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Piano-led, poetic and very personal, the singer-songwriter talks about her new record and upcoming London show

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LOCAL LOVE

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Diminutively-sized en suites with style in spades

Photographer Karen Harvey on restoring her period home

Country vibes, city sophistication in Highgate

The best London property Market insight

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October 21/

The definitive guide to London living

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FROM THE EDITOR I had a fright sitting down to plan this issue and realising that Halloween and all things autumnal were on the horizon. Where has this year gone? For cover star Birdy, it passed in a state of rural idyll in the New Forest, where she sat out the various lockdowns with her family. She’s pleased to be back in London now, though, enjoying putting her stamp on her Notting Hill flat and looking forward to her first live show in quite some time. She’ll be performing music from her new album, Young Heart, at the O2 Forum, Kentish Town next month, and I, for one, can’t wait. What a joy it is to be able to see live performances again; if you’re yet to rediscover the pleasure, check out our Culture pages for more great events in and around the Capital. And if, like Birdy, you’re looking to put your stamp on your property, there’s ideas aplenty in this issue, with a focus this month on en suites and a look at some of the fantastic work being showcased at London Craft Week. Inspiring stuff.

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What to see and where to go this month in London FABRIC TEAM

Editor Liz Skone James Art Director Penny Clements Interiors Editor Ali Howard 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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44 STYLE&WELLBEING

Ethical and sustainable beauty buys, conscious consuming and homoeopathic hair help

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Trevor Abrahmsohn Glentree Estates Philip Green Goldschmidt & Howland Jonathan Hewlett Savills Mark Pollack Aston Chase

Ahead of her live London show, she talks finding the muse to write her mesmerising new album

Wickedly tasty treats for spooky season and a sunny new product line from a Soho institution

51 TRAVEL

As travel restrictions ease, we’re taking our first steps abroad

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55 INTERIORS

Stylish ideas for updating an en suite – proof that size doesn’t always matter

60 AT HOME WITH

When it comes to creating homely interiors, for photographer Karen Harvey, it’s all about the light

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Photography Suzie Howell Styling Holly White Hair David Wadlow Make up Lisa Potter-Dixon

78 LOCAL LOVE

Don’t escape to the country, Highgate offers all the charm of village life with easy access to the city

89 DIRECTORY

Why, in the right location, bricks and mortar will always be a solid investment

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92 PROPERTY NEWS

Market news and expert views

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Located on the south side of the outer circle of Regent’s Park, York Terrace West is close to all the amenities of Marylebone High Street and Baker Street Underground Station.

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AN EXCEPTIONAL THREE BEDROOM SECOND FLOOR APARTMENT (264.4 SQ M/ 2,846 SQ FT) SITUATED IN AN ELEGANT NASH TERRACE BENEFITING FROM SPACIOUS ACCOMMODATION INCLUDING AN INDULGENT PRINCIPAL BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM OVERLOOKING THE LAKES OF REGENT’S PARK.

York Terrace West is accessed via secure gates with 24 hour porterage and security, on-street guest and resident parking is available alongside two additional designated underground parking spaces.

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Three Bedrooms, Two En‐Suite Bathrooms, One En-Suite Shower Room, Impressive Double Reception Room, Kitchen, Guest WC, 24 Hour Porterage, Gated Access to York Terrace West, Two Underground Parking Spaces, Guest Parking, Passenger Lift, Communal Gardens. GUIDE PRICE: £5,850,000 LEASEHOLD 134 YEARS REMAINING SOLE AGENTS

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A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON BUYING, RENTING AND SELLING HOMES.

ORDNANCE HILL, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 £2,700,000 SOLE AGENT A stunning period house which consists of two reception rooms, two bathrooms and an eat-in kitchen leading to a private rear garden. The house offers stylish and contemporary family living and is well located for Regent’s Park and St John’s Wood High Street and tube station (Jubilee line). The four bedroom house benefits from wonderful natural light and a west facing garden. Freehold | Four Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Guest WC | Double Reception Room | Eat In Kitchen/Dining Room | Front & Back Garden | Summer House

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BELSIZE ROAD, NW6 £2,100,000 SOLE AGENT An attractive four bedroom family house comprising of just over approx. 1,800 sq. ft. of internal accommodation situated in this popular street in South Hampstead. The property currently arranged over three floors, is offered in fair decorative condition throughout and has the added benefit of off street parking for two cars and a delightful rear garden. Belsize Road is centrally located for the shopping and transport facilities of both Finchley Road 500 metres and Swiss Cottage 300 metres (Jubilee line). Freehold | Principal Bedroom With En Suite | Three Further Bedrooms | Reception Room | Dining Room | Bathroom | Kitchen | Garden | Parking | Garage

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N O R T H G AT E S T J O H N ’ S W O O D, N W 8 A T R A D I T I O N A L & W E L L P R E S E N T E D 2 N D F L O O R A PA R T M E N T Located within a highly desirable portered building on Prince Albert Road, in the heart of St John’s Wood, this three bedroom apartment offers high ceilings, generous entertaining space as well as three large bedrooms. Further benefits include 24-hour porterage and off street parking. 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms D I R E C T L I F T A C C E S S | V I E W S T O WA R D S R E G E N T ’ S PA R K | O F F S T R E E T PA R K I N G

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Q U E E N ’ S G R O V E S T J O H N ’ S W O O D, N W 8 A S O U G H T A F T E R FA M I LY H O M E This perfectly positioned four bedroom house is located on one of the most sought after streets of Eastern St John’s Wood. The house offers well balanced accommodation, off street parking for multiple cars and an exceptional south facing rear garden. 4 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms L A R G E E S TA B L I S H E D G A R D E N | S U M M E R H O U S E | O F F S T R E E T PA R K I N G

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020 7402 9494 16 Park Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SH Facsimile: 020 7724 7055 Email: enquiries@bargets.co.uk

Outstanding Freehold Opportunity. Frognal House, Hampstead NW3 •

Historic and attractive mid 18th century Grade II listed building with later extensions, in the heart of Hampstead

Most recently in use as St Dorothy’s Convent and student accommodation

Buildings in all: c.13,147 sq ft (GIA)

Land in all: 0.65 acres (0.26 Ha)

Potential for residential and alternative uses or redevelopment, subject to all necessary consents

Sought after location convenient for Hampstead Village, the Heath and public transport connections

Freehold with vacant possession on completion

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CHALCOT SQUARE PRIMROSE HILL NW1

A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A TRIPLE ASPECT GRADE II LISTED RESIDENCE (344.7 SQ M / 3,710 SQ FT) OCCUPYING A PROMINENT CORNER POSITION OVERLOOKING THE ONLY GARDEN SQUARE IN PRIMROSE HILL RENOWNED FOR ITS PASTEL COLOURED ITALIANATE VILLAS AND QUINTESSENTIAL PRIMROSE HILL ARCHITECTURE. The property provides bright and well planned accommodation arranged over five floors featuring exceptional entertaining areas, high ceilings, a charming landscaped patio garden and uninterrupted views of Chalcot Square Gardens. Primrose Hill is arguably one of London’s most desirable urban villages benefiting from an eclectic range of restaurants and shops on Regent’s Park Road with a variety of gastro pubs and tea rooms on the surrounding streets. The Regent’s Canal towpath leads to nearby Camden whilst Primrose Hill itself offers panoramic views over Regent’s Park and the City beyond.

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Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Dressing Area & Bathroom, 5 Further Bedrooms, 2 Further Bathrooms (1 En-Suite), 2 En-Suite Shower Rooms, Reception Room, Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Study, Boot Room, Guest Cloakroom, Utility Room, Paved Rear Garden, Residents’ Parking.

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An attractive double fronted, detached, five bedroom family house 3,305 sq ft (307 sq m), located in this desirable and quiet, tree-lined Hampstead close, offering a huge amount of potential to redesign, extend and refurbish. The accommodation is arranged over three floors with the ground floor currently arranged as a 35' reception room, 40'8 double reception room, dining room, kitchen, utility room and playroom. The first floor has a principal bedroom with en suite bathroom, plus four further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property also has a very large attic which has been partly converted to a bedroom and bathroom, but one could create two bedrooms and two bathrooms, subject to the necessary planning permission. Benefits also include off-street parking for 3-4 cars and a delightful south-facing rear garden. West Heath Close is situated within walking distance of Hampstead Heath and both Hampstead Village and Golders Green (Northern Line) are within less than a mile. The wide choice of amenities on Finchley Road (Jubilee Line) are also within a short walk.

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Enjoying an elevated position away from the road, a delightful five bedroom detached Edwardian family house, presented in excellent condition throughout and boasting 3,011 sq ft / 280 sq m (gross) of bright well-proportioned accommodation over three floors. The house enjoys a particularly good ground floor footplate offering two reception rooms, a guest WC and a large 24' x 18'5 kitchen/dining/family room with direct access onto a beautiful 65' southerly facing rear garden. The two upper floors provide five double bedrooms, a family bathroom, two shower rooms (one en suite) and a roof terrace. This wonderful home is located within 100m of Hampstead Heath. Finchley Road with its wide choice of bus routes and underground station (Jubilee Line) is located at the foot of the road and Hampstead Village (Northern Line) is within less than a mile's walk.

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A recently refurbished and extended freehold family house affording extremely flexible and well planned accommodation. Generous living space is complimented by four wellproportioned double bedrooms, all with en suite facilities. Outside space is seamlessly incorporated with bi fold doors leading onto a secluded private rear patio in addition to a first floor decked terrace along with a Juliet balcony situated to the front of the house. Stylish open plan living space and kitchen | Formal first floor reception room and Juliet balcony | Four double bedrooms | En suite bathroom | Three en-suite shower rooms | Guest cloakroom | Eaves storage | Off street parking for two cars | Private rear patio | Decked balcony Sole Agent

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A well presented three/four bedroom, two bathroom duplex flat with a private roof terrace set in a period conversion in South Hampstead. 1,138 sq ft of duplex living space | 16ft South facing reception room | A kitchen breakfast room | Three double bedrooms | Luxury family bathroom.Modern shower room | Bedroom four/study | Private roof terrace | Wood floors | Contemporary fixtures and fittings. EPC Rating: E

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LOCAL EXPERTISE, INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION Email: sales@glentree.com

020 8458 7311

MIDDLEWAY, NW11 £4,500,000

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Occupying a prominent position in this tree lined road, on a double plot, in the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb is a rarely available, well maintained, 6 bedroom, 4 reception room lateral detached family home with the most magnificent mature, south facing, landscaped garden which spans 90” x 89” wide. On the ground floor as you enter, you walk into an unusually spacious lounge hall, opening into a double aspect dining room with a feature fireplace and double French doors leading directly out onto the garden. There is a stunning shaker style, familykitchen diner. Off the kitchen there is a lovely tv/family, a separate playroom/gym and a spiral staircase leading up to a charming den.

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On the first floor there are 4 bedrooms (2 ensuite and a family bathroom). The principal bedroom suite has a wonderful ensuite bathroom with separate his and her sinks, separate bath, shower and wc. The second floor offers 2 double bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a further en suite bathroom to the larger room. Further benefits include off street parking for 2/3 cars LOUNGE HALL: DINING ROOM: KITCHEN/DINER: FAMILY ROOM: PLAY ROOM: PLAY ROOMPRINCIPAL BEDROOM WITH EN SUITE: 5 FURTHER BEDROOMS (2 WITH EN SUITES): FAMILY BATHROOM: GUEST WC: DEN: REAR GARDEN: OFFSTREET PARKING

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INGRAM AVENUE, NW11 PRICE ON APPLICATION

SOLE AGENT ENTRANCE HALLWAY, RECEPTION ROOM: DRAWING ROOM, DINING ROOM: KITCHEN, FAMILY ROOM, ORANGERY: LIBRARY, UTILITY ROOM, GUEST WC: MASTER SUITE WITH HIS AND HERS BATHROOMS AND BATHROOMS: 7 FURTHER BEDROOMS - ALL WITH EN SUITE BATHROOM: GYM/CINEMA ROOM WITH BAR: STAFF BEDROOM: SAUNA: GARAGE, SECURE OFF STREET PARKING: LANDSCAPED GARDENS

An elegant detached residence which stands out as a landmark property. This imposing property enjoys a double plot, which measures around 0.6 acres, faces due south to the rear of the property and also backs on to Turners Wood – a 7 Acre private bird sanctuary. The house is endowed with exceptionally high ceilings. Most of the rooms on the ground floor enjoy ceiling heights in excess of 3.3 metres and some rise to well over 4 metres.

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With 12 offices in prime central London and over 70 across the capital, Dexters is London’s leading Independent Estate Agency.

Queens Avenue, N10 £3,200,000

This double fronted family home has plenty of outside space with an impressive landscaped garden and rear extension. There is a generous family area, formal reception as well as a cinema room. Offering beautiful period features throughout, this charming home is full of character with a twist of modern living. Situated close to the heart of Muswell Hill Broadway and Alexandra Park, energy rating d. Dexters Muswell Hill. 418 Muswell Hill Broadway London, N10 1DJ T: 020 8444 2388 E: muswellhillsales@dexters.co.uk

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Fairhazel Gardens, NW6 £5,095,000

A substantial double fronted Victorian home in excellent condition with fabulous entertainment space, five bedrooms and rear patio leading directly to communal gardens, plus gated off-street parking. Conveniently situated for all the amenities of South Hampstead, including Finchley Road underground station and within easy access to the many local schools and shops of both Hampstead, energy rating d. Dexters West Hampstead. 349 West End Lane, London, NW6 1LT T: 020 7644 9300 E: westhampsteadsales@dexters.co.uk

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SHERINGHAM, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 37 1984 - 2021

020 7722 7222 105 St John’s Wood Terrace, NW8 6PL email:

An immaculately renovated 3 bedroom 3 bathroom corner apartment situated on the 4th floor of this prestige modern courtyard development, located in the heart of St John’s Wood. This bright flat has a triple aspect and comprises approximately 1,353 sq.ft / 124 sq.m of meticulously refurbished accommodation with a spacious south facing 22’ reception room providing balcony access and views towards the London skyline. In addition, air conditioning has been fitted to both the reception room and master suite and there is the benefit of 2 garages. VIDEO ENTRYPHONE • EXCELLENT 24HR PORTERAGE • 2 PASSENGER LIFTS • UNDERFLOOR HEATING TO BATHROOMS & KITCHEN • AIR CONDITIONING TO PRINCIPLE ROOMS • 2 GARAGES • EPC=C.

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ST JOHNS WOOD, NW8 On the market for the first time in 45 years, we are pleased to offer this 4 bedroom semi-detached town house (2044 sq ft / 190 sq m) located in this popular road. Arranged over 3 floors the house is in need of updating, thus allowing the in-coming purchaser the opportunity to extend and make alterations to ones ‘own style and specification’, subject to relevant consents & permissions. Benefits also include a west facing rear garden, off-street parking for 2 cars and an integral garage. ENTRANCE HALL • GUEST CLOAKROOM • RECEPTION ROOM • DINING ROOM • KITCHEN • CONSERVATORY • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE BATHROOM AND WALK-IN CUPBOARD • THREE FURTHER BEDROOMS • FAMILY BATHROOM • CENTRAL HEATING • WEST FACING REAR GARDEN • INTEGRAL GARAGE • OFF STREET PARKING FOR 2 CARS • RESIDENTS PARKING • EPC=D. FREEHOLD

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FILM & FIZZ WITH CURZON Introducing the autumn season of Film & Fizz at One Aldwych. Enjoy the latest releases curated by Curzon, including the much-anticipated new Bond film, in the hotel’s luxury screening room. The full experience includes a glass of Henners English sparkling wine, popcorn and a delicious dinner in Indigo or roast lunch on Sunday. From £65 per person

SHOWING THIS SEASON: No Time to Die | The Nest | The Many Saints of Newark Shang Chi & the Legend of the Ten Rings | Dune Don’t miss our Halloween special with a showing of The Shining.

One Aldwych, London WC2B 4BZ Tel: 020 7300 1000

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CULTURE

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BOOK

William Morris By Anna Mason

A coffee table tome for fans of pattern and print is published this month to mark the 125th anniversary of the British textile designer’s death. In association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, the book comprises contributions from a range of Morris experts, with fascinating deep dives into painting, furniture, tiles and tableware, wallpaper, textiles and more. Expect a contextualized chronology of Morris’ life, too, along with a list of global public collections where examples of the designer’s work can be seen today. Naturally, the book is beautifully illustrated with Morris’ iconic flora, fauna and filigree. £50 hardback, published 14 October (thameshudson.co.uk)

ART

Affordable Art Fair 21-24 October, Battersea Park

Photography by Guy Bell

Visual art lovers can have their fill this October as this tantalisingly accessible art fair returns for its Battersea Autumn edition. Elevating the voices of the up-and-coming, the Affordable Art Fair deftly mixes emerging and established galleries with over 90 art spaces and thousands of artists represented. As the name suggests, shoppable works range from just £50 and are capped at a modest £6,000, so you can rest assured you won’t need deep pockets. Highlights include BBC Painting Challenge mentor Pascal Anson’s Recent Grads Exhibition, which is the perfect introduction to this year’s ones to watch. Who knows, you might even come away with a savvy investment. Evolution London, Battersea Park, Queenstown Road, SW11 (affordableartfair.com)

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DANCE

Dance Umbrella 8-24 October, various London venues

Presenting a mix of live performances and digital explorations, Dance Umbrella returns this month in true 2021 style. Traversing the Capital’s performance spaces, including Sadler’s Wells, this longstanding international festival is known and loved for its diverse line-ups. This year we can expect to see visual artist and theatre-maker Dimitris Papaioannou, a debut from Japanese artist Takeshi Matsumoto, a brand new piece from Dance Umbrella’s Assemble project by Becky Namgauds and Tyrone Isaac Stuart, and an exhilarating live outdoor work created by performance-maker Ahilan Ratnamohan. The online offering promises a collection of events aimed at sparking conversations, inspiring creativity and celebrating choreographic talent. Get moving! danceumbrella.co.uk

EXHIBITION

The Natural Eye: Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition 14-24 October, Mall Galleries

For many of us, the recent lockdowns brought about a newfound appreciation of the varied wildlife found in local parks and gardens. Indeed, birdwatching has seen a ten-fold increase during the pandemic. This wholesome group show reflects our love of nature and features both common and lesser-seen creatures in a series of paintings, prints and sculpture. There’s a strong sub-text to the exhibition, too, drawing our attention to species in crisis. Julia Manning’s series of prints mourns the decline of eels. “The European eel is classed as ‘critically endangered’ by the L UX U RY L ON D ON L I V IN G

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International Union for Conservation of Nature, she explains.” Meanwhile Nick Mackman’s bronze pangolin sculpture celebrates the beauty of the most trafficked animal in the world. “Capturing the intricacy of its scales was truly a labour of love,” he says, “each one having to be painstakingly modelled. Pangolins have a rich brown patina which means they are perfectly suited to bronze: emphasising their shape, form and texture.” The Mall, SW1 (020 7930 6844; mallgalleries.org.uk)

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The Shark is Broken 9 October-15 January, Ambassadors Theatre

Photography by Nick Driftwood

The breakout hit of 2019’s Edinburgh Fringe is finally coming to the West End to make waves – and a guaranteed host of new devotees. The Shark is Broken takes audiences back to 1974 and the filming of aquatic thrill-fest, Jaws. Keeping it in the family, the play was co-written by Ian Shaw, the son of actor Robert Shaw, who portrayed shark obsessed fisherman Quint in the film. Ian also stars as his father, alongside Liam Murray Scott as Richard Dreyfuss and Demetri Goritsas as Roy Scheider. Shooting has halted and the film’s lead actors, awash with alcohol and ambition, are stuck on a boat at the mercy of foul weather and a temperamental mechanical co-star. Funny and poignant in equal measure, this ingenious behind-the-scenes comedy is a must for film buffs and theatre lovers alike. West Street, WC2H (0333 009 6690; theambassadorstheatre.co.uk)

CRAFT

London Craft Week

4-10 October, London-wide

Photography by Myrna Suarez

This city-wide celebration of creativity and craftsmanship returns for its seventh edition, highlighting the very best of British and international designer-makers. Shining a light on top talents to emerge from the pandemic, and focusing on sustainable practices, 2021’s London Craft Week looks set to be the best yet. You’ll find events and exhibitions all over the Capital but on our doorstep we have a workshop at Belsize Park’s London School of Mosaic – get stuck in and help create a collaborative mosaic; Hampstead’s Maud & Mabel plays host to Kogarashi: The First Cold Wind, a group show that marks the coming of autumn and features artists with a shared connection to nature; and Nicholas Hughes’ Celebrating the Splodge: Pattern Making Using Block Print at King’s Cross’ Coal Drops Yard.

FILM

Mike Leigh season

Various open studios and galleries across London (londoncraftweek.com)

18 October-30 November, BFI Southbank

In its latest director-focused season, the BFI celebrates a master of kitchen sink realism. We’re promised a comprehensive retrospective of Mike Leigh’s output, including shorts, film and TV features, and a selection of movies chosen by Leigh as the ones that influenced his work. Add to that a special ‘In Conversation’ event with Leigh and Amy Raphael, on 28 October, as well as numerous introductions and Q&As from Leigh and his many close collaborators. From Abigail’s Party to Naked, Secrets & Lies to Another Year, the acclaimed writer-director has brought us ground-breaking films that fearlessly tackle the big stuff – births, marriages and deaths – whilst skilfully fusing comedy and tragedy. His stories of ordinary working-class people hit home and hit hard. Not to be missed. Belvedere Road, South Bank, SE1 (020 7928 3232; bfi.org.uk)

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exclusive interview

Songbird

Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum recording artist Birdy reveals how she harnessed heartbreak to write her haunting new album WORDS by LIZ SKONE JAMES PHOTOGRAPHY by SUZIE HOWELL STYLING by HOLLY WHITE

HAIR by DAVID WADLOW

MAKE UP by LISA POTTER-DIXON

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ive years after the release of her third album, Beautiful Lies, singer-songwriter Birdy released her latest, Young Heart, at the end of April this year. Written from her own experience, the record, which is at once raw and beautiful, tells the story of a first major relationship breakdown, exploring the fallout from this: the loneliness and the heartbreak. Next month will see her first live performance of this work, at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. “It has been so overwhelming,” she tells me. Fittingly, for these times, we are talking over Zoom; Birdy is on holiday in Cornwall. “It really has been an amazing response. A lot of this album is much more personal; I was much braver than I have been before. I think that is why I probably feel more connected to it than previous albums. It was also much harder to write, for that reason, which is why it took so long.” At just 25, it seems incredible that Birdy has recorded four albums, let alone had the time for such a long career break, but she has been making music since she was tiny. “My mum is a concert pianist, so she taught me the piano, and then, when I was about seven, I started writing these little classical piano pieces,” she recalls. “And then, one day, I just decided to start singing over it. And I think my parents were listening at the bottom of the stairs, thinking: what’s wrong with her? Because they were really melancholy songs,” she laughs at the memory. That she had talent was obvious. Aged 12, Birdy won the under 18’s category of a talent competition, going on to post a video on YouTube to thank those who had voted for her. It was spotted by a record label, and the rest is history. “They got in contact,” she explains, “then I spent two years writing songs and I signed a publishing deal. And when I was 14, I did this cover of Skinny Love, and that’s when things took off,” she explains. That song, a Bon Iver cover, made it on to the Radio 1 playlist. A year later Birdy received a Grammy nomination along with Mumford & Sons for their song Learn Me Right, which was included on the soundtrack to the Pixar film Brave. In the same year she was asked to perform at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in London. “It is one of my most favourite things I have ever got to do,” she reveals. “It was just so moving – a very special moment for me.” Looking back on that time is surreal, she says. “I don’t think I took it in at the time; it was quite hard to understand what was happening,” she admits. “It is only now, looking back, that I realise how overwhelming it was. We were travelling everywhere and doing shows.” All this at the same time as attending school, like any normal teenager. I wonder how this worked. “I can’t really remember,” she laughs. “It was probably in the summer holidays. It must’ve been, because I never took too much time off school. It was really hard for me to explain to my friends where I had been and what I had been doing. If you haven’t been there yourself, it is impossible to explain.”

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At the tail-end of the whirlwind, settling down to begin work on something new was hard. “I think I needed some time at the beginning. I just wasn’t ready to write,” she tells me. “So, I did have three months where I went to India and tried to forget about it completely. A lot of that… being there… the landscapes… being somewhere different… I found that really inspiring.” Back in the UK, the words still weren’t coming. “I wasn’t having much luck writing in London,” she says. “I felt like the music didn’t have the right feel. It wasn’t quite right.” At the time, she was listening to a lot of Joni Mitchell, and, inspired to give her music more of a West Coast, Laurel Canyon feel, she decided to spend some time in LA. “Being away from home and out of your comfort zone, I think that can be quite good for writing. It really helps me,” she explains. “I wanted to just go there and see… I met a few people and suddenly it felt right for the first time. I stayed in Topanga Canyon in this beautiful old house with lots of windows. It was just so lovely being there. I had my friend Lotta staying with me. Actually, she took the picture on the album cover while we were there, and she kind of documented that time.” The photograph shows Birdy, sitting with her guitar, covering her smile with a hand draped in a knitted, multi-coloured striped shawl. With its washed-out colours, and slightly fuzzy focus, it does have a very ’70s feel. Having found her muse on the other side of the Atlantic, Birdy also spent time in Nashville. The undisputed home of Country storytelling, she tells me that it felt like the best place to finish off this folk-influenced tale: “this album really felt like it needed proper stories. There is no pressure there; it is very authentic and feels like people just want to have a nice time making something beautiful. I just loved it there. And then I met Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian – we wrote together first, and then they produced the record.” Birdy flew home from Nashville at the beginning of last year. “I got back literally as the pandemic hit,” she reveals. “We had done all of the recording, and after that it was just the mixing, and I could do that from home – over email and listening to stuff. Actually, it was nice, in a way, because I had a bit more time to focus on the artwork, and we had that year to just get it right. Maybe it would’ve come out sooner in different circumstances, but it was a good thing in the end.”

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Piano-led, poetic and very personal, the sound is something of a stylistic departure for Birdy. “The last record, Beautiful Lies, was very dramatic and quite ethereal. Very different to this one,” she agrees. “Almost the opposite. This one is very raw and stripped back, and quite close and personal. I think with the last record, when I was touring, I felt like it was more of a performance. Rather than the real me. It was kind of like a character that I was playing. So, I think that is why I wanted this one to feel very different.” Mixing aside, Birdy sat out the worst of the pandemic in her family home in the New Forest. “We were very lucky,” she admits, “because we have lots of outside space, and we are by the sea, so we could swim and stuff. I was just doing lots of countryside things – I rescued a duck, which was quite a good distraction from everything that was going on,” she laughs. “There was this little duckling who was around a week old, and she was found in a neighbour’s swimming pool. We live close to lots of lakes, so I tried to find her family, but ended up raising her myself. She grew up, and disappeared back into the wild… She has since come back a year later, with her own ducklings,” she smiles. Mental images of the little duckling being fed by hand bring us nicely to an explanation of Birdy’s own name. “My real name is Jasmine,” she says, “but my parents have never called me that. I think that my mum named me, and then thought, ‘that is definitely not her name’. When my parents were feeding me when I was a baby, they said I would open my mouth really wide, like a little bird. So, they called me Birdy.” With a name like that, a career in music was almost inevitable. I wonder if the extended period away from the real world proved a good opportunity for writing, but Birdy shakes her head. “I am only just starting to think about writing again now,” she explains. “I think because it was four years writing the last album, I was quite ready to have a break for a bit. It will be interesting to see what I took from that time – you just take everything in, and then it is in your subconscious. For me, anyway. So, I am sure there will be some ideas inspired by that time …” Birdy is back in London now – Westcountry holidays aside – and pleased to be in her own place in Notting Hill. “I had been back at home for such a long time, so I was ready to leave,” she laughs. “I had just moved to a new flat before the pandemic, and there was nothing really in there. So, I am slowly making it into a home now, but it is taking a while.” It is perhaps unsurprising to hear her describe her style as bohemian and a bit ’70s. “I live near to Portobello Road and there are so many amazing second-hand things on the market. I love finding cool and unique things. That’s really good fun,” she reveals. A country girl at heart, Notting Hill felt like a safe choice to Birdy: “Lots of my family are there, and so it feels familiar, like home to me,” she explains. “I remember going up to visit and being in that area seeing my cousins. So, it is just very familiar to me. It is a really beautiful place – all of those painted houses are really lovely. I need to escape every now and then, so I do go back to the New Forest from time to time, but I really like London.” It is fitting, then, that Birdy’s first live show in some years will be right here in the Capital. Something she is very excited about. “I have had some of the songs on this album for four years now, and I haven’t had the opportunity to play them for anybody, so, yes, I am really excited,” she nods. “We did a live stream in April, and it was amazing, and I loved it, but it is not the same. You don’t have the same energy that you get when there are other people there with you, listening.” Will there be nerves beforehand – especially after such a long hiatus from live shows? “I love the performing, but I do get nervous beforehand,” she agrees. “Once I am on stage, I love it. The hardest bit for me is actually the talking. With the singing I am fine; it is having to talk to the audience that I find really scary. I am shy, and I think that I just feel more confident singing, I’m not sure why that is. It is really nice to be able to connect with people between the songs though, and it does make a huge difference if you are able to do it. So, I am trying to get better at it.” Though she has toured all over the world, Birdy confesses that watching live music was never really something she did much of herself. Something that she intends to put right now that it is once again possible. “When I couldn’t, it made me realise how much more I should’ve been doing it. So, now, I would like to start going to lots more concerts and seeing people,” she tells me. “I was quite bad at it before – probably because I was always so busy. I just didn’t do it enough. I would love to go and see Wise Blood at some point. I think she would be amazing live. I mean, there are so many people I would like to see…” Sentiments I share wholeheartedly: the return of live music is most welcome, and I, for one, can’t wait to see Birdy’s comeback.

Birdy wears, right: top (victoriabeckham.com) and trousers (emilia wickstead.com) Below: dress (emilia wickstead.com) and earrings (fashionology.nl)

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When Simone, below, was diagnosed with a form of cervical cancer it led to her suffering from alopecia. And so began her journey to becoming a hairloss expert

Style& wellbeing Look good, feel better

FABRIC RECOMMENDS

Simone Thomas Wellness

In the same week I noticed the bald patches a clip from Fleabag appeared on my feed: the one in which Fleabag marches her sister back into the hairdressers demanding compensation for Claire’s hilariously lopsided ‘pencil’ cut. In the altercation she announces, assuredly, “Hair is everything. We wish it wasn’t, so we could actually think about something else occasionally, but it is!” The patches were a bolt out of the blue for me. I’d made it through 2020, things were finally looking up – alopecia areata, an auto-immune disease, was not on my 2021 bingo card. I’ve always been blessed with a mane of thick hair, so much so that I’d have an annual moan on the hottest days of the year – to the annoyance of my thinner haired friends. Luckily, the two patches just above the nape of my neck, around an inch and a half in diameter, were obscured by the rest of my barnet. But the thing about alopecia is the fear. Is this just the beginning? Am I going to lose it all? Will it ever grow back? In shock and tears I turned to healthy hair guru Simone Thomas who, I’d heard, had treated a woman who’d lost it all after being hospitalised with Covid and was now sporting a lustrous full head of hair. Relieved to be in the best hands – Simone has a clinic on Harley Street and has herself suffered hair loss – I send off hair and nail samples for testing. We would have done this in person but in the throes of lockdown, everything – even the magic stuff – happened over Zoom, and yet I

couldn’t have felt more cared for. Simone works with homeopath extraordinaire Debbie Rix, who runs my samples though her machine, looking for imbalances and deficiencies, what can be improved diet-wise, and what I need to cut out. I’m warned that it can be a bit spooky, and that I may find the experience emotional, even, but I’m encouraged to trust the process. It’s incredible what can be gleaned about our health from tiny hair and nail samples, and sure enough, Debbie knows everything from my sinus troubles (I had surgery a few years back) to my dire need post-lockdown to see a chiropractor

(thanks, childbirth). Incredibly, this isn’t just a snapshot of my health today. With amazing accuracy Debbie picks up on ailments and injuries from the past that my body is hanging onto. I am spooked and seriously impressed. Complementing Debbie’s bespoke remedy and recommendations, I’m put on Simone’s Ginkgo Hair Care Plan, which includes ginkgo biloba B+ and super green supplements, as well as the Biotin Hair Care Plan, including high-dose biotin brilliance and a skin quencher packed with vitamin C and the richest marine collagen. Six weeks later I send off new hair and nail

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Treatments start at £180; Simone’s book Healthy Hair, Happy Body is out now, £15 (simonethomaswellness.com)

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TAKE 5: REFILLABLE BEAUTY

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samples and we repeat the tests to find that much has improved. Indeed, my hair looks and feels strong and lustrous, my skin is glowing and I feel healthier, happier and brighter all-round. Suffice to say, the treatment is so comprehensive, so thorough and so individually tailored that I’m certain anyone – hair loss or no – would reap the benefits. As for the patches, it’s taken a while, but I now have significant regrowth, albeit pure white baby hair. This isn’t exactly how I’d imagined getting my first greys – but I don’t care. I’m told the pigment may even return over time. Hair may not be everything but right now, I’m incredibly grateful for it, and I’ve resolved to rejoice in its full body and never moan again. AH

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STYLE&WELLBEING ONLINE

Conscious consumers Ashamed of your pandemic-induced online shopping habit? Transfer your loyalties to Guanako and wave goodbye to the guilt. Created and curated to inspire more conscious shopping, the new online platform only stocks sustainably and ethically produced lines that are organic, free from toxins and packaged in glass or biodegradable materials. From makeup, bodycare and skincare, to wellness accessories and supplements, this is your new one stop shop for beauty. Hero lines include Hynt Beauty, created by breast cancer survivor Meryl Marshall with nourishing organic ingredients that are rich in antioxidants, plant extracts and phytonutrients to soothe, hydrate and rejuvenate the skin. We love Skin Prep, a seawater based skin perfecting powerhouse formulated with multiple types of organic algae extract. Founder Theodora Florescu comments: “Having identified so many beauty brands that claim to be clean, despite using toxic ingredients, and knowing about the lack of regulations in the beauty industry, I was inspired to take action. I wanted to create a platform that would inspire consumers to want to lead a cleaner and more conscious lifestyle, while educating them about the damaging effects of toxic products, both to their wellbeing and to the environment.” Log on and discover your new beauty heroes. guanako.com

WELLBEING

Melt away your stresses

LITTLE BLACK BOOK

Manolo magic If you don’t already have The Restory on speed dial, you really should. The London-based aftercare atelier has been a fashionista favourite since its launch back in 2017. Famous for bringing bags and shoes back from the brink, the team of skilled artisans provide truly modern after-care for luxury items. The on-demand service sees your items collected at a convenient time, revived and returned, direct to your door. Excitingly, we bring news of a new partnership with Manolo Blahnik that will provide access to specialised post-purchase repair services directly through

How has the return to the office gone? If you’re finding the demands draining, you might like this natural soya wax melt collection from RAWE. Each wax melt is crafted from ethically sourced and therapeuticgrade essential oils, which, when inhaled, send signals to the part of the brain that controls heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, meaning that, alongside smelling divine, they have impressive physiological and psychological effects, too. There are six to choose from, each offering different benefits. Best of all, as they don’t release harmful chemicals – such as benzene, toluene, and paraffin – like traditional candles, the RAWE wax melts are safer, healthier, cleaner, and more convenient to use. And, when used with an electric wax burner, they do not pose a fire risk or emit any soot – perfect for in the office. Here’s to a happier, more Zen workforce.

the Manolo Blahnik website and available across all three UK boutiques. From providing new soles, right through to dyeing, The Restory will ensure that your shoes are treasured for a lifetime. Better still, a new clothing service has been introduced, offering cleaning, maintenance and repairs, as well as bespoke alterations, including couture and tailoring. Founder, Vanessa Jacobs, describes it as a natural progression for The Restory, telling us: “Extending ‘desirable life’ is the most stylish and sustainable way to consume. Our aim is to make falling in love again with your favourites as easy as possible.”

Each scent can be purchased in a pack of eight, or as part of a gift set, including a wax burner (rawesugar.co.uk)

For details, see the-restory.com

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Feast your eyes on this month’s finest

NEW OPENING

Showstopping teas Baker to the stars, Lily Vanilli is set to launch a decadent afternoon tea in the green marble-lined Grand Saloon at the newly renovated Theatre Royal Drury Lane this month. Lily’s menu, which will be available to non-theatre goers, too, takes inspiration from the Regency period, with sweet treats including delicate pink lemonade tarts with elderflower jelly set with tiny hand-cast, gilded chocolate cherubs. Meanwhile, the savoury offering sees the likes of a signature Lily Vanilli puff pastry sausage roll made with Cornish sausage meat, roast bacon lardons and a cider vinegar deglaze. Warm scones are served with salted whipped butter, as well as the usual cream and homemade jam. Rounding off proceedings, a trolley will roam the room serving scoops of heady absinthe mint choc chip ice cream, made to a top-secret recipe. And everything will be served on a tea service designed by British designers Kit and Willow Kemp, featuring mythical characters taken from costume design illustrations for the theatre’s ballets, comic operas, pantomimes and Edwardian musical comedies over the years. Lily says: “I love the fact that the tea is made up of classics that everyone genuinely wants to eat: jelly, ice cream, cake, custard and sausage rolls… I can’t wait to see the theatre come to life, with guests sitting in the incredible Grand Saloon to get stuck in and revel in the hedonism and decadence that the Regency period was so well known for.” As if you needed an excuse to get yourself back down to theatreland… The Grand Saloon, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, WC2B (thelane.co.uk; lilyvanilli.com)

LONDON FOODIE

Shailesh Deshmukh

Executive Head Chef, Whitcomb’s at The Londoner What’s the last thing you cooked? That would be the escargot with ’nduja lemon butter from our Whitcomb’s menu. It is such a unique dish – so satisfying. 38 Leicester Square, WC2H (020 7451 0167; thelondoner.com/ restaurants-bars/whitcombs) L UX U RY L ON D ON L I V IN G

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What’s your signature dish? A fragrant speciality from Hyderabad: dum biryani. I enjoy the precision and accuracy required to create the perfect

texture and aroma. And it tastes incredibly delicious!

appreciate the art of cooking even more, and the science behind it.

What do you cook on your days off? I love to experiment with different cuisines from around the world, but I always include one element from my experience, as I like to always have memories of home and comfort. It is like travelling to a new place without forgetting about my roots.

Guilty food pleasure Without a doubt, ice cream – I would happily eat it at any time of day! I’m a bit of a traditionalist, so it has to be Madagascan vanilla.

Best meal you’ve ever eaten? That would have to be in Chicago at Moto, by chef Homaro Cantu. It was an incredible experience: I did not know what to expect every time I was presented with a dish, and my senses were excited, but never overwhelmed. It was an experience that made me

What should no kitchen be without? I could answer with something very intricate, but the only thing that is absolutely essential in a kitchen is passion. A lot of people may think that it is necessary to have the rarest and most prestigious ingredients; I believe that with passion even the most common produce can become a masterpiece.

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SWEET TREATS

Something wicked this way comes With Halloween on the horizon, we’re hopeful that we might be able to host a ghoulish gathering this year. Whether or not that proves possible, we can’t wait to sink our fangs into the seasonal offerings of a couple of Fabric foodie favourites. Darkly delicious spooky specials from Crosstown come in the form of limited-edition Dough Bites: black cocoa sourdough filled with a fresh home-style raspberry jam and topped with a dark berry glaze. Available to order from mid-October for delivery between 29 and 31, they are priced at £37.95 for a box of fifteen. Or, £2.70 each, £8 for a box of three in store. crosstown.co.uk/halloween

Meanwhile, true to form, Cutter & Squidge has gone all out with a collection including headless gingerbread men, severed gingerbread fingers, brownies sprinkled with graveyard bones, ‘blood splattered’ macarons and a vegan caramel fudge cake in the guise of a pumpkin. Of course, the Biskie’s have been given a monstruos makeover, too. They look almost too good to eat, but we urge you to – all are devilishly divine and available now. cutterandsquidge.com

BOOK THIS

Ways with wine Exciting news for oenophiles: natural wine expert, Provisions Wine & Cheese has announced the launch of its wine school this month. Taught in a six-week block, the course will be led by energetic and passionate resident wine educator, Sam Povey. Focusing on organic wines, true to Provisions’ ethos, the immersive lessons will focus on how to read a wine label

and pair wine and food, as well as offering insider tips on how to master a restaurant’s wine list. Starting with the basics of tasting, Sam will debunk the jargon used to describe a wine’s appearance, aroma and taste. Next up, an exploration of different vineyards across the world, looking at how climate influences taste. This will be followed by focused sessions on white, red and rosé, and sparkling and sweet wines. After which, you’re sure to be the toast of the town. 167 Holloway Road, N7. Tickets, priced at £300, are available at provisionslondon.co.uk

DELI PRODUCTS

A taste of Italy

The iconic Soho deli has just launched its own line of Italian products

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Since opening on Brewer Street over 75 years ago, the iconic Italian delicatessen Lina Stores has been serving Londoners with the very best products from handpicked artisanal suppliers and small-scale producers in Italy. And now they’ve launched a line of their own gorgeous products, too – the perfect reminder of sunnier days as the temperature drops. The collection includes organic extra virgin olive oil made with plump Apulian olives and packaged in a hand-painted ceramic pot; rich and complex balsamic vinegar aged in wooden casks and bottled in Modena; candy-striped tins of whole peeled DOP San Marzano tomatoes and passata made from sunripened tomatoes grown in Puglia. There’s also a selection of indulgent biscotti and pasticcini, and a trio of bottled aperitivi – limoncello, negroni and vermouth. Look out for the Christmas selection, which will launch at the end of this month, and promises own-brand festive hampers and gifts, including two panettone – one made to the traditional recipe and one with chocolate. Irresistible. 18 Brewer Street, W1F (linastores.co.uk)

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RECIPE

Bettina Campolucci Bordi’s Spiced Pumpkin Pie

SERVES 6-8

West Hampstead’s plant-based chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi found fame on social media through her blog, Bettina’s Kitchen. Five years later, she’s just released her third recipe book, Celebrate (£20, Hardie Grant). It’s full of delicious recipes that are perfect for celebrations and special occasions. Next up on the annual calendar of events, Halloween – so, what does she recommend for spooky gatherings? “I couldn’t leave the pumpkin pie out, could I?” she says. “This lovely pie includes a pinch of spice and has lots of creamy texture. It goes well with ice cream or some whipped cream! It’s a must in my humble opinion.”

INGREDIENTS For the pastry: 250g plain (all-purpose) flour | pinch of salt | pinch of sugar | 115g vegan butter, chopped into small pieces, plus extra for greasing | 60ml plant milk (I like oat milk) For the filling: 480g pumpkin purée (see Cook’s Tips) | 120g ground almonds (almond meal) | 100g brown or coconut sugar | 100ml plant milk | 60g vegan butter | 60g plain (allpurpose) flour | 2cm piece of ginger root, peeled and grated | 1 tsp ground cinnamon | 1 tsp ground cardamom | 1⁄2 tsp ground cloves | 1⁄2 tsp baking powder To serve: 280ml whippable plant cream | 1tbs maple syrup | 1 vanilla pod (bean), split and the seeds scraped out, or 1 tsp vanilla paste or extract METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/gas 4). Grease a cake or pie

COOK'S TIP

An easy way to cook a whole pumpkin, skin and all, is to roast it in the oven at 180°C (350°F/gas 4) for 1 hour. Once cooked, simply cut off the top, remove the seeds and use the cooked pumpkin for this and other recipes, such as risottos and salads. The pumpkin will last a week in the fridge, and you can dip into it whenever you need it!

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Gizzi’s edit Fancy yourself as an aspiring chef? Hone your kitchen skills with a new range from Skeppshult for John Lewis that has been curated by brand ambassador Gizzi Erskine. Consisting of 10 pieces of sustainable cast iron cookware featuring stylish Swedish walnut handles, the collection is available online this month. Dubbed the Gizzi Edit, every piece has been chosen by the celebrity chef to help buyers to create

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pan (with a removable base so the pie will come out easily) with some butter. 2. Make the pastry by adding all the dry ingredients to a bowl. Use your hands to rub the chopped butter into the flour mix. Then add the milk little by little and mix well to form a dough. You can either use the pastry straightaway or, if you have time, rest it somewhere warm for 15–20 minutes. Alternatively, keep in the fridge overnight. 3. Roll the pastry dough into a disc that’s larger than the base of the cake/pie pan, with enough to go up the sides. Put the pastry in the pan and use your index fingers and thumbs to press into the base and sides so it lines the whole pan. Trim off any excess dough that comes over the edges with a knife. You can use the excess dough to create a criss cross pattern on top of the pie if you like. 4. Prick the base of the pastry with a fork and pre-cook in the oven for 10 minutes. 5. Meanwhile, add all the ingredients for the filling to a food processor or blender and blitz until well combined. 6. When the pie case is ready, remove from the oven and add the pumpkin filling. Smooth the filling flat with a palette knife, then bake in the oven for 45 minutes. 7. While the pie is baking, whip the cream with the maple syrup and vanilla. Chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve. 8. Once the pie is ready, remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving with the whipped cream.

their own must-have kit. She tells us: “Each item picked for my collection was done so on the merit that I believe every kitchen should have it! I’ve used Sekppshult cookware professionally for years, because of its durability and stylish design. I’m always so impressed by the results I get when

using this cookware, and I’m so excited to introduce John Lewis customers to the Skeppshult Gizzi Edit.” From casserole pans and gratin dishes, to swing spice mills, once you’ve tried them, you won’t know how you cooked without these heroes in your kitchen. (johnlewis.com; eu.skeppshult.com)

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TRAVEL

Travel news

Discover your home away from home

WINTER SUN

Paradise found

ASK THE CONCIERGE

Take a punt on Cambridge

Zalán Schuster, Head Concierge, University Arms, Cambridge “With buildings that have endured the test of time for nearly a thousand years, Cambridge is remarkable. Beautiful in any season, there is so much to see here. To find your bearings, climb the 123 steps of the tower at Great St. Mary’s, which offers panoramic views of the city. Architecturally, St. John’s could be described as the most beautiful of the colleges. Amongst its alumni are the playwright Ben Jonson and the poet William Wordsworth. It is also worth having a look at The Bridge of Sighs – according to legend, undergraduates would sigh as they crossed the bridge if their exams had not gone well. Another must see is the Wren Library, which contains Sir Isaac Newton’s notes and the original Winnie-the-Pooh manuscript. Stop for a gourmet sandwich at Bread & Meat. Afterwards, pop into Jack’s Gelato for an ice cream, or Fitzbillies for one of their famous Chelsea Buns. Visiting the Botanic Garden is highly recommended: the 40-acre-garden with its 8,000+ species of plants is the perfect spot to find some head space. Round your day of sightseeing off with a drink at The Eagle, the most famous and historic pub in Cambridge. There are so many options where dinner is concerned, from excellent steaks at The Chophouse to vegan favourites at The Old Bicycle Shop. Alternatively, if you’re after fine dining, you can’t beat Midsummer House.” universityarms.com

WELLBEING BREAK

Soul Survival

We don’t need to tell you that travel is good for the soul, and a new staycation package from one of London’s top boutique hotels has been designed to harness that power – even when we aren’t able to truly get away. With the importance of mental and physical health at an all-time high, The Mandrake have introduced their ‘Soul Revival Package’.

An archipelago of 155 islands off the coast of East Africa, with its miles of spellbinding white sand beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is about as close to paradise as its possible to get. And with no quarantine requirements on arrival, travel deprived as we are, there’s nowhere we’d rather be jetting off to. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to luxury accommodation here, though top of our wish list is the brand-new Mango House, by LXR Hotels & Resorts. Nestled in the fragrant fruit trees along the shores of Anse Aux Poules Bleues bay on Mahé, the largest of the islands, it is an intimate and exclusive oasis. Originally built as a family dwelling by celebrated Italian photographer Gian Paolo Barbieri, the hotel offers 41 impeccably designed guest rooms, suites, and villas, all with unobstructed sea views. Those in search of the ultimate family getaway can book an exclusive cluster of 13 guest rooms. Known as Cliff House, this is the largest villa in the Seychelles and comes complete with its own private, elevated pool. The luxurious facilities encompass

Every aspect of the luxury Fitzrovia hotel has been curated and designed to offer an immersive experience, from the towering living walls of jasmine and passionflower, to the cocoon like bedrooms and suites and the ground-breaking ethnobotanical cocktails served in the bar. Following the successful introduction

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two glorious pools, three exclusive restaurants serving fresh local cuisine, a cocktail bar and poolside bar, a secluded spa offering treatments incorporating locally made products, a well-equipped fitness suite and a kids club. Staying true to the LXR brand, every element of Mango House is connected to its surroundings with a focus on sustainability and supporting local businesses where possible. Feisal Jaffer, Global Head, LXR Hotels & Resorts says: “Mango House has an abundance of captivating stories to be told and we cannot wait to share them with our guests. Developed in harmony with its surroundings, Mango House mirrors the traditions of southern Mahé folklore, with the fascinating Seychellois culture woven into every aspect of the personalised guest experience.” For more information, see lxrhotels.com/mango-house-seychelles For help planning your trip to the Seychelles, visit seychelles.travel

of a spiritual wellness concierge last year – the world’s first – the hotel has designed a new overnight package to guide guests into the post pandemic world with an assortment of traditional and ancient wellness practises: from in-room bespoke energy healings to sound baths. All sessions are hosted by the best practitioners in their fields, such as

Shaman Eddy Elsey and sound healer Maria Lodetoft. The package also includes an overnight stay in an evergreen terrace room and a complimentary dinner for two on a private balcony. The ultimate escape: you’ll return from your night away feeling like you’ve spent a month away. From £730. For details, see themandrake.com

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GROWN UP GLAMOUR If the weather is to keep you prisoner, where better than five-star hotel, Le Hotel Majestic Barrière on the Croisette, Cannes

partly, in the warmth of the welcome and the Majestic is keen to make sure its guests are thoroughly at home. My friend Claudia remembers staying here as a child with her family in the 1970s. She licks her lips recalling the steak tartare some thirty-odd years later, so my expectations are high – and I am not disappointed. When in France… Fois gras is a guilty pleasure but at Fouquet’s – the Majestic’s expansive bar and Parisian-style luxury brasserie – the pleasure easily outweighs the guilt. Classic French dishes such as duck fillet and pepper beef sit alongside fish and chips and burgers. We try the squid and the pan-fried scallops on a smooth buttery artichoke puree. The Mediterranean influence is clear from the number of fish dishes on the menu. It takes us an age to choose the Hautes Côtes de Nuit Domaine Chambris Bourgogne but we are delighted with a white that can sit happily with our seafood and hold its own against the fois gras. I indulge in breakfast in my room on day one and I feel a little bit of a princess as I nibble tiny pastries and sip café au lait, but I am glad to have made it to the breakfast buffet the following morning where I chip chunks off a laptop-sized honeycomb to sweeten my pancakes and consider having a glass of Champagne to get the day started. On Saturday night we eat at La Terrasse du Gray, the gourmet restaurant at the Majestic’s sister hotel just around the corner, Le Gray D’Albion. Here the menu relies on seasonal produce and experiments with more international flavours. Risottos and ravioli remind us that we are not all that far away from Italy, but the latter comes gyoza “dumpling-style” stuffed with prawns, while the sea bream carpaccio is tangy with a mango and coriander salsa. I plump for the burrata and grilled zucchini salad to start. (It’s not been that long since lunch where I’m working my way through the chef’s daily specials at Fouquet’s.) Mains include a wok section with a tempting-sounding Peking duck glazed with honey from the restaurant’s own hives while the rest of the menu feels familiarly Mediterranean with a twist: grilled lamb chops and caponata, octopus with preserved lemon, pan-fried beef brightened up with a chimichurri condiment. Dating from 1926, the Majestic has undergone major renovations in the last two decades, evolving to incorporate the most modern ideals of luxury while keeping true to its roots. The

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annes is not usually shrouded in mist nor virtually unreachable on roads turned to rivers. Ordinarily the French Riviera is irresistibly filmic, bathed in glorious sunshine, the shushing of cicadas soothingly audible above the gentle lapping of the Med… But visiting the Le Hotel Majestic Barrière during dramatic autumn storms gave me the opportunity to fully luxuriate in the old school comfort and style of a Riviera icon where film festival stars are wont to stay. My room has an undisturbed view over a slate grey sea. Palm trees wave bravely in the squall. But I can easily imagine how grateful I would be for the awning that keeps the worst of the rain off the sun loungers were the sun to require me to lounge on a balcony that is really too grand to be a mere balcony but is more of a private terrace. In a separate wing, the hotel’s most sumptuous suites all face directly onto the famous red-carpeted steps of the Palais des Festivals up which have glided stars from Sophia Loren to Angelina Jolie – in fact every imaginable A-lister since the Cannes Film Festival began in 1946. Each impressive suite is decorated in a distinct style: the fashionably chic Dior; the Riviera, whose nautical theme recalls the spirit of a luxury liner; a set of rooms celebrating cinematic style; and the classy classic, Morgan. The penthouse has its own private rooftop pool with sea view. Lesser folk make do with the hotel’s (still rather fabulous) heated seaside pool or its private beach. But as much as the Majestic revels in its very grown up glamour, the hotel is as welcoming to families and is justly proud of its special film-making club for the kids, part of the Le Studio by Petit VIP concept, which hosts family fun workshops and 5-star activities for children. The charm of a traditional hotel is, at least L UX U RY L ON D ON L I V IN G

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vast entrance hall is decorated in Venetian-style sumptuousness, all gold and glittering lights. I nestle happily with my laptop in the spacious lounge and can see why the hotel is popular with business travellers and for conferences. Sparkling chandeliers, glass, mirrors, leather, and gilt all go a long way to take the edge off a Powerpoint presentation. The restoration of this part of the hotel, unveiled during the 2016 film festival, was inspired by Art Deco designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, at work in the 1920s and 30s. Amid the dreamy ivory and cream interior – at once grand and yet comfy – I expect Hercule Poirot to walk in at any moment. When the sun breaks through, I venture out for a turn around the harbour to admire the yachts in temporary residence. I stroll past the luxury outlets that line the street outside the hotel, Cannes’ famous Boulevard de la Croisette: Prada, Gucci, Dior. Despite the hype, the old town retains the charm of the fishing village it once was. A sudden downpour, though, and it’s not so much Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief as Mr Bean’s Holiday, but there is sanctuary in the Diane Barrière spa, where I relax on a heated bed in a lilac-lit room, massaged with scented oils. Partnering with skincare experts Biologique Recherche, the wellness centre has a range of beauty treatments fit for any aspiring starlet, while the Caribbean-infused Ligne St Barth line promotes the three Rs: relaxation, restoration, rejuvenation. As I am packing to leave, a call comes from the concierge to tell me that the roads are closing between Cannes and Nice airport. By the time I make it to the front desk, taxis are no longer picking up. Enter Joel, bellboy extraordinaire, tasked with getting me to the airport come hell or high water. At last I feel I am starring in my own movie as we dash up the motorway, wiggle along mountain lanes, edge through flooded roads and make it, finally, to the airport. If only Cary Grant had been waiting there for me…

Above: the grand hotel lives up to its name – an icon of elegance and luxury Left: the beautiful and spacious living area of Suite Horizon

10, La Croisette, 06407 Cannes, France (+33 (0) 4 92 98 77 00; hotelsbarriere.com)

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INTERIORS

Interiors news

ARTISAN HOMEWARES

Organic ceramics Ceramicist, designer and educator Reiko Kaneko recently introduced SCP shoppers to her Botanical Collection – a pigment-rich range of vases, plates and bowls with delicate depictions of the various flora found in her London garden. Born out of an exploratory chapter in her career in which Kaneko closely studied the pâte-sur-pâte technique – layering up and etching away clay – and later, the application of a new digital process, the pieces are at once bold in colour and ethereal in pattern.

Make your house a home

From £60 (scp.co.uk)

ETHICAL BEDDING

Sleep sustainably Launching mid-October is Bedfolk’s new duvet and pillow collection, which puts sustainable and ethical comfort at the fore. Aiming for the feeling of down, the luxe bedding brand has come up with an ingenious feather alternative made from 100 per cent recycled materials – largely plastic bottles – and the result is lightweight, easily re-fluffable and perfectly cuddly bedding. But if only down will do, customers with a conscious can choose either recycled down or 100 per cent responsibly sourced European white duck down, both super light and lofty. From £40 (bedfolk.com)

LIGHTING

KITCHENWARE

Arteriors has launched two suitably gothic chandeliers in time for Halloween celebrations. The dramatically noir Tilda playfully subverts the form of the classic crystal chandelier with its swooping arms and organic shapes. In black wood and iron, it offers a rustic charm alongside its dark drama. Rondelle, the handiwork of guest designer Laura Kirar, is a modern take on the medieval chevalier pendant design. Crafted from blackened iron, and with delicately imprinted glass work, it is designed to hang like a striking artwork, whether illuminated or not.

If you’ve been paying attention on Insta, you’ll know that the chic and monochrome Always Pan from Our Place has become a bit of a cult favourite. Due to popular demand, the brand has now released the Perfect Pot, which boasts multi-functionality as well as being every bit as stylish as its sister product. The voluminous pot comes complete with some seriously clever built-in cooking hacks and can be used for everything from braising to baking, straining to roasting. Choose from four Mediterranean-inspired earthy tones.

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Top of the pots

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Tilda, £2,330; Rondelle, £4,720 (arteriorshome.com) TAKE 5: WOOL WEEK

Atlas natural wool rug, from £396 (cosycoco.com)

Aki 100% wool cocoon bean pouffe, £89 (made.com)

Grey horse throw, £98 (jjtextile.co.uk)

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Bloomingville Ormer cushion, £58 (sweetpeaandwillow.com)

Amy chair in wool, Ink, £1,676 (darlingsofchelsea.co.uk)

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Suite DREAMS

From textural tiling to wall-hung vanity units, here’s inspiration to make a big splash in a small en suite WORDS by ALI HOWARD

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Below: VitrA’s Plural ceramic washbasin marks a stylish comeback for coloured sanitaryware

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Where bright colours in large repeat patterns can easily overwhelm a smaller space, Bert & May’s new Terrazzo tiling collection (opening image) hits all the right notes with its ditsy free-form patterning borrowed from 18th century Venetian walkways. Beautifully hand-crafted using bespoke designs (no two squares are the same) the eye-catching tiles are made from a mix of ground materials including marble, granite and quartz. Neutral in tone but with playful colour variations, the tiles offer a rich visual texture and are anything but plain.

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LIGHT AND SPACE

Lighting is all-important in an en suite, not only to brighten up a smaller space, but to create a cosy ambient glow – this is an extension of the bedroom, after all. Just launched, Lights and Lamps’ first bathroom collection marries statement wall and ceiling lights with stylish pendants designed to perfectly illuminate bathing spaces, from large family bathrooms down to diminutive en suites. The Silio pendant and flush lights are characterised by a dome-shaped shade, and in brushed brass with opal, hint at classic Art Deco design. From £69 (lightsandlamps.com) L UX U RY L ON D ON L I V IN G

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THINK PINK

A well-known interior design trick is to go lighter with furniture pieces if you want to create the illusion of extra space – a tiny en suite shower room being a case in point. But that doesn’t mean you should always stick to white. Britton’s chic Dalston collection includes a delicate matt pink unit that sits underneath the ceramic white washbasin, creating a pretty contrast. Clean-lined and contemporary, the lacquered MDF unit offers handy storage space and hides away the plumbing. Complete the look with ballet-pink tiles. From £399 (brittonbathrooms.com) 5

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A single design-led statement piece can work wonders in an en suite, especially if it comes in a vibrant colour pop. VitrA’s Plural range, the handiwork of Milan-based American designer Terri Pecora, comprises mid-century inspired monochrome pieces. Blurring the boundaries between bedroom and functional bathing spaces, the collection is decidedly furniture orientated, as in the ceramic washbasin with its curve-edged shelf in dark oak. In matt moss green, it marks a stylish return to the coloured sanitaryware of the 1960s, too.

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Soho matt black walk-in double shower panel, £849.99 (drench.co.uk)

STYLISH STORAGE

En suite bathrooms are often compact spaces so you’d be wise to think about nifty storage solutions when designing yours – especially if you’re after a contemporary, clean-lined and clutter-free look. Crosswater’s new Infinity furniture collection features modular units that not only offer handy cupboard space, but, being wall-hung, create the illusion of extra floor space underneath. In a range of luxe finishes including marble and oak, the customisable cabinetry seemingly floats, which cleverly counters the boxy forms.

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The use of reflective materials in a compact room allows the light to bounce around beautifully, creating an airiness that you just don’t get with solid matt colours. Porcelain Superstore’s Marais Aqua ceramic tiles are an ideal addition to an en suite. Varied in tone from duck egg blue through to mint and turquoise, the high gloss tiles offer a rippling water effect that gently moves with the light. Off-set the textural tiles with plain white sanitaryware for a pleasing contrast. 7

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With clever contemporary design, an en suite doesn’t have to be separated from the bedroom at all. This stylish sleep space incorporates an elevated wet room with a luxurious walk-in shower that’s framed by Crittal-like glazing and accented by similarly stylish noir accessories and lighting. Deftly mixing form and function, the panel is crafted from toughened glass and powder-coated steel in a matt black finish, while its effortlessly simple form allows you to roll out of bed and step straight in.

£45.60 per sq m (porcelainsuperstore.co.uk)

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Left: Karen is a collector – like the rest of the house, the kitchen is full of her eclectic finds Opposite page: beautiful dappled sunlight filters into the kitchen

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KAREN HARVEY

This characterful property is all about the backstory – from architecture to object

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s creative director of Shutter Hub, an organisation that supports talented snappers across the globe – and as a photographer herself – Karen knows a thing or two about good light. In fact, it’s top of her list of non-negotiables when buying a home. “I love big windows and seeing the change in light through the seasons, the height and the glow of the sunlight, especially when dappled through trees, it brings me great joy every day,” she says. Karen has lived in her current abode – a 1930s four-bedroomed house complete with a pitched gabled roof, tall chimneys, large rooms, and her requisite big bay windows – for 11 years. She shares the house with partner Adam and their 14-year-old rescue cat, Tutti Biscotti, who by all accounts appreciates the property’s abundance of sunlight as much as Karen does. The definition of a doer-upper, the house had been empty for some time before it came into their hands. Karen describes the broken windows, wallpapered ceilings, curtain pelmets, gloomy dark red walls “and an old Axminister carpet that was so worn, coming down the stairs was like skidding on ice.” But, conversely, this was all part of the plan. In fact, for Karen, it was the dream. “I prefer places that haven’t been touched for years,” she explains, “with old, coloured bathrooms, faded wallpaper and barely any kitchen. I love the idea of stories being lived out in theses spaces – and being allowed to be part of that.” She goes on to describe the couple’s first night in the house, a particularly frosty January, huddled under the duvet. “The next morning, Adam took a hammer to the heating pump and got it working. The boiler was old and leaky, so he designed a new heating system to incorporate a wood burner that can heat the water, too.” Adam works as an environmental engineering consultant, which clearly has its benefits when you have grand designs on bringing a neglected period property back to life. Karen’s interiors style is calm but at the same time, eclectic. And that’s entirely in sympathy with the architecture and original fittings. “If something looks nice and feels nice, it’s welcome,” she says. “Especially if it’s in a muted tone.” Indeed, the house is rich in interesting artworks and artefacts, but it never feels cluttered. There’s order to the eclecticism. Her keen eye for light and space sees earthy, neutral shades on the walls and the paint reflects the light beautifully. A keen collector, Karen’s homely finds come from auction houses, junk shops and charity shops – pieces she’s thoughtfully curated over the years. “I’ve been buying things since I was a child,” she

Above: Karen shares her 1930s home with her cat Tutti Biscotti and her partner Adam Right: a beautiful stained glass door leads into the kitchen

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confirms. “I remember seeing this beautiful plate, Homemaker design, and I decided I’d buy it and start a collection for when I grew up and had my own home. It was a second, the transfer was slightly blurred, but at 15p it was what I could afford. I later sold it for £50.” Not afraid to mix the old with the new, veritable antiques are flanked with Instagram-worthy Ikea hacks. Karen’s desk, for example, is an old Georgian dining table, while the long set of shelves in the living room are crafted from three Ikea bookcases, which Adam cut down, reworked and painted. “I don’t mind where things come from,” Karen says. “I just want them to be beautiful – and ideally not brand new.” Her passion is not only collecting but creative repurposing, too. “The oak doors in our back hall came from an old office on the Immingham docks that was being demolished,” Karen explains. “In the conservatory there’s an old table from a factory with some of my Pelargonium plant collection on, I have a few old factory storage bins, and old ballot boxes, and school chairs from another building that was being torn down.” Karen’s favourite things in the house tell stories, and she could wax lyrical about their origins and how they came into her possession, it’s fascinating. Some of them come with a personal narrative, too. The vintage Sklo Union vase that she found in her grandmother’s bin, for example. “When she died, we went to clear her house, her neighbour had also died and whoever had emptied their place had put everything into the neighbour’s dustbins. It seemed so sad. The vase is beautiful, heavy clear glass with straight sides that undulate like ribbons… I imagine it was probably a wedding gift, or something significant and important to someone, but literally someone else’s rubbish. It’s worth about £80, but I’ll keep it forever.” Karen also describes the cushions needlepointed by her mum, filled with feathers and backed in thick velvet. “They are just lovely.” The chairs in the conservatory were bought by Karen’s grandmother at auction in the 1950s, and are said to have come off the Queen Mary. And the beautiful oak cupboard in the hallway that doubles as a surface for Karen’s pottery collection, was a gift from her late friend, Wendy. Between publishing Shutter Hub’s first book, launching the Auto Photo Awards, and penning and photographing travel features, Karen is one busy woman. Her calm but eclectic home is a sanctuary to return to, but beyond that, it is a home full of history and character. “I want to live in a house that inspires me and gives me space,” she says. “I love to think about how other people lived in this house before us, and that sense of memory, the clues that they were here – that kind of thing feels like magic.”

Clockwise from top: Karen’s pottery collection sits on a beautiful oak cabinet; the cushions on the Chesterfield were needlepointed by Karen’s mum; the house is rich in interesting artworks

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1. Choose furniture pieces in rich walnut for future heirlooms. Brooke wooden dining chair, walnut, £159 (cultfurniture.com) 2. Don’t be afraid to mix in mid-century inspired pieces with original antiques. Solid wood sunburst cabinet, £392 (limelace.co.uk)

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3. There’s nothing like velvet Chesterfield seating for a classic, homely look. Winston armchair in silver grey velvet, £1,249 (swooneditions.com) 4. Let the light bounce beautifully with a collection of coloured glassware. Amare vase, large, £200 (sweetpeaandwillow.com) 5. Pick interesting and artisanal objects that are pretty and practical. Blue pottery fruitbowl, £28.95 (cielshopinteriors.com)

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Knights of Knightsbridge

The pupils at one central London school are encouraged to foster a genuine and deep sense of belonging and engagement with the wider world

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nightsbridge School is a vibrant central London day school. A broad and engaging curriculum combined with an outstanding range of extra-curricular opportunities mean that children are encouraged to be creative, curious and, by having a go, to find their talents and develop the skills for success. Since its launch, the school has been recognising outstanding pupils with its prestigious Knight of Knightsbridge Award. These are presented to pupils who have achieved excellence in any aspect of school life and made a significant impact on the community. Previous recipients of the award include a fencing champion who represented his country and a pupil who performed in the West End. The most recent Knights are Osian (Y6), Kasia (Y6) and Luca (Y4). Read their stories below and get inspired to do something positive for your community!

activities, Kasia submitted it to the Durrell Project and was awarded a Durrell Bronze Conservation Award for young and aspiring conservationists. Kasia continues to find new ways to help the planet and is part of the school eco club, campaigning to take the school from its current silver eco badge to a gold badge. Luca (Year 4) Luca set himself the challenge of delivering 50 meals a month to homeless people around London. He felt passionate about the growing issue of homelessness and supporting those less fortunate. In his own time over the weekend, Luca made packed lunches and met lots of people who were very appreciative of his efforts. To arrange a tour of the school, contact the Registrar, Mary Caldecott-Smith, on 020 7590 9006. 67 Pont Street, SW1X (knightsbridgeschool.com)

Osian (Year 6) Over the course of last term Osian and his brother (KS Alumnus) Gethin collected old sports kit and football boots from friends and fellow KS pupils in order to donate it to the Harrow Club for underprivileged children, which has five branches across London. Gethin travelled to the West London branch to hand over the donations, met with Steve Davies, Senior Programmes Manager of the club, and had a tour around the facilities. Osian said: “We found out that many of the employees at the club had been buying football kit for the children from their own money because the children’s families can’t afford new kit for them.” The Harrow Club was extremely grateful for Osian and Gethin’s effort in collecting and delivering all the kit. Kasia (Year 6) Lockdown got lots of us thinking about what’s important and for one student, Kasia, it meant concentrating on bettering the environment. Inspired by the Knightsbridge School weekly eco challenges that included making an insect hotel, cooking a meal solely using local produce and planting herbs. After creating a montage video of all her conservation

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Capital EDUCATION From prep school to sixth form, discover how the very best independent schools can help your child to succeed

Independent Schools Guide 2021

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FABRIC PROMOTION The team at The King Alfred School understand that childhood is precious, and that learning should be filled with joy

Where children love to learn

What makes a great first school? One north London junior school is proving that knowing the children as individuals is what really sets it apart Choosing the right school for your child is an extremely important decision for every parent and finding somewhere which fits can feel overwhelming. By focusing on students as individuals, The King Alfred School in Hampstead Heath provides a place where children can come to love learning, at their own pace. “We offer an alternative educational approach to many other schools,” says Karen Thomas, Head of Lower School. “Within our structure children can excel on

their own terms and, within that, the freedom to explore and discover a love of learning.” Understanding that children develop at different rates, and that learning is not a race, is key to the success of the school. Teachers take time to find out about each child’s interests and motivations and students are involved in their learning journey; helping to choose enquiry topics, co-writing class contracts and agreed behaviours, and presenting their work to parents in student-led conferences.

“Yes, my child is learning a lot academically, but she is also learning about community, about caring for others” King Alfred School parent

Success in literacy and numeracy is important, as is the enjoyment of reading, writing, mathematical thinking and other core subjects. Of equal importance in the school’s holistic approach to children’s selfconfidence is their development as communicators, collaborators, creatives, critical thinkers, researchers and friends. The school is situated on the edge of Hampstead Heath, with classrooms all opening directly onto the central field or playground areas. With Forest School on the curriculum and a wealth of space for outside learning, students aren’t sat at desks all day, but are active and engaged in activities which deepen the learning experience. Teachers use enquiry as a basis for their lessons, creating exciting opportunities and hands-on ‘real life’ experiences for the children to participate in and explore. This approach is about more than asking a child what they want to know, it is about triggering curiosity and

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“I feel special at this school, and I learn a lot and have lots of fun!” Eve, Year 4

opening the door to new, deeper learning. Head, Karen, sums up why their approach works: “We believe that learning should be joyful and that childhood is precious. Our wonderful team of staff work very hard to ensure the children come to us each day with big smiles on their faces, excited about the learning their day may bring.” To read about Lower School and register for an Open Event, visit kingalfred.org.uk For admissions queries, contact admissions@kingalfred.org.uk

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FABRIC PROMOTION that comes with exploring these options creates the growth mindset that instils resilience and allows our young people to trust in themselves,” he continues. It is hard to know what you want to do with your educational and working career at 16 or 18-years-old. You may think you want to study Economics at university or become an accountant, but later come to the realisation that this is not what you want to do with the rest of your life. It is human to take the path that seems safest, the subject that comes most naturally or that which is encouraged… It takes courage and resilience to re-assess our options, to make career changes or pursue other areas of interest; the very skills that come with having explored a broad and inspiring curriculum or wide-ranging enrichment programme. At North Bridge House, the breadth and depth of the curriculum design allows the school to really identify and develop the individual’s strengths and interests. Whether it be the rotation of languages from the outset of students’ education in Year 7, or the open options system for GCSE, there is great scope for creative success, academic success, future physicians or budding photographers.

Facilitating success

Supporting our children in a hothouse pandemic: promoting resilience and embracing new norms Resilience and adaptability have fast become the most desirable life skills in today’s young people. Pre-Covid-19, it was admirable if our children dusted themselves off and carried on after reading a test question wrong or conceding a try on the rugby pitch, but ultimately, the more they practised the further they would navigate well-trodden ground to success. Three lockdowns and two years of cancelled exams later, it has become essential for teenagers in particular to pilot uncharted waters, adapting their route to reach the same end goal whatever the setback. “Yet we as parents can unintentionally sabotage our children’s potential to embrace this newfound resilience, especially now that we are, understandably, desperate to see them succeed in the face of adversity,” says Brendan Pavey, Executive Headteacher of North Bridge House Senior Schools. “We encourage them to work hard at the traditionally more academic disciplines, or to find that one thing they are good at, to pursue it and then to excel. However, this doesn’t leave much room for trying lots of different things – for discovering a passion for cookery, an eye for photography, a talent in costume design. Our children may even find these disciplines more challenging, but the inspiration

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One lesson per week is also dedicated to the timetabled enrichment programme, which introduces students to around 20 different topic areas – ranging from ethics and astronomy to ancient cultures and costume design – aimed specifically at ‘character education’. “The enrichment programme provides a breadth of learning experience that takes pupils much further than the curriculum itself, facilitating their personal development and really growing them as people. Adaptable people with a whole host of soft skills that will benefit them in the real world, co-ed working environment, global pandemic or no global pandemic,” explains Brendan. Not all students respond well to hothouse environments and while North Bridge House is academically rigorous with high expectations, in adopting a ‘low pressure, high support’ model designed around opportunity, the school considers the whole child – teaching life lessons as well as academic lessons, soft skills as well as hard skills, and facilitating every path to success. For admissions enquiries, call 020 7428 1520 (northbridgehouse.com)

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AN EXACT SCIENCE

Taught in the right way, science is a subject where pupils can fully immerse themselves into both the logical and the surreal, says Justin Eniola, Head of Science at St. Anthony’s School for Boys

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he task of making sense of how the world around us works is a daunting one, fraught with numerous questions and challenges. But, when the curriculum engages meaningfully, the plethora of insightful questions from students can be amazing. At St. Anthony’s, boys are equipped with the tools needed to understand the basics of the biological, chemical and physical world around them, in a curriculum that gives space for wonder and awe. The arc of each boy’s Science learning journey, from reception to year 8, is something that is planned with great focus at the school. The aim of the Science faculty is for each boy to grow in confidence and enjoyment as they explore the mechanics of the visible and invisible world. A richly broad body of scientific knowledge is built up over the years, culminating in the year 8 Common Entrance examinations. Technology greatly assists teaching and learning throughout all year groups: years 6 to 8 benefit from personal Surface Go laptops, whilst younger boys have access to iPads and a variety of Science apps. This all contributes to staggering scientific success for the school, and a significant number of boys elect to take the subject for scholarship interviews and examinations. Despite an impressive track record of boys gaining entrance to some of the

country’s top senior schools through Science specialism, boys at the school are never merely working towards a test. With a fully functioning school laboratory in the Senior House, boys in years 4 to 8 have access to stimulating and exciting experiments in a safe environment. The term ‘working scientifically’ has long been a phrase used to describe miscellaneous stand-alone lessons. But St. Anthony’s believe that it should be the point at which children can experience key concepts, skills and processes in order to deepen and broaden their understanding of Science. The experiments conducted at the school are thoroughly thought out and carefully planned in order to enhance the children’s understanding of the topics and theories. The task of equipping the next generation with the tools to engage with an ever-changing world around them in an investigative, critical and optimistic manner, is one that the Science faculty at St Anthony’s takes on with great pride. Giving pupils opportunities to learn to think and work as scientists is central to the teaching practice at the school. Schemes of work are geared towards providing boys with the real-life context that helps to add purpose to the scientific theories being taught throughout the school. Alongside this, extra-curricular Science clubs are on offer; Little House of Science provides the boys with stimulating and

informative opportunities to engage with Science topics during after school sessions. It is St. Anthony’s hope that every child who comes through their doors will encounter a meaningful Science curriculum that enables them to begin to understand the biological, chemical and physical world around them. For all admissions enquiries, call 020 7435 1066 (stanthonysprep.org.uk)

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FABRIC PROMOTION The first cohort of pupils at Pearson Online Academy UK Global have just began their studies from homes across the world

A pioneering education

As teaching gets underway at Pearson Online Academy UK Global, Jo Vigneron, founding Principal, explains what sets it apart

“You are the disrupters and lid lifters. 100 years from now, you will be remembered as the pioneers of this new form of schooling.” It was the first assembly of the 2021-22 academic year – the first ever assembly for Pearson Online Academy UK Global – and founding principal Jo Vigneron addressed students from the UK to the UAE, Spain to Singapore, Morocco to Mexico. Across the world, these students sat at laptops and tablets, excited to embark on the next stage of their education – these students would be learning wholly online. Online schools are a relatively new concept to many, though Pearson has been running virtual schools in the US for twenty years. Vigneron, who has opened two highly successful schools in recent years, says: “As educators who’ve worked through the last 18 months of change and developments in the sector, gone is the perception that education is limited by location. Our young people today are more

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connected than ever and readily embrace global opportunities. It is for us as educators to push open doors and facilitate meaningful links and access to learning opportunities globally.” The structure of learning in an online school is noticeably different. At Pearson Online Academy, students follow the flipped classroom method: study from home, progressing through interactive self-study materials to develop an understanding of subject content before joining ‘LiveLesson’ sessions in virtual classrooms with expert teachers and their fellow students. Sharing her aspirations for the new school, which offers British International GCSEs and A Levels to 14- to 18-year-olds, Vigneron said: “My aspiration for the academy is for it to become the best online school in the world – and I see no reason this cannot happen. We have access to some of the most innovative technology out there, and our teachers – who were recruited from hundreds

of applications – are all experts in their individual fields, bringing with them incredible subject knowledge alongside superb pedagogical skills.” The school provides a rigorous and inspiring academic programme that integrates the best of online and offline activities. Through both core coursework and ’supercurriculum’ experiences, students will develop transferable skills such as self-management and cross-cultural collaboration; build their wellness and become valuable members of society who will go on to lift the lid on the issues of the future. To find out more about Pearson Online Academy UK Global, see ukglobal.pearsononlineacademy.com

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A sense of fun runs through everything pupils do at Heathside, and spending time on the Heath is integral

Opening young minds Gales of laughter from a Year 5 classroom, Year 3s practicing capoeira in the school hall and a visit from a triceratops for Year 1 – it’s all part of a normal day at Heathside “Parents instinctively know that happy children learn well. We see it with young children as they play, completely absorbed in their games. At Heathside, we take that natural curiosity and sense of fun and thread it though our teaching and learning so it is at the core of everything we do,” explains Headteacher, Katherine Vintiner. As a non-academically selective Prep school, Heathside aims to help all children to achieve the best possible outcomes that they can, whether that is entrance to a 13+ school, 11+, or nonselective school. Over 25 years, Heathside has developed a culture and ethos that combines fun and love of learning with academic rigour and produces excellent results year on year.

don’t go their way,” explains Katherine. “Children at Heathside are encouraged to find their voice and to speak with confidence knowing they will be listened to and have something valuable to contribute”.

Confidence is key A relaxed, informal atmosphere in the classroom, with everyone in the school on first name terms, helps children feel confident to have a go, push themselves and make mistakes. “We help children develop their resilience, so they are able to learn from mistakes and not be daunted when things

Well-rounded individuals Heathside’s approach is to provide a steady progression towards school entrance exams, layering in the skills that children require to do well. Preparing for exams without putting undue pressure on children is a challenging goal and requires excellent teaching. Parents are increasingly

Nurturing the spark The skill of the Heathside teachers lies in finding the spark of interest in every child and nurturing it as their maturity and understanding of the world develops. Using a topic-based curriculum that changes every six weeks, children are able to dive into subjects and acquire deep knowledge. The topics such as Towers, tunnels and turrets and Paws, claws and whiskers are used as the jumping off point for core subjects of literacy, creative writing, history and geography and STEM.

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tuned into the importance of children’s mental health and expect schools to develop their resilience to cope with the competitive nature of secondary school exams. For children at Heathside, the focus is on enjoying learning – and by nurturing an individual’s progress, children thrive and want to do their best Keeping childhood special A broad curriculum, a stimulating range of clubs and excellent pastoral care are all expected at a good Prep school. So, what else can a school provide that makes it stand out? “At Heathside, spending time on Hampstead Heath is a central part of our school. We use the natural environment to stimulate children’s imaginations and allow them to enjoy free play, climbing trees and building dens. At Heathside, we believe this provides essential balance to a rich and varied curriculum and the pressures of modern city life,” Katherine concludes. To book an appointment for a school tour, call 020 3058 4011 (heathsideprep.co.uk)

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Digital excellence

While many schools scrabbled to put together an online offering during the pandemic’s closures, for Queen Anne’s School, digital teaching was already in the DNA The last 18 months have changed education forever, forcing schools to embrace technology in order to make teaching accessible from anywhere, but for Queen Anne’s School in Caversham, Berkshire, an innovative digital approach had been in place for some time. Day-to-day, the QAS digital approach, which is referred to by staff as the ‘one-to-one scheme’, means that each child has a device in the classroom, and teachers and pupils can access and interact with all resources through the cloud. A teacher can share a pupil’s live work on the smartboard for all to discuss. They can even mark work in real time whilst students are working on an exercise. A system called ‘digital ink’ combines a touchscreen, a keyboard and a stylus, allowing pupils access to all the methods they may need – from handwriting their Maths workings to touch-typing as they listen to a History lecture. Of course, this doesn’t mean that everything takes place on the screen. In English, for example, paper, pen and printed books still have an important place and

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traditional methods are combined with the digital approach. Thanks to this set-up, throughout the lockdowns, students were able to complete almost their entire timetable remotely, illustrating the extensive benefits of access to digital excellence. Thomas Lange, Assistant Head – Digital, explains: “The full academic timetable continued online with very minimal loss of learning

time and pupils immediately had access to their resources through the cloud. In more practical subjects our teachers were equipped with the skills and resources to adapt. Art lessons became tutorial videos in some cases, our Director of Sport could be found doing live circuits around her living room and the Music department developed the QA Sounds podcast.”

The quality of the offering at Queen Anne’s is so good that they have just been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Showcase School Award for the third year running. This award acknowledges the extensive digital teaching and learning that has become integral to the school’s approach. The leading girls’ day and boarding school is one of just a small group of schools in the UK to achieve this accolade. Commenting on the achievement, Headmistress, Julia Harrington, explains: “The school has to demonstrate digital excellence in four key areas: teaching and learning that is fit for purpose in the 21st century, innovation, leadership, and inclusion. Having been awarded this status for a third year running, we will continue to enhance the development of lifelong skills including computational thinking, critical analysis and problem solving.” To speak to the admissions team, or to book a place on the next school open morning on 19 November, call 0118 918 7333 or email admissions@qas.org.uk (qas.org.uk)

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A new nursery for north London

The St. Anthony’s Schools share a reputation for outstanding academic and pastoral provision; this September saw them begin a new chapter, together

Learning through play is an important element of the Early Years curriculum that is followed at St. Anthony’s new Nursery

On Monday 6 September, St. Anthony’s Nursery, for boys and girls aged 2 ½ to 4, officially opened. In very recent Inspection reports both schools were awarded the highest scores in each category. Children from both schools progress to some of the most highly sought-after schools in the country. More importantly, the boys and girls of St. Anthony’s flourish in an environment which values each of them as unique and wonderful; every child is loved first and foremost for who they are, rather than what they do. Catholic spirituality is the golden thread that unites both schools and provides a context to their respective Wellbeing programmes. Pupils are confident, happy and proud to be part of their school community. The coeducational Nursery is located in Ivy House, the home of St. Anthony’s School for Girls. The magnificent three storey building,

that overlooks Golders Hill Park, boasts spacious classrooms, direct access to outdoor learning spaces, specialist Music, Drama, Art, and Science rooms as well as a multipurpose hall for dining, assemblies, concerts, dance and gymnastics. It offers a unique space from which to deliver the pre-school curriculum. The Nursery curriculum here will follow the statutory framework set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage – emphasising both adult and child-led activities. Attention is given to Communication and Language, Physical Development, and Emotional Development with a key focus on building knowledge, skills, and confidence so that the children will be equipped to transfer to full-time schooling when the time comes. Within this environment, parents are recognised as the first educators. Through working in partnership with them, the team at the Nursery

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can ensure that the girls and boys thrive. In this setting the youngest learners will learn to communicate confidently and engage with their indoor learning space, whilst enjoying all that the outdoor natural world of Golders Hill Park has to offer. Priority consideration will be given to parents who wish their sons and daughters to join the Reception classes at either the Boys’ or Girls’ Schools. Families are warmly invited to visit Ivy House to meet Mr Brennan, Head of St. Anthony’s School for Girls and other members of staff, who look forward to showing prospective parents the facilities, sharing their vision for the Nursery and answering questions regarding this exciting new development. Ivy House, North End Road, NW11 (020 3869 3070; stanthonysgirls.co.uk)

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

27 Edge Street, Kensington, London W8 7PN Telephone: 020 7727 9090 Email: admin@hawkesdown.co.uk www.hawkesdown.co.uk

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Devonshire House Pre-Prep & Prep School

& The Oak Tree Nursery for Children from 2½

‘A lovely, caring environment with dynamic and engagingly creative teachers’ (Junior School Parent)

Open Mornings:

Thursday 4th & Thursday 18th November 2021 at 10:00am

To register for an open morning please visit our website or contact Admissions

Telephone: 020 7435 1916 Email: enquiries@dhprep.co.uk Website: www.devonshirehouseschool.co.uk

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Perched high above the Capital, Highgate is the quintessential English village, with a pretty Georgian high street that is fiercely protected by local conservation body, The Highgate Society. Just five miles from central London, with its 28 hectares of wild woodland and enviable Heathside location, local residents have the best of all worlds PHOTOGRAPHY by GEORGIA WATSON

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THE BULL, N6

Benham & Reeves’ Chris Cooper describes The Bull as “an independent gastropub with a difference. It’s a petfriendly local favourite with its own on-site brewery and a location on one of Highgate’s lovely, tree-lined main thoroughfares,” he says. “A menu of seasonal delights is expertly cooked and served with particular emphasis on the superb Sunday roast. The Bull is especially great for dropping in for a pint after an afternoon ramble on Hampstead Heath.” We’d call that nothing short of idyllic. Don’t forget to bring your furry friend. 13 North Hill, N6 (020 8341 0510; thebullhighgate.co.uk)

VILLAGE DELI, N6

For Annie May from Chancellors, longevity is a sure sign of a beloved local hero – as is keeping it in the family. “Village Deli has been in Highgate for 25 years and is the longest standing family run business in the village,” she says. “The women who run the deli make you feel so welcome and the level of service given is just outstanding. The food is amazing and the coffee is certainly better than Costa! I love it.” Situated just north of the verdant Waterlow Park, why not grab a freshly prepared sandwich and enjoy a little jaunt. 8 South Grove, N6 (020 8348 7279)

SACRED DISTILLERY, N6

“Established in 2008, this is a family run, award-winning boutique gin distillery and tasting shop,” says Mark Sumray from Dexters. “Proving popular with locals and internationals alike, it’s the perfect place to purchase a gift – or to test your taste buds! The staff are knowledgeable and helpful and work with organically sourced botanicals to produce a selection of gins, vodkas, whiskies and plenty more.” For true gin lovers, Sacred also offers in-house workshops teaching all you need to know about making your own. Chin chin! 50 Highgate High Street, N6 (020 8340 2817; sacredgin.com)

Wander around Highgate Cemetery and you’ll come across some very famous names – Karl Marx, George Eliot and Douglas Adams all found their final resting place in the iconic cemetery. It’s also the burial spot of Alexander Litvinenko, perhaps the most famous murder victim of our time. The former Russian spy was poisoned with a cup of tea at a Mayfair hotel in 2006. His body is buried 12ft-deep in a lead lined coffin, to prevent visitors suffering radioactive poisoning

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1. Sam Gould, Chestertons

MEET THE LOCALS

“The name Highgate entered historical records as early as 1318. Today, the area is one of the most desirable places to live in north London. Highgate offers a lovely village feel and is located close to Kenwood. The Grove is probably the most desirable road in the neighbourhood and has seen numerous celebrity homeowners both past and present.”

Suzi Kalms Manager, Hair of the Dog

“Highgate has been my home for the last 18 years and I have grown to love its wonderful variety of walks, pubs, local shops and cafés. My day usually begins with a gorgeous stroll to Hampstead Heath, around Kenwood House and the ponds with my two dogs, Parker and Rizzle. I sometimes meet friends and their dogs for a gossip and a catch up; Kenwood House’s brilliant café is a perfect place to stop for breakfast. My go-to for an essential morning flat white is Caffè Nero in the village, I grab one to drink as I walk to work, stopping to chat to various locals on my way. I run Hair of the Dog boutique and groomers on the high street. The go-to shop for all your doggy needs, we sell a fantastic selection of dog collars and leads, designer beds and accessories as well as food and treats for dogs and cats. Our groomers have been super busy since the start of the pandemic with so many locals getting puppies. You will often spot some of our furry friends stopping by the front door of the shop to get a tasty doggy treat and a cuddle from me. When I have a break in the day I always love to support our local shops. The Highgate Butchers is fabulous – their meat is superb accompanied by some fresh additions from Greens of Highgate. If you’re into gin, especially when it is made locally, you should definitely check out Sacred Gin on the high street; it’s always fun going in and sampling a gin or two! Aside from gin, I’m a frozen margarita girl – it’s the perfect drink at the end of a busy day. If you’re a fan, I highly recommend you swing by the Red Lion and Sun, where you certainly won’t be disappointed. The food here is always delicious, too. Highgate really is a special place. They say ‘home is where the heart is’ and mine is very much here.

2. Nathan Taylor, Goldschmidt & Howland

“Highgate is home to an array of properties, from grand Georgian townhouses to world-famous modernist buildings, along with what’s rumoured to be the second largest family home after Buckingham Palace. The true beauty of Highgate is its green spaces, independent high street and its residents. Over the past 18 months we have been busiest with the family house market, and particularly sales between £1.5 and £4.5 million.”

24 Highgate High Street, N6 (020 8340 4030; hairofthedoglondon.com)

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Some of the area’s finest homes are set on this quiet, countrified lane that meanders down from the centre of the village to the Heath’s edge

THE GROVE

Highgate is famous for its Georgian architecture, and some of the best examples are on this pretty street, which was once home to George Michael

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This smart boulevard of 1930s family homes runs through the centre of the Holly Lodge Estate, and is perfectly placed for Swain’s Lane, the Village and the Heath

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“Market activity in Highgate has been strong over the course of the last year. This highly desirable and happening part of north London is home to an abundance of independent shops and boutiques, as well as excellent schools, drawing in families who traditionally seek larger homes. Popular property types include Georgian townhouses and Victorian terraces. I’d expect to see activity levels remain strong for the remainder of the year, as we welcome back international buyers and as restrictions continue to ease.”

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s the name suggests, the ‘flipped classroom’ learning model essentially flips the traditional ‘class work/homework’ arrangement so that students consume lessons and course content at home via video and online platforms, and then ask questions, engage in discussions and complete exercises (that is, traditional homework activities) via interactive sessions with the teacher and other students in the classroom. The flipped classroom has been widely adopted at university level, but there is growing evidence that secondary school students also benefit from this method. In one survey, teachers reported that the flipped classroom allowed them to do more activities with students that were high impact. They could guide discussions, supervise group work, and target support to learners who need it – instead of spending class time explaining concepts in a onesize-fits-all way, which can be too slow for some learners and too fast for others. Meanwhile, each

student can learn the concepts at home, at their own pace. One school that takes this approach is Pearson Online Academy UK Global, a fully online school for 14–18-year-olds. Jo Vigneron, Principal, says: “Our students work through materials independently at a time and pace that suits them. Our online platform facilitates assessments that generate deep insights into our students’ learning. Our teachers use this data to plan dynamic, tailored lessons that target misconceptions and gaps in knowledge, and push learning on with no wasted time. Additionally, this frees up our teachers, making them available for individual sessions with students to further accelerate progress and help them with any questions or uncertainties they may have. Each teacher has at least an hour a day available for drop-in sessions with students.” There are clearly benefits in the flipped classroom approach, which Pearson Online Academy, as a fully online school, has been able to put at the forefront of their teaching approach. Jo says: “We couldn’t do this effectively without investing in technology that helps to make a smooth and engaging experience.” The platform they are powered by is used by over 105,000 full time online school pupils worldwide. It is clear that the education landscape has changed more in our post-pandemic world than ever before. And the research shows that innovative and dynamic learning models like the flipped classroom are exceptionally well placed to meet the needs and preferences of our more agile online society. ukglobal.pearsononlineacademy.com

THE SHORTLIST: HIGHGATE

Avenue Pre-Prep and Nursery School Co-ed nursery and pre-prep school for children aged 2.5 to 7 years (020 8348 6815; avenuepreprep.co.uk) Whitehall Park School

State co-ed day school for pupils aged 4 to 11 years (020 7561 0113; whitehallparkschool. co.uk) Highgate School Co-ed independent day school for pupils aged

3 to 18 years (020 8347 2105; highgateschool.org.uk)

only (020 8348 3054; montessori-ladybird. co.uk)

Ladybird Montessori School Co-ed nursery for children aged 2 to 5 years – mornings

Channing School Independent day school for girls ages 4 to 18 years (020 8340 2328; channing.co.uk)

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MEET THE HEAD

Mary Fysh

Avenue Pre-Prep & Nursery School What makes the school different? Our strong arts-based curriculum, with music playing a distinctive role. Describe the atmosphere Happy, relaxed, friendly, supportive and buzzing with activity and enthusiasm! I’m so proud of our home from home environment with a committed and long-standing staff. How do you look after wellbeing? We are able to get to know the children very well. We value and respect our relationships with all the children and with their parents. For children with particular concerns, the Worry Monster works well. It is a puppet into whose mouth children can feed their written worries. He eats them and they disappear! Which extra curriculum activities are you proud of? Our strings initiative, which we started in 2016 with the help of the London Music Masters, run by Rob Adediran. I wish I had begun this years ago as it has been a great success, with some children showing real talent, interest and ability with an instrument. How does this support the academic side? Learning a stringed instrument, singing, dancing, acting and painting are all fundamental to the development of a child – involving so many components needed not just in the classroom, but in life generally. Intense focus is required, plus physical coordination, control and careful listening. Puzzle solving is all important as a child begins to translate notation into sound – in the same way a child translates letters and words into sound when learning to read. The social aspect cannot be ignored either. Music and the arts provide what is required by every child for successful learning, for happiness and for life. Our school motto – Anima Mea Cantabit (My Soul Will Sing) – says it all! 2 Highgate Avenue, N6 (020 8348 6815; avenuepreprep.co.uk)

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Made-to-measure

Octagon Bespoke offer customers the opportunity to build their dream home: one lucky couple tell us about their outstanding experience with the luxury developer

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ade-to-measure is the name of the game when it comes to high-end fashion, travel and interior design, yet the property market has been slow to cotton on. Breaking this tradition, Octagon Bespoke offers a truly personal service for clients seeking to realise their dream home. Taking them on a journey from finding a plot through to handing over the keys, Octagon Bespoke offers the opportunity to partner with one of Britain’s most respected luxury developers to build a one-of-a-kind property. Recent Bespoke clients include Poornima and Giri, who had long aspired to own an Octagon home. When the time was right, they selected Octagon Bespoke to replace their existing property with a

brand new, made-to-measure home on the same plot in Northwood. Poornima comments: “We had long hoped to have our own Octagon property, as there really is no match in the sector when it comes to quality of build and attention to detail. Over the years, we had viewed many Octagon homes, however none had been in quite the right location for us. Octagon’s Bespoke service turned out to be the perfect option, as it meant we could build our dream home, in the location we already knew and loved.” Their chosen design was a three-storey property with five en suite bedrooms, four reception rooms and a beautifully landscaped garden. Navigating through a challenging planning process, the Octagon Bespoke team helped at every stage of the project.

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Poornima comments: “The Octagon team managed a lot of the work during the planning stages, from liaising with neighbours to attending council meetings on our behalf. This was really valuable as it would have been a very timeconsuming procedure for us to carry out ourselves.” Following a year and eight months of construction, stepping into their new home was everything they hoped it would be, and more. “As soon as you step into the property, the sense of light and space immediately hits you. Opening the front door, you can see all the way to the back garden, with the reflective marble flooring and glass windows creating this spa-like atmosphere; it’s both peaceful and wonderfully indulgent.” To the ground floor, the property features an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area, an elegant formal reception room, and separate dining room reserved for entertaining. A TV room is a particular family favourite, with a supersized sofa and television creating the perfect setting for a night in. Taking a striking marble spiral staircase up to the first floor, a large landing connects four bedrooms, each with dedicated dressing areas and en suite bathrooms. To the top floor, a bedroom, lounge, study and bathroom provides the perfect teenager’s retreat. Discussing their experience with Octagon Bespoke, Poornima concludes: “We couldn’t be happier in our new home, it really is a joy to live here and we’re incredibly proud to call it ours. Octagon Bespoke managed to capture exactly what we were seeking in our dream home. We would recommend them to anyone looking to start a similar journey.” Octagon Bespoke undertake projects from £1 million across London and the South-East, and are currently completing projects in Hampstead, Highgate, Knightsbridge and Surrey. To find out more, visit octagonbespoke.com

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On the market

This month’s hottest properties FOR SALE BISHOPSWOOD ROAD, N6

Mixing classic and contemporary style with aplomb is this grand, restored Victorian residence, situated on the peaceful, crescent-shaped – and highly desirable – Bishopswood Road. Cleverly modernised for 21st century living, the six-bed red-brick house features sleek bathrooms, an ultra-modern family kitchen, spa and indoor pool, and a cosy cinema room with the latest state-of-theart technology. But all of this has been sympathetically designed to complement the stately period features – which are plentiful here. Guide price: £12.5 million, Glentree (020 8458 7311; glentree.co.uk)

FOR SALE HIGHGATE WEST HILL, N6

London properties don’t get much prettier than this. The double fronted Grade II listed residence boasts a picture-perfect façade and is a fine example of early Georgian architecture. Located just a quarter of a mile from Hampstead Heath, the five-bed, three-bathroom house boasts original features aplenty, including grand marble fireplaces, interior archways, and the comeliest sash windows. Outside space comes in the form of a sprawling lawn complete with a mature climbing tree that little ones will adore. £5.25 million, Dexters (020 8545 8584; dexters.co.uk)

FOR SALE NORTH GROVE, N6

This is your chance to purchase a uniquely characterful period property. The spacious four bed house makes an ideal family home with plenty of entertaining space. Its Mediterranean style arched windows and doors award it a charming villa feel, while its pretty south-westerly facing garden and off-street parking add to the numerous benefits. And talking of benefits, the house is situated a stone’s throw from Highgate’s vibrant High Street and its verdant Waterlow Park. A win in every respect. £2.85 million, Day Morris (020 8346 8131; daymorris.co.uk)

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Directory WORDS by LIZ SKONE JAMES

LET’S TALK

Q&A

Making money from property

Melanie Wand Garden Design

What made you want to go into garden design? 30 years ago I bought a house in Crouch End with a half acre wilderness as the garden. I realised, despite my graphic design background, this was outside my comfort zone. I took a course at Chelsea Physic Garden led by inspirational Rosemary Alexander, and never looked back.

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hanges to mortgage interest relief and a surcharge on stamp duty for second homes have made some question whether buy-to-let remains a worthwhile investment. The short answer is that property will always be a great way to grow wealth and create a legacy for the future. Given the right conditions, your property will provide an income from rent while generating capital growth as the value of the property increases. However, though it is largely considered to be one of the safest investments you can make, no investment comes without a degree of risk – knowing where and what to buy and understanding how to attract and keep tenants can make a huge difference to your return on investment. The expert team at Buy to Let Hunter are uniquely placed to offer expert advice on just these sorts of questions. They help to find properties for clients with money to invest in real estate who do not have the time or experience to confidently make these big decisions unassisted. “We search the perfect accommodation to purchase for each client, one which we know will then slot into the serviced accommodation market – these properties will gradually increase in value over time and bring in a fabulous annual return in the short term,” says BTLH’s Lucy Symons.

“People are moving out of cities, and we see that this mid-market in serviced accommodation is currently under served, so we focus our search in carefully selected suburbs around London. Once we’ve helped our clients to find the perfect property, we take full responsibility for redecorating, furnishing and managing it, allowing clients to sit back and enjoy the surety of investing in bricks and mortar, confident that someone else will take care of everything else.” One such client is 18-year-old Hamza, who recently invested in a two-bed semi in Hitchin with help from the team at Buy to Let Hunter. When he was 11, Hamza was in a school run car accident. After a drawn-out investigation, further complicated by Covid, his fiscal compensation was finally awarded last year. He says: “I was reluctant to just invest the money in a pension, but didn’t know the first thing about investing in property. I met with the team and found them relatable and trustworthy – it was clear we were speaking the same language. Working with BTLH was a very positive experience. I cannot imagine doing this on my own.” To discover how Buy to Let Hunter can help you, see buytolethunter.com

THE DIRECTORY Melanie Wand Garden Design Landscape gardener with a unique knowledge of plants and garden history (07710 037002; melaniewand.co.uk) PAPA Architects RIBA chartered practice delivering

high quality built work through rigorous design and excellent client management services (020 8348 8411; papaarchitects.co.uk) Mia Karlsson Interior Design Providing comprehensive design services to the residential market

(020 7209 1615; miakarlsson.co.uk) WCD Interiors Independent furniture and lifestyle store, also offering a bespoke furniture service, creating timeless pieces to cherish (020 8340 3001; wcdinteriors.com)

LLI Design Full interior design service, from architecture and space planning, to creating bespoke furnishings, joinery and lighting design schemes (020 8348 4800; llidesign.co.uk)

What’s your design ethos? One that helps the client to make the most of their garden. We work closely together – their aims remaining central to my design. At the same time my experience in both design and plants will ensure that the plan will be both functional and beautiful. Describe your dream project I take delight in any site large or small, contemporary or traditional. London gardens come in all shapes and sizes, often with tricky angles; I love looking for a bold solution that transforms potential eyesores into wonderful focal assets – an angled planter, an offset floaty bench, a tiered raised bed or a quirky water feature. What do you see as being the major trends in landscaping over the coming months? A trend that I can really get behind is sustainability and environmentalism. I love wild flower meadows, ornamental grasses and living roofs. These can be low maintenance, beautiful and ethically brilliant. What advice would you give to somebody looking for a garden designer? First and foremost, recommendations are key. Beyond that it’s all about the rapport between the client and the designer. (07710 037 002; melaniewand.co.uk)

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What can you offer clients that others can’t? Ability to comfortably delineate space is pivotal to any design, and my experience in graphics really enables me to implement that. However, the element that maintains a garden for years to come is good planting. With a deep understanding of structure, habit and colour, I pride myself in finding the right plant for each space.

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Entrance Hall ■ Open Plan Kitchen/Reception/Dining Room Roof Terrace ■ 2 Double Bedrooms both with Ensuite Bathroom Guest WC ■ Air Conditioning ■ Oak Wood Flooring Passenger Lift ■ Porter ■ 927 sq ft (86 sq m)

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Entrance Hall ■ Large Open Plan Kitchen/Reception/Dining Room Roof Terrace ■ 3 Double Bedrooms ■ 2 Ensuite Shower Rooms Family Bathroom ■ Utility Room ■ Air Conditioning Oak Wood Flooring ■ Passenger Lift ■ Porter ■ 1,607 sq ft (149 sq m)

Entrance Hall ■ Open Plan Kitchen/Reception/Dining Room Roof Terrace ■ Bedroom with Dressing Room Area & Ensuite Bathroom ■ Guest WC ■ Air Conditioning Oak Wood Flooring ■ Passenger Lift ■ Porter 872 sq ft (81 sq m)

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Entrance Hall ■ Open Plan Kitchen/Reception/Dining Room 3 Double Bedrooms ■ 2 Bathrooms (One Ensuite) Study ■ Air Conditioning ■ Oak Wood Flooring Passenger Lift ■ 1,526 sq ft (141 sq m)

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Craig Draper

MARKET NEWS

Prime time

Aston Chase

Since the market re-opened after the first lockdown in June 2020, the sales market has been busy, with buyers looking for larger homes offering gardens and home office space. “In particular, there has been a clear demand for higher value properties in the St. John’s Wood area, and healthy activity in the house market,” Lewis Green of Greenstone Residential Estate Agents tells us. In response to this demand, he has launched a new division, Greenstone Prime, exclusively dealing with the house market on the west side of St. John’s Wood. The department is run by Lewis, who has 30 years’ experience selling and acquiring property in the area and has earned a reputation for offering outstanding service since launching the agency in 1995. Using traditional methods combined with modern advertising techniques, Greenstone Prime are confident in being able to deliver results, whether clients are looking to sell, rent or buy a property in this exclusive area.

Years in the business? 14 I love London because… of its energy and the juxtaposition of the historic with the new and innovative – both in properties and businesses. With all its quirks and hidden gems there’s always something new to discover in London. First London property? My first purchased London home was in Willesden. If I wasn’t an estate agent… I would have loved to become a barrister. Favourite London Street? Greenaway Gardens in Hampstead. Most memorable sales? Two high value house sales within one month of each other, on Greenaway Gardens. Favourite London haunts? I love a wander around the Royal Academy and its surrounding area – followed by a late lunch at Cecconi’s, directly opposite.

To discover how Greenstone Prime can help with your prime property needs, contact Lewis directly on 020 3780 0199 or lewis@greenstone.com (greenstoneprime.co.uk)

Best place in town to grab a coffee? Monocle Café on Chiltern Street in Marylebone. The coffee is exceptional and it’s also good for a light lunch whilst on the go.

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What are the biggest property turn-offs? As the expression goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Buying a home is a major investment with nearly all buyers relying heavily on online property portals as their guide, almanac and inspiration. But, while good professional photographs and floor plans give a taster, ultimately, the viewing is the deciding factor. Top of the list for property turn-offs is evidence of damp – both mould and a pungent odour. Noisy neighbours are also a dissuading factor, and most buyers are put off by homes with poor natural light or dark rooms. Guy Fisher, Arlington Residential

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Where do you go for head space? Primrose Hill, every time! For the views and for getting away from the hustle and bustle – while still being right in the heart of the city. Hidden talent? Playing Pool! Period or new build? Period, but made modern by way of extensive and detailed refurbishment to exacting standards, whilst retaining original features. Aliens attack! Which London landmark would you save? The Royal Exchange. Creature comfort? My Nespresso machine!

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Wymering Road

£1,800,000

Little Venice W9

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A spacious house in the heart of Maida Vale, benefitting from its own patio garden and off-street parking. The house is arranged over three floors with a kitchen/breakfast room, two reception rooms, master bedroom with spacious en-suite, three further bedrooms and a separate family bathroom. EPC rating D

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Parkhill Walk

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A four-bedroom, two-bathroom modern house situated in a gated mews. The house is set over two floors with a superb kitchen, allocated off-street parking and a private patio garden. EPC rating C

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HIGHGATE, N6 A superb modern Town House with accommodation arranged over three floors, in a gated development built in the 1980’s with communal indoor swimming pool and leisure suite. The property has the benefit of newly installed double-glazed windows. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac off Hornsey Lane, close to Highgate High Street and the wonderful Waterlow Park. It is also conveniently located for transport with buses and Archway (Northern Line) Underground Stations nearby. 4 Bedrooms • Family Bathroom • Shower Room En Suite • Separate WC • Reception Room • Kitchen/Dining Room Cloakroom • Integral Garage • Car Parking Forecourt • South-Westerly Garden • Communal Indoor Swimming Pool/Leisure Suite • EPC C

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SAVERNAKE ROAD, HAMPSTEAD NW3 A six bedroom end of terrace house abutting the southern slopes of Hampstead Heath, providing flexible living accommodation for the growing family. Occupying a prominent position along Savernake Road the property has a feeling of charm and character throughout, with lovely features of the Victorian period. There is the additional benefit of direct access at the side of the house to the attractive rear garden, which extends to approximately 50 feet, and the potential for enhancing the internal space with a side return extension (subject to the usual planning consent). A wonderful family house only a short walking distance from the footbridge to Parliament Hill and the Heath, along with bustling shopping and dining district of South End Green. Six Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Dining Room • Shower Room • Private Rear Garden • Family Bathroom Cellar • Close To Parliament Hill Footbridge To Hampstead Heath • EPC D

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HYDE PARK PLACE, W2 A spacious 3 bedroom lateral apartment in good decorative order located on the third floor (with lift) of this popular ported block with views to Hyde Park. 3 Bedrooms - Bathroom - Shower Room - Reception Room - Kitchen - Lift - Porter - EPC Rating C - 949 sq ft LEASEHOLD 106 YEARS UNEXPIRED

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Kensington

One of the most notable and highly regarded London neighbourhoods and, of course, famous for Kensington Palace, the home of Royalty. Adjacent Kensington Gardens, bordering Hyde Park, represent 265 acres of the grandest open space in England, a public realm that is both beautiful to admire and a fabulous place to walk, exercise and to watch London at leisure and is resplendent as the home to the stunning Albert Memorial that in turn points to the most famous concert venue in the world, the Royal Albert Hall. Kensington High Street is the district’s commercial heart filled with boutiques, good restaurants, cafes and notably a number of international embassies. Arguably, it’s the location to make home in the capital.

FOR SALE| Vicarage Gate House, W8 £10,750,000

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Our Kensington Sales Expert “My life as a West London agent started way back in 2001, having fallen out of love with being chained to a desk in the City of London as a futures trader.‘ says Mark I gravitated towards Ladbroke Grove initially and immersed myself within the lettings space. This is where I cut my teeth and 20 years later I have added Branch Manager and, now, a Director position to my property CV. Kensington and the surrounding area are neighbourhoods I know well having plied my trade here for two decades. I can best advise you on the most desirable streets (and why), the coolest local shops and amenities, good schools and of course an up to the minute analysis of what the market is doing locally. Property is a people business and the way to succeed is to engage with people properly. The basics of talking to people and giving honest and constructive feedback are the backbone of what I and my team at Bective do”. To contact Mark, please visit our Kensington branch on Hornton Street or contact us via the below details.

FOR SALE| Hollandgreen Place, W8 £5,995,000

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INVERNESS TERRACE, BAYSWATER, W2 3LB, GUIDE PRICE £1,100,000 LEASEHOLD Located near Hyde Park, a long lease spacious three bedroom apartment situated on the second floor (with lift) of this handsome Grade II period building, with projecting ionic porches and fluted Corinthian pilasters. A long lease spacious three bedroom apartment situated on the second floor (with lift) of this handsome Grade II period building, with projecting ionic porches and fluted Corinthian pilasters. Located on a stunning tree lined street - ‘Inverness Terrace’, in the heart of Bayswater, within a short distance of Hyde Park and is within easy access to both Bayswater Underground station (Hammersmith, Circle and District lines) and Queensway (Central line). EPC Rating: D

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Corringham Road, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 £2,300,000 | Freehold | Sole Agent First time on the market for almost 50 years. An imposing double fronted rear attached Grade II* Listed property. This character house was built in 1912 and designed by architects Parker & Unwin. Occupying a fantastic location being seconds from the Heath Extension and moments from Golders Green underground. This charming home is now in need of complete modernisation and benefits from a single garage and off street parking. 6 bedrooms | Lounge | Dining room | Kitchen | Utility room | Cloakroom | Bathroom Detached garage | Store rooms | Off street parking | Moments from The Heath Extension

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HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE, NW3

£1,825,000

FREEHOLD

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Located at the far end of this popular development in the heart of Hampstead is an end of terrace, town house with a delightful and secluded private garden. The house has been very well maintained by the current owners and offers bright and airy accommodation over 4 floors. The many features of this property include double and secondary glazing throughout, use of the lovely central communal garden, designated off street parking for one car, permit parking, flexible accommodation with ample opportunity to create an extra bedroom suite or reception space, if required, and far reaching views across London from the top floor. Although located centrally to Hampstead Village this attractive close is secluded and away from the hustle bustle of Hampstead High Street and Rosslyn Hill, both of which are on the doorstep, yet within 0.25 mile of Hampstead tube and shops, as well as, 0.5 mile of Belsize Park tube and shopping facilities. Hampstead Heath is also located within 0.5 mile. 4-5 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | double reception room | kitchen/breakfast room | playroom/media | study/bedroom 5 | private roof terrace | off-street parking | private patio | communal garden

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GRANTULLY ROAD, LONDON W9

A particularly well-appointed and spacious (approx. 94.8 sq m) fully modernised top floor flat with 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 recreation ground. 2 Double Bedrooms. Bathroom. Fitted Kitchen. Double Reception Room. Rear Balcony. Communal Gardens. EPC Rating E

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Crossfield Road, Belsize Park, NW3 £1,875,000 4/5 bedroom modern town house 1840 sq ft approx 17’ reception with sliding glass doors 19’ master bedroom with en suite 2 more bathrooms

Private rear decked patio and 11’ terrace to front Contemporary style finish throughout Wonderful eat‐in 24’ kitchen/diner 3/4 further double bedrooms Off street parking

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West Hampstead 020 7794 7111 192@parkheath.com

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Property Management Kensal Rise 020 8960 4845 020 7433 6174 kensal@parkheath.com pm@parkheath.com

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HOLBORN CLOSE LONDON NW7 £47,796 PCM £11,030 PW FURNISHED

4 bedrooms

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A converted chapel within an iconic building sympathetically restored extending over 8000 sq. ft. The interior features original granite pillars with carved finials and 45ft high vaulted ceilings, which frame the luxurious open plan living space. EPC E 020 3432 1691

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ELSTREE, HERTFORDSHIRE £5,995,000 FREEHOLD

6 bedrooms (all en-suite)

3 reception rooms

outdoor swimming pool

gym and office

A beautiful manor house providing family living to a grand scale, set securely behind electric gates on a plot approaching 3 acres with a large carriage driveway and double integral garage, a spectacular raised terrace which incorporates a heated outdoor swimming pool, various outbuildings to include a gym and large home office. EPC D 020 3925 6658

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30 Years Experience in Marylebone Village

MARYLEBONE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 A recently refurbished two bedroom garden apartment for sale in one of the most sought after blocks in the Marylebone Village. This light and airy garden apartment comprises of entrance hall, reception room, two double bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, and cloakroom. 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 on the west side of the very quiet Marylebone Street. Bond Street and Baker Street underground stations together with the shopping facilities of Marylebone High Street are within close proximity. The open spaces of Regents Park are also nearby. Please see website for full details

SHARE OF FREEHOLD £1,050,000

BOURLET CLOSE, MARYLEBONE, LONDON W1 A newly renovated three bedroom home, walking distance from Marylebone High Street with its exclusive boutiques, bustling restaurants and bars. Oxford Circus and Bond Street Underground Station are close by, as are the open spaces of Regents Park. The accommodation comprises of master bedroom with en-suite shower room with doors opening onto the south facing roof terrace, second double bedroom with en-suite shower room and a third bedroom and bathroom. The living room and kitchen are open plan. The house features wood floors, high ceilings and original steel beams. Please see website for full details

UNFURNISHED £1,600 PER WEEK

+44 (0) 20 7486 4111

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BOYDELL COURT ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 FURNISHED £2,250 PER WEEK PRINCIPAL AGENT

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An exceptionally light, spacious and contemporary penthouse apartment (136.6 sq m/1,471 sq ft) arranged over the 10th and 11th floors of this popular purpose built block. Set within a portered development and having been refurbished to a high standard, the apartment benefits from a roof terrace with wonderful views over London and off-street parking. Boydell Court is within close proximity to all of the amenities of Swiss Cottage and St John’s Wood, as well as their Underground Stations (Jubilee Line).

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ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 2 Further Bedrooms, Open Plan Kitchen/ Reception Room, Family Bathroom, Guest Cloakroom, 24 Hour Concierge, Off-Street Parking. EPC: D.

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SWISS COTTAGE, NW3 A bright & light 3 bedroom garden apartment (approx. 1,347 sq.ft. / 125.13 sq.m.) is in a delightful location close to Swiss Cottage Underground Station (Jubilee line) and the vast array of restaurants and shopping facilities. 30’ RECEPTION ROOM • OPEN PLAN KITCHEN • 3 DOUBLE BEDROOMS • 2 BATHROOMS (1 EN SUITE) • 71’ GARDEN WITH SUMMER HOUSE OFF STREET FORECOURT PARKING • EPC D. £1,250 PER WEEK

ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A delightful 1 bedroom apartment (approx. 379 sq.ft. / 35.2 sq.m.) situated on the 1st floor located within short walk to St Johns’ Wood Underground Station as well as the High Street. RECEPTION ROOM WITH OPEN PLAN KITCHEN • DOUBLE BEDROOM • BATHROOM • HIGH CEILINGS • EPC D. £395 PER WEEK

105 ST JOHN’S WOOD TERRACE, NW8 6PL

020 7722 7222 www.behrandbutchoff.com

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

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