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FA B R I C M A G A Z I N E . C O . U K

MOVING MATTERS Insider advice to help your property stand out in a crowded marketplace

PERFECT ENGLISH TOWNHOUSE Ros Byam Shaw celebrates the timeless appeal of a classic Regency terrace




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37 H O T L I S T


What to see and where to go this month

41 L U S T L I S T

How does your garden grow? With spring in the air, discover this season’s crop of floral fancies

42 I N T E R V I E W

Girl’s done good: actress Annabel Scholey talks about her role in new legal drama The Split, and why it’s a great time for women in the industry

49 S T Y L E & W E L L B E I N G

It’s Marathon month and we’ve rounded up a selection of stylish essentials for runners

53 F O O D & D R I N K

Find out what we made of the re-launched Marylebone institution, Orrery (hint: it’s good)

59 T R AV E L

We’ve a hankering for a holiday home, plus a review of an adults-only Mallorcan paradise

66 I N T E R I O R S


Marketing your home this spring? Make it stand out with our top tips for a quick sale

71 AT H O M E W I T H

Ros Byam Shaw celebrates the Perfect English Townhouse in her beautiful new book


74 A C C E S S A L L A R E A S

Community spirit, two buzzing high streets and a pretty park are all on offer in Queen’s Park

84 P R O P E R T Y

News, views, titbits of property gossip and the best new homes on the market



Whether you’re running the London Marathon this month, or running the property market gauntlet after putting your home up for sale, you can count on this issue of Fabric to see you through. You’ll also find an exclusive interview with actress Annabel Scholey, whose latest project promises to be the talk of the water cooler – miss it at your peril. Our postcode crush this month is on Queen’s Park – another of our favourite London villages (and worth a visit for the farmers market alone). Plus we’ve gone full out floral with a spring-themed Lust List that’s sure to bring a little sunshine to your life – even if those April showers do materialise. Of course, if you’re after a little more guaranteed sunshine, you’ll find plenty of inspiration on our travel pages, where we review a luxurious adults-only hotel in Mallorca. Don’t jet off before reading the whole mag though…

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delightfully situated within a highly regarded and tranquil enclave yards from Golders hill park, a fine detached house built circa 1917 in the arts and Crafts style providing spacious and elegant family accommodation in excess of 3000 sq ft with a secluded south-west facing garden, a roof terrace and off street parking for 2 cars. the property has recently been the subject of an extensive refurbishment and modernisation programme and is now being offered in a 'ready to move in' condition. 020 7435 9822 nW3@B-R.CO.UK


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An imposing bay fronted four storey end of terrace victorian house, approached via an elevated raised ground floor entrance in this key position in the Conservation Area only moments from the heath. This substantial house (circa 3,400 sq ft) is arranged over four generous floors with wonderful high ceilinged reception rooms to the raised ground floor, retaining ornate period detailing and with a dual aspect. The house is only a stone's throw from Parliament Hill and Tufnell Park station (Northern line) and Gospel Oak station (Overground) are both within a 10 minute walk. 020 7284 0101 NW5@B-R.CO.UK




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A beautifully presented Grade II listed house (1,722 sq ft/160 sq m) located on this tree lined road adjacent to St John’s Wood High Street. Arranged over three floors, the house benefits from a 21’ reception room, 16’ 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 ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM • 3 FURTHER BEDROOMS • FAMILY BATHROOM • CENTRAL HEATING • ENTRY PHONE • FRONT AND REAR GARDENS • RESIDENTS PARKING • WITHIN EASY REACH OF ST JOHN’S WOOD TUBE STATION (JUBILEE LINE) AND LOCAL BUS STOPS FREEHOLD




LONDON HOUSE, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 An exemplary example of a fantastic, bright and spacious four bedroom family apartment measuring approximately 1,773 sq ft/164 sq m situated on the 6th floor of this ever popular portered block. The apartment has been meticulously refurbished to an exacting standard, making use of exceptional materials, fixtures and fittings 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, which has recently undergone refurbishment of the common areas, is located on the highly regarded Avenue Road.

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MARYLEBONE OFFICE 6 Paddington Street Marylebone London W1U 5QG T: 020 7224 4994 E:


ÂŁ2,295,000 FREEHOLD

A newly developed and wonderfully presented three double bedroom flat within this mature and established apartment building in prime Marylebone. With onsite 24 hour porterage, Montagu Mansions is ideally positioned for the world class amenities of Marylebone Village and the West End, together with the green open spaces of Regent’s Park. Located on the first floor of this red brick mansion block with a lift, the property offers spacious and well proportioned accommodation and natural light throughout. Newly renovated to the highest standard, the flat offers a wealth of design features and a superb specification throughout. Viewing is essential and highly recommended. The transport links are excellent from nearby Baker Street, Marylebone and Edgware Road underground stations, Marylebone and Paddington train stations, and access to the West and Heathrow via the A40. EPC Rating C.


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


£2,250,000 FREEHOLD

A beautifully presented period house set within the ever popular Dorset Square Conservation Area, located within walking distance of the open spaces of Regent’s Park with both Baker Street and Marylebone stations close by. The property has been refurbished to an exacting standard and comprises a master bedroom with dressing room and en suite shower room, four further bedrooms, two further shower rooms, a family bathroom, a spacious reception, a kitchen/dining room, and a roof terrace. The property benefits from many period features throughout, which makes this house a very desirable Central London home. The property also has the potential to add a separate entrance to make a self-contained apartment. Ivor Place is ideally located within easy walking distance to the amenities and transport links of Baker Street as well as Marylebone mainline station and the A40 for motorists. EPC Exempt.



Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park NW1 A substantial Nash House on a much sought after terrace This impressive stucco fronted residence offers large classical entertaining rooms with high ceilings and period features. The property is discreetly set directly opposite and with views over the boating lakes of Regent's Park. Situated only a short walk away from the fashionable high streets and transport facilities of St. John's Wood and Marylebone. 8 Bedrooms (4 with ensuite bathrooms), 2 further bathrooms, 6 reception rooms, kitchen, library, gymnasium, steam room, staff accommodation, courtyard garden, roof terrace, mews house and garage. EPC: E. Approximately 722.1 sq m (7,770 sq ft).     Leasehold: approximately 120 years remaining

Guide Price: £16,000,000 020 7861 1758  


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Oakhurst, Totteridge Common N20 Beautiful bespoke residence occupying 1.5 acres This spacious, detached home has been built to an exemplary standard and the accommodation is primarily arranged over four floors. Master suite with his and hers dressing room, en suite bathroom, sitting room and a terrace, 6 further bedroms with dressing rooms and en suite bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, cinema room, wine cellar, kitchen/family room, dining room, study, playroom, indoor swimming pool, spa with suana, tanning booth, massage room, gym, 3 guest WC's, Terrace, balcony, garden and 2 storage rooms. EPC: C. Approximately 1,813.9 sq m (19,525 sq ft). Freehold

Guide price: £15,000,000 020 8022 3328  


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Savernake Road

Hampstead NW3

An immaculate and exceptional two bedroom garden apartment with its own private entrance and presented in beautiful condition throughout. The property boasts a 50 ft landscaped patio and lawned garden accessed directly from the reception. Sole agent. EPC rating D


ÂŁ1,399,950 leasehold


020 7794 3311

Randolph Crescent

Little Venice W9

A truly stunning first floor, two bedroom apartment within a Victorian conversion on arguably Little Venice’s premier road. A spectacular refurbishment by architect Henning Stummel has resulted in a unique space with a bright and voluminous feel. EPC rating D

ÂŁ1,500,000 share of freehold

Little Venice

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An immaculate three/four bedroom house (233 sq m / 2,517 sq ft) with secure off street parking for three cars and a south-facing garden with patio area. The house was designed by leading architects KSR, who have created a striking and contemporary interior with excellent entertaining space and a double volume sitting room with good natural light. The house is positioned in the section of Marlborough Place between Abbey Road and Hamilton Terrace, within a short distance of the amenities of both St John’s Wood and Maida Vale. Further features include a south-facing garden with the benefit of planning permission (Sept 2015) for the construction of a garden studio. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES 3-4 Bedrooms (Air Conditioned) // 3 Bathrooms (2 En suite) // Study/Bedroom 4 with Terrace // Double Reception Room // Kitchen/Dining Room // Double Volume Conservatory/Sitting Area // 2 Guest Cloakrooms // Fully Integrated Audio Visual System & CCTV Security // Parking for 3 Cars



020 7722 3322

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Situated on one of the premier roads on the sought after The Hocrofts, NW2 is this imposing, detached, double fronted family house with impressive frontage (circa 4051 sq ft/376 sq m) set behind a gated carriage driveway with a spectacular mature and landscaped 78’ west facing garden backing on to the playing fields of UCS school. This fine home has been tastefully appointed to a high standard by the present owners with the accommodation arranged over three floors providing elegant and grand entertaining rooms. Energy Efficiency Rating - E54

Hampstead 020 7435 4404






This exceptional, detached, luxury residence on Grange Road, Kenwood, N6 has been finished to an exacting standard, providing a wealth of quality and sophistication throughout. This stunning home extends to approximately 9703 sq ft featuring a innovative and bespoke kitchen, leisure complex, an 11 m swimming pool, hot tub, relaxation zone, glass walled gymnasium and a steam room. Energy Efficiency Rating - C82

Hampstead 020 7435 4404





NORTH GATE, PRINCE ALBERT ROAD, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 £2,495,000 SOLE AGENT A rare opportunity to purchase an architecturally designed three bedroom, sixth (top) floor apartment affording incredible views overlooking the greenery and open spaces of Regent’s Park with exceptional views of the London skyline beyond. North Gate is a prestigious, portered red brick building, with parking available on a first come first serve basis on a carriage drive, enviably located opposite Regents Park situated on Prince Albert Road at the junction with St John’s Wood High Street within 0.5 miles of St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee line). Master Bedroom With En Suite Bathroom | Two Further Bedrooms | Shower Room With WC |Guest WC | Reception Room | Dining Room | Kitchen | 24hr Porterage | Entrance Phone | Passenger Lift | Limited Off Street Parking | EPC – E

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001

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This exceptional, detached, luxury residence on Grange Road, Kenwood, N6 has been finished to an exacting standard, providing a wealth of quality and sophistication throughout. This stunning home extends to approximately 9703 sq ft featuring a innovative and bespoke kitchen, leisure complex, an 11 m swimming pool, hot tub, relaxation zone, glass walled gymnasium and a steam room. Energy Efficiency Rating - C82

Hampstead 020 7435 4404




ELM TREE ROAD ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 A BEAUTIFUL DETACHED HOUSE SET WITHIN ITS OWN GROUNDS This is a private and spacious unique property with a beautifully mature and well maintained garden and outdoor space perfect for entertaining. Elm Tree Road is a country style residence built by our client 25 years ago to suit their requirements and is a true family home nestled within the 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.

Rosy Khalastchy +44 (0)20 7205 2970

£12,800,000 Freehold



FITZROY PARK HIGHGATE N6 A UNIQUE HOME DESIGNED BY AWARD WINNING ARCHITECT STANTON WILLIAMS This five bedroom property is situated within the Highgate Conservation area of North London. With spectacular views over the garden and then beyond to Hampstead Heath, the woodland provides a distinctly rural feel in a prime London location. Set back from Fitzroy Park, this outstanding property offers seamless open plan living space perfect for entertaining, within a genuinely spectacular private entrance. Accommodation: Reception room/entrance hall, kitchen/breakfast room, dining area, television/ family area, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 shower rooms, dressing room, study, cinema, guest WC. Amenities: Utility room, store room, 4 Balconies, double garage, off-street parking, garden, patio, heated swimming pool.

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£2,950,000 F/H

A charming, larger than average (281sq m/3,033sq ft), double fronted Grade II Listed family home tranquilly located adjacent to Hampstead Heath Extension. EPC=D.


£6,295,000 L/H 982 YEARS

An exceptional lateral four bedroom family apartment (243sq m/2,613sq ft) situated on the seventh floor of this landmark building located directly opposite Lord’s Cricket Ground. Amenities include 24hr porterage and two secure underground parking spaces. EPC=E.

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£5,750,000 F/H

A handsome detached period house arranged over four floors (319sq m/3,430sq ft), presented in a very good condition throughout and benefiting from excellent entertaining space, off street parking and a delightful rear garden. EPC=F.

P/H HARLEY HOUSE, REGENT’S PARK NW1 An exceptional opportunity to acquire one of the largest (379sq m/4,076sq ft) lateral five bedroom penthouses in Marylebone, located within this prestigious landmark building and benefiting from 24hr porterage and two secure off street parking spaces. EPC=F.



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020 7402 9494 16 Park Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SH Facsimile: 020 7724 7055 Email:

Striking modern architecturally designed house Price Reduced Courtenay Avenue, London, N6 In one of London’s most exclusive private roads, with 24 hour security, The Villa is essential viewing. Everything is here including 11,000 sq ft of flexible space which has design excellence in every last detail and a technical specification that is truly cutting edge. The property includes seven bedrooms and spectacular living and entertaining space. Highgate, specifically the Kenwood area, is home to some of London’s finest residences, with Courtenay Avenue being one of the most prestigious addresses. Kenwood’s rolling parkland is only moments away and the natural lakeside amphitheatre is home to fine concerts and also Kenwood House with its classic art collection. Nearby are the hilltop villages of Highgate and Hampstead, with boutique options for shopping and fine dining. Highgate is home to two of England’s finest private schools. The West End and City are less than 20 minutes drive away, so Kenwood really does add up to the perfect location for enjoying London life.

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A substantial, detatched, seven bedroom house Hampstead Village, London, NW3 Arranged over four floors and presented in very good order throughout, with the benefit of off street parking for several vehicles and a secluded garden. The property is located only minutes from the village with its array of fine restaurants, boutiques and transport facilities. Master Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom and Dressing Room • 6 Further Bedrooms • 6 Bathrooms • Staff Accommodation • 5 Reception Rooms Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Dining Room • Guest W/C • Rear Garden • Off Street Parking for Several Cars and Garage


Price on Application

020 7402 9494


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Nestled in a secluded position within this popular and charming cul-de-sac adjacent to the open expanses of the Heath Extension (and yet conveniently located close to all the excellent local schools, shops and public transport amenities), is this handsome, beautifully remodelled and redecorated double fronted, three storey five bedroom Grade II Listed family house. The house enjoys attractive views over the communal garden to the front, as well as double aspect views from virtually all the rooms and has been completely rewired throughout to provide data/internet network ports, multi-room wiring for sound system and fully connected for internet access. In addition, there is new underfloor heating to the ground floor and bathrooms and double glazing throughout. A feature of the house is the beautifully mature 43' landscaped rear garden which benefits from a westerly aspect and a huge level of privacy.

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An attractive detached, double fronted family house located in this desirable and quiet tree-lined close. The house is arranged over two floors only and currently provides a 14'5 reception hall, 40'8 double reception room, dining room, kitchen and a utility room on the ground floor. The first floor offers a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms and a shower room. The property also benefits from a very large loft, which could be converted, subject to any necessary planning permission. Other benefits include an integral garage, off-street parking, and a delightful south-facing rear garden. West Heath Close is situated within close proximity to Hampstead Heath and both Hampstead Village and Golders Green underground stations (Northern Line) are within a half mile radius.

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A stunning penthouse apartment (1785sqft/165.8sqm) conveniently located with views towards the East London skyline, with allocated car parking space. EPC Rating: D

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A spacious six double bedroom, four bathroom, two reception terraced house with a private rear garden located in a picturesque road in Hampstead. EPC Rating: D

Hampstead Sales t: 020 7794 1151 e: 55 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6UG


HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB, NW11 Occupying a substantial plot of 0,47 acres, a double fronted eight bedroom detached family home of understated elegance in a discreet Hampstead Garden Suburb location, directly overlooking and adjoining the rolling green acres of the Hampstead Heath Extension. This breathtaking home extends to approximately 6,850 sq ft (636.4 sq m) over three storeys and boasts a plethora of original features behind a sweeping carriage driveway accessed from two separate closes. On entering, the principal panelled living rooms are centred around a grand reception room opening onto magnificent south facing landscaped gardens. In addition there is a large family kitchen, library/study, indoor swimming pool, passenger lift and integral double garage. On the first floor the master suite offers a generous dressing room and en suite bathroom, three additional bedrooms and bathroom, whilst to the second floor there are four further bedrooms, family bathroom and kitchenette. The local shops of Temple Fortune and Golders Green Underground station are also both within close proximity. EPC Rating-E ÂŁ6,950,000 JOINT SOLE AGENTS


STORMONT ROAD, KENWOOD , N6 A double fronted, seven/eight bedroom, detached house spanning 9,240 sq ft (858.37 sq m) over four storeys with a 122’ west facing garden set behind a carriage driveway and electronically operated gates.

Please note that this property is now unfurnished and the photographs displayed are not an accurate likeness of how the house presents today. The house is located within 150m of the rolling green acres of Kenwood. Highgate tube station is approx 1,250m away and East Finchley tube station is within 1500m. Additionally the house is very convenient for all of the main London Airports. Entrance Hall, Double Drawing Room, Kitchen, Family Room, dining Room, Study, Leisure Floor with Cinema Room, Bar, Gym, Indoor Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Sauna, Steam Room, Wine Cellarm Master Bedroom with Dressing Room and En Suite, 7 to 8 Further Bedrooms, 5 Further En Suites, 5 Further WCs, West Facing Landscaped Garden, Garage, Carriage Driveway behind Electric Gates, EPC Rating C. FREEHOLD




The apartments at XY are made for modern living. Minutes from the amenities of King’s Cross, they are perfectly placed for all the benefits of city living and designed for the comfort and wellbeing of a balanced lifestyle. New show apartment and marketing suite now open. Book your viewing appointment today.

020 3151 7840

Prices from ÂŁ600,000 XY Marketing Suite, York Way, N7 9GY

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The hot list WH AT TO SEE AND D O T HIS M ON T H


CircusFest 2018

Until 6 May | Roundhouse and other venues “Daring and diverse, punky and poetic, subversive and socially aware,” say the organisers of this biennial festival. We say that’s an understatement. This year brings together 15 shows, two film projects and artists from three continents; highlights include two premieres: Relentless Unstoppable Human Machine from Pirates of the Carabina and The Bekkrell Effect from punk ensemble Groupe Bekkrell. The Roundhouse is the main stage, but you can catch performances elsewhere, including Jacksons Lane in Highgate. Jaw-dropping. Chalk Farm Road, NW1 (0300 6789 222;


Wondrous Words

15 Apr | Keats House This beautifully restored Regency house was home to everyone’s favourite Romantic poet. He lived there from 1818 to 1820, next door to his sweetheart Fanny Brawne, before leaving for Rome, where he died the following year aged just 25. Too sad. On a happier note, the house hosts regular family days, where junior wordsmiths can pen their own verses. April’s event is led by storyteller Emily Hannah. She’ll use words from Keats’s poetry to spark creativity, encourage word-play and produce poems to be proud of. Suitable for over 5s.

10 Keats Grove, NW3 (020 7332 3868;


The magic of the Royal Parks After decades of swinging, spinning, sliding and climbing, the playground at Gloucester Gate is now in real need of a brilliant transformation. Thanks to input from some enthusiastic youngsters and expert advice from play specialists, a new nature-inspired ‘playscape’ has been designed where children of all abilities can explore, discover and play together in The Regent’s Park’s beautiful surroundings. The Royal Parks charity is calling for Londoners to join forces and raise £100,000 to help transform Gloucester Gate playground into a wonderful new space that encourages collaborative play and inspires more children to spend time playing outdoors and to connect with nature. Your support will help create a state-of-the-art, fully-accessible playground that fires the imaginations of many, well into the future. Every penny received will really make a difference and major gifts will be acknowledged within the playground itself. To find out more, visit or email 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. Every year it welcomes 77 million visitors to 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.


Monet & Architecture

9 Apr-29 Jul | The National Gallery Hard to believe, but this is the first purely Monet exhibition to be staged in the Capital for more than 20 years. The artist is best known for his landscapes, seascapes and the late, great paintings of the gardens at his home in Giverny; this exhibition delivers a welcome fresh perspective. Focusing on his architectural paintings, it brings together more than 75 works depicting Paris and its suburbs, Venice and London. Divided into three sections, ‘The Village and the Picturesque’, ‘The City and the Modern’ and ‘The Monument and the Mysterious’, Monet & Architecture explores how one of the world’s best-loved painters captured a rapidly changing society though his portrayal of buildings. Unmissable. Trafalgar Square, WC2N (020 7747 2885;


Manon Until 16 May | Royal Opera House

Kenneth MacMillan’s tragic masterpiece is being revived to mark the 25th anniversary of his death. Adapted from the 18th century French novel with music by Massenet, Manon follows its inconstant heroine, torn between love and wealth, from the salons of Paris to the swamps of Louisiana. In The Royal Ballet’s 2018 revival, Akane Takada makes her debut in the title role, while David Hallberg, a Principal of American Ballet Theatre, dances the role of her lover, Des Grieux. A treat for music and ballet lovers alike. Bow Street WC2E (020 7304 4000;




Unrestricted View Film Festival

23-29 Apr | The Hen & Chickens Theatre Small, but perfectly formed, The Hen & Chickens is the quintessential London pub theatre. For the third year running, this intimate 54-seater space is hosting the Unrestricted View Film Festival. Run by film-makers, the festival celebrates all that’s best about indie cinema and encourages all aspects of independent film making. Aspiring auteurs should note that along with showings of 12 feature films and around 50 shorts, they can also attend industry workshops and networking events in the pub downstairs. 109 St. Paul’s Road, N1 (020 7704 2001;


Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best

10-15 Apr | Etcetera Theatre When footballing legend George Best was dropped from Man United in 1971 for missing training, he went AWOL. Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best is a reimagining of the lost weekend he spent in the Islington flat of actress Sinéad Cusack. Mobbed by the paparazzi and besieged by fans, the couple were trapped for three days. The play puts their turbulent relationship under the microscope – the dynamics are fascinating: her career is on the way up, his is already on the way out. A compelling portrait of fame and the price individuals pay for it.

265 Camden High Street, NW1 (020 7482 4857;


Fashioned from Nature

21 Apr-27 Jan 2019 | V&A Sometimes nature is the inspiration, at others it is the very fabric of the exhibit – like this cockerel feather cape – in this intriguing show. From a 17th century flowerembroidered bodice, to a Calvin Klein dress made from recycled plastic bottles, via earrings made from stuffed hummingbirds, the exhibition traces the complex relationship between fashion and the natural world in 300 objects. Providing more food for thought, two interactive installations explore the impact of the fashion industry on the environment. Beautiful, fascinating – and a tad unsettling. Cromwell Road, SW7 (020 7942 2000;


14 LUXURIOUSLY APPOINTED NEW APARTMENTS IN PRIME HAMPSTEAD LOCATION Prices from £2,400,000 Sales enquiries – please contact the selling agent: 020 7431 1234


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Gardener's delight


It's time to have a spring fling: from bugs to beautiful blooms, we’re taking style cues from the great outdoors this month







1. V&A Roses garden tool set, £19.95 ( | 2. Gardenshire pitcher, £58 ( | 3. Bloomingville Flora Terrarium gold pendant lamp, £85 ( | 4. Bee mug, £9.95 ( | 5. Run of the River EDP, £160 for 100ml ( | 6. Gold Ants, £34.95 for a set of two ( | 7. Marble Floral dark grey and rose gold watch, £82 (


Women are at the heart of The Split, Annabel Scholey’s latest project, and she is pleased to say that’s becoming increasingly the norm. We talk stage, screen and learning to be selective

Words Liz Skone James Photography Luke & Nik Fashion Holly Ounstead Hair and Make-up Anna Gibson

A family affair It is International Women’s Day when Annabel and I sit down to chat. And with the #MeToo and Time’s Up campaigns gathering pace, it looks set to be a significant year for women around the world. So it feels fitting to be talking, today of all days, about Annabel’s latest project – a BBC drama about the personal and professional lives of a family of high-powered female divorce lawyers in London. Written by BAFTA and Emmy-award winning Abi Morgan, produced by Jane Featherstone and directed by Jessica Hobbs, the strong female-led cast of The Split also includes Nicola Walker, Deborah Findlay and Meera Syal. “It is the most amazing team of women, so I felt very lucky to be part of it,” Annabel enthuses. “And it is lovely that the whole thing is centered around this family of women,” she adds. “But I’m happy to say, that more and more, I find that most things I go in for are heavily female. I think that we are in a place now, particularly in drama, where it is not going to be necessary to mention it as much. I feel like it is going to be the norm.” The series mixes legal, relationship and family drama as Nina (played by Annabel), her sister Hannah (Nicola Walker) and mother Ruth (Deborah Findlay) negotiate scandalous affairs, big-figure settlements and fraught relationship battles at work, while navigating their own complicated lives at home. It is what Annabel describes as a dream 42


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project. “Abi Morgan is just so good at writing these brilliant, flawed, witty characters. I think that is why I loved the script so much actually: they are all flawed, and that is really interesting to play. And interesting to see on screen, I think. These are real people. They seem to be doing so well professionally, and yet they are a complete car crash in their private lives.” Interestingly, law is something that schoolgirl Annabel had considered had acting not worked out: a memory that came flooding back when work began on this project. “When we were researching for The Split and we went into a high-powered, smart divorce law office, I did think that there is a thread of my personality that would have been good in that environment. I am quite competitive, quite annoyingly assertive, I like to get things done, so I think maybe I could’ve done that… Life could have been very different, but this is definitely more fun,” she grins. Though Annabel does not come from a theatrical family – her father is a retired fireman, her mother a nurse and her younger sister a teacher – she can thank her parents for encouraging her to pursue this particular career path. “I used to dance – Mum took me to dance classes because I had too much energy! I liked singing as well and I really loved Shakespeare… It was my dad who said: ‘Maybe you should try drama school.’” And she credits her dad with giving her another bit of advice that has helped her to get to where she is now. “I remember when I was a little girl, he clipped out a thing from the newspaper and he put it in a frame on the wall,” she tells me. “I think it is a very well-known phrase, it said: ‘Success is a journey, not a destination, and half the fun is getting there.’ I definitely think that is important to remember.” For Annabel the journey has certainly been lots of fun. Her extensive theatrical CV includes roles in productions at the Almeida, the National Theatre and at The Old Vic, to name but a few. While on screen, an appearance in a BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre, alongside Ruth Wilson, was followed by starring roles in Being Human and BBC Three’s Personal Affairs. She also played the lead role of Maddie in the 2014 musical feature film Walking on Sunshine, and starred opposite Dustin Hoffman and Richard Madden in Medici: Masters of Florence. And earlier this year, Annabel 44

“I’m happy to say, that more and more, I find that most things I go in for are heavily female. I think that we are in a place now where it is not going to be necessary to mention it as much”





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appeared as evil queen-in-waiting Amena in Jez Butterworth’s latest epic, Britannia, the much-lauded historical fantasy for Sky Atlantic. “I’ve done some fantastic things over my career so far,” she agrees when we discuss her past projects, attributing the sheer volume of work to the fact that she found it almost impossible to say no to a job when she was first out of drama school. To the extent that her agent would say to her: “You don’t have to say yes to this you know.” There was, she explains, just something “addictive and amazing” about doing such varied work. Not to mention that she was just terrified of missing out, or later regretting turning down a particular role. “An acting friend said to me, ‘You have to ask yourself, can you bear the thought of somebody else playing the part?’,” she laughs, explaining that, initially, much of the time the answer was no! Annabel is now in a place where she can be more selective, so what is it that she looks for in a role? She thinks for a minute, before telling me: “I like parts to be a bit tricky. I want to know that I am going to be challenged. I think that it is good to be a bit scared about playing a part, and to know that I am going to have to push myself. I want to get the little adrenaline rush, stomach flip: I’m an adrenaline junkie and I think that most artists are.” Right now, she is finding that rush in her various television projects. “I really feel that I still have a lot to learn on camera,” she tells me. “Certainly for the next year I am going to stick with screen.” That is not to say that stage work is not very special to her: “I did nearly 10 years of theatre and I really think that is how I learnt to do the job. And I liked being a part of all of the different companies.” She fondly recalls gathering with various cast and crew post-show at J Sheekey (“where everyone goes for late night prawns!”), and tells me that even now, whenever she is unemployed, she spends a lot of time in London’s theatres as an audience member. “I definitely need to do more, and I want to as well,” she assures me, adding: “But right now it would have to be a really good part to tempt me away from the screen… My dream part would be Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. I would love to do some Tennessee Williams.” Until such a part materialises, I wonder what the future holds for Annabel, career-wise. “Hopefully more of Britannia,” she smiles. “And I also went back and did a bit of Medici – series two is out later in the year.

But yeah, I am pretty sure that I am going to be filming more evil queen. And we’ll see how well The Split does…” On that note, will she be watching along with the rest of us? “We might all get together that first evening, or I’ll just be watching at home with some friends and my husband, hiding behind the sofa,” she laughs. It is, she tells me, always a difficult thing watching oneself, but something she is becoming more comfortable with. “I think I have got a bit of a switch that I can press in my head now, so that I can ignore the vanity side of things… I just think that if I don’t watch myself how will I ever learn?” Learning, and looking at the bigger picture are very much Annabel’s focus at the moment. “Now that I have reached my thirties I have reached a point where I think, ‘Okay you’re quite happy with where things are, maybe it is time to look further,’” she explains. “I would be interested in doing some producing I think. I’m not a writer. The directing thing is interesting, but I think that the other side of my personality would be good at producing. I think that it would be good for me to do something like that.” Given her track record, it seems certain that whatever she turns her hand to will be a success. Abi Morgan’s The Split is coming soon to BBC One




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that the treatment uses a product called Teoxane – a cocktail of hyaluronic acid, combined with amino acids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and anaesthetic agent to repair the appearance of loss of volume beneath the eyes. I settle back in the chair of Wassim’s private treatment room, overlooking the Royal Albert Hall, and he gets to work, chatting all the while. He is also applying filler to the apples of my cheeks, to give a lifted appearance. Amazingly he is right, it doesn’t hurt – there is the slightest pulling/pinching sensation when the cannula is inserted, but that’s it. And it is quick, and instant. Less than half an hour after I arrive, Dr Wassim is presenting my new face to me. I’m astounded by the immediate difference. I’m to come back after a couple of weeks so that we can check and tweak the results, but I am already over the moon. LSJ From £450 (

DEFINING FITNESS Gym junkies listen up: there’s a new trend in town. Last month saw the launch of DEFINE in Fitzrovia. Fresh from the States, the new luxury fitness studio offers a selection of unique classes that are aimed at eliminating body imbalances and delving deeper into muscle weaknesses. Barre, run

and dance are on the menu, all combining an intense mix of isometric moves with cardio infused sequences designed to burn fat while building long, lean muscle. Everything on the timetable appeals, but we’re most looking forward to trying the Barre Balance class, which incorporates

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Harley Street Skin Care Bespoke Treatment I loved last month’s beautiful snow. My skin, on the other hand, found the whole thing massively traumatic. Ravaged both by the extreme sub zero temperatures outside and the drying affects of the central heating inside. While all that was going on, I turned a year older and, as time passes, I’m finding it harder to deny the evidence of the passage of time on my temples. I need help and it comes in the form of the Harley Street Skin Clinic. As well as offering a whole host of aesthetic treatments, clinic founder, Dr Aamer Khan has developed a skin care line incorporating, amongst other clever ingredients, living plant stem cells to help promote skin stem cell regeneration. Regular use can lead – I am told – to fewer wrinkles, smoother and more even looking skin tone, increased firmness and a youthful glow. And the clinic’s hour-long bespoke facial is a great opportunity to try out the range. Therapist Sally Boden shows me to the divinely scented treatment room where we run through


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Orrery Any restaurant that has a ‘frommelier’ wheeling his laden trolley between tables is going to steal the hearts of Londoners. It’s hard for your eyes not to slip away from your partner’s face to follow the creamy mountain of artisan cheeses as it rolls past every five minutes. It’s equally hard to save room for the cheese course that you simply must give in to. We give in at the first hurdle by ordering the tasting menu, including a selection of the cheeses. Make the decision upfront, then look forward to it – best motto. Orrery is 21 this year and has marked that coming of age with a new look and menu. Lavender panelling and terracotta clay pots emphasise its Provençal inspiration; interesting twists to accompaniments and a refocus on local ingredients bring the menu bang up to date. But loyal customers will still recognise their beloved local favourite, first opened by Terence Conran in 1997, when Marylebone was a shabby chic postcode. Fashions come and go, but Orrery is likely to remain as one of London’s most timelessly elegant restaurants. This is partly thanks to its enviable position overlooking the leafy St. Marylebone churchyard – through arched windows which draw in the light like a mini Musée d’Orsay. But most credit should go to the genius and sheer confidence of head chef and patron, Igor Tymchyshyn. Our tasting menu extravaganza begins with meaty Dorset crab with a fun touch of wasabi, avocado and mango, followed by melting duck and chicken liver parfait. Then comes the faultless, signature tournedos Rossini, served with celeriac and sauce périgourdine. And now for that trolley… the passionate frommelier talks us through the provenance of each spectacular farmhouse cheese we point at – until we finally narrow down our choice to five. A moment’s silence, please, for those. Finally, we coo over lemon posset with oats, almond and Granny Smith. The meal is so utterly sophisticated and splendid it will make us happy for days afterwards. But the genuine largesse and hospitality at Orrery also feeds our warm glow. As we head for our coats, our waiter more or less chases us to the door with the chocolate truffles we have somehow overlooked. Long live Orrery. LC 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U (020 7616 8000;

WE LOVE: LONGFLINT DRINKS Behold, our new favourite tipple. North London-based Longflint handmake tonics, seltzers and sodas, then match them with gin, rum, vodka or mezcal from some of the Capital’s best craft spirits producers (sort of like alcopops, but so much more sophisticated). Our favourite is the Rhubarb and Vodka Seltzer, a blend of pure British rhubarb juice with house-made vanilla tincture, combined with organic vodka from Highgate’s Sacred Spirits Company. Chin-chin. £3.50 per bottle, available in restaurants, bars, hotels and shops across London, including Selfridges and Whole Foods, and online at




There’s no place like Hām West Hampstead dwellers, say hello to your new local haunt, H m – which, fittingly, translates to home in Old English. Run by friends Rose Tuckey and David Houten, it has taken over the space occupied previously by La Brioche on West End Lane. Head chef Matt Osborne originally hails from Melbourne, but has worked in some of London’s finest kitchens (including The Ledbury and Terroirs) and is known for his flair for creating interesting flavour combinations, with the highest quality ingredients taking centre stage. Regularly changing brunch and dinner menus reflect British cooking with hints of Matt’s Australian background, and champion produce from small farms and artisan suppliers. He says: “We are working with people who are true craftsmen and women, we want to show respect for what they passionately produce, with what we put on the plate. H m will be like a buzzing living room, where friends and family come together to share food and stories.” 238 West End Lane, NW6 (020 7813 0168;

SEASIDE SUPPERS Good news for lovers of seafood: to mark its 10-year anniversary, J Sheekey Atlantic Bar will host some of the UK’s finest seafood chefs in a year-long series of very special supper clubs. Every six to eight weeks, a different chef has been invited to work beside executive head chef Andrew McLay to create a one-off three-course menu. Additionally, an exclusive collaboration with Plymouth Gin will introduce a bespoke cocktail menu to complement the supper club dishes. Donning his whites on 17 April will be Michelin-starred Mark Sargeant of Rocksalt in Folkestone. 54

Having worked with Gordon Ramsay for 13 years, Sargeant made the decision to go it alone and moved back to his native Kent in 2011. He prides himself on serving the freshest fish caught by local day boats and serving produce local to the Folkestone area. His supper club menu will reflect the dishes from his own kitchen, served in keeping with J Sheekey Atlantic Bar’s signature sharing-plate style. All that’s missing is the view. Tickets priced at £50 per person excluding drinks, booking fee and service charge. 33-35 St. Martin’s Court, WC2N (020 7420 9865; jsheekeyatlanticbar.

Spring is in the air, finally… At this time of year, the Japanese celebrate the arrival of the cherry blossom with a festival called Hanami. In honour of this, ramen specialists Yamagoya have created a rather special dish. Inspired by the cult Japanese dish, mizu shingen mochi and made in the shape of a water droplet, the Raindrop Cake features a cherry blossom flower at its centre. Served with Kuromitsu (a sticky sweet molasses syrup) and kinako (roasted soybean flour) for dipping, the dish challenges the senses, as it melts in the mouth, and disappears to leave a floral and refreshing finish. Simply divine. The dish will be available until 19 April. 49 The Cut, SE1 (020 7928 1093;

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Time: 30 mins | Serves: 2 Macros: 639 calories • 50g carbs • 29g fat • 46g protein Allergens: eggs, sesame, soya

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INGREDIENTS 80g brown rice 2 garlic cloves 2 spring onions 80g cavolo nero 200g carrot 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 x 150g rump steak 2 tbsp tamari 2 eggs 2 tsp chilli paste 2 tsp white sesame seeds

METHOD 1 Boil a kettle. Rinse the brown rice and add to a saucepan with 400ml boiling water and a pinch of sea salt. Simmer for 20-25 mins, then drain. 2 Finely chop or grate the garlic and finely slice the spring onions. Thinly slice the cavolo nero. Using a vegetable peeler or julienne peeler, peel the carrot into long thin strips. 3 Heat a frying pan on a medium heat with half of the sesame oil.

Season the steak on both sides and place in the pan. Cook until golden brown, 2-3 mins each side for medium rare or 4-5 mins each side for well-done. Remove the steak from the pan and leave to rest. Keep the pan for cooking the vegetables. 4 Heat the same pan the steak was in on a medium heat. Cook the garlic for 1 min, then add the cavolo nero, spring onion and half of the tamari and cook for a further 3 mins.

5 Place a small frying pan over a medium high heat, add the remaining sesame oil and fry the eggs for a few mins until cooked. 6 Thinly slice the steak. Mix the remaining tamari with the chilli paste. Spoon the brown rice into two warm bowls, top with the cavolo nero, raw carrot strips, fried egg and sliced steak. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the steak and drizzle the chilli sauce over the top.



C H E F PATR O N O F STE M When I was a child I wanted to be… a chef. Or a fireman. The first thing I cooked was… a Scotch egg, with my brother, when I was six. He had learnt how to make them at school and my parents were so impressed, they ran out to buy all the ingredients for us to make them together. My kitchen heroes are… Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay.


My fail safe dinner party menu is… some sort of sashimi to start, followed by slow cooked beef for main and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. My last meal on earth would be… a massive shellfish platter. It would be the most luxurious meal for one last indulgent blowout. When I feel down I cook… some form of curry.

My favourite London restaurant is… Royal China Club. There is always something new and delicious available, the staff are so friendly and every time we go we have an amazing time – it’s a place filled with many happy memories. My ultimate London day consists of… going to restaurants and bars, or chilling out in parks on a warm day.

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Travel news A taste of Greece

A sight for sore eyes Set on a stretch of pristine white sand, the Maldives’ newest all-villa resort comes from the group behind some of the world’s most iconic hotels, including The Plaza in New York and The Savoy in London. Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi – meaning ‘secret water island’ – opens this month in the Shaviyani Atoll, bringing a new level of luxury to the region. Accommodation comes in the form of 120 exceptional villas, including luxury tents (complete with private pools and all mod cons). The destination spa offers a tempting menu of treatments inspired by the elements, while fine dining comes in the form of three restaurants and a bar. But perhaps most exciting is the underwater sculpture

museum (the first in the Maldives), created by British artist, Jason deCaires Taylor. One of the world’s most celebrated ‘underwater naturalists’, Taylor’s work has been recognised by National Geographic as one of the top 25 Wonders of the World. Centered around a Coral Cube, the installation not only offers guests fleeting encounters with the natural beauty beneath the water’s surface, but will also create the foundations of an artificial reef to enhance the local underwater ecosystem, making it very special indeed. Whatever your holiday style, a memorable break is guaranteed. For more information, see

Philhellenes will love this collection of organic food and body care products from Grecotel Hotels and Resorts. Almost 20 years ago, Nikos Daskalantonakis, the company’s chairman, acquired a 40-hectare estate in the charming village of Adele, near Rethymno, Crete. Here he set about farming, using centuries-old methods, to supply the group’s restaurants with the freshest local produce. Since then, inspired by Crete’s mythical nature, an organic body care collection has also been created, using home-grown extracts to produce handmade soaps, revitalising shower gels, anti-ageing creams and moisturising lotions, which can be found in all guest bathrooms. And now, with the launch of a brand new online shop selling all of these gorgeous products – from extra virgin olive oil and thyme-infused honey, to handmade soaps and natural sponges – you don’t need to fly abroad to enjoy that authentic Cretan experience. Though you may want to explore Grecotel’s offering of hotels and villas, which are, without doubt, some of Greece’s finest. To discover the full range of products, see






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If out of the ordinary is your thing, you’ll approve of Unique Home Stays, whose passion lies in introducing new experiences and destinations to the most seasoned of travellers. All of their holiday rentals combine exceptional living spaces with breathtaking settings, here they select five of their favourites 1. Family friendly Florin, Llanarth Gather the generations in this gorgeous sevenbedroom stately home, boasting beautifully appointed country house interiors. While the inside is lovely, the jewel in Florin’s crown is undoubtedly the five acres of stunning gardens, which feature ornate fountains, secret pathways and a hidden treehouse. Best of all is the stunning glass-fronted garden house, complete with woodburner, television, pizza oven, stone barbecue, fridge, wine cooler, hanging chair and rustic benches. 2. Solo escape Sea Sentry, Shaldon This tiny WW2 guardhouse sat empty for decades, a home to nothing but nesting seabirds, until its current owners fell for its charms. Having brought it bang into the 21st century with an armoury of mod cons, their ingenious redesign saw it feature on a recent episode of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. If you’re flying solo, there’s no better place to hunker down for a weekend of peace and tranquility. 2.

3. Party pad Bohème, Stawley This 16th century former cider press blends original character features with exceptional interior design in the most fashionable modern-rustic manner, all wrapped up in 100 acres of pastoral paradise. And with 10 king-size bedrooms, a vast kitchen featuring three ovens and seven hobs, a pool and a cinema room, there are few better spots to gather all of your mates and host the party to end all parties. 4. Romantic retreat Sojourn, Drewsteignton Nestled in the wilds of rugged Dartmoor, this postcardperfect English country cottage has been lavishly finished and features its own private spa room. Spend your days rambling the honey-tinged moorland and discovering wild swimming spots, and your evenings sipping Champagne in the garden’s pretty flower house or enjoying a soak in the deep copper bath tub. One thing is guaranteed, you won’t want to leave. 5. Doggy delights The Riddle, North Bovey Local antiques, vintage trunks and even a secret floorboard compartment (accessed only by those clever enough to solve the riddle on the original Dartmoor prison lock) make this luxury thatched holiday cottage all very Sherlock Holmes! And it solves the puzzle of pet-friendly holidays, because four-legged friends are welcomed not only with open arms, but also a memory foam dog bed, homemade treats, Barbour dog blanket and a selection of toys! To book any of these holiday homes, or to discover more unique destinations, see


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Balearic bliss Dreams of dramatic clifftop scenery, golden sands and azure oceans become reality on a short break to one of Mallorca’s finest adults-only five-star hotels WO RDS SAM PLAY FORD

The BBC has much to answer for… Seduced by all of that spectacular scenery, I’ve had a hankering for Mallorca (among other things) since watching The Night Manager, so when a friend suggests a girls’ weekend in the sunshine, I jump at the opportunity for a Balearic break. As the mother of young twins, recent jaunts to the Med have meant seeking out holiday clubs, playgrounds and child-friendly restaurants, so I’m adamant that this trip will be different. Starting with an adults-only hotel – if I don’t have to put up with my own offspring, I certainly don’t want to have to endure those of other people! With two five-star locations on the island, Pure Salt comes highly recommended, and

– set on the beach in the heart of Playa de Palma – the Garonda hotel, with its spa and highly rated restaurant, looks to be exactly what we’re after. We clearly don’t get out enough, because simply being at the airport without kids in tow (or husbands, come to that) feels like a spa break. We’d celebrate with bubbles if it weren’t for the unnaturally early start – still, there’ll be plenty of opportunity for that later, we reason. For us, one of Garonda’s main attractions is the location; just 10 minutes from the airport we’re assured that sun-drenched relaxation is that little bit closer. One stressfree taxi transfer later we are greeted in reception and swiftly checked in. Perhaps the team can sense our urgency to make the

most of every moment on those sun loungers (cool customers we are not). In our room we linger only long enough to admire the chic design and luxurious facilities – everything is very Miami modern in feel and we definitely approve. We’re equally enamoured with the stunning view of the beach from our balcony, and after a quick change we head out to explore those golden sands. We are happy to discover that the beach is everything we have dreamed… and more. Playa de Palma has gained something of a reputation for watersports, but our personal agenda for today involves nothing more strenuous than a dip or two in the azure sea and a stroll to the hotel’s Mikel & Pintxo bistro, where we tuck into divine seafood



Rates from €202 per night based on two sharing with breakfast. Mar Negra 2, 07610, Mallorca (+34 971 014 040;

“One of Garonda’s main attractions is the location; just 10 minutes from the airport we’re assured that sun-drenched relaxation is that little bit closer”

paella and toast our holiday fortune with a glass of deliciously chilled white Rioja. The bed is blissfully comfortable, and I sleep so deeply that upon waking I am convinced it is all a dream. The sound of the waves crashing on the shore assures me that it is not. We make the most of an indulgent lie-in before heading to the first floor terrace, where we sit overlooking the beautiful Bay of Palma, and enjoy breakfast from the hotel’s impressive buffet. The concierge has suggested hiring bikes and exploring the promenade outside the hotel, but as pleasant as that sounds, it doesn’t quite meet with our relaxation brief. Indeed, the agenda for today is not much different to yesterday, though we are up for a change of scenery. We’ve heard good things 64

about the Purobeach club, which is a short cab ride away, so make tracks there as soon as we are done at the buffet. Set on a rocky promontory jutting into the sea, it has the feel of a yacht. Everything is dazzlingly white and achingly cool. We bag ourselves a huge daybed and settle in for some serious people watching. An obliging waiter soon drops by to see what he can do for us, and moments later a platter of fresh fruit, a bottle of ice cold water and those all important glasses of Champagne appear, setting the tone for a very special day… Feeling suitably rested we dedicate our final day to sightseeing. Palma has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, and the historic Old Town is packed with fantastic eateries, trendy bars

and smart designer boutiques, all overlooked by an impressive Gothic cathedral. We spend a happy morning wandering up and down the cobbled streets and exploring the pretty plazas, before settling in for a delicious tapas feast at one of the pretty pavement cafés. Back at the hotel there’s just time to squeeze in a visit to the sumptuous ONA Spa, where I indulge in a deep tissue massage (which manages to be that magical combination of both relaxing and invigorating) before a final blow out meal. There can be few finer places to watch the sun setting than on the hotel’s restaurant terrace, and the food takes some beating, too. It has been the most magical Mallorcan weekend – more than living up to my sky high expectations.

A refreshing shower. Breakfast al fresco. A short stroll. A long book. Warm sun on your face. Great days start with a great shower. That’s the Ripples effect.


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Swedish architect Nils Strinning’s renowned shelving system now comes with brand new accessories, including a wine rack and glass holders, reminding us that spring cleaning is futile without great kitchen storage. A versatile series of components featuring wire panels that offer unlimited combinations to suit any space, String has retained spring-fresh appeal since its mid-century origins. A true Scandinavian design icon.

We Londoners don’t need to travel far for artsy inspiration, nor do makers of luxury rugs and runners, Roger Oates Design. The Gallery Collection, new for spring, pays homage to the Capital’s wealth of recent exhibitions, from the geometric drawings of Agnes Martin at the Tate Modern, to the assault of colour found in abstract expressionism at the Royal Academy. The collection features 14 striped flatweave designs with colourways borrowed from the art world’s most celebrated canvasses.

You don’t have to be greenfingered to enjoy a living space filled with foliage but if you’re more succulent serial killer than plant whisperer, Jason Chongue’s easy to follow and beautifully designed new tome is a must-read. Plant Society is an inspirational guide to everything house plants, from stem cutting to room-byroom styling, showing plant enthusiasts old and new how to turn their city dwelling into an indoor oasis of greenery.

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SALES APPEAL Longer daylight hours, gardens coming into bloom – it’s little wonder spring is traditionally the best time of year to sell houses. But if everyone has the same idea, how do you make yours stand out from the crowd? Read on for our guide to making your property irresistibly sellable WOR DS A L I H OWA R D


Don’t curb on kerb appeal They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but when it comes to dazzling buyers, a pleasing exterior can make all the difference. Beautifully manicured front gardens and brightly painted doors suggest properties have been well looked after inside, too. Create an inviting entrance with potted evergreen shrubs either side of the front door (it’s all about the symmetry) and ensure the path is clean and clutter free. Nobody wants to be tripping over broken tiles en route to their new dream home. You can make a bold statement with front door furniture. Quirky and expensive looking knockers, letterplates and handles add immediate character for a relatively small spend. And make sure your door number jumps out to prospective buyers – they’ll have that new address in mind, and it could turn out to be their lucky number.

Sell the lifestyle It’s not easy to see your property in a properly objective light, particularly if it’s a home that’s been lived in and loved for many years. Decluttering is a no-brainer, you’ll want to present a tidy home and optimise on space, but some sellers take the tidy too far and a bland, empty box of a room can leave potential purchasers cold. Colour is always emotive and your buyers will definitely have opinions on stronger schemes, whereas a neutral palette is less likely to offend. But of course, you need to strike the right balance. Avoid the blanket of beige look by thinking about textures such as patterned wallpapers and cosy rugs. Even the loudest scatter cushions wouldn’t be a turn-off here so add bold pops of colour with soft furnishings. And as a finishing touch, treat yourself and your viewers to a bright, seasonal bunch of cut flowers – preferably somewhere really conspicuous.

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Keep it spring fresh Unless you’re a burgeoning property developer, it’s unlikely you’ll be putting in a new kitchen and bathroom simply for the purpose of a quick sale. Yet, these are the two most important areas of the home to consider when it comes to sealing the deal. Your prospective buyers will be doing their mental maths as they whizz round the viewing, working out whether they’ll need to replace the kitchen and bathroom within so many years, and how that correlates with your asking price. Make the most of what you have by considering a new lick of paint, re-grouting tiles and paying for a professional deep clean. In the kitchen, coordinate your small appliances and keep surfaces sparkling and clear to create the illusion of more space. In the bathroom, it’s worth spending on little luxuries such as fluffy white towels, on-show beauty products and smart accessories, because who doesn’t love a snoop around a stranger’s bathroom? You will be judged!

Or… simply stage it If all this seems a tad overwhelming and too important not to get right, you can go down the professional route and hire an interior designer who’ll style your abode with spot-on furnishings curated specifically to maximise its marketing potential. Home staging is now big business and, in tricky and uncertain times for the London property market, it can be the difference between a speedy sale and a disheartening price reduction.

“Experience shows that it’s always the show home that sells first. Most buyers want you to create a lifestyle for them, a home they can picture themselves living in, so it’s very important to make it look welcoming and attractive. Home staging really does work – beautifully furnished properties get far more hits online. If you’re trying to sell a property that you’re living in, we recommend you declutter as much as possible. It’s important to present the property in an immaculate condition with beds made up with fresh, crisp linens. Small bedrooms especially benefit from having beds in them – often a smaller room is transformed just by putting in a double bed. And an older style kitchen can be dressed up to look more attractive without going to the expense of upgrading before you sell. You need to capture the buyer’s heart from the moment they walk into your home. Properties with good first impressions will be the ones that are remembered and shortlisted.” Staging packages start at £3,900 (020 7486 6711;


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In her book Perfect English Townhouse, Ros Byam Shaw celebrates the timeless appeal of this most sophisticated of urban architectural styles. In the following extract, she treats us to a tour of the characterful Regency terraced home that photographer Jan Baldwin and her husband, academic Henry Wynn, have lovingly restored Like its owners, this is a generous house. It doesn’t have many rooms, but it has high ceilings, a wide staircase, and a handsome front door, painted gloss black and broad and tall enough to convince you that it is a property of substance. It stands near the corner of a garden square built in the 1820s, on land that had previously been a brick and tile works. Although they vary in size, the houses present a united front, with triangular pediments spanning them in pairs, and twinned front doors in between. All have a basement below pavement level and two storeys above. The estate remained in the same family until the 1980s, and although the last landlady was benign, she spent no money updating her properties. When she died and the London Borough of Islington took over as landlords, many

of the houses had no bathrooms, let alone central heating. On the other hand, they had not suffered unsympathetic modernisation. Jan and Henry bought theirs in 1988. It had been empty for five years. “We came to see it on a day when it was pouring with rain,” says Jan. “There was something blocking the front door, and Henry and our architect James Engel were all for giving up, but I liked it and wanted to see inside. Somehow we got hold of a ladder and I climbed in through an upstairs window. There were holes in the roof and an ash tree growing up the back that was pulling off the extension, leaving a gap where a sheet of water was pouring down the wall. I managed to persuade Henry we should buy it and sold my flat in Earl’s Court for exactly what we had to pay for it. I had also just bought a photographic studio in Brick Lane, so we

Clockwise from top left: the house is part of a Regency square, set around a garden; in the rear half of the ground floor double reception room a Turkish kilim sits in front of a Robin Day leather sofa; the spacious landing reflects the unusual width of the entrance hall


moved in there and slept on the floor. It was pretty chaotic – with Henry’s sons from his first marriage and various visiting academics staying with us on and off. I remember doing a shoot for Thomas Goode, and Anatole Kaletsky picking up a coffee cup and remarking that it was rather expensive for £1.25. The label actually said £125!” There was extensive structural work to be done: a new roof, the reconstruction of the back extension, digging down a further 18 inches in the basement to allow for a good ceiling height, and lowering the level of the back garden so that you can step out through French doors into a paved courtyard surrounded by raised beds. The two main rooms of the basement were knocked into one to make a kitchen diner, and they installed a second bathroom with a shower in the scullery opposite the foot of the basement stairs, and transformed the front area entrance lobby and coal-hole into a utility room. The extension at entrance-hall level became the guest bedroom and above it they put in a second bathroom, using an antique roll-top bathtub found in the old scullery. Despite its dereliction, there was a lot that could be saved: panelled doors, floorboards, plain marble chimney pieces, and a slim, almost delicate banister rail and banisters. Sealed behind old paint and wallpaper to the right of the sitting-room front window they found a recessed sliding shutter, an 72

unusual design almost like an early pocket sliding door, that is now restored to full working order. “We had to remortgage five times to get it all done,” says Jan, “and it took nearly two years. My father, who was a cabinet maker, and understood about building and construction, had warned us not to touch this house with a barge-pole, and in a way he was proved right. Except that we have ended up with a house that we love and couldn’t possibly afford to buy now.” The decoration and furnishings have evolved over the years. Jan has an infallible eye for line and proportion, evident in all her photographic work, and has left the architecture of the house to speak for itself; floorboards are bare, except for rugs in the living room and bedrooms, and only two windows have curtains, the rest having shutters. Most of the house is painted white. The exceptions are

This page, from left: the second bedroom on the first floor has been turned into a book-filled study; the rich patina of exposed wood adds warmth to the generous light-filled entrance hall and stairwell Opposite page: books and family photographs frame the doorway from the entrance hall into the sitting room


the fireplace wall of the back sitting room, which is charcoal grey, and the right-hand wall of the entrance hall, which is the same colour, stopping abruptly on the fourth step of the staircase where it is squared off against the white of the rest of the wall. This looks like a smart and original decorative device until Jan tells you that it was a quick paint job by her assistant Peter Dixon for a shoot some years ago. Jan laughs that the house is “a mess” and “not finished”. It has never been consciously interior decorated since its first coat of white paint, and its contents are more to do with friendship, family, and travel than creating any particular impression. It’s a workhorse of a house, as well as a retreat, and both Jan and Henry have offices, Jan’s in the lower-groundfloor extension beneath the guest bedroom, Henry’s in the back bedroom on the first floor, where he

appears to have hollowed out a space for himself from a solid mass of books and papers. There are prints by Jan’s sister Didi, plates by South African potter Hylton Nel, pictures by friends and colleagues, pots from trips to Africa and China, and the sewing box her father made for her. “All my ideas are picked up from shoots,” Jan says. The kitchen is a case in point. The Rosa Aurora marble work surface was inspired by a kitchen seen on a work trip to Italy, the vintage enamel Chester cooker by a shoot in Germaine’s Greer’s house, and the red and white diagonal stripe of the curtains in front of the shelving was a fabric spotted when working with Neisha Crosland. “I am lucky to see so many amazing places for work,” she says. “In a way, it can make it more difficult to choose what to live with.”

Perfect English Townhouse by Ros Byam Shaw and Jan Baldwin is published by Ryland Peters & Small

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QUEEN’S PARK With its eponymous park at the heart, not just of the area, but the community too, Queen’s Park is one of north west London’s leafiest and loveliest neighbourhoods. As well as boasting 30 acres of green space, encapsulating a botanical garden, petting zoo, golf course, jogging track, paddling pool and playground, the park hosts an open air cinema during the summer months and Queen’s Park Day, a traditional English fête, every September. Locals also flock to the weekly farmers market – renowned as being one of the best in London – in the grounds of Salusbury Primary School. Add to that an eclectic mix of independent stores and a tempting selection of eateries, located along the area’s two (yep, you read that right) high streets and you’ve got yourself one highly desirable address. Little wonder that the well preserved, largely late Victorian and Edwardian housing stock is in high demand, with prices to match PHOTO G R A P H Y KAT HY ANNE LIM

DID YOU KNOW? Queens Park Rangers Football Club was formed in 1882 by the old boys of Droop Street School. Though they initially chose the name St. Jude’s, the club took its present name after a merger with Christchurch Rangers in 1886. For most of their existence, the team have played outside the neighbourhood, at their present ground in Loftus Road.





Having lived in Queen’s Park for 20 years, the designer and founder of accessories brand Somerville Scarves knows all of the neighbourhood’s best haunts “I’ve lived here for years now and have seen the area change quite a bit over that time. One of my favourite local places is Swanky, a tiny nail and brow bar run by two fantastically glamorous sisters called Sophia and Donia. This place is so much more than just a nail bar: I always feel fantastic after a visit. Another place that makes me feel good is my hair salon. I get my hair coloured – along with everyone else I know in the area – by Katie at Cutting Crew, she really is great. When looking for a present I head to one of the lovely Verandah stores (on Chamberlayne Road or College Road). These wonderful gift emporiums are run by two friends, Penny and Simone. They work tirelessly to create the best windows and to fill both their shops with gorgeous things. Alternatively, Borough Wines is an independent wine shop with really well informed, friendly staff who will steer you in the right direction, however vague you are about what you want. And for flowers, there is only one place that will do – Scarlet & Violet. Queen’s Park Books is a thriving local book shop where I buy my monthly book club books. They are always ready to recommend really good reads, whatever your age or preference. We are also lucky to have an amazing cinema called the Lexi, 76

which is run as a charity with all proceeds going to the Sustainability Institute, a pioneering South African charity dedicated to changing lives. My husband does a Supermarket Sweep-style clothes shop at Supra twice a year. They stock the best selection of men’s clothes, plus some fabulous women’s brands, too, and the service is really friendly. Personally, I’m a big fan of the Iris fashion boutique on Salusbury Road. They are a brilliant one-stop-shop for off duty designer style. Since becoming one of my first stockists they have always supported me and my accessory brand Somerville. Finally, for a really special night out, don’t miss The Chef’s Table at Parlour, it’s mesmerising!” (


Chevening Road The large, red brick Edwardian semis along this imposing tree-lined avenue command views directly across the park, making them some of the most sought after properties in the area

Ilbert Street The Gothic revival workers’ cottages here were built in the late 1800s as part of the Queen’s Park Estate. Overlooking Queen’s Park Public Open Space, they are increasingly popular

Salusbury Road Food, fashion, flowers and funtimes, what you can’t find here, you probably don’t need. Fabric favourites include The Alice House, The Salusbury gastropub and sushi restaurant, Michiko Sushino


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“The Avenues between the park and Salusbury Road are particularly popular with families. My favourites are the larger Edwardian houses on Kingswood Avenue, but anything that overlooks the park is hard to beat as they offer picturesque views. The area is loved for its village atmosphere and community feel, as well as its farmers market on Sundays and most residents want to stay put once they are here.” James Westendarp, Chestertons

LOCAL HEROES QUEEN’S PARK DESIGN & BUILD, NW10 The team at Knight Frank are big fans of this local studio. “Having come across a number of properties that Queen’s Park Design & Build have completed, we’ve been so impressed by the level of finish. Nathan’s enthusiasm is contagious, and his forward thinking ideas help provide his clients with a practical interior that’s tailored to their requirements and lifestyle. The result? A happy customer every time.” (020 8960 2809; queensparkdesignandbuild. com) SALUSBURY FOOD STORE, NW6 Known for its wealth of independent cafés, delis and eateries, Queen’s Park is a bit of a foodies’ paradise. The Salusbury Food Store is the deli branch of the mini empire of the same name along the road (there’s The Salusbury gastropub and Winestore too). It’s a

popular lunchtime haunt with residents who can’t get enough of its takeaway salads and smoothies, but, says Matthew Marchant of Bective, in the evenings it produces the best pizza in London. 56 Salusbury Road, NW6 (020 7328 3287; WOLFPACK, NW6 Wolfpack is a new bar on Lonsdale Road that’s creating quite a buzz. Ex-Saracens rugby players Al Hargreaves and Chris Wyles launched their own lager brand a couple of years ago, and now they’ve converted a former car mechanic’s workshop into a bar and taproom. The locals are loving the industrial chic vibe, according to David Moreton of KFH. “There’s a great atmosphere and it is always nice to have somewhere new and exciting to go to.” 53 Lonsdale Road, NW6 (020 7624 1263)

“The area offers a diverse mix of residential property including magnificent family homes overlooking the park, as well as a variety of apartments meticulously carved from existing Victorian residences. The area continues to flourish with exciting new build blocks rising from the ground as the area tries to facilitate the ever-increasing demand for new homes.” Mark Watkinson, Goldschmidt & Howland

“The beauty of Queen’s Park is that the majority of properties here are Victorian houses which are still being used as whole homes, rather than being divided up into flats. There is also a smattering of small new build developments that have brought more apartments to the area.” Rupal Patel, Savills



A C U LT U R E O F E XC E L L E N C E Kensington Park School is an independent school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18. A new school founded on traditional values, it boasts some of the country’s most experienced teachers and offers outstanding academic, cultural and sporting opportunities, as its Director of Education, Dick Jaine, explains

What was the concept behind Kensington Park School? The opportunity to open a new school in the heart of London with some of the most highly regarded teachers and education leaders in the UK was compelling. Our Sixth Form opened in Queen’s Gate in September 2017; the Senior School (ages 11 to 16) will open in September 2018 in Bark Place. Having two sites has allowed us to develop specialist timetables that suit under-16s, whilst also providing A Level pupils with longer lessons in the Sixth Form. What is different about the school? Teachers are the greatest asset a school has. At KPS, we are lucky enough to have some of the UK’s leading practitioners, including a large contingent from St. Paul’s School. Between them, our staff have decades of experience delivering outstanding grades at GCSE and A Level as well as guiding entry into the world’s top universities. All pupils enjoy the benefit of studying with subject and age group specialists who work solely within their fields of expertise. This is unusual even with the leading UK schools. How would you describe the school’s ethos? We are a local school focused on local people; we provide the opportunities that the UK’s leading schools offer their pupils – but with a personal touch. We welcome pupils who are pursuing demanding training and rehearsal programmes whilst being committed to their studies, as well as those who have real academic talents. We also celebrate the all-rounder, who is involved with everything and enjoys it all. What skills does the school instil in its pupils? The ability to encourage and to support others to give their best is key. Building confidence

is important; this comes from being well informed, whether it is working with the latest technology, communicating with others, public speaking or joining in with musical, artistic and sporting opportunities. All help pupils be involved, make friends and develop a balanced approach to a healthy work-life balance that will be a good basis for life after school and university. What co-curricular activities does the school offer? At KPS we collaborate with providers of exceptional sports, music and art facilities in and around Kensington and west London for our extensive co-curricular programme. These include Imperial College’s Ethos

Sports Centre with its state-ofthe-art gym, pool and nine-metre climbing wall; expert fencing and riding coaches, including former Olympians; Fulham Reach Boat Club, a superbly equipped new rowing facility on the Thames; and an exclusive partnership with Will to Win Tennis in Hyde Park. How does the school prepare students for ‘the real world’? We utilise every opportunity to take the pupils out of the classroom, making the most of the wealth of museums, galleries, sporting events, plays and concerts available in the Capital. Older pupils help to support the local community through volunteering with programmes run

by our near neighbours, such as the Royal Albert Hall with their out-reach programmes. There are also opportunities to be part of our school council and charity committees. Through our first class tutorial system we provide pupils with the information and the support they need to make successful university applications that range from Oxbridge and the Russell Group, through to the US and other international destinations.

Kensington Park School (Years 7-11), 40-44 Bark Place, W2 Kensington Park School Sixth Form, 59 Queen’s Gate, SW7 (020 3725 3192;



Learning about Learning Support Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs), such dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit disorder, are more common than you might think. “It’s estimated that around 30 per cent of all children will experience some difficulty during their school life,” says Veronica Bidwell, a consultant educational psychologist specialising in learning difficulties. “Labels such as dyslexia are a convenient shorthand for describing areas of specific learning difficulty. But children aren’t identical, and difficulties may be mild for some and a real challenge for others. That’s why it’s important to find the right school and good support.” Veronica’s dos and don’ts should help: Do 1. Be honest. “If you reveal that your child has a difficulty, and the school accepts them anyway, you know it’s taken on the responsibility.” 2. Gather as much information as you can. “Talk to other parents and the school. Ask how it monitors (and updates you on) your child’s progress. And try and get a feel for the ethos and atmosphere.” 3. Accept that the school can’t do everything. “The children who do best have parents who give low-key, fun and

pragmatic support at home. You can also motivate your child by encouraging them to do things they’re good at.” Don’t 1. Leap into action too soon. “Difficulties are on a spectrum – you can’t tell how big the problem is until you see how a child responds to help.” 2. Assume that one type of education is best. “If your child has a significant difficulty, it can be bliss for them to be in a specialist school. But the best ones aren’t necessarily private – keep an open mind.” 3. Push a square peg into a round hole. “Just because your husband went to a certain school doesn’t mean your dyslexic son should too. You need to find the right fit for your child.”


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Finally, don’t assume that your child can’t go to an academic school. “Around 10 per cent of our school’s population has a formally identified SpLD,” says Helena Howard, head of learning support at St. Paul’s School. “If your son can cope with the academic demands of St. Paul’s, he shouldn’t be put off applying.” Veronica Bidwell’s book, The Parents’ Guide to Specific Learning Difficulties, is available on (

Kingsgate Primary School State co-ed day nursery and primary school for pupils aged 3 to 11 years (020 7624 5379; kingsgateprimaryschool.

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How would you sum up the school in a sentence? “Love, learn, laugh.” It’s our school vision, and guests sense it within seconds of setting foot in the building. How would you describe the atmosphere in the school? Warm, welcoming, harmonious, inclusive, caring, positive, pupilcentred and ambitious.

How do you balance academic and extracurricular activities? Extra-curricular activities, such as swimming (we’ve got our own pool!) and ‘Special Yoga’, are carefully timetabled so they work hand-in-hand with the academic side. Our aim is for all our pupils to make the most of their academic ability while becoming well-rounded individuals with a range of interests.

What makes it different? Our fantastic young people and their families, our dedicated teachers and support staff, and our committed admin, therapy and inclusion teams. Everyone works seamlessly together to make sure all our pupils realise their potential. We also employ a team of therapists as opposed to using those from the local NHS trust. This gives every child

fantastic access to specialist therapy and gives us a huge amount of flexibility. We can really tailor our provision to each pupil’s needs. Chamberlayne Road, NW10 (020 8968 3160;


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DYNE ROAD | NW6 | 2 BEDROOM | £559,950


The Property Lounge are delighted to bring to the market this spacious two double bedroom split level apartment situated on the first floor of this period conversion. Benefits include a bay fronted reception room with high ceilings, spacious hallway, modern kitchen and bathroom. Dyne Road is conveniently located for the Tricycle theatre and the boutique shops, restaurants and bars of Queens Park and Brondesbury Park. It also offers superb and varied transport links to the West End and the City via the Jubilee, Bakerloo and Metropolitan Underground lines, with the Overground and West Hampstead Thameslink train lines around the corner providing gateways across the whole of the UK and beyond.

Set within a charming period conversion this impressive two double bedroom first floor flat offers bright and spacious accommodation, presented to a great standard throughout. The property comprises sizable reception room , smart modern kitchen with integrated appliances, two equally well proportioned bedrooms and a bathroom with a shower. Charteris Road is a peaceful residential street found moments from the vibrant amenities of Queen’s Park. The Property Lounge, 13a College Parade, Salusbury Road, Queens Park, London, NW6 6RN |


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THE AG E N TS BRONDESBURY ROAD, NW6 Garden maisonettes don’t come more desirable than this beautifully designed property. Recently created within a handsome Victorian town house, the two-level flat sits pretty just a stone’s throw from Queen’s Park and all the amenities of Salusbury Road. The interior effortlessly blends period detail with contemporary design and is finished to the highest of specs, with wooden flooring throughout, Crittall-style doors to the garden and a sleek fitted kitchen. With two patios and a garden, the outdoor space is equally covetable. £1,499,000, Bective (020 7221 0330;


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MAPESBURY ROAD, NW2 This imposing detached Victorian house is located in one of Brondesbury’s most sought after roads. With five bedrooms, two bathrooms and a vast double reception room that opens into the kitchen, it offers enormous potential as a family home. There are period details aplenty, including some impressive stained glass window details. A generous conservatory overlooking a pretty rear garden completes the picture. £1.85 million, Savills (020 3425 5600;

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MORTIMER ROAD, NW10 Light and space are the defining features of this four-bedroom Kensal Rise home. The interior has been renovated with flair and great attention to detail – an airy open plan living room with reclaimed wood flooring leads onto a stylish kitchen with clean contemporary lines. On the first floor you’ll find the master bedroom – boasting bespoke wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with exposed brickwork – along with a second bedroom and family bathroom. A loft conversion provides two further bedrooms. £1.55 million, Knight Frank (020 3815 3020;

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How did you get into designing and making furniture? I started off as a furniture restorer specialising in decorative painting, gilding and lacquer work. Working with such a variety of furniture and interiors enabled me to understand design and made the transition very natural. What can you offer clients that others can’t? I can help my clients design something, but I can also make and finish it. What’s your design ethos? My background as a furniture restorer means that I dislike perfection – it lacks character. Something handmade has a depth you just don’t get with machined furniture. How do you help clients who want to transform their home? Most of the time I work with a decorator/designer, so that’s their job, thank goodness! I like to add lovely finishes, such as antiqued mirror-glass panelling. It transforms a room and plays nicely with the light. What advice would you give to someone looking for a furniture designer? All my designers are craftsmen who have worked ‘on the bench’ – and still do. So when they design something, they know how it’s made. That’s essential, in my view. 11 Lonsdale Road, NW6 (020 7731 1919;


Remodel, don’t move

Imagine opening the door to the house you’ve lived in for years to find a completely new home inside. According to Shelagh Lewinsohn of Gartner Lewin, that’s the experience of a growing number of Londoners “Uncertainty is in the air,” explains Shelagh, founder of luxury interior architecture and design practice Gartner Lewin. “With the cost of moving so high, and so few appealing properties on the market, clients of mine who wanted to sell are deciding to remodel instead.” Remodelling could involve converting your basement, adding an extension or reconfiguring your whole layout. It could also be as simple as adding a bathroom or changing the lighting or decor. Either way, it can dramatically improve your quality of life – without the hassle of having to tell everyone you’ve moved, or changing your kids’ schools. That said, remodelling isn’t for everyone. It’s not always cheaper than moving, and it can be a nail-biting experience to change something so personal. But get it right and you’ll have a beautiful home that also meets your lifestyle needs. Here are Shelagh’s top tips. 1. Make a list of the things you want from your home. It could be as simple as more storage, a bigger

People in the trade: Queen’s Park Rupert Bevan Ltd Designers, makers and finishers of bespoke furniture, finishes and antique mirror-glass (020 7731 1919; Anthony James Electrical Contractors Specialists in electrical repairs, installation, maintenance and


bathroom or even a brighter kitchen. This list will help you understand if you can actually achieve these things within your current home. 2. Understand your scope of work then meet the right professionals for your project. You don’t necessarily need just an architect, a designer, structural engineer or builder. 3. Nail down your budget. If you’re doing a big project, it’s a good idea to hire a quantity surveyor, at least at the start. They can give you a good indication of what it’ll cost. If it’s equivalent to moving house then you have a choice. 4. Decide where you’ll live during the works. You may be able to stay at home, but if not, make sure you have somewhere comfortable to go. 5. Be prepared to compromise. You might dream of opening up the downstairs, but that could result in a huge, drafty room, or pose structural problems. You’ll need a professional who can suggest solutions that give you the right balance of environment, light, proportion, function and aesthetic.

testing services. NICEIC registered (07507 638688; Queen’s Park Design & Build Local building company providing all aspects of property renovation, from initial design to completion (020 8960 2809;

The Tile Shop Large independent showroom stocking wall and floor tiles, plus tools, sealants and adhesive (020 8968 9497;



prospective tenants to ascertain whether those parties have the right to be in the UK before granting a tenancy. Failure to do so could have criminal implications. 6. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms Landlords are required to comply with The Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 which states that: A smoke alarm must be installed on each storey of the property that is used wholly or partly as living accommodation. A carbon monoxide alarm must be installed in any room that is used wholly or partly as living accommodation and contains a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.

TOP TIPS FOR FIRST-TIME LANDLORDS The last three years have seen a rise in the number of “reluctant landlords” – those who’ve tried to sell their property but choose to rent it out instead. However, if you’re letting a property there are a number of important issues to consider 1. Written tenancy agreement All tenancy agreements for individuals created on or after 28 February 1997 will automatically be an assured shorthold tenancy agreement (AST) unless the landlord serves a notice on the tenant stating that the tenancy will not be an AST. An AST does not have to be in writing, but it is advisable to have an AST drawn up by a solicitor so both landlord and tenant understand their rights and obligations. 2. Deposit It is common for landlords to take a deposit from the tenant as protection against losses should the tenant not comply with his or her obligations. If a landlord takes a deposit he should ensure it is protected in a government approved scheme. The landlord

must also give the tenant prescribed information within 30 days of receiving the deposit. Failure to comply with these requirements may cause difficulties in obtaining possession at a later date and prevent the landlord from serving a valid notice pursuant to Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988 (Section 21 notice). 3. Schedule of condition and inventory The landlord should attach a schedule of condition and inventory to your AST to prevent disputes at a later date. The schedule of condition can take the form of photographs. 4. Pre-contract requirements The landlord must provide a prospective tenant with: A valid energy performance certificate for the property.

A landlord cannot charge the tenant for providing this. A gas safety certificate. This should be provided at the start of the tenancy and before the tenant takes up occupation. How to rent: the checklist for renting in England. This government publication must also be provided to the tenant at the start of the tenancy. If the landlord fails to provide this documentation then a valid Section 21 notice cannot be served. 5. Immigration status Sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014 prohibit private landlords of residential properties from allowing certain people to occupy those properties based on their immigration status. Landlords should check the status of

7. Landlord’s mortgage If you have a mortgage, it is important that you seek the mortgage company’s consent before granting a tenancy of the property. Failure to do so would leave the landlord in breach of their mortgage conditions. 8. Landlord’s insurance The landlord will need to obtain insurance which is suitable for rented properties. Mortgage companies who permit such lettings will insist on a suitable policy being taken out. Such insurance will cover issues such as loss of rent in the event the property is uninhabitable as well as the usual buildings insurance. If you would like more information about becoming a landlord, contact Shilpa Mathuradas on 020 7485 8811, shilpa.mathuradas@

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Property news Movie magic How would you feel about sharing your sitting room with a stuffed zebra? Or showering under the gaze of Chairman Mao? If the thought sets your pulse racing, then you might be interested in renting this extraordinary five-bed, five-bathroom house in Brompton Square. It belongs to Roland Emmerich, director of blockbuster hits Independence Day, Godzilla and Stargate and it’s available for short lets from KFH for £7,000 a week. While the film-set-like interiors might not be to everyone’s taste, they are bound to intrigue and delight film buffs. (020 3792 3988;



B E N H A M & REEVES Q. What are the implications of buying within a conservation area? Last year was the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act, which saw the creation of the first conservation areas. There are now more than 10,000 in the UK – 1,000 in London alone. A study by the London School of Economics concluded that, across the UK, property prices in conservation areas tend to be nine per cent above the local average. Buyers favour living in conservation areas as they feel that they have a greater protection against unseemly new developments.

MANY HAPPY RETURNS As McGlashans turns 30, founder Andrea McGlashan looks back on three decades in the business. “ I started my own estate agency with the help of my mother in April 1988, working from my home in Gloucester Place Mews. As the business grew, my four brothers joined me and our mother worked with us until she died at the age of 80. Furniture was her passion – she would have been so proud to see our beautiful

interiors shop in Crawford Street. Her granddaughter Karla shares her passion and runs this side of our business. “I feel blessed that four of my nephews – Jon, Andrew, Paul and James – have all joined the estate agency, so they will be the next generation. Not that I am thinking of ever retiring – I love my job, it’s so rewarding finding homes for clients.” (020 7486 6711;

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Years in the business? In May this year it will be 25 years at Litchfields. If I wasn’t an estate agent I’d… work at London Zoo – I love animals. Otherwise I’d quite like to be Darth Vader. Favourite London street? Portobello Road Market on a summer’s day, it’s so eclectic. Favourite sale? An inoffice quadruple deal that


exchanged contracts at 5pm on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago. Very stressful, but very exciting. Favourite haunts? The Providores and Tapa Room on Marylebone High Street on a Sunday morning; they do amazing brunches. Then a nice stroll to Selfridges. Also, Dinerama, Street Feast in Shoreditch: brilliant atmosphere and amazing variety of food stalls. The

fact that all of this is 20 minutes from Hampstead Garden Suburb is great. Where do you go for head space in the city? Anywhere there is green and open space, The Heath Extension, Primrose Hill. The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is also a great place to unwind. What’s your hidden talent? I can tie a knot in a cherry stalk with my tongue. Not

sure it’s necessarily a talent though! Aliens attack – which London landmark would you save? The Natural History Museum and I’d cover everything in bubble wrap until the aliens left. Creature comfort you can’t live without? Cheese alert – my wife and newborn son! Otherwise it would be actual cheese, preferably a strong Cheddar.


New homes MAGNIFICENT MARYLEBONE CHILTERN PLACE, W1U Right in the heart Marylebone, the Capital’s most delightful village, the 15-storey Chiltern Place takes urban living to new heights. Comprising 55 apartments, a four-bedroom townhouse and three duplex apartments, the development sits pretty on the corner of Chiltern Street, renowned for its independent shops, designer boutiques and destination restaurants. The building takes its cues from the local architecture, while the interiors feature the finest materials and are finished to the highest of specs with Gaggenau kitchens and fully integrated Crestron home automation systems. Stunning. From £2 million (020 7486 4477;, Knight Frank (020 7861 5499; and Savills (020 7409 8756;

“2017 was tough, however, we can feel a true uplift in activity and sentiment in 2018. People have been sitting on the fence for too long and now serious buyers are back. I’m excited for what 2018 has already started to bring!” Lauren Abrahmsohn


VIEW FROM THE TOP XY APARTMENTS, NW1 The 18-storey XY Air tower is the jewel in Camden Collection’s King’s Cross development. Inspired by the Modernist architecture of Le Corbusier, the block overlooks Granary Square and York Way, the Capital’s most exciting regeneration project. The 273 design-led one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments each have their own private terrace, offering breathtaking views of the London skyline. Expect airy, light-filled spaces, with sleek interiors featuring materials, fixtures and fittings sourced from the likes of Tom Dixon and Heal’s. Beautifully landscaped public areas and impeccable sustainability credentials, including an on-site green energy centre, add to the development’s considerable appeal. From £585,000 (020 7299 3091;;

ANCIENT AND MODERN PRIORY PARK, HA8 Just moments from Mill Hill, this former abbey has been sympathetically converted into four stunning three- and four-bedroom properties that celebrate its Victorian Gothic architecture with absolutely no compromise on modern creature comforts. The Refectory features vast arched windows, with a kitchen and living space that fills the entire ground floor. Inside The Bell Tower, high ceilings and windows create a great sense of space, while The Cloisters boasts arched windows and vaulted ceilings with bedrooms overlooking the gardens. The largest property, The Vestry, offers spacious family living with myriad architectural details. All interiors are finished to the highest specifications. A unique opportunity. From £1.65 million (020 8446 4216;



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A striking upper triplex within an end of terrace Victorian town house in Notting Hill. Beautifully presented in a contemporary style and with an eye for design, the property has recently been extended at roof level to create the most fantastic master bedroom floor and impressive roof terrace with panoramic views of Notting Hill. The floor below provides flexible accommodation, whilst the 1st floor is given over to a most impressive reception space, complete with high ceilings, grand fireplace, exposed steel beams and striking bare brick wall. 4 B E D R O O M S , 2 B AT H R O O M S ( 1 E N S U I T E ) , S H OW E R R O O M , R E C E P T I O N R O O M , K I TC H E N , T E R R AC E .


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An exquisitely modernised Edwardian family house on the eastern side of this sought after tree lined street in North Kensington. The property was beautifully refurbished to exacting standards with many of the fittings being sourced in Italy and extended to provide an individual family home. The property backs onto a wildlife garden and land owned by the nearby Methodist Church, affording an open outlook that only a few houses get to enjoy. 4 B E D R O O M S , 2 E N S U I T E S H OW E R R O O M S , B AT H R O O M , C LOA K R O O M , D O U B L E R E C E P T I O N R O O M , KITCHEN/DINING AREA , FRONT AND REAR GARDEN , SHED.

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Mayfield Avenue, North Finchley, N12 £890,000

A beautiful family home presented in excellent order. This fantastic property offers great entertaining space and is close to local shops, restaurants, cafes, parks and excellent schools. This bright and spacious home is arranged over three floors and offering 1,398 sq ft of living space.

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Four bedrooms Stylish kitchen diner Open plan reception Two bathrooms Fantastic garden studio 86 ft rear garden Downstairs cloakroom EPC rating D

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FAMILY HOUSE Rare to the market a Grade II* listed, 7 bedroom, family house situated in a much sought after and tranquil part of Hampstead Garden Suburb. This delightful locale provides an impressive panorama with large houses enclosing the square on two sides. This light and bright house designed by Sutcliffe, following Lutyens’ style, is notable for a black and white wooden sundial with Roman numerals and metal pointer. Accommodation is arranged over 3 floors comprising a 25’ Dining Room/Reception Room plus a further Reception Room, Kitchen/Breakfast room, Utility room and Guest WC. On the first floor there is master bedroom with en-suite bathroom & built in wardrobes, 3 further bedrooms and a family bathroom. On the top floor there are 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. Other benefits include off street parking and a beautifully maintained front and rear garden. 7 Bedrooms | 3 bathrooms (1 ensuite) | double reception room | family room | kitchen/breakfast room | guest cloakroom | utility room | front and rear gardens | off street parking SOLE AGENT



TRINITY COURT, GLOUCESTER TERRACE, LONDON, W2 £950,000 An outstanding and well proportioned two double bedroom apartment in this well maintained purpose built block. The apartment is situated on the fourth floor (with lift) of the popular Trinity Court development and has well planned accommodation throughout, including: entrance hallway, two double bedrooms, two bathroom (one en-suite to the master bedroom), and a generous reception room with semi open plan kitchen. There is a great feeling of space and light helped by two large floor to ceiling windows in the reception room, and some clever design touches including ample built in storage and internally facing (quiet) bedrooms that are separated from the reception space. There is also the added benefit of an allocated and secure underground parking space. Trinity Court is brilliantly located a short distance from Paddington Mainline and Tube stations, the future Cross Rail link and the A40/M40. It is also a short distance from local shopping amenities such Whiteley’s and Waitrose on Queensway. Leasehold | EPC rating: C

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Keats Close Hampstead Village NW3

Raised and to the rear of a discreetly located private close and overlooking the internationally famous Keats House, a two floored, four bedroom house forming the favoured part of an attractive pair in much sought after Keats Grove.


With charm and an excellent internal layout, the property offers potential to further enhance and due to the commanding position, the house enjoys extraordinary views across well-manicured gardens and Keats Grove with Hampstead Heath in the distance. Further benefits include the rare advantage of a garage, a delightful rear south facing garden and a charming front terrace stretching across the front of the property.

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Savills Hampstead 7 Perrins Court, London NW3 1QS 020 7472 5000




As sole agents, we are delighted to offer for sale this imposing double fronted detached family house, located on one of Hampstead’s premier tree-lined roads close to Kenwood and Hampstead. The house, which spans approximately 6,316 sq ft (586.8 sq m), affords superb entertaining space plus a garden level leisure area with a gym. The grand entrance hall enjoys a minstrel’s gallery and an elegant stairway providing access to the upper floors. From the upper levels, there are spectacular views over Hampstead Golf Course and beyond. The property benefits from a 75' west-facing, well landscaped rear garden, excellent security, electric gates, ample off street parking, a detached double garage, a principal bedroom suite with his and hers en-suite bathrooms and a separate dressing room, and six further bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms.


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A most attractive, well presented first floor apartment with a front and rear balcony giving views over extensive communal gardens. Offering bright and airy well proportioned accommodation the apartment forms part of a converted terraced house in this popular tree lined avenue with access to all amenities. 2 Bedrooms. En-Suite Bathroom. Shower Room. Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Reception Room. 2 Balconies. Communal Garden. EPC Rating: D

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275 Willesden Lane, NW2 62 Salusbury Road, NW6 2 Willesden Green Station, NW2

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Keyes Road, NW2



Providing 2300 sq ft of fabulous living space with an abundance of original features is this stunning six bedroom family home offered For Sale in the very popular Mapesbury Conservation Area close to the Mapesbury Dell.

• 6 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 2 bathrooms

Keyes Road is a popular residential road close to excellent transport links including Willesden Green (Jubilee) station. An exceptionally gorgeous home with attention to detail throughout. Viewing is highly recommended.

• High ceilings & original wood flooring

• Large modern bright kitchen • Hallway with tessellated flooring • 48 ft rear garden & Summerhouse


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Situated on the sought after Mapesbury Conservation Area is this family home ideal for entertaining with an abundance or original features including a stunning Edwardian staircase and high end appliances to the kitchen, hardwood flooring and CAT 6 cabling.

• 6 bedrooms (his & her dressing room - Bed 1)

Cleverly combining period & contemporary style features this double fronted detached home is laid out over three floors comprising 3901 sq ft. Early viewing is recommended.

• 3 generous reception rooms

• 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite) • 34 ft bespoke kitchen/dining room • 60 ft rear garden, OSP for 4 cars


HAMPSTEAD HEATH, NW3 An outstanding four bedroom family house, just a short walk from the open space of Parliament Hill and Hampstead Heath. Every room is tastefully presented, and there is a lovely bright and spacious feel throughout. Charming features of the Victorian period are in abundance, and the ground floor offers a terrific family space in the form of a large reception and a fabulous kitchen/dining room, which leads to a pretty enclosed rear garden. Two popular primary schools are nearby, Fleet and Gospel Oak, with the latter having an ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’. Four Double Bedrooms • Reception Room • Large Kitchen/Dining Room • Two Bathrooms • Separate Cloakroom • Spacious Loft • *Private Garden Close to the Excellent Local Primary and Secondary Schools • Residents Permit Parking • EPC E

£1,699,950 - Freehold - Sole Agent

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HILLWAY, HIGHGATE, N6 A four-bedroom 1930’s house situated on Hillway, a wide tree lined avenue on the highly regarded Holly Lodge Private Estate. Requiring updating, the property has ample opportunity to modernise and extend (subject to necessary consents) to create a fine family home. Positioned within easy walking distance of Highgate Village and the verdant open expanses of Waterlow Park, Hampstead Heath and Highgate Ponds. 4 Bedrooms • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Bathroom • Guest Cloakroom • Large Garden • Off Street Parking • Garage Potential to modernise and extend (subject to consents) • EPC F

£2,195,000 – Freehold – Sole Agent

VIEW CLOSE, HIGHGATE, N6 An opportunity seldom available to purchase a modern detached house designed by the architects Dinerman, Davison & Hillman and built in the 1960’s. The house is nestled at the end of a cul-de-sac which is approached via View Road in the Kenwood area of Highgate. The accommodation is arranged over two floors and comprises: 4 Bedrooms • Master with en-suite Bathroom • Family Shower room • Lounge • Dining Room • Study • Kitchen/Breakfast Room Utility Room • Guest Cloakroom • Garage with Further Off-Street Parking • Southerly Facing Garden • EPC D

£1,895,000 – Freehold – Sole Agent

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YORK HOUSE, UPPER MONTAGU STREET, MARYLEBONE W1 An elegant and beautifully presented first floor lateral apartment


£3,795,000 STC SOLE AGENT

The apartment is situated in this popular Edwardian apartment block. Boasting 3m ceiling heights, this fine home has interconnecting, south facing and light filled reception rooms with marble fireplaces and gas fires. The kitchen/breakfast room has bespoke units and granite worktops and there are three good sized double bedrooms, all with built in wardrobes. Lateral apartments of this size are rare in Marylebone and it will undoubtedly appeal to discerning purchasers wanting a special place to entertain and live in comfort and style. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Entrance Lobby * Hallway * Drawing Room Interconnecting with Dining Room * Kitchen/Breakfast Room * Master Bedroom Suite with En-Suite Dressing Room & Bathroom * 2nd Double Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom * Third Double Bedroom * Family Bathroom Utility Room * Storage Cupboard * Day Porterage * Wood Panelled Entrance Lobby * Passenger Lift * Independent Full Gas Central Heating * Communal Hot Water * Entry Phone * EPC Rating D


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UPPER MONTAGU STREET, MARYLEBONE W1 A lovely and bright two bedroom apartment

£1,250,000 STC SOLE AGENT

The apartment is situated on the top floor of this period conversion and has been recently refurbished to a high standard. The property is located within walking distance to both Marylebone and Portland Village, plus only a short walk to Baker Street underground station and the greenery of Regent’s Park. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Open Plan Kitchen/Reception Room * Two Double Bedrooms both with Built in Storage * Good Size Shower Room * Wood Floors Throughout * Leasehold: Approx 124 years

BULSTRODE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE W1 Freehold building with residential planning

£3,250,000 STC SOLE AGENT

The property is situated in the quiet but charming Bulstrode Street and is in need of full refurbishment. Planning has been granted for a single residential dwelling with flexible living accommodation comprising good size reception space and bedrooms – this is a gem and will appeal to those wanting a Freehold house in prime Marylebone, with outside space. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Flexible Accommodation * 2116 sq ft * Patio Garden * Terrace * FREEHOLD


Swiss Cottage, NW3 £1,249,050 Freehold A beautiful two bedroom apartment on the raised ground floor of this converted house on King Henry’s Road, the property also has a private south facing roof terrace. Hamptons St Johns Wood 020 3369 3381 EPC: E

Belsize Park, NW3 Guide Price £2,450,000 Share of Freehold Having undergone an extensive refurbishment and remodelling programme, this three bedroom ground level apartment provides 1,900 sq. ft. of free-flowing and stylish lateral accommodation spilling out onto a sensational rear garden. Hamptons Hampstead 020 3151 5470 EPC: C

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CRAWFORD STREET, W1 A contemporary first floor apartment which has been refurbished to a very high standard, creating a stylish home in this small purpose built block with communal gardens. The property is superbly located within a few minutes’ walk of Baker Street and the fantastic leisure facilities of Marylebone Village. ONE DOUBLE BEDROOM, LARGE RECEPTION/DINING ROOM, OPEN PLAN KITCHEN, ONE BATHROOM, COMMUNAL GARDENS



CRANFIELD COURT, HOMER STREET, W1 Immaculately presented top floor apartment that has been recently refurbished. The flat comes with share of freehold and low outgoings, plus its own delightful private roof terrace. Cranfield Court is a fine period building, situated within easy access of Baker Street and Edgware Road tube stations and the open spaces of Regent’s Park. ONE DOUBLE BEDROOM, RECEPTION ROOM, OPEN PLAN KITCHEN, SHOWER ROOM, PRIVATE ROOF TERRACE



MONTAGU MANSIONS, W1 Montagu Mansions is one of Marylebone’s premier buildings, superbly located just off Baker Street and within a few minutes’ walk to Marylebone Village. The flat boasts almost 1,000 sq ft of accommodation with a stunning 30 ft reception room, an ideal home for entertaining. (**Computer generated furnishings). TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS, LARGE RECEPTION ROOM, FULLY INTEGRATED KITCHEN, TWO BATHROOMS




MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 This newly refurbished two bedroom apartment with wood flooring throughout, is ideally located in Marylebone High Street with it’s wonderful array of high end boutiques and fabulous restaurants and cafés. Accommodation The accommodation comprises two bedrooms, one bathroom, a separate fitted kitchen and reception room. The flat is located on the first floor and has a lift. The nearest transport links include Baker Street and Bond Street Underground stations, and main bus routes which are a short walk away. The open spaces of Regents Park are close by. Please see website for full details

LEASEHOLD £1,400,000

BLANDFORD STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 This contemporary, spacious townhouse has recently been refurbished with the added benefit of a private courtyard. It is ideally situated close to both Baker Street Underground station and Marylebone High Street with its bustling restaurants and bars and high end boutiques. Accommodation The accommodation includes a living room, dining room, family room and kitchen with a conservatory and private courtyard. There are four/five bedrooms, four bathrooms and a guest cloakroom. There is plenty of parking with a garage and two further off street parking spaces. Please see website for full details

£2,850 PER WEEK

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ABBEY ROAD, NW8 This stunning flat, which is in excellent condition, comprises a large, bright open-plan kitchen/living room with floor to ceiling windows, a spacious master bedroom with en-suite shower room, a second double bedroom with built in beds, a contemporary family bathroom, and designer furnishings throughout. Located just seconds from the Abbey Road Studios and the world famous crossing from the cover of Abbey Road by The Beatles, short walk from the wonderful shops, bars and restaurants of St John's Wood and Regent's Park. EPC Rating B. FURNISHED/UNFURNISHED

£580 PER WEEK *fees apply *£264 inc of VAT to include tenancy agreement & referencing per property. Please contact us for further information.

SEYMOUR STREET, W1 This beautiful split-level penthouse has been designed for luxury living. The lower floor (5th floor) comprises a spacious and bright living room with double height ceiling and skylights, an open-plan kitchen with fully integrated Gaggenau aplliances, two double bedrooms with a conjoining balcony and a bathroom. Upstairs is a generous master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a dressing area and a balcony. The property, with benefits from air conditioning, designer furnishings and lifts, is excellently located just a short walk to Oxford Street, Hyde Park and Marble Arch Tube Station (Central Line). EPC Rating C. FURNISHED/UNFURNISHED

£1850 PER WEEK *fees apply *£264 inc of VAT to include tenancy agreement & referencing per property. Please contact us for further information.



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HYDE PARK CRESCENT, W2 An interior designed to a very high standard apartment extending to 1,030 sq ft, with new tilt and turn double glazed windows, underfloor heating, Crestron lighting throughout, situated on the third floor with lift of one of the Hyde Park Estates most prestigious twenty four hour portered Mansion blocks. EPC Rating C.



REGENTS PLAZA APARTMENTS, NW6 A wonderful and rare opportunity to purchase this beautifully presented lateral apartment consisting of some 2152 square feet of living space. The accommodation comprises of large reception room, kitchen/breakfast room (kitchen was designed/made by Pedini), master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and doors leading to terrace, three further bedrooms, two further bathrooms, guest WC, utility room and storage room. LEASEHOLD 975 YEARS UNEXPIRED (APPROX.)


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A bright and well-proportioned four bedroom, three bathroom apartment set within this highly sought after prestigious Edwardian landmark building. The property is immaculately presented with elegant decor and modern kitchens and bathrooms, whilst retaining the property’s traditional yet charming theme. Harley House is ideally located in the heart of Marylebone Village, just moments away from the shops and restaurants of Marylebone High Street, the green open spaces of Regent’s Park and Baker Street Underground Station (Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan Lines).

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ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, reception room, family room, study/ bedroom 4, kitchen, guest cloakroom, 24 hour porterage, 1 secure gated parking space. EPC=D.

ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATION FEES:- Tenancy Agreement Fee per property = £210, Reference Fee per Tenant and/or Guarantor = £35, Renewal after fixed term per property = £90, Check out Fees - Price Dependent on Property. Please note that these prices include VAT.

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Broadhurst Gardens, South Hampstead, NW6 £6,001 pcm

West Hampstead 020 7604 5150

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A mansion apartment in the heart of South Hampstead, comprising four double bedrooms, four en suite bathrooms, a utility room and a large kitchen/diner that leads onto a bright reception room. The master bedroom benefits from a walk in dressing room and access to a communal garden. Broadhurst Gardens is situated within moments from the amenities of West Hampstead. Close transport links include West Hampstead Underground Station, West Hampstead Overground and West Hampstead Thameslink.

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Four double bedrooms Four bathrooms Second floor Mansion block Close to West Hampstead station Furnished Available now

£210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit

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ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A bright, recently refurbished 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom 4th floor apartment (approx. 842 sq.ft. / 78.2 sq.m.) in a conveniently located portered building opposite St John’s Wood Underground station (Jubilee line) and moments to the various shops of the ‘High Street’. Double Reception Room ■ Kitchen ■ 2 Bedrooms ■ 2 Bathrooms (1 En-Suite) ■ Lift ■ 24hr Porter ■ Heating and Hot Water is included in the rent ■ EPC D £640 per week

ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A bright and spacious 2 bedroom top floor apartment (approx. 676 sq.ft / 62.8 sq.m.) off Boundary Road and close to the amenities of St John’s Wood and Maida Vale. Reception Room ■ Kitchen ■ 2 Double Bedrooms ■ 1 Bathroom ■ WC ■ EPC D £425 per week


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


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£350 pw Furnished

1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom | 8th Floor Apartment Balcony | 24hr Concierge | Gym & Pool | EPC – B Highgate 020 3503 0892


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7 Bedrooms | 2 Receptions | 5 Bathrooms | Apartment Private Pool | Village Location | EPC – E Hampstead 020 3503 0553

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£430 pw Furnished

2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | Apartment Terrace | Gym | Parking | EPC – C | Sole Agents Beaufort Park 020 3503 0534


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£585 pw Furn/Unfurn

4 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | Apartment Garden | Close to Tube | EPC – E | Sole Agents

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