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Hannah JOHN-KAMEN On the endless possibilities of fantasy roles, staying grounded and why she’s living in the moment, ahead of the release of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City

SHINING EXAMPLES

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LOCAL LOVE

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Illuminate winter evenings with the best designer lighting

Philipp Humm’s home acts as a gallery space for his art

St. John’s Wood: a grand village in the heart of London

The best London property Market insight

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FROM THE EDITOR The clocks have gone back and the heating has clicked on… Winter is here, but rather than despairing at the darker days, we’re embracing the opportunity to cosy up at home. With that in mind, this issue is full of snuggle-inducing seasonal ideas – from wholesome and hearty suppers to warm you up on chilly evenings, to illuminating lighting designs to brighten up your home as the shortest day approaches. On the subject of which, you’ll be wanting to keep your bedside light switched on after watching cover star Hannah John-Kamen in hair-raising new horror fantasy, Resident Evil: Return to Raccoon City. We caught up to chat to her about the film, her career, and getting her foot on the London property ladder. Elsewhere in the magazine, if you’re starting to feel the tiniest bit Christmassy, from festive fairs to seasonal theatre, there’s something here to whet your appetite. We’re saving the full tinsel-fest for next month, though. See you then, with sparkles on.

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Editor Liz Skone James Art Director Penny Clements Interiors Editor Ali Howard Schools Editor Claire Atherton Photography Director Emmanuelle Peri Assistant Picture Editor Georgia Watson Publisher Katie Hutley Client Services Director Becky Pomfret Production Alex Courtley, Heidi Pomfret Contributor Gabriel Moroney

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IN THIS ISSUE 33 WISH LIST

As TV’s ultimate baking battle comes to a climax, it’s time to get crafty in the kitchen

35 CULTURE FIX

ADVERTISING SALES

What to see and where to go this month in London

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40 EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: HANNAH JOHN-KAMEN

The actor gives us an insight into her fantastical world, and tells us what the future holds

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47 STYLE&WELLBEING

Sustainable fashion and beauty ideas to see you through the season, plus the best at-home fitness

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A party pad, an artistic break, winter inspiration and dreams of next summer’s break. Utter bliss

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The brightest new lighting designs to see us through the darkest days of winter ON THE COVER

Photography Yolanda Y. Liou Styling Karen Clarkson Hair Narad Kutowaroo Make up Lisa Potter-Dixon

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Market news and expert views

Visual artist Philipp Humm’s Hampstead home is full of colour and character – he shows us around

81 LOCAL LOVE

Discover why St. John’s Wood is outperforming other Prime central London areas post-pandemic

90 PROPERTY NEWS

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A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON BUYING, RENTING AND SELLING HOMES.

NORTH GATE, PRINCE ALBERT ROAD, NW8 £3,395,000 SOLE AGENT A well-presented three bedroom apartment located in this highly desirable portered building situated on Prince Albert Road. Set on the second floor, the apartment benefits from fantastic ceiling heights throughout in addition to an abundance of natural light and views of Regents Park. North Gate benefits from a 24-hour concierge as well as gated off-street parking for residents only. North Gate is enviably located both opposite Regent’s Park and at the foot of St John’s Wood High Street, therefore affording easy access to all of its cafes, restaurants and boutique shops. Other amenities include St John’s Wood underground station (Jubilee line). Leasehold | Principal Bedroom With En Suite Bathroom | Two Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom | Guest WC | Reception Room | Kitchen | Communal Gardens | 24-Hour Porterage | Limited Off-Street Parking | Passenger Lift | Entrance Phone | EPC Rating D

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Low Built Detached Villa Norfolk Road, St John’s Wood, NW8 Originally built in circa 1860 as an elegant Italianate villa with bay windows, stone dressings and a gabled roof. The property beautifully fuses charming period features and high specifications throughout and offers in excess of 2,576 sq ft, of living and entertaining. This low built home with a lateral layout and Scandinavian feel comprises 4 bedrooms (1 en suite), 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, large garden dining room with vaulted ceilings, utility, lawned garden and separate garage. The property further features wooden floors throughout and abundance of natural light. The house has a driveway and garage, offstreet parking for a car and a large private facing walled garden. 3 Reception Rooms • 4 Bedrooms • 1 En Suite Bathroom • 2 Further Bathrooms • Kitchen • Utility • Private Facing Lawned Garden • Driveway Parking

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AN EXCEPTIONAL OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A FULLY DETACHED LOW BUILT RESIDENCE (357.4 SQ M / 3,847 SQ FT) LOCATED AT THE TOP END OF ARKWRIGHT ROAD CLOSE TO THE JUNCTION OF ELLERDALE ROAD AND WITHIN 0.3 MILES OF HAMPSTEAD HIGH STREET. On the market for the first time in over 60 years, this much-loved family home represents an increasingly rare chance to buy an unspoilt home with immense potential (subject to planning consent) to create significant additional accommodation both within the existing roof space and from the lower ground floor double garage and adjoining store room. Arkwright Road runs east to west between Fitzjohn’s Avenue and Finchley Road, benefitting from not only the numerous outstanding schools that Hampstead is renowned for, but also from the diverse shops and restaurants/cafe culture of Hampstead Village and Hampstead Underground Station (Northern Line).

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A quite magnificent family apartment with balcony situated on the 3rd floor of this highly sought after period building located on Brunswick Place. This traditional mansion apartment features well planned lateral accommodation extending to 1985sqft/184.4sqm with its main entrance enviably positioned away from Marylebone Road and only moments from the beautiful and wide open spaces of Regents Park. Stylish Entrance Hall | Two reception Rooms | Open Plan Study Area | Kitchen | Master bedroom with En suite Shower Room | Three Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom| Guest WC | Balcony EPC Rating: D

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Set over the entire raised ground floor of this period conversion is this immaculate and elegant flat, located on one of Hampstead’s prime roads. Lateral raised ground floor flat | Period features | Luxury fitted kitchen | Guest cloakroom | Rear facing double bedroom with garden views | Chain free | Newly renovated ensuite bathroom | Share of freehold: 999 years from 25 March 1981 | 0.1 miles from UCS swimming pool | Over 920 sq ft of living space | Traditional bay windows

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BYRON DRIVE, N2 £8,750,000

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A magnificent detached freehold residence with over 8,300 sq ft of accommodation principally over 3 floors set behind a wide sweeping driveway. The house features a magnificent double vaulted grand reception hallway and well planned interior designed accommodation with the additional benefit of a separate staff apartment at ground floor level.

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GOLDERS PARK CLOSE, NW11 £4,999,995

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Built approximately 20 years ago and set behind a sweeping carriage driveway, a detached family home offering flexible accommodation arranged over 3 floors whilst backing directly on to and enjoying views across the rolling green acres of Golders Hill Park.

On the first floor there are 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms(3 en suite) including a beautiful master bedroom suite with stunning views over the garden with far reaching views across Golders Hill Park.

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COLLECTORS’ FAIR

Winter Art & Antiques Fair 2-7 November, Olympia London

Spanning visual art, furniture pieces, jewellery and more, this is one enthralling – and decidedly un-snooty – collectors’ fair for seasoned buyers and beginners alike. Taking over the gallery of the National Hall at Olympia will be 70 of the UK’s finest specialist dealers presenting a veritable treasure trove of over 20,000 pieces. Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone special, a collectable artwork to invest in, or you’re after just the right furniture piece to finish your living room, it’s highly likely you’ll come away with something unique. Dive in!

FESTIVE FAIR

Spirit of Christmas Fair 1-7 November, Olympia London

The Capital’s most organised head to this early Christmas shopping event, which guarantees to get us into the festive spirit. Celebrating its 20th instalment at Olympia, this year’s fair will focus on British, sustainable and ethically produced gifts, with a impressive 650 independent boutiques to discover. Director Mary Claire Boyd says: “Spirit of Christmas Fair signifies the start of the festive season, so we are thrilled to be opening our doors at Olympia London once more. After more than a year of uncertainty and a Christmas which saw many required to spend it away from loved ones, we’re excited to be bringing back the magic of Christmas and spreading some much-needed festive cheer.”

Hammersmith Road, W14 (olympia.london) Bust of Sir Alex Henshaw by Reginald Lewis, bronze

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CULTURE

MUSICAL

Sunset Boulevard

3 December, Royal Albert Hall In a one-night-only special, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Don Black and Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of the legendary 1950 film comes to the Royal Albert Hall – a venue Norma Desmond would most certainly approve of. The 19 strong cast, which includes Mazz Murray as the fading Hollywood star, Ramin Karimloo as Joe Gillis, and Zizi Strallen as Betty Schaefer, will be accompanied by a 40-piece orchestra on the night, conducted by Alex Parker. Expect to be dazzled with power-packed numbers including As If We Never Said Goodbye, With One Look and The Perfect Year. A timeless classic not to be missed. Kensington Gore, SW7 (020 7589 8212; royalalberthall.com)

THEATRE

A Christmas Carol 26 November-9 January, Alexandra Palace

Known for The League of Gentlemen, Sherlock, and Doctor Who, Olivier-award winner Mark Gatiss is often found dabbling in the dark side. This time, he heads to the supernatural Victorian world of this Christmastime classic, both as writer, and in the role of the gruesome, ghostly Jacob Marley. Gatiss’s adaptation also includes Nicholas Farrell as Ebenezer Scrooge, James Backway as Fred, Jo Eaton-Kent as the Ghost of Christmas Past, and Zak Ford-Williams as Tiny Tim. And, with its recent refurbishment that saw many of the auditorium’s original Victorian features brought back to life, the theatre at Ally Pally couldn’t be a more perfect setting. Alexandra Palace Way, N22 (0871 220 0260; christmascarolonstage.co.uk)

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MUSICAL

Little Women 11 November-19 December, Park Theatre

It’s been a while since we delved into the lives of the March sisters but Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy are back, this time in musical form, with a London premiere at the Park. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1868 novel, this fittingly feisty production welcomes a bright young cast including Hana Ichijo, Lydia White, Mary Moore and Anastasia Martin. When aspiring writer Jo receives yet another rejection letter from a publisher, her friend, Professor Bhaer, advises she should write something a little more personal. Begrudgingly, Jo weaves the story of how she and her sisters grew up in Civil War America – a tale of self-discovery, heartache, hope and everlasting love. Clifton Terrace, N4 (020 7870 6876; parktheatre.co.uk)

EXHIBITION

Amy: Beyond the Stage From 26 November, Design Museum

Marking ten years since her untimely death, the Design Museum plays tribute to Amy Winehouse with her first major retrospective. In close collaboration with the artist’s friend and stylist Naomi Parry, Amy: Beyond the Stage, offers a deep dive into everything Winehouse, from the musicians who influenced her career to the story behind that iconic beehive. Parry says: “I was determined to make an exhibition about Amy happen because I had seen first-hand how she became a global icon… Often the portrayal of Amy is focused on the negative aspects of her life, while this exhibition will take visitors through all that she achieved and highlight the incredible mark that she left on the lives of her fans all around the world.” 224-238 Kensington High Street, W8 (020 3862 5900; designmuseum.org)

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Merry Marylebone 10 November, Marylebone Village

If, like us, you’re champing at the bit to get the festivities underway – and who could blame us after last year’s low-key Christmas? – Marylebone is back to full seasonal sparkle this November with a traditional Christmas lights switch-on and shopping event. We’re promised a memorable evening packed with free activities, live music and, of course, those magical illuminations overhead. Over 50 local retailers and restaurants are taking part, including Wyse London, Dinny Hall and Ottolenghi, with wreath making workshops, interactive stalls, exclusive discounts and specially created menus on offer… we can taste the mulled wine and mince pies already. 3-7pm, Marylebone Village (marylebonevillage.com)

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House in a Garden Winner: RIBA London Award

What does New Wave London offer? New Wave London offers a full-construction service, acting as main contractor and project manager for every project. We are unique amongst contracting companies in that all of our 100+ tradespeople and craftsmen are employed directly by us. We also have our own 12,000 sq ft joinery workshop and a trusted group of subcontractors whom we can rely upon. All of this ensures that our projects are executed to the highest standards of building quality and excellence. Who does New Wave London work with? Our approach has ensured we have become a trusted partner for some of UK’s leading architects and interior designers. Recently, we have worked with internationally renowned architects Carmody Groarke, 6a architects and 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architects, Mikhail Riches. We are currently working with MWA and Wolff Architects on several highly bespoke residential properties in St. John’s Wood and Regent’s

Building on

SUCCESS

As renowned building and construction firm New Wave London celebrates 25-years of delivering quality craftsmanship and award-winning buildings, we chat to Managing Director Ziomek Wiertelak about what sets his firm apart Park, and an extraordinary build in Hampstead, designed by the awarding winning Gianni Botsford Architects, which seeks to bring an early project by the world-renowned architect, Norman Foster, up to modern construction standards. We have also recently completed interiors for renowned designers, Rose Uniacke, Jo Hamilton and Juliette Byrne. We continue to nurture these relationships by offering our services and expertise with their ongoing projects. Who does New Wave London work for? Owing to our renowned reputation and built portfolio, we work primarily for high-networth individuals, prominent public figures and distinguished local and international-based families.

New Wave London is known for its quality and building excellence – where does this come from and how are standards maintained? I have always had a keen interest in architecture, and I am very passionate about the execution of good design. I get a lot of satisfaction from the ‘detail’, so I enjoy working closely with architects and interior designers, ensuring that every material junction is considered, and that the best result is realised. We are very passionate about what we do, and we pride ourselves on our work methods and exacting standards. Every project we accept receives special attention and we are heavily invested in the delivery process. A dedicated Works Team is assigned to every project, so a personal service is always guaranteed. Our success is

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Highgate House Winner: RIBA London Award

based on our approach, with client satisfaction our principal objective. 25 years is a big milestone – what does the future hold for New Wave London? The future is bright for New Wave London. We have some exciting residential projects in the pipeline, and we are currently working on projects for Aesop and Bonhams. I look forward to delivering these with our trusted team in the coming months. Next month, I plan to celebrate with the team and take time to reflect on the time that has passed and our success to date. For further information, call 020 8438 9817, or email info@newwave.co.uk (newwave.co.uk)

Photography by Edmund Sumner and Johan Dehlin

Who are New Wave London? I moved to the UK from Poland in the mid-90s and established New Wave London in 1996. Over the last 25-years, the company has gained a reputation as one of the leading construction companies of bespoke prime residential and commercial projects in London.

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exclusive interview

BADASS

Photography assistant: Joe Porritt (@joe.porritt)

Growing up, acting was all Hannah John-Kamen wanted to do – now she’s doing it, she pinches herself daily – she explains why the job is so empowering WORDS by LIZ SKONE JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY by YOLANDA Y. LIOU STYLING by KAREN CLARKSON HAIR by NARAD KUTOWAROO MAKE UP by LISA POTTER-DIXON

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ou might not recognise Hannah-John Kamen’s name, but the chances are you will know her face. The 32-year-old’s CV would be the envy of any actor; film roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Tomb Raider; Ready Player One and Marvel movie Ant-Man and the Wasp. Plus, TV appearances in Black Mirror, Game of Thrones and 2020 Netflix hit, The Stranger, amongst others. And there’s more to come – next month sees her starring as Jill Valentine in Constantin Films’ Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, while Unwelcome, in which she stars opposite Douglas Booth, is set for release early next year. And it has been announced that she will be playing the title role in Millennium’s comic book fantasy hero feature Red Sonja. There was much to discuss when we sat down to chat.

quite believe it! I really felt I connected with the script and what Red Sonja represents. All of the training and prep is underway: I find it’s always the most exciting part to be able to create, articulate, discover and explore who your character is, what they represent and how they came into being. This role really gave me the freedom to voice my own interpretation of Red Sonja, and when you have the opportunity to do that, you have to grab it by the horns.

We’ll be seeing you next in Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, can you tell us a little about the film and why you wanted to be involved? Well, it’s based on the hugely popular video game series: this adaptation is the story of how it all begins, and all I can say to fans of the game and genre is that it won’t disappoint! I think Johannes (Roberts, the director), has done an amazing job – it’s almost identical to the games, but with a retro twist. It’s set in the 90s, which was so exciting and nostalgic for me, because I’m a 90s kid. So, that appealed, plus I’m a fan of the games myself, and a big fan of zombie movies, so I was definitely nerding out on set. I just knew from the outset that I was going to have way too much fun with this project. You’ve also got Unwelcome coming up in the new year, can you tell us about that? It’s definitely a juxtaposition from my role as Jill Valentine. Unwelcome is a story about a couple who go through a traumatic event and decide to start a new life in Ireland, but all is not as it seems, and the peace and quiet they were looking for and craving isn’t as easily found as they had hoped. It was a really different project for me – definitely not a role I have ever taken on before. It’s such a raw piece of work and I definitely let my imagination go – it was wonderful to really immerse myself and feel the freedom to allow my performance to go a distance that was unknown to me. Also, working alongside Douglas Booth was such a pleasure: there was a great and easy chemistry that flowed between us so naturally. Being in scenes with him felt like playing a game of ping pong – batting the energy back and forth – which was so fun. I’m really excited for this movie to come out and for everyone to see it. In other news, you’ve also been announced as Red Sonja – has work started on the film? It is such an honour to be able to talk about this now. I still can’t

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You’ve made a name for yourself starring in fantasy roles – what is the appeal of this type of project? I think, for me it’s a reflection of my childhood and my imagination! I love, love, love fantasy because the possibilities are endless – I can really let go and explore or escape the laws of reality. Also, the hair, make up and costume possibilities are so much more elevated and creative – you can push boundaries that you wouldn’t get to do when portraying a character in a more mainstream genre. Don’t get me wrong, working in the real world is badass, too. I find that whether I’m working on a fantasy project, or one that’s grounded in reality, there’s always a discourse of politics, economy, hierarchy, currency… the same problems exist. So, themes are really important to me, as they enable you to tell stories, to interpret and perform. Your CV is a real mix of film and TV, do you have a favourite medium, or do you think the difference between them is narrowing? I find film and TV are both different and similar at the same time. Filming a series, for example, you have more episodes to tell the story, so the formula of storytelling is different to that used in a two-hour film, where there has to be a definitive beginning, middle and end. I guess, for me they both have their pros and I haven’t really experienced any cons. What attracted you to acting and what would you have done if not this? I can honestly say that I can’t ever remember a time where I didn’t want to act or perform. It’s ingrained in me, and growing up there was never any other option, because nothing else made me happy. I do what I do because it’s fun, it’s empowering, and it makes me feel alive. I pinch myself some days because I get to do what I really want to do with my life. The passion only grows and grows with each role, because I learn something new every time, gain something from each job. Being on set and in another character makes me feel limitless. How did your break in Whitechapel come about? Whitechapel was my first ever TV break, I was still at drama school, and I was doing my last show. I had already signed with my agent, Scott Marshall, and they really got the ball rolling

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“I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE FANTASY, BECAUSE THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS – I CAN REALLY LET GO AND EXPLORE OR ESCAPE THE LAWS OF REALITY.” with auditions. I remember, when I got the job, I arrived on set, and I was like a rabbit in headlights. There was so much that I didn’t know, including that I didn’t have to eat the set food in the dress rehearsal, which I obviously did! It was definitely a learning curve for my TV – and later film – career. What has been your best, or worst experience at audition? I think my best experience in an audition was when I met THE Steven Spielberg for Ready Player One. I was so nervous beforehand: I went to the bathroom to call my dad. He told me to look in the mirror, say my name out loud and breathe in deeply – so I did, and suddenly I was ready. It turned out to be just a wonderful, fun meeting – Steven wanted to get to know me and asked lots of questions about my life. We talked in-depth about the role, and it all went by so quickly – then he told me to stand up and said there and then: “You’ve got the job”. I was screaming inside; I couldn’t believe it. So yes, that was definitely the best, best, best experience and audition of my life. I will never forget it. What has been your favourite project to date? I can’t really say, because I have had the honour of playing so many different and wonderful characters. I instantly think of Ready Player One, Ant-Man and the Wasp… Of playing Wilhelmina ‘Helm’ Watson in Brave New World, Jill Valentine in Resident Evil and Maya in Unwelcome… There’s just so many that it is impossible to choose between them. What I can say is that I have no regrets.

What would be your dream role? Each character has given, and offered me so much – and they are all so different. This is what I love about my career: every day, every project and every character is so different. That’s why even the idea of that dream role doesn’t exist to me, because every role is surprising, shocking, new and empowering. There is also the unknown – where a role you might not have thought could have impacted you, might have changed your life and become really special. Also, it’s not just about the role, it’s the family you join. The director, the production team and your co-stars all make your experience unique. They complete it. You were named a Screen International Star of Tomorrow in 2016 – how did that feel and how do you think it has impacted your career since? It was an absolute honour. I felt so humbled and valued as an actor, and also recognised for my work. It was an emotional moment. I can say from the bottom of my heart that that moment is something that will stick with me forever. I think it elevated my self-worth, it played a huge part in building my confidence and helping me grow in this industry… I felt like I could conquer anything after that. Who inspires you? My mum was my biggest inspiration. She was a warrior, a fighter; beautiful, intelligent, honest, unapologetically funny, stylish, unique and strong. She had a symbolic class about her, and she was my hero. If I can be even half the woman she was, then I’m a happy camper. She gave me the best advice, which was that no matter what life throws me, no matter how high or how low it gets, to always stay grounded and never lose sight of who I am. What do you consider to be your biggest achievement and why? My biggest achievement? I guess self-achievement is a process, but I am proud of the roles I have played. And I am proud of my survival at times when things were tough. But I do have to say – buying my house in London is something that makes my soul smile, and that’s because it is mine and mine alone. I worked hard for my bricks and mortar, and I feel all grown up when I think about how I have achieved it through that hard work. Can you tell us a little bit about what you love about living in London? People always ask me if I am going to make the move to LA and I always say no, because no matter where I film in the world, I can’t wait to go home to London. I love the pace, I love the culture, I love the hustle and bustle and the raw edges. I love how you can really be yourself in London – there is a freedom it brings me, for sure. What are you looking forward to in 2022? I am looking forward to the projects I have lined up next year, but after the pandemic and experiencing a traumatic loss last year, life has taught me that we really can’t predict or expect anything. So don’t waste time looking too far into the future, because you’ll be missing the present. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City will be released in cinemas on 3 December

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STYLE&WELLBEING

Style& wellbeing Look good, feel better

Becky Lennon, head of the extensions team at Daniel Galvin has a celebrity client list that includes Made in Chelsea’s Frankie Gaff, pictured below

BOOK

Sustainable beauty

MAKES 1 MASK

Thousands of products claim to be better for the environment and your skin, but are they all as good as they seem? While we might not have all the answers, make up artist Justine Jenkins, a regular on Fabric cover shoots, probably has most of them. This month sees the release of her new book, Sustainable Beauty (16 November, White Lion Publishing, £18). Packed with tips and tricks, plus 20 step-by-step recipes for beauty essentials (including DIY hydrating serums and superfood face masks), it illustrates how small changes in habit can result in a more sustainable beauty routine. Here, Justine offers us a taste of what to expect, with her recipe for a nourishing oat face mask. She says: “Oats are an effective alternative to soaps and detergents, so are great for nourishing tired skin and wonderful in a face mask like this one. Oats contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.”

FABRIC RECOMMENDS

Hair extensions by Daniel Galvin I have spent what feels like a lifetime (and a small fortune) attempting to inject more volume into my oh-so-fine hair, sampling all manner of supplements and specialist products, all to no avail. In fact, as time passes, things seem to be getting worse: much to my horror, while looking at photographs from only a few years ago recently, I realised my hair has actually got thinner! Thanks a bunch, hormones. A good friend (and fellow sufferer) recently decided to take action, delving into the glamorous world of extensions. I’d only ever considered this as a means of adding length, assuming that the process would damage what little hair I have. Her experience proved me wrong. Coveting my friend’s now voluminous hair, I was determined to give it a go myself. Feeling somewhat trepidatious (what if they felt uncomfortable, or made things look worse), I headed to Selfridges to meet Becky Lennon, head of the extensions team at Daniel Galvin. I was in safe hands: she’s won Hair Extension Specialist of the Year at the London Hair & Beauty Awards and has been perfecting the art of extensions for years.

During the initial consultation we discussed what I wanted to achieve (more hair!) and Becky colourmatched me with some hair (all ethically sourced from India). The process itself is straightforward – Becky takes small pieces of the hair which are infused with keratin on the ends, and uses heat to secure them to my own hair, leaving a small gap between the scalp and the bond to avoid any feeling of tightness and to ensure that the hair can move in a natural fashion. She then cuts the new hair in to match my current length, and voila… I have thicker hair and I can barely feel where the extensions have been placed, let alone see them. The one thing that takes a little getting used to is when I touch my hair: I’m so used to ‘zhuzhing’ it up with my hands but I can no longer do that without accidentally pulling on the extensions, which does smart a little. Becky sends me away with some sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner, along with advice on how to look after my new do. In particular, making sure to brush regularly, so that the extensions don’t get matted. After her pep talk I walk away feeling confident that I won’t wake up to find the extensions lying forlornly on my pillow. I’ve had so many compliments since my appointment; people are genuinely amazed at how natural the extensions look, and my new volume has given me so much more confidence to wear my hair with pride. I’ll need to have them changed after two to three months, but it’s a price I am more than willing to pay. BP

EQUIPMENT: Food processor | Mixing bowl | Metal spoon | Face cloth METHOD 1. Place the oats into a food processor. Blend to a fine powder. 2. Place the ground oats in the bowl. Add the castor oil and mix until it becomes a paste. 3. Apply to your clean, dry face using your fingertips, avoiding your eyes and lips. Leave for 10 minutes. 4. Wipe off with a damp face cloth or rinse off with cold water. Pat dry.

From £400. Available at the Marylebone and Selfridges salons (danielgalvin.com/hair-extensions)

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INGREDIENTS: 2 tsp ultra-fine organic ground oats or oat powder |2 tsp castor oil

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STYLE&WELLBEING FITNESS

Mirror, mirror… As the days get shorter and the weather grows colder, it can become harder than ever to find the motivation to get out to the gym. If your trainers are spending longer languishing by the door than pounding the pavements of late, it might be time to invest in a piece of home fitness tech. We’ve been eyeing up the VAHA S, a sleek floorstanding, or wall-mounted interactive mirror that acts like a holographic personal trainer. This clever piece of kit comes loaded with more than 200 different workouts designed to cater to every training goal and exercise preference – from yoga and meditation sessions to cardio classes and strength training, you can train how you like, whenever you like. And more than 100 live classes are streamed every week. All workouts are digitally accessible and have been developed by qualified professionals; there’s even the opportunity to access 1-2-1 personal training sessions. Add to that the capability to integrate with Spotify, Instagram, TikTok and Zoom, and you’ll wonder what you ever saw in the gym. £1,150 with financing available from £29.49 per month. Monthly subscription costs £39. For more details, see uk.vaha.com

NEW OPENING

An idea with legs You might have escaped them while working from home last winter, but the chances are you’ll be reaching for your trusty tights again as the weather turns colder this year. If you are, check out Billi London, the world’s first and only certified 100 per cent biodegradable tights brand. Soft and chic, Billi tights are made with innovative materials that biodegrade 20 times faster than traditional yarns, breaking down into biomass and biogas that can be used to create renewable energy, leaving no microplastics in landfills. You can discover the range at the brand-new store in Covent Garden’s Seven Dials. Take in a pair of your old tights – from any brand – and you’ll even receive a five per cent discount on purchases (the team will then upcycle them to give them a second life). If you’re not a tights wearer, it’s still worth a look – to coincide with the opening, Billi London has launched the exclusive SEV7N collection of biodegradable leggings and socks. Toasty toes beckon.

ETHICAL ESSENTIALS

Rinse and repeat The average person’s beauty regime contributes 75 pieces of single-use packaging to landfill every year. But why be average when you can transform your routine into a refillable ritual with a little help from London beauty e-tailer CIRCLA. Launched earlier this year, the brand offers a curated selection of beauty staples and luxury items – from independent brands, including skincare, shampoos, conditioners and body lotions – which are offered via a milk-

round style delivery service that promises to make buying sustainably effortless. Orders arrive via bike or electric vehicle, then, when you’ve used the last drop, simply reorder your favourites or discover something new, before leaving the empties out to be collected when your new order arrives. All products come in glass or aluminium packaging – designed to be reused up to 60 times – which is sterilised and refilled. Brands on the site include Evolve Beauty,

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FOOD&DRINK The dishes served at Whitcomb’s were all born out of a passion for premium grade ingredients found in the French culinary tradition

Food &drink

Feast your eyes on this month’s finest

HOT TABLE

Whitcomb’s at The Londoner

FINE WINE

Made for celebrating After 2020’s lockdown let down, we’re planning an extravagant season of festivities this year, and we’ll be doing it with a glass of The Emissary Asolo Prosecco Superiore DOCG firmly in hand. We don’t need to tell you that all proseccos are not born equal – elegant, rich and complex, with extra fine, velvety bubbles, this delectable drop is made from only the finest selection of grapes grown on founder Ed Smith’s family-run vineyard in Italy’s ‘DOCG Asolo’ region. The Londoner wanted to introduce a more distinguished prosecco to the UK’s increasingly confident wine drinkers, and with this, he has succeeded. The pale straw-yellow blend has a rich bouquet with fruity and floral notes, a vibrant, zesty acidity and a subtle hint of sweetness, all of which balance gracefully on the palate. Better yet, it is 100 per cent vegan, sustainably produced and low in sugar. It’s the perfect aperitif, complement to your Christmas meal or after dinner drink – stock up now. £17.99 per bottle (theemissary.co.uk)

It’s true, Leicester Square doesn’t always conjure up the classiest of mental images, but if anywhere can challenge that preconception, it is The Londoner. Edwardian Hotels London worked with architecture studio Woods Bagot, engineers Arup Associates, interior designers Yabu Pushelberg and artist Ian Monroe to bring their striking concept to life. Dubbed the world’s first super boutique hotel, it was set to open in spring 2020… Things got in the way, inevitably, and it eventually opened to great fanfare this September, promising – thanks to a smorgasbord of concept F&B offerings – something for both locals and visitors alike. Its signature restaurant is Whitcomb’s, where Executive Head Chef Shailesh Deshmukh’s focus is on simple, elegant French Mediterranean cuisine, prepared using carefully selected quality ingredients. All-day dining is on offer here, but we visit as daylight fades and the West End lights begin to twinkle. The space is suitably glamorous, with a grand marble table at its centre, soft as butter leather seating and modern art adorning the walls. Above us, a whimsical metal sculpture by artist Shida Salehi floats from the ceiling. We sip on an Arrivée cocktail as we peruse the menu. A blend of Noilly Prat and Lillet Blanc with prosecco, orange bitters and elderflower and melon cordial, it is light and refreshing. Like long forgotten sunshine in a glass. Our friendly waiter talks us through the menu concept, advising on quantities and giving his personal recommendations (dedicated to the job, he has tasted everything, and confirms that it is all excellent). This is, he says, food for sharing – my favourite kind.

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We begin with ‘Fromage au Four’: a red-hot skillet of baked Gruyère and Emmental with Cognac, crispy pancetta and Dijon mustard, into which we hungrily dig chunks of artisan French bread. Strings of cheese hang from our chins – it is delicious, but categorically not first date food. A divinely palate cleansing tuna tartare with caviar and confit egg yolk follows. It is a standout. Encouraged to try one of the Pâtes Maison, we share a dish of agnolotti with creamy cheese béchamel and crispy sage butter, before moving on to our main dish. We have opted for the filet mignon, and we are not disappointed. Exquisitely tender, the steak is topped with chanterelle and an aged Parmesan crème. Impossibly tasty, garlicky French beans and frites with rosemary and sea salt are the perfect accompaniment. The latter are like no frites we have ever tasted; rectangular sheets of the crispiest potato – I have been dreaming about them ever since. Amazingly, and fortuitously, we have room for dessert. We choose warm sugar-coated beignets. The bite-sized treats are served with a trio of dipping sauces (rich dark chocolate, a Christmassy spiced orange and a glorious dulce de leche) and are seriously naughty. Forget every preconception you have about hotel dining: The Londoner set out to shape the legacy of the West End, and if Whitcomb’s is anything to go by, it is likely to succeed. LSJ 38 Leicester Square, WC2H (020 7451 0167; thelondoner.com/ restaurants-bars/whitcombs)

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Elena Silcock’s Kitchari Quick, fulfilling meals are the order of the day as the nights draw in and the temperature drops. Think soups, stews and warming curries. Looking for foodie inspiration, we turned to chef and food stylist Elena Silcock, who releases her new book, ONE: One Pan, One Hob, One Meal (4 November, Hamlyn, £16.99), this month. A home-cook’s holy grail of speedy suppers, it is packed with delicious dishes. Here, she shares a recipe that is quite simply, sunshine in a bowl. She says: “This is a famous Ayurvedic dish. It’s so soothing, it feels like you’re hugging your soul when you eat it. My top tip would be to make it on Sunday and make enough to eat it again a day later when the flavours have developed and that Monday feeling has kicked in.”

INGREDIENTS 2 tbsps coconut, sunflower or olive oil | 2 courgettes, chopped into 2 cm chunks | thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger, grated | 1 tsp mustard seeds | 1 tsp fennel seeds | 1 tsp ground coriander | 2 tsp ground turmeric | 150g brown rice | 150g split yellow peas (or use red or green lentils) | 1.2 litres vegetable stock | 300g spinach | 150ml coconut yogurt | 1 lemon or lime, ½ juiced and ½ cut into wedges | sea salt and freshly ground black pepper | freshly chopped coriander, to serve METHOD 1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a high heat. Add the

courgettes, along with a big pinch of salt, and fry for around 8 minutes until lightly charred and collapsing. Add the ginger, followed by the spices, and stir so that everything is well coated. Fry for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the brown rice and split yellow peas to the pan and stir again. 2. Pour in the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Season, then cover with a lid and cook for 40–45 minutes, stirring regularly. At this point, the rice and the split yellow peas should both be soft. If they still have a little bite, cook for another 5–10 minutes – you want them to be completely soft, so that this dish is very easy to digest. If the mixture starts to catch on the base of the pan, add a splash of water. 3. Stir through the spinach, along with a big spoonful of the coconut yogurt. Add the lemon or lime juice and season well. Add a splash of water if it seems a little thick. 4. Spoon into 4 bowls and top each one with a spoonful of coconut yogurt. Scatter with the coriander and serve with the lemon or lime wedges.

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has to be coffee and orange rub chicken with tomato mashwiya (which literally means roasted salad). It sounds like an unusual combination, but trust me, it works really well. What do you cook on your days off? Most recently, I have been testing new ideas for our new wine bar and restaurant, The Barbary Next Door, as well as cooking some of my most loved childhood dishes for my family. Over the last few weeks we’ve had everything from schnitzel with potato

salad to goulash, shakshuka, burekas, and my all-time favourite, roast chicken. Best meal you’ve ever eaten? I am torn between Viajante by Nuno Mendes or my mentor from home, Meir Adoni. Everything he touches is so delicious. Guilty food pleasure Hamburgers or ice cream. Or both! If you could cook for anyone, who? Niklas Ekstedt. It would be great to not only cook

for him but have a conversation about food and his style of cooking, which I really admire. What should no kitchen be without? Chefs with passion – this is such a vital ingredient in the kitchen as it increases productivity and drive within the workplace. The Barbary Next Door, ‘little sister’ to The Barbary, has just opened in Neal’s Yard courtyard. 16A Neal's Yard, WC2H (thebarbarynextdoor. co.uk)

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As the hospitality industry bursts back to life, a new restaurant offers an authentic taste of India in the heart of St. John’s Wood Ritu Seasons of India opened on Blenheim Terrace this July. Inspired by the six seasons of India, it serves a menu of unique dishes rooted in a passion for quality produce and exquisite presentation – with not a chicken tikka masala in sight. And it’s not just the menu that’s a little different: the elegant interior is light, bright and exquisitely decorated, vying for a place amongst London’s most sophisticated spots. The restaurant is the brainchild of Anubhav Srivastava, an experienced restaurateur with two award-winning restaurants in Chennai, India, under his belt. He is passionate about sharing the authentic food of his Indian heritage with the people of the UK, where he was born and raised. Helping him to bring the concept to life is Culinary Director Navin Prasad who boasts 25 years’ experience working in high end

kitchens around the world, including Benares in Mayfair and Zaika of Kensington. The chef recently spent eight years travelling around India discovering the richness of the cuisine and is now ready to share his new understanding with Londoners – including revealing a number of dishes never before seen in this country. Expect the likes of Kolkata chicken lollipop and Masala seared scallops to start; a tandoor selection which includes Kadhai duck, Kaffir malai prawns and Chettinad chicken tikka; and mains such as Nilgiri paneer, Laal maas and Bhindi molakittathu. Anubhav says: “Ritu is a project that has been in my mind for a very long time and now is the perfect time to turn this dream into a reality. I can’t wait to welcome guests into Ritu and share with them our incredible cuisine.” Book your table today, call 020 3857 2754. 1 Blenheim Terrace, NW8 (ritu.london)

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Roaring into Highgate Proving, once again, that north Londoners are the luckiest of Capital dwellers,, Highgate recently welcomed a new restaurant to the neighbourhood – and early reports are excellent. Combining classic cars with an impressive modern art collection and an exquisite Mediterranean menu, The Engine Rooms is a totally unique concept. It is the brainchild of Paul Michaels, owner of the Hexagon classic car dealership. Last year saw Paul – in collaboration with wine expert Bert Blaize – take his first steps into the world of food and drink, with the launch of Bottles ‘N’ Jars, an artisanal deli and fine wine merchant on the site of Hexagon’s Great North Road showroom. Following on from this success, it comes as no surprise that the new offering has received glowing reviews. Paul’s vision for the restaurant was to create a simple, regularly changing menu that encapsulated the joy of Mediterranean dining whilst using the best of seasonal British ingredients. It has been brought to life by head chef James Harrison, formerly of Taka Marylebone, whose all-day menu has a specific focus on fish and vegetables. Think grey mullet ceviche with confit tomato dressing, cured egg yolk, samphire, and pistachio. The setting is equally special, interior design was overseen by Paul’s late wife, whose art collection is on display throughout. An intimate mezzanine dining level is complemented by a heated courtyard area with electric canopy roof, allowing for all year dining. And a relaxed daytime coffee bar transitions into a wine bar with sophisticated bar snacks in the evening. Diners can perch on a bar stall and enjoy a glass of wine overlooking the array of beautiful classic cars. Race you there. 82-92 Great North Road, N2 (020 3404 2490; theenginerooms.co.uk)

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Toast of the town With king of cool Idris Elba at the helm, there’s no doubt that the newest bar on the Kings Cross scene will be one to watch. The world-renowned actor, producer and DJ teamed up with founder of Connaught Wine Cellars, David Farber to launch the Porte Noire Champagne and rosé brand back in 2018, and now the pair have opened their first bar, tasting rooms and shop of the same name. Located at the foot of the stunning Gasholders, opposite Regent’s Canal Towpath at Coal Drops Yard, the new bar and shop is a celebration of the brand, as well as being home to an extensive selection of exceptional international wines in around

800 bins. Curated by David, this ranges from some of the best and rarest bottles to a more accessible selection of wines on tap to suit all tastes. Most bottles are available to purchase in the shop that sits by the entrance to the bar. A food menu is split into tasters, bar snacks, starters, mains and desserts, encompassing everything from artisanal cheese and charcuterie to brasserie-style dishes like the delicious slow cooked beef cheek, pommes purée and leek persillade. David tells us: “We’re really excited to be bringing a slice of continental hospitality to London this autumn… we have seen some incredible reviews of Porte Noir and we’re looking forward to creating a space to match.’’ They’re not alone in that.

The oven ready meals are priced from £9.99 and serve two. Craft beers priced from £2.89. Available from the Daylesford Farmshop & Café sites, and online at daylesford.com

Gasholder 10, Unit A, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C (020 7930 6211; portenoire.co.uk)

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Fancy a hearty homecooked-style meal to warm you up on these chilly November nights? With diaries filling up once more, finding the time to get creative in the kitchen can be hard. Which is why we’ve come to rely on Daylesford Organic for our dinner. Their wholesome new oven-ready meals, launched last month, are hearty and healthy. Created in small batches, they’re made using perfectly ripe, fresh ingredients, and traditional methods, such as slow cooking, that bring out the natural flavours and lock in goodness for a nourishing and balanced dish. With both vegan and meat options available, there’s something for everybody. We love the Mac & Greens (slow-cooked macaroni in a creamy Gruyere and mature Cheddar sauce with kale leaves), the Vegan ‘Shepherdless’ Sweet Potato Lentil Pie (with barley, mushrooms and garden vegetables, simmered in a rich, herby tomato sauce), the traditional Beef Lasagne and the aromatic Lamb Massaman, but all of the ten dishes are divine. Pair them with one of Daylesford’s vegan Craft Beers that launched back in September, and you have yourself the perfect night in.

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Bold yet beautiful, with a nod to contemporary industrial, the magnificent events spaces at The Engine Rooms have come roaring on to the north London scene, just in time for party season

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aul Michaels probably needs little introduction to Highgate locals – for almost 60 years he has been selling classic cars from his dealership, Hexagon, one of the finest in Europe. But cars are just the tip of the iceberg for Paul and his team – last year, he teamed up with wine expert Bert Blaize to open Bottles ‘N’ Jars, an arisanal deli and luxury wine store on the site of the showroom, and this summer saw the opening of The Engine Rooms, a design-led restaurant, together with a specialty wine cellar and bar. Combining beautiful classic cars, the extensive modern art collection of Michael’s late wife, and a Mediterranean inspired all-day menu, The Engine Rooms – on Great North Road – creates a truly unique lifestyle experience. Food is overseen by Head Chef James Harrison, formally of Taka Marylebone, while the exciting wine list has been put together by Bert Blaize.

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With the restaurant already receiving rave reviews, thanks to some very special private hire spaces, The Engine Rooms looks set to become north London’s premier event venue, too. These surround Paul’s collections, creating a truly unique atmosphere for both business and personal events. The V8 Room is the smallest of the event spaces, hosting anything from 10-50 people. Styled in a simple but contemporary way, floor-to-ceiling windows flood the space with natural light, whilst beautiful ceramics and exceptional art adorn the walls. An intimate space, it is ideal for private dinners and intimate drinks receptions. The V12 Room is a blank canvas, allowing clients to create their perfect setting, whether for a dinners, drinks receptions, brand launches, business lunches, or even a wedding with a twist. Designed for up to 160 people, this space is versatile and adaptable with a more industrial vibe. The Showroom itself can be transformed after hours to provide seating for 250 guests. With its breathtaking glass ceilings, it is a truly a dramatic setting for anything from fashion shows to award ceremonies, and it can even be hired as a filming location. With the perfect space sorted, you can be assured that things will run smoothly, thanks to an in-house event management team supported by an impressive list of preferred suppliers, including caterers, production companies, florists, videographers and photographers. 82-92 Great North Road, N2. To plan your event, call the team on 020 8348 5151 or email events@theenginerooms.co.uk (theenginerooms.co.uk; @theenginerooms_ eventspace)

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Travel news

Discover your home away from home

NEW OPENING

Country pursuits Fancy being Lord or Lady of your own estate? You can try the role on for size at Keythorpe Hall, a new private retreat on the border of Rutland and Leicestershire, near Uppingham. Picture the scene: it’s the start of the weekend. You’re standing in the portico of a Grade II Listed Georgian country house, set in 20 acres of gardens. Behind you, in the kitchen, your team are busy preparing a Michelin star worthy supper. The chef, with the house and garden team will have already discussed with you what produce is at its very best from the estate’s walled garden and local farms. They’ll have given you hints on the surprises that lie in wait for you and your guests, from breakfasts to informal lunches and showstopper dinners… The field-to-fork kitchen philosophy at Keythorpe has been overseen by Nurdin Topham, who spent a decade at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, before going on to earn a Michelin star for NUR in Hong Kong. Bringing Topham’s vision to life in the kitchen is Peter Johansen, who has perfected his skills working for a string of highly acclaimed restaurants including The Harwood Arms in London. Completing the experience, wine expert Bert Blaize will be available to create a personalised wine and drinks experience to match the menu and the occasion. Owners Giles and Barbara say: “Guests just need to arrive for memories to begin – from leisurely breakfasts, long walks, a game of tennis, cocktails from the sideboard, superb food, nightcaps… to waking up to birdsong.” It sounds like bliss.

CULTURAL BREAKS

The art of travel A city of enormous cultural richness, Paris has a formidable artistic heritage, and nowhere is that more alive than at Le Meurice, the original palace hotel in the city’s historic centre. Many of the greatest artists and thinkers of our age have found inspiration within the hotel’s walls, and now it’s our turn. The Dorchester Collection has unveiled a series of bespoke, private art trails, allowing guests to follow in the footsteps of legendary artists such as Picasso, Rodin and Monet. Franka Holtmann, general manager of Le Meurice, tells us: “These trails will take our love of art out onto the historic cobbled streets of Paris, to see the city through the eyes of some of the world’s greatest artists. Inspired by Picasso celebrating his wedding feast

WINTER SUN

Maltese magic

Some of the newly renovated suites at The Xara Palace feature private terraces with hot tubs, set on Mdina’s historic ramparts

at Le Meurice in 1918, we’re starting our series by celebrating his fascinating life.” The tour will see a local guide take guests in small private groups to uncover why Picasso’s masterpiece Les Demoiselles d’Avignon remained rolled up and neglected in his studio for years, discover how he paid for his drinks at the Lapin Agile, and find out why he was implicated in a theft at the Louvre... Alongside the Picasso trail, a Rodin inspired tour will be launched this month, with one focusing on Monet planned for next March. Rates from €1,330 for two sharing a Superior Room or Suite, including American breakfast and a two-hour expert guided tour (dorchestercollection. com/en/paris/le-meurice)

Winter sun needn’t necessitate hours on a plane – just a three-and-a-half-hour flight from London, Malta boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, making it perfect for a weekend dose of vitamin D. For the ultimate treat, book yourself into The Xara Palace Relais & Châteaux, located in a 17th-century palace on the ramparts of

Keythorpe Hall sleeps up to 20 with pricing starting from £14,000 per night (minimum 2-night stay) including all meals, drinks and service and the full use of the house and grounds (keythorpehall.co.uk)

the Unesco-protected ‘Silent City’ of Mdina. Renowned for luxury, the exclusive hotel – the only hotel in Mdina – is home to Michelin Star restaurant, de Mondion, and recently reopened following a two-year refurbishment that saw the rooms and suites reconfigured, with work carried out to reduce the hotel’s environmental

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impact. The project also saw the creation of an exquisite new Presidential Suite, which elegantly blends modern comforts like Swedish Hästens beds with historical features such as the original wooden beams. The new accommodation is spread over two floors and decorated with a fascinating selection of handpicked antique furnishings and

pieces of art. Full of charm and character, whether you’re after a romantic escape, a cultural stay or simply an exclusive getaway, you’ll find it all here. Accommodation that is truly fit for royalty. Rates for the Presidential Suite start from €600 per night. Room rates from €236 per night. For more information, visit xarapalace.com.mt

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A GREEK ODYSSEY

Spectacular views, luxurious lodgings and culinary excellence make for the perfect post-pandemic travel experience WORDS by ALI HOWARD

The hotel, which opened earlier this year, boasts an enviable position, hugging the cliff face above Karavostasi beach and the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea

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myself moments comes in the capacious, modern, gallery-like lobby, welcome Bellini in hand, as I take in the cool, contemporary environment. The clean lines are as crisp as the sea, but stark minimalism here is offset with thoughtfully placed objets and artworks celebrating the area’s rich cultural heritage and its history during the Ottoman occupation. Two jewel-hued framed kaftans provide a vibrant colour pop against the otherwise neutral décor, while a huge, ornate and exotic hammered brass chandelier hangs overhead. It is a deft mix of old and new. In a hotel in which every guest room is a room with a view, expectations are high, but even then I can’t help but gasp at the stunning blue-meets-blue horizon in front of me. With its calming, sandy décor – think blonde rattan, ecru linen and rustic wood – the suite is designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding natural palette, making it impossible not to relax in. There’s an enormous, inviting bed complete with snowy white sheets to dive into, too, but that can wait, the turquoise sea is calling me. Unlike some luxury resorts in which you can find yourself on the beach in seconds, here, up on the mountain, you have to put in a little bit of work: choose the seriously thigh-toning stone steps if you didn’t manage to hit the gym pre-breakfast, or plump for the far more civilised funicular, sit back, and take in the spectacular views as you slowly descend. A restorative swim in the choppy, warm sea proves nothing short of spiritual, while back

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cooking class centred around feta and traditional Greek dishes with MarBella head chef Vasilis Moschotas. Rainy days here are made for cheese and wine – and baklava making, of which we devour every sweet, nutty layer. We are able to visit the islands on the following day, albeit downsized to a (still luxurious) speedboat. We soon discover that what the vessel lacks in deck size it more than makes up for in fun. Before we know it, we’re clinging on for dear life as we hurtle across the Ionian Sea, club tunes from the captain on full blast. It feels impossibly glamorous – and just the right level of dangerous. We take in the sights of the picturesque ports, explore the intricate caves – in which no cumbersome catamaran would fit – and find ourselves jumping into those sparkling turquoise waters before flopping onto the softest sandy beach imaginable. We make the most of our final lunch with a feast of traditional Greek fare at Paxos’ Genesis restaurant, before racing back to pack for the airport. As a final hurrah, we convince the captain to indulge us with a blast of Mamma Mia!. It is beyond cheesy, but after an 18-month travel drought, it proves a fitting soundtrack to our longed-for Greek escapades. Brits abroad, eh? It doesn’t look like that wishing tree is working. I’d asked for it to formulate a cunning plan for me to stay on in Greece. But in the here and now, I resolve to drink in and bank the sights and sounds, the salty waves, the beating sun and the belting cries of Agnetha and Anni-Frid. I haven’t felt so alive in years – and I’m sure I can live off this feeling for a while, even after the tan fades… My my, Greece, I could never let you go. Rooms at MarBella Elix start from £121 per night per room on a half board basis (marbella.gr/marbella-elix)

on the beach, I’m served a chilled Aperol spritz, straight to my lounger, feeling thoroughly spoilt on the hotel’s Ultra All-Inclusive package. Indeed, all the facilities you could want for are here on the beach, upon which you could easily lose a day. Vehicles for the serious (jet ski) and not-so-serious (plastic pedalo with slide) water sportspeople are available to hire, while the Azure beach restaurant guarantees a laid-back, lengthy lunch between dips. A bona fide destination for foodies, the hotel boasts four restaurants and three bars with a comprehensive offering from the casual to the haute cuisine. Back on the main site, there’s light bites to be had poolside at the Indigo restaurant, while modern Mediterranean fare is up for grabs at Saffron. If you’re a fan of the hotel buffet, you’ll be like a child in a sweet shop here – albeit one wearing Covid-safe plastic gloves as you fill your plate with a glut of culinary delights. I’m relieved to learn the hotel buffet breakfast is still very much A Thing in a world with Covid, and on my first morning, cannot resist a boastful snap of my smoked salmon and scrambled egg, complete with wow-worthy vista, to send home. As part of the hotel’s exclusive Dine Out programme, we’re treated to a slap-up meal at a local taverna and have our fill of delicious traditional Greek foodstuffs. But the real treat comes at the hotel’s elegant Pearl restaurant. We’ve timed our trip to coincide with the brand’s inaugural culinary series, Greek Chefs Abroad, and we have celebrated global chef Yiannis Kioroglou, together with Alexandros Ioannou of Katogi Averoff Winery, at our disposal for an exclusive pop-up tasting dinner. Relishing our way through ten exquisitely crafted courses with wine pairings, including Fleurs de Côte d’Azur (zucchini blossoms in tomato sauce), Langoustine in the Forest (with raspberry and rosemary sauce), and Black Iberico (with black trumpets and Porto sauce), we are wined and dined to the nines. Just as MarBella Elix marries its rugged landscape with sleek architecture, so it offers the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. Sunny mornings lolling on giant beanbags by the pool are met with afternoon hikes to explore the surrounding countryside. We discover a quaint, rustic chapel complete with gilded iconography and ornamental stone tiling. Our guide has us going around the church’s bejewelled wishing tree three times, such is the tradition, before we venture further into a forest of intertwined olive trees and over babbling brooks, all with glorious sunshine peeking through. It is picture postcard pretty. A rare day of inclement weather sees us swapping out a planned catamaran cruise to neighbouring Paxos and Antipaxos for a

Olympic Holidays offer a 7 night package at MarBella Elix from £615pp, based on 2 people travelling, including 7 nights’ Half Board accommodation with flights from London Gatwick. Departures are available on 4 May 2022, this includes a 37 per cent saving of £366pp (price was £981pp). For bookings, call 020 8492 6868 or visit olympicholidays.com

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WALLPAPER

Out of Africa

Make your house a home

Celebrating the animal kingdom and its vibrant and varied habitats is Cole & Son’s new wallpaper collection, Ardmore - Jabula. In Protea Garden, elegant sunbirds sit amongst earthy-toned leaves, vines, and South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea; Bush Baby features the beautifully illustrated wide-eyed creatures nestled in a canopy of leaves; while the more abstract Zulu Terrain recalls the rolling hills and meandering valleys of the KwaZulu-Natal. Give your walls a walk on the wild side. From £105 per roll (cole-and-son.com)

FURNISHINGS

Front on Founded by interiors visionaries Monica and Mick Born, Superfront is a company that takes irresistible Ikea hacks to the next level. With a focus on beautiful, high-quality and sustainable design, cabinet doors, sides and tops – as well as handles and legs – perfectly fit the ubiquitous Swedish brand’s most common cabinet frames. Kitchens, bathrooms and storage pieces are typically made over to up the luxe, with geometric textured fronts and chic metallic accents featured. Flatpack never looked so fabulous. superfront.com

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UPHOLSTERY

The Invisible Collection adds And Objects by Martin Brudnizki to its illustrious roster with a capsule collection of lighting and furniture. With design roots in the Swedish Grace movement, the focus here is on monumentality, playfulness and materiality. Think sculptural coffee tables in rose quartz and malachite, an industrial styled table lamp in 24 karat gold, and a tactile curvy daybed upholstered in Pierre Frey boucle fabric. Glamorous and artisanal in equal measure.

In a fittingly elegant – and quintessentially British – collaboration, Sofas & Stuff has teamed up with the V&A to bring us the Brompton collection, an exquisite seating range that draws inspiration from the museum’s expansive archives and horticultural history. The new fabrics borrow from a wealth of textile patterns and nature-inspired illustrations from the 16th to the 19th centuries, and include exotic birds and floral chintzes, broken stripes and botanical studies. Choose from chaises, sofas and statement armchairs.

From £6,000 (theinvisiblecollection.com)

From £1,633 (sofasandstuff.com)

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Sitting pretty

TAKE 5: DEEP PASTELS

115 Pastel Stripes natural comfort rug by Tom Tailor, from £137.07 (therugshopuk.co.uk)

Studio standard chair in plush velvet, violet, from £1,201 (darlingsofchelsea.co.uk)

Sage + Clare Rigny velvet sham cushion, £109 (antipodream.co.uk)

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Odeline dusky blue chest of drawers, £1,095 (frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk)

A Modern Grand Tour ostrich feather floor lamp, coral, from £4,200 (sweetpeaandwillow.com)

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LET THERE BE LIGHT

Brilliantly creative and boundlessly innovative, we discover the latest in lighting design to see us through winter’s darkest days WORDS by ALI HOWARD

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With its strong architectural lines, Prandina’s Chan collection puts a new slant on the contemporary chandelier. Available in multiple configurations, the suspended lamp features white mouth-blown Pyrex glass shades that gently diffuse the light; white linear cables designed to stand out; and an industrial structure, in white or brass galvanised steel that’s not unlike the interior spokes of a conventional lampshade. High ceilings are needed to fully appreciate this spider-like piece in all its glory. From £1421.06 (dmlights.co.uk)

COLOUR POP

Part of Italian brand Cappellini’s Meltdown series designed by Johan Lindstén, this is a playful floor lamp comprising eight mouth-blown globes in smoky, sultry tones: amber, tobacco, rose, amethyst, light blue and dove grey. Crafted from pâte de verre glass, a method which uses finely ground glass paste and boasts a malleable aesthetic, the exposed industrial bulbs seemingly melt through the material via gravitational pull, while the bubble-like shades overlap to create further colour combinations. £3,810 (frankbros.com)

SET SAIL

London-based Joe Armitage has launched his debut lighting collection to mark the 70th anniversary of an original lamp design by renowned architect – and Joe’s grandfather – Edward Armitage. Sculptural references to the original lamp merge with contemporary design to see Joe’s distinctive conical shades imagined as sconces and chandeliers, as well as floor, table, and desk lamps. Crafted from solid walnut with solid brass rings, and a shade material fashioned from recycled water bottles, the lights are beautifully sail-like and sustainable. From £675 (joearmitage.com) L UX U RY L ON D ON L I V IN G

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BOLD AS BRASS

Made from un-lacquered brass, Alex Price’s new Kyoto table lamp boasts a ‘living finish’, meaning the piece will age beautifully over time. The richly textured lamp forms part of a larger collection including single pendants and the asymmetrical three drop pendant lights, all of which feature hand-blown glass spheres in a choice of three finishes – clear, white and smoked. The compact lamp proves a glamorous addition to the home office desk, as functional as it is decorative. £225 (alexprice.net)

HOUSE JEWELS

Adding unapologetic opulence to our interiors this autumn/winter is Matteo Bianchi’s new Donna light. The trio of asymmetrical pendants takes its design cue from cut diamonds and mimics both the texture and shape of the precious gems. Intricately crafted from crystal, the shades contrast in a clear and etched finish, while the oversized metal encasing, in either matt black, iron grey or light gold, offers a cool industrial edge. Prepare to be dazzled – and that’s before the piece is illuminated. POA (matteobianchi.co.uk)

SMASH HIT

Canadian design studio Bocci recently unveiled a new sculptural pendant at Milan Design Week. The 100 light offers a unique composition of molten glass bubbles, which is both product and performative act: the bubbles are prepared individually before being smashed together to create irregular interlocking glass forms. Once illuminated, the effect is ethereal. Cloud-like organic shapes seemingly float overhead with no two pieces identical. Choose clear, grey, or a combination of both, and build them up in multiples. From $695, approx. £510 (bocci.com)

ON REFLECTION

Just launched at Decorex, Torsa is the latest offering from St. John’s Wood’s Cameron Design House. Inspired by the glistening reflections of Finland’s Lake Torsa, the contemporary chandelier features a series of suspended bright brass discs complete with mirrored façades. Once lit, the circular pieces transform into glowing eclipses of light. With the added dimension of the mirrored glass – a first for the design team – the piece plays with the effects of reflection and shine, as much as it does illumination. POA (camerondesignhouse.com) L UX U RY L ON D ON L I V IN G

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at home with

PHILIPP HUMM

Sharing his Victorian Hampstead home with wife and collaborator, Daniele Mah, this tech business leader-turned renowned visual artist is happiest in his home studio – a far cry from the boardroom

WORDS by ALI HOWARD PHOTOGRAPHY by DANIELE MAH

Philipp shares his Victorian home with his wife Daniele; they believe that art brings a house to life

What do you usually look for when buying a home? Character and design. Daniele and I are open to classical and contemporary architecture, we love both equally. Space is also an important factor as we work from home. It allows me greatest working flexibility without having to lose time travelling somewhere. A good location and green space is also essential. We both run, so being near the Heath is lovely. Did you do anything structurally when you moved in? It’s a Victorian property, built in 1882, and part of The Mansfield Estate. Originally it would have been a four-bed house. We knocked through two bedrooms for my studio on the first floor. The previous owners had been there for over 30 years, so it was in need of a full overhaul. It ended up being much more of an overhaul than we first thought, though – these old houses with walls and ceilings made of good old-fashioned lath and plaster don’t take too well to being touched! Taking a wall down here and there ended up with every wall and ceiling collapsing – apart from a tiny part in the entrance – which we kept as a cheeky memento. So it pretty much ended up being an empty shell – and a great blank canvas! Visual art plays a central role, can you talk me through a few of your favourite pieces? We have a few Impressionist works but mostly our walls are adorned by my paintings and some of my wife’s photographs. I love having my bronze sculptures around, so having the space for them is a luxury. We also rotate works at least once a year, when paintings are sold or new ones created. How does a period residential property lend itself to displaying art? It’s great, in fact, in the old days, when there was no central heating, walls were often covered with paintings and tapestries to help conserve the heat. With a Victorian property you get these lovely high ceilings and big sash windows, so every wall in our house has art on it – it brings a house to life! People need more art in their homes, I’m often puzzled by how little art people have on their walls, it seems like it’s the last thing they needed to do and have forgotten. When we have to take paintings away for exhibitions, or because they’ve been sold, the void is really felt.

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Tell me about your furniture choices Luckily my wife and I rarely disagree when it comes to furniture and how we want our homes to look. I would say she’s a bit more daring than I am, so we have a good balance. We both have a love for classical, even Baroque here and there, and a good mix of vintage ’60s and ’70s pieces. The blend and mixture of periods and styles always make an interior more interesting, we can’t imagine just having a universal overall style. My wife is half Chinese, so we have some Asian pieces in the house, too, and they all work harmoniously with the artworks.

Philipp’s paintings and sculptures, along with Daniele’s photography are on display throughout the house. The pair regularly rotate the works as things are sold and new pieces created

Do you have any favourite interiors brands? Most of our furniture is vintage in one way or another, so we don’t have a particular brand of furniture that is a go-to. We have spent rather a lot of time on our favourite platform, 1stDibs, which is where we get most things from. Which is your favourite room? That’s obviously my studio. It’s where I spend most of my awake time. It has windows on both sides, a heavy-duty wood floor, and high walls to hang my art. Tell me what you love about living in Hampstead The Heath is probably the highlight. We have two dogs, Charles and Henry, so having that nearby is great, it’s such a sprawling big park and, shockingly, we only discovered the Pergola gardens not that long ago. Hampstead also has a lovely village atmosphere and it hasn’t been overwhelmed by too many high street brands, so it still feels authentic. Can you tell me about your latest projects? I’m working on my The Last Faust project, creating large scale oil paintings and bronze sculptures. I also finished dubbing the feature film The Last Faust (released in 2019 starring Steven Berkoff and Martin Hancock) into German. I’ll premiere it in Germany in 2022. Lastly, I am starting to prepare a theatre version of my film. Faust functions for me as a way of retelling my understandings of the world as its leaders. philipphumm.art

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4. Make the most of high ceilings with a spherical pendant that’s as wow-worthy as the artworks. Covet Paris Kravitz pendant lamp, £7,595 (pamono.co.uk)

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FINDING YOUR CHILD’S TRUE NORTH How an independent north London school group is helping every pupil to find their direction in life, teaching skills and cultural literacy to prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow 77

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Inspiring a love of learning Choosing a school for your child is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make – and in London, it can feel particularly overwhelming. It goes without saying that you’ll want a high achieving school with high quality teaching and facilities to match. North Bridge House School is an academically non-selective independent school across six prime north London locations, for children aged 2-18 years. Across all sites, the group has earned a reputation for nurturing confidence and academic success, preparing pupils for the future in a warm and friendly environment. Pupils are treated as individuals. They are challenged academically on a daily basis, preparing them for the next stage of their education and the world of work, at the same time they are encouraged to develop their talents outside the curriculum. With a wide range of enrichment opportunities that complement the academic provision, at whichever stage students leave North Bridge House, they are well-rounded and highly qualified for their next steps. As the group grows from strength to strength, it celebrates results well above the national average at every stage of its academically non-selective, independent education.

Outstanding results at every school stage

58% of Reception pupils perform in the UK top 4% for Literacy (2021)

51% of Year 2 pupils perform in the UK top 4% for English and Maths (2021)

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*Source: Future of Jobs Report 2020, World Economic Forum

Why teaching knowledge is essential in preparing our young people for the future job market

very few years, the World Economic Forum publishes a list of the top skills that employers are looking for in the next generation of employees. And with the effects of the pandemic and increasing adoption of technology transforming the jobs of tomorrow, the key competencies that our children will need to succeed in the 2025 job market are complex problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity*. “Our young people need to be able to identify, analyse and evaluate situations, ideas and information in order to formulate responses, and they need to be able to imagine and devise new ways of addressing problems,” says James Stenning, Headteacher of the high-achieving North Bridge House (NBH) Prep School in Regent’s Park. A great many schools are taking the importance of this on board and have modified and adapted their curricula accordingly. For example, at the XP School in Doncaster, character and creativity are as important as qualifications. Pupils do not stay in their classrooms during lessons; they carry out research on their laptops in open-plan common rooms rather than sitting in rows at desks. The traditional curriculum has been torn up. There are no Maths, English, Science, History or Geography lessons. Instead, the children learn through academic ‘expeditions’ and at the end of each academic expedition, they create a product – which could be a film or book, a mural or a documentary. “However, it is essential that the teaching of these skills does not come at the expense of knowledge,” says the NBH Prep School Head. “Skills and knowledge are not mutually exclusive, and any curriculum model which marginalises knowledge will not succeed. We all need cultural literacy. An understanding of facts, ideas and knowledge is needed in order to operate, thrive and succeed in a free and democratic society,” he continues. The educationalist E.D. Hirsch believes that the key 21st century skills of creativity, complex problem-solving, and critical thinking are functions of the breadth and depth of our knowledge; “Knowledge begets more knowledge, so there is a multiplier effect”. Furthermore, a report for the educational charity, The Sutton Trust points to subject knowledge as one of the most important characteristics for teachers in achieving strong outcomes for their students.

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Upon joining NBH Prep School in 2018 and progressing from Deputy Head at NBH Senior Canonbury, Headteacher James Stenning noticed that children’s general knowledge was often lacking – even amongst the brightest pupils – many of whom go on to secure places at the country’s top secondary schools. “Once, in a discussion about elections, a pupil asked me if you could vote for the Queen. Others thought that members of the House of Lords were elected. An understanding of our democratic institutions is important; if children’s knowledge about them is uncertain it will be much easier to mislead and manipulate them,” says the Head and teacher of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). To address this, the school introduced a General Studies course in Year 5, with pupils studying modules in Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Film Studies and Art History. In Years 7 and 8 every pupil studies PPE. With the younger pupils in Years 3 and 4, NBH Prep School has re-designed how it teaches Geography, History and Science. “Our curriculum is grounded in the strongest evidence about how children learn and retain knowledge in the long-term – focusing in particular on research from cognitive science,” says the Head. Rather than study humanities as a ‘topic’ (as many primary schools do), NBH teaches Geography and History as discrete subjects, and the curriculum is “knowledge-rich” – detailing exactly what needs to be learnt. “We teach content to be remembered, not just encountered. Rather than simply ‘doing the Romans’, NBH Prep pupils will learn and understand key terminology relating to that period. They will not only learn who Julius Caesar was, but they will be able to place him and the Romans in time in relation to Jesus Christ and 1066,” explains Headteacher James. While the children still get the opportunity to enjoy dressing up as Romans and Greek Gods, by the time they reach Year 6, they are competently answering questions such as: ‘Civil disobedience was more important than legislation during the civil rights movement’ – to what extent do you agree? A common criticism of knowledge-rich curricula is that the power of technology and having Google at our fingertips renders knowledge less important. “Technologies are indeed transformative,” agrees James. “However, problem-solving is about drawing on what we have committed to our long-term memory. We can’t outsource memory to the internet! And we need knowledge in our longterm memory because our working memory is limited. The more knowledge we have, the more problems we can solve.” And the power of knowledge is certainly still highly regarded by top universities such as Cambridge, where candidates are required to show how they can apply their existing knowledge and skills to unfamiliar problems at interview. “Ultimately, at North Bridge House Prep School, we strive to prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow – the jobs they will pioneer and redefine – and for every stage of their academic journey along the way,” concludes James Stenning, Headteacher.

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This is not Guy and Kate’s first rodeo, they are well versed in the advantages and pitfalls of property as an investment – and perhaps it is exactly that which attracted them to BTLH

“We were interested in adding a few more properties to our portfolio, but are well aware of the hassle and so wanted to use BTLH to try to avoid the headaches we know are inevitable.” “We had been considering another property outside London (as we find the property there is generally overpriced and frankly too expensive now) but we just didn’t know where to start.” Both Guy and Kate achieved their plan to retire from the rat race whilst they still had the energy to pursue their interests, before turning fifty. “I have tended in the past to go for a longer assured shorthold tenancy with my investment properties. I can see the attraction

of a short/medium term but it has never been feasible for me as I just don’t have the time to dedicate to managing property.” “The whole BTLH experience has been very good. We had an initial meeting with Alex on the phone and then met with Adrian and we chatted through our options. That was just three months ago, and we are now standing in our new property, ready for our first guests!” Ever the pragmatist, Guy continued: “The long-term plan is to hang on to the house for ten years. But we know we have the flexibility to sell it before then if our ideas change. We will see how the maths looks in six months to a year and if it is all as positive as it seems, we may go for another one.”

“Property has always been my best investment – better than stocks or corporate bonds. With my other properties I have always had an emotional connection as they are near to my home and I manage them myself. I have learned you have to treat an investment property with no emotion and BTLH made that not just possible but easy this time.” “My prerequisite was that the whole experience be hassle free. I am pleased to report that I have literally done very little. Which is perfect.”

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ST. JOHN’S WOOD

With its urban village appeal, and central location, this exclusive enclave has always been popular, but, thanks to its stock of large villas and semi-detached houses with private gardens, its popularity has rocketed in the last year, with the property market outperforming other Prime London locations PHOTOGRAPHY by EMMANUELLE PERI

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Local heroes

Our Agents

AT FEAST, NW8

There’s nothing like a buzzing all-day brasserie when the hunger pangs strike. AT feast, a recent addition to St. John’s Wood High Street, is just that. Think seasonal menus full of feel-good classics, hearty breakfasts, brunches and bigger eats, as well as a comprehensive drinks list complete with creative cocktails. The Americano, SJW Style (sweet vermouth and Campari topped with soda water) is a must for local residents. One such local is Alex Bentley, who tells us: “This is a great place to pop into if you want something wholesome. I love AT feast’s ethos – kid and dog-friendly, and with a focus on sustainability.”

Arlington Residential arlingtonresidential.com Aston Chase astonchase.com Bargets bargets.co.uk Beauchamp Estates beauchamp.com Bective bective.co.uk Behr & Butchoff behrandbutchoff.com Benham & Reeves benhams.com Chancellors chancellors.co.uk Chestertons chestertons.com Day Morris daymorris.co.uk Dexters dexters.co.uk Druce druce.com Glentree glentree.co.uk Godfrey & Barr godfreyandbarr.com Goldschmidt & Howland g-h.co.uk Hamptons hamptons.co.uk Heathgate heathgate.com Jeremy James & Company jeremy-james.co.uk Knight Frank knightfrank.co.uk Litchfields litchfields.com Parkheath parkheath.com Plaza Estates plazaestates.co.uk Sandfords sandfords.com Savills savills.co.uk TK International t-k.co.uk Vickers vickersestateagents.com Winkworth St. John’s Wood winkworth.co.uk Winkworth West End winkworth.co.uk

49-51 St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8 (020 3989 7800; atfeast.com)

PANZER’S, NW8

This much-loved establishment, located on the picturesque Circus Road, is known as London’s original Jewish deli. Estate agent – and evident local history buff – Ricky Dengel from Goldschmidt & Howland tells us: “the greengrocer and delicatessen started in 1943 when a Czech refugee named Walter Vogl joined forces with St. John’s Wood local Mr Panzer. Panzer’s has been serving smoked salmon bagels (and much more besides) to the local community ever since.” Offering culinary delights from all over the world, this is a one-stop shop for the neighbourhood’s discerning foodies. 13-19 Circus road, NW8 (020 7722 8162; panzers.co.uk)

THE DUKE OF YORK, NW8

You know you’re onto a winner when a pub gets multiple endorsements. Both Steve Kadi from Hamptons and Paul Bennett from Behr & Butchoff have named this neighbourhood tavern as their local hero. Steve says: “It has a very family orientated atmosphere and offers a great Sunday lunch. It’s also the perfect place to relax after seeing the cricket at Lord’s.” For Paul, The Duke of York is very local, right next door to the office, in fact. He tells us it boasts: “a convivial landlord, attentive staff and a great bar… It’s a wonderful place to wind down after a busy working day.” 2 St. Anne’s Terrace, NW8 (020 7722 1933; thedukeofyork.com)

Say what?

The latest market research report from Beauchamp Estates reveals that St. John’s Wood has unexpectedly benefitted from the pandemic pandemonium that has hit many of the world’s prime property markets. House sales in the leafy prime central London market have increased by a staggering 41 per cent in volume and by 12 per cent in price year-on-year.

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Devonshire House Preparatory School

Outstanding prep and pre-prep in Hampstead, with its own nursery Please contact us for a place on one of the Open Mornings, Thursdays 20th & 27th January 2022 Tel: 020 7435 1916 Email: enquiries@dhprep.co.uk Website: www.devonshirehouseschool.co.uk 02_Features - Middle.indd 83

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An independent Catholic school for girls aged 4-11 with a brand new co-educational nursery for children aged 2.5 to 4. St. Anthony’s Schools provide a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment where children flourish academically, socially and spiritually. Scan here to visit our website

To book a private tour, please contact 020 3869 3070 info@stanthonysgirls.co.uk stanthonysgirls.co.uk Ivy House, North End Road, London, NW11 7SX

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From our agents

Dean Whitley, Chancellors

“In many ways, the last 18 months have only added to St. John’s Wood’s reputation as a prime residential location for those seeking a more peaceful way of life without compromising on location. The future remains bright – it will continue to be a destination of choice for the discerning London buyer.”

MEET THE LOCALS

Maggie Bolger Founder b-together

Starting a new venture in the middle of a pandemic has certainly been a challenge, but I couldn’t think of a better place to do it than here in St. John’s Wood. We have been welcomed by all the local businesses and the community: it is a treat to be here, even during such turbulent times. I always start the day in AT feast, my family brasserie, where they serve delicious healthy and sustainable meals all day (but I have a real soft spot for the breakfasts.) My go-to is the collagen oat milk cappuccino – I can’t function without it. It’s such a vibrant high street, and there are some real characters around, so if I have the time I’ll sit outside and people-watch while I eat. There is a gorgeous florist just round the corner called Jess Flowers; Ronan there is lovely. They provide us with beautiful flowers for the restaurant and the members’ club upstairs. I’ll often pop my head in to see what’s new and look at their displays. Flowers can make any day a good day! Luckily, the local businesses understand the multi-tasking pressures of being a founder, so I am grateful for friends such as the team at Ozzy Hair Design, who squeeze in a manicure and pedicure at the same time as giving me a haircut. They’ll

often set me in rollers and then let me skip off for a meeting with the rollers still in place! At lunchtimes, I like to walk some food down to St. John’s Wood Church Grounds. It’s such a lovely space and gives me a chance to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I love the giant chess board and outdoor table tennis tables, and it’s fun to see the world famous Lord’s Cricket Ground looming in the background. In the afternoons I’m usually in our family members’ club and nursery space, b_together. Spread over four floors (it’s quite special to have all of this space on the high street) we are a total haven for families, where they can truly b_together, which is especially important after nearly two years of so much separation. If it’s been a long day I’ll stop by Nicolas to pick up some wine and Panzer’s deli for dinner to go. I can’t wait for life to settle down a bit so I can head back to Core Collective for classes and hit up FaceGym for a hell of a facial. There really is no end of choice here on the high street!

Nick Foster, Arlington Residential

“Acacia Road is my favourite local street. Wide and tree-lined, it has a mixture of period family homes and newly built modern houses with generous gardens, and is only a short stroll to the High Street. A few of my favourite spots include the Regent’s Canal and Regent’s Park… the amazing local green spaces offer superb walks and cafés for refreshments.”

47 St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8 (020 3989 7900; b-together.com)

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One of the most desirable – and expensive – addresses in the whole of London, this tree-lined street runs down to Regent’s Park and offers extravagant mansions on large plots

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If homes with historic appeal are your thing, the grand villas here should do the trick, not least because of their location, moments from the heart of the action in St. John’s Wood

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“St. John’s Wood is renowned for its impressive portered apartments and mansion blocks, a mixture of 1930s, 1960s and 1980s architecture can be found, with more recent developments including 50 St. Edmund’s Terrace, The Compton and Embassy Court, while Number One St. John’s Wood Road is due for completion in 2022 and will offer state of the art residents’ facilities.”

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those strategies more purposefully when we’re not guiding them,” explains Karen. Children of all ages can benefit, too: “We talk to children as young as four about executive functioning skills like organisation, in basic terms. We then build on that in all year groups. Using the shared language of transferable skills is extremely powerful.” While the concept of metacognition can be a little hard to grasp, the results aren’t. The researcher John Hattie ranks metacognitive strategies as among the most effective teaching interventions. And according to the Education Endowment Foundation, getting children to think about how they learn can accelerate their progress by seven months. King Alfred’s own results bear this out: after a difficult period post-lockdown, its end-of-year assessments have exceeded expectations. So how can parents support this approach? Karen advises not getting fixed on the product of the learning, but asking about the process instead. For example: “Who did you notice listened well today in school? How creative were you? And what was the most important learning for you?” If they reply, “I understand where I am now and what I could do next,” then you know metacognition is working its magic. (020 8457 5200; kingalfred.org.uk)

MEET THE HEAD

Adrian Ellis

St John’s Wood Pre-Preparatory School What makes your school different? We’re small, so everyone knows one another – making us an extension of home and family. We also understand that for parents, the last time you were in school, you were the pupil. We’re here to hold your hands, too. How do you make sure your pupils realise their academic potential? Our classes are small, so pupils experience a high level of individual attention. We also monitor academic progress through ongoing assessments, and tailor individual learning plans to reinforce, practice and challenge. Our leavers’ lists are testament to the success of our approach. What’s your personal educational ethos? When I was in my primary education in the early 70s, I remember not particularly enjoying myself. So, happiness is at the heart of St John’s Wood Pre-Prep. The classrooms are full of laughter and a joyous curiosity to learn. How have you helped your pupils and parents to cope during the pandemic? The teaching team have been simply amazing throughout this terrible period. When teaching moved online, they went beyond the call of duty to ensure the children (and parents) were fully supported and not over-burdened by Zoom. We listened to what the parents wanted, and delivered – our 7+ results were among the best we’ve ever had. What advice would you give to parents looking for a school? Always visit on a normal day. On a tour, focus on observing the children: do they look happy? And trust your instincts. What did it ‘feel’ like being there?

THE SHORTLIST: ST. JOHN’S WOOD

St John’s Wood PrePreparatory School Co-ed independent day school for pupils aged 3 to 7 (020 7722 7149; stjohnswoodprep.org.uk) Barrow Hill Junior School Co-ed state day

school for pupils aged 7 to 11 (020 4506 1530; bhjs.co.uk) Arnold House Independent day school for boys aged 3 to 13 (020 7266 4840; arnoldhouse.co.uk)

Saint Christina’s School Co-ed independent Catholic day school for pupils aged 3 to 11 (020 7722 8784; saintchristinas.org.uk)

Co-ed independent day school for pupils aged 4 to 18 (020 7449 1200; asl.org)

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Hawkesdown House School & The Walnut Tree Nursery A Preparatory & Nursery School for boys and girls aged 2-11, Kensington W8

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This month’s hottest properties FOR SALE CLIFTON HILL, NW8

With its pale painted exterior, this magnificent period property really pops out against its stone bricked neighbours. The Grade II listed detached house offers sprawling and luxurious accommodation, set over four floors. With seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a chic and contemporary restaurant grade kitchen on offer, this one’s got dream family home written all over it. In an elegant mix of old and new, original features are met with clean lines and bright open spaces. Best is the double volume reception room that leads directly onto the manicured south facing garden. £7.25 million, Aston Chase (020 7724 4724; astonchase.com)

FOR SALE QUEEN’S GROVE, NW8

Boasting one of St. John’s Wood’s finest addresses is this beautifully appointed four bedroomed red brick house. Luxurious accommodation includes a principal bedroom complete with a glamorous en suite bathroom and dressing room; a smart modern kitchen/diner; and a wonderfully bright and commodious conservatory that leads out onto a sprawling mature and secluded garden. And with a summer house at the end of the manicured lawn, there’s versatile living space aplenty here. £7.5 million, Beauchamp Estates (020 7722 9793; beauchamp.com)

FOR SALE SPRINGFIELD ROAD, NW8

Situated in the heart of St. John’s Wood is this impressive red brick abode that’s has seen a comprehensive refurbishment. Doll’s house pretty, the detached family residence features six bedrooms, three bathrooms and oodles of entertaining space, including a newly excavated lower ground floor that’s been built to sympathetically blend with the period architecture. Light, bright and seriously spacious, the property boasts luxurious extras including a cinema room, split level gym, utility room, and not one, but two guest cloakrooms. Guide price £10 million, Knight Frank (020 7483 8343; knightfrank.com)

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Rosy Khalastchy Beauchamp Estates

New research from Bective reveals how the higher end of London’s property market has been performing post-pandemic – and it’s food for thought. With an average sold price of £7.1 million, the value of a property within the prime market is a whopping 1,279 per cent higher than the average London home. “Unlike much of the UK, London’s top tier property market hasn’t been hit by the same level of homebuyer hysteria as a result of the stamp duty holiday,” explains Bective’s revenues director, Craig Tonkin. “However, that’s not to say it hasn’t played a part, and market activity in the first half of this year has certainly benefitted. We’ve already seen buyer registrations from all corners increase by 81 per cent in the last month alone, which is an extremely positive indicator. Property values across the likes of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster are also some 20 to 25 per cent off previous market peaks so there is still a strong level of growth potential. When coupled with the fact that interest rates remain at an all-time low, we should see a strong finish to the year across much of the London market.” bective.co.uk

Years in the business? 38 I love working in London because… It’s a vibrant, cultural and beautiful city, and working at Beauchamp Estates is like working with your family. First London home? My first home in London was on Prince Albert Road, opposite Regent’s Park. If I wasn’t an estate agent I’d be… a therapist – you need the same set of skills for estate agency! Favourite London Street? It’s difficult to choose one, but Duke of York Square is definitely up there. Best sale? A house on Hamilton Terrace, it took some time to sell as the couple didn’t both want to move. During the time it took to sell, we became great friends and to this day I’ve bought and sold for three generations in their family. Favourite spot to relax? Primrose Hill, because I live near it and I’m there every morning. I just love being there.

This Grade II listed four-bed house is on the market with Bective with an asking price of £4.75 million

Best place to grab a coffee? Notes is my favourite and they’ve just opened a branch in St. John’s Wood. What’s your hidden talent? Entertaining and cooking. Period property or new build? For a house, period, but for an apartment, new build.

HOT PROPERTY

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Take one person, dead, alive or fictional, out in London – who and where? Nelson Mandela, anywhere he would like to go. Aliens attack – which London landmark/place would you save? The Victoria & Albert museum. Creature comfort? My Thermomix.

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GOSPEL OAK, NW5 A beautifully appointed three bedroom Victorian cottage, within the pretty and highly desirable setting of ‘Oak Village’. The property itself provides bright and attractive rooms throughout, and a host of period features. There is a charming patio garden at the rear of the house, and Hampstead Heath is just a short walk away, along with the ‘Outstanding’ Gospel Oak Primary School. A wonderful family home in a gorgeous and peaceful location. Three Bedrooms • Bright Double Volume Reception • Kitchen • Bathroom • En-Suite Cloakroom Private And Enclosed Rear Garden • Residents Permit Parking • Close To Hampstead Heath • EPC D

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Heathgate is delighted to offer for sale this recently constructed, impressive, interior designed villa which spans approximately 5,362 sq ft (494.6 sq m). Set over four floors, the house comprises a luxury, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, three impressive reception rooms incorporating a drawing room, dining room and cinema room, as well as, six bedrooms, all with en-suites, comfort cooling, a top floor playroom, and a utility room. This lovely home enjoys a magnificent private landscaped garden, abundant with mature trees and planting plus a large garage with space for two cars, set back behind an automated security gate. The property is well located adjacent to the wide open spaces of Golders Hill Park and only a two minute walk from all the amenities that Golders Green including the shops, tube and bus station. The facilities of Hampstead are also close by with easy access to Hampstead Heath and the ‘The Village’. 6 bedrooms with en suites | dressing room | bedroom 7/study | kitchen/breakfast room | drawing room | dining room | cinema room | playroom | utility room | landscaped garden | garage for 2 cars | gated entrance. EPC = B

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A particularly well proportioned (approx. 93.4 sq m) second floor mansion flat with a double reception room and a balcony giving extensive views across Paddington Recreation Ground. The flat forms part of this sought after Victorian mansion block with communal gardens located within a few minutes’ walk of the underground, local shops, cafes and the recreation ground. 2 Double Bedrooms. Bathroom. En-Suite Shower Room. Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Double Reception Room. Communal Garden. 2 Balconies. EPC Rating D.

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Rosslyn Mansions, Goldhurst Terrace, NW6 £1,700,000 Extremely spacious 5 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment

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BRYANSTON SQUARE, LONDON, W1 An amazing opportunity to purchase this elegant garden apartment set within this beautifully restored Georgian house

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The apartment, which is in superb condition, is situated on the ground and lower ground floors of this beautifully restored Georgian terraced house. The ground floor which houses the main living accommodation features high ceilings and elegant bay windows. The apartment offers generous space throughout and a beautiful mature garden which is private and secluded. On the lower floor there is a separate apartment which can also be purchased through separate negotiation and then integrated into the main flat or used as a totally self-contained unit for guest, family or investment income.

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Kimberley Oldham Our Notting Hill Lettings Expert Kimberley is a seven-year veteran of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and has spent the past four years working within Westbourne Grove, focused upon its people and the community itself. Kimberley has built a knowledge of the area and its pricing that is second to none. ‘Being in the property business is more about the relationships that you build than it is about the transaction itself. It’s reputation based’ says Kimberley. ‘The local knowledge that you must build to demonstrate genuine expertise and advice is also extremely important particularly in a market that has seen challenge of late and within an area that is very nuanced’. ‘Buyers and tenants can be extremely specific about the streets that they are interested in and even down to a part of a street - and hence your agent really must be au fait with the differences in desirability, value and amenities that each slice of the neighbourhood dictates’, she adds.

JUST LET| Portland Road, W11 £2,400 pw

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Notting Hill Whether an established local or a potential purchaser or tenant from overseas, you’ll agree that West London’s Notting Hill is one of the very best-known London neighbourhoods and the most fashionable. Immortalised by Hollywood and indelibly known for its famous Portobello Road antiques market and annual carnival, the distinctly village feel of Notting Hill it is favoured by families, trendy-up-and-comings and traditional residents alike. Houses and flats here are architecturally notable and form a period backdrop to more recent modernity around dining, entertaining and leisure. For example, Sunday in Brooklyn, Casa Cruz, Beach Blanket Babylon and Chucs provide eclectic gastronomic experiences of huge variety and which are all very much ‘on trend’. To work off that Hazelnut Maple Praline pancake or Black Truffle Tagliolini, head to nearby Bodyism or perhaps 1 Rebel, the ‘King of Gyms’ to ‘Rig. Reshape. Rumble and Ride’.

JUST LET| Chepstow Cresent, W11 £600 pw

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30 Years Experience in Marylebone Village

MARYLEBONE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 This splendid light and airy garden apartment comprises of entrance hall, reception room, two double bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, cloakroom and its approximately 622 Sq ft (58 sq m). The apartment has recently been redecorated throughout and has been fitted with a brand new kitchen. The apartment also benefits from direct access to a private communal garden. The building is off a quiet quaint street in the heart of Marylebone . Bond Street and Baker Street underground stations within walking distance, It is ideally located for the boutique shops and restaurants of Marylebone High Street, the world renowned shopping of Oxford Street and the green open spaces of nearby Regent’s Park. Please see website for full details.

SHARE OF FREEHOLD £1,050,000

BOURLET CLOSE, FITZROVIA, LONDON W1 A newly renovated three bedroom terraced home ,the accommodation comprises of a master bedroom with en-suite shower room with doors opening onto the south facing roof terrace, second double room with ensuite shower room and a third bedroom and bathroom. Sleek open-plan kitchen and living room with integrated appliances. Bourlet Close is a Mews Style cobbled cul-desac moments from Marylebone High Street with its superb range of prestigious boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants. Oxford Circus and Bond Street Underground Station are in close proximity, the green open spaces of Regents Park are also nearby. The house features wood floors, high ceilings and original steel beams. Viewing is highly Recommended. Please see website for full details.

£1,600 PER WEEK

+44 (0) 20 7486 4111

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17-19 ELSWORTHY ROAD PRIMROSE HILL NW3 FURNISHED/UNFURNISHED £1,615 PER WEEK

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A bright and spacious three bedroom, two bathroom apartment (134.3 sq m/1,446 sq ft) featuring a communal garden, private terrace, and underground parking. This apartment is situated within a purpose-built block and further benefits from both porterage and a lift. Elsworthy Road is conveniently situated for all the local amenities of Primrose Hill and Swiss Cottage and Chalk Farm Underground stations, as well as the green open spaces of Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park.

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ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Second Bedroom with Terrace, Third Bedroom, Family Bathroom, Fully Fitted Kitchen, Reception/Dining Room, Porter, Terrace, Communal Garden, Underground Parking Available. EPC: C.

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HAMPSTEAD, NW3 A bright 4 bedroomed apartment (approx. 1,682 sq.ft. / 156.3 sq.m.) on the 2nd floor in this beautiful red brick Victorian mansion block dated back to 1896, which has the distinction of being one of the first developments in the area. RECEPTION ROOM • FAMILY ROOM/BEDROOM 4 • LARGE STOREROOM • DINING HALL • KITCHEN/BREAKFAST AREA • 3 BEDROOMS FAMILY BATHROOM • SHOWER ROOM • GUEST WC • BEAUTIFUL COMMUNAL GARDENS • EPC C. £1,165 PER WEEK

SOLE AGENT

ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A well presented 5 bedroom semi-detached town house (approx. 1,944 sq.ft. / 180.6 sq.m.) arranged over 3 floors and situated in this exclusive, popular and tranquil development betwixt St John’s Wood & Swiss Cottage (Jubilee lines). 34’ RECEPTION ROOM • KITCHEN • 5 DOUBLE BEDROOMS • 3 BATHROOMS • GUEST WC • REAR GARDEN • PRIVATE GARAGE OFF STREET PARKING • EPC D. £2,250 PER WEEK

MAIN AGENT

105 ST JOHN’S WOOD TERRACE, NW8 6PL

020 7722 7222 www.behrandbutchoff.com

37 1984 - 2021

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

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