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A Love of Sloane Street

The King of Diamonds

Kathryn Gordon spells out the top destinations of one of the capital’s most prestigious streets

Annabel Harrison recounts the history of jeweller Tiffany & Co. on its 175th anniversary



The Life & Legacy

Retracing History

We remember the extraordinary Dame Elizabeth Taylor and her famous collections, as auctioned off by Christie’s

Mike Peake meets polar explorer Antony Jinman to discuss his forthcoming journey retracing the steps of Captain Scott



Our Fair Lady

Continental Drift

Carol Cordrey explores the V&A’s Cecil Beaton exhibition

Matthew Carter tries out Bentley’s ultimate Grand Tourer



MARCH 2012 s issue 001

Editor Annabel Harrison

Editor-in-Chief Lesley Ellwood

Head of Design Hiren Chandarana

Editorial Director Kate Harrison

Contributing Editors Richard Brown, Gabrielle Lane

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Editorial Assistants Olivia Sharpe, Katie Richardson

Head of Finance Elton Hopkins

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It is with the greatest pleasure that I welcome you to the inaugural issue of The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine. Each month our publication will include features, personalities and events of interest happening in and around Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Notting Hill and Holland Park. Also on the agenda will be intelligent articles about property, people, places and products of relevance to the Royal Borough’s highly discerning residents and visitors. Our overarching ethos is in keeping with something that celebrated writer and luxury lover Oscar Wilde once said; “I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best”. Whether you’re an art aficionado, someone who loves to travel, a connoisseur of fine dining or a diamond dilettante, this magazine focuses on, quite simply, the best of everything. Indulge your inner artist by reading about the V&A’s beautiful, intimate exhibition, Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration (p. 34) and the legacy of Dame Elizabeth Taylor (p. 18) following the record-breaking sales of her paintings and near priceless jewels. For the horologists among you, it’s time to get excited about the most brilliant new releases ahead of the watch world’s annual showcase in Basel (p. 38) and globe-trotters, choose your next escape based on 2012’s travel hotspots (p. 91). For those with an eye for interior design, we put the spotlight on the best homes on the market; this month, it is Kelly Hoppen’s stylish Notting Hill property (p. 68). Motoring enthusiasts are certain to have their appetites whetted for Bentleys past, present and future by Continental Evolution (p. 80) Peruse A Love of Sloane Street (p. 13) to remind yourself of the treasure trove of both quintessentially British and internationally renowned brands before noting down essential local events in your diary; don’t forget Mother’s Day on 18 March. Spend some quality time with your mother, daughter or son during afternoon tea or while visiting an exhibition; Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess, Princess perhaps, at Kensington Palace or Scott’s Last Expedition at the Natural History Museum.



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S loa ne S t r e e t Sloane Street and the adjoining Sloane Square offer a wealth of local gems in which to eat, drink and shop and a treasure trove of both quintessentially British and internationally renowned brands to peruse at your leisure. By KATHRYN GORDON



Alexander McQueen



2011 was momentous for this pioneering British fashion house. Having done justice to the legacy of its late founder with the most talked-about dress of the year - Creative Director Sarah Burton dreamt up Catherine Middleton’s stunning royal wedding gown 2012 looks extremely promising.

B Beauty

Feeling under the weather? Indulge in a relaxing face or body treatment at Aldo Coppola’s urban hideaway or book a haircut with the experts at Vidal Sassoon. Afterwards, purchase some luxurious skin-care products from Elemis to continue the good work at home.


Cashmere at Loro Piana This luxury goods company can be traced back to Trivero, 19th century Italy and a family of wool fabric merchants. Generations later, it’s the largest cashmere manufacturer in the world, the popularity of its gorgeously soft pieces attesting to their high quality.



Dear Diary


Exceptional Education Knightsbridge School, Francis Holland and Pimlico Academy: to highlight but a few of the outstanding primary and secondary institutions the area has to offer. All three are prestigious, community-friendly hubs, the latter providing starts for an impressive roster of celebrities.

Smythson is known for its irresistibly sophisticated stationery and luxurious leather goods and the elegant designs of both have regal appeal – Queen Victoria was a client, as are members of the current Royal Family. A true British great.

French Sole These pumps and flats come in an impressive range of styles and colours, including animal prints (we love the Python diamond) and more traditional shades. Beautifully made, comfortable and oh-so-chic, French Sole provides a treat for both the eyes and feet.



Gorgeous Gardens One of London’s most prestigious addresses, Cadogan Gardens’ terraces were built during the late 1880s in a variety of architectural styles. The communal garden is for the private use of those lucky enough to be residents, or by appointment only.

Heritage Gieves & Hawkes is renowned for being an exceptional bespoke and ready-to-wear gentlemen’s tailor. The company’s luxurious suits will last a lifetime, and with three Royal Warrants to boot, they’re a cut above the rest.


Italian Fashion

Sloane Street’s offering surely encompasses all sartorial requirements: Alberta Ferretti – alluringly feminine, with magnificent tucks and draping techniques; D&G – pure sex appeal; Prada – clean lines and opulent fabrics; Fendi – to-die-for handbags; Missoni and Pucci – gorgeously colourful; Giorgio Armani – beautifully cut; and Gucci – steeped in glamour. Bellissima.

Kir Royale

The French aperitif par excellence. There is some contention over the ratio of crème de cassis to champagne but rather than worry about that, get the professionals at The Botanist, The Chelsea Brasserie or The Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols to mix one up for you.

Jewels, Gems, Pearls & Diamonds...

...sparkling in the windows of Bulgari, Dior, Graff, Cartier and Chanel. Whether for anniversaries or birthdays, you can’t go wrong with these delectable offerings. Precious and semi-precious stones set into gold, white gold or silver, each collection is a work of art.


Pick up lingerie at La Perla, purveyors of some of the classiest undergarments around: their pieces are pricey but worth every penny – feminine and ultrafashionable. Or head to Harrods, which stocks the latest playfully sexy designs from the stylish Agent Provocateur.


Members Only A fascinating slice of British history, The Sloane Club started out as The Service Women’s Club, for female members of the Armed Forces during World War II. Nowadays it caters for both sexes, with beautifully appointed rooms and self-contained apartments.



Night Owls Kitts calls itself a “new late night concept in the heart of Chelsea”, promising an atmosphere of understated decadence. Similarly stylish and decadent is the Wellington Club in nearby Knightsbridge. Order a magnum, or jeroboam, and people-watch to your heart’s content.



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Want to feel more like the one per cent? There are strict requirements for membership of Private Banking at Coutts – a certain amount of “disposable funds”, for one – so it’s no wonder Coutts is so secretive about its client list. Be certain of the utmost discretion.

...and other beautiful bunches at celebrated Pulbrook & Gould Florists. Choose from the many flowers, berries, foliage and fruits on offer in the elegant conservatory-shop. For an evergreen pick, the high-quality faux flowers are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.



Quintessentially British

At 6C, Browns has been one of London’s most popular fashion destinations since the 70s. Further up the road at 137/138, Hackett sells classic menswear, and just around the corner, Burberry offers both iconic and innovative British designs.


Royal Court Theatre What better, more cultured way to spend an evening? Britain has a long and remarkable history of playwrights (think Shakespeare, think Stoppard), which the Royal Court is helping to extend, producing new and exciting works from young, innovative voices.

SW1 & SW1W


SW1 runs along the north bank of the Thames (roughly between the Hungerford and Chelsea Bridges), with SW1W a relatively new subdivision. Residents share the SW1 postcode with Whitehall, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Gallery, Thames House and other such landmarks.




Tiffany & Co. Tiffany & Co. was renowned for creating beautiful jewellery long before Audrey Hepburn stood outside its New York branch, gazing through the glass at the treasures within. Exquisite craftsmanship and understated designs have ensured it remains a timeless brand.


Umbrellas from Aquascutum



Peruse wines, fresh fruit and bread, imported American treats, deli products and much more besides at the delicious Partridge’s of London. Also unmissable is the Partridge’s Food Market in nearby Duke of York Square, open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The inventor of the first waterproof cloth in 1853, this trailblazing company has been producing practical and stylish rainwear and accessories to combat the worst of our unpredictable weather ever since.

Writing Instruments

These luxury goods from Montblanc are often identifiable by the white star logo, a birds-eye representation of Mont Blanc’s snow-capped peak; charming, perfectly fitting for such an accessory and ideal for signing that all important cheque or contract.


X Y marks the Spot

In the home & games section at Pickett, the Wii has been jettisoned for the cosier pleasures of classic board games. Antique chess and Scrabble sets (eight points for an X, in case you’d forgotten) jostle with contemporary handmade leather games. Definitely not just for children.


In need of a rest after all that excitement? Check into the Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Hotel, The Sloane Square or the Millennium Hotel for contemporary chic and maximum comfort or visit Durley House for a more intimate, if no less lavish, period setting. Sweet dreams.

Without a doubt one of the greatest names in fashion history, Yves Saint Laurent is still going strong with elegant women’s and men’s ready-towear collections, tasteful accessories, trend-setting shoes, smart jewellery and covetable handbags.



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Dame elizabeth taylor A year after Dame Elizabeth Taylor passed away, on 23 March 2011, and following Christie’s landmark tour of events, exhibitions and auctions dedicated to her lifetime collection, Josephine o’Donoghue takes a closer look at the life and legacy of this extraordinary woman

“An extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest. Her legacy will never fade, her spirit will always be with us, and her love will live forever in our hearts.”

ThEsE wErE ThE worDs chosen to describe Dame Elizabeth Taylor, by her son Michael wilding after she died, in March last year. words, it seems, that echo the heartfelt affection felt by legions of fans across the world, to whom she was a glamorous and colourful presence. In fact, such was Taylor’s vibrant screen presence (alongside the infamous tales of her private life) that she became a cornerstone of popular culture for more than 50 years. Not just as an actress (a double oscarwinner at that), but as an iconic fashionista, generous humanitarian, loving mother and shrewd art collector. when the nation remembers Elizabeth Taylor, it’s hard to pin down one image, as a flood of achievements and

iconic moments spring to mind – Academy Awards, the famous Cleopatra wig, that 33-carat Krupp diamond, violet eyes and eight glamorous, highprofile marriages, to name but a few. Perhaps one of her greatest achievements was helping to start the American Foundation for AIDs research, after the AIDs related death of her former co-star rock hudson in 1985, before also creating her own charity, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. off-screen, Taylor also suffered with health problems including a brain tumour, heart condition, broken back and osteoporosis, which left her wheelchair-bound. “I’ve been through it all, baby” she is remembered for saying. “I’m Mother Courage”.

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Left / La Peregrina, a natural pearl, diamond, ruby and cultured pearl necklace by Cartier

It’s this unique reputation for a passionate fighting spirit, coupled with immense talent and beauty, which makes the legacy of Dame Elizabeth Taylor so mesmerising. From jewels to fashion, and art to furniture, Taylor bequeathed an astounding array of beautiful belongings, which epitomize her personal taste, in an elegant, valuable collection. Appropriately, it fell to the world’s most prestigious auction house, Christie’s, to auction off highlights from her home and wardrobe. “It has been an incredible honour for Christie’s to present this storied collection to the global collecting community”, said Marc Porter, Chairman and President of Christie’s Americas. “From our initial announcement to the last rap of the auctioneer’s gavel, the outpouring of affection and admiration for Elizabeth Taylor has been amazing to witness. This one-of-a-kind collection will go down in history as one of the most successful private collection sales ever presented at auction.” The most anticipated auction in the tour was without doubt the dazzling collection of jewellery cultivated over decades by Taylor, who was famously obsessed with expensive rocks, saying, “I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance; you can only admire it.” Indeed, Taylor eventually did possess one of the most famous engagement rings in history (Richard Burton presented her with the 33-carat Krupp diamond) as such a large and vivacious personality surely deserved the largest and most dramatic diamond. This was just one of many enchanting, named stones that Taylor would own, including the captivating Taylor-Burton (a 69.42-carat, colourless diamond) which Burton purchased at a private sale from Cartier for $1.1million in 1969. The full collection revealed, in sparkling detail, Taylor’s celebrated love affair with and studied appreciation of jewellery, from the simplicity of white diamonds to her most elaborate custom-designed jewels. Christie’s opened with a gala Evening Sale of the most magnificent jewels (13 December 2011) followed by two additional sale sessions the following day and these resulted in some of the most remarkable events in auction history. Lot 12, for example, La Peregrina (a natural pearl, diamond, ruby and cultured pearl necklace by Cartier, as pictured), set a world auction record for a pearl jewel. It sold for $11,842,500 (£7,579,200) to an anonymous buyer, well over the rather lower estimate of $2-3 million. The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond also smashed records, setting a world auction record for a colourless diamond per carat; this rectangular-cut diamond of 33.19 carats, D Colour, potentially flawless, sold for an incredible $265,697 per carat to an Asian Private buyer, at a total of $8,818,500 (£5,643,840), roughly triple the initial estimate. Of course, where there are jewels there must also be dazzling dresses and Taylor oozed glamour at every turn, from the red carpets of Hollywood


to the sandy beaches of Puerto Vallarta. She counted famous designers including Valentino and Versace among her close friends and through various collaborations with them her iconic style evolved over the years. Taylor’s fascination with style, fabric and clothes resulted in a vast collection of haute couture, ready-to-wear fashion, handbags and accessories which were sold over the course of two days. A black alligator Mini Kelly bag, estimated at $3-4,000, sold for $74,500 (£48,425) and the Christian Dior Evening Gown in silver encrusted brocade with a matching evening bag, which Taylor had worn to Guy de Rothschild’s annual ball at their country home, Chateau de Ferrières, sold for $362,500 (£235,625), a jaw-dropping 7,250 per cent more than the estimate. Finally, adding an extra dimension to Taylor’s multifaceted character, the final 2011 sale centred on a selection of furniture, 20th century decorative arts and film memorabilia from Taylor’s Bel Air home. From a young age, she was encouraged to appreciate fine art, sharing her interest with her father, art dealer Francis Taylor. Investing heavily, she amassed an exceptional collection of late-19th and early20th century French and British paintings, including a significant group of works inherited from her father. It was announced on 8 February that three of these paintings, by Van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Claude Pissarro, had fetched a total of £13,787,750 at the Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art sale, more than double their pre-sale estimate of £6.2 million. The Van Gogh - Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy - went for the most money, fetching £10,121,250. “Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear,” said Taylor’s son Michael, “we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world”. And so, alongside the continuing work of her charities, we the public have also been able to enjoy reliving some small part of her beautiful and elegant life through this special, once-in-a-lifetime tour. As of 10 February, the final sales figure from Taylor’s estate stands at £120 million. For more information, please visit

HOLLYWOOD’S SWEETHEART Elizabeth Taylor won her first Best Actress Oscar for playing the self-styled ‘slut of the world’ in BUtterfield 8, followed by a second, opposite then-husband Richard Burton in the 1966 picture, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? National Velvet (1944) was Taylor’s first success and she also starred in Father of the Bride (1950), A Place in the Sun (1951), Giant (1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) and, as the title role, Cleopatra (1963).


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

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Royal Borough

N EWS The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea shares its latest news, updates and events

Let the Games Begin With less than six months until the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, excitement is palpable across the city and this is only set to increase following the glorious occasion of the Diamond Jubilee in June. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is already preparing for the magnificent sporting event, urging residents and businesses to make sure they are prepared for the impact it will have on day-to-day London life. Events in the Borough include the volleyball at Earls Court (28 July - 12 August), part of the cycle road race (28-29 July) and its own cultural festival on Exhibition Road. These events, and others taking place in Hyde Park, will mean road closures, traffic diversions, parking restrictions and changes to local public transport.

Only Connect A landmark deal between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster City Council and O2 will create Europe’s largest free wifi zone, allowing millions of residents in Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster to enjoy free wifi access on their mobiles and laptops. The deal will run at no cost to councils or taxpayers and councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment at the Royal Borough said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to come to this agreement and we look forward to working with O2.”

Right / Following extensive refurbishment, Albert Bridge has been restored to its original glory, open since December 2011

Green Sleeves If you want to give back to the community and enjoy fresh air at the same time, a new project running from now until September allows you to do just this. Taskforce 4 Nature 2012 revolves around wildlife conservation projects in Holland Park and you can help to create wildlife habitats and manage areas of the woodland. Starting on Saturday 18 February at 10.30am, the conservation sessions will run for five hours on the third Saturday of every month and volunteers are advised to bring lunch, waterproofs and “clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty”. Instructions, gloves, tools and tea will be provided. The project is funded by the BIG Lottery and supported by the Royal Borough and Groundwork London. Councillor Nicholas Paget-Brown deems this project “a fantastic opportunity for residents with an interest in nature to come along and help protect these valuable amenities and learn something.” Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Moira Herring at Groundwork London on 020 8743 3040 or email


Exhibition Road: Now Open

Left to right / Leader of the City of Westminster, Cllr Colin Barrow; the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Susie Burbridge; Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell; Deputy Chairman of TfL, Cllr Daniel Moylan; the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson; the Mayor of the Royal Borough’s Consort, Nigel Mills; and the Mayor of the Royal Borough, Cllr Julie Mills

1 February saw the reopening of Exhibition Road, following three years of construction work. Kensington and Chelsea Council has been at the helm of design development and contributed £14.6 million towards the costs of the project. The Mayor of London, whose support has been integral to the success of the scheme, and the leaders of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the City of Westminster unveiled the new-look road, which features a kerb-free single surface with no barriers or street clutter, improving access for those using wheelchairs, push chairs and motorised buggies. The chequered granite design runs from South Kensington Station to Hyde Park along the width of the road and pedestrians can walk along the full route, with a 20mph speed limit. Leader of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell said: “It has taken us the best part of ten years to get here but South Kensington and Exhibition Road finally have the setting they deserve.”


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NEWS Plan the perfect day out in Kensington and Chelsea for Mother’s Day on 18 March

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition After months of anticipation, the winners of Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 have been announced. More than 100 prize-winning photographs from 17 categories are now on show, featuring up-and-coming talent as well as leading professionals in the field. Spanish photographer Daniel Beltra was named the overall winner with his still life in oil shots. This striking polar bear image was taken by Joe Bunni who won his category with it, perhaps reflective of the popularity of documentaries such as Frozen Planet. The exhibition is on display now at the Natural History Museum.






Above / Kah Kit Yoong’s Dawn Stars - Highly Commended for Animals in their Environment

Natural History Museum, SW7 Now until 11 March

Left / Joe Bunni’s Polar Power - Winner of Behaviour: Mammals category

Tiny Dancers

Goodbye To All That

The English National Ballet School is excited to announce that it will be at Move It 2012 in Kensington Olympia this year, deemed the best dance exhibition show in the UK. Visit to find out more information about the courses available for children, especially if you have a budding Darcey Bussell or aspiring street dancer in the family. There will also be an opportunity to meet artistic staff and find out more about the audition process for the school, participate in the ENBS Juniors drop-in classes and also see a performance from the current ENBS Juniors students and the talented ENB2 dancers.

Coming soon to Britain’s leading national company, Goodbye To All That is a play by new voice Luke Norris. The plot follows the life of Frank, played by Norris, and asks the fundamental question of whether it is ever too late to start again. The play is part of the Young Writers Festival 2012 and is Norris’ first ever play, seemingly taking its title from Robert Graves’ 1929 autobiography of the same name.

Olympia Grand Hall, W14 9 – 11 March 2012

Royal Court Theatre, SW1W 23 February – 17 March

Stephen Hawking’s 70th Birthday The Science Museum’s display features objects and papers primarily sourced from Stephen Hawking’s own archives, including handwritten notes on work with Roger Penrose and a rarely-seen 1978 portrait by David Hockney. The first ever display of this archive encourages visitors to reflect on the relationship between Hawking’s scientific achievements, particularly the work that established his reputation in the 60s and 70s, and his success in popularising astrophysics. Science Museum, Exhibition Road, SW7 Now until 9 April

Princess Diana’s Style Legacy With its grand reopening set for 26 March, just in time for the Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, Kensington Palace will be displaying a small but sensational selection of dresses worn by the late Princess of Wales. The five designer gowns, displayed alongside fashion illustrations and photographs, include the black strapless Emmanuel evening gown and the iconic black cocktail dress by Gianni Versace. Some of these dresses will be on show in the UK for the very first time, making the exhibition one not to miss. Make the most of this palatial venue and arrange a day out for Mother’s Day. The high-ceilinged building with its large terrace is a great suntrap; indulge in afternoon tea on a gorgeous spring afternoon. Choose the orangethemed tea or the delectable chocolate version, the Enchanted Palace Tea. No bookings are necessary. Diana: Glimpses of a Modern Princess Kensington Palace, W8 26 March – 2 September 2012

Great Scott The ground-breaking exhibition of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s last expedition to Antarctica is a must-visit in 2012. Featuring rare artefacts used by Scott’s team and scientific specimens, alongside a life-sized representation of Scott’s hut that survived in Antarctica, it marks the centenary of Scott reaching the South Pole and his tragic death. In addition to delving into this mass of historical and biographical information about this great explorer, visit Proud Chelsea’s photographic portrait display. Last Days of the Arctic showcases the work of photojournalist Ragnar Axelsson, inspired by Greenland and the Inuit community which lives there in barely habitable conditions. It also depicts the picturesque but disappearing Arctic landscape. Scott’s Last Expedition, NHM, SW7 20 January – 2 September 2012

I’ll Be Mother… On a crisp and sunny March afternoon, what better way to treat Mummy than with a spot of afternoon tea at the Saatchi Gallery? With its tables outside overlooking the picturesque Duke of York’s Square, which acts as a suitable backdrop to the buzzing, sophisticated shopping street of Chelsea’s King’s Road, this is certainly not just another gallery eaterie. The vanilla-speckled raspberry tartlet and shot glasses of Pimm’s jelly topped with chopped strawberries, cucumber and mint taste just like summer, while the small cube of dark chocolate layer cake is ideal for chocoholics. If you wish to add a little culture to your day out, pop into the gallery itself and check out the Gesamtkunstwerk: New Art from Germany exhibition which will be taking place until 30 April 2012.


Last Days of the Arctic, Proud Chelsea, SW3 Now until 11 March

If Music Be The Food of Love... On 23 February, Cadogan Hall, in the heart of Chelsea, will play host to an evening of mesmerising performances by the London Chamber Orchestra. The programme includes Hadyn with his Concerto for two horns, Schumann’s Konzertstuck and Handel’s Water Music Suite. The London Chamber Orchestra is the longest established professional chamber orchestra in the UK, founded in 1921 by Anthony Bernard, and is currently conducted by talented Music Director, Christopher Warren-Green. The concert is a celebration of the great horn repertoire, performed by a quartet of British horn players who are among the elite. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 23 February



NEWS On the Knightsbridge agenda this month: cigars, chocolate, beauty and comfort cooking

Couture Chocolate Take time to experience some unknown treasures this month; the stylish Halkin Hotel is offering tailor-made additions to their shopping packages. Treat the lady in your life (or your mother) to a jewellery consultation with prestigious jewellers De Vromen, over a glass of champagne (naturally). Ladies, the gentlemen will spend a happy evening if you gift them with a bespoke cigar session at London’s leading cigar merchant, Tom Tom Cigars. The hotel is also offering the delectablesounding Couture Chocolate Afternoon Tea by chocolatier extraordinaire, William Curley, in its Assouline pop-up ‘Culture Lounge’, where guests can indulge in the à la carte selection of bespoke chocolate treats while simultaneously absorbing cultural highlights from Assouline’s renowned books. Shopping package from £340 Afternoon tea priced from £37.50 per person The Halkin Hotel, Halkin Street, 020 7333 1059;

Adventures in AGA Whether you are completely new to the idea of an AGA or want to brush up on your cooking skills, this one-off class will provide you with fantastic tips for getting the best out of the classic cooker. AGA Living on Beauchamp Place will take you through a whole day of culinary creation – from the basics of using the range to fantastic shortcuts – and how to create the perfect AGA breakfast and Sunday roast. Lunch is served at the end of the class so do come hungry. Saturday 24 March 12pm-2pm, £25 5 Beauchamp Place, SW3 020 7589 6379; For bookings please email


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For those looking to add a little nourishment into their lives, a new addition to Brompton Road will help to restore all-round wellbeing. Nutritionists are on hand at The Health Quarter, which officially opens this month, to share expert advice and to answer diet and lifestyle enquires. World-class nutritional supplements and a variety of organic skincare ranges are available, aiming to reduce exposure to harsh chemicals with all-natural ingredients. Your own personal consultation with the team is just the antidote to a hectic day. The Health Quarter, 3 Egerton Terrace, SW3 2BX, 020 7096 3456



Notting Hill & Holland Park

NEWS March is alive with the sound of music... fit in an exhibition, house-hunting and boutique browsing

Musical Feast Delight your senses with an evening of beautiful music this month by attending a world-class performance from an internationally renowned pianist. London-based Meng Yang Pan will be performing at Leighton House on 20 March with an impressive repertoire of some of the world’s most beautiful and inspiring music for solo pianists. A number of notable concerto performances with Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy and John Wilson already under her belt, Meng Yang will present a programme consisting of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in D Major Op. 10, No. 3, the scintillating Estampes with its three movements; Pagodes, Soirée dans Grenade and Jardins sous la pluie by Debussy, Liszt’s romantic set of suites - Venezia e Napoli and the highly virtuosic Études Symphoniques by Schumann. Meng Yang Pan, 20 March Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road, W14 Tickets priced at £18 For more information call 020 7602 3316 or visit






Exclusive Residence Campden Hill Square has been named as Britain’s most expensive residential street, with an average property price of £4.86 million. It is one of six streets in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that feature in the list of the ten most exclusive addresses in the country. The list, published by Lloyds TSB, demonstrates how prime properties in the area have been viewed as a safe haven for wealthy investors looking to escape the impact of the eurozone crisis. Lloyds TSB economist Suren Thiru commented: “This part of London has always had a glamorous reputation,

attracting buyers from the business and entertainment world, and more recently the super-rich from across the world. Other areas in the capital have similar qualities but property prices in Kensington and Chelsea tend to outperform the rest of London.” Other desirable local addresses in the list include Drayton Gardens, SW10 (ranked third - £4.43 million), Dawson Place, W2 (fourth - £3.89 million), Duchess of Bedford's Walk, W8 (fifth - £3.86million), Cadogan Square, SW1X (sixth - £3.68million) and Bramerton Street, SW3 (ninth - £3.52million).

A Cut Above the Rest With a number of impressive clients to his name, including Stella McCartney and Elle Macpherson, celebrity hairdresser of the year Jamie Stevens opens his first London salon this month. After starting his own business at 18, and a tenure working for renowned hairdressers Beverly C and Daniel Hersheson, Jamie is now Art Director at Errol Douglas, winning the title of British Men’s Hairdresser of the Year for the second time in 2010. Jamie will run his flagship store in Russell Gardens alongside continuing his ambassador work for international salon brand Matrix. Jamie Stevens Hair 9 Russell Gardens, W14 020 7371 1944

Meetings in Marrakech This month is the last in which you can see original artwork from Sir Winston Churchill and one of Morocco’s most significant artists. During a trip to Marrakech in 1943, Britain’s iconic wartime Prime Minister, himself a painter in his spare time, saw the work of Hassan El Glaoui, the son of the Pasha of Marrakech, Hadj Thami El Glaoui (also known as the Black Panther), and encouraged the young artist’s family to allow him to continue to paint – something that, at the time was considered unsuitable for a Berber tribesman. El Glaoui went on to become one of Morocco’s most significant artists, his work today being among the most sought after contemporary North African art in the world. The impressive collection features 24 paintings, nine by Churchill, whose work has never before been publically exhibited alongside another artists’ work. This is not to be missed. Meetings in Marrakech: the paintings of Hassan El Glaoui and Winston Churchill Until 31 March Leighton House Museum, Holland Park Road, W14 020 7602 3316

Hassan El Glaoui in his studio in Anfa, Casablanca, 1969 Picture by Gabriel Axel Soussan

Anniversary Celebrations Continuing to support exciting, independent talent and showcasing only the best new fashion and design brands, bespoke lifestyle boutique Wolf and Badger has celebrated its second anniversary. Opening in February 2010, the quirky Notting Hill store was named one of Britain’s best by Vogue and is known as an essential destination for cutting-edge menswear, women’s clothes, jewellery and fashion accessories. Listed amongst the best shops in London by The Times, the business was also selected by prestigious luxury trade body Walpole as one of its exclusive ‘Brands of Tomorrow’. Wolf and Badger continues to expand with the recent opening of stores both in neighbouring Mayfair and Porto Montenegro, dubbed the new ‘port of cool’ by the Financial Times. Wolf and Badger 46 Ledbury Road, W11 020 7229 5698




DESIGN WEEK 2012 Inspired by Design

DIARY DATES oPEn 10am – 6pm

For more information call 020 7225 9166 email or visit design Centre Chelsea Harbour Lots Road London SW10 0XE



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The Grandest Tour For Alistair Erskine it was the journey of a lifetime: ten days spent speeding across three Mediterranean countries, accompanying H.R.H. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall as Official Tour Artist. His skills as a highly respected landscape artist and creator of murals, trompe l’oeil and specialised paint effects for stately homes and the world’s top interior designers, ensured that Erskine was the ideal choice to record the numerous, magnificent views and architectural features throughout the trip. He is also a man used to working against the clock which served him well for this tight schedule

where not a moment was wasted and rapid results were de rigeur. Needless to say, high security measures were in place throughout so it caused some amusement when Erskine’s harmless paint box briefly attracted grave concern in Spain. Fortunately, his work continued and the resulting Spanish, Portuguese and Moroccan paintings are a feast for all our senses. Mediterranean Impressions 29 February - 9 March 15 Langton Street, Chelsea, SW10 0JL

Gardens of the Alcázar of Seville, Alistair Erskine

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A brave decision, combined with a great act of British philanthropy, is about to transform Kensington into a place of pilgrimage for art and design lovers. This dramatic change will involve the abandoned Commonwealth Institute taking on an exciting new image as the Design Museum, which has been battling lack of space for years in its current location by Tower Bridge. The move, scheduled for 2014, will provide the new Design Museum with three times the amount of space, made possible by the generosity of Britain’s world famous designer, Sir Terence Conran. He celebrated his 80th birthday last year and whereas most people expect special gifts for such a landmark occasion, he decided to give an exceptional one to the nation in the form of £7.5 million cash and the proceeds from selling his lease on the existing Design Museum building, likely to be £10 million. Conran believes this move will be a dream come true: “The Design Museum will have a world-class space for the serious promotion and celebration of design and architecture in this country”, he declared. And as it will attract designers, architects and enthusiasts from around the globe, it will be a dream come true for Kensington too.

Q&A with Caroline Penman about the Chelsea antiques Fair Q: How old are the items that you will accept for the Fair and do you vet them? A: We allow items of any age but never copies or reproductions unless they are Victorian or earlier. We vet everything meticulously – including descriptions on labels – through 14 expert committees.

Q: Can we expect jewellery, fine art and decorative arts as well as furniture? A: We include formal and country furniture, antiquarian books, fine art, clocks, rugs, also porcelain, pottery, glass, needlework, objets de vertu… and walking canes!


Q: In the past five years, which items have seen the greatest growth in popularity? A: Jewellery without a doubt, as it is perceived as a hedge against inflation. Until the recession, paintings and silver were bounding forward.

Q: Will there be furniture by iconic 20th century designers? A: The dealer, Jeroen Markies, usually brings pieces by noted Deco or later designers or he could buy a wonderful piece in time for the Fair.

Q: Which new dealers will you have this year and what will they specialize in?

A: New dealers include Andrew Morrell with early oak furniture; Mayflower Antiques with 17th century silver and glass; Santana Decorative Arts with sculpture; and Scarab with jewellery, watches, silver and glass. Chelsea Antiques Fair, 21-25 March Chelsea Old Town Hall, Kings Road

Left: French bronze Pieress c. 1910 Right: Minton porcelain jug c. 1870



Art’s most wanted

Style & Spirit Add a splash of colour to any room with this intricate Italian micromosaic plaque

Amongst the items in Christie’s interiors auction, Style & Spirit, will be this Italian micromosaic plaque. Made in the 19th century in response to the stampede of tourists to Italy, micromosaics took the ancient art form of making patterns and pictures out of small pieces of glass and marble to a new level. Items small and large were created as souvenirs for this lucrative market and for the wealthy individuals on Grand Tours; typical among the items available were pictures such as this one, created with the utmost skill on a miniscule scale to produce vibrant colour as well as amazing realism.

Expected value (auction): £1,112,000 - £1,669,000 No. Of Lots: 418 Place: Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LD Date: 13 March 2012

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Our Fair Lady Carol Cordrey shines a spotlight on the V&A’s brand new exhibition – Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration


It was a collaboration between Part of this exhibition covers crown and camera that lasted three the current Queen’s Coronation which decades, a special relationship that Beaton attended, producing ink was far removed in every sense from drawings and comments for Vogue’s the one coined by winston Churchill Coronation coverage. He also took but one that was nonetheless crucial. the official portrait photographs at Most appropriately, it is revealed to us Buckingham Palace, one of which within the most royal of art institutions, provides us with a captivating, candid the Victoria & albert Museum, through pose of Her Majesty the Queen and a fascinating range of official and her Maids of Honour. this section through-the-keyhole photographs, delights with a film of the crucial Cecil Beaton by Curtis Moffat c.1930 © V&A images diary extracts, films, letters, press moments and wonderful pageantry cuttings and radio recordings. of the Coronation and it is worth the special relationship taking time to read Beaton’s diary to emerged from the ambitions of the get a behind-the-scenes perspective royal family, and of Cecil Beaton, to of the pressure he was under to develop their very individual careers produce perfect shots and the hours through the medium of photography. of preparation that ensured their It began in 1939 when the current resounding success. Queen (the late Queen Mother) the bond between crown and invited Beaton to photograph her via camera was strengthened by the a simple telephoned message which decision to ask Beaton to photograph was so life-changing that he recorded all the new royal babies and although it in his diary: “this is the Lady-in-waiting speaking. the photos look like natural, fleeting moments captured the Queen wants to know if you will photograph her through the combination of lens and luck, they were, in tomorrow afternoon.” He considered this choice to be fact, patiently choreographed. Beaton reveals this in his “a daring innovation” because he was deemed to be diary about photographing Prince Charles with his new baby a revolutionary photographer who adopted an artist’s sister, Princess anne; “He kissed the baby on her cheek approach to creating a composition in a particular and I was able to get the best picture of the afternoon.” style. this attitude to his work had already brought him Further photographs of the Queen adopt a seemingly success as a contributor of photos and illustrations to natural style which was surely helped by the trust developed Vogue magazine and as a portraitist of famous people between sitter and photographer. Beaton’s images show her living on both sides of the atlantic. with her expanding family against a plain background as a His staged style would bring success to the royal relaxed, contented mother, which any parent could identify family too, achieved by pictures that ranged from King with. such simplified portraits continued into the 60s to George VI’s idealized Queen, in exquisite Hartnell gowns accord with artistic trends and to fit with the royal family’s and florally-embellished, Fragonard-type settings, to desire to modernize its image. scenes of ordinariness when the King, the Queen and His last portrait of the Queen was initiated by Beaton the young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret were in 1968 for his retrospective exhibition at the National shown as an average, wartime family or surrounded Portrait Gallery, with the agreement that he would produce by the devastation of the Blitz in the East End and at suitable photographs for the new Channel Islands stamps. Buckingham Palace after it suffered direct hits. Beaton the result was stunning; the Queen wore wonderful robes also created memorable images of Princess Elizabeth as as sovereign of the Order of the Garter in some pictures, a typical, patriotic young woman signing up for Voluntary contrasted with others of her in the plainer admiral’s Boat service and another in demure, contemplative pose that Cloak, which threw her into dramatic silhouette. exposed the reserved side of her character. the end of the exhibition is devoted to Beaton himself Most surprisingly, the exhibition shows us that the who became an icon to younger photographers, such as ‘touching-up’ or enhancing of photographs of the rich and David Bailey. In the film of Bailey taking snaps of Beaton, famous is anything but new. throughout their relationship, the young man inquires of the royal photographer: “what do Beaton and the royal family ensured that attractive facial you say to people when you’re photographing them?” features were carefully defined and silhouettes trimmed “I coo like a bloody dove”, he responds in a cutas necessary before photographs were distributed; in fact, glass accent, adding in a reassuring tone, “Now we’re those skills were essential to all portraitists working in really getting somewhere”. that ‘somewhere’ was the top photography or paint throughout the centuries, especially of his profession and an international reputation, and we if they were keen to remain in favour. have the photos to prove it. Once approved, the photographs were circulated Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: through the worldwide press and presented as gifts by A Diamond Jubilee Celebration the royal family to other international royals and elite 8 February – 22 April; members of society, all of which enhanced his status.

“This is the Lady-inWaiting. The Queen wants to know if you will photograph her tomorrow”




Exhibition Spotlight tHACKErAY GALLErY, KENSINGtON Carol Cordrey explains why Judith Cain’s floral paintings are raising her spirits in these wintery months

As I wrIte this feature, the external temperature has plummeted but my internal spirits have soared and it’s all down to Judith Cain’s paintings. In fact, her work overall is characterized by contrasts and the more you look, the more you recognize them. Judith’s inspiration comes from both the natural world at home and abroad, plus from man’s influence on the landscape across the centuries. Like a musical composer working with an endless array of sounds, she carefully selects forms and colours from the many absorbed on her travels then places them, harmoniously, within the picture plane. there is harmony, too, in the way she combines naturalism with abstraction and we see that in Periwinkle where the eponymous flower is clear to see but the inner square could be abstracted insect skin or ripples on water. there is no need to decode that element, however, for the picture is so balanced and pleasing, plus all the more interesting for a certain amount of mystery. Also apparent in her oeuvre is a very intelligent use of colour. with great precision, Judith employs delicate and strong tones in the same picture, using highlights for certain forms as in Bali, The Ravine, in which the intensely blue butterflies focus our attention on the even more striking, red arum flower. Other examples of her work, such as The Black Cosmos, illustrate how Judith’s compositions may look like random juxtapositions but they are definitely not what they seem; everything is very carefully placed. the prominent Cosmos plant could easily overwhelm the painting but it does not do so because it is bordered by dramatic patterns, the right-hand one being reminiscent of an ancient, mosaic floor. Judith disregards the traditional use of perspective for conveying the illusion of real space but gives us a hint of it by allowing the foliage and petals of the Cosmos to overlap the border. Fritillaries & 2 Blues reveals Judith’s talent for mixing linear shapes with rounded ones. the softly coloured background cleverly throws the purple, bell-shaped flowers into silhouette whilst also drawing our attention to the even paler and abstracted form in the centre of the picture plane. there are disparate elements at work here but Judith has used them sparsely rather than densely, resulting in a calm but very appealing composition. Judith Cain comes from York but her paintings have been exhibited around the globe and been purchased for numerous corporate and private collections. this show marks 20 years of exhibitions with the Kensington Gallery, all of which have been notable successes. Judith Cain 13-30 March


Left to right / Bali, The Ravine Periwinkle Fritillaries & 2 Blues The Black Cosmos


Baselworld 2012 The watch industry’s equivalent of the trend-setting fashion weeks, Baselworld showcases the newest creations from the world’s most prestigious brands

If you plan on visiting the Swiss town of Basel in the spring, make sure you check the dates of the town’s annual watch fair first. Don’t, and you will certainly struggle to find somewhere to stay. for eight days each year, this year taking place 8-15 March, Basel’s population almost doubles in size as more than 100,000 visitors from 100 countries descend on the world’s largest, and best, watch and jewellery exposition. among the 3,000 media representatives in attendance at this year’s event will be The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine and, with more than 1,800 companies from the watch, jewellery and precious-stone industry showcasing their latest collections, choosing our favourite innovations won’t be easy. We’re most looking forward to seeing omega’s Seamaster aqua Terra Golf – a refined, sportsmen piece that features distinctive green elements on its dial – and pequignet’s paris Royal Red Gold, which boasts an attractive power reserve indicator and moon phase at 6 o’clock. Sure to prove a head-turner is Christophe Claret’s Casino de Monte-Carlo; not only does the piece comprise 501 components, 40 jewels and seven ceramic double ball bearings, but turn it over and you’ll be greeted by a 3D roulette wheel.



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

the Sweetest thing Chopard’s appetizing new jewellery line for 2012 will tempt you towards the prettiest and most glittering of its new delights (and cupcakes too). The Geneva jewellery house has created a playful collection which is deliberate in turning away from the occasionally stiff formality of high jewellery and instead is all about having fun with your accessories. Sumptuous colours and scrumptious shapes will entice you like a child drawn to a confectioner’s window display and the delectable concoction of candy-bright jewels can be worn any day, or night, of the week.

Cutting EdgE Vanessa Kandiyoti’s handcrafted fine jewellery charms are based on the evil eye concept of protection and good fortune. Taken from her first collection, ‘Evil Eye’, these iconic pieces are our top picks this month

darling diamonds Boodles’ Velocity and Roulette collections are certain to cause a stir in the world of jewellery. The stunning collections are made up of 18-carat white gold, yellow and rose gold pendants, bracelets and earrings and white diamonds. White gold and diamond-set Roulette pendant, from £1,900,

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“the protective charms created to ward off the curse, by bending the malicious look back to the voyeur, have captivated my imagination and inspired my work. Wearing an Evil Eye bracelet or necklace has always given me a sense of comfort and protection which is why i wanted to share it with the rest of the world”

In the heart of Battersea on Webbs Road, British jewellers W&W have opened their first studio, offering the highest standard of British craftsmanship and both a personal and reassuringly professional service. W&W can accommodate any jewellery request and customers have control over the whole process, working with diamond specialists to ensure their dream results in unique and stunning pieces. The Classic Solitaire bespoke engagement ring, POA, W&W

18-carat white gold logo necklace with diamonds and blue and yellow sapphires, £1,890; 18-carat yellow gold earrings with diamonds and sapphires, £1,675 Vanessa Kandiyoti: stocked at Joseph, 16 Sloane Street, & Harvey Nichols




The king

Diamonds With 2012 comes the 175th anniversary of Tiffany & Co., a jewellery house known and adored worldwide for its legacy, design, celebrated following and, of course, that little blue box. AnnAbel HArrison steps back in time to recount Charles Tiffany’s story


“It calms me down right away. the quietness and the proud look of it; nothing very bad could happen to you there. If I could find a real-life place that’d make me feel like tiffany’s, then I’d buy some furniture and give the cat a name.” many famous words have been spoken about tiffany & co. over the decades, but for almost every woman, few will have resonated as much as those of the adored audrey Hepburn, who sought solace in the New York store in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For many women, too, key milestones in their lives will be forever associated with tiffany; a teenager might be given a silver elsa Peretti Open Heart pendant to mark her 18th birthday; a university graduate could receive a lucky tiffany twist clover charm to commemorate her achievements; a young woman could accept a marriage proposal via an exquisite diamond tiffany ring; and an elegant lady thanks her husband for a bespoke tiffany gift on their 25th silver wedding anniversary. so where did the story start? Have women always been so enchanted by the prospect of a little blue box?

“Small square boxes are dangerous. Every woman knows there are only two kinds of rings: The Ring and all other rings” In 1837, 25-year-old charles lewis tiffany, inspired by the dynamic growth and extravagant tastes in New York at the time, opened a new emporium with teddy Young, named tiffany, Young and ellis. It sold stationery and luxury goods, and fashionable ladies in silks and satins descended upon the store, thrilled by the exquisite and beautifully patterned designs. Having introduced major gemstones to the United states in 1848, charles tiffany earned himself the moniker ‘King of Diamonds’ and five years later, he took full control of the company. With this came the shortened name tiffany & co., as well as a firm emphasis on jewellery, arguably the best decision that tiffany could have made for his company. By 1906, the Big apple was smitten. “tiffany has one thing in stock that you cannot buy of [charles tiffany] for as much money as you may offer; he will only give it to you. and that is one of his boxes,” reported the New York Sun. In the decades that followed, tiffany & co. amassed an impressive roll-call of famous admirers.

Left / The Wade Family Necklace (1900) of diamonds and platinum All images: © Tiffany & Co.



259 Broadway Facade (1837)

The late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, who accumulated of ‘Love Stories’ and ‘The Art of Romance’, essentially, a fabulous collection during her lifetime, had a penchant paying homage to love. There are even Tiffany Tips, for for beautiful jewellery and was often gifted with exquisite “when love gets serious”: Tiffany Tip No. 5 is particularly pieces: “My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight pertinent for men considering a ring as a gift; “Small days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw square boxes are dangerous. Every woman knows there was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” Taylor received are only two kinds of rings: The Ring, and all other rings. a Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany dolphin clip from An unwed man presenting the latter had better prepare a Richard Burton and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis made clever preamble or look for cover.” Schlumberger’s jewellery her signature. In fact she wore Unsurprisingly following Valentine’s Day, there are Schlumberger’s gold and enamel bracelets so frequently perfect presents for your loved one from the company in the early and mid-1960s that the press nicknamed which has long been associated with the heart emblem; them ‘Jackie bracelets’. the Tiffany Hearts® collection features elegant lockets suspended from fine chains. A heart locket of 18-carat Equally, references in films, song lyrics and popular rose gold is inscribed with ‘I Love You’, although any culture undoubtedly boosted the brand’s reputation as one other personal message may be kept within the locket. that offers its customers style, luxury and quality. Marilyn Heart lockets of sterling silver can share the ‘I Love Monroe exclaimed “Tiffany’s!” in Diamonds Are a Girl’s You’ inscription or sparkle with diamonds at the locket’s Best Friend and Eartha Kitt implored for “decorations centre. If your lady loves pink, the vibrant pink spinel bought at Tiffany’s” in Santa Baby. The flagship store earrings, perfectly matched and totalling 11.19 carats, has been located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th are paired with sparkling diamond florets. Particular Street in Manhattan since 1940 and the polished granite attention has been paid to unleashing the prettiest of exterior is well-known as the location for a number of films colours, through skilful hand cutting of the gems. including, of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The first Super Gentlemen, if you are proposing to your girlfriend and Bowl trophy, awarded in 1967, was a Tiffany design and, take one piece of advice, it must be this. Tiffany Tip No. 20: perhaps most significantly, but unbeknown to many, the “Remember, over a lifetime, a woman looks at her ring a Great Seal of the United States, as shown on the trillions of million times.” Choose wisely. dollar bills that are exchanged each year, was redesigned by Tiffany in the 1880s, an honour The Tiffany Hearts® collection is that cannot be underestimated. available at select Tiffany & Co. In addition to such widestores worldwide and prices range ranging design and cultural from £325 to £660. Chains are sold influence, the very name Tiffany separately. The pink spinel and has become synonymous with diamond earrings in platinum are romance and love. Upon visiting the priced at £38,700. company’s website, a pale turquoise tab in the top right hand corner Tiffany & Co. catches your attention, inscribed 145 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AY with the words “What makes love 00800 2000 1122 true”. This leads to an enchanting site featuring prettily entitled sections Jean Schlumberger’s Ribbon Clip


Union Square Store Facade (Tiffany & Co. was located in Union Square from 1870 to 1905)





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Awards season is upon us so take a leaf out of the Oscar-nominated actresses’ book; add a touch of elegance and subtle sparkle to both daytime and evening wear

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1 Wings 18-carat White Gold Diamond Necklace, £11,470, Anita Ko ( 2 Lili Necklace, £140,000, Boodles ( 3 Diamond Vine Bracelet, POA, Harry Winston ( 4 Matelasse Ring, £7,375, Chanel Fine Jewellery ( 5 Thorn Tiara in 18-carat White Gold with White Diamonds, from a selection, Stephen Webster ( 6 18-carat White Gold and Pavé Diamond Ring, £7,417, Bulgari (176-177 Sloane Street SW1X 9QL) 7 Boudoir Earrings 84 Diamonds 4.49-carats, from a selection, Cartier ( 8 Parentesi Bracelet in White Gold and Pavé Diamonds, £16,800 Bulgari (as before) 9 Adonis Rose 8 Row Bangle, £35,300, De Beers ( 10 Hypnotic Voodoo 18-carat White Gold Diamond Ring, £4,160, Stone ( 11 Akoya Cultured Pearl on 18-carat White Gold and Diamond Vintage Earrings, £4,200, Mikimoto (

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One tO watch This month our top timepiece comes from the industry’s old-faithful - Rolex

exactly 40 years after its launch, the Oyster Perpetual explorer II has been updated with the most recently patented Rolex technologies. the robust and reliable nature of this watch make it the perfect choice for any would-be explorer

Italian Style This year, it is Franck Muller’s turn to collaborate with a brand you wouldn’t normally associate with the watch world. The co-branding contract between the Florentine fashion group Roberto Cavalli and the Swiss watchmaking group has been formed to “respond to the different needs of a clientele that is ever more sophisticated”. Roberto Cavalli by Franck Muller watches will start at just over £1,000.

Oyster Perpetual explorer II, £5,530, Rolex Available from Harrods’ Luxury Watch Room

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Luxury watch brand Vacheron Constantin may be able to trace its roots back to the middle of the 18th century but you certainly can’t accuse the brand of being stuck in the past. The latest editions to its Métiers d’Art collection, Vacheron’s most imaginative line of watches, are inspired by the work of Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis Escher and centre on the concept of tessellation – the process of creating a two-dimensional plane using the repetition of a geometric shape with no overlaps or gaps. Employing all of the techniques used in modern-day watchmaking – enamelling, gem-setting, engraving and guilloché work – the Métiers d’Art Les Masques timepieces highlight what can happen when art meets mechanics. A mechanical self-winding Calibre 2460 movement, entirely developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin, sits at the heart of collection’s three timepieces, each of which has been limited to just 20 pieces and is available through Vacheron boutiques only.


haute horology If you pride yourself on owning accessories that others do not, you may want to acquaint yourself with Swiss brand Cecil Purnell. Manufacturing a maximum of just 75 watches a year, the brands retains its status as one of the most exclusive watch companies in the world. Each timepiece is made to order under full client consultation and takes between three and six months to produce.


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This season, be inspired by classic monochrome and a clean look that should be the basis of every gentleman’s wardrobe



1 Classic Leather Gloves, £125, Marc by Marc Jacobs ( 2 Meisterstück Diamond Le Grand Pen, £820, Montblanc (151 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BX) 3 Capeland Flyback Chronograph, £4,990, Baume & Mercier (available at Harrods) 4 Button Cufflinks, £160, Turnbull & Asser ( 5 AD Facet Lines Palladium-plated Tiebar, £110, Dunhill ( 6 Datograph Up/Down, £52,000, A. Lange & Söhne (available at Harrods) 7 Aston Martin Racing Carbon End Cufflinks, £55, Hackett (137/8 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AY) 8 St Paul’s Lid Over Body Attaché, £2,465, Tanner Krolle ( 9 Navitimer 1461, £3,500, Breitling (available at Harrods) 10 A4 Enigma Briefcase, £1,100, Tanner Krolle (as before) the KENSINGTON & CHELSEA magazine


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Exquisite Craftsmanship The ultimate perfume is enclosed within an iconic bee design

An iconic emblem of Guerlain’s heritage, and homage to the napoleonic symbol awarded to the brand in 1853, the famously striking bee design has been transformed into a mesmerizing diamond sculpture and a unique jewel-perfume bottle. An astonishing vision and true feat of craftsmanship, the Secret de la Reine exhibits skills from the watchmaker (for its discreet inner mechanism), the jeweller (for the cutting of precious stones and setting of the diamonds) and the perfumer (for the heavenly scent held at its centre). it can be worn as a brooch or pendant and the simple movement of pressing the diamond around the bee’s neck causes the wings to unfurl, revealing a hidden fragrance inside. The Secret de la Reine has been crafted on a precious platinum mount featuring rare onyx stones and more than 14 carats of diamonds, boasting the highest standard of purity and radiance. The delicate dot-and-dash chain encodes a message, “love to live, live to love” – the perfect finish to a sublime creation and a truly coveted treasure. Guerlain, from a selection,




Spring Bloom Merchants on Long is soon opening its first exclusive popup space at The Shop at Bluebird. Showcasing a selection of brands including Patrick Mavros, Suno and SAWA, the space will offer the ultimate in ethically produced African design, art and fashion. Merchants on Long owner and designer Hanneli Rupert commented: “I wanted to create an environment that has the ability to transport you; it is meant to remind visitors why the bravest explorers and pioneers of the arts and sciences came to Africa in the first place.” Marni is one of the most anticipated deliveries this season and from prints to colour blocking and subdued pastels, Italian fashion designer Consuelo Castiglioni’s collection encompasses every trend for S/S12. An ever-evolving concept store, selling everything from designer women’s clothing and menswear through to furniture, home accessories, gifts, books and music, The Shop at Bluebird marks a return to the Kings Road of the 60s and 70s when the area was a fusion of fashions. The Shop at Bluebird 350 Kings Road, SW3 5UU


Hat Couture In celebration of a 20 year collaboration between the Hat Gallery M/V and Mirjam Nuver, the Gallery is exhibiting Nuver’s Butterfly series and throughout February, local residents are being invited by hand-delivered postcards to browse the Gallery and at the same time be entered into a draw to win a £500 hat of their choice. The Hat Gallery showcases innovative pieces from international milliners; hats sit beside bespoke furniture, paintings and sculptures, making for a truly memorable experience. Hat Gallery M/V, 10-27 February 32-34 Earl’s Court Road, W8 6EJ

White Wash Copious lace, sheer silks and pale shades have been cast as the ultimate trends for the S/S12 season. This Lanvin creation is one of the prettiest day dresses in which to embrace this spring’s fresh, innocent look. Above / Appliquéd stretch-gabardine dress, £3,180, Lanvin at Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge

Clear Cut For A/W12, the Swarovski Collective sponsorship will once again be supporting an assortment of leading designers and emerging talent. The list of designers to be sponsored includes London’s Mary Katrantzou, Giles and Erdem, plus Jason Wu, Rodarte and Vivienne Tam and they will all incorporate Swarovski Elements, including crystal yarn, multicoloured Swarovski pearls and elastic crystal, into their creations. The group of selected nominees will later showcase pieces at London and New York Fashion Weeks. Swarovski’s main aim is to encourage and challenge designers to push the boundaries of crystal through their Womenswear and Menswear collections, and therefore those who are eventually chosen are done so on the basis of their creativity.




Referencing the Riviera Launched in 2007, it has taken Orlebar Brown less than three years to replace Vilebrequin as the swimwear brand in which to be seen. In 2010 the brand moved away from the beach by unveiling a collection of tailored shirts, sweaters and trousers. Continuing to evolve its concept of how resort wear should be worn, and taking inspiration from the work of 1960s photographer Slim Aarons, Orlebar Brown’s S/S12 range is a mix of sharp sweatshirts, pique and towelling polos, Riviera shirts and the brand’s first chino trousers. While its swim shorts became last summer’s beach must-haves, we’re predicting that this summer it will be the brand’s polo shirts that will find favour on the beaches of the White Isle and in the Caribbean. Orlebar Brown products are available from The Shop at Bluebird, 350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU, Harrods and Harvey Nichols


Buckle Up Almost 150 years after the company was founded, each pair of John Lobb shoes still requires weeks of craftsmanship before arriving at the finishing room. The shoemaker originally constructed boots for Australian gold miners and is now synonymous with quality, and quintessentially English, footwear. If you were enamoured by the buckled shoes in Jimmy Choo’s inaugural men’s collection, take note of the shoes that inspired them. John Lobb’s eyecatching buckle collection provides a lesson in contemporary masculinity. Available at John Lobb, 88 Jermyn Street or online at

A Man For All Seasons As winter turns to spring and temperatures fluctuate between cool, with some weak warmth from the sun, and truly cold, thus begins the annual hunt for outfits that will welcome the approaching season whilst appeasing the lingering cold of the last. On hand to help is Californian brand The Elder Statesman; its cashmere creations have been winning over an international fanbase for the company ever since it launched four years ago. Pair this ultra-soft cashmere rugby sweater with dark jeans and desert boots for a timeless end-of-season look. Cashmere rugby sweater, The Elder Statesman, £830

Fill Your Boots Some places on our planet afford the opportunity to swim in the sea and ski down snow-capped mountains on the same day. If you are lucky enough to find yourself in such a place, we suggest you invest in Loro Piana’s stylish yet practical Ski Boot Bag. Featuring two zip-close external pockets (for your Orlebar Brown swimwear, perhaps) and a specialized interior designed to warm your ski boots before you arrive at the slopes, this bag provides for every eventuality. Ski Boot Bag, £7,025 Loro Piana, 47 Sloane Street, SW1X 9LU



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Silver and black rayon mix dress, £1,970, Hervé Leger 29 Lowndes Street, SW1X 9HY BZero1 white gold and pavé diamonds ring, £5,700 BZero1 white gold and pavé diamonds cuff, £6,800, BZero1 white gold and pavé diamonds earrings £4,750, silver cufflinks, £220, and 42mm steel case and bracelet watch with silver dial, £4,800, all Bulgari, 176-177 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QL



Lace and velvet collared dress, £2,545, Emilio Pucci at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge Velvet and Swarovski crystal studded Leo bag, £895, Gina, 189 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QR Atea white diamonds on white gold 1.95-carat earrings, £7,300, and Atea white diamonds on white gold 0.67-carat ring, £3,300, both De Beers, available in the Fine Jewellery Room at Harrods,


Black tuxedo, £1,195, white pique dress shirt, £195, enamel dress studs, £300 pocket square, £55, all Dunhill,, velvet bow tie, £145, Tom Ford at Harrods, as before



White lace dress, £7,050, Tom Ford at Harrods, as before Pearl necklace, £ 45,700, p earl an d p avé d iamond ear rings, £19,500 Both Mikimoto, 179 New Bond Street, W1S 4RJ,


Silk strapless dress, £1,025, Lee Klabin at Harrods, white evening shirt, £295, velvet bowtie, £145 satin cummerbund, £265, evening trousers, £605, all Tom Ford at Harrods Red Carpet Collection aquamarine and grey/black pearls, POA, black mother of pearl cufflinks in white gold £1,930, LUC Collection XPS watch in white gold, £9,140, all Chopard, Chopard Boutique Harrods, as before

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

Spring Awakening Why not treat your little cherubs and monsters by revamping their bedrooms this spring with bespoke furniture from prestigious children’s store Dragons of Walton Street? From hand-painted furniture to fun fabrics, Dragons can transform a childhood fantasy into a beautiful interior reality. Our favourites from the collection include the bedside doll’s house cupboard and the Grand Daughter clock, which combine creativity, beauty and functionality. Add a personal touch by having your baby’s name engraved on one of the pieces or choosing your favourite colour. The brains behind the operation, Rosie Fisher, began her artistic career as the yummiest of mummies, looking to incorporate her home and working life seamlessly, making handmade furniture for her own children’s rooms. Nearly 30 years later, the company has secured Royal commissions and patrons from all walks of life and the company has delivered thousands of nurseries, children’s playrooms and entire house designs to customers all over the world. Dragons of Walton Street is currently embarking upon a series of international exhibitions starting with a visit to Monaco between 19-23 March. Dragons of Walton Street 23 Walton Street, Knightsbridge, SW3 2HX

Pretty Please? As you prepare your S/S12 pastelclad wardrobe, make sure your youngsters don’t put you to shame. Deck them out in fashionable and on-trend apparel from Cos’s new S/ S12 line, a a vibrant mix of patterns, colours and cool cuts. The perfect weekend shopping spree with your little fashionistas.

Pick ‘n’ Mix Like any celebratory occasion, Harrods knows how to do Easter in style. Make sure you invest in extra-resilient toothpaste before you and your children indulge in a world of decadent treats. From intricate handmade Easter eggs to hot cross buns, the Harrods food hall will be overfilled with sinfully sweet delights throughout Easter weekend for you and your whole family to enjoy. In what seems to be anticipation for the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee, Harrods has gone British with many of their designs, such as this Biscuiteers Union Jack Egg Pop and the oh-so-English James British egg. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL,

Tea Time

Little Cherub

That’s a Wrap

Ensure your little girl’s parties are top of the class with a monogrammed tea set.

This Tallow gold baby cap makes the perfect Christening present.

A cashmere blanket and silver rattle is just what a stylish baby needs.

£200, Marie Daage

£1,175, Carolina Bucci

£360, Anna Bilton

Above all, though, children are linked to adults by the simple fact that they are in process of turning into them. For this they may be forgiven much. Children are bound to be inferior to adults, or there is no incentive to grow up. Philip Larkin




interiors Home is where the heart is so adorn it with the finest fabrics, furnishings, accessories and art

spa success

Bathroom elegance

Award-winning architects Squire and Partners have completed the luxury refurbishment of The Knightsbridge Kinesis Spa, just before the grand opening of the neighbouring Bulgari hotel. Residents can retreat to a wonderful sanctuary of timber-clad saunas and quartzlined steam rooms, which offer individual controls for lighting, temperature and scent to ensure each session can be personalised to your preferences. The wide white limestone-clad main space and treatment areas have been designed with bespoke mahogany cabinetry, offering warm, enclosed spaces in which to relax, and small fibre optic lights provide a sense of drama as the steam clouds and light combine to create a randomly changing display – a stunning escape from the stresses of London life.

Design consultancy Hill House Interiors was recently brought in to create the scheme for a beautifully bijoux two-bedroom apartment in a mansion block in Egerton Gardens, SW3. Founders Jenny Weiss and Helen Bygraves styled an über-luxurious bathroom for the owner, complete with a chic and mirrored full-height walk-in cupboard for storing lotions and potions. Glistening under Swarovskistudded crystal down-lighters, the striking geometric oak and chrome floating vanity unit is timeless, stylish and perfectly practical.

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Keeping Cosy

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Keep warm underfoot with a bespoke rug from the new collection by Tania Johnson, launching in the UK this spring. The rugs are handmade by artisans in Nepal using a combination of silk, wool and pashmina, from designs inspired from Tania’s own photography collection.

This vintage 50s fire extinguisher has been fully restored, dipped in nickel and turned into an elegant table lamp – the ideal conversation starter. Completely original, the unique renovation has imperfections, knocks and dents, adding to the individuality of the design. Hand-finished in Surrey, the black card shard can be made to any size, colour or fabric so you can make it entirely your own.

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Kelly Hoppen’s home in notting Hill reflects how well practical design for modern lifestyles can exude a tranquil luxury. BY GABRIELLE LANE Kelly Hoppen MBe is internationally renowned for infusing both residential and commercial interior design briefs with a sophisticated and timeless glamour, a reputation which has seen her expertise personally sought by celebrities and discerning private clientele alike, and lent itself perfectly to a luxury range of furniture and accessories. Therefore it is unsurprising that Kelly Hoppen’s own home, a Georgian townhouse situated in Chepstow Crescent in notting Hill, is a highly desirable residence, exuding modern elegance over four floors and 2,574 sq. ft. The property comprises two gorgeous bedroom suites and a variety of vast, opulent entertaining areas which blend textures, colours and cultural influences to striking effect. The ground floor is arranged as a kitchen/breakfast room and dining area with custom-made units designed by Boffi. It is easy to imagine friends clustered around


the bar-style seating at the hob while the extravagant feature fireplace is lit, not before dining at the large table which is set under grand, pendant lamps to create an intimate dinner party setting. The key here is clearly to design with one’s individual lifestyle in mind, rather than simply utilise conventional spaces and to this end the second bedroom suite has a dressing room and bathroom, as well as access to a gymnasium and the garden. The vast drawing room occupies the entire first floor, fusing the traditional character of features such as dark wooden floors and French windows with dramatic new additions, including a black glass fireplace. From one end of the room it is possible to access a balcony overlooking the front of the property, while a large terrace has views over the rear garden, a vibrant and creative space which juxtaposes lush greenery with sculpture, illuminated by modern sconces and spotlights.


“Home is the most important place. It should be tranquil and harmonious, with a sense of order and peace. It’s a place we retreat to for comfort and relaxation” Kelly Hoppen,


Hoppen has widely cited her signature aesthetic as a combination of Eastern and Western styles, explaining, “I think the home is about layers, whether it’s scent, texture or colour – they all intermix. I reference Eastern philosophies through my work that bring a sense of harmony to the home.” This is particularly evident in the master bedroom where black plantation shutters dress the windows and there is a Japanese-inspired wardrobe, yet the ambience remains soft and tranquil. However, with its polished Italian plaster walls, reflective, poured resin-flooring, or doors which slide seamlessly into the walls to accentuate the sense of space, the entire property possesses a grandness and attention to detail which make it feel very, very special. This property is for sale. For more information, contact



Health &

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

THE TREND Pretty In Pastel


There are few beauty looks as flattering as soft lip and eye tones in hues of dusky heather and pale rose, and though we’re not feeling quite adventurous enough to adopt the quirky, doll-like looks as seen on the S/S12 runway at Meadham Kirchoff, where models wore splashes of MAC pigments on their cheeks and brows, the flawless finish and pinkish glow adopted by models who walked for Tommy Hilfiger is attractive and easy to achieve. This beautiful shimmer from Guerlain will update your beauty box in an instant.

The Christian Dior beauty vision for spring is delicate and light, indulging seasonal colours of leafy greens and petal pinks across three limited edition eye and lip palettes. The couturier frequently referenced his countryside surroundings in his work and every detail of this collection – from the slightly shimmery, sundappled finish of the shadows, to the flower clasp which fastens the Dior Garden Clutch – reflect his original inspirations.

Meteorites Cruel Gardenia Iridescent Illuminating Powder, £41 Harrods,

Dior Garden Clutch, £55, Dior,

BEAUTy ADDRESS BOOk Cosmetics à la Carte

Painstaking research into the harsh conditions of Antarctica underpin Estée Lauder’s coveted new anti-ageing collection which promises to boost natural collagen production and restore moisture and radiance to the skin. The face and eye duos of Re-Nutriv Re-Creation contain a biological glacial-extract, noted for protecting and promoting cell vitality, and are available in both crème and serum form.

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Re-Creation Face Duo 50ml Crème Jar and 15ml Serum Pump, £590, Estée Lauder,

Designer Scent It was more than 30 years ago that two Knightsbridge-based chemists envisaged a beauty emporium where women could commission custom-blended cosmetics for their precise needs. Today Cosmetics à la Carte remains treasured by those in-the-know for its wide range of colours and formulations. Clients can request their favourite discontinued colours, the reformulation of a product so it suits their own skin type or even an elusive lip or eye shade which precisely matches a new dress.

The fashion house of Oscar de la Renta unveils its first fragrance in more than a decade this March; the sophisticated and feminine Live in Love fragrance. Primarily a floral scent, musk and key notes of ginger and jasmine give this a lingering softness.

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Enter a magical world of pampering and discover one of the capital’s best kept beauty secrets, says Gabrielle lane

ThE Ushvani spa promises that a trip to Chelsea is in fact a journey to the wonders of south East asia, so, who could resist?

ApproAch Channelling the healing traditions of Bali, Malaysia and Thailand, the Ushvani spa offers a sublime range of therapies which draw on the time-honoured wisdom of native teachers and practitioners. The effect? an absolute antidote to modern stresses; a serene environment, holistic treatments and great service.

SurroundingS The Ushvani spa experience is completely immersive, to the degree that you feel you’re enjoying a lavish, exotic holiday. Tropical experience showers, a hydrotherapy pool area scented with ginger, nutmeg and pandan leaves and the use of Malaysian artwork give the spa the perfect vibe and ensures it looks absolutely beautiful. This is a place where time seems to stand still, the ideal choice if you’re looking for a lovely place to spend an afternoon, rather than just popping in for a massage. The lower ground floor area provides steam room and pool facilities which are


exclusively for females, though the spa also offers a great range of treatments for men. in addition, there’s a fitness studio for yoga, pilates and meditation, as well as the obligatory relaxation area which doubles as a quiet place to enjoy fine herbal teas.

TreATmenTS Long strokes for soothing and toning, a powerful action for balancing the body and mind and a combination of stretches and more gentle motions constitute the three types of massage available. There’s a special version for those who are pregnant to promote well-being and calmness. These massages can be customised and combined with a range of other treatments including scrubs and wraps which exploit the benefits of luxurious formulations including desiccated coconut, papaya, hibiscus and cocoa. Combine a scrub, wrap and massage as part of the gorgeous Full Body Experience. Guests are invited to enjoy the facilities for 45 minutes prior to their treatment. appointment times are staggered to guarantee privacy. 1 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ 020 7730 2888;

Spa Spotlight ... The Full Body Experience By the time of my appointment i’d already enjoyed the steam room, taken a dip in the warm hydrotherapy pool and reclined on a relaxation bed while drinking fresh fruit juice – all in the name of research. the spa is by far one of the most stunning i’ve visited and a must-try for seasoned treatment devotees, offersing something different and very special. the therapist was warm and friendly and talked through my requirements for the treatment, but what really sets this place apart is the quality of the massage and scrub. Ushvani was set up by a Malaysian lawyer seeking a high standard of asian therapies in the capital and attention to detail is paramount here. the scrub left my skin feeling superbly soft, an outcome intensified by the wonderful wrap i had at the end of the session. Ushvani Spa is indeed a blissful indulgence.


Friday 8TH JUNE 2012


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Fashion On Four Wheels Ralph Lauren has always considered cars to be art. it’s not surprising, then, that his automobile collection features some of the most beautiful vehicles ever made

The auTomoTive pictured above belongs to what can only be described the world’s most stylish car collection, amassed by legendary fashion designer Ralph Lauren. Built in 1930 and capable of reaching 235 kilometres per hour, this seven litre straight-6-cylindered mercedes-Benz SSK ‘Count Trossi’ belongs to a collection of more than 60 automotive masterpieces owned by Lauren. Proving that his appreciation of classic design and his creative flair transcend the fashion world into the automobile arena, the collection boasts some of the most prestigious sports cars ever created. From a brawny 1929 Bentley ‘Blower’ to a streamlined 1996 mcLaren F1 Lm (one of only five ever produced), the collection traces the story of the sports vehicles over a period of seven decades. Following the success of last year’s L’Art de L’Automobile exhibition in Paris, where 17 cars from the Ralph Lauren collection were displayed for the first time, experience this exquisite assembly of cars amid the pages of Speed, Style and Beauty, a breathtaking volume of images selected by the fashion designer himself and shot by renowned photographer michael Furman.



Scott in hut, C.H. Ponting photograph, Pennell collection, Canterbury Museum, NZ 1975.289.35 © New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust,

Retracing history

British polar explorer Antony Jinman will soon set out on a historic journey to retrace the steps of the search party sent out for captain scott and his ill-fated team in october 1912. Mike Peake meets him History doesn’t record whether it was a student whip-round or a dip into the staff room tea fund which saw an £8 cheque being sent off to captain robert Falcon scott by south Hampstead High school a century ago. in either case, the money was gratefully received: the explorer’s ‘terra nova’ expedition, in which he intended to bag the south pole, was as much about winning hearts and minds – and donations – as it was about slogging across the ice. the school’s money was used to buy a dog named Jackass and a pony called Bones, which turned out to be one of the better horses bought for the voyage; as donations rolled in from schools and individuals from all corners of the country, Britain steadily whipped itself into an Antarctic frenzy. From playground to Parliament, the nation throbbed with excitement, and in captain scott, the expedition had exactly the frontman it needed. A writer from the Daily Mail met scott in 1910 and described him as, “thick-set, deep-chested and with a thoughtful geniality.” Asked by the reporter what he might do if he didn’t succeed, scott took a puff on his cigarette and replied: “We shall jolly well stop there till the thing is done.” subsequent events did, of course, prove that scott was good to his word, though he famously paid the ultimate price, dying in a tent on the ice with his closest companions just 11 miles from life-saving supplies. they had

made it to the south Pole, but the journey had been more hellish than anyone could have imagined. Worse still, the norwegian roald Amundsen had beaten them to it. years in the making, but relative moments in the undoing, captain scott’s terra nova expedition came to a grinding halt at the end of March 1912 and cast a sombre shadow over the whole year. And yet, enmeshed within the sadness, was an overwhelming sense of national pride. scott’s expedition came to exemplify British stoicism. the team’s efforts represented grit and determination on an epic scale. exactly 100 years later, the Antarctic is no less inhospitable when it comes to terrain and weather, though it does represent a slightly more achievable challenge to the modern explorer, thanks to air travel and a wellestablished support network in case of trouble. no one’s saying it’s easy, but we’ve come a long way since March 1912, when a frostbitten scott penned his fateful epitaph in his diary: “Had we lived,” he wrote, “i should have had a tale to tell which would have stirred the heart of every englishman. these rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.” Among the many memorial expeditions to the south Pole this year, one of the more touching ones is being headed by British polar explorer Antony Jinman, who is retracing the steps of the search party which set out to try and find out what had happened to scott in october 1912. Antony will lead his


Terra Nova, C.H. Ponting photograph, Canterbury Museum NZ 19XX.2.432 © New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust,

five-man team across 250 miles of ice to reach the place where Scott died – not that there’s any proof of its existence any more: the tent containing the bodies of Scott and his companions has long since been buried under snow and ice, and moves almost imperceptibly towards the ocean. Antony’s trip, scheduled to begin in late October in temperatures as low as -30, is expected to last around three weeks, the team moving on skis and pulling sledges laden with vital supplies. “We can’t erect a permanent memorial when we get there because of the ever-shifting ice,” explains Antony. Instead, they will do what Scott’s old colleagues did upon discovering their leader’s remains; make an impromptu ice monument and say a few words. For Antony, it will be a powerful journey. The story of Captain Scott enthralled him as a child and put the idea of exploration as a career into his head. Today, Antony is as much about education as he is exploration: when he’s not on the ice, he’s telling children about his expeditions and, this year in particular, Scott is very much a part of the conversation. The Terra Nova expedition is being remembered all over the UK in 2012 – London’s Natural History Museum has a fabulous exhibition about Scott’s ill-fated voyage running until September which includes a replica of his base camp hut. This and a hundred other events are proof that you don’t


need a happy ending to reserve your place in history – but what is it about Scott that resonates so strongly? Antony thinks he has the answer. “It was the team’s ability to face up to the obstacles before them,” he says. “The whole expedition went off on a three year journey into the unknown that challenged them all in ways they could scarcely have imagined. Their legacy has had a profound impact on the world we live in, be that scientifically or in terms of teamwork, and as a symbol of perseverance there is no better example.”

Scott’s Cape Evans Base Camp was used as one of the Terra Nova expedition’s main bases. After 1917 it remained untouched until 1956 when US expeditioners dug it out of the snow and ice. It was found to be in a remarkable state of preservation and included many artifacts from both the earlier expeditions. While some artifacts were taken as souvenirs at the time (and since), this hut remains largely as it was in 1917.


Continental evolution

It’s a wonderful car in so many ways, says Matthew Carter, although it suffers with a slightly unhealthy thirst. But happily, there’s a solution to that minor problem on the way. Enjoy performance, presence and, above all, luxury


GettinG to be on first name terms with the guys behind the till at my local fuel station is all very well but the bank manager is less than impressed. the trouble is being caused by the latest bentley Continental Gt. it’s powered by one of the creamiest engines around, a 6-litre turbocharged power pack that develops almost 570hp. Performance, flexibility and refinement are unrivalled. but with fuel consumption in the mid-teens (if you’re being good), the credit card is melting on a daily basis. of course, if you’re happy to spend a smidgeon under £150,000 on a car, then £100 fill-ups aren’t going to bother you too much. or are they? the thing about the bentley Continental Gt is that, as the name implies, it’s a fabulous Continental Grand tourer. but, despite the 19-gallon fuel tank, travel at speed across europe and you’ll find progress will be dented by the constant need to refuel. Luckily bentley has a solution… but


more of that later. First let’s look at the latest Continental Gt. bentley would have you believe that this a brand new car, but the truth is simply that it’s a mid-life face-lift rather than a full scale reinvention. it looks similar to the original, which appeared eight years ago now (if it ain’t broke…), but there have been significant improvements. it’s been on a diet to lose 65 kilograms, there’s a new transmission for quicker gear shifts and the chassis has been tweaked for better handling. it’s a little wider overall and the interior is more comfortable (if that’s even possible). there’s also a new roster of gizmos and gadgets, with a better sat nav system and a sound system that includes the wonderfully named balance Mode Radiator speakers: perhaps they make the sound warmer. there have also been some under-bonnet changes. the W12 engine, a hugely impressive lump of metal, is now more powerful, more economical and produces lower emissions. it can



now run on petrol or bioethanol or both and Bentley claims a 70 per cent reduction in the car’s ‘well-to-wheel’ performance; in other words from production through to the time it hits the road. But the fact remains that the car produces 384 g/km of CO2 at the exhaust pipe, meaning hell will freeze over before a Bentley would be allowed into the 100g/km London Congestion Charge Zone for free (unless it was registered as a taxi, of course). But, wow, what a taxi that would be. Purists might shudder, but the best thing that could have happened to Bentley was being bought by Volkswagen and being split from Rolls-Royce (prop. BMW). It might mean the Great British luxury car division is now owned by the Germans, but surely that’s better than two of the greatest names in motoring being consigned to the history books? As far as Bentley is concerned, it's been a full-on ride ever since. Almost 50,000 examples of the Continental GT have been made and while that might look pretty weedy compared to a Ford Fiesta, for example, in Bentley terms that’s mass production. It’s a ubiquitous sight on London streets and in the car parks of Premier League football clubs. Remarkably for a car wearing the Bentley badge, it’s almost classless and for those without huge reserves, a used example offers a great deal of car for the money.

The latest GT offers more of the same: fabulous performance, road presence and luxury On the road it remains as impressive as ever. That big engine might have a drink problem but it makes the Conti GT brutally fast while the chassis tweaks helps it corner with impressive brio for a car that, despite the weight loss, still tips the scales at a couple of tonnes. That said, it’s no sportscar: the GT badging is spot on. This is a car for fast autoroute miles down to St Tropez or, thanks to the standard four-wheel drive chassis, up to St Moritz rather than zooming around Brands Hatch. Mind you, any long (or short) distance trip will be supremely comfortable. The interior is a masterclass in craftsmanship, a wonderful blend of modern luxury and Gentleman’s Club charm. The materials are, as you’d expect, first class but there’s a nod to the past with the retention of the vast chrome ‘organ stops’ that open and close the ventilation controls. The biggest change inside has been to the front seats, which are thinner than before to create more space in the rear, though any gain is marginal. Yes, this is a four-seater but you won’t want to spend too long in the back.


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So, in summary, the latest Continental GT offers more of the same: fabulous performance, road presence and luxury. Just a shame about the fuel economy, and here’s the bit I promised earlier. At the Detroit Motor Show in January, Bentley revealed a new version of the GT, powered by a newly developed bi-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine. This state-of-the-art unit (essentially an Audi engine) offers almost as much power (500bhp) but is up to 40 per cent more fuel-efficient. It even has trick electronics that shut down four cylinders when the car is idling along in traffic for example, to lower consumption. Performance is slightly down with a top speed of ‘only’ 188 mph and a 4.6 second time for the 0-60mph sprint, but if you can spot the difference in the real world you’re a better man than I. It’s around 25 kilograms lighter, which will help the handling further, and being a V8 it’s likely to make a great noise, too. And at £123,850, the car is cheaper, too. The W12 Continental GT is a good car and the V8 version is likely to be a great one. If you fancy a new Continental GT and are prepared to wait a little, go for the V8.




lOOk tO thE East As the spending power of China’s swelling middle class continues to grow, so does the country’s appetite for luxury. This extraordinary growth is good news for the world economy and for Europe’s high-end brands, writes RICHARD BROWN SoThEby’S AuCTion houSE, hong Kong, october 2010. An anonymous Chinese phone bidder pays $696,000 for three bottles of 1869 Château Lafite Rothschild, making them the most expensive wines ever sold. Was this the spontaneous action of an eccentric oligarch or a case-in-point of an interesting new trend? The evidence, overwhelmingly, would suggest the latter. The same auction house raised a total of $14.3 million from just two wine auctions in 2010. in fact, fuelled by China’s new-found, seemingly insatiable thirst for everything luxurious, hong Kong is now the world’s second-largest centre for wine auctions, only trailing behind new york. if consumption continues at the same speed (the Chinese purchased more than 126 million cases in 2009) the country will overtake the united States as the world’s largest consumer of wine by 2015. of course, it’s not just wine that has found favour amongst China’s multiplying middle classes: their luxury wish-lists now include everything from handbags and health food to overseas property and foreign education. Even Tibetan Mastiffs have become an essential must have; earlier this year a coal baron splurged $1.6 million on one, while a Chinese woman paid $600,000 for another. China now has more billionaires than any other country outside the united States. The number of its millionaires has increased to more than 400,000 and of the world’s 20 richest self-made women, more than half are Chinese (including the top three). over the past 20 or so years, an estimated 600 million Chinese people moved out of poverty, raising the number of the country’s middle class households to 55 million, demonstrating how the country is well on course to overtake the u.S. as the world’s largest economy. Predictions on when, though, vary. The New York Times says by 2030; Goldman Sachs anticipates a few years sooner, while The Economist believes it could happen as early as 2019. What is certain, however, is that for nearly 30 years, China has been the world’s fastest-growing major economy and average disposable income has increased from around £300 to £1,240 per head. Collectively, this offered an unprecedented market opportunity for luxury

brands, who have been quick to respond. Let us take Gucci as an example; having increased its stores in China from six in 2006 to 39 by 2011, China now accounts for 18 per cent of the brand’s global sales. For Louis Vuitton, which has three stores in Shanghai alone, that figure is 15 per cent. For luxury goods group Richemont it is 22; while bulgari and hermes have risen up to 14 and 11 per cent respectively. This year the country is expected to top the u.S. as RollsRoyce’s number one market. The list of luxury brands making good in China goes on: Van Cleef & Arpels has invested heavily in hong Kong, Rolex has set up in Shanghai, and Aquascutum now boasts a total of 59 stores on the mainland. While the country’s economy continues to enjoy near double-digit growth and its status-conscious middle classes continue to flaunt their newfound wealth, it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing. Anyone in doubt about the luxury boom need only take a walk down beijing’s Wangfujing Street. The district has become one of the country’s most famous shopping mecca, drawing a staggering one million visitors a day. Stroll down the road and you’d be forgiven for thinking that Gucci and Ray ban had teamed up for a sale; signature handbags hang from what seems like every other wrist, while iconic wayfarers are sported in almost equal number. Across the yellow Sea in South Korea, Louis Vuitton’s handbags have become such a phenomenon that they are now nicknamed the ‘three-second bags’; that’s the amount of time you’ll go between seeing one from the next. Signature staples from british brands burberry and Mulberry are not far behind. Earlier last year China became the largest manufacturing nation by output, ending America’s 110-year stint at the top of the table. if current trends continue, the world’s distribution of economic product and manufacturing output is expected to resemble that of 1800 – when China was producing a third of the world’s GDP – before the middle of this century. For the Chinese, their 200-year economic ‘blip’ will be over, while for brands in the west, this far Eastern land will have become their most important market.

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Since itS re-opening in 2000 following a £57 million restoration, Mandarin oriental has been voted ‘Best Leisure Hotel in the UK’ and ‘Best Business Hotel in the UK’ by condé nast readers. With 198 guest rooms and suites, many overlooking the royal parkland, each room has been individually decorated to ensure both comfort and elegance. A former gentleman’s club, this exclusive location has always maintained the highest standards in luxury and opulence. no wonder, then, that it has hosted some of the most talked-about events, including the pre-wedding gala party for the royal Family. today, Mandarin oriental has everything and more to offer the resident for whom modern day comforts are an essential. offsetting contemporary needs with the classic interior, the hotel is home to Bar Boulud, a modern day French bistro featuring a sleek open-plan kitchen and vaulted ceilings for an informal dining space. For a rather more progressive gastronomic experience, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal is now a proud part of the hotel’s offering. Finally, for the ultimate in pampering, the Spa at Mandarin oriental truly is a haven of tranquillity. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA,











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n The Map Where will we all be going this year? We reveal the key destinations for the rest of 2012, and beyond. By AngelinA VillA-ClArke

Cambodia All eyes are on Cambodia this year, with a whole raft of stunning openings. First up is the country’s first private island luxury resort – Song Saa ( Set to make Cambodia’s unspoilt Koh Rong Archipelago the next ‘Asian Riviera’, this 27-villa property is located on two interconnecting islands, surrounded by a marine reserve that is teeming with tropical fish. Opened just recently, the stylish resort has been built from sustainable materials, with its design taking inspiration from Cambodian fishing villages – think thatched roofs, over-water buildings, natural timbers and driftwood furniture. Eminently romantic, even its name means ‘Sweethearts’ in Khmer. Guests can expect dining under the stars at the ocean-floating restaurant, a spa with its own yoga centre and adventures in the virgin rainforest. Other new openings include The Plantation in Phenom Penh ( Having thrown its doors open to the public at the end of last year, the hotel is located in a prime spot right behind the Royal Palace and consists of a cluster of converted 1940s colonial-style buildings with cool, contemporary interiors, set in tropical gardens. Meanwhile in Siem Reap, Angkor Wat-going visitors can stay at the luxury Shinta Mani ( Overseen by architect Bill Bensley, who was responsible for the city’s iconic Hotel


de la Paix, visitors should expect the wow-factor. Guests at Shinta Mani can also appreciate the Baphuon Temple inside Angkor Park, which opened in December 2011 after a 50-year restoration, home to a 70-metre-long reclining Buddha. Lovers of historic hotels will no doubt appreciate the recent, sympathetic renovations at both Cambodian Raffles properties, renowned as being the only luxury hotels that survived the Khmer Rouge regime. The refurbishment at Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor in Siem Reap ( includes two new private villas based in the hotel’s lush gardens. At Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh (, guests can discover new suites and a restored ballroom and bars. Lastly, for those who want to have the complete Cambodian experience, check out Travel Indochina’s revamped Cambodian Revealed tour for 2012 ( It will take travellers between the capital city of Phenom Penh and Siem Reap, and includes a stay at the charming French colonial seaside resort of Kampot, a homestay experience in Takeo and a trip to Kampong Thom to visit the pre-Angkorian temples of Sambor Prei Kuk. For more information on travel to Cambodia, visit


Macau Located just off the coast of Hong Kong, the tiny island of Macau is buzzing with new high-end developments. The only place to legally gamble in China, this former Portuguese colony is a unique playground for China’s mega-rich and competes with Las Vegas when it comes to lavish resorts and casinos. The brand new Galaxy Resort ( in the Cotai district is one of the world’s most ambitious ‘hotel’ projects and cost a jaw-dropping HK$49 billion. It boasts three five-star hotels – The Galaxy Hotel, The Banyan Tree Macau and the Hotel Okura Macau. The integrated resort offers an incredible 50 restaurants, bar and lounges, a shopping boulevard, a ninescreen avant-garde cinema and the China Rouge Club, which aims to evoke 1930s Shanghai. Guests can also experience the Grand Resort Deck. Here you’ll find the world’s largest sky-top wave pool, with waves of up to 1.5 metres in height, a white sandy beach, five swimming pools, a Japanese tea pavilion and a chic cabana area – all on the roof. Due to open in spring this year is the Sands Cotai Central development, which also brings together a group of top-end hotel brands, restaurants, luxury shopping and casino facilities. Totalling 6,000 rooms, guests will have a choice of booking into the Conrad by Hilton, Sheraton, Sheraton Towers and Holiday Inn. Foodies will also be in seventh heaven – with an impressive 52 of Macau’s restaurants having been featured in the 2011 Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau. One of these is Robuchon A Galera, located in Hotel Lisboa – with three Michelin stars, this is listed as the third best restaurant in Asia in the 2010 Miele Guide Top 20 ( Finally, 2012 also sees the arrival of Macau’s very own Central Park. Due to open this summer, the huge space will offer visitors a wide range of facilities, including an artificial lake that can be used as a swimming pool in the summer, walking trails and an underground library. For more information on travel to Macau, visit


With Chile’s Tourism board aiming to increase the number of foreign visitors to the country by 40 per cent by the end of 2014, travellers to the country can expect lots of exciting developments over the next few years. The eco-friendly Puma Lodge is one prime example ( Despite being located in a remote and stunning area of the central Andes, the heliski lodge is only a 90-minute drive south of Santiago International Airport – the shortest commute from an international airport to any major heli-ski destination in the world. Accommodating 24 guests, the lodge boasts a wine cave with independent tasting room, library and a boutique ski shop. It also has a spa, gym, dedicated yoga room and an outdoor pool. And, when you get tired of all that, you can step outside and come face to face with some of the country’s most spectacular terrain. Continuing with the eco theme is the newly opened Hangaroa Eco Village and Spa ( on Easter Island. The Hangaroa will be the most ecologically sustainable hotel in Chile and one of the most eco-friendly in the whole of South America. The beautifully-designed hotel comprises 75 bedrooms, three restaurants serving native, seasonal cuisine and the Mana Vai spa, making use of products and treatments based on the local Rapa Nui culture. The project is the most ambitious eco project ever undertaken in Chile and the museum, theatre, arts and crafts centre and shops all share the purpose of integrating the local community with visitors to the island. For more information on travel to Chile, visit

Tuscany With its medieval monuments and sunflower filled landscapes, Tuscany has long been a perennial favourite with Italophiles. Now with some glamorous new openings, the region looks set to be thrust firmly in the jetsetters’ spotlight again. Located just 20 kilometres from Siena, Castello di Casole ( is a 4,200-acre estate – one of Italy’s largest private landholdings, and now home to 28 artfully restored luxury farmhouses


and boutique hotel. The 41 all-suite bolthole and spa, due to open in April 2012, sits at the heart of the estate and was once an ancient castle, dating back to the 10th century. Overseen by the renowned Timbers Resorts, guests can expect a true Tuscan experience while staying in a spectacular setting. On offer will be wildlife tours around the 100-acre estate, truffle hunting, private wine tours in the vineyards and bespoke cookery courses. Interiors will be ‘elegantly rustic’ in style, with visitors enjoying two restaurants, a gelateria, espresso bar and a vaulted spa carved out of the original wine cellars. If you fall in love with the place (and there’s a good chance you will), bear in mind that the Casali farmhouses are available to buy, so you’ll need never to return home again. Located in the once-dilapidated Tuscan hamlet of Castiglioncello del Trinoro is another restoration project. Bought back to life by eminent American lawyer Michael Cioffi, the village has now been revived by restoring the former houses into villas and turning the former pensione into a ninebedroom design hotel (opening summer 2012). The Villas at Monteverdi ( have been painstakingly reconstructed by local artisans using indigenous materials to retain their authenticity. Local woods, Tuscan flagstone and granite, and Carrara marble have all been utilised by interior designer Ilaria Miani to retain a sense of rustic roots as well as offering ultra-modern and luxurious furnishings. Each year, Monteverdi will also feature a summer season of events featuring celebrated luminaries from the fields of art, music, drama and culinary worlds.

including Jean Michel Gathy who will be designing the flagship Chedi Andermatt hotel, due to open for the 2013 winter season. What’s more, the resort aims to be a year-round destination – offering top-end shopping, sports facilities – such as cycling, climbing, canoeing and white-water rafting plus a whole host of live entertainment in the state-of-the-art concert hall.

Andermatt, Swiss Alps The Peloponnese, Greece

You may have to wait a while yet, but it’s definitely one to put in your diary. Andermatt in the Swiss Alps remains one of the last great untouched Alpine valleys and was until recently solely occupied by the Swiss Army. Now plans are well underway by developers Orascom Development Holding to transform (sensitively) the quaint valley into one of Europe’s most stylish luxury destinations which will comprise six hotels (including the landmark Chedi Andermatt), 25 private villas, 490 apartments, an 18-hole golf course, sports centre and a modernised ski area. Andermatt Swiss Alps ( aims to blend authentic Swiss architecture and a traditional way of life with a modern twist. More than 30 world-class architects will be employed to design the properties,


Located in what is known as the ‘Hamptons of Greece’, thanks to its lush green scenery, sweeping beaches and unspoilt ocean views, the new Porto Heli Collection ( will no doubt compete with the likes of Mykonos and Santorini to be one of Greece’s most salubrious destinations. It aims to integrate big-brand hotels, lavish villas and boutiques all based on the shores of the Peloponnese, a peninsula on the southern part of mainland Greece. The first phase of the project, due to open this year, is the Aman Resort and Villas (, located in the hillside above Porto Heli, a beautiful and chi chi harbour overlooking the island of Spetses and the surrounding undulating olive groves. The Aman Hotel will comprise 38 guest pavilions, each featuring their own stone wall courtyards housing private swimming pools. Other facilities include restaurants and bars, a library, beach club, luxury spa and boutique shop, offering Greek jewellery and artwork. The exclusive Aman Villas, meanwhile, will offer a rare chance to own your own slice of the renowned brand. Priced between €3 to €20 million, the residences have been designed by award-winning architect Ed Tuttle and will boast beautiful interiors and access to all the facilities at the resort.


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Home & AwAy Melanie WilliaMs discovers two of the world’s most luxurious spas, each offering a unique, memorable experience. One can be found just a drive from London and the other a little further afield

Cowley Manor

Gloucestershire, uK Tucked away in the English countryside, just 35 miles from the picturesque city of Oxford, is one of the UK’s most unique and praised spa retreats. Cowley Manor is a remarkably contemporary country-house hotel, where 1850s architecture is offset against colourful, contemporary décor, and just close enough to London. Surreal papier-mâché hunting trophies make ironic reference to the former life of the country house, while the juxtaposition of flamboyant lime walls, red laminate tables and cowhide upholstered window seats challenges the eye. The impressive restaurant combines classical architecture with elegant modern elements, a striking combination which is matched by the menu’s fusions of traditional and modern cuisine. The 30 guest rooms are filled with gadgets and gizmos whilst the bathrooms are positively palatial, with limestone double basins and drench head showers.

The hotel sits in beautiful grounds, which encompass four lakes and an ornamental Victorian cascade. To the north of the manor house is the renowned C-spa. Conceived as an enclosed landscape, the spa harmoniously blends in with its natural surroundings, thanks to minimalist lines, protracted glass walls and large expanses of cool, dark slate. With a wide range of treatments, from the popular acupressure and reflexology massages to the lavender and Dead Sea salt body scrub, there are therapies to suit every need. Make sure you pay a visit to The Village Shop, in the stable block near C-Side - we defy you not to come away with at least one delightful purchase from its beautiful selection. So for an altogether stimulating and relaxing escape from city living, I highly recommend Cowley Manor.


Parrot Cay

Turks & CaiCos, The Caribbean Parrot Cay is nestled in a secluded corner of its own 1,000-acre unspoilt island in the Turks & Caicos. A truly beautiful Caribbean paradise, with white, powder-soft sandy beaches and sparkling, azure-blue water, it is a sanctuary for complete relaxation and rejuvenation: a luxurious hideaway from the rest of the world. The surrounding coral reef teems with exotic sealife and the verdant island is home to more than 175 species of bird, notably flamingos and hummingbirds. The modern colonial style of Parrot Cay, with its whitewashed walls and teak furniture, is fresh and inviting. The rooms’ four poster beds are swathed in white drapings and finished with crisp white linen, whilst the private open-air veranda daybeds are ideal locations


for unwinding with a holiday book or a refreshing early evening cocktail. The COMO Shambhala Retreat at Parrot Cay, where COMO Shambhala cuisine is pioneered, is world-renowned. State-of-the-art facilities are housed in traditional style ylang-ylang, stone and sun-bleached wood huts overlooking the island wetlands. In addition to highly experienced specialist staff, COMO Shambhala’s Retreat weeks with the world’s best yoga teachers were developed at this resort. With various wellness and beauty programmes on offer, adaptable to your stay, you are guaranteed to leave feeling completely rejuvenated.


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If you’re ever stuck for an unusual, decadent way to spend a Saturday, whether it’s with a first date, catching up with friends or 25 years into your marriage, a Harvey Nichols Cocktail Master Class is a very easy answer (as long as you’re both partial to a cocktail or two). Head to the famous fifth floor and you’ll be expertly guided through cocktail bar alchemy, classic cocktail combinations and the charming bartender Stani visciano’s top tips. The Master Class is very much an interactive affair: drinks are passed round for tasting and you are invited behind the circular bar to concoct your own cocktail. After the group activities, you’ll be presented with a certifcate declaring your proficiency and then it’s on to a table for two at the adjoining fifth floor restaurant, where a fabulous lunch awaits. Classes take place on Saturdays, 10am-12pm and cost £60 per person, including tasting and lunch For reservation enquiries, please contact 020 7235 5250 Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ



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For drinks on your doorstep: From the team who bought you Gaucho, home to mouth-watering Argentinean steak, new cocktail bar Galante pays further tribute to all things deliciously South American. Grown up décor – think 1930s art deco – coupled with a cocktail menu featuring concoctions created by renowned Argentinean barman Pichin make for an evening of old school decadence. The cocktails are invariably potent, with all manner of exotic ingredients and garnishes, served by attentive waitresses in matching gold cocktail dresses. The Chanta, Galante’s special, a heady mix El Dorado, vanilla liquor and white cacao is, as the name suggests, particularly special (and notably strong). If you require sustenance to soak up the specials, the chicken and foie gras was delicious. Galante is a good idea, well executed and worth a visit. Galante, 87 Sloane Avenue, South Kensington SW3 3DX, 020 7589 4256,

For post-theatre night-caps: Archer Street Cocktail Bar & Lounge

This gem of a bar is our out-of-borough favourite of the month because it’s so worthy of a post theatre drink when you’re in the area (Les Miserables is showing at Queens Theatre, just round the corner, until October this year). This gorgeous bar provides a haven from the bright lights and colours of Soho, bedecked in white wood panelling and kitted out with neutral, plush furnishings in purple grape, duck-egg blue and pale plum. Don’t think this is a bar without soul though; expect spur-of-the-moment songs courtesy of the young waiters, who would give the Glee kids a run for their money, and an exceptional set list from the DJ downstairs, segueing across the decades with ease. The highlight, though? The deliciously more-ish, fruity cocktails, which proved the perfect post-theatre night cap.

Tom By Name... Tom Aikens’ newly refurbished restaurant is now open and on our must-visit wish list. Rather than continuing with the traditional formal style that one often equates with fine French dining, Tom and business partners, London Doors, decided to match innovative, modern cooking with a fresh and informal dining area. Designed by well-known Istanbul designer, Hakan Ezer, the interior combines oak, tables, wooden chairs, concrete and iron, resulting in a slightly rugged and urban dining space. Typical dishes on the wellrounded menu include roast foie gras and venison tartar, succulent braised beef and a palate-refreshing beetroot and yoghurt parfait.The wine list features approximately 150 bins, with prices starting at a very reasonable £22 per bottle; top sommelier Raphael Rodriguez is on hand for recommendations and advice. 43 Elystan Street, Chelsea, SW3 3NT, 020 7584 2003,

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Din in G Galvin Demoiselle & Bentley’s Following on from the success of last year’s French Laundry pop-up at Harrods come two new restaurant openings by celebrated chefs Richard Corrigan and the Galvin brothers. Commencing in March, first in store is Galvin Demoiselle in the store’s iconic Food Halls. This is the fifth London offering from Galvin Restaurants, founded in 2005 by Michelin-starred chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. Residing in a unique, elevated mezzanine space, the menu will provide highquality French cuisine, combining signature Galvin dishes such as confit pork cheeks and tarte tatin with exclusive creations for Demoiselle including a baked lobster fishcake. Paul Goodale, Director of Restaurants at Harrods, commented: “The launches of Galvin Demoiselle and Bentley’s Sea Grill at Harrods make an exciting start to the year, building on the successes of 2011. The openings signal our long-term plans to build partnerships with the industry’s most respected chefs and to further strengthen our portfolio of 28 restaurants.” Harrods, 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL, 020 7730 1234

A Perfect Mother’s Day Menu… Brunch


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Located in the centre of Sloane Square, The Botanist is a popular haunt for Chelsea residents. If you happen to be there around 6pm, you’ll find suited men and women clustered outside with gin and tonics. A cocktail is all very well but it is the weekend brunch that makes it such a gem. Choose from a traditional menu of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on English muffin, crêpe complete with egg, bacon and Gruyère or a full cooked breakfast. For those with a sweet tooth, the blueberry pancakes with maple syrup is the must-have. Just remember to book.

Housed in a charming Victorian building in South Kensington’s busy Old Brompton Road, and conveniently located near the museums on nearby Exhibition Road and Cromwell Road, The Hummingbird Café has become famous for its American-style bakery, selling a full range of pretty, indulgent offerings, including delectable cupcakes, layer cakes, chocolatey brownies, cheesecakes, muffins and much more. After a cultural day of museum-hopping or an indulgent girlie shopping spree, head there for a perfect end to the day with tea and treats.

A direct descendant of Boujis, don’t expect anything less than sophistication, glamour and exclusivity at private member’s club Dorsia in South Kensington. The elegant Georgian townhouse on the fashionable Cromwell Road has housed many a night-time hotspot, including what used to be The Firehouse. Headed up by Alexander Baillieu, the ground floor restaurant sees a menu of modern European cuisine based on seasonal and organic ingredients. With awardwinning mixologists, a handsome crowd and the spectacular Natural History Museum backdrop, this is a stylish way to celebrate Mother’s Day.

7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EE, 020 7730 0077

7 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3JP, 020 7851 1795

3 Cromwell Road, SW7 2HR, 020 7590 4630




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Jacqui Ainsley and Guy Ritchie

Above / Bentley Continental GT V8

Driving Force The supercar-obsessed and the stylish turned out in equal quantities for the launch of Bentley’s Continental GT V8. Two cars were on show and both were sleek, sophisticated and secretly sought after by every guest (did we win a week with one, Bentley?). Hosted in conjunction with South Ken hotspot Boujis, it was no surprise that the Jack Barclay Bentley showroom was buzzing with live music, bright lights and free-flowing Bellinis, of course.

Mr and Mrs Jorge Calisto

James Middleton

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Olivia Cole

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Roger Michael and Marlone Geissmann

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George Graham, Stephanie Wheatley and Henry Graham

Happy Birthday

The Wolf & Badger boutique

Wolf & Badger recently celebrated its second anniversary by welcoming in a new batch of talented designers with a party in the Ledbury Road boutique. Designers, bloggers, customers and Wolf & Badger fans wrapped up and braved the cold to join the party in Notting Hill, drinking delicious rum cocktails served by the Lonsdale team. There were goody bags full of sweets and Erol Sabadosh DJed for the crowd, with an after party at the Lonsdale. Birgit Marie Smith and Sofus Grey Prince Cassius Di Pickin, Carly Mann and Abi Curran

Sibylle Boettger and Cellina McIntyre

Photography: Dan McMillan, The Sunday Times Terry O’Neill next to his famous photo of Amy Winehouse

Samuele Serreli, Josh Castro and Sarah Ho

Sign of TheTimes The 50th anniversary of The Sunday Times Magazine is being celebrated at the Saatchi Gallery with a showcase of work by some of the world-famous photographers who have contributed since the magazine’s launch in 1962, when it began its run as the UK’s first newspaper colour supplement. See incredible photography by Don McCullin, David Bailey, Eve Arnold, Snowdon, Sam Taylor-Wood, Terry O’Neill, Uli Weber and many more in the exhibition, which runs until February 19. Sarah Baxter and John Witherow

Sir Philip Green, Marjorie Wallace and Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy Clarkson, John Humphries and Julia Bradbury

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Photography: Dan Wooller Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

The Duchess of Cornwall Lulu

Holly Valance and Nick Candy

Felicity Kendal, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace

Flavia and Vincent

Mark Ramprakash

Karen Hardy and Tess Daly

Midnight Tango Despite the bitter cold, the draw of Strictly Come Dancing’s most fiesty couple was enough to lure Strictly dancers past, present, and professional, as well as famous fans of the show (most ardent said to be the Duchess of Cornwall) to the launch night of Midnight Tango (showing in London until 31 March). Flavia Cacace and Vincent Simone set the stage alight with their renowned tango routines and the night ended with a standing ovation. Our verdict? Not to be missed.

Arlene Phillips


Cherie Lunghi and Duncan Bannatyne


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ShoeS rehealeD Chelsea Green Shoe Repairs 31 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT 020 7584 0776

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OKA 103 Lancaster Road, W11 1QN 020 7792 1425

Percy Bass

184 Walton Street, SW3 2JL 020 7589 4853


274 King’s Road, SW3 5AW 020 7376 7574

The Watch Gallery 129 Fulham Road, SW3 6RT 020 7581 3239

Land, sea and air

Watches of Switzerland

Avolus Ltd

69 Brompton Road, SW3 1DB 020 7581 7037


Dragons of Walton Street

23 Walton Street, SW3 2HX 020 7589 3795

Katherine Pooley 160 Walton Street, SW3 2JL 020 7584 3223

Louise Bradley

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Crown Security Chauffeurs

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47 Cadogan Street, SW3 2QJ 020 7581 0811

VIP Car Hire

Bar Boulud

Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 2JE 0870 200 4949

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA 020 7201 3899


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0845 901 1471


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110-112 Draycott Avenue, SW3 3AE 020 7589 4257

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36 Davies Street, W1K 4NF 020 7355 0980

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international Courier 272 Kensington High Street 0844 257 0668

BaBy Sitter

Cadogan Street Dental Office

Chelsea Consulting Rooms 2 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BJ 020 7763 9100

Dr. Rakus

34A Hans Road, SW3 1RW 020 7460 7324

Medicare Francais

3 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4JJ 020 7370 4999

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH 020 7730 7733

floriSt Gilding the Lily Old Brompton Road, SW7 2NB 020 7584 1950

Imperial Nannies 17 Radley Mews, W8 6JP 020 7795 6220

Only Roses

257 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9HP 020 7373 9595


Spa at Bluebird

198 Ebury Street 020 7730 5522

Richard Ward


82 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY 020 7730 1222

The Chelsea Day Spa

69a King’s Road, SW3 4NX 020 7351 0911

Urban Retreat at Harrods

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

Personal Chef


The Personal Chef

1-3 Walton Street, SW3 2JD 020 7225 2301

020 7871 1080

Personal shoPPer Gabrielle Teare Kings Road, Chelsea 07985 319300

Walk my Dog K9 TO 5 Club 46 Broadwalk Court, Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4EF 07710 064 871

Chelsea Dogs

7 Chelsea Square, SW3 6LF 07786 325 053

Party time Casinos

Zuma 5 Raphael Street, SW7 1DL 020 7584 1010

members Clubs Boujis 43 Thurloe Street, SW7 2LQ 020 7584 2000

Beaufort House

354 Kings Road, SW3 5UZ 020 7352 2828


7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG 020 7881 5990

The Park Tower Casino

101 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RQ 020 7235 6161

late night fooD Bibendum Michelin House 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD 020 7581 5817


89 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DX 020 7584 9901

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ 020 7235 5000

Launceston Place

1a Launceston Place, W8 5RL 020 7937 6912


38 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NU 020 7581 5434


Chelsea Arts Club

143 Old Church Street, SW3 6EB 020 7376 3311

William Curley

350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU 020 7351 3873

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Tomtom Cigars and Coffee 63 Elizabeth Street 020 7730 1790

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020 7590 3034

149 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ 020 7823 5638

DeliCatessen Partridges 2-5 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY 020 7730 7102

The Grocer on Elgin

6 Elgin Crescent, W11 2HX 020 7221 3844

Wholefoods Market

63-97 Kensington High Street, W8 5SE 020 7368 4500

ChoColates L’Artisan Du Chocolat 89 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8DA 0845 270 6996

Weird & the WonderFul besPoke Perfumes Floris Peter Jones Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL 020 7730 3434

DiamonDs ValueD Tiffany & Co 145 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BL 020 7409 2790

get my shotgun rePaireD A.J. Bells 104 Stephendale Road Fulham SW6 2PH 07703 601 093

The Sloane Club

Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BS 020 7730 9131

The Valmont Club

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

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

Reception room, open-plan kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower, 2nd bedroom, bathroom, garage (currently used as a bedroom), roof terrace. South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

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KENSINGTON 145 Kensington Church Street W8 7LP 020 7535 3300

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BELGRAVIA EAGLE 82 PLACE, - 83SW7 Chester Square SW1W 9HJ 020 7881 7722 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.

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174 Brompton Road SW3 1HP 020 7306 1600

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

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

Freehold £2,500,000 STC

South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

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SOUTH KENSINGTON 125 Gloucester Road SW7 4TE 020 7835 0000 Attracting buyers and tenants from around the world

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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From Peter to Thomas. We love Chelsea as much as you do. What’s not to love about Chelsea? Full of wonderful contrasts, it’s attracted the great and the good, actors and rock stars, politicians and pin-ups. Now Savills has arrived, we have a new home in Chelsea at 202 Fulham Road. Together with our offices in Kensington, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Sloane Street, we offer excellent coverage of this prime area. If you’re making a move, talk to the Savills team now on 020 7578 9000.

Savills Chelsea now open.

Savills Chelsea 202 Fulham Road SW10 9PJ 020 7578 9000

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Unmodernised garden sqUare hoUse with potential to extend Edwardes Square, w8 Double reception room  further reception room  dining room  kitchen  master bedroom with en suite bathroom  3/4 further bedrooms  further bathrooms  in need of modernisation  potential to extend subject to the necessary consents  56ft rear garden  access to communal garden square  228 sq m (2,449 sq ft) Guide £3.95 million

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Savills Kensington Sarah Birch

020 7535 3300


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A unique low built house stAnding in its own grounds Hillsleigh Road, w8 Drawing room  library  dining room  sitting room  office  kitchen  master bedroom suite  guest bedroom with en suite bathroom  4 further bedrooms  further bathroom  staff bedroom with en suite shower room  separate studio flat  service kitchen  pantry  5 guest cloakrooms  garden surrounding house  2 stables  off-street parking  793 sq m (8,548 sq ft) Price on Application

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Savills Kensington Kit Allen

020 7535 3300


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Perfect Pied-a-terre with Parking Academy Gardens, w8 Entrance hall  reception room  kitchen  bedroom  bathroom  24hr concierge  lift access  underground parking space  communal swimming pool and gym  cloakroom  90 sq m (973 sq ft)

Asking £1.795 million

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Savills Kensington Tamara McGoldrick

020 7535 3300

Leasehold, approximately 991 years remaining

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A clAssic beAutifully refurbished ApArtment Holland Park, w11 Entrance hall  reception room  dining room  kitchen  master bedroom suite  further bedroom with en suite bathroom  study/bedroom 3  cloakroom  169 sq m (1,818 sq ft)

Asking £3.45 million

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Savills Kensington Thomas Holcroft

020 7535 3300

Leasehold, approximately 965 years remaining plus Share of Freehold

10/02/2012 15:04

An ideAlly locAted ApArtment full of chArm Queens Gate, sw7 Entrance hall  reception room  dining room  kitchen  master bedroom with en suite bathroom  second bedroom  separate bathroom  library/bedroom 3  cloakroom/laundry  balcony  storage  lift  2,217 sq ft (206 sq m) Guide £3.95 million

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Savills Chelsea Charlie Bubear

020 7578 9000

Leasehold, plus Share of Freehold

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Beautifully refurBished home in the heart of south Kensington Cranley Place, SW7 5 bedrooms (3 en suite)  3 reception rooms  kitchen  further bathroom  breakfast room/conservatory  utility room  3 guest cloakrooms  gym and shower room  garden  communal garden access  parking available by separate negotiation  407 sq m (4,382 sq ft) £7,250 per week

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Savills Chelsea Mark Tunstall

020 7578 9001


10/02/2012 15:01 An immAculAte duplex ApArtment in A desirAble locAtion EVELYN GARDENS, SW7 3 bedrooms  reception room  dining room  study area  kitchen  3 bathrooms  direct access to communal gardens  152 sq m (1,646 sq ft) £1,625 per week


Savills Chelsea Fitore Vula

020 7578 9020

A stunning contemporAry house on A quiet street south of the King’s roAd Oakley Gardens, SW3 3 bedrooms (1 en suite)  reception room  dining room  kitchen  bathroom  private paved garden  176 sq m (1,894 sq ft) £1,850 per week


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SpaciouS family home fabulouSly located near holland park Ilchester Place, W14 6 bedrooms (3 en suite)  5 reception rooms  kitchen  further bathroom  study  laundry room  guest cloakroom  garden  413 sq m (4,448 sq ft)

£7,500 per week

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Hamptons Chelsea 020 7717 5431

Redcliffe Gardens, SW10 A two bedroom first floor apartment. With a modern luxury kitchen and a 15’10 x 14’4 master bedroom. It also offers an en-suite bathroom, a separate smart modern shower room, both double bedrooms situated in a quiet position at the back of the building and a wealth of natural light. Hamptons Chelsea 020 7717 5431

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.

£1,150,000 Share of Freehold Share of freehold 2 Beds 1000 Approx Sq ft Very good decoration Period building Upper floor

Hamptons Kensington 020 7717 5457

Holland Park, W11

ÂŁ8,250,000 Leasehold

A classic 5 bedroom period maisonette occupying two complete floors of an elegant detached Stucco fronted villa in Holland Park. The property offers generous entertaining space on the raised ground floor which incorporates a very impressive double reception room plus separate dining room, complete with high ceilings, cornicing and many original features. Hamptons Kensington 020 77717 5457

5 Bedrooms 3 Reception room 4 Bathrooms 3950 sq ft approximately Mature landscaped garden Elevated garden terrace

Here. There. Everywhere. We were the first UK estate agency to launch an app for iPad, and an app for iPhone, and our website has hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. Wether you want to buy, sell, let or rent, it couldn’t be easier.

Hamptons Sloane Square 020 7717 5481

Rawlings Street, SW3 A charming period family home situated in a favourable position on this prime residential street in the heart of Chelsea and moments from Sloane Square. Rawlings Street runs between Cadogan Street and Milner Street and is ideally situated for the extensive shopping and transport links that Sloane Square and Knightsbridge offer. Sloane Square 020 7717 5481

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.

ÂŁ3,750,000 Freehold Dining room 2 Reception rooms Kitchen 5 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Roof terrace

Hamptons Knightsbridge 020 7717 5461

Queen’s Gate, SW7

£25,000,000 Freehold

This superb white stucco fronted Grade II* listed house with adjoining mews has been beautifully refurbished by the award winning Czarska Group. The property has 12 bedrooms with 11 bathrooms and offers 15,676 sq ft of living space, which seamlessly accommodates grand entertainment at the highest level, together with family privacy and live-in staff quarters. Hamptons Knightsbridge 020 7717 5461

12 bedrooms 11 bathrooms Cinema room Pool with Jacuzzi Staff accommodation Terrace, Lift

Here. There. Everywhere. We were the first UK estate agency to launch an app for iPad, and an app for iPhone, and our website has hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. Wether you want to buy, sell, let or rent, it couldn’t be easier.

Hamptons Paddington 020 7717 5473

Sheldon Square, W2 A spectacular twelfth floor penthouse with breathtaking panoramic views across London. Offering lateral space, it has been designed and fitted to the highest specification. Comprising five luxurious bedrooms (all ensuite), a bespoke kitchen and two reception rooms. One of the most spectacular penthouse apartments to come onto the market in central London recently. Paddington & Bayswater 020 7717 5473

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.

ÂŁ6,500,000 Leasehold Penthouse apartment 12th Floor (with direct lift access) 2 Reception rooms 5 Bedrooms Roof terrace (with Jacuzzi) 2 Car parking spaces

Hamptons Notting Hill 020 7717 5649

Talbot Road, W11

ÂŁ1,795,000 Leasehold

A very rare and stylishly refurbished, first floor lateral apartment. This fabulous property offers beautiful high ceilings, two balconies and a large eat-in kitchen, and is situated on the doorstep of Portobello Road, in the heart of Notting Hill.

Notting Hill 020 7717 5649

Kitchen Reception room 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Balcony Terraced

Here. There. Everywhere. We were the first UK estate agency to launch an app for iPad, and an app for iPhone, and our website has hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. Wether you want to buy, sell, let or rent, it couldn’t be easier.

Hamptons Pimlico & Westminster 020 834 4771

Cambridge Street, SW1 This is a very fine and beautifully modernised five/six bedroom, four bathroom family house extending to circa 4200 sq.ft, with ample entertaining space. An exceptional refurbishment programme has just been completed to restore the house, ensuring an excellent finish is achieved to combine modern living with period charm. Pimlico & Westminister 020 7834 4771

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.

ÂŁ4,450,000 Freehold 2 Reception rooms Kitchen/Dining room/Family room Staff accommodation 5/6 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms Cinema room & Roof terrace

Hamptons Country House Head Office 020 7493 8222

New Forest, Hampshire

Excess of £5,000,000

Ashurst – 2 miles, Southampton – 7 miles, Southampton Airport and Parkway Station (London Waterloo 85 mins)– 12 miles, Winchester – 23 miles, Sailing at Lymington – 12 miles. An exceptional country estate with an outstanding Georgian house with contemporary additions, over 12,000 sq ft (1,100 sq m) and views over its own parkland of about 43.5 acres. Hamptons Country House Head Office 01483 256633

7 Reception rooms 7 Bedrooms 6 Bath/shower rooms (5 en suite) Indoor pool complex Garaging for 4 cars Stabling & Farm buildings

Here. There. Everywhere. We were the first UK estate agency to launch an app for iPad, and an app for iPhone, and our website has hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. Wether you want to buy, sell, let or rent, it couldn’t be easier.


98 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea From 1807 to 1824 this address was home to civil engineers Sir Marc Isambard Brunel (1769 – 1849) and his son Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806 – 1859)

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You certainly can’t accuse the Brunels of doing things by halves. In 1798, outraged upon learning that the Royal Navy was making pulley blocks for its ships by hand, Marc, the father of the father-and-son team, impulsively designed an automated machine that would do the work of ten men, sailed from New York to London and presented his invention to the head of the Admiralty in person. Within six years Brunel’s machines were supplying the Navy with 130,000 pulley blocks a year. Gripped by an even greater sense of engineering ambition, his son Isambard proved incredibly determined. Appointed chief engineer of the Great Western Railway in 1833, it was the younger Brunel’s job to link Bristol to London via high-speed railway. A task that would have proved more than daunting to most served only as fuel to fire Isambard’s insatiable imagination. To him, the idea of terminating the line at Bristol was nothing but short-sighted. Why halt the line in Britain when it could continue, via the largest steamship the world had ever known, across 4,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean to New York? Under both Brunels, engineering impossibilities became realities. While as a country we can claim Isambard as our own, it was in fact to France that Marc was born. Brought up by a prosperous farming family in Normandy, Marc was tutored in drawing, mathematics and classics before becoming a naval cadet. Only after time spent onboard a French frigate in the West Indies, followed by an outburst that meant he was hounded out of Paris during the French Revolution, did Marc arrive in England, via America. It was in London, in a narrative worthy of a subplot within Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, that he was reunited with his estranged lover Sophia Kingdom. The two had met shortly before Brunel had fled to New York from France where Sophia, an orphaned Englishwoman, had been working as a governess. While Brunel was designing a way of linking the Hudson River with Lake Champlain stateside, back in France, Sophia was arrested on suspicion of being


an English spy during the Reign of Terror. Expecting to be executed any day, her life was only saved by the fall of Robespierre in 1794. Five years later, she and Brunel were reacquainted in London; seven years – and two daughters – after that, the couple welcomed Isambard Kingdom into the world. When this blue plaque was erected at 98 Cheyne Walk in 1954, the Chelsea residence was the only address of the Brunels known to survive in the capital. It was in this house that Marc formed the company that financed the world’s first underwater tunnel through soft ground (the Thames Tunnel is still in use as part of the East London Line today), ran a mill at Battersea and supervised the education of Isambard, who by the age of four was successfully mastering the rudiments of arithmetics and geometry. In this riverside house Isambard spent his boyhood and developed the skills that were to result in his greatest achievements. In 2002 the BBC commissioned a survey to find out who the UK considered the greatest Briton of all time. Isambard came second, succeeding only Sir Winston Churchill. In addition to arguably his most famous achievement – the 210-metre-long Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol – Brunel’s other well-known designs include the Royal Albert Bridge, the Hungerford Bridge and both the Windsor Railway and Maidenhead Railway Bridges. Isambard, who spent part of his time at Cheyne Walk serving as assistant to his father, was also responsible for The Great Western, the first steamship to offer a transatlantic service, The Great Britain, the world’s first iron-hulled steam-powered passenger liner, and The Great Eastern, the biggest ship ever built at the time (1859). In amongst all that, he also found time to redesign the docks at Bristol, Monkwearmouth, Cardiff and Milford Haven. The Brunels relocated from Chelsea to Blackfriars in 1824 so that they would be situated closer to Marc’s most celebrated accomplishment: the Thames Tunnel.


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Elegant Georgian Townhouse St. Thomas Street, Winchester - ÂŁ3,000,000

With exceptional vieWs over Winchester cathedral, Well house is located in the heart of historic Winchester, in a favoured residential area, but nonetheless just a quick walk from the high street. this Grade ii listed Georgian townhouse has elegant elevations and substantial accommodation arranged over four floors. the front elevation is typically handsome, with a central doorway, over which is a fanlight. Full of charm and character, the house retains many of its

period features, including high ceiling heights in the principal rooms, ornate cornicing and mouldings and large sash windows, together with oak flooring. in addition to beautiful formal gardens, there is a large parking area behind electrically operated gates, which lead to the house and gardens. there are exceptional views of the cathedral, both from the attractive picture window on the landing and also from the very impressive first floor drawing room. overall, the property offers space, light and luxurious comfort.

Andrew Rome Winchester Office 01962 850 333


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Rooms with A View Nately Scures House - ÂŁ1,650,000 - approx. 6 acres

Nately ScureS HouSe is a fine family home dating back to the 1920s. the current owners have finished a comprehensive programme of extensions and improvements, which has resulted in the addition of stylish, well-proportioned accommodation with a light and airy atmosphere. all of the principal reception rooms are accessible from the imposing entrance hall which has a lovely slate floor. at the heart of the house there is the spacious contemporary kitchen/breakfast room the KENSINGTON & CHELSEA magazine

which in colder months benefits from a stone floor with under floor heating. all of the principle rooms on both ground and first floor have a southerly aspect over the mature grounds and landscape beyond. the property comprises four reception rooms, the kitchen/breakfast room, as mentioned, a master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom, two bedrooms with en suite shower rooms, three further bedrooms, a family bathroom and a triple garage with accommodation above.

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Family Home The Old Rectory, Bramdean - ÂŁ2,500,000 - approx. 7 acres

The Old RecTORy is a village house, dating from the early 16th century. It has evolved over the years, following 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century additions, to create a fabulous family home. This wonderful property, with its Georgian front and mellow brick and flint rear, stands in the middle of the village of Bramdean with southerly views over the garden and surrounding paddocks. The house remains unspoilt and, as a result, has an abundance of original features including the staircase, doors,

panelling and fireplaces. The principal reception rooms have elegant Georgian proportions and the kitchen, with an Aga and flagstone floor, leads into a beautiful garden room, the most recent addition to the house. Four sets of large French doors lead out from the house onto a south-facing york stone terrace, overhanging with beautiful wisteria and providing lovely views of the verdant garden, which provides an abundance of space for a family with active children.

Mark Wheeler Country House Head Office 01483 572 864


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Beautifully Bucolic Broomfields, Frensham - ÂŁ4,000,000 - approx. 42 acres

Broomfields epitomises rural life within a commutable distance of london. the property is positioned outside the attractive village of frensham and one of the area’s biggest attractions is the number of excellent local schools, including frensham Heights, edgeborough and Highfield. for commuters there are excellent rail connections from farnham (4 miles) or Guildford (15 miles) to london Waterloo. the house is surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside and its principle rooms all have the advantage of far-reaching the KENSINGTON & CHELSEA magazine

south easterly views. the house is not listed, a rare advantage in properties of this size in this location. the heart of the house, said to be 16th century in origin, has a warm and inviting atmosphere. the Coach House has been recently renovated and, at 3,831 sq ft, provides excellent additional accommodation to the main House (6,230 sq ft). the land comprises formal gardens, paddock and woodland, amounting to about 42 acres, and Broomfield is a must-see house for families considering a move to this part of the world.

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PORTLAND ROAD, W11 A beautifully presented and well arranged 4 storey house situated in a prime location in Holland Park, close to Holland Park underground station. Approx. 1,854 sq ft. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, double reception, family kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, patio garden, roof terrace. ÂŁ2,600,000 Freehold 020 7229 2404


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OBSERVATORY GARDENS, W8 A wonderful ground floor maisonette situated in this desirable and sought after address, with its own private street level entrance and secure underground parking. Great attention to detail has been paid by the current owner who has created a comfortable and luxurious home. Approx. 1,499 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms. ÂŁ3,200,000 Leasehold

020 7229 2404


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ENNISMORE GARDENS, SW7 A superb apartment offering in excess of 1,550 sq ft., with the added benefit of access to communal gardens. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room. ÂŁ1,750,000 Leasehold 020 7590 0300


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ONSLOW GARDENS, SW7 A stylish and comfortable flat with many bespoke design features and open-plan living room/kitchen leading directly onto communal gardens. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, cloakroom. ÂŁ2,150,000 Leasehold 020 7590 0300


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TREBOVIR ROAD, SW5 A beautifully presented third floor apartment located in a well maintained and popular mansion block, with a good sized reception room, excellent storage space and access to communal gardens. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. ÂŁ1,075,000 Share of Freehold 020 7835 1577


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OLD BROMPTON ROAD, SW5 A wonderfully presented spacious maisonette situated at the rear of an imposing period building. Featuring a superb reception room with hard wood flooring, fabulous high ceilings and overlooking the private rear garden. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, patio, garden. ÂŁ1,995,000 Leasehold 020 7835 1577


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COLEHERNE ROAD, SW10 A wonderful raised ground floor flat located on a highly sought-after residential street with a spacious reception room with high ceilings and a bay window. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room. ÂŁ750,000 Leasehold 020 7835 1577


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DOMINANt IN EARLS COURt After a record year, increased marketing exposure and achieving over 98% of combined asking prices for our clients, we are attracting more and more buyers and tenants from around the world to Earls Court. If you are considering selling or letting and would like to benefit from our 85 years combined knowledge and expertise, we’d love to hear from you.

SALES & LEttINGS 020 7835 1577


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CHEYNE COURT, SW3 An elegant 1st floor flat in a well run mansion block located on the corner of Royal Hospital Road and Flood Street. Approx. 1,491 sq ft. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, 24 hour porterage. ÂŁ2,350,000 Share of Freehold 020 7730 8762


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SLOANE COURT WEST, SW3 A beautifully presented 2nd floor lateral flat overlooking communal gardens in this well run building with resident porter and lift. Approx. 2,117 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 54ft double reception, spacious kitchen/dining room, guest cloakroom. ÂŁ4,500,000 Lease to 2137 020 7730 8762


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VERNON YARD, W11 A converted barn set over three floors, designed by a local architect and situated in a private mews, featuring a sliding roof and original barn doors. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 receptions, balcony, garage. ÂŁ2,500 per week Unfurnished 020 7243 1352

DOVE MEWS, SW5 A stylish and contemporary style mews house in South Kensington, arranged over three floors with a private terrace and fully-fitted eat-in granite kitchen. Master bedroom suite, 2 further double bedrooms, bathroom. ÂŁ1,300 per week Furnished/Unfurnished 020 7590 0333

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PRINCES GATE MEWS, SW7 Freehold ยฃ3,950,000

Modern, Smart and Stylish

A simply superb house, newly renovated, extended and interior designed behind the original faรงade, is now available. The house offers comfortable living with a large first floor sitting room and a spacious master bedroom leading to a terrace on the top floor. The house can be found in the favoured middle section of Princes Gate Mews, which in turn is found off Exhibition Road. Hyde Park and Knightsbridge are both within walking distance, as are South Kensington and Gloucester Road tube stations. The property comprises a first floor reception room, dining room, kitchen, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms, study, garage, utility room and terrace.


Lurot Brand South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955 145

Wanted At Crayson, it’s the Wild West right now. All the properties below are locked up. Sold. The expectations of all our clients exceeded SOLD


Chepstow Place, W2 £3,250,000 SOLD

Lonsdale Road, W11 £3,250,000 SOLD

Faraday Road, W10 £1,600,000 SOLD

Holland Park, W11 £3,700,000 SOLD

Brunswick Gardens, W8 £1,500,000

Moorhouse Road, W2 £1,850,000

To get the perfect buyer at your door – or to get to the door of that perfect property – come to ours. What more could you want?



Chepstow Road, W2 £2,200,000

Clarendon Road, W11 £13,500,000 JSA: Savills SOLD


Blenheim Crescent, W11 £3,800,000 SOLD

Ledbury Road, W11 £3,550,000 SOLD

Holland Park, W11 £3,600,000 T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH

Clarendon Road, W11 £4,250,000

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Chepstow Place, Notting Hill W2 This feel good family house on four floors is filled with elegance, full of character and golden sunsets (with fish to match) The sunsets you watch from the spectacular L-shaped drawing room. The fish and live coral can be admired in the built-in tank in the fully-equipped kitchen on the ground floor. Just some of the many features that give this beautifully presented four bedroom house its unique, individual character.

Double reception room Kitchen, breakfast room, dining room & conservatory Second reception room & study Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom & dressing room Three further bedrooms, two further bathrooms Utility room & storage vaults Garden 2,574 sq ft excluding vaults / 239.1 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ3.45 million Freehold

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

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Notting Hill Gate, W11 With so much room spread over four floors, this exceedingly secure and private oasis of calm is literally lost in space Filled with brightness and light, this spacious property with courtyard garden, terraces and guest cum staff annexe is one of Notting Hill Gate’s best kept secrets. Concealed behind a truly inconspicuous entrance on Notting Hill Gate, tranquility reigns in the midst of a buzzing and highly fashionable address.

Two large reception rooms, kitchen & dining room Master bedroom suite Three further bedrooms, two further bathrooms Independent staff / guest annexe with en-suite bathroom Utility room & cloakroom Two large terraces & courtyard garden The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 3,199 sq ft /297.1 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ3.75 million Freehold

Joint Sole Agents Crayson 020 7221 1117 Knight Frank 020 7229 0229

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Talbot Road, Notting Hill W2 First class, first floor, one-bedroom flat. If space and style is what you seek, this is the one for you

Reception room Kitchen Bedroom & bathroom Balcony & lift New 125 year lease 810 sq ft / 75.2 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ1 million

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

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Woodsford Square, Holland Park W14 A modern town house in an award-winning development, situated in prime Holland Park, in prestigious surroundings. Anyone for tennis?

Two reception rooms, kitchen / breakfast room Master bedroom & bathroom Four further bedrooms & two bathrooms Utility room, cloakroom, garage & off-street parking Private south facing garden, communal gardens The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 2,171 sq ft / 202 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ2.75 million Freehold Sole Agent T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH

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OLD CHURCH STREET, SW3 A beautifully presented flat with magnificent double height windows, creating spectacular studio style accommodation and finished to a very high specification. Approx. 2,559 sq ft. Master bedroom suite, 3 further bedrooms (1 en suite), bathroom, shower room, 2 reception areas, dining area, utility. Freehold Share Guide Price ÂŁ5,450,000

CHELSEA 020 7352 1484

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6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en suite), 1st floor drawing room, study, dining room, breakfast room, cloakroom, utility room, store rooms, garden area (27’10’’ x 12’4’’) or off-street parking.


A magnificent family house requiring modernisation, situated on the corner of Mulberry Walk and arranged over three floors only, with two beautiful reception rooms with double open aspects to the south and east. Approx. 3,948 sq ft.





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CHELSEA 020 7352 1484

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HILLGATE STREET, W8 A beautifully presented Victorian terraced house situated in the popular Hillgate Village, arranged over three floors offering well arranged living accommodation on the ground floor and bedroom accommodation on the upper floors. Further benefitting from a lovely 26ft garden. Approx. 1,160 sq ft. 3 bedrooms, family bathroom, open-plan reception/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ1,795,000

KENSINGTON 020 7908 1100

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4/5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite with dressing area), 2 receptions, study, 2 gardens, communal gardens. Freehold Guide Price £5,375,000

HOLLAND PARK 020 7727 2233

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A recently refurbished, wonderful Victorian semi-detached family home arranged over four floors with a wealth of period features. Benefitting from flexible living space and previously on the market for approx. £3,000 per week.





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CLIFTON PLACE, SW10 A substantial townhouse, forming part of a desirable modern development, offering flexible accommodation as a family home, for either a couple or as a pied à terre. Approx. 2,492 sq ft. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, roof terrace, balcony, porter, private parking/garage, cloakroom. Freehold Guide Price £3,650,000

JSA: Strutt & Parker 020 7373 1010

SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0000

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5/6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms (en suite), drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden, cloakroom, utility room/kitchenette.


A wonderful opportunity to acquire a grand, white stucco fronted family house, with an exceptional balance of formal entertaining space and informal living space. The reception benefits from delightful westerly views over the gardens of Rose Square. Approx. 3,685 sq ft.





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CHEYNE COURT, SW3 An immaculate 1st floor flat with lift in a portered mansion block, newly refurbished throughout with good cupboard space and a double reception with wood floors and balcony overlooking a courtyard. 3 double bedrooms, further bedroom, family bathroom, shower room, reception room. Unfurnished £2,000 per week CHELSEA 020 7352 8111

QUEEN’S GATE, SW7 A modern and contemporary split-level flat close to Hyde Park. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, cloakroom. Furnished £1,850 per week SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0044

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Expert Comment LETTINGS:


Advice for landlords and tenants

London’s streets paved with gold

Sophie Woolfenden, Head of Notting Hill Lettings for Knight Frank LLP, tells us about the state of the property market since the start of 2012

lulu egerton, partner at Strutt & Parker LLP, discusses why Kensington and Chelsea are the central prime property hotspots of London

The beginning of 2012 has seen the lettings market start quite slowly in some price ranges. One and two bedroom flats are in short supply and, with high demand nonetheless, this is keeping prices stable. We have let six family houses and apartments, of which three lead directly onto communal gardens, and we expect demand to increase as the spring approaches. No-one can predict the impact on the lettings market of the multitude of big events and potential upheavals in the coming months: the ongoing eurozone crisis, the US presidential elections, Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, to name but a few. One thing is for sure, though, and this is that London is going to be thrust into the spotlight and there will always be demand for rental properties in prime locations such as Notting Hill and Holland Park. As the residential market becomes increasingly global and international exposure becomes paramount, the benefit of the Knight Frank network becomes clear. With 244 offices spanning 43 countries across six continents, of which 19 offices are in Central London, we have a truly global reach. My advice for Landlords and Tenants is as follows. Although the number of properties on the market is low at the moment, for landlords, it is crucial that each property is realistically priced and presented in the best possible light. Tenants are currently looking for high quality and are prepared to pay for it. Tenants must act quickly; because there is a supply shortage, you can’t afford to miss out. You should also consider being prepared to commit to a longer tenancy and make sure you have all your referee details ready so that you can complete the paperwork as swiftly as possible.

The streets of London are paved with gold, or so the saying goes. This is not exactly true, but certainly London’s central prime property is like gold, with Chelsea and Kensington at its heart. The real value of London property has come into its own these last eight years and the city is now firmly established as one of the principal global capitals of the world, with demand from overseas being the single biggest contributor to determining the health of the market, keeping the prices high and the supply line tight. London is seen as economically and politically stable, a safe deposit for international wealth. To that end 57 per cent of our purchasers this last year have been from overseas. Kensington and Chelsea is a tremendous beneficiary of this, with its wonderful architecture, historic landmarks, beautiful garden squares and tree-lined streets hugging The Kings Road, Sloane Street, Kensington Gore and Kensington Church Street, to name but a few of the places where people want to live. The Royal Borough is a wonderful mix of Victorian and Georgian family houses, tiny, gailycoloured artisan cottages, handsome mansion blocks, period conversions and modern, cutting edge new builds offering a variety of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments. In this two-square mile of real estate have lived our illustrious forbearers, such as William Pitt, Sir Winston Churchill, J. W. Turner, Alfred Munnings, Bram Stoker, Ellen Terry, Oscar Wilde and Alexander Fleming, and this is where history lives on. It is a place where colourful writers and rock stars still live side by side with barristers and bankers. Whether it’s the 18th century, the cool and hippy chic 60s or now, people cannot get enough of The Royal Borough. There is something intoxicating about this fine patch of green and pleasant land. Long may that be, so hurry now and buy while interest rates are low.

Knight Frank LLP 298 Westbourne Grove, W11 2PS 020 7985 9990 (direct line)

Strutt & Parker LLP 020 7225 3866

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THE RIGHT location We talk to Juliet Rawlings of Rawlings Property Consulting about her passions for people, property and pulling rabbits out of hats...

Old Brompton Road, South Kensington

Back in the late 90s the property market was in the throes of a recession. Against this backdrop, Juliet Rawlings was steadily making a name for herself in the property world. She tapped into a need for what today is recognised as a ‘retained agent’, providing a dedicated service finding and securing property for clients wanting to relocate from overseas and managing investment portfolios on a retained basis. Being tracked down by cash-rich, time-poor CEOs certainly helped to put Juliet on the map, providing her with a portfolio of let properties to establish her business. Fast forward to 2004 and Rawlings Property Consulting was launched, with Juliet at its helm in an office on the New Kings Road. Since then the company has continued to increase its managed and lettings portfolio across Kensington and Chelsea, and has expanded into residential sales with considerable success. The Royal Borough is in fact very much Juliet’s home turf, so when people are mulling over living in the area, it takes a home-grown knowledge to focus the mind: “Sloane Square or old Chelsea? South Ken or north of Kensington High Street?” They all have different personas and lifestyles, not to mention values. The company’s ethos is simple: time is a resource not to be wasted.

At Rawlings positively nurturing contacts and relationships with what some would call ‘the competition’ is viewed as essential. Juliet believes that ‘feeding off each other’ brings reciprocal benefits and has many positive scenarios to highlight her belief. She is convinced that trading knowledge and information brings faster, better results for the client, instantly opening up the options to fully access the market. In the current market, where there’s a definite lack of supply of quality properties in Kensington and Chelsea, “there’s even more of a need to work together with large corporates, offering an international platform”, says Juliet. “What happens after that is the dynamic, empathetic approach that an independent business can bring,” says Juliet. “It’s our ability to listen to clients, to be intuitive and honest. If you know a property isn’t right, for whatever reason, or it’s priced wrongly, you need to advise your client.” Juliet Rawlings has a wealth of experience, but it’s her individual passion to act in her clients’ best interests and her innate ability to think out of the box, find a solution and act, which makes her an asset, when letting, buying or selling your home can seem like pulling a rabbit out of the hat!

Rawlings Property Consulting 020 7384 9544



Eaton Square, Belgravia SW1

An outstanding triplex apartment with exceptionally elegant entertaining rooms. Three large bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms • Three impressive reception rooms • Porter • Balcony • Communal gardens • Air cooling • Crestron home automated system

Sophie Panizzo

020 7808 8548

Price on application Leasehold with approximately 170 years remaining

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Albert Court, Knightsbridge SW7

Two adjacent apartments with permission to connect. Located in an historically important building • Spectacular views over the Royal Albert Hall • Good ceiling height • Air conditioning • Underground car parking space by separate negotiation • Approximately 5,900 sq ft / 548 sq m

Alex Salkeld

020 7808 8545

Price on application Share of freehold

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Trevor Place, Knightsbridge SW7

An outstanding and unusual example of a fully refurbished house in this prestigious location. Large open-plan kitchen/dining room • Double reception room Master suite with direct access on to the roof garden • Three further bedrooms • Cloakroom • Garden • 2,406 sq ft / 223.5 sq m

Philippa Cockburn

020 7808 8543

Price on application Freehold

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Kensington Church Street, Notting Hill W8

Fantastic new development providing light and spacious accommodation. Situated on Kensington Church Street in Notting Hill, these apartments are only a stone's throw away from public transport, shops, bars and restaurants • Lift • Porter • Only six apartments left • Indoor car parking spaces are available by separate negotiation

Philippa Cockburn

020 7808 8543

Guide Price £1,400,000 - £3,950,000 Share of freehold

Over 550 Offices in 46 Countries

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Avalon Road, Fulham SW6

A modern house designed to provide luxurious and contemporary living moments from the King's Road. Entrance hall • Reception room • Study • Kitchen • Dining room • Living room • Private courtyard • Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom • Two further bedrooms and a bathroom

Philippa Cockburn

020 7808 8543

Guide Price £1,975,000 Freehold

Over 550 Offices in 46 Countries

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King's 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 • 843sq ft / 78 sq m

Philippa Cockburn

020 7808 8543

Guide Price £1,250,000 Leasehold with approximately 121 years remaining

Over 550 Offices in 46 Countries

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Queen’s Gate A stunning newly constructed penthouse apartment spanning 3 buildings and comprising some 2,956 sq.ft. This beautiful Grade II Listed building which has been comprehensively overhauled on both the outside of the building and the internal common parts is within walking distance of the amenities of Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and South Kensington.

Sole Agents Paul Finch, 24 Curzon Street, London W1J 7TF

South Kensington, SW7 ACCOMMODATION: Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, guest cloakroom, kitchen, utility room, master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom ensuite, bedroom 2 with shower room ensuite, 2 further bedrooms and family bathroom. Direct lift access, Intelligent ‘Control 4’ lighting control, Timoleon underfloor heating, air conditioning system, solar reflective and semi-transparent ‘invisible’ motorised blinds.

Price on application Leasehold plus share of freehold

Courtfield Gardens, SW5

ÂŁ1,350,000 | Share of Freehold

A superb first floor apartment which has been refurbished and provides excellent living space. The apartment benefits from high ceilings throughout as well as large bay windows in the reception room which deliver plenty of natural light. There is also the advantage of a pretty balcony which leads off from an open plan kitchen and reception room. The property is well situated for the amenities of Earl’s Court with the nearest underground station being Gloucester Road. Open plan reception/kitchen area, double bedroom, en suite bathroom, balcony, high ceilings, communal gardens, cloakroom.

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

Queens Gate Mews, SW7

ÂŁ4,250,000 | Leasehold

An exceptional split level apartment with the benefit of a terrace and direct lift access, laid out over the top two floors of this impressive end of terrace period building. Occupying a prime location the property is within a few minutes walk of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Gloucester Road and High Street Kensington provide excellent shopping, restaurant and transport facilities. Entrance hall, large reception room with french doors, kitchen/breakfast room, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite shower room, three further bedrooms, terrace.

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

Cadogan Square, SW1X

ÂŁ1750 p.w | Furnished

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

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

Sloane Gardens, SW1W

ÂŁ795 p.w | Furnished

An impressive first floor apartment (with lift) with high ceilings, set within this elegant red-brick period building. The spacious and light reception room, which overlooks the communal gardens, is open-plan to the country-style kitchen and a private balcony spans the width of the property. Sloane Gardens is a desirable tree-lined avenue located just off Sloane Square, moments from the tube, shops, restaurants and bars. Reception room, kitchen, double bedroom, bathroom, balcony, access to communal gardens, resident caretaker, lift.

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

HILLGATE STREET, W8 £8,250,000 Freehold

A new build contemporary house designed by Seth Stein Architects, with a very high environmental rating. Set behind a traditional façade within Hillgate Village in Notting Hill, the plan extends 26 metres (85 feet) in length and provides accommodation on four floors, arranged around a courtyard that steps back on each level. The house consists of three principal bedroom suites and a guest/housekeeper suite. It provides two separate living areas on two levels for formal and less formal living. There is also an integral garage and in total four terraces.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU Email: Tel: 0207 727 1717 Fax: 0207 727 2030 Web: Domus loves: dinner at Clarke’s on Kensington Church Street

PEMBRIDGE SQUARE, W2 ÂŁ4,200,000 Share of Freehold

A beautiful three bedroom apartment combining impressive proportions, traditional features and inspiring contemporary design. This exemplary property offers brilliant family accommodation in a hugely sought after location with both Wetherby and Pembridge Hall schools a stone’s throw away. The apartment is arranged over the ground and lower ground floors of a substantial double fronted villa. It offers a superb dual aspect reception room as well as a formal dining room and kitchen breakfast room. Elsewhere there are three double bedrooms (two en suite) and a private garden.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU Email: Tel: 0207 727 1717 Fax: 0207 727 2030 Web: Domus loves: Sunday lunches at The Hereford

Chelsea Park Gardens Chelsea SW3

This immaculate six bedroom family house is truly unique, extends to over 4500 square feet and has been superbly refurbished to a very high standard by the current owner.

• Air conditioning

• Independent WI-FI network to all floors

• Underfloor heating

• Fire sprinkler system

• Control 4 home automation and remote home monitoring (lighting, heating, security) • Multi-room zoned audio system • High definition, 5.1 surround cinema with automated reclining seats • Fully wired computer network to all floors

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• Banham intruder alarm with CCTV cameras and automated video door entry system • Temperature controlled wine cellar • Street patrolled guard dog security in operation

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PETERSHAM PLACE, SW7 A simply gorgeous house. Found on the north side of Petersham Place and therefore facing south, the house is flooded with light. 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

Freehold ÂŁ2,600,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

EAGLE PLACE, SW7 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.

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

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CORNWALL MEWS SOUTH, SW7 A beautifully presented, cleverly designed house in this lovely South Kensington Mews. Reception room, open-plan kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower, 2nd bedroom, bathroom, garage (currently used as a bedroom), roof terrace.

Freehold ÂŁ1,695,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

LEXHAM MEWS, W8 Presented in excellent condition, a charming mews property with a wonderfully bright first floor reception room. Reception room with open plan kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, 2nd bedroom/ study with en-suite cloakroom.

Freehold ÂŁ825,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955 (JSA - WA ELLIS 020 7306 1600)

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Lancelot Place, Knightsbridge, SW7

ÂŁ5,500,000 Sole Agents

An elegant lateral apartment situated in this fabulous, prestigious modern building, boasting 24 hour concierge, swimming pool, gym and spa complex. The apartment benefits from air conditioning throughout, modern fixtures and fittings and keyless entry. Comprising spacious entrance hall, a large L-shaped reception room leading to a semi - open plan kitchen, master bedroom suite and second large double bedroom with separate bathroom. Offering excellent entertaining space, pleasant views and a secure underground car park space.

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An extremely rare opportunity to acquire a new penthouse at the prestigious Grosvenor Waterside, which is situated between Chelsea Bridge and Sloane Square. The two and three-bedroom duplex apartments are available immediately. Each provides lateral living space together with a balcony and an extensive private roof garden that offers stunning elevated views of London’s skyline. The penthouses have been designed and built to an exceptional standard and feature keycode-controlled lift access to the penthouse level, 24/7 concierge service and security and secure underground parking. For further information please visit the website or contact the marketing suite: Marketing Suite 8 Gatliff Road London SW1W 8DP T +44 (0)20 300 60 300 E

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

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Milner Street | Chelsea | SW3 2,545 sq ft (235 sq m)

A bright and stylish four/five double bedroom white stucco fronted freehold house situated on this popular and wide Chelsea street. Entrance hall | Kitchen/breakfast room | Dining room | Drawing room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Three further bedrooms | Cinema room | Laundry room | Cloakroom | Study Asking price ÂŁ4,500,000 Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

JSA Savills: 020 7730 0822

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South Terrace | Knightsbridge | SW7 2,891 sq ft (269 sq m)

An exceptional family house, refurbished to an exacting standard in sympathy with its Grade II listed status, but offering a modern living environment. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/conservatory | Dining room | Media room Six bedrooms | Four bath/shower rooms | Garden | Vault | Wine cellar Asking price ÂŁ6,500,000 Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

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

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

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

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Bark Place | Bayswater | W2 2,237 sq ft (208 sq m)

An outstanding and beautifully presented three bedroom house, with the advantage of a west-facing garden, terrace and garage. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Family room | Three bedrooms Two bath/shower rooms | Cloakroom | Utility room | Garden | Terrace | Storage room | Garage Asking price ÂŁ3,850,000 Freehold

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111

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Clareville Grove | South Kensington | SW7 2,151 sq ft (200 sq m)

Rare to the market, an exceptionally well refurbished period house with a double south-west facing garden situated on a charming tree-lined street. Entrance hall | Double reception room | Kitchen | Dining room | Three bedrooms Two bathrooms | Large south-west facing garden Asking price ÂŁ4,750,000 Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

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

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

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

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Chester Square | Belgravia | SW1W 8,215 sq ft (763 sq m)

Refurbished and interior designed by Finchatton to a very high standard including lift, air conditioning, Crestron AV and Lutron lighting throughout. Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Family room | Study | Six bedroom suites | Staff rooms | Lift | Gym | Steam room | Cinema | Double Garage | Roof terrace Asking price ÂŁ32,500,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

JSA Savills 020 7581 5234

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