Belgravia Residents' Journal February 2017

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Resident’s Journal FEBRUARY 2017 • Issue 57

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Dear Resident, Did you know that February is the shortest month of the year because the Romans eighty-sixed it as they did not like winter? We sympathise with them but with the days finally becoming longer, we’re already looking forward to spring being in sight. However, without wishing time away, there’s still a lot to look forward to this month. Those who are looking for Valentine’s Day ideas should flick to Notebook (page 4) and our food feature on page 12. From roses that are sent through the post to hiring a chef to cook a meal for you at home, there’s plenty of inspiration. Or, if you fancy a night away, then why not check out our Great British Escape feature on page 28? That, along with our usual features such as the Belgravian, which this month features Motcomb Street dentist Dr Paul Gallop (page 6), food news (page 10) and interior ideas (page 23), means that February isn’t that bad after all…

COVER: An illustration of Dr Paul Gallop by Russ Tudor. Turn to page six for more information.

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The Mandarin Oriental has launched a gym programme membership, offering premium and platinum memberships. As well as cardio and resistance training, members set goals with world-renowned Ruben Tabares, have personal training sessions as well as at least one spa treatment. It’s the ideal way to continue the New Year, new health kick mantra. From £3,950, 020 235 2000, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA,


Looking to add some sparkle to your Valentine’s Day outfit? Then these beautiful Diamond Flamenco Drop Earrings are just the ticket. Launched last month, the Spanish dance is the inspiration behind this one-of-a-kind pair. £28,000, 41 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2TB,


From Valentine’s Day gift ideas to concerts, we bring you up-to-date with Belgravia’s February news OUT AND ABOUT

If you’re a Pink Floyd fan, make sure you don’t miss out Brit Floyd’s concert this month at Cadogan Hall. As well as performing favourite moments from The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and The Division Bell, Brit Floyd will also pay special tribute to the Animals album, in its 40th anniversary year, with a show-stopping rendition of Dogs, as well as other Pink Floyd musical gems. From £47.50, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ, 4


Nothing says romance more so than a bunch of roses. That’s why when we heard Roses Only has been launched in the UK after success in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, we couldn’t help but order a bouquet. Presented in a signature box, the long-stemmed varieties make a perfect gift.

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SMILE AND THE WORLD WILL SMILE WITH YOU This is certainly Paul Gallop’s philosophy, as he tells the Journal Francesca Lee-Rogers

Illustration by Russ Tudor


ue Liberman warned me about you,” I joke to Paul Gallop, the man behind Motcomb Street’s longestserving dentists. He has already made about five rather crude yet funny offthe-cuff remarks in less than two minutes, which is impressive by anyone’s standards. In fact, if you’ve ever met Paul you’ll never forget him thanks to his quick wit, jokey and fun personality. He’s such a character and isn’t hard to spot in Belgravia – when he’s not in his surgery, he’s driving around on a motorbike with a visor that has a full set of teeth printed on it. However, after recently being knocked off his BMW motorbike outside of Harrods that ended up with £16,000 worth of damage, you’d think that this being his fourth motorbike accident he might have learnt his lesson, but not Paul. In fact, as I discover, nothing really fazes him, and as he tells me about the

artwork in his surgery that he’s storing as his third wife recently left him, I think it’s impressive that Paul surmounts soap opera-worthy dramas with his affable and endearing personality. This is certainly what makes clients warm to him and keeps them loyal since he set up the practice in 1988. Back then, there were very few private dental practices, so Paul worked for two years as an NHS dentist before going private. “My first wife and I, who is also a dentist, decided on Motcomb Street as we really liked the area,” Paul tells me. Prior to this, Paul, who completed his training at the Royal London Hospital in 1984, where he stayed on to work as a house officer in the Restorative Department, always knew he wanted to go private as “not only can you make more money but there’s more you can offer patients”. Always knowing he wanted to be a dentist as he likes chatting to

people and “even though the work is the same, the person lying in the chair is different”, Paul wouldn’t have it any other way. Those who work with him no doubt feel the same and his long-suffering nurse Sandra Huttly and and practice manager who has worked with him for more than 30 years, as well as hygienist Cindy Tuer who has worked for him for more than 20 years have both put up with his witty ways.

He drives around on a motorbike with a visor that has a full set of teeth printed on it It’s clear to see that Paul’s love of the area hasn’t wavered over the years. His regular haunts include The Fine Cheese Company that does “the best coffee”, The Thomas Cubbitt and Ottolenghi, while he shops locally

at Mayhew Newsagents as well as going to Harrods and Waitrose. “I always support Belgravia businesses, whether it’s buying hardware from Blakes of Belgravia on Kinnerton Street or getting my hair cut at Errol Douglas, it’s important to shop locally.” Outside of Belgravia, Paul cycles “to keep slim” and is very much a regular at Formula One races with Monaco and Monza among his favourites, as well as attending Silverstone. “I recently came back from watching Valentino Rossi,” he tells me. I laugh as I remark it’s a far cry from when he tells me he regularly walks his girlfriend’s chihuahua. But that’s Paul for you; a colourful character, but one of the area’s most loved dentists, and personalities for that matter. 3 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU, 020 7235 6531, motcombstreet 7

the writing on the wall

Keith Tyson, 3.2.16, 2016, Mixed Media on watercolour paper, 598mmx752mm, ©Keith Tyson

A selection of rarely exhibited works by 2002 Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson are soon to be shown at Jerwood Gallery in Hastings. Turn Back Now will feature diary-like doodles from the Studio Wall series that the Cumbrian artist began nearly 20 years ago. Until 4 June, Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings, TN34 3DW,


art news Qiu Shengxian, Dream Fashion Baby 150908, 2015, oil and acrylic on canvas, 145x145cm; Yang Qian, Red Plum Blossoms, 2014, mixed media on canvas, 90cm

New work and exhibitions

sage and sound Strategic art investment may seem a minefield, but one consultancy hopes to ease the process for those looking to invest around £50,000 or more – within the realms of Asian art at least. Art Futures Group launched in the UK at the beginning of the year, after setting up in Asia in 2011. The advisory works with more than 1,000 artists, but focuses on 44 contemporary Chinese creators whose sales have a good track record. It guides clients through investment, involving private views of potential purchases and three post-sale options: to keep for personal use; free storage; or a leasing scheme that rents the work for a six per cent return per annum. 8

q&a with Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab, the interdisciplinary collaborative group How do your immersive installations work? In some pieces, digital technology creates art by using programmed behavioural code. In others, the medium is transformative: the viewer’s movements cause the installation to react. What does Transcending Boundaries, your new exhibition at Pace London, refer to? Within the digital domain, art can transcend physical and conceptual boundaries. Digital technology allows art to break free from the frame. Elements can interact with and influence other works exhibited in the same space. In this way, boundaries dissolve. What themes does your work explore? The digital realm is free from physical constraints. Technology is a tool for change and a platform for expressing complex ideas. Viewers and the environment take on a crucial role in defining and changing interactive artworks. The viewer is an active participant and becomes part of the artwork. Until 11 March, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1S,

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A new addition to the Nova complex is the Greenwood Pub Restaurant that not only has a sports lounge but a barbershop and brow and lashes bar. Already open and open seven days a week, the unique all-day venue will serve breakfast, lunch, pre- and post-theatre dining and weekend brunches with signature dishes including wild rabbit, pig cheek and celeriac pizza, Brixham hake with pak choi and Thai broth. 170 Victoria Street, SW1E 5LB,


food & drink

Warning: the following may make you hungry and thirsty STAY ON TRACK

Dieting or juicing isn’t always practical and quite often that’s why it’s easy to fall off the bandwagon. However, The Healthy Juice Company is making it that much more easier with its selection of cold press juices and cleanses that are delivered directly to your doorstep. You can pick your own or choose one of its packages online – personally, we loved its green juice with aloe vera.


…this beautifully wrapped and hand-painted chocolate heart by Rococo Chocolates. The hearts are popular all-year round but have had two new additions, just in time for Valentine’s Day; one is a honeycomb design complete with bee and the other is a delightful rose design (pictured). 5 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU, 020 7245 0993, 10

Parisian chic

If you’re looking for a last-minute local gift for Valentine’s Day, then why not stop by Pierre Hermé on Lowndes Street? Named the World’s Best Pastry Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy 2016, any treats from the boutique will go down a treat. This February, its latest collaboration with graphic artist Nicolas Buffe named Hélios is a beautiful box of 18 macarons and is sure to win over any heart. £42, 13 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9EX, 020 7245 0317,



Nothing says Valentine’s Day more so than rosé bubbles and paired well with a wild salmon dish or red fruit dessert, is Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Non-Vintage – ideal if you’re staying in and enjoying a meal with your loved one. With notes of red fruits and zest of citrus, it’s light and delicate on the palate and is ideal for sipping and sharing in style. £60,


This month, big names Jason and Irha Atherton of The Social Company are opening Hai Cenato, the group’s first Italian restaurant. Launching in the burgeoning Nova complex located next to Victoria station, the restaurant will join new openings from a host of London’s other top restaurateurs to form one of 2017’s most exciting new dining destinations.


Pure Waffle is relaunching in Belgravia. The former Duke Street restaurant and tea room is opening on Beauchamp Place. The move to the 3,500 sq ft unit, which covers three floors is a mark of success for the brand that’s expanding not only in London but in the Home Counties. Expect savoury or sweet waffles, sandwiches, shakes and coffee – what could be better?

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Mindful Chef is a healthy recipe box delivery company that gives customers the opportunity to create well-balanced, imaginative recipes while still being 100 per cent gluten-free. Created with the expertise of chefs as well as personal trainers, instructions are easy to follow and the meals are simple to make. Think red Thai chicken curry with courgetti and cashew nuts or peanut satay pork with wild rice, leek and red pepper. Delicious! From £6,



[Food and drink]

DINING MADE EASY A chef on demand is the latest foodie trend, as the Journal discovers francesca lee-rogers


his Valentine’s Day, if you’re struggling to get a table at one of Belgravia’s best restaurants, why not let the chef come to you? In recent times there has been a big food trend of making meals accessible, whether it’s having recipe boxes delivered to your door or getting food that’s already made (see more on page 10), new concepts are constantly emerging. eHo Chef is a new service where diners can book a professional chef through its website, meaning whether it’s a romantic meal for two or indeed a big dinner party, it takes all the stress out of cooking, meaning that you can enjoy the food hassle-free. Users can browse the site and pick from many different chefs and menus, from Vietnamese street food to Asian tapas, there’s plenty to whet your appetite. Then once a request to the chef is sent, the chef confirms and it’s all booked in. One of the menus that took our fancy was a winter

Users can browse the site and pick from many different chefs and menus, from Vietnamese street food to Asian tapas tasting menu that includes grilled pepper terrine, complete with artichoke, whipped feta, hazelnut and mushroom as a starter, lamb shoulder with cranberry purée for main and apple crème brûlée for dessert. The chefs bring all the ingredients with them so all they need is time to prepare in the kitchen and then the meal is served. Wine or drink isn’t included though so if you’re planning to make your dinner party a boozy affair, ask your guests to bring a bottle or two. To find out more, visit


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Myths and mixology A new bar is coming to Belgravia in the form of The Dugout at Tomtom Mess Hall, below one of Belgravia’s much-loved eateries Francesca Lee-Rogers


he Tomtom brand has become synonymous with Belgravia. Not only is founder Tom Assheton an affable character, but his brand which is built on cigars, coffee and burgers – not particularly in that order – are well-known to residents and beyond. And with plans currently being drawn up for a bar below Tomtom Mess Hall, named The Dugout, there’s some exciting news afoot. “I want to create a cosy speakeasy space in the style of a den where people can retreat to,” Tom tells the Journal. The space will have a military Anderson shelter theme, complete with cocktail bar and humidor and will sell only the finest Cuban

are a little peckish after a drink or two, The Dugout will also be serving nibbles and side orders

It’ s a much-needed addition to the area – just make sure you head there quick Havanas from Tomtom Cigars on Elizabeth Street. As well as serving up classic cocktails such as Martini, Old-Fashioned, Cosmopolitan and Espresso Martinis, the bartenders will also be on-hand to whizz up Mess Hall favourites such as Moscow Mule and Negroni. For those who

from the Mess Hall menu in the bar. Seating up to 12 people and with plans to open after Easter this year, it’s a much-needed addition to the area – just make sure you head there quick to ensure a seat. Coming April 2017, 14 Eccleston Street, SW1W 9LT, 020 7730 1845,

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Launching on 1 February with a twoweek exclusive run in Harrods, Natura Bissé’s Diamond Instant Glow gives you that spring/ summer look in the depths of winter. Ideal to use pre- make-up, the three steps leave skin looking luminous, fresh, lifted and smoother and with the at-home treatment taking just 10 minutes, it’s ideal for those who are pressed for time. £70 from Harrods (exclusive 1st-14th February), Space NK and Net-a-Porter, 87-135 Brompton Rd, SW1X 7XL,,

Here at the Journal, we love books and we love beauty so imagine our delight when we heard new brand Novel Skincare has combined the two. Each ‘notebook’ houses the brand’s natural skincare products; from Travel Stories to Autobiography, Poor Man’s Land to Stream of Consciousness, we can’t get enough of them. The packaging means they also make a perfect present – perfect for Valentine’s Day. See website for prices,


health & beauty The Journal uncovers what’s going on in the local fashion and beauty scene

A natural

A new year and a new skincare brand, this time in the form of Romilly Wilde. The products, which are made from only 100 per cent natural ingredients, not only boost the skin’s metabolism on first application but the essential oils have been selected especially for their therapeutic qualities so they’re an all-round beauty boost. Just what we need for the change in seasons. From £75,

back to basics

Ever had that feeling where you just want to take your make-up off at the end of the day? Well look no further than Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation. Not only does it have an SPF 30 so you don’t need to use a separate sun protector, it’s designed to keep your complexion looking dewy and flawless, and feels light on the skin; its name couldn’t be more apt. £48, 40 Hans Crescent, SW1X 0LZ, 17

[health and wellbeing]

With good

GRACE This February, give your health and wellbeing an overhaul with one of Grace Belgravia’s programmes francesca lee-rogers


hen it comes to looking after yourself, London’s leading health, wellbeing and lifestyle club for women, Grace Belgravia, is known as the go-to destination. They take a 360-degree approach to the mind, body and soul, offering you access to not only the best practitioners in their respective fields but also supporting and tailoring programmes to suit your lifestyle. Grace Cleanse Programmes The Journal met with one of Grace Belgravia’s health and wellness experts, Carolyne Ji who details how you can reap the benefits of detoxing with one of four programmes. From the one-day Cleanse Me to the threeday Pure Cleanse, five-day Power Cleanse to the Deep Detox that lasts ten-days, there are plenty to choose from. “At the beginning of a detox, there is a one-to-one consultation in order to discuss the client’s needs and what programme would suit them most. That way, we can find out exactly what they want to achieve from a cleanse and make it bespoke to them,” Carolyne says. As well as 18

having support from Grace Belgravia practioners, whether it’s nutritional or emotional, for example, clients on a cleansing regime all benefit from treatments at Grace Belgravia’s spa. “This is again selected specifically for the individual. Massages, acupuncture and hydrotherapy, for instance, all help to boost metabolism and circulation, and remove toxins from the body.” Other therapies such as colonics, supplements and vitamin infusions are also available as part of some of the cleansing programmes at Grace Belgravia. It is suggested by in-house experts to cleanse at least twice a year. “The seasons are very powerful to work with so I suggest spring and autumn for those who are thinking about starting their first cleanse,” Carolyne tells the Journal. But what is the maximum number of detoxes that one can do, I ask. “There really isn’t a limit – everyone detoxes for different reasons. They’re a powerful way to reset the body.” Another top tip

is pretoxing which prepares the body for a detox; this can include anything from starting to cut out certain foods to drinking more water, and means that the individual might not be as affected by as many symptoms once they start the actual cleanse. Carolyne is keen to point out that whichever cleanse programme or indeed method is chosen – for example, clients can mix and match between a raw food diet or juices – that the individual is guided and supported throughout the process. “I very much work as a holistic therapist. Detoxing is a transformational process and I am there to help clients and also teach them the benefits of detoxing.” Grace Weight Optimisation Programmes For the majority of us, time is of the essence, and quite often, there are simply not enough hours in the day. However, with ever-dominating work and life schedules, it’s essential that one takes the time out to focus on our health and wellbeing and with Grace’s


Weight Optimisation Programmes, there are plenty of options that can be realistically incorporated into a routine or schedule. The Total Ten is two weeks, the Grace Total Tone is four weeks and the Grace Total Transformation is eight weeks and all are tailored to suit your goals in order to achieve specific results. The packages have been created to improve strength and flexibility, increase cardiovascular fitness, lower body fat and accomplish a firmer, fitter and slimmer body for those who embark

They are tailored to suit the client’s goals in order to achieve specific results on them and ultimately, optimise your weight – there is no better place to achieve this in London. Jade Barkett, one of Grace Belgravia’s nutritionists says: “With the expertise of our practitioners, as well as access to Grace Belgravia facilities such as the gym, medical clinic, restaurant and spa, it’s a one-stop shop for good health and wellbeing.

“The programmes provide an experience that will inspire non-members and members alike to improve their overall wellbeing by providing deep healing and life-transforming skills to help physical and emotional balance.” Like the Grace Cleanse Programmes, all start with an indepth consultation whereby you go through your medical history so that the regime is tailored to you. All of the practitioners are then informed of your health and your goals so that at each session, whether it’s with a nutritionist, personal trainer or general practitioner, there’s no need for any repetition. The Total Ten is ideal for those who are after a relatively quick overhaul and includes gym classes, a smoothie or juice a day, a salad or soup a day, a Capri Palace Leg School® Treatment and a one hour lymphatic massage. Meanwhile, the Total Tone combines personal training and the Grace Belgravia Home Delivery service. “There are several menus to choose from such as wellbeing, cleanse and fitness, and clients get three meals and a selection of snacks a day that are delivered straight to your door each morning.

“All of the meal plans have been devised by our expert chefs and nutritionists,” says Jade. You receive a fitness assessment and three one hour personal training sessions a week. “Everything is booked in according to your schedule – we work around you to make it work.” Meanwhile, the Total Transformation includes 16 personal training sessions, Grace Belgravia Home Delivery service, a full nutrition consultation, supplements, colonic hydrotherapy sessions and hypnotherapy, to name but a few. As well as these programmes, Grace Belgravia has many other offerings such as weekend bootcamps, vitamin infusions, medical services and much, much more. Ageing well and looking and feeling your very best has never been easier. For more information about both the Grace Cleanse and Grace Weight Optimisation Programmes which are available to members and non-members, please visit, or call 020 7235 8900. 11c West Halkin Street, SW1X 8JL 19



BACK TO BASICS The Journal tries out an unusual massage using Bamboo rods Francesca Lee-Rogers


he smell of a Moroccan spa is a very distinctive one and The Spa in Dolphin Square is no different. Upon arrival, I am hit by a strong orange blossom scent with a mixture of warm yet subtle spices. It takes me back to the three different occasions I have visited the North African country, and this latest discovery in Pimlico is a welcome one, especially as I’m a huge enthusiast of a hammam. The interior is true to its roots with wooden mosaic Moroccan coffee tables on which tealight candles shine brightly in metal and glass lanterns. Even the opulent red and gold locker key complete with tassels has been well thought out.

The interior is true to its roots with wooden mosaic Moroccan coffee tables on which tealight candles shine brightly I’m here to try the new Bamboo Massage, which is an earthly yet well-fitting addition to 20

the treatment menu. The therapist starts by pouring warm Shea butter oil over my legs, back and arms and then gets to work using heated bamboo rods. Using firm pressure, it feels as though she’s kneading out my knots with a rolling pin. More time is allocated to my tension and the bamboo rods allow for deeper massage. It’s certainly an excellent treatment for winter as the warmth of the oil is soothing while the rods are without doubt effective. The 45-minute massage is unfortunately only on the back of the body but afterwards I feel freer and

definitely relaxed. I decide against a mint tea in the relaxation area and instead sip water and fresh lemon to rehydrate. Although busier than some of the spas in the area, it’s surely a good sign, and as for the treatment, it makes a great alternative to a traditional Moroccan hammam. Dolphin Square, Chichester Street, SW1V 3LX, 020 7798 6767,

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Lalique has hit the right note once again with its new range of beautiful glassware and table top items; from its perfectlyshaped crystal wine glass providing everyday luxury, to beautiful decorative decanters and rooster-adorned bowls, vases and sculptures. We love this owl decanter and set of tumblers – it’s ideal for nursing a dram of whisky or two. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL,

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Versace swaps its usual elaborate embellishments in favour of a sleek, futuristic aesthetic in its Gvardian homeware collection. The mainly monochrome range still packs a punch with spaceage chairs and sofas as well as industrial-style tables made from matte carbon fibre, giving them an unusual tactile appeal. POA,


New collections and beautiful pieces for your home

bathroom scales

Giacomini Design develops innovative water sculptures that are crafted and developed in Italy. One of the standout pieces in its first range, Sculture d’Acqua, is an unusual snake tap made of titanium and steel (pictured right). Paired with advanced technology – such as control via WiFi, touch settings, voice commands and LED lights to indicate temperature – it’s sure to make your next bathroom experience like no other. From £10,000,

Perfect illusion

The latest collection from The Lighting Store offers a modern take on the traditional chandelier by Austrian lighting specialist Kolarz. The clever design creates the impression that crystals are emerging from the walls themselves, illuminated by concealed LED bulbs. Crafted using clear Swarovski crystals, the lighting illusion makes for a truly magical addition to the home. From £1,650, 23

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Lady of

the manor Lady Weinberg, aka Anouska Hempel, sits down with the Journal to discuss The Franklin, the latest project by the interior designer ELLEN MILLARD


ight, so we’ve got to do this stupid interview and I’ve only got about five minutes to do it.” It’s 7pm at The Franklin Hotel in Knightsbridge and it’s safe to say that Lady Weinberg is, for want of a better word, frazzled. I arrive amidst a dispute about fireplaces and am ushered into a neighbouring room while she wraps up her other meeting. When she comes in she apologises, explaining that she’s been extremely busy as the new hotel – which was refurbished by her architecture and interior

design firm Anouska Hempel Design – has not that long opened. The brains behind Blakes Hotel, Blakes Amsterdam and Hempel Hotel, not to mention countless restaurants and retail spaces for the likes of Tom Aikens, Louis Vuitton and Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Weinberg is petite and softly spoken, but at the same time slightly intimidating, on more than one occasion commandeering the interview and turning the questions back on me (“go on, you answer and we’ll use your words”). The whole experience is rather amusing – something of a novelty



[FEATURE] after countless media trained interviewees – and it’s clear from the get-go that we’re going to have a lot more than problematic heating to discuss. But first, the hotel. You’d be forgiven for mistaking The Franklin for another red-bricked townhouse on Egerton Gardens, the only clue to its presence being two slate grey F’s stamped on columns either side of the front door. Indeed, when I first visited a few weeks earlier, I walked right past it, and it was only when the doorman flagged me down that I realised my error. Inside, charcoal and ivory stone tiles lead through to the almost-reception, a round table on which neatly displayed coffee table books circle a lone concierge, who could just as easily be mistaken for a fellow guest. The entire space is made up of six townhouses that encircle a private garden, a haven of tranquillity just moments from the frenetic Brompton Road.

The effect is striking and at the same time homely, and not what you’d expect “It was inspired by Venice,” Lady Weinberg explains. “Every floor looks like a Venetian piazza or a Venetian well and not one is exactly the same; they are all different and disparate.” The hotel has 35 rooms and suites decorated with plush velvet upholstery, metal frames featuring floral illustrations and mirrored furniture. The monochromatic colour scheme continues in the lobby, where grey and white ikat print cushions perch on charcoal sofas; the only pop of colour comes from the vibrant foliage propped in the corners and the odd gold detail peppered here and there. The effect is striking and at the same time homely, and not at all what you would expect to be hiding behind the red-bricked facade. 25

“[The idea for The Franklin] has been in my mind for a long time,” the designer tells me. “It should be very similar to the Brompton Oratory, if ever I did such a thing in this area, and how lucky am I to have six houses to do it in? It looks like the Duomo in Milan and the auspices of the Brompton Oratory, in the tiny back streets of Knightsbridge.” A former actress who cut her teeth starring in films such as James Bond flick On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Lady Weinberg traded the silver screen for silver service in 1978, when she opened her first luxury boutique hotel – often credited as the first of its kind – Blakes in South Kensington. An amalgamation of objects that the designer collected on her travels, Blakes is a mismatch of cultural influences, and is not dissimilar to The Franklin with its townhouse layout and mix of designs. It has been the hotel of choice for the likes of Princess Margaret and Gwyneth Paltrow and to this day remains one of the best in its league. Has the industry changed since it was founded? “Oh, dramatically,” she exclaims. “There are boutique hotels all


over the place now; they’re two a penny. You don’t use the word boutique any more. I’ll have to think of something new, won’t I?” Fresh ideas seem to come thick and fast to Lady Weinberg, whose design team has been at the helm of many a lavish building. She struggles to pinpoint her favourite project (“I love them all”) and looks positively baffled when I ask if designing for The Franklin’s townhouse setting was a challenge. “I don’t know what you mean by that,” she says. “I find it all inspirational and wonderful to do. Everything’s a challenge, but that’s a word I don’t know how to use.”

The people are the most important thing: not the decoration, not the design, but how it is run She is equally befuddled with a question about her design style, too. “I am specific as a person. Just by talking to me you can tell just how specific I am, but that doesn’t mean I have a specific style,” she shrugs. “That’s up for other people to judge.” Design style or no design style, the interior mogul’s projects have been consistently well-received, so much so that Architectural Digest named her in a list of 100 top interior designers and architects in the world, not just once, but twice. For The Franklin, Lady Weinberg took charge of the creative side of things (it’s owned by Italian group Starhotels) but, with four of her own hotels under her belt, the designer is no stranger to the hospitality sector, which goes some way to explain her stressed demeanor when I arrive – perfecting the design is just one string to a successful hotel’s many bows. As somewhat of an expert in the field, does she have any hotel pet peeves? “Of course I have, don’t you? What are yours?” She quizzes me before taking pity on

my bumbling reply, and adds: “If you go backwards and forwards and nobody recognises you, or if your little whims and wishes aren’t looked after. The people are the most important thing; not the decoration, not the design, but how it is run and what the atmosphere is like when you get in.” Along with The Franklin, the designer and her team are working hard with projects in Istanbul,


Paris and New York. “We’re flat out,” she tells me. “I’ve got a little group of very creative, highly talented people and we go all over the world.” The designer herself is heavily involved with each venture, telling me that she was in France the previous day for her impending Parisian project. When she’s not travelling, she stays at her home in Knightsbridge, in a house that

When she’s not travelling, she stays at her home in Knightsbridge she describes as “a complete shambles”. “Everything’s all over the place; there are shoes everywhere, chewing gum all over the joint, kids’ writing, it’s an absolute shambles. But outside I’m

slightly different,” she says with a smile. Of the capital, she expresses a particular fondness. “London’s been very good to me. I’m so happy in this part of the city; the whole corner of this world is part of my very early days of magic and I’ve come back to it. From £360 per night, The Franklin, 24 Egerton Gardens, SW3, 27

[great british escape]

A tale of

two halves Tewkesbury Park has had a multi-million pound refurbishment, and the editor of the Journal tells us her verdict francesca lee-rogers


hen I visit Tewkesbury Park in the heart of Gloucestershire between The Cotswolds and The Malverns, it has recently undergone the second phase of its renovations at a cost of £4million with the introduction of nine new suites, meeting rooms and a plush new orangery. The Victorian manor that overlooks the famous site of the A.D. 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury, is in prime position and has expansive views over 163 acres of countryside, as well as the hotel’s very own golf course. No manor house would be complete without a long, sweeping driveway and Tewkesbury Park’s certainly fits the bill. On first impressions, I’m immediately struck by the interior décor – the lobby area is vast and the soft, muted cream, blue and gold colour palette works

property. The space – that is flooded with light thanks to its glass roof – has been cleverly sectioned into areas

“I line up for 20 minutes waiting for a croissant, and it makes me wonder whether I’m in search of the Holy Grail” wonderfully with the pop of bright yellow. It comes as no surprise that interior design company Jane Clayton & Company has put its stamp on the 28

complete with piano lounge, cocktail bar and seating as well as a feature fireplace that’s the perfect spot to gather round in the colder months.

Upstairs in the main part of the building, the Margaret of Anjou Suite awaits and is one of the nine suites that has been named after key characters who fought in the famous historical battle. The room is wellproportioned and the interior has a similar finish to the lobby but with a slightly more country take – Zoffany and Osbourne & Little fabrics and soft furnishings abound here – the plush leather chairs have been covered with tartan material, the heavy curtains drape from the huge ceiling while the free-standing copper slipper bath


within the bedroom adds that extra touch of decadence. Bathers can also soak up the magnificent country views from the traditional Victorian sash windows, just make sure a golfer or two isn’t walking past! Other touches, such as a Nespresso and fresh milk in a mini fridge show that the finer touches have been well thought-out and his ‘n’ her robes make me wonder whether I really

want to leave the room or just order in-room service. In fact, I was pondering just this sentiment later that night. As my husband and I settle down to enjoy a set menu in the Garden Restaurant, we’re somewhat taken back by the staff that seem to be running around like headless chickens, unsure of what they should be doing. We give them the benefit of the doubt but so many parts of the meal go wrong it could give Faulty Towers a run for its money. From receiving food that wasn’t even on the set menu to not having cutlery, we’re genuinely shocked at the level of service. This is especially surprising given that the hotel is very much top-notch everywhere else. This can also be said for breakfast and unfortunately on

the Sunday morning, the very limited staff just can’t cope with the previous night’s wedding party as well as hotel guests. I line up for 20 minutes waiting for a croissant, and it makes me wonder whether I’m in search of the Holy Grail. The hotel’s spa, swimming pool and Jacuzzi is also somewhat of a let-down. The spa is currently a temporary fixture while management decide what to do with it and, to be frank, is simply not up to scratch. Meanwhile, my husband finds parts of the Jacuzzi’s fixtures loose in the tub which is somewhat baffling. In summary, the hotel’s interior is beautiful as is its situation. The restaurant, spa and facilities need much more work to bring it up to par. However, if these issues are resolved, I think it’s a much-needed addition to the quaint village of Tewkesbury, if not Gloucestershire as a whole. NEED TO KNOW Rooms start from £134 for Touch of Class, including breakfast. Suites start from £205 going up to £325 for an Opulence Suite, including breakfast. For information and reservations, call 01684 295 405, or email, Lincoln Green Lane, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 7DN




RESIDENTS’ CULTURE February round-up by Sue Liberman

here are a few valentine’s day ideas you’re sure to love Judith Blacklock Valentine’s Special Judith Blacklock has arranged a special morning visit to New Covent Garden Flower Market on 13 February, followed by a workshop to create a stunning hand-tied bouquet. The Valentine’s Special is geared towards complete beginners who don’t know a peony from a rose. The day will start at the flower market at 8.30am for a comprehensive tour where participants will be introduced to exceptional blooms and taught how to choose the freshest specimens. Taxis are provided from Knightsbridge, all materials to create a hand-tied bouquet are included, and participants will enjoy a hearty breakfast. 020 7235 6235 or visit

of COMO The Halkin and enjoy a complimentary bottle of Taittinger Champagne in your room when you book the Ametsa Experience. The package includes: overnight accommodation, a welcome drink on arrival, tasting menu for two at Michelin-starred Ametsa (excluding beverages), as well as full à la carte breakfast for two. Guaranteed late check-out until 3pm. 020 7858 0100 or visit offers/ametsa-experience

Ametsa Experience at The Halkin Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the stylish surroundings

The Hari This year, for Valentine’s Day, The Hari Hotel is focusing on its stunning

heated indoor garden terrace for an indulgent dining experience. The intimate space is lined with live walls and mood lighting along with a glass roof that allows guests to dine under the stars. Luxurious blankets alongside a bespoke menu creation for £75 per person complete with expert mixology and fine wine make this memorable terrace ideal proposal territory! 020 7858 0100 or visit Neill Strain Bouquets that whisper “I love you.” Posies that murmur “You’re so beautiful”, breathtaking

displays that proclaim “Of course I didn’t forget”. Whatever you wish to say this Valentine’s Day and whoever you wish to say it to, Neill Strain can help. His exquisite long-stemmed red roses are especially selected and picked in Holland, and together with an outstanding display of seasonal flowers, he can create a bespoke bouquet of your choice. 020 7235 6469 or visit Motcombs Restaurant Motcombs has increased steadily in popularity since it opened in 1982 and patrons include a mixture of celebrities and businessmen alongside locals. Its recipe for success has always been to produce good food at a reasonable price and to make all customers feel welcome. Motcombs has a special Valentine’s Day Dinner consisting of two courses for £53 or three courses for £57 with a chilled glass of bubbles. Bon appétit. 020 7235 6382 or visit

If there’s anything you would like me to know about, I can be contacted on 07957 420 911 or at




PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT Important street plans affecting Belgravia

Zach Reynolds, partner at Child & Child takes a look at the potential rise and fall of Airbnb

Is the Airbnb bubble set to burst? 2017 is now firmly underway. Wind back the clocks 12 months and Airbnb plans for world domination were being

Frank Gaertner

reported. Airbnb has been transforming London’s property market in recent times. Throughout 2016, however, many jurisdictions have been clamping down on the company. Authorities in many cities have complained that Airbnb turns a blind eye to rule breakers, and that the popularity of Airbnb has reduced the supply of long-term rentals and disturbed the peace of residential buildings. New York has led the way and now London has joined the growing throng of the “Airbnb Ruling” in the courts late last year.

So what are the main legal issues? Planning: Is Airbnb consistent with planning law? The current planning

On track

Even the most seasoned Harrods shoppers are aware that sometimes it can be a little bit of a minefield navigating the one million square foot store. Luckily, Harrods has taken the hassle out of trying to find out how to get from one department to another with its hi-tech navigation system, created by Pointr. It’s ideal if you are looking for a specific gift in time for Valentine’s Day. The technology allows users to type in their destination through their phone or iPad and it then shows the route, similar to Google Maps. Using more than 500 ‘iBeacons’ on the

regime generally permits short-term

ceilings of the building, the map detects customers via its Bluetooth technology. From the Food Halls to the men’s department, it will make shopping that whole lot easier and more accessible. 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL,

letting for a maximum period of 90 days. However, care must still be taken: it is possible for local planning authorities to disapply the related planning relaxations for particular areas or properties. Some are also arguing that short-term letting falls into a different use class to private residential, thereby requiring planning permission. Lease terms: for the owners of leasehold properties, a number of considerations apply. Will the proposed letting breach letting provisions? Does the lease prevent use of the property for business purposes or for paying


guests? In the “Airbnb Ruling” the Upper Tribunal found that the letting of a property by Airbnb is a breach of a lease

Update on supercars

Three drivers of supercars have been the first to be prosecuted as a crackdown on supercars in the area gets underway. The trio, two of who were driving Mercedes and the other driving an Audi, were

term not to use a property other than

found guilty of breaching a public spaces protection order (PSPO) by causing nuisance with their cars in Knightsbridge. All three drivers were prosecuted after they failed to pay £100 fines issued by Kensington and Chelsea council.

as a private residence. The ruling is case and facts specific and yet, be wary, the facts and lease terms were not unusual. Attention should be paid to this: the impact of a lease breach is often the first step to losing the lease (forfeiture). 4 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7HJ, 020 7235 8000,



All of the essentials are taken care of in our roundup for harmonious living

Estate Agents Ayrton Wylie 16 Lower Belgrave Street 020 7730 4628

Harrods Estates 82 Brompton Road 020 7225 6506

Knight Frank Lettings 82-83 Chester Square 020 3740 4539

Savills 139 Sloane Street 020 7730 0822

Best Gapp 81 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 9253

Henry & James 1 Motcomb Street 020 7235 8861

Knight Frank Sales 47 Lower Belgrave Street 020 3811 2473

Sothebys Realty 77-79 Ebury Street 020 7495 9580

Chestertons Belgravia 31 Lowndes Street 020 7235 3530 (lettings) 020 7235 8090 (sales)

John D Wood 48 Elizabeth Street 020 3151 5724

Marler & Marler 6 Sloane Street 020 7235 9641

Strutt & Parker 66 Sloane Street 020 3553 8393




Food & Drink [BARS]

Amaya Halkin Arcade Motcomb Street 020 7823 1166

Tomtom Coffee House 114 Ebury Street 020 7730 1771

The Garden Room The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7259 5599

La Bottega 25 Eccleston Street 020 7730 7411


The Library Bar The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7259 5599

The Orange 37 Pimlico Road 020 7881 9844 The Alfred Tennyson 10 Motcomb Street 020 7730 6074 The Thomas Cubitt 44 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 6060

Health & Wellbeing

Motcombs 26 Motcomb Street 020 7235 6382 Tomtom Mess Hall 14 Eccleston Street 020 7730 1845 Enoteca Turi 87 Pimlico Road SW1W 8PH 020 7730 3663

Home & Culture






Grace Belgravia 11c West Halkin Street 020 7235 8900

Bryan Ellery Bronze Portraits 07760 227 878

Pullman Editions 94 Pimlico Road 020 7730 0547

The Beresford Clinic 2 Lower Grosvenor Place 020 7821 9411

The Belgrave Medical Centre 13 Pimlico Road 020 7730 5171


The Daniel Galvin Jr. Salon 4 West Halkin Street 020 7245 1050


Bodydoctor A bespoke personal training and nutrition clinic in Belgravia. Eaton Square 020 7235 2211

Roses Only P13-14 New Covent Garden Flower Market, SW8 5NA 0207 622 1622

Luminaire Arts 19 Grosvenor Place SW1X 7HT 07966 236 969



Philip Treacy 69 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 3992


Herve Leger 29 Lowndes Street 020 7201 2590

Nevena Couture (clients by appointment only) Lowndes Street 020 3539 8738

Le Spose di Gio 81 Ebury Street 020 7901 9020





Handelsbanken Belgravia 14-15 Belgrave Square SW1X 8PS, 020 7838 9000 belgravia

Abels Moving Services UK, EU & International 020 3773 5796

Suzanne Thomas DHC MRes, Hypnotherapist/ Psychotherapist 07770 378791 suzannethomas@

Child & Child 4 Grosvenor Place 020 7235 8000


[EXCLUSIVE] The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street 020 7235 5162

Pickfords Gold Genesis House, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, WD4 8LZ 0203 188 2544

[TRAVEL & hotels] Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel 21 Lowndes Street 020 7823 1234

Jumeirah Carlton Tower Cadogan Place 020 7235 1234

Passepartout Homes Ltd +32 50 69 99 10 The Hari 20 Chesham Place 020 7858 0100

Speciality Shops [CIGAR SPECIALIST]

Tomtom Cigars 63 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 1790


Peggy Porschen 116 Ebury Street 020 7730 1316

Pierre HermĂŠ Paris 13 Lowndes Street 020 7245 0317 R Chocolate London 5 Motcomb Street 020 7245 0993


De Vroomen 59 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 1901

VICKISARGE 38 Elizabeth Street 020 7259 0202 Elizabeth Gage 5 West Halkin Street 020 7823 0100

[PERFUMERIES] Floris 147 Ebury Street 020 7730 0304

[BULLION BROKER] Sharps Pixley Limited 54 St James's Street 020 7871 0532

[SECURITY] Vigilance Properties 20A Eccleston Street 020 3416 5340


Mayhew Newsagents

15 Motcomb Street / 020 7235 5770 Mayhew Newsagents is a local Belgravian institution. As well as supplying the area with national and international newspapers and magazines, it provides an extensive range of stationery, computer supplies and postal services. Opening times: Monday to Friday 7am-6pm, Saturday 8am-2pm, Sunday 8am-1pm Local delivery service available



Kilmuir House, Ebury Street, Belgravia SW1 Newly refurbished two bedroom apartment in portered building A contemporary and well presented two bedroom apartment that benefits from modern fixtures and fittings and is located in this newly renovated building with 24hr porter. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, open plan reception room and kitchen and guest cloakroom. EPC: C. Approximatley 68 sq m (734 sq ft). Available furnished 020 3641 6005

Guide price: £700 per week All potential tenants should be advised that as well as rent, an administration fee of £276 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

BRJ - Feb Ed - 8 Kilmuir House


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Bloomfield Terrace, Belgravia SW1 An unmodernised, low built, freehold house 020 3641 5910

Requiring comprehensive refurbishment, the property benefits from Listed Building Consent, Westminster Planning Permission and also Grosvenor Consent to create a home including 3 bedrooms, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden room and media room. The property also enjoys a 43 ft private garden. EPC: F. Existing area approximately 128 sq m (1,376 sq ft).

Offers in excess of: £3,500,000


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property news All the latest from the market

Natalie Collins

Turnkey Suites delivered in Knightsbridge

Hot tub: the £100k bath Celia Sawyer was commissioned by an unnamed customer to come up with a “bespoke piece of objet d’art” for a bathroom, and brought Robert James Grace of Grace of London on board to plan, produce and create the one-off “masterpiece”. Grace of London has been working in the field of mosaics and gold leaf designs for some 35 years, and the team of British craftsmen manufacture handmade pieces for affluent aesthetes all around the world. The collaboration has resulted in a design for a 24-carat tub adorned with 250,000 clear and topaz crystals. Artisans including Clough Harris, Thomas Restorations and Locker and Riley – many of whom hold royal warrants – will now set to work on actually making the piece, which is described as “something exquisite and never seen before”. Celia Sawyer says: “My client has exceptional standards and only expects the best in the world. There

was no need or desire to look any further than our own shores here in the UK to find the plethora of talent required to make this dream a reality. We have so many excellent British craftsmen and artisans and I love supporting home-grown talent. It is crucial to show the younger generations what can be achieved, particularly in the craft industry as all of these experts started as apprentices. The exquisite team involved in this project are now major players in their own right and it’s wonderful to see the design develop.” Robert Grace adds: “We create super-luxury sanitaryware and furniture for exclusive, signature residences and clients worldwide all wanting that special piece that is not just available off the shelf.”,

PrimeQResi Journal of Luxury Property

A rare multi-unit turnkey scheme has been launched in Knightsbridge, promising some pretty healthy-sounding returns. The 37 Beaufort Gardens project – a joint venture between Executec Limited and AR&V Investments Ltd – has delivered nine apartment suites (sized between 397 and 582 sq ft) behind a period façade and just a couple of blocks away from Harrods. Richard Lankester of London-based consultancy RLDC has been commissioned to design the interiors. The units are ready to go and feature engineered oak plank and herringbone parquet flooring, Jacaranda’s Willingdon carpets, bespoke kitchens, living areas, bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and Mandarin Stone mosaic marble flooring. Prices range from £975k to £1.725m – which works out at between £2,500 and £3,200 per sq ft – and estimated current rental yields are said to be approaching four per cent. Beauchamp Estates and Harrods Estates have been instructed and expect the proposition to attract investors and owner-occupiers alike.


Eccleston Square, Pimlico SW1V

ÂŁ825 per week

A top floor, split level apartment which has been renovated beautifully throughout benefiting from over 1,100 sq ft of living space. The property comprises an open plan reception/kitchen, two double bedrooms and family bathroom; as well as a roof terrace and access to communal gardens below. EPC rating G. Approximately 1,191 sq ft (111 sq m). Open plan reception/kitchen | Two bedrooms | Bathroom | Roof terrace | Access to communal gardens | Newly renovated


77-79 Ebury Street, London SW1W 0NZ +44 20 7495 9580 |

Morpeth Terrace, Westminster SW1P


A stunning lateral apartment, located on the second floor of this imposing, sought after Victorian mansion block. The property has been sensitively restored and reconfigured as a luxurious one bedroom apartment and is now presented in immaculate condition. Benefiting from an elegant double reception room which provides wonderful space for entertaining, the property has great proportions throughout with good ceiling heights and a bright outlook with views directly across to Westminster Cathedral. Double reception room | Bedroom | Bathroom | Kitchen | Newly refurbished | Grand proportions | Excellent transport links

Leasehold: approximately 184 years

© 2016 UK Sotheby’s International Realty. All rights reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty is a registered trademark licensed to UK Sotheby’s International Realty in the UK. Each offïce is independently owned and operated. All information non - contractual, approximate and subject to error, change and withdrawal without notice. Rent excludes administration fees. Please contact our offïces who can provide this information.

Whitehall Court, St James’s SW1A


This exceptional penthouse is uniquely decorated to a fantastic specification and is situated on the top floor of this prestigious Victorian mansion. Comprising vaulted ceilings and a beautiful spiral staircase leading up from the ample living room, which provides a wonderful entertaining space. Breath-taking views of the River Thames and the London Eye are visible from the large roof terrace. EPC rating D. Approximately 2,695 sq ft (250 sq m). Two reception rooms | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Large roof terrace | Lift | 24-hour concierge service | Stunning views

Leasehold: approximately 71 years remaining

77-79 Ebury Street, London SW1W 0NZ +44 20 7495 9580 |

Eaton Square, Belgravia SW1W


A stunning three bedroom penthouse apartment located on the South side of this highly desirable garden square in Belgravia. This penthouse apartment sits beautifully in a prime Belgravia address and has been subject to comprehensive refurbishment and reconfiguration. Culminating in an improved layout, it offers stunning bespoke features and finishes throughout. EPC rating E. Approximately 1,627 sq ft (151 sq m). Reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Master suite | Two further bedrooms | Shower room | Underfloor heating | Air conditioning Juliette balconies | Terrace | Porter

Leasehold: approximately 147 years remaining

© 2016 UK Sotheby’s International Realty. All rights reserved. Sotheby’s International Realty is a registered trademark licensed to UK Sotheby’s International Realty in the UK. Each offïce is independently owned and operated. All information non - contractual, approximate and subject to error, change and withdrawal without notice. Rent excludes administration fees. Please contact our offïces who can provide this information.



A moving market

Stuart Bailey office head of Knight Frank Belgravia tells the Journal how they have adjusted to the recent changes in the property market with great results Francesca Lee-Rogers Chester Row


night Frank Belgravia will be celebrating its best year out of the last three when the financial year comes to an end this March, and office head Stuart Bailey and his team believe it is all about how they have acted accordingly in an ever-changing property market. Indeed, its Knight Frank Belgravia Market Insight 2016 report by Tom Bill sends out a positive message which states that there has been an uplift in buyers as they recognise that the area represents good value once again. “At the height of the market in summer 2013/14, Belgravia was perceived as being rather expensive,” Stuart tells the Journal. “However, we saw that we had to correct prices pretty quickly as the market started to turn.” It was this decisive reaction from Stuart and his team who have

all worked on patch for many years that has now paid off. Although Stuart admits that the prices weren’t changed “quickly enough” to begin with, and that many buyers turned to other areas such as Marylebone in search of better value for money, once prices were adjusted, other markets began to saturate and buyers came back to Belgravia. “Our sellers’ motivations hadn’t quite calibrated with buyers' expectations,” he says, “then about 10 months ago, we started to look like very good value for money.” Once prices had been corrected by approximately 15 per cent off from the peak of the market, Stuart affirms that the office was still achieving 95 per cent of asking prices. A realistic pricing structure has clearly been successful for Knight Frank Belgravia. Since 1 April 2016,

Realistic pricing structure has clearly been successful


LonRes states that 54 properties were sold in Belgravia and that the office received a 35 per cent market share, and of the 32 houses that sold in Belgravia, Knight Frank had a 50 per cent market share. “It all translates to sensible pricing and about being honest with our clients – they want our advice,” says Stuart. It is this client relationship that matters. “We looked at what we sold best last year and it was properties where business had been referred to us as those were the clients who were the most receptive.” With correct pricing structure, local knowledge and by adapting accordingly, Knight Frank certainly has lots of causes for celebration. Knight Frank Belgravia Sales, 47 Lower Belgrave Street, SW1W 0LS, 020 7881 7722 Knight Frank Belgravia Lettings, 82-83 Chester Square, SW1W 9HJ, 020 7881 7730,

Hugo House

Belgravia SW1X

An immaculately refurbished & interior designed 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom lateral apartment in the heart of Knightsbridge, boasting an extremely light, spacious reception room with 3 large west facing windows. This impressive period building with a lift & caretaker is situated at the north end of Sloane Street, close to Harrods & within close proximity to Hyde Park. EPC rating D

ÂŁ6,500,000 long lease

Knightsbridge & Belgravia

020 7235 8090

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Drawing of St Dunstan-in-the-West by SPAB Scholar Ptolomy Dean

Founded by William Morris, the SPAB protects the historic environment from decay, damage and demolition. It responds to threats to old buildings, trains building professionals, craftspeople, homeowners and volunteers and gives advice about maintenance and repairs. Since 1877 countless buildings have been saved for future generations.

Information about maintaining your home is available through events, courses, lectures, publications and telephone advice. To support our work why not join the SPAB? Members receive a quarterly magazine, our list of historic properties for sale and access to our regional activities. 020 7377 1644 A charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales. Company no: 5743962 Charity no: 1113753 37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY

ALBION RIVERSIDE, SW11 BASiL STREET SW3 E G E R TO N three T Ebedroom R R AC S W 3maintained mansion building in the heart of Knightsbridge. An immaculately presented flat in E this, beautifully Second floor apartment in this prestigious riverside development with direct river views. The building is ideally located for Harrods and the shops and restaurants of the area, and moments from Knightsbridge Furnished. 1351overlooking sq ft Brompton Square arranged across the fourth floor of this Victorian building. Unfurnished. 2000 sq ft. Stunning penthouse underground station. • Two Double Bedrooms Three Bedrooms

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Albany Court Yard, Mayfair, W1J

ÂŁ1,350,000 Leasehold

Two bedroom flat located in a prestigious building in the heart of Piccadilly.

Entrance hall | Reception room | Kitchen | Dining room | Master bedroom | Second bedroom | Bathroom 1,170 sq ft (108 sq m)

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.

Cadogan Lane, Knightsbridge, SW1

ÂŁ1,950,000 Leasehold

Well presented three bedroom house with garage and private garden.

Entrance hall | Kitchen/dining room | Reception room | Master bedroom suite Two further double bedrooms | Two further bathrooms | Guest WC | Loft/storage space | Patio garden Garage | EPC rating D 1,479 sq ft (137 sq m)

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959



Ebury Square, Belgravia SW1W

ÂŁ12,250,000 Leasehold

An exceptional lateral apartment with staff/guest apartment and two underground parking spaces in this superb development. Drawing room | Sitting room | Dining room | Three bedroom suites | Staff/guest apartment | Three balconies | Two underground parking spaces | Lift | 24 hour concierge/security | Spa/Gym EPC rating B 4,102 sq ft (381 sq m)

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 /struttandparker


60 Offices across England and Scotland, including prime Central London.

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Resident’s Journal FEBRUARY 2017 • Issue 57

Private sales. For when discretion is the better part of value. Not every super-prime property on the market is in the public eye. In fact, a large number of properties handled by the Knightsbridge & Belgravia team go on sale without advertising in the press or on websites (even ours). So if you’re looking to buy or sell and you don’t want the world to know about it, that’s fine by us. Simply call to register your details and we’ll keep you firmly in the picture, strictly on the QT.

We highly value your feedback: or 020 7987 4320

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