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Photography’s Alchemist

Snake Bite

Horst P. Horst’s corpus of beautiful fashion photography will be on show at the V&A from September. Jack Watkins reports

Originally conceived 50 years ago, today’s Daytona Cobra Coupé still has the ability to shock, says Matthew Carter

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Putting London Back on the Map

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Harold Tillman CBE gives Annabel Harrison his take on the British fashion scene’s defining characteristics

The Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s culinary scene is so magnificent that leaving the hotel is quite a challenge

24 From Italy with Love La Perla has given a new meaning to lingerie over the past six decades. Bethan Rees finds out more about the brand

42 Horological Heaven Tudor’s return to the UK market; the new Watches of Switzerland flagship; and Patek Philippe’s iconic Nautilus

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Editor’s Letter

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Collection

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Local News

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Art & Antiques

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Fashion

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Interiors

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Health & Beauty

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Motoring

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Travel

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Drinking & Dining

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London Living

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From the EDITOR “Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again,” said Horst P. Horst in 1984. In this, our biannual Fashion Issue, we celebrate the designers and brands which, for us, epitomise key elements of London’s 2014 fashion scene, as well as Horst himself, one of the most ground-breaking photographers of the 20th century. This September Horst: Photographer of Style opens at the V&A and Jack Watkins explains why Horst was so revered by the industry, declared “photography’s alchemist” by Vogue (p. 14). A 21st century photographer who captures both a sense of modernity and elegant timelessness within her shots is Cathleen Naundorf (p. 105), to whom Horst was a friend and mentor, and whose dreamily theatrical, elaborate images have been immortalised in a beautiful book, Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf. Naundorf has certainly worked with some of the best international couture houses in the world, from Chanel to Valentino, but we are looking closer to home for inspiration this month as London Fashion Week takes over our city once again. Harold Tillman CBE (p. 20) spoke eloquently to me about London’s place on the global fashion stage and one of our key strengths: “I always like to feel that we have the best and most creative fashion colleges here; the London College of Fashion [LCF] and of course Central Saint Martins. We have teaching excellence and graduates who have gone on to become world stars, without even needing the huge finance that some companies and brands do.” Perfect examples of this London-nurtured talent are Markus Lupfer and Richard Nicoll, both of whom have lived here for 20 years; Lupfer graduated from the University of Westminster with a Fashion Design degree (p. 29) and Nicoll is a Central Saint Martins alumnus (p. 68). Olivia Sharpe talks to both designers about their careers.

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I hope you also enjoy reading about the eclectic inspiration behind Jade Jagger’s new jewellery collection, Neverending (p. 38), and luxury lingerie brand La Perla’s 60th anniversary (p. 24), as well as our thorough A/W14 trend report, to ensure you’re as ready as can be for the new season (p. 71).

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Horst P. Horst is one of the world’s most revered fashion photographers, inspired by the Modernist and Surrealist movements as well as cutting-edge techniques, and his corpus of beautiful work will be on show at the V&A from 6 September. Jack Watkins reports

FOR A TIME IN the mid-20th century, the name Horst was as synonymous with haute couture as Coco Chanel. Just a single word as his byline – ‘Horst’ – in Vogue and House & Garden was enough to signal the ineffable grace and elegance which his photographs invariably contained. “Your images are sheer genius and delight my soul,” declared the clothes designer Main Bocher after Horst’s photograph of a model in one of his radical, shape-transforming corsets in 1939 sealed it for all time in the public mind as a garment at once revealing and concealing, charged with mystery and eroticism. Fashion photographs are so ubiquitous today that it’s worth remembering that when Horst started out, the medium was still in its infancy. A fashion shoot – which

Horst knew if he was to become one of the masters of his craft, something more was needed almost always had to take place indoors so that the light could be suitably controlled – required meticulous planning and involved not just photographer and model but also the participation of the magazine’s art director and fashion editor, as well as studio assistants and set technicians. But Horst knew if he was to become one of the masters of his craft – “photography’s alchemist,” as Vogue named him in 2000, one year after his death in Florida, aged 93– something more was needed; those who knew him in his earlier years might have been taken aback by his relentless pursuit of pictorial perfection. Above/ Salvador Dalí’s costumes for Léonide Massine’s Ballet Bacchanale, 1939 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate Opposite/ Round the Clock, New York, 1987 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate

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Horst was born in Germany in 1906 and his early interest was the Modernist movement. After his studies in Hamburg, he left for Paris to sit at the feet of arguably the greatest Modernist architect of them all, Le Corbusier. Yet he was a somewhat dreamy young man in his 20s and it was only on finding a mentor – and lover – in the Russian aristocrat-in-exile Baron George Hoyningen-Huene during his languorous hours spent imbibing the city’s café culture that he began to pick up the thread of a meaningful career. The fiery baron was an important fashion photographer in his own right on French Vogue and Horst became the older man’s assistant. Shortly after, his pictures began to be carried by the magazine, the first being of a model in black velvet holding a bottle of Klytia perfume, which was published in 1931. His first commission for Vogue’s American edition was of the English actress Gertrude Lawrence and a portrait of Bette Davis appeared next in Vanity Fair. Not long after, he was the new chief photographer of Vogue in Paris, as Hoyningen-Huene left in high dudgeon for Harper’s Bazaar. It was his photographs of celebrities of

Horst directing a fashion shoot with Lisa Fonssagrives, 1949 Photography: Roy Stevens / Time & Life Pictures / Getty Images

the 1930s, from Noel Coward to Lisa Fonssagrives, that sealed his reputation in history’s archives. In 1971, in his book Salute to the Thirties, Horst observed how at this time glamorous Hollywood movie stars had almost imperceptibly begun to edge out Europe’s old-world royalty and their relations as the icons of style, and objects of awe and worship from afar. A photograph of Marlene Dietrich taken in New York in 1942 exemplifies the Horst stylisation of the period. The star gazes slightly upwards to the right, as if not aware of the camera lens, appearing distant, aloof and unattainable. This formula of elegant detachment, the artificiality enhanced by the strong use of studio light, he repeated over and again. On fashion shoots, magazines allocated large budgets but the camera remained large format and unwieldy, requiring long exposure times and motionless models. Horst later recalled: “There was no question then of a photographer shouting over the din of recorded music, ‘Action! Here we go, baby!’ Instead, one said gently, ‘Please don’t move. Try not to stare. Can you possibly hold that smile?’ The impression of calm and


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Summer Fashions, American Vogue cover, 15 May 1941 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate

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stillness owed much to making a virtue out of a necessity. Horst was also working at a time when Surrealistic imagery was starting to creep beyond purely avantgardist circles into popular culture and being adopted by advertising. Horst loved to give his images a Surrealistic veneer and devised montages and mirror tricks that seemed to confound reality. He invested images of his friend Elsa Schiaparelli’s dress designs with a dash of the Surreal and worked with Salvador Dali, photographing his designs for Léonide Massine’s Ballet Bacchanale. Primarily, his best work was executed in black and white, though in later years he would embrace colour and go on to create some of Vogue’s most dazzling colour images. Many of these were stunning shots of society interiors, acquired by trawling round the homes of the elite of New York’s Manhattan and Long Island. It was

“Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again,” Horst said in 1984 here that he began a long friendship with Coco Chanel, whose fashions he would photograph for decades. In 1947, Horst was able to buy five acres of land in Oyster Bay Cove, Long Island, and build his own house and landscaped garden where he entertained many of the rich and famous; among his visitors was Diana Vreeland, the editor of Harper’s Bazaar and, subsequently, Vogue. Horst worked for Vreeland on Vogue’s Fashions in Living pages in the 1960s, which featured his pictures of the homes of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and Jackie Onassis. It gave a new lease of life to the now veteran fashion photographer, for whom the post-war years, with an increasing emphasis on outdoor photography and natural lighting, did not initially appear kind. By the 80s, he was being fêted once more by New Romantic popsters Duran Duran and in 1990 Madonna recreated some of his most famous images for the video of her song Vogue. Sadly, he had little time left behind the lens, failing eyesight forcing him to give up photography for good in 1992. Now all we are left with are the images. “Fashion is an expression of the times. Elegance is something else again,” he said in 1984. And looking at these old photographs, separated by the unbridgeable gulf of decades and changing times, you have to agree that he knew what he was talking about. Horst P. Horst: Photographer of Style 6 September 2014 – 4 January 2015 vam.ac.uk

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Above, from top/ Marlene Dietrich, New York, 1942 © Condé Nast / Horst Estate; Corset by Detolle for Mainbocher, 1939 Both © Condé Nast / Horst Estate


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Putting London on the Map Annabel Harrison meets Harold Tillman CBE, ahead of London Fashion Week S/S15, to find out what the industry stalwart believes are the British fashion scene’s defining characteristics, and why it’s so important to support students and Men’s Collections

t is about 28 degrees outside when I travel to Mayfair for this interview. The pavements are full of tourists and harried professionals in between meetings, most dishevelled due to the heat and perspiring visibly. However the gentleman in question, Harold Tillman CBE, is immaculately dressed in a sharp blue suit, blue and white striped shirt and blue tie. I expected nothing less from a man who has built a 50-year career in the fashion business and shows no signs of lessening his involvement. These decades of immersion in such a dynamic, creative industry have given Tillman a unique insight into London’s changing fashion scene and why it’s being taken more and more seriously on a global stage. Tillman himself has had a significant role to play here, having chaired the British Fashion Council (BFC) from 2008 and making such a success of it that he stayed in the post for five years rather than the customary three. The BFC was formed in 1983 to explore ways of co-ordinating the London exhibition scene, aiming to showcase British designers and develop London’s position as a major player in the international fashion arena. The fact that London Fashion Week (LFW) now ranks alongside New York, Milan and Paris as one of the ‘Big Four’ fashion weeks is even more impressive when I research this and discover that while London’s inaugural event was in 1984, Paris and Milan held theirs in 1973 and 1958 respectively, and New York even earlier. New York may have launched its fashion week in 1943 but Tillman notes that the 70s were particularly significant for America, when brands such as Ralph Lauren and Diane Von Furstenburg took off. “France always had a quality and couture that they still have. In Italy they had quality goods, and presentation

and colouration and subtlety. We have always been a little harsher and brasher but that’s put us out there and given us an edge; you can’t deny us.” So why have we been able to establish ourselves so well and relatively quickly? Tillman is quick to reference the quality of London’s training facilities. “I always like to feel that we have the best and most creative fashion colleges here; the London College of Fashion [LCF] and of course Central Saint Martins which speaks for itself. We have teaching excellence and graduates who have gone on to become world stars, without even needing the huge finance that some companies and brands do. So I think that’s where we start.” Tillman studied at the LCF from 1962; “the courses are more refined now and the technology is broader but it’s very interesting to walk through it, as I do often, and to feel exactly the same”. He is chair of Fashion Matters, LCF’s fundraising committee, and the annual event is taking place in October, but Tillman won’t give too much away. “It’s going to be an enormously interesting and curated event. It’s something that I truly believe in and we make sure that fashion matters, and that we raise money for scholarships and to help students to get the best opportunity they can by getting qualified.” The industry they will enter is fiercely, both creatively and commercially, competitive but, as Tillman says, London has an ‘edge’ and this can be explained by our centuries-long history of craftsmanship and design, imbuing British fashion with a sense of “elegance”, a quality Tillman mentions several times. “Going into the 19th century, people dressed with perfect sartorial styling, wearing hats and gloves and scarves. Everything was predominantly made here in the UK and of top quality. People dressed to look immaculate; every man

A big win for Tillman, as chair of the British Fashion Council, was the return of Burberry to LFW

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wore a hat, shirt and tie.” The war changed matters, of course, and people were simply wearing whatever they could afford, but with the Swinging Sixties and its music came a fashion “break-out” and “an era of change and relaxation; we could talk about the Beatles, Carnaby Street, the King’s Road. It all changed culturally and people’s mindsets did too, so we had two extremes; Savile Row elegance and hippie flower power. We had Mary Quant, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood. I think this gave London an edge in the world.” This belief in London’s huge potential sowed the seed of Tillman’s main goals at the BFC. “I felt that although we had created some brilliant designers, we’d been relatively obscure to the world. I wanted to say that we deserved to be up with the major countries getting recognised; our designers deserved a better platform. It was my mission to get those brands that had left the UK to show in other countries to realise that they belong back here.” One of the biggest wins here was surely the return of beloved British brand Burberry in 2009, after eight years showing in Milan and following moves back by other heavyweights such as Matthew Williamson, Luella and Vivienne Westwood. At the time, Christopher Bailey, then creative director, said that “it just felt like the right time to do this”. Tillman noticed a better feeling towards LFW building and this is only “getting stronger”; brands want to be seen in London and the media is supporting this, as well as a global drive towards responsible fashion. We explored Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge in our March issue and Tillman has said in the past that “we are all guilty of buying products cheaper than they should be and we as a country have to change our habits”. How should the industry be tackling this issue? “This is something I want to be a part of and I think that the world at large has to recognise it. People will always buy clothes; it’s more about the buyers, suppliers and retail outlets knowing they’ve got to adjust to certain standards. Recycling is important too. We all need to believe in sustainability and colleges are teaching that.” Another passion of Tillman’s concerns the addition of Men’s Collections shows to London. He is particularly pleased about this because he is “a menswear person at heart – I go to shows and sit on the men’s committee. We want to make sure it is an important date on the agenda of buyers and press. That’s why London is as strong it is today; again, it’s all because there is a certain edginess and fearlessness of creative designers who will go out there and just do it.” He doesn’t want to single out specific brands because “there are so many great ones” – he clearly learnt to be extremely objective at the BFC – but in terms of stand-out successes in the past decade, he mentions the usual roll-call of Christopher Kane, Erdem and Mary Katrantzou, as well as the brilliant

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innovation on show at Net-A-Porter, founded by Natalie Massenet, who is the current chair of the BFC. Tillman’s viewpoint of the industry is certainly an interesting one and his involvement over five decades earned him a CBE in 2010. It surprises me how often recipients are completely unaware of the award’s imminent bestowal. “I was in Moscow having breakfast and the person I was with said ‘How nice is that?’ What do you mean? How nice is what? He said: ‘I’ve just had a call – congratulations on your CBE!’ It was in the papers in the UK that morning and I didn’t know about it; you hear murmurs about maybe one day… but I couldn’t believe it. I’ve just been made a freeman of the city, so I can walk my sheep across London Bridge anytime I want to! I’m told that this year only two people got recognised; David Beckham and me.” This is great British company to keep, especially given that a plan B career for Tillman would have been sports pro. “I would have liked to have been a champion at Wimbledon, golf, Formula One. At school the one sport I was really good at was running. I love sport and I’m very competitive. I now play a game called paddle tennis which is very energetic and quite enjoyable. I’m in the gym three times a week too.” This could well account for the youthful energy emanating from a man approaching his 70th birthday. The graduates filtering through onto London’s 21st fashion scene would do well to take a leaf out of Tillman’s book; if they can be as passionate about the industry and dedicated to making their mark then who knows where LFW could be in ten years’ time?


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For garments that are designed to be worn under clothes, La Perla has given a new meaning to lingerie over the past six decades. Bethan Rees finds out how the brand has come such a long way from the porticoes of Bologna Contrary to the definition of lingerie, these garments are not simply something to be hidden under your clothes. This is true for La Perla, at least, the heritage lingerie brand established in Italy in 1954 by Ada Masotti, a stylish, enterprising housewife. This year includes a series of momentous occasions for the Italian lingerie house with its 60th anniversary, the unveiling of its sleek new flagship store on Old Bond Street, featuring a made-tomeasure service, and the launch of the new concept menswear during Pitti Uomo. “Throughout its history, La Perla has become a reference point for women across the world with different styles and backgrounds, but who are joined by a common desire to enhance their femininity,” says Joelle Pellegrin, the European director for the company. Left / La Perla A/W14 collection

But it is La Perla’s beginnings that are the most telling of how lingerie items became true objects of desire. The history of lingerie is peppered with rules of class and politics. At one point, it was reserved for the use of aristocracy and in the 1960s bra burning was the emblem of liberation for women – although it would be a travesty to watch a La Perla creation in smoulders. In 1812, Englishman John Leavers built a machine which produced lace at a quality comparable with delicate handiwork. The British government banned the export of these at the time but three English workers smuggled some of the devices into Calais in France. By the 1820s Calais’ lace workshops were flourishing and it was this material that enthralled Masotti; it would be the only lace she used for future designs. She earned the nickname ‘Golden Scissors’ in the workshop where she trained to be a corsetiere. Growing up in Bologna, she spent her days surrounded by fabric and began her career in one of the city’s many workshops. In 1954, she opened her own atelier with her husband, Tonio, and son, Alberto. “The corsetiere’s trade coursed through her blood; she knew how to create lingerie that made women feel beautiful at the mere thought of wearing it,” says Isabella Cardinali,


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the former editor-in-chief of La Perla Magazine, in Rizzoli’s new tome La Perla: Lingerie & Desire. She delivered her first lingerie sets door-to-door in red velvet-lined suitcases, similar to those used by jewellers, and this is where the brand’s name originated; it is named after the most feminine jewel of all, the pearl. Masotti was a woman who was in tune with fashion trends and embedded these into her designs; her versatility and attention to detail is one of the reasons why La Perla has become such an enduring and successful fashion house. “La Perla has succeeded in creating a strong link between lingerie and clothing,” confirms Pellegrin. When bright colours were all the rage in the 60s, Masotti translated this look into multi-coloured floral and plaid lingerie and entered the world of beachwear in 1965. The 70s saw feminine, loose-fitting designs in lace, silk and sheer fabrics, followed by under jacket bodies of the 80s, made to be seen. It was at this time that women started to recognise that beautiful underwear could be as important as outerwear and La Perla was at the world of elegant lingerie’s forefront. When the 90s arrived, the brand’s campaigns shot dramatic, glamorous, powerful women and the boundary between public and private dress codes was blurred as models took to balconies and gardens in sumptuous lace

corsets. With this came a new form of freedom; women were welcome to expose their lingerie, if it was couture. “Women have a special relationship with lingerie, one of complicity, because it comes into play with intimate, delicate aspects of femininity. La Perla lingerie today is often something that can be worn as outerwear, and our consumers have a further reason to allow themselves that extra something special,” says Pellegrin.

“The corsetiere created lingerie that made women feel beautiful at the mere thought of wearing it” “It has become extremely important in defining any woman’s look. It’s not only the ‘secret’ finishing touch to her style but it also allows her to express her personality and accentuate the best parts of her body. If accessories serve to add that special touch to a woman’s look, then lingerie serves to add a seductive twist,” Pellegrin reveals. La Perla’s global success could be credited to Masotti and the brand’s ability to tailor its collections to consumer needs, with supreme knowledge of the female body and the skills to make a woman feel beautiful, but also to the women who care about what they wear underneath their clothes. The brand, now under the direction of Pacific Global Management Group, continues to uphold Masotti’s legacy. Lingerie will forever be a part of our conscious sartorial decisions for underwear and outerwear; and sometimes it’s just too beautiful to hide. La Perla, 163 Sloane Street; laperla.com

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rranging an interview with a fashion designer is never easy, particularly when London Fashion Week (LFW) is fast approaching. After several weeks of to-ing and fro-ing, I finally managed to lock down the illusive Markus Lupfer but due to his hectic schedule, a phone interview was all he could manage. Answering the phone in his distinctive German accent, I conjure up an image of the jovial-looking designer who apologetically admits that he had, in fact, forgotten all about the interview. However, this I can forgive, not simply because the designer is busy preparing his new collection but mainly because of his warm, light-hearted and friendly manner which immediately wins me over. It is not just Markus’ voice which is distinctive. The London-based designer is renowned for his quirky and individual style, incorporating surreal prints and graphic embellishments into his signature knitwear and daywear. His iconic sequin lips, a design which has reappeared time and again in his collections, have developed a cult following. Markus is currently gearing up to showcase his S/S15 collection but when I ask him what we can expect, he remains tight-lipped. Instead, he talks me through Resort 2015 which was praised for being one of his most sophisticated to date: “What I really wanted was to move forward and to create something with more texture in terms of fabrication so we developed a lot of our own fabrics and materials, creating pieces which are very special and luxurious.” The designer created his own jacquard print which was made richer and more detailed through the use of textured fabrics, including fil coupé that was applied onto dresses,


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bomber jackets and skirts. Elements from the designer’s previous collections, such as his staple slogans, featured but even these had been toned down. His A/W14 collection, on the other hand, was quintessential Markus Lupfer. He incorporated playful prints on jumpers and t-shirts reading Car Boot Sale and One Sandwich Short of a Picnic, in a tongue-in-cheek production which celebrated everything that is English. The German-born designer tells me that he has always wanted to do a line inspired by England and having now lived here for the past 20 years, he felt it was the right time. While he hasn’t spent much time travelling around the UK, preferring to venture abroad whenever he is able to take a holiday, this didn’t stop him from designing a truly nostalgic collection modelled on traditional English activities, such as visiting seaside resorts like Blackpool, having picnics and indulging in a full English breakfast at a local cafe. “I wanted to create something new and modern but with a hint of reminiscence,” he explains. “We therefore studied everyday life in England as well as the photographer Martin Parr [well-known for his documentation of the English social classes].” Markus’ favourite piece is an English rose print dress with a panel cut-out which, he comments, “is really easy to wear but sexy at the same time”. While Markus had moved away from using slogans in his last few collections (feeling that too many designers had jumped on this particular bandwagon), A/W14 signalled a welcome return to them. He remarks confidently: “We still continue to be one step ahead and do them better than anyone else.” However, by drawing on old favourites, the designer has recently been accused by some critics of playing it safe. When I ask him about this, he appears unfazed: “My philosophy is that I want to design something that people really want to wear and love,” he argues, matter-of-factly. “It’s about wearing wonderful garments which are right for you and not about designing things just for the sake of being crazy.” Then again, Markus is noted for his experimental and

witty approach and even implies that the fashion industry can take itself too seriously: “I want to make people feel happy when they wear my clothes,” he states, simply. Markus’ pieces are worn by women of all ages, from Olivia Palermo and Edie Campbell to Anna Friel and Madonna. “I try and cater for everyone so I have women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s wearing my clothes and I love that.” Describing his female muse, Markus paints a universal picture of a woman who “loves fashion, dressing up and being made to feel special and sexy without looking over-the-top.” Saying that, his pieces undoubtedly possess a youthful appeal and I am convinced this is down to the designer himself who gives off a childlike energy and enthusiasm. By the age of 15, Markus knew he wanted to be a fashion designer and he reminisces how he used to be “obsessed” by a German television show as a boy and it was this which first sparked his passion for fashion design. “I remember the lady hosting the programme would draw pieces at her desk and explain what the collection was about. I then remember sending out CVs to Dior, YSL and so many different places and them coming back and saying how I should probably go to college first.” And this is exactly what he did. The designer moved to London at the age of 25 and attended the University of Westminster where he graduated with a degree in Fashion Design in 1997. His final year collection was immediately bought by fashion boutique Koh Samui and he launched his own label a year later. After becoming a regular on the London Fashion Week schedule, Markus was given the role of design director of menswear label Armand Basi, where he worked from 2006 until 2009. He won Designer of the Year at the Prix de la Mode awards in 2008 and has been involved with numerous collaborations with international brands, including Mulberry, Cacharel and Topshop.

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Markus has never been one to follow convention. As such, he has always opted out of catwalk shows in favour of private presentations. The forward-thinking businessman explains why this is motivated from a commercial point of view: “Our focus with the collection is very much on the shop floor, our customer service and working with the likes of Selfridges, Net-a-Porter, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, and so on. It’s essentially about the products and the commercial availability so a presentation feels much more intimate and enables me to talk to the buyers.” While the majority of designers still favour runway shows, Markus says that more and more designers are opting to do private collections as a “more modern way” of presenting their brand. “It’s slowly becoming a movement, not just in London but in Paris and New York. I think it will continue to become more important as fewer people want to see a catwalk show which only lasts 15 minutes so you cannot fully take it in.” Quizzing Markus about what he loves about LFW, he launches into how London’s fashion scene has advanced considerably over the last decade and it has become a key player. The designer puts this down to the strength of the British Fashion Council and its unswerving support for up-and-coming designers. “What’s really incredible is, number one, how it’s moved on in the last ten to 15 years. It has become so established and the strength of London Fashion Week and British fashion has increased dramatically. There is now a balance between creativity and creating a portal for business whereas 15 years ago, there was more of a focus on creative. There’s also huge support for designers in Britain which a lot of other countries just don’t have. It’s special and unique.” Markus represents the next generation of designers who not only exhibit exceptional talent but also entrepreneurial flair. He continues to collaborate with highprofile brands, the most recent being Linda Farrow on a range of A/W14 sunglasses. The designer is always looking at the bigger picture and has plans to open his own store in the next couple of years. When I ask him what he would have liked to have achieved in his lifetime, he answers: “It would be really amazing if people were to say, ‘if you want to buy anything, go to Markus Lupfer’.” For once, we’re already one step ahead of you, Markus. markuslupfer.com

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Moves like Jagger For her A/W14 accessories collection, British fashion designer Jenny Packham was influenced by 1970s socialite Bianca Jagger who was known in her day for being an avid follower of the New York party scene. The designer commented that she admires “women who style themselves with integrity and wit – Bianca was the queen of mindful dressing…” Oversized cuffs, head-turning necklaces and dramatic rings in rich tones of cyan and royal blue, contrasted with lighter shades of topaz and aquamarine, make up the Bianca collection, while statement necklaces featuring jewelled tones, multicoloured headbands and silk champagne organza belts complete the accompanying Solaris collection. Jenny Packham Accessories Boutique 34 Elizabeth Street SW1W 9NZ jennypackham.com

Cutting Edge Each piece from the Archi Dior collection, shown at this year’s Paris Couture Week, has been attributed to an iconic line or Haute Couture gown. Designer Victoire de Castellane has used the concept of architectural design to transform fabric into precious stones and High Fashion into High Jewellery:

“I wanted to create each piece just like the dresses Christian Dior designed with an architect’s eye, as if the jewels were sculpted, flounced, pleated, belted or draped fabrics… These are pieces of jewellery which take to the catwalk as if they were ballgowns” - Victoire de Castellane dior.com

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Café Society At Paris Couture Week, Chanel unveiled its latest haute joaillerie collection, Café Society. A departure from previous collections based around signature house symbols such as the lion, the camellia and the star, the new 81-piece line instead embraces the avant garde and creative world of Paris’ ‘Café Society’ during the 20th century and combines cutting-edge, geometric shapes, diverse colours using an array of precious gemstones and contrasting materials including white gold, rock crystal, onyx and black spinel. Sadly, you will have to wait a little longer to get your hands on this collection as it doesn’t become available in UK stores until next May. chanel.com

Great Mysteries Jacques Arpels, founder of historic French jewellery maison Van Cleef & Arpels, was once quoted as saying: “Our aim is to offer excellence in all that we do”. And for over a century, this is exactly what it has done. One of the most recognised names in haute joaillerie, Van Cleef & Arpels has continuously succeeded in effortlessly fusing elegance, sophistication and beauty since it was first established in 1906. Now art historian and journalist Bérénice Geoffroy-Schneiter has charted the history of the jeweller and its most famous pieces, revealing the mystery behind its patented gem-setting technique, Serti Mystérieux (mystery setting) in her new book, available from September. Van Cleef & Arpels by Bérénice GeoffroySchneiter, £19 assouline.com


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In the weeks leading up to the opening of her New Bond Street store, I meet Jade Jagger to preview her new limited edition jewellery collection, Neverending, in collaboration with online luxury marketplace 1stdibs. Unsurprisingly, there have been numerous articles written about the daughter of Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger and his first wife Bianca, some of which have been less than flattering, portraying her as a bit of a diva (to put it mildly). Entering the showroom, I immediately spot Jade; her striking features inherited from both parents are hard to miss. Heavily pregnant (she gave birth to a baby boy just a month after our interview) and being a warm day in May, most women in Jade’s shoes would not have welcomed a day being grilled by press but this doesn’t seem to faze her. Appearing effortlessly stylish in a loose-fitting top covering her baby bump, jeans and ballet pumps, she briefly shakes my hand before going back to setting up her jewellery stand. When we eventually sit down to chat, Jade jokes how she is taking a seat on her throne and the air is instantly lightened. The jewellery designer’s latest collection is one of several but signals her first partnership with 1stdibs.com. Despite being founded in Paris, the online retailer has always considered New York home, having relocated there two years after it was established. It was the perfect fit for Jade who is not shy in telling me that she finds it impossible to move away from her childhood “halcyon days” in 1970s New York, when she would hang out in The Factory with her mother’s close friend Andy Warhol. “I can’t get away from my heritage. My work always seems to end up being a throwback to the 70s and this has very much become part of my intrinsic style.” Studying the 30-piece collection of statement ruby, sapphire and chrysophrase rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets, it’s easy to trace this influence. Jade’s craftsmen are based in Jaipur and the pieces possess a bohemian feel (characteristic of 70s jewellery); the majority of the stones, locally and ethically sourced, are set in 18-karat yellow gold and embellished with traditional Indian enamel work and diamonds, mirroring the artistry of the maharajas. Jade is also inspired by art and architecture. She developed a love of drawing when her father was gifted one of the first Macintosh computers by Steve Jobs and this love was then nurtured by Warhol. In the late 1980s, after studying painting in Florence, she worked as an artist and held several successful exhibitions before setting up her own jewellery line, Jade Inc. She comments: “I’m probably more art-based from my design and artistic backgrounds. I started out making my own paint from pigments such as lapis lazuli and these techniques slowly developed into my jewellery.” She is also the founder of interior design company, Jade Jagger for yoo, and this again makes her an ideal collaborator with 1stdibs, a brand which specialises in

antique furniture and fine art, among other things. Each piece within the Neverending collection features strong, graphic lines and geometric design elements. Saying that, Jade deems it impossible to define exactly where her inspiration comes from: “I do believe it has a kind of magical quality. My ideas don’t necessarily come from a research perspective. They evolve.” Having worked in jewellery for 20 years, Jade considers herself a jewellery designer first and foremost but acknowledges that her design background plays a significant part: “All the things I do share a lot of qualities: the use of colour, graphics and a sense of modernity throughout. It applies across the board.” While the collection is edgy and contemporary in many ways, it also possesses a sense of timelessness. After setting up Jade Inc., in 2000 the designer was snapped up by Asprey & Garrard where she worked as creative director for seven years. She is credited with creating some of the house’s most iconic collections, including Wings which remains a bestseller. Jade has been noted for her slightly rock ’n’ roll style, incorporating motifs such as disco balls, skulls and arrows. However, over the years, this has evolved and the latest collection is a reflection of her maturity as a fine jewellery designer. The whole process of designing Neverending has taken years and Jade is still adding new pieces, hence the name. Fortunately, being a mother of three has meant she has mastered the art of patience. “Having children and working in business makes you understand how good things come to those who wait,” she says, smiling. While Neverending highlights Jade’s own evolution as a designer, it is still very much in keeping with her signature style. Each piece has a natural confidence and charisma, qualities which I believe to be indicative of the designer herself. Jade has always loved working with semi-precious stones and the first piece she created for Neverending was the emerald ring. “I often start with rings because I can’t help myself,” she remarks, excitedly. Later this year, Jade plans to release a Flower collection, as well as continuing to work on her newly-launched Ibiza range. The gold-plated line of jewellery is part of the designer’s more affordable range and demonstrates her love of the Mediterranean island where she has spent many happy years and currently has a home. Leaving the interview, I can’t help but think it must never be a dull moment when you’re in the presence of Jade Jagger. Neverending by Jade Jagger is available from 3 September 1stdibs.com jadejagger.co.uk

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1 Sunburst crystal necklace, £840, Oscar de la Renta, 130 Mount Street 2 Silver-plated Swarovski crystal bow ring, £180, Miu Miu, net-a-porter.com 3 Thorn long finger ring set in 18-carat white gold with black diamonds, £12,400, Stephen Webster, stephenwebster.com 4 Forest single ring, POA, As29, as29.com 5 Zelia necklace in silver, £515, Jenny Packham, jennypackham.com 6 Crystal flower choker, £895, Alexander McQueen, alexandermcqueen.com 7 Pavé teardrop earrings, £420, Oscar de la Renta, as before 8 Vintage lace cuff, £624, Aurelie Bidermann, farfetch.com 9 Superstone open ring set in sterling silver with white mother-of-pearl, £350, Stephen Webster, as before 10 Kalmia crystal bracelet, £182, Jenny Packham, as before 11 Black diamond lace cuff in 18-carat white gold with black rhodium, £24,000, Georgina Skan, georginaskan.com 12 Granada collection earrings, £22,814, Sylva & Cie, farfetch.com 13 Wing of Desire earring, £34,000, Jessica McCormack, jessicamccormack.com 14 Lady Stardust Crystal Haze ring set in 18-carat white gold with hematite and white diamonds, £7,400, Stephen Webster, as before

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Tudor Returns Enthusiasts need no longer trip to the Continent to procure one of their preferred Tudor timepieces. Re-entering the UK market after an 11-year hiatus, the brand’s watches will be available in 102 stores from this autumn. Our pick of the new collection? The Heritage Chrono Blue (£3,010) – a watch whose original 1973 incarnation now sells at auction for more than £20,000. The modern day version features a case that’s grown from 40mm to 42mm and a dial that now possesses three-dimensional hour markers. Tudor-generated waves will be rippling through the affordable watch market from 19 September. Watch this space for more news. tudorwatch.com

One to Watch Each month we select our timepiece of the moment from the watch world’s most exciting creations:

It’s one the most iconic watches from one of the most iconic of watchmakers. This particular version of Patek Philippe’s Nautilus comes with a 60-minute counter and dual time zone mechanism, indicating both local time and the time at home Nautilus 5990/1A-001, £38,560, Patek Philippe, patek.com

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Four is the Magic Number Until last year, the best that watchmakers had come up with to counteract the effects of gravity on a watch’s precision was the tourbillon – a device that places a timepiece’s escapement and balance wheel in a rotating cage. Then Roger Dubuis presented the Excalibur Quatuor, the first timepiece to incorporate four sprung balances. By working in pairs, the sprung balances (the mechanism that provides a watch its pulse) compensate for the rate variations caused by changes in position. In watchmaking terms, the Excalibur Quatuor is one of the 21st century’s most significant innovations. The original certainly turned heads and its latest interpretation – cast in titanium black DLC – is likely to do so even more. Excalibur Quatuor in titanium black DLC, £312,800 Available at Harrods and Selfridges

WIN Two tickets to a premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® To celebrate being the official time partner of the BFI and BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®, taking place 8-19 October, IWC Schaffhausen is giving away two tickets to one of the festival’s red carpet premieres. To win the pair of tickets, email your name and telephone number to competitions@runwildgroup.co.uk with BFI London Film Festival in the subject line. The closing date for entries is 28 September 2014. Tickets only valid for a film screening within the 2014 BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®. Film screening to be determined. Tickets are non-transferable. The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 or over and closes at 23:59 on 28 September 2014.The screening tickets are complimentary, carry no cash value and must not be re-sold. Employees and directors of IWC Schaffhausen and Runwild Media Group and their subsidiaries and affiliates, agents, dealers and their immediate family or household members are not eligible to enter. The winner of the prize must be willing to be photographed and published on official public media. IWC may revise the terms of this promotion from time to time and reserves the right to change.


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With 40 stores stretching the length of the country, Fraser Hart has been busy carving out a niche in the luxury watch and jewellery sector. Roger Baker talks brands, business and burgeoning times with company CEO Noel Coyle It’s fair to say that Noel Coyle has had a varied career. The man who now sits at the helm of Fraser Hart (and the Anthony Nicholas Group which owns it) has at various points worked in oil exploration, television and video production and FMCGs, before arriving in the watch and jewellery industry more than 20 years ago. CEO of Fraser Hart for the last seven years, Coyle has overseen a dramatic expansion, opening 10 stores across the country during a time when the economy was struggling with recession. Coyle splits his time between London and his home town of Dublin. You acquired Fraser Hart in 2007. What made it such an attractive acquisition? It gave us an entry into the UK market and into a different level of business, the higher-end watch and jewellery sector. We saw a gap in the market, an opportunity to build on the strong base that Fraser Hart already had to create a unique retail

environment with the best brands and the highest customer service standards, a level the larger multiple retailers could not reach. What distinguishes Fraser Hart from other watch and jewellery retailers? Essentially it’s about the service. We aim to be at the heart of every celebration. People in our industry are generally buying presents for life milestones or celebrations – significant events in people’s lives. Everything we do comes back to this. We make sure we have the best product selection and provide store environments and a level of service that really comes through to our customers. You managed to expand during a recession. How? We were able to trade reasonably well through the recession. The high-end watch sector stayed particularly resilient. I think it’s facing more challenges now, in the last six months, which is kind of contrary to what you would possibly think. We continued to open stores and stick to our model because the opportunity was there. We didn’t open as many stores as we would have foreseen back in 2007 but everything else fitted in in the way we expected it to. We still opened 10 stores during that period, which is very reasonable for a business of our size. What accounts for the dip the industry has witnessed over the last six months? Central London seems to have been affected by a


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reduction in Chinese spending. I think the consistency in higher-end watch brand purchases has not been as strong in the last six months. The economy is on the up and sometimes that results in people looking over what they’re spending on, particularly when it comes to luxury spends. People start considering other areas of high spend that they have deferred for many years. This may cause a temporary blip in spending patterns but overall the luxury watch sector continues to be strong. What will be the next biggest changes to the industry? The strongest five or six brands will continue getting stronger. There will be more consolidation. Some brands are moving towards mono-brand stores which, as a multi-brand retailer, causes us challenges. We also need to prepare and adapt for continued changes in multichannel retailing. What percentage of your business is watch related? About 40 per cent of our business now is watches. We have a very strong diamond and bridal offer in addition to jewellery from leading international brands and our own exclusive lines. Which watch brand do you sell most of? Quantity-wise, Michael Kors. It’s been a phenomenon. In terms of luxury watches our biggest selling brand is Rolex. How do luxury brands successfully engage with social media? Brands need to learn not to be afraid of it, and not look at it as some kind of downmarket or volume market trend. We use social media to engage with our customers, to listen to their feedback and communicate product launches, events and developments. Our presence on social media sites is an integral part of our multi-channel business. What percentage of your watches do you sell online? It’s less than ten per cent; but that’s the same case for everybody. The online average for the watch and jewellery industry is around seven or eight per cent. Fashion probably sells more like 20 per cent online – but

that’s understandable because it’s a different product. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken in business? Acquiring Fraser Hart, but it was also the highlight of my career. When we acquired the business it was bigger than our existing operation. It was a new market that we didn’t operate in, with a new set of product challenges. It was a risk but there have been huge rewards. What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? I’ve made plenty. The thing is to identify [mistakes] and correct them; find new opportunities. Business moves so fast, meaning that you have to make decisions quickly. If you don’t, you get left behind. Which watch brand would you never stock? We have to look at what our product offering is and what fits into our portfolio. We can’t stock every brand. It’s about concentrating on the ones with the best representation in each particular segment. The thing you are most scared of is… Our biggest challenge is to maintain our niche and our relevance in the retail market in the face of continued consolidation and multi -channel developments. It’s also our biggest opportunity as we have, and will continue to develop, a fantastic team of people throughout every area of the business, driving Fraser Hart to ever higher standards. Which watch do you wear? At the moment a Rolex Daytona, but whatever collection I look at, I find a watch I want to wear. Where will Fraser Hart be in five years’ time? We will have grown by hopefully another 15 stores. We should be operating within the top 75 to 100 locations in the UK. We will be truly multi-channel, still providing outstanding service to our customers in every area. Fraser Hart, Westfield White City, W12 7GD fraserhart.co.uk

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Here Come the Girls Perhaps it’s the way she wears her hair or her alluring stance as she strides into a room. Whatever it is, she is the enigma, the femme fatale whom the Little Black Gallery idolises in its latest exhibition, Girls! Girls! Girls! Taking centre stage this month, the exhibition will showcase more than 50 images of some of the most celebrated and beautiful women of the 20th and 21st centuries, images taken by the world’s most renowned photographers, including Roxanne Lowit, Marco Glaviano and Norman Parkinson. From 90s supermodels Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer to modern days muses Rachel Weisz and Dita Von Teese, these are the women forever enshrined as the faces, and bodies, of our generation. Girls! Girls! Girls! 16 September – 25 October thelittleblackgallery.com

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If it’s pink laces or blue suede you’re after then enter shoe heaven this month at the Kensington Shoe Event, which has been showcasing shoes by the finest European designers and manufacturers since it launched in 2001. Organised by shoe agent Renato de Angelis, there is a pair to suit every mood and the event will play host to a wide variety of styles, with many having been created by shoe artisans from Spain and Italy. Taking place in the Kensington Close Hotel, the venue provides a relaxed and easy setting for buyers to navigate. Once you’re finally shoe-d out, head to the hotel’s Lounge Bar for a much-needed cocktail. Kensington Close Hotel, Wrights Lane 7-9 September thekensingtonshoeevent.co.uk

An Affair to Remember Following in the footsteps of legendary couples Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and Antony and Cleopatra, were Jane and Serge; the captivating and scandalising love affair between French musician Serge Gainsbourg and English rose actress Jane Birkin was much publicised in the 1970s. This has been revived by photographer, and brother of Jane Birkin, Andrew Birkin, who is sharing his sister’s turbulent love story at the Proud Chelsea gallery in a series of intimate images which show the couple behind closed doors, spanning their 12-year relationship. Andrew Birkin is an English writer and film director, best known for writing the BBC’s trilogy of films, The Lost Boys, about the Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie. Jane & Serge by Andrew Birkin, 11 September – 26 October Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Road, SW3; proud.co.uk

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Top Drawer This London event is essential for aspiring fashion moguls wanting to get their foot in the door and take the fashion world by storm. Bringing together under the grand arches of London Olympia more than 800 British and international suppliers and designer-makers, Top Drawer is London’s largest design-led gift trade event. Taking place as we enter the autumn/winter season, this is the perfect opportunity to spy the latest trends and launches. This year also marks the arrival of Home, the homewares and accessories event alongside Top Drawer. Top Drawer, 14-16 September topdrawer.co.uk

Making of a Master Escape into the romantic and picturesque world of English landscape painter John Constable as the V&A reveals the hidden stories behind the creation of his most memorable works in a new exhibition, Constable: The Making of the Master. Commencing this September, it will showcase more than 150 of his masterpieces, including oil sketches, drawings, watercolours and engravings. The V&A has been the prime location for Self portrait, John Constable (1799-1804) Constable research since the 19th century, © The National Gallery London after an assortment of his works was generously donated by his daughter Isabel in 1888; the museum is now taking this relationship a step further and exploring how the fusion of old classical techniques with English Romanticism resulted in an artistic legacy. 20 September – 11 January 2015 vam.ac.uk

Fighting Fit Whether it’s swimming, cardio or Pilates, the Chelsea Sports Centre can cater for all following a £1.36 million refurbishment programme by the Royal Borough Council. Residents can reap the benefits with a much larger, state-of-the-art gym, now offering a group exercise studio and changing rooms. With the refurbishment having been completed six weeks ahead of schedule, more than 70 new exercise machines, varying from treadmills and cross trainers to bikes and rowing machines, are now available for locals to use, along with activities suitable for all age groups. Sign up to become a member either at the centre’s renovated reception area or online. Chelsea Sports Centre, Chelsea Manor Street, SW3 To sign up, visit better.org.uk/chelsea

The Hay Wain, 1821, John Constable © The National Gallery London, 2014

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Rise of the Guardians Globally renowned sculptor Xavier Mascaró brings his army of protectors to the Saatchi Gallery with the Guardians series. Standing solid at almost 10 feet tall and made of robust iron, Mascaró's works evoke strong medieval themes which possess a mysterious quality to them. Debuted at the Palais Royal in Paris in 2008, his implementation of art history is primary, drawing on elements from ancient cultures he considers so far removed from our own. The exhibition will also display work from the artist’s Departure collection, showcasing sweeping ships reminiscent of remnants from a long lost shipwreck. 3 September – 5 October saatchigallery.com

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Charity Appeal Guests recently gathered at the House of Commons as culture Minister Ed Vaizey set into motion a charity appeal to transform the experience of A&E for 140,000 patients at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The event emphasised how much the world of art and culture have an underlying impression on both physical and mental health. With aims to raise £600,000, those in attendance heard from musician and artist Brian Eno, Chief Nurse & Director of Quality at the Hospital Elizabeth McManus and patron of the appeal, Hugh Grant, each of whom expressed the positive effects of injecting artistic culture to help to ease what could be a traumatising experience. To donate to Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity’s A&E appeal, visit justgiving.com/CWAE

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Across the Seven Seas The Royal Geographical Society presents Living Dangerously: An Evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, as the intrepid adventurer visually illustrates his most daring voyages and the challenges he faced on a day-to-day basis. Widely acknowledged as the greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph’s treks have included completing the first 7x7x7 (seven marathons within seven days across all seven continents) and crossing the Antarctic and the Arctic Ocean. As well as sharing his fascinating experiences, so too does Fiennes touch on life beyond travelling, his weak heart and 34 years of happy marriage. All ticket proceeds will be aided to The Urology Foundation and its research into cancers and diseases of the bladder, kidneys and testes. Living Dangerously: An Evening with Sir Ranulph Fiennes, 16 September Tickets £25 each Royal Geographical Society, Kensington Gore rgs.org

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The top sopranos have sung and the best musicians have played during the global extravaganza which welcomes musical talents from across the world. While the BBC Proms draws to an eventual close this month, they’re saving the best for last with the final four nights taking place in September. As Rufus Wainwright serenades us after nightfall on 11 September, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 returns to its traditional slot on the penultimate night, both in preparation for the classical music festival’s grand finale. The night of the 13 September will consist of two performances, one on home ground as the festival bids farewell in a classical manner to another year, and the other in the open-air at Hyde Park, featuring a more eclectic choice of music. Last Night of the Proms 13 September royalalberthall.com

Craft of the Photograph With an industry saturated in digital photographs constantly being cropped, cut and retouched, the Michael Hoppen Gallery has decided to look back at more traditional forms of photography in a new display. Negativeless will feature an eclectic mix of photographs produced without negatives and spanning across centuries, from rare 19th century daguerreotypes and the approach used on these early methods to their contemporary counterparts. Among the artists being included is Richard Learoyd, an apprentice of the technique who created photographs without negatives by using the most basic form of photography, the camera obscura, and assimilating old and new technology to produce images with a voyeuristic quality. The exhibition will see the short revival of an art thought to be all but a distant memory. Negativeless 19 September – 24 October michaelhoppengallery.com

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The Power of Summer

Move over South Bank; there’s a cool new riverside hang-out in town. Battersea Power Station and Everyman Cinemas, in association with Heineken, have created a pop-up experience that is unique in London and that’s no mean feat. Yes, there are other places that serve great food – here it’s courtesy of Street Feast and its food traders, including Le Bun, Spit & Roast, Popdogs and Mama’s Jerk. Yes, there’s a bar, and even a Prosecco & Oyster Bar for those with a sophisticated palate. It’s the location that is quite spectacular and entirely unique; the venue is at the base of the iconic towers of the Battersea Power Station and flanked on the other side by the River Thames. Choose from two or four person pods in the outdoor cinema, and make the most of the waiter service, or one of the comfortable bean bags then sit back and enjoy whichever classic or modern film that’s playing. The Power of Summer ends on 31 August so catch it while you can.

Anonymous portrait of a woman, Daguerreotype, c.1830 © Michael Hoppen Gallery

Until 31 August The park is open from 4pm daily. General admission is free Monday-Wednesday and before 6pm on Thursdays/ Fridays and £4 after 6pm and on weekends batterseapowerstation.co.uk

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Talking Shop Nathalie Gaveau, the Chelsea-based founder of the world’s largest social shopping app, Shopcade, speaks to Alice Blunt about the changing face of fashion retail The RETAIL landscape is evolving. With more of us looking to the internet for our shopping needs, fashion brands are faced with the dilemma of how to engage with consumers. According to e-commerce entrepreneur Nathalie Gaveau, the answer lies in social media. Heralded as one of the most successful female e-commerce entrepreneurs in Europe, French-born Nathalie is one of the brains behind PriceMinister, the French equivalent of eBay, which she set up with business partner Pierre Kosciusko-Morizet. After selling the company to Rakuten in 2010 for €200 million, the insatiable businesswoman searched for her next project. One year later, Nathalie launched Shopcade, a start-up app based in Notting Hill. Shopcade puts the user in the driver’s seat and allows them to drive content by creating their own personalised shopping page via Facebook or Twitter. Housing 150,000 retail brands, from high street to up-and-coming labels as well as luxury department stores, the app currently attracts one million mobile users and 2.5 million new site visitors per month.

How did you come up with the concept for Shopcade? Nathalie: I already had experience in e-commerce through PriceMinister, which was all about getting the best prices online. When I was working in Hong Kong, I saw the growth of social networks and the change in the web in terms of transforming the relationship between consumers and brands. The first stage involved the brand talking to the user but then from 2006, users and editors started becoming the influencers. I realised the need to build a multi-brand environment and that’s why I called it Shopcade because it stands for shopping arcade and is a virtual space where people are not just consumers but drive the content. Think of it like a bespoke magazine. You have several high profile investors, including Apple, the BBC and Kingfisher. Did you find it difficult getting them on board? It’s never easy because investors may believe in your vision but that’s not everything; they want to be


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persuaded that you’re going to execute it well, that you’ll have a team which will stick together and that you’re going to be able to hire the best people and retain them. I was fortunate in that I had already worked with a lot of my investors, such as Christian Morin, who was on the board of PayPal, and BBC director-general Tony Hall. What do you predict is the future of e-commerce and social shopping apps? In two years’ time, mobiles will account for 19 per cent of online transactions; 70 per cent of people buying fashion are doing it online and the numbers keep growing. We’re currently building a part in the app which has a global payment solution and this will soon become the norm. Do you have any role models? At the beginning of Shopcade, I was following Mark Zuckerberg and the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales. I also admire Natalie Massenet and Sheryl Sandberg; they both have a strong voice for female entrepreneurs. In terms of fashion, I love Stella McCartney and being French, obviously Yves Saint Laurent and his whole vision for women. Which are your favourite mobile apps? Shopcade of course! I’m on it all the time. I use a lot of taxi apps like Hailo and Uber, and Google Maps. I have a few geeky apps as well, like analytics to check how many people are on Shopcade. I have all the shopping apps you can imagine.

to just do the planning and research but also to meet the consumers. You also have to be organised and focus on the essential points because if, like me, you have children and a company to run, you have a lot of responsibilities. That’s why I think women are naturally better managers because we have to multi-task.

Nathalie’s A/W14 Trend Predictions • Look out for teaming and layering of matching fabrics (jackets, trousers, dresses, scarves) offset by various textures, including shearling, quilting, treated leathers and fringing • Geometric and fluid shapes in intense colours: think cobalt, bright orange and tomato red • I’m personally excited to try out the sport luxe trainers, which will come through in a variety of styles • Animal prints will make great accent pieces on coats, handbags and shoes • At Shopcade, we love the 90s references in bomber jackets, slogan tops, exposed midriffs and chokers. shopcade.com

Is the majority of your shopping done online? Yes, 200 per cent. I have no time to go out and shop, and it’s something I enjoy in the evening when I’m on my iPad. I know the type of brands I like so it’s easy. For my kids, I buy everything online. What do you like about living in Chelsea? I know everybody who lives in my neighbourhood. My neighbours are the nicest; the other day they couldn’t make it to a piano concert so they rang me up and said; ‘Nathalie, do you want to go?’ You have everything here, restaurants, cinemas, shops and schools, so the quality of life is amazing. It’s also very international; I have friends from France who’ve now moved to this area. You mentor for Seedcamp and often give talks on fashion and technology. What advice would you give to a young female entrepreneur? If they have a good project, they need to stop talking about it and just do it. Secondly, it’s essential never

Above/ Cobalt blue Hari backpack by Grafea; Bi-colour shearling coat by Drome; Animal print espadrilles by Mother of Pearl. All items can be purchased via Shopcade

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New Sensations at the V&A The word choreography is usually associated with dance but not when used by the very creative Barber and Osgerby, the innovative team that designed the London 2012 Olympic Torch, examples of B&B Italia furniture and The Royal Mint’s commemorative London Underground coin, to name but a few. This time it has collaborated with BMW to create a huge, suspended, mirrored sculpture in the V&A’s Raphael Gallery. Aided by very technical, choreographed movements, it will distort the images of the Raphael cartoons and the Gallery’s architecture, no doubt causing a sensation with the visiting public as they become entranced by it and lose their equilibrium; this installation is bound to be one of the London Design Festival’s highlights. Although entitled Precision & Poetry in Motion, such an extraordinary, kinetic sculpture could easily be described by that famous old BMW advertising slogan, Vorsprung durch Technik: advancement through technology. Precision & Poetry in Motion, London Design Festival 2014 13-21 September; londondesignfestival.com

Double Space for BMW by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby

with artist Jennifer McRae about her upcoming Thackeray Gallery exhibition Q: What is the background to your awardwinning painting, Conversations with Duncan? A: It came about having met Duncan on several occasions; he’s an amusing, very intelligent man and a former (since retired) Keeper of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, writer and critic. As he sat over a period of a few months, we had the most entertaining conversations and as these were more often than not about art, artists – the art world per se – with a little gossip thrown in for good measure, the background began to form itself and grow with images from around my studio space that directly related to subjects we had discussed. Q: Were the Ondaatje Prize and Gold Medal for it a surprise? What has resulted from them? A: A complete surprise and greatly appreciated, naturally. The painting was hard work so the result from a highly respected body of artists and judges was fantastic for me. I am already on a couple of shortlists so the Ondaatje will do no harm in that respect. I find, no matter what, there are people who are right for me who find me, usually resulting in two or three

Q: Will you have portraiture alone or other genres in the exhibition? A: When I paint I am free to paint what I wish to, so it is kept fresh and exciting for me. I am drawn to still life, landscape and more inventive compositional works that allow for experimentation, so I tend to move around subject matter as well as painting media (oil or watercolour). It’s all about discovering and, at times, being a little outside of the familiar so the exhibition will contain aspects of all these areas.

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commissions a year. Portrait commissions are intense projects and command a good amount of serious time. However, they are incredibly fascinating and each one is a completely unique experience.

Q: What do you consider to be the highlights of the exhibition? A: I tend to take more of an overall critical view of a body of work. Exhibition work seems to be immersed as a group in an experience. Travel has been at the root of some of the works so my highlights are more the memory of the experiences themselves, in turn leaving behind a permanent painting. Jennifer McRae RSA: Fact and Fantasy 9-26 September thackeraygallery.com

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ART ANTIQUES Chelsea at its Dazzling Best It is not just the dazzling location but also the dazzling artefacts that give the Chelsea Antiques Fair its magnetic appeal. Added to that is the ideal timing of the event which always manages to raise our spirits at that pivotal moment when we reluctantly wave goodbye to carefree holidays and long summer days. There will be 40 specialist dealers bringing handpicked paintings, jewellery, furniture, silver, glass and ceramics to delight every one of us, whether we visit as committed collectors, connoisseurs or casual customers relishing an inspirational day out. Highlights will include a glass rabbit by the legendary Lalique (right) and a vase of iris design by the great Gallé (M&D Moir); a superb marine painting by Richard Firth of racing yachts that include Britannia (Baron Fine Art); a vintage poster by the collectable Franz Griessler (Barclay Samson); and a stunning, 18th century Japanned commode (Brookes-Smith). Check the website for details of the new guided tours around the Fair that provide opportunities to learn more about the dealers and their prize artefacts. There is no ticket price for the tours but any donations will go to the Children’s Hospital Trust Fund (Chelsea & Westminster Hospital). The Chelsea Antiques Fair, 18-21 September penman-fairs.co.uk

From top/ Glass rabbit by Lalique; Brittania, Lulworth, Candida & Cambria Racing off Hunter’s Quay on the Clyde by Richard Firth

Bewitched, Bedazzled, Bewildered Rebecca Campbell’s paintings reveal her multifaceted love affair with India and Pakistan. It has been a bewitching, 25-year long relationship and its character has left its mark, which Campbell transposes from her head and heart onto her canvases. Visiting such vast and varied places has brought her into contact with a plethora of people, wildlife, landscapes, sights and smells, much of which is recorded in paint in this solo show at the Jonathan Cooper Gallery. Here is an artist with the unusual ability to paint great detail as competently as bigger, bolder scenes but she adds handfuls of humour to this fascinating mix which results in a very distinctive style of work. Good examples are Chai, a landscape featuring a terraced tea plantation but with a parent and baby elephant trampling nonchalantly across it, and in Life at Lodi we have a captivating, symmetrical and decorative assembly of the area’s key features that make me instantly think of those detailed, jewel-like Indian carpets. Bewitched, Bedazzled, Bewildered, 10-27 September jonathancooper.co.uk

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Collectable Ken Howard Painting by Royal Academician Ken Howard (b. 1932), Girl in a White Dress, signed Ken Howard (lower right), oil on canvas, 61 x 51cm Estimate: £4,000-6,000 Auction: Modern British and Irish Art Date: 16 September Location: Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1HH bonhams.com

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Satirist, fanatic or proto-Surrealist? As TASCHEN releases a new tome exploring the wonderful world and work of Hieronymus Bosch, Jack Watkins explores the method in his madness with author Stefan Fischer

His name conjures up images of some madcap inventor. The figures that populate his pictures are not those you’d expect from any ordinary mind or from the brush of some safe, conventional Renaissance painter. His exploration of the world of dreams and nightmares, and his bizarre portrayals of physical grotesques and demons, could still trouble sensitive souls today. No wonder Hieronymus Bosch has been called “the most fascinating and puzzling painter in history”. It’s no surprise either, given that there are so few hard facts on his life – a common difficulty for art historians working on practitioners of the 15th century and earlier – that he has been the subject of many highly contentious theories. Some say he was a satirist who scorned conventional religion, a practitioner of witchcraft and alchemy, and an advocate of free love. Others maintain that he was a religious fanatic, fixated by guilt and the original sin. Some, with no grasp of the mind of medieval man, have even called him a proto-Surrealist, a diabolically-obsessed medieval forerunner of Salvador Dalí. A sumptuous new book, Hieronymus Bosch: Complete Works published by TASCHEN, attempts to place Bosch in his proper context, ahead of the approach of the 500th anniversary of his death in 1516 (his date of birth is unknown but thought to have been around 1450; the name Hieronymus is derived from ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Dutch city where he lived and worked.) The book

is lavishly illustrated with images of Bosch’s recently restored paintings, of which, along with eight drawings, only 20 can be confidently assigned to his hand. The book’s author Stefan Fischer, who specialises in Netherlandish paintings of the 16th and 17th centuries, says he has “no doubt” that Bosch takes a very high ranking among artists of that time. “He was so inventive and stood at the beginning of certain developments in painting at the start of the 16th century, like landscape and genre painting, but also in depicting things in a

This book is lavishly illustrated with images of Bosch’s recently restored paintings satirical way. He refused to paint in the idealising manner, using the harmonic proportions of most painters of the time, like Jan Van Eyck, Dürer, or the Italians.” Was he, as some have opined, the greatest artist of fantasy that there has ever been? “He could be,” replies Stefan. “Many in the 16th century or later tried to copy him, or were inspired by his pictures. He always surprises you with the combinations in his imagery. His landscapes manage to be at once familiar, and yet dreamlike, with a strange sense of wilderness.”

Opposite/ The Haywain, c. 1510–1515 © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN

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However, anyone buying the book – priced at £99.99, no less – hoping for some truck with the more sensationalist claims about Bosch will be disappointed. For Stefan, the message in the paintings is, surely, a moral and spiritual one. “This was a time of important changes in the Christian religion. There were many

“He always surprises you with the combinations in his imagery. His landscapes manage to be at once familiar, and yet dream-like, with a strange sense of wilderness” critics, humanists and also clerics, who wanted to follow a more psychological and moral-based way of practicing their religious beliefs, and everyday living. Bosch painted positive and negative ways of behaving. He wanted to show us how to live better.” That makes sense, given that the thriving middle class town of ‘s-Hertogenbosch had many religious houses which were following more ascetic, personal forms of religious devotion in a period when the Roman

Catholic establishment was coming under criticism for its wealth, and the worldliness and corruption of many holders of high ecclesiastical office. By the time he was in his late 30s, Bosch himself was a member of one of these orders, the Brotherhood of Our Lady, and he received numerous commissions from them. This also opened the door to other useful social contacts among Dutch courtiers and nobles. Bosch’s most celebrated and enigmatic work, The Garden of Earthly Delights was probably a private commission, coming to reside in the palace of the Regent of the Netherlands, Henry III of Nassau, an enthusiastic collector of art, not long after its completion between 1510 and 1516. An enormous seven foot high work in triptych form, its left panel shows Paradise, in the form of the Garden of Eden, as God presents Eve to Adam. The garden is inhabited by richly coloured plants, birds and animals – including unicorns – and most striking of all, has a strange, impossibly fanciful pink water fountain. The fantastic imagery is laid on even more thickly in the central panel. Giant birds and fruits are depicted larger than the cavorting humans, in a metaphor for life given over to avarice and the pursuit of pleasure. The right panel confronts the viewer with the consequence – Hell. There were more demonic scenes in a remarkable altarpiece The Triptych of the Temptation of St Anthony, the hermit and saint of the early Christian Church.


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Human and devil-like grotesques converge on the contemplative monk from all sides in scenes that, diverging from the traditional stories associated with St Anthony, reflect the flowering of Bosch’s highly individualistic artistic imagination. Another great triptych, The Last Judgement, the largest of his surviving works, reflects Bosch’s essentially pessimistic view of humankind, the foolish and the simple-minded vastly outnumbering the chaste and the wise. And while the title of The Haywain might initially make you think of John Constable’s serene landscape of the same name, in Bosch’s mind it takes on a different meaning. Hay in the Middle Ages was a symbol of everything that was considered worthless and transient. The haystack in Bosch’s picture was what the total value of man’s pursuit of worldly gain amounted to – a folly made of nothing more substantial than hay. It’s easy to imagine the creators of fantasies and horror stories in modern times studying Bosch to get some ideas for their monsters, but don’t forget the undertow of his moral stance either. In medieval times, demons really did exist. And the values Bosch saluted or condemned – thrift and hard work, against contempt for idleness and waste, and disgust at the pursuit and display of wealth for wealth’s sake – still seem highly relevant today. Hieronymus Bosch: Complete Works, £99.99 Published by TASCHEN taschen.com Above, clockwise from top left/ Triptych of the Temptation of St Anthony, c. 1502 © Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Lisbon/Photo Luísa Oliveira, Arquivo de Documentação Fotográfica – DGPC/TASCHEN; The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1503 © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN; Christ Mocked (The Crowning with Thorns), c. 1495 © The National Gallery London/Scala, Florence/TASCHEN; Book jacket - The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. around 1503 © TASCHEN/Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (Cover English edition) Opposite/ The Garden of Earthly Delights, c. 1503 © Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid/TASCHEN

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Paul Brown MMXIV One of the modern masters of the genre of still life, Paul Brown’s paintings will provide a visual feast for buyers and admirers when they visit Gladwell & Patterson’s Knightsbridge gallery, says Carol Cordrey


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With art today being created in so many varied and innovative forms it is almost a shock to see traditional painting skills on display and even more surprising to see them used to create traditional still life pictures. But what joy Paul Brown’s work brings to my eyes and heart; beautifully composed pictures painted with such a refined and experienced hand that they instantly tell me I am revelling in the work of a real master. It was that earlier master, the great Chardin (1699-1779), whose canvases depicting everyday, humble objects almost single-handedly elevated the status of still life and genre paintings from their hitherto lowly ranking. He did so through his achievements in presenting amazing realism, great richness of tone and compelling compositions that directly confronted the viewer. All of this, I am delighted to say, is as appropriate to Paul Brown’s work now as it was to Chardin’s then. What could be more humble than A Trio of Onions? But when Brown paints them, they are transformed into items of beauty. He presents them not individually – that would be too easy for this artist – but as a tied bunch with their knotted leaves and stems showing

aids our perception of the depth of the box and draws our attention to the exquisitely painted glass of wine. In Château Mouton Rothschild the projecting duck’s beak, rifle barrel and white cloth demonstrate Brown’s use of the repoussoir technique to stunning effect, and what an excellent way of showing his artistic abilities by including a carved duck alongside those real ones. And just to make the image even more compelling, Brown has placed the disparate elements at an array of angles. The recently refurbished Gladwell & Patterson gallery is both elegant and spacious, so it provides the perfect backdrop to show off the beauty and detail of Brown’s new paintings. They have been created with the utmost care, devotion and talent so as you walk around the gallery and your eyes feast on Brown’s truly fine art, remember the words of the legendary art dealer, Lord Duveen of Millbank: “When you pay high for the priceless, you’re getting it cheap”. Paul Brown MMXIV, 10-26 September gladwellpatterson.com

“What joy Paul Brown’s beautifully composed pictures bring to my eyes and heart” varying stages of ageing as they fall at striking angles across the picture plane. They contrast brilliantly with the curvaceous onions that display a range of tones on their outer, papery layers and softer, exposed inner layers. Then we notice those fine, curly haired roots, painted with such skill, that cleverly and subtly lead us downwards towards the dramatic horizontal element of the composition, the shelf. Brown leaves us in no doubt that this is an old, roughly hewn piece of wood and we sense that our fingers could suffer splinters if we ran our hands along its chipped edge. In many of his compositions, Brown handles the long established and demanding repoussoir technique with aplomb. Artists have used it for centuries to create the illusion of depth in a composition and to narrow the viewer’s focus so that he feels both involved in the scene and aware of key features. An example in this exhibition is Château Haut-Bailly, in which a section of very ripe French brie (the French would describe it graphically as comme une femme abandonée) oozes down the unfolded greaseproof paper wrapping that projects over the edge of the vintage wine box. The cheese seems so wonderfully real that we believe we can detect its wetness and ripe smell. Note the way it is angled, which Left, clockwise from top / Mediterranean Flavours, £7,250; Château Mouton Rothschild 1982, £26,500; A Trio of Onions, £8,250. All Paul S. Brown This page, from top / Hot, £15,000; Château Haut-Bailly, £9,500. Both Paul S. Brown

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As London Fashion Week rolls into town for its biannual sartorial extravaganza, so too does Gray M.C.A’s selling exhibition of fashion illustrations from the 1940s to the 1970s. Matt Gwyn reports As leading designers showcase their S/S15 collections on numerous runways across London this month, a new exhibition by contemporary art specialist Gray M.C.A this September will instead take us back to the very origins of the classic styles of post-war 1940s through to the 1970s. With a stunning selection of fashion drawings from leading illustrators of the time in Britain, Europe and America, the exhibition presents an intriguing focus on archaic modes of fashion advertising and marketing, which have since become mostly redundant in modern times. With an impressive and constantly changing stock of work, sourced from a variety of locations, Gray M.C.A has made a name for itself as a centre of arts and culture. Connie Gray of Gray M.C.A aims to reveal the innate beauty and humble skill of illustration, offering a comparative stance on today’s predominantly photographic and digital fashion campaigns. She sees each illustration as a work of art in its own right and invites the public to admire the works of such illustrators as René Bouché, René Gruau and Carl Erickson, all of whom created designs for publications such as Vogue and Harpers & Queen (now Harper’s Bazaar), as well as leading figures in haute couture, for example Nina Ricci. There will also be a selection of original designs by Christian Dior, Barbara Hulanicki of BIBA, Zandra Rhodes and Beville Sassoon on display and prices will range from £300 to £10,000. The exhibition will provide an interesting correlation between the finished product and the artistic vision behind it, giving insight into the relationship between artistic impressions on paper and real-life expressions in human form. Covering four decades, the collection of images will invite us to form a general understanding of

the skill and craft demonstrated by each piece. Gray comments how it was often the case that fashion illustrators were more widely known for their advertising campaigns than their illustrations; therefore, through this exhibition, she hopes to give these important figures the recognition they deserve. “For too long fashion illustrators and their illustrations have been seen as a secondary art form, no matter how beautifully executed the images,” she explains. “Though their style was familiar to the reader and their names published internationally alongside their illustrations, they have never been recognised as true artists. It was almost a secret world in which only those working in the industry knew and admired each other.” The diversity of the artwork highlights the individuality of each illustrator. It was necessary for them to inject their own personality in order to distinguish themselves from their competitors and this, in turn, fuelled public interest. Sadly, the craft of fashion illustration is rarely seen today. The need for speed in production and printing, not to mention the evolution of fashion photography, has advanced past the realm of what illustration can ultimately achieve. With many illustrations having either been thrown away, damaged or lost, the remaining works have subsequently become as rare and covetable as historic pieces of art. Drawing on Style, 11-16 September Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s; graymca.co.uk Clockwise from top left / Barbara Hulanicki BIBA Wedding II; Eva Aldbrook Dior Model I; Gerd Grimm Frau im Speigel 1947; Eva Aldbrook Dior II; Rene Bouche British Vogue; Carl Erickson Black Magic Chocolates; Gerd Grimm Frau im Speigel 1947; Rene Bouche American Vogue; Zandra Rhodes Wedding Dress II

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A Feather in its Cap Shoppers have been flocking to Feathers, the iconic Hans Crescent boutique opposite Harrods, for 40 years. Founded by the Burstein family in 1969, the company is now run by the second and third generation – parents Peter and Suzanne and son Robert – who continue to uphold the brand’s identity by stocking modern luxury brands such as JW Anderson and Mary Katrantzou. To celebrate the Knightsbridge store’s 40th anniversary, Feathers is planning collaborations, special projects and in store events, including a fashion photography exhibition with Jay McLaughlin in September, a live illustration event with Fashion and Textile Museum curator Dennis Nothdruft, and a special project in partnership with ME London Hotel and Olympus UK for London Fashion Week. Feathers, 42 Hans Crescent, SW1X OLZ; feathersfashion.com

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In the Nick

of Time As he hurriedly prepares for his S/S15 presentation at London Fashion Week, Olivia Sharpe catches up with the remarkably composed Richard Nicoll

You’d think that meeting a designer in the run up to the capital’s biggest biannual fashion show would be a stressful experience, to say the least. But not with Richard Nicoll. Sitting with him in his East London studio just weeks before the start of London Fashion Week (LFW) on a scorching hot day in July, it seems that only the temperature outside is rising. Leaning nonchalantly on a chair and dressed casually in shorts, trainers and a short-sleeved, blue shirt revealing his conspicuous tattoo sleeve, he appears cool, calm and collected. This is all the more surprising given the fact that when I ask Richard for hints regarding his forthcoming S/S15 collection, he smiles, shrugs his shoulders and answers: “I haven’t quite figured it out yet”. While you might think he was merely

keeping his cards close to his chest, I feel certain this isn’t the case. Recently named creative director of Jack Wills, the designer has a lot on his plate and as well as preparing for LFW, he is also getting ready to reveal his first collection for the British brand in January. Renowned for his sharp tailoring and contemporary classics, Richard is the perfect fit for Jack Wills. Despite his family being from New Zealand and spending part of his youth in Australia, the designer has lived in London for 20 years now and considers himself British through and through. While his eponymous label and Jack Wills differ in many ways, for Richard, what ties them together is that they are both about “creating a lifestyle”. The designer tells me that he doesn’t plan to make any “dramatic changes” but hopes to put his own personal stamp on timeless wardrobe staples and in so doing, broaden the current age bracket: “At the moment I see the collection as being disparate categories and I would like to marry all the categories into something that feels very considered,” he explains. “I would also like to increase the pricing. I think there’s huge opportunity for shirting, cashmere and tailoring and I’m hoping to evolve the brand over time in order to appeal to a wider group.”


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Richard has been on the fashion scene a relatively short amount of time, premiering his first womenswear collection at LFW in 2006; and yet, he has fast-tracked his way to the top. Growing up in Australia with a doctor as a father and a solicitor for a mother, the 37-year old tells me that he “wasn’t really aware of the fashion industry” when he was young and only discovered it after he moved to London. “I came here with the intention of studying fine art and sculpture but then I fell into fashion when I realised I had a natural talent for it.” Like many of his contemporaries, Richard attended Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design where he graduated with a MA in Womenswear in 2002; his entire graduate presentation was snapped up by Dolce & Gabbana. Since then, he has been awarded three Association Nationale pour le Développement des Arts de la Mode prizes in 2007, was named Best Young Designer at the 2008 British Elle Style Awards and has twice been a BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist. He has previously designed collections for Topshop, People Tree and Fred Perry, along with numerous collaborations. His A/W14 womenswear collection was very much in keeping with the Richard Nicoll aesthetic, a powerful mixture of tailoring, sportswear and androgyny. The designer has always been fascinated by opposing ideas and this was apparent in the latest line, which married the contrasting concepts of ease and opulence, aspiration and realism, and modernism and romance, to name a few. “My aesthetic is quite paradoxical so I take different references to create tension”, he comments. Elements from the designer’s corresponding menswear line (launched in 2012) were borrowed, including a strong colour palette of teal, magenta and gold and a sixth form-inspired uniform, with models sporting culottes, box-pleated skirts and shirttails. Christened ‘King of the Blouse’ by International Herald Tribune editor Suzy Menkes, Richard has become famous in the industry for his love of classic shirting which some believe to be a throwback to his boarding school days. While there was undoubtedly a masculine edge to the collection, with its man-styled jackets and loafers, the designer ensured that it remained feminine overall by incorporating fluid, geometric ruffle pieces possessing “a timeless elegance with a youthful spirit”. Describing the quintessential Richard Nicoll woman, he says: “I think she’s one part sporty,

one part elegant, one part grown up, and equally youthful in spirit. It’s about the sum of all parts as opposed to one in particular.” Richard’s celebrity female followers include Kylie Minogue, Kate Bosworth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Emma Stone, Florence Welch and Keira Knightley, all of whom share these characteristics. However, Richard is very much his own muse: “I generally inspire my work. I approach each collection quite selfishly, creating my archetypal wardrobe for the season.” For Richard, fashion has always been about creating a lifestyle and his revolves around working, playing sport and travelling: “My style is quite eclectic but considered. I think that the way my collections come across reflects how I dress and how I live.” While he cannot tell me exactly what he has planned for his S/S15 show, he does say that it will be a continuation of his Resort 2015 collection. He gets up, walks over to the rails of clothes positioned on one side of the room and starts pulling out some of his favourite pieces, including a hand-knitted top featuring shibori (a special Japanese tie-dye technique). One of the greatest challenges about being a designer, Richard finds, is the “punishing pace” and the “constant challenge of producing collection after collection”. Therefore, with Resort, Richard wanted to embrace the speed of the fashion industry while at the same time remembering “the artisanal elements of the craft” so he used a combination of handmade and machine-made techniques. Despite occasionally finding it stressful, the competitive side of Richard loves a challenge: “Everyone says you’re only as good as your next collection so in that sense, I think of every season as a new challenge. It gets easier but I think if you don’t feel nervous before a show, you’re not doing your job properly.” Let’s just hope he keeps his cool. richardnicoll.com

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A\W14 Trend report The time has come to put away our summer clothes and make space for our A/W14 wardrobes. From inspired knitwear and shrug-on shearling to psychedelic prints and eye-popping colour combinations, designers pulled out all the stops to ensure that this season was just as scintillating as the one before. OLIVIA SHARPE reports

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Gucci

Marni

Chanel

Louis Vuitton

Altuzarra

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Elie Saab

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Telling Tales Dolce & Gabbana played on the popular fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood by transforming its runway into an enchanted forest, out of which came nocturnal creatures applied onto capes, coats and jumpers, followed by the heroine herself, draped in a red chiffon robe with fur hood. The forest landscape continued at Alexander McQueen but the mood was altogether more sinister in Sarah Burton’s gothic production, featuring ethereal lace peasant dresses and Tudor collars. At Valentino, butterfly-adorned gowns added a romantic touch to the house’s enchanting folk tale.

Dries Van Noten

Valentino

Paul Smith

Matthew Williamson

Marni

Chanel

Making an Exhibition Developing last season’s art-inspired trend, Matthew Williamson, Dries Van Noten and Valentino psyched us out with their 60s pop-art creations while audiences raved over Proenza Schouler and Prada’s frenetic, pulsating prints. In true theatrical style, Karl Lagerfeld once again took a conceptual approach and transformed his runway into an imaginary supermarket, with models sporting graphic raincoats in paint-splash colours. Meanwhile, Burberry’s Christopher Bailey took direct inspiration from 20th century art movement the Bloomsbury Group for his latest collection.

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Sheep’s Eyes Once associated with the likes of Del Boy in Only Fools & Horses, the sheepskin coat has thankfully been given a sartorial makeover. Burberry Prorsum and Ralph Lauren brought the classic coat back to life and contrasted it with floaty, print dresses for a laidback look, while Gucci and Erdem created a retro vibe with long-haired, shaggy shearling in dusky shades. Marni and Alexander Wang mixed soft sheepskin with strong metallics for a contemporary edge.

Erdem

Burberry Prorsum

Prada

Ralph Lauren

Oscar de la Renta


Hermes

Lacoste

Christopher Kane

Hugo Boss

Stella McCartney

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Paul Smith

Follow Suit Gone are the androgynous power suits of the 80s. With women making their own firm stamp on the business world, we no longer need to copy the uniforms of our male colleagues but can stand alone with our own commanding style of dressing, as shown by this season’s feminine take on the masculine trouser suit. Featuring loose silhouettes, soft lines and a subtle colour palette of dove grey, midnight blues and viridian, it’s no longer about following suit when it comes to your corporate style.

Stella Salvatore Ferragamo McCartney

Jonathan Saunders

Michael Kors

Alberta Ferretti

Oscar de la Renta

Tight Knit Winter is not just about style but about keeping warm and designers never fail to take this into account, transforming knitwear collections year after year. And this season was no exception. Whether architectural, chunky cable knits, knitted two-pieces or fuzzy, oversized yarns, designers went all out with their creations and yet the end result was the same: casual and relaxed, the A/W14 aesthetic is all about blending into the crowd and not making a statement. Yes you’ve got it; the era of ‘normcore’ has arrived.

Marni

Jenny Packham

Alexander McQueen

Miu Miu

Erdem

Dolce & Gabbana

Smoke & Mirrors Embellishing one’s outfit used to be achieved with glitzy accessories but now fashion houses have decided to incorporate these into their clothing designs. Models shimmered and sparkled on the runways of Chanel, Gucci, Céline, Dolce & Gabbana and Givenchy, having been adorned in heavy, larger-than-life jewels, whether on evening dresses as seen at Giorgio Armani or medieval hoods as shown at Dolce & Gabbana.

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Call to Arms Earlier this year, Burberry Prorsum revisited its heritage by launching a special initiative to celebrate its most iconic product; the trench coat. This September, the brand is once again delving into its archive; only this time it is paying tribute to the inspiration and craftsmanship behind its classic scarves and blankets. Dating back to the late 1880s when they were most popularly worn for outdoor pursuits, Burberry outerwear has since reappeared time and time again in its autumn collections. New for A/W14, the womenswear poncho and collection of scarves come in the signature Burberry colours including ‘trench’ and camel, and a special monogramming service will be available in Burberry stores from September. Burberry, 2 Brompton Road, SW1X 7QN; uk.burberry.com

HER STYLE By olivia sharpe

Survival Pack According to head designer Edgardo Osorio, style icon Olivia Palermo has been an unofficial ambassador of Aquazzura for a number of years, not to mention a close friend of the designer. So she was the perfect person to partner with the luxury Italian footwear label on a new capsule collection. Arriving in 12 selected stores and on Net-A-Porter this September, the Aquazzura x Olivia Palermo ‘survival pack’ will comprise six styles, including snakeskin pumps, jewelencrusted stilettos and over-the-knee suede boots. Aquazzura x Olivia Palermo net-a-porter.com

STORE OF THE MONTH J Crew Sloane Square This month, J Crew is adding to its London store portfolio with the opening of its fourth boutique in Sloane Square. The two-storey shop joins the likes of Rag & Bone and Kate Spade and houses the full men’s and women’s collections, along with a shoe and handbag destination, a cashmere shop and a Ludlow suiting area. With bees having become the latest buzzword in eco fashion, J Crew has partnered with Buglife, a charity whose main aim is to promote the importance of bees in protecting the ecosystem. This includes a bee campaign featuring a living vertical garden built on a barricade outside the new store, plus a range of t-shirts for men, women and children created by illustrator Emma Smith. J Crew, Sloane Square, SW1W; jcrew.com


P.S. I Love You

To Market, To Market

Since 1889, women all around the world have been falling head over heels in love with Lanvin. One of the oldest fashion houses in existence, it has continued to reinvent itself over the decades and, now under the control of artistic director Alber Elbaz, the French powerhouse appears to be invincible. Lanvin: I Love You details the complete work thus far of Elbaz who is acknowledged as being one of the most transformative designers on today’s fashion scene. He is recognised for his dynamic runway presentations and his spectacular window displays, particularly in the boutique on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and these have been given pride of place in this beautiful monograph.

Celebrations for Marni’s 20th anniversary kick off on 21 September at Milan Fashion Week, with the opening of the Marni Flower Market in the Rotonda della Besana. Items on sale to the public will include pot holders, canvas shopping bags, printed ceramic pots and canvas aprons, all of which will be decorated in Marni’s archive prints. New additions of the animal-sculptures in metal and PVC will also be available to purchase. The Flower Market marks the first event of Marni Prism, a multifaceted project created to highlight the future vision of the brand which will continue throughout 2015. Watch this space for further details. marni.com

Lanvin: I Love You, Alber Elbaz Available 30 September Published by Rizzoli, rizzoliusa.com

The Masters As part of a major A/W14 creative project taking place from September until October, Selfridges is exploring the pioneering figures who currently shape the fashion landscape. Dubbed The Masters, these include the likes of British designer Stella McCartney, dubbed The Master of Modernity, The Master of Elegance (Oscar de la Renta) and Jean Paul Gaultier, aka The Master of Expression. The 12 ‘masters’ have created an exclusive piece or capsule collection that is signature to their work. They have each been given their own dedicated window display inspired by a film narrative or genre (Selfridges has partnered with Everyman to launch the world’s first in-store cinema). To mark his 20th anniversary, the department store has also collaborated with Master of the Elements Rick Owens on a series of exclusive partnerships, including a 20-piece collection and a new menswear store-in-store, women’s ready-towear and accessories destinations.

Fingers on the Pulse Having only launched her epyonymous label last year, former chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo Tamara Mellon is evidently on the road to success as she has already unveiled her own e-commerce site, encompassing ready-to-wear, footwear, handbags and the Endless collection. The launch coincides with the release of the brand’s June and July 2014 monthly fashion concepts, entitled Kowboy Karlie; inspired by 1960s images by Sam Haskins, it features model Karlie Kloss sporting the label’s staple leather goods and fringing. Mellon comments: “We are producing unique Tamara Mellon Brand editorial content, highlighting new product deliveries… Each shoot will highlight a new fashion concept, which will embody the buy now, wear now philosophy.” tamaramellon.com

The Masters launches 1 September selfridges.com/themasters

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Brave

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World This autumn, be seduced by fashion's dark side; choose moody hues, dark prints and striking embellishment, with a touch of folk fashion Photographer:

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Stylist:

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Khaki and orange nylon coat, £4,000, and wool knit collar, £270, Christian Dior, 31 Sloane Street, dior.com; Snake print cotton scarf, £195, Karl Lagerfeld, 145-147 Regent Street, karl.com; Gold metallic twill bow belt, £450, Lanvin, lanvin.com; Luna Comet emerald earrings, £555, Shourouk, matchesfashion.com


Embellished shield leather waist belt, £776, Emilio Pucci, emiliopucci.com; Black quilted fingerless leather gloves, £89, Karl Lagerfeld, as before; Snake elbow sleeve dress, £1,800, Giambattista Valli, harveynichols.com; 23-carat gold plated Burma hoop earrings with Swarovski crystals, £316, VICKISARGE, 38 Elizabeth Street; De Manta printed silk-satin clutch, £350, Alexander McQueen, mytheresa.com


Floral embellished tulle top, £2,000, and matching skirt, £2,200, both John Rocha, 15a Dover Street, johnrocha.ie; Black leather brogues with gold detail, £490, Marni, 26 Sloane Street; Indra black and silver drop earrings, £286, Vivienne Westwood, 44 Conduit Street; Black fishnet ankle socks, stylist’s own


Gunmetal and 23-carat gold-plated Basilica body piece with Swarovski crystals and paillettes, £5,978, VICKISARGE, as before; Long portillo jacquard dress, £825, Temperley London, temperleylondon.com; Gold palm bracelet, £250, and gold leaf earrings, £250, Maria Piana, grey-book.com; Goldplated Aurora bracelet, £260, Lele Sadoughi, fortnumandmason.com


Brown hair cap, £1,200, Pablo Kümin, pablokuemin.com; Cropped silver embroidered jacket with green metallic elbow pads, £1,100, Antonio Berardi, antonioberardi.com; Long Emma multi-coloured print skirt, £860, Peter Pilotto, harveynichols.com; Black leather and thread stripe belt, £375, Amanda Wakeley, amandawakeley.com; Purple print silk Aeroplanes scarf, £222, Anna Coroneo, neimanmarcus.com; Itsy Bitsy lamb skin leather spider clutch bag, £1,083, Barbara Bonner, barbara-bonner. com; Low top Stella trainers in multi-coloured metallic calfskin, £860, Giuseppe Zanotti Design, giuseppezanottidesign.com; Mario Testino for Mate alpaca single pompom earrings with Swarovski crystals and beads, £85, VICKISARGE, as before; Sheer stripe socks, stylist’s own

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Stolen Moments

Photography: Alasdair McLellan in partnership with creative agency Art Partner

Quintessentially British brand Aquascutum has looked to its rich heritage as inspiration for its A/W14 collection. Founder John Emary invented the first waterproof wool fabric which was worn by officers during the First World War as a functional trench coat to keep them dry; this year marks the coat’s 100th anniversary. Since then, the brand has attracted the attention of many legendary British faces such as Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher and the Queen Mother, becoming a symbol of patriotic strength and tradition. The latest campaign, featuring the British actor Damian Lewis and the enigmatic British model Eliza Cummings, is called Stolen Moments and includes a series of black-and-white images of the pair looking dapper in the heart of London by Regent’s Canal. The photographs encapsulate romance and mystery, and, above all, celebrate the company’s history of style and elegance.

Men in Black Bulgari’s men’s fragrance, Bulgari Man in Black, is the latest addition to the brand’s fragrance portfolio and our favourite to date. The playful notes of rum, cardamom and cinnamon alongside the richer leathery tuberose and black amber, altogether deliver a sophisticated scent full of perfectly blended contrasts. To celebrate the brand’s 130th anniversary, the matte black bottle has been decorated with a large rose gold monolith which harkens back to Roma, the Italian house’s most well-known timepiece. Bulgari Man in Black, £70 for 100ml. Available at department stores nationwide from 1 September bulgari.com

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HIS STYLE By Matt Gwyn

Blow the Whistle If the Choo Fits In the A/W14 collection, Jimmy Choo has returned to its London roots, implementing a contemporary twist on gentleman’s classics. Commenting on the collection, creative director Sandra Choi says: “We were inspired by the rich heritage of Jimmy Choo Man’s hometown of London with effortless rock ‘n’ roll style and modern dandy influences.” Arriving in a variety of styles, the traditional Choo loafer makes quite a statement and the Foxley Tassel loafer has been updated with a rich tonal effect while the Felix slip-on has been dressed up with an oversized bow which exudes grandeur and comes in velvet, grosgrain and patent finishes. Perfect footwear choices for the confident man about town. jimmychoo.com

Earlier this year, Whistles, known for its understated style, previewed its first menswear line and received much praise for its balance of intelligent and minimalist design in a range of stylish pieces. The debut A/W14 collection follows on from this with its line of both formal and casual products, featuring oversized overcoats, chunky knits, tapered trousers and a diverse selection of Oxford, flannel and textual shirts. The blend of subtle tones and clean-cut lines makes a contemporary statement, and the thick and textured fabrics will no doubt prove welcome in the colder seasons. We certainly cannot wait for it to arrive in stores this autumn. whistles.com


Leave no stone unturned Leaving no stone unturned, Stone World has grown to specialise in some of the rarest and most exquisite colour variations of Natural Stone from around the world, from the finest marble in Italy to the flawless granite mined in Brazil. With stock of over 4,000 slabs at the Park Royal warehouse facility, clients are encouraged to visit to personally select the exact slab they would like to use for their projects. For those seeking inspiration for design ideas and colour palettes, Stone World has launched an app: The Stone Library. The app allows users to search for Natural Stone by colour, the material category or texture and keywords. Each Natural Stone entry has an enhanced image quality feature, which enables users to use the entire screen as a sample swatch, helping them to build colour schemes and specify particular stones for a new project.

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all Dolled Up

Two legendary fashion icons have teamed up to create the most stylish doll ever seen; Barbie Lagerfeld. In 2009, Karl Lagerfeld dressed Barbie in Chanel for creator Mattel’s 50th anniversary but this is the first time the German designer will be fashioned in plastic, not as Ken as you might expect but as his more powerful female counterpart. The first sketch of the limited edition doll reveals Barbie in the designer’s signature monochrome look with dark shades, a tailored black jacket, skin-tight trousers, fingerless gloves, black ankle boots, black leather purse and grey ponytail. Elements from Karl Lagerfeld’s own line will also feature. The doll will be released under the Barbie® Collector label and is available from the autumn. mattel.com

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Dukes of Design Roam the spectacular grounds of Syon House at Decorex International 2014, which celebrates 37 years of British craft this month. Exuding the essence of quintessential British style, the event draws upon the lavishness of the Georgian era, while exhibiting pieces by a host of contemporary interior designers, including de Gournay, Watts of Westminster, William Yeoward and Nicholas Haslam. The show’s entrance will see eight of the globe’s top designers interpreting 18th century English artist William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress collection and guests will be able to enjoy a Champagne Bar created by Les Trois Garçons. As designer Nicky Haslam himsefl says, Decorex is “THE place to be every autumn where we hope to inspire, be inspired, meet old friends, and discover the future”. Decorex International 2014, 21-24 September; decorex.com

Downtown Modern As the leaves turn to orange and the scent of sweet, spicy cinnamon lingers in the autumnal air, Ralph Lauren Home brings a sophisticated touch to the scene with its new Fall collection, Downtown Modern. The contemporary range features modern furnishings in a black-and-white colour palette and finished with silver chroming, from table top accents to lighting. Clean-cut precision and craftsmanship are highlighted in the Bond chess set while Southwestern textiles inspired by Navajo prints bring warmth to the collection. Downtown Modern, available from 6 September ralphlaurenhome.com

Blue Moon

Old, New, Borrowed & Blue Brides-to-be, make sure you pay a visit to The Wedding Shop of Caroline Stanbury, the one-stop bridal boutique encompassing a range of services and housing a host of beautiful luxury brands, including Hermès, Vera Wang and Lalique. Once known as The Wedding Shop, the company name has now changed to highlight its newfound partnership with Caroline Stanbury’s Gift Library, merging traditional wedding lists with a retail space where couples can enjoy private consultations in a suitably relaxed environment. A wedding planning team, courtesy of GSP Events Ltd, to ensure the smooth running of your big day is also available.

L’Objet honours its Mediterranean roots with the new autumn anniversary collection, Sous la Lune, in celebration of its tenth anniversary. Taking its inspiration from the azure Mediterranean skies, the Lapis Collection consists of porcelain dinnerware and desk accessories, as well as a limited edition anniversary candle box. Sous la Lune also includes two intricately designed handcrafted photo frames, Chevron and Night Sky, featuring enamel and available in either 24-carat gold or platinum frosting. l-objet.com

The Wedding Shop of Caroline Stanbury 171 Fulham Road, SW3; weddingshop.com

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HOME To Catch a Thief

Christian Lacroix takes us on a voyage to the French Riviera with his new A/W14 Belles Rives collection for Designers Guild. The eclectic range comprises a selection of fabrics, wall coverings, rugs and cushions bursting with citrus yellows and electric blues. Patterns range from botanical foliage motifs derived from the Batailles de fleurs carnival parade in Nice to wild leopard prints of Jean Cocteau’s Southern France sanctuary, Santo Sospir. The collection also draws upon Alfred Hitchcock’s heist classic, To Catch a Thief, with digitally printed gemstones reminiscent of the jewels stolen by the film’s leading lady, Grace Kelly. designersguild.com

Let It Burn

Beyond the Golden Gates

Neom Organics has teamed up with fashion designer Jenny Packham to create two new limited edition candles, both of which cater for a different mood and are available in two sizes (Ultimate and Luxury). Real Luxury has been inspired by the bewitching beauty of 1940s Film Noir femme fatales and is infused with floral overtones with a hint of spice, including lavender, jasmine and Brazilian rosewood essential oils. The 18-carat gold design set against an ebony backdrop evokes the alluring glamour of the 1940s heroine. Happiness, on the other hand, delicately blends the purest essential oils such as white neroli, mimosa flowers and lemon, and the gold beaded pattern set upon an ivory casing is reminiscent of the elegant beauty of Packham’s intricately embroidered bridal gowns.

Italian fashion house Versace pays homage to its heritage this season with its lavish Via Gesù collection. From luscious silks of baroque embroidery to classical Grecian meander trimmings, the collection extends from dining sets to home furnishings, including the newly stylised Via Gesù sofa. Created from Nubuck-soft leather and finished with the iconic Gold Medusa Head embellishment, the arms feature a hidden drawer for the most secret of possessions. The special edition ornate goblets are available in five colours as part of the latest collection.

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Game ofThrows After nine years away from the catwalk, Danielle Betts explores Catherine Milner’s trajectory from international model to professional interior designer

While it may be naive of us to assume that strolling off the catwalk and into the field of interior design would be an entirely natural transition to make, Catherine Milner is doing little to alter our assumptions. Once a firm favourite with couturiers such as Dior’s Marc Bohan, Milner has a great deal of work to show from her 20 years in the fashion world in her modelling portfolio. Now in her ninth year of renovating and designing prestigious properties across London, Milner credits the knowledge gleaned from years spent observing the intricacies of couture dressmaking

with inspiring her penchant for aesthetics today. After repeating Givenchy’s philosophy “if you are in style, you are already out of style”, the talented designer declares she has never relied on trends, either in the fashion world or at home. We sit down with Catherine to reflect upon her multi-faceted career. How has living and working in Chelsea inspired your design style? I love Chelsea and I’m definitely a Chelsea girl! There is so much in the area from which to draw inspiration. I am particularly inspired by historical references near Cheyne Walk, where I live. You have everything from Tudor gardens, such as the Chelsea Physic Garden, to the shimmering beauty of the Albert Bridge; the vibrancy of the King’s Road to the sleek end of Sloane Street where Harvey Nichols is. I often use fashion images juxtaposed with interior shots on my initial moodboards, whether for the lifestyle they evoke or for the beautiful use of fabric

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and colour. Whenever I need an instant bit of inspiration for my heart and soul, I head straight to the V&A. I love wandering through the exhibitions, especially the classical sculpture collection. What differences and similarities do you see between the tastes and requirements of clients who live in Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Chelsea? The desire for my discerning clients is always the same: to invest in the most prestigious properties in the world. Such exceptional properties exist in Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Chelsea, areas which offer genuine and desirable lifestyle attractions and therefore are a must-have asset; one that never fails to provide an exceptional return. My Belgravia-based clients are often looking for the ‘jewel in the crown’ within one of the most prestigious addresses of all, which is invariably Eaton Square. It has always attracted the aristocracy and

“Creating a couture garment is just as meticulous and exacting as a beautifully defined interior” leading professionals as well as celebrities due to its location and rich heritage. Eaton Square also retains its very private air through the grand terraces and high security offered within the impressive facades. Many of the properties which come on to the market still retain their original layout and there is often more scope to re-configure this space, adding further investment value and bringing the property into the 21st century, whilst honouring the elegance of the past. Knightsbridge clients often express a desire to be in close proximity to some of London’s most renowned restaurants and shops, such as Harrods, Zuma and San Lorenzo. Naturally, I have an affinity with those who like to live in Old Chelsea, which has retained a quintessential village feel and a rich historical heritage near the Thames. This is where I have built the story of my life! How would you describe your design ethos in five words? Classic, refined, harmonious, beautiful and intimate. How do you ensure you deliver a bespoke service for clients without repeating yourself? Ultimately, a property is a client’s home. Therefore it is vital that I know and understand the individual who will be living in the space. The interiors should reflect the client’s sensibilities on a deeply personal level.

Are there any signature elements across your project portfolio that you deem necessary for every client? In terms of design elements, there are certain Neoclassical architectural finishes that always elevate a property. These include tall door frames, classically proportioned architraves and skirting, Venetian polished plaster wall finishes and breathtakingly beautiful fireplaces. What’s the key to being a great interior designer? The ability to be passionate, creative and practical at the same time. It is so important to possess an ‘instinctive creativity’ and to be constantly inspired but you also have to manage the other side of the role which includes working with a building team and managing big budgets. How has your background in fashion influenced where you are today? My couture fashion background has a huge influence on my work. The bespoke essence of creating a beautiful couture garment is just as meticulous and exacting as creating a beautifully defined interior. Givenchy and Karl Lagerfeld have shown huge style in their taste for architecture and interiors – it is all about art and creativity. My closest friends are five girls who I met whilst modelling; we truly bonded and it is partly due to our shared memories. In one of my first shows I was so nervous that I actually walked off the end of the catwalk. I was so terrified that I just carried on walking! Ultimately, the advantages of modelling far outweighed the disadvantages. It is certainly a complicated world but I’ll never regret being part of it. I felt at home working with some of the most talented couturiers in London. Was being an interior designer always the dream? Interestingly, being an interior designer was always something I instinctively thought I would love to do. When the opportunity arose, I was renovating a prestigious Belgravia property and this project was such a success that I was soon employed by word of mouth for my interior design services. What people, books, films and other creative sources provide you with inspiration? I love travelling. Being in different countries and surrounded by different cultures can give you a whole new perspective on everything. Sofia Coppala’s recent film on Marie Antoinette was beautifully filmed; the colours, fabrics and architecture were very inspiring. Also Patrick Demarchelier’s book of Dior couture photographs – I am enthralled with the images and the beauty in general. catherinemilnerinteriors.com


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Kids KINGDOM BY annabel harrison

Class of 2014 If your pint-sized fashionistas are demanding new outfits for the first day back to school, Dolce & Gabbana’s collection for Melijoe is a great place to start. Adult trends have filtered into the collection; tartan stood out last year and D&G’s grey and red satchel bag, with pops of bright red, is a smart but fun take on the traditional print (there are shiny, lace-up shoes to match). We also love the tartan smock dresses and skirts with matching cardigans and duffel coats for when winter kicks in. Boys can get in on the act with navy and grey versions of the girls’ pieces; a patterned tie or a diamond pattern sweater vest for a seriously studious look. Dolce & Gabbana Back to School for Melijoe; melijoe.com/uk

School of Rock These boots may well have been a staple of your own tween wardrobe: for decades they’ve been the epitome of practical cool and the footwear of choice of anyone who wanted to look different. They’re for punks, “inventors, mavericks, free-thinkers”, says the British brand. Now Dr Martens has teamed up with Bonpoint to create two exclusive pairs of its classic punk footwear in rather smaller sizes. Boys and girls can run amok in the patent leather high-tops or the equally sturdy burgundy lace-up shoes; they’ll grow out of them before they’re anywhere close to wearing them out. Exclusively available in Bonpoint boutiques (15 Sloane Street and 197 Westbourne Grove) and on bonpoint.com

Super Basso Sometimes it’s hard to say no to your little princess, especially when she’s swirling around the fitting room in what she is declaring the dress of her dreams. American designer Dennis Basso has just launched his European collection for ‘little ladies’ at Harrods and, with evening dresses from £2,500 upwards and fit for a pre-teen Disney star taking to the red carpet, these should only be worn for the most special of occasions. Colours range from pretty cornflower blue and smart navy teamed with white to the palest pink and lovely lilac with cream. She is bound to love the ostentatious ostrich feather effects while Mummy may prefer the embroidered silk tulle skirts, satin embroidered sash belts and flower appliqués, all done by hand. The Dennis Basso childrenswear collection, Harrods

Review: What the Ladybird Heard Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the prize cow but the quiet little ladybird unexpectedly saves the day. Based on the award-winning picture book by master of children’s literature Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks, this colourful farmyard adventure came to life on stage recently in a delightful musical performance that was toe-tapping fun for the whole family. To find out more about what’s coming up on Cadogan Hall (where more than 300 concerts and events are held annually), visit cadoganhall.com or contact the box office on 020 7730 4500.


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ONE OF THE THINGS I love about Cashmirino is that founder Maria Busquets refuses to use child models in her campaigns; all the kids featured are just that – normal (and adorable) kids. The A/W collection, as you’d expect from a company that specialises in cashmere, features a gloriously cosy and cute range of items for little ones who don’t like being cold: the ash-grey smock dress with woollen tights and matching hat is as pretty as it is practical, and the pale pink beaded cardigan would make a lovely gift for granddaughters and god-daughters. Young gentlemen accustomed to tearing around with little or no regard for their attire will fare well in blue and white check jumpers (elbow patches in grey for extra longevity) and soft, striped zip-up hoodies. Indeed, speaking to Maria confirms what I already suspected; that a key element of her designs is comfort. She launched her company the same year her second daughter Monica was born, in 2000; she has another daughter, Sofia, and a son, Nicola. All are beautiful (I ask to see a photo) and Maria says that they have inspired her as the collections have developed, especially at the start. “The children helped me to understand their taste. It’s so important to buy what the children like, not what their mothers like. Don’t dress them like grown-ups! They have to feel comfortable. Give colours to children; how many children would choose black? They like to be colourful; they like to be happy.” Cashmirino products are made from the finest materials; Maria goes to Mongolia twice a year to check that her cashmere-based designs are being executed to the exact specification provided. It’s hard to imagine the glamorous

Annabel Harrison meets Maria Busquets, the founder of Cashmirino, as the brand’s charming (and cosy) A/W14 collection comes into store

lady sitting before me in the fields of Mongolia, meeting the very goats that provide the cashmere for her products but she is extremely enthusiastic about it. “You have to do something unique and find your niche. So we work with very high quality materials – not only cashmere but other fabrics too. We don’t try to copy anyone else. You have to put love into your work and be really proud of what you do, which I am.” The Burlington Arcade is home to Cashmirino’s London boutique which suits the brand well because it’s “cosy and artisan with a great mix of stores”. Maria smiles as she points out that the shop has lots of male customers: “They are so cute and enthusiastic, choosing outfits for their little girls!” They can also pick out items for their sons and a matching version for themselves, as well as cashmere year round, and smock dresses and little summer pullovers. I can’t help but think of the Maria in The Sound of Music, adamant that the Von Trapp children shouldn’t be dressed as adults but in outfits they can comfortably play in; this Maria seems to be cut from exactly the same cloth. Cashmirino 31 Burlington Arcade cashmirino.com

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HEALTH BEAUTY BY OLIVIA SHARPE

Crossed Fingers NARS has been creating the make-up looks for Phillip Lim’s catwalk shows since 2007 but this autumn sees the first product collaboration between the beauty brand and the fashion designer. Together they have launched a limited edition nail polish collection, which has been inspired by the “colours that exist in the shadows”. Encompassing rich jewel tones such as blue denim and black sea green alongside neutrals including angora, champagne and graphite, each shade perfectly complements Lim’s A/W14 collection. £15 each, exclusive to NARS boutiques; narscosmetics.co.uk

Smooth as Silk Some foundations can leave your skin feeling trapped and unable to breathe, which inevitably results in clogged pores. Taking its cue from lingerie, Guerlain’s new Lingerie de Peau compact foundation is the first of its kind to combine Bio-Fusion MicroMesh with natural polymers (extracted from silk and linen fibres). The unique formula provides an elastic stretch which embraces the contours of the face and gives radiant, long-lasting coverage, while also allowing skin to breathe. Lingerie de Peau, £41, available in 12 shades from 3 September guerlain.com

Golden Touch In partnership with P&G Prestige, Dolce & Gabbana has created its own Skincare collection featuring a pioneering new active complex – the Gold Flavo-Silk Tricomplex. The core ingredient, infused with Gold Silk Sericin extracted from a golden cocoon, promises to deliver even tone, smooth texture and plumped skin. Italian olive oil has also been incorporated to strengthen the skin’s top layers, along with Vitamin B3 to increase moisture. These three ingredients are all present in the brand’s Aurealux range, comprising a cream, mask, serum, brightening lotion and eye gel. This line sits alongside Essential, which comes complete with seven cleansing and prepping options for everyday use. Dolce & Gabbana Skincare Collection, exclusive to Harrods, harrods.com


Catch the Drift At the launch of Jo Malone’s new cologne, Wood Sage & Sea Salt, its headquarters were transformed into an English coastal escape, with a rowing boat, the soothing sounds of crashing waves and seagulls and images from the new campaign shot in Northumberland by fashion photographer Tim Walker. Rather than looking abroad to the sun-drenched beaches of the Mediterranean or Caribbean, master perfumer Christine Nagel instead found inspiration for her new scent on a visit to Cornwall. With its salty notes and woody earthiness of sage, the unisex fragrance channels the scent of the crashing waves and rugged cliffs of the English Coast. Wood, Sage & Sea Salt cologne, £82 for 100ml Available from September; jomalone.com

On the Scent Perfume connoisseurs will be delighted to hear that Harrods will be expanding its perfume offering this month with an entire floor dedicated to the world’s finest and rarest scents. The sixth floor Salons de Parfums will include leading brands in the world of perfumery, including Chanel, Dior, Roja Dove, Bond No. 9 and Clive Christian, and these will sit alongside an exclusive bespoke perfume creation and personalisation services for a truly immersive fragrance experience. Salon de Parfums, Harrods’ Sixth Floor harrods.com

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From the Sole When Christian Louboutin announced he would be making his debut into beauty, those of us who already knew how he came to create his iconic red sole were able to guess his chosen product. Twenty years ago, the designer discovered his trademark when designing a prototype for a new shoe; unhappy with the finished result, he spotted his assistant painting her nails red and had a flash of inspiration. Now Louboutin wishes to “give back to nails what the shoe took from the nails many years ago” by creating a glossy, long-lasting and chip-resistant nail lacquer in the same shade, priced at £36. The lacquer is housed in a faceted glass bottle featuring a dramatic ‘high heel’ lid which measures the same height as the designer’s Ballerina Ultima shoes, created in partnership with David Lynch. And it doesn’t stop there. This September, the range will expand to include 30 new nail polishes.

When we are happy, stressed or depressed, our emotions show on our face. But did you know the same goes for our internal problems? This is the belief of Chiara Vania and her father Michele, who together have launched pioneering new skincare brand Kita, based on the ancient Oriental philosophy of the Five Elements. Founded on the natural circle of life, this philosophy dictates that everyone belongs to one dominant element – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water – which are defined by certain characteristics and sensitivities and correspond to different parts of the body so when imbalanced, your skin suffers. Kita’s first launch is a Moisturising Serum Complex arriving in five SKUs, with each one having been designed to balance one of the Five Elements. Find out your element (calculated using your birthplace and gender) by visiting the website now. Moisturising Serum Complex, £95 kitaworld.com

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Fall Out September sees the release of the latest A/W14 beauty and skincare products 1.

For A/W14, Elizabeth Arden has released a limited edition Untold Colour collection. Whether you want a matte or shimmering finish, vibrant or neutral shades, the latest range, encompassing an eye shadow quad, luminous lip glosses, eyebrow pencils and eyeliner, caters for all. Untold Colour Collection, £17-£26, elizabetharden.com

2. ‘L’ is for the way you smell tonight. Clive Christian’s new scent is the last instalment of the fragrance trilogy which also includes ‘C’ and ‘V’; this stands for ‘Love’. A duo for men and women, the women’s perfume features romantic notes of damask rose and jasmine. ‘L’ by Clive Christian, £225 for 50ml Available at Harrods from 17 August, harrods.com 3. With an incredible 12,000 person waiting list, it may take you a while to get your hands on Yves Saint Laurent’s new Fusion Foundation but it will be well worth the wait. Using NASA-inspired technology, the foundation has 24-hour staying power and delivers a truly matte finish. Fusion Foundation, £30.50, Yves Saint Laurent, ysl.co.uk 4. For the first time, Liz Earle has infused its awardwinning Superskin Moisturiser with a powerful blend of botanicals, including natural neroli, lavandin, chamomile and pomegranate flower extract, which work to plump, smooth and moisturise mature or very dry skin. #Slow the ticking. Available from September. Superskin Moisturiser with natural neroli, £39 for 50ml, Liz Earle, lizearle.com 5. Developing its Le Lift anti-ageing skincare range launched last year, Chanel is releasing two more products; Le Lift serum and Le Lift eye cream. Le Lift Crème Yeux has been formulated to target the most sensitive area of the face, whether it’s dark circles, wrinkles or puffiness. Available from 5 September. Le Lift Crème Yeux, £63 for 15ml, Chanel, chanel.com

6. Alexander Vreeland has paid tribute to his grandmother Diana Vreeland with the launch of five fragrances which have been inspired by the former editor-in-chief of Vogue. Each scent has a name which has been created using quotes from Mrs Vreeland and the colour palette reflects her love of combining different colours. Available from 21 August. £180 for 100ml, exclusive to Selfridges; selfridges.com

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Snake Bite Originally conceived 50 years ago, today’s updated Daytona Cobra Coupé still has the ability to shock, says Matthew Carter The peace and quiet of this sleepy corner of West Sussex is about to be shattered. I ease myself into the functional – actually, make that stark – cockpit of the beast, switch on the ignition then scrabble about for a few moments to find the starter control in amongst a bank of 11 identical toggle switches. Once located, I flick the switch and all hell breaks loose. The 6.2-litre V8 spits into life, clearing its throat via a pair of vast exhaust pipes that exit underneath the doors. The initial bark reduces to a low rumble as the engine warms up but the local wildlife has already taken fright, birds scattering the second it fired up. And now it’s time to frighten a few fellow road users. I don’t mean to do that by ragging it around the local bends or driving too fast for the conditions. There’s no need; its looks alone are enough to intimidate everyone else on the road. This is not a car to drive if you want to remain below the radar. If it looks like a racecar that’s made a bid for freedom, that’s because it is. Sort of. It’s a Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupé, built in 2014 but closely based on an extremely rare Le Mans racer from the early 1960s. Fifty years ago, American racing legend Carroll Shelby had taken a lithe British sports car, the AC Ace, shoehorned a big Ford V8 engine under the bonnet and then fed it steroids to create the AC Cobra. The Cobra

became a hugely successful GT racing car, but a far from aerodynamic shape and, especially, an open cockpit meant it was at a huge disadvantage at somewhere like Le Mans. At the end of the flat-out three-mile long Mulsanne Straight it was 30mph down on cars like the closed Ferrari 250 GTO. The solution was to give the Cobra a roof. Created by young designer Peter Brock, the resulting Daytona Cobra Coupé featured wind-cheating bodywork and an abrupt, aerodynamically efficient Kamm tail that helped it reach a top speed of more than 190mph. Named after the American Daytona 24 hour race, just six Cobra Coupés were made between 1964 and 1965. And they were pretty successful, winning their class at Le Mans and at other significant GT races as well as claiming the 1965 World GT title. Today, those cars are either in museums or private collections, and they’re pretty valuable: one was sold at auction in 2009 for £4.3 million. You won’t often see them out on the road or racetrack, in other words. Fast forward a few decades and the Hi-Tech Automotive Company decided to build a replica and even got Peter Brock to update the design. The result was the Superformance Brock Coupé and it immediately won a writ from the famously litigious Carroll Shelby for copyright infringement,


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passing off and anything else he could think of. But while many makers of AC Cobra replicas have been forced to think again after getting a letter from Shelby’s legal team, the Superformance story has a happy ending. This time, though, Shelby had a close look at one of the South African-built cars before fully cranking up legal action. He was so impressed by its quality and the way Brock’s updates were in tune with the 21st century yet didn’t lose the raw appeal of the original, that he granted the company a licence to call them Shelbys, and they even have ‘proper’ CSX9000 series chassis numbers. At around this point, British businessman and successful championship winning ‘gentleman’ racer Nigel Hulme enters the story. A past owner of one of the most famous Cobras of all – known by its registration plate 39 PH – Hulme happened across the Superformance Daytona. He fell in love with its looks and specification and quickly secured a deal to be the UK importer and representative for the car through

The initial bark reduces to a low rumble as the engine warms up but the local wildlife has already taken fright his company Le Mans Coupés Ltd, which also imports replica Ford GT40s built by Hi-Tech. And this is what he’s selling. With prices starting at around £120,000, you are getting an extraordinarily rare beast that evokes the spirit of the original racer, but which is tamed for today’s crowded roads. But not tamed that much. Yes, it has creature comforts such as air conditioning, electric windows, a leather and alcantara interior and even a radio (plus sufficient sound deadening so that you can hear it), but to drive it remains a raw, visceral experience. His white demonstrator is the ‘baby’ of the range. Powered by a 6.2-litre V8 from General Motors (as used in the Chevrolet Corvette) it has 425hp. But those with deep pockets and big boll… er, confidence in their ability behind the wheel can opt for more powerful units, including a supercharged V8 delivering more than 650hp. The original Daytona borrowed its chassis from the Cobra which was considered old fashioned even then. The update has fully independent suspension front and rear with coil springing rather than the cart springs of the original. The chassis has been stiffened for improved handling with revised geometry to permit the fitment of traditional and better looking deep-dish wheels.

It is also a little longer and taller than the original to provide more interior space, while there’s a little more side glass for improved visibility. I find that it’s also surprisingly practical, with a large boot nestling behind that huge rear window. On the road, though, it’s not about practicality. Yes, you can trickle happily through traffic, but what you really need are an open road, quick reactions, a strong left leg to operate the competition clutch and an equally positive grip on the curiously angled gear lever. Not that you need to change gear too often, such is the engine’s pulling power; put it this way, jam your foot down as you join the top of a slip road and you’ll be breaking the law long before you hit the motorway itself. Quick? Oh yes… how does a sub-four second time for the 0-60mph sprint and more than 200mph max. sound? Naturally, the noise is just glorious. Want to know more about its fuel consumption or exhaust emissions? Sorry, you’re reading the wrong road test. With neither traction aids nor even ABS, and not to mention an excess of power over grip, the Daytona Coupé needs to be handled with respect. But that just adds to the fun. Its best trick is undoubtedly the way it turns heads. So rare is the original that only a handful of people will know what it is you’re driving, but those who don’t will still realise that the Daytona is something very special indeed.

IN BRIEF Car: Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupé Mk II Price: from £120,000 Engine: Front-mounted, 6,162cc, V8 petrol Power: 425hp Performance: 200+mph, 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds Drive: Rear-wheel drive, six-speed manual superformanceuk.com

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Couture Culture If you’re captivated by the Horst P. Horst retrospective at the V&A (as featured in this issue on p. 14), take a look at the exquisite work of French-German photographer Cathleen Naundorf. She met Horst in the early 90s and he became both a mentor and a friend, inspiring her to move into fashion photography; in 1997 she began to shoot Paris runway shows backstage for Condé Nast and from 2005 to 2011, she worked on a series called Un Rêve de Mode, with six couture houses, including Chanel, Lacroix, Dior and Valentino. She was given access to gowns from their archives for her elaborate, theatrical shoots and the results can be seen in Haute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf or through London’s Hamilton Gallery. cathleennaundorf.com / hamiltonsgallery.com

The last sitting III by Cathleen Naundorf. Designer: Elie Saab - Haute Couture, Winter 2011 - no. 11 - Grand Palais, Paris Color-print from original polaroid - 14.09.2011 - Julia Oleynick / Nathalie Model Agency Photography: Cathleen Naundorf

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THE WORLD By tabithah rahman

Turkish Delight

Window Shopping

After exploring the hustle and bustle of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, retreat to the city’s newest addition, Raffles Istanbul. The establishment overlooking the Bosphorus, the Princess Islands and the historic peninsula is set to be the “new face of Istanbul”, located in the heart of the Zorlu Center, a thriving hub for fashion, food and the arts. The sleek interior incorporates specially commissioned works by local artists and the hotel even has its own Art Concierge to guide guests through the city’s fascinating art scene. For those of you who are more interested in opening your purses than perusing artworks, Raffles Istanbul, ideally situated amongst designer shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques, also offers guests a personalised shopping and styling service.

Teaming up with luxury online boutique platform 9streetsonline, the Dylan Amsterdam Hotel is taking room service to a whole new level with its personalised Room Shopping package. Via interactive screens, guests can shop for everything they need without having to leave the comfort of their room, from cocktail dresses to favourite beauty products, and items are guaranteed to be delivered within the hour. Situated on the Keizersgracht canal, this charming 17th century hotel is nestled between luxury boutique districts and landmark museums, including the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum and The Hermitage. Once you’re done soaking up the culture and picturesque canals, return to the hotel for its own unique version of High Tea: High Wine.

Accepting reservations from 1 September raffles.com

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Sky High Absorb the tranquillity of the Indian Ocean’s southern coastline at Sri Lanka’s newest hotel, Cape Weligama. Perched on a mountain top, the resort boasts a string of villas and suites within stone-encased Watts (gardens) and Walauwas (mansions), each with a spectacular panoramic view of the sunset and the ocean depths below. For the avid traveller, Cape Weligama is ripe with variety, offering a balance between relaxation and adventure. Whether you prefer star-gazing from a crescent-shaped infinity moon pool or snorkelling in the aquamarine ocean, the world’s your oyster. capeweligama.com

Club Cavalli Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli has created his own Italian haven in the exclusive Ibiza Marina with the opening of his open-air restaurant. The new hotspot for celebrities and fashionistas, Cavalli Ibiza Restaurant & Lounge merges fashion, food and design in the hedonistic setting of the party-loving Mediterranean island. Lounge in the tropical garden amid animal print cushions and floral-themed tablecloths courtesy of the Roberto Cavalli Home collection and indulge in a selection of traditional Italian dishes. Enjoy a Tuscan infusion, complemented by Tenuta Degli Dei red wine; a concoction brewed in the Cavalli family’s Tuscan winery. Branded vodka-based cocktails are also a must-have for all-night party goers. ibiza.cavalliclub.com

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Electric Annabel Harrison visits Japan for the first time, finding Tokyo utterly intoxicating but the Mandarin Oriental’s culinary scene so magnificent that leaving the hotel is quite a challenge


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“Eccentric, bizarre, deeply conventional and completely unconventional, Tokyo is a brainblast of culture shock and delightful discovery.” The opening gambit of the Luxe: Tokyo city guide turns out to be accurate; after a four-day, whistle-stop, Japanese ‘brainblast’, I quite agree. This sprawling, high-rise, colourful 21st century city is a mass of contradictions. Tokyo may have more than a dozen Michelin-starred restaurants and what Luxe terms “a grandslam dining scene” but plastic food is everywhere; on gimmicky iPhone cases (one featuring oversized spring onions – really), at stands selling everything from crêpes to crabs, and even outside restaurants far too nice to need to peddle their wares in such a tacky way (to a Westerner’s eyes). The fashion scene is just as polarised; in one morning, I pass women in beautifully understated, traditional kimonos and others of indeterminate age (12? 21?) in what I can only describe as full-on, cartoon-esque Harajuku-girl attire. It’s not just on the other side of the world. Japan feels like another world to me, used as I am to travelling predominantly in Europe, and it’s bonkers-brilliant. I love being bewildered by signs with incomprehensible symbols. I love the fact that women really do carry parasols to protect themselves from the sun and that Japanese teenagers are trustworthy enough for vending machines to sell beer. Tokyo is home to millions more people than London and during my stay, I figure that harmonious living is surely helped by the fact that the Japanese are not only respectful of rules, both spoken and unspoken, but they are also exceptionally polite. The Mandarin Oriental’s delightful assistant PR manager Gen embodies this attitude and he is a wonderful guide, welcoming us warmly when we arrive. It’s going to be an amazing city for the 2020 Olympics, I think to myself, as we are driven from Haneda airport after our 12-hour flight from London, quizzing Gen on city landmarks. Morning rush hour is kicking in but thanks to a spaghetti network of roads, just half an hour later we pull up under the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, home to the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo since 2005 when it opened its doors or, rather more accurately, its super-speedy lifts; the hotel is located between the 30th and 38th floors. Gen (who is as friendly as every member of staff I encounter) explains that the hotel’s design is intended to reflect the structure of a tree; so the sleek, Japanese-style lobby on the ground floor (which is called 1F in Japan, not GF) is dark and smart, with muted reds to represent power and the 178 bedrooms and suites, with their natural fabrics and colours, are the leaves in autumn, while the Spa is summer. The main lobby and restaurants are on floor 38 and the restaurants, bar and spa on 37; it takes a while to get used to the lift going down to your room rather than up but the factor common to every space in the hotel

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is an exceptional, panoramic view of Toyko. My bedroom is certainly the definition of a room with a view. I’m facing west on floor 35, which provides me with, on the sunny, clear days, a spectacular view of the imposing, snow-capped Mount Fuji, separated from me by 90 miles of metropolis. My bedroom has everything I’d expect from a five-star room (tea station, fast Wi-Fi, lovely stationery, huge bath, fluffy bedding) and added bonuses I wouldn’t (an unusually well stocked toiletries drawer, yoga mat and binoculars). It’s very chic, in chocolate brown, neutral beige and tan, and I like the wooden blinds that give the bathroom privacy. I am particularly pleased

Tokyo is easy to explore on foot; wander through Omotesando, Harajuku and funky Shibuya by the effectiveness of the black-out blinds and curtains, critical when fighting jet lag (it’s an eight hour time difference) and needing to trick your body clock. After an Italianate lunch at all-day dining destination K’shiki (which also houses the second of the hotel’s ten ‘Art of Dining’ components – the Pizza Bar) we’re taken on a guided tour of Nihonbashi, which takes its name from the nearby Bridge of Japan. It has been a commercially prosperous area since the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu Tokugawa, set up his capital (Edo) in 1590, later to be renamed Tokyo when the shogunate came to an end. Ieyasu built this landmark bridge in 1603 and declared it to be the point of origin for Japan’s five main roads. I’m astounded to learn from Gen that the city is considering removing a big, rather ugly flyover here before the Olympics to restore this heritage site to its former glory, at a surely enormous cost.

Nihonbashi is home to shops dating back to the 17th century that sell Japanese fans, sweets and paper products. If you’re impressed by these, head to the Japanese Paper Speciality Shop & Museum in Ozu Washi, incredibly, in situ since 1653; you’ll find beautiful note cards and origami, as well as an astoundingly realistic paper display of flowers. We wander around a chopstick shop, equally agog; it’s like Ollivander’s in Harry Potter. The most expensive pair is 1m yen (nearly £6,000). Continuing our Japanese education, our first traditional activity is a tea ceremony at The Koomon. We are full after a lavish hotel buffet breakfast (of eggs any way, fresh bread and pastries, juicy fresh fruit and Japanese dumplings; I love the banana bread and super crispy bacon) so sit quietly, awaiting instruction. “From the UK? We share the tea culture!” our hosts exclaim, smiling. The technique has been perfected over 500 years and the four pillars of the ceremony are purity, harmony, respect and tranquility. It’s very serious and taken very seriously. Bowing is key. We also do an incense ceremony at Kogado – incense arrived in the country from China, along with Buddhism – and our ‘game’, as our hosts term it, is about irises because they’re blooming in May (I get the feeling a lot of Japanese culture would be thrown out of kilter if global warming takes hold of our planet any more fiercely). Off we go again, to get purposely lost; one of many great things about Tokyo is how easy it is to explore on foot. A particularly fun area to wander through is home to the Omotesando, Harajuku and Shibuya districts. Omotesando has a young, funky and expensive vibe and feels like Bond Street crossed with Marylebone in places; Prada lords over a street corner, flanked by Cartier, Valentino, Kate Spade and Theory. I love Cat Street, with shop names that wouldn’t be out of place in Shoreditch: Too Cool for School, Jeanasis, Go-getter, Cannabis.


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Kiddy Land in Omotesando is a culture shock: there are five floors of colourful products – dominated by the beloved Hello Kitty, 40 this year – and hardly a child in sight; incredibly, it’s full of adults. Loft in Shibuya is an emporium to all things non-essential and super-kitsch; scrapbook decorations, fish hats, bizarre fancy dress, lunch boxes in every colour of the rainbow with bizarre English phrases and devices for exercising your face. Food is just as important as shopping, if not more so, as shown by lengthy queues snaking down streets and out of numerous foodie haunts. Gen tells us that the current food craze is hotcakes, hence the massive queue leading to Hawaiian breakfast spot Eggs ‘n’ Things in buzzing Harajuku, and gourmet popcorn (KuKuRuZa is best for this). Apparently French toast is the next big thing and Tokyo loves Kit-Kats (because it sounds like kitto katsu which means ‘you will surely win’) so much that the brand has opened a Kit-Kat Chocolatory. I think I’d rather visit this than the Tsukiji Fish Market again; it’s definitely worth going once, even if the pungent fish smell and sense of jeopardy created by the little dodgemlike motorised trolleys zooming around everywhere are off-putting. It’s the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind; 2,000 tons of fish are sold per day and it’s a mesmerising, overwhelming rabbit warren of every kind of seafood imaginable, serious-faced traders and giant slabs of frozen tuna being carved with saws. Our supper at the hotel’s Sushi SORA (sky in Japanese) is all the more impressive, having seen where the fish is sourced from only that morning. It can fit just

a group of eight or smaller groups, and two sittings per evening, so you’ll need to book ahead. Essentially, if you like raw fish and top quality sushi, this will be heaven; expert chefs prepare the freshest of fish – bonito, tuna, prawn, eel and white fish – and present it with freshly ground wasabi, piles of ginger and tiny splashes of soy sauce. The raw fish devotees in our group swear they’ll never eat high street sushi again and we agree that apart from the view, the hotel’s most outstanding feature is the food. In fact, it’s one of Japan’s outstanding features; UNESCO registered traditional Japanese cuisine (washoku) on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list last year. The Mandarin Oriental is the only hotel in Tokyo with two Michelin stars, held by Signature and Sense. I must point out here that I could have dedicated this whole article to describing the hotel’s dining at length; I’ll try to be brief but please take it as read that its food is the most exceptional offering of any hotel I’ve stayed at. The French cuisine at Signature is an experience amplified by amazing views and I recommend the fresh pea soup with quail egg followed by Japanese beef so mouth-wateringly tender I can cut it with a fork, and chocolate soufflé. Excitingly, Noma is taking over Signature next year (9-31 January). Next to it is Sense, with eye-catching pops of pink décor, which does beautifully presented Cantonese food. It’s the best dim sum I’ve ever had. Go for supper so you can luxuriate over it; my only regret is that my visit is just before a spa appointment and I am longing to devour more dim sum. Having said that, the spa is well worth leaving lunch for, it turns out. The pre-treatment facilities are


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excellent, not least because you can bask in the vitality pools or the sauna with the incredible view stretching miles ahead of you. My Kiatsu treatment, a “Japanese shiatsu-inspired massage” and bespoke to the hotel, is expensive (between £255 and £265 depending on the day of the week) but it’s 110 minutes of bliss. I’m given lemon yellow, soft, lightweight Japanese pyjamas and my amazing therapist Miho stretches and presses and pushes and pulls me until I feel elongated and tension-free. The combination of dim sum and Kiatsu is a soporific one; I fall into a deep, relaxed afternoon nap in my cool, comfortable bedroom. When I wake, it is of course time for another meal; afternoon tea in the Oriental Lounge. It’s no surprise this is done so prettily, given that the nation loves precision and small, delicate things; savoury tarts, tiny sandwiches and little blinis are followed by sweet treats including pale pink macaroons (which you can buy on the ground floor at the Gourmet Shop) and scones with cream and jam. Vanilla royal milk tea is served in gorgeously traditional teacups. Within the lounge is where the most magical gastronomy takes place, at Tapas Molecular. The meal costs about £100 per person, plus wine and service, but chef Ping serves up course after course (17 of them) with such flair and creative presentation that my delight is, according to my dining companions, audible throughout the meal! The Bloody Mary ‘aperitif’ is served in a cube, on an ice cube, and ‘Snacks’ include exquisitely pretty

crystal ravioli and apple caviar dispensed by test tube. Some of the ‘Degustation’ dishes are rather obliquely named – Spring Landscape, Crest of a Wave – but the Porcini Mushroom Cappuccino in a tiny beer mug is self-explanatory, and delicious, despite the fact I don’t normally like coffee. The Lamb, Straw is bizarre but brilliant; an exploding mouthful of juices within a chunk of meat. Desserts are named ‘Cherry Garden’ and include the miracle berry; I won’t give away the surprise. My advice if you’re heading to Tokyo for the first time? Visit in spring when the blossoms are at their most ravishing. Try Tapas Molecular (at least once). Don’t wave your chopsticks around and don’t tip. Be brave both in terms of menu choices and taking the subway. I guarantee a travel experience unlike any other.

MORE INFORMATION Rates at Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo start from approximately £274 per night on a B&B basis (mandarinoriental.com/tokyo; +81 (3) 3270 8800). British Airways offers a daily service from Heathrow to Tokyo Haneda seven times a week. Fares from £839.35 return including taxes/fees/carrier charges (ba.com/haneda; 0844 493 0787)

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Pearl of the Indian

Ocea Katherine Levy explores awe-inspiring ancient temples, sprawling tea plantations, verdant jungles and beaches in her tour of Sri Lanka, declared by Marco Polo “the finest island of its size in all the world�


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ri Lanka: the teardrop island; India’s quieter, less frantic sister. Cooled by the waves that lap at its shore, the capital Colombo is not a heaving, dusty New Delhi but an unremarkable city that does not overwhelm. Yet it is most people’s first breath of the island, having flown into the nearby airport, so an evening walk along the westfacing sea wall whilst the sky explodes in pink and purple gives the sense that, after a long journey, you have finally arrived. Young couples holding hands weave past barbecue fish sellers and the ocean breeze prompts children to fly makeshift kites against the twinkling lights of the five-star hotels that line the promenade. After a comfortable night’s sleep in one such hotel, the Taj Samudra, we head straight to the heart of the island, which boasts ancient cities and clusters of temples. Our base is the conveniently located Heritance Kandalama, part business and part retreat hotel, blended into the hillside with an infinity pool overlooking the Kandalama Lake and the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The hotel is surrounded by jungle vines and twisting trees, a perfect playground for monkeys. This is but one reason why Sri Lanka is great for kids; as soon as we are shown to our room we spot a monkey family, baby in tow, performing acrobatics on the balcony. Later, during a sunset cocktail, hotel guests are stunned to see an entire community of Gray langur monkeys taking a casual stroll past the pool.

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From our base we plan a day trip to the nearby Dambulla cave temples, where gold Buddha statues stand in front of painted cave walls, and the famous Sigirya Rock. Set within beautiful ancient gardens, this UNESCO World Heritage site is many things: geologically, it is a majestic solidified magma rock thrusting 600 feet above the flat plains that surround it; historically it is thought to date back to the Sinhalese kingdom of the fifth century; and spiritually it was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century, making it a site of pilgrimage for saffron-robed monks today. Visit early; by the time you complete the ascent to contemplate awe-inspiring views of surrounding lakes and jungle stretching to the horizon, the midday sun will have the upper hand. On the way back to the Heritance Kandalama our driver stops at a fruit stall for refreshments (the only way to travel in Sri Lanka is by chauffeur – buses are somewhat of a death wish). The lady who runs the stall hacks off the top of a King coconut and gives us straws to lap up the sweet juice, whilst proffering small, sugary bananas to snack on.

Sri Lanka is the world’s fourth largest tea producer; the colonial British identified the perfect tea-growing climate By the time we return to the hotel I’m ready to relinquish my weary limbs to a skilled masseuse in its sublime Six Senses Spa. That evening I sleep deeply. Our next home for three nights on the ancient cities circuit is a heavenly resort. Nestled within 58 acres of lush land bordering two ancient reservoirs, Ulagalla is as much a nature reserve as it is a luxury retreat. Guests stay in one of 20 chalets scattered around the expansive grounds, complete with private plunge pool and decking area which provide the ultimate privacy. Complimentary bicycles are useful for exploring the grounds and visiting the nearby ancient city of Anuradhapura. We cycle to the main house from our chalet, taking in the ponds, paddy fields, butterflies and storks, before settling down to a banquet of Sri Lankan curry for dinner. After the ancient cities, it is time for the cooler, more verdant hills in the south central part of the island. First up is Kandy, the cultural capital of Sri Lanka and a city that hugs a lake, featuring the Temple of the Sacred Tooth which houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a supposed tooth of the Buddha. We stay in the utterly quaint and peaceful Kandy House, a beautifully restored manor house in the hills with a pool landscaped into a jungle garden and a honeymoon suite that really is

fit for newlyweds, with a stone Jacuzzi centrepiece. Next we receive a thorough education in Sri Lanka’s most famous export: tea. The country is the world’s fourth largest producer, despite only being slightly bigger than the States’ West Virginia; the colonial British identified the perfect tea-growing climate afforded by the hill country here in the mid19th century. There are a number of bungalows or tea properties that provide a good base for visiting this region and you can also visit the Heritance Tea Factory in Nuwara Eliya for a guided tour of the plant. After tea country we travel the breathtaking route of the old railway from Ella to Haputale, rattling through the bright green hills on a golden afternoon. Remember to book first-class tickets in advance; second-class will leave you fighting for standing space. Further south is Udawalawe National Park where we see magnificent elephants up close on safari, though they say that the Yala National Park boasts the most elusive of safari


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must-sees, the leopard, so it’s worth the extra journey east. We end our coastal exploration with an unforgettable trip to the 17th century Dutch fort of Galle. Amangalla is a colonial house built in 1684 for the Dutch governor and is now a luxury boutique hotel, set within the stunning ramparts of Galle. As we enter the grand hall we’re met by hotel staff in pristine white uniforms and led across the Burmese teak floor, polished to perfection. The main hall is filled with antique Dutch furniture and opulent chandeliers. This is where high tea is served in the afternoon, and G&Ts and the local specialty, coconut arrack sours, are served before dinner. If you opt for a room on the top floor, Amangalla has rooftop views of colonial buildings and winding cobbled back streets with the fort and the sea in the distance. Our daily ritual soon becomes throwing on a fluffy white robe and pottering downstairs to the garden pool – a silent green oasis landscaped beneath a row of ancient trees, with capacious day beds in the shade. Following each dip a butler appears with iced coconut water and lime and basil sorbet then just as silently slips into the shadows. The food at Amangalla is superb; after some lengths in the pool I devour a coconut poached organic chicken salad whilst my partner opts for a papaya curry with garlic prawns, chilli and lime. For our final Sri Lankan stop, we decide to be incredibly lazy and flop on the beach at Amangalla’s sister resort Amanwella on the south coast, which is just divine. It seems only fitting to end one’s journey of the Indian Ocean’s pearl with cherry coloured sunsets and our toes in the sand. From £3,430 per person based on two people sharing, including breakfast, international flights, airport taxes and all private transfers (abercrombiekent.co.uk / 0845 485 1142)

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One of the newest additions to London’s skyline is now home to Western Europe’s highest hotel. Annabel Harrison visits Shangri-La at The Shard to see if its Orient-inspired offering and panoramic views are as spectacular as you’d expect


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WHAT IS IT about being high up that thrills so many adults? Adrenaline junkies can get their fix sky-diving over Hawaii, bungee-jumping into Victoria Falls or (a less physically demanding option) taking a helicopter from Monaco to Nice or over the snowy peaks of Verbier. Staying in a high-up hotel is a relatively rare experience and as a visitor to a city it’s a great way of getting to grips with its layout and iconic landmarks. Dubai boasts the king of these, the staggeringly tall Burj Khalifa. Having a drink on the 123rd floor was quite incredible; I was surrounded by towers that would be titans in London but in Dubai are dwarfed by the Burj, watching the lit-up fountains below twinkling in Dubai’s perma-bright night. London’s equivalent may not be nearly as close to scraping the sky (critics would have had a field day if permission had been given for a Shard three times its size) but it still packs quite a punch, at 309.6 metres (1,016 feet). The moment my friend and I are left alone in our room is when childlike excitement kicks in and I find myself glued to the expansive, floor-to-ceiling windows. To the right (and it’s a sheer drop; those with a phobia of heights, steer clear) there is a chopstickjunction of railway tracks, toy-like trains chugging soundlessly in and out of London Bridge station. The sense of peace and quiet is calming; something you’d never experience 41 floors down, jostling, hot, among thousands of commuters, amid a hubbub of noise. My favourite thing about the view is seeing how the disparate architectural styles of London from across the centuries sit shoulder to shoulder, each impressive in its own way. The City’s cluster of glass giants looms directly ahead, the masculine, bold Walkie-Talkie and Gherkin squaring up to each other, as if fighting for my attention (I wish the TV could sink into its unit; it’s in the way). In the distance One Canada Square blinks, its tallest building in London badge taken by the Shard but holding its own as the beacon of the thriving east. St Paul’s is on the left, majestic in its old age and not cowed by the contemporary behemoths springing up around it. Cranes speckle the skyline, evidence of a city that won’t sit still; use the binoculars provided to scout out London’s less obvious treasures. I have been able to see The Shard itself from my bedroom window for the past five years as it stretched upwards, its 11,000 individual glazed panels refracting the sun in the evening light. Designed by Renzo Piano, the tower is “generous at the bottom and narrow at the top, disappearing in the air like a 16th century pinnacle or the mast top of a very tall ship”. This glass and steel spire, levels 75-95, was made in a factory in Yorkshire, taken to pieces and reassembled on site. The highest level visitors can access, though, is 72, home to the viewing gallery at 244 metres, with views 35 miles in any one direction.

If you do bother to gaze inward rather than out, though, the 202 rooms and suites, if my Iconic City View is anything to go by, are lovely. The design isn’t loud or radical: Asian influences come across subtly and press releases mention a “soothing colour scheme and mood lighting… guest rooms are infused with cosy tranquillity”; I do feel tranquil. The weather is urban-grey but it creates a moody atmosphere which makes me happy to be cosy inside. The bed is enormous and heavenly soft, the air-con isn’t as fierce as I’d feared and the blinds are remarkable; despite the quantity of windows in the room, they render it so dark when we sleep that we blink for a good few minutes when we let the light in again. Although you’ll be tempted to stay in your room, you’ll want to eat here. For treats and tea, stop by LÁNG, the hotel’s artisan deli on the ground floor. GONG on level 52, where we sample cocktails traditional (Bellini) and bespoke (Bermondsey Bubbles), is hailed as the highest bar in Europe and its design was inspired by dou-gong, a structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that was used a great deal in traditional Chinese architecture. TING on level 35 is where most of your dining action will take place, with the views you’ve come to expect as standard (what a shock when we descend to ground level again). I like the Chinoiserie theme; traditional screens, oyster grey and gold hues, colourful accents, dark wood floors and lantern-inspired lighting. The average spend at supper is £55 per head for three courses (excluding wine) and we feast on the offering, which isn’t Chinese, as you might expect. My tuna is the best I’ve had in a long time, here and abroad, and my steak is chunky and beautifully cooked. My friend’s scallops and halibut are also highly praised. Take recommendations from the excellent sommelier Sophie who serves us some delightful wines, at which point I decide I could happily stay up here in the Shangri-La for significantly longer than a night. For those who are wondering, the hotel brand’s name is said to come from a fictional place described in Lost Horizon (1933) by British author James Hilton. It’s a mystical, harmonious valley, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains, and Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise, a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. I love our bustling, buzzing, beautiful city but taking a break from it, in it, above it, does indeed make me very happy. Room rates start from £450 per room per night. The hotel offers an exclusive Room with a View package from £530 per night, based on two adults sharing with breakfast and tickets to The View from The Shard. For reservations, email reservations.slln@shangri-la.com, call 020 7234 8088 or visit shangri-la.com/london

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On the Riviera Rivea, Alain Ducasse’s new restaurant at the Bulgari hotel, has received mixed reviews but I remain open-minded as I walk down the spiral staircase from the bar and into the dining room. The decor is rather on the eclectic side, featuring a blueand-white tiled floor reminiscent of a French bistro intermixed with glossy, wood-panelled walls and a glitzy beaded curtain. The restaurant is headed up by Ducasse’s protégé Damien Leroux, who has worked with the chef for ten years, and his professionalism and culinary expertise as demonstrated at Rivea is proof of his master’s ability to spawn genius. Following the current trend for tapas, the menu is divided into small plates of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and our obliging waitress recommends between four and five each to share, which is spot on. To start, my guest and I choose the warm octopus and potato salad, sea bass carpaccio, red mullet and buffalo mozzarella. Dishes appear as soon as they are ready from the kitchen but the impeccable staff has service down to a fine art to ensure we’re never rushed. The octopus arrives dressed with a drizzle of olive oil and served with perfectly cooked potatoes. Simple and elegant, Leroux has paid tribute to all of his classic ingredients and hasn’t tried to mask them with unnecessary, pretentious flavours. The buffalo mozzarella, for instance, is light and creamy, made even fresher by the addition of basil and courgette. The sea bass with pine nuts is full of delicate flavours, while the star dish, the red mullet, is beautifully cooked en escabeche with a light, crispy skin. Each starter is bite-sized so you’re left with plenty of room to enjoy the pasta course. Both the pappardelle with girolles, tomatoes and basil and the ravioli with aubergines and ricotta are as good as any pasta you’d get in Italy, cooked al dente and rich in flavour. The blue lobster main is the most expensive dish on the menu at £23 but well worth it for those lobster fans among you, although the John Dory gives it a run for its money, melting in the mouth with its soft, buttery texture. I recommend pairing the fish with any of the excellent meat dishes, including the tenderly seared beef fillet or the roasted duck. If you have room for dessert, opt for the delectable chocolate option or lemon shortbread served with a refreshing kick of Limoncello sorbet. Each course is paired with a different wine as recommended by the restaurant’s talented young sommelier, Sam Heathcote. While the overall setting for Rivea is informal, the prices match those of a high dining experience, ranging from £6 to £11 for a starter dish and £11 to £23 for a main, but when the food is as good as this, you don’t feel cheated when the bill finally arrives. Olivia Sharpe Rivea, Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7; rivealondon.com

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Meatopia SW3

Our New Favourite Local

Exactly two years ago, my fiancé and I had supper at 4 Sydney Street, then named Sette and owned by Frankie Dettori. We enjoyed it but our experience wasn’t particularly memorable. It reopened this July as Brasserie Gustave, named after the Eiffel Tower’s architect, and I can honestly say I haven’t had a more enjoyable supper in London this year. Jovial co-owner and general manager Richard Weiss not only made us laugh every time he came to our table but also gave us an extensive (and therefore tipsy) insight into his curated selection of 170 bottles of wine, from a reasonable £18. The waiters were all smiling as they served customers and the Friday night atmosphere was palpable. The food was fantastic too, evidence of head chef Laurence Glayzer’s ten years of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants in France. I’d recommend the refreshing chilled leek and potato soup starter, although my fiancé devoured the bone marrow with such enthusiasm that I feel you must try this if you’re partial to it. The main courses of poussin and onglet steak were both delicious and if you opt for steak tartare or whole sea bass, it will be finished and served by Richard from a trolley service next to your table. He also whipped up our Crêpe Suzettes in this fashion, with theatrical flair, and we shared these (tempted to lick the plate clean, I must admit), and the melting-middle fondant au chocolat. Richard, we’ll definitely be back. Annabel Harrison Brasserie Gustave, 4 Sydney Street, Chelsea, SW3 6PP 020 7352 1712; brasserie-gustave.com

Baku to its Roots We must confess: the K&C team had never tried Azerbaijani food before but we’re pleased to report that not only is it delicious but also that London’s only Azerbaijani restaurant can, conveniently, be found on Sloane Street. We’d recommend going straight into the restaurant; it might be buzzing on the weekend when the DJ is in residence but on a mid-week night we find the Spirit Level bar rather lacking in atmosphere. The menu is innovative and head chef Marvin has done a sterling job in introducing modern European trends to authentic Azerbaijani dishes. The set menu, £27 for three courses, is great for discovering the traditional cuisine. Scallops and quail, seasoned with Azerbaijani flavours and twists, are fantastic, as are the main courses of sea bass and chicken saj. Share desserts as we wager you’ll find it hard to choose between pineapple dolma and the delectable macaroons. Try Lebanese wine too; the Château Marsyas is lovely. Baku, 165 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QB bakulondon.com

The high holy event for meat lovers is just around the corner. Meatopia will run on 6 and 7 September, showcasing the best carnivorous culinary talent in both London and abroad. The event is a Who’s Who of meat, featuring some of our favourite local chefs, including Richard Turner of the Hawksmoor and Ross Clarke of Dirty Bones. Hungry visitors will be able to indulge in savoury smoked morsels, the best in barbeque offerings and even whole roasted beasts on spits. And if the aroma of grilled steak doesn’t get you salivating, there will also be hosted edible demos, DJ BBQ setting the mood and four bars serving up craft beers, aged spirits and pairing wines. meatopia.co.uk


Just Like Grandma’s City life can sometimes have you wishing for grandma’s home cooking. When your next comfort food craving strikes, we recommend a visit to Muriel’s Kitchen. With fresh flowers on the tables, a country chic decor and classical music, Muriel’s instantly makes you feel at home. The menu features its ‘famous’ and comforting homemade lasagna, along with British sourced classics such as a warm, filling fish pie and perfectly cooked Scotch eggs. As ideal a spot as this is for lunch with your mum or brunch with friends, it’s not surprising that the thing we love best about Muriel’s is dessert. Take a peek at the tempting treats in the Pastry Case and try the decadent coconut cake, or, our personal favourite, the delectable dulce de leche brownie. Muriel’s Kitchen, 1-3 Pelham Street, SW7 2ND murielskitchen.co.uk

Crème de la Crème Satisfying your craving for Parisian pastries no longer requires a trip on the Eurostar. Dubbed the ‘patisserie of the 21st century’, La Pâtisserie des Rêves has now set up shop in South Kensington. Along with the brand’s best-selling classics, including the éclair, tarte au citron and pain au chocolat, the West London boutique also offers a selection of exclusive ice-creams, as well as a range of hot and cold savoury dishes, otherwise known as La Pâtisserie des Rêves & Friends. Pop in for takeaway treats or dine al fresco on the welcoming outdoor terrace. La Pâtisserie des Rêves, 13 Exhibition Road, SW7 2HE; lapatisseriedesreves.com

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Naughty but Nice

Pass the Parcel For those of you not fully acquainted with dim sum (or “little steamed parcels of deliciousness” according to the menu), Ping Pong is the place to train your tastebuds. Expect a full range of beef, chicken, seafood and vegetable options and not just steamed but puffed, fried, griddled and baked. Dishes arrive as small sharing plates bursting with a variety of Asian flavours; crispy duck spring rolls come with a deliciously rich hoisin sauce, the char sui buns are dreamily fluffy and sweet, and the chicken shu mai is succulent and sticky. Don’t forget the seasonal special of squid, prawn and coriander cakes too. If you’re ready for a filling dessert, go for the excessively rich chocolate pudding and a bucketful of cappuccino or choose the more subtle mango pudding with coconut milk and a macchiato. However, the ambience is slightly lacking early in the evening, with few bums on seats, so we suggest opting for a later booking. Hannah Lemon Ping Pong, 74-76 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH 020 7313 9832; pingpongdimsum.com

For a devilishly delicious meal, head to local favourite Lucky Seven Diner and try its new Seven Deadly Sins menu. The American style diner now offers satisfyingly sinful dishes to indulge your naughty side, including Huevos rancheros, green chilli cheeseburgers and pulled pork sandwiches. All for just £7 each, the Seven Deadly Sins offerings will be available from Monday through to Thursday until, you guessed it, 7pm. You can expect the most authentic and gluttonous dining experience this side of the Brooklyn Bridge. Lucky Seven Diner, 127 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QL lucky7london.co.uk

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Luke Treadaway, Gemma Arterton, Thandie Newton and Eddie Redmayne

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England vs Argentina Coronation Cup

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Ladies’ First WHAT: Glorious Goodwood Ladies’ Day WHEN: 31 July WHERE: Glorious Goodwood, Sussex WHO: Tom Cruise, Edie Campbell, Zara Phillips, the Earl and Countess of March and Kinrara, and Michael Owen WHY: Celebrities dressed up in their very finest to attend the Magnolia Cup charity race at Glorious Goodwood this summer. Presented by Chelsea-based jeweller Theo Fennell, the event raised money for two charities, The Reading Agency and Best Beginnings, and was a very fashionable affair indeed. Jockeys wore bespoke jockey silks created by revered fashion designers including Sarah Burton, Jasmine Guinness, Frost French and Bella Freud. However, it was Glorious Goodwood’s Ladies’ Day Ambassador and model Edie Campbell who won our sartorial vote, dressed stylishly in Vivienne Westwood. She was also crowned Magnolia Cup winner and the prestigious prize was presented to her by guest of honour Tom Cruise, who arrived to the sound of the Mission Impossible theme tune. You don’t get much more suave than that.

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Jockeys

Pixie Lott, Gok Wan and Oliver Cheshire

The Last Battle WHAT: Audi International Polo WHEN: 26 July WHERE: Windsor Great Park WHO Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Douglas Booth, Thandie Newton, Eddie Redmayne and Luke Treadaway WHY: The most thrilling game of the season saw England and Argentina battle to the end to claim the prestigious Coronation Cup at this year’s Audi International Polo. After observing the nail-biting match from the Royal Box overlooking the Queen’s Ground, HRH the Prince of Wales presented the trophy to the deserving winners, though it wasn’t long before it ended up in the hands of an overexcited Dominic Cooper. Guests gorged on Dorset crab, lamb and creamy chocolate marquise before being led over to the Buddha Bar tent where drinks continued to flow.

Lavinia Brennan, Katie Readman, Natalie Pinkham, Martha Ward and Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs

Olga Kurylenko and James Gunn

Zoe Saldana

Chris Pratt

Vin Diesel and Aytan Eldarova

Heroes & Villains WHAT: Guardians of the Galaxy after party WHEN: 24 July WHERE: Bo Lang, Chelsea WHO: Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Olga Kurylenko, Mark Ruffalo and James Gunn WHY: To celebrate the latest instalment of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy, starlets of the film travelled from Leicester Square to Chelsea’s Asian restaurant Bo Lang (not quite as far as across the galaxy) for an action-packed after party. Guests dined on the restaurant’s famed dim sum, which was perfectly complemented by Fortune Cookie martinis. Avengers star Mark Ruffalo also paid a visit, alongside Bond girl Olga Kurylenko, to praise Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt (who looked incredibly dapper in a threepiece suit) on their performances.

Photography: Getty Images/Dave Benett

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Photography: Hannah Young Lady Julie Montagu

Amanda Kyme and guest

Annabelle Neilson and Marissa Hermer

Birthday Treats WHAT: Bumpkin Summer Party WHEN: 17 July WHERE: The Chelsea Gardener WHO: Alice Naylor Leyland, Pippa Vosper, Marissa and Matt Hermer, and Noelle Reno WHY: Bumpkin’s festivities commenced in Chelsea on a Thursday night with a classic British summertime garden party, hosted in celebration of the restaurant’s first birthday by Matt and Marissa Hermer. Held among the beautiful blooms of The Chelsea Gardener, the merriment began with partygoers tucking into snacks of creamy goats’ cheese and stuffed portobello mushroom canapés, a succulent gourmet barbeque buffet and cooling ice creams. With garden games in full swing, from Giant Jenga to Connect Four, we could definitely tell who the competitive ones were (mentioning no names), while other guests danced the hot summer night away to live music by three-piece Caribbean steel band Solid Steel.

Matt and Marissa Hermer, Tom Aikens and Justine Dobbs-Higginson

Just Like Magic

Noelle Reno, guest and Olivia McCall

HRH Prince Harry and HRH The Duke of Cambridge

Pippa Vosper

Juliet Angus, Marissa Hermer, Alice Naylor-Leyland and Olivia Buckingham

Samantha Barks

WHAT: French Connection AW14 Launch Campaign WHEN: 23 July WHERE: Oxford Street WHO: Jourdan Dunn, Nick Grimshaw, Troy, Lilah Parsons and Sarah Ann Macklin WHY: Hallowe’en came slightly early as French Connection’s flagship store burst with tricks and treats for its #NeverMissATrick launch party, which saw the A/W14 collection unveiled. Celebrating its ongoing partnership with Rankin, the new line draws inspiration from magical elements so it was only fitting that the great wizard himself and face of the new range, Troy, provided an enchanting performance of magic tricks, leaving the likes of Jourdan Dunn and Sarah Ann Macklin spellbound. Though there were no pumpkins in sight, potions of vodka cocktail concoctions were sipped throughout the night as DJ Nick Grimshaw and Becca Dudley performed their own style of magic on the decks.

Brotherly Ties

David Gandy The two teams

Photography: Getty Images/Dave Benett; Ian Tonks

WHAT: Kent and Curwen Royal Charity Polo Cup WHEN: 19 July WHERE: Watership Down Estate, Berkshire WHO: HRH The Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince Harry, Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber, and David Gandy WHY: Spectators congregated at the picturesque Watership Down Estate to see HRH Prince Harry and HRH the Duke of Cambridge and their fellow Westcombe teammates going head-to-head with BP Polo to claim Kent and Curwen’s Royal Charity Polo Cup. The event, which aimed to raise funds for charities Tusk Trust and Sentebale, was action-packed, as the Princes triumphed over BP Polo’s brothers Chevy and Joevy Beh. Before the match commenced, guests retreated to Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magnificent Berkshire Estate to tuck into lunch. This was later followed by a quintessentially British afternoon tea, courtesy of Belgraves Hotel Pont Street chef, Sophie Michell.


london living Photography: FRENCH CONNECTION #NeverMissATrick A/W14 Launch Event

Troy, Lilah Parsons, Becca Dudley and guest

Jimmy Q and friend

Paige Reifler and guests

Lilah Parsons

Tanya Burr

Felicity Gilbert, friend and Kyla La Grange

Troy, Becca Dudley and Nick Grimshaw

Sarah-Jane Crawford

Jimmy Q and Jourdan Dunn

Sarah Ann Macklin

Guests

Arlissa and Jimmy Q

Becca Dudley

Jim Chapman and Tanya Burr

Anthony Joshua and Jamal Edwards

Roxie Nafousi and Arlissa Ruppert

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Jeeves of Belgravia 123 Fulham Road, SW3 6RT 020 7589 9229 jeevesofbelgravia.co.uk

Sloane Tailors & Dry Cleaners 69 Lower Sloane Street SW1W 8DA 020 7824 8644 sloanetailorsanddrycleaners.co.uk

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Bourbon Hanby 151 Sydney Street, SW3 6NT 020 7352 2106 bourbonhanby.com

Hawkes and Son 50-52 Walton Street, SW3 1RB 020 7589 2523 hawkesandson.com Watch Repair

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The Cow

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Cadogan Street Dental Office

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251 Brompton Rd, SW3 2EP 0845 250 0010 subzero-wolf.co.uk

2 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BJ 020 7763 9100 chelseaconsultingrooms.com

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Medicare Français

Electric House

Hairdressers

Cartier 143-144 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BL 020 7312 6930 cartier.co.uk

The Watch Gallery 129 Fulham Road, SW3 6RT 020 7952 2731 thewatchgallery.co.uk Vintage Watch Sellers

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Gaucho 3 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4JJ 020 7370 4999 medicare-francais.co.uk

Hari’s

89 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DX 020 7584 9901 gauchorestaurants.co.uk

The Ledbury Restaurant Smile Style Dental Care

305 Brompton Road SW3 2DY 020 7581 5211 harissalon.com

146 Holland Park Avenue, W11 4UE 020 7727 5810 smilestyledental.co.uk

Light Hair Studio

42 The Dental Practice

293 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7792 0100 lighthairstudio.com

42 Pembridge Road, W11 3HN 020 7229 5542 42thedentalpractice.com

127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ 020 7792 9090 theledbury.com

The Lonsdale

Watches of Knightsbridge 64 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7JF 020 7590 3034 watchesofknightsbridge.com

47 Cadogan Street, SW3 2QJ 020 7581 0811

The Mitre The Portobello Clinic

Richard Ward 82 Duke of York Square SW3 4LY 020 7730 1222 richardward.com

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Hutch Interiors

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69a King’s Road, SW3 4NX 020 7351 0911 thechelseadayspa.co.uk

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40 Holland Park Avenue, W11 3QY 020 7727 6332 themitrew11.co.uk

One Kensington 1 Kensington High Street, W8 5NP 020 7795 6533 one-kensington.com

Bar Boulud Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA 020 7201 3899 barboulud.com

Restaurant Gordon Ramsay 68 Royal Hospital Road, SW3 4HP 020 7352 4441 gordonramsay.com


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La Bottega 14 Gloucester Road SW7 4RB 020 7581 6980 labottega.co.uk

Ottolenghi Delicatessen 63 Ledbury Road W11 2AD 020 7727 1121 ottolenghi.co.uk

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Chelsea Arts Club 143 Old Church Street SW3 6EB 020 7376 3311 chelseaartsclub.com

Kensington Nannies 3 Horton Place, Kensington High Street, W8 4LZ 020 7937 2333 kensington-nannies.co.uk

222 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH 020 7727 3095 wildatheart.com

The Sloane Club

cleaners

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Hillside Clothes Care

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Lower Sloane Street SW1W 8BS 020 7730 9131 sloaneclub.co.uk

Business Affairs computer & technology help

Infusion Haberdashery and Dry Cleaners

Richard Darsa

3 Chepstow Road, W2 5BL 020 7243 8735 infusion-haberdashery.co.uk

78 Cadogan Place SW1X 9RP 07768 200 551 richard@darsa.net Couriers

Partridges 2-5 Duke of York Square SW3 4LY 020 7730 7102 partridges.co.uk

15 Elgin Mews W11 1PU 020 6305 8941 runners4u.com

Selena Courier Service 59 Ledbury Road, W11 2AA 020 7727 5030 meltchocolates.com

27 Eardley Crescent SW5 9JS 020 7912 0062 selenacourier.co.uk

William Curley

Luxury Car Services

198 Ebury Street, SW1W 8UN 020 7730 5522 williamcurley.co.uk

Avolus Luxury Transport

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Boujis 43 Thurloe Street, SW7 2LQ 020 7584 2000 boujis.com

38 Lombard Road SW11 3RP 020 7978 6506 avolus.com

lifestyle services london lifestyle service

223 Notting Hill Gate, Suite 221 W11 3JE; 020 7221 2153 nottinghillcleaning.com

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Frame Set & Match St. Anne’s Housekeeping 19 Bolsover Street, W1W 5NA 020 3397 7495 stanneshousekeeping.com

111 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LE 020 7589 7635 sk@framesetandmatch.com psychotherapist

Pets

Suzanne Thomas Canine Culture Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL 079 4952 3710 canineculture.co.uk

Purple Bone 95 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ 020 7985 0903 purplebone.com

Little Luxuries Premium Cigars

71 Walton Street SW3 2HT 020 7989 9890 whitecirclecollection.com

dog training

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White Circle Collection 298 King’s Road, SW3 5UG 020 7352 6500 thecadoganarmschelsea.com

William Gaze Ltd Basement, Loft & Extension Specialist 28 Imperial Square 020 7078 8874 williamgazeltd.com

M.A. Dog Training and Services Notting Hill Cleaning

Runners 4 U Couriers

Chocolatiers

Melt Chocolates

118 Kensington Park Rd, W11 2PW 020 7243 6900 hillsidedryclean.co.uk

Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart

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century21uk.com NOTTING HILL 10 Clarendon Road W11 3AA 020 7229 1414

crayson.com NOTTING HILL 10 Lambton Place W11 2SH 020 7221 1117

dominiclondon.com KENSINGTON 38 Gloucester Road SW7 4QT 020 7581 0154 faronsutaria.co.uk

NOTTING HILL 129-131 Notting Hill Gate W11 3LB 020 7717 5106

harrodsestates.com

SOUTH KENSINGTON 115 Old Brompton Road SW7 3LE 020 7590 0333

CHELSEA 58 Fulham Road SW3 6HH 020 7225 6700

KENSINGTON 172 Kensington Church Street W8 4BN 020 7792 1881

hamptons.co.uk

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 82 Brompton Road SW3 1ER 020 7225 6506

KENSINGTON GATE 22 Gloucester Road SW7 4RB 020 7581 1152

CHELSEA 134 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7717 5291

NOTTING HILL 299 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7727 7777

HAMPTONS COUNTRY HOUSE

8 Chertsey Street, Surrey GU1 4HD 01483 339740

BELGRAVIA 1 Motcomb Street SW1X 8JX 020 7235 8861

SOUTH KENSINGTON 25-27 Harrington Road SW7 3EU 020 7581 8888

KENSINGTON 8 Hornton Street W8 4NW 020 7937 9371

CHELSEA 2 Cale Street SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

douglasandgordon.com CHELSEA 45 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DH 020 7225 1225

SALES & LETTINGS

john-taylor.com

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KNIGHTSBRIDGE 168 Brompton Road SW3 1HW 020 7584 2044

domusnova.com VERNON YARD, W11

BAYSWATER 78 Westbourne Grove W2 5RT 020 7221 7817

CHELSEA 54-56 Lower Sloane Street SW1W 8BP 020 7730 8762

A converted barn set over three floors, designed by a local architect and situated in a private mews, featuring a sliding roof and original barn doors. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 receptions, balcony, garage. £2,500 per week Unfurnished 020 7243 1352 nhl.lets@faronsutaria.co.uk

NOTTING HILL 17 Kensington Park Road W11 2EU 020 7727 1717

EARL’S COURT 239 Earl’s Court Road SW5 9AH 020 7835 1577

DOVE MEWS, SW5

A stylish and contemporary style mews house in South Kensington, arranged over three floors with a private terrace and fully-fitted eat-in granite kitchen. Master bedroom suite, 2 further double bedrooms, bathroom.

FULHAM & PARSON’S GREEN OUR SERVICE WILL MOVE YOU 617 Fulham Road SW6 5UQ 020 7717 5141

£1,300 per week Furnished/Unfurnished 020 7590 0333 obr.lets@faronsutaria.co.uk

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PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 37 Alexander Street W2 5NU 020 7908 9338

PADDINGTON 4c Praed Street, W2 1JX 020 7717 5313

hogarthestates.co.uk EARL’S COURT 16b Hogarth Place SW5 0QT 020 7373 5222

PIMLICO & WESTMINSTER 50 Belgrave Road SW1V 1RQ 020 7717 5315

hlrlets.com

SLOANE SQUARE 7 Lower Sloane Street SW1W 8AH 020 7717 5317

CHELSEA 117 Sydney Street SW3 6NR 020 7351 7822

WEST END 30 Warwick Street W1B 5NH 020 7201 6699

HYDE PARK & BAYSWATER 24-25 Albion Street, W2 2AX 020 7262 2030 MARYLEBONE & REGENT’S PARK 20a Paddington Street W1U 5QP 020 7486 6338

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NOTTING HILL 89 Notting Hill Gate W11 3JZ 020 7717 5109

KENSINGTON 375 Kensington High St W14 8QH 020 7087 5696

kayandco.com

faronsutaria.co.uk NOTTING HILL 301 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7717 5311

MAYFAIR 48 Berkeley Square W1J 5AX 020 3284 1888

BAYSWATER 23 Leinster Terrace W2 3ET 020 3280 3504 FULHAM 29 Effie Road SW6 1EN 020 3280 3528


HOLLAND PARK 128 Holland Park Avenue W11 4UE 020 3282 1550

MAYFAIR 26a Conduit Street W1S 2XY 020 7495 9580

WEST CHELSEA 140 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7373 1010

Notting Hill 178 Westbourne Grove W11 2RH 020 7727 3227

KENSINGTON 103 Kensington Church Street W8 7LN 020 7938 3666

South Kensington 123a Gloucester Road SW7 4TE 020 7373 5052

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knightfrank.co.uk marshandparsons.co.uk BELGRAVIA 82-83 Chester Square SW1W 9JH 020 7881 7722 CHELSEA 352a King’s Road SW3 5UU 020 7349 4300 FULHAM 203 New King’s Road SW6 4SR 020 7751 2400 Hyde Park 1 Craven Terrace W2 3QD 020 7871 5060

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KENSINGTON 54-56 Kensington Church Street W8 4DB 020 7938 4311

North Kensington 136 Lancaster Road W11 1QU 020 7313 8350

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 60 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DD 020 7591 8600

Notting Hill 2-6 Kensington Park Road W11 3BU 020 7313 2890

NOTTING HILL 298 Westbourne Grove W11 2PS 020 7229 0229

South Kensington 29 Harrington Road SW7 3HD 020 7590 0800

SOUTH KENSINGTON 157 Gloucester Road SW7 4TH 020 7871 4111

sothebysrealty.co.uk CHELSEA 62-64 Fulham Road SW3 6HH 020 7808 8540

Marylebone 5 Dorset Street W1U 6QJ 020 7580 2030

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 66 Sloane Street SW1X 9SH 020 7235 9959

savills.co.uk CHELSEA 196-200 Fulham Road SW10 9PN 020 7578 9000 KENSINGTON 145 Kensington Church Street W8 7LP 020 7535 3300

waellis.co.uk KNIGHTSBRIDGE 174 Brompton Road SW3 1HP 020 7306 1610

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wilfords.com KENSINGTON 6 Holland Street W8 4LT 020 7361 0400

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pattersonbowe.co.uk KNIGHTSBRIDGE 49 Beauchamp Place SW3 1NY 020 7581 3253

NOTTING HILL 303 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7221 1111

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Knightsbridge & Chelsea 289 Brompton Road SW3 2DY 020 7589 6616

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savills.co.uk

1 BEAUTIFUL CORNER MAISONETTE CLOSE TO KENSINGTON GARDENS lancaster gate, w2 Reception room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø family bathroom ø guest cloakroom ø porter ø 257 sq m (2,764 sq ft) ø EPC=C Guide £4.95 million Leasehold, approximately 966 years remaining

Knight Frank

Savills Notting Hill

Antonia Thorp antonia.thorp@knightfrank.com

Oliver Lurot olurot@savills.com

020 7871 5060

020 7727 5750


savills.co.uk

1 MAGNIFICENT FAMILY HOUSE DIRECTLY OVERLOOKING SQUARE GARDENS norland square, w11 Double reception room ø 4 further reception rooms ø study ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 5 further bedrooms ø 3 further bathrooms ø staff bedroom ø utility room ø guest cloakroom ø garden ø access to communal gardens ø Grade II listed ø 363 sq m (3,908 sq ft) Guide £7 million Freehold

Savills Kensington Kit Allen kallen@savills.com

020 7535 3300


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savills.co.uk

ARUNDEL GARDENS, w11

ALBION CLOSE, w2

Reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø further bedroom ø shower room ø shared garden ø access to communal garden ø 97 sq m (1,049 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Entrance hall ø open plan reception room/kitchen ø study ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 shower rooms ø mews parking ø 174 sq m (1,868 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £1.75 million Leasehold

Guide £3.35 million Freehold JSA: Kay & Co

Savills Notting Hill afrankish@savills.com 020 7727 5750

Savills Notting Hill dpetrie@savills.com 020 7727 5750

MAPLE LODGE, w8

ACADEMY GARDENS, w8

Reception/dining room ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø further bedroom ø family bathroom ø underground parking ø communal gardens ø gym ø 24 hour porter ø 108 sq m (1,161 sq ft) ø EPC=B

Entrance hall ø reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedroom suites ø cloakroom ø 2 patio gardens ø underground parking space ø communal gym and swimming pool ø 120 sq m (1,291 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Asking £2.475 million Share of Freehold JSA: Jo Webster

Guide £2.95 million Leasehold

Savills Kensington sholmes@savills.com 020 7535 3300

Savills Kensington tholcroft@savills.com 020 7535 3300

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1 2

savills.co.uk

WYCOMBE SQUARE, w8

SCARSDALE STUDIOS, w8

Entrance hall ø reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room ø further bedroom with en suite shower room ø 24 hour security ø concierge ø 108 sq m (1,161 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Entrance hall ø studio/reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø shower room ø guest cloakroom ø 78 sq m (842 sq ft) ø EPC=G

Asking £2.45 million Leasehold

Guide £1.5 million Freehold

Savills Kensington tholcroft@savills.com 020 7535 3300

Savills Kensington kallen@savills.com 020 7535 3300

BRAMHAM GARDENS, sw5

STANLEY MANSIONS, sw10

Reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø further bedroom ø family bathroom ø garden ø 87 sq m (994 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Entrance hall ø open plan reception room/kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 2 further bedrooms ø shower room ø communal patio and roof terrace ø 106 sq m (1,139 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £1.9 million Share of Freehold

Guide £2 million Leasehold

Savills Chelsea bharvey@savills.com 020 7578 9000

Savills Chelsea bharvey@savills.com 020 7578 9000

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savills.co.uk

1 A LATERAL APARTMENT WITH DIRECT VIEWS OVER HYDE PARK kingston house east, sw7 Reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø bathroom ø shower room ø 24 hour concierge ø lift ø 87 sq m (938 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Savills Sloane Street Christian Warman cgwarman@savills.com

020 7730 0822 Guide £2.595 million Leasehold, plus Share of Freehold


savills.co.uk

LETTINGS LAYOUT ONLY

1

BEAUTIFULLY REFURBISHED FIVE BEDROOM MEWS HOUSE justice walk, sw5 Master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedrooms (1 en suite) ø family bathroom ø double reception room ø separate eat-in kitchen ø study ø wine cellar ø south-facing garden ø roof terrace ø 232 sq m (2,579 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=C

Savills Chelsea Sophie Tiarks stiarks@savills.com

020 7578 9011

Furnished £3,750 per week + £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* *£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees.


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LETTINGS LAYOUT ONLY

BARK PLACE, w2

ALLEN STREET, w8

4 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø double reception room ø eat-in kitchen ø patio ø garage by separate negotiation ø 164 sq m (1,773 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=E

2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø open plan kitchen ø balcony ø off street parking space ø 100 sq m (1,082 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £1,500 per week

Unfurnished £1,295 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill amackinnon@savills.com 020 7727 5751

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington lgood@savills.com 020 7535 3333

HOLLAND PARK, w11

PALACE COURT, w2

2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø eat-in kithchen ø wooden flooring ø 162 sq m (1,749 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=E

3 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø eat-in kitchen ø patio ø newly refurbished ø 103 sq m (1,110 sq ft) ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=C

Furnished £2,500 per week

£900 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington shyde@savills.com 020 7535 3333

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill ndennis@savills.com 020 7727 5751

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EGERTON GARDENS, sw3

REDCLIFFE CLOSE, sw5

2 bedroom suites ø reception room ø kitchen ø cloakroom ø access to communal gardens by separate negotiation ø 119 sq m (1,285 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

2 bedroom suites ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø terrace ø wooden flooring ø 171 sq m (1,850 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £1,495 per week

Furnished £1,750 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Knightsbridge cjalexander@savills.com 020 7584 8585

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Chelsea stiarks@savills.com 020 7578 9011

KINGS ROAD, sw7

PETERSHAM PLACE, sw7

3 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø separate kitchen ø roof terrace ø 93 sq m (994 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C

2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø kitchen ø garage ø 144 sq m (1,550 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=D ø EPC=D

Unfurnished £1,150 per week

Unfurnished £1,495 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Chelsea omellotte@savills.com 020 7578 9020

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Knightsbridge tsutton@savills.com 020 7590 5079

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Golden Cross Mews, Abingdon Villas, W8 W11 A beautifully spacious approx. 120m sq (1300sq ft) mews house offering comfortable refurbished family house located moments from High Streetaccommodation Kensington. The within a secure gated development off the popular Portobello Road. Thebathrooms, house comprises a double reception located room, recently refurbished kitchen, modern property is ideally to enjoy a wonderful lifestyle choice all the amenities five bedrooms andsituated a large utility room on the lower ground floor.with Benefitting from high and attractions Notting has toparking. offer. This vibrant fashionable area is surrounded by ceilings throughout andHill off street EPC: E international boutiques, cafes, gyms, good schools and Michelin star restaurants on your *Tenant step. ChargesEPC: Tenants door Cshould note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Notting Hill Office Lettings. 020 7717 5341 | Sales. 020 7717 5311

£2,500 per week £1,350,000 Share freehold Unfurnished (charges of apply)* • • • • • •

Reception/dining Five bedrooms room Kitchen Two bathrooms Utility Gardenroom Three Patio bedrooms Two bathrooms Off street parking Roof terrace and Garage Central location


Collingham Road, SW5 Abingdon Villas, W8

£2,500 per week £2,850,000 Share of Freehold Unfurnished (charges apply)*

This exceptional three bedroom apartment includes a superb 23’0 xStreet 15’3 reception roomThe A beautifully refurbished family house located moments from High Kensington. with accessato a fullreception width portico private balcony, additionally there is a stunning housedirect comprises double room, recently refurbished kitchen, modern bathrooms, rear 24’0 x 20’6and westafacing roof terrace, forground entertaining a grand scale. five bedrooms large utility room onsuitable the lower floor. on Benefitting fromThis high outside space enjoys unrestricted views over the attractive communal gardens, to which ceilings throughout and off street parking. EPC: E it enjoys access. EPC: D

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per

person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Chelsea Office Sales. 0207 835 1444 | Lettings. 020 7717 5433

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Three bedroom Five bedrooms Two bathrooms Balcony Garden Large Patio roof terrace Access to communal Off street parking gardens 1262 sqftlocation Central


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Thornwood Gardens, Abingdon Villas, W8 W8 A beautifully three bedroom first floor apartment superb lateral living accommodation and The refurbished family housewith located moments from High Street Kensington. underground parking in this landmark development with 24 hour concierge andbathrooms, security house comprises a double reception room, recently refurbished kitchen, modern service. Thornwood Gardens comprises eight houses andfloor. thirty five apartments, five bedrooms and a large utility room onof the lower ground Benefitting from high exclusively situated around a beautifully landscaped garden square. EPC: B ceilings throughout and off street parking. EPC: E

£2,500 per week £6,500,000 Leasehold Unfurnished (charges apply)* • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Kensington Office Sales. 020 7937 9371 | Lettings. 020 7717 5459

Reception room Five bedrooms Kitchen/Breakfast Two bathrooms room Three bedrooms Garden Three Patio bathrooms Communal gardens Off street parking Underground parking Central location


Rutland Court, Abingdon Villas,SW7 W8

£2,500 per week £6,800,000 Share of Freehold Unfurnished (charges apply)*

An outstanding four bedroom lateral floormoments apartment. Rutland CourtKensington. is a A beautifully refurbished family housefirst located from High Street The magnificent redbrick period mansion block situated within a private road with 24 hour house comprises a double reception room, recently refurbished kitchen, modern bathrooms, security and porterage. The apartment offers wonderful proportions and high ceilings five bedrooms and a large utility room on the lower ground floor. Benefitting from high throughout with particularly good reception space offering views towards Hyde Park. ceilings throughout and off street parking. EPC: E

EPC: C

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per

person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Knightsbridge Office Sales. 020 7717 5461 | Lettings. 020 7717 5463

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Reception room/dining area Five bedrooms Kitchen and breakfast room Two bathrooms Master Gardenbedroom suite Dressing Patio room Three further bedrooms Off street parking Guest cloakroom Central location


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Chelsea Bridge Abingdon Villas,Wharf, W8 SW8 A beautifully stunning penthouse apartment situated in one of the best positions in Chelsea BridgeThe refurbished family house located moments from High Street Kensington. Wharf. It benefitsafrom a double height reception with farkitchen, reachingmodern westerly views house comprises double reception room, recentlyroom refurbished bathrooms, over Battersea and Parkaand towards the River. It lower also offers twofloor. secure underground five bedrooms large utility room on the ground Benefitting fromparking high spaces. C ceilingsEPC: throughout and off street parking. EPC: E

£2,400,000 £2,500 per week Leasehold Unfurnished (charges apply)* • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Sloane Square Office Sales. 020 7717 5481 | Lettings. 0207 717 5483

Two beds and two baths Five bedrooms Two private parking spaces bathrooms Three balcony’s Garden Long Patiolease Lift Off street parking Porter/Caretaker Central location


Oakley Street, SW3 Abingdon Villas, W8 A beautifully beautiful two bedroom family flat with an amazing roof terrace with views overlooking theThe refurbished house located moments from High Street Kensington. Thames. house comprises a double reception room, recently refurbished kitchen, modern bathrooms, five bedrooms and a large utility room on the lower ground floor. Benefitting from high ceilings throughout and off street parking. EPC: E

£995 per week £2,500 per week Unfurnished (charges (chargesapply)* apply)* • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Chelsea Office Lettings. 020 7717 5433 | Sales. 0207 835 1444

Two Five bedrooms Two bathrooms Garden Patio Off street parking Central location


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Stafford Court, Abingdon Villas,W8 W8 A beautifully superb three bedroom lateral withmoments a large bright reception room, woodenThe refurbished familyapartment house located from High Street Kensington. floors southerly views. The property set on the 2nd floor kitchen, and comprises separate house and comprises a double reception room,isrecently refurbished modern bathrooms, eat-in modern kitchen, two double bedrooms both with en floor. suite bathrooms, five bedrooms and a large utility room on the lower ground Benefittingthird from single high room/study and guest cloakroom. EPC: D EPC: E ceilings throughout and off street parking.

£1,495 £2,500per perweek week Furnished (charges apply)* Unfurnished (charges apply)* • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Kensington Office Lettings. 020 7717 5459 | Sales. 020 7937 9371

Three bedrooms Five bedrooms Two bathrooms Eat-in Gardenkitchen Lift Patio Porter Off street parking 1,475 sq ft (137 sq m) Central location


Egerton Gardens, SW3 Abingdon Villas, W8 Having undergone refurbishment and located finishedmoments in a contemporary beautiful The A beautifully refurbished family house from Highstyle, Streetthis Kensington. split level apartment boasts a wealthroom, of features, communal garden views and direct lift house comprises a double reception recently refurbished kitchen, modern bathrooms, access. EPC: E and a large utility room on the lower ground floor. Benefitting from high five bedrooms ceilings throughout and off street parking. EPC: E

£850 per week £2,500 per week Furnished (charges apply)* Unfurnished (charges apply)* • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Knightsbridge Office Lettings. 020 7717 5463 | Sales. 020 7717 5461

Communal Garden Five bedrooms Two bedrooms bathroomstwo bathrooms Split level conversion Garden South Patio facing reception Newly refurbished Off street parking Central Location location


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Lower Sloane Street, Abingdon Villas, W8 SW1W A beautifully recently refurbished two bedroom apartment moments from the Street desirable Sloane The refurbished family house located moments from High Kensington. Square. The property has reception a fantasticroom, dual aspect which has views over Holbein house comprises a double recently refurbished kitchen, modernMews bathrooms, and as far as the London There areon wooden floors through out which creates light, five bedrooms and a largeEye. utility room the lower ground floor. Benefitting fromahigh bright and airy feel. and EPC:off C street parking. EPC: E ceilings throughout

£795 per week £2,500 per week Furnished (charges apply)* Unfurnished (charges apply)* • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Sloane Square Office Lettings. 0207 717 5483 | Sales. 020 7717 5481

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Hot Property: Reece Mews A stunning three bedroom mews house

This immaculate, rebuilt mews house is located in the heart of South Kensington and offers three pristine en suite bedrooms within four floors of living space. The three bedrooms and a stylish study are located on the top two floors, whilst the spacious entertaining space is situated on the lower ground floor. The open kitchen boasts a beautifully finished island with all the modern conveniences for entertaining guests and the sofas upstairs in the reception room offer the perfect place to relax. The house has been completely refurbished to an immaculate first-class standard, boasting exceptional light throughout. It also benefits from a fabulous west-facing roof terrace off the master bedroom suite, with views onto the peaceful cobbled mews street below. This stunning property is conveniently located approximately 0.2 miles from South Kensington tube station and 0.4 miles from Gloucester Road tube station. With the house situated just off Old Brompton Road, it is ideally

Reece Mews, South Kensington, SW7 £4,650,000

placed near a diverse selection of local amenities and shops as well as being a stone’s throw from prestigious, world-class museums and galleries such as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Royal Albert Hall.

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Abingdon Road, Kensington W8 A wide corner house with a separate flat

Situated on the corner of Abingdon Road and Scarsdale Villas is an impressive wide family house. 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, bedroom 7/study, loft/storage, guest cloakroom, paved patio. EPC rating E Approximately 345 sq m ﴾3,719 sq ft﴿. Freehold

 

Guide Price: £5,650,000 ﴾KEN140128﴿

      KnightFrank.co.uk/kensington kens@knightfrank.com 020 3551 5156

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Ovington Gardens, Knightsbridge SW3 Four bedroom freehold house

An exceptional house situated in a sought after Knightsbridge location, with a west facing roof terrace and private rear garden. Master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, media room, kitchen, utility room, kitchenette, roof terrace, rear garden, air conditioning. Approximately 280 sq m ﴾3,014 sq ft﴿  Freehold

KnightFrank.co.uk/knightsbridge knightsbridge@knightfrank.com 020 3641 5913 Joint agent: Savills Knightsbridge 020 7581 5234

Guide price: £6,750,000

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Clarendon Works, Notting Hill W11 Four bedroom warehouse‐style living

A unique opportunity to acquire an iconic freehold house in this highly desirable location in Notting Hill. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms ﴾2 en suite﴿, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, gymnasium/family room, cinema room, wine cellar, office, utility room, terrace. Approximately 381 sq m ﴾4,103 sq ft﴿ Freehold Guide price: £10,500,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/nottinghill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449 Joint Agent: Aylesford sales@aylesford.com 020 7351 2383

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Clarendon Road, Notting Hill W11 Grade II listed family house

Newly refurbished and stylishly decorated three bedroom, Grade II listed corner house with a garden, conservatory and a wealth of period features. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double reception room, kitchen, dining room, conservatory, utility room, 2 guest cloakrooms, garden. EPC rating D. Approximately 247.3 sq m ﴾2,663 sq ft﴿ Freehold Guide price: £5,750,000 ﴾NGH130132﴿

KnightFrank.co.uk/notting‐hill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449 Joint agent: Savills nottinghill@savills.com 020 7727 7750

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Pembridge Crescent, Notting Hill W11 Two flats for sale in same building in W11

A rare opportunity to purchase a well presented raised ground floor flat and garden flat ith an exciting opportunity to create an impressive maisonette subject to the necessary planning consents. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms,  2 kitchens, balcony, garden. Approximately 127 sq m ﴾1,368 sq ft﴿

KnightFrank.co.uk/nottinghill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449

Share of Freehold Guide price: £2,350,000 ﴾NGH070202﴿

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Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington SW7    

A three double bedroom triplex with private terrace

A superb apartment occupying the second, third and fourth floor of this beautiful Victorian pillar fronted building. Reception room, kitchen, 3 double bedrooms 3 bathrooms, guest cloak room, roof terrace . EPC rating C. Approximately 272 sq m ﴾2,930 sq ft﴿ Leasehold   Guide price: £5,250,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/southkensington southkensington@knightfrank.com 020 8128 1253    

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Frederick Close, Hyde Park W2 Charming mews house with garage

A beautifully presented house with own internal garage located in a quiet mews moments from the green open spaces of Hyde Park. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, reception room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom. EPC rating C. Approximately 130 sq m ﴾1,400 sq ft﴿

KnightFrank.co.uk/hydepark hydepark@knightfrank.com 020 3544 2483

Freehold Guide price: £2,500,000 ﴾HPE110170﴿

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Cambridge Square, Hyde Park W2 Newly refurbished garden square townhouse

A spacious townhouse offering versatile accommodation and finished to a high specification throughout. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, dining room, open plan kitchen, 2nd kitchen, large balcony, air conditioning, under floor heating, integral garage. EPC rating C. Approximately 340 sq m ﴾3,660 sq ft﴿ Freehold

      KnightFrank.co.uk/hydepark hydepark@knightfrank.com 020 3544 2483  

Guide price: £5,500,000 ﴾HPE110170﴿

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Kensington Park Gardens, Notting Hill W11  

Lateral living on communal gardens

A lateral first floor flat located in prime Notting Hill overlooking Ladbroke Square with wooden floors throughout. It comprises of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double reception room, kitchen, lift and access to communal gardens. EPC rating C Approximately 149.5 sq m ﴾1,609 sq ft﴿. Available unfurnished

  KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings nottinghilllettings@knightfrank.com 020 7985 9990  

Guide price: £2,250 per week ﴾NHQ201561﴿

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The Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge SW7

A newly refurbished apartment offering spacious accommodation and benefitting from outstanding concierge services. 3 double bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, 24 hour concierge, parking space, storage unit, gym and swimming pool. EPC rating C. Approximately 157 sq m ﴾1,692 sq ft﴿

KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings knightsbridge@knightfrank.com 020 7591 8601

Available furnished

Third floor flat in prestigious development

£4,250 per week ﴾KNQ202183﴿

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Campden Street, Kensington W8 A lovely family house in the heart of Kensington

A delightful family home situated on one of Kensingtons most desirable streets. The property is set over three floors and and offers flexible family living space. EPC rating D. Approximately 129 sq m ﴾1,388 sq ft﴿. Available furnished

KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings kenslettings@knightfrank.com 020 7937 8203

Guide price: £1,850 per week ﴾KEQ201370﴿

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Cathcart Road, Chelsea SW10

This fully refurbished house is neutrally presented to a high level finish throughout offering modern and spacious family accommodation. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/diner, garden, WC, boot room. EPC rating D. Approximately 254 sq m ﴾2,734 sq ft﴿

        KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings chelsealettings@knightfrank.com 020 7349 4300

Available furnished or unfurnished

Beautifully presented six bedroom house with garden

Guide price: £3,500 per week ﴾CHQ196911﴿

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Rise Above It “Market forces are alive and well” in Prime Central London (PCL): There’s been “a distinct change in attitude on the part of both buyers and vendors” in PCL through this year’s second quarter, says Chestertons, while Knight Frank points out that “market forces are alive and well” as PCL’s property market begins to self correct. Values softened by 0.5% in Q2 as buyers “became more nervous about pricing in regard to value for money,” says Chestertons, while the number of fall-throughs escalated by 19% compared to the previous quarter, the number of price reductions nearly tripled, and the ratio of sold properties to properties for sale dropped by a chunk. The root of this nervousness can be put down – at least in part – to a combination of the “more difficult” lending environment in this mortgage market review world, to the Bank of England Governer Mark Carney’s talk of the likelihood of an impending interest rate rise, and sterling appreciation knocking out a good portion of potential overseas buyers. For example, if a Russian had bought a property in Kensington and Chelsea at the end of June last year for £2m, the same property would have cost an additional £303,000 at the end of June this year just on currency loss and without taking into account the property price increase over the period. There’s also a general election on the horizon, which “threatens to exert a significant impact on the prime market.” The rise in the number of fall-throughs is more likely down to an increase in conveyancing times as banks and solicitors need more detailed information;

even searches in some boroughs are taking up to four to six weeks, says Chestertons. The ration of sold properties to properties for sale on Lonres, meanwhile, has fallen from 11.9% in June 2013 to 7.2% in June this year – in no small part because applicant numbers in Q2 were 29% down on Q1. New instructions, on the other hand, were 20% up, taking available stock levels up by 30% and allowing the number of exchanges to actually rise by 9% on the quarter. Graph courtesy of: Chestertons

Image courtesy of: Hadley Group and Omni Capital

Lend a Hand Chelsea Island deal completes with £48 million bridge: Luxury developer Hadley Property Group has completed the acquisition of a prime development site next to the Chelsea Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour with a chunky bridging loan from Omni Capital. The Group, backed by the Lawson-Johnston’s multi-family office LJ Group and family-run developer/ investor Peterson Group, exchanged on the 1.16 acre freehold site back in April, and has now completed on the purchase thanks to a £48 million loan from Christian Candy’s shortterm finance outfit Omni Capital, which expects to lend a total of £1 billion this year. Chelsea Island, as the site is known, has full planning permission for a high-end resi-led scheme with 89 apartments and over 11,000 sq ft of mixed retail space. It is part of a wider redevelopment of the Chelsea Harbour area, with other neighbourhood offerings at Imperial Wharf, Chelsea Creek and the Lots Road Power Station. Works are due to start on site at Chelsea Island later this year.


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No Place Like Home Elena Dimova, managing director of CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, finds out what overseas buyers look for in their dream London property

Welcome to China Town

Chinese investment in London homes up 84%: Outbound investment from China to London has ballooned over the last 12 months, making it the most popular global destination for Chinese investment after a series of pushes from Mayor Boris’s team to make the city more Renminbi-friendly. Overall, Chinese outbound investment was 17% higher in the first half of 2014 than over the same period of 2013 at $5.4 billion. Commercial and infrastructure investment – which was the main focus of Boris Johnson and Ed Lister’s visit to the People’s Republic – has taken the lion’s share at almost $4 billion, but the big growth area is residential property: Chinese investment in London’s resi market has soared by 84% to $1.5 billion compared to the same period last year, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

We all know by now what it is that attracts overseas buyers from the Far East, Middle East, Europe and Russia to London. The question is: “What is it that they look for in a home once they are here?” Without doubt, it is an exquisite turn-key property that fuses the latest in modern design and technology with traditional elements. These buyers want to feel that their London home reflects the rich architectural and cultural history of this city and it truly feels English, distinguished from other properties they may have around the globe. They are discerning in their expectations and only the finest materials and most elegant finishes will do. They understand the vision, thought process, project management, attention to detail and time it takes to deliver a superior product and the cost of sourcing materials, as many of these buyers have homes in several countries. They appreciate book-matched Calacatta marble; rift-sawn American oak wooden floors, bespoke Italian kitchens and Gaggenau appliances. As an example, we have just launched a rare three-bedroom, three-bathroom apartment in a most handsome Victorian white stucco building on Hyde Park Square. This property is the pinnacle of today’s interior design. As soon as you walk over the threshold, the flow of the apartment captures you, seamlessly blending this naturally beautiful property with the most graceful design, leaving you feeling like you never want to leave. Access to amenities and restaurants, proximity to green spaces, such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, and if you are very fortunate, communal gardens, are all ingredients that add to the appeal. For overseas buyers, having a porter is often very important as well. Finding a dream property in London is an achievable reality.

Photography: Andy Parsons

Image courtesy of: Dalian Wanda Group and CBRE

CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, 10 Clarendon Road, W11 3AA 020 7229 1414; century21uk.com

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Bark Place W2 £5,495,000 This beautiful house provides over 3,000 sqft of living space, a westerly aspect garden and a separate mews house. The property boasts fabulous raised ground floor reception space that galleries over the lower floor, a fantastic kitchen/dining room and an additional reception room. The bedroom accommodation includes a large master suite, two further double bedrooms served by a bathroom and an attached mews house providing independent living accommodation and off street parking. Freehold. EPC=D. Joint Sole Agent.

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Pottery Lane W11 £3,600,000 Situated in one of Holland Park’s most desirable locations, this spectacular interior designed house is arranged over three floors, offering a large kitchen/family room with dining area, a media room on the lower ground floor, a stunning 24ft long reception room, two large bedroom suites and a private garage. Pottery Lane is located moments from the stunning Clarendon Cross and a short walk from all the amenities, boutiques, restaurants and transport links of Holland Park Avenue. Share of Freehold. EPC=C. Joint Sole Agent.

HOLLAND PARK: 020 7605 6890 sales.hol@marshandparsons.co.uk


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St Quintin Avenue W10 £2,500,000 This stunning maisonette boasts approx. 2,500 sqft of accommodation arranged over just two floors. Providing ample living and entertaining space, there is a superb feeling of space, high ceilings and bespoke design features throughout. The property is also benefits from an attractive walled garden ideal for summer entertaining. Located on a sought after avenue, the property is within easy reach of a wealth of amenities on Portobello Road, Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. Freehold. EPC=C. Joint Sole Agent.

NORTH KENSINGTON: 0207313 8350 sales.nkn@marshandparsons.co.uk


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Billing Road SW10 £2,500,000 This rarely available three-bedroom Victorian terraced house offers well proportioned living space arranged over four floors. The accommodation includes a superb kitchen/dining area on the lower ground floor and a large reception room spaning the entire ground floor with access to the private patio. The bedroom accommodation is arranged over the top two floors and includes three double bedrooms (one en suite) and a bathroom. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

EARLS COURT: 020 7835 0620 sales.ect@marshandparsons.co.uk


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Queen’s Gate Terrace SW7 £1,795,000 This stunning apartment is situated in one of South Kensington’s finest Victorian white stucco fronted houses. With the services of a lift and concierge, this impressive apartment sits on the third floor of a highly desirable building. The property boasts fantastic ceiling heights and very generous room dimensions. the accommodation comprises a large open plan reception/dinning room, a luxurious bathroom and an equally impressive double bedroom. Leasehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

SOUTH KENSINGTON: 020 7590 0800 sales.skn@marshandparsons.co.uk


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Pottery Lane W11 £1,600,000 This is an impressive and light-filled mews-style house ideally located right next to Clarendon Cross and Avondale Park. The accommodation comprises a large reception/TV room, a modern kitchen with ample space for dining on the ground floor, a generous double bedroom with en suite bathroom on the first floor and a further double bedroom with bath and pretty balcony on the second floor. Freehold. EPC=C. Sole Agents.

HOLLAND PARK: 020 7605 6890 sales.hol@marshandparsons.co.uk


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Ladbroke Terrace W11 £1,495,000 This rarely available two-bedroom raised ground oor apartment is located on a beautiful Victorian terrace in a prime Notting Hill location. Boasting high ceilings throughout, the accommodation offers excellent entertaining space with lovely period features including original shutters and large bay windows. There is a well appointed contemporary kitchen, two double bedrooms, excellent storage space and two bathrooms (one en suite). Share of Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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Ladbroke Grove W11 £1,250,000 This superbly located and beautifully presented first floor apartment enjoys breathtakingly high ceilings and spectacular views over communal gardens from both double bedrooms and the reception room. The property has been designed and finished to a wonderfully high standard and exudes style and charm from every corner. The accommodation comprises a generous reception room with a semi-open plan kitchen and two double bedrooms. Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

HOLLAND PARK: 020 7605 6890 sales.hol@marshandparsons.co.uk


Campden Hill Gardens, W8 ÂŁ1,350,000 Share of Freehold A charming and bright two bedroom maisonette (763 sq ft/70 sq m) situated on the second and third floors of a double fronted Victorian terraced house. The property is presented in very good decorative order and has long views over the roof tops of Kensington and beyond. Second Floor Entrance | Reception Room | Kitchen | Two Double Bedrooms | Bathroom | Cloakroom | EPC: D

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Strathmore Gardens, W8 ÂŁ1,225,000, Share of freehold A beautifully presented two bedroom maisonette (660 sq ft/61 sq m) situated on the raised and lower ground floors of an attractive double fronted Victorian terraced house. This lovely property has a gracious reception room with high ceilings, a large bay window and wooden floors. There is an arch through to an attractive kitchen/dining room. Downstairs there are two bedrooms and a modern bathroom. Reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Two bedrooms | Bathroom | High ceilings | EPC: D

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Westbourne Grove, W11 ÂŁ3,400,000 Freehold A spacious three bedroom maisonette of over 2000sqft with own front door, being sold with the freehold to the building, and offering the possibility of adding further space. Three Bedrooms | Two Receptions | Two Bathrooms | Maisonette | Balcony | 2,057 Approx Sq ft | EPC Rating D/E

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Moorhouse Road, W2 £2,750 per week A rare opportunity to rent this beautiful family house in the ever-popular ‘Artesian Village’.

Four Bedrooms | Three Reception Rooms | Three Bathrooms | 2,441 Approx Sq ft | EPC Rating D/E

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TITE STREET, SW3 ÂŁ2,195,000 STC LEASEHOLD An extremely attractive top floor maisonette benefiting from peaceful aspects over the roof tops of Old Chelsea. At the heart of the flat is a large open plan reception room with dining area which shares the views over the rooftops of Chelsea with the light-filled master bedroom above, which opens onto a private roof terrace via a glass atrium. Arranged over two double aspect floors, the flat offers further development potential (subject to the usual consents) to bring the entrance down to the second floor level, as well as the creation of additional accommodation space by converting the eaves storage. Period Apartment | 1,425 Sq Ft | Resident Caretaker | Smart Communal Entrance with Eaves Storage | South Facing Reception Room with Dining Area | Kitchen with Integrated Appliances | Master Bedroom with Private Roof Terrace | Two Further Double Bedrooms | Shower Room | Family Bathroom | Qualification for RBKC Parking | EPC Rating D

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Ennismore Mews, SW7 ÂŁ1,100 per week A beautiful three bedroom house situated in this secluded mews close to Knightsbridge and Hyde Park. The property has been newly refurbished to a high standard throughout and is available unfurnished. Three Bedrooms | Two Reception Rooms | Three Bathrooms | Roof Terrace | Resident Parking | Period Mews House | 1,679 Sq Ft

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Cornwall Gardens, SW7 ÂŁ2,450,000 Share of Freehold An exceptional two bedroom raised ground floor flat with windows every room in this prominent Grade II listed end of terrace period conversion. This wonderful flat boasts a great sense of light and space throughout due to its numerous windows on the eastern aspect that flood the principal rooms with a wealth of natural light. The flat extends to 1,260sq/ft (117sq/m) of well arranged accommodation with fantastic proportions and of particular note is the very impressive double aspect reception room with a large bay window that directly overlooks the well maintained communal gardens. Entrance Hall | Double Aspect Reception Room | Two Double Bedrooms | Bathroom | Kitchen | Loft Storage | Access to Communal Gardens (STUC)

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Courtfield Gardens, SW5 ÂŁ750 per week A bright two bedroom flat on the top floor of this well maintained mid terrace period conversion. The flat is presented in immaculate order of well arranged and proportioned accommodation on one floor only and comprises of full width, south facing entertaining space with pleasant views as well as access to the communal gardens. There is a generous master bedroom with ample storage and an en-suite bathroom, a second bedroom, a separate shower room and a kitchen. Of particular mention is the exceptional outside space with three hundred and sixty degree views that compliments an already generous amount of internal entertaining space. Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Dining Room | Kitchen | Two Bedrooms | En-Suite Bathroom | Shower Room | Roof Terrace (Demised) | Access to Communal Gardens

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Lancaster Road, Notting Hill W11 A big white stucco house on a faintly raffish street that retains all the charm that has made Notting Hill so popular. There is a village-like quality to this (still) bohemian area, and the house hits the high notes in terms of comfort and space. Recently re-roofed, re-plumbed, re-everything-ed, you could walk straight in to this surprisingly big and well-conceived house.


Double reception room Kitchen / dining room / family room Master bedroom suite Three further bedrooms Two further bathrooms (one ensuite) Study / office Utility room Cloakroom Terrace Garden Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 2,765 sq ft / 256.86 sq m EPC Rating Band D Guide Price ÂŁ4.25 million Freehold

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


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Kitchen / dining room Master bedroom suite Cloakroom / utility room Roof terrace City of Westminster 1,318 sq ft / 122.4 sq m EPC Rating Band D Guide Price ÂŁ2.3 million Leasehold (102 years remaining)

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


Campden Hill Road, Kensington W8

Double reception room

A great family house – completely redone with all the mod-cons – house seeking new owners as the current ones are off to LA!

Two further bedrooms & study

Kitchen / dining room Master bedroom suite Media room, sauna & garden Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 2,490 sq ft / 231.3 sq m EPC Rating Band F Guide Price £3.8 million Freehold

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 1117 2SH hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


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A beautifully presented ground and lower ground floor apartment in a stunning period building. The property has access to an additional one bedroom self-contained apartment and a peaceful private garden and resident's communal gardens. Clapham

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Situated in a highly sought-after private garden square in Old Chelsea is this lovely first floor flat with south-facing views over the communal gardens. The flat is wellproportioned and benefits from off-street, under cover parking. Clapham

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A beautiful family home situated in the heart of Notting Hill with spacious accommodation, high ceilings and many original features. The first floor reception room has wooden floors, twin fireplaces and floor to ceiling windows.

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Battersea Park

A fantastic home tucked away in this tranquil setting just off a prime residential street in Kensington, Palace Gardens Terrace. The property benefits from an open-plan kitchen that opens on to a wonderful west-facing garden. Clapham

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2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Open-plan kitchen, Decked roof terrace, Garden, EPC: E.

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LADBROKE ROAD, W11 ÂŁ6.500,000 Freehold

This five-floor, stucco-fronted property has been skilfully redefined to create one of London’s most exciting and contemporary houses. Cubic Studios made the most of unconventional materials to create stunning new features and spaces within a unique and exceptional home. epc = c -

Open-plan entertaining space Hand-finished kitchen Four bedrooms Steam room Jet stream swimming pool Approx 298.2 sq m (3,210 sq ft)

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INVERNESS MEWS, W2 ÂŁ2,350,000 Share of freehold

Two exclusive, newly developed apartments set within an adjoining pair of houses located in a quiet Bayswater mews. Both apartments feature significant lateral living spaces, private entrances, three double bedrooms, bicycle storage and the latest in modern technology and home luxuries. epc = c -

Large open-plan living spaces Architect-designed kitchens Three double bedrooms Cat 6 cabling & air conditioning Peaceful cul-de-sac location Approx 150 sq m (1600 sq ft)

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KENSINGTON GARDENS SQUARE, W2 ÂŁ3,250,000 Leasehold

A superb penthouse apartment featuring two wonderful roof terraces, one of which is arguably the most spectacular in the area. This property has been expertly configured and beautifully designed to provide the utmost in contemporary indulgence. epc = c -

Large lateral reception space Bespoke Poggenpohl kitchen Two bedrooms + two bathrooms Two private roof terraces 24 hour porter + underground parking Residents swimming + leisure facilities Approx 142.1 sq m (1530 sq ft)

Domus Nova Bayswater 78 Westbourne Grove W2 020 7221 7817 bayswater@domusnova.com

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WESTBOURNE GROVE, W11 £1,200 per week – admin fees apply* Long let

A unique two-bedroom maisonette located in the heart of Notting Hill. Featuring a vast reception space with vaulted ceilings, this property is truly inspiring. epc = d

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Large open-plan kitchen/reception room Two double bedrooms Two bathrooms (one en-suite) Located in the heart of Notting Hill Wonderfully light and bright Approx 103.45 sq m (1114 sq ft) domusnova.com/administrationfees

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ST QUINTIN AVENUE, W10 £550 per week – admin fees apply* Long let An exceptional refurbishment of a wellproportioned two-bedroom apartment in North Kensington. Beautifully styled throughout, this fantastic apartment has a calming and minimalist feel. epc = d *

Spacious reception area Fully integrated sunken kitchen Luxurious master suite Equally-sized additional bedroom Wired-in speakers Approx 75.13 sq m (808 sq ft) domusnova.com/administrationfees

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w CAMPDEN HILL GARDENS, W8 £1,950 per week – admin fees apply* Short let

Refurbished and interior designed by West11 properties is this stunning two-bedroom maisonette in the heart of Kensington. Featuring an excellent double aspect reception space, high ceilings and a stylish finish throughout. epc = d *

Large lateral double reception room Contemporary open-plan kitchen Two double bedrooms (one en-suite) Two bathrooms Approx 89.3 sq m (962 sq ft) domusnova.com/administrationfees

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Onslow Gardens

South Kensington SW7

A classically beautiful 2 bedroom apartment on the top floor of an immaculate white stucco fronted building, on one of London’s most desirable streets. The property is located on the 4th floor & has a separate kitchen, 2 double bedrooms & enjoys a very bright east/west aspect with delightful views over the residents’ communal gardens. The property is presented in excellent condition & has a neutral decor. Unusually this building is one of the few share of freehold properties on Onslow Gardens. EPC rating D

£1,395,000 share of freehold

Chelsea

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Cheyne Gardens

Chelsea SW3

This property is being sold with a short lease of approximately 14 years. An elegant & wellproportioned 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom lateral, 2nd floor (with lift) family apartment in this handsome red brick, portered mansion building. The bright triple aspect reception room has unusually high ceilings & west facing views over the communal gardens. Cheyne Gardens is located within easy walking distance of Chelsea Embankment & Kings Road. Sloane Square is the nearest underground station. EPC rating E

ÂŁ1,325,000 leasehold

Chelsea

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Abingdon Road

Kensington W8

A 5 bedroom family home located on this beautiful tree lined residential street in the heart of Kensington. Spread over 4 floors & approximately 2,200 sq ft, accommodation comprises 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 well proportioned reception rooms, open plan kitchen/dining room with a separate pantry & a utility room. Further benefits include a sunny terrace & a pretty south west facing garden. EPC rating F

ÂŁ4,595,000 freehold

Kensington

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Hornton Street

Kensington W8

A newly refurbished 3 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor (with lift) of this purpose built block. With over 1,120 sq ft of living space, the accommodation includes a bright south west facing reception room, fully fitted kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, bathroom & shower room. Evelyn House is located at the southern end of Hornton Street, providing easy access for both the leisure & transport facilities Kensington High Street has to offer. EPC rating C

ÂŁ2,000,000 leasehold

Kensington

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Wakeman Road

Kensal Green NW10

ÂŁ1,250,000 freehold

A gorgeous 4 double bedroom, 3 bathroom freehold house newly renovated with a fantastic mix of original period character & elegant modern decor. The property is ideally located in the heart of Kensal Green offering a wide variety of amenities. EPC rating D

Notting Hill

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Shrewsbury Road

Notting Hill W2

ÂŁ625,000 leasehold

A superb 1 bedroom flat, which has just been renovated, beautifully enhancing the natural light flowing throughout. The property has a spacious, functional layout with a stylish modern open plan kitchen/reception, double bedroom & a sleek shower room. EPC rating D

Notting Hill

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Melbury House, W14 £10,000,000

This beautiful five bedroom family house has been sympathetically refurbished to an extremely high standard and combines beautiful period features with contemporary interior design. The well balanced accommodation is arranged over five floors with solid wooden flooring throughout and well-designed outdoor space. Located on a beautiful tree lined street which is only moments from Kensington High Street where you will find a great variety of shops, restaurants and cafes.

· 5 bed house · Arranged over 5 floors with wood flooring throughout · Dressing room adjoined to Master Bedroom · All bedrooms include en suites · Games room on 4th floor · Stunning roof terrace · Energy Efficiency Rating Band D.


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Charles House, W14 £1,700,000

Located within the prestigious 375 Kensington High Street development, benefitting from a large south facing balcony this apartment has been designed with immaculate attention to detail and the latest innovations in technology to create a high end yet, comfortable city living. Moments’ walk to Kensington Olympia Overground and the District Line. London’s most famous shopping destinations nearby including Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street, Kensington Church Street. Close to open spaces including Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.

· 2 bed, 9th floor apartment · Bespoke granite kitchen with Miele appliances · Villeroy & Boch fitted bathroom and Bornbracht fixtures · Under floor heating to hallways and bathrooms · Comfort cooling / heating to all reception rooms and bedrooms · Full use of spa, gym and swimming pool facilities · Harrods 24hr security and concierge · Energy Efficiency Rating Band B.


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Charles House, W14 £950 Per Week

This spacious apartment set in the heart of one of London’s most sought-after locations the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, offers an unparalleled standard of living and convenience. Specification designed with immaculate attention to detail and the latest innovations in technology to create high end yet, comfortable city living. The development also includes a state of the art business suite, private cinema room and a landscaped courtyard.

Tenant agency fees: £240 administration fee per property, £48 referencing fee per Tenant / Guarantor.

· 2 bed, 10th floor luxury apartment · Bespoke granite kitchen with Miele appliances · Full use of spa, gym and swimming pool facilities · Harrods 24hr security and concierge · Energy Efficiency Rating Band B.


Charles House, W14 £1,050 PER WEEK

Luxury apartment in the prestigious new development, 375 Kensington High Street. This spacious apartment set in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea, offers unparalleled standard of living and convenience. Moments’ walk to Kensington Olympia Overground and the District Line. London’s most famous shopping destinations nearby including Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Sloane Street, Kensington Church Street. Close to open spaces including Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.

Tenant agency fees: £240 administration fee per property, £48 referencing fee per Tenant / Guarantor.

· 2 bed, 10th floor apartment · Bespoke granite kitchen with Miele appliances · Villeroy & Boch fitted bathroom and Bornbracht fixtures · Full use of spa, gym and swimming pool facilities · Harrods 24hr security and concierge · Available for immediate occupation · Includes secure underground car parking · Energy Efficiency Rating Band B.


Old Brompton Road, South Kensington SW5 A newly refurbished five bedroom lateral apartment (approx. 1,758 sq. ft.) in a sought after mansion block in South Kensington.The property is on the fourth floor (with lift) and benefits from 24-hour porterage and access to beautifully landscaped communal gardens. Accommodation comprises a spacious reception room, separate kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, four further double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Coleherne Court is located on the Old Brompton Road, close to the shops and amenities of South Kensington and the surrounding areas. EPC rating C.

Share of Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ2,650,000 020 7225 5911 andrew.gunnforbes@harrodsestates.com

KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE: 82 BROMPTON ROAD LONDON SW3 1ER T: +44 020 7225 6506 MAYFAIR OFFICE: 61 PARK LANE LONDON W1K 1QF T: +44 020 7409 9001 CHELSEA OFFICE: 58 FULHAM ROAD LONDON SW3 6HH T: +44 (0) 20 7225 6700 HARRODSESTATES.COM


Cheyne Walk, Chelsea SW3 A well-proportioned two bedroom apartment quietly located on the first floor (with lift) of a popular Chelsea mansion block. The accommodation comprises a bright reception room, separate kitchen, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. This south-west facing apartment benefits from 24-hour porterage and close proximity to the shops and restaurants of the Kings Road, as well as the River Thames. EPC rating D.

Leasehold approximately 69 years remaining Guide Price: ÂŁ1,800,000 020 7225 5911 andrew.gunnforbes@harrodsestates.com

KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE: 82 BROMPTON ROAD LONDON SW3 1ER T: +44 020 7225 6506 MAYFAIR OFFICE: 61 PARK LANE LONDON W1K 1QF T: +44 020 7409 9001 CHELSEA OFFICE: 58 FULHAM ROAD LONDON SW3 6HH T: +44 (0) 20 7225 6700 HARRODSESTATES.COM


De Vere Gardens, Kensington, W8 A stone’s throw from Kensington Palace and Hyde Park, this two-bedroom apartment – available, furnished for long-term rentals – is situated in a quiet residential street within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, health clubs and upmarket grocery stores. A doubleheight reception room, with French doors onto a private balcony, evokes a sense of space. Every room has surround sound and all audio-visual, lighting and blinds systems are controlled via iPad or iPhone. EPC rating C.

Price Per Week: £2,500 Plus property fees: £180 Admin & £220 Checkout. References: £42 per person* *http://www.harrodsestates.com/tenants

020 7225 5881 candice.fletcher@harrodsestates.com

KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE: 82 BROMPTON ROAD LONDON SW3 1ER T: +44 020 7225 6506 MAYFAIR OFFICE: 61 PARK LANE LONDON W1K 1QF T: +44 020 7409 9001 CHELSEA OFFICE: 58 FULHAM ROAD LONDON SW3 6HH T: +44 (0) 20 7225 6700 HARRODSESTATES.COM


The Tower, One St George Wharf, Vauxhall, SW8 A truly stunning selection of bright, two bedroom apartments in this brand new, riverside development. The Tower offers superb amenities to residents, with a luxury gym, spa, cinema, swimming pool, 24 hour porter and underground parking. The properties are immaculately presented aand offer spacious accommodation benefiting from remarkable floor to ceiling windows as well as under floor heating. Available now for long term lets on a furnished or unfurnished basis. EPC rating B.

Prices from £1,400 per week Plus property fees: £180 Admin & £180 Checkout. References: £42 per person* *http://www.harrodsestates.com/tenants

020 7225 5881 candice.fletcher@harrodsestates.com

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Culford Gardens, Chelsea SW3 • 2 Bedrooms

• Terrace

• 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite)

• Lift

• Reception room

• Porter

• Kitchen

• Approx. 840 sq ft (78 sq m)

• Balcony

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

“ A first floor flat situated moments from Sloane Square and the King’s Road”

Guide price £1,950,000 Leasehold with 70 years remaining

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

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

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Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge SW7 • 1 Bedroom

• Communal gardens

• 1 Bathroom

• Caretaker

• Drawing room

• Approx. 773 sq ft (71.81 sq m)

• Kitchen

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

“ A ground floor flat in this prestigious stucco fronted terrace overlooking the communal gardens of this quiet and much favoured Knightsbridge square”

Guide price £1,950,000 Leasehold with 967 years remaining

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

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

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Gordon Place, Kensington W8 • 3 Double bedrooms

• Roof terrace

• 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite)

• Garden

• Reception room

• Approx. 1,276 sq ft (118 sq m)

• Kitchen / dining room

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

“ A charming house situated in this quiet street in the heart of Kensington”

£2,000 per week Unfurnished

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

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

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W.A.Ellis will make an initial one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240 per tenancy plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be required for all properties. For further details of our services and charges please visit waellis.com


Egerton Gardens, Knightsbridge SW3 • 3 Double bedrooms

• Fully fitted kitchen

• 3 Bathrooms (2 en suite)

• Roof terrace

• Guest cloakroom

• Approx. 1,670 sq ft (155 sq m)

• 2 Reception rooms

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

“ A recently refurbished maisonette in this period building in the heart of Knightsbridge”

£1,695 per week Unfurnished

For more information call David Mills on 020 7306 1630 or email dmills@waellis.com

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

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W.A.Ellis will make an initial one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240 per tenancy plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be required for all properties. For further details of our services and charges please visit waellis.com


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With over 35 years’ experience and 50 branches across the Capital, our local knowledge and London network will ensure we achieve the right result for you. Local branches include • Bayswater • Fulham • Holland Park

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Holland Park Avenue, Holland Park, W11 £1,150,000 Holland Park 020 3542 2111 Email shp@kfh.co.uk

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A stylish two bedroom, two bathroom maisonette offering modern kitchen and a very light reception room leading on to a private roof terrace. The property is quietly situated near Holland Park underground station.

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Long lease Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Stylish reception room Private roof terrace Patio Leasehold EPC rating E

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Holland Road, Holland Park, W14 £450 pw

A bright and airy two bedroom apartment located within easy reach of High Street Kensington, Holland Park and Westfield.

• Two bedroom apartment • Amazing location • Moments from Holland Park • •

and High Street Kensington Furnished EPC rating C

Holland Park 020 3542 2120 Email lhp@kfh.co.uk £210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit kfh.co.uk/lettingsfees

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PROPERTY

Hot Property: Merchant Square A modern two-bedroom waterside apartment

This stunning two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment sits on a waterside setting in the heart of London. Complete with underground parking and 24-hour concierge service, Merchant Square has all the amenities required for comfortable modern living. The south-facing views over the Grand Union Canal provide the perfect backdrop to this impressive apartment, which measures some 968 sq ft and features a contemporary open-plan reception and kitchen, master bedroom with generous en-suite, second double bedroom and second bathroom. The property also comes with a useful and good-sized storage room at 161 sq ft. Paddington Basin is conveniently placed for walks to picturesque Hyde Park, Oxford Street, and a plethora of boutiques and restaurants. The location of the apartment offers easy access to the West End for a variety of theatre shows and performances, and to the prestigious shopping and cultural

Merchant Square, Paddington, W2 £1,380,000

precincts in Mayfair and Knightsbridge across the park. It is positioned tremendously well for a vast array of transport links from the Heathrow Express (which takes about 15 minutes to the airport) to Crossrail (to be completed in 2018), London Underground and many local buses.

020 7229 1414 nottinghill@century21uk.com

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At Wilfords you will be appointed a Senior Director as your point of contact within the company. They coordinate viewings and make sure you’re kept up to date with progress, something that a lot of our larger factory competitors struggle to do. It’s all part of our focus to provide a superlative service. We believe that at every step, finding, selling or renting your property should be a hassle-free, smooth and enjoyable process.

+44 (0)20 7361 0400 • info@wilfords.com • wilfords.com


GLOUCESTER TERRACE, W2 £1,400,000

800 SQ FT / 76 SQ M | 1 BEDROOM | SHARE OF FREEHOLD | CITY OF WESTMINSTER

This beautiful and unique first floor apartment has been refurbished to the highest standard throughout. To the front is a spectacular west facing spacious reception room boasting two 10ft French windows with original shutters and immaculately preserved period features and benefits from a private balcony. At the rear of the property is the en-suite bedroom with floor to ceiling wardrobes, luxury bathroom finished with natural stone and zoned Sonos system throughout.

+44 (0)20 7361 0400 • info@wilfords.com • wilfords.com


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HYDE PARK SQUARE HYDE PARK W2

ÂŁ3,750,000 share of freehold

3 bedrooms | double-aspect reception and kitchen | 3 bathrooms | communal gardens | lift | porter | Epc C An exquisite three-bedroom, three-bathroom lateral apartment, in a white stucco building with lift and resident porter on Hyde Park Square. This property effortlessly fuses modern design with traditional elements resulting in a superior finish using the finest materials and boasts a double-aspect reception and kitchen providing elegant living and entertaining space on one of London’s famous garden squares.

10 Clarendon Road London W11 3AA

020 7229 1414


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Hogarths EARLS COURT SQUARE SW5 • 2 beds • Lift • Garden

LET

£795 PW £1,635,000

EARLS EARLSCOURT COURT SQUARE SQUARE SW5 • • • • • • •

2 beds 2/3 beds Lift Lift Garden Private terrace Share of freehold

under offer aVAILABLE

£1,550,000 £2,450,000


020 7373 5222 info@hogarthestates.co.uk www.hogarthestates.co.uk

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Hogarths EARLS COURT SQUARE SW5 • 2 BEDS • GARDEN • LIFT

SOLD

£1,550,000

EARLS COURT SQUARE SW5

• 2/3 beds • Lift • Private terrace • Share of freehold

aVAILABLE

£2,450,000


BROMPTON ROAD, CHELSEA, SW3 CADOGAN GARDENS, CHELSEA, SW3 CADOGAN GARDENS, CHELSEA, SW3 CADOGAN GARDENS, CHELSEA, SW3 CADOGAN GARDENS, CHELSEA, SW3

£695 PER WEEK £695 WEEK £695PER PER WEEK £695 PER WEEK

ONE BEDROOM •• SPACIOUS RECEPTION ROOM TO COMMUNAL GARDENS • ONE BEDROOM • SPACIOUS RECEPTION ROOM • •ACCESS TO COMMUNAL GARDENS •• ONE BEDROOM SPACIOUS RECEPTION ROOM •ACCESS ACCESS TO COMMUNAL GARDENS •• HOUSEKEEPER ••PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED • HOUSEKEEPER • PROFESSIONALLY EPC EE•E• • GARDENS • ONE BEDROOM • SPACIOUS RECEPTION ROOM •MANAGED ACCESS TO••COMMUNAL HOUSEKEEPER PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED •EPC EPC • HOUSEKEEPER • PROFESSIONALLY MANAGED • EPC E • CHELSEA OFFICE CHELSEA OFFICE CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW33QU 3QU CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk +44+44 (0)20 7581 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk 25011 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk +44 (0)20 7581 henryandjames.co.uk 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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BROMPTON ROAD, BROMPTON ROAD, CHELSEA, CHELSEA,SW3 SW3

£1,695,000 LEASEHOLD £1,695,000 LEASEHOLD

• TWO BEDROOMS • 39FT TERRACE • OPEN PLAN RECEPTION ROOM • TWO• BEDROOMS • 39FT TERRACE •AND OPEN PLAN RECEPTION NATURAL LIGHT • BATHROOM WET ROOM • EPC E •ROOM • NATURAL LIGHT • BATHROOM AND WET ROOM • EPC E •

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

CHELSEA OFFICE CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU

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2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

CHELSEA OFFICE

• TWO BEDROOMS • 39FT TERRACE • OPEN PLAN RECEPTION ROOM • NATURAL LIGHT • BATHROOM AND WET ROOM • EPC E •

£1,695,000 LEASEHOLD

BROMPTON ROAD, CHELSEA, SW3

henryandjames.co.uk

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

CHELSEA OFFICE

• TWO BEDROOMS • 39FT TERRACE • OPEN PLAN RECEPTION ROOM • NATURAL LIGHT • BATHROOM AND WET ROOM • EPC E •

£1,695,000 LEASEHOLD

BROMPTON ROAD, CHELSEA, SW3


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REDCLIFFE ROAD, SW10

ELM PARK MANSIONS, SW10

Contemporary two bedroom flat on the third floor of a modern block in a lovely tree lined street just off Fulham Road, close to shops and restaurants. Neutrally decorated and newly painted throughout the flat comprises reception room, modern eat in kitchen, two double bedrooms and bathroom with over bath shower.

Refurbished first floor flat in a well run portered block close to all the shops and restaurants of the Fulham Road and Kings Road. Immaculately presented having been redecorated in a neutral contemporary style with well proportioned accommodation including a kitchen/breakfast room.

TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS - RECEPTION ROOM EAT IN KITCHEN - BATHROOM - NEWLY REPAINTED PURPOSE BUILT - EPC RATING C

£550 PER WEEK

FURNISHED

TWO DOUBLE BEDROOMS - BATHROOM - EN SUITE SHOWER ROOM - DRAWING ROOM - KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM - PORTER - EPC RATING C

£700 per week

FURNISHED

ENNISMORE GARDENS, SW7

BROMPTON SQUARE, SW3

A beautifully presented maisonette on the third and fourth floor of a townhouse which is located right in the heart of Knightsbridge, and benefits from a west facing roof terrace, master bedroom with dressing area, high ceilings and views over the communal gardens.

This elegant family house is situated on the west side of Brompton Square with a superb garden/terrace overlooking the Holy Brompton church. The house has a flexible layout with good reception areas and has a wonderful feeling which lends itself ideally to entertaining as well as family living.

THREE BEDROOMS - TWO BATHROOMS - TWO RECEPTION ROOMS - KITCHEN - ROOF TERRACE - UTILITY ROOM STUDY - EPC RATING C

£3,500 per week

UNFURNISHED

117 Sydney Street London SW3 6NR Lettings: 0207 351 7822 or info@hlrlets.com

FOUR DOUBLE BEDROOMS - THREE BATHROOMS DRAWING ROOM - DINING ROOM - CONSERVATORY UTILITY ROOM - TERRACE - EPC RATING D

£3,800 per week

UNFURNISHED


Draycott Place, SW3 855 SQ.FT / 82.2 SQ.M

A very light 2 bedroom flat in a charming red brick period building close to Sloane Square. Entered from the 2nd floor and comprising of reception room, kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom and a separate cloakroom/W. C.

Price: ÂŁ1,680,000 Share of Freehold sales@dominiclondon.com

Elvaston Place, SW7 855 SQ.FT / 82.3 SQ.M

A wonderfully spacious 2 bedroom raised ground floor flat with a magnificent south facing reception room, impressive fireplace and ornate high ceiling. The generous size master bedroom is quietly located at the rear of the building and has a beautiful leaded window.

Price: ÂŁ1,495,000 LEASEhold sales@dominiclondon.com 38 Gloucester Road, SW7

020 7590 9339

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OAKLEY STREET SW3 An immaculately presented, elegant freehold, white stucco fronted, period property benefiting from off street parking and a large manicured 36ft garden. Located on Oakley Street in the heart of Chelsea the property is moments away from the fantastic shops and restaurants of the Kings Road and Embankment.

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PRIME RESI provides us with a comprehensive monthly round-up of key news about the local luxury property market

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Road Rage The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) planners on the march: RBKC’s planning patrol has been rather active of late, serving up enforcement notices on 12 separate properties across the borough in June, and threatening to shut down three separate basement digs in South Kensington over traffic disruption. The basement projects – currently going on at properties along Clareville Grove and Clareville Street in SW7 – were, according to RBKC, granted planning permissions subject to a condition that disturbance to residents by construction traffic would be minimised. But, after a number of complaints, planners found “all three to be in breach of the requirements”. Various breach of condition and temporary stop notices were issued, meaning that any future breaches of the Construction Traffic Management Plan by the developers will be deemed a criminal offence. Each breach witnessed could lead to a maximum penalty of £20,000 in a magistrates’ court and unlimited if heard in a crown court. Twelve other properties were served with enforcement notices, including for an unauthorised roof light on Douro Place, an unauthorised roof terrace on Langton Street, two notices against works to a listed building on Holland Park Avenue, and a £15,000 fine – as well as a £25,350 confiscation and costs of over £3,500 – was issued over an illegal roof terrace on Portland Road.

Home and Away NICK CRAYSON enjoys the holiday season and encourages others to do the same

favourable auguries. A time to think about who we are, what we are doing and why. I certainly will be using the time to think about how we can further improve at Crayson. I am uncomfortable with being static and am always looking at innovating and changing if that is what is best. On that note I bid you farewell, adieu or, in my case, the Burmese “thwa dau mal”. Crayson, 10 Lambton Place, W11 2SH; 020 7221 1117; crayson.com

Is anyone there? I love being in London in August. Locally, I can get an instant table at Granger & Co and in some of the stuffier places in London they even seem happy to tell you that they do have a table available for that evening and I don’t even have to pretend to be Michael Caine, Sean Connery or Her Majesty. The journey into work is a dream and when the sun is shining (may it please continue) people are happy and pleasant and this area looks beautiful. Being in the agency business I often wonder about holiday strategy. Not wanting to lose out to other agents due to absence it’s tempting to be available even when away – however, the risk of too much rosé or raki can make a lack of WiFi rather more tempting. Luckily, I have a very capable co-director to keep the consistency. I did consider doing what most of the southern European countries do – just shut up shop for August entirely; but then just look at the Italian and Spanish economies! I think that I have come up with the perfect solution: stay around for the first two weeks in August to make sure that absolutely nothing is going on and then simply disappear on the pretence that you are off to do something useful. August is the perfect month for this and even the name implies some grand plan consecrated by the augurs, with

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Cottesmore Court, Kensington W8

An outstanding and beautifully presented four bedroom flat on the top floor of this well maintained portered block with excellent entertaining space and spectacular views.

ÂŁ3,750,000 Share of Freehold

1,859 sq ft (172.7 sq m) EPC Rating E Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Further bathroom | Shower room | Cloakroom | Two resident porters | Lift

Kensington 020 7938 3666 Kensington@struttandparker.com


Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill W11

A substantial six bedroom period family house, situated in the heart of Notting Hill, moments from Hyde Park.

ÂŁ3,500 per week* Unfurnished

2,874 sq ft (267.3 sq m) EPC Rating C Double reception room | Eat-in kitchen with stairs onto patio garden | Master bedroom suite | Four further double bedrooms | single bedroom | Three further bathrooms

Notting Hill Lettings 020 7221 1111 nottinghill.lettings@struttandparker.com


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Cathcart Road, London SW10

An immaculately presented five bedroom house offering generous accommodation and excellent entertaining space with the benefit of a delightful south facing garden and off street parking.

ÂŁ3,650 per week* Unfurnished

3,102 sq m (288 sq m) EPC Rating E Dining room | Kitchen | Double reception | Five bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Separate WC | Dressing room | Garden | Terrace | Garage

West Chelsea Lettings 020 7373 1010 Westchelsea.lettings@struttandparker.com


Cadogan Square, Chelsea SW1

A fantastic and well-proportioned split level apartment in the popular Cadogan Square conveniently located in between Chelsea and Knightsbridge.

ÂŁ2,500 per week* Furnished/Unfurnished

2,260 sq ft (209.95 sq m) EPC Rating C Reception room | Dining room | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Balcony | Lift | Caretaker

Chelsea Lettings 020 7589 9966 chelsea@struttandparker.com


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Ile de Ré, near La Rochelle, France

A delightful eight bedroom house in the village of La Flotte. Isle de Ré has become hugely popular with its easy connection to La Rochelle and its airport. This 18th Century Ship owner’s house sits in a spacious and private garden, ideal for entertaining.

300 sq m, Plot size 640 sq m Eight bedrooms | Four bath/shower rooms | Electric heating and fireplace | Space for swimming pool | Automatic gates | Automated sprinkler and lighting system throughout garden

Lulu Egerton: 020 7225 3866 lulu.egerton@struttandparker.com

€1,990,000


Charente Valley, near Cognac, France

The Roman tower, originally built in 1100, was expanded in the 16th century to create this beautiful and historic chateau. In the 17th century the balustrade was added. Various parts of this fabulous chateau have been added to the list of historic monuments.

Living space – 700 sq m Smaller house – 200 sq m Farm & open barn – 370 sq m Farm apartment – 140 sq m

Lulu Egerton: 020 7225 3866 lulu.egerton@struttandparker.com

€1,890,000


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Foulis Terrace, South Kensington SW7

An exceptional five/six bedroom stucco fronted family house with elegant high ceilings and wonderfully proportioned wide rooms.

3,358 sq ft (312 sq m) EPC Rating E Dining room | Kitchen | Double drawing room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms with family bathroom | Bedroom five with en suite shower room | Bedroom six/playroom | Study | Guest cloakroom | Utility room | Kitchenette | Garden

Chelsea 020 7225 3866 Chelsea@struttandparker.com

ÂŁ7,950,000 Freehold


Stanford Road, Kensington W8

An impressive four bedroom semi-detached family house with the benefit of a garage, west-facing garden and terrace, situated in the highly regarded De Vere Conservation Area.

2,510 sq ft (233 sq m) EPC rating F Entrance hall | Drawing room | Sitting room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom with ensuite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Two further bathrooms | Cloakroom / utility room | Wine cellar | Store room | Terrace | Garden | Garage

Kensington 020 7938 3666 Kensington@struttandparker.com

ÂŁ5,250,000 Freehold


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