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Grand designs How architects Ran Ankory and Maya Carni created a lightfilled, open plan home from a very ordinary Victorian terrace

Grown-up glamour Forget neutral: from subtle accents to statement pieces, deck your bathroom out in precious metals this season

Plus The best London properties Advice and insight from our agents Dates for the diary Your guide to life in Mayfair

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37 Hot list

What to see and where to go this month

41 Lust list

Double, double toil and trouble: it’s Halloween, but not as you know it, promise

42 Interview

John Simm takes time out from a busy year to chat to us about his part in ITV’s new thriller

47 Style & wellbeing

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a gorgeous new lingerie set from Keturah Brown

50 Food & drink

The London Restaurant Festival returns to the Capital, plus a whole host of exciting new openings

55 Travel

Don’t fall out over the holiday in the planning stages: take our advice and split your stay so that everybody gets a little of what they fancy

63 Interiors

Planning a bathroom redesign? Grown-up glamour is where it’s at this season. Hallelujah

69 At home with

Practical and playful, architects Ran Ankory and Maya Carni have created the ultimate family home

72 Access all areas

Our focus this month is on Mayfair, London’s most striking, and expensive, village John wears: Grey wool and cashmere crewneck and wool blazer (

82 Property

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


Autumn days…

Liz Skone James, Editor

It’s terrifying how quickly this year is passing – we’ll be talking about Christmas before you know it (but not yet, never fear). You’ll be relieved to hear that the speed with which October has come around is the only scary thing about this issue. Well, aside from a rather spooktacular Lust List and cover star John Simm’s latest drama, Strangers - although that’s more nail-biting. Other than that it’s all rather lovely: from a recipe for a delicious alternative to your warming porridge, to inspiration for giving your bathroom a glamorous new look (these darker evenings were made for wallowing in a bubbly bath). And travel wise, we’ve flown across the Atlantic to explore two very different hotels in New York. Crisp autumn days are beautiful in London, but the Big Apple comes a pretty close second. Come back soon though…

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VALE CLOSE MAIDA VALE W9 A DETACHED VICTORIAN HOUSE LOCATED WITHIN A DISCRETE GATED CUL-DE-SAC Arranged over three floors, the house offers excellent accommodation throughout, with superb sized reception rooms and also has the benefit of a garage and a south west facing garden. Vale Close is ideally located close to transport links, it’s also within easy walking distance of the ‘village’ shops of Little Venice at Clifton Road and close to the transport links of Maida Vale and St John’s Wood tube stations. Accommodation: Reception hall, dining room, kitchen, family room, sitting room, conservatory, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom & dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, guest cloakroom. Amenities: Front & rear gardens, garage.











£3,950,000 Freehold

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A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A SUBSTANTIAL DUPLEX APARTMENT (384 SQ M/4,134 SQ FT) SET OVER THE GROUND AND FIRST FLOORS OF THIS EXCLUSIVE PURPOSE BUILT BLOCK OVERLOOKING WEST HEATH. Featuring luxurious grand scale entertaining space including a triple aspect reception room and a private terrace of over 900 square feet leading onto communal gardens. The apartment also benefits from 24 hour concierge, secure underground parking for two cars, communal swimming pool and gymnasium.


ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Walk Through Wardrobe & Balcony, Three Further Bedroom Suites, Reception Room with Terrace Access, Dining Room, Fully Fitted Poggenpohl Kitchen Incorporating a Breakfast Area, Utility Room, 2 Guest Cloakrooms.


020 7402 9494 16 Park Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SH Facsimile: 020 7724 7055 Email:

Substantial detached family home in sought after road in Hampstead Hampstead, NW3 A substantial and handsome six to eight double bedroom detached family residence of 6,016 sq ft (558.9 sq m), built circa 1909 and located on this sought-after tree lined road of Hampstead. This desirable property has been well maintained and retains numerous period features, with the well-proportioned accommodation offering the flexibility of a self-contained two bedroom garden level apartment which can also be accessed via the main house. The house also benefits from a landscaped 87' south facing garden and an integral garage accessed via electric gates with parking to the front for an additional vehicle. Entrance Hall • Drawing Room • Sitting Room • Dining Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • 3 Further Reception Rooms • Guest W/C • Plant Room Kitchenette • 6-8 Bedrooms • 7 Bathrooms • Garage • Off Street Parking • Rear Garden.

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Price on Application

Detached family home on fringe of Hampstead Heath Hampstead, NW3 A fantastic detached family home on the fringe of Hampstead Heath. The property is arranged over four floors and consists of seven bedrooms, three reception rooms and four bathrooms. The property includes off street parking for three cars and a private 50 ft garden. This detached house is on one of Hampstead's premier roads and has come to the market for the first time in some years. On the lower ground floor is a self-contained flat, large family room with a superb terrace that has direct access down to the garden. 7 Bedrooms • 4 Bathrooms • 3 Reception Rooms • Self-Contained Flat • Large Family Room with a Superb Terrace that has direct access down to the Private 50 Ft Garden • Off Street Parking for 3 Cars.


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Price on Application

020 7402 9494


Rudall Crescent, Hampstead Village, NW3 5



ÂŁ2,995,000 Sole Agent | Freehold | EPC D

Situated in the heart of Hampstead Village close to all the shops, cafĂŠs, restaurants and public transport amenities, is this Victorian four/five bedroom, two bathroom, mid-terrace period house which has been remodeled internally to provide a flexible contemporary interior, which maximises natural light throughout. The property is offered in excellent condition, with wooden floors to the semi-open plan reception room and eat in kitchen/breakfast/family area, which enjoys access onto a charming west facing patio. There is a study/bedroom on the first floor half landing with access to a balcony, and a luxurious master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom on the first floor. A further balcony on the second floor half landing leads up to two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom plus an exceptional, large studio/bedroom on the top floor. The vast beautiful open spaces of Hampstead Heath are a pleasant short walk away.


Arkwright Road, Hampstead, NW3 4




ÂŁ2,595,000 Sole Agent | Freehold | EPC D

Rarely available, one of six semi-detached town houses, offering four bedrooms and boasting bright well proportioned accommodation over four floors. The house is offered in good decorative condition and enjoys a 25' double volume reception room, gallery dining area, kitchen/breakfast room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms (one en-suite). Further benefits include ample storage, a delightful 51' southerly facing rear garden, a 17'x14' sun trap roof terrace and a double width garage. Located close to the summit of Arkwright Road, the property is within walking distance of Hampstead Village (Northern Line) and all the local schools. The extensive facilities of Finchley Road (Jubilee & Metropolitan Lines) are also within a short distance at the foot of the road.

The leading estate agent for Hampstead and the surrounding areas


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This house is offered in good decorative order. The property boasts many original period features and natural light throughout, making use of a well-planned layout that would make for a fabulous family home. Further benefits include: 83ft rear garden and additional external storage to the front of the property. Subject to the necessary planning permission, there is potential to extend the house further. Hamilton Terrace is a wide beautiful tree lined road, home to some of London’s most luxurious homes. It is located within close proximity (within 1 mile radius) to the shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants of St Johns Wood and Little Venice EPC Rating: D

St John’s Wood Sales t: 020 7586 3111 e: 88 St John’s Wood High Street, London, NW8 7SH


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A wonderful opportunity to acquire this six double bedroomed two reception four bathroom Victorian terraced house which has been owned by the same family for over 85 years. This charming 2,759 sq ft house is set over three floors and has been very well looked after boasting superb original period features. The accommodation to the ground floor comprises of a traditional 19ft front facing reception room with a fireplace and high ceilings; a rear facing second reception room with double doors leading to the very private rear garden; a spacious 20ft kitchen breakfast room with integrated appliances and access to the rear garden, a guest cloakroom and a useful cellar. The first floor accommodation comprises of a generous principal bedroom with ensuite shower room and ample storage; two further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The top floor accommodation has two further bedrooms (one with an ensuite shower room), a study and a family bathroom. Further benefits include a lovely private South facing rear garden with a raised decked area and no upper chain. Heath Hurst Road is located in a popular position giving access to both Hampstead Village with the underground tube station (Northern Line) and also Hampstead Heath overground station together with the big open spaces of The Heath.

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


BRACKEN KNOLL C O U R T E N AY AV E N U E | K E N WO O D N 6 Approached by a sweeping carriage driveway, a very rarely available detached house in this security protected, private gated road opposite the grounds of Kenwood House and leading to Highgate Golf Course. PLANNING PERMISSION HAS BEEN GRANTED FOR A MAGNIFICENT NEW RESIDENCE OF 13,488 SQ FT OVER FOUR FLOORS BEHIND A RETAINED FAÇADE TO INCLUDE A SUBSTANTIAL LEISURE COMPLEX WITH SWIMMING POOL AND CINEMA. THE EXISTING HOUSE (5,390 SQ FT) ENJOYS WONDERFUL MATURE AND SECLUDED GARDENS AND BENEFITS FROM EXCELLENT PRIVACY. EPC Rating - E

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INGRAM AVENUE, NW11 £5,550,000

020 8458 7311


Backing onto and enjoying views across Hampstead Golf Course, we are privileged to offer a finely positioned, character, three storey double fronted detached family home set back from the road behind a large carriage driveway.

ENTRANCE LOBBY: ENTRANCE HALLWAY: DRAWING ROOM: DINING ROOM: STUDY: KITCHEN: BREAKFAST ROOM: 2 CLOAKROOMS: MASTER BEDROOM WITH DRESSING ROOM & BATHROOM: 5 FURTHER BEDROOMS: FAMILY BATHROOMS: Having been under the same family ownership for 60 years, whilst boasting a PARTY ROOM/CINEMA: LOFT STORAGE: FRONT plethora of original 30s and 50s features, this charming home now requires & REAR GARDENS: LARGE GARAGE: CARRIAGE total modernisation and / or extensions subject to the usual consents. DRIVEWAY WITH AMPLE OFF STREET PARKING. Ingram Avenue is situated between Winnington Road & Wildwood Road and therefore benefits from close proximity to the rolling green acres of Kenwood, EPC Rating- E. Hampstead Heath and the Heath Extension.


incorporating Benham & Reeves Sales

Downshire Hill, NW3 ÂŁ4,250,000

Set behind a secluded front garden, a five bedroom Grade II Listed family home located on one of Hampstead’s most sought after roads. Arranged over four floors, there are five reception rooms, two bathrooms, a large rear garden and original period features throughout. Dexters Hampstead. 56 Heath Street, London NW3 1DL T: 020 7435 9822 E:


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Pond Square, NW6 ÂŁ1,850,000

Located in the heart of Highgate Village, an exceptionally well presented mid-18th Century Georgian house overlooking and forming part of the historical Pond Square. There are three bedrooms, three reception rooms, bespoke kitchen and a dining room. There is also a front and rear garden. Dexters Highgate. 35 High Street, London N6 5JT T: 020 8348 2341 E:


PORTLAND PLACE, W1 34 1984 - 2018

A bright and spacious three bedroom apartment on the third floor of this impressive, period mansion building. The property comprises almost 1,500 sq ft with a large reception/dining room and private balcony, well-equipped kitchen, master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom, a second bedroom with fitted wardrobes, a further bedroom and a shower room. In addition, there is a lift and a communal terrace for residents. The building is located on the west side of Portland Place, between the junctions of Devonshire Street and Weymouth Street, ideally situated for Marylebone High Street, Regent Street and the open spaces Regent’s Park. RECEPTION ROOM/DINING ROOM • KITCHEN • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE DRESSING ROOM AND BATHROOM • 2 FURTHER BEDROOMS • SHOWER ROOM • PORTERAGE • LIFT • WITHIN EASY REACH OF TUBE STATION • EPC=D LONG LEASE




QUEENSMEAD, ST JOHN’S WOOD PARK, NW8 A well maintained 4/5 bedroom family house (approx 2,010 sq ft / 187 sq m) located within this highly sought after and secure development located on the favoured East side of St John’s Wood. The house benefits from a private garage, off-street parking and a rear garden, plus a large loft space that can (with the relevant permissions) be converted into a useable room. ENTRANCE HALL • GUEST CLOAKROOM • RECEPTION/DINING ROOM • KITCHEN • 2ND RECEPTION ROOM/BEDROOM 5 • MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM • 3 FURTHER BEDROOMS • FAMILY BATHROOM • CENTRAL HEATING • REAR GARDEN • GARAGE • RESIDENTS PARKING • BALCONY • FULLY DOUBLE GLAZED • EPC=C FREEHOLD


34 1984 - 2018



David McGuinness Property Consultant

MARYLEBONE OFFICE 6 Paddington Street Marylebone London W1U 5QG T: 020 7224 4994 E:



An impressive, freehold, Georgian building which is configured as seven well presented self contained apartments which are all let on AST tenancies. The property comprises two studio flats, four one bedroom apartments and one three bedroom duplex apartment on the upper two floors. Montagu Street is located to the south of Montagu Square, between George Street and Upper Berkeley Street. The property is located close to Portman Square and the varied shopping and transport facilities of Oxford Street.


Mark Nash Property Consultant

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



A double fronted Nash House of approximately 2,343 sqft. located in a tranquil, picturesque crescent on the edge of Regent’s Park and within easy access of numerous shops, bars, and restaurants. The property is beautifully presented and benefits from a large patio garden and excellent entertaining space comprising a large dual aspect reception room, a second spacious reception room, a wellequipped kitchen/dining room, a master bedroom with an en suite bathroom, three further bedrooms, a family bathroom, two guest cloakrooms, and three storage vaults. Park Village West is located on the eastern side of Regent’s Park. The nearest Underground stations are Great Portland Street (Circle and Metropolitan Lines) and Camden Town (Northern Line). EPC Rating D.



A home unique to Regent's Park.




Chester Terrace, Regent's Park NW1 • A Grade I listed Stucco end of terrace house • One of the largest private gardens in Regent's Park • The main house has been combined with the rear mews, creating additional living space • Ceiling heights above 6 meters • The house has undergone an extensive refurbishment and has a lift to all floors Superbly located on the Outer Circle of Regent's Park with direct views over the 410 acres of glorious parkland within the centre of London. The house is just a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the West End and close to the fashionable and chic boutiques and bistros of Marylebone High Street (0.9 miles). All distances are approximate.

Our Regent's Park expert, Declan Selbo, looks forward to helping you. 020 7483 8343 Connecting people & property, perfectly.

Guide price £15,950,000 Leasehold


The home with the coach house.





Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 • Benefits from a landscaped terrace garden and gated off street parking • Exceptional living space opening onto the private rear garden • The accommodation is arranged over three floors and extends to approximately 5,680 sq ft Arkwright Road is conveniently located within 450 metres of Hampstead Village and its various shops, cafes and underground station (Northern Line). All times and distances are approximate.

Our Hampstead expert, Sarah James, looks forward to helping you. 0207 317 7956 07889 534 932 Connecting people & property, perfectly. Guide price £6,250,000 Freehold


A property to call home

Savills Hampstead

020 7472 5000

Elegant family home in Hampstead Village on Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 2 reception rooms, kitchen, 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, semi detached, South West facing rear garden, off-street parking, 351 sq m (3775 sq ft), EPC=D

Guide ÂŁ4.25 million | Freehold

Talk to us today Peter Brookes Savills Hampstead 020 7472 5036

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A property to call home

Savills St John's Wood & Regent's Park

020 3043 3600

An elegant semi detached family home on Springfield Road, St. Johns Wood, NW8 4 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, playroom, study, utility room, terrace, south facing rear garden, 283 sq m (3,055 sq ft), EPC=E

Guide ÂŁ4.95 million | Freehold

Talk to us today Zach Madison Savills St. John's Wood & Regent's Park 020 3043 3609 | Our new website is now live! what can we do for you?


Maida Avenue

Little Venice W2

ÂŁ3,250,000 share of freehold

Overflowing with charm and character is this spectacular 4 bedroom apartment spanning the upper three floors of an imposing semi-detached white stucco fronted mid Victorian house. EPC rating TBC

Little Venice

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Belsize Park

Belsize Park NW3

A wonderful 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom lateral garden apartment comprising 1,900 sq ft, in excellent condition throughout and benefiting from a large private west facing garden & private entrance. This beautiful apartment boasts a 30 x 17 ft reception room with wood floor and direct access to over 3,000 sq ft of private garden space. EPC rating C

offers in excess of

ÂŁ2,000,000 share of freehold


020 7794 3311



A beautifully presented period house offering a striking contemporary interior with a newly created lower ground floor. The house provides 2,724 sq ft/253.1 sq m of accommodation, has an impressive feature staircase running through the centre of the house, bright open plan ground floor reception spaces leading onto a rear patio and a large lower floor kitchen/entertaining area. 4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 shower room, 2 reception rooms, study/bedroom 5, kitchen/breakfast room, guest cloakroom, utility room, front garden, rear patio. EPC rating E. FREEHOLD




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A detached house arranged over three floors only, providing 4,316 sq ft / 401 sq m of accommodation and presented in good decorative condition throughout, with elegant and well-proportioned rooms, a large rear garden and landscaped gardens to the front. Drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen leading to conservatory/breakfast room, guest cloakroom, principal suite comprising bedroom, bathroom and dressing room, 5 further double bedrooms, 4 further bathrooms, 53' wide landscaped front garden, 53' deep landscaped rear garden, garage and driveway with off street parking for 1 car. EPC rating E. FREEHOLD

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A detached family home arranged over four floors on Platts Lane, Hampstead, NW3 with off street parking for three cars, a garage and a private 50 ft garden. Located moments from Hampstead Heath and within easy access of Hampstead Village and its many fashionable shops and restaurants. Energy Efficiency Rating - E52

Hampstead 020 7435 4404







A stunning Regency house built in 1814 on Downshire Hill, Hampstead Village, NW3 with mature gardens at the front and to the rear. This five bedroom family home also offers warm and lavish entertaining spaces, including original fireplaces. The green spaces of Hampstead Heath along with the shops and restaurants of Hampstead Village are easily accessible. Energy Efficiency Rating - E40

Hampstead 020 7435 4404








A superb three bedroom apartment enjoying wonderful natural light and south facing views of the London skyline. This seventh floor flat benefits from an extended lease with currently 156 years remaining and forms part of this prestigious portered development situated off St John’s Wood Park between St John’s Wood and Swiss Cottage underground stations. Further benefits include 24hr porterage and residents permit parking for two cars on a first come first serve basis. Master Bedroom Suite | Two Further Bedrooms | Shower Room | Reception/Dining Room | Entrance Hall | Two Balconies | Communal Heating | Limited Off Street Parking | Passenger Lifts | Porterage | Video Entrance Phone | EPC - C

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001





An outstanding four bedroom duplex penthouse apartment situated on the 6th and 7th floors of this portered purpose built block located on Avenue Road. The well planned and flexible family accommodation extends to approximately 1940sq.ft / 180.23sq.m featuring superb entertaining and reception areas which open from the top floor on to a magnificent private roof terrace affording superb views. The apartment has a secure lock up garage and there is additional residents parking available on a first come first served basis. Two Bedrooms with En Suite Bathrooms | Two Further Bedrooms | Family Bathroom | Guest WC | Reception Hall | Reception Room | Dining Room | Kitchen | Kitchenette/ Utility Room | Off Street Parking on a First Come First Served Basis | Entrance Phone | Garage | Passenger Lift | Porterage | Roof Terrace | EPC - E

ST JOHN’S WOOD | 020 7586 7001






HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PROPERTY FRAUD Earlier this year, after the longest criminal trial in UK history, property fraudster Edwin McLaren was jailed for 11 years. Simon Nosworthy, Head of Residential Property at Osbornes Law, looks at what property fraud is, who is considered vulnerable to property fraud and what homeowners can do to protect themselves. What is property fraud? Property owners are increasingly at risk from fraudsters who are constantly finding more inventive ways to commit crimes. Common types of property fraud include fraudsters selling properties they do not own to innocent third parties, or obtaining mortgages and stealing the money. More sophisticated types of fraud involve persuading people to pay into non-existent investment funds. Simon Nosworthy describes property fraud as: someone pretending to be you to buy, sell or mortgage your property or pretending to be a solicitor to trick people into directing cash into their account. Also, people hacking databases or intercepting e-mails between people and their solicitors in a bid to divert payments. Who is especially vulnerable to property fraud? Anyone is a potential victim of property fraud. However, properties that are either vacant, tenanted, being refurbished or mortgage free are especially vulnerable. The elderly are also considered more at risk. In McLaren’s case, he took advantage of older people by offering his services as a financial adviser, and over time encouraged them to sign over their properties to him.

Why does property fraud occur? Homeowners may be unaware that information held with the Land Registry is available for anyone to view through the Land Registry website. This unfortunately includes fraudsters, who can find out who owns a property and if there are any mortgages over it. Fraudsters can also find out lender details and sample signatures. In 2003, the Land Registry also did away with traditional paper certificates, which had to be presented to the Land Registry on any dealings relating to the property. The Land Registry now provides copies of the registers on completion of a registration, and official copies of a title can be requested by all persons. Also, with e-mail now becoming the preferred method of communicating, individuals leave themselves open to fraud if their e-mail account is not secure. How you can protect your property One of the best ways to protect your property is by registering for property alerts at the Land Registry website. Once registered, if anyone applies to change the register of your property you will receive an email alert. Although the service will not stop any changes from being made, it will alert you to any fraudulent intentions on your property.

As a homeowner, you can also place a restriction on your title, which prevents the Land Registry from registering a sale or mortgage on your property unless a solicitor certifies that the application was made by you. It is also important to ensure that your property solicitor has a rigorous anti-money laundering and identity check process to reduce the risk of property fraud. Finally, if you are going to use e-mail it is important that you keep your antivirus software up to date and watch out for suspicious emails. Osbornes Law are accredited by the Law Society under the Conveyancing Quality Scheme, a kitemark awarded only to law firms adhering to strict requirements of the Law Society to prevent fraud. Osbornes Law can advise you on any residential or commercial property issue. The firm also has a specialist property disputes and litigation department, which, in the first instance, will always seek to assist you resolve a matter without going to Court. For more information, contact Simon Nosworthy on 020 7485 8811, simon.nosworthy@


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What to see and do this month | words by Karen Heaney


Keats House


Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-garde

10 Oct-27 Jan | Barbican Art Gallery Billed as an exhibition about “modern art and modern love”, this show shines a light on the extraordinary achievement of more than 40 creative couples active in the first half of the 20th century. Featuring the work of painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, designers, writers and musicians, it focuses on intimate relationships in all their forms – obsessional, conventional, platonic, fleeting and lifelong. Among the legendary duos featured are Rodin and Camille Claudel, Picasso and Dora Maar, Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West, and Lee Miller and Man Ray. Thought-provoking.

Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y (020 7638 8891;

31 Oct This year, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein turns 200. Two centuries since its publication, this seminal horror/sci-fi story continues to fascinate and Keats House is celebrating with a special late night opening, eerily entitled My Hideous Progeny. Discover the power of the original novel through readings (as part of the international Frankenreads events programme), join a Gothic tour, and have a go at using ink and quill pens to begin your own masterpiece. There’s another reason to celebrate – 31 October is also Keats’ 223rd birthday. Visitors can raise a glass to the poet at the pop-up bar on the night. 10 Keats Grove, NW3 (020 7332 3868;


Freud, Dalí and the Metamorphosis of Narcissus

3 Oct-24 Feb | Freud Museum Eighty years ago, two titans of the 20th century – Sigmund Freud and Salvador Dalí – met in London. The Surrealist artist was a fervent admirer of the father of psychoanalysis and had made several attempts to meet Freud in Vienna. He finally managed to track him down in Hampstead, bringing his recently completed painting, Metamorphosis of Narcissus with him. A new exhibition at the Freud Museum will explore the connection between the two great men, through original artworks photographs and documents, including letters and Freud’s appointment diary. Fascinating. 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 (020 7435 2002;



Ocean Film Festival

15-20 Oct | Union Chapel This magnificent working church and entertainment venue is the unlikely setting for the London leg of the Ocean Film Festival World Tour. For six days, audiences can immerse themselves (see what we did there?) in some of the most amazing short films from above and below the ocean’s surface. It’s a love letter to the sea and the people who work on it, in it and around it, celebrating divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers. Explore the ocean’s hidden depths, ride the world’s biggest waves and get to know a 4.7m great white shark named Scarlet. Compton Terrace, N1 (oceanfilmfestival.;


Museums at Night

25-27 Oct | Various venues With Halloween just around the corner, it’s no surprise that this after-hours festival offers a taste of the macabre. Memento Mori, a death-themed late in the crypts of Sir John Soane’s Museum, will spook visitors with talks, black dress code and deadly cocktails, while at the Benjamin Franklin House the secrets of the human bones in the basement will be revealed. Ghoulishness not your thing? Head to the London Transport Museum for an ’80s nostalgia trip exploring the decade of rave culture and shoulder pads. (


Frieze London

4-7 Oct | Regent’s Park Hardcore art fans, welcome back the mother of all art fairs. More than 160 galleries will be gathering in Regent’s Park from around the globe, with international big hitters joining the crème de la crème of the Capital’s art scene. It’s a crucible for creativity and new ideas, with a special section focusing on female artists who challenged the male-dominated art market in the ’80s. There are thousands of artworks to browse, plus a fascinating programme of talks and curated events that include Frieze Music, Frieze Film and Frieze Projects. ( 38


Guided walks through the Royal Parks


Living with Buildings

4 Oct-3 Mar | Wellcome Collection The Wellcome Collection is renowned for its mind-expanding exhibitions on esoteric themes. Living with Buildings is another intriguing show, examining some of the ways in which architecture and the built environment affect health and wellbeing. Its broad sweep takes in the slums of 19th-century London, the bold experiments of post-war urban planners and therapeutic spaces for people affected by cancer, and includes works by Andreas Gursky, Rachel Whiteread and Martha Rosler, as well as buildings designed by Lubetkin, Goldfinger and Aalto. Guaranteed to get you thinking about the spaces you live and work in. 183 Euston Road, NW1 (020 7611 2222;


The Enormous Turnip

23-27 Oct | Jacksons Lane A delightful re-potted version of the classic Russian fairy tale from children’s theatre company Stuff and Nonsense. Mr and Mrs Chickweed’s prize-winning vegetables are their pride and joy, but when they plant a turnip seed they get more than they bargained for – a monster that just won’t stop growing. When the combined efforts of the Chickweed family and their pets can’t get it out of the ground, it’s time to enlist the help of the audience. Expect live music, charming puppetry and talking cauliflowers. Suitable for seedlings aged two and upwards.

This autumn, consider joining The Royal Parks on several guided walking tours being offered in central London. Each month, you can learn the history of the oldest and smallest Royal Park, St. James’s, and say hello to the resident pelicans. On 6 October, attendees can explore the changing colours of Hyde Park with our resident arboriculturist, Greg Packman. The Royal Parks is offering two special walks in early November: The Secret Pet Cemetery of Hyde Park and Hyde Park at War. On 3 November, get an exclusive visit to the rarely open Victorian Pet Cemetery, the first public pet cemetery in Britain. Take a trip back in history on 10 November to discover Hyde Park’s important role in defending London during the World Wars. To find out more, visit The Royal Parks is the charity that cares for 5,000 acres of glorious Royal parkland and 500 years of history in the heart of our capital city. Every year 77 million visitors enjoy eight of London’s largest open spaces, including Hyde Park, The Green Park, Richmond Park, Greenwich Park, St. James’s Park, Bushy Park, The Regent’s Park and Kensington Gardens. Registered charity no. 1172042.

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Dinny Hall stores has a distinct personality that reflects the neighbourhood vibe, from the metropolitan buzz of Seven Dials to the laid-back charms of Hampstead village. As well as being a magical place to browse and shop the collection, a Dinny Hall store is first and foremost a working jewellery design and craft studio that offers services in fine jewellery repairs and valuations alongside bespoke design and resetting. Dinny works with a dedicated in-house team of experienced artisans in her London-based workshop. As well as designing regular collections, the team also delight in flexing their creative muscles on one-of-a-kind private commissions. Dinny Hall jewellery is renowned for the purity of its design and the quality of its craftsmanship. The range includes fashion-led, contemporary pieces in silver and vermeil alongside more classic pieces with gemstones and in gold. Travel, especially in the Far East, has been a lifelong source of inspiration for Dinny. A trip to Thailand and Burma sparked an interest in body decoration, particularly piercing. This inspired a range of understated luxe piercing jewellery, crafted in 14-karat gold and white gold. The beauty of these pieces can be fully appreciated at the atelier’s luxe ear-piercing events at the Covent Garden store. To find out more about the jewellery design process, special offers, sample sales and exclusive events, sign up to the Dinny Hall newsletter and follow the brand on social media channels. Fabric readers can also enjoy a 15 per cent discount across the Dinny Hall website in October with the special code fabric15.

LAID-BACK LUXURY With six stores in the Capital’s chicest villages, each with its own personality, Dinny Hall is as much a neighbourhood jeweller as an international brand Dinny Hall’s London connections stretch back to the very beginning of her career. A student at Central Saint Martins, the founder of the eponymous brand first came to prominence in 1984 when her graduation collection was snapped up by every fashionista’s favourite store, Liberty London. A year later, Dinny founded her own brand. It was an instant success, quickly becoming a favourite on the catwalks. The first Dinny Hall store opened in 1992, with Madonna as one of her first customers. In addition to a concession in Liberty, there are now standalone Dinny Hall stores in Westbourne Grove, Islington, Marylebone, Seven Dials and Hampstead, and the brand’s legion of celebrity fans include Keira Knightley and Adele. In keeping with their London village settings, each of the

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It’s scary just how much we’re lusting after this month – beware, something wicked(ly stylish) this way comes…

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1. Alexander McQueen Heirloom Pins pashmina scarf, £285 ( | 2. Skull art sculpture MIMITEH by Scott Hendrie, £1,900 ( | 3. Hourglass Scattered Light glitter eyeshadow in Foil Gold, £26 ( | 4. Rosenthal Squall vase in matt black, £370 ( | 5. nanimarquina Luna rug, £1,970 ( | 6. Lukhanyo risotto bowl, £119 (store.wallpaper. com/en) | 7. The Falconetti cinnamon metallic silk dress by The Vampire’s Wife, £1,595 (




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John Simm can only apologise for all of those Strangers billboards you’ve been seeing lately – even he gets sick of his own face. It was much worse earlier in the year though, he explains, when both Trauma, in which he starred against Adrian Lester as a vengeful father, and political whodunit Collateral aired not just at the same time, but also on the same night. “I’d been away for a while, I’d done some theatre and then I’d gone to America, and I came back and took two jobs, thinking that they would be spread out over the year, but they actually put them on on the same night. It wasn’t great for me because it was real overexposure. You know, suddenly he’s back and he’s everywhere,” he shrugs. If it was overexposure, it doesn’t seem to have done him any harm with either critics or fans; both shows were well received, though John wouldn’t know it. “I haven’t really seen many reviews, I try not to look now,” he explains. “With TV, my job is just to say the lines, to serve that script… At the end of the day they take it away and they make their programme. However it turns out: I just work here!” He laughs. Whether or not that is true, John picks his projects carefully; he’s at the stage in his career when he can afford to be a bit choosy about what jobs he takes. So what makes for a good role? “Foremost is always the script. I want to feel that it is going to be a good part, and that it is going to be challenging. I want to like the plot, and the story and the writing. So that is first. Then secondly, the director and who is in it,” he tells me. From the production company founded by The Missing creators Harry and Jack Williams, ITV thriller Strangers, which co-stars Dervla Kirwan,

certainly fits the bill. Billboards aside, John is finding it hard to associate himself with the eight-part conspiracy thriller, though, and looks blank when I ask him to talk to me about the project. “I’m still trying to get my head around the fact that it’s called Strangers; White Dragon was always the working title,” he explains, as it dawns on him what I mean. John plays the lead as Professor Jonah Mulray, whose life collapses when his wife is killed in what initially appears to be a car crash. Though she lives and works two weeks out of every four in Hong Kong, his fear of flying has prevented him from ever visiting her there. Forced to go and identify the body, Jonah discovers that she has been keeping secrets: “He finds out that she has a family over there, that she was married – she had a whole other life over there and had been lying to him the whole time,” John tells me. But that’s not all Jonah has to deal with; he becomes convinced that his wife was actually murdered. “He thinks that the police are going to help him, but they turn out to be corrupt. They erase a voicemail that she left him – at the end of the message he could hear a crash and then a gun shot. The police take the phone to examine it, and they delete the end of the message. They tell him that he is just grieving, and that he is hearing things. So he meets up with the guy that she was also married to, David Chen, and they form this weird, uneasy partnership trying to find out what was going on. It’s a pretty good story,” he nods. Here’s hoping that the production team have done it justice. Where the end result with television is very much in the hands of the production team, John sees theatre as much more of a team effort. He tells me that aside


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from being at home, he is happiest in a rehearsal room or on the stage. “You really feel like part of the gang,” he explains. “It’s a little bit like being in a band, because it is live, and you do it together, you know. If one of you falls, then you all try to pick him up.” No surprise, then, that his next project will be on stage: as part of Jamie Lloyd’s Pinter at the Pinter – a season of one-act plays celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Nobel Prize-winning playwright’s death – John will be appearing in Party Time/Celebration this December. “I think that it’s going to be very exciting,” he tells me. “An amazing cast. And I’ve worked with Jamie on Pinter twice before. We did The Homecoming and The Hothouse together. So yeah, he’s like my Pinter pal. All we ever seem to do is Harold Pinter. Maybe we’ll do something else one day…” Performing, in one guise or another, has always been a big part of John’s life. “I grew up in dressing rooms of the club land circuit up north. My dad was a club artist so I would be in the dressing room quite a lot because I wasn’t allowed in the actual place,” he tells me. Later his dad taught him to play the guitar and the two of them performed together. “It was a unique thing being in a band with your dad,” he laughs. “We were a double

act, but it wasn’t a democracy!” The realisation that he would prefer to be doing what he was doing with a group of friends his own age was a difficult one. “I couldn’t leave my dad to go and be with another band. That would’ve been awful and unthinkable,” he explains. A serendipitous chat with the school drama teacher – a man called Brian Wellock, who John credits as being one of his biggest inspirations, along with his own dad – provided him with: “the rope with which I could pull myself out of this predicament I was in.” He went along to audition for an upcoming school production and got the part. The rest, as they say, is history. “My dad was a little bit upset, but I think it would’ve been a lot worse if I had left to be in another band,” John says. By the time he left Drama Centre London John already had an agent and jobs were quick to follow. Less than five years later he got the part of Danny in The Lakes and since then the offers have rolled in. An impressive CV includes Human Traffic, Clocking Off, 24 Hour Party People, State of Play, Doctor Who and, of course, Life on Mars. But is there anything in particular he’d like to do more of? “There’s loads more stuff I would like to do… I am slowly ticking things off as I edge towards 50, you know, I have worked in America and I have tried different things. I’ve worked in the National and I’ve always wanted to do that, so it is slowly happening. I think I am a slow burner, which is good, because hopefully I will have the longevity to keep going,” he tells me. Career longevity is something John can already claim: it has been over 25 years since he took his first job. In terms of the quantity of work being produced, and the quality too, the industry is a very different place to the one John graduated into, though. And he is, he tells me, not sure that things would’ve played out in quite the same way had he just been starting out now. “The sheer volume of stuff being made now is a blessing and a curse, I think,” he explains. “Weirdly, especially on TV, you see the same faces all the time. It’s very rare that they will take a chance on a complete unknown, like they did with me in The Lakes in 1996, or whatever it was.” On the subject of seeing the same faces, I wonder how John copes with being recognised. “It is not an insane amount. On the most part people are really lovely, and they are very, very polite. And if somebody comes up to you and tells you that they like what you do then that is wonderful. I really can’t complain about that,” he assures me. Adding that: “Where I live people are used to seeing me. Nobody cares. That’s true everywhere in London really. It usually happens if I leave London and I go up north for a bit, or wherever, and people are not used to seeing me… The weird thing is that if it was taken away it would feel very strange.” Those billboards do take some getting used to, though. Strangers continues on ITV on Monday nights at 9pm

“With TV, my job is just to say the lines, to serve that script… At the end of the day they take it away and they make their programme. However it turns out: I just work here!”



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Strawberry Lift A new chin is at the top of my (admittedly extensive) wish list. All I see in photos is a double chin and rather saggy jowls, as the lower part of my face seems to want to head south. I’m the first to snap up any new potion that claims to tighten and tone, and I’m often found contorting my face into strange expressions that are supposed to work facial

muscles, all, sadly, with no success. When I hear about a non-invasive procedure that promises to rid me of the fat and tighten up the sag, I sign up pronto. ‘Strawberry Lift’ is the world’s first laser treatment specifically for double chins. I’m sold on the claim that it takes just 12 minutes, doesn’t hurt and won’t require any

time off work. So many treatments claim to be a ‘lunchtime’ solution, but this really is just that. After my skin is cleaned, I don some attractive goggles, then a laser machine is tucked under my chin to work its magic. Fat cells beneath the skin are penetrated by a noninvasive laser and their content is removed through lymphatic drainage (without disrupting neighbouring nerves or blood vessels). It feels a little warm but isn’t unpleasant. The next stage involves a thermal ultrasound gadget that’s used on the neck, jowls and chin. The focused acoustic energy creates a wound healing response resulting in the formation of new collagen, to lift and tighten the skin. Simple(ish)! I notice a distinct improvement after my first treatment, although four treatments are recommended. With no pain and no scarring – or even redness – keeping my chin up is now a cinch! BP Strawberry Lift is available in various clinic locations across London including Royal Garden Hotel Health Club in Kensington. A course of 4 treatments is priced at £1,500 (

Time for a change While you’re changing the clocks later this month, seize the opportunity to update your timepiece, too. We love the debut collection of watches from north London-based CLOAK. Each watch features a removable bezel, face and strap, all of which can be changed in seconds – the Pop Swatch for the 21st century, if you will. Designer Jack Munro and engineer Harri Lewis wanted to bring the amazing beauty and variety of natural materials – including granite, marble, rosewood and fumed oak – to a minimalist, modern design that allowed customers to express their own style. Included in the price are two faces, plus the strap material, bezel and buckle colour of your choice, with the opportunity to purchase additional faces, bezels and straps at a later date. Consider it an ever evolving work of art. £295, with additional parts prices at £35 each (

We love: Ecooking No, you haven’t flicked to the food pages. This is an exciting Danish skincare brand that has just launched in the UK, and is available from our favourite London pharmacy, John Bell & Croyden. Having worked in the skincare industry for more than 20 years, Tina Søgaard became frustrated with her own problem skin and began experimenting with powerful active ingredients in her home kitchen. Before long, family and friends were asking Tina for solutions to their own complaints. The range, dubbed ‘food for the skin’, now includes over 40 products, each formulated from 100 per cent organic oils combined with natural peptides and vitamins – and everything is totally paraben free. Our new hero is the Super Serum, which relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines – it’s a real miracle worker. For more details, see



With 10 per cent of proceeds being donated to charity, Keturah Brown’s latest line will make you look and feel good

In the pink FA B R I C R E C O M M E N D S

FLY LDN When city life gets too much, stepping onto a yoga mat is an effective way to ditch those daily stresses. And now you can take your escapism one step further with the new studio on the City block: FLY LDN. Set an easy amble from Liverpool Street and a stone’s throw from Aldgate, the studio is the perfect blend of industrial cool and slick design for its edgy-meets-City clientele. As a self-proclaimed ‘non-Yogi yoga studio’, you won’t find any incense or crystals here, but that doesn’t mean your yoga experience will be any less authentic. Head for your allocated mat – they’re all set out for you with numbered blocks – and you’ll discover the front wall of the studio is a huge screen. Throughout your flow, the screen becomes a window to faraway places, bringing the great outdoors in. You’ll follow the silhouette of your teacher against videos of natural landscapes, think meadows of 48

swaying wildflowers and pristine mountain snowscapes. Throw in a curated soundtrack and dim lighting, and the whole experience is impressively cinematic. If a daily al fresco yoga session is your goal, this immersive space is the next best thing (and far more practical for British weather). Choose from four flow classes: Base Flow for beginners, a mellow Slow Flow and two dynamic Flow Life classes (with 45- and 75-minute options). You can also try two of FLY’s low-impact classes, designed to complement your yoga practice. These include Barre – a mix of Pilates, yoga and dance – and Low Impact, a 5-person (max) strength and conditioning class involving TRX suspension training. Whichever class you choose, you’ll leave feeling stronger and calmer, ready to face your commute with a newfound zen. EV 24 Creechurch Lane, EC3A (020 7621 1680,

For the first time, Primrose Hill-based luxury lingerie brand Keturah Brown has produced a beautiful seven-piece collection in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Throughout October, 10 per cent of sales proceeds from the proudly pink 1930s inspired line will be donated to charity. Choose from the silk crepe de chin Blushing Pink trio of camisole, French knickers and short slipdress, the cotton voile Candy Pink babydoll top and matching French knickers, and the silk satin Palest Pink camisole and knicker set, with the subtlest pink lace detailing. Oh la la! From £45,



The Garuda Pilates Studio in St. John’s Wood offers an intuitive approach to developing a stronger, fitter body

Above: Garuda mat work develops core strength Left: the team of expert practitioners at The Garuda Pilates Studio Below: specialised Garuda apparatus encourages smooth, fluid movement

Whether you’re looking for a group class or one-to-one training, James D’Silva’s elegant, light-filled NW8 studio is the ideal place to start your Pilates or Garuda journey. For busy, time-poor Londoners, these mindful forms of exercise are the ideal way to tune out from the stresses of urban life. The Garuda Studio offers personal training and group classes on traditional Pilates equipment, specialised Garuda apparatus, mat and barre. The vision of dancer James D’Silva, the Garuda Method combines the core strength and focus of Pilates with the balletic grace of dance. Taking its name from the mythical shape-shifting bird, Garuda offers all the benefits of a robust cardiovascular workout, while developing flexibility and poise at the same time. “Where Pilates ends, Garuda begins,” is D’Silva’s mantra. Using mat, barre and specialised apparatus, Garuda builds on Pilates’ linear stretches, adding spiral movements that connect the spine to the extremities. Routines are meticulously choreographed, with the emphasis on smooth, fluid movements that tone the body without placing any stress on delicate joints. Garuda demands total concentration, stretching the mind as well as the body – expect to end a session with a deep sense of serenity and wellbeing. The Garuda Pilates Studio boasts an expert team of highlyexperienced practitioners, led by D’Silva himself, who has worked with Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow, among others. The team works with clients from a diverse range of exercise backgrounds, from absolute beginners and those with movement limitations, to professional dancers and sportsmen and women. Individual attention and correction are central to all the classes at the Studio. Mat classes are limited to groups of no more than 14, while Garuda apparatus classes have a maximum of five per class. For those who are not sure which discipline will best suit their needs, the Studio offers taster sessions in mat and barre, as well as a four-week introductory package that offers mat and barre classes. Whether you’re recovering from a physical injury, looking for an alternative to traditional gym workouts or if you are an accomplished athlete keen to build fitness and boost performance, the Garuda Pilates Studio will transform your outlook to exercise. 26-28 Finchley Road, NW8 (020 7483 4644;

Food&Drink We love: Artisan Drinks With so many craft spirit brands available, the mixer market has some catching up to do –

why blend in when you can stand out? Step up Artisan Drinks: locally produced with 100 per cent natural ingredients, these mixers are inspired to complement the spirit, not compete. And with quirky bottle designs by artist Alan Walsh, they look as good as they taste. The Classic London Tonic combines complex natural citrus flavours with subtle botanical notes, providing the perfect partner to a dry craft gin, whilst the Barrel Smoked Cola lends itself nicely to an El Dorado five-year-old rum. The range is available online at For more information, see

Chocolate heaven

As if October wasn’t exciting enough for foodies, this month also sees the opening of the highly anticipated Coal Drops Yard. The Heatherwick Studio-designed shopping and lifestyle district in London’s King’s Cross will open its doors on 26 October, with the reimagined historic buildings and canal-side arches directly adjacent to Granary Square becoming home to over 50 stores, restaurants and cafés. There’s plenty to get excited about, including Barrafina, Casa Pastor and wine bar The Drop, but it’s Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse that really has us salivating. The shop will be the first permanent base in the Capital for the chef’s signature chocolate brand. Single-origin and flavoured ganaches, pralinés “à l’ancienne” and luxury chocolate bars are all on offer, with everything traditionally made in Paris, in a workshop at the back of a small cobbled courtyard at 40 rue de la Roquette. Each step of the process is mastered and controlled by Ducasse’s trusted artisan chocolate maker Nicolas Berger, ensuring truly extraordinary results. (;


Psst... This month, the London Restaurant Festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and what a long way the

foodie scene here has come in that time. To celebrate the fact that we now arguably live in the culinary capital of the world, this year’s festivities will centre on the international nature of our restaurant scene, with each of the ‘Top Ten Cuisines’ being represented by one of the world’s best chefs. Bill Granger is due to fly in from Australia; Michelin-starred husband and wife Dylan Jones and Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava from Bo.lan in Bangkok will team up with som saa; and Anne-Sophie Pic, who holds seven Michelin stars and is one of the world’s most decorated female chefs, will be hosting a dinner

at La Dame de Pic. Meanwhile Galician Chef Javier Olleros will cook alongside Nieves Barragán Mohacho at Sabor; and Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino from Lima’s Malabar will champion the food of the Amazon alongside Martin Morales at Peruvian restaurant, Ceviche. There will also be the opportunity to sample specially created tasting menus; take part in chef-hosted events; visit the pop-up Hertzstück™ Dining Room, where guests are invited to explore the future of dining through a sensory, theatrical tasting menu; or take one of the now famous LRF Restaurant-Hopping Tours. To find out more about any of the 60-plus events taking place this month, or to buy tickets, see londonrestaurantfestival



Camillo Benso New in town, this sleek Art Deco styled gem fits in with its upmarket neighbours. The first Camillo Benso restaurant to be opened outside of its native Italy, the design is smart and sophisticated, with comfortable velvet seating and plenty of marble and gold accents. After a warm welcome we’re handed an extensive wine list, but the cocktail selection is too tempting not to indulge in a midweek pick-me-up. As we sip, we tuck into bread. Far from just being something to nibble on before the main event, this is made using an exclusive recipe created by Niko Romito (the chef behind three Michelin-starred restaurant Reale in Abruzzo). Chef Luigi Esposito, a pupil of Michelin-starred chef Antonino Cannavacciuolo, heads up a kitchen that proudly serves only the freshest ingredients received directly from Naples three times a week. The general manager promises us that it will be the best mozzarella we’ve ever eaten, and he is right! Both the Caprese salad and the Parma ham and Buffalo mozzarella are delicious classics that really showcase the sourcing of the ingredients. It’s a brave move; offering simple dishes, with no fuss or extraneous frills to hide behind, means the ingredients become the focus allowing the quality to shine. To follow, I opt for the spaghettone alla nerano (with fried courgettes), while my partner tucks into the grilled ribeye steak, accompanied by vegetables and chips that are a cross between wedges and roast potatoes with a hint of rosemary. Other secondi dishes include meatballs with Neapolitan ragu and sliced tuna with sauteed escarole, as well as a selection of pizzas, ranging from a timeless Margherita to a bianca offering topped with broccoli. For dessert, I plump for the Caprese classica, a slice of light, moist chocolate and almond cake. My coffee-loving partner gives the tiramisu a thumbs up, going as far as to say that it is one of the best he has ever tasted – praise indeed! This is Mayfair, so there is a price tag, but not as high as you’d imagine. With something for everyone, the honest food is a taste of Italy at its most authentic. FG 8-10 Blenheim Street, W1S (020 7629 8889;

A cut above Charlie Carroll, self-taught butcher and founder of Flat Iron will be bringing his much-loved steaks to north London this September, with a new opening on Caledonian Road. Having started with a pop-up back in 2012, Charlie’s business has grown at an astonishing rate, and the latest restaurant will be his sixth. Flat Iron’s popularity is no surprise though; Charlie champions a formerly underrated feather blade cut of steak, cooking it so that it is juicy, richly flavoured and oh-so tender, and serving it with beef dripping chips (the recipe for which took 128 attempts to perfect). The new restaurant will follow its predecessors’ winning formulae, but with a few exciting new additions. For the first time, joining the beef dripping fries, will be fries cooked in Wagyu fat, which is prized for its sweet, nutty flavour (we’re expecting big, big things from these). Made to order ice cream will also be available for the first time. A reflection of Charlie’s obsession with perfectionism, the ice cream will be created from scratch at the central ice cream bar; fresh custard will be poured onto a supercooled slab, then quickly chopped with paddles to create a creamy, smooth scoop, served instantly for the smoothest ice cream possible. Each ice cream can be customised with a host of toppings, from Madagascan vanilla Chantilly cream to Italian wild Amarena cherry syrup, or bean to bar Congolese Cru Virunga chocolate. We’re positively drooling. 47-51 Caledonian Road, N1 (





Emily Roux Co-founder and chef, Caractère

The first thing I cooked was… fresh tagliatelle with my father when I was about six years old. There was flour all over the kitchen. My mother wasn’t too happy! My kitchen heroes… would have to be my family members of course. Outside of that, Alain Ducasse has always been a great hero of mine, as well as the fantastic Akrame Benallal. My fail-safe dinner party menu is… a tomato tart (made using puff pastry) with fresh basil and lovely, salty Parmesan scattered over the top. And for dessert, a warm chocolate fondant with a walnut praline in the centre.

Sweet cornmeal porridge

We’ve tried to hide it, shoving carbs aside for cauliflower rice and courgetti, but we’re not fooling anyone. Carbs are what we want – what we really, really want (especially at this time of year). We love them because they make every meal better; food writer Laura Goodman couldn’t agree more. Her book, Carbs, out this month (Quadrille, £15), puts carbs in all their guises firmly back on the table. To whet your appetite, we asked her to share one of her favourite recipes, and it’s perfect for these colder, darker mornings. “There are a lot of Jamaican things to love, but you might not expect one of them to be porridge. Why would you want the sludgy sort of breakfast you eat at home on a tropical island equipped with its own mango trees? Well, here’s why. This cornmeal porridge is sweet and warmly spiced, and it’s an incredible friend to a cup of coffee. It’s right on the edge of what you might consider pudding, so it transfers very smoothly to a dark, pre-9am kitchen, keen for comfort. Making it won’t transport you to the Caribbean (it’s not rum punch), but it’s pretty uplifting watching the gold of the cornmeal move around the pan with the silvery milk and spice. It’ll swirl happily for a while, until it comes together – the sunniest sludge you ever did see.” Ingredients (serves 2)

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75g (½ cup) fine cornmeal 225ml (scant 1 cup) milk 1 tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg 4 tbsp condensed milk, plus extra to serve fruit, to serve


1. Put everything except the condensed milk and fruit in a large saucepan with 400ml (1¾ cups) water and bring it to the boil, stirring all the time. Once bubbles appear, turn the heat down to a simmer. Keep stirring.


2. Start to add the condensed milk after about 8 minutes. Add a tablespoon at a time so you can get it totally Goldilocks. Keep cooking until it’s thick and creamy (10–12 minutes in total). 3. Serve with fruit, an extra drizzle of condensed milk and a cup of coffee.

My last meal on earth would be… spaghetti cacio e pepe made by my husband. When I feel down I cook… a nice roast chicken with crispy potatoes and carrots. One of life’s simple pleasures. My favourite London restaurant… is impossible to choose when there are so many fantastic restaurants in London. I couldn’t name just one, but a few of my absolute favourites are Zuma, Padella, A.Wong and Trinity. My ultimate London day consists of… a BBQ with friends and family, topped off with heaps of ice cream. In my opinion, the best ice cream in London is from Gelupo in Soho. Emily and her husband Diego Ferrari will open their first restaurant, Caractère, in Notting Hill this month (

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Into the wild The wait is over: the captivating One&Only Nyungwe House resort, set on the edge of the vast and ancient Nyungwe rainforest in the dramatic, mountainous southwest of Rwanda, opens this month. Set within a working tea plantation alongside one of the best-preserved rainforests in Africa, locations don’t come more lush and green than this. Immersed in wild beauty and surrounded by awe-inspiring jungle views, every element of the resort has been carefully considered, with inspired farm-to-table dining, spa and wellness offerings that embrace nature and local traditions, and a curated selection of trekking experiences and outdoor pursuits. Philippe Zuber, president and chief operating officer at One&Only Resorts says: “We have created an ultra-luxury oasis which celebrates every possible moment of this remote jungle environment. From sunrise breakfasts, or treehouse yoga and enjoying soothing indigenous spa therapies in the warm tropical air, through to evening cocktails by a crackling fire pit.” It goes without saying that preservation and conservation are top priority here, and with that in mind guests will also be given the opportunity to participate in Umuganda, a nationwide initiative in Rwanda in which locals spend the last Saturday morning of every month working in the local community, giving back in some way, from developing infrastructure to contributing to environmental protection projects. For more information, see

A taste of Italy Over the coming weeks Michelin-starred celebrity chef Fulvio Pierangelini is offering some very special gastronomic experiences to guests of three of Rocco Forte’s Italian hotels. Starting at the Verdura Resort in Sicily later this month, there will be an opportunity to learn about olive oil: from harvesting in the hotel’s 230 acres of olive

groves, through to getting stuck into the extraction of the oil at a local mill. There will also be an opportunity to attend a special Sicilian cooking class with Fulvio. Next up, at the beginning of November, an opportunity to learn about Rome’s street food at Hotel de Russie; Fulvio will give a guided tour of the famous foodie market in Campo de’ Fiori and host a visit

Home to iconic Hollywood stars, beautiful beaches and the latest trends, cuisines and fashions, Abbas Golestani, chief concierge at The Beverly Hills Hotel shares his LA highlights If you love art, don’t miss The Broad museum, home to over 2,000 post-war works from Eli Broad’s personal collection. Meanwhile, the Getty Center houses the Getty family’s fabulous art collection. It was built by Richard Meier at a cost of 1.3 billion dollars (of Getty’s private money), and sits all by itself on a hilltop with beautiful gardens and some of the best views of the city: a must see. Shoppers’ heaven Rodeo Drive is just a few minutes away from the hotel, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, head to Melrose Avenue where you’ll find one-off boutiques offering everything from clothing to jewellery and home decorations. Alternatively, Montana Avenue, tucked away in Santa Monica, is a real oasis. The gem among many stores is Pearl, owned by Jack Nicholson’s daughter Jennifer, it sells her own line of clothes and accessories. Another of my favourite shops is Just One Eye at 7000 Romaine Street. It is like a big gallery for high end art, clothing, jewellery, home accessories and much more. After all that sightseeing and shopping, stop by the hotel’s famous Polo Lounge and enjoy one of our signature Think Pink cocktails. Delicious! 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 (+1 310 276 2251;

to one of the renowned farms and wineries along the ancient Appian Way before giving a cookery masterclass back at the hotel. Last but not least, a truffle hunting and tasting extravaganza at Hotel Savoy, Florence. Now that’s what you call la dolce vita. From £823, for details, see


The elevated linear park known as the High Line gives an alternative city viewpoint


New York, New York One of the world’s greatest playgrounds and a truly bustling metropolis, a holiday in New York is anything but relaxing, which isn’t to say you shouldn’t think carefully about where to stay. We discover two very different Manhattan hotels

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No matter how strong the relationship, let’s be totally honest here, holidays are sent to test us. My partner, my mother and I are taking my 12-year-old to New York – where better to find something to entertain all of us in equal measure, right? Maybe so, but there’s still the question of where to stay. My mother craves old-fashioned service and luxury on a grand scale, while my other half (a former hip hop producer) is fixated on the Big Apple’s ‘city that never sleeps’ reputation; seeking hipster cool. I meanwhile just want to keep the peace. The pre-teen is little help in settling the debate, stating that his main requirement is to be close to the Disney Store (so help me). Finding it impossible to agree, we make the radical decision to split our stay between two very different hotels: the classic luxury of The Lowell on the Upper East Side, followed by the busy, buzzy Moxy Times Square (complete with its own nightclub). As different as night and day, yet they do have something in common: their unanimously favourable reviews. This is my third trip to Manhattan, but I don’t think the excitement of being here will ever wear off. There’s something so inherently cool about seeing those yellow taxis and walking streets that are so familiar from film and television sets, and I can’t wait to act as tour guide. We’re starting off in the sophisticated Upper East Side, where The Lowell is situated a couple of blocks away from Central Park. The hotel is the definition of old school glamour, from the stately, sun-filled conservatory, to the exquisite marblefloored foyer and the lavish bar and drawing room with its velvet banquettes and arresting artworks and sculptures. Genteel is the best word to describe it, and my mother is very happy indeed. Our room is in keeping with the rest of the hotel: traditional and homely, with a gorgeous open fire (The Lowell is the only hotel in New York to offer this particular luxury) and a bed that I want to climb straight into and curl up on for a very, very long sleep. The spacious en suite is stuffed full of luxury DDC28 bath and beauty products, named after Dina de Luca Chartouni, who owns the hotel. 56

The city’s unmistakable skyline from the water


Clockwise from left: An enchanting garden suite at The Lowell; timeless, classic style is at the heart of the hotel; the garden at Majorelle restaurant provides unexpected serenity

I might not be allowed to climb into the bed just yet, but nothing will stop me from having a restorative soak in that tub before any sightseeing takes place… We don’t have far to go for dinner that evening, because the hotel’s own restaurant comes highly recommended. Called Majorelle, it offers French fine dining in an impressive room with Carrera marble columns and a vaulted ceiling. Highlights include exquisite seabass ceviche, and oxtail braised in Burgundy. Go easy on the piles of comforting mash that accompany the latter, though, because you’ll definitely want to save room for dessert (the chocolate mousse with Grand Marnier sauce and a light and fluffy pistachio soufflé really hits the spot). The restaurant is packed and lively, but not to the detriment of the service, which is utterly faultless. After a long flight, with serious jet lag setting in, conversation takes a back seat as we lap up the sight of New York’s high society enjoying their evening meal. I may be longing for that bed, but sleep is not forthcoming. New York being the home of hip hop, my partner enthusiastically cajoles me into sampling a weekly jam session called The Lesson at Arlene’s Grocery, a bar in Lower Manhattan. The night has become the cornerstone of the underground hip hop scene over here, and I can see why – despite putting up a fight over going, I end up genuinely enjoying myself. If you’re keen to discover the native delights of live jazz, soul and hip hop, I highly recommend going along; the venue is warm, and the vibe is friendly. Finally, sleep is allowed, and it is deep and undisturbed. The next morning, breakfast is served in the genteel Pembroke Room, which is mirrored and light-filled. We enjoy amazing service from Marty, who tells us that today is his last day after an impressive 32 years working here (as good an advertisement for The Lowell as you’re likely to find). There are lots of healthy options on offer, with a whole section of the menu dedicated to superfoods, smoothies and parfaits, but we only have eyes for the full American breakfast. It is served with toast

and marmalades made by Marty himself; he even gives us a jar of his Meyer lemon to take home. Fortified for a day of sightseeing we don our sensible shoes and head out to explore. Day one sees us taking in Central Park, Carnegie Hall, Grand Central Station, and the Chrysler Building. Hey, they’re the most famous sights for good reason… On day two we take a wander through Midtown Manhattan. The sea of skyscrapers here is a jaw-dropping sight; it seems that after the first one (the Tower Building) was completed in 1889 on Broadway, each subsequent building has been designed to outdo the last. We don’t stop for long, though, venturing instead to Brooklyn, home to gorgeous old brownstones, rickety record stores, tasty little sandwich joints, vibrant bars and acclaimed restaurants. After walking through the Botanical Garden, we find ourselves at Blueprint bar, a charming little place where we rest our weary feet while enjoying a G&T (or two) while listening to some old soul, and, you guessed it, hip hop. We don’t have to venture far for food, as just up the road from Blueprint is the highly regarded al di la Trattoria. This intimate restaurant is an ode to all things farm-to-table and we’re won over by the traditional Italian cuisine. Reviewers have described it as the ultimate neighbourhood restaurant and I couldn’t agree more. Our time at The Lowell is over all too soon, but there’s none of the usual sadness of checking out. Rather than heading to the airport, we are simply making the move downtown to the Moxy Times Square. Having only opened in September 2017, the hotel still feels very shiny and new. It is huge, with over 600 rooms, each designed in a functional and thoughtful space-saving way, with every creature comfort taken care of. Think tables and chairs that can be folded and hung on the walls, and a walk-in rain shower (with cheeky tiled messages like ‘no diving’ and ‘deep end’). It’s a real lesson in capsule living and we find ourselves making furtive notes about some of the more inspired storage solutions we want to recreate at home.



The public spaces are vast; Bar Moxy has a triple-height atrium skylight and a huge copper-wrapped bar. Indeed, this is very much a party hotel – the earplugs placed on every bedside cabinet are a pretty big clue. While the hotel might be in its infancy, the rooftop bar and club already attracts enormous crowds; boasting iconic views, its theme is an urban amusement park concept with a decidedly grown up vibe. Every night at midnight the roof retracts and Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind is boomed out to the city. Legasea is the hotel’s main restaurant. Styled as a classic brasserie with antique mirrors, leather seating and the obligatory and flattering copper lighting, the menu focuses on local and sustainable choices. We celebrate my mother’s birthday here and couldn’t ask for better service, or food. Huge portions of fresh seafood and a birthday serenade from the waiter (sung in true OTT Broadway style) make for a very memorable meal. For breakfast we head to Egghead. The hotel’s teeny, tiny take-out serves only egg sandwiches, but it does them eggs-tremely well (sorry, had to be done). We discover that potato bread stuffed with bacon and sausage, topped with a perfectly fried egg and served with a hash brown stuffed with cheese really is the best way to start the day. Feeling energised (or perhaps needing to walk off the excess), we take a stroll along the High Line, the 1.45-mile-long elevated linear parkway ingeniously created on a former New York central railroad spur. Taking in the stunning sights from here gives a very different perspective on the West Side of Manhattan, and we find plenty of photo opportunities as we walk, stopping to enjoy a number of little music and art festivals along the way, too. Finally, we stumble upon the treasure trove that is Chelsea Market, where my son is delighted to pick up some poster prints of vintage Marvel comics (better than the Disney Store, any day). We spend the late afternoon and evening on a sunset Champagne cruise around New York Harbor. After a tiring day (with a record58

breaking 20,000 steps noted on the Fitbit), we find this to be the perfect way to put our feet up while continuing the hard work of sightseeing. ($58, It’s a 90 minute trip around the Hudson and East Rivers, travelling under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge and passing very close to the Statue of Liberty just as the sun sets. With a glass of Champagne in hand, it doesn’t get much better than this and our Instagram feeds suddenly get very busy indeed… Of course, you needn’t walk everywhere in New York: the Subway is so easy to use and navigate (especially for Londoners). And there is the ever-present Uber option, too, of which we make use to cram in some final New York sights that night. Keen to make the most of the city’s electric nightlife, my other half has arranged a visit to a couple of bars: first Death & Co and then later, Please Don’t Tell. Located in oh-so cool Lower Manhattan, both are very popular (be warned: if you don’t book in advance, it’s unlikely you’ll get in). In fact, my partner had to call Please Don’t Tell around 30 times before finally coming off the phone with a triumphant smile on his face, then asking with some trepidation if I wanted to hear the good news or the bad news… the former being that we had a booking, the latter, to my initial horror, being that it was at 2am! Both bars are tiny little venues serving creative cocktails to the obligatory chilled old school hip hop soundtrack. Entry to Please Don’t Tell is through a phone booth in Crif Dogs – the finest hot dog joint in the city (a selection of exclusive hot dogs are sold only to customers of the bar – if you’re lucky enough to get that booking, of course). It is a night to remember, on what has turned out to be a holiday of a lifetime. Our trip is over but we’ve packed in an enormous amount, and by staying in two such different hotels we feel as if we’ve been here for much longer than we really have. I vow never to holiday any other way. Rooms at The Lowell start from $595 per night excluding taxes ( Rooms at Moxy Times Square start from $139 per night for a double room (

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Clockwise from left: The Moxy Times Square’s iconic rooftop bar; a small but perfectly formed room; Legasea, the hotel’s main restaurant; quirky interiors



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A FAIR DEAL For both serious collectors and beginners, the smaller fair offers unrivalled opportunity. Antiques dealer Daniel Cotton explains how he came to set up London’s newest fair, and why it will appeal to both buyers and exhibitors

“I have been an antiques dealer for the last 15 years, dealing mainly in antique silver and gold objects. “Aside from online, I sell at various antiques fairs around the country. One that I regularly participate in is Adams Antiques Fair at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Victoria. It was at this fair about nine years ago that the organiser of The Little Chelsea Antiques Fair persuaded me to take a stand at their next fair that coming October. “Despite being disappointed that the fair in general was underwhelming – there were very few exhibitors and attendance was low (about 300 people over the two days) – I was pleased with how well I did, and immediately booked for the next fair the following March. “Sadly, in the January, the organisers contacted me to tell me they were cancelling the fair. Including me, they had only managed to sign 19 exhibitors (and two of those were being given complimentary stands). With overheads to pay it was just not viable for them to go ahead. “I was very disappointed and in a bid to save the show, I agreed to undertake its running. Immediately I set about promoting the event and attracting new

exhibitors. The gamble paid off and we welcomed 42 exhibitors and over 1,200 visitors at my first Little Chelsea. And we have gone from strength to strength – over the years the fair has always been full and regularly attracts around 2,000 visitors. “I was certainly very fortunate that the fair, which launched back in 1980, was one of London’s longest running, and had historically always been popular. Indeed, one of the charms of the fair, which I have always striven to maintain, is that it offers a huge range of antiques from jewellery, gold and silver; furniture, textiles and carpets; sculpture, china, porcelain and glass; to scientific instruments and novelty collectables. And prices start from just £40-50, ranging up to £40,000 with everything in between,

meaning there is something for everyone. Also, with a range of expert dealers, the fair has always been friendly and not intimidating for the visitors. “Additionally, as the only ‘mid priced’ major London antiques fair (meaning that the cost for exhibitors is kept relatively low) it is always popular with visitors, who know that exhibitors are able to offer fine quality antiques at more affordable prices. “Sadly, the council decided to close the Chelsea Old Town Hall down this year in order to undertake some renovations, and so the hunt was on for a new location. Step up the Kensington Town Hall on Hornton Street, located just off High Street Kensington and very close to High Street Kensington underground station.

“Excitingly, this is a much bigger venue, providing almost double the capacity and allowing me to accommodate almost 90 exhibitors, with the added advantage both for exhibitors and visitors of an underground car park immediately below the venue. And so The Kensington Antiques Fair is born. “In the tradition of the Little Chelsea Antiques Fair, it will offer a very broad range of dealers from around the United Kingdom and from overseas, including France and Belgium. And costs will be kept low for exhibitors and buyers alike. “It is true to say that when I first took over Little Chelsea Antiques Fair, which was always known as ‘the affordable antiques fair’, I have to confess I did not understand, or appreciate, just how important and popular this banner would prove to be. Indeed, these days, I believe it is more important than ever, with customers being much better informed about market prices thanks to the internet.” The fair runs from 15-17 October at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8. For more information about visiting or exhibiting, call Daniel on 07768 876825 or email FABRICMAGAZINE.CO.UK

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Interiors news Plush, crushed Soft furnishing ups its game with crushed velvet, a huge trend for AW18 that ensures the cosy doesn’t compromise the glamour. London designer Katherine Carnaby’s Chrome collection for The Rug Seller sees muted hues of petrol, bone and mushroom – amongst others – woven into a rich deep pile with a subtle sheen. Perfect to hunker down in style. From £375 to £1,400 (

Make a splash Proving that high style and sustainability are not mutually exclusive, north west London’s St James Interiors have launched the Ocean Table with its resin top splash of dazzling sea blues and beautifully crafted oak base. Supporting the efforts of the Blue Marine Foundation, whose objective is to place at least 10 per cent of the world’s oceans under protection by 2020, a generous 20 per cent donation from each sale will go towards this vital work. £4,250 (

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Bucking the trend on Halloween’s commercial tat, the Tate shop offers an alternative for contemporary art lovers this 31 October – and beyond: Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkin sculptures are here to covet in soft silkscreen printed nylon. The Japanese avant-guard artist is famed for her eye-popping dotty psychedelia, and we’re thrilled to be taking a slice of that home this autumn. No tricks, just treats. From £200 (

This October, Cuisinart unveil four fresh colourways to its core collection of kitchen appliances and in doing so, upset the longestablished “matchy matchy” approach with subtle shades created to complement each other. In midnight blue, frosted pearl, vintage rose and light pistachio, we’re calling this a quiet kitchen revolution. Expert Prep Pro in Midnight Blue, £250 (

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Bathe in glory There’s a new mood in bathroom design this AW18: precious metals become the new neutral, heralding a welcome return to grown-up glamour. From subtle accents to statement pieces, soft golds and gleaming silvers offer up an inviting glow



Shine on Drummonds’ brand new Ashburn bath (opposite) is a petite version of their classic freestanding roll top, making it perfect for small spaces, while going big on glamour. Based on 18th-century bateau baths, its classic double-ended design, period fittings and traditional ball-and-claw feet ensure it is every bit as grand as its full-size equivalents, but in a polished iron finish, this statement bath gleams with a contemporary aesthetic. From £3,390 (020 7376 4499; Light up Also from Drummonds is a new range of handmade ceiling and wall lights that hark back to a golden age of understated elegance as bathroom lighting ups its glamour game. Part of Martin Brudnizki’s collection for the brand is the Deco-inspired Derwent flush ceiling light in brass (top); while delicate diamond cut-glass shades add sophisticated glitz to the antique nickel Dalby wall light (below). Derwent light from £894, and single Dalby light with cut-glass shade from £396 (020 7376 4499;

Go soft The new Dolcevita collection from Alternative Bathrooms (above) offers a softer side to the metallics trend with modular vanity units that feature a tactile corrugated design in a range of shiny finishes. Boasting new-generation metallic lacquers, the cabinets give subtle sophistication with a hint of Deco elegance. The collection also includes aluminium framed hexagonal mirrors with integrated lighting, mixing metals for modern glamour. Rame cabinet with basin, £2,927, mirror with integrated lights, £1,068 (020 3375 9002; Stand out Boldly bringing house jewels into the bathroom, Italian brand Catalano’s new Gold & Silver range (main image, following page) swaps out white ceramic surfaces for the richest of metals, adorning basins, baths and WCs. Each piece is finished in a scratchresistant titanium satin, giving a subtle sheen that’s more fine jewellery than glitzy costume. Offset with black or white ceramic accents, this high contrast keeps the collection contemporary. Green Lux 80 basin in Gold & Black, £924 plus VAT (



Boldly bringing house jewels into the bathroom, Italian brand Catalano’s new Gold & Silver range swaps out white ceramic surfaces for the richest of metals Stay classy The new classic/contemporary bathroom furniture range from Ripples (bottom right) gets in on the gilded act, too, with handcrafted pieces inspired by the best boutique hotels. The Manvers collection – named after a prominent street in Bath – successfully marries vintage and contemporary styles with a clean-lined ceramic basin, Victorian-era style gold faucets, and a delicately ornate and finely tapered chrome stand in a soft gold finish. Manvers from £1,825 (020 7449 9594; Accent it Recognising the move away from minimalist matte black and chrome finishes, and towards a new golden aesthetic, THG Paris offers a range of modern luxe fittings and faucets with timeless appeal. The Charleston shower (below) is traditional in design, yet in on-trend soft gold, sits beautifully in an otherwise contemporary bathroom setting: here, a simple glass box cubicle allows its decorative form to take centre stage. Charleston shower, POA (



Left: light floods the ground floor of this Victorian renovation Right: a contemporary rear extension offers a striking contrast Below: a sculptural concrete work island sits at the centre of the main living space

DESIGN FOR LIVING McLaren Excell is an architectural practice that prides itself on creating spaces with a distinctive aesthetic, built around each client’s unique needs Established in 2010, McLaren Excell is an award-winning, design-led architecture and interiors practice. The company is based in central London and is co-directed by Luke McLaren and Rob Excell, architects with complementary experience and expertise. Rob specialises in the remodelling and re-use of existing buildings and spaces, while Luke’s particular area of expertise is in construction detailing and understanding how a design can be built and brought to life. Together, they lead a studio that has built a formidable reputation for beautifully conceived, finely crafted residential and commercial projects. In the eight years since it was founded, McLaren Excell has taken on a diverse range of work. Highlights from an extensive list of projects include the restoration of a Grade II listed house in Marylebone; the creation of a four-bedroom house from the shell of an old laundry in west London; and the complete restructuring of a Victorian London house and former stable yard. Each project McLaren Excell undertakes is unique, and the team works in a very intimate and hands-on way, collaborating with trusted craftsmen and suppliers. The company’s approach to projects is underpinned by the belief that homes are places to live in, and that the client’s needs are paramount. The McLaren Excell way of working begins by closely observing the building and the site, seeking out overlooked qualities and opportunities. Great care is taken to ensure that the design response is appropriate to the location’s social, cultural and historic context. The practice prides itself on its understanding of materials, fed by

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Below: a glass roof allows light to flood the basement, while a fireplace warms up a split-level relaxing area Right: the open kitchen and dining space is the beating heart of this house


Ran Ankory & Maya Carni ARCHITECTS

The co-founders of Scenario Architecture in north London have turned an unexceptional Victorian terraced house into a stunning split-level family home WO R DS KA R E N HE ANE Y | P H OTO GRAP H Y MATT CLAY TON

Tall, narrow and dark – 19th century terraces are not designed for modern family living. But the space which Ran and Maya created within an unpromising envelope is light-filled and fluid, open-plan yet intimate. It’s a vivid expression of their ethos that homes should tell the stories of their owners. Ran and Maya had already bought and renovated a twobedroom, upper floor flat in the area back in 2007. When their sons Romi and Leo arrived (now aged nine and six),

they were eager for more space – and, most of all, a garden. When a house on the same road came on the market, they leapt at the chance. Untouched for decades, the house was not a project for the faint-hearted. “It was in desperate need of renovation from top to bottom,” says Ran. “But that suited us, as we wanted to tailor-make a house around our own requirements. And it had a decent-sized, south west facing garden, which scored the property lots of points.”


Above: books add a splash of colour to the neutral interior Right: dark accents add drama to cool neutrals throughout the elegantly simple interior

It was also a chance for the couple to flex their creative muscles and test the philosophy on which their architectural practice was founded. As Ran succinctly puts it, it was an opportunity “to be our own clients and practise what we preach”. So what exactly does Scenario Architecture preach? The clue is in the company name. “The design process that we’ve developed over a decade of work in and around London is based on a deeper understanding of the way in which every one of us would like to interact with our home,” explains Ran. By visualising highly personal “scenarios” using analysis and simulation tools, the team are able to design homes that are exceptionally finely tuned to the needs of their owners. “The clients’ requirements and aspirations are the drivers of the design process,” says Ran. “This allows us to create functional homes that tell the story of the people who live in them, rather than that of the architects.” Working in this way allows a highly personal design to emerge in an organic way from the briefing process. “We feel that if people would recognise us as architects and our particular ‘signature style’ in our work it would be a sign that something went terribly wrong,” says Ran. 70

Applying this approach to their own home has resulted in a house that is elegant, practical and playful in equal measure. Each family member has had a personal wish fulfilled: Maya had always wanted a dressing room of her own and Ran lusted after a peaceful place to meditate. Both were incorporated into the plans. And what was on the boys’ wishlist? This is where the Scenario approach of digging deeper into clients’ desires and aspirations really came into its own. “Children are naturally free from preconceptions, they find it particularly easy to imagine themselves in a new house and come up with a clear set of ideas,” says Ran. “We showed our boys the empty envelope of their room, modelled in 3D, and asked them what they would like to have in it – apart from the essentials, and they chorused: ‘a secret space’. When we asked them how they would get into it, it took three seconds for them to say: ‘up a climbing wall’. The idea of a fireman’s pole as the only way down quickly followed. Although they knew that we were really serious about it from the beginning, I’ll never forget the look on their faces when they came to visit the site and saw their design being built.”


Above: a feature painting framed by minimalist pendant lights in a bedroom Right: a glass balustrade links the different levels without interrupting the front-to-back view

Although the footprint of the house was only slightly enlarged, the project was an ambitious one. It took about 18 months from start to finish, including the design process, securing planning permission, tendering the works and construction on site. Some unforeseen issues (the floor joists were rotten and the roof was in poor shape) meant that the couple ended up gutting the house. But the main challenge was creating a coherent design. “We wanted to connect the front part of the house physically and visually with the basement below, while creating an open plan space that included a living, dining and kitchen area,” explains Ran. They solved this conundrum by creating a split-level double reception room, that is connected to the kitchen and garden via an angled glazed roof light, and a ‘floating’ library feature that leads up to the bedroom floors. The result is a spectacular, light-filled space that’s perfectly adapted to the needs of this growing family. Throughout the house, “left over” spaces under the stairs, in the eves and in hallways, and limited height areas have been put to good use. A storage unit under the stairs, for example, has a pull-out table and bench, where the boys can play or do their homework.

Asked to name his favourite part of the house, Ran nominates the “inside-out” window seat in the kitchen. “It creates a seamless flow between the house and the garden. And it somehow invites wonderful conversations between different members of the family while they’re engaged in their own activities scattered around the kitchen living areas.” Ran and Maya’s experience of being their own clients was a fascinating one and proved to be extremely revealing. “It helped us to fine tune several aspects of our process, based on insights which could only come from direct experience,” confesses Ran. What advice would he give to anyone with young children contemplating a similar renovation project? “Make the design process as inclusive as possible,” he advises. “Consult everyone who’ll be enjoying the space – children, parents, friends and anyone else who spends time with the family. Everyone’s needs should be considered – even pets! When our clients recognise themselves, their input and the unique features of their lives reflected in their new home, we know that we got it just right.”


Area guide Mayfair Our area this month boasts incalculable wealth per square foot and needs little in the way of introduction – thanks to its prestigious spot on the Monopoly board, even people who have never been here know Mayfair. Spread across 279 acres of central London, it is the perfect blend of old and new, and home to some of the finest shops and restaurants in the Capital, if not the world. It is truly one of the most striking (and expensive) villages in London. Beautiful period architecture is interspersed with tranquil squares, Michelin-starred eateries sit alongside flagship designer fashion houses… Mayfair has it all. And if you want to branch out from shopping, you’re in luck – home to numerous museums and galleries, the area has rightfully earned its reputation as an international art hub. Named after the annual May Fair that took place locally for almost 100 years between the 17th and 18th centuries, Mayfair is now a magnet for the wealthy and the famous Words Imogen Nichols Photography Kathy Anne Lim




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Founder and Creative Director, The New Craftsmen “My perfect Mayfair day starts with me picking up a coffee from H.R. Higgins on Duke Street, before heading to the showroom. If I was being a real lush that day I would grab lunch from The Mayfair Chippy and take it to Grosvenor Square; a gorgeous bit of greenery that is perfect for finding some rare peace and quiet in the middle of London. After lunch, I would pop into Private White V.C., also on Duke Street, which is great for hunting down gifts for my male friends, then stop by The Tuk Tuk Flower Studio for a beautiful bouquet. At the end of the day, I would venture to The Beaumont hotel and head to the gorgeous Art Deco inspired spa to unwind in the steam room and indulge in one of their traditional Hamam treatments on offer. Then I’d be off to Jimmy’s Bar, under the bad influence of one of my business partners, to partake of the most amazing martinis. If you stop by, make sure to ask the bartender about the story behind Jimmy… The ice cream sundaes at The Beaumont also shouldn’t be missed, they have an amazing list of flavours and toppings to choose from – a great place to take kids for a special treat!” 34 North Row, W1K (020 7148 3190;

From the agents... “I like to lunch at Momo’s, the “Rental properties in Mayfair original North African den, with are much coveted; stock is dishes inspired by the unique tastes limited and the area’s prestige of Morocco and Algeria. Set in commands top rents. For lucky intimate surroundings, it’s a great residents, an impeccable array place to catch up with a friend or of galleries, shops and finepass the afternoon with a book in dining restaurants provide your own company. Afterwards, a hard to match sophisticated I tend to wander over to the lifestyle on the doorstep.” Royal Academy of Arts. It boasts a Saman Safdari, Benham & Reeves fantastic array of exhibitions and is Residential Lettings a pleasant way to round off the day.” Trehane Drayson, Winkworth



Local heroes POPINA, W1K The founders of this Mayfair favourite have come a long way since their modest beginnings running stalls at various London farmers’ markets with support from the Prince’s Trust. The recently opened modern café and deli offers a variety of modern European dishes – from the delicious breakfasts served almost all day (until 3.30pm), to all-day brunch and lunch options. “It’s always hard to choose what to go for, but for now the pear and hazelnut chocolate tart has my vote,” says Charles Lloyd, head of Savills Mayfair. 83 Duke Street, W1K (020 7629 8883; CECCONI’S, W1S “The ambience, the green leather chairs, the super social horseshoe bar, the Italian/Venetian cuisine, the fabulous wines from Tuscany, Piedmont and Venice, and the impeccable service,” are just some of the reasons that this is one of Simon Hedley of Druce’s top dining destinations in Mayfair. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with handmade pasta among the delicious Italian fare on offer. Since being founded by Enzo Cecconi in 1978, the establishment has greeted its fair share of VIPs – one waiter recalls serving members of four different royal families on four different tables during Ascot week! 5A Burlington Gardens, W1S (020 7434 1500; THE KING’S ARMS, W1J In a small square and piazza tucked away between Piccadilly and Curzon Street, you’ll find the hidden gem that is Shepherd Market: “a largely undiscovered part of Mayfair,” says Tom Folland, manager of Hamptons International’s Knightsbridge and Mayfair branch. “It’s like being transported back in time to Victorian London… if you didn’t know it was there you could easily walk past it.” Tom recommends seeking out The King’s Arms – a proper old timer pub with dark beams and a lively after work crowd – and The Punchbowl, for a more upmarket experience. The latter was once owned by Guy Ritchie and is just around the corner from the market square. 2 Shepherd Market, W1J (020 7629 0416; 74

Did you know? The current average property price in Mayfair is over £4 million, but in February last year a two-bedroom apartment came onto the market for £500,000 – less than the average house price across the Capital. Don’t kick yourself for missing a bargain, though, the two-bedroom apartment, close to Claridge’s, was priced to take into consideration that its lease was due to expire in just 12 years’ time.

Street hearts of Mayfair MOUNT STREET

With its beautiful Queen Anne revivalstyle architecture, Mount Street almost seems to be frozen in time. But take a closer look and the fine shops and eateries that have found their home here will be revealed


One of the most recognisable addresses in the Capital, the square was once the second largest in London. Ambitiously grand in scale, it was designed as a grid of straight, wide streets that met at the centre of a noble square


The original site of the May Fair, this charming, narrow cobbled street is at the heart of a nest of streets collectively called Shepherd Market, and home to stylish boutiques, fashionable restaurants and Victorian pubs


DEVELOPING THE WHOLE CHILD Encouraging a ‘can do’ attitude and a growth mindset are central to the ethos of Bassett House School

Bassett House School is a co-ed prep school for children aged three to 11, where, in the words of headmistress Philippa Cawthorne, “every child can learn to fly”. Formerly a large family home, the school is tucked away in a quiet corner of North Kensington and offers an education that encourages a love of learning in a warm, supportive atmosphere. The school is non-selective, yet punches above its weight academically, with leavers in winning places and scholarships to the top London

senior schools and boarding schools. First and foremost, though, Bassett House guides children to the school where they will be happy and thrive. The school believes children learn more effectively when they are encouraged to do things for themselves, to think creatively and form their own ideas. When Sylvia Rentoul founded Bassett House in 1947, she pioneered Montessori methods in the classroom, teaching children to think and behave independently from an early age. Bassett House still uses this teaching method in its nursery classes where three- and four-yearolds are expected to hang up their coats, wash up after activities and choose which learning opportunities they engage with. A ‘can do’ attitude and growth mindset are in Bassett’s DNA. Say “I can’t do that” to a pupil, and they inevitably bellow back “You mean, I can’t do that YET”.

This mantra, often repeated at assemblies, has become a shorthand for understanding that resilience and perseverance pay off. It is embedded in every aspect of school life from the curriculum, classroom, staffroom and sports fields to the playground and outside-school activities. Most importantly, this mantra empowers children to tackle new tasks without fear of failure, giving them the confidence to persevere. This message is reinforced by the school’s Tree of Mastery, which

features the school mascot Bassett Bear facing a challenge, engaging with it and persevering until he masters it and reaches the top of the tree. Following in the footsteps of Bassett Bear, children understand the need to be resilient and inventive to overcome difficulties. Children are encouraged to do their own research, argue their own points of view and problemsolve rather than learning by rote. They discover their opinion matters and feel free to step out of their comfort zone when faced with new challenges. They have the opportunity to attend homework club where they work independently. The school also encourages children to make a self-assessment of their learning, enabling them to take ownership of their learning process and personal achievements. Outside the classroom, a wide range of clubs, enrichment activities and residential trips allow children to push their boundaries and let their imaginations soar beyond the confines of the familiar. The development of leadership and team-building skills are encouraged with a host of club activities such as sports, orienteering, martial arts and drama, whilst experiences such as rigging a boat, cooking on a campfire and building shelters in the wild are the character-building stuff residential trips are made of. This is an exciting time for Bassett House as the school has acquired a new building just across the road, at 73 St Helen’s Gardens. It is being developed into new classrooms, a science laboratory, a performance arts studio, together with individual tutorial rooms. For more information about the school’s admissions process, to download a prospectus or to book a visit, go to 60 Bassett Road, W10 (020 8969 0313;

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Does your child’s school have a social conscience? A social conscience may not be top of your list of priorities when looking for an independent school, but according to Grace Moody-Stuart, director of The Good Schools Guide Education Consultants, it can help to turn out socially conscious, empathetic and well-rounded young adults. “Schools want to provide a complete education,” she says. “Having a diverse pupil population, which is aware of the lives of others outside their privileged bubble, is crucial to this.” Some of London’s most academic schools offer generous bursaries and have strong links with local state schools. “Volunteering and civil engagement are at the heart of what we do,” says Nick Page, deputy head (co-curriculum) at Westminster School. “Be it volunteering in primary schools, hospitals and care homes,

or supporting people with disabilities, every pupil is encouraged to get involved. And they often keep giving their time long after leaving school.” King’s College School also prides itself on its partnership and outreach programme, which sees 360 pupils take part in a vast number of projects each week. And Latymer Upper School, University College School and Thomas’s London Day Schools are just a few others in an ever-improving field. To work out if your child’s prospective or current school has a social conscience, Grace recommends starting with the Independent Schools Council’s website ( “It details the various relationships between independent and state schools,” she says. If you can’t find your school on there, it may still run social programmes, but the scale

will vary. “You shouldn’t expect a small prep school to be heavily involved in sponsoring or running a nearby state school,” explains Grace. “But you’d hope that it’d fundraise regularly for its nominated charity and make some of its facilities available to other schools. And at a senior level, a school should be able to tell you how many, and to what degree, children receive fee assistance.” When it comes down to it, sussing out a school’s social conscience is like researching any other aspect. “Look on its website, email the admissions office and ask questions at open days,” says Grace. “Parents quickly realise how important it is that their children benefit from this form of education.”;;


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What attracted you to the college? As a co-founder, I wanted to create a college that specialises in A-Levels and has a wide subject choice. I also wanted to give students the opportunity to take whichever combination of subjects they wish to study – with no restrictions. How would you sum it up in a sentence? A college that provides

an individually tailored programme for each student and empowers them to achieve their academic potential. What makes it different? Small classes and a very personal approach that’s geared towards treating each student as an individual in their own right. How would you describe the atmosphere?

Relaxed, informal and friendly. What about your personal educational ethos? Students should be encouraged to follow their dreams and not be told at such an early age that their ambition is impossible to achieve.

tutors, a welfare officer and two safeguarding leads who work closely with outside safeguarding organisations. They make sure all students are safe and secure and have access to a wide range of information on issues such as mental health and general wellbeing.

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This commodious and light-filled modern apartment in Mayfair boasts a 44 ft long reception room as well as three bedrooms and three bathrooms (including a master en suite). The sleek kitchen is kitted out with luxurious Gaggenau appliances and a wonderful long breakfast bar with space to seat six people. Other highlights include air conditioning throughout, beautiful views of Hyde Park and access to a 24-hour porter service. The building itself is one of Mayfair’s premier mansion blocks and offers an elegant foyer and generously sized guest lobby. £6.2 million, Chestertons (020 7629 4513;

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A rooftop penthouse with air conditioning throughout, this fabulous abode sits along a tree-lined cul-de-sac close to The Dorchester hotel and the brilliant dining and shopping facilities of Mount Street. Styled and designed by leading international designer Maurizio Pellizzoni and furnished by Minotti London, the accommodation offers copious space – two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a reception room, as well as a stunning 170 sq ft terrace with sweeping views across the city – in a sought-after spot in Mayfair, close to Green Park and Hyde Park. £3.95 million, Dexters (020 7590 9590;

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Teaching children to fly Open days: 5 October 2018 1 March 2019 Founded in 1947, Bassett House in Notting Hill is a proudly non-selective, co-educational prep school for 3 – 11 year olds. We believe every child can learn to fly. Individual teaching combined with our dynamic growth mindset approach teaches children to think fearlessly, consistently producing excellent academic results. In the words of Mrs Philippa Cawthorne, the headmistress: ‘The spirit and enthusiasm of our pupils has to be seen to be believed.’ To arrange a visit, please call our registrar, Mrs Thalia Demetriades, on 020 8969 0313 or email

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On shaky ground Ever get that sinking feeling? You could be dealing with a case of subsidence. Affecting a building’s foundations and footings, it occurs in response to changes in the ground or the movement of soil. If you live close to large infrastructure, or in an area with high construction levels – often unavoidable in a big city like ours – you should be aware of the possible damage this could have on your home. According to Robbie Blanchfield, UK manager at ground engineering experts, Mainmark, “There are a number of issues ongoing construction work can have on a building’s structural integrity, including a change of ground condition and the movement or displacement of soil – all potentially brought about by poorly supported excavation, heavy traffic and machinery vibration.” Look for the signs If you think you’ve experienced subsidence caused by the construction of large infrastructure or substantial groundwork nearby, you may be entitled to reimbursement from the lead construction company for corrective work. Of course, most building companies understand their duty of care to monitor and manage the risk associated with their project, and will aim to limit the effects to neighbouring properties. But this can be challenging, especially in built-up areas. Robbie advises: “If you’re aware of extensive work being carried out near your home, keep an eye out for

signs of subsidence. Common indications include large wall cracks appearing, uneven floors, and windows and doors not shutting properly. It’s always best to call in a professional to carry out an assessment if you suspect any damage.” The solution Contact your insurer if subsidence is confirmed. If the damage to your home is proven to be the fault of neighbouring construction, and reimbursement has been agreed, traditional repair methods are not just an annoyance for residents, they’re known to be extremely invasive and time-consuming, too. It’s important for homeowners to understand, however, that this no longer needs to be the case. These days there’s a range of advanced solutions available from specialists in ground engineering, such as those at Mainmark. Using the latest technology, they can repair the ground beneath a building using quick, non-invasive and cost-effective methods, ensuring minimal disruption to the property and occupants – a no brainer. If you’re going through an insurance provider to fix subsidence, it’s best to explore the options to not only save money but, more importantly, save time and potential disruption. For more information on how Mainmark’s innovative solutions offer advanced repair methods, or for advice regarding property subsidence, visit residential/foundation-subsidence

People in the trade: Mayfair Painters Mayfair Stan Taylor has been in the business since 1977 and delivers a first-class professional decorating service (07766 000605; Alexander James Interior and architectural design practice serving

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Why furniture design? My passion stems from my grandfather, who took me in to work in the family construction business when I was a child. He taught me the importance of space and attention to detail; every new St James Interiors project is informed by that experience. What can you offer clients that others can’t? With our own manufacturing workshop we do not have to outsource any work, so I can guarantee both the level of service and the result for every client, and our construction background is invaluable in dealing with practical issues. Finally, my highly skilled team has an innate understanding of the essence of bespoke joinery and takes pride in ensuring every client experiences a seamless journey from start to finish. What’s your design ethos? A successful project should enrich the client’s life. How do you push the boundaries for clients? We always strive to explore new materials, combinations and forms. Every project or piece of work tells a story and has been handcrafted through a collaborative journey which is unique to each client. What should one consider when looking for a designer? Always carry out extensive research into their background and look at their previous projects. Then, meet with the designer and if you like their designs and approach to work, continue conversations with them. It is important to feel a personal connection as it will make the process much more enjoyable and productive. Sales Office, 67 Grosvenor Street, W1K (020 8961 1342;


Property news Family-friendly fundraising The team at Winkworth St. John’s Wood have been long-term supporters of St. John’s Hospice on Grove End Road, making regular donations as well as helping out at local fundraising events by providing face painters and photo booths. This has helped to fund the hospice’s Child Bereavement Service, which works with children to help them through the grief of losing a loved one. Mark Thomas, the Hospice’s Director of Marketing & Fundraising, says, “With demand for the service expected to increase, the generosity of our supporters is vital for us to continue providing all of our services to patients and their families.” Aside from the support offered at the Grove End Road site, which includes counselling and a special children’s room of toys and specialist books, the hospice works with local schools and colleges to educate staff on how to support students who are dealing with a bereavement. (020 7078 3840;

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Q. What are the best questions to ask when viewing a property? A. I believe key questions to ask an estate agent, or indeed the owner of the property, are how long have the owners lived there? How long has the property been on the market? When are the owners looking to move out? And, as we predominantly handle Hampstead Garden Suburb, which is a conservation area, what are the restrictions on works?

First London home? Tooting was the first place in London I called home, taking up residence in a little terraced house with my best friend. In 2013 I bought my first flat in West Norwood – I renovated it and sold up a year later. I then bought my current home in Streatham, which we’re slowly but surely making our own. I love Notting Hill because… people really do make a place. For me, the people are the best part of working in Notting Hill. I love that everyone’s so friendly and warm and each person living or working locally has a really interesting story to tell about what’s brought them here. If I wasn’t an estate agent I’d be… a psychologist. My favourite part of this job is working with people – you meet many buyers and sellers, each one different to the next. We’re helping people to take one of the biggest steps of their lives and I really enjoy being there to support them through the process. Favourite London street? Kensington Palace Gardens. I cycle up and down it throughout the seasons and I’m still in awe every day. The architecture is just beautiful, it gets me every time. Favourite sale? I sold a house in Argyll Place


munch on while I’m drinking my coffee. What’s your hidden talent? I’m quite a good baker. I’d say raspberry and white chocolate brownies are my favourite thing to bake, but my slightly adapted take on banana bread comes a close second.

to a lovely French family with three young daughters. They’d been renting locally and made the decision to make London their permanent home. The family were super excited; they embarked on a search for their dream home and I was delighted to help them find it. They’ve been living there since 2016 and are really happy. Favourite restaurant? Osteria Basilico on Kensington Park Road. It’s a lovely, quaint restaurant run by an Italian family, full of real Italian character and the food is delicious. It can get busy, so I always book, but it’s worth it as the homemade food is incredible. Favourite place to grab a cup of coffee? Granger & Co. on Westbourne Grove. The people are just so lovely, we’ve truly become local friends. If I’m in need of a quick breakfast on the go, their muffins are one of my favourite things to

Period property or new-build? I love the grandeur of period properties. They are full of character and have a story to tell, which makes them so interesting. Take one person, dead, alive or fictional, out in London – who and where? I would love to take my young niece out and see the city through her eyes. She’s only two and a half so I’m sure she’d see it in a very different light. Aliens attack – which London landmark would you save? Albert Bridge. Its sparkling lights look beautiful at night and I couldn’t possibly let aliens take that away. Creature comfort? One thing I’ve picked up from working in Notting Hill is how much I enjoy the smell of a fragrant candle. So now I’d have to say the one luxury that I can’t live without is a Diptyque candle. My favourite scent is Tubéreuse.


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Situated in a prime spot for shops, cafés and restaurants, The White House, a development of eight one- and two-bed apartments, offers a range of floorplans to suit various family set-ups. Luxuries to look out for include individually designed Euromobil kitchens; brushed grey matte oak engineered parquet flooring; and Corian wash basins with perfectly crafted Italian vanity units. Outside space comes in the form of a beautifully landscaped communal garden, while cycle storage and a high security main entrance door ensure that those modern practicalities have been carefully considered. Prices from £485,000, TK International (020 7794 8700; and Savills (020 7472 5000;

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Criterion is a collection of eight two- and three-bed apartments boasting an exclusive north London address. The luxury flats include underground parking and high spec fixtures and fittings. Hadley Wood offers an enviable sense of tranquillity and calm, surrounded as it is with woodland, farmland and a golf course. Transport links are a doddle, too, with the M25 less than three miles away, and Hadley Wood station, with its easy access into central London, just a short stroll. It seems you can, in fact, have it all. From £1.2 million, Statons (020 8441 9555;

Inspired by the contemporary luxury of a boutique hotel, this sassy development from Bellway Homes will appeal to those with an eye for chic interior design. Modern styling combines with classic materials and rich textures to create the most elegant of interior spaces in luxurious neutral tones. Sitting pretty just moments from Highgate tube station, the first phase of the collection offers a range of two-, and three-bedroom apartments, many of which come with a balcony or terrace, offering views over Highgate Wood. Ideal for downsizers looking for simple yet stylish living. Guide prices for a two-bed apartment from £749,995 (0333 202 5141;



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GLOUCESTER TERRACE, W2 £950,000 Fantastic opportunity to purchase a large unmodernised apartment (over 1200 sq ft) in Bayswater W2. Set on the third floor within a handsome Victorian terrace located a short walk from Lancaster Gate (central line) Station and Hyde Park. Gloucester Terrace is a popular and attractive Victorian thoroughfare ideally positioned to benefit from a rich choice of renowned amenities, great transport links including Paddington station (Tube, Heathrow Express and forthcoming Cross Rail) and wide open spaces of Kensington Gardens, with easy walks to Notting Hill and the West End. Brand new long lease of 999 years from July 2018. Ground rent approx. £1 p/a. EPC rating: F

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An elegant, raised ground floor apartment with high ceilings offering bright, spacious (approx.102 sq.m) accommodation with views and direct access to the crescent communal gardens. The apartment forms part of a converted period house located in this sought after Little Venice location within a few minutes’ walk of the shops and cafès in Clifton Road along with the Underground. 2 Bedrooms. 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite). Kitchen. Reception Room. Storage Area. Communal Gardens. EPC Rating D

Share of Freehold


211-213 Sutherland Avenue, Little Venice, London W9 1RU T: 020 7289 1692 E: W: 94

Glenmore Road NW3 ÂŁ4,750,000 A truly exceptional Edwardian family house in the heart of Belsize Park, refurbished to an exacting standard by the current owner and offering close to 3800 sq ft of outstanding accommodation.

329 sq m/3971 sq ft Six/seven double bedrooms 40ft of stunning entertaining space A sensational cinema room on the lower floor Sole use of rear private patio garden

Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234

South Hampstead 020 7625 4567

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234

West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

Kentish Town 020 7485 0400

Property Management Kensal Rise 020 8960 4845 020 7433 6174


Turner Drive, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 £2,350,000 Sole Agent First time on the market for 50 years, a very pretty and unusual Grade II Listed detached house built in 1920 and designed by renowned architect William Powell. Set in a peaceful and picturesque turning, a moments walk to Hampstead Heath Extension and close to Golders Green Underground. Accommodation is arranged over 2 levels comprising of a large lounge, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room, large boot room and wc on the ground floor. There are 4 bedrooms, a small 5th bedroom/study, a family bathroom and an en suite bathroom on the first floor. The property is in need of updating. It retains many of the original features and will offer the opportunity for a family to live in a lovely and ‘one of a kind’ home in an exceptional position. The property has the added advantages of a garage, off street parking and lovely gardens to three sides of the house. Viewing is a must! Detached | 4/5 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) | Lounge | Dining room | Kitchen | Morning room Utility/boot room | Cloakroom | Off street parking | Gardens to 3 sides


020 8458 5000





An imposing, double fronted five bedroom detached home on a private gated road off The Bishops Avenue. The house is set in a wooded location extending to approx. 0.5 acres (0.2 hectares).


Arranged over two floors only, the house has been recently refurbished to a high standard and benefits from a carriage driveway and a stunning garden with a pond. As you enter the house, a grand marble entrance hall greets you and leads to an impressive staircase. The ground floor comprises a formal reception room, a dining room, a large family room overlooking the rear gardens, a fully fitted modern kitchen with eat-in area, a utility room and staff quarters / bedroom 5. To the first floor is a large master suite, 3 further bedrooms and 2 further bathrooms (1 en suite). There is a recently lapsed planning permission to extend the house to approximately 9,000 sq ft. Details available upon request.

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This rare and exceptionally maintained 2/3 bedroom apartment with spacious patio terrace is available within the gated Grade II listed grounds of Inverforth House. This prestigious mansion house is set within one of the finest gardens in Hampstead and has been sumptuously developed to incorporate the ultimate in luxury living whilst retaining many of its original period features. The imposing property stands on the edge of the 800 acre Hampstead Heath with many of the apartment commanding outstanding views over the West Heath and towards London. The many amenities of Hampstead are within some half a mile and both the City and West End are easily accessible by road and the public transport. Security is of paramount importance, with constant CCTV monitoring, round-the-clock concierge and continuous in-house management. The development offers the ultimate in luxury gardens and there is also a tennis court available for residents to use. This apartment offers 2 secure off-street parking spaces and also visitors parking is available on the forecourt.



WATSON MEWS, W1 Unique freehold house is hidden away in a private gated mews. The property comes with allocated off street parking and outside space. Watson Mews is located close to the junction of Molyneux Street and Crawford Place and is within easy access of Baker Street and Regent’s Park. 1 BEDROOM, RECEPTION ROOM, KITCHEN, OUTSIDE SPACE, ALLOCATED OFF STREET PARKING SPACE



YORK STREET, W1 Rarely available is this wonderful first floor apartment set in this charming Georgian Terrace. The flat boasts high ceilings, large reception room plus 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. York Street is one of Marylebone’s finest locations, close to Baker Street and the open spaces of Hyde Park. 2 BEDROOMS, LARGE RECEPTION/DINING ROOM, KITCHEN, 2 BATHROOMS



YORK STREET, W1 A unique opportunity to acquire this freehold property comprising of 3,500 sq ft of flexible accommodation. The house is located on a corner therefore offering the most incredible natural light with south and west aspects. Grand proportions and high ceilings as well as a stunning roof terrace are additional features that make this a very desirable property. The house is currently arranged with a self-contained one bedroom unit in the ground and lower ground floor, but is easily incorporated into the house. 5 BEDROOMS, ENTRANCE HALL, DRAWING ROOM, DINING ROOM, FULLY FITTED KITCHEN, 3 BATHROOMS, UTILITY ROOM, ROOF TERRACE




HAMPSTEAD, NW3 Situated within a private gated mews, this four bedroom modern town house offers flexible living accommodation over three floors and is ready for immediate occupation. Along with the secluded rear garden, there is also a balcony accessed via the first floor reception. A further attraction is the benefit of an integral garage and off-street parking for one car. Byron Mews is located just a short distance from the busy shopping and dining area of South End Green, and the southern slopes of Parliament Hill Fields and Hampstead Heath. Excellent transport links are provided nearby at both Belsize Park (Underground) and Hampstead Heath (Overground) stations, and the 168 and 24 bus routes at South End Green. Four Bedrooms • Reception with Balcony • Kitchen/Dining Room • Three Bathrooms (Two En-Suite) Good Available Storage • Integral Garage • Private Garden • Off Street Parking • EPC TBC

£1,595,000 - Freehold - Sole Agent

2 Fleet Road, NW3 2QS 100


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HIGHGATE, N6 Two newly constructed and beautifully designed houses in this quiet Highgate enclave. Great attention to detail has been given, internally and externally to the design and fitting out of these modern masterpieces, each with well planned, light flooded and thoughtfully arranged accommodation. Situated within easy reach of the shops and eateries of Highgate Village, the verdant acres of Waterlow Park (which has something for everybody), the houses are also within close proximity to Highgate Northern Line underground station and numerous buses. Each house comprises: 4/5 Bedrooms (Bed 5 currently arranged as a galleried reception room/study) • 2/3 Reception rooms • Stylishly fitted open plan Schmidt Kitchen with Neff Appliances • 3 en suite Shower Rooms • Further Family Bathroom • American Walnut, Hansgrohe and Duravit sanitary-ware External beige, sawn sandstone paving • Delightful Landscaped Private Garden • Guest Cloakroom • Utility Room • Private Off Street Parking • EPC B

£2,450,000 (Each House)

61 Highgate High St, N6 5JY


020 8348 8131


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Gloucester Road, NW1 Guide Price ÂŁ670,000 Share of Freehold A lovely, bright and spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in this central location. Hamptons St Johns Wood 020 7586 9595 EPC: C

Spaniards End, NW3 Guide Price ÂŁ5,950,000 Freehold This fine seven bedroom Grade II listed Georgian residence offers a selection of grand and beautiful rooms, immaculate gardens and distant views. Hamptons Hampstead 020 3151 5470

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WIMPOLE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 A delightful interior designed duplex apartment on the ground and first floor of a beautiful period house in prime central Marylebone. This three bedroom, two bathroom apartment is approximately 1,295 sq ft (120 sq m) and offers ample living space with high ceilings and a grand entrance hall. The internal common parts have recently been redecorated and re carpeted, retaining original features. The building is located on the east side of Wimpole Street, close to the junction of New Cavendish Street and is located moments away from the shopping facilities of Marylebone High Street. Bond Street and Oxford Circus underground stations together with access to the A40/M40 are within close proximity. The open spaces of Regents Park are also nearby. Please see website for full details

LEASEHOLD £2,500,000

MARYLEBONE STREET, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE, LONDON W1 A fabulous bright and spacious unfurnished two bedroom apartment in this popular caretaker block which is situated a few moments walk from Marylebone High Street, with it’s enviable array of shops, restaurants, bars and high-end boutiques. The accommodation comprises of two double bedrooms, a light spacious living room (with wooden flooring), modern bathroom (shower over bath) and separate fully fitted contemporary kitchen. Both Bond Street and Baker Street underground stations are within close proximity, as are the open spaces of Regents Park. Please see website for full details


+44 (0) 20 7486 4111




MANSFIELD STREET, MARYLEBONE W1 A beautiful period apartment in need of upgrading 020 7935 6535

£2,895,000 STC


Mansfield Street is a smart apartment block adjacent to Portland Place in the heart of Marylebone’s most sought locale. Druce are delighted and privileged to offer an apartment of approximately 1850 Sq ft on the first floor which boasts high ceilings, period features, spacious rooms and oozes class of the days gone by. The astute purchaser of this apartment will be able to put their own heart and soul into upgrading this very gracious home. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Large Entrance Hall * Reception Room * Dining Room * Master Bedroom with Duel Aspect Windows * 2nd Double Bedroom * 2 Bathrooms * Guest WC * 24 Hour porterage * Smart Communal Lobby * Lift * EPC Rating D * Leasehold Approx. 42 Years * NB Notice can be served to extend the lease by an additional 90 years- details of which can be obtained from our office

DUNSTABLE MEWS, MARYLEBONE VILLAGE W1 A delightful two storey Mews house

£2,750,000 STC


Located only moments away from Marylebone High Street and offered in excellent condition. The property has open plan reception space on the ground floor and a charming wrought iron staircase leading to the first floor snug/study area with a period feature gas working fireplace, and two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Mews houses of this size and price point in the heart of Marylebone Village are very rare and sought after. ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Reception Room * Kitchen * Snug/Study * Master Bedroom with Walk in Wardrobe and Ensuite Bathroom * 2nd Double Bedroom * 2nd Bathroom * 2 Garages available to rent * EPC Rating D * Leasehold 119 years


CLARENDON PLACE, W2 The flat has been finished to a high standard throughout with wood floors and well-proportioned rooms (1292 sq ft). The apartment benefits from a large balcony with beautiful views of hyde park just a stones throw away. This well maintained portered building is located a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Marble Arch and Lancaster Gate. EPC Rating D. 2 bedrooms, En-suite Shower Room, Shower Room, Reception room, Kitchen, Balcony, Air Conditioning, Lift, Porter


£1500 PER WEEK *fees apply *£264 inc of VAT to include tenancy agreement & referencing per property. Please contact us for further information.



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REGENTS PLAZA APARTMENTS, NW6 Lateral 1685 sq ft apartment interior designed and refurbished to a high standard, with an abundance of natural light, on the sixth floor (with lift) of this popular block next to the Marriott Hotel. The Block is perfectly positioned for the convenience and cosmopolitan living, where Maida Vale meets the transformation of Kilburn, next to St Johns Wood and the picturesque canal of Little Venice with all the excellent amenities nearby. Reception Room, Kitchen/Dining Room, Four Double Bedrooms, Fitted Wardrobes, Wood floor, Three Bathrooms, Balcony, 24 Hour Concierge, CCTV, Underground Parking ,Air Conditioning, Communal Gardens, Health Club with Pool (by separate neg.) LEASEHOLD 975 YEARS UNEXPIRED.

FOR SALE: £1,590,000 TO LET: £1450 PER WEEK *fees apply

*£264 inc of VAT to include tenancy agreement & referencing. Please contact us for further information.


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A BEAUTIFULLY MODERNISED FIVE BEDROOM HOUSE (394 SQ M / 4,242 SQ FT) PRESENTED IN EXCELLENT CONDITION THROUGHOUT. Refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, the house offers an abundance of light and volume throughout the principal rooms. With well-planned family accommodation and generous entertaining space, this beautiful home contains attractive period features complemented by modern conveniences. Further benefits include a landscaped south-facing rear garden and secure gated off street parking. Carlton Hill is located on the west side of St John’s Wood and is within close proximity to The American School in London (ASL), St John’s Wood High Street and St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line).

ACCOMMODATION & AMENITIES Kitchen, Breakfast Room, 3 Reception Rooms, Study, 5 Bedrooms (3 With En-Suite Bathrooms), Family Bathroom, Guest Cloakroom, Utility Room, Balcony, Rear Garden, Off Street Parking. EPC=D.


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ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8 A grand & spacious family apartment (approx. 2,706 sq.ft. / 251.72 sq.m.) with direct views over Regent’s Park located in this high calibre and secure block situated at the corner of Prince Albert Road & St John’s Wood High Street. Forming part of an imposing St John’s Wood luxury block, the apartment boasts exceptionally spacious rooms and further benefits from communal garden and parking on a first come/first serve basis along a carriage drive with 24 hour security.

020 7722 7222

105 ST. J OHN’ S W OOD TERRACE , L ONDON NW8 6PL email: stjohnswood@behrandbutc

34 1984 - 2018

Spacious entrance hall ■ Reception room with feature fireplace ■ Dining room ■ Brand new kitchen/ breakfast room ■ 4 double bedrooms ■ Study ■ 3 bathrooms (2 en suite) ■ High ceilings ■ EPC E £1,900 per week * The Tenant may have to pay credit reference and admin charges as indicated on our website under Tenant Information.


Junction Road, Archway, N19 £2,426 pcm

Highgate 020 8342 7030

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Vantage Point is an iconic London landmark in Archway that features 118 stunning apartments with a spectacular panoramic view of London. The unique 16th and 17th floor penthouse has been converted into a range of shared social spaces free for all residents to enjoy. The development is situated in a well connected location on top of Archway Tube station in Zone 2.

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Furnished apartments Styled by top interior designers Stunning shared penthouse social space No tenant fees 45 Mbps building wide WiFi included Panoramic views of London 24 hour residents’ team EPC rating C

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St Stephens Close, NW8 • Beautiful parquet flooring • 24-hour porter • Parking spaces for two cars St John's Wood has a distinctly English village feel yet enjoys a cosmopolitan population and mix of restaurants and shops. Local attractions include the Abbey Road Studios, made famous by the Beatles and Lord's Cricket Ground.

Our St John's Wood expert Craig Walters, looks forward to helping you. 020 3641 5894

Guide price £1,850 per week Available unfurnished

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£690 pw Furnished

6 Bedrooms | 2 Receptions | 5 Bathrooms | Garage | House Close to Amenities | Near Tufnell Park Station | EPC-E

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ST JOHNS WOOD PARK | LONDON NW8 6NJ Set within a gated complex with 24 hour Concierge and off street parking

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