belgravia and Bloomsbury. These remain some of the most desirable addresses in the capital. There was a period, however when some London townhouses were underappreciated and fell into disrepair.
RESTORING FORMER GLORY “By the Victorian era, the coastal home starts to become more fashionable over the townhouse. Cut to the 1960s and many beautiful properties were not properly maintained and didn’t have the protection of being listed. Many houses were turned into flats or offices, and original features were ripped out,” says Russell. Thankfully, the townhouse has found more appreciative admirers in recent times, with many of today’s custodians looking to reinstate lost features. Russell says, “Many buyers are committed to restoring townhouses to former glories. Most are listed, so owners need to work with
DEXTERS TOWNHOUSE TRIO We look at a superb selection of stunning townhouses.
QUEEN ANNE'S GATE, WESTMINSTER, SW1H £19,500,000 This five bedroom, Grade I Listed townhouse overlooks St James's Park and has been refurbished with meticulous craftsmanship. Queen Anne's Gate is considered one of the most architecturally important streets in London. • Period features • Large patio garden • Grand entertaining rooms • Spacious family rooms • Magnificent views • Grade I Listed
Dexters Westminster. 020 7590 9570
BROOK STREET, MAYFAIR, W1K £7,995 pw / £34,645 pcm An attractive family home arranged over six floors with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The property benefits from one of the largest private gardens in Mayfair and is located between Grosvenor Square and Davies Street. • Seven bedrooms • Four reception rooms • Seven bathrooms • Private rear garden • Arranged over six floors • Large passenger lift
Dexters Mayfair. 020 7590 9595
English Heritage, which is responsible for protecting the historical details of homes. There may be restrictions, but what you always get from London townhouses is a great deal of variety in terms of total floor space and rooms built to impress and entertain.” If you’re looking for a home in central London, townhouses can represent good value. More buildings with historical pedigree in desirable locations are coming onto the market as local councils authorise the conversion of townhouse office blocks back into residential use and, with this, the return to the original magnificence of these inspiring homes.
SOUTH AUDLEY STREET, MAYFAIR, W1K £6,000 pw / £26,000 pcm A beautifully presented five bedroom townhouse which has a two tier rear terrace, air conditioning and access to private gardens. Conveniently situated for access to Green Park and Hyde Park Corner tube stations. • Newly refurbished • Five bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Air conditioning • Two private terraces • Access to private gardens
Dexters Mayfair. 020 7590 9595
Going the extra mile Founder and Chief Executive Jeff Doble on what sets Dexters apart from the rest of the pack
HE DEXTERS STORY BEGAN IN TWICKENHAM IN 1993, WITH JEFF DOBLE’S VISION TO CHANGE THE COMMON PERCEPTION OF ESTATE AGENTS. Set up as a busy workplace rather than a flashy showroom, that first office set the tone for the next 24 years, with Dexters’ 60+ offices across the capital still emulating this style. As a qualified Chartered Surveyor, Jeff set out to create new standards in the industry: “I wanted to raise the professional bar and exceed customers’ expectations,” he explains. Dexters remains one of London’s only major residential Estate Agencies that is a firm of Chartered Surveyors, regulated by the RICS. This gives Dexters customers the valued reassurance of working with experts who adhere to the highest standards of regulation and ethical behaviour. Expanding rapidly since 1993, Dexters now has 28 offices in central London, with more than 60 across the capital. “We’ve grown organically and through strategic acquisitions, and are continuing to do so year on year. This year has been particularly busy; we’re averaging over 25,000 viewing appointments every month for active tenants and buyers across London. Since the last issue of our magazine, we have increased our presence in the buoyant Battersea and Surbiton markets, with a second office in each area, and we’ve opened in a prime location in Westminster. Our Corporate Lettings and International Relocation team has also been incredibly busy this year,”says Jeff. “We are continuing to expand and strengthen each section of the business because we have every confidence in the future of the London property market.” dexters.co.uk
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When looking for the key to Dexters success, you need look no further than its people. “We invest in long-term relationships, which means staff stay with us through their careers,” says Jeff. 90% of Dexters managers have grown up in the company, thanks in part to Dexters’ focus on training and development.
DEXTERS RUNS ITS OWN TRAINING ACADEMY BASED IN PIMLICO
“We want our people to spend their career with us and we go the extra mile to help them manage this through continuous learning.”
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This investment in people has paid off. “We’re incredibly proud of all we’ve achieved,” says Jeff. “2017 has been our most successful year ever. We can’t wait to see what the next few years have in store for the company.”
Dexters has 28 ofﬁces in central London and over 60 across London, arranging the sales and lettings of more than 20,000 properties a year.
As for the rest of this year, the outlook remains bright for Dexters, and for the London property market. The London lettings market has been particularly busy over the past few years, and this shows no signs of slowing down. Dexters work for over 20,000 London landlords each year, specialising in Corporate Lettings and International Relocations, putting them at the forefront of the central London market.
Dexters is currently carrying out over 25,000 viewings every month across the capital. Dexters Corporate Lettings and International Relocation team receives 200 requests a week for property in London.
This commitment is evidenced by the fact that Dexters runs its own training academy, based in Pimlico. “We founded the Dexters Academy to ensure that our standards always exceed even the highest expectations,” says Jeff. “The Academy is staffed by our own industry experts and provides ongoing training and coaching to staff at all levels. We train new staff who join us on industry recognised Apprenticeships that incorporate our own comprehensive training programme to help them hone the skills they’ll need to succeed. We also hold ongoing best practice workshops in key topics for our current staff and assist our managers and directors in gaining recognised professional accreditations such as ARLA, NFOPP and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) qualifications,” explains Jeff. dexters.co.uk
St Jamesâ€™s Place, SW1A ÂŁ5,750,000
An elegant Grade II Listed townhouse presented in excellent condition. The property has been refurbished whilst retaining many period features including original panelling, sash windows and shutters. There are three reception rooms, a large kitchen/breakfast room, five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a patio terrace. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9590 E: email@example.com
Ennismore Gardens, SW7 ÂŁ6,250,000
An extraordinary and unique freehold house, beautifully renovated with four bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms and a remarkable bow fronted reception room with southerly views overlooking Ennismore Mews. The property benefits from underfloor heating and bi-folding doors leading from the master bedroom onto the roof terrace. Dexters Knightsbridge & South Kensington. 29 Harrington Road, London SW7 3HD T: 020 7838 0108 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Park Street, W1K ÂŁ4,950,000
A two bedroom apartment set within this beautiful Georgian house. The property has been tastefully refurbished to provide open plan living space with the very highest quality of materials throughout. Additional features include a terrace, spa room and wine cellar. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9590 E: email@example.com
Park Lane, W1K ÂŁ4,675,000
An elegant two double bedroom split-level apartment in this white stucco fronted building on Park Lane. Perfect for entertaining, the impressive hallway opens into the west facing reception room, which has access to a private terrace and paved patio garden. The property also benefits from a separate kitchen and spacious conservatory. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9590 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Percy Lendrum's Chelsea Incredible restaurants and international interest in one of London’s most popular areas
Affluent Chelsea, famous for Sloane Square, the King’s Road and its glorious annual Flower Show, is home to some of the most desirable postcodes in the world. Born and raised in Chelsea, Percy Lendrum has been with Dexters since 2011 and has been heading the Dexters Chelsea Sales team for three years. Finish this sentence: you know you’re in Chelsea when…? You spot the residents feeding the pigeons with ciabatta. What do you love most about the area? The beautiful pastel-coloured houses on Godfrey Street and Bywater Street are a treat. The pubs tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the King’s Road are all fantastic too. The Pie Man’s pantry on Chelsea Green is a particular favourite of mine for lunch. What is it about Chelsea that appeals to buyers? Everything from incredible restaurants, including The Five Fields, to world-famous shops on your doorstep. Of course, buyers from London and across the world love the prestige of a Chelsea postcode, and Dexters dexters.co.uk
Corporate Lettings and International Relocation team is regularly putting us in contact with international business people looking to make the move here.
BUYERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD LOVE THE PRESTIGE OF A CHELSEA POSTCODE
those opening weeks of exposure to the market. I pride myself on getting properties ready for sale and helping my clients achieve the best possible price. What are the most popular streets in your area? Any one of the garden squares, particularly Markham Square, Cadogan Square and Lennox Gardens. These are favourites with both buyers and tenants in Chelsea.
What’s the outlook for the local property market?
Where do you and your team like to unwind at the end of a busy week?
At the Chelsea sales office we’re arranging hundreds of viewing appointments every month, despite what the voices of doom and gloom across the industry might be saying! We’re expecting a busy few years ahead, with demand for Chelsea property strong from both local and international buyers.
The Phoenix on Smith Street or The Botanist on Sloane Square, with its extensive cocktail menu and fantastic British dishes.
If there’s one piece of advice I’d give sellers in Chelsea it would be… The first four weeks of marketing are really important, so it’s vital to have the presentation of the property absolutely right - you cannot recreate
Find Percy and his team at: Dexters Chelsea 14 Culford Gardens, London, SW3 2ST 020 7590 9510
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Christchurch Terrace, SW3 ÂŁ3,950,000
A recently refurbished four bedroom house located in the heart of Chelsea. The property consists of two reception rooms, a large open plan kitchen with top of the range applicances and four bathrooms. Further benefits include a cinema room, a manicured private garden and off street parking. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9510 E: email@example.com
Coleridge Gardens, SW10 ÂŁ8,700,000
An exceptional six bedroom penthouse apartment located in a prestigious Chelsea development. The apartment provides unparalleled living space including a modern kitchen/breakfast room, seven bathrooms and four terraces. The development offers residents 24 hour security, underground parking for three cars and leisure facilities. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9510 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Babmaes Street, SW1Y
ÂŁ1,950 per week/ ÂŁ8,450 per month A modern apartment located on the fourth floor of this exceptional development in the heart of St James's. In addition to featuring a lift, the property has been finished to a high specification, with an open plan kitchen/reception room, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9500 E: email@example.com
Eaton Terrace, SW1W
ÂŁ5,500 per week/ ÂŁ23,833 per month A wonderful white stucco fronted house located close to Sloane Square. This five bedroom home is arranged over six floors with three reception rooms and is finished to a high standard throughout. The property benefits from a large private west facing garden and a Juliet balcony. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9500 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kirsty Sugden's Westminster Queen Anne mansions, Georgian townhouses and Victorian terraces in the heart of London
Based at Dexters’ new Westminster office, Sales Director Kirsty Sugden has spent nearly a decade marketing and selling some of the finest and most historically important properties in the world. The team at Westminster work closely with Dexters Mayfair and Dexters Chelsea, covering Westminster, Victoria, St James’s Park, Pimlico and Belgravia.
Westminster was favoured by the British, particularly MPs and civil servants. Although this is still the case, there are now plenty of international buyers as well. The fact that it is so central with great transport links to all parts of London makes Westminster very attractive.
Finish this sentence: you know you’re in Westminster when…?
In the short term I think prices are going to stay the same. There are lots of new properties in the area, so buyers now have a lot of choice. In the next three to five years I am sure we are going to see a sharp uptick in property prices, along with the rest of London.
It used to be when you hear the chimes of Big Ben! As it’s been recently silenced for refurbishment works, I suppose I’ll have to say that you know you’re in Westminster when you stumble across the Changing of the Guard whilst out showing a property. What do you love most about the properties here in Westminster? Their diversity! We have splendid 18th Century townhouses on Birdcage Walk, quintessential Georgian terraces on roads such as Lord North Street, a plethora of handsome red brick mansion blocks around Westminster Cathedral, classic white stucco Cubitts in the Pimlico Grid and uber-modern new build luxury developments springing up everywhere in between. There’s something for everybody here. For many, Westminster, Pimlico and Belgravia are seen as attractive, quieter alternatives to Mayfair. Who are the typical buyers in the area? I can’t honestly say that there is a typical buyer; they are as diverse as the properties we sell. Historically,
What’s the outlook for the local property market?
I CAN’T HONESTLY SAY THAT THERE IS A TYPICAL BUYER HERE - THEY ARE AS DIVERSE AS THE PROPERTIES WE SELL
If there’s one piece of advice I’d give buyers in Westminster it would be… To those thinking of buying here, I say buy now. Westminster is an area that’s on the up: it’s more central than South Kensington and Chelsea and yet less expensive than Knightsbridge and Mayfair. It’s a great place to live and still good value for money. I would also suggest casting a wider net and viewing properties in Belgravia too.
What are some of the changes you’ve witnessed here over the years? Westminster is such a different place to when I came here 10 years ago! There’s so much more going on for a start. Around £2bn has been ploughed into regenerating Victoria station and the surrounding area; as well as lots of smart new buildings lining Victoria Street, there are lots of new cafés, shops and restaurants. The new Nova Food quarter is a particularly buzzy place to relax after work. Can you name some of the most impressive properties you’ve been involved in the sale of? 28 Queen Anne’s Gate comes to mind immediately – an historic townhouse, sold as an office, luxuriously refurbished and now back on the market with us at £19.5m. A property on Lord North Street was another fantastic sale - two Georgian terraced houses combined to make a charming family home, full of original features. A large family house on Great Peter Street was rich in character. It was built for an Admiral, so is full of nautical motifs, such as carved seashells, seahorses and dolphins.
Find Kirsty and her team at: Dexters Westminster 12 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB 020 7590 9570
Queen Anne’s Gate, SW1H £19,500,000
A magnificent five bedroom Grade I Listed townhouse dating from 1704. The property is arranged over six floors and overlooks St James’s Park. Offering grand entertaining rooms, spacious family living areas and a secluded terrace, the property has been fully refurbished with meticulous craftsmanship. Dexters Westminster. 12 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB T: 020 7590 9570 E: email@example.com
Smith Square, SW1P ÂŁ17,000,000
Known as Mulberry House, this Grade II Listed seven bedroom mansion was designed by renowned architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. The property, which occupies a prime corner position, is rich in detail, including a wood panelled library with huge sash windows and a sweeping marble staircase. Dexters Westminster. 12 Greycoat Place, London SW1P 1SB T: 020 7590 9570 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brook Street, W1K
ÂŁ7,995 per week/ ÂŁ34,645 per month An attractive family home located in the heart of Mayfair and arranged over six floors with seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The property benefits from one of the largest private gardens in Mayfair, an additional first floor terrace and a nanny annex. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9595 E: email@example.com
South Audley Street, W1K
ÂŁ6,000 per week/ ÂŁ26,000 per month This beautiful five bedroom townhouse, located in the heart of Mayfair, has been refurbished to an immaculate standard. The property benefits from feature fireplaces, air conditioning throughout, a two tier rear terrace and additional access to private gardens. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9595 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guy Thornton's City High spec flats, tech investment and corporate tenants in the City The changing face of the City and its surrounding areas has been a hot topic for the best part of a decade, and Dexters Clerkenwell, City, Shoreditch, Tower Bridge and London Bridge offices have the area covered. Home to an eclectic mix of loft-style apartments, period homes and modern blocks, there used to just be places to work here - now there’s a vibrant community. Dexters Sales Board Director Guy Thornton explains the appeal. Finish this sentence: you know you’re in the City when…? You first spot St Paul’s Cathedral; it never fails to impress, no matter how many times you see it. Also when you realise that the locals in the pubs really are locals! Increasingly, people are choosing to both work and play in the City. What do you think is drawing more buyers and tenants to the area? It used to be a wilderness here, with tumbleweed at the weekend. Now it's lively all week, has a real sense of energy and is a great place to live. People are choosing to live in Borough near the market, in Spitalfields or in the Farringdon area around Smithfield Market, as these are now integral parts of the City, providing places to live, eat and socialise within minutes’ walk from work. With Clerkenwell it’s primarily the transport links; sandwiched between Farringdon and King's Cross stations with Crossrail due next year, the area has been growing in popularity for years now. It has a warm, village feel around the green and an upmarket creative edge because of the numerous design firms, start-ups, fashion houses and Hatton Garden’s jewellery district. Tenants love Shoreditch for the great dexters.co.uk
selection of bars, pop-up restaurants and nightlife, whilst the City is a favourite among international buyers and corporate tenants looking to be in the heart of the capital’s financial district. There are some amazing new flats being built, often with fantastic views over London, and there is a great deal of interest from investors, buyers and tenants. What’s the outlook for the local property market, in terms of both sales and lettings? Prices in the City have remained strong over recent years, mostly thanks to the high level of demand. Considering it’s right in the middle of London, prices are lower than many areas to the west. Buyers tend to jump in where they see great value for money, and the City is a prime example of this.
THERE ARE FAR MORE CORPORATE TENANTS LOOKING FOR PROPERTY HERE NOW THAN TEN YEARS AGO
The lettings market in the EC postcode area in general has been extremely busy this year, particularly in the City. Our lettings teams here have had record months, with high numbers of corporate tenants choosing to settle within easy reach of London’s central business district. Only a decade ago, corporate tenants much preferred to be further west, but now they are increasingly choosing to be closer to work, thanks to the buzzy atmosphere and fantastic local bars and
restaurants. All the attractions of the West End are just a few stops away on the tube, as is City Airport in the other direction. What are some of the changes you’ve witnessed here over the years? There has been a lot of development over the past decade, particularly on City Road and around Old Street roundabout. The massive investment in the area, including Amazon’s imminent arrival between Shoreditch and the City, means there are now far more corporate tenants looking for property here than ten years ago. Our City office, located just off Bishopsgate and around the corner from Old Spitalfields Market, has been incredibly busy this year. The staff work alongside our Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and Tower Bridge offices, all working closely with Dexters Corporate Lettings and International Relocation team, who handle over 200 enquiries every week. Where do you and your team like to unwind at the end of a busy week? There is so much choice around here that we don’t really have a ‘local’ – it would be a disservice to the dozens of exciting local independents if we only went to one! I have to say though, I do enjoy winding down with a Delirium in the Dovetail off St John's Square – the Belgian pub has Trappist ales and over a hundred different beers.
Find Guy and his team at: Dexters City 5 Sandy's Row London, E1 7HW 020 7392 9155
Nassau Street, W1W ÂŁ2,950,000
A three bedroom apartment located in a prime location. The property offers flexible living space as well as double height ceilings in the reception/dining room. The development includes five star amenities ranging from 24 hour concierge, residents lounge and business centre, gym and cinema. Dexters Fitzrovia. 66 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NG T: 020 7067 2401 E: email@example.com
Goodge Street, W1T ÂŁ3,600,000
A contemporary three bedroom penthouse apartment in the heart of Fitzrovia, situated within a multi award-winning development. The property consists of a large open plan reception room, Italian designed kitchen, three bathrooms and five private balconies. Dexters Fitzrovia. 66 Goodge Street, London W1T 4NG T: 020 7067 2401 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
ÂŁ4,500 per week/ ÂŁ19,500 per month This luxury three bedroom apartment is on the eighth floor of a prestigious development, with a wide terrace offering far reaching views over Knightsbridge. The property benefits from outstanding 24 hour concierge, security services and a residents swimming pool. Dexters South Kensington. 144 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 4NR T: 020 7244 7711 E: email@example.com
Finchley Road, NW8
ÂŁ8,000 per week/ ÂŁ34,667 per month This split-level penthouse apartment offers luxurious living space and outstanding views over London. The property comprises four bedrooms and four bathrooms designed with the utmost attention to detail and high specification. Benefits include 24 hour porter and ideal location close to the station. Dexters St John's Wood. 4 St Ann's Terrace, London NW8 6PJ T: 020 7483 6330 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial Street, E1 ÂŁ745,000 - ÂŁ1,175,000
A collection of one, two and three bedroom apartments in the popular area of Spitalfields and close to Aldgate and Liverpool Street stations. The apartments are finished to an exacting standard featuring integrated Siemens appliances, underfloor heating throughout and concierge services. Dexters New Homes Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 7299 E: email@example.com
Sherwood Street, W1F £1,300,000 - £5,300,000
The Sherwood is a unique collection of 48 apartments. The striking facade has been restored and features subtle Art Deco detailing in keeping with the area’s architecture. Each apartment has been finished to a high standard with the finest detailing to ensure every room has a luxurious ambiance. Dexters New Homes Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 7299 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
By design Denise Neville and her team keep clients’ properties in top condition to attract London’s best buyers and tenants
EXTERS HAVE OVER 45,000 BUYERS AND TENANTS LOOKING FOR LONDON PROPERTY AND ARE CURRENTLY ARRANGING OVER 25,000 VIEWINGS PER MONTH. “It’s no surprise that the properties in the best condition attract the most interest,” says Denise Neville, Director of Design and Refurbishment at Dexters. As part of her role, Denise puts together show flats for clients, including developers and overseas investors. The build-to-rent sector, which involves the construction of homes specifically for the rental market, has grown significantly this past year and many are furnished and ready to move in to.
Across London, Dexters Design and Refurbishment team work alongside Dexters Property Managers to assist their 20,000 landlords, ensuring that landlords’ properties attract the best tenants. Working out of 10 London locations, Property Managers are never more than 20 minutes away from any of the properties in their portfolio. “If you’re a Dexters Property Management client, your local Property Manager will alert you to refurbishment work as part of their regular inspections,” explains Denise. “If the walls need a lick of paint, the bathroom needs updating or the carpets could do with an upgrade, they will let you know, and put you in contact with my team.”
DENISE AND HER TEAM CAN PUT TOGETHER SHOW FLATS FOR OUR CLIENTS, INCLUDING DEVELOPERS AND OVERSEAS INVESTORS
“We also work closely with Dexters Corporate Lettings and International Relocation team, who put us in contact with overseas clients,” continues Denise. “We deal with purchasers relocating to London and looking to redesign the property to their taste. We work with people who want help furnishing or refurbishing a property, either for themselves or as investments.” Landlord investors, both overseas and local, make up a great proportion of those who use Dexters Design and Refurbishment service. “The best looking properties attract the best tenants and the best rent, so our clients know that it’s worth working with us.” Denise and her growing team are based out of Dexters Mayfair Showroom, but work with Dexters’ 60+ offices across the capital, including 28 in central London. “Our offices are routinely dealing with thousands of professional tenants looking for property, and, naturally, we want to find the very best tenants for our landlords,” says Denise. Dexters’ aim is simple − getting as close to 100% occupancy as possible; empty properties destroy rental returns. Long-term lettings such as corporate tenants are preferable; landlords want tenants who will pay a good rent, keep the property well maintained and stay for the medium to longer term. dexters.co.uk
A typical furnished show apartment
The same applies to the sale of clients’ properties, as Denise explains, “Refurbishment work could range from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of pounds. When it comes to selling though, I routinely see increases in value of five to 10 times what was spent.” Dexters Design and Refurbishment team are based in Mayfair, working closely with Dexters Corporate Lettings and International Relocation team and the 60+ Dexters offices across the capital. If you’re looking to redesign or refurbish your property, please contact Denise and her team.
For Design and Refurbishment enquiries, contact Dexters Mayfair 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL 020 7386 0734
Dexters hidden gems Looking for something a bit different to do this weekend? Dexters staff share their favourite secret spots in the capital
CORAM'S FIELDS 93 Guilford Street, WC1N 1DN Coram’s Fields is such a sweet hidden gem. It’s a children's only park - 'the only adults allowed are chaperones.' The park has a playground, an animal petting area, paddling pools, football pitches, a duck pond and sandpits. For a couple of evenings in September the park is opened up to everyone for its annual open air cinema.
THE SHED 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT From a distance, this restaurant does look like a shed and it’s also furnished according to its name. The dishes are seasonal, delicious and are like British tapas – great for sharing with friends. It claims to be the most environmentally sustainable restaurant in Notting Hill, so it’s a not-so-guilty pleasure!
Rebecca Barningham Sales Manager at Dexters Bloomsbury
Elliott Dumay Lettings Manager at Dexters Kensington
THE LONDON FOODIE SUPPER CLUB Islington Luiz Hara, also known as ‘the London Foodie,’ hosts a Japanese supper club in his own home in Islington. Luiz offers a dining experience for you and friends or even a cooking class for up to six people. It's definitely my hidden gem because you couldn't get more hidden.
GORDONS WINE BAR 47 Villiers Street, WC2N 6NE I love going here for a bottle of wine (or two) to experience a completely different environment to most of London's swanky wine bars. In the vaults under the busy streets of the city and lit mainly by candlelight, this 19th Century bar makes you feel like you've stepped back in time.
Karen Keating Manager at Dexters Islington
Alison Battrick Sales Manager at Dexters Fitzrovia
NETIL360 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL Netil House creative hub i s home to over 100 creative companies, but it's Netil360that's my hidden gem. As well as a bar, the rooft op has a g arden, a café and workspaces. Entry is free and there's no guest list, so it's one of the few London rooftops open for everyone! Asta Ekberg Assistant Lettings Manager at Dexters Tower Bridge dexters.co.uk
Ennismore Gardens, SW7 ÂŁ3,000,000
A beautifully designed, extended and refurbished two bedroom flat set within this stucco fronted property overlooking a beautiful garden square. The property offers a large open plan kitchen/reception room with patio doors leading out onto the terrace, providing an abundance of natural light. Dexters Knightsbridge & South Kensington. 29 Harrington Road, London SW7 3HD T: 020 7838 0108 E: email@example.com
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Dexters Battersea 174 Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5QJ Sales: 020 7350 1200 Lettings: 020 7350 1300
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Dexters Bloomsbury 55 Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HB Sales: 020 7833 4466 Lettings: 020 7833 4488
66 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4NG Sales: 020 7067 2401 Lettings: 020 7067 2402
Dexters Kensington 64 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4DB Sales: 020 7067 2430 Lettings: 020 7067 2434
Dexters Clerkenwell 1 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5NW Sales: 020 7483 6369 Lettings: 020 7483 6370
Dexters Fulham 569 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1ES Streatham Sales: 020 7386 5386 Lettings: 020 7386 7386
Dexters Kensington High Street 1 Campden Hill Road, London, W8 7DU Sales: 020 7590 9560 Lettings: 020 7590 9565
Dexters Canary Wharf 39 Westferry Road, London, E14 8JH Sales: 020 7517 1199 Lettings: 020 7517 1190
Dexters Covent Garden 22 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BH Sales: 020 7067 2424 Lettings: 020 7067 2400
Dexters Islington 76 Upper Street, London, N1 0NU Sales: 020 7483 6373 Lettings: 020 7483 6374
Dexters Knightsbridge 29 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3HD Sales: 020 7838 0108 Lettings: 020 7838 1888
Dexters Chelsea 14 Culford Gardens, London, SW3 2ST Wimbledon Sales: 020 7590 9510 Lettings: 020 7590 9500
Dexters Earls Court 3 Hogarth Place, London, SW5 0QT Sales: 020 7370 7373 Lettings: 020 7370 3030
Dexters Kennington 323 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4QE Sales: 020 7650 5102 Lettings: 020 7650 5103
Dexters London Bridge 54 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1XL Sales: 020 7650 5100 Lettings: 020 7650 5101
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Dexters Maida Vale 125 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EP Sales: 020 7266 2020 Lettings: 020 7266 2021
Dexters Paddington/Hyde Park 1 Spring Street, London, W2 3RA Sales: 020 7298 1550 Lettings: 020 7298 1560
Dexters South Kensington 144 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 4NR Sales: 020 7373 8883 Lettings: 020 7244 7711
Dexters Marylebone 55 Weymouth Street, London, W1G 8NJ Sales: 020 7224 5544 Lettings: 020 7224 5545
Dexters Pimlico 50 Churton Street, London, SW1V 2LP Sales: 020 7976 4949 Lettings: 020 7976 5200
Dexters Tower Bridge 50 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2LY Sales: 020 7650 5104 Lettings: 020 7650 5105
Dexters Mayfair 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL Sales: 020 7590 9590 Lettings: 020 7590 9595
Dexters Shoreditch 60 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3QT Sales: 020 7483 6371 Lettings: 020 7483 6372
Dexters Vauxhall/Nine Elms 377 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5QY Sales: 020 7793 0111 Lettings: 020 7793 8111
Dexters Notting Hill 121 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB Sales: 020 7243 4500 Lettings: 020 7792 0792
Dexters St John’s Wood 4 St Ann’s Terrace, London, NW8 6PJ Sales: 020 7483 6300 Lettings: 020 7483 6330
Dexters Westminster/St James’s Park 12 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB Sales: 020 7590 9570 Lettings: 020 7590 9575
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