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August 2019


The definitive guide to London living 56


Liz Skone James 020 7292 5636

Hot list

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

Lust list


Penny Clements


37 Make the most of every last summer moment with our patio perfect suggestions

Ali Howard


Claire Atherton PROOFREADER

Fay Gristwood

Interview: Aisling Bea


Emmanuelle Peri


Katie Hutley 020 7292 5593

38 We chat turning a personality into a career, and get the low down on her new sitcom

Becky Pomfret 020 7292 5678

Style & wellbeing

Kathy Anne Lim


43 Even more sustainable fashion, plus the very best summer beauty innovations

Alex Courtley, Annie Franey


Alice Leng

Food & drink


Debbie Russell debbie@fabricmagazine.; 07811 347299

47 Seasonal fare, designer cuppas and our review of the hottest new opening in town


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


50 We put the spotlight on the Alpine summer and enjoy a spot of healthy hedonism


On the cover

55 When it comes to designing and utilising your garden shed, the possibilities are endless

Photography: Will Sanders Fashion: Holly Elgeti Hair: Narad Kutowaroo Make up: Justine Jenkins


Aisling wears: Suit by POUSTOVIT; shoes by Christian Louboutin


Fabric is published on behalf of REAP Magazines Ltd by Bookmark Content, The Griffin Building, 83 Clerkenwell Road, EC1R 5AR. © Bookmark Content, 2019. All rights reserved. All information correct at time of going to press. Reproduction in whole or part (including storage by any electronic means) is prohibited without prior permission of Bookmark Content. Bookmark Content and REAP Magazines Ltd accept no responsibility for the views expressed by contributors to the magazine.

hat makes you happy? Inspired by cover star Aisling Bea, we’ve been giving that question lots of thought recently. For Aisling, the key to happiness is finding the right work/ life balance, and spending lots of quality time with good friends. What about you? Maybe it’s finally finding your dream home; or simply enjoying drinks on a lazy summer’s evening in your garden; losing yourself in a brilliant holiday book; allowing yourself the luxury of some really quality me-time (be that in your garden shed or on an organised yoga retreat)… Whatever your poison, you’ll find plenty to cheer you up within the pages of our August issue. And readers who live in Queen’s Park have even more reasons to be joyful, as we discover in our monthly area focus. Until next time, keep on smiling…

At home with

58 Modern, timeless and elegant, interior designer Maurizio Pellizzoni’s home is a triumph

Access all areas

60 With a celebrated park at its centre and two buzzing high streets, Queen’s Park is the place to be

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020 8458 7311

GOLDERS PARK CLOSE, NW11 GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ3,500,000 Tucked away in this quiet cul-de-sac off West Heath Avenue, and backing directly onto Golders Hill Park, is this architecturally modern built 4/5 bedroom detached family house.


The lower ground floor, with its own kitchen and bathroom, may be used as a self-contained nanny flat/ staff accommodation, but is currently used as a TV/ cinema room with built-in sound system.

Flooded with light, this exceptional home offers flexible living accommodation The beautiful, mature south facing garden has direct arranged over 3 floors. On the ground floor, there is a large entrance hall, a access onto Golders Hill Park. There is off-street spacious kitchen/breakfast room, and an office/TV room and a living room both overlooking the stunning garden. On the first floor, there are 4 bedrooms parking for 5 cars. EPC Rating D. and 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), including the master suite with dressing room. The rear bedrooms have spectacular views over Golders Hill Park.



020 8458 7311


A superb detached freehold Mansion set behind a wide sweeping driveway and discreetly located behind security gates , occupying a prominent plot on The Bishops Avenue, one of the most coveted addresses in London. The extensive and elegant accommodation extends to over 14,000 sq. ft. including a leisure complex and is complimented by a beautifully landscaped rear garden. The images shown are taken from the original brochure for the house at the time of construction.



Mayfair Showroom 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL 35 offices in central London and over 70 across the capital

Ranulf Road, NW2 ÂŁ3,350,000

Arranged over three floors, an impressive detached double fronted home set behind a carriage driveway and situated toward the summit of one of the finest roads on the Hocrofts. There are seven bedrooms, three reception rooms and four bathrooms. The kitchen/dining room has bi-folding doors opening to the secluded garden, energy rating d. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DL T: 020 7433 0273 E:


Redington Gardens, NW3 ÂŁ3,995,000

A stunning, recently re-built detached house finished to an exceptionally high standard on this exclusive tree-lined side road between Redington Road and Templewood Gardens. There are four double bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms, a front and rear garden, a roof terrace and off-street parking with an electric charge point, energy rating c. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DL T: 020 7433 0273 E:


FLASK WALK, HAMPSTEAD, NW3 34 1984 - 2018

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




EYRE COURT, ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 A fantastic opportunity to purchase a bright and spacious 3 double bedroom apartment (1635 sq ft/ 151 sq m) with an impressive almost 30’ double reception room, situated on the 3rd floor of this prestige portered development in the heart of St John’s Wood. Eyre Court is a well established and highly regarded block set behind a deep landscaped garden and approached by way of a carriage driveway which provides first come first served off street parking. The block is located moments from St John’s Wood High Street and is directly opposite the Underground Station (Jubilee line). Regent’s Park and Lord’s Cricket Ground are within walking distance.

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Mark Nash Associate Director

213-215 Gloucester Place Regent’s Park, NW1 6BU T: 020 7723 9988 E:


£8,750,000 LEASEHOLD

An exceptional apartment comprising 301 sqm / 3,236 sqft of lateral accommodation, arranged over the second floor of this highly regarded Regent’s Park terrace. Featuring two grand reception rooms with unparalleled views over Regent’s Park, the apartment further benefits from secure parking, 24 hour resident porterage, CCTV and two attractive balconies. Cambridge Gate benefits from an unequalled location on the outer circle of Regent’s Park, close to the amenities of Marylebone High Street and Great Portland Street Underground Stations (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan Lines). EPC Rating C.



Mark Nash Associate Director

213-215 Gloucester Place Regent’s Park, NW1 6BU T: 020 7723 9988 E:



A rarely available and well presented three bedroom mews house, located on a quiet cobbled street in Marylebone. The house offers well planned and comfortable living accommodation. The property comprises a master bedroom with an en suite shower room, a second bedroom, a bathroom, a reception room, a kitchen and an integral garage, which has been converted to bedroom three. Chagford Street is located just to the west of Baker Street and Regent’s Park, with Marylebone High Street and Oxford Street just a short walk away. EPC Rating D.




Exquisite family home in Highgate.

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Grange road, Highgate N6 This beautiful family home was originally built in 1901. Alongside KSR architects and Retrouvius Design the owners have created a truly unique home that offers spacious living predominantly across three floors.

Sarah James looks forward to helping you. 02073177960

• Located on a private road. • Excellent transport connections to London's underground. • Gated driveway.

Guide price


Freehold Connecting people & property, perfectly.


The ideal turn-key home in St John's Wood.

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Hamilton Terrace, NW8 With its village-like ambiance, elegant Regency buildings, world-famous cricket ground and established cosmopolitan atmosphere, St John's Wood is one of prime London's most sought after addresses. Just a short distance by road or underground to London's West End and City.

James Simpson looks forward to helping you. 020 7586 2777

• Garden • Swimming pool • Private parking • Approximately 8,492 Sq ft Guide price

£16,000,000 Connecting people & property, perfectly.


Beautiful garden apartment Hampstead Hill Gardens, NW3 Hampstead Underground Station: 0.5 miles Reception room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, garden, shed, EPC = F

Leasehold, approximately 961 years remaining plus Share of Freehold | 1,432 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ2,499,950

James Diaper Savills Hampstead Residential Sales 020 7472 5000


Grade II listed house Blomfield Road, W9 Warwick Avenue Underground Station: 0.2 miles Grade II listed, double reception room, kitchen, breakfast room, master bedroom suite with dressing room, 5 further bedrooms (3 en suite), further bathroom, guest cloakroom, conservatory, gym, garden, off-street parking

Freehold | 3,553 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ7.95 million

Stephen Lindsay Savills St John's Wood & Regent's Park Residential Sales 020 3043 3602



First time on the market in 40 years. A low-built detached property with planning, ideally situated on one of the best roads in St John’s Wood. The property enjoys rare privacy and quiet and further benefits from a double garage with additional off-street parking and a south-facing garden.

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The current owners have recently been successful in achieving full local authority planning consents to extend the current house from circa 4,000 sq ft/370 sq m to circa 6,400 sq ft/595 sq m. Full details of the planning consent are available on request.




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On the market for the first time in many years, a delightful four/five bedroom Grade II listed Georgian home on Downshire Hill, Hampstead Village, NW3. This discreet property is located over a driveway which historically provided access to Hampstead Heath Riding School and provides charming accommodation arranged over four floors. Whilst requiring modernisation, the house offers incoming purchasers the opportunity to rearrange the living space to suit personal needs. Energy Efficiency Rating - Listed

Hampstead 020 7435 4404







A rare eleven bedroom house on Frognal, Hampstead Village, NW3 benefiting from period features and contemporary styling, offering a separate guest cottage, separate studio apartment and extends to approximately 6071 sq ft. Offering luxury state of the art infrastructure, underfloor heating, built in sound system, satellite telephone and entry phone system, CCTV and high tech-alarm system, zoned lighting, gymnasium, cocktail bar, electric gates, parking and heated outdoor swimming pool. Energy Efficiency Rating - E43

Hampstead 020 7435 4404






PAVILION APARTMENTS, LONDON NW8 7HB £1,650,000 Subject to contract A superb two bedroom apartment set on the second floor of one of St John’s Wood finest modern apartment buildings. Pavilion Apartments is located on St John’s Wood Road opposite the famous Lords Cricket Ground. The flat benefits from two en-suite bathrooms, an excellent entertaining reception (21x18) leading directly onto a private balcony, 24h porterage, an underground parking space, passenger lift and a communal garden. Two Double Bedroom with En Suite Bathrooms | Reception/ Dining Room | Kitchen | WC | Balcony | 24 Hour Porterage | Underground Parking Space | Passenger Lift | Communal Garden | EPC Rating B

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001



ELDON GROVE, LONDON NW3 5PT ÂŁ4,750,000 Subject to contract We are delighted to offer the opportunity to purchase this well-proportioned 3,632 sq ft Edwardian house situated on this tree-lined road in Hampstead only 0.3 miles to the shops and amenities of the Village. The property at present is arranged predominately over four floors with the basement being used as an office which could easily be transformed into a self-contained apartment, subject to the necessary planning consents. In fact the house itself now works amazingly well as a family house although it does have scope for many different configurations. At present the property consists of six bedrooms (one is currently used as a study), a 32ft split level reception area dining room with double volume ceiling height, an eat in kitchen/breakfast room, a conservatory which flows into the 34ft rear garden which is split into a large decked area and an astro turf play area and master bedroom suite which encompasses the whole first floor. EPC Rating D

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001




HAMPSTEAD LANE KENWOOD N6 A BREATHTAKING DETACHED AND INTERIOR DESIGNED HOME This substantial six bedroom house was designed from start to finish by well known interior designer, Kelly Hoppen. Only 5 years old, the property has been finished to an exceptional standard throughout and offers a wealth of luxuries including state-of-the-art technology, a beautifully landscaped private garden and off-street parking. Accommodation: Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, master bedroom with his & hers dressing rooms and bathrooms, 5 further bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, dressing room, study, cinema room, staff bedroom with ensuite shower room, utility room. Amenities: Swimming pool, gym, treatment room, steam room, sauna, roof terrace, 2 balconies, security room, garden, garage, parking.




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An exceptional semi-detached family home (291.9 sq m/3,142 sq ft) benefitting from high ceilings, dramatic double volume spaces and a fabulous 68 ft south-facing rear garden. Clifton Hill is located on the west side of St John’s Wood and is within close proximity to The American School in London as well as the amenities of St John’s Wood High Street and St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line).

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Principal Bedroom with Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom, Three Further En-Suite Bedrooms, Double Reception Room, Fully Fitted Neil Lerner Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Utility Room, Two Guest Cloakrooms, Plant Room, Front Garden, Sunken Terrace, 68 ft Landscaped Rear Garden, Off-Street Parking for One Car. EPC=D.


020 3944 5990

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

Spectacular Grade I Listed house overlooking Regents Park Regents Park NW1 A substantial Grade I listed Nash family residence, which is beautifully presented and interior designed to an extremely high standard. The accommodation is arranged with large formal entertaining rooms enjoying uninterrupted west facing views over Regents Park. The property also benefits from a separate mews house consisting of 2 staff bedrooms, a sitting room and garage. Entrance Hall • Dining Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Double Reception Room • Library Room • Tv Room • Media Room • Guest W/C • Master Bedroom With En-Suite Dressing Room And Bathroom • Further 4 Family Bedrooms And 3 Bathrooms (2 En-Suite) • Staff Living Quarters Consisting Of 2 Staff Bedrooms And Bathrooms, And Laundry Room • Vault Stores • Garage.

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Sole Agent

Price Upon Application

One of the finest houses to come onto the market. Winnington Road, N2 Approached by a magnificent carriage driveway is this ambassadorial detached residence built ten years ago, standing in its own grounds. The accommodation is approximately 15,737 sq.ft/ 1,462 sm, on just over half an acre. The house benefits from an internal lift that goes to all floors, cinema, exceptional leisure facilities, including swimming pool and full sized gym and a fully integral underground car park for 10 cars. Reception Hall • Drawing Room • Sitting Room • Dining Room • Conservatory • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room • Guest Cloakrooms • Lift • Study • Master Bedroom Suite With Dressing Room And Bathroom • 7 Further Bedrooms All En-Suite • Games Room • Staff Quarters With Kitchen And Sitting Room • Gym • Swimming Pool • Garage For 10 Cars • Carriage Driveway With Off Street Parking For Several Cars • Terrace And Landscaped Rear Garden • Summer House.


Sole Agent

Price Upon Application

020 7402 9494


The Bishops Avenue, Hampstead Garden Suburb, N2 6






Joint Sole Agent | Freehold | EPC E

Discretely situated and hidden from view, within mature and beautifully manicured gardens, this magnificent double-fronted Arts & Crafts home is found at one of London’s most iconic addresses. Spanning three floors, this six-bedroom home is a rare find. The current owners have respected the building’s heritage while giving the interiors a thoroughly contemporary makeover. Some modern technology is hidden behind the scenes, yet nothing impinges on the inherent character of the building. Furthermore the original proportions and layout remain virtually untouched. There is much to admire, such as the original parquet that covers the ground floor and seamlessly connects the various areas together and the broad and plentiful windows that are dotted throughout – they bathe the home in natural light. East Finchley provides all of the everyday conveniences, including the London Underground, that will get you to the West End or City in around 20 minutes.


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ÂŁ4,750,000 Main Agent | Freehold | EPC D

Ideally located in a tree-lined road between Hampstead Village and Belsize Park, with all their excellent public transport amenities, shops, cafĂŠs and restaurants, is this mid-terrace five-bedroom Edwardian house, predominantly arranged over four floors, plus a basement which has been converted to create a bright self-contained office/studio with its own front patio. The property retains a number of period features, married up with some eclectic contemporary touches, and provides exciting reception living on the ground floor, including a split level 32' double reception room, plus a conservatory TV room and eat-in kitchen/breakfast room, as well as a large study on the half landing. The master bedroom suite, comprising bedroom, dressing room and en-suite bathroom takes up the entire first floor, whilst the upper two floors provide four further bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as generous attic storage space.

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An attractive neo Georgian town house. A stylish and contemporary four bedroom freehold house 1749 ft/162.5m quietly situated in this sought after residential cul de sac with a private rear garden and off street parking for two cars. EPC rating: E


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Set over the top two floors of this handsome detached double fronted period residence and located on a corner plot of one of Belsize Park’s most prestigious roads is this spacious and well presented 2,082 sq ft four bedroom, two bathroom maisonette with the added benefit of a separate garage at the rear of the property and a communal terrace. EPC Rating: E

Hampstead Sales

t: 020 7794 1151

e: 55 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6UG


Hot list

by Ali Howard

What to see and do this month


The Night of the Iguana

Until 28 September Noël Coward Theatre This Tennessee Williams drama began life as a short story back in 1948. It wasn’t until 1961 that it saw its Broadway debut as a full-length play, with an Oscar-winning film adaptation in 1964, and a host of productions on both sides of the Atlantic to follow. Proving its perpetual appeal, it has returned for a sizzling summer in the Capital, and stars Clive Owen alongside Anna Gunn, Lia Williams and Julian Glover. Set in a dilapidated Mexican hotel, the play promises themes of freedom, desire and despair. A lesserknown work, perhaps, but classic Williams, nonetheless. 85-88 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N (0844 482 5151;


Cary Grant: Britain’s Greatest Export Until 30 September BFI Southbank You can’t get much more old Hollywood than the suave and sophisticated Cary Grant – except for the fact he was born Archibald Alec Leach in Bristol. This two month season celebrates one of the most beloved actors to have ever graced the big screen, with an indulgent line-up of films, talks and even an evening course to explore his incredible legacy. Part one features early works such as Blonde Venus (1932) and The Awful Truth (1937), while an illustrated talk from Dr Charlotte Crofts, Cary Grant: From Knockabout to Knockout, takes place on Wednesday 7 August.

Belvedere Road, SE1 (020 7928 3232;


Authors on Stage

12 August-10 September Lyttelton Theatre In an unmissable series of events for the Capital’s bookish types, established authors will share their informed musings on a range of contemporary issues with Q&As and postevent signings to get stuck into. Adam Kay, author of the bestselling This is Going to Hurt teams up with comedian Rob Delaney to extoll the virtues of the NHS, while culinary bigwigs Nigella Lawson and Yotam Ottolenghi will be in conversation, exploring food and identity. Matt Haig, Edna O’Brien and Margaret Atwood are also set to make star appearances. Never meet your heroes? We’re pretty sure our favourite writers won’t disappoint. National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 (020 7452 3000; 34

British-Turkish writer and activist Elif Shafak opens the series, following the publication of her latest novel, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World



BOOK club Staying put in the Capital this summer? There’s nowhere we’d rather be. Sit back, relax and delve into one of our holiday reading recommendations – all with a London link

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

This story of two eccentric, flawed characters is funny and moving. Set in wartime Hampstead, it tells the tale of a young boy evacuated to live with the unscrupulous Vera. Their relationship is bittersweet and shaped by their past experiences. By the end of the book you’ll be rooting for them both. BP £7.99 (

The Lido

Another Planet

by Libby Page

by Tracey Thorn

When their local lido is threatened with closure, octogenarian Rosemary and twenty-something rookie reporter Kate – both lonely in different ways – unite in the fight to save it. Forming the most unlikely of friendships, they inadvertently help to save one another, too. A joyous celebration of the power of community and friendship in London. LSJ

Thorn delves into her teenage diaries to create a richly evocative portrait of life in a ’70s satellite town. The world she describes will be instantly recognisable to anyone who grew up in suburbia dreaming of the Big Smoke – a short train ride and a whole other planet away. KJH

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Songlines XXXI: Wing

Until 30 August | Rebecca Hossack This much-loved Fitzrovian art space is famed for championing non-Western artistic traditions, with a particular focus on Australian Aboriginal art. The gallery’s annual Songlines season has introduced the Capital to a wealth of work from the hands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the years. Their latest instalment, Wing, examines the representation of birds in Aboriginal culture. Don’t miss printmaker Janice Murray Pungautiji’s intricate artworks, including 2017’s Pinjoma Jilamarini (Barn Owl). 28 Charlotte Street, W1T (020 7255 2828;

Love Falls

by Esther Freud Illustrious North Londoner Esther Freud takes us back to the summer of 1981 in this sizzling holiday read. Just as the Capital is swept up in royal wedding romance, 17-yearold Lara swaps Kensington for the scorching Tuscan countryside – where she discovers her own irresistible story of a dark and dangerous first love. AH

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The Long View

by Elizabeth Jane Howard Originally published in 1956 and recently reissued, The Long View is a portrait of a turbulent marriage. Antonia and Conrad’s story moves backwards through time, from a Kensington dinner party in 1950, to a chance encounter in a Sussex garden 25 years earlier. It’s beautifully written, rich in period detail and full of emotional truths – a book to lose yourself in. KTH

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The pursuit of happiness Words Liz Skone James | Photography Will Sanders Fashion Holly Elgeti | Hair Narad Kutowaroo | Make up Justine Jenkins

Actor, comedian and writer Aisling Bea talks about her new show, adopting more sustainable working habits and what makes her happy here in London



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ello! How are you? I’m so sorry about this morning,” Aisling Bea exclaims as we settle down to chat. We have had to put back our interview due to a double booking; I assure her that we wouldn’t stand in the way of an audition. “You’d stand in the way of my future,” she exclaims, with mock indignation. “Yeah, I’ve been juggling a few things around. Dammit, must do better Aisling!” she adds. “Suddenly, going, ‘I’m really busy’, isn’t a badge of honour anymore, because it’s like, oh, you’ve clearly not managed yourself well. You know? For me the last year has been all about how to work as well, but in a more sustainable fashion. I think that is a lot of us. I think culturally that is happening a lot now…” It is an interesting point, given that we’re here to talk about new Channel 4 sitcom, This Way Up, about a woman recovering from a breakdown. The series is not only written by Aisling, but stars her, too, alongside the wonderful Sharon Horgan. “It’s hard to describe what something is when it’s not a big action movie,” Aisling tells me. “You know, like two people get caught in a twister and have to make their way out… It is sort of just about life really. The core characters are Aine, who I play, who is little sister to Shona, who Sharon Horgan plays, and we start the show – this is a spoiler for the first five minutes – with me getting out of rehab after a nervous breakdown.”

Poignant and funny, the show is essentially about the pursuit of happiness, and how that journey is harder for some than it is for others. “What I wanted to do was to make a show not about falling apart, but to show the daily-ness of getting better, I suppose. I’d like for it to be more complex than that, but it’s not.” Does the sisters’ relationship in the show reflect Aisling’s relationship with her own sister? “Erm, maybe not with my sister, but my relationship with Sharon…” Aisling tells me. “I mean there are threads of so many things in there. There’ll be a complexity of people in a character that you might write. I think with writers, they might meet an interesting character in a café, and then five years later the thing they did will make it into a sketch. So, it’s like your brain becomes a sort of creative dictaphone.” Whatever it is based on, the relationship between the sisters comes across as being very natural, and that is genuine, Aisling assures me. “We’ve been working together for I think nine or ten years now. Sharon is like a big sister to me, maybe more so than a friend. Sometimes you meet somebody who you just get on with really well, and the chemistry pops out through the screen.” This portrayal of sisterhood is something the pair have been working towards for some time. “When we made the pilot a year and a half ago,

it was like, oh finally, we get to do this thing! Because I first played Sharon’s sister in Dead Boss, and we wrote a movie together, and a year later we made a TV show, then that got cancelled, and we wrote another TV show, and they said no to that. And then I wrote this one on my own, and she’s my sister in it. So, it’s been a long old process together. And I think we couldn’t have done it if we didn’t really love one another,” she declares. Thinking for a moment, before laughing: “I think, anyway – she might be like, ‘oh God, finally let me loose on this woman!’” Aisling is perhaps best known for comedy now, but acting is where she started out, 17 years ago. “I think a lot of the time one begins acting to transform into somebody else – am I sounding like a total wanker? The challenge of transforming is lovely and can be good for your soul sometimes.” Comedy was always on the cards, though: a personality that turned into a job, as Aisling puts it. “One of my great loves has always been making people laugh, and I can’t really imagine doing anything else,” she tells me. “I wish I could say that I used to be really quiet and shy and it gave me a way to speak out, but as soon as I could talk, I wouldn’t shut up! It was annoyingly the only thing I could do; you know, like when somebody is good at maths and they’re like, I don’t really want to be an accountant, but what else is there I can do….”


hat’s not to say that the path has been an easy one. “When I started, I found it nerve-wracking,” she explains. “Because I had been an actor for so long. Feeling like you are a professional in one part of your craft and then starting another one and being a real newbie, that was the nerve-wracking thing,” she explains. And baring her soul to audiences wasn’t always easy, either. “Being myself is a totally different thing to pretending to be somebody else,” she explains. “You definitely feel the knocks more with stand-up. It is harder to separate the work from who you are, because it is you and it is your stories, and your point of view and stuff, you know.” It is definitely, she assures me, a job that requires: “a high threshold for shame.” That said, Aisling’s stage personality isn’t exactly the version of her that her friends know and love. “Imagine you are paid to go to a dinner party and you have to be lovely,” she explains. “That’s the stand-up version of me. The stakes are just slightly higher than just assuming your normal personality. You are ‘on’, if that makes sense.” The dinner party analogy is never more fitting than when it comes to appearing on panel shows. “It’s weird, you know when you go, ‘oh that’ll be a lovely dinner party,’ but then you turn up and somebody has had a bad day, or you’ve had a bad day and you are feeling weird. It’s kind of the exact same as that, because comedy is all about the feeling in the room. And the way you feel,” Aisling explains. “I mean, you see 23 minutes of time, but they record for two and a half hours, minimum. There’s some that are, of course, quite fun, but that is the most jobbed form of being a comedian. So, they can be tough, and I think that anybody who says that they aren’t is lying. And you can call them out on it!” she declares. If Aisling isn’t watching panel shows to unwind, what does she switch on instead? “Box sets are my guilty pleasure,” she tells me, adding, “I don’t know if I feel guilty about that though. Guilty pleasure suggests that it is something I feel guilty about. Murdering that guy, oh but I loved it…” she cackles. “I’ve been watching loads of stuff, but I am going to say my favourite is Derry Girls, just because it is so bloody brilliant. Lisa McGee who wrote it, who I know quite well, is just a genius really, because she is educating Britain about Northern Ireland through giant big belly laughs. So that is one thing I love.” What else does she love? “There’s a pub near me called The Myddleton Arms that does the nicest roast in all of London. On Canonbury Road. Oh my God the roasts are just bloody delicious. I love that: papers, friends and roasts,” she sighs. “That is just a joy of a day in London – walking there or going for a walk afterwards because we are all so big and piggy tummied. That is one of my greatest joys,” she grins, adding: “Do you know what, I have been in London for 11 years now and I really just feel like it is my home. I would love to go around saying, oh I really love the art galleries, but I don’t think I ever really go to art galleries! I love being in pubs in London – I just love the vibe.” So, will we still find her here in London in five years’ time, propping up the bar at The Myddleton? “The life things: who bloody knows really,” she shrugs. Work is different though: “I’d love to think that the show went for three series, and I think it would just be the three series. Maybe two. I’d like to think I had a few what I feel like are firm steps on the ladder filled in. If that makes any sense? And I feel like I am almost getting there. I feel like I have been given an amazing year and I am very grateful for it, but to really lock it down I would love to do a few movies.” Exciting times ahead… This Way Up will air on Channel 4 this month






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idden away in a former car park, surrounded by dainty mews, you’ll find the all-new AMP Athletic, a gym with a refreshing concept on personal training. Founded by award-winning coach Steve Mellor, who previously ran the gym at Claridge’s hotel, AMP stands for Athletic, Medical and Performance. Everything Steve provides at AMP is centred around science, body composition, movement screening and nutrition planning. If personal training isn’t your vibe, but classes are, you get the best of both worlds here. With group personal training sessions (up to four people) running on the hour throughout the day, you get the focus of an experienced coach, without the pressure of a gruelling one-on-one session. Spacious and airy, the gym is kitted out with brand new equipment. It’s simple and unfussy, and while it retains the concrete boxy vibe of its past, with exposed pipes and bare walls, it’s now far more welcoming to gym goers than four-wheeled visitors. From an ex-professional basketball player to a physiotherapy expert, each coach has their own field of expertise. They all hold sports science degrees and carefully assess your fitness level when you sign up. So, it’s no surprise that when I arrive for my session, every gym member is sporting a high-tech heart rate monitor. Names and accelerating heart rates are displayed on a screen so our trainer, Jake,


Hide The Label can track everyone’s progress and tailor their workouts accordingly. Starting with some vigorous stretching to warm up, we’re put through our paces in a workout that’s also digitally displayed around the room. After stretches, we fall into short circuits, rotating as a team to get through the session, upping our weights and intensity as we go, with Jake monitoring our heart rates and form along the way. I’m already tired by the time we come to the ‘finisher’, designed to, well, finish you. In pairs we work through 1500 m on the skier, switching every 15 skis, while our partner holds a 20 kg ball. By the end, ‘finished’ is exactly what I am. So how was my session? The beetrootred face and exhausted body collapsed on the floor say it all, and even three days later, I’m still feeling the effects. If you want to get fit fast, and you’re willing to put in the effort, this is the way to do it. EA Monthly membership starts from £199. A 30-day trial costs £149. 14a Beaumont Mews, W1G (020 7486 9127;

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Parley for the Oceans artist bags We can’t get enough of this vibrant collection, which merges function with creativity. The Ocean Plastic® bags, created by Parley for the Oceans in collaboration with renowned contemporary artists, have been made using upcycled plastic waste recovered from remote islands, waters and coastlines, with each bag being made from approximately five plastic bottles. Better still, the sale of each bag funds the clean-up of 20 lbs of marine plastic waste. Collaborating artists include Doug Aitken, Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Julian Schnabel. Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans, says of the project: “I believe art has the power to initiate conversations that might otherwise never take place. Art allows us to rethink, to recalibrate and to collaborate.” It’s certainly got us talking. The collection is available from



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have been cursed with natural corkscrew curls; no matter how many compliments I receive, I always dream of silky straight locks. But as tempting as the idea of a straightening treatment was, I could never quite reconcile myself with the harsh chemicals and the intensive heat treatment required. I was ecstatic, then, to hear about Braliz, a chemical-free Brazilian blow dry treatment that has recently launched in the UK, and I wasted no time in booking myself in to award-winning Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa – one of a handful of London salons offering the treatment. 5,000 sq ft of glistening pampering heaven awaited me as I was greeted by Mario, who has years of experience under his belt and a passion for finding and using only the best and most innovative cutting-edge treatments. As he talked me through the process, I knew I was in safe hands. First up, a wash, then, section by small section, my locks were coated with the magic straightening spray. Mario explained that the beauty of Braliz is that it works from the inside of the hair follicle, without the need for formaldehyde as is generally the norm: the replenishing natural ingredients include Brazilian botanical bioactives (BBB), and guarana, cashew and Brazil nut oils. Couple this with the fact the products are all cruelty free and vegan and it’s clear they’re onto a winner. After the product had been left to work its magic, my hair was thoroughly rinsed before Mario and another of his team got to work straightening very small sections of the hair with special heat-controlled straighteners. I have never had two stylists working on my hair at one time, and it felt fabulously indulgent. After 2.5 hours, my frizzy flyaway hair had been replaced with beautifully silky, sleek, straight locks. Another bonus of the Braliz treatment, Mario assured me, was that you could wash your hair as soon as you wanted, unlike traditional treatments, where a three-day wait is necessary. I wasn’t sure I would be wanting to wash these gorgeous locks any time soon though; I was well and truly summer ready and excited to say goodbye to the usual heat and humidity induced frizz! SC The treatment costs from £250 and is available at Richard Ward Hair & Metrospa and selected UK salons. For more details on Braliz, see

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Matthew Williamson X Newby Teas

He’s better known for his bold fashion prints, but Matthew Williamson is branching out into luxury food and drink this month. He has collaborated with London-based Newby Teas to present a collection of three bespoke loose-leaf tea blends. Not only have the eye-catching caddies been designed by Williamson, he was also personally involved in tasting a variety of tea blends in consideration for the collection. The designer has taken inspiration from the Rajasthan region of India to produce evocative prints based on original watercolours, each one reflecting a facet of the chosen tea and its heritage. He says: “India is my all-time favourite destination. It has long provided endless inspiration for my work and I’m forever fascinated by the colours, its vibrancy, diversity and craftsmanship. I couldn’t have done this collection without paying homage to one of the birth places of tea and my forever home-from-home.” Consider it tea with a twist – we want them all. £30 per caddy or £95 for the gift set of all three. Available from and at Selfridges.


Arros QD


haring isn’t a concept that comes naturally to most siblings, but my brother and I are happy to give it a go when it comes to eating out. Particularly when the food in question comes from a three Michelin-starred chef. Arros QD in Fitzrovia is Quique Dacosta’s first restaurant outside his home country of Spain. Specialising in rice, the basic staple often bemoaned by the contestants on I’m a Celebrity…, it doesn’t sound exciting, but we’ve been assured that this place is far from ordinary.

Dacosta’s mission is to share his passion for seasonal dishes by reinterpreting traditional Mediterranean favourites. The centrally located kitchen brings a real sense of theatre, with flaming wood fires, on which the food is cooked, creating a dynamic and dramatic atmosphere to enjoy whilst you dine. Our knowledgeable waitress recommends we choose three dishes to share for starters. First up we are presented with what look like four black pebbles, but are in fact cheese stones. A hard shell of cocoa butter gives way to a rich and creamy combination of

Parmesan and manchego. The seasonal cherry tomatoes, with tomato snow and sundried tomato emulsion that follow are refreshing and packed full of flavour. But the stand out dish is the prawn skewers topped with tomato salsa. They are absolutely delicious! So much so that one each left us wanting more. Fortunately we save ourselves for the main event, Iberian presa paella for two. You needn’t worry about meagre portion sizes here, there is certainly plenty to go

around. The meat, a prized rare cut, melts in the mouth and we scrape the caramelised edges of the giant pan until it is clean. There’s still space for dessert, though. I plump for the pistachio sponge, while my brother tries the cheesecake. Both prove to be light, flavourful endings to the meal. Managing to taste both truly authentic but modern at the same time is no mean feat, but Dacosta has successfully managed to evolve the traditional Spanish favourite, losing none of what makes it a classic in the first place. FG 64 Eastcastle Street, W1W (020 3883 3525;




Chris Dodd

Head pastry chef at The Bloomsbury When I was a child, I wanted to be… a stage magician and illusionist like David Copperfield. I still perform magic for corporate and private clients; I use food in a lot of my tricks. I also try and put a little magic in my desserts, where possible! The first thing I cooked was… cakes with my mother. Professionally, the first kitchen I worked in had bread and butter pudding as a staple on the menu, which was probably the first dessert I made.

Iced delights Can’t decide between a long, cold summer drink or a delicious frozen gelato to cool you off this summer? Make the most of soaring temperatures and head to Gelupo, in Soho, where you can enjoy the best of both worlds. The artisinal Italian gelateria, delicatessen and espresso bar was launched back in 2010 by chef Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo (the duo behind award-winning Italian restaurant Bocca di Lupo). Their mouth-watering, limited-edition summer menu is seriously grown-up – inspired by our favourite summer tipples. Think Pimm’s and lemonade; Hendrick’s Gin and cucumber; and blood orange and Campari. There’s also a boozy and refreshing summer granita, a traditional Sicilian icy treat, including blood orange, lemon, almond and chocolate flavours. And of course, if you prefer to go alcohol-free, you’ll be equally spoilt for choice, with the likes of honeycomb; strawberry and pink peppercorn; peanut butter and blueberry; and tiramisu all gracing the menu. Seriously cool stuff. Available daily throughout August between 11am and 11pm. 7 Archer Street, off Rupert Street, W1D (020 7287 5555;

My kitchen heroes are… Antonin Carême for his contribution to modern cuisine. He is recognised as the first celebrity chef, having cooked for everyone from Napoleon Bonaparte to the Tsar of Russia and George IV of England. In the modern day, I would say I take my hat off to anyone who can manage to make profit whilst producing wonderful food. My fail-safe dinner party menu is… carrot and coriander soup followed by Feijoada (a Brazilian stew that I am just completely hooked on), dessert would be a deep wedge of passion fruit tart with coconut coulis and whipped crème fraîche. My last meal on earth would be… my mum’s fish pie.

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Heading off on Eurostar for a summer break on the continent? Leave time in your schedule to pop in to St Pancras by Searcys and sample their new afternoon tea offering. The summertime pop-up, in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, Globe-Trotter and Sipsmith London, has transformed Europe’s longest Champagne bar into London’s hottest pre-holiday spot. The special menu plays on the delicacies of 12 European cities, and comes served in a stylish suitcase. Expect the likes of classic French opera gâteau, Belgian white chocolate mousse

and passion fruit Swiss meringue pie. Accompanying the tea, drinks ambassador Joel Claustre has carefully created a cocktail and Champagne list, presented in a beautiful passport shaped cover. And the fun doesn’t end there, because each of the 12 booths has been transformed to feel like a different European city destination. Afternoon tea is available between 3pm and 5pm daily, and costs £26 per head. Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, N1C (020 7870 9900;

When I feel down… I let somebody else cook for me! I’ll go to a favourite local restaurant and let them cheer me up! But it’s not often that I feel down. My favourite London restaurant is… Hélène Darroze at The Connaught. It’s so comfortable and the food and service are exquisite. 16-22 Great Russell Street, WC1B (020 7347 1000;

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In an English country garden…

Taking the Alpine air

If you’re dreaming of lazy summer days outdoors but your own corner of the Capital affords little more than a tiny terrace, we recommend heading for a weekend in the Cotswolds. Sam and Georgie Pearman, who already own The Chequers in the Cotswolds and The Talbot, a North Yorkshire coaching inn with restaurant, have added The Swan, a rustic inn in Ascott-under-Wychwood, to Country Creatures, their portfolio of pubs, hotels and restaurants. The 16th century timbered inn reopened at the end of May after a major refurbishment. Luxury accommodation is offered in seven bedrooms and a family cottage, all of which are influenced by the surrounding countryside, featuring natural linens and velvets from Lewis & Wood and Parker & Jules, and printed Fermoie fabrics, whilst the bathrooms are stocked with Georgie’s own botanical 100 Acres Apothecary products. Outside, the garden has been thoughtfully designed by Rachel Murphy, incorporating a wisteria covered oak pergola and a Cotswold stone al fresco dining space. Food has been taken care of by Sam and head chef Adam Abbott, who have designed a menu starring the best of British and European produce, with a focus on seasonality: think simple dishes that show off prime artisanal ingredients, including rare breed meats from Huntsham Farm and English sparkling wines from Poulton Hill Estate. Simply irresistible. Rates start at £90 for bed and breakfast, per night. For more details, see

“Alpine wellness breaks are at their peak during the summer months, as the longer and warmer days allow visitors to re-connect with nature, whether it be swimming in crystal clear lakes, soaking up the mood-boosting natural beauty of the formidable mountain range, or simply ambling along the tranquil forest and lakeside trails. Mountain air is medicinal as it is extremely pure. The altitude gives our lungs the chance to breathe in oxygen that is free of gases or air pollution. You can be as active as you like, whether you choose to go for a gentle hike, or participate in more strenuous activities such as trail running or mountain biking. You can even go skiing in the summer months as the Glacier 3000 offers year-round skiing. The summer is also the perfect time to take full advantage of the watersports on offer, including river rafting and wakeboarding. In addition to all of the restorative benefits of being outside in the fresh air, there is also a wealth of treatments and practices on offer to supplement the Alpine wellness experience. Here at the Ultima Spa we offer a range of holistic treatments to help foster a sense of relaxation and wellbeing. Whether it be opting for one of our signature massages, which include a combination of shiatsu and reflexology techniques, or partaking in a private yoga session with one of our trainers, we want our guests to feel fully relaxed and restored during the time they spend in the hotel.”


For Susana Pacheco, Spa Manager at Ultima Gstaad, summer is the best time for an Alpine adventure

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SAVOUR THE SUNSET Back from your summer holidays and already thinking about a spot of winter sun? Look no further… The team at Le Sereno, St. Barths, didn’t let a little thing like Hurricane Irma stand in their way. Though it suffered extensive storm damage, the hotel reopened at the start of this season after a complete rebuild. Taking environmental impact into account, the new Le Sereno has been designed by Christian Liaigre using sustainably sourced woods and stone. The result is a contemporary, understated look that maximises the breath-taking beach-front views. Located on a virtually private area of the beach of St. Barths’ coveted Grand Cul de Sac, the intimate, family-run hotel offers 39 suites and three large private villas, set along almost 200 metres of pristine sand. Part of Leading Hotels of the World, it now boasts a new openair ‘toes-in-the-sand’ restaurant headed up by chef Alex Simone (formerly of The Arts Club), a spa and wellness area with new treatment partner Valmont Cosmetics, and a new shopping boutique offering curated finds from selected French and Italian designers. But in spite of so much newness, loyal guests should feel that little has changed, with Le Sereno’s signature approach still very much focused on delivering relaxed luxury and attentive service. Pure bliss…

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Forget the South of France, on a beautiful summer’s day there are few finer places to be than the English countryside, and nowhere finer to stay than the Highbullen Hotel by Penny Clements

Bed and breakfast is priced from £110 per room per night Chittlehamholt, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9HD, (01769 540561;


either Dartmoor nor Exmoor; Rivieraesque south coast or surfer cool north, Highbullen Hotel sits in grand isolation in the heart of the glorious Devonshire countryside. Set in its own estate of 127 green acres, the hotel boasts some of the best leisure facilities in the area, with an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool and spa. Pulling up outside its deep porch we are suitably impressed by the Gothic manor house, which houses the main hotel. With its gabled roof and dramatic stone archways, it was built as a family home in 1879 by architect William Moore, taking inspiration from the Victorian Arts and Crafts movement. There are 11 individual rooms within the manor house, each lavishly decorated with antique furniture and chandeliers, and 26

contemporary estate rooms in various buildings around the estate. Wherever you lay your head, though, there is no doubting that Highbullen offers the ultimate in sophisticated luxury. We spend our first morning exploring the vast estate; marvelling at the abundant wildlife and feeling our city stresses melt away. Later, retreating to the Laura Ashley Tea Room, we while away the afternoon enjoying a Devon cream tea (cream before jam, naturally). Replete, we head to the sun loungers on the veranda, where we sip on cocktails, mesmerised by the uninterrupted views of rolling greenery. There’s just time before dinner for a little extra indulgence at the Highbullen Spa, where I am pampered with an Elemis Superfood facial and the most divine aromatherapy massage. Afterwards I float between the serene indoor

pool and Jacuzzi, both offering panoramic views. As night falls, there are more delights to be discovered at Highbullen. With its striking blue and gold palette and exclusive atmosphere, the Devon View Restaurant is the place to be. We enjoy a bottle of expertly selected wine and tuck into an unforgettable dinner experience. Executive Head Chef Stephen Walker has created a menu that blends flavours, aromas and textures from the local countryside. Slow-cooked rump of Exmoor lamb, locally-reared pork, Skrei cod and seabass served with different styles of potatoes and steamed greens all make an appearance and nothing disappoints. Settling down in our supremely comfortable bed, we reflect that it is easy to see how this stylish hotel has made a name for itself as ‘the’ place to stay whilst in this region of Devon.




Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and sample a spot of healthy hedonism on a very special yoga retreat in rural Portugal. Who says indulgence has to be naughty? by Liz Skone James


he early morning mist evaporates off the surface of the infinity pool in front of the shala as the sun rises above the hill in the distance. The only sound is the ringing of cattle bells in adjacent fields. It is about as far from my London life as is possible to imagine. I have agonised over whether I deserve this particular indulgence – wondering if my family will cope without me for four days, and if the money would have been better spent on a trip for all of us. Right here, right now, I can say that I categorically do deserve it, and I have never felt such overwhelming gratitude. I’m in Alentejo, rural Portugal, for a fournight yoga and fitness retreat organised and


hosted by the wonderful Shani van den Borst, of Fit Birds and Cami Vidal, of La Masion Wellness. Our base for the long weekend is Margem, a tiny white-washed Portuguese village surrounded by wheat fields, cork oak forests and wildflower meadows. It is so peaceful that it feels almost untouched by the 21st century. Our group has taken over the whole of Herdade da Maxuqueira, a 500-year-old working farm, now offering very chic agritourism breaks. The days begin with guided meditation, looking out over that vista, after which we are led through an hour’s fast and dynamic Vinyasa yoga flow. We cool off afterwards with freshly prepared smoothies and juices before

tackling a HIIT session in the shade under the nearby orange trees. And we are rewarded with an exquisite breakfast spread – all deliciously healthy, save for the pastéis de nata, which come fresh from the oven every morning, and are impossible to resist (when in Portugal, and all that… and of course, what are those burpees for, if not to sanction a little indulgence from time to time?). The day is ours to spend as we wish: running through the fields, borrowing bikes and taking leisurely rides through the neighbouring villages, exploring local vineyards, or simply relaxing by the pool, journaling on the terrace outside the room or chatting to new friends.

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We come together in the evening for a yin yoga session – a glorious hour of assisted deep stretching as the sun sets. Later, we toast our good fortune with low alcohol cocktails, mixed by Cami, using the very best natural ingredients, before tucking into a beautiful feast sat under the extraordinary starlit sky. It is an experience that everybody should enjoy and I urge you to go. You deserve it. The next retreat runs from 26-30 September and costs £685 pp in a twin shared room with en suite, or £855 pp in a private double room with en suite, including all meals. Flights and transfers not included (


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Based between Amsterdam and Seattle, Graypants is a cutting edge brand whose designs, thankfully, are not lost in translation: their Scraplights collection features beautiful shades meticulously handcrafted from recycled cardboard. The Hive9 pendant, organic in shape, is a wonderfully warming addition – even before it’s lit. £235 (UK stockist:

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Famed for their cheery graphic flowers and stripy prints, Joules are launching a brand new bedding range this month, featuring fauna as well as flora. The new collection for AW19 includes the Great British Birds double duvet set. Delicately illustrated garden birds on crisp white, backed with candy stripes: a twitcher’s dream. £70 (

Tactical tools

Design-led Dutch brand Brabantia have launched a series of 70 high quality kitchen utensils in a range of creative shades including terracotta pink, grape red and fir green. But pretty as they are, these kitchen power tools are not just about the complementary muted tones. Some offer an ingenious dual functionality, for maximum multitasking. From £4.75 (

Furniture maker Andy King has teamed up with the Science Museum in an innovative collaboration that invites us to rethink the flatpack – great design and high quality can come in a narrow box, too. Made from sustainably-sourced plywood, this specially commissioned stool sees its debut at the newly opened Science Museum shop. £190 (;

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When it’s not filled to the brim with garden tools and miscellaneous household junk, a garden shed can offer indulgent me-space away from the main property: a media room, a crafts workshop, a bar, a yoga studio... Whether you’re thinking of converting your existing outhouse, or creating a dedicated extra room from scratch, the possibilities are endless by Ali Howard

Architect Rodrigo Moreno Masey built his own contemporary outhouse without an existing structure to work with. He set out to create a flexible, multi-functional space for the whole family to enjoy What was the inspiration behind the build? I’m inspired by the changing face of garden sheds, and how they’re no longer purely functional buildings for extra storage; they’re often considered a completely distinct and separate place from the home, where different activities can take place. What is the space used for? A multitude of purposes including an office, a study, a gym, a TV room, a playroom, a cinema, a library, a bar – and sometimes, just a simple shelter to provide some solitude! Talk us through the design. I wanted the look of a classic garden shed – four walls with a pitched roof. It’s taller and deeper than most sheds, framing the outside space where it sits. I used timber cladding to distinguish the building from the house – as being a non-domestic and entirely different space. I wanted the shed to look beautiful so I thought carefully about the layout of the cladding. The silvered, aged oak boards are arranged to create a geometric pattern, running over the entire building. There are no gutters as I wanted the roof and walls to blend seamlessly. Inside, I used practical tiles on the floor which


Beautiful silvered oak and a pitched roof give this contemporary, multi-functional outhouse (above and right) the look of a traditional shed and keep it entirely separate from the home

extend out to the terrace creating a continuum between indoors and outdoors. I used plywood on the walls inside and installed some shelves for storage. What advice would you give to homeowners wishing to build an extra garden room? The most important part of the design for an outdoor shed is its impact on the main house. The building will be in view from the house forever so it must be elegant, timeless and beautiful. Outside spaces need to be flexible, so consider wiring the space and include plumbing, just in case. And always make sure you obtain the correct planning development rights before you start. It’s worth engaging with neighbours and the council to see what’s possible in your garden. So often you can do more than you originally thought!

INTERIORS Clad in recycled corrugated steel to reflect local industrial buildings, this chic shed (left and below) features a living roof to enhance its appearance when viewed from above by neighbours

A West Hampstead family wanted to replace an existing shed with a flexible outhouse that spanned the width of the garden, providing an art studio, ample storage and a retreat from the main property. For this, they appointed architect Amos Goldreich Which materials did you use to protect the structure from the elements? For cladding, we sourced recycled sheets of corrugated steel that had weathered naturally during their previous use. This material was chosen to reflect the light industrial buildings in the neighbourhood – and especially the workshops opposite. For windows and doors, we used oak that had been specifically treated for external use. We also used this for the decking, steps and the landscaped elements of the garden.

How does the studio reflect its surrounds? A green roof was installed to act as natural insulation whilst enhancing the appearance of the studio when viewed above from the neighbouring properties. The green roof also softens the metal cladding and contributes to the local biodiversity, absorbing rainwater. Are there any particular challenges when designing an outdoor structure? Connecting the studio to the existing services in the main house is a challenge. The studio is completely separate, meaning all hot water, power, waste and drainage has to connect through the garden into the existing utilities. This was complicated here due to a steep slope from the studio to the house, so it required careful coordination between sub-contractors. Building in the garden meant there were no existing foundations to the garden walls, which also complicated the build. Tell us about the use of natural light in the design. Adding natural light is always a priority within our architectural proposals. From the outset, we wanted to install as many roof lights as possible to ensure a high level of natural light was achieved in the studio – at any given time throughout the day. We also added a large window and door with a glazed panel at the front of the studio, to add natural light, but also to create a visual connection between the studio, the garden and the main house.

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A restored Eames Lounge Chair upholstered in Missoni fabric is Maurizio’s most treasured item



Maurizio Pellizzoni Interior designer

When Maurizio bought the one-bed London pad he shares with partner Chris and their dog, Ralph, the plan was to expand from the get go by Ali Howard

The apartment is located on the top floor of a Victorian house, which allowed the Italian designer to extend up into the empty roof space. With this extra square footage to play with he was able to reconfigure the accommodation below, and has created a sleek and chic living space that makes shrewd use of its limited footprint. The living room boasts two large, front-facing windows that bring an abundance of natural light into the flat. Maurizio stole space from the existing commodious bedroom to create a smaller guest bedroom and a new bathroom, while he converted the loft space to create a large master bedroom with two skylight windows for natural light and fresh air – and as much storage space as possible. With deft design, he’s even managed to squeeze in a small walk-in wardrobe. “During the renovation,” he says, “I opened up what used to be a very dark and small living room space, removed the bathroom, which was oversized in the context of the apartment, and removed part of the kitchen wall to create an open plan living space.” The kitchen/dining room feels deceptively spacious with the use of lustrous floor to ceiling cupboards in dark wood, echoing the flooring. Far from

imposing, the dining room doors create a clean line that continues into the kitchen, drawing the eye nicely. And it’s thanks to Maurizio’s eye for potential that any of this could have happened. “To understand what you can do with the space is crucial,” he says. “You have to look beyond the initial appearance. I do the same with all of my client projects. When visiting a client for the first time, I look at what I can do with the space to make the very best of it.” Whether for clients or for his own home, Maurizio creates modern, timeless and elegant interiors. The apartment mixes mid-century furniture pieces with contemporary stylings in a palette inspired by nature: the rich mahogany is offset with slate greys and broody blues. There are some cherished design classics in there, too: “The Eames Lounge Chair upholstered in Missoni fabric is probably the most valuable – and my favourite – piece in the apartment,” he enthuses. “I originally bought this piece from a vintage shop in very bad condition and I had to spend time restoring some of the woodwork. I used one of MissoniHome’s classic patterns for the upholstery as I wanted to create something different and make it stand out.” It’s clear Maurizio enjoys a project, and doesn’t shy away from a labour of love. The apartment is unquestionably a triumph of design, on both floors, but which room is his go-to for everyday comfort? Where does he spend the most time? “The open plan living space is definitely my favourite room,” he says. “The flat is not very big, but by opening up the walls and creating an open plan kitchen, I was able to create a cosy and inviting space. Chris and I love cooking and entertaining, so the kitchen is perfect as we’re able to have guests around and cook whilst enjoying a nice glass of wine and a gossip!” So what’s next for the man who lives and breathes design? “I recently launched a very exciting project, as I was able to create a monobrand property in the heart of Mayfair. Now, we’re working on three new projects: a loft in Shoreditch for a young businesswoman, and two family homes in Chelsea. I’m also working on my first Italian project, a large apartment in Milan, which is and will always be my first love!”

Top: An iconic Italian Taccia Table Lamp ensures that lighting becomes very much a part of the design Bottom left: Maurizio has used pieces of art throughout to make the apartment come alive




Words Alice Leng | Photography Kathy Anne Lim

Queen’s Park

Centred around a 30-acre park this trendy area boasts a strong sense of community. With the local farmers’ market once voted best in the UK, and an annual Queen’s Park Day celebration held in mid-September (complete with baking contest, dog show and food stalls), this will come as no surprise. Beautiful rows of period properties line the park, the majority of them unconverted, making the area popular with families. And there are two high streets, filled with independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Meanwhile, the park itself offers six tennis courts, a playground and paddling pool, a small petting zoo and botanical gardens. It’s easy to see why the locals consider themselves so lucky

Did you know? The park, named in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, was designed by Alexander McKenzie, one of the most influential park designers of his day. His vision included small formal gardens, large open areas of lawn and colourful shrubberies. When it first opened, legend has it that a park keeper called Long Tom would chase children from the shrubberies brandishing a long stick (a bench in his memory can be found on the east side of the park). During the Second World War the park was used as allotments for locals, and housed airraid shelters, army huts and a barrage balloon. Still very much a valued community space, it was given a Green Heritage Site Award in 2014 for its care and conservation of open space and facilities.


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Little Black Book Elliot Milne

founder of MILK BEACH café & wine bar

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“This is a fantastic place to live and work. You get a real sense of village community whilst being so close to central London. And with the houses offering more living space and better value than neighbouring areas, Queen’s Park is more popular than ever. There’s always a demand for family homes.”

Alex Michael

Hamptons International “Salusbury Road is the prime spot. It’s full of independent coffee shops and restaurants, along with a few favourite chains. The flats and houses along Chevening Road come with great views over the park, offering a green landscape despite being just 30 minutes from Piccadilly Circus. Due to popular demand, property prices have steadily increased, but it’s an area where the average house is still within affordable reach.”

Lee Ward Dexters

“The Queen’s Park property market is incredibly busy as buyers look for their dream home in our family oriented community. The majority of our buyers are focused on finding a home within the catchment areas of fantastic schools like Salusbury Primary School or Ark Franklin Primary Academy. Often these buyers are relocating to Queen’s Park from premier neighbouring areas like West Hampstead, Notting Hill and Westbourne Park.”


“Every morning I like to have a coffee and a chat with the barista at a favourite café. It’s like a little treat to start the day right. Since opening MILK BEACH last year, I now get to walk to my own café each day. It’s summer so I’ll get an acai bowl with honey granola for breakie along with my standard flat white. The design for MILK BEACH was inspired by my home town, Sydney – so the place feels like a little escape from London whenever I’m there. I usually work there for the rest of the morning – currently planning a number of upcoming events including live music nights, wine tasting nights and an upcoming Summer Beach Party. Above all, I love just chatting with customers. Queen’s Park is different to other places I’ve lived in London over the last eight years (including Shoreditch, Marylebone and Notting Hill). It’s a beautiful suburb full of young families, with a great mix of both creative and finance backgrounds, but what sets it apart is the strong community feel – everyone says ‘hi’ when you pass them on the street. At the centre of this is the park, where you’ll find me exercising around late morning, strolling solo after lunch while listening to an audiobook (currently Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand) or podcast (usually The Economist, Tim Ferriss or something about wine), or hanging out with friends on the grass on a summer afternoon. In the evening, I’ll head back to Lonsdale Road, where MILK BEACH is located. It’s a private mews road where pedestrians walk down the centre, people overflow from bars onto the street, and restaurants bustle with al fresco dining. I’ll stop in at Wolfpack for a beer with owners and former rugby stars Alistair Hargreaves and Chris Wyles, before heading down to MILK BEACH for dinner and a glass of natural wine. Current favourites on the evening menu are tuna tartare with mango, chilli and burnt lime ponzu, or the pork belly with crackling and asparagus in house chilli jam.” 19 Lonsdale Road, NW6 (020 8144 8277;


Local heroes IDA W10

The very definition of a neighbourhood restaurant, Ida is positioned in a Grade II listed corner shop in the heart of Queen’s Park. The eatery offers home-cooked Italian fare and boasts hand-rolled pasta that’s freshly made every day. Run by husband and wife team Simonetta and Avi, it is a family affair through and through, offering an authentic slice of Italy. Entertainment-focused, the restaurant doubles as an excellent party venue, while a monthly film club allows local movie buffs to enjoy a screening with a slap up meal. “It never fails to satisfy,” says Kaan Koseoglu from Parkheath. 222A Kilburn Lane, W10 (020 8969 9853;

Blow & Bubbles NW10

Adding a social element to self-care, this popular colour and blow-dry bar ensures local clients have the best hairdressing experience. Why not grab a well-deserved glass of fizz while one of their top colourists gets to work on your beautiful balayage? Blow & Bubbles is a go-to for Lauren Shields from Savills. “It’s my favourite salon in Queen’s Park,” she says. “The interiors are beautifully designed and they have this great social working concept. It’s inexpensive and I love that they use Oribe products.” 60 Chamberlayne Road, NW10 (020 8962 0100;

Chine NW10

This intriguing pop-up, situated on the buzzy Chamberlayne Road, is a snooper’s paradise. Offering an eclectic mix of homewares, antiques, garden accessories and fashion, you’re just as likely to come away with a vintage kaftan as you are a beautiful glazed planter for your parlour palm. For Queen’s Park resident Natalie James, Chine is a local treasure trove: “I love going in for a browse, you never know what you might find. And it’s a great place for unusual gifts.” 70 Chamberlayne Road, NW10

Street hearts Queen’s Park

Salusbury Road

The hub of the local community, this buzzing thoroughfare is packed with independent businesses – what you can’t find here, you probably don’t need

Windermere Avenue

At the very heart of Queen’s Park, linking energetic Salusbury Road and the serenity of the park, this pretty road is home to artisan cottages and Victorian terraces

Harvist Road

Some of the area’s most sought after housing stock is found here, built in red brick with Chineseinfluenced window sashes, most with wonderful park views






rivate tutoring in the UK is a multibillion-pound industry, with London the epicentre of this highly lucrative sector. Reports suggest between 40 and 45 per cent of the Capital’s children have received tutoring at some stage of their educational journey, meaning we are approaching the point when non-tutored pupils will become the minority. Perhaps, given that the industry is largely unregulated, we have reached that point already. However, tutors are only filling a gap in an insatiable market, says Jonathan Taylor, Head Teacher at North Bridge House Senior Canonbury in Islington. The current tutoring epidemic is the inevitable consequence of an academic arms race that shows no signs of abating. It has fostered a negative cycle whereby academic selectivity feeds the tutoring industry, which in turn fuels academic success, which further justifies academic selection. This is repeated ad infinitum. And nowhere more so than in London. Parents eager to give their children the best start in life are both unwitting victims and necessary contributors to this ever more competitive and somewhat demoralising system. Feeling compelled to secure places at the ‘best’, most academically selective schools, they turn in hope to expensive tutors. Once a place has been secured these same parents are subject to the pressure of having to maintain the school’s reputation for academic excellence; faced with the prospect of their child’s place in Sixth Form being in jeopardy, not to mention the socially ostracising potential of a less than perfect academic record, the parent once again submits to the services of the trusty tutor. Or, in many cases, several tutors. This symbiotic relationship between highly selective schools and tutoring agencies is not a sector specific issue; academically selective schools in both the state and independent sectors provide a boon to the industry. This is obvious to all but those who have a vested

Reports suggest that between 40 and 45 per cent of the Capital’s children have received tutoring at some stage of their educational journey

interest in denying the link. Research last year by John Jerrin and Sam Sims from University College London identified that around 70 per cent of those who received tutoring won a place at a grammar school, compared to just 14 per cent of those who did not. It is clear who the winners are in the current system, and it isn’t a generation of young people whose emotional and mental wellbeing is under strain like never before. Exams and academically selective schools have always existed; it is merely the stakes that have changed. So when an increasing number of parents are sourcing tutors for their child in preparation for 4+ entrance exams, despite the revelation that three quarters of UK 5-12 year olds already spend less time outdoors than prison inmates, perhaps we should pause to consider; if tutoring is always the answer, are we asking the right questions? North Bridge House is very much a mixed ability school, where places are not awarded

simply based on high performance. The belief is that a combination of academic success and the experience of a wide enrichment programme is the key to helping a child develop into a wellrounded individual. For more information, call 020 7428 1520 or see



by Claire Atherton


A Capital time

From skating to creating, there’s a camp for every kid in London this summer 1. Wheelie exciting Does your child fall into the Duracell Bunny category? The daily skateboarding and rollerblading lessons at Skate Camp should burn off that excess energy 2. Curiouser and curiouser From making explosive bath bombs to extracting their own DNA, kids aged 7 to 18 can sate their curiosity at The Royal Institution’s summer school summer-schools


Dealing with the fallout When writer Keren David found out she’d flunked two of her A Levels, she was devastated. “It was a horrible shock,” she recalls. “I still feel sick thinking about it.” Evolutionary psychology is to blame for this response, says consultant clinical therapist Mira Schauble. “To survive, we have to adapt ourselves to the norms of the group. Society values academic success highly, so failure puts us at perceived risk of being ousted from the group – which threatens our survival.” Young people are particularly vulnerable because they’re still developing a sense of self. They’ve also yet to build the emotional resilience to counter negative experiences, so exam failure may lead to feelings of worthlessness. Mira has some practical tips for helping them to deal with the fallout. Do: Explain that exams don’t define a person. Then do an exercise to identify the child’s strengths and build up a broader sense of self-worth. Present the bigger picture: it’s just one blip in years of taking exams. And talk about successful people who failed exams or left school early. Examples include Richard Branson and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Work out what went wrong. Often, there’s an emotional reason, like a disruption in the peer group. Your child needs the space to talk this through, either with you or a therapist. If they flunk for no apparent reason, consider getting an assessment from an educational psychologist to see if there’s a learning difficulty. You can then make sure they get the tailored support they need. Don’t: Dismiss their concerns and say: “Don’t worry – you’ll be fine next year.” Instead, empathise first, then make a plan. Project your own disappointment on to your child. They’re already dealing with their own disappointment and that of their teachers and peers. Leap straight into hiring a summer tutor. When we push children to see tutors during their down time, we teach them it’s not okay to rest, which could be harmful to their future mental health. If you think it’s important they get a tutor, perhaps leave it to the end of the holidays, or stick to just a few sessions a week. You can read about Mira’s work at Keren David’s latest book, The Disconnect, is out now.

The shortlist: Queen’s Park Bales College Independent co-ed day school and sixth-form college for pupils aged 11 to 18 (020 8960 5899; Kingsgate Primary School State co-ed day

nursery and primary school for pupils aged 3 to 11 (020 7624 5379; kingsgateprimaryschool. Islamia Girls School Independent Muslim day school for girls aged 11

to 16 (020 7372 3472; Manor School State day school for pupils aged 4 to 11 with moderate to severe learning difficulties (020 8968 3160;

Queens Park Community School State co-ed for pupils aged 11 to 18 (020 8438 1700;

3. Treading the boards Move your child’s singing from the shower to the stage with this five-day holiday camp for musical theatre fans. It ends with a live performance so pack your hankies 4. At one with nature Building dens, climbing trees and making mud sculptures… Wild Learning is for kids who like getting their hands dirty (while staying within safe distance of a sink) holiday-clubs 5 The road to code Forget producing misshapen pottery: after five days with FunTech, children can programme a robot, create a stop-motion animation or design a 3D game 6. Recipe for summer fun Where else could you decorate biscuits one hour and go zorbing the next? With camps in and around the Capital, Camp Beaumont caters for the most eclectic tastes



CREATIVE BEGINNINGS With exciting new facilities, Hampstead Fine Arts College continues to offer students an informal, collaborative environment in which to fully realise their academic and artistic potential

writers and actors in their own right. And facilities at the college rival those at leading universities; this year saw the opening of a cutting edge new home for the Fashion and Textiles, and Media and Film Studies departments in a former interiors shop on England’s Lane. Classes are kept small, and the teaching atmosphere is informal and collaborative. It’s this open, energising atmosphere, believes Cave, which inspires a love of learning that extends well beyond formal exams and into adult life. Tucked away behind wrought iron gates in a quiet corner of Belsize Park, Fine Arts College has an enviable reputation as a school that draws out students’ individual talents in an atmosphere that one parent has described as “industrious informality”. Alongside a full academic curriculum, it offers an exceptional range of art-based subjects – including fine art, textiles, film, photography and graphic design – with students’ work in these disciplines being recognised by institutions such as the Royal Academy of Arts. Unusually, there is no restriction on subject combinations, so students are free to create a study programme that is tailored to their strengths. An original vision Principal Candida Cave, a graduate of the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, founded the Fine Arts College in 1978 with fellow artist Nicholas Cochrane. It started life as a specialist sixth form college for art and art history with just 20 pupils; numbers grew and in 1982 a

full arts and humanities A Level curriculum was added. By the early 1990s, a GCSE programme was in place, and the college was thrilled to welcome its first Year 9 pupils last September – a natural entry point to prepare for GCSEs. Fine Arts College also offers a Portfolio course, aimed at preparing students for Art Foundation. Its founders always saw the college as a bridge between school and university, a place that encouraged self-discipline and self-motivation, and this distinctive philosophy is still very much in evidence today. As Cave points out: “The informal nature of relationships between staff and students strengthens high expectations and encourages a rigorous approach to work.” Outstanding teaching and facilities The students at Fine Arts College are fortunate to be taught by staff who, as well as being highly experienced educators, are often distinguished musicians, artists, filmmakers,

A unique ethos Entry to the College is based on academic and creative potential, rather than prior academic performance. The process varies slightly at GCSE, A Level and Portfolio stage, but references from previous schools and an informal interview play an important part. The College’s ethos is rooted in the belief that, with the right encouragement, students can flourish academically and creatively. The school prides itself on being able to identify and nurture talent that may have been overlooked in other school environments. Small class sizes, outstanding teaching and excellent pastoral care make this possible. And it is reflected in the impressive results achieved: last summer, students celebrated a nine per cent year-on-year improvement on A level results. Leavers have gone on to a wide range of prestigious destinations, including Russell Group and US universities and elite art colleges such as Central Saint Martins and Parsons School of Design in New York.

For more information about Hampstead Fine Arts College and to request a prospectus, visit Fine Arts College, Centre Studios, 41-43 England’s Lane, NW3 (020 7586 0312;


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An idyllic family home, this smart terraced house is arranged over three floors, including a well thought out loft extension that allows natural light to flood into the property – awarding the top floor a bright and spacious feel. Boasting four double bedrooms, three bathrooms and two reception rooms, the period property offers an abundance of comfortable living accommodation, not least in the commodious kitchen/dining area that leads directly to an extensive back garden. Spread out in style! £2.525 million, Dexters (020 8600 3100; FOR SALE

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You’ll find this attractive terraced home sitting pretty in the sought after Queen’s Park conservation area. The period property offers three bedrooms, a double reception room with wood flooring and a beautifully bright kitchen/breakfast room that opens out onto a west facing garden. Those looking to up the accommodation have the option of extending into the loft – ideal for growing families. Original features include ornate cornicing and a charming fireplace. £930,000, Hamptons International (020 3369 4384;

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A rare opportunity to purchase a stunning four bedroom Victorian town house that has been meticulously restored throughout. The house provides bright and spacious accommodation featuring expansive entertaining areas skilfully combining contemporary amenities with the original period features. The property also benefits from a stylish south facing patio garden and a charming open aspect over Bristol Mews to the rear. EPC rating E 72

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An opportunity to purchase a three bedroom lower and raised ground floor garden maisonette, accessed via a private entrance. The property benefits from direct access to a large west facing terrace and a private 70 ft west facing garden. Parkhill Road is a highly regarded address in Belsize Park, well situated for the shops, restaurants and amenities that Englands Lane & Haverstock Hill provide. Sole agent. EPC rating C

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HIGHGATE, N6 A truly magnificent double fronted Victorian house arranged over two floors only. With 4 double bedrooms and approaching 3,000 sq ft (including the garage), this property has been substantially and sympathetically reconfigured. Its “Wow factor” interior invites you to explore the generous living space which is as much suited to lavish entertaining as it is to cosy family nights in. Its beautiful landscaped garden still houses an original brick built Victorian stable. There is further potential to extend (STC) into the large loft, if required. Master Bedroom with Bathroom En Suite • 3 Further Double Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Large Double Aspect Reception • Beautifully Fitted Kitchen • Dining Room • Study • Utility Room • Cloakroom • Landscaped Garden • Original Stable Building • Garage • Off Street Parking • Central Highgate Location • Potential to Extend (STC) • EPC D

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FLAT 1, 27-29 MONTAGU COURT, 27-29 MONTAGU SQUARE, LONDON, W1H 2LG £1,525,000 A contemporary two bedroom apartment on the lower ground floor of a purpose built portered block on one of Marylebone’s finest garden squares. The apartment has been designed to maximise the use of space and light with an exceptionally light reception room and kitchen which benefit from large double fronted windows facing the square. With no expense spared the property boasts an array of additional features such as underfloor heating in the bathrooms, integrated speaker system and briefly comprises of master bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom with ample built in storage, guest shower room with WC, open plan living and entertaining space with fully fitted kitchen and dining area. Montagu Court is a purpose built block located on the east side of Montagu Square and benefits from a lift and an on-site porter. Residents of Montagu Court have access to the private manicured Montagu Square gardens for a small annual fee. Montagu square is an elegant Georgian garden square, located in the on the west side of Marylebone. It is ideally located for the boutique shops and restaurants of both the Portman and Marylebone Village, the green open spaces of Regent’s and Hyde Park as well as all the entertainment amenities of the West End. Nearby transport links include Baker Street underground station. Sq. Ft- 1,056 sq. ft / EPC Rating: C

PADDINGTON & BAYSWATER | 020 7467 5770

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Strathray Gardens NW3 ÂŁ1,650,000 Occupying the entire raised ground floor of an imposing detached property and full of period detail, a handsome apartment with terrace located on a highly desirable treelined road moments from Swiss Cottage Underground and nearby Belsize Park.

125 sq m/1347 sq ft Two double bedrooms, two bathrooms 23’ reception with bay and fireplace Large rear terrace Shared parking

Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234

South Hampstead 020 7625 4567

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234

West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

Kentish Town 020 7485 0400

Property Management Kensal Rise 020 8960 4845 020 7433 6174


Bishops Road, Highgate Village, N6 ÂŁ2,600,000 | Freehold | Sole Agents An immaculately presented 4 double bedroom semi-detached late Victorian family home on a sought after residential road in Highgate Village. Refurbished throughout to exacting standards with some very stylish refinements to blend the old and new. Ground floor offers ample living and entertaining space by virtue of a large through reception and stunning rear extension (completed in 2017) which provides a beautiful open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. Under floor heating and full height glass doors lead on to a lovely landscaped west facing garden. The stylish Bulthaup designer kitchen has integrated Miele and Gaggenau appliances, an integrated coffee machine, wine cooler, double oven and steam oven. This level also has a guest cloakroom and access to a very useful storage cellar. Sonos home sound system installed throughout the house. Upper floors have 4 ample double bedrooms, one en-suite, a separate family bathroom with under floor heating, separate guest w.c. and a storage loft. Bishops Road is within 500 yards of Highgate tube, woods and a short walk to the amenities of historic Highgate Village with the delights of Kenwood and the Heath just to the West. EPC - D. Highgate Village Office | 020 8348 8000


020 8348 8000

020 7435 3344


Residential Sales Lettings & Property Management

£1,475,000 SOLE AGENT

An elegant and attractive duplex apartment located in this prestigious, tree-lined avenue within a delightful Edwardian building. Although requiring updating this lovely home affords 3 double bedrooms, 2 shower rooms (1 en suite), a magnificent double reception room with fireplace, an exceptionally large kitchen/breakfast room and a secluded, west facing, private, paved garden. Spanning approximately 1,542 sq ft (143.3 sq m). Rosecroft Avenue is a popular, quiet and residential street forming part of the trio of roads called ‘The Crofts’, with Hampstead Heath situated within 0.5 mile, Finchley Road within 0.25 mile and Hampstead Village approximately 0.5 mile away. 3 double bedrooms | 2 shower rooms (1 en suite) | large double reception room | exceptional kitchen/breakfast room | private west facing paved garden | prestigious location | Edwardian conversion | EPC=D

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An elegant and gracious apartment set within this stone fronted period apartment block.

£4,650,000 STC SOLE AGENT

Spanning almost 2,400 sq ft, this property benefits from high ceilings and floor to ceiling French Doors from the two interconnecting reception rooms and master bedroom. This is Marylebone at its very finest - classy living and finished in a contemporary style. A really bright apartment that will appeal to those wanting spacious lateral accommodation with large rooms. Portland Place is one of the most sought after parts of Marylebone, indeed, in the whole of central London. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Large Entrance Hall * Drawing Room Interconnecting with Dining Room * Large Study/TV Room * Kitchen * Guest WC * 4 Bedrooms each with Ensuite Bathroom * Oak Flooring * Video Entry Phone * Live in Porter * EPC Rating C * Communal Heating & Hot Water * Passenger Lift * Access (with a fee) to Private Gardens in Park Crescent Leasehold: 997 Years


£3,795,000 STC

A charming mid-terrace Georgian Freehold house


This Freehold house is presented in good condition, blending a winning combination of period features and contemporary design. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •




Entrance Hall Double Reception Room Further Reception Room Kitchen/Dining Room 4 Double Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Study Terrace Guest WC Store Room Utility Room Gas Central Heating & Hot Water EPC Rating D Superb Access to Retail and Restaurants FREEHOLD 020 7935 6535

Goodman’s Fields


Aldgate East


2/3 Bedrooms | Reception | 3 Bathrooms | Ninth Floor Lift | Secure Parking | Swimming Pool & Gym | EPC-B

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2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms Private Balcony | Pool & Gym | EPC-B

Sales office 020 3280 6400

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2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms| Second Floor Lift | Secure Parking | Roof Terrace & Gym | EPC-B

Loxford Gardens Highbury



2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms Lift | Landscaped Communal Gardens | EPC-B

Canary Wharf City Colindale Ealing Fulham Greenwich

Hammersmith Hampstead Highgate Hyde Park Kensington Kew

Knightsbridge Nine Elms Surrey Quays Wapping West End

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1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom Private Balcony | Pool & Gym | EPC-C

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A well -proportioned ground and lower ground floor maisonette with a spacious living area and private garden in excellent decorative order. The maisonette is quietly situated to the rear of a converted end of terrace house located within easy reach of shops, cafes and the Underground. 3 Bedrooms. Bathroom. En-suite Shower Room. Cloakroom. Kitchen. Study. Reception Room. For Sale or To Let

Price £1,450,000 – Share Of Freehold

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


£850 per week

30 Years Experience in Marylebone Village

WESTMORELAND STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 We are pleased to bring to the market this three bedroom apartment situated in the heart of Marylebone Village, comprising of entrance hall, reception room, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom and a further shower room. The apartment located on the fourth floor is served by a passenger lift and is approximately 860 sq ft (79.9 sq m).The building is situated on the east side of Westmoreland Street at the junction with New Cavendish Street. Westmoreland Street is moments from the boutique shops and restaurants of Marylebone Village. Bond Street and Oxford Circus underground stations together with access to the A40/M40 are within close proximity. The open spaces of Regents Park are also nearby. Residents parking permit available subject to usual consents.


HARLEY STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 A bright and spacious three bedroom furnished flat refurbished to an extremely high standard, situated moments from Marylebone High Street with it`s fabulous high- end boutiques, bustling restaurants and bars. Bond Street and Baker Street Underground Stations are within easy walking distance. The accommodation comprises of three double bedrooms all with built in storage, modern en- suite bathroom and en-suite shower room plus a separate shower room. The sitting room boasts a wooden floor and is extremely spacious with fabulous views across Marylebone offering a very light outlook. The contemporary kitchen boasts a kitchen table enabling a second dining area. The lift conveniently goes directly into the flat. This flat has been thoughtfully renovated and furnished offering a very special residence. Please see website for full details


+44 (0) 20 7486 4111



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Forming part of an exciting development of three newly constructed houses, this five bedroom house has been interior designed by Natalia Miyar in a contemporary style to the highest of standards, benefitting from 373 sq m/4,025 sq ft of internal space and a private passenger lift to all five floors. Blenheim Terrace is within close proximity of the shopping facilities of St John’s Wood High Street and Underground Station (Jubilee Line), The American School in London, and Regent’s Park.

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

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Five Bedrooms, Five Bathrooms, Fully Fitted Kitchen, Dining Room, Study, Three Reception Rooms, Guest Cloakroom, Terrace, Garden, Patio, Off-Street Parking, Lift. EPC=B.

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CARLTON HILL, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A modern & stylish 1st floor 2 double bedroom flat (approx. 718 sq.ft. / 66.7 sq.m.) located along Carlton Hill which is a popular tree lined road, on the corner of Loudoun Road. Carlton Hill provides easy access to local shops and transport facilities of St John’s Wood.

34 1984 - 2018

Two Double Bedrooms ■ Reception Room ■ Eat-in kitchen ■ Bathroom ■ Communal Gardens ■ High Ceilings ■ EPC D

020 7722 7222

£560 per week Furnished Sole Agent

105 ST. J OHN’S WOOD T ERRACE , L ONDON NW8 6PL email: stjohnswood@behrandbutc


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Montagu Square Delightful second floor flat in a period house with lift. 3 beds, 2 bath, living / dining, eat in kitchen ÂŁ1395 per week unfurnished Before

107 Crawford Street, London W1H 2JA



LUXURY APARTMENT TO LET 4 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms Second floor duplex High specification 1730 sqft | £1,850 per week Moments from Hampstead High Street, transport links and local amenities


HOUSE TO LET 5 bedrooms | 4 bathrooms Air conditioned throughout Balcony from master bedroom Private garden with studio unit

1956 sqft | £2,800 per week Set within a secure gated complex with 24 hour Concierge and off street parking

020 7483 3800 WWW.SDIAM.CO.UK


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