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Dear Resident



All things royal seem to have unwittingly come to the fore in this month’s Journal. We begin with our take on The Goring’s Royal Warrant on page 4, continue with an exhibition review at The Queen’s Gallery (page 18) and seal matters on page 21 with two regally related book reviews, one historical and the other architectural. Turn next to this month’s literary extracts which concern 1911 resident of Ebury Street, novelist George Moore. I'm confident you’ll find a lot of colour in his musings on the dining habits of the Belgravian bachelor (That was then, pages 24-5). We also pay heavy homage in this issue to Felix Mendelssohn, whose blue plaque has recently arrived on Hobart Place (see pages 5 and 23); plenty of artisty this month, to get lost in when you're not outside enjoying the spring air, which is now undeniably present.


‘Ironically, given the Gallery sits firmly on the royal doorstep, some of these portraits frame people ordered to be executed by Henry VIII himself’

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~ Jim Hanlon at The Queen’s Gallery, page 18

Briana Handte Lesesne Local resident Briana spent ten years at Condé Nast New York. She now contributes to our Beauty & Grooming pages and writes a column on the quotidian (p.20).

Sara Oliver

Local resident Sara heads up the Belgravia Residents’ Association’s communications team when she's not penning away for our Residents’ Culture spread.

Mai Osawa

Mai creates luscious watercolours which add a sense of decorum to our main story (p.6-7) and That was then feature.

Above / Interior of an Eaton Square property recently marketed by Harrods Estates. See pages 44-45 for more of their properties

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Managing Editor Katie Randall

Managing Director Eren Ellwood

Publishing Director Giles Ellwood

Editor Alice Tozer

Senior Designer Sophie Blain

Associate Publisher Sophie Roberts

Editorial Assistant Lauren Romano

General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Client Relationship Director Felicity Morgan-Harvey

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

Production Hugo Wheatley, Alex Powell

Advertising Manager Hywel Kennedy

Russ Tudor Russ spruces up The Notebook and The Belgravian pages with his punchy illustrations. The Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal and Pig Farmers’ Gazette pinch him from us on occasion.

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Dear Resident



All things royal seem to have unwittingly come to the fore in this month’s Journal. We begin with our take on The Goring’s Royal Warrant on page 4, continue with an exhibition review at The Queen’s Gallery (page 18) and seal matters on page 21 with two regally related book reviews, one historical and the other architectural. Turn next to this month’s literary extracts which concern 1911 resident of Ebury Street, novelist George Moore. I'm confident you’ll find a lot of colour in his musings on the dining habits of the Belgravian bachelor (That was then, pages 24-5). We also pay heavy homage in this issue to Felix Mendelssohn, whose blue plaque has recently arrived on Hobart Place (see pages 5 and 23); plenty of artisty this month, to get lost in when you're not outside enjoying the spring air, which is now undeniably present.


‘Ironically, given the Gallery sits firmly on the royal doorstep, some of these portraits frame people ordered to be executed by Henry VIII himself’ ~ Jim Hanlon at The Queen’s Gallery, page 18

Briana Handte Lesesne Local resident Briana spent ten years at Condé Nast New York. She now contributes to our Beauty & Grooming pages and writes a column on the quotidian (p.20).

Sara Oliver

Local resident Sara heads up the Belgravia Residents’ Association’s communications team when she's not penning away for our Residents’ Culture spread.

Mai Osawa

Mai creates luscious watercolours which add a sense of decorum to our main story (p.6-7) and That was then feature.

Above / Interior of an Eaton Square property recently marketed by Harrods Estates. See pages 44-45 for more of their properties

Managing Editor Katie Randall

Managing Director Eren Ellwood

Publishing Director Giles Ellwood

Editor Alice Tozer

Senior Designer Sophie Blain

Associate Publisher Sophie Roberts

Editorial Assistant Lauren Romano

General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Client Relationship Director Felicity Morgan-Harvey

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

Production Hugo Wheatley, Alex Powell

Advertising Manager Hywel Kennedy

Russ Tudor Russ spruces up The Notebook and The Belgravian pages with his punchy illustrations. The Sunday Times, The Wall Street Journal and Pig Farmers’ Gazette pinch him from us on occasion.

The Notebook

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

Hotel royale

The Goring Hotel has become the first hotel ever to be awarded a Royal Warrant from the Queen. The 103-year-old family-run business, which has ushered in the great and the good of Belgravia and surveyed the local comings and goings from its Beeston Place address for the past century, has been acknowledged for its relationship with the Royal Family. Most recently, the eyes of the world watched with bated breath as the now Duchess of Cambridge emerged on her way to marry Prince William, having spent her last night as a single woman in The Goring’s sumptuous suite. But the hotel’s relationship with the throne has been enduring; Queen Mary liked to take tea in its dining rooms in the 1920s and Prince Charles’s christening cake was baked in The Goring kitchen. The award, formerly known as a ‘Royal Warrant of appointment to HM The Queen for Hospitality Services’, has been gratefully received by delighted owner Jeremy Goring, who commented: ‘This is without doubt the most important mark of recognition we have ever been given.’

Elevenses to go

L’Eto Caffe, which launched at the end of last year on 10 West Halkin Street, has already garnered a daily tide of diners, drawn to its bright premises enticed by deli delights hailing from the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe and Italy. The delicious collection of cakes can now, however, be ordered online at, for those too pressed to fully revel in its beautiful interior, particularly that of the lower-ground level. Father and son duo Alexander and Artem are old hands in the business having presided over a chain of ten restaurants in their native Siberia before setting their sights on London. An à la carte menu and a more homely, rustic feel set the Belgravia branch apart from its siblings. Every inch of worktop space is occupied by fruit-topped tarts, dainty cream-filled layer cakes, fat little truffles and (in the name of balance) platters heaped with colourful mounds of salad and stuffed vegetables.

Pushing new limits

Making history online

A series of mile-long races, which will skirt St James’s Park, have been proposed for Sunday 26 May. The Bupa Westminster Mile will begin on The Mall and continue along Horse Guards Parade, before the finish line looms into sight outside Buckingham Palace. Organisers of the day-long event hope it will attract 5,000 entrants in this, its inaugural year and become a regular fixture on the national sporting calendar. Six-time gold medallist David Weir, who picked up four medals for wheelchair racing in last year’s Paralympics, is backing the event which he has praised as being accessible to runners of all ages and abilities. The all-inclusive policy will result in more than twenty different race categories, including those for junior and senior wheelchair users and visually impaired athletes, races for first-time runners as young as nine and professional athletes hot on each other’s heels.

H.R.Stokes has been keeping Belgravians stocked with beautiful stationery from its home on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Chester Square for well over a century, as you can read more about on pages 6-7. Now, the esteemed printer and personal stationer’s, the longest established in central London, has made a leap into the twentyfirst century with a new online store. The recent launch means that time-deprived residents can fill their virtual shopping baskets with exquisite writing paper, invitations and notecards as well as a number of gift books. Customers can also sign up to the newly created mailing list and browse the blog. The website includes an informative section on the comprehensive bespoke printing service offered by H.R.Stokes, which specialises in everything from engraving, die stamping and letterpress printing to creating business cards and wedding stationery. Happy clicking!

Local residents will get £1 off the entry fee of £8 for adults and £6 for juniors. Online registration has now opened at:

Turning over a new leaf

Westminster Council’s diligent road sweepers gathered enough leaves to power at least one thousand homes during the autumn months, it has emerged. As the perennial shedding of foliage began en masse towards the end of last year, the sweepers took up their brooms and collected nine hundred tonnes of the things. The batch was then transported to power stations in Bexley to be converted into 550kWh of power. As if that wasn’t work enough, the lengthy task dragged on for longer than usual; leaves fell later in the year largely due to 2012 being England’s wettest year on record. Residents have been warned recently to think twice before committing burnttoned foliage scattered around their properties to the composter as urban leaves now contain such high levels of heavy metals from exhaust fumes, which is detrimental to the quality of the resulting compost. A leaf collection service was reinstated in the autumn to pick up the slack.

Latest blue plaque music to our ears

Number 4 Hobart Place, the visiting residence of Felix Mendelssohn has upped its curb appeal with a newly unveiled blue plaque commemorating the German composer. It was in fact the one-time abode of Hanoverian Embassy Secretary, Karl Klingemann, and where Mendelssohn came to stay for a spell of four months during the height of his fame when he was the toast of the town and counted Queen Victoria among his ardent fan base. When in London, it was to Hobart Place that Mendelssohn returned, fatigued after evenings spent conducting the Philharmonic Society, giving organ recitals or dining with Charles Dickens. The plaque, which has been more than a century in the pipeline, was finally unveiled by violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky. The event took place on 4 February, aplty also the day after the two-hundred-and-fourth anniversary of Mendelssohn’s birth. Read more on page 23.

Words / Anna Castaldi

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The butcher, the baker and the

candlestick-maker… Our local amenities are responsible for a sense of continuum in our community, many having been run by the same owners for decades. Alice Tozer meets a handful, to find out more about how these unsung heroes of ours watch the world go by


s the nominated pharmacy of the new medical centre at Grace Belgravia, A Moore Chemist on Lowndes Street has, in a roundabout way, the royal seal of approval. For it is of course Tim Evans, Apothecary to Her Majesty and the Royal Household, who heads up these fine consultation rooms. Irfan Sheikh, in turn, has been manning the counter at A Moore for four and a half years. An accountant by trade, he moved from Toronto to London hoping to put to good use his wife’s pharmacy qualification and his own accountancy expertise. Then she got pregnant. And it has been one steep learning curve and a new pharmacist since. But Irfan, the best dressed man behind

the counter of any chemist’s I’ve been to, seems in control. Originally from Kenya, Irfan has made many changes to his business in recognition of the changing faces of both pharmacy and his clientele (the latter quite literally). Not every chemist’s stocks Cartier (Irfan’s does) and A Moore didn’t always stock nappies (it does now). ‘Even just four years ago, it was primarily professionals and the elderly who would come in,’ explains Irfan. ‘But now there are more families bringing their children up in the area.’ Hence the nappy rush. Like any good businessman, Irfan is eager to ensure the longevity of A Moore (be who the man behind the shop’s

name originally was; records are sparse). Irfan has observed a rise in perfumeries in the area (Amouage opened on Lowndes Street in 2010 and Floris on Elizabeth Street in 2012) and has reconsidered his stock accordingly. Upon entering, A Moore immediately smacks European pharmacy from an aesthetic angle; its counters are pearly white, there’s a lot of mirror walling and the variety of its products is wide. The downstairs area easily goes undetected which is tragic for those with a commitment to vitamin and mineral-popping. What makes the lower-level space altogether sweeter is that it is the result of Irfan being granted permission to knock through the two previously interlinking basements; not an easy feat as anyone who owns a building in Belgravia will know. The chemists’s was previously owned as a partnership by Irfan’s neighbour, Mohamed Chatoo of Chatoo & Co Opticians Ltd, who arrived on the scene in 1977. Along with his uncle, Mohamed juggled the chemist’s and the opticians before buying full rights to the latter and at the same time saying goodbye to the former in 2008. Now Mohamed owns the opticians with his wife, Kausher. Mr Chatoo the Younger told me that two specs variants which will always bring in the clients are Cartier and frames made from buffalo horn. He has served some locals for over three decades, everyone a little older and greyer now no doubt. ‘The best part is recognising those clients who still come in even though they’ve actually moved away from the area,’ Mohamed says. He has only one complaint and that is that he wishes there were parking spaces for those who owned businesses in the street. No doubt this becomes a bit of a bugbear when, like Mohamed, you’re commuting in from Middlesex every day. Belgravia, whilst a compact community, exhibits a palpable inner divide between its own north and south. Hence a separate set of amenities down Elizabeth Street way. Phoebe Bentinck and David Zambra are co-owners of H.R. Stokes stationer’s on this street and there they walk from their home in Battersea daily. They purchased the shop twenty-five years ago and it bears the name of another mysterious ghost from the past. David told me: ‘Before us, Sidney Gilbey owned the business for many years and lived above the shop. Some customers still remember him but thought he was Mr Stokes!’ Few might remember who A Moore or H.R. Stokes were but there’s something respectful about still honouring their name above the door.

David, who started his career with W.H.Smith, has – like Irfan and Mohamed – moulded his business to suit changing demand from residents and passers-by alike. ‘Previously, customers would come in here for personalised stationery, mainly letter headings and invitations, which were often repeat orders placed every year.’ Originally a printer and stationer, Stokes now sells gifts and books in addition. ‘Today we are lucky enough to have a strong core of loyal customers who know they can find a wide range of their requirements here – from drawing pins to i-pad covers to gift books,’ says David. Stokes has been present on the Street for 150 years. David holds the beady-eyed benefit of over two decades of observation. ‘Years ago, there was a much larger permanent residential population here,’ he recalls. ‘Elizabeth Street has changed considerably in the last twenty-plus years. When we arrived, there was a butcher’s, fishmonger’s and greengrocer’s, as well as Justin de Blank, one of the first delicatessen’s. On a Saturday morning there were queues outside the greengrocer’s!’ It may easier to pop into any number of the smart shopping centres that are not so far from Belgravia, but as long as people talk and service (notto-mention space to think) is valued, Moore, Chatoo and Stokes et al will remain the small powerful forces they have been for so long.

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The Calendar Bringing you the lowdown on local events in March

The sounds of spring

A bumper season is in store for classical music aficionados at Cadogan Hall this month. First up, on 12 March, the Royal Philharmonic orchestra will perform works by dynamic British composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, including his ‘Symphony No.6’. One of the country’s leading historical performance ensembles, La Serenissima, who specialise in the music of Antonio Vivaldi, will treat audiences to a rendition of A Tale of Two Seasons on 14 March, directed by Adrian Chandler, who has faithfully edited the evening’s repertoire from original manuscript sources. Other highlights as the month continues include an evening with the Cambridge University Musical Society Symphony Orchestra on 15 March, who will be accompanied by pianist Peter Donohoe for a performance of Rachmaninov’s ‘Piano Concerto No.3’. Voices and instruments unite on 16 March when the Thames Philharmonic Choice and the Thames Festival Orchestra tackle Elgar’s highly moving ‘The Dream of Gerontius’. Cadogan Hall: 5 Sloane Terrace, 020 7730 4500,

A brush with flamenco

Polka-dot skirts a-plenty will be ruffled this month as the Flamenco Festival London begins with a flourish at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Closer to home, two of the biggest names in the business will be dissecting the emotional intensity of the Andalucían dance style with its expressive arm gestures, rhythmic foot stamping and rousing music, in a more sedate way. Renowned flamenco dancer, Olga Pericet, will be joined by the Director of the Bienal de Arte Flamenco de Sevilla, Rosalia Gómez, on 21 March at 6.30pm at the Instituto Cervantes in Eaton Square. The discussion will cover the new developments in flamenco dancing and its relationship with myriad other artistic disciplines. Instituto Cervantes: 102 Eaton Square, 020 7235 0353,

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Upon reflection

Pimlico Road looking-glass specialist Ossowski will be teaching those attending its recently opened workshop the tricks of the fine, giltwood mirror trade. Poke a head behind the workshop door and you’ll spy Ossowski’s skilful carvers and water-gilders busily beavering away; dry-stripping neglected frames and applying coats of gesso (a white paint mixture) in order to give a smooth, uniform surface for gilding – much like their eighteenthcentury craftsman counterparts. For a more in-depth exposure to traditional restoration techniques and the aesthetic design styles of the period, or for a rifle through the shop’s exquisite collection of mirrors, local groups can contact owner Mark Ossowski to organise their own day or evening event. Ossowski: 83 Pimlico Road, 020 7730 3256

Mission to rejuvenate

Owned by Ossowski and photographed by NickGrovePhotography

Hispanic hit

The Canning House History series is now underway; on 6 March King’s College London Lecturer on Brazilian and Spanish American History, Dr Adrian Pearce, will speak about the origins of the ancient Inca Empire. During their century-long reign, which first took hold in the thirteenthcentury highlands of Peru, the Incas welcomed huge swathes of South America into their fold, including territory in Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. Dr Pearce will reveal the achievements of the powerful civilisation, which boasted abundant resources, not least its stockpiles of gold and silver, and a formidably farscattered population. Visitors will be able to mull over the findings at the post-lecture reception.

Put the exhausting hustle and bustle of the outside world on pause for a couple of blissful hours at the Mandarin Oriental spa. Vitality pools, rejuvenating amethyst crystal steam rooms and a calming Zen colour therapy relaxation space will soothe preoccupied minds. Escapism is assured at the hands of the highly skilled therapists who tackle even the most tightly knotted muscles with a plethora of holistic rituals. Harmonious signature spa therapies use custom blended essential oils and muscle-tension is relieved with aroma stone body massages, while bespoke ‘time rituals’ whereby visitors book in for a certain amount of time, rather than a specific treatment, respond to individual concerns. Mandarin Oriental: 66 Knightsbridge, 020 7235 2000

Canning House: 14-15 Belgrave Square, 020 7235 2303

Never too soon for some summer nostalgia

As the first burgeoning rays of sunshine begin to filter faintly through the clouds and thaw the general winter ennui, thoughts turn to adventure. With a nod to the world’s liberating warmer climes, Belgravia Books is hosting a travel writing event on Thursday 14 March at 6.30pm. Intrepid wordsmith Michael Jacobs’s latest escapist offering, The Robber of Memories: A River Journey Through Colombia, will be the hot topic of conversation at the talk chaired by Robin Bayley, author of The Mango Orchard. Jacobs travelled the length of the river to its source high up in the Andean moorlands, to uncover the secrets of the river’s pioneering explorers, whilst charting the political warfare, massacres and murky past that have blighted the land and communities living along its length. A recurring fixation with fading memories and a poignant exploration of Alzheimer’s disease elevate the novel from prosaic travel writing to a fascinating read. Belgravia Books: 59 Ebury Street, 020 7259 9336,

Do you have an event that you’d like us to cover? Send us an email: Words / Lauren Romano

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Fruity and full-bodied? That’ll be my new perfume On Tuesday 12 March, The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel will host a monthly wine club, in partnership with Annick Goutal. Head Sommelier Louise Gordon will offer an interactive wine-tasting evening showcasing a selection of different types of wine, whilst a perfumery expert will guide the participants to educate their sense of smell discovering the history of the creation and the ingredients of each scent. The workshop costs £25 and will run from 5.30pm-7pm. It is recommended to reserve ahead and you can do so by email: Rib Room Bar and Restaurant: Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place 020 7858 7250,

Been there,

done that

Veronica Monch o Lobo and Mo uchette Bell

... got the red gown

Veronica Moncho Lobo, Patricia Tindale and Fernando Moncho Lobo

Nick Cox and Fiona Rubie

What? Bre-BAFTA party by Veronica Moncho Lobo, who has a boutique at 73 Elizabeth Street, and Sophie Goodwin, Style Editor of Tatler magazine Where? 31 Beer Mansions, opposite the Royal Albert Hall Interesting little facts: William Edwards supplied chic bone china for the dinner, whilst Veronica showcased a selection of her fabulous red carpet gowns Nick Coxe, Alex Segal, Sumaira Lateef and Michael Dye

Models wearing Veroncia Moncho Lobo’s red carpet gowns Daniella Agnelli, Sophie Goodwin and Fiona Rubie

Images courtesy of photos@headphoto

Patricia Tindale and Foyles War actor Anthony Howell

Veronica Moncho Lobo with Patricia Tindale

Words / Alice Tozer



Rebecca Ross revels in the venison and macaroni, langoustine and bisque combos on offer at Gordon Ramsay’s Pétrus, where our favourite grapey liquid plays centre-stage


from Hawkes Bay – the cuvée is apparently called ‘The Wingwalker’, n the genteel labyrinth of squares, gardens and crescents that undoubtedly because it tastes so angelic. comprise Belgravia, the unassuming frontage of Pétrus is nestled The service was attentive to the point of telepathic, with like a secret. Perhaps, one might suggest, because this restaurant is all the essential niceties and items appearing on the table as if by now in its third location. The Michelin-starred, Gordon Ramsay magic. The waiting staff exhibited enthusiasm for the food and wine fine-dining eatery has already begun to carve out a reputation, boasting they brought, introducing each dish or glass like a host a modern European menu by Head Chef Sean Burbidge that is might a good friend at a dinner party, with confident said to combine traditional dishes with modern haute familiarity and a sense of excitement that the two of cuisine techniques. you are really going to get along. Arriving from a stressful working day and I certainly did get along with my main having crossed a cold and blustery city, stepping meal of loin of ‘Highland venison with stilton into the muted calm of Pétrus is a sigh of relief. macaroni’. Cooked medium-rare to perfection, Understated and elegant, the design of the the meat worked beautifully with the pear and restaurant is not spectacular but evidently welljuniper sauce, but it was the brave combination considered. The main dining space is a large of the red meat with the strong cheese that was circular area centred around a huge glass pillar something I had not encountered so successfully displaying bottles of exciting vintages, a shrine before. The ‘Numanthia 2008’ wine that to wine in a restaurant named after a famous accompanied my food was subtle and soft, and label. I felt comfortable I would be able to get a delicious too. My companion’s ‘mushroom pithivier good drink here. with spinach and cep My companion sauce’ was declared to and I were seated at be simply one of the a small circular table The staff introduce dishes like a host might a good friend best vegetarian dishes and with an excellent she had ever eaten. view of fellow diners, at a dinner party; with confident familiarity and a sense of My dessert understanding that excitement that the two of you are really going to get along arrived in the form one of the pleasures of of a large sphere eating in a restaurant of chocolate; a signature Pétrus treat, hot chocolate sauce was then like Pétrus is to enjoy the theatre of people-watching. We were out for a theatrically poured upon it to melt away the shell and reveal milk ice celebration and the atmosphere was sophisticated enough to be special, cream and honeycomb. Tasteful in every way. but not ostentatious enough to be stuffy. When the cheese cart arrived we doubted that we could manage After a cocktail and delicious morsel of buttery foie gras, we another mouthful, but were glad we made the effort. Provenance of began our exploration of the menu. Perusing the choices revealed the product is paramount chez Pétrus, and so we gallantly sampled fine a number of unfamiliar terms and unusual combinations. I chose cheeses from all over Europe. Ending our journey, we let the final toast roasted ‘Scottish langoustine with crispy chicken wings, braised go to Versailles; the location where good old head chef Sean spent two leeks, baby artichoke with bisque’, which turned out to be a dish years carving his trade at Gordon Ramsay au Trianon. There he gained of contrasting tastes and textures, in architecturally structured tiny two Michelin stars in the restaurant’s first year of opening, before one towers. This new take on surf and turf worked surprisingly well. was naturally shot across the Channel in the direction of Pétrus. Not My companion chose the vegetarian menu, and was presented with bad for an Englishman abroad. textures of beetroot, chargrilled courgette, soft goats’ cheese and herb salad, which appeared as a vibrant plate of appetising sculpture. The expert and enthusiastic sommelier paired wines to complement our 1 Kinnerton Street, 020 7592 1609 food, and matched my choice with a breathtakingly light ‘Viognier’

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Food for thought Easter Sunday falls early this year on 31 March. Here are some ideas for your Pascal preparations

Go cocoa crazy

Last year, William Curley (198 Ebury Street) built the most expensive edible chocolate Easter egg ever to be sold at auction, with the gavel going down at £7,000. Expect more magnificence in 2013, starting with eggs begging to be filled with cinder toffee, caramelised nuts and crystallised orange dipped in dark chocolate. Meanwhile, Pierre Hermé (13 Lowndes Street) is busy moulding and tying bows around sphynxy, rich chocolate rabbits. Peggy Porschen (116 Ebury Street) is hiding a dozen hand-piped Easter egg cookies in rose-pink egg boxes and perching chicks, bunnies and eggs on her cupcakes (which you can purchase online at all in good time, from 1 March). The Peggy Porschen Academy is offering an Easter Cookies Master Class on 28 March, at which students can learn to create an adorable collection of spring bunnies and decorated eggs under the instruction of professionals, for £250 per person. Book online at If all this sweetness and nascent charm is too much for you, Rococo Chocolates (5 Motcomb Street) is keeping Easter pragmatic, with a range in Hunting Bunny milk chocolate eggs (ideal for a hunt in the garden) and bags of Dirty Bunnies sitting on a pile of milk chocolate Arabica coffee beans and chocolate ‘droppings’.

Think beyond the beans

Trade in your Easter egg for a chocolate martini at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant Words / Lucie Elven

If you’re one of those bizarre beings who doesn’t dig chocolate, The Rib Room at The Jumeirah Carlton Tower (1 Cadogan Place) will be hosting special Easter Sunday lunches for you to indulge your savoury side. Enjoy their classic Dover Sole dish on Good Friday and you will receive a complimentary choice of dessert from the à la carte menu. Without wanting to labour the point of the excellence of chocolate too much, the chocolate martini for £17.50 is available from 1 March, for those who want it and who feel too grown up for a chocolate egg. Book by calling 020 3641 5828. If it’s an Easter gift you’re after, chocolate needn’t enter the equation. Down at Jeroboams (50-52 Elizabeth Street) benefit from a spring offer on alcohol, in celebration of the introduction of twenty wines new to the joint, as well as their promotion on Bollinger Champagne. Alternatively, keep things sweet at William Curley which isn’t, actually, all about chocolate; there’s an extensive patisserie range and a selection of macarons too. Pierre Hermé will be wanting to give Curley a run for his money in the macaron arena though. From 12 March the team is celebrating Fetish Céleste, ‘Céleste’ being the house flavour comprising passion fruit, rhubarb and strawberry. Mmmm...


Belgravian TAKE A PEW

Beyond carols and hymns, churches can also be the perfect environment to test the limits of chamber music. Or, at least our very own St Peter’s can. Alice Tozer meets Carl Muller, pioneer of the Eaton Square Concerts


usicians of every ilk have long used the change of earthly seasons to inspire their sonic masterpieces; cases in point abound from Vivaldi, Mozart and Milhaud to Delius, Haydn and Piazzolla. How appropriate then for the Eaton Square Concerts series at St Peter’s Church to base its own musical calendar around spring and autumn. The start of the 2013 spring concert programme happily pre-empts the actual lunar calendar, treating us in turn by getting underway as early as 7 March with the first of five concerts spread over six weeks. If we really needed another reason to jolly on the sunshine there we have it, and we have done since 2007 when the fondly received series was born. Carl Muller, resident of Eaton Place and native of New York, is the organiser behind it all, though he reveals this with very little pomp and circumstance when I meet him at The Lanesborough hotel for tea; his modesty and carefully chosen, softlyspoken words strike. ‘Grosvenor [a major sponsor of the concert series] imparts the idea that Belgravia is a uniquely comfortable and secure environment for its residents. Just look at the private guards on Eaton Square. I’ve seen them walking dogs and holding umbrellas – going above and beyond. We are very glad to be a part of this ambience.’ Indeed, new cushions for the pews have been purchased for the approaching season. St Peter’s, where Carl was warden for eight years, was built in 1827 to provide a church for the residents of Eaton Square. It is pristine and pleasantly modern inside, but ironically has become so because it had to be restored (with the support of Princess Margaret) when an Irish dissident torched it in 1987 in the mistaken belief that it was a Roman Catholic chapel. Carl explains how the ‘wonderful acoustics’ result from the church’s dimensions and the uncluttered application of simple building materials. ‘It is truly a chamber music environment and that directs us in our musical programming. And the musicians who have played here love the acoustic.’ Said musicians are either world renowned or students with excellent technical proficiency and mature

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musical intuition. There is a particular penchant for the string quartet at the programming headquarters of Eaton Square Concerts, which awards a prize annually to the most accomplished and promising string quartet at the Royal Academy of Music. The Castilian Quartet was the recipient in 2012 and return this season: ‘All of the quarters we have awarded our prize to still exist, apart from one which is now a respected trio; apparently the violinist – who left – was “irreplaceable”!’ Carl used to work as Treasurer for Columbia Broadcasting System (the second largest broadcaster in the world behind the BBC) which at one point owned Steinway. No musician himself, this link fostered Carl’s interest in keyboard instruments. He has introduced to St Peter’s not any old set of keys but the outstanding handmade Italian piano, the Fazioli. ‘We have enjoyed historically informed performances by Trevor Pinnock, Elizabeth Wallfisch and the European Union Baroque Orchestra,’ Carl informs me. The highly respected forte pianist Gary Cooper, too, performed late works by Beethoven on an instrument similar to the one the composer used. Carl recalls, ‘It was fascinating and a revelation to hear the music as Beethoven, though deaf, “heard” it as he was composing.’ A ‘phenomenal pianist’, Leslie Howard, appears regularly in the series. He returns this season to play Liszt’s ‘Sonata in B Minor’. Leslie is a renowned interpreter and scholar of Liszt’s works, even holding the Guinness Wold Record for his recordings of the man’s complete piano repertoire across over one hundred CDs. Carl is clearly very quietly proud of the institution he has helped to create. At £15 a ticket, he believes Eaton Square Concerts are the ‘best classical music value in London’. With the spring and autumn concerts perfectly sandwiching that other great institution, the BBC Proms, there really is little rivalry., 020 7288 6511



Open toes and a splash of pink? Spring must be in the air...

Rights of spring clothing

London designer Alice Temperley’s Somerset collection is full of summery pastels and floral textures, as you might expect from a designer known for her couture prettiness. Flattering, feminine hues will have you looking forward to spring settling in and bringing with it fresh colours and lightweight fabrics. However, if it’s still a little chilly in the meantime, this beautiful but simple Cutwork Dress (right, £150) from the collection is a modern take on the classic shift dress with the added detail of a scalloped pattern to the fabric. Featuring box pleating to the waist, panelling to the bust and a subtle vent at the back, this dress will prove effortlessly chic paired with boots, court shoes or even sandals such as the Primrose Leather Block Stiletto Sandals (right, £145). Team with a tailored jacket or a leather biker for a more bohemian edge. Peter Jones: Sloane Square 020 7730 3434

Statement slacks

Any gents wanting to dip their toes into the field of sartorial colour will be well served at Hackett London. The preppy brand’s timeless, pale summer suits look equally perfect for a coastal holiday or a saunter round the city. They come in subtle shades of cream and mint green, alongside jackets and other separates in cornflower blue. The latter colour features liberally in Hackett’s spring/summer collection and the Ebury Chino trousers (left, £135) are the epitome of casual chic. Try pairing them with a crisp pale blue or white shirt and a pair of classic brogues. Before summer proper arrives, cover up with a chunky knit cardigan or a relaxed tailored jacket.

Goin’ neon-wear

Argentinian fashion designer Veronica Moncho Lobo’s new collection is all about neons contrasted with metallic. It’s nothing if not bright and cheerful, and flirty and fun whilst being sophisticated in its nod to traditional tailoring. One of the most subtle pieces is the Franca shirt in luxurious silk satin; its midnight blue shade will make it a wardrobe staple for spring into summer while its unusual hot pink trim and buttons will lift it out of the quotidian. Veronica’s styling choices team this with either some smart shorts or a floor-skimming maxi skirt, but it would work equally well with sharper tailoring in the workplace. To brighten any outfit instantly, the small collection of accessories is very handy. Try, for instance, the snakeskin Pandora clutch in bright purple. Whether going bold or subtle, don’t forget those all-important neon accents this season. Veronica Moncho Lobo: 73 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 6699,

Franca shirt in blue stretch silk satin by Veronica Moncho Lobo, £210

Hackett London: 137-138 Sloane Street 020 7730 3331,

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

On the face

of things

Two facials for spring cleansing, one to have in and the other to have out...

An oxygen-infused facial sounds purifying from the word go. Well, QMS Medicosmetics seventy-five-minute bespoke treatment with customized oxygen boost releases ninety-eight percent of the elemental stuff in full flow. The effects are uplifting, thanks to the behind-the-scenes boosting of skin cell metabolism. As a complement to the facial, Pearltouch is a luxurious moisturising cream containing silk protein and pearl extracts. Skin shows a tangibly smoother and firmer appearance. For those who want the at-home facial experience this month, or who are planning to travel, the Activator Mask contains hyaluronic acid and marine collagen, offering tired skin a youthful boost. Pearly queen in the making! Treatment prices in order mentioned: £115; £297 for 40ml plus 10ml; £66 for eight masks and a 100ml Activator Fluid QMS Medicosmetics Skincare Spa: 43 Cadogan Gardens 020 7730 8090,

Bijoux Medi-Spa’s motto is the following: ‘You should never be too busy to be beautiful’. Take heed and experience the spa’s unique Combination Vitamin Facial which gently addresses the underlying causes (and subsequent signs) of skin ageing. The treatment starts with a cleansing of the face, followed by a gentle peel to exfoliate the skin, the acidic content of which is tailored to your needs. A ‘nappage’ (that’s a gentle pricking technique) of vitamins, minerals and the hydrating hyaluronic acid is then gently applied to the skin. This facial finishes with the expected application of a top moisturising cream. Make-up may be applied but it will suddenly seems less necessary given your glow. This treatment costs £130 for a thirty-minute session. Bijoux Medi-Spa: 149 Ebury Street 020 7730 0765, Words / Briana Handte Lesesne


in a nutshell ... with Dr Véronique Simon, skin biologist and doctor in aesthetic medicine, and also the lady who puts pure gold into her face peels What is unique about the skin care treatments you offer your clients? I work with my clients to make them a more beautiful version of themselves. My approach to cosmetic beauty is based on subtlety and proper maintenance and my treatments work to transform the skin by restoring a youthful appearance and a healthy glow. This suits the woman who wants to look beautiful today, tomorrow and in the future.

Citric spruce-up

As women have their facials, men have their shaves. For a collection of wonderful shaving products, a visit to Ortigia Sicilia on Sloane Square will provide a much savoured slice of Italian luxury in the heart of London. A small Italian soap and scent company based in Florence, Ortigia Sicilia offers men’s products including aftershave balms, shaving gels and shower gels. The recommendation for spring is the Lime Di Sicilia-Sicilian Lime range, made using natural ingredients indigenous to Sicily, the likes of extracts of rich aromatic wood, flowers and oil – all from the scented lime tree. A classic Sicilian scent, fresh and complex, it will bring the Mediterannean to the man. The Lime di Sicilia Shaving Gel (£13 for 100ml) is a soothing, mildly scented moisturising foaming gel to be applied immediately after showering. Next up should be the Lime di Sicilia After Shave (£35 for 100ml); a light and refreshing lotion with that pungent kick of lime. Ortigia Sicilia: 55 Sloane Square, 020 7730 2826

What do you consider the most important steps of a great skincare regime? Dr Véronique Simon The first is proper peeling of the skin. It is essential because it helps speed up the turnover of cells within the skin’s layers. As the skin is stimulated, it constantly regenerates itself. Sloughing off dead skin cells allows for hydrating and moisturising creams to more easily penetrate the skin, giving that added glow. The second key step is fighting free radicals. Skincare products should contain antioxidants, which are essential to fighting damage caused by environmental factors. Are there specific products from your skin care line, Simon Thérapie, which would help with the aforementioned? My patented Phytocyte botanical plant extract is in the Gold Acid-Free Micropeel (£120) which increases cell turnover, whilst the Complement antioxidant serum (£85) fights free radicals and increases hydration. The Micropeel also contains mushroom extract and micrometric particles of twenty-four-carat gold. The effect is firmer skin and the reduction of fine lines. Finally, can you tell us about The Rejuvenator? It is my signature treatment with a starting price of £400 for one hour. It achieves renewed skin that is rehydrated, refreshed and rejuvenated. It is a sixstep treatment using the most advanced form of mesotherapy and high-tech electroporation to administer a customised mix of unique ingredients. Dr Véronique Simon can be found at: 9A West Halkin Street, 020 7235 0679

Right / Simon Thérapie Gold Acid-Free Micropeel, 150ml

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The other


Jim Hanlon visits The Queen’s Gallery for some regal portraiture from even more northenly climes than our own


European origins, as seen in Dürer’s ‘Pupila Augusta’ (1498); t is quite a remarkable feat to present a comprehensive celebration classical in origin but including a combination of the Gothic of what is commonly called ‘the Northern Renaissance’, the townscapes of Trent and Innsbruck. In other jarring examples, flowering of art and scholarship in northern Europe. Infinitely a biblical story is played out against a winter landscape of the more so when it all comes from the collection of only one woman: the Low Countries. Lucas Cranach the Elder’s outstanding yet Queen of England. But this is just what they’re doing at The Queen’s charmingly awkward ‘Apollo and Diana’ (1526) partakes of all Gallery, Buckingham Palace, with the exhibition The Northern the trademark elements of Renaissance painting, but Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein. no-one would ever imagine that this was painted The conditions encouraging this artistic revolution by an Italian. – the counterpart to the Italian Renaissance during The aesthetic highlight of this royal the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries – included collection is surely the portraiture, as epitomised rivalries between the powerful Holy Roman by Hans Holbien the Younger, introduced Empire (Habsburg-led and far from Rome itself), to England through Sir Thomas Moore and the Kings of France and England’s Henry VIII. subsequently a favourite of patron Henry Underpinning these monarchs’ reigns was a VIII. There are many fresh and mesmerising competition for the very best artistic talent study sketches of his subjects, including which might glorify their divine rule. Henry himself, giving us the most immediate The adoption and proliferation of print connection to important figures in English was also new to the scene during this époque, history. Ironically, given the Gallery sits firmly on and Albrecht Dürer held the torch. Quite rightly, the royal doorstep, some of these portraits frame he merits his own room here and it is one brimming people ordered to be executed by with extraodinarily delicate and Henry himself. Suddenly the sense detailed drawings, woodcuts of this being a private family and engravings and culminating collection becomes so much more in a series of woodcuts – The Cranach’s work partakes of all the acute. Typical of a sometimes Apocalypse – made in 1498. trademark elements of Renaissance brutal honesty in this genre is The end of the world was a very Dürer’s portrait ‘Burkhard of popular subject at the time, since painting, but no-one would ever imagine Speyer’ (1506) which makes no it was commonly believed the that this was painted by an Italian concessions to the classical ideal, designated date was 1500. Dürer’s instead depicting Burkhard as tapping into the topic shows he weak-chinned with small watery was not just a brilliant artist but eyes – and yet with all his evident pride and dignity intact. also an astute businessman. It is perhaps important to note the misleading use of the word Meanwhile, radical reformers led by Martin Luther questioned ‘Renaissance’ and to reconsider its meaning; this was in no sense a the long-established certainties of the Catholic Church. Without the rebirth of an artistic golden age, unlike in Italy with her undeniable medium of print, Luther might have remained a localised anomaly, but instead his democratic ideas spread across northern Europe, to the classical heritage. Up north, instead, was a culture of pioneering, informed by the established religious art of the period and a trickle extent that they were finally rather cunningly embraced by Henry VIII of innovations from southern Europe. The effect? Idiosyncratic style as politically expedient. and the individualism of enormous talents. Turning away from religious subject matter, artists began to engage with material from classical sources, giving them the opportunity to express humanitarian themes of universal appeal. Until 14 April Curiously, the settings of these works have undeniably northern Above (circle) / Hans Holbein the Younger’s ‘Sir Thomas More’, c.1526-7 From left / Albrecht Dürer’s ‘Pupila Augusta’, c.1498 Lucas Cranach’s ‘Apollo and Diana’, c.1526 Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013

The reviewer, Jim Hanlon, is a London-based artist:

Right / ‘Anteros’ by Jim Hanlon

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

University of Oxford recognises local teacher

Many congratulations are due to More House School’s Head of Religious Studies, Mrs Smith, who has been nominated for a prestigious Inspirational Teachers Award from the University of Oxford. A great way for former pupils to give back to their old school, the awards scheme is now in its third year. Nominees are put forward by current first-year undergraduates at Oxford as a way of acknowledging a teacher or careers advisor with whom they credit substantial inspiration in their chosen subject or indeed encouraging them to apply to Oxford. The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Andrew Hamilton, explained: ‘Oxford devotes a great deal of energy and effort to encouraging all those with the ability and potential to apply here, regardless of background – but teachers play a crucial role in supporting and raising the aspirations of the most capable students year on year throughout their careers. I hope this award will send the message that students and universities recognise how valuable the role of a supportive teacher can be.’ Should Mrs Smith turn out to be one of the winners, she will receive a certificate signed by Professor Andrew Hamilton. As well as being an RS teacher and Head of Department, Mrs Smith holds the role of ‘Steward of More’s Household’ at the independent girls’ secondary school on Pont Street. Staff and pupils at the School are understandably very proud of her and are wishing her the best of luck with her nomination. More House School: 22-24 Pont Street 020 7235 2855

The morning tour

Listed as one of the top prep schools in the country by the Tatler Schools’ Guide 2013, Glendower Preparatory is highly sought-after by local parents for their daughters. As Tatler notes, ‘Glendower is less “alpha female” than some of its local competitors, but results are no less spectacular, with girls setting their sights on St Paul’s, Wycombe Abbey and Downe House et al.’ Interested parents will have ample opportunity to visit the school for reconnaissance purposes this month, as Glendower is offering four open mornings. If you are considering Glendower for your daughter, you can visit at 9.30am or 11am on either Friday 1 March or Friday 22 March. To apply for an open morning tour, simply email admissions@ with your name, daughter’s name, contact number and your preferred time slot.

The Classics live on Anyone who ever worries about Plato’s permanence can rest assured that ‘Classical’ subjects are still being taught in schools these days. Francis Holland School, in particular, is proud of its Classics teaching: an accolade for Latin verse speaking known as the Lauda Sion prize is awarded every year to the girls who give the best readings of short Latin plays. This competition was established in the 1930s thanks to a monetary gift from the Sheila Griffiths memorial fund, but the school’s interest in the Classics goes back even further. In July 1899, the school staged a performance of Sophocles’s Antigone, one of the best-loved of the extant Greek tragedies, complete with music by Mendelssohn (below). Similarly, Francis Holland also encourages the reading of English Literature. The school’s Morison Verse Speaking Competition takes place at 9am on Thursday 7 March, helping to keep the art of the oral/ aural literary tradition alive and well. Francis Holland School: 39 Graham Terrace, 020 7730 2971

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

Do you have schooling news that you’d like us to cover? Send us an email: Words / Anna Castaldi

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Residents’ Culture Spring comforts in the form of dog walking and book reading

Belgravian moments Spring’s warmer weather heralds nature to bloom and the area’s dogs to frolic in our lovely communal gardens, observes local resident Briana Handte Lesesne


iving in the heart of Belgravia, I can walk a short distance and find myself at the doorstep of the Austrian Embassy, the Norwegian Embassy, the Finnish Embassy, the Spanish Embassy and the German Embassy, just to name a few. The area both openly and covertly houses a vast array of nationalities inside elegant buildings, giving Belgravia its unique and diverse array of cultures. Much in the same way, I can walk a short distance from my doorstep and find a wide range of canine breeds on the leads of their owners or dog walkers heading out for their morning, afternoon or evening stroll to the communal gardens. With daffodil and crocus bulbs planted in December, flower beds laid, leaves carted away and trees and shrubs pruned, spring arrives to Belgrave Square Garden. In tandem, I become keen to learn more about man’s best friend and do a little research. The various breeds of dogs can be categorised according to the type of behaviour they demonstrate. First we have the herding dogs (Border Collies, Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds). Next up: the gundogs, used in hunting and ranging from Pointers and Setters to Spaniels and Retrievers. We then enter the territory of the scent hounds

(the Beagle, the Basset Hound, the Dachshund and the Fox Hound) and their counterparts the sight hounds: Afghan Hounds, Whippets and Greyhounds. Should none of the aforementioned suggest a particular use for you, there is always the option to request a designer dog, as they are known. This fad has led to the cross-breading of canines and the blending of names resulting in Cockapoos, Labradoodles and Pomapoos taking to the streets. All such dogs and their owners are welcome at Mungo & Maud on Elizabeth Street, where a collection of well-designed and functional items awaits, all made from natural materials. Whether sporting the latest collar or sweater, or munching on the very best organic treats (the carrot flavour being a favourite), your pet can look as chic as Panda, a male German Spitz I met walking with his owner down Pont Street in his Mungo & Maud milk-chocolate brown coat. For those whose dog might need a trip to the vet, Elizabeth Street Veterinary Clinic offers care for its patients for both routine appointments and check-ups. It also provides a twenty-four hour emergency service for twenty clinics in central London. What dog, and owner, wouldn’t be grateful for that? As I watched Belgravia’s dogs frolic in the garden, some on their play dates, I was touched by Lulu and Bella’s story, two beautiful petite Shih Tzus. Lulu, experiencing old age and having recently had one of her eyes removed, was ‘depressed’. Her owner bought her a companion, a Shih Tzu named Bella to comfort her and bring her out of her sadness. I watched as they played together in Belgrave Square Garden, bathing in spring’s light among the scent of fresh grass and flowers. Dogs, it turns out, are not only man’s best friend, but a dog’s best friend as well.

The Belgravia Residents’ Journal

Book Club This month we recommend two very different books and invite your reader responses, for publication, to both…

Something meaty

The King’s Henchman: Stuart Spymaster and Architect of the British Empire by Anthony Adolph The pages chart the rise of Henry Jermyn’s path from commoner to court, how he became the founder of London’s West End and how he set the style for the rest of London. Aside from detailing links between him and the current Royal Family (there are claims he secretly fathered Charles II), the book touches heavily upon Belgravia. In the late seventeenth century, Belgravia was just farmland on the western periphery of London, and was about as fashionable as the cowpats its fields contained. The book’s author, Anthony Adolph, explained to the Belgravia Residents’ Journal: ‘What made Belgravia fashionable was when Richard Grosvenor, second Marquess of Westminster, started developing it in the 1820s. He could have done this in the humdrum style that was current at the time, streets and streets packed with terraced houses. Instead, he chose to lay the area out with wide streets, stylish squares and fine Classical architecture; a style which was then enjoying a revival (that was to prove short-lived). ‘His inspiration for magnificence, excellence and grandness of design came from the area that Henry Jermyn had developed together with Queen Henrietta Maria, as they had done with the Banqueting House and Greenwich Park, employing the finest architects of the time such as Inigo Jones. Belgravia became in its time such a success that Westminster became a byword for elegance that the marquesses’s family had even chosen the name Westminster for their title.’ Published last November, this book received a fourstar review from historian Dan Cruickshank who labelled it ‘a rich and heady brew that gallops along at a cracking pace.’

Something for your coffee table London Secrets: A Draughtsman’s Guide by Tim Gosling

Tim Gosling has many a connection to our area. He designed the interiors of The Goring Hotel, worked at David Linley in a former existence and has carried out multiple interior projects on houses in Belgravia. This book, published in July 2012, brings together a fabulous collection of sketches and imagery and offers a forward by Vivienne Westwood. With beautiful thick cream pages and a smart grey material hard cover, the book is one to treasure. Accompanying the simple yet atmoshperic sketches are blurbs on the architectural and social history Fans of Tim of each, as well as a ‘secret’ about the edifice in question. If you aren’t much Gosling’s designs will into buildings you will be by the time you’ve clamped your eyes on these be interested to hear modestly laid-out pages. Of Buckingham Palace it reads: ‘Originally the site that he is giving a talk for [the Palace] was known as Mulberry Garden, in honour of James I’s at Chelsea Harbour forlorn attempts to establish silk production in England…’, later continuing, during London Design ‘The building that Edward VII inherited in 1901 had, according to critics, more Week on 19 March in common with a railway station than a palace.’ This book is easy on the eye, at 11.30am. During inspiring and full of little conversation pieces. ‘Conversation in Design – His Master’s Voice’, Tim will host Tim Gosling a panel of interior and architectural experts to discuss the everchanging architecture in our capital and how the masters of the past have influenced LONDON SECR ETS buildings of today. A DRAUGHTSMAN


Words / Alice Tozer

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Residents’ Culture Ideas about how to invest your time and money, as a resident of Belgravia

The Residents’ Association’s

March round-up T

he BRA’s ‘Great People Have Always Lived Here’ campaign of 2011 reminded local residents of the history and heritage of our wonderful neighbourhood. In support of this, we launched a series of historic house tours. This year, our first historic house event is a tour of Hertford House on 7 March (10.15am), to view the wonderful Wallace Collection. Our tours have proved very popular, offering members a way to meet each other amidst fine art such as the Canalettos, the Madame de Pompadours and the Cavaliers of this world. For further details, and to book, please visit the Historic Events section of our website. Tickets cost £20 and if you bring a friend they pay £15.

Meet other local residents among the Canalettos, the Madame de Pompadours and the Cavaliers of this world Last year, our campaign ‘For Those Who Love Belgravia’ was a successful way to remind our members of the special quality of this part of London and to bring them together with local businesses. During this period, we developed a companion website – Perfectly Belgravia – to encourage greater connections between local shops and services, and our members.

This year we have a Perfectly Belgravia series of Member Events, the first of which will be held at Floris, purveyor of the finest bespoke perfumes. Floris, at 147 Ebury Street, will host members and their friends on 14 March, surrounded by beautifully bottled blends of oils and essences from around the world. Both the art of fragrance and the history of the perfume house will be discussed during hourlong slots at both 11am and 3pm. A goody bag will be included as a memento of the day, and all this for a very reasonable £15. Moreover, if you bring a friend they pay £10. Book online at If you would like to help us co-ordinate some of our 2013 events, we would be delighted to hear from you. Please get in touch for further details via our website.

Until next month...

by Sara Oliver



from Duncan Lawrie, Belgravia’s local bank since 1971 James Humphreys, a Senior Investment Manager at Duncan Lawrie, offers his thoughts on what’s happening in the global economy


t the beginning of the year, most major equity markets continued on a positive trajectory, with Europe the stand-out performer. The UK and the Unites States, however, didn’t follow suit. There were disappointing Q4 GDP data from both countries: the former contracted 0.3 percent and the latter shrank a full 1.1 percent over the same period. In the UK, growth was held back by overrunning maintenance on North Sea oil rigs, while in the US a drop in national defence spending was largely to blame for the country’s first negative growth period in three years. We would not be surprised if the US figure were to be revised upwards in the coming months; this belief appears to be shared by investors, who took advantage of reasonable equity market valuations and pushed many equity indices to highs not seen since before the financial crisis. Gilt and corporate bond indices are marginally negative this year, with investors reducing exposure and moving into equities. During January, the Office of National Statistics decided against a recommendation to alter the Retail Price Index, a fact which provided a boost for index-linked gilts. So far this year, all UK domestic sectors are in positive territory. Mobile telecoms enjoyed a strong performance following share price weakness towards the end of 2012. These companies hope to benefit from the adoption of 4G superfast services across the UK and Europe, driving data consumption from smartphones and tablets. Food and household-good producers reported generally good results, largely driven by the growing consumption in Emerging Markets. Mining

stocks have taken a pause, after a strong finish to last year. Many have been reducing capital expenditure in favour of improving returns to shareholders, which has been taken well by the market. The corporate earnings season has also progressed well across the pond: seven percent of the Standard & Poor’s five hundred companies that reported results have beaten expectations. Lower

At the beginning of the year, growth in the UK was held back by overrunning maintenance on North Sea oil rigs energy prices in the US, helped by new unconventional gas and oil reserves, have improved corporate margins across many industries. Looking ahead, the US is yet to tackle its fiscal issues, which were only partly addressed by the rushed agreements at the beginning of 2013. Alongside this, improving but tentative industrial data from China and upcoming elections in Europe present some uncertainty. While we believe this will be a good year for equities, there is the risk of some short-term profit taking in the weeks ahead. To find out more, contact us (mentioning the Residents’ Journal) on 0845 680 8778, at or pop in to see us at 1 Hobart Place.

Strings attached to Belgravian banking scene It is the offices of Duncan Lawrie Private Bank on Hobart Place that have recently been the site of much artistic interest, following the placing of a blue plaque upon the exterior, as an ode to composer Felix Mendelssohn (see also page 5). Mendelssohn stayed at 4 Hobart Place during visits to London when at the pinnacle of his profession. Matthew Parden, Managing Director of Duncan Lawrie, said ‘We are greatly attached to our London home here in Belgravia. We have been here for more than twenty years and it is wonderful to know some of the history that precedes us. It is an honour to think the prestigious composer Felix Mendelssohn frequented the property.’ Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Magaging Director of the Barbican Centre, was among those unveiling the plaque and commented, ‘Mendelssohn was so beloved by the English that he virtually became one of our composers. Many of his greatest works like Elijah were premiered here, our Philharmonic Society commissioned him, and he spent much time in London, conducting and composing. In return we made his music, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream to The Hebrides (overture), part of our national tradition. It is very appropriate that a blue plaque should mark one of his regular London lodgings.’ Next time you are passing, you might reflect on the valuable history of this building. Words / Alice Tozer

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That was


Irish novelist George Moore moved into 121 Ebury Street in spring 1911. The modest, terraced abode was, for him, ‘a little hole in which to carry on my authorship’. Sitting at his dining room table surveying the street outside, he put pen to paper and completed a dozen or so works, including his 1924 volume of literary criticism, Conversations in Ebury Street. For whenever writer’s block threatened, the residence was conveniently situated near to that of his lover, the society hostess Maud Cunard, who lived in Grosvenor Square. The following extracts are written by neighbour Vita and Moore himself...


iring of history, whether romantic or factual, I tried my hand at writing a modern novel. I was then twenty-five, and old enough to know better, but prose was still only a contemptible stopgap for the days on which I couldn’t write poetry, and of the construction of a novel I knew no more than I had known of the construction of a French Alexandrine. I had, for instance, no idea of the number of words necessary in fiction from a publisher’s point of view […] During that year I went to live in Ebury Street. I lived at No.182, but at No.121 lived a more distinguished and more experienced neighbour, who had been practising the art of fiction, both in conversation and on paper, for many years, and who fell into the habit of arriving at my house unannounced, after dinner, whenever he had nothing better to do. Conversations in Ebury Street ensued. They were not so much conversations as monologues; George Moore enjoyed talking about himself; but, luckily for me, his monologues in my house usually took the form of literary rather than amorous experiences. He would relate at great length the story of the book he next intended to write: thus I remember listening patiently to the whole proposed scheme of Héloise and Abélard, and A Story-Teller’s Holiday; or he would rush into the sitting room in a state of great excitement, saying ‘Give me your copy of The Brook Kerith at once; I sought for a phrase of Christ for years, and now at last I have found it – let me write it into your copy, before I forget it.’ (Incidentally, although he called it a trouvaille, it wasn’t a particularly illuminating trouvaille at all. It was a rather trite, common-place little phrase.) Humbly, I was content to listen to George Moore’s monologues by the hour, since anybody who had not only written but had actually published many books, was then almost a god to me, or, at any rate, a superior and successful being. Then there came one magical moment when he switched off from himself and condescended to remember my own existence. ‘Have you,’ he said, ‘ever attempted to write yourself? A great mistake if you have; but I expect you have been guilty of that usual indiscretion of the young.’ He fixed me with a threatening and critical eye. ‘Come, now,’ he said, ‘confess.’ I confessed. Under persuasion, I told him the whole story of my unfortunate novel. He was charming about it.

Not only did he listen with flattering attention, but he even suggested a means by which I might extend it to the necessary length. The means he suggested was due to what he described as ‘a real-life story’ he had read in some American newspaper. Practically every reviewer who subsequently condescended to notice my book observed that nothing of the sort could ever have happened in real life. Thus I am wholly indebted to George Moore for the eventual publication of my first novel.’

‘Married folk always know, only the bachelor asks, “Where shall I dine? Shall I spend two shillings in a chop-house, or five in my club, or ten at the Café Royal?” For two or three more shillings one may sit on the balcony of the Savoy, facing the spectacle of evening darkening on the river, with lights of bridge and wharf and warehouse afloat in the tide. [ …] At half-past six the bachelor has to tidy up after the day’s work, to put his picture away if he be a painter, to put his writings away if he be a writer, and then the very serious question arises, with whom shall he dine? His thoughts fly through Belgravia and Mayfair, and after whisking round Portman Square, and some other square in the northern neighbourhood, they soar and go away northward to Regent’s Park, seeking out somebody living in one of those stately terraces who will ask him to stay to dinner. At So-and-So’s there is always a round of beef and cold chicken-pie, whereas What-do-you-call-them’s begin with soup. But really the food is not of much consequence; it is interesting company he seeks. It was last week that I realised, and for the first time, how different was the life of the married from the unmarried. The day was Sunday, and I had been writing all day, and in the hush that begins about six o’clock I remembered I had no dinner engagement that evening. The cup of tea I generally take about half-past four had enabled me to do another hour’s work, but a little after six sentences refused to form themselves, a little dizziness began in the brain, and the question not only “Where shall I dine?” but “Where shall I pass the hour before dinner?” presented itself. […] I remembered that I had not wandered in St James’s Park for some time, and that that park since boyhood had fascinated me.

Extracts from ‘Vita Sackville-West: Selected Writings’ edited by Mary Ann Caws, Palgrave Macmillan (2003); and ‘Sunday Evening in London’ from ‘Memories of My Dead Life’ by George Moore, published by Book Jungle (2009)

Compiled by Lauren Romano

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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 MARCH STREET




Bressenden Place (between Buckingham Palace Road and Allington Street)

A202 Victoria Circle Works. Kerb build out, relocation of bus stand, lane closures Mon-Sun daytime working 7am-5pm; night time working 10pm-5am (noisy work completed by 1am)

18 Feb-4 Nov

Transport For London 0845 305 1234

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

Elizabeth Street

Installation of poly duct in footway

20-26 March

British Telecommunications Plc 0800 800 150

Headfort Place

Laying of new gas pipes

4-11 March

Fulcrum Pipelines Ltd 0845 6413010

Chesham Place

Laying of new mains piping

4-15 March

National Grid Gas Plc 0845 605 6677

Grosvenor Gardens

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

30 Nov-5 April

Transport For London

Minera Mews

Mains work

11-22 March

National Grid Gas Plc

Pimlico Road (at the junction with Bloomfield Terrace)

Mains work

25 March-10 April

National Grid Gas Plc

Overflowing bins a vision of the past Belgravia could soon be sporting the latest in innovative street technology, in the unpredictable form of bins, reports Sara Oliver of the Belgravia Residents’ Association. These are no plain old cubes but state-of-the-art solar-powered, hermetically sealed dog bins and come in a smart black-and-gold livery. The solar technology allows the bins to send an automatic text to Westminster Council informing them when they are eightyfive percent full and thus require emptying, at which point the sweeper’s foreman in the area will step in. Ravi Kumar, Westminster Warden for Knightsbridge and Belgravia, explained that ‘the bins compact waste and take three times more than an ordinary litter bin.’ Plans are afoot to install four of these in strategic places that dog walkers frequent. Although not finalised, two might be situated on the traffic islands of Belgrave Square, one near Wilton Street and one on the corner of Lower Belgrave and Ebury Street. The BRA is very grateful to Ravi Kumar and the other

councillors for working with them on this initiative. The Association is also lobbying to increase the width of car spaces in Belgravia. Although most of the south has been widened, there are still large tracts on the north side which need to be addressed. The Association invites those who feel their parking spaces are far too tight to get in touch indicating the exact spaces they want to have widened. Email: parking@ The BRA’s environmental group covers a wide variety of issues affecting cleaner streets, air quality, conservation and natural habitat.

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The Belgravia


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

Sotheby’s International Realty 26A Conduit Street 020 7717 5131

Andrew Reeves 77-79 Ebury Street 020 7881 1366

John D Wood 48 Elizabeth Street 020 7824 7900

Strutt & Parker 66 Sloane Street 020 7235 9959

Best Gapp & Cassells 81 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 9253

Knight Frank 82-83 Chester Square 020 7881 7722

SW Residential 13 Motcomb Street 020 7183 0762

Harrods Estates 82 Brompton Road 020 7225 6506

Savills 139 Sloane Street 020 7730 0822

W A Ellis 174 Brompton Road 020 7306 1600

The Green Café 16 Eccleston Street 020 7730 5304

The Belgravia (classic) 152 Ebury Street 020 7730 6040

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

ll Corriere 6 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 2087 The Old English Coffee House 1 Montrose Place 020 7235 3643 Patisserie Valerie 17 Motcomb Street 020 7245 6161

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

Tomtom Coffee House 114 Ebury Street 020 7730 1771


Valerie Victoria 38 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7630 9781

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

The Duke of Wellington (classic) 63 Eaton Terrace 020 7730 1782 The Nag’s Head (classic) 53 Kinnerton Street 020 7235 1135

RESTAURANTS Como Lario (Italian) 18-22 Holbein Place 020 7730 9046 Il Convivio (Italian) 143 Ebury Street 020 7730 4099


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

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

Zafferano (Italian) 15 Lowndes Street 020 7235 5800

Motcombs 26 Motcomb Street 020 7235 6382

Mango Tree Manager: Chai Cuisine: Thai; Capacity: 150 46 Grosvenor Place 020 7823 1888 Pétrus 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


Giuseppe D’Amico 20 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2968

The Belgrave Medical Centre 13 Pimlico Road 020 7730 5171


The Belgravia Surgery 26 Eccleston Street 020 7590 8000

Michael Garry Personal Training 54b Ebury Street 020 7730 6255

Motcomb Green 61 Ebury Street 020 7235 2228

Yogoji (Yoga) 54a Ebury Street 020 7730 7473

Stephen Casali 161 Ebury Street 020 7730 2196



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

Bijoux Medi-Spa 149 Ebury Street 020 7730 0765

The Light Centre Belgravia 9 Eccleston Street 020 7881 0728

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

earthspa 4 Eccleston Street 020 7823 6226

Ramsay (prints) 69 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6776

Linley 60 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7300

Gallery 25 26 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7516

Turkmen Gallery 8 Eccleston Street 020 7730 8848

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

Mark Wilkinson Kitchens 10 West Halkin Street 020 7235 1845

Gauntlett Gallery 90-92 Pimlico Road 020 7730 7516

Patrick Jefferson 69 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6161

Zuber 42 Pimlico Road 020 7824 8265

Ossowski 83 Pimlico Road 020 7730 3256



Promemoria UK 99 Pimlico Road 020 7730 2514

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

Dr Kalina 109 Ebury Street 020 7730 4805



Home ANTIQUES Bennison 16 Holbein Place 020 7730 8076

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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Ciancimino 85 Pimlico Place 020 7730 9959 The Dining Chair Company 4 St Barnabas Street 020 7259 0422 Hemisphere 97 Lower Sloane Street 020 7730 9810 Humphrey-Carrasco 43 Pimlico Road 020 7730 9911

Soane 50-52 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6400 Talisman 190-192 Ebury Street 020 7730 7800 Westenholz 80-82 Pimlico Road 020 7824 8090


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

INTERIOR DESIGN Chester Designs 9 Chester Square Mews 020 7730 4333 Coote & Bernardi 59 Pimlico Road 020 7730 6064

Jamb 107a Pimlico Road 020 7730 2122

88 Gallery 86-88 Pimlico Road 020 7730 2728

Joanna Wood 48a Pimlico Road 020 7730 5064

Lamberty 46 Pimlico Road 020 7823 5115

Ahuan Gallery 17 Eccleston Street 020 7730 9382

Living Interiors 57 Ebury Street 020 7730 0545


The Belgravia

Directory Fashion

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

Christian Louboutin 23 Motcomb Street 020 7245 6510

Patricia Roberts 60 Kinnerton Street 020 7235 474

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


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




Services BANKS Duncan Lawrie Private Banking 1 Hobart Place 020 7245 1234 C Hoare & Co 32 Lowndes Street 020 7245 6033 Royal Bank of Scotland 24 Grosvenor Place 020 7235 1882

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

CHARITIES British Red Cross 85 Ebury Street 020 7730 2235

Child & Child 14 Grosvenor Crescent 020 7235 8000


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

Cameron House School 4 The Vale 020 7352 4040

Garden House School Turks Row 020 7730 1652

Eaton House School 3-5 Eaton Gate 020 7924 6000

GEMS Hampshire School 15 Manresa Road 020 7352 7077

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

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

Hill House International Junior School Hans Place 020 7584 1331

Sussex House School 68 Cadogan Square 020 7584 1741

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

Thomas’s Kindergarten 14 Ranelagh Grove 020 7730 3596

EXCLUSIVE The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street 020 7235 5162



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

Post Office 6 Eccleston Street 0845 722 3344

Neill Strain Floral Couture 11 West Halkin Street 020 7235 6469

PRINTING & COPYING Printus 115a Ebury Street 020 7730 7799



Victoria Library 160 Buckingham Palace Road 020 7641 1300

Bravo Travel 6 Lower Grosvenor Place 0870 121 3411

MOTORING Belgravia Garage 1 Eaton Mews West 020 7235 9900

Speciality Shops BAKERIES




Baker & Spice 54-56 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 3033

La Bottega 25 Eccleston Street 020 7730 2730

Mayhew Newsagents 15 Motcomb Street 020 7235 5770

F Bennett and Son 9 Chester Square Mews 020 7730 6546



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

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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


Erickson Beamon 38 Elizabeth Street 020 7259 0202

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


1 STUNNING STUNNING TOWNHOUSE TOWNHOUSE BORDERING BORDERING KNIGHTSBRIDGE KNIGHTSBRIDGE AND AND BELGRAVIA BELGRAVIA wilton place, sw1 wilton place, sw1 Entrance hall ø dining room ø sitting room/study Entrance hall ø dining room ø sitting room/study ø drawing room ø kitchen/breakfast/family room ø drawing room ø kitchen/breakfast/family room ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedroom suites ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedroom suites ø utility room ø cloakroom ø patio garden ø utility room ø cloakroom ø patio garden ø terrace ø 374 sq m (4,032 sq ft) ø EPC=D ø terrace ø 374 sq m (4,032 sq ft) ø EPC=D Price on application Freehold Price on application Freehold

Savills Knightsbridge Savills Knightsbridge

Savills Sloane Street Savills Sloane Street

020 7581 5234 020 7581 5234

020 7730 0822 020 7730 0822

Barbara Allen Barbara Allen

Richard Gutteridge Richard Gutteridge

1 A STUNNING FAMILY HOUSE REFURBISHED TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD belgravia, sw1 Double reception room ø multimedia room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 4/5 bedrooms (4 en suite) ø further bathroom ø utility room ø swimming pool ø gym & steam room ø 3 car garage ø porter ø roof terrace ø 505 sq m (5,434 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £14.95 million Share of Freehold

Savills Sloane Street

Savills Knightsbridge

Noel De Keyzer

Barbara Allen

020 7730 0822

020 7581 5234

1 WELL PROPORTIONED LATERAL FLAT BENEFITING FROM PRIVATE GARAGE eaton square, sw1 Reception room ø dining room ø study ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms (1 en suite) ø bathroom ø guest cloakroom ø garage ø lift ø porter ø 294 sq m (3,161 sq ft) ø EPC=C Guide £7.8 million Leasehold, approximately 60 years remaining

Savills Sloane Street

John D Wood

Richard Dalton

Hugo Headlam

020 7730 0822

020 7824 7900

1 A NEWLY REFURBISHED APARTMENT FINISHED TO AN EXACTING STANDARD cadogan gardens, sw3 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø study/bedroom 4 ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen ø further bathroom ø access to communal gardens ø terrace ø 145 sq m (1,561 sq ft) ø EPC=G

£1,950 per week Unfurnished

Savills Sloane Street Adam Simmonds

020 7824 9005

Drayton Gardens, SW10 Freehold FIVE BEDROOMS Gross internal area: 305m/3283 sq ft.


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1 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8JX8861 (0)20 7235 +44 +44(0)20 (0)207235 72358861 8861 4 (0)20 7235 8861



PER WEEK stc Open plan kitchen/reception room, Three double bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Porter, Proffesionally managed. Newly refurbished bright and airy apartment situated in this sough after portered building. The property comprises of three double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, two bathrooms one of which is en suite, open plan reception room and fitted kitchen with brand new appliances. This flat offers flexible accomodation laid out over 1130 sq ft and has access

to Belgrave Square comunal gardens by separate negotiation. Available immeditately on a furnished basis. Greville House is located on Kinnerton Street 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 and independent cafĂŠs and quaint pubs.

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



PER WEEK stc Two large reception rooms, Kitchen, Three bedrooms, Four bathrooms, Furnished. Renovated and extended three double bedroom & two reception room mews house located on this picturesque cobbled street in Belgravia. On the ground floor the accommodation consists of reception room and a separate modern kitchen. There is a second reception room and a shower room on the lower ground floor so this room can

double up as a guest bedroom and also benefits from natural light flooding in through several glass ceiling panels. The master suite with its own dressing area and en suite bathroom is located on the top floor. Further accommodation comprises en suite double bedroom, shower room and third bedroom. The property is available immediately on a furnished basis.

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

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

EBURY STREET, SW1 A light and spacious two/three bedroom penthouse apartment with a fabulous roof terrace and panoramic views situated in a well maintained building with 24 hour concierge, lift and a secure underground parking space.

Leasehold 178 Years


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Entrance Hall Double Reception Room Master Bedroom Suite Bedroom 2 Shower Room Bedroom 3 / Study Roof Terrace

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

EATON TERRACE, SW1 A well appointed family house situated close to Sloane Square, arranged over five floors to provide spacious accommodation extending to 272 sq m (2,936 sq ft) with excellent entertaining space and a 14.6 m (47’) rear garden.



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Drawing Room: Dining Room: 2 Further Reception Rooms: Master Bedroom Suite: 3/4 Further Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: Garden

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Eaton Place London SW1X reception room I 3 double bedrooms I 3 bathrooms I kitchen | guest cloakroom direct lift access I EPC rating C A newly refurbished maisonette located in the heart of Belgravia, renovated to an exacting standard and benefitting from a master bedroom suite with a walk-in dressing room

Furnished ÂŁ3,250 per week Belgravia office

020 7730 0303



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Bourne Street London SW1W 2 reception rooms I 6 bedrooms I 4 bathrooms I kitchen I integral garage garden I EPC rating D A prestigious double fronted Belgravia house, presented in good condition throughout with enormous potential to modernise to your own requirements

Guide price ÂŁ8,500,000 freehold Belgravia office

020 7730 0303

Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia SW1 This approximately 1,655sq ft (154sq m) mews house, located in a gated Belgravia development, comprises a reception/dining room, kitchen, large master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, and two further bedrooms with a separate shower room. The property is located in the heart of Belgravia, close to the West End is currently let and available as a rental investment. EPC rating C. Freehold Price: ÂŁ4,650,000

020 7225 6509



Hans Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 A spacious, two bedroom apartment (1,045 sq.ft./ 97.1 sq.m) situated on the lower ground floor of this small portered block. Beautifully presented, the property also benefits from an impressive reception room opening onto a private patio garden. Hans Road is situated off the Brompton Road, directly opposite Harrods and ideally located for all the worldclass amenities that Knightsbridge has to offer. Originally consisting of two period buildings, the block was totally refurbished to provide a number of purpose-built apartments with a reception area, daily porter, lift and security. EPC rating D. ÂŁ1,975,000 Share of Freehold

020 7893 8044


HARRODSESTATES.COM +44 (0) 20 7730 4628 (sales)


Situated in this street of fine period properties just to the east of Sloane Square, this is a most attractive Grade II listed house, with a very pretty westerly facing garden.

2828 sq ft/262.7 sq m

FREEHOLD £6,450,000


Master Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom • 2 Further Double bedrooms with En Suite Bathroom/Shower Room • Sitting Room/Bedroom 4 • Double Reception Room • Dining Room opening to Kitchen • Study • 2 Half Landing Studies Conservatory • Guest WC • Wine Cellar • Utility Room with WC • Vault Air Conditioning in 4th Floor Bedroom • 21’ / 6.6m Westerly Facing Garden

JSA Charles McDowell 020 3551 2545

16 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 0LN

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Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Chelsea


An extremely well-proportioned elegant Grade II listed townhouse occupying a prominent position in one of Belgravia’s most soughtafter squares.

4921 sq ft / 459 sq m

FREEHOLD £14,500,000


Drawing Room • Dining Room • Media Room • Kitchen / Breakfast Room Study • 6 Bedrooms with 4 En Suite Bathrooms • 2 En Suite Shower Rooms Family Room / Bedroom 7 • 2 Guest Cloakrooms • Laundry Room Utility Area • Storage Vault • Roof Terrace

JSA Savills Sloane Street 020 7730 0822


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Upper Belgrave Street, Belgravia SW1

A three bedroom penthouse with south facing roof terrace. Three bedrooms • Three bathrooms • Two reception rooms • Kitchen South facing roof terrace • Lift • Study • Caretaker Approximately 2,000 sq ft / 186 sq m • Energy Rating: C

020 7495 9580

Guide Price: £7,250,000 Leasehold with approximately 115 years remaining

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Eaton Square, Belgravia SW1 Eaton A newly Square, refurbishedBelgravia ground floorSW1 apartment on Eaton Square A newly refurbished ground floor apartment on Eaton Square Bedroom • Bathroom • Reception room • Kitchen • Cloakroom Approximately 912 sq •ftReception / 85 sq m •room Energy Rating:•DCloakroom Bedroom • Bathroom • Kitchen Approximately 912 sq ft / 85 sq m • Energy Rating: D

020 7495 9580

020 7495 9580

Guide Price: £499,950 Leasehold with approximately 6 years remaining Guide Price: £499,950 Leasehold with approximately 6 years remaining

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Knight Frank

Grosvenor Gardens Mews North, Belgravia SW1W Five bedroom house with roof terrace

A large five bedroom house benefitting from a 28 foot wide reception room with excellent ceiling heights. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms, 3 further bath/shower rooms (1 en suite), reception room, kitchen, study/bedroom 5, gym/conservatory, utility room, roof terrace, garage. EPC rating F. Approximately 366 sq m (3,944 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ6,750,000 (SLA060652) 020 3641 5910

Knight Frank

Eaton Terrace, Belgravia SW1

Newly refurbished two bedroom house in Belgravia A luxury two bedroom house available for rent in Belgravia, benefitting from a large private terrace. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, further double bedroom with en suite bathroom, reception room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, terrace. EPC rating E. Approximately 142 sq m (1,528 sq ft) Furnished Guide price: ÂŁ2,250 per week

(BEQ160279) 020 3641 6006

Chester Street, Belgravia SW1X • 6 Bedrooms

• Kitchen/breakfast room

• 5 Bathrooms

• Paved garden

• 2 Guest cloakrooms

• Approx. 3,805 sq ft (353 sq m)

• 4 Reception rooms

• EPC Rating: current (D) potential (C)

“ A large and impressive family house situated in this prestigious location in the heart of Belgravia”

Guide price £4,000 per week Unfurnished

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

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

The Penthouse, Belgravia Mansions, Belgravia SW1 • 2 Bedrooms

• Kitchen

• 2 Bathrooms

• 51’ Roof terrace

• Separate WC

• 2 Underground parking spaces

• Large study

• Lift / porterage

• Reception room

• Approx. 1,903 sq ft (176.8 sq m)

• Dining room

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

Guide price £5,750,000 Share of freehold

For more information call Tim des Forges on 020 7306 1610 or email

“ A superb penthouse apartment within this prestigious secure development offering excellent accommodation over the third and fourth floors” W.A.Ellis LLP 174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP

Home Comforts Weighing up the options concerning the best of local property on the market

Get into the Grove

A fantastic house is up for sale at 8 Ranelagh Grove. Situated in the quiet and newly rejuvenated Pimlico Green, this attractive family house includes a master bedroom with an en suite mezzanine bathroom, three other good-sized double bedrooms, an open plan kitchen-dining room, a spacious reception room and some useful extras such as a study, cloakroom, utility room and a couple of vaults. The terraced house also has its own private garden measuring 17 foot by 10 foot. The house has recently been restored with a much more open, roomy and light feel, so it can be occupied without further expense. It extends to almost 2,400 square feet across five floors and the asking price is £3,600,000 for the freehold interest. It is surrounded by the popular and bustling areas of not only Belgravia and Victoria, but also Chelsea and Sloane Square, so access to shops, restaurants, schools and other services is easy and convenient. Our verdict? This would be an extremely attractive place to live.

Best Gapp: 81 Elizabeth Street, 020 7730 9253

Balcón de West Brompton

If you’re willing to look beyond Belgravia for your dream home you’d do well to arrange a viewing of this SW10-located property at Drayton Gardens, on the market for £7,250,000. This house is one of the biggest on the street; the interior, without a doubt, reflects this fact through its beautiful grandeur which cannot go unnoticed due to the west-facing property letting in lots of light. The beautiful period home sits perfectly just off the lively Brompton Road. Noticeably, this property is very much family orientated with five large bedrooms, five reception rooms and three bathrooms over 3,283 square feet. The purchaser will also enjoy a gorgeous 70-foot garden with rear pedestrian access to Thistle Grove. The house is said to be very ‘well-proportioned’ and ‘impressive’; the ceilings are high and there is off-street parking. The master bedroom is quite a sight with not only a walk-in wardrobe for the fashion savvy woman but also a balcony for everyone to take pleasure in. In the likely event that you are tempted by this luxurious property, you had better make your mind up fast, as these houses are, not surprisingly, rarely available. Henry&James: 1 Motcomb Street, 020 7235 8861

Words / Caroline Oliver


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

EATON SQUARE, SW1 A highly desirable Grade II Listed, 2nd floor apartment in this prime central London garden square. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), dressing room, drawing room/dining room, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, lift, porter, garage, private communal gardens. Lease to 2073 Guide Price £7,800,000

JSA: Savills 020 7730 0822

2 bedroom suites, shower room, reception, 2 lifts, 24-hour porterage, secure private parking. Freehold Share Guide Price £2,395,000

BELGRAVIA 020 7824 7900

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An outstanding 2nd floor apartment, enjoying spectacular river views, towards the Palace of Westminster and the London Eye, and a residents’ gymnasium and sauna. Energy Rating: C.



141 Years of Property


72 - 2013

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77-79 Ebury Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 0NZ


ÂŁ2,750,000 Leasehold: approx. 141 years remaining.

1150 Sq.Ft. / 107 Sq.M. Approx Internal Area 245 Sq.Ft. / 23 Sq.M. Approx External Area

A luxurious three bedroom penthouse apartment, on the seventh floor of this modern portered building. Meticulously refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, the property is bright throughout with far-reaching views of Belgravia & across Central London, and a south-facing reception room opening on to a magnificent terrace. Close to the shops and restaurants of Elizabeth Street & Lower Belgrave Street.

The accommodation comprises: Large entrance hall & reception room opening on to a spacious terrace | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second bedroom | Third bedroom/Dining room | Family shower room | Ample built-in storage cupboards | Lift | Porterage | Secured underground car parking by separate negotiation | Convenient for Victoria Station and the Underground network.

Sales Office: +44 (0)20 7881 1333

Lettings Office: +44 (0)20 7881 1366

Letting Office: +44 (0)20 7183 0762


ÂŁ2,950 per week subject to contract Unfurnished A spacious, beautiful well-proportioned four/five bedroom Georgian House, with great storage, set in this enviable located close to Sloane Square. Benefiting from a beautiful south facing rear garden, excellent natural light and a quiet setting, yet in the heart of the local community. A perfect family home.


4/5 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, open-plan kitchen/ dining room, reception, study, garden

APPROXIMATE GROSS INTERNAL AREA 2,406 sq ft / 223.5 sq m excluding vaults and storage 2,531 sq ft / 235.1 sq m including vaults

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

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West Eaton Place Mews | Belgravia | SW1 2,742 (254.7 sq m)

A beautifully presented architect-designed house with exceptional entertaining space in this exclusive address in Belgravia. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Sitting room | Balcony | Master bedroom suite | Bedroom suite 2 | Study | Garage/store | Mews parking Asking price ÂŁ6,250,000 Long leasehold - EPC Rating D

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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Lowndes Square | Knightsbridge | SW1 3,831 sq ft (355.9 sq m)

A newly refurbished 4/5 bedroom penthouse apartment, offering lateral accommodation in one of the best locations in prime central London. Entrance hall | Reception room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | 4 bedroom suites | Study/bedroom 5 | Cinema room | Direct lift access | 24 hr porterage | Air conditioning Asking Price ÂŁ16,500,000 Long leasehold - EPC rating E

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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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

Bourne Street | Belgravia | SW1 5,860 sq ft (544 sq m)

A modern 6 bedroom family townhouse with lift, swimming pool, secure double garage and on-site resident estate manager. Drawing room | Sitting room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | 6 Bedrooms | 5 Bathrooms | Study | Swimming pool | Gym | Lift | Terrace | Garden | Double garage Asking price ÂŁ11,450,000 Share of Freehold - EPC Rating C

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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