Fabric April 2019

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In the pink Inside blogger Emily Murray's happy house By the book It's time to give your tomes some love

Plus... The finest London properties Advice and insight from our agents Dates for the diary Make merry in Marylebone

Nell Hudson chats Victoria and the infinite possibilities of storytelling in acting and writing

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Telling stories

We’ll just put the television in the bedroom



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APRIL 2019

CONTENTS 35 Hot list

What to see and where to go this month in London

39 Lust list

Go back to nature with a selection of homes, fashion and beauty products celebrating Earth Day

41 Interview

Ahead of series three of Victoria, Nell Hudson talks reading, writing and waiting

47 Style & wellbeing

Tips for looking after yourself from top-to-toe, plus the best choc-inspired beauty treats

51 Food & drink

We tuck into a very special tea, cook up a feast of carbs and celebrate the newest openings

55 Travel

Whether long haul adventure or quick country escape, look no further for holiday inspiration

59 Interiors

We’re going by the book this month, with a look at some very clever home library solutions

62 At home with

We take a peek inside influencer Emily Murray’s pretty in pink London home

67 Access all areas

With its villagey vibe and central location, we’re totally mad for Marylebone

76 Property

News, views and tidbits of property gossip

Nell wears: dusty blue floral pleated dress (worn as a scarf) by Teatum Jones; earrings from a selection at Lola Rose London


Easter treats galore

Liz Skone James, Editor

If those pesky April showers show up this month, much like cover star Nell Hudson, we’re planning to stay indoors in the dry and curl up with a good book. If you’re a bookworm too, check out our home libraries feature, which contains beautiful ideas for displaying your ever expanding selection of stories in serious style. We’ve also got some Earth Day inspired interiors ideas, plus tips on designing a kitchen that will stand the test of time. And further homes inspiration comes in the form of blogger Emily Murray’s gorgeous London home, which is packed with ideas that are ripe for stealing. Of course, if you’ve yet to find your perfect home, you may well discover it within these pages… Finally, if you’re out and about in town this Easter, as always, you can rely on us to let you know what’s on and where

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Exquisite period property overlooking the canal.

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Blomfield Road, Little Venice W9 Blomfield Road is within close proximity to Warwick Avenue underground station which is 0.2 miles, London Paddington 0.4 miles and Heathrow can be reached within 15 minutes. All times and distances are approximate.

James Simpson, looks forward to helping you. James.Simpson@knightfrank.com 020 7586 2777

• Leisure facilities • Garden • Private parking • Approximately 4,424 sq ft Guide price

£8,495,000 knightfrank.co.uk Connecting people & property, perfectly.



A majestic home backing on to Turners Wood Bird Sanctuary.

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Ingram Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb NW11 A stunning newly built detached home of approximately 14,358 sq ft situated on this lovely leafy street in Hampstead Garden Suburb, within walking distance of Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath. • • • •

Sarah James looks forward to helping you sarah.james@knightfrank.com 020 8022 3328

Lift providing access to all floors State-of-the-art cinema room with bar & wine cellar Gym, sauna, steam room, spa & treatment room Dedicated staff quarters

The guide price is available on request

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Grade II listed Regency house Holly Place, NW3 Hampstead Underground Station: 0.2 miles 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, period features, high ceilings, charming rear garden, EPC=Exempt

Freehold | 183 sq m (1,965 sq ft) | Guide ÂŁ3.75 million

James Diaper Savills Hampstead Residential Sales 020 7472 5000 jdiaper@savills.com



Victorian stucco residence Queens Grove, St. John's Wood, NW8 St. John's Wood Underground Station: 0.3 miles 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, 6 bedrooms (4 en suite), further bathroom, 2 guest cloakrooms, study, garden, side storage, newly refurbished, off-street parking for 2/3 cars, EPC=D,

Freehold | 358 sq m (3,851 sq ft) | Guide ÂŁ8.65 million

Zach Madison Savills St John's Wood & Regent's Park Residential Sales 020 3043 3609 zmadison@savills.com




A beautiful apartment of of 1,761Beautiful sq ft/164apartment sq m in a secure 1,761 sq ft/164 sq m in secure block with 24hr porterage,block a with 24hrfrom porterage, a moment moment Marylebone High fromStreet Marylebone High Street and Regent’s Park. and Regent’s Park. £2,250,000. SHARE OF FREEHOLD £2,250,000.


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KENWOOD, N2 A 2 bedroom flat of 2,259 sq ft/ 213 sq m within an exclusive private development with 24 hour concierge, two underground parking spaces, and a communal indoor pool with gym. JOINT SOLE AGENT £2,975,000.


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ABBEY ROAD, NW8 £1,250,000 SOLE AGENT Subject to contract Owned by the current vendor from new, we are delighted to offer for sale this attractive two double bedroom, purpose built apartment extending to approximately 1029sqft/96sqm enjoying a prominent position within this highly sought after landmark modern building. Offered in excellent decorative condition this beautiful home features a magnificent 25ft reception room with floor to ceiling windows incorporated within a square bay design affording bright and open South Westerly views. Additionally the property has a secure underground parking space and use of the private indoor residents only swimming pool. The apartment is enviably located to the front of the building on level six overlooking the iconic Abbey Road and is served by two passenger lifts leading off the spacious and dramatic double height entrance lobby with 24hr porterage. Entrance Hall | Reception/Dining Room | Fitted Kitchen | Master Bedroom | Recently Refurbished En Suite Shower Room | Bedroom Two | Bathroom | Lifts | Porterage | Independent Electric Central Heating & Hot Water | Entryphone | Car Parking Space

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001 stjohnswood@winkworth.co.uk





WELLINGTON COURT, NW8 £2,399,950 SOLE AGENT Subject to contract A stunning family apartment, situated on the fourth floor of this sought after portered block in St John’s Wood. The apartment features three double bedrooms, two of which are en suite and a family shower room. The property further benefits from 24 hour porterage and a passenger lift. Wellington Court is centrally located diagonally opposite St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee line) and is also therefore superbly located for St John’s Wood High Street where you can enjoy the pavement cafés, restaurants and shops. Three Bedrooms | Two En Suite Bathrooms | Family Shower Room | Reception Room | Kitchen | Communal Heating | Communal Hot Water | Porterage | Video Entrance Phone | Double Glazing

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001






ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 A BEAUTIFUL LOW BUILT HOUSE SET WITHIN ITS OWN GROUNDS Presenting a private, spacious and unique property with a beautifully mature and well maintained garden, perfect for entertaining. This exquisite country style residence built by our client 25 years ago to suit their requirements is a true family home nestled within quiet and sought-after St. John’s Wood. Accommodation: Entrance hall, double reception, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and two dressing rooms, 3 further bedrooms, one with ensuite bathroom, bedroom 5/study, guest bathroom, 2 guest cloakrooms, utility room. Amenities: Large south facing private garden, double garage, basement storage.





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A SUBSTANTIAL ELEVATED DETACHED RESIDENCE (754.3 SQ M /8,119 SQ FT) BENEFITTING FROM EXTENSIVE FAMILY ACCOMODATION ARRANGED PREDOMINANTLY OVER TWO FLOORS. This new build home has been constructed to an exceptionally high specification and enjoys far reaching views and a generous 88ft south east facing landscaped rear garden. The property further benefits from an internal passenger lift, garaging for up to 3 cars and additional secure parking on the gated drive.



Principal Bedroom with His Shower & Dressing Room & Her Bathroom & Dressing Room, 5 Further Bedrooms with En-Suite Bathrooms, Double Drawing Room, Dining Room, Study/Games Room, Cinema Room/Cocktail Room, Gym, Reception Hall, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Staff Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom & Kitchenette, Utility Room, Landscaped Garden, Lift, Garaging for 3 Cars, Gated Driveway. EPC=B.




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

Charming family home in sought-after avenue Ingram Avenue, NW11 A charming and well-maintained family home occupying 5,725 sq.ft (531 sq.m) over three floors, on the lower slope of this sought-after avenue, close to the Heath Extension. This spacious and handsome house benefits from a large carriage driveway and an 87 ft garden, enjoying views across Hampstead Golf Club. Large Reception Hall • Drawing Room • Dining Room • Family Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Study/Playroom • Utility Room • Guest WC • Studio/Games Room • Master Bedroom with En-Suite Dressing Room and Bathroom • 5 Further Bedrooms (3 En-Suite) • Ironing Room • Carriage Driveway • Rear Garden.


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Double-fronted detached family house Winnington Road, London, N2 In one of London’s most prestigious roads, a double-fronted, detached, large family house set behind a sweeping carriage driveway with wonderful entertaining rooms on a grand scale. The property is arranged over three floors measuring in excess of 5,000 sq.ft and benefits from a stunning 150' x 75' south-west facing garden and summer house. Accommodation comprises an entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, family room, study, television room/bedroom seven, kitchen/breakfast room, second kitchen, kitchenette, principal bedroom suite with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, five further bedrooms, three further bathrooms (one en-suite with separate dressing room), separate toilet, guest cloakroom, utility room, garage and off-street parking for six cars. Occupying a prominent position in one of North West London’s premier residential roads, this property is close to Hampstead and Highgate Village, Kenwood and Hampstead Heath.


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Kidderpore Gardens, Hampstead, NW3 3



£2,395,000 Sole Agent | Share of Freehold | EPC E

Predominantly occupying the ground floor of this attractive period conversion, a bright and beautifully presented three-bedroom apartment with a mature 87' South East facing garden and off-street parking. This charming and spacious property measures 2,056 sq ft, plus almost 700 sq ft of additional storage area in the basement, providing enormous potential to create a substantial family sized duplex garden apartment, subject to usual planning consents. In addition to the private garden and terrace, another notable attraction of this beautiful home is the spacious double reception/dining area, which retains much of its original character. The property also benefits from high ceilings as well as a delightful kitchen/breakfast room, which has been refurbished and extended by the current owners. Kidderpore Gardens is a sought-after tree-lined street forming part of the coveted, family orientated ”Crofts” area of Hampstead and is ideally situated for the amenities of Hampstead (Northern Line) and Finchley Road (Jubilee & Metropolitan Lines), in addition to the vast open spaces of Hampstead Heath.



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£6,150,000 Sole Agent | Freehold | EPC E

A prominent detached five bedroom house of 5,275 sq ft/490 sq m situated on a 0.24 acre plot within this secure gated domain, located only moments from Hampstead Heath. A stunning double volume reception hall with striking sculpted feature staircase leads to exceptional living space ideal for large scale entertaining, whilst the upper floors provide well planned family accommodation comprising five bedrooms and six bathrooms, featuring an indulgent principal bedroom suite boasting ‘his‘ and ‘her‘ dressing rooms, bathrooms and a large private terrace. The property also benefits from a ‘state-of-the-art‘ cinema room, intelligent Lutron lighting and music system, under floor heating, comfort cooling, CCTV and a magical cascading south facing rear garden with very large terrace and summer house. In addition, the house provides a single garage with additional off-street parking for two cars.

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A stunning top (5th) floor three bedroom family apartment extending to 1785sqft/165.8sqm affording views over the London skyline, with an allocated car parking space, attractive communal gardens, lift and porterage. Energy Efficiency Rating: D.

St John’s Wood Sales

t: 020 7586 3111

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Ideally located in Hampstead Village is this well presented three bedroom, two bathroom duplex flat set over the top two floors with a private balcony. Energy Efficiency Rating: C.

Hampstead Sales

t: 020 7794 1151

e: hampstead.sales@chancellors.co.uk 55 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6UG

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020 8458 7311

HOLNE CHASE, N2 GUIDE PRICE £3,650,000 Occupying a wider than average corner plot close to the junction of Winnington Road, a spacious double fronted three storey family home spanning 5,111 sq ft (474 sq m) and set back from the road behind a carriage driveway with garaging for two cars. Internally, the house now requires some updating but offers any potential purchaser the opportunity to re configure & modernise to their own taste.






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

Guide price: ÂŁ25,000,000 Sole Agent

available for the first time in 60 years. Bristling with potential.


Email: info@glentree.com

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Cenacle Close, NW3 ÂŁ3,250,000

A six bedroom detached family house designed by the renowned architect Ted Levy. Forming part of a highly desirable close, the property has wide frontage and a generous south facing rear garden. There are three spacious reception rooms, extensive off-street parking and a double garage, energy rating d. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DL T: 020 7433 0273 E: hampsteadsales@dexters.co.uk




Hornsey Lane, N6 ÂŁ2,400,000

Set back from the road with far reaching views over the London skyline, an Arts and Crafts style family home with plenty of space for a growing family. The property has been upgraded to provide a luxurious kitchen/dining area overlooking the garden. There are six bedrooms and two modern bathrooms, energy rating d. Dexters Highgate. 35 Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JT T: 020 8545 8584 E: highgatesales@dexters.co.uk




An exemplary bright and spacious four bedroom family apartment measuring approximately 1,773 sq ft/164 sq m situated on the sixth floor of this ever-popular portered block. The apartment has been meticulously refurbished to an exacting standard and benefits from air conditioning, a large terrace, a balcony and one allocated underground parking space. The principal rooms benefit from views towards Regent’s Park and across St John’s Wood. London House is located on the highly regarded Avenue Road, close to the junction of Prince Albert Road and is within a short distance from Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill Park. RECEPTION ROOM/DINING ROOM • FITTED KITCHEN • LAUNDRY ROOM • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM & DRESSING ROOM • 3 FURTHER BEDROOMS • BATHROOM UNDER FLOOR HEATING • REPLACEMENT WINDOWS • COMMUNAL GARDEN • EPC=C. SHARE OF FREEHOLD





ST JOHN’S WOOD TERRACE, NW8 A beautifully presented Grade II Listed house (1525 sq ft / 142 sq m) located on this tree lined road adjacent to St John’s Wood High Street. Arranged over three floors only, the house benefits from a 20’ reception room, 21’ kitchen/dining room, four bedrooms and a south-east facing rear garden. The house is located within 400 yards of St John’s Wood underground station (Jubilee line) and is within easy walking distance of Regent’s Park and the American School. ENTRANCE HALL • GUEST CLOAKROOM • RECEPTION ROOM • DINING ROOM • FITTED KITCHEN • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM • 3 FURTHER BEDROOMS FAMILY BATHROOM • UTILITY ROOM • CENTRAL HEATING • FRONT AND REAR GARDENS GARAGE • RESIDENTS PARKING • WITHIN 5 MINS WALK OF ST JOHN’S WOOD TUBE STATION (JUBILEE LINE) AND LOCAL BUS STOPS. FREEHOLD


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David McGuinness Senior Sales Negotiator david.mcguinness@sandfords.com

REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 213-215 Gloucester Place Regent’s Park London NW1 6BU T: 020 7723 9988 E: rpsales@sandfords.com


£5,900,000 LEASEHOLD

An elegant, three bedroom, apartment with lots of outside space and magnificent views of Regent’s Park located in one of the most exclusive addresses in the Crown Estate. Arranged over three floors, the accommodation comprises a stunning 26 ft reception room with access onto a balcony that overlooks the Park, a spacious dining room leading onto a large terrace, a master bedroom with a dressing room and an en suite shower, a further double bedroom with en suite shower and a balcony, a third bedroom leading onto another large terrace, a family bathroom, kitchen and utility room. Further benefits include ample storage, partial air-conditioning, underfloor heating, a lift, 24 hour porters, forecourt parking for one car and a single garage. Cambridge Gate benefits from an unequalled location on the outer circle of Regent’s Park, close to the amenities of Marylebone High Street and Great Portland Street Underground Station (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines).

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Mark Nash Senior Sales Negotiator mark.nash@sandfords.com

REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 213-215 Gloucester Place Regent’s Park London NW1 6BU T: 020 7723 9988 E: rpsales@sandfords.com



An exceptionally rare, Grade I listed, stucco fronted, house in a prestigious Crown Estate terrace designed by John Nash. The property has been beautifully refurbished throughout and benefits from an abundance of natural light, high ceilings and many original features. The accommodation comprises an elegant, first floor, drawing room with floor to ceiling windows with views onto Park Square gardens and opening into a sitting room, a master bedroom suite spread across the entire second floor with two dressing rooms and a large en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms and two bathrooms, a very well equipped kitchen/breakfast room, a gym, wine cellar and courtyard garden. Park Square East is located to the south east of Regent’s Park allowing easy access to the West End and Mayfair with excellent transport facilities provided by Great Portland Street and Regent’s Park underground stations.



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HOT LIST 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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by Ali Howard

What to see and do this month


Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition 26 April-15 September | Design Museum

Coinciding with the BFI’s major focus on the great filmmaker, this is a deep dive into Kubrick’s disquieting universe. From early masterworks 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and A Clockwork Orange (1971) to later classics, Full Metal Jacket (1987) and Eyes Wide Shut (1999), the exhibition teases a unique insight into the director's vast archive, promising original props and costumes, set models and rare photographs. Why the Design Museum? Because Kubrick’s fascination with architecture and design is evidenced in every frame of his films. Indeed, David Nightingale Hicks, whose iconic hexagonal carpet features in The Shining (1980), is just one designer who Kubrick worked closely with to achieve his distinctive visual style.

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 (020 3862 5900; designmuseum.org)

You can enjoy a 30 per cent discount on entry to any of the films shown during the Kubrick season at BFI Southbank (1 April-31 May) by showing a valid ticket for Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the BFI ticket desk (bfi.org.uk)

Full Metal Jacket (1987)

The Shining (1980)



Hot list What to see and do this month


La Linea

25 April-5 May | various venues London’s irresistible 10-day Latin music festival returns with an explosion of Argentinian psychedelic rhythms, samba-infused jazz, Cuban nu-electronica and more. It’s all highly infectious and takes place across concert halls, clubs and the Capital’s best-loved art hubs. Highlights include a historical resurrection of Las Maravillas de Mali. The Afro-Cuban group are back together for a retrospective 50th anniversary. In a UK first, Mexican-American Antonio Sánchez will perform his Grammywinning original score for Birdman, and Brazilian singer-songwriter João Bosco takes the stage at Camden’s Jazz Café. The rhythm is gonna get you. (comono.co.uk/la-linea/)



Massimo Vitali: Short Stories

12 April-24 May | Mazzoleni This month, the Mayfair gallery opens its first solo fine art photography show. Curated by Mirta d’Argenzio, Short Stories presents Vitali’s captivating colour images of humans at leisure. The large-scale photographs, often sweeping panoramas, feature crowded plazas, sweaty discotheques, busy beaches and sunny parks swarming with picnickers. In combining landscape photography with the figurative, Vitali gives us a unique perspective on people at play. And in a new book of the same name, published this month by Steidl Verlag, each singular image depicts a significant moment for Vitali – the artist’s ‘short stories’ of a long and distinguished career. 27 Albemarle Street, W1S (020 7495 8805; mazzoleniart.com)



Three Sisters

6 April-1 June | Almeida Tennessee Williams to Chekhov might seem a theatrical leap but not when in the capable hands of Rebecca Frecknall, who comes straight from directing the Almeida’s esteemed production of Summer and Smoke, filled with stark Chekhovian moments. Bringing the beguiling Patsy Ferran with her as eldest sister Olga in this new adaptation by Cordelia Lynn, the 1901 play finds new pertinence in 2019. Almeida Street, N1 (020 7359 4404; almeida.co.uk)


(c) Edmund Sumner


Don’t Move, Improve!

Until 26 April | New London Architecture NLA have already begun a series of free surgeries and seminars at their Fitzrovian exhibition space, giving homeowners oneto-one consultations with a range of experts, including shortlisted architects from this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! competition. Now, visitors can seek further design inspiration with a group show displaying all of the winning projects. Don't Move, Improve! highlights the importance of innovative design in a crowded city, and encourages the best design in everyday London life by promoting the work of emerging practices. If you’ve got designs on improving your own space, sign up for the next surgery taking place next month. The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E (020 7636 4044; newlondonarchitecture.org) Images depict overall winner of the Don’t Move, Improve! awards, ‘The Chapel’ in Southwark, designed by Craftworks


Love Supreme

13 April | Roundhouse MOBO-winning Laura Mvula headlines this one-day celebration of music, the seventh instalment since its successful launch in 2013, and the sister event to East Sussex’s Love Supreme Jazz Festival – for those of us who’d rather stay put in the Capital. Mvula is joined by fusion keyboardist Kamaal Williams, jazz-punk six-piece Melt Yourself Down, and young soul protégé Judi Jackson.

Free family fun in Hyde Park Looking for some family fun during the school break? The Royal Parks team have organised free Discovery Days each Wednesday and Thursday during the holidays at The LookOut Discovery Centre in the heart of Hyde Park. Each day is filled with crafts, walks and talks, and opportunities to learn about the unique nature of the parks. On 10-11 April, discover all the marvellous mammals, like hedgehogs and birds, that live in the parks. Spring into life and explore the wildlife garden while taking part in a spring nature trail on 17-18 April. There will be the opportunity to take part in pond dipping sessions, interactive storytelling in the gatehouse, and nature-based arts and crafts. And on 29-30 May, dress up in your Victorian best to celebrate Victoria and Albert’s 200th birthday and learn how they influenced both Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. There are hours of outdoor fun to be had. Discover more at royalparks.org.uk/ discoverydays

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Edvard Munch: Love and Angst

11 April-21 July | British Museum The most comprehensive collection of Munch’s prints we’ve seen in the UK for 45 years, this exhibition focuses on the Norwegian artist’s most remarkable and experimental work. With 83 artworks on show, visitors are invited to explore Munch’s remarkable ability to express raw human emotion, not least in The Scream: a rare lithograph in black and white will be displayed, the first time any version of the iconic work will have been on show in the UK for a decade.

The Royal Parks is the charity that cares for 5,000 acres of glorious Royal parkland and 500 years of history in the heart of our capital city. Every year 77 million visitors enjoy eight of London’s largest open spaces, including; Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St. James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Registered charity no. 1172042.

Great Russell Street, WC1B (020 7323 8181; britishmuseum.org)



We are delighted to offer the following properties available for sale within this incredible development. Westfield boasts a plethora of additional benefits and specialist facilities for its residents, which include: • 24 Hour Concierge • Heated Indoor Swimming Pool • Residents gym • Sauna • Extensive Communal Gardens • Secure Underground Parking

Asking Price: £699,950 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Underground Parking Asking Price: £925,000 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Newly renovated throughout Asking Price: £1,200,000 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Underground Parking

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7. 4. In honour of Earth Day later this month, we’ve rounded up some of our very favourite eco, sustainable and nature-inspired goodies from the worlds of interiors, fashion and beauty



1. MALĀKO Skin to Soul body & hand wash, £19 (malakoskincare.co.uk) | 2. Mini Eclipse mirror, £21 (redcandy.co.uk) | 3. Falling Leaves in Winter lamp with rose flex, £249 (annajacobsart.com) | 4. Jo Malone London Lupin & Patchouli cologne, 30ml, £49 (jomalone.co.uk) | 5. Eichholtz Quercus coffee tables, set of 3, £2,995 (sweetpeaandwillow.com) | 6. Design House Stockholm greenhouse terrarium, £620 (padlifestyle.com) | 7. Timorous Beasties umbrella, £30 (shop.roh.org.uk)






Back on our screens for the third series of Victoria, Nell Hudson tells us why her role in it has been a career highlight for her, and reveals some of her exciting future plans


Words Liz Skone James Photography Tina Hillier Fashion Kara Kyne Hair Shukeel Murtaza Make-up Justine Jenkins






Nell wears, opening page: satin midi dress by Anna October; jewellery from a selection at Lola Rose London Right: embroidered white dress and matching tulle cape by Bora Aksu

hen ITV’s sumptuous reimagining of Queen Victoria’s early years first aired in 2016 it quickly filled a Downton-shaped hole in television schedules. The series, written by Daisy Goodwin and starring Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, quickly became a Sunday evening staple. This month sees it return for a third series. While Queen Victoria and Prince Albert might be the main protagonists of the show, theirs isn’t the only love story to have captured viewers’ hearts. Below stairs, we’ve been caught up in the romance between Mr Francatelli, the Queen’s cook, and Miss Skerrett, her head dresser (who has something of a shady past). The role of Skerrett was an irresistible one for Nell Hudson from the outset. “It was a horrible feeling waiting to hear if I’d got the part,” she recalls. “Normally you hear very quickly. So, I thought, maybe I will hear before the end of the day – and I heard nothing. The next day was Friday and I was checking my phone a million times a minute, but I heard nothing… On Monday I thought, OK, last hope – all day I waited and then at 7pm I finally got the call from my agent telling me that I had got the part. I think I called him a bastard for keeping me hanging so long,” she laughs. For all of the anguish that waiting brings, that phone call with news of a casting is one of the things Nell loves most about her job. “It is this golden drug almost,” she grins. “It is the highest you can feel, ever. It is just incredible. And you sort of enjoy that for five minutes, and then the cliché is that all your neuroses fire up again and you start to think, oh God, help! Can I even play this character?” Having lived in Skerrett’s shoes for so long, Nell had none of those concerns returning for a third season. With each series taking around six months to film, the show has become a huge part of her life. “I think that the lovely thing about returning to a TV series year after year is that you really all just sort of settle in and bother to invest and connect to making friendships, because you know that you are going to be there for a long time,” she explains. “I have made real proper friends for life.” Having good relationships certainly makes for a very easy working environment; Nell goes on to assure me. “Not to mention a productive environment, creatively, because you feel at your safest in that sort of situation.” So what can she tell us about this latest series? “It is mostly lots of secrets…” she shrugs apologetically. “I can tell you we pick up very shortly after we left off. So, things are very much the same with Skerrett and Francatelli. They are engaged, and when we meet them again they are having a very typically ‘them’ push and pull about him wanting to move forwards with their future and their lives together, and her feeling attached to the Queen and more reticent about that.” Though this has been her favourite job to date, Nell, who is also know for playing Laoghaire MacKenzie in Outlander (the STARZ drama series based on Diana Gabaldon's historical time travel book series of the same name), tells me she is looking forward to playing a more modern role. “I have



Nell wears, this page: pintuck gathered-sleeve tie waist dress with contrast pink belt by Anna October Opposite page: dusty blue floral pleated dress (worn as a scarf) by Teatum Jones; earrings from a selection at Lola Rose London

done so much period drama in the five years since I left drama school,” she explains. “I do have something coming up that is set in the present day. And I am really looking forward to that. You can focus on just inhabiting another character, rather than trying to find the truth of someone who lived in that time – you can really focus on sinking your teeth into who they are as a person, without having to contextualise them as well.” The role in question is in an independent feature film that Nell is producing herself. “It is a sort of Yorgos Lanthimos style film – very absurdist,” she reveals. “We are telling people it is like Get Out, but about the patriarchy rather than about racism, if that makes sense. It is a dark comedy/horror, and we have got some very cool people attached, who we are very excited about. And I will be taking on the lead in that as well.” Producing is something that she would definitely like to do more of. “It is fun being able to have a say in how the story is going to be told, basically – there is my controlling personality!” she laughs. When it comes to how stories are told, she has also, she tells me, dabbled in writing for the screen. Indeed, writing is perhaps the one thing she could have seen herself doing if the acting had not panned out. Right now her writing energies are being channelled in a different direction, though. “I am writing a novel at the moment and it is bringing me a lot of happiness, so hopefully that is something that I will always be able to do alongside acting,” she explains. Nell describes the book as: “sort of like The Secret History, but set in present day London,” and she has hopes that it will one day be published. “I showed a literary agent the first half and she really liked it and told me to finish it. So I am just sort of trying to make myself get around to it. There is something scary about finishing it, because that means that I will have to actually see if it is any good or not,” she laughs.



Along with finishing the book, Nell would like to do a bit of stage work here in London. “I have only done one play since I left drama school, so I am really out of practice. But acting on stage is what I fell in love with when I decided I wanted to be an actor, so it is definitely something that I would like to do again,” she tells me. “I think there are some really cool playwrights out there who I would really like to work with: Alice Birch, Mike Bartlett, Penelope Skinner… I think new writing is really edgy and that really excites me. I think this generation of writers are not just telling stories for the sake of telling stories. There is always an agenda to their writing, and I think that is really cool.” It’s not just the London stage that excites Nell, though: “I am madly in love with this city,” she gushes. “I love that there is always something happening: even if it is 10pm on a Tuesday, there will be something going on if you want it. And it is absolutely, definitely the best place to be for work,” she grins. Speaking of work, she really ought to get back to that writing… but perhaps she’ll just curl up and do a spot of reading… “I think spending an entire day reading on my bed with my dog, Maggie, is my current guilty pleasure,” she laughs. “My boyfriend will get home from work and say, ‘What did you do today?’ And I will say, ‘I just read: I did nothing all day long!’ I love reading, it keeps me sane. And also I love it for the escapism, like how playing a character for me is quite escapist. I love inhabiting another world for a bit.” Not that there is anything wrong with the real world, of course. “I am extremely happy. I think that I have been very lucky and I am excited about the future,” she concludes, with a big smile. Victoria airs on ITV on Sundays at 9pm and you can catch up on ITV Hub

Shot at the Conservatory Archives, Hackney

“I am madly in love with London – it is absolutely, definitely the best place to be for work”





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hink you’re too busy to treat your tresses? Think again – the most effective frizz control system we’ve come across actually works while you sleep. Local barrister Sonal Keay’s silk pillowcases have something of a cult following, with fans devoted to their antiageing benefits. And now she’s introduced luxurious hair wraps to her collection. “Given that our hair is made out of the same substance as our skin (keratin) it makes sense that silk has many benefits for our hair, too,” she says. Unlike chemicals, which challenge the hair shaft and cuticles, like sulfates do, silk has a natural synergy with our hair and complements and nourishes it, which is why you find it in miniscule amounts in premium shampoos and conditioners. Silk used in this way is beneficial for the hair as it fills the gaps where keratin has been damaged, but it is ultimately a product which is washed off. The real benefits come from wrapping hair in silk each night. Don’t believe us? Give it a try. You’ll experience fewer tangles, less greasy roots, and your hair will be stronger and shinier. Talk about a hair hero. £39.99 (thisissilk.com)

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And stretch... If you’re a runner, you’ll know the importance of a good stretch, but you don’t have to be marathon training, or even remotely athletic, to appreciate the newest class from Ten Health & Fitness. Innovative and results-driven, TenStretch is the brainchild of master trainer Erica Foulds, who says: “Often people do not realise how much tension they are holding, and when they release it it’s a relief. They begin to sleep better and move better.” A progression of dynamic stretches work to improve all-round flexibility and mobility, with specific focus on problem areas and muscle groups most adversely affected by the muscular imbalances and postural challenges of 21st century living. Expect steady and controlled movements designed to carefully align the body and produce isolated stretches to specific muscles. It’s challenging, but in a gentle yet dynamic way, and we can’t get enough of it. From £30 for a single class, for more details of times and locations, see ten.co.uk

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and habitual factors, before deciding on the treatment regime. She reassures me that my issue is muscular and treatable – thank goodness – and sets to work with some gentle manipulation. Exercise is key, she says, in both the recovery from, and the prevention of, many musculoskeletal disorders, so yoga-based postures, meditation and breathing techniques are prescribed as homework. Carla even emails step-by-step instructions to me, so there really are no excuses! Combining an osteopathic method with the ancient practice of yoga allows for an optimum approach to healing, and it feels proactive and positive to be able to continue Carla’s good work when I am at home. A couple of sessions later I am much improved and feel like I’m armed with the knowledge I need to look after my back and ensure that I never have cause to moan about it again. BP 25 Springfield Road, NW8 (07968 701665; cpholistic.com)


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aving suffered from back pain for longer than I care to remember, I decide that it is time to quit moaning and act. Keen to try a more holistic approach, I book an appointment with osteopath and yoga teacher Carla Pozner, who comes highly recommended. Carla has a base in Mayfair as well as one in St. John’s Wood, but my initial consultation is in the Mayfair clinic. She is warm and approachable, and I instantly feel at ease with her. We go through my history of back

pain and discuss my lifestyle. I’m then asked to strip down and assume a series of postures so that Carla can assess my range of movement (I confess that it is slightly disconcerting having someone stare quite so intently at me while I’m standing around in my underwear, but I know that a thorough consultation is essential to any treatment plan). Carla uses a structural, naturopathic approach with clients, considering influencing factors such as lifestyle, diet

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Food& drink HOT TABLE

The Tiger Who Came to Tea at The Savoy


t is only when I see my five-yearold companion’s wide-eyed excitement upon entering the foyer of The Savoy that I realise I have clearly been suffering from five-star fatigue. He has his camera with him and breathlessly asks the concierge if it is OK for him to take pictures, the answer is, of course, “Why certainly, Sir”. Seeing things through his eyes is a joy. We’ve booked afternoon tea as a school holiday treat. But this is no ordinary tea. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Judith Kerr’s bestselling book, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, The Savoy have teamed up with HarperCollins Children’s Books to produce a very

special tea for their youngest guests. And the chefs have really gone to town laying on the perfect spread – it is a good job that, like the tiger, we are very hungry. Never mind fancy teas, we opt for hot chocolate: creamy and delicious, it comes in a gorgeous illustrated china teapot and is served in dainty cups, made especially for the hotel by Heraldic Pottery. We sip it while tucking into sandwiches – dainty fingers of peanut butter and jelly, and honey roast ham, and pretty whirls of cheese. All simple but extraordinarily tasty. I ask for seconds but my little friend is ready for cakes. They arrive, to squeals

of elation, along with a pair of tiger ears for him to wear (and take away with him afterwards). There are tiger striped scones (served with not just cream and jam, but chocolate spread, too), pink and blue Battenberg (designed to look like Sophie’s distinctive tights), a milk bottle-shaped Kilner jar of yoghurt with a zingy raspberry compote, chocolate dipped cookies and – our favourite – a cup, filled

with moist chocolate cake, topped with cream cheese icing and a fragment of Oreo cookie, with an edible label bearing the legend: ‘Tiger Food’. Our verdict? Probably London’s most purrfect afternoon tea – you’ll have to take my word for it as it was my companion's first ever. LSJ £40 per child (5-12 years old). Strand, WC2R (020 7420 2111; fairmont.com/savoy-london)

5 Easter treats

Chococo naturally pink ruby chocolate egg, £18.50 (chococo.co.uk)

Ladurée chocolate Easter bunny filled with Easter treats, large, £25 (laduree.co.uk)

Rococo hand-painted dark chocolate duck filled with praline quail’s eggs and salted caramel seagull eggs, £30 (rococochocolates.com)

Pierre Marcolini Little Charmers heart rabbit, £9 (marcolini.com)

Prestat London gin truffle Easter egg, £17.50 (prestat.co.uk)






Calories 498; Carbs 61g; Sugar 5g; Protein 18g; Fibre 9g; Fat 18g; Sat Fat 8g; Salt 0.3g


300g (10½oz) long pasta of your choice, such as mafaldine 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 spring onions, sliced 1 carrot, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 100g (3½oz) tenderstem broccoli, cut into bite-sized pieces 100g (3½oz) asparagus tips, sliced 1 tablespoon butter 50g (1 ¾oz) shelled fresh peas (frozen are fine too) 100g (3½oz) broad beans, shelled weight 100ml (3½fl oz) single cream Salt and pepper

Mafaldine pasta Prima Vera


e’ve so long been schooled that carbs are bad for us, that a comforting bowl of pasta has come to feel like it is off limits. But we come bearing good news: thanks to a brand-new book from Julia Azzarello, you don’t need to be running the marathon this month to tuck in. Skinny Pasta (£14.99, Kyle Books) offers the dream: satisfying meals that are big in flavour but low in calories. It is a mix of timeless classics and contemporary interpretations, focusing on fresh, healthy and nutritious ingredients, with many of them vegan, vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free. And all of the recipes come in at under 500 calories. Here’s a little taster to whet your appetite. Julia says: “This dish is delicious in the spring when asparagus and broad beans come into season. It is vibrant and green – just like the grass after an April shower in your garden, when flowers are blooming and hopes of summer days are not too far away.”

(c) Tara Fisher

METHOD Bring a saucepan of water to the boil, add salt and cook the pasta for 5–7 minutes, or until al dente. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water. Warm a large, deep frying pan, add 1 tablespoon of the oil, the spring onions and carrot and sauté for 2–3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the broccoli and asparagus and cook for

2 minutes. Add the butter and the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil, along with the pasta, peas, broad beans and cream. Loosen with a little of the pasta water if needed and cook for 2 minutes, then season to taste. Serve in bowls, sprinkled with the herbs, grated or shaved cheese and edible flowers.

Creating a stir If you can’t get through the day without a caffeine fix, head down to Fitzrovia this month, where you’ll find a new kid on the coffee bar block. Jolt’s menu is as cool as its sleek, design-led interiors: exceptional drinks made from single-origin beans and blends, roasted locally at Nude, served alongside handmade artisan pastries. As well as the classic coffees, you’ll find specialities like the Spanish latte (coffee marbled



with condensed milk – dieters beware), pistachio latte and the ‘black ice’ (made by melting cubes of frozen coffee under hot milk). They say: “We search for unique single-origin beans to create fresh, fruit-focused cold brews, smooth, nutty flat whites, and delicately perfumed lattes.” We say: “Make ours a double shot.” 40-41 Great Castle Street, W1W (020 7422 1144; joltcoffee.co.uk)

To serve 1 tablespoon each chopped oregano, basil and parsley 40g (1½oz) Pecorino Romano, grated or shaved Few edible flowers


If you go down to the Wood today… We hear that the wait may soon be over – Corbin & King’s new St. John’s Wood site looks set to open at the end of this month. The duo, ranked eighth in The Caterer’s Top 100 most powerful people in hospitality, are behind The Wolseley, Colbert, Brasserie Zédel, The Delaunay, Fischer’s and Bellanger, so it goes without saying that we’re excited about their latest venture, Soutine. Not least because it couldn’t be more local. We’re told that it will be similar in many ways to Colbert; an informal neighbourhood rendezvous, taking inspiration from the great boulevard cafés of Paris. Located in an impressive period building on the high street, the front room and pavement will offer relaxed café and bar seating,


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leading to a slightly more formal space at the rear. Jeremy King has said that: “It is very much in the spirit of what I see as a strong artistic heritage in the area – the St. John’s Wood Art School (later named the Anglo-French Art Centre), opened by returnees from the Parisian art community, being an immensely influential institution and a ‘feeder’ to the Royal Academy.” Look forward to a strong Arts and Crafts inspired interior. 60 St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8 (020 3926 8448; soutine.co.uk)

Chef founder of Lucknow 49 and DUM Biryani House When I was a child I wanted to be… six feet tall. My kitchen hero is… Ainsley Harriott. I used to come home and watch Ready Steady Cook while I was growing up and he was hugely inspiring. My fail-safe dinner party menu is… feta cheese and onion puff pastry parcels; spicy Quorn lasagne layered with roast vegetables; and chai crème brûlée.

A taste of Marylebone Having launched last year to great acclaim, the Marylebone Food Festival is back. Organised by The Portman Estate and The Howard de Walden Estate, it is a celebration of Marylebone's fantastic foodie scene, from top Michelinstarred restaurants and artisan cafés, to speciality food shops and quirky wine bars. Set over four days, exclusive events, collaborations, food tours and festival menus will showcase the many food and drink businesses based locally. And a dinner party with a difference kicks off the fun on the evening of 24th: The Marylebone Menu, hosted in the stunning surrounds of Grade II listed St. Mary’s Church, will feature a seven-course feast, with matched wines, all prepared by different local businesses. The impressive line-up includes Michelin star restaurants Texture and Trishna, celebrated The Providores chef Peter Gordon, newcomer Xier, as well as local hotspots Roux at the Landau and Chiltern Firehouse, famous cheese shop and café, La Fromagerie, GAIL’s Bakery, Rococo Chocolates and Marylebone Gin. Grab your tickets while you still can.

Tickets for The Marylebone Menu cost £75, to purchase, and to discover more about the festival line-up, see marylebonefood festival.com

My last meal on earth would be… my mum's kaki chawal – a yoghurt based chickpea flour curry with steamed rice and pickled red onions. When I feel down… tartiflette. So moreish and satisfying. Use quality Reblochon and well marbled bacon lardons and you won't need any seasoning – all the flavour is natural. My favourite London restaurant is… Smoking Goat. I love the simplicity, the boldness and the theatre of everything at this place! My ultimate London day consists of… breakfast at La Fromagerie, running through Regent's Park, grabbing a salt beef beigel from Beigel Bake and going for drinks in a cosy underground speakeasy bar like The Vault in Soho. Lucknow 49 opens this month. 49 Maddox Street, W1S (020 7491 9191; lucknowldn.com) DUM Biryani House, 187b Wardour Street, W1F (020 3638 0974; dumlondon.com)



From a non-stop flight to holding them tight Choose the fastest way to Australia – flying non-stop on the new Qantas Dreamliner, or fly via Singapore on the iconic Qantas A380. Either way, you’ll be enjoying our award-winning service one minute and experiencing a reunion you’ll never forget the next. A million reasons to go, one way to fly. qantas.com QF10, London Heathrow to Perth, is the fastest commercial route from UK to Australia, correct as at October 2018. TripAdvisor awarded Qantas ‘Australia’s Best Airline’ in the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards.


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An Easter break in Rome

Laura Bellitto, Les Clefs d’Or Concierge at The First Roma Dolce


x-Pierre Koffmann and Gordon Ramsay chef Arnaud Stevens has won praise (and awards) for his Shoreditch restaurant Plate, so we’re excited for his latest venture, a pub with rooms in the charming National Trust village of West Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. The George & Dragon reopened late last month after a programme of refurbishment, and features 10 luxurious guest bedrooms, an a la carte restaurant and cosy adjoining bar area, all housed in a former coaching inn dating back to the 1700s. The new menus, inspired by Arnaud’s French and British heritage, include mouth-watering delights such as whole slow-roasted guinea fowl; south Devon mussels with homemade sourdough bread; crispy whitebait with cumin salt and spiced Marie Rose sauce; and Chapel & Swan

smoked salmon, with capers, chopped Tracy Swallan eggs and the team’s signature Marmite bread. Provenance is key for Arnaud, who has made it his mission to source the very best local produce – much of it from local supplier EJ Churchill (who supply Tom Kerridge’s The Hand and Flowers). Arnaud says: “My team and I are incredibly excited to start the next chapter at the George & Dragon. It’s an exciting time for us and the opportunity to fully utilise the location and produce that the beautiful village of West Wycombe has to offer is one we look forward to taking on.” We, meanwhile, very much look forward to our country getaway. (georgeanddragonhotel.co.uk)

Five-star upgrade To celebrate the announcement that all 10 of its properties – in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Bangkok, Manila, New York, Chicago, LA and Paris – have been awarded Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star status, The Peninsula Hotels are offering guests complimentary upgrades and dining or spa credits when they book between now and the end

of May. Peninsula is the first and only hotel brand to achieve the highest possible Forbes Five-Star status across all of its properties, and while the ratings are more wellknown in the US, they have set the gold standard in the global hospitality industry since they were introduced in 1958. They are now recognised as being selective, rigorous and highlycoveted. To celebrate this very

special achievement, when making a booking up until 31 May, guests can enjoy the best available rate; flexible checkin and check-out; an upgrade to the next available room category (where available); and a dining or spa credit. Very much an opportunity not to be missed. To book, call 0800 7830 388 or email reservationgcsc@ peninsula.com (peninsula.com)

Take to the streets of the city centre to get a real feel for Roman life. Start your route from Piazza del Campidoglio, where you can visit the Capitoline Museums, see the Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, and admire the view of the Roman Forum from the Tarpeian Rock. Then descend the staircase towards Piazza Venezia and walk along Via del Corso, one of the most famous shopping districts in Rome, to the Galleria Alberto Sordi. Hidden between the narrow alleyways behind the gallery you will find the unmissable Trevi Fountain. Return to Via del Corso and turn onto Via di Pietra, which will take you to Piazza di Pietra, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. If you are in Rome on the morning of Easter Sunday, a visit to San Pietro is a must: take a walk through Borgo Pio, the medieval quarter, to get there. You can participate in the mass held in the basilica, which commences at 10am. Entrance is only guaranteed with a free ticket issued by the Pontifical Prefecture. After mass, get lost in the maze of streets in Borgo Pio. Finally, if you’re shopping for chocolate eggs, you’d do well to pay a visit to Pasticceria De Bellis, La Bottega del Cioccolato, Giuliani Fabbrica and Grezzo Raw Chocolate – all of which are particular favourites of mine. Via del Corso 63 – 00187, Rome, Italy (+39 06 4561 7070; thefirsthotel.com/dolce)




SAND AND THE CITY All year desert sunshine and Arabian hospitality await in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, a considered, confident city that melds traditional with state-of-the-art, luxury and tranquility by Penny Clements




ore self-assured and less frenetic than neighbouring Dubai, Abu Dhabi has taken a leisurely and measured approach to tourism. But I’m promised that it is not all about the sunbathing – from the bright-white beaches of the Arabian Gulf to the galleries of the Louvre, it seems there is plenty to keep one occupied in the glittering Emirate metropolis of Abu Dhabi. I’m staying just outside the city in one of the newest luxury hotels; situated on the pristine white sands of Saadiyat Island, five-star Rixos opened last October and is already making a name for itself as the place to go. Selling itself on an “all-inclusive, all-exclusive” approach, I’m assured that this luxury resort will take my holiday to the next level. Inspired by the palaces of the Ottoman Empire, the tone for my stay is set the moment I walk into the chic lobby. It is furnished in inviting turquoise and gold tones, and features tall decorative ceilings, water features and white marble floors. My stylish suite is not dissimilar in style, though a beautiful mosaic wall, a palette of gemstone green and dazzling royal blue, a sublime spa-like bathroom and luxurious white linen bed sheets ensure that it does not feel sterile. The room opens out onto a small terrace that overlooks the expertly kept, luscious green gardens and the turquoise sea on the horizon. There is a total of 366 rooms here, plus 12 three- and four-bedroom villas, all with either shared or private pools, direct beach access and a butler service – Rixos Saadiyat Island Resort is certainly vast, but it feels quiet and discreet.


Out on the beachfront I discover Lounge Bar, which seems a good spot for sunset drinks to celebrate the start of my holiday. Later, I dine at Orient. Set on the fifth floor and boasting extraordinary sea views, this fine dining oriental Turkish restaurant is decked out in red, gold and blue, and looks lavish and inviting. The atmosphere is intimate and relaxed, the background music soothing, the service friendly and the food fabulous – I am not disappointed. Breakfast the next morning – an expansive open buffet – is served at all-day dining restaurant, Turquoise. I’m keen to spend my first day familiarising myself with the resort, and it doesn’t take long to discover that Rixos’ “all-inclusive, all-exclusive” claims do not just refer to the food: the island also boasts a water park complete with wave pool for all ages, a children’s aqua park and Rixy Kids Club to keep the little ones happy. For the adults there’s the Anjana, a spa inspired by the age-old wellness customs of Turkey. Nestled within the resort, it’s the place to go if you want to unwind in the sauna, relax in the steam room, or take a peaceful dip in the private outdoor pool. I am up and out in the pre-dawn darkness the next morning, ready for a desert safari excursion. A short 40-minute drive sees me in the heart of the desert at the Arabian Nights Village. It is a low adobe style retreat surrounded by ancient stone walls, that is seemingly miles from civilisation. After a very light buffet breakfast (and you definitely need to go light), I’m greeted by my desert expert. As I climb into the 4x4 I have no idea what lies ahead. It’s a bumpy ride and within minutes we are bouncing off and over the sand dunes. We fly up one dune and down another, cutting shapes in the sand. I hold on to the roll bar above my head for dear life, convinced we are going to barrel it down and be lost forever in the shifting sand dunes of Abu Dhabi. I needn’t worry though, this guy really is an expert, and after about 20 minutes we stop on one of the highest dunes, where we jump out and marvel at the 360-degree views of the deserted landscape. Nothing short of an adventure: the journey has been exhilarating, death-defying and magical all at the same time. Later in my stay, I arrange a visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Ten years in the making, the complex, especially the geometric dome, is a work of art in itself. I marvel at French

architect Jean Nouvel’s unique use of light, and happily spend time simply wandering around under the dome. The art on display is equally impressive: the permanent collections and temporary exhibits include loans from 13 French museums, including the original Louvre in Paris, housed in the 12 galleries spread throughout 55 buildings. It is seriously impressive stuff. I find more cultural fulfilment at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. One of the world’s largest mosques, it is named after the late president, who wanted to build a place that showcased the cultural diversity of Islam side-by-side with modern architecture and art. Known for its white colour – symbolising purity and piety – this place is brilliantly beautiful and best enjoyed in silence as the sun sets. I have been blown away by Abu Dhabi. With balmy temperatures year-round, a seven-hour flight and a very manageable three-hour time difference, whether for a long weekend or a whole week away, the UAE certainly seems to have it all. And you can guarantee that a warm welcome awaits – as the locals say bayte baytak (my house is your house). All-inclusive rates start from £360 per person, per night, staying in a deluxe garden view room (+90 216 444 1797; saadiyatisland.rixos.com)



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Interiors News Sleep easy

The growing popularity of the bed-in-a-box mattress means the days of shifting a hefty king-size up to the top floor are long gone – and good riddance. Now, with premium brands competing to make our lives easier, mattress buying couldn’t be simpler: speedy deliveries, money back guarantees, even offers to remove the old mattress on delivery of the new... Recently launched, Nectar Sleep have upped the ante further with a generous 365-night trial, meaning we have a full year to decide if it’s the one for us. This smart, four-layered memory foam mattress offers carbon neutrality, too, allowing us to sleep soundly on its impressive eco-credentials. In fact, with Nectar’s unique ‘fovever warranty’, there’s nothing to lose sleep over at all. £699 for a king, including two Nectar pillows (nectarsleep.co.uk)

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There’s always room for humour in the finest house jewels. LA-based brothers Simon and Nikolai Haas, in close collaboration with creative director Elad Yifrach, have released a family of characterful creatures for L’Objet. This fantasy world of unicorn horns and gilded fur (among less eccentric but equally beautiful homewares) spans tableware, home décor, textiles and fragrance, and it’s all monstrously covetable. From £180 (l-objet.com)

Wildest dreams

Interior designer Anna Burles, from creative design house Run For The Hills, brings her inimitable sense of style to Marylebone vintage store Retro Living, with a range of beautifully restored furniture pieces re-styled and re-upholstered in fashion-forward fabrics. The collection includes the seriously sought-after H-269s model ’30s armchairs by Jindřich Halabala, finished in sumptuous Arley House and Linwood textiles. Deco-fabulous covers it. From £995 (retroliving.co.uk; runforthehills.com)

Following her bold and beautiful Animalia range of fabrics, wallpaper and furniture for Clarke & Clarke, designer Emma J Shipley expands the collaboration with her first ever bedding collection. Mix and match five signature designs in exotic flora and fauna prints: Amazon, Kruger, Audubon, Jungle Palms and Zambezi. From £25 for a boudoir pillowcase (emmajshipley.com)

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Abigail Edwards x Muck Ceramics bird vessel, from £49 (abigailedwards.com)

Marimekko Kubb cushion, £45 (abodeliving.co.uk)

Graph classic tray, medium, £65 (store.wallpaper.com)

Lines Merino throw, £259 (heals.com)

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A home library is every bibliophile’s dream: we want our beloved books to have a special place in our properties. If space is at a premium, you don't need a dedicated room to house a hefty collection of well-thumbed novels or oversized design books, as these clever designs show by Ali Howard


1. Reading light




In a complete refurbishment of this Bloomsbury property, west London architects Stiff + Trevillion were tasked with increasing usable space and introducing daylight into the middle of a deep plan. A major focus of the award-winning project is the imposing wall of books that draws the eye up and above the mezzanine level. Sleek mid-century furniture and lighting pieces in black, white and natural wood contrast with the owner’s vibrant collection of books, awarding the tomes pride of place in an otherwise neutral setting, while natural daylight floods in from a huge flanking window, casting light on their colourful spines. (stiffandtrevillion.com)


Reichel, who founded the brand in 2006 and were later joined by industrial designer Olaf Schroeder. With an online configurator tool that’s not unlike a game of Tetris, you can create your own masterwork of colourful stacked boxes to accommodate both the large art books, and the Penguin paperbacks, turning your library into a sculptural feature to rival any contemporary art piece. From £22.42 for an individual shelf module (cubit-shop.com)

4. Lofty ideas

For architect Ben Kilburn and his wife Jane, the only way was up when it came to displaying the reading material in this, their own ambitious home project. Converting three flats into a lofty five-bed family house gave Ben free rein to play with height. The upper and lower ground floors of the property were opened up to connect both storeys of living space, allowing for a double-height library wall that makes use of every available square inch – even wrapping the doorway in bespoke shelving to accommodate the books. Because where ideas and knowledge are concerned, there are no ceilings. (kilburnnightingale.com)

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5. Studied design

4. 2. Mini modern

Mia Karlsson Interior Design came to this Regency house in Notting Hill with a brief to create a modern, practical and clean family home. Proving it’s never too early to own a bespoke home library, the Highgate-based studio came up with a dedicated reading space for the littlest of bookworms. With an impressive collection of picture books, all that was needed was a shallow shelving unit with supportive dowling to accommodate the frontfacing titles. While little ones might need help to reach the upper shelves, the floor-to-ceiling wall of colour in a mono contemporary scheme offers a big impact. (miakarlsson.co.uk)

Today’s living spaces need to work harder than ever, with multifunctionality high on our list of demands. A general move towards more flexible working means the home office often plays a big role in open-plan arrangements. Go Modern’s LEMA Selecta rises to the design challenge, comprising a bookcase, TV and home office rolled into one. The modular system is made up of hundreds of individual components, allowing homeowners to create a bespoke library with an integrated work station – perfect for grabbing just the right book when inspiration strikes. Available in multiple sizes, finishes and colours, you can tailor it to your texts. Price on application (gomodern.co.uk)

3. Box clever

A truly bespoke bookcase is one that grows with your collection and a modular shelving system can offer endless possibilities – especially when you get to design your own. Cubit is the brainchild of interior designer Minou Farkhondeh and businessman Thomas





Emily Murray Blogger and author

This uniquely styled London pad mixes influencer Emily's penchant for all things pink with a shrewd eye for design by Ali Howard


hree years after launching her blog, The Pink House, and as one of Instagram’s best-loved influencers, Emily Murray has turned @pinkhouseliving into an aspirational interiors book that, by her own admission, doesn’t take itself too seriously. Her aim? To inspire readers to create a home that makes them truly happy. Here, she shows us around her own London home, which she shares with her husband and two young boys What do you usually look for in a property? I’m a sucker for a period property. I always lived in characterful homes as a kid, and the two London flats and Edinburgh terrace I owned before buying this house were both Victorian. I guess I look for a sense of history; a personality. I like my home to connect me to the lives that have gone before. Other than that, our main requirement in this house was that it had access to a great outdoor space for the boys. We certainly found that! Tell me about the property It’s a five-bed Edwardian house built on top of a hill. It backs onto a beautiful private park, which plays hosts to parties, camping weekends, tennis tournaments and barbecues. The park is accessible only from the houses on its perimeter and it’s the main reason we bought the property. That, and the amazing views of the city on the other side. How have you personalised the space? By adding lots of colour (including plenty of pink!), texture, pattern, some off-beat, unexpected touches, and a whole load of books, some of which are colour-coded. I also wanted to bring nature into the house as a reminder of the beautiful space outside. It’s like an oasis of countryside in the big city. Have you done any structural work? No, although we did replace the existing kitchen worktop with a gorgeous slab of Carrara marble; reinstate Edwardian-style cornicing; uncover and polish original floorboards; and have had various fitted cupboards, shelves



and wardrobes installed throughout the house. The structural work starts this summer, when we plan to add a shower room extension and open up the middle of the house to create a much bigger hallway, with more storage for the huge piles of football kit our kids now own. How does your online presence inform your interiors choices? I’m always catching sight of a gorgeous room on Instagram and thinking, ooh, that’s a clever idea

– I’ve started saving my favourites. But I try not to take too much from Insta as it can become a bit of an echo chamber where the same ideas keep circulating. I get fresh inspiration from hotels, bars and restaurants, as well as travel and fashion. I also love discovering new brands as a way of keeping things interesting. Which brands are your favourites? For all I like to discover new brands, there are a number I keep coming back to because they


Above: with its pom-pom trim, the bespoke Roman blind in Emily's study was made by The London Curtain Girls, from Emma J Shipley's Animalia Audubon fabric

Right: Emily embodies her brand

always get it right. These include Bert & May (dreamy encaustic tiles and beautiful bathroom fittings), Buster + Punch (the coolest brass handles and light switches), House of Hackney (kings of maximalism), Cole & Son (they have an amazing wallpaper for every occasion), Graham & Green (their catalogue sucks me in every time), Muck N Brass (luxecyclers who live down the road) and Alternative Flooring (stunning patterned carpets). My new favourite is River Island Home for fun affordable bits that make a statement. What was your best thrifty find for the house? The vintage corner drinks cabinet I picked up for a steal in Edinburgh and which Muck N Brass luxecycled for me. In the photoshoot for Pink House Living it’s painted green and gold, but I recently got them to paint pink over the green and now I love it even more. It looks lush against my Farrow & Ball Hague Blue sitting room walls. And the most extravagant? The most extravagant items in the house are the two House of Hackney ceramic cheetah lampstands with fringed lampshades, which we use as bedside lamps. They were a 40th birthday present from the husband (he took the subtle hint) and they take the room to the next level.

Opening page: pink, buttoned and brass-studded, Emily's bespoke headboard was designed by her and made by Hypnos

Above: storage is key when it comes to living with kids – a pretty mid-century sideboard and metal trunks by BundleBerry work well in Emily's family room




Which is your favourite room? The kitchen. It’s got everything going for it: a pink and green colour scheme (my favourite combination); loads of plants and planty prints; beautiful ceramic tiles and marble worktops; my incredible De’Longhi coffee machine, which I can operate remotely with my phone; a view out over our south-facing back garden and the park beyond. It’s pretty much my favourite place in the whole world, especially if there’s an open bottle of pink Champagne kicking about...

Pink House Living is out now, published by Ryland Peters & Small, £19.99 (rylandpeters.com; pinkhouse.co.uk)

Top: the decor in Emily's favourite room brings the outdoors in, while picture windows look out over the gorgeous garden



Above: in the living room, Farrow & Ball Hague Blue walls are adorned with brass candle sconces and an eye-catching print of Bowie

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Area guide Marylebone Old timers rub shoulders with trendy new boutiques, and traditional caffs mingle among Michelin-starred establishments: the winning village-vibe here might feel like a happy accident, but the cleverly balanced businesses have been carefully curated. As recently as the mid-nineties, one third of all of the shops on Marylebone High Street were empty, urging the Howard de Walden Estate – responsible for around 92 acres of property in the area – to implement a strategy of rejuvenation, encouraging new tenants in the form of key community services such as newsagents and dry cleaners, alongside restaurateurs and fashion retailers paying competitive West End rents. The strategy has paid off, Marylebone is now one of London’s most desirable areas. And what a place to live – housing stock here ranges from grand Georgian townhouses situated around gracious garden squares, to smaller early Victorian terraced houses, and quaint mews properties, while the flat market is characterised by a mix of ’30s mansion blocks and luxurious newbuild apartments. No wonder so many of us would love to make Marylebone our next move Photography Kathy Anne Lim



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Local heroes A.O.K Kitchen & Bakery

This newly opened eatery, the brainchild of restaurateur Kelly Landesberg, is all about inclusivity, and turns the notion of special dietary requirements on its head: rather than seeing them as an inconvenience, the menu is actually based around gluten- and dairy-free produce, promoting health and wellness as part and parcel of its delicious offering. How’s that for forward thinking? Alex Ross from Savills says: “It’s set to be one of the area’s latest trendy spots and offers a healthy take on typical dishes.” 52-55 Dorset Street, W1U (020 3889 9400; aokkitchen.co.uk)

Tim Fairweather Sandfords

“Marylebone is popular for its flats, both purpose built and period conversions, and also for its stately Georgian homes. Prices start at £650,000 for a one-bed flat, £900,000 for a two-bed, and £2 million for a three-bed. Smaller houses are currently starting at £2 million and for large family houses, prices can range anywhere from £5-£15 million.”

La Brasseria Milanese

A family-owned Italian in the heart of Marylebone, this buzzy restaurant offers a full complement of breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner menus, as well as a comprehensive wine list. And in such stylish surrounds, it would be tempting to stay seated for all of it. Richard Douglas, director of Marylebone’s Beauchamp Estates, would wholeheartedly agree: “They’ve just had a refit and it looks amazing,” he says, adding that he looks forward to eating here in the summer. “The tables outside are a sun trap. It’s the best al fresco dining in Marylebone and of course, the food’s great!” 42 Marylebone High Street, W1U (020 7486 3753; labrasseria.com)


Spinning is a divisive subject, but even the most dubious (read: terrified) among us cannot deny the power of a high-energy pick-meup. Marylebone’s Psycle offers local gluttons for punishment a collection of class-based workouts designed to help clear the mind and tone the body. Aston Chase’s Mark Pollack is a regular here: “I love cycling so this is a quick fix if I haven’t got time to hit the roads,” he says. “There are few other workouts as dynamic, within a limited period of time, which suit my busy schedule.” 76 Mortimer Street, W1W (020 3150 2644; psyclelondon.com)



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“New and exciting restaurants, wine bars, healthy cafés and coffee shops are popping up all over Marylebone. A particular destination for all things culinary is Portman Village. Modern eateries such as Boxcar, Donostia and Bernardi’s sit next to traditional establishments loved by locals, including The Carpenter’s Arms and The Portman.


Street hearts Marylebone

Bryanston Square

Designed by Joseph T Parkinson, this is one of the Capital’s grandest Georgian squares, featuring stuccoed terraces fronting a gorgeous central garden, planted with magnificent old London plane trees


Little Black Book Kelly Landesberg Restaurateur

“I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be opening my first restaurant in Marylebone – it has always felt like there is a strong sense of family community here, and I really hope that A.O.K Kitchen & Bakery can become part of that. My perfect day starts by taking my dog, Arthur, to Regent’s Park: you can’t beat a walk there on a sunny, crisp day. I absolutely love being outside and I find being around nature really grounding. I am lucky to be able to get my morning coffee right here at A.O.K, but when I want a bit of variety, I go to The Monocle Cafe, which is still very much a favourite. I’ve been going to Daniel Galvin since I was a little girl and have always had my hair cut by Brendan and Lino, who are just the best. As for hair colouring, I always go to Billi Currie – the

Did you know? Spread across three basement levels at 200 Baker Street you’ll find the somewhat startling collection of items lost by members of the public on London’s transport system. With 65 members of staff sorting through as

salon is so cool and stylish, and the staff are very friendly. We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to shopping – my favourites are Selfridges, Anthropologie and Maje. As for local independents, I love Bella Freud on Chiltern Street: they have some really cute pieces that are cosy, comfortable and feature fun prints. We are proud of the healthy menu at A.O.K Kitchen & Bakery, but I also love to eat at Il Blandford’s. Jessica, who is in charge, runs an excellent business and the pizzas are just delicious. I’m also a fan of Il Baretto on nearby Blandford Street, as it’s authentic and has a lovely family atmosphere. Clarette is also just around the corner from A.O.K and it’s a great place for cosy and relaxed after work drinks.” 52-55 Dorset Street, W1U (020 3889 9400; aokkitchen.co.uk)

many as 1,200 items every day, it is the biggest lost property depot in Europe (beaten globally only by Tokyo). Among the endless umbrellas, keys and mobile phones, some of the slightly stranger finds include a 40-inch TV and a life-sized stuffed gorilla – the

latter has been adopted by the team and named Eddie. The Transport Act of 1982 dictates that any item unclaimed after three months becomes the property of TfL, to dispose of as they see fit – much of it, including clothes, cosmetics and toys is donated to charity.

Seymour Place

A village within the village and one of Marylebone’s most exciting dining destinations: foodies will love the choice of independent eateries here, including Lurra, Vinoteca and Donostia

Chiltern Street

Serious shopping heaven, this busy thoroughfare is home to a number of specialist shops, from sitars to antiques, stylish menswear, boutique womenswear and renowned restaurants





Making choices about your child’s education can feel like a daunting prospect. It goes without saying that you want to find a school with fantastic facilities and a team of inspiring, experienced teachers, who will encourage your child to learn and help them to grow. Add to that feeling safe in the knowledge that a school will prepare pupils not just for exams, but for anything that life may present. But how to find such a place? Experts suggest that as revealing as prospectuses and results are, sometimes the most important thing is to get a sense of a school's ethos: staff come and go, extra-curricular activities change, but a school's ethos will be much more lasting. Sir Frederick Treves, the great Victorian doctor who famously treated Joseph Merrick (‘the Elephant Man’), is quoted as saying: "Don't worry about genius, and don't worry about not being clever. Trust rather to hard work, perseverance, and determination… You hold your future in your own hands.” This sentiment of having a sense of responsibility for self is one that the team at Lyndhurst House, an independent preparatory and pre-

preparatory school for boys aged four to thirteen, agree with wholeheartedly. Their focus is on providing a full and rounded education, which, for them, means paying particular attention to the individual needs of every pupil. This is achieved through keeping class sizes small throughout the school. In this way, staff are able to give boys the individual attention they need – whether that means pushing them on towards

scholarship work or giving them extra support in areas where they may be struggling. Reflecting its diverse north west London community, the school is nondenominational and welcomes families of all religions and all cultures. Boys are taught to be tolerant and respectful of the opinions of others. Put simply, they are taught to value the importance of kindness. Ask a Lyndhurst House boy what the most important thing about being at the school is and he may give you many answers: to have fun, to work hard, to make the most of your opportunities… but the most common answer will be to be kind to each other. Headmaster Andrew Reid says: “In a world where we see so many examples of people acting intolerantly and with anger, we believe that the next generation should understand the need to listen to others with patience, to express one’s opinions with restraint, and to take time out when tempted to act or speak in haste.” Lyndhurst House School, 24 Lyndhurst Gardens, NW3 (020 7435 4936; lyndhursthouse.co.uk)



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Abercorn School What attracted you to the school? It offers a mix of traditional British education with future-focused attention to the needs of an everchanging world. How would you sum it up? Abercorn shapes thought with purpose, identifying and enriching talent while developing and nurturing capability to make sure every child succeeds.


Does your child’s school offer value for money?


f you’re prone to neck problems, you might want to avoid graphs depicting the rise of London school fees. According to the Independent Schools Council, they rose by 24 per cent between 2012 and 2017, taking the average annual day fee to £16,572. This has put private education out of the reach of families who could previously have afforded it. It also explains why St Paul’s School has introduced a bursary scheme to offer “more generous support to families with incomes less than £120k.” In fact, a growing investment in bursaries is one of the reasons for the steep rise; state-of-the-art recording studios and 50-metre swimming pools is another. But with schools racing to out-do each other on the facilities front, how do you know which one offers the best value? “As independent schools tend not to run SATs, it’s going to come down to what matters to you,” says The Good Schools Guide’s Francis Hamlyn. “For parents who don’t get home until 7pm, an extra hour of education can add value, as can the range

of after-school activities on offer. Children can now try their hand at everything from drama and creative writing, to stamp collecting and sport. “Many parents also value smaller class sizes because they usually bring better results. With many state school classes having 30 or more pupils, it’s not uncommon to find children in the private sector taught in groups of 15 or fewer.” Your child’s strengths and interests are another important factor, says Francis. “If they’re great at sports, central London schools may not be the best choice, as they don’t usually have facilities close by,” he advises. “In that case, you could consider boarding schools outside the Capital, which have more space for playing fields and sports pitches. “Finally, an academic child won’t necessarily thrive in the hothouse environment of the Capital’s best (and most expensive) day schools. Many nonselective schools still get great results because they have small class sizes and plenty of teacher contact. Even in London, a good private education needn’t cost the earth.” (goodschoolsguide.co.uk)

The shortlist: Marylebone Wetherby Senior School Independent day school for boys aged 11 to 18 years (020 7535 3530; wetherbysenior.co.uk) Queen’s College London Independent day school for girls

aged 11 to 18 years (020 7291 7000; qcl.org.uk) Abercorn School Independent co-ed day school for pupils aged 2.5 to 13 years (020 7723 8700; abercornschool.com)

Portland Place School Independent co-ed day school for pupils aged 10 to 16 years (020 7307 8700; portland-place.co.uk)

co-ed nursery and day school for pupils aged 2 to 16 years (020 7637 5351; eifaschool.com)

Describe the atmosphere It’s bursting with the personalities and aspirations of all connected with it. There’s an atmosphere of engagement and common purpose, with shared values and collective pride. Each of our three sites feels homely, too, which makes building relationships easier. How do you balance your extra-curricular activities with the academic side? We offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities, which take place both on and off campus and within and outside of the normal school day. The staff use cross-curricular links to strengthen learning opportunities, understanding that achievement in extra-curricular areas can often enhance skills and understanding in core curriculum subjects. What’s your personal educational ethos? Learning knows no bounds, so a rich educational offering delivered in a secure and stimulating environment is the best way to maximise student potential. Marylebone Road, NW1 (020 7723 8700; abercornschool.com)

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ondon is a wonderful, cosmopolitan city, but its crowded, chaotic culture can sometimes taint its educational appeal, particularly for parents seeking the best, allround education for their child. Though it may be tempting to move, or explore boarding provision, it is worth exploring all that London schools have to offer, from high academic standards to specialist sports facilities. North London school group, North Bridge House utilises the rich diversity of the city itself to facilitate academic excellence and character development way beyond the curriculum. “London’s rich culture and heritage act as an extension of the classroom; they enable teaching well beyond the boundaries of the school,” says the Head of North Bridge House Senior Hampstead, Brendan Pavey With campuses in Hampstead, Islington and Regent’s Park, North Bridge House School finds itself perfectly placed, with the world’s top museums, galleries and music venues all within easy reach. Furthermore, London’s famous landmarks, beautiful parks and

open spaces all enrich pupils’ learning on a daily basis. And while the school’s unique campuses – including charming Victorian villas, a grand former convent, an impressive five-storey building and a Grade II listed Tudor house – may not have big outdoor playing fields, with Hampstead Heath, Regent’s Park and Highbury Fields as their home grounds and everyday outdoor sport facilities, they have arguably upped their game. “For children fortunate enough to be educated in and around the Capital, the diversity of culture, business and character offer fresh, exciting experiences every day,” says Jonathan Taylor, Head of North Bridge House Senior Canonbury. “Where else can students spend the morning at the Chemistry Bar in the Science Museum’s Wonderlab, the afternoon doing work experience with international business leaders in the City, play a sporting fixture with local rivals after school, and enjoy an evening performance of Tosca in the West End?” London is big, but it is also local – it is a series of villages, all of which enjoy their own unique

resources. On North Bridge House Senior Canonbury’s doorstep, for example, is the prestigious Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art. Through a partnership with the gallery, students visit regularly, develop a contextual understanding of the artwork and even host student takeovers to debate what they see, feel and hear. This in-depth experience wouldn’t be achievable if the school were not so close by.

Similarly, North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Prep Schools have developed strong community links with local charities, including the Age UK Camden centre, where the children regularly sing for the elderly residents. It goes without saying that London is an enormous generator of talent and opportunity. To compete in the highly competitive international job market, school leavers need ‘global skills’. At North Bridge House, this means that students learn how to think for themselves and to deliver creative and innovative solutions to problems through direct experience of innovative business, which London has in abundance. North Bridge House’s World of Work programme has developed partnerships with London businesses spanning all major industry sectors, including creative, high tech, engineering, legal, medical and finance. This helps to prepare students for their future careers and provides endless resources to enhance the curriculum taught in the classroom. Everything adds up to the most rounded of educations. For more information, call 020 7428 1520 or see northbridgehouse.com


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Oldbury Place

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This period mews house has been artfully rebuilt and opened up by its previous owner: an acclaimed architect. Set in a charming cul de sac located off the Regent’s Park end of Marylebone High Street, its position is seriously enviable, too. Offering three bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan family/dining and kitchen space, a second floor reception room boasting its own galley kitchen, plus a roof terrace, you’d be forgiven for underestimating its diminutive exterior. If you’re torn between a charming period property and a sleek and chic new-build, this is the perfect compromise. £4.65 million, Druce (020 7935 6535; druce.com)

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Harley Steet


This five-bed townhouse, located on Marylebone’s famed thoroughfare of medical excellence, has been interior designed with clinical precision. Beautifully light, bright – and white – the property exudes modern luxury. Arranged over three floors, there’s oodles of elegant living space to enjoy, not least the glamorous master bedroom with its walk-in shower room with double vanity basins. The family home is available either furnished or unfurnished, but we’d advise you make the most of its existing décor – it’s been put together with exquisite taste. £2,785 per week, McGlashans (020 7486 6711; mcglashans.co.uk)

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Cumberland Mansions

Hamptons hamptons.co.uk


Situated on the second floor of an attractive red brick mansion block, this three-bed apartment boasts 1,494 sq ft of luxury living space. Recently refurbished and redecorated to exacting standards, the flat comes with wood floors, bespoke built-in storage, a commodious double reception and two bathrooms. Outside space is in the form of a small balcony, while a lift and porterage service are creature comforts to relish. The apartment’s location couldn’t be better – just a short stroll to the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street, yet set within the relative tranquility of Marylebone village. £2.5 million, Chestertons (020 7298 5900; chestertons.com)

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nstalling a brand new kitchen is one of life’s biggest expenses and a task you don't want to repeat too often. To get the most out of your new kitchen it’s wise to think about future proofing when deciding on a design. You can do this by opting for a classic contemporary scheme that won’t look dated come next season, but will maintain a fresh aesthetic. Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets, with their London showroom on Chalk Farm Road, specialise in high quality kitchen cabinetry with a timeless appeal. Their collection of solid wood cabinets, doors and worktops is finished to the highest standard and, with their large stock-

holding, you don’t have to wait the usual six weeks for delivery. Lead-time is just 14 working days, meaning you can be sat in your brand new kitchen enjoying a cuppa in no time. So what style do you opt for if you want your kitchen to pass the test of time? Showroom manager Marek Nagajek advises: “Modern touches within a traditional style will mean that none of your creature comforts are lost in an effort to create a particular look.” For him, Shaker style is a kitchen trend that’s not going anywhere. “I don’t see Shaker style doors ever disappearing from our homes,” he says. “The style is that popular.”


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Showroom assistant Robert Kigozi agrees, saying: “Shaker kitchens, amongst other classic English looks, have never been more in fashion.” With Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets’ vast product range to choose from, you can design a kitchen full of bespoke charm. From base cabinets to oven housing units, to curved and wall cabinets and solid oak doors, there’s plenty of options available to suit every taste. The company also supply a range of timber worktops and frontal accessories, including cornices and pelmets, to allow you to complete your kitchen in style. “Coupled with another British favourite, Farrow & Ball paints,” says Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets’ Director, Dan Wilson, “we are providing a look that’s not only quintessentially English, but can be adapted to suit any setting. The colour options mean the possibilities are endless.” 70 Chalk Farm Road, NW1 (020 7485 7203; solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk)

People in the trade Marylebone Solid Floor A flooring company founded by Dutch designer Eelke Jan Bles, specialising in bespoke floors made with quality timber (020 7486 4838; solidfloor.co.uk) Portland Hardware & Handyman An independent DIY store plus a reliable in-house handyman service (020 7580 2276; portlandhardware.co.uk)

Studio Hopwood Interior design practice with associate architects, landscape architects and project managers, founded by Daniel Hopwood (studio@danielhopwood.com; danielhopwood.com) Works Architectural practice with a broad portfolio spanning buildings, exhibitions, interiors,

furniture, landscape, graphics and crafts (020 7224 8750; worksarchitecture.com) Minoli A family-run tiling company established in the 1960s, offering a comprehensive range of luxury surfaces (020 7474 2934; minoli.co.uk)

How did Another Country come about? The brand was launched in 2010, around the time there was much focus on design-led, fast furniture, and our founder, Paul de Zwart, saw a market (and a need) for furniture that was the antithesis of this. It started with a carefully crafted stool, Stool One and from there Series One was born. What can we expect from a visit to your showroom? A range of furniture pieces from across our collections, complemented by a selection of accessories and lighting. It’s a modest but charming space, perfect for browsing or sitting down to review fabrics for your new sofa! What’s your design ethos? Our mission is to be a responsible, purposeful and useful company that’s fit for the 21st century, and our ambition is to sell our sustainably made furniture to as many people as possible. To do this, we strive to balance craft and industry. What are your eco-creds? We aim to run our business as sustainably as possible: we use wood from sustainably managed forests and natural fibres and fillings for our upholstery, furthermore we make to order to minimise waste, and consider the entire lifecycle of our products. Any new releases? You can expect a new shelving system designed by Mathias Hahn, a new chair by Alain Gilles, and a new edition to our much loved Hardy Collection, the Hardy Stacking Chair. 18 Crawford Street, W1H (020 7486 3251; anothercountry.com)




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Alex Bourne

Beauchamp Estates Why I love London… The food, culture, diversity, architecture and energy. If I wasn’t an estate agent I’d be… a food critic. Though that may be pure indulgence, in which case I’d revert to my previous: actor. Or else interior designer and architect. Favourite London Street? Marylebone High Street. Best sale? A Knightsbridge property that sold for £16 million in a 48-hour exchange. Favourite place? Claridge’s. I got married there so it has a special place in my heart.

Hail a Hamptons

Favourite place to grab a coffee? Fischer’s – great coffee, tempting cakes.


o celebrate a whopping 150 years of estate agency, Hamptons International has launched a fleet of branded London cabs displaying the impressive strapline, “Moving together since 1869”. Throughout the year, the taxis, in blue, gold and white, will be making some guest appearances at a number of high profile London events, including the Chelsea Flower Show and Open Garden Squares Weekend. Lesley Cairns, managing director of Hamptons International, says: “We couldn’t be happier with our branded taxis and look forward to seeing them in action. London’s black cabs are part of our Capital’s great heritage and with a history of 150 years in the property industry, Hamptons International are very proud to promote our big anniversary year on the iconic London cab, recognised worldwide.” Next time you hail a cab, make sure it’s a history-making Hamptons one. (hamptons.co.uk)



Where do you go for head space in the city? In spring and summer, the meditation garden in Regent’s Park, otherwise I just try to find a quiet coffee shop.

Better together Eagle-eyed property seekers may have noticed that Benham and Reeves’ individual sales and lettings companies have recently merged under one ownership to become, simply, Benham & Reeves. The brand now offers property sales alongside the existing lettings business for the first time in decades. Managing director Anita Mehra has for a long time wished to see the two companies unite. “I am delighted we’re now returning to a single, united lettings and sales business,” she says. “It was always a logical fit and means we can now assist clients throughout the entire lifecycle of a property investment, from purchase to lettings, furnishings or refurbishment, to property management and eventual sale.” (benhams.com)

What’s your hidden talent? I am a really good chef and not a bad crooner. Period property or newbuild? I always wanted a period property but ended up living in a new-build: I think the attraction of period for me was the design detail and proportions of rooms, but modern design and building techniques are increasingly delivering all this and more. Take one person, dead, alive or fictional, out in London – who and where? My grandfather, who I’m named after, but never got to meet: I’d show him how London has changed since he lived here and end our tour with tea in Claridge’s.



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An opportunity to acquire a substantial (circa 1.7 acres) Freehold site situated on the favoured West side of The Bishops Avenue which is undoubtedly one of London’s most sought after and exclusive addresses.

Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ15,000,000 Sole Selling Agent

The existing derelict house is set back from the road behind a sweeping carriage drive and the extensive plot also currently features a full size tennis court.





A pair of two newly constructed contemporary houses arranged over two floors only. Discreetly set back from the road, both houses have been thoughtfully designed around a private courtyard garden, offering an abundance of natural light via full height triple glazed windows. Manor Mews is located within close proximity to a range of several cafés, restaurants, boutiques and St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee line), offering easy acces to Oxford Street, Bond Street, Mayfair, The City & Canary Wharf.


Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom Bedroom 2 with En-Suite Shower Room Bedroom 3 • Family Bathroom Drawing Room




Fully Fitted Kitchen including Dining Area Utility Room • Guest Cloakroom Additional Storage

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On the second floor of this iconic Art-Deco former cinema in Bayswater W2, a beautifully refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment for sale in this portered building. The building was completely refurbished in 2014, and the apartments finished to a high specification and quality. This stunning flat has two bedrooms, one with an en suite, a separate bathroom, a large open plan kitchen reception and private balcony. The specification includes underfloor heating and comfort cooling.


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A stunning and incredibly light two bedroom (plus study/bedroom three) mews house for sale in this wonderful, private gated development in the heart of Notting Hill W11. The architect owners of this contemporary home have created a beautiful space with a stunning floating staircase linking the three floors of the house.


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HIGHGATE, N6 An attractive, fully detached four bedroom house nestled in this quiet, sought-after, gated development. Affording good family accommodation, the house is arranged over two floors only. With potential to extend the ground floor into the rear garden, the property also comes with use of the estate’s recently refurbished, indoor, heated swimming pool complex. Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room • 3 Further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • 2 Reception Rooms Fitted Kitchen • Spacious Entrance Hall • Guest Cloakroom • Attached Garage • Additional Parking for 2/3 Cars West Facing Garden • Communal Indoor Heated Swimming Pool Complex • EPC D

£1,540,000 - Sole Agent

61 Highgate High St, N6 5JY 82



020 8348 8131


email : highgate@daymorris.co.uk

HIGHGATE, N6 A beautifully presented 3/4 bedroom family house forming part of this sought-after modernist development. The well-planned accommodation is arranged over two floors only and the delightful private garden has direct access to the secluded and secure communal gardens beyond. The property is situated in a convenient location between Highgate (Northern line) Underground station and the shops and eateries of Highgate Village. 3/4 Bedrooms • Bathroom • Separate WC • 2 Reception Rooms • Study/Bedroom 4 • Fitted Kitchen • Laundry Room Cloakroom • Off Street Parking • Private Garden • Communal Gardens • RPZ • EPC D

£1,300,000 - Sole Agent

61 Highgate High St, N6 5JY


020 8348 8131


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Hocroft Avenue

The Hocrofts NW2

A large five bedroom semi-detached family house located on this favoured turning within the ever popular Hocrofts. This wonderful family house comprises ample living and entertaining space on the ground floor including a kitchen/dining room, two large reception rooms and a study. The ground floor leads out onto the 80 ft. private garden. EPC rating E

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ÂŁ1,750,000 freehold

020 7182 1406 central.enquiries@chestertons.com

Clifton Gardens

Little Venice W9

Set on the raised ground floor and spanning 680 sq. ft. is this beautifully refurbished one bedroom apartment in immaculate condition. Comprising a voluminous reception room with spectacular floor to ceiling sash windows and a large master bedroom with attractive views to the rear of the building and a large, fully fitted, modern kitchen with space for a dining table. EPC rating C

ÂŁ925,000 share of freehold

020 7182 1406 central.enquiries@chestertons.com




020 8458 7311

CHURCH MOUNT, N2 £3,999,950 Positioned in this quiet turning just off Norrice Lea and set behind a carriage driveway with parking for 2-3 cars, is this highly desirable 4000sqft detached family home arranged over 4 floors. Internally the property is in excellent condition and benefits from a large open plan kitchen breakfast family room and a separate study. There are stairs leading down to a 38’ x 29’ basement which is currently used as large playroom. It also houses the utility room and a second guest wc. To the first floor there are 3 double bedrooms. The master suite comprises a walk in dressing room and en suite bathroom with separate shower.




JOINT AGENT There is a family bathroom that services the other 2 bedrooms and the top has a large 24’x15’ bedroom with en suite shower room. The local transport facilities and amenities of Market Place and East Finchely are within a few minutes walk. 4 BEDROOMS: 2 BATHROOMS: 2 SHOWER ROOMS: RECEPTION ROOM: KITCHEN WITH DINING AREA: GUEST CLOAKROOM: ENTERTAINMENT ROOM: STUDY: GARDEN: OFF-STREET PARKING. EPC Rating - E


020 8458 7311

WICKLIFFE AVENUE, N3 £1,599,9999 Situated in this desirable turning off Hendon Lane is this 5 bedroom newly refurbished detached family home. To the ground floor you are welcomed by a an excellent and spacious hallway which leads into a stunning 30’ x 28’ fully equipped open plan Kitchen/Dining reception room with bi-folding doors giving direct access out onto an amazing 80’ south west facing rear garden. There is also a separate lounge/family room and a study/playroom.


SOLE AGENT The first floor comprises of 3 bedrooms 2 of which are large doubles, the beautiful master bedroom offers a welldesigned dressing area and a separate en-suite shower room. There are 2 further bedrooms, a utility room and a shower room to the top floor. ENTRANCE HALLWAY: 2 RECEPTION ROOMS: KITCHIN/ DINING ROOM: MASTER EN SUITE BEDROOM WITH DRESSING ROOM: 4 FURTHER BEDROOMS: FAMILY BATHROOM: SHOWER ROOM: CLOAKROOM: REAR GARDEN: OFF STREET PARKING. EPC Rating- D




Platts Lane, NW3

A stunning split level apartment that has been stylishly modernised, presenting a beautiful home offering excellent entertaining space with a striking kitchen breakfast room, a delightful master bedroom with a full en-suite and a balcony taking in the mature green outlook. EPC: D

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£2,375,000 Freehold A charming five bedroom detached family house, offered for sale in this sought after road, close to The Market Place and Lyttelton playing fields. The house offers good sized living accommodation comprising an entrance hallway, reception room, dining room/family room, kitchen/breakfast room, study and guest cloakroom. The first floor consists of a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and walk in wardrobe, 2 further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. On the top floor there are 2 further bedrooms and a further family bathroom. There is also off-street parking for 2/3 cars and a large 75’ rear garden which can be accessed from the rear reception room and kitchen. 5 bedrooms including master suite | 3 bathrooms | reception room | dining room/family room | kitchen/breakfast room study | guest cloakroom | 75’ rear garden | off-street parking | EPC = E

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THE WATER GARDENS, W2 £625,000 ** LONG LEASE 150 years +** Stunning larger than average one bedroom apartment located on the ground floor over looking the communal gardens of this highly sought after purpose built block. The property has been recently refurbished to the highest standards and boasts large reception room with solid wood floors throughout, bathroom and fully fitted kitchen with high quality appliances. Added benefits include 24 hour porter, lifts and communal gardens. The Water Gardens is brilliantly located just a short walk from Paddington Station, Marble Arch tube Station, Edgware Road, Oxford Street and the open spaces of Hyde Park. EPC Rating: E | 549 sq ft | Communal Gardens | Recently Refurbished | 24HR Porter

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Purley Avenue NW2 £1,300,000 A spacious five bedroom house of classic design with contemporary features throughout, within easy reach of West Hampstead and Hampstead Village, and offering a 72ft south-facing garden plus driveway parking.

177 sq m/1906 sq ft 21’6 x 18’7 kitchen/diner Two receptions plus study Mature front and rear gardens Off-street parking

West Hampstead Office 020 7794 7111 94


South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 nw6@parkheath.com

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 nw3@parkheath.com

West Hampstead 020 7794 7111 192@parkheath.com

Kentish Town 020 7485 0400 kt@parkheath.com

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£4,650,000 STC


An exquisite yet contemporary open plan mews house which was designed and rebuilt by an acclaimed architect for their own use. The house is laid over three floors and features 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 degree, Marylebone views. ACCOMMODATION Reception/Family Room with Open Plan Dining Area * Fitted Kitchen with an AGA Oven and Utility Area * Main Drawing 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) AMENITIES Timber Flooring * Video Entryphone * Underfloor Heating Throughout * Dumb Waiter * Robert Taussig Audio System Throughout * Independent Gas Central Heating and Hot Water




A spacious apartment of approximately 140 sq m requiring full modernisation situated on the raised ground floor of this sought after purpose built block with porterage, communal garden and off-street parking (subject to availability). The block is located close to the Regents Canal, local shops and cafĂŠs along with public transport connections. 5 Bedrooms. Bathroom. Cloakroom. Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Reception Room. Communal heating & hot water. Communal Garden



211-213 Sutherland Avenue, Little Venice, London W9 1RU T: 020 7289 1692 E: property@vickersestateagents.com W: www.vickersestateagents.com 96


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KENRICK PLACE, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 This freehold house comprises ground floor bedroom with shower room and single garage, first floor reception room and open plan kitchen and the second floor bedroom with an en suite bathroom facility. There is scope for improvement subject to the necessary permissions. A unique opportunity to acquire a freehold mews house in the heart of Marylebone Village. This cobbled mews runs between Paddington Street and Dorset Street. The mews is located on the east side of Kenrick Place being ideally located for numerous transport facilities. Baker Street Underground station and the A40/M40 are within a stone’s throw from the property. The open spaces of Paddington Gardens and Regent’s Park are also close by. Please see website for full details

FREEHOLD £2,250,000

NEW CAVENDISH STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 The apartment comprises entrance hall, double reception room, kitchen, cloakroom, two double bedrooms one with an en suite bathroom and a further shower room. The apartment has recently been refurbished and benefits from secondary glazing throughout. This stone fronted mansion block also benefits from a porter. The property is situated on the south side of New Cavendish Street between Portland Place and Hallam Street, ideally located for the boutique shops and restaurants of Marylebone Village. Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street underground stations together with access to the A40/M40 are within close proximity. The open spaces of Regent’s Park are also nearby. Please see website for full details


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THE QUADRANGLE, W2 A well proportioned four double bedroom apartment extending to 1776 sq ft located on the fifth floor of a prestigious building benefiting from 24 hour porter. The apartment is set in the West Block of the Hyde Park Estate development in the heart of Connaught Village. A short distance to the trains and underground stations of Paddington, Edgware Road and Marble Arch and the department stores and shops of Oxford Street and the green open spaces of Hyde Park.







PORCHESTER PLACE, W2 A wonderful opportunity to purchase this two bedroom two bathroom 16th floor purpose built apartment with truly stunning south westerly facing views across Hyde Park and the London skyline. Reception Room, Kitchen, Two Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, 24 Hour Concierge, Lifts, EPC to be confirmed






Highgate Court, Bishops Road, Highgate, N6 £699,995 - £899,950 Highgate Court is a brand new development of luxury apartments. This stunning block offers fantastic flats conveniently located across the road from Highgate Woods and moments from Highgate underground. Shops and restaurants at Highgate Village are just a short walk away. Each apartment is beautifully fitted with luxury bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens. The block features a concierge too. A selection of two bedroom apartments are still available with prices starting from £699,995 rising to £899,950. Hurry to view the last few remaining in this luxury development. Two bedrooms | Two luxury appointed bathrooms (one en-suite) | Open plan kitchen/living/dining room Close to Highgate Tube | Concierge | Balcony | Private gated parking available to purchase | EPC=TBC



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£3,500 PER WEEK

An exquisite house (approx. 3,078 sq.ft. / 285.9 sq.m.) set in a private close located just off Elm Tree Road, moments from Regent’s Park, St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line) and the local amenities of St John’s Wood High Street. Reception Room ■ Dining Room ■ Eat-In Kitchen ■ 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms ■ Guest WC ■ Off Street Parking ■ Garage ■ Patio Garden Roof Terrace ■ Air Conditioning ■ EPC D



A beautifully presented and recently refurbished mews house (approx. 1,370 sq.ft. / 127 sq.m.) located in arguably the most attractive mews in Belsize Park. Steeles Mews South is discreetly tucked away in a quiet corner of Steeles Village just moments away from the numerous shops and restaurants on England’s Lane and Haverstock Hill. 25’ Reception Room with Open Plan Modern Kitchen ■ 3 Double Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms (1 En Suite) ■ Guest WC ■ Roof Terrace ■ Off Street Parking EPC E


A bright & spacious 4th floor flat (approx. 979 sq.ft. / 90.9 sq.m.) of this popular purpose built block right opposite St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee line) and a stone throw from The American School. Large Reception Room with Wood Floors ■ Eat-in Kitchen 2 Double Bedrooms ■ Bathroom ■ Porter ■ Lift ■ Communal Gardens Communal Heating & Hot Water Included in Rent ■ EPC D


36’ Reception Room Intercommunicating with Dining Room and Opening onto Small Balcony ■ Eat-In Kitchen ■ 4 Bedrooms ■ 3 Bathrooms Guest WC ■ Wood Flooring Throughout ■ Lift ■ Porter ■ EPC D

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


£1,950 PER WEEK

A recently refurbished 2nd floor flat (approx. 2,162 sq.ft. / 200.9 sq.m.) set in this superior portered block along the High Street, adjacent to Regent’s Park and moments from the Underground Station (Jubilee line) and the American School is also close by.




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£395 pw Unfurnished

1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom | Apartment | Garden 24hr Concierge | Near Highbury and Islington Tube | EPC-C Highgate 020 8341 2335



£675 pw Unfurnished

2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | Apartment | Garden 24hr Porter | Close to Amenities | Near Hampstead Tube | EPC-D Hampstead 020 7435 9681


Woodberry Park

£440 pw Furnished

2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | Apartment | Balcony Communal Garden | Lift | Concierge | Near Tube | EPC-C Highgate 020 8341 2335


£2,150 pw Furnished


Beaufort Park

£650 pw Furnished

7 Bedrooms | 4 Receptions | 4 Bathrooms | House | Garden Parking | Close to Amenities | Near Hampstead Tube | EPC-D

3 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | Apartment | Balcony Gym & Spa | 24hr Concierge | Communal Garden | EPC-C

Hampstead 020 7435 9681

Beaufort Park 020 8732 7980

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The Red Brick House is an exceptional, low built detached house arranged over three floors (560.5 sq m/6,033 sq ft). This stunning family home has been meticulously refurbished throughout, set back from the road with secure off street parking, garage and a landscaped rear garden.


The property is situated moments from the amenities of Little Venice, the picturesque Regent’s Canal and Warwick Avenue Underground Station (Bakerloo Line).


ACCOMMODATION Principal bedroom with en-suite bathroom and his & hers dressing rooms, 3 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms (1 en-suite), reception room/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, cinema/family room with bar area, leisure complex incorporating gymnasium, swimming pool with wave machine, steam room, wine cellar, industrial kitchen/utility room, staff bedroom with en-suite shower room. AMENITIES Air conditioning, underfloor heating. EPC=TBC.

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LUXURY APARTMENT TO LET 2 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms High specification 935 sqft | £1,100 per week Moments from Hampstead High Street, transport links and local amenities


APARTMENTS AND PENTHOUSES TO LET 3 to 4 bedrooms 2 to 3 bathrooms starting from £999 per week Set within a secure gated complex with 24 hour Concierge and off street parking

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Living socially is the new living well Luxury Living Exclusively for the Over 60s. Who said later living was all about winding down? With 20% of the current UK population expected to see its 100th birthday, what it means to retire is changing. Technology, travel and improved healthcare are just a few reasons why today’s retiree is seeking a life full of culture, trips abroad and keeping active. Property developers have had to meet this demand, by designing flexible accommodation that can easily cater to larger social gatherings, whilst also keeping within the parameters of quiet space and home comforts. Take Belle Vue for example, a cleverly designed development by PegasusLife that is a true demonstration of how social spaces can be brought to life in Hampstead. The PegasusLife ethos is all about nurturing close-knit communities - therefore the arrangement of all shared spaces, including entrance lobbies and corridors, lounges and leisure areas are designed to create opportunities for social interaction.



Surrounded by interlocking gardens, the roofscape at Belle Vue is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. The open terrace is a communal space, so you can catch up with friends over coffee and soak up the panoramic views of the London skyline from the Olympic Park to the London Eye. Why not start the evening with a quick glass of champagne before heading out into the local scene. In fact, Belle Vue allows any culture vulture to nip into central London to enjoy world-class shows, restaurants and galleries whenever they please. There’s certainly no shortage of things to do in and around the development, offering the very best facilities to support homeowners to live well. Belle Vue is one of two PegasusLife developments in Hampstead, North London. Together with No.79 Fitzjohn’s Avenue, the two sites offer state-of-the-art facilities from fully equipped gyms to spas and treatment rooms.

Designed to foster creativity and wellbeing, this vibrant collection of 59 apartments is just a short stroll from Hampstead Heath. On site, you can relax in your private wellness centre including lap pool or simply enjoy the selection of local produce available in the cafe. Please call 02039 369 969 for more information and to hear about our upcoming Launch Event PegasusLife.co.uk/BelleVue Prices at Belle Vue start from ÂŁ792,500



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