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At 82, Formula One’s head of state retains a tight grip on the sport. Bernie Ecclestone talks about his life, legacy and family

Mauritius’ reputation is justified; an intoxicating blend of colours and flavours, Jenny Barrett discovers its wonders

24 Off to the Races Olivia Sharpe looks back at the role Cartier has played in the international and British social sporting scene

28 Behind the Facade Melanie Backe-Hansen takes a cultural journey through the centuries-old history of the borough’s most interesting houses


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From the EDITOR “Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.” If this sentiment of circumnavigating the globe by sea resonates with you, as postulated in the opening line of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, you’ll need rather more money in your purse to invest in one of the beautifully engineered superyachts as featured in Rule The Waves (p. 12). I flew last month to the small town of Santa Margherita Ligure for a preview of the latest addition to Ferretti Yachts’ fleet – the Ferretti 960 – and it lived up to my high expectations. The company claims to sell “emotions, dreams and passion” and it does so most convincingly; I leave Italy persuaded that my life will not be complete until a superyacht is part of my asset portfolio (although I need to save £7 million plus first). If you’d rather soar to your destination, follow in the flight path of Jenny Barrett who found herself in wonderland (otherwise known as The Residence) in Mauritius (p. 102); an intoxicating blend of colours and flavours, she believes that the island’s reputation is justified. For a more widespread selection of destination recommendations this August, where travel seems to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind, take the Chelsea Insider Richard Temple’s advice (p. 114); he has certainly travelled far and wide within the luxury sphere. Tim Barber heads to the bewitchingly beautiful and culture-filled city of Edinburgh, ahead of the worldfamous festival (p. 108), while Beverley Byrne stays closer to home, enjoying the high-tech offerings of the Eccleston Square Hotel (p. 112).


Whether you intend to travel or not this month, I wish you a wonderful August and hope that the sun comes out for at least part of it.



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Waves The ultimate playthings of the rich and famous, a sleek, speedy and frankly spectacular superyacht is the most extravagant way to arrive in style. Annabel Harrison and Olivia Sharpe investigate some of the most beautifully crafted models on the luxury yacht market




Quality Not Quantity This June saw the launch of Ferretti Yachts’ largest recreational boat to date, and its new flagship; the Ferretti 960. Its length is critical, whether you’re a boating aficionado or not; because of its 23.98-metre hull length (29.2 metres overall), the 960 belongs to the CE design category so it can be managed as a pleasure boat without requiring the (costly) presence of a professional captain. Currently, Ferretti Yachts in the 61-80 metre category are most popular by far but the team hopes that the 960 will redress this imbalance. The 960’s design and waterlines were inspired by its predecessor the 881 and the ambitious project was undertaken by Studio Zuccon International Project (which designs Ferretti Yachts’s entire range), Advanced Yacht Technology & Design and Ferretti Group’s own team of engineers, architects and designers. The brand’s first planing yacht takes advantage of having the master cabin on the main deck by accommodating four double guest cabins on the lower deck, all almost identical in size (no more having to choose a favourite family member or friend). It’s important not to be woken in an unpleasant fashion when on one’s superyacht so the Ferretti team has ensured the master cabin has “flawless noiselessness” – a series of multi-layer soundproofing bulwarks divide it from the galley – and great

The 960 can be managed as a pleasure boat without a professional captain care has been devoted to soundproofing on the lower deck too. Ferretti Group CEO Ferruccio Rossi declared that this boat has the “perfect use of space and volume” and one such instance is the brilliant flooding garage idea, which leads to a more expansive ‘relaxation’ area on the top deck. When the garage door is opened, the central part of the swimming platform can be lowered to flood part of the garage and the tender (up to 4.5 metres) can easily slide into the water with no need for a davit (which usually takes up space on the top deck). So outdoor areas up on the top deck become even larger spaces for entertaining, sunbathing and general leisure time. The “cruising machine”, as Ferretti Group Product Management Officer Antonio Campagnuolo dubs it, can be fitted with three different sets of engines; the most powerful version of the 960 can reach a peak of 31 knots and enjoy a cruising speed of 27 knots. For more sensitive seafarers, the ARG (Anti Rolling Gyro) system is standard, to ensure maximum onboard comfort, and if you’re prone to sea sickness, underway stabilising fins are an optional extra for even smoother navigation. Ferretti Yachts is part of the Ferretti Group brand portfolio (along with Pershing, Itama, Bertram, Riva, Mochi Craft, CRN and Ferretti Custom Line), which sells “emotions, dreams and passion” most convincingly; I defy you to go for a spin in one of these yachts and not want to have one of your own.



Style, Performance and Integrity So far it has been a rather smooth-sailing year for Fairline; the luxury yacht company has cruised out not one, not two, but three new models this summer. While more compact in size, all three 48foot boats are still bound to blow their competition out of the water; they are all powered by Volvo Penta IPS which has been matched to a dynamic new hull, specifically designed for the latest range, to ensure they’re of the highest quality and precision. The first of the trio which recently arrived in Europe is the Targa 48 Open. This two-cabin, double en-suite yacht has been

Targa 48 Gran Turismo has three cabins, plenty of seating space and a glazed electric hardtop roof purposefully built with the intention of creating a spacious inner and outer social area; seafarers can have a comfortable experience no matter what the weather. The lower deck houses a mid-master and a forward double, dinette and optional sofa bed or third cabin. However, the boat is already selling well so you should act promptly if you’re looking to buy one in 2013. Sailing closely behind the Targa 48 is the Squadron 48. While equalling the Targa in size, this model offers a flybridge with its sleek stainless doors welcoming guests to the saloon section and an optional BBQ package comprising a sink, griddle, fridge and icemaker for those looking to make themselves very much at home while on board. Accommodation-wise, there are three cabins once again with one doubling up as an alternative dinette option below deck. On deck, you’ll find a sunbed conversion for those sun-worshippers among you, as well as a flybridge and submersible bathing platform. Last but certainly not least is the Targa 48 Gran Turismo. Like its two siblings, the boat has three cabins and plenty of seating space but also features a glazed electric hardtop roof, giving the craft a smooth and stylish finish. Whoever said size matters?



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A Quest for Quality With so many models currently on the market, it has become an incredibly daunting task for first-time yacht owners to decide which one might be the best option to satisfy their own requirements. There are countless factors to take into account, from size and performance to style and comfort. While we couldn’t possibly go as far as to match every single one of your criteria, we feel it’s safe to say that you can’t go wrong with your seaworthy Prestige yacht. The company propelled itself onto the yachting scene 20 years ago with a range of motor yachts which were taken to by

With yet more larger models in the pipeline, Prestige has become a big fish in a very big pond clients like ducks to water. Today the company boasts 2,500 of these vessels, ranging from 35 to 60 feet, as well as cruise waters around the world, and it recently began launching larger models, proving that while size is not a determining factor of quality, it is undeniably a marker of success. There are three distinct model lines: Flybridge, Express, and Sport Top. This year saw the arrival of the newest model to be added to the Prestige portfolio, the Prestige 720, signalling a new and exciting chapter for the group; the 72’ is its largest vessel to date. However, Prestige is also keen to stress that quality has not been compromised for size as the yacht continues to uphold the same qualities that go into every one of its crafts, guaranteeing unsurpassable seakeeping. The grander scale has enabled an extralarge swim platform and generous flybridge (never before possible) as well as extra comfort below deck with a saloon living area and a private suite for the forward owner’s cabin. This has all been set within a light and beautifully furnished interior, courtesy of the Garroni Design team. With more larger models in the pipeline, Prestige has become a big fish in a very big pond.





Even at 82, Formula One’s head of state retains a tight grip on the sport. Bernie Ecclestone talks to CHRIS RITCHIE about his life, legacy and family Bernie Ecclestone is a force of nature. He strides up and down the pit lane and paddock with the same boundless energy that has marked his three decade reign over the Formula One hierarchy. Indeed, he has ruled the sport in a benevolent but iron-fisted way that has transformed a formerly rag-tag operation comprising factional racing tribes into a multi-billion dollar global business empire. One of the UK’s richest men, Ecclestone’s personal wealth is not what defines him. He speaks in plain terms, using a tight economy of words to state precisely what he thinks and feels. He has long sealed deals with a single handshake and adheres to an oldworld expectation that one’s word is one’s bond. Credited as the ringmaster who turned the Formula One circus into the greatest touring sports show on earth, Ecclestone harnessed the potential of TV to transform racing into a worldwide spectacle, making billions from his management and ownership of the sport’s commercial activities. “When I arrived in the sport it was a very amateurish show,” he says, typically direct. “Nobody cared or wanted to take responsibility for organising it – they just wanted to send their cars around a track to win races. The way things were going wasn’t good for the drivers, the teams or the fans. You need to have proper management if you’re going to move forward. I tried to do what I thought was good for the sport and what seemed necessary.” Ecclestone, who has a long and cherished association with Chelsea, embodies the fearless approach

so typical of his surroundings. “I’m a confident person; I’m a west London person. I like what success brings and I won’t be threatened or intimidated by anyone. I’ve always been prepared to do what is necessary to defend my stock and my interests.” On the face of it, the silverhaired business magnate may appear heavy-handed and defensive, but there’s a layer of humility that sits just beneath. “Sometimes you just need to be forceful in business to get things done and this is a business... at least, it is now. What we did was make the necessary changes and I’m happy to have been part of that process. Am I a nice guy? Yes, I think so! “And it was actually a case of being quite gentle with the sport, in places. You must remember, you have very wealthy, protective people in F1, even if it may

“When I arrived in F1 it was a very amateurish show... I tried to do what was good for the sport” appear a ruthless, dangerous sport in the pit lane. When I was running my racing team, Brabham, I didn’t have any strategy for expanding the sport but I knew what had to be changed to turn it into a better product. That kind of thinking probably helped me to reshape things here, and I took exactly that same philosophy abroad when we went further into Europe and Asia and beyond.” As a businessman, Ecclestone knows what he is doing. He has often been pegged as a fearsome negotiator and master dealmaker. His perspective: “It’s like being a singer or an artist. You’re born with certain


gifts and you use them as best you can in life. I don’t have any talent as an artist but I do have awareness for business, for what needs to be brought to that world. It helps to know what you’re good at.” The F1 supremo’s other dedication is to his daughters, Tamara and Petra, although he admits that in the past he perhaps hasn’t offered them as much time as he might have. “I never neglected my daughters – quite the opposite – but I suppose I could have and should have spent more time with them,” he says. “I have no regrets though about the amount of work I put into the sport. This is what I needed to do with my life. But when your daughters are no longer there for you to look after, you always think how you could have done things a bit differently. They live nearby though and we spend a lot of time together now.” Has either of them taken on their father’s ability to negotiate long and hard when it comes to dealmaking? “Oh yes, it’s in their genes!” he laughs. “They are both very intelligent and capable. Petra started an excellent clothing business that was too good in terms of quality; in a difficult market she was ultimately offering


too much. Now she’s into producing these clutch bags [Stark handbags] and doing very well with that. And Tamara is turning an incredible line [in hair-care products] that is being sold in major stores all over the world. They’re both doing very well. They also do lots of charity work, which you don’t hear a lot about.” From the outside, it appears that the Ecclestone gene pool is brimming with business acumen – so much so that his daughters have never approached their father for advice. “I let them do their own thing. Overall they’ve made some very good investments and I don’t worry that they can’t manage their own interests. They don’t make decisions casually.” Even so, Tamara and Petra – who both own properties in the Kensington and Chelsea area (Tamara’s in Kensington Palace Gardens is worth an estimated £45 million and Petra’s is a £70million four-storey home in Chelsea) – have grown up as the daughters of one of the most high-profile businessmen in the world and thus have had their fair share of media interest. Alongside Ecclestone’s protective approach to his beloved sport, there is a similar shroud he likes to pull


over his family. “When it’s necessary I will defend them,” he confirms. “You have to. But then, you accept they are in the public eye and because of their surname and so on, and they are going to pay a price for that. Doing television also exposes one to that. But they’re both old enough and bright enough to be able to handle things. They have strong personalities. I’m close to them but they don’t really need me to advise them on how to manage their lives and they don’t ask me to do that!” Back on track, Ecclestone is looking forward to Ron Howard’s new F1 film Rush, which follows the 1976 F1 Championship tussle between Niki Lauda and James Hunt. Naturally he recalls much about the era although there’s a detectible disappointment in his voice as he

“Things have changed. Drivers in the 70s were taking greater risks and had a different attitude” accepts how the rawness of the sport has evaporated. “Things have changed. They were very different times. Drivers in that era were taking much greater risks and they had a different attitude. You can’t compare eras, but drivers of each era adapt to the needs and climate of their time. There are good and bad points to every era of the sport. I’m not really nostalgic about the past.” Even so, Bernie is happy to venture an opinion on what the sport is missing. “We could do with another James Hunt,” he smiles. “I was pretty close to James and I have lots of great memories of him. I never partied with him because I’m not a party guy but he was terrific for the sport. Those kinds of personalities are very rare. He was a unique man.” If he were alive still, Hunt would probably say the same about Bernie Ecclestone – the man who indisputably made F1 what it is today.

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Having just sponsored the highly regarded Queen’s Cup for the second consecutive year, Olivia Sharpe looks back at the role Cartier has played in the social sporting scene over the years

his year’s Cartier Queen’s Cup Polo was everything you’d expect. The social occasion saw British high society rubbing designer-clad shoulders with Hollywood stars and celebrities as they enjoyed a day of champagne, canapés and, of course, polo. Outfits, naturally, were one of the hot topics of conversation with Sharon Stone’s golfing ensemble receiving criticism from the media while Princess Beatrice avoided another Royal Wedding disaster, wearing a fashion-setapproved green jacquard skirt and cream blouse number. The Queen’s Cup is one of the most important events in the British social calendar, which is why it has always attracted a high status following. The first trophy was presented by HM The Queen in 1960 and she historically attends Finals Day every year to present the Cup to the winning patron (hence the event’s name). Held annually in June at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor, the prestigious tournament usually boasts an eclectic guestlist, from Prince Philip to Dita Von Teese.

While the VIP attendance levels may not have changed over the years, one important aspect of the sporting event has. Two years ago, luxury watch and jewellery manufacturer Cartier announced that it had become the official sponsor. Executive Chairman of Cartier UK Arnaud Bamberger remarked in an interview with Lux Worldwide in 2011 that, due to “the great wealth of similarities and history” between Cartier and polo, they made “a remarkably perfect fit”. While at first glance there appears little correlation between the French house and the centuries-old sport, the link is actually far from tenuous. In fact, you could say that ‘the jeweller of kings’ and ‘the sport of kings’ go together like bread and butter. For starters, both have strong royal connections. Cartier was given its first Royal Warrant in 1904 by Edward VII and to mark the occasion, his wife Queen Alexandra purchased a diamond necklace and granted it the official warrant of appointment for Her Majesty. From that moment on, Cartier’s fate as ‘the jeweller of kings, the king of jewellers’ was forever sealed, continuing to

Cartier and polo make “a remarkably perfect fit”


receive commissions by Heads of State to this day. Polo’s relationship with royalty dates as far back as the sixth century when it was the Iranian national sport and was popularly played by the nobility and king’s guard. From the Persian courts, it quickly spread across the globe to the Byzantine empire and dynasties of Egypt before reaching the Indian subcontinent and China. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until the 19th century that the Brits anglicised polo when colonising India and brought it back to England where it has since been played by members of the British aristocracy for the past 150 years. Even though this is only its second year as the Queen’s Cup sponsor, Cartier has been supporting polo for the past three decades. Until a couple of years ago, it was the main backer of the International Polo Cup which attracts 25,000 spectators annually. It is not only an important day in the British social diary but in the international one as well. Prior to its commencement in 1984, however, polo was slightly less known but arguably, thanks to Cartier’s contacts, it was put under the media spotlight and has since become one of the most fashionable sports in the UK. Photographs from the Cartier archive show a youthful Prince Charles and Princess Diana enjoying a day out in 1988; a sprightly Richard Gere posing with then wife Cindy Crawford in 1993 and, in more

From top/ Sharon Stone with Mr and Mrs Arnaud M. Bamberger, Fernando Montano and Marina Poplavskaya, Princess Diana (1988), Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford (1993), David Clark and HRH Princess Beatrice of York, Team El Remanso and Team Zacara with HM The Queen




recent years, Keira Knightley enjoying a glass of Pimms and Colin Firth also enjoying himself at the event. Outside the UK, Cartier’s presence in the polo world is potent. In 1986, it lent its name to Snow Polo in St Moritz at a time when the variation of the sport was virtually unheard of. With its first tournament having just 600 spectators, this has since risen to an impressive 15,000. The luxury brand continued to go against the norm when it supported the World Elephant Polo Championships in Nepal which saw horses being replaced with pachyderms for the first time, much to the astonishment of crowds present. Cartier’s presence has previously been felt elsewhere in the East, having subsidised the Cartier International at Singapore Polo Club from 2005, the most significant sponsorship in

Cartier lent its name to snow polo in St Moritz in 1986 when this variation was virtually unheard of Asia until the 2012 Cartier International China Polo Challenge. This also extends to the Middle East (there, Cartier is famous for creating the International Dubai Polo Challenge which is currently under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein). While polo is no longer restricted to the aristocracy (a polo tournament is one of the few occasions where you wouldn’t be shocked to see HM The Queen and Douglas Booth in a photo op together), it cannot be denied that the prestigious sport is still considered a reserve for the wealthy elite. And so who better to promote it than one of the premier luxury retailers in the world? Like the sport, Cartier has maintained its exclusivity by being selective about which events it chooses to align itself with and this was one of the reasons Arnaud Bamberger gave as to why the French brand pulled out of the International Polo Cup to focus instead on the Queen’s Cup. “We wanted to create a more intimate, exclusive event, for which the Queen’s Cup is perfect. Cartier supports polo all over the world so it’s wonderful to have a smaller event with a strong, British identity.” On the other hand, you can be sure Cartier has continued to put its bulging Rolodex to good use, its celebrity invitees including not only Sharon Stone at the Queen’s Cup but also Thandie Newton, Ed Westwick and Katherine Jenkins. Judging from Stone’s apparent confusion as to what sport she was actually watching, whether or not you like polo is irrelevant: you’re bound to have a wonderful time if Cartier is involved.

From top/ Colin Firth (2002), Keira Knightley (2002), Cartier World Cup polo on snow, Katherine Jenkins, Oliver Parker and Thandie Newton, Elephants Parade in Rajasthan



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Façade House historian Melanie Backe-Hansen guides us on a cultural journey through the centuries-old history of some of the borough’s most interesting houses, home to renowned authors, architects, politicians and painters

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Lowther Lodge – Kensington Gore Lowther Lodge, looking out over Hyde Park on the corner of Exhibition Road, was designed in the Queen Anne style by prominent architect of the late 19th century, Richard Norman Shaw. Described as “a country house in the midst of London” it was built for MP William Lowther and his wife Alice in 1874. Alice was a prolific society hostess, holding many parties and, as a supporter of the arts (as well as being an amateur artist herself), a number of exhibitions in the house. The architecture of Lowther Lodge is particularly noteworthy, built in red brick which contrasts greatly with the stucco and white brick houses in the surrounding streets. It is also identified by the use of tall chimneys, decorative brickwork and tall gables, as well as wrought ironwork and lead-light windows. The asymmetrical façade was also unique in comparison to the typical symmetrical town house design. Lowther Lodge has been called “one of the finest and most important examples of 19th century architecture in London”

and the interior of the house is also highly praised, not only for its artistic details, but also for the up-to-date conveniences, including bathrooms and water closets. It is believed the Lodge was the first private house to install a passenger lift. After William Lowther passed away in 1912 his son James Lowther, Speaker of the House of Commons, sold the house to the Royal Geographical Society, which officially opened its new headquarters at Lowther Lodge in April 1913. Further alterations were made to the house in 1928-30, with a new lecture theatre and library, and the later statues of Sir Ernest Shackleton, facing Exhibition Road, and David Livingstone facing Kensington Gore. Sections of the Grade II* listed Lowther Lodge are open to the public for exhibitions and events by the Royal Geographic Society.

Thomas Carlyle’s House – No.24 Cheyne Row Nestled in the quiet streets of Chelsea is the former home of one of the 19th century’s greatest writers and thinkers, Thomas Carlyle. Largely forgotten by many of us today, Carlyle was the A-list celebrity of his day. He and his wife Jane moved to Cheyne Row in 1834, at which time the small streets of Chelsea were unpopular and considered a rural backwater – far removed from the affluent homes of Belgravia and Mayfair. Cheyne Row was first laid out in the early 18th century and the Carlyles’ house, built in 1708, was considered rather old, even in their time. Carlyle became a celebrated essayist, writing most of his works from Cheyne Row, including Past and Present (1843) and Frederick The Great (1858-1865). His renowned work The French Revolution: A History (1837) is often most remembered as he lent the first (and only) draft to his friend, philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose maid

used it to light a fire. Carlyle was then forced to completely rewrite it. Carlyle welcomed a long list of celebrities to his home, including Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Charles Darwin and John Ruskin. Alfred, Lord Tennyson was often at the house and it is said that he and Carlyle would sit in the kitchen smoking into the chimney so as not to bother Mrs Carlyle. Jane Carlyle died in 1866 and her diaries of everyday Victorian life are considered a valuable legacy and much prized by historians. Thomas continued to write in the house until he passed away in 1881 and it was later purchased by the Carlyle Memorial Trust, first opened to the public in 1895. Today the house is cared for by The National Trust.

Above from left/ Carlyle’s House Cheyne Row PC15 © The Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies Collection, Thomas Carlyle plaque Photography: Melanie Backe-Hansen



Lindsey House – Cheyne Walk While walking or driving along the prestigious Cheyne Walk, it is easy to miss Lindsey House, the last of the aristocratic palaces that formerly sat along the riverside. The earliest building on this site was attached to the estate of Sir Thomas More, Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII, but by 1639 it had been purchased by royal physician Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne. There is some dispute about the date of the house, with some believing it was rebuilt at this time, but it appears it was rebuilt after Mayerne’s death in 1655. By the 1670s

it had became the home of Robert Bertie, third Earl of Lindsey, for whom the house was named. In 1750-1 it was sold to Nikolaus Ludwig, Count Zinzendorf as headquarters for a protestant sect, the Moravian Brethren. Ludwig was the first to transform the house but by 1775 it saw the greatest change as it was converted into five houses (Nos.96-100), and became known as Lindsey Row. Artist James McNeill Whistler lived at No.96 for 12 years and painted the famous portrait of his mother there. No.98 Cheyne Walk was the home of the great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his father Marc (1808-25) and later the home of another artist John Martin (1849-53) who was admired by Prince Albert and who, it is believed, visited Martin at Lindsey House. Lindsey House, now Grade II* listed, has seen many transformations over the past 350 years. The central portion was given to The National Trust in the 1950s but all houses remain privately occupied, and continue to be home to celebrity residents, including Mick Jagger and Roman Abramovich. A section of the house can be viewed during the annual London Open House weekend in September.

The Pheasantry – No.152 King’s Road The Pheasantry is one of the most unusual buildings in Chelsea with its unique arched entrance and ornate façade. The earliest reference to a house there was in 1769, but by 1864 it was occupied by Samuel Baker, ‘dealer in ornamental poultry’, and this connection to a pheasant business gave the building its name. The Baker business continued there until 1878, but in 1881 it was taken over by upholsterers and furniture makers and the stone plaques advertising the Joubert family business can still be seen on the outside of the building. At this time the decorative details were added to the façade, with iron railings and statues, and the arched entrance, featuring the four horsed chariot (quadriga). The last of the Joubert family, Felix, also made miniature furniture for Queen Mary’s dolls house. Parts of the building were rented and in 1916 it became the home and ballet studio of Princess Serafina Astafieva where she taught renowned dancers Anton Dolin and Dame Margot Fonteyn. In 1932 the basement was transformed into the fashionable Pheasantry Club, visited by many famous names, including Dylan Thomas, Gregory Peck, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, and Peter Ustinov. During the 1950s and 60s it also became the home of Germaine Greer and Eric Clapton, who wrote about this time when George Harrison would visit. It became the location for gigs, including Lou Reed and Queen. By 1969 The Pheasantry was in danger from developers and a long battle ensued where protesters, including Sir John Betjeman, fought to save it. The façade and entrance arch (the only original elements) were restored in 1971-81. Above from top/ Lindsey House illustration © The Kensington and Chelsea archive collection, The Pheasantry Photography: Melanie Backe-Hansen

Today The Pheasantry is a restaurant so it is possible to take in the history and unique ambience over a relaxed dinner.


Linley Sambourne’s House – No.18 Stafford Terrace In the quiet residential streets of Kensington is the rare, historic No.18 Stafford Terrace, the former home of artist and illustrator Edward Linley Sambourne. It has survived redevelopment and remains just as it was when Edward and his wife Marion would have walked through the front door. The Linley Sambournes moved into the house in 1874 and decorated it in the aesthetic style, filling it with furniture and art, including many by Linley Sambourne himself. Edward Linley Sambourne became a highly successful illustrator for the popular weekly magazine Punch. His first drawing appeared in 1867 and he continued to work for Punch until he passed away in 1910. Sambourne also utilised the medium of photography to add detail to his drawings, and he accumulated a large collection of photographs, using his own bathroom as a developing room. The Linley Sambournes family home often played host to well-known guests including Luke Fildes, Marcus Stone, Bram Stoker, Herbert Beebohm Tree and J.M. Barrie. The couple also continued to add to the decorative interior of the house, including stained glass windows, and embossed Japanese wallpaper. Much like Jane Carlyle, Marion Sambourne also left a valuable legacy in her diaries revealing details about life in Victorian Kensington. After Marion’s death in 1914 the house passed to their son Roy who made few changes. It eventually passed to Sambourne’s granddaughter Anne, who later married the 6th Earl of Rosse, and it was through her efforts that the house survived. In 1957, Lady Rosse

proposed the foundation of The Victorian Society at No.18 Stafford Terrace; it first opened as a museum in 1980 and today the Grade II* listed house is open to the public between September and June. Melanie’s second book Historic Streets and Squares (The History Press) will be published in October 2013.

Clockwise from top/ Photography: Justin Barton, 18 Stafford Terrace, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Photography: Justin Barton



Floris is delighted to announce the opening of a new Bespoke Perfumery Boutique at 147 Ebury Street, Belgravia, 282 years since Mr and Mrs Floris opened the doors to their first Perfumery at 89 Jermyn Street.


Streets Ahead Raf Simons burst onto the fashion scene in 1995 following a stint in industrial and furniture design and has been enthralling the industry ever since. Perhaps it was because of this bold career change that Simons has never been one to follow the crowd, shocking critics when he used models off the street in his first ever A/W presentation. Whatever it is, Raf Simons’ fearlessness has evidently paid off. After ten years of running his eponymous menswear label, Raf Simons was appointed Creative Director of Jil Sander in 2005 but his most recent triumph came last year when it was announced that he would take over as the Artistic Director of Dior. i-D editor Terry Jones documents the success of this revolutionary designer in his new photographic book. Raf Simons by Terry Jones, £24.99, TASCHEN,

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Hand of Clay Bruce Denny has made both the art world and the public think with his new sculptural exhibition Mortality: “To be mortal is to live in the now; to be the best that we can be; to live life to the full; to be mindful of the delicate balance of life; but not to let it limit us in what we do”. Denny’s collection of bronze figures aims to address and challenge expressive issues such as self-image and body obsessions. Showcasing at one of our favourite fitness destinations in the borough, Equinox, the sculptor continues to shine following the installation of pieces at St Paul’s Cathedral and Soho Square. While Equinox members are fortunate enough to take inspiration from Denny’s artwork during their daily workout, the display will also be available for non-members to view over the summer, by appointment only. Equinox Kensington, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA Call Tim Cohen on 07769 658 658;

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Tree of Life

By Sally Ann Lasson

On Your Bike When the sun’s shining, there’s nothing more appealing than a cycle ride through Hyde Park. And fortunately, glamour has not been compromised with this particular sporting activity thanks to Knightsbridge hotel Bulgari. Italian company Momo Design has created two custom-made, carbon fibre Bulgari bicycles that are bold, sleek and guaranteed to make a statement. The experience doesn’t stop there as the hotel’s head chef Robbie Pepin has prepared an Italian gourmet picnic (complete with blankets and cutlery) to take out on your adventure. So after your strenuous cycle ride you can rest your weary legs with a relaxing picnic under the trees. 020 7151 1025;

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“I love the leafy view from the back of my house: a typical Chelsea scene with a row of mature trees delicately filtering light and giving me some muchneeded privacy from the houses beyond, as well as providing a home for birds and other wildlife. It feels like a little bit of country in town. “Unfortunately, these very same trees that improve our quality of life are under threat like never before. The reckless and widespread building of basement excavations has imperilled them but so too have the residents who pave over their gardens and wantonly put nothing in but a few sad pot plants. Steve Fuller, Aboriculturalist of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, sighs sadly when I talk to him about the local tree issue and replies simply, ‘Yes. Many gardens end up with just an olive in a pot.’ “A few months ago, the council announced a new policy to curb basement developments which led, prematurely as it turns out, to widespread celebrations. It is now in a consultation phase but is being heavily lobbied against by the construction industry. If you value your trees or those in neighbouring gardens, keep an eye out for them. When Planning Applications go up, check whether the trees affected are protected or have been pruned in accordance with the permission; call the council and make enquiries. Our trees are theoretically protected as some 75 per cent of Kensington and Chelsea is a designated Conservation Area. But in reality there’s a lot of sharp practice. Look after your trees. When they’re gone, they’re gone.” If you would like to enquire about the protection status of trees in your locality, call Steve Fuller at RBKC on 020 7361 2767

At the end of July, The National Army Museum is bringing toy soldiers to life with recreations of key events involving military models. Great attention is paid to the fascinating workmanship that has gone into recreating these scenes and you can even meet the curators to discover the story behind this rare model collection. Get the whole family involved with building your own models by visiting the museum shop and see the latest models for sale from all the important manufacturers. 27-28 July 2013

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Tinkling the Ivories Legendary British songwriter and local resident Bill Martin recently donated his own piano to Francis Holland School, Sloane Square. The first British songwriter to compose a Eurovision Song Contest winner for the UK (he was the lyrical master behind Puppet on a String, to name just one of his many accomplishments), Bill Martin is a hugely influential character in the music business and some of his famous pieces were composed on this very piano, making it as much a collector’s item as a musical instrument. Commenting on the generous donation, Headmistress of FHS girls’ school Mrs Lucy Elphinstone said: “It is an immense honour to have an instrument with such a prestigious history for our budding pianists to enjoy.” Francis Holland School, 39 Graham Terrace, SW1W 8JF 020 7730 2971;

Grounded A new production coming to The Gate Theatre this August, Grounded follows the story of a pregnant F16 fighter pilot (played by Lucy Ellinson) and her career in the sky coming to a drastic halt. She resides in a trailer in Las Vegas flying remote-controlled drones over Pakistan. Hunting terrorists by day and being a wife and mother by night, the play confront our assumptions about war and what it is to be a woman. This gripping production is at the top of our must-see list. Grounded, 28 August – 21 September The Gate Theatre, 11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ 020 7229 0706;

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Notting Hill Carnival 2013 The largest street festival in Europe bringing Caribbean culture right to our doorstep, the Notting Hill Carnival is without a doubt the most colourful (and raucous) event in the Royal Borough calendar. Music is, naturally, an integral aspect of the carnival with everything from traditional Caribbean sounds to reggae, R&B and house blasting through the hot summer air. Previous years have seen Jamiroquai and Wyclef Jean take to the stage so we’re as eager as ever to learn who’ll be headlining this year’s event. If this hip music scene isn’t entirely your thing, then the food alone is a reason to join in. The aromatic smell of spices hits you as soon as you arrive in the area and there are endless options to amuse your tastebuds; for the adventurous, curried goat is a carnival signature dish and well worth a try. While we wouldn’t advise residents to step outside after the event (streets are typically strewn with empty bottles and the like), the culture, dancing, music and food flooding the streets of Notting Hill this August bank holiday is worth the somewhat messy aftermath and mammoth clean-up. 25-26 August

Retail Heaven The Knightsbridge Estate is currently in the midst of a comprehensive £75 million programme to revamp the area. The project includes building enhancements, rejuvenation of the façade and adding tailor-made flagship stores to create a fantastic luxury retail experience. With prestigious projects including Somerset House and the Royal Academy of Music in its portfolio, architectural firm Stephen Marshall is sure to add its own sophisticated flair while reconfiguring buildings within the estate. Already a high-end retail hotspot – Porsche Design is soon to join other new tenants such as Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss – the Knightsbridge Estate just seems to get better and better. We look forward to see what it has in store for us next.

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Walk of Life A special walk and tea party, sponsored by Knight Frank, took place on 2 July between Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Bluebird restaurant. More than 100 children and their parents took part to mark the birth of Borne, a joint initiative between Chelsea and Westminster Health Charity and the hospital maternity team which aims to prevent disability and death in childbirth. Premature birth is responsible for more than 70 per cent of long term disability and death in new born babies so Borne is entirely committed to improving pregnancy outcomes through extensive research. The first initiative of its kind in the UK, its results are sure to be life-changing.

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Emerging Talent The fourth of July was celebrated by many in true Chelsea style, with a garden party hosted by luxury residential property agent 1st Asset. Currently supporting a series of pop-up exhibitions by impressive Central Saint Martins and Chelsea School of Art graduates, this temporary programme will showcase emerging talent from London’s top art schools and feature already established artists. Adding to the thriving creative scene of the King’s Road, we’re excited to see these exhibitions in what we think is a great use of space by 1st Asset.

Chelsea Pubs: All Change There have been several updates on the Chelsea pub scene of late. Firstly, positive news arises from The Phene: Robert Bourne recently sold the popular Chelsea haunt to the City Pub Company for £4 million and the new management will ensure nothing is compromised when it comes to the upkeep of its good reputation. Planning proposals are also on the cards for The Trafalgar, involving moving the pub around the corner into Chelsea Manor Street with the intention of turning it into more of a ‘neighbourhood’ pub.

1st Asset, 7-9 Tryon Street, Above, left to right / Kristale Rama & Aferdita Bytici (Head of Mayfair Private Clients 1st Asset); Sam

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Get Pedalling Cycling is being encouraged in Chelsea, as revealed by the increase in the number of Boris bikes in the area. With docks already at Sloane Square Station and Pont Street, a new batch will be coming soon to Lots Road. There’s also a proposal for bikes to be fitted in the section where Park Walk joins King’s Road; however, this has been met with some resistance as residents pressure the Council to be more careful about where they choose to house the vehicles.

Top Dog Canine enthusiasts came together this July for Dog Day at the Design Centre. The perkiest pooches and veterans were all part of the fun and games that took place in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. The family event had a village fête type atmosphere and children loved seeing their four legged friends involved in the activities. The evening then took a more glamorous turn with ‘dogtails’ being served while the most elegant dog was judged. A silent auction also took place with designers including Marion Lichtig and Nina Campbell designing exclusive one-off dog beds to be won. With a special ‘petographer’ capturing the entire occasion, this was most certainly a highlight in the dogs’ social calendar. Bikeworldtravel /

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WestbourneGrove Once considered second-rate to Portobello Road, Olivia Sharpe explains why Westbourne Grove is every bit as good as its famous neighbour In August 1997, Time Out deemed Westbourne Grove one of London’s up-and-coming locations, largely due to booming property prices and the fact that it had started to attract a famous following; Madonna was caught on camera hanging out during the filming of Evita and Claudia Schiffer was often spotted in the area. At the same time, stylish boutiques, high-end jewellery stores and new age galleries began popping up left, right and centre and, 16 years on, we can safely say that Westbourne Grove is firmly on the map. The lengthy stretch from Kensington Park Road up to Queensway now equals the world-renowned Portobello Road in price, trendiness and desirability. And yet, this wasn’t always the case. In the 19th century, the street housed a number of well-to-do residents including author Thomas Hardy who resided at 16 Westbourne Park Villas between 1863 and 1867; famous Shakespearean actress Sarah Siddons who lived at Westbourne Farm (now part of Westbourne Grove) and Viscount Hill, General Commander in Chief of the Army whose name has forever been cemented to the area (Lord Hill’s Bridge was christened after him). However, in stark contrast, the 20th century saw a period of slump, most notably in the 1950s. The term Rachmanism, recently bandied around in the press in reference to the Bedroom Tax bill, originated from Westbourne Grove as this was where notorious villain Peter Rachman used to evict his tenants with legallyfixed rents. Consequently, houses became derelict and property prices depreciated. However, following his death in 1962 and the subsequent installment of the Rent Tax two years later, the area was finally allowed to prosper and is now one of the most affluent places in London. Firstly, it’s a bustling hive of shops (and shopaholics). Unlike nearby High Street Ken, it has remained largely free of chains and retained its soul through its collection of independent boutiques. For instance, up-and-coming designer Pippa Small has her handmade ethical jewellery line here and rather than the predictable trio of Topshop, Zara and H&M, Westbourne Grove has the famous five of cool French bridge brands Zadig & Voltaire, Maje, The Kooples, Sandro and Comptoir des Cotonnoirs. Overall, it’s the ideal place

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for shoppers looking for a more intimate, exclusive and more luxurious shopping experience than that of, for example, Oxford Street. The same goes for restaurants. While there is an endless variety of different cuisines available to ensure locals never need to leave the area, from Thai and Japanese to Italian and French to Lebanese and Persian, organic seems to be the preferred word on the street. Indeed, the area has a wealth of delicatessens dedicated solely to the production of the endorsed food of the rich and famous. There’s Planet Organic which isn’t the code name to Gwyneth Paltrow’s home but rather, a supermarket selling fresh groceries, raw food, juices, beauty products and books. Enter this American-esque grocery store and you could happily spend a whole afternoon there. Next up, and equal in both price and popularity, is Daylesford Organic. The oh-so-chic country farmhouse interior filled top-to-bottom with high quality produce almost makes you forgive the astronomical prices of this fashionable deli/café. Another popular hangout is Granger & Co. Headed up by Aussie chef Bill Granger, he flew the restaurant over from his native Sydney two years ago and since opening it has hardly seen an empty chair, especially on Sunday brunch. You’ll spot a few traditional dishes on the Aussie café’s menu but overall the Australian influences are few and far between. Saying that, there’s no better place to get your hands on an insomnia-inducing Allpress double espresso. No. 65 & King is where you can choose to make your coffee Irish if you should so wish. The American Deco-style bar doesn’t see much action during weekdays but it all changes on the weekend when punters come and sample tipples from the well-regarded cocktail menu or enjoy a spot of Surf ‘N’ Turf. On the other hand, if you’re looking for non-bank-breaking options, these do also exist; Taqueria serves up great Mexican food at a reasonable price, and let’s not forget Bagel Bite which carries the best bagels in the city (apart from the Beigel Bake on Brick Lane). When it comes to culture, Westbourne Grove similarly has a great deal to offer. Contemporary post-war and art design specialist Themes & Variations opened its new age doors in 1984 and a must-see this August is the work of Dutch artist Sebastiaan Straatsma whose unique take on the beautiful vases and urns that emerged from the great factories of Delft, Makkum and China is truly ground-breaking. Whitehall Galleries, which has branches all over the UK, has a base here too and brings a range of fine contemporary artwork from around the world to discerning Notting Hill art lovers. Lacy Gallery, first established in 1960, specialises in decorative art as well as period and antique frames. So if you’re in the market for new clothes, bespoke jewellery, a bagel or even just the chance to spot Kate Middleton on her day off (it was recently reported that she was at JoJo Maman Bébé stocking up on maternity and baby clothes), you now no longer need to rely solely on Portobello Road as Westbourne Grove has more than enough to offer.



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Sophie Parkin Rebecca Wallersteiner is inspired by the wild bohemian side of Chelsea, as described by charismatic local author Sophie Parkin Sophie Parkin sweeps into the Chelsea Arts Club as majestically as a Tolstoy heroine. Tall and striking, she wears a Russian-style, chocolate-brown fur hat, collar and boots. People turn round to gaze at her. “I grew up four doors down from the Chelsea Arts Club and indeed spent a lot of time in it, when neither females, nor children were allowed in. We ruled the croquet lawn. And now I am on the Council – there must be a moral in that somewhere,” she tells me. Sophie’s parents are wellknown Chelsea characters; her father Michael Parkin is a leading art dealer and her flamboyant mother, Molly, is a well-known novelist and artist. When we meet at the Chelsea Arts Club, Sophie is hosting a cabaret-style programme in the outside marquee. All the performers have been personally selected by her. We sip delicious Planter’s Punch rum cocktails while a ballerina sublimely dances the dying swan from Swan Lake and expires gracefully at our feet. This is former Royal Ballet dancer Vanessa Fenton who took part in last summer’s London 2012 Closing Ceremony. As she glides from the tent, writer Rupert Thomson reads from his grippingly macabre new novel, Secrecy. In the audience sits Sophie’s beturbaned mother, Molly, who gave birth to Sophie in Kensington Maternity Hospital, just off Kensington Church Street. “My parents bought a house in Old Church Street, Chelsea, and sent me to Redcliffe Montessori School. Though they divorced when I was two, my father has always lived in Sloane Square and I know Chelsea better than most taxi drivers,” says Sophie. Which local cafés does she like? “Cafés are the clubs of Chelsea. Sadly the Picasso café in the King’s Road has closed but the wonderfully atmospheric Troubadour on the Old Brompton Road still flourishes. For excellent coffee

go to the Lisboa Café in World’s End and Mum’s favourite place to meet for lunch is Mona Lisa or La Famiglia.” Does Sophie have fond memories of growing up locally? “As a child it was wonderful to pass rainy afternoons watching triple bills of old Hollywood movies at The Gate Cinema and dropping into the Italian café next door for illicit cake,” she explains. She enjoyed playing in the first adventure playground in Holland Park so much that she took her own small children to play there. Sophie has been visiting clubs in Chelsea and Soho for most of her life. She remembers being taken to Soho’s Colony Room, a member’s only club, by her mother, as a teenager and when Sophie turned 18 her mother paid for her membership as a birthday present; there was no going back. She fell in love with the club and frequented it until it closed. Her well-researched new book, The Colony Room Club 1948-2008: A History of Bohemian Soho, is a fascinating tribute and historical record not just of this remarkable watering hole but of how culture survived and blossomed post World War Two all the way to the YBAs, so celebrated by The Saatchi Gallery. To get to The Colony Room, one had to climb up a short flight of stairs in Dean Street and enter a dingy room decorated with green walls, mirrors, bamboo, plastic tropical plants and bars stools covered with garish leopard skin. “You went there to have fun and jokes when the rest of the world was working,” says historian and journalist Paul Johnson, a member from 1948 who’s always lived in Notting Hill. It was an afternoon drinking hole, opening at 3pm in the days when strict licensing laws closed pubs after lunch. Many members crossed between the Chelsea Arts Club and the Colony Room including Ruskin Spear, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, John

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Minton, Rodrigo Moynihan and Francis Bacon. Some, like George Melly, Lucian Freud and Michael Horowitz, preferred to live in Kensington and Chelsea, where they probably got more work done. During the 1940s, 50s and 1960s, Soho was possibly the most cosmopolitan, vibrant place in England where artists, poets, artists’ models, soldiers, refugees, layabouts and aristocracy gathered to carouse in its drinking holes such as the Colony Room and The Coach and Horses. The stars of 50s literary London were concentrated within a few streets, exchanging ideas, poaching each others’ lovers and scrounging a drink, or two. “The atmosphere was like a private party and it was the closest London came to clubs, like the Deux Magots, in Paris’s Left Bank,” says Sophie. Portobello resident and jazz king George Melly told Sophie that he “took to Soho like a duck to water. On the other side of that heavy door lay the enchanting antidote to the empty studio. For a sometimes lonely creative life, the Colony was a place where artists and writers could find solace in socialising.” Paolozzi once took me to the Colony Room after coffee at nearby Bar Italia – another Soho institution. He mentioned that he had been scared of proprietress Muriel’s acid tongue teasing him about his plumpness. Portobello poet Michael Horowitz was drawn to the Colony Room, like a bee to honey, because its patrons “were all exciting and entertaining people to fall in and out of company with”. The late Quentin Crisp, who lived in Chelsea and modelled in local art schools, came to the Colony Room for company, although he hardly drank as his camp appearance necessitated that he keep his wits about him. In 1982, Sophie’s father held the first exhibition to cement the club’s reputation as the artistic melting pot, Artists of the Colony Room, at his gallery, Parkin Fine Art in Belgravia. It included artists Robert McBryde, Robert Colquhoun and John Minton who shared a studio together off Kensington Church Street. John Minton illustrated all the original Elizabeth David cookbooks and taught painting at The Royal College with Francis Bacon, another RBKC resident, who proved that Chelsea and Soho were always rakish creative bedfellows. No wonder there are so many blue artist plaques in both.

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New Space for Art Art is moving into new spaces courtesy of an innovative project A Space for Art. Its aim is to place the right art in front of just the right audience, so a range of Michelin-starred and highly acclaimed London restaurants as well as luxury boutique hotels have been booked as venues for displaying high quality, contemporary art to diners/potential buyers. The first phase of exhibition spaces will include Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants Maze in Mayfair and Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea; Maze will display iconic photographs of the Rolling Stones by the legendary Terry O’Neill whilst the Chelsea restaurant will host characteristically challenging photographs by Mat Collishaw, courtesy of his gallery, Osborne Samuel. Further exhibitions by the likes of Marc Quinn, Shepard Fairey (creator of Hope, the famous Obama portrait poster) and John Blackburn are also lined up. Following this London launch, the project plans to expand to major restaurants and hotels overseas to open up a whole new world for art.

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with Kate Stevens, Director of HackelBury Fine Art, celebrating 15 successful years Q: What have been your criteria in selecting

This winter will bring the first UK solo show for Americans Doug and Mike Starn, featuring unique works commissioned to celebrate our 15th year. Then our Imprint projects will create beautiful and limited art books and short films exclusively for HackelBury.

artists for the gallery? A: Many of our artists explore the boundaries between different media including sculpture, painting and even performance. We focus on long term relationships with artists at the peak of their careers, often researching back to their earliest works. It’s fascinating to see them circle back to their first pre-occupations and take a new perspective on all that followed.

Q: Can you tell us more about Garry Fabian Miller’s extraordinary work?

A: He works with camera-less photography.

Q: Over the past 15 years, has your customer base developed beyond Kensington residents and if so, what do you attribute that to? A: We have a wider audience now through exhibiting at art fairs such as Paris Photo, Art Miami, The Armory Show in New York and most recently Art13 here in Olympia. We work with interior designers and fine art consultants whose clients have properties all over the world, as well as architects and decorators who want unique commissions. We also help our clients to develop new or existing collections.


Q: Have you used this celebratory year to introduce new artists to the gallery or to hold retrospective exhibitions? A: A combination of the two. This summer we exhibit the work of 90-year-old photographer Saul Leiter, whose incredible abstract paintings will be alongside his better known street and fashion photography. In September, we’ll have Garry Fabian Miller’s photography from 37 years ago, together with his new Voyage series.

This exhibition is pivotal, prompted by the discontinuation of Cibachrome paper and his dark room process, so the artist’s new, abstract works will be the last he creates with these materials. They will be displayed with his first photographic series from 1976-77 but all will reveal his preoccupation with the themes of time, light and the meeting of earth and sky. Garry Fabian Miller: Voyage, 12 September – 19 October, Above/ Voyage Westward This Night, Winter 2013 © Garry Fabian Miller, courtesy of HackelBury Fine Art



ART ANTIQUES Gorgeous Glass

An Out of the Ordinary Experience Christie’s is synonymous with the sale of extraordinary artefacts but it will set a new standard through its forthcoming, appropriately named Out Of The Ordinary sale. This will enthral us with 150 historic, iconic pieces such as a giant, eight foot tall robot known as Cygan which became an international celebrity when it was launched in 1957. A remarkable Italian, Dr. Ing Fiorito, designed it to move forwards or backwards, left or right, carry items and respond to spoken commands and light rays. At London’s Olympia in 1958, crowds were stunned to see Cygan walking around and even dancing with a member of the public. Adding to the excitement at Christie’s will be a large scale theatrical prop – a Titanic bell from the 1958 film A Night to Remember – plus a fossilised skeleton of a cave bear and a strikingly surreal, illuminated wall panel from the 1970s by Angelo Brotto (1914-2002). Realising the wide appeal of these and many other items, Christie’s has arranged an extended pre-sale exhibition from 5 August until 4 September which I consider to be the perfect summer holiday family outing and a great means of introducing young people to the fun of collecting art.

Great excitement will be filling the Vessel Gallery when Louis Thompson displays his glasswork there for the first time. Over a 25 year career he has become famed around the world for creating innovative, exciting and elegant designs in hot glass for both private and public commissions. His work features in interior and exterior spaces, sometimes arising from collaborations with architects, designers and artists and, at the 2012 Glass Biennale, he was awarded both the Jerwood Foundation Maker’s Commission and the British Glass Biennale Winner’s prize. Characteristics of the human body – sensuous, tactile, folds and curves – can frequently be found in Thompson’s oeuvre, resulting in unusual forms, colours and combinations of materials that, currently, he likes to create in multiples or sequences which have a particularly strong impact when displayed together. Another impressive facet of Thompson’s gorgeous glass objects is the way they challenge the viewer to decide if they are solid, full, empty or even made of glass so this show promises to be truly captivating and it is a real coup for Vessel to have brought this acclaimed artist to Notting Hill. Archive by Louis Thompson Vessel Gallery, 30 July – 31 August

Out Of The Ordinary, 5 September at Christie’s 85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, Clockwise from top/ Cave Bear Skeleton; Malizia, an Angelo Brotto (1914-2002) Illuminated Wall Panel; Italian humanoid aluminium robot entitled Cygan c. 1957, design by Dr. Ing Fiorito © Christie’s Images Limited 2013

AUCTIONS: MOST WANTED A Marvel of Murano Glass Item: A black glass and brass mounted cabinet, c.1970, measuring 131cm wide x 54cm deep x 100cm high, from the home of marvellous glass, Murano, Italy Sale Price: £3,800 Location: Guinevere Antiques, 574-580 King’s Road, Chelsea



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One Moment In


Carol Cordrey confirms that Julian Lennon has not just stepped but leapt out of his father’s shadow by carving out a niche as a supremely talented photographer, looking more closely at his upcoming exhibition at the Little Black Gallery

Life never presents any of us with a smooth path but the road which Julian Lennon had to tread was a particularly rocky one. As a young boy, he rarely saw his famous father John because of the explosion of Beatlemania, then John’s open affair with Yoko Ono resulted in Julian’s parents divorcing when he was five years old. John and Yoko exposed the teenage Julian to their controversial life, which was played out in front of the world’s press, and the painful separation from his father finally became terminal when John was murdered in New York City. Julian Lennon could be forgiven for crumbling in the face of this fractured background and series of obstacles but to his credit, he has carved out his own successful career as a musician and as a respected philanthropist who, inter alia, became an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, a supporter of the St. Thomas’s Lupus Trust and creator of his own charity, the White Feather Foundation. As for his artistic talent, it was not confined to strumming a guitar or even writing successful lyrics for his own Top Ten records: “I have always felt that I observed life in a different way to others,” he explained. “Music has always been one creative outlet for me but now I’m happy to add another one too, that being photography.” His interest in photography began at a young

age and, after years of refining his style, musician friends began to choose his artwork for their albums. Julian developed the confidence to combine his new photographs with launch parties of his own records and in 2010 he took the very bold step of mounting his first solo photographic exhibition, Timeless, in New York. It attracted notable acclaim and now he launches himself as a photographer on the London scene. This could be viewed as a brave decision; our capital city has established itself as the breeding ground of world renowned photographic talent and, with his famous background, wealth and connections, it is natural for people to assume that Julian may have slid under the bar that measures other people’s artistic standards. But Julian’s debut has been orchestrated by Chelsea’s Little Black Gallery which represents some of the finest photographers around and Julian’s haunting landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes display great professionalism and original, artistic flair. Interestingly, his images do not betray any signs of the emotional turmoil of his youth; rather, Julian overwhelms our senses with his portrayal of a world full of beauty that is both natural and man-made. The fact that his scenes look as if they are created by a simple aim-and-fire camera technique is testament to his innate ability to “catch a moment in time, an emotion in time.” His photographs are,


without question, emotionally charged, a reflection of his acknowledged, deep concern for people and the planet. “What I see or hear in what I do is, in principle, quite specific to my own life experiences; therefore I leave what others may think for others to dwell upon.” His photography may not be intentionally didactic but it is impossible not to think that, like his father’s song, Julian is subtly encouraging us to “imagine all the people / Living life in peace”. This is conveyed to great effect in Accretion, a softly defined view of New York City that is roughly divided horizontally between the Hudson Bay and the skyscraper skyline. Every inch of it is depicted in tones of grey that we might expect to conjure a gloomy, hard image of city life. In fact, Julian’s scene has an elegant aura of serenity that immediately induces calm in the viewer. By contrast, the more abstract form and fiery colours of the appropriately named Blaze remind us of how breathtakingly beautiful the natural world can be. Cloud formations constructed from rich gold and orange colouring intensified by dramatic blacks give the impression of volcanic lava exploding into the sky.

Equally dramatic but portrayed in tones of blue is Midnight Smoke in which Julian captures a birds-eye view of mountain ranges. It is an awe-inspiring moment seeing the clouds take their gentle midnight stroll through each craggy crevice, covering everything in a smoke-like, mystical haze. Taken has a spiritual quality that emerges from the blue-black colouring of overlapping, receding hills, over which a brilliant white light bursts into view. There are lots more equally emotive, high quality images in Julian’s London show. I predict it will be a great success but, as such, will it become a landmark in his life that requires Julian to choose, finally, between a career in music or in photography? “They will always entwine”, is Julian’s current view, “because the art, whatever it is, is coming from one artist”. To some extent he is right, of course, but I still think that his talent and love of a lens should make Julian Lennon choose photography. Now Imagine that.

The more abstract form and fiery colours of Blaze remind us of how breathtakingly beautiful the natural world can be

Julian Lennon 5 September – 20 October

Opposite page/ Taken Above, clockwise from top left / Blaze, Evenfall, Accretion, Blue Moon




Sir Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture A major retrospective celebrating the achievements of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Chelsea’s most celebrated sculptor, opens on 6 July in Chichester. Rebecca Wallersteiner remembers an idiosyncratic friend One of Chelsea’s best-loved and most celebrated artists must surely have been the late sculptor Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, who died eight years ago. Born in Edinburgh in 1924 to Scottish/Italian immigrant parents, he moved to London in his 20s and established his first studio in Chelsea, where he continued to work for much of his life. When I knew him, he lived in an elegant house on Dovehouse Street, near the Chelsea Arts Club. Its interior was rather like an installation – with towering heaps of yellowing magazines, books, toys, junk, machine parts and objects from skips, or jumble sales – collected over 30 years. He rested on a bunk in his studio alcove, which he reached by clambering nimbly, bear-like, up a step-ladder – even well into his 70s. This summer, Pallant House Gallery in Chichester is honouring Paolozzi’s achievements with a major exhibition of 80 of his works. These include sculptures, drawings, collage, film and textiles generously loaned by the architect

Colin St John Wilson, who commissioned Paolozzi’s sculpture Newton After Blake for the British Library. The exhibition’s curator Simon Martin says: “Paolozzi is widely celebrated as one of the leading sculptors of the post-war age but with this show we aim to present the extraordinary versatility of his approach to making art.” There is almost no British artist of the post-war period as inventive and prolific as Paolozzi. Collage was central to his work; he liked to state that “all human experience is one big collage” which was particularly true for his own life. Known primarily as a sculptor, Paolozzi has been widely accredited with inventing Pop Art with his vibrant collages. As a child he had collected cigarette cards of film stars, aeroplanes, battleships and motorcars and he continued to collect material eclectically throughout his life. Paolozzi delighted in sharing his love of striking imagery and bold colours with friends. When I arrived

Left to right / Parrot from ‘As Is When’, 1965; James Joyce and Dancer: Monument to Trieste, 1960; Wittgenstein in New York from ‘As Is When’, 1965 (all Pallant House Gallery) Opposite / Real Gold, 1945 (Tate), presented by the artist in 1995 All images ©The Trustees of the Eduardo Paolozzi Foundation


at his studio in the evenings he would enthusiastically produce his latest unusual treasure, including magazine adverts, telephone cards, toys and items that inspired him. At the time, in the early 90s, his Chelsea studio was piled high with a lifetime’s accumulation of intriguing objects that had caught his eye in jumble sales, Oxfam shops and even skips. It was difficult finding a space to sit as nearly every surface was covered with his junk. “His fascination with ‘junk’ was undoubtedly shaped by his experience of helping in his parents’ ice cream shop after school and collecting cigarette cards which he stuck into scrapbooks”, Martin explains. Whilst a student at the Slade School of Art, Paolozzi began creating collages, combining different imagery, often of machine parts and film stars, challenging the institution’s traditional teaching. He experimented with a vast range of art forms including textiles, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and film. In the 1940s and 50s, he travelled to Paris to experience its artistic life and slept on the floor of his friends Lucian Freud and his wife, the novelist Caroline Blackwood, who also fed him. There he befriended artists Alberto Giacometti and Picasso – whom he heroworshipped. Also a compulsive collector, Picasso had been creating sculptures from discarded objects and Paolozzi shared his passion for their unusual beauty and artistic potential. On the sculptor’s return from his first long trip to Paris in 1949, he was appointed a tutor in the textiles design department of the Central School of Art and Design. Paolozzi loved to meet friends at the Chelsea Arts Club, a short walk from his home. During summer months we met in the Club’s wonderful garden to sip Pimm’s and exchange gossip, hidden within its leafy bowers. A huge personality with a booming voice, in a good mood, he was a great story-teller. With typical Italian generosity, he usually carried a large, plastic laundry bag, bulging with plaster casts of his works, which he generously distributed to friends he encountered out and


about. He enjoyed browsing in Kensington’s bookshops, observing people in local cafes, wandering around Portobello market and Christie’s South Kensington. He taught sculpture at the Royal College of Art and his amazing studio, overlooking Kensington Gardens, boasted one of the best views in London. A number of Paolozzi’s important sculptures can be seen in London, from the monumental Newton After Blake in the courtyard of the British Library and Piscator outside Euston station, to his colourful mosaic murals, inspired by Italian frescoes and jazz, decorating the walls of Tottenham Court Road underground station. He loved jazz and it inspired much of his work. When I visited his studio, jazz often played softly in the background, as he liked to listen to it whilst working. He designed posters for various London jazz festivals and made a large bronze sculpture of 1920s Parisian jazz dancer, Josephine Baker, which stands in Selfridges’ cosmetics hall. A few years before he died, a curator from the National Gallery of Scotland was so impressed on visiting Paolozzi’s Chelsea studio that he asked to dismantle it and recreate it in a permanent gallery in Edinburgh. I helped the old bear pack his life’s treasures into boxes to make their final journey – back to his beloved Scotland. His studio has been remarkably recreated at the Dean Gallery – although it is too tidy. Draping his paint-splattered working trousers casually over a chair, as he would have done – with a radio playing all day long, are nice touches. Among my treasured possessions are wonderful plaster casts of Paolozzi’s surreal animals, including a plump crocodile, snail, grotesque beetle and frog, all of which resemble him and remind me of those Chelsea evenings, in the 1990s. Eduardo Paolozzi: Collaging Culture 6 July – 13 October 2013, Pallant House, Chichester Sir Eduardo Paolozzi’s Estate is managed by the Jonathan Clark Gallery, 18 Park Walk, Chelsea



the Code-breakers When Bremont transported us to Bletchley Park last month, we went back 70 years to wartime, code-breaking Britain. Everyone’s aware of the role played by Bletchley in decrypting German ciphers; what you mightn’t know is that Bremont’s new limited edition watch incorporates into its design historical Bletchley artefacts. Unveiled before four veterans who worked at the site during WWII, the Codebreaker features parts of an Enigma machine in its rotor, wood from the iconic Hut 6 (the centre of operations during WWII) and paper from one of the centre’s few remaining punch cards. Investing in one of the 240 steel (£11,995) or 50 rose gold (£21,950) versions will help to preserve an important part of British history; a percentage of the proceeds will go towards the restoration of the legendary park.



We prefer not to be measured by dimensions. Unless it’s a new dimension of accuracy.

No fewer than four exceptional mechanisms enhance the precision of the RICHARD LANGE TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”: the tiny fusée-and-chain transmission, the delicate tourbillon, the ultra-thin Lange balance spring, and – not least – the patented stop-seconds device for the tourbillon which makes it possible to

set the watch with one-second accuracy in the first place. Never before has an A. Lange & Söhne watch been endowed with so many complications that simultaneously enhance its rate accuracy, settability, and readability. And so, this remarkable timepiece truly deserves the honorary attribute “Pour le Mérite”.

Arije 165, Sloane Street London • George Pragnell 5 and 6, Wood Street, Stratford-upon-Avon Hamilton & Inches 87, George Street, Edinburgh • Harrods 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London Watches of Switzerland 16, New Bond Street, London • Wempe 43-44, New Bond Street, London Lange Uhren GmbH • Tel. +34 91 454 89 82 •

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All Things Baume & Beautiful

An Uncomplicated Choice A whistle-stop tour of the world’s latest timepieces, Baselworld can become a blur of bezels, cases, dials and movements. To stand out from the horological crowd, a brand must present something pretty spectacular – which is exactly what MeisterSinger did this year with its Singulator. At 43mm in diameter and possessing the thinnest of bezels, the single-hand watch displays time via three separate hands – the first in the world to do so. The simple, elegant design certainly struck a chord with us – fitting seeing as though the brand’s logo is the fermata musical note. If you think it looks good on this page, it’s even prettier in real life.

When we were introduced to Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Flyback chronograph 18 months ago, we were dazzled by it. By the end of 2012, it remained one of our favourite watches of that year. This year, having just been presented with the brand’s newest creation, we’re pretty sure we’ll feel the same about Baume & Mercier at the end of 2013 too; the reason being the company’s Capeland Worldtimer, from £5,110 and released in June. It possesses a self-winding mechanical movement, sapphire case back and it is available in 18-carat red gold or polished satin-brushed steel. Over and above all that, it’s absolutely stunning.

Singulator, £4,580, MeisterSinger

Take a Tourbillion Tour

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

At 45mm in diameter and made of a material harder than ceramic, the PAM 505 is definitely a man’s watch. If further proof were needed, the words Black Seal printed on its dial refer to a type of torpedo used by the Italian Navy. Grr!

Housing 36 complications and 1,483 components, it’s the world’s most complicated watch. Visit Marcus Watches at 170 New Bond Street before 10 August and admire it as part of a Franck Muller tourbillon exhibition. Should you not possess the Aeternitas Mega 4’s £2,150,200 asking price, however, fear not; there’s always the brand’s Tourbillon Egg. The smallest tourbillon movement in the world, it’s yours to take home for a (relatively) paltry £836,500.

PAM505, £6,600, Panerai





Reddy For a touch of class, rely on golds, burgundies and browns

1 Silk scarf, £165, Budd Shirt Makers, 2 Dunhill Club oval glasses, £170, Alfred Dunhill, / 3 Chronofighter 1695 watch, £14,790, Graham Watches, 4 Double face pocket square, £35, Thomas Pink, 162B Sloane Street 5 Solid suspenders, £60, Brooks Brothers, 6 Engraved rose gold-plated tie clip, £100, Lanvin, 7 Knitted silk tie, £65, Budd Shirt Makers, as before 8 Metropolitan dark brown Victoria satchel, £1,140, Ettinger, 9 De Ville Co-Axial Chronograph 42 mm in rose gold with leather strap, £18,270, Omega, 10 Black mother of pearl collar stiffeners, £55, Alfred Dunhill, as before 11 Hologram skull enamel cufflinks, £95, Alexander McQueen,



Swiss movement, English heart

Bespoke ETA 2824-2 Jumping Hour automatic modification by Master Watchmaker Johannes Jahnke / Each piece, of only 250, personally assembled by Johannes and his team in Switzerland / 43mm, surgical grade stainless steel case with sapphire crystal and transparent case back / CITES certified, premium grade, Louisiana alligator deployment strap / 5 year movement guarantee

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CONTESSA To own a rare Argyle pink diamond is to own a truly magnificent heirloom. Contessa, beautifully handcrafted in Platinum and 18ct Rose Gold, features an exquisite combination of stunning craftsmanship and the rarest of Australian Argyle pink diamonds. Simply, they are the rarest diamonds in the world and are revered for their unique provenance and intrinsic beauty.

UNITED KINGDOM The Royal Arcade, Old Bond St, Mayfair London W1S 4SW AUSTRALIA Sydney Gold Coast

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La Vie En Rose

To Paris With Love

Fifteen pieces have bloomed in Piaget’s signature Rose collection. Launched in 2012 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Yves Piaget Rose, the newest additions reinterpret the romantic symbol with ultra-feminine models bursting with colour and vitality. Featuring pink tourmalines and opals, and diamonds coupled with intricate lacework, each piece accentuates the beauty of the house’s muse.

Paris has been a source of inspiration for Cartier ever since the company was founded there in 1847 so what better way for the jewellery house to pay homage to the French capital than with a new fine jewellery collection? Paris’ iconic architecture, landmarks and moods have been captured in the Nouvelle Vague collection which includes Sparkling, Mischievous, Emancipated and Glamour. Now thanks to the Parisian jeweller’s new collection, we’ll always have Paris.

Cutting Edge Last year, Lalique illustrated its comeback into the jewellery industry with a collection themed around the concept of a phoenix rising from the ashes. This year sees the mythical bird transform into a butterfly to represent the jewellery house’s second collection in the world of fine jewellery. Head of design Quentin Obadia comments on his Soulmates collection.

“The butterfly captivated René Lalique’s imagination and it has since been interpreted in many forms. The Soulmates collection draws upon this heritage, combining sapphires, pearls, aquamarine and other precious materials to honour the fascination of its founder and an insect synonymous with the LALIQUE name”

Lion’s Den

Pysche Nighttime long necklace and ring, POA

This June, Chanel opened its muchanticipated London flagship store on New Bond Street and with it came a new high jewellery collection. Sous le Signe du Lion is, as you might expect, a paean to the big cat; the feline creature has strong ties to Chanel’s grand dame who was not only born under the Leo zodiac sign but also remained fascinated by this powerful symbol following a trip to Venice in 1920; there the lion represents the city’s patron saint. Staying true to the fashion maison, the 58 pieces dare to be different.




Expectations Having just opened her new store in Carlos Place, Olivia Sharpe meets Jessica McCormack, the woman responsible for bringing diamond jewellery into the 21st century

Jessica McCormack is at the forefront of contemporary jewellery design, with a client base which includes Madonna, Alexa Chung and Carine Roitfeld. However, while well-known by the cognoscenti of the industry, she remains under the radar. However, for the independent jeweller, this is the way she’s always preferred it. Opening her first boutique in 2007 in inconspicuous Clerkenwell, she operated on an appointment-only basis and, over the course of five years, built up a steady following and produced five diamond jewellery collections. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Jessica’s business began as a hobby. It wasn’t until her internship at Sotheby’s in London that she discovered her passion. Here, the New Zealand-born woman fell in love with the vintage glamour and decadence of ‘old school’ houses such as Lalique, Cartier and Boucheron. For Jessica, they epitomised a past era of “family jewellers” who put their clients first and created timeless jewels. It was at this time that Jessica also unearthed her love for diamonds but found that they had lost their place in contemporary society. She therefore explained that she wished “to re-evaluate people’s perception of fine

From top/ Snowdrop hoops, Tattoo earrings

jewellery and precious stones, breaking down barriers on how diamonds are considered worn and used”. In each of her collections, Jessica juxtaposes different styles, cuts and settings of the precious gemstone to create individual pieces which still remain within the confines of established style codes. For example, the Torpedo earrings (part of the Transposed collection) feature reverse-cut diamonds to show the multi-faceted effects that can be created from the stones. Having had no formal training, Jessica was possibly more daring

Jessica wants to “re-evaluate people’s perception of fine jewellery and precious stones” than most, unafraid to experiment with unconventional settings and break rules. Part of the same collection, the Pipe ring illustrates her gift of bringing jewellery into the 21st century with its industrial design more akin to a “tiny piece of art”. The brand has recently come further into the limelight with the opening of its new flagship store in the heart of London’s jewellery capital, Mayfair. Jessica first visited the area eight years ago and fell in love with the “sense of community, rich history and glamour.” While this may seem a dramatic shift from Clerkenwell, this isn’t the case. For Jessica, it epitomises “proper old school London” with its cobbled streets and old ale houses


straight out of a Dickensian novel and so too does Carlos Place with its Victorian red brick houses. And, being situated opposite one of London’s historic crown jewels, the Connaught Hotel, Jessica found her home away from home. It took the team two years to transform 7 Carlos Place into “an expression of the brand’s identity”. They began by stripping back the 1980s office block and restoring as many of the original Victorian features. Jessica then filled the house with her own curated collection of contemporary artwork, design and antique pieces by the likes of Ryan McGinley, Rick Owens, Louise Bourgeois and the Haas Brothers. The designer also spent a good deal of time sourcing unusual and beautiful objects from around the world. Jessica never at any point called upon interior designers, instead trusting in her own gut instinct. While acknowledging that this “may not be the most sophisticated business strategy”, the self-confessed control freak also points out that it’s never failed her yet. And, judging from the finished product, she was right. Like her collections, the eclectic decor “contrasts the old with the new”; here, an avant-garde lighting installation by David Wiseman works in harmony with an antique writing desk and a 1930s safety deposit box. The store was designed as a “destination retail experience.” Unlike the grand boutiques on Bond Street, Jessica wanted to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where clients could come and feel at home. She explains: “I didn’t want it to be intimidating. I wanted people to be able to come in, have a look round and try things on without feeling uncomfortable.” Visitors are welcomed into the Jewellery Room where they can either look at the main collections or else wander into the adjoining garden for afternoon tea. The garden was an essential feature for Jessica, “bringing a sense of calm from the hectic world outside”. Up the grand mahogany staircase is the Piano Room where the defining feature is of course the Based Upon piano (you may recognise it from Masterpiece 2013). This

part of the house has an even more intimate feel; this is where clients come to pick out engagement rings. As a result of this experience, people often end up leaving Jessica McCormack with a totally new perspective on jewellery. By using the store to contextualise her work and vice versa, she in turn highlights the versatility of her diamond creations. Half an hour with Jessica and any preconceived ideas you had will be changed forever: “I show my clients how you can wear them in the day and the night-time. So many of my clients have come in and said how they hate diamonds but by the end of it I have people absolutely covered in them,” she declares proudly. As well as designing new pieces, Jessica also offers a service whereby people can come in and update their existing jewellery as, for the designer, it should always be about conveying the timelessness of diamond jewellery and how it can “be passed down from generation to generation”. Jessica therefore remains as much the family jeweller as she always was. It was never about “trying to open 100 stores and sell in China. I’ve always done my own thing.” And, both for our sake and the jewellery industry, I hope she never stops. Jessica McCormack 7 Carlos Place W1K

Clockwise from top/ Wing of Desire earring, New York Reflection ring, Torpedo diamond earrings, Daisy ring, Carlos Place exterior, Diamond bangles




Culture Clash This year’s tribal trend has taken a futuristic turn with geometric shapes and striking colours

1 Triangle Swarovski earrings, POA, Oscar de la Renta, 2 Silver-tone, resin, cord and satin necklace, £120, Marc by Marc Jacobs, 3 Arrow Complex necklace, £630, Scho at Kabiri, 4 Smoky quartz necklace with etched bead, £355, Manguette, 5 Gold-tone multi-stone necklace, £221, Etro, 6 Blackrok necklace, £600, Manish Arora for Amrapali, 7 Gold-tone resin clip earrings, £200, Marni, 8 18-karat rose gold, diamond and onyx earrings, £6,710, Gucci, 9 Double open arch gold-plated ring, £310, Maiyet, 10 Thin gold ring, £75, Gina Melosi at Kabiri, 11 Tribe yellow gold and silver cuff, £550, Amrapali, 12 Celeste necklace, £1,150, Manish Arora for Amrapali,



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Bag of Roses We defy you to name one woman in Hollywood better suited to front L.K. Bennett’s current campaign than British beauty Rosamund Pike. The English rose was announced the face of the fashion brand at the beginning of the year and she has taken to it like a duck to water. Now it’s time for her much-anticipated A/W13 handbag collection and, having worked closely with the L.K. Bennett team for six months, actress Rosamund decided to base the collection around her love of classic British films, which we deem a fitting tribute indeed. The Rosie, Rosamund and Rosa come in three sizes and six different colours, designed to be ‘good enough to eat’. From £350, available from 17 July,



FASHION Leather waist belt, £350 Alexander McQueen

Etamine cashmere and silk-blend scarf, £490, Saint Laurent,

Orient 13 inch vanity case, £685, Globe Trotter

Santorini sun hat, £1413.30 Filù hats,

Malin sunglasses, £220 Tom Ford,

Grosvenor crocodile iPad case, £4,500 Smythson,

Rockstud clutch, £860 Valentino,

Jet Set Style at Harrods, all products

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Orient Express It’s not just about the destination; you’ll never bag that all-important upgrade if you don’t look the part

Four-wheel carry-on travel suitcase, £1,710 carry-on duffel, £1,860, and carry-on pilot case with wheels, £1,780 All Gucci,


Glossy coat passport cover in pink, £125 Mulberry,

Tunstall jewellery roll in pink, £125 Pickett,

Quilted backpack £2,011, Chanel Vintage


Eye for Fashion There doesn’t appear to be a woman in Hollywood who hasn’t at some point in her life sported a pair of Linda Farrow sunglasses. The designer responsible for putting eyewear into focus as a legitimate fashion accessory began her luxury brand back in the 1970s and quickly established a cult following, producing collection after collection of sought-after sunglasses. Now headed up by husband and wife duo Simon Jablon and Tracy Sedino, the British eyewear brand recently announced the launch of its first London store on Mayfair’s Mount Street, opening its doors this August. As well as its archive vintage collection, the 386 square foot store will also carry the Linda Farrow Gallery designer collaborations which include Dries van Noten, Oscar de la Renta and The Row. Keep your eye out.

HER STYLE By olivia sharpe

The Handbag Narratives Something Old, Something New While the pieces she sources may be vintage, there’s nothing old school about Susan Caplan’s approach to business as the curator’s sought-after Vintage collection is now available to buy online. Having been sourcing items for Harvey Nichols for the past four years, Caplan evidently felt it was the right time to launch another platform for her company on the department store’s website. With one click of a button, Caplan has moved vintage fashion forward into the 21st century and we hope it stays there.

This spring saw Harrods transform into a Dior tribute house in one of the largest in-store exhibitions ever seen. This was almost topped shortly afterwards by The Great Gatsby display which saw each iconic Harrods’ window reflect the 1920s era in tribute to Baz Luhrmann’s recent film. Now the windows have taken on another identity. In celebration of the extensive accessory ranges in store, the Knightsbridge establishment has called on some key designers to tell a visual story through an innovative window showcase, complete with an oversized handbag. Each of the brands, including Alexander McQueen, Anya Hindmarch, Sophie Hulme and Prada, has also designed a limited edition exclusive handbag which will be available to purchase until the end of the campaign on 24 August. Not to be missed.


Travel in Style Like the Chanel little black jacket or a pair of Christian Louboutin’s signature red-soled stilettos, owning a piece of Louis Vuitton luggage is every fashion collector’s dream. The French house was established in 1854 when the founder, a humble box-maker and packer, designed the first trunk, followed shortly afterwards by the Signature Monogram canvas featuring the famed LV logo. Fast forward 150 years and these luxury items have become the coveted property of the world’s elite. As timeless as they are practical, Louis Vuitton luggage has seen few changes over the years except that now, thanks to the brand’s new Mon Monogram service, travel collections can be customised with initials and one’s preferred choice of colour. Just visit the website and it’ll speak for itself.

Miss Margaretha Escada has re-invented the 2008 S/S Margaretha handbag for its Pre-Fall 2013 collection. Named after the label’s founder Margaretha Levy, the classic bag became an instant hit, largely because of its fun and feminine style which clearly distinguishes itself from Escada’s traditionally sporty aesthetic. The new form continues to embody the spirit of the original but it has been re-imagined in bold colours and a contemporary, smaller silhouette. The Miss Margaretha comes in two sizes with a detachable shoulder strap; we particularly love the blush and carnation pink.

Best of: Pre-Fall Shoes Get ahead of the shoe trends before we are kick-started into the A/W season. From Jimmy Choo to Sophia Webster, these top designers need no introduction as they debut their Pre-Fall collections (from left) Two-tone leather sandals, £400, MCQ Alexander McQueen Drift woven suede cage boots, £695, Jimmy Choo Cutout leather ankle boots, £590, Gianvito Rossi Cutout metallic leather sandals, £550, Sophia Webster All available at

Off Season Matthew Williamson perfectly bridged the gap between S/S and A/W with his Pre-Fall collection and this is, after all, just what you want. The collection was filled with plenty of practical options for chilly autumnal (or in fact summer) days including wearable office skirts, trousers and sweaters. However, the threat of the changing seasons did not scare the British designer away from adding a touch of summer nighttime glamour into his collection with floor-length embellished gowns and sequined mini dresses. Overall, Mr. Williamson has surpassed himself yet again.




Enough to

Eat Make the sartorially difficult seasonal transition much easier with these delectably demure dresses and eye-catchingly extravagant accessories


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Army printed satin tulip dress, POA, Guy Laroche, Morganite leaf pendant, £33,000, and matching earrings, £36,000, pink pearl, pink sapphire and diamond ring (right hand, third finger), £18,000, and leaf ring with diamonds (right hand, fourth finger), £8,500, all from Autumn Collection at MV Jewellery Theatre, 44 Old Bond Street, 020 7495 5544 Black stingray cuff with crystals, £398, Butler & Wilson, 20 South Molton Street

Black embellished sequin dress with nude mesh panels, POA, Julien Macdonald,; black antler tassel and sequin headpiece, POA, Louis Mariette, Star earrings, £267, Mouton Collet,; black stingray cuff (on left wrist), £398, Butler & Wilson, as before Geometric crystal ring (on left hand), £216, Mawi, Apocalyptic garden wrapped cuff (on right wrist), £140, Marc by Marc Jacobs at; silver shield ring (on left hand) £300, Kyle Hopkins,

Peach silk blouse dress, £1,609, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label, 44 Conduit St, 020 7439 1109 Adonis Rose white diamond and white gold earrings, £14,900, De Beers,; Maratea necklace set with moonstone and diamonds in white gold, £19,750, and sapphire and diamond twist ring (left hand, second finger), £5,500, both Robinson Pelham,; Apocalyptic garden wrapped cuff (on right wrist), £140, Marc by Marc Jacobs, as before; sterling silver Mari Rush ring with blue and white topaz (right hand, first finger), £225, Sho London,; Entanglement 18-karat white gold ring with blue sapphire (right hand, second finger) £5,250, Garrard, 24 Albemarle Street, Sapphire A mount ring (left hand, third finger), £43,000, Asprey, 167 New Bond Street,

Purple short sleeve body con dress with embellishments, £4,189, Hervé Léger, 020 7201 2590 Deco triangle drop earrings, £257, Mawi,; purple and blue croc clutch, £480, Vivienne Westwood, 44 Conduit Street; calf leather riding gloves in cobalt corsage, £176, Swash London,; Red and blue metal painted cuff, £1,191, Chanel, 158-159 New Bond Street

Sequin cable knit style top, £1,680, and knee length satin silk skirt in ink, £1,260, Jenny Packham, Black Caesar headband, £176, Louis Mariette, as before; grey crystal large flower necklace, £148, Butler & Wilson, as before Feather sterling silver earrings with white diamonds, £3,700, and feather sterling silver ring with rose quartz (on right hand), £800, Garrard, Dress ring designed as three bombé diamond-set sections, circa 1950s (left hand, first finger,) £3,000, Lucas Rarities,; silver chain hand jewellery (on left hand), £270, Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier,

Mini knitted dress in blue with embroidered metal studs and rings, £7,990, Roberto Cavalli, 184 Sloane Street; deco chandelier earrings with crystals, £297, Mawi, The Britain Quartz cream leather and rose front watch (on left wrist), £2,050, Burberry,; cream tortoise shell watch (on right wrist), £150, Vivienne Westwood, as before Rose Siren cuff (on right wrist), £390, Monica Vinader,

PHOTOGRAPHER & STYLIST WEBSITES: Jon Attenborough ( Siouxsie ( Hair STYLIST: Carolina Crona ( using L’Oreal Professionnel MAKE UP: Charlotte Gaskell ( using Laura Mercier Cosmetics and Essie Nails Stylist Assistants: Daisy Bunyan, Kimesha Campbell and Claudia Biele Model: Kriss E at Premier Model Management Location: Special thanks to Plum + Spilt Milk at Great Northern Hotel, King’s Cross Street Pancras Station, Pancras Road, N1C 4TB

Gold collared shirt and pencil skirt with embroidery, POA, both Zeynep Tosun, Physalis earrings with golden pearls and diamonds (Caravaggio Collection), £19,800, and flower ring with baroque pearl and diamonds (Autumn Collection) (on left hand), £58,500, MV Jewellery Theatre, as before Handmade 18-karat gold feather Sharyar bangle, set with diamonds (on right wrist), £78,000, Sabine Roemer, by appointment only (; French 18-karat yellow gold, diamond and emerald dress ring by Maison Boivin, c. 1950 (on right hand – just seen), £20,000, Lucas Rarities, as before

Tom Ford Photography: James Mason


Tommy Hilfiger Photography: Richard Young

London Collections: Men s/s14 Show Round-Up

Richard Nicoll


There was something for everyone at this year’s male equivalent to London Fashion Week. London Collections: Men, a week-long celebration of fashion included fashion shows, exclusive dinners and VIP events as fashion critics had their first official preview of what’s on the cards for S/S14. Special shout outs to E. Tautz, James Long and Christopher Shannon, who each brought something new to the table with their urban take on next year’s staple trends, and let’s not forget Tom Ford who did himself proud with his latest collection for the modern dandy. While the halter tops at J.W. Anderson and the Johnny Depp lookalike at Oliver Spencer certainly had people talking, it was the remark made from Boris Johnson on the subject of British fashion which really stuck in people’s minds: “London is to the suit as Parma is to the Parmesan cheese”. While an interesting comparison, we feel on reflection our Mayor should stick to answering questions on politics and leave fashion to the experts. No offence Boris. And so to the big question: what’s in for S/S14? See it all here.

E. Tautz


Jonathan Saunders Tom Ford Photography: Dave Benett


Power Couple

All Abroad When Orlebar Brown showcased its S/S13 menswear collection last year, it was a typically miserable day in London; hardly the appropriate pathetic fallacy to demonstrate a beachwear range. Credit should go to the English luxury brand, then, for managing to transport visitors that day to a tropical destination through its collection. Designed with the Englishman abroad in mind, the holiday wardrobe range features t-shirts, polo shirts and shorts in a spectrum of colours and with a greater emphasis on tailoring. While English rainy days will never be absent, the days of badly-dressed men on the beach are thankfully drawing to a close thanks to Orlebar Brown.

The fashion industry and world of politics may appear on the surface chalk and cheese but the two often seem to find common ground. After all, let’s consider the facts. First Ladies Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama have both ranked highly on best dressed women lists; Prime Minister David Cameron hosted last year’s London Collections: Men at Downing Street with wife and BFC Ambassador Samantha Cameron; and this year at the world G8 Summit, Mulberry went against convention when it made a total of eight world leaders its new brand ambassadors after presenting them with personalised versions of its classic bags. It appears that fashion statements are no longer confined to the catwalk or red carpet but have somehow found their way into the boardrooms of Number 10 and the like. Let’s just pray this doesn’t include Boris Johnson’s wardrobe.


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The ultimate portable man drawer comes in the form of Ettinger’s new travel wallet, complete with a back pocket to house important documents, six credit card slots, a note slip pocket and a detachable wristlet strap for added security.

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Best Foot Forward Christian Louboutin has announced its second store-in-store boutique in Selfridges. In contrast to the first in Harrods, solely for women’s shoes, the second is devoted to men’s footwear. As well as the S/S13 collection, there are a few A/W13 sneak peaks including updates on classic styles such as the Rollerboy, in rich velvet for the new season. Alongside shoes sits the label’s collection of bags and leather goods.

Knightsbridge gun and clothing supplier Ray Ward has everything you need to be ready for the August grouse season. In line with its Heath Fieldwear 2013 collection, the company has introduced new pieces including a full trouser and Hacking jacket; full ranges of this collection now also come in Austrian Loden and Deerskin. Ray Ward, 12 Cadogan Place, SW1X 9PU




The Midas Touch Guerlain has struck gold with its Terra Ora collection. As the face of the French cosmetics house, model Natalia Vodianova has on this occasion been transformed into a goddess, garbed in a Grecian-style dress and adorned with gold cuffs for the brand’s new summer campaign which pays homage to the precious metal. The collection features a sculpting bronzer and highlighter for the face and body; a Kabuki brush; a light-diffusing primer; an iridescent eyeshadow and eyeliner; and, last but not least, a hydrating lip gloss. Each product not only casts a new light on this particular bronze shade but also perfectly captures the sun-kissed effect every woman wants in summertime. Quite simply, it’s as good as gold.



Design by Philippe Starck


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Antique brass Moroccan ceiling lantern, £253.99, Moroccan Bazaar,

Metropolis cushion in cognac, £35, India Jane,

Safari elephant noir candle £85, L’Objet,

Bone inlay hand-crafted mirror, £2,750, Moroccan Bazaar,

Fez side table, £1,100, Nicholas Haslam,

Image courtesy of Katharine Pooley

Guilded wooden screen £2,200, Nicholas Haslam

K&C Bazaar Bring a touch of Marrakech to your home with intricate, antique or wooden products

Oswin throw, £244 Missoni Home,

Large Moroccan coffee table, £1,395, Moroccan Bazaar, as before

Fortuny Ashanti orange canister £235, L’Objet,




HOME Memory of the Past

A well-maintained hardwood floor is something that never goes out of style, so add Victoria Woodworks to your interiors address book. Part of its premium portfolio, The Grand Collection consists of premium antique oak, elm and pine and some of these are up to 400 years old, giving the floorboards a truly authentic and rustic appearance. A ‘memory of the past’ is the concept behind the collection so expect timbers recovered from ancient chateaux and colonial buildings. Ideal for period homes where age and character take precedence, Victorian Woodworks creates flooring that is entirely bespoke and individual to you and your home; the height of personal service.

Strike a Balance Intense colour and classic textures take charge in Romo’s exciting Black Edition wallpaper collection. The essence of Romo remains but new techniques have been explored and designs are more complex, with 20th century abstract art and couture fashion being the driving force inspiration. The vibrant hues teamed with materials such as velvet and silk will add that perfect pop of colour to a wall as well as bringing warm texture into the room. The hand-painted effect adds authenticity, along with ombré shading and delicate use of metallic yarns which keep the theme luxurious but modern. The Black Edition collection has achieved harmony between modern freshness and classic style, capturing the all-encompassing luxury we look for when creating a statement wall.

Colour Clash Textile designer Banke Kuku is brightening up interiors this season with the launch of her new Pride collection. Upholding her signature African heritage, Kuku certainly doesn’t hold back when it comes to colour and pattern combinations, with digitally printed patterns influenced by traditional cloths worn by African tribes. Available in five colour variations, the most popular Pride print is a harmonic fusion of European paisley print and bold African tones; certain to be an eye-catching feature in your living space this summer.




Take Up the


Natalia Miyar has been the Head of Design at Helen Green for the last year. However, modesty forbids her from referring to herself as anything other than a “caretaker of the brand”. Olivia Sharpe discusses the future of the Chelsea design practice with its new frontwoman As I sit down with Natalia in the Helen Green showroom on the quiet, residential Milner Street, she confides in me how daunting it initially was to be faced with the task of managing the company after the founder sadly passed away in July 2012. As well as dealing with grief, the team was plagued with one terrifying question: “Are people going to keep coming back to us?” However, such fears were unfounded. One year on, the company is doing better than ever and I’m convinced this is down to one reason; Helen’s memory hasn’t been forgotten. The interior design studio was set up by the late Helen Green in 2002. In 2008, she bought the Chelsea premises and transformed it into a showroom; a year later, American-born Natalia joined and worked with


Helen who nurtured her business (or ‘third baby’ as she lovingly used to refer to it) into a fruitful enterprise. During Helen’s lifetime, the company became recognised as one of Britain’s leading design practices and, following her death, it was left to brother Rupert Green, husband Harry Parshall, close friend Carolyn Kendrick and Natalia to step in and oversee the business until her children Ben and Tallulah were old enough to become the owners. Judging from their work over the past year, it seems Helen couldn’t have left her ‘baby’ in more capable hands. Helen’s vision was simple: to develop a comprehensive interior and architectural design service creating livable and luxurious spaces for both private and commercial clients. Fortunately for her, she managed to find a like-minded soul in her young employee Natalia. Having studied at Brown University, Natalia then worked as an architect in Miami and was already fascinated by creating homes which reflect people’s lifestyles. Far from being a trend-setter, she instead


considers herself a bespoke designer who puts her clients’ needs and tastes above her own. This, she tells me, is the name of the game: “I don’t think we’re trendy designers because I don’t think good designers are necessarily trendy. Because we make everything bespoke, the origins of our designs are in our studio.” As I take in the showroom, I see how the two women’s joint vision has been realised in the warm and contemporary interior which, while sophisticated and refined on the one hand, has a distinctly homely feel on the other, and this encompasses the ethos of every

“I don’t think we’re ‘trendy’ designers... good designers aren’t necessarily trendy” single one of their projects: “Our work is built around contrasting textures and natural materials and I hope that it’s a little bit glamorous and elegant but always, always, it’s a home,” says Natalia. While Natalia continues to uphold the company’s underlying principles, this doesn’t mean to say that changes haven’t been made. “I think it’s also about coming up with new and exciting things and keeping things fresh and current”, she comments. As well as its ongoing residential projects and the production of British-made, bespoke furniture, Helen Green recently launched its own wallpaper collection. Wallpaper is, Natalia tells me, a “bit of a passion” and very much in line with the concept of layering textures. Having just finished Furniture Collection III, the crew used this as the supporting “anchor” and came up with four distinct patterns. Like all Helen Green designs, the patterns aren’t ostentatious but instead have a subtlety intended to add a little bit of glamour to your house. With this completed, the team is currently producing a collection of china, launching either later this year or the beginning of next. While visibly the showroom has seen little change, there has been some upheaval below deck. A quarter of the original team remains at the Chelsea studio but it has in fact doubled in size since Natalia took over due to the increase in commissions. “For the first time we’ve actually got a waiting list of clients”, she exclaims. However, she’s quick to add that she would never let this surge in business result in standards slipping: “Of course we don’t want to get too big; that would mean we’d compromise on the quality of the actual project.” The team continues to work intimately with each individual client to ensure his or her every requirement is carried out to the letter. And the proof is in the pudding: “We had a client who recently came back after ten years, and

others who’ve come back after 20 years... I think we have a pretty good track record and I think that’s why people keep coming back.” The team has just completed a private home in Chelsea and two luxury flats in Belgravia. Despite the majority of its clientele residing in Chelsea, Helen Green has begun to make a name for itself abroad, with projects in France, Barbados and the Middle East (a relatively new market for the company). The company is launching a candle in September and, following a recent charity initiative where it designed a dog bed for Chelsea Harbour’s Dog Day, Natalia jokes how this may even turn into a furniture collection. If her beloved Maltese Terrier Maxi has anything to do with it, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a reality. Despite all her other commitments, Natalia still has time to work on the Helen Green Foundation; set up by Helen’s family to keep her memory alive, the scheme offers bursaries to young talented designers who wish to follow in her footsteps. For Natalia, the biggest challenge, apart from making her clients happy, has always been to “do justice to the brand” and “make Helen proud”. I think she can sleep safely. 29 Milner Street, SW3 2QD




Kids KINGDOM BY saskia rumbelow

If your little darlings have a habit of getting under your feet during the interminable summer months, here’s a host of activities to ensure they’re kept suitably busy, from parties and plays to pottery painting

Teddy Bear’s Picnic There’s nothing children like more than the chance to play dress up and host their own miniature tea party. With this in mind, leading supplier of party accessories Talking Tables has everything you could ever possibly need to ensure your children’s party is the most-talked about event in the playground by September. Elegant cake stands, plates, bunting and pom-poms come in floral patterns and pretty pastel colours.

Summer Swing Henry Lamb Tennis specialises in coaching for children so if you think your offspring might be the next Andy Murray or Laura Robson, then this could be the first step of an exciting adventure. Founder Henry Lamb has a background in teaching as well as tennis coaching and is therefore well-equipped to handle more than his fair share of John McEnroe-esque outbursts. This August, Henry is running a holiday camp at the Saint Victoire International School in Provence where children can combine tennis and golf with language lessons to learn French, German, Italian and Spanish. The aim is to build children’s self-confidence and ensure they leave feeling confident in their newly-acquired tennis skills. The perfect combination of sun and sport, prepare yourself to be well and truly defeated on the court by your young ones. Henry Lamb Tennis, 11-18 August

Pure Imagination Our editor Annabel Harrison rediscovers her childhood when she goes to see the new musical production of Roald Dahl’s tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Sail Away Designer Marie Chantal looked abroad to the Hamptons to find inspiration for her S/S13 collection. The travelinspired childrenswear features nautical motifs for sea-faring boys, while the girls’ collection remains ultra-feminine with summer maxi dresses, pleated skirts and Harper shorts in vibrant colours and playful prints. By achieving the near impossible of making children’s clothing fun, stylish and sophisticated, it’s no wonder Marie Chantal pieces can be found in the wardrobes of mini-fashionistas such as Harper Beckham. Marie Chantal, 133A Sloane Street, SW1X 9AX

Potting Around Founded by renowned ceramic artist Emma Bridgewater, the Pottery Café is a great place for kids to express their creativity. Both dabblers and accomplished potters are well looked after; you can opt to do it yourself from scratch but beginners can use the café’s own selection of templates. Either way, you’re guaranteed to leave with an entirely unique piece of pottery. All in all, we feel there’s no better place to add a splash of colour to those dreaded rainy summer days in the city.

“It must be believed to be seen”, declares the bright blue poster, featuring a single bar of chocolate and the world-famous golden ticket, in typically riddlesome Roald Dahl style. This is indeed true – you do need to see it – although I’ll paint the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory picture as best I can. Following in the wake of the phenomenal success of Matilda (which I loved), the musical story of Charlie Bucket has been brought to the West End, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes and with the weighty expertise of set and costume designer Mark Thompson of Mamma Mia! and choreographer Peter Darling (Billy Elliot and Matilda). The dark, fantastical tale of young pauper Charlie and the mysterious, eccentric confectioner Mr Wonka was one of my favourites as a chocoholic child so I had rather high expectations. Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka and Nigel Planer as Grandpa Joe were well cast and scenes featuring all four grandparents were meticulously staged and raised laughs among both adults and children. Charlie was perfectly earnest and likeable, although the quadruplet of ticket-winning brats – Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee and Augustus Gloop – almost stole the show with over-the-top, saccharine renditions of their ghastly characters. The set was imaginative and the wonder of the original story came across, aided hugely by the ingenious interpretation of the Oompa-Loompas, which I’ll leave to your imagination (apart from one clue: human puppetry) and giant dancing squirrels. The icing on the cake was the feeling that came at the end of the show, with the tinkling notes that begin the song Pure Imagination (from the 1971 Gene Wilder film); the audience murmured in delight at its appearance and all went home singing along. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Theatre Royal Drury Lane Age recommendation: 7+ (subject to change)

Tying in with the musical, the OXO Tower is now serving Not Afternoon Tea desserts and cocktails. Snozberry slurps and Neapolitan hot shots can be gorged high up in the awe-inspiring glass tower so you can truly be transported to another world… sadly minus the great glass elevator!



Love your heart I was concerned about my heart, especially at my age, so I went for a check up at a HCA Hospital. Now I’m back gardening and playing with the children and would recommend HCA for your heart healthcare and all heart concerns.

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HEALTH BEAUTY BY OLIVIA SHARPE Decadence hair fragrance, £55 Show Beauty,

Aerin cream, £40 Estée Lauder

Marrakech sunset palette, £42 ,YSL Beauty,

Swimcap, £10.45 Philip Kingsley

Superficial waterproof bronzer, £30 Hourglass,


kit bag From waterproof make-up to protective suncream, here are the essential travel beauty products you mustn’t forget to pack this summer

Waterproof false lash effect mascara, £23.50 YSL Beauty,

Fix’ Make-Up, £22 Clarins,

Age Defence suncream SPF30+, £22.50 Thalgo,

Honey Eau de Parfum (100ml) £68, Marc Jacobs, available nationwide from 24 July

Beach Essentials kit £25, Richard Ward




HEALTH BEAUTY Take Note Every year for the past 14 years, Guerlain has unveiled a new Aqua Allegoria perfume to add to its range of Eaux Fraîches and this July it presents the limited edition Nerolia Bianca. Featuring fruity orange notes with a deeper base of white amber, cedarwood and white musk, this is a rich but light fragrance which is in keeping with the season. In conjunction with this, Guerlain has also rolled out a Terra Nerolia Tan-Enhancing Bronzer for face and body which not only gives a warm golden glow but also provides a coral finish thanks to the dual blusher; a great top-up to your newly-boosted tan.

Pro Store In recent years, MAC Cosmetics has become the go-to brand for make-up artists at London Fashion Week and its new Pro Store in Covent Garden is specifically designed to cater for its professional clients in the fashion, film and theatre industries. Featuring 250 different products, a private make-up area and a Lash Bar, the first floor is dedicated to make-up education and is therefore open to amateurs wishing to learn the tools of the trade from experts. The second floor is solely for the artists, where they’ll enhance their make-up skills in the fully-kitted out training room; while the third floor has been designed as an industry hub where editorial interviews, broadcasts and MAC ‘Technique’ events will take place. As global brand president Karen Buglisi puts it: “It is the store of the day.” MAC’S latest Latin-inspired collection Tropical Taboo is now available in the Covent Garden store.

Mists of Time Simply named The Mist, Crème de la Mer’s latest product is exactly what it says on the tin. After a summer of travelling and too much sunbathing, skin tends to lose moisture and dry up, a sad fate for what had previously been a healthy, tanned glow. The refreshing mist spray containing Miracle Broth and marine and botanical extracts works to rehydrate and rebalance dry skin caused by sun exposure and travelling. We predict this product will fly off the shelves as swiftly as the luxury skincare brand’s famed moisturiser so make sure to get your hands on the new after-summer essential. The Mist bottle (100ml), £50 Available from 1 August,

A French Touch It’s always nice to be ahead of the crowd so add this website to your present-shopping list, for others, for yourself or for your home. Soap was the first offering from Branche d’Olive 11 years ago and the website currently stocks a selection of beautifully wrapped and prettily coloured guest soaps. Browse the range of bath and body products; we love the exclusive, traditionally made soap sourced from a small Savonnerie near Marseilles and the olive shampoo, as used at Oxford’s Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons hotel. Stocked in Liberty and Fortnum & Mason

New York Minute The Chelsea Day Spa takes a very American attitude to its nail bar offerings, and this shows; the glossy mani/pedi treatments are professional, speedy and high quality, without costing the earth. The staff members are chirpy and efficient, and the salon benefits from lots of lovely natural light flooding in, a haven from shopping and socialising on the bustling King’s Road below. My nails undergo soaking, filing, cuticle-trimming and shaping, before Jessica’s Blush varnish is applied to my fingers and Flirty to my toes (an added bonus was a TV showing 27 Dresses in my eyeline, perfect if you don’t feel chatty and prefer to relax during your treatment). The New York Manicure is priced at a very reasonable £15, and the Pedicure at £20. If you’re going away and need a rather more extensive afternoon of pampering, book in for the Chelsea Girl Signature package (£120), which includes the following treatments: The Chelsea Girl Manicure; The Chelsea Girl Pedicure; The Chelsea Girl Facial; and Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage, taking a total of 120 minutes. For those further afield, there are Hollywood Road and Wandsworth Bridge Road salons too, and all three are celebrating summer (until the end of August at least) with special offers on a range of treatments at each salon, so check the website for details before you visit. Have a look at the company’s new Premier Luxury Candle collection (£30 each) after your next treatment; fine aromatic oils with 100 per cent natural soy wax is hand-poured into beautiful coloured glass jars. Each boxed in an elegant white gift box, we particularly like Grapefruit Sorbet and Violet Lemonade. Annabel Harrison Chelsea Day Spa Boutique, 69a King’s Road, SW3 4NX 020 7351 0911;

Easy on the Eye

Indian Summer

Perfume house Penhaligon’s has chosen to look away from its British heritage and has instead found inspiration in the exotic world of the East for its new summer fragrance for both men and women. The scent, named Vaara, captures the aromas of India and of the Royal House of Marwar-Jodphur in Rajasthan through its blend of herbs, spices and floral notes.

Beauty Maintaining your eyeshadow throughout the day is near impossible, particularly in the hot must-have: summer months. Enter Clinique’s innovative Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion eye products set to launch in August. Taking (125ml), £28, Clinique the era of the primer into a whole new age, the beauty brand has created a make-up base exclusively for the eyelids with an eye to improve colour retention for up to 12 hours and limit creasing. This has been paired with a new shadow range offering a higher density pigment than usual so longer-lasting colour can now be achieved. All About Shadow comes in a variety of shades, from French Vanilla (nude) to Ballet Flats (pink), and can be purchased as singles, duos or quads. You won’t believe your eyes.

Vaara Eau de Parfum (100ml), £120



The Bold The Beautiful Salon Privé, the UK’s top boutique motoring event at Syon Park, is an essential diary date; admire the best international supercars and luxury brands up close while sipping champagne in the sunshine. ANNABEL HARRISON reports Now, I cannot profess to be a motoring aficionado but I was immediately enthralled by the gleaming row of automobiles lined up as immaculately as a platoon of soldiers, in a rainbow of colours offset by bright green grass. Of course, browsing potential supercar purchases, or just admiring them, requires a certain level of sustenance so I sipped a glass of Pommery as I wandered, stopping for lobster luncheon and afternoon tea. It was the perfect day, in fact, although I would have dearly loved to win the exquisite Boodles ring on offer last year for the Best Dressed lady. Welcome to Salon Privé, ladies and gentlemen, now entering its eighth consecutive year and taking place 4-6 September in the 200-acre grounds of west London’s beautiful Syon Park. If you’re a petrolhead, you should certainly know of it; its status as the UK’s most prestigious Luxury Supercar Show & Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance places Salon Privé among the leading automotive shows of the world, alongside the worldfamous Pebble Beach in the US and Italy’s Villa d’Este. An exciting new addition to the Salon Privé line-up this year is the Audemars Piguet British Supercar Show – the first of its kind in the UK – incorporating two new exhibitions. The Hypercar Collection showcases the world’s fastest, most expensive vehicles in production, including the Koenigsegg Agera R, Pagani Huayra, Ruf CT3-S and SSC Aero GT. The Concepts & Prototypes Display will feature a display of spectacular models such as the Alfa Romeo Zagato TZ3, Ford Evos and Lightning GT as well as the Spyker B6 Venator and Icona Vulcano (pictured above),

both of which make their UK debuts at the event. Enjoy being able to boast about having witnessed the first UK outing of models by Clark Abel, Vencer and Zagato. Brand new models from Bentley, Maserati, McLaren, Radical, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and Startech will also grace the lawns of Syon Park for the first time. Other manufacturers on show include Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Harley-Davidson, Lexus, Rimac, Trident and VUHL. The Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance is set to be even more spectacular than last year, with 100 of the rarest and most valuable motorcars and bikes ever made openly on display. Judging Day takes place on Wednesday 4 September and Classes include: 100 Years of Aston Martin; 50 years of The Legendary Lamborghini; Little Saloons – The Birth of the Berlinetta; The Art of Design – Pininfarina; Sporting Motorcycles from the 1920s to the 1970s; and the eclectic-sounding One-offs and Oddball Motorcycles class. Chief Judge is Grand Prix racing driver Derek Bell MBE and he will be supported by top industry experts including Sandra Button (Chairwoman of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance), Vicki Butler-Henderson and Giles Taylor (Design Director at Rolls-Royce). We’re particuarly keen to see the Ferrari 250 California long-wheel-base 1959 and the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8 1973. However, I can vouch for the fact that even if you can’t tell your SuperVettura from your Superleggera, you’re still exceptionally well catered for. EFG Private Bank’s Art & Memorabilia Fayre sees a much larger space dedicated to this exhibit and retail area in 2013,


with places already reserved for Andrew Hill, Jarrotts, John Ketchell, Roy Putt, Tim Layzell, Paul Smith, Gary Whinn and Historic Car Art. The Luxury Brands Village on the Concours lawn will certainly demand a healthy portion of my attention, featuring, among others, Audemars Piguet, Boodles, Chubb Insurance, Garia, Gatineau, Hartley’s Safaris, Hornby, Jetfly, Justerini & Brooks, Luzzo Bespoke Ltd., Oak Leaf Gates, Oxford Vaughan, Paradisi, Pocher, Pommery, Riva, Robusto House Cigars, The F1 Shop, The Skincare Sanctuary, Ventura UK and more. From a local perspective, I am very interested in Kensington’s Royal College of Art Concours of the Future design exhibition. Ten of the best young undergraduates from the RCA’s Vehicle Design programme have been tasked with selecting previous Concours cars and re-designing these for the modern world. The winner will be invited to Milan for a behind-the-scenes tour and design masterclass at the Zagato Design Studio. Peter Stevens said: “Our young RCA designers are presenting their continuing fascination with the romance of the motorcar to their prospective future employers... The commitment of this eminent group of designers shows both the strength of this new exhibition and of Salon Privé in the world of automotive shows.” Managing Director Andrew Bagley sums it up: “With our key sponsors, partners and exhibitors, we concluded that 2012 was, without doubt, the best Salon Privé ever. The timing was perfect, as was the weather... so we’ve decided that September is the best way forward, as it provided such a glorious end to the British summer last year and we are committed to delivering even more in 2013.” Quite. Book now or risk missing out.

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THE WORLD By Saskia Rumbelow

Life in the Fast Lane What better excuse to venture east than for the Singapore Grand Prix? If you’ve never been the pool-lounging type, this exciting and fast-paced event could be the perfect alternative to the standard sun-soaked holiday. Those of you who’ve sacrificed your holiday to feed your husband (or wife’s) adrenaline addiction will be saved in the evenings with music concerts featuring performances from the likes of Rihanna, Tom Jones and Bob Geldof. Finding top accommodation has never been easier; the Stamford Hotel is offering a Grand Prix Package which includes a three night stay, breakfast and two tickets at the Bay Grandstand for all racing days. Guests will be given the opportunity to win tickets for access to the pit lane and gain a first-hand view of the team garages. Motoring fanatics, get ready for your petrol fix this September. Singapore Grand Prix, 20-22 September 2013

Love at First Sight With many restaurants overlooking the coastline, you’ll never miss an Italian sunset when visiting the island of Capri, just off the coast of Sorrento. The island has fast become one of our favourite romantic destinations and the Quisisana Hotel is at the top of our list of places to stay. This is largely due to the Grotta Azzurra aquamarine cove, once upon a time avoided like the plague by locals who believed it to be the resting-ground for witches and monsters. The reflecting emerald-blue light is certainly magical but thankfully superstitions have been laid to rest as people come from all over to see this rare and beautiful sight. So if it’s a romantic and scenic break you’re looking for, then Capri is without a doubt the place to visit.

Child’s Play Travel doesn’t have to be less luxurious just because the kids are in tow and the sunny coast of Portugal demonstrates this perfectly. Hotel Quinta Do Lago has incorporated all-important five star treatment with family convenience so parents can have the best of both worlds when they go on holiday en famille. In true Algarve style, there’s an abundance of activities available, from water parks to coastal cycle rides, so (unlike you) children are never given a moment’s peace. While the kids are safely off enjoying themselves, parents can spend some down time at the exclusive spa or playing a round of golf on the hotel’s championship course. After spending a week at the resort, we can guarantee none of you will want to leave.



In Wonderland

A tropical paradise in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius’ reputation is justified; an intoxicating blend of colours and flavours, JENNY BARRETT takes an adventure through the wonders of this unique island


Sitting on my patio at dusk, I watch the white ripple of waves tumbling over the coral reef across the horizon. A calm indigo lagoon lies between the beach and the depths of the sea but wherever I go along the picturesque coastline, I can hear the distant rumble of the swelling sea. Before coming to Mauritius, I’d heard the famous quote by Mark Twain that this island was the blueprint for heaven itself, and it was exactly what I had hoped for; a secluded and tranquil paradise with golden sunshine, talcum powder sand and warm turquoise water. I left behind the rain in London and, after a ten-hour flight, finally saw a lone landmass emerge from the expanse of cerulean blue. The small island of Mauritius lies deep in the Southern Indian Ocean, more than 2,000 kilometres off the south-eastern coast of Africa and, as you might expect, it boasts some of the world’s most idyllic beaches, rivaling those of the Maldives or the Caribbean. As a beach destination, Mauritius certainly has a lot going for it. It is a year-long destination, with the climate fluctuating by only a few degrees throughout the year. It’s safe, clean and easily combined with a more adventurous safari trip to the African mainland or Madagascar. It boasts more than 93 miles of pristine white beaches and azure lagoons, protected from rough ocean currents by the third largest coral reef in the world. Unlike some other dreamy island getaways, you can fly direct from the UK to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport; when you land you’ll notice a refreshing lack of jetlag (it’s only four hours ahead of the UK). I am staying at The Residence, a top luxury resort on the east of the island near the small town of Belle Mare, which is home to some of the best beaches on the island. The setting does not disappoint; the hotel’s grand open-plan reception looks out over the huge but quiet pool, which seemingly merges into the infinite ocean waters. The hotel is spread out, villa style, among lush emerald


gardens, with curious tropical birds and fluorescent flowers dotted among the foliage. My ocean-front bedroom is beautifully designed with a four-poster bed and large marble bathroom. The Frenchdoors and windows display the brilliant turquoise of the lagoon, which stands out against the room’s elegant cream palette. My private patio is merely a few steps from the white pristine beach that winds and bends into a shallow spit further along the coast. If you’re an active type, an array of activities available at The Residence will you keep you more than busy; make the most of the top-quality gym, yoga and meditation studio, luxury spa (specialising in Carita treatments), several tennis courts and a beach

Mark Twain said that this island was the blueprint for heaven itself and it was exactly what I had imagined house offering watersports. All the while, the hotel maintains a sense of serenity, as water-based and noise-producing activities take place away from the quiet lagoon. A week solely enjoying the surroundings of The Residence would be a week well-spent. But I soon learn that there is much to discover about Mauritius itself. More than just sun, sea and sand, this African island has a rich and unusual history, giving it a culture unlike any other. Discovered by the Dutch in 1598, ruled by the French during the 18th century and conquered by the British in 1810, Mauritius has a unique combination of colonial influences. On our days spent exploring the island, we drive through seas of sugar palms and past hilly towns with curious French names. Our guide shares the unusual etymology of the town names, such as Curepipe, derived from the French for curer sa pipe, once a place where the French would clean and refill their pipes. The


sheltered leafy lanes of the island are lined with stunning architecture, a mélange of tropical colours and European designs. Added to the mix are the strong Indian and Hindu flavours brought by the Indian immigrants of the early 20th century. Much like its ‘rainbow’ flag, Mauritius today is a colourful blend of vibrant cultures. This is particularly noticeable in the cuisine; an intoxicating fusion of Indian, African and French flavours, combined with an abundant supply of the most succulent and fresh seafood on earth. The Residence brilliantly harnesses this mix of flavours in its two main restaurants, which are gastronomic destinations in themselves. The Dining Room is set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean and is partly open-air, allowing the sea breeze to waft in. The menu is fresh and sophisticated; the scallop carpaccio is exquisite and I opt for the delicious red tuna fish steak on more than one occasion. For a seafood lover like me, the menu is full of tempting choices but if you’re a meat eater there is still plenty on offer, with impeccably tender beef fillets and duck breast dishes. The other restaurant at The Residence, The Plantation, is located at the north tip of the hotel’s quiet beach and is renowned across the island. It is pitched as the more high-end of the two but in my mind, both were of an equal (and exceptional) standard. The Plantation is set in a beautiful colonial house with a wrap-around porch, with dark wood decking and white pillars that extend out onto the beach. The decking is peppered with antiques, flowing

white drapes and gentle music drifting out from old gramophones, accompanied by the sound of the nighttime lagoon. The menu has an original approach, divided into sections based on flavour; an Indian Spicy and Silky Road section, a far-eastern influenced section and a selection of traditional Creole dishes, all with a fresh and modern twist. Coupled with an excellent and varied selection of wine, I am certainly in the heaven Mark Twain had described. It’s clear that the hotel has paid attention to the history and culture of Mauritius, noticeable in both its cuisine and décor. The open-plan communal areas are home to authentic vintage maps and paintings, sepia-tone photographs, the twinkling sounds of the grand piano, and of course, a selection of working candlestick telephones. The nostalgic surroundings and sense of seclusion take you back in time, marooned on a distant island in the 16th century. However, the members of staff are the hotel’s crowning glory. Always warm and genuine, they take great pride in their work. Frédéric, the charismatic French General Manager, shows a great affection for his team, as he tells us over a cocktail that 80 per cent of his staff have worked at the hotel since it first opened in 1998. As a result, there is a welcoming family atmosphere about the place (but you’ll notice the same friendliness and sincerity wherever you go in Mauritius) and during my stay I begin to notice the attention to detail; my room is replenished daily with the scent of ylang ylang and I have a daily rose petal aromatherapy bath

My room is scented daily with ylang ylang and a rose petal aromatherapy bath awaits my return from the beach


awaiting my return from the beach.Three small glass pots sit on my coffee table, each containing a Mauritian delicacy made from the island’s abundant sugar palms. This reminds me of Alice In Wonderland, especially since this is the famous island home of the now extinct Dodo bird. In fact, away from the sanctuary of The Residence, there are lots of adventures to be had in this tropical wonderland. We take a trip to L’Aventure du Sucre, an old sugar mill, set among coconut trees and the exotic flora of the Pamplemousse district (grapefruit in French). Here you’ll learn the fascinating history of the sugar trade in Mauritius, see the production process, and discover the multicultural roots of the island related to the industry. I thoroughly recommend the rum tasting at the end of the tour (especially the vanilla coffee variety) which is included in the price. We visit the Bois Chéri tea factory too and spend the afternoon in a mountain chalet having our own tea party. The velvety green mountains of Mauritius are a beautiful excursion in themselves and we meander to the top of a lush dormant volcano. Try the pink Mauritian raspberries at the top; they’re like wild candies and unlike any raspberry you’ll ever eat in the UK. We also take




a short history of the DODO Mauritius is famous for being the only home to the now extinct Dodo bird. Until 1598, when Dutch sailors recorded the first sighting, the Dodo lived relatively undisturbed on the island. The lack of natural predators and human contact meant that this large bird had lost the ability to fly and was entirely fearless of humans. It lived and nested on the ground, foraging for fallen fruit and berries. However, with the arrival of sailors in the 16th century, the Dodo faced new threats. Humans introduced mammal species to the island, including macaques, rats, dogs, and pigs. Its inability to fly made the Dodo easy prey for animals and humans alike, and its ground nests were persistently raided by predators. The last known sighting of the Dodo varies but is believed to have been in 1688, less than 100 years after humans first encountered the bird. The Dodo has been immortalised in popular cultural and literature, making a famous appearance in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Some believe that the Dodo was a representation of Carroll himself, as his stammer meant that he introduced his legal surname as ‘Do-Do-Dodgson.’ Today the Dodo is a prominent symbol of the nation of Mauritius, featuring on its coat of arms. Eye-witness sketches and Dodo skeletons can now be viewed at the Dodo Museum in Port Louis.

a silent stroll through the sacred Grand Bassin (crater lake), a majestic collection of colourful Hindu temples and statues. Set amid still waters (which according to legend, are connected to the Ganges), this is the most important Hindu pilgrimage site outside of India, and is definitely worth a visit. Mauritius is a rabbit-hole of surprises and I left completely in love with the island. Not to mention the heavenly beaches, it has a rich, chequered history, colourful floral gardens, smiling faces and a fusion of intoxicating flavours. It is an intriguing wonderland and you might find yourself wanting to stay lost. Turquoise Holidays offers seven nights half-board in a Colonial Garden View Room at The Residence Mauritius from £1,793 per person inclusive of private transfers and flights with Emirates from London Heathrow / 01494 678 400



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Edinburgh Timothy Barber takes a perambulation around Scotland’s most famous city (arguably, of course), finding it bewitchingly beautiful, gastronomically impressive and steeped in centuries-old culture There can’t be another city in Britain that more dramatically rewards exploration on foot than the Scottish capital. Its ancient, tumbling architecture, sloping streets, tiny lanes and majestic views seep with dark history and drama, all within a compact space of a few square miles. Were you to take a trip there this August, in particular, you’d find no other way of getting around anyway as the Edinburgh festivals spray their hordes of street performers, pop-up venues and bars, and a million extra visitors across the city’s open spaces. Experiencing the thrill and creative chaos of the festival as it folds itself around the city is something everyone should experience but it shouldn’t be the only time one visits Edinburgh. In fact, as any local will tell you, it’s in those early autumn days of September and October that Edinburgh is at its finest; with the days still drawn out and the air crisp but yet to turn cold, day after day Edinburgh gets bathed in the most remarkable bronze sunsets. Experience these from the viewing gallery atop the National Museum of Scotland, from the graveyard of Greyfriars Kirk in the shadow of the castle, from Calton Hill overlooking the New Town, or from the cobbled Georgian avenues of the New Town itself. Stumbling from one spot to another to catch the maximum beauty of that magic hour – roaming in the gloaming, if you will – is a rewarding Edinburgh sport. Such has always been the case, of course, but what’s new, relatively speaking, is the standard and sophistication of hospitality. The past decade has seen a quiet revolution in Edinburgh’s hotel and dining scene that has transformed its offering from the tartan-carpeted stuffiness that used to dominate to something far more cosmopolitan, welcoming and luxurious. The latest and most striking beneficiary has been the city’s grandest hotel, The Caledonian. It sits at the western end of Princes Street, the city’s central thoroughfare, like a great ocean liner in dry-dock, with huge suites peeking out at the castle. ‘The Caley’ was


built alongside the now-demolished Princes Street railway station in the 1890s, but had become a shabby and neglected relic while other Edinburgh institutions modernised. Thankfully its owner, the Hilton Group, finally caught on and upgraded it last year to Waldorf Astoria status. Along with new furniture, wallpaper and lighting – which together have done wonders not just for the rooms but also for the magnificent hallways and the grandest of central staircases – has come a luscious new spa from Guerlain (as detailed in July’s issue) and all-conquering London chefs, Jeff and Chris Galvin. The brothers have racked up plenty of plaudits and Michelin stars at their various London ventures and they have now added two restaurants at The Caledonian to their roster. The Pompadour, the hotel’s long-standing fine-dining nucleus (since 1925) will doubtless be adding more stars to the Galvin name before long. A little tip: if dining à deux, there’s a table slightly removed from the rest of the restaurant, right by the large, arched window looking straight out at the castle, which is surely Edinburgh’s most romantic dinner spot, and worth bagging if you book early. Meanwhile the Bistrot de Luxe is an entirely new brasserie creation; tiled walls, blue banquettes and chefs on show. Both add tremendous value to a dining scene that, excluding London, has itself grown into the most interesting and consistent in the UK. New arrivals in the past few years such as Ondine, the Old Town seafood specialist, modernist enterprises like the Gardener’s Cottage and Timberyard (see overleaf) and innovative Great British Menu chef Mark Greenaway’s eponymous new venue are the latest in a slew of first-class dining rooms that are a world away from the priggish conservatism for which Edinburgh was once known. That means the city is easily a worthy destination for a gastronomic break. Just make sure you have the time – lots of time – to walk off the meals through the city’s bewitchingly beautiful streets.


Walk On By Old Town The old, medieval heart of Edinburgh is a magical cluster of tenements, alleys, churches, graveyards, pubs and courtyards, seething with turbulent history and overlooked by the castle atop its volcanic precipice. George Street In stark contrast to the Old Town is the Georgian order and splendour of the New Town, built to a grid pattern at the heart of which is majestic George Street. It’s now Edinburgh’s luxury central, home to international brands and local specialists. Bring the credit card. National Museum of Scotland It isn’t just the magnificent – and magnificently displayed – hodge-podge of artefacts that fill this museum that makes it a must. It’s the view from its top floor terrace, looking out over the roofs and alleys of the Old Town all the way to the Firth of Forth. Go at dusk for the full effect. Botanical Gardens An oasis of greenery, astonishing flora and extremely fat, tame squirrels; they climb up the hill to Inverleith House, now an art gallery, for a sublime view over the city. National Galleries of Scotland The Scottish National Gallery in the city centre and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in the west of Edinburgh – to which you should take a beautiful stroll on along the Water of Leith – house superb collections and are dramatic historic locations in their own right.

Dine In Style The Pompadour by Galvin There’s something rather ‘wedding cake’ about the neoclassical décor of this hotel restaurant but don’t let that put you off. This, after all, is a restaurant that was opened in 1925 and has been re-awakened from a slumber by London’s renowned chef/restaurateurs, Chris and Jeff Galvin. The modern European menu is extravagantly tasteful, and the cooking sublime. The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Princes Street 0131 222 8975; Timberyard A buzzing, contemporary restaurant in a converted timber warehouse near the historic Grassmarket area, Timberyard

has a cool, artisanal feel – its spaces are divided into Yard, Shed, Warehouse and Patch (a vegetable, fruit and herb garden) – and its food is of the fashionably sustainable, foraged kind. There’s even private dining in a brick shed. 10 Lady Lawson St, EH3 9DS 0131 221 1222; The Gardener’s Cottage An enchanting slice of rustic, rural whimsy right in the city, focusing on local food suppliers and convivial communal dining. You eat shoulder to shoulder with fellow guests at long shared tables, with a daily menu scrawled on blackboards, but the cooking bears out the skill and experience of the two young chefs behind it. 1 Royal Terrace Gardens, London Road, EH7 5DX 0131 558 1221; The Honours Martin Wishart, the chef who kicked off Edinburgh’s dining surge with his eponymous Michelin-starred restaurant in Leith, opened this brasserie-style dining room in the New Town as a less formal, less expensive – but hardly down to earth – route to fine dining. 58a North Castle Street, EH2 3LU 21212 It’s confusing: among Edinburgh’s Michelin starred chefs there’s Tom Kitchin, founder of the famous Kitchin Restaurant in Leith, and Paul Kitching, who picked up a star within a year of opening 21212 atop Calton Hill. Kitching’s cooking is of the spectacular, ultra-complex variety and so is the décor. There are also a few bedrooms if you fancy rolling straight from the table to your bed. 3 Royal Terrace, EH7 5AB 0845 22 21212;

Stay The Caledonian, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel Apart from its rather tiresomely elongated name, the upgrading of The Caley to Waldorf Astoria status has seen the former railway hotel restored to its glorious best. There’s an operatic grandeur to its vast staircases, suites and public spaces that befits both the hotel and the city. Princes Street, EH1 2AB 0131 222 8888; The Atholl By contrast, the Atholl consists of just four suites – but these are probably the four most extravagant in Scotland, making full use of the cavernous Georgian New Town architecture. The suites range between £1,000 and


£2,500 per night, and are really apartments, with their own living rooms, dining rooms, hot tubs, chill out terraces, courtyards and up to three bedrooms in each. Chefs guided by Albert Roux himself can cook for you personally in your suite. 11 Atholl Crescent, EH3 8HA 0844 736 0047; Hotel du Vin If you want to experience the mysterious, historic atmosphere of the Old Town, this is the place to stay. Backing onto a former Gothic church that once acted as the city’s poorhouse (now a theatre), it clusters around a hidden courtyard a moment’s walk from Greyfriars Kirk. 11 Bristo Place, EH1 1EZ 084473 64255; Tigerlily This boutique beauty offers contemporary glam in the New Town’s luxury district, sitting as it does in the middle of George Street. Around it are plush shops like Hamilton & Inches (jewellery and watches), Brooks Brothers, Churches and Harvey Nichols. 125 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 4JN 0131 225 5005; Missoni Hotel It was something of a surprise, four years ago, when the Italian fashion house chose Edinburgh as the location for its first luxury boutique hotel, in a modern building the top of Victoria Street, the magnificent curving avenue just off the Royal Mile. A dose of high fashion, colour and pizzazz within a few minutes’ walk of the castle. 1 George IV Bridge, EH1 1AD 0131 220 6666;

From top/ The Caledonian Hotel looks out at the Castle; The National Museum of Scotland; The Pompadour Restaurant at The Caledonian Hotel



Be There BE SQUARE Beverley Byrne confronts her technophobic tendencies to embrace the high-tech and hyper-cool urban cocoon that is SW1’s Eccleston Square Hotel

“Eccleston Square Hotel has opened as London’s most high-tech hotel.” For someone like me, a low grade technophobe, this declaration on the hotel’s website might act as a disincentive. As we all know, even the most traditional hotel can now require a PhD in astrophysics just to turn the lights on, so how much more challenging could Eccleston Square possibly be? In any case, I’m curious. Every newly opened ‘adults-only’ boutique hotel which “thinks in a new way for forward thinking travellers” deserves investigation. Even if you don’t know your iPod from your iPad, the hotel scores highly on location alone. Situated on the border of Belgravia and Victoria, Eccleston Square Hotel is within walking distance of all the capital’s historic blockbusters, from Buckingham Palace to Big Ben and a gentle stroll away from Sloane Street’s chic boutiques and popular restaurants. Belgravia is distinguished by mansions, elegant squares and mature private gardens – one of which, sited directly opposite the hotel, is an oasis

of tranquillity which hotel guests are welcome to enjoy. From the exterior, Eccleston Square Hotel, like its refined neighbours, is all Georgian, Grade II listed perfection. Step inside and the bold, herringbone patterned marble floor and handmade furnishings by Italian designers Promemoria, illuminated by a colossal black Murano glass chandelier, state that this hotel is cool, modern and sumptuous. I’m shown to my Luxury King ‘urban cocoon’ room by Carlos. The door opens into a corridor where a shaft of light emanates from vast glass doors opening onto a surprisingly spacious wet shower room. Beyond is a room decorated discretely in grey silks and B&B Italia wood finishes, dominated by the much lauded Hästens bed and a 46-inch 3D television boasting Immersive Surround Sound. There’s a Nespresso coffee machine, iPod docking station and inexpensive mini-bar but no desk (although I could ask for a table to be set up). The style, I’m informed, has been inspired by superyacht cabins


and although admittedly compact the room doesn’t feel overly cramped. Anyway, it’s not so much a bedroom as a huge playpen, as I’m about to discover. Next, Carlos introduces me in detail to the hightech bits – so pay close attention. Here’s the iPad 2 I can use to order anything from room service to a personal trainer and the handset which transforms the Swedishdesigned king-size Hästens bed into a massage parlour. Wave a finger over the LED buttons beside the bed and I can turn the room into a mini version of the Blackpool Illuminations and swish the silk curtains back and forth like some demented stage manager. With a handset in each fist, I fire instructions at the television – and the bed – and bombard my senses with this slightly surreal, sensurround landscape. The quirkiest part by far, though, is the shower room. Privacy is secured at the touch of a button which instantly

A handset transforms the Swedish-designed, king-size bed into a massage parlour

élan on exquisitely designed porcelain tableware. This is not your average hotel restaurant but a gourmet dining experience in its own right If the Bistrot exudes more than a whiff of Gallic precision, it’s all down to Olivia and James Byrne, the masterminds behind the Eccleston Square Hotel. The siblings were born into a successful hotel business established in Paris by their British father and French mother. Imprinted with the hospitality gene, they chose London, described by James as the “most exhilarating, energetic and invigorating capital in Europe”, as the location for their first joint venture. Olivia and James set out to “reinvent the city hotel room for a new generation” and in that they have succeeded. Even if you choose not to flirt with all the high-tech gizmos, the Eccleston Square Hotel remains a unique and sophisticated urban hideaway in the heart of our city. Eccleston Square Hotel is a member of Design Hotels 37 Eccleston Square Hotel, SW1V 1PB 020 3489 1000;

renders the smart glass doors opaque. There’s even a flat screen television concealed within steam-proof mirrors to entertain me whilst I pad around on underfloor heated tiles or play with the multifarious rainfall settings in the Hydra-headed shower. It’s all so much fun that I can hardly bear to leave. However, I do, if only to sample the delights of the hotel’s restaurant. The Bistrot on the Square, open to non-guests, is decorated in muted greys, whites and blacks with a striking feature fireplace and one of those fabulously theatrical chandeliers hanging overhead. Happy hour cocktails in the bar offer an opportunity to survey the Media Lounge featuring a 103-inch, 3D media wall television. Who needs a movie theatre when I can sip a champagne cocktail whilst Johnny Depp, in luscious close up, towers over me? But there’s no need for 3D glasses to appreciate the fine dining on offer in the cosy Bistrot on the Square. The reasonably priced menu features haute cuisine comfort food and my forest mushrooms on toasted sourdough followed by succulent lamb and apricot tagine and heavenly winter fruit compote with cinnamon ice cream are not only cooked to perfection but served with





The World Is

Your Oyster The Chelsea Insider (and local resident) Richard Temple usually advises us about all things gastronomic in the borough but this month he taps into his bank of global travel tips for his favourite places to rest one’s weary head

I’ve been asked by a number of people about my favourite hotels around the world. This is not an easy one to answer as we all tend to expect different things from a hotel but here’s my own (highly subjective) list.

Oman It’s a close run thing with the refurbished Al Bustan, which is magnificent, and The Chedi but, given a choice, I’d take The Chedi, overlooking the Gulf of Oman; exquisite gardens, beautiful pools and probably the best food in Oman.

Cape Town One & Only has a great location on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. I have friends who prefer the Cape Grace or Mount Nelson which are also both superb hotels but for me it has to be a corner room at the One & Only with stupendous views of the bay and Table Mountain. Excellent food and a beautiful bar make this an even more fantastic choice.

Vista Bar & Lounge, One & Only Cape Town

South of France There are far glitzier hotels on the Riviera but in my opinion the best just has to be La Réserve de Beaulieu & Spa. You don’t ask for a bill here, you ask for an estimate, but it’s worth it, especially if you can run to a suite as some of the rooms are on the small side. Food and service are everything you’d expect and more. The salt water swimming pool makes up for no beach.

Outside pool, La Réserve

TRAVEL Hotel Lancaster, Paris

Paris The Lancaster right by the Champs Elysée is a delightfully elegant and understated hotel, a true gem with exemplary service from an amazingly attentive staff; each and every member of the team makes you feel like you’re the only guest in the hotel. The restaurant is not very well known (outside Paris) but is well worth a visit.

Hong Kong The Landmark is the delightful little sister of the more famous and glamorous Mandarin Oriental. With some of the largest hotel rooms in Hong Kong, being that much smaller results in a really high level of personalised service. There are much bigger and brasher hotels but for me it has to be The Landmark.

Ho Chi Minh City

Kohinoor Presidential Suite The Oberoi, Mumbai

The Park Hyatt is the best hotel in Saigon by miles. Beautifully designed and decorated with outstanding levels of personal service, there are also two really great restaurants (Italian and Vietnamese), as well as beautiful gardens and pool. The suites are magnificent.

Singapore The Shangri-La is for me the only hotel to stay in Singapore although it’s certainly not the priciest. Wonderfully decorated rooms, superbly comfortable beds and amazingly good food are just five minutes from Orchard Road. I like the Valley Wing but others prefer the Garden Wing.


The Langham, Sydney

The Oberoi may be less glitzy than the more famous Taj Mahal but in my view it’s much nicer. It has some of the best restaurants in the city and great staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. The suites are superb.


The Landmark MandarinOriental Spa

The Langham (previously The Observatory) overlooking Darling Harbour is an outstandingly comfortable, Regency-style boutique hotel with almost a European feel. Enjoy exemplary service from truly caring staff members who pay meticulous attention to detail.

New York The Lowell just off Madison has been called the best kept secret in New York. It’s the antithesis of ostentatious; chic and understated with amazing staff and real log fires in the suites (but beware, the logs don’t come free!) This hotel is small but perfectly formed.




classic dishes, beautifully cooked. cosy, rustic, informal and incurably romantic

6 Old Court Place Kensington Church Street London W8 4PL

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Scandinavia In Portobello Putting a fresh spin on Swedish food, Tor Grönlund and Lisa Wallén have combined their creative talents to found a new kitchen and bar that is entirely unique to Notting Hill. Traditional Nordic cuisine has been given a modern twist, served in tapas form in an informal and minimalistic dining area. The first of its kind in the area, we reckon it’s a must-try for fish fans among you.

Third Time’s the Charm Award-winning Japanese restaurant Nozomi has been put in the spotlight once again after winning the Best Restaurant Bar Award for the third time. Its status as one of London’s best restaurants has been validated by its string of A-list frequenters, hardly surprising when one also considers its prime central Knightsbridge location. Famed dishes include the Nozomi Crab Salad, Sea Urchin Sashimi and Wagyu Ribeye, all of which can be complemented by one of the exceptional cocktails – including our personal favourite: the mango and chilli margarita. For a night of great food (and potential celebrity-spotting), Nozomi will never disappoint.

Lisa’s, 305 Portobello Road, W10 5TD

Nozomi, 15 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NQ

It’s No Picnic With a rather hefty price tag, Aston Martin was really pushing the boat out when it designed this picnic product, perhaps not meant for those of you content with a simple sandwich and Kiplings’ cake job. Fine bone china plates, stainless steel cutlery and a damask linen tablecloth are all components of this product which embodies the sleek design and reliable craftsmanship that Aston Martin has maintained since 1913. £2,750 Available in the Luxury Rooms at Harrods


Secret Garden Many of us yearn for an escape from those balmy hot days in London and in our opinion, there’s no better place to catch a quick respite from the heat than in the breezy summer courtyard at Blakes. Al fresco dining is enjoyed within its quiet green oasis, so distant in appearance from the hustle and bustle of the city that you’ll think you’ve left it. We particularly love the ‘seasonal and spontaneous’ menu which brings an element of surprise to your dining experience; there’s a choice of five or eight courses and diners can only choose single ingredients from the tasting menu so you never quite know what you’re getting until it arrives on the plate. Make Blakes your very own secret garden this summer. Blakes Hotel, 33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF 020 7370 6701;



DRINKING Entente Cordiale

I must confess; to date I have not frequented many culinary establishments in Earl’s Court, instead gravitating towards nearby Chelsea and leafy Holland Park. However, AA Gill (love him or hate him, his opinion tends to be heard) lavished five stars upon Garnier and so a visit to this French bistro in SW5 was in order. Garnier has been set up by the team that opened Racine on Brompton Road and Le Colombier in Chelsea and its name took its inspiration not from L’Oreal’s cosmetics brand but from the name of a restaurant that was established by one of the owner’s fathers, which sat on the banks of the Loire. The website declares that Garnier’s red and cream décor “gives the peaceful surroundings a traditional yet buzzing feel” but I’m not quite convinced. It’s simple to the point of being a bit plain and I long for something (art or plants perhaps) to break up the monotony of white tablecloths, yellow walls, red seating and a sequence of identical gilt-edged mirrors. When I arrive on a muggy Tuesday evening at 7.15, it’s rather quiet (I’d have enjoyed some background music) but by the time I leave (10pm), it’s full and I am certain this is because of the calibre of the food. The waiting staff are friendly and efficient, but not overbearing, which I like. Due to AA Gill’s unusually high praise, I deemed it necessary to bring my most gastronomically knowledgeable friend with me. Quite simply, she declares the food “faultless”. This is true. I eat until I think I can’t manage another mouthful, then after a few minutes respite, somehow I do. The excellent wines are worthy of a mention first; the Honore de Berticot Sauvignon by the glass is fruity and fresh and the house red is outstanding. I devour the risotto with basil pesto, green almonds and burrata cheese for my starter (£7.50), which is absolutely delicious (and as creamy as you’d expect – forget the diet at Garnier). This is perhaps an ambitious starter though, given that I choose the fillet of Scottish beef with black pepper sauce for my main course (£25.50). The sauce is thick and rich (the kind you’d dip your chips in, and I do) and the pepper-crusted steak packs quite a punch. My guest’s steak tartare (£11.90) is deliciously rare, and the main course of calf’s liver is equally meaty (£18.90) although we do debate the inclusion of radishes. Leave space for les desserts; authentically French Crêpes Suzette and Creme Brulée. Sweet and tangy, and sweet and creamy, these ensure I leave rather full but fully satisfied. Annabel Harrison Garnier, 314 Earl’s Court Road, SW5 9BQ,

Armada of Tapas Determined to bring Spanish tapas into the 21st century, El Pirata Detapas is pushing the boundaries of these time-honoured dishes. On Friday night the restaurant is buzzing with diners and its sleek Notting Hill style décor filled with laughing and attentive staff makes for a great atmosphere. The menu is a cacophony of texture and flavour and after ordering the £25 Chef’s Tasting Menu, it doesn’t disappoint. Roasted fig with cheese foam and crispy ham arrives first and is a good match for the recommended wine. Serrano ham croquettes melt in the mouth, light as a cloud, and the complexity and presentation of the black risotto with squid and black aioli provokes much debate among guests. Relaxed yet memorable, El Pirata Detapas’ gamble on the genre is sure to pay off. Gemma Taylor El Pirata Detapas 115 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UP, 020 7727 5000;

What’s the Scoop? Our beloved South Ken haunt Daphne’s recently did away with the modern day ice-cream van and went old school with its very own bubble-gum pink cart, set up especially for the Wimbledon tournament. While the cart and the event have both sadly passed on, the ice-cream has thankfully not melted away and you can still pick up a scoop of one of the tennis-themed creations from the restaurant’s a la carte menu until the end of the summer. From the refreshing Grand Slam orange sorbet to the indulgent Chocolate and Deuce Dolce di Latte Ripple, there’s a flavour to suit all. Daphne’s, 112 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE 020 7589 4257;

New Moon Conveyor belts need no longer be restricted to sushi restaurants as Italian restaurant group Made in Italy has proven with its latest place Luna Rossa; reopening on 24 July, the restaurant will feature this modern invention. In place of tiny bites of sashimi and sushi rolls will be miniature plates of authentic Italian comfort food, from octopus carpaccio to Sicilian caponata, so diners no longer have to wait for their suppers. If you find Italian food sometimes on the stodgy side, this is the perfect way to enjoy your favourite European flavours in manageablely bite-size portions. However, diners will still be able to opt for signature Neapolitan pizzas served ‘al metro’, as well as various options from the grill including rib-eyes, scallops and Italian sausages cooked to order. Luna Rossa, 190-192 Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES



Photography: Nick Smith

The House That Krug Built Next time you open a bottle of champagne, spare a thought for the generations of experts who have devoted their lives to making your celebration special. Nick Smith travelled to Reims for a behind-the-scenes tour of the House of Krug

Photography: Nick Smith


There is no English translation for savoirfaire and so when Olivier Krug, house director of the eponymous champagne, uses the expression it carries a strange emphasis. He’s a native French speaker and yet he can’t quite resist explaining to his guests at the House of Krug what savoir-faire really means. “It’s the knowledge of craftsmanship,” he declares, holding a glass of Grande Cuvée in his hand. Over the days following, Olivier will use the expression savoir-faire a lot. The glass is a specially designed ‘open flute’ called a Joseph, named after the man who founded the House of Krug back in 1843 and, in doing so, effectively established the first luxury champagne brand. At that time, the new sparkling wine we now think of as a prestigious drink of celebration was a surprisingly hit-and-miss affair, the standard of which was almost uniformly low. But Joseph had a dream – a deceptively simple formula for creating great champagne – and he wrote it down in a book. He was deeply aware of how indifferent many contemporary types of champagne were and he wrote in his notebook that “we will only succeed if we become outstanding through the remarkable quality of our champagnes.” That small red calf-bound manuscript still exists and is the most important artefact in the sumptuously grand family home in Reims.

Man behind the Bubbles “I remember my first taste of the Grande Cuvée,” recalls Olivier who, in his mid-40s, displays an unquenchable joie de vivre. A direct descendant of Joseph, Olivier represents the sixth generation of Krugs to be House Director. “It was actually my baptism,” he says before elaborating that the experience of champagne should be all about pleasure. The Krug Grande Cuvée is the “perfect definition of this philosophy”. Over the next few days I will spend a lot of time in Olivier’s company. We visit vineyards, tour the wine cellars, go to tastings and discuss the history of a small family of wines that has built a reputation on nothing other than the quest for excellence. “In that respect we are perhaps the most boring champagne house that there is,” says Olivier, who cheerfully admits that with Krug there are no gimmicks. The House of Krug didn’t even think about making a rosé champagne until it had been in business for more than a century. “For 140 years Krug had been very stable because we only produced two cuvées. We were very consistent and we had to wait until the mid-1980s before we could come up with the rosé.” When it eventually came on the market the champagne world was caught a little by surprise because it was well known that Olivier’s


grandfather before him had sworn that he would never make one. “Rosé is very difficult to make,” explains Olivier, “because the line between elegance and vulgarity is very thin. At the time most rosé champagnes were extremely vulgar – made for nightclubs and girlie bars. And we had no interest in that.” However, when the 1976 harvest came along there was the perfect opportunity to do something a little different. “This was one of the hottest and driest years in Champagne. The growers were crying because the Pinot noir grapes were so concentrated we didn’t think that we could make champagne that year. And so my father said ‘why don’t you make a red wine?’ So we did.” Olivier explains how in a clandestine operation “we blended it with some white wines in an experiment. Then when five or six years had passed my father presented this wine to his father in a blind taste.” In what is almost certainly an apocryphal tale, the grandfather is said to have announced that “someone is trying to copy Krug. This is what we should aim for if we ever make a rosé!” And with all grandparental reluctance melting away, the younger men were free to produce the first new cuvée of the 20th century. As with all Krug wine, the rosé is stunning, most notable for its pale, delicate colour: amber, salmon, copper. “Now we make rosé every year. Like our Grande Cuvée it is a blend, but we don’t use as many wines to make it. We want to retain and express the elegance of the Pinot noir.” Inspired by this freedom, Krug went on to increase the family of wines to five in total, including the Clos du Mesnil 2000, a single-grape, singlevineyard wine that is described as “a unique star”, and the Clos d’Ambonnay that at £1,500 per bottle is beyond the reach of most and yet so exquisite that for a second you might dream it to be almost worth it.

Listen to the Taste Olivier Krug might like to tell you how conventional his House is. He’ll tell you how the only thing he cares about is quality. While others experiment, for generations Krug produced only two wines, although admittedly the portfolio has recently gone through the roof with the addition of two extra vintages and a pink fizzer. However, there is always a touch of idiosyncrasy that seems to transform the classicism of the Grande Cuvée into something a bit extraordinary. We say goodbye to Reims and drive through the vineyards to Paris, where we change into black tie and make our way to the Opéra de Paris in a 1930s tram. “Come and hear what it’s like to be inside the champagne,” says Olivier enigmatically. We descend into the labyrinths beneath this historical building until we reach a circular cellar in which there



Photography: Nick Smith

Photography: Nick Smith

is a grand piano upon which pianist Stephen Ridley will present his musical interpretation of each Krug Cuvée.As if that weren’t pushing the limits of extravagance, there is still one more surprise before dinner. Welcome to the coquillage – the shell – that has been installed to demonstrate as accurately as possible what it is like to be inside a glass of champagne. It takes a bit of explaining, but luckily the designer is on hand to draw our attention to the artistic possibilities of comparing the sound of champagne to that of the sea. “From the image of a shell in which you can hear the sound of the ocean, I imagined an instrument which amplifies the song of Krug’s bubbles.” What this means is that you sit in a giant cocoon with a Krug ear trumpet

Photography: Nick Smith

deceptively simple bubbles When Joseph Krug started his company, what he wanted more than anything was to produce “outstanding champagnes of undisputed quality”. In his 1848 notebook he wrote that a good house of champagne should only create two wines and they should be of equal quality. These he called Cuvée No1 and Cuvée No2. Cuvée No1, which eventually became Krug Grande Cuvée, is the blend that is recreated every year despite changes in variables such as climate. It is put together from at least 120 wines of the year as

A coquillage (shell) has been installed to show what it’s like to be inside a glass of champagne listening to a series of tiny explosions while watching a panoramic video of champagne bubbles rising all around you. The accompanying media information describes the experience as a “deliciously complete immersion into the universe of Krug Sounds… Sound becomes music and the entirety of the Krug cocoon inspires and enchants, creating a timeless memory.” The language might be in the realms of poetry, but the experience was genuinely extraordinary. As I left the Opéra and strolled along the Rue de la Paix, even metropolitan Paris seemed determinedly mundane after the Krug experience. This observation will no doubt delight Olivier although it’s hard to imagine what his ancestor, the great 19th century champagne visionary Joseph Krug, would have made of it all.


well as Krug’s extensive library of reserve wines, some of which are 15 years old. According to Olivier Krug, “the Grande Cuvée is the most generous champagne with exceptional finesse and thus is definitely the signature of the House of Krug”. Cuvée No2 was created, as Joseph wrote, “according to circumstances”, by which he meant if the grapes were good enough in any given year then you could produce a vintage: “a beautiful and delicate tribute to what nature has provided in certain, special years”. But he was careful to stress that you could only produce the second wine if the circumstances were exceptional. Joseph himself said: “One cannot obtain a good champagne without using good elements and good terroirs. We may have obtained seemingly good cuvées by using ordinary or even mediocre elements and wines, but these are exceptions that one must never count on. Otherwise, there is a risk that one’s process will fail, or one’s reputation will be ruined.”



The new terrace at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant in Knightsbridge is the ideal destination for summer. A secluded and sophisticated venue for morning coffee or light meals, the terrace becomes a cigarist’s paradise in the evening with an extensive choice of whisky, cocktails and wine complementing a new cigar menu. For more information visit or call 020 7858 7250 Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY

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Photography: Joe Achilles (Chinawhite) / Phil Lewis ( Juju)

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Making a Spectacle WHERE: The House of St. Barnabas, Soho WHAT: Carrera Ignition Launch Party WHY: Usually, if you walk into an event where all the guests are wearing sunglasses, most of you would turn around and make a swift exit. However, there’s one occasion when sporting the eyewear at night is not code for massive poser and that’s a Carrera Ignition party. The launch night hosted by the eyewear brand came to its third fashion capital pitstop (having been in Milan and New York) this June and what an event it was. David Gandy and Bip Ling were seen chatting in the outdoor courtyard while Mary Charteris, Nick Grimshaw and Pixie Geldof took to the decks in the main house. When asked whether he was a Carrera or Ray-Ban man, Grimshaw of course stayed true to Carrera, remarking that he hardly ever sports another brand. Unfortunately Pixie was too in the zone during her music set to answer questions but judging by her similar choice of eyewear, we can only assume she’s also a Carrera woman. With champagne flowing, the glasses were certainly a godsend the next day.


Nick Grimshaw

David Gandy

Chelsea Leyland

Bip Ling

Mary Charteris

Pixie Geldof

Henley Regatta 2013 WHAT: JuJu and Chinawhite’s enclosures WHY: It seems a bright spell was cast over the entire Henley weekend as the glorious weather was more akin to Ibiza than England. While there were many parties worthy of mention, there were two clear winners for us; JuJu and Chinawhite. JuJu kicked off proceedings with a Lions brunch hosted by Ollie Phillips to celebrate the third and final test of the British & Irish Lions 2013, joined by Lion Lee Mears, plus Rugby Internationals Chris Robshaw, Jim Hamilton and Tom Varndell. Following the awesome victory, spirits were running high so what better time for DJs Paul Rudd and Seb Fontaine to take to the decks so guests could dance the evening away? Having previously been held at the Cartier Queen’s Cup, this year Chinawhite’s tent popped up at Henley and brought a touch of glamour to the occasion with a three course lunch followed by an afternoon of Pimms and an evening of dancing in the disco-balled enclosure. We hope to see them both again next year.

Jamie Campbell-Bower

Don’t Rain on my Parade WHAT: The Dovehouse Parade Summer Party WHERE: 185-209 King’s Road WHY: While looming black clouds suggested otherwise, summer arrived in style on the King’s Road this June with a special late-night garden party. Martins Properties (Chelsea) Ltd teamed up with the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation and the retailers on The Dovehouse Parade to organise the charity event to raise money for The Chelsea Community Hospital Schools. Those who visited the busy evening were treated to complimentary treatments from Gina Conway and EF Medispa, as well as 20 per cent off selected prices at newly-opened lingerie store Petits Bisous and treats from Megan’s Delicatessen. Every attendee and passer-by will remember the sight of the gorgeous Petits Bisous girls partaking in some ballet exercises outside the store’s entrance, reminding us of the reason to get in shape this summer. We look forward to what they’ve got planned for Christmas.



Photography: William Reeve Olivia Leigh, Victoria Garrett & Laurence Lai from Knight Frank

Garden Party WHAT: Courtfield Gardens Summer Garden Party WHERE: Courtfield Gardens, SW5 WHAT: Funds raised at this year’s Courtfield Gardens summer party for the Pluto Appeal reached quite incredible heights; a total of £1,072,446 to be exact. With the aid of main sponsor Knight Frank, the Children’s Hospital Trust Fund put on quite a spread, with a hog roast, performances from soloists Ellie Rose, Cat Kiara Wright and Carrie Haber, an auction featuring fabulous prizes and, last but certainly not least, a cash bar run by the King’s Arms. A great evening all round.

Guests Lord Roger of Glencairn & Ms Julia Cake Guests

Racing & Royalty

Munther Haddad, Chairman of the Chelsea & Westminster Children’s Hospital Trust Fund

Mayor and Mayoress of The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Jane Asher

Dame Mary Archer & Lord Archer

Michael Portillo

WHAT: Royal Ascot 2013 WHO: Hilary Alexander, Jemma Kidd, Lady Helen Taylor, Kim Sears and Lord Lloyd Webber WHY: There’s always a fear before attending Royal Ascot that it won’t live up to the previous year but amazingly, the event always manages to exceed expectations. Finely-dressed men in morning suits and high-heeled and well-hatted ladies from around the country embarked on trains throughout the week in June, all with the same purpose: to drink champagne, devour picnic baskets and invest/fritter hard-earned cash at the famous racecourse. There don’t seem to have been too many fashion faux-pas this year and among the many well-dressed female attendees special mention should be given to the following: Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai, who perfectly coordinated her Philip Treacy hat with a monochrome dress; Jemma Kidd, who rocked an understated navy blue dress; and finally you can’t talk about Ascot without mentioning HM The Queen who surpassed herself on all five days. Our personal favourite though was the elegant pale pink suit she sported on day one. If only Royal Ascot came round more than once a year.

Party in the Park Claudia Winkleman

Anna Haughton & Professor Martin Elliott Photography: Thomas Alexander – Red Photographic

HRH Countess of Wessex & Lady Wolfson

WHAT: Art Antiques Party in the Park WHERE: Kensington Gardens WHO: HRH The Countess of Wessex, Claudia Winkleman, Patti Boulaye and Michael Portillo WHY: Art Antiques London lived up to its reputation as one of the capital’s most stylish art and antique fairs with its very own Party in the Park held on 11 June. The exclusive preview of the celebrated fair, which took place between 13 and 19 June, saw art lovers gather together in the magnificent white marquee pitched up in London’s principle park for a champagne reception and a special viewing. This was followed by an exquisite dinner hosted by Gyles Brandreth, held in the 1851 Admirable Crichton Restaurant, and a live auction with Jeffrey Archer which saw heated bidding for prizes including a week’s stay for ten guests in a palazzo in Umbria and a year of fine dining. The event raised more than £300,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

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Lord & Baroness Lloyd Webber

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Leah Weller

HM The Queen

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Wilnelia Merced & Bruce Forsyth

Jemma Kidd

Earl Spencer & guest

Willie Carson

Aishwarya Rai

David Weir


Martha Ward


Katherine Jenkins

Kim Sears

Nigel Havers & wife


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notting hill & holland park Resident’s Journal

From the Editor Dear Resident, If you are new to the area, or if you have been living under a rock for the last 40 odd years, you might not know that it is fiesta time in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as the annual Notting Hill Carnival descends upon our streets on 25 and 26 August. Whether you enjoy the revelry right in the midst of all of the action, or from afar, seated comfortably on your balcony (or if you prefer to eschew the festival altogether), we report on road closures in the area to ensure your bank holiday weekend runs without any glitches. Normally the procession begins on Great Western Road, then winds its way along Chepstow Road, on to Westbourne Grove, and then Ladbroke Grove; see our Planning and Development page for more information. For an extra dose of culture, this month the Residents’ Journal has been in touch with Bridget Brown, an international art consultant who lives in Notting Hill. She has plenty of stories about the art scene and its quirks and divulges all in our Residents’ Culture interview. We also showcase the newly revamped Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™ store on Kensington Park Road; its beautiful furniture and vintage finds will add charm to any local residence. Katie Randall, Editor The Notting Hill & Holland Park Residents’ Journal

with special thanks to bridget brown and rachel ashwell shabby chic couture™

The Notebook stay in the loop with our round-up of local news

Angling For Anchovy

Image / by Laurie Fletcher

Named after the Italian for ‘anchovy’, Acciuga, High Street Ken’s exciting new Italian restaurant, promises to be a swimming success, if you’ll pardon the pun. The stunning debut menu features a variety of delicacies originally from the region of Liguria, including stuffed courgette blossoms and vitel tonné (slow cooked veal) in Italian caper mayonnaise. The décor, much like the food, is contemporary European meets traditional Italian. Launched by former lawyer and professional rugby player Guglielmo Arnulfo on 17 June, Acciuga has certainly piqued our interest. 343 Kensington High Street, W8 6NW, 020 7603 3888

Protecting Local

A threat to the economic vitality of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has been removed following campaigning by the council. The Royal Borough has recently won an exemption from new planning rules that will allow offices to be changed into residential property without permission from local councils. The council has been campaigning for an exemption from the new rules, pointing out the vast differences between office and

residential property values in Kensington and Chelsea and the importance of making sure small and medium-sized businesses are able to remain in the borough. Cllr Tim Coleridge, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning Policy, said: “We made a very strong case to ministers and I am grateful to them for accepting the merits of our case and granting us this exemption. This decision is the best possible news for the borough and means we are well placed to preserve a healthy mix of residential and commercial property.”

The strong demand for residential property in the borough is reflected in values of between £750 and £2,500 per sq. ft. reports the council – and the figures continue to rise, with a 50 per cent increase in residential prices since 2009. In contrast, typical office rental values range from £400 to £500 per sq. m. in the high value areas of Kensington High Street and Knightsbridge to £150 to £200 per sq. m. in parts of north Kensington. The exemption covers the entire borough.

Image / courtesy of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Grassless Gardens

The world’s first public grass-free lawn has been laid in Kensington and Chelsea’s Avondale Park. Made up of more than 60 perennial varieties, the lawn will attract bees and butterflies throughout the spring and summer months. Who wants grass when you can banquet upon a blanket of chamomile, thyme and Corsican mint? (

Appeal Raises £190,000

From 4 July to 26 September, Portobello and Golborne Road Markets will be open until 7pm on Thursdays, rather than the usual half day only

Hip Hip Hooray

The illustrious Kensington Roof Gardens is celebrating its 75th birthday. Famed for its flamingos, the Roof Gardens is still one of the hottest spots in the capital for a cocktail or two. With one-off performances of Alice in Wonderland and Romeo and Juliet, its birthday festivities promise to be an enchanting experience. Tickets for food and a performance cost £65 Alice in Wonderland: 5 August, Romeo and Juliet: 6, 11, 12 August, 6th Floor, The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA 020 7368 3971 (

Scrumptuous Samples

Image / by Simon Richardson

We all love Portobello Market but did you know that every third Friday of the month Road Food holds cooking demonstrations where Portobello Road meets Dunworth Mews? A guest chef selects ingredients from the neighbouring stalls and whips up a culinary delight in front of a crowd. Everyone is welcome to sample the end result and free recipes cards will be available. The next Road Food event will be hosted by the Multicultural Kitchen on 16 August (

Words / Antonia Michel

Images / courtesy of Kensington Roof Gardens

Former Royal Borough Mayor Cllr Christopher Buckmaster raised £190,000 for the Brain Tumour Research Campaign during his Mayoral year, which, along with a sizable donation from Imperial College London, has enabled the charity to buy two SonoWands for use in brain surgery at Charing Cross Hospital. Each year, more than 800 Londoners are diagnosed with a brain, central nervous system or intracranial tumour. Those diagnosed with brain tumours have a very low survival rate and this type of tumour is responsible for more deaths in children and those under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Despite this fact, less than two per cent of cancer research funding goes into brain tumours. A SonoWand is a piece of medical equipment that converts MRI scans into a virtual reconstruction of the brain. During his year as Mayor, Cllr Buckmaster hosted a variety of events to raise funding, including a dog show, gala dinner, Easter fair and carol concert.

The Calendar a selection of the very best events happening in the notting hill and holland park area this month

9-16 August

29 August – 15 September

Throughout August




finding neverland

This year’s Rock and Roll themed Portobello Film Festival will be held across four of our favourite venues. Westbourne Studios, The Muse, The Louise T. Blouin Institute and the Portobello Pop Up cinema will all showcase the latest in independent movies, both full features and shorts. With everything from animation to World Cinema, the festival is bound to have something for everyone, even offering masterclasses on the latest technologies. Free, various locations, 020 8960 0996 (

Take a tour of Kensington Palace’s gardens and discover the history behind this central London Eden. A team of award-winning volunteers will guide their group around the park, gaining them exclusive access to the Baroque-inspired Sunken Garden, which is usually off limits to the public. Any guesses which monarch kept a menagerie of wild animals in the palace gardens? Free, but signing up in White Court or at the Queen’s Entrance on the date of your visit is necessary, 12pm and 2pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX, 0844 482 7777 (

friday fun Image / Exterior of Kensington Palace © Carles Fortuny

Image /© Anne Marie Briscombe

Follow the adventures of Peter Pan and his Lost Boys as you are led on a fun interactive walk through Hyde Park. The author J. M Barrie drew inspiration for his beloved children’s classic from the park, where you are invited to relive the enchanting story. Ramble in the Park is guaranteed to have little ones captivated from start to finish and will provide a breath of fresh air for adults too, but be careful, is that the ominous tick tock of the croc we hear? Tickets £4 (children), £8 (adults), 11am-12.30pm 020 7036 8056 (

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Throughout August




Over the summer holidays, Kensington Palace will be hosting activities for fun-packed Fridays. From family trails learning about Queen Victoria to informative workshops, children of all ages are invited to take part and are allowed to visit the Palace for free – lucky lot. August’s activities will coincide with the current exhibition Fashion Rules, so if your youngsters agree with the show’s title, then this is the place for them to be this summer. The Fashion Rules activity class is included in the adult admission price (kids go free), 2, 9, 16 and 23 August 11am-4pm, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX (

This August, the Gate Picturehouse is offering a veritable feast of films. As well as showing a mix of current mainstream movies and old classics, various live performances are also on the cards. The month’s line-up includes Don Pasquale and Billy Budd live from Glyndebourne, Helen Mirren reprising her role as the Queen in the National Theatre’s The Audience and two performances, aired from across the pond by the New York Metropolitan Opera. So sit back in one of the Gate’s plush red velvet seats and enjoy. Prices vary, 87 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3JZ 0871 902 5731 (

Tucked away behind a simple doorway lies the Gate Theatre, a gem of the Notting Hill arts and culture scene. Under the umbrella title These American Lives, the theatre will host a series of three award-winning plays from the US, which will carry the new season into next year. Centred around the idea of the contemporary lifestyle, the performances will explore individual identity through a political lens. Grounded will be performed first, followed by No Place to Go. The Body of an American will round off proceedings. From £10 or £45 for all three shows, 11 Pembridge Road, W11 3HQ, 020 7229 0706 (

Image / EL NPTG4 © HeatherPhelps-Lipton

these american lives

Residents’ Culture

An artistic soul Bridget Brown has the art world, which is shrouded in preconceptions, at her fingertips and invites guests to explore it with her. The art consultant dispels misguided myths and explains her love of art to the Residents’ Journal


by Andrew Lamb

artly what I do, very subtly, is to provide an education, highlighting what is out there for my clients so that they are exposed to art that they wouldn’t normally consider,” says Bridget Brown, who lives in Notting Hill. The international art consultant is sitting across the table from me with a coffee in Daylesford Organic, Westbourne Grove, and although I arrive flustered, her composed and thoughtful manner soon imbues me with a similar sense of calm and I become enthralled by her tales of the art world.

“I often find that people are intimidated by galleries and the art world,” explains the petite brunette, who started her consultancy business in the late 1980s. She guides her clients through the world of art – acting as a mediator between private collectors, corporations, artists and galleries – instilling a deeper understanding of the somewhat complex art scene and developing the artistic taste and experience of the people with whom she works. She organises the whole process, from sourcing the works of art to arranging installation, insurance and transport (should the art need

Image / Frieze London, 2012. Phototgraph by Linda Nylind, courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze. All rights reserved by Frieze London

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to travel anywhere), and also organises all aspects of the commissioning of site specific pieces. Prior to her current role, Bridget worked in the public sector curating exhibitions and assessing and distributing grants to artists, and therefore

I often find that people are intimidated by galleries and the art world has always been involved, in some capacity, within this creative industry. “My art teacher at school first planted this passion for art in me. I was brought up in Edinburgh and always visited exhibitions. In the school holidays, I worked in a gallery during the Edinburgh Festival and I found it so exciting. I have been interested in art since the age of 12.” An art history degree in France (after an initial degree in English and French) inspired Bridget’s young mind and encouraged her to pursue her current career.

Victoria Miro, London, Frieze London 2012. Photograph by Linda Nylind Courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze . All rights reserved by Frieze London

of staff wanted to use the image of the painting as their screen saver, and many visited the painting to say goodbye.” That is the power of great art, Bridget explains: “Even if it is not something that you initially love, an emotional attachment and a sense of ownership

Frieze Masters, 2012. Photograph by Linda Nylind. Courtesy of Linda Nylind/Frieze. All rights reserved by Frieze London

This path has led Bridget through a variety of different experiences but most interestingly, she has seen, first-hand, the power that art can have over us. “I love it when a client or a company purchases a piece after collaborating with me. I enjoy seeing their eye and taste develop,” the artenthusiast tells me. “Good quality art influences our lives. Art also has an effect on children, if their parents have art in their home, or if they encourage them to visit museums and galleries.” Bridget recalls an instance when she worked with a corporate client (half of her clients are private collectors and half are large corporate companies), and procured an inexpensive painting by a promising young artist. After a few years, the artist’s work began to sky-rocket in value and the company decided to sell the piece, in order to put the proceeds into further developing their art collection. Bridget tells me that although some of the employees had been quite antagonistic towards the painting when it first arrived, there was a deluge of sorrow when its departure was announced. “Some members

public’s interest in art. Artists and galleries are in the media and public eye in a way that they never were a few decades ago. Art is much more present in people’s consciousness and many more people are interesting in buying,” explains Bridget. If this is the case, I enquire as to why it is still as important to seek advice on artistic

I love it when a client or a company purchases a piece after collaborating with me. I enjoy seeing their eye and taste develop... Good quality art influences our lives can develop over time.” purchases. “It’s important to use an advisor We also discuss the fact that art is now because I will be informed about developments receiving more mainstream coverage than ever. in art, and have access to emerging and to For example, art fairs such as Frieze London, established artists’ work. I also know at what the new Frieze Masters and the long established point an artist’s work will increase in price,” Art Basel have always been major calendar dates responds Bridget. “Prices tend to increase for collectors, but more and more uninitiated when an artist’s work is included in a museum art-appreciators are now keen attendees as well. There are many events in London which take place during Frieze Week, particularly those focusing on emerging artists. “I think the whole Young British Artists movement [a group of visual artists who first began to exhibit together in London in the late 1980s, many of whom graduated from the BA Fine Art course at Goldsmiths University] has done a massive amount for the art world. The establishment of Tate Modern and the growing number of contemporary galleries, has Glenn Brown in conversation with Bice Curiger, Frieze Masters Talks Frieze Masters, 2012. Photograph by Polly Braden also contributed enormously to the Courtesy of Polly Braden/ Frieze. All rights reserved by Frieze London

Frieze London, 2012. Photography by Graham Carlow Courtesy of Graham Carlow/ Frieze

Frieze London, 2012. Photography by Graham Carlow Courtesy of Graham Carlow/ Frieze

Frieze London, 2012. Phototgraph by Linda Nylind Courtesy of Linda Nylind/ Frieze

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show or if they are promoted by a good gallery, whose responsibility is to develop their artists’ careers, and it is my job to be aware of this sort of information and to disseminate it to my clients.” Guidance is key in a world where mistakes and the wrong purchases can be costly, and Bridget is well placed to offer her clients an insider’s view. She also explains that galleries selling highly sought-after work prioritise the collectors and industry professionals that they already know; an unknown individual approaching a gallery might not have as much luck securing their chosen piece of art if the artist’s work is in demand. “If a client or company has an entrée through me, for example, I provide an effective route straight to the source.” Bridget works closely with many galleries in London, both established as well as younger galleries working with emerging artists. Amongst the established galleries, she works with Victoria Miro Gallery, Lisson Gallery, White Cube and Gagosian Gallery. The newer galleries include Josh Lilley and Paradise Row. She also keeps an eye on artists whose art is promoted by new gallerists, or by artists using temporary spaces. Much of her work involves travelling the globe, visiting art fairs and international exhibitions, both with clients and on her own. She admits that this is one of her favourite ways to introduce people to art: “It is very useful to take clients to art fairs such as Frieze London, which is coming up in October. It presents a fantastic opportunity for people to see a lot of art, all under one roof.” The Frieze Masters fair, which runs concurrently with Frieze London, includes ancient art through to modern works up to the year 2000, a period with which Bridget herself also works. The one fact that Bridget continuously reiterates during our chat is that the world of art today is actually lots of fun. She reminds me that misconceptions about the industry are rife but that “there are a lot of genuine people in the art world, and one develops genuine, longstanding friendships.” She adds that: “A lot of established galleries and artists, whose work is now costly to buy, will help emerging artists. Artists who currently teach in art colleges will pass the names of talented students to museums and commercial galleries, and as in any industry, people circulate contacts and there is a very active international network. “The art world, as well as being serious about art, is also incredibly interested in food, so one always eats well,” Bridget laughs. It is also apparent, the consultant tells me, that one can have a very buoyant social life when one becomes a collector, with exhibitions, dinners, private views and art fairs to attend. We shall see you at a London gallery soon; seeking the next Doigs, Hirsts, and Ofilis. The excitement of becoming a collector with Bridget Brown is that you learn in her company, whilst experiencing the very best of what the art world has to offer. (

Planning& Development Keeping you informed about the latest planning news and stories

Planning applications in the local area Date received: 28 June Address: Elgin Crescent Proposal: Variation of conditions – railings on roof terrace permitted to be painted black Date received: 1 July Address: Melbury Road Proposal: Installation of a new glass and stainless steel entrance canopy; hard landscaping to the front car park, among other proposals Date received: 1 July Address: Logan Place Proposal: Erection of two storey rear extension and redesign of rear courtyard garden Date received: 1 July Address: Abingdon Road Proposal: Change of use to provide two four bedroom dwellings

Image / Natalia Mikhaylova /

Carnival Carriageway Closures

Be prepared for this year’s Notting Hill Carnival, which sees more than a million carnival-goers party in the streets, whether you plan to attend or not. If you’re a motorist, the annual event can, at times, be particularly irksome. The traffic exclusion zone extends from Notting Hill Gate up to Kensal Road and as far east as St Mark’s Road. The entire wards of Pembridge, Colville and Golbourne fall within this zone, as well as parts of St Charles, Notting Barnes, Norland and Campden. The Notting Hill Carnival is from 25-26 August. For more information on road closures visit

Planned roadworks and closures in and around AUGUST STREET




Abingdon Road (on road outside 66)

Alter domestic gas service

29 July – 14 August

National Grid Gas Plc 0845 605 6677

Bevington Road (outside school)

Paving works

29 July – 19 August

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 020 7361 3000

Ilchester Place (both sides)

Paving works

22 July – 9 September

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Onslow Square (outside 2)

Reinstate bus shelter

2-6 August

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Queen’s Gate Mews (for 24)

New electrical supply and trail holes

24 June – 19 August

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea


18 August

Transport for London 0845 305 1234

Westway (Wood Lane to Marylebone Flyover)

Interiors Interior inspirations for the home

A room of one’s own The Residents’ Journal anticipates the relaunch and expansion of one of our favourite interiors stores Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™on Kensington Park Road


nonchalantly thrown dove grey cushion with delicate lace trim, a twisting antique gold chandelier and a vintage brown leather armchair. If this list of lust-worthy interior items has you salivating at the very thought then you must already be a devotee of Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™; a shop that sits somewhere on the spectrum between a vintage bazaar and a very elegant version of Laura Ashley, but with a distinctly Californian touch. If you are scratching your head trying to place this interiors mecca, may I recommend you swiftly swing by 202 Kensington Park Road to soak up the atmosphere and décor of Rachel Ashwell’s recently expanded London flagship. Rachel Ashwell was born in England but has spent more than 20 years in the sun-soaked

hills of Malibu. A former movie set designer and stylist, Rachel created her Shabby Chic style in 1989, when as a single mother of two young children, she needed a home that was as practical as it was beautiful. Rachel has now made her mark internationally with several stores in the US (Los Angeles, New York, Texas and San Francisco) and her London flagship. The London showroom has expanded to allow room to showcase a wider selection of Rachel’s hand-selected and lovingly-restored pieces and the store will now be able to offer customers full interior consultation services.

Those in need of some interior inspiration can arrange for a house call by a member of Rachel’s team and any piece of slipcovered or upholstered furniture can be customised down to the very last detail in store. The staff will also be able to guide visitors to the store towards key pieces that will transform rooms into interior nirvanas or proffer advice when a larger project is at hand. Pearl Lowe, a friend of Rachel’s, launched the new space. The fashion designer held her book launch (Pearl Lowe’s Vintage Craft) within the revamped Rachel Ashwell store, followed by afternoon tea for attendees. You would be mistaken if you think that this brand’s unique blend of fresh vintage florals and vintage touches will blow away with a puff of the wind that drives trends. Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™ has seen its fair share of hardship and has bounced back. Rachel opened her first Shabby Chic™ store

You would be mistaken if you think that this brand’s unique blend of fresh vintage florals and vintage touches will blow away with a puff of the wind that drives trends in August of 1989 in Santa Monica, California. Her empire quickly expanded as awareness of her own idiosyncratic brand of vintageinspired furniture and linens spread. In 2007, Shabby Chic™ expanded from six stores and 250 wholesale accounts to 15 stores all over the US. This, however, coincided with the credit crunch and personal hardship for the founder. Never one to lament her fate, Rachel swiftly got back up on her feet, re-naming her brand Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™. In its newest incarnation, the Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture™ Notting Hill aesthetic is both feminine and comfortable, with a decided nod towards eras gone by. The store sells custom machine washable slip-covered furniture, vintage accessories, furniture and bedding and it is now ready to serve up Rachel’s signature style with a smile. 202 Kensington Park Road, W11 1NR 020 7792 9022, (

Guests attending Pearl Lowe’s book launch

Pearl Lowe signing her book

Little Ones We round-up the local news for the younger residents of the Royal Borough

Local Schools’ Directory Pre-Preparatory School

Contact Details

Term dates for the year

Wetherby Pre-Preparatory School (Boys, ages 4-8) Head: Mr Mark Snell

11 Pembridge Square, W2 4ED (020 7727 9581) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term (before the summer holidays): 5 July Start of winter term: 5 September

Hawkesdown House School (Boys, ages 3-8) Head: Ms Claire Bourne

27 Edge Street, W8 7PN (020 7727 9090) WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 10 July Start of winter term: 5 September

Notting Hill Preparatory School (Mixed, ages 5-13) Head: Mrs Jane Cameron BEd (Hons)

95 Lancaster Road, W11 1QQ (020 7221 0727) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 11 July Start of winter term: 5 September

Barlby Primary School (Mixed, ages 3-11) Head: Mr Anthony Mannix

Barlby Road, W10 6BH (020 8969 3988) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 23 July Start of winter term: 5 September

St Barnabas and St Philip’s CE Primary School (Mixed, ages 5-11) Head: Mr Chris Doyle

Pembroke Mews, 58 Earls Court Road, W8 6EJ (020 7937 9599) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 24 July Start of winter term: 3 September

Pembridge Hall Preparatory School for Girls (ages 3-11) Head: Mr H. Keighley-Elstub BA (Hons) PGCE

18 Pembridge Square, W2 4EH (020 7229 0121) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 5 July Start of winter term: 5 September

Southbank International School Kensington Campus (Mixed, ages 3-11) Head: Mr Mark Case

36-38 Kensington Park Road, W11 3BU (020 7229 8230) WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 26 July Start of winter term: 2 September

Chepstow House School (Mixed, ages 4-7) Head: Ms Angela Barr

19 Pembridge Villas, W11 3EP (020 7243 0243) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 5 July Start of winter term: 5 September

Tabernacle School (Mixed, ages 3-16) Head: Ms Paulette Wilson

32 St. Anns Villas, W11 4RS (020 7602 6232) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 24 July Start of winter term: 3 September

Notting Hill and Ealing High School (Girls, ages 4-18) Head: Ms Lucinda Hunt BSc, ARCS

2 Cleveland Road, W13 8AX (020 8799 8400) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 11 July Start of winter term: 4 September

Norland Place School (Boys, ages 4-8, girls ages 4-11) Head: Mr Patrick Mattar

162-166, Holland Park Avenue, W11 4UH (020 7603 9103) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 11 July Start of winter term: 5 September

Fox Primary School (Mixed, ages 4-11) Head: Mr Paul Cotter

Kensington Place, W8 7PP (020 7727 7637) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 19 July Start of winter term: 3 September

Colville Primary School (Mixed, ages 3-11) Head: Mr Jagdeep Birdi

Lonsdale Road, W11 2DF (020 7229 6540) EMAIL: WEBSITE:

Last day of term: 19 July Start of winter term: 2 September

Primary & Preparatory

*All dates and details were correct when checked in July 2013 but may be subject to change. Please contact the schools directly for further information

So Long, Farewell

The popular Puppet Theatre Barge will be setting sail from its moorings in Maida Vale (Little Venice, W9 2PF) at the end of July in favour of Richmond, to begin its summer season. There is still just enough time to pop down to view the puppets as they weave a much-loved children’s tale; previous shows have included Red Riding Hood, The Three Pigs and the Wolf and Brer Rabbit. For more information, contact 020 7249 6876 or email puppet@ (

Speak Up

Underground Artwork

Students from Holland Park School have designed 32 Pop-Up Journeys posters that are now on display at Earl’s Court Tube on the District and Piccadilly lines. The 11 to 14-year-olds took inspiration from the idea of a journey to create original and striking 3D model designs. The Art on the Underground exhibition is part of TfL’s ongoing work with schools and the artwork will stay until April 2014. (

Children from 82 primary schools in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham recently aired their views on the importance of being able to play and be safe at a conference recently in Kensington Town Hall. The young people addressed crowds at the Children’s Choice Conference on 28 June. The theme for discussion was “Children’s Rights and Responsibilities” and included the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the audience, officials and experts such as Andrew Christie, the tri-borough director for children’s services and Councillor Elizabeth Campbell, the Royal Borough’s cabinet member for family and children’s services, listened to the opinions of our younger residents. Councillor Elizabeth Campbell praised the contribution of the children, saying: “These young residents have views and ideas that deserve to be listened to and I think everyone involved in the conference learned a lot.”

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French author and illustrator Claude Ponti has turned his pen from paper to Petit Bateau, with the results etched out across the label’s latest summer collection. Each item in the range of quality basics bears a yellow, feathered stamp of approval from the chicks of Ponti’s popular Mille Secrets of Poussin. 73 Ledbury Road, W11 2AG (

Property Watch A spotlight on local developments and property news from leading estate agents

Prized London homes What drives the world’s most affluent to aspire to a trophy home in London? Elena Dimova, managing director of CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, explains

Prestige London is one of the most cosmopolitan and desirable cities in the world. Once an individual achieves success in their profession or in business, buying a property in London is the ultimate prize for one to enjoy and show off to friends and rivals. Owning a penthouse on Hyde Park is the modern day equivalent of a major conquest in ancient Greece or Rome. Having an esteemed property in a city which is not only a hub for international business but also has unrivalled history and heritage, fabulous shopping and chic restaurants, is something not only to aspire to but to truly take pleasure in when it becomes a reality. For many buyers the cultural ties go deeper; some may have studied

at an esteemed British university and would like their children to follow in their footsteps.

Diversification The buyers in today’s prime central London market may be very accomplished individuals in the Far East, the Middle East, India, Russia or Europe. They see purchasing property in London as a strategic step in asset allocation, with a view to having some of their wealth outside their home market. They are attracted by the strong fundamentals of limited supply, favourable demographics, a strong legal and cultural tradition of private ownership (irrespective of domicile) and a well-functioning rental market.

Safe Haven Buyers also purchase homes of the highest calibre in the best locations with a view to preserving their wealth. They perceive London as a safer place for their capital compared to alternatives in other countries where they may face more economic or even political risk. There are many reasons for buying trophy homes, but what is clear is that these London properties are the most covetable of prizes. CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, 020 7229 1414 (

saw dramatic declines, with the numbers lost more than double the previous 12 months. Last year’s poor winter, following on from a disastrous summer, is said to be the main reason for the losses. British beekeepers have been surveyed at the end of March for the last six years. With overall losses at 33.8 per cent, this year’s figures are the worst yet recorded and the hardest hit region was the south west, where over half of the hives were lost. The matter

Declining numbers could be down to a bee plague, pesticides or even malnutrition

Save the Bees

Nick Crayson looks to our gardens this month to discuss the population health of our bees


he bees are dying. In the 1950s there were 50 native species of bee in the UK; today there are just over 25. Honey bees are the number one insect pollinator on the planet, responsible for the production of more than 90 crops. The British Beekeepers Association’s June report highlights that more than a third of hives did not survive the cold, wet conditions of last winter. Every region across England

has caused beekeepers to march on Parliament to call on the Government to fund research into what they say is potentially a bigger threat to humanity than the current financial crisis. Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is a phenomenon first noticed in the USA, whereby entire colonies of bees simply died out due to hitherto unexplained circumstances. One theory that does hold some weight is the increased use of genetically modified crops; bees, of course, love pollen and the theory is that modified pollens may be detrimental to the creatures. Some of the other reasons for the declining numbers could be down to a bee plague, pesticides or even malnutrition brought about by changes in global climates and the effects this is possibly having on the seasons and therefore the supply of pollen-bearing flowers. By planting the flowers bees love, and by raising awareness of their plight, you can help save one of the most vital and endangered creatures in the UK. (;

Elgin Crescent, W11

Situated in the heart of Notting Hill, this six bedroom house is available exclusively from Knight Frank. Set in a magical communal garden location, this house is arranged over five floors and offers the incoming purchaser a chance to create their perfect home. The interior has fantastic proportions with a magnificent drawing room on the first floor and views over the south-facing garden. The garden is approximately 35 ft. in length, with a gate leading onto the ever popular communal gardens to the rear. The house has the added benefit of off-street parking. On the market with Knight Frank Notting Hill 020 7229 0229 (

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your garden grow? Knight Frank showcases some of the most beautiful garden square properties on the market currently

Edwardes Place, W8

On the market with Knight Frank, this stunning house is just a few minutes’ walk from Kensington High Street. The sumptuous master bedroom and its liberal sized en suite span luxuriously across the whole of the second floor, with a further four generously sized bedrooms throughout the house. The large, high-ceilinged rooms are elegantly fitted with fireplace features and French windows, perfect for entertaining. The property, which is a Grade II-listed building situated in a handsome Georgian terrace, is bright and spacious. The house boasts a private underground garage and a large and beautifully tended private garden, as well as a neat roof terrace, perfect for an intimate supper al fresco or family brunch during the summer months. The house also fronts Edwardes Garden, an exclusive communal garden for the residents of the square, which provides a safe and childfriendly environment. The property provides easy access to central London. On the market with Knight Frank Kensington 020 7938 4311 (

Blenheim Crescent, W11 With direct access to the Elgin and Blenheim communal gardens, this spacious property on Blenheim Crescent is sure to appeal to a plethora of buyers. The house features five bedrooms, two light and airy reception rooms, two wellappointed bathrooms and an impressive south-facing garden. The garden level is currently configured as a separate kitchen and dining room and has a beautiful bay window which provide lots of light and leads out onto the stunning private garden. This property offers private parking and is a short distance from the amenities of Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove. On the market with Knight Frank Notting Hill, 020 7229 0229 (

Edwardes Square, W8

The sweeping wisteria which adorns the front of this stunning Grade II-listed Georgian property immediately hints at the classic elegance which is to be found inside. The double doors on the ground floor open out onto an impressive period dining room, overlooking an immaculately kept front garden and the garden square, to which residents have exclusive access. The dining room leads through to a cosy wooden-panelled sitting room-cum-study, perfect for a good collection of books. The property has four large bedrooms, three of which directly neighbour bathrooms and the resplendent drawing room, which extends across a generous amount of the first floor, practically clamours for a party or two. On the market with Knight Frank Kensington 020 7938 4311 (

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Featured Estate Agents CHELSEA 7-9 Tryon Street SW3 3LG 020 7014 3800

NOTTING HILL 10 Lambton Place W11 2SH 020 7221 1117

NOTTING HILL 301 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7717 5311

SOUTH KENSINGTON 157 Gloucester Road SW7 4TH 020 7871 4111

PADDINGTON 4c Praed Street W2 1JX 020 7717 5313

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

REGENT’S PARK 69/71 Park Road NW1 6XU 020 7724 4724

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

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

BAYSWATER 78 Westbourne Grove W2 5RT 020 7221 7817

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 37 Alexander Street W2 5NU 020 7727 1717

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 82 Brompton Road SW3 1ER 020 7225 6506

MAYFAIR 53 Davies Street W1K 5JH 020 3284 1888 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 4 Yeoman’s Row Brompton Road SW3 2AH 020 7590 0066 MAYFAIR 24 Curzon Street W1J 7TF 020 7499 7722

CHELSEA 134 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7717 5291

BELGRAVIA 1 Motcomb Street SW1X 8JX 020 7235 8861


CHELSEA 2 Cale Street SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

8 Chertsey Street, Surrey GU1 4HD 01483 339740 NOTTING HILL 10 Clarendon Road W11 3AA 020 7229 1414

KENSINGTON 8 Hornton Street W8 4NW 020 7937 9371 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 168 Brompton Road SW3 1HW 020 7584 2044

CHELSEA 62-64 Fulham Road SW3 6HH 020 7808 8540 MAYFAIR 26a Conduit Street, W1S 2XY 020 7495 9580 CHELSEA 440 King’s Rd, SW10 0LH 020 7351 2383

CHELSEA 117 Sydney Street SW3 6NR 020 7351 7822

CHELSEA 71 Walton Street SW3 2HT 020 7581 2216

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 KENSINGTON 54-56 Kensington Church Street W8 4DB 020 7938 4311 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 60 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DD 020 7591 8600 NOTTING HILL 298 Westbourne Grove W11 2PS 020 7229 0229 Chelsea Rawlings House 2a Milner Street, SW3 2PU 020 7591 5570 Earls Court 246 Old Brompton Road SW5 ODE 020 7835 0620 Holland Park 57 Norland Square W11 4QJ 020 7605 6890 Kensington 9 Kensington Church Street W8 4LF 020 7368 4450 North Kensington 136 Lancaster Road W11 1QU 020 7313 8350

South Kensington 29 Harrington Road SW7 3HD 020 7590 0800 Notting Hill 2-6 Kensington Park Road W11 3BU 020 7313 2890 LONDON OFFICE Cashel House 15 Thayer Street W1U 3JX 020 7467 5330 CHELSEA 43 Cadogan Street SW3 2PR 020 7225 3866 WEST CHELSEA 140 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7373 1010 KENSINGTON 103 Kensington Church Street W8 7LN 020 7938 3666 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 66 Sloane Street SW1X 9SH 020 7235 9959 CHELSEA 196-200 Fulham Road SW10 9PN 020 7578 9000 KENSINGTON 145 Kensington Church Street W8 7LP 020 7535 3300 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 188 Brompton Road SW3 1HQ 020 7581 5234 Notting Hill 168 Westbourne Grove W11 2RW 020 7727 5750 SLOANE STREET 139 Sloane Street SW1X 9AY 020 7730 0822

NOTTING HILL 303 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7221 1111

Kensington 118 Kensington Church Street, W8 4BH 020 7727 1500 Knightsbridge & Chelsea 289 Brompton Road SW3 2DY 020 7589 6616 Notting Hill 178 Westbourne Grove W11 2RH 020 7727 3227 South Kensington 123a Gloucester Road SW7 4TE 020 7373 5052

PROPERTY FINDER CENTRAL & GREATER LONDON 020 7351 6914 WEST KENSINGTON 135 Hammersmith Road W14 0QL 020 7602 6022 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 174 Brompton Road SW3 1HP 020 7306 1610



Notting Hill now covered from all sides Sales and lettings experts in W11 , W10 and W2 With our network of local and global offices, and an international database of active buyers and tenants, Knight Frank is going from strength to strength in the Notting Hill area. Talk to us about how we could help you sell or let your property in the W11, W10 and W2 areas. Sales office: 294 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2PS Lettings office: 298 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2PS

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Shawfield Street, Chelsea SW3

Immaculate freehold house with parking and garden A beautifully presented freehold house located just off the King’s Road, with private parking for two cars and a garden. Master bedroom with en suite, 4 further double bedrooms with en suite, reception room, dining room, kitchen, study, integral garage, garden, off street parking, air conditioning. EPC rating D. Approximately 274 sq m ﴾2,958 sq ft﴿ Freehold Offers in excess of £5,000,000 (SLA130141) 020 3641 5913

Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 Family house with parking and garden

Located close to the King’s Road in the heart of Chelsea, this house has the considerable benefit of off street parking for two cars. Master bedroom with en suite shower room, 3 further bedrooms, bathroom, reception room/dining room, reception room/study, conservatory, kitchen, utility room, 2 cloakrooms, garden, parking for 2 cars. EPC rating D. Approximately 194 sq m (2,097 sq ft) Leasehold: approximately 28 years remaining Guide price: £2,500,000 (CHL130073) 020 3641 5903

Scarsdale Villas, Kensington W8 A five bedroom family house in prime W8

A superb family home arranged over four floors located in this highly desirable area of Kensington. The house has been in the same ownership for 37 years and would benefit from some modernisation. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, garden. EPC rating D. Approximately 232.3 sq m (2,500 sq ft) 020 7938 4311

Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ4,650,000 (KEN130138)

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Evelyn Gardens, South Kensington SW7 Superb apartment with private terrace

Very special and rare upper maisonette in a prime South Kensington address. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, study, 2 WCs, roof terrace. EPC rating D. Approximately 224.36 sq m (2,415 sq ft) Leasehold with approximately 35 years remaining Guide price: ÂŁ2,950,000 (STK120005) 020 3641 6122

Hereford Square, South Kensington SW7 Beautifully refurbished apartment with gardens views

The apartment has recently benefitted from a full programme of refurbishment and is now presented in superb order throughout. 2 bedrooms both with ensuite bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dinning room, study, guest cloak room, utility room. EPC rating D. Approximately 117.24 sq m (1,262 sq ft) 020 3641 6122

Share of freehold Guide price: ÂŁ2,995,000 (STK130045)


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Elgin Crescent, Notting Hill W11

Communal garden house with south facing garden A wonderful Elgin Crescent house with off street parking. The house is arranged over five floors and offers an incoming purchaser a chance to create their perfect home. 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, vault storage, garden. EPC rating E. Approximately 289.5 sq m (3,116 sq ft) 020 7229 0229

Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ7,250,000 (NGH120221)

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Clareville Street, South Kensington SW7 Spacious modern town house

A spacious and light property which is laid out over four floors. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, 2 reception rooms, guest cloak room, utility room, roof terrace. EPC rating C. Approximately 340 sq m (3,655 sq ft) Freehold 020 3641 6122

Guide price: ÂŁ6,200,000 (STK130025)





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Fernshaw Road, London SW10 Immaculate two bedroom flat

This recently refurbished ground and lower ground floor flat benefits from a large double reception room, garden and patio area at the rear. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), kitchen, reception room, utility room, garden. EPC rating D. Approximately 116 sq m (1,248 sq ft) Furnished or unfurnished 020 3641 6022

Guide price: ÂŁ995 per week (CHQ161462)

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Brechin Place, South Kensington SW7 Split level two bedroom apartment

This stunning property enters on the third floor leading up to a double aspect open plan reception room and kitchen with a balcony looking over the communal gardens. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen/dining room, reception room, terrace, cloakroom. EPC rating E. Approximately 130 sq m (1,399 sq ft) 020 3641 6025

Furnished or unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ1,700 per week (SKQ181452)

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Pembridge Place, Notting Hill W2 Modern two bedroom apartment in ideal location

A fantastic split level apartment in the heart of Notting Hill which has large rooms, high ceilings and a lovely west facing private garden. Accommodation comprises two double bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room and a private west facing garden. EPC rating D. Approximately 103 sq m (1,108 sq ft) 020 7985 9990

Available unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ1,500 per week (nhq153195)

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Market Insight Grainne Gilmore, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, provides a snapshot of the Kensington and Chelsea property markets

Prime property prices in Kensington and Chelsea rose again in June, reflecting the wider trend across prime central London. So far in 2013, luxury house prices across the capital are up by 3.7 per cent and values have risen by nearly 7 per cent over the last year. Activity in Kensington and Chelsea remains strong, with a rise in the number of potential new buyers registering their interest in the first five months of this year compared to the same period in 2012. However, a shortage of prime stock, especially in Chelsea, means this higher demand hasn’t necessarily translated into greater sales volumes. So far this year, transactions in Kensington and Chelsea are at a similar level to the first five months of 2012. As was the case for much of last year across London, interest from potential buyers has been greatest in the sub-£2 million market and the £5 million+ market. This ‘multi-speed’ market is primarily as a result of the increase in stamp duty in March 2012 to 7 per cent for homes valued at over £2 million and to 15 per cent for £2 million plus homes purchased or owned through company structures. It is interesting to note, however, that anecdotal evidence from our local offices suggests that interest is beginning to ramp up once more among buyers for properties in the £2-£3 million price bracket, indicating that this section of the market is beginning to absorb the increased tax charges. Properties in both Kensington and Chelsea continue to attract interest





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Prime rents in central London declined by 0.1 per cent in June. Luxury rents in the capital have been stalling or falling for 14 consecutive months. Rents have fallen by 0.4 per cent so far this year and the annual decline now stands at 3 per cent. But while the general trend this year in prime central London has been for rents to fall, there have been regional variations in terms of performance. In Kensington, for example, prime rents have increased by 2.4 per cent since the start of the year and are 0.6 per cent higher on an annual basis. This rise is largely due to increased demand for large family houses, coupled with a shortage of stock, but average rents for smaller properties rented out at less than £1,000 a week are still in decline. Comparatively, prime rents in Chelsea are unchanged in 2013 and have declined 2.9 per cent over the past 12 months (fig. 2). Activity levels across London’s luxury rental market suggest that prime rents could pick up across the capital.The number of new tenancies agreed in prime central London is 14 per cent higher so far this year compared to the first five months of 2012. Additionally, the number of new applicants is up so far this year, by 26 per cent.


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Figure 2: Rental change Chelsea and Kensington prime rental change, indexed to 100 in January 2012 Source: Knight Frank Residential Research


Figure 1: Top 10 nationalities searching for property in Kensington and Chelsea in 2013 Source: Knight Frank Residential Research

from overseas buyers. The ongoing upheaval in the Eurozone has only made the prospect of owning luxury bricks and mortar more attractive, especially in central London. Those from from Germany, Italy, France and Spain were among the top ten nationalities searching for prime London property in Kensington and Chelsea according to Knight Frank’s global property website in the five months to June (fig. 1). As the chart shows, however, the most interest for homes in Kensington and Chelsea is from those living in the UK.


1 TOP FLOOR DUPLEX APARTMENT WITH WONDERFUL ROOF TOP VIEWS kensington court gardens, w8 2 reception rooms ø study ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø dressing room/bedroom 5 ø guest cloakroom ø lift and resident porter ø 369 sq m (3,971 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Guide £6.95 million Leasehold, approximately 979 years remaining

Savills Kensington Stephen Holmes

020 7535 3300

1 IMMACULATELY PRESENTED SEMI-DETACHED FAMILY HOUSE WITH PARKING scarsdale villas, w8 Double reception room ø family room ø 2 studies ø kitchen dining room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø utility room with guest cloakroom ø landscaped garden ø off-street parking for 2 cars ø 251 sq m (2,705 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £6.5 million Freehold

Savills Kensington Sarah Birch

020 7535 3300

1 WELL PRESENTED APARTMENT WITH ITS OWN PRIVATE PORTICO ENTRANCE vicarage gate, w8 Own street entrance ø entrance hall ø reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø dressing room/potential bedroom 3 ø bedroom 2 ø shower room ø 134 sq m (1,441 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Mountgrange Heritage

Savills Kensington

Chloe Leefe

Thomas Holcroft

020 7937 9976

020 7535 3300

Guide £2.35 million Leasehold, approximately 967 years remaining plus Share of Freehold

1 AN EXCEPTIONAL DUPLEX PENTHOUSE APARTMENT king's chelsea, sw10 Entrance hall ø open plan reception room/dining area/kitchen ø 4 bedroom suites ø utility room ø guest cloakroom ø wrap-around balconies to each floor ø 24 hour porter and security ø 2 underground parking spaces ø leisure facilities ø communal gardens ø 327 sq m (3,521 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £7.8 million Leasehold, approximately 987 years remaining

Savills Chelsea Charlie Bubear

020 7578 9000

1 BEAUTIFUL PERIOD HOUSE WITH SOUTH-WEST FACING GARDEN leamington road villas, w11 Double reception room ø family room ø study ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø utility room ø guest cloakroom ø south west facing garden ø 305 sq m (3,282 sq ft) ø EPC=E Guide £4.5 million Freehold

Domus Nova

Savills Notting Hill

Ben Podesta

Oliver Lurot

020 7727 1717

020 7727 5750

1 STUNNING FAMILY HOUSE IN THIS WONDERFULLY CONVENIENT LOCATION princedale road, w11 Drawing room ø TV/sitting room ø kitchen/breakfast room with dining area ø master bedroom with dressing room ø 3 further bedrooms ø family bathroom ø shower room ø 2 guest cloakrooms ø 2 storage vaults ø garden ø 227 sq m (2,442 sq ft) ø EPC=E Guide £4.35 million Freehold

Savills Notting Hill Ben Davies

020 7727 5750

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2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø balcony ø access to communal gardens ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=E

3 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø separate kitchen ø patio ø gardens access ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=C

£1,750 per week Furnished

£1,595 per week Furnished

3 4

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Savills Knightsbridge 020 7584 8585



2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø further bathroom ø reception room ø kitchen ø patio ø garden ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=D

Bedroom ø reception room ø kitchen ø bathroom ø lift ø porter ø parking via separate negotiation ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=D ø EPC=B

£995 per week Furnished

£450 per week Furnished

Savills Chelsea ibreynardson@savills 020 7578 9020

Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5751

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3 bedroom suites ø reception room ø kitchen and dining room ø balcony ø guest cloakroom ø garden ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=F

6 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø guest cloakroom ø garden ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

£2,900 per week Unfurnished

£2,750 per week Unfurnished

3 4

Savills Knightsbridge 020 7584 8585

Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5751



3 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen ø terrace & patio garden ø underground parking ø porter ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=E

4 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen ø lift ø porter ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=C

£2,650 per week Unfurnished

£1,795 per week Unfurnished

Savills Kensington 020 7535 3333

Savills Kensington 020 7535 3333


MEWS HOUSE BENEFITTING FROM A ROOF TERRACE AND GARAGE ensor mews, sw7 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø further bathroom ø reception room ø kitchen ø garage ø roof terrace ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=D £1,650 per week Unfurnished

Savills Chelsea


Oliver Mellotte

020 7578 9020

SPLIT LEVEL APARTMENT WITH DIRECT GARDEN ACCESS evelyn gardens, sw7 4 bedrooms (3 en suite) ø further bathroom ø 2 reception rooms ø separate kitchen ø direct garden access ø wooden floors ø admin charges apply ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=F £2,950 per week Unfurnished

Savills Chelsea Izzy Birch-Reynardson ibreynardson@savills

020 7578 9020

Beyond your expectations

Onslow Gardens, SW7 A fantastic split level apartment with direct access on to the gorgeous communal gardens from the living room. The reception room itself is light and bright with high ceilings and large windows. With three bedrooms, a patio leading off the main bedroom, and two bathrooms the apartment offers ample accommodation. EPC: E

£1,475 per week Unfurnished • • • • • •

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

Three bedrooms Two bathrooms Superb entertainment space Bright spacious rooms Great location Communal garden

Beyond your expectations

Ansdell Terrace, W8 An immaculately presented four bedroom house with wonderful entertaining space. Offering just under 3,000 square foot of space, the house benefits from a large family room and master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite. As well as the ground floor patio area there is a stunning roof terrace with outdoor lights and power. EPC: D

£4,250 per week Unfurnished • • • • • •

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

Four bedrooms Three bathrooms Patio Roof terrace Bespoke kitchen Parquet flooring

Rutland Gate, SW7 This immaculate apartment is located in the very heart of Knightsbridge in this sought after garden square. The property is situated on the third floor of this period building allowing views over the communal gardens as well as providing ease of access to the wide open green spaces of Hyde Park, which is only a short distance away. The apartment has been finished in a contemporary fashion with focus on the quality finish. EPC: D

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

£850 per week Furnished • • • • •

Contemporary styling Communal garden access Lift Finished to exacting standards Close proximity to Hyde Park

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Addison Avenue, Holland Park W11 Sometimes, a property comes along that makes you feel that however bad life gets, you would always be fine if you could just live in this wonderful house. That feeling is what makes people go the distance to buy the home of their dreams and it is why you need to get in quick to buy this house.

Double reception room Kitchen/dining room, family room & study Master bedroom Four further bedrooms, two bathrooms & shower room Utility room and wine cellar Front and rear 81 ft garden Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 2,518 sq ft / 234 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ7 million Freehold

Joint Sole Agents Crayson T 020 7221 1117 John D. Wood & Co. T 020 7727 2233

Hyde Park Gardens, Hyde Park W2 One man’s passion can be another’s poison, but the sheer perfection and attention to detail that has gone into decorating this apartment in the style of Louis XVI is truly extraordinary. A ceiling copied from Mme de Pompadour’s chateau, a dining-room inspired by the library at Versailles and a drawing-room based on a Parisian palace built in the 1750s. Where else can you find all that along with some of the best views in London directly over Hyde Park?

Two reception rooms Kitchen Master bedroom suite Two further bedrooms, one ensuite & a further shower room Balcony, terrace & communal garden City of Westminster 2,142 sq ft / 199 sq m Energy Performance Rating Band E Guide Price ÂŁ6.5 million Share of Freehold

Sole Agent T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


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Cadogan Square SW1X £12,500,000 An exquisite raised ground floor lateral apartment situated on the preferred north terrace of this sought after Knightsbridge garden square. The accommodation is arranged across two substantial houses providing a series of exceptional grand public rooms, including a formal drawing room, a library and a dining hall. Situated to the rear of the property is a privately accessed master bedroom suite with a dressing room, marble bathroom and a private terraced garden. A further suite is served by a beautiful marble bathroom. EPC=D.

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Rawlings Street SW3 £3,950,000 A stunning four-bedroom period house with outstanding proportions and a beautiful patio garden located in a prime Chelsea street. This beautifully designed house has undergone complete refurbishment to a high specification. Presented in outstanding condition throughout, the property maintains its original features, whilst being finished in a stunning contemporary style. The property boasts an abundance of reception space, an excellent roof terrace and a garden. Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Kensington Court W8 £2,950,000 A rare, beautifully refurbished two-bedroom lateral apartment, situated on the first floor (with lift) of a prestigious period mansion block in the heart of Kensington. This impressive interior designed property with under floor heating throughout comprises a superb reception room, modern fitted kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, dining space, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a study, second bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite shower room and a cloakroom. Share of Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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Bolton Gardens SW5 £2,750,000 This is a delightful four bedroom mews house located at the western end of Bolton Gardens backing onto Wetherby Mews. The property has attractive views to both the front and rear and is arranged over three floors to offer stunning reception space and four large bedrooms, one of the which is on the ground floor, ideal for guests/nanny. The property also benefits from a garage (currently used as a playroom), a superb roof terrace and access to the beautiful Bramham Gardens . Freehold. EPC=E. Sole Agents.

EARLS COURT: 020 7835 0620

Montpelier Walk, SW7

£3,350,000 Freehold

A superbly positioned end of terrace property which was re-developed by the architect Charles Bernard Brown in 1965. It was rebuilt as a bijou dwelling of quite distinguished design. The doll’s house-like north façade is scaled down and given false windows to create the illusion of an additional storey. In the same spirit, the basement dining-room was given a fanciful view in the form of a removable metal trompe-l’oeil on the wall. Four Bedrooms | Two Receptions | Three Bathrooms | Patio | Balcony | Residents Parking

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Chester Street, sw1x ÂŁ4,500 PW furnished/unfurnished A period town house located on Chester Street in Belgravia finished to a very high standard; providing bright and spacious accommodation across six floors. Long Let | Six Bedrooms | Four Reception Rooms | Five Bathrooms | House | Period | Terraced | Patio | Roof Terrace | Town/City | Resident Parking | Furnished/ Unfurnished | 3,280 Approx Sq Ft | EPC Rating: E

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Courtfield Gardens, SW5 ÂŁ2,750 PER WEEK Furnished A stunning first floor lateral apartment overlooking the communal gardens to which the flat enjoys access. The property is 1,816 sq ft, which includes two large west-facing balconies, two bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms and two impressive reception rooms with high ceilings and access to both balconies. Two Balconies | Access to Communal Gardens | First Floor Lateral Apartment | Two Double Bedrooms both with Ensuite Bathrooms | Excellent Furnishings | Two Large Reception Rooms | High Ceilings | Period Building | Furnished

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Elsham Road, W14 ÂŁ1,100,000 Share of freehold A spacious and well-presented three bedroom upper maisonette (1265 sq ft/117 sq m) situated on the second and third floors of a broad Victorian terraced house. The west facing reception room leads through to a dining area and a modern kitchen. All three bedrooms are generous doubles which are served by three bathrooms. Reception | Dining Area | Kitchen | Three Double Bedrooms | Three Bathrooms (Two En Suite) | Shared Private Front Garden | EPC Rating: C

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De Vere Cottages, W8 ÂŁ2,450,000 FREEHOLD A beautifully presented three bedroom period house (1,622 sq ft/150 sq m) offering two wonderful floors of entertaining space both with unusually high ceilings. De Vere Cottages is unique in both character and charm with the main entrance to the property accessed through a private and peaceful courtyard. Entrance Hall | Kitchen/Dining Room | Drawing Room | Principal Bedroom Suite with Dressing Area And Bathroom | Two Further Double Bedrooms | Further Bathroom | Cloakroom | Terrace | EPC Rating: D

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WESTBOURNE GROVE, W11 ÂŁ3,250,000 LEASEHOLD An exceptional apartment entirely redesigned to create three floors of fabulous contemporary space behind private off street entrance, with the style and specification throughout unquestionably first class. An impressive entrance hall leads up from the front door to wonderful open entertaining space over the first floor and a large decked, south facing terrace off the half landing. Indulgent master bedroom suite over the second floor and two spacious bedrooms and bathroom above on the third. Maisonette | Three Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | One Reception Room | 1,653 Approx Sq Ft | EPC Rating C

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WESTBOURNE PARK ROAD, W2 ÂŁ4,750,000 FREEHOLD A truly unique, magnificent family house - semi-detached, with almost 3,000 sq ft laid out over just three floors with a wealth of period detailing. Beyond intricate landscaped front gardens an impressive entrance opens to expansive living space over the ground floor opening to large gardens to the rear. A central staircase leads up to spacious landings on both of the upper floors, off which open five bedrooms, all generously proportioned, and two large bathrooms. House | Semi Detached | Five Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Two Reception Rooms | Garden | 2,939 Approx Sq Ft | EPC Rating D JSA Crayson: Tel 02072211117

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Humble And Still The Best Annabel Harrison meets Charles Curran of Conster Capital Ventures, the new owner of Maskells, to talk about the company’s traditional values and being ahead of the game Conster Capital Ventures (CCV), a private investment company based in London, has recently purchased Maskells, a top-end estate agent specialising in the sale and lettings of high value properties in Kensington, Chelsea, Belgravia and Knightsbridge. Maskells was established in 1965 by Tim Maskell and has since built up a strong reputation in the surrounding area for providing a bespoke service and having excellent local knowledge. Managing director Stephen Copeman will stay with the company, having been at Maskells since 1970. Can you tell me about your own background, Charles? I was an investment bank bond salesman dealing in mortgage backed securities and structured credit, so I’ve come across a reasonable amount of property-related information over the last 15 years. I resigned from my last position because I wanted to spend more time with my family. I started running a small bank fund and hired a room in the Maskells office. I listened to what they were doing and I believed they could do both with a capital injection and some reorganisation. My investment company made an offer to buy the company which completed on 20 March. What new facets of the business can existing Maskells clients expect? We are taking the company back to its roots. Tim set up the firm with a view that the individual, and not just the transaction, was key to success and I believe that this facet has been lost somewhat by the industry. This view is shared by our staff who see Maskells as a family: each hire is vetted by the existing team so that we know that the members get on well with each other in and out of the office. This breeds the ‘Can-Do’ attitude we’re looking for. One of our key new facets to the business is the introduction of a bespoke, customer focused Lettings and Property Management department to help make Maskells a one stop shop for our existing and future clients. This is a fresh, ground-up department where everything has been designed around the Maskells ethos of providing the very best client service; it is a real custom-made operation. The lettings team is managed by Peter Hermon-Taylor who is an equity stakeholder, has more than ten years’ experience in the lettings business and is at the forefront of providing the Maskells experience to our customers. To bring it all together we have set up, independent from Maskells, a home focused luxury lifestyle company called White Circle Collection. We found that, as an estate agency, once you’ve completed a transaction, be it a sale or a letting, you have very little customer contact. So how do we maintain customer loyalty and continue the high service experience that we can offer through our firms? We felt that having a high end property focused luxury lifestyle business was a very good way of taking care of customers,

including foreigners relocating to London, who buy properties as homes but don’t necessarily want to manage them. However, White Circle Collection is not married to Maskells and the team already has its own customer base. Amelia Griffiths, who also set up Quintessentially Home, is co-owner and manages the firm: if a French family, for example, buys a property, White Circle Collection can organise their move, introduce the children to schools and integrate the family, and particularly the non-working partner, into the local area so that he or she can start building a social life. If you don’t know anybody it’s very hard to fit in. We can help with that process and make the whole transition much smoother. Can foreign customers speak to you in their own language? Yes, we speak multiple languages here within the Maskells family including French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Cantonese and Mandarin. What’s the idea behind the popular Hometel offering from White Circle Collection? You call us from JFK and say “I’m landing in 7 hours”. We mobilise and turn your London home into The Dorchester, put your favourite foods in the fridge, get everything ready, then you arrive and the home is immaculate. If you wanted a reservation for dinner we’d have a table booked and after you fly out, we make the house ready for your next arrival. We also look after the property while you’re not here so you don’t spend your time dealing with plumbers etc. So it’s literally what we call the home hotel, the Hometel. The great thing is that there’s no membership fee; you can pay by the hour and blocks of hours are cheaper. How has Maskells changed over the past few decades and what changes have you made since Conster Capital Ventures bought the company? Maskells is one of oldest independent firms within the Royal Borough. It has maintained a traditional, first class way of dealing with property that is very much relationship driven. When CCV bought the company it was very important to me that we maintain this ethos. Whilst renovating and increasing our internet presence, we’ve looked at other things we can do: for example, making much more use of the media, local charity sponsorship and even using our premises as a pop-up art gallery in the upcoming Brompton Design District Fair. We have also hired a professional communications company to manage this process for us. The key to our success, however, remains our personal connections and relationships and our ethos of being efficient, effective, reliable and, most importantly, humble. What was the thinking behind the office redesign and redecoration? We wanted to make it feel much more homely, but at the same time bigger. The idea is that you walk in and you’re not faced with a reception desk blocking you from the team. The concept is one of a sitting room where people can feel comfortable and have a chat.


In terms of your ‘day to day’, is this now your day job? CCV has too much invested for this not to have my full attention. My role is overseeing the business which includes drafting the terms of business right through to reviewing the contracts and improving the advertising and monitoring the cash-flow. As a business, I want the team try to think about property in the context of the markets and the economy. We circulate legal and accounting updates and everyone has a say in the advertising. Being exposed to more than just property, and thinking outside the box, makes our salespeople better at their jobs. What would you say about the current state of the market? Trading conditions are difficult but this presents us with the opportunity to stand out from the crowd. A difficult market levels the playing field and allows us to gain instructions which we would not otherwise have won. Through our network, 60 per cent of our business is still however conducted off-market. There is a real balance that needs to be struck between the asking price of an asset and amount of time that asset is being marketed. Too expensive, and buyers don’t engage and too long on your books, people naturally assume there is a problem. Finding the balance is something that we pride ourselves in at Maskells, ensuring the best price and best execution for our clients. Maskells, 71 Walton Street, SW3 2HT 020 7581 2216; / Above/ Cadogan Square flat, £12.5 million (leasehold)



PALACE COURT, W2 ÂŁ18,000,000 Share of freehold

A rare opportunity to acquire one of the most outstanding lateral penthouse apartments to be found in West London. Recently remodelled and architect-designed throughout offering generous proportions and enviable entertaining space. epc = f -

Spacious double reception room Fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room Dining room + TV room Five bedrooms (four en suite) Home office/sixth bedroom Lift + porter Approx. 481 sq m (5,181 Sq ft)

78 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RT 020 7221 7817 Domus loves: summer evenings at The Abingdon on Abingdon Road

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OLD BROMPTON ROAD, SW5 ÂŁ2,350,000 Leasehold

A breathtaking two bedroom home, flawlessly designed and remodelled by BANDA Property. Finished to the highest standard this sublime residence offers contemporary open-plan living space in a superbly central location. epc = c -

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Reception/cinema room Open-plan kitchen/dining space Bar + home office Sauna + steam room Two bedrooms (both en suite) Approx 281 sq m (3,021 sq ft)

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LEAMINGTON ROAD VILLAS, W11 ÂŁ4,250,000 Freehold

A large family home offering an eclectic mix of classic charm and modern design, in a popular Notting Hill location. Remodelled, extended and beautifully styled by the current owners, this fantastic four bedroom home offers superb living space and a great turnkey opportunity. epc = d -

Double reception room Open-plan kitchen + dining space Four bedrooms (three en suite) Home office Front + rear gardens Approx. 270 sq m (sq 2,908 sq ft)

17 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU 020 7727 1717 Domus loves: authentic Italian cuisine at Gusto on Westbourne Park Villas

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SUNDERLAND TERRACE, W2 ÂŁ5,650,000 Freehold

Situated on a quiet tree-lined street, this beautiful residence is one of the few to have been returned to a single family home. Sympathetically modernised whilst retaining all of the period features from the Nineteenth Century; simply wonderful. epc = d -

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First floor double reception room Open-plan kitchen + dining area Four double bedrooms (two en suite) Front + rear gardens South-facing balcony Self-contained one bedroom apartment Approx. 348 sq m (3,748 sq ft including restricted height + storage)

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CLARENDON ROAD, W11 ÂŁ1,500 per week Long let

Set within the heart of Notting Hill, this stunning home has been interior-designed by Patricia Engelhart, to offer a great style and a unique sense of space. Beautifully finished and conveniently located for all that Clarendon Cross and nearby Holland Park have to offer. epc = d -

First floor reception room Open-plan kitchen + dining space Four bedrooms (one en suite) Private patio garden + off street parking Direct access to communal gardens Approx. 120 sq m (1,300 sq ft)

17 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU 020 7727 1717 Domus loves: summertime drinks and fine dining at Julie’s on Portland Road

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KENSINGTON PARK ROAD, W11 ÂŁ1,500 per week Long let

A wonderfully elegant three bedroom apartment with a private roof garden situated in a fashionable address location. This carefully considered home has been beautifully styled to offer a chic ambience throughout. epc = d -

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Three bedrooms Two bathrooms (one en suite) Private roof garden Approx 94 sq m (1,014 Sq ft)

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ÂŁ999,950 stc Reception room, Kitchen, Two double bedrooms, Two bathrooms (one en suite), Lift, Porter, Communal roof terrace. Well presented, light and spacious two bedroom flat on the 5th floor (with lift) of this modern block. The apartment boasts a well proportioned reception room with panoramic roof top views over Chelsea, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. The building benefits from a smart recently refurbished communal lobby area. Chelsea Towers West

is superbly located in a quiet cul de sac just minutes walk from the fashionable shops and restaurants of the Kings road with Sloane Square underground station within easy reach. We understand that the vendor qualifies for a lease extension under the Leasehold Reform Act 1993, the benefits of which are transferrable. EPC rating D.

CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011


ÂŁ1,550,000 stc Two reception rooms, Kitchen, Two double bedrooms, Two bathrooms, 24 hour porter, Pool, Parking. A well presented and spacious two bedroom two bathroom ground floor flat has the distinct advantage, unique in Crown Lodge, of a south facing conservatory directly off the reception room. Larger than average and with the added benefit of a secure underground parking space this share of freehold property ticks all the boxes; two bedrooms two

bathrooms, porters, parking and pool. Crown Lodge sits in beautiful landscaped communal gardens with a wisteria draped walkway and a stunning Koi stocked water feature. Minutes walk from South Kensington or Sloane Square tube stations, Kings Road or Fulham Road with a plethora of local and international shops on your doorstep! EPC rating C.

CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011



PER WEEK stc Double reception room, Four double bedrooms, Three bathrooms, Direct access to communal gardens, Garage. A fantastic 4 double bedroom house quietly situated in the heart of Chelsea. The property has the rare benefit of direct access to the elegant communal gardens and a private garage. This family home, which has been neutrally decorated throughout with wood flooring in the reception, has excellent entertaining space, high ceilings and staff accommodation.

Well-located just 5 minutes walk from Sloane Square tube and the Kings Road and a short walk across the river to Battersea Park.The property is available unfurnished for a long term let. Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges. EPC rating E.

CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011



PER WEEK stc Two reception rooms, Study, Three double bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Large garden, Profesionally managed. A recently refurbished and immaculately presented house located on a quiet residential street just off Paultons Square. The accommodation provides generous entertaining space with a modern open-plan kitchen/ family & dining room leading onto the large sunny garden. There is a fantastic light and airy double reception room on the raised ground

floor with a separate study. Further accomodation comprises master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, further two double bedrooms, family bathroom, guest cloakroom and a garden room. Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges. EPC rating D.

CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011


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ÂŁ10,000,000 Share of Freehold Knightsbridge SW1X A unique share of freehold eighth and ninth floor penthouse flat directly overlooking Hyde Park from all rooms.

Chelsea Sales: 020 7225 1225

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and separate shower, Second bedroom with en-suite shower room, Third bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, 3 terraces, Lift, Porter, EPC: D.

ÂŁ3,950,000 Freehold Elsham Road W14 An impressive, newly built freehold house set within the heart of West London in the Kensington and Chelsea Borough.

Kensington Sales: 020 7792 1881

5 double bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, Further bathroom, 2 en-suite shower rooms, Reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Dressing room, Cloakroom, Balcony, Garden, Off-street parking, EPC: B.

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ÂŁ5,750 per week Unfurnished Mulberry Walk SW3 A perfectly laid out family house with fantastic entertaining space and a quiet location in a very attractive and much favoured Chelsea street.

Chelsea Lettings: 020 7581 6666

6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en-suite), 3 reception rooms, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Study, Garden, Roof terrace, Cellar, Parking, EPC: D.

ÂŁ1,500 per week Unfurnished Holland Park W11 A wonderfully spacious ground and lower ground floor maisonette with beautiful south-facing paved garden.

Kensington Lettings 020 7792 1331

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Drawing room, Dining room, Kitchen, Utility room, Garden, EPC: E.

Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, SW1 A very spacious 2 bedroom apartment (990 sq ft / 92 sq m) on the 1st floor of this red brick period building located on this prestigious crescent opposite Harrods. The property benefits from a beautiful reception room and a good sized kitchen/breakfast room with the two bedrooms situated quietly at the rear of building. Hans Crescent is superbly located in the heart of Knightsbridge and within walking distance of Hyde Park, Sloane Street and all the world class amenities of Knightsbridge has to offer. EPC rating D.

Leasehold: 168 years Price: £2,750,000 020 7225 6509


Cadogan Square, Knightsbridge, SW1 A stunning two bedroom apartment, refurbished meticulously to the highest standard, located on the north terrace of this renowned Knightsbridge Square. Accessed via its own private entrance and arranged across two buildings on the square, the accommodation comprises of two large reception rooms, dining hall and two bedroom suites. Cadogan Square, is one of Knightsbridge’s most exclusive addresses and benefits from access to the wonderful landscaped private gardens. EPC rating D.

Leasehold: 117 years Price: £12,500,000 020 7893 8343


Cadogan Pier, CHELSEA, SW3 Built in Germany just before the outbreak of WW II, this purpose built steel diesel motor boat was commissioned as a passenger ferry for service on the Swiss lakes and was in service for approximately 60 years. Now fully restored and retaining most of its original features, M.S. Mouette occupies a prominent mooring on Cadogan Pier, Chelsea Embankment. Currently used as a pied a terre, the vessel comprises of approximately 1380 sq ft (128.2 sqm) of gross internal area with a further approximately 700 sq ft (65 sqm) of external recreational decks. Cadogan Pier is accessed via a gated entrance on Chelsea embankment. EPC rating F.

Freehold Price: ÂŁ795,000 020 7225 6700


Queensberry Place, SW7 This fabulous seven bedroom stucco fronted period townhouse (6732 sq.ft. / 625.4sq.m) has been totally refurbished and interior designed in a contemporary style. Benefitting from extensive entertaining space, the property boasts an enormous 1st floor drawing room (42ft / 12.74m long) and seven bedrooms. There is also a substantial amount of storage facilities in the basement. Queensberry Place is located in the heart of South Kensington, moments from the world class cultural facilities of the area with The Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum on its doorstep. EPC rating D.

Freehold Price: ÂŁ12,500,000 020 7225 6700


Montpelier Walk, Knightsbridge SW7 • 3 Bedrooms

• Kitchen

• 2 Bathrooms (1 en suite)

• Balcony

• Cloakroom

• Patio

• Drawing room

• Approx. 1,440 sq ft (133.8 sq m)

• Dining room

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

Guide price £2,795,000 Freehold

“ An attractive house in this quiet and picturesque street in the heart of Knightsbridge Village”

The Marlborough, Knightsbridge SW3 • 2 Bedrooms

• Study

• 3 Bathrooms

• Porter

• 2 Reception rooms

• Approx. 1,072 sq ft (100 sq m)

• Kitchen

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

“ An exceptionally quiet lateral flat on the first floor in this well-known portered building”

Guide price £1,900,000 Share of freehold

For more information call Simon Godson on 020 7306 1610 or email

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

Ennismore Gardens Mews, Knightsbridge SW7 • 2 Double bedrooms

• Fully fitted kitchen

• 2 Bathrooms

• Study area

• Guest cloakroom

• Approx. 1,634 sq ft (151 sq m)

• Reception room

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

“ A spectacular house designed by the renowned architect John Pawson.”

£1,950 per week Furnished or unfurnished

For more information call Kerry Morley on 020 7306 1630 or email

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

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.

Brompton Square, Knightsbridge SW3 • 6 Double bedrooms

• Paved garden

• 4 Bathrooms

• Double garage

• 4 Reception rooms

• Approx. 3,596 sq ft (334 sq m)

• Kitchen/breakfast room

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

“ A wonderful family house offering amazing views towards the Brompton Oratory.”

£4,850 per week Unfurnished

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

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

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.


Hot Property: Kingston House North Spacious and stylish seventh floor penthouse apartment on Hyde Park

Kingston House North is a bright south and west facing lateral penthouse apartment on the seventh floor of a purpose-built apartment block, spanning 2,888 square feet, and boasting spectacular views over communal gardens, London’s skyline and towards Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. The apartment comprises five bedrooms, five bathrooms, three receptions, kitchen, entrance hall, utility room and guest cloakroom, and offers much sought-after privacy due to being in the best position in the building. One bedroom and bathroom can be used as self-contained staff quarters with a separate service entrance thanks to the layout. The apartment benefits from air-conditioning, an integrated sound system and very good storage, as well as two secure parking spaces (available for purchase by separate arrangement) and 24-hour porterage.


Prince’s Gate, Knightsbridge, SW7 £10,000,000 (share of freehold)

Elena Dimova 020 7229 1414


You never phone, you never write. We know buying, selling or renting a property is stressful enough. The last thing you need is an unresponsive agent. That’s why we are committed to offering you the highest knowledge and service standards. When engaging Maskells two members of our experienced team will be personally assigned to you. So whatever your enquiry, rest assured, you will always receive the service you expect. Call us and see how our personal approach makes us stand out from the crowd.

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Letting property shouldn’t be about letting you down… That’s why we are delighted to welcome Vashti Sperring and Peter Hermon-Taylor to the Maskells family. Both bring extensive landlord and tenant experience and a thorough knowledge of the Borough with them, plus a can-do approach you’ll find refreshing. So whether you’re looking to rent or let – call Maskells today.

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Cadogan Square Knightsbridge

Occupying the raised ground floor across two buildings on the preferred south facing terrace of Cadogan Square, this exquisite lateral apartment has recently been refurbished to the highest standard. Private Street Entrance · Entrance Hall · Drawing Room · Dining Room · Library · Kitchen · Guest Cloakroom · Master Bedroom With En-suite Bathroom and Shower · Guest Bedroom With En-suite Shower Room · Patio Terrace · Caretaker

Asking price £12,500,000 Long Leasehold EPC rating E

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Observatory Gardens, Kensington W8

A perfect pied-à-terre apartment situated in a highly sought after location. One bedroom • Reception room • Eat-in kitchen • Raised ground floor Porter • Approximately 457 sq ft / 42.5 sq m • Energy Rating: D

020 7293 0879

Price on Application Share of Freehold

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Sandalwood Mansions, Kensington W8

An ideal rental investment in a highly regarded development. Two bedrooms (one en-suite) • Reception room • Kitchen/breakfast room Underground parking space • Ground floor 24 hr entry security • Residents’ gym • Landscaped communal gardens • Approximately 978 sq ft / 91 sq m Energy Rating: C

020 7293 0879 Joint Sole Agents Kaye & Carey 020 7590 0066

Guide Price: £1,999,995 Share of Freehold

Over 650 Offices in 47 Countries


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HOLLAND PARK, W11 - TRIPLEX PENTHOUSE APARTMENTS WIH PANORAMIC VIEWS Private lift access and sweeping panoramic views greet you as you enter this highest standard apartment. Light floods all 4 bedrooms, free flowing open plan dining room, living room and 3D cinema. Staff quarters off the kitchen provide a wonderfully functioning entertaining area. A creatively placed study and roof terrace top off this divine living space.

£8,950,000 Share of Freehold Approximately 4,154sqft Joint Sole Agents MEGEVE



John Taylor Ltd 020 3284 1888 MONACO




David Adams Managing Director 07876 545 986



PALACE GARDENS TERRACE, W8 - EXTENSIVE FAMILY HOUSE A unique opportunity to purchase three self contained residential houses set within and around a private gated courtyard. The properties currently provide 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5 reception rooms, 3 kitchens, 2 garages, 2 store rooms and 2 private terraces. The total existing site comprises approximately 5,048sqft / 469sqm of gross internal space and benefits from off street parking in addition to the garages. Although the properties are situated with the Kensington Conservation Area they are not listed.

£10,000,000 Guide Price Freehold Approximately 5,048sqft Joint Sole Agents MEGEVE



John Taylor Ltd 020 3284 1888 MONACO




David Adams Managing Director 07876 545 986





Beaworthy, Devon • • • •

40 acre site 3 self catering cottages Numerous outbuildings Superb indoor leisure facility

Stunning 7 bedroom Georgian farmhouse and holiday cottages set in the Devon countryside with lake, woodland and trekking tracks as well as indoor swimming pool and gymnasium. This property provides potential to generate substantial income as well as providing a superior country retreat. EPC F

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Over 13,000 sqft 16 acre paddocks with stabling 1.5 acre formal gardens Private lake

An 18th Century country estate set within the South Downs National Park offering fine countryside views. Currently arranged as four independent dwellings with the capacity to convert back to one large residence with ancillary accommodation. Complete with stunning grounds, tennis court, swimming pool and garaging.

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£10,000,000 share of freehold

5 bedrooms | 3 receptions | 5 bathrooms | balcony | communal gardens | air-con | 24 hr porter | lift A bright south and west facing lateral penthouse apartment on the seventh floor of Kingston House North, spanning 2,888 sq ft, with the most spectacular views over communal gardens, London’s skyline and towards Hyde Park. The apartment boasts opulent grandeur throughout. With the park and the amenities of Knightsbridge and South Kensington on your door step, this most desirable location is second to none. Epc F

10 Clarendon Road London W11 3AA

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ONSLOW SQUARE, LONDON SW7 ÂŁ4,500,000 3 BEDROOMS, 3 RECEPTIONS, 3 BATHROOMS FOR SALE: LEASEHOLD 3,000 SQ FT (278.71 SQ M) A beautifully presented apartment in a period building overlooking one of the finest garden squares in South Kensington. This well proportioned, duplex property of approximately 3,000 sq ft benefits from its own private entrance and own garden. In addition to the fantastic entertaining space arranged over the ground floor, the apartment consists of 3 spacious double bedroom suites on the lower ground floor. This property has period style features and practical modern technology throughout. Onslow Square is moments away from the amenities of South Kensington.


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

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De Vere Gardens | Kensington | W8 1,158 sq ft (107.6 sq m) EPC rating G

A charming and well presented two double bedroom flat, on the raised ground floor of this period building. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Two double bedrooms | Kitchen | Bathroom | Caretaker Asking price ÂŁ1,950,000 Share of freehold

Kensington 020 7938 3666

Coleherne Court | London | SW5 1,303 sq ft (121 sq m) EPC rating C

An excellent two bedroom flat with has undergone extensive refurbishment, offering generous entertaining space and a contemporary feel throughout. Entrance hall | Reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms | Guest cloakroom | Porter | Private communal gardens Asking price ÂŁ2,295,000 Share of Freehold

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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Pont Street | Knightsbridge | SW1 1,989 sq ft (184.8 sq m) EPC rating D

A stunning, newly refurbished second floor, south-facing apartment with direct lift access, high ceilings and three double bedrooms. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Three bedrooms | Three bath/shower rooms | Under floor heating throughout | Air conditioning in all bedrooms | Direct lift access | Caretaker Asking price ÂŁ6,500,000 Share of Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA WA Ellis 020 7306 1610

Eaton Place | Belgravia | SW1 1,440 sq ft (133.8 sq m) EPC rating D

A two bedroom flat located on the first floor of a white stucco-fronted building in the heart of Belgravia. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and mezzanine gallery | Second double bedroom | Shower room | Guest cloakroom | Two balconies Asking price ÂŁ3,950,000 Leasehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA Savills 020 7730 0822

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

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Hans Crescent | Knightsbridge | SW1 2,289 sq ft (212.66 sq m)

Hans Crescent is ideally situated for all the ameneties of Knightsbridge and only a short walk to the park. Reception room | Dining room | Kitchen | Three bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Cloakroom | Lift | Porter ÂŁ5,750 per week, unfurnished

Knightsbridge Lettings 020 7235 9959

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Brunswick Gardens | Kensington | W8 3,272 sq ft, (303.96 sq m) EPC rating D

A beautifully presented five bedroom Victorian stucco fronted family house, with the advantage of a lovely rear garden. Drawing room | Sitting room | Kitchen/Family room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower room | Two cloakrooms | Garden | Storage vaults ÂŁ5,250 per week, unfurnished

Kensington Lettings 020 7938 3866

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

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

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

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Old Church Street | Chelsea | SW3 2,635 sq ft (244.8 sq m) EPC rating E

This beautifully renovated and meticulously designed family house stands within the highly sought after location of Old Chelsea. Drawing room with study/library area | Open-plan kitchen/living/dining room | Five bedrooms | Five bath/shower rooms | Cloakroom | Utility room | West facing patio garden Asking price ÂŁ4,475,000 Freehold

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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Bramerton Street | Chelsea | SW3 3,101 sq ft (288.1 sq m) EPC rating D

An exceptional white stucco fronted five/six bedroom family house on a particularly quiet and leafy street off the King’s Road. Double reception room | Kitchen/dining room | Five bedrooms | Five bath/shower rooms | Playroom/bedroom six | Cinema room | Laundry | Vaults | Gardens Asking price £7,250,000 Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

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