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

HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS Gallerist Racheline Michaels takes us on a tour of her vibrant Highgate home

GETTING CRAFTY Celebrating London Craft Week with some of the Capital’s finest designer-makers


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Inspired by the royal nuptials, we’ve worked ourselves up into a frenzy of wedding-related flowers, food and fabulous fashion

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The heart wants what the heart wants. Discover rural homes with sea views using keyword search.



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36 H O T L I S T

What to see and where to go this month


41 W E D D I N G S P E C I A L

Your one-stop wedding advice shop, whether you’re the bride, the groom or a VIP guest

42 L U S T L I S T

Say it in style: our pick of thoroughly modern gifts

45 FA S H I O N & B E A U T Y What to wear, whatever your role

51 T H E B I G D AY

Our pick of venues, photographers and caterers


56 F L O W E R S

Discover this season’s blossoming trends

59 T R AV E L

Pre-wedding pampering, post-wedding relaxation

62 I N T E R I O R S

Celebrating homemade creativity from some of the Capital’s best home-grown talent

66 AT H O M E W I T H

An extraordinary art collection shapes Racheline Michaels’ Highgate home



70 D E S T I N AT I O N S

Dynamic and modern, Stockholm is a showcase of the very best Swedish design

72 A C C E S S A L L A R E A S

This month, we’re shining the spotlight on the semi-rural charms of Hampstead Garden Suburb

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


A R I G H T R O YA L K N E E S - U P …

With mere days to go until the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle, we’re finding ourselves a little distracted, to say the least. While this particular royal wedding might not be gifting us with an extra bank holiday (hey, we have two of those this month anyway), it is still very much the talk of the town. So, in an effort to combine wedding watching with work, we’ve put together a special supplement celebrating all things marital. Whether you’re getting married, helping your offspring to plan their special day or throwing a big (non-wedding) party to celebrate the season, you’ll find all the inspiration you need right here. And even if you’re not hosting, you should still appreciate the advice on what to wear on the day and what to buy for the couple who seemingly have everything. All of that, plus the usual interiors inspiration and the very best homes on the market. Oh, how we spoil you…

Is brought to you by: Editor Liz Skone James, t: 020 7292 5636 Art Director Penny Clements Interiors Editor Ali Howard Contributing Editor Karen Heaney Proofreaders Fay Gristwood and Naomi Misquita-Rice Photography Director Emmanuelle Peri Assistant Picture Editor Kathy Anne Lim Account Director Katie Hutley, t: 020 7292 5593 Senior Account Manager Becky Pomfret, t: 020 7292 5678 Production Alex Courtley, Annie Franey

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020 8458 7311

INGRAM AVENUE, NW11 £6,000,000 Backing onto and enjoying views across Hampstead Golf Course, we are privileged to offer a finely positioned, character, three storey double fronted detached family home set back from the road behind a large carriage driveway. Having been under the same family ownership for 60 years, whilst boasting a plethora of original 30s and 50s features, this charming home now requires total modernisation and / or extensions subject to the usual consents. Ingram Avenue is situated between Winnington Road & Wildwood Road and therefore benefits from close proximity to the rolling green acres of Kenwood, Hampstead Heath and the Heath Extension.






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WHITE LODGE CLOSE, N2 ÂŁ3,500,000 We are delighted to offer an opportunity to construct a brand new family residence of 980.21 sq m (10,551 sq ft) over five storeys. Planning Permission exists so as to enable the new buyer to commence construction with immediate effect. White Lodge Close is a quiet and secluded turning off the internationally renowned The Bishops Avenue and is accessed via electric gates thus providing excellent security and privacy.



Located equidistantly for the Villages of Hampstead & Highgate as well as situated close to Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath and all local amenities. (The Property is held in a Special-Purpose Vehicle). Please note the above are all CGI’s of the proposed new residence.



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

incorporating Benham & Reeves

Redington Road, NW3 ÂŁ3,950,000

A four bedroom garden apartment set within a detached residence on one of Hampstead’s most sought after roads. The interior includes a private entrance hallway which leads onto an open plan kitchen/reception room. Additionally, Wthere is a garden house and garage, energy rating d. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London NW3 1DL T: 020 7435 9822 E: hampsteadsales@dexters.co.uk




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Set behind a private driveway, a detached Edwardian Arts & Crafts house. There are six bedrooms, four bathrooms and a self-contained annexe with a further bedroom and bathroom. The house stands in mature gardens on a plot of nearly half an acre with a summer house, energy rating d. Dexters Highgate. 35 High Street, London N6 5JT T: 020 8348 2341 E: highgatesales@dexters.co.uk




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A rare opportunity to acquire an unmodernised 2 double bedroom garden apartment, currently comprising almost 1,250 sq ft, on the West side of this premier avenue in St John’s Wood. The apartment, accessed by its own front door, benefits significantly from direct access onto a 116 ft x 50 ft South West facing private garden and presents a fantastic opportunity to create a wonderful family home. The flat lends itself to extension at the rear of the property (subject to the necessary permissions and consents) to further enhance what could be a beautiful home. The property is offered with a 28 year lease. ENTRANCE HALL • DOUBLE 40FT RECEPTION ROOM • FITTED KITCHEN • 2 DOUBLE BEDROOMS • BATHROOM • EPC D SHORT LEASE




ABBEY GARDENS, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A well presented, Grade II listed, family house (2,431 sq ft/226 sq m) located in this popular tree lined road. Arranged over 4 floors, the house retains many period features whilst offering flexible accommodation. Features include a 28’ formal reception room, 4/5 bedrooms and a 45’ rear garden. ENTRANCE HALL • GUEST CLOAKROOM • RECEPTION ROOM • LIVING ROOM • KITCHEN/DINING AREA • TV AREA • STUDY • FAMILY ROOM/BEDROOM 5 • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE DRESSING AREA AND BATHROOM • 3 FURTHER BEDROOMS • SHOWER ROOM • LAUNDRY ROOM • CENTRAL HEATING • FRONT AND REAR GARDENS • RESIDENTS’ PARKING • WITHIN EASY REACH OF ST JOHN’S WOOD UNDERGROUND STATION AND LOCAL BUS STOPS • EPC=D



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David McGuinness Property Consultant david.mcguinness@sandfords.com

MARYLEBONE OFFICE 6 Paddington Street Marylebone London W1U 5QG T: 020 7224 4994 E: mvsales@sandfords.com



A contemporary penthouse apartment which was constructed approximately 8 years ago. The apartment is located on the third floor with the entrance on the second floor of this centrally located building which is close to Marylebone High Street, Oxford Street and the amenities of the West End. The apartment itself features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a huge open reception room with stunning contemporary kitchen, the property also benefits from an outstanding 50 foot decked roof terrace which is entranced by the electric sliding roof which occupies the entire upper floor above the apartment itself. EPC Rating E.

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James Light MNAEA Director james.light@sandfords.com

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



An impressive five/six bedroom, detached, family house arranged over three floors (380 sq m/ 4092 sq ft) and presented in very good condition throughout. On the market for the first time in over 30 years, this house offers well proportioned entertaining rooms and benefits from a delightful rear garden, carriage drive for up to five cars and an integral garage. The property comprises a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, four/five further bedrooms, two bathrooms, three reception rooms, a kitchen and eat-in breakfast room, a dining room, a utility room, and a study. Burgess Hill is located within the Hocroft Estate and is convenient for the many schools of Hampstead and bus routes of Haberdashers, St Paul’s, North London Collegiate and allows easy access to the local shops and restaurants, and benefitting from direct transport routes to the West End. EPC Rating D.

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Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park NW1 A stunning Grade I listed residence on sought after terrace. This magnificent seven bedroom house has just undergone a beautiful restoration and detailed refurbishment. The house benefits from a west facing rear garden, mews house and outstanding views over the boating lakes of Regent's Park. 7 Bedrooms (4 with en suite bathrooms), 2 further bathrooms, reception room, dining room, family room, kitchen, media room, gym, mews house, balcony, roof terrace, garden. Approximately 613 sq m (6,602 sq ft.) Long Leasehold

Guide Price: £19,950,000

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South Hill Park, Hampstead NW3 Stunning Victorian house A beautiful, Victorian, semi-detached home, enjoying an idyllic position overlooking one of Hampstead ponds and Hampstead Heath beyond. The spacious accommodation is arranged over five floors with a private mature garden and roof terrace that enjoys uninterrupted views. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, double reception room, terrace, garden, patio, guest WC and a utility room. EPC: D. Approximately 320 sq m (3,439 sq ft). Freehold

Guide price: £5,000,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/hampstead hampstead@knightfrank.com 020 8022 3328

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This three bedroom, fourth floor apartment, measuring approximately 1650 sq ft has recently been renovated to exacting standards, offering beautiful and open plan living space as well as the most wonderful large and spacious south west facing private terrace. EPC rating C




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Eton Avenue

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Rarely available, this immaculate three bedroom garden duplex apartment has the added benefit of allocated off street parking and is situated on one of Belsize Park’s finest roads and best locations. Sole agent. EPC rating D

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A contemporary bespoke mews house constructed circa 2011, arranged over 2,670 sq ft/248 sq m and located in the very heart of Marylebone, moments away from Selfridges, Marylebone High Street and Oxford Street. Within walking distance is Manchester Square with its central gardens, The Wallace Collection, the ‘EVERYMAN’ Cinema and both Bond Street and Marble Arch Underground Stations. Reception room, top floor living room/bedroom 4 with access to a 25 ft terrace, large kitchen/dining/ family room, master suite comprising bedroom, dressing room and bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, 1 further bathroom, plant/utility room, underfloor heating, comfort cooling/air conditioning, Control4 home automation, CCTV, alarm system, access to Manchester Square Gardens (£150 per annum charge). EPC rating B.


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A rarely available five/six bedroom Victorian family house on Goldhurst Terrace, South Hampstead, NW6 with immaculate high-tech interiors, exceptional entertaining space, gym, cinema and off street parking for two cars. This fabulous family home is ideally located for superb local transport links (including Jubilee, Metropolitan, Thameslink and Overground networks). Energy Efficiency Rating - D56

Hampstead 020 7435 4404 • West Hampstead 020 7433 6868







A rarely available, Grade II listed detached walled villa on Eton Villas, Belsize Park, NW3 built circa 1834. This beautiful home retains charm and character with many original period features and stylish accommodation benefiting from 5079 sq ft of gross internal space, making it ideal for a large family. Well located for Belsize Park, Primrose Hill and Chalk Farm. Energy Efficiency Rating - Listed

Hampstead 020 7435 4404






WARWICK PLACE, LITTLE VENICE, W9 £3,250,000 SOLE AGENT A white stucco fronted house ideally situated in the heart of Little Venice adjacent to the Regents Canal. The property is presented in immaculate decorative condition throughout featuring an open plan kitchen, dining area and conservatory ideal for entertaining. Further benefits include a double reception room with high ceilings and period features. Warwick Place is ideally located within 0.5 miles of Warwick Avenue Underground Station (Bakerloo line) and the fashionable cafes and restaurants of Clifton Road. Paddington Station and the Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) opening in 2019 are within a 0.6 miles walk alongside the picturesque canal, giving access to the city within 10 minutes. Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom | Two Further Bedrooms | Bathroom | Two Guest WC | Double Reception Room | Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Area | Conservatory | EPC - E

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Standing out on the covered terrace on the fourth floor of one of St John’s Wood’s most prestigious modern apartment buildings, you will find exceptional, far reaching views towards Regent’s Park. This luxurious three bedroom flat is contemporary in style and benefits from the use of a gymnasium and a reserved underground parking space. Please note these photos were taken when the flat was previously furnished. Master Bedroom Suite | Two Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom | Guest WC | Reception Room | Dining Area | Kitchen | 24hr Porterage | Gymnasium | Passenger Lift | Terrace | Underground Parking Space | EPC - C

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

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AVENUE ROAD ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 A STRIKING CORNER FAMILY HOME WITH A BEAUTIFUL SOUTH FACING GARDEN Avenue Road is a leafy, stylish and much sought after road, situated moments from both Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill and is a short drive from the West End. Located on this prime St John’s Wood road this property currently offers 6 bedrooms set over three floors with a south facing garden. Offered with full local planning consents to either retain the current house and extend its size to 9,782 square feet or demolish the existing home and build a new house of circa 13,260 square feet. Accommodation: Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, library, family room, 7 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 shower room, 2 guest cloakrooms, utility room. Amenities: Large south-west facing private garden, garage, swimming pool, sauna, lift.



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A substantial detached residence (401sq m/ 4,324sq ft) providing well planned accommodation arranged over three floors only with a delightful 112ft rear garden, a garage and gated off street parking. Carlton Hill is situated in an extremely popular location opposite Hamilton Terrace and ideally situated near the shopping and transport facilities of St John’s Wood.

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal bedroom with en-suite dressing room, bathroom & study, 5 further bedrooms, 1 further family bathroom, reception hall, dining room, drawing room, kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, boiler room, 112ft rear garden, front garden, off street parking, balcony. EPC=F.

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A detached Arts and Crafts house (3,352sq ft/ 311sq m) discreetly situated within a private gated cul-de-sac located in Maida Vale. The house is arranged over three floors only and offers excellent accommodation throughout with superb sized reception rooms with the added benefit of off street parking, a garage and a south-facing garden.

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal bedroom with en-suite bathroom & dressing room, 5 further bedrooms, family bathroom, shower room, reception room, family room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, guest cloakroom, 53ft south-facing garden, rear garden, off street parking.


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Hampstead Garden Suburb NW11

Substantial detached house An outstanding, substantial, detached house approached by a carriage driveway, which was rebuilt approximately 10 years ago. The house which is approximately 8,000 sq.ft, occupies a magnificent plot backing onto Hampstead Golf course. The property is found in excellent condition throughout and benefits from a magnificent indoor swimming pool.

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Reception Hall • Reception Room • Dining Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Study Guest W/C • Boot Room • Games Room • Swimming Pool • Utility Room • 5 Bedrooms all with En Suite Dressing Rooms and En Suite Bathrooms • Carriage Driveway • Rear Garden.


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Neville Drive, Hampstead Garden Suburb, N2 4



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Gated and discretely set back from this exclusive road via an 80' front garden is this unusual detached 1930's modernist house which has been remodelled by the present owners and offered for sale in very good decorative order.

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This rare home surprisingly benefits from a beautifully designed lower ground floor indoor swimming pool. The accommodation is arranged over four floors with a generous ground floor foot-plate that provides for an exceptional 37' reception room, a dining room, family room, study, kitchen/breakfast room and utility room. The first floor provides for a large master suite comprising bedroom, ensuite bathroom and dressing room, a second bedroom suite and a third bedroom and bathroom as well as two first floor terraces. The top floor offers a bright studio room (originally bedrooms four and five) with direct access onto a 40' roof terrace, boasting commanding views. In addition, there is also a 40' rear garden and a front driveway for five/six cars.

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Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead, NW3 6-8




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A substantial and handsome 6-8 double bedroom detached family residence of 6,016 sq ft (558.9 sq m), built circa 1909 and located on this sought-after tree-lined road in Hampstead. This desirable property has been well maintained and retains numerous period features, with the well-proportioned accommodation offering the flexibility of a self-contained two bedroom garden level apartment which can also be accessed via the main house.

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The ground floor is arranged as a reception hall, 22'4 drawing room intercommunicating with an 18’ sitting room with access to the garden, dining room and 25' kitchen/breakfast room. The house is further enhanced by a landscaped 87' south-facing garden and an integral garage accessed via electric gates, with parking to the front for an additional vehicle. The extensive facilities of Finchley Road (Jubilee & Metropolitan Lines) are within a minute’s walking distance and Hampstead Village (Northern Line) is within approximately half a mile.

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In need of modernisation this well-proportioned (2164sqft/201sqm) house extends to over three floors with a garden studio/basement room. The basement room opens onto the level rear garden, retaining the potential to extend to a full basement (subject to obtaining the necessary planning permission). EPC Rating: D

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




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N W 2


A superbly extended and newly renovated four double bedroom, two reception, three bathroom semi detached two storey house located in a quiet turning just off Hermitage Lane. The house has undergone a complete refurbishment programme and benefits from over 2,100 sq ft of living space, stunning natural light and contemporary fixtures and fittings. The accommodation to the ground floor comprises of a magnificent and stylish 22ft kitchen breakfast room leading onto a 21ft double aspect reception, a utility room, the second reception and a guest cloakroom with shower. The second floor accommodation offers the principal bedroom with ensuite bathroom, three further double bedrooms and a luxury family bathroom. Further benefits include ample parking for several cars, a beautiful raised decked patio area with pleasant views over the parkland and rear access to one further secure parking space. Hermitage Gardens is well located, just off Hermitage Lane and is convenient for access to the West Heath and the varied travel, retail and leisure amenities of Finchley Road and within 1 mile of Hampstead High Street and just over 3/4 of a mile from Golders Green. EPC Rating: C

Hampstead Sales t: 020 7794 1151 e: hampstead.sales@chancellors.co.uk 55 Heath Street, Hampstead, London, NW3 6UG




The hot list

What to see and do this month


London Nights

11 May-11 Nov Museum of London Spanning the late 19th century to the present day, London Nights takes visitors on a nocturnal tour of the city through the medium of photography. The exhibition is divided into three sections: London Illuminated: capturing moonlight, lowlight, streetlight; Dark Matters, tapping into the murkier, mysterious aspects of the Capital, and Switch On Switch Off, exploring London’s night owls at work, rest and play. London Nights, a book to accompany the exhibition, is published by Hoxton Mini Press, priced £19.95.

150 London Wall, EC2Y (020 7001 9844; museumoflondon.org.uk)



La Traviata

Tarka Kings: Still is Still Moving

18-27 May | Jacksons Lane “Boy meets girl. Boy’s father disapproves of girl. Girl is persuaded to quit the scene.” Verdi’s best-known opera is given a contemporary spin in this summer’s Hampstead Garden Opera production. Fans of HGO know that it brings opera, fully staged with orchestra, to north London. A chamber opera company, working with young singers, it punches way above its weight, winning awards and plaudits from the critics. If you haven’t yet experienced the magic of opera in a small theatre, now’s your chance.

24 May-20 Jun Offer Waterman Gallery Few artists are as well connected as Tarka Kings. Married to David Ogilvy, the eldest son of the Earl of Airlie, her work is held in many private collections including the Duke of Devonshire, Jacob Rothschild and Susan Kapoor, wife of Anish. Kings has

(020 8341 4421; hgo.org.uk;

worked exclusively in graphite and coloured pencil for the past decade – her exquisitely detailed drawings are the result of close and contemplative observation, conveying an intimate sense of time and place. Still is Still Moving is an exhibition of 20 new works on paper, her first at Mayfair’s Offer Waterman gallery. Elegant, eloquent and enigmatic.


17 St. George Street, W1S

269a Archway Road, N6

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This season’s production of As You Like It promises to be a technicolour treat


Open Air Theatre Season

17 May-15 Sep | Regent’s Park Forget the first swallow, the start of the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre season is the sign that summer’s nearly here. This year it kicks off with that family favourite, Peter Pan – young theatre fans can also look forward to Dinosaur World Live later in the season. This summer’s programme has something for everyone: Shakespearean frolics in As You Like It, a grown-up ghost story in Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, and a toe-tapping musical, Little Shop of Horrors. Get booking.



Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 (0844 826 4242; openairtheatre. com)


Clerkenwell Design Week

22-24 May The Capital’s most creative quarter is home to a glittering constellation of design consultancies, showrooms and architectural practices. Where better to host a festival celebrating the best design talent? For three days in May, you can mooch around EC1 enjoying a dazzling array of showroom presentations, workshops, talks, installations and fringe events. New for 2018, CDW is taking over Fabric nightclub – expect a jaw-dropping lighting installation. And don’t forget to check out up-and-coming designers in the subterranean depths of the recently renovated House of Detention. Various venues, EC1

Until 2 Jun London Coliseum Back in the West End after more than 30 years, Chess is a tale of love and intrigue set against a Cold War backdrop. This production stars Michael Ball, Alexandra Burke and Cassidy Janson, with show-stopping tunes by ABBA songwriters Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and Tim Rice. Emotions are dialled up to the max, with a list of hits that includes I Know Him So Well, Anthem and One Night In Bangkok. Nostalgia doesn’t get much better than this. St Martin’s Lane, WC2N (020 7845 9300; eno.org)

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Top: Antigone, 2018. 35mm film still (detail)

Bring Learning to Life


Tacita Dean: Landscape

19 May-12 Aug Royal Academy of Arts Tacita Dean is one of the Young British Artists who dazzled the art world in the early ’90s. Now she’s more of a grande dame, with not one but three exhibitions in London this year. Her show, at the Royal Academy in its 250th anniversary year, inaugurates the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries; it focuses on landscape in its broadest sense, with collections of found objects and a monumental blackboard drawing of cloudscapes. A fan of old-school 35mm film, Dean has also created a major two-screen cinematographic work, Antigone, which combines multiple places, geologies and seasons. Spectacular. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J (020 7300 8090; royalacademy.org.uk)

Above: Majesty, 2006. Gouache on paper mounted on photograph

The Royal Parks provide a wealth of natural environments and hidden stories in the heart of London. This summer, the state of the art LookOut Discovery Centre gives students the opportunity to explore nature and get close to wildlife right in the centre of Hyde Park. The LookOut has inspired more than 35,000 students through hands-on experiences linked to their curriculum. Throughout the year, students learn about life cycles and camouflage tactics, experience changing seasons, and investigate invertebrates. Secondary and A-level students can also complete their fieldwork for A-level, BTEC and International Baccalaureate programmes. The LookOut and The Royal Parks’ Schools and Community programmes hold a Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, helping teachers identify high quality educational experiences in a safe environment. And the friendly and welcoming team offers unique learning experiences adapted to the needs of each student. To find out more, visit royalparks.org.uk/ learn or email learn@royalparks.org.uk. The Royal Parks is the charity that cares for 5,000 acres of glorious Royal parkland and 500 years of history in the heart of our capital city. Every year it welcomes 77 million visitors to eight of London’s largest open spaces, including Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St. James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park, and Kensington Gardens. Registered charity no. 1172042.

Tacita Dean working on The Montafon Letter, Los Angeles, 2017. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen Studio. Artwork: © Courtesy of the artist; Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland; Frith Street Gallery, London; and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/ Paris. Antigone, 2018. 35mm film still (detail). © Courtesy the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London; and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris. Majesty, 2006, Tate. Photo: Tate, London, 2017 © Courtesy of the artist; Frith Street Gallery, London; and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York/Paris 38



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Wedding fever With our collective brain on Harry and Meghan (there’s no shame in admitting to having been swept up in the excitement about the upcoming nuptials), we’ve worked ourselves into a frenzy thinking about the world of weddings, from gifts and flowers to food and fashion, via some of the Capital’s finest venues. Whether you’re on the guest list or planning your own big day, read on to discover everything you need to know to guarantee wedded bliss this summer. You are cordially invited to join in the celebrations…




The gift of the fab

Wedding gifting has evolved: the traditional bridal registry, designed to help young newlyweds set up home without doubling up on fondue sets, seems vintage today. Chances are your sassy recipients will be on their third home – maybe even their third marriage – such is modern life. Now the onus is on gift-givers to get more creative with quirky homewares, outright luxuries, and altogether more personal prezzies, whether there’s a department store list or not. Permission to go off-registry and indulge…

A gilded crown bulb encased in intricate brass fretwork with a band of gold as a base… how’s this luxe Ligne Roset Jali table lamp for a bright idea? (£184, heals.com)

It may not be a royal wedding but bride and groom will feel like queen and king in Windsor, the ultimate silk bedspread, which is also available in Ivory for purists. (From £549, gingerlily.co.uk)



Love, peace and luxury carpets make for a happy marriage. For the ultimate treat underfoot, Illulian Design Studio’s vibrant geo Woodstock rug hits all the right notes. (£8,697, store. wallpaper.com)

Smeg x Dolce & Gabbana is a design match made in heaven. From the Sicily Is My Love collection, the KLF03 kettle makes a stand-out statement that vows to keep morning tea-making harmonious. (£400, selfridges.com)

Superior Italian artistry and craftsmanship have gone into creating this super soft leather holdall. Send them on their honeymoon in style with the Bric’s Weekender. (£340, harrods.com)

Who says marriage can be a daily grind? This beautifully handmade brass mill by Freight will make passing the pepper a joy for years to come. (£55, freightstore.co.uk)


If marriage is a mirror, make sure it’s a seriously stylish one, like the timeless Ghidini 1961 Sunset mirror in polished brass. (£1,170, artemest.com)

An opulent gold velvet cushion featuring House of Hackney’s Tibetan tiger-inspired Saber motif… Here’s to a lifetime of luxury lounging on the marital couch. (£195, libertylondon.com)

The couple who swig together stay together: this traditional stainless steel hip flask by Aspinal, bound in smooth Italian calf leather, features a sneaky set of twin decanters. (£85, selfridges.com)

Still unsure what to give the couple who have everything? The personal shopping team at Harrods give us their take on modern day wedding gifts “We are proud to be able to provide our customers with the very best products the world has to offer, and wedding gifting is no exception. With a royal wedding just around the corner, our Home Stylists have seen certain gifting trends becoming increasingly popular, including gift monogrammed silverware and complete dinner sets. There has been a slight revival around home entertaining too; the more savvy guests opt for crystal decanters and eccentric barware options, whereas younger couples now tend to invest more on collector pieces such as Jeff Koons for Bernardaud, exclusive home centrepieces by Lalique or limited edition fine art pieces from the likes of Andy Warhol and Lorenzo Quinn.”

With notes of clove bud, carnation and cotton musks, Byredo’s scented Altar candle will keep memories of the nuptials alight beyond the church ceremony. (£54, net-a-porter.com)

How do you shop for the couple who (seemingly) have everything? “To really make a wedding gift special, personalisation has become key. We are able to provide this service in many different departments; one example being the new Luggage Department (ideal for the honeymoon getaway) and the engraving service in the new Wines & Spirits room, allowing gifts to be personalised with anything, from monogramming or simple meaningful messages, to elaborate personalised designs. These can be etched directly onto bottles, glassware (from Champagne flutes to decanters), leather (for hip flasks), wooden gift boxes and cardboard boxes.” Traditionally a wedding gift list helped the bride and groom to “set up home”. How has this changed over the years? “Whilst the more traditional homeware and luxury bedding by leading brands such as Frette, Christofle and Baccarat are still in demand, in recent years we have seen an increase in popularity of experiential gifts, such as fragrance or wine masterclasses, post-wedding beauty treatments at the Wellness Clinic, and once-ina-lifetime honeymoons by the in-store travel specialist Abercrombie & Kent.”





Ask the right questions If you are considering cosmetic surgery, it’s important to establish who is liable should something go wrong. Here are the key points to bear in mind If you have ever considered cosmetic surgery, then you certainly are not alone. Figures from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) show that 28,315 surgical procedures were carried out in the UK in 2017. Of this number, breast augmentation remains the most popular procedure with 8,251 taking place. Speak to most surgeons and they will agree that ‘surgery season’ runs each year from April to June in readiness for the great summer getaway. This means that right now, there are private clinics across the country seeing prospective clients explaining what they can do for them and what results they can achieve. No doubt those considering cosmetic surgery will undertake a programme of ‘due diligence’, asking many questions before deciding on the clinic to carry out

their surgery. But one of the questions that’s unlikely to be asked is whether the surgeon carrying out the surgery is employed by the clinic or is self-employed. Why, though, is this such a crucial question? Choosing a private clinic: what you need to know The law states that a defendant (in this case a clinic) is “liable for the negligent act of a servant, committed in the course of his employment and not that of an independent contractor”. Stephanie Prior, head of medical negligence at Osbornes, explains that it is quite clear that an NHS surgeon is a ‘servant’ and employed by the NHS. “Where things get tricky, and what a lay person making an enquiry to a private clinic may not know,” she says, “is that some surgeons are classed by private clinics as self-employed rather than employed. Therefore,

should a claim for negligence be brought, the clinic would argue that it is the individual, self-employed clinician who is liable and not the clinic!” This was the situation for a client Stephanie recently represented. “The surgery was performed negligently,” she explains. “The client instructed us to pursue a compensation claim and a letter of claim was sent to the clinician. It very quickly became apparent that the clinician had made himself uncontactable, so the letter was sent to the private clinic where the surgery took place. The clinic responded, arguing that the clinician was self-employed and that they were not responsible for his action. Our client was unaware that the clinician was self-employed.” And herein lies the issue. Patients will normally make an enquiry to a private clinic rather than a specific clinician. They assume that clinician is employed by the clinic;

they are hardly ever informed that the clinician who will carry out their surgery is self-employed. The consequence is, that in the event of a negligence claim, the injured party will have to sue the clinician direct. As can be seen from the recent case, this is not always easy. Therefore, if you are considering cosmetic surgery, it is wise to clarify the employment status of your surgeon at the outset, and insist that a direct employee of the clinic perform your operation.

If you would like more information about medical negligence claims, contact Stephanie Prior on 020 7485 8811, stephanie.prior@ osborneslaw.com Osborneslaw.com

Fashion& beauty Dress for your shape… Many people think big boobs are minimised by high necklines: FALSE! Go for low, soft and slightly more open, like a gentle V with plenty of collarbone on show. This adds a new dimension to the collarbone and chest area. A design that nips you in at the waist will help to create a silhouette if you have an athletic figure. Pleats and peplums are also great as they add a touch of curve to the hip area. Cigarette trouser legs are lovely on petite frames as they are very good at elongating leg length. Pair with a soft capped sleeve and you’re winning! Jumpsuits looks fab on tall women, the key is proportion, so find a good balance between the top half and bottom half to ensure you make the best of your height.

The colour of love

HERE COMES THE BRIDE Not wedded to the idea of a dress? Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you have to wear one, and you certainly don’t have to stick to white, says bridal designer Hannah Ollichon: “Don’t be swayed by family pressures or traditional expectations. Embrace your vision and stick to channeling who you are. Everyone is individual and I would encourage every bride to wear whatever they want. If it makes you happy and helps you to feel confident and special, go for it!” Not clear what your vision is? Hannah has the following advice

I love a splash of colour; there are a lot of dresses on Instagram at the moment with floral colours, tie dye effects or even a full on bright colour. It’s about balance, if you opt for an alternative colour for a jumpsuit, you may end up looking like a guest! If you go for a big gown it will be very clear who the bride is, so you have more flexibility to mix up colours.

Finishing touches There are so many gorgeous bridal accessories out there. I personally think a cape is an awesome way to create drama with a modern twist. I also adore crystal crowns; they are so regal without bowing to the tiara/flower crown stereotype. On a recent shoot I also used a back drop necklace, which can really highlight a pretty back. House of Ollichon, 11B, Building 3, Canonbury Yard, 202-208 New North Road, N1 (020 7226 5353; houseofollichon.co.uk)



SOLE MATES It stands to reason that picking the perfect pair of wedding shoes is almost as important as deciding on your dress. And it couldn’t be easier with north London-based Harriet Wilde’s bespoke shoe atelier service, which allows brides to choose any style from the collection and add their own embellishments, as well as being able to have the shoes made in their choice of colour and material, and emboss personal messages on the soles. But if you don’t know where to start, the team have this advice to ensure you don’t put a foot wrong

FACE IT Whether you’re the bride or simply a guest, wedding parties can mean long days, and knowing how to apply make-up that will last the distance is a skill (as is knowing how to make your look appear flawless in photographs). Somebody who knows all about that is awardwinning Little Venice-based makeup artist and photographer Anita Warszawska. Here are her top tips to create a lasting look:

4. Contouring and highlighting are

1. Don’t skip primer or base, which not only makes your make-up last longer, but also gives you that extra glow. My favourites at the moment are Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow and Fresh Glow Golden Radiance by Burberry. Both can be used as a base, mixed with your foundation, or used on top of your make-up.

5. Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Complexion isn’t just for under the eyes, you can also use it around your lips to prevent lip colour bleeding (a secret of every celebrity make-up artist!). And finish lips with a touch of gloss in the middle of the bottom lip. This gives a brilliant threedimensional look.

key, don’t skip them! Guerlain has a wonderful selection of Terracotta Bronzing Powders, which are brilliant for contouring (and smell wonderful!). For highlighting, I really like Hourglass powders. They are very fine and blend beautifully into the skin. In photographs their particles reflect the light of the flash really nicely, making them perfect for brides.


If you’re not used to wearing high heels, go for low heels (nobody will think less of you). 2. CONSIDER THE TERRAIN

Whether you’ve decided on a rustic outdoors setting, a sophisticated city wedding or a traditional church wedding, bear in mind how easy it will be to navigate the surfaces.

Anita was recently named ‘Creative Make-Up Artist of the Year’ at The London Hair & Beauty Awards 2017. As well as wedding make-up, she offers make-up lessons and beauty shoots in her Little Venice studio (07766 503817; anitawarszawska.com)

3. I’m never without my Nars Cosmetics Pro Prime Smudge Eyeshadow Base, which prevents eyeshadow from creasing. And I love using By Terry’s creamy eyeshadows; they are so easy to use and give an amazing result.



Choose something that you can see yourself wearing again. Coloured shoes are becoming more popular, whether they match the bridesmaid’s dresses or count as ‘something blue’. And consider suede or leather for a more wearable style. 4. THINK AHEAD

Don’t leave shopping for shoes too late. Most dress shops require you to have the shoes at the final fitting to ensure that the hem length is correct.

2. For a lasting finish, blot skin

with blotting tissues between applying layers of foundation. You can buy these in any beauty store or pharmacy. If you don’t have any of them on the day, use normal tissues, but be sure to separate them so they are very thin.



Smell is so evocative that a spritz of the right perfume can be key in making lasting memories. Step up Jo Malone’s complimentary wedding consultation service. From advising on fragrance combining, to choosing scented candles for the venue and selecting gifts for the wedding party, with a little help from the Jo Malone wedding stylists, you can ensure that the day is totally unique. Better yet, sessions include a glass of bubbles and a relaxing hand massage. For details, see jomalone.co.uk


We can’t stress how important it is to wear the shoes before your big day. Wearing them around the house with socks will help to soften the material, and ensure that they are comfortable on the day. 21C Bickerton House, 25-27 Bickerton Road, N19 (020 7263 4147; harrietwilde.com)

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WEAR IT WELL What is it about wedding dressing that’s so stressful? From the uncertainty of the British weather to the unwritten dress code, when the invitations start to land, choosing a frock can be fraught to say the least. Anyone would think the cameras were going to be on you… There’s no need to panic, says London-based personal stylist Amanda Bernstein, who gives the following guidelines for guests


5 1.

Been invited to a posh do? Whatever the event, there’s a hat for that. Here are our favourites



If it’s not printed on the invite, don’t be afraid to ask your host – you don’t want to get it wrong. 2. LESS IS MORE


A low neckline to show off a limited amount of décolletage is okay, but not if it’s combined with a short skirt showing too much thigh. 3. DON’T PANIC BUY

Try not to buy something new from the high street just before the wedding. If it’s a large gathering, chances are one of the guests may have shopped at the same store as you and picked up an identical outfit. Wear something you already own or buy something new well in advance. 4. A HEAD START


If you decide to wear a hat, be sure it’s on correctly. And keep your hair neat and tied back so that the focus is on your headpiece and not on your hair-do.



Your outfit is less likely to date if it is in a plain colour, and anything goes as long as it’s not white. By using clever accessories you can update and enhance your look.

1. Culebra, £685 (emily-london.com) | 2. Navy wide brim hat, Cara Meehan for Royal Ascot Millinery Collective, £415 (fenwick.co.uk) | 3. Petrol Black Feather Cocktail Hat by Holly Young Millinery, £47 (notonthehighstreet.com) | 4. Liv Steep Upturn Disc occasion hat, £140 (johnlewis.com) | 5. Sculpted Heart Shaped Millinery, £695 (suzannah.com)


Wear something that is comfortable. You will be in it for most of the day and there’s nothing quite like wearing an ill-fitting outfit to make you feel under par. From individual styling to colour analysis and personal shopping, Amanda offers a variety of services designed to take the stress out of shopping for clothes, whatever the occasion. For more details, see personaldressing.com

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The Big Day



Capital venues

With so many great options on our doorstep, it’s hard to know where to start, but here’s just a few of our favourite London event spaces

1. Dartmouth House


If you like the idea of a French château, but can’t tear yourself from the Capital, this grand Mayfair mansion may be just the ticket. A gorgeous terrace provides the perfect backdrop for drinks receptions. (dartmouthhouse.co.uk)

5. Lindley Hall With its stunning vaulted glass ceiling, this Grade II listed venue is perhaps one of the only locations in central London where you can say “I do” under the stars without worrying about rain stopping play. And at 875 sq m, it is big enough to host weddings on a spectacularly grand scale. (rhhonline.co.uk)

2. The Globe Conjure the magic of the world’s most-read playwright for your own enchanting love story. The Underglobe seats up to 350 and features a full-size model oak tree. (swanlondon.co.uk)


3. The Barbican Conservatory


A lush tropical oasis in the centre of London, the Barbican Conservatory is home to exotic fish and 2,000 species of tropical plants, making for some seriously stunning photo ops. (barbican.org.uk)


4. Banqueting House If you’re after something really regal, with its magnificent pillars, glittering chandeliers and Rubens ceiling, the main hall here should do it. It’s been hosting right royal knees-ups since 1622. (hrp.org.uk) fabricmagazine.co.uk


SAY IT IN STYLE From the wording to the design, a wedding invitation says so much about the day. Make sure yours send the right message with this advice from etiquette expert Jo Bryant, followed by our round up of the best stationers in town

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Your day, your way Finding the planning a little overwhelming? Don’t

drown in the details. Susie Young, founder of award-winning wedding planning and event styling company Knot & Pop has these words of advice: “Think about what brought you together. Some of the best wedding themes come directly from shared experiences. Brainstorm all the things that sum you up as both individuals, and as a couple. “It could be a shared love of winter walks, or even a style of music that gets you on the dancefloor. Once the memories and ideas start flowing, you’ll be well on the way to pinning down the ‘scheme’ that’s right for you both. “For our couples we often don’t have a set ‘theme’, more a happy marriage of a few key elements that bring about a unique scheme and setting for the day.

“For some, it’s about creating a timeless look and feel that will stand the test of time, and for others it’s about creating a snapshot of the time and place – the here and now, with no idea or colour too bright or bold. Knowing where you fall on that scale really helps you to define ideas. “There are lots of visual resources you can use these days. A personal favourite of ours is, of course, Pinterest but beware of inspiration overload! Try to keep focus to build up a selection of images that really translate your ideas, otherwise it’s easy to get confused. And whilst we love a trend or two, don’t let these dictate your choices. It’s all about creating something that YOU love. Your day, your way.” The team at Knot & Pop create, manage, style and plan parties, big occasion events and luxury weddings. To discover more about their services, see knotandpop.com

“When it comes to wedding invitations, remember they serve an aesthetic and practical purpose. The design hints at the style of wedding, and the wording provides key information – timings, location, venue, etc. It is customary to send invitations out two to three months before, but it is wise to send save-the-date cards eight to 10 months before. Depending on who is hosting, wording can get complicated, especially when you bring separated or remarried parents into the picture. When it all gets a bit too political, just opt for the simple ‘Thomas Jones and Joanna Smith, together with their parents, request the pleasure of/invite you…’ to involve everyone and keep the peace.” Jo Bryant is an etiquette expert. She offers a range of private tutoring and professional services, including wedding planning support, British protocols and customs, afternoon tea and dining etiquette, business conduct and soft skills training. See more at jobryant.com

WRITTEN IN THE STARS TRADITIONAL Leading luxury stationer, The Wren Press specialise in hand-engraved die stamp printing, and hold two Royal Warrants. (wrenpress.co.uk)

CAPTURE THE MOMENT Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing a photographer – done well,

wedding photographs will perfectly reflect your unique day and stand as a lasting memory. Make sure you’re still looking fondly at them in years to come with these words of wisdom from Mick Shah, award-winning visual artist and founder of MIKI Photo + Film Studio: 52


“Firstly, check that your prospective photographer’s style is consistent. It’s easy to get wowed by a portfolio of curated shots, but you want to see how they shoot over the course of a variety of events, and in particular at weddings that have a similar feel to that which you are hoping to create. “It’s also really important to feel comfortable with whoever

you choose. Ask yourself if you can imagine being with that person the whole day, or if you think they’ll get along with your guests and fit in with the vibe of your day. So much of wedding photography is about relating to people; whoever you choose, you want to feel you can trust them, and that you would feel comfortable telling them exactly what you want.” (mikistudios.com)

BOLD Unusual and eyecatching, Catalena’s designs combine modern typography, bold graphics and chic styling. (catalena.co.uk) CONTEMPORARY Wolf & Ink are known for their contemporary designs, which are individually printed on an antique printing press using hand-mixed inks. (wolfandink.co.uk)



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FOOD TRENDS WHAT’S ON THE MENU? Vol-au-vents have had their moment. Who knew? Whether you’re planning a wedding or a garden party, if you really want to make an impression these days you’ll need to think outside the box and do something extra special. Step up Bubble, who are known for their innovative approach to food. Here they reveal the next big trends in event catering

Drinksfusion’s Nordic Summer Cobbler If you really want to wow your guests, a glass of bubbles won’t do. Johan Svensson of Drinksfusion provides bespoke cocktail services and mobile bar hire to some of London’s finest parties. He says that more and more couples are opting to serve cocktails at their reception. “We offer a bespoke service to reflect the union in a mouth-wateringly unique way,” he explains. Here he shares one of his favourite recipes. “This is a summer fusion of organic Aquavit from the Swedish island of Hven, shaken with English sauvignon blanc, home-made elderflower and borage honey cordial, served over ice and finished with a float of raspberry and blackcurrant reduction.” To discover more about Drinksfusions’ wedding service, see drinksfusion.com



A glass (medium sized wine or SlimJim 30-35cl) INGREDIENTS Ice, cubed 40ml English sauvignon blanc 30ml Spirit of Hven organic Aquavit 25ml fresh lime juice 20-25ml elderflower and borage honey cordial (this is best made using fresh elderflower bunches with no leaves: steep in boiling water with citrus peels and infuse overnight, then remove the elderflowers and citrus, add borage honey to taste and 54

heat through gently, avoiding boiling. Remove from heat and refrigerate for 24 hours before use) 10-15ml raspberry and blackcurrant reduction (crush fresh berries in a pan with sugar and a touch of London dry gin. Simmer over a low heat to desired thickness. You can also use frozen berries or try a different variation) TO GARNISH Alyssum blossom & blackcurrants (or improvise with whatever summer blossom and berries are available)


1 Fill the glass with cubed ice. 2 Place all of the ingredients, except for the garnish and the berry reduction, into a cocktail shaker and add plenty of cubed ice. 3 Shake for approximately 20 seconds and then strain the liquid from the shaker into the ice-filled glass. 4 Float the berry reduction over the drink. 5 Add garnish and serve.

Food as an experience People are now more emotionally connected to their dining experiences and are increasingly likely to opt for more unfamiliar ingredients in search of new tastes and textures. Menu choices are becoming more adventurous and there’s a huge trend for immersive experiences that people can connect with. We love creating food that calls on all the senses. We can include specially-created scents, soundscapes, wind machines and visual triggers. This brings about a heightened emotional response, tapping into memories and creating a stronger impact. Getting personal A big trend for this year is making weddings highly personal. Bubble does this in a number of ways, including creating personalised food. Dishes that are reminiscent of the place where a couple fell in love, that represent their culture, or that incorporate customisation elements can bring a real wow factor to the day. Luxury comfort food in particular can replicate and elevate a family dinner favourite. The exciting nature of Bubble’s memorable wedding food embraces that spirit of celebration and adventure perfectly; one of our most popular tongue-in-cheek canapés is Bubble Wedding’s fish and chips served upon little edible newspaper crisps featuring the couple’s names or a special message unique to them. It is the little touches like this that can really make the day feel magical. To discover more about Bubble and the services they offer, see bubbleweddings.com



No shrinking violets Thanks to couples branching out from classic bridal shades, bright is the new white. “I’ve noticed a move towards more colour in wedding flowers,” says florist Graeme from Bloom and Burn flowers. “I love working with traditional choices such as peonies, roses and dahlias, but I like to use them in punchier colours.” Bring colour to your blooms by swapping white and blush tones for fresh apricot and zingy chartreuse hues. Or, take inspiration from Pantone’s colour of the year – Ultra Violet – and include shades of purple, from powdery lilacs to deep aubergines. When it comes to photographing bright blooms, white is still out: “I find that dark walls make a great backdrop for colourful flowers,” adds Graeme.

There’s no better place to see these seasonal trends than Instagram. A natural playground for all things floral and pretty, you’ll probably find your feed filled with bloggers clutching blowsy peonies, as well as houses and gardens decked in all their spring finery: think tumbling clematis, blooming magnolia trees and purple wisteria. Just look up #wisteriahysteria to discover some of London’s finest floral spots this season.

Something new If you’ve ever been to a wedding or dinner party and had your view blocked by an elaborate floral centrepiece, you’ll like the high-flying alternative below. “We’ve been making a lot of hanging planks covered in flowers,” says florist Anna from The Flower Appreciation Society. “They’re particularly effective suspended above long banquet tables and bars, or against a plain wall backdrop.” For an at-home version, display hanging pots housing fleshy succulents, hardy air plants and trailing houseplants. The current trend for plants and botanicals means that foliage is no longer thought of as just a filler. Interesting greenery like ferns, fragrant herbs and grasses help add texture and movement to an arrangement and are just as important as their floral counterparts. What’s in season? The relaxed English country garden look has replaced more formal designs for several years. Loose, wildflower-inspired displays and meadow-fresh bouquets still reign, and this style goes hand in hand with the increasing desire to shop seasonally and locally. “We have so much to choose from in May and June,” says florist Vic from Scarlet & Violet. “English growers really come into their own with peonies, larkspur, alchemilla and frilly sweet peas all on offer.”

Scarlet and Violet


With so many in-season flowers to choose from, spring is the perfect time to embrace all things floral. Whether you’re tying the knot, shopping for a say-it-with-flowers gift or simply looking for new ways to bring the outdoors in, we’ve found this year’s blossoming trends WOR DS E M M A V I N C E Flower Appreciation Society



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The good old-fashioned way Just like the current revival of vintage baby names, flowers that wouldn’t look out of place in grandma’s wedding pictures are back in style. “What’s in fashion often becomes part of our brief from a client,” explains Laura from Augustus Bloom. “Recently, we’ve noticed flowers that used to be considered old-fashioned, such as gypsophila, carnations and anthurium, are making a resurgence.” Royal weddings can help bring outmoded blooms back in the limelight, too. Steeped in tradition, royal nuptials feature certain flowers because of their traditional meanings. The Duchess of Cambridge’s delicate posy comprised timeless lily of the valley, Sweet Williams, hyacinths, ivy and myrtle, which still comes from Queen Victoria’s own garden; every royal bride has carried a sprig in their bouquet since the 19th century. We can’t wait to see which blooms Meghan will popularise in her bouquet when she marries Prince Harry this May!

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“Just like the current revival of vintage baby names, flowers that wouldn’t look out of place in grandma’s wedding pictures are back in style”

PICK OF THE BUNCH 1. Scarlet & Violet Every bunch made in this north London shop has its own brief, and every day the flowers change depending on what’s available at the market. The team are no longer doing weddings, instead putting all of their energies into the shop. (020 8969 9446; scarletandviolet.com)

2. The Flower Appreciation Society The team grow their own flowers in central London at a garden just 10 minutes from their studio. They also teach floristry courses for every type of flower lover. (07984 013561; theflowerappreciationsociety. co.uk)

Bloom and Burn

3. Augustus Bloom As part of their ethos, the team never orders blooms wholesale. Instead, each flower is handpicked at the New Covent Garden Market where they can hold it and smell it before

deciding if it is perfect for a design. (020 7485 4376; augustusbloom.com)

4. Bloom and Burn Expect a personal touch from start to finish from florist Graeme, who never works to set recipes as each arrangement is tailormade. He gets to the flower market at 3.45am for the first choice of beautiful blooms. (07969 952087; bloomandburnflowers.com)

5. Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart If you’ve ever stopped to admire the iconic, lush floral displays that frame the entrance of Liberty, then you’ve already had a taste of Wild at Heart. With two other stores in the city, florist Nikki Tibbles is renowned for her luxurious, visionary approach. (020 7352 9499; wildatheart.com) fabricmagazine.co.uk



Destinations The Grove The multi-award-winning spa at this 5-star Hertfordshire hotel has glitz by the gallon – think chic white changing rooms, a dramatically lit thermal suite and a stunning black-tiled swimming pool. From the Bridal Bootcamp, combining PT sessions with body firming treatments, to the head-to-toe pampering of the Wedding Radiance spa day, there’s something on the treatment list to tempt every bride-to-be. And with no fewer than 18 treatment rooms, it’s also the perfect spot for stylish hens to head for the ultimate group spa day, not least because it’s no more than 30 minutes in the car from north London. (thegrove.co.uk)

3 of the best: Pre-wedding spa escapes Soho Farmhouse It’s rumoured that Meghan gathered her girl pals and headed to this members’ club-cum-country house hotel for a spot of pre-wedding pampering. And who can blame her? Set in 100 acres of Oxfordshire farmland, the Farmhouse is the first resort to come from the Soho House group, offering guests a country weekend with all the creature comforts. Namely the on-site Cowshed Spa (which should need no introduction), where the steam room, sauna, ice room and hot tubs offer glorious realworld respite and are complemented by a divine menu of manicures, pedicures, massages and body therapies. Bliss. (sohofarmhouse.com) Lucknam Park With a Michelin-starred restaurant, a cookery school, a 500-acre equestrian centre, tennis courts, a croquet lawn and a football pitch (yes, you read that right) this grand hotel set in a 17th century Palladian mansion six miles from Bath, presents the ultimate weekend escape. And for blushing brides looking for a pre-wedding de-stress, or a final fling with girlfriends, the tranquil spa is hard to beat. Set in a walled garden, it boasts thermal facilities including a Japanese salt room, aromatherapy room, saltwater pool and hydrotherapy pool, as well as an indulgent menu of treatments. (lucknampark.co.uk)

Louise Ashworth Head of Luxury Resorts, Destinology Arguably the most romantic holiday of your life, it’s no wonder a honeymoon is one of our most considered holidays. At Destinology we’re careful not to prescribe the same formula to every honeymoon enquiry, but we have a few questions and pointers, which we’ve found do tend to help couples decide where to head

“Firstly, every couple is unique and your honeymoon should be too. Whether it’s a magical minimoon in the city, a beach paradise in the Maldives, a luxury African safari or island hopping in the Caribbean, indulgent honeymoons are possible in all sorts of destinations. If you’re wildly different, then consider multi-centre trips or perhaps even a cruise, to mix and match things you’ll both enjoy – Dubai and Mauritius? Miami and the Caribbean? Do consider booking your honeymoon through an accredited tour operator – as well as your holiday being protected, you’ll also benefit from expert help, with your consultant able to recommend the best room for those wanting to escape the crowds or the best spa treatments. If you can, indulge in special treats such as helicopter tours or beach dining that can create memories to last a lifetime. Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your guests to contribute – friends and family often love to help towards your holiday of a lifetime, or to sponsor a special treat or excursion. Setting up accounts is quick and simple, and contributions can be made online or by phone, leaving you with just the task of remembering to send all those exotic thank you postcards!” For more information or to speak to a Destinology honeymoon expert, visit destinology.co.uk, or call 01204 824619



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D E D I C AT E D T O P R O V I D I N G O U T S TA N D I N G C A R E Highgate Private Hospital works with more than 200 of the Capital’s most experienced consultants and specialists. Here, Mr Ali Noorani, Consultant Upper Limb Surgeon, and Dr Ben Esdaile, Consultant Dermatologist, answer questions about two common health concerns All the treatments mentioned here are available at Highgate Private Hospital. The hospital welcomes all patients, whether insured, NHS funded, or paying for their own treatment. If you are covered by private medical insurance, Highgate is approved by all the major medical insurers and has highly competitive, all-inclusive prices. To book an appointment for a consultation and further advice, call Highgate Private Hospital on 020 3740 8915, email enquiries@highgatehospital.co.uk or visit www.highgatehospital.co.uk

MR ALI NOORANI CONSULTANT UPPER LIMB SURGEON Q. After injuring my knee six years ago, I have been told the persistent pain I am experiencing is arthritis and that sooner or later I will have to have a knee replacement. I consider myself young (52) and I enjoy my tennis and golf. I would really like to get back to sports. Is a knee replacement on the cards for me? Steven

A. Unfortunately, knee arthritis due to trauma or natural ageing is common. The good news is that new technologies are being developed which can preserve your natural knee. Total knee replacements have their place but I would consider joint preservation, especially with someone I would agree is relatively young.

There are many options including a procedure called osteotomy that can realign an arthritic joint. I would also consider a joint preservation technique, such as the new Lipogems technology, to rejuvenate your joint and restore the function of your knee. Fat contains lots of blood vessels and natural repair cells. These cells are extracted from your own fat and injected directly into the affected area. These cells trigger a natural healing response within the body. They can regrow tissue and many patients report a significant reduction in pain. I strongly believe that my primary role, as a surgeon, is to offer accurate assessment and precise diagnosis. I can’t emphasise enough the importance of a face-to -face assessment. This allows me to give an accurate diagnosis and a personalised plan for you. The symptoms that you are describing are common, and many patients need reassurance and explanations for the problems they are experiencing.

DR BEN ESDAILE CONSULTANT DERMATOLOGIST Q. My mother has recently been diagnosed with melanoma. I am now worried that I will also be diagnosed with it. Are genetic factors a leading cause of melanoma – is it hereditary? What can I do to prevent it? Juliet

A. I am sorry to hear your mother has been diagnosed with melanoma and I wish her the best of health. Melanoma is partly due to genetic factors, but not entirely – your lifestyle also has an impact on this. Risk factors for melanoma include: sun exposure, family history, how easily your skin burns and having many moles. Please do not be alarmed by any of these factors, as patients with melanoma tend to do

very well if picked up early enough. We now have a tool called a dermatoscope to help us pick up melanoma earlier. A dermatoscope is a handheld device that allows you to see structures in the skin that you’re unable to see with the naked eye. Early melanoma has certain structures that can be seen using the dermatoscope, helping to identify it earlier. Dermoscopy also helps pick up other types of skin cancer. It is worth having a full skin check as many skin cancers are picked up this way by dermatologists. The most important way to prevent melanoma is sun protection. Do not allow yourself to burn, never use sunbeds and protect your skin with clothes and broad spectrum sunscreen when exposed to sunlight. In an ideal world, you would also have an annual professional skin check with dermoscopy. As you can see, Juliet, there are many steps you are able to take to reduce your chance of developing melanoma and also to pick it up at an earlier stage. FABRICMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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1. Art re-framed New to Bloc Blinds, the brand that allows you to effortlessly change fabric by season – or indeed impulsive whim – the Almond Blossom collection has been designed in collaboration with Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. The original paintings date back to the late 1880s, a time in which the artist toyed with themes of renewed life, awakening and hope. We’re feeling all of those things this SS18 – now’s the time to add some painterly florals to our panes.

PORTUGAL Slim Chair by Christophe de Sousa, €451 (christophe-desousa-wa49. squarespace.com)

From £165 (blocblinds.co.uk)

2. Sentient styling This month sees the release of the first furniture collection from indisputably cool Danish brand VITA Copenhagen. Best known for its arresting pendant lights – whether angular and industrial, or ethereal and feathery – the company now presents Furniture Feelings, a lifestyle-driven set designed to be versatile, flexible and multifunctional (read: perfect for smaller city dwellings). Pieces include the Hang Out Coffee Table, Lounge Around Sofa and Convenience Bench, making this one highly covetable, and fun, collection. From £244 (vitacopenhagen.com)

CZECH REPUBLIC Hold pendant by SkLO, £1,099 (heals.com)

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Ladbroke Grove’s Sophie Ashby has become the first Brit to join The Invisible Collection’s revered line-up of international designers with a brand new furniture collection of 17 pieces. Studio Ashby takes inspiration from art, nature and travel, resulting in a unique interplay of luxe and earthy textures – think raw timber surfaces, honed marbled table tops and plush mohair upholstery.

Taking our love for a design classic outdoors, Anglepoise release the Original 1227 as a giant floor lamp. Engineered for garden use with marine grade stainless steel fittings, a sealed light unit, and silicone rubber cable, the imposing structure is as much a sculptural addition to the patio as it is a practical way to light up those balmy al fresco evenings to come.

SWEDEN Burvik side table, £27 (ikea.com)

From £2,650 (anglepoise.com)

From €1,890 (theinvisiblecollection.com) FRANCE Chair Conversation by Vincent Darré, £3,040 (theinvisiblecollection.com)


ITALY Haring coffee table by Rodolfo Dordoni, £1,550 (minotti.com)

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London Craft Week (9 to 13 May) is a celebration of British and international talent from the unknown atelier to the big business brand – all of whom share a common thread: exceptional creativity and craftsmanship. Here, we hand-pick some of the Capital’s own movers, shakers and designer-makers WOR DS A L I H OWA R D



1. Adi Toch

2. Celia Dowson

Since graduating from The Cass in 2009, London-based Adi Toch has exhibited internationally and earned herself a literal shelf-load of prestigious prizes, including a 2017 Wallpaper* Design Award. The modern-day metalsmith creates containers with a playful tactility, which challenge the way we interact with decorative objects. Her Vessels on Stilts series features metallic pots supported by delicate tripods, which dutifully wobble to noise, while her Whispering Vessels are so much more than the beautifully shiny house-jewels they first appear to be: with sand, steel balls or tiny gemstones moving around inside, creating waves of sound, they become palpable instruments. (aditoch.com)

You’ll find the work of ceramic artist Celia Dowson at Hampstead’s Maud & Mabel, a boutique gallery and retail space dedicated to contemporary craft. A graduate of both Central Saint Martin’s and the Royal College of Art, Celia’s thoughtfully produced pieces focus on the qualities of light, unbound space and immersion, and range from the functional to the figurative. Her Shadow Works series was developed through studying light and shadows, with each piece created by carving away layers of clay to reveal a figurative form. The sculptures are then glazed in soft, satin colours, designed to exist subtly within an interior. (celiadowson.co.uk)



5. Rachel Vosper

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Tucked away between given the chance Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner is the sweet smelling to use something studio of chandler Rachel Vosper. sentimental and A leading light in candle-making, Rachel boasts more than 20 old that has been years of experience in creating brought in by a luxury hand-poured candles and signature home fragrances. customer – perhaps While you may find her fragrant it has been tucked wax works in the prestigious away in a cupboard environs of the Dover Street Arts Club and Fortnum & Mason, for years or inherited Rachel’s artisanal practices remain – and then give it a an integral part of the brand: hands-on candle-making courses new lease of life” are regularly held at the atelier, while a unique refill service allows Rachel Vosper customers to bring in their own treasured receptacles to be filled with their favourite fragrance. (rachelvosper.com)

3. Genevieve Bennett

4. Isatu Hyde

With a master’s degree in Printed and Embroidered Textiles from the Royal College of Art and eight years of big brand design consultancy work under her belt, Londoner Genevieve Bennett carved out her own unique version of luxury. Her signature cut and layered leatherwork is rooted in the decorative arts but asserts a bold, contemporary aesthetic that reaches beyond the gallery walls and into the sumptuous living room space – such is her dedication to exquisite pattern and luxury materials. The latest collection from the celebrated leather sculptress, Braid & Bloom, introduces rugs, cushions and mirrors into the mix for the first time. (genevievebennett.com)

Completing an apprenticeship at The Marches Pottery in Shropshire, Isatu Hyde moved to north west London to set up her own studio. Her wheel-thrown ceramics are full of heart, fashioned affectionately to be used and cherished every day. Specialising in home- and tableware, much of Isatu’s work concerns food – think sourdough baking bells, water lock crocks, and fruit wine making bottles – ensuring form and function exist in wholesome harmony. In fact, for the down-to-earth designer-maker, an object’s beauty is only brought to life by fulfilling its purpose. This organic approach can be experienced first-hand at Isatu’s studio, with private classes at the potter’s wheel. (isatuhyde.com)

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Racheline Michaels


Over three decades, this elegant early Victorian home has grown organically to meet the changing needs of family life. And at its beating heart is a fabulously eclectic art collection WOR DS KA R E N H E A N E Y PHOTO G R A P H Y CAT HE R I NE HYL A ND

Racheline and her husband Paul have lived in this majestic double-fronted house in Highgate for 30 years. They moved here from Hampstead and turned an unloved, rambling property into a warm, vibrant home filled with an extraordinary collection of beautiful objects: paintings, sculpture, furniture and – Racheline’s great passion – ceramics. Their children grew up here, and now there are nine grandchildren to enjoy the 6,000 sq ft house and magnificent garden. The house has grown organically, changing shape to accommodate the different phases of family life. The Michaels added an extension to the back of the house 15 years ago, turning the footprint of the house into a horseshoe. Two years ago, they added another extension connecting the two arms of the horseshoe; this airy, light-filled space forms a striking contrast to the front of the house. Here, the rooms have a more traditional feel, thanks to the wealth of period features – original oak panelling in the hall, an impressive vaulted ceiling in the rotunda (a room added in 1900 by the then owner, a composer, to house a grand piano). “It’s an evolving space,” explains Racheline. “The living room was originally the kitchen… a snooker room became a table tennis room for the children. Now that all of them have left home we only have two bedroom suites on the first floor; the top floor is now a hobby room. The interior of the house hasn’t been driven by fashion, it’s grown with us. We’ll never move from here – it’s a love affair.” It’s the Michaels’ extraordinary, eclectic art collection that gives the house such presence. Like the house, it has grown organically over the years. Paul’s parents were keen art collectors, three of the Michaels’ children are artists, and of course, there are the ceramics. Racheline started buying ceramics for clients when she first worked as an interior designer. Her interest blossomed to the point where she opened her own gallery in a studio in the garden. “It was a

Opposite, above: the furniture, paintings and ceramics in the rotunda are a blend of eras and styles Below: sculptures in iron, stone and oak punctuate the garden

This page, above: playing with colour and form – monochrome meets citrus; sinuous curves contrast with angles and graphic lines

Below: Natasha Daintry’s installation of 225 hand–thrown yellow pots and an abstract painting by Renouf are the focal points of the kitchen seating area




natural progression,” she says. “I have always appreciated form and shapes. I have a love of handmade things, things that have a soul. The feel of something is very important to me…” Now she has a separate gallery space, Hexagon Classic Design, in her husband Paul’s classic car showroom just down the road. Along with showing the work of young ceramicists in her own gallery, Racheline is a keen supporter of new talent through her involvement with the Contemporary Art Society. The charity encourages an appreciation of contemporary art by a wide audience, raising funds to purchase works by important and up-and-coming artists for museums and public galleries across the UK. It is remarkable how all these beautiful objects, in different media, from different eras, happily co-exist in this space. It takes an exceptional eye to display such an eclectic collection in such a harmonious way. “I like to play with proportions. Tall, skinny, wide – it’s counter-intuitive, but the larger the piece, the larger a room looks,” says Racheline. “A large work has presence, gravitas. It can provide a framework around which to build. I also like juxtaposing pieces from different eras – a Philippe Starck chair next to a very English table from the mid-1800s, for example.” Sometimes a kind of alchemy is at work, says Racheline. “It’s as though the pieces just find each other, or spark a new idea.” The Dufy-like painting in the sitting room inspired her to commission a work by Natasha Daintry, one of the ceramicists she represents. Another work by Daintry, an installation of 225 porcelain hand-thrown pots, was meant for the gallery, 68


but Racheline fell in love with it, even though it’s a study in yellow (a colour she doesn’t like and won’t have in the garden). “Things sometimes catch you off guard. I liked the work so much that I had a bespoke table made for it – and it looks fabulous with the yellow Memphis table.” “Everything in this house has a story,” explains Racheline. “The white abstract painting by Renouf I discovered in a gallery in Arles. It’s my favourite piece. I fell into conversation with the gallerist and discovered that she and I had distant family connections. Another treasured piece is a Paul Roberts handled raku pot. “I’d seen it in a book about Roberts’ work, and one day it appeared in an auction catalogue. It was serendipity. We finally found each other!” It comes as some surprise to learn that Racheline started her interior design business by mistake. “I was working for Browns fashion, in the Jil Sander shop, but I always had a passion for interior design. A surveyor I knew encouraged me to do up a flat in Montagu Square, and I went on to work for a property company. After that, I started taking on projects in north London.” So how would Racheline describe her design ethos? “You should be able to put your own things into a design without destroying its integrity,” she explains. “I like to leave gaps for clients to fill in themselves – interiors should be able grow with their owners.” It’s a philosophy that’s brought vividly to life in Racheline’s ever-evolving Highgate home. Rhapsody in Blue, the latest exhibition of ceramics at Hexagon Classic Design, runs until 27 July (hexagonclassicdesign.com)

Clockwise from top left: An abstract sculpture by Otto Pedersen silhouetted against the garden; the conservatory and library showcase work by Racheline’s favourite ceramicists; a bronze head displayed on an antique desk

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Stockholm for design lovers In Sweden, great design is a way of life. And where better to experience it than in its stunning capital city, which is having a serious creative moment. Here’s our guide to the highlights WOR DS KA R E N H E A N E Y

Below: 1. The spire of City Hall is one of Stockholm’s most famous landmarks 2. Rustic charm and stunning views from Downtown Camper

Stockholmers proudly refer to their city as skönhet på vatten – “beauty on water”. It’s not hard to see why. Few capitals are as picturepostcard pretty as this Scandinavian gem, with its medieval Old Town, Baroque Royal Palace and Belle Epoque boulevards. But make no mistake, Stockholm is not hidebound by its heritage – behind the historic waterfront lies a dynamic modern capital that just oozes contemporary cool. Visitors to Stockholm quickly discover that Scandi design isn’t just an aesthetic, it’s a way of life. Clean lines, organic textures and minimal shapes are everywhere you go, from the modest cafés where the locals come for their fika fix (coffee, cake and conversation), to the smartest restaurants and boutiques. It’s hard-wired into the city’s DNA. Even the streetlights (4) are sleek and minimalist. To experience Swedish design at its most cutting edge, stay in one of the hip hotels on Brunkebergstorg





Square. This former business complex in the heart of the city with its Brutalist 1970s architecture is part of a major regeneration project. The square has become the launchpad for a new breed of lifestyle hotels, including At Six and Hobo, which combine high concept, design-led interiors with communal social areas and creative workspaces. Downtown Camper (2) is the latest arrival on the block. The hotel describes itself as a “basecamp for urban explorers”; the social areas have the vibe of a trendy hostel (giant hammocks, campfires, a games room), while the rooms are distinctly boutique hotel (minimalist bathrooms, moody lighting and window seat reading nooks). Cleverly marrying urban and rustic, the décor in the lobby pairs concrete with natural wood and active guests can hire kayaks, long boards and bikes from the front desk. If you’d rather kick back and relax, there’s a rooftop wellness area with a sauna disguised as a giant bird’s nest (yes, really) and a heated pool with stunning views of the Stockholm skyline. The adjacent cocktail bar, which serves a light breakfast in the morning, shares the same amazing vista. Definitely worth getting up for. There’s plenty of inspiration to be had just wandering through the streets, taking in design stores and showrooms. Design House Stockholm has a flagship store on Hamngatan, a few minutes’


walk from Downtown Camper, while Svenskt Tenn on Strandvägen is a treasure trove of iconic textiles by Josef Frank. Designtorget is a crucible for Swedish design talent; up-and-coming Swedish designers submit designs to a monthly jury, who decide which ones will be stocked in 11 stores around the country. Stockholm has three Designtorget, stocking a range of witty, clever designs, the largest is in Kungsgatan, which is just around the corner from Brunkebergstorg Square. Bolon Lab Store (3) on Birger Jarlsgatan is a next-generation design showroom that has become a meeting place for designers, architects and enthusiasts. Bolon, a traditional weaving company, creates trend-setting flooring and rugs, collaborating with high profile names such as Missoni. For a more laid-back vibe, check out the Hem Design Studio (7) in Eastmansvägen. This independent design studio brings a fresh twist to minimalist furniture, accessories and lighting. Serious design hounds should seek out the Sthlm Design District on the island of Södermalm, where you’ll find around 30 under-the-radar Swedish furniture and textile brands. No city break would be complete without visiting a couple of museums. Your first port of call should be the island of Skeppsholmen, just across the water from the Royal Palace, where you’ll find not one, but three stunning collections. ArkDes (5) is Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design, it hosts regular exhibitions but also serves as a “place of research, study and debate about how we will live in

the future”. Next door, with jaw-dropping views of the water and the city, is the Moderna Museet. There’s an impressive collection of modern art, covering 1900 to the present day, and a fabulous sculpture garden with some eye-catching large-scale works by Alexander Calder. Down on the waterfront, Fotografiska is a centre for contemporary photography offering world-class exhibitions, workshops and courses. Sweden has a particularly strong tradition of furniture making (all those pine forests!), a craft that is celebrated in the recently opened Möbeldesignmuseum (Museum of Furniture Studies) (6). The location takes a little finding – a warehouse on the commercial docks (seriously cool) – but the trip is worth it. Based on the private collection of designer/architects Kersti Sandin and Lars Bülow, the warehouse is home to 700 pieces of furniture from distinguished Nordic and international designers, spanning the late 1800s to the present day. The current exhibition is a love letter to chairs – expect to see design icons like Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair and Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair. If you fancy taking all your design inspiration in one big hit, Stockholm hosts its own Design Week in February every year. Coinciding with the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, it draws the big names in the design world to the capital. The city joins in with light and media installations and special events in stores, hotels and restaurants. But if you don’t fancy braving the February cold, Stockholm has plenty to delight design lovers all year round.


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Below: 3. Bolon Lab concept store is a creative hub 4. Scandi chic streetlights on the waterfront 5. ArkDes is the place to see Swedish design in context 6. Chairs sitting pretty in the Museum of Furniture Studies 7. Keeping it simple at Hem Design Studio




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HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB Called the “Suburb” by locals, this tranquil north west London enclave was founded in 1907 thanks to the work of philanthropist Dame Henrietta Barnett. She aimed to save part of Hampstead Heath from development and create a healthy and beautiful place for people of all classes to live. Today, the area’s aesthetics are protected by the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust. The charming layout is widely recognised as one of the finest examples of twentieth century town planning, with its mix of gently curving roads, little closes and grand vistas designed by the architect Raymond Unwin. Popular with families for its excellent schools and abundance of green spaces – Big Wood, Little Wood, Golders Hill Park and Lyttelton Playing Fields are particularly notable – it exudes that village feel. Local shops can be found on Market Place; should you wish to venture further, there are plenty more excellent options close by in Temple Fortune, Golders Green and East Finchley WO RDS N AOM I M I S Q U I TA- R I CE PH OTO G R A P H Y KATHY A N N E L I M



SONIA SOLIMANI For this Hampstead Garden Suburb florist, the close-knit community and independent local businesses here are unrivalled in London When there aren’t peonies coming out of my ears and I can tear myself away from the shop, there are plenty of things to do in the local neighbourhood. I usually start by giving my unkempt eyebrows some much needed TLC. I book regular 72


threading appointments at Fringe and sometimes I’ll treat myself to a Dermalogica facial, too – it’s the perfect antidote to the stress of the shop. After this heavy work, I’m usually quite peckish, so I’ll take a trip to Zushi; their selection of fresh sushi is acclaimed for being some of the best in London. I’d like to think I burn off the calories as hard as I can, and one of the ways I do this is by trying to fit in a class at either Pilates by the Green or Raise the Barre. Down the road, there is a speciality grocery store called Bekem’s – it’s the only

place I’ve found that sells guavas, passionfruit and fresh börek alongside a wealth of goodies for the pantry. Amber Rose is my second home and at this point I’m usually feeling pretty homesick, so I’ll make my way back to the shop to prep for the next day. The Suburb is a unique place, with more small businesses here than anywhere else in London, so it’s great to be contributing to it, and to be a part of such a close-knit community. 6 Market Place, Falloden Way, NW11 (020 8455 4050; amberroseflowers.co.uk)


DID YOU KNOW? Hoop Lane, NW11, is home to London’s first ever crematorium. Having opened in 1902, it is one of the oldest crematoriums in Britain. A number of famous people, including Sigmund Freud, Bram Stoker and Amy Winehouse have been cremated there. The crematorium is a redbrick building, which was built in stages as money became available, and was designed in the Lombardic style by Sir Ernest George and Alfred Yeates. The gardens are Grade I listed and were laid out by William Robinson, who was famous at the time for championing wild gardening.

STREET HEARTS HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB North & South Squares Running parallel at either end of Central Square (the area’s hub), these pretty streets are lined with majestic Queen Anne-style properties and Arts and Crafts homes designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Two imposing churches flank a beautiful village-style green, creating a picturesque idyll Northway The abundance of greenery, a beautiful mix of large homes and cottage-style terraced properties, plus its proximity to a plethora of shops at Market Place make this spot well deserving of its reputation Asmuns Hill A part of what is known as the Artisans’ Quarter – a development prepared by Raymond Unwin in the early 1900s – there is a distinct village feel here, with pretty little (but sometimes deceptively large) white cottages facing one another across the tree-lined street



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“With its village green and strong sense of community, Hampstead Garden Suburb is one of the most desirable areas in north west London. Properties in this charming environment range from cottages to castles. You can start life here with a modest £300,000 apartment and make your way up the ladder to a mansion for £50 million. “The Market Place, Temple Fortune and Golders Green are the main watering holes, benefiting from a delightfully diverse mix of eclectic boutiques, delicatessens, bistros, cafés and all manner of utilitarian shops, some of which are open 24 hours. “If you are in any doubt that London is a plural Capital, take a walk down any of the high streets here and you’ll hear a panoply of languages being spoken. This is part of why London, where we are privileged to live, is the ‘greatest city on earth’.” Trevor Abrahmsohn, Glentree Estates

LOCAL HEROES BREAD BAKERY, NW11 This bright and bustling kosher bakery is the Temple Fortune branch of the ever-popular Hendon Bagel Bakery. “They have great fresh bread baked daily and some amazing Middle Eastern-style salads,” according to Charles Bobroff of Litchfields, as well as all manner of sweet patisserie treats. The on-site bakers use traditional proofing techniques, resulting in deliciously rich breads. There’s outdoor seating for brighter days and a wealth of choice for lunch, making this an ideal spot for a pit stop. 1 Bridge Lane, NW11 (020 8455 9340; breadbakery.co.uk) LE PREMIER SHOE CARE, NW11 This is a little gem of an independent shoe repair firm in Golders Green, offering a superb quality of workmanship. As well as sprucing up

footwear that’s in need of some love, they offer a key cutting service. Plus, there’s an adjoining shop that sells shoes and other accessories; both are run by two lovely gentlemen who have 30 years’ experience in the business. Viv Harris from Heathgate thinks they are “probably the best cobblers this side of London.” 5-6 Belmont Parade, Finchley Road, NW11 (020 8209 0293) NU NOSH, NW11 A neighbourhood café that is “always packed out, especially in the summer,” says Cobi Aboody of Goldschmidt & Howland. This must be, in part, due to its ample outdoor seating, but probably mainly because of the delicious offering of traditional breakfasts, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and iced coffees – and all available to eat in or enjoy on the go. The casual atmosphere means it’s suitable for children, too. It’s just the ticket for a food or caffeine fix, and is a welcome haven, away from the bustle of the Finchley Road. 816 Finchley Road, NW11 (020 8731 8103; eatwell.nu)

“Hampstead Garden Suburb has something for every budget with a mix of starter flats, small cottages and 25,000 square foot dream homes. We are fortunate to be within walking distance of some of the nicest green open spaces in London, including the Heath Extension, 74-acres at Kenwood House and Golders Hill Park – a dog walker’s paradise! On top of this, Golders Green, Temple Fortune and Hampstead are all within five minutes’ walk. What more could you ask?” Jeremy Fine, Godfrey & Barr fabricmagazine.co.uk




The young ones A year is a long time when you’re four. So it’s no surprise that an August-born four-year-old may not have the motor skills of a classmate who turns five in September. But while children born between 1 April and 31 August will soon be able to defer a year, the change has yet to happen. And we don’t know if, or how, the private sector might respond. So what options do you currently have if your child is young in their year? “If your child’s birthday is at the end of August, it’s possible that a school might let them join later,” says Lucy Watts, an educational consultant at Ivy Education. “But that tends to happen when the child has both a summer birthday and a specific learning need. Otherwise, parents are better off letting the child start school and addressing any issues each year.” Lucy has seven tips for supporting a summer-born child:

1. Ask your child’s prospective school for its policy on this topic. Does it divide the children by age, or have a spread of birthdays in each class? Does it offer a couple of half

days a week for young children in the first term? 2. Don’t underestimate what your child can do. A lot of summerborn children are ready to move from nursery to a more structured learning environment. 3. Help your child to learn the basics, such as their letters and numbers. This will give them a good foundation on which to build. 4. Get to know the curriculum and work with individual teachers to support your child. This could be help from you, a tutor or both. 5. Think about the environment: if your child isn’t ready for a larger setting at eight years old, a small middle school could suit them. Some schools also age-weight their 8+ exam papers. 6. Look ahead. If you’re considering holding your child back, make sure you discuss it with the senior schools. Some insist children are 13 when they join. 7. If your child gets held back, look at how the school structures its classes. You don’t want them to feel left behind or that they’ve done anything wrong. (ivyeducation.co.uk)

T HE S HOR T L I ST King Alfred School Independent co-ed day school for pupils aged 4 to 18 years (020 8457 5200; kingalfred.org.uk)

Golders Hill School Independent co-ed pre-prep day school for pupils aged 2 to 7 years (020 8455 2589; goldershillschool.co.uk)

The Henrietta Barnett School State grammar school for girls aged 11 to 18 years (020 8458 8999; hbschool.org.uk)

Annemount School Independent co-ed nursery and pre-prep day school for pupils aged 3 to 7 years (020 8455 2132; annemount.co.uk)

Kerem School Independent co-ed primary day school for Jewish pupils aged 3 to 11 years (020 8455 0909; keremschool.co.uk)



How would you sum up the school in a sentence? At KAS the children and young people enjoy school, achieve impressive academic success on their own terms, develop the skills and understanding for life-long wellbeing, and are well prepared for a successful future. What makes it different? We’re committed to both academic success and

personal development. We’re informal, have no uniform and use first names. As a result, everyone can be themselves and thrive. Describe your educational ethos? Exam success is important, but I don’t believe it should be the sole focus and driver. I want children to enjoy their time at school, develop their passions,

interests and skills and be creative, flexible and innovative. It’s what they’ll need for success in the 21st century. How do you look after the wellbeing of your pupils? Wellbeing is central to our purpose. We seek to avoid unnecessary pressures and stress for young people by taking an enlightened approach to assessment. We teach

pupils about wellbeing through our personal, social and health education (PSHE) programme. And if any pupil does experience challenges or difficulties, there’s an extensive and experienced pastoral team to support them. King Alfred School, 149 North End Road, NW11 (020 8457 5200; kingalfred.org.uk)




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CORRINGHAM ROAD, NW11 This stunning double-fronted house is an Arts and Crafts gem, and Grade II Listed to boot. Overlooking a pictureperfect square, the five-bedroom, three-bathroom property is arranged over three floors, effortlessly blending historic character with contemporary comfort. Downstairs, you’ll find two elegant, light-filled reception rooms and a sleek modern kitchen. The upper floors are no less impressive, with a master bedroom suite, four further bedrooms, a family bathroom and shower room. A mature garden adds to the home’s considerable appeal. £2.3 million, Litchfields (020 8458 5000; litchfields.com)

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PARK AVENUE, NW11 Sitting pretty just around the corner from Golders Hill Park, this family home offers spacious accommodation in a delightfully tranquil setting. The exterior of the house retains its Arts & Crafts character, while the interior has recently been renovated and refurbished to an exceptionally high standard – perfect for anybody looking for somewhere that is ready to move in to. With five/six bedrooms, four bathrooms (two of which are en suite), not to mention a 60 ft south facing garden and a roof terrace, there’s more to this beauty than meets the eye. £2.95 million, Dexters Hampstead (020 7435 9822; dexters.co.uk)

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NEVILLE DRIVE, N2 With its head-turning ocean-liner looks and airy, light-filled interiors, this spectacular Art Deco property boasts real wow factor. Discreetly tucked away behind security gates in a quiet enclave, the four-bedroom, four-bathroom house offers a number of unique features: for starters, there’s an indoor swimming pool, a 37 ft double aspect reception room and a master bedroom suite with ‘his and hers’ separate dressing rooms. Plus, there’s off-street parking for five or six cars. Oh, and did we mention the two balconies and the sun terrace? Stunning. £4.85 million, Godfrey & Barr (020 8458 9119; godfreyandbarr.com)



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5 ways to future-proof your kitchen If your dream kitchen is ‘broken-plan’, with metal finishes and dark cabinets, you’re bang on trend. But what if you fit it today, then fall out of love with it in five years?

“Trends do change,” says Sofia Bune Strandh, CEO of Sola Kitchens. “Dark shades have been around for a few years, for example, but I think light ones will be back soon. And you may love brass doors now, but you could feel very different in the future. You don’t want to spend £40-50,000 on a kitchen then have to completely replace it.” The key is to ask yourself whether you’re likely to tire of your chosen style, says Sofia – then make sure you can change aspects of the design. Here are her tips for how to do it. 1. Be subtle. If you use fashionable finishes sparingly – for example, a copper splash back or section of worktop – you’ll be able to

live with them for longer. If not, they’re easy to swap. 2. Think ahead. If you want your metal doors to be shiny in three years, you’ll need a lacquered or waxed finish. But if you want them to age naturally, you’ll need to leave them untreated. Whatever your vision, tell your kitchen designer upfront. 3. Give yourself options. We use brass and copper doors on our standard cupboards, so clients can change them further down the line. We also recommend paying the extra £3-5,000 for hand-painted units, so you can transform your kitchen at any time. 4. Break up your space with something replaceable. Open-plan

is still popular. But we’re starting to see people use doors to divide up the room, such as steel or aluminium Crittall doors. These let in the light and are easy to change if you get fed up. 5. Avoid false economies. Clients often want to put high-end appliances and worktops on to cheaper cabinets. But when the cabinets start to break, you can’t easily change them. If you want to save money, you’re better off spending more on good-quality cabinets and less on the worktop and appliances. That way, you can always repaint the doors and buy new appliances for a completely fresh look. solakitchens.com

People in the trade Hampstead Garden Suburb Simon Miller Architects Local practice combining the best architectural and technical skills with a high degree of professionalism and a friendly, personal approach (020 8201 9875; simonmillerarchitects.com) 80


Tower Electrical Fire & Safety Ltd NICEIC and Part P-approved electricians providing everything from safety inspections to lighting design (020 8455 3311; towerelectrical.co.uk)

New Interior Ltd Experienced tradesmen providing a full range of building services, from minor maintenance to complete house refurbishments (020 8458 1730; newinterior.co.uk)

Eddowes & Woodland Ltd Interior and exterior carpentry services and residential and commercial property renovations (0330 223 4811; . carpentryandrenovations. co.uk)

How did you get into architecture? I remember drawing from a very young age and going to galleries with my mother. My art teacher wanted me to go to art school but I just had a hunch about the world of architecture and its magic. What can you offer clients that others can’t? We listen. I often draw and listen at the same time. Potential clients get drawn into the sketch, which promotes good discourse. We try to make each design unique to each client and will always try to find an angle on getting planning approval. What’s your design ethos? To make delightful, well-crafted spaces that reflect the client’s needs. Architecture is an act of belief and an investment in society. Describe your dream project Designing a religious building or boutique hotel. What would you say to a client who wants to future-proof their kitchen? Choose classic materials that won’t date. This way, you’ll grow into and with the space. What advice would you give to someone looking for an architect? People relate to people. A potential client needs to ‘click’ with their designer; they need to feel comfortable. Arriving in my orange leather jacket on a scooter lightens things up. Simon Miller Architects, 11 Portsdown News, NW11 (020 8201 9875; simonmillerarchitects.com)




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Years in the business? 17 years… clearly I started work at age six! I love London because… of the diversity. First London home? A starter flat in the north London suburbs. If I wasn’t an estate agent I would be… working with horses somewhere.

A match made in London With nearly sixty years as an estate agency in north London, Benham & Reeves is one of the oldest and mostrespected names in the business. Now it’s joining Dexters’ growing network of offices across the Capital. The four Benham & Reeves offices in West Hampstead, Hampstead, Dartmouth Park and Highgate are rebranding, but “it’s business as usual for now, with the same strong team in place,” says Dexters’ CEO, Andy Shepherd. Dexters has a network of more than 60 offices across the Capital,

including 28 in central London. The acquisition will supplement a thriving business, which already handles in excess of 20,000 property transactions per year and currently has more than 55,000 registered active buyers and tenants. The Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings business we know and love will continue to operate as usual – offering rentals via 16 London offices and five more located overseas. The perfect London pad awaits… (dexters.co.uk; brlets.co.uk)






Q. I’m working overseas for two years and want to let my home while I’m away. What advice would you give? A. If you’re moving overseas and letting your property, it is vital you choose the right ARLA qualified agent on a sole agency basis, and to go for the management service. I would recommend an agent with a management team based locally, who can deal with issues promptly and visit the property as needed. This will give you the best possible chance of retaining a tenant throughout your two years abroad – having a void period and needing to remarket will be costly. In order to achieve the best possible rent, my advice would be to make sure the property is presented in its best possible light – clutter free and refreshed as necessary.

Favourite London Street? Locally, Manchester Square, further afield, Chiswick High Street. Favourite client/sale? Too many to narrow down, we are very fortunate at McGlashans to have lovely, long standing clients. Favourite haunts? Regent’s Park, a little bit of tranquility in the middle of a busy city. Favourite place to grab a coffee? Inn 1888 on Devonshire Street makes a fabulous espresso martini! Where do you go for headspace in the city? The seating area outside the Wallace Collection. What’s your hidden talent? I’m a qualified make-up artist. Period property or new-build? Period property. Take one person, dead, alive or fictional, out in London – who and where? Anthony Joshua… that’s as far as I get before losing all concentration. Aliens attack – which London landmark would you save? The Tower of London. Creature comfort you can’t live without. My beautiful four-poster bed from McGlashan’s Interiors.

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SOLE AGENT A unique development of 11 luxury apartments set in stunning grounds overlooking the uninterrupted views of Mill Hill Valley. Comprising a selection of 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms this development offers the highest quality of specification and lifestyle in NW7.




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SPLENDOUR ON THAMES | RIVERWALK, SW1 London locations don’t come more premium than this. Situated right on the riverfront on Millbank, a stone’s throw from the Houses of Parliament, Riverwalk is a development of 116 waterfront apartments and penthouses. These apartments offer the ultimate in urban luxury: balconies and terraces that follow the towers’ sinuous curves, rotunda entrance halls in the larger apartments, Crestron home automation systems, Boffi kitchens with appliances by Gaggenau and Miele. Amenities include a fitness suite and 24-hour concierge. Oh, and the external landscaping is by Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist, Stephen Woodhams. Magnificent. Prices from £1.1 million (020 7828 3007; riverwalk.co.uk), Knight Frank (020 7861 5499; knightfrank.co.uk) and Savills (020 7409 8756; savills.co.uk)

“We are anticipating a busy post-Easter quarter, as pragmatic developers and vendors reach out to well qualified buyers to secure sales before the summer holidays.” Jeremy Karpel

TK International

PARKLAND PERFECTION | THE CLAVES, NW7 This collection of contemporary apartments, duplexes, penthouses and townhouses in Mill Hill has it all. The development sits in tranquil parkland and boasts a residents’ only ‘secret garden’, but Mill Hill East station is just a few minutes’ walk away and you can be in the West End in less than half an hour. The living accommodation is finished to a high spec, and there’s a wealth of amenities on site, including a fully-equipped gym, residents’ lounge and games room. Adding to its appeal is the ‘stepped’ architecture of the development, which, along with the extensive glazing, balconies and terraces, invites the outside in. Prices from £425,000, Be (be.co.uk), Savills (020 8168 0377; savills.co.uk)

GREEN AND PLEASANT | HAMPSTEAD GREEN PLACE, NW3 Sitting pretty in the heart of Hampstead, the four blocks of Hampstead Green Place are home to 59 one- and two-bedroom apartments and offer a wealth of amenities, from a state-of-the-art gym and spa, to a café, lounge and roof terrace. The buildings’ brick façades blend harmoniously with the local architecture, while the interiors are designed to maximise light and the stunning views across the Capital. Apartments are finished to the highest of specs: expect a sleek contemporary kitchen with adjoining utility room, master bedroom with a dressing room and an en suite featuring a walk-in shower. It’s a development that reinvents retirement living. Prices from £795,000, Pegasus Life (020 7980 8721; pegasuslife.co.uk)




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HAMPSTEAD HEATH, NW3 A perfect example of a beautifully maintained late Victorian family house in the Mansfield Conservation area, moments from Hampstead Heath. Lisburne Road is one of a group of roads constructed in the 1890’s. The stylish appearance of these houses is appreciated by families who generally stay for decades due to the availability of transport to central London and highly regarded schools. Belsize Park (Haverstock Hill) is within easy walking distance. Five Bedrooms (Including Original Drawing Room) • Reception Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Dining Room • Family Bathroom • Shower Room Utility Room • Cellar • Garden • Period Features Retained • Residents Permit Parking • EPC D

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HIGHGATE, N6 A rare opportunity to acquire a unique home. Situated on the highly sought after southern slopes of Highgate within a few minutes walk of the wide open spaces of the Heath and Highgate Ponds. This stunning, detached, modern family house has been designed to maximise the use of natural light, along with the use of oak and cherry wood creating an incredible contemporary feel. In addition to the wonderful entertaining areas, bedrooms and bathrooms, the house also features over 2,000 sq ft of terraces, garden with feature waterfall, a passenger lift and a double garage with turntable. Six Bedrooms • Four Bathrooms • Dressing Room/Bedroom 6 • Gym/Bedroom 7 • Three Reception Rooms • Kitchen Utility Room • Guest Cloakroom • Lift • Double Garage with Turntable • EPC D

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Fernhead Road, Maida Vale, W9 £1,000,000

A beautiful four bedroom maisonette set in this vibrant part of Maida Vale. The property benefits from having over 1,300 sq ft of living space and retains some charming original features. Fernhead Road is located close to Shirland Road and benefits from the shopping and restaurant amenities of both Maida Vale and Queen’s Park.

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VILLAGE GEM Heathgate, as Sole Agent, is delighted to offer for sale the former residence of the world renowned artist Milein Cosman, who was famous for her sketches, including those for numerous iconic figures including Benjamin Britten, Yehudi Menuhin, Sir Thomas Beecham, T S Eliot, Francis Bacon, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, among a host of others. She shared this home with her equally well known husband, Hans Keller who was a prominent and influential figure in the UK’s musical and music-critical life. Although initially active as a violinist and violist, he became a highly prolific and provocative writer on music, an influential teacher, lecturer, broadcaster and coach. On the market for the first time in 50 years. this unmodernised gem was designed in Dutch Colonial style by E B Musman, in 1923 and spans approx. 2,972 sq ft (276.8 sq m). It is set behind secluded gardens and located in the epicentre of Hampstead Village within 400 metres of Hampstead tube, yet tucked away in a tranquil backwater. The property is currently arranged over 2 floors and comprises two separate residences, the larger of which affords 2,035 sq ft (189.3 sq m) and the smaller 937 sq ft (87.5 sq m). House One | 4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | double reception room | kitchen/diner | House Two | 3 bedrooms | bathroom | reception room, kitchen | gardens | 2 garages | 2 parking spaces | huge potential (stpp) | Freehold | EPC - F. SOLE AGENT

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PORCHESTER TERRACE NORTH, LONDON, W2 £525,000 A naturally bright and spacious one bedroom flat set on the top floor of this beautiful white stucco fronted period building. Well presented, the property comprises of reception room, kitchen with breakfast bar, double bedroom and modern three piece bathroom suite. Furthermore the property benefits from access to well maintained communal gardens to the rear, exclusively for residents’ use. EPC Rating: E Leasehold

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Sarre Road NW6 £2,000,000 An exceptional period home in West Hampstead with multiple period features throughout, stunning views from the top floor suite, and a large south-facing garden.

2357 sq ft/219 sq m Four bedrooms, three bathrooms 30’ interconnecting reception 21’ kitchen/dining room 53’ south-facing garden

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GLOUCESTER PLACE, MARYLEBONE W1 A very bright three bedroom garden flat spanning almost 1100 sq ft

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The apartment is presented in excellent condition and offers a very spacious open plan kitchen/reception room which opens on to a private patio garden. The property is located about a five minute walk to the ever fashionable Marylebone High Street and a short walk to the great transport links of Baker Street station.Viewing is highly recommend. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Entrance Hall * Open Plan Reception Room/Dining Room/Kitchen * Patio Garden * Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom * Two Further Double Bedrooms with Ensuite Bathrooms * Guest WC *Independent Heating & Hot Water * Access to Storage Vaults * EPC Rating C. Share of Freehold

THE EXCHANGE, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE W1 A two bedroom, two bathroom apartment moments from Marylebone High Street

£1,200,000 STC


PRICE REDUCTION - The property is located on the 3rd floor (with lift) and is presented in good decorative condition. This is a well laid out apartment, with bright rooms and is ideal as an investment or home for those wanting to be close to the village life that Marylebone has to offer. Benefiting from a long lease and low outgoings we believe that this property is an excellent purchase. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Entrance Hall * Split Level Reception/Kitchen * 2 Double Bedrooms (One Ensuite) * Bathroom * Passenger Lift * Entry Phone * Independent Heating & Hot Water * EPC Rating D. Leasehold Approx 114 Years




Herbert Gardens, NW10 ÂŁ1,475,000 Freehold A wonderful four/five bedroom mid terrace house, situated on this favourable road in Kensal Rise. Hamptons St Johns Wood 020 3369 3381 stjohnswood@hamptons-int.com. EPC: C

North Hill, N6 ÂŁ3,750,000 Freehold Combining elegance and charm, a five bedroom Grade II listed residence, offering in excess of 4,000 sq. ft. with the most enchanting of private walled gardens. Hamptons Hampstead 020 3151 5470 hampstead@hamptons-int.com

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Wading into the deep end of a sale The difference between them and us, is us. While we help all sorts of folk move to all sorts of properties, fish have never been our customers. Or they weren’t until we spotted a leaking pond on a valuation. The elderly owner didn’t know what to do, so we borrowed some wellies and saved our new floundering friends. We netted the sale too. Sales. 020 3151 5470. Lettings 020 3151 6498 hamptons.co.uk

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SHOULDHAM STREET, W1 An opportunity to acquire this super Georgian house. Ideally located on this lovely residential street, the house offers flexible accommodation and has been extended to provide excellent living space and a great decked terrace. Shouldham Street is a highly sought after location within walking distance to Baker Street and in the catchment area of an Ofsted outstanding school. MASTER SUITE WITH BATHROOM AND DRESSING AREA TWO-THREE FURTHER BEDROOMS, LARGE DRAWING ROOM, KITCHEN, OPEN PLAN DINING AREA, FAMILY BATHROOM, GUEST WC, CONSERVATORY, PATIO, TERRACE



MACREADY HOUSE, CRAWFORD STREET, W1 A tastefully refurbished 4th floor apartment in this sought after building superbly located within walking distance to Baker Street and Hyde Park. This contemporary flat has great natural light and very spacious open plan entertaining space. Macready House has recently undergone a major refurbishment programme and benefits from a communal garden, 24 hour concierge and a residents’ gym. TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS, RECEPTION ROOM, FULLY FITTED KITCHEN, TWO BATHROOMS (ONE EN SUITE)



REGIS COURT, MELCOMBE PLACE, NW1 Ideally located, this 1st floor apartment has potential to create a contemporary home directly opposite Marylebone station. The space is well used, providing three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Regis Court is a small purpose built block, wonderfully positioned within walking distance of Regent’s Park and the numerous leisure facilities the area has to offer. THREE BEDROOMS, RECEPTION ROOM, FULLY FITTED KITCHEN, TWO BATHROOMS





WEYMOUTH STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 A unique opportunity to acquire a recently refurbished lateral apartment having an area of approximately 1,860 sq ft (173 sq m) located on the second floor. The apartment has the added benefit of original features, underfloor heating and passenger lift. This period building is located on the south side of Weymouth Street close to the junction with Portland Place. The open spaces of Regents Park together with Oxford Circus and Great Portland Underground stations are within close proximity. The shopping facilities of Marylebone High Street are also within a short walk from the property. Accommodation The accommodation includes two reception rooms, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate eat in kitchen. Please see website for full details

LEASEHOLD £4,350,000

QUEEN ANNE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 The purpose built portered block of flats is located on the North side of Queen Anne Street at the junction with Harley Street. The property is ideally situated near the shopping facilities of Marylebone High Street and Bond Street. Waitrose supermarket is within a stone’s throw from the building. The apartment is located on the ground floor and the gross internal area of the apartment is 1,774 sq ft (164.80 sq m). The accommodation comprises of three double bedrooms, two shower rooms with one en suite, two reception rooms and a separate kitchen. Both Oxford Circus and Bond Street Underground stations are also nearby. Please see website for full details

£1,350 PER WEEK

+44 (0) 20 7486 4111





LANCASTER TERRACE, LANCASTER GATE, W2 An extremely spacious apartment with three double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a spacious reception with balcony, large kitchen and cloakroom. The flat is situated on the first floor of this popular development with lifts and a porter and is excellently located just a short walk to the beautiful open spaces of Hyde Park and the underground at Lancaster Gate (Central Line). EPC Rating E


£1150 PER WEEK *fees apply *£264 inc of VAT to include tenancy agreement & referencing per property. Please contact us for further information.

HYDE PARK PLACE, MARBLE ARCH, W2 This newly refurbished flat has a large living room with uninterrupted views across Hyde Park, a modern kitchen, two stylish bathrooms and two double bedrooms. This very popular development benefits from a lift, day porter, and is moments away from the world famous shopping on Oxford Street and Marble Arch Station (Central Line). EPC Rating C


£700 PER WEEK *fees apply *£264 inc of VAT to include tenancy agreement & referencing per property. Please contact us for further information.




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REGENTS PLAZA APARTMENTS, MAIDA VALE, NW6 A wonderful and rare opportunity to purchase this beautifully presented lateral apartment consisting of some 2152 square feet of living space. The accommodation comprises of large reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and doors leading to terrace, three further bedrooms, two further bathrooms, guest WC, utility room and storage room. Added benefits include 24 hour concierge, lifts and two secure underground parking spaces. Regents Plaza Apartments is well located just a short walk from Maida Vale tube station, Kilburn Park, St Johns Wood tube station, Lords Cricket Ground and the famous Abbey Studios. LEASEHOLD 975 YEARS unexpired (approximately)


BALMORAL APARTMENTS, PRAED STREET, W2 A well located and bright three bedroom, lateral apartment with views of the Canal, extending to approximately 1,029 sq ft on the fourth floor of this attractive modern development in Paddington. The apartment consists of three bedrooms, en suite shower, bathroom, a generous reception room and fitted kitchen, four balconies and private underground parking space.

LEASEHOLD 973 YEARS unexpired (approximately)


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A stunning three bedroom penthouse apartment (233sq m/2,510sq ft) offered fully furnished within this landmark scheme by award winning developer Amazon Property. Finished to an exceptional standard by internationally renowned design studio DH Liberty, the apartment benefits from a bright double aspect lateral living space, direct lift access, a private balcony and off street parking.

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ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal bedroom with dressing area & en-suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms/shower rooms, reception room incorporating dining area, kitchen/breakfast area, guest cloakroom, private balcony, direct lift access, exclusive access to private gardens, dedicated concierge, off street parking.

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

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Ashmount Road, Highgate, N19 £5,200 pcm

Highgate 020 8342 7030 highgate.lettings@kfh.co.uk

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Spectacular period house with high ceilings refurbished to an exemplary standard. This property is located close to Archway tube (Northern line), Highgate Village and Crouch End Broadway. This property benefits from five bedrooms, three bathrooms (master bedroom with en suite), a bright and spacious open plan kitchen, large breakfast bar, TV area, kids play area and laundry cupboard with separate washing machine and tumble dryer. The bi folding doors open onto a beautiful private garden with decked area.

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Five bedrooms Three bathrooms (one is an en suite) Open plan fully fitted kitchen Private garden with decked area Close to Archway tube Available now EPC Rating - D

£210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit kfh.co.uk/lettingsfees


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SOUTH HAMPSTEAD, NW6 A well maintained and centrally located 4/5 bedroom family townhouse off Fairfax Road arranged over 3 floors (of approx. 1,829 sq ft/ 169.91 sq m) situated in this private cul-de-sac within close proximity of both the leisure and retail facilities of the Finchley Road (Jubilee and Metropolitan lines) and Swiss Cottage (Jubilee line) Underground stations. The property is available in excellent condition, having been painted and re-carpeted throughout.

020 7722 7222

105 ST. J OHN’S WOOD TERRACE , LONDON NW8 6PL email: stjohnswood@behrandbutc hoff.com




3 Reception Rooms ■ 4 Bedrooms ■ 3 Bathrooms (1 En Suite) ■ 31’ Paved Patio Garden Off Street Parking ■ EPC D £1,300 per week * The Tenant may have to pay credit reference and admin charges as indicated on our website under Tenant Information.

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