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Dear Resident


Our edition this month, in homage to the famous documentary film The September Issue, is dedicated to all things sartorial. The main feature introduces Belgravia’s latest couturier Nevena Nikolova. I had the pleasure of meeting the designer, who is a stalwart champion of craftsmanship and all things British. The Journal also took a tour of the local area with a very stylish couple, Nota Bene Global founders Anthony and Elaine Lassman. The company delivers experiences of the highest calibre, utilising their enviable list of contacts. The Lassmans reveal their favourite places in Belgravia to shop, visit and relax, as well as introducing us to some of the colourful characters and unsung heroes in the area.


Meanwhile, Tom Hardman meets Sue Liberman, a lady who helps to keep the world going round in our little patch of town. Sue reveals the final figure raised by the hugely successful Motcomb Street Party for charity this year. Plus Henry Hopwood-Phillips delves into the medieval past in his review of The Restoration of Rome: Imperial Pretenders & Barbarian Popes by Peter Heather.

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Managing Editor Katie Randall

Managing Director Eren Ellwood

Publishing Director Giles Ellwood

Senior Designer Sophie Blain

Associate Publisher Sophie Roberts

Editorial Assistants Lauren Romano

General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Client Relationship Director Felicity Morgan-Harvey

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

Head of Finance Elton Hopkins

Communications Director Loren Penney

Main Editorial Contributor Henry Hopwood-Phillips

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Dear Resident


Our edition this month, in homage to the famous documentary film The September Issue, is dedicated to all things sartorial. The main feature introduces Belgravia’s latest couturier Nevena Nikolova. I had the pleasure of meeting the designer, who is a stalwart champion of craftsmanship and all things British. The Journal also took a tour of the local area with a very stylish couple, Nota Bene Global founders Anthony and Elaine Lassman. The company delivers experiences of the highest calibre, utilising their enviable list of contacts. The Lassmans reveal their favourite places in Belgravia to shop, visit and relax, as well as introducing us to some of the colourful characters and unsung heroes in the area. Meanwhile, Tom Hardman meets Sue Liberman, a lady who helps to keep the world going round in our little patch of town. Sue reveals the final figure raised by the hugely successful Motcomb Street Party for charity this year. Plus Henry Hopwood-Phillips delves into the medieval past in his review of The Restoration of Rome: Imperial Pretenders & Barbarian Popes by Peter Heather. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with your feedback, email

Above / Goodwood Revival Festival in September Photograph by Alex Shore (page 24;

Managing Editor Katie Randall

Managing Director Eren Ellwood

Publishing Director Giles Ellwood

Main Editorial Contributor Henry Hopwood-Phillips

Senior Designer Sophie Blain

Associate Publisher Sophie Roberts

Editorial Assistants Lauren Romano

General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Client Relationship Director Felicity Morgan-Harvey

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

Head of Finance Elton Hopkins

Communications Director Loren Penney

Production Hugo Wheatley, Alex Powell, Oscar Viney

The Notebook

Who and what have been moving and shaking in Belgravia recently? We bring you up to date

Bodycon madness – in aid of Wellbeing of Women

A distinguished and body-conscious crowd gathered at the Hervé Léger flagship on Lowndes Street for an evening of champagne, canapés and fashion frenzy to celebrate the launch of the brand’s pre-fall collection. Renowned for its changing rooms (reportedly larger than a bathroom at Claridges) the Belgravia store hosted a fundraising shopping event for the celebrated charity Wellbeing of Women. Co-hosted with First Ladies of Knightsbridge, guests enjoyed a complimentary manicure whilst trying on the iconic bandage creations of the Hervé Léger collection. Both the Walter Steiger set, with their famous stilettos, and handbag designer Amanda Navai, showcasing her exotic collection of multi-coloured python skin clutches, were on hand with the wackiest of styling tips to accessorise the dresses to perfection. While remaining true to its core values of celebrating the curves of the female silhouette, the Hervé Léger brand is launching a range of longer length, elegant day-to-evening dresses, causing a sensation with existing Léger followers. Equally excited with the evolution of the collection, which he describes as ‘a cheeky yet most demure statement,’ is London MD Patrick Couderc, overheard at the end of the evening saying: ‘I am so thrilled with the new Autumn/Winter collection, now we are ready to get Léger back in the boardroom...’ 29 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9HX, 020 7201 2590 (

Architect in the house

Peter Morris Architects, a London-based chartered architectural practice, has agreed to take part in Architect in the House. The concept, a shared charitable scheme by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Shelter, encourages homeowners to invite the architects involved with the project into their homes for a personal consultation. They will offer interior advice during an hour-long consultation for a suggested £45 donation to Shelter. Contact Peter Morris by email (

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Fly the flags

Elizabeth Street, with its assortment of shops, experienced an outburst of patriotism upon the announcement of the royal birth of Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge. After liaising with Westminster City Council, the street received a blessing and was granted permission to fly flags once the birth was announced and Prince George was confirmed to be in good health.

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Stranger to Belgravia masterclass Local Belgravia author Harry Ball-Weber (Wheels and The Timely Twins) will be conducting a masterclass to inspire creative writing in Belgravia. This is to help encourage entries to our Stranger to Belgravia writing competition. The hour-long class will consider how to write a short story from conception to completion. Please bring iPads or pens and paper as stories may be written and submitted on the evening. The class will take place at Belgravia Books on 3 October at 6.30pm-7.30pm. Contact either Belgravia Books or to register interest. The Stranger to Belgravia writing competition is open until the end of the year. The winner will have their work published locally.


Voyage to Belgravia masterclass The Voyage to Belgravia photography competition is open to everyone and focuses on travel. The deadline is 30 September. Please send images that showcase a journey abroad that involve or feature some link to Belgravia. Ayrton Wylie estate agents and property consultants have kindly agreed to sponsor the competition.

Recipe for success

A central London archives centre has recently found a mass collection of 18th century Georgian recipes that has remained hidden for nearly 200 years. While working on a digital project earlier this year, staff at Westminster City Council’s Archive Centre noticed some sources being posted on a blog entitled Cookbook of Unknown Ladies. More than 350 recipes dating from 16901830 are believed to be recipes cooked in the Georgian family home. Fancy trying your hand at Mrs Edwards almond cakes or My Mama’s mince pie’s? If the blog is a success, the archivists aim to release a cookbook of the recipes in March next year. For more information, contact the City of Westminster Archives Centre 10 St Ann’s Street, SW1P 2DE or call 020 7641 5180

Some recipes to try out at home... Tort de Moy

Sheep’s head soup

A tart with minced chicken meat, candied fruits, almonds and bone marrow – this was a dish also served at James II’s coronation in 1685

Exactly what it says on the tin – a soup made from a sheep’s head

Tewahdiddle A Regency cocktail of beer, brandy, sugar, ginger, nutmeg and lemon peel

Fire station closure

Fire station closures in Basil Street and Westminster have been given the go ahead by Boris Johnson. Please write to Boris and we will continue to fight this preposterous proposal. Livelihoods, property, precious works of art and our heritage will be at stake if these cuts should go ahead in this most densely populated part of London.

The Belgravia Neighbourhood Forum The process of setting up a Neighbourhood Forum in Belgravia has been stalled for the moment as Westminster Council is undecided about whether to grant residents this responsibility. The B.R.A. has already made an application to set up a forum, which would encompass the whole of Belgravia, stretching down to the Barracks. A spokesman for Westminster City Council has informed us that a decision will be made on the designated areas in September 2013.

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Katie Randall steps into couture with Nevena Nikolova, the latest sartorial tastemaker to enter the Belgravian fold and the founder of Nevena Couture


magine a great flood threatening to destroy all that we hold dear. Dear reader, please stick with me and read on, I have a point, I promise. If a modern-day Noah were to painstakingly build an ark I know who I would want on board. As a cross-section of society joined this great ship two-by-two, it’s craftsmen and women that I would be herding towards the front of the queue. Across a variety of different mediums, craftsmen shape our quotidian lives and none more so, perhaps, than the talented people who make the very clothes on our back. One such artistic, sartorially-minded craftswoman has just settled in Belgravia – Lowndes Street to be precise – and will conjure (by appointment only) the most delectable, delicate and divine garments for her clients. When we heard in the Journal HQ that the ephemeral Bulgarian fashion designer Nevena Nikolova’s gaze had settled on London, we were beside ourselves with excitement. Garnering status akin to that of a celebrity in her homeland,

the designer is a true champion of craftsmanship and regularly showcases her fabulous creations in big fashion shows in Sofia. As Nevena explains when we meet in her elegant studio: ‘The right dress is a powerful weapon. It is a shelter; it gives you the ultimate freedom to be yourself... My fashion is not art or conceptual, it is modern and elegant craftsmanship that enables you to feel beautiful and comfortable.’ As I ascend the stairs which lead to Nevena’s first floor studio space, I am greeted with the sight of multifarious exquisite garments showcased on mannequins. If they act as titbits to whet the appetite, consider my interest piqued. The clothes are simple and elegant with subtle flourishes, yet even in passing, I can plainly see that they are meticulously constructed. The designer’s studio is a sizable and very private room, minimalist in decor, with enough space to bring friends and family along for advice if undergoing a fitting for an important garment. It later transpires that Nevena and her team spent a while

searching for the perfect premises, although SW1X was always the desired location (‘I am totally enchanted by Belgravia,’ she enthuses when we meet). Nevena’s space, although pristine, feels like an artisan’s workshop. Rich velvets, gauzy chiffons and pretty laces (one of the designer’s favourite materials to craft), are lined up neatly in one corner of the room to tantalise sartorial palates. Garment patterns and pieces in various stages of construction litter the velvet coffee table, although these are normally confined to the designer’s sewing room, only on show today to highlight Nevena’s precision and attention to detail. More regal mannequins stand in each corner, proudly showcasing a striking Nevena Couture look: from a powder blue knee-length lace dress, to a show-stopping ivory princess dress featuring delicate floral appliqués. I am already beginning to form a favourable opinion of the designer (who crafts everything from hand with the assistance of several trusted seamstresses), before she even enters the room. A petite, slender lady, it is her shock of pinkish red, mermaid-hair that first captures the eye. I also quickly realise that she is never without a genuine smile on her face either, putting me instantly at ease. When prompted, Nevena launches into a description of her background and it is not quite what one might expect from a person so entrenched in the world of fashion. ‘I came

I am totally enchanted by Belgravia to design late. After spending several years studying languages, first German at The German School, then Scandinavian languages at Sofia University, I won a government scholarship to The University of Oslo and graduated in 1999. For many years, I was translating prose literature in German and Norwegian because I love writing and I pay huge attention to how things are recorded on paper. I am an avid reader myself.’ Nevena’s academic outlook translates into the world of fashion, as she views her creations as a form of language: ‘My next move was to follow an ambition of mine, something that I always knew deep in my heart would happen: to design garments. I view my clothes and the creative process as a way to express myself and cannot imagine life without designing. The work is not very different to my previous job, it’s just like speaking a different language.’ The designer is also a passionate supporter of the arts and a pianist, as well as being fascinated by politics and current affairs. ‘I cannot just be creative, however,’ she tells me. ‘I am driven by a desire to learn and to create, but I also need to be business-minded and conscientious, especially as my company grows and I manage a large team.’ Nevena learnt her skills from her mother and since childhood has worked long and hard to perfect her craft. She jokes that as a young girl she would spend hours stitching, unpicking and re-stitching her work until it was absolutely flawless. Fingering a few of her garments in the process of being made, it is evident that the quest for perfection is still very much a focus for Nevena, and it always will be.

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I begin to wonder how she combats bodies in her designs, however, which are notoriously irregular in both shape and size. Previous research reveals that Nevena is something of a body doctor and I am intrigued to learn more. ‘When I view a body, I am looking at the bone structure and shape, which then informs my designs. If someone has a slightly sloped shoulder, for example, I can equalise the torso in my clothes creating a sleeker line,’ Nevena tells me. ‘Everyone has something on their body that they would like to improve, it is my job to hide the imperfections and to craft perfect proportions.’ She admits that it is extremely important for her to encourage her clients to feel comfortable in their own skin, but adds: ‘I would never lie to a client – one must be very honest and guide them towards clothing that looks fantastic on them and makes them feel extraordinary. Every detail must be tailored to the person, from the cut and material, down to the perfect shade to match their skintone. This is what makes the difference between a Nevena Couture piece and other garments in your wardrobe.’ Such an elevated level of service is quite a rare occurrence in the modern atelier. Normally, one would choose a style and have it fitted by an expert, but Nevena actually creates a look for her customer from scratch and every single detail is crafted with them in mind. ‘It is totally

When I view a body, I am looking at the bone structure and shape, which then informs my designs

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bespoke. The garment bares the owners soul,’ she smiles. At this moment, a striking lace catches my eye, a pattern which Nevena reveals is from Sophie Hallette, the iconic French artisans responsible for the lace used in the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding dress. ‘I suppose about 95 per cent of my lace is from the label as they produce the most exceptional work on old English looms. However, I worked with the exact lace pattern long before the Duchess of Cambridge’s beautiful dress was created,’ the designer explains. Working with this delicate material is no mean feat, it takes time and skill. When the lace arrives on her cutting table, for example, Nevena must then evaluate it before a scissor even gets close to making the first incision. ‘Sometimes the lace pattern is uneven and the cut must compensate for this or minor adjustments must be made to regulate the shape,’ I learn. For her feminine designs, Nevena tells me that she leaves no stone unturned and sources materials herself from France and Italy. She chuckles when I ask her how she checks all the newly imported materials if she is out of the country (currently Nevena splits her time between Bulgaria and the UK, although the majority of her time is spent in Belgravia). ‘I have an eagle’s eye,’ she says. ‘I can spot an imperfection even on Skype (where I liaise with clients if I am out of the country). It can be exhausting because I always expect perfection, but we work until everything meets my standards. My team is very devoted.’ I assume her discerning clients also expect the very

best and enquire about the different types of women she designs for. ‘Oh everyone,’ Nevena says. ‘Recently, I created a wedding gown for a bride. It was a fairytale dress for an absolute princess and the bride has now become a friend. I spend a lot of time with bridal clients, listening and preparing to create the dress of their dreams. It is a journey.’ She adds: ‘We spent a long time choosing different laces for this particular bride’s dress. I always start with the material for inspiration.’ And how many fittings can it take to conjure a very intricate a gown, I wonder? The answer is approximately three to five for daywear and up to six for a gown. Nevena will not charge per fitting and makes an extra effort to be available out of normal working hours for clients that have busy lives. ‘I spend a lot of time talking to new clients and, although I am never intrusive, I encourage them to bring me pictures that they are inspired by so that I can get a sense of their personal style,’ she tells me. When we touch upon the subject of Belgravia, the designer’s face lights up. ‘I remember the day that my mother Katie and I first visited Belgravia. It was a cold winter’s day, but there was magic in the air,’ she exclaims. ‘Having all of the fabulous businesses close by is important, from Errol Douglas to Philip Treacy and Pierre Hermé.’ You might see the designer with family and friends exploring the streets of the local area – they love nearby Motcomb Street, Kinnerton Street and all of the mews houses for inspiration. ‘I have lived in Norway and West Berlin for several years but London and Belgravia is my real home, I feel like myself here,’ she says. ‘I love escaping to this studio as I can really work. When I am our boutique in Sofia (Bulgaria) everyone needs my attention. We have big glass windows and so people can see me and come to me for

my opinion and advice. I always have time for my team but it means that I end up getting less done.’ I am grateful that Nevena has made time for me. In between house visits to guide her clients on their wardrobes, designing for jet-setting brides and prominent fashion editors, as well as sourcing materials from all over the world, it is a wonder that she is so calm and composed. After meeting with the designer, I am certain that her loyal legions of fans, and some new recruits, will follow her anywhere. Nevena has found her spiritual home in Belgravia and I don’t imagine her work will stay secret for long. Nevena Couture operates by appointment only, for more information visit and to book a consultation call 020 3539 8738. Lowndes Street, SW1X

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The Calendar Bringing you the lowdown on local events in September

Time to act

A hop, skip and jump away from the boundaries of fair Belgravia, an inspirational talk is set to take place this month. On 18 September at the Royal Geographical Society, Dr William Fowlds will discuss his fight to save the mutilated survivors of rhino poaching and how attitudes towards the conservation crisis are changing. The South African veterinarian and star of ITV1’s Safari Vet School will be introduced by Bear Grylls, with opening and closing words from William Travers OBE and Virginia McKenna OBE.

Photography / Max Drummond

Harvesting knowledge

The Goring Hotel has teamed up with the cultural tour company Art History UK, founded and run by art expert Rose Balston, to create individually designed tours for local residents and visitors to the hotel that celebrate the numerous special occasions that litter the English Rose Balston calendar. September brings Harvest festival on 21 September, while the year will conclude with events marking All Souls Day, Bonfire Night and Christmas. For Harvest Day, look forward to a special exhibition of Baroque art at the National Gallery, featuring the food and wine themed works of Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Van Dyck. The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW, 020 7396 9000 (

Tickets cost ÂŁ20 and include a complimentary drinks reception before the lecture To purchase tickets, please visit 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR 020 7591 3000 (

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Rachel De-Lahay explores the connections between immigration, exile and finding where you belong in her play Routes at the Jerwood Theatre. The piece examines the lives of six very different individuals, all of whom share a connection. Travelling through Nigeria, Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria and the UK, the play opens up the borders of friendship and family, uncovering each character’s cultural differences. Tickets from £20, Routes runs in the Jerwood Theatre upstairs at the Royal Court from 20 September – 12 October, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS, 020 7565 5000 (

Play time

The Osborne Studio Gallery has certainly extended its brief this month, transforming into a 19th century Parisian salon to host Alfred de Musset’s The Door Must be Kept Open or Shut. Directed by Martin Parr, the play runs from 4-22 September and focuses on the tension, the pressure and the battle that revolves around a bored marquise receiving a nervously smitten Baron into her salon. Running for approximately 50 minutes, guests will be treated to post-show drinks in the sculpture garden. 2 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU 020 7235 9667 (

Wild goose trail

What connects Lord Lucan, the Beatles, a hidden mansion and the great train robbery? City of Westminster Guide and Spice member Joanna Moncrieff, of course. A bit of a local treasure herself, she is taking anybody who turns up at Grosvenor Gardens on the 29 September on an afternoon tour of the local drinking establishments, which at some points unashamedly resembles a pub crawl. After divulging all the stories the stuccoed walls don’t tell and having connected all of Belgravia’s dots, things will be brought to a bibulous close in the Duke of Wellington’s local. Tickets £12-£15, the tour will start outside STA Travel in Grosvenor Gardens SW1W 0AG and will last approximately three hours, including half an hour in each pub (

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Schama’s story

To celebrate the launch of his new book The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, the historian Simon Schama is heading down to Cadogan Hall on 17 September to give The Spectator’s readers and locals the chance to hear part of the tale from the horse’s mouth. Recounting a saga that starts and ends against the greatest odds, Schama is sure to weave an epic yarn about endurance that ties in the histories of all the people the faithful encounter. £22-£30, doors open at 6.30pm, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ, 020 7961 0044 (

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Katie Randall learns what it means to be truly local in Belgravia with Anthony and Elaine Lassman of Nota Bene Global their travels Elaine and Anthony Lassman on


ll good fairytales conjure up an excellent guide or two to steer our favourite protagonists through strife and success, and this tale is no different (though I cannot promise the reader much strife). There may be no Yellow Brick Road on my journey, but the streets I wandered yielded just as many delightful surprises and, of course, a gaggle of intriguing characters. My guides on this joyful jaunt of adventure are Nota Bene founders Anthony and Elaine Lassman; the knowledgeable duo generously took time out from their busy schedules to introduce me to their Belgravia. This tale begins amongst the buzz of morning activity at Baker & Spice ( on Elizabeth Street. I am sipping a macchiato from a small white mug, made by the manager Nas. This specific drink and this specific staff member have been recommended to me in Elaine’s meticulous tour notes. Upon my first sip, I have to say I quite agree; Naz knows how to make a brew. This dedication to precision and the tiniest of details (knowing exactly who to approach for

the very best service/drink/meal/experience) is Anthony and Elaine’s life’s work, their raison d’être. As we wander down to The Grosvenor Stationery Company (, run by the jovial Henrietta McCausland, our next location on this tour, I probe Anthony for further information. ‘I have always had an obsession with eking the very best from life,’ he explains, a tall gentleman in possession of an easy smile and glowing with health. ‘What is the finest wine to have with a particular meal? Where should we sit in a restaurant? Which hotel room will give you the perfect view? Ultimately, will the experience be akin to the brochures?’ Anthony explains that hundreds of notebooks have been filled over the years with his musings and reflections on trips past; so much so that journalist contacts regularly ring up the property developer for his opinion on locations. This is the point at which my fairygodmother for the day (later to call on her enviable local contacts list to magic my tired visage into red carpet-worthy perfection at À la Carte Cosmetics on Motcomb Street (alacartelondon. com) steps in. Elaine Lassman is a rare breed of woman, both strikingly beautiful with cocoa-coloured hair coiffed to perfection, a slender figure and little fingerless leather gloves (the epitome of forward-thinking London fashion). She is also incredibly friendly, well-spoken and easy to converse with. In fact, the Lassmans both are, which no doubt aids their business tremendously.


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‘I suggested that Anthony should do something with the wealth of material that he had compiled over the years,’ Elaine interjects, as we enter the children’s mecca Semmalina Starbags ( The rest, as they say, is history. Though Anthony jokes that his wife is probably wishing she had kept silent, the pair now head up a behemoth of an organisation that adapts to meets its clients’ needs like a rare Alexandrite crystal changing colour in the sun. It would be a disservice to label Nota Bene (note well) as a concierge; the dedicated couple offer so much more. In fact, competitors have actually replicated and copied their model; we laugh, Nota Bene must be doing something right. As we cross the threshold into chocolate heaven at Pierre Hermé on Lowndes Street (‘Hermé has raised the bar for macarons and all things delicate and sweet,’ exclaims Elaine), I learn that Nota Bene is about extending the hand of friendship to members and unveiling a world of opportunity that money, quite frankly, just can’t buy. Though it started on the cusp of 2001 as a luxury printed travel guide (fans of which include fashion designers Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren and actress Sarah Jessica Parker), Nota Bene quickly expanded and the brand now assists its loyal clientele within a plethora of different mediums: from

property and education to travel and lifestyle. As we amble down to Charles of Belgravia on Lower Belgrave Street (a greengrocer’s showcasing the finest quality produce), I begin to notice that Anthony and Elaine know everyone. They gaily acknowledge many of the people we pass. ‘We are fortunate to have an excellent network,’ Elaine smiles. ‘There is nothing quite like engaging with people. I love what technology has done for us, the ease of life, but I prefer meeting the various vendors in person and having the “store experience”. What I love about Belgravia is that you can have these relationships with the shop-owners and staff. It is a very well-connected village and everyone knows each other and will still smile at you on the street.’ At just this moment, we spot Henrietta McCausland walking her perfect Pekinese and give her a wave. As members of Nota Bene, Anthony and Elaine’s extensive contacts book will be at your service. Experts in globetrotting, the founders have explored the four corners of the Earth with their discerning eye in hot pursuit of perfection. We share our stories later on in the day at Olivomare ( over mouthwateringly fresh fish dishes. Anthony and Elaine’s narratives blew my sorry tales out of the water. From travelling ‘back to

What I love about Belgravia is that you can have these relationships with the shop-owners and staff

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basics’ with the Cathiards, owners of Smith Haut Lafitte winery and Caudalie spas and products, staying on their luxurious yet rustic private island, to yachting around the globe, this couple have probably seen and tasted it all. Importantly, they still have the drive and desire to learn more and admit they find nothing more satisfying than divulging their findings to those who care to know. Hoarding is not the Nota Bene way. ‘It is important to be respectful when helping to realise our friends’ and clients’ ambitions (and this is how the business originally started, catering for our immediate circle),’ Elaine tells me of Nota Bene’s work. ‘One client wanted access to the Chanel workshop – but the company is very guarded, so it was tricky. In the end, we could not fulfil this desire. Another gentleman wanted to buy his wife some bespoke Christian Louboutin shoes.’ She raises her eyebrows and I realise that this is not where the story ends. ‘He wanted to take her to the atelier in Paris and wanted the added impact of Mr Christian Louboutin himself being present to guide the process. We achieved this.’ The former model and interior designer has worked in the luxury lifestyle and fashion industry all her life and therefore knows everyone there is to know. This fashion thread eventually leads us on to a discussion of Belgravia and the sartorial resurgence it is currently seeing. We visit SHOWStudio, an innovative new retail-cum-exhibition space and platform for artists of all disciplines, now housed in the Pantechnicon Building. Carrie Scott, the manager, whisks us around a cabinet of curiosities, which contains all manner of artistic objects, including a Giles Deacon-designed silver leather tasseled jacket ( Elaine, Carrie and I also ponder

the latest addition to Belgravia’s style-scape ON Motcomb, a new boutique due to open its doors imminently. Whisking us from the world of fashion, Anthony explains that Nota Bene’s clientele tend to have a similar palate to himself and his wife. ‘If, for example, someone wants a great educational travel programme for their children, fantastic art curators or the very best people in sport, we can deliver this. We’ve also worked with specialist companies that offer real adventure holidays; they produce the best possible experience that you could dream of. If you go on holiday to St Barths, St Tropez or New York and then want to buy something, we can guide you. At the end of the day, however, we’re very honest with people – you have to be.’ As we whirl around Belgravia, noting friendly faces and business owners who strive to go the extra mile for their customers, I realise I am utterly enchanted with this couple, London-born and bred. Intrepid explorers, we also popped by L&B linens for some interior inspiration (; the Judith Blacklock Flower School to watch flora artists at work (; the charming Rachel Vosper candle boutique ( and Patricia Roberts to peruse her rainbow-coloured wools and knitting patterns. ( It is my job to know Belgravia but after just one day with Nota Bene, I feel connected with the area in a new and exciting way; it’s as though its soul has been bared. The shopkeepers and staff are faces in my mind, rather than just names, and I now know what makes them tick. My magical, marvellous tour may be at a close, but the story is just beginning.

I prefer meeting the various vendors in person and having the “store experience”


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Belgravia’s straight-talking local oracle Sue Liberman gives Tom Hardman a unique insight into how the Motcomb Street Party is run, what it has achieved this year and what Belgravia means to her... What is the Motcomb Street party and how are you involved? A committee within the Motcomb Street Traders Association (MSTA), of which I am Secretary, runs an annual street party that looks to support small local charities. I’ve been involved with the MTSA for seven years and the Street Party Committee for the last five years, mostly fundraising and marketing. This year’s party was our 26th. How much did you raise this year? £51,750. We have given approximately £1.25 million over the years. The cheque presentation ceremony falls on the 5 September and is kindly hosted by our Chairman Philip Lawless, owner of Motcombs restaurant and Motcombs Townhouse. An incredible sum. Which charities will receive a donation? The Household Cavalry, the Chelsea Community Hospital Schools and the Intermission Youth Theatre. Are there any particular reasons for these choices? Well, they are all small local charities that often lack the attention and therefore the money that larger charities attract. Can you tell us a bit about their work? The money raised for The Household Cavalry Foundation will help wounded soldiers, their families and also their horses. They offer care not only while they are actively serving in the Cavalry but also once they retire from their duties. Every Household Cavalryman is a fighting soldier first. The troops participating in ceremonial parades are fully trained operational troops, who may only recently have been in armoured vehicles in the harsh terrain of Afghanistan. No soldier or horse is ever forgotten by The Household Cavalry. The Chelsea Community Hospital Schools do great work for local children who can’t attend school because of their medical conditions.

As for Intermission, well, the Reverend Rob Gillion takes troubled young people off the streets by involving them in theatre. Performing plays such as modern interpretations of Shakespeare. The endeavour has proved hugely successful: the youths love it. The public’s perception of Belgravia can be a little muddled. What is your experience of the area? I have lived here for twenty years now. Few people know that last year Belgravia featured in a top ten countdown as one of the friendliest places in the UK. Parts of the media indulge in a little inverted snobbery when talking about Belgravia but locals tend to be very charming and grounded. There is an intimacy you just can’t find elsewhere. Have you seen any changes in the last twenty years? Well, I think everybody here is very careful to tread a line. There is a tension between the money Belgravia attracts and the soul that sustains that attention. Belgravia is full of artisanal stores run by locals and this is something that should certainly be encouraged. Would you say there was a community here? Absolutely. We work closely with the Belgravia Residents Association. We all form a part of the same community and seek to support one another. We’re very fortunate in this area. Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to say thanks to all the traders and residents who supported our event because we could never have done it without them. Christmas is another big time for Motcomb Street isn’t it? What do you have up your sleeve? Holland Park Opera singers were a huge hit last year and are keen to be involved once again. Nothing has been finalised as yet and we have September meetings to organise all of the details. I’ve already had a chat with Father Christmas to see if he can squeeze us in. We’ll have to wait and see...

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Perform a little retail therapy local-style

Dutch courage

If you are looking to spoil the gentleman in your life, you cannot go wrong with Louis Leeman Paris. As the Dutch brand enters its fifth season it continues to make waves and now its designs are coming to London. Already sold in some of the most prestigious stores around the world, Louis Leeman will launch exclusively in Harrods. From 12 September, the prayers of fashion conscious men in Belgravia will be answered. The craftsmanship behind these hand-made shoes ensures any wearer looks highly distinguished. Boot £840

Louis Leeman Paris available exclusively at Harrods 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL (

Perfect pout

Pop art meets fashion as accessory queen Lulu Guinness releases her A/W 2013 collection. The handbags feature the most expressive of facial features, focusing mainly on the lips, with an occasional feline eye. The bold, bright features are set on a background of black and white colour blocked leather, as well as animal print and glitter. 3 Ellis Street, SW1X 9AL (

Colour block Izzy satchel, £325

Loafer £590

Bazaar fashion Short Spur Boots, £335 Paula Jacket, £495 Florence Dress, £385 Tetbury Tote, £595

Moloh have teamed up with Harper’s Bazaar fashion director Cathy Kasterine to create their autumn collection. This familyrun boutique proudly designs and manufactures in Britain and is renowned for creating beautifully tailored clothes with a quirky twist. To celebrate their new range, they are offering readers a free coin pouch, worth £48, when they spend more than £100 in store during September. Just mention the Belgravia Residents’ Journal at the till to claim this delightful gift. 24 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LI (

Coming to town

AlOthman, the Kuwaiti fashion retail house, are launching a store, ON Motcomb, in the very heart of Belgravia. Still a family run business, they provide a special and personalised service to their clientele and will also offer exclusive personal shopping experiences. Devoted to luxury eveningwear, ON Motcomb will feature some of the biggest names in fashion. Each season they will commission exclusive pieces from ateliers including Balmain, Carolina Herrera, Elie Saab, Erdem, Jason Wu, Marios Scwab and Zac Posen. 11-12 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB ( Words / Amelia Rosenthal


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Forget the popes, the Battle of Britain and winged Hussars; Poland’s latest export comes on wheels with a bag of cosmetic wizardry and a tale that makes Odysseus look like a bit of a wimp


breathless Dr Barbara Kubicka answers the door three minutes after I ring. It had not been an instinctive indolence that had stayed her; she had not been tardy escaping the gloopy morning torpor that ensnares us all around sunrise. No, four hours earlier she had been at Warsaw airport. Four minutes earlier she had entered her house. The doctor is a very busy bee.

Few Westerners are required to grow up fast. I can still remember the chastened feeling that descended on the male crowd as a visiting Pastor, Mark Driscoll, declaimed in stentorian cadences down the road at The Royal Albert Hall. The theme of the biblical-scale castigation was how we were all living out absurdly extended adolescences and that we had to take responsibility and ‘grow up’ into real men.

This was never a problem for the young Barbara Kubicka. Born into a period the Polish still ominously label ‘the state of war,’ she was just three years old when her father died. Failing to recoil from diving into the emotional deep end, I autistically prod her over whether this had resulted in ‘incapacitating grief or something more positive?’ ‘Well, although I’m sure I didn’t see it like this at the time, it definitely gave me a drive.’ Buffeted by pressure in all directions, Barbara became immersed in her native Roman Catholicism and battled with anorexia, however, it was not her faith but rather a boy and a passion towards cars and racing that saved her. Unfortunately relationship politics soon resulted in the two competing with one another but, not a girl to remain satisfied in entertaining merely one passion, medicine still sat squat in the foreground of her life. ‘I hated it,’ she confesses to my surprise. ‘There was just too much; too much medicine to learn. But I refused to give up.’ As her friends socialised at university, the bookish Barbara busied herself getting educational tunnel-vision. Her only fleeting relief provided by a part-time interior-design degree. This is where Barbara’s story could have ended. A few months before her finals rolled round, her rally car rolled too. ‘It was only the fact my six-point belt wasn’t attached properly, after an earlier incident in which I had to push the car that saved my life,’ she notes. Taking account of my knitted brow at the news a safety malfunction saved her, she elaborates: ‘I was thrown out of the car when I should have gone round with it but if I had, well, I’d be dead right now.’ Anticipating a catalogue of misfortune to follow, Barbara stuns me with a declaration that ‘my time in hospital was probably the best day of my life.’ Refusing to treat the accident as the final millstone on a thick necklace of calamity, the episode mercifully inflicted itself upon her as a form of catharsis. Shrugging off a Catholicism she felt was theologically irreconciled to and leaving a mother and boyfriend who insisted on rooting her in marriage, she decided to up sticks and off to a medical internship in Brazil via London. She leafleted in the Big Smoke to make ends meet for a few months. ‘This was great physical and psychological exercise,’ she says, justifying what must have been tolerable only because there was a bright Brazilian light at the end of her pamphlet-strewn tunnel. However, fate struck again, this time in the form of a bust Brazilian flight company. Barbara was stuck in London. ‘Nooo!’ I gawp, slightly mawkishly but genuinely frustrated at the twists in her story. ‘So I went round hospital to hospital asking how I could get into the British medical system,’ she recounts. ‘So how long were you emailing them for?’ I ask. ‘No, no, no. I walked round every single one.’ She has a way for making you feel a tad decadent. Finally, a hospital yielded its secrets and after finishing university, Barbara made her way to Ealing hospital. ‘It was the worst hospital ever.’ I laugh, entirely

inappropriately, at her deadpan commentary. ‘I wanted to cry. I wanted to go home. It was only my friend’s support that stopped me.’ Soon enough she found herself head of a nightshift. ‘On my first night I had to certify a death. I could not understand all the language properly, let alone handle all the responsibility piled on me because they lacked senior staff.’ They clearly liked her, however, because before long she was working at West Middlesex hospital while studying in Paris to specialise in aesthetic medicine. Swiftly moving up the medical chain, she went from Harley Street to Harrods, became a medical director in Tunbridge Wells, and started her own practice in Belgravia, before setting up her current surgery at Clabon Mews. Somewhere along the way in this dramatic ascent, Christ had been lost to Barbara. Roman Catholicism had sat far too heavily on her, obscuring the light. But all the frothier options, from Buddhism to New Age self-help, lacked bite. One day hiking up a mountain for the human-trafficking charity A21 – Kilimanjaro no less – Barbara asked another woman where all her positive energy came from: ‘Jesus,’ Nicole had answered. ‘Oh no!’ Barbara exclaims, throwing her arms up, ‘I’ve tried that! That’s what I thought initially anyway.’ But as the days glided by and she spent time with all the other Christian women, Christ seemed to permeate her through the orthopraxy of the faithful. ‘This all sounds rather dramatic and negative!’ Barbara laughs, ‘but sometimes you need to accept things as they are and make sure you keep focus on the final destination, not the little sacrifices on your way to make sure the big dream stays alive. God put amazing people on my path to make sure I have strength to be my best. I am really blessed.’ Indeed bouncing around on an oversized sofa, made even more gigantic due to her tiny frame, she looks about as deflated as a basketball. ‘And racing was never an escapist jaunt,’ she reminds me. ‘Did your levels of concentration turn it into a form of meditation?’ I push her. ‘Yes, like that but I’d call it worship,’ she says, correcting my theology. ‘Yes, I felt higher, felt closer to God – almost like it was a form of prayer.’ This positivity has overflowed into the relationships she has with her clients and staff. The aesthetic industry is not short of fuzzy platitudes, however, Barbara’s references to Matthew 19:14, quoting how the Kingdom belongs to the children, keeps her sincerely grounded in a very pure, trustful, honest relationship with everything – a feeling that she senses the art of her surgery is merely an extension of. She tells me about how she assisted medically in Haiti after the earthquake as we bob in and out of rooms in which she sculpts people, blending her artistic and technical skills flawlessly. ‘Keep in contact,’ she says. ‘If you ever fancy a drive, I’m doing Brands Hatch tomorrow afternoon.’ I nod politely and smile as I step out into the sunshine. I can’t drive.

my time in hospital was probably the best day of my life


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Beauty &Grooming Outside-in beauty and TLC on our doorstep, for him and for her


Daniel Sandler


n the heels of London Fashion Week, what better way to see a glimpse of the runways than through the eyes of a make-up artist? Daniel Sandler, a leader within his field for more than 25 years, has a multi-award winning cosmetics line available at Harrods and now in its tenth year. Speaking to Briana Handte Lesesne, he shares a behind the scenes look into the world of beauty BRJ: When did you decide to become a make-up artist? DS: From the age of 14 years old I knew I wanted to work in make-up but the deal was sealed after I’d completed my training when I was 18. BRJ: What inspired you to create your first cosmetics line and tell us what makes your products so unique? DS: They’re unique because they’re created by a professional who knows exactly what works on a woman’s face. After being a make-up artist for such a long time I instinctively know a good formula from a bad one and I understand which pigments work well. BRJ: What beauty essential should a woman always have in her handbag? DS: In general, most women suffer from darkness under the eyes so a concealer is essential. It’s also important to keep your lips hydrated and a nourishing lip balm will keep dry, chapped lips at bay. To avoid shine, it’s vital to carry a pressed blot powder. BRJ: Make-up is an important part of fashion. What has working with fashion designers taught you? DS: I love the glamour of working with Tom Ford and Tommy Hilfiger but I don’t think that most women truly follow make-up trends, as they do with fashion. Most women use the same products every day, with a bit of experimentation every now and then, because they feel safe with them.

BRJ: What are the up-coming make-up trends for 2013 and can you share a sneak peek of Spring 2014 with us? DS: For 2013, a demi-matte complexion teamed with bejewelled smoky eyes, subtle brows and matte dark lips. Alternatively, I have also seen a slightly glossy complexion teamed with nude eyes and strong brows, contoured cheeks and delicate matte lips. For 2014, shades of grey on eyes will contrast well to all the browns we’ve seen in 2013. Orange tones on cheeks will take over from pinks. We may see shimmery blushers become more popular than matte, especially when worn with a tan. BRJ: What is your must have product of the moment? DS: Easy question, it has to be my new line of Luxury Matte Lipsticks. The shades are incredible, as is the texture. They almost have a suede effect. Any woman who tries one, instantly wants to buy them all. BRJ: I love the sleek, minimalist design of the packaging for your new products. How did that come about? DS: Thank you. I wanted to create a range that looked sophisticated and also didn’t take up too much space in a woman’s purse. BRJ: How do you balance your make-up when wearing a strong lip? DS: Some women look sensational simply with a bold lip and nothing else whereas others need to fill in brows, wear some blush and mascara on their lashes in order to create balance. Each canvas is so unique to that individual. The only time you can wear strong eyes and bold or dark lips is when both zones are ‘big enough’ to carry it off. BRJ: Which products do you have the most fun experimenting with? DS: Creating new shades of blush is where my heart is at. I have already been nicknamed the ‘King of Blusher’ and ‘The Patron Saint of Cheeks!’ I have fun blending shades together in my kitchen. BRJ: Do you believe women sometimes make the wrong choices with the palette they choose for their skin tone? DS: Oh yes, certainly. It is generally the base and lip colour that women get wrong. The wrong base makes skin look too pale or too dark, or ashy or dehydrated and the wrong lip colour makes teeth appear yellow. BRJ: What is your beauty motto to avoid make-up sins? DS: Blend, blend, blend. (

The eyes have it

At some point in their lives, most women set out on a quest for a ‘miracle cream’. They search high and low for a magic potion in a bottle that will turn back the hands of time, evidence of which is found in particular around the eyes. Look no further, I have discovered the answers to skin-related prayers. Touted as the cornerstone of the Erno Laszlo brand, the Phormula 3-9 collection consists of products that revitalise the skin with intense rehydration for uncompromising results. The latest addition to the collection, Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair Cream, launches in September. Formulated for the delicate eye area, this luxurious gel-cream cools on contact and dramatically improves hydration to restore the youthful elasticity and vibrancy. A unique mix of ingredients goes into every jar: Marula oil, known for its therapeutic properties, repairs and softens fine lines, while raspberry stem cells deliver superior antioxidant properties to fortify the skin against collagen-degrading free radicals. Caffeine also works to stimulate microcirculation for smoother, firmer skin around the eyes. This unique blend of


ingredients delivers what every woman wants from an eye cream and it also comes luxuriously whipped up in a glass jar and is packaged in a beautiful black, white and gold Art Deco box. £185, launching exclusively at Harrods and online at

White Room Beauty


hite Room Beauty opened its beauty treatment centre and luxury shop on Walton Street in Knightsbridge three years ago, and for a blissful and results-driven facial, I highly recommend you make a booking. From two beautiful treatment rooms, a team of highly trained therapists administer bespoke facials based on the client’s skin type, tone and individual needs. After cleansing my skin, my one hour prescriptive facial started with a thorough skin analysis. My therapist assessed my skin’s condition and discussed a treatment plan with me. She decided to use products from the Medik8 line. Known as the Green Cosmeceutical brand, these products were chosen for their natural ingredients, developed to treat the most sensitive skin without irritation. The therapist continued to deeply cleanse the skin using a combination of clay based masks, followed by an enzymatic peel (using natural enzymes of papaya to break

Briana Handte Lesesne seeks a prescriptive facial at the boutique spa

down any dull, dry skin and loosen dirt in the pores). Once my skin was thoroughly softened, she performed light extractions to cleanse pores. A vitamin C firming mask was then applied and while the mask was performing its hydration, I was treated to a foot massage. Next a hydrating serum was gently massaged into my skin, using deep lifting and drainage movements. What followed was a dreamy neck, scalp and shoulder massage. Finally, my talented therapist applied a Medik8 moisturiser to my newly cleansed and refreshed skin. I walked out of the spa, not only looking like I had spent a week on holiday, but with a skip in my step from my glowing, youthful-looking skin. A basic prescriptive facial for one hour costs £90 Please see spa’s list of services for pricing details 46 Walton Street, Knightsbridge, SW3 1RB 020 7584 3881(

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Great British Escape:

Goodwood Revival Festival

With vintage fashion, retro motors and nostalgic entertainment, Goodwood Revival offers a time machine back to the glory of motor racing’s heyday. Amelia Rosenthal suggests what to expect from the event and what to do while visiting West Sussex


oodwood Revival Festival offers a unique chance to revel in the glamour and allure of motor racing in a bygone era. As guests step through the gates onto the exquisite grounds of the Goodwood estate, all dressed up, they are transported back in time to the glory days of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Ranked as Britain’s leading racing venue from 1948-1966, the post-war heyday is recreated in superb detail with tractor trailers taking you around the site, tin mugs of tea and fish and chips wrapped in 1950s newspaper. It’s as much a fashion show as a motor show, with most visitors dressing in authentic vintage fashions from military uniforms to Hollywood glamour. There’s plenty of motor racing taking place over the weekend, with prize giving taking place on Sunday afternoon. You might even recognise some of the drivers as many famous faces have pulled on the retro overalls to race here, including Damon Hill, Rowan Atkinson and Jenson Button. Modern vehicles are not allowed on the racing site but if you own a pre-1966 vehicle, you are invited to park in the Revival Car Show area, where enthusiasts can admire the vintage craftsmanship. If you’re not a car enthusiast, there’s still plenty you can do; listen to bands play 1950s music, learn to jive and jitterbug, shop in the vintage market, or enjoy the vintage fairground rides, if you have little ones in tow. Whether you remember the era first time around or not, it’s a fantastic experience for both motor racing fans and vintage lovers alike. The Goodwood Estate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX (

Photograph / Alex Shore

Where to stay?

Where to eat?

What else can you do?

Behind a 60 ft. curtain wall and working portcullis, you will discover an enchanting hotel that will make you feel akin to royalty. Amberley Castle offers luxurious facilities and the highest standards of food and service, and with 900 years of history to absorb there is a magical quality to the grounds. The four poster beds, coat of arms and formal dining experience add to the atmosphere, as do the many acres of garden on offer to explore. Enjoy the tree house, tennis courts, 18-hole putting green and croquet lawn or seek tranquillity and relaxation by the fireside. Amberley Castle, Near Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT (

West Sussex offers a plethora of delectable dining establishments from Brasserie Blanc (Raymond Blanc’s eaterie tucked away on a cobbled square) to the Michelin-starred 36 on the Quay, which is approximately 30 minutes by car from Goodwood. If you’re not in the mood for a drive, the charming Anglesey Arms country pub offers delicious food minutes from the Goodwood estate. Brasserie Blanc, Richmond House The Square, Chichester, PO19 7SJ ( 36 on the Quay 47 South Street, Emsworth, Hampshire PO10 7EG ( The Anglesey Arms, Halnaker, Chichester PO18 0NQ (

Pallant House Gallery showcases the best of 20th century British art. In September, the gallery will be celebrating collage with two exhibitions. Modern British Collage And Its Legacy explores the role of collage from the beginning of the 20th century through Surrealism and Pop Art. Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture showcases the inventive and prolific artists’ work with collage playing a central role, not only in the traditional sense of paper collage but also in terms of sculptural assemblage, printmaking and filmmaking. Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TJ (

36 on the Quay


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weekend brunch THE PANTECHNICON ROOMS 10 Motcomb Street from 9am-4pm

All roads

lead to Rome

Henry Hopwood-Phillips shines a light on the controversial divide between Late Antiquity and the Dark Ages...


hen Rome fell, three men rose in turn to claim its inheritance: Theodoric the Great, a Goth from Rome; the Emperor Justinian, from Constantinople and finally Charlemagne the Frank from Aachen. None succeeded. Yet a series of barbarian popes, who maintained no real interest in the enterprise, did. Peter Heather’s new book, a sequel to his last two on Late Rome and Early Europe, aims to explore and explain the twists and turns that propelled the West to such an odd civilisational denouement. His thesis is certainly original. Whilst at some points he can sound a little too like Henri Pirenne, the Belgian medievalist, with talk of Rome having ‘used a demographic and economic base in the Med [which] by the year 1,000, the rise of Islam had fractured,’ his qualification that the ‘gaps had narrowed dramatically,’ between the Med and the rest, is an important one. His most original thinking, however, is his insistence that because the periphery caught up with the core civilisationally, both Theoderic and Justinian, in trying to recreate the Empire as a corestate on a fragmented ecumene, were acting anachronistically; they were building sandcastles in the face of a geopolitical tide. And that what marked out Charlemagne’s reign was not so much his Holy Roman Empire (which eventually, died out in 1806, went the way of most states) but rather the encouragement, the consolidation, the reification of Rome and Christ as idea, as ideology, as culture. This phenomenon took the form of a nascent European identity that respected international canon law as a spine from which a common fleshy culture (rhetoric, grammar, history, hagiography) would grow that both the Papacy and the people wanted to buy into. Heather does many things right in this 500 page tome. There are some great little nuggets of knowledge about Byzantine literature, about how the Sarmatians were everybody’s ‘whipping boy’ in Late Antiquity, and how Constantine had once declared ‘Serdica [Sofia] is my Rome’. He continually comes out with punchy theories that pithily overturn prevailing views. So Justinian was not a romantic visionary; he merely painted his conquests in the rhetoric of purple after they were almost completed. The Late Merovingian empire was not weak; its periphery panicked. The Carolingians did not lack a centralised state; they lacked a stable political model that did not rely on conquest. The problem being of course that although many of these opening paragraphs pack a punch, their impact dissipates under the weight of countless caveats. There is also the niggling issue of tone. Many of the testimonials indicate that Heather has it spot-on. Avoiding the theatrical style of J. J. Norwich, the grave manner of Steven Runciman or the dry science


of J. B. Bury and attempting to leaven the heavier history with humour is all very well and good (Pope Formosus’ cadaver trial is a highlight). But Tom Holland or Bryan Ward-Perkins he is not. An easy, even an irreverent tone should not need to employ phrases such as ‘bull****’ or ‘blah, blah’ and certainly need not such solipsistic details as events occurring ‘870 years to the day before the birth of one of my sons.’ The tenor strives for impertinence but overreaches itself and feels vulgar, crass, flippant. This is a great shame, because overall the book is superb. Though a bit heavy for the general reader, it is the perfect intermediate material for those who find academia too dry. The ease with which he overturns conventional historiography indicates an acute mind that soars far above the usual historical battle-lines and is able to redraw them deftly. However, as I closed the book, I felt as I might having read some Terence or Martial: more impressed than amused. The Restoration of Rome: Barbarian Popes & Imperial Pretenders by Peter Heather, £30, PanMacmillan

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Old Sloper considers foreign aid


recent article in The Daily Mail (8 July) gives full coverage to the excessive amounts of money paid in overseas aid to various countries, in particular places in Africa such as Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Gabon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea. The tabloid also details what I perceive to be the ridiculous extravagances of some of those in power in these countries. For example President Zuma of South Africa is refurbishing his country retreat, costing a reported £17.5 million. I have also read in the same publication that President Ali Bongo of Gabon has a 39-strong property portfolio in Paris. The overseas aid bill has risen from more than £8 billion to nearly £12 billion in the last year. The government insists this will not affect the public (via cuts), but we have already seen a recent cut in our own borough of Westminster, resulting in the closure of fire stations in Basil Street and Greycoat Place, together with the reduction of services provided by the Kings Road Fire station. This has upset a large number of Londoners across the capital and could well result in the Mayor of London Boris Johnson losing support in the next local elections. I believe the other person to blame, for what is an act of negligence, is the Secretary of State for Local Government Eric Pickles. Mr Pickles, in his zeal to build large numbers of houses all over the countryside of Britain, intends to overturn planning applications that have been rejected by local authorities to build more houses. To ignore the actions of elected representatives of the people i.e. local councillors is an act of what I can only describe as dictatorship. He must be prevented from ruining our beautiful countryside.



Wise Owl challenges the morals of money lenders


n light of the recent horrific revelations in the national press that payday loan companies can charge in excess of 5,300 per cent interest on the loans they offer, I think we need to act. In the 16th and 17th centuries there were various acts of parliament outlawing usury (i.e.



Secret Squirrel takes a European stance on recycling


n a recent trip to Berlin, I couldn’t help but notice just how immaculate and clean the streets of Germany’s capital are, in comparison to the frequently littered and gum-spattered streets of London. Belgravia is probably one of the cleanest areas in the city of London, although there is always room for improvement. The City of London borough councils need to deal with rubbish in a more efficient and positive way. While heading to Potsdamer Platz on foot, you notice that the public Berliner bins are divided into four separate categories for glass, plastic, cardboard/paper and general waste (food). That’s not all. According to a friend who is living in Berlin, the council actually pay their citizens 10 cents for every glass jar/bottle one recycles, on collection. This, I discovered, after I questioned why a homeless person was stealing all the glass rubbish outside a house in a suspicious manner. Perhaps if Boris Johnson provided a similar incentive to encourage the citizens of London to respect the future sustainability of environments, we may actually succeed in producing less waste, fewer landfills and cleaner, brighter streets in London. We’ve definitely seen an improvement in recycling in the capital. Especially when you witness the bin men refusing to take away mixed bags of rubbish belonging to those lazy homeowners who can’t be bothered to sort through their own mess. Shame on them! Perhaps we can bring some of Berlin’s green attitude to Belgravia.

charging excessive interest on loans, which was punished by imprisonment). Although these acts were appealed in 1854, I believe they should be reenacted. In addition to these lenders, a number of credit cards charge between 20 and 25 per cent interest and even the credit unions put forward by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury Justin Welby are reported to charge in the region of 80 per cent. It is hardly surprising with these excessive rates of interest that so much money is owed on credit cards in the UK. The Governor of the Bank of England should decree that lenders should charge no more than approximately 10 to 12 per cent over current LIBOR rates. Banks and payday members are making excessive profits out of these extortionate rates of interest, which in many cases affects the poorest members of society.




elgravia during the summertime is not as quiet as one might think. From popular restaurants for outdoor dining to new exhibits at local galleries, the neighborhood was buzzing with excitement. For alfresco dining on a summer night as the sky changes colour from purple to pink and orange, we love to go to Santini on Ebury Street. With intimate terrace seating, olive trees, Mediterranean herbs and fairy lights, it’s a romantic destination in the evening and whisks you away, if only temporarily, to the Italian countryside. Those who opt to stay in Belgravia during the summer months, imagine themselves in Cancun at Tonteria on Sloane Square. The Mexican-themed tapas bar-cum-restaurant serves exotic tequila-based cocktails, upscale Mexican hors d’oeuvres and main dishes. The eatery becomes a hot nightclub when the sun goes down. Within the first few weeks of September, all the final reductions and sale placards will be removed from the shop windows, to be replaced by autumn’s best looks, back to school, and new A/W colours. New stores will be opening just in time for the winter, such as JO LOVES on

Briana Handte-Lesesne recalls her favourite summer haunts as we head into autumn

Elizabeth Street. Founded by Jo Malone, it will sell fragrances, candles and gifts for the home. A/W collections for fashion and autumn’s looks for beauty will beckon shoppers inside boutiques and the S/S 2014 collections will be previewed at London Fashion Week beginning on September 13th. All of the buzz, parties, receptions, previews, galas and events that go along with the shows will have London aflutter. The quaint children’s shoe store Papouelli on Elizabeth Street is always teaming with activity at this time of the year. My two children are starting new schools in the September, in Belgravia, and they couldn’t be more excited. When their new uniforms arrived over the summer, they tried on their new sweaters, tights and winter coats in the blazing heat of July, eager as they were to start a new experience. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I have always told my friends, much to their surprise, that the greatest thing about summer is that autumn and winter are just around the corner and this period in Belgravia is well, simply put, exquisite. I adore the shorter afternoons and the sun’s shadows casting a slightly purple hue onto the Magnolia-coloured stucco buildings within the local area. Autumn is on its way.



Gillian Anderson Price succumbs to the allure of Belgravia


have lived and worked in Primrose Hill for seven years and enjoyed the highs and lows of, shall we call it, village life. Torn between the familiar and the adventure of relocation, the thinking and talking turned abruptly to action one day in September 2012. Some might say it was an epiphany. Now, I was ready for pastures new. Two weeks later, I had an offer worthy of acceptance. It was a cash chain-free offer, which would complete on 14 November. So, I did what anyone would do and accepted the offer, then panicked. I wasn’t just about to be homeless, I was about to be jobless too. On January 24, 2013, my postcode changed from NW1 to SW1 and I could not have been happier. I have also recently relocated my vintage home wares, jewellery and curiosities boutique to Mayfair. I lived in Chelsea, just off King’s Road, when I was 18 and fresh out of fashion college. I’d always liked the area and somehow, subconsciously, I must have decided I wanted to move back to the Chelsea/Belgravia area when I chose my son’s SW1 school a few years ago. I was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and welcoming everybody was in Belgravia, compared to the slightly more frictional north. It was only a couple of days before a Belgravia Residents

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Association pack found its way through my letter box. I must say, as much as I love living in the area (I’d live there simply for Colbert – a name my nine year old son insists is pronounced phonetically), I cannot take much more of the builders. They’re a lovely bunch but to welcome a bunch of strangers into the house for six months to bang stuff each morning requires the patience of a saint. Still, I have peace in my shop. In a world now so globalised that all shopping centres and high streets internationally offer identical brands with identical window displays and merchandise it is near impossible to find a unique and thoughtful gift. My store is a quirky and eclectic mix of vintage home wares, jewellery and curiosities discerningly selected, edited and curated. If you can’t find what you are looking for I will endeavour to source it for you; I like a challenge. Gillian Anderson Price Limited is located at 16 Brook Street W1S 1BE ( 029

Residents’ Culture Exploring the minutiae of residents’ explorations and encounters

The Residents’ Association’s

September round-up

by Isobel King

Summer Highs and Lows


emembering the previous summer of 2012 brings back memories of heroic feats of victory in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Sir Chris Hoy, Ellie Simmonds, Sarah Storey, David Weir and a host of other athletes went for gold.

There was also the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which saw a tremendous regatta of boats floating down the River Thames, and a host of street parties across the nation on an unforgettable four-day bank holiday weekend. So what will the summer of 2013 be remembered for, I wonder? As the summer days begin to shorten and the autumnal weather rolls in, we look back at a season of highlights.

cheering on O’Driscoll, Gray, Halfpenny and Farrell. Around the same time, we saw the tremendous victory of Andy Murray over Novak Djokovic at the Men’s Wimbledon Final. The volume of cheers and applause from the British public was surely heard nationwide, from every family watching it on their TV, to the crowds assembled at big screens across London, to the lucky ticket-holders at Centre Court and sat on Murray Mound. Another highlight was the Queen’s Coronation Festival, which celebrated the tradition, innovation and excellence of more than 200 British companies who hold the coveted Royal Warrant. Behind Buckingham Palace, a host of tents showcased the very best products, categorised into Food and Drink; Homes and Gardens; Design and Technology; and Styles, Pursuits and Pastimes. In addition, there was a catwalk setup around a beautiful oak tree, with fashion shows displaying the best attire from Austin Reed, Barbour, Dege & Skinner and many more.

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At the start of the summer, we enjoyed the Belgravia Grand Tour Car Rally to Monte Carlo, from 8-15 June, which reminded me of a scene from Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca. On Monday 17 June, the Belgravia Residents Association hosted their annual Summer Garden Party. The evening was one to remember with delicious canapés, music from a live jazz band, dramatic monologues from Georgian characters and some great raffle prizes. Thanks go to Palette, the Young Georgians, Ayrton Wylie, Duncan Lawrie, and to all of the committee on the Association for organising such a wonderful party. By mid-June, the Lion’s rugby team were well on their way to winning a title, as they toured 4,738 miles across Australia for a series of matches. Having lost the second test match 15-16 in Melbourne, they came back to win 41-16 on 6 July in Sydney, claiming the well-deserved title of champions. The pubs and bars of Belgravia were packed with Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English

Not long ago we also welcomed a new member into the Royal family. The news of the birth of HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was announced on Monday 22 July. Weighing 8lb 6oz, the birth was celebrated worldwide; Niagara Falls was lit up with blue lights and the Royal Navy crew on HMS Lancaster and HMS Kent grouped together to form the word ‘Boy’, when seen from above. As for lows of Belgravia life, the impending closure of the fire stations in Knightsbridge and Westminster is an unwelcome move. Wherever you were this summer, we hope you’ve had an exciting season filled with some unforgettable memories – personal ones with family and friends on holiday, as well as those shared with the rest of the British public, in and around Belgravia.

Until next month...

Planning &Development Keeping you in the know about important street plans affecting Belgravia





1 August

Chapel Street

Internal alteration to layout and installation of internal lift

1 August

Lyall Street

Installation of bay window and Juliet Balcony on fifth floor

1 August

Eaton Square

Lower ground and ground floor alterations

1 August

Passmore Street

Installation of solar panels on roof

planned road works STREET




Lyall Street

Excavation of footway

1-4 September

UKPN (0800 028 4587)

Eaton Square

New electrical connection

1-4 September


Hans Crescent

Remedy mains fault

9-13 September


Pont Street

Paving works

30 September

Kensington & Chelsea (020 7361 3000)

Mews Life

A Views from the Mews survey has been produced by independent research and marketing company Sarah Farrugia & Company and will be sent to all mews house residents. The survey seeks to find out opinions on the daily issues of living in a Belgravia mews house. Randa Hanna and her team have produced the survey to ascertain different perspectives with the hopes of addressing them and improving life for those living locally. For every completed survey, The Belgravia Residents Association will admit the sender into their fold for a full year, posting a member’s pack as well. The survey must be completed by 30 September, 2013. All research will be strictly confidential and subject to strict criteria of the market research code of conduct. It is also important to note that the information will not be made public and that all planning is subject to Westminster and Grosvenor Estate agreement. There is no guarantee changes will be implemented. If you wish to fill out the survey on line, please visit

Ebury Square Project

Ebury Square project has progressed well, says the Belgravia Residents Association. The work carried out thus far involves the waterproofing of the Ebury Street block, as well as fitting out the two blocks from the first floor upwards. The ongoing scaffolding to the perimeter has now been wrapped in plastic monarflex. For further details, visit

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The Belgravia


A compendium of the area’s key establishments

Estate Agents Andrew Reeves 77-79 Ebury Street 020 7881 1366

Harrods Estates 82 Brompton Road 020 7225 6506

Savills 139 Sloane Street 020 7730 0822

Ayrton Wylie 16 Lower Belgrave Street 020 7730 4628

Henry & James 1 Motcomb Street 020 7235 8861

Strutt & Parker 66 Sloane Street 020 7235 9959

Best Gapp & Cassells 81 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 9253

John D Wood 48 Elizabeth Street 020 7824 7900

W A Ellis 174 Brompton Road 020 7306 1600

Cluttons 84 Bourne Street 030 3773 0020

Knight Frank 82-83 Chester Square 020 7881 7722

Wellbelove Quested 160 Ebury Street 020 7881 0880

Food & Drink BARS Amaya Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street 020 7823 1166 The Garden Room (cigar) The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7259 5599 The Library Bar (wine) The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7259 5599 Tiles Restaurant and Wine Bar 36 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7834 7761

CAFÉS Bella Maria 4 Lower Grosvenor Place 020 7976 6280 Caffe Reale 23 Grosvenor Gardens 020 7592 9322

The Green Café 16 Eccleston Street 020 7730 5304 ll Corriere 6 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 2087 The Old English Coffee House 1 Montrose Place 020 7235 3643 Patisserie Valerie 17 Motcomb Street 020 7245 6161 Tomtom Coffee House 114 Ebury Street 020 7730 1771

The Orange 37 Pimlico Road 020 7881 9844

The Pantechnicon 10 Motcomb Street 020 7730 6074

The Thomas Cubitt 44 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 6060

Valerie Victoria 38 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7630 9781



Como Lario (Italian) 18-22 Holbein Place 020 7730 9046

The Antelope (classic) 22-24 Eaton Terrace 020 7824 8512

Il Convivio (Italian) 143 Ebury Street 020 7730 4099

Olivo (Italian & Sardinian) 21 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2505 Zafferano (Italian) 15 Lowndes Street 020 7235 5800

Motcombs 26 Motcomb Street 020 7235 6382

Mango Tree 46 Grosvenor Place 020 7823 1888 Pétrus 1 Kinnerton Street 020 7592 1609

Health & Beauty BARBER


Giuseppe D’Amico 20 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2968

The Belgrave Medical Centre 13 Pimlico Road 020 7730 5171


The Belgravia Surgery 26 Eccleston Street 020 7590 8000

The Beresford Clinic 2 Lower Grosvenor Place 020 7821 9411 Motcomb Street Dentist 3 Motcomb Street 020 7235 6531 The Wilton Place Practice 31 Wilton Place 020 7235 3824

Michael Garry Personal Training 54b Ebury Street 020 7730 6255

Motcomb Green 61 Ebury Street 020 7235 2228

Yogoji (Yoga) 54a Ebury Street 020 7730 7473

Stephen Casali 161 Ebury Street 020 7730 2196



Colin & Karen Hair Design 39 Lower Belgrave Street 020 7730 7440

Bijoux Medi-Spa 149 Ebury Street 020 7730 0765

The Light Centre Belgravia 9 Eccleston Street 020 7881 0728

The Daniel Galvin Jr. Salon 4a West Halkin Street 020 3416 3116

earthspa 4 Eccleston Street 020 7823 6226


Humphrey -Carrasco 43 Pimlico Road 020 7730 9911

Westenholz 80-82 Pimlico Road 020 7824 8090

Jamb 107a Pimlico Road 020 7730 2122

88 Gallery 86-88 Pimlico Road 020 7730 2728

Lamberty 46 Pimlico Road 020 7823 5115

Ahuan Gallery 17 Eccleston Street 020 7730 9382

Linley 60 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7300

Gallery 25 26 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7516

Mark Wilkinson Kitchens 10 West Halkin Street 020 7235 1845

Gauntlett Gallery 90-92 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7516

Dr Kalina 109 Ebury Street 020 7730 4805



Home ANTIQUES Bennison 16 Holbein Place 020 7730 8076 Turkmen Gallery 8 Eccleston Street 020 7730 8848 Patrick Jefferson 69 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6161

ARCHITECTS/ DESIGN Marston & Langinger 194 Ebury Street 020 7881 5700 Paul Davis + Partners 178 Ebury Street 020 7730 1178

ARTEFACTS Odyssey Fine Arts 24 Holbein Place 020 7730 9942

BUILDER Capital Projects Ltd Gillingham Street (off Ecceleston Square) 07793 777 043

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Paint Services Company 19 Eccleston Street 020 7730 6408 Rachel Vosper (candles) 69 Kinnerton Street 020 7235 9666 Ramsay (prints) 69 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6776 Sebastian D’Orsai (framer) 77 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 8366 Zuber 42 Pimlico Road 020 7824 8265

FURNITURE Ciancimino 85 Pimlico Place 020 7730 9959

Ossowski 83 Pimlico Road 020 7730 3256 Promemoria UK 99 Pimlico Road 020 7730 2514

The Dining Chair Company 4 St Barnabas Street 020 7259 0422

Soane 50-52 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6400

Hemisphere 97 Lower Sloane Street 020 7730 9810

Talisman 190-192 Ebury Street 020 7730 7800


Gordon Watson 28 Pimlico Road 020 7259 0555 John Adams Fine Art 200 Ebury Street 020 7730 8999 The Osborne Studio Gallery 2 Motcomb Street 020 7235 9667

INTERIOR DESIGN Chester Designs 9 Chester Square Mews 020 7730 4333


The Belgravia

Directory Fashion BOUTIQUES Le Spose Di Giò (wedding dresses) 81 Ebury Street 020 7901 9020

Christian Louboutin 23 Motcomb Street 020 7245 6510

Patricia Roberts 60 Kinnerton Street 020 7235 474

Herve Leger 29 Lowndes Street 020 7201 2590

Philip Treacy 69 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 3992

Lynton Hotel 113 Ebury Street 020 7730 4032

The Belgravia Mews Hotel 50 Ebury Street 020 7730 5434

The Sloane Club Lower Sloane Street 020 7730 9131

Morgan Guest House 120 Ebury Street 020 7730 2384

The Diplomat Hotel 2 Chesham Street 020 7235 1544

Tophams Hotel 24-32 Ebury Street 020 7730 3313

Westminster House Hotel 96 Ebury Street 020 7730 4302

Lime Tree Hotel 135-137 Ebury Street 020 7730 8191


BOUTIQUE Astors Hotel 110-112 Ebury Street 020 7730 0158

The Rubens at the Palace 39 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7834 6600



Nevena Couture (clients by appointment only)

Lowndes Street 020 3539 8738

Hotels B&Bs B+B Belgravia & Studios@82 64-66 Ebury Street 020 7259 8570 Belgravia Hotel 118 Ebury Street 020 7259 0050 Cartref House 129 Ebury Street 020 7730 6176 Lord Milner Hotel 111 Ebury Street 020 7881 9880

The Berkeley Wilton Place 020 7235 6000 The Goring Beeston Place 020 7396 9000

Services BANKS Duncan Lawrie Private Banking 1 Hobart Place 020 7245 1234

C Hoare & Co 32 Lowndes Street 020 7245 6033 Royal Bank of Scotland 24 Grosvenor Place 020 7235 1882

Coral Racing 67 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6516 William Hill 12 Buckingham Palace Road 08705 181 715

CHARITIES British Red Cross 85 Ebury Street 020 7730 2235

Child & Child 14 Grosvenor Crescent 020 7235 8000


Eaton Square School 79 Eccleston Square 020 7931 9469 Francis Holland School 39 Graham Terrace 020 7730 2971

Cameron House School 4 The Vale 020 7352 4040

Garden House School Turks Row 020 7730 1652

Eaton House School 3-5 Eaton Gate 020 7924 6000

GEMS Hampshire School 15 Manresa Road 020 7352 7077

Glendower Preparatory School 86-87 Queen’s Gate 020 7370 1927

Queen’s Gate School 133 Queen’s Gate 020 7589 3587

Hill House International Junior School Hans Place 020 7584 1331

Sussex House School 68 Cadogan Square 020 7584 1741

Knightsbridge School 67 Pont Street 020 7590 9000 Miss Daisy’s Nursery Ebury Square 020 7730 5797 More House School 22-24 Pont Street 020 7235 2855

Thomas’s Kindergarten 14 Ranelagh Grove 020 7730 3596

EXCLUSIVE The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street 020 7235 5162



Judith Blacklock Flower School 4-5 Kinnerton Place South 020 7235 6235

Post Office 6 Eccleston Street 0845 722 3344

Neill Strain Floral Couture 11 West Halkin Street 020 7235 6469

PRINTING & COPYING Printus 115a Ebury Street 020 7730 7799



Victoria Library 160 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7641 1300

Bravo Travel 6 Lower Grosvenor Place 0870 121 3411

MOTORING Belgravia Garage 1 Eaton Mews West 020 7235 9900

Speciality Shops BAKERIES



Baker & Spice 54-56 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 3033

La Bottega 25 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2730

F Bennett and Son 9 Chester Square Mews 020 7730 6546

Ottolenghi 13 Motcomb Street 020 7823 2707



Charles of Belgravia 27 Lower Belgrave Street 020 7730 5210

Mayhew Newsagents 15 Motcomb Street 020 7235 5770

CIGAR SPECIALIST Tomtom Cigars 63 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 1790

BOOKS Belgravia Books 59 Ebury Street 020 7259 9336

CONFECTIONERS Peggy Porschen 116 Ebury Street 020 7730 1316 Pierre Hermé Paris 13 Lowndes Street 020 7245 0317 Rococo Chocolates 5 Motcomb Street 020 7245 0993

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JEWELLERS Carolina Bucci 4 Motcomb Street 020 7838 9977 David Thomas Master Goldsmith 65 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7710 De Vroomen 59 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 1901 Erickson Beamon 38 Elizabeth Street 020 7259 0202

Elizabeth Gage 5 West Halkin Street 020 7823 0100

PharmacY A. Moore Chemist & Belgravia Health Foods 25e Lowndes Street 020 7235 5887

PERFUMERIES Annick Goutal 20 Motcomb Street 020 7245 0248 Les Senteurs 71 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 2322

Floris 147 Ebury Street 020 7730 0304

Pet accessories Mungo & Maud 79 Elizabeth Street 020 7022 1207



£2,750,000 £2,750,000 stc £3,750,000 stc

Reception room, Dining room, Master bedroom with en-suite, Shower room, Lift & resident caretaker. Double reception Reception room, Conservatory, room, DiningKitchen, room, Master Double bedroom bedroom with with en-suite, en-suite Shower bathroom, room, Two Liftfurther & resident double caretaker. bedrooms, Bathroom. On the second floor of a smart residential block in this On Decorated the second in warm floorneutral of a colours smart residential throughout,block the property in this exclusive Knightsbridge location, an immaculate two exclusive offers well-planned Knightsbridge accommodation location, anwith immaculate a wealth two of bedroom apartment with excellent accommodation including bedroom entertaining apartment space including with excellent entrance accommodation hall, double including reception two good double bedrooms, a bright “double aspect” drawing two room, good conservatory double bedrooms, and dining a bright room “double whichaspect” opens onto drawing the room and a dining room leading into a stylish modern kitchen. room kitchen. andAagreat dining deal room of attention leading into hasabeen stylish paid modern to thekitchen. finishes The property has been recently refurbished by Italian The throughout property the has property been and recently thererefurbished is an abundance by Italian of

craftsmen to the highest detailed specification. Features craftsmen features in the to the reception highest room detailed including specification. good ceilingFeatures height, include Teak parquet flooring & low voltage lighting include cornicing,Teak fireplace, parquet wooden flooring floors and & alow Julietvoltage balcony lighting looking throughout. It has direct lift access and the building has a throughout. down onto the It double has direct height lift conservatory. access and the The building conservatory has a resident caretaker. A host of famous retail and restaurant resident itself provides caretaker. beautiful A hostadditional of famousspace retailand andhas restaurant double facilities are immediately to hand. EPC rating D. facilities doors leading are immediately out to an to ornamental hand. EPCpatio. ratingEPC D. rating D


BELGRAVIA OFFICE 1 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JX 1 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JX +44 (0)20 7235 8861 +44 (0)20 7235 8861


ÂŁ3,750,000 stc Double reception room, Conservatory, Kitchen, Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, Two further double bedrooms, Bathroom. Decorated in warm neutral colours throughout, the property offers well-planned accommodation with a wealth of entertaining space including entrance hall, double reception room, conservatory and dining room which opens onto the kitchen. A great deal of attention has been paid to the finishes throughout the property and there is an abundance of

features in the reception room including good ceiling height, cornicing, fireplace, wooden floors and a Juliet balcony looking down onto the double height conservatory. The conservatory itself provides beautiful additional space and has double doors leading out to an ornamental patio. EPC rating D

BELGRAVIA OFFICE 1 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JX +44 (0)20 7235 8861



PER WEEK stc Two bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Study, Reception room, Eat-in kitchen, Guest Cloakroom, Porter, Lift. Elegant maisonette of c. 1172 square feet on the 3rd & 4th floors of this period red brick conversion with lift and porter. The apartment benefits from plenty of natural light, wood flooring in the reception and air conditioning in the bedrooms. The accommodation comprises reception room, eat-in kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower room,

study/single bedroom (with fitted bunk beds), family bathroom and guest cloakroom. The property is available furnished for a long term let. Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges. EPC D

BELGRAVIA OFFICE 1 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JX +44 (0)20 7235 8861



PER WEEK stc Private Mews,Two double bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Balcony, Garage/Utility room. A beautiful two double bedroom mews house with excellent storage and parking located in one of the best locations in Belgravia winthin a private mews. The property has been well arranged with a dining room off the kitchen, a study area off the reception, has en suite bathrooms and excellent storage. Neutrally decorated and classically furnished throughout,

the house also has an elegant south facing balcony. The property is available furnished or unfurnished from the end of September 2013. Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges. EPC D.

BELGRAVIA OFFICE 1 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JX +44 (0)20 7235 8861

1 AN UNMODERNISED GRADE II LISTED HOUSE AND MEWS IN CHESTER SQUARE belgravia, sw1 Planning/listed building consent has been applied for by Grosvenor ø A 125 year lease will be offered. The purchaser will not have a statutory right to claim the freehold under the Leasehold Reform Act 1967 ø 554 sq m (5,973 sq ft) ø EPC=F Guide £14.5 million Leasehold, 125 years

Ayrton Wylie

Savills Sloane Street

Simon Ayrton

Richard Gutteridge

020 7730 4628

020 7730 0822

1 AN ELEGANT GRADE II LISTED FAMILY HOUSE belgravia, sw1 Drawing room ø dining room ø media room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom suite ø 4/5 further bedrooms ø 4 further bath/shower rooms ø sauna ø garage ø roof terrace ø 425 sq m (4,572 sq ft) Guide £16.5 million Freehold

Savills Knightsbridge

Savills Sloane Street

Barbara Allen

Noel De Keyzer

020 7581 5234

020 7730 0822


A WELL PRESENTED 2ND FLOOR LATERAL APARTMENT eaton square, sw1 Entrance hall ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø further bathroom ø porter ø 166 sq m (1,783 sq ft) ø EPC=C Guide £5.25 million Leasehold

Savills Sloane Street


Richard Dalton

020 7730 0822

AN ELEGANT MAISONETTE BENEFITTING FROM SEPARATE STAFF FLAT eaton place, sw1 Entrance hall ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø further bathroom ø guest cloakroom ø separate studio flat with kitchen and shower room ø patio ø 214 sq m (2,306 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £3.5 million Leasehold

Savills Sloane Street Tom Wilson

020 7730 0822


A SPACIOUS MAISONETTE SITUATED IN THIS PRIME BELGRAVIA STREET eaton place, sw1 3 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen ø roof terrace ø direct lift access ø 213 sq m (2,294 sq ft) ø administration charges apply ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=E £2,500 per week Furnished

Savills Sloane Street


Murdi Van Hien

020 7730 0822

A STYLISH MEWS HOUSE FINISHED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD THROUGHOUT grosvenor crescent mews, sw1 4 double bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø 2 kitchens ø parking for 4 cars ø 278 sq m (3,000 sq ft) ø administration charges apply ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D £3,250 per week Furnished

Savills Sloane Street Adam Simmonds

020 7824 9005

Chesham Street, Belgravia SW1X Immaculate three bedroom lateral apartment

An exquisite apartment to rent in Belgravia, benefitting from two large reception rooms and two west facing terraces. Master bedroom with en suite and dressing lobby, 2 further double bedrooms both with en suites, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting/media room, cloakroom, 2 terraces, lift, porter, EPC rating B. Approximately 245 sq m (2,643 sq ft) Furnished or unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ4,950 per week (BEQ150975) 020 3641 6006

Gayfere Street, Westminster SW1 Immaculate four bedroom house with roof terrace

A magnificent house that has been rebuilt and architecturally designed. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite steam/shower room, 3 further bedrooms, 3 further bath/ shower rooms (2 en suite), reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, entrance hall, family room, study, guest cloakroom, utility room, roof terrace, 2 balconies. EPC rating D. Approximately 273 sq m (2,918 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ5,750,000 (BGV130114) 020 3641 5910

A P ro p e rt y B e yo n d Wo r d s.

An incredible stucco-fronted five bedroom house located in the heart of Belgravia. The property features 4 reception rooms, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, cloakroom, garden atrium

and a stunning terrace. EPC Rating D. Price on Application. Freehold. To arrange a viewing call

020 7591 8600


BURTON MEWS, SW1 A superbly presented Belgravia mews house equipped to a high specification. Energy Rating: E. 4 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, 2 shower rooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, patio, separate garage. Freehold Guide Price £4,495,000

JSA: Knight Frank 020 7881 7722

PENINSULA HEIGHTS, SE1 An exclusive riverside development with panoramic views. Energy Rating: D. 2 bedroom suites, shower room, reception/dining room, 2 lifts, 24 hr porterage, secure private allocated parking, residents’ gymnasium and sauna. Lease to 2121 Guide Price £1,795,000

BELGRAVIA 020 7824 7900

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Eaton Place, Belgravia SW1X • 2 Double bedrooms

• Fully fitted kitchen

• 2 Bathrooms

• Approx. 1,270 sq ft (118 sq m)

• Reception room

• EPC rating: current (E) potential (C)

“ A newly refurbished apartment in this period building in the heart of Belgravia.”

£1,800 per week Furnished

For more information call Lucy Morton on 020 7306 1630 or email

W.A.Ellis LLP 174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.

HolbeinMews, Mews, Chelsea Holbein Mews,Chelsea Chelsea SW1 SW1 •4 44 Bedrooms Private garage •• Bedrooms Bedrooms •••Private Privategarage garage • 3 Bathrooms (2 en suite) • Approx. 2,087 sq (193.9 sqsqm) m)m) ••3 3Bathrooms Bathrooms(2(2enensuite) suite) ••Approx. Approx.2,087 2,087sq sqftftft(193.9 (193.9sq •2 22 Receptionrooms rooms EPC rating: current (E) potential (B) •• Reception Reception rooms •••EPC EPCrating: rating:current current(E) (E)potential potential(B) (B)

Guideprice price£3,500,000 £3,500,000 Guide Guide price £3,500,000 Freehold Freehold Freehold

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Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia SW1 A low built mews house of 1,655 sq ft (154 sq m) in this gated Belgravia mews moments from Hyde Park Corner. The accommodation comprises of large reception/dining room, good-sized kitchen, large master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, two further bedrooms with a separate shower room. Grosvenor Crescent Mews is a gated Mews in the heart of Belgravia close to all the world class amenities Knightsbridge and the West End has to offer. EPC rating C

Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ4,750,000 020 7225 6509


Park Mansions, Knightsbridge SW1 A spacious lateral two bedroom apartment (1,053 sq ft / 98 sq m), situated on the fifth floor of this purpose built apartment block in the heart of Knightsbridge.The property has been subject to a major refurbishment programme using the highest quality materials to create a stunning residence. Park Mansions is fabulously located opposite Hyde Park, Harvey Nichols and moments from Harrods and Sloane Street.The apartment has been fitted with under floor heating throughout and a Creston and Lutron system controlling sound, lighting, video and blinds. It also benefits from 24-hour porterage, security, lift and recently refurnished communal areas. EPC rating C

Leasehold: approximately 239 years Guide price: £2,950,000 020 7225 8343


77-79 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 0NZ

Consort Rise House, Belgravia, SW1 £895,000 Leasehold A bright two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on the sixth floor of this modern purpose built block. The property offers well proportioned accommodation and benefits from 24 hour concierge, gymnasium, sauna and allocated underground parking. Located close to the amenities of Pimlico Road and Sloane Square and the transport connections of Victoria mainline and underground stations.

• Large living room • 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • Underground parking • 24-hour concierge • Leasehold – 986 years remaining

Artillery Mansions, Westminster, SW1 £1,150 per week Furnished A large 10th floor two double bedroom penthouse apartment situated in this popular portered mansion block. The accommodation comprises reception room with access to roof terrace, fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms (one ensuite) and further bathroom. The property measures over 1,300 square feet, has a total of 5 terraces benefitting from fantastic views across London, underground parking and 24 hour porterage.

• Spacious penthouse apartment • Large living room • 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • 5 terraces • Fantastic views across London

Lettings Office: +44 (0)20 7881 1366

Sales Office: +44 (0)20 7881 1333


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Over 100 years experience in Belgravia

Chester Street, SW1 A charming second and third floor maisonette (entered on the first) EATON TERRACE, SW1

• Entrance Hall • Reception Room * Drawing Room: • Eat in Kitchen which has spacious accommodation of 111.6 sq m (1,201 sq ft), * Dining Room: A well appointed family house situated close to Sloane Square, arranged over five floors • Master Bedroom with en suite Bathroom situated on the north side of this popular Belgravia residential street * 2 Further Reception Rooms: to provide spacious accommodation extending to 272 sq m (2,936 sq ft) with excellent • Second Bedroom close to Belgrave Square Gardens. There is subject to the necessary * Master Bedroom Suite: entertaining space and a 14.6 m (47’) rear garden. • Third Bedroom/Study consents the opportunity of adding an additional floor (subject to the * 3/4 Further Bedrooms: • 2nd Bathroom * 3 Bathrooms: neccessary consents). • Access to Belgrave Square Gardens Garden Freehold £5,750,000 *(by separate arrangement)

Leasehold Approximately 25 Years

Price on Application

Jermyn Street, St. James’s SW1

Newly constructed behind a beautifully restored Portland stone façade, these two bedroom apartments have been designed by world renowned Eric Parry Architects to a bespoke specification befitting this prestigious London address.

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from £3,950,000 125 Leasehold

1,603 sq ft (148.9 sq m) Entrance hall I Reception room I Open-plan kitchen I Dining room I Master bedroom with en suite bathroom I Second bedroom with en suite shower I Guest cloakroom I Porter I EPC rating B

Simon Fernandes 020 7318 4677 JSA: WA Ellis 020 7306 1610

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Pont Street, Knightsbridge SW1

A recently refurbished three bedroom penthouse with a dramatic roof terrace offering views over London.

ÂŁ3,950,000 Leasehold

1,781 sq ft (165.5 sq m) Reception room | Kitchen | Study | Three double bedroom suites | Guest cloakroom | Roof terrace | Lift | Air conditioning in master suite and living area | EPC rating C

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA: WA Ellis 020 7306 1610


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Eaton Place, Belgravia SW1

A two bedroom flat located on the first floor of a white stucco-fronted building in the heart of Belgravia.

ÂŁ3,950,000 Leasehold

1,440 sq ft (133.8 sq m) EPC rating D Drawing room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and study area | Second double bedroom | Shower room | Two balconies

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA: Savills 020 7730 0822

Eccleston Street, Belgravia SW1

A three bedroom interior designed maisonette with private entrance, offering flexible accommodation.

ÂŁ2,950,000 Leasehold

1,949 sq ft (181.07 sq m) EPC rating D Reception room | Kitchen/dining area | Three bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Study/bedroom four | Guest cloakroom | Utility room

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA: Knight Frank 020 7881 7722

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Belgravia Resident’s Journal

Belgravia Residents' Journal September 2013  

Welcome to the September edition of Belgravia Residents' Journal, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...