Belgravia Residents' Journal March 2018

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Issue 70

w r i t t e n f o r t h e r e s i d e n t s o f b e l g r avi a

from the editor “If we had no winter, the spring would not be pleasant,”


said early English poet Anne Bradstreet. Indeed, unlike a

MARCH 2018 • Issue 70

lot of countries, in the UK, we have very defined seasons, which makes us count our blessings when the next chapter of the year arrives. After all, when was the last time you heard someone say “I wish it was darker/colder/windier?” Keeping this in mind, in our March issue, we celebrate the idea of springcleaning. If you’re finding your home needs a spruce-up or you’re lacking in inspiration, why not read our feature with Elizabeth Street’s Russell Sage on page 10. Elsewhere, we have all the latest food news on page 15 and I pay a visit to the new Bone Daddies outpost in Victoria and give my verdict on page COVER: An illustration of Gio Genco by Russ Tudor. Turn to page 6.

16. To burn off any excess, head to Barry’s Bootcamp in the new Eccleston Yards – read our review on page 22. Finally, we update you on the ongoing works at The Peninsula on page 28. And if all that leaves you feeling in need of

Managing Editor Francesca Lee-Rogers Editorial Assistant William Monroe Editorial Intern Victoria Sviggum Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

a spring break, why not head to leafy Berkshire, where you can rest your mind, body and soul at the Dorchester Collection’s country retreat, Coworth Park. Read our Great British Escape review on page 31. We hope you enjoy the issue!

Managing Director Eren Ellwood General Manager Fiona Smith

Francesca Lee-Rogers, Managing Editor

Publishing Director Giles Ellwood


Executive Director Sophie Roberts Designer Paris Fielder Production Hugo Wheatley Jamie Steele Alice Ford Distributed to selected homes in Belgravia. The Belgravia Residents’ Journal is published independently by Runwild Media Group, with regular editorial contributions from Belgravia residents. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with your news: email and, Twitter users, make sure you follow us @thebelgravian Members of the Professional Publishers Association

notebook Bitesized news from across the neighbourhood


daddy cool The team reviews Nova’s newest offering, Bone Daddies restaurant






sage advice From the art of crafting kitchens to rooms for royalty

all that sparkles Cartier’s new boutique in the Harrods Fine Jewellery Room

country pursuits Pay a visit to Coworth Park in leafy Berkshire

grand designs The most spectacular homes on the market in Belgravia

Sc e n t and s e n s i bi l i t y

Les Senteurs, one of London’s original independent perfumeries, has reopened after an extensive refurbishment. The Aladdin’s cave of scent has more than 350 expertly curated fragrances by some of the best noses in the business. Indeed, such is the prestige of the family-owned company that brands such as Byredo, Creed and Diptyque all chose to debut at the store, and have since gone on to be known as some of the best in the business. 71 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PJ, 020 7730 2322,

D I D Y O U K N O W...?

…that Armani/ Casa is relocating to Knightsbridge from its Chelsea Harbour showroom, which closed in December. Opening in spring, the emporium will stock stunning products and offer an interiordesign service. Watch this space for more details.


Bitesized news from across the neighbourhood

C e l e b r at e Bada’ s c e n t e na ry


Haynes Fine Art is offering a rare opportunity to see how the glamorous English film stars of yesteryear lived – in particular, actress Vivien Leigh – from 8 to 31 March. Showcasing a roomset of furniture, paintings and other decorative accessories that once graced the homes of the double Oscar and Tony Award winner, the exhibition will complement the other pieces on show such as world-class art, interior design, fine antiques and furniture. 70 Pimlico Road, SW1W 8LS, 4

John Adams Fine Art, a leading gallery dealing in 20th-century French work in the Pimlico Road Design District, is returning to BADA this year. Held in Duke of York Square from 14 to 20 March, the British Antique Dealers’ Association Fair will showcase a selection of paintings from oil colours on canvas to watercolours. Its stand will be at C52 for all those forward-planners. 200 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UN, 020 7730 8999,


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ALL THE LATEST Grosvenor rounds up all the neighbourhood news

belgravia in blo om

Grosvenor is proud to sponsor Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, a major exhibition at the V&A from 16 June until 4 November. To celebrate its partnership with the V&A, Grosvenor has unveiled its Belgravia in Bloom theme is inspired by Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter known

for her vibrant self-portraits and murals. Retailers will decorate their shop windows for the flower festival, which will adorn shop windows from 19 May and ties in with the Chelsea Flower Show that runs from 22 to 26 May. Plans are in the pipeline for a Kahloinspired installation on Elizabeth Street, where there will be an array of activities including selfportraiture in honour of the original selfie-queen. Judith Blacklock Flower School has also announced it will be running workshops in making floral crowns, for which the artist was known. Children’s clothing label La Stupenderia will be showcasing its Mexican-inspired new collection to tie in with Belgravia in Bloom.

a ll t h e l at e st ECC L ESTON YARD S U PD ATE

More retailers are set to join those already in Eccleston Yards. Along with Barry’s Bootcamp – which has already opened – SMUK, a lifestyle and beauty studio, will open, as will Re:Mind Studio (the first drop-in meditation studio) in London.

IN OTHER NEWS . . . Carolina Bucci is moving from her current premises to a bigger unit at 22 Motcomb Street.

new on the scene

Her existing unit at 4 Motcomb Street will become a permanent rolling pop-up over the next year.

Moyses Stevens has opened on 53 Elizabeth Street, and is the latest opening among the Moyses Stevens locations across London. The shop supplies fresh flowers, potted plants, bespoke bouquets, as well as arrangements for corporate and private events, and also has a dedicated team for weddings and functions, who can help create fabulous floral designs – ideal in the run-up to the summer.


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Registrations are now open for the Belgravia Classic Car Show that’s running on 24 June from 11am-5pm. Last year it was a huge success. If you would like to get involved, interested participants can register at:

Keep your eyes peeled for who will be next to move into the temporary space.

9-13 May: London Craft Week 19-26 May: Belgravia in Bloom 13 June: Motcomb Street Party 23 June: Belgravia Dog Show & Cocktail Paw-ty 24 June: Belgravia Classic Car Show 25 June: Belgrave Square Barbecue 5

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THE MAN BEHIND THE BUSINESS This is what makes Gio Genco so special, as the Journal finds out FRANCESCA LEE-ROGERS

Illustration by Russ Tudor


io Genco is a long standing member of the Belgravian community. Not only has he had an eponymous shop on Motcomb Street for more than 14 years, but he is also a resident, having lived in the area for two decades. Prior to 2004, he had premises in Mayfair but was drawn to Belgravia – and Motcomb Street in particular due to “its discreet, quaint village-type feel and the fact it’s surrounded by some of London’s most luxurious hotels and some of the most prominent embassies.” The key aspect that makes Gio so special and makes him stand out from the crowd is that he is the very recognisable face of his Italian family’s business, and that he is the designer behind his successful lifestyle brand. His personal touch has clearly worked as he has created a very loyal global

following over the years. Much more than bespoke tailoring, Gio advises on and curates entire wardrobe collections, including luxurious accessories for an array of exclusive clients. “I get to know them very well – the rapport, for me, is what’s important – I get to share my passion for my business. It’s a very personal service – and one that is hard to find nowadays.”

It takes up to 60 hours to make a Gio Genco suit jacket His clientele, of all ages, take their appearance very seriously indeed. Gio explains how some clients will order multiple garments made in the same cloth so that they have one for each of their homes. Indeed, such is his reputation, he is often

invited to jet around the world visiting clients’ homes to provide his services and share his extraordinary knowledge gained over 20 years in the business. It’s not hard to see why he is such a success – the craftsmanship that goes into making one of his suits is exquisite, with an unparalleled attention to detail. All of his garments are entirely made by hand in Italy by highly skilled tailors. To make a Gio Genco suit jacket, for example, takes up to 60 working hours, which is why he calls his pieces “an investment”. To have a suit made, a client should allow up to eight weeks from the initial appointment to the final fitting. It’s also worth noting that Gio offers an exclusive ready-to-wear collection, including suits, jackets, impeccable shirts and beautiful handmade ties. Gio has an impressive collection of cloths on offer,

from cashmere and silks to the finest grades of wool and it’s hard not to swoon at the quality. He says that wool, silk and linen blends are currently very popular and lightweight cloths have become very desirable in recent years. But what other trends has he noticed, I ask. “Doublebreasted suits have seen a rise in the UK – although in Italy, that look has always been quite strong. I’ve also seen a demand for suits in many different shades of blue lately, with one loyal client only ever wanting navy suits in his wardrobe.” Indeed, it is Gio’s impeccable attention to detail, his affable personality and his gentleman’s-club feel boutique on Motcomb Street that makes those who meet him warm to him and keep returning for years on end. 21 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB, 020 7259 6888, 7

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MATTERS The Jumeirah Lowndes’ general manager Ian Richardson tells the Journal what it’s like to run a five-star hotel and why being a good neighbour makes sense as told to francesca lee-rogers

Did you always know you wanted to work in the hotel industry?

No. At first I wasn’t clear which career path I wanted to follow – I went to university to study sports science and recreation management and, afterwards, started working in health clubs such as Champneys CityPoint, Champneys Piccadilly and The Hurlingham Club. Then, in 2004, Jumeirah approached me to manage The Peak Health Club & Spa at Jumeirah Carlton Tower. I remember thinking that, because there was a big hotel attached to it, there would be a chance for career progression.

How did you move from running The Peak Health Club & Spa to managing Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel?

I ran the Club & Spa for four years and almost doubled its profits during that time. My keen interest in the financial side of the business led to my being asked to take on the role of acting revenue manager for Jumeirah’s Carlton Tower and Lowndes Hotel for a six-month period back in 2010, which led to my promotion to general manager of the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel later that year. I’ve now been with the company for 14 years. 8

treadmills or bums on beds, there’s a lot of synergy! The fundamental concept is quite similar in that if you look after people well, they’ll keep coming back.

How did you find the transition from health clubs to hotels?

They’re quite similar in terms of the business model: whether it’s feet on

Which projects have you been involved with over the ye ars, and what ’s on the horizon?

In 2011 I oversaw the refurbishment, rebranding and reopening of the restaurant, followed by the completion of a renovation to all guest rooms in


2014. The Terrace, our alfresco venue, has also grown over the years and become something of a local landmark – I’d say approximately 70 per cent of the clientele drinking and dining there is local.

How does the Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel differ from Carlton Tower?

The Lowndes is more informal, more intimate and therefore more discreet. In terms of the international demographic, though, they’re fairly similar. We might have a little more Dubaibased business here, whereas the Carlton Tower has a broader Middle Eastern market. It’s also worth noting that Lowndes clients can also use all of the facilities of The Peak, which is unusual for a boutique hotel.

Of what in your career to date are you most proud?

We’ve done a lot of work towards making the Motcomb Street Party a success and host its VIP party in The Terrace. Each year, it raises approximately £50,000 for charity, which is a huge amount from a one-off event. That’s added up to more than £1m over the 20-odd

years it’s been going! I’m on the committee and look after the health and safety aspects. On the day, when I see the street coming to life, it’s brilliant – that’s the kind of thing I find most fulfilling.

How else d o you get involved in the lo cal communit y ?

We work with a lot of other local

businesses, such as Rococo, which supplies us with chocolates to place in the VIP bedrooms during our turn-down service. Through our partnership with Belgravia Books, we have a display cabinet of titles, a Book of the Month, and a Book and Brunch on Sundays – the books we choose for that are set around Belgravia, where possible. A few years ago, we launched Belgravia Bikes to promote the local area to our guests. They’re given a map of the neighbourhood that takes in points of interest with tips on what to see and where to stop en route. It’s amazing how few people know about The Grenadier Pub, for instance, yet it’s a fantastic place to go.

And do you work with any local charities?

Yes. We’ve supported the Glass Door Homeless charity for the past four years and I volunteer with them most Sundays during the winter months. We also do a sleep-out in October, which last year raised about £200,000. We do a clothes collection close to Christmas and give any leftover shampoo from the hotel to the day centre.

Finally, how do you spend your time outside work hours?

I’m an outdoor enthusiast and compete in triathlons. I cycle from my home in Shoreditch to work each day, which keeps me fit! 21 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9ES, 020 7823 1234,


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ADVICE The brain behind the designs of The Savoy Grill, Jason Atherton’s Social Eating House and, most recently, the interior overhaul of The Botanist, Russell Sage discusses the art of crafting kitchens for cooks and rooms for royalty ELLEN MILLARD


ussell Sage is a busy man. After my initial phone call is cancelled due to his imminent return from India, I finally catch him seven hours later, during a moment’s peace between a meeting and a mad dash to catch yet another flight – this time to Scotland. “I’ve just worked for three days in Delhi, I’m now working for two days in Scotland and then I’ll spend one day in Brussels,” he says over the thrum of Gatwick airport. “I try to minimise my travel, so I usually do ten days every three or four months on our international projects, and then, the rest of the time, I really focus on the London work.” It sounds exhausting, but the designer is not one for the simple life. What began as a career in fashion has segued from sculpture to circus performance and back to fashion again – when he made his mark at London Fashion Week with his clothes-come-upholstery collections – before finally settling on interior design. His company, Russell Sage Studio, was founded some 15 years ago and has since become the go-to for restaurateurs and hoteliers alike. His portfolio 10

includes the likes of The Social Eating House, The Goring and Dishoom in Shoreditch. “The interiors world has more longevity and you can take more care over things,” he says of his chosen industry. “Fashion is so fast, and I always describe it as a young person’s game. You can only endure it for about five years and then you’re too old to be in it. What I love about interiors is that there’s something new to learn all of the time.” His latest project is Chelsea’s The Botanist, which has marked its tenth anniversary with a reboot, complete with a new design, a new head chef, Ameya Bhalekar, and a new menu. The latter will comprise European-inspired dishes such as burrata with baby beetroot and sea bass ceviche, but it’s not the food


Clockwise from main image: The Goring; The Townhouse Club room at The Zetter Townhouse, Clerkenwell; The Townhouse Deluxe at The Zetter Townhouse

that Sage is interested in – rather the kitchen it will be cooked in. “The Botanist has always had a contemporary feel, and has always been a real character on the corner of Sloane Square, so we were very keen to preserve that, freshen it up and move it along,” Sage says. “With all projects, the key thing is to preserve the ongoing story, and The Botanist’s story is very strong. We’ve just changed the way things flow in the space so that customers can get a lot more enjoyment from it when they visit.” The result is a navy, green and rose-coloured design with leather banquettes and a 45-seater brass bar that takes pride of place in the middle of the room. A nod to Chelsea has been made with bespoke tiles designed by graphic artist Kevin Hill, who has overlaid prints of former Chelsea resident Sir Hans Sloane’s botanical drawings, versions of which are on display at the nearby Natural History Museum. It’s not the first time Sage has designed with a local resident in mind; a previous project at The Goring came with the added pressure that the future Duchess of Cambridge would not only be the first to use what is now the Royal Suite, but she would also be staying there the night before her wedding. “It was such a lovely thing to do,” Sage says of his brush with royal fame. “The staff at The Goring were really lovely and supportive; we had to pull it out of the bag to get it ready about two months earlier then planned in 11


Clockwise from right: The Botanist; The Royal Suite at The Goring; The Zetter Townhouse, Clarkenwell

time for the royal wedding.” The suite in question is vast; there are two bedrooms, both furnished with antiques and attached to marble bathrooms, a large sitting room and a dining area with a grand piano and room for six guests. The entire space is peppered with references to the royal family: handwritten letters, stationery and military regalia decorate the rooms. It’s a fitting tribute and an ideal location for a soon-to-be-royal bride to stay (although when I hear of the life-sized portrait of Queen Victoria in the master bathroom, I’m surprised Kate made it down the aisle...). It sounds like a dream project for Sage, who instantly comes alive when I ask him about his love of antiques. “I have a big storage facility in my home in Somerset, because a lot of our projects use antiques,” he explains. “I often spend my week going to auctions in places such as Tetbury and Axminster. I’ve got some early photographs of the pyramids taken in the 1920s and 1930s and they’re just beautiful; they don’t have a huge value but, to me, they’re really special.” Visit one of Sage’s projects and you’re likely to find a plethora of 12

antiques that the designer has sourced himself. Places such as The Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell and Avebury Manor marry his love of history with contemporary design – a style Sage is happy to see catching on. “Hotels and restaurants are getting braver; we’re often contacted by quite mainstream, five-star hotel brands simply because they’ve seen some of our more unusual projects, such as The Zetter Townhouse,” he says. “I absolutely love that, because hotels are increasingly reaching for their interiors to tell a unique story about the space that they’re in, which is what I specialise in.” Another important factor is the hospitality, which is as essential to a hotel or restaurant’s design. “Proper five-star hotels get very confused about what luxury is and actually it’s about giving people breathing space,” he explains. “The ultimate hotel is not about gold leaf and a pillow menu, it’s about having fantastic service that is enabled by brilliant design, and brilliant design is as much about back-of-house as it is about front-of-house.” The same follows for people’s own homes; atmosphere is key, and often, Sage says, the problem can be fixed with the simplest of solutions: “Look at the lighting; it’s not about colour or even comfort, it’s about getting the

lighting right so that it matches the mood,” he advises. “It’s a really simple thing to do and people sometimes forget, and then they wonder why they live in such gloomy rooms.” For design tips à la Sage, one only need visit the restaurants and hotels on which he has made his mark, the list of which is growing by the minute. Currently, he has 30 projects on the go, from a hotel in Scotland and a restaurant in Delhi to a member’s club in LA and a darts venue in Chicago – on all of which he will leave his eclectic mark. But despite his love of unique artefacts, the designer tells me those looking for a quick fix needn’t feel they need to scour the country for antiques – he’s just as happy shopping in the most run-ofthe-mill places. “I look at everything; every company has something good. It’s about having a constant interest in your subject,” he says. “I can’t say I have a go-to brand, because I’m often amazed by the homeware that I see in places like Tesco’s and Sainsbury’s.” Turns out you really can live well for less.

Hotels are increasingly reaching for their interiors to tell a unique story about the space they’re in

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If you’ve not yet had chance to visit Osteria Romana, which opened at the end of last year, make sure you pop it on your must-visit restaurant list. Tucked in between the Bulgari Hotel and Hyde Park, it fuses different regional dishes to create a vast Italian menu, some of which are even inspired by the owner’s grandmother’s dishes. 3-4 Park Close, SW1X 7PQ, 020 7584 5819,


food & drink All the latest to keep you sated from dawn to dusk


Award-winning craft-whisky maker R&B Distillers has released two premium new whiskies: The Tweeddale: The Evolution and The Tweeddale: A Silent Character, both of which have drawn inspiration from the brand’s heritage. The former, to be released at 28 years old, is the eldest Tweeddale, while the latter alludes to the fact that the Cambus distillery is now silent, having ceased whisky production in 1993. £175,

M I N I a ppetise r s New openings in the area

from across the pond Salt Bae is to open in the Park Tower Knightsbridge hotel. The steakhouse will be Turkish chef ’s Nusret Gökçe first UK opening, and it is said to be replacing current restaurant One-OOne. Watch this space for more developments!

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Easter is relatively early this year – from Friday 30 March to 2 April, so with this in mind, we’re already on the hunt for Easter eggs. And these ones by Pierre Marcolini have certainly caught our attention. The range includes the Egg Hat, the Big-Eared Hat, the mini Big-Eared Hat, the Mystery Eggs and the Classic Boxes, all of which provide a quirky touch on the traditional egg. Whichever you pick, savour it, as the haute chocolate is up there with the best of them. Various prices,

grab and go

G’rilla has a permanent kiosk at the new foodie Nova building site in Victoria. Ideal for those who need to grab a quick bite to eat, it’s known for its cheese toasties that are loaded with delectable toppings such as Portobello mushroom and roast pepper, barbecue pork, chorizo and even lobster. 15


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Bone Daddies has arrived at the Nova food quarter in Victoria and is taking the area by storm, as the Journal finds out francesca lee-rogers

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t’s midweek, early evening and there’s already a long queue outside Bone Daddies. Yet the new Victoria outpost has been open for only a week. “There’s a waiting time of approximately 45 minutes to one hour,” I hear one of the waitresses tell a couple. This is clearly a good sign, I think, as I make my way over to the remaining two bar stools that have my husband and I’s name on them while we wait for our table. I order a Hakkin Ichigo mocktail, which comprises orange juice, lemon juice, Calpico, strawberry purée and lemonade: it’s super refreshing and sweet, and I can’t help but compliment the bartender as I order round two, all within the space of 20 minutes. Following a peruse of the extensive menu, we decide on some pre-dinner snacks and opt for edamame beans with sea salt, fried chicken, salmon sashimi and maki roll of prawn tempura and softshell crab. It’s quite a melange of dishes, but each has its own merit: the edamame beans provide the saltiness to offset the sweetness of my mocktail, the lemon squeezed on to the fried chicken

cuts through the chicken and the accompanying sauce for the salmon sashimi makes it oh-so moreish – so much so, my other half doesn’t get so much as a look in. He, meanwhile, digs into the rolls and tells me that the softshell crab is a particular highlight; accompanied by a Cholula mayonnaise, plus the obligatory pickled ginger and wasabi, it has a certain kick. Mains comprise the standard

tonkotsu with charred pork belly, spring onion, bamboo and Clarence Court Egg for me, while my husband tries the kani tonkotsu of charred pork belly, softshell crab, chilli, kale and black sesame. My ramen is delectable – I gobble the noodles, sip the bone broth and the pork tears away easily. My other half ’s dish has deeper and richer flavours than the standard tonkotsu: the crab adds freshness while the barbecue flavour comes through from the pork. Both are some of the best ramen dishes we’ve eaten. After a hearty meal, we decide to skip dessert, and as we head out of the door, there are still people waiting for a table. Be warned: get there early evening to save your dinner date. 9 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ, 020 3019 1960,


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l ay t h e f o u n d at i o n s

Valmont, the leading luxury and, anti-ageing Swiss skincare group, has introduced a Perfecting Powder Cream to its range of cosmetics. Encased in a golden compact, the foundation – which comes in four shades – has a light texture that helps to provide a natural and flawless finish, transforming and brightening the skin as well as erasing any imperfections. £118,

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health & beauty

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Here at the Journal, we’re all about that spring glow, so imagine our excitement when we found out Lancôme has released super-shiny liquid highlighters in four shades: Champagne, Rose, Bronze and Golden Glow. The Teint Idole Ultra Wear Custom Glow Drops have high concentrations of pigments, meaning one can achieve sculpted cheekbones in no time. £26,

Face-saving, body-boosting essentials

SPRING CLEANING Take the opp ort uni t y to c le anse and re set in ternally to o, advi se s Jade Barkett, nat uropathic nu tri tioni st at Grac e Belgravia This is an important time of year for detoxifying and resetting habits and there are a number of manageable, positive changes you can make to improve health, brain function, gut health and energy levels. Try these four simple steps… 1. During the winter months, it’s important to check your vitamin D levels – I’ve found a number of my clients are experiencing

deficiencies, which can easily be rectified with oily fish, mushrooms or a good-quality supplement like Wild Nutrition’s vitamin D3. 2. Start the day with a slice of lemon in warm water, to flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. 3. When planning your meals, focus on seasonal produce such as apples, beetroot, celeriac, kale and squash

for optimum nutrition and minimal environmental impact. At Grace Belgravia, we’ve just launched our spring menu filled with a rainbow of nutritious flavours. 4. Consider your unique needs. It’s so easy to get lured in by fad diets and detoxes offering transformative results. At Grace, we use DNA Fit testing to create tailored plans based on an individual’s unique relationship with different foods, toxins and the environment – as well as their response to exercise, injury risk and recovery rates. 19



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If you’re looking for a brand new look for spring, we suggest paying a visit to Paul Edmonds. The Journal tried and tested the salon and went from dull and limp locks to bright and beautiful colour with a decent chop to boot. Colourist Vernon alternated between two colours using a balayage technique, and then used a toner to make the colours blend. And, to make the time pass quicker, we also had a manicure while we waited. 217 Brompton Road, SW3 2EJ, 020 7589 5958,

pucker up Luscious lips signal youth and freshness, the oestrogen-related plumpness, a subliminal attraction to a mate. A lot of lips in the media have now been enhanced, altering our perception of what is normal, attractive and healthy, but reminding us that lips are a key feature that denote health and attractiveness. Demand among the young and Instagram-obsessed is equalled by the demand by their parents for healthylooking, rather than overdone, lips.

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Still looking for that spring home fragrance? Then look no further than Cabbages & Roses, which has six to choose from. Each comes in a candle or diffuser format, and our favourite for this time of year is the hyacinth and gardenia, which smells of freshly-cut flowers. Candle £30, diffuser £34,

At any age, we should endeavour to look our best. When times get tough, sales of lipstick rocket. Now lip treatments are more sophisticated – fillers can enhance the shape, volume and texture of lips. No need to look like a duck – modern fillers are flexible and accommodate each movement of the lips. Fillers reduce vertical lines associated with smoking, sun exposure or repeated pursing. The concept of lip fillers has also changed. Lips should be the last aspect of the face to be rejuvenated. “Perfect” lips need to sit in a “perfect” face and thus are enhanced only when the rest of the face has been successfully rejuvenated. Fillers can be performed with little or no downtime and should last about a year. Look around a room and you’ll see some badly done lips, but rest assured the best work won’t even show. 149 Ebury Street, SW1W 9QN, 020 7730 0765,


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This new moisturising cool gel cream from La Mer. Launching on 1 March, it’s ideal for spring/ summer, as the fresh-water formula drenches the skin, leaving it feeling intensely nourished. From £60,

under the sea

If you’re still searching for that perfect Mother’s Day present for the mum who has everything, why not take a look at this pro-collagen starter kit? With four of Elemis’ best-selling products, the curated collection provides a potent marine regime, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It includes the pro-collagen cleansing balm, marine cream with SPF30, advanced eye treatment and hydra-gel eye mask. From 1 March, £65,

Grace is a powerful vision for women’s health, wellbeing and lifestyle, committed to providing the best in medical, fitness, wellness therapies, nourishing food and dynamic events. Entrepreneurs, mothers, business women, creatives and more, seek the sanctuary of Grace as their home away from home; a luxurious space providing guidance and support from world renowned experts.

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The Journal heads to the newly opened Barry’s Bootcamp studio to try out its unique training approach which, having gained increasing popularity since traversing the pond, now has a cult following V I C T O R I A s vi g g u m


uffing, puffing and redfaced – little did I know this would be me for almost the entirety of my workout at Barry’s Bootcamp. The new fitness studio opened in mid-January and is the first business to establish itself in Eccleston Yards, the retail and business development in south Belgravia. Founded in LA in 1998, Barry’s Bootcamp is based around the idea of incorporating both cardio and strength training into one efficient exercise session. The high-intensity signature classes are one hour long, combine both running and weightlifting, and you can burn up to a whopping 1,000 calories per session. Well, of course I had to try it out. As I arrive at the studio, feeling tired and uninspired, my mood is immediately altered by the adrenalin-pumping music and industrial décor of the entrance lobby. I am greeted by friendly and upbeat staff who offer me a complimentary towel and the option to pre-order a post-workout protein shake. Starting at £5, they come in a range of flavours, including vegan options. I decide to go for the popular CBPB (chocolate,


banana and peanut butter) with an add-on of glutamine, meant to aid muscle recovery. In the changing room, I am almost lulled into a false sense of relaxation by the soothing scents and charming candles dotted about. Kitted out with waterfall showers, GHD hairdryers and straighteners, and indulgent hair and body products by Malin + Goetz, this place has everything you need to freshen up post-class. Full of anticipation, ready and dressed, I enter the training studio – a dark room punctuated by red lighting with wall-to-wall mirrors – it’s clear Barry’s means business. You can either start your workout on a treadmill or the floor, switching between the two at structured intervals throughout. The running sets concentrate on increasing speed and incline and are interspersed with maximumeffort sprints, while the floor work uses weights to focus on different

muscle groups. Our instructor Kenny moves effortlessly between the groups to call out instructions and demonstrate exercises. So, how was it? Hard. This workout will push you to your limits, get you sweating and keep that heart rate up for the entire duration. It’s all about challenging your personal best and, with the trainer’s continuous encouragement, the help of an impressive sound system and a community feel within the class, you won’t be short of motivation. And so I persevered to the end, and was duly rewarded with a creamy shake, which was waiting for me at the bar in the lobby immediately afterwards. If you’re looking to make the most out of your time at the gym this spring, this is a high-energy class I suggest trying out. Classes from £20, 16 Eccleston Yards, Eccleston Place, SW1W 9NF, 020 3954 2074,

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sparkles Cartier has redesigned its prestigious boutique in the Harrods Fine Jewellery Room, complete with an exclusive, one-of-a-kind collection

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artier’s prestigious watches and jewellery boutique in Harrods has reopened following a sumptuous transformation. The capacious 5,000 sq ft boutique is now double the size of the original space, making it the largest of its kind within the Fine Jewellery Room. The concept of architect Laura Gonzalez, each area is lavished with handcrafted, decorative walls, lustrous bronze finishes and glass furnishings. Glossy wood and rounded corners add a retro flavour, bolstered by opulent,


Cartier and Harrods are synonymous with timeless luxury and impeccable design

geometric chandeliers. This gleaming jewellery box houses the full Cartier product portfolio, in addition to a prestigious, permanent highjewellery collection of one-of-akind treasures in red, white and gold. Highlights include a pair of ritzy ruby earrings and a showstopping platinum and diamond necklace made up of creamy pearls and yellow diamonds, which drip down the décolletage. Further delights include the Clé de Cartier Serti Vibrant


timepiece, resplendent with rubies and brilliant-cut diamonds and a Rotonde de Cartier watch with a Harrods-green dial. Moving around the generous space, you effortlessly segue from one collection to the next, gliding from signature bangles and engagement rings to leather Panthère de Cartier clutch bags, finished with a gleaming panther’s

head – Cartier’s hypnotic mascot. Cartier and Harrods both date back to the mid-19th century and are synonymous with timeless luxury and impeccable design. Each one honours an esteemed heritage while purveying cuttingedge, contemporary products. 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL, 25

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Over the course of its history, Belgravia has been home to a plethora of notable figures. This month, the Journal pays homage to the young surgeon who compiled Gray’s Anatomy victoria sviggum

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orn and raised in Belgravia, Henry Gray truly is a local legend, best known for his book Gray’s Anatomy. Not only did he reside at eight Wilton Street, but he was also a student of and worked for St George’s Hospital, which at the time was located on Hyde Park Corner (now The Lanesborough hotel). Gray was born in 1827 and was one of four children, his father thought to have been a private messenger for both King George IV and King William IV. Gray became a student of St George’s Hospital Medical School in 1845, classes for which were held on Kinnerton Street. Historical sources suggest that he was a hard worker, very methodical, and chose to perform dissections personally (rather than observe) to deepen his knowledge on the anatomy of the human body. Upon completing his studies, Gray became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and began working for St George’s Hospital as a house surgeon. In the following years, he also held the positions of demonstrator and lecturer of anatomy, carried out research and published several scientific and medical papers. He also became a Fellow of the Royal Society. It was in 1855, that Gray

approached his colleague, Henry Vandyke Carter, about his idea for a new book, intended for students, on anatomy and dissecting procedure. Although similar works existed, he saw a gap in the market for a comprehensive but better-sized volume that didn’t compromise on the quality of illustrations. Carter, a microscopist and talented artist, had already produced drawings for other works by Gray, and so, together, they began the work needed to compile the necessary content for the book, jointly undertaking dissection procedures. Gray wrote the text, while Carter provided all the illustrations. The finished book, entitled Anatomy, Descriptive & Surgical

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(now referred to as Gray’s Anatomy), was published in 1858 and comprised 750 pages and 363 illustrations. It gained instant success, domestically and across the pond, also being distributed in the United States a year later. In 1860, Gray released a second edition, and further versions continued to be published after his death. The book was first printed in colour in 1887, as the 11th edition. Currently in its 41st edition, it’s still the go-to textbook and anatomical authority for medical students worldwide. Gray died unexpectedly in 1861 aged 34, contracting smallpox after nursing his young nephew who was infected with the disease. Although little is known about his personal life, it is thought that at the time of his death, he was engaged to be married. He also passed away on the day he was to attend a final stage interview that, had he succeeded, would have made him assistant surgeon at St George’s Hospital. 27




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was held on 11 October 2017 and attended by local residents and business groups. On 2 November, the groundbreaking ceremony took place on site, hosted by HSH chairman Sir Michael Kadoorie, with the Duke of Westminster in attendance as guest of honour. At the event, HSH CEO and managing director Clement Kwok commented: “The Peninsula London hotel and residences will set new standards in luxury and service, and we believe they will be the finest

IMAGE ON RIGHT: Sir Michael Kadoorie and the Duke of Westminster at the ground-breaking ceremony Š Robin Ball



Hopkins Architects heading up the design. Grosvenor remains the freeholder and landlord of the property, while HSH will assume full ownership and responsibility for all project activity and pay rental income as a tenant. The inaugural meeting of the Construction Liaison Group, which congregates regularly to inform the community of construction updates and discuss any concerns,



evelopments are progressing apace with The Peninsula London Project, owned and operated by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited (HSH). Located at 1-5 Grosvenor Place, Hyde Park Corner, the development will include the construction of The Peninsula London hotel as well as residential apartments, with British-based


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TIMELINE April 2016 Planning permission secured to replace existing 1950s and 60s offices with a luxury hotel and residential apartments July 2016 Heads of terms announced to partners the restructuring agreement between Grosvenor and HSH to create a landlord-tenant relationship rather than a 50/50 joint venture September 2016 Grosvenor and HSH complete the agreement for construction 11 October 2017 The inaugural session of the Construction Liaison Group was attended by local residents and business groups

IMAGE ON RIGHT: Sir Michael Kadoorie and the Duke of Westminster at the ground-breaking ceremony © Robin Ball

in the London market when complete.” The predicted date for completion is 2021. The project is expected to support more than 2,000 jobs and deliver an impressive additional expenditure of £60m to the London economy annually. The development will include: • 190 rooms, a ballroom and meeting facilities • Restaurants and bars • Spa and leisure facilities • Retail units • 24-28 residential apartments managed by The Peninsula Hotels HSH’s plans also include the improvement of public spaces in Grosvenor Place, Halkin Street and Grosvenor Crescent, which will be designed by BDP, an international practice of architects, designers and engineers. The latest official construction update states that demolition works by Keltbray are almost complete. The main site entrance has also been repositioned on

2 November 2017 A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the site 6 December 2017 The second construction Liaison Group meeting was held

Halkin Street. Thames Water and HSH have been working together to keep pavements open while two water meters were moved from Grosvenor Place to Grosvenor Crescent. A site accommodation gantry will be located above the Grosvenor Place pavement. There will no longer be access to the subway from the south stair but the north-stair access (Grosvenor Crescent end) will be maintained. Grosvenor Place pavements will be closed during works, but there will

21 March 2018 The next construction Liaison Group meeting: 6.30pm, The Caledonian Club Other meetings to be confirmed in due course 2021 Expected completion

be a pedestrian diversion in place. The next Construction Liaison Group meeting will take place on 21 March and will be held at The Caledonian Club on Halkin Street, from 6.30pm. For further information, call 0800 304 7356, email or visit 29


Visit Lowndes Bar & Kitchen and experience Book and Brunch Sundays. Choose from delicious brunch dishes including an exclusive children’s menu available throughout March. Guests will also receive a side of literature courtesy of the monthly changing book specially selected from local store, Belgravia Books. Set menu including a book is £30.00 with the option of bottomless bubbles for an additional £15.00. To book your table call 020 7858 7223 or visit

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A few days at Coworth Park, in leafy Berkshire, can’t fail to restore body and soul francesca lee-rogers


amuel Johnson famously said: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” But sometimes weariness is simply a sign that one would benefit from a break. If the hustle and bustle of living in the capital is already starting to take its toll this year, what better way to revive one’s mind, body and spirit than via an escape to the country.

Coworth Park, in Berkshire, is a mere hop, skip and a jump away – an hour-and-a-half ’s car ride, or, for me, a 55-minute train journey from Waterloo to Ascot, followed by a 10-minute private transfer. Those who have previously stayed at a hotel in the Dorchester Collection will already be aware of the prestige and exceptional level of quality that comes as standard – unsurprising,

perhaps, given that the group includes The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane. Coworth Park, its only country outpost in the UK, has received much acclaim over the seven and a half years since it opened. The 17th-century manor house is situated in 200 acres of manicured grounds that include polo fields, a lake, a gazebo, woodland and expansive fields dotted with 31


wildflowers. The setting is as pretty as a picture and offers the ideal opportunity to don those new Hunter wellies. This is exactly what my husband and I decide to do when we visit in mid-November. We’re in the throes of autumn, the yellow leaves are starting to turn various shades of brown, dropping from the trees and providing a satisfying crunch underfoot. The sky is a clear blue, there’s not a cloud in sight and the air is crisp. We pay a visit to the stables, where we meet its equine lodgers, and I take a particular shine to Speedy, whose pace I can only imagine lent him his name. A stroll around the lake and a pit stop at The Barn for a mug of hot chocolate makes for a relaxing and rewarding day in equal measure. After working up an appetite, that evening, we dine at the Michelinstarred Restaurant Coworth Park. It offers spectacular views through its French doors across the rose terrace and croquet lawn to the meadow and estate beyond. Each and every last detail of décor


has been thoughtfully attended to, from the acorn and oak-leaf plaster reliefs to the large sculpted copper chandelier. My husband and I opt for the seven-course tasting menu by executive chef Adam Smith. It’s a showcase of classic British flavour combinations given a modern twist, and demonstrates Smith’s commitment to local, quality ingredients. First up are some amuse bouches, followed by glazed pork belly with fermented cabbage and apple. The meat is succulent and the sweetness

of the apple, from the estate’s own harvest, cuts through the pork beautifully. Next up is pumpkin dumpling served with girolles, pecorino and sprouts, which proves to be the ultimate autumnal dish. Seasonal flavours also feature in the barbecued Hispi cabbage with gnocchi, chestnuts and Tunworth cheese. The chargrilled tones really come through in the cabbage, while the texture of the other ingredients adds a nutty crunch that offers a contrast to the softness of the potato. Afterwards, we’re treated to not one but two main courses: turbot with baby leeks, lovage and crispy chicken skin, and herb-crusted lamb fillet with sweetbreads and artichoke. Both are fresh and flavoursome, though the accompanying smoked aubergine threatens to overwhelm the lamb, so I opt for just a few bites. We move on to dessert – always the first place my eyes flick to on the menu – and we are intrigued by the prospect of orange marmalade with toast ice cream. The reality doesn’t disappoint: the ice cream really does taste toasty, and makes our minds gluttonously start to wander towards breakfast. The final dessert of hazelnut, milk chocolate and malt ice cream provides a rich but satisfying end to the meal. Next morning, we enjoy a long, leisurely breakfast. All the dishes – from lighter bites such as fruit platters to richer fare like bubble and squeak with egg and truffle, or smoked haddock with spinach, poached egg and mustard sauce – are made to order. There’s also the full English breakfast, of course, and

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our helpful waiter suggests we go ‘off menu’ with some extras of baked beans and hash browns. We can’t help but say yes to everything, and, as usual, we’re one of the last tables to vacate the dining room. Later that morning, we opt for a slightly longer walk, heading further afield to Virginia Water on the southern edge of Windsor Great Park. We pass waterfalls, ruins and many a muddy canine companion, and pay a visit to a coffee shop for a quick break before returning to Coworth Park for a spot of lunch in the spa. Located in a separate building, The Spatisserie offers all-day dining, with an array of virtuous yet flavourful options. The menu is split into four sections: Cleanse, Refresh, Nourish and Indulge. We try the Wellness Pick

’n’ Mix Platter, comprising one option from each menu section and effectively equating to a small four-course meal on one plate. I enjoy the tomato consommé, which has a kick, thanks to its chilli and coriander seasoning; heritage-tomato salad; cured salmon with avocado, soy and lime; and a seasonal fruit tartlet to finish. My other half enjoys an iced tea with lemongrass; a tangy salad of sugar-snap peas, glass noodles, sesame and fermented cabbage; smoked chicken with lettuce and sweetcorn, which he pronounces “healthy, simple and tasty”; and a punchy mango mousse of passion fruit and lime. Afterwards, we pay

a visit to the spa itself, where we relax in the steam room. A trip to Coworth Park isn’t complete without afternoon tea, served in the refined setting of the drawing room, with a pianist gently tinkling the ivories over a low hum of conversation. The sandwiches offer typical combinations with a twist – think poached salmon with fennel on caraway bread, smoked-chicken mayonnaise on onion bread, or cucumber and cream cheese on onion bread. The freshly baked scones, pastries such as the milk chocolate, hazelnut and pear macaroon, and a marmalade cake with cardamom cream sate my sweet tooth. All in all, Coworth Park is the perfect break if you simply need to get away from it all, and, if like us, you’re foodies. After a few nights of rest, relaxation and replenishment, we head back to the Big Smoke with a spring in our step. Coworth Park, Blacknest Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, SL5 7SE, 01344 876 600, 33


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

E state A gents Sothebys Realty 77-79 Ebury Street 020 7495 9580

Ayrton Wylie 16 Lower Belgrave Street 020 7730 4628

Henry & James 1 Motcomb Street 020 7235 8861

Knight Frank Sales 47 Lower Belgrave Street 020 3811 2473

Best Gapp 81 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 9253

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

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

Knight Frank Lettings 82-83 Chester Square 020 3740 4539

Savills 139 Sloane Street 020 7730 0822

Wellbelove Quested 160 Ebury Street 020 7881 0880

F ood & D rin k [BARS]

Amaya Halkin Arcade Motcomb Street 020 7823 1166

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The Alfred Tennyson 10 Motcomb Street 020 7730 6074


La Bottega 25 Eccleston Street 020 7730 7411

The Thomas Cubitt 44 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 6060


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Tomtom Coffee House 114 Ebury Street 020 7730 1771

The Garden Room The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7259 5599 The Library Bar The Lanesborough Hyde Park Corner 020 7259 5599

The Orange 37 Pimlico Road 020 7881 9844

Motcombs 26 Motcomb Street 020 7235 6382

H ealth & W ellbeing [DOCTOR]

The Belgrave Medical Centre 13 Pimlico Road 020 7730 5171


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


[WELLBEING] Bijoux Medi-Spa 149 Ebury Street SW1W 9QN 020 7730 0765 Grace Belgravia 11c West Halkin Street 020 7235 8900

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

Tomtom Mess Hall 14 Eccleston Street 020 7730 1845 Enoteca Turi 87 Pimlico Road SW1W 8PH 020 7730 3663 Tuscanic Belgravia 72 Pimlico Road SW1W 8LS 020 7730 1352

art & C ulture [GALLERIE S] Pullman Editions 94 Pimlico Road 020 7730 0547 Luminaire Arts 19 Grosvenor Place SW1X 7HT 07966 236 969



Philip Treacy 69 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 3992


Stivaleria Cavallin 47 Elizabeth Street 020 3198 3269

Gio Genco 21 Motcomb Street 020 7259 6888


Le Spose di Gio 81 Ebury Street 020 7901 9020

S ervices [BANKS]

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

[ E X C LU S I V E ] The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street 020 7235 5162

[ M O V I N G S E RV I C E S ] Abels Moving Services UK, EU & International 020 3773 5796 Pickfords Gold Genesis House, Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, WD4 8LZ 0203 188 2544


Child & Child 11 Bressenden Place 020 7235 8000


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

[ T R AV E L & hotels ] Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel 21 Lowndes Street 020 7823 1234 Jumeirah Carlton Tower Cadogan Place 020 7235 1234

Astors Belgravia 106-112 Ebury Street SW1W 9QD, 020 7730 7511 The Hari 20 Chesham Place 020 7858 0100 B+B Belgravia Offers 10% off for Belgravia residents 64-66 Ebury Street SW1W 9QD 020 7259 8570

S peciality S hops [C I G A R S P E C I A L I S T ]

VICKISARGE 38 Elizabeth Street 020 7259 0202

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Elizabeth Gage 5 West Halkin Street 020 7823 0100

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 198 Ebury Street 020 7730 5522

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De Vroomen 59 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 1901

[ P E R F UM E R I E S ] Floris 147 Ebury Street 020 7730 0304


Sharps Pixley Limited 54 St James's Street 020 7871 0532


My Local Bobby 07712 228 214 01992 676 270

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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


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Chesham Street, for sale at ÂŁ1.65m, to let for ÂŁ725pw, marketed by Henry & James,


property portfolio

Our pick of the latest desirable Belgravian homes on the market for sale or to let


The Journal spotlights property at the top end of the market with a battle of the biggest homes

baby you can park my car Advice from a local agent about desirable garages and a parking bay available to rent

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A spotlight on parking in Belgravia, with advice from Strutt & Parker on desirable garages and a parking bay available to rent from Best Gapp

Pa r k i n g b ay, B e l g r av i a C o u rt, m a r k et e d by B e s t G a pp at £69.23 per week

Best Gapp are pleased to offer an off-street parking bay to rent within the private and secure underground facility at Belgravia Court located at the eastern end of Ebury Street, close to the excellent amenities and transport links of Victoria station in the heart of Belgravia. 81 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PG, 020 7730 9253,

F r o m t h e a g e n t… N i n a McD o wa l l , H e a d o f L et t i n g s , St ru t t & Pa rk e r K n i g h t s bri d g e a n d Be l g r av i a c o mm e n t s : “There’s a huge demand in Belgravia

for private garages or parking spaces to rent or buy. Spaces in secure garages are sought after by owners of vintage sports cars, and by those who live locally but use their car infrequently and don’t wish to leave it on the street. Larger households with multiple cars may find they require additional spaces when they’ve reached the maximum allowance for residents’ parking permits. Ideally, garages should have electricity points and the owner should be prepared to allow the tenant to install padding to protect their car. Some underground garages have large lock-up cages, which are proving to be popular; they can house a car and provide additional storage for bulky sports items or lots of luggage.” 66 Sloane Street, SW1X 9SH, 020 7235 9996,


Queen Anne's Gate, Westminster SW1 A Grade I listed unmodernised property with direct views of St James's Park A unique opportunity to acquire an unmodernised house, with full planning permission in place, on one of London’s most architecturally striking streets. The permissions allow for 5 bedrooms, grand reception rooms, kitchen, media room/gym, lift access to all floors, garden and private terrace. Approximately 689 sq m (7,411 sq ft). Freehold 020 3641 5910 020 3544 0713

Guide price: £12,950,000


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Warwick Square, Pimlico SW1 A particularly grand first floor lateral flat An exceptional apartment arranged over the principle floor of a white stucco fronted building in Warwick Square. Accommodation covers approximately 3,400 sq ft and includes a magnificent drawing room with fantastic ceiling height in excess of 4 meters. The property benefits from a separate self-contained flat which would make an ideal guest suite and access to the gardens of Warwick Square. Master bedroom suite, guest bedroom, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, self-contained flat with bedroom and sitting room. EPC: C. Share of Freehold 020 3641 5910


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Wilton Place, Belgravia SW1 Five bedroom townhouse with outside space A refurbished family house arranged over five floors, benefiting from a stunning first floor double reception room with a terrace and a further media room on the lower ground floor, providing excellent family living space. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, eat in kitchen/breakfast room, media room, guest cloakroom, utility room, terrace, roof terrace, garden. EPC: E. Approximately 314 sq m (3,385 sq ft). Available unfurnished Guide price: £4,200 per week All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £288 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. There will also be a £48 charge to register your deposit with the Tenancy Deposit Scheme if applicable. (All fees shown are inclusive of VAT.) Please ask us for more information about other fees that will apply or visit

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An increase in maximum pricing denotes relative immunity for the very best-quality stock, says Knight Frank


he travails of London’s golden postcodes have been well documented over the past three years, but some interesting stats are coming out of traditional favourite Belgravia at the moment. Knight Frank flags up that the average sale price in the first nine months of 2017 was, in fact, eight per cent higher than in the bull market conditions of 2014, and points to a 19 per cent rise in the maximum price per square foot achieved over the past two years – two measures that “underline the enduring nature of demand” in this luxury stalwart.

Belgravia is underpinned by its quality of housing stock, which continues to drive demand There have been some sizeable deals too. The three biggest recorded in each quarter of 2017 so far (Q1: £72m, Q2: £43m and Q3: £21m) have added up to £136m, which is higher than any three-quarter total in the last three years. Stuart Bailey, Belgravia office head says: “Belgravia is underpinned by its quality of housing stock, which continues to drive demand. While all markets remain price-sensitive, the increase in maximum pricing denotes the relative immunity for the very best quality. Price-sensitive buyers are heavily scrutinising the characteristics to ensure they are

not overpaying. Accordingly, pragmatic sellers are reflecting on their asking prices and setting levels that reflect the true value as opposed to historic hope. While this is a relatively binary test, it has never been more relevant. At the right price, there is a trading market.” 47 Lower Belgrave Street, SW1W 0LS, 020 7881 7722,






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




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




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

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gr and designs Three local agents spotlight the most spectacular homes available to buy in Belgravia E at o n T e rr a c e , m a rk et e d by Be st G a pp, ÂŁ 8 . 7 9 5 m

An elegant and extremely wellpresented Grade II-listed, stuccofronted family house located at the favoured northern end of Eaton Terrace. The property benefits from a superb first-floor drawing room, dining room, Smallbone of Devizes kitchen/breakfast room, media room, separate playroom, five bedrooms (including staff studio accommodation) and a large westfacing terrace. Eaton Terrace is just a short walk from Sloane Square, Elizabeth Street and Pimlico Road. 81 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PG, 020 7730 9253,

W i lt o n C re s c e n t, m a r k et e d by H e n ry & Jam e s , ÂŁ 7 . 75 m

Occupying the raised-ground and lower ground-floors of this classic Belgravia, Grade II-listed building, the flat has been tastefully decorated with polished wood floors and has high ceilings and good proportions. A raised-arch doorway welcomes you into the grand entrance hall from which the formal reception space of the property can be accessed. This elegant double reception room overlooks the communal gardens 45

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at the front, while, to the rear, double doors lead to a study and guest cloakroom. The remainder of the ground floor is occupied by the master bedroom suite, complete with walk-in wardrobe, ornate cornicing and west-facing Juliet balcony. The heart of the home centres on the interconnecting kitchen, dining room and family sitting room on the lower-ground floor. The dining room is particularly noteworthy for its beautifully pitched glass roof supported by Gothic lancet arches, which are a running theme throughout this level. There are two double bedrooms that share a bathroom and a further bedroom with ensuite, which is currently dressed as another reception room and boasts the original brick fireplace. The rest of this floor

comprises a utility room, vaults and a lift that is accessed from the ground-floor common parts, which is particularly useful when returning with luggage or shopping. There is currently approved planning permission in place from Westminster City Council to transform the light well on the ground floor into a terrace to be accessed via French windows from the drawing room and study. This enviable location provides easy access to the high-end, internationally renowned

W i lt o n C re s c e n t, m a rk et e d by K n i g h t F r a n k , £25 m

Situated within one of London’s most elegant crescents is a beautifully restored Grade II-listed six-storey period house overlooking the central gardens. This substantial 46

shopping of Knightsbridge as well as allowing an occupant the opportunity to enjoy the villagelike atmosphere of Motcomb Street. Furthermore, it benefits from close proximity to the leafy retreat of Hyde Park and the useful flagship store of Waitrose on West Halkin Street. The versatility, grandeur and superb layout of the flat make this property the ideal home. 1 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JX, 020 7235 8861, seven-bedroom home also has the benefit of a mews house with two garages, a private garden, a roof garden and a glass-covered mezzanine terrace. The refurbishment of this property was carried out under the direction of internationally acclaimed interior designer Robert Kime. Kime’s exceptional knowledge, experience and eye for detail has created a unique and elegant interior and gardens. Wilton Crescent is one of the most prestigious addresses in Belgravia and is extremely well located for a range of amenities, including the 350 acres (160 hectares) of Hyde Park – one of eight Royal Parks in the capital. 47 Lower Belgrave Street, SW1W 0LS, 020 7881 7722,




£1,695,000 Leasehold Price on application Freehold

superb refurbished first and second two Belgravia bedroom,townhouse two bathroom situated thepassenger heart of Belgravia AA stylishly Gradefloor II listed withapartment the advantage of a in new lift, spacious with easy accommodation access to the excellent amenities of Sloane Square andsituated the Westmoments End. The from property offers lightand and family and a landscaped 46ft private garden, Sloane Square spacious extremely accommodation with the of having its own private streetand entrance and elegant first floor well located on benefit the borders of Kensington & Chelsea the City of an Westminster. reception room opening onto a contemporary kitchen/breakfast room. • Reception • Kitchen/ breakfast room • 2 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • 4 Reception rooms • 4room Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • 2 Cloakrooms • Study • Martin Moore Kitchen • Guest WC • Private EPC (D)2,881 sq ft • Utility room • Storage vault •entrance Garden ••Approx.

Lowndes Square

Knightsbridge SW1X

ÂŁ3,800,000 leasehold

Finished to a high standard is this impressive two bedroom, two bathroom 3rd floor apartment on Knightsbridge’s finest Garden Square with lift and porter. The property is currently let. Further information on request. EPC rating C

Knightsbridge & Belgravia

020 7235 8090

Chester Street, Row, Belgravia Belgravia SW1 SW1

Price: ÂŁ6,950,000 ÂŁ6,750,000 Freehold

T h i s five i s a bedroom wel l-appterraced oi nte d fhouse a m i l y in hou w it hofe xc el lent with A spacious thes eheart Belgravia ac c om mo d at ion t h at c ompr i s e s si x be d ro om s a nd a n a bu nd a nc e the benefit of a superb garden. of re c ept ion spac e. Entrance hall | Reception room | Dining room | Eat-in kitchen | Family room | suite Master bedroom ensuite Reception hall | Three reception rooms | Family room | Kitchen | Master bedroom | Three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms | Two| further bedrooms || Shower Shower room room || Garden | Utility| room storage Four further bedrooms Family bathroom Garden || Balcony Two Balconies Study| |Vault Utility room Guest WC | Vault 3,973 sq ft (369 sq m) 2,916 sq ft (270 sq m) EPC rating E

3813 9432 Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959



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