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January heralds fresh perspectives, in line with which in this month's Journal we are encouraging some new hobbies; from hotel lunch crawling (page 24), to new beauty regimes (page 19) with monthly supper clubs at Daylesford Organic on Pimlico Road (page 10) thrown in for good measure. Change, after all, need be nothing too exhausting. Whatever you decide to adjust in your own New Year, make it happen gradually and you’re more likely to do it with purpose. Mary Shelley, the author of Frankenstein fame and former inhabitant of Chester Square said that ‘nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.’ Quite so. Get acquainted with this impassioned author’s personal life on page 20 (That was then). One sudden arrival about which I can only rejoice is that of Grace on West Halkin Street, an exclusive private members’ club for women, and with multiple twists. If you are not au fait with the set-up, you’re behind the rest of the city. Catch up on page 7 (The Belgravian). Many of us enjoyed the pre-Christmas street parties held on Motcomb and Elizabeth Streets. Cast an eye over our retrospective montage on pages 4-5 (The Notebook). Page 6 will inform you about a new Belgravia-specific app for your iPhones. This marks Belgravia’s foray into the Appleshere and we're so excited, we’ve all downloaded ours. A very happy new year to you!

Alice

Photograph: The atrium at Grace Belgravia – see page 7

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The Notebook

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

Festive fun on our streets

Illustrations: Russ Tudor

The Christmas season got underway as early as 2 December in Belgravia with Christmas Sunday on Elizabeth Street. Sizeable crowds mingled among stalls, as retailers including Hen’s Kitchen, Toril Design, Pinguish and Alphabet Jigsaws revealed tables decorated in handmade, festive goods. The Market Quarter supplied some much required mulled wine and Christmas trees were up for sale whilst Father Christmas, one of his elves and a (real) reindeer completed the merry charade. The event, organised by the Belgravia Traders Association and sponsored by Savills Sloane Street, costs over £30,000 to stage and is clearly appreciated by the many residents who flocked there this year in steady droves, with children often in tow, from midday until 5pm. Noel de Keyzer, head of Savills Sloane Street office said: ‘We were delighted to have been part of the celebrations and sponsor the stage for the sixth year in a row. It really is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with local clients and it provides fun for all the family.’ The next big event for Elizabeth Street is of course the summer street party 2013 which seems a distant calendar date, but which is already being organised. The charity of choice is Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, and six dogs were brought along by the charity to the Christmas Sunday event to give them a flavour of things to come.

Above and right / The night draws in at Belgravia Christmas Sunday on Elizabeth Street on 2 December


Above and right/ Scenes from Motcomb Street Christmas Party

All the while, those on Motcomb Street were planning their own jubilations for the following Thursday night. The weather was particularly biting on 6 December come 6pm, when the action got underway. Ebony Steelband brought some warm overtones to the street as they performed alongside a capella carol singers from Holland Park Opera outside Waitrose, next to Motcombs. This much-loved restaurant was doing the all-important job of supplying the mulled liquid with mini mince pies. Owner Philip Lawless kept a keen eye on happenings, having played an important role in the organisation. A jolly Father Christmas and his helper paced up and down the street meanwhile. The lights on the street were particularly striking, with purple stars suspended from the sky.

Below from left to right/ Jazz musician Jamie Cullum performing at children’s charity Place2Be’s carol concert; actress Patricia Hodge giving a reading at the same; and Holland Park Opera singers at the Motcomb Street event

To top off the Christmas prelude, over at St Peter’s Church in Eaton Square celebrities congregated on Monday 10 December alongside three-hundred residents and visitors from further afield, keen to get a glimpse, variously, of Jamie Cullum on the piano and Sophie Dahl at the altar. Patricia Hodge, Ben Miles, Nigel Lindsay and Lucinda Hawksley also performed. This was all in aid of children’s charity Place2Be’s carol concert. Particularly moving were Cullum’s renditions of ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Let it Snow’ which sat alongside readings from Dahl and company. The event was an enormous success with some £17,000 profit. Place2Be provides school-based emotional and mental health support to children, their parents and teachers. Words/ Alice Tozer B E L G R AV I A R E S I D E N T S ’ J O U R N A L

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Eaton Square Concerts to spring back into action

It is premature to resign the thermals to the inner recesses of sock drawers, but we’re all ears to news that details of Eaton Square Concerts’ spring programme have been announced. Back for a thirteenth season, 2013’s first instalment will resonate throughout evenings in March and April and bring together internationally renowned musicians and a number of the UK’s rising stars, all performing in the beautiful neo-classical St Peter’s Church with its pin-sharp acoustics. Produced by Friends of Music at St Peter’s Eaton Square, with the Royal Academy of Music and Ikon Arts Management, the interesting classical repertoire of well-loved works and lesser-played treasures will be a tonic to stressful days. The dates are not set in stone just yet, but the spring season looks set to include Leslie Howard tinkling with the ivories (7 March) and a choral evening with the choir of Clare College, Cambridge (21 March). Chamber music ensemble and St Peter’s Eaton Square Prize winners 2012, the Castalian Quartet will make an impression on 11 April and the Tippett Quartet will add their sonic strings to a fundraising concert for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital during a season finale, proposed for 18 April. A highlight of the spring season, Friends of Music will also present a concert featuring talented young musicians from the Chetham’s School of Music on 14 March. www.eatonsquareconcerts.org.uk

Belgravia joins the iWorld

A new local AMEX app, LOCL (Let’s Get Local) is up and running and ready to be downloaded to your iPhone. A trusty pocket guide, this app from American Express is the key to unlocking the latest word on the street from selected Belgravian merchants and those in Pimlico and Victoria too. The LOCL daily feed features the lowdown on secret sales, updated suggestions on where to lunch and special offers and promotions. It’s great news for those businesses who want to communicate their day-to-day updates to a local crowd (and indeed beyond) at no cost. Visit letsgetlocl.com to download the app without delay, so you have it to hand when inspiration wanes.

Halkin basks in glory of new food

Well-loved Thai restaurant Nahm at The Halkin by COMO hotel will be turning out its final orders on 15 December, to make way in February for a somewhat novel restaurant specialising in Basque cuisine. The obscurely named ‘Ametsa with Arzak Instruction’ will surely keep up the mantle of culinary excellence established by Nahm. Chef Elena Arzak who won the accolade of ‘World’s Best Female Chef’ as voted by Restaurant Magazine earlier this year will be joined in the kitchen by her father Juan Mari Arzak. Between them they hold three Michelin stars from the original Arzak restaurant in San Sebastian. Together with renowned names Mikel Sorazu, Igor Zalakain and Xabier Gutierrez, the team will update the age-honoured cooking styles of the region and its earthy, wholesome flavours with a dash of modernity, using locally sourced and organic produce. Words/ Lauren Romano


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Belgravian with such good Grace

Kate Percival, CEO at Grace Belgravia, London’s only private members’ club for women, gives Alice Tozer the tour

Illustration: Russ Tudor

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t’s not too often that a major new institution is born in Belgravia. But on 21 November, there was a rumble underfoot from 11c West Halkin Street to Ebury Street and beyond; it ricocheted across London and went on to touch the world. Grace had moved in, following millions of pound of interior renovations. Not merely did she set up home but with her she brought something a little controversial; a whole new concept, the private members’ club for women only. Shock horror. Initial reactions focussed on the femininity of it all, of course. That was easy. On whether or not it was discriminatory in this day and age to be locking men out having spent decades forcibly trying to mutate ‘their’ clubs into the gender-neutral variety. Jokes abounded

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about men solely being let in through the back door, that is assuming they were required at all. Amidst celebration at the awe-inspiration of the club from so many, one female writer dubbed it ‘lazy feminism’. But this was entirely missing the point. For Grace Belgravia is not simply your female retort to the White’s of this world (one gentlemen’s club which hasn’t bowed to pressure to admit women). It’s no hub for the half-cut who missed their last train back to the country. Ladies knocking at its discreet doors will find no old girls’ school networks or ‘what happens at my club stays at my club’ mantra. This place, in fact, is no gentlemen’s private members’ club revenge. Grace is more cunning than that – isn’t every woman? She presents a novel, integrative wellbeing club concept which, this

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centre is co-founder Dr Tim Evans, Apothecary to HM The Queen. time round, happens to be just for ladies. Why? In the words of its Attending to the fitness and physiotherapy side of matters is Matt founder, Kate Percival, ‘because we want some TLC. We don’t need to Roberts, celebrity personal trainer. Dr Evans spent his early career burn our bras. Actually, we love men.’ helping run a hospital in the Zambezi Valley and establishing a flying Grace attends to what it describes as ‘the seven ages of women’, doctor service. He then set up his own home-based practice for which from the age of twenty-one (when you may apply for membership) to members paid a flat fee, could come as often as they wished and had menopause and beyond, with so much happening in between. It’s no to have a yearly medical. Tim’s early principles of integrated medical matter of debate that men and women have different needs. Hence care seem not a million miles away from those defining Grace. the 50 million copies sold of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from A former advertising, branding and marketing specialist, Kate’s Venus, also translated into forty-two languages. business-world breakthrough came at the time of the redevelopment Kate, 53, was well-positioned to attempt to do something of Docklands. The influence of her personal experience upon as big as change successful women’s perceptions of their own Grace becomes clear, as we take tea in the mellow café dotted with existences. She holds a Masters degree in luxury brands and aquamarine leather sofas. Like many services from the wisely chosen studyof us, she’s been shoved from medical spot of Monaco Business School and specialist to specialist and believes ‘there’s won the thesis prize for her work on the This is no gentlemen’s private no communication in our health system.’ integration of medical and spa. Grace was born from her observations: ‘Looking members’ club revenge. Grace At Grace, all your specialists are in one place (incidentally, said place is a beautiful at my friends around me I realised how is more cunning than that – building designed by Richard Hywel often women put themselves last. They go Evans, responsible for the world’s first to extremes to reach perfection, juggling isn’t every woman? underwater spa). By ‘specialists’, think family and jobs.’ wider than the Western medical box. Yes, Whilst you’d likely be very there is pretty much everyone you’d expect in a hospital minus comfortable sitting in its hammam, the club is not simply your neurosurgeon. But then there’s your acupuncturist, osteopath, conceived for the lady of leisure. ‘People think it’s just about podiatrist, nutritionist, psychotherapist and Emotional Freedom pampering but it’s not,’ Kate sets the record straight. ‘Our Technique coach, for instance. And never forget about the lady who members include a lot of career women and full-time mothers. does your hair, for she is equally integral to your wellbeing. ‘Just Few do nothing. It is an intelligent women’s club.’ Internationally getting a blow dry after a hard work-out and shower can be so acclaimed lecturers are flown in to keep the Grace ladies’ neurons important,’ says Kate. It seems to be about being given carte blanche firing. There’s a library, a book-stacked lounge, a pop-up boutique to sculpt a balanced way of life and being as graceful about it as the and VIP membership of Net-a-Porter to enjoy. Members are three ladies after whom the club was named; Euphrosyne, Aglaea assigned a personal ‘Angel’ to help them piece their schedules and Thalia, representatives of joy, beauty and charm – The Three together, both in-house and out. Graces. The longevity implied by the no-quick-fixes philosophy the In order to carry out its mission statement – ‘to be a sorority of club subscribes to must be why it is already confident enough to be like-minded women, staffed by some of the best doctors, consultants, offering fifteen-year memberships. therapists and trainers to be found anywhere in the world’ – Kate Grace thinks outside the box and picks up the pieces where has made some very savvy connections. Heading up the medical


our medical system, even society, is failing us. Innovation comes, for instance, in the fact that members must undergo a skeletal assessment, putting spinal health up there with, say, a full blood count. ‘Gone,’ says the brochure, ‘are the days when a visit to the doctor equated to leaving with a prescription.’ Women are encouraged to take responsibility for their own health. And there’s scope enough for choice too. Just the spa menu ranges from a (£25) Eye Zone lympathic drainage session to Dr Levy of Switzerland’s Argan tree stem cell infusion with non-invasive dermaroller (£375 for 60 minutes), with scores of either fascinatingly technical or luxurious-sounding choices in between. January’s wider events are entirely unpredictable; Henrietta Norton will talk on choosing the right supplements, there’s an art-gallery hop around Mayfair with Mead Carney, a workskop by Emma Cannon on reclaiming your sex life and another with The Divorce Consultancy. Lunches, wine pairings and diamond workshops with Sotheby’s punctuate matters. From Holland Park to Geneva, women are taking the £5,500 a year plunge. Kate is appealing to the higher echelons of society because she believes they can inspire others, but she has an egalitarian view at heart: ‘It breaks my heart to see women being locked away. Let’s support them.’ She is involved in projects supporting both women in third-world countries and the greatest female entrepreneurs in ours. Some aspects to Grace are concurrent with a shift in society at large, where we seem to be putting the health quite seriously into the spa; gyms increasingly adopt the ‘we also test your blood cholesterol’ line, whilst health retreats abroad are including medical services within. Grace works closely with Chenot in the Sud Tyrol; a medical diagnostic clinic spa and wellness centre. The club is bringing to our doorsteps the type of personal attention and sensations which we tend to seek abroad (and yet trips to Thailand, Perugia and Seville are also planned). Some things are kept strictly local. One of the chefs trained at next door neighbour Anton Mosimann’s and it’s within these square metres that you may invite men to join you from 6pm on a Thursday. What’s the male uptake so far, I ask Kate? Do they shake with temerity at the mere thought? She laughs, ‘No, it’s the hottest ticket in town!’ I have no doubt that the women members passing through Grace as a strategic part of their day are rendering it just that.

Photographs: All interior images of Grace, including the stunning atrium (this page, top) and the homely lounge-café (above right)

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The Calendar Bringing you the status quo of local events in January

Palette quenchers

The New Year might only just be on the cusp of commencing but we’ve already had news of next year’s London Art Studies lectures, held over lunch at Koffmann’s restaurant at The Berkeley hotel alongside the best minds in the business. From this month onwards anyone wanting to engage with artistic discourse of the highest calibre can book a place on courses which cover everything from fifteenth to seventeenth-century Italian art, to an exploration of the theme of love in art throughout February. With an eye on the exhibition schedules of the capital’s greatest institutions, talks include an introduction to Lichtenstein and Pop Art (Wednesday 6 March). Participants can accrue a few timely snippets to hold them in good stead for the blockbuster retrospective of Lichtenstein’s work at Tate Modern, which opens on 21 February and features 125 of his most definitive paintings and sculptures. London Art Studies lectures: 020 7259 5634 www.londonartstudies.com

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Whaam!’, 1963, acrylic and oil on canvas Purchased 1966 © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Oh, Jeff…I Love You, Too…But…’, 1964 Collection Simonyi © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2012

Supper is served

The next instalment of the Daylesford monthly supper club, held at the Pimlico Road farmshop, will take place on Thursday 31 January. The menu includes ‘Wild mushroom broth with venison and pork fagots’ and ‘Roast cod and clams with red-wine lentils’, making use of fresh produce from Daylesford’s farm in the lush lands of Gloucestershire. Diners can branch out from their restaurant-frequenting comfort zones for something a little less formulaic and a lot more fun. Pull up a chair and recipe swap with fellow residents sheltering from the January cold between 7.30pm and 10.30pm. Book ahead to secure a place (tickets cost £35, excluding wine). Daylesford Organic: 44B Pimlico Road, 020 7881 8060 www.daylesfordorganic.com


Picasso praiseworthy

A collection of forty paintings by the late Italian artist Mario Raimondo, who daubed his paint brush under the name Barbadirame, hang in The Italian Cultural Institute in Belgrave Square until 6 January. The broadest exhibition of Barbadirame’s work to date, the show brings together a glut of previously unseen pieces on loan from the artist’s family and unearthed for private collections. Starting his artistic career painting frescoes in private residences and castles, Raimondo’s brightly figurative snapshots of rural life in Italy’s Liguria region won him acclaim throughout his lifetime and his exhibitions attracted the likes of Jean Cocteau, Grace Kelly and his avid fan and close associate Pablo Picasso, who once said, ‘To speak of young painters is not my habit but the Italian ‘Raimondo’ known as ‘Barbadirame’, I respect as a true painter.’ Catch this one-off show while you can. The Italian Cultural Institute: 39 Belgrave Square, 020 7823 1887 www.icilondon.esteri.it

That January detox

Viva Mayr Clinic in Austria, renowned the world over with a client list positively evangelical about its health restoring merits, will visit Grace Medical every other month for a three-day stretch at a time. The first instalment of the New Year falls on 28 January and both members and non-members can book to be put through a rigorous detoxification treatment plan and puritanical digestive system cleanse. Participants will be instructed on how best to re-assess their eating habits. Did you know, for example, that it is advisable to chew your food forty times and that raw foods should be avoided after 4pm as they could ferment, burn holes in your system and welcome the toxins in? Grace: 11c West Halkin Street, 020 7235 8900 email medical@gracebnelgravia.com Raimondo’s ‘Olive Gatherers’

Raimondo’s ‘Return to the Fields’

Shedding light on the New Year

Over-indulged in mince pies these past weeks? The personal trainers at the Natural Fitness Studio’s private and well-equipped space at The Light Centre Belgravia are on hand to whip lethargic bodies back to their former pre-festive glory. No need to join the queue for the treadmill in the gym; here, carefully devised training and nutrition programmes tackle weight loss, improve strength and conditioning and can even alleviate hip, knee and back problems. The Light Centre also offers yoga, Pilates, t’ai chi, massages and therapies (with a team of osteopaths, physiotherapists, acupuncturists and reflexologists) for anyone wishing to ease into the getting-fit process more gradually. The Light Centre: 7-9 Eccleston Street, 020 7881 0728 www.lightcentrebelgravia.co.uk; www.naturalfitnessstudio.co.uk

Gainsbourg revisited

Jane Birkin will close the inaugural month of the New Year at Cadogan Hall with tender reinterpretations of songs by her late partner Serge Gainsbourg. Accompanied by a group of four Japanese musicians, she will perform classic numbers, like ‘Requiem Pour un Con’ and ‘Amour des Feintes’. These have been re-worked, such that the one-time gamine muse of the sixties and seventies can captivate with a score performed entirely in French. The show was originally scheduled to take place on 7 October but has been re-scheduled to 31 January at 7.30pm. Tickets purchased through Cadogan Hall for the original date remain valid and there are still a few more up for the taking. Cadogan Hall: 5 Sloane Terrace 020 7730 4500 www.cadoganhall.com

Do you have an event that you’d like us to cover? Send us an email: calendar@residentsjournal.co.uk Words/ Lauren Romano

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Streetwise

New year, new wardrobe? Here are some local pointers for a subtle revamp

Renewing your aura

If you’re in the mood for some fresh and reviving fragrances to usher in the New Year in a suitably olfactory manner, consider a visit to niche perfumery Les Senteurs on Elizabeth Street. As well as offering classic perfumes by renowned brands like Serge Lutens and Creed they specialise in anarchic creations by boutique brands such as Etat Libre d’Orange, which produces fragrances with titles such as ‘Malaise of the 1970s’, ‘Delicious Closet Queen’ and ‘Fat Electrician’. But don’t let that put you off; this is a palace of perfume and a veritable pilgrimage for all fans of fragrance, with very knowledgeable staff who will be able to find you a fragrance that smells like a shipwreck – Heeley’s Sel Marin (£120) and Bois Naufrage by Parfumerie Générale (£81.50) – or like a lady’s handbag from the 1940s: Lipstick Rose by Frédéric Malle (£100). If you know very little about fragrance but are interested in boosting your nose and knowledge, visit Les Senteurs to learn about all the different categories of perfume from recognisable terms like ‘fruity’ and ‘floral’ to more esoteric ones like ‘Chypre’, ‘Hespéridé’ and ‘Fougère’. A suitably non-gastronomic indulgence to counteract the excesses of the Christmas period and help awaken the senses. 71 Elizabeth Street, 020 7730 2322 www.lessenteurs.com

Smart-casual shake-up

The local jean scene’s number one destination is Donna Ida, a single shop that stocks an impressive variety of styles from the best denim designer brands in the world. If sharp-casual dressing appeals after the party season’s draughty dresses, step inside for comfortable classics like the J Brand Maria Skinny Jean in Roxbury (£285) which has an ankle-length cut and a high waist to accentuate curves. To turn heads in a more unusual jean, go for Citizens of Humanity’s Arley Straight Leg Jean in lipstick red (£265); a design that is exclusive to Donna Ida and which features a high rise and a slim fit to the leg without being skinny. Ideal for teaming with a tailored blazer, high heels and of course, bright red lipstick. Denim divas will be excited to learn that Donna Ida will soon be launching her eponymous denim range, IDA, which offers stylish twists on denim classics with a hint of bohemia; it is currently available to pre-order. Look out for kaleidoscopic-printed skinnies and cigarette pants in chic vintage washes as well as seventies-inspired flares and elegant styles in feminine pastel shades. 40 Elizabeth Street, 020 7730 4554, www.donnaida.com

Home cashmere comforts

Ward off any residual chills that arrive when curled up on the sofa as we enter phase two of the winter, with a luxurious cashmere throw from The Biggest Blanket Company; ideal for warming your feet while watching that DVD box set you got for Christmas. For a splash of bright colour to counteract the deep winter hues that are so ubiquitous at this time of year, go for the Cashmere Plain Sofa Throw in sophisticated ming yellow (£245); or, if soft neutrals appeal, the Cashmere Waterweave in aqua or almond (£475). For warming expanses of indulgently soft fabric, grab a Waterweave Mohair Throw (£195): these come in a delicious burnt orange, a soft olive, an eye-catching magenta and a sumptuous Bill blue. Wonderfully versatile, these will work beautifully as bed covers as well as living room accessories. Masculine country chic is available in the impressive array of herringbone, striped and check throws in deep rustic shades. 45 Pimlico Road, 020 7823 4336 www.biggestblanket.co.uk

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connected When one Belgravia family bought a country bolthole in Buckinghamshire, they did not anticipate that William Lowndes would be bridging their connection between the two places. Alice Tozer talks to resident Christopher Gilmour

Christopher (centre) and Mardi (far right) with their three children in Winslow Hall’s back garden

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hristopher Gilmour, his wife Mardi and their three girls moved into Winslow Hall in July 2010, a home from their home in Belgravia. Two years later, opera-fanatic Christopher decided to convert the gardens into an open-air opera scenario. Summer 2012 was the inaugural event, performed by Stowe Opera company, and on it Christopher spent £50,000. I was lucky enough to visit. The atmosphere was laid-back; truly like being welcomed into someone’s home but with all the professionalism of top-end opera in the back yard. A marquee housed the stage and at the interval people milled out onto the Gilmours’ lawn and found hidden patches between the trees to pop open corks and consume substantial picnic fare. Christopher hopes to gain sponsorship going for next year’s event and to make it a great charity fundraiser. In their moving to the country, a name well-plastered Winslow Hall on Belgravia’s streets followed

the Gilmours. For William Lowndes (1652–1724), Secretary of the Treasury, was the man who had Winslow Hall built in 1700. Later, in 1723, he bought land in Belgravia. Lowndes Place of course is familiar to us and displays some of the area’s most striking homes. Christopher was formerly a commodity trader in Chicago, whilst his Australian wife Mardi was a bond trader. He went on to change tack and opened a couple of restaurants; Christopher’s grill in Covent Garden followed by Gilmour’s in Chelsea – a reputed favourite with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge but which sadly closed in 2010. Christopher says, ‘I anticipated the explosion of restaurants that happened in London in the 90s as I witnessed it ten years earlier in Chicago.’ He hasn’t ruled out another restaurant, possibly in Belgravia this time. There is a question mark over who was commissioned to build the towering manor house that is Winslow Hall but it was built to the highest standards by craftsmen accustomed to working in London and seems likely to have been Christopher Wren. Clues may lie in the stacks of papers which came with the property, the sorting of which Christopher has put on his New Year’s resolution list. The Lowndes family remained lords of the manor until the early 1900s. When the Gilmours were considering purchase, the Blairs were also expressing interest. The former are very happy at Winslow (apart from the draft which they’re currently tackling with insulation) and spend increasing amounts of time there. They were also extremely fond of their previous country home, Cricketcourt in Somerset. ‘It was very To The Manor Born!’ Christopher delights in telling me. They sold it to Alice Temperley. Next year’s Winslow Hall Opera will be Carmen and may come with a twist; limousines could take people from Milton Keynes station to the Hall, thus removing any arduousness from this leg of the journey. I was already keen but now I am totally sold.


Art Focus

Out and about on the Belgravia art trail, and beyond...

Parisian power

The layout for Eleven’s Christmas Salon takes its inspiration from the famous Salons de Paris, the annual collections by artists from the Académie des Beaux-Arts that began in 1725. There is a dedicated section for limited edition prints starting from £100, and there will be the opportunity for art buying to suit all budgets. The salon is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. A floor-to-ceiling exhibition will showcase some of the best new works by Eleven’s gallery artists, among them Ben Turnbull, Natasha Law (brother of Jude), Rick Giles and Roland Hicks. The fun will all be over on 12 January. Eleven Fine Art: 11 Eccleston Street 020 7823 5540

Mandela’s other side

Though technically not in Belgravia, we’re pleased that this gallery bears the area’s name as it is holding a fabulous winter exhibition. Featuring new work from Belgravia Gallery artists like Charlie Calder-Potts, Charlie Mackesey, Gary Raymond Pereira and Nikki Taylor as well as pieces by Nelson Mandela, this exhibition is varied but perfectly seasonal, featuring paintings and sketches of an ethereal quality that manage to convey both warmth and iciness, isolation and belonging. Sculptures in bronze by Bettina Seitz and Ben Dearnley provide solidity. Highlights include Pereira’s strikingly unusual landscapes painted on Scottish slate and Nikki Taylor’s gauzy anatomicals crafted from stainless steel mesh. This wonderful exhibition closes on 11 January, so catch it before it goes. Belgravia Gallery: 45 Albemarle Street, 020 7495 1010

Romantic Victoriana

Another exhibition that will be closing in January is Tate Britain’s Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. This stunning array of work by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood has already proven very popular, so make sure you head down to Pimlico to witness these nineteenthcentury masterpieces first hand. In conjunction with this seminal exhibition, the Tate has been putting on one-off lectures about the Brotherhood’s influence on fashion and other media. Log on to the gallery’s website (www.tate.org.uk) to see interviews with contemporary models and muses who discuss their Victorian predecessors such as the long-suffering Lizzie Siddal and poet Christina Rossetti. Tate Britain: Millbank 020 7887 8888 Images, clockwise from top left / David Yarrow’s ‘Big 2012’; Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s ‘Lady Lilith’ (1866-1868), Delaware Art Museum, Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Memorial, 1935; Gary Raymond Pereira’s ‘I’ve Practised Every Day And Now I’m Ready’; Eleven’s Christmas Salon installation

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Residents’ Culture We interact with readers about life in the community

Monetary matters

from Duncan Lawrie, Belgravia’s local bank since 1971

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James Humphreys, a Senior Investment Manager at Duncan Lawrie, offers his thoughts on what 2013 might have in store for local residents’ bank balances

Local resident Briana Handte Lesesne on re-discovering the penned thank-you note

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he outlook for equity markets improved during the second half of 2012. Better economic news from the US and Asia, as well as more robust crisis management from European authorities, has increased confidence that growth will pick up in 2013. The US economy’s performance since the financial crisis has been lacklustre, even occasionally flirting with a double-dip recession. However, there have been signs that the recovery is now on a more sustainable footing. The housing market seems to have found a floor and begun to improve, and is now expected to provide a positive contribution to the US economy in 2013. This, together with a jobs market which is stabilising, is helping to improve consumer confidence. China has been going through a self-induced slowdown to prevent parts of the economy from overheating, but this should have run its course soon. There has also been the first change of leadership for ten years, creating uncertainty. This is unlikely to lead to recession; rather, it is a change in the China story as the country moves into a new stage, where economic growth will depend on domestic consumption rather than exports, a fact which will be more sustainable in the long term. Solving the Eurozone crisis continues to be a ‘work in progress’. Essentially a political problem, the ECB’s position as a potential purchaser of stressed European sovereign debt does present the market with a source of unlimited buying power. This has been missing from Europe and should ease fears of a sudden collapse in the euro. Developments in 2012 give us confidence that a global recession is unlikely and steady growth alongside ultra-loose monetary policy is probable; a supportive environment for equities. To find out more, contact us (mentioning the Residents’ Journal) on 0845 680 8778, at www.duncanlawrie.com/bank or pop in to see us at 1 Hobart Place.

Sara Oliver of the Belgravia Residents’ Association is taking a festive pause but will return with her monthly column in February

moments

After Christmas cards have been opened, cocktail parties attended, parcels unbound, and New Year toasts performed, etiquette dictates that ‘thank yous’ should follow. This might equate to an email here, a zippy text there; expressing gratitude for a lovely evening, a beautiful dinner, a wonderful gift. It’s all part and parcel of the perennial protocol. Somewhere within the deep recesses of our digitallyalert brains, we know that the receiving of a thank you note from the postman’s hand is the ultimate in meaningful thank yous. As much as e-cards have caught on, they still come with a vague air of laziness. Handwritten notes inspire creative thinking, and when done on personalised stationery truly reflect the sender’s personality. Beautiful accents such as paper quality, iconic motifs and tissuelined envelopes all lend beauty to a simple piece of paper or folded card. Having selected between engraved versus letter-pressed and written what you wanted to say, you make a lasting impression on the recipient. Indelible if they want it to be; you can’t delete a letter and to throw it in the bin would be sacrilege. With all Christmas preparations under control, I realized I was out of thank you notes. So I headed over to The Grosvenor Stationery Company on Elizabeth Street. Chatting with its knowledgeable and gracious owner, I gazed at the myriad selection of cards and became increasingly excited at the prospect of writing. Later that morning, as I picked up a book of stamps from Mayhew News on Motcomb Street and headed home, I passed the bold red postbox on the corner of Lowndes Place and Chesham Place. This, I pondered, was a small space that sooner than I imagined would be taking charge of many of my thank yous. A beautiful, penned thank-you note, such a simple yet powerful gesture, is a wonderful New Year’s resolution to make. The receiving will be much appreciated and I hedge my bets you’ll enjoy indulging in the process, on so many levels, too.


Children & Education News of interest regarding local schools and little ones

Literary interlude at Francis Holland Sloane Square’s Francis Holland School dipped its extra-curricular toe in the business of after-school talks during the autumn term with the launch of The Literary Society. It was a resounding success, so much so that the English Department has just announced a second set of literary talks for the new school term. The spring line-up will welcome respected and influential names in literary circles, including Jonathan Beckman and Tom Fleming (senior editors at Literary Review magazine) who will broach the topic of ‘Bad sex in Literature and the value of book reviewing’ (date still to be announced). Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, Robert Hampson will address pupils, their parents and literary-minded locals, as he speaks on ‘Anarchism in The Secret Agent’ – Joseph Conrad’s famous tale of espionage and terrorism – on Thursday 24 January at 5pm. Email Mr Li, Head of English, for more information: tsl@fhs-sw1.org.uk. Francis Holland School: 39 Graham Terrace 020 7730 2971, www.fhs-sw1.org.uk

The reading room

The Westminster Reference Library, an oracle of specialist knowledge concerning all things art, design, business, law and performing-arts related, is an ideal meeting place for community groups keen to convene for exhibitions, meetings and even film screenings on local turf. As well as its abundance of computers and access to valuable online resources, the library boasts a number of reading rooms which can be hired for group study sessions and meetings. The public reference library is now offering a ten percent discount on room bookings for businesses and groups. Elsewhere charities, educational groups and historical societies in the borough already receive a twenty percent discount throughout the year when they book a room at the archives centre and the nearby Mayfair Library, as well as a concessionary rate at Church Street Library.

Expansion for Eaton Square School

Eaton Square School will be expanding its teaching territory after acquiring a twenty-five year renewable lease on a conveniently situated building, directly behind the present main school building. Number 7 Guildhouse Street will be linked up to the current chain of classrooms at number 79 via a bit of architectural rearranging and a communicating door so that pupils and teachers can come and go internally with ease. Proposals for the new building include the creation of a Research and Learning Centre on the ground floor, a library, an IT suite and several reading and teaching areas which will incorporate multi-media and state-of-the-art learning facilities. With plans currently at the drawing board stage, architects, designers and staff are putting their heads together to best maximise the additional and valuable floor space into the Eaton Square School’s fold. Eaton Square Preparatory School: 79 Eccleston Square 020 7931 9469 www.eatonsquareschool.com

To hire a room at any of the above libraries contact 020 7641 1300 or visit: www.westminster.gov.uk/services/libraries.

Do you have schooling news that you’d like us to cover? Send us an email: education@residentsjournal.co.uk Words / Lauren Romano

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

Stay-at-home spa

Known for their healing powers, spas date back to Roman times. An island of tranquility, relaxation and rejuvenation can be found on Eccleson Street at earthspa. A comprehensive list of treatments and services, from health and beauty to body and mind, is on offer. Massages, body treatments, facials and waxing will set you up for the New Year. It has long been known that aromatherapy has natural healing powers. Rich with antioxidants, essential oils and active-botanicals, aromatherapy oils have the power to improve our physical, mental and emotional well-being. January sees earthspa’s entrée into the exciting world of Aromatherapy Associates products, of which the full range is available for clients to continue their spa experience in the comfort of their own home. For those who opt to indulge in a selection of their top sellers, a box set containing eight mini aromatherapy oils retails at £60. Another favourite is Aromatherapy Associates’ Revive Evening Bath & Shower Oil (£37). With the reviving powers of geranium, ylang ylang, patchouli and sandalwood this shower oil will re-energise you for an evening out in the cold of January. You’ve treated everyone else this Christmas; now turn some of your attention to yourself. Earthspa: 4 Eccleston Street, 020 7823 6226, www.earthspa.co.uk

Male breakthrough

Men’s grooming is about finding that one product or treatment they like, and then sticking with it. The BIOEFFECT Body Treatment at Hushh Spa is sure to be one of those. Touted for its revolutionary breakthrough in the renewing and rejuvenating of the skin, this line of products was developed in Iceland by leading specialists in biochemistry and dermatology and intended to cause positive dramatic effect. It uses a breakthrough ingredient called epidermal growth factor; a skin protein that ‘alerts’ the skin to increase its self-renewing process. Recommended to rejuvenate, detox and hydrate the skin, the benefits from the therapeutic Body Treatment are immediately perceivable. The 75-minute Body Intensive Treatment begins with a gentle massage to soothe and relax the mind and body, before the therapist gently exfoliates using a brush made from corn stalk to slough off dry skin. Next, a body scrub of Dead Sea salt, rosemary, tea tree, orange and ginger root is gently massaged onto the skin helping to remove any dull, dry or neglected skin cells. This brisk exfoliation combination opens the skin’s pores and increases circulation to allow better absorption of the product. The 30-minute firming body massage encourages lymphatic drainage before growth-factor rich Body Intensive Serum is applied to the limbs to improve skin hydration and boost collagen development. The whole ritual (£95) is recommended once every six weeks. Get those diaries out and priorities sorted. Hushh Spa: 44 Pimlico Road, 020 7730 9977, www.hushhspas.com


That winter

glow

Whether you are hot-footing it to warmer climes this season or resigned to this vitamin-D deprived land, sun-kissed skin is your readily available alternative to winter pallor. Follow our ideas for a golden boost, whichever camp you fall into...

Substitute the sun

The equivalent of a two-week holiday in a tube, Body Bronzing Makeup from Laura Mercier (£31) is an easy-toapply lotion; one which envelopes limbs in a satiny and subtle sheen, while the light-reflecting particles help smooth over any unsightly imperfections. Banish all preconceptions of awful, amateur looking streaks – this silky formula sinks in to give even coverage which is transfer-resistant yet easily washes off when required. For the most natural look possible, exfoliate skin first before applying. Peter Jones: Sloane Square, 020 7730 3434, www.johnlewis.com

Hydrate to maintain the real thing

Sun-exposed skin can quickly flake into a dull and dehydrated state, especially when confronted with whatever inclement weather the gods sanction. Sisley’s After-Sun Care Tan Extender (£86) both soothes and moisturises over-baked bods and contains a subtle hint of light self-tanning effect to help fight off the fading process. Soothing active ingredients, stevia leaf extract, plant glycerin and shea butter deeply nourish to eliminate the risk of peeling and encourage a radiant, long-lasting shade; one which gently enhances the skin’s colour for a natural effect. As a bonus, it’s face friendly too. Space NK: 27 Duke of York Square, 020 7730 9841, www.spacenk.com

Make it up

With long grey days of wintertime playing havoc on our skin and moods alike, the right make-up routine is an important method for lifting spirits. Cosmetics à la carte located on Motcomb Street offers bespoke products and services based on individuals’ skin needs. The team use the finest ingredients and leadingedge cosmetic science to custom blend the right tint, texture and colours. January’s overall recommended look features the nude sun-kissed, giving skin a flush and glow. To achieve this look with make-up, use top seller Rose Dew (£33). Infused with proteins and polymers, apply it prior to your base to give that dewy, hydrated, moisturized look. Next up, the secret weapon for improving eye contour and puffiness: Secret Light Concealer and Primer (£22), to combat tiredness from the holidays. Once the skin is prepped, you are ready for the real personal touch during which the team will mix you the right foundation, or skin base, known as ‘My Mix’ (£48). Shine Illuminator (£35) is then applied to achieve a healthy glow. A touch of Champagne Eye Define Shimmer, Whisper Blush and lip gloss in Vanilla will finish off the look to say, ‘Maldives, here I come’ – or went. Cosmetics à la carte: 19b Motcomb Street, 020 7235 0596 www.cosmeticsalacarte.com Words/ Briana Handte Lesesne and Lauren Romano B E L G R AV I A R E S I D E N T S ’ J O U R N A L

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That was

Then

Author Mary Shelley lived at 24 Chester Square from 1846 until her death in 1851. This was a period of prosperity though by all accounts her best writing was behind her. When a blue plaque commemorating her residence here was first suggested in 1975, the house was being used as a vicarage and its residents baulked at the idea of having the word ‘Frankenstein’ adorning their wall. After years of a private plaque, another was erected in 2003 that reads ‘Mary Shelley, 1797-1851, Author of Frankenstein, lived here’...


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ary met the 20-year-old poet Percy Shelley, an admirer of her father, when he and his wife Harriet came to dine in Skinner Street on 11 November 1812. During the next two years she was away from home for two periods of several months, staying not far from Dundee in the home of two sisters near her own age, Isabel and Christy Baxter; the tension between Mary and her stepmother is a likely reason for sending her away so long. In Scotland she read, thought, and communed with nature. Back home in May 1814 she met Shelley again. She was now nearly 17, susceptible and at an age when a budding intellectual moves over on to the fast track, if not on it already.’ ‘As the daughter of Godwin and Wollstonecraft, Britain’s leading sympathizers with the Revolution, Mary, like her husband, had to come to terms with life in the period of France’s defeat. Revolutionary political theory had temporarily become virtually unwritable; but an alternative historical narrative might still be provided by the natural sciences, materialist and especially evolutionary. If revolution were to be put in a new, much grander frame, and redefined as evolution, it could be represented as natural, even inevitable. Percy Shelley put his new reading in the physical sciences to just such a politicized use in his long visionary poem Queen Mab (1813). It is a significant history in the post-publication history of Frankenstein that Queen Mab, virtually unread on its first appearance, first became popular after it was pirated in 1821. For the next generation it served as a popular handbook in scientific politics and politicized science.’ ‘The house was Percy’s [Florence Shelley, Mary’s son] choice. A handsome, brand new building in Chester Square, on the south side of Belgravia, it had been bought with some of the proceeds from the sale of Castle Goring. Percy, backed by Alexander Knox and Gee Paul, was delighted by it; Mary, longing for country air and a pretty cottage on part of the Shelley estate, was less enthusiastic. It was “a pretty & cheerful” house, she told Claire [Clairmont] on 11 December, shortly after the purchase had been made. A

month later, worn down by the business of finding servants, buying furniture from the sales and worrying about the cost of upkeep, she was ready to declare that “I hate it with all my heart.” Her only comfort was that it would be convenient for Percy, if he succeeded in the Horsham election and went into Parliament.’ ‘Still unaware of any specific cause for her increasingly severe bouts of ill health, Mary was near to collapse by the time the house in Chester Square was ready for occupation. The geologist and physician Gideon Mantell, a man who had known and liked her for several years, was just leaving his own house in Chester Square on the evening of 12 March 1846 when he received an urgent request to visit a patient at No. 24. The alarm must have been considerable: John Ayrton Paris, President of the Royal College of Physicians, was also called in. The diagnosis they made was “neuralgia of the heart” and the best cure they could suggest was a quiet convalescence. Percy, naturally, thought that nothing would help his mother’s recovery so well as a holiday to Cowes, where he could spend his spare time yachting. ‘I returned no better,’ Mary told Leigh Hunt sadly in June, although she was anxious to let him know that Percy had been “unspeakably attentive to & careful of me”. The doctors could do nothing for her. Still “a complete invalid”, she planned to spend the rest of a scorchingly oppressive summer away from London.’ ‘Comfort, and the prospect of financial security, were on hand at last for a weary middle-aged lady who was increasingly at the mercy, not of dangerous revolutionaries, but of her own rapidly deteriorating health. On 22 June, at St George’s Hanover Square, Mary witnessed her son’s marriage to a woman of whom she wholeheartedly approved, a woman who frankly admitted to a later biographer that she had lost her heart, not to Percy, but to his mother. Her name was Jane St John and she came into Mary’s life as a loving daughter, ready to share her burdens and, so Mary devoutly hoped, to give her the grandchildren she longed for. Percy was a disappointment; who could tell what his son or daughter might not be raised to achieve?’

Extracts (1) and (2) from Marilyn Butler’s Introduction to ‘Frankenstein: the 1818 text’ by Mary Shelley, published by Oxford World’s Classics, 2008; and (3), (4) and (5) from ‘Mary Shelley’ by Miranda Seymour, published by Faber, 2011.

Illustration: Mai Osawa Compiled by Charlotte Newman

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

Planned Road Works and Closures in AND AROUND JANUARY STREET

PLANNED WORK

DATES

WORKS OWNER

Eaton Place

Alter and relay domestic service 12 metres from main in carriageway in front of no. 68

7 Jan-11 Jan

National Grid Gas Plc: 0845 605 6677

Lyall Mews

Connections work and digging outside no. 47 to disconnect supply

24 Jan-30 Jan

UKPN East & Lon Ltd: 0800 028 4587

Wilton Crescent

as above

15 Jan-21 Jan

UKPN East & Lon Ltd

14 Jan-30 Sep

Transport for London: 0845 305 1234

Bressenden Place (between A202 Victoria Circle Works. Kerb build out, Buckingham Palace Road relocation of bus stand, lane closures Mon-Sun and Allington Street) daytime working 7am-5pm; night time working 10pm-5am (noisy work completed by 1am). Bressenden Place

Installation of fabricated steel straps to an existing sewer system prior to development by Victoria Developments

30 Nov-5 April

Transport for London

Eaton Lane

Lay new mains piping

7 Jan-18 Jan

National Grid Gas Plc

Ebury Bridge Road

Traffic signal modernisation

8 Jan-16 Feb

Transport for London

Pimlico Road

as above

8 Jan-16 Feb

Transport for London

Grosvenor Gardens

Installation of fabricated steel straps to existing sewer system prior to development by Victoria Developments

30 Nov-5 April

Transport for London

Ebury Square update

The final residents’ meeting of the year for Ebury Square’s development took place on 5 December at Carmel Hall on Bourne Street, where discussions focussed on the works completed to date and the works scheduled for the first few months of 2013. The Belgravia Residents’ Association reports that tower cranes were installed in the first two weeks of October. This involved some onelane road closures, which were agreed with Westminster Council. The below-ground-level floor slab started formation in October and the ground-floor slab began being formed in November. The first-floor-level slab is due to continue to be installed throughout January. Hoarding inspections will continue on a daily basis. Planned project completion remains envisaged for the second quarter of 2014.

Recycling recognition

According to Westminster Council, residents saved the borough half a million pounds by recycling in 2012. Recycling in the borough costs £30 per tonne to process, whereas household rubbish costs £53 per tonne to dispose of, meaning the council saves forty percent for everything they recycle. The ward of Knightsbridge and Belgravia has a doorstep recycling rate of 36 percent. Residents are reminded that they can pay a trip to the mobile recycling centre at Pimlico Academy (use the Chichester Street entrance) every Sunday (10.30am4pm) to offload small electrical items, books, tapes, textiles, toys and mobile phones; a convenient address for those looking ahead to a New Year de-clutter.

Do you wish to comment on any local planning stories? Send us an email: planning@residentsjournal.co.uk Words/ Anna Castaldi

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Food for thought We bring you this month’s foremost culinary news from within the Belgravia boundaries

All under

one roof

Far from being an afterthought to the sumptuous bedrooms upstairs, the restaurants within Belgravia’s hotels are some of the best around, says Lauren Romano

For the traditional brasserie affair

Nowhere strikes a balance of relaxed elegance quite like Koffmann’s at The Berkeley. Bold brasserie flavours from the Gallic lands are rendered into light, delicate morsels thanks to the finesse and deft sleight of hand of Pierre Koffmann. Inventive-sounding (and much imitated) dishes like ‘Pig’s trotter stuffed with flavoursome sweetbreads and morels’, ‘Hot foie gras with gingerbread and apple’ and ‘Snails with garlic Royale, parsley foam and bone marrow’, are presented as pleasantly light plates which belie the gluttonous-sounding quality of their names. For later diners, the pre-and post-theatre menu, a whittled down selection including calamari carpaccio, duck leg in red wine and lemon tart, is available from a very reasonable £28 for three courses. The Berkeley: Wilton Place, 020 7107 8844, www.the-berkeley.co.uk

For midday Venetian elegance

Heinz Beck’s restaurant empire has earned him a constellation of Michelin stars, scattered from Rome to Belgravia. Aspleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant, offers highly acclaimed, Venetian style dining and a medley of Mediterranean flavours. It is one of the best places to sit down to a superbly good lunch. Dishes range from the push-the-boat-out ‘Lobster with cannellini beans and white truffle’ to the melt-in-the-mouth butter-soft ‘Ravioli with pumpkin and parmesan cream’. The Menu del Giorno is a popular lunchtime choice, with three courses from £35 per person, including favourites like octopus salad, gnocchi with wild mushrooms and refreshing, artisan sorbets. The Lanesborough: Hyde Park Corner, 020 7333 7254, www.lanesborough.com

For a cold day: the best of British

Traditional British fare is the order of the day at The Dining Room at The Goring and if it’s a more relaxed affair you’re after, book a spot for lunch before the custom Swarovski chandeliers are set aglow. The team go to great lengths, scouring every corner of the country to source the very best native produce to be put to use in the seasonal menu; the restaurant even has its own forager to unearth truffles and wild herbs. Forgotten dishes of yore are unashamedly reinstated by executive chef Derek Quelch and his team. Fill your boots with substantial helpings of grilled calves’ liver, roast Suffolk chicken with sprout tops, steak and kidney pie or smoked haddock with horseradish. The Goring: Beeston Place, 020 7396 9000, www.thegoring.com


From Japan

with style

Alice Tozer visits Nozomi on Beauchamp Place where wagyu beef meets top-notch cocktails while the beat goes on

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f you keep following Pont Street westwards out of Belgravia proper, it isn’t long before you waft into Beauchamp Place, where you can find a Japanese ‘clubby’ bar-restaurant, known for a moderate celebrity following. It was Thursday night and Nozomi was warming up come 8pm. I found a spot in the front-facing bar beside the window, where I could sip a pre-supper Pear Bellini whilst waiting for my friend. Tired and hungry, I made the bold move of converting my request for a bowl of nuts into one for calamari, duck spring rolls and snap peas. Easily done here, apparently. Despite a pang of guilt at the size of the pre-starter concoctions, I did not ultimately regret matters for they proved to be some of the best food choices of the evening to come. I was pretty much told it would be sacrilege not to add fois gras to my line-up (for the eating of which I thankfully had company). Top quality; a true melting indulgence. After trotting up a couple of steps to the neutrally decorated and sleek back-facing restaurant, my friend and I ordered wagyu beef tartar, Japanese mushrooms sautéed with sweet soy, dumplings with edame beans, seaweed salad and lamb – all to share. The fine slices of wagyu were faultless and the dumplings beautifully presented. The lamb was also a tasty triumph and we considered ordering more meat as we strayed from our seaweed and mushroom plates. We tried two different red wines between us and concurred that by far superior was the absolutely excellent Amarone Della Valpolicella (Corte Aleardi, Italy 2004-5). It’s on the low to mid-end of the wine list which will nod you in the direction of a £4,000 a bottle if you want it to. When the food in any way flags (we weren’t too sure about the deep fried crème brulée boules probably just because they departed too much from our concept of how a brulée should be) the waiters are

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the saving grace. A delightful bunch hailing largely from Columbia and France, they were very efficient, totally on the ball and had time to converse with heart. The ‘Valrhona chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream’ was spot-on the warm-chocolate oozing bomb it should be. Nozomi doesn’t just want to be a restaurant, but an experiencedriven eaterie of the highest calibre. The place is dotted with relaxedlooking regulars. This would be a good place to seal a business deal; there seems to be a natural pathway leading from bar up to the restaurant and then down the other side into the pulsating bigger bar (not strictly a club but with a dedicated live DJ). You have to pass alongside this to go to the toilet and straight through it to go home. It’s hard not to get in the mood for at least one for the road, if not a merry boogie. It wouldn’t be a good place to take your parents unless they happen to have a penchant for the ever-escalating music beat, because these feed through to the speaker-heavy restaurant with some sonority come about 9pm. This year saw Nozomi launch its first overseas branch at Monte Carlo’s Port Palace Hotel, where I can imagine it would fit in well. A seasonal set-up, you now won’t be able to find it open until spring 2013. The launch was in collaboration with Geoffrey and Cristian Moore, children of Sir Roger and owners of the world-renowned Hush Restaurants. Nozomi has plans to make itself known in Beirut, Lebanon, Riyadh and Saudi Arabia (a fair cross-section of the Thursday-night diners looked like they could hail from such climes). But best news for Belgravians is the take-away service already in full flow at the flagship branch which covers all of SW1. Wagyu to your door? It’s got to be done, surely. 15 Beauchamp Place, 020 7838 1500 www.nozomi.co.uk

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The Belgravia

Directory

A compendium of the area’s key establishments

Estate Agents Ayrton Wylie 16 Lower Belgrave Street 020 7730 4628

Henry & James 1 Motcomb Street 020 7235 8861

Savills 139 Sloane Street 020 7730 0822

Best Gapp & Cassells 81 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 9253

John D Wood 48 Elizabeth Street 020 7824 7900

Strutt & Parker 66 Sloane Street 020 7235 9959

Harrods Estates 82 Brompton Road 020 7225 6506

Knight Frank 82-83 Chester Square 020 7881 7722

W A Ellis 174 Brompton Road 020 7306 1600

ll Corriere 6 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 2087

The Nag’s Head (classic) 53 Kinnerton Street 020 7235 1135

The Old English Coffee House 1 Montrose Place 020 7235 3643

The Wilton Arms (classic) 71 Kinnerton Street 020 7235 4854

Patisserie Valerie 17 Motcomb Street 020 7245 6161

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

Tomtom Coffee House 114 Ebury Street 020 7730 1771

Il Convivio (Italian) 143 Ebury Street 020 7730 4099

Tiles Restaurant and Wine Bar 36 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7834 7761

Valerie Victoria 38 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7630 9781

Olivo (Italian & Sardinian) 21 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2505

CAFÉS

PUBS

Bella Maria 4 Lower Grosvenor Place 020 7976 6280

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

Zafferano (Italian) 15 Lowndes Street 020 7235 5800

Caffe Reale 23 Grosvenor Gardens 020 7592 9322

The Belgravia (classic) 152 Ebury Street 020 7730 6040

The Green Café 16 Eccleston Street 020 7730 5304

The Duke of Wellington (classic) 63 Eaton Terrace 020 7730 1782

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

RESTAURANTS

Motcombs 26 Motcomb Street 020 7235 6382 Mango Tree Manager: Chai Cuisine: Thai; Capacity: 150 46 Grosvenor Place 020 7823 1888

Ken Lo’s Memories of China Manager: Ardjan Kelmendi Cuisine: Chinese; Capacity: 120 65-69 Ebury Street 020 7730 7734 Petrus Manager: Paulina Trocha Cuisine: French; Capacity: 86 1 Kinnerton Street 020 7592 1609 La Poule au Pot Manager: Lionel Banda Cuisine: French; Capacity: 70 231 Ebury Street 020 7730 7763 Aspleys, a Heinz Beck Restaurant The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7333 7254


Health & Beauty BARBER

DOCTORS

Giuseppe D’Amico 20 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2968

The Belgrave Medical Centre 13 Pimlico Road 020 7730 5171

DENTISTS

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

HAIR SALONS

MEDISPA

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

Ramsay (prints) 69 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6776

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

GYM/ FITNESS

SPA

Home ANTIQUES Bennison 16 Holbein Place 020 7730 8076 Turkmen Gallery 8 Eccleston Street 020 7730 8848

Sebastian D’Orsai (framer) 77 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 8366

Patrick Jefferson 69 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6161

Zuber 42 Pimlico Road 020 7824 8265

ARCHITECTS/ DESIGN

FURNITURE

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

FINISHING TOUCHES Paint Services Company 19 Eccleston Street 020 7730 6408 Rachel Vosper (candles) 69 Kinnerton Street 020 7235 9666

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

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

Ciancimino 85 Pimlico Place 020 7730 9959

Soane 50-52 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6400

The Dining Chair Company 4 St Barnabas Street 020 7259 0422

Talisman 190-192 Ebury Street 020 7730 7800

Chester Designs 9 Chester Square Mews 020 7730 4333

Westenholz 80-82 Pimlico Road 020 7824 8090

Coote & Bernardi 59 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6064

GALLERIES

Joanna Wood 48a Pimlico Road 020 7730 5064

Hemisphere 97 Lower Sloane Street 020 7730 9810 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

INTERIOR DESIGN

Living Interiors 57 Ebury Street 020 7730 0545

RESTORATION Humphrey-Carrasco 43 Pimlico Road 020 7730 9911

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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

Philip Treacy 69 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 3992

Morgan Guest House 120 Ebury Street 020 7730 2384

Lime Tree Hotel 135-137 Ebury Street 020 7730 8191

The Goring Beeston Place 020 7396 9000

Westminster House Hotel 96 Ebury Street 020 7730 4302

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

The Grosvenor 101 Buckingham Palace Road 0845 305 8337

BOUTIQUE

The Sloane Club Lower Sloane Street 020 7730 9131

The Halkin Halkin Street 020 7333 1000

Tophams Hotel 24-32 Ebury Street 020 7730 3313

The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7259 5599

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

Astors Hotel 110-112 Ebury Street 020 7730 0158

Lord Milner Hotel 111 Ebury Street 020 7881 9880

The Belgravia Mews Hotel 50 Ebury Street 020 7730 5434

Lynton Hotel 113 Ebury Street 020 7730 4032

The Diplomat Hotel 2 Chesham Street 020 7235 1544

The Berkeley Wilton Place 020 7235 6000

BOOKMAKERS

SOLICITORS

LUXURY

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

EDUCATION

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

FLORISTS

POST OFFICE

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

LIBRARY

TRAVEL

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

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Polisher

Baker & Spice 54-56 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 3033

La Bottega 25 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2730

Mayhew Newsagents 15 Motcomb Street 020 7235 5770

F Bennett and Son 9 Chester Square Mews 020 7730 6546

GREENGROCERS

PERFUMERIES

Charles of Belgravia 27 Lower Belgrave Street 020 7730 5210

Annick Goutal 20 Motcomb Street 020 7245 0248

The Market Quarter 36 Elizabeth Street 020 7824 8470

Les Senteurs 71 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 2322

Ottolenghi 13 Motcomb Street 020 7823 2707

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

B E L G R AV I A R E S I D E N T S ’ J O U R N A L

JEWELLERS Carolina Bucci 4 Motcomb Street 020 7838 9977

Floris 147 Ebury Street 020 7730 0304

Pet accessories

David Thomas Master Goldsmith 65 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7710

Mungo & Maud 79 Elizabeth Street 020 7022 1207

De Vroomen 59 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 1901

PharmacY

Erickson Beamon 38 Elizabeth Street 020 7259 0202

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

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Start your property search here and visit savills.co.uk to see a greater selection of properties for sale and to rent.

for sale

for sale

for sale

Belgrave Square, SW1 Current B1 use, potential for single dwelling. 14,636 sq ft. LH with 125 yrs remaining Guide £35 million

Chester Square, SW1 Grade II listed house with 6/7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms, 459 sq m (4,941 sq ft) Guide £14.5 million

Grosvenor Crescent Mews, SW1 A wide Belgravia freehold house of 315 sq m (3,390 sq ft) Offers over £10 million

for sale

for sale

for sale

Eaton Square, SW1 Beautifully presented raised ground floor apartment with wonderful ceiling heights Asking £5.3 million

Eaton Square, SW1 Well located penthouse apartment with good reception space and terrace Asking £3.2 million

Eaton Terrace, SW1 Benefitting from private front door and high ceilings. LH with 125 years remaining Asking £1.995 million

to let

to let

to let

Graham Terrace, SW1 This excellent family house recently renovated to a high specification £15,000 per week

Ebury Street, SW1 Sympathetically refurbished duplex apartment boasting a private terrace £1,650 per week

Moore House, SW1 Modern apartment situated in the Grosvenor Waterside Development £1,350 per week

To discuss your property requirements further, call our team on 020 7877 4640


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A WELL PROPORTIONED PENTHOUSE APARTMENT WITH WONDERFUL VIEWS eaton square, sw1 Entrance hall ø reception room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom suite ø 2 further bedrooms ø bathroom ø maids room with en suite shower room ø separate storage room ø terrace ø lift ø porter ø 168 sq m (1,804 sq ft) Guide £3.2 million Leasehold JSA: Savills Knightsbridge, Alex Christian, 020 7581 5234

Savills Sloane Street

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Richard Dalton rdalton@savills.com

020 7730 0822

GROUND FLOOR FLAT WITH PRIVATE FRONT DOOR AND HIGH CEILINGS eaton terrace, sw1 Entrance hall ø reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 2nd bedroom with en suite shower room ø guest cloakroom ø utility room ø 116 sq m (1,244 sq ft) Guide £1.995 million Leasehold

Savills Sloane Street Christian Warman cgwarman@savills.com

020 7730 0822


savills.co.uk

1 REFURBISHED TO A HIGH STANDARD IN A PRESTIGIOUS LOCATION chester street, sw1 Double bedroom suite ø reception room ø kitchen ø guest cloakroom ø period features ø raised ground floor ø 72 sq m (776 sq ft)

Savills Sloane Street Simon Fernandes sfernandes@savills.com

020 7824 9005 £1,000 per week Furnished


VICTORIA ROAD, LONDON. W8 FREEHOLD FIVE BEDROOMS GROSS INTERNAL AREA: 3,660 SQ FT/ 340 SQ M

£8,750,000 stc Five bedrooms, Ballroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Roof terrace, Patio, Off street parking, Garage. An exceptional and beautifully presented double fronted low built period house located on one of the most desirable streets in Kensington. The property which has five bedrooms also offers a wealth of entertaining space including an impressive reception room nicknamed ‘the ball room’, double reception room/dining room, large kitchen-breakfast room and a

wonderful roof terrace. In addition there is a study, three bathrooms, two of which are en suite, two cloakrooms, laundry room and wine vault. Bedroom five is ideal for a teenager or house keeper as it has it’s own seperate entrance, kitchenette and shower room. Outside to the front of the property there are two off street parking spaces.

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

belgraviaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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EATON SQUARE, LONDON. SW1X LEASEHOLD THREE BEDROOMS GROSS INTERNAL AREA: 1,625 SQ FT/ 151 SQ M

ÂŁ1,950,000 stc Entrance hall, Drawing room, Dining room, Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, Two further bedrooms, Lift, Caretaker. Located in arguably one of the best positions in central London, this duplex three bedroom apartment of 1,625 sq ft is presented in excellent condition throughout, providing classic style and space with a very generous reception room overlooking the square. Accommodation is comprised of two large bedrooms, one smaller bedroom/study and plenty of

built-in storage. There is a large reception room overlooking the square below and a spacious kitchen leading to a dining room. Eaton Square is situated between Buckingham Palace and Sloane Square, and is a moments walk from the international boutiques, restaurants and transport facilities of Sloane Street.

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

belgraviaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

henryandjames.co.uk


EATON SQUARE, LONDON. SW1X ONE BEDROOM FURNISHED

ÂŁ650

PER WEEK stc Reception room, Double bedroom, Bathroom, Communal Gardens, Porter, Lift. This is a great one bedroom apartment on the 4th floor (with lift) of this well-run period building with porterage. This bright, freshly decorated property has a modern kitchen, large bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower cubicle, double bedroom with good storage and light and spacious reception room. The property has been furnished

in a contemporary style. Eaton Square is arguably London’s best garden square and is conveniently located moments from the fashionable shops and restaurants of Sloane Street and Sloane Square. The nearest Underground Station is Sloane Square (District and Circle lines) for links into the City.

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

belgraviaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

henryandjames.co.uk


KINNERTON YARD, LONDON. SW1X TWO BEDROOMS FURNISHED

ÂŁ1,100

PER WEEK stc Two double bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Open-plan kitchen, Reception room, Patio, Air conditioning. A recently refurbished two bedroom ground floor flat tucked away in a private courtyard development in the heart of Belgravia. The accomodation comprises double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, second double bedroom with large en-suite shower room , a good sized reception room open plan to a modern kitchen and a small half sheltered patio. Both

bedrooms have good built in storage and air-conditioning. Kinnerton Yard is located in the heart of Belgravia and is regarded along with Motcomb Street by the residents as their village and is famous for its boutiques, Michelin starred restaurants, independent cafĂŠs and quaint pubs. Available from mid January.

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

belgraviaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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Knight Frank

Eaton Mews North, Belgravia SW1 Wide and light Belgravia mews house

A wider than average three bedroom mews house, well positioned in this sought after Belgravia address. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, drawing room, kitchen, study, cellar, garage, off street parking. Approximately 215 sq m (2,320 sq ft)

Knightfrank.co.uk/Belgravia belgravia@knightfrank.com 020 3641 5910

Freehold

Joint agent: Chesterton Humberts sales.knightsbridge@hestertonhumberts.com 020 7235 8090

Guide price: ÂŁ4,500,000 (BGV120051)


Knight Frank

Lyall Mews, Belgravia SW1W Newly built stylish mews

A contemporary mews house benefitting from air conditioning, underfloor heating, bespoke fittings that has been interior designed by Nassetti Interiors. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms, reception room, drawing room, kitchen/ dining room, laundry room, guest cloakroom, garage. Approximately 229 sq m (2,467 sq ft) Available furnished Guide price: ÂŁ4,250 per week (BEQ142423)

Belgravia Lettings Knightfrank.co.uk/Lettings belgravialettings@knightfrank.com 020 3641 6006


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Burton Mews London SW1W This well presented terraced house is situated on a quiet Belgravia Mews with a lovely light reception room and kitchen. The property benefits from parquet flooring, plenty of storage, parking and is conveniently located in this cobbled mews within easy reach of the shopping, transport and entertainment facilities of Sloane Square, Elizabeth Street and Victoria reception room | 1 double bedroom | 1 single bedroom/study | bathroom | kitchen | parking

ÂŁ500 per week furnished

cluttons.com/london

020 7730 0303 belgravia@cluttons.com

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Caroline Terrace London SW1W A beautifully presented part stucco fronted townhouse on one of Belgravia's most sought after streets. This elegant period house is laid out over four stories and boasts extensive entertaining space. Caroline Terrace is a very attractive and quiet residential street located between Eaton Terrace and Bourne Street drawing room | family room | dining room | 4 bedrooms (1 en suite) | 1 further bathroom | kitchen | guest cloakroom | 2 storage vaults | garden

Guide price ÂŁ3,850,000 freehold

cluttons.com/london

020 7730 0303 belgravia@cluttons.com


Eaton Place, Belgravia, SW1 This very spacious one bedroom flat (936 sq ft / 87.0 sq m) is situated on the second floor of this handsome stucco-fronted period building at the preferred western end of Eaton Place. With a very large reception room overlooking Eaton Place and a very generous bedroom at the rear of the building facing south towards Eaton Square, the property would make an ideal pied-a-terre or rental investment. Perfectly located for all the world-class amenities that Belgravia and Chelsea have to offer. Eaton Place is within a few minutes’ walk of Chelsea and Sloane Square. £1,795,000 subject to contract Leasehold: approx. 41 years remaining 020 7225 6509 Nicholas.shaw@harrodsestates.com

KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE: 82 BROMPTON ROAD LONDON SW3 1ER T: +44 020 7225 6506 MAYFAIR OFFICE: 61 PARK LANE LONDON W1K 1QF T: +44 020 7409 9001

HARRODSESTATES.COM


One Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, SW7 An immaculately presented, two double bedroom duplex apartment in this prestigious development with underground parking and 24 hour concierge, situated just behind Harrods. The apartment is beautifully furnished with a large open plan kitchen / reception room leading to a terrace, also with a small terrace leading off both the bedrooms on the floor above. Accommodation comprises kitchen / reception room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom , twin bedroom with ensuite bathroom, guest cloakroom, and parking for one car.

ÂŁ3,700,000 subject to contract Approx. 999 years remaining 020 7225 6508 Shaun.drummond@harrodsestates.com

KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE: 82 BROMPTON ROAD LONDON SW3 1ER T: +44 020 7225 6506 MAYFAIR OFFICE: 61 PARK LANE LONDON W1K 1QF T: +44 020 7409 9001

HARRODSESTATES.COM


www.ayrtonwylie.com +44 (0) 20 7730 4628 (sales)

LITTLE CHESTER STREET, SW1

A spacious double fronted modern townhouse which offers flexible accommodation over just four floors with the benefit of an integral garage. Situated on this quiet street, the private gardens of Belgrave Square, open to the residents of Belgravia and subject to an annual fee, are close by. 2422 sq ft / 225 sq m

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES

Entrance Hallway • 5 Bedrooms • En suite Bathroom with Dressing Area En suite Shower Room • Family Shower Room • Kitchen/Dining Room First Floor Reception Room • Study • Coat Room • Guest WC • Integral Garage • Access to Belgrave Square (Subject to annual fee)

FREEHOLD £4,250,000 16 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 0LN

JSA AYLESFORD 0207 351 2383

sales@ayrtonwylie.com


www.ayrtonwylie.com +44 (0) 20 7730 4628 (sales)

Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Chelsea

EATON SQUARE, SW1

A beautifully presented ground and garden maisonette with its own “private entrance and rear garden.” 2079 sq ft / 193.1 sq m

LEASE 61 YEARS £6,900,000

ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES

Own Private Entrance • Spacious Hall • Drawing Room • Reception Room/Dining Room • Orangery • Master Bedroom with En suite Bathroom • Bedroom 2 with En suite Bathroom • Bedroom 3 Shower Room • Kitchen • Utility Room • Private Rear Garden Block Caretaker • Use of Square Gardens and Tennis Courts (subject to annual fee)

sales@ayrtonwylie.com


Whittaker Street, Belgravia SW1 • 4 Bedrooms

• Garden

• 4 Bathrooms

• Garage parking

• 2 Reception rooms

• Estate manager

• Kitchen/breakfast room

• Approx. 2,738 ft (254 sq m)

“ A beautifully presented townhouse in this secure gated development in Belgravia”

Guide price £4,250 per week or £5,950,000 freehold Furnished or unfurnished

For more information call Lucy Morton on 020 7306 1630 or email lmorton@waellis.co.uk

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

waellis.co.uk


West Eaton Place, Belgravia SW1 • 1 Bedroom

• Kitchen

• 1 Bathroom

• Approx. 589 sq ft (54.7 sq m)

• Reception room

“ A fantastic second floor flat moments away from Sloane Square and the King’s Road”

Guide price £1,395,000 Leasehold with 99 years remaining

For more information call Simon Godson on 020 7306 1610 or email sgodson@waellis.co.uk

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

waellis.co.uk


Eaton Square, Belgravia SW1 Grand living in one of London’s most prestigious addresses. Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Reception room • Dining room • Balcony 24 hour porterage and security • Approximately 1,763 sq ft / 163 sq m

020 7495 9580

casper.tham@sothebysrealty.co.uk

Guide Price: £1,450,000 Leasehold with approximately seven years remaining

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ESTATE AGENTS, SURVEYORS AND PROPERTY CONSULTANTS 81 Elizabeth Street, Eaton Square, London SW1W 9PG Tel: 020 7730 9253 Fax: 020 7730 8212 Email: reception@bestgapp.co.uk www.bestgapp.co.uk Over 100 years experience in Belgravia

EATON SQUARE SW1 A fabulous third floor lateral apartment, six windows wide situated in the centre of the favoured northern terrace overlooking the square gardens. Refurbished to exacting standards, to include audio visual and air conditioning throughout, to provide excellent entertaining space that is separate from the bedroom accommodation.

Leasehold 15 years

ÂŁ5,500,000

* Wide Entrance Hall * Drawing Room * Dining Room * Master Bedroom with en-suite Dressing Room and Bathroom * 2 Further Bedroom Suites * Porter


EATON TERRACE, SW1

Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ5,995,000

BELGRAVIA 020 7824 7900 belgravia@johndwood.co.uk

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Chelsea Fulham & Parsons Green Kensington & Holland Park Knightsbridge, Belgravia & Mayfair Notting Hill & Bayswater West Chelsea & South Kensington

Sales 020 7225 3866 Sales 020 7731 7100 Sales 020 7938 3666 Sales 020 7235 9959 Sales 020 7221 1111 Sales 020 7373 1010

Lettings 020 7589 9966 Lettings 020 7731 7100 Lettings 020 7938 3866 Lettings 020 7235 9959 Lettings 020 7221 1111 Lettings 020 7373 1010

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Wilton Row | Belgravia | SW1 3,422 sq ft (317.9 sq m)

A stunning newly refurbished, low build house with private parking set in this most charming and tranquil Belgravia mews. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | En suite master bedroom | 3 further en suite bedrooms | Study | Cinema | Patio | Private parking Asking price ÂŁ11,250,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA Savills 020 7581 5234

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Chelsea Fulham & Parsons Green Kensington & Holland Park Knightsbridge, Belgravia & Mayfair Notting Hill & Bayswater West Chelsea & South Kensington

Sales 020 7225 3866 Sales 020 7731 7100 Sales 020 7938 3666 Sales 020 7235 9959 Sales 020 7221 1111 Sales 020 7373 1010

Lettings 020 7589 9966 Lettings 020 7731 7100 Lettings 020 7938 3866 Lettings 020 7235 9959 Lettings 020 7221 1111 Lettings 020 7373 1010

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Belgrave Mews South | Knightsbridge | SW1X 3,800 sq ft (353 sq m)

An exceptional contemporary designed four bedroom house with stunning double height atrium and a voluminous dual aspect first floor reception room. Reception room | Kitchen / dining area | 3/4 double bedrooms with en suite bath / shower rooms | Guest cloakroom | Roof terrace | Two Patios | Garage | Off street parking Asking price ÂŁ10,900,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA Knight Frank 020 7881 77252

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Where will we find your perfect buyer? At Strutt & Parker, we’ve always gone to great lengths to bring the right buyer to your door, using our knowledge, contacts and total commitment to achieve the sale you want. But now we go further than ever. As partners in the Christie’s International Real Estate network, we can reach quality buyers in 42 countries via 1,049 offices and a website visited 135,600 a month. There’s no better way to open your door to the world. struttandparker.com/christies 66 Sloane Street, London SW1X 9SH 020 7235 9959 knightsbridge@struttandparker.com

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