Absolutely Fabulous Joanna
Lumley shares her love for London
ALSO STUNNING STUCCO ITS HISTORY AND ARCHITECTURAL GRANDEUR
CAPITAL INVESTMENTS LONDONâ€™S INTERNATIONAL APPEAL WONDERFUL WESTMINSTER THE SECRET CHARMS REVEALED
NEW ISLINGTON OFFICE DISCOVER VIBRANT N1
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Chesterfield Hill, W1J ÂŁ11,950,000
An exceptional six bedroom new build townhouse set behind an original Grade II Listed Georgian faĂ§ade, in the heart of Mayfair. This elegant family home has fabulous entertaining space, a games room, cinema room, separate staff accommodation and a lift. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9590 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
15 Joannaâ€™s vision for the capital
31 The timeless style of stucco
36 Enjoy a taste of the best London restaurants
42 Feel the burn, keep it cool
The bigger picture Jeff Doble explains why Dexters is different
Leon Bell’s Fitzrovia Dexters local expert on the hip new home of Facebook
15 Lumley’s London Joanna’s city vision 20 Light my fire Beautiful fireplaces, real styling tips 23 Karen Keating’s Islington The enduring appeal of eclectic N1 24 Barrie Warrener and Carmen Champney’s Westminster Its secret charms revealed
28 Rupert Merrison’s Kensington Where to buy, where to dine
Fitzroy Place: Exciting prospects in Fitzrovia
31 Stunning stucco Its history and architectural grandeur 34 Capital investments London’s international appeal 36 Capital delights Hot restaurant openings in London 40 Dexters interiors Get the luxe look 42 Dexters dozen The coolest ways to work up a sweat 44 Hidden gems Florists and furniture you’ll want to find
20 Find the hottest looks for your property
With 28 Central London offices, CEO Jeff Doble is a man on the move. Jeff Doble CEO, juggling in Covent Garden
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The bigger picture Dexters may have started life nearly 24 years ago, but customers still find the Dexters difference a refreshing change, explains Founder and Chief Executive Jeff Doble
t all started in an office in West London in 1993 with a vision to change the perception of Estate Agents. As a qualified Chartered Surveyor Jeff Doble knew he could bring new standards and change how people saw Estate Agents: “I wanted to raise the professional bar and exceed customers’ expectations on what Estate Agents could be,” Jeff says. Dexters remains London’s only major residential Estate Agency that is a firm of Chartered Surveyors. This gives Dexters customers the unique reassurance of working with experts who adhere to high standards of regulation and ethical behaviour. Throughout the 90s, Dexters opened further offices in West London. As the business continued to grow, it reached across the capital. In fact, Dexters has been London’s fastest growing Estate Agency over the past 20 years and today has 28 offices in Central London, with more than 60 across London as a whole. “We’ve grown organically. This is down to the fact we invest in long-term relationships, which mean our people stay with us throughout their careers and our customers keep coming back again and again.” Jeff explains. This investment in the long term means more than 70 per cent of Dexters business comes from recommendations and referrals, while 90 per cent of Dexters managers have grown up in the company.
DEXTERS IN BRIEF Dexters has 28 offices in Central London and over 60 across London, selling and letting more than 12,000 properties a year. Dexters is London’s only major firm of residential Chartered Surveyors. Dexters Corporate and International Lettings team gets over 200 requests a week for prime London properties.
A driving factor behind both facts has to be Dexters focus on training and development. The firm estimates it spends around 10 times the industry average on training. The company’s commitment to investing in its people is evidenced by the fact it runs its own training academy. Jeff says: “If you go to a standard agent on the high street, the person you’re entrusting with your most important asset might have only been doing their job for a few months. At Dexters it takes seven years to come through our academy.” One of the key skills Dexters develops is excellent communication. This means all its customers benefit from a robust approach to keeping them informed throughout the sale or letting of their property. For anyone who has experienced the frustration of chasing their Estate Agents for status updates, whether they are selling or letting, this will be another reassuring point of difference. Looking ahead, the outlook is bright for Dexters, as well as the London property market. Jeff explains: “The distractions of summer 2016 caused some hesitation, but now people are taking a 10 year view. Buyers are jumping in, particularly where they see good location, good value or a combination of both. This means we’re extremely busy, with some record breaking results and strong expectations for 2017.” dexters.co.uk
South Audley Street, W1K ÂŁ5,250,000
This modernised three bedroom apartment offers comtemporary living with a generous reception room, a private Juliet balcony and views along Adams Row. South Audley Street is perfectly situated for the various boutiques and restaurants in central Mayfair. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9590 E: email@example.com
Cheyne Place, SW3 ÂŁ12,500,000
This seven bedroom family home is close to 7,000 sq.ft and accommodates three grand reception rooms and a Grecian inspired swimming pool which leads to a cinema room. With lift access, a garden and private roof terrace. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London, SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9510 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leon Bell’s Fitzrovia Keeping it cool in hip Fitzrovia, which led The Sunday Times list of the top 10 places to live in London this year
Finish this sentence: ‘You know you’re in Fitzrovia when...’ ... everyone looks like they’ve stepped off the pages of a lifestyle magazine. It’s very trendy, but really bohemian and friendly around here.
Name a shop in your area that you couldn’t live without: The many coffee shops – the 8,000-odd residents can’t live without those! There are some brilliant restaurants including Dabbous (if you can get a table!) and Pied à Terre. To shop like a Fitzrovian, try the Black Truffle boutique on Warren Street.
What’s the local outlook for Fitzrovia in 2017? Fitzrovia is going through a renaissance at the moment and you’ve got incredible, exclusive developments like Fitzroy Place with its own in-house cinema and chill-out zone. You’ve also got Crossrail, which will boost the already extensive transport links. The arrival of Facebook moving into Rathbone Square is also big news here. The international students bring a global influence to this part of town, keeping it really cosmopolitan, together with the many creative industry types.
What do you love most about Fitzrovia and where it’s heading? There’s a real sense of community here – that you wouldn’t necessarily expect in the West End, and
although it’s going through massive regeneration it still manages to retain its character through its colourful and diverse long-term residents. Looking ahead we’re planning to get more involved with The Fitzrovia Partnership, which provides a collective voice for local residents and businesses, and supports and encourages community events like food festivals.
What’s your favourite part of the day around this area? Here it feels like Friday every day – it’s just such an exciting vibe. We love the lunch run between 12 and two when the people watching is at its best. You see the hippest individuals and the odd celeb like Idris Elba, but Fitzrovians aren’t the type to make a fuss or ask for a selfie – even if you are potentially the next James Bond. They’re far too cool for that!
HERE IT FEELS LIKE FRIDAY EVERY DAY – IT’S JUST SUCH AN EXCITING VIBE... YOU SEE THE HIPPEST INDIVIDUALS AND THE ODD CELEB
Where do you and your team unwind at the end of a busy day? The great thing in Fitzrovia is that in the summer you can have drinks at classic places like the Charlotte Street Hotel. What’s less well known is the amazing array of underground cocktail bars that really come alive in the autumn and beyond. I really recommend the Reverend JW Simpson on Goodge Street. It’s scruffy, subterranean and really good fun.
Find Leon and his team at: Dexters Fitzrovia 66 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4NG 020 7067 2401
Smith Square, SW1P ÂŁ17,000,000
Known as Mulberry House, this Central London mansion has a rich history and has retained much of its traditional detailing including a wood panelled library with huge sash windows, a sweeping marble staircase and feature fireplaces. Dexters Westminster. 12 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB T: 020 7590 9578 E: email@example.com
Eaton Terrace, SW1W ÂŁ8,250,000
Arranged over five floors, this five bedroom stucco fronted house has been meticulously decorated. The property offers four bathrooms, three reception rooms, an eat in kitchen and a private west facing garden. Ideally located in the heart of Belgravia, less than a mile from Sloane Square Underground station. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London, SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9510 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden Road, N7 ÂŁ4,250,000
This converted tram shed has been transformed into a unique freehold house. The property has close to 4,730 sq. ft of accommodation with five bedrooms, two reception rooms, six bathrooms and a private south facing roof terrace. Ideally located for access to Holloway Road station and the shops, bars and restaurants between Highbury and Islington. Dexters Tufnell Park. 159 Fortess Road, London, NW5 2HR T: 020 7267 5500 E: email@example.com
Lumley’s London Joanna’s city vision
We take a closer look at Joanna Lumley OBE’s love of London, her work with Thames Reach, a Dexters charity partner, and her determination to realise her vision for the planned Garden Bridge
HERE ARE SO MANY VERSIONS of Joanna Lumley, but all of them bring you back to London. There’s Lumley as the public face of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, pounding the streets and corridors of Westminster for their right to settle in the UK, then there’s the unforgettable performance as outrageous PR Patsy Stone in the BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous which was recently rebooted for the big screen. She’s also spearheading the creation of a new London icon to span the Thames in the form of the Garden Bridge. Equally Londoncentric, but less well known, is her work with Thames Reach, a homelessness charity also supported by Dexters.
HOUSING LONDON Thames Reach helps homeless and vulnerable people in London to live in decent homes, build supportive relationships and lead fulfilling lives. The charity runs a myriad of services, including accommodation projects, hostels and rough sleeper support as well as helping homeless people find work. Lumley is a long-term supporter of Thames Reach, working to raise awareness of the charity’s work through everything from painting billboards to being involved in drives to end rough sleeping. The star’s association with Thames Reach goes back to around 2001 when she opened one of the charity’s hostels. She says: “I am so proud to be associated with the work of Thames Reach. I have nothing but admiration for everyone who works for the charity; they all work tirelessly trying to alleviate the pain and despair suffered by some of London’s most vulnerable people.” Jeremy Swain, Thames Reach CEO, says: “Everyone at Thames Reach treasures Joanna’s unstinting support for our work. Whether this be sharing a quiet moment with a vulnerable resident in one of our hostels, or generously hosting An Evening with Joanna Lumley, a special event for supporters and corporate partners in the centre of London. Joanna is truly a friend of Thames Reach”. Dexters chose Thames Reach as a recognised charity Partner in 2013. Sarah Barrett, Dexters People and Communications Director, explains: “Like Thames Reach, we’re passionate about London and helping to fight homelessness on the streets of the capital, so there’s a strong affinity between the two organisations. We raise money through things like our own version of Great British dexters.co.uk
WHEN I’VE BEEN AWAY FROM LONDON, I USUALLY ASK THE DRIVER TO BRING ME THROUGH KNIGHTSBRIDGE
Bake Off and sporting events. Colleagues also regularly call the StreetLink service where you can let the team know someone is sleeping rough so that person won’t spend a second consecutive night on the street.” Thames Reach says the support of its corporate partners like Dexters enables it to deliver valuable services that otherwise would have to close.
STREETS OF LONDON The city streets where Thames Reach provides its services are a far cry from Joanna Lumley’s earliest years. She was born in Kashmir and moved around the Far East as the family followed her Gurkha officer father. Aged just 10, she found herself at Sadler’s Wells for a ballet audition. It was then she would begin her love affair with London, telling the Evening Standard about viewing the city from the glass bridge joining the Charing Cross Hotel to the other side of Villiers Street: “I had only recently returned from the Far East and I looked out over this massive city and I
Clockwise from main picture: always fabulous Lumley; an impression of the proposed Garden Bridge; and Lumley with Jennifer Saunders in full Patsy and Edina mode
remember thinking: I don’t know you now, but one day I will know all of this, and I will live here.”
IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE BOLD, BE BOLD. IF YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR RED, PUT IT ON YOUR HEAD OR YOUR FACE
‘USEFUL AND BEAUTIFUL’ Lumley had long been enthralled by bridges, but it was only after Princess Diana died in 1997 she began to propose a Garden Bridge across the Thames as a fitting memorial: “Something that was useful and beautiful and would still be going long after everybody has been forgotten, bang in the middle of the greatest city in the world,” she said. The planned Garden Bridge is conceived as a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing, spanning the River Thames, linking the cultural offerings of the South Bank to the theatres of the West End on the Northbank by means of woodland and meandering walkways. The project has not been without its controversies and hold-ups. There have been calls for the bridge to be scrapped, relocated or delivered more cheaply by scaling down the ambitious plans, but Lumley, arguably in Ab Fab mode, has insisted to the Evening Standard: “If you are going to be bold, be bold. If you are going to wear red, put it on your head or your face.” With Lumley’s passion driving the project forward, few would bet against London enjoying what could yet prove to be a national icon as treasured as much as the woman herself. You can donate to Thames Reach at www.thamesreach.org.uk and contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanna Lumley loves… Holland Park “I think it’s one of the best kept secrets in London. It’s staggering: it’s got winding paths, it’s got statues, it’s got formal duck ponds and peacocks which roost in the trees.” The British Library “You’re drawn to this extraordinary building where there are copies of every book ever written.” London taxi rides “When I’ve been away from London, I usually ask the driver to bring me through Knightsbridge, sometimes along Piccadilly but usually to Hyde Park Corner, where there’s that phenomenal statue, that great quadriga of war, with the fabulous chariots on top; round the corner of the palace and the great golden statue of Queen Victoria, then down to Parliament Square.”
Marlborough Place, NW8 £5,500,000
Behind the traditional brick façade and sash windows, sits this recently modernised family home. Arranged over four floors, the property offers three/four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two receptions and a landscaped rear garden. Dexters St. John’s Wood. 4 St Ann’s Terrace, London, NW8 6PJ T: 020 7483 6300 E: email@example.com
Ennismore Gardens, SW7 £3,350,000
A two bedroom, two bathroom apartment set within this attractive building. The property has enormous floor to ceiling windows and French doors to a balcony that spans the length of the apartment. Further benefits include a spacious reception and a private garden. Dexters Knightsbridge & South Kensington. 29 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3HD T: 020 7838 0108 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eaton Place, SW1X ÂŁ4,950,000
Ideally located in the heart of Belgravia a short distance from Sloane Square, this two bedroom split level apartment offers a sleek and contemporary decor. The property features a walk through dressing room to the master bedroom which connects to a modern, marble bathroom. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London, SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9510 E: email@example.com
Light my fire A beautiful fireplace can transform a home and boost its desirability. We offer some expert insights and inspirations to fuel your imagination
FIREPLACES CAN SET THE TONE FOR AN ENTIRE PROPERTY
IRSTIE ALLSOPP’S husband chose the large sandstone fireplace in their Notting Hill home while she was out of town. “It’s mad and it’s way too big – but I’m very fond of it now,” she has said. Property experts know that a well maintained or carefully restored fireplace can set the tone for an entire property: “At Dexters we specialise in the sale and rental of period houses in Central London. They are steeped in history and the architectural features tell much of their story. There remains strong demand for authenticity, particularly door and window design, ornate plasterwork and especially fireplaces which are the focus of main rooms,” explains Andy Shepherd, Dexters Managing Director.
CENTRE STAGE Fireplaces need not be period pieces to create the desired effect on a room. Modern fireplaces can have just as much impact: “On the more contemporary side there’s currently a strong trend for unusual materials such as unique, veined marbles like Portoro, which is a black marble with a golden thread running through it, or Fleur de Peche, which has a creamy coloured background with a stunning peach or violet vein,” says Paul Chesney, of Chesney’s of London. The current styling suggests these materials should take centre stage against relatively simple surrounds.
STATEMENT PIECES A fireplace such as The Roxburghe (pictured left, £13,800) becomes a signature piece in any room because of its scale and the intricacy of the carver’s art. On the interiors that provide the backdrop for such pieces, Paul Chesney suggests less is more: “We see fireplaces with strong presence often being chosen for their impact in otherwise minimalist interiors.”
FIREPLACE DRESSING TIPS Inspiration from real properties on making the most of period or contemporary fireplaces
Fireplace and chimney directory LUXURY FIREPLACES
Chesney’s of London supplies luxury fireplaces and stoves, specialising in producing fine modern pieces, as well as expertly crafted antique reproductions. 194 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4ND. 020 7627 1410. www.chesneys.co.uk
Well chosen and minimally dressed modern fireplaces can harmonise spaces, as the living room of this exceptional six bedroom new build townhouse on Chesterfield Hill, Mayfair shows. Set behind a restored, original façade, this property has been meticulously refurbished.
There’s a reason why the owners of prime central properties have long hung fine art above the fireplace – it just works. This charming Georgian home in Victoria Square was recently sold by Dexters. To find out about similar properties currently available, get in touch.
Dexters Mayfair. 020 7590 9590
Dexters Westminster. 020 7590 9578
Ward Antique Fireplaces was established in 1977 and offers a large selection of fully restored, original cast iron Victorian, Georgian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco fireplaces. 417 Hither Green Lane, London, SE13 6TR. 020 8697 6003. www.wardantiquefireplaces.co.uk
To find a reliable chimney sweep, use the search tool at the National Association of Chimney Sweeps website. 01785 336 555. www.nacs.org.uk
Think creatively about how you can use the space in your fireplace to bring added character, as the current owners of this two bedroom conversion for sale on Great Portland Street have. By using the space practically, they’ve made a quirky centrepiece of this stripped back original feature.
Go big and bold when it comes to mirrors over fireplaces, as the current owners of this spacious two bedroom apartment for sale in Ennismore Gardens, South Kensington have. The fireplace and oversized mirror amplify the space and light of this beautiful room.
Dexters Fitzrovia. 020 7067 2401
Dexters Knightsbridge. 020 7838 0108
Without the proper maintenance, marble can stain or become damaged by inappropriate cleaning materials. Royal Stone Care are specialist cleaners and restorers of marble and other stone. 151 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3LF. www.royalstonecare.co.uk
Myddelton Square, EC1R ÂŁ6,000,000
A modernised and renovated Grade II Listed Georgian family home in Islington. The property has retained many period features with sash windows, intricate cornicing and feature fireplaces. Externally the property benefits from a sun room, two garages and a landscaped garden. Dexters Clerkenwell. 1 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5NW T: 020 7483 6369 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Keating’s Islington
Sweet treats, Speedos and our new addition in eclectic Islington
Finish this sentence: ‘You know you’re in Islington when...’ … you see a man in a suit followed by a man in Speedos and it doesn’t shock you! You’ll find everyone and anyone here – it’s incredibly diverse.
Name a shop in your area that you couldn’t live without: Euphorium Bakery [branches at 79 and 202 Upper Street, N1] – it does amazing coffee and a lot of weight has been gained from their delicious pastry selection.
If there’s one piece of advice I’d give buyers in Islington, it would be... When you’re searching for property, don’t just think about what you need in the next few years, think in terms of at least five to 10 years – Islington is such a good place to live, work and bring up a family, that you won’t want to leave!
Get the price right and it will sell. There’s such a variety of properties that buyers have a really good idea of what’s available in their specific price band – whether that’s £450,000 to £500,000, or £3m and more.
I’m in love with a little tapas bar on Upper Street called La Farola. It does a fantastic late breakfast menu and fabulous eggs with hollandaise sauce.
What are the latest home and interiors trends you are seeing? I love what a lot of homeowners are doing by renovating their period features while keeping a modern vibe. So, for example they might have a funky colour scheme in their living room but they’ve also taken time to restore the original cornices, fireplaces and ceiling roses.
What’s the local outlook for Islington in 2017? Trends in central London tend to filter out here, so with the prime end of the market now moving, it will impact here, same with the lower end. With so many new businesses opening and great bars, restaurants and schools, we expect Islington to be a popular place to buy or rent.
IT’S SUCH A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE, WORK AND BRING UP A FAMILY
If there’s one piece of advice I’d give sellers in Islington, it would be...
Find Karen and her team at: Dexters Islington 76 Upper Street, London, N1 0NU 020 7483 6373
Any particular favourites?
What’s changing? What’s the most exciting development you’ve seen over the past two years? More and more businesses are opening in Islington so it’s a vibrant place to work. There’s also the Night Tube, which is likely to see more people come to Islington for the nightlife, supporting the already thriving bar and restaurant scene.
And what do you love most about Islington and where it’s heading? I love the fact it’s so diverse. You see this reflected in the properties too – you can have beautiful Georgian terraces and good value smaller homes within a stone’s throw of each other. There’s something for everyone here, which is what keeps the area so full of energy and life.
What’s the favourite part of your day? There’s such a buzz around Islington. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is when you step out of Angel Tube station – the streets are always busy. dexters.co.uk
Barrie Warrener and Carmen Champney’s Westminster A brother and sister act tell us why smart buyers aren’t holding back and let us in on Westminster’s property secrets
Finish this sentence: ‘You know you’re in Westminster when...’
What are the latest home and interiors trends you are seeing?
Barrie: …you hear the chimes of Big Ben. I like to time my arrival at appointments on the chimes – that way both parties know you’re on time!
Carmen: There has been a noticeable move towards contemporary trends and styles of bathrooms and kitchens that are regularly updated.
Why are people attracted to Westminster?
What do you love most about Westminster?
Carmen: It’s incredibly quiet, particularly on weekends as many residents have country homes too. Barrie: The variety and juxtaposition of historic architecture you can find here – from Jacobean, through Georgian, Victorian and Arts and Crafts homes – all standing next to modern developments.
Carmen: The variety of the properties and the way you can find peace and quiet in the heart of London. I recently sold a 3,000-plus sq. ft period mansion flat with huge amounts of space and high ceilings – it was so tranquil and felt like a whole house. Barrie: I love the people, they’re extremely polite and discreet. It’s not the kind of place you come to be particularly obvious about your wealth.
What’s the most exciting change you’ve seen in your area?
What are the most popular streets in Westminster?
Barrie: More Georgian commercial property being converted into chic homes, and the redevelopment around Victoria station is really transforming the area.
Barrie: We love Queen Anne’s Gate and so do our international clients who come here. We’ve sold some of those properties more than once now.
What’s the one shop in your area you couldn’t live without?
Carmen: You can get really good value around here, for example buying what I call ‘second-hand new’ homes. You can buy a modern home in Zone 1 and all it probably needs is a new kitchen and bathroom. The people are also incredibly pleasant around here. Barrie: You can find some of the oldest homes in London. Some of the properties you walk into make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end they’re so old and atmospheric. When you buy in Westminster, you quite often buy a piece of history.
Barrie: It has to be the recently opened Waitrose – we’ve been crying out for one for ages.
If there’s one piece of advice I’d give buyers in Westminster, it would be... Barrie: Estate Agents are always going to say ‘Buy now’, but right now it’s true for Westminster. If you wait until the new developments around Victoria are fully established, you may have to pay more for everything. The ‘New Victoria’ is likely to drive prices higher across all markets in Westminster.
If there’s one piece of advice I’d give sellers in Westminster, it would be... Barrie: Make sure you price your property right; speak to someone who really knows the area and the market so you won’t risk getting this wrong and your property taking too long to sell.
PEOPLE ARE EXTREMELY POLITE AND DISCREET. IT’S NOT THE KIND OF PLACE YOU COME TO BE OBVIOUS ABOUT WEALTH
Tell us something unusual about Westminster?
Barrie, could you describe Carmen’s working style? One word: relentless. When she sets her mind on to something for a client, she just does not give up until the job’s done. Carmen, how would you describe Barrie’s style? Passionate. And do you ever argue? Barrie and Carmen: Never!
Find Barrie, Carmen and their team at: Dexters Westminster incorporating Hathaways 12 Greycoat Place, Westminster, London, SW1P 1SB 020 7590 9578
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Great College Street, SW1P Price On Application
This double fronted Georgian house overlooks College Garden with views of the Houses of Parliament. Built in 1722 this Grade II Listed mansion has a facinating history. Inside, the property has eight bedrooms, four bathrooms and seven reception rooms which are perfect for entertaining. Dexters Westminster. 12 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB T: 020 7590 9578 E: email@example.com
Queen Anne’s Gate, SW1 £6,850,000
An exciting opportunity has arisen to buy two interconnecting apartments in an elegant period building. Both apartments have recessed lighting, interior columns and huge sash windows. Well situated for St James’ Park and Westminster station. Dexters Westminster. 12 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB T: 020 7590 9578 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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KENSINGTON CHURCH STREET
Rupert Merrison’s Kensington Kensington’s beautiful red brick mansion blocks, boutiques and wine bars
Finish this sentence: ‘You know you’re in Kensington Palace Gardens Terrace, which is a cherry tree lined when…’ street adjacent to Kensington Palace Gardens and …you feel as if Kensington Gardens is your back garden.
What’s the one shop you can’t live without? A lot of people rely on Whole Foods Market in the Barkers building on Kensington High Street to get everything they need under one roof. It has a great juice bar that does all kinds of healthy concoctions you can just grab and go.
What’s your advice for Kensington sellers in the current market? Contrary to some of the headlines, there are plenty of buyers around, so don’t hold back if you do want to sell. We’ve had some record-breaking months in the second half of the year – that’s not a quiet market. Sellers should ignore the naysayers and get some expert guidance from people who really know the area.
You’ve been here for 20 years, so you probably know prime central London better than most? I suppose so! I started with Dexters when we had just two offices 20 years ago. We have very detailed knowledge of Kensington and Chelsea, as well as Belgravia and Knightsbridge, so I run around a fair bit. The feedback is that people appreciate dealing with experts familiar with markets across the area, though for some people it’s W8 or nothing!
What are some of most popular roads in Kensington? There are so many beautiful roads and properties in Kensington. You have locations like the Phillimore Estate with its gorgeous stucco fronted homes tucked away behind Kensington High Street, and
home to some of the most expensive properties in the UK. Then there’s Kensington Court with its lateVictorian mansion blocks just behind the Barkers building. Our office is on Kensington Church Street which you could see as the jewel in Kensington’s crown. There are fabulous antiques shops, great restaurants and the famous Churchill Arms – the front is completely covered in a riot of vivid flowers.
What’s the outlook for 2017 around Kensington?
WE’VE HAD SOME RECORD-BREAKING MONTHS IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR – THAT’S NOT A QUIET MARKET
It’s really bright. Buyers from the UK and abroad still view London as a great place to invest, and Kensington has an enduring appeal that is likely to keep growing, along with property values. The rental market is also very busy.
What’s your favourite part of the day? We start early, which I like because walking through Kensington and Chelsea on a clear, bright morning when the sun’s glinting off the white stucco buildings is such a pleasure.
What are your favourite spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Aubaine is great for a healthy breakfast after the gym while you people watch on Kensington High Street. For lunch, also on the High Street, is the Ivy Kensington Brasserie which does British and international classics (and a great espresso martini, depending on what kind of lunch you’re having). Clarke’s on Church Street, which is a bit of a Kensington institution for lunch or dinner, specialises in serving British seasonal food and bread from its own bakery. After dark, head to the Kensington Wine Rooms – we do!
Find Rupert and his team at: Dexters Kensington 64 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4DB 020 7067 2430
Hyde Park Street, W2 ÂŁ7,850,000
Arranged across five floors, this regal, seven bedroom family home sits on the corner of Hyde Park. Bursting with period features, this property offers a double height conservatory, a spiral staircase, feature fireplace, a private patio and terrace. Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosevenor Street, London, W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9590 E: email@example.com
stucco Many of Londonâ€™s most coveted addresses are stylish stucco fronted properties. Yet stucco started life as a cheap and cheerful substitute for stone
ROM THE SWEEPING TERRACES of Regent’s
Park to the majestic squares of Belgravia, stucco screams style and exclusivity. “If you want to live in prime central London, then you’re likely going to be looking at a stucco fronted property,” says Director of Dexters Mayfair Showroom, Russell Ball. Stucco’s origins, however, are rather more humble. Russell explains: “Stucco is a render made of lime and sand used to dress less attractive stonework. It gave buildings a smooth finish without the builder of the day having to buy expensive bricks or stone.”
FIRST FAÇADES Stucco started to appear in London around the later part of 18th century, and the Regency fashion for evenly covered house fronts lasted until the early Victorian period when tastes changed and the cost of stone fell. While stucco was used by London builders as a pocket-friendly alternative to stone, it wasn’t long before it was seen as a material with its own unique qualities, inspiring renowned architects to create some of the most attractive architecture in London. John Nash (1752-1835) was a favourite of the Prince Regent, George IV. Nash is responsible for the stucco terraces and villas of Regent’s Park, in addition to Regent Street and indeed, Buckingham Palace. His work and influence reach across the capital and beyond. MODERN MARKETS Dexters recently sold a property within a terrace on Great Russell Street that Nash designed and lived in. Today, you can see the English Heritage blue plaque on the building in the heart of Bloomsbury. Russell says of the sale: “As well as its architectural significance, this property has a wonderful view of the British Museum. In the end there was a bidding war which was won by an international cash buyer who wanted a base in London, paying over the asking price.” Many of the other most beautiful stucco properties in London are in Belgravia. Thomas Cubitt (1788-1855) was commissioned in 1824 by Richard Grosvenor, 2nd Marquess of Westminster, to create buildings on Belgrave Square. Cubitt is also partly responsible for the stucco of the much-desired Eaton Square (see Dexters selection of featured properties). All stucco fronted properties tend to have an enduring appeal which attracts buyers and tenants from home and abroad. However, both dexters.co.uk
Clockwise from top left: stucco frontage appears in the most exclusive areas of London; Ulster Terrace was built by Regency architect John Nash; Nash’s blue plaque in Bloomsbury
THERE’S NOTHING QUITE LIKE A FRESHLY PAINTED STUCCO FRONTED HOME
homeowners and landlords should be prepared to take extra care. It’s important to keep gutters clear and avoid anything else that risks excessive water soaking in. Russell explains: “Stucco fronts generally comprise of three layers: the undercoat, the floating coat and the finish coat. Once water gets behind these layers they can literally start to fall off. These properties tend to be listed, so if there is damage, you’ll need to hire specialist builders approved by the local authority.” But, for a great many architecture aficionados and lovers of prime London homes alike, the additional attention is well worth it. As Russell says: “There’s nothing quite like a freshly painted stucco fronted home, gleaming in the morning light. These properties will look good for years and years to come.”
DEXTERS’ STUCCO SELECTION Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, Dexters always has a superb selection of flats and houses all across the capital. VICTORIA SQUARE, WESTMINSTER, SW1W Recently Under Offer
A classic Regency home set in a pretty garden square. The property has beautiful decor and grand living rooms which all retain period detail. There are three reception rooms, a lovely modern kitchen, four bedrooms and a self contained flat. • Period features • Four bedrooms • Garden square • Grand receptions • Self contained flat • Private garden
Dexters Westminster. 020 7590 9578 HYDE PARK GARDENS, HYDE PARK, W2 £725 per week
A newly refurbished apartment set in a gated and portered block with lift access. Offering two bedrooms and two bathrooms, the property has wooden floors throughout. On the doorstep of Hyde Park, the shops, bars and restaurants of Oxford Circus are less than a mile away. • Gated • Porter • Lift access • Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Newly refurbished
Dexters Paddington. 020 7298 1560
Did you know? Stucco in its various forms dates back to ancient times. John Nash’s career didn’t start so well. He inherited £1,000 which he invested in building 15-17 Bloomsbury Square and 66-71 Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury. But he was not a successful landlord and the property failed to let. He was declared bankrupt in 1783. By 1828 Nash had spent £496,169 on the remodelling of
Buckingham Palace. Soon after the death of George IV in 1830, the Prime Minister – the Duke of Wellington – dismissed Nash from his post for overspending. As well as lime and sand, you’ll sometimes find hair as part of the render mix of stucco, while architect James Wyatt (17461813) apparently recommended the whitest burnt bones to give stucco added lustre and strength.
LANCASTER GATE, BAYSWATER, W2 £1,199,999
Situated on a sought after garden square between the bohemian delights of Notting Hill and the hustle and bustle of Marble Arch is this two double bedroom apartment. Set on the third floor with a large reception room and a separate kitchen. • Third floor (with lift) • Large reception • Separate kitchen • Garden square • Hyde Park nearby
Dexters Notting Hill. 020 7243 4500
Capital investments Joanna Plant advises how to make the most of investing in the capital
T SEEMS IT IS AGREED by everyone that
we need to build more homes in London. With more supply comes better affordability, however, numerous hurdles in the development and planning systems make this a challenge. Helping to address this, Dexters have Development and New Homes specialists across London, advising landowners, housebuilders and investors who are working on new schemes. Joanna Plant heads up the Central London team based at Dexters Mayfair office in Grosvenor Street. She explains “Our Mayfair office acts as a focal point for our 28 Central London sales and lettings offices, the 60 offices across London and also for all of our Development and New Homes teams”. Joanna and her team work with clients to support the entire life cycle of developments, from conception through to sales and rentals.
OFF PLAN INVESTMENTS Dexters work for over 20,000 landlords across London and have an International Relocation Team in Mayfair who deal with some 10,000 enquiries each year. When it comes to knowing what international investors and
IN A TYPICAL WEEK I’LL BE ADVISING CLIENTS ON UP TO 250 PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS
SNOWSFIELDS YARD, LONDON BRIDGE, SE1 £764,995 - £899,995
This boutique development includes 28 highly specified one, two and three bedroom apartments and penthouses. Snowsfields Yard offers distinctive new apartments with style and elegant design set in the vibrant Bermondsey Street Conservation Area. Snowsfields Yard combines luxury and convenience offering a dedicated concierge service. The apartments are being finished to an immaculate finish with specifications carefully chosen for a blend of sophistication and elegance. All homes will offer private outside space and residents will have access to a communal rooftop terrace. It is located just 505 metres away from the Shard and is less than a five minute walk from London Bridge, so is close to fantastic transport links. Snowsfields Yard is likely to prove the perfect base to make the most of all that London has to offer. The show apartment is now available to view.
Dexters London Bridge. 020 7483 6390
Centre Point gets a major make over and Google are at home in the Central Saint Giles development opposite St Giles church
tenants are looking for, Dexters are ahead of the field. It is these contacts and this knowledge that attracts developers to Dexters, as we specialise in selling new home and off plan investments across London. Joanna explains “On the one hand we advise landowners on the best way to maximise development value, then we work with dozens of well funded developers looking for building opportunities”. “As selling agents, we advise housebuilders of their new schemes. In any one week, I routinely work on new developments ranging from the boutique to major projects with hundreds of flats.” Joanna continued: “In the West End we have thousands of investors registered with us with buyers looking to spend £3 to £12 million or more. Elsewhere, investments are typically like Warwick Court in Bloomsbury (shown above) where we have recently launched an attractive scheme. These flats are getting a lot of interest as they are close to both the City and West End”.
“Dexters’ current clients include Croudace Homes, Barratt Homes, Berkeley Group and Crest Nicholson, which is developing Snowsfield Yard (see feature). Dexters is known for its strategic marketing campaigns that showcase new or off plan developments to achieve premium prices,” says Joanna. “Among large London residential Estate Agents, Dexters hold a unique position as a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), with qualified specialist staff who provide all their clients a level of reassurance,” says Joanna. “We uphold the RICS worldwide reputation for professionalism and integrity - this is all part of the Dexters difference which is why our customers choose to work with us again and again”.
WARWICK COURT, BLOOMSBURY, WC1R £900,000 - £2,100,000
This collection of five apartments has been beautifully restored in this luxurious Georgian house. Apartments boast a blend of traditional period features and modern day luxuries, showcasing a fusion between contemporary London living and the rich history of the property and location. Warwick Court is close to Gray’s Inn and lies just east of Covent Garden, between the tranquil green spaces of Lincoln’s Inn fields and Inn Gardens. Deposits are being taken for Spring 2017 completion.
Dexters Bloomsbury. 020 7833 4466
For property development enquiries – New Homes and Investment Sales contact Dexters Mayfair 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL 020 7590 9590.
Capital delights We pick 2017’s new restaurant stars, rebooted favourites and hot openings coming soon...
ENEKO AT ONE ALDWYCH WC2
This new pad is from Basque guru Eneko Atxa, whose three-Michelin star Azurmendi restaurant in Bilbao, Spain, has been ranked no. 16 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The menu reimagines dishes from traditional Basque cooking while the wine bar features an all-Spanish wine list and Basque-inspired dishes. One Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BZ. 020 7300 0300. www.eneko.london
PHARMACY 2 SE11
Venture to Vauxhall to go back to the future with a reincarnation of Damien Hirst and Mark Hix’s rebooted, era-defining joint. The menu reflects Hix’s unique take on British gastronomy, including classics with a twist. There’s also an upscale kids’ menu. Newport Street, SE11 6AJ. 020 3141 9333. www.pharmacyrestaurant.com
THE BARBARY WC2
You won’t mind queuing for the slice of Levantine heaven in Neal’s Yard. The Barbary’s seasonal menu incorporates fresh flavours, surprising combinations and earthy cooking methods. Try the octopus mashawsha and cumin and chilli-glazed beetroot. 16 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP. www.thebarbary.co.uk. No reservations
Head to Fitzrovia to see what Monica Galetti did next, after 12 years at two Michelinstarred Le Gavroche. Mere is set to have a 25-seat bar area on the ground floor and a 70-seat dining room in the basement. ‘Mere’ is named after the French for ‘mother’ and the Samoan for Mary, Galetti’s mother’s name.
RESTAURANT OURS SW3
Dramatic dining on Brompton Road from young firebrand Tom Sellers. The restaurant states that it aims to deliver an experience that’s ‘radical yet refined’, and bring the outside in – the place is filled with thousands of plants. Instagram heaven for the in-crowd. 264 Brompton Road, SW3 2AS. 020 7100 2200. www.restaurant-ours.com
Due to open early 2017 on Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1
Critics have been united in their praise for this new neighbourhood restaurant located on the corner of Clipstone Street in Fitzrovia. Go for the same high quality cooking, wine and service as sister restaurant Portland (on Great Portland Street) but in a more informal setting. House charcuterie is a speciality. 5 Clipstone Street, W1W 6BB. 0207 637 0871. www.clipstonerestaurant.co.uk
ORMER MAYFAIR W1
Shaun Rankin’s city satellite to his Jersey original. Head to Mayfair for classic tastes of England’s shores with English wines to match as the Flemings Mayfair Hotel completes its £15m refurbishment. Expect seasonal Jersey produce including fresh lobster, crab, oysters, hand-dived scallops, Jersey royals and hand-picked shoreline foraged herbs.
Precise cooking and beautifully crafted small plates dedicated to Japanese delicacies make Jason Atherton’s latest restaurant a welcome addition to London’s evolving dining scene. Downstairs, funky cocktail bar 7 Tales is worth sticking around for too. 64 Turnmill Street, EC1M 5RR. 020 3805 2304. www.sosharulondon.com
The menu at this Michelinstarred, perception changing favourite is constantly evolving. Watch all the action through the glass walls of the kitchen.
From the team who bought you revered ramen restaurant Tonkotsu, Tokyo-inspired dining now comes to St James’s Market. Expect delights such as black cod teriyaki and Wagyu fillet steak with butter sauce, and a trendy teishoku set lunch.
12a Berkeley Square, W1J 6BS. 020 7629 8886. www.benaresrestaurant.com
Due to open late 2016 in St James’s Market, SW1Y 4SB
7-12 Half Moon Street, W1J 7B. 020 7016 560. www.ormermayfair.com
BENARES MAYFAIR W1
Herbert Cresent, SW1X ÂŁ16,500 per week
A grand seven bedroom home in Knightsbridge which has been completely refurbished and redesigned. There is plenty of living and entertaining space, a swimming pool and steam room, private garden, roof terrace, lift and staff accommodation. Dexters Knightsbridge & South Kensington. 29 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3HD T: 020 7838 1888 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoxton Street, N1
Park Lane, W1K
Formerly a school house, this unique two bedroom apartment is arranged over two floors. Set within a red brick building, the property offers a spacious living area and kitchen that opens onto a private roof terrace, which is perfect for entertaining.
A unique three bedroom townhouse overlooking Hyde Park. This property is perfect for an individual that requires the layout of a typical house with the security of a 24hr portered entrance, in the heart of Mayfair Village.
Dexters Shoreditch. 60 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3QT T: 020 7483 6371 E: email@example.com
Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9595 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hill Street, W1J
Ulster Terrace, NW1
An imposing six bedroom townhouse arranged over six floors, with a spiral staircase, a grand entrance hall, three reception rooms with a balcony, roof terrace and patio. The property offers approximately 6000 sq. ft.
Sympathetically restored, this first floor apartment is situated within a portered Crown Estate, in the grounds of Regents Park. Set over two floors and offering three/ four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9595 E: email@example.com
Dexters Marylebone. 55 Weymouth Street, London, W1G 8NJ T: 020 7224 5545 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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luxe look Get the
Top designers share the latest kitchen and bathroom trends inspiring some of London’s most stylish homeowners
Stunning kitchens FENG SHUI FLOW
Phillip Ozorio, Design Director at Connaught Kitchens, says: “We’re sometimes asked to collaborate with specialists to assess the feng shui aspects of the kitchen design. Incorporating large central islands tends to meet their approval.” MARVELLOUS MARBLE
Ozorio: “Quartz worktops that look like marble, with the same material running up the walls in continuous veins are in high demand.” While Sheena NotleyGriffiths, Head of Studio at Helen Green Design, says: “Many of our clients are asking for unusual marbles. Increasingly we’re installing kitchens that use statement marble with paredback cabinetry.”
Sheena Notley-Griffiths’ luxury bathroom trends
“The Kitchen Furniture Fair in Milan sets kitchen design trends for the next two years – there’s a major trend for concrete and metallic kitchen doors which is a movement away from high-gloss white to matt lacquer kitchen finishes. The use of wooden open shelving and the darker woods and finishes result in a luxurious, eclectic look,” says Ozorio.
NEW BRONZE AGE
“Ice-grey suites are increasingly popular as are living finishes, while bronze suites continue to be seen in bathrooms throughout Belgravia and Knightsbridge.” TIMELESS STYLE
“Creating a liveable, functional and beautiful space with luxurious touches will form the basis of a timeless home. Investing in quality materials and avoiding statement colours such as red can also increase a home’s selling potential.” FUNCTIONALITY AND LUXURY
“Functionality is at the forefront of our designs – creating spaces that are both liveable and luxurious. A client recently asked us to include a bath to accommodate five children, so we’re having a bespoke tub manufactured.”
Designers’ details: CONNAUGHT KITCHENS 2 Porchester Place, W2 2BS. 020 7706 2210. www.connaughtkitchens.co.uk
HELEN GREEN DESIGN 29 Milner Street, SW3 2QD. 020 7352 3344. www.helengreendesign.com
Feel the burn, keep it cool From gyms so cool, you’ll actually want to go, to the latest fitness trends keeping Londoners lean, we present 12 of the capital’s health happenings
1 CORE COLLECTIVE POWER YOGA
3 THE BERKELEY HOTEL
4 AQUA PHYSICAL
You needn’t choose between a high-intensity workout and something more mindful in these spacious studios. Recover in the Core Kitchen with Ozone coffee, homemade smoothies and cold-pressed juices.
Find this self-styled fight club meets nightclub on the King’s Road. Expect high intensity, heavy boxing bags and banging tunes. The 60-minute classes aim to improve coordination, burn calories and clear the mind.
Rooftop pool? Check. Treadmills overlooking Hyde Park? Check. State-of-the-art equipment? Check. Gym heaven and holistic health in SW1. The seventh-floor setting means that the stress of the city just melts away.
How about taking your best burpee to the Serpentine? High-intensity interval training on an unstable floating board. This brand new exercise on the water sounds fun, doesn’t it? There are classes across London.
45 Phillimore Walk, Holland Park, W8 7RZ. 020 7937 6377. www.core-collective.co.uk
122 Kings Road, SW3 4TR. 020 7589 8746. www.koboxlondon.com
Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL. 020 7235 6000. www.the-berkeley.co.uk
Go to www.aquaphysical.com for the latest infomation.
Buy the £929 bike, join a virtual class, let the sensors record your performance and compete with people from around the world from the comfort of your home. Go to www.pelotoncycle.com/bike to find out more.
Great for City slickers and hip HIIT-ters. Known for its no contract ‘pay as you play’ set up, 30-minute super intense lunchtime classes and playlists curated by people cooler than you. 63 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8LE. 020 3714 0710. www.1rebel.co.uk
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is, apparently, the world’s fastest-growing watersport. You can work that core and other muscle groups on London’s scenic canals around Islington, Putney and other locations.
Serious gym with serious fees, KX is all about ‘using a holistic approach to wellness that is all encompassing and individually tailored’ in a luxe, private members environment. You may see some well known faces.
Go to www.active360.co.uk to find classes near you.
151 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, SW3 3AL. 020 7584 5333. www.kxlife.co.uk
9 ESPA LIFE AT CORINTHIA
They say: “This is not just a gym, this is a lifestyle. Luxurious, exclusive, and just a little bit risqué.” We say, go here to find your best self. Perfectly placed for those seeking exclusivity in Whitehall - Although if you have to ask how much their Black Membership is, you probably can’t afford it. Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD. 020 7321 3050. www.espalifeatcorinthia.com
11 THE BULGARI HOTEL, WORKSHOP GYMNASIUM
Work up a sweat and admire Milan-maestro Antonio Citterio’s beautiful designs. Voted best for First Class Futuristic Fitness in 2015’s Tatler Spa Guide, this place is not for shirkers. Intense one-to-one yoga and Pilates also available. 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW. 020 7151 1055. www.workshopgymnasium.com
12 BARRECORE, MAYFAIR
Get the body you’ve dreamed of in the historic Art Deco Derry & Toms building. Equinox provides the unique Tier X personal training programme, the name referring to the level ‘beyond’, and training ‘without limits’. Expect to be transformed.
Hold tight at these balletic workouts just off Cavendish Square. Barrecore promises to get incredible results in as little as five classes. Each session targets the major muscle groups and improves posture and alignment no matter what your fitness level – to help you achieve your dancer’s body!
99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA. 020 7666 6000. www.equinox.com
6 Cavendish Square, W1G 0PD. 020 7637 8458. www.barrecore.co.uk/mayfair
10 EQUINOX, KENSINGTON
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Dexters hidden gems Get some interiors inspiration with our pick of fabulous florists and fine furniture outlets
Bespoke and designer furniture PENTREATH AND HALL
Bloomsbury treasure where the stylish eponymous duo only stock furniture, lighting and glassware they love. 17 Rugby Street, Bloomsbury, WC1N 3QT. www.pentreath-hall.com
Knightsbridge find with a strong focus on interpreting the latest interior design trends – sometimes surreal, always stylish. 2 North Terrace, SW3 2BA. www.mintshop.co.uk
Islington’s eclectic independent. Look out for cutting-edge accessories, hand-selected vintage bits and collaborations with local designers. Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, N1 1PN. www.ariashop.co.uk
Statement pieces to discover in South Kensington. Check out the recent collaboration with British artist, Holly Frean, which uses her drawings and paintings to create quirky, stylish, penguin and monkey flocked wallpapers, printed elephant fabrics, velvet lions and woollen bears. 190 Walton Street, South Kensington, SW3 2JL. www.andrewmartin.co.uk
The flagship Belgravia store offers bespoke architectural pieces and unique fitted carpentry. 60 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LP. www.davidlinley.co.uk
THE DARK ROOM
Lamb’s Conduit Street’s trendsetting interiors shop with ‘a love for the bold and the brave, the crafted and the curious’. 52 Lamb’s Conduit Street, WC1N 3LL www.darkroomlondon.com
Florists JOHN & JESSIE
Gorgeous shop and beautiful blooms galore from W8’s brother-sister team. 131E Kensington Church Street, W8 7LP. www.johnandjessie.co.uk
Get unusual fresh-cut flowers from Dutch markets direct to your home.
They don’t believe in the dull, the obvious or the mundane; they do believe in ‘masterpieces and marvels and floral couture’. Seriously stunning stems in Belgravia. 11 W Halkin Street, SW1X 8JL. www.neillstrain.com
This Isington florist tucked away on Camden Passage has a vintage feel.
One of London’s most renowned florists, Paula works out of her stylish shop on a quiet Islington street. Paula Pryke OBE also offers short courses for those looking to follow in her footsteps.
4 Charlton Place, N1 8AJ. www.sadie-rose.co.uk
50 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1X. www.paulapryke.com
NEILL STRAIN FLORAL COUTURE
Tredegar Square, E3
Bourdon Street, W1K
Arranged over five floors, this Grade II Listed Georgian family home is located in Tredegar Square and offers four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a private rear garden. Well situated for access to local amenities, transport links and Victoria Park.
This two double bedroom, fifth floor apartment has a bright westerly aspect and is set within a popular development. Ideal for entertaining, there is an open plan reception room, kitchen and dining room with views over the communal roof garden.
Dexters Canary Wharf. 39 Westferry, London, E14 8JH T: 020 7517 1199 E: email@example.com
Dexters Mayfair. 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL T: 020 7590 9590 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Flaxman Terrace, WC1H
Palace Gate, W8
A four bedroom, Grade II Listed, freehold family home in need of modernisation throughout. The property is arranged over three floors and has a symmetrical design with copper domes set upon the angular turrets to the front. Well positioned for access to St Pancras and Russell Square.
A three bedroom apartment arranged over the ground and lower ground floors of this striking period property. Offering private outside space, a grand reception room and a large kitchen breakfast/dining room. Centrally located just moments from Hyde Park.
Dexters Bloomsbury. 55 Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HB T: 020 7833 4466 E: email@example.com
Dexters South Kensington. 144 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 4NR T: 020 7373 8883 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eaton Square, SW1W ÂŁ5,995,000
A two/three bedroom, raised ground floor apartment with traditional panelled walls. The property combines classic features and offers a modern kitchen, high ceilings and a porter service. Well situated for access to Sloane Square and Mayfair. Dexters Chelsea. 14 Culford Gardens, London, SW3 2ST T: 020 7590 9510 E: email@example.com
Office Directory MAYFAIR SHOWROOM Dexters Mayfair Showroom 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL Sales: 020 7590 9590 Lettings: 020 7590 9595 - Sales - Lettings - New Homes - Land and Development - Corporate Lettings - International Relocation
CENTRAL LONDON OFFICES Dexters Battersea 137 Lavender Hill, London, SW11 5QJ Sales: 020 7350 1200 Lettings: 020 7350 1300
Dexters Covent Garden 22 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5BH Sales: 020 7067 2424 Lettings: 020 7067 2400
Dexters Kennington 323 Kennington Road, London, SE11 4QE Sales: 020 7483 6391 Lettings: 020 7483 6393
Dexters Shoreditch 60 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3QT Sales: 020 7483 6371 Lettings: 020 7483 6372
Dexters Bayswater 17 Craven Terrace, London, W2 3QH Sales: 020 7821 6789 Lettings: 020 7402 4722
Dexters Earls Court 3 Hogarth Place, London, SW5 0QT Sales: 020 7370 7373 Lettings: 020 7370 3030
Dexters London Bridge 54 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1XL Sales: 020 7483 6390 Lettings: 020 7483 6395
Dexters St John’s Wood 4 St Ann’s Terrace, London, NW8 6PJ Sales: 020 7483 6300 Lettings: 020 7483 6330
Dexters Bloomsbury 55 Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HB Sales: 020 7833 4466 Lettings: 020 7833 4488
Dexters Fitzrovia/Soho 66 Goodge Street, London, W1T 4NG Sales: 020 7067 2401 Lettings: 020 7067 2402
Dexters Maida Vale 125 Shirland Road, London, W9 2EP Sales: 020 7266 2020 Lettings: 020 7266 2021
Dexters South Kensington 144 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 4NR Sales: 020 7373 8883 Lettings: 020 7244 7711
Dexters Knightsbridge 29 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3HD Sales: 020 7838 0108 Lettings: 020 7838 1888
Dexters Fulham 569 Fulham Road, London, SW6 1ES Sales: 020 7386 5386 Lettings: 020 7386 7386
Dexters Marylebone 55 Weymouth Street, London, W1G 8NJ Sales: 020 7224 5544 Lettings: 020 7224 5545
Dexters Tower Bridge 50 Shad Thames, London, SE1 2LY Sales: 020 7483 6392 Lettings: 020 7483 6394
Dexters Chelsea 14 Culford Gardens, London, SW3 2ST Sales: 020 7590 9510 Lettings: 020 7590 9500
Dexters Islington 76 Upper Street, London, N1 0NU Sales: 020 7483 6373 Lettings: 020 7483 6374
Dexters Notting Hill 123 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11 3LB Sales: 020 7243 4500 Lettings: 020 7792 0792
Dexters Vauxhall/Nine Elms 377 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5QY Sales: 020 7793 0111 Lettings: 020 7793 8111
Dexters City 5 Sandy’s Row, London, E1 7HW Sales: 020 7392 9155 Lettings: 020 7392 9111
Dexters Kensington 64 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4DB Sales: 020 7067 2430 Lettings: 020 7067 2434
Dexters Paddington/Hyde Park 1 Spring Street, London, W2 3RA Sales: 020 7298 1550 Lettings: 020 7298 1560
Dexters Westminster/St James’ Park 12 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB Sales: 020 7590 9578 Lettings: 020 7590 9579
Dexters Clerkenwell 1 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5NW Sales: 020 7483 6369 Lettings: 020 7483 6370
Dexters Kensington High Street 1 Campden Hill Road, London, W8 7DU Sales: 020 7590 9560 Lettings: 020 7590 9565
Dexters Pimlico 50 Churton Street, London, SW1V 2LP Sales: 020 7976 4949 Lettings: 020 7976 5200
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