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The gift guide issue

The ultimate guide to festive shopping Light fantastic Brighten up dark winter evenings

Plus... The finest London properties Advice and insight from our agents Dates for the diary Fitzrovia’s eclectic metropolitan charm

Pearls of wisdom

In an extract from new book, Faded Glamour, Pearl Lowe shares her interior design secrets


November 2019


The definitive guide to London living EDITOR

Liz Skone James 020 7292 5636


Hot list

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

A-Z gift guide


Penny Clements


35 Consider your Christmas shopping sorted with our selection of presents for the most particular people

Ali Howard


Claire Atherton PROOFREADER

Hannah Foy


Emmanuelle Peri

Style & wellbeing


Georgia Watson

42 High tech skincare, Primrose Hill fashion vibes and a brand new local site for Core Collective


Katie Hutley 020 7292 5593


Becky Pomfret 020 7292 5678

Food & drink


Alex Courtley, Annie Franey

44 We’re feeling festive with Taste London’s Christmas edition and a Thanksgiving feast


Alice Leng


Debbie Russell debbie@fabricmagazine.; 07811 347299


49 Mallorca’s charms aren’t summer dependent; we sample a culture-filled break in Palma


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


53 As the nights draw in, it’s time to explore different ways to light the home for maximum cosiness

On the cover

At home with

Photography: Guen Fiore Hair and make up: Chelsea Huntley-Fok



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es it’s dark when you get up in the morning, but I think that there’s always something special about this time of year. It might feel a little early to think about Christmas, but as London begins to get decked out for the festive season, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement. And really, it’s never too early to think about Christmas shopping. If the thought fills you with dread, seek solace in the pages of our gift guide, where you’ll find presents at all price points that are sure to satisfy the various folk in your life. Elsewhere in the issue, we get our glow on illuminating the home – whichever room you want to cosy up in this season, we’ve got ideas to inspire. And on the subject of inspirational interiors, we’ve turned to Pearl Lowe to ask what makes her house a home (a pretty spectacular one at that). Until next month…

57 In an extract from her new book, Faded Glamour, Pearl Lowe shows us around her vintage-inspired home

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63 Enduringly bohemian, buzzy Fitzrovia will always be one of our favourite W1 addresses


72 News, views and tidbits of property gossip

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

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Family house on sought after east side of St John’s Wood

St John’s Wood, NW8 Located on the highly sought after East side of St Johns Wood between Avenue Road and St Johns Wood High Street. The property provides lateral accommodation arranged over the ground and first floors only and has an unusually wide frontage. The property also benefits from exquisite landscaped gardens incorporating a separate staff flat with a double width garage below. Principal Bedroom Suite, 2 Dressing Room & Bathroom/Sauna • 3/4 Further Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • 2 Shower Rooms (1 En-Suite) • Drawing Room • Dining Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Landscaped Front & Rear Gardens • Staff Flat Comprising; Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room • Double Width Garage.


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A modern detached six bedroom house, situated in the heart of Hampstead Village and just a short walk to the shops, restaurants, cafĂŠs and underground station (Northern line). The accommodation enjoys a 28' reception room across the rear of the ground floor with the lower ground comprising kitchen/dining room, family room and guest bedroom. The first floor provides four bedrooms and two bathrooms with the entire second floor devoted to the master bedroom suite. The house is further enhanced by a rear patio garden and the rare benefit of a single lock up garage.


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A double fronted detached seven bedroom family home (4,645 sq ft), situated within walking distance of Hampstead Heath. The ground floor is currently arranged as a double reception room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast room. The first floor comprises the master bedroom suite, three bedrooms and family bathroom. There are a further two bedrooms and a shower room on the second floor. Additionally the lower ground floor provides a 29' entertaining room, bedroom, bathroom and a large utility room (this area provides scope for further development, subject to any consents). The house is further enhanced by a delightful 80' lawned garden, integral garage and additional parking for 2/3 cars. The extensive facilities of Hampstead Village (Northern line) and Golders Green (Northern line) are within a mile radius.

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VIEW ROAD, N6 £5,250,000

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View Road is a substantial detached residence of 7173 sq ft (667 sq gates which gives access to a garage. m) built approximately 19 years ago to the highest of standards. The house has well planned accommodation arranged over three floors with a particularly fine entrance hallway and dramatic central staircase. On the ground floor there is excellent entertaining space throughout. On the upper two floors are seven well appointed suites together with a leisure area providing a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Externally the house enjoys a generous plot and within the grounds there is a heated outdoor swimming pool.



WINNINGTON ROAD LONDON N2 An opportunity to acquire a cleared freehold site of approximately 0.38 acre sold with the benefit of a fully consented planning permission for a magnificent 15,800 sq ft (1,470 sq m) mansion, including a spa & swimming pool, on one of Kenwood’s most sought after turnings. The proposed property will be arranged over 4 floors to provide: Spectacular Master Suite comprising Separate ‘His’ and ‘Hers’ dressing rooms, Bathrooms and Private Terrace, Six Further Bedroom Suites with Dressing Rooms and Bathrooms, Kitchen with Family Dining Room, Formal Dining Room, Formal Sitting Room, Family Sitting Room, Study, Large Wine/Bar Area Cinema and Storage. Leisure Facilities include Both Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Gymnasium with Changing Area and Shower Room, Beauty Salon and Treatment Room. Staff Accommodation Includes Bedroom, Bathroom and Kitchen/Sitting Area, Laundry Room. Passenger Lift Serving All Four Floors. The Landscaped Gardens Include Tennis Court and External Kitchen. Parking is provided on Front Driveway with Concealed Car Lift to Underground Garage. The open spaces of Kenwood are within 0.2 miles (about 5 minutes walk),

Please note the above is a CGI of the proposed new residence £5,995,000 • Freehold • Joint Selling Agent


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Southwood Lane, N6 ÂŁ3,500,000

Forming part of this magnificent terrace in the heart of Highgate Village, an exceptional family house securely set back from the road with far-reaching views. There is a spacious kitchen/ breakfast room with French doors leading to the patio and garden. On the upper floors there are five bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, energy rating d. Dexters Highgate. 35 Highgate High Street, London, N6 5JT T: 020 8545 8584 E:


Lyndhurst Terrace, NW3 ÂŁ5,200,000

An exceptional five bedroom family home occupying the entire raised and garden floors of this Gothic style Victorian residence with a landscaped rear garden. This maisonette has been remodelled and refurbished whilst retaining many of its original period features. There are three reception rooms, a balcony and a wine cellar, energy rating e. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London, NW3 1DL T: 020 7433 0273 E:


RYDERS TERRACE, NW8 34 1984 - 2018

An opportunity to purchase this 2 floor mews house (1559 sq ft/145 sq m) located in this quiet and secluded mews adjacent to Blenheim Terrace. The house benefits from 2 Reception rooms, 2 Bedrooms, Kitchen/Dining room and a Media Room. Ryders Terrace is situated within 10-15 minute walk of the shopping and transport facilities of St John’s Wood High Street, whilst the open spaces of Regents Park and Primrose Hill are both close at hand. ENTRANCE HALL • GUEST CLOAKROOM • RECEPTION ROOM • FAMILY ROOM • MEDIA ROOM • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM AND DRESSING ROOM • SECOND BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM • CENTRAL HEATING • RESIDENTS PARKING • WITHIN EASY REACH OF ST JOHN’S WOOD UNDERGROUND STATION (JUBILEE LINE) AND LOCAL BUS STOPS • EPC=E. FREEHOLD



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

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£2,450,000 LEASEHOLD

A stunning period mews house that is ideally positioned within the heart of Marylebone Village. The property has been extensively refurbished to an excellent standard and features a spacious bright and airy semi open-plan living space, with dining area, bespoke kitchen and wine room. The first floor incorporates a further well proportioned reception room and two spacious bedrooms, one of which being the principal bedroom which benefits from with walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom. In addition, the property has a garage which forms part of the ground floor which is currently let from the Howard de Walden Estate to the leaseholder of the house for £5200 per annum (expiring 02/09/2021) Dunstable Mews is superbly located just moments from the world class renowned restaurants, shops and amenities of Marylebone High Street, Mayfair and the West End, together with the open spaces of Regent’s Park. The transport links are excellent from nearby Baker Street or Bond Street underground stations. Marylebone mainline station (Chiltern Line) is within walking distance. The A40 (M) to the West is also within close proximity.

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


£2,595,000 FREEHOLD

An outstanding five storey period building of approximately 2,800 sqft that is configured as four self contained apartments. The building currently requires modernisation throughout, however subject to the necessary building consents could create an ideal Central London investment. Being located at the northern end of Gloucester Place the property is well located for access to Regent’s Park, Baker Street and Marylebone stations and the varied shopping and transport facilities of the West End.



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Ingram Avenue, NW11 Occupying a prominent position on Ingram Avenue and featuring a beautiful south facing rear garden with views of a delightful bird sanctuary and private wood, is this excellent family home. • Large carriage driveway • Jack and Jill bathroom • Study with bespoke characterful panelling • Approximately 7,093 Sq ft

Craig Draper looks forward to helping you. 020 7317 7955

Guide price £8,500,000 Connecting people & property, perfectly. All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent and the deposit, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property (if not an AST). (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) If the landlord agrees to you having a pet, you may be required to pay a higher deposit (if not an AST) or higher weekly rent (if an AST). Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit


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Avenue Road, St John's Wood NW8 Avenue road is globally recognised as one of the most prestigious roads in prime central London, housing large, detached, ambassadorial mansions on the fringe of Regent's Park in close proximity to all the West End's amenities.

James Simpson looks forward to helping you. 020 7586 2777

• Garden • Gym • Private Parking • Approximately 10,000 Sq. ft.

Price on Application Connecting people & property, perfectly.


Imposing detached residence Winnington Road, N2 East Finchley Underground Station: 0.5 miles 4 reception rooms, kitchen, dining room, master bedroom suite with walk in wardrobes, 5 further bedrooms (1 en suite), 6 bathrooms, 2 cloakrooms, dressing room, gym, swimming pool, 2 roof terraces, garage, EPC = D

Freehold | Approx. 8,553 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ5.35 million

Peter Brookes Savills Hampstead Residential Sales 020 7472 5036


Imposing Grade l listed house Hanover Terrace, Regent's Park, NW1 Baker Street Underground Station: 0.5 miles Grade I listed, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, 6 bedrooms (3 en suite), 3 further bathrooms, library, media room, gym, games room, wine cellar, garden, garage

Leasehold, approximately 114 years remaining | 6,760 sq ft | Guide ÂŁ21.5 million

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




This completely individual penthouse apartment of 3,417 sq ft/317 sq m sits atop a factory that was converted in the mid-1980’s into 15 loft-style apartments. Arranged principally over one level and approached by a striking industrial-style staircase this wonderful space is arranged as ‘zones’ under a high pitched corrugated-steel roof with skylights and separated in part by concertina doors. The property is located within a few hundred yards of the shops, cafés and restaurants of Edgware Road and Church Street Market and less than a mile from both Marble Arch and St John’s Wood High Street.


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A Grade II listed home on Lower Terrace, Hampstead Village, NW3 accessed via a discreet gate and hidden behind a walled 110ft x 77ft beautiful west facing country garden. This charming and unique home provides a grand double reception room, a large kitchen/ dining/family room and four bedrooms. The house has been cleverly designed so that each room offers characterful and spacious accommodation overlooking the delightful gardens. Planning consent exists for an additional bedroom, bathroom and living room. Energy Efficiency Rating - D62

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A very special five bedroom two storey 1920s house on Frognal Gardens, Hampstead Village, NW3 with secure gated parking for several cars and double garage. Spectacular interiors with double volume entrance hall designed by David Long architects with feature sculptural Helicoidal Steel and glass staircase with frosted glass first floor hallway and exposed steel beams. Set behind a walled landscaped garden, quietly tucked away, providing wonderful family accommodation situated on one of Hampstead’s most desirable streets. Energy Efficiency Rating - D67

Hampstead 020 7435 4404






PAVILION APARTMENTS, ST JOHN’S WOOD ROAD, NW8 £2,100,000 Subject to contract We are delighted to have been instructed to sell this two bedroom, two bathroom 6th floor apartment set in the sought after. Pavilions development opposite the iconic Lords Cricket Ground. A must for every cricket lovers dream with a view of the wicket although the apartment offers many features for those who don’t like cricket with underground parking and a 24 hour concierge as well.

Two Bedrooms | Two En Suite Bathrooms | Separate WC | Kitchen | Reception Room | Air Conditioning | Balcony | 24 Hours Porterage | Communal Garden | Lifts | Underground Parking | EPC Rating D

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001



EDBROOKE ROAD, W9 £2,750,000 Subject to contract We have been instructed to sell this delightful period house with accommodation spanning over 3,000 sqft. This home is arranged over four floors and consists of six bedrooms with two en-suite bathrooms and a further two bathrooms, shower room a guest WC. There is also an elegant 28ft long reception/dining room with an equally impressive family breakfast room/eat in kitchen measuring 27ft long. The house further benefits from two patio gardens front and rear. Two Bedrooms with En Suite Bathrooms | Four Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom | Shower Room | Guest WC | 28ft Reception/Dining Room | Kitchen/ Dining Room | Utility Room | Store Room | Rear Patio Garden | Front Patio | EPC Rating D

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001




CLIFTON COURT MAIDA VALE W9 A BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED APARTMENT WITHIN AN IDYLLIC PERIOD BUILDING This exceptional two-bedroom apartment is located on the second floor of a sought after period building on the corner of St John’s Wood Road and Maida Vale. The apartment has been refurbished to a high standard and exudes light being south facing with an open plan reception, dining area and kitchen. Clifton Court benefits from unreserved parking, communal gardens and porter as well as being a few minutes walk from Little Venice. Accommodation: Reception/dining room, kitchen/breakfast area, master bedroom with ensuite cloakroom, bedroom 2, bathroom. Amenities: Landscaped communal gardens, porter.

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CUMBERLAND TERRACE REGENT’S PARK NW1 AN ELEGANT GRADE I LISTED VILLA WITH MEWS HOUSE An exceptional home arranged over five floors retaining many period features including floor to ceiling windows, intricate cornicing and boasting west-facing views overlooking Regent’s Park with unusually wide and well-appointed accommodation throughout. The residents of Cumberland Terrace enjoy access to the communal gardens and park security, some of the many benefits of living within one of London’s favourite parks. Accommodation: Entrance Hall, double reception room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 dressing rooms, library, study, guest cloakroom, utility room, orangery. Mews House: Reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room. Amenities: Wine cellar, roof terrace, patio garden, garage.

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McQueen’s own Year 3 class at Little Ealing Primary, 1977

by Ali Howard

What to see and do this month


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Steve McQueen Year 3

12 November-3 May | Tate Britain If you’ve got a little Londoner in Year 4 you’ll know all about Steve McQueen’s large-scale Year 3 project – large-scale being an understatement. Last year, our then seven year olds were dutifully photographed at school for what’s been hailed as the Turner prize-winning artist’s most ambitious work to date. For McQueen, seven is a milestone year – and in snapping tens of thousands of Year 3 pupils across the Capital to create a portrait of an entire age group, he captures forever a moment of excitement, anxiety and hope through the medium of the traditional class photograph. Millbank, SW1P (


Bridget Riley

Until 26 January Hayward Gallery Just opened, this major retrospective spans an incredible 70 years of the celebrated op-art painter’s working life – the most comprehensive exhibition from the London-born artist to date. And its timing couldn’t be better: with the nights drawing in, and an autumnal chill in the air, there’s every reason to submerge ourselves into Riley’s colourful world of rainbow-bright geometrics and optical illusions. At 88, she remains one of the most distinguished and internationally renowned artists working today, a true pioneer whose eye-popping canvasses really should be seen up-close and in detail. Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 (


23-30 November St. Anne’s Church & St. Michael’s Church This eight day celebration of Ludvig’s legacy forms part of the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival and takes place across two of N6’s most beautiful churches. These intimate settings will host a number of events that feature a wealth of talent from across the classical music spectrum – from sopranos to string sextets. Don’t forget to pick up your free glass of mulled wine and a mince pie when you book a main evening concert and a candlelight concert on the same day. 106 Highgate West Hill, N6; South Grove, N6 (0333 666 3366;



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15-29 November | ENO A parable about the perils of self-obsession, Philip Glass’s 1991 chamber opera, based on Jean Cocteau’s celebrated film of the same name, sees a fresh production this month in the glorious surrounds of the London Coliseum. Orphée is married to Eurydice but falls in love with an enigmatic princess. Obsessed with notions of immortality, he moves between the worlds of the living and the dead. In her ENO debut, director Netia Jones combines live action with projection, including fragments of the 1950 film.

22 November-5 January Central London We might be slightly biased, but when it comes to festive lights there really is no place like London. And what better way to see them at their dazzling best than on two wheels? This twilight tour will take in the Capital’s bustling Christmas markets, an illuminated Harrods adorned with over 10,000 bulbs, and of course, the pièce de résistance that is the bustling West End in all its Christmassy glory. Don’t forget your camera. Daily tours at 3.30pm (

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Dear Evan Hansen

Until 4 April Noël Coward Theatre It may have done the rounds across the pond – picking up no fewer than six Tony Awards – but this production is full of firsts. Introducing an all-British cast, the London premiere includes several West End debuts, not least from main man Sam Tutty as Evan Hansen. The modern musical is fearless in its themes of social anxiety and teenage depression, and it boasts an epic score from the composers behind The Greatest Showman and La La Land. A big deal, then. Producer Stacey Mindich says: “I’m just thrilled that we’ve found the perfect cast to introduce the original musical – and its very real and very universal themes – to London. 85-88 St. Martin’s Lane, WC2N (0844 482 5151;


Mayfair Christmas Market

28-30 November | Novikov Love it or loathe it, Christmas shopping is on the mind this month (and if it isn’t, it should be). So why not do it in style? With over 30 stalls including Este Estilo, Dutch Oils Art and a Champagne ice bar from Louis Roederer, Novikov’s annual Christmas market returns with the whole of Mayfair Place closed off to the traffic. Strictly for seasonal merriment. 11am-9pm, Mayfair Place, W1J (


Film & Fizz With Curzon

Tis’ the Season of Festive Film & Fizz Join us for the ultimate Christmas movie treat with screenings of seasonal classics during November and December. Relax in our Screening Room with a glass of Champagne and popcorn followed by a delicious three-course dinner in Indigo or Eneko Basque Kitchen & Bar.

Showing this season: • Love Actually • Miracle on 34th Street • The Holiday • White Christmas • It’s a Wonderful Life • Last Christmas

From £60 per person

To find out more visit

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SATURDAY 16 TH NOVEMBER 2019 10AM — 4PM KNOLLSTUDIO ANNUAL ONE-DAY SAMPLE SALE A rare opportunity to acquire original licensed iconic furniture at up to 70% off retail prices. Knoll International 91 Goswell Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 7EX T 020 7236 6655 Nearest tube stations: Barbican, Angel, Farringdon


We’ve scoured the shops to source this season’s greatest gifts, from arty chocs to Ziggy Stardust inspired pet paraphernalia, whoever you have to buy for this year, Christmas is sorted with our A-Z gift guide. Consider it our personal gift to you Illustration Oli Frape



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Shirty woven shirt BABYGROW From £27.95 (


Oh baby! This adorable babygrow is a must for little crawlers and explorers. Cut from soft-against-the-skin cotton, footless for ultimate comfort and with well-placed poppers for easy-on and easy-off.

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This retro-inspired balance bike in a covetable Liberty print comes complete with a wicker basket and is guaranteed to encourage your little one to get out and about on two wheels. If only it came in adult sizes…


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Style& wellbeing Hot off the Press Fashionistas’ favourite Press of Primrose Hill has relocated to fabulous new premises in the heart of Regent’s Park Road. Previously on Erskine Road for 15 years, the boutique quickly garnered a cult following, with repeat customers including Helena Bonham Carter, Kirsten Dunst and Sadie Frost (whose new yoga collection has just launched in store). As well as beautifully curated collections sourced from around the globe by founder Melanie Press, the boutique showcases the Melanie Press Collection, too. The label launched three years ago to rave reviews. A multi-generation range, defined by lifestyle and attitude rather than age, standout elements include trademark printed dresses and knitwear made in the UK, with everything produced in limited edition runs. Press, who lives locally, says: “Expanding to a new, more visible location is incredibly exciting. Primrose Hill is part of the DNA of the Press Collection. It has been a natural step forward to embrace our growing profile as the collection gains more international attention.” 160 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 (020 7449 0081;

Scents of calm


Whether it’s a crowded commute or a manic Christmas shopping trip, modern life can be stressful. Enter anatomē, a London-based apothecary brand tackling those pressures in a new, unique way. Founded by Brendan Murdock and pioneering aromatherapist and perfumer Anastasia Brozler, anatomē offers therapeutic oils designed to care for mind and body. Unlike most perfumes and essential oils, anatomē harnesses the powers of both fragrance and aromatherapy in a process known as aromachology.

Blended from the finest botanical extracts, anatomē’s nine therapeutic oils each contain a blend of up to 28 extracts distilled into a single compound, and have been proven to help to tackle everything from bad sleep to poor concentration. While the science might be complex, the oils couldn’t be simpler to use: they can be applied to pulse points, used as massage oils or blended with bath soaks. We love this new way to wear fragrance that is actually good for your health. 2-4 Princes Arcade, SW1Y (020 3916 0050;


Regent’s Park Aesthetics part of a facial that’s more pampering than painful. Using products from ZO Skin Health by Dr Zein Obagi, the treatment starts with cleansing and exfoliation, after which a product is applied to dehydrate the skin in order for the mask to work its magic. There is quite a strong chemical smell, but it quickly fades. Another mask is applied to help calm down redness and my skin is glowing by the end. I’m so reassured by my experience that I request a little Botox to finish off; just a touch in the frown lines between my eyebrows. After a few days I look like a better and less grumpy version of myself, and I love the fact that it looks so natural. I can see exactly why Regents Park Aesthetics’ clients keep coming back time and time again, and I’ve just joined their ranks. BP Facial, £120; Botox from £180. 19 Wimpole Street, W1 (020 7580 4813;

Following a lovely late break in the sunshine, I am in dire need of a facial. My skin is dehydrated, and my freckles are starting to join up. There’s no doubt that it is a job for the experts, namely the team at Regents Park Aesthetics, a clinic on Wimpole Street, in the heartland of aesthetic medicine. Set in an impressive townhouse, it’s small and friendly, and run by highly qualified skin experts. Set up by aesthetic nurse practitioner Kay Greveson and run with Dr Maryam Osmani and therapist Natasha McDade, it offers honest and affordable aesthetic treatments ranging from facials and Botox, through to fillers and fatreduction procedures. I’ve been persuaded to try the clinic’s Red Carpet Peel – a gentle but effective salicylic acid-based skin peel, which is apparently perfect for hyper-pigmentation and sun damaged skin. Results-wise, I am promised tighter, smoother, brighterlooking skin after just one treatment. For me, peels always sound mildly terrifying, conjuring up images of Samantha’s burnt face in Sex and the City. I have nothing to fear from this particular peel, though, which forms


A new era of skincare Skin changes daily, so it follows that our skincare regime should adapt. Step up HyLab, the first ever skincare lab to provide custom made, fresh skincare at home. The cold formulation technology

allows you to take the moisturising base cream and add one or two active ingredients based on the current condition of your skin – these are integrated into the base and emulsified to deliver a

dose of skincare with the optimal texture, within one minute. And because these active ingredients are encapsulated, they lose none of their efficacy. With 15 capsules in the range, whether you want to reduce redness, increase hydration, detoxify or combat the signs of ageing, there are thousands of possibilities. There’s even an app to help you to determine the perfect combination. It looks set to change the face of skincare. HyLab Personal Skincare Lab, £350; Primary Face Cream, £19.90 and HyLab Capsules, £8.90. Available exclusively at Harvey Nichols (

St. John’s Wood joins the Collective

£10 off a 5 Class Taster Pack

The wait is over for fitness fans in NW8: last month saw the opening of Core Collective’s third London site. A brand founded on the pursuit of self-improvement, not perfection, Core Collective offers a timetable of group fitness sessions. The St. John’s Wood Core Collective boasts three gorgeous studios, including a large cycle studio, a café and luxury changing areas stocked with Malin + Goetz products and Cloud Nine hair dryers and straighteners. Founder Jason de Savary says: “Our mission is to create studios providing the very best, simple, effective and results-driven classes, taught by some of London’s finest trainers,.” If you fancy giving it a go, we’ve teamed up with Core Collective to offer £10 off their introductory 5 Class Taster Packs. For details on how to redeem the offer, and full terms and conditions, see 51 St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8 (020 7036 9889;


Food& drink Cook this: Apple, pear and chilli chutney Having a more sustainable Christmas this year? Nothing beats a homemade gift; think beautifully packaged cordials, jams and sweet treats. On the hunt for recipe inspiration, we asked award-winning food writer and cook Kate Young to share one of her favourites. She chose this delicious chutney, taken from her new book, The Little Library Year (£25; Head of Zeus), which was released last month and contains over 100 recipes inspired by her favourite works of fiction, all arranged in seasonal chapters. If you don’t have the time for cooking, we think the book makes a gorgeous gift, too… “When there are piles of apples and pears in the markets, towards the end of autumn, it feels like a prompt from nature to make this edible Christmas gift. This chutney will hang about in the cupboard until the spring if the recipient prefers, but I am wont to encourage them to open it up in the days following Christmas, so it can be spooned liberally onto crackers and good cheese. The chutney steals its method from Teresa’s date and apple chutney, which I read about in Diana Henry’s Salt, Sugar, Smoke: chop your ingredients into small dice and cook them for an hour before you add the vinegar and sugar.”

INGREDIENTS 1kg/2lb 4oz eating apples, peeled, cored and finely diced | 500g/1lb 2oz pears, peeled and finely diced | 500g/1lb 2oz onions, peeled and finely diced | 500g/2 1/2 cups granulated sugar | 300ml/1 1/4 cups cider vinegar | 1tsp salt | 1tsp chilli flakes Makes 4 x 300ml/ 10oz jars

METHOD 1. Place the fruit and onions in a large saucepan, and cook over a low heat for an hour, stirring regularly so they don’t stick. The apples will give off plenty of liquid, so you don’t need to add any at this stage. 2. After an hour, stir in the sugar, vinegar,

salt, and chilli. Bring to a simmer and reduce until thickened, stirring regularly. To check if it is done, draw a line along the bottom of the pan; when the chutney is ready, the line won’t flood with liquid. 3. Spoon into sterilised jars. They will keep in

a cool, dark place for at least six months, but have yet to last this long in my house.

Feast and be thankful Holiday season across the Atlantic begins in earnest this month, with Thanksgiving, a national holiday that began as a day of giving thanks for the bountiful harvest. To get into the spirit of the beloved tradition, Fitzrovia’s Riding House Café is throwing a Thanksgiving feast on Thursday 28 November. Guests will be greeted with a seasonal cocktail, The Ginger Pilgrim, made from Bourbon, honey, lemon and ginger, before the banquet begins in earnest. Slow roasted Norfolk Bronze turkey will be cooked in herb butter and indulgent sides will include cornbread and sausage


stuffing; maple-buttered sweet potatoes; mac and cheese; creamed corn casserole; glazed sprouts with smoky bacon; and green beans with praline. Calvados gravy and cranberry and confit orange relish will provide the finishing touches. Afterwards, a choice of two all American favourites will be on offer: choose from pumpkin brûlée pie or pecan pie, each served with hand whipped vanilla cream. Priced at £40 per person, available for lunch and dinner on 28 November. 43-51 Great Titchfield Street, W1W (020 7927 0840;



Tom Booton

head chef The Grill at The Dorchester When I was a child I wanted to be… a chef. I know it sounds clichéd, but I think it’s all I’ve ever wanted to be. My mum found a drawing I made when I was around three years old and it was of me wearing a chef’s hat. The first thing I cooked was… brownies, at home, to surprise my parents.

A Taste of Christmas Taste of London returns this month bringing with it a magical winter wonderland of snow-filled festive forests and marshmallow toasting fire pits. Between 21 and 24 November, visit the festival at Tobacco Dock to ring in the beginning of the festive season and celebrate the best food and drink from our Capital’s internationally renowned culinary scene. Along with the usual drinks experiences and tasting menus from top restaurants, we’re excited about

My kitchen heroes are… my team, because a head chef is only as good as the team who help to run the restaurant.

seeing Steven Lamb from River Cottage, who will be proving that Christmas dinner doesn’t have to mean turkey. Seasonal Secrets with Steven Lamb will feature workshops on creating festive dishes with a twist, including celebratory labneh, boozy pork liver pâté and some extra special pigs in blankets. And an evening with Josh Katz and Simon ‘The Butch’ Taylor also promises to be a highlight – the team will serve up a Feast in the Forest: an exclusive banquet in a winter forest styled vault, with Champagne on arrival and winter punch cocktails. For more information, and to book, see

My fail-safe dinner party menu is… beef Wellington. It’s such a crowd-pleaser and never fails to impress. My last meal on earth would be… butter chicken with plain rice and a peshwari naan. When I feel down… I don’t cook; I call for a local take away and follow it with a family size bag of Minstrels! My favourite London restaurant is… the Smoking Goat in Shoreditch.

The countdown is on… Last year we hit the gin, in 2017 we were cheerleading from the cheese corner, and while both had their attractions, what we really, really want when it comes to an advent calendar is good old chocolate. And few do it better than master chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. This year, his Christmas countdown depicts a magical winter

scene based on the traditional snow globe design. With one of the brand’s iconic Belgian chocolates behind every door, you can be assured a moment of pure pleasure every day in the run up to Christmas – from passionfruit hearts, to almond marzipan and salted caramel praline. It’s available now in the Marylebone Boutique, and in store at Harrods, Selfridges

and online, but take our advice and don’t wait until the end of the month to get yours – all the signs indicate that these beauties won’t hang around until December. £49. 37 Marylebone High Street, W1U (

My ultimate London day consists of… waking up at 10am on a Sunday and heading to Bernardi’s in Marble Arch for brunch. I’d follow that with a walk in Hyde Park, before having a couple of pints in the pub with some friends. Tom will become the youngest ever head chef at The Grill at The Dorchester when it reopens later this month. Park Lane, W1K (020 7629 8888;



The Lyon’s team source and serve the highest quality seafood and make the best use of every part of it

Lyon’s den While Crouch End might not be exactly on our doorstep, it’s definitely close enough for us to be feeling excited about this new opening. With a focus on sustainable seafood and independent wine producers from the British Isles, Lyon’s Seafood & Wine Bar is the brainchild of Anthony Lyon, who boasts over twenty years front of house experience at some of the Capital’s best eateries (think Hix and The Wolseley). The kitchen is overseen by Talia Prince, whose Fat Duck pedigree speaks for itself. She has designed daily changing menus around available catch of the day. Many of the dishes are prepared over charcoal, with a big focus on ‘fin to tail’ cooking, which aims to do justice to every part of the fish and shellfish available in the UK. This is reflected in dishes such as miso fish collars with seaweed butter, and a scallop roe taramasalata with fish skin crisps. To complement the cooking, awardwinning sommelier Kelvin McCabe has produced a wine list with a focus on sustainable, organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention wines. English Sparking wine Ambriel from West Sussex, as well as London urban winery Renegade, are particularly championed. We’ll see you there… 1 Park Road, N8 (020 8350 8983; HOT TABLE

Hélène Darroze at The Connaught


t’s been ten years since Hélène Darroze opened her eponymous eatery at The Connaught, and this summer the French chef closed up shop for two months while the space underwent a full refurbishment under the expert eye of interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch. On a rainy September lunchtime, first impressions are good. The dark teak panelling which had characterised the original dining room was listed, so it remains, but has been lightened, giving the restaurant a brighter, almost Scandinavian vibe. White linen cloths have been done away with, exposing gorgeous light oak tables. And bespoke curved banquettes in soft shades of pink and green, upholstered in a mix of velvet and leather, give the space a relaxed, very modern vibe. It feels a more fitting setting for Hélène’s contemporary French cuisine. The new menu celebrates provenance and embraces the changes in British weather and micro-seasons; it is shaped


around the philosophy that the star of any dish is not the chef, but the produce it takes to make it. We choose the five-plate option, sensing seven will defeat us – there are no specific courses, diners are invited to create their own ‘tasting menu’ from a selection of equally sized dishes. Gloriously fresh Cornish mackerel is presented in a delicate consommé of basil gazpacho; Lampong pepper lends its zing to brown and spider crabs, which are concealed beneath a cloud of heavenly pomello mousse, sprinkled with Insta-pretty edible flowers; and coco beans provide an unexpected complement to meaty flakes of turbot. Moving away from the sea for my final savoury dish, I choose the cep: the flavour of these richest of mushrooms is offset perfectly with snails and lardo (delicious, if not for vegetarians). Everything is artfully and exquisitely presented on hand-thrown ceramic plates, with sauces poured theatrically at the table.

We can’t find fault, and the Michelin inspectors clearly agree: in the latest Guide, published last month, the restaurant retained its two stars, proclaiming: “Excellent cooking, well worth a detour.” Though for us lucky Londoners, with its Mayfair location, the detour is nothing. LSJ The Connaught, Carlos Place, W1K (020 7499 7070;

FABRIC PROMOTION Why did you start Provenance? We were surprised at how difficult it was to find quality, homebred, grass-fed meat in our village of Notting Hill, and we felt that we could offer something new and refreshing in that space. Coming from outside the industry, we have really tried to use our experience as meat consumers and customers to drive all of the decisions we make as a business – everything from how our stores are fitted out, to the focus we place on customer service. Perhaps most important to us is that our supply chain is totally transparent. So far, so good! What makes you different? We bring a fresh approach to the experience of visiting a butcher’s shop. We place huge value on trust: how that starts at the farm with our relationship with our suppliers, and how that translates through to our customers. In addition, we made the conscious decision very early on not to supply to the wholesale market – this means that our sole focus is on passionately serving the customers who walk through our doors daily, and providing them with the very best quality product available. What does ‘quality product’ mean to you? Truly tasty meat is well bred, without the use of growth promoters, antibiotics or hormones. In particular, we believe that good meat comes from slower growing breeds that have been grass-fed, wherever possible, which is not only better for the environment but also for the animal’s health. With that in mind, we only work with farmers who uphold the highest standards of animal welfare; farmers who believe in animals being able to range free. To ensure ‘quality product’, there needs to be an unwavering commitment based on trust, right through the supply chain. How important are your suppliers to how you run the business and how do you choose who you want to work with? Our suppliers are key to our business. We spent six months before we

opened our first store in Notting Hill travelling the length and breadth of the UK finding the best possible farmers, and building lasting relationships with them. We are hugely proud to say that the majority of those suppliers and farmers are still working with us today, over six years later. In most cases they are third or fourth generation family farmers, with huge respect for traditional farming methods, whilst striving to remain innovative. We know how important all of this is to our customers, and we never get sick of telling them about it.

FROM FIELD TO FORK We chat to independent butcher, Provenance, to find out about the meat that they supply, the service they offer, and what they have in store for the festive period

What do your team offer that shoppers won’t find elsewhere? All our shops offer something different. In terms of product, our dry aged beef and marinaded chicken are hugely popular, and unique and world-class products like Galician beef or Iberico pork cuts are very special, too. But good product should be a given – why else will customers come from the supermarkets and pay a premium? We think what sets us apart is the high level of service and care customers receive when they come into any Provenance store. All of our members of staff are passionate about food, most love to cook and all are very proud to be part of Provenance. We are always asking our customers to hold us accountable: if we get something wrong, we want to know about it. We are not perfect, but we are trying very hard to be. Finally, can you tell us a little about your Thanksgiving and Christmas offerings? Like our entire product range, the Thanksgiving and Christmas offering comes from free range farms. We offer delicious, free range Bronze turkeys, goose, duck and cockerel, along with staple classics like ham, gammon and beef fore-rib, we can even supply a three bird roast. And finally, of course, you’ll find all of the additional sides that make these festive periods so special: stuffing, pigs in blankets, devil on horseback, goose fat for the spuds and turkey gravy.

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The deluxe edition of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz is out now (£40, Artisan Books)


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1,000 Places to See Before You Die Whether you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas gift for a loved one, or simply countering the winter blues with plans for your own future adventures, look no further than this brand new travel tome. Patricia Schultz released the first edition of her inspiring book back in 2003, there are now 3.5 million copies of 1000 Places to See Before You Die in print, with translations in 23 languages. And it is now bigger and better: Artisan Books released the new and updated Deluxe Edition late last month. Weighing in at over 3kg, it features over 1,000 all new colour images, showing the world – from the Serengeti to Snowdonia – as you’ve never seen it before. Introducing the new edition, Patricia says: “Of all the books in the world, the most exciting adventures are found between the pages of your passport. I hope this new edition of 1,000 Places might be your next best choice.” (£40, Artisan Books)

Sublime serenity Be among the first guests at the Maldives’ newest luxury resort. Set on the remote and pristine Gaafu Alifu Atoll, Raffles Maldives Meradhoo (the brand’s first Maldivian resort) officially opened at the end of September. The Beach Island Experience, a palm treepeppered private island comprising just 21 villas and residences, a spa, beachside restaurants and a worldclass dive centre with an on-site marine biologist, soft-opened in May, and now the exquisite Overwater Island Experience joins it, completing Raffles’ offering here. Just moments away by boat, it boasts 16 vast overwater villas and residences, a sophisticated Nikkei restaurant, Yuzu and a sunset-

facing Yapa pool bar. Intimate and unreachable by foot, the experience offers the ultimate romantic escape. Whichever of the two private islands guests choose to stay on, they can enlist the services of a Marine Butler to lead snorkelling tours of the resort’s two remarkable and endlessly fascinating house reefs. The clear and blissfully warm waters of the Gaafu Alifu Atoll teem with a kaleidoscope of colourful fish and resident hawksbill and green turtles. Accommodation starts at US$1,800 per night, including taxes and service charge, breakfast and complimentary speedboat transfers from Kaadedhdhoo Airport (

With 300 days of sunshine a year, this is the perfect spot for a winter break. First, check in; with the highest concentration of luxury hotels per sq mile in the US, from the newest (Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills), to the first (Beverly Hills Hotel), you’re spoilt for choice. If you have Christmas shopping to do, make your way to one of the world’s most iconic shopping streets, Rodeo Drive, where Prada, Cartier, Gucci and other big names rub shoulders. A favourite of mine is Louis Vuitton’s flagship, where VIP shoppers can enjoy a glass of Champagne on the patio. Next up, lunch – shopping is hungry work! For something really special, two-Michelinstarred Sushi restaurant Urasawa comes highly recommended, while The Grill on the Alley offers a classic American grill experience with first-rate food and service. I’d also recommend indulging in some delicious and authentic Greek food at the recently opened AVRA. And those with a sweet tooth should visit Sprinkles bakery, where you will find the world’s first cupcake ATM, designed to dispense your favourite cupcake in seconds, whatever time of day or night. Watch the Californian sun set while sipping cocktails at a myriad of rooftop bars, such as the sophisticated SIXTY. This winter, as part of the annual BOLD festivities, the city will come to life after dark with incredible lighting displays and live music – guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood. The program starts with the Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration on 14 November – a spectacle you won’t want to miss. To plan your trip, see


Home to historic sites and enviably located beside the glistening Med, Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital makes the perfect base for a fun-filled weekend away


DISCOVERY OF RICHES Perched on the shores of the glistening Mediterranean Sea, Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital is richly studded with historic sites and enjoys a vibrant food and shopping scene, making it the perfect spot for a short stay at any time of year by Becky Pomfret


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ou could say that Mallorca offers every type of holiday to every type of person; relaxed beach breaks, high octane cycling adventures, peaceful rural spa retreats and buzzy gastronomic and cultural city stays. With just a weekend to spare, we’ve opted for the latter, booking two nights away in Palma. And, wanting to make the most of our short break, we’ve chosen a very special hotel; like the princesses we know we were born to be, my sister and I are staying in an actual palace, Palacio Can Marqués. Our trip starts with a VIP transfer arranged by the hotel – after enduring a rowdy flight surrounded by hen and stag parties, this is more than welcome. As we squeeze down the narrow, cobbled street on the approach to the hotel, we can see fellow tourists wandering past, staring wide-eyed into its impressive lobby. The elegant reception sits between a grand double staircase, which leads towards a calm and beautifully shaded garden courtyard terrace. Built in 1760, this is the first time the palace has been open to the public. Lovingly and painstakingly renovated over several years, it features just 13 palatial suites, all individually and eclectically styled. There is design inspiration everywhere we look, and texture is key – think velvet sofas, limestone floors and huge wooden doors. French interior designer Aline Matsika has drawn on existing architectural characteristics and added quirky pieces of art and Murano chandeliers to striking effect. It feels opulent but unpretentious.


Built as a palace in the 18th century, Palacio Can Marqués has been painstakingly renovated and now offers opulent but unpretentious accommodation in the heart of Palma

We are welcomed by the very friendly staff, who offer us chilled glasses of Cava and lead us up the huge stone staircase to Renaissance, our suite. The antique double doors lead to an enormous space where traditional and modern sit happily side by side – a contemporary four poster bed and chic designer sofas are offset by an impressive Baroque fireplace. Floorto-ceiling bookcases are filled with ancient tomes and a series of authentic 17th century sculptures and busts. This hotel is setting the bar very high for our next mini-break (“What do you mean the room doesn’t feature Renaissance art?”). The bathroom is equally impressive, with a double walk-in shower and roll-top bath. Drinks are on the agenda, so we head to the roof-top terrace, where we toast our good fortune with more chilled bubbly. Looking out over the city, we begin to get our bearings. The central location is fantastic; we are but a moment away from the Marina and close to the main shopping streets. Surrounded, as we are, by tapas bars and tourists, it is amazing to find such an oasis of calm amongst the hubbub. We enjoy dinner in the magically-lit garden, surrounded by palm trees and climbing plants, there are even a couple of life-size metal lions lurking in the undergrowth. The menu is Mediterranean with a French twist and

we tuck into gooey fried Camembert and a mouth-watering tomato, mozzarella and pesto salad to start, followed by seared red tuna with tagliatelle and beef tenderloin that more than lives up to its name. Too full for dessert, we are quite happy to head back to our room, where we spread out on the four poster and take stock of our magnificent surroundings. Breakfast the next day is plentiful, fuelling us for a day of shopping and sightseeing in beautiful Palma. We head first to the Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, which is on the hotel’s doorstep and well worth a visit. Afterwards, we head off to hit the shops. We are so well located that it’s oh-so easy to pop back to the hotel to drop off bags and have a siesta before taking in a final bit of culture at La Seu, the magnificent Gothic cathedral. That evening, we explore the city’s buzzing bar scene, all a short stumble from our front door. Happily exhausted, on our second day we make the most of the Mallorcan sunshine while relaxing on the roof-top terrace. Only open to guests during the day, we have it to ourselves and our princess fantasies are truly unleashed. We return home later that evening to our own non-palatial residences, trying desperately to hold on to the feeling of VIP glamour that staying at Palacio Can Marqués briefly anointed us with. Suites at Palacio Can Marqués start from £336 per night on a B&B basis including private airport transfers. Palacio Can Marqués, Carrer dels Apuntadors, 15, Palma (+34 871 520 290; palaciocanmarques. com)


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Interiors News To the nines North London duo Natalie Miller and Joanna Griver are Interior Solutions, a design studio whose raison d’être is creating truly beautiful homes – and upping property values in the process. Natalie brings her renovation and refurbishment prowess to the very stylish table, while Joanna shares her passion for colour and texture in interiors – a natural progression from her work in the fashion industry. (

The female glaze

Danish brand Ferm Living has released a covetable collection of five ceramic platters that celebrate womanhood. Each hand-painted and earthy-toned piece features the female form in a simple silhouette. Crafted from a rustic clay and beautifully glazed, these oversized round plates make an ideal craft-driven centrepiece on the table but can be wall-hung, too. £85 each (

A pretty penny

Launching this month, Content by Terence Conran’s Penny table is the furniture piece we never knew we needed. Crafted from warming acacia wood with a cool marble top, the side table offers a heady mix of natural materials and exquisite craftsmanship. Available in two heights, and in black or white, either table is a stand-alone statement piece – but they do make a perfect pair. From £249 (

Boho beauty

Bohemians and maximalists alike should know the name Ian Snow. The brand, now in the hands of daughters Daisy and India Snow, offers a wealth of travel-inspired curiosities across furniture, soft furnishings and accessories, each piece abundant in colour and character. Fresh discoveries include a bijou collection of vibrant, embroidered armchairs with a mid-century kick – Galilahi being our autumnal favourite. £755 (

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As the nights draw in further this month, we look at ways to illuminate our living spaces for maximum cosiness. Whether ceiling-hung or standalone, thoughtful lighting adds all-important warmth – and puts us in the mood for staying in by Ali Howard


Above: first impressions count – a grand chandelier in your hallway makes a real statement Next page: use standard lamps and table lights with low wattage bulbs to create zones in your living area


With first impressions at stake, the hallway’s the place for a big impact chandelier. Set the mood with bold lighting and your guests will immediately clock your beautiful home before they’ve so much as stepped inside. There’s a wealth of contemporary pieces to choose from, alongside the conventional, so plump for a chandelier to suit your interiors style. For inspiration of the truly aspirational kind, the Hanna chandelier from Essential Home is dripping in drama. With its 25 pendants in black and gold, suspended on black cord cables, it’s one seriously stylish (and warm) welcome. Talk about wow-factor. From €11,710 (

Living room

Think carefully about illuminating your living space and you can create a wonderfully relaxing room you’ll want to spend quality time in. Zone areas with standard lamps and table lights for evening ambience (choose multiple light sources but go low on wattage), and if you have a favourite armchair, pair it with a floor lamp overhead for the ultimate in snuggliness. Pooky’s floor lamp offering is modern yet timeless with stands as attractive as their craft-driven printed shades. The Frinky floor lamp in hammered bronze, teamed with the ikat printed black and white linen shade would work beautifully in a warm living space. Base £166 and shade £121 (



The contemporary open-plan kitchen is all about sociability. If yours boasts a large central island you can zone this entertaining space with clever lighting, keeping it separate from the more functional part of the kitchen. Dimmable lighting awards you the flexibility of creating a relaxed dining room feel that brings the family together once you’ve served up your culinary masterpiece. Opt for a row of evenly spaced low-hung pendants for an intimate feel. We love Delightfull’s Ike pendants for their glamorous metallics and slender form – ideal for adding warmth to an otherwise sleek and minimal modern kitchen. From £477 (


Don’t be afraid to go playful with lighting in the bathroom. A grid of recessed ceiling lights might look clean-lined and contemporary, but if you really want to embrace the cosy, choose an imposing pendant that gives the room a focal point, just as you would in a living room set up. Industrial style lighting works well in bathrooms, especially those with a charmingly vintage aesthetic. Davey Lighting offers a range of utilitarian pendants designed for bathroom use. Their extra large quad pendant is our autumnal favourite. The dimmable light, in weathered brass and glass, mimics an antique gas streetlamp. £945 (


Good bedroom lighting is not to be underestimated. It sets us up for a proper winddown, ensuring a good night’s kip. Forget the overhead – soft lighting from multiple sources is key if you want to achieve that ambient glow – perfect for snuggling up with a bedtime book. The metallics trend is one that keeps on giving, and it’s perfect for autumn/winter, bringing a welcome touch of modern glamour to chilly evenings. Hurn & Hurn’s gold goblet tripod table lamp, with its brass plated steel base that supports a large globular gold-hued shade, will turn your bedroom into a homely sanctuary in an instant. £120 (



ELEVEN TREES IS AN OUTSTANDING NEW GATED DEVELOPMENT OF JUST THREE DETACHED HOUSES, SITUATED IN MILL HILL, ONE OF NORTH LONDON’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER AREAS. These stunning, individual properties of over 7,000 sq ft are unique in their own way with the central home boasting six bedrooms and five bathrooms. The neighbouring houses have been designed with five bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms. The lower ground floors are dedicated to leisure and entertainment, each featuring a family/games room, gym and cinema room.

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Pearl Lowe

Faded Glamour is the second interiors title penned by the north London alumnus famed for her rock ’n’ roll vintage style. Now enjoying a bucolic family life down in Frome, she shows us around her sprawling Georgian property – one of the inspirational homes featured in the book Introduction by Ali Howard | Interiors photography Amy Neunsinger Portrait photography Guen Fiore | Hair and make up Chelsea Huntley-Fok

Above: Pearl, on her Nicholas Herbert floral sofa, wearing a dress from her eponymous fashion collection

Swapping the Primrose Hill set for rural Somerset might seem a cultural leap, but Pearl’s playful passion for the pre-loved has been a constant. The house is a curiosity shop of vintage finds, from battered leather armchairs to antique lace curtains; once-plush velvet headboards to ditsy floral wallcoverings... And all of it beautifully accessorised with quirky artworks and fascinating objets – never forgetting that trademark rock ’n’ roll edge. For Pearl, character is everything when it comes to putting a room together: lovingly curated, each piece comes with a back story. In this extract, she tells us how she put her uniquely stylish stamp on the property, revealing it to be a true labour of love.




“Beautiful as the house is, when we first took it on three years ago, Danny and I knew that this was going to be a project. Before I could even begin to think of decorating, structural work had to be done, from the stonework to the floors – where boards didn’t just creak underfoot, they nearly collapsed. The kitchen not only had to be replaced, but moved to another room and bathrooms dealt with. All of these essentials had to be completed before we even thought about how to tackle the house’s eleven bedrooms. It is a large house, yes, but that’s what we needed. Both Danny and I work from home, and I needed a workroom for my dress designs and my collection of children’s clothes, as well as my interiors projects. And Danny, a musician and drummer with the band Supergrass, needed space to make music. As for the eleven bedrooms: with a large family they are a must, as even though the eldest children have essentially flown the nest, I always want them to have a room of their own when they are home, and on high days and holidays the house is usually full to the brim with our nearest and dearest. With the structural work complete, the next step was to put my stamp on the house, which, while celebrating the heritage of this period property, paid homage to my own, more playful style. In the drawing room, for example, I used a classic Robert Kime wallpaper, which would look perfect in any English country house of this era and it’s set off by the wood and shutters which are painted in a dark black paint by Little Green. Large, groaning sofas – a red velvet from Rachel Ashwell and a chintzy, floral-upholstered one by Nicholas Herbert – and an antique mirror over the mantelpiece give the room that traditional feeling, but the addition of the tiger-print ottoman, a pair of slightly battered 1930s leather chairs, rococo side tables and 1920s fringed lamps suddenly gives the space a more salon-like feeling, especially when filled with people. It has

Opposite page: the bright breakfast room is furnished with French farmhouse-style finds This page, clockwise from top left: the deVOL kitchen satisfies both Pearl’s aesthetic requirements, along with Danny’s practical foodie ones; luxurious with a hint of glamour, Pearl’s bedroom is decorated in a palette of soft pinks with a gorgeous velvet bed from Soho Home; the B & T Antiques dressing table has travelled with Pearl from house to house

a sense of grandeur and opulence but is also cosy enough for Danny and I to retreat to at night when we are on our own – lighting the fire before sinking into one of the sofas to read or watch old movies. I wanted the salon-like feeling to flow through into the dining room, which is often a dead room in most houses because of the way we tend to


Right: a zebra print sofa in the kitchen gives Pearl a place to sit and read while Danny cooks Far right: the battered old sink chair was bought from Shepton Flea Market

Above: the drawing room has a sense of countryhouse glamour, but is also eminently useable Opposite page: Pearl’s collection of artwork lines the walls, giving the house colour and personality


live in open-plan kitchens. I wanted this room to be used and I was determined to make it as alluring as possible. By wallpapering it in a loud floral from House of Hackney, called Midnight Garden, and painting the woodwork the deepest of blacks, my aim was to create a room that was sultry and intimate when lit by candlelight and dressed with vases filled with blossoms from the garden. Unable to find a table large enough for all our guests and the perfect shape to fill the curved bay

of the window, I commissioned my long-suffering carpenter, Steve, to make one for us. It is covered in velvet zebra-print, which I decorated with a heavy tasseled fringe from V V Rouleaux. After filling the room with curios, what was once quite a challenging and cold room now has an ambience that is heady and inviting. The kitchen was our one great expense, and as we love to entertain and knew this would be a room where we would spend the majority of our time, I have no regrets. Originally, this had been the dining room, but I swapped those rooms simply because here – thanks to the large French windows that open straight onto the lawn – there was more light and it had a better aspect. To be honest, I’ve always had an aversion to fitted kitchens, preferring an assortment of reclaimed cupboards and armoires instead, but Danny, a consummate chef and the primary cook in our household, had one caveat when we moved here: to have a proper, functional kitchen – one where he didn’t knock his head on a cupboard door constantly, the handles didn’t fall off drawers, the sink drained without the use of a plunger and the oven didn’t fail in the middle of a soufflé. So I turned to deVOL to design a kitchen that would satisfy his culinary needs and my aesthetic. It has a long island, made up of Shaker cupboards with a marble top, which gives Danny the workspace he needs and room for all of us without getting under each other’s feet. Originally, I’d planned for the kitchen to have an industrial look, but once it was in place, I decided it needed softening up – so antique pendant lights hang from the ceiling and our art collection lines the walls to add colour and personality – and it’s now one of my favourite rooms in the house. A small, light breakfast room, leading off the main kitchen area and furnished with French farmhouse-style finds, is where we gather to eat when we are en famille.” £19.99, published October 2019 by CICO Books (



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Fitzrovia Once home to Virginia Woolf, George Bernard Shaw and more recently Ian McEwan, and now a favourite among the Capital’s fashion, advertising and media folk, Fitzrovia enjoys a buzzy vibe that is enduringly bohemian. A central location moments from Oxford Street, a W1 postcode, myriad trendy restaurants, bars and galleries, coupled with grand architecture and peaceful garden squares, make the neighbourhood a fascinating place to live and work. Georgian houses, period conversions above commercial premises, mews houses, mansion flats and an increasing number of luxury new developments are all found here. The huge variety of homes in the area – with prices up to 15 per cent cheaper than neighbouring Marylebone – ensure a genuinely eclectic and diverse community. Little wonder locals love its modern metropolitan charm Words Alice Leng Photography Georgia Watson


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Located within the impossibly glamorous London EDITION, this ornate dining space is the brainchild of Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton. Just as the hotel doors are always open, Fitzrovia’s foodies can pop in for all day dining and entertaining from breakfast through to late supper. “It is great,” says Jonathan Fieldman from Knight Frank. “A cool place that mixes fantastic food with an excellent, relaxed atmosphere. The prices are affordable as well.” Expect the best of British dishes – both classic and contemporary – including Sunday roast and afternoon tea. 10 Berners Street, W1T (020 7908 7979;

Local heroes The Lucky Pig W1W

London is home to some of the best speakeasies. And fashionable Fitzrovia is just the ticket for a secretive cocktail or two in a decofabulous basement bar. According to local Savills estate agent, Nick Poppe, this one is Fitzrovia’s best kept secret. “It’s 1920s themed and has a great cocktail menu with all the classics – plus some extra special twists, too. My favourite has to be Hit the Road Jack. Live music plays most nights and there’s always such a great atmosphere; if you’re headed in this direction you can’t not have a good night at The Lucky Pig.” We’ll meet you by the piano. 5 Clipstone Street, W1W (020 7436 0035;

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You don’t have to be a busy estate agent to fully appreciate the benefits of buzzing around the Capital on an electric scooter, but for Chestertons’ Carlos Riveros, who scoots between viewings, it’s a godsend. Designed by Nimrod Sapir, the foldable Inokim scooter is an affordable transport solution for any Londoner on the go – and there’s a Fitzrovia-based store. “The staff are really friendly, professional and fast,” says Carlos. “It’s great to know that I can have my scooter checked, repaired or even upgraded based on their expert advice.” Book a test drive and you’ll be nipping around town in no time. 329 Euston Road, NW1 (020 7387 2189;

necessity for the aerials it carries. The aerials were designed to handle up to 150,000 simultaneous telephone conversations and 40 television channels. The London landmark, which celebrated its 54th birthday last month, is built from 13,000 tonnes of steel and 4,600 sq metres of glass, with concrete foundations 53 metres deep. Standing at 189 metres high, including the aerial rigging on top, when it was completed in 1965 it was the tallest building in the Capital, though it has now been pushed out of the top ten.


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“Fitzrovia is a diverse location with grand period buildings sitting alongside luxury modern apartment blocks. There’s been an increase in buyer enquiries this year, particularly from international buyers wanting Prime London real estate. The area appeals to a vast range of buyers, but increasingly we’re noticing parents buying for their children who’ll be attending nearby universities.”


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founder PILAU restaurant “My first stop of the day is my office at the Camden Collective – an incredible space given free to young entrepreneurs in the borough of Camden. I’ll then cycle over to my restaurant PILAU, where we serve fresh Indian street food. Every morning we have a management meeting to discuss the day ahead, so I make sure to pick up our caffeine fix from Black Sheep Coffee on the way in. Once we’ve set the day, I pop into the Fitzrovia Chapel to have

a moment of peace. My phone goes on aeroplane mode for five minutes and I take the time to re-balance myself. If it’s a Monday, I’ll head over to the Children’s Hospital in Fitzrovia, as we donate food weekly – it’s a way to make sure we’re giving something back to the community. I’ll then normally have a meeting or two – my favourite spot is Quo Vadis. It means I can sneak in one of Jeremy Lee’s smoked sandwiches in between

working – they are simply out of this world! Late afternoon, I make sure to squeeze in a trip to my gym, The YMCA Club, and then it’s back to PILAU to check in and make sure everything is still going smoothly. PILAU’s neighbour, Trattoria Mondello, is one of my absolute favourites for dinner. It’s the oldest Italian restaurant in Fitzrovia and it is run by a remarkable family. 34 Goodge Street, W1T (07954 576380;

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Hamptons International “With its colourful bohemian past, Fitzrovia enjoys a mix of traditional and new build homes, popular with domestic buyers and overseas investors alike. It offers real value in comparison to neighbouring Prime central London areas.”

Street hearts Alex Bourne

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Charlotte Street

With a distinctly European vibe, café culture is alive and well on this charming street. We love the colourful buildings, historic pubs and the staggering choice of acclaimed eateries

Fitzroy Square

Dating from the late-18th century, this Grade-I listed square was designed by architect Robert Adam. It goes without saying that property here is some of the area’s most expensive

Colville Place

Perhaps our favourite locally, this quiet throughfare is next to the green space of Crabtree Fields. Lush green potted plants front the colourful houses on this quaint, car-free street

“Part of the Bedford Estate, the area has lots of garden squares to escape to in the warmer months, of which Bedford Square is a particular gem: the period buildings really do make it. Having handled a number of instructions on the square it is a firm favourite. ”


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Schools in central London enjoy the same opportunities – and face the same challenges – as residents. Claire Coker from Independent Education Consultants suggests asking these questions to understand what life might be like for your child in a zone 1 school. Do you have space on site for sport and outdoor learning? If you use a local park, do the students walk there or travel by minibus? How regularly do they leave the classroom and explore the museums, galleries and historical spaces central London offers?


How to make a great entrance Entrance exam and interview season is approaching fast. We asked Jack Page of Minerva Tutors what independent schools are looking for and how you can help your child to shine. What impresses today’s admissions teams? The game has very much changed in the last three years, particularly with interviews. Automation and the new landscape for jobs means that schools look for sparky, creative thinkers, not just book smarts and sheer exam polish. Originality is the commodity now.

What impact has that had on exams? Schools are slightly more forgiving than they used to be. For example, as an English tutor, I’ve seen students be called for interview on the strength of an idea in their 11+ or 13+ composition, not just how they expressed it. Children are more than just a score, and the exams are a platform to demonstrate that individuality. How can parents be supportive without piling on the stress? The most important thing is to show you understand the stress,

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and that you’re in it together. For example, it’s counter-productive to criticise your child for not meeting your expectations for studying when they do most of it after a long day at school. Try to delay using past papers for as long as possible, too, and focus on cultivating curiosity instead. For example, expose your child to lots of different kinds of writing. Lightly interrogate them about why things are written the way they are, and encourage them to stand their ground. (The dinner table is a great place to practise this!) Finally, in the run-up to the exam, talk about anything but – and put something nice in the diary for immediately afterwards. The exam then becomes just something to do, not the whole focus. What if a child doesn’t get into their number one school? If a student is rejected it’s more often than not because the school thinks they aren’t a good fit. So rather than framing it as a failure, say that it wasn’t meant to be. The school they get into will be the right school for them.

What’s the traffic like? Is it possible to drop off right by the school and if not, is there somewhere local to park? What public transport is close by, and if we walk or cycle, is there a sheltered place to wait and storage for bikes? How do you prevent classes from being disrupted by noise from the street? What about air pollution – what are the current levels and what’s the council doing to reduce them? (Ask the council if the school doesn’t know.) Do you have the connections to arrange visits by local actors, writers, sportspeople and other inspiring figures? What about work experience opportunities for older children at local companies? How integrated is the school in the local community? Do you incorporate its history, culture and ethnic mix into your teaching, and if so, how? independenteducation


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tudent wellbeing is becoming increasingly vital to schools’ educational philosophies, and with awareness of mental health and its threats continuing to rise, parents and educators are ever more concerned with the emotional support available to our future generation. But at the same time, we hear of the need for resilience in today’s young people and that, given the inevitable challenges of modern society, to be successful they must be able to cope in the face of adversity. So when should a child find that ‘fighting spirit’ rather than ‘a shoulder to cry on’? It’s not a juggling act says successful north London schools group, North Bridge House; resilience should be gained in every lesson as a result of individualised support and the whole school environment. From day one, North Bridge House is on a journey to understand each child as a unique and individual learner, with their own path to realising their academic and personal potential. Whether a child is beginning their journey at the Nursery School or joining at Senior School and Sixth Form, they must feel safe and secure in their learning environment in order to have the best chances of success. “Happiness is the key to successful learning, and we are committed to both reducing the stress that children face and teaching them how to deal with it,” says Head of North Bridge House Nursery and Pre-Prep Schools, Christine McLelland. “Resilience is a learned behaviour and as with growing many qualities in our children, building resilience is most effective from the offset,” she continues.

Cognitive development is not only prolific in the Early Years, making this age group the most malleable and receptive to learning, but young children are more susceptible to stress than we may realise. Starting school in itself can be stressful for some young children, particularly those who experience separation anxiety from their parents, and it is not long until exam pressure creeps in with children sitting entrance tests as young as 4 and 7-yearsold. North Bridge House prepares children for automatic entry to its Prep School to combat this and the school aims to empower them with resilience-promoting tools early on to remove as many barriers to learning as possible. “Resilience, like many characteristics, is stronger and most effective when we have support,” says NBH Prep School Head, James Stenning. “Children find greater confidence, determination and opportunity to develop vital coping skills in the context of safe and trusting relationships as opposed to uncompromising independence,” he explains.

At NBH, teachers work with each individual student to develop positive relationships, ensuring they feel safe and valued in the classroom, which in turn strengthens resilience. “Our focus on the individual, tailoring teaching to their needs and providing oneto-one support, does not however mean we ‘spoon feed’ them,” explains NBH Senior Schools Headteacher, Brendan Pavey. “Teachers create a high-challenge, low-threat environment to allow students to make mistakes and learn through doing so,” he says. North Bridge House maintains small class sizes to differentiate between students, giving them each the individual attention they require in lessons to focus on understanding the subject, as opposed to perhaps feeling behind other students or opting out of engagement. Each student is challenged to achieve their own personal goals and given meaningful feedback – provoking further thought and with clear pointers for improvement (even if the student is excelling) – which in turn increase their sense of achievement and most importantly, autonomy. In understanding their own learning process, students are motivated and self-directed in their studies – at the same time as supported. “Teachers need to provide structure and guidance to problem-solving but allow students to find and investigate their own solutions,” explains NBH Prep Head, James Stenning. “With the mounting pressure of exams on both staff and students, it can become all too easy to ‘spoon-feed’ as opposed to teach. Teaching inspires intellectual curiosity and nurtures independent thinking – ideas that grow beyond the classroom and skills that facilitate life success, not just exam success… Skills such as resilience,” he says. In not rushing to their rescue but giving them the courage to try and tackle a problem and learn through making mistakes, North Bridge House builds its students’ abilities to meet new challenges head-on. “To truly prepare our children for adult life we must build character and resilience and teach them to welcome challenge. Personal and emotional support is integral to this however, and with our focus firmly on the whole child, their whole environment, and their wellbeing, then I truly believe we can make a big difference to their outcomes at school and beyond,” concludes NBH Senior Schools Head, Brendan Pavey. For more information, call 020 7482 1520, or see

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D’Arblay Street W1F

Talk about being in the heart of the action. This four-bed townhouse is situated on one of central London’s most fashionable and vibrant streets and boasts rare historical value: dating back to the time of George II, it’s a fine example of an early 18th century residence. Inside, you’ll find a wealth of period features – think wood cladding and ornate fireplaces – as well as some shrewd modern updates including a glass floored library. And, made for entertaining, the property offers an impressive six reception rooms. £4.95 million, Knight Frank (020 7647 6615;

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Hanway Street W1T

A unique architect designed twobed modern townhouse in the heart of Fitzrovia? This one, the handiwork of Form Architecture, with interiors by Elizabeth Bowman, won’t hang around for long. Its impressive floorplan reveals a triangular property arranged over five floors with a bathroom and dressing room given to each bedroom; a media room flanked by a handy wine cellar; stylish kitchen and living spaces, and a pretty roof terrace to make the most of those city views. £2.3 million, Sandfords (020 7723 9988; TO LET

Bolsover Street W1W

Offered unfurnished – and ready to put your own stylish stamp on it – is this elegant and commodious three-bed apartment that sits pretty between the leafy Regent’s Park and the buzzing Charlotte Street. The ground floor flat forms part of a grand period property yet benefits from a super smart and modern refurbishment inside. Think sleek and contemporary kitchen and bathroom spaces mixed with an impressive scale that you rarely get with a new home. The best of both worlds? Absolutely. £1,075 per week, Druce (020 7935 6535;

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Property news Hamptons go Greene This month, north London estate agents Greene & Co. will be fully welcomed into the Hamptons International fold, with a transition date set for 18 November. Hamptons, who in fact acquired Greene & Co. back in 2015, have been busy behind the scenes working to integrate the businesses smoothly. Lesley Cairns, managing director of Hamptons International, says of her new team members “they are a recognised business in the area and have strong local connections, which is why we are looking forward to bringing their energy and ethos into our company.” And just as Hamptons International expands and diversifies its offering, the brand celebrates its 150th year. Talk about going from strength to strength.


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Years in the business? 32. I love London… because of the huge diversity of people, and the fact that so many movers and shakers make it their home. First London home? On Chalcot Road in Primrose Hill. If I wasn’t an estate agent I’d be… playing up front for Derby County. Favourite London Street? Blomfield Road. Favourite shop? Selfridges. Favourite restaurant? Cecconi’s. Favourite park? Primrose Hill. Favourite place to grab a pint? The City Barge.


Q: Should I be letting my flat furnished or unfurnished? Anita Mehra Benham and Reeves “Furnishing a property is about doing it well and thinking about who you want to attract as a tenant. Yes, it can add rental value in some instances, but this is often a common misconception and should not be the overall objective of a landlord. The focus should be on letting the property quickly and to a high quality of tenant and by doing so, the financial side of your investment will look after itself. If you want to attract top corporate professionals, then you


have to provide the wow factor that makes your property more attractive than anything else being offered in the same building. This is key and by making the applicant fall in love with your property, they want it on the spot. This is the driving factor behind well-furnished properties letting so quickly, as in a competitive space like the London rental market, there’s no time to mess around, otherwise it will have gone to someone else.”

Where do you go for head space in the city? Chiswick House and Gardens. What’s your hidden talent? Quizzes! Period property or new-build? Period. Aliens attack – which London landmark would you save? Big Ben. Creature comfort? Spotify.

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Stylish newly refurbished upper maisonette with a private roof terrace set at the very heart of Hampstead Village. EPC: C

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A beautifully presented 4 bedroom duplex apartment situated in a handsome converted period building. EPC: B

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Platts Lane

Hampstead NW3

ÂŁ3,800,000 freehold

A detached seven bedroom family home with a wonderful lawned garden, off street parking for three cars and an integral garage. EPC Rating E

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Warrington Crescent

Little Venice W9

A rare to the market four bedroom maisonette with direct access to the stunning Formosa Garden. This elegant period property stretches to approximately 2,750 sq. ft. with its own private entrance. The property boasts many period features including a wonderful double reception room containing spectacular high ceilings, as well as a fabulously bright, well-designed kitchen with three French windows; offering unencumbered views of the aforementioned gardens.

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020 7182 1406

EPC Rating D


BRYANSTON SQUARE, W1H A wonderful and rare opportunity to purchase this ground floor three bedroom purpose built apartment extending to 1,903 sq ft on arguably one of the most sought after squares in Marylebone. Double Reception Room - Kitchen - Master Bedroom with En-suite - Two Further Double Bedrooms - Shower Room - Guest WC Porter - Communal Gardens - Access to Private Garden Square - 1,903 sq ft - EPC Rating D




QUADRANGLE TOWER, W2 A refurbished three bedroom apartment located on the fourth floor of a popular purpose built block at the heart of the Hyde Park Estate and Connaught Village benefiting from 24 hour porters and beautiful communal gardens. Reception Room – Three Bedrooms – En Suite Bathroom – Shower Room – Kitchen – 24 Hour Porters – Lift – Communal Gardens – 1047 sq ft – EPC Rating D





HIGHGATE, N6 Situated in one of Highgate’s most sought after roads, a substantial Edwardian house retaining many features of the time. Recently renovated, the house comprises of 4 generous bedrooms with 2 equally generous bathrooms and a further shower room. The vast double aspect master bedroom has a real “wow” factor and is a real feature of the house. Wellestablished garden to the rear and off-street parking to the front. Close to tube. Highgate Village and sought-after schools are also within easy walking distance. 4 Double Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Further Shower Room • Elegant Reception • Dining Room • Fitted Kitchen • Playroom • Guest Cloakroom • Cellar • Mature Garden Off Street Parking • EPC D

£2,950,000 – Main Agent

HIGHGATE, N6 A substantial and imposing 6 bedroom family house built during the early part of the last century. The well planned, well-proportioned accommodation, has impressively high ceilings and there are original fireplaces in virtually all rooms. This is a truly lovely house which is both inviting and engaging! Impressive South West facing rear garden, Highgate Northern line underground station is a brief walk and Highgate Village is also within easy walking distance. Master Bedroom • Wet Room en Suite • 5 Further Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Spacious Entrance Hall • 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen • Utility Room • Top Floor Terrace Excellent South-West Facing Garden • Off Street Parking • EPC C

£2,750,000 – Sole Agent

61 Highgate High St, N6 5JY



020 8348 8131


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DARTMOUTH PARK, NW5 An especially stylish five bedroom apartment in the heart of Dartmouth Park. This is a particularly unique property providing wonderfully proportioned rooms across three levels, with the raised ground floor consisting of a beautiful double reception, luxury kitchen and a dining area which is bathed in natural light. From this room a lovely balcony is found which overlooks and gives stepped access to an exceptional private garden, which has been beautifully maintained by the present owner. FIVE BEDROOMS • SPACIOUS DOUBLE RECEPTION • MODERN KITCHEN • DINING AREA WITH ACCESS TO BALCONY • THREE BATHROOMS (TWO EN-SUITE) • GUEST CLOAKROOM • AMPLE AVAILABLE STORAGE • UTILITY ROOM • FANTASTIC WEST FACING GARDEN EXTENDING TO 75’ APPROX. • RESIDENTS PERMIT PARKING • EPC C

£1,975,000 - Entire Freehold - Sole Agent

2 Fleet Road, NW3 2QS


020 7482 4282


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LEINSTER GARDENS, W2, £899,950 A very bright well presented two bedroom apartment located on the third floor (with lift) of this attractive period Terrace on Leinster Gardens just a short stroll from Hyde Park. The property offers two double bedrooms both ensuite, further WC and wash basin, Living room and kitchen and boasts large sash windows which allow an abundance of natural light to flood in. Leinster Gardens is a leafy terrace just a short walk to the travel links at Lancaster Gate (Central Line) and Paddington stations (Underground, Heathrow Express and forthcoming Crossrail) as well as the fashionable boutiques and restaurants close by on Westbourne Grove. Queensway is also on the doorstep which is currently undergoing major regeneration with Hyde park just at the bottom of the street. Share of Freehold / 740 Sq Ft / EPC: D

PADDINGTON & BAYSWATER | 020 7467 5770

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HAMPSTEAD NW3 £1,250,000 Positioned in one of Hampstead’s most desirable tree-lined roads just moments from the Village and from the glorious expanses of Hampstead Heath, a bright second floor apartment within an impressive semi-detached period property.

93 sq m/1001 sq ft Three bedrooms, two bathrooms Reception with ornate fireplace Separate kitchen Wooden floors and sash windows 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


Reynolds Close, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 ÂŁ2,199,999 | Sole Agent First time on the market in over 52 years. A delightful Grade II Listed double fronted semidetached house built in 1914 designed by renowned architects Parker & Unwin placed at the top end of this quiet cul de sac opposite the Heath Extension, and a short walk to Golders Green Tube. For 52 years the house has been lovingly cared for by its present owner and is now ready to be updated to make this charming character home ready for today's living. The property benefits from an extremely rare double width garage and parking. Early viewing is strongly recommended. Six Bedrooms | Bathroom | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Morning Room | Kitchen Double Width Garage | Cloakroom | Utility Room | Grade II listed | Garden | Semi-Detached Off Street Parking | Long Leasehold Hampstead Garden Suburb Office | 020 8458 5000


020 8458 5000


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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86 PORTLAND PLACE, LONDON, W1 A Gracious and Elegant Lateral 4 Bedroom Apartment 020 7935 6535

£4,950,000 STC LONG LEASE

This apartment benefits from fantastic south and westerly views and is set within a beautiful boutique apartment block in the very sought after Portland Place. The property is located on the 5th floor (with a lift) and boasts excellent reception space with a 35’ double reception room, a very large family sized eat in kitchen/breakfast room and a separate laundry room. For the bedrooms, there is a very impressive master suite and three further double bedrooms. This home was lovingly lived in for many years and now invites a new owner to add their own mark to what will be one of the finest apartments to be found in Marylebone. With day porterage, a long lease, and only one flat per floor, this is a unique opportunity. In addition, it is possible to buy a lock up garage, very close to the property, on a separate lease. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Large Entrance Hall * 35’ Drawing/Dining Room * Eat-in Kitchen/Breakfast Room * Laundry Room * Master Bedroom with Dressing Room & Ensuite Bathroom * 3 Further Double Bedrooms * Bathroom * Guest WC * Communal Heating & Hot Water * Day Porterage * Passenger lift


020 7435 3344


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Situated at the summit of this prestigious cul-de-sac and backing directly onto Golders Hill Park a detached, contemporary house arranged over only 2 floors that was originally constructed in1962 by the current owners family. Set on a double sized plot this unique home offers exceptional potential to either extend the existing property or create a brand new residence on this superb south facing plot, subject to the appropriate planning approvals. The current house offers ideal family accommodation with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a double reception room to the rear opening directly onto the rear garden, a family/playroom, kitchen/breakfast room,utility room and guest cloakroom. To the front of building is a garage block comprising a double garage, hidden garden area and off-street parking for a further 3-4 cars. 5 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | double reception room | family room | kitchen/breakfast room | guest cloakroom | utility room roof terrace | EPC = G

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An exceptional, newly refurbished four bedroom garden maisonette on Lyndhurst Road, Hampstead Village, NW3 situated on the raised and lower ground floors of an imposing Victorian building with superb rear and front garden in the heart of Hampstead. This striking property features impressive living space and grand proportions which has been redeveloped to create a sophisticated and contemporary family home. Lyndhurst Road is enviably positioned in a tree lined location only moments from Hampstead Heath. Energy Efficiency Rating - D61

Hampstead 020 7435 4404





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2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | Apartment Parking | Gym | Concierge | Balcony | Park Facing

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£899,950 Leasehold

2 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms Second Floor | Near Bank Station

Sales office 020 3280 6400

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3 Bedrooms | Reception | 2 Bathrooms | 1,237 Sq Ft Apartment Concierge | Pool, Gym & Spa | Balcony | Parking

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1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom Pool & Gym | Winter Garden | Near Tube

1 Bedroom | Reception | 1 Bathroom Parking | 24hr Concierge | Tube nearby


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Knightsbridge Nine Elms Surrey Quays Wapping West End


£510,000 Leasehold

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PORTLAND PLACE, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 This first floor apartment comprises of entrance hall, reception room, two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen. It has been significantly refurbished throughout with authentic walnut floor in the reception room and hallway. The building’s communal areas have also been refurbished to a high specification in recent years and the building benefits from a porter and a residence parking permit subject to the usual consents. A stunning building close to the junction with Devonshire Street. Shopping facilities of Marylebone High Street and Great Portland Street are close by as are the open spaces of Regents Park. Great Portland Street, Oxford Circus and Baker Street underground stations are a short walk away. Please see website for full details

LEASEHOLD £1,150,000

DEVONSHIRE PLACE, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 Devonshire Place, Marylebone Village, London, W1 A stunning refurbished three bedroom duplex apartment with direct lift access, located a few moments from Marylebone High Street with its enviable array of high end boutiques, bustling cafes and renowned restaurants. The property benefits from wood floors throughout, a spacious master bedroom with a walk in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and two shower rooms, an impressive open plan kitchen and reception room offering a fabulous entertaining space. The apartment boasts a spacious roof terrace. The apartment is close to both Bond Street and Baker Street Underground Stations making it easily accessible. Please see website for full details

£1,800 PER WEEK

+44 (0) 20 7486 4111


ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 An elegant period family house set behind a charming front garden and located between St Johns Wood High Street and the underground station, moments from the International American School. Luxuriously presented and comprising 1572 sq ft/146.23 sq m, including spacious living room and stunning kitchen/dining area with direct access to private rear garden.

020 7722 7222

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

34 1984 - 2018

Entrance Hall ■ Double Reception Room ■ Open Plan Kitchen/Dining Room ■ Utility Room ■ Guest W.C. Master Bedroom With En Suite Shower Room ■ 3 Further Bedrooms ■ Family Bathroom Gardens Front And Rear ■ EPC D £1,650 per week

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



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


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

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

020 7483 3800 W W W. S D I A M . C O. U K 98


An exciting opportunity to rent a spacious five-bedroom Victorian family home (332.1 sq m/3,575 sq ft) located on this highly sought-after turning, moments from the north entrance of Primrose Hill. The house has been meticulously refurbished over the years to an exceptionally high standard and offers an abundance of light and volume throughout all of the principal rooms.

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

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with Study, En-Suite Bathroom & Dressing Room, Four Further Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms, Fully Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Reception Room, Sitting Room, Two Terraces, Rear Garden. EPC=C.

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