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78. Tanzania Discovering two of Tanzania’s unspoilt island hideaways

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82. Los Angeles A trip down Tinseltown’s star-studded memory lane

14. Five minutes with... Solange Azagury-Partridge partners with Ladurée

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70. London Design Festival What to see at the capital’s biggest design event

92. Restaurant review Gonzalo Luzarraga’s RIGO’ offers Italian food with a twist

10. Contributors 12. Editor’s letter

19. Profile Photographer Terry O’Neill on life behind the lens 22. Spotlight Pierre Cardin’s enduring influence on the fashion world

culture 28. Art & antiques


30. Jean-Marie Périer The star of The Little Black Gallery’s latest exhibition

collection 36. Jewellery box 38. Saturday night fever Take to the dance floor with these disco-inspired designs

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property 101. Luxury homes in the Royal Borough


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Watch enthusiast and editor of The City Magazine, Richard Brown reports on the latest news making the horology world tick this month, including a watch auction to raise money for muscular dystrophy (p.41).

Rebecca Wallersteiner is an arts journalist who has lived in Kensington and collected art and antiques for more than 20 years. She has written for The Telegraph, The Times and The Lady. Read her pick of this month’s cultural highlights on pages 28-29.

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Luxury lifestyle journalist Kari Colmans talks career-defining moments with forthright French photographer Jean-Marie Périer (p.30) and rounds up the highlights from the London Design Festival (p.70).

Natalie Read is a fashion and celebrity stylist whose work has been published in Stylist and The Sunday Times Magazine. She selects the boldest A/W17 pieces to brighten up our wardrobes this season on page 46.

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From top: The latest A/W17 styles from this month’s fashion shoot, p.46; Monica Bellucci, ©Jean-Marie Périer, p.30

september “These designers were the rock stars of their day. They had the money, talent and imagination” – Jean-Marie Périer From Jean-Paul Gaultier dressed as the pope, to Dame Vivienne Westwood in regal finery with a naked suitor at her knee, photographer Jean-Marie Périer has seen, and snapped, it all. This month, as moguls, models and the media run the gamut of London Fashion Week, Périer steals the show over at The Little Black Gallery, with his theatrical photographs of ’90s designers (p.30). Continuing with the fashion theme, we flick through the Temperley London archives (p.54) and delve into the world of Dior as the house celebrates 70 years of haute couture (p.27). If your FROW tickets got lost in the post, however, check out our round-up of highlights from the London Design Festival (p.70), or refuel at Clare Smyth’s new Notting Hill restaurant, Core (p.94). It’s far enough away from the celebrity circus of the catwalk shows to please Terry O’Neill. “I’m very happy to be a nobody, observing; you have the same benefits and none of the problems,” says the legendary photographer and long-time Chelsea resident. Read his fascinating account of a life lived behind the lens on page 19.

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When the Ladurée team approached me, I had a pop-up shop in Paris so I was on their radar. All of its macarons are so colourful and sweetie-like, so I thought the rainbow box that I designed (pictured below) was perfect. The edge of the box is reminiscent of the Ladurée ribbon motif, but I also took inspiration from my Rainbow ring. My favourite sweet is the orangette, which is orange rind dipped in chocolate. I thought we should make chocolate and orange flavoured macarons (right). As a joke I suggested we call it solangette, and it stuck. The first piece of jewellery I designed was my own engagement ring. I was working for an antiques jewellery dealer at the time and was quite sure about what I wanted. I fancied a rough diamond rather than something bling – it just seemed a bit more natural. I look for inspiration anywhere and everywhere. Jewellery should be worn as much as possible. People tend to fiddle with their hands or their bracelets, so it’s about taking that playful element a bit further and incorporating it into design. For my latest collection, Poptails, I wanted to make the designs look like the central stone was growing and vibrating outwards. This idea evolved into a series of cocktail rings in a pop of colour, which is why I coined the name Poptails.


Clockwise from left: Solange Azagury-Partridge; Micki ring; Solange for Ladurée; Miuccia Prada, ©Andrea Raffin/Shutterstock; Prada A/W17 show, courtesy of Prada; Flower ring; Temple ring; Solangette macaron

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Azagury-Partridge The jewellery designer discusses shopping on Westbourne Grove and collaborating with Ladurée as told to Ellen Millard

My favourite designs are my Magic ring, Rounds watch, emerald Cup ring and Chromance necklace. These are pieces I wear a lot. In my jewellery box, I also have some antique and sentimental items, such as my first ever watch, which was a Mickey Mouse one, and little necklaces that my children gave me when they were little.

I admire designers such as Miuccia Prada and Alexander McQueen. There’s an irreverence but there’s also an elegance about Miuccia Prada; she’s a woman’s designer. She has an intellectual sensibility. My earliest London memory is playing football in the street in the East End. We started off there; my parents emigrated from Casablanca and we lived in Aldgate East for a year before moving to Westbourne Grove. Westbourne Grove used to be a really good place for antiques. That’s where I used to go; I basically furnished my whole home from there. For food, there’s always Granger & Co., Chucs and Daylesford. I live in Paddington now, and it’s super central. You can get anywhere. As I’ve lived in west London for so long, everywhere I go I bump into people I know. They say London’s just a series of villages, don’t they? That’s precisely how it feels. Macarons available from 5 September, £21 for the box or £1.85 per solangette macaron, available at Harrods


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Blue whale at Hintze Hall, ©Trustees of NHM


A whale of a time

The Natural History Museum’s Hintze Hall has unveiled its biggest transformation yet – with an incredible 25.2-metre blue whale skeleton taking centre stage. The whale, named Hope, will be joined by hundreds of other new specimens, each bringing with them compelling stories about the past, present and future of our planet. Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7,

diary notes words by Alicia Osborne-Crone

Exhibition Charity

Dial Walk at Kensington Gardens, photography: Max Rush

A walk in the park

A new charity for the Royal Parks has been launched by HRH The Prince of Wales in a bid to support and fund the management of London’s green spaces, including Brompton Cemetery and Kensington Gardens. The initiative will also create a £5-million football pitch-sized glasshouse, which will provide a habitat for 98 per cent of the 500,000 plants and shrubs that grow in the capital’s Royal Parks.

World class

Photographer Julia Rambaud is exhibiting her latest project On the Other Side at The Tabernacle. Captured in black and white on an old film camera, Rambaud’s photos explore architecture, people and streets from acround the world. 25 September – 1 October, The Tabernacle, 34 Powis Square, W11,


Blast from the past

London’s original vintage fashion fair Frock Me! returns this month, featuring fashion from the first half of the 20th century and earlier. Browse rails full of of vintage French linens, unique accessories and rare pieces from Chanel, Pucci and Ossie Clark. £4, 3 September, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3,

Ibiza, photography: Julia Rambaud

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Tan i a Fa r e s From Paul Smith to Simone Rocha, London Uprising provides a behind-the-scenes look at 50 of the capital’s leading design talents. £69.95,


Steppe it up

Steppes Travel returns to the Royal Geographical Society this month for its annual Beyond festival. The likes of Springwatch presenter Chris Packham and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be hosting talks, which, among other things, will focus on the impact of plastic pollution on wildlife. From £15, enter code STKCM10 at the checkout for 10 per cent discount, 30 September – 1 October, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7,

Canada Goose: Greatness is Out There Cana da G o o s e Assouline celebrates 60 years of Canada Goose, travelling from the catwalks of Paris to some of the harshest environments on earth. £135,

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The Little Book of Chanel Exhibition

Modern art

Using digital technology such as iPhones, cameras, computers and even Epson printers to create paintings, American artist Wade Guyton presents a new body of work at the Serpentine Gallery, titled Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged. 29 September – 4 February, Serpentine Gallery, W2,

London Uprising: Fifty Fashion Designers, One City

E mma B a x te r W r ight Trace the legacy of Coco Chanel, from her early millinery days to the classic pieces that transformed her into one of the most influential couturiers. £12.99,

Dior Designer Series Ol i v i e r Sa i l l a r d As Dior marks its 70th anniversary, discover the influences and inspirations of the brand’s creative directors, including Maria Grazia Chiuri and Christian Dior himself. £150,

Peter Lindbergh: A Different Vision on Fashion Photography T h i e r r y-M a x i me L or io t Gathering more than 400 images from four decades of Lindbergh’s photography, this book celebrates the narrative vision he brings to the worlds of art and fashion. £49.99,


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OF mom e n ts Legendary photographer and long-time Chelsea resident Terry O’Neill reminisces on a colourful career based on relationships, before red-carpet conveyor belts took over words by Karen Anne Overton LU X URY LONDON.CO.UK | 019


erry O’Neill is almost as legendary as some of the famous faces he’s captured with his camera. David Bowie louchely reclining in a natty leather-boots-and-brimmedhat combo with an enormous barking hound, or a young Mick Jagger enrobed in a fur hood, cheekily poking his tongue out in a backstage dressing room – these are just two of many stand-outs shots in the enigmatic Londoner’s career – documenting the rise and rise of pop culture. From capturing the arrogant swagger of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones during the swinging ’60s, right through to conveying the noble majesty of an elderly Nelson Mandela, affable and easy-going Chelsea resident O’Neill is renowned for never having a bad word to say about anyone (and given his tenure as go-to photographer for the famously cantankerous Frank Sinatra, that’s a worthy statement). However, ask the charming 79-year-old how he feels about the current state of show business, and his face crumples into visible disdain. “It doesn’t work now – the publicists have ruined it,” he says. “They want to control every photograph and every article, and the management haven’t got a clue. That’s why everything is so mundane, why we watch The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. I mean, it’s not my world.” Other areas of disdain – the red-carpet factory line, digital retouching at the behest of protective PRs, and unchecked paparazzi, for example – are simply “modern” problems; indeed, O’Neill’s world is one that modern-day photographers may only dream of. Through the glamorous and exuberant ’60s and beyond, when stars were both more mysterious and more accessible – because he built relationships with his subjects – O’Neill worked extensively with the likes of Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway – the latter going on to become his wife and mother to his only son, Liam. “When I first went to Hollywood when I was 22 or 23, they loved me because I used a 35mm camera, and all the stills guys used 54 or 1080 or even bigger. I was through with a job in half an hour while they took a whole morning,” O’Neill reminisces. “That’s what gave me my start. The people loved me.” With such prestigious connections – he counts the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton as friends – one might assume O’Neill comes from a wealthy and connected family, but the opposite is true. Born to Irish immigrant parents on the outskirts of the capital, close to where Heathrow now sits, the youngster had his sights set on an altogether different career. “I was a jazz drummer,” he smiles. “I was doing that for a living, working in clubs, and I stumbled into photography. I always thought photography was something really clever; I never thought I would make a living out of it.”

Previous page, clockwise from top: Faye Dunaway, 1977; James Garner in Grand Prix, 1966; Elizabeth Taylor in make-up for A Little Night Music, 1977; Jean Shrimpton and Terence Stamp, 1966 This spread, clockwise from above: David Bowie, Diamond Dog, 1975; Frank Sinatra, 1968; Rod Stewart, 1971; Tony Curtis in make-up for The Boston Strangler, 1968. All photography: ©Terry O’Neill


“I’m very happy to be a nobody, observing” After accepting a job with British Airways so he could take advantage of the airline’s daily flight to New York, O’Neill landed a position in the photographic department, tasked with snapping travellers on the weekends. One day he chanced upon a man who had fallen asleep in a lounge – who just so happened to be the foreign secretary. The picture caught the attention of Fleet Street editors, who offered the ambitious upstart a job. “So suddenly, I had a job doing photography, and it just grew from there,” he says. “But I never really knew what I was doing, you know. I had a cheap little camera. It was a joke, really, but I got by.” That’s quite the understatement, given O’Neill went on to become one of the snappers every icon wanted to work with. He does, however, acknowledge his peers, but laments a paradigm shift

in the industry. “There used to be a lot of competition between photographers, but they’ve all drifted away,” he frowns. “I mean, you go to premieres and you see people taking pictures – it’s a joke. They say, ‘wait a minute’, and they run back with their bloody digitals checking, and if it’s OK they say, ‘thank you very much’. Photography is about moments – it’s not digital snapping.” Having traversed the globe capturing the great and the good, the West London native is now happily settled here in Chelsea. A village in itself, it’s not hard to see why the sophisticated, bohemian charm of the area suits him. Despite having changed a great deal, commercially speaking, since O’Neill’s heyday, the area still retains for him those qualities that put him there in the first place. He talks of his love for Chelsea FC – he started going to the ground with “showbiz pals” many years ago and treasures a cut-out of former manager José Mourinho. While Mark Ransom’s gallery on Pimlico Road offers prints of some of O’Neill’s most famous shots (and he estimates he has a couple of million photos in his enormous archive), that most iconic of prints – Frank Sinatra striding along a boardwalk accompanied by his body double and a bodyguard twice his size – takes pride of place in his elegant Chelsea HQ. Those walls are adorned with all sorts of images that tell stories from a past with so many colourful anecdotes. Amid the stories of witnessing sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll in full swing, he recalls a day spent at Paramount Studios where “I got to photograph Bob Hope and all his leading ladies. I had people like Joel McCrea, Liz Taylor, Tom Cruise, Burt Lancaster…” He even introduced a star-struck Taylor to Robert De Niro, highlighting the fact that ultimately these stars are people with the same feelings as everyone else; vulnerabilities witnessed through his privileged position behind the lens. “I’m very happy to be a nobody, observing; it’s the best way of life going,” he says. “Because you get everywhere – you have the same benefits and none of the problems. You’ve always got to be outside of it, observing.” These days, even as he nears his 80th birthday, O’Neill is still working. “I did Pelé this year, I did a Hackett thing with Pierce Brosnan for a campaign called the Leading Man. But it has to be something like that to interest me – and that pays well, of course.” Which leads to my final question: for a man who’s seen much more than his camera lets on, who would he still like to shoot? In this age, where celebrity has become cheap as chips, one shouldn’t mistake O’Neill’s perspective for arrogance; he’s just not really interested. “I could get to anyone at all if I wanted to,” he says matter-of-factly. “I’ve got a great reputation – it’s no trouble – but I just don’t want to.”



Pierre Cardin in his studio at 118 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 1960, ©Archives Pierre Cardin

Five ways in which the designer’s influence lives on, 70 years after he made his fashion debut words by Ellen Millard



Viktor & Rolf A/W17

This image: Wool cocktail dress, 1975; Below: Kinetic dress in wool, 1970, both ©Archives Pierre Cardin

str uct u re Having cut his teeth working for the

likes of Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin set out to flip haute couture on its head, combining the classic elegance of French dressmaking with innovative cuts. The end result was a mix of angular shapes, heavy draping and curved hemlines – a new style of form that paved the way for 21st-century designers Viktor & Rolf, Issey Miyake and Ralph & Russo.

“At night, I think about volume. I create with my eyes closed. I see silhouettes”

2/ d iversit y Cocktail dresses with conical breasts, 1966, ©Archives Pierre Cardin

The fashion industry is certainly not perfect and issues

surrounding diversity remain prevalent today – but during the 1960s, Cardin began the process of change by being the first western designer to hire a nonwestern model. Having met Hiroko Matsumoto (pictured, left) during a visit to Japan, Cardin quickly took her under his wing, favouring her for his campaign imagery and launching her into the upper echelons of model stardom. “Hiroko was Pierre Cardin’s favourite in the mid-1960s,” recalls Brigid Keenan in her book The Women We Wanted to Look Like. “She was so tiny that no other model girl could fit into her clothes [...] He made all his best clothes on her.”

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creatively minded, Cardin chose to transcend the elite haute couture world by creating his first ready-to-wear collection. This move led to his disgrace at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, which branded him a “traitor”. Unconcerned, the designer continued to champion accessibility, going on to expand his brand to include skiwear, furniture and licensed goods, such as bicycles, cigarette lighters and food, in the same way that many fashion companies do today. As he said, “I wanted my name to be a brand and not just a label.”

Above: Models wearing sunglasses and vinyl necklaces from the Fall 1970 collection; Right: Espace chair, in lacquered wood with sculpted back, 1972, both ©Archives Pierre Cardin



f rench desig n “Pierre Cardin is like Yves

Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé and a workshop supervisor all rolled into one,” Jean-Paul Gaultier has said of his former boss. The maverick designer worked for a year as Cardin’s assistant before going on to release his first collection six years later. Kenzō Takada, founder of Kenzo, also has much to thank Cardin for, having been trained by him at the Bunka Fashion College in Tokyo, where the designer taught a cutting class. Outside of the fashion world, architect Philippe Starck began his career working as the art director for Cardin’s furniture collection and remains a fan of his work, referring to the fashion designer as a “visionary”.

Left: Phillipe Starck, courtesy of Lakes by Yoo; Above: Kenzo sweatshirt, £200,

5/ m e n ’s f a s h i o n Along with championing accessible women’s

fashion, Cardin strove to bring style to the male masses. In 1960, the designer presented his first men’s fashion show and, in doing so, united a new generation of style-savvy men, who were fans of his laid-back sensibility: cuff-less trousers, turtleneck jumpers and single-breasted jackets were all the rage. The latter caused a particular sensation when the style was worn by The Beatles, and its influence lives on, as seen in the A/W17 collections by designers Bottega Veneta and Salvatore Ferragamo (both pictured).

i red by Pierre p s n i Card s n o i in A / W17 collect Pierre Cardin by JeanPascal Hesse is available from September, £130, published by Assouline,



Fashion Forward Delve into the world of Dior as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris marks the brand’s 70th anniversary with a new exhibition, Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams. Until 7 January 2018, tickets from £10,

Photography: ©Emma Summerton for Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

art&antiques words by Rebecca Wallersteiner


Delve into the fascinating world of identical twins at Gallery 286, where the latest show by the Lake Twins, Phoebe and Lydia, features drawings and neon works. Other highlights on display include vintage photographs of cheeky flapper twins from gallery owner Jonathan Ross’ fascinating new book Heavenly Twins: A Study of Twin Sisters in Photography from 1850-1950, which features essays from geneticists, artists and critics. Lake Twins, from 6-30 September, Gallery 286, open Wednesdays 12-6pm, 286 Earl’s Court Road, SW5,; Heavenly Twins, published in September 2017 by Zuleika

Clockwise from top: Cover Twins; Flapper Twins 77; Cats in Colour by the Lake Twins, images courtesy of: Jonathan Ross

From top: new work by Miles Pilling; Inferno, David Shaw; Teardops, Sarah Ezekiel

In full bloom

Five-time Royal Horticultural Society gold medallist Rosie Sanders gives her botanical watercolours a new dimension by mixing paint and charcoal. Sumptuous bouquets are displayed alongside illustrated letters detailing the inspiration behind each one. Secret Letters, 23 September – 14 October, Jonathan Cooper Gallery, 20 Park Walk, SW10,

United front

Charity exhibition Stronger Together features works by a trio of artists with motor neurone disease. The show features joyful, abstract Eyegaze art by Sarah Ezekiel, photography by Miles Pilling and digital art by the late David Shaw. Simple yet bold in execution, the pieces startle the viewer with their immediacy. All proceeds will support the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s work. Stronger Together, 11-17 September, The Tabernacle, 35 Powis Square, W11,

Love’s Fire, charcoal and watercolour, Rosie Sanders, image courtesy of: John Cooper Gallery



Going for a song

Eva Gonzalès (1849–83) oil on canvas, c.1874 Paris, Musée d’Orsay, gift of Jean Guérard, 1927, ©Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France Bridgeman Images, courtesy of: The V&A

Music lovers shouldn’t miss the V&A’s new exhibition exploring the origins of opera in Renaissance Italy. Curated in partnership with the Royal Opera House, Opera: Passion, Power and Politics tells the story of the art form through seven premieres in seven European cities, with 300 objects on display. Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, 30 September – 25 February, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7,

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Stone Age

This month, the Morton Hill Gallery presents the first international solo exhibition of work by West African photographer Sory Sanlé. Volta Photo 1965-85, a poetic collection of candid black and white portraits depicts the cultural energy of the time. Sanlé began his career the year Burkina Faso gained independence from France, and his everyday subjects capture the evolution of the economic capital of BoboDioulasso and its inhabitants.

David Klein’s figurative forms of humans and animals are unveiled at Thackeray Gallery this month. “The essence of Klein’s work is to take one of the hardest, heaviest materials, and work with it respectfully, rendering the stone into something weightless, soft and touching,” says gallery director Sarah Macdonald-Brown. Carving Through Time, 12-29 September, Thackeray Gallery, 18 Thackeray Street, W8,

Nobility; Owl II, both ©David Klein

Sory Sanlé: Volta Photo 1965-85, from 14 September – 27 October, Morton Hill Gallery, 345 Ladbroke Grove, W10,

King Kong

From left to right: River Birds; The King of Kong, courtesy of: Michael Hoppen Gallery

The fictitious Mountains of Kong appeared on British maps of Africa until the late 1880s when they were finally declared a figment of the imagination. Now, artist Jim Naughten has brought the mythical kingdom back to life with a series of stereoscopic 3D images, which he imagines the explorers and scientists of the day recording on their travels. Mountains of Kong, 12 September – 21 October, Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3, Courtesy of: Morton Hill Gallery


John Galliano, all photography: ©Jean-Marie Périer



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f r e nch With a new star-studded photography exhibition picturing the biggest names from the ’90s fashion world, French photographer Jean-Marie Périer holds forth on his funniest career moments and not giving a damn words by Kari Colmans


hey say a picture speaks a thousand words, but for the legendary French photographer Jean-Marie Périer, that number may be slightly conservative. Over the crackling line between London and France, Périer is charming and buoyant from the get-go. Between fits of laughter when recounting the most comical and bizarre of photo shoots (and subjects), in an accent as thick and smooth as the richest foie gras, it’s hard to catch every single word, no matter how many times I play back the recording. But no matter, as only half is more than enough to get a feel for the larger-than-life man, who, when barely out of his teens, managed to infiltrate and document the lives of some of the biggest stars of his generation – and beyond. Born in France in 1940, Périer began his career assisting Daniel Filipacchi (now the chairman of magazine publisher Hachette Filipacchi) shooting jazz musicians for pop-rock magazine Salut les copains. Through the early ’60s and ’70s, he produced some of the most famous and now collected photos of the era, with subjects including The Beatles and Mick Jagger. After working for 15 years as a feature film director in France and an advertising director in the US (where he shot more than 600 adverts for Coca-Cola, Ford, Nestlé and Camel, to name a few), Périer’s star-studded career was to peak again in the ’90s, when he re-focused his lens to shoot some of the biggest fashion names in the industry. And it is these photos that have prompted him to exhibit in London for the first time this September with Jean-Marie Périer: Designers at The Little Black Gallery.


“As a photographer, I’ve had two lives,” he enthuses, although you’ll simply have to imagine the exclamation marks after every sentence, for the subs won’t be having any of it. “In the ’60s I had a great liberty in making pictures – no limitations in terms of my imagination. And suddenly I had the opportunity to do the same thing with the fashion designers.” With his sister Anne-Marie, the chief editor of French Elle magazine, he was indeed given unprecedented access and freedom. “These designers were the rock stars of their day. They had the money, talent and imagination to advance their lives like the stars of the 1960s.” We discuss some of the shots you can expect to see at the show, and Périer laughs as he can’t quite remember the specifics of what is and isn’t included, having taken so many portraits in his time. The one that moves him the most is an image of Yves Saint Laurent peeping out from behind a red curtain. “We had a great friendship and I have a lot of tenderness for this man, so it’s very

In the ’60s all these guys were between 18 and 20 years old. They didn’t have an image problem because they didn’t know they had an image.” Inevitably, we move on to modern celebrity and the image-obsessed world of social media, selfies and selling out. “Everybody can be a photographer today. The life of a photographer that I had the luck to live is over,” he says, although it isn’t with any sadness or resentment. “Maybe these young guys with their iPhones will become just as creative in a different way, which is fantastic. Photography is not reserved for the few anymore. Everyone can do it. I don’t think it’s a good thing for me personally; I’m an old man. I’m finished. To say, ‘oh, I don’t like new technology’, is to say, ‘oh, I don’t like the flu’. It’s stupid to say because it’s here. It’s everywhere.” I ask if he collects art, or photography for that matter, but the answer is no. Indeed, he finds the question quite amusing – the idea that one artist would collect the work of another, or even display his own. “I’m not a specialist and I’m not a professional at all; I just choose to do what I like. Art is a dangerous word. I don’t trust people who refer to themselves as artists. It is for other people to call you an artist. Nothing is sacred – there are only two things that I think are important in life: illness and giving birth to a child. Your career, being respected, being loved and honoured – I don’t give a s*** about that.” Although I suspect the answer won’t be a serious one, I ask for any advice for the next generation of photographers from a man who really has seen it all. He scoffs. “Let’s make the best of it and push all these young people to do it their way. They are young so therefore they are right. Even if they make mistakes, they are right because they are the future. All the young people who come to see me to ask advice, I always say to them, ‘Don’t listen to old people’. I say, ‘Do your thing, do exactly what you want and forget everything else’. The rest is bulls***. When I was young I never listened to anybody.” While Périer will be heading briefly to the capital for the opening of his show, it’s somewhere he no longer feels comfortable for long periods of time. He is happy at home, in the French countryside, with his bare walls. “My new protégé is a donkey,” he says. “My donkey needs me.” And for the first time, he doesn’t laugh.

“I say, ‘Do your thing, do exactly what you want and forget everything else’” moving for me. It says a lot to me about our generation.” He laughs (again) as we touch on the shot of Jean-Paul Gaultier dressed as the pope, so much so that the anecdote itself is barely audible. “He is someone with a sense of humour who is ready for anything, as long as we laugh.” And he laughs yet again when looking back at the portrait of Vivienne Westwood, who ended up with a naked suitor by her side, totally unplanned. They were shooting in a “beautiful little gallery in London”, although the name escapes him, and somehow or another the suitor ended up in the frame. “The director of the museum – his reaction was so English. He just looked and didn’t say anything. He just accepted that we made the photo of Vivienne Westwood with this man who was naked. The reaction of the director was hilarious. It wouldn’t have been the same reaction in the Louvre, I can tell you.” Although it is Périer’s second wave of work that has brought him to London nearly three decades later, he still looks back with fondness to the ’60s. “I had the good luck of being 22 in 1962 and that was still the highlight of my career,” he says. “It was extraordinary to be in touch with the likes of The Beatles, to live with them. Through the ’90s things changed a lot in the celebrity world. It became a business. Everyone was writing about image.

Jean-Marie Périer: Designers, 14 September – 14 October, The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, SW10,


Clockwise from above: Karl Lagerfeld; Monica Bellucci; Jean-Paul Gaultier; Vivienne Westwood; Yves Saint Laurent


LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME We’re all aflutter for Astley Clarke’s new Phototaxis collection by newly appointed creative director Dominic Jones. Fronted by Georgia May Jagger, the collection reimagines British moths as covetable fine jewellery pieces. From £325,

Crimson Speckled Moth Drop Earrings, £1,600; Speckled Magpie Moth Pendant, £2,700


Floral fancies

For its latest campaign, Middle Eastern fine jeweller W. Salamoon & Sons has enlisted the help of financier and model, Natacha Tannous. The former executive director of Goldman Sachs showcases the brand’s new collection of glittering floral pieces, handcrafted in rose gold. POA,

Ethical emeralds William & Son has collaborated with Gemfields on MYA, its first Haute Joaillerie collection. Short for ‘Million Years Ago’, it honours the age and rarity of certain gemstones, and was created with responsibly sourced, vivid Zambian emeralds for a head-turning finish. POA,

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At one with nature

Botanical-inspired shapes are cast in polished gold for Shaun Leane’s Entwined Petal collection of unconventional bridal jewellery. Sculptural weddings bands are complemented by ear cuffs, stacking bangles and cocktail rings with avant-garde appeal. From £900,

Touch wood for luck

Annoushka Ducas’ new collection is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of knocking on wood for luck. Wooden church spires, recalled from her childhood in Moscow, are reimagined as lucky charms in ebony and 18-carat gold. Each talismanic treasure twinkles with good fortune. From £595,


Dior’s New Diamonds

This month, wander down the garden path with Dior, whose new high jewellery collection takes its cue from the Palace of Versailles’ ornamental gardens. Encrusted with multi-coloured stones and sprinkled with diamonds, the pieces call to mind lush flower beds. POA,

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night fever

Embrace the high glamour and care-free elegance of the Studio 54 era words by Mhairi Graham


his season, fashion designers continue to mine the 1970s for inspiration, looking to the hedonistic, hazy time of disco, in all its glitzy exuberance and bohemian splendour. High glamour prevails, as sequins, silver frills and dramatic flared silhouettes populate the A/W17 collections from the likes of Saint Laurent, Balmain and Dolce & Gabbana. A piece of statement jewellery is a versatile, modern way to effortlessly embrace the decadence of disco this season, be it by slipping on a swishing set of chandelier earrings, or updating eveningwear with a swinging pendant necklace or showpiece cuff. These sparkling power pieces create instant allure, whether paired with cashmere or a cocktail dress. Step forward, Jessica McCormack’s scintillating new collection, which takes its cue from the fabled glamour of the Studio 54 era. Coined Trip the Light Fantastic, wing-shaped ear climbers and lustrous fringes evoke a 1970s aesthetic, crafted in polished yellow gold with glittering white diamonds. “I wanted the collection to be high-glamour but with a subtle sensibility,” says McCormack. “Pieces that could easily work with your everyday wardrobe and which moved in harmony with the body, like they are dancing.” Make like Elizabeth Taylor and decorate your décolletage with weighty sautoirs and neck-clinching chokers, with options ranging from Chaumet’s dramatic new high jewellery collection to Messika’s multi-fringed showstopper, which offers all the sparkle of a disco ball.

“I wanted the collection to be high-glamour but with a subtle sensibility.” - Jessica McCormack From top: Trip the Light Fantastic collection, POA, Jessica McCormack,; Thea bracelet; Daria necklace, both POA, Messika,; Magic Alhambra earrings, £5,950 and Necklace, £20,900, Van Cleef and Arpels,


Pippa Small’s Turquoise Mountain diffusion line glimmers with oversized gold cuffs, tasselled necklaces and cascading earrings that would be right at home on the dancefloor at Studio 54. “I grew up during that era and remember the glamour surrounding the fashions of the time,” says Small. “People like Paloma Picasso and Lauren Hutton, who were so timeless in their style. I love the bold statement that this sort of jewellery creates.” Earrings are big this season, figuratively and literally, dropping and dangling from every nook and rook. Amrapali offers seductive, ’70s-inspired swirls while diamonds go disco at Diane Kordas, dotted on hoops and geometric designs. Continue the ear party with Suzanne Kalan’s elegant drop designs, strung with shimmering chains. Seventies stalwarts like Bulgari continue to hold court, sparking Saturday night fever with spectacular new Serpenti Seduttori jewels, set with vibrant pink tourmalines. Van Cleef & Arpels’ Alhambra collection, a hallmark of the 1970s, remains hugely popular and is available in a spectrum of shimmering hues. Embrace bangles in abundance, stacked up the arm, or add a punch with a single statement cuff. And what would a reference to the 1970s be without highlighting the era’s greatest enduring jewellery icon – the seminal Cartier Love Bracelet, created by designer and Studio 54 regular Aldo Cipullo in 1969? Nearly 50 years on, it remains a gleaming symbol of romance and timeless style. See you on the dancefloor.

From top: Earrings, £13,160, Suzanne Kalan,; Earrings, £6,182, Amrapali,; Serpenti Seduttori necklace, £89,000, Bulgari,; Bangles, from £2,955, Fabergé,; Amulette de Cartier earrings, £7,750; Love bracelet, £5,300, Cartier,; Nasreen cuff, £2,350; Nastaran choker, £1,670, Pippa Small,; Earrings, POA, Tiffany,






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Audemars Piguet’s Only Watch piece is the first black ceramic perpetual calendar from the brand to feature a ceramic caseback, as well as a black oscillating weight visible through a sapphire display back. A striking ‘skylight’ blue dial contrasts with an attention-grabbing orange-tinted moon. Estimate: £65,000-£98,000

Reference 5208T-010, Patek Philippe

Only Watch 2017

Launched in 2011, Patek Philippe’s Reference 5208 brings together three of the most intricate complications in watchmaking: a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar and a monopusher chronograph. The 5208T-010, created specially for Only Watch 2017, is the first titanium version of this timepiece. Estimate: £735,000£890,000

The biggest names in watchmaking unite to raise millions for muscular dystrophy

BR-X1 R.S.17, Bell & Ross

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t’s an auction like no other. Every two years, a collection of the world’s leading watch marques create oneoff timepieces destined for Only Watch, a charitable initiative supported by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco that raises money for research into muscular dystrophy. Since its first edition in 2005, Only Watch has raised more than £23 million, thanks, in no small part, to Patek Philippe’s Ref. 5016, which became the most expensive wristwatch ever sold when it achieved £5.7 million at Only Watch 2015. (This has since been bested by Patek’s Ref. 1518, which sold in November 2016 for £8.4 million.) After an around-the-world tour, the 49 one-off models will be auctioned at Christie’s, Geneva, on 11 November. Expect the following lots to whip the gathered horophiles into a frenzy.

Bell & Ross and Renault Sport Formula One present the BR-X1 R.S.17, a skeletonised chronograph with ceramic pushers. The winning bidder will be invited to the final Formula One race in Abu Dhabi, where they will meet the Renault drivers and take home the racing gloves worn by team driver Nico Hülkenberg. Estimate: £18,000-£25,000

Laureato 2017 Special Edition, Girard-Perregaux Launched in the 1970s, cult sports watch Laureato was revived in 2016 in a limited run before becoming a permanent collection in 2017. For Only Watch, Girard-Perregaux has issued a bronze-cased version. Estimate: £12,000-£15,000

Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt, Hublot Hublot’s Big Bang Unico Sapphire Usain Bolt is a transparent timepiece created with sapphire, one of the most difficult materials to machine. A counter at 9 o’clock bears the silhouette of Bolt performing his trademark victory sign. The 45mm piece will be auctioned alongside a second yellow-gold strap, as well as the chance to meet the fastest man on Earth. Estimate: £40,000-£65,000



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Bold Move

Missoni championed female empowerment at its A/W17 show with a rousing speech by creative director Angela Missoni. The label’s new line of colourful knitwear encourages women to make a statement in both their lives and their wardrobes. From £520, 193 Sloane Street, SW1X,

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Hats off

As the oldest hat shop in the world, Lock & Co. knows a thing or two about headwear: everyone from Sir Winston Churchill to Stella McCartney has donned its creations. This season, the hatter returns to the 1920s with a new line of berets, trilbys and tweed caps. From £49,

style notes words by Lauren Stevens

In the bag

Céline’s A/W17 accessories collection hits the shelves this month and we’re big fans of the 1970s-inspired colour scheme. Our top pick is the new calfskin leather tote, which is available in shades of buttercup yellow and chocolate brown, and is designed with a slouchy oversized silhouette to match its rather apt name: The Big Bag. £3,706, available at Harrods

editor’s pick

Winter warmers Leather trims and chunky knits are key features of Agnona’s voluminous yet minimalist collection From £250,

Eco-Warrior Sustainable fashion isn’t always the most stylish – which is why we love Mandkhai, whose A/W17 range of knitted tunics with fluted sleeves and tailored trousers is ontrend and eco-friendly in equal measure.

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This page Coat, POA, Dolce & Gabbana,; cashmere sweater, £380 and trousers, £305, both Max Mara,

this page Coat, £2,350, Belstaff,; polo neck, £510, trousers, £1,235 and tunic, £720, Missoni,; boots, £895, Christian Louboutin, opposite Hat, £220, Camilla Rose,; dress, £635, Preen by Thornton Bregazzi,; coat, £2,350, Belstaff, as before

this page Dress, £1,160, Marni,; bag, £399, Amal Fashanu,; ring, £8,050, Anil Arjandas,; shoes, £670, Gianvito Rossi, opposite Coat, £2,525, Miu Miu,; earrings, £275 and bangle, £185, both Dea Jewellery,

this page Dress, POA, Paul Costelloe,; necklace, £360 and pendant, £135, both Dea Jewellery, as before; hat, £265, Camilla Rose, as before; shoes, POA, Marco de Vincenzo, opposite Jacket, £1,770 and trousers, £650, both Mary Katrantzou,; blouse, £285, Just Cavalli,; fur trim scarf, £425, Izaak Azanei,

Hair Fabio Petri using Hair by Sam Mcknight products make-up Katie Pettigrew using Kiehl’s since 1851 skincare and MAC make-up model Ellen at IMG Fashion Assistant Remy Farrell

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Ahead of the launch of her new book, English Myths and Legends, Alice Temperley MBE discusses style icons, her love of Somerset and the changing face of the fashion industry words by Ellen Millard


hen Alice Temperley recalls her childhood, spent growing up on a cider farm in Somerset, sequin embellishment is not what springs to mind. Muddy wellington boots, tractors, rolling hills in verdant hues and rows of trees laden with juicy apples, certainly – but not the evening gowns, often heavy with embroidery and floral motifs, for which the designer is known. And yet, it’s to her home county that Temperley returns time and time again when creating a new collection, calling on the carefree spirit of the countryside for inspiration – the photo shoot for her A/W17 campaign even took place among the orchards of the cider farm itself. “Growing up in the countryside has given me a sense of freedom and this is visible in my work,” the designer tells me. “I want things to be real, fanciful and romantic, but wearable, no matter how decadent the design is.” For the uninitiated, Temperley is the fashion designer recognised for bringing 1970s bohemia into the 21st century, combining dainty floral prints and peasant blouse cuts with lace, ruffles and embellishment and, in doing so, creating a uniform that looks just as much at home at Glastonbury as it does on the red carpet. Her fashion label, Temperley London, was founded in 2000, just a year after she graduated from the Royal College of Art and, in the 17 years since, the brand’s upward trajectory has been rapid. In 2002, Temperley Bridal was launched, and a year later the designer’s first fashion show was held in Notting Hill. She was awarded an MBE in 2011 (“It was a real honour”) and in 2012 her high-street collaboration with John Lewis became the fastest-


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selling range in the department store’s history. The brand now boasts five standalone stores (Notting Hill, Mayfair, Bicester, Dubai and Doha) and a fan base that includes the likes of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, Penélope Cruz and Thandie Newton. She describes her customers as “independent, freespirited, confident and feminine”. As a student, the designer expected to “end up in interiors or photography”, but, when she regales me with the stories of her childhood, it would seem that fashion has always been her calling. “I used to try on all my mother’s clothes and cut up her fabrics and shawls to make other things – it didn’t go down very well!” she jokes. “I was always breaking her sewing machine and it was often hidden from me. My father wanted me to be a scientist, so I started by doing textiles and playing around with chemicals in the dye labs. I made clothes to fund my course and somehow ended up in fashion.” The brand’s evolution is outlined in a new book, English Myths and Legends, a compilation of the inspirations and successes of the designer and her

“I made clothes to fund my course and somehow ended up in fashion”

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Photography: Julian Marshall

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brand. She tells me that it “illustrates what we stand for as Temperley London today, as an independently owned brand”, adding that it summarises all that her and the team have created over the past 16 years. Spread across five chapters, the immersive tome also offers an insight into the highly skilled craftsmanship that is at the core of each collection, illustrated by editorial shoots and the label’s own campaign images. It’s a striking visual compendium of Temperley’s work, providing a window into her world and inspirations, which are drawn from “friends, music, films, markets and the countries I visit.” For her A/W17 collection, Temperley looked at “the archetypal English woodland and the creatures that live within it”, focusing heavily, as always, on floral motifs, but also fruit and chickens inspired by Russian artist Andrey Remnev’s medieval paintings. But for Temperley, the A/W17 collection is now old news; S/S18 will be unveiled at London Fashion Week this September. It has been nearly 15 years since she held her first show, debuting at a time when the British fashion scene was sparsley populated. Now, homegrown talent is burgeoning, with more Brits cropping up than you can keep count of. Seventeen years after she joined the fashion world, Temperley agrees that it has changed dramatically. “It is even more fast paced and continually evolving. Technology now plays a big role in fashion,” she says. “E-commerce and social media have changed the way brands communicate with their customers, and the way customers interact with brands. It keeps moving faster, and it is imperative to focus and be consistent.” Indeed, Temperley admits she was intrigued by the recent ‘see now, buy now’ trend – but, All images courtesy of English Myths and Legends by Alice Temperley she explains, her work transcends fast fashion. “It’s difficult for me to think about my collection as a product instantly available to buy, as a lot of work and craftsmanship goes into each piece,” she says. “I experimented with ‘see now, buy now’ for my S/S17 show, allowing our customers to buy three looks directly from the runway. It was a success – however the detailing and artistry that go into each Temperley London piece makes it unique and timeless, something our customers think is worth waiting for.” English Myths and Legends by Alice Temperley is out 5 September, £45, published by Rizzoli,


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Traditional British gent meets punk rocker in the A/W17 collection by Jimmy Choo, a fusion of tough embellishment and classic shapes inspired by The Clash. Expect patent loafers, brogues and jodhpur boots decorated with metal stars, leopard print and gunmetal studs. From £525, 32 Sloane Street, SW1X,

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Feeling blue

French label J. M. Weston has teamed up with artist Yves Klein’s estate for a second year running, this time focusing on the painter’s signature blue shade. Add a pop of colour to your wardrobe with this pair of slick white trainers, featuring a suede strip in Klein’s preferred hue. £430,

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A question of sport If the good weather has put you in the mood for the great outdoors, get kitted out with Mr Porter’s new sportswear line. The fashion site has collaborated with specialist brands to launch a capsule collection to appease the sartorially minded athlete – expect running gear by Iffley Road and a line of cycling apparel by Pas Normal Studios. From a selection,

Grooming brand Thomas Clipper has unveiled its first collection of fragrances. Choose from City, Coast and Country scents, or layer all three for the ultimate olfactory experience. £149 for a set of three,

Photography: Mr Thomas Prior, courtesy of: Mr Porter The Journal


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beauty Face the music Selfridges’ Music Matters campaign supports and celebrates the power of music, with live performances, a workshop dedicated to festival beauty and exclusive new releases. The latter include two playlist-inspired fragrances by Jusbox in Feel ’n’ Chill and Live ’n’ Loud scents. Until 18 October, £140 for 78ml,

beauty notes words by Alicia Osborne-Crone

Hit the Road

On a quest to find inspiration for Chanel’s A/W17 beauty collection, creative make-up and colour designer Lucia Pica set out on a Californian road trip, returning with a mood board of colours and textures inspired by the sunny coastline. From £20,

Power pout

YSL has introduced Tatouage Couture Matte Stain, a breakthrough matte liquid lipstick in 18 rebellious shades, ranging from Rose Illicite to Minimal Black. The silky smooth formula provides a naked lip feel while delivering intense colour. Pucker up. £29,

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This month, Aēsop unveils its new flagship located in the Duke of York Square development. As one of the brand’s largest UK stores to date, the space will house Aēsop’s signature plantbased products, including cult favourite Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum (£49). 22-24 Duke of York Square, SW3,

Make-up artist to the stars Charlotte Tilbury sprinkles a touch of red-carpet glamour with her new collection, Hollywood. Contour wands, complexion brushes and a range of ten matte liquid lipsticks have been created to help you discover your inner A-lister. From £24,



A new scentsation As luxury lifestyle and fragrance house Acqua di Parma launches its latest cologne, CEO Laura Burdese talks about bottling Italian scents words by Charlotte Phillips

Above: Laura Burdese; All images courtesy of: Acqua di Parma


he words Acqua di Parma are synonymous with la dolce vita, bringing to mind lazy, hedonistic days spent sipping Aperol spritz on the Amalfi coast or shopping in Portofino. The house has been bottling quintessential Italian fragrances since 1916. Scents evoke memories and moods – and Acqua di Parma has hit some enduring notes over the course of the past century – from the inaugural light and fresh Colonia collection, to the more recent Blu Mediterraneo range, which calls to mind a Vilebrequin-clad, European Adonis on a Vespa. Much of Acqua di Parma’s current success is down to the formidable business savvy of Laura Burdese, the brand’s CEO. A native Italian, Burdese worked at L’Oréal and Calvin Klein Watches & Jewelry before joining Acqua di Parma back in October of last year. “There have been dramatic changes in luxury fragrance,” Burdese says, “these include digital, e-commerce and distribution developments, but the most important shift is customer behaviour. It’s positive for us because it’s the niche brands that are booming, not the mass market – the brands with a story to tell.”


Fittingly, for the first time, the new Acqua di Parma campaign depicts a real family, starring British model Will Chalker. It uses “emotional storytelling”, says Burdese, as “that’s what the brand was missing”. The campaign launches the latest men’s fragrance, Colonia Pura, which is full of mineral notes, presented in a minimalist bottle. It stays true to the brand’s origins – it smells of citrus and summer – but is more youthful than some of its other fragrances. The brand’s core demographic is summed up with a nifty acronym: “HENRY: high-earning, not rich yet,” Burdese says – a term also used to refer to Obama voters during his first presidential campaign. “Acqua di Parma is exclusive. We don’t follow trends: we are refined and understated, and the people who buy us have a cultured understanding of fragrance.” Mr Acqua di Parma (60 per cent of the brand’s customers are male), sounds like quite the catch: between 35 to 45 years old, with a penchant for “beautiful things”. He “doesn’t buy brands”, but “meaningful items that resonate,” she says. “Acqua di Parma has always had this sense of being unmarketed – people have to hear about it by word of mouth.” Burdese continues: “Scent expresses your personality and unlocks a window into a favourite time or memory. It’s the final touch to your outfit – it makes you feel complete and lets your essence shine through.” Her fragrance of choice depends on the season, but in the summer she gravitates towards the more masculine Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi. All Acqua di Parma products are handmade in Italy, something that Burdese is particularly proud

of. Each fragrance takes around two years to perfect, and everything down to the trademark bright yellow packaging – “the colour of sunshine” – is carefully crafted. The logos on each bottle are slightly different; each is made by hand, so the spacing is not as perfect as it would be if they were churned out by a machine. All of these touches are evidently resonating in the UK, which is Acqua di Parma’s second biggest market after Italy. Next, the brand will spread its scent to China, and hopes to double turnover by 2020 in the process. It’s a lofty aim – but as Burdese says it in her charming Italian accent, it feels entirely possible. And as I ponder this, in grey and dreary London, there’s only one thing for it – a spritz of Colonia Pura, to transport me straight to the Italian Riviera. Colonia Pura Eau de Cologne, £66 for 50ml, Acqua di Parma,



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Craftsmanship is at the core of the newly launched children’s range by interiors specialist Skandium. Key pieces include an architect’s table and a mini version of Vitra’s signature Eames Elephant. From £30,


In celebration of its 50th anniversary this year, Baby Dior’s creative director Cordelia de Castellane has taken the label back to its roots. Alongside its A/W17 collection, the brand has launched an exclusive capsule range inspired by a blackand-white velvet dress first introduced when the original store opened in Paris in 1967.

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Treasure hunt

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Whether you’re digging for treasure or heading out for a picnic, the new Mini Chari basket by Olli Ella will come in handy. Made for carrying or attaching to scooters and bikes, the fair-trade rattan basket is handmade and features a flap lid and loop on the back for hanging. And there’s good news for mum – it comes in an adult size, too. From £35,

in her A/ W17 collection

Mother nature


For A/W17, Notting Hill-based childrenswear designer Marie-Chantal offers a selection of nostalgic party pieces and outerwear inspired by her childhood. New for this season is a range of woollen coats and sparkly dresses, as well as two exclusive nature-inspired prints, Bold Flower and Bloom Wild. From £69,


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Eye of the tiger

Animal and floral designs are part of House of Hackney’s DNA, and this season is no different. The statement sabertoothed cat print features on a collection of velvet cushions and zany rugs. Saber cushion, £160,

house style

Images courtesy of: Amara

Cairo gold cutlery set, £75, Ralph Lauren,

Deco charger plate, £199, Roberto Cavalli Home,

design notes words by Lauren Stevens

Shape up Kettle, £399, Dolce & Gabbana for Smeg,

Tiger cushion, £970, Gucci Décor,

Type 75 desk lamp, £145, Anglepoise and Paul Smith,

Form and function collide in Andrew Martin’s latest furniture collection, which is inspired by the early 20th century Cubist art movement. The new range offers striking circular dining and coffee tables as well as stools and mirrors in geometric shapes. From £395, 190 Walton Street, SW3,

Wood Work

From driftwood tables to teak cup holders, the new Origin range from A by Amara embraces the natural world. Expect home accessories in natural materials and earthy tones. From £30,

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er eh scent of iris, geranium and vetiv Flower Power

Iris and geranium are the heroes of Jo Malone’s latest charity candle, Iris & Lady Moore. Seventy-five per cent of proceeds will go towards The Quiet Garden, a charity project in Notting Hill which supports those affected by mental illness. £45, 150 Sloane Street, SW1X,

Old and new

Whether you’re a traditionalist or a modernist, Rubelli has got you covered with its latest line of furniture and fabrics. For a retro touch, opt for the 1950s-inspired Palazzo sofa (pictured left), while the Domino chair (below) – created for the brand by budding designers Nava+Nava – will appease the minimalist fanatics among you. Domino chair from £4,763,


Design your new dining room at the click of a button with the help of interiors website th2Studio. The brainchild of Taylor Howes founders Sheila El Hadery, Karen Howes and Gail Taylor, the site offers a bespoke room design service, as well as a curated selection of one-off pieces, from dining room furniture to minimalist lamps.

bold as brass

French interior designer Christian Liaigre has released a selection of home accessories, made to complement his latest furniture collection. Our pick is the Silla tray, made from enamelled brass and available in muted shades of blue, violet and green. £1,390 for set of three (pictured), 66-70 Fulham Road, SW3,


Clockwise from left: Merel Karhof and Marc Trotereau, ShadeVolume scene, photography: Michiel Meeins; Okolo studio; Molteni&C furniture; Faye Toogood, Spade Chair in aluminium




ou may remember the late Zaha Hadid’s impressive polished-concrete sculptural piece Urban Nebula, all 30 tonnes of which temporarily transformed the façade of the Southbank Centre. Or perhaps Tom Dixon’s riotous Chair Grab springs to mind, when 500 polystyrene chairs were given away in Trafalgar Square, resulting in what can only be described as pure middle-class mayhem. From Audi robots (Outrace by Kram/ Weisshaar) to the first-ever opening of the Dean’s Staircase at St Paul’s Cathedral (John Pawson’s Perspectives installation), The London Design Festival has become a key calendar moment in the capital’s autumnal creative season, alongside Fashion Week, Frieze London and the London Film Festival. For the past 15 years, it has provided a well-established platform for industry stars to ascend, and shine. As well as setting the stage for a number of major trade shows including 100% Design, Decorex International, designjunction, Focus/17 and The London Design Fair, the Festival will incorporate eight official Design Districts across the capital, including the Brompton Design District. Pioneering an alternative perspective on design with its Other Stories theme, the District’s curator Jane Withers will be building on the reputation of the zone, which launched just over a decade ago, by focusing on the people behind the products. The theme, and indeed the sentiment, is reflected through a cluster of projects that reveal the impact of “engaged design” and explore the “non-design perspectives” contributing to this process. “Design

Marking its 15th anniversary this month, The London Design Festival will transform the capital’s landscape over its ten-day run, with several events taking place within the Brompton Design District words by Kari Colmans

festivals and fairs tend to focus on finished products or projects, but we are interested in exploring the process of design development and exposing its inner workings,” Withers says. “Brompton has always had an experimental approach and been interested in expanding the remit of design. With the Other Stories theme, we wanted to showcase designers who are rethinking both how we make and consume products.” Easily filling its biggest temporary space yet, taking over three adjoining four-storey townhouses on Cromwell Place, the zone will give visitors the opportunity to encounter work that “reflects alternative narratives” and triggers the imagination.


Located within the townhouses is a multitude of treasures, such as contemporary brass pieces made by Carl Auböck, as well as coffee and pepper mills by Michael Anastassiades and a series of eggs that open into bowls by Jacqueline Rabun. Fashion designer Peter Pilotto will also take over one of the townhouses in its entirety, creating a grand fusion of fashion and form alongside long-time friends and collaborators from the worlds of art and design. In collaboration with Christopher De Vos, the project weaves together a number of different elements to showcase Pilotto’s collections alongside paintings, sculpture, and hard and soft furnishings by Francis Upritchard, Martino Gamper, Max Lamb, Bethan Laura Wood, Peter McDonald, Jochen Holz and Schmid McDonagh, many of whom appeared in the designer’s A/W17 show. Meanwhile, furniture designer Faye Toogood will be presenting The Trade Show at the garage at North Terrace, for which she has cast 50 special editions of her Spade Chairs in aluminium. Famed for her

skilful sculptural works, all of which are handmade by small-scale, traditional artisans, Toogood’s chairs will be traded for works by other British-based contemporaries, including artists, fashion designers, sculptors, photographers and jewellers. And furniture doyens of a totally different nature, Molteni&C|Dada will present Amare Gio Ponti, a documentary film on the famed Italian designer and artist Gio Ponti, alongside a reinterpretation of some of his greatest work. Presented by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen, these pieces will be upholstered in fabrics from the Kvadrat/Raf Simons collection in collaboration with the Gio Ponti Archives to pay tribute to the architect’s aesthetic. Shedding a little light on the fluidity of design, ShadeVolume by Marc Trotereau and Merel Karhof will display a modern deconstruction of the classic lampshade by linking a number of models together, to create endless combinations of lamps in the process. The duo has created a three-metre-tall totem for the District, which will be installed within an historic Victorian wooden staircase, linking one floor to another. “There’s so much going on in Brompton this year that it is hard to choose a must-see,” Withers says. “I am keen to see Okolo’s photographic atlas of 20thcentury buildings documenting the custom-made details in modernist buildings – design gems that are usually overlooked. A dresser in the kitchen of a Barragán house or a sculptural doorknob in Casa Mollino.” One of the most intriguing stories told this year is perhaps that of the Fogo Islanders. Ingenious design has become essential to surviving and thriving through centuries of geographic isolation, forcing the islanders of the remote community, situated off the north-east coast of Newfoundland, to become masters of recycling and making things by hand. For the past seven years, international artists and designers have been making pilgrimages to the island in order to learn more about

“The Brompton Design District has always been interested in expanding the remit of design”


its culture, resulting in a number of furniture and textile projects. The assortment of distinctive pieces includes The Long Bench by Ineke Hans, The Bertha Chair by Donna Wilson, and Nick Herder’s Puppy Table trilogy. As part of a cluster of social design projects that explores how design can help communities and regeneration, the island even has its own economic nutrition labelling system. “Zita Cobb, the business brain behind the development of this remote island in Newfoundland has come up with a system that shows where the money goes when a piece of furniture is sold and its local and global impact,” says Withers. “Ideas like this would really inform consumers about the impact of their purchasing decisions, and could well become standard practice in the future.” Within walking distance of the District is, of course, the Victoria & Albert Museum, which hosts many of the Festival’s 2017 landmark projects. Standout installations include British designer Ross Lovegrove’s Transmission tapestry, a spectacular 25-metre-long, three-dimensional artwork inspired by the Devonshire Hunting Tapestries; and While We Wait, a stone construction by Palestinian architects Elias and Yousef Anastas inspired by the scenic Cremisan Valley located on the seam between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, which explores the cultural claim of nature in the region. Over on the high street, local shops will also be doing their bit. You’ll find exhibitions at Boffi, B&B Italia, Cassina, The Conran Shop, Divertimenti, Harrods, Kartell, Mint, Poltrona Frau, Se, Skandium and Smallbone of Devizes throughout the week. “I think it’s fair to say Brompton has the most expansive and varied programme among the districts,” Withers concludes. “As well as the pop-ups, Brompton has many of the best design showrooms in London.” Clockwise from top left: Round & Square chair by Martino Gamper Angus; Molteni&C furniture; Fogo Island, The Long Bench, Ineke Hans; The Peter Pilotto townhouse. All images courtesy of: The London Design Festival

London Design Festival, 16-24 September,;



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NIGHT ON THE TILES Book your flights to Barcelona in time to see Antoni Gaudí’s tile-covered Art Nouveau house, Casa Vicens, open its doors to the public this autumn.

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here’s something very soothing about entering an all-white spa. A sense of calm prevails as soon as you tread down the plush carpeted stairway and into the depths of the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. Home to the only Dior Institut spa in Europe, it’s a sanctuary for the Parisian glitterati, as well as visiting celebs and style mavens. Located at 25 avenue Montaigne, the legendary hotel has had close ties with the fashion world since Escape the frantic pace of it opened in 1947. Christian Dior, whose boutique is a stone’s throw Fashion Week and luxuriate in away, is even said to have created his style at the Dior Institut, Paris famous ‘tailleur’ (suit) skirts with the hotel bar’s chic clientele in mind. words by Rowena Carr-Allinson Dior famously said: “my intention was to make [women] not just more


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beautiful but also happier” – and his wish has come true at the Institut, which opened a decade ago but was recently refurbished with luxurious additions, from the oval pool in reception to the Swarovski crystal chandeliers in the couple’s suite. The Dior Institut prides itself on offering a sensory experience. In addition to choosing the soundtrack before starting my treatment, I get to select the signature Dior scent most suited to my mood. I opt for a more masculine, zesty fragrance and inhale deeply as I lie back for the dreaded skin analysis. Invariably, whenever I have a facial I am chided by the therapist for my poor skincare routine, which I always blame on being a mother of two under five. Thankfully, Marine is more understanding and uses a high-tech skin analyser

to detect the most problematic areas. With a quick zap and beep, the device assesses the different layers of your face. My skin’s elasticity scores a poor 51 per cent, when it should be closer to 78 per cent. My clarity reading isn’t much better. Armed with this information, the machine recommends the Dior Prestige Grand Facial. Firstly, my skin is minutely cleansed and purified. A gommage is then applied with warm mitts, followed by a chilled mask. The cold cream certainly has a refreshing effect and every brush stroke comes with a little jolt, even though I know it’s coming. The sculpting deep tissue massage – in my case focusing around the eyes – releases tension and stimulates the skin. I drift off while the mask sets, as Marine massages my scalp. Afterwards, my skin feels rather bouncy – dare I even say plumper? The high-precision dynamic strokes of the massage, Marine explains, help redefine contours and act as a workout for the skin, smoothing wrinkles and banishing lines. I am not entirely sure I’ve grasped the science of it, but I can vouch for the results. Marine applies a finishing touch (a little mascara and hydrating lip-gloss) as I take a peek in the mirror: the luggage under my eyes seems to have been lost and I am looking (almost) radiant. To finish off the experience ‘en beauté’, as the French say, I enjoy a cup of green tea and a cheeky financier (baked by master pâtissier Christophe Michalak) while I recline in the lounge. The soft music and lighting make me want to stay forever ensconced in this bubble of luxury and calm where people take care of you and get you looking your best. What’s not to love?

“My intention was to make women not just more beautiful but also happier”

Dior Prestige Grand Facial, from £200 for 60 minutes,

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Perched in a natural alcove within an eroded volcano cone, Bisate Lodge is a spectacle in itself – but it’s the neighbours that draw the crowds. Close to the Volcanoes National Park, the Rwandan hotel is the ideal place to go if you’re looking to spot a mountain gorilla, with 12 groups living nearby. Back at the hotel, six forest villas offer a luxurious base where you can retire post-trek. From approx. £850 per person per night, Photography: David Crookes

globetrotter words by Ellen Millard

Be our guest

One year on since he launched L’Hôtel Marrakech, designer Jasper Conran is opening his Moroccan venture to everyone by allowing non-guests to dine at the on-site restaurant. Serving traditional Moroccan fare with an emphasis on local produce, the dining room is open for both lunch and dinner, with a selection of salads, slow-cooked tagines and hot couscous dishes on the menu.

Givenchy says relax Relax in style at Hotel Metropole’s recently renovated spa, which opens with a new partner: Givenchy. The brand is offering guests at the Monte Carlo hotel two signature treatments, both centred around its Le Soin Noir range. Choose from the Signature Metropole Treatment, a 90-minute hydrating facial, or the full body Le Soin Noir Renaissance Intégrale for some serious TLC. Treatments from £256,

Home and away

With more than 200 properties available to rent or buy, St Tropez House has got your French Riviera escape covered. From villas with a view of the popular Plage de Pampelonne to Provençale homes away from the hustle and bustle, each house benefits from a private concierge, who will be on hand to tailor-make your stay. From approx. £9,040 per week,


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p a r a d i s e f o u n d Follow the tides on an island-hopping adventure between the Mafia and Songo Songo archipelagos and discover two of Tanzania’s most unspoilt Robinson Crusoe hideaways words by Kate Eshelby


ocket-sized black shapes shuffle over the sand, before vanishing into clear water. Then, a man wearing bright white gloves releases another flow of them, as he digs deeper into the sand. We count 100. They pour out of their nest, instinct shepherding them towards the sea. This is day two of our stay in an off-grid ecolodge, Chole Mjini (actually just six skyscraping tree houses embracing ancient baobab trees), on the mangroveringed island of Chole, and we’ve taken a boat to watch these turtle hatchings on the neighbouring island, Juani. Whereas most people head north for Zanzibar, my husband and I (along with our two children) have come to Tanzania’s unspoilt Mafia archipelago, a

handful of small tropical islands south of Dar es Salaam. At just 1km in length, Chole is deep in the heart of Mafia Island Marine Park, one of the world’s largest marine protected areas. To get there, first we have to fly to Mafia, the archipelago’s biggest island. We are the only passengers and the French pilot allows Zac, my five-year-old, to sit up at the front with him. The grin on Zac’s face is as wide as the turquoise sea below, where dhows with sails curved up like rose thorns drift by, passing tiny blonde islets, some of which have seasonal fishermen camps on them. As we touch down into the small airport, the barometer (if one existed for measuring how relaxed a place is) drops instantly to zero. After driving to

travel Clockwise from left: Fanjove island; Banda accommodation; marine life; the 19th-century German lighthouse, all Fanjove Island; swimming with whale sharks at Chole Mjini

the chickens away.” They find this hilarious as they scamper after several who have wandered inside. Anne and her South African husband, Jean, have led an unusual life, living and working in a string of places from West Berlin and America, to Togo and the Solomon Islands. Although British by nationality, Anne was born in Kenya and has lived on Chole for more than 20 years, bringing up her children here. “We came to get a boat built in 1992 and stayed,” she explains. “It wasn’t planned. The island just chose us.” They still have this original dhow, named Mama Chole. Chole is known for its boat builders who sit under baobab trees around the island, hammering away on the rib cages of dhows using traditional tools: the adze and bow string drill.

Mafia’s Utende beach we jump in a boat for the fiveminute ride to Chole. A broad avenue lined with silver frangipani trees, dripping in white flowers, greets us. This was an old trading street – back in the heyday of dhows bringing slaves, beads and spices across the Indian Ocean. Chole Mjini Lodge is hidden among stone ruins dating back to this time, as well as jungle. Up at the open-sided thatched dining area, owner Anne de Villiers hands us freshly cracked coconuts, while calling out to our boys: “Please help me chase


Our days follow the tides. We snorkel among scissortail sergeants and stareye parrotfish as they dart between quivering soft coral

Besides the tree houses, the lodge also has one ground house, where we are staying (because it’s safer for young children). Open-sided, it has huge Zanzibari four-poster beds, which face the sea. Taking a shower here takes time, but we’re in no rush; we heat the water by igniting coconut rope at the base of a tall, thin metal chimney. The bathroom is roofless and at night the flame flickers up to a star-studded sky. That evening, we dine with other guests at a long table in the ruin of a jamaat, an old meeting house, filled with lanterns. Here, the tangled roots of a fig tree and its sprawling fingers reach down to create one of the walls. The lodge’s raison d’être is that $10 of each bill (per night) goes into the Chole Mjini Trust Fund, which is dedicated to improving the islanders’ education and health. “We always knew we wanted to use the business for development,” Anne says. The following morning, we walk to see some of its work, plucking oranges from trees along the way. We pass the hospital built by the trust; a motorbike ambulance stands outside (there are no cars on the island). “After constructing the hospital, we couldn’t find a doctor,” Jeans says. “So Anne’s cousin came, fresh out of the Australian special forces, with his new wife Jackie.” The trust also funded the island’s kindergarten, primary school, learning centre and several women’s development projects. When the lodge was built, Chole only had one tiny classroom so it’s come a long way. Our days on the island follow the tides. We sail to a curl of sandbar for evening drinks; we snorkel among Moorish idols, scissortail sergeants and stareye

travel need to k now The writer travelled with KLM from London Heathrow to Dar es Salaam, Coastal Aviation has connections to Mafia and Songo Songo, which is a 40-minute flight from Dar es Salaam, Four nights at Chole Mjini followed by four nights at Fanjove costs from £2,200 per adult and £1,351 per child, book with Tanzania Odyssey, Fanjove only accepts children over the age of seven at certain times of the year.

Clockwise from main image: A traditional dhow boat; the beach at Fanjove island; a treehouse terrace at Chole Mjini, snorkelling at Fanjove island; accommodation among the baobab trees at Chole Mjini

parrotfish as they dart between quivering soft coral. Anne and Jean, both keen divers, also run Kitu Kiblu: Responsible Marine Encounters, which enables guests to swim with whale sharks (between October and March). It’s sad, however, to see some of the coral lying ghost white and dead. ‘Bang-bang’, we hear the explosions ourselves one evening. Dynamiting is a tragic problem here. The islands are full of remnants of old civilisations. We wander among Juani Island’s ancient town of Kua, through the remains of 13th century mosques and a palace. “The story goes that because the palace was so beautiful, the queen cut off the master builder’s hands to prevent him from replicating it,” Abdullah, our guide, tells us. Further south is another archipelago, Songo Songo, where we head next. For our final week, we are staying on Fanjove, an idyllic little private island. We fly to neighbouring Songo Songo before boarding a boat. As we approach, we’re awed by a 19th-century German lighthouse holding fort over a curve of perfect white sand. Fanjove’s owner, Nicola, an Italian who has lived in Tanzania since independence, owns five other lodges. Conservation is key to his ventures, and like Chole Mjini he gives a percentage of Fanjove’s income to the local community of Songo Songo Island. The banda (Swahili for barn) where we are sleeping – there are six of them – is big, high-roofed and open to the sea; its wooden frame enjoys a delicious bellyful of breeze. Our days are spent reading in hammocks, building sandcastles and shell collecting (we find huge spider conches and tiger cowries). One morning we head (by boat) to a sandbar for breakfast and ten spinner dolphins surf the waves with us. Most meals, however, take place on the beach under a palm canopy. Candle-lit dinners are served at the foot of the lighthouse, the view near perfect except for the only man-made light (the Songo Songo gas rig), which sadly flickers out to sea. Early evenings, we paddle out in the island’s kayaks, under overhanging coral cliffs. Flocks of birds swoop like fighter planes as the island’s colours change. Back on land we explore the island, constantly finding new beaches. Hermit crabs scuttle along; the boys love watching them retreat into their shells. On the island’s central beach, bean plants clamber over the sand and palm trees are pulled by the wind like puppet strings. Hakim, the lodge manager, takes us to meet Saadi Mohamed, the island’s only fulltime inhabitant. “He keeps the island’s spirits happy,” Hakim says. “And maintains the island’s paths because the spirits use them.” Saadi leads us to a canopy of sticks. Red and white cloths hang above the entrance, and inside incense is burning. The spirits must be happy on this island. I certainly know that after a few days, my mind is completely clear as I return barefooted to our banda.


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con f identia l Take a trip down Tinseltown’s star-studded memory lane with a stay at two of Hollywood’s favourite celebrity haunts words by Daniel Pembrey



t’s my first night at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills and I’m sitting at a table next to a relaxedlooking Lionel Richie. Does the maître d’ know I’m a secret fan? It’s tempting to ask the tunesmith for a song, but there’s a reason why such celebrities appear at home here: they are left alone. The Waldorf Astoria might only have been open for a matter of months, but the plush hotel could have stood at the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards for decades. Entering the lobby feels like stepping aboard an elegant Art Deco ocean liner; the smell of expensive cologne follows you along the cream corridors and outside to the sumptuous Jean-Georges restaurant where I sit, sipping on an iced gimlet and trying to surreptitiously steal glances to my right. Sufficiently star-struck, after dinner I head to the rooftop pool to lap up its 360-degree panorama. From up here, you can get the lie of the land – gated Beverly Hills mansions, illuminated billboards and all. But there’s only so much gazing at the hazy landmarks of Hollywood and Downtown that you can do before you want to immerse yourself in the action – and fortunately, the hotel offers a complimentary car service to nearby addresses. I miss out on the silver Rolls-Royce Ghost for my run to the local drug store (which is an experience in itself), but the Maybach is more than satisfactory. We glide past the shops of Rodeo Drive and stop off at the Beverly Hills Rite Aid, which feels like walking into Harrods: Cristal champagne is on offer. After a veritable LA cocktail of vitamin pills and fizz, it’s back on board to head to the coast – the real bonus of the hotel’s location is being equidistant from the beach towns and Hollywood.

While the Waldorf Astoria is a new addition to the scene – one that is in touch with its Art Deco antecedents – the Hollywood Roosevelt brings oldschool LA glamour bang up to date. Having stood on Hollywood Boulevard since 1927, the hotel is now the grande dame of movie industry hangouts. So many stars have stayed here that it’s easier to list those who haven’t (standouts among those who have include Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, who lived in the penthouse for two years, and former resident Marilyn Monroe). Stepping off the colourful sidewalk into this vanilla-coloured, stuccoed block, you could be entering an old Hollywood film set; Shirley Temple learned to tap dance on the tiled steps leading up to the rooms. Dark, original terracotta floors reappeared during a recent $25-million renovation that also exposed decorated wooden ceiling beams in the double-height lobby. You can just imagine the Hollywood stars gathering in glittering evening attire at the Blossom Ballroom function space off the lobby, which hosted the first Academy Award ceremony in 1929. It now hosts the after-parties of today’s Oscar ceremonies

Shirley Temple learned to tap dance on the tiled steps leading up to the rooms

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held across the street at the Dolby Theatre. Within a block lies Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (pick the main hall to see a movie) and the Hollywood Museum – Max Factor’s former studio. The founder of the eponymous cosmetics brand worked like some fevered scientist in early Hollywood, devising make-up that wouldn’t melt under studio lights and could handle the transition to Technicolor, and there are four floors of cherished memorabilia here. The real challenge, of course, is actually leaving a hotel where you can take your pick of no fewer than ten bars. At the dark, vintage one off the lobby, which features a countertop covered with fruits and vegetables, you can test the bartender’s encyclopaedic knowledge of cocktails. On the floor above, the similarly lowlit yet exuberant Spare Room contains bowling lanes and tables for puzzles and games, while 25 Degrees serves quality burgers and shakes spiked with Grey Goose Cherry Noir and Luxardo maraschino cherries. You can see why the stars never wanted to stray far. If memories of shucking oysters and sipping rosé champagne aren’t enough, though, and you want a more permanent souvenir of your stay, guests can be inked by the resident tattoo artist, Dr

The aroma of leather calls to mind dusty midcentury modern furniture, tobacco and suntan oil

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Woo (don’t worry about doing something rash after too many of the signature caipirinhas; Dr Woo is typically booked six months ahead). But the real action is poolside. While the accommodation in the main building is ’20s-themed and rose-scented (Monroe’s favourite), the cabana rooms overlooking the pool take design cues from the ’60s; the aroma of leather calls to mind dusty mid-century modern furniture, tobacco and suntan oil. Monroe was once a Coppertone sunscreen model and had her first magazine photo shoot at the hotel; the servers wear floating white dresses in her honour as they skirt around the pool, the bottom of which is covered with repeating blue swirls painted by David Hockney. There is no end to the furtive glances between sun loungers; you can’t help wonder how many beautiful people have coupled up here over the years. As Monroe once said: “We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle” – and from where I sit, with the dazzling sun dancing on the water as the palms gently sway above, this star quality shines on. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills rooms from approx. £625 per night,; Hollywood Roosevelt rooms from approx. £260 per night,; flights between London Gatwick and Los Angeles International with Wow Air from £150 one way,


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hen viewed from up above, St Lucia looks like some long-forgotten prehistoric island. Jurassic topiary and swathes of dense, lush rainforest cling to its rugged edges like a scab, while two towering columns of volcanic rock, known as the Pitons, rise from the turquoise ocean and stand to vertiginous attention, as though on sentry duty. On the ground, greenery gives way to a carnival of brightly coloured, bustling seafront towns. On the west coast, Soufrière, the original French capital of the island, is a hive of activity, with local fishermen hauling their catch to the shore for the weekly fish market and locals scurrying between fading colonial-era buildings. The winding roads about the town are dotted with a patchwork of old cocoa plantations, and yellowing pod shells and husks lie piled up by the side of the road. St Lucia is often thought of as the ultimate honeymoon destination, but the island is geared up for the adventurous as well as the amorous. Go diving to explore the abundant coral reef; visit a dormant volcano at Sulphur Springs Park; follow a rainforest trail, thrashing through giant ferns and encountering waterfalls along the way; or ditch the walking boots and ascend the hilly terrain by taking the aerial tram above the rainforest canopy (and zip-lining back down). If this all sounds too taxing, however, kick back on one of the island’s many beaches (from the sugar-white sands in the north to the silvery volcanic stretches in the south) and adjust to the slower pace of life – with a nutmeg-laced rum punch in hand.

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I am incredibly passionate about cooking with game. I’m a big advocate of discovering different ways to enjoy it and getting the very best from it. I set out to create a book that showcases how rewarding it can be to cook with wonderful produce. Most of all, I wanted to share some of my techniques to show that it can actually be a lot simpler to prepare game than many people realise. I fell in love with game as a young chef working for Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire in London. I will never forget witnessing the first grouse of the season arriving at the door on 12 August, and the absolute buzz of activity that followed. The roast grouse with game chips and bread sauce is one of my favourite recipes in the book as it’s such a classic. I also really like the snipe with jacket potatoes à la Koffmann. It holds lots of great memories for me. It’s a bit out there, but I’d definitely recommend giving it a try at home. The open partridge and pancetta toasties with onion compote is a good introduction if you’re starting out, because it’s such a simple dish. I also think readers will enjoy the partridge stuffed with oats, orange and juniper, and the grouse sausage rolls. A lot of people think game is expensive, complicated and inaccessible. Actually, it’s

quite the opposite. It’s cheaper and tastier than most people imagine. It’s also very economical if you cook with every single part of the bird. My favourite game meat is grouse. The Glorious Twelfth is such a special date in my kitchen calendar, and I still get such a rush collecting the birds in furs and feathers and bringing them back to my restaurant, The Kitchin, to serve to diners that very evening. I also love teal – it’s incredibly tender if you prepare and cook it in the right way. I’m looking forward to sharing the book with people and continuing to spread my passion for meat and game. The start of the game season is also the height of the Edinburgh International Festival here in Edinburgh, so I’m preparing for a busy end of the summer at the restaurant, welcoming visitors from around the world. Tom Kitchin’s Meat and Game is out now, £26,





Michelin-starred chef Gonzalo Luzarraga brings a taste of Italy to London – and it’s delicious words by Alicia Osborne-Crone


career working in some of Europe’s top kitchens – including at Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV – and a childhood spent in Italy’s culinary centre, Piedmont, stood Gonzalo Luzarraga in good stead when it came to launching his own restaurant. His first in London, RIGO’, opened in July, and offers a menu that embodies his varied gastronomic background: modern European dishes re-imagined with unconventional, yet delicious flavours. Upon arrival – rain-soaked and windswept thanks to the thoroughly British summer weather – my guest and I are glad to be led to our table and promptly presented with the drinks menu. In need of some sunshine, I opt for the Remembering Maldives cocktail, a tasty blend of vodka, sake and mandarin purée, fresh pineapple, lemongrass and ginger syrup, while my guest chooses the Old Cuban, a rum-based restaurant speciality which certainly lives up to its reputation. As we are not big meat eaters, Luzarraga kindly devises a vegetarian version of his signature lunch menu for us, kicking off with a fresh and summery starter containing three textures of aubergine, paired

All images courtesy of: RIGO’ London

with fermented goat’s milk, nasturtium leaves and oil infused with basil and mint. It’s a refreshing start. Next comes a tomato tart, made with three different types of tomatoes from Spain, Italy and the south of France, followed by a riso Acquerello – seven-year aged risotto rice, seasoned with black garlic and powdered sea anemone, which tastes just like the seaside. Dessert arrives with another twist. The story goes that Luzarraga was challenged by another chef to create a sweet dish containing mushroom, and this is the outcome: a crème brûlée made using chestnut cream, black pepper and caramelised popcorn, served with porcino mushroom ice cream (pictured, centre) – and it works amazingly well. Who knew? As it’s a quiet lunch service, Luzarraga pops out of the kitchen to explain each course to us in detail – where the ingredients are from, what flavours we can expect to identify – and his true passion for food clearly shines through. It’s a much-appreciated gesture, but his dishes need little explanation: the unexpected but exemplary ingredients speak for themselves. 277 New King’s Road, SW6,



Cor e st r engt h Clare Smyth MBE, the chef who was trained by Gordon Ramsay OBE and Alain Ducasse, unveils her first standalone restaurant, Core, in Notting Hill words by Ellen Millard


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t’s T-minus one day until Clare Smyth’s solo restaurant Core soft-launches and the space is, in a word, chaotic. In the bathroom, workmen furiously apply filler to the drains before refitting the toilets – the initial job was not up to standard, apparently – while the kitchen staff hastily clean countertops in preparation for this afternoon’s tasting session. In the 18-cover bar, cabinets are being filled with drinks, lights are being fitted and brass beer taps polished to perfection. In the middle of it all stands Smyth, cool as a cucumber and all smiles despite the mess around her. Any lesser being would be tearing their hair out – I nearly am as a mere onlooker – but Smyth is not one to be phased. Charlotte potato, dulse beurre blanc, herring and trout roe

A protégée of Alain Ducasse and Gordon Ramsay, Smyth swapped her Northern Ireland home for England aged 16 to pursue a career in the kitchen (“I didn’t even bother getting my exam results”), booking herself onto a catering course at Highbury College in Portsmouth before landing a job at Sir Terence Conran’s Michelin House aged 19. By the time she was 28, she was heading up the threeMichelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay on Royal Hospital Road. “I knew from the age of 15 that cooking was all I wanted to do,” Smyth tells me as the power saw in the next room reaches its crescendo. “I bought Anton Mosimann’s cookbook Cuisine à la Carte and I haven’t looked back since.” Her years spent at the stove mean she’s well versed on the ins and outs of fine dining, but she’s keen to flip the concept on its head – starting with Core. “I’ve always wanted to break down the barriers to fine dining,” she admits. “There’s been a lot of talk over the past few years about casual dining becoming more prominent, as more people feel that fine dining is something they don’t understand or that it’s unattainable. “We really wanted to get rid of the things that intimidate people, so there’s no dress code, and you can walk into the bar without a reservation – all of the things that you wouldn’t associate with fine dining.”


Pear and verbena poire Williams sorbet

The restaurant’s design is a reflection of this, a welcoming space with homely mint green walls and wooden furniture that are a nod to nature (one of her biggest influences) and copper pans in the kitchen to satisfy her love of “food history and philosophy – copper pans are always traditionally used in cooking”. Her menu follows a similarly relaxed beat, featuring a central tasting menu (which you can opt to have as a three-, five- or 12-course meal) comprising traditional dishes with a contemporary – and healthy – twist: lambbraised carrot and Isle of Mull scallop are two of the dishes diners should expect. “It’s modern fine dining, but with a strong British ethos,” the chef explains. “I’ve been very spoiled in my career; having cooked at three-Michelin star level for 15 years, I’ve been able to use every ingredient on the planet. Now I’m using more humble ingredients and elevating them to that level.”

She cringes when I ask what her style of cooking is (“that’s a question that other people can probably answer better”) but admits that it has been called light and balanced: “Certainly, Gordon says he could eat the food all day long because it is so light.” As they have worked together for more than a decade, one can safely assume that Ramsay’s opinion is worth trusting – but is he as tough a critic as his TV shows would have us believe? “Not at all. Gordon’s got this thing – whatever he does, he does it to such a level that he wants it to be the best. When he’s on television, he wants his show to be the biggest and to get the best ratings,” she says. “Whatever he chooses to do, he doesn’t do it by half, so his television persona is completely separate. That’s not how he is at all.” Ramsay is, naturally, one of the chefs Smyth has admired throughout her career, the other two being Alain Ducasse and Thomas Keller.


Lamb-braised carrot with sheep’s milk yoghurt

“If you’re good at what you do and have proved yourself within two weeks, then any team will want you”

Jellied eel, toasted seaweed and malt vinegar

“All three are very different people, but they’re people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and who have been very inspiring. They’re the giants of the industry and there’s a reason for that.” She tells me she’s enjoying the revival that the more established chefs are having at the moment, citing Claude Bosi at Bibendum and Phil Howard at Elystan Street as the ones to watch – “I mean, they always were,” she laughs. Having worked in a kitchen from the age of 19, Smyth has seen the industry change, in her words, phenomenally – but “for the better”. Before, it wouldn’t have been uncommon to find thugs and bullies in the kitchen, she explains, and people’s attitude to the industry was a lot less professional than it is now. However, one thing she won’t agree with is the assumption that female chefs get a hard time; for Smyth, being a woman has had little to no impact on her career. “It has never affected me and, in a team environment, you should never make excuses,” she says. “‘Oh, it’s because I’m a woman’ – that’s bulls***t. Everyone gets a bit of stick now and then; you’ve just got to be stronger than that. If you’re good at what you do and have proved yourself within two weeks, then any team will want you.” It’s this attitude that has got Smyth to where she is today, and will no doubt spearhead her trajectory to London’s restaurant elite – her determination alone seems enough for her to succeed. “The goal is to make this place the best it can be. There’s no easy route to anywhere worth going and anyone who’s ever worked at the top level knows how hard that is to achieve – but that’s what we’ll be doing for the next few years: focusing on making this great.” Core by Clare Smyth is open now, 92 Kensington Park Road, W11,

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Green appeal Kensington & Chelsea is blessed with an abundance of garden squares. Here, local agents offer their insights into the borough’s most desirable addresses


Daniel Taylor Head of Kensington residential sales Edwardes Square is one of London’s most desirable garden squares, located to the south of Kensington High Street and built between 1811 and 1820 in a Georgian style. The central garden is strictly for the residents who live in the surrounding townhouses on the north, west and east sides of the square, while the south side of the square (renamed South Edwardes Square in 1928) has been almost entirely rebuilt. Originally, there were two ranges of coach-houses and stables here. Manicured lawns, meandering paths, an extensive rose pergola, croquet lawn, greenhouses and a grass tennis court make up the garden which measures about three acres. Unbeknown to many, there is a beautiful lodge in Greek Revival style on the south side of the square, known as The Temple, which is traditionally home to the head gardener. Built in the same period, the Scarsdale Tavern is positioned in the south-east corner. It’s a popular rendezvous spot for local residents seeking a village-style pub atmosphere and it serves, one could argue, the best steak and ale pie in London. Prices for apartments generally range between £1m to £2m depending on size, condition and lease length, whereas houses change hands for between £4m to £7m.

Pastor Real Estate David Lee Head of sales

With more than 100 garden squares, the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea certainly has more than its fair share of private green space. However, it is not just greenery that continues to entice London’s wealthiest buyers to these exclusive addresses. Many favour the heightened sense of community on offer, while others seek a secure space for their children. Edwardes Square, in Kensington, is a prime example of a family-friendly garden square, complete with a dedicated children’s play area. Heading east towards Knightsbridge, the red-brick mansion blocks of Cadogan Square entice dollar purchasers benefitting from more than a 10 per cent currency discount since the referendum result. Many seek first-floor lateral apartments, which can trade for more than £10,000,000, with some fetching over £4,000 per sq ft. Wealthy purchasers from around the globe will continue to be attracted to these types of squares for decades to come, mainly due to their scale, style and timeless beauty. From an investor’s perspective, domestic and international tenants relish the idea of living on a resident-only garden square. This is particularly true of dog owners in Gledhow Gardens and Thurloe Square in South Kensington, two of only a handful of garden squares in the Royal Borough to allow dogs.

38 per cent of the capital is taken up with Harrods Estates Shaun Drummond Sales director

While there are countless touches that set London apart from its European counterparts and other international cities, the fact that it is one of the greenest cities is a key appeal: 38 per cent of the capital is taken up with public and Royal parks and gardens, making London greener than many other global cities including Paris, New York and Tokyo. Add to this the capital’s numerous garden squares, dotted throughout prime central London, and it is easy to see why London feels so green. Kensington & Chelsea does benefit from an exceptionally large


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William Hughes-Ward Director As Cicero famously said: ‘If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” I certainly agree with the former. London is famous for its idyllic garden squares, many of which can only be accessed by key-holding members. There are more than 100 of them in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea – the most prestigious and beautiful are Eaton Square, Chelsea Square and Cadogan Square, though my personal favourite is Carlyle Square. The garden squares of Kensington & Chelsea are steeped in history and are regarded by most as a private oasis in the heart of the bustling city. Residents can watch their children play from the comfort of their kitchen – something that is unheard of in most places or settings across the capital. The luxury of having access to these squares comes with a hefty price tag. Our experience has found that when comparing two almost identical properties, a view of a garden square adds more than 10 per cent to the value. Prices vary throughout the borough, with properties on popular squares such as Bramham Gardens fetching up to £2,000 per sq ft. Onebedroom flats in Lexham Gardens normally sell for between £850,000 and £1 million, whereas a three-bedroom flat in Abingdon Gardens is usually valued at around £3.5 million. We currently have a stunning twobedroom apartment in Onslow Gardens at £2.1 million.

Marcus O’Brien Sales negotiator

number of garden squares and spaces, and is perhaps home to some of the most famous ones: Eaton, Belgrave, Cadogan and Chester, to name but a few. If you add to this the various Places, Gardens and Crescents, such as Hans, Lennox, Egerton and Wilton et al, which also offer green space, the enduring appeal of these prime locations is easy to understand. While some garden squares are open to the public, many more remain strictly private, accessible only to those with a key, which is available to residents living around the ‘square’. In addition to providing an exceptionally appealing view, many gardens also contain facilities such as tennis courts and are often a wonderful sanctuary in which to gather your thoughts and relax amid the hustle and bustle of London living. Garden squares are hugely popular and have been instrumental in contributing to the value and desirability of surrounding properties.

Kensington & Chelsea is inundated with garden squares, 46 of which raise an annual levy collected through council tax. The garden square is not unique to England, but something that is seen as being quintessentially English, or more specifically a distinguishing characteristic of London. Many garden squares remain accessible only to those who live around them. These private and exclusive enclaves, with a central garden, are a sanctuary in the city landscape. As a result, they are also home to some of the most expensive real estate in London. Perhaps the most well-known garden squares in the borough, in order of prestige, are Belgrave, Cadogan, Eaton, Lowndes and Chester: while all have gardens, not all are technically squares and they differ in scale and grandeur. Belgrave Square is home to a number of embassies, which brings with it a certain cache, while Cadogan Square attracts a more discreet resident. In Eaton Square, only 12 single houses remain, the others having been converted into apartments, while Chester Square is currently slightly undervalued, possibly due to there being a number of properties all for sale at the same time. However, the square is smaller than many and bisected by Eccleston Street, creating a more intimate and private area. My personal favorite is Lowndes Square, perhaps more famed for its proximity to a wellknown department store than its architecture, but very attractive and in the middle of all you could need. The average price for property in Lowndes Square is £1,791,393 (as of August 2017), a slight increase on the May figure. Due to the limited number of homes available in these wonderful locations, demand and, consequently, price will always remain high.

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Abingdon Court, Kensington W8 A large lateral three bedroom apartment in a prestigious mansion block 020 3551 5156

A well-presented and elegant third floor (with lift) apartment located in this mansion block with porter services, featuring high ceilings and ample storage throughout. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double reception room, eat in kitchen, balcony. EPC: D. Approximately 144.9 sq m (1,560 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 965 remaining

Guide price: £2,250,000


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Ensor Mews, South Kensington SW7 A stunning dual mews house with patio 020 3641 6122

This beautiful mews house has the rare feature of outside space and is quietly nestled in Ensor Mews, between Onslow Gardens and Cranley Gardens. The property has been refurbished to a very high standard throughout. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms and a patio. EPC: E. Approximately 169 sq m (1,819 sq ft).


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Oakley Street, Chelsea SW3 This attractive two bedroom garden flat is arranged over the ground and lower ground floors of a converted terraced house. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms and a garden.  EPC: F. Approximately 96 sq m (1,037 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 5903


Guide price: £3,100,000

Ifield Road, Chelsea SW10 A beautifully presented four bedroom freehold house with a west facing garden and roof terrace. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, garden and a roof terrace. EPC: D. Approximately 270 sq m (2,915 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 5903

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Christchurch Street, Chelsea SW3 A delightful three bedroom house on this quiet street, situated within close proximity of Sloane Square, between the Kings Road and Chelsea Embankment. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, cellar, roof terrace, front and rear gardens. EPC: D. Approximately 120 sq m (1,300 sq ft). Freehold Office: 020 3641 5913


Guide price: £2,400,000

Malvern Court, Onslow Square, South Kensington SW7 A triple aspect flat in this portered mansion block in the heart of South Kensington. 4 bedrooms, shower room, family bathroom, cloakroom, reception room, kitchen, balcony, lift, porter, store room, qualifies for access to communal gardens. EPC: D. Approximately 144 sq m (1,553 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 5913

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Tedworth Square, Chelsea SW3 Six bedroom family house on quiet garden square 020 3641 6019

This property has been beautifully refurbished and interior designed to create an extremely elegant and stylish home, quietly located in Chelsea with views over the garden square. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 6 reception rooms, kitchen, patio and lift. EPC: D. Approximately 528 sq m (5,684 sq ft).

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Property news PRIME RESI provides us with a comprehensive monthly round-up of key news about the local luxury property market Images courtesy of: Harrods Estates

South Ken one-bed with epic ballroom asks £4.5m

The former home of Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire composer Evangelos Papathanassiou, better known as Vangelis, has entered the market. Offered at £4.5m, the first-floor one-bed apartment in South Kensington incorporates the original ballroom of a grand Victorian townhouse on Queen’s Gate, just around the corner from the Royal Albert Hall. With Corinthian columns, an ornate ceiling, a pair of feature marble fireplaces and four French windows, opening onto a west-facing balcony, the room takes the floor space up to 1,969 sq ft. The rest of the space includes a study on the half-landing, a bedroom suite to the rear, and a compact kitchen. “This is a remarkable apartment, set behind an exceptionally well-preserved façade, and the one that has perhaps benefited the most from the property’s original design and scale. A ballroom is an unusual feature in a townhouse and a reception of such scale in an apartment rarer still,” Shaun Drummond, sales director at Harrods Estates, said. “The current owners have styled the space to create both formal and informal areas, making the most of the stunning period features and focal points of the marble fireplaces. A reception room of this scale is a luxury in Prime Central London and something that lends itself to entertaining on an equally grand scale.”


Moving forward Arthur Lintell, partner at Knight Frank Notting Hill, feels optimistic about the future of London’s property market I am often asked by clients and friends: “How healthy is the market in Notting Hill?” – and while I am ever the optimist, there is a sweeping misconception that, because the wider economic outlook remains, for the moment, uncertain, the property market in Notting Hill has come to a halt. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Over the summer, we in the Knight Frank Notting Hill office have been busy helping individuals and families move, both up and down the ladder. There is an element of ‘life goes on’ and people still have to move for many reasons. The market is moving. This was highlighted in the weeks immediately following the general election in May, when we had numerous exchanges ranging from £500k to just under £11m. In addition, we have put a healthy number of properties under offer from £1m to £10m. However, buyers are understandably cautious and do not feel any upward pressure, which has affected the level of offers they are willing to put forward and negotiate with. Pricing has indeed softened since the market highs of summer 2014, absorbing the stamp duty tax changes and the slowdown in the way we now all buy property in London. We have overseen a multitude of exchanges, including a house on Ladbroke Square, which was bought by a local family who had been renting for two years. I asked the buyer: “Why are you buying now?” – and the response was, “Arthur, Notting Hill is our home and this is where we see our lives for the foreseeable future. I may have to wait another two years before I get the opportunity to buy the same house again, but we remain here for the long term.” We have to remember, London is a world-class city and, no matter what, the property market, and life, moves on. Follow Arther Lintell on Instagram at @mrnottinghill Knight Frank 294 Westbourne Grove, W11 2PS 020 7313 9112,


Home time Elizabeth Holder, lettings manager at Knight Frank Notting Hill, explains why family homes are currently in such high demand


raditionally, the summer months are a busy period in the lettings calendar, and in Notting Hill, family homes are proving particularly popular. “Whether people are relocating, upsizing or downsizing, they want to move before the start of the new school year,” explains Elizabeth Holder, lettings manager at Knight Frank’s Notting Hill office. Holder and the lettings team currently have a diverse portfolio of properties available to rent. “The range of properties reflects

the fact that we cater for the corporate, family and super-prime markets,” she says. Properties that have recently gone under offer range from an architecturally designed three-bedroom, threeensuite family house on St Lukes Mews for £1,250 per week, to a palatial and immaculately presented seven-bedroom property on Kensington Park Gardens, which benefits from a media room, an elevated glass wine cellar and access to communal gardens, for £15,950 per week.


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Other notable recent lets include two fivebedroom properties on Courtnell Street and Norland Square, priced at £2,250 per week and £3,400 per week respectively. Both generated a flurry of interest when they came on the market, and tenants were secured within a matter of weeks. Demand is currently high across all price brackets, although properties from £5,000 a week and upwards are particularly sought-after in Prime Central London. In part, Holder explains, this is due to the uncertainty over the short-term trajectory of price growth in the sales market. “Many domestic tenants are adopting a wait-and-see strategy,” she says. “It’s more affordable to rent at high levels because of the cost of stamp duty.” The competitive nature of the lettings market for homes has been notched up another gear as

“The increasingly digital nature of agency means that tenants are savvier; they know what they want and will look over a wider area” prospective tenants begin to cast their search nets further afield. “Tenants that might have traditionally only considered a few areas are now also looking across all of Prime Central London, as people aren’t so location-centric anymore,” Holder says. “The increasingly digital nature of agency means that tenants are savvier; they know what they want and will look over a wider area. Once they have seen all the properties in their price bracket, they will then consider factors such as the commuting time to the office, or proximity to desirable schools.” Whatever your criteria, however, Holder and the team can help you find a home to fit the brief, before the countdown to the new term – and with it, that back-to-school feeling – begins. 298 Westbourne Grove, W11 2PS, 020 3544 0644,

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St Lukes Mews, W11

Guide price: £1,250 per week

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Guide price: £2,250 per week

Norland Square, W11

Guide price: £3,400 per week

Kensington Park Gardens, W11 Guide price: £15,950 per week


LOWNDES SQUARE BELGRAVIA SW1 A VERY RARE FIRST AND SEDCOND FLOOR LATERAL APARTMENT Originally two separate apartments, 11-12 Lowndes Square were joined and refurbished creating one of the finest properties on the square. This wonderful apartment benefits from 12 windows overlooking the communal square gardens, high ceilings, original stone staircase, roof terrace and balcony, central audio system, access to the communal gardens (by separate arrangement), and many period features. Accommodation: Entrance hall, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room, 2 further bedrooms with ensuite bathroom and shower room, study, guest shower room. Amenities: 24-hour concierge, terrace, 2 balconies.

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EARLS COURT SQUARE KENSINGTON SW5 A PERIOD APARTMENT WITH FANTASTIC VIEWS An elegant two bedroom first floor period apartment with access to Earl’s Court Square Gardens. This beautiful apartment has splendid period features, high ceilings and overlooks Earl’s Court Square communal gardens. Perfect for entertaining, the apartment has a bright reception room with three French doors leading to a private balcony. Accommodation: Reception room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room. Amenities: Balcony, residentsonly communal gardens.

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Melton Court, SW7 £2,650,000 An incredibly bright, lateral three-bedroom apartment with expansive southely and westerly views, set in the heart of South Kensington close to the museums and the Underground. EPC=D

• Three bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Upper floor with lift • Residents’ parking South Kensington Sales : 020 8033 9034

Essex Villas, W8 £11,500,000 An impressive five-bedroom, detached Victorian family house, with a well-planted walled garden, situated in the renowned Phillimore Estate. EPC=E

• Five bedrooms • Grand proportions • Original period features • Close to Kensington High Street Kensington Sales : 020 8033 9025

Woodfall Street


Chelsea SW3


An attractive 3 bedroom house, quietly situated in this popular enclave of Chelsea, boasting a large first floor reception room leading onto a stunning 22’ south-facing roof terrace surrounded by gardens. Woodall Street is a pretty cul-de-sac located in the heart of Chelsea between the King’s Road & the Royal Hospital with its beautiful & extensive grounds. EPC rating: E


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Campden Grove


Kensington W8


A beautifully presented 4 bedroom family home with off-street parking & a garden, ideally located on Campden Grove. This stunning stucco fronted house offers fantastic natural light throughout & benefits from 3 reception rooms, an open-plan kitchen/dining area, 1 bathroom, shower room, utility room & ample storage throughout. Campden Grove is located to the north of Kensington High Street. EPC Rating E


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Cedar House, Marloes Road

Kensington W8

A 4/5 bedroom apartment, occupying approx. 2,730 sq ft located on the 4th floor (with lift) of this portered mansion block in Kensington. The apartment benefits from high ceilings throughout, exceptional room proportions, excellent entertaining space & impressive west facing views from the interlinked reception rooms & large separate kitchen/ dining room. Cedar House is situated on Marloes Road & is within close proximity to the shops, restaurants & transport links the area has to offer. EPC Rating D


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ÂŁ5,395,000 share of freehold

20 Montpelier Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1HD

QUEEN’S GATE GARDENS, CRANLEY GARDENS, SW7 SW7 LYALL MEWS, SW1X 2 Bedrooms Entrance Hall 2Bathrooms Bedrooms |2 | 4 Bedrooms ||4|2En Suite Bathrooms (1 En Cloakroom Suite)||Kitchen/Reception WC Reception Room Bathrooms Guest | 2|Reception Rooms | | Kitchen 1,350 Room | | 718 sqRoom ft sqft | Lift |Loft EPC ERoom | Kitchen/Dining ||Laundry Communal | EPC | E 2,418 sq ft |Gardens Integral Garage Additional off-street Parking | Access to An exquisitely renovated and elegantly Belgrave Square Gardens | EPC Cdesigned flat,

An excellently proportioned and bright two positioned on the second floor of an attractive period double bedroomfreehold apartment, within the An end-of-terrace house conversion on this privatemews Garden Square within heart of South Kensington. Positioned on situated South in arguably one of Belgravia’ most central Kensington. Internally,s this beautifully the second floor (with lift) of this attractive desirable locations. This low builtexcellent house ceiling proportioned apartment with period building, the flat benefits from was disassembled; comprehensively rebuiltand intricate heights includes two marble bathrooms wooden floors in this stunning from semithe open and fully modernised benefitting parquet flooring. The property is entered into a plan living room with fully-fitted kitchen. latest technology advances air- and comprises central hallway with guestincluding cloakroom The apartment further comprises a master conditioning, Lutron lighting, motorised blinds, by an a generous reception to the front, flooded bedroom with modern en suite bathroom, a built in entertainment system, underfloor abundance of natural light and occupying space for secondand bedroom and additional heating a fully fitted kitchen withshower Mielealso delivers dining and entertaining. The apartment room. The property is flooded with natural and Gaggenau appliances. The property also with a charming bespoke McCarron & Co kitchen light, offering an east-west exposure and enjoys private use of an integral garage as marble-top breakfast bar, two ample bedrooms dualasviews over Evelyn Gardens well additional off-street parking inalongside the with a wealth of fitted storage and themews additional Chelsea’s roof tops. and access to the prestigious Belgrave Square advantage of loft space above. gardens, subject to separate negotiations.

£2,350,000 £1,550,000,STC STC £6,750,000

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5 Bathrooms WC Reception Bathrooms (1 en||Suite) ||Kitchen/Dining/ Two Bedrooms En Suite Bathroom | Study/Playroom | Kitchen/Dining Reception Room||Guest 855 sq ft | Basement Shower Room Cloakroom | Room Utility |Room Store| Shared Room Storage | Access Reception/Dining Room|Terrace |Summer Kitchen |House 2,854 sqftSquare | 915 Gardens to Belgrave Gardens Utility Room sq ft | EPC E Driveway with Parking Spaces | EPC C

An elegant flat with plentiful charm, occupying A charming mews house idyllically approximately 855 sq ft offronted, lateral space on the A spectacular semi-detached, low positioned in thisdouble quiet cobbled cul-de-sac, third floor of this well-located handsome period build family home which has been fastidiously within the heart of South Kensington. building. Arranged the fullowners, width of the refurbished theover current offering The propertyby is presented in immaculate building, the principal reception room and is flooded fabulous living accommodation five to six condition and has been carefully designed with natural light from its south-facing aspects bedrooms over three floors. The house throughout with Italian solid wood floors is quietly overback the street. addition to with the expansive set fromInthe road, a large driveway and contemporary furnishings. This attractive sitting area, the room boasts a bespoke providing ample car parking spaces. house additionally benefits from south There is integrated kitchen and space facing for dining; perfect an expansive garden westerly aspectssouth-west and plentiful natural light. with a for open-plan entertaining. The apartment detached summer house use as an ideal home Clareville Grove Mews is afor secure gated awardsoradmission to a superb shared terrace, office stand-alone guest quarters. The upper lane, located at the north end of Clareville positioned to the peaceful rear of the first floor,bedroom floors encompass: an exquisite master Street, moments from the bountiful amenities overlooking Belgrave Mews. Occupiers’ can with en-suite facilities, and restaurants, the areafloor-to-ceiling is famous for. windows also enjoy exclusive access to Belgrave Square and a glass balcony overlooking the garden. gardens, subject to the usual consents.

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ÂŁ7,500,000 leasehold

3 bedrooms | 2 receptions | kitchen | 3 bathrooms | patio garden | communal gardens | caretaker A stunning three bedroom two reception ground floor maisonette apartment of some 2,355 sq ft with its own entrance, private patio garden and access to communal gardens in a handsome Grade II listed building with caretaker on one of Knightsbridge’s finest garden squares. Ennismore Gardens is moments from Hyde Park and perfectly located for the world-renowned shopping and fine dining of Knightsbridge, South Kensington, Chelsea and Mayfair.

10 Clarendon Road London W11 3AA

020 7229 1414

Established 1897

A two-bedroom penthouse with exceptional views across London Bridgeman House, Kensington W14 • Master suite with dressing room • Large roof terrace • Two large underground parking spaces

GUIDE price

£2,950,000 TENURE

Leasehold 992 years remaining

• Gym, spa and pool • 24-hour Harrods Estates Concierge • 1,016sq ft/ 94.4sq m

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Established 1897

A bright and private, rare to the market, top floor duplex Evelyn Gardens, Chelsea SW7 • Three-Bedroom duplex • 1,317sq ft • Lift access

GUIDE price

£2,350,000 TENURE

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• Abundance of light • Private balcony • Ample storage throughout

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Property news Smart move Elena Dimova, managing director of CENTURY 21 Sophie Elena, advises sellers to be proactive and offer a competitive price With more stock coming to the market, as property owners look to cash in, and fewer than the typical amount of transactions taking place in the market overall, sellers have a choice to make, if they wish to conclude a successful sale. In a normal market, if your property has been on the market for a few months and has not sold, that would mean buyers are either seeing other properties at the same price level that compare more favourably to yours, or similar properties are being offered for less money. In the current climate, many buyers are expressing an interest in properties, showing there is pent-up demand, and then opting to rent instead. These buyers are not necessarily buying other properties for less or better properties for the same amount. They are simply hesitating, as they are not confident that prices will be higher in 12 months’ time. There are three broad options for sellers. If they believe that the uncertainty will settle and confidence will return in the short term, they should bide their time and persevere. If they think it will take at least a year for confidence to rebound, they may consider temporarily letting their property. If they are of the view that the market is to suffer for longer, or they prefer to sell sooner rather than later, they need to review the price now, before others do. Being proactive should pay off, if they are right about the direction of the market. It is the most basic principle of economics: the price that prevails is where the relationship between price and quantity supplied meets the relationship between price and quantity demanded. As individual sellers cannot control the quantity of properties offered or demanded in the market, they need to be competitive with their price in order to achieve a sale.

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Spotlight turns on RBKC’s affordable housing record An investigation into the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea’s affordable homes record has begun after new data collected for the BBC by EG, a property consultancy firm, showed that deals worth nearly £60m have been struck with developers in lieu of building affordable homes since 2011. Section 106 of the Growth and Infrastructure Act 2013, which requires new-builds to include affordable housing, plays a vital role in the development process – and without it many schemes would not get off the ground – but proceeds do not seem to be translating into new affordable homes. RBKC’s current target is to build 200 affordable units – flats or houses – each year between 2011 and 2021, but only 336 have materialised since 2011-12, with one year (2012-13) seeing just four completed. The research shows that £59.7m of payments were agreed during that same period, with deals worth £47.3m struck last year alone. EG’s Graham Shone described the 2016 figure as a “step change”, adding: “Maybe the council is a bit more receptive to those kinds of agreements going through as a way to encourage development across the borough.” RBKC’s latest development monitoring report, published a few months ago, revealed that £36.7m of that £59.7m remained unspent. RBKC’s line is that it has a “limited capacity to deliver housing” as the smallest of the London boroughs, with one of the highest population densities in England and Wales – and 4,000 listed buildings.



High Court overturns RBKC permissions after ‘calculation error’

Planning approvals for knock-through projects in Notting Hill and Kensington have been overturned by a High Court judge, after “errors” were found in the calculation of future housing land supply figures. Charles Noell’s proposed amalgamation of four apartments on Clarendon Road and Aref Lahham’s planned combination of two semis at Pembroke Cottages both suffered the same fate, after initially being given the all-clear by RBKC’s planning inspectors. Judge Neil Cameron QC concluded that the same mathematical mistake had been made in both cases, ruling: “The error arose because vacant units returning to use were deducted from the land supply requirement but included in the supply.” Noell’s argument that RBKC needed more “goodsized family dwellings”, and Lahham’s that the loss of one unit would be “insignificant”, failed to win over Judge Cameron, who said the inspectors’ mistakes were “material” and could have influenced their reasoning.

Kensington and Chelsea both in top five most desirable London districts

Property firm LiFE residential has revealed the top five most desirable neighbourhoods in London. According to a survey answered by 1,000 people, who were asked where they would live “if they could push reality aside and not consider their finances or personal circumstances”, Kensington and Chelsea are among the top five most desirable locations. Topping the list was Hampstead, with Richmond second and Mayfair fifth. Director of sales and marketing at LiFE Residential Scott Ayliffe said: “Areas like Chelsea and Kensington are perennially popular and it is no surprise that both featured high on this list, but it is nice to see a different place topping the list.”

In demand Michael Tavender, negotiator on Strutt & Parker’s Residential Development Lettings team, on why new-builds are achieving high rental yields The summer has proven that demand for new-build properties in Prime Central London isn’t dying down anytime soon, so for the moment we are making hay while the sun shines. Families looking for accommodation before their holidays and students wanting to be centrally placed before the academic year certainly kept us on our toes. Our steady stream of corporate tenancies even saw some properties being snapped up in record time. Residential Development Lettings is a specialist department within Strutt & Parker focusing on the new homes lettings market, from £400-per-week studios to £3,000-per-week penthouses. Often, we come to know our clients before their unit is built. We are their main point of contact, from completion of sale to let. We will liaise with developers on the build, provide furnishings for marketing and negotiate the best rents possible. In the past few weeks, we have let a beautiful fivebedroom townhouse in Ashchurch Villas for £1,800 per week and a £1,250-per-week two-bed on Victoria Street. The ten to 15 per cent discounts accepted by developers are not reflected in the lettings market, and while prices are not going to break records, the demand means investors are able to achieve strong yields of three to four per cent. It is now a case of waiting to see how negotiations with the EU progress; passport rights, freedom of movement and whether businesses will relocate to Europe are all important concerns to the London lettings market. For now, it’s important to strike while the iron is hot. London continues to appeal as a place to live, work and play. The outlook for the luxury development market is bright.

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St George’s Court, South Kensington Situated in the residential area of stylish South Kensington, St George’s Court is ideally located for Kensington High Street and boasts its own private garden for exclusive use by residents. In addition, the Royal Albert Hall and the museums of South Kensington are nearby.

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2/3 Bedroom | Newly Refurbished | Lift | Knightsbridge A brand new 2/3 bedroom apartment due for completion in November 2017. Spanning 87 sq m (936 sq ft), the apartment is currently undergoing a full refurbishment programme to exacting standards. Leasehold 126 years.

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Founded by William Morris, the SPAB protects the historic environment from decay, damage and demolition. It responds to threats to old buildings, trains building professionals, craftspeople, homeowners and volunteers and gives advice about maintenance and repairs. Since 1877 countless buildings have been saved for future generations.

Information about maintaining your home is available through events, courses, lectures, publications and telephone advice. To support our work why not join the SPAB? Members receive a quarterly magazine, our list of historic properties for sale and access to our regional activities. 020 7377 1644 A charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales. Company no: 5743962 Charity no: 1113753 37 Spital Square, London E1 6DY


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This elegant first floor apartment features two exceptional intercommunicating reception rooms with French windows leading onto a south facing balcony. The flat has been refurbished to an extremely high standard with three high quality bathrooms and a fully fitted kitchen. Albert Court is a well-run portered building close to the Albert Hall with a high level of security.

Fabulous family house which has just been refurbished to a high standard and is located in a quiet Belgravia street close to popular Elizabeth Street and Sloane Square and all the amenities they have to offer. The house is extremely light and has excellent well planned accommodation which is spacious and wellproportioned being ideal for both entertaining and family living. This property is presented in excellent condition.



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This pretty house has been neutrally decorated throughout and has excellent entertaining space with a large ground floor drawing room plus a family room and dining room which leads onto a pretty garden. The house is quietly situated in a popular street and only a stones throw from Notting Hill and all the amenities of the area.

A recently redecorated house situated within easy reach of Sloane Square and offering spacious accommodation with a large kitchen/dining room as well as an open double reception. The property has a south facing garden and is highly recommended.



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A world famous view only a few will call home Discover London’s new riverfront address The Dumont is the centre-piece of Albert Embankment Plaza, London’s most prestigious new riverfront quarter. Soaring 30 storeys it affords unparalleled views over the most famous stretch of the River Thames and a lifestyle without equal. Facilities include ten-pin bowling, games room, cinema, 12th floor lounge, dining room and roof gardens. Along with a state-of-the-art gym, infinity pool, spa and 24-hour concierge service. A collection of suites, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with a selection of elegant interiors are available.

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Neville Street, Chelsea SW7 

ÂŁ3,950 per week* Unfurnished

A beautiful 5-bedroom home which is presented immaculately, located ideally for Chelsea and South Kensington. Entrance Hall | Kitchen | Dining Room | Media Room | Study/Reception room | Guest double bedroom Master Bedroom suite | Further double bedroom suite |Two further bedrooms Two further bathrooms | Utility Room | Two Cloakrooms EPC rating E 3, 095 sq ft (287 sq m) Chelsea 020 3813 9547

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Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington W8 

ÂŁ5,250 per week* Unfurnished

A beautifully presented Victoria stucco fronted family house, with the advantage of a lovely south west facing garden. Drawing room | Dining room | Family room | Kitchen/breakfast Room | Six bedrooms Four bathrooms | Utility room | Garden | Balcony | Vaults EPC rating E 3,407 sq ft (316 sq m)

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Whiteheads Grove, Chelsea SW3

ÂŁ2,100,000 Freehold

An attractive two story house situated just off Chelsea Green.

Entrance Hall | Reception Room | Kitchen | Master Bedroom | Second bedroom | Bathroom 871 sq ft (80 sq m)

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Ovington Street, Chelsea SW3 

ÂŁ3,995,000 Freehold

A bright newly refurbished family house with an attractive west facing garden.

Entrance Hall | Double Reception Room | Kitchen | Master Bedroom with en suite Two further Bedrooms | Bathroom 1,651 sq ft (153 sq m)

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Hans Place, Knightsbridge SW1 

ÂŁ4,250,000 Leasehold

A superb first floor lateral apartment overlooking this prime Knightsbridge garden square. Entrance hall | Reception room | Master bedroom suite | Second double bedroom | Bathroom Direct lift access | Balcony | Resident porter | Access to communal gardens by separate arrangement EPC rating D 1,308 sq ft (121 sq m) Knightsbridge 020 3813 9270

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ÂŁ4,500,000 Share of Freehold

A newly refurbished and interior designed, duplex residence on Thistle Grove, SW10. Entrance hall | Reception room | Kitchen/dining room| Study | Cloakroom Master bedroom suite with dressing area and ensuite bathroom |Two further bedrooms (one ensuite) Further family bathroom | Utility room EPC rating D 2,369 sq ft (220 sq m) Chelsea SW10 020 3813 9587



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Kensington & Chelsea September 2017  

Showcases news concerning local residents and events happening in and around the Royal Borough, as well as intelligent and sophisticated fea...

Kensington & Chelsea September 2017  

Showcases news concerning local residents and events happening in and around the Royal Borough, as well as intelligent and sophisticated fea...