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April 2021

The definitive guide to London living Editor’s letter Liz Skone James If the last year has taught me anything, it’s to set my expectations low in order to avoid disappointment! That said, I’m feeling fairly positive about the prospect of the further easing of restrictions this month. With the promise of picnics with friends, small beer garden gatherings, a much-needed return to the gym, and, of course, the long awaited hair appointment (hallelujah!), it feels like life is slowly returning to normal. This issue is a celebration of all that, and more – we’ve even got real-life exhibitions to talk about on our culture pages, and our travel section explores local-ish options for adventuring. Of course, things don’t always go to plan, so should you find yourself at home for a little longer, you’ll be pleased to see all of the usual interiorsfocused content, designed to help you make the most of your four walls. On that front, with cinemas not due to open until at least next month, we’ve put together a guide to creating the ultimate media room. First on the watch list for that at-home big screen and sound system should be cover star Royce Pierreson’s latest project, a darkly thrilling take on the world of Sherlock Holmes – read all about it in our interview. Until next month, stay safe.

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32 Culture fix

The best of London from the comfort of home, or out and about

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The lowdown on the weird world of a COVID-safe set, and why he’s always wanted to play John Watson

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Find reasons to smile and discover how to get back into exercise safely after a lockdown hiatus

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Exclusive interview

Royce PIERRESON As The Irregulars hits television screens, we talk doing things differently

FABR I C MAG AZ IN E . CO.U K

IT’S SHOW TIME How to bring big screen glamour to your home

PERFECTLY IMPERFECT Joanna Thornhill’s Victorian home is lived in and loved

LOCAL LOVE The living is easy in the Royal Borough

PLUS The best London property Market insight

APRIL 2021

ON THE COVER Photography Elliott Wilcox Styling Holly Macnaghten Grooming Charley McEwen Royce wears Yellow and black jumper by Mr P. (mrporter.com)

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Expert tips on creating the ultimate in-home media room

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Stylist Joanna Thornhill’s home has a small footprint but is full of heart

64 Local love

Historic homes and high-end boutiques add to Kensington and Holland Park’s desirability

74 Property news

Market news and expert views

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CAVENDISH AVENUE ST JOHN’S WOOD, LONDON NW8

A DETACHED GRADE II LISTED RESIDENCE (498 SQ M / 5,360 SQ FT) DISCREETLY SITUATED BEHIND A GATED DRIVEWAY WITH PARKING FOR 6 CARS AND FEATURING AN EXCEPTIONAL SOUTH-WEST FACING GARDEN OF 57 M / 187 FT. Cavendish Avenue is widely regarded as one of the finest streets in St John’s Wood and is located 0.2 miles from St John’s Wood High Street, 0.3 miles from St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line) and just 1 mile from Regent’s Park.

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A substantial double fronted semi-detached five bedroom family house (3,856 sq ft / 358 sq m), located in this enviable and sought-after treelined road with views of Golders Hill Park. The property commands an elevated position and provides comfortable accommodation over three floors, and was substantially refurbished and redesigned approximately seven years ago incorporating luxury features throughout. The ground floor is arranged as a large entrance hall, reception room, study, kitchen/breakfast room semi open plan to the principal reception room with direct access to the garden via full width, floor to ceiling sliding doors. The first floor comprises four double bedrooms (one currently used as a study and with access to a large roof terrace), family bathroom and shower room. The large principal bedroom is on the second floor affording double aspect views and an en-suite bathroom. There’s also ample eaves storage. This desirable and bright home is enhanced by a south-facing rear garden, garage leading to a work/plant room, and additional off-street parking. Golders Hill Park is within a few minutes walk and the extensive facilities of Hampstead and Golders Green (both Northern Line) are within half a mile radius.

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An exceptional and substantial six bedroom semi-detached family residence, offering 5,669 sq ft (527 sq m) within this attractive red brick Victorian property. This desirable home offers a wealth of period features, including high ceilings, cornicing and fireplaces to name a few. The well-balanced accommodation is arranged over four floors with emphasis on natural light and well-proportioned rooms which comprise a 38' kitchen/breakfast/family room, an elegant 24'5 formal reception room, 21' dining room, plus a 44' media/family room and 25' playroom. Additional benefits include an integral garage, driveway for two further cars, a custom-built wine cellar and a delightful 95' south-east facing rear garden. The extensive facilities of both Hampstead Village (Northern Line) and Finchley Road (Jubilee & Metropolitan Lines) are within close proximity.

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The Wallis Building L O N D O N

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A rarely available two double bedroom loft apartment offering stylish and contemporary accommodation within this landmark building with garage parking. Entrance Hall | Stunning Reception Room | Open Plan Kitchen | Master Bedroom with en suite bathroom | Bedroom Two | Shower Room | Entryphone | Porter/caretaker | Secure garage parking

St John’s Wood Sales t: 020 7586 3111 e: sjw.sales@chancellors.co.uk 88 St John’s Wood High Street, London, NW8 7SH

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Priory Road S O U T H

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Located within this white stucco fronted semi detached period residence in South Hampstead, this 1,366 sq ft lateral garden flat has undergone a complete refurbishment programme and boasts high ceilings, contemporary fixtures and fittings, three bedrooms (two with ensuite), a 26ft reception room leading to the open plan kitchen breakfast room, an entrance hallway with fitted storage, a luxury family bathroom, a 50ft rear garden with the added benefit of a 129 sq ft garden room/home office and off street parking. Priory Road is conveniently situated providing access to West Hampstead and its plethora of shops, restaurants and patisseries, Swiss Cottage with its excellent transport links and St John's Wood with its vast array of high end boutiques. EPC Rating: C

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LOCAL EXPERTISE, INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION Email: sales@glentree.com

020 8458 7311

WINNINGTON ROAD, N2 £7,950,000

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In one of London’s most prestigious roads, a double fronted detached house set behind a sweeping carriage driveway. The property has been extensively refurbished by the current owners to a very sophisticated and stylish modern specification. It is presented in an exceptional, meticulous and immaculate condition. Arranged over three floors, benefiting from a stunning south west facing garden. Accommodation comprises entrance hall, office/study drawing room, family room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, TV room, principal bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom and dressing room,

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five further bedrooms, four further bathrooms, guest cloakroom, utility room, garage and off street parking for four to six cars. RECPETION HALL: RECEPTION ROOM: KITCHEN/ BREAKFAST ROOM: STUDY: GARDEN ROOM: PRINCIPAL EN SUITE BEDROOM WITH DRESSING ROOM: 5 FURTHER BEDROOMS (3 WITH EN SUITES): FAMILY BATHROOM: UTILITY ROOM: CLOAKROOM: GARAGE: OFF STREET PARKING: TERRACE: REAR GARDEN


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SHELDON AVENUE, N6 £7,250,000

FREEHOLD

Located close to the beautiful grounds of Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath, an elegant freehold residence which has been extensively refurbished using finishes of the highest possible standards sourced from around the world. The house features a dramatic triple height entrance hallway and well planned and arranged accommodation over three floors. There is an extensive landscaped garden which leads to a self contained leisure complex with a freeform swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, sauna and gymnasium. To the front the house is set behind a sweeping gated carriage driveway which leads to a double width garage.

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29’ DRAWING ROOM: 20’ X 18’ DINING ROOM: FAMILY ROOM: KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: MORNING ROOM: ENTRANCE HALL: 24’ MASTER BEDROOM WITH HIS AND HERS DRESSING ROOMS AND EXTRAVAGANT BATHROOM: 6 FURTHER BEDROOM SUITES INCLUDING A GUEST SUITE WITH SITTING ROOM/BEDROOM 8: UTILITY ROOM: DOUBLE WIDTH GARAGE: LANDSCAPED 135’ GARDEN: SELF CONTAINED LEISURE COMPLEX WITH SWIMMING POOL, JACUZZI SPA, SAUNA AND GYMNASIUM: SWEEPING CARRIAGE DRIVEWAY.

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With 12 offices in Prime Central London and over 70 across the capital, Dexters is London’s leading Independent Estate Agency.

Lyons Place, NW8 £3,700,000

A three bedroom, three bathroom townhouse, set within a unique development designed by Sir Terry Farrell's architectural practice. Located in a leafy enclave of the capital, just minutes from Regent’s Canal, Lord's Cricket ground and the vibrant West End. This home offers village-style living in a coveted Zone 1 location, only moments from the heart of the city, energy rating b. Dexters New Homes North London. 35 Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JT T: 020 8987 3030 E: newhomes@dexters.co.uk

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Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 £5,495,000

Ideally located for all the amenities of South Hampstead, a five bedroom family home which was refurbished by the renowned interior designer, Kelly Hoppen. This house has spacious accommodation with impressive reception areas offering excellent entertaining space, perfect for hosting friends and family. The rear patio leading directly to communal gardens completes the package, energy rating d. Dexters West Hampstead. 349 West End Lane, London, NW6 1LT T: 020 7644 9300 E: westhampsteadsales@dexters.co.uk

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ST STEPHEN’S CLOSE, NW8 36 1984 - 2020

020 7722 7222 105 St John’s Wood Terrace, NW8 6PL email:

A spacious 3 bedroom, 2 reception room apartment situated on the raised ground floor of this popular, prestige mansion block located on a private roadway just off Avenue Road. The flat is presented in excellent condition and comprises 1732sq ft./160 sq m of well proportioned accommodation. The property has the use of 2 casual parking spaces on a first come first served basis, is positioned in the main central building where the resident porter is located, and benefits from communal heating and constant hot water. There are beautifully maintained communal gardens for residents use and enjoyment. PORTERAGE • ENTRY PHONE • CCTV • COMMUNAL GARDEN • CASUAL OFF STREET PARKING • WITHIN EASY REACH OF BUS STOP • EPC=D.

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QUEENS GROVE, NW8 A beautifully presented 4 Bedroom Grade 2 Listed period family home arranged over four floors and located on this popular tree lined road. The house benefits from a 26’ double aspect reception room, an outstanding kitchen that opens up into the family and dining rooms and then leads directly to the south/east facing garden. ENTRANCE HALL • GUEST CLOAKROOM • DOUBLE ASPECT RECEPTION ROOM • KITCHEN • FAMILY ROOM • DINING ROOM • STUDY • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM • 3 BEDROOMS • FAMILY BATHROOM • UTILITY ROOM • EPC=E. FREEHOLD

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020 7722 7222 105 St John’s Wood Terrace, NW8 6PL email:

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Mark Nash Director mark.nash@sandfords.com

213-215 Gloucester Place Regent’s Park, NW1 6BU T: 020 7723 9988 E: sales@sandfords.com

CHESTER TERRACE REGENT’S PARK, NW1

£9,000,000 £9,000,000 (OFFERS (OFFERS IN EXCESS IN EXCESS OF)OF) LEASEHOLD LEASEHOLD / JOINT / JOINT SOLE SOLE AGENT AGENT

A rare opportunity to purchase an outstanding Grade I Listed Nash house (427 sqm / 4,596 sqft) located in one of the finest terraces in the Crown Estate, with fantastic views onto Regent’s Park. The property has been recently refurbished and redesigned to the highest standard and provides elegant and well planned accommodation which is arranged over five floors and benefits from a lift, air-conditioning throughout, high ceilings, a purpose built roof terrace, three storage vaults, communal gardens and off street parking. The accommodation comprises a reception hall, a magnificent drawing room on the first floor with floor to ceiling windows with wonderful views onto Regent’s Park, a dining room, a master bedroom suite with a dressing room and en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, two bathrooms, a well equipped kitchen, utility and a media room. The property also benefits from staff accommodation on the lower ground floor which includes two bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.

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NOTTINGHAM TERRACE REGENT’S PARK, NW1

£1,999,750 LEASEHOLD / JOINT SOLE AGENT

A stunning split level two-bedroom apartment in an exclusive, gated, Crown Estate terrace on the southern side of Regent’s Park. The apartment has been refurbished to an exacting standard and offers comfortable wellplanned living accommodation and comprises a principal bedroom with an en suite bathroom, a second double bedroom, a family bathroom, a modern and spacious open plan kitchen, dining room and reception room and a guest cloakroom. Additional benefits include 24-hour porters, an underground parking space and two storerooms and access to the park square gardens Nottingham Terrace is located at the southwestern corner of Regent’s Park and offers easy access to Marylebone High Street, Baker Street underground station and the open spaces of Regent’s Park.

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Guide price £8,000,000 Leasehold Knight Frank St John's Wood declan.selbo@knightfrank.com 020 3811 0776

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WILDWO OD ROAD, HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB NW11

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Guide price £14,100,000 Freehold Knight Frank Hampstead katy.brookes@knightfrank.com 020 3797 2160

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GROVE END ROAD ST JOHN’S WOOD, LONDON NW8

A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A DERELICT TWO STOREY FAMILY HOME (657 SQ M / 7,074 SQ FT) APPROACHED VIA A PRIVATE DRIVE AND LOCATED IN THE HEART OF ST JOHN’S WOOD. THE PROPERTY HAS ENORMOUS POTENTIAL TO EITHER REFURBISH THE EXISTING HOME OR SUBJECT TO THE NECESSARY CONSENTS, DEMOLISH AND CONSTRUCT A NEW CONTEMPORARY HOUSE OR TWO TOWNHOUSES ON THE SITE.

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The house is located close to the junction of Grove End Road & Hall Road and thus within easy walking distance of St John’s Wood High Street, St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line), The American School in London (ASL) and Regent’s Park.

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A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON BUYING, RENTING AND SELLING HOMES.

SOUTH LODGE, CIRCUS ROAD, NW8 £2,890,000 This wonderful, bright five bedroom apartment could be your perfect home. Set on the fourth floor of this elegant building the property benefits from two en-suite facilities as well as additional shower room and separate cloak room. South Lodge enjoys, 24 hour porterage, lift, a lovely communal garden and is ideally located within 0.3 miles of the chic cafes and restaurants of St John’s Wood High Street. The closest underground station is St John’s Wood (Jubilee line).

Share of Freehold | Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom | Four Further Bedrooms | Shower Room | Guest W/C | Reception Room | Kitchen | Cloak Room | 24 Hour Porterage | Passenger Lift | EPC Rating D

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ABBEY LODGE, PARK ROAD, NW8 £4,250,000 We are delighted to have been instructed to sell this six bedroom apartment on the third floor of this sought after Crown Estate building, Abbey lodge with its direct access to Regents park via the communal gardens. This bright apartment consists of six bedrooms with four bathrooms one En-suite bathroom with three En-suite shower rooms it further benefits from a large reception room 27’9 ft x 18,4 ft as well as a separate dining area and eat-in kitchen. The building is located between St John’s Wood Tube Station (Jubilee line) 0.7 miles and Baker Street Tube Station (Jubilee line, Circle line, Metropolitan line & Bakerloo line) 0.6 miles with extensive facilities and access to multiple shopping areas. Leasehold | Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom | Four Further Bedrooms with En-suite Shower Rooms | Sixth Double Bedroom | Two Guest W/C | Reception Room| Dinning Room | Eat-in Kitchen | Communal Gardens| 24 Hour Porterage | Passenger Lift | EPC Rating C

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001

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CHALCOT SQUARE PRIMROSE HILL, NW1 A N I M M A C U L AT E LY P R E S E N T E D A PA R T M E N T I N T H E H E A R T O F P R I M R O S E H I L L Chalcot square is an eye-catching address well known for its exclusive houses with colourful facades. This elegant garden apartment comprises of a spacious reception room and conservatory with glass doors leading onto a beautifully landscaped garden. Further benefits include a spectacular bar, built-in state-of-the-art Sonos sound system, under floor heating throughout, and a security alarm. 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms O P E N P L A N L I V I N G | L A N D S C A P E D G A R D E N | R E C E N T LY R E F U R B I S H E D

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Situated in the heart of Little Venice, this magnificently refurbished lateral apartment boasts an abundance of natural light and period features throughout. Comprising of a large fully fitted kitchen with high specification appliances, and spacious reception room with dining area, ideal for entertaining. Further benefits include principal ensuite bedroom, and two further bedrooms (one ensuite) 3 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms D I R E C T L I F T A C C E S S | R O O F T O P T E R R A C E | P E R I O D F E AT U R E S

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020 7402 9494 16 Park Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SH Facsimile: 020 7724 7055 Email: enquiries@bargets.co.uk

A beautifully presented detached house Ingram Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb, NW11 Occupying a wider than average plot on the lower slope of this sought after avenue close to the Heath Extension, a charming and well maintained family home spanning 6903 sq ft (641 sq m) over three storeys. This spacious and handsome home benefits from a large carriage driveway, a south facing garden enjoying views across the Turners Wood Bird Sanctuary and a 620 sq ft Games Room on the second (top) floor. Entrance Hallway • Living Room • Dining Room • Family Room • Study • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room • Guest Cloakroom Master Suite With Terrace, Spacious Bathroom & Dressing Room • Six Further Suites • Separate Cloakroom • Games Room • Rear South Facing Garden Garage • Carriage Driveway Providing Ample Off Street Parking

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Impressive contemporary residence in private gated road Courtenay Avenue, London N6 An imposing and impressive contemporary house for sale in one of London's most sought after private gated roads which also benefits from a 24 hour security service. This double fronted detached house comprises of 12,451 sq. ft. approximately, and is set on a west facing plot of approximately 0.57 acres. This exceptional property benefits from a large indoor swimming pool, gym, club room, steam room, sauna and provides excellent family accommodation throughout. Master Bedroom With Balcony, Walk-In Dressing Rooms And En-Suite Bathroom • 5 Further Bedrooms With En-Suite Bathrooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room Family Room • Garden Room • Drawing Room • Dinning Room • Study With Balcony • Entertainment/Games Room Gymnasium • Swimming Pool • Sauna Cloak Room • Wine Cellar • Staff Bedroom With En-Suite Bathroom • Courtyard • Carriage Driveway • Garage • Off Street Parking For Several Cars 3 Terraces • Rear Garden

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ART

Royal Society of British Artists Annual Exhibition 15-24 April, Mall Galleries

Making a joyous return to the physical art scene is this annual group show, which promises a riot of colour and form. Visitors can expect to see a diverse collection of over 400 works with some reflecting on our experiences of the past year – whether that’s in a moving or a humorous way. Excitingly, artworks from the society’s open call will sit alongside those of its members, namely some of the UK’s top painters, sculptors and printmakers. The exhibition provides an opportunity for green and seasoned collectors alike to browse and buy, but for those of us still shielding, there’s a virtual tour on offer, too, which will give us a glimpse around the gallery from our armchairs. The Mall, SW1 (020 7930 6844; mallgalleries.org.uk)

CULTURE EXHIBITION

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street

From 18 May, book now, Design Museum In the world of art and design it’s not often we’re invited to look down for inspiration, but this exhibition asks us to do just that. The ubiquitous sneaker gets a deep dive at the Design Museum. Visitors are invited to explore the fashionable footwear from design origins to big-name collaborations: think Michael Jordan and Run-DMC to Supreme and Kanye West. In two sections, Style and Performance, Sneakers Unboxed takes us behind the scenes of the humble (and not so humble) trainer; sports shoes that have challenged performance design, inspired new youth cultures and subverted the fashion catwalks. 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 (020 3862 5900; designmuseum.org)

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CULTURE

PODCAST

The Morality of Everyday Things

BOOK

The Secret Life of the Modern House By Dominic Bradbury

The last year has seen our homes adapt to incredible changes in the way we live. Home offices have come to the fore, we’ve upped the cosy in many areas, creating a safe sanctuary for our families, and we’ve gone big on home entertainment with unapologetic escapism a common theme. But history tells us that properties have always responded to our changing lifestyles, global pandemic or not. In a timely publication, design and architecture writer Bradbury takes us on a tour of over 90 houses from the last 150 years, to show us just how dramatic these changes have been. From the Victorian ideal of reception rooms, a dining room and a back-of-house space, to our modern day obsession with open plan living and a fluid approach to inside-outside space… you won’t look at your four walls in the same way again.

While we’re still craving real life conversations with friends, particularly those of the wonderfully discursive pub variety, our love of conversational podcasts continues. Anthony Collias and Jacob Wedderburn-Day (AKA Ant and Jake) are friends and business partners who’ve gone from sharing a dorm at Oxford to the heady heights of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 British entrepreneurs. Here, the former roommates share their lunch hour discussions and explore the hottest topics of the day – all with a philosophical spin. Are premiership footballers overpaid? Should billionaires exist? Are you really a bad person if you work for Facebook? Funny and fascinating in equal measure. podcasts.apple.com

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ONLINE THEATRE

Talking Gods Premieres 5-9 April

This is an innovative digital festival that takes five classic Greek tales and reimagines them for today. With a focus on contemporary themes such as climate change, mental health, artificial intelligence and gender identity, the award-winning Arrows & Traps theatre company, who are not short of industry accolades, presents Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Aphrodite and Icarus. One play will premiere each night of the Monday to Friday programme and

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will be followed by a live Q&A session on Zoom. Writer Ross McGregor says, “We thought it would be an interesting time to look back to where drama first began – with the Greek myths. We have reimagined them so that they’re not just a testament to where we came from, but a look to where we’re going.” Unmissable drama for our strange times. For tickets, visit arrowsandtraps.com

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INTERVIEW

On the flip side Royce Pierreson tells us about his role in The Irregulars, adapting to weird ways of working and realising that he was never going to be Marlon Brando

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In highly anticipated new show The Irregulars, Netflix revisits the stories of Sherlock Holmes, but fans are in for a surprise, because this series depicts a very different world to that which we’ve seen in previous adaptations. The focus is the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of street kids who featured in three of Conan Doyle’s novels, employed by the detective to help him source information he couldn’t access himself. Royce Pierreson, who plays John Watson, tells me, “It’s a kind of flipped version of Sherlock Holmes. Based in his world, but focusing on this group of street kids who are working for him… It has this brilliant energy to it, and it is totally different to any Sherlock you may have read, or seen, or listened to.” In his adaptation, creator Tom Bidwell reimagines the young gang of boys from the books as a group of teens who must race against time to stop a supernatural darkness from descending on London. “I think it will catch people off guard,” Royce says. “Old fans, even those who don’t really know the universe at all, will maybe have a perception of it, but they are going to be really surprised. It is genuinely dark – I couldn’t sleep after filming one of the episodes,” he laughs. “Tom balances it all so well though. It is very dark, really scary, but it is also funny

and energetic – it has this brilliant energy to it. I think it is a really good mix. I’m excited for people to see it.” It was a part Royce just couldn’t say no to, he explains. “I have always wanted to play John Watson, I know that sounds convenient, but it’s true. My mum has all of the Penguin Classics, so I have been reading them for a long time, and I love the world. And I love Conan Doyle’s writing – I think it is the most brilliant storytelling there is. So, when I got the audition, it was a shock for a long time.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, Royce plays a very different Watson to the modest, patient and sensitive observer who we know so well. “I wanted to do him my way,” he reveals. “He is a voice of reason, he is the dogsbody, he is the sidekick… I wanted to flip it on its head. I think there is a real darkness to him, as you will see as the series goes on. I don’t want to give too much away, but there is much to unravel. I wanted to create this version of Watson who is haggard and tired. I spoke to the make-up artist and I said: ‘You have to make this a real, real character: dark and mysterious.’ So, we made him kind of sallow and wrinkled and old before his time. He is a very troubled man, with a lot of secrets, and I really wanted to bring that out.”

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The series, which began streaming at the end of March, has been a long time coming. Filming was due to wrap around this time last year, but with only weeks left on the schedule, everything ground to a halt when the country was thrown into the first lockdown. “We were so close, we were so, so close to wrapping,” Royce recalls. “I think we were about two weeks away from that, and then everything shut down. So, we had six months away from it, and started working again in the summer.” “The end of it was the accumulation of all of the hard work that we had done – we were emerging in this new reality to finish the show. So, there is a lot of emotion in that last bit, for many reasons,” Royce tells me. “It was a surreal way to work, but I am super proud of everybody, because of what we got done with all of the regulations we had to work under, and having to be away from family, and all of these things happening… you see the results, you see how much energy people brought to those last few weeks and it is a real testament to everybody that we got it in the bag. It was really tough, I am not going to lie. For me it wasn’t a nice way to work, in that weird reality. But coming back, and seeing everybody was great, and we got through it and the results are amazing, and I am really excited to share it,” he smiles.

As difficult as it is, this new way of working is something that Royce has had to get used to. Filming was supposed to start in spring last year on the second series of The Witcher, the Netflix fantasy series based on the books of Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski in which Royce plays sorcerer Istredd. “I would’ve had about five days break between finishing The Irregulars and starting on that,” he recalls. Actually, filming only started towards the end of last year, and is ongoing. “It is another amazing achievement in the middle of all of this,” Royce tells me. “Netflix have been unbelievable; just to see the precautions and the safety that they have put in place for everybody day to day. So, I feel very lucky to get to work there. It is all happening because of their hard work. It is easy to take for granted. You know, you come in and you get tested three times a week. And you realise that that is not the reality for a lot of people. That you are lucky to be able to do your job without any worries. It has been an amazingly weird but brilliant year in terms of work.” Alongside these jobs, Royce has been busy with some more personal projects. “I run a production company called Another Method Productions, and we have just signed a really exciting deal,” he tells me, enthusiastically. “I can’t talk about it much right now, but we have a plan to make a TV series that I think is going to

be a real game changer. It explores issues of race. It is really exciting and we’re in the pre-production stages of that right now. And I am doing a lot of writing as well. I have just produced my first short film, with Georgina Campbell, who I worked with on Murdered by my Boyfriend. It’s a two hander, with me and her, written by my sister actually, Tyler Pierreson – she is a wonderful creator and writer. It was shot in a day and a half and it is some of the best work. It looks fantastic. That is wrapped up. And I have a few other projects on the go, so I am very busy with all of that. It is fantastic.” Having worked in the industry for the past 10 years, Royce’s is a familiar face. The actor is probably most recognisable for having played Reece in the BAFTA award-winning BBC 3 drama Murdered by my Boyfriend, and Jamie Desford in the fourth season of Line of Duty. Recalling how he came to acting, he tells me: “I remember watching A Streetcar Named Desire when I was about 15, and I didn’t know anything about the industry, or who Brando was and the impact he had had. After an hour and a half watching it, I was just like, ‘I want to be Marlon Brando – let me do that!’,” he laughs. “I started reading Shakespeare and just fell in love with texts, and I guess, internally performing,” he explains. “You hear actors say they are actually very shy and reserved, and I

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think it is true for a lot of us, definitely me. I used to have massive stage fright. In my head I always knew that I could act, if the circumstances were right. So, I had to teach myself to be okay with feeling uncomfortable, to being exposed, and, you know, fucking up. I realised I could give myself a choice. I could be like, okay, I’ve tried it, and there is absolutely no way I want that feeling again, or yeah, I can live with that and I can use that feeling to become a better actor. So, I kept coming back to it, and I gained a lot of confidence through doing that. Luckily, I got into drama school first time. And I set my sights on signing with an agency and moved to London.” Royce is proud of the work he has done since those early days. “I look at my CV, and I think these are people that I wanted to work with and characters I wanted to play at that time. And it is a really lovely thing to see that thought process through your CV,” he tells me. “Everything that I have on there is absolutely what I wanted to do; there is never going to be anything on my CV that I look at and go, ‘ah somebody told me to do that, and I didn’t want to’ – these are my decisions.” “So much of being an actor is being able to say yes and no. And the more your profile builds, the more you can say yes or no to. Financially, as well, it becomes easier to say no,” he explains. “Even when you first start as actor, you can still do that, but so many actors give that away, saying, ‘I’ll do anything, I’ll do anything’.

And then you build your reputation on that, and you get to a certain level, and realise that you have given up that yes and no. So, for me, I hold on to that, absolutely. I love my CV and I love the progression.” Being proud of his choices doesn’t mean that he believes he has played every role perfectly, though. “Some of them work, some of them don’t work, bits of some work…” he admits. But however he feels about the outcome, Royce says that he makes a point of watching everything. “By watching yourself, you get to see your progression, which is an amazing thing. You know, from first job to twentieth job, you can see how you’ve developed, and you look at what worked and what didn’t work. You see what you don’t think is truthful right now, or what you really believe in. It’s my work, you know what I mean? I feel like, whatever decision I made on the day of filming, was exactly the decision I wanted to make at that point. That is exactly what I was feeling on that day, so that is exactly what I put into the character. Whatever comes out, comes out – that’s the truth. I feel like, if you don’t watch yourself, it is like if you cook a meal and you do not try it – you go, ‘no, I don’t taste my food, I don’t like it’. You would never do that, you know!” On the subject of cooking, Royce tells me that he briefly considered being a chef, before pursuing his career in acting. “I always wanted

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to do something where you are creating something from different components – I have always been drawn to things like that. I still enjoy cooking, but it’s usually very obscure stuff. I do it by taste. So, when I cook for my fiancée, she is very wary, because I put in so much stuff. And I’m like, ‘please, just try it, I swear to you it tastes good!’ And most of it does taste good, but there is a certain per cent that you really don’t want to go there!” he laughs. It sounds like he made the right decision – I’ll take his word on the food. The Irregulars is available to stream now on Netflix

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FABRIC PROMOTION

Online schooling, no compromise

How a full-time school is flexing to fit modern life

With the way we live and work changing dramatically, finding a school that’s adapting at the same pace is paramount. Since its launch last year, King’s College Online has been offering the perfect blend of online and offline learning for students aged 14-18, aimed at families looking for schooling that fits their life now and in the future. The school is part of Inspired Education Group – one of the world’s largest premium school groups. King’s College Online combines the teaching expertise from over 60 schools on five continents with the latest technology, and exceptional offline content and experiences. Combining academic success with the flexibility of learning from anywhere, anytime, with students from all over the world, King’s College Online means no compromising. For forward-thinking families, finding the education that works around each child’s individual needs is incredibly important, and for some the mainstream choice doesn’t suit them. Instead of fitting your lives around school, imagine a world where schools fits around

your life. King’s College Online aims to be the best full-time online school in the world, delivering flexibility coupled with the assurance of achieving the academic results that underpin a child’s future. Through a combination of bespoke technology and the best offline resources and support, King’s College Online delivers live-streamed and recorded lessons, tutor-led study groups, one-to-ones on request, cycle testing, parental reporting, co-curricular activities, pastoral care and more. Exceptional offline experiences include short or extended in-school placements and attending summer or academic camps at one of over 60 Inspired schools around the world. Inspired students can connect with students from across the Inspired network and take part in global Inspired initiatives. The King’s College Online approach affords greater individualisation, more personalisation with personal learning plans and personal tutors who really get to know each child’s path to success, plus coaching and university counselling. International mindset and a global community King’s College Online teaches International GCSEs and A levels, delivering an education centred around personal ambitions and the academic results that will secure each student’s future. The school offers the assurance of academic performance that comes with being part of the Inspired Education Group. Over 90 per cent of Inspired students get their first-choice university and one in three attend Russell Group and Ivy League universities. King’s College Online is taking applications for September 2021 entry and fees are from £6,000 per annum. To find out more, visit kingscollegeonline.com


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STYLE&WELLBEING These are slightly more expensive than their metal equivalent, but being tooth-coloured makes them far more discreet – dentistry so good you hardly know it’s there. Clients at elleven see experts specialised in different areas of dentistry at each step, rather than generalised practitioners, so my next appointment was with Dr Shivani Patel, elleven Dental’s multi-award-winning orthodontic consulant, who would fit and adjust my braces in the many months to come. Her friendly, passionate and attentive approach put me instantly at ease from the moment I walked into her room – an important thing to consider when you will be seeing this person every 4-6 weeks over the next 1-2 years (treatment times vary depending on case). The expert fitting was pain free, but the first couple of weeks with my new brace still took a lot of getting used to. My teeth felt tender and foods that I had eaten for years suddenly became off limits in order not to discolour or break my brace. The good news is this struggle was just temporary and, after an initial two weeks, I hardly experienced any discomfort, except for the couple of days after every adjustment, which is to be expected. I started seeing promising results after just a couple of months, and after the full 14 months (most of this spent at home due to COVID-19) Dr Shivani declared my smile complete. The results are incredible. A few months on, I’ve never been happier, and the whole experience has been truly transformative. I’m confident in my smile, knowing that it’s not only wide, straight and healthy, but that it’s also insured for life – the best investment I’ve ever made. PC

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ON TRIAL

Adult orthodontics at elleven Dental Wellness Multi awardwinning, elleven Dental offers a full range of services

Having aligned teeth and the correct bite can help to make your smile perfect, and braces, once seen the epitome of nerdiness, are today’s new trend, with more adults than ever seeking a discreet way to fix their smile imperfections. Deciding what type of braces to go for can feel like a big deal. Whether it’s choosing between fixed brackets and clear retainers, or simply understanding all the pros and cons, I’m told that elleven Dental Wellness can help at every step of the journey to a healthy smile, with minimal disruption to daily life guaranteed. After an initial consultation at elleven with clinical director Dr Sameer Patel, in which he put together an optimal treatment plan completely bespoke to my needs, my facial structure and health, I opted for fixed white ceramic braces.

ECO BEAUTY

The grass is always greener

We’re big fans of Evolve’s small-batch natural skincare products, which are made right here in the UK, and with brand new, more sustainable packaging, the brand’s already glowing ecocredentials are set to get even better this month, just in time for Earth Day. The existing FSC certified and 100 per cent recyclable cardboard

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boxes were already pretty environmentally sound, but the new Grass Paper boxes take things to a whole new level. Created using 40 per cent natural grass fibres, they are significantly more sustainable to produce – using 99.9 per cent less water compared to traditional wood pulp, and 97 per cent less energy, they also generate

75 per cent less CO2 emissions. Not just good for the planet, they look gorgeous, too, and have a subtle scent of fresh cut grass. Founder, Laura Rudoe tells us, “I’m so excited to be one of the first beauty brands to use Grass Paper packaging, which is much kinder to our planet.” evolvebeauty.co.uk

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STYLE&WELLBEING FITNESS

Up close and personal If you’ve been taking things easy over lockdown, the thought of getting back to regular exercise might be daunting. With gyms reopening this month, we asked Haydn Elliott, head trainer and co-owner of F45 Oxford Circus and F45 Soho for his advice on re-finding your feet with fitness. Here are his top tips:

you must focus on getting good quality sleep, at least 7-9 hours a night. As mentioned, your body is going to really feel the effects of this increased intensity, so you need to give yourself time to recover. As well as sleep, you must ensure that you are properly hydrating, with several litres of water throughout the day, and nourishing your body with an adequate protein intake.

Up your movement – It is important to start getting up and about again and be a bit more active. People have been a lot more sedentary for longer periods of time than they would have usually. Yes, a short 20-25 minute workout is good, but I think right now it’s more about getting the body moving more frequently than adding in long sessions of intense training. Choose walking, mobility, stretching or anything else that will help your body ease away from the fairly restricted movement patterns we have been accustomed to for months. Ease yourself into your workout – It is important to remember that we’ve spent the past 3-4 months in lockdown, so we would advise initially holding off from giving your workouts the full 100 per cent, particularly in the first week, as your body is going to really feel it. Focus on recovery – Be conscious of your recovery during this initial period. It’s something that is always extremely important, but when coming back to more intense training structure

I would give exactly the same advice to people who have never worked out before. Right now, people have been fairly inactive for the past 3-4 months, so it is like everyone is starting their own journey again. Now is the time to leave your pride at the door and try to enjoy the process rather than getting too focused on aesthetics. F45 Training is a global fitness community specialising in innovative, high-intensity group workouts that are fast, fun, and results-driven (f45training.com)

JEWELLERY

Symbols of hope

SKINCARE

Supercharge your skin

From dermarolling to lymphatic drainage, you can implement salon techniques into your home regime

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The wait is almost over for close contact beauty services, but if you simply can’t wait, we’ve just the thing to see you through the final weeks. Gilly Fraser, of Islington-based Angelica’s Retreat has developed a range of salon-quality skincare tools for use at home. The Flexi Tools range, which includes a microneedler and rose quartz Gua Sha sculptor, combines the use of massage, muscle stimulation and exfoliation to promote collagen production, regenerate skin cells, reduce pore size and drain away excess fluids, resulting in glowing, clearer looking skin. And you’ll find clear videos online explaining how to use everything. We love the microneedler, which is oh so easy to use and noticeably evens up skin tone, diminishing wrinkles on those endless Zooms. Hallelujah. Prices start from £32, for details and to purchase, see flexiskinlondon.co.uk

Meet With Love Darling, the brand that is setting out to change the world, one jewellery piece at a time. Dedicated to bridging the gap between fashion and sustainability, responsible and sustainable production is at the heart of everything the jeweller does – every gorgeous piece is produced in workshops in third world countries, giving the artisans income to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. We particularly love the Global Goals collection of earrings, rings, bracelets and pendants, which has been created to honour the 17 goals that were put into place by the United Nations in 2015, with the hope of bettering the world by 2030. The goals include aims to end poverty, hunger, climate change, and inequality, while fighting for human rights and sustainability. The collection has been designed to encourage the wearer to forge a strong connection to the goals. From the adorable hammer pendant, which represents labour rights and job security, to the simple jewelled water drop, which addresses the importance of clean water and sanitation, every piece has a story to tell. And, with all profits going towards the completion and pursuit of the global goals campaign, there’s no excuse not to treat yourself. From £49 (withlovedarling.co.uk)

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FOOD&DRINK Le Swine’s DIY Kits take the nation’s favourite, the humble bacon butty, to exciting new heights

Food &drink

Feast your eyes on this month’s finest

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Bring home the bacon Though I’m longing to get back to the office for many reasons, one thing I am going to miss about homeworking life is the time it’s given me to indulge in a leisurely weekday breakfast. Gone are the days of a hastily inhaled croissant on the 07.26, now you’ll find me starting the day over a civilised spread, with plenty of time to linger over a coffee and the morning headlines. And I’m taking every opportunity to enjoy this new luxury before it gets rudely usurped by the return of the morning commute. In search of the ultimate breakfast, I’ve recently discovered Le Swine’s DIY bacon butty boxes – and they’re so good that thank goodness I didn’t find them any earlier in the pandemic (there’s a danger I would’ve needed a whole new work wardrobe if I had). The Butty Box is a one-of-a-kind make-it-at-home kit contain everything you need to rustle up a killer sarnie: bacon sourced from a small, passionate, family-run butcher (100 per cent British and outdoor reared, each pig is hand-selected for its middle bacon, combining the streaky and back sections for ultimate bacon goodness); lightly toasted milk and caramelised onion buns; bacon butter and Le Swine’s insanely good homemade chipotle and mushroom ketchups. For the ultimate weekend upgrade, the brunch boxes contain Le Swine’s signature recipe Virgin Mary mix, simply add a splash of vodka for even more punch. Guaranteed to get the day off to a great start. LSJ From £14 for The Butty Box for 2. To order, see leswine.co.uk

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On the house While we miss meals out, we love that the events of the past year have encouraged restaurateurs to get creative with their offering. Take Highbury’s neighbourhood restaurant and wine shop, Top Cuvée, which took its natural wine offering online with Shop Cuvée during the first lockdown. The demand was so huge that within a matter of weeks, delivery was being offered nationwide, and by the beginning of 2021 the team had sold enough bottles of natural wine to fill 12 Olympic-sized swimming pools!

With the Top Cuvée dining room out of action for a little longer, the team have just launched House Wine – working with their favourite makers to select wines that are at their peak seasonally. Co-owner Brodie Meah says, ‘we’ve been looking to implement this idea since we opened the restaurant in 2019. People were always asking if they could get bottles of our house wine to take away… we saw now as the perfect time to do it!’ Wines are purchased in kegs, straight from the producer, and then

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bottled and labelled in-house to keep environmental impacts low. Locals can return their empties for money off their next purchase – not only encouraging reusing over recycling, but also providing an opportunity to discover more of the wonderful wines on rotation. The selection will change regularly, with a focus on low intervention, sustainable wines, with good vibes guaranteed. Prices vary. For details on the latest release, see shopcuvee.com. 177B Blackstock Road, N5

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FOOD&DRINK RECIPE

Warm pigeon salad This one’s for you if you fancy upping your game in the kitchen, literally… Growing numbers of people are starting to make game a regular part of their diet – partly because of the variety and interest it brings, and partly because it’s a healthy, sustainable food choice. If you’d like to experiment with using it in your cooking, but don’t know where to start, specialist Wild and Game’s Cook with Game starter pack is designed with newcomers in mind. It includes a selection of ready to cook meat, along with a copy of Talking Game, a beautiful cookbook that’s packed with inspiring recipes. Including the likes of this delicious and super simple salad. Enjoy.

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PICNIC

Feasting al fresco

INGREDIENTS A knob of butter | A glug of olive oil | 1 pack Wild and Game pigeon breast fillets | 50g smoked bacon, chopped | 2 tbsp red wine | 100ml beef stock | 1 tsp honey | 1 tbsp redcurrant jelly | A bag of mixed salad leaves | 10g pine nuts, toasted | 100g blue cheese, such as Stilton | A handful of red grapes, cut in two

METHOD Heat the oil and butter in a frying or saute pan and cook the pigeon breast fillets on a medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side, turning once. Remove and set aside to rest (keep warm). Fry the bacon in the pan until

crunchy. Remove and set aside. Add the red wine to the pan and sizzle for a minute, then add the stock, honey and redcurrant jelly. Bubble for a few minutes until the mixture is syrupy. Place the pigeon on top of the salad leaves. Top with bacon, pine nuts, crumbled cheese and grapes. Drizzle with the sauce and serve immediately. Priced at £35, the starter box includes 6 partridge breasts, 4 pheasant breasts, 8 pigeon breasts and a 500g pack of venison mince. To order, see wildandgame.co.uk

LONDON FOODIE

Taiji Maruyama Executive Chef of MARU Mayfair, and TAKA Marylebone What was the last thing you cooked? My son and I cooked a T-bone steak and chateaubriand for my wife and daughter. What’s your signature dish? Garden salad, made using 15-20 kinds of seasonal vegetables, served with aged fish. Both of these will feature on the menu at MARU.

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With the news that we’ll be able to meet with friends and family outdoors this month, we’ve been researching posh picnics – we might not be able to get back to our favourite restaurants just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t socialise in style. Take the latest offering from Bocca di Lupo: delivered to doorsteps across London in time for lunch, the new picnic feasts include all of the essential ingredients for a truly special al fresco Italian experience. The feasts arrive chilled, ready to grab and take to the nearest park, stuffed with a generous selection of classic Italian snacks and plates. Food is inspired by founder Jacob Kenedy’s travels in the country, think wafer-thin Pane Carasau (Sardinian flatbreads) served with a pecorino cream for dipping; freshly sliced prosciutto di San Daniele; grilled aubergines marinated with roast tomatoes, chilli and mint; and, for the sweet toothed, Bocca di Lupo’s house-made marbled ricotta and chocolate cake. A bottle of Gelupo’s very own Prosecco, mineral water, and eco-friendly cutlery, glasses and napkins complete the offering. Jacob says: “There is no better way to enjoy one another’s company than over plates of good food and with good wine. We hope to give you the chance to have both, and so created the perfect Italian picnic for you to enjoy outside. The only thing we can’t guarantee is the weather!” We’re so excited about seeing loved ones again, we’re even willing to overlook an April shower. Priced at £86, including delivery, Bocca di Lupo At Home’s picnic feast is available to order online (boccadilupoathome.com)

What do you cook on your days off? Normally I don’t cook at home, unless my family requests a special dish that they find difficult to make for themselves! What’s the best meal you’ve ever eaten? In Japan, at Ginza Kojyu where the grilled freshwater eel was outstanding. In London, I loved The Clove Club – their menu is similar in style to Kaiseki, a traditional multicourse Japanese dinner. If you could cook for anyone, who would it be? I’d love to cook for my parents, who live in Japan. I haven’t been able to go back and see them

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since February 2019. I would make them Sukiyaki, a traditional Japanese hot-pot style dish, with Wagyu beef, as it’s their favourite meal. Guilty food pleasure? After a long shift, I love nothing more than tucking into a steaming bowl of ramen noodles at midnight. What should no kitchen be without? Good knives and passion. TAKA Marylebone opened in autumn 2020, the team will launch their second restaurant, MARU, in Shepherd’s Market this spring. 18 Shepherd Market, W1J (020 3637 7677)


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allows families to try a new country pursuit such as archery and clay pigeon shooting, explore the estate on borrowed bikes, enjoy a woodland walk and get competitive on the croquet lawns and tennis courts. Guests can also order picnic hampers filled with seasonal gourmet fare to be enjoyed within the grounds, indulge in al fresco cream teas and barbecues, or tuck into delicious meals from The Brasserie, which will be open for outside dining. And if that all sounds like too much for a single day, why not take a look at the hotel’s luxurious self-catering cottages, which will be reopening this month.

With New York out of reach for the time being, and Devon booked up until 2022, we’ve been scrabbling for short break options. A search that has led to Coventry… It might not offer rural views or coastal air, and it isn’t the usual mini break choice, but as UK City of Culture 2021, this diverse city does have lots to offer. And there’s a programme of events planned to show it off to the full – all organised to allow for any guidelines that may be in place at the time. From storytelling to music, and activism to theatrical arts, there’s something for everyone. The perfect base for exploring comes in the form of the Telegraph Hotel, due to open imminently. The iconic Telegraph building was home to the city’s newspaper for more than 50 years. It has been given a luxurious makeover that celebrates the cool mid-century style of the building. All of the 88 uniquely styled bedrooms are stunning, but we’re eyeing up the Lord Iliffe Suite (named after the founder of the newspaper), which includes its own hot tub and terrace.

Days out are available Wed–Sun from 12 April to 16 May, priced from £170 pp. For further information, see lucknampark.co.uk/explore/whats-on/

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Escape to the country Much as we love our corner of the Capital, we’re now longing for a change of scenery. The current stay at home advice has felt interminable, but all being well, we’ll finally be able to exercise that wanderlust this month. While overnight accommodation in hotels isn’t scheduled to reopen just yet, the clever folk at Lucknam Park have designed a series of restorative day packages that make the most of the hotel’s 500-acre Wiltshire estate. Set in Colerne, just outside Chippenham, it’s far enough away from home to feel like an escape, but still manageable for a special outing. And there’s something to appeal to the whole family, from Saddle & Spa, which includes a one-hour hack through the estate, a two-course lunch and decompression time in the spa, to the Sunday Family Day Out, that

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Home from home

We’re looking forward to catching up with friends and family after long months apart, but while overnight stays are still off the cards, catching up with far flung loved ones is tricky. With selfcatering accommodation due to open this month, we’re planning to put our loved ones up close by, facilitating day trips and al fresco meals right here in London. Of course, only the best will do, and that’s where Domus Stay comes in. A brand-new, short-term rental brand, it offers access to some of London’s most extraordinary homes. With chic, design-led properties located in the most vibrant neighbourhoods, Domus presents the ultimate, envy-

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inducing places to lay your head – from a handsome Victorian villa in Holland Park, to a quirky and architecturally interesting home in Hackney. Guests also benefit from having a personal assistant on call 24-hours a day, dedicated to fulfilling every request – whether that be providing business and travel assistance, organising cultural experiences or simply assisting with housekeeping. With a background in luxury hotels, we think the team are on to a winning formula. We’re even tempted to book a few nights for ourselves – a way to rediscover our city and escape these four walls. domusstay.com

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In bloom

Luxury textiles brand Sheridan have dipped into their own design archives for spring/summer inspiration. The first of six releases, the Silvana quilt cover set is a bright, bold, botanical affair featuring painterly florals on a vibrant saffron background. Taken from a heritage artwork, the print has been reproduced onto fine organic cotton bedding in sizes single up to super king – a feel-good burst of sunshine in the bedroom. From £119 (sheridanaustralia.co.uk)

Cutting edge

Swedish design studio Hem have launched limited edition glass offcut plates by Fabien Cappello. Produced in the French-born designer’s Guadalajara studio, the collection embodies his upcycling ethos, using undervalued materials and bringing them to life in a mismatch of eye-popping brights. Where contemporary art meets design-led homeware, these are investment pieces to cherish. €649 (hem.com)

New build

Back to nature

FUZL Studio is a crowdfunded start-up born out of founder Oliver Theobald’s desire to redefine the flat-pack. “A few years ago, I moved into an apartment in London and was finding it impossible to source well crafted, self-assembly furniture specifically for small spaces,” he says. With a focus on quality, and using only sustainable materials, these are wholly original and visually striking furniture pieces with a cool, utilitarian edge – and they simply clip together to assemble. Down tools and enjoy the feat of engineering. FUZL Originals chair,

Petra Palumbo’s hand painted glassware brings a slice of retro Mediterranean charm to our kitchen table, if not our patio this April. Featuring fruit, flowers, and wild foliage, the water jugs naturally double as cheery vases for our spring daffs, while the carafe/tumbler sets prove a stylish and practical plastic-free alternative to bottles (the tumbler is designed to be used as a cover, too). Choose from rosebuds, tulips, thistles, lavender… or go citrus fresh with a Sevilleinspired orange design. From £72 (petrapalumbo.com)

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Raindrops wallpaper, gold, £59.95 (bobbyrabbit.com)

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Rainy Day Umbrella door mat, £19.75 (bombayduck.com)

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Rain table lamp, £138 (darlighting.co.uk)

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THAT’S ENTERTAI WHETHER YOU HAVE DESIGNS ON A DEDICATED MEDIA ROOM OR A FLEXIBLE HOME CINEMA SET-UP IN THE LOUNGE, MAKE SURE IT’S OSCAR-WORTHY

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home cinema has always been a desirable commodity but the pandemic has pushed the concept from luxury into the realms of necessity. Our lockdown weeks have been punctuated with at-home movie nights complete with drinks and popcorn, and in an otherwise stark social calendar, they’ve proved a sanity-saver. It’s little wonder, then, that media rooms are having a moment – and according to those in the know, from interior design to tech, they’re here to stay. “Home cinema rooms are incredibly popular at the moment – we’re all looking for some escapism,” says Helen Westlake, creative director at Marylebone-based architecture and interiors studio, Millier. “A dedicated entertainment room for movies and games, fully kitted out with sumptuous furnishings, low lighting and seamlessly integrated technology and acoustics offers a cocoon from the world. They’re also a truly flexible space for multi-generational family living and entertainment, which I think adds to their enduring desirability.” millierlondon.com

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Space is naturally a concern if you’re looking to incorporate a big screen into your home, but you don’t necessarily need a spare room to achieve a cinematic experience. The beauty of a home cinema set-up is that it can be as simple, or as elaborate, as your floorplan dictates. Just as we’ve turned our bedroom into a home gym and flipped our kitchen into a classroom over the past year, our living space can transform into a makeshift movie theatre in an instant with the addition of a projector, a pull down screen and a few cosy beanbags to sink ourselves into – cocktail in hand. BenQ have recently launched two UHD ultra-short throw 3,000 lumen laser projectors with high-tech features to create the perfect home cinema in the living room – and beyond. V6050 and V6000, from £3,999 (benq.co.uk)

But of course, a separate, large-scale media room is the ultimate indulgence for dedicated film buffs. From an interior design perspective, form and function must go hand in hand, and that very much starts at the planning stage.

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With its striking arched ceiling, interior designer Fiona BarrattCampbell’s cellar conversion makes the ultimate home cinema space


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Left: this stunning home cinema is part of a luxurious development in Mayfair’s Down Street Mews which was designed by Richard McCarthy of Scott Brownrigg and marketed by Beauchamp Estates in 2020 Bottom left: the BenQ V6000 laser projector seamlessly blends into your home, allowing you to enjoy movies on a big cinematic screen without the need for a huge TV

“Main considerations when designing such a space include acoustic separation from adjacent spaces, plenty of soft furnishings to absorb sounds, and the careful setting out of speakers and seating for the optimum viewing experience,” says Helen. “Loose furnishings such as movable side tables are key for snacks and drinks, as is a well-appointed refreshments area for popcorn and drinks top-ups. Comfort is hugely important, too. Think about using lots of throws and blankets. And it’s worth investing in reclining chairs with extra-deep seating”. When it comes to furniture choices in a home cinema room, comfort and glamour top our list of priorities. Here, modular seating comes into its own, especially if you have a large family to entertain (or, indeed, when the time comes for inviting friends over). German brand AMBIVALENZ’s Curt sofa system (above: £4,780, bombinate.com), with its 12 interlocking pouffe modules, makes ideal seating for a

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flexible media room: create a cosy settee with spare modules to put your feet up, or build a sprawling corner unit to spread out on in style. Alternatively, take a design cue from some of the Capital’s best indie picture houses and mix vintage armchairs with velvet loveseats and battered leather sofas to recreate that bespoke, laid-back look. “You’d be forgiven for thinking home cinemas can look rather standard from a design perspective,” says Massimiliano Gritti, co-founder of fashion and interiors destination, Bombinate. “They are, after all, attempting to emulate the real thing: dark, velvety spaces where we can enjoy the best cinema has to offer. It’s important to remember though, when recreating a cinema at home, that you can stray from tradition. This is an opportunity to explore the dark side of design – colours you might not feel brave enough to commit to in other parts of the house: think deep Bordeaux, inky blacks and midnight purples.” Interior designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell headed up the ambitious residential project on the opening pages of this feature, which saw a utilitarian cellar transformed into a sumptuous home cinema room, and it recalls the best of old Hollywood glamour. “Our brief on this project was to create a comfortable family home with a more traditional aesthetic,” she explains. “We converted the cellar into a cinema, adding wooden panelling to the walls and linen to the beautiful

arched ceiling. The small windows, originally used to keep sunlight out to protect the food and wine stored there, are now an advantage in a room used to watch movies and spend time together as a family.” Avoiding mid-movie trips to the kitchen, Fiona also incorporated a bespoke drinks cabinet from her sister company, FBC London. fionabarrattinteriors.com

Above and left: Helen Westlake of Millier uses sumptuous furnishings, low lighting and seamlessly integrated technology to create the ultimate cocoon

A successful media room doesn’t allow technology to upset the aesthetic – and that goes for a home cinema set-up of any shape or size. The best designers will go above and beyond in finding nifty solutions to disguise big screens and incorporate cutting edge surround sound. Philip Dowds, managing director at OKTO Technologies says “Our high net worth clients approach purchasing a screen in the same way they would a piece of furniture or artwork, it needs to fit in with their often professionally designed homes. Popular products at the moment include TVs that look like a piece of artwork when not in use, rollable screens, and bespoke technology that’s been designed with luxurious fabrics in a wide range of colours and textures, all tailored to go hand in hand with the client’s surroundings.” oktotechnologies.co.uk So dim the lights, sink into your sumptuous velvety seat and enjoy the thrill of that 20th Century Fox intro – all from the comfort of your own, tastefully designed, home cinema.

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At home with

JOANNA THORNHILL

This interiors stylist and writer shares her two bed Victorian terrace with fiancé Paul and their Romanian rescue dog, Stella. While the property may be small in footprint, with Joanna’s creative input, it is undeniably big on character WORDS by ALI HOWARD

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s a writer, Joanna isn’t a fan of the overused ‘eclectic’ but concedes that it is, perhaps, the most appropriate word to describe her style. Her London home is, after all, filled with a mix of vintage finds, mid-century design classics, and quirky contemporary artwork. “I favour real, lived-in, imperfect spaces over anything immaculately designed and perfectly co-ordinated,” she explains. “I’m quite more-is-more, though despite my interiors looking pretty busy at first glance, I’m super organised and have to have everything in its place. I find mess stressful, though, conversely, spaces which are too sparse make me feel anxious, so it’s a constant balancing act!” Aligning stress and anxiety – or a lack thereof – with the way our homes function is a pertinent area of interest for Joanna, who this month releases her fourth interiors tome,

The New Mindful Home. The book encourages us all to slow down and embrace a more considered way of living, whether that’s by bringing nature indoors, adopting responsible consumer habits, or discovering our buried passion for patchwork quilting. “At the start of the first lockdown, I redecorated our spare room to become a very calming, tranquil space to use for meditation and yoga, but to my surprise I found its relative emptiness somewhat stifling,” she says. “So I ended up filling it with colourful artworks and a giant pinboard full of my favourite art postcards and prints. Often people equate a mindful space with a minimal design, but it’s a very personal thing. For me, being surrounded by loads of things I love is actually more relaxing than a monastic-style space.” Joanna’s home is demonstrably lived in and loved, and that comes through in every thoughtfully placed furniture piece and curated object with a story behind it. When it comes to her preferred architectural style it’s little wonder she plumps for period, every time. “Character is super important to me: that tangible connection to the past is such an intrinsic part of being human, and in an older property you can really get a sense of that, with all its quirks and imperfections,” she says. The house was a buy-to-let property before Joanna and Paul moved in, and she describes it as the perfect doer-upper – one that needed a top-to-toe overhaul, but not a total house of horrors. “Everything in it was cheap and falling apart, yet it was perfectly liveable while we slowly worked our way around replacing everything.” In the process of the makeover, Joanna unearthed a few hidden gems, the kind you’d only find in a property of a certain age, and these have been lovingly incorporated into the current décor. “I was overjoyed to discover a hidden wood-panelled wall in our dining room, and during our kitchen renovation, our builders found loads of old beer bottles, pickle jars and newspapers under the floorboards, dating back around a century. I was so enamoured with them we installed an additional shelf to display them all on, much to the builders’ bemusement.” She also goes on to describe the swathes of original wallpaper hidden behind the offending ’70s woodchip, some of which she was able to salvage. “A lot was very badly damaged, but I decided to retain a feature panel as I couldn’t

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bear to cover it back over. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but for me, it’s an integral part of our home and I love taking a pause to think about how it would have looked in all its original glory.” Collecting interesting accessories, soft furnishings and larger furniture pieces is second nature to Joanna, whose keen eye for colour and pattern is evident throughout her home, from the William Morris-clad wingback to the bright vintage tea tins holding dried hydrangeas. “The look and style of my home tends to gradually evolve, as needs change or I decide I’d like to use the space a little differently,” she says. “I favour decorating with pieces which either hold sentimental value, such as hand-me-downs, or items procured on holidays or special trips, alongside lots of vintage and handmade pieces: everything tends to have a similar vibe about it and it all just sort of works.” Joanna’s best thrifty find is a Victorian wooden sign, believed to be an old theatre prop. “A downstairs neighbour was throwing it out and I spotted it out of my window and ran down to ask if I could have it,” she says. Her most extravagant? The Ercol Originals loveseat, which she bought new in the knowledge that it would eventually become an heirloom. “It felt like more of an investment than a purchase,” she justifies. One thing’s for certain, nobody will love it more than its current owner. The New Mindful Home: And How to Make it Yours by Joanna Thornhill, £14.99, published 15 April (laurenceking.com)

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1. Don’t be afraid to mix vintage finds with the best retro reproductions. Ercol Originals Retro Loveseat, £1,035 (barkerandstonehouse.co.uk) 2. Layer up with timeless soft furnishings for a cosy look in the living room. Yellow and white striped cushion cover, £30 (greta-maeliving.co.uk)

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3. Up the homely with a classic flora and fauna print. William Morris Strawberry Thief throw, £149 (shop.westminster-abbey.org) 4. Treat your houseplants to artisanal earthenware that’s rich in pattern and texture. Midnight plant pot, £18.95 (audenza.com)

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5. Repurpose vintage tins for added interest in the kitchen – look for graphic brights. Vintage kitchen storage tin, £25 (scaramangashop.co.uk)

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Meet Our Experts Having played a leading role in many of its most significant house sales, Peter Bevan is widely regarded as the go-to agent in Kensington.

Peter Bevan Head of Residential, Savills Kensington

I’ve been selling prime properties in London now for 20 years after stumbling into the career slightly by accident - in truth, I needed to buy a car. But I quickly found it addictive. Having joined Savills last April, I’m grateful to have a deeply knowledgeable team working with me. Kensington attracts a broad demographic of buyers looking to lay down roots. Not only is it full of family houses and green spaces but the community, which ranges from established old world families to tech billionaires, is unfailingly accommodating and multi-cultural. They are also infectiously loyal to the area. Buying a house - especially a family house - is an emotional step, not a one-dimensional investment. As an agent, this is one of the best aspects of a job. Having the opportunity to get to know the clients and understand their requirements to then seeing them settled into their new home is immensely satisfying. To find out about the Kensington market, watch my latest video update here: http://savills.li/meetourexperts

FOR SALE | Clarendon Road, W11 | Guide £15.95 million One of only two detached houses on this street which is widely regarded as one of the best in Holland Park. Freehold.

Peter Bevan Savills Kensington 020 7535 3321 peter.bevan@savills.com Your home, your life

FOR SALE | Holland Green Place, W8 | Guide £6.25 million Adjacent to the Design Museum, this apartment comes with access to a pool, gym, concierge and parking. Freehold.

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FOR SALE | Ilchester Place, W14 | Guide £32 million This 7 bedroom house is in one of Kensington’s most desirable streets overlooking Holland Park. It has been flawlessly designed down to every detail. Alongside 4 reception rooms and a garden, it features a basement with a gym and swimming pool. Freehold.

SOLD | Pembroke Villas, W8 | Guide £4.5 million We received lots of offers for this very pretty, unmodernised house which had a good garden and off-street parking.

SOLD | Campden Hill Square, W8 | Guide £13.5 million Grade II listed family house with fantastic views - it’s the highest point in Kensington - and a communal garden.

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MEET THE LOCALS

1. Amy Odell, Chancellors

“One of my favourite parts of Kensington, tucked just behind St Mary Abbots Church, is Kensington Church Walk, a quaint pedestrian street with beautiful independent stores. Take a stroll to the top and you will find The Elephant and Castle, a welcoming, cosy pub in a picturesque location, perfect for enjoying a drink outside on a summer’s day.”

2. James Pace, Knight Frank

“As an area we are blessed with some of the finest and most varied types of housing, as well as two of London’s finest parks, a royal palace, two tube stations, an excellent high street in revival mode, and easy access to the countryside. So it’s no wonder that as a residential destination we have an exceptionally strong domestic and overseas market.”

Bradley Evans Music producer and dog trainer

My life is equally dedicated to two seemingly disparate worlds: those of music production and dog training. I’m also an absolute foodie; and being a resident of Kensington means I’m fortunate to have a plethora of venues on the doorstep, at which to slake the thirst of both my indoor and outdoor pursuits. I spend most days exercising my dog Rocky, or meeting canine clients in either Holland Park or Kensington Gardens. Both of these parks are an absolute joy to walk and train in, not to mention being great for kids: Holland Park, with its peacocks and the adventure playground (which health and safety regulations tamed and sanitised many moons ago, but was historically the location of much fun during my ’70s childhood, not to mention the source of most of my cuts and bruises), and Kensington Gardens, with its ornamental lake and the Diana Memorial playground. There’s nothing quite like a post walk pint at the very dog friendly The Mitre pub, which also serves a fantastic Sunday roast. As I mentioned, the foodie in me has much to be grateful to the Royal Borough for, and my partner and I often eat at our local pubs. The Windsor Castle on Campden Hill Road being where we headed with some haste for a first cold pint in their lovely garden after the first lockdown ended. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that the crispy belly

of pork is also fantastic there! Another firm favourite is The Churchill Arms on Kensington Church Street, which is a charming little pub that also just happens to serve some of the best Thai grub in London. Now I’m not saying that my world is actually ruled by my stomach (ahem), but one of my favourite local places to shop is the wonderful Supermarket of Dreams on Holland Park Avenue; a source of Comfort & Joy (quite literally), fresh fish, amazing meat and a multitude of sweet treats. And the famous Lidgates on the same road, a purveyor of fine meat, is my butcher of choice. A weekend stroll down Portobello Road is still great fun and my daughter absolutely loves a bit of vintage clothes shopping, although I smile to myself at the realisation that at 50 years old I now feel a little more ‘vintage’ than most of the items on offer. For more modern fare you really can’t do much better than Kensington High Street. If it’s night life you’re after, Kensington High Street has a wonderful piano bar, or for a more energetic night out, you could do a lot worse than join me for a post lockdown boogie at Notting Hill Arts Club, where my love of good music is often sated at one of their regular nights, a favourite being Restless Funk. Roll on June… (07881 958303; westlondon-dogtrainer.co.uk; @K9KingofLondon)

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Streethearts 3. Toby Simmonds, Dexters

“Many choose to buy here for the large family houses and because it’s an easy commute into the City. Properties are mostly Victorian, some remain as whole houses while others have been converted into apartments. One-bed flats start from £600,000, two to three bedroom apartments start selling at £900,000, while larger five-bed family houses can start from £4 million.”

Holland Park Mews

Slip through the ornate archway and step into another world; of London’s many mews, this pretty cobbled no through road has to be one of our favourites

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Royal Crescent

The striking stucco fronted houses here are Grade II* listed. Two grand curving terraces face onto a landscaped communal garden with expansive, green, tree-studded lawns

Kensington Church Walk

Lined with colourful hanging baskets and bustling with interesting boutiques, this pedestrianised byway is the perfect spot for a quiet wander

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Local heroes

Kensington & Holland Park Dads House, SW6

W8 Café, W8

Sally Clarke, W8

Benham & Reeves’ Brett Boyd singles out a remarkable group who have really made a difference during lockdown – the team at Dads House, which was set up in 2008 to help single dads with the practicalities of raising their children alone. “The staff and volunteers have been amazing in the way they’ve promptly added a food bank to their services,” he tells us. “Showing true community spirit, the West Brompton based team ensure that no-one who seeks help goes away emptyhanded and they readily arrange deliveries to those who are vulnerable or shielding.”

The whole team at Bective recommend W8 Café for its “great bacon sandwiches as well as healthier options at reasonable prices for Kensington.” Tucked away just off Kensington High Street, you’d be forgiven for missing this unassuming but award-winning establishment – for those in the know, it is a neighbourhood staple. The café is just one part of the business, however, and W8 Catering will deliver delectable food for everything from private gatherings up to large corporate events. Expect a comprehensive menu of baguettes, sandwich platters, canapés, finger food and ready-made meals.

For Chestertons’ Daniel Taylor, this bakery/ deli is a local gem, not just for its excellent food offering, but its responsible practices, too. “The deli showcases sustainability at its core,” he says. “They tackle food waste from the outset, by taking fish or meat trimmings that may be unsuitable for their menus, or any excess vegetables, salads and herbs, and turning them into delicious staff meals. The team also donate unsold breads and pastries to charities such as The Felix Project and Dads House, both of which collect and distribute the excess food to those in need.”

22 Lillie Rd, SW6 (07765 183504; dadshouse.org.uk)

3 Abingdon Rd,W8 (020 7376 2191; w8catering.co.uk)

121 Kensington Church Street, W8 (020 7229 2190; sallyclarke.com)

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Online schooling – the next big thing? We meet the staff of Harrow School Online, to discover why online schools are growing in popularity

Benefits of online schools In today’s uncertain landscape, online schooling offers stability and security for pupils – something which is particularly important during those school years when they are preparing for crucial exams. Online schooling can reach students wherever they are located and give them the flexibility to fit learning around their lives. The ability to personalise learning to individuals is incredibly powerful too – pupils can be stretched where possible and supported when required. Students at a well-designed online school can thrive academically while developing the skills and mindset to become better independent learners, which they will need in order to excel at university. In recent years the sector has grown hugely, and it is expected that it will continue growing as more students discover the benefits and flexibility of online learning. Introducing Harrow School Online Harrow School Online is the first of its kind – a fully online sixth form school offering a world leading independent British education. It brings together the richness and heritage of a Harrow School education with leading online learning technology and teaching practices. Heather Rhodes, Principal, tells us: “Planning for the school began several years ago and we opened our virtual doors to the first cohort of

A Level pupils in September 2020. We believe that online education done well can be as effective as classroom-based teaching, but that the key is not to try and translate what works in a traditional bricks and mortar school directly into an online environment. Each environment has its advantages, and virtual schooling should be organised to make the most of its innate strengths.” Flipping the classroom Online teaching works particularly effectively with a ‘flipped classroom’ teaching methodology. This involves students working through interactive self-study materials to develop an understanding of subject content, and then having targeted lessons in a virtual classroom where teachers explore their understanding of that material. Class sizes are small – no more than ten pupils – so teachers get to know their pupils well. Lessons are highly interactive, and teachers make use of tools like polling, interactive whiteboards, and break out rooms where pupils work with their peers. Laurie Phippard, Mathematics and Further Mathematics teacher explains how it works in practice: “One of the fantastic benefits of studying maths at Harrow School Online is that you can access the mathematics content at your own pace. You can revisit it as many times as you wish. Your tutor will also support you with topics

that you might find daunting, but in addition, enrich or extend as needed for other topics, and of course provide encouragement.” Pastoral care Alongside this focus on academic excellence, through regular meetings with a Success Coach, the school ensures that all pupils are safe, happy, involved and able to perform to their potential. Additionally, a House system forms the backbone of the school community, providing the chance for peer support and encouragement. The school’s Success Coach Dale Krause brings a wealth of experience of supporting high achieving pupils and co-ordinating support for pupils who require additional assistance. He tells us: “From day one, I coach pupils on university selection and provide carefully tailored career planning. I develop in them the skills and mindset for success, both at our school and beyond. In fortnightly one-to-one coaching sessions, and small group workshops, I provide students with careful guidance on how to become effective independent learners.” Prospective pupils and parents can learn more about Harrow School Online and get a flavour for what the sixth form experience is like by watching an On Demand Open Event, which provides the opportunity to hear from the teachers and pupils at the school. For details, see harrowschoolonline.org/openevent

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A personalised learning approach What does a personalised online education really mean for students? Pearson Online Academy explains Introducing Pearson Online Academy UK Global Pearson Online Academy UK Global is a high-quality personalised online private school delivering Pearson Edexcel International GCSEs and A Levels for students aged 14–18 that can be accessed virtually anywhere. It is designed to inspire and empower students to achieve academic excellence through affordable online education that prepares them for brilliant futures. One of the biggest benefits of online schooling is the ability to personalise each student’s learning, but what does that actually mean? And how can it be achieved online? Mickey Revenaugh, Vice President, Business Development, Pearson

Global Online Learning explains: “To personalise is to design or produce something to meet an individual’s requirements. Personalising a student’s learning isn’t a one-time process, it is ongoing with students, Success Coaches, parents, and teachers working together to set, review and adjust individualised learning goals and determine a timeline for accomplishing these throughout the school years.” Personalised Performance Learning At Pearson Online Academy UK Global, a Personalised Performance Learning approach gives every student the best chance to flourish. Every student receives the one-on-

one, tailored attention they deserve, and it starts from the point at which successful applications are made. As students enter the school, they discuss their strengths, skills, and previous school performance with their teachers, Success Coaches and parents to help inform and guide the best teaching and personalised online learning approach. These conversations, along with assessments and other data, are used to identify and evaluate a student’s strengths, weaknesses and talents, to help select courses and create a learning plan based on the student’s individual needs. In this way, skills that may need improvement are uncovered and staff are able to look for ways to enhance the student’s learning potential – a practice that continues throughout the school, where subject testing is used to identify areas of strength and weakness, measure progress, and establish learning goals. Regular communication schedules and adjustments to learning plans and timetables, as well as electives, means teachers, Success Coaches and students can collectively ensure individual needs are met. 20 years of experience Underpinning this Personalised Performance Learning approach is over 20 years of experience supporting online schools to engage and flourish. Pearson have specifically created educational programmes for online learning to ensure that every student is fully engaged in their learning and that teachers are equipped to bring out the very best in them. Within the structure of a complete school programme, students use the online

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learning platform to study from home, joining ‘LiveLesson’ sessions to deepen their understanding with expert teachers and their fellow students across the world. This ‘flipped classroom’ has been proven to increase student engagement and encourage critical thinking, whilst working alongside peers from other countries helps to broaden their understanding of different cultures and build an international network of friends. Online learning platforms Pearson’s online learning platforms are currently being used by over 105,000 students to power their learning. Students follow an individual learning pathway, working through high quality, interactive, self-paced study materials, with teachers using LiveLesson sessions, office hours, and other contact time to stretch them where possible and offer more support when needed. The flexibility of self-paced learning combined with the extracurricular activities and a Success Coach helps students stay on track to meet their personal targets and allows them to thrive with their education. By building and managing their own timetables, students receive a personalised experience that gives them control over their learning and fosters independence and self-discipline. This approach sets the school apart from the rest and ensures each and every student is able to achieve their potential. Find out more about Pearson Online Academy UK Global at ukglobal.pearsononlineacademy.com

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Hawkesdown House School How would you sum up the school? Hawkesdown House School is an outstanding school, full of fun, purpose and success, inspiring and challenging the mind and the imagination of each pupil.

The pandemic has led us to reassess all aspects of life, inspiring us to initiate positive change amid the uncertainty. In particular, it has caused a seismic shift in education; with a move to more online learning, new methods of assessment and greater focus on certain subjects, the last 12 months have given us an opportunity to rethink how schooling can and should work better. In line with that, new research published by leading independent education provider Fulham School indicates that the traditional A level style education may be falling out of favour with parents. The survey of over 1,000 UK parents (of children aged 18 and under) was carried out on behalf of the school by YouGov. When asked which skills and attributes the ideal education programme should help develop, there was widespread agreement

that parents would like their children’s school to focus on confidence, critical thinking and taking responsibility. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma offers just such a focus for sixth form students. Based on the philosophy that students should apply critical thinking skills to their experiences and learn to assess the world around them, the course encourages the development of academic, social, emotional, and physical wellbeing, and prepares students to participate in a truly global society. Survey responses suggested strong support for this style of education, where the curriculum is made up of six subject groups – each one assessed on theory of knowledge, creativity, independent research, community service and an extended essay.

However, the survey also found that nearly half of parents had not heard of the IB programme before, and of those who had, a quarter had not yet considered enrolling their children in it. Commenting on the findings, Chris Cockerill, Head of Fulham Senior School and Sixth Form, where the IB will be taught from September, said: “The IB is education’s best kept secret. These findings clearly show that parents are looking for an education programme that is going to help their children leave traditional education at the age of 18 as enquiring, principled and global thinkers. Parents know what they want for their children – they just don’t realise yet that this is exactly what the IB delivers. It’s a global education for a global world.” (fulham.school; inspirededu.com)

THE SHORTLIST: KENSINGTON & HOLLAND PARK Hawkesdown House School Independent prep school for pupils aged 2 to 11 (020 7727 9090; hawkesdown.co.uk) Holland Park School State co-ed secondary day school for pupils aged 11 to 18

(020 7908 1000; hollandparkschool.co.uk) Ashbourne Independent Sixth Form College Independent co-ed school for pupils aged 15 to 20 (020 7937 3858; ashbournecollege.co.uk)

pre-prep and nursery for pupils up to age 8 (020 7602 9066; hpps.co.uk)

Thomas’s Kensington Independent co-ed preparatory and lower school for pupils aged 4 to 11 (020 7361 6500; thomas-s.co.uk) Holland Park Pre-Prep School and Day Nursery Independent

Prince’s Gardens Prep School Independent co-ed preparatory school for pupils aged 3 to 11 (020 7591 4620; princesgardensprep.co.uk)

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What makes it different? Parents value the individual attention their children get – it gives the school its strong family feel. We achieve superbly well at 7+ and 8+, with children moving on to some of the best schools in London and the Home Counties. Ultimately, what makes us different is that we have an adventurous soul and spirit, a strong voice and a desire to be individual. We want our pupils to feel treasured and nurtured, yet also to have the desire to want to do well. What is the atmosphere like? I would describe it as ‘buzzing’. Our curriculum is awash with excitement, adventure and the joy of success. We have a very nurturing environment, which enables young minds to make the most of all the opportunities on offer – and there are a great deal of them. How do you look after the wellbeing of your pupils? The whole ethos is of kindness. Happiness, confidence, having a sense of autonomy over one’s life, developing resilience and forming good relationships are all fostered at Hawkesdown. We ensure emotional wellbeing and resilience is carefully nurtured. In a fast-paced world this is crucial to growing happy, healthy minds and bodies. Happy pupils perform better in school and in life! How do you balance the academic side? Our curriculum delivers the academic subjects in a broad and strong programme, but throughout, we develop creative and original thinking to allow pupils to explore, question, make connections and discoveries. Education as an adventure helps academic excellence and initiative. 27 Edge Street, W8 (020 7727 9090; hawkesdown.co.uk)

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This month’s dream homes FOR SALE Ilchester Place, W14

Property dreams start here. Number 5 is a grand, newly refurbished family home sitting stately on one of Holland Park’s most desirable roads. The seven bed property’s façade complements the neighbourhood’s neo-Georgian architecture, while inside, the house is all about modern luxury: it’s been interior designed to the nines with sumptuous textures and a calming neutral décor accented in rich metallics. Add to that beautiful wood floors, high ceilings, period archways, and you have a pad that’s positively palatial. Meet you on a lounger by the indoor pool. £32 million, Savills (020 7535 3300; savills.com)

FOR SALE Westbourne Terrace, W2

This beautifully presented duplex is set within a handsome period building and offers luxury modern living at its finest. Playfully mixing single and double height spaces, the two-bed property is positively gallery-like. Kitted out with designer fittings and fixtures, including a nest of metallic Tom Dixon lights above the dining space, it’s one for those who know their luxury brands. Best is the trio of French windows, which flood the apartment with natural daylight. £2,225,000, Hamptons (020 3151 1798; hamptons.co.uk)

FOR SALE Pembroke Mews, W8

Nestled away on a cobbled street in the heart of Kensington is this characterful period mews house. Larger than most, the three bed property boasts a grand interior that belies its cute façade. Its indoor portico pillars and winding staircase award the house a cool Mediterranean vibe while its traditional sash windows flood the property with daylight. Beautifully appointed and arranged over three floors, this charming home makes the absolute most of light and space. It is, in fact, the perfect sanctuary.

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£2.8 million, Bective (020 7795 4288; bective.co.uk)

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Challenge Alex Savills’ development director, Alex Soskin, has completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – AKA ‘the world’s toughest row’ – and raised a whopping £100,000 for charity. Alex and his team, Oardacity, finished the race after an exhausting 40 days, 6 hours and 35 minutes at sea. He tells us, “The race itself was a battle with mother nature. This was a physical challenge but the mental challenge was far greater. Our mental resilience was fully put to the test and I couldn’t be prouder to have shared this incredible journey alongside three great mates, Harry Hearn, Ed Batchelor and Tom Phillips… a bond we will have for life!” Thanks to the team’s sterling efforts, the money raised will be split between mental health charity MIND and the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, an international NGO, dedicated to serving the world’s oppressed and marginalised children. If, like us, you’re in awe of Oardacity, you can still donate at: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ Oardacity2020

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A: “We don’t believe so. While it’s fair to say that the way the housing market performed during 2020 surprised us all, we have seen that energy and momentum continue into 2021. As the vaccine rollout progresses, schools have reopened and people are returning to something much closer to a ‘normal’ live-work pattern, we believe this will only further add to consumer confidence. We have already noticed an increase in buyer registration levels across our group.” Nibs Lakhani, Goldschmidt & Howland

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OAK VILLAGE, NW5 Available for the first time in over thirty years, this three double bedroom two-storey house forms part of the very popular residential area known as Oak Village. The property is offered in a very good condition throughout, and features a charming, very good sized garden at the rear, along with the additional benefit of an off street parking space to the front of the house. From the front half of the double volume reception an idyllic outlook through Oak Village can be enjoyed. The house is within a very short walking distance of the ‘Outstanding’ rated Gospel Oak Primary school, Gospel Oak Overground station, and Parliament Hill Lido, along with the open spaces of Hampstead Heath. Chain Free and ready for immediate occupation. Three Double Bedrooms • Double Volume Reception • Modern Kitchen/Dining Room • Family Bathroom • En-Suite Shower Downstairs Wc/Utility Room • Private Rear Garden (Larger Than The Average In The Area) • Off Street Parking For One Car Close To Hampstead Heath & Gospel Oak Overground Station • EPC TBC

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Cromwell Avenue, Highgate Village, London, N6 £1,100,000 | Share of Freehold Litchfields are pleased to offer this beautifully presented and completely re-visualised 2 double bedroom split level maisonette on one of Highgate Village's most sought after residential roads. Completely refurbished throughout in 2017, this superb architect designed conversion features a very stylish contemporary open plan reception with glazed roof, kitchen-dining area with full height folding glass doors on to the private patio and garden beyond. A beautiful glass and steel staircase takes you up to the first floor which provides the master bed room a further bedroom with a new (2020) luxury Duravit Starck en-suite shower room with Hansgrohe fittings and underfloor heating, further Duravit Starck 4 piece luxury bathroom (2020) with separate shower cubicle and second double bedroom fitted with bespoke hand-built wardrobes. Further benefits include a guest cloakroom and utility room, a large storage basement and a private side entrance. This superb flat is enviably located giving fast access to the Village, Waterlow Park, Highgate tube and Woods and the delights of Kenwood and the Heath to the West. Offered for Sale Chain Free and with a Share of Freehold. EPC - C. Sole Agent.

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An impressive, detached house set behind a large drive and electrically operated gates. The property underwent a ‘back to brick’ renovation a few years ago and has been rarely occupied since. This exceptional residence extends to 4,138 sq ft (348.8 sq m) over three floors affording large rooms and substantial bedroom suites. The property benefits from an impressive, high quality finish and is located within this popular group of streets known as ‘The Crofts’. There is also a large secure front garden (approx. 33 ft deep) with off street parking for two cars, as well as a single garage. The rear garden includes a large decked area, a patio, lawn and a sauna/summer house. This delightful home is located within 375m of Hampstead Heath and 950m of the shops and transport facilities of Hampstead Village. 3 superb bedroom suites | 2 en suite dressing rooms | 3 luxury en suite bathrooms | 2 further bedrooms | family bathroom | playroom drawing room | dining room | large family/breakfast and open plan kitchen | guest cloakroom | utility room | butler’s pantry | front and rear gardens | sun room with sauna | garage | off-street parking for 2 further cars | gated entrance.

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LITTLE VENICE, LONDON W9

An elegant interior designed raised ground floor apartment offering spacious accommodation (approx 101sq m) with high ceilings and extensive views across the Crescent communal gardens. The newly refurbished apartment forms part of a converted terraced house. Located in this sought after sweeping crescent this outstanding property is within a few minutes’ walk of local shops, cafes and the Underground at Warwick Avenue. 2 Bedrooms. En-Suite Bathroom. En-suite Shower Room. Guest Cloakroom. Reception Room with Open Plan Kitchen

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Belsize Park Gardens NW3 £1,150,000 | Share of freehold Sensational and stunning raised ground floor flat. Set in beautiful white stucco fronted conversion. 2/3 bedrooms plus 2 bathrooms. Stylish galleried bedroom with remote controlled frosted privacy glass. A fine blend of period and contemporary features. Excellent decorative order. Light, bright and spacious throughout. Prominent position close to Belsize Park, Belsize. Village and Swiss Cottage.

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FOR SALE One of the finest double-plot (WIDTH 128FT/38.8m) freehold mansions in this cherished road, set in 0.41 acres (0.71 hectares) of manicured gardens.

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275 Willesden Lane, NW2: 020 8459 1133 62 Salusbury Road, NW6: 020 7328 2828 2 Willesden Green Station, NW2: 020 8450 9377

EPC: D Walm Lane, NW2

A substantial and imposing detached Victorian property, offering in excess of 2428 sq ft of internal living accommodation that offers a unique opportunity to acquire a family home that exudes opulence on a commanding position in Willesden Lane. The rear of the house is hugely impressive and designed in a cool ‘New York’ style loft apartment with Crittal doors that lead onto a 100 ft rear garden. Fabulous home for a growing family. Viewing highly recommended.

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• Refurbished to an exceptional specification • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms • Exposed brick walls, steel beams, concrete floor • Stunning principle bedroom/dress room/en-suite • Close to Willesden Green (Jubilee – Zone 2) station

EPC: D Victoria Mews, NW6

A meticulously designed and re-imagined mews house, offering in excess of 1282 sq ft of internal living accommodation that is situated within a quaint cobbled mews moments from the amenities of Queen’s Park. A rare opportunity to acquire a stringent architectural designed home with a central concrete and steel stairwell overflowing with an abundance of light. The stairwell extends to the second floor with a fluted glass window, exposed RSJ and skylight overhead completing the aesthetic look. Viewing highly recommended.

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• Designed by Checa Romero Architects • Large open plan kitchen/living space, utility room • 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms • Polished concrete floor with underfloor heating • 2 bedrooms one used as home office/studio


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WIMPOLE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 Jeremy James and Company are pleased to bring to the market this three bedroom apartment on Wimpole Street. The apartment is approximately 1,127 sq ft (105 sq m) located on the fourth floor served by a passenger lift. Comprises entrance hall, reception room which overlooks the communal garden, kitchen, three bedrooms, one en suite bathroom and a further shower room. There is also a resident porter together with an underground parking space and storeroom. The building is located on the east side of Wimpole Street, close to the junction with Weymouth Street. This purpose-built building is located moments away from the shopping facilities of Marylebone High Street. Bond Street and Oxford Circus underground stations together with access to the A40/M40 are within close proximity. The open spaces of Regents Park are also nearby. Please see website for full details

LEASEHOLD: 127 YEARS UNEXPIRED £1,950,000

WIMPOLE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 A delightful unfurnished interior designed duplex apartment on the ground and first floor of a beautiful period house in prime central Marylebone. This two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with a separate kitchen offers ample living space with the added benefit of a study off the reception room and spacious entrance hall with high ceilings. The internal common parts have recently been redecorated and re-carpeted, retaining original features. The building is located on the east side of Wimpole Street, close to the junction of New Cavendish Street. Wimpole Street is located moments away from the shopping facilities of Marylebone High Street. Bond Street and Oxford Circus underground stations together with access to the A40/M40 are within close proximity. The open spaces of Regents Park are also nearby. Please see website for full details

£795 PER WEEK

+44 (0) 20 7486 4111

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GRENVILLE PLACE, NW6 A very light and newly refurbished apartment extending to 766 sq ft, on the seventh floor (with lift) of this popular portered block. 2 Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms - Reception Room - Kitchen - 24 Hour Concierge - Lift - Secure Underground Parking Communal Gardens - CCTV - EPC Rating C LEASEHOLD 976 YEARS UNEXPIRED

£650,000

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CHESTERFIELD GARDENS, W1 A fourth floor 3 bedroom apartment located in the heart of Mayfair comprising of over 1400 sq ft. 3 Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms - Guest Cloakroom - 2 Reception Rooms - Kitchen - Lift - Concierge - EPC Rating C

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OFFICES MARBLEW2 ARCH MARBLE ARCH:AT 29 KNIGHTSBRIDGE EDGWARE ROAD & LONDON 2JE 020 7724 3100

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Marylebone Mews W1 £4,750,000 Mews House in need of Full Refurbishment

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Marylebone High Street W1 £1,050 per week 2 Bed Penthouse with Terrace

Weymouth Mews W1 £3,200 per week 4 Bed Mews House with Fantastic Roof Terrace

Heron Place W1 2 Bed Penthouse with Terrace

£1,450 per week

SALES & LETTINGS Tel: 020 7935 6535 • Email Sales: W1sales@druce.com • Email Lettings: kb@druce.com

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A newly constructed detached residence (417.8 sq m/4,498 sq ft) set back from the road behind a secure gated drive, providing exceptional family accommodation ready for immediate occupation. The property is located directly opposite Kenwood and Hampstead Heath and is within close proximity of all the schools and amenities of both Hampstead and Highgate.

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ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 5 Further Bedrooms (4 En-Suite), 2 Reception Rooms, Open-Plan Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Study, Utility Room, 2 Guest Cloakrooms, Rear Garden, Patio, Off-Street Parking. EPC: B

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ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A spacious & bright 4th floor apartment (approx. 915 sq.ft. / 85 sq.m.) in this superior portered block opposite St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee line) and within easy walking distance of the High Street and Regent’s Park. ENTRANCE HALL • SPACIOUS RECEPTION/DINING ROOM • EAT-IN KITCHEN • 2 DOUBLE BEDROOMS • BATHROOM • PORTER • LIFT • EPC D. £520 PER WEEK

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ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A stunning & spacious 1 bedroom apartment (approx. 656 sq.ft. / 60.9 sq.m.) on the ground floor in this well maintained purpose built block opposite St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee line). ENTRANCE HALL • SPACIOUS RECEPTION ROOM • FULLY FITTED KITCHEN WITH STORAGE ROOM • DOUBLE BEDROOM • FAMILY BATHROOM • HIGH CEILINGS • PORTER • COMMUNAL GARDENS • COMMUNAL HEATING & HOT WATER INCLUDED IN RENT • EPC D. £425 PER WEEK

SOLE AGENT

105 ST JOHN’S WOOD TERRACE, NW8 6PL

020 7722 7222 www.behrandbutchoff.com * The Tenant may have to pay credit reference and admin charges as indicated on our website under Tenant Information.

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