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DECO DECADENCE Interiors that embrace the new decade in style MORE IS MORE… Less is a bore, in the home of Lucy St George


GIRL Molly Windsor’s BAFTA-winning turn in Three Girls set her on the road to stardom, she tells us what’s next

Plus... The finest London properties | Advice and insight from our agents | Dates for the diary | Where to eat | What to buy | The magic of Maida Vale and Little Venice

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December 2019


The definitive guide to London living EDITOR

Liz Skone James 020 7292 5636


Hot list

32 What to see and where to go this month in London

Lust list


Penny Clements


35 Let your table do the talking this Christmas with our fabulous festive finds

Ali Howard


Claire Atherton PROOFREADER

Hannah Foy

Interview: Molly Windsor


Emmanuelle Peri


Georgia Watson

36 A series of thought-provoking roles have made Molly the talk of the industry, and her next is no exception


Katie Hutley


Dora Dymock 020 7292 5593

Style & wellbeing


Becky Pomfret 020 7292 5678

41 Dress, check; jewellery, check; scent, check – we’ve got your head-to-toe party look sorted


Alex Courtley, Annie Franey ADVERTISING SALES

Food & drink

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45 Celebratory canapés, hostess gifts and feel-good charity


Trevor Abrahmsohn (Glentree Estates) Philip Green (Goldschmidt & Howland) Jonathan Hewlett (Savills) Richard Page (Dexters) Mark Pollack (Aston Chase)


49 If you really must escape the madness, do it in style with our travel highlights


53 A new decade brings the promise of luxury, glamour and exuberance in interiors

On the cover Photography: Lottie Bea Spencer Stylist: Julie Liu Hair: Fabio Nogueira Make up: Justine Jenkins using Hourglass Cosmetics


Molly wears: dress by Kata Haratym; bag by Shushu/Tong; bracelet by Mayu


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rom where I’m sitting, it sure is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but fear not, Fabric isn’t full on festive – just the occasional hint. You can think of this issue as a party spectacular, with advice on catering, dressing and preparing your home. After all, with a new decade just around the corner, and the (hopefully) roaring ’20s beckoning, what better excuse to throw the ultimate do this December? Already feeling fatigued at the mere thought of all that socialising? I suggest a night on the sofa catching up with hot new crime thriller Traces. It stars our stunning and extremely talented cover star Molly Windsor, and promises to be the talk of the water cooler (party gossip aside). See what she has to say about it in our interview. Wishing you the happiest of Christmases and a healthy, prosperous 2020. See you on the other side…

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56 Playful and darkly dramatic, we’ve fallen for Lucy St George’s north London home

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60 Dreaming of waterside living? You’ll find it in pretty, bohemian Maida Vale and Little Venice

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Courtenay Avenue, London, N6 In one of London's most exclusive private road, with 24 hour security, The Villa is essential viewing. Everything is here: approximately 11,000 square feet of flexible space. Design excellence in every last detail. Technical specification that is truly leading edge. Highgate, and specifically the Kenwood area, is home to some of Londons finest residences. Within Kenwood, Courtenay Avenue is the most prestigious address. Kenwoods rolling parkland is only moments away, and the natural lakeside amphitheatre is home to fine concerts and also Kenwood House with its classic art collection. Nearby are the hilltop villages of Highgate and Hampstead, with boutique options for shopping and fine dining. Highgate is home to two of Englands finest private schools. The West End and City are less than 20 minutes drive away, so Kenwood really does add up to the perfect location for enjoying London life. 7 Bedrooms • 8 Bathrooms • 4 Reception Rooms • Cinema Room • Indoor Pool And Gym Wine Store • Staff Quarters • Garden • Secure Off Street Parking For 2 Cars


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Situated within this prestigious and highly regarded development overlooking Hampstead Heath, a rare and exciting opportunity to create one of London’s most impressive and substantial penthouse apartments with seven sizeable roof terraces and secure underground parking for four cars. The penthouse has been completely stripped to its shell offering a blank canvas spread across 5,902 sq ft (548.5 sq m) of mostly lateral accommodation. The property is being sold as one lot, however the client is also prepared to split the title and sell as two separate apartments, providing for an East Penthouse of 2,707 sq ft and a West Penthouse of 2,537 sq ft. Each will be offered as a shell too. Mount Tyndal is an exclusive gated development served by 24 hour porterage, and it is situated off Spaniards Road, nestled into the vast expanses of Hampstead Heath (of which it has direct access to), and within walking distance of both Hampstead and Highgate Village (both on the Northern Line). East Penthouse: £3,995,000. West Penthouse: £3,375,000

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We are delighted to offer arguably one of the finest duplex apartments available in the London market today, offering nearly 3,600 sq ft arranged over the ground and first floor within this small and secure exclusive block close to the Heath. The ground floor offers a 30' drawing room which leads directly on-to a beautifully planted 45' private south-facing roof terrace with water feature, an elegant 22' dining room, comprehensive Poggenpohl designed kitchen/breakfast room and a striking entrance lobby with a custom designed stone staircase leading up to the first floor. This level provides master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room and balcony, second suite with dressing room and bathroom, third bedroom suite, tv room/bedroom four and utility room. There is secure underground parking for two/three cars, lift access to all floors and half-day porterage.

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A beautiful two double bedroom 2nd floor period conversion tastefully refurbished by the current owners creating a stunning home in this sought after residential location. Arranged over the top floor of this imposing detached house the extremely well planned accommodation extends to 820sqft/76.1sqm and is offered in truly immaculate decorative condition throughout. EPC Rating: D


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Set in this prestigious Grade II listed building is this three bedroom, two bathroom first floor flat with spectacular communal grounds.A unique and beautiful three bedroom, two bathroom first floor lateral apartment measuring approximately 1,698 sq ft with a private South facing terrace and set in one of the most salubrious of settings in Hampstead. This Grade II listed mansion house boasts constant CCTV monitoring, round-the-clock concierge services and continuous in-house management. The development offers the ultimate in luxury gardens and there is also a tennis court available for residents to use. Further benefits include a guest cloakroom, a garage and an addition secure off-street parking space as well as visitors parking which is available on the forecourt.

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CHALTON DRIVE, N2 £2,795,000 An excellent 6 bedroom detached family home situated in this highly sought after road on the south side of Hampstead Garden Suburb off Holne Chase. The property is presented in extremely good condition and offers very well-planned accommodation arranged over three floors. Comprising of entrance hall, reception room, dining room, kitchen/diner, playroom, principal bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 4/5 further bedrooms (5th currently used as family room), two further bathrooms guest cloakroom, off street parking and a fabulous south facing rear garden


SOLE AGENT extending to 103’. Located less than half a mile of the Heath Extension, Lyttelton Playing Fields and the amenities of The Market Place. East Finchley Station is also a 1 mile walk away. RECEPTION ROOM: DINING ROOM: KITCHEN/DINER: PLAYROOM & FAMILY ROOM: GUEST WC: MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN SUITE: 4 FURTHER BEDROOMS: 2 FAMILY BATHROOMS: SOUTH FACING REAR GARDEN: OFF-STREET PARKING. EPC Rating E.


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INGRAM AVENUE, NW11 £8,500,000 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, a 620 sq ft Games Room on the second (top) floor and air conditioning to the principal rooms.



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Beautifully restored to a high standard throughout, a five bedroom Edwardian house with a formal reception room and three bathrooms. There is a spacious open plan kitchen/diner with full width bi-folding doors leading out to the generous garden which has a separate studio at the bottom, ideal as a home office space, energy rating d. Dexters Highgate. 35 Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JT T: 020 8545 8584 E:


Nassington Road, NW3 ÂŁ5,250,000

Situated in this idyllic and highly regarded location close to Hampstead Heath, a six bedroom house which has been the subject of an architect designed refurbishment and extension and offers ideal family accommodation with quality fixtures and fittings throughout. There are four reception rooms, a south facing garden and off-street parking, energy rating d. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DL T: 020 7433 0273 E:


FLASK WALK, HAMPSTEAD, NW3 34 1984 - 2018

We are delighted to offer this unique and highly individual character filled Grade 2 listed home of historical interest located in the heart of Hampstead Village. Built circa 1880 and originally forming part of “The Wells & Campden Baths and Wash-houses” the building was sympathetically converted into two houses in the early 1980’s and we are now marketing the Right hand element. ENTRANCE HALL • RECEPTION ROOM • DINING ROOM/STUDY • KITCHEN • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM • 2 FURTHER BEDROOMS • FAMILY BATHROOM • UTILITY ROOM • CENTRAL HEATING • 2 PATIO’S • RESIDENTS PARKING • WITHIN EASY REACH OF HAMPSTEAD UNDERGROUND STATION (NORTHERN LINE) AND LOCAL BUS STOPS FREEHOLD




GROVE END GARDENS NW8 A very well presented, larger than average 6th floor 2 double bedroom apartment comprising bright and spacious accommodation. The flat occupies a prominent position in the building thereby enjoying views over the well maintained communal gardens. Grove End Gardens has recently undergone refurbishment works to the entrances and benefits from excellent porterage and the aforementioned communal garden. The block is situated moments from St John’s Wood High Street with its shopping facilities and eateries, and the Underground Station (Jubilee Line). Lord’s Cricket Ground and Regent’s Park both within close proximity.

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£3,750,000 LEASEHOLD

We are delighted to offer for sale a stunning three bedroom apartment situated in one of the Crown Estate’s most picturesque and sought after white stucco terraces, designed by John Nash and completed in 1826. This elegant apartment comprises an entrance hall, a spectacular dual aspect reception room with breathtaking views across the communal gardens and over Regent’s Park, a separate dining room, a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms (one of which is used as a study), a family bathroom and a kitchen. The property benefits from a garage, off street parking, a 24-hour porter and a store room. Cumberland Terrace is located on the eastern side of Regent’s Park’s outer circle, between St. Katharine’s Precinct and Chester Terrace and is within walking distance of Marylebone High Street and Primrose Hill. There are excellent transport facilities with both Great Portland Street and Regent’s Park underground stations close by. There is also easy access to the A40 (M).

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£2,450,000 LEASEHOLD

A stunning period mews house that is ideally positioned within the heart of Marylebone Village. The property has been extensively refurbished to an excellent standard and features a spacious bright and airy semi open-plan living space, with dining area, bespoke kitchen and wine room. The first floor incorporates a further well proportioned reception room and two spacious bedrooms, one of which being the principal bedroom which benefits from with walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. In addition, the property has a garage which forms part of the ground floor which is currently let from the Howard de Walden Estate to the leaseholder of the house for £5200 per annum (expiring 02/09/2021) Dunstable Mews is superbly located just moments from the world class renowned restaurants, shops and amenities of Marylebone High Street, Mayfair and the West End, together with the open spaces of Regent’s Park. The transport links are excellent from nearby Baker Street or Bond Street underground stations. Marylebone mainline station (Chiltern Line) is within walking distance. The A40 (M) to the West is also within close proximity.




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Heathfield Park, Highgate N6 Located on a sought after road, a bespoke family home with the accommodation predominantly arranged over three floors with the benefit of a substantial, self-contained staff lodge.

Craig Draper looks forward to meeting with you. 020 7317 7955

• The swimming pool opens on to the garden • Home gymnasium and billiards room • Staff lodge extends to approximately 4,400 Sq ft Connecting people & property, perfectly.


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Maida Avenue, Little Venice W2 A grade II listed, four-bedroom stucco house built in c.1830 set back in a quiet corner by the picturesque Regent's Canal feeling like a secluded haven.

James Simpson looks forward to helping you. 020 7586 2777

• Garden • Gym • Interior designed • Approximately 3,700 sq. ft.

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Beautiful first floor apartment Clarence Terrace, Regents Park, NW1 Baker Street Underground Station: 0.3 miles Grade I listed, reception room, kitchen, dining room, 2 en suite bedrooms, guest cloakroom, study, balcony, secure underground parking, porter, EPC = Exempt

Leasehold, approximately 44 years remaining | 1,025 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ2.395 million

Zach Madison Savills St John's Wood & Regent's Park Residential Sales 020 3043 3609


Wonderful detached family home Wild Hatch, NW11 Golders Green Underground Station: 0.5 miles 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 4 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, cloakroom, utility room, loft, garden, EPC = E

Freehold | 2,835 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ2.75 million

James Diaper Savills Hampstead Residential Sales 020 7472 5000




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A magnificent apartment situated on the second floor of this prestigious block located directly opposite Regent’s Park.

North Gate is superbly located on Prince Albert Road, opposite the open spaces of Regent's Park and at the foot of St John's Wood High Street within close proximity to St John's Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line).

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Drawing Room | Dining Room | Kitchen / Breakfast Room | Guest Cloakroom | Entrance Hall | Master Bedroom Suite comprising Bedroom, Dressing Room & Bathroom | 3 Further Bedrooms | 1 Further Bathroom | 1 Shower Room | 24 Hour Porterage | Off Street Parking for Residents | Air Conditioning | Italian Marble | Herringbone Wood Floors

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A beautifully presented double fronted Victorian family home located on Willoughby Road, Hampstead Village, NW3 a desirable tree lined street between Hampstead Village and The Heath. This fabulous property extends to 3569 sq ft and offers grand and stylish accommodation, affording high ceilings with bright and spacious well planned rooms with further benefits to include a private rear garden, off street parking and the option to purchase a large single garage (by separate negotiation). Energy Efficiency Rating - D57

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A Grade II listed detached 18th century Georgian house on Windmill Hill, Hampstead Village, NW3. Set back from the road behind a pristine, gated walled garden the house benefits from off street parking and a Japanese style rear garden, whilst internally there is an abundance of original features including panelling and shutters, painstakingly restored. The house, has been sympathetically renovated having undergone an extensive programme of works to create a stunning home for the 21st Century. Energy Efficiency Rating - D68

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ULYSSES ROAD, NW6 £2,300,000 SOLE AGENT Subject to contract An exceptional 2164 sq ft extended period family house for sale, located within the sought after ‘Greek’ roads of West Hampstead Village. The house benefits from having four/five bedrooms and a 26ft reception room, family bathroom and separate shower room as well as an extended kitchen and many other features listed below. Ulysses Road is approximately 0.6 miles away from West Hampstead station (Thameslink, Overground and Jubilee Line). Freehold | 26ft Reception Room | Kitchen/Dining Room | Led Spot Lights | Under Floor Storage | Fitted Wardrobes In All Bedrooms | Air Conditioning In Four Rooms | Rear Garden (Astro Turf) | Eave Storage | Kitchen Tap With Boiling Water | Separate Filtered Drinking Water Tap | Bi Folding Doors In The Kitchen To Garden | Extra Storage In Loft (Eaved) | Sonos System | EPC Rating: C

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KING HENRYS ROAD, NW3 £3,200,000 SOLE AGENT Subject to contract A stunning example of open plan living at its finest. This four double bedroom freehold house doesn’t disappoint in either size (over 2,500 sq ft) location or finish following complete refurbishment in spring 2018. Situated in the popular development The Quadrangles on King Henry’s Road the house is located within 0.29 miles of Swiss Cottage Underground Station (Jubilee Line) and within 0.6 miles of Chalk Farm Station (Northern Line) and the amenities of Swiss Cottage, Belsize Park and Primrose Hill. Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom and Walk In Wardrobe | Second Bedroom with En Suite Shower Room | Two Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom | Guest WC | Open Plan Reception/Dining Room/Kitchen | Utility Room | Rear Courtyard | Driveway | Rais Woodburning Stove | Sonos System | Electric Skylights in Bathroom and Utility Room | Miele Appliances | City Aga | Quooker Kitchen Tap | Climate Control in All Bedrooms | Underfloor Heating Throughout | Electric Car Charging | EPC Rating E

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ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 A SUBSTANTIAL FAMILY HOUSE IN A PREMIER LOCATION Arranged over four floors this freehold home is presented in good condition throughout with off street parking and an integral garage. This truly wonderful family home is set back from the road and features a considerable 62 x 39 ft garden. Cavendish Avenue is located on the west side of St John’s Wood, and is within walking distance of both St. John’s Wood High Street and St. John’s Wood Underground Station. Accommodation: Entrance hall, reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, library/study, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 guest cloakrooms, sauna. Amenities: Large garden, terrace, gym, storage, parking.




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What to see and do this month


St John’s Hospice Christmas Fayre

1 December | St. John’s Wood High Street If you’re yet to catch that tingly Christmas feeling, this will guarantee it. Taking over St. John’s Wood’s already bustling high street will be a traditional funfair, seasonal stalls selling unique gifts and delicious street food, plus there’s a chance to meet the big man himself at Santa’s grotto. The event, sponsored by local estate agents Winkworth, will help to raise funds for the vital work performed at the local Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth. Getting into the festive spirit never felt so good. St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8 (


A Taste of Honey

5 December-29 February Trafalgar Studios Returning to the West End for the first time in 60 years, A Taste of Honey at The National is a significant theatrical event. The original Shelagh Delaney play is perhaps best known for its 1961 film adaptation of the same name – the archetypal kitchen sink drama. In Bijan Sheibani’s production starring Jodie Prenger as steely working class single mother Helen, that gritty realism is intermixed with an original score of blues and soul-influenced numbers performed live by a three piece band. 14 Whitehall, SW1A (020 7452 3000;


Christmas at Kings Place

From 1 December | Kings Place There’s a host of Christmassy happenings at Kings Place this month proving the perfect countdown to the big day itself. Highlights include The Girls’ and College Choirs from St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge, presenting a special sequence of carols by female composers with a reading from writer Helen Duff on 7 December; Explore Ensemble celebrates the music of Kaija Saariaho and Rebecca Saunders in Dreams and Shadows on 13 December; while The Feinstein Ensemble brings back Bach’s joyous Christmas Oratorio on the 18th. 90 York Way, N1 (020 7520 1490;




Girl from the North Country

From 10 December | Gielgud Theatre Written and directed by Conor McPherson, and with music and lyrics by Bob Dylan, this is a production with some serious gongs to its name, including two Olivier awards. The musical first opened at The Old Vic in 2017 and has since done the rounds to sell-out audiences across the pond. This month, it returns to the Capital with a limited eight week run. Set in 1934 in an old guesthouse in America’s heartland, only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls… Not to be missed. Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D (0844 482 5138;


The Luna Winter Cinema

15-23 December | Kensington Palace We all need a break from the shopping chaos. This month, we’re invited to take a rest from it all and indulge in a cinematic land of Christmassy cosy inside Kensington Palace’s Pavilion. On show will be all the warm and fuzzy faves: Love Actually, Home Alone, Elf, and the seasonal staple, It’s A Wonderful Life (don’t forget to bring a hanky). Alongside the Christmas movie classics you can expect mulled wine, mince pies and hot chocolate, as well as a fully stocked bar. Go premium and you can cosy up on a luxury sofa for two with a complimentary drink, as well as butler service throughout the film. Kensington Gardens, W8 (0844 858 6767; kensington-palace)


Film & Fizz With Curzon

Tis’ the Season of Festive Film & Fizz Join us for the ultimate Christmas movie treat with screenings of seasonal classics during December. Relax in our Screening Room with a glass of Champagne and popcorn followed by a delicious three-course dinner in Indigo or Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar.

Showing this season: • Love Actually • Miracle on 34th Street • The Holiday • White Christmas • It’s a Wonderful Life • Last Christmas

From £60 per person

One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ Tel: 020 7300 0400

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Though she may be young, actor Molly Windsor is no newcomer in the world of drama, she discusses the roles that shaped her career, and what attracted her to her newest project, Alibi’s Traces Words Liz Skone James

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Molly Windsor might be just 22 years old, but she has already been named as both a BAFTA ‘Breakthrough Brit’ and a 2016 Star of Tomorrow, and her work was recognised with a BAFTA Best Actress award last year. It is hard to believe that she was never really into drama at school, describing it as: “the showy off kids showing off again.” When a friend started attending a local drama group in Nottingham, now known as the Talent 1st Organisation, Molly was talked into going along to support them, and what began as a duty became an obsession. “It was looking at TV and film and it was about communicating with each other, and people’s reactions to things, and I did just find that fascinating – the psychology of it,” she explains. “And I stayed there because I loved it… And then I got cast in Samantha Morton’s directing debut.” That role, at the age of 11, undoubtedly had a huge impact on her future career path. The Channel 4 film, called The Unloved, shone a light on the care system for orphans and children in danger. Molly starred opposite Robert Carlyle as abused child Lucy. “That experience of being on a set was unlike anything else, and I really took to it,” she tells me. “I cared about the story… I just had that blind faith that one day I would get to go back on


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set again, and that it was going to be great.” She did, and it was. A role as Margaret’s daughter Rachel in the 2011 film, Oranges and Sunshine led to her BAFTA Best Actress-winning performance as Holly Winshaw in Three Girls. And she hasn’t looked back. The devastating BBC mini-series about the horrifying true story of the Rochdale grooming scandal – for which nine men were convicted in 2012 – explores how so many people turned a blind eye when the girls involved tried to speak out. In the central role of Holly, Molly plays a 15-year-old from a loving home who befriends teenage sisters, Amber and Ruby, who in turn introduce her to their ‘friends’ and ‘boyfriends’ – older Asian men who run a local takeaway and give the girls free food and alcohol. When friendship turns to terrifying sexual violence, the girls are powerless to escape. Highly acclaimed both critically and by the viewing public, Molly considers the series to be her greatest achievement to date. “It was never just a job to me,” she explains, seriously. “For Three Girls to have that recognition absolutely meant the world to the whole team. It was such a responsibility, and I feel very proud of what we achieved with it, and that those stories were told, and those voices were heard.” With a raft of hard-hitting projects under her belt, I ask if she actively looks for roles that will make people think. “I have always been led by the script, and if I am fascinated by the story and by the characters,” she nods. But that’s not to say that light-hearted is off the agenda. “It is just a case of waiting for the stars to align with the right people and the right script. And I feel confident that it will come. I don’t know what sort of role that might be, because I think it is really important that you don’t go ‘these are the roles that I want’, because then they will never come around…” In the meantime, more serious stuff: up next, a role in crime thriller Traces, opposite Line of Duty’s Martin Compston. Exploring the world of forensic science, the series, which airs on UKTV’s Alibi this month, is written by Amelia Bullmore, based on an original idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid. Set in the Scottish city of Dundee, it follows three women who join forces to uncover the truth about an unsolved murder case. “I play Emma Hedges, who was originally born in Dundee in Scotland but moved away when she was very young,” Molly tells me. “Traces starts with Emma travelling back to Dundee to take up a job as a lab technician. And she gets enlisted on this online course as part of her job. And there are certain circumstances that make her think that they are using her mum as a case study, so then her personal life and work life fall together, and it all gets a bit complicated. The drama spirals from there,” she explains.


It was a role that captivated Molly from the first reading. “I think when I read the first three episodes, I could really see it. I could see Emma and I could see this world that Amelia had made,” she tells me excitedly. “And then I went and met Amelia and the rest of the team, and she just started talking to us about the story, and nobody breathed for about 20 minutes. It is really rare to go into a meeting and to not be talking about acting, or filming or anything like that, but to just talk about the story. And to hear about this project that we were all hooked on, because it is such a compelling story… I think you can only go with your gut instinct and I was very clear in my mind that this was the job that I wanted to do next.” Molly is now hoping that the finished series will appeal to the public as much as those initial scripts did to her. “I have really learnt that it is a big game of trust,” she explains. “Being an actor and trusting that things are going to be ok… But it is good to come away at the end of shooting and know that your job is done. And then beyond that, it is out of your control.” Of course, when everything comes together in the right way, it is very special. “There is a film that I did called Make Up that premiered at the London Film Festival this autumn,” she tells me. The independent feature also stars Stefanie Martini and is set on a remote caravan park in Cornwall. It tells the story of 19-year-old Ruth (played by Molly) who is forced to question her sexuality when she is stalked by another woman. “That was one that we really committed to,” she explains. “And we had a fantastic time shooting and it really meant a lot to us, and at the first screening it was such a wonderful feeling of all of us going: ‘that is the film that we thought we were making’.” Any other projects on the horizon? Not right now, or at least nothing she can talk about. Molly says she is: “waiting on the next job to be set in stone. There’s a job in particular floating around at the moment and I’m going ‘I really want to do that!’ But then at the same time, if it doesn’t go my way, I have to go ‘ok, that’s fine: I didn’t want it anyway. On to the next!’,” she laughs. Molly tells me that she has adopted a coping mechanism for auditions. “When I was at the drama group, Martin Arrowsmith, the man who leads it, gave me great advice that really shaped me as an actor. He would always, always call an audition a meeting – just something that simple. His advice was that when you go into a meeting, you are testing whether you want to work with them as much as they are testing whether they want to work with you. And it is not about going to impress them, it is more about going to open the communication, and that is something that has really stuck with me,” she explains. While she waits on that elusive next job, Molly is using the time to catch up with TV, “because you do not get to watch stuff when you are shooting,” she explains. “I have recently binge watched Fleabag – quite late to the party, but really, really loved that. And I’m really bad for spending an evening with my family and sticking on something mindless like Gogglebox.” The simple life is very important to Molly. “I’ve got a golden retriever, so we go on lots of walks,” she reveals. “And I think it’s important to take time to be with family when you are at home. So, lots of walks, lots of cake, all the good stuff…” Who could disagree?




Style& wellbeing Best of British If you’re interested in fashion, but not led by it, we think you’ll love this stylish label from Notting Hill local Linda Walker. Passionate about cloth, cut and colour, she has created TweedySmith – traditional womenswear with a modern twist. Beautiful clothes that look and feel fantastic, and are designed to last, made from the finest fabrics, using the best of British tailoring. Everything is designed by Linda and made in a small factory in south London that is owned by a woman and has an entirely female workforce, with everyone working flexible hours to suit their lives. We think this olive silk satin outfit would make perfect Christmas day attire, striking just the right balance of comfort and glamour. Vanessa blouse, £180 and Mulligan skirt, £210 (

All that glitters A conversation between friends about sharing jewellery rather than letting it sit in a safe sparked an interesting idea. Covett was born: a club that allows members to build a jewellery collection without making a full investment. ‘Covettists’ purchase an equal share of a coveted piece, alongside three other co-owners and Covett, which retains a 20 per cent share for insurance purposes. They then enjoy wearing their piece up to five consecutive days per month, with an additional 12 ‘floating’ days each year, and the company provides a full white-glove concierge experience from start to finish: they source, procure, insure, clean, maintain and handle all logistics. Better yet, members can take advantage of the Covett Vault – a beautifully curated collection – and borrow other pieces of jewellery that are on a similar investment level to their own piece. Time to start collecting. To discover more about how the platform works, see

Perfume Portraits Your fragrance should be as unique as you are, so why settle for an off the shelf scent? London perfumer Linda Pilkington couldn’t agree more – her new complimentary service offers an exciting new

way to personalise your perfume. Ormonde Jayne’s Perfume Portraits has just launched in Selfridges, providing clients with an opportunity to smell the raw ingredients – including blackcurrant buds, Cashmeran, Persian rose, orris butter,

tangelo, rosewood, rhubarb and white wood – of seven new perfumes, to see which provokes an emotional response or memory. After the fragrance has been chosen, the client chooses the concentration they would like it poured, and selects a name

for it, before choosing what colour bottle they would like it presented in (new colours include electric blue, vibrant green, grey and gold). And the cap is engraved with initials on site. Why not treat yourself this Christmas?


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Samantha Cusick Samantha Cusick wants our experience of going to the hairdresser to be fun, and that starts with the salon itself. I love it so much I want to move in then and there. Not least because of the awesome location just off Portobello Road (next door to that blue door, no less). Neon word art lights up the space, tropical wallpaper adorns the walls, the styling stations are hewn from cool Carrera marble and there are golden pineapples everywhere – but what makes me smile the most is the edible golden glitter sprinkled over my latte. Oh, and Samantha’s British Bulldog Sidney, who wanders around looking perpetually forlorn and has become an institution in the salon (he even has his own title – VP of client relations, natch – and an Instagram page with over 10,000 followers). The team here are experts in balayage and ‘invisible’ tape hair extensions by The London Hair Lab, but ultimately, their goal is to create wearable, workable styles that are inspired by their clients rather than by contrived, forecasted trends. I tell Samantha that I’m looking for low maintenance, and have considered giving up the fight and letting my greys have their way, but she’s horrified by the idea and tells me that with less than 30 per cent grey coverage, I’m a way off needing to do this (hallelujah!). Instead she treats me to a warm autumnal look, in her signature balayage style, that works perfectly with both my skin tone and my lifestyle. Afterwards, stylist Adam gets out his scissors and snips me back into presentable shape. I look like a more glamorous version of me, and walk out with my head held high, feeling like I’ve spent the morning in the company of friends. I’ll definitely be back. LSJ 284 Westbourne Park Road, W11 (020 7221 2227; ON TRIAL

StylSmile It’s been a few years since I fell for Tom Pellereau’s StylPro (a nifty wash and blow dry system for make-up brushes) and it’s no gimmick – I’m still obsessed with spinning the grime from my tools now. So, I need no persuasion when it comes to trying The Apprentice 2011 finalist’s latest gizmo, an at home tooth whitening system that works without the use of hydrogen peroxide or abrasive cleansers.

The StylSmile, which is dentistapproved and promises your money back if you don’t have whiter teeth in four weeks, consists of a sonic blue light toothbrush, special toothpaste containing a whitening ingredient called phthalimido-peroxy-hexanoic acid (PAP) that is activated by blue light and a blue light accelerator and mouth tray. I’m excited to unbox my kit when it arrives, and even more excited to get brushing – that’s definitely a first. With an impressive 32,000 sonic vibrations per minute the brush certainly feels like it’s doing something. Every thirty seconds a pulse reminds me to move to a different section of my mouth, and throughout, my teeth are exposed to the blue light that beams through the bristles. The toothpaste tastes pleasant and leaves my mouth feeling fresh. Alongside brushing morning and evening, the instructions advise using the accelerator and mouth tray twice a week for 15 minutes. I squeeze toothpaste into the tray, insert over my teeth and turn on the activating blue accelerator light that plugs into my mouth (hoping all the while that nobody bursts in to find me looking like this). It’s not dignified, but it does seem to work. A month in and I’m a StylSmile convert. My teeth have that “just been to the hygienist” feel daily and they are perceptibly whiter. Impressive stuff. LSJ The StylSmile Lighten Up kit costs £149.99 and includes the sonic toothbrush, two toothbrush heads, the blue light accelerator, mouth tray and one 75ml tube of StylSmile toothpaste (



Food& drink

Teetotal toasts Whether you’re abstaining because you’re pregnant, you’re the designated driver, or you just don’t fancy it, being alcohol-free come party season no longer means endless glasses of sugary pop. From Kombucha to craft beers and spirits, the alcohol-free drinks market is booming, but what to sip with food? We love NINE ELMS No.18, which, having successfully launched in Michelin-starred The Clove Club and hot new hotel The Standard is now available to consumers, too. Perfected over two years, the recipe balances the flavours from 20 different flowers, herbs and spices, and the juices of four types of berry, to create a drink that pairs well with a range of rich, savoury dishes. Non-alcoholic drinks expert, James Morgan of NINE ELMS, puts it best, saying it has: “complexity, great acidity, mouth-watering tannins and a good long finish – but most importantly, it’s delicious! Although it’s designed to serve as a straight pour and pairs very well with a wide range of foods, it also has enough character to shine in cocktails.” We’ll drink to that. £19.95 from




ur table wasn’t ready when we arrived, and this was a good thing. Our upgrade, size-wise, could barely contain the spread of dishes recommended. Sri Lankan food is as much about the relishes, condiments, chutneys and sambols (intense side salads) as the mains, and it’s all meant for sharing. Fortunately, I was dining with my son, and as such there was no standing on ceremony and a lot of elbowing aside for the last succulent chunk of Vaira’s jaggery beef, a slow cooked marinated short rib that melted in the mouth. Our other main, the monkfish poached in coconut milk and turmeric, held its own with a subtler note amid the bold big dishes. We had started with the hot butter cuttlefish. It packed a powerful chili punch but was deemed delicious by the boy brought up with a central London palate. Culinary heritage is the backbone of Sri Lankan cooking. Sweet, spicy, hot and sour intermingle on a menu that references the family and friends whose recipes have inspired this new

Soho eatery. Kumar’s pineapple and aubergine was the side of the moment, though the unattributed cashew nuts fried with green capsicum were a close second. Flash-fried green beans with grated coconut were unexpectedly crunchy, with texture jostling for attention alongside colour and spice. The cocktail list made ample use of traditional flavours such as pineapple, jackfruit and jaggery; the Bentota Bittersweet gin and ginger combo brought a welcome hint of beachside sundowner to autumnal London. Less holiday, more every day, hoppers are a big deal in Sri Lanka and Kolamba is keen to make them a thing in London. Traditionally street food, these edible bowl-shaped rice flour and coconut milk pancakes are designed to be filled with whatever your heart desires. Ours had a soft cooked egg nestled in the bottom, and a spicy red onion relish on the side: break, tear, share, were our instructions. A milky sweet hopper made an appearance for pudding – a creamy coconut and

lime sorbet with a refreshing hint of zing, and crunchy caramelised pineapple with silk smooth vanilla ice cream. Aunty Nalini’s rum-spiced ice coffee was a dessert in itself. And if Nalini is a regular at the stove in any Sri Lankan kitchen, she deserves to put her feet up with just this kind of booze-laced caffeine. Hats off to her. CJ 21 Kingly Street, W1B (020 3815 4201;


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Francisco Gonzalez head chef The Summerhouse

When I was a child, I wanted to be… a politician, so that I could change things. I thought the world was very unfair and I wanted to bring justice. The first thing I cooked was… lentils with chorizo: it was one of my favourite dishes.

Cook this:

Whole roast lamb shoulder tacos with Pico de Gallo and green sauce While Mum’s favourite frozen food emporium might like to think they’ve got festive finger food covered, we prefer something made with a little more love. The team at independent butcher shop chain Provenance suggests this delicious and fun taco recipe ( INGREDIENTS Serves 4-6 1 whole bone in lamb shoulder (around 2kg) | 500ml white wine | 1 bulb of garlic | 1 pack of tortillas or fresh corn tacos | 1 large bunch of coriander | 2 limes | 1 red onion | 1 red chilli | 300g cherry tomatoes | salt and pepper to taste | 1 tsp cumin seed | 1 tsp fennel seed | ½ tsp Szechuan peppercorns

METHOD 1. Preheat oven to 200 °C, put the lamb shoulder in a deep roasting tray and season well. Place in the oven and cook for 10-15 mins to get some

colour on the shoulder. Remove from the oven and add the white wine and garlic bulb to the tray (hold back 2 large cloves for the green sauce), cover with foil and turn oven down to 150 °C. Cook the lamb for 3-4 hours until meat is falling off the bone. 2. For the Pico de Gallo (fresh salsa), roughly chop the tomatoes; finely dice the red onion, chilli and a small amount of coriander. Season with salt and pepper and mix with the juice of one of the limes. 3. For the green sauce, place the rest of the coriander, garlic, lime

juice, salt and pepper into a blender and blitz until smooth. 4. In a pestle and mortar bash the cumin, fennel and Szechuan pepper. Mix with 1 tsp of salt and ½ tsp of pepper and set to one side. 5. To serve, shred the shoulder of lamb and season generously with the spice mixture and some of the juices from the roasting tray. Assemble the tacos with some of the lamb, a spoonful of the fresh tomato salsa and a nice dollop of the green sauce. Or lay it on the table for your guests to build their own.

Helping homeless people If you’re lucky enough to be eating out, spare a thought for those for whom eating out means queuing up at a food bank. Once again this month, StreetSmart have teamed up with some of the Capital’s best restaurants to raise money for homeless and vulnerable people.

Since it was established in 1998, the charity has raised over £9.5 million by asking diners to add a voluntary donation of £1 to their bill. All money raised goes directly to reputable charities helping homeless people in the local area. There are loads of restaurants participating this

year, but some of our favourites include Angela Hartnett’s Murano and Café Murano; Ollie Dabbous’ Hide; and Nobu at the Metropolitan Hotel. Look out for tablecards promoting the initiative, or discover the full list of participating venues at

My kitchen heroes are… Spanish chef Karlos Arguiñano: I watched his programme on TV every day as a child. I loved it because he was clean, professional and well organised. He made cooking an easy-going experience, and he inspired me to make cooking a pleasure and not an obligation. My fail-safe dinner party menu is… tuna tartare with avocado cream and garlic crostini as a starter; roasted duck breast with sauté Savoy cabbage, celeriac purée and cherry sauce for mains; ending with chocolate mousse with pistachio. My last meal on earth would be… chicken liver with caramelised onion. When I feel down, I cook… fresh pasta. My favourite London restaurant is… Aksular. It’s a Turkish restaurant with a great selection of Mediterranean food. It offers high quality and caring service, and the ambience is nicely relaxed. The staff are also very friendly. My ultimate London day consists of… spending time at home, enjoying quality time with my family. Francisco recently took over at The Summerhouse, introducing a brand new menu packed with fabulous fish dishes, seafood sharing platters, zesty salads and classic grills. 60 Blomfield Road, W9 (020 7286 6752;


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Christmas time in Ghent Sven Steijvers, general manager of Zannier Hotels 1898 The Post

Curated Privacy Balancing the need for privacy with the desire to be cosseted can be tricky for independent travellers, but Rocco Forte Hotels hope that their newest opening in Rome might offer a good middle ground. Rocco Forte House comprises five lavish suites in an elegant and historic 18th-century palazzo facing the

Winter wonderland

famous Piazza di Spagna. The vast suites have been designed by the famous Roman designer, Tommaso Ziffer who has chosen a cornucopia of colour, mixing antique furniture and distinctive pieces from the ’70s to produce an eclectic and vibrant look. An on-site house manager takes care of guests’ every need, from arranging private chefs and

sommeliers, to sorting childcare and booking tailor-made excursions. And whilst grocery shopping can be arranged from the local markets for guests wishing to self-cater, meals can also be provided by the renowned chefs of Hotel de Russie, only a few metres from Rocco Forte House. Conveniently placed in-between Rocco Forte’s Hotel de Russie and the newly opened Hotel de la Ville, guests can enjoy the best of both hotels, with full complimentary access to the gyms and spas, discounted rates on parking, as well as a wide range of bars and restaurants to choose from. Charles Forte, development manager at Rocco Forte Hotels and son of owner Sir Rocco Forte says: “Rocco Forte House is the ultimate expression of what being a ‘guest of the family’ means to us. It combines the privacy and comfort of being in your own home with Rocco Forte’s unrivalled service standards.” Rates from €900 per night (+ VAT). For more information or to book, see

Lapland usually conjures up cosy images of Santa’s grotto, but a new hotel opening in the village of Levi this month promises to offer something a little different. The largest hotel venture in the Arctic region, Design Hotel Levi is the result of a £10 million build. Architect Pave Mikkonen has combined Arctic nature into his design in a unique way: materials used include locally sourced wood, natural stone and copper. The ‘hip’ roof blends into the highland fell landscape with the exterior built of greying Lapland pinewood and a reception area of natural stone. Inside, Finnish design and artwork is championed: sculptures from Essi Korva and giant, abstract photography by Kaisa Sirén used as murals, partitions and shower walls. The hotel is located at the foot of the Levi ski resort slopes, in the heart of the village, offering guests access to the very best of the region. With 230 kms of maintained cross country tracks, 886 kms of snowmobile trails, 20 kms of winter walking and biking routes and 40 pistes for downhill skiers and snowboarders of all levels including total beginners. From northern lights snowmobile safaris and ice karting, to cross country snowshoeing, moonlit horseriding adventures and visits to Santa’s cabin, there is something for every type of traveller. Bed and breakfast rates from €290 for a double. For details, and to book, visit

Not as popular with tourists as Brussels and Bruges, Ghent might just be Belgium’s best kept secret: the perfect size to feel both welcoming and vibrant, with enough historical, cultural and culinary attractions to satisfy the most intrepid of travellers. This is the perfect time to visit. To get a feel for the place, I recommend spending some time exploring Patershol, a bohemian neighbourhood full of independent shops, restaurants and traditional architecture. Visitors in December will want to explore the Christmas market on the Korenmarkt – an enchanted wonderland just opposite the hotel. Stop off for lunch at Roots Ghent, a hidden gem that comes highly recommended: service is friendly, and the cooking is really creative. Lovers of contemporary art can’t miss the S.M.A.K. (Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art) – in a city known for its rebelliousness, the art on show here is every bit as unconventional and this is considered to be the most important collection of contemporary art in Flanders. Traditionalists will find the Museum of Fine Arts just opposite. Though it is always worth a visit, next February will see the opening of the highly anticipated Van Eyck, An Optical Revolution. Set to be the exhibition of the year in Ghent, the world of Van Eyck and his revolutionary gaze will be brought to life in the biggest exhibition of his work ever. Start your evening at The Cobbler, the hotel’s very own, award-winning cocktail bar, before heading out to dinner at Taxi’s. This trendy fine dining restaurant focuses solely on North Sea fish and is located in an old taxi garage in the south of the city centre. (+ 32 9 277 09 60; zannierhotels. com/1898thepost)




A short hop from Belfast, luxury, fine food and a warm welcome in glorious rural surroundings await at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort by Becky Pomfret


he best kind of mini-break involves the shortest of journeys combined with the feeling that time has stretched in an altogether different way. Belfast is just an hour’s flight from London and it seems to take just minutes from stepping off the plane to us jumping into our rental car (via the friendliest service ever from Avis). We’re seeking a couple of nights away from the stress of, well, everyday life, and are heading to Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort, less than an hour’s drive from Belfast. We stop on the way in Antrim, to eat a huge meal at the welcoming Top of the Town Bar & Grill, and then drive on through the rain to the warmest of welcomes at the hotel. The moment the door opens, Maurice the concierge shakes us by the hand and ushers us in to stand in front of the roaring fire – we feel like we’ve come home. If we lived on a beautiful country estate, that is… We spot two different brides while we wait to check in (we’re told there are up to three weddings at a time here, and with scenery so beautiful, it’s easy to see why). Apparently, the wedding planners are adept at keeping the brides apart – it goes without saying that this

Just 30 minutes from Belfast and close to the North Antrim Coast, Galgorm Resort enjoys a unique location set in 163 acres of lush parkland with the spectacular River Maine flowing through the estate


is one day you do not want to be upstaged by somebody else in a white dress! Our room boasts the biggest of beds and the swishest of bathrooms, with views of the stunning River Maine rushing past, and the resort’s Thermal Village and Spa, where we can see steam drifting from the private hot tubs. It’s a tempting sight, so we don our swimsuits to head over and investigate. The Spa and Thermal Village are a big draw here (the first of their kind in Northern Ireland), so we don’t feel out of place wandering over in our bathrobes. It doesn’t feel over-busy though; our hot tub by the river is very private and heated by a wood burner, it’s basically a perfectly warm and deep bath with the most picturesque of views. We sip on chilled Prosecco whilst marvelling that the sun has decided to make a rare appearance (it has been raining non-stop for days, we are told). Half an hour later, refreshed after our journey, we feel ready for dinner. The resort has recently taken over a restaurant by the local golf course called The Castle Kitchen + Bar, and the team run guests the five minutes down the road to it in one of their


fleet of BMWs. We tuck into enormous burgers and enjoy the rolling green views of the golf course and the eclectic décor. The atmosphere is buzzy and friendly, and we don’t want the night to end when we get back to the hotel. Luckily there are no early nights here… Tucked away is the resort’s very own pub, Bar + Grill at Gillies. On the entertainment bill for the evening are a line-up of Irish and Scottish fiddlers and singers, playing a mixture of traditional folk with pop and rock covers thrown in too (we hear Pink Floyd in a whole new light!). We peruse the enormous gin list and sample some that are new to us. Northern Irish gin Shortcross becomes a firm favourite and we make a note to look out for a bottle in duty free at the airport. The next day sees more sunshine, and after a delicious Irish breakfast we set off on a Game of Thrones pilgrimage. Many scenes from the cult show were filmed around here and we use the location map that we picked up from the airport, along with Google Maps, to guide us.

The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and we take endless photographs. As we dive off down quiet country roads it really is just us and the sheep. Word to the wise though – don’t entirely trust Google Maps to take you down actual roads. At one point we confidently set off up a

road that peters out to nothing, and we endure a worrying few minutes thinking we won’t be able to turn around to get back to civilisation. For those in the know, we recommend Dark Hedges (although be prepared to have a lot of company: coach-loads were arriving as we left). From here we drive up to the Giant’s Causeway, though we quickly realise that a good half a day is needed to really do it justice. We’re short on time now, as a planned gin tasting session back at Galgorm beckons, but it is just another reason to book a return visit. The tasting is run by expert Ryan in the gin library. Sessions run daily and cost £25 per person. Sitting back and getting comfortable with a French 75 in hand, we listen as Ryan guides us through some of the gins in the resort’s huge gin library (over 400 currently, but the number is ever increasing). As we sip, we learn about the history of gin in a fun and very interactive way. Well-oiled by this experience, we make our way through to the River Room for our dinner. It is one of only four restaurants in Northern Ireland to be awarded three AA Rosettes for culinary excellence. Head Chef Chris Rees creates dishes that are true to the ingredients, showcasing local artisan producers with menus that change daily. We eat like royalty and head back to Gillies for a nightcap. The next morning the drizzle is back, but we really don’t mind. After another fine breakfast we head back to the Spa and detox in the beautiful sauna, marvelling at the floor to ceiling window on one side that offers a spectacular view of the river. A very quick and cold visit to the snow room follows and then it’s time to reluctantly check out of our room. We decide against driving into Belfast city centre for a spot of sight-seeing – considering we’ve come away for a relaxing break it has been a pretty full on itinerary – and instead sit in the cosy lobby area, reading our books and editing our Instagram photos. Feeling as though we have been away for much longer than we have, we declare that it has been the very best of minibreaks, and we determine to come back and visit again very soon. Galgorm BT42 1EA, Co. Antrim, N.Ireland (028 2588 1001;



Interiors News Chintz revival Floral Abundance is the fitting name of a heaven-made collaboration between the V&A and British fabric designers Arley House. Five new fabrics have been developed both as stand-alone furnishing textiles and a collection of signature cushions. The luxe fabrics feature motifs of foliage, blossoms and birds – period chintz derived from the V&A’s extensive archives of 18th and 19th century artistic design. Fabrics from £68 per metre; cushions £75 (

Uncommon scents

Matthew Williamson launches a home fragrance range that’s every bit as intoxicating as you’d expect from the Brit designer whose passion for pattern, colour and texture shapes his glamorously bohemian aesthetic. All travel-inspired and highly covetable, the range comprises 200g glass candles, 200ml diffusers, and 600g luxury ceramic candles with exotic illustrations. From £49, stockists include

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Recently launched, From The Post House is a subscription and gift service brought to us by ex-fashion buyer and interior stylist Hannah Risbridger – whose taste in handpicked craftdriven homewares is to be revered. Beautifully packaged boxes are arranged by season with a choice of two very special Christmas deliveries on our doorstep this month to help us create an effortlessly stylish festive look at home. We won’t tell if you don’t. (

Exciting news in kitchen design comes in the shape of Brookmans by Smallbone, who have just launched exclusively at Heal’s. The concession, housed at the flagship Tottenham Court Road store, consists of two collections boasting artisanal and design-led craftmanship. Expect responsibly sourced cabinetry, and freestanding and fitted bespoke furniture that marries luxury with cutting edge design. (;

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THE FINEST COUNTDOWN This New Year’s Eve is a special one: not only will we be ringing in a new year but a sparkling new decade, too. A full 100 years on from the roaring ’20s it’s no coincidence that we’re now embracing the luxury, glamour and exuberance that defined the Art Deco era. With a focus on entertaining, we celebrate today’s designers, brands and boutiques who do Deco-fabulous with a contemporary twist

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Atkin & Thyme

This online emporium of statement furnishings is no stranger to glitz. Atkin & Thyme’s beautifully handcrafted pieces are often embellished in gold with a knowing nod to Art Deco shaping across furniture, seating, mirrors and lighting. But if there’s one piece that screams Decofabulous it’s a drinks trolley. With its asymmetrical brassfinished iron frame and light-reflecting glass shelves, the Stirling bar trolley offers architectural beauty with a distinct 1920s influence. £279 (

Jonathan Adler

Irreverent luxury is one way to describe Jonathan Adler’s opulent wares. The American potter turned international design doyen brings a unique sense of humour to the brand’s collection of furniture, lighting and accessories. A heady mix of sumptuous materials and bold playfulness recalls Art Deco design at its best. In mixed metallics with sharp utilitarian shaping, the Berlin ice bucket pays homage to early 20th century design whilst keeping the look contemporary. £348 (


With each piece dripping in modern luxury, L’Objet’s collection of curiosities is Deco in spirit, if not always design. The brand’s gilded dinnerware with scalloped edging, sculptural vases in geometric patterns, and of course, exquisitely crafted objets – the very definition of house jewels – all borrow from the Art Deco era. The Lito Vide Poche offers a striking Egyptian eye design in the richest of emerald and jade greens accented in bright gold. Jay Gatsby would approve. £210 (

Tom Dixon

The master of bold shaping and shiny surfaces, Tom Dixon offers a contemporary take on Art Deco style. The Brit designer’s glassware in mixed metallics – from bright golds to warming coppers and icy silvers – makes for some seriously covetable house jewels you’ll want to show off at that New Year’s Eve dinner party. The Tank jug set subtly throws back to the 1920s with its hand applied platinum decal stripes, both vertical and horizontal, awarding it an elegant aesthetic reminiscent of the jazz age. £225 (



Deco-inspired style comes naturally for this design-led brand with a penchant for all things luxe: think rich textures, jewel hues and gilded finishes as standard. Much of Swoon’s furniture offering could fall under New Deco but the Connie sideboard, with its sculptural, scalloped front in rich blue, juxtaposed with bright gold accents, has unmistakable design roots. A party piece that demands attention, it is both glamorous and dramatic – best enjoyed topped with sparkling glassware. £699 (




‘Stylish living for the fabulous and fearless’ is Audenza’s motto, proving today’s Art Deco influence to be as much about attitude as design. The homeware boutique is a treasure trove of accessories and furniture pieces that are unapologetic in their opulence. One such showstopper is the Dita fringed cabinet in mustard gold. Its contemporary frame is cloaked in silky fringing borrowed straight from the flapper era. Deco-inspired and daring, it’s characteristically rich in both colour and texture. £820 (




Lucy St George With her flair for dark drama and playful luxury, Lucy’s north London home is a masterclass in maximalism. The co-founder of Rockett St George, an online emporium of exquisite vintage-style finds, shares the Victorian terrace with daughters Ella, 21, and Grace, 16 Words Ali Howard | Photography Catherine Gratwicke



Tell me about the house itself It’s a four bedroom property with two bathrooms, two reception rooms and a kitchen. The house is an unusual shape with turrets on the side and it actually looks a little bit like Bowser’s Castle in Super Mario Bros! Due to the style of the property we have a series of rooms that are all interesting shapes and sizes – I think there are only two square rooms in the whole house.

Have you made any changes to the layout? At the rear of the house we had

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a small study, the kitchen and a conservatorystyle room. Each room was small and it felt cramped, so I decided to remove the walls (not structurally) and changed the conservatory-style windows into doors leading to the garden. This

has made a huge difference and we now have a much larger kitchen, dining room and even a space with chairs to sit and relax by the garden.

What are your non-negotiables when buying a home? Totally random, but I like to live on the main road. I like to feel connected to the world and I’ve always liked the bustle of people and the benefit of good transport links. Beyond that, I like a house with potential and often look for a doer-upper. When it comes to decorating, I love for my interiors to evolve as time and funds allow.

Describe your interiors style I’m a natural maximalist so I definitely subscribe to the “more is more, less is a bore” mindset. I’ve been collecting items for my home since the age of 19 – I love things that can tell a story or two and evoke memories. I also love quirky items that make me smile; interiors for me are not all about how they look, it’s how they make you feel.

How important is character to you? I love a period feature; I would always favour an older house with character over a new build or modern house.

Opposite page: exposed brickwork adds an industrial feel to a casual but glamorous dining space This page: mixing rich metallics, sleek design-led pieces and quirky curiosities, Lucy’s interiors style is brilliantly eccentric



Clockwise from left: with its black walls, glamorous accessories and splash of winter florals, Lucy’s bedroom is all about dark drama; in the kitchen, muted petrol blue mixes with rich navy for dramatic effect; a gallery wall of contemporary prints adds an arty touch; soft furnishings in earthy tones keep the look cosy

Tell me about the use of colour and texture I tend to go for block colour on the walls but then add colour and texture to my interiors with the use of lighting and accessories. I have a lot of metal lamps that create shadows and atmosphere in the room at night, gold detailing on the ceiling in two rooms of the house, and tin tiles on the kitchen ceiling. These details create texture and drama, and they bounce light back into the room. For colour, I like to add in accessories: rugs, artwork, cushions and throws, to introduce a pop of colour and pattern to the space.

Aside from Rockett St George, which interiors brands are your favourites? Ikea is great for all the practical things like

kitchenware and accessories. I love Quirky Interiors for furniture, brass kitchens and antiques. And Pure White Lines for their fabulous vintage finds.

What was your best thrifty find for the house? And the most extravagant? Too many... I am an eBay addict! I’ve bought a bargain fridge, dining tables and a few Victorian beds. And for the most extravagant, I have a Rockett St George black leather Chesterfield sofa – it’s amazing!

Which room is your favourite? I love my kitchen; we’ve had so many good times here and it’s where we all congregate with family and friends.

What’s next for Rockett St George? We’re currently working on new own-brand ranges with fabulous lighting, hand-painted furniture and a new bespoke sofa collection – all coming soon.

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ACCESS ALL AREAS Photography Georgia Watson

Maida Vale & Little Venice Do you dream of waterside living in the heart of London? There’s no need to head for the Thames; right here in north west London, on the banks of the Regent’s and Grand Union Canals, Maida Vale and Little Venice offer exactly that. One of our favourite zone two enclaves, this pretty, bohemian area boasts beautiful white stucco fronted houses, quiet leafy streets and colourful houseboats. Not as expensive as neighbouring St. John’s Wood and Notting Hill, you’ll nonetheless need deep pockets to buy here, where homes are some of the most sought after in the Capital. You’ll find a mix of Georgian villas and Victorian terraces and red-brick Edwardian mansion flats, the most expensive offering canal views. With a good selection of local shopping, a number of well-loved restaurants and eateries, an Everyman Cinema, award-winning garden centre, a beloved organic butcher, well-regarded independent wine merchant and even a puppet theatre on a barge, community spirit here is alive and well

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James Westendarp Chestertons

“Housing stock in Maida Vale is mainly Victorian red brick mansion blocks, which are very popular with young families who appreciate their communal gardens, while Little Venice offers white stucco fronted Victorian properties with high ceilings, large windows and natural light.”

Pamela De La Cruz Bective Leslie Marsh

“A favourite spot in the area would be the picturesque Regent’s Canal with its proximity to some superb restaurants, bars and cafés. Everything is within walking distance and you can come across some famous houseboats with lots of history to offer.”



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“I have lived in Maida Vale for a couple of years now and feel constantly surprised by its charms. The main attraction is the canal that runs through Little Venice all the way to the Docklands. I usually begin my day walking along the canal to head into work in Fitzrovia. It’s amazing to be surrounded by nature and water, especially in London, so I try to take advantage of it as much as possible! Maida Vale is a beautiful yet understated place to live. You immediately feel part of a community and you’ve got everything you need around you. A typical Saturday morning begins with a walk to the Quince Tree Cafe in Clifton Nurseries for a delicious

La Piccola Deli W9 coffee. Quince Tree is situated in a tranquil greenhouse and they have an irresistible array of amazing flowers, plants and pots. I find it virtually impossible to leave without taking home something new. If I’m not at Quince Tree, I’ll likely be on Formosa Street where you can find the café/restaurant Boca Cha Cha. It has the feel of walking in to someone’s boudoir – a cool ’70s disco vibe. If you are going for breakfast I would recommend the cheese and truffle croque with poached eggs… A weekend started right! Across the road is Pipa, an independent lifestyle boutique offering a range of gifts, women’s clothing and toys for all ages downstairs. I love to pop in and discover new brands and often treat myself to unique little luxuries. Finally, I couldn’t talk about where I live without mentioning Maguro – Maida Vale’s favourite sushi restaurant, perfect for a romantic date night.” (

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Blomfield Road

In the heart of Little Venice, the handsome stucco mansions on this tree-lined street enjoy spectacular and uninterrupted views of the canal and are some of the most picturesque in the area


Formosa Street

There’s no high street as such here, but this bustling road is home to some of the area’s best independent businesses, from fashion to food, through hardware and home

This family owned business is a much loved local haunt for Winkworth’s Ben Curtis, who’s been a Maida Vale resident for many years: “This is one of my favourite places for a morning coffee and scrambled eggs with prosciutto,” he says. “The charming Italian deli has some wonderful produce including fresh pastas and sandwiches. I often enjoy going here and sampling their Italian branded items, cheeses and meats. It’s a fine example of the independent businesses in this attractive residential enclave of west London.” 6 Lauderdale Parade, W9 (020 7286 7757;

Kateh Restaurant W9

Randolph Crescent

The façade of Victorian terraced houses here reveals little about what lies behind: three acres of beautiful communal gardens with manicured lawns, fine trees, a pergola and play area

Locals are not short on fabulous eateries and this Persian offering is no exception. For Mark Winship at Benham & Reeves, it is a fine dining gem on the doorstep: “Tucked away near the picturesque canal at Little Venice, this charming Persian restaurant offers a lovely dining experience in a cosy setting. As London foodies take in the new wave of Lebanese cooking and the convenience of Turkish dining, they may have overlooked a cuisine that has influenced both. Persian dishes are thousands of years old and their approach to herbs and spices is as inspiring as it is instructive.” 5 Warwick Place, W9 (020 7289 3393;

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Westminster Academy

If you’re whisking your family away for Christmas or New Year, you’ll already have felt the impact of peak-travel prices on your pocket. But while parents in the independent school sector can request term-time holidays, stateschool parents who flout the rules face a fine of £60 or more. What’s more, taking your children out of school mid-term still doesn’t solve the problem of who’s going to look after them during the long school holidays. After all, most of us have six weeks’ leave at most – not 13-17. Head teacher Jane Smalley has rolled out a radical solution: the school she owns and runs, Shrewsbury Prepatoria, has ditched traditional school holidays altogether. Instead, it’s open all year round (except for a week at Christmas and Easter, plus bank holidays). Parents can take up to a recommended maximum of 30 days’ ‘leave’ whenever it suits them, though Jane says most take two weeks. They can even ask for a day off on Monday morning if their child’s tired after a busy weekend. The system saves parents having to juggle childcare arrangements from their desks. They can also avoid huge crowds at places like Legoland. But Jane says the children also get a more rounded education. “While they’re at

Why this school? The founder of the school, Sir Naim Dangoor, persevered in the face of adversity, took every opportunity to develop and used his success to give back to society. His story has inspired the spirit of the school; Westminster Academy students value opportunities and appreciate how fortunate they are to have access to an outstanding education. Sum it up in a sentence? We’re an outstanding-rated, inclusive IB World School, an International Business and Enterprise Academy and the partner school of the Royal Society of Medicine. What makes it different? We’re the only non-feepaying state school in London offering both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme at Key Stage 5.

nursery, children get lots of play and activities tailored to their individual talents,” she says. “When they go to school, though, it becomes all about phonics and literacy. “We can use our extra time to offer a very individual approach that features lots of play and project work while still teaching the fundamentals. It means the children learn to be creative, negotiate, hypothesise and be part of a community. That’s what they’ll

need in 20 years – not the ability to form a beautiful letter A.” So does Jane envisage other schools copying her approach? “That would be wonderful, but I’m not sure it would even be possible in big primaries or secondaries,” she says. “Having said that, we’ve put someone on the moon, so this can’t be beyond the wit of man! And keeping creativity going for as long as possible could only be a good thing.”

The shortlist: Maida Vale & Little Venice Westminster Academy State co-ed day school for pupils aged 11 to 18 (020 7121 0600; westminsteracademy. L’École Bilingue Independent bilingual (French-English) international day

school for pupils aged 3 to 11 (020 7224 8427; ARK Atwood Primary Academy State co-ed day school for pupils aged 3 to 11 (020 7266 7070;

St. Saviour’s C.E. Primary School State co-ed day school for pupils aged 3 to 11 (020 7084 6772; St. George’s Catholic School State co-ed day school for Catholic pupils aged

11 to 18 (020 7328 0904; Little Sweethearts Montessori School Independent, term-time only co-ed day nursery for pupils aged 2 to 5 (020 7266 1616;

What’s the atmosphere like? Students describe the Academy as being like a family. We’re a kind, positive, stimulating and openminded community. Our staff are passionate about their subjects and inspire intellectual curiosity. True to the aims of our sponsors, we work hard and encourage entrepreneurial spirit and communal endeavour. How do you balance extracurricular activities with the academic side? Our students love the incredible opportunities they have here. As well as an extensive extra-curricular programme of activities, we have excellent partnerships with businesses and community organisations. This means we can run several hundred high-quality educational visits and internal events each year. Harrow Road, W2 (020 7121 0600;


North Bridge House

Opening September 2020 NORTH BRIDGE HOUSE NURSERY & PRE-PREP WEST HAMPSTEAD 2 - 7 YEARS Extending on the expert provision and academic excellence of the North Bridge House Schools Group – from Early Years through to Sixth Form

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he global schools group Cognita is delighted to announce that North Bridge House will be expanding to include a sixth school in West Hampstead in September 2020. Stuart Rolland, Cognita’s CEO for Europe, explains how North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Prep West Hampstead will be Cognita’s 75th school: “As North Bridge House celebrates its 80th anniversary this coming academic year we look forward to expanding the highly successful group in London. The curriculum and ethos at North Bridge House continues to thrive in London, to include now a new provision for families in West Hampstead.” North Bridge House Nursery and PrePrep West Hampstead will be opening in September 2020, becoming the sixth North Bridge House school. Building on North Bridge House’s commitment to provide successful independent, co-educational, and mixed ability schools, the school will mirror the well-established provision in existence across Hampstead, Islington and Regent’s Park. Head teacher Christine McLelland will oversee all three lower schools and aims for them to share the same balance of happiness and success, with excellent academic results, led by qualified teachers who are subject specialists and experts in EYFS and KS1 in every year group. “We follow a holistic approach to children’s development, which means that the progress made in one area will positively impact on other areas,” says Mrs McLelland. We focus on the individual child, developing the characteristics of effective learning and creative arts. Building on children’s interests and passions will be at the heart of the curriculum, as will fostering a genuine love of learning, leading to excellent academic outcomes. By the time children reach Reception, they are often writing independently and last summer 46 per cent of pupils were performing in the top 4 per cent of the country for literacy and 38 per cent of pupils were performing in the top 4 per cent of the country for numeracy. 42 per cent of Year 2 pupils were in the top 4 per cent of the country for literacy and 50 per cent in the top 4 per cent of the country for numeracy. Academic progress is enhanced at North Bridge House (NBH) by Philosophy for Children (P4C), a powerful approach to teaching and learning that boosts children’s reasoning, social skills, and overall attainment. Just one year after adding the subject to the curriculum, NBH Pre-Prep gained a Bronze Award for its outstanding commitment to P4C. As well as facilitating pupils’ ability to recognise and talk about big ideas, philosophy enables them to better articulate themselves; The Education Endowment Foundation stated that a year of philosophy results in two-month’s additional


progress in reading and mathematics. Reading and writing are further developed through speaking and listening activities, which are part and parcel of the musically rich curriculum. “Music is essential to the children’s personal development as it encourages confidence and growth of character,” says Mrs McLelland. As well as their timetabled music lessons, NBH Nursery pupils enjoy music and movement classes with The Finchley Ballet School, drama workshops with the Unicorn Theatre and optional, extra-curricular LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) lessons. A child’s development is very much a personal journey: children develop at different rates and learn in different ways, “particularly in the Early Years of education, when curiosity can often and more naturally be sparked outside the classroom,” explains Mrs McLelland. As such, outdoor learning, school trips and extra-curricular activities are fundamental to child development and academic progress at NBH Nursery and Pre-Prep. Themes such as Wild Science Week see pupils making the most of the schools’ impressive playgrounds, or nearby Hampstead Heath and Regent’s Park. Trips to the local fire station, country farms and the Science Museum all help to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour that can be utilised in and outside the classroom. “School pets also add enormous value to our community,” says Mrs McLelland. “At NBH Pre-Prep we have three bantam hens, each named and very much loved by the children.

They have been fantastic for the social and emotional development of the children, and perfect for a cuddle too! We very much look forward to rearing and naming some new pets at NBH West Hampstead. NBH West Hampstead will also join the annual tradition of being transformed into a petting zoo for the day, welcoming a family run farm from Cambridgeshire and an impressive menagerie of educational helpers. From alpacas and ponies to bearded dragons and hedgehogs, the children get to touch and hold the animals whilst learning all about the science behind their growth and development.” A popular choice among North London parents who want the option, as a result of the academic success seen at every stage, of the country’s leading destination schools, North Bridge House also reassures parents by providing a stress-free all-through education from 2-18 which does not compromise on academic excellence. The results speak for themselves and pupils continue to excel at both GCSE and A Level. “Happiness is the key to successful learning – particularly in the formative years of education – and we are committed to providing children with an enjoyable learning experience”, concludes Mrs McLelland. The new school will be hosting a launch party for local families in February 2020. For details and to register your interest, email: admissionsenquiries@


ELEVEN TREES IS AN OUTSTANDING NEW GATED DEVELOPMENT OF JUST THREE DETACHED HOUSES, SITUATED IN MILL HILL, ONE OF NORTH LONDON’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER AREAS. These stunning, individual properties of over 7,000 sq ft are unique in their own way with the central home boasting six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The neighbouring houses have been designed with five bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. The lower ground floors are dedicated to leisure and entertainment, each featuring a family/games room, gym and cinema room.

FREEHOLD PRICES FROM £3,250,000 Internal images are taken from the central home within this development.



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Marylands Road W9

Arranged over five floors, this fivebed home is beautifully appointed and comes with all the features you’d expect in a Victorian property: original fireplaces, ornate cornicing and grand sash windows. There’s luxury accommodation aplenty with five reception rooms and three bathrooms, and as is customary in a period townhouse of this calibre, natural daylight floods every room, making the property splendidly bright. Its mature 38 ft south facing garden adds to its family focused credentials, too. £2,749,000, Arlington Residential (020 7722 3322;

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Blomfield Road W9

Situated on one of Little Venice’s finest residential streets, this three-bed maisonette comes with a super stylish contemporary refurbishment that belies its period exterior. Arranged over three floors, there’s oodles of accommodation, and all of it gloriously bright: high ceilings are standard but add to that a double height ceiling conversion and the natural light really floods in. Each bedroom boasts its own en suite while outside space comes in the form of a spacious private patio along with mature communal gardens. £2.6 million, Aston Chase (020 3811 2957 ; TO LET

Grantully Road W9

This three-bed two bathroom lateral apartment is situated on the second floor of a smart red brick mansion block just 0.2 miles from Maida Vale station. Grand period scale mixes with a chic contemporary refurbishment: think light-loving bay windows and sleek kitchen and bathroom spaces complete with wood and marble finishes. The open-plan kitchen/ living room boasts beautiful parquet flooring, only adding to the apartment’s natural charms. £900 per week, Goldschmidt & Howland (020 7289 6666;

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FREEHOLD OIEO £2 ,250,000

A charming unmodernised 2 bedroom house for sale in the heart of Notting Hill, W11 just off Portobello Road with a south facing garden. Set in one of Notting Hills most photographed locations this colourful period house is full of charm and potential. Owned by the same family for over 60 years its current configuration of 2 bedrooms is at odds with others in the street that have been extended into 4 bedroom homes.



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Hampstead Village NW3

A newly refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with a private south facing patio, located in Hampstead Village. The apartment has its own private entrance, a share of the freehold and is ready for immediate occupation. EPC Rating D


ÂŁ900,000 share of freehold

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Ashworth Road

Little Venice W9

Situated on one of the best roads in the heart of Maida Vale, is this beautifully presented 3,000sq. ft. family house. The house comprises five bedrooms, a utility and cloakroom, four bathrooms and a large store room and wine store. Additionally a formal double reception with feature fireplaces leads to a large kitchen/family room with bi-fold doors leading out to a well maintained rear garden. EPC Rating D

ÂŁ4,350,000 freehold

020 7182 1406


HAMPDEN GURNEY STREET, W1H A beautifully presented second floor three double bedroom purpose built apartment just moments from Oxford Street. Reception Room - Kitchen - Three Double Bedrooms - Shower Room - 2 Bathrooms (En-Suite) - Balcony - Lift - Secure Underground Parking - EPC Rating C - 1,055 sq ft





PORCHESTER PLACE, W2 A truly magnificent and newly refurbished three/four bedroom townhouse located in the heart of Connaught Village. Two Reception Rooms - Kitchen - Four Bedrooms - En Suit Bathroom - En Suite Shower Room - Shower Room - Guest Cloakroom Study - Roof Terrace - Balcony - EPC Rating E - 2,105 sq ft





DARTMOUTH PARK, NW5 An especially stylish five bedroom apartment in the heart of Dartmouth Park. This is a particularly unique property providing wonderfully proportioned rooms across three levels, with the raised ground floor consisting of a beautiful double reception, luxury kitchen and a dining area which is bathed in natural light. From this room a lovely balcony is found which overlooks and gives stepped access to an exceptional private garden, which has been beautifully maintained by the present owner. FIVE BEDROOMS • SPACIOUS DOUBLE RECEPTION • MODERN KITCHEN • DINING AREA WITH ACCESS TO BALCONY • THREE BATHROOMS (TWO EN-SUITE) • GUEST CLOAKROOM • AMPLE AVAILABLE STORAGE • UTILITY ROOM • FANTASTIC WEST FACING GARDEN EXTENDING TO 75’ APPROX. • RESIDENTS PERMIT PARKING • EPC C

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HIGHGATE, N6 A substantial and imposing 6 bedroom family house built during the early part of the last century. The well planned, well-proportioned accommodation, has impressively high ceilings and there are original fireplaces in virtually all rooms. This is a truly lovely house which is both inviting and engaging! Impressive South West facing rear garden, Highgate Northern line underground station is a brief walk and Highgate Village is also within easy walking distance. Master Bedroom • Wet Room en Suite • 5 Further Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Spacious Entrance Hall • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen • Utility Room • Top Floor Terrace Excellent South-West Facing Garden • Off Street Parking • EPC C

£2,750,000 – Sole Agent

HIGHGATE, N6 A beautifully presented three/four bedroom house forming part of modern development by highly acclaimed Octagon Homes. This fantastic house offers interior designed accommodation arranged over four floors, with underfloor heating, private patio garden and undercover parking for two cars. The property is set back from the road, close to the corner of View Road. Highgate Village and Highgate (Northern Line) Underground Station are both within easy reach. Master Bedroom with Bathroom en Suite • Second Bedrooms with Bathroom en Suite • Third Bedroom • Family Bathroom • Fourth Bedroom/Dressing Room • 2 Reception Rooms • Dining Room • Superb Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room • Shower Room • Guest Cloakroom • Private Garden • Undercover Parking for 2 Cars • EPC C

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SUSSEX GARDENS, W2, £650,000 A well-presented generous size (700 + sq ft) one bedroom apartment located on the lower ground floor of this attractive period terrace with patio garden, its own private entrance and is offered with a long lease. Sussex Gardens is conveniently located Close to Hyde Park and arguably one most connected locations in Central London with exceptional transport links including Paddington main and underground station which include The Heathrow Express and Forthcoming Cross Rail, Lancaster Gate Underground (Central Line) with the A40 also close by for motorists. EPC Rating: D / Approx. 710 Sq Ft

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FITZJOHN’S AVENUE NW3 £2,750,000 One of just two unique and contemporary newly refurbished properties, finished to an exceptionally high specification and enjoying a tranquil position in the heart of Hampstead.

1894 sq ft /175.9 sq m Three bedrooms three bathrooms Off street gated parking Stunning mezzanine level Private landscaped rear garden Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234

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Reynolds Close, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 ÂŁ2,199,999 | Sole Agent First time on the market in over 52 years. A delightful Grade II Listed double fronted semidetached house built in 1914 designed by renowned architects Parker & Unwin placed at the top end of this quiet cul de sac opposite the Heath Extension, and a short walk to Golders Green Tube. For 52 years the house has been lovingly cared for by its present owner and is now ready to be updated to make this charming character home ready for today's living. The property benefits from an extremely rare double width garage and parking. Early viewing is strongly recommended. Six Bedrooms | Bathroom | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Morning Room | Kitchen Double Width Garage | Cloakroom | Utility Room | Grade II listed | Garden | Semi-Detached Off Street Parking | Long Leasehold Hampstead Garden Suburb Office | 020 8458 5000


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Little Venice, W9

An unusual, spacious (Approx. 149 sq m)first and second floor maisonette with access to a terrace (not demised) giving views over the Crescent communal gardens. The maisonette has many features including an elegant reception room with high ceilings and access to a front balcony. Forming part of a white stucco fronted house the property is well situated minutes away from local amenities. 3 Double Bedrooms. Bathroom. Shower Room. Kitchen.2 Reception Rooms. Access to a Terrace (Not Demised). Communal Gardens. EPC Rating D

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211-213 Sutherland Avenue, Little Venice, London W9 1RU T: 020 7289 1692 E: W:


OLDBURY PLACE, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE W1 An Exquisite Yet Contemporary Open Plan Freehold Mews House

Designed and rebuilt by an acclaimed architect for their own use. The house is laid out over three floors and feature expansive open plan living space on both the ground floor and top floor. The latter featuring an integral hardwood staircase onto the idyllic decked roof terrace with 360° Marylebone views. On the 1st floor there are two bedroom suites and a separate study. Oldbury Place is a charming cul de sac mews situated off the Regent’s Park end of Marylebone High Street and is therefore ideally positioned for the many restaurants, boutiques and amenities of Marylebone Village. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Reception/Family Room with Open Plan Dining Area * Fitted Kitchen with an AGA Oven and Utility Area * Main Reception Room with Galley Kitchen for Terrace Entertaining * Separate Recessed Work Space * Master Bedroom with Walk-in Dressing Area and Ensuite Bathroom * Second Double Bedroom with Ensuite Shower Room * Study/Single Bedroom * Guest Cloakroom * Professionally Landscaped Roof Terrace (with extensive storage and an automatic watering system) * Timber Flooring * Video Entryphone * Underfloor Heating Throughout * Dumb Waiter * Robert Taussig Audio System Throughout * Independent Gas Central Heating and Hot Water






020 7435 3344


Residential Sales Lettings & Property Management


Heathgate is delighted to offer for sale this recently constructed, impressive, interior designed villa which spans approximately 5,362 sq ft (494.6 sq m). Set over four floors, the house comprises a luxury, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, three impressive reception rooms incorporating a drawing room, dining room and cinema room, as well as six bedrooms, all with en-suites and enjoy comfort cooling, a top floor playroom and a utility room. This lovely home enjoys a magnificent private landscaped garden, abundant with mature trees and planting plus a large garage with space for two cars set back behind an automated security gate. The property is well located adjacent to the wide open spaces of Golders Hill Park and only a two minute walk from all the amenities that Golders Green including the shops, tube and bus station. The facilities of Hampstead are also close by with easy access to Hampstead Heath and the ‘The Villlage’. 6 bedrooms | 6 en-suite bathrooms | 3 reception rooms | media room | kitchen/breakfast room | interior designed | garden balcony | double garage | contemporary design | EPC = B

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Park Lodge


West Drayton


1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom | Apartment Parking | Patio | Concierge | Gym | Communal Gardens

St Giles Piazza Covent Garden

£950,000 Leasehold

1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom Third Floor | Near Tube | Great Views

Sales office 020 3280 6400

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Beaufort Park




3 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | 1,221 Sq Ft Apartment 6th Floor | Concierge | Pool, Gym & Spa | 3 Balconies

Kensington Church St. £980,000

Dickens Yard

1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom Second Floor | Lift | Concierge

2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms Gym & Spa | Terrace | 24hr Concierge

North Kensington

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30 Years Experience in Marylebone Village

HARLEY STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 Jeremy James and Company are delighted to offer this apartment for sale. The apartment is situated on the first floor of this listed building located in the heart of Marylebone Village. The apartment comprises of an entrance hall, reception room, kitchen, two double bedrooms and bathroom. The apartment benefits from an abundance of natural light through floor to ceiling windows. This grade II listed building is located on the east side of Harley Street at the junction with New Cavendish Street. Both Oxford Circus and Bond Street underground stations are within close proximity. The shopping facilities of Marylebone high street and Oxford Street together with the open spaces of Regent Park are also nearby. Please see website for full details


WIMPOLE MEWS, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 This lovely two bedroom Mews House is situated in the heart of Marylebone Village, within easy walking distance to 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. The house has an area of approximately 1,060 sq ft (98.4 sq m) arranged over three floors and has recently been redecorated. The first floor comprises of two double bedrooms one with en suite bathroom, second bathroom. The second floor offers ample living space, boasting wooden floors with access to the kitchen and balcony. Part Secondary Glazed. It has the added benefit of a secure courtyard and a storage cupboard. Garage available under separate negotiation. Please see website for full details


+44 (0) 20 7486 4111



6 9 – 7 1 PA R K R O A D LO N D O N N W 1 6XU 020 394 4 59 9 0

Aston Chase are delighted to be instructed to market a selection of two and three bedroom apartments in the Anello Building. Available for immediate occupation, featuring openplan reception rooms, underfloor heating and balconies to most apartments with glass balustrades to enhance views. The Anello Building is situated in the heart of Camden with its abundance of shops and restaurants and is within close proximity to Camden Underground Station (Northern Line), Regent’s Park (Bakerloo Line) and Primrose Hill. EPC=E.

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STUNNING APARTMENT ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A bright & spacious 4 bedroomed apartment (approx. 1,235 sq.ft. / 114.7 sq.m.) on the 3rd floor of this small purpose built block close to both St John’s Wood & Maida Vale amenities. The flat boast sole use of a huge terrace, lift, porter and communal heating & hot water is included in the rent. Entrance Hall ■ Double Reception Room ■ Kitchen/Diner ■ 4 Bedrooms ■ 2 Bathrooms (1 En-suite) ■ EPC D £1,250 per week

MEWS HOUSE ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A recently refurbished 3 bedroom house (approx. 993 sq ft / 92 sq m) located in this gated cobbled mews adjacent to Abbey Road. Arranged over 3 floors, the house benefits from a 19’ reception room with access to a balcony. Entrance Hall ■ Reception Room ■ Fitted Kitchen ■ Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom ■ 2 Further Bedrooms ■ Shower Room ■ EPC E £645 per week


020 7722 7222

34 1984 - 2018

* The Tenant may have to pay credit reference and admin charges as indicated on our website under Tenant Information.


Camden, NW1

This stunning, third floor modern apartment has been recently refurbished to an exceptional standard. Located within minutes of Camden Town, it boasts great transport links.

£1,200 pw • • •

3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 1 reception room

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Greene & Co. has been helping people find new homes all over north London for 35 years. Fifty people work out of five branches; Belsize Park, Crouch End, Kensal Rise & Queens Park, Maida Vale, and West Hampstead. Over the years each office has become part of the fabric of its neighbourhood. Never scared to pitch in, working with its community to organise walkathons, charity golf days and things like the YMCA North London Fun Run. (The Kensal Rise team has partnered the Lexi Cinema since 2013.) The agents know their areas; the branches work very much as a joined-up team; everyone’s exceptionally good at getting the results their clients are looking for. Lickety-split. Which is why we felt they’d be a perfect fit with us. From November the five offices and all 50 people will join us, swelling Hamptons’ coverage of London to 40 offices; that’s a 90 strong sales and lettings network that stretches across the South. And we’re not exactly slouches either. Every year we sell or let, more than 15,000 properties and help over a million people search for their new home. Every eleven minutes we let a new property, and every 27 minutes we agree a sale. And we don’t stop at the Channel. We’ve another 7,000 affiliate offices around the globe. But that’s enough numbers, if you’d like some advice on property call or feel free to pop in and talk to one of us.


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