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

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37 Looking for something special for a special couple? Check out our wedding gift list

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38 Line of Duty’s Martin Compston on how accepting the part of Steve Arnott changed his life

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42 Conscious shopping, plus tips on how to consciously look after your mental health


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44 We review Marylebone’s newest restaurant, plus a tasty bank holiday barbecue recipe


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53 With summer on the horizon, we’re spilling out onto the patio in serious style

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ummer may not officially begin until next month, but we're feeling positive that we’ll see some sun before then. And with that in mind, we’ve been focusing our interiors attentions outside, by looking at clever ways to break the boundaries between home and garden (which comes with the added advantage of allowing you to feel like you’re outside, even when the weather doesn’t allow it). We’re also hoping to get outside and enjoy the best that London in the sunshine has to offer, including the start of the season at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and some pretty special outdoor yoga sessions in Hyde Park. Of course, if the weather does keep you indoors, you could do worse than spend time catching up on Line of Duty. See what star of the show Martin Compston has to say in our exclusive interview.

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73 News, views and tidbits of property gossip

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A spacious six bedroom apartment of 2,052sqft/191 sqm located on the third floor of a well-regarded purpose built block situated opposite Regent’s Park. The accommodation comprises a master bedroom with en suite bathroom and access to a terrace with wonderful views of Regent’s Park, second bedroom with en suite shower room, third bedroom with en suite bathroom, three further bedrooms, bathroom, a large 27ft reception room with access to the terrace, kitchen and separate WC. The property also benefits from an underground parking space. Park St. James is widely regarded as one of the finest blocks on Prince Albert Road and is superbly located close to all of the amenities of both Primrose Hill Village and St John’s Wood, the open space of Primrose Hill and St. John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line). EPC Rating C.


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A wonderful opportunity to acquire an exceptional lateral apartment (3085sqft/286sqm) with high ceilings situated on the second floor of this prestigious period building. The apartment offers excellent entertaining space comprising two large reception rooms as well as an eat in kitchen, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Harley House benefits from 24 hour porterage and a passenger lift. Harley House is located just behind the Marylebone Road, moments from the amenities of Marylebone High Street and the open spaces of Regent’s Park. Baker Street and Regents’ Park Stations are also within easy walking distance.




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Carlton Hill, St John's Wood NW8 Carlton Hill is located within 800 metres of the shopping facilities of St. John's Wood High Street, the transport facilities of the underground Station, as well as the American School and Regent's Park which are also within close proximity. All times and distances are approximate.

Declan Selbo looks forward to helping you. 020 7483 8343

• Period features • Garden • Private Parking • Approximately 2,170 sq ft Guide price

£3,350,000 Connecting people & property, perfectly.


Elegant home on Hampstead's most coveted turnings.







Greenaway Gardens, Hampstead NW3 Occupying a prominent position on the favoured south side of Hampstead, Greenaway Gardens is set on the lower slopes of Hampstead Village approximately 600m from its shops and transport facilities. All times and distances are approximate.

Sarah James looks forward to helping you 020 7317 7956

• Period features • Landscaped gardens • Heated swimming pool with gymnasium • Approximately 11,169 sq ft (1037.6 sq m) Guide price

£15,000,000 Connecting people & property, perfectly.


Beautiful period home Kent Terrace, Regent's Park, NW1 Baker Street Underground Station: 0.5 miles 2 reception rooms, kitchen, dining room, breakfast room, 6 bedrooms (5 en suite), utility room, patio rear garden, Grade II* listed, EPC=Exempt

Leasehold approximately 122 years remaining | 3,754 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ4.895 million

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


Spectacularly designed penthouse Allingham Court, The Bishops Avenue, N2 East Finchley Underground Station: 0.6 miles 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, underground parking, CCTV, 24 hour concierge, EPC=B

Leasehold approximately 988 Years Remaining | 477 sq m (5,138 sq ft) | Guide ÂŁ9.75 million

Peter Brookes Savills Hampstead Residential Sales 020 7472 5036



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HATTON STREET, NW8 HARLEY HOUSE, NW1 One of London’s most remarkable living spaces apartment comprisingof circa Beautiful 3,400 This completely 1,761 sq sq ft/316 ft/164sq sqm. m in secure block individual penthouse apartment sits at with 24hr porterage, a moment the Marylebone top of the Old Aeroworks. from High Street and Regent’s Park. £2,250,000. LEASEHOLD APPROX. 976 YEARS



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A newly built detached eco-friendly house on Kings College Road, Belsize Park, NW3 with huge windows and walls of glass flooded with light, whilst still providing privacy. Benefits include open plan bespoke kitchen, games room, steam room, sauna, control4 lighting, music intercom, CCTV system, air conditioning, underfloor heating and solar panels. Kings College Road is superbly located, offering access to Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage and Primrose Hill. Energy Efficiency Rating - TBC

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CASTELLAIN MANSIONS, MAIDA VALE, W9 £975,000 Subject to contract An opportunity to acquire a first floor corner apartment with balcony situated within this attractive red brick mansion building located on Castellain Road. The property which is beautifully presented offers well planned and versatile accomodation extending to approximately 960 sqft/89sqm featuring an elegant reception room with large bay window, three bedrooms, bathroom and a double aspect eat in kitchen/diner. Three Bedrooms | Bathroom | Reception Room | Kitchen | Balcony | Central Heating | Entrance Phoneace

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NORTH GATE, PRINCE ALBERT ROAD, NW8 £2,950,000 JOINT SOLE AGENT Subject to contract A wonderful three bedroom apartment set on the second floor, located in one of St John’s Wood best portered buildings. North Gate is at the foot of St John’s Wood High Street has 24hrs porterage and off street parking on a first come first basis. Many cafes and restaurants of the High Street are just 0.2miles around the corner and the beautiful Regent Park is within 0.3miles and St John’s Wood Tube Station is the closest Underground Station. Please note the property is currently tenanted and therefore immediate vacant possession may not be available.. Three Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Sitting Room | Dinning Hall | Kitchen | 24hr Porterage | Off Street Parking | Communal Garden | Passenger Lift

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DENEWOOD HOUSE HIGHGATE N6 AN IMMACULATE DOUBLE FRONTED DETACHED FAMILY HOME Set over three floors this modern residence offers flexible, spacious living accommodation throughout. The ground floor boasts limestone and natural oak flooring throughout the main reception rooms with direct access to the garden from the double doors in the dining room. Denewood house has been designed to offer every modern convenience, including a state of the art kitchen, underfloor heating in each room, an air handling system. This contemporary home is set behind a carriage drive leading to a double garage and offers a c.60ft landscaped garden. Accommodation: Entrance hall, 2 reception rooms, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, 7 bedrooms, 2 dressing rooms, 8 bathrooms, guest cloak room, utility room. Amenities: Carriage driveway, garage, large garden.




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A rare opportunity to purchase a beautifully presented, lateral detached Gothic villa (518 sq m/5,579 sq ft) arranged predominately over two floors, with detailed (implemented) planning consent to provide additional lower ground floor leisure accommodation of 235 sq m/2,531 sq ft. This very special home located in the St John’s Wood Conservation Area and originally built in 1843, provides well planned family accommodation (5/6 bedrooms) featuring natural light and spacious well-proportioned rooms. The house boasts a magnificent secluded landscaped rear garden measuring 25.7 m x 18.3 m/84 ft x 60 ft, together with a gated landscaped front garden.


Principal Bedroom with ‘Her’ En-Suite Dressing Room & Bathroom and ‘His’ En-Suite Study/Dressing Room & Shower Room, Four/ Five Further Bedrooms (One with ‘Jack & Jill’ En-Suite Bathroom & Three with En-Suite Shower Rooms), Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Games Room/Bedroom Five, Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Plant Room, Guest Cloakroom, Partial Air Conditioning, Storeroom, Gated Landscaped Front Garden, Large Terrace leading to a Landscaped Rear Garden, Secure Off-Street Parking for Three Cars. EPC=D.





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£2,599,950 Sole Agent | Freehold | EPC D

On the market for the first time in over 45 years, an attractive double fronted, five bedroom detached family house, located on this sought after avenue within ‘The Hocroft’s’ This desirable home requires modernisation throughout enabling the new owners to personalise the generous and bright space to their own taste and requirement. Furthermore, the well planned accommodation is currently arranged on only two floors and there is a large attic which provides additional potential, subject to the usual consents. The house is further enhanced by a mainly lawned 100' south facing rear garden, a double length garage and a carriage drive providing parking for 4/5 additional cars. The extensive facilities of Finchley Road (Jubilee & Metropolitan Lines) including the 02 Centre are within close proximity.


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Price on Application Sole Agent | Share of Freehold | EPC B

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

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Elegant period property requiring modernisation A beautiful Grade ll listed 5 bedroom family house arranged over four floors with a separate self-contained apartment. We are delighted to offer for sale this architecturally stunning house enviably positioned within this fine Regency style terrace, affording views from the front along Hamilton Terrace and over a charming walled garden to the rear. Interior viewing is essential to appreciate the wonderful features. These include high ceilings, beautiful floor to ceiling sash windows and cornicing within the principal rooms. Leasehold: approximately 31 years remaining.

St John’s Wood Sales t: 020 7586 3111 e: 88 St John’s Wood High Street, London, NW3 6UG 26 26

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A magnificent and versatile 4,413 sq. ft. five bedroom with a study, five receptions, five bathrooms semi-detached house situated in a quite position just 0.8 miles from Hampstead Heath. The property benefits from high ceilings and has been meticulously designed by the current owners with integrated music in all principal rooms and boasts a stunning contemporary fitted kitchen breakfast room and luxury bathroom suites. Energy Efficiency Rating: D.

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


THE BISHOPS AVENUE LONDON N2 A stunning Freehold site with planning consent for a 20,000 sq ft (1,858 sq m) spectacular detached mansion with a magnificent indoor leisure suite including large pool, secure underground parking and elegantly arranged and apportioned reception rooms and bedroom suites, set in grounds of approximately 0.64 acres (0.26 hectares). When fully built, this property will have all the grandeur and presence that one expects for an imposing mansion situated in this internationally recognised and prestigious road. The property is approached via a grand driveway, and the frontage is unusually wide even for the substantial properties which make up the streetscape. The property itself will have generous ceiling heights and excellently proportioned rooms. The architectural design of the front and rear elevations capture the style and grandeur of other properties in this cherished location. Please note the above is a CGI of the proposed new residence £10,500,000 • Freehold • Sole Agent



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

Guide price: ÂŁ25,000,000 Sole Agent

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Harman Close, NW2 ÂŁ3,250,000

Located in the highly sought after Hocrofts, a six bedroom house with an expansive open plan reception room opening directly onto the landscaped rear garden with a Jacuzzi and a steam room. The property has a games room and cinema room, perfect for entertaining. There is a double garage and additional off-street parking, energy rating d. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DL T: 020 7433 0273 E:


Winnington Road, N2 ÂŁ6,950,000

A double fronted house with six bedrooms located in a highly prestigious road forming part of the Hampstead Garden Suburb Conservation Area. The property provides in excess of 8,500 sq. ft including an indoor swimming pool. There is a wide carriage driveway and a garden with patio area, energy rating f. Dexters Highgate. 35 Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JT T: 020 8545 8584 E:



A beautifully presented two bedroom first floor apartment, comprising just over 1,200 sq ft of accommodation, within this modern, purpose built development. The block benefits from 24-hour porterage, comfort cooling and has underground parking for one car. The Galleries is located at the junction of Abercorn Place and Abbey Road and is within a short walking distance of the shops and restaurants of St John’s Wood High Street and the underground station (Jubilee line). ENTRANCE HALL • RECEPTION ROOM/DINING ROOM • OPEN PLAN KITCHEN • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM • SECOND BEDROOM • BATHROOM • LIFT • BALCONY • WITHIN EASY REACH OF TUBE STATION • WITHIN EASY REACH OF BUS STOP • EPC=B. LONG LEASEHOLD




QUEEN’S GROVE, ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 An exceptional newly refurbished period house (3,851 sq ft / 358 sq m) situated behind electric gates in this sought after location. This family home is presented in excellent decorative order throughout and provides versatile accommodation, whilst benefiting from a 74ft rear garden and off street parking for 2/3 cars. ENTRANCE HALL • GUEST CLOAKROOM • DRAWING ROOM • STUDY • 30’ KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM FAMILY/TV ROOM • MASTER BEDROOM SUITE WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM AND WALK-IN DRESSING ROOM • 5 FURTHER BEDROOMS • 3 BATHROOMS (2 EN-SUITE) • SHOWER ROOM (EN-SUITE) 2ND GUEST CLOAKROOM • UTILITY ROOM • PLANT ROOM • STORAGE CUPBOARD. FREEHOLD


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by Naomi Misquita-Rice

What to see and do this month


London Craft Week

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8-12 May | Various locations During the course of five days, visitors to this eclectic fair will have the chance to enjoy a jampacked roster of exhibitions, demonstrations, talks and workshops. This year, the spotlight is on elite craftmanship, exploring the myriad places that it can be found – from the engine of a Rolls-Royce Phantom to the carved medieval stones of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The festival is a platform for artists and makers in every sector, so you could find yourself taking part in a workshop run by ceramicist Matthew Raw at the Barbican Centre or listening to a talk about embroidery with artist Celia Pym. We’ve earmarked some time to go and see sculptor Lucille Lewin in her home studio as she talks with Rakesprogress magazine. (

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Clerkenwell Design Week

21-23 May | Various locations This annual festival of design will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary in style, showcasing outdoor installations around the area and works across hundreds of showrooms. There will also be a series of fringe events, talks and workshops. Highlights include a vast canopy made from recycled fabric, intended to evoke the wings of a moth hovering above the Spa Fields location; and the surroundings of the Order of St. John’s church, crypt and cloister garden, which promise to provide an atmospheric backdrop for the luxury interiors brands on show there. As you navigate the events, Kitchen Architecture will provide sustenance via an outdoor cooking space. (020 3225 5200;




Affordable Art Fair

9-12 May | Hampstead Heath With its breadth of curated contemporary works, Hampstead’s Affordable Art Fair promises something to suit every taste, space and budget, with thousands of pieces created by emerging as well as established artists. If you’ve always dreamed of owning an authentic original, with prices starting from as low as £100, this could be your chance…


Feria de Londres

24-26 May | South Bank Dreaming of a jaunt to Spain? This free event, which takes place over the May bank holiday, is the next best thing as it brings the Andalusian carnival spirit to London. Modelled on Andalusia’s traditional spring fairs, it promises to be a resplendent celebration of Spanish culture, with special performances from flamenco dancers and Spanish gypsy bands, as well as dance lessons and the chance to sample Spanish food and tipples. Look out for the Tio Pepe ‘caseta’ (or stand), where they’ll be serving the Rebujito, a traditional and refreshing cocktail made from Fino sherry, lemonade and fresh mint. Kids will be able to enjoy a variety of activities, too, including face painting and fan making.

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Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

16 May-21 September Regent’s Park The Open Air Theatre kicks off its 2019 season with Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Our Town. Also on the bill is Hansel and Gretel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Evita. With the added bonus of the verdant Royal Park surroundings and one of the longest theatre bars in London, it’s no wonder this venue has become a landmark. Inner Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 (0333 400 3562;

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Rejuvenating yoga in Hyde Park Breathe into summer with an inspirational six-week Flow Yoga programme that provides strength and rejuvenation in the centre of Hyde Park. Royal Parks have partnered with Avni Dhanani, a qualified yoga practitioner specialising in Ashtanga and Vinyasa, to bring Londoners a series of fortnightly yoga sessions held at The LookOut, an idyllic haven in the heart of the park. The yoga programme, running between 20 May and 29 July, will be made up of physical practice as well as meditation and breath work. Immersed in nature, the sessions present the perfect opportunity to find calm for busy city dwellers.


The Lehman Trilogy

11 May-3 August | Piccadilly Theatre On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers, one of the world’s biggest investment banks, filed for bankruptcy, triggering the largest financial crisis in history. Director Sam Mendes’ (American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Skyfall) acclaimed production of Stefano Massini’s play follows the story of the family that built the Lehman empire, beginning on the first cold morning in 1844 when Henry Lehman, a young man from Bavaria, stood on a dockside in New York, dreaming of a new life. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles star as the brothers, as well as their sons and grandsons, in this three-part play about western capitalism. It’s sure to be an engrossing three hours. 16 Denman Street, W1D (0844 871 7630;

No previous experience is required, just a willingness to connect with your breath and your body. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul! Learn more at (c) Mark Douet


Chelsea Fringe

18-26 May | Various locations This nine-day celebration of all things horticultural spans a huge variety of events. Those involved are given the freedom to explore ideas and express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, from avant-garde installations to community garden projects and edible produce. Expect a treat for all the senses. (


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




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1. Kinto slow coffee brewer brass stand, £180 ( | 2. Vintage Playing Cards Happily Ever After framed picture, 20x76cm, £125 ( | 3. SPACE vase, 10cm, £24 ( | 4. Agate coasters, natural/gold, set of 4, £40 ( | 5. Parker large tray, £426 ( | 6. Tom Dixon Tank Champagne glasses, set of 2, £70 ( | 7. Black cocktail set with stand, £39.99 ( | 8. Fabulous golden drinks trolley, £485 ( | 9. Urbanara Karakol cotton bed linen, £55 (



Reporting for duty As the BBC’s Line of Duty returns for a highly anticipated fifth series, we caught up with Martin Compston to talk acting, accents and accepting when things are not going to work out





here are two things that even the most die-hard Line of Duty fans might not know about Martin Compston, who plays DS Steve Arnott. Firstly, that he used to play football professionally, and secondly, that he was born and bred in Greenock, Scotland. Fooled by that London accent? You’re not the only one. It was, apparently, honed through hours of listening to podcasts while walking the dog; but how does he keep it up? “It can be tough,” Martin admits. “There is so much jargon, and you really have to be on top of the dialogue because Jed [Mercurio, who writes the show] can suddenly change lines, so you really need to know your stuff. But, as much as it can be a hindrance, an accent can be like a good costume, you know? As soon as I do that voice, I hear Steve.”

While Line of Duty might not be the big screen, it is big news. When the first episode of series five –which has been moved from BBC2 to BBC1 this year – screened last month, it was watched by 7.8 million viewers, making it not just the most-watched episode in the history of this police drama, but the most-watched show of 2019 so far. Martin says he had no idea that things would get this big. “I thought that the scripts were phenomenal and looking at the people they were getting involved, I thought it would be good, but I didn’t think that it would be a hit commercially… The storylines are quite complicated, and I didn’t know whether people would stick with it.” Stick with it they have, and Martin thanks his lucky stars that he is playing a part in the show’s success story. “When I got offered Line of Duty,

wife, American actress Tianna Chanel Flynn, in Las Vegas. “We were just over four months filming the last series, with rehearsals and stuff beforehand. It’s not like I can just nip over for the weekend when I have a bit of a break, so it’s tough,” he tells me. “But you just realise that you need to focus on the job.” This particular cloud has a silver lining, because being in the UK does allow him to spend time with friends and family back in Scotland: “I can go to Greenock, and see my folks and all the friends who are still there, so it’s not too bad,” he grins. And then there’s being able to watch his beloved football team in action – Martin is a huge fan of Celtic F.C. – which brings us back to the question of what exactly persuaded him to ditch the pitch in favour of a career in front of the cameras?

“I remember sitting in Leicester Square and watching, and thinking: one day I would love to have a premiere here – and I have been lucky enough to have a couple there now”

I’m catching up with Martin while he’s in London promoting the latest series. He may no longer live here, but he is very pleased to be back. “It is a great city, there is just always something going on. One of my favourite places in the world is Soho in the summer. I love people watching – just sitting outside the Groucho on Dean Street with a wee glass of wine and watching people go by. I remember, one of the first times I came to London was to visit my cousin when I was about 17, and I remember sitting in Leicester Square and watching, and thinking: one day I would love to have a premiere here – and I have been lucky enough to have a couple there now. That is a great buzz,” he says, smiling broadly.

I got offered a film role at the same time,” he tells me. “At one point the schedules were clashing; I was leaning towards the film (if it came to one or the other), but luckily they made it work that I could do both. I do have the odd nightmare moment where I think: what if ? You know? That would have been devastating if this thing was going on for so long and it wasn’t me that was playing Steve Arnott.” It is, he says, his favourite role to date, and he considers the work he has done on Line of Duty to be among his best. “I do love playing Steve,” he nods. “But I think a lot of that is to do with having such a fun time on the set with the guys.” It certainly makes up for having to spend months on end away from his home and his

“Because I wasn’t really a very good footballer!” he laughs. “You know, I loved the time I spent playing, and I don’t want to be negative about these things, but it was playing Scottish First Division football, and I think that was probably the highest I was ever going to get. I am 34 at the minute, and I am still a relatively young actor, but I would be coming to the end of my career as a footballer. I was never going to get to play for Celtic – if I could’ve done that, then maybe it would’ve been different.” In 2002, having never acted before, Martin successfully auditioned for the lead role in Ken Loach’s Sweet Sixteen. He was consequently nominated for, and won, the Most Promising Newcomer award at the British Independent

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Film awards. How did it all come about? “I have always loved films, but I never really thought about it seriously,” he tells me. “A big moment for me was when I saw My Name is Joe by accident. I was on a double date with a pal of mine, and I can’t remember what we were actually planning to see – I think probably some big franchise film – but that was the only thing that we could get into. And it just changed the whole way that I viewed cinema, because I could see on this big screen people who spoke like me, and I could recognise the characters. And then, the very next year, Ken Loach was casting at my school for the follow-up, and it was just maybe a bit of fate. If I had never seen that film, I would never have thought of going. As it was, I thought: I loved that film; I can do it.” Though his CV is testimony to his success

over the years, that early bravado at audition has abandoned Martin somewhat. “It is terrifying. I mean, I have been doing it for 16 or 17 years now, and if anything, it just gets worse! It’s a very hard thing to have to walk into a room full of people judging you,” he explains. “And it can be a buzz when it goes well, but it can be a real downer. You really work for it. You can spend days and days on something and then not hear anything back. That can be quite frustrating… You realise that you just need to get up and get on with the next one because you will get rejected a lot more than you get accepted in this industry. That’s a fact. You will lose a lot more jobs than you get.” In terms of his tally of jobs lost to jobs won recently, Martin couldn’t be happier. “It’s been a good year: a couple of decent films out, the

show is going well…” he grins. “And I have got a couple of scripts in at the minute that I really, really like, so hopefully that will come together, but I’m a wee bit superstitious until the deal is signed and sealed,” he tells me, refusing to give any further details. What about Steve, will we be seeing more of him? “There has been another series commissioned, but we don’t know who will actually make it to series six, you know?” he tells me. Is he hinting that DS Arnott may fall foul of the Balaklava Gang before the end of the current series? “Anybody can go at any time,” he shrugs. “But Line of Duty will be there for sure for series six.” If you know the answer to that one, don’t spoil it for the rest of us! You can watch Line of Duty on BBC iPlayer

Martin wears, opposite page: garment-dyed jacket in rust, £340 (; cotton colour-block polo shirt, £75, and cotton Gill chinos in navy, £115 ( Above: Seishin openweave jacket in red, £675 (; classic cotton t-shirt in white, £70 (; Corporal 5 pocket trouser in beige, £115 ( and Marton trainers in grey, £189 (


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Boutique by Shelter As we become more aware of the impact of our own consumption, caring has, finally, become cool. More independent designers are choosing to make quality clothing using ethically-sourced materials, and there’s been a societal shift in attitudes to second-hand clothing, too, with charity shop revenue up by more than five per cent (while general retail figures fall). Pre-loved has never been more in fashion. We couldn’t be more excited about the latest opening at Coal Drops Yard. Sitting comfortably alongside the likes of Wolf & Badger and Paul Smith, Boutique by Shelter is a charity shop with a difference. Featuring a handpicked range of unique donations – from designer and vintage, to quality high-street clothing – and a bespoke interior by HemingwayDesign (which incorporates reclaimed materials) the charity’s new flagship boutique store offers a shopping experience like no other. With everything priced at a fraction of the original cost, and every donation raising vital funds to fight homelessness, this deserves to be one of this year’s most talked-about openings. David Cryer, director of retail at Shelter, says: “In a world where people are increasingly buying more sustainably, our boutique is leading the charity retailer revolution.” Unit EV8, 1st Floor, Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, N1C (020 3725 9439; uk/support_us/shops/kings_cross_boutique)

Read this Singing in the Rain: 52 Practical Steps to Happiness Feeling a little blue? Notting Hill’s Rachel Kelly might just hold the key to turning your frown upside down. The bestselling author, an ambassador for SANE and Rethink Mental Illness, has based her latest book on the premise that thinking often makes us feel sad, but doing rarely does, and that small things lead to big change. This happiness workbook, designed to empower individuals to look after their own mental health, is the result of numerous studies as well as collaborations with psychologists, psychiatrists and mental health nurses. The brilliant book is packed with easy-to-follow exercises, activities and puzzles, one for each week of the year, to help readers to rediscover their creativity and build a new sense of purpose. From breathing practices to stretching sequences and drawing activities to letter writing, we think it’s a real treasure trove that will be there for you whatever you might need it for. £12.99 (



Facing the future


Raw Pilates


hen time is of the essence, I’m usually more of a cardio or nothing girl, favouring high impact classes that will make me sweat. But my poor old bones are feeling that impact, and friends in the know clamour to inform me that Pilates is likely to be the answer to my niggles (not to mention being the ultimate all-over body conditioning exercise, too). I’ve done my fair share of mat Pilates classes in the past, and I’m game to give it another go – not least because I’d like to check out Raw Pilates, north London’s newest studio. Though it may be set in the rather lovely surrounds of The Laboratory Spa & Health Club, it is very much open to non-members, so I book in for an hour-long one-to-one session with Kate. The stylish studio is small and intimate – I am the only one there on a Tuesday lunch time – and equipped with every conceivable piece of Pilates kit, all of it top of the range. Kate and I have a quick chat, during which we set some goals and she introduces me to the various equipment available to us. We start on

the table, a sort of raised bed, so that Kate can see how my body moves (answer: not always in the way it should!). Through a series of seemingly simple exercises, using the various springs and straps on the table, we work our way from top to toe, concentrating largely on my core. Although everything sounds easy in principle, and appears to be straightforward movements of arms, legs and body, I find myself struggling, and I have soon worked up a sweat. We move on to the reformer, the tower and the chair – I really get my money’s worth with Kate – until every inch of my body has been worked out and stretched to its limit. I’m exhausted, but I feel much more in tune with my body and its quirks, and I can’t wait for my next session – although my enthusiasm wanes a couple of days later when the delayed onset muscle soreness sets in. Still, I reason, that is a better sign than anything that we’ve done some seriously good work. LSJ A single private lesson costs £65. Raw Pilates, at The Laboratory Spa & Health Club, 1A Hall Lane, NW4 (07412 025205;

More than two decades ago, Perricone MD was created by Dr. Nicholas Perricone, whose New York Times bestseller The Wrinkle Cure introduced the world to the benefits of an antiinflammatory lifestyle. A holistic, threetiered anti-inflammatory skincare and wellness system, the “cure” consists of diet, essential dietary supplements and potent topical skincare solutions, which incorporate some of the most powerful ingredients on the planet. We’ve long been fans, but all the more so since the brand had its own facelift earlier this year. Now focusing solely on the age 40 plus consumer seeking serious skincare solutions that work (hallelujah!), the product portfolio has been revamped, product names simplified and packaging streamlined. The best way to discover the best products for your skin is to book in for a signature facial. Using advanced lifting and sculpting techniques, alongside the patented skin treatments, the facial is bespoke and based on your skin and its health. And the best bit? The £45 booking fee can be redeemed against two or more products afterwards. Facials are available at John Lewis Oxford Street between 9-12 May and Harrods between 26 May-1 June. To book, or to find out about future dates, email (

Psst… A touch of Parisian chic is coming to Marylebone this month, with the opening of new boutique perfumery Nicolaï. The awardwinning French brand was launched in 1989 by Patricia de Nicolaï – the great granddaughter of Pierre-François

Pascal Guerlain, the founder of the renowned beauty house – and her husband. The brand now boasts seven stores across the French capital and the Marylebone shop will be the second here in London (the other being in Fulham). It will stock

the full range of fine fragrances, all made using the best raw materials from Grasse, the world’s capital of perfume, and all created in Patricia’s Parisian laboratory. There will also be a selection of home fragrances and bath products made using natural essential oils.

This promises to be a scent-sational addition to New Quebec Street, which is already home to a number of characterful and specialist, independent shops and services. 9 New Quebec Street, W1H (


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Buttermilk chicken shish kebab


ith its bonanza of bank holidays, May has us dusting off the barbecue. This year, eschewing burnt burgers for something more sophisticated, Josh Katz, the chefowner of Exmouth Market’s Berber & Q Shawarma Bar, shares this recipe from his first book, Berber & Q (£25, Ebury Press). He says: “Shish kebab is commonplace to all the cuisines across the Levant and Middle East. Most will use breast meat, which is lean but lacks the juiciness and flavour of thigh meat. I use thigh meat, but feel free to use whichever you prefer.” METHOD

For the buttermilk chicken shish Put the buttermilk, spices, garlic, oil, hot red pepper paste, lemon zest and juice, salt, pepper and onion in a bowl and stir together to combine. Add the chicken pieces to the marinade and massage the mixture into the chicken to ensure it’s evenly distributed and well coated. Cover the bowl and leave in the fridge for 4–6 hours or preferably overnight. To finish the chicken Skewer the chicken pieces intermittently with the red and green pepper and the red onion. Set a barbecue up ensuring that you are cooking on mediumhot embers. Grill the skewers directly over the burning coals, turning frequently to ensure both sides are well coloured

and the chicken is cooked all the way through when checked with a knife (or to an internal temperature of 70°C or above when probed with a thermometer). Brush the pitas or flatbreads with a little olive oil mixed with a few drops of water, and warm through briefly on the grill. They can be placed directly on top of the skewers if there isn’t sufficient room on the barbecue. To garnish and serve Remove the pitas and transfer to a serving platter. Place the skewered chicken thighs atop, brushed with olive oil. Scatter the spring onion and oregano leaves liberally over the skewers, along with the lemon pickle. This kebab is great served with garlic sauce, slaw and pickles of choice.

INGREDIENTS For the buttermilk chicken shish 100ml buttermilk ½ tsp ground cumin ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 1 tsp sweet paprika ¼ tsp ground cinnamon 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp garlic oil or olive oil 1 tbsp hot red pepper paste (biber salçası) grated zest and juice of 1 lemon


1 tsp salt ¼ tsp coarse ground black pepper ½ onion, sliced 8 chicken thighs, deboned, skinned and quartered 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks 2 green peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks 1 red onion, peeled and quartered

4 thin metal skewers, approximately 40–45cm long To garnish and serve pitas or flatbread 1 tbsp olive oil or garlic oil, plus extra to brush 1 tbsp thinly sliced spring onion 1 tbsp picked oregano leaves 1 tbsp lemon pickle

Psst… Barrafina fans will be excited to hear of another new opening. Parrillan, a terrace bar and grill restaurant with a difference will open at Coal Drops Yard on 10 May. Guests will be provided with their own mini charcoal grills, or parrillas, allowing them to cook cuts of meat, fish and vegetables at the table. The menu has been designed by Barrafina’s executive chef, Angel Zapata Martin, and is inspired by his favourite Ibicencan restaurant, Ca’n Pilot, where he used to eat when working as a private chef on the island. The space has been designed by Andy Martin Architecture, with a nod towards Mediterranean terraces, while staying true to its location. Steel beams and a highly technical glass roof with classic

timber shading beneath reference the industrial surroundings, while marble tables, iroko wood chairs and planted banquettes sit in an urban garden of mature olive trees, Mediterranean herbs and traditional Mallorcan ikat fabrics. Co-founder Sam Hart says: “Completing the final piece of Harts Group’s Coal Drops Yard jigsaw, Parrillan’s table-top grills will enable Angel to develop a great new way of eating out in London.” We think it's guaranteed to be one of the hottest openings this summer. (020 7018 3339;





ith a CV that includes two Michelinstarred restaurants (Murano and Galvin La Chapelle, since you ask) and the job of head chef at Babbo aged just 26, Carlo Scotto’s culinary credentials are impeccable. Which is why we were so excited to be sampling the 10-course tasting menu at Xier, his first solo venture. We were not disappointed. Billed as “modern European with global influences,” Xier’s menu finds its cues in countries as diverse as Peru and the Philippines, taking in Scandinavia and Japan along the way. But there was nothing random about the exquisitely presented dishes that arrived at our table. True, the pairings were bold – salmon and foie gras, red prawns and raspberries – but the flavours were always perfectly balanced. The Scandi influence is evident in the cool grey and neutral tones of the décor in the upstairs dining room, which is only open in the evenings for the tasting menu. And it was echoed in the shot of pine, lemon, mint and cucumber water we were offered as a palate cleanser.


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Founder and executive chef at Le Bab, Maison Bab and Kebab Queen When I was a child I wanted to be… a vet, I have always loved animals.

The tasting menu kicked off in style with a glass of Canard-Duchêne Champagne that formed the perfect counterpoint to honeydrizzled stracciatella with wild strawberries. A trio of starters included red prawn crudo with red caviar and yuzu; beurre noisette gnocchi served with warm kombu tea and rosecured salmon boldly partnered with beetroot dusted foie gras – a real crowd-pleaser. There was a nod to food as theatre, too: beetroot and goat’s cheese macarons on liquid nitrogen — a dish that begged to be photographed. The fish courses were just as impressive: red mullet with the wondrously named leche de tigre (a Peruvian marinade) and a melt-in-themouth black cod in caramel miso. Beef cheek and pigeon followed, the former deliciously unctuous, the latter cooked to pink perfection. A seriously chocolately dessert selection, with a hint of rhubarb, brought the meal to a close. With such spectacular food and truly seamless service, we have a hunch that Xier might bag a Michelin star of its own. Watch this space. KTH 13-14 Thayer Street, W1U (020 7486 3222;

manuscripts of printed cookery books, letters and diaries revealing the intimate details of eating habits or indepth oral histories of food producers, food is present in the British Library’s collections and I am thrilled the Library will be hosting its second Food Season this spring.” Highlights this month include Nadiya Hussain talking about food and cooking in her life; an

expert panel discussion led by food journalist Dan Saladino and including Colin Tudge from The Campaign for Real Farming, asking what we can do – individually and collectively – to feed the planet's population in a sustainable way; and, perhaps most excitingly, Heston Blumenthal and awardwinning composer Dominic Murcott exploring good and

My kitchen heroes are… Keith Floyd, Rachel Humphrey and Heston Blumenthal. My fail-safe dinner party menu is… a one pot wonder. I'd brown cubes of lamb shoulder, then add garlic, onions and red peppers, with mild spices like cinnamon, paprika, cumin and coriander. Then deglaze with white wine, add water and dried fruits and let it simmer gently for a couple of hours. My last meal on earth would be… an Iberico ham and tomato sandwich – a massive one. I’d use a whole baguette, served warm and slathered in olive oil, and accompanied by a really cold beer, or two. When I feel down I cook… absolutely nothing, but I do eat a ridiculous amount of carbs. And dark chocolate. My favourite London restaurant is… A.Wong, they take Chinese food to the next level. Their dim sum is incredibly delicate and tasty.

Book this The British Library Food Season Now in its second year, The British Library Food Season is in full swing this month. The event, featuring writers, historians, food experts and chefs, involves talks, tastings and workshops inspired by the Library’s food-related collections. Polly Russell, curator for contemporary politics and public life at the Library, says: “Whether it is handwritten

The first thing I cooked… was a fried egg, collected fresh from my grandparents’ chicken coop. I used really hot oil with a garlic clove, so the edges got crispy and the yolk remained runny. Heaven.

bad taste through live music, micro experiments, tastings and conversation. Food for thought. The British Library Food Season runs until 30 May. For details, see

My ultimate London day consists of… some exercise, followed by a nice walk to a good pub, like the Canton Arms in Stockwell. I’d have a few drinks and finish up with a comfort dinner. Hopefully the sun would be shining and I’d be off work the following day. Kebab Queen, a unique fine dining experience, opened in Covent Garden last month. 4 Mercer Walk, WC2H (


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Leave nothing but footprints


ith its 300-metre-long stretch of private, sunset-facing beach – the only nontidal beach on the island and arguably the best stretch of sand on the Tanzanian archipelago – there’s no denying that Zuri Zanzibar is a little slice of paradise found. Zanzibar’s newest hotel, designed by Jestico + Whiles, offers accommodation in 55 luxurious stilted villas, set against a dramatic cliff backdrop. Add to that a mouthwatering food and drink offering, soporific spa facilities and a varied activity programme, and it all tots up to an irresistible five-star proposition, but where the resort really shines is its dedication to sustainability. From using locally sourced building materials, to implementing energy-saving initiatives and focusing on using organic, local produce in the restaurants, each element of the resort has been carefully considered. Zuri Zanzibar is also leading a number of local community programmes including providing wells around Kendwa, helping to construct local schools and leading a tourism training project to help locals to find work in the hotel and hospitality sectors. And it is because of all of this, that within a year of opening, it has just become the first hotel in the world to be awarded EarthCheck’s Sustainable Design Gold certification for its environmental, social and economic design and construction principles. Which all goes to show that it is possible to reduce our environmental footprint and remove social impact, while enjoying a truly five-star experience.

And so to bed It goes without saying that we want to return from a holiday feeling more rested than when we departed, and one hotel group is determined to ensure that this happens. As part of Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ wellbeing strategy, focusing on enabling guests to feel their emotional best

during their stay, at four of their luxurious locations – Dubai, Makati, Seychelles and Europejski Warsaw – a series of slumberinducing rituals have been introduced to help guests unwind and drift off peacefully. The personalised sleep experiences include luxurious linen eye pillows and calming goodnight cards that encourage mindfulness and contentment; as well as a five-minute sand timer, engraved with guests’ personal details, to help them unwind before they drift off to sleep. And in partnership with luxury skincare brand Aromatherapy Associates, a unique Deep Relax oil – a blend of vetiver, sandalwood and chamomile – has been created to help calm the mind and alleviate the restlessness associated with jet lag. Guests in premium and deluxe rooms will also receive a unique sleep kit and a menu of food items carefully selected to help ease the potentially stressful effects of travel. We’re suddenly feeling very sleepy.

Bora Bora. Named one of the most beautiful islands in the world, the crystal-clear waters, white sand and picturesque mountains exude romance; it is the perfect getaway for couples and its exclusivity makes it all the better. I particularly love Le Méridien Bora Bora, where the overwater bungalows are surrounded by the warm lagoon. Hayman Island. One of the most remote islands off the shore of Australia, this spectacular island resort offers privacy, white sand and coral reef swirling with colourful fish. It reopens this summer after significant refurbishment; a trip to Australia would be incomplete without a visit to this romantic island. Fiji. Ranked among the must-see islands of the South Pacific, Fiji is truly heaven on earth. Offering the best private island resorts – notably Turtle Island – it is known for the kind nature and hospitality of locals and is the perfect getaway for newlyweds. Hawaii. The gorgeous scenery, beautiful beaches and the aloha spirit keep Hawaii on almost every couple’s wish list. The Four Seasons resort is idyllic – the perfect place to unwind and disconnect from the world. Maldives. The level of luxury here is out of this world – there are few places better suited to taking it easy and enjoying the good life. Try the Soneva Fushi resort, where the sand is as pristine as snow and spacious luxury villas are hidden amongst dense foliage on a private island. Tróia Peninsula. For those looking closer to home, Portugal’s Tróia Peninsula is a superb choice. Known for its tasty cuisine and luxury hotels, including the Tróia Design Hotel, it is surrounded by spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Travellers can get up close and personal with dolphins that live just off the coast – boat tours departing from the marina offer incredible opportunities to see them in their natural habitat. For more details on services offered by Paola, see





SEDUCED BY SEVILLE From winding medieval streets to sweaty flamenco clubs off the beaten track; culinary delights to awe-inspiring architecture, there’s so much to explore in Spain's sunniest city by Ali Howard


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ust as London’s tourists cannot resist a photo opportunity with a red phone box, here, for us, it’s the orange trees. We’ve been longing for that Andalusian glow, and the moment we arrive in Seville, we’re sat outside a café on a tree-lined street, cerveza in hand, soaking it all up under the exotic vegetation. The sun is shining for us as we meander through the buzzy city streets, dodging trams and bikes on the way to our first of two hotels. You can’t miss Alfonso XIII, a building of jaw-dropping magnificence on Calle San Fernando, a major thoroughfare that leads down to the sparkling river Guadalquivir. The handiwork of architect José Espiau y Muñoz, the hotel was built at the behest of King Alfonso

himself, to host international dignitaries at the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. These days it’s more likely to host Hollywood A-listers, such is its reputation as Seville’s finest. The hotel is literally palatial and we’re pinching ourselves before we even set foot inside the grand lobby with its marbled floor, imposing tiled arches and Moorish chandeliers. The interior is as deco-fabulous as it is north African-influenced – proof that in architecture you can never really escape your time – not that you’d want to here: the curved marble steps are quintessentially 1920s while traditionally-crafted Moroccan lamps in shiny silver hang down on chains. It is a heady mix. Travel-weary, we’re keen to check in forthwith, but we’re sorely tempted by the possibility of an upgrade to a grand deluxe room with a terrace – if only we can wait an hour or so for staff to prepare. We momentarily forget we’re on Spanish time. Of course, nothing’s a rush here and we figure we can manage a couple more cervezas under the orange trees. It only adds to the anticipation. When we do finally make it to our regal room, we laugh at how on earth we could have entertained turning this down. It is an utterly



“The vast entrance lobby is overlooked by an imposing central structure of swooping curves" elegant affair with heavy cream drapes, cool stone floor, one enormous, inviting bed and a glamorous Art Deco bathroom. Our own private terrace, complete with patio furniture and sun loungers, is the size of a London studio flat. With its terracotta tiling and twisted iron railings ornamented with arabesque gilded turrets, it is a resplendent sun trap and captures the Andalusian glow perfectly. And we were right to pinch ourselves: from here, through the palm trees, we have panoramic views of the city with the majestic Cathedral of St. Mary of the See straight ahead. It is indeed a sight to behold and it’s hard not to feel a spiritual flutter in the


presence of such glory. From the ornate interior detailing (a ride in the magnificent multi-mirrored lift is a must), to the exceptionally thoughtful five-star service (breakfast in the central courtyard is a dream), Alfonso XIII maintains its status as fit for nobility. A stay here is treat for those of us with less than aristocratic blood, then. But it wouldn’t be complete without a local tour from Mimo Sevilla, an affiliated cooking school and gourmet shop ideal for visiting foodies wishing to immerse themselves in Seville’s culinary culture. We plump for an evening tapas and flamenco-themed jaunt into the district of Triana, the true home, we discover, of the impassioned musical genre. We take in the sights of the historic naval college and the Torre del Oro (Seville’s imposing 13th century watchtower) all the while expertly narrated by our knowledgeable guide Aldara. Over the river we can hear the fervent thrum of flamenco shoes as locals practise their craft before we head to our first of many tapas bars. We get our fill of rich, delectable bites washed down with the finest local vino tinto before hurrying into Teatro Flamenco, arguably the best (read: most authentic, least touristy) flamenco theatre school in Seville. We sit front row of the diminutive toy-like auditorium in front of thick blue velvet curtains and cannot help but snigger at its perfectly Lynchian Surrealism. The hour-long show is a rollercoaster of high-octane drama fiercely performed by just four artists, with such skilled musicianship and deft dance moves, it’s as if their lives depend on it. All improvised content, the show is seriously impressive and we can understand why Aldara wanted us to experience real flamenco, this side of the river. As we wipe the dancers’ sweat from our own brows (we’re that close), we shuffle out of the auditorium more than a little bit stunned and newly in love with Seville, yes, but more specifically Triana.

It is time for a change of scene and so from David Lynch to Stanley Kubrick, we head up the river to Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento, the second of our luxury stays and a five-star hotel that couldn’t be further in aesthetics from the former. Modelled after New York’s modernist masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum, Renacimiento, with its trio of interlocking circular buildings and stacked curvy interior, recalls, too, the visual style of 2001: A Space Odyssey – a mid-century design lover’s dream. We’re slightly out of town here (albeit not at all by our London standards), and suddenly there’s space. The vast entrance lobby is overlooked by an imposing central structure of swooping curves – the corridors holding some 295 spacious and light-filled rooms. The modernist look continues with in-room décor interior designed to complement the arresting architecture: think clean lines and funky furniture pieces with a distinct mid-century edge. On arrival, we are blinded with Sevillian sunshine from our suite’s expansive floor-toceiling windows and can’t help but fall back onto our sumptuous king-sized bed to soak it all up. But there’s so much more to explore here, including an indulgent indoor/outdoor heated pool, and to do that we must travel in retrofuture pods that seemingly float from floor to floor: evidently Seville hotels boast a strong elevator game. We spend the rest of our visit in and out of tiny tapas bars we find off the beaten track; we ogle at the majesty of the jewel-encrusted Virgen de la Esperanza de Macarena; we take in the drama of the Plaza de España; and we find yet more orange trees to sit under, as we sip, and bask in that special Andalusian sunshine. We’d bottle it up if we could. It really does glow. Rates at Alfonso XIII, a Luxury Collection Hotel, start from €250 (+34 954 91 7000; Rates at Barceló Sevilla Renacimiento start from €79 per night based on two sharing a deluxe room on a room only basis (+34 954 46 22 22; Tapas and Flamenco: A Tale of Triana, €125 (

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Garden glow

Curiousa & Curiousa take their characteristically whimsical lighting outdoors with an inspired collection of glass pendants, wall lights, sculptural stacks, chandeliers and lanterns. All inspired by nature, the gardenready range is designed to add a splash of colour to our outdoor spaces. With an IP45 rating to ensure they’re suitable for damp conditions, there’s no excuse not to pretty up your pergola. From £485 (

Sit back

This month sees the relaunch of Frits Henningsen’s handsome 1936 Coupé Sofa at Carl Hansen & Søn. The great Dane was famed for his uncompromising approach to furniture design, achieving the highest standards in craftsmanship and quality. The classic mid-century piece, with its shoulder height profile, angled rear legs and elegant inner armrests, rightfully merits a new audience of design lovers. From £6,328 (

Fancy flames

London illustrator Katie Scott’s latest collaboration is a range of botanical candles for the craft-driven home accessories brand, Polkra. The collection comprises five beautifully hand-illustrated ceramic pots filled with natural scented wax. Choose from Circe, Ondine, Calypso, Atlas and Delphi. Highly covetable flora and fauna for the home. From £49 (

Rock and roll

Vintage queen and illustrious north London alumnus Pearl Lowe reveals her spring/summer collection for cheekily named wallpaper and fabrics brand, Woodchip & Magnolia. The range of classic, vintage-inspired prints include the deco-fabulous Betsy Fan Ditsy, available in four colourways: Smoke, Tobacco, Pink and Charcoal Cream. From £120 per roll (

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his west London garden (top) has been transformed into a sleek contemporary courtyard space that plays with height and differing levels, making the most of its limited footprint. Designer Charlotte Rowe has essentially created another room with raised beds and bench seating built up around the water rill. A sunken patio offers the perfect entertaining spot, allowing dinner guests to spill out post-feast, while cleverly positioned outdoor stair lights reflect those on the ceiling above, framing the kitchen. Tonally, the indoor/ outdoor divide is invisible with the kitchen’s pale limestone flooring repeated outside. And when the party’s over, discreet bi-fold patio doors effortlessly slide across. Charlotte Rowe Garden Design (020 7602 0660;

Architect-designed new homes and extensions that playfully subvert conventions of indoor and outdoor space are on the rise. More and more, homeowners want a fluidity in their property that not only brings the outside in, but which allows living spaces to seamlessly flow out into the garden, too. Here are some of the best boundary breakers to inspire by Ali Howard


As part of an extensive remodelling of an existing detached house, west London architects Waind Gohil + Potter engineered a beautiful bronze baffle to frame and shade the glazed rear of the property (left). In doing so, they successfully blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor space, using an earthy, natural material in the build, while protecting the glass from the heat of the sun’s glare. In stark contrast to the rest of the red brick house, this bold sculptural addition is designed to be admired from the garden with its perfectly level lawn – in itself a boundary breaker, being so carpet-like. Waind Gohil + Potter Architects (020 8735 5367;




A modern glass box extension brings homeowners closer to nature. As popular on a period property as they are complementing the angular lines of a contemporary new build, for many, it’s the ultimate in inside/outside living. This ambitious west London project (previous page) saw a complete refurbishment by UV Architects, including a basement excavation, double-height rear extension and loft conversion, allowing the firm free rein to play with levels and light. Here, the kitchen extends out into a chic glass box with doors opening onto the patio. Ingeniously, a skylight belonging to the storey below acts as a further light-loving side of the box, inviting daylight down. UV Architects (020 7407 9343; Outdoor furniture that mimics its indoor counterparts is a huge trend for SS19, further blurring the boundaries between inside and out. The owners of this Hampstead new build (right) enlisted local interior design company Black & Milk to inject their developer-bought home with personality. Part of that brief was creating a living room set-up in the patio space to allow for the garden to become a proper place to relax in. Carefully zoned, complete with an L-shaped sofa, coffee table, large floor vase and rocking armchair, it makes for a cosy extra living room, free from the conventions of the usual four walls. (020 3417 4884; The London Tile Co. offers flooring that’s as comfortable in a patio space as it is beautifying the kitchen. Their Valverdi Portico IndoorOut collection of grey-blue slate tiles offers a chic textured finish in durable stone that works for projects of both architectural and landscaping nature. But when laid side by side with just a glass wall defining inside and outside space, the tiles really come into their own. In this ultramodern extension (below) the kitchen and patio merge beautifully, drawing the eye out into the garden, or back into the house, depending on perspective. This creates the illusion of a larger footprint, with clean, uninterrupted lines. From £34.14 per sq m (0333 320 80 48;


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Melinda Marquardt Textiles and wallpaper designer by Ali Howard


he founder of luxury wallpaper and fabrics brand The Vale London shows us around her bright and modern onebed duplex, which functions as both home and studio. The apartment is filled with homely furniture pieces and quirky wallcoverings, mixing cosy accents of nature-inspired textures with unique travel finds. For Melinda, Scandichic was a little too austere for her liking. Instead, she’s gone for her own take on the trend: Scandi-maximalism – a look that’s bursting with personality. How does the apartment work as both a home and creative studio? I really wanted two floors so I could split my work-life balance. Most of the daytime I spend in my studio on the ground floor, overflowing with swatches of fabric and new drawings. But upstairs is dedicated ‘life’ space – my bedroom takes up most of the upper floor, and I’ve popped a chaise longue and extra seating into the room to make it more versatile. I’ve also created a photoshoot space in the entrance hall, where I capture my latest designs and products, ready to be uploaded straight to Instagram. Above: an original Twiggy poster in the living space is a real talking point for guests Left and below: Melinda at work in her studio



AT HOME WITH How was the buying off-plan process? It gave me the flexibility to make some small edits. I completely re-designed the wardrobes and had them custom-built to fit my clothing and shoe collections, and I chose light kitchen units to keep the space as bright as possible. What do you usually look for in a property? It’s crucial for my business that I have a concierge service for accepting packages while I’m away. I regularly take mini-breaks to source ideas for my next collections and I’m travelling constantly to meet my distributors and agents all over the world. Needless to say, the concierge and I are now on first-name terms – he’s a lifesaver! The building I live in is perfect – it’s small enough that I know all my neighbours, and I always feels safe and secure. I also want a busy neighbourhood close by – somewhere I can easily pop out for a drink with friends, or grab some supermarket essentials. I have loads of restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from here, plus a good selection of parks for me to walk my Cockapoo, Milo. How have you personalised the space? I love to incorporate eye-catching pieces within a neutral palette – they bring focus to a space and are a great talking point for guests. In the kitchen/living room I’ve complemented the neutral walls with some of my favourite pieces of art – from an original Twiggy poster, to a patterned Élitis wallpaper on the sliding door to my studio. My David Linley mirror is a pride and joy – I love how it reflects the wallpaper design across the room. Tell me about your collection of travel pieces I’m always picking up pieces as I travel across the globe and I can’t resist going into local interior design stores. I picked up a wonderful rug in Azerbaijan recently, and some metal trunks from India, which bring real personality to the hallway. On the wall as you walk down the

staircase are a set of Emberá masks, woven by the Emberá tribe in the rainforests of Panama. I was inspired to convert these into a wallpaper, Panamania, which is part of The Oakley Collection. Which furniture piece is your favourite? My dining table from Nina’s House. It can be extended to sit 14, which is ideal for an impromptu dinner party. The neutral colour of the wood is really versatile, so I can dress it with all kinds of runners and tableware for different seasons and styles of event. At a recent dinner party I used my Lion Toile design as a tablecloth, which was a real crowd-pleaser. The open-plan kitchen/living room itself is a fantastic space for hosting a party. While I prepare food, guests can relax on the breakfast stools or chaise longue, or if they want some fresh air, they can access the private terrace via French doors.

so I placed a day bed by the window and I have a chrome chair with my desk. An essential for me was a dedicated dressing table, which I integrated into the fitted wardrobes to create a sleek design that maximises on space.

Which room is your favourite? My bedroom. Largely because I’ve recently installed one of The Vale London wallpapers behind the bed, which gives real wow-factor. The navy, grey and cream are carried into the soft furnishings, mixing up textures and patterns to create a vibrant yet soothing scheme. I’ve also put up some of my favourite photographs from my travels, which makes the room feel very personal. I think it’s important to have separate sitting areas in the bedroom,

What’s next for The Vale London? We’re launching our first collection at this year’s Decorex in October, which I can’t wait for! We’ll be showcasing The Oakley Collection primarily, which features delicate florals, striking tribal masks and ferocious lions, alongside timeless linens, textured embroidery and luxurious jacquard woven designs. We’re also launching in showrooms across Europe and, closer to home, the Simon Playle showroom this May.

Above: Emberá tribal masks and Indian metal trunks – souvenirs from Melinda's travels – bring personality to the hallway Left: The wallpaper on the sliding door to the studio is reflected in a David Linley mirror



TALK OF THE TOWN Looking for the ultimate riverside London home? With uninterrupted views of Hammersmith Bridge from its spectacular roof terrace, the largest residence at Octagon’s Bishops Row is a serious contender



One of just nine supersized townhouses, all with uninterrupted views of the Thames, Octagon’s latest release boasts five bedrooms and measures in at a staggering 6,159 sq ft. Complete with private lift and extraordinary roof terrace, the end-of-terrace house offers the ultimate in London riverside living. Designed around the traditional townhouse layout, behind the front door of this contemporary home lies a sizeable hallway, from which a large open-plan kitchen/breakfast area and separate dining room are positioned. Connecting both rooms is a pantry, designed to make entertaining as effortless as possible. From the kitchen/breakfast room, contemporary sliding doors provide access to a terraced garden and innovative “walk-on” glass ceiling, which has the added bonus of bringing natural light to the room below. Measuring 23'7 x 18'6, the cinema room on the

lower ground floor provides an expansive family space, equally convenient for watching the latest blockbuster as providing a dedicated children’s play space. For the fitness fanatic, the adjacent light-filled gym with shower room provides a glamorous work-out space with a lightwell ensuring good ventilation throughout the room. Completing the lower ground floor are a laundry room, WC and ample storage room. Two spacious reception rooms are found on the first floor: an elegant drawing room features double aspect windows providing wraparound river views, as well as access to a private balcony. Opposite is a more informal sitting room, with a feature fireplace offering a focal point. The opulent master suite provides some of the house’s most impressive river views; contemporary French doors open to a Juliet balcony with infinity glass balustrade. A dressing area leads to the

en suite bathroom, featuring striking book-matched marbling, a separate bath and shower and his-and-hers vanity units. Four additional double bedrooms and three bathrooms are spread over the second and third floors. The top terrace, which is accessed via a sleek electronically-controlled glass roof, offers panoramic views of the Thames, the WWT London Wetland Centre and Fulham’s characterful skyline, with two separate seating areas providing endless opportunities for outdoor living. Barclay Macfarlane, director at Strutt & Parker in Fulham, comments: “The end-of-terrace townhouse at Bishops Row provides an extraordinary view of the Thames – the sizeable terrace really exploits the riverside position of this development, providing residents with a unique outdoor space to enjoy the warmer months, and all just a stone’s throw from central London. No other new build home in Fulham offers a similar level of luxury.” A further eight houses complete Bishops Row, each offering between 4,375 and 6,150 sq ft of living space, with 4/5 bedrooms and 4 reception rooms. Each property is finished to an

exacting standard with high specifications, which include underfloor heating, air conditioning and a building management system. Location-wise, you couldn’t ask for better. Bishops Row offers good transport links in to the West End and the City. Nearby Putney Bridge station provides access to Sloane Square and London Victoria, whilst from Fulham Broadway and Parsons Green it takes 17 minutes to Oxford Circus and just half an hour to Canary Wharf. Meanwhile, Heathrow Airport can be reached in 32 minutes from nearby Hammersmith Underground. Closer to home, Fulham has a vibrant mix of shops, restaurants and bars, which are perfectly balanced by the peace and quiet of Bishops Park and the river. Nearby Ofsted Outstanding schools include Fulham Cross Girls’ School and London Oratory School, as well as independent schools such as Fulham Prep School, making this the perfect family home. Prices at Bishops Row start from £3.5 million. The showhouse is open between 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Saturday, or by appointment. For more information, call Octagon on 020 8481 7500 or Strutt & Parker on 020 7731 7100 (

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Area guide Notting Hill Epitomised by its pastel-coloured homes, bustling market and the world-famous carnival, fashionable Notting Hill needs no introduction. Back in the nineteenth century, when the Ladbroke family began to develop the area, the architect and surveyor Thomas Allason came up with the idea of creating large private communal gardens, then dubbed “pleasure grounds”, surrounded by terraces or crescents of houses. Today, for its inhabitants, one of Notting Hill’s main pulls is its wonderful garden squares and imposing Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture. Large white stucco residences, many with grand pillars at their porches, abound; but despite this grandeur, there is a creative and bohemian vibe. There are plenty of luxury boutiques, restaurants, cafés and bars, as well as myriad green spaces to enjoy. If you’re looking for a creative and dynamic neighbourhood, this is your place. Words Naomi Misquita-Rice and Imogen Nichols Photography Kathy Anne Lim


From our Agents

Ian Barrett Dexters

“Notting Hill remains a sought-after area for buyers and tenants alike. A three-bed terrace house typically sells for around £2 million, with prices for the prime six-bed garden square houses around £20 million. The most popular family homes tend to market at £3-£5 million.”


Little Black Book Iain Begg

Chestertons “One of my favourite streets is Stanley Gardens, known for its pretty stucco-fronted Victorian houses, many of which have been converted into luxury flats. Another gem is Ladbroke Square Gardens, Notting Hill’s largest and most desirable private communal garden, which offers membership to residents of the houses that back onto it, and those within 100 yards of the gates.”

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Irene Forte

Founder of Irene Forte Skincare There’s so much that I love about living in Notting Hill… I like to start the day by popping into Granger & Co. for breakfast; I always order the açaí bowl. Alternatively, if I’m feeling naughty, I’ll get a cheeky chocolate smoothie from Juicebaby. There are so many choices when it comes to shopping locally: I usually go to Bens Fruit & Vegetables for all my produce; Daylesford for eggs, almond milk and other bits and pieces; for fish I go to The Fish Shop at Kensington Place; and if I’m not feeling too lazy, I can walk down to Whole Foods Market on High Street Ken for everything else. Other than food, I always have fun looking around Goop! And I take my dry cleaning to the American Dry Cleaning Company on Kensington Church Street. If I’m feeling energetic, I enjoy the Reformer Pilates and yoga classes at Heartcore. The Barre sessions at Barrecore are another favourite, and I’m a member of Equinox on Kensington High

Street, so I also walk there to do my classes, or I go for a run in Kensington Gardens. For something a little more leisurely, I love walking through Kensington Gardens and heading towards the Serpentine, where I often stop for a coffee or a juice at Chucs. Or I’ll go to Holland Park Gardens where I can potter around the Design Museum. It takes a good half an hour, but I also love walking to Clifton Nurseries and picking some new plants for the house. I have an amazing facialist called Desi Valentine, who comes to me at home and uses Irene Forte Skincare, and my masseuse, Lucja Maslowska, also does home visits. My favourite lunch spot is Mazi on Hillgate Street. It’s a cute little spot serving Greek food with a modern twist. For dinner, you can’t beat Cépage[s] Wine Bistro on Westbourne Park Road. It’s a cute sharing-concept French restaurant – the food is delicious and the red wine fantastic! (


“While Notting Hill has all the benefits of being a prime London location, it has the added plus of a community feel, attracting families to settle here. Sensibly priced homes are selling, and as the rest of the year plays out, we’d expect to see the strongest activity for best-in-class properties, which continue to sell well at all levels of the market.”


Did you know? In 2010, during upgrade works to Notting Hill Gate tube station, a series of vibrant vintage posters from the 1950s were revealed in an abandoned lift passageway. The space had been closed to the public since the station’s last upgrade in the 50s, when elevators that were used to transport passengers down to the lower-level Central line platforms

were replaced by brand-new escalators. The posters include advertisements for hire cars from Chain Garage (on close by Hanger Lane), Pepsodent Toothpaste and The Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition, as well as films such as Too Many Crooks, starring Terry-Thomas. These fascinating specimens are now inaccessible to the public, but you can see photos of them if you search online.


Street hearts Notting Hill

St. Luke’s Mews W11/10

Local heroes The Tabernacle

Popular not only for its delicious food but also for its support of students and artists alike, allowing them to showcase their work in front of an audience. There’s a real sense of community here, with dance classes and after-school clubs available alongside an extensive programme of music and theatre to enjoy. Saman Safdari from Benham & Reeves says: “It is a great place to relax and enjoy food and drink, especially in the garden courtyard in the summer months.” 35 Powis Square, W11 (020 7221 9700;

Electric Diner

This eatery has a wonderful retro vibe, with both booth and bar seating providing the perfect setting for a relaxed bite to eat while a specially chosen soundtrack plays from the diner’s reel-to-reel machine. With a breakfast, brunch and all-day menu, the Electric Diner caters for all. And at night? That’s when the bar really comes alive. Stocked with 20 different draught and bottled beers, wines and new takes on classic cocktails, there’s enough to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Caroline Foord from Knight Frank says: “It epitomises Notting Hill as it’s vibrant, fun and buzzy with a great atmosphere and great service.” 191 Portobello Road, W11 (020 7908 9696;

This cute long and narrow cobbled mews is punctuated by oh-so-Instaworthy pastel coloured buildings with wroughtiron balconies and unique design features. It’s a wonderful hidden gem

Blenheim Crescent

Think grand, terraced, stucco-fronted homes, which back onto wellmanicured communal private garden squares. These properties are among the area’s most sought after for very good reason

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Learning about the magic of food from her mother Salma, Ghino shared this knowledge with her husband, and together, they opened Babajani. The flavours in their dishes are inspired by the ancient region of Mesopotamia (known as modern day Iraq) and other surrounding areas. It isn’t just their love of sharing food with family, but their dedication to the environment that really makes them local heroes. All of their disposable packaging is recyclable and they purchase fruit and veg locally, making a conscious effort to support small family businesses whenever they can. Justin Knight from Bective Leslie Marsh says: “It’s ideal for healthy, fresh food at reasonable prices.” 322a Portobello Road, W10 (07415 535791;

Codrington Mews

Home to tidy terraces of mews homes and XL Recordings (which counts Radiohead among its clientele and has a façade decorated in The xx’s album artwork), this must be London’s coolest address






here has been vigorous debate around “progressive” versus “traditional” methods when it comes to teaching, but we have long accepted that copying from the board will not fulfil our children’s potential. The UK boasts some of the oldest education institutions in the world, which have pioneered teaching approaches that evolve tradition and produce young people who are not just successful, but versatile, too. In an independent school system, which prides itself on developing well-rounded students equipped with a global skillset, North Bridge House School is at the forefront of research-informed teaching and learning. Currently partaking in a joint research project between UCL and its parent school group, Cognita, North Bridge House is committed to implementing cutting edge research within its everyday methodology. “At a time when teachers work harder than ever it is imperative that their efforts are directed into effective practices, which maximise impact for the young people in our schools,” says Head of North Bridge House Senior Canonbury, Jonathan Taylor. The project has seen seven teaching staff, from across the North Bridge House Senior Schools in Canonbury and Hampstead, attend UCL’s world leading Institute of Education (IOE) to work with programme leaders, Karen Spence-Thomas

and Greg Ross, from the London Centre for Leadership in Learning. NBH staff will continue to receive on-going training, support and guidance over the course of 18 months, as they work with the IOE to contribute to the academic body of research around personalised learning. North Bridge House is already known for its tailored and inclusive approach, understanding students as learners, adolescents and individuals. This latest research project will enable the school to further develop its teaching and learning strategies to support students as independent learners, facilitating the use of their own thinking, metacognitive abilities and skills. “The IOE programme very much complements our ethos; we maintain that students are unique individuals, whose personal and academic development is best supported when teachers personalise learning specifically to their needs,” says Sean Doherty, Director of Teaching and Learning and Head of Science at NBH Senior Canonbury. He continues: “The beauty of supporting students in developing metacognitive skills is that we are helping them to develop their own creative problem-solving skills, which are not only requisite by universities and employers, but are generally key life skills.” The opportunity for NBH staff to embark on this project with UCL was itself made available by current research in place in the school: a

later start time was introduced for students in response to work with teen sleep expert and neuroscientist Dr Paul Kelley from the University of Oxford, which revealed that a teenager’s body clock is two hours behind that of a fully developed adult’s, making them less receptive to early morning learning. Teachers now benefit from CPD sessions every Wednesday morning before students arrive, discussing how best to use research to inform their everyday practices, from marking to assessment. As part of the school’s ongoing work to tailor its teaching to the academic and personal needs of its students, NBH Senior Canonbury has also been working with the University of York’s Psychology department to ascertain the impact of distraction on working memory. This is “an under-explored area of research,” says NBH Senior Canonbury Head, Jonathan Taylor. Given that senior school education is largely dominated by exams and exam preparation, revision is a hot topic among staff and students. But for North Bridge House, it’s not just about urging students to revise; it’s about seeing how they can most successfully revise and retain information in the first place. For more information, call 020 7428 1520 or see



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Creativity counts

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of creative jobs in the UK are at low or no risk of automation


f you’re worried that favouring creative subjects will disadvantage your child in the workplace – don’t be. The UK’s creative industries have grown nearly twice as fast as the economy since 2010, generating £100 billion in 2017. The sector recorded the biggest employment growth in the country between 2011 and 2017. And according to a Nesta study, 87 per cent of creative jobs in the UK are at low or no risk of automation. It’s not just the booming creative sector that values people with these talents. Creativity is tightly linked to innovation, which every business now needs to succeed. And according to Candida Cave, principal of the Fine Arts College, all innovative ideas stem from a leap of imagination. “If children aren’t confident at using their imaginations, they’ll be good at taking instructions, but less good at inventing new ways of doing things,” she says. “And while pupils need to know the facts, it’s the imaginative interpretation of those facts that’s the foundation of good learning.”

Candida’s three ways to develop creative thinking in your child: 1. If you’re choosing a school, ask to sit in on a class. Is the teacher teaching by rote or are the students contributing, asking questions and challenging? Are the classes small enough for every child to contribute to a two-way discussion? And do you know a current pupil who can give you the inside story on what learning at the school is really like? 2. If your child’s already settled in a school, ask the teachers how they help their pupils to think creatively and innovate across all subjects. Do they encourage children to bring perspectives from one topic to another? Do they run trips so children can really see and feel what they’re learning? 3. Take your child to London’s world-leading galleries and theatres from an early age. Help them to take an active part by asking about what they see and encouraging them to take a sketchbook to galleries. You’ll spark their imagination, which will help them to think independently as well as see traditional subjects through a creative lens. (

The shortlist: Notting Hill Norland Place School Independent co-ed school for boys aged 4 to 8 and girls aged 4 to 11 (020 7603 9103; Bassett House School Independent co-ed nursery and day school for pupils aged 3 to 11 (020 8969 0313;

Chepstow House School and Little Chepstow Nursery Independent co-ed nursery and day school for pupils aged 2.5 to 13 years (020 7243 0243; chepstow Wetherby School Independent day school for boys aged 2.5 to 8 years

(020 7727 9581; Notting Hill Preparatory School Independent co-ed day school for pupils aged 4 to 13 years (020 7221 0727;

How would you sum up your school in one sentence? A happy, dynamic and successful school that prides itself on bringing out the very best in each and every pupil. What makes it different? From an early age, pupils are accomplished learners and approach their studies with enthusiasm and the desire to give their best. This is a direct result of the strength of our teaching and curriculum, which focuses on academic prowess, pupil achievement and personal development, enriched by musical, artistic and sporting opportunities. How would you describe the atmosphere? Happy, dynamic and collaborative. Children take ownership of the school and are kind, considerate and confident. They also have a wonderful relationship with staff members: weekly ‘leaders’ enjoy Friday elevenses with the headmaster, and every second year, one child has the chance to be ‘Head for the Day’. How do you look after the wellbeing of your pupils? Approachable staff interact across the range of year groups on a weekly basis, while PSHEE lessons and impromptu sessions encourage all children to air their views. Pupils help to make their school a better place through their representation on the School Council, Environmental Committee and as class leaders. We also offer a buddy system, a ‘worry box’, meditation lessons, healthy lunches and plenty of physical activity. Norland Place School, Holland Park Avenue, W11 (020 7603 9103;




Choosing the right school for your child can be difficult. It’s their first step into the world of education and there are many factors you should take into consideration when evaluating options. Not only academic results, but also things like the quality of the facilities on offer, and whether the pupils are happy and the staff engaging. Worth considering are the many benefits of an all-through school. Something for everyone All-through schools combine at least two educational stages – usually primary and secondary – in one establishment. A number of schools also offer nursery classes and sixth forms, taking children right through from age two to age 18. Having recently welcomed its first pupils from the age of 11 into the newly opened upper school – the first co-ed private school to open in central London for decades – Eaton Square School is now one such establishment. Principal, Sebastian Hepher explains: “Eaton Square School provides a seamless co-educational learning experience from the Early Years in our three central London nursery schools, through to the preparatory school in Belgravia and now onto the upper school on Piccadilly. We carefully considered the benefits that continuous education brings – not only to the child, but to the whole family – and have created a vibrant co-educational school that educates your children right through their school career.”

Reaping the benefits This model of schooling is still relatively unusual, but it is becoming increasingly favoured by educationalists. The most obvious advantage is that it eliminates the unsettling transition period between primary and secondary. “Transitioning from school to school is a big step in a child’s life. Our aim is to transform a stressful time into an adventure, where every child feels comfortable with their surroundings,” Hepher tells us. And there are other advantages, such as the fact that younger children benefit from having specialist language and science teachers on hand, and can enjoy access to the very best facilities. Hepher says: “Consistency is key in education: offering continuity in the formative years of a child’s life and a

shared philosophy and ethos with teachers working together across different year groups, our school provides children of all ages with the skills and values that will prepare them for life.” Creating well-rounded individuals Preparing pupils for everything that life may present them with is very much at the heart of the school’s ethos. Whatever age the child, Hepher explains, parents entrusting their children to the care of Eaton Square School can be ensured that equal importance will be placed on intellectual, artistic, physical and musical pursuits throughout their educational journey: “We pride ourselves on making sure all our pupils are happy and confident, so they can progress and thrive as individuals.” Knowing what’s right Of course, no prospectus or website can ever truly convey what a school is really like; Hepher has this advice. “Make sure you do your research, establish your needs and take the time to visit all the locations you are considering – your gut instinct will point you to the right choice. After all, you are the experts when it comes to your own children.” For nursery and prep enquiries, call 020 7931 9469 and for upper school enquiries, call 020 7491 7393 (


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Modern and chic, this one-bed apartment has huge potential for design-loving buyers to make their mark: its big, bright walls, beautifully complemented by wood flooring, make for the perfect canvas. The reception room and kitchen are open-plan, awarding the living area a larger feel; it’s a lovely detail that ensures the apartment is well-suited for entertaining. A prime location completes the package, making this a perfect find for one or two people looking to set down roots in central London. £550,000, Chancellors (020 7727 7227;

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This immaculate, newly refurbished five-bed house is every family’s dream, with private parking, a lift, pool, gym and eight bath/showerrooms. Spread over 6,156 sq ft, there’s oodles of luxury living space to delight in. On the ground floor, the grand entrance hall, with its fabulous staircase, sets the standard for the rest of the property. The beautiful décor adds character and charm, while the added luxury of a wellness area awards it even more sophistication. This house combines excellent entertaining spaces with generous living accommodation, making it the perfect Notting Hill home. £14.95 million, Knight Frank (020 7229 0229;

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een property seekers and fashionistas alike may have spotted this irresistible opportunity: fashion designer Alice Temperley, whose creations have been worn by the likes of Keira Knightley, Scarlett Johansson and the Duchess of Cambridge, has placed one of her five boutique shops on the market with Bective Leslie Marsh. And situated in prime Notting Hill, we doubt it’ll be available for long. A striking Union Jack façade really makes this building stand out from the crowd (it’s no surprise Temperley wanted all eyes on her boutique). Arranged over three floors, and spanning two mews houses, the beautifully light open spaces give the premises a lovely welcoming feel, with a knocked-through ground floor, oak flooring and an open-plan workshop up in its vaulted loft space. Undoubtedly a multipurpose building, there’s scope for the new owners to either follow in Temperley’s footsteps, or create something completely new. £3.25 million (

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A BEAUTIFULLY REFURBISHED GRADE II LISTED NASH RESIDENCE (378 SQ M / 4,077 SQ FT). The house features well planned accommodation with excellent entertaining rooms whilst retaining many of its original features. The property benefits from views towards Regent’s Park and has a delightful terrace. Chester Place is located on the eastern side of Regent’s Park, providing easy access to the West End and the City. Principal bedroom with ‘his’ & ‘her’ dressing rooms and a large en-suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, three further bathrooms, drawing room, family room, reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, guest cloakroom, utility room, storage vaults, surround sound system, patio garden, residents’ parking.




ASKING PRICE: £7,950,000



A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A SUBSTANTIAL DUPLEX APARTMENT (384 SQ M / 4,134 SQ FT) SET ON THE GROUND AND FIRST FLOOR OF THIS PURPOSE BUILT BLOCK OF ONLY 13 APARTMENTS. The property features an abundance of luxurious grand scale entertaining space and a terrace of over 900 sq ft leading on to communal gardens. Heath Park Gardens faces the Hampstead Heath Extension and is located just over half a mile from all of the amenities of Hampstead High Street, including Hampstead Underground Station (Northern Line).


Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Walk Through Wardrobe & Balcony, Three Further Bedrooms with En-Suite Shower Rooms/Bathrooms, Triple Aspect Principal Reception Room with direct access to a Terrace, Dining Room, Fully Fitted Poggenpohl Kitchen incorporating a Breakfast Area, Two Guest Cloakrooms, Utility Room, Large Principal Terrace leading directly on to Communal Gardens, Secondary Terrace, Balcony, 24 Hour Concierge, Communal Swimming Pool and Gymnasium, Secure Underground Parking for Two Cars, Forecourt Guest Parking, Communal Gardens. EPC=B.



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An exceptional three bedroom garden maisonette beautifully designed and set over two vast levels in Queen’s Park. The property has recently been created within a handsome Victorian town house and is offered in beautiful condition throughout, situated in a fabulous position around the corner from the ever popular Salusbury Road with its exceptional transport links, restaurants, gyms and arguably the best farmers market in London.


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LEASEHOLD £1,600,000

An exceptional two bedroom upper triplex within this classic five storey Victorian town house on one of North Kensington, W10’s most sought after streets. Having recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment to a very high standard, the property is exquisitely created to make the most of its voluminous interior, resulting in a special space unlike so much of the comparable property available at this time.


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The Roundhouse

Hampstead NW3

A spectacular modern detached house comprising over 4,000 sq ft of accommodation. The property benefits from four bedrooms, four bathrooms, two large reception rooms, along with an outdoor swimming pool and a large underground garage. Sole agent. EPC rating D 82

Price on application freehold

020 7182 1406

Westbourne Terrace Road

Little Venice W9

A wonderful contemporary garden flat set comprising three double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The flat benefits from a large open plan reception/kitchen/conservatory leading straight into a garden, with the use of a garage to the rear. A stylish home with modern updates including, under floor heating, Luton lighting and multi room audio. EPC rating E

ÂŁ1,750,000 share of freehold

020 7182 1406





The house, which comprises 2,601 sq ft (242 sq m), is found in excellent condition and offers wonderful sized family and entertaining accommodation, including a large family room leading directly onto a south-facing 84ft rear garden. The house further benefits from secure off-street parking behind secure gates along with an integral garage which subject to planning permission can be converted into further living accommodation. ACCOMMODATION Entrance Hall, Guest WC, Drawing Room, Study, Reception Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Utility Room, Master Bedroom Suite,Two Further Bedroom Suites, Maid’s Room, Shower Room, Family Room, Integral Garage, South-Facing Garden, Heated Swimming Pool.


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A SUBSTANTIAL STUCCO FRONTED PERIOD HOUSE ON BLOMFIELD ROAD, ARGUABLY THE MOST DESIRABLE STREET IN LITTLE VENICE. This charming property is nestled on the banks of the picturesque Regent’s Canal, and moments away from the boutique shops and cafés of Clifton Road. The main house offers a double reception room on the ground floor with high ceilings and pretty Juliet balconies both to the front and rear. The first floor is occupied by a beautiful master suite leading up to three further bedrooms on the second floor. The house benefits from great entertainment space on the garden level, with a further family room, large kitchen with eat-in breakfast area and a separate dining room which leads directly out onto a private patio.


This semi-detached house is surrounded by a generous wrap-around garden affording two outdoor dining areas. To the rear of the house sits a self-contained mews house, as well as a garage/gymnasium and off-street parking, which is rarely available in this neighbourhood.


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QUEENSBOROUGH TERRACE, W2 ÂŁ410,000 Stunning studio apartment situated on the fourth floor of this attractive period terrace on the leafy and sought-after Queensborough Terrace. With an excellent use of space including raised sleeping area, excellent storage and benefitting from an abundance of natural light the property is very well presented. Queensborough Terrace is located just a short walk away from a wealth of amenities such as cafes, bars and restaurants of Queensway / Westbourne Grove as well as gym, spa and swimming pools at the historic Porchester Centre with Hyde park / Kensington gardens at the bottom of the Queensborough Terrace. In the longer term the property will also benefit from the major redevelopment of Queensway / Whitleleys shopping centre which is due to start 2019! Four tube stations include: Bayswater (District and circle line) Queensway (Central line) Royal Oak (Circle and Hammersmith and City) are all just a short distance as well as Paddington Station (District, Circle, Bakerloo and Hammersmith and City Line) offering over ground services including Heathrow Express notwithstanding the eagerly anticipated Crossrail project (Elizabeth Line) allowing access into the financial city with 20 minutes and beyond. Â Share of Freehold | Period Property | Fantastic Location

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ÂŁ1,495,000 SOLE AGENT

A spacious apartment situated on the 1st floor (with lift) of an imposing detached red brick period residence with superb communal gardens on a highly desirable tree-lined Hampstead street. The property offers bright internal accommodation and offers a wonderful opportunity for an incoming purchaser to create a home that is personalised to their own taste. Extending to approximately 1,470 sq ft, the property comprises an excellent 21 x 21ft reception room with fabulous turret feature, a large kitchen/diner, principal bedroom with en suite shower room, two further spacious bedrooms, second bathroom, guest cloakroom, lift and well maintained communal garden. Chesterford Gardens is a sought after residential road which affords convenient access to the fashionable cafĂŠs, boutiques and restaurants of Hampstead Village, the O2 centre, Hampstead Heath, with great transport links found at Hampstead (Northern Line) and the Finchley Road (Jubilee & Metropolitan Lines). 3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | double reception room | kitchen/diner | communal gardens | lift | share of freehold | close to village chain free.

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THE LUXBOROUGH AT THE W1 Marylebone High Street One of the finest penthouses in Marylebone 020 7935 6535

ÂŁ9,950,000 STC


A sub penthouse apartment spanning 2600 Sq ft on the 5th floor of a brand new development in the highly sought after Marylebone High Street. This is new to the market and will appeal hugely to the discerning buyer looking for lateral space, quiet outlooks and simply superb terracing flaking the large reception room and dining area/kitchen. The apartment is exquisitely appointed, with stone hallways, solid engineered flooring in the reception room and kitchen, underfloor heating and air con. Other benefits include a secure underground car parking space and 24 hour concierge service.This is Central London living at its very finest, an outstanding apartment in a fine residence. ACCOMMODATION Entrance Hall * Two Terraces and a Balcony * Large Open Plan Reception/Kitchen/Dining Room with doors out to the terraces * Master Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room, Master Ensuite Bathroom & Doors onto the Balcony * 2 Further Double Bedrooms with Ensuite Bathrooms * Utility Room * Guest WC AMENITIES Passenger Lift * 24 Hour Concierge * Underground Car Parking Space


Wedderburn Road NW3 ÂŁ1,750,000 Set within an impressive modern block in a prime location for Hampstead and Belsize Park, , a spacious apartment with private garage, balcony, lift service and communal grounds including a tennis court.

142 sq m/1525 sq ft Three double bedrooms 17ft reception, dining room Two bathrooms, cloakroom Parking and shared gardens

Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234

South Hampstead 020 7625 4567

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West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

Kentish Town 020 7485 0400

Property Management Kensal Rise 020 8960 4845 020 7433 6174



An outstanding, interior designed, raised ground floor apartment with high ceilings offering well-presented and spacious (approx. 116 sq m) accommodation with special views and direct access to communal gardens. The apartment forms part of a converted house in this sought-after sweeping crescent located within a few minutes’ walk of shops, cafés and the Underground. 2 Bedrooms. Mezzanine dressing/study area. 2 Shower Rooms (I en suite). Cloakroom. Kitchen. Reception Room. Communal Gardens. EPC Rating E.

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211-213 Sutherland Avenue, Little Venice, London W9 1RU T: 020 7289 1692 E: W: 90


020 8458 7311

COMPTON AVENUE, N6 £4,650,000 Beaulieu offers a rare opportunity to purchase 4653 Sq Ft in this exclusive private road with gated 24 hour security at a unusually low price point compared to other properties in the street. Now in need of modernisation but offering any potential purchaser the opportunity to personalise to their own style and taste, this fine family home offers excellent space & accommodation over 3 floors. On the ground floor there is a large entrance hallway, 3 reception rooms, a kitchen, utility room & 2 guest WC’s. On the upper floors there are 7 bedrooms with further space to enlarge.



Talbot Road, Highgate Village, London, N6 £2,000,000 Coming to the market for the first time in 50 years is this deceptively large 6 double bedroom period family home on a sought after road in Highgate Village. Retaining many original features including fireplaces, cornices, original doors and architrave this link-terraced house is in need of modernisation but offers the potential to create a super family home. The ground floor level provides two separate reception rooms, kitchen breakfast room, guest cloakroom, access to a storage cellar and side access as well as a sunny west facing garden. The upper floors offer 6 ample size bedrooms, currently two bathrooms with separate wc’s and both eaves and loft storage. Talbot Road is very conveniently located to allow quick access to the amenities of historic Highgate Village, Highgate tube (0.3 miles), Highgate and Queen’s Woods and sought after local schools including Channing and Highgate School. Offered for Sale Chain Free. Litchfields Highgate Village Office | 020 8348 8000


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FREEH O LD Rare opportunity to purchase a six bedroom double fronted detached home, on the market for the first time in almost fifty years set behind a carriage-driveway with a double length garage and wonderful west facing rear garden situated on the prestigious Winnington Road. Located 0.8 miles from Kenwood and Hampstead Heath and within walking distance to Norrice Lea Synagogue.




Energy Efficiency Rating - F31

698 Finchley Road, London, NW11 7NE · 020 8458 7311

1197 Finchley Road, London, NW11 0AA · 020 8209 9300 15 - 17 Heath Street, London, NW3 6TR · 020 7435 4404


DARTMOUTH PARK, NW5 An elegant Edwardian house occupying a central position on this favoured wide tree lined street in Dartmouth Park, located moments from Hampstead Heath. St Alban’s Road is a very handsome street, featuring principally houses of differing styles and eras. The oldest being grand early Victorian Villas. Main features of this beautiful double bay windowed home provide:Three Principal Floors • Six Bedrooms • Two Bathrooms • Two Fabulous Intercommunicating Reception Rooms • Impressive Hallway • Kitchen/Morning Room • Cloakroom • Self Contained One Bedroom/Studio Apartment Ideal For Income or Professional Purposes • Large Pretty Front Garden with Off Street Parking Rear Garden • Residents Permit Parking • EPC E (House) • EPC D (Flat)

£2,495,000 - Freehold - Sole Agent

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HIGHGATE VILLAGE, N6 Wonderfully modern four bedroom town house in this sought-after Village cul-de-sac. The accommodation is bright and well planned and its architect owners have utilised their design flair to create a truly lovely home. The house lends itself to entertaining and the “city” garden is perfect for summer dining. The off street parking is an added bonus. Large Reception/Open Plan Fitted Kitchen • Utility Room • Further Reception Room • Study • Master Bedroom • En Suite Shower Room • 3 Further Bedrooms Family Bathroom • Further Shower Room • Driveway Providing Off Street Parking For Several Cars • Landscaped Garden • EPC E

£1,995,000 - Sole Agent

THE GROVE, N6 First time on the market since it was built in the mid 1950s, an extremely rare opportunity to buy a property in one of London’s most desirable roads and which is the location of choice to many “A List” celebrities. Arranged over two floors only and currently comprising some 1897 sq ft, this most unusual property lends itself to reconfiguration, modernisation or possible redevelopment (subject to any necessary consents). Situated just moments from the Village High Street, the property benefits from an integral double garage, further hard-standing, additional driveway, private garden and a first floor balcony. Premier Village Location • First Time On Open Market • Arranged Over Two Floors Only • Circa 1,897 Sq Ft • Ideal For Modernisation/Reconfiguration Garden • Double Garage • Off Street Parking • Freehold • EPC D

£2,500,000 – Sole Agent

61 Highgate High St, N6 5JY


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St John’s Wood, NW8 £8,695,000 Freehold A luxurious low built detached five bedroom house located on the east side of St John’s Wood. EPC: E. Hamptons St Johns Wood 020 3369 3381

Hampstead, NW3 OIEO £1,785,000 Share of Freehold A sensational refurbished four bedroom lateral apartment of approx. 2100 sq. ft., set within a mansion block with communal gardens and allocated parking. EPC: C. Hamptons Hampstead 020 3151 5470

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Harman Close The Hocrofts NW2 £3,250,000

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• Beautifully refurbished with eye for detail • Eat in kitchen • Double volume reception • Four double bedrooms - Three bathrooms • Brand new double glazed windows throughout • Chain free

Ingram Road East Finchley N2 £1,350,000


• 5/6 Bedroom house arranged over 2 floors • Steam room and Gym space • Fantastic reception room with doors leading to a south facing garden • 24hr Security • A must view! • Chain free freehold property

27 Northways Parade, London NW3 5DN

020 7759 2199

• A three/four bedroom versatile apartment • Set in the most prominent part of West Hampstead • Refurbished throughout • Acoustic soundproofed double glazed windows • Original feature fireplace and decorative cornicing • Offered chain free

West End Lane West Hampstead NW6 £1,350,000


THE WATER GARDENS, W2 A wonderful opportunity to purchase this beautiful newly refurbished 8th floor two bedroom apartment with far reaching views across the Water Gardens and the London skyline. 729 sq tf. Reception Room - Kitchen - Two Bedrooms - Bathroom - Guest WC - 24 Hour Concierge - Lifts - Communal Gardens - EPC Rating to be confirmed





PORCHESTER PLACE, W2 A truly magnificent and newly refurbished three/four bedroom townhouse located in the heart of Connaught Village. 2105 sq ft. Two Reception Rooms - Kitchen - Three Bedrooms - En Suite Bathroom – Two Shower Rooms (one En Suite) - Guest Cloakroom Study - Sun Room - Terrace - Balcony - EPC Rating FURNISHED/UNFURNISHED

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HARLEY STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 We are delighted to offer this flat for sale situated on the third floor of this purpose-built block, located in the heart of Marylebone Village. The apartment comprises of an entrance hall, reception room, kitchen, two double bedrooms and bathroom with separate shower. Accommodation Approximately 882 sq ft (82 sq m), the flat is on the third floor served by two passenger lifts located on the East side of Harley Street. Both Oxford Circus and Bond Street underground stations are in close proximity. The shopping facilities of Marylebone high street and Oxford Street with the open spaces of Regent Park are also nearby. Medical Licence is available subject to Landlords consent. Please see website for full details.


MARYLEBONE HIGH STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 A fabulous newly refurbished second floor self-contained studio apartment ideally located on Marylebone High Street, with it’s fabulous high end boutiques and busy restaurants and bars. The studio boasts wooden floors, a brand new contemporary kitchen with a washer/ dryer, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, oven and separate microwave. It has a spacious living area with a mirrored wardrobe and a new modern shower room. The common parts have also benefitted with freshly painted walls and new carpet. The flat is within easy walking distance to Baker Street and Bond Street Underground Stations with the open spaces of Regent`s Park close by. Please see website for full details.


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A stunning, recently refurbished detached Grade II listed five bedroom family home (239.5 sq m/2,578 sq ft) benefitting from a private garden and off-street parking for up to two cars. Clifton Hill is conveniently located within walking distance of the American School in London and the shops and amenities of St John’s Wood High Street and Underground Station (Jubilee line).

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ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Four Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Family Shower Room, Double Reception Room, Study, Large Kitchen, Dining Room, Guest Cloakroom, Conservatory, Private Garden, Off-Street Parking. EPC=F.

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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PRIMROSE HILL, NW3 A spacious garden apartment (approx. 1,450 sq.ft. / 134.7 sq.m.) in this highly regarded recently constructed luxury block backing onto Primrose Hill and close to the shopping & transport amenities of Swiss Cottage (Jubilee Line). Double volume reception/Dining room ■ Kitchen ■ 3 Double bedrooms ■ 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite) ■ Large patio opening up to beautiful communal gardens Porterage & CCTV ■ Underground parking ■ Lock-up store room ■ EPC C £975 per week

ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A bright and light apartment (approx. 880 sq.ft. / 81.8 sq.m.) on the 4th floor of this secure and popular mansion block, superbly located along Hall Road within a few minutes’ walk of both transport facilities of St John’s Wood and Maida Vale. Reception/dining room with modern open plan Kitchen ■ 2 Double bedrooms ■ 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite) ■ 24hr Porter ■ Lift ■ Communal decked terrace Communal heating & hot water is included in rent ■ EPC E £615 per week


020 7722 7222

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Beaufort Park

£240 pw Furnished

Manhattan Studio/Living Space | 1 Bathroom | Apartment Balcony | Garden | Gym & Spa | 24hr Concierge | EPC-C Beaufort Park 020 8732 7980

Woodberry Park

£750 pw Furnished

3 Bedrooms | Reception | 3 Bathrooms | Apartment | Balcony Gym & Spa | 24hr Concierge | Near Manor House Tube | EPC-B Highgate 020 8341 2335


£425 pw Furnished

1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom | Apartment | Garden 24hr Concierge | Close to Amenities | Near Tube | EPC-D Highgate 020 8341 2335

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3 Bedrooms | Reception | 3 Bathrooms | Apartment Close to Amenities | Near Swiss Cottage Tube | EPC-B

1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom | Apartment Close to Hampstead Village | Near Tube | EPC-D

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LUXURY HOUSE TO LET 5 bedrooms | 5 bathrooms Summer house | Off street parking High specification 2368 sqft | £1,395 per week Moments from Golders Green High Street, transport links and local amenities


APARTMENTS AND PENTHOUSES TO LET 3 to 4 bedrooms 2 to 3 bathrooms starting from £895 per week Set within a secure gated complex with 24 hour Concierge and off street parking

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