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Full Seed Ahead

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To the Manor Born

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Olivia Sharpe chats to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who is back in the media spotlight with her debut fashion label, Desiderata

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From the EDITOR “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” (Pablo Neruda) Indeed, spring is finally here and with it comes the return of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Arguably the most prestigious event in the horticulturalist’s calendar, we naturally dedicate our May issue to all things floral. From the arrival of the Belmond British Pullman in the Great Pavilion to a garden that has been dedicated to the nation’s eccentricity, Rebecca Wallersteiner keeps track of this year’s most exciting instalments at Chelsea (p.14). Meanwhile, Jack Watkins speaks to former gold medal winner Stephen Woodhams about his latest book, which is bound to inspire even the most reluctant gardeners to rethink their outdoor spaces (p.20). As we countdown the days before the show commences, we can at least reflect on the highlights from Baselworld 2016, the annual watch and jewellery fair. From Harry Winston (which graces our cover this month) to Hublot and Breitling to Bulgari, we present the showstopping pieces from the pinnacle of luxury brands from page 31 to 38. Chequebooks at the ready. As his eponymous fashion house celebrates ten years in the business, New York-based fashion designer Phillip Lim invites us all to ‘Stop and Smell the Flowers’ with his latest S/S16 campaign, which was recently brought to life in a special floral installation in his Pelham Street store (p.26). While Lim reaps the rewards of his success, across the pond Tara Palmer-Tomkinson is only just beginning her fashion career with the launch of her debut label. “The most important change I have made is to have more of a private life. Having cameras following you around every single second, every single day for 20 years… it was ruining my life. That was the age of the celebrity.” I speak to the former ‘It’ girl and local resident about her return to the media spotlight on page 22. Even if we pray hopelessly to the weather gods for sunshine, it will be a miracle if we don’t see a few showers in May, so why not turn your dreams of warmer climes into a reality? Visit our travel section, where Tom Hagues shares his experience of Portugal’s sun-drenched Douro Valley (p.88).



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Full Seed Ahead More than a century since the first RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the event is today recognised as the most prestigious in the horticulturalist’s calendar. From a 60foot carriage courtesy of the Belmond British Pullman to a garden inspired by the nation’s eccentricity, the wheels are in motion for this year’s show and Rebecca Wallersteiner predicts it is going to be full steam ahead


he countdown to 24 May is well underway and an electric excitement is in the air. This year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show commences with the launch of an exquisite rose by specialist breeder Harkness, which has been named after RHS ambassador and national treasure, Mary Berry. Heralding the start of the summer season and all the strawberries, Pimm’s and outdoor fun that goes with it, Chelsea usually manages to coax the sun out for at least

some of its five day reign. This year’s show marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, the English gardener, who moved mountains and rivers to create glorious parks and gardens that still delight. In keeping with his adventurous spirit, landscape designer Cleve West is hauling in 30 to 40 tonnes of stone sourced from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire to recreate his vision of an ancient oak wood. This year’s show promises woodlands, water, healing plants and flowers at every corner.


From l-r: Qatari Diar, The Chelsea Barracks Garden by Jo Thompson; The Viking Cruises Garden by Sarah Eberle; The Morgan Stanley Garden for Great Ormond Street Hospital by Chris Beardshaw; A Modern Apothecary by Jekka McVicar; The M&G Garden by Cleve West; The Cloudy Bay Garden by Sam Ovens

The designers behind the 17 show gardens divide fairly evenly into names you will have heard of and names you perhaps haven’t. Chelsea welcomes back veteran Andy Sturgeon for The Telegraph with an imaginative Jurassic landscape garden, inspired by the Natural History Museum. Meanwhile, Chris Beardshaw reveals his more tranquil garden for Morgan Stanley, designed for Great Ormond Street Hospital as ‘a place to reflect’. To celebrate skincare brand L’Occitane’s 40th, James Basson has created a rural Provençal garden, which is bound to delight local bees and insects, as well as visitors. You can expect plenty of novelty and theatre – most remarkably in the Great Pavilion, where an 80-foot carriage from a 1920s Belmond British Pullman train (complete with liveried stewards) stands guard over a station planted with rare jungle ferns. Quirkiness is also thick on the ground with an acoustic garden inspired by percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie. The headlines will no doubt be grabbed by Diarmuid Gavin’s British Eccentrics Garden; sponsored by Harrods, it features wacky garden gadgetry and twirling topiary.

This year’s show welcomes more female designers, including Catherine MacDonald, who is presenting a spectacular glasshouse folly and retreat for Hartley Botanic. In the artisan category, seasoned Chelsea exhibitor Sarah Eberle draws on the floating gardens of the Mekong River for her watery garden (sponsored by Viking Cruises) and Jo Thompson’s show garden is based on the Chelsea Barracks. In contrast, Juliet Sargeant aims to raise awareness of the problem of modern slavery with two different atmospheres in her debut garden: empty, lifeless and black inside; colourful and open on the outside. Chelsea is sure to be a sell-out show this year so we hope you’ve already secured tickets for arguably the most spectacular event of the summer season. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 24-28 May Royal Hospital, Chelsea, SW3 Ticket prices range from £23 to £68 and must be booked in advance. To book tickets, call 0844 338 7502 or visit the website:

You can expect plenty of novelty and theatre – most remarkably in the Great Pavilion

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The British Eccentric Chelsea remains to this day the cornerstone of the annual horticultural calendar. And this year, TV presenter and award-winning garden designer Diarmuid Gavin is creating an unforgettable spectacle to celebrate British eccentrics and their gadgets. Inspired by cartoonist William Heath Robinson’s overlycomplicated machine drawings, The Harrods Eccentric British Garden will have an octagonal folly, a sunken Italianate pond, terraces and topiary – as well as a wooden shed, complete with cogs, wheels and garden gadgetry. But in true Diarmuid Gavin style, it will be full of quirks: every quarter of an hour, the garden will engage in a “short performance”: box balls will bob up and down, conical bay trees will twirl, and plants and herbs will rise from the ground and “dance around the structure”, says Gavin. Gavin came to prominence as the presenter of TV programmes such as Diarmuid’s Big Adventure and Art of the Garden. Having won numerous medals including a Chelsea gold with his 2011 floating Irish Sky Garden, this spectacular garden for Harrods will be his ninth in total for Chelsea. To coincide with the show, Gavin is also designing matching displays and terrace gardens for the department store. What was the inspiration behind his delightful and unconventional design? “This is the garden of an eccentric inventor, who loves his garden, but loathes the work involved in its upkeep so he has concocted his very

own DIY scheme,” he explains. “I didn’t set out to create a traditional beautiful garden, but to include a sense of playfulness.” He began planning last November and he tells me that the most satisfying part has been watching his vision gradually come to life. Every 15 minutes, the space will be transformed into a mechanical flight of fancy, with flower beds and patio furniture rising from the ground, and foliage being trimmed by mechanical shears. Another gem included within is the Guinness Clock, created for the 1951 Festival of Britain. This crazy object contributed to the festival’s feeling of fun after the drab years of World War II and features well-known characters from the beer brand’s advertisements. Designed by the firm of LewittHim, it took five months for clockmakers Baume & Co. Ltd to construct. Only seven Guinness clocks were created and Gavin managed to track down the only intact one left to take inspiration from its wacky performance. Another important inspiration was the 18th-century English gardener, Capability Brown, who designed the gardens at Stowe and Highclere Castle (as featured in television drama Downton Abbey), among others. If there was a prize for the wackiest and most fun garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, it would definitely be awarded to Gavin’s, which is bound to draw huge crowds with its playful design that appeals to the child in all of us.


Poison Ivy Another seasoned Chelsea Flower Show exhibitor, Jekka McVicar’s gardens and floral displays have been admired by thousands of visitors and won many prizes over the years. This time round, McVicar has been sponsored by St John’s Hospice, an independent charity which provides palliative care to terminally ill patients and their families. The charity asked her to design a show garden that was soothing and reflective, but also inspiring and challenging. McVicar has therefore carefully chosen plants, herbs and trees based on their healing properties, colour, form, leaf texture and scent. “My garden will provide an oasis of calm away from the city’s noise and also offers a friendly habitat for birds, bees and other wildlife,” she comments. For more than 30 years, the gardening expert has advised governments, the media and chefs as to herbs’ cultivation and health-giving properties. She is the author of the bestselling Jekka’s Complete Herb Book: In Assocation with the

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Royal Horticultural Society, which has sold over a million copies. Her Modern Apothecary Garden reflects key themes selected for this year: regeneration, sustainability and local wildlife. “The inspiration has been based on extensive conversations with doctors and care professionals about ways to improve health within the context of gardens and plants.” She imagined a refuge of quiet and solitude, where clinicians, patients and their families could come to reflect. “I have designed a soothing garden, with ‘wellness’ at its heart, to highlight the vital relationship between medicine and nature. The simple act of sitting in a garden, surrounded by plants, has a calming effect and can lift the spirits,” she tells me. “In Ayurvedic medicine, doctors often ask patients to sit in a herb garden.” Specially-designed oak benches will provide a resting point for doctors, patients and families, while water will provide the central, soothing focal point. Grown at her Herb Farm, the garden will feature research-based plants known to encourage well-being. The outer section will be given over to native herbs and grasses and enclosed by apple trees, yews and hawthorn. “I aim to show people how beautiful herbs are in a garden space and how diverse the herb world is.” Among the many herbs included will be rosemary, which has been proven to be good for memory and stroke-prevention; vitamin C-rich parsley, which helps support the immune system and aids wound healing; St John’s wort (helps to counter-act depression), and thyme (helps to prevent nightmares). “All our food was called ‘pot-herb’ before the word vegetable came in. The Zulus still use herbs as food and medicine – the same way we were using herbs in England 500 years ago,” she comments. After the show, the garden will live on, being painstakingly dismantled by crane and relocated to St John’s Hospice. But before moving to its permanent home, it must face the necessary scrutiny of bustling crowds and judges at this year’s show.

A Modern Apothecary Garden, illustration by: Hannah McVicar

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Go West Embrace the romance of quintessentially English woodland with Cleve West’s design, capturing the spirit of Chelsea past and present. Stunted oaks, a gravel path, rough stone and woodland may be more commonly associated with the English countryside, but this award-winning West Country designer brings them together at this year’s Chelsea with his aptly-titled Ancient Oak Woodland Garden. This is his second garden sponsored by M&G Investments and he has been planning his design since last summer. In 2014, West’s paradise-themed M&G garden won a gold medal. His garden has drawn influence from the ancient trees on Exmoor National Park, one of West’s favourite places to visit as a teenager, and a place of great sentimental value for the designer. “I am seeking to capture that moment in my youth when I was first inspired by the natural landscape and then take that memory and use contemporary design to create a garden that blends both ancient and modern, past and present,” he explains. He aims to show how garden design, which should trigger the imagination and excite the onlooker, has changed over the decades. His garden successfully marries the old and the new – feeling both traditional and modern thanks to contemporary features in an unmistakably


English atmosphere. It will include a diverse range of plants, shrubs and trees, including native British oaks, honeysuckle, grasses, thistles, perennials and wild strawberries. It will feature approximately 30 to 40 tonnes of stone, sourced from a quarry in the Forest of Dean, along with seven trees, and a stone and gravel path with woodland-edge planting leading to a sunken terrace and pool. “The path, a metaphor for my own journey into garden design, starts with rough stone and gravel becoming smoother with sawn stone towards the sunken ‘designer’ space,” says West. Sustainability is the cornerstone of West’s philosophy, incorporating local materials wherever possible and carefully selects plants that work in their surroundings. His planting schemes, natural or contrived, will always be guided by existing flora and local conditions, especially where biodiversity is an issue. “My garden includes a wild planting area consisting of long grasses and flowers that will invite wildlife and has selected plants that will encourage pollinating insects.” Another highlight will be the sandstone-edged, halfhidden pool, which has been set low and with natural plants gently spilling over the edge of its banks. The sunken terrace is crafted in grey sandstone sourced from the Forest of Dean and embraces the tension between the familiar and unfamiliar to give the garden an ‘edge’. The layout is geometric, with sharp lines – the essence of modern design. Lovers of the English countryside will adore the woodland, tumbling roses and perennials all in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, pale yellows and creams. Its impact at the CFS is destined to be memorable so, in my view, a gold medal would be an entirely appropriate award, for this remarkable rugged, woodland garden.

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Out of the Woods Acclaimed gardener Stephen Woodhams burst onto the horticultural scene back in 1994 with his award-winning garden for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. His new book speaks to the inner gardener in us all, says Jack Watkins


e won’t thank me for calling him middleaged today, but when Stephen Woodhams announced his presence on the gardening scene, he was a young prodigy. Aged 24, he became one of the youngest gardeners to win a gold medal at the 1994 RHS Chelsea Flower Show, and he has never looked back. His new book, Garden Design Solutions: Ideas for Outdoor Spaces is the latest effort in what has become an impressive output within the sector. “From a young age, I always remember my parents were keen gardeners,” he says, reflecting on how his early enthusiasm for the subject arose. “We had a medium-sized garden at home, but we did grow fruit and vegetables, as well as dahlias and other cut flowers, and this inspired me at a very early age. My paper round money earned me enough to buy my own greenhouse, in which I grew bedding plants and then would sell some of them to my school teachers. I also managed to afford a motorbike thanks to a Saturday job which meant that, when I started

studying at the RHS Gardens at Wisley, I was able to take on extra weekend jobs looking after people’s private gardens.” He maintains that attending college is an excellent entry point for anyone looking to follow in his footsteps. “Going to horticultural college is a great start in the world of gardening and I’d encourage youngsters to do it as an introduction. From there you can travel the world learning how gardens are designed and implemented, and gain more practical experience on putting them together.” That’s certainly something Stephen has done. He has produced urban, roof and country gardens in locations as diverse as the Mediterranean, the USA, the Middle East and Mauritius. Connoisseurs point to the architectural character of his designs and the eclectic mix of textures and colours. Alan Titchmarsh has praised the way they combine “flair with practicality and are always rich in atmosphere”. But was it always design rather than the business of digging and planting that appealed most? “The best part of

Stephen has produced urban, roof and country gardens in many diverse locations


the RHS is that they give you basic training in all aspects of ornamental horticulture,” he responds. “You learn all about the basics of pruning, planting and digging. This is vital because if you know how to grow and look after plants, the design process is so much easier.” Of course, it’s at that point in their college studies that some people decide to go into other areas of horticulture, such as the commercial growing of vegetables, soft fruits and flowers. However, Stephen’s penchant was design and making the best of urban spaces. “I think anybody who has an outside space within any urban setting should try and cultivate it,” he insists. “To come home from work and water your plants, cut the grass or dig up fresh vegetables is such a good way to relax and unwind.” It’s his belief that the imagination can be used, however unpromising the location, however tiny the space. “There are so many ways,” he argues. “Using mirrors, for instance, can create the illusion of more space, especially if placed on opposite fences on either side of the garden. It can make the garden feel like it’s going on for eternity. And the addition of lighting always helps a garden feel more magical at night, rather than looking at a black hole outside. Highlighting a particular feature, perhaps a tree, will again make the space feel a lot larger than it really is.” His new book expands on these concepts, and the photographs help the reader build a visual picture. In a country garden, he writes that it’s possible to blur the boundaries and “borrow” views from the countryside around you, something the earliest landscape garden designers like William Kent began to do in the 18th century. In an urban garden, on the other hand, that’s not so easy, and possibly not even desirable. But Stephen offers hints on how to utilise surrounding architecture or trees beyond your space. One of his designs for a rooftop terrace garden

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even manages to exploit a view across the Thames to the London Eye, the arrangements of shrubberies lending a gentle bucolic touch. While hard structures play a considerable role in his ideas, he writes of the hierarchy of plants to be taken in order when planning a garden, with trees and shrubs first, then herbaceous perennials, and lastly the bulbs and annuals. There are chapters on seasonal planting, scented gardens and even a sensory garden. It’s an invaluable reminder of the need to think about an overall plan before you start, rather than just plunging in. There are case studies of traditional, formally planted gardens, Mediterranean gardens and low maintenance gardens. I guarantee that, if you have only the faintest inclination to do something with your own green space, within a few pages of flicking through this book your fingers will be positively itching. Garden Design Solutions: Ideas for Outdoor Spaces, £25, Stephen Woodhams, published by Jacqui Small


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Manor Born After some time out from the spotlight, this year sees the one and only Tara Palmer-Tomkinson return with her debut fashion range. Olivia Sharpe speaks to the former ‘It’ girl about life under the lens and her style inspirations


t is difficult to know what to expect when interviewing a celebrity, especially when it is one as notorious as Tara Palmer-Tomkinson. Anyone who remembers T P-T (as she once went by) from her heyday in the ‘90s as vividly as I do, will have a strong image of her as the British socialite who frequently broke headlines with her party-girl antics. But in recent years, Tara has slipped under the radar and despite the odd snap of her, for instance at the Royal Wedding – where she won fashion critics approval in a striking off-theshoulder blue dress – her name has largely been absent from the tabloids. However, this is all set to change as she is back on the scene with her new fashion label, Desiderata.

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In conversation, Tara is just as personable and outgoing as one would expect from a well-educated woman who has spent much of her life courting the press. Her loquacity (she barely draws breath throughout the 40-minute interview) is endearing rather than annoying, although it is immediately clear that she doesn’t have much of a filter. Launching into her murky past with unabashed candidness, I deem it acceptable to ask whether her press persona ever grates on her. “Yes I do find it massively irritating,” she confirms. “Mainly because they don’t do it to anyone else on this planet. The whole world is in Ibiza doing what they’re doing, but just because I’ve lost a bit of weight, it does not have to mean anything sordid. I’ve worked very hard at getting rid of the toxins. I’m 44 now and that was back in my late twenties.” Tara was flattered at first when dubbed ‘queen of the Itgirls’, but over the years grew tired of the constant flow of negative press. “Living your life under the lens whereby a paparazzi could be two football pitches away and you didn’t even know you were being photographed… It was my choice, but it was beginning to ruin my life and actually frighten me.” Tara’s drug abuse has been well-documented, from her £400-a-day cocaine addiction to her very public reconstructive surgery to fix her collapsed nasal septum in 2006. However, after a few stints in rehab, Tara is now clean and leads a fairly drama-free existence. The name for her fashion line originates from a Latin poem her great uncle used to sing to her when she was little. “We would go visit him in his castle in Switzerland and he was this incredibly crazy, weird man. I think it’s fitting because it’s a really inspiring poem.” Growing

up in the quiet country village of Dummer in Hampshire with her sister Santa (the author) and her brother James, Tara’s childhood paints an idyllic picture and Desiderata’s campaign nostalgically refers back to this, having been shot at her family’s estate. She is the daughter of Charles and Patricia Palmer-Tomkinson, the former being the Olympic skier and a close friend of Prince Charles. Despite having gained control of her hefty trust fund when she was 30, Tara insists that Desiderata was not bankrolled through this. “Anyone who was taking on my company thought ‘Ah, she’s got a never-ending chequebook’. But I didn’t want it to be a trust fund company. I really wanted to be like one of those people who goes to Barclays and applies for a loan.” Tara discusses “ordinary things” such as grocery shopping and taking the Tube as though they are alien concepts and indeed, to her they are (she tells me how she hasn’t ridden the Tube since she was accosted by a gentleman wanting to show her ‘his elephant’ ten years ago). Although her celebrity endorsements are no longer cashing in (Tara’s face used to be everywhere, from Walkers crisps ads to an episode of Footballers’ Wives), she still enjoys the high life, living in a lavish penthouse in Kensington. And yet she has evidently worked very hard on her label, which has been three years in the making. “Once the money had run out I decided to reshoot the campaign myself because I didn’t like the look of the first one. So not only did I design the whole thing, but I also directed the shoot, sat with my photographers, and cast all of the models. I’ve been doing everything. And I’ve got a very skeleton team. I fired my agent.” The new range comprises Tara’s own unique invention called the Kubbi. After spending years cutting up the collars and cuffs of her father’s Jermyn Street-tailored shirts to customise her wardrobe, she came up with the idea of creating a piece that married the formality of a man’s shirt with the figure-hugging fit of a bodysuit. “I’m a huge fan of the Oxford blue shirt, but I always thought it was a difficult thing for a woman to wear. You spend the whole day moving around so you never end up with a clean silhouette. The motto is ‘slim your shape, smart your style.’” Worn as an undergarment and arriving in three styles with

“Once the money ran out I decided to reshoot the whole campaign myself”


six colour options, Tara hopes that it will become a staple piece in every woman’s wardrobe. (It is at this point that she breaks into a rendition of Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman and I can see where she inherited her eccentricity from). “I don’t care if you’re large or small, whether you’re a transvestite or a transexual. If people want to wear my garment it’s up to them. I believe in life people should dance to their own music and they can dance naked on their heads with a saucepan if they want.” Slightly fearing her response, I ask

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Tara how she came up with the unusual name of Kubbi. “I thought about a onesie and then I thought of a baby lion being a cub, so Kubbi. I felt that the other name for a cat probably wouldn’t sell so well.” Laughing, I agree that Kubbi is the more appropriate choice. Tara has a love affair with clothes. She spent her early years in the fashion cupboard at Tatler and later contributed to the magazine, along with InStyle, GQ and Harper’s and Queen (now Harper’s Bazaar). She admits to being “a real spenderella” and boasts how renowned stylist Gemma Sheppard complimented her wardrobe for its impressive number of archive pieces. She is reluctant to throw anything away, although the charity shop run once a year is obligatory. “I still have the same clothes I was wearing when I was 18. I’m not a hoarder, but I am always customising so a Chanel suit might be taken up one year or my miniskirts might be turned into little strapless tops. Get some double-sided tape and you’ll be amazed.” Despite melodramatically stating that the experience of setting up Desiderata has “nearly killed her”, I can see that this is no new toy. Only time will tell if the company does well, but Tara seems to prefer this quieter, more stable role in comparison to her frantic television days. “I’m a Celeb was such a fun show to work on because we were all like one big family and that’s what Desiderata has become – sort of a chosen family. I feel as much as my name can do good things it can also do bad things. I’m just rather sick of my face being bandied around. But I’m definitely not sick of my vision.” At this point, she suddenly announces that she has a call coming in from Women’s Wear Daily and with that she’s off. Looks like Tara’s back. The Kubbi collection, £195 each, available at


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Phillip Lim is watching his fashion house thrive after ten years of hard work. Olivia Sharpe speaks to the talented New York-based designer who brought simplicity and accessibility back into the industry

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“I want to be remembered as someone who tried his best every day,” says Phillip Lim. When you consider what the New Yorker has achieved in the past ten years, he must be one of the hardest-working fashion designers out there. Starting out with his debut womenswear collection in 2005, he has since branched out into multiple product categories, including menswear, childrenswear, accessories and lingerie (with more on the horizon). His talent has won him a number of accolades, such as the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Swarovski Award for Womenswear in 2007 and for Menswear in 2012. At 42, Lim is pausing for a moment of reflection as his eponymous brand celebrates its tenth anniversary with a special campaign, Stop and Smell the Flowers. Paying tribute to 3.1 Phillip Lim’s professional triumphs through a visual blog, it includes backstage photos taken at the S/S16 presentation in New York and

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the A/W16 men’s preview in Paris, along with recent images of a stunning floral installation in the London store. In line with the campaign, the S/S16 show presented a renewed vigour and lease of life with its strong floral theme. Against the backdrop of a soil installation by artist and environmentalist Maya Lin (the earth was repurposed back into Manhattan’s community gardens following the show), models sported pieces adorned with creeping vines and romantic ruffles, honouring the beauty of the everyday and natural world. While perhaps more feminine than previous lines, the collection was finished off with a simple and minimalistic flourish that we have come to expect from the designer. “The last decade has been a whirlwind,” confesses Phillip with a slightly exhausted, but satisfied, sigh. “So the ten year anniversary is really the first moment that I have been able to


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slow down and take it all in. I am grateful to be here as a designer doing what I love and so I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to all of those that have been supporters, friends and customers since day one.” Phillip’s biggest achievement has not simply been creating clothing that women want to wear (the natural ambition of any fashion designer), but clothes that they can afford, having pioneered a more competitive price point within the luxury industry. And while you might think that this would have an effect on profits, think again. Even back in 2011, the brand was estimated to have reached sales of approximately £42.5 million. “In terms of the collection, I’ve always had a simple approach, and that’s to create desire,” he explains. “My intention is to make the customer feel beautiful, confident, and to move forward. That was the goal ten years ago and that is still the goal today.” The designer and his co-founder Wen Zhou have been able to stay true to their vision by remaining independent business owners, something they are both extremely proud of because it has allowed them creative freedom. “We came into the market with a fighting spirit and we plan to continue that way,” Phillip says. “We never take no for an answer.” Phillip and Wen’s shared conviction has very much been translated into their business; 3.1 Phillip Lim is renowned for its strong brand identity and persona. And yet, Phillip has been described by his business partner as an elusive figure, due to his frequent absence from the spotlight. Does he consider himself aloof? “I think that I am actually just shy,” he answers. “I am more of an introvert and tend to speak when I have

Pelham Street store, image courtesy of: 3.1 Phillip Lim

something to say so maybe that’s perceived as being elusive, but it’s not really the case. If I had to use three words to describe myself they would be optimistic, loyal and passionate.” Of Chinese descent, Phillip’s diligence, tenacity and nerve (the three words I would choose to describe him) are inherent family traits. His father was a professional poker player and his mother was a seamstress. While Phillip’s mother was initially against her son’s choice of vocation (she thought it would mean him having to spend all of his time working in a factory), today she is one of his “proudest and biggest supporters”. One of the designer’s most emotive moments was when she arrived at his dramatic S/S11 fashion show in Beijing, which marked the company’s fifth anniversary. Phillip was born in Thailand, but his family emigrated

INTERVIEW 3.1 Phillip Lim S/S16 backstage shot, Photography: But Sou Lai

to Orange Country, California when he was just one year old. Unlike many of his peers who were born with a pair of scissors in their hands, Phillip “did not even know the career existed”, despite having “always been interested in aesthetics”. He claims he “fell into it” while studying home economics at the University of California, Long Beach. Working part-time on the weekends at Barneys New York, Phillip came across fellow Californian designer Katayone Adeli and found himself immediately drawn to her contemporary and understated aesthetic, and subsequently joined her team as an assistant. Phillip then set out on his own and cofounded the LA-based label Development, where he worked for four years, before a dispute with his backer resulted in his resignation in 2005. It was then that he met Wen Zhou, with whom he instantly bonded due to their shared values and

“I wanted the Chelsea store to feel like an extension of my creative studio” similar upbringing. Originally from China, Zhou had emigrated to New York when she was 14. Both aged 31 when they met (hence the company name), Wen already had her own business. She set up a textiles manufacturing company when she was 21 and it was she who came up with the idea for her and Phillip to start a line. Phillip fondly describes their working relationship as “a dance that ebbs and flows.” He continues: “We both agree that business affords creativity, but creativity creates business. It shouldn’t just be reserved for the design studio.” While Phillip is the face of the brand, Wen works furiously behind the scenes as CEO, coupling her extensive knowledge of fabrics and production management along with entrepreneurial acumen, to keep 3.1 Phillip Lim thriving. With 14 stores worldwide, it is the boutique on Pelham Street, which opened in 2013, that holds a special place in Phillip’s heart. “London is a laboratory for creativity and boundaries are constantly being pushed. I wanted the Chelsea store to feel like an extension of my creative studio. I want people

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to come and enjoy themselves. Shopping should be fun.” Phillip’s relaxed mentality springs from his Californian upbringing, but don’t be fooled. Speaking to Phillip, it is clear that he has always been competitive, having been the first player to make the varsity team as a freshman at university. The born perfectionist tells me how he loves cooking (his signature dish is ginger chicken tanola, a soup originating from the Philippines) and has a keen eye for interior design. This is illustrated in his New York loft, which is filled with an eclectic collection of artwork. His most prized possession is an ancient stone that was given to him by the Queen of Bhutan. Despite his forward-thinking approach to fashion, Phillip believes his clothes will continue to stand the test of time. “I always say that I am an evolutionary designer, rather than a revolutionary designer. My approach is to create classics with a sense of madness. Clothes are like your friends – you should be able to rely on them. And of course, in fashion, rule number one is ‘never say never’.” 91 Pelham Street, SW7,



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JEWELLERY The brightest jewels that shone through the halls of Baselworld. By Olivia Sharpe

Imperiale Joaillerie watch, Chopard

High Time

Season’s Greetings The use of floral motifs in the world of fine jewellery is historic. From Chanel to Dior, the flower has become a signature symbol for many jewellery houses. Spanish jeweller Carrera y Carrera looked to the legendary story of the garden of the four seasons to create its latest collection, El Retiro. Divided into four sections, spring is represented in blossoming floral pieces in warm pastel shades, comprising pink sapphires, chrysolites and orange sapphires. In stark contrast, the iciness of winter is conveyed in the geometric Iceberg ring, featuring a dramatic blue topaz offset with diamonds. Also looking to the past was Greek designer Nikos Koulis whose collection Eden recalls the Art Deco jewellery designs of the 1920s, as well as referencing the Garden of Eden. With time being a natural preoccupation at Baselworld, it is unsurprising that watchmakers are similarly influenced by the changing seasons when it comes to their designs. Folli Follie paid tribute to its recognisable floral motif through this year’s twist on the brand’s staple Santorini Flower watch collection. The versatile new design enables you to change up your watch strap to another colour or a ceramic bracelet. Graff also unveiled its Snowfall timepiece. The ordered scattering of 278 diamonds in an intricate lattice design reflects the falling of snowflakes.

Joy de Lumière Ricochet timepiece, Boucheron

Baselworld demonstrates that watchmaking and jewellery design do not have to be considered two separate disciplines. Graff captured our attention once again with the release of The Princess Butterfly timepiece. The delicate, winged creature has been sculpted in blue sapphire pavé with tapered baguette-cut sapphires on the edges, along with brilliant-round diamonds to mark the centre. Despite being unapologetically ostentatious, there is more to this piece than meets the eye. Capturing the insect’s metamorphic nature, the high jewellery bracelet transforms into a timepiece through a mechanism that, when pressed, causes the wings to fly apart, revealing a hidden watch. This year, Chanel allowed women access to the rarefied and exclusive world of high watchmaking complications with the launch of its first Première Flying Tourbillon for ladies. Alternatively, true watch enthusiasts will prefer the skeleton version, limited to just 12 pieces. The timepieces are the result of a masterful collaboration between Chanel and Swiss watch mechanism-maker, Renaud & Papi. For those who still prefer all-out decadence, the house unveiled three new high jewellery secret watches, the most impressive of which was the Signature Grenat featuring a 39.9-carat cushion-cut garnet. Finally, American jeweller Harry Winston got our vote with its My Precious Time – an apt name to convey the Art Deco white gold diamond brooch-cumtimepiece, based on the historic gentleman’s pocket watch.

Signature Grenat secret watch, Chanel My Precious Time, Harry Winston Top, l-r: Chalcedony pendant, Venyx World; Margarita ring, Carrera y Carrera Bottom, l-r: Margarita mini earrings with olivines and diamonds, Carrera y Carrera; Eden bracelet, Nikos Koulis; Hoja maxi ring, Carrera y Carrera



Fashion for Jewels

Jack-in-the-Box pendant, Sybarite

Circles, l-r: Lunaria ring, Marco Bicego; Boule earrings with Icy diamonds, De Grisogono; Ballerina ring, Sybarite

Lunaria bracelet, Marco Bicego Merry-Go-Round ring. Sybarite

Shine Bright Diamonds continued to reign supreme at Baselworld. In just ten years, Messika Joaillerie has become synonymous with modern and cuttingedge diamond jewellery. The brand’s new cosmic-inspired high jewellery range comprises six suites named after mythological goddesses. One couldn’t help but be enticed by the Calypso open choker comprising 264 graduating pear-cut diamonds, or be drawn to the radiating power of the Solena Maya necklace. Encompassing 185 emerald, triangular and pearcut diamonds that have been aligned into the shape of a pyramid, it is a fitting tribute to the Sun God.

The interplay between jewellery, art and fashion has increased dramatically over the last century. For instance, this year’s Basel saw the exciting collaboration between Georg Jensen and the now late Zaha Hadid. Located in Hall Two, the impressive installation designed by the architect for the show housed the eight-piece capsule collection. Each piece masterfully reflects Hadid’s groundbreaking designs, fusing her signature sculptural forms and fluid outlines with Jensen’s minimalist aesthetic. Flying the flag for Greece, Michael Pelamidis similarly looks to the world of architecture, as well as organic forms, for inspiration. The dramatic Transgenic ring explores the duality of nature, featuring a rare bi-colour quartz stone, while the Manta cuff is made from real shagreen, immortalising the stingray in jewellery form. Hermès partnered with a number of artists this year to create its timepieces. For the Slim d’Hermès Koma Kurabe, the traditional Japanese art of Aka-e painting was combined with the French porcelain industry for the first time in watchmaking history. The

Hermès partnered with a number of artists this year to create its timepieces exquisite dial, which honours the ancient Japanese horse race, was the work of Buzan Fukushima. Highlighting the relationship between jewellery and fashion, Dior unveiled new versions of its Dior VIII Grande Bal in colours to match the most recent fashion show. Over at Harry Winston, the house took this one step further with its New York Companion. Based on the bejewelled evening bags of the 1930s, the clutch has a hidden timepiece in the clasp so busy women never miss a New York minute. Meanwhile, both Mikimoto and Yoko London demonstrated the relevance of pearls in contemporary jewellery with their trend-led designs. Iceberg ring, Carrera y Carrera

Graff similarly reached for the stars with its new Celestial timepiece, incorporating a galaxy’s worth of sparkling fancy-shaped diamonds Graff similarly reached for the stars with its new Celestial timepiece, incorporating a galaxy’s worth of sparkling fancy-shaped diamonds, with individual stones illuminated by a pavé diamond halo. Forty years on from when Chopard first released its Happy Diamonds collection and the Swiss jeweller is still delighting us to this day, bringing out new versions of this classic model every year. Proving that size does sometimes matter, the romantic Happy Dreams collection includes larger stones for the first time. Sybarite proved it deserved its place in the Basel hall of fame (this is the British jeweller’s first year presenting) with its masterful jewels on display in Hall Two. Among the whimsical pieces on display, our personal favourites were the enchanting Jack-in-the-Box pendant and the true-tolife, spinning Merry-Go-Round ring.

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Double ring, Zaha Hadid collection for Georg Jensen

Pearl and diamond earrings & bracelet, Novus collection, both Yoko London Pearl ring, Yoko London



BASELWORLD 2016 Cerastes bracelet, Jacob & Co.

Animal Kingdom Pond ring,

True Colours

The trend for coloured gemstones sees no sign of slowing down, as illustrated at Baselworld. Green continues to be popular, whether in the traditional vivid emerald hue as demonstrated at Amrapali, Jacob & Co, and Graff, or a light spring green hue (which has been selected as one of this year’s Pantone colours) reflected in Paraiba tourmalines, peridots and opals. Rubies are clearly having a moment too. Indian jeweller Amrapali released its new Manak designs set with white diamonds and Mozambique rubies that have been entirely untreated, hence their captivating pink-red shade. Speaking to head designer Tarang Arora, he remarked how the rapid depletion in untreated rubies has meant that the market for them has skyrocketed. Fabergé has a long history of using the world’s finest coloured gemstones as well as enamelling to create its works of art. The new mosaic pendant illustrates this perfectly. The house’s invisible gem-setting technique first pioneered in the early 20th century uses single-faceted gemstones that are perfectly calibrated to ensure the overall design is flawless. Both Amrapali and Chanel also highlighted the industry’s renewed interest in garnets. Finally, ‘king of colour’ Fawaz Gruosi, founder of Swiss jewellery house De Grisogono, lit up his Basel stand with a medley of shades, including the new Boule pieces in rose gold and pink sapphires, or in pink sapphires and amber resin dropped in hot and cold water to achieve its hazy effect.

Top, l-r: Mosaic multi-coloured pendant, Fabergé; Manak ruby ring 18-carat rose gold with diamonds, Amrapali; Pearl & diamond necklace with opals, Yoko London Circles, l-r: Boule earrings with pink sapphires in rose gold, De Grisogono; Charmeuse ruby ring, Fabergé; Ruby earrings, Etho Maria


The animal motif has preyed Maria Kovadi upon the minds of fine jewellers for centuries. This year marks the Chinese year of the monkey and jewellers therefore let their imaginations run wild with their simian-themed jewels at Baselworld. Well-known for his playful creations, Italian jeweller Roberto Coin delighted us with his ‘cheeky’ take on the Chinese zodiac sign, presenting it in precious form in 18-carat rose gold and diamonds. The serpent has charmed its way into high jewellery collections for years, but the brand that is truly defined by this enigmatic reptile is Bulgari. The house’s timeless symbol was reincarnated in a new high jewellery timepiece collection, Serpenti Incantati. The snake coils itself around the case of a round watch for the first time, conveying the creature’s supple grace, and arrives in two versions: a rubellite-set with a pink gold case or a white gold diamond-set (either with a satin strap or a matching bracelet). Another jeweller famed for its reptilian heritage is Boucheron, which unleashed a new rose gold version of its classic Serpent Bohème collection, along with adding other creations to its existing ark-worthy menagerie. These include the enchanting Nuri Cockatoo pendant earrings featuring an array of coloured gemstones and the Pégase high jewellery timepiece. Over at Jacob & Co., which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the serpent reared its head once again in the Cerastes bracelet. The bejewelled interpretation in lightweight aluminium and snakeskin seductively wraps itself around the wearer’s arm, empowering her with its flashing Marquise-cut ruby eyes. The underwater world was also not forgotten about; Greek jeweller Eugenie Niarchos, who presented her brand Venyx World for the first time at the show, added new pieces to her Oseanyx range. Meanwhile, slightly less exotic Serpenti Incantati but nonetheless magical, Maria Kovadi proved she high jewellery timepiece, Bulgari was a big fish with her fairy-tale-inspired Pond pieces.

Circles, l-r: Gecko earrings, Carrera y Carrera; Nuri, the Cockatoo pendant earrings, Boucheron; Lizard ring, Roberto Coin

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SUPER NATURAL Vivid, romantic and ephemeral – Assouline’s new tome Flowers: Art & Bouquets captures beauty in bloom while charting the history of floral design. From Van Gogh’s sunflowers to the ingenious recreation of Arcimboldo’s 1573 painting Spring by postContemporary artist Klaus Enrique and creations by florists and fashion photographers, its 272 pages are filled with bold bouquets and stunning floorto-ceiling installations. This print by Texas-based visual artist Ysabel LeMay, whose other-worldly digital hypercollages are inspired by nature while in defiance of its forces, is the stuff of Snow White and Cinderella’s wildest dreams. £55,

Ysabel LeMay, Air, 2012 ©Ysabel LeMay

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Image: Chalice Fire Table Below: Iris Torus


Steel the Show If you’re heading to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, be sure to keep an eye out for sculptor David Harber, who will launch two new designs at the event. His impressive stainless steel sculpture Iris Torus will be hard to miss thanks to its reflective laser-cut surface, while those feeling the chill can keep warm around the Chalice Fire Table, a bowl that brings fire and water together to create a striking illusion. Both can be found in Harber’s Nic Howard-designed garden, inspired by the English countryside.

Blooming Marvellous Chelsea’s greenfingered residents will decorate the area with bodacious blooms in a week-long May event to coincide with the Flower Show. The 11th Chelsea in Bloom festival will be carnival-themed in honour of the Rio Olympics, and local retailers will be entered into a competition to win an award for the best display. Free rickshaw rides and guided tours are available to tour the shop fronts’ floral glory; pop-up events will be held throughout the week. 23-28 May,

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Flower Power To mark the return of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Park Tower Knightsbridge will once again offer its floral afternoon tea with garden-themed sandwiches, cakes and a selection of aromatic teas. What’s more, hotel guests can take part in a special package that includes a picnic in Hyde Park complete with delicious treats and champagne, a complimentary workshop with master florist Neill Strain and a chance to nab tickets to the show itself. Afternoon tea £45, from 27 April, 101 Knightsbridge, SW1X,

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Raise the Roof Classical music reaches new heights this May as The Roof Gardens launches its third Proms on the Roof season, in partnership with the English National Opera and Musicians Inc. Enjoy performances from rising soloists Soraya Mafi and David Webb while wandering through the Spanish garden, Tudor garden and English woodland – 100 feet above Kensington High Street. Further performances will be held throughout August, featuring music by Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson and the String Fever quartet. £29.50, 11 May, 6th Floor, The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8,

From left: Wastwater, 2016; Northern Beach, 2016

The Miniaturists Art in the Open Scottish artist Shona Barr’s technicolour landscapes and nature-inspired paintings are to take centre stage at Chelsea’s Flying Colours Gallery, where her tenth solo exhibition will be held in May. Discover panoramic British coastlines, rolling hills and garden flowers in vibrant watercolours and oils, each painted in open air – just how the great Impressionists Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro once created their 19th-century masterpieces. 11-31 May, Flying Colours Gallery, 6 Burnsall Street, SW3,

Chapter and Verse Fans of Samuel Beckett won’t want to miss Beckett in London, a three-week festival of theatre, music and art inspired by the writer’s prose. Notting Hill’s Print Room at the Coronet will host five performances of the renowned poems First Love, The End, Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable, delivered by actor Conor Lovett. Music by Beckett and English composer Paul Clark will be staged by international musicians and singers, and an art installation by Irish artist Brian O’Doherty will run alongside. From £22, 17 May-5 June, 103 Notting Hill Gate, W11, Photography: Ros Kavanagh

If Jessie Burton’s debut novel had you wishing for a cabinet of curiosities to call your own, then the Kensington Dollshouse Festival might just be the answer. Over 170 artisans from across the globe will congregate in Kensington Town Hall in May to celebrate the unique craftsmanship of miniature design. As well as a chance for collectors and enthusiasts to discover new makers and their creations, the festival will host the Perfection in Miniature Awards for the second year running. Magnifying glasses at the ready... From £7, 13-14 May, Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8,

From top: Montheron; Janet Reyburn; Teeny Weeny Teddies. Courtesy of Kensington Dollshouse festival

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A Royal Subject In honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday, Assouline is to publish a new title in its Ultimate Collection series. With royal approval and originally taken by photographer Hugo Rittson Thomas to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, 42 portraits of Her Majesty and important members of her court will be published in The Queen’s People. Discover life in the palace through photographs of ceremonial court dress, a foreword by the Earl Marshal, His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, and an historical essay by the Garter Principal King of Arms. £550,

Like a Rolling Stone Famous for capturing the Swinging Sixties, photographer Terry O’Neill might list The Beatles, Elton John and the late David Bowie as his subjects, but it’s his unique portraits of the Rolling Stones in their formative years that are pulling focus at Proud Chelsea. A new exhibition of rare images, Breaking Stones 1963-1965: A Band on the Brink of Stardom, provides a sneak peek into the prolific band’s early career with on-stage and behind-the-scenes shots. ACC Editions will publish a book of the same name. Until 5 June, Proud Chelsea, 161 King’s Road, SW3, From left: The Rolling Stones line up outside the Tin Pan Alley Club in London, 1963; The Rolling Stones pose for a group portrait in Soho, London, 1964. Courtesy of ©Iconic Images/Terry O’Neill

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Roll Play In an age of digital cameras, selfie sticks and Instagram, photographer Anja Niemi has broken the mould and chosen to work with a 1970s Polaroid camera instead. After premiering at Somerset House’s Photo London exhibition, Short Stories will move to The Little Black Gallery and present 140 sheets of peel-apart Polaroids taken over the last 12 months. Divided into eight short stories, the photographs depict a series of fictional characters – such as Darlene the beauty counsellor and Mona the glamorous thief – played by Niemi herself. 26 May-16 June, The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, SW10,

From left: Darlene, 2015; Mona, 2015 ©Anja Niemi

Anarchy in the UK London embraces its inner punk rocker this year, marking four decades of subversive culture in the capital. In 1976 the Ramones first played the Roundhouse, The Clash formed, and the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy Tour rocked Britain to its core. To mark the occasion Richard Young Gallery has opened up its archive of punk rock photography, offering the chance to view never-before-seen images from its portfolio. Anarchy in the UK: #PunkLondon will unveil photographs of the Pistols signing their A&M Records contract outside Buckingham Palace, as well as snaps of The Jam, Blondie and Billy Idol. Until 31 May, Richard Young Gallery, 4 Holland Street, W8,

Richard Young, Sex Pistols Studio Shoot, Notting Hill, London, 1976

Meet Your Maker Last year’s inaugural London Craft Week gave a rare glimpse into workshops across the capital. This year the festival honours craftsmanship on a global scale, with more than 130 events showcasing the skills of international makers. Highlights in the Royal Borough include a peek inside Linley’s showroom, a celebration of British silversmithing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, traditional leatherwork by SABEL Saddlery at Bentleys and the art of Taiwanese rush weaving at Native & Co. 3-7 May,

Image: traditional and Modern Craft at Linley; inset: The Art of Rush Weaving at Native & Co, courtesy of Taiwan Yuan-Li Handiwork Association

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of the Town The Warwick Castle was once a hotbed of artists, rockers and rollers. Rebecca Wallersteiner pays homage to a Portobello Road institution


n ordinary mid-Victorian pub when viewed from the outside, during the late 1980s and early 1990s The Warwick Castle on Portobello Road attracted a diverse mix of characters from fashion designers and actors to rock idols and local Irish builders. One never knew who might drop by for a drink. The heady days of this Notting Hill watering hole – an eccentric, energetic social institution since it opened in 1853 – have been captured in 3000 Hangovers Later: Photos of The Warwick Castle and Portobello in the 1980s, an eye-opening

book of photographs by Ray Jones, a one-time regular who carried a camera on nights out. “I loved the diversity of the place,” says Jones. “That’s why I tried to capture it on my old Kodak.” His collection of images depicts the era’s thriving alternative art and music scenes, where high fashion trailblazers might rub shoulders with actor Harry Dean Stanton or former Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten (then John Lydon). But what drew so many disparate individuals to this place? “For some it was the combative opportunities the pub had to offer,” recalls Jones, a local to the area since 1979.


From left: Leon Talley, Karl Lagerfeld, Ines de la Fressange; Neneh Cherry; 3,000 Hangovers Later: Photos of The Warwick Castle and Portobello in the 1980s; Barry Barrow. Photography: Ray Roughler Jones.

“It boasted pool, quiz, darts, football and cricket teams, and on more than one occasion a tug of war team. “For others of a less competitive streak it was the shabby-chic decor, complete with Christmas decorations hanging from the ceiling in July,” he writes. Peppered with extraordinary characters you wouldn’t expect to find there, worlds collided in the Castle; high-life mingled with low. One photograph portrays the enigmatic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld with his beautiful muse Ines de la Fressange, who modelled Lagerfeld’s designs as the face of Chanel during the 1980s. In his trademark dark glasses, the suave German designer would have contrasted with the functional work clothes of Portobello market traders and builders who flocked to the pub for an evening drink (or two). Everyone would have been cosily enveloped by what George Orwell described as the “warm fog of smoke and beer”, until at least, the smoking ban put an end to it. Local artists loved the pub’s stimulating company after a day’s work. Jones’ book contains two wonderful pictures of Sophie de Stempel, then in her twenties and rather charmingly smudged with paint. In the 1980s she was a sitter for Lucian Freud, whose studio was nearby in Holland Park and whose portrait of de Stempel, Standing by the Rags, was bought by the Tate Gallery. She now teaches at the Royal Drawing School and has exhibited her own work in several solo shows. Music lovers will recognise the young Neneh Cherry, snapped DJing at the Warwick before becoming a star. Other musicians photographed by Jones include Elvis Costello, a post-Clash Joe Strummer and music journalist Jon Savage, huddled in a smoky corner making notes. Staff from the

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alternative record shop Rough Trade, a few streets away, would also drop in for a pint of Guinness. Always lively, classless and even anarchic, the pub drew many thespians. Actor Keith Allen and his first wife Alison Owen would take along their baby daughter Lily. “The Warwick was the centre of the universe for so many people, most of whom Ray thankfully photographed,” comments Keith. Other vibrant images include a photograph of Evie Doggart, who, together with Jones, Allen and actress Anna Chancellor thought up the Portobello Pantomime, perhaps over a few drinks at the Warwick. The show has been performed every Christmas in Notting Hill since 1990. The process of gentrification has seen many pubs close but thankfully The Warwick Castle, now called The Castle, has survived. While many of the faces from the 1980s have moved on, a new generation of hipsters still visit the pub when hunting for vintage clothes and vinyl records. Tourists stop off to sample the kitchen’s seasonal fare and to look at the blue door opposite that featured in the 1999 film Notting Hill. The Christmas decorations hanging from the ceiling in high summer, sadly, have long gone. The spirit of Portobello has remained largely unchanged since the times documented in Jones’ book. Stallholders, hawkers and street musicians still line the street. “If you were there, this will be a joyous stroll down memory lane,” writes Jones. “If you weren’t, well you can see how much fun we had. The diversity of the place fired the imagination.” 3000 Hangovers Later: Photos of The Warwick Castle and Portobello in the 1980s, by Ray Jones (Tangent Books, £12.99), The Castle, 225 Portobello Road, 020-7221 7103,


Estate of Mind Notting Hill’s Ladbroke Estate introduced bucolic living to the nineteenthcentury London landscape. Penelope Sacorafou explores its history



odged in the collective memory is the image of Anna Scott and William Thacker breaking into a Notting Hill garden in the film named after the area. Anna – an American starlet not accustomed to London’s architectural quirks – asks Will to explain its designs, and so they trespass to find out what lies behind the tall gates. Director Richard Curtis was not the first person to depict an image of London that holds a garden at its core; socio-cultural sage Peter Ackroyd has also suggested that the image of gardens haunts the imaginations of Londoners. The first documented image of a London garden was created by Jacob Knyff between 1676 and 1680. When the Dutch artist painted the small, tranquil garden in Chiswick from the River, London was on the road to recovery in the wake of a civil war and the destruction caused by the Great Fire of 1666. In Knyff’s painting, building materials are busily transported along the river and the garden lies in the background. Could the contrast be a reference to rising tensions between countryside life and the ever-expanding capital city? This strain paved the way for London’s fascination with gardens, which continued with the Georgian obsession over botany and country living. The capital has enjoyed a reputation as a garden city ever since. The co-existence of the bucolic and urban was also a source of inspiration for Ladbroke Estate designers Thomas Allason – the English architect and landscaper also known for his work on Connaught Square – and later James Thomson, the mind behind Rosmead Garden, where Notting Hill’s young love unfolds. Striving to cater to the aristocrats who had started to take up permanent residency as London grew westwards towards Notting Hill, Allason included the kind of open green spaces they had been so accustomed to before moving to London. The architect’s blueprint included “a huge circus over 500 meters across… each half of the circle featured a large open garden with houses all around it. The gardens entirely enclosed by the houses, they would be private to the residents.” The early stages of construction were slowed down by the financial crisis of 1825. Twenty years later the project was taken up by Thomson, whose designs we have inherited today: stucco-fronted houses backing on to 16 of the Borough’s most

beautiful gardens and squares, including the Grade II-listed Rosmead Garden that Anna and Will broke into. Retaining most of its mid-19th century paths and original railings with cast-iron coping along Rosmead Road, the garden is a prime example of early Victorian landscaping. Shrubberies back three large oval-shaped lawns with dense evergreens at the east and west ends. Relaxed and natural, this form contrasted the forces of urbanisation and industrialisation that helped define the Victorian era. However, it was late Georgian architects like Allason and Thomson, initially reacting to the growth of the city and the demise of countryside living, who paved the way. As London grew rapidly, future city planners reflected on developments like Ladbroke Estate, and incorporated gardens and green squares into their designs. In London: The Biography, Ackroyd writes: “Perhaps a Londoner needs a garden in order to maintain a sense of belonging. In a city where speed and uniformity, noise and bustle, are characteristic, and where many houses are produced to a standard design, a garden may afford the only prospect of variety. It is also a place for recreation, contemplation and satisfaction.” And, in a case of life imitating art, a London garden might also provide an inspirational setting for the perfect love affair.

From top: Rosmead Garden from an Elgin Crescent roof, both taken by John Neville; Ladbroke Square, courtesy of photoBECKET. Opposite page: a communal garden in flower, courtesy of Ladbroke Association

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Alexander Voitsekhovsky, Workers at the botanical gardens slide on the parquet, 2009 ©Alexander Voitsekhovsky. Inset: Alexander Voitsekhovsky, A difficult choice, 2008 ©Alexander Voitsekhovsky

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From top: Hugo Guinness, Marcel Proust, handcoloured block print, 2016; Claudia Rankin, Caddy with Tiger Rug and Cherry Bowl, 2016; Caddy with Lioness and Crab, 2016. Courtesy of Claudia Rankin

With their penchant for the whimsical, ceramicist Claudia Rankin and artist Hugo Guinness’ work complements each other’s perfectly – as Wilson, Stephens and Jones on Westbourne Park Road will highlight in May. Rankin finds inspiration in Staffordshire pottery figurines; her brightly coloured ceramics painted with eccentric animal characters are simultaneously innocent and knowing. They are functional yet decorative, and one can see traces of the spirits of Picasso and Miró. Meanwhile Guinness (who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated The Grand Budapest Hotel with Wes Anderson), will show an array of tongue-in-cheek linocuts hung in vintage frames, characterised by his sharp wit and everyday subjects. 3-28 May, Wilson, Stephens and Jones, 71 Westbourne Park Road, W2,

Romance of Russia Born in Moscow in 1964, the grandson of a polar explorer who died in the Siege of Leningrad, Alexander “Petrovich” Voitsekhovsky spent a decade as a doctor in Russia’s emergency services before turning to painting. As a medical student he had started to draw – at lectures, on the train, in shop queues – and gave sketches to friends, who collected them for an exhibition. This proved so successful that six years later Voitsekhovsky decided to quit medicine to travel the world. “I realised my choice was very risky, but my explorer genes prevailed and there was no going back,” he describes. His works are deeply imaginative and exhibit playful fantasy, but are immediately familiar. In May The Tabernacle in Powis Square will present recent paintings by the self-taught artist and illustrator, who lives in Saint Petersburg and has had an impressive 25 solo shows in Russia, the United States and Japan. A Whale off the Coast of Norway and Other Encounters, 2-8 May, The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, W11,

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Jessie Makinson, Fake French, oil and pigment on canvas, 2016

Sasha Bowles

A post-graduate student of the Wimbledon College of Art, Sasha Bowles lives and works in London. Her quirky creations manipulate well-known paintings by giving them new and surreal guises (“mischievously re-contextualised”, as she explains), and are held in the University of the Arts London collection and by private collectors across Europe and America. From 10 May, Gallery 286, run by dealer Jonathan Ross from his home in Earl’s Court, will present Doo-plis-i-tee, an exhibition showcasing the artist’s haunting paintings of fantastical imaginary figures. Against the plush crimson walls in the gallery’s Victorian living room, Bowles will hang works inspired by painters such as Goya, Gainsborough, Frans Hals and Velázquez. Downstairs in the white gallery, she plans to construct a “shadow room” using old stretcher frames that, when lit, will create a visual effect referencing 19th-century Royal Academy “salon hangs” where paintings were hung floor to ceiling to display as many artworks as possible. 10-29 May, Gallery 286, 286 Earl’s Court Road, SW5,; From top: Carnivalesque; Serene. Courtesy of Sasha Bowles

Contemporary Palettes Soon to arrive at The Dot Project gallery is Painting Made Me Do It, a group show of four young artists who use brilliant colour and gesture to create the sheer energy and tension in their work. On display will be fresh and exciting paintings by emerging contemporary artists Jessie Makinson, an Edinburgh College of Art graduate, Hannah Bays, Asger Harbou Gjerdevik and George Little, who has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and Miami’s Untitled Art Fair. “We’re dedicated to providing a platform and test bed for practitioners to develop their work,” says India Whalley, the gallery’s founder. Don’t miss it. 12 May-30 June, The Dot Project, 94 Fulham Road, SW3,

Fit for an Emperor In May, Christie’s South Kensington will offer treasures from prestigious private Chinese collections including this stunning 18th-century soapstone carving of the Daoist immortal Shoulao, the God of Longevity, carrying a peach of immortality and an elixir-filled gourd hung from his staff. “This wonderful carving is an unusually large size and showcases great skill through the naturalistic working of the jagged rocks in contrast with the fluid drapery of the robes,” comments Kate Hunt, Christie’s head of sales for Chinese works of art. It is just one of more than 600 lots spanning over 3,000 years of Chinese art, with estimates from £1,000 to £50,000. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles sale, 11 and 13 May, Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, SW7,

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Green jade brushpot, 19th century (estimate £3000-5000) ©Christie’s Images Ltd 2016

18th-century soapstone carving of the Daoist immortal Shoulao (estimate £8,000-12,000) ©Christie’s Images Ltd 2016





From top: vernacular chair; W. Williams, Portrait of a Bay Hunter, 1803; fairground shooting target. Images courtesy of Robert Young Antiques

Bold and Bright Terry Frost, Bridget Riley and Howard Hodgkin reacted against the drabness and social insularity of the post-war period with exuberant palettes and freer styles of expression that paved the way for artists in the swinging 1960s. This summer, family-run Piano Nobile gallery pays tribute with a group exhibition tracing the development of post-war British abstract art. The brilliance of Frost’s colours draw parallels with Matisse’s cut-outs; while Hodgkin, William Scott and John Hoyland’s bold work inspires a sense of truly childlike joy. Aspects of Abstraction, 17 May-23 June, Piano Nobile Gallery, 129 Portland Road, W11,

Clockwise from top: John Hoyland, 15.3.76, 1976; Terry Frost, Ochre Dusk, Pink to Black, 1990; Anthony Caro, Table Piece CLXIX, 1973-4; John Golding, D (E.S.) VII, 1975. Images courtesy of Piano Nobile, Robert Travers (Works of Art) Ltd

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Dublin through the Lens From 12 May Michael Hoppen Gallery will present End, a solo exhibition of street photography by Irish photographer Eamonn Doyle. Powerful portraits will chronicle his native Dublin, from its working-class to its elderly residents. “I began to be drawn towards a number of solitary ‘Beckettian’ figures I saw on the streets of Dublin,” says the artist, “people I had seen passing me every day, treading the same ground, day in, day out.” Doyle shoots from above using dramatic angles, as if looming over his subjects as they go about their daily business. Although the artist admits to being influenced by the Irish playwright, these lone figures lost in thought as they roam the city bring to mind James Joyce’s stories. 12 May-15 July, Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3,

Visit Robert Young’s annual folk art exhibition at his Battersea gallery for unusual rustic chairs and tables as well as engaging naïve paintings. Young’s passion for primitive art and vernacular furniture began in his teens when he bought a charming dugout chair, and his life-long love affair shows no sign of ending. “When we opened our gallery in 1978 there was little demand for rustic art, and other dealers felt it wasn’t refined enough for the major antique fairs. Folk art now commands high prices and attracts serious interest at major art and antique fairs like Masterpiece London, where we’ll exhibit in June,” says Young. “We spend our time searching for exciting and unique pieces that capture our imagination – it is often imperfections and texture that make something sexy.” 5-14 May, Robert Young Antiques, 68 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11,

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Palm Springs Drink from the fountain of youth with Jimmy Choo’s carefree and upbeat S/S16 collection. This season the brand captures the laidback spirit of California, with classic handbag styles such as the Lockett and Candy treated to radiant hues of coral pink, gold and spring green, and printed with palm leaves. To mark Jimmy Choo’s fresh new approach and in celebration of its 20th anniversary, the luxury accessories label has also branched out with its footwear collection. Block heels, suede lace-ups and horn heel sandals make up the range. Get temperatures rising in the new Trix 100 sandals, paired with a shimmering metallic jumpsuit for heightened glamour. From £550,

Photography: Cass Bird

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Happy Feet In just five years, Aquazzura has taken the world by storm, collaborating with fashion’s elite and setting trends with its unique designs. Now, with a new Harrods pop-up this month celebrating the label’s signature Christy flats, founder and creative director Edgardo Osorio sits down with Ellen Millard to talk British fashion, the power of social media and the Aquazzura woman Edgardo Osorio portrait


f there was ever any evidence that fashion is a young man’s game, Edgardo Osorio is it. In 2011, at the ripe old age of 25, he founded the now internationallyrenowned shoe label Aquazzura. His designs have achieved worldwide status, gracing the feet of Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron, to name but a few. Collaborative collections have come thick and fast, most notably with Salvatore Ferragamo, Poppy Delevingne and Olivia

Palermo, and the brand has become available in 48 countries worldwide. But his achievements haven’t come without hard work. It might seem unlikely (even verging on impossible), but Edgardo’s career was burgeoning more than a decade before Aquazzura had even begun. “I started working when I was 14 years old, doing internships,” he tells me. “I’ve always wanted to be in fashion, ever since I was a little boy. I wanted to create beautiful things and make women feel beautiful.” After getting off to a head start as a teenager, Colombianborn Edgardo moved to London, where he enrolled on a few courses at Central Saint Martins before starting a degree at the London College of Fashion. It was here that he discovered his love for shoes, realising that he would “always start from the feet up” when designing. He moved to Italy where he worked for Salvatore Ferragamo, Roberto Cavalli and Sigerson Morrison until finally setting up his own label in Florence. “Being able to make what you draw into a reality just felt like a dream,” he gushes as he puts pen to paper and starts illustrating a stiletto in front of me. “It’s so amazing to be able to create something physical from an idea that you have in your head, and to make somebody feel great. It’s the most wonderful thing you can do.” Part of Aquazzura’s success stems from the attention that is given to comfort as well as design. The label’s 3.5in high Sexy Thing stilettos are so comfortable that they have become known as the “12-hour shoes“ among fashion editors. What’s the secret? While Manolo Blahnik famously tries his heels on for size, Edgardo is partial to an occasional Instagram stalk. “We get so many ideas from following our clients and seeing what they’re doing, where they are going and what other shoes they are using,” he explains. “My biggest inspiration is women. If they’re going skiing or dancing or picking up their kids

FASHION Aquazzura S/S16 campaign, Photography: Greg Lotus

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S/S16 Street Style, Photography: Tommy Ton

Harrods Aquazzura pop-up, Photography: Tim Griffiths

from school, what are they wearing? What does the modern woman need? That’s always a big part of the formula; we are a brand that makes shoes which are comfortable and sexy.” As such, his designs have been worn by everyone, from European royalty and Hollywood stars to the average woman on the Tube, and it’s because of this that he struggles to describe who the typical Aquazzura customer is. “I never like to define the Aquazzura woman as one woman. I think she’s a very active person who enjoys life and wants to have fun, but I think that’s the most that I can say,” he shrugs. “Look at my Instagram and you will see her. She is of all ages and all nationalities. We are not just one woman; we are so many women.” Indeed, at the launch of Aquazzura’s pop-up store in Harrods, people from all walks of life line up to have a chat with Edgardo, picking up his shoes and taking photographs of the new rainbow display of Christy flats that sits proudly in the centre of Shoe Heaven. These are without a doubt his most recognisable shoes. Copycats have cropped up in what seems like nearly every high street store over the past year and social media is awash with photographs featuring Edgardo’s signature pumps. It’s little surprise that the luxury department store has selected these as the star of its latest pop-up, where it has the


global exclusive on watermelon green and leopard-print styles. “Harrods is one of the most iconic department stores in the world,” Edgardo says, proudly. “It has the best of everything.” Home for the designer is Florence but, born in Colombia, raised in Miami and educated in England, he is a mix of cultures and this comes across in his designs. “I think as a designer the world is your sponge,” he agrees. “I go on trips and I absorb everything. I go to restaurants and I observe what women are wearing. I go to museums and exhibitions and galleries.” But for all his travels, he admits that he has a soft spot for London. “What’s incredible and amazing about being here is that it is a creative force. The way they teach people and the way that people work is all about creativity and that’s something that you really need in fashion. Being here is so inspiring and it’s so multicultural. It’s the capital of the world really.” He argues that “being worldwide and seeing the brand explode” has been the highlight of his career so far, but it looks as though becoming internationally famous is just the beginning for Aquazzura. The designer hints that there’s a kids collection in the pipeline and that he’s working on a few more collaborative collections, but he’s remaining tight-lipped for now. “I love collaborating with people because new things come out of it that you would never usually do,” he smiles. “We are working with artists and other people right now, and it’s very exciting, but it’s a surprise.” And when all that’s over, will he be taking time off to celebrate Aquazzura’s fifth anniversary? “Well, we’re opening eight stores,” he laughs. “For me it’s about celebrating the client and celebrating amazing products. In ten years’ time we want to have stores in the most important capitals in the world. We will not only do shoes, but handbags, accessories, perfume, jewellery and even men’s fashion, too.” Ambitious as ever, it sounds like Edgardo is paving the way for global domination and my guess is he will succeed, one Christy flat at a time. Aquazzura’s Christy flats are available at Harrods Shoe Heaven, from £415,

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Kross Over If there was ever an incentive to get into shape for beach season, it would be to wear Agent Provocateur’s latest S/S16 swimwear range. The brand has got us primed for summer with a host of new pieces. While not the most practical of swimwear for those seeking a tan, the cutout swimsuit or “slashkini” was nevertheless one of the most popular styles to have hit the market in 2015 and it is set to do so again this year. The Lexxi, part of AP’s Kriss Kross collection, comes as a swimsuit or bikini in bright coral, while the flattering Aziza and Anja styles in black are perfect for those of you less content with baring all. Anja swimsuit in black, £225,

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Finding the dream pair of shoes for your wedding day is no easy feat, which is why Casadei has made it easy with its beautiful S/S16 bridal collection. The latest range includes the exclusive new white nappa leather lace-up sandal which, with its timeless and elegant design, is certain to complement your dress, whatever the style. £695, exclusive to

Simone Rocha is ruling the fashion industry both on and off the catwalk. The British fashion designer recently opened her permanent installation space in Dover Street Market. To mark the occasion, she created a capsule collection of celebratory cloqué gold pieces, all encased within the perspex-designed room. This material has been translated into a pair of metallic flat brogues, which cannot fail to stand out when worn with a pair of cropped denim jeans for a sporty, urban look this summer. Perspex gold brogues, £695, available at Dover Street Market,

Walks of Life Let your footwear take the lead for your summer wardrobe this year with one of the season’s stars, Stuart Weitzman. It’s that time of year when your choice of shoes should be as light and comfortable as possible, and the designer has come up trumps for S/S16 without compromising on style. From elevated sneakers and Roman sandals to the easy-to-wear flatform (a design that provides all of the height with none of the discomfort), you’ll be able to enjoy all of your summer outdoor pursuits with ease. Romanesque suede sandals, £490, Photography: Mario Testino

Walker on Sunshine Chip off the Old Block Italy arrives in the capital this spring in the form of Valentino’s new London flagship store. The 409 sq m boutique has been inspired by a traditional palazzo, designed with materials such as grey Venetian terrazzo with Carrara chippings, timber and marble evoking an atmosphere of antiquity and intimacy. With the new S/S16 womenswear collection, the house

departs from its Italian roots and instead journeys to Africa. Keep your eye out for the Animali Fantastici and Garden Couture printed handbags, the latter being the perfect accompaniment to this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. Single handle bag in calfskin, from £1,605, 39 Old Bond Street, W1S

British couture house Catherine Walker has kicked off the social season with its new S/S16 collection, with 25 made-to-order pieces by the dedicated team in Chelsea. The Cloud dress, featuring a hazy colour palette of blue and pink, is perfect for carrying you through lavish summer picnics, while the Bella Garden design, with its delightful riot of floral patterns, is certain to put a spring in your step. In further news, this year sees the house launch its exclusive e-couture service, allowing customers from abroad to commission pieces online to the Chelsea atelier for the first time. Visit the website for more details. From £2,000,

Bag it Up Prada’s Saffiano bag might be its most recognisable tote to date, but the label’s newest accessory, the Pionniere bag, has broken the mould with its original design. First shown at the A/W16 show in Milan, it was made instantly available in stores and comes in white and caramel, calling on traditional hunting bags and army uniforms for inspiration, with soft leather, gold hardware and an oversized shoulder strap. From £1,300, 43-45 Sloane Street, SW1X,

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Think Tom and Barbara Good from the BBC sitcom, The Good Life when trying to channel this season’s take on the enduring 70s trend. Aysemmetric tunics, floaty dresses paired with wellies and of course, suede dungarees are a must Photographer: Phillip Waterman

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Dress, ÂŁ1,980, Marni,; Trousers, ÂŁ320, Vivienne Westwood Red Label,

Above / Shirt, £395, Trousers, £350, both Holly Fulton,; Scarf, £125, Diane von Furstenburg, 83 Ledbury Road, W11; Purple boots, £140, Hunter Original, Right / Dress, £2,490, Erdem,; Bag, £325; Necklace, £75, both Kate Spade New York, 2 Symons Street, SW3

Suede dungarees, £665, DSquared2,; Dress, £730, Mary Katrantzou,; Boots, £125, Dr. Martens,; Bag, £268, Kate Spade New York, as before

Above / Dress, £4,995, Christopher Kane,; Blouse, £248, Diane von Furstenberg, as before; Wellington boots, £105, Hunter Original, as before Right / Dress, £1,005; Corset, £1,060, both Red Valentino,; Heels, £330, Sophia Webster,

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Graphic Content Those that know their Mondrian from their Monet and their Rothko from their Turner will recognise the inspiration behind Daks’ latest campaign. Brighton-based painter Lee Needham called on the work of great modern artists for inspiration, creating graphic shapes and hallucinogenic backdrops for the label’s S/S16 collection. Each canvas features blue, red, black and beige designs that complement Daks’ latest line of pastel blazers, trench coats and checked prints. From £115,

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London Calling You can’t get more English than Burberry so it comes as no surprise that the label looked to the nation’s capital for inspiration when formulating its latest cologne. Created by renowned perfumer Francis Kurkdjian, Mr Burberry captures London’s traditional yet unique style with earthy notes of sandalwood, vetiver and guaiac wood infused with zesty grapefruit, cardamom and tarragon. Grooming and ready-towear lines will shortly be launched to coincide with the new fragrance. From £40,

If you’re in need of beach-appropriate attire then look no further: Vilebrequin has launched its second collaborative collection with Italian photographer Massimo Vitali. For 2016, Vitali has temporarily swapped his signature coastal landscapes for the rocky swimming pool of Provençal Hotel in the Giens peninsula, taking Vilebrequin back to its French Riviera roots. Snap up the striking image in the form of the label’s beach tote and Moorea and Merise swimsuits. From £110, 56 Fulham Road, SW3,

A Class Act Even classics need an upgrade now and again, which is why Christian Louboutin has introduced four new styles to its Louboutin Homme range. Cousin Charles, Cousin Dand, Cousin Greg and Cousin Tass make up the latest line of dapper brogues and loafers, all made from calf leather and available in black, brown, navy and red. In honour of the launch, the label has joined forces with photographer and filmmaker René Habermacher and The Stimuleye crew to create a series of colourful campaign images that celebrate expression and style. From £695,

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In Bloom If the RHS Chelsea Flower Show has put you in the mood to bring the natural world indoors, then look to Liberty London’s new collection for homeware with a floral twist. Inspired by the cabinet display cases that were popular among the wealthy during the 1800s, the department store’s signature floral prints have been reimagined in bright yellow, blue and red blooms and abstract designs. Created in-house using Liberty’s extensive archive, the fabric collection is available as a range of cushions and throws, or to buy by the metre. Regent Street, W1B,

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Prints Charming William Morris’ nature-inspired prints have once again been reimagined by House of Hackney for its S/S16 collection. The lifestyle label has rethought three of Morris’s signature designs – Acanthus, Chrysanthemum and Trellis – in a moody palette of navy blues, light pinks and lilacs. The collection is completed with two of House of Hackney’s own prints, Orsman Stripe and Artemis, which have been designed by the brand in homage to the designer and his sublime view of the natural world. Pick up the prints on wallpaper and fabric for an interiors makeover or make a statement with the brand’s playful fashion collection. From £25,

Hay Fever Fans of Scandinavian design will be pleased to hear about fashion label COS and homeware store HAY’s latest partnership. The pair has joined forces to create a collection of minimalist objects for the spring season. Streamlined side tables, simple stationery and geometric decorative objects make up the range, which comes in pastel shades of green, blue and pink, as well as natural cork and wood finishes. From a selection, 124-126 Kensington High Street, W8,

Natural Instincts Rustic charm meets safari chic in Ralph Lauren Home’s latest collection, Black Palms, where natural textures and animal prints are the order of the day. Take your pick from geometric-patterned linen, zebra-printed crockery and basket-woven chests. Those after something a little more urban should look to the label’s Elizabeth Street Collection, where oak furnishings, ticking stripes and industrial lighting conjure up images of a downtown New York loft. 105-109 Fulham Road, SW3,

Between the Lines For storage solutions with a difference, head to Jean-Marie Massaud at Poltrona Frau. The designer has just launched a new series of bookcases and shelving units that can be easily altered to suit your needs. The wooden structures feature rectangular grids that provide a glimpse of the objects behind each one, designed in Massaud’s trademark industrial style. The best part? Each of the grids can be moved around to create a different pattern or to provide more space. From a selection,

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American news reporter-cum-designer Jennifer Manners was inspired to launch her bespoke rug brand after travelling the world for her job. Now based in Chelsea, Manners and her small team of creatives design unique floor fillers inspired by the images and objects she collected on her journey. Each rug is handmade by artisans in Nepal and India, and can be handwoven, Tibetan hand-knotted or hand-tufted. From £250 per m sq for a handwoven rug, Photography: Jake Fitzjones

Garden Party With the onset of spring and the imminent arrival of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, it seems that residents of the Royal Borough are embracing their inner horticulturalist. Among them is the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has collaborated with Wild & Wolf to create a range of gardening tools decorated with three archive prints. William Morris’ 19th-century Bower wallpaper and two floral prints – based on William Kilburn’s 18thcentury textile designs – feature in the collection, which comprises pruners, plant pots, trowels and potting gloves. From £9.95,

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Japanese designer Issey Miyake isn’t one to shy away from geometric design so it’s little surprise that shape is at the helm of his new collection with Finnish homeware brand Iittala. The range nods to the Japanese art of origami, with pleated napkins that mimic the shape of Mount Fuji when folded, hexagonal tableware and cushions with unusual, chevron-style folds that show off Miyake’s signature pleating process. The 30-strong collection is designed in a pastel palette inspired by springtime. From £20,

Heaven Scent For its latest candle, Cire Trudon has looked back to early 20th-century high society, conjuring up images of Villa Cyrnos on the French Riviera where Queens, poets and artists wandered around an aromatic garden. Named after the sun, the citrusy wick offers the perfect summer scent thanks to a head of lemon, thyme and myrtle, a heart of black fig, lavender, pine and cedar wood, and a base of musk, patchouli and cashmere wood. £70, available at Harrods



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Grasse Roots

Celebrations are in full swing at L’Occitane en Provence’s HQ this year, where the brand is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Despite the jubilations, the label has still found the time to add to its ever growing La Collection de Grasse, a selection of fragrances inspired by the French perfume capital. New to the range is the Néroli and Orchidée scent in body oil and bath milk form. The fresh fragrance comprises Madagascan white orchid and neroli from southern France, which are blended with a base of musk and iris to create the perfect summer scent. From £18, 67 King’s Road, SW3

Spring to Life Spring finally arriving shouldn’t mean that you forget about hydration. As the weather warms up, breathe new life into your skincare routine with Valmont’s latest hydrating range. The Swiss brand’s new Moisturising Serumulsion drenches skin with its unique formula that combines the richness of a cream with the lightness of a serum. As we move into summer, the Moisturising with a Mask product is the perfect rescue treatment after intense sun exposure, flooding dehydrated skin with a newfound glow. The Valmont Hydrating Facial is also available at the White Room on Walton Street. £77-120,

Turn a Hair

Having first introduced the Catwalk Ponytail in the early 70s, the House of Balmain has since taken this now ubiquitous hair trend to new heights, as illustrated by its Paris Hair Couture S/ S16 campaign. The high, slick-backed variation turns the classic ponytail into a modern and powerful beauty statement, and is ideal for keeping you cool during the hot summer months. Although the likes of Chanel and Miu Miu decided to go all out and opt for the ponytail duo, Balmain knows that less is sometimes more. To learn how to get the look, visit the Balmain hair website for top tips.

Olympic Games

Following on from her successful collaboration with Agent Provocateur on a lingerie collection, Charlotte Olympia has now injected her glamorous style into a range of sportswear, in partnership with Bodyism. The accessories designer’s signature playful motifs, such as the Kitty lace, leopard print, red lip and spiderweb, have been incorporated into a range of gym essentials, including trainers, sweatshirts, sports bras and leggings. Perfect for carrying you from the gym to lunch with friends, you are certain to be the envy of your yoga class. From £79.95, exclusive to Harrods

The Rites of Spring From sun-kissed bronzers to floral-inspired colour palettes, make-up artists brought a new lease of life to their S/S16 cosmetic collections. Spring clean your make-up bags and freshen up your scent with these latest beauty releases Lid Pop eyeshadow in Aqua Pop, £15, Clinique,

Image courtesy of: Dolce & Gabbana Summer In Italy collection

Perfect Mono Cream Eye Colour in Lemon 116, £25, Dolce & Gabbana, exclusive to

Crayon Intense in Blue 8, £19.50, Dolce & Gabbana, exclusive to

Dior Addict Milky Tint in Pink, £26.50, Tahiti Bronze Monoï Body Glow, £44, NARS Cosmetics, La Laque Couture in Peace Green, £19, YSL Beauté,

Bronze Goddess

If you cannot escape to Italy this summer then take comfort in Dolce & Gabbana’s latest make-up collection which captures the vibrant colours of the Mediterranean and Sicily’s citrus fruits. Get an instant tan with the exclusive Sicilian Bronzer in Sunshine, which provides all-over radiance with a simple sweep of one’s brush. Alternatively, opt for the Blush in Orange shade to achieve a bold contouring effect and lightly sun-kissed cheeks. The bronzer is exclusive to the Summer in Italy 2016 collection and comes in a case beautifully-adorned with the patterns of a traditional Sicilian carretto – a hand-crafted, horse-drawn cart. Sicilian Bronzer in Sunshine 30, £36, exclusive to Harrods from 1 May,

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Nashi Blossom Cologne, £85 for 100ml, Jo Malone London,

Jolie Fragrance collection, £84 for 100ml, Tory Burch,


Kids KINGDOM BY Ellen Millard

House Party Just when we thought La Coqueta’s childrenswear designs couldn’t get any cuter, the label has teamed up with House of Hackney to create an 11-piece collection. The debut range for children aged between 12 months and six years comprises dresses, shirts and shorts in the label’s Palmeral and Wild Card designs, as well as prints by architect and designer Charles Voysey (taken from the Victoria and Albert Museum’s archive) and William Morris. Keep an eye out for the upcoming interiors range too, which will feature fabrics, wallpaper, lighting and bed linen. Little House of Hackney x La Coqueta, from a selection,

Images courtesy of: Little House of Hackney x La Coqueta Kids

Little Monsters

New Kid on the Block Fans of Spanish childrenswear label Pepa & Co. will be pleased to hear about its newly-launched private showroom just around the corner from the King’s Road. Founder Pepa Gonzalez was inspired by her large Spanish family to bring her country’s native designs to London. Book an appointment at the new showroom to get a firsthand look at her pick of classic and contemporary children’s clothes and accessories, all of which are handmade in Spain. 2 Michael Road, Cooper House, Unit 2T, SW6,

After countless requests from mini fans, Kurt Geiger’s creative director Rebecca Farrar-Hockley decided to launch a children’s collection for the label’s young admirers. Classic Mary Janes are mixed in with monster-themed trainers and rainbow sandals in this cute collection that has partly been designed by children themselves. The range is suitable for kids aged four to 12 and is available in the UK in sizes nine to four. From £22, 33D King’s Road, SW3,

The Bee’s Knees There’s a buzz surrounding J. Crew this month; the brand is launching its third bee-themed collection in an effort to save the endangered insect. The campaign launched in 2014 amid growing concern about the declining bee population and has since produced annual collections in aid of the cause. This year it is calling on the work of London-based illustrator Marcel George, who has designed three T-shirts for boys, girls and women featuring hand-painted watercolour illustrations. Fifty per cent of proceeds will go to the conservation charity, Buglife. From £24.50,

Bag It Up

Ivy League Cashmirino is looking back for inspiration this season, taking cues from the 1950s for its S/S16 collection. The latest line comprises preppy two-piece suits, blazers and Bermuda shorts for boys, and A-line skirts, pedal pushers and pastelcoloured dresses for girls. The label has continued its partnership with Liberty London and the department store’s signature florals are peppered throughout the collection. What’s more, this season sees the introduction of the Layette line, a range of essentials for newborns that have been hand-embroidered by Peruvian artisans. From £89,

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Dream team Eileen Vincett and Danica Shepetys brought together their combined 20 years’ knowledge of the fashion industry to create Land of Ed – a baby bag business with an aim to make a difference. Inspired by their own experiences working in international schools, the duo decided they wanted to help provide educational initiatives around the world. Enter The Patrick, an affordable and stylish tote with five exterior and three interior pockets, a wipeclean changing mat and a detachable shoulder strap, all proceeds of which will go towards building a school in Burma. £100,

Little Ray of Sunshine With summer just around the corner, daydreams of a two-week break by the sea are soon to become a reality. Those that already have a summer holiday booked should look to Platypus Australia for children’s swimwear with a twist. The label offers stylish clothes for girls and boys that not only provide comfort, but UV protection as well. The line of mix-and-match swimwear blocks out 97.5 per cent of harmful UV radiation so kids can enjoy their holiday while staying protected at the same time. From £14,

Spot On Natasha Zinko’s playful, rainbow-coloured designs have been reimagined in miniature form for young fashionistas. The new children’s range, available exclusively at Harrods, comprises embroidered dresses, tops and sweatshirts in Zinko’s signature quirky style. Pop into Harrods’ Mini Superbrands section to pick up the designer’s primarycoloured pom-pom dresses, polka-dot prints and Russian doll-inspired designs. From £54.95, exclusive to Harrods


high life

Masters in training At the St Pancras Renaissance, international travellers can now enjoy contemporary local culture as well as historic chamber suites and a spa within the Grade I-listed station. Earlier this year the hotel embarked on a series of complimentary weekly masterclasses led by north London experts at its recently-launched terrace restaurant, MI + ME (named after the Victorian railway carriages that were once used to shuttle milk and meat into the capital). Over two hours, guests will have the chance to discover hidden talents: March saw local couturier Atelier Tammam teach life drawing and fashion illustration, but each month the programme will change – in May comes gin tasting in partnership with Fever-Tree and local distilleries.

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THE WORLD By Camilla Apcar

Island Life Anantara Kihavah Maldives has launched a 1,050sq m three-bedroom beach pool residence at its beautifully isolated Baa Atoll resort. Intended as a secluded getaway for families and groups of up to nine adults, a villa host; courtyard bathrooms; and two-person bathtubs inspire total relaxation, while a sunken dining cabana, spa sala and 55-inch home theatre system offer ultimate privacy. Each of Anantara’s 79 accommodations here have private pools – but its infinity view and direct access to glorious white sands set this residence a cut above. From £8,530,

Dawkins’ Galápagos

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins may be 75 years old, but shows no signs of slowing down. This autumn he will lead 30 curious explorers on a one-time-only tour of the Galápagos islands, sailing by private charter around seven shores. Dawkins will lecture on Darwin’s theories and budding naturalists will have the chance to spot iguanas, penguins, giant tortoises and swim with sealions. From £4,995, 13-23 October,


Credit: André Grossmann ©2014 Christo

Bathe in Beauty Aman embraces traditional Japanese hospitality at its newly-opened hot spring resort in Ise Shima National Park. Every suite at Amanemu – the group’s rural counterpart to its established Tokyo hotel – is equipped with an onsen (thermal hot spring), and a similar emphasis is placed on wellness at its suitably idyllic spa. Designed by Kerry Hill Architects, ryokan-style tiled roofs and cedar walls sit amid the park’s verdant hills, the splendours of which can be enjoyed courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows. About 300km southwest of the capital city and an hour away from the sprawling sacred Jingū Shinto shrine complex, a serene retreat awaits. From £685,

Walking on Water Italy’s charming Lake Iseo will be reimagined this summer by contemporary installation artist Christo (whose sitespecific works have included The Gates in Central Park), with a three-kilometre walkway of shimmering yellow fabric “floating” across its waters from Sulzano to Monte Isola. During the 16-day installation, Relais & Chateaux’s L’Albereta hotel deep in Franciacorta countryside will take guests on a day trip to admire Christo’s creation over a lunch of fresh fish at Locanda Al Lago on Monte Isola, followed by a guided tasting at Contadi Castaldi winery and a threecourse dinner back in the hotel’s 19th-century villa bistro. Let’s Walk on Water, from €1,100, 18 June-3 July,

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as an Art

Oasis gives you a moment to stop and take a breath. Feel the freedom and relaxation in your body and mind. Let your senses be inspired in a private paradise. It is all waiting for you. The art of wellbeing.

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Hong Kong Delights Transported to the realms of 1920s glamour and elegance, Jenny Barrett wonders whether The Peninsula is the best hotel in Hong Kong’s buzzing cityscape


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The Rolls-Royce fleet on Tsing Ma Bridge


t might be a cliché to say so, but there really is nowhere quite like Hong Kong. This bustling metropolis straddles east and west, the dazzling lights of a hyper global city by no means overshadowing its Cantonese heritage. I had stayed on Hong Kong Island before but was after something different this time, so spent a few nights at the Peninsula group’s flagship – the grandest hotel in the city. I am collected from the airport in one of the Peninsula’s signature green Rolls-Royces and, after a near 12-hour flight, it is an odd feeling to find myself not wanting the journey to end. The instant I enter the foyer, I can see that the Peninsula is all about tradition and glamour. Built in 1928, this “grande dame” of the Far East exudes elegance. The beautiful lobby is the grand and gilded location for high tea (like The Ritz in London, this is something of an institution in Hong Kong); as the in-house live band, The Lobby Strings, starts to play in the background, and I am transported back to the 1920s. On the 23rd floor the dramatic view supports the idea that this may well be the city’s best hotel. Unlike its competitors nestled within the heights of Hong Kong Island, the Peninsula stands proud on the Kowloon Bay waterfront, overlooking the brilliant high-rise skyline. My room comes equipped with a telescope, and I am so fixated with the flashing lights and rainbow laser displays that I am almost late to meet my sister. A pre-dinner drink must be had at Felix, the bar and restaurant perched at the very top of the building on the 28th floor. The seats are quirky and unique, each featuring a portrait of the Peninsula’s longest-serving staff. Our attention is drawn to a portrait of Johnny Chung, a bartender here for more than 50 years, and we are treated to an entertaining anecdote dating back to the 1950s involving a screwdriver highball and Clark Gable. There are plenty of legendary tales surrounding the Peninsula, and no other hotel in the city possesses such star-studded history. We are whisked from the modern heights of Felix for dinner at Spring Moon, a stunning 1920s Shanghainese dining room. We opt for a tasting menu – and it’s lucky that we are feeling adventurous. Spring Moon offers the real deal:

Salon de Ning


authentic Cantonese fare such as conch and goji berry; crab legs with winter melon; sea cucumber and goose web; and crispy rice served with lobster. We are celebrating my sister’s 30th birthday, and with true attention to detail, we are presented with an enormous chocolate cake to share for dessert. To cap off our sensory adventure, we journey underground to Salon de Ning for a digestif. This fun, chic speakeasy is based on the fictional character of Madame Ning, a 1930s Parisian socialite. Each cubbyhole represents a different aspect of her glamorous jet-setting lifestyle and we eventually find ourselves drinking champagne in a ski chalet – a rather unpredictable, subterranean end to an unforgettable night. After a busy morning of sightseeing, there is nothing like an afternoon spent relaxing. Hong Kong can be intense (especially the morning after copious glasses of champagne), but the Peninsula spa offers a full pampering package – even a “sleep ceremony” to alleviate tension and stress. I swim and sunbathe on the decking, then opt for a massage. Highly personalised treatments are based on an in-depth questionnaire, and I really feel the benefits, particularly following an hour

sipping ginger tea in the heavenly relaxation room. I snuggle into a supremely comfy bed and gaze out over the bay. Feeling refreshed, I head back out for an evening at one of the city’s top restaurants, Duddell’s. Hong Kong is not short of Michelin stars: it has no less than 60, making it the fourth most starred city in the world. There are a number of excellent French and Japanese restaurants (two of which, Gaddi’s and Imasa, are in the Peninsula itself), but last year Duddell’s acquired a second star for its Cantonese cuisine. Popular with a young Hong Kong set, it is also a great spot for dim sum brunch at weekends. We opt for the signature salted chicken and suckling pig, but our feast is not quite enough to stop me making the most of breakfast the next morning. With so much on offer at the Peninsula’s Verandah buffet, it is difficult not to have three helpings. The Peninsula mirrors Hong Kong; steeped in history and with a mixture of culture and cuisines that blend the old and the new. I feel so well looked after – and well-fed – that I am reluctant to leave. But at least I get one more ride in the Rolls. HK$3,880 per night, Salisbury Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong, SAR, +852-2920 2888,

built as the last trans-Siberian railway stop, this hotel exudes elegance

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For a spot of wine and sun-drenched serenity, Tom Hagues hits Six Senses’ first European outpost in Portugal’s Douro Valley


Nestled among vineyards in the depths of Portugal’s Douro Valley is a lush, green part of the world where a 900km river carves a winding path through the landscape. The Douro, which runs from Spain into Portugal at its northern end, once transported explorers, royals and hardened travellers to the wider world through Porto and across the Atlantic ocean. Thanks to the arrival of the Romans, the river’s banks soon became home to vast stretches of vines, quite literally sowing the seeds for the port and wine industries the valley is now famous for.

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Wealthy families began commercialising the Douro for its wine in the 17th century; its port quaffed in the houses and clubs of England’s elite. This history has given Portugal – and the Douro region – a world-renowned reputation as a cultural hotspot with a climate as reliable as its vintages. Within this peaceful UNESCO World Heritage site lies a 19th-century manor house hotel, where Six Senses has made its much-welcomed European debut. The latest addition to the group’s international portfolio of resorts – renowned for their impeccable spas, sumptuous lodgings


From top: Six Senses Douro Valley’s reception room; wine library; master suite living room

and picture-perfect locations – is a convenient hour and a half’s drive from Porto, and as I bump down the long driveway, it is every bit as gorgeous as its far-flung cousins in the Maldives, Seychelles and Oman. I step into the hotel’s reception and notice the endless view across the valley for the first (but not last) time. I pick my bottom jaw up off the floor on the way to my bedroom, beautifully decorated in a white and sedate grey theme that does not distract from a double-height window overlooking the lazily winding river – and the bed in prime position to admire endless, brilliant blue skies. It is one of 41 bedrooms, nine suites and seven villas that underwent a multi-million euro renovation before the resort opened, with distinctively stylish Six Senses interiors that contrast with the hotel’s architectural romance. Some hotels are adorned with little design flourishes from which you can take inspiration home, be it an unusual sofa/cushion combination or a set of interesting vases. At Six Senses Douro Valley, I found myself wanting to install my own wine library. Looking out onto the terrace and over a sweeping canyon of vineyards rich with Bastardo and Tinta Barroca black grapes, wine tastings are held in the library throughout the week; its rotation offers a fantastic way to become acquainted with each of the valley’s terroirs. Keeping pace with Portugal’s burgeoning wine tourism industry, wine directors Francisca van Zeller and Sandra Tavares da Silva have curated a list to suit novices and connoisseurs alike. I am introduced to the Passa Douro


White 2014 and the 2013 Van Zellers Douro red, along with a ruby and tawny port. All become fast friends and I make a note to stay in touch. Guests can learn about the age-old process of pruning, grafting, tying and harvesting on select weekends throughout the year, and what’s more, at any time of day or night, temperature-controlled machines can pour a glass of the region’s most popular wines. I move to the courtyard outside the restaurant, which sits under a tower that needs nothing more than a woman letting down her extraordinarily long hair to complete its fairytale feel. I enjoy a lazy lunch of tomato gazpacho with basil ice cream – cooling relief in 25°C heat – followed by octopus spaghetti and a fig tart. It is at this point that I feel at peace with the world. About 30 minutes’ drive away I board the hotel’s refurbished 1950s river boat from the small town of Pinhão, and chug off upstream. There are quintas lining each side, pleasure boats dotted along the surface, locals leaping off into the water and high up on the banks, the railroad runs parallel with the river. After an hour the boat turns around, and a great wind is funnelled up the river. I enjoy the hot breeze for a while – until it causes me to resemble a whinnying horse, at least – and retreat to the calm behind the wheelhouse as the temperature begins to cool for the evening. Those looking to venture to Porto for a day trip will need to journey west for an hour and a half to discover its medieval coastal delights. But head south for just 20 minutes and you will come upon Lamego: a city with cathedrals, churches and parks that offer up afternoons in beautiful dappled shade. Or drive east along the river and make a stop at DOC restaurant in Folgosa. Headed by chef Rui Paula, whose scallops and John Dory topped with a refreshing tomato and cucumber salsa – so fresh it may as well have leapt straight out of the water and onto my plate – are fine

examples of modern Portuguese cuisine, served on a deck over the Douro. Back at Six Senses, I know I am in safe hands at the holistic spa, so I let the atmosphere overwhelm me. My massage provides a thorough tenderising, beginning with a “singing bowl” treatment. For a moment, I really believe I will have to sing into a bowl, and wonder what good this could possibly do me; but when the bowl is rubbed in a certain way, it emits a long, low hum that soothes me into a state of unadulterated bliss. I am practically unaware there is anyone else in the room, and all but float to the indoor pool for a sauna, swim and further enhance my new-found well-being. At the chef’s counter of the Open Kitchen in the hotel’s Dining Room restaurant, head chef Paulo Matos deftly creates around seven courses (I admit to having lost count after a while), each dish prepared with the freshest local produce. Classic Portuguese ingredients are artfully molded into innovative, contemporary dishes such as veal bresaola with melon soup; and halfway through my steak I wonder whether I will ever find such contentment again. I conclude I probably won’t, and savour the moment. Enormous garlic and lemon langoustines are grilled in front of diners – and presented with much flourish – while a traditional Portuguese cake, normally served at Easter, has a soft, vanilla sweetness offset by tangy plums and figs. This Douro Valley gem marries Six Senses’ expertise with the sophistication and history of this part of Portugal’s luscious landscape. I would say that it’s a match made in heaven but really, this is probably the place where perfect matches are made. From €285 per night including taxes and breakfast for two. Quinta de Vale Abraão, Samodães, 5100-758 Lamego, Portugal, +351-254 660 600,

Above right: the spa’s indoor swimming pool

Six Senses’ wine library offers a fantastic way to become acquainted with each of the valley’s terroirs

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Photography: Jean Cazals

Launceston Place

Get into the Spirit The Spirit Room at the Bulgari hotel celebrates the wonders of rum with four limited edition cocktails created by bar director Robert Gaggl. Embark on an adventure with a Chocolate Rum Fashion: Bacardi eight-year old, mandarin, chocolate and orange bitters, or go neat over ice to savour a spiced rum infused with vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and anise. Bacardi Carta Oro can be found coupled with dehydrated orange or vanilla, passion fruit purée and green tea; behind the dramatic hammered-metal bar, Bulgari’s expert mixologists have all bases covered. Until 31 May, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7,

Image courtesy of: Bulgari Hotel

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There are few greetings that offer true comfort from having been caught in a spring downpour. A large wine or whisky, a box set queued to play or my favourite – an enthusiastic canine welcome. But at Launceston Place, before having even laid sight on the menu, it’s a shot of hot chocolate and half-melted marshmallow that extends a warm invitation to settle in for the evening. Tucked away from Gloucester Road and its surrounding mews, this Michelin-starred restaurant serves seasonal British produce. In March chef patron Raphael Francois joined by way of Hélène Darroze in Paris and at The Connaught, where he was executive chef when the restaurant gained its second Michelin star. With him the Belgian-born chef brings a new “market” dinner menu: mains of venison and squab join tried-and-tested cod and guinea fowl. Inside the 1839 townhouse a warren of informal if not-quite-cosy spaces serve business and pleasure in perfect, but suitably separated, harmony. To start, there’s egg with bacon, foie gras or a simple plate of goat’s cheese with beetroot and granola (the only dish to eschew size for artistic presentation). But give in to intrigue. Resting somewhere between sushi and cocktail, prawns in cardamom and apple broth should not be glossed over by apprehensive eyes. The new blue crab Simplissime is failsafe as well as filling – a few scoops beneath the supremely smooth and creamy top layer of potato reveals an intense centre of pressed meat.

Once the first course is cleared vegetarians will be hard pressed, while carnivorous diners face tricky decisions. Food envy will certainly come courtesy of Francois’ generous pork cut. Smoked with hay, slowcooked and pan-fried, then kept under a bell for just a few minutes, by the time it is uncovered at the table its smoky aroma is head-turning. Head sommelier Piotr Pietras has been selected to compete in the 2016 Sommelier of the World competition, and is ready to rescue those in despair of Launceston’s 26-page wine list. He selects an Oregon Pinot Noir – controversial but complimentary – for bass, which arrives with tangy seaweed and tempura fries. Desserts are limited. Poached apple and pecan parfait, crema catalana or a wicked dark chocolate confection with blackberries and rocket (for which room and time must be spared) form the trinity, although there are offmenu plates of the season’s freshest fruits too. Coupled with smart service, never overbearing or rushed, Francois’ expanded main menu is both welcome and – so I found – welcoming. 1a Launceston Place, W8,




Egg’s Benediction

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Should the desire for eggs on toast, scrambled with smoked salmon or with poached with avocado on sourdough strike between the hours of 8am and 10pm, Eggbreak’s “any time” menu is fit to serve. The restaurant-cum-cafe opened its doors on Uxbridge Street at the beginning of March, a joint venture between Soho House group and Ennismore, whose supremely cool Hoxton hotels can be found in Shoreditch, Holborn and Amsterdam. The new menu offers breakfast, brunch – opt for the Mexican omelette or French toast – and a concise selection of burgers, steaks and salads at dinnertime. 30 Uxbridge Street, W8,

Raising the Bar At the new private members’ bar set above The World’s End Market restaurant, wooden crates line the walls, a floor-to-ceiling library stands proud by the fireplace and a projector is poised for select screenings. The Grade-II listed King’s Road pub underwent a transformation earlier this year, emerging as a market-style all-day brasserie. For the new bar menu, The World’s End mixologists have experimented with their own infusions using herbs, spices and fruits: try a lavender syrup mojito or a pisco sour with hibiscus gin and pine syrup. Other classics with a twist include a chocolate and juniper take on the prohibition-era gin and green chartreuse Last Word, and an ambitious Mai Tai with a dash of plum bitters. Old Fashioned Bar, 459 King’s Road, SW10,

Twist and Shout Harvey Nichols has partnered with Grey Goose for the re-design of its fifth-floor bar, where a new menu using the vodka specialists’ original and fruity flavoured varieties can now be found. The Le Fizz Twist cocktails work their way through the seasons, from the Orchard’s vanilla syrup, pear vodka and soda water to the Autumnal’s citron vodka, lime and mint blend. Perfectly distilled refreshment, all year round. 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X,

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A Little Italy At the top of Harvey Nichols you can find delectable afternoon teas, flawless seafood and Japanese cuisine – and now, a taste of Venice at Polpo, London’s go-to for small Italian plates and Venetian wines. Like its other branches in Chelsea, Notting Hill, Soho and Covent Garden, Polpo’s latest outpost is modelled on the bàcaro, a humble restaurant serving simple, tasty food. With unpretentious wooden furnishings, classic black and white tiling and white linens hanging quaintly over ceiling lamps, it transports diners to an unassuming Italian eatery. Yet a more robust attitude is to be found on the menu. My selection of the already well-loved dishes included grilled foccacia and a deceptively light but creamy potato parmesan crocchette; rich lamb ossobuco with saffron risotto; and fresh (and not too spicy) crab and chilli linguine. All were satisfyingly indulgent, and a pistachio and almond cake with mascarpone gave me the sense of tasting a homemade recipe. Whether looking for a casual, intimate dinner or to re-fuel on a shopping trip, Polpo delivers, fuss-free. Natasha Levy 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X,

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Frosting on the Cake Portobello Road has welcomed gluten-free bakery Pearl & Groove, where sweet temptation is baked daily on site. Try dulche de leche and sea salt, banana and peanut butter or Earl Grey tea cake. Made from natural, seasonal ingredients and using ground almonds as a preservative, these flavoursome delights (some are dairy-free and sugar-free) have a seven to ten-day shelf life. Sit in for a matcha latte, cold-press juice or workshop coffee or take away boxes of up to 12 sweet treats. And if that’s not enough, home and office deliveries are available to order too. From £3.95, 341 Portobello Road, W10, Photography: David Griffin

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Tom’s Kitchen Chelsea will take its cue from the Royal Horticultural Society in May. Local florist Lavender Green Flowers will drape the townhouse restaurant’s pillars with hops and edible herb centerpieces planted at each table, while chef Tom Aikens has devised a series of additions to his à la carte menus including marinated Loch Duart salmon with grapefruit and nasturtium, a poached chicken risotto sprinkled with lemon, basil and marigolds, and ricotta served with elderflower and rose-poached rhubarb. Follow with a Hendricks, elderflower, cucumber and apple Chelsea Garden cocktail to welcome spring with open arms. 23-29 May, 27 Cale Street, SW3,


Ivy League

Octavia Gray & India Whalley

Sarah Ann Macklin

Sabine Roemer & Hermione Underwood

Georgia Byng & Martha Fiennes

What: The Ivy Kensington Brasserie’s terrace launch When: 10 March Where: The Ivy Kensington Brasserie, 96 Kensington High Street, W8 Who: Amber Le Bon, Martha Fiennes, Sarah Ann Macklin, India Whalley and Georgia Byng What: The Ivy has opened a string of restaurants over the past year, but it’s the Kensington branch that has captured attention this spring thanks to its newlyopened terrace. Guests tucked into duck croquettes and truffle arancini followed by flutes of champagne on the venue’s opening night, which was was held in honour of International Women’s Day.

Take a Seat M.A. Malone & Beatrice Santell

Claire Blackshaw & Olivia Buckingham

Amanda Eliasch

Amber Le Bon

Madeleine Howell & Emily Jephcott

Frederica Fanari & Karolina Hicks

Olivia Buckingham, Claire Blackshaw & Amanda Eliasch

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Giles Deacon & Lulu Kennedy

What: Duresta for Matthew Williamson cocktail evening When: 10 March Where: Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X Who: Matthew Williamson, Kelly Hoppen, Lindsay Lohan, Alice Naylor-Leyland and Lady Alice Manners What: The fashion and interiors worlds collided to celebrate the launch of the Duresta for Matthew Williamson collection at Harrods’ interiors department. Guests danced around the designer’s new range of jewel-toned sofas, side tables and armchairs while drinking Harrods Premier Cru champagne and martinis with Chambord, and snacking on smoked salmon and Ragstone goat’s cheese canapés.

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What: British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund 2016 When: 22 March Where: Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 Who: Alexandra Shulman, Sophia Webster, Elle Macpherson, Daisy Lowe, David Downton and Peter Pilotto What: A cocktail reception was held for the British Fashion Council and Vogue’s annual Designer Fashion Fund, an award that gives one budding designer a £200,000 grant and access to a 12-month mentoring programme. Guests raised a glass of Perrier-Jouët to winner Sophia Webster, who beat Emilia Wickstead, Mother of Pearl, Osman and Prism for the top prize. Previous winners have included Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Christopher Kane and Erdem.

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Paultons Square, Chelsea SW3 Immaculate family house on a beautiful garden square With fabulous views over one of Chelsea's best kept garden squares, this is a beautifully presented and particularly well laid out house with a garden and terrace. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, study/conservatory, garden, roof terrace. EPC: E. Approximately 226 sq m (2,433 sq ft). Freehold

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Trevor Place, Knightsbridge SW7 A stunning and generously proportioned five bedroom period town house This exceptional property has recently been meticulously refurbished and extended to provide a luxury family home in the heart of Knightsbridge. 4 double bedroom suites, separate staff accommodation, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, media room, secondary kitchen, utility room, guest cloakroom, laundry room, private patio. EPC: D. Approximately 297 sq m (3,204 sq ft). Freehold

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Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington W8 A spectacular three bedroom property An extensively renovated apartment finished with meticulous detail combining a perfect blend of contemporary living with period charm. The apartment has been expertly designed and is blessed with an abundance of natural light throughout. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, bespoke kitchen, guest wc, private garden and terrace. EPC: C. Approximately 114.4 sq m (1,231 sq ft). Available furnished or unfurnished 020 3641 7308

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Royal Avenue, Chelsea SW3 Beautifully refurbished five bedroom house Just off the vibrant King's Road and within a short walk to Sloane Street, this house has been newly refurbished to exacting standards. Generously proportioned open plan living spaces have been arranged around a stunning galleried triple height atrium. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, double reception room, dining room, family room, media room, study, wood floors, large kitchen, utility room, garden. EPC: D. Approximately 305 sq m (3,280 sq ft). Available unfurnished 020 3641 6019

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Queensdale Place, Notting Hill W11 A bright three bedroom Victorian terraced house A beautifully presented house, set over four floors located on a quiet street in Holland Park. The property features a large reception room on the raised ground floor and a kitchen, dining area and guest cloakroom on the lower ground floor with French doors leading out to a large west-facing garden. The first and second floors comprise 3 bedrooms, bathroom and shower room. EPC: F. Approximately 127 sq m (1,367 sq ft). Available unfurnished Guide price: £ 1,450 per week All potential tenants should be advised that as well as rent, and administration fee of £276 and referencing fees of £48 per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

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Herbie Rides Again After a year and a half in Chiswick, Elizabeth “Herbie” Holder has returned to Knight Frank’s Notting Hill office as Associate Lettings Manager – and is ready to roll Over the Past couple of years Notting Hill has seen a handful of

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shops change faces, several houses have been gutted and renovated, and traffic lights have popped up on the corner of Westbourne Grove. “But it’s minor really,” says Elizabeth Holder, who began her Knight Frank career here in 2007, before relocating to Chiswick at the end of 2014 to open the company’s new office. Now, she’s back. “Even though I’m returning to my old patch, Notting Hill feels refreshed and new yet somehow the same – and it’s really exciting.” Holder may have been at the desk as head of lettings for a few weeks, but has a wide range of properties from a beautiful family house at £5,570 per week to a studio at £330 per week. Holder’s career has followed the road straight from Notting Hill to Chiswick and back again. “I don’t think the two areas are that dissimilar at all,” she says. The house market becomes busy during the same period (a wave of new applicants come to the market in the spring and summer months, in time for the new school year), and both share similarities of mainly British, European and American tenants, with reputable and international schools in the area as a pull. “Applicants ‘moving west’ was one of my main reasons for working in Chiswick. The area is a lovely place to live – as is Notting Hill, and I’m really glad to be back,” says Holder.

Notting Hill feels refreshed and new yet somehow the same – it feels like I’m coming home

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Late spring has been busy for the lettings office, as it usually is each year in Notting Hill. “Research shows that there was an influx of buy-to-let landlords purchasing property at the end of March, before the implementation of the additional three per cent stamp duty that started on 1 April,” Holder describes. “The Research Letting Agency states applicants have increased by 19 per cent compared to this time last year. It’s probably likely that we’ll see a reduction in buy-to-let landlord investors due to the change, and there is an opinion that rents may increase.” But there is advantage beyond the stamp duty changes for some overseas buyers, as the pound has weakened since January. “It’s a clear incentive to buy property here, regardless of the additional stamp duty,” says Holder. “If the UK stays in the EU, I’m sure the sterling will strengthen quite quickly.” The office now has an energetic team with more than 21 years of experience and knowledge, and is looking forward to the rest of the year, renting a wide range of properties. “It feels like I’m coming home. Even though my name is Elizabeth Holder, people here really know me as “Herbie”, which was derived from my maiden name Herber Davies.” 298 Westbourne Grove, W11, 020 7985 9990,

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Supply & Demand London’s luxury property market has recently fallen out of favour with investors, both domestic and foreign. Leading property agent Crayson examines some of the reasons why

Chip off the Old Block Plans to extend a classic Victorian mansion block have caused some consternation in the Royal Borough. Dating back to 1889 and located just around the corner from Earls Court, the imposing red-brick Cromwell Mansions currently houses 12 flats, but proposals have been lodged to extend skywards and add a few more. Big deal, you might say, but the two-storey and three-storey affairs envisaged by Vyner Street-based aLL Design are not your average mansards. RBKC is currently looking at plans that provide for four new units in total (including one five-bed penthouse with expansive terraces and staff accommodation), taking the form of striking U-shaped steel and timber structures perched atop Cromwell Mansions. According to the design team, the extensions would be constructed off-site and built “to a very high environmental standard with high levels of insulation and airtightness”. There have been a fair few objections from local residents, including some colourful descriptions drawing comparisons with “spaceships” and “boomboxes”. aLL Designs’ Will Alsop’s response to these comments was: “I have tried to produce a thing of beauty. If you look at the myriad of roof additions on this stretch of the road they are very ugly as a result of trying to fit in.”

A Cut Below The Royal Borough has confirmed it is to remove permitted development rights for all basement extensions from April. The council made an Article 4 direction last year and followed up with a consultation that ran between April and June. The direction has now been confirmed by Key Decision and comes into force on 28 April 2016. The upshot is that all basement developments boroughwide will require planning permission from then on. To avoid any niggles, RBKC defines a basement extension as “the enlargement, improvement or other alteration of a dwelling house by way of basement development, light wells or any other development below the dwelling house or its curtilage.” The move is the latest in a longrunning campaign against subterranean development by London councils, spearheaded by RBKC.

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China’s economic slowdown in 2015 was the greatest in 25 years. According to The Wall Street Journal, China’s GDP grew 6.9% last year, with some economists predicting a tougher year in 2016. Having the second largest economy, this is likely to cause concern among investors the world over. The rouble has weakened significantly against GBP and all other major currencies, largely due to oil prices plummeting. In simple terms, this is a case of supply and demand fuelled in part by the US and UK’s decision to lift sanctions on Iran. Stamp duty (SDLT) increases on residential ownership and the additional 3% added to second home purchases has reportedly made UK’s property taxes the highest of any country in the world. A worldwide taxation on non-domiciled individuals effective from 2017 is also expected to drive many of London’s wealthiest business owners overseas, taking their beneficial business interests and activities with them, such as employment, training, and so on. While London property prices have outperformed the FTSE, DOW Jones and UK Gilts over the past 15 years, it has had its fair share of cyclical highs and lows. And although we champion the asset in the long term, it makes sense not to buy blindly. Instead, you should seek professional advice. With London property being a favoured asset class the world over, the internationally-held view is that the UK is a politically and economically-safe environment in which to conduct business. London property prices have slowed down of late due to multiple factors (some of which have already been listed). However, with runaway prices and a global understanding that wealthy expats and overseas investors should be held accountable for profits earned here is probably not altogether a bad thing. Prices are likely to stagnate at the top end of the market where we believe opportunities for the canny investor still lie. As we await the referendum on 23 June, a ‘wait and see’ attitude has arisen from investors. My personal feeling is that if we leave Europe, sterling will take a hit, making prices seem even more favourable for anyone buying in euros or US dollars. Arguably, Britain will be more protected and desirable than ever to foreign buyers. If we were to remain in Europe, the risk and uncertainty that many are experiencing will be removed, allowing them to start making plans again. Either way it just needs to be over with so people can move on. With June 23 fast approaching, we don’t have much longer to wait. Crayson, 10 Lambton Place, W11 2SH, 020 7221 1117,


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Hans Place, SW1X An immaculately presented and elegantly furnished three bedroom duplex apartment located on the first and second floors (with lift) of a period building in this exclusive garden square. The property comprises of master suite with excellent storage, two further double bedrooms (both ensuite), double reception room with wooden floors and wonderful garden views. It also features a modern kitchen with separate utility room, lutron lighting, air cooling and an integrated sound system. EPC: D *Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

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Hortensia Road, SW10 A fantastic two bedroom, two bathroom apartment on the first floor of this modern development in SW10. The property has a fantastic open plan kitchen (fitted with Miele appliances) and reception room, with lots of natural light, that has wood floors, comfort cooling and underfloor heating. EPC: B *Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

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Iverna Court, W8 £1,895 per week Unfurnished (charges apply)* A spacious and rarely available five bedroom lateral apartment in this popular mansion building, located moments from Kensington High Street. The apartment has been refurbished and benefits from access to a communal garden square. (1,851 sq ft / 172 sq m). EPC: D

Wrights Lane, W8 £950 per week SHORT LET (charges apply)* A spacious one bedroom apartment on the sixth floor of this popular Kensington development available for short let. The apartment boasts west facing views, wood floors and a 24 hour porter. Offered Furnished (609 sq ft / 56.58 sq m). EPC: D

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Master bedroom floor with two en-suite bathrooms Four further bedrooms One further bathroom Double reception room Kitchen / Dining area Conservatory Utility room Terrace Garden Self-c0ntained studio apartment with its own entrance Approx 3,412 sq ft/ 317 sq m Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea EPC rating band E Sole Agent Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ4.6 million

The Old Courthouse West Kensington W14 A resoundingly positive verdict: this duplex has space, light and a real deal neighbourhood‌ Recently converted and completely fabulous – you could happily live in the common parts. If entertaining is your gig, this is a lateral space that is almost impossible to find in Central London.

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10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH

Reception room Dining room Master bedroom suite Mezzanine level Media room One further bedroom One further bathroom Cloakroom Garden / Terrace 2,631 sq ft/ 244.42 sq m Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham EPC rating band C Joint Sole Agent Leasehold Guide Price ÂŁ2.495 million

A quirky, yet elegant apartment in an imposing red-brick building Matching people and property in London for 160 years.

Alexander Square SW3 £7,850,000 A well-presented five-bedroom, Georgian townhouse located on a private Knightsbridge road with allocated on-street parking and stunning garden views. Freehold.

• Built circa 1830 • Grade II listed period townhouse • Set over five floors • Prime location Prime Sales: 020 7591 5570

Albert Hall Mansions SW7 £6,750,000 In the immediate neighbourhood of the Royal Albert Hall, this impressive four-bedroom apartment occupies a substantial part of a stunning, red-brick period building. Share of Freehold. EPC=C

• Private street entrance • Porter service • Close to Kensington Gardens & Hyde Park • Prime location Prime Sales: 020 7590 0800

Garden Mews W2 ÂŁ3,250,000 A fabulous three-bedroom house tucked away in this quiet enclave of Notting Hill. Freehold. EPC=C Notting Hill Sales: 020 7313 2890

Ladbroke Gardens W11 ÂŁ2,850,000 A wonderful opportunity to acquire a rarely available three-bedroom garden maisonette. EPC=D Notting Hill Sales: 020 7313 2890

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Chelsea SW5

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The first time to market in over 30 years, this truly special 4 bedroom, raised ground floor apartment occupies arguably the best position in the block & offers the rare & sought-after privilege of direct access onto the award-winning communal gardens. This unique family apartment boasts southerly & westerly aspects over gardens, thus providing excellent light throughout the principle rooms. EPC rating D


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Walton Street

Chelsea SW3

A fabulous 4 bedroom house boasting extensive terracing & situated in this landmark street between Knightsbridge & South Kensington. Walton Street is well known for its eclectic array of independent restaurants, fashion boutiques & art galleries. The house is presented in excellent condition & measures approximately 1,873 sq ft of internal accommodation. EPC rating C


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Carmel Court, Holland Street


Kensington W8


A truly unique 5 bedroom home located in a quiet enclave off Holland Street, one of Kensington’s most sought after areas. Converted from 2 Victorian artist cottages, the contemporary property comprises a bright living/reception room space with double-height ceiling, a stunning open plan Poggenpohl kitchen & a guest cloakroom. There are 5 double bedrooms (all en-suites), a media room, sauna, wine cellar, utility room & an attractive courtyard style garden. EPC pending


020 7937 7244

Kensington Church Walk

Kensington W8

A 3 bedroom Victorian, end of terrace freehold house with a roof terrace & off-street parking for 1 car. The property offers a bespoke kitchen by De Menagerie with integrated Gaggenau appliances, an open plan dining area, a bright reception room as well as a guest cloakroom. There are 3 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms & ample storage. Kensington Church Walk is located off Holland Street & is a pretty & secluded courtyard just off Kensington High Street. EPC rating C


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ÂŁ4,300,000 freehold

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An outstanding seven storey, seven bedroom townhouse in the heart of Chelsea, benefiting from generous entertaining space, a stunning master suite and a roof garden with southerly views over the River Thames.

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Westgate Terrace, Holland Park, SW10 £560 pw / £2,427 pcm

A stunning two bedroom apartment on the first floor of a period conversion, boasting high quality furniture in the open plan reception, Miele appliances in the kitchen and Swarovski chandeliers.

Holland Park 020 3542 2120

Westgate Terrace is a quiet street off Old Brompton Road, moments from all the amenities of Fulham Road, Earls Court and South Kensington.

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Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW5 £675 pw / £2,925 pcm

Newly redecorated one bedroom apartment set on the second floor of a beautiful, secure building with 24 hour porterage and lift. All principal rooms overlook the two acre communal gardens which can be accessed directly from the building.

South Kensington 020 3040 6380

This established period building is ideally located on the Chelsea/ Earls Court borders and is within walking distance of Earls Court and Gloucester Road underground stations.

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Share of Freehold For Sale - ÂŁ4,500,000

One of a development of five houses set behind a gated entrance off the world famous Portobello Road. An unexpected oasis of tranquillity. West facing, architect designed and totally refurbished. Arranged over two floors of excellent lateral living space with the benefit of a private patio leading to communal gardens. Circa 2,157 sq.ft. 3 reception rooms, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two terraces and parking.


Leasehold For Sale - ÂŁ2,675,000

A wonderful family house arranged on four floors with an attractive rear garden. Beautifully presented and deceptively large with excellent proportions. It also benefits from a fantastic studio reception room occupying the entire top floor with a roof terrace. The owners have access to both Cambridge Square and Norfolk Square communal gardens. Circa 2,770 sq.ft. 2 receptions, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, terrace and garden.


Share of Freehold For Sale - ÂŁ2,395,000

An elegant second floor apartment in this stunning red brick Victorian mansion block. Beautifully presented with traditional features throughout. Circa 1,670 sq.ft. spacious drawing room, dining room, fitted kitchen, principal bedroom with bathroom en suite, 2 further bedrooms, family shower room. The property also has two balconies with lovely views.


Leasehold For Sale - ÂŁ879,995

Close to all the first class shopping and transport facilities readily to hand, a tastefully refurbished maisonette on the ground and first floors of a modern well kept block in the heart of W11. The apartment would be ideal for a young family, pied a terre or rental investment. Reception room opening to kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, cloakroom and private garden.


To Let - ÂŁ795 per week

Boasting a private decked roof terrace and stunning kitchen, this two bedroom house in a sought after mews located just off the internationally renowned Portobello Road. The spacious accommodation is split over three floors and comprises reception room, modern kitchen and dining room, 2 bedrooms, office space, 3 bathrooms. Ideal for entertaining.


To Let - ÂŁ1,450 per week

An attractive Victorian house with a sunny west facing rear garden in this quiet cul-de-sac. The property has been maintained to an extremely high standard and is beautifully presented throughout. The accommodation comprises double reception room, bespoke kitchen/family room, sun room, guest cloakroom, 3 bedrooms, bathroom and shower room.


To Let - ÂŁ375 per week

A newly refurbished second floor flat situated in this popular residential road, within easy walking distance of the first class shopping and transport facilities readily to hand at Holland Park Avenue. The accommodation comprises open planned living space with modern kitchen, bedroom, contemporary style wet room and private roof terrace.


To Let - ÂŁ775 per week

Presented in excellent condition, a first floor flat in this beautiful red brick building, moments from the gates of Holland Park and the amenities at Kensington High Street. The property consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a very large reception room and fitted kitchen. The building benefits from a lovely communal garden and parking on a first come first served basis.

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This stunning newly refurbished 1 bedroom apartment on the raised ground floor of this elegant stucco fronted building offers the highest standards in modern interior designed interiors, Situated on the second floorappliances. of a beautiful red brick building, this boasting a wealth of hi-tec apartment has been refurbished to the highest standard with modern furniture and wood flooring throughout. The apartment comprises Located within an easy walk of Harrods, Harvey Nichols, a large reception room and dining area, separate modern kitchen, Sloane Street and High Street Kensington boutiques as well two double bedrooms with built in storage, study area and fully tiled as Hyde Park, Sloane Square and The Royal Albert Hall. modern bathroom. Cadogan Gardens is a prestigious address ideally located for the many fashionable boutiques, bars and restaurants Chelsea and Knightsbridge have to offer.

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Alpine Elan Start every day with views of Austria’s majestic mountains

Adnet, Salzburg, Austria

‘Boasting contemporary elegance and impressive views, this stunning villa is a true example of Alpine excellence’

Price on Application

Positioned on the edge of a high meadow, this exceptional villa has magnificent 360-degree views of the Salzburg Mountains. Located only 25 minutes away from the airport and Mozart’s birthplace in Salzburg, the villa was designed by the renowned architect Volker Hagen and constructed in 2007. The result is a stunning contemporary villa with windows that span the entire height of the rooms, letting in the magic of the alpine landscape.

6,458 sq ft (600 sq m) First floor: Entrance hall | Kitchen | Dining/living room with open fireplace |Terrace | Library | Master bedroom with terrace | Bathroom | Sauna | Laundry room. Ground floor: Living room | Kitchen | Two double bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Terrace | Spa | Wine cellar | Storage rooms. Basement: Storage | Garage

Lulu Egerton 020 7225 3866

The Point Of No Return ​ ucked away in the hills of the prestigious west coast of Barbados, Royal Westmoreland is the T exclusive hideaway where residents lead the lifestyle of dreams Rear exterior of the Idyll Moments Villa with pool

This is a cautionary tale – when holidaying in Barbados, you may find yourself taking extreme measures to extend your stay. If that fails, you’ll most certainly be booking your next Barbados break before the first is over. So what is it about Barbados? It’s hard to say – it could be the idyllic year-round climate, excellent restaurants, beautiful beaches, lush hills, flourishing botanical gardens, or perhaps the varied cultural calendar. I guess, the better question to ask is, what’s not to like about Barbados, because the answer is simple, nothing. And so the cautionary tale continues… Royal Westmoreland, private estate and world renowned golf resort, is perfectly positioned in the rolling hillsides of St James, which is situated on the prestigious west coast of Barbados. The properties are sold freehold and range from luxurious one-bedroom apartments to stunning seven bedroom villas, scattered amongst 750 acres of landscaped grounds. The Royal Apartments start from US$395,000, while the latest Sugar Cane Mews four-bedroom semidetached villas fetch around $1.75m.

If you’re looking for something specific, don’t be misled into thinking you’ll be forced to select from a catalogue of properties, that’s not the case at Royal Westmoreland. Custom build properties give buyers the freedom to create a luxury villa to meet their needs, on prime plots at some of the most sought-after addresses on the island. At the elite end of the estate, plots spanning up to 50,000sq ft are available freehold from US$975,000 to US $3.96m. If you have something very specific in mind, there’s even opportunity to employ your own team of architects and engineers. If you prefer the idea of buying off plan, the design team has gone to great lengths to meet the varying needs of different buyers, so you’re bound to find something that fits the bill. The Royal Apartments offer a choice of one-, two- and three bedroom residences ranging in size, from 830sq ft to 2,000sq ft. However, if the associated living space of a villa appeals, there’s the option of a Royal Villa or a Sugar Cane Ridge Villa. The former is a three bedroom residence, boasting French doors that open up to a living and dining


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area, and a partly covered terrace that’s perfect for entertaining. Before I potentially burst your bubble, I should mention that there’s only one Royal Villa remaining for sale, so don’t delay. Finally, the Sugar Cane Ridge Villas are semi-detached properties with idyllic views of the golf course, and the option of a four metre plunge pool or sun terrace. As an owner or guest at Royal Westmoreland, you’re granted access to the 7,045-yard golf course that was designed by acclaimed course designer, Robert Trent Jones Junior. And for true enthusiasts, lessons are available from the director of golf, British professional golfer, Bill Longmuir. Membership benefits also extend to use of the Sanctuary pool, gymnasium and tennis courts for those in search of some rest and relaxation, and the Beach Club at Mullins Bay serves up local cocktails as you watch the ocean wash up on the pristine beach. If perhaps the lifestyle sounds lovely, but you really need it to appeal to your rational side, you are in luck. For those not quite ready to make the

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full commitment, Royal Westmoreland offers a fractional ownership program that starts at US$53,600, and when it’s time for an upgrade, the resort will buy it back at ten per cent uplift. Furthermore, the Barbados economy has long been one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean and it is regularly included among the best foreign places to invest for a number of reasons. As a member of the British Commonwealth, investors, benefit from a stable government, a low rate of tax for those whose income comes only from foreign sources, an efficient and transparent judiciary system, and high standards of medical care. Add to this, a resort-wide increase of eight per cent over the last two years, not to mention, two of the highest possible awards in the categories of ‘Best Golf Development’ and ‘Best Single Property’, at the International Property Awards 2015-2016, and you have every justification one rational mind could possibly need. For more information, visit, or contact the sales team on 01524 782649.


Kensington Church Walk, Kensington W8


A sensational three bedroom home situated in a prime Kensington location. This Freehold property benefits from excellent living accommodation with an open plan kitchen and spacious reception allowing for a wonderful feeling of space and light throughout. Approximately 1,592 sq ft (148 sq m)

Three bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Garden terrace | Off street parking | Sought after location Shereen Malik, Senior Broker t +44 203 714 0752 | m +44 7525 595 520

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Fulham Road, Chelsea SW3 ÂŁ2,499,500 A magnificent mansion building with stunning views over the Pelham Crescent and beyond. This two bedroom apartment, developed by Ivar London, provides generous accommodation with a central entrance hall, large reception room with an open plan dining area and also benefits from a lift. Approximately 1,008 sq ft (94 sq m)

Two bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Immaculate interiors | Lift Raphael Fitoussi, Associate Director t +44 203 7140 751 | m +44 7791 535 533

Rutland Gate, Knightsbridge SW7 ÂŁ750 pw

A lovely two bedroom apartment in prime Knightsbridge, situated on the third floor of a period building with lift and an abundance of natural light. There are wooden floors throughout with a separate kitchen and good storage. The amenities of Knightsbridge and open spaces of Hyde Park both moments away. Approximately 694 sq ft (64 sq m)

Two bedrooms | One bathroom | Prime location | Lift Olivia McSweeney, Lettings Manager t +44 203 714 0754 | m +44 7525 595 504

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Established 1897

IMPERIAL CRESCENT, Fulham SW6 An exceptional modern five bedroom house (approximately 4,225sq ft/ 392sq m) offering extremely flexible living accommodation, in an outstanding gated development located five minutes’ walk to Imperial Station. This well-proportioned property includes two first-floor reception rooms (both with balconies), an open-plan kitchen / dining room, study, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, dressing room and two balconies, four further bedrooms (two with ensuite bathrooms), two family bathrooms, two cloakrooms and a utility room. There is also a double garage, a garden and a separate studio with bathroom which could be used as an additional entertainment space or staff accommodation. Imperial Wharf is quietly located close to the Thames and benefits from on-site security, porterage, guest parking and access to landscaped communal gardens. EPC rating D. Guide price: £4,250,000 Leasehold: Approximately 982 years remaining 020 7225 5911



Established 1897

HORNTON STEET, Kensington W8 A spacious two bedroom apartment (approximately 936sq ft/ 86.9sq m) located on the lower ground floor of a beautiful period building. The apartment benefits from a spacious reception room, separate kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, second bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a study area and a private patio. Hornton Street is ideally situated between Kensington High Street and Notting Hill and within walking distance of Holland Park and Kensington Gardens. EPC rating D. Guide price: ÂŁ1,400,000 Share of Freehold 020 3650 4600





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PRINCES GATE, KENSINGTON, SW7 With French doors from the double reception room to the garden, this well presented lateral apartment of approx. 1580 sq.ft has garden views from every room. The apartment offers three bedrooms, two bathroom (one en suite), open plan reception/dining room with double doors leading onto the terrace, a modern fitted kitchen with Bosch appliances and a guest cloakroom. There is a 24 hour porter and car parking spaces are available. Situated opposite Hyde Park. EPC Rating E.



FOUNTAIN HOUSE, PARK STREET, MAYFAIR, W1K With panoramic views of Hyde Park, on Park Lane, a 6th floor apartment in this prestigious building with 24 hour concierge services and lift. In need of refurbishment, the apartment has a large entrance hallway, formal sitting and dining rooms, fitted kitchen, family room, three double bedrooms, staff bedroom, three bathrooms and a guest cloakroom. EPC Rating C. JSA Savills, Mayfair.

£6,950,000 LEASEHOLD

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bedroom | reception | kitchen | bathroom | valet parking | 24-hour concierge | swimming pool | gym


ÂŁ1,550,000 leasehold

2 bedrooms | double reception | kitchen and dining area | 2 bathrooms | 2 parking spaces | 2 fireplaces | cellar

10 Clarendon Road London W11 3AA

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Master Bedroom With En-suite Bathroom | 2 Further Double Bedrooms | Single Bedroom | Family Bathroom | Cloakroom | EPC-D


1st Floor Reception | Fully Fitted Open-plan Kitchen/Dining Room Leading Onto Patio Terrace | Ground Floor Study/Playroom |

020 7225 0433


fully fitted open-plan kitchen & dining room | reception 2/formal dining room | master bedroom with en-suite shower room | 2 further double bedrooms | family bathroom | cloakroom | front paved patio terrace | EPC-D


Entrance hall | 1st floor reception with fireplace | ground floor

020 7225 0433




102 Draycott Avenue Chelsea SW3 4AD


BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED FREEHOLD FAMILY HOUSE Drawing Room | Dining Room | Fully Fitted Kitchen | Conservatory | Study Area | 2 Cloakrooms | Master Bedroom


with En-suite Dressing Area and Bathroom | 4 Further Bedrooms | Bathroom 2 (En-suite) | 2 Shower Rooms (1 En-suite) | Media Room | Gym | Utility Room | Paved Patio Garden | Communal Square Garden | EPC-D

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Entrance Hall Reception Room | Fitted Kitchen | Bedroom | Bathroom | Cloakroom | Separate Storage Room | Off Street Parking | EPC-D



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Queen’s Gate Terrace, SW7 1,511 SQ.FT/140 SQ.M

A bright and very well-proportioned 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom family apartment with direct lift access. Occupying the fourth & fifth floors, the generous reception room has access to a private terrace which has superb roof top views.

Price £2,450,000


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Elvaston Place, SW7 921 SQ.FT / 86.SQ.M

A 2 bedroom raised ground floor apartment with a magnificent south facing reception which has an impressive with a high ceiling and original fireplace. There are new, solid wood floors throughout and the communal parts and building are both newly decorated.

Price £1,695,000


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A new gallery now open in fashionable Marylebone is unmissable; but to visit this venue at The Chilterns, on Chiltern Street, you’ll need to buy a property there – and just three apartments remain, each designed by Rabih Hage. As a resident, you’ll have exclusive access to the gallery, displaying large-scale works by iconic photographer David Bailey, and there’s a five-star concierge, private spa, gymnasium and cinema. Minutes from Mayfair and the Regent’s Park, Chiltern Street has fabulous boutiques and restaurants, including the celebrated A-list Chiltern Firehouse - all on your gallery’s doorstep. For more information about The Chilterns or to arrange a private appointment, please contact Oksana d’Offay on +44 (0)20 8418 1070 or email

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Elevated London living built on a reputation of excellence The Penthouse Collection, Prices on Application

Chelsea Creek Show Apartments and Marketing Suite 9 Park Street, Chelsea Creek, London SW6 2FS 020 3733 1153 |

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20 Montpelier Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1HD

SLOANE AVENUE, SW3 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms (1 en Suite) | Reception/Kitchen/Dining Room | 733 sq.ft | 2 Balconies | Lift | 24h Porterage | EPC C This newly reconfigured and arguably rare to the market two bedroom apartment occupies a premium position on the sixth floor to the peaceful rear of this well serviced block; with far-reaching westerly views over Lucan Place and beyond. The well-appointed flat, entered via a secure 24 hour concierge, smart communal entrance and lift access; offers larger than normal accommodation for the building. The property would make an ideal home, pied-a-terre or investment property within the heart of Chelsea and could easily be occupied immediately without any further expense to the incoming purchaser.

ÂŁ1,395,000, STC Leasehold

WILTON PLACE, SW1X 6 Bedrooms | 7 Bathrooms | 3 Receptions | Kitchen | Plant Room | Pool | Sauna | Wetroom | 3,846 sq.ft | Lift | Balcony | Patio Garden | Terrace | EPC D A spectacular newly-refurbished six bedroom townhouse, making an ideal central London home. The property benefits from recent technology throughout whilst retaining the charm of its period character. The accommodation is beautifully-proportioned and arranged over six floors with lift access. The property comprises a large indoor pool, sauna and wet room; as well as 3 reception rooms and an impressive master bedroom suite, marbled bathroom, plus 5 further bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms. Wilton Place is positioned in prime Belgravia, offering super-luxury living with world-famous amenities and a wealth of amusements, all on your doorstep.

ÂŁ5,950 Per Week Furnished

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Show home now now for for sale sale

Including all all furniture furniture and and interior Including interior design designby byaward awardwinning winningpractice, practice,Jigsaw Jigsaw Luxurious 55 bedroom •• Luxurious bedroom townhouse townhouseatatArgyll ArgyllPlace Place • Terrace views overlooking Kensington Memorial Park • Terrace views overlooking Kensington Memorial Park • Private gardens and secure underground parking • Private gardens and secure underground parking • On-site Montessori nursery • On-site Montessori nursery • Available to move into now • Available to move into now Contact our selling agents • Priced at £3,100,000 Contact our selling agents • Priced at £3,100,000 020 3667 5569 020 3667 5583 020 3667 5569 020 3667 5583

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A newly refurbished house which is extremely light and bright having been decorated in a neutral style with newly installed kitchen and bathrooms. This property has a fabulous kitchen/dining room as well as a double reception room on the first floor. The master bedroom is located on the second floor with a spacious dressing room/4th bedroom and large modern bathroom with shower. The house is situated in a cul-de-sac which is extremely well presented and secure and there are two off-street parking spaces available.

A stunning and meticulously refurbished ground floor maisonette featuring an elegant west facing drawing room opening directly onto the communal gardens. This flat has been beautifully decorated and furnished in an elegant contemporary style with excellent bathrooms and a modern white kitchen with breakfast area as well as being wired for audio/ video/data and telephone communications. It is conveniently located close to Sloane Square Underground, local shops and restaurants.



£1850 per week


£1450 per week




This former dance studio has been refurbished to create a beautiful and spacious first floor two bedroom apartment. The property has an amazing 40 foot long elegant reception room with high ceilings and is perfect for entertaining. There are two double bedrooms, the master having a large dressing area with lots of storage as well as two bathrooms ensuite, the second bedroom has an ensuite shower room. The bespoke kitchen is situated on the corner of the apartment and has floor to ceiling windows and offers plenty of room for dining as well as cooking.

A super mid-terrace house located in this very popular area close to High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road. This house has an excellent ground floor double reception room with a west facing window over the pretty mature garden which can be accessed from the hallway. In addition there is a large kitchen/family room with doors onto the garden. There are two good sized double bedrooms, the master having an ensuite plus two smaller bedrooms which are ideal for young children. This house is perfect for both entertaining and family living.



£2000 per week


117 Sydney Street London SW3 6NR Lettings: 0207 351 7822 or

£2650 per week


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Power Players The additional stamp duty on second homes from 1 April, the London mayoral election on 5 May and the EU referendum on 23 June are what everyone is talking about, says Elena Dimova, managing director of CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena House prices in the past 50 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s life

Present value of £619 invested in 1926

A Royal Ascent To mark and show respect for HM The Queen’s 90th birthday on 21 April, estate agency Jackson-Stops & Staff has worked out that house prices have risen by 47,000% during her lifetime. The average UK house was valued at £619 in 1926, when Elizabeth was born; in 2016, the average value according to the ONS is £291,505. That’s a 471-fold increase, or +47,021%. Over the period the UK’s cost of living index rose by 5,413%, implying that £619 cash in 1926 would now be worth £34,105. To put things in a bit more context, Jackson-Stops points out that if a pack of butter which once cost 5.3p (1s – ¾d) in 1926 rose in line with the UK’s average house prices, it would now cost £24.97. So when Prince Charles reaches 90 in 23 years’ time (November 2038), the UK average house price will be £1.3m; if Prince William hits 90 in 2072, the average UK house price will be £11.3m, and if Prince George reaches 90 in 2103, a typical UK house will be £86.8m. Jackson-Stops does however say that “most would agree that another 471-fold increase in house prices [over the next 90 years] is exceedingly unlikely.”

The pound has suffered in comparison to the US dollar due to the uncertainty a potential Brexit poses for the UK economy and the currency. To illustrate what that means for London property, if you bought a £1m home in July 2014, and you are a USD-based investor, you would have paid $1.71m. If you buy a £1m home today, this would cost you $1.41m, or in other words $300,000 or 17.5% less. In the same period, according to the Land Registry, property prices went up by 5.5% in the Royal Borough and 10.1% in Westminster, therefore leaving quite a bit of the discount still sitting on the table. Will sterling weakness persist? If there is a vote in favour of Brexit, the continued uncertainty may prolong it. But if there is a vote to stay in the EU, once the fears alleviate and sterling recovers, USD-based investors should see additional returns on UK property from currency gains. USD-based investors include many countries and territories outside of the US, including the Middle East, where investors are looking to diversify away from exposure to a weak oil price. The exchange rate between the US dollar and the pound is further affected due to global economic uncertainty and currency volatility, pushing investors to seek quality assets, such as the USD and prime central London property. Having just returned from our annual Century 21 Global Conference in the US, it was encouraging to hear about the amount of positive energy in the US property market, where they are seeing an unprecedented level of foreign investment in US real estate, especially from Chinese buyers. They are experiencing a shortage of stock and often multiple offers on properties. The story is similar in Canada where, due to a weaker Canadian dollar versus the USD, some people are selling properties in the US and buying in Canada. And of course, the controversial US election is the biggest thing happening the other side of the pond. In a year where big political games are in play around the world, with prospective economic consequences, we expect to see global currency fluctuations be an important factor to what happens to real estate prices and activity. CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, 10 Clarendon Road, W11 3AA 020 7229 1414,


PrimeQResi Journal of Prime Property

Out of the Gate

Ormonde House 8 Eaton Gate, image courtesy of: Pastor Real Estate

A super-rare renovation project has come up for sale on one of Belgravia’s best turnings. The Grade II-listed Ormonde House on Eaton Gate is being billed as “a bargain” and “the ultimate grand design home” by Curzon Street-based Pastor Real Estate. Measuring 6,255 sq ft, the six-storey townhouse dates back to 1905 and was originally designed by Balfour & Turner, key architects to the Westminster Estate. Currently a nine-bed “blank canvas”, there are reportedly plans in place to turn the unloved behemoth into a super-prime residence with four massive suites. Pastor’s David Lee estimates that £1.7m-£2m worth of work could bump the value from £10.8m (£1,734 per sq ft) up into £14.5-£16m territory (an average of £2,449 per sq ft). Noteworthy features include a marble-floored reception hall with ornate plasterwork and decorative fireplace, a grand dog-leg staircase with turned balusters, an original four-man wood and mirror-panelled lift servicing all floors, coffered ceilings and some pretty glorious bay windows.

Fair Cop

Trophy Home A glorious period villa in Holland Park has been sold for £53,489,500. The megadeal is the second biggest house sale recorded by the Land Registry over the last year (the biggest being the £80m paid for 15a Kensington Palace Gardens). Plans went in to refurbish and extend the stucco-fronted property – reportedly once owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson – back in 2007, including a huge basement complete with a full-sized squash court. Designs submitted by historic building specialists Giles Quarme & Associates were given the go-ahead by the Royal Borough, thereby signalling a painstaking four-year programme of works that would transform the property into one of London’s pinnacle trophy homes. There’s believed to be around 12,500 sq ft of internal space in total now, including a first floor master suite, another five bedroom suites and grand reception rooms. Other features include a pool, hobby room, library, gym and garden.

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Malaysian property giant Amcorp has continued its buying spree in prime central London, snapping up a £45m block of flats in Belgravia. The 1950s Kilmuir House on Ebury Street is opposite Berkeley’s super-prime Ebury Square scheme, and currently houses 49 two-bedroom apartments used as accommodation for Met Police staff. The buyer expects to take vacant possession by 30 April. The total square footage of the building is 35,225, arranged over ground and eight upper storeys, with an average apartment size of 719 sq ft. The block itself is no looker, but the location of the 0.44 acre site was the big selling point, being only 550 metres from Sloane Square, and with triple frontage to Eaton Terrace, Ebury Street and South Eaton Place. The fact that Berkeley managed to crack £3k per sq ft just over the road was also mentioned. The JV is mulling over a number of options for the site, including a “redevelopment and repositioning”. This is by no means the only prime-located former Met Police asset destined for a makeover; the former Chelsea police station is currently being designed up into a high-end residential scheme by Squire & Partners after being secured by Mayfield for £40m plus. Sol Zackay’s London-based lender Topland Group has also confirmed acquiring a brace of police authority sites itself last year, through JVs with residential developers. Finally, Abu Dhabi’s New Scotland Yard resi development bagged planning for a hyper-luxury Northacre-managed scheme called Ten Broadway just last month.


Anderson Street, Chelsea SW3

A fabulous freehold period house in the heart of Chelsea, recently refurbished throughout with an integral garage and four double bedrooms.

2,579 sq ft (239 sq m) Entrance hall | Kitchen | Dining room | Drawing room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and walk-in dressing room | Three further double bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Patio | Garage: separate entrance from Coulson Street | EPC rating D

Chelsea 020 3813 9448

ÂŁ5,950,000 Freehold

Eldon Road, Kensington W8

An impressive six bedroom Victorian family house, occupying 3,523 sq ft with excellent entertaining space, a south-facing garden and two terraces.

3,523 sq ft (327 sq m) Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining area | Family room | Kitchen/ breakfast room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room | Five further bedrooms | Second bathroom | Two en suite shower rooms | Utility room | Cloakroom | Two south-facing terraces | South-facing garden | EPC rating E

Kensington 020 3813 9477

ÂŁ6,750,000 Freehold

Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge SW1

A lateral penthouse apartment with west-facing views over communal gardens.

ÂŁ7,500,000 Share of Freehold

2,655 sq ft (246 sq m) Entrance hall | Drawing room | Sitting room | Winter garden/Dining room | Kitchen | Study | Master bedroom suite | Bedroom two | Dressing room | En suite shower room | Guest cloakroom | Store room | Direct lift access | Access to communal gardens and tennis courts (by separate arrangement)

Knightsbridge 020 3813 9270 JSA: Savills 020 7590 5064

Cheyne Walk, Chelsea SW3

This house is beautifully presented with a 49 ft garden, a leasehold garage and spectacular south-facing views across the Thames and Albert Bridge.

£9,700,000 Freehold / £4,600 per week* Unfurnished

4,831 sq ft (448 sq m) Three reception rooms | Master bedroom | Three further bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Shower room | Garden | Studio cottage: Drawing room | Bedroom suite | Shower room | Kitchen | Leasehold garage

* The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inv VAT) Credit Reference per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

Chelsea Sales 020 3813 9448

Chelsea Lettings 020 3813 9547

Radipole Road, Fulham SW6

A newly refurbished bright and spacious three bedroom split level flat on this popular residential street situated moments from Parsons Green.

£725 per week* Unfurnished

1,040 sq ft (96 sq m) Open plan reception room/kitchen | Master bedroom suite | Two further double bedrooms | Shower room | Terrace | Balcony | EPC rating C

Arundel Gardens, Notting Hill W11

A beautifully refurbished two bedroom apartment, situated in a striking stucco fronted period building, in the heart of Notting Hill.

973 sq ft (90 sq m) Reception room | Kitchen | Study | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Guest bedroom with en suite shower room | EPC rating D

* The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inv VAT) Credit Reference per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

Fulham 020 7731 7100

£850 per week * Furnished

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111

Cadogan Street, Chelsea SW3

A bright and stylish Georgian house offering superb open plan living accommodation on this popular Chelsea street.

£1,700 per week* Unfurnished

1,514 sq ft (140 sq m) Chelsea 020 3813 9547 Kitchen/dining room | Drawing room | Study | Master bedroom | Two double bedrooms | En suite bathroom | Shower room | EPC rating F

Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge SW1X

An excellent first and second floor maisonette with an outstanding drawing room, exquisite garden views and 416 sq ft roof terrace.

1,574 sq ft (146 sq m) Drawing room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom suite | Second bedroom suite | Study | Balcony | Terrace | Communal garden (separate negotiation) | EPC rating C

* The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £222 (inv VAT) Credit Reference per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

£3,950 per week* Furnished

Knightsbridge 020 3813 5116

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