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The Greatest Show On Earth

Thinking Outside The Box

Mike Peake delves into the history and highlights of this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Carol Cordrey reveals that outdoor sculpture is fast becoming a key part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show



A Tradition of Innovation

Home, Sweet Home

Beverley Aspinall of Fortnum & Mason speaks to Annabel Harrison about the company’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations

Debbie Wild, Lifestyle Director at Jo Malone London, shares her top dinner party tips with Kari Rosenberg



Chelsea’s Secret Gardens

Let’s Face It

Melanie Backe-Hansen explores the history of Chelsea’s most famous and most beautiful garden squares

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“The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world.” If English poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West, also widely recognised as a talented garden designer, were alive today, she would undoubtedly be most impressed by the glorious gardens created at Chelsea’s Royal Hospital every May. As the proverb goes, April showers bring forth May flowers and none as beautiful as those found at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show, upon which thousands of enthusiasts will descend to admire the floral and horticultural showcase. In celebration of the prestigious annual event, Mike Peake delves into its 150-year history and lists this year’s predicted highlights (p. 14) while house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen explores Chelsea’s secret gardens (p. 22). Carol Cordrey explains why outdoor sculpture is an increasingly important part of the Flower Show (p. 36) and I spoke to Fortnum & Mason’s managing director Beverley Aspinall to find out how the London institution, famed for its afternoon tea, has become involved (p. 19). A proud sense of ownership for the Flower Show resonates across the borough and as such, the event heralding the advent of summer is reflected in bespoke cocktails, themed menus and stylish S/S collections, all created with the purpose of ensuring guests are suitably attired for every event on their social calendar. For the ladies, if hats are required, then Philip Treacy is the milliner to visit (p. 62) and both Fitriani and Hervé Léger have a beautiful array of couture-standard dresses on offer. Gentlemen should consider investing in a simple blazer, a silk suit and smart loafers (p. 64).


James Joyce may have lamented that “Full many a flower is born to blush unseen” but thankfully, Chelsea’s efforts in the month of May ensure that every blushing flower can be seen and appreciated by all.



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The Greatest Show on Earth

Ahead of the world-famous floral extravaganza that is the RHs Chelsea flower show, taking place from 22 until 26 May this year, Mike PeAke delves into its history and sums up the highlights of the 2012 show

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Residents of RBKC may have become immune to many of the news stories about their beloved Chelsea on the television; if it’s not something to do with Mr Abramovich and his fast-footed employees, it’s often the nocturnal exploits of young royals. However, for five magical days in May, this occasional ambivalence turns to immense pride as the annual Chelsea flower show returns. instead of transfer-list minutiae, it’s a time of beautiful bouquets, eye-catching garden designs and excited faces. And the cameras can’t get enough of it. starting life in Kensington in 1862 as the Royal Horticultural society Great spring show, the event moved to temple Gardens in central London in 1888 but was cancelled exactly 100 years ago in 1912 to make way for the Royal international Horticultural exhibition, a one-off event which took place in the grounds of Chelsea’s Royal Hospital. the exhibition was deemed such a success and the site so well suited to the floral displays that the RHs spring show was reborn there in 1913. With a popularity that grew each year, the Chelsea flower show – as it came to be known – blossomed into Britain’s largest flower show; although it was eventually trumped in terms of size by Hampton Court in the 1990s, few would disagree that Chelsea remains the most prestigious. With 150 years of history behind it, it’s no surprise that Chelsea has become the world’s most famous flower show, too, attracting a guest-list befitting its column inches. serious gardeners will no doubt find the green-fingered superstars to be spotted around town each May to be the stuff of potting shed dreams: for the rest of us there is a celebrity line-up so eclectic it is

positively head-scratching; last year’s guests included Gwyneth Paltrow, Rob Brydon, Rick stein, Kirstie Allsopp, Ringo starr, sir Michael Parkinson, dame Helen Mirren and many more. the stars love it just like we do and, should the weather do the decent thing and manage to behave on opening day, there’s every reason to think that this year famous faces will be in equal abundance. “i have friends who fly in from the states especially for this,” said comedienne Joan Rivers last year, talking to the press under beautiful mid-May sunshine. “it is the best flower show in the whole world.” one of the many highlights last year was the incredible irish sky Garden, designed by diarmuid Gavin. inspired by the oscar-winning, dublin-born animator Richie Baneham, who created the visual effects for Avatar, the garden was part flying machine, part oasis of calm, and a big hit with visitors on both counts. Gavin returns in 2012 with the Westland Garden, this time seeking to explore the idea of “gardens on top of gardens” and to maximise “precious open space within concrete jungles”. there will be a total of 16 show Gardens in all, and one that is sure to turn a few heads is by Kent-based designer Jo thompson, christened A Celebration of Caravanning. “the garden was always intended to be a ‘real’ garden,” Jo says. “i desperately want it to be a place that people can identify with; a space that you might find at the bottom of your own garden.” At the heart of Jo’s design is a 1950s caravan which she spotted whilst on the isle of Wight. “it might seem an unusual addition,” she says, “but i’ve hankered after an Airstream as a studio





for a long time. It’s an impossibility at the moment but Chelsea is a rather fab place to test the theory.” Alongside the Show Gardens will be eight Artisan Gardens, which use natural, sustainably-resourced materials and traditional craftsmanship, and new for 2012 are nine Fresh Gardens, which challenge designers to come up with cutting-edge gardens that are well and truly experimental. Throw in 11 RHS Environment Displays and more than 500 exhibitors selling everything from plants to water features and the 99th Chelsea Flower Show looks set to be as unmissable as ever. Running from 22-26 May, with the first two days open exclusively to RHS members and VIP guests, the show is a ticket-only event and first-time visitors

First-time visitors may find they have a lot to learn. Even though the site only takes in 11 acres, it demands a near military-style approach to get it all done may find they have a lot to learn. Even though the site only takes in 11 acres, it demands a near military-style approach to get it all done. Seasoned Chelsea Flower Show regular Andrew Duff, Director of Garden Design at Inchbald School of Design ( has his own strategy: “Always do the small gardens first as everyone rushes down Main Avenue to see the big gardens,” he says. He also recommends opting for one of the late-admission tickets, “because you can stay whilst everyone has gone. It takes ages to chuck all the visitors out every year,” he confides. “Go on the last day to bag some good bargains,” adds Chelsea Flower Show addict Martine Davis, founder of the Balcombe Street Window Box Company ( “Many of the exhibitors sell off their stock at knock-down prices.”


If you can’t make this year’s show, take comfort in the fact that 2012 marks the launch of the brand new Chelsea Fringe Festival, which guarantees to bring a splash of green into the surrounding streets and beyond. Running from 19 May to 10 June, the Fringe ( aims to tap into the horticultural vibes emanating from the Royal Hospital gardens in May and catapult them across London. “Just about anything goes,” says founder-director Tim Richardson, “so long as it’s legal, interesting and is on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.” May and Chelsea go together like strawberries and cream so if you’re wondering how best to get in the mood for summer, then this is the way to do it. Who says so? Just look around you; the world’s horticultural press, a global invasion of plant-lovers and 150 years of history can’t be wrong. RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 22-26 May, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, SW3 4SL


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AnnAbel HArrison meets Beverley Aspinall, managing director of Fortnum & Mason, to find out more about the company’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and an exciting new event partnership in Chelsea



Historically, the area of london most synonymous with Fortnum & Mason has been Piccadilly but this is set to change. For the first time in the long histories of both institutions, Fortnum & Mason and the rHs chelsea Flower show are joining forces to bring guests the quintessentially British hospitality experience at the royal Hospital in chelsea. However, before the first-of-its-kind opportunity of experiencing Fortnum’s famous afternoon tea in their own borough is bestowed upon chelsea residents, the Fortnum & Mason store exterior is currently playing host to some rather interesting new additions. if you’ve approached the famous duck-egg blue façade of 181 Piccadilly recently, you will have noticed a daisy chain of brightly coloured musical notes emanating from the instruments of a prancing turquoise lion and a scarlet-pink unicorn. they are flanked by four other beasts on pedestals, all equally resplendent in acid-brights and pretty pastels, and if you were to venture further into the store, a cascade of cheerily colourful animals in various triumphant poses curls down the central stairwell; a bull, a dragon, an eagle, a greyhound, a griffin and a horse, to be exact. so what does this unusual mythical menagerie represent? it seems that while many companies have stuck to safer routes, basing their products around the Union Jack, crown emblems and anything with a link to diamonds, Fortnum’s has come up with a jubilant theme revolving around the Queen’s beasts; the historic creatures which represent our monarch’s many illustrious ancestors. When i meet Beverley aspinall, the company’s chic, composed managing director, at the flagship store, her enthusiasm for the idea is evident; she acquiesces that it’s “quite wacky and eccentric but it really works.” she also reiterates that, in terms of the bigger picture, originality has always been a key thread of the brand’s fabric: “it’s really important for us, especially as a single

site retailer, to sell things that you cannot buy anywhere else.” amazingly, the Jubilant Beasts theme was developed by just one person, Fortnum’s own inhouse designer: “she went away, did some research, came back and said that the Queen had had ten beasts, which represented her heritage, presented to her at her coronation. although they were traditionally quite fierce, she decided to make them jubilant, dancing, singing and playing musical instruments, because it’s such a wonderful celebration of the Queen’s 60 year reign.” thus the Diamond Jubilee collection, fittingly comprising exactly 60 products, from teapots and biscuit tins to truffles and marmalade (quirkily labelled ‘a Prince among Marmalades’), is original and, quite frankly, brilliant. one particular item that stood out for me was the new United services tin, containing Queen anne teabags and clotted cream Digestives; this will be sent by Fortnum’s to around


15,000 servicemen and women around the world. The remaining 7,000 tins will be sold at Fortnum’s and £1 from each sale will be donated to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association. What better seal of approval for this regal range than a visit from Her Majesty The Queen herself on 1 March, accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge? Her Majesty wore an eau de nil suit with gold braid decoration, in keeping with Fortnum’s signature eau de nil livery, and as Fortnum’s holds two royal warrants, for HM The Queen and HRH The Prince of Wales, much of the produce would have been familiar to the royal visitors; Her Majesty was said to have been amused by a biscuit tin that played the National Anthem. Beverley is understandably thrilled by royal endorsement “beyond our wildest dreams” of Fortnum’s Jubilee celebrations: “It has provided a wonderful focus for the business and it has been both tremendous fun and enormously successful.” Indeed, the Fortnum’s approach is perfectly exemplified by the Diamond Jubilee range; draw upon the wealth of British heritage but always add a contemporary, creative streak. When I ask how Beverley and her team manage to balance tradition and innovation, she agrees that “those are two words that crop up a lot in this business, [but] it’s never one versus the other. We have a little phrase that we use a lot; we have a tradition of innovation. At 305 years old, you cannot expect the business to expand and thrive just on its heritage and history; it has to move forward, to develop and change.” So where is the business innovating at present, in terms of expansion? “We’re looking at doing more in terms of bespoke services online... and we definitely have opportunities in the next five years internationally; we have a large presence in Japan, but there are other rather large countries, which have a lot of tea, where we have no presence at the moment, and these will offer big opportunities for us over the next five years.” Indeed, the Diamond Jubilee has allowed Fortnum’s to showcase its most powerful characteristic, its British heritage, currently a highly desirable quality worldwide. “We’ve been incredibly

Fortnum’s Diamond Jubilee theme revolves around Her Majesty’s beasts... ten of them, which represented her heritage, were presented to her at her coronation resilient to the recession (touch wood), so far... and that’s partly because we are very attractive to visitors coming into London, both domestic visitors from elsewhere in the UK and also to foreign visitors coming from all over the world.” One of the most sought-after Fortnum’s offerings is its afternoon tea, whether you’re British or not, and for the first time the company will be hosting the Hospitality Village at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year: “We are so well known for afternoon tea, which has always been fashionable. This is an eating event all through the day which is just what we do.” The crossover between those who frequent both Fortnum’s and the Flower Show is also remarkable: “The Chelsea Flower Show’s customer profile is probably about a 100 per cent match with ours. The same people shop [at the Piccadilly store] and go to Chelsea, so I think for us there is just an absolutely natural synergy...


It doesn’t take too much of a stretch of the imagination to think of us at big events around the country. Most people want picnics, and who else does picnics [like us]? “We had a garden at Chelsea for our centenary in 2007 so it’s always been on our radar, and it’s one of the great events in London.” Beverley herself knows the area very well, having been managing director at Peter Jones in Sloane Square prior to joining Fortnum’s: “I understand what Chelsea residents, and particularly people who attend the Flower Show, are interested in. I think it’s a great synergy for us.” Another key advantage of the partnership is that Fortnum’s is keen to grow the events arm of its business and as such has joined forces with the international event caterer DO & CO to deliver this event. “Fortnum brings the ‘Britishness’ and the brand that people want. We bring menus, the afternoon tea experience, and so forth. What we didn’t have in house was enough resource to do it, so it was very important to us to partner with somebody who could, and to a really high standard. DO & CO are the world leaders in that field, with enormous experience, and big though Chelsea is, they’ve done events that are much bigger so they give us confidence.” I leave our conversation equally confident and even more excited, if it were possible, about the upcoming Flower Show and Diamond Jubilee. Something Beverley says about the Olympics, though, strikes a lasting chord with me: “When however many millions of people come into London for the Olympics, they won’t only want to do the sport. They’ll want to see London in all its glory; the heritage, the history, the traditions, the monarchy and the culture. London has everything going for it and I think 2012 is the year to showcase it”. I couldn’t agree more.


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SEcRET GARdEnS In celebration of the advent of spring, the season that puts the spotlight on the borough’s exquisite horticulture, house historian Melanie Backe-Hansen explores the history of Chelsea’s most famous, and most beautiful, garden squares

The name of Chelsea is synonymous with gardens and, along with the world-famous flower show, in the quiet residential streets there is another form of horticultural haven; the garden square. The idea of designing houses around an open square rose in popularity during the 18th century and by the time new building was spreading across Chelsea in the 19th century, the design had become a quintessential part of a fashionable residence. The early village of Chelsea was a small hamlet along the banks of the river, with the remainder of the area dominated by large houses built for royalty and aristocracy. In fact, Chelsea became known as the ‘Village of Palaces’ with former residents including henry VIII and elizabeth I. To the north, the King’s Road was just a dirt track, but when Charles II wanted to travel to hampton Court without having to jostle with the traffic of ordinary folk, he made it his own private road. This meant very little development took place and much of Chelsea remained open fields and market gardens. one of the nearby lanes was even known as ‘Butterfly alley’. The King’s Road opened to the public in 1830 at a time when garden squares had become particularly popular and were a perfect choice for new building developments. Carlyle square was one of the first squares laid out along the King’s Road in the 1830s. It was originally named oakley square for its connection with the Cadogan family from oakley in Buckinghamshire and the first houses were two short terraces facing each other near the King’s Road, with striking central ionic pilasters. however, building stopped in 1840 and only began again 20 years later when tastes had changed and the remainder was built with semi-detached houses. It was officially renamed Carlyle square in 1872 in honour of a well-known Chelsea resident, writer Thomas Carlyle, and has been a popular address for many years, providing the home of a long list of famous residents, including actress Ruth Draper and the spy Kim Philby. more recently Carlyle square has been the home of actress felicity Kendal, as well as celebrated journalist sir David frost, who is known for his celebrity garden parties, with past guests including hRh Prince edward, lady Thatcher, stephen fry and sir Bruce forsyth. nearby Chelsea square, originally known as Trafalgar square before the more famous one was built off the strand, was unusual because it was built around an existing house, Bath lodge, built in about 1800. Building in the square began in the 1830s, but development was slow and by the late 19th century it was still uncompleted. By the turn of the 20th century Bath lodge, renamed Catharine lodge, had become the home of albert Gray,



who was famous for his parties held in the central gardens. The gardens formerly covered more than two acres and for a time were even used by the Chelsea Lawn Tennis Club. In the 1920s and 30s the square was redeveloped, with many of the earlier houses replaced with neo-Georgian homes by Darcy Braddell and Humphrey Deane, and Catharine Lodge was replaced by two houses designed by Oliver Hill. It was renamed Chelsea Square in 1938 when much of the rebuilding was complete, including additional houses within the central gardens. It has been home to many notable figures, including F1 tycoon Bernie Ecclestone and actor Hugh Grant. Markham Square was laid out for building in 1836 and completed in the 1850s. It was built on the site of Box Farm, owned by the Markham-Evans family since the 16th century. The northern section of the square was formerly the location for the Chelsea Congregational Church, but it was demolished in 1953. It was also during the 1950s that the central gardens were redesigned by the head gardener of the Royal Hospital. In 1955 further change came when Markham House, on the corner of King’s Road, was transformed into Mary Quant’s iconic fashion boutique Bazaar. Quant, who made the mini-skirt famous, was at the heart of the ‘Swinging 60s’ era and with her shop she was at the forefront of the transformation of King’s Road into the popular shopping street it is today. The building of Wellington Square began in the 1830s with two rows of terraces at the entrance, when it was first known as Johnsons Square. The remainder of the square was built a little later and completed in around 1852. This coincided with the death of the hero of the Battle of Waterloo, the Duke of Wellington, and the square

From top Carlyle Square Markham Square Markham Square Paultons Square © Saskia Beresford

FEATURE From top Chelsea Square Paultons Square Markham Square Carlyle Square Š Saskia Beresford

was renamed in his honour. There have been a number of famous names living in Wellington Square, including A. A. Milne, author of Winnie the Pooh; and writer Joan Wyndham, famous for her war-time diaries. But perhaps the most famous name attached to Wellington Square is the fictional, but iconic, Ian Fleming character, James Bond. Paultons Square was built on the site of two former gardens, firstly that of Danvers House, home of Sir John Danvers, one of the signatories on the death warrant for Charles I. The northern section of the square was built on the site of the kitchen gardens of Beaufort House, former home of Sir Thomas More. The name of the square originated from the daughter of Lord of the Manor Sir Hans Sloane, Sarah, who married George Stanley from Paultons in Hampshire. The terraced houses of Paultons Square were built during the 1840s and have been home to a number of artists and writers. Paultons Square has also survived with very few alterations and has been described as one of the most pleasant features in the district. Chelsea has a long tradition of building and maintaining beautiful gardens and although most of the garden squares of Chelsea are located along the often busy King’s Road, these small hamlets of tranquillity continue to be highly sought-after, contributing to the exceptional reputation of Chelsea. Melanie Backe-Hansen is the author of House Histories: The Secrets Behind Your Front Door (The History Press) available now;



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Swan Lake Prepare to be awestruck as the Imperial Ice Stars return to the Royal Albert Hall with a dynamic new staging of their award-winning masterpiece, Swan Lake on Ice, featuring beautiful costumes, projections and special effects. The 26 World, European and National Championship skaters, who between them hold more than 250 competition medals, take contemporary ice dance to a new level as they perform on a frozen stage to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. Over the last eight years, The Imperial Ice Stars have built up a worldwide reputation for their unrivalled interpretations of classic works.

Royal Albert Hall, SW7 2AP 18 May – 20 May 2012 Box Office: 0845 401 5034

The Best of British Glamour From the era of debutantes and coming-out parties to glittering modern-day red carpet events, the Victoria & Albert Museum celebrates the history of 21st century ballroom glamour with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns, evening dresses and catwalk showstoppers, covering the last 60 years. British designers Victor Stiebel, Zandra Rhodes, Jonathan Saunders and Hussein Chalayan will be displayed alongside collections fresh from the catwalk shows of Alexander McQueen, Giles Deacon, Erdem and Jenny Packham. A Norman Hartnell gown designed for the Queen Mother and Princess Diana’s ‘Elvis Dress’, designed by Catherine Walker, are some of the highlights from the Royal Gown collection. Dresses worn by A-listers including Kate Moss and Elizabeth Hurley will also be on show. Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL From 19 May


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Although rejected by some as mystical nonsense, the impact of astrology on both the universe and our lives is a question some scientists, as well as spiritual faiths, have considered and queried. Until the end of June, the Science Museum is delving into the subject in even greater depth through its forthcoming exhibition, Cosmos and Culture: how astronomy has shaped our world. From ancient heritage to cutting-edge technology, visitors will be able to trace the history of people and the stars. With the help of first-class multimedia displays, you can explore astrological objects in depth and discover more about key scientific concepts. The display will invite visitors to see how different instruments work and to learn the stories of the people who made and used them, as well showcasing models, illustrations and photographs.

At any age, it is nearly impossible not to admire and appreciate the intricacy and attention to detail of a beautifully-crafted doll’s house. The annual Kensington Dollhouse Festival has been celebrating this art form since 1985, when Caroline Hamilton and Sue Atkinson decided to start up what has now become the top international show for quality dolls’ houses, miniatures and models. You will find everything you could ever possibly want for your doll’s house, from a gilt console table to a humble clothes peg. If you fancy yourself a dab hand at model-making, assembling and decorating, DIY kits are also available. More than 175 craftsmen will be exhibiting, many of whom travel from abroad.

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The Notting Hill Market: Spring 2012 Crayson’s Spring Market Intelligence Report provides a detailed overview of the property market in W11, W8, W2, W10 and parts of W14, providing interesting comparisons between those areas and also with the wider Prime Central London market. The company’s quarterly reports are a source of accurate, up-to-the-minute independent research – analysing trends and prices, and highlighting issues that have an impact on home owners, and property buyers and sellers. Rather than lists of boring facts and figures, they offer genuine insights into what’s really going on. Among many subjects, the Spring Report discusses the immediate and potential impact of the budget on property. Despite the challenges the budget creates, a continually strengthening prime London market, a brighter economic outlook in London and an increase in new instructions across the board mean that Crayson remains positive about the outlook for the rest of the year. Indeed, the latest figures from the IDP suggest annual returns for central London of 14.1 per cent, comfortably outperforming UK residential figures and commercial and retail property. Values are growing too, with prices for prime London properties increasing year on year by 10.8 per cent. Notting Hill and Holland Park have been particularly strong performers in the last 12 months and the Spring Report provides valuable comparisons across the Notting Hill area, not just in terms of prices but also with regard to speed of sales, valuation issues and supply and demand. The report also provides an in-depth historical and Q2 2012 current insight into the very local Chepstow Place market.

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Works on Paper Although many of us have no doubt been amazed by David Hockney’s recent exhibition, which saw the Yorkshire-born artist experimenting with 21st century technology (most notably the iPad) to create his masterpieces, it is no doubt refreshing when artists go back to basics. Cadogan Contemporary has announced its first ‘works on paper’ exhibition, compromising more than 100 sketches, paintings, collages, mixed media pieces and charcoal drawings, with prices ranging from £300-£3,500. Works include those by Louise Balaam, whose sketches feature the English countryside in jewel colours, and Elise Ansel, whose oils are reminiscent of the Sybils and Prophets on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LD; 020 7581 5451 17 April – 12 May

R. A. Webb, Man Smiling, pencil on paper, 12 x 8

Elise Ansel, Hybrid 2, oil on paper, 30 x 22

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Leighton House once again promises a musical feast of entertainment this May, with its main feature being the classical clarinet trio, formally titled the Williamson Clarinet Trio. Having won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2002, Sarah Williamson has gone on to achieve success with the formation of this dynamic and eclectic group, known for exploring a varied repertoire of works including Brahms, Beethoven and Bruch, to name but a few. Accompanying players James Barralet (cellist) and John Reid (pianist) are accomplished performers in their own right, having performed at the Wigmore and Cadogan Halls, as well as many other major venues across Europe and the Middle East.

The Berlin Symphony Orchestra, also known as Konzerthausorchester Berlin, has been captivating audiences for more than 50 years, after gaining international recognition under Chief Conductor Kurt Sandling. The soloist for this evening of classical entertainment is 18-year-old pianist Kit Armstrong, who made his debut at the astonishing age of eight and has since performed recitals around the world. Kit joins the orchestra to perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto, and the programme will conclude with Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, a landmark musical work of such magnitude that Simon Cellan-Jones directed a made-for-television film of the masterpiece, based entirely on its premiere in 1804.

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Royal Borough News Covering the whole Royal Borough: Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill and Holland Park

Open Gardens June dates for the annual Open Garden Squares Weekend have been announced by the London Parks and Gardens Trust. As fans of the Notting Hill film will remember, communal gardens are not usually open to the public, so this is a rare opportunity for non-residents to enjoy the parks located across London without having to climb over any dangerous spiked fences. Within the Royal Borough, entertainment is being carried out at most of the gardens. Those who live near or on Eaton Square can head over to the park where a steel band and Caribbean food awaits the Notting Hill Carnival with anticipation, and kids are free to enjoy the Punch & Judy show. Arundel and Elgin Gardens will also be delighting visitors with live music. At the Wildlife Garden at the Natural History Museum, the annual Bat Festival is being hosted and will be offering craft workshops including batbox making. Tickets go on sale in late spring. 9-10 June

On Your Bike If you enjoy cycling along scenic routes, or if bicycles are your preferred mode of transport, your journey may become that little bit easier following the introduction of 11 new docking stations in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea. You’ll see the bikes at various new locations including Abbotsbury Road, Drayton Gardens, Walmer Road and South Parade, as well as several other destinations across the borough. If your children are old enough, take them out early on Sunday when the roads are quiet, enjoy cycling along the river or visit Kensington Gardens (pictured). The Council offers free cycle training to anyone who lives, works or studies in the Royal Borough. If you’d like to book a session using a Barclays Cycle Hire bicycle, email the Borough’s Road Safety and Travel Plan team on




Reading with a Twist You might want to pay a visit to your nearest library this April and join in with Cityread London, where exciting literature events and exhibitions have begun. Marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ creation of Oliver Twist, and launching Cityread, the Royal Borough’s libraries are participating in the event which aims to get us all reading and talking about books. With Oliver Twist first in line for commemoration, the Council’s library service has organised events in relation to the book and the Victorian era, for children, young people and families. Touring the borough’s libraries you’ll find an exhibition of images from the Victorian Era, illustration the social life and concerns of Dickens, as well as a walking tour of Chelsea.

Our Influential Ladies Who better than Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall to bring together female leaders in celebration of their hard work and achievements? Guests included charity, retail, fashion, and medical leaders, as well as high commissioners and ambassadors. The event, held on Commonwealth Day, was hosted by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Councillor Julie Mills, who said: “The event drew together many women who play a key role in our society. It was a privilege for them to meet the Duchess and talk about their work.”

Words in the Park Many of the greatest thinkers have unearthed their inspiration when closest to nature; the mere falling of an apple from a tree led to one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time, after all. With this in mind, the Festival of Words and Ideas was founded – an event which includes book signings, talks, debates and readings from modern literature writers. Staged in Holland Park at the temporary theatre this May, five events will occur over the course of three days, with a promised line-up of prolific guest speakers such as Jeremy Paxman, giving a talk on What the Empire did for Britain or, if you’re in the mood for something more light-hearted, join Sophie Dahl and Mary McCartney for Food Glorious Food.


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Food and Art in harmony When you next feel like going out for a good meal in smart but comfortable surroundings, head for The Imperial Arms in Chelsea and you will be surprised by how strongly the venue appeals to all your senses. This traditional Victorian pub has been transformed by the dynamic duo of Tamara Beckwith and Ghislain Pascal, who set up The Little Black Gallery in Park Walk but who wanted additional space for exhibiting photographic art. Together, they have ensured that this distinctive pub provides the best of simple street food alongside the best of photography. The food is being supplied by acclaimed food collective East St. whilst stunning images by the legendary Bob Carlos Clarke, Terry O’Neill, Gered Mankowitz and others will ensure visual delight for diners and a memorable experience overall. The Little Black Gallery @ The Imperial Arms 577 King’s Rd, SW6 2EH Shell © Luke Foreman

Nothing to Grouse About Australian artist Linton Meagher revitalises the Pop Art movement with his intelligent, compelling work constructed from mass-produced items rather than using conventional paints or metals. Inspired by Jeff Koons’ innovative approach to art, Meagher stimulates the viewer into seeing life anew and, in particular, through critical eyes. He kickstarts this new outlook with the exhibition’s title, That’s Grouse, an Australian expression for something excellent or fantastic, but used satirically here and especially evident in Woman Slouching which depicts a female figure in a contrapposto, curvaceous pose but constructed from oil on surgical scalpel blades

embedded in resin. At first glance, the woman is alluring but after a second look the materials employed by Meagher make the viewer question the modern obsession with surgical body shaping. Equally arresting is Pheasant Walking, created from the multi-coloured shotgun cartridges that are used to destroy them, and Baton Rouge in the shape of luscious, red lips formed from actual red lipsticks. That’s Grouse: The British Show 22-29 May 28 Chepstow Place, Notting Hill, W2 4XE

From top / Flying Pheasant; Red Grouse Flying

Q&A with NAtAshA Kissell about her latest london exhibition Q: Does your interest in dreams reveal a fertile imagination or a dislike of reality?

Q: Do any of the paintings represent your personal dream house?

A: A dislike of reality because my own childhood was not a very happy one so deep desires to imagine a new world led me to seek an artistic expression of my inner self. I am now in a much happier place but I can tap into those desires in order to create artworks.

A: They all carry a memory of my first house in South Africa, a Modernist house which was beautiful. In a sense I am trying to return to that childhood idyll, the loss of which is heightened by the fact that is so far away from my current reality.

Q: Are you inspired by the Surrealists and if so, who in particular?

Q: Vibrant colours and a sense of order characterise your work; is that how you see the world in your waking hours or in your dreams?

A: I prefer the English Surrealist movement and artists like Paul Nash as their work shows a love of the British landscape.

A: I try to attain a heightened existence in my waking hours, reached by hard work and discipline – hence the sense of order.


Through focusing the mind and experimenting with my art, I try to reach a greater understanding of where the imagination can take you. Dream House, House of Dreaming 11 May – 16 June 11 Eccleston St SW1W 9LX From top / Cities of the Mind; Miniature World




The Box Although famed for its glorious gardens and floral displays, Carol Cordrey finds out that there is more to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show than just first-class horticulture; specifically in the form of outdoor sculpture, an increasingly important part of the event


Bursting with colour, the rhs chelsea Flower show kickstarts the pleasures of the london season and our summer mood so no wonder we look forward to it with such eager anticipation. it represents one of our finest traditions as the most prestigious flower show in the world which was first established as the royal horticultural society’s great spring show in Kensington. From 1913 it has occupied the grounds of chelsea’s royal hospital (apart from during the two world wars) and it now combines the best of traditional and contemporary developments in everything associated with gardening. one of its burgeoning attractions has been outdoor sculpture, some of which finds itself centre stage in the show gardens. in recent years, a number of our most innovative landscape gardeners have commissioned sculptors to create pieces that enhance their designs as focal points or architectural and symbolic features which interact with the themes of their gardens. Arne Maynard has designed the laurent-Perrier Bicentenary garden, inspired by the company’s association with elegance and the best of traditions and modern developments. two artworks linked to those elements and highlighting areas in the garden for seclusion and reflection are a bronze bird sculpture and an oak bench. the late Breon o’casey created the bird in his hallmark simplified style which, as a consequence, emboldens the form of the bird and its supporting branch. unseasoned English oak is the preferred medium for Alison crowther whose unfussy sculpture and furniture combine the finest of materials with the purist of shapes and command attention as a result. star of gardens and tV shows everywhere, Andy sturgeon is noted for his use of natural materials and bold, dynamic designs. his M&g garden will

have lush, meadow-style planting contrasting with angular stone ‘walls’ that look sculptural but function as screens and a doorway. A soft effect is being injected by guild sculpture’s artwork of laser-cut, copper-coloured ring shapes which will react to changing light and symbolise a ripple of energy tumbling through this multi-levelled garden. the chris Beardshaw Mentoring scholarship scheme has enabled its current scholar, caroline E. Butler, to have the opportunity of a lifetime by designing the garden for sponsor Bradstone. A path and wall curve around her very natural woodland plant scheme and a colourful sculpture that is reminiscent of the swirling tail of a kite. that joyous feeling of flying a kite in a landscape is reflected in the choice of delicate, light-reflecting, Perspex leaf shapes attached to the vertical, sinuous, metal ‘tail’ created by cobalt-Blacksmiths. new to this year’s chelsea Flower show is the Fresh gardens, an entire area within the showground that encompasses gardens, shopping and refreshments. here, the designers have been encouraged to push the boundaries and become trend-setters by embracing technology, video and highly contemporary works of art into their gardens. As such, Jo chapman has created three cylindrical tower sculptures modeled on abstracted plant forms which will act as vibrant steeples, alerting visitors to the fact that the traditional chelsea Flower show has something very fresh and exciting to offer this year.

New to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show are the Fresh Gardens, an entire area within the showground that encompasses gardens, shopping and refreshments

RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012 22-26 May

Opposite, clockwise from top left / Tower Sculptures for the Fresh Gardens, Jo Chapman Bradstone Panache Garden, Caroline E. Butler M&G Garden, Andy Sturgeon Above, left to right / Stylised Bird for the Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden, Breon O’Casey Bench for Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden, Alison Crowther Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden by Arne Maynard Garden Designs Ltd.




Exhibition Spotlight OUT OF FOCUS: phOTOgRAphy Carol Cordrey discusses the Saatchi gallery’s upcoming exhibition

The big SaaTchi spaces may appear to have shrunk by the time images from 38 photographers take to the walls for the gallery’s wittily entitled show, Out of Focus: Photography. The Saatchi has become a byword for avantgarde art and acclaimed photographers from 13 different countries will reinforce that image through their very diverse and, often, surprising ways of handling their medium of choice. among them is america’s Luis gispert whose work blurs, metaphorically, the boundary between interiors and landscapes. Luxuriously upholstered car interiors dominate his current images but they are transposed onto inappropriate vistas that make them surreal; the interiors imply people but the exterior views are devoid of them. John Stezaker from the UK describes his use of borrowed material as “theft”, a term which fits with his shocking images that are reconstructions of other photographers’ works. his aim is to make us all question the power of images so he trawls a myriad of sources for discarded images then fragments, splices or manipulates them into new ones that jar with the viewer and traditional views of the world. Japan’s Yumilo Utsu is interested in our approach to food and her work highlights the dichotomy between our emotional attitude towards animals and our physical need to eat them; for inspiration she looks to Western artists such as Dali and hieronymus bosch, both noted for their surreal, dream-like images involving metamorphosed subjects that confronted reality. French Noémie goudal’s photographs reflect her interests in theatre and the way nature and culture often collide, an encounter she describes as, “the organic invaded by the man-made.” i expect this exhibition to appeal to visitors on other levels too. Thanks to easy, inexpensive digital photography and home printing, photography is high on the list of most peoples’ artistic interests. galleries have responded, as here, by exhibiting work by landmark photographers whose approach to the medium both inspires people and attracts collectors. best of all, photographs can be printed in varied sizes to display on any wall and as photography generally carries lower price tags than most original art, it is proving ideal for new collectors or those with recession-hit wallets. The Saatchi is playing its part, also, in encouraging photography students by displaying the work of ten finalists from the international google Photography Prize. For the students, it is a great publicity opportunity, of course, but it is great for Saatchi’s visitors too as it presents an ideal opportunity to spot and track developing talent and, just maybe, kick-start a collection. Out of Focus: Photography, 25 April – 22 July Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 4RY


Above, left to right Marriage I John Stezaker Octopus Portrait Yumiko Utsu


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Art’s most wanted “Tiger! Tiger! burning bright ...” Carol Cordrey takes a closer look at choice auction items from the world of Japanese art and design

A pair of Kakiemon tigers will light up the spring auction calendar due to their extreme rarity and fascinating provenance. Dating from the late 17th century, they have leapt into the limelight from the collection of the aristocratic Braun de ter Meeren family. The tigers’ distinctive name emerges from the other side of the world, taken from the Kakiemon family of Japan who produced wares in fine, milkwhite porcelain decorated with brilliantly coloured enamels. Dogs, cats and horses, as well as wild animals such as elephants and tigers, became highly sought-after ornaments. As the popularity of these figures grew, particularly among European collectors, Japanese potters created pieces based on the same Kakiemon style and colour palette. It is worth noting that the Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, featured Kakiemon elephants in his landmark book and BBC Radio 4 series, A History of the World in 100 Objects.

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Coco’s Couture Jewels Chanel’s first diamond jewellery collection in 1932 proved a sparkling light amid the recessive gloom of that decade and its collections have shone ever since

The freedom To imagine a life devoid of financial restraint is the ultimate escapism, one where goals such as owning your own yacht or buying an island become easily aspirational. in 1932, in the midst of an economic downturn, gabrielle Chanel understood more than anyone how a glimmer of hope can be found within the sparkle of a diamond. “...during the economic recession, in every sphere of life, there emerged an instinctive desire for authenticity and amusing trinkets were once again put into their proper perspective,” she wrote of the launch of her 1932 Exhibition de Bijoux en Diamants.


Such wisdom has prevailed to this day and the french fashion house has picked the ideal time to pay tribute to this audacious inaugural exhibition, showcasing the finest in diamond jewellery with a world tour of one-off pieces celebrating the brand’s 80th fine jewellery anniversary. The jewels were previewed in Paris at Couture Week, echoing the themes of the original display, which had taken place in a mirrored room on the rue du faubourg Sainthonoré in front of awed crowds. The cosmos-inspired, delicate Céleste brooch below, an intricate white gold, diamond and pearl creation, truly encapsulates the opulence of the collection.



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time traveller One of the trends noticeable at this year’s Baselworld was the industry’s increasing fondness for the worldtimer – timepieces that can simultaneously tell you the time in up to 37 time zones across the world. Our favourites came courtesy of Breitling (pictured), Bremont and Zenith. Featuring Breitling’s own in-house movement, the striking Transocean Chrono Unitime revisits history by paying homage to an automatic watch known as Unitime developed by the company some 60 years ago. Testament to the detail that goes into the company’s design process, Bremont’s first worldtimer, the ALT1-WT, is made from a stainless steel more than six times as scratch resistant as the steel used in regular watches. It also boasts a sapphire crystal-coated dial that has been through nine phases of anti-reflective treatment. Our favourite world-timer, however, remains Zenith’s Pilot Doublematic. Not only is the 439-piece watch stunning to look at but it also comes with a push-button operated alarm clock and has a power reserve of 50 hours.


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For most of us, the New Year began on 1 January. For the watch and jewellery industry, 2012 didn’t start until 8 March – the day that Baselworld opened its doors. RichaRd BRown reports on the world’s largest exhibition of fine jewellery and intricate timepieces


Each spring somEthing strange happens in the swiss town of Basel. For eight days, hotel rooms become like gold dust, restaurant reservations become essential and the price of guinness becomes, well, astronomical. say hello to Baselworld, the world’s largest watch and jewellery trade show; an event that welcomes tens of thousands of visitors to the sleepy suburbs of the country’s third largest city and creates a corridor of fully-booked bed and breakfasts that extends all the way to neighbouring France and germany. think of any boat or motor show you’ve ever been to and multiply that by ten. replace the yachts and cars with the world’s finest jewellery and most intricate timepieces, add more than a splattering of precious gems, stones, and silverware, and you’ll begin to appreciate the scale of an event that attracts more than 100,000 trade visitors and 3,000 journalists each year.


if arriving at Baselworld for the first time, it will undoubtedly be the magnitude of the event that strikes you. spread over 160,000 square metres of exhibition space – within a ‘palace’ and six multi-storied buildings with names like the ‘hall of Dreams’, the ‘hall of inspirations’ and the ‘hall of Fascination’ – the event presents the creations of more than 1,800 exhibitors, in a week that last year accounted for 90 per cent of the £15.7 billion worth of watches switzerland exported within 12 months. step inside the hall of Dreams, home to the industry’s big boys, and enter a gleaming, glassy designer world that makes the likes of Bicester Village seem like a flea market. set out in avenue-like rows and box-shaped cul-de-sacs, two storey ‘shops’ stretch from floor to ceiling and as far as an awe-stricken eye can see. stamped with the logos of the world’s most


Right / Oyster Perpetual SkyDweller, Rolex

prestigious watch and jewellery brands, each finds idiosyncrasy in elaborate quirks like giant, wall-mounted fish tanks, indoor waterfalls and projections of mind-boggling holograms. As Baselworld embodiments of their flagship boutiques, each brand’s stand aims to mirror their real world counterparts. Step into Harry Winston, for example, and you are transported in an instant to the company’s New York City residence. Of course, as absorbing and impressive as the flat-packed constructions are, they’re not the reason thousands of visitors pass through Baselworld’s doors every year. No; they come to marvel for the first time at the latest creations from the fine watch and jewellery industries. And once you’ve come to terms with the scale and beauty of the houses each brand hides behind, it is these that become the stars of the show.

InternatIonal offerIngs Located just a few miles from the valleys of Cantons Neuchâtel, Bern and Solothurn – the nuclei of the mechanic watchmaking industry – Baselworld provides the country’s watchmakers with the chance to show off in their own backyard. True to form, it was innovations from the native land that made the biggest splashes. While the watch arena may not witness the same type of shifts in trends that the fashion world does, certain styles undoubtedly proved ‘in vogue’ at Basel this year. Vintage has been in the spotlight for several years now and, if Switzerland’s latest collections were anything to go by, there’s little sign of the trend waning. The 1950s and 60s continued to be revisited via ‘new vintage’ creations inspired by historic models of a glamorous past. Aesthetics were simplified, with the frequent use of ultra-thin, round and more modestly sized cases. Highly readable faces were finding favour despite the growing popularity of open-worked and skeletonised dials. Also noteworthy, amongst the pervading whites and blacks, was the frequent use of royal blue on both straps and faces. Having witnessed a 34 per cent increase in exports in 2011, it was no surprise to see an enlarged representation of the French watch, clock and jewellery industries at this year’s event. Brands like Pequignet, Lip, Pierre Lannier, Saint Honore and Rochet Bijoux proved that, when it comes to cases, round shapes remain popular, particularly among men’s watches, whilst women’s watches focus on square, rectangular and oval shapes. Dials, on the whole, were less cluttered than those from other European brands, with discreet figures and indices displaying hours and minutes. Design-wise, gentleness and elegance pervaded, while when it came to colour choice, it was white for women and black for men. Over at the Hong Kong Pavilion, the largest international pavilion at Baselworld and the one with the most battery-powered wristwatches, the dominance of black and white continued. When it came to materials, white metal remained the mainstream, while the bracelets, necklaces and rings on display suggested a renewed interest and demand for colour stone jewellery. Like our own luxury goods industry, the German jewellery, watch and clock sectors are profiting substantially from a growing demand for opulent goods, especially amongst the households in rising eastern economies. Last year, sales posted by the jewellery industry rose by more than one-quarter, representing a ten year high, while the country’s watch and clock industry recorded its largest growth since 2006. Not surprising then that this year, Basel’s carpets were graced by more than 170 German companies, although trend-wise it was harder to find similarities between the timepieces they brought with them.

“I am looking forward with great expectations to the new era that will be dawning for this world show” Sylvie Ritter, managing director of Baselworld

Left from top / Chronomat 44 GMT, Breitling; D-Star 200, Rado; Maestro Quantième à Aiguille, Raymond Weil


HigHligHts The unveiling of Breitling’s Chronomat 44 GMT remains a highlight for me, as does Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Sky-Dweller. Distinguished by its rotating bezel, the new 44 millimetre Breitling is a more refined and less weighty version of the brand’s staple timepieces, while the hotly anticipated Rolex is sure to become a favourite by virtue of it being the first Rolex with two timezones, if nothing else. Across the hall, Raymond Weil impressed with its Maestro Quantième à Aiguille. Featuring a silver dial, graceful sunray guilloche centre and traditional black Roman hour markers, the Quantième à Aiguille is a case in point of the current trend for combining vintage-inspired elegance with contemporary design. At what will be the more affordable end of the price spectrum, although specific prices are yet to be announced, Rado’s D-Star 200 watches are noteworthy for the amount of good-looking watch you’ll get for your money, should you choose to invest. For Timothy Barber, editor of 00/24 WatchWorld Magazine, this year’s highlights included the new Carrera watch from TAG Heuer, made to celebrate watch-industry legend Jack Heuer’s 80th birthday and “Patek’s pleasing high-end offerings, including a white-dial Nautilus, and another


super-strong collection from Zenith.” Overall, though, it was Chopard that won the day with its new LUC Lunar One: “The most beautiful watch of 2012 – a stupendous timepiece.” As much as it was about the watches, though, Barber noted how Baselworld 2012 was also significant for showcasing the growing confidence of the watch and jewellery industry. “There was definitely a brighter atmosphere at the fair this year. After a tricky few years – even despite all the reports of the luxury industry’s relative buoyancy – the brands seem to have got their mojo back, with fewer retro watches and re-editions and more fresh designs.” This year’s event may have only reached its conclusion recently, but preparation has already started for Baselworld 2013 when the fair will be held in an entirely new exhibition space being built over the next 10 months. “I am looking forward impatiently and with great expectations to the new era that will be dawning for this world show,” said Sylvie Ritter, managing director of Baselworld. With the watch and jewellery industry only showing signs of going from strength to strength, anyone planning on attending the event should be just as excited.






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BoX Jewels, gems, pearls and diamonds; the essential components of any lady’s jewellery collection

BASELworLd 2012 This March, an unassuming town in Switzerland was bombarded once again by the largest and most prestigious watch and jewellery trade show; Baselworld. Spread over 160,000 square metres, the top brands in the watch and jewellery business were proud to show off their latest collections. Bulgari’s Italian style was as strong as ever with large cabochon-cut stones and vivid colours. Harry Winston’s windows glistened with a thousand diamonds following the launch of its latest Ultimate Adornments collection, while not far away, family-owned company Chopard reminded its competitors why it was also a firm favourite at this year’s Oscars, showcasing an array of red carpet showstoppers. In time for summer, De Grisogono shed its familiar black tones and went for a myriad of colours; big, bold and bright, it was all about making a statement. As Creative Director Fawaz Gruosi put it, “colour makes everyone happy.”

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Black sapphire dial watch set with brilliant cut diamonds £48,400, Bulgari

Staging a comeback to jewellery, the Sacred Fire Odyssey collection by Lalique, seen at this year’s Baselworld, is a modern update of their original drawings. Inspired by the fire goddess Vesta of Greek and Roman mythology, it includes 100 exquisite pieces, one of which is our pick for this month’s must-have item

An odyssey continues in the Lalique inspirations which are reborn from their ashes like the phoenix, in a collection of crystal and diamond in fusion... in symbolic shapes, ringlets of hair-like arabesques entwining and interlacing to infinity, at last the mystery of this journey is revealed: that of the Sacred Fire, the precious element

Phoenix yellow gold necklace £7,040, Lalique,


Jiya ring in pink gold with black and white diamonds POA, De Grisogono

Quatre gold pavé ring £3,050, Boucheron






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The highlight of the jewellery calendar, Baselworld showcased exquisite new pieces 1-3 Ultimate Adornments Caftan diamond ring, earrings, and feather and diamond timepiece, all POA, Harry Winston, 4 18-carat white gold peacock necklace with akoya cultured pearls, diamonds, sapphires, green garnets, aquamarine and tanzanite, POA, Mikimoto, 5-7 Pearshape diamond necklace, cluster earrings and line bracelet, set in platinum, as worn to the Academy Awards by Penelope Cruz, all POA, Chopard, 8-10 Bonton Clori earrings in white gold and diamonds, £7,900, Atelier ring in diamonds, white gold and tanzanite, £82,300, Atelier ring in white gold and diamonds, £73,500, all Pasquale Bruni, 11-13 Ruban de Lumière earrings, Impératrice Pompon Diamant necklace, Vagabonde Bleue ring in 18-carat white gold and silver with 618 white diamonds and sapphires totalling 18.79 carats, all POA, Fabergé, 054



London’s precious GEM discover the unique shopping experience and unparalleled quality at the Burlington arcade, set in the heart of modern london MASTER JEWELLERS

Since opening, the Burlington Arcade has always attracted the best jewellers and finest craftsmanship. Antique pieces can be found from famous houses including Cartier, Boucheron and Van Cleef & Arpels as well as more contemporary pieces and modern designs.


The ultimate investment, a well-chosen watch is a statement accessory that never goes out of style. Head to Somlo Antiques, David Duggan, Vintage Rolex, Armour Winston and Almar for a handsome selection accompanied by expert advice.


Royal perfumiers Penhaligon’s has been creating delectable bespoke fragrances for centuries, using the finest rare ingredients including hand-squeezed bergamot and jasmine at twice the price of gold.

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England’s oldest and longest shopping arcade, open since 1819, the Burlington Arcade is a true luxury landmark in London. Housing over 40 specialist shops and designer brands, including Lulu Guinness and Jimmy Choo’s only UK menswear store, shoppers will find rare gemstones, vintage watches, bespoke footwear and the finest leather and cashmere accessories. Located discreetly between Bond Street and Piccadilly, the Arcade has long been favoured by royalty, celebrities and the cream of British society.

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Sourcing pearls from oceans the world over, pearl specialists Milleperle combine natural beauty with stunning design.

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Internationally famed for its macaroons, Parisian tearoom Ladurée lets you rest and revive whilst enjoying the surroundings of the beautiful Arcade.


Buying gifts of distinction for the modern man can be difficult. You’ll find an array of bespoke footwear from Church’s, Crockett & Jones, Harry’s of London and Jimmy Choo, swimwear from Vilbrequin and the finest leather luggage and accessories from Globe-Trotter, Sermoneta Gloves, Pickett and Thomas Lyte.

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Royal Ascot’s Dress Code ascot racecourse has issued a dress code for this year’s royal meeting to ensure the attire of every visitor is in keeping with the nature of the event

For many people attending royal ascot, deciding what to wear to such an elegant summer event is part of the experience and much care is dedicated to ensuring the outfit of choice befits the quintessentially english occasion. Whilst “the spirit of the dress code has always reflected this, the letter of it has arguably lacked clarity, leading in some cases to misunderstanding of what constitutes appropriate attire for this formal occasion” and as such, the guidelines have been clarified to assist visitors when selecting their outfits for royal ascot. all ladies visiting the royal enclosure should note that fascinators are no longer permitted, headpieces should have a base of more than ten centimetres and that “dresses and skirts


should be of modest length, defined as falling just above the knee or longer.” In the Grandstand enclosure, “a hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.” Gentlemen are “kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include a waistcoat and tie (no cravats), a black or grey top hat and black shoes.” We expect to see a glorious array of hats on show and dresses in beautiful bright colours and pretty pastels this year, as befitting the event itself and the advent of summer. Tuesday 19 June – Saturday 23 June


SummerDreams Gabrielle lane goes behind the scenes to meet Fitriani’s head designer Sairah hicks; we recommend that you explore this haven of beautiful couture and cocktail dresses before the summer social calendar is in full swing

The Beauchamp place boutique of luxury occasion wear label Fitriani is uniquely inspiring. It is here that society princesses float around, champagne glasses in hand, to pore over every hand-sewn glass bead, flourish of tulle and flutter of silk that make up a Fitriani dress. channelling the poise of its namesake and founder Fitriani hay, the design house produces a selection of breathtaking limited edition dresses each season, alongside a stream of bespoke commissions. “each season we work with a theme,” explains head designer Sairah hicks. “however, a client might see an existing piece which they love but they want to change the colour or conceal part of their body, so there’s a real crossover between the couture designs and existing collections.” last year’s S/S line reflected the delicate and soft petal colours found in nature while this year’s S/S12 collection is entitled Sugar crystals, with delectable looks including Sherbet cupcake, coconut and Toffee. Inspiration has been taken

from the prettiest confectionary, with light, luxurious fabrics reflecting the weightless effect of candy floss and embroidery, embellishment and jewels evoking scattered sugar granules. While the styles have been sought for must-attend spring and summer events, including Royal ascot, the RhS chelsea Flower Show and last year’s spectacular Royal Wedding, Sairah reveals that new trends are emerging within the made-to-measure sector. “clients come to us a lot requesting dresses for big engagement parties. They see it as an opportunity to have fun with their look and wear something amazing. Some are even having more than one celebration.” Such personal commissions embody the nature of the experience offered to Fitriani clients. While those choosing an item from the boutique can rest assured that all pieces are relatively unique, those desiring complete exclusivity are invited to meet with


Sairah to discuss everything from the fabrics which will best complement their skin tone to which dazzling crystals and semi-precious stones should adorn the finished article. “I love the design process and I envisage many of our clients when I’m developing a collection, but it’s also lovely to form a relationship with each individual and help them feel the best they can,” Sairah explains. While ultimately sensitive to the preferences of the wearer, she is quick to acknowledge the importance of being truthful. “We want everyone to look amazing and sometimes clients do suggest colours or concepts which might not work as well as they could. I’m always honest with them and they appreciate that, which is why we have many commissions from previous customers,” she smiles. Such conscientiousness also ensures the brand’s signature blend of glamour and sophistication is upheld throughout every collection. “I see the Fitriani woman as a successful businesswoman who enjoys the finer things in life,” says Sairah. “She has homes in many places and likes to travel and to reflect these different cultures in the way she dresses.” One of the reasons why this muse is so well reflected in each piece


is likely to be the fact that the production studio sits above the boutique and enables the team and clients to observe every part of a gown’s creation. The upper floors of elegant townhouse have rooms brimming with mood boards, vintage fabric swatches and intricate beading, including an eye-catching sample which proves this summer’s collection to be just as incredible as last year’s drop. “It’s very feminine and fun,” agrees Sairah, as I mentally add a Fitriani gown to my summer wardrobe wish-list. 32 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NU 020 3283 8943;


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It’s one of the fashion world’s most iconic looks but what is it about the Hervé Léger signature style that is so universally appealing to women? KeLLy Green explores the history of that dress No garment celebrates the female form quite like an Hervé Léger bandage dress. Seamlessly sculpting the silhouette with its signature banded construction, the iconic, figure-hugging dress caresses every curve, enhancing all body shapes and turning heads season after season. The ‘bandage’ dress takes its name from its composition; wide strips of fabric are sewn together entirely by hand and thus the dresses, made to couture standards, mould and shape the wearer’s figure with these stripes, creating a flattering silhouette and pioneering the ‘bodycon’ style that has seen a return to the fashion spotlight in recent seasons. In fact, the original body-con dress has become synonymous with the fashion house ever since the label was founded in 1985 by the French couturier who today goes by the name of Hervé L. Leroux. The ultra-glam dresses took the 80s by storm, becoming a fashion hit. For S/S12, the classic style has been given a revamp by designer Max Azria, who took over the design helm and relaunched the label in 2007, following the 1998 acquisition of the Hervé Léger brand by American BCBG Max Azria Group. While the history of the label is varied, the craftmanship has remained consistent. Each Hervé Léger by Max Azria look is designed with the bandage dress in mind, paying tribute to a modern femininity while maintaining the house’s heritage. The S/S12 collection features metallic tones of silver, gold and blush with striking accents of black and white. It focuses on subtle patterning and fringing whilst modernising the iconic style with cut-outs, gold


hardware and flowing fabrics, capturing the allure of the modern, powerful woman. It’s no wonder Hervé Léger by Max Azria has won over a host of stylish celebrity fans, counting Victoria Beckham, Elle Macpherson and Jennifer Lopez among its clientele. However, it was not just celebrities who were rushing to snap up fashion’s sexiest dresses when the label opened its first UK flagship boutique in London’s Lowndes Street in 2009. While the dresses certainly require the wearer to have some degree of confidence (due to the head-turning, jaw-dropping reactions they incite), their ability to make every woman who wears them feel like a supermodel means that their popularity is continuing to rise. To match its high-end clientele, the Knightsbridge store is just as beautiful as the garments adorning the mannequins in the window. Fulfilling its role as the UK flagship, the boutique orders all the runway styles from each collection to make sure the store offering includes more than just the cherry on top. Ensuring the ultimate luxury shopping experience, so spacious are the supersized changing rooms they would put a typical bathroom at most five-star hotels to shame. So really, after stepping inside the London boutique, the biggest decision you’re going to have to make is what colour dress to choose. Hervé Léger, 29 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9HX 020 7201 2590;



Hat Couture “I like hats that make the heart beat faster.” No true fashionista could fail to have heard of the legendary Philip Treacy. From the controversial headgear worn by Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie at the Royal Wedding to his own ceremony for an honorary OBE in 2007, the Irish milliner has always known how to cause a stir, not just in the fashion world but in worldwide media. From Alexander McQueen’s white Haute Couture collection at Givenchy in Paris to the astronomical total of 36 hats worn by guests to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, Treacy’s name has become synonymous with high fashion and his hats have proven iconic and timeless fashion statements. With Royal Ascot fast approaching, we cannot wait to see what he has in store for us next. Photography: Philippe Kerlo / Chilli Media


Super Powers Spending ten years of her life as a private vintage clothes dealer for the likes of Gucci and Sass & Bide, Portobello-based Amelia Powers was suddenly inspired by the idea of designing her very own handbag collection. Like the vintage handbags she once sold, Powers’ first collection is influenced by the Golden Age of Hollywood. Naturally, one of our favourites is named after an iconic establishment within the Royal Borough; made from glossy python skin, the elegant Berkeley bag was influenced by film director Busby Berkeley who, according to many, including Powers, invented the idea of the perfect feminine form. Amelia Powers 17 St. John’s Terrace, W10 4RB

True Romance “Lisa offers more than just beautiful clothes. Every piece she has worked on for the past five years has exceeded my expectations, with her creativity, flawless execution and attention to detail combining to make the results exquisite… I have never come across anything like it.” Established bespoke womenswear and bridal designer, Lisa Redman, is fast becoming Notting Hill’s answer to Vera Wang – as this testimony by Helen Morrissey proves. Dressing many of the UK’s most inspirational and influential women, Redman’s made-to-measure bespoke occasion wear, evening garments and wedding dresses epitomise the best from the world of couture. Having lived and worked in Notting Hill for many years, Redman is proud to admit that this is where much of her inspiration originates. 2-4 Exmoor Street, Notting Hill, W10 6BD 020 8968 1234;





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Australian Surf + Parisian Chic Launched in 2008, Fin’s has quickly become the go-to-choice for anyone looking for a classic summer loafer. Expanding the Fin’s offering above the ankle for the first time, the King’s Road-headquartered firm has just announced its S/S12 capsule collection – a joint partnership with Paris’ Hartford clothing line and Australia’s Frank swim shorts brand. Available online and at Harvey Nichols and Peter Jones, the collection features Hartford’s iconic soft washed linen shirts (£100) and laid-back chinos (£130), as well as Frank’s sleek, light-weight tailored shorts (£60). For stylish summer footwear, stick to Fin’s’ handstitched Samuel deck loafers (£125 (pictured).


Summer Silk The brand has been praised for actively promoting improvements in wool production around the world but it seems the fabric of choice for Ermenegildo Zegna this season is silk. The Italian fashion house has unveiled its S/S12 collection, a range of silk creations in an assortment of technologically advanced fabrics, finishes and textures developed exclusively for Zegna. Made to look as though it’s been “devoured by the sun”, the range consists of chalky whites, pale blues and green-grey hues. Glossy and iridescent suits are contrasted with wrinkled and smooth effects, obtained through combining tailored separates, striped knitwear shirts and tonal silk ties. Expect to see the silk suit making a move from the continent to the capital soon.







Ermenegildo Zegna 37-38 New Bond Street

From top / Michael Bastian plaid sport coat blazer, Gant Cotton jacket, Etro Plain linen jacket, Hackett

Blaze of Glory Whether attending the polo, the cricket, the sailing or the racing, stay stylish in the sun with our selection of top blazers for the summer. Hackett’s plain linen jacket (£375) is available in a range of classic summer colours and will compliment both the most conservative and contemporary of wardrobes. Gant’s fitted Michael Bastian plaid sportcoat blazer (£495), will suit those who are inclined towards a more eccentric fashion, while Etro’s navy cotton jacket (£750) is perfect for more formal occasions. Pair each blazer with chinos and a pocket square to stay smart as day turns to evening and temperatures begin to cool. Hackett, 137-138 Sloane Street; Gant, 47-49 Brompton Road; Etro, available at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road


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Swiss made / 25 jewel customised automatic chronograph movement / 250-piece limited edition / Exhibition backplate / Premium-grade Louisiana alligator strap / Anti-reflective sapphire crystal / Diameter: 43mm / Calibre: ETA 7750. E XC LU S I V E LY AVA I L A B L E AT

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Cream chiffon shirt, £240, Elizabeth & James at Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1 Gold and pearl Victorian bracelet, £24,000 Bentley & Skinner, 55 Piccadilly, W1

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Sophistication Mayfair’s 45 Park Lane, the newest offering from Dorchester Collection, is the epitome of contemporary luxury. Ensure you’re as smart, chic and stylish as your surroundings with our selection of this season’s most sophisticated ensembles PhotograPhy:

Fashion Editor:

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Black and white linen toile peasant blouse, £2,428, black and sable raffia panelled fringe skirt, £2,085, Tom Ford, Gold sphere earrings, £6,000, Bentley & Skinner, as before

Pink and silver dress, £3,600, Hervé Léger 29 Lowndes Street, SW1, 020 7201 2590

Lavender linen wool silk suit, £2,705, purple and white cotton shirt, £560, knitted dark orchid tie, £104 lilac and pink silk pocket square, £87, blue aviators, £231, all Tom Ford, Pink zip back dress, £1,275, Antonio Berardi at Harvey Nichols,, gold wire earrings £2,400,, cream leather Justine bag, £1,195, Jimmy Choo 32 Sloane Street, SW1, flesh python Cassidy’slingbacks, £590, Gina, 9 Old Bond Street, W1,

Black and white linen toile peasant blouse, £2,428, black and sable raffia panelled fringe skirt, £2,085, constructed bustier dress, £3,333 all tom Ford, as before Gold sphere earrings, £6,000, Bentley & Skinner, as before gold ball necklace, £6,600,

Art Direction: Melissa Watson, HAir: Paula Mann @ Models1creative, using Paul Mitchell MAke-uP: Haleigh Maskall @ Models1creative, using clinique Shot on location at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair, London, W1k 1Pn ( 45 Park Lane includes 45 guest rooms and suites and a Penthouse Suite, all with fantastic views overlooking Hyde Park. the hotel’s design was undertaken by world-renowned architect and designer thierry Despont and Wolfgang Puck’s first european venture comes in the form of American steak restaurant, cut at 45 Park Lane, the new Mayfair hot spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, please call 020 7493 4545 or email For reservations, please call 020 7317 6550 or email 45 Park Lane is the ninth property to join Dorchester collection’s portfolio of luxury hotels which also includes the Dorchester (London), the Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills), Le Meurice and Hotel Plaza Athénée (Paris), Hotel Principe di Savoia (Milan), Hotel Bel-Air (Los Angeles), coworth Park (Ascot) and Le richemond (Geneva).


king dom For the girls? Sugar and spice and all things nice. For the boys: frogs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails

Harrods Welcomes nanos Following the successful launch of its boutique in Westbourne Grove last year, new kid on the block Nanos has decided to open its own concession at Harrods, joining the store’s other top childrenswear brands all competing for global recognition. The collection includes brightly coloured cashmeres, statement pieces and everyday items, the perfect mix for the summer season.

Marta Martinez, Creative Director at Nanos commented: “We are very excited to be opening a Nanos concession store at Harrods which, as one of the most distinguished department stores, is the perfect fit for Nanos as we continue to establish the brand in the UK.”;

DVF at Gap Sunuva UV Protection Swimwear When it comes to beachwear, Sunuva understands that making sure your child looks stylish is not a parent’s exclusive priority. Created by mothers for mothers by co-founders Emily Cohen and Sabrina Naggar, Sunuva is dedicated to protecting children from the sun with its UV protection range, as well as offering eye-catching prints and boho styles. Travel is the main inspiration for the S/S12 collection. For girls, prepare to see sun-drenched tropical garden prints with pretty dragonflies sat alongside gorgeous orchids, cherry blossom and meadow flowers. Little boys who love adventure will adore the desert island themed Robinson Crusoe collection, with skulls, fishbone prints and parrots. If it’s good enough for celebrity mummies Gwyneth Paltrow and Claudia Schiffer, then it’s good enough for us.

We Love ‘Love Brand’ Love Brand is the latest luxury swimwear collection which demonstrates a commitment not only to style but also to social responsibility. The S/S12 collection Trunks for Trunks is partnered with the charity, Elephant Family, which is dedicated to the preservation of Asian elephants. For boys aged between one and nine, the different prints available will cater to your son’s individual sense of style.

We cannot get enough of DVF’s latest collaboration with GapKids. The colourful pieces are in keeping with the S/S12 women’s fashion trends, featuring the instantly recognisable, vibrant hibiscus prints and signature silhouettes, as well as mini versions of Furstenberg’s statement wrap dresses.

Little Monsters Monster’s Baby is a fresh new urban design impressing internet shoppers. Three themed concepts have been brought together to make the sixpiece t-shirt collection; Monsters and Robots, Transport and Monster’s Baby! Signatures.

Pugs for Kids In a charity auction on behalf of UNICEF, 21 pug dogs have been exclusively customised for Luisa Via Roma by a selection of the most prominent international luxury fashion designers: Mary Katrantzou, Emilio Pucci and Valentino.




kingdom Forget My Super Sweet Sixteen; we present our top three party planners for children under 16 Whether your child is turning six months or six years old, make sure they have a celebration worth remembering.

Jem’s Fairies A go-to company for the likes of Claudia Winkleman and Helen Fielding, Jem’s Fairies is a bespoke event-planning company which tailor-makes the perfect party to suit your child’s every desire. Catering for those between the ages of one and eight, the team’s mantra revolves around capturing the imagination of children by bringing to life their much-loved fairytale and literary characters. If it is your little one’s wish for the characters of Harry Potter, Cinderella or Alice in Wonderland to appear at home, Jem’s Fairies makes sure it comes true. Fun-filled activities, including parachute games, balloon-modelling, pass the parcel and face painting, are offered.

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A melting pot of teachers, graduates and entrepreneurs, each member of Sharky and George’s dedicated staff shares the essential qualities for a successful party planning organisation: energy, enthusiasm and a sense of fun. For boys who love adventure, Sharky and George offer a host of unique events and activities. The Survival Party Package, for those aged between seven and 14, includes SAS-style exercises including fire making, trap setting, camouflage, sniper search, tug-of-war and water bomb catapults. There can surely be no better endorsement than a thumbs-up from television action hero Bear Grylls. Sharky and George is also now running elaborate treasure hunts around London with cryptic clues, lock-up boxes and agents to train the questers.

Launching this May, Mini Harrods Children’s Club not only caters for very little ones with its Toddlers Parties but also for any older siblings looking for a more sophisticated event. If your pre-teen bopper thinks they’ve got “the X-factor”, Harrods is giving them a chance to prove it. Diehard fans of Strictly Come Dancing will learn how to walk and dance like Flavia, not to mention being sprinkled with copious amounts of hair glitter, sparkles and lip gloss. Alternatively, the Pizzeria, complete with its very own singing chef, is always a popular venue for birthday lunches, as is the ice cream parlour where kids can spend the day gorging on icecream sundaes.

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Luxury Landscaping

A royal Garden Party

With the arrival of spring and, of course, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, what’s outside is just as important as what’s inside, so turn to the experts for inspiration. Bartholomew Landscaping, predominantly a design and build practice, has been designing and creating gardens and outside spaces since 1989 and the team includes qualified landscape architects and experienced horticulturalists. Specialising in bespoke gardens with a starting price of £5,000, Bartholomew has designed roof and ground gardens in Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea, as well as being equally equipped to tackle capacious country estates in Surrey. The several awards won recently at the 2011 BALI (British Association of Landscape Industries) event are testimony to the company’s skill and expertise.

With great white awnings, a terrace, its very own Italian restaurant and the beautiful St. Luke’s Church just opposite, the Chelsea Gardener forms its own contained village in the heart of Chelsea. The design hub lives by the philosophy that your garden is just as much of a focus as your indoor living space, to this end providing the very best in outdoor furniture and accessories. The latest collection nods to the imminent Diamond Jubilee by evoking a hint of patriotism through items such as the grand Magis chair. An outdoor throne, it comes in all colours of the Union Jack, as well as in green, black and orange for nontraditionalists. We love this cast iron crown planter (below), also used as a tea light holder and available in a hanging version.

Midsummer night’s Dream Inspired by Italian heritage and culture, Frette’s S/S12 collection is now available exclusively at L&B on Motcombe Street. Paying homage to the great Italian film director Federico Fellini, with ‘Dreamscapes’ shot in the Tuscan woodlands, beds sway on ropes through the trees, framed by climbing plants. Colours come directly from moonscapes, such as pearly white, rosedust and pale sky-blue, and another strong influence is Florence’s past as the epicentre of Italian fashion, with stylish beds dressed in hyacinth, beige and grey. Just in time for outdoor summer barbecues and lazy lunches, L&B has also launched its Al Fresco collection, featuring open-air chairs, ozone candleholders and serving sets, all perfect for entertaining in style.

The Chelsea Gardener 125 Sydney Street, SW3 6NR 020 7352 5656

L&B, 6/7 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU 020 7838 9592



Home,Sweet Home As Lifestyle Director at Jo Malone London, Debbie Wild knows the importance of making home feel like home. She tells Kari rosenberg about her love for the English capital, the best places to be inspired and the art of throwing the perfect summer dinner party of creative stimulation. I never miss the myriad wonders of the Chelsea Flower Show in late May because of the new design concepts and inspiring scents. Additionally, London’s markets are fabulous. I love browsing at Dover Street Market, which houses an eclectic mix of fashion and fragrance. For a truly vibrant experience, I recommend Borough Market; it’s crammed full of stalls selling everything from cheeses and chocolates to delicious breads, spices and flowers. London’s interior and lifestyle stores are exemplary and, whether you browse or buy, The Conran Shop on Sloane Street, The General Trading Company in Sloane Square and Cologne & Cotton on Marylebone High Street yield multiple treasures.

Where in the capital do you go to unwind?

PASSIONATE ABOuT SCENT, Debbie’s fragrance training has been perfected over the course of years of hands-on experience which she integrates into her ‘nose’ workshops. She still remembers the thrill of receiving her first ever Jo Malone ™ gift; a cologne wrapped in the beautiful signature packaging.

For glamour and fabulous Japanese food, Nobu Berkeley is divine, especially the Black Cod signature dish. Shoreditch House has both a fantastic restaurant and a great spa, the perfect combination. Daylesford Organic’s Café in Sloane Square is a not-so-naughty pleasure incorporating fresh, organic ingredients from local farms. For a decadent afternoon tea, I would head to the embodiment of British luxury: Claridge’s. It is elegant, classic and has delicious food.

How do you balance work and family life? When I’m not travelling the world, I balance my days at Jo Malone London with time at home in Hertfordshire with my husband, son and daughter.

If you could work anywhere where would it be? London is my favourite city in the world and I am constantly inspired by its diversity. The hectic buzz of the metropolis is perfectly balanced by its glorious parks. I love taking my children to Regent’s Park, particularly in October for the Frieze Art Fair which showcases new artists and provides inspiration. It’s very thought-provoking for kids.

Where in London inspires you? The Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour is a kaleidoscope

You spend a lot of time jetting around the world to promote Jo Malone London. What are your travel essentials? I’m a frequent traveller and never leave home without my Brora cashmere blanket. It’s incredibly soft and warm, yet very light and, though indulgent, it has become a necessity. I also always travel with photographs of my children in a classic Smythson leather photo holder. When I’m abroad, I try and recreate the feel of home. With my photos and a Jo Malone London candle


I can instantly transform a hotel room. Most people associate home scents with candles. Scatter Travel Candles in comforting scents around the bedroom and bath add a wonderful touch. New Scented Sachets are a clever travelling companion; fold them into your clothes and linens to keep fabrics fresh. The compact and innovative packaging makes them the ideal accessory.

What are your personal favourite Jo Malone London fragrances? I love the clean freshness of Amber & Lavender topped with the warm notes of Nutmeg & Ginger; the combination is perfect to wear every day and it’s special to me as the smell reminds me of home. In the evenings I spritz on Pomegranate Noir. I find the scent wonderfully bold and intriguing, yet elegant too.

The summer months are best for garden dinner parties. What are your top entertaining tips? A well-known British party planner once told me to spray linen napkins with the Jo Malone London Acqua di Limone Linen Spray just before guests arrive. The scent does not compete with the meal and the fresh, aromatic aroma brings to mind sipping a gin and tonic on a balmy summer’s eve. Scents bring personality to a home so decorate your house with scent to match a mood, occasion or complement the season. Lime Basil & Mandarin is


refreshing in the summer months, whereas Pomegranate Noir will warm up winter evenings. Alternatively the soft floral Red Roses is ideal for intimate, more feminine spaces such as the bedroom and bathroom. Pomegranate Noir Scent Diffusers will perk up your entertaining space. Pomegranate, raspberry and plum, spiked with pink pepper, will heighten the mood and play on the senses. A simple outdoor table dressed with starched linens and serviettes, tea lights and handpicked flowers are a must for alfresco dining in the summer. The aroma of peppery basil, white thyme, and zesty citrus in the Lime Basil & Mandarin Scent Diffusers will also bring a lively twist to your garden setting.

Why do you think there has recently been such an increase in the home scent market? Entertaining at home is on the up. People are increasingly proud of their property, investing time and money into home styling and the small details. A smart scented Home Candle, Scent Diffuser or Room Spray is a simple way to create an atmosphere. There are infinite ways to use scent. Adorn your wardrobe with limited edition Drawer Liners and Scent Sachets. Use fragrance to welcome guests or simply to create an area of calm and relaxation for yourself. The Home Collection is now available at Jo Malone London 150 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BX,



Home & away

AnnAbel HArrison uncovers the inspiration behind Ed Godrich’s beautifully unique Kensington hideaway and an oh-so-cool Ibiza villa, designed by Godrich Interiors




Surely every london dweller dreams of having a property abroad, a secluded, luxurious bolt-hole to which you can retreat whenever the need to escape city life arises? Happily, although his Kensington home is exclusively his own, the Ibiza villa designed by ed Godrich’s company is available for rental, so this summer you can make that dream a reality. All-white villas are ubiquitous on the Balearic Isle so the colourful, eclectic mix of decor offers a refreshing change. Comprising seven bedrooms (three are in a separate guesthouse), each of the four bedrooms in the main house has its own private terrace, overlooking the enormous five-acre gardens and pool. Godrich explains that, as most of his team’s projects are based around vintage items sourced from all over the world, “the style of each project is utterly individual and every project is totally different from the previous one.” As such, furniture and unique design pieces include Tropicalia chairs by Spanish designer Patricia urquiola for Moroso in warm reds and purples and a collection of sand-casted glass by Amanda Brisbane. The indoor living space features an impressive bar, crafted from reclaimed church fittings, a collection of framed vintage vinyls and framed Playboy covers from the 70s which are hung in a crucifix formation. All artwork was sourced from art warehouse and website Signed and original ( despite a plethora of projects like the Ibiza villa abroad, Godrich loves his local area, particularly “living next to Hyde Park, where I walk my dog at 6am every morning, and there being very few people around.” In terms of design, it is also an inspiring place to be.


He enjoys “knowing that there will always be someone in london launching a new concept or space that has not previously been seen” and being able to “find houses that have been preserved in their original state and work on them to retain their unique style.” Thus, a big change that Godrich has noticed on the london interior design scene at the moment is that people desire something unique: “rather than the previous trend for rushing to create an instant home, clients are happy to wait to find the right item that will last them a lifetime, rather than a few seasons. We have found that clients want a completely individual home, and nothing like their friend’s house, and this takes longer to develop. our clients are very much wanting homes that are personal, interesting and lived in and we make a point of sourcing antiques and vintage that will mix with newer pieces and items they already have.” Godrich undoubtedly practices what he preaches; his own Kensington home is a veritable treasure trove, made up of elements from his own personal collection of furniture and art. He explains that, when you do a job like his, “you tend to become obsessed with certain items along the way and this is what I have in my home. It is essentially a lifelong collection of obsessions that runs throughout my home. everything has been collated throughout my life and every single item has a story to tell, no matter what it is, be it a full sized stuffed peacock from denmark and that I drove home in my car, or the Banksy that I bought 15 years ago for £40.”


inspiring interiors: The Corfu Suite Blakes Hotel London Housed within adjoining Victorian houses, Blakes Hotel London was designed in 1978 by Anouska Hempel and her team and is thought to be the world’s first luxury boutique retreat – with its very unique fusion of Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Indian style influences. Throughout the hotel, ethnic artwork, dark and exotic colour schemes and luxurious soft furnishings create an opulent and ambient space which has been described by Gwyneth Paltrow as “super chic, sexy and comfortable”.

Within this vibrant theatre of imagination, the Corfu Suite provides a surprisingly serene contrast. With French Provençal influences, the kingsized four poster bed is flanked by flurries of gossamer net and exquisite furniture inlaid with mother of pearl, while its living space combines rustic wood with ceramic and simple linens. The result? A relaxed, calming style which is truly timeless. 33 Roland Gardens, SW7 3PF, 020 7370 6701;


Treasure ChesT This chest of drawers, inlaid with mother of pearl, is almost indentical to those which were personally chosen by Anouska Hempel for this room. Floral Grey & Mother of Pearl Inlay Chest of Drawers, £995 Graham and Green,




Accessorising decor with ornate framework and mirrors is a simple and effective way to reflect French elegance. Cream/Gold Overmantle Mirror, £450, India Jane India Jane, 121 King’s Road, SW3 4PL 020 7351 9940;

COCkTaIl hOur A handsome antique coffee table adds charm and interest to evening drinks. This Andrew Martin design also embraces traditional methods with its hand-turned wooden legs. Andrew Martin Barclay Coffee Table, £1,495 Occa Home,




Lamps are used throughout the Corfu Suite to create atmosphere. Latimer Table Lamp, £39.99 Zara Home,

laIdbaCk luxury This slip-covered sofa has down and feather stuffing, making it the most comfortable place to recline after a long day. Its chic country style is typical of the beautiful furniture, lighting and other finds at this wonderful boutique. Floris Sofa, from £2,653, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture



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Health &

B EAUTy “You can be gorgeous at 30, charming at 40 and irresistible for the rest of your life” – Coco Chanel

THE TREND Colour Pop


At the moment it seems where Mary Katrantzou goes, every well-heeled fashionista follows and, as sport met futurism on the spring catwalks, makeup artists at the shows got adventurous with vivid splashes of colour. Katrantzou’s models wore shades of turquoise on their lips but tones of pink are just as du jour and infinitely more flattering, especially if one opts for the glossy fuschia and coral hues of Dior’s new Addict Extreme collection, available as moisturising lipsticks and nail polishes.

Clarins has taken inspiration from the east for its new limited edition Colour Quartet & Liner Palette, which is adorned on the outside with a traditional sari motif. The four eyeshadow tones come in vibrant and summery shades; choose from champagne beige, bronze, gold and violet. Colour Quartet and Liner Palette, £30, Clarins Nanette Lepore S/S12 Photography: Anton Oparin /

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Dior Addict Extreme in Plaza, £24 Christian Dior,

BEAUTy ADDRESS Book Peak Health Club & Spa at Jumeirah Carlton Tower


The title of Chanel’s new make-up collection? ‘Summertime de Chanel’; a positive, effortlessly appropriate name for the chic and relaxed range. The moisturising Rouge Coco Shine lip colours have always been popular but this month’s rose-beige shade of Empreinte is a seasonal fail-safe.

On the ninth floor of this eminent Knightsbridge hotel, the Peak Health Club & Spa’s varied and interesting treatment menu includes Reiki sessions, stress-relieving cranial-sacral therapy and a host of indulgent facials and massages using natural skincare ingredients such as pearl and caviar. The Club also boasts a 20-metre pool, a golf simulator and an aerobics suite. We love the energising Ytsara (Thai for ‘freedom’) massages, recently introduced, which offer a unique approach to age-old Asian holistic practices. In particular, we recommend the one-hour Lazy Man Yoga treatment, comprising acupressure on the meridian lines and a steamed indigo poultice pounded into the skin, followed by a deeper pressure massage using Chinese Mandarin oil to detox the body. The after-effects of this treatment were amazing; our tester reported feeling “not only re-energised but also deeply relaxed and like a real weight had been lifted.”

Rouge Coco Shine in Empreinte £24, Chanel,

Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 9PY 020 7858 7300;

Nuit Etoilée, from £60 Harrods,

To Be Shared Eminent perfumers suggest that ladies are attracted to fresh, aromatic and woody colognes, so it is fitting that Anick Goutal has presented Nuit Etoilée in a differently designed bottle for men and women; the lightly spicy scent combines notes of sweet orange and crisp Siberian pine. It was very recently that we acknowledged the spring releases from Goutal in what is proving to be a prolific and successful year for the fragrance house.



In the Know AnnAbel HArrison discovers the Chelsea Day Spa Boutique is just as inviting and luxurious as its King’s Road flagship store

SometimeS, all one desires from a spa retreat is discretion, fantastic service and peaceful surroundings. of course, that’s not to say these are the only attributes of the Chelsea Day Spa Boutique but such qualities rank very highly with us as a team. Following on from the immense popularity of the King’s Road townhouse location, this cosy sister retreat on Hollywood Road was opened by owner Faye Fasan in october last year, complete with similarly chic yet relaxed styling and a menu of thorough pampering experiences which are charmingly named after classic romantic comedies such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s and Pretty Woman. the aim of both the Chelsea Day Spa Boutique and its original counterpart is to provide a very friendly, tailored service and to this end, the addition of homely touches, such as fresh fruit juice, health and beauty books and antique French furniture throughout, ensures clients feel immediately welcome and relaxed. the three treatment rooms and separate nail bar area cater for both essential beauty maintenance, in the form of waxing, eyelash tinting and brow shaping, and the more indulgent occasions when one simply needs to unwind. the


opening hours are also a godsend for those balancing hectic lifestyle demands, with appointments available up until 6pm on Sundays and 8pm, monday to thursday. the spa’s signature package is entitled Hollywood Dream and as the summer approaches we recommend scheduling this dreamy half-day appointment into your diaries; it includes a HydroPeptide Facial (renowned for its collagen-boosting properties), Deluxe manicure and Pedicure, a Prescriptive Full Body massage and a Body Facial. like all wonderfully indulgent days, the treatments are punctuated with a healthy lunch and champagne and those who are particularly discerning about their beauty routine will feel comforted by the visibility of Darphin and Jessica products and how adept the therapists are at accommodating individual needs. the team can also cater for a variety of social events, including weddings and parties, and offers express treatments for the man in your life. The Chelsea Day Spa Boutique 53 Hollywood Road, SW10 9HX 020 7351 4555;

SPA SPOTLIGHT... Deep Harmony Full Body Massage this treatment is 60 minutes long, costs £75 and is worth every pound. any reservations about having a male masseur were immediately quashed by the obvious benefits; Krum was much stronger than any masseuse i’ve encountered and as a result, knots and tension were much more readily relaxed in this thorough, energising full body massage. if you request the pressure to be ‘deep’ or ‘very deep’, be warned; this massage is not then for the ticklish or overly sensitive. it is, however, blissfully therapeutic; i left feeling that every ounce of tension had been drained from my body. a word of advice; definitely request Krum as your therapist.


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.

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LET’s FAcE IT Summer is just around the corner and while a healthy dose of vitamin D can do wonders for our skin, it can also be damaging. Luxury travel PR specialist Jo Vickers has visited spas spanning the globe and in the interest of avoiding jetlag and reducing her carbon footprint, she embarks on a mission to find the cream of the face-specialist crop in her own borough of Kensington and Chelsea



Dr JuLes NaBet, who you can find at his Medical rooms at the royal Garden Hotel on kensington High street, enjoys an international reputation in cosmeceutical skincare and the fight against ageing. this charming Frenchman, with clinics in Paris and Moscow, has supermodels and oligarchs beating a path to his door for some of the most natural looking treatments to be found anywhere. He has 25 years’ worth of experience and knowledge of hormone replacement therapy, cellular ageing and cosmetic medicine, which has resulted in him producing his own anti-ageing range in collaboration with French chemists and top researchers. He has devoted his energies and expertise to keeping women looking younger, longer, without going under the knife. His pioneering treatments include ‘Baby’ Botox and Carboxy therapy. Dr Jules Nabet, Doctor of Aesthetic Medicines Dr Jules Nabet Medical Rooms, 2-24 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT 020 7938 2195;

SUMMER TIP “Spritz with my Dr Jules Nabet Zen Lotion to give dull winter skin a boost. The mix of pure oxygen and vitamin C helps regenerate tissue and promote cell growth and collagen production while hyaluronic acid helps firm and plump.” Dr Jules Nabet Zen Lotion, £35,

Dr rita rakus is a founder and fellow of the British association of Cosmetic Doctors, but is renowned, informally, as the Lip Queen. she has trained in all aspects of non-surgical facial rejuvenation and has, for more than 20 years, practiced in one of the largest non-surgical solo practices in the uk. she also has a client list like no other. Dr rakus aims to provide the highest level of expertise in non-surgical facial rejuvenation by way of facial line reduction and lip enhancement using injectables such as restylane®, Perlane®, sculptra®, Botox® and Juvederm, amongst others. she also offers facial peeling, microdermabrasion, iPL, sclerotherapy for leg veins, and laser and radio frequency for facial and body contouring. if a treatment exists – and works – you can be sure that Dr rakus will have it on her books, as she is at the forefront of all new research and therapies. indeed, she was one of the first to deal with the removal of subcutaneous fat using laser technology. so highly respected is Dr rakus that she has acted as a consultant and trainer for Q-Med uk (restylane®) and sigmacon (thermage®, Fraxel®, Liposonix® and Pelleve®). she is currently one of the training Validators for allergan (Botox®/Vistabel®) within the uk and her Hans road practice is one of the training centres for sigmacon uk, involved in setting standards and training others in many aspects of non-surgical rejuvenation. But it is for pout perfection that she is best known, and as a perfect accompaniment to her lip treatments, she has just launched a Lip ironing & Hydrating-Gloss treatment. this tag-on treatment boosts the effects of deeper volumising by ironing out wrinkles on the mouth and achieving a super glossy finish. Dr rakus uses a more superficial technique to ensure those lines on the mouth – which can cause lipstick bleeding and creasing – are smoothed out with this treatment (£475). Dr Rita Rakus, Cosmetic Doctor 34 Hans Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 1RW 020 7460 7324;

SUMMER TIP “To prevent skin dehydration caused by air travel, as you jet off to your holiday destination, it’s a good idea to apply a hydrating face mask, to help to increase the level of moisture. Also avoid drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks, like tea and coffee, while you are inflight (especially long haul) and stick to water. It’s a good idea to increase your normal intake of water when in the air.”


For those in search of results-driven treatments, then Paul edmonds’ hair and Beauty emporium is the place to go. his new concept, thehoUse, means you can stay all day and be as indulgent as you wish, or just pop in for an express treatment during your lunchtime. the current hero therapy is the eyes have It – a galvanic eye treatment which increases the micro-circulation around the eyes, reducing puffiness and shadows. It incorporates a deep lymphatic massage and a cocktail of antioxidants using galvanic therapy and it is great for refreshing tired eyes and helping to reduce fine lines (£80 for one hour). Paul Edmonds, Creative Director Paul Edmonds Hair and Beauty Emporium, 217 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 2EJ 020 7589 5958;

SUMMER TIP Debbie Costello, head of beauty at the salon advises: “We should all start the day with hot water, a slice of lemon and a teaspoon of Manuka honey, add flaxseed to salads and smoothies which is great for skin and apply a hydrating mask while soaking in the bath.”

Another womAn on the forefront of anti-ageing techniques, treatments and products is esther Fieldgrass of eF meDIsPA (there are three currently, one in Kensington, another in Chelsea and a third just opened in st. John’s wood.) esther scours the globe for the newest research, the latest in technology and the best formulated products which she then brings back to her galaxy of experts – both doctors and therapists – to use in the clinics. her latest find is Biologique recherche, of which she is the sole provider in the UK. this French combination of age-old wisdom and state-of-the-art scientific knowledge underlines the whole of the eF meDIsPA philosophy. each facial treatment is bespoke, focusing on the skin’s individual needs and is but one of the many different therapies on offer at these clinics. Dr. Esther Fieldgrass, Creative Director of EF MEDISPA EF MEDISPA Chelsea, 193 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5ED 020 7368 7673;

SUMMER TIP “We all know that the sun is the biggest contributing factor to ageing, so you must protect your skin even when it feels like the sun isn’t shining and get into the habit of adding a proper SPF (not one in a moisturiser) at the end of your morning skincare routine. The very best contain a high zinc oxide. EF MEDISPA recommend Dermaquest Zinc-Clear, which does the trick nicely as it contains 18.6 per cent zinc-oxide and comes with a tint so that you can go make-up free.” Dermaquest Zinc-Clear Tinted SPF30, £57, available at each EF MEDISPA



With medical knoWledge combined with technical expertise, you can see why dr kubicka is one of the rising stars of aesthetic medicine. While anti-ageing, via wrinkle injections, laser, dermal fillers and chemical peels, is a speciality of hers, she has also developed her own specialist treatments such as eyedealise for the delicate eye area and a new neck and jawline treatment, both viable alternatives to surgery. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Skin Rejuvenation therapy is one of the latest autologous anti-ageing, skin rejuvenation procedures available and offers a natural approach to improving the overall texture and tone of your skin naturally, by using your body’s own resources. this therapy is available at dr kubicka’s clinic and uses the patient’s own refined plasma to promote natural rejuvenation and skin improvement with no risk of allergic reaction or rejection. PRP works to revitalise the skin by improving blood supply and stimulating collagen formation, the results of which improve and increase over time, tackling wrinkles and lines, blemishes, acne scars and promoting better skin tone, texture and condition. however her latest addition is Pdt (Photodynamic therapy) which brings with it a whole new approach to antiageing and the treatment of a variety of skin conditions. it combines a topical photo-sensitiser medication (that penetrates the damaged cells) with a special light source, which she then applies to a series of skin disorders. it is, she states, “highly effective”, producing a dramatic reduction in sun-damaged skin, redness, visible veins and wrinkles. it also has a profound effect on acne due to its anti-bacterial properties. it is a highly precise treatment, in which the narrow-wavelength beam of the iPl laser only targets the tissue in and near the treatment area. depending on the condition of the skin, the skin type and the response to the treatment, a course of two or three applications should be sufficient. Dr Barbara Kubicka, Aesthetic Doctor 9A West Halkin Street, Belgravia, SW1X 8JL 020 7352 6803;

SUMMER TIP “During the summer months the most important thing to do is to protect your skin from harmful sun exposure that leads to hyperpigmentation and dryness. The easiest way to prevent sun damage to the face is to use a vitamin C serum daily, which is high in antioxidants, and apply a medically tested UVA and UVB protective suncream. I also recommend using clinically dispensed products, such as NeoStrata’s Skin Active Intensive Eye Cream and Triple Firming Neck Cream.”

afteR Putting youR skin through a lot, head to fiona keane at the milestone hotel for her fantastic intelligent facial – geared towards soothing, smoothing and plumping the skin. using tried and tested techniques with the most advanced skincare products, it is little wonder that the forever-young Joan collins can’t live without her facials. Fiona Keane, Facialist The Milestone Hotel 0207 917 1000; Contact Fiona on

SUMMER TIP “Keep facial exposure to the sun to an absolute minimum, as you cannot turn back the years once the damage has been done.”


sophiE ThorpE, “the only person who can create the perfect arch”, is known as the eyebrow lady of London, and her work allows you to kiss your tweezers goodbye, leaving you looking permanently groomed. after 25 years specialising in the treatment of eyebrows, sophie Thorpe is not only acknowledged as the leading semi-permanent make-up artist in the country but is rapidly gaining a world-renowned reputation for her work, as The Eyebrow Master. after a thorough consultation to determine exactly what remedial work is needed with regard to colour and shape, a fine needle tattoos the semi-permanent mineral pigment hair by hair onto the skin. Between two and four weeks after the treatment, a second top-up appointment ensures that the results are pleasing. The new eyebrows usually last between one and two years, depending on your skin type and your age. other treatments available include waxing and eyebrow shaping. The clinic is open Monday to saturday from 10am-8pm and also carries out other semi-permanent treatments including eye lash enhancement, eye line and lip contouring, all done using the same method. Sophie Thorpe, The Eyebrow Master 106 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE 020 7589 5899;

SUMMER TIP “Buy a lip sun block, SPF 15 minimum, to apply frequently over the brows. This is especially important if going abroad and in the sun for long periods of time as fading of the brows can occur. Or, for bleached out eyebrows, apply an eyebrow tint to ensure a glossy groomed appearance without the need for make-up.”


Dr John Tsagaris is one of the foremost TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practitioners in London and is an authority on facial acupuncture. his ground-breaking cosmetic acupuncture, a fusion of facial shiatsu, reflexology and acupuncture, has now gone one step further with the introduction of Chinese Micro needling. Using a dermaroller and LED light therapy, it further encourages cellular stimulation to promote collagen and elastic production. This skin rejuvenating process is unique among other treatment offerings. it is safe and offers a natural skin rejuvenation process, dramatically smoothing wrinkles, fine lines and reducing the appearance of crow’s feet. it is also a perfect natural alternative for improving the thickness and texture of ageing skin; good for treating acne and chickenpox scars, chloasma, cellulite, pregnancy stretch marks, post surgical scars and thinning hair. Ultra-fine needles are rolled over the skin, penetrating the dermis. This in turn stimulates the skin’s own natural healing process, triggering new collagen and elastin synthesis. it neither damages the skin nor removes the epidermis layer. Throughout the treatment, a green tea oil is applied, culminating at the end with an anti-inflammatory ice mask full of healing ingredients and vitamins (aloe vera and vitamin C), which not only helps plump up the skin but also reduces any redness. For maximum results a course of five to six treatments is advised, at a cost of £375 per treatment. Dr John Tsagaris, Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (specialising in Facial Acupuncture) 1st Floor, 59 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RA 020 7235 4676;

SUMMER TIP “Goji berries are the ultimate skin food. They have more vitamin C than oranges, more beta carotene than carrots and more iron than steak. They are also heaving with antioxidants and amino acids, all known for slowing down the ageing process and protecting the skin.”


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Automobile Auction from a Le Mans veteran Type 11 to an unspoiled formula Junior 27, Bonhams will auction some of Lotus’ finest masterpieces at the Goodwood festival of Speed in late June

“There are few teams that encapsulate the romance of the little guys beating the big guys better than Team Lotus,” says Doug Nye, Bonhams’ motoring historian and author of some 70 books. One man agreed with Nye’s notion to such an extent that he dedicated his adult life to collecting examples of the marque’s motors. This collection, amassed by the renowned car enthusiast Olav Glasius, is now to be sold on friday 29 June at a Bonhams auction at the Goodwood festival of Speed 2012. Comprising 24 vehicles that span from 1953 to the present day, the remarkable assembly is one of the world’s largest collections of Lotus’ innovations and achievements. In addition to an array of rare and historic Lotus

racing cars, ranging from Mark VI through Marks VIII and IX, Glasius’s collection includes beautifully restored, ultra-low mileage supercars including a Lotus elite Series II and a Lotus esprit Turbo. Capping the Glasius Lotus collection is a trio of concept cars of the type becoming increasingly popular with organisers of international Concours d’elegance and design-excellence events. Suitably, the 2012 Goodwood festival of Speed has been organised to highlight the 60th anniversary year of the Lotus marque. The auction is expected to realise in excess of £1.5 million.

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Top of theWorld On road or track, there are few cars that can touch the latest Porsche 911, reports Matthew Carter


There’s a line from an old song by The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again – that goes “…Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.” it regularly gets wheeled out when motoring hacks talk about the latest iteration of the Porsche 911. no doubt it’ll happen with the latest 911, known to aficionados by its internal moniker 991, but this would be plain wrong. Yes, it’s the new boss but, silhouette aside, it’s a long way from being the same as the old one. Car makers often refer to their latest model as the ‘all-new…’ when little more than a badge has changed. however, despite looking like, well, every 911 since the line began in 1963, the new model really is all new. it’s longer for starters, with an extra 100mm in the wheelbase for great stability at speed and a little extra room inside the cabin though, as ever, the rear seats are best used as extra storage rather than for seating adults. it has a wider front track and new front and rear end styling while real fans will


also spot the steeper rake of the windscreen. Despite the car being bigger it’s considerably lighter than before. extensive use of aluminium in the frame means the basic body is 80 kilograms lighter, though with extra kit as standard the overall weight loss is around 40 kilograms. and, yes, the new 911 is stiffer, stronger and safer as well as being more powerful, yet more economical: better, on paper, in almost every respect. Does that translate into better on the road? You better believe it does. at this early stage of the car’s life, there are four different types available in the UK: Carrera (350hp) in Coupé and Cabriolet forms and the more powerful Carrera s, also in tin-top and open guises. a four-wheel drive Carrera 4, Turbo and any number of stripped-out specials – GT2, GT3 and so forth – will follow before long. so, only four to choose from but they’re all here to play with, on road and track. To get to



Thruxton, one of the fastest circuits in the UK, I use the manual Carrera Coupé. On an extended loop over various sinuous roads near the circuit, I try out a Carrera Coupé S with the PDK dual clutch semi-automatic transmission. PDK ‘S’ cars in both open and closed forms are used on the track while for the run home I transfer to a Coupé S with the manual ‘box. That’s the lot covered and they are all extraordinarily good. Standard road cars on race circuits are usually a huge compromise: they are invariably too soft to attack the track seriously while the brakes tend to run out of ability too quickly (at about the same time as the amateur driver’s ability goes out of the window). But not this 911. OK, we weren’t driving at full out race pace, but it was plenty quick enough and the new Porsche just got on with flattering my attempts to emulate a professional. Breathtaking acceleration was matched by confident stopping power, while the handling was awesome; plenty of grip when needed yet the chassis was just as ready to drift when the conditions allowed. On the road, where most 911s will spend their lives – despite the availability of the Sports Chrono pack with a dash-mounted stopwatch and a racing start programme – Porsche’s finest is difficult to fault. Ample, instantly accessible power, coupled to a chassis finetuned to provide unflappable handling with a remarkably resilient ride, make every trip in the new 911 an event. Even the steering, now featuring electro-mechanical power assistance – usually a disaster for those seeking accurate feedback from the wheel – is better than ever. Changes to the interior, some of which have been inspired by the luxury Panamera saloon, raise the tone. Put simply, the new 911 offers supercar performance in every respect, but without the supercar compromises (or lofty price). Even so, of the four versions currently available there’s one, for me at any rate, that’s out front. It’s a Coupé rather than the Convertible – an open car at speed involves too much noise and wind buffeting – and it’s got to be the S. While the 350hp of the ‘ordinary’ Carrera is probably sufficient for most needs, when there’s another 50hp on offer, you just would, wouldn’t you? The 3.8-litre six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine in the S has 15 more horses than before, taking its tally to a nice round 400. To complete my perfect Porsche, I’d specify the PDK transmission, even if it adds £2,387 to the price.


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Rear-wheel drive, seven-speed dual clutch-automatic

The new Carrera is the first car in the world to have a seven-speed manual gearbox as standard, with ratios stacked so close together that gear shifts mean a change in engine revs of only around 500rpm each time. This means the engine is always on the boil for acceleration that, if you’re in the mood, will literally take your breath away. The seventh ratio, which can only be accessed from fifth or sixth, is an overdrive designed to lower engine revs and improve economy when cruising. There is, however, just one ‘but’. With so many to choose from, the manual gate is narrow and there’s a strong spring-loaded bias designed to help you slot it into gear but which, all too often, means you get the wrong one: I lost count of the times I went from sixth to third when I wanted fifth. My co-driving colleague even managed to find reverse when he wanted to be first to get away from a set of lights. When making a choice, there are many reasons why the PDK is the one to have. Gear shifts – whether the ‘box is left to its own devices or when performed by the driver – are quicker than the manual and deliver better performance against the clock. The PDK is more economical too and (whisper it) in many ways is more involving. Just make sure you go for the optional paddle shifts that sit behind the steering wheel; the standard shifters are little buttons on the wheel itself and all too easy to press by mistake. While you’re ticking the options boxes, add PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control). An electronically controlled box of tricks, PDCC takes an already formidable chassis and simply makes it better. Pitch and roll are all but eliminated and the system works with the new electric power steering to provide greater precision and feedback. And in an in-for-a-penny move, you won’t regret ticking the sports exhaust option box: the sound is awesome, especially when you floor it in a tunnel. That little lot will take the price to around £88,000 which, frankly, is very little to pay for a machine with this ability. You always could use a 911 every day, but the new one makes an even more compelling case for itself. It’s more refined, yet more fun. It’s faster, yet more frugal – it even has stop/start to lower emissions and improve economy; its 34.4 mpg is family hatchback good. Little wonder, perhaps, that’s it’s just been voted World Performance Car of the Year. Time for Ferrari, Aston et al to meet the new boss, better than the old boss.


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Bellissima Bulgari on 28 May, the Bulgari hotel & residences is set to open in Knightsbridge, one of the most eagerly anticipated hotel openings in the capital this year

Anyone who AppreciAtes the world of luxury knows that Bulgari is so much more than a jewellery house. Although initially how the company made its name, the italian label has successfully dipped its toes into the vast pool of the luxury industry, creating accessories, watches, handbags, fragrances and, finally, hotels. with three major cities already in its hotel portfolio – Bali, Milan and tokyo – we agree it was about time London was added to the list. in tribute to the brand’s history of silversmithing and to British craftsmanship, silver is used everywhere, from the candlesticks in the bedrooms to the grand chandeliers in the Ballroom. Designed by Antonio citterio, patricia Viel and partners, the interiors prove Bulgari’s glamour and heritage a match made in heaven; the 85


rooms and suites feature custom-made silk curtains with patterns inspired by past Bulgari jewellery designs. sparing no expense, the facilities available guarantee you’ll never need to step foot outside of the hotel. For keep-fit fanatics, within the luxurious spa you’ll find 11 private treatment rooms, a 25-metre swimming pool and a fully-equipped gymnasium. At il ristorante, head chef robbie peppin continues the italian theme, creating classic, delicious gastronomic offerings. Bulgari Hotel & Residences London 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 1DW 020 7591 2442;


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Blue Lagoon As confirmed by Sarah Jessica Parker and co. in the first film version of Sex & The City, Mexico has recently become one of the top destination hotspots. Rosewood Mayakoba, situated along a mile-long arc of white Caribbean sand, is the heart of a 1,600-acre luxury resort enclave located south of Cancun and is on our list for 2012’s most romantic places to visit. Surrounded by the jungle, each of the 128 suites is discreetly nestled under a canopy of mangroves, either suspended over tranquil lagoon waterways or serene sandy shores. The resort offers a sophisticated range of dining options; Casa del Lago serves innovative international cuisine while, at Punta Bonita, guests in the mood to experience what the country has to offer can dine on Mexican specialties overlooking the cerulean waters.

Indian Summer Ignoring the rather long 14-hour flight, those of you who have made a visit to Mauritius in the past would agree that this flight is worth it once you land on the island. The Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, found on the south coast of Mauritius at the centre of Domaine de Bel Ombre, prides itself on offering the best in the way of luxury spa and beauty services for those in need of pampering. The Seven Colours Spa Millesime Collection has treatments which are inspired by the wisdom of ancient natural healing techniques and are integrated with the surrounding environment, resulting in an experience designed to engulf the senses with wellness and pleasure. This Mauritian hotel makes for a blissfully serene destination that encompasses a holistic approach to relaxation.;


The Four Seasons Provence at Terre Blanche in France promises to provide every comfort, sorting out all your city-induced aches and pains. This luxurious two-level sanctuary boasts 12 treatment rooms, salon services and two VIP couples’ suites which include a double whirlpool bath, steam shower and outdoor terrace. What separates the spa from many of its competitors are its bespoke rituals specifically designed to suit you. Using local Provençal ingredients (lavender, rosemary and olive oil) their signature treatments include the Provençal Escape, an all-encompassing experience designed to leave body cleansed and mind uplifted, and the Sugar and White Heather Honey Exfoliation. A personalised well-being programme, with individual Pilates and yoga classes, provides you with a necessary health kick that doesn’t cut corners on luxury.


AlFresco Adventures AngelinA VillA-ClArke urges us all to get back to nature with her pick of the most luxurious ways to enjoy yourself in the world’s wonderful wildernesses

UP IN THE AIR A luxury hotel may not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to getting in touch with the great outdoors but Chewton Glen in the New Forest has something up its sleeve for those who want to experience the best of both worlds. Hidden away in the country house hotel’s extensive grounds are six ultra-luxe, eco, cedar treehouses, set to open this June. Designed to have a minimal visual and physical impact on their pristine surroundings, the treehouses appear from a distance to float over the forest canopy. This magical quality is imbued into your experience from the minute you arrive. The treehouses are approached via a raised boardwalk, giving the feeling that you are leaving solid land behind and walking into thin air. Once inside, you are faced with breathtaking views of the valley dropping away below you, with the verdant forest and picturesque bubbling stream in the distance. Inside, the hideaways feature floor to ceiling windows (they’re situated so you can watch the sunset), vaulted ceilings, secret bunk rooms for children, wood burners and ambient lighting. The rustic-luxe design is made complete with natural details – hessian, linens and wools are mixed in with oak, stone, shimmering shell and copper accents. Free-standing spa baths are situated on wraparound decks and therapists, from the hotel’s renowned ila-spa, can visit to pamper you under the trees. It’s true enchantment in the forest. Chewton Glen, Hampshire, UK


DESERT DREAMS Bringing the spirit of the Raj to the notion of ‘glamping’ is Sujan’s ultra-luxe camp in India’s Great Thar Desert. A stunning oasis set amid dramatic sanddunes and under clear, blue skies, The Serai aims to recall the glamour of bygone eras and is more akin to a boutique hotel in the sand than a campsite. All of the 21 creamy, billowing tents rise up from a base of local Jaisalmer stone and have relaxation verandahs, living rooms and bedrooms complete with oversized beds and the ever-critical air conditioning. The Luxury Tented Suites also have private gardens and sunken pools, while the Royal Suite is the most impressive, with its own private spa, outdoor pool, dining and lounge tents. Inside, you can retreat amid a stylish mix of Indian Dhurries, traditional fabrics and campaign furniture. The Serai also features an amazing swimming pool based on a traditional Indian step-well and a spa designed by Raison D’Etre, pitched around a pretty garden. Here, you can choose from a choice of organic treatments, inspired by the local Rajasthani traditions, with products blended from healing Indian herbs and spices, such as saffron, honey and black sesame seeds. At night, the camp truly comes into its own and is incredibly romantic, with its flickering lanterns and glowing campfires. The communal dining tent offers local delicacies or classic Western dishes – the choice is yours – all made using home-grown produce. After dinner you can retreat to one of the leather club chairs in the library bar to a backbeat of 30s jazz, or have a wander around the boutique, which sells sequined and cotton kaftans made by artisans, local art, leatherwork and beaded items as well as furniture to order. If that doesn’t keep you busy, explore the beautiful pink-sandstone fort city of Jaisalmer, just a 45-minute drive away, or go for a sunset camel ride, complete with a hamper of sundowners. On your return, you’ll be given a hot water bottle to stave off the night chill of the desert. It’s fabulous, heart-warming stuff. The Serai, Jaisalmer, India



STARRY-EYED IN SPAIN Just outside the town of Tarifa, on Spain’s most southern tip, are these delightful countryside yurts – perfect for those who prefer the notion of glamping as opposed to old-fashioned camping. The three Bedouin-style yurts (each sleeping two adults and two children) are hidden away on a smallholding with an eco-sensibility. Power is provided by wind and solar energy, water is sourced from a well, there’s a vegetable and herb garden and guests can request freshly-baked bread and free-range eggs. Locally crafted furniture, large double beds, fine linens and pretty, homely details make your escape into a cosy getaway. The sides of each yurt can be rolled up to take in the view, which on a clear day stretches across to Morocco, or let in the sea air on balmy afternoons. There are two separate, slick bathrooms and a cute, Hamptons-style kitchen, although you can always order breakfast if you’re not up for the full DIY holiday. It’s a wonderful area to explore. Tarifa, just three kilometres away, is renowned for its stunning coastline and secluded beaches. Whale-watching, hiking and watersports are all possible and the area is famous for its magnificent wildlife and landscape; in season, the skies are full of migrating birds and the nearby cork forests are home to mongeese, hoopoes and vultures. Best of all, the yurts are undisturbed by light or noise pollution, meaning you can kick-back under a star-lit sky in blissful silence. Sirocco, Cadiz, Spain Book through

AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES If you want to get away from it all, but also require there to be a touch of luxury on offer, then head to one of Provence’s most romantic hotels, La Bastide de Marie, this summer. Don’t book into one of its charming suites, though. Instead, head out to the gorgeous estate, surrounded by lush vineyards, and there you’ll find the Roulotte. The emerald-green, gypsy-style caravan has been lavishly kitted out with glossy wooden floors, crimson walls, an antique bed and vintagestyle dressing table to make an evocative, sensual retreat. While you can remain secluded if you so wish, you can also full take advantage of all the facilities on offer at the hotel – such as a dip in one of the two swimming pools or an indulgent treatment at Spa Pure Altitude. Dinner at the Bastide restaurant is also a must. Seasonal produce is gathered from local markets to create twists on Provençal classics. Highlights include the smoky chilled tomato soup with olive tartare, creamy risotto with Vaucluse mushrooms and truffles and crème brulée flavoured with lavender grown in the grounds. For those of you who truly want to be alone, there’s a special La Vie en Rose package for this summer. You will experience a night in the Roulotte, with the floor sprinkled with rose petals, a candlelit dinner and champagne on arrival. It’s possibly the most perfect bohemian boudoir. La Bastide De Marie, Provence, France


THE HILLS ARE ALIVE Forget soggy ground sheets and damp sleeping bags; bringing the wow-factor to mountaineering is New Zealand’s first tented camp, the Minaret Station. Accessible only by helicopter, the Minaret Station is located in a jaw-dropping location. At the head of a picturesque glacial valley in the Southern Alps, and on the western shoes of Lake Wanaka, the camp is nestled at a height of 3,000 feet with incredible scenery all around. The ultimate retreat, the camp consists of communal lodges and tented sleeping areas, all designed so guests can be at one with nature. The idea is that under canvas, as opposed to conventional building materials, you’re much more sensitive to subtle changes around you: waking up to the gurgling of the nearby waterfall, feeling the difference between the morning and evening breezes and hearing the cries of rare birds. While the surroundings keep true to the spirit of exploration, the interiors of the tents are as far away from traditional camping as you can get. There are wall-to-wall sheepskin carpets, king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms and private decks with hot tubs. The communal Mountain Kitchen lodge boasts plush sofas and a large open fire in its living room. There’s a dining room with under-floor heating, where guests are served sumptuous feasts devised by the on-site chef and there’s even a library for literary escapism under the stars. From hiking to helicopter tours and fly-fishing to alpine walks, a host of activities are on offer. With no road access or formal tourist trails to speak of, this is about as wild as it gets, albeit with a touch of luxury.


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Daphne’s In Full Bloom In celebration of the annual RHS chelsea Flower Show, daphne’s is creating a beautiful garden in the middle of its restaurant to extend the British alfresco experience

Once yOu’ve enjOyed all that the Flower Show has to offer (and this may take you days), retreat to local favourite daphne’s in South Kensington to continue the outdoor experience. The restaurant has opened up a competition to the last four years’ graduates from the english Gardening School to design its own bespoke, indoor garden. The partnership is a most suitable one; the School has trained many of today’s leading garden designers, horticulturists, plantsmen and gardeners and is affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society. drawing inspiration from the seasonal Italian menu and airy dining room at daphne’s, the garden will be situated throughout the restaurant, designed to make guests feel as if they were dining in

the middle of a flower garden. The special chelsea Flower Showinspired set menu will include early summer dishes such as tardivo and spinach salad with avocado and sunflower seeds, roast salmon with violet artichokes and datterini, and elderflower and prosecco jelly with gooseberries. This menu will be available for £19.50 for two courses or £22.50 for three courses, at lunch and before 7pm daily. A full à la carte menu is also available. Daphne’s, 112 Draycott Avenue, South Kensington, SW3 3AE 020 7589 4257; The Flower Show Garden is open from 22 May until 3 June

Photography: Chris Tubbs



Drinking &

dining “There is no love sincerer than the love of food” – George Bernard Shaw

new Arrival Georgian restaurant and bar Colchis is the latest offering for residents of Notting Hill, recently launched, with others, by Giorgi Sulkhanishvili; an enthusiastic advocate of small wine producers from Georgia and around the world, he is owner of his own small vineyard in the Caucasus region. Giorgi has introduced more than 150 bins to his wine list, including super Georgian wines from Orovela, producing a retooled and extensive selection. Grape varieties include Saperavi and Rkatsiteli and the list also explores natural wines, to be enjoyed either in the bar area or the restaurant. 39 Chepstow Place, W2 4TS 020 7221 7620;

Buzzing Boulud With Heston Blumenthal’s latest offering housed in the same building, and Zuma just a hop, skip and a jump away, one would expect nothing less than gastronomic heaven from Daniel Boulud’s New York-inspired, modern take on traditional French cuisine at the Mandarin Oriental. We started with the recommended Charcuterie de grilles verot for sharing; featuring French classics such as pâté grand-mère and grand-père, saucisson sec and tender duck, meatlovers will be completely satisfied. As you would expect from a first class restaurant, the fish is fresh and beautifully cooked, so we recommend opting for the fillet of seabass or the whole roasted lemon sole for your main course. The spacious bar, contemporary decor and celebrity clientele together create an atmosphere so vibrant we just can’t wait to go back.

Venus Flytrap In honour of the 2012 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Langham is offering guests a Best in Show Venus Flytrap cocktail at the Artesian Bar. Designed by award-winning head bartender and mixologist, Alex Kratena, this sherry-based cocktail has floral notes, complemented by orange flower water and delicate umeshu with accents of green plum and roses. During the Flower Show, the cocktail will be available as a light and aromatic aperitif or as a refreshing early evening drink. Artesian Bar at the Langham 1C Portland Place, W1B 1JA 21 May – 3 June 020 7636 1000;

Bar Boulud, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA 020 7235 2000;



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Din in g Scented gardens Pastry chef Pierre Hermé has concocted a collection of macarons entitled Les Jardins for 2012. He explains his inspiration: “For this Garden collection, I approached my work with the association of flavours in the same manner as a perfumer… the Garden theme seemed obvious, as flowers, spices and plants are present in my creations.” In total, there are ten gardens that correspond with months of the year from February through to November. Delicate and ephemeral, each of the ten macarons which compose this collection will be offered in Parisian Pierre Hermé boutiques and online for one month only. A conversation with master perfumer Jean-Michel Duriez about a fragrance featuring notes of rose and jasmine, Joy by Patou, led Pierre Hermé to use these flavours in the macarons for the month of May, heralding the arrival of summer.

Afternoon Tea indulgence HigH FasHion

DiamonD Jubilee

FrencH spin

It is hard to feel more inspired than by the Berkeley’s fashion-led take on afternoon tea, where even the china is designer. Prêt-à-Portea S/S12 sees designers Dolce & Gabbana, Jason Wu and Valentino gracing the tea stand in the edible forms of cakes and pastries. Our favourites were the Louboutin-inspired chocolate biscuit and Michael Kors’ safari opera cake, so beautifully assembled, we could barely bring ourselves to eat them. With impeccable service and attention to detail, afternoon tea becomes a real occasion, especially if you opt for a glass of Laurent-Perrier Champagne too.

Coinciding with the Gala for the Diamond Jubilee at the Royal Albert Hall, starring Russell Watson and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Garden Hotel is hosting a special Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea in its Park Terrace Lounge, just a stone’s throw away from the picturesque Kensington Palace. An array of exquisite, themed delights will be served, including Victoria Sandwich Sponge, English Rose Cheesecake, Earl Grey Opera, Champagne and Strawberry Tart, Elizabethan Trifle and Windsor Nut Mousse. This tea is available from 28 May until 5 June.

Celebrated French chef Eric Lanlard has revolutionized the old-fashioned, rather predictable British menu for his latest afternoon tea concept. Relieving guests of finger sandwiches and heavy-duty cakes, the master patissier has instead concocted a feast of treats which have taken inspiration from around the world, served on a three-tier dessert stand. In order for afternoon tea to have “a sense of occasion”, guests are sprayed with an Orient-infused perfume before indulging in pistachio financier with rose-flavoured cream, a duo of Willy Wonka-style gourmet pop cones and a dark chocolate tier drop.

The Berkeley 32A Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL 020 7235 6000;

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Make the Most of the fantastic restaurants and exclusive weekend proMotions on offer at canary wharf host to a wide range of delicious restaurants and bars – for breakfast, dinner and everything in between – foodies can eat, drink and be merry at canary wharf, over the weekend as well as during the week. a fine-dining destination for those looking for something different, there are restaurants suited to every taste.



ROKA canary wharf celebrates weekend brunch on both saturdays and sundays. the award- winning cuisine includes a full selection of dishes from the sushi counter and the robata grill. the extensive canary wharf weekend Brunch menu begins with a fresh Bellini or spicy Bloody Mary on arrival, as well as a large selection of dishes and ends with the spectacular roka dessert platter, all inclusive for £42. children are not only welcomed but under-tens dine for free. overlooking canada square park, in the heart of canary wharf, roka offers a great venue for weekend shoppers at canary wharf and families enjoying all the wharf has to offer. to complete the experience be sure to visit the fabulous diy Bloody Mary Bar.


Bowing to customer demand, Iberica Canary Wharf has extended its paella sunday offer to include saturdays, available alongside its à la carte menu. throughout the entire weekend, customers can enjoy this great value offer on iberica’s acclaimed Beetroot Gazpacho, unlimited helpings of four choices of paella, a half bottle of wine and dessert, all for £29. children, naturally, are not forgotten and can share in the unlimited paella and a drink for only £10.


italian export Obikà Mozzarella Bar centres around top quality Mozzarella di Bufala campana served alongside carefully sourced, typically italian artisan products. obikà is located in the spacious and airy west wintergarden, and customers visiting for weekend brunch can enjoy a range of mozzarellas and accompaniments as well as a choice of delicious pizzas and pastas for £24.50, based on a minimum of two people sharing, or opt for the à la carte menu. children can get a taste of the Mediterranean brunch for £10. as well as fine dining, don’t miss the range of fantastic shops and boutiques situated within canary wharf’s shopping malls. at weekends and on Bank holidays, you can enjoy 3 hours’ free parking in any of the public car parks when you spend £10 at any shop, café, bar or restaurant in canary wharf.


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Guests at the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Banquet

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Richard Caring and Jacqueline Stead

A Royal Banquet Tom Parker Bowles, Nick Candy, Holly Valance, Richard Caring, James Caan and artists Marc Quinn, Polly Morgan and Nicky Haslam were among a host of celebrities, artists and supporters who turned out in force for the Fabergé Big Egg Banquet at The Royal Courts of Justice. The event, hosted by Mark Shand and Dame Clare Tickell, saw 30 uniquely designed eggs from the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt auctioned, raising more than £667,000 for charities Elephant Family and Action for Children.

Holly Valance and Nick Candy

Mark Shand Egg

The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Banquet

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Henry Wyndham

James and Aisha Caan


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Guests at the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Banquet

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Guests at the Fabergé Big Egg Hunt Banquet

Viscount David Linley and guests

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Steve Vorsari and Lisa Tchenguiz


Robert Tchenguiz and Nick Candy

Tom and Laura Parker Bowles


Lyza Onysko, Jade Parfitt, Corporal Tate and Jasmine Guinness

Royston Blythe, Jade and Nick Malenko

Jade, Corporal Tate and George the horse

Fashion for the Brave Set to raise money and awareness for the Household Cavalry Operational Casualties Fund (HCOCF), Jade Parfitt, Jasmine Guinness and Lyza Onysko launched high-profile fundraising event Fashion for the Brave 2012 in Hyde Park, bedecked in patriotic dresses and exquisite jewellery from sponsor Boodles.

Lyza, Jade and Jasmine

Jade and George

Lyza, Jasmine, Clifford O’Farrell and Jade

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Khemika and Mark Strange

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Anna Louise, Binky and Jane Felstead

In a celebration of aesthetics, McLaren London invited guests to its Knightsbridge showroom for an exclusive Art Event and Champagne reception. Anna Louise Felstead’s newest creation shared the floor with McLaren’s latest masterpiece, the MP4-12C, before being auctioned and the proceeds later donated to Help for Heroes.

Charles Hamilton Stubeer, Michael Ward, Pete Living, and Tija Slaktere

Chris Holmes, Lottie the dog and Serina Gosling

Ana Nacvalouqitte and Leonid Shapiro

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Patrick Couderc and Annika Naidoo

Catherine Joy Lewis of La Diosa


Radhika Bodalikar of Hervé Léger

Christine Gibson and guests

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Celebrating Hervé Léger by Max Azria bandage dresses on International Women’s Day, the event, held in the Knightsbridge boutique, turned into a glamorous affair with champagne, canapés and a host of other luxury brands including La Diosa jewellery, Miller Harris fragrances and hair styling and make-up by In Parlour.

Annika Naidoo Christine Gibson and Lady Melleney Samsudin


Nini Khatiblou , Kate Edwards and Dan Alexis





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Emily Rookwood and Tom Chamberlin

Five Star Living The 133 luxury five-star apartments on Park Lane range from studios to five-bedroom penthouses. The overall design theme is contemporary British, with English Royal Doulton tableware and Savile Row-inspired pinstripe bedspreads. A Monopoly and circus-themed extravaganza greeted those who attended the launch party of the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living. Aerial acrobats hung suspended from the ceiling of the seven-story vaulted Atrium, as guests, including Sir Mark and Lady Thatcher, Tom Chamberlin and the Asprey family, enjoyed the champagne and canapĂŠs Atrium

Lucy, Annabel and William Asprey

Penthouse Dining Room

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Sir Mark and Lady Thatcher



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47 Cadogan Street, SW3 2QJ 020 7581 0811

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3 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4JJ 020 7370 4999

The Lister Hospital

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257 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9HP 020 7373 9595


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The Chelsea Day Spa

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Cigars Tomtom Cigars and Coffee 63 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PP 020 7730 1790

fine Wine Handford

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87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL 020 7893 8333

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143 Old Church Street, SW3 6EB 020 7376 3311

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266- 266A Fulham Road, SW10 9EL 020 7352 6200

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NOTTING HILL 301 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7717 5311

CHELSEA 35 Cadogan Street SW3 2PP 020 7225 3866

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Entrance hall, open plan first floor reception room/kitchen/dining room, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and en suite shower room, second bedroom with en suite shower room, storeroom, garage

Kaye & Carey

Freehold £2,600,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

PADDINGTON 4c Praed Street W2 1JX 020 7717 5313

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HYDE PARK 37-41 Sussex Place W2 2TH 020 7479 1999

Reception room, open-plan kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower, 2nd bedroom, bathroom, garage (currently used as a bedroom), roof terrace.

Freehold £1,695,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

SOUTH KENSINGTON 5 Kynance Place LEXHAM MEWS, W8 SW7 4QS 020 7590 9955

CHELSEA 4 Yeoman’s Row EAGLE PLACE, SW7 Road Brompton SW3 2AH 020 7590 0066

Presented in excellent condition, a charming mews property with a wonderfully bright first floor reception room.

A delightful triple aspect house on the corner of Roland Way and Eagle Place.

Reception room, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, en-suite shower room, cloakroom, garage & private parking.

Reception room with open plan kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, 2nd bedroom/ study with en-suite cloakroom.

Freehold £825,000 STC

Freehold £2,500,000 STC

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Knight Frank

Russell Simpson

SERVICE WILL MOVE YOU 617 OUR Fulham Road SW6 5UQ 020 7717 5141

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 82 Brompton Road SW3 1ER 020 7225 6506

CHELSEA 352a King’s Road SW3 5UU 020 7349 4300

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

MAYFAIR 61 Park Lane W1K 1QF 020 7409 9001

FULHAM 203 New King’s Road SW6 4SR 020 7751 2400

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NOTTING HILL 303 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7221 1111

(JSA - WA ELLIS 020 7306 1600)

W.A. Ellis

CHELSEA 5 Anderson Street SW3 3LU 020 7225 0277

09/02/2012 16:33 174 Brompton Road SW3 1HP 020 7306 1600

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


KNIGHTSBRIDGE 66 Sloane Street SW1X 9SH 020 7235 9959

South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

Residential Lettings across RBK&C in Chelsea, South Kensington, Earls Court and Notting Hill

WEST CHELSEA 140 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7373 1111

A beautifully presented, cleverly designed house in this lovely South Kensington Mews.

BELGRAVIA 82-83 Chester Square SW1W 9HJ 020 7881 7722

300 per week Furnished/Unfurnished 020 7590 0333

Strutt and Parker

CHELSEA 62-64 Fulham Road SW3 6HH 020 7808 8540

A simply gorgeous house. Found on the north side of Petersham Place and therefore facing south, the house is flooded with light.

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KENSINGTON 162 Kensington Church Guide Price: Street £5,000,000 W8 4BN Subject to Contract 020 7908 1100

500 per week Unfurnished 020 7243 1352


KNIGHTSBRIDGE 168 Brompton Road SW3 1HW 020 7717 5307

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CHELSEA 202 Fulham Road SW10 9PJ 020 7578 9000

CHELSEA 134 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7717 5291


£5,500,000 Sole Agents Domus Nova

Reception room, two double bedrooms, two en suite bathrooms, communal gardens, resident housekeeper.


NOTTING HILL 10 Lambton Place W11 2SH 020 7221 1117

SLOANE STREET 139 Sloane Street SW1X 9AY 020 7730 0822

£1750 p.w | Furnished

John D Wood

A stunning interior designed two bedroom property on the 2nd floor of this beautiful red-brick period building. This spacious apartment, which overlooks the elegant square gardens, has been decorated and furnished in a contemporary style with parquet wood flooring in the reception and a modern semi open-plan kitchen.


SOUTH KENSINGTON 157 Gloucester Road SW7 4TH 020 7871 4111

Cadogan Square, SW1X



KNIGHTSBRIDGE 188 Brompton Road SW3 1HQ 020 7581 5234


Specialists in Selling

NOTTING HILL 298 Westbourne Grove W11 2PS 020 7985 9990


KENSINGTON 145 Kensington Church Street W8 7LP 020 7535 3300


KNIGHTSBRIDGE 14 Basil Street SW3 1AJ 020 7225 0878

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 60 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DD 020 7591 8600


CHELSEA 2 Cale Street SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

Po Brian Lack & Co


MAYFAIR 24 Curzon Street W1J 7TF 020 7499 7722

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

Henry & James


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


Beauchamp Estates

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


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With 19 sales and lettings offices across London, Ascot, Cobham and Esher, Knight Frank has it covered. Amy Rogers Negotiator


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CHELSEA BLOOMS WITH US It’s not just the flower show that brings people to Chelsea. In the last three months alone, potential buyers and tenants from 135 different countries viewed the details of our Chelsea properties online. So whether you are thinking of selling, letting or buying a home, speak to the agents that can bring the world to Chelsea.

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Knight Frank

Glebe Place, Chelsea SW3 Family living off the King’s Road

This is a wonderful family house that has a good sized west facing garden. The rooms all feel generous and the house is in good condition throughout. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, double reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, family room, study, utility room, cloakroom, patio garden. Approximately 282 sq m (3,030 sq ft). Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ6,450,000 (CHL110298) 020 7349 4300

Knight Frank

Cavaye Place, Chelsea SW10

Immaculate three bedroom house with terrace This beautiful three bedroom property is located on a quiet street off the ‘Beach’ area of the Fulham Road and has the benefit of good living space and a south facing terrace. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, kitchen/ dining room, cloakroom, patio garden. Approximately 126 sq m (1,364 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: £2,250,000

(CHL100147) 020 7349 4300

Knight Frank

Hornton Street, Kensington W8

A beautifully refurbished Freehold Grade II listed house A stunning house, set over 6 floors, which has been beautifully and meticulously refurbished to an exacting standard, featuring air conditioning, underfloor heating, Cat 5 cabling, Miele appliances, Loewe TVs and special lighting systems. Master bedroom suite with walk in dressing room & bathroom, 5 further bedrooms, 5 further bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, courtyard, communal garden. Approximately 410 sq m (4,420 sq ft). Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ8,750,000

(KEN120071) 020 7938 4311 Joint agent: Winkworth 020 7727 1500

Knight Frank

Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia SW1 Newly refurbished two bedroom flat with parking

A newly refurbished lateral apartment with the benefit of a private entrance, personal lift and an off street car parking space, situated in one of Belgravia’s most sought after private gated mews. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, further bedroom with en suite shower, reception room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, terrace, lift, off street car parking space. Approximately 131 sq m (1,421 sq ft) Leasehold: approximately 149 years remaining Guide price: £3,500,000 (BGV110165) 020 7591 8600 020 7881 7722

Knight Frank

Knightsbridge, London SW7 Magnificent Grade II listed house

A beautifully restored four bedroom house situated within one of London’s finest addresses. Master bedroom suite, guest bedroom suite, third bedroom suite, bedroom four with en suite shower, kitchen, 3 reception rooms, utility room, 3 balconies, front and rear gardens. Approximately 297 sq m (3,200 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: £7,950,000 (SLA110202) 020 7591 8600 Joint agent: Hobart Slater 020 7581 8277

Knight Frank

Addison Avenue, Notting Hill W11 The ultimate address

A low built semi-detached Victorian villa situated in a wide tree-lined avenue with side access to a delightful studio/summerhouse of c 196 sq ft situated at the end of the 47 ft west facing garden. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, shower room, double reception room, kitchen, dining room, conservatory, study, garden. Summer house: studio room, kitchenette and shower room. Approximately 240 sq m (2,592 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ5,750,000 (NGH070156) 020 7229 0229 Joint agent: Savills 020 7535 3300

Knight Frank

Chesham Place, Belgravia SW1 Contemporary Belgravia apartment

A spacious two bedroom apartment located in this popular building, which benefits from a lift. The flat, which is in very good condition, has a large reception room and a separate kitchen. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, further bedroom with en suite shower room, reception room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, lift. Approximately 97 sq m (1,044 sq ft) Leasehold 68 years approximately Guide price: ÂŁ2,575,000 (BGV110158) 020 7881 7722

Knight Frank Holland Park, Holland Park W11 Beautiful and stylish

This truly stunning apartment boasts the highest level of finish, both technologically and aesthetically. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, eat-in kitchen, dining area, study, walk-in wardrobe, utility room, cloakroom, direct lift access and porter. Approximately 389 sq m (4,186 sq ft) Furnished

ÂŁ7,000 per week

Kensington Lettings 020 7937 8203


Phillimore Gardens, Kensington W8 Stunning penthouse

This three bedroom duplex apartment is situated on the top two floors of a handsome, stucco-fronted building in prime Kensington. 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, dining room, study, parking. Approximately 162 sq m (1,748 sq ft) Available furnished

ÂŁ2,500 per week

Kensington Lettings 020 7937 8203


Knight Frank Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge SW1X Contemporary flat

An immaculate first floor flat overlooking square gardens. The flat is immaculate and benefits from wood floors in the reception room. 3 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, cloakroom, lift and porter. Approximately 126 sq m (1,360 sq ft) Available furnished

ÂŁ1,950 per week

Knightsbridge Lettings 020 7591 8601


Walton House, Knightsbridge SW3 Light and Spacious

This flat is furnished to a high standard with excellent storage. 2 double bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room and lift. Available furnished

ÂŁ1,975 per week

Knightsbridge Lettings 020 7591 8601


Knight Frank

Pembridge Square, Notting Hill W2

Chepstow Road, Notting Hill W2

A very stylish second floor flat located in a beautiful garden square. Double bedroom, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, lift and access to communal gardens.

A newly refurbished second and third floor maisonette situated in this tree lined street just off Westbourne Grove. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, dining room and kitchen.

Available furnished/unfurnished

Available furnished/unfurnished

£675 per week

£750 per week

020 7985 9990

Clarendon Road, Holland Park W11

020 7985 9990

Avondale Park Gardens, Notting Hill W11

An elegant, raised ground floor flat located on a prestigious street in prime Holland Park. 2 bedrooms, shower room, reception room and kitchen.

A charming house in excellent condition located in a secluded and quiet garden square. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, garden with outside shower and access to communal gardens.

Available unfurnished £950 per week

Available furnished/unfurnished £1,000 per week

020 7985 9990

020 7985 9990

Combining the services of a five-star hotel with the discretion, comfort and security of a private Mayfair residence, Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living offer unparalleled luxury and a highly personalised service to make residents feel instantly at home.

Arranged over seven floors and available for long or short let, the apartments range in size from state of the art studios to four breathtaking penthouses over looking Hyde Park. Price on Application

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1 BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED HOUSE IN SECURE DEVELOPMENT WITH PARKING wycombe square, w8 First floor drawing room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø dining room ø sitting room ø play room ø 5 bedrooms ø 5 bath/shower rooms ø cloakroom ø lift ø garden ø double garage ø 24hr security ø concierge ø 423 sq m (4,552 sq ft) Guide £12 million Freehold

Savills Kensington

Savills Knightsbridge

Johnny Fuller

Barbara Allen

020 7535 3300

020 7590 5064

1 A BEAUTIFULLY RECONSTRUCTED AND ARCHITECTURALLY DESIGNED FLAT courtfield gardens, sw5 Entrance hall ø reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø study ø master bedroom suite ø bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom ø bedroom 3 with separate shower room ø utility ø 2 private terraces ø inner courtyard ø separate staff entrance ø 254 sq m (2,730 sq ft) Asking £4.85 million Leasehold, approximately 993 years remaining

Savills Chelsea Charlie Bubear

020 7578 9000

1 WIDE BUILT FAMILY HOUSE ON COMMUNAL GARDEN SQUARE st. james's gardens, w11 Double reception room ø kitchen/dining/family room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bath/shower rooms ø studio room/further bedroom ø south-facing garden ø access to communal garden square ø 389 sq m (4,191 sq ft) Guide £6.995 million Freehold

Savills Kensington

John D. Wood

Sarah Birch

Rollo Miles

020 7535 3300

020 7727 2233

1 STUNNING, NEWLY REFURBISHED FIVE BEDROOM HOUSE beaufort street, sw3 Entrance hall ø double reception room ø open plan kitchen/dining room/family room ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedrooms (2 en suite) ø separate bathroom ø utility ø cloakroom ø terrace ø garden ø 295 sq m (3,178 sq ft)

Guide £4.5 million Freehold

Savills Chelsea Nicola Ridley

020 7578 9000

1 TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT OVERLOOKING COMMUNAL GARDENS sheffield terrace, w8 Entrance hall ø reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 2nd bedroom ø shower room ø access to communal gardens (subject to usual consents) ø 84 sq m (906 sq ft)

Asking £1.6 million Leasehold, approximately 110 years remaining

Savills Kensington Thomas Holcroft

020 7535 3300

1 WONDERFULLY REFURBISHED WITH STUNNING GARDEN VIEWS airlie gardens, w8 Entrance hall ø open plan kitchen/reception room ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe ø 2nd bedroom with en suite shower room ø utility cupboard ø balcony ø lift ø access to communal gardens (subject to usual consents) ø 82 sq m (883 sq ft) Asking £1.575 million Leasehold, approximately 92 years remaining

Savills Kensington Thomas Holcroft

020 7535 3300

1 A STUNNING RECENTLY REFURBISHED MEWS HOUSE cornwall gardens walk, sw7 5 double bedrooms (3 en suite) ø 4 reception rooms ø kitchen ø bathroom ø guest cloakroom ø double garage ø terrace ø 361 sq m (3,885 sq ft)

£3,950 per week Unfurnished

Savills Chelsea Oliver Mellotte

020 7578 9000

1 A BRIGHT AND GENEROUSLY PROPORTIONED FAMILY HOUSE fawcett street, sw10 4 bedrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø eat-in kitchen ø dining room ø 3 bathrooms ø study ø south-facing terrace ø private patio garden ø balcony ø 297 sq m (3,199 sq ft) £3,950 per week Flexible furnishings

Savills Chelsea Clem Byron Evans

020 7578 9000

1 A CLASSIC KENSINGTON TOWNHOUSE earls terrace, w8 6 bedrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 4 bathrooms ø cloakroom ø study ø utility room ø terrace ø south-facing garden ø underground parking for 2 cars ø access to communal gardens ø porter ø 439 sq m (4,720 sq ft) £6,500 per week Unfurnished

Savills Kensington Matthew Hobbs

020 7535 3333

1 NEW EXCLUSIVE LANDMARK DEVELOPMENT CLOSE TO HYDE PARK the lancasters, w2 2 double bedrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 2 bathrooms ø private entrance ø concierge ø residents' gymnasium and swimming pool ø underground parking space and valet service ø 127 sq m (1,367 sq ft)

£2,000 per week Furnished

Savills Kensington Monika Scott

020 7535 3333

Hamptons Chelsea

Sales. 020 7717 5431

Drayton Gardens, SW10

£3,250,000 Share of Freehold

A quite stunning four bedroom first floor apartment forming part of this attractive period building, just north of the Fulham road. This lateral flat has a 19’9 x 15’ main reception room and a 17’5 x 15’ kitchen/breakfast room. This property also offers a stunning master bedroom suite with en-suite bath and shower room and dressing room, second and third double bedrooms (both over 15’ long), family bathroom and is measured at 1776 sq ft. Hamptons Chelsea 020 7717 5431

4 bedrooms 1776 sq ft Smart modern 17’5 x 15’ kitchen/breakfast room 19’9 reception room 1776 sq ft Attractive period building

In the year of medals, we are already on a winning streak.

Hamptons International Silver for Best for UK Large Estate Agency and Best for Marketing.

Hamptons Chelsea

Sales. 020 7717 5431

Morton Mews, SW5

£3,850,000 Freehold

An attractive and substantial four bedroom freehold house, forming part of this popular mews. This period property is set over 4 floors and has a 35’9 main reception room and 23’2 kitchen/ dining room. The property also offers a 36’ private second floor terrace, 17’7 x 9’11 integral garage, 18’7 x 11’6 study, master bedroom suite on the first floor with a walk in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom and three additional shower rooms. Hamptons Chelsea 020 7717 5431

Attractive period house 36’ private terrace Off street parking 4 bedrooms 23’2 kitchen/dining room Set over 4 floors

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Hamptons Notting Hill

Sales. 020 7717 5649

Linden Gardens, W2 A fantastic raised ground floor two bedroom flat meticulously refurbished with views over neighbouring gardens and just moments from Notting Hill Gate. The flat has fabulous ceiling heights with detailed cornicing and a unique period bay window and fireplace in the living room. Hamptons Notting Hill 020 7717 5649

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ÂŁ1,395,000 Share of Freehold Reception room 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms (one en suite) Separate kitchen Beautifully refurbished 930 Approx sq ft

Hamptons Knightsbridge

Sales. 020 7717 5461

Park Close, SW1X

ÂŁ1,150,000 Leasehold

A beautifully presented two bedroom lower ground floor flat situated on the South Carriage, the southern boundary of Hyde Park. The property has a wonderful reception room and recently refurbished and spacious kitchen, with two bedrooms and a shower room.

Hallway Reception room /Kitchen 2 bedrooms Shower room Close to Hyde Park

Hamptons Knightsbridge 020 7717 5461

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Hamptons Kensington

Sales. 020 7717 5461

Warwick Gardens W14 A superb 5 bedroom semi detached character house (2744 sq ft approx) which is arranged over 4 floors. It has the benefit of off street parking for 2 cars with an automatic gated entrance. Several reception rooms, family kitchen and dining room occupy the ground and lower ground floors, which gives direct access to a beautiful lawned garden to the rear. Hamptons Kensington 020 7717 5461

In the year of medals, we are already on a winning streak.

Hamptons International Silver for Best for UK Large Estate Agency and Best for Marketing.

ÂŁ4,050,000 Freehold 5 bedrooms 4 reception rooms 2744 Sq Ft Garden Private parking for 2 cars Automatic gated entrance

Hamptons Sloane Square

Sales. 020 7717 5481

Sloane Court West, SW3

ÂŁ1,250,000 Leasehold

A charming one bedroom apartment situated on the third floor of a period red brick building which benefits from a porter, lift and a long lease . Sloane Court West is situated to the south of Sloane Square offering access to a comprehensive range of shops, local amenities and public transport facilities.

Entrance hall Reception room Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom

Hamptons Sloane Square 020 7717 5481

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Hamptons Chelsea

Lettings. 020 77175322

Drayton Gardens, SW10 A stunning lateral four bedroom family apartment in a popular portered mansion block. This light and spacious apartment has been recently redecorated and offering excellent storage. The large reception room and balcony make this the ideal family home.

Hamptons Chelsea Lettings 020 77175322

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ÂŁ1,750 per week, Unfurnished 3 double bedrooms 1 single bedroom 3 bathrooms Lift Portered mansion block Balcony

Hamptons Kensington

Lettings. 020 7937 9372

Stafford Terrace, W8

ÂŁ2950 per week, Furnished

A fantastic three bedroom maisonette on the sought after streets of the Phillimore Estate. The property has wooden floors throughout, an integrated remote controlled sound system, lutron lighting, under floor heating, a decked terrace and a garden to the rear. Hamptons Kensington Lettings 020 7937 9372

3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Integrated Sound System Decked Terrace Garden Wooden Floors

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STANHOPE GARDENS, SW7 Located on the top floor (with lift) of a stucco-fronted building overlooking communal gardens, this fabulous apartment has a number of windows and sky lights allowing a good deal of natural light throughout, also boasting a private south facing roof terrace. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception. ÂŁ1,200,000 Leasehold 020 7590 0300


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ROLAND GARDENS, SW7 Comprising a reception room with vaulted glass atrium, a dining area, separate kitchen, guest bathroom, master bedroom with en suite and a further 2nd bedroom/study. Benefiting from access onto a west facing terrace. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, roof terrace. ÂŁ1,395,000 Leasehold 020 7590 0300


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OSSINGTON STREET, W2 A wonderful raised ground floor apartment with air conditioning system and garden. Equidistant to Notting Hill and Queensway Tubes with Kensington Gardens close by. Approx. 617 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. ÂŁ1,000,000 Leasehold

020 7229 2404


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ROYAL CRESCENT, W11 A spacious upper maisonette with a superb front-to-back, east-west facing reception room and ‘turret’ kitchen/diner. Westfield shopping centre is approx. 225 metres away. Approx. 1,057 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1/2 reception rooms. £999,000 Leasehold 020 7229 2404


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SLOANE COURT WEST, SW3 A 5th floor purpose-built apartment with resident porter and lift. Approx. 739 sq ft. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room. £1,225,000 Lease to 2137 020 7730 8762

SHREWSBURY HOUSE SW3 A modernised 5th floor flat in a well run block. Approx. 345 sq ft. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, off-street parking, porter. £599,950 Lease to 2173 020 7730 8762


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CHELSEA GATE, SW1 A stylish and contemporary apartment on the 2nd floor of this highly regarded modern block, overlooking the communal courtyard. Approx. 1,054 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room with balcony, 24 hr porter, lift, underground parking. ÂŁ1,500,000 Lease to 2977 020 7730 8762


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NEVERN SQUARE, SW5 A splendid apartment in one of Earls Courts most desirable garden squares. Further benefitting from a porter/concierge and access to the private communal gardens (STA). 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception. ÂŁ925,000 Freehold Share 020 7835 1577

FULHAM ROAD, SW10 A stylish and contemporary apartment designed with meticulous attention to detail. Featuring an eat-in kitchen and a south facing reception room with fireplace. 2 bedroom, 2 bathrooms, reception room. ÂŁ745,000 Leasehold 020 7835 1577


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KEMPSFORD GARDENS, SW5 A contemporary designed duplex apartment with a west facing roof terrace, leading off the wonderful open-plan reception/entertaining room which boasts high ceilings. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception. £1,295,000 Leasehold 020 7835 1577

OLD BROMPTON ROAD, SW5 A highly desirable apartment located on the top floor of this well maintained mansion block, with a spacious through reception, modern kitchen and solid wood flooring throughout. 2 beds, 2 bathrooms, reception. £1,150,000 Freehold Share 020 7835 1577


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PHILBEACH GARDENS, SW5 A beautifully refurbished apartment arranged over two floors with direct access to Philbeach Gardens. Oak floors and high ceilings create a fantastic entertaining space. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 receptions. £1,350 per week Furnished 020 7341 4362

OSSINGTON STREET, W2 A fantastic lateral apartment located in Notting Hill, close to Hyde Park. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room. £850 per week Furnished 020 7243 1352

Residential Lettings across RBK&C in Chelsea, South Kensington, Earls Court and Notting Hill


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153 Cromwell Road, SW5 RichaRd BRown looks back at the career of sir alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBe, who lived in the Royal Borough from 1926 until his move to Hollywood in 1939 He was voted the Greatest director of all time by Entertainment Weekly at the turn of the century, counts among his filmmaking admirers steven spielberg, Martin scorsese and Quentin tarantino and, during a career that spanned six decades, worked with the likes of Laurence olivier, Cary Grant, James stewart and Grace Kelly. Not bad for a man who abided by the simple rule that the length of a film “should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” Born to a greengrocer father in Leytonstone, essex, sir alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBe entered the movie-making world in 1920, working as a title designer for Islington studios. His creative flair and love of photography quickly impressed his bosses and within five years Hitchcock was directing his own titles. while his first two films, The Pleasure Garden (1925) and The Mountain Eagle (1927), were considered commercial flops, his first thriller, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), proved a critical success, incorporating the sort of expressionist techniques and ‘wrong man’ plot that would come to characterise Hitchcock’s works. In the december of the previous year, Hitchcock had married his assistant director, alma Reville, a woman who was born only a day after Hitchcock. It was just after the marriage that the newlyweds moved into the modest two-bedroom flat on the top floor of 153 Cromwell Road, part of a mid-victorian terrace in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

It was just after the marriage [between Hitchcock and Alma Reville] that the newlyweds moved into the modest twobedroom flat on the top floor of 153 Cromwell Road, part of a mid-Victorian terrace... and he retained this London base for the entirety of his career despite the fame and fortune Hitchcock would later find, he retained his London base for the entirety of his career. Having designed the furniture and fittings for the flat himself, he would use the residence as a study to hone his scripts – often remaining in his favourite silk pyjamas and dressing gown to do so. two years after his daughter Patricia was born, Hitchcock directed Blackmail (1930) a movie that would be Britain’s first sound film, or ‘talkie’, and a production that would initiate Hitchcock’s habit of using famous landmarks as backdrops to a story (the climax of the film takes place on the dome of the British Museum). In 1933, Hitchcock moved to the GaumontBritish Picture Corporation, a company for whom he would direct The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938). It was during this decade that the director began building his reputation for cinematic innovation and suspense-filled plotlines. at the end of the 30s, Hollywood came knocking.


despite fondness for his homeland, where many of his films continued to be set, Hitchcock soon begun making the most of the superior resources of the american studios. working under film producer david o. selznick, he produced the academy award-winning Rebecca (1940) and the box office smash Notorious (1946) – films that remain two of Hitchcock’s most acclaimed. when the english director teamed up with the american sweetheart Grace Kelly in the 1950s, a collaboration was formed that captivated audiences both sides of the pond and it was this relationship that resulted in Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955), three of the decade’s most popular films. what Hitchcock deemed merely “a big comedy” was to the cinemagoing public a terrifying tale of embezzlement, murder and unprecedented sexuality. Produced on a budget of just £500,000, Psycho (1960) went on to take £20 million at the box office, spawning two sequels, a prequel, a remake and a television spin-off. By the end of his career, which culminated in Family Plot in 1976, Hitchcock had directed more than 50 feature length films, winning him two Golden Globes, eight Laurel awards and five lifetime achievement awards. though he never won an oscar for Best director, Hitchcock was presented with the Irving thalberg Memorial award at the oscars in 1967. on accepting the honour, he made the shortest speech in the awards ceremony’s history. “thank you,” he simply said. Hitchcock died in his Bel air home of renal failure in april 1980. Following his funeral, his body was cremated and his remains scattered over the Pacific ocean. In his own words: “there is nothing quite so good as a burial at sea. It is simple, tidy and not very incriminating.”

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8 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, garden.


A broad white stucco-fronted Victorian terraced house situated in one of the prettiest streets in Kensington. Currently arranged as three charming, well presented flats, which includes a ground and garden maisonette, a one bedroom 1st floor flat and a 2nd and 3rd floor maisonette. Subject to the necessary consents this west facing house could be reinstated back into an imposing family house. Approx. 3,707 sq ft.





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Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ5,850,000

KENSINGTON 020 7908 1100

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SHREWSBURY HOUSE, SW3 A generous sized 3rd floor apartment in a portered block on Cheyne Walk, offering attractive river views in a convenient location for the King’s Road. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, cloakroom, lift, porter. Lease to 2035 Guide Price £1,100,000

DRAYCOTT PLACE, SW3 A well presented, spacious flat in an attractive red brick period building, enjoying good natural light as a result of its elevated position. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. Lease to 2054 Guide Price £999,995

CHELSEA 020 7352 1484

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5/6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 shower rooms (1 en suite), drawing room, family room, dining area, study/bedroom 6, cloakroom, terrace, garage. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ5,975,000



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CHELSEA 020 7352 1484

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A most attractive and well designed family house situated in a wide street just off Chelsea Square. Arranged over four floors and providing excellent family accommodation with the benefit of entrances at the front and rear and an integral garage. Approx. 2,907 sq ft.




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GLOUCESTER ROAD, SW7 A charming house arranged over four floors, conveniently located at the entrance to Kynance Mews. Approx. 1,654 sq ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room. Freehold Guide Price £2,600,000



A beautifully presented flat situated on the 2 floor of an end-of-terrace building. Approx. 843 sq ft.

A well presented flat with high ceilings throughout, situated to the rear of a well maintained mansion block. Approx. 637 sq ft,

2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, reception room.

Bedroom, bathroom, reception room.

Lease to 2102 Guide Price £850,000

Freehold Share Guide Price £645,000


SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0000

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4/5 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, drawing room, dining hall, study/bedroom 5, playroom/TV room, lift, communal gardens, porter. Freehold Share Guide Price ÂŁ2,950,000

SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0000

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An immaculately presented split-level penthouse apartment with a private roof terrace and far reaching views. Approx. 1,943 sq ft.





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ROLAND GARDENS, SW7 This very individual and spacious flat is situated on the lower ground floor of a substantial red brick building. Immaculately refurbished and cleverly designed to maximise space. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, garden. Furnished £2,950 per week SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0044

CHEYNE ROW, SW3 An excellent family house which has been newly decorated and has a superb finish throughout. Raised ground floor reception room, fully-fitted kitchen leading to breakfast room. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms. Unfurnished £2,250 per week CHELSEA 020 7352 8111

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ADDISON CRESCENT, W14 A very well proportioned double-fronted period house (circa 1860) meticulously restored to the highest specifications behind a richly ornate facade. Approx. 6,329 sq ft. 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 4 receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 cloakrooms, pantry, gym, sauna, garden. Freehold Guide Price £12,500,000



A grand house at a premier address close to Notting Hill and Westfield shopping centre. Approx. 3,422 sq ft. 4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, wet room, reception room, reception 2/kitchen, 3 cloakrooms, study.

Arranged over four floors in a popular development with off-street parking and the use of communal gardens. 4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception/dining room, dressing room/bedroom 5.

Freehold Guide Price £3,999,950

Freehold Guide Price £2,600,000

HOLLAND PARK 020 7727 2233

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Clabon Mews, Knightsbridge SW1 • 4 Bedrooms

• Open-plan kitchen

• 3 Bathrooms

• Garage parking

• Reception room

• Approx. 1,822 sq ft (169 sq m)

“ A wonderful double fronted mews house ideally located in Knightsbridge”

£2,750 per week Furnished

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

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

Observatory Gardens, Kensington W8 • 4 Bedrooms

• Kitchen / breakfast room

• 3 Bathrooms

• Patio garden

• Reception room

• Approx. 2,002 sq ft (186 sq m)

“ A newly refurbished maisonette in this well maintained portered building in Kensington”

£2,250 per week Unfurnished

For more information call me, David Mills, on 020 7306 1630 or email

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

Contrary to popular belief, properties that have experienced an earthquake tend to sell for more. As the new boys on the block, we make no apologies for shaking things up at the very foundations. How? By not tying our clients down to long term contracts. Or over-valuing property to win instructions. Nor do we apologise for achieving prices way above our clients’ expectations. Through no fault of our own! T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH

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Chepstow Place, Notting Hill W2 A very rare commodity – a very bright, very spacious six bedroom house with off-street parking and a delightful west-facing garden Facing east-west ensures that even on the gloomiest of days, any light will filter straight through the airy, well arranged accommodation and on the brightest, sunniest of days it can be enjoyed from dawn to dusk. Rounding up the day in the charming lawned garden as the sun sets.

Double reception room Kitchen / breakfast room Master bedroom & en-suite bathroom Guest bedroom & en-suite shower room Four further bedrooms & family bathroom 42’ west-facing garden & off-street parking The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 2,339 sq ft / 217.2 sq m – Freehold Price on application

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

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Notting Hill W11 A highly-desirable Georgian townhouse, set across four floors, a uniquely indulgent homage to style The sensual, luxurious and breath-takingly beautiful home of Kelly Hoppen MBE, the world-famous, British designer whose work has been featured in magazines across the globe is being featured once again. This time, it’s for sale.

A unique Georgian terraced house Drawing room, dining room, kitchen & breakfast room Master bedroom suite, guest bedroom suite Gymnasium, dressing room, cloakroom, large laundry room Designed garden, balcony, two terraces, separate staff entrance 2,574 sq ft / 239 sq m – Freehold Price on application

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

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Denyer Street, SW3

ÂŁ3,950,000 Leasehold

A truly spectacular maisonette with the most imaginative interior design. Comprising over 2000 square feet of luxurious living space, the property is arranged over the first and second floors of a corner building and comes with a triple aspect and a private roof terrace. Inside it is a masterpiece of playful interior design; arresting, eye-catching and sophisticated. This property is perfectly suited to a young person with an imaginative sense of style and fun and a desire to be in central Chelsea.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU Email: Tel: 0207 727 1717 Fax: 0207 727 2030 Web: Domus loves: paisley prints and tailored styles at Stella McCartney, South Kensington

Lansdowne Road, w11 ÂŁ7,500,000 Freehold

A rare opportunity to acquire a beautiful family house with direct access to communal gardens.

This wonderfully stylish home is presented in exceptional order having been recently interior designed throughout. Arranged over five floors the layout is ideal for a large family. With excellent sized bedrooms on the upper floors, a formal drawing room, and a large kitchen family room in the basement. At over 3,000 square feet this is a fantastic house in one of Notting Hill’s most sought after addresses.

Palace Gate, W8

ÂŁ3,300,000 Share of Freehold

A remarkable triplex within this famous mansion building of historic importance.

Designed by the modernist architect Wells Coates and completed in 1939, the building is Grade 2* listed and much revered. Its individual units are designed around a threetwo system of spatial layout, allowing for split-level living spaces connected by elegant staircases. This comprehensive apartment comprises three interlinked reception areas, five double bedrooms and five bathrooms. The building has a resident porter, secure underground parking and a lift.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU Email: Tel: 0207 727 1717 Fax: 0207 727 2030 Web: Domus Nova loves: Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei at the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

Portobello road, W11 ÂŁ1,900,000 Leasehold

An interior-designed apartment providing enviable living space, within an exclusive gated developments off the famous Portobello Road

The two bedroom, two bathroom property provides a tranquil living environment within the security and calmness of the development. Immaculately presented, it comprises of a large, contemporary reception space with wide wood floors and French doors leading to a beautiful terrace. The open plan space houses a sleek, minimalistic Bulthaup kitchen and dining area. The development comes with a porter, high security and underground parking.

Linden Gardens, W2

ÂŁ2,950 per week

A very stylish first floor lateral apartment arranged over two buildings and situated moments from Hyde Park.

This impressive conversion has been beautifully and sympathetically refurbished throughout, balancing contemporary and traditional design. The magnificent double reception room opens out onto a southfacing balcony. A second reception space overlooks the stunning Gaggenau kitchen. There is a beautiful master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, two additional double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and a private roof terrace.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU Email: Tel: 0207 727 1717 Fax: 0207 727 2030 Web: Domus loves: papers and Sunday brunch at Granger & Co., Westbourne Grove

kensington gardens square, w2 ÂŁ3,000 per week

A sensational luxury triplex of immense volume and style, recently remodelled by an acclaimed architect at great expense.

This amazing apartment is arranged over the raised ground, first and second floors of a substantial Victorian terraced property. Offering exceptional living space throughout, the property comprises and open-plan kitchen and dining area, formal reception, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Utilizing the original grand proportions and features such as a spectacular stone oval staircase that stands central to the property, the architect has successfully created one of the most inspiring and rare homes.


Expert Comment SALES:


The impact of the 2012 Budget announcement

Savills opens in Chelsea

James Wardle, Sales Director at Hamptons International, reports on recent developments in the Knightsbridge property market

Jane Ingram, Head of Savills Residential Lettings, comments on the market and tells us about Savills’ new Chelsea office, opening in May

As busy Central London agents, it is so easy to get wrapped up in hectic dayto-day activity that it usually requires a momentous event to make us take stock of market trends; in the last few weeks, the announcement of the 2012 Budget threatened to be that event. However, we have been pleased to see that initial repercussions with regards to SDLT have done little to cool the general appetite for Prime Central London property; now the dust has settled we are experiencing business as usual, both above and below £2 million. In the last decade we have experienced a significant acceleration in property price increases in Belgravia and Knightsbridge, with some values doubling in less than six years in spite of a 30 per cent dip in 2008 immediately after Lehmann’s collapse. The market has been driven by the global scale of current international interest in Central London combined with a shortage of stock, a weak sterling and low UK interest rates. Global uncertainty in stock markets and government bonds, and even full scale political turmoil, are factors driving international purchasers towards London’s prime bricks and mortar. In uncertain times London is seen as a safe investment; this, combined with the fact that on a global scale there are economies and individuals which are flourishing, has created a demand that has ensured sales prices are on average 75 per cent higher than pre-Lehmann peak rates. Some say that this dramatic activity has threatened to de-couple Prime Central London from the rest of the UK market, but it is undeniable that there is a ripple effect to the rest of the London market and certain associated markets beyond. This year we have seen very little coming to the sales market and even less in what has come to be known as ‘turnkey condition’; these are the properties that usually achieve a premium with offshore purchasers. This shortage has driven prices up by nearly ten per cent in certain locations since the last quarter of 2011 and prices look set to continue to rise, albeit possibly at a more sustainable rate as a result of the Budget announcement.

With Easter behind us, now is the time that we begin to see the summer surge in the Central London lettings market, as a result of families looking to relocate and tenants, both international and domestic, wanting to live in the heart of London. We are opening our new Savills Chelsea office at the beginning of May and we’re seeing more stock coming to the market and property which is presented well is letting quickly. The Chelsea office will also house Savills Interior Services which has become a onestop-shop for landlords who might need anything from the redecoration of their property to a dressing service or a complete refurbishment. In Kensington, similarly, the mid-range corporate driven and family house market is warming up and with the recent launch of the Savills Corporate Services department, headed up by Matthew Salvidge, we are building stronger than ever relocation agent contacts and developing new business opportunities. Current corporate demand ranges from one bedroom properties priced at £350 per week to family houses priced from £3,000 per week. While we anticipate a busy spring market, it is important for landlords to remain realistic about pricing and take advice from a reliable ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents) licensed agent: ARLA is a professional membership and regulatory body for letting agents in the UK. At Savills our aim is to have all of our letting agents licensed within 12 months of joining, so we can give landlords professional up-to-date advice and guidance. We recently expanded our Super Prime Lettings department with Gilly Hayden, who has joined Mark Tunstall. They have just secured an off-market two-year deal for a property in a highly sought-after street in Chelsea, which was guided at £15,000 per week. We have also let a spectacular house close to Sloane Square which was guided at £4,000 per week. We have some excellent stock on our books at the moment and are looking forward to the rest of an exciting year.

Hamptons International - Knightsbridge Office 168 Brompton Road, SW3 1HT 020 7584 2044

Savills 139 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AY 020 7730 0822




Clarendon Road, Holland Park Nick craysoN, of the property company Crayson, investigates the considerable charms and attractions of Clarendon Road, one of the most prestigious addresses in Kensington and Chelsea

Running paRallel to ladbroke grove, two streets to the west, Clarendon Road is one of the most prestigious addresses in Holland park. the wide and tree-lined street, that boasts John Cleese and Robbie Williams as past residents, stretches through the heart of this thriving area, joining Holland park avenue in the south. Residents have the advantage of a relatively quiet street location, combined with being on the doorstep of the considerable attractions that the immediate area has to offer – fashionable ‘Clarendon Cross’ and Holland park avenue in the south, and portobello and Kensington park Road to the east, to name just a few. not only does property in Clarendon Road lay claim to a top drawer location but it also offers a huge variety of property, both in terms of size and style; modern property in the north, large detached family homes further south, and smaller terraced properties in pretty pastel shades in the south. Buyers will find everything from one-bedroom apartments from around £300,000 to large five or six-bedroom detached and semi-detached houses for upwards of £10 million. it’s not unusual for both downsizers and upsizers to want to remain in Clarendon Road when lifestyle changes demand a different-sized property. our in-depth focus on Clarendon Road in our last Market intelligence Report (Q1 2012) revealed some interesting facts about this prime


Kensington and Chelsea location. property in Clarendon Road sells quickly when compared with other property – an average of 146 days, compared with 180 days in the whole west london area. last year we sold a fabulous period townhouse at the southern end of the road; it had a good number of viewings on the first day on the open market, and sold immediately at a price in excess of the guide price. While not everything sells so quickly, this story certainly isn’t unusual. in the last year, only 16 properties on Clarendon Road changed hands, resulting in strong competition when homes did come to the market. in the last five years, average price per square foot (£psf) achieved on properties sold in Clarendon Road has increased by 43 per cent, compared with 29 per cent growth in achieved £psf across prime london. the first property to exceed £1,000psf on Clarendon Road was a large 3,000 square foot house, selling for £1,053psf in December 1997. a similar house sold in november 2011, achieving in excess of £3,250psf, a record for the street. these £psf prices, however, are the exception, although price increases have been robust over the last 15 years. the average £psf in 2011 was £1,166, more than doubling since 1997 when the average £psf was £530. Buying in Clarendon Road has proved to be a strong investment as well as a very attractive lifestyle choice. The full Market Intelligence report can be read online at Alternatively, email Crayson, who will be happy to send you a hard copy by post, on or call 020 7221 1117



London: Top of its Game Tommy de malleT morgan FrICS, managing director of de Mallet Morgan ltd, believes the future remains bright for london as the leading international city for high net worth individuals globally

This is likely to continue so long as london is considered to be a safe haven to store wealth and there are many compelling and powerful attractions for london to remain the number one address. Firstly, london was the pioneer of the ‘Green lung’ and open spaces in city centres and large estate owners, like the Cadogan and smith Charities estates, have contributed to the retention of much of the historic fabric and the beauty of the area to the south of hyde Park, making it an attractive and vibrant environment in which to live. Offering a lifestyle hard to rival, kensington and Chelsea is home to some of the best shopping and world-renowned couture. From sloane street to harrods and harvey Nichols, and first-class hotels like the Mandarin Oriental and The Berkeley, it’s no wonder the streets and Michelin-starred restaurants are vibrant with international activity, generating a healthy local economy. The appetite to invest in property is one of life’s pleasures and adapting bricks and mortar to suit the times, whether it’s for a family home or pied-àterre, retains the vitality of the asset. Whether the new stamp Duty provisions by the Government make any impact remains to be seen. The Mews of the Georgian and Regency era, which quartered horses and grooms, are now for instance fashionable homes in enviable, secluded cobbled enclaves and the restrictions on space have seen basements excavated for leisure purposes and some have roof gardens or terraces which they did not have before. There are such properties available off-market, with more than 4,500 sq. ft., close to harrods.


Creating more space on one or multiple levels by lateral conversion is a growing trend. it is an expensive undertaking but the end product is in demand and the marriage value by joining adjacent properties, whether they are flats or houses, can prove to be both financially and aesthetically rewarding. Were you to envisage a requirement for a brand new town house in kensington, a short walk from kensington Palace Gardens, with extras like cutting-edge security to ensure the safety of your multi-million pound art collection along with every modern convenience, including a state-of-the-art indoor swimming pool, cinema, dance floor, panic rooms and car lift, as well as your own substantial private garden, this can be found through us. de Mallet Morgan ensures that whether investing or buying property, risk is minimalised and a desired asset is obtained at a competitive level. We represent high net worth individuals in the acquisition of prestigious property whilst also giving consultancy advice on the disposal or sale of property. in addition, de Mallet Morgan is privy to the best of london properties, whether an exquisite town house or a flagship hotel; many of these are highly confidential and not openly for sale. We have the contacts and the knowledge to gain you access to this privileged information and provide a confidential and first class service to ensure that you have the competitive edge. Information: email or visit



International Buyers in London The prime central London market continues to strengthen, with prices up more than 11 per cent on the year. For a more detailed view of what is happening in the Kensington and Chelsea market, Grainne Gilmore, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, talks to James Pace, head of Knight Frank’s Chelsea and South Kensington offices Grainne Gilmore: James, what is happening in the market at the moment? James Pace: The market for properties worth up to and around £3 million is very busy; we are selling properties as soon as they come onto the market. It is interesting to note that the new seven per cent stamp duty charge for properties worth £2 million or more has had little effect so far. There have been a few attempted re-negotiations, but sales are continuing to go through. Another effect of the stamp duty charge may be that people are less inclined to move. This could exacerbate the lack of stock further up the price scale, a factor which has been inhibiting some activity of late. We do have buyers but stock levels for properties worth more than £5 million are lower than average.

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GG: The stock levels you mention are replicated across prime central London. Our latest data shows that the number of new properties available for sale at £5 million or more was 11 per cent lower in the three months to March this year, compared to the same time last year. Looking at activity, who is active in the market at present? International buyers make up nearly two-thirds of buyers in the whole of prime central market. Is this something you are seeing in your area? JP: Yes, there is a lot of interest from international buyers, who make up the majority of purchasers, at present. As you can see from the figure [pictured right], Russian, French and Italian buyers are the most active. The number of European buyers has certainly increased in line with the worsening of the Eurozone crisis.

GG: What types of properties are the most popular? JP: We are spoilt for choice in terms of good period family houses in Kensington and Chelsea and this is a key reason why the area is so popular. But within this, we note that there is a premium for properties at both ends of the scale at present: either those that are fully modernised, sometimes called ‘turn-key’ properties, or those that have not been refurbished for several decades, allowing buyers to put their own stamp on the place. Modern new-build properties are less common, and are much sought-after when they are completed.


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Rawlings Street, Chelsea SW3 A delightful period house located in the heart of Chelsea. Entrance hall • Dining room • Kitchen • Sitting room • Utility First floor reception room • Study • Cloakroom • Master bedroom with large en-suite bathroom • Four further bedrooms • Three bathrooms • Terrace

020 7808 8540

Guide Price: £3,750,000 Freehold

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Going the extra mile… Sotheby’s International Realty will be travelling to Moscow to showcase over £750m worth of prime UK property to key Russian buyers from the 11th - 15th June 2012. We work closely with our office in Moscow and with Sotheby’s auction house, both of which provide us with a unique source of potential purchasers. If you are thinking of selling your property and would like it to travel 1,559 miles to Moscow, we would be delighted to hear from you. Или если вы предпочтёте общаться с русско-говорящим представителем, пожалуйста звоните Светлане Щёлоковой и она будет рада помочь +44 (0) 20 7808 8540

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Kings Road, Chelsea SW3 An exceptional London pied à terre. A light and spacious duplex one bedroom apartment situated on the first and second floors • A well proportioned open-plan reception room and Poggenpohl kitchen • Dining room • Large bedroom • Large Starck bathroom Communal terrace • Approximately 843 sq ft / 78 sq m

020 7808 8540

Guide Price: £1,250,000 Long lease

Over 600 Offices in 46 Countries

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Albert Court, Kensington SW7 Two magnificent neighbouring apartments. Located in one of London’s most historical and original portered blocks Spectacular views over the Royal Albert Hall • Superb entertaining space Good ceiling height • Air conditioning • 24 hour porterage • Underground car parking space by separate negotiation • Approximately 5,900 sq ft/548 sq m

020 7808 8540

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Oakley Street, SW3

ÂŁ1,500,000 | Share of Freehold

Superbly presented two bedroom flat on the fifth floor (with lift) of this sought after modern purpose built block. The apartment benefits from excellent contemporary refurbishment which includes marble flooring. The flat has an allocated parking space and Pier House boasts a smart lobby area with 24 hour porterage and is well located on the corner of Oakley Street and Cheyne Walk in the heart of fashionable Chelsea. Two bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Lift, 24 hr porterage, Allocated parking space.

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

Old Brompton Road, SW5

ÂŁ1,200,000 | Share of Freehold

Beautifully refurbished two bedroom flat on the second floor (with lift) of this handsome Victorian mansion block. The apartment boasts a very well proportioned reception room with high ceilings, a natural sitting area and a dining area adjacent to the well fitted open plan kitchen. There is a good sized main bedroom and a large bathroom. Richmond Mansions is well located to benefit from extensive shopping and restaurant facilities with Earls Court underground station nearby. Two bedrooms, Bathroom, Large reception room, Open plan kitchen, Lift.

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

Waldron Mews, SW3

ÂŁ1,600 per week | Unfurnished

A fantastic, spacious four bedroom house, securely situated in this charming gated mews. The property has a modern, eat-in kitchen, reception room which leads out onto a private terrace and accommodation on the lower ground floor, which would be ideal for guests. Upstairs there is a master bedroom suite and two further double bedrooms with a further bathroom. This property also comes with a large private garage. The house has been neutrally decorated throughout with wood flooring in the reception and has excellent storage. Waldron Mews is quietly located off Old Church Street, moments from the Kings Road with restaurants, supermarkets and boutiques all within walking distance. Two reception rooms, Kitchen, Four bedrooms, Three bathrooms, Cloakroom, Terrace, Gardens, Garage

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

Sloane Gardens, SW1W

ÂŁ995 per week | Furnished

A stunning apartment on the third floor of this imposing red-brick period building, located on a quiet tree-lined avenue just a few moments from Sloane Square. A glass roof dome and windows with lovely views to both east and west sides of the building provide an abundance of natural light. The flat has been newly refurbished and decorated throughout in a contemporary style by BRAHM Interiors. Stained oak floors have been laid in reception areas and brand new carpets in the bedrooms. Available immediately for a long term let. Two bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Newly refurbished, Interior designed, Resident housekeeper, Professionally managed.

1 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8JX 020 7235 8861

ADAM & EVE MEWS, W8 Stunningly refurbished and extended, this four bedroom mews house with parking has been finished to an excellent standard. Reception room, kitchen/dining room, 2 en-suite bedrooms, 2 further bedrooms, 2 shower rooms, utility room, patio garden, roof terrace, carport.

Freehold ÂŁ4,750,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

EAGLE PLACE, ROLAND WAY, SW7 A delightful corner house with windows on three sides in this wonderful private mews. Reception room, dining room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, en-suite shower room, cloakroom, garage & private parking.

Freehold ÂŁ2,500,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

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QUEEN’S GATE MEWS, SW7 A charming three bedroomed south facing house tucked away in this popular cobbled mews in the heart of south Kensington. Reception room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, en suite shower room, bathroom, large entrance hall.

Freehold £1,950,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

LADBROKE WALK, W11 A fantastic opportunity to modernise this south-facing mews house on a very pretty cobbled street in Notting Hill. Reception room, open-plan kitchen/ dining room, master bedroom with en suite shower room, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom, guest cloakroom/utility room, terrace, garage.

Freehold £1,925,000 STC Hyde Park Office 020 7479 1999

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Upper Belgrave Street, SW1X A classically proportioned first floor apartment in this Georgian period building is available for long term rent. Accommodation of approx 1259 sq ft comprises spacious reception room with access to balcony, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, second double bedroom, shower room and kitchen with access to terrace. Unfurnished ÂŁ1,700 pw 020 7225 6602

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SLoAne Street Knightsbridge, SW1 A rarely available exceptionally large apartment located in the heart of Knightsbridge.This substantial lateral property potentially provides eight bedrooms and three large reception rooms, extending to over 5,000sq ft (1,524sq m) on one floor. Resident caretaker, lift and security. Leasehold 136 years ÂŁ12,950,000 020 7225 6508 JSA: Knight Frank 020 7591 8600

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Markham Square, Chelsea, London SW3 A rare opportunity to acquire an UN-MODERNISED period house in a prime position within one of Chelsea’s best garden squares. With the benefit of full planning consent for a substantial extension the house, when complete, will provide approx. 3,340 sq ft. A purchaser will have the opportunity of configuring the property to their requirement with:

Freehold Guide Price: £5,000,000 Subject to Contract

Up to 5 bedrooms n 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite) n drawing room n media room n 32ft kitchen/dining room opening onto the garden.


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A fantastic two bedroom fifth floor flat with stunning rooftop views situated in this iconic portered building in the heart of Knightsbridge.

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Entrance Hall Reception Room Dining Room Guest Cloakroom 4 Bedrooms (one en-suite) Further Bathroom Kitchen/Breakfast Room Patio Storage Vault Porter Lift

Share of Freehold £2,250,000 STC

Old Church Street SW3 A superbly refurbished one bedroom flat in an exclusive small gated development built around a landscaped courtyard with a lovely west facing reception room. • • • • • • • • •

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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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Clabon Mews | Knightsbridge | SW1 2445 sq ft (227.1 sq m)

A stunning new developed four bedroom freehold mews house with garage, in one of Knightsbridge’s most desirable mews situated behind Cadogan Square. Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Master bedroom suite | Media room/bedroom 4 Two further bedrooms | Three shower rooms | Garage | Air conditioning Asking price £6,250,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA: Cluttons 020 7584 7117

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Cadogan Court Gardens | Knightsbridge | SW1 1658 sq ft (154 sq m)

An immaculately refurbished three bedroom lateral flat in pristine condition in this well located mansion block. Reception room | Kitchen | Three bedrooms | Three bathrooms | West-facing balcony ÂŁ3,250 per week

Knightsbridge 020 7589 9966

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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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Gledhow Gardens | South Kensington | SW5 2,900 sq ft / 269 sq m

Completely refurbished well proportioned four bedroom maisonette offering direct access onto the communal gardens. Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room | Three further bedroom suites | Private decked garden | Direct access to gardens ÂŁ3,950 per week Furnished or Unfurnished

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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Ralston Street | Chelsea | SW3 1,877 sq ft (174.4 sq m)

This three double bedroom maisonette is in excellent order throughout with excellent proportions and great light. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Family room | Master bedroom with en suite | Bedroom two with en suite | Bedroom three | Shower room | Utility room | Patio | Garden Asking price ÂŁ3,350,000 Share of Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

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Kensington Park Road | Notting Hill | W11 2,528 sq ft (234.85 sq m)

A wonderful, laterally converted four bedroom flat, occupying approximately 2,528 sq ft, on the second and third floors of this handsome period building. Drawing room | Kitchen | Study | Four bedrooms | Four bath/shower rooms | Dressing room Utility room | Cloakroom | Two balconies Asking price ÂŁ3,600,000 Share of Freehold

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111

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Seymour Walk | Chelsea | SW10 2,513 sq ft (233.46 sq m) including garage

This fantastic five bedroom house, with garage, has been recently refurbished to a very high standard and boasts wonderful living and entertaining space. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Family room | Five bedrooms Five bath/shower rooms | Utility room | Garden | Roof terrace | Garage Asking price ÂŁ4,650,000 Freehold

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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