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“I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.” In 1999, seven years after the silver screen icon’s death, Marlene Dietrich was named by the American Film Institute the world’s ninth greatest female star; for her, as for every Hollywood actress of the era, image was of the utmost importance, both off and on screen. The V&A’s Hollywood Costume exhibition (p. 17) celebrates the craftsmanship and exquisite attention to detail that has been demonstrated by costume designers over the last century. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend a day marvelling at glamorous and iconic outfits from unforgettable films: Titanic, Atonement, Chicago, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Wizard of Oz, to name but a few. We particularly love the dress described by Diana Vreeland as a “million grains of golden caviar”, as worn by our cover star Dietrich in the 1937 film Angel. If you dream of living in the golden Hollywood era, delve into the new book commemorating the centennial of the legendary Beverly Hills Hotel. Nick Smith talks to author Robert S Anderson (p. 22) about his great-grandmother’s vision for the hotel; her first rule of hospitality was that her guests should have “the best of everything regardless of cost”. Searching for elegance and poise closer to home, Kathy Croker-Brown considers how the ‘Kate Effect’ is turning fashion on its head and looks back at the 20th century to see how aristocratic families, both British and international, have influenced what we wear over the decades (p. 27). This month, we’re shining a much-deserved spotlight on the work of the Rugby Portobello Trust (p. 34), the North Kensington-based organisation doing a sterling job in providing positive outlets for youthful energy and helping young people to engage in the community. In the first of a series of local profiles, we also speak to former cricketer, presenter and author Ed Smith about life in Notting Hill (p. 102) and Carol Cordrey explains why the Tony Cragg sculptures you’ll find on Exhibition Road are most certainly worth a visit (p. 46).

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ON THE SET OF THE 1937 silver screen hit The Bride Wore Red, Joan Crawford dazzled in a deep scarlet number, sensationally stitched with beads that caught every studio light. On screen she dazzled just as much in a sort of slate grey, the black and white image putting paid to the audience having any chance of seeing the bride wearing red. The Bride Wore Slate Grey would not have made so catchy a title. This October, Crawford’s dress can be seen in all its colourful glory as part of an enchanting new exhibition at the V&A that celebrates the history of Hollywood costume design. A host of others include the black floor-length gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the stunning green silk backless dress donned by Keira Knightley in Joe Wright’s Atonement. This exhibition will be unmissable for film buffs but also fascinating for all – it’s not just glitzy, iconic dresses that will be on display (though there will be plenty – including, of course, a Marilyn Monroe moment in the form of a dress and fur stole from Some Like It Hot) but a whole raft of memorable costumes from films as far apart in age and appeal as The Philadelphia Story and Terminator 3: The Rise of The Machines. Yes, this is not just a museum show for girls who like dresses (the V&A’s recent, brilliant Ballgowns ticked that box). There are costumes created for our favourite and greatest heroes and villains of the big screen, from Darth Vader to Jack Sparrow via Indiana Jones, have been tracked down and shipped to South Kensington. That light sabre, that whip and that hat will all be there on display. Neither is Hollywood Costume an excuse simply to reminisce and rejoice in our all-time movie favourites; it’s about celebrating the art of the costume and the influence of costume designers on the wonderful world of the Hollywood movie. How often have you stayed in the cinema as the credits roll? Rarely do costume designers get the recognition that they deserve but, just as you might leave wanting to buy the soundtrack, audiences and the fashion industry are increasingly left wanting to ‘get the look’ too. And here’s a thought... grandiose cinematic stories and epic historical dramas are sometimes criticised for having more beauty than substance (the recent adaptation of Anna Karenina springs to mind); rarely is it the other way around. Costumes can help detract from all manner of other weaknesses, but it’s hard to think of an example where they are the weakest link.

Professor Deborah Nadoolman Landis is not only had one of the best names in the business but is also among the most talented of costume designers, with credits including Raiders of the Lost Ark, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Trading Places and Coming to America for which she was Academy Award nominated. The V&A show is her project; with a team of top gun curators, love and determination she’s pulled together what she calls a “once in a lifetime showcase of movie magic”. As she puts it, “this is an exhibition you’ll want to swim in, not just dip your toe into. I can see people being here all day, never wanting to leave!” Because there will be something for everyone. The exhibition will cleverly incorporate the very hip – Brad Pitt’s red leather jacket from Fight Club – to the very hippie; Meryl Streep’s sexy little 70s jumpsuit, worn in the 2006 musical Mamma Mia! “People may go to the bright and shining moments but I guarantee what will prove most fascinating will be the simpler costumes, for example, from Brokeback Mountain,” says Deborah. “I mean, they look basic enough but the research that went into those boys’ costumes? Unimaginable! The late, great Marit Allen went to Wyoming to research this movie and she had to think: Why would they wear Levis or why would they wear Wrangler? A simple decision about what jeans they wore would help to tell their story.” The point is, there’s a whole lot of hard work that goes into creating even the most modern or simple of costumes. Each costume has to have its own history and should ask the questions: Where has it been worn before? When was it bought? Why? Costumes shouldn’t look like costumes because they need to look believable, be that beaten and worn, raggedy or freshly dry-cleaned. “We do not simply make things up,” says Deborah. “We need to justify each choice.” Compiling as broad a collection of the magical and the seemingly mundane as possible has been no easy task. Traditionally, there were no official archives at film studios – it’s only since the 1990s that Warner Brothers has kept an archive, before which, most costumes were re-cycled or sold on. It’s a Wonderful Life and Citizen Kane always top favourite movie lists but no costumes exist for either. A costume is only ever created for the story it has to tell and previously there has been little value in storing every shirt, dress and pair of trousers that appears on screen, especially when you don’t know how successful the movie will be in the long term.

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Luckily, collectors and fanatics can be relied upon and so it was a London lady who collects The Wizard of Oz memorabilia who donated Dorothy’s famous blue gingham pinafore dress. She is, says Deborah, “over the rainbow about being able to be part of the exhibition.” It’s not just clothes on display; more than 30 film montages will bring behind-the-scenes Hollywood to the halls of the V&A. Clever projections will show Alfred Hitchcock in conversation with Edith Head and Tippi Hedren, and Meryl Streep “sitting” across a dining room table from Robert De Niro. In part, this huge exhibit will feel more art installation than costume drama. After the V&A, the exhibition, which

A London lady who collects The Wizard of Oz memorabilia donated Dorothy’s famous blue gingham pinafore dress is sponsored by jeweller to the stars Harry Winston, will travel to Melbourne and then, by 2014, to the States. If all goes according to plan, the tour will aptly finish in Hollywood. “If I can make people think, ‘Hey, there’s a costume designer behind all of this’, when they next go see a movie, then my job will be done”, declares Deborah. For now, the finishing touches continue to be made. At time of going to press there were still more items Deborah was chasing on her wish-list and she is still negotiating with the owners over a certain pair of red shoes... Hollywood Costume, sponsored by Harry Winston, opens at the V&A on 20 October 2012 Tickets are now available from www.vam.ac.uk www.vam.ac.uk/hollywoodcostume

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This year the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel celebrates a century of Hollywood glamour and luxury. NICK SMITH talks to author Robbie Anderson about his great-grandmother’s vision for a hotel whose first rule of hospitality was that its guests should have “the best of everything regardless of cost” TUCKED AWAY AMONGST lush tropical gardens and overlooked by the Santa Monica mountains, the Beverly Hills Hotel is the epitome of everything ‘Hollywood’. Located on one of the most instantly recognisable addresses – Sunset Boulevard – it’s where ‘anyone who’s anyone’ has checked in over the past century. In the early days, silent movie stars such as Charlie Chaplin sipped cocktails in the famous Polo Lounge, while today celebrity spotters will see the likes of Reese Witherspoon or Brad Pitt chilling by the hotel’s equally famous pool. It’s a special time for the Beverly Hills Hotel, as 2012 marks its centennial. To celebrate the occasion Robert S. Anderson, great-grandson of the hotel’s founder Margaret Anderson, has published a sumptuous coffee table tome commemorating this enduring soap opera of the rich and famous. “There was only ever one thing my greatgrandmother wanted,” says Robbie. “That was to offer the best of everything to the world’s wealthiest people.”

From the early sepia-tinted images of the hotel’s construction to classic black and whites of Barbara Streisand, Sophia Loren and Audrey Hepburn, his collection of photographs tells the glittering story of Hollywood from the perspective of the world’s most exclusive movie star hangout. It’s been a labour of love for Robbie who has spent two decades gathering lost photographs from the family archives: “I had to become a digital wizard, learning how to use photo-editing software to restore and retouch these photographs before they got into worse condition.” The results are superb: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton share a kiss on their honeymoon at the hotel; Zsa Zsa Gabor steps into her Mercedes 190L; and Paul and Linda McCartney relax on the steps of the bungalow where their romance began. Of all the iconic photographs in the book, there is none better than the 1977 shot of Faye Dunaway posing by hotel pool the morning after accepting her Oscar for

Faye Dunaway poses by the hotel pool the morning after accepting her Oscar for Best Actress (1977)

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Best Actress. Breakfast untouched, newspapers strewn at her feet, her Oscar statuette glinting in the sunshine centre stage, Dunaway gazes ambiguously beyond the camera. The photographer has perfectly captured the bittersweet moment of triumph muted by tragedy: Dunaway’s co-star Peter Finch had died in the reception of the Beverly Hills Hotel only two months previously. This one image encapsulates perfectly the high-octane Hollywood lifestyle and the serious business of making movies. It’s become something of a myth, but for Robbie there’s more than a grain of truth to it: for every actor or studio executive to have made it big in Hollywood there will have been a turning point in their career that happened at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Whether it was at the pool or in the Polo Lounge, closing a deal or working up an idea for a movie, it happened at the Beverly Hills Hotel. So completely woven into the fabric of Hollywood mythology is the hotel that American author Fran Lebowitz famously described Los Angeles as a city “surrounding the Beverly Hills Hotel”. The legend only grew as The Eagles used an image of the hotel on the cover of their monolithic hit record Hotel California. But of all the golden eras of the Beverly Hills Hotel – and every decade seems to generate a new one – for Robbie nothing beats the glamour of the Roaring Twenties. This was when the “movie star system was in full operation.” Even more than that, the “magical ingredient was that in their glorious heyday the studios wanted their stars to appear accessible. Harold Lloyd would be shooting a movie on the front lawn of the hotel.” Charlie Chaplin could be spotted filming across the street in the park that had originally been part of the grounds of the hotel until Margaret Anderson donated it to the city of Beverly Hills. Then there were the famous races that would regularly draw crowd of 70-80,000 people. “Half of Southern California would turn up in those days,” says Robbie. And of course, everyone was rich. “This was a time when a million dollars was a lot of money,” he reflects. “Today, everyone’s a millionaire. But back then it was a booming era. People used to see the stars up on the screen in their local movie theatre and say: ‘I can do that!’ And they would come to Los Angeles to make their career.”

While nowhere conjures up the razzamatazz of Hollywood celebrity culture better than the Beverly Hills Hotel, Robbie insists that paradoxically the main reason for the hotel’s existence was to provide an oasis of serenity for the stars. “My great-grandmother wanted a place where they could get away from Hollywood that was getting kinda sleazy. She knew that what they wanted was privacy and luxury. It’s the same today. From the moment our guests arrive they are greeted by name and whatever they want, they have. If that means redecorating one of the bungalows, or moving in their own furniture, then that’s what happens. One of the things my great- grandmother always used to insist upon was that her guests were entitled to the best of everything regardless of cost.” For those who spend their time in the spotlight, discretion is a valuable commodity. For that reason, Robbie doesn’t talk about the big names that make the hotel their home today but he enjoys telling anecdotes about the eccentric business magnate and filmmaker Howard Hughes, a permanent resident of the hotel for more than three decades. Hughes would keep six or

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seven suites or bungalows at the Beverly Hills Hotel at any given time and was known for his increasingly strange requests. “With perhaps only a half-hour’s notice, he would hire the Crystal Ballroom. You could seat a thousand in there. But he’d hire it for a business meeting for two people, with a single table set right in the middle. “There were some real characters, and there is such history,” says Robbie nostalgically. “What you get today is an ambience that’s unparalleled. If you come here you’re going to see a major star, if that’s what you want. But what you really get is the quality of service and privacy. This is why the rich and famous keep coming back.” The Beverly Hills Hotel started out as a plot of land that was no more than “an ordinary beanfield” on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Today it’s as much part of the film world’s landscape as the Oscar itself. As Robbie says, such is the attraction of the hotel that it’s no longer merely the place where the rich and famous meet. It’s the last word in opulence, an exclusive bolthole in which to escape from the movie industry. Robbie’s greatgrandmother would approve: “We may change to keep up with the times. But we remain the fulfilment of Margaret Anderson’s dream to provide a hotel for the stars.”

THE FIRST 100 YEARS “This fascinating book is written by the Hotel’s most knowledgeable historian, the great-grandson of Margaret Anderson, the Hotel’s founder and original owner. Robert shares with us his exclusive archives, fabulous photographs, and intriguing stories, gathered over decades of dedicated research.” – Edward A. Mady, General Manager For more information visit www.thebeverlyhillscollection.com

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THE 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES will remain with us for the rest of our lives. The emotion and wonder of the dressage, the breathtaking rowing and the cunning of our fabulous cyclists – I could go on in praise of the outstanding sporting achievements of the GB athletes, dressed so smartly in patriotic navy and white, with flashes of red. However, the sartorial moment that had the biggest impact on me was the Stella McCartney jacket that she wore at the Opening Ceremony, joyously supporting her father as he led the communal singing. It is a long time since I have lusted after a fashion item, mainly because fashion has not been to my taste, but hurrah, hurrah, clothes have suddenly grown up again. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge will do many things more important than inspiring fashion trends but it is undoubtedly the ‘Kate Effect’ that has turned fashion on its head and returned us to true style. Fashion has at last found its way, thanks to Catherine. This leads me to ponder how royalty has influenced our way of dressing over the years. In the 30s we had the dark drama of Edward VIII’s (David) abdication – a bitter pill for everyone but undoubtedly sweetened by the supreme elegance of the much-married Wallis Simpson; not only her rapier slender clothes, usually by the American couturier Main Rousseau Bocher, cut to perfection and so perfect for their wearer, but also the wearer herself, tough, resilient and impossibly elegant. She still has influence to this day.

Fashion has at last found its way, thanks to Catherine David’s mother, Queen Mary, was also supremely stylish and wonderful to behold but not as easy to emulate because of the lavishness and therefore the expense involved. Wallis’s look was achievable. Then there was Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, by now married to ‘Bertie’ who had been catapulted on to the throne of the British Empire, to become the beloved and sensitive King George VI. Here we had a pretty country girl with a look of softness and compassion, charismatic – all of that – but with a quickness of wit, a shrewdness and determination not to leave it there. Suddenly emerged a style all her own. Pale wool crêpes, lavish fox fur trims and the breathtaking white wardrobe designed by Norman Hartnell for her 1938 trip to Paris. Queen Elizabeth was in mourning for her mother and black was deemed impossible for a hot Parisian July so Mr Hartnell had solved the problem, reminding Her Majesty of the suitability of white for this purpose. It was a sensation and rocked Paris back on its heels: the butterfly had emerged from the chrysalis.


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There were also two seriously attractive daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, by whom every mother of girls in the Western world was influenced, either by name or clothes or both. Queen Elizabeth’s love of wool crêpe came to the fore again in her daughters’ immaculately tailored coats, accessorised, would you believe, with single bar shoes, reminiscent of today’s ‘Mary-Janes’. However, little girls grow up and Queen Elizabeth’s two became the beautiful Princess Elizabeth and the theatrically pretty Princess Margaret. With perfect timing, who should come along in the 40s but a dapper little Frenchman named Christian Dior? He knew exactly what was required after the austerity of the war: a New Look. What was needed in order to Clockwise from top left / Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Photography: Chris Jackson/Getty Images The Duke & Duchess of Windsor, Photography: Thomas D. McEvoy/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images Grace Kelly, Photography: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Queen Elizabeth II, Photography: Cecil Beaton/Queen Elizabeth II V&A Images Charles and Camilla, Photography: Tim Graham/Getty Images

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certainly do not have the monopoly on that subject. They look wonderful and have driven many of us back to the gym. A good influence, don’t you agree? I am not commenting on Her Majesty in terms of style or fashion; she is truly beyond that, immaculate in all she does and a true phenomenon. We are blessed. So let us return to Catherine. Her mother Carol, and no doubt Carol’s mother before her, has demonstrated great wisdom in guiding Kate and her siblings through their formative years. But true innate style was also demonstrated brilliantly by her father Michael, who on 30 April 2011 went home, sat on his mower and cut the grass. Style indeed.

ROYAL STYLE wear this new look successfully, the Princesses had in spades – small waists, slender ankles and perfect posture. This was not economical on fabric but it was nonetheless an achievable look with British ingenuity and cunning with such things as granny’s old curtains, for example. All this was necessary in order to produce the impossibly full, mid-calf skirts that swished and swirled and made women feel truly feminine again.

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This treasure of a book, written by Luise Wackerl, explores the history of aristocratic style icons through the ages, going as far back as Louis XIV, who apparently started the red soled shoe trend centuries before a certain Christian Louboutin. White wedding dresses came courtesy of Queen Victoria and Tiffany & Co.’s famous blue was inspired by Empress Eugenie. Wackerl explores the relationship between royalty and fashion, “inviting the reader to feast on the beautiful and opulent photographs of the world’s aristocratic fashion icons”. The preface by Philip Treacy includes a charming anecdote: he recalls meeting Her Majesty The Queen at a design evening at Buckingham Palace and, despite the fact one should not question the Queen, he boldly asked, “Ma’am, do you enjoy wearing hats?” She stood back and replied: “It is part of the uniform.” www.prestel.com

These glorious Princesses married, Elizabeth to HRH Prince Philip and Margaret to Anthony ArmstrongJones, and between them produced six children. Her Majesty The Queen’s first born, Charles, now Prince of Wales, went on to marry, as we know, Lady Diana Spencer who undoubtedly had a great influence on how we looked (so long as you had good legs) because this was the Dallas and Dynasty era. What she wore (so well) was largely supplied to Diana by the Chelsea-based Catherine Walker, French again and a superb dress-maker. But I want to draw your attention to Lady Sarah Chatto, Princess Margaret’s daughter. Quiet, reserved and unbelievably stylish, she has somehow been overlooked by the fashionistas. Probably her choice, one would imagine, but do seek a sight of her wedding dress and indeed her bridesmaids dresses, all by Jasper Conran, that were achingly beautiful in their simplicity. She was never adequately lauded and applauded, in my view. Le derrière has been much commented upon during the past 18 months or so. However, Carla Bruni Sarkozy and Letizia of Spain fully demonstrate that we

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WILLY STIRLING explains what goes on at the North Kensington-based Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT) and why it’s most certainly worth supporting

THE ENTRANCE TO the Rugby Portobello Trust is cluttered with parents queuing to get their children into Homework Club. There is an air of excitement; term has definitely started again. Going in the opposite direction, the school day done, are pupils of RPT’s education service, 14-17 year olds, nearly all of them excluded from mainstream education, who are getting a second chance to attain GCSEs and NVQs. Inside, the head of Homework Club, Kirstin Edwards, points each child towards a volunteer who will help them with their homework. These volunteers can be anyone from teenagers completing Duke of Edinburgh Awards to students to retired professionals, all keen to give something back to their community. Located in North Kensington, RPT has provided facilities and help for local young people in one form or another since a concerned Old Rugbeian called Arthur Walrond set up a sports hall and social club for young people in 1884 in the severely deprived slum area of Notting Barns. Merged in 2003 with the Portobello Trust, a charity founded

in the 1980s by Gill FitzHugh MBE to help young people find jobs and housing, and with P3, an award-winning nationwide charity involved in many of the same activities as RPT, the Walmer Road premises offer a unique haven and a centre for advice and training for disadvantaged young people. It may surprise many that after 130 years there is a greater need than ever for the Rugby Portobello Trust, especially in one of richest boroughs in London. But cheek by jowl with some of the most expensive and sought-after properties in the world are areas which are measured as some of the most overall deprived in London. With huge pressure on housing, soaring unemployment amongst 16-24 year olds and an active gang culture, it is no wonder so many young people turn to crime and antisocial behaviour either as a release or a route to earning money (as last year’s riots showed us). RPT provides positive outlets for this youthful energy, aiming to help young people to engage in the community and society at large to find a route into stable employment. To do that, RPT combats a whole range of

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problems, and is constantly improving its services to do so. Its Children’s’ Services takes children from five to 11, providing Homework Club, supervised play areas in local schools, and sports at Walmer Road. Emphasis is put on coaching football, rugby and cricket, traditional sports that require team work, fair play and skill. With links to professional clubs, talented children are spotted and encouraged to hone their talent into a possible career (famous sportsmen who came out of the original Rugby Clubs include Daley Thompson and Dennis Wise). These activities give children places to play and interact and they also introduce them to RPT as a place to get advice and other services if they need them as they grow up. Youth Services cater for 11 to 19 year-olds, with sporting and other facilities, such as a state-of-the-art music and recording studio, a fully equipped gym and youth rooms where they can meet, play games and access the internet. RPT’s experienced youth workers are on hand to give advice and point them towards other RPT services. They also organise off-site expeditions into the country, and other destinations on residential courses, fostering teamwork and broadening the horizons of young people who rarely leave their neighbourhood. For those needing advice about sex and relationships there is the award-winning Seriously Sexy clinic in Walmer Road. For excluded school children, there is the Walmer Road Education Project which provides focused teaching for about a dozen pupils in a calm and responsive atmosphere, helping them towards 5 GCSEs. Those not as academically gifted can aim for NVQ levels 1 and 2, with the Portobello Navigator helping all pupils to find apprenticeships and employment. RPT’s Into Work service helps young people search for, find and keep work, coaching them in CV writing, applications, and interview techniques as well as guiding them towards the right sort of training, and teaching them the correct attitudes to become successful employees. In this overcrowded area many young people are forced out of their own homes, either because of their own destructive behaviour, or the dysfunctional nature of their families. RPT has six hostels catering for 41 16-26 year olds and a floating support service for a further 40 young people with their own tenancies. For young offenders RPT’s Link Work service helps them through the criminal justice system, and together with the new Hub service helps them to break the cycle of criminal behaviour and to find work, aiming to make them responsible members of society. RPT’s motto is: “Enriching lives and expanding horizons for local young people”. Long may they do so, for all of our sakes. 020 7229 2928; www.rugbyportobello.org.uk Donate: contact Gill Fitzhugh (gill.fitzhugh@rpt.org.uk) Volunteer: contact Catherine Moss (djmoss@btinternet.com)

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Brompton Design District The Brompton Design District (BDD) has become internationally recognised as the best place in London to experience great museums, architecture, garden squares, fashion and restaurants, as well as leading international design brands. In honour of its fifth anniversary, as well as the 10th anniversary of the London Design Festival, the BDD will be hosting more design partners, events and projects than ever before (40 in total). By temporarily taking over a five-story townhouse on the fashionable Cromwell Place, the design destination will have sufficient space to house 12 new international design projects, plus Arabeschi di Latte’s Wundertute Italian café. Curator Jane Withers will be bringing together exhibits and projects by designers from the UK, Europe and Africa. Highlights this year include Studio Insights: The Wonder Cabinets of Europe, which involves eight emerging practices from seven European cities bringing their studios to Brompton. 15-23 September Brompton Design District, 4 Cromwell Place, SW7 2JE www.bromptondesigndistrict.com

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Flights of Fancy For anyone who read either one of children’s classics The Secret Garden and A Little Princess as a child will remember how one of the key elements in bringing the stories to life were the matching illustrations. The image of Mary tentatively opening the hidden doorway into the secret garden perfectly evokes the enchanting story, as does that of Sara arriving at school in a beautiful blue drawn carriage in A Little Princess. For the first time, the delightful watercolours by Graham Rust are being exhibited at the Brompton Oratory. Almost 100 of the original drawings will be on display and the remaining illustrations will be available through the website. Rust is best known for his paintings and murals, first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1965; since then he has painted in Europe, America, India and the Middle East. All proceeds from the sale of the works will benefit Sightsavers, the international development charity which works to transform the sight and lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Above / Graham Rust’s nostalgic watercolour of Princess Sara entering the school and looking very much grander then she knew

Graham Rust’s watercolour for the front cover of The Secret Garden

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The River

Harmony Vasadidi-Ladi with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh at an anniversary dinner at Windsor Castle

“At dawn I went back to the river, and I took off my clothes and dived in the freezing water. I searched and searched but it was gone. But when I surfaced, I was holding something. Something else.” A remote cabin on the cliffs, a man and a woman, and a moonless night. This brief and nebulous description is the only information that has been given on Jez Butterworth’s latest production, The River, but if it is anywhere near as good as his previous play, Jerusalem, we can be sure that writer and director will not disappoint in bringing us another bewitching story. This time, Butterworth has reunited with Ian Rickson (director of Butterworth’s multi-award-winning play Jerusalem at the Royal Court, West End and on Broadway) who will once again take to the director’s chair. The River, 18 October – 17 November Tickets: available on the day of performance at 9am online and 10am in person Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS; www.royalcourttheatre.com

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award With help from four other mothers from the borough, a young mum from Chelsea, Harmony Vasadidi-Ladi, raised more than £18,000 in order to undertake The Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold exhibition in Holland with the group’s children. In honour of this enormous achievement, Harmony addressed more than 250 guests (which included HRH The Duke of Edinburgh) at an anniversary dinner at Windsor Castle about her experiences and challenges. Harmony Vasadidi-Ladi, Emily Mailes, Laura Pham, Rennice Mitchell and Hayley Anglim were the first young mums to complete their Gold Exhibition with children in tow. Speaking after the dinner, Harmony commented: “…Going to Windsor Castle, meeting His Royal Highness and talking in front of all the guest was one of the best experiences of my life.”

Jez Butterworth, Jerusalem rehearsals Photography: Simon Annand

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Women in Motorsport

Photography: Jason Dodd Photography

Georgie Shaw, Aurora Eastwood, Jodie Kidd and Annalese Ferrari with The Chelsea Pensioners

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Sarah Reader, Liz Halliday, Gail Hill Photography: Jeff Bloxhan

A day dedicated to the success and influence of women in the field of motorsport took place on Sunday 2 September at the Chelsea AutoLegends Festival. The 50th anniversary of the BWRDC (British Women Racing Drivers’ Club) was represented by some of the most decorated and inspirational women in the club’s 50 year history including Helen Bashfold-Malkie, the club’s chairman and managing director of Chevron Racing, whose career in single-seaters (ranging from Formula 3 to historic Formula 1) spanned an impressive 20 years; the first BWRDC winner of the Lord Wakefield trophy, Lorina McLaughlin; and Liz Halliday, the most successful woman in the history of the American Le Mans Series. The Castrol Women in Motorsport display, sponsored by HR Owen, was one of the main attractions in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Aurora Eastwood, Jodie Kidd Photography: Jason Dodd Photography

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Caught on Camera

All Images Photography: Brian Skerry

This year, the UK’s largest wildlife photographer show, hosted by zoologist and conservationist Mark Carwardine and wildlife expert and TV presenter Chris Packham, will present 20 of the world’s finest wildlife photographers who will be offering their expert advice. As well as inspirational talks, the two-day event will also feature a behind-the-scenes look at some of the most spectacular wildlife images, including winners of the prestigious Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Among the international greats in attendance will be Tui de Roy, Vincent Munier (sculptor, photographer and writer), Patricio Robles Gil and photojournalist Christian Ziegler. Representatives from Great Britain include Laurie Campbell, Pete Cairns, Mark Hamblin and Charlie Hamilton James. This year’s keynote speaker is award-winning underwater photojournalist, Brian Skerry; tickets for this event can be purchased separately for £5. WildPhotos, 19-20 October Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR For tickets, call 0871 231 0847; www.wildphotos.org.uk

Meteoric One might wonder whether Jonathan Huxley’s rapid rise to fame was the inspiration behind his latest exhibition, with the artist’s presence in the contemporary art world having increased astronomically over the past few years. His latest body of work, on show at the Crane Kalman Gallery from 18 October to 11 November, is indicative of Huxley’s playful style; he continues his experimentation with anonymous figures in a parallel universe of juxtaposing colours and constant movement. Crane Kalman Gallery, 178 Brompton Road, SW3 1HQ

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Insects, 2011 (oil on canvas)

Fiction, 2011 (mixed media on canvas)

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Top Dogs Challenge On Sunday 2 September, Europe’s first ever drag racer was on show at the Chelsea AutoLegends Festival in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Sydney Allard’s 1961 Allard Chrysler is a pioneering piece of motorsport history; it shaped the way for future racing greats, with characteristics of Allard’s iconic Art Deco, streamlined design still seen today, even at the highest level of motorsport. The Allard Chrysler was first revealed to the press at Silverstone in 1961, and in its heyday, the vintage racer clocked mid-10 second quarter miles, from a standing start, and reached speeds of around 150mph. www.chelseaautolegends.com

The Sydney Allard Chrysler – Europe’s first dragster Photography: Matt Woods Photography

Exhibition Road Show The first day of the Council’s Exhibition ROAD SHOW was attended by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, who was entertained by the choreography demonstrated by talented dancers and circus feats by resident performance company, The Exhibitionists, as well as Tomáš Libertíny’s artistic collaboration with honey bees The Agreement. The Duchess joined visitors in playing archive board games from the V&A collection and met a variety of people including the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Christopher Buckmaster and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Sir Merrick Cockell, as well as performers from the festival. A free and inclusive festival, ROAD SHOW was designed to explore the creative potential of Exhibition Road, a new urban streetscape, with an array of games, dance, scientific displays and experiments, music, acrobatics and aerial displays, new writers’ commissions and visual art installations.

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Exhibition ROAD SHOW on 28 July

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Fashion: Visions and Decisions This October, 20th Century Theatre in Westbourne Grove will be presenting Fashion: Visions and Decisions, a two-day fashion fair which will look back at fashion through the ages. The show’s inspiration comes from one of the creators of the Gallery of Antique Costume and Textiles, Alyson Burdon, who has spent decades specialising in the art of costume. There will be a treasure trove of clothing and accessories drawn from the Middle East, Far East, Europe and Africa and young exhibitors looking to make their mark on the fashion market will include: Semon Cashmere – from the steppes of Mongolia, Semon has worked tirelessly to create the finest quality cashmere and this will be her debut showing to the public; Black Tangerine, displaying a wide-ranging collection of handbags of the finest quality; and April Agnew Somerville, who specialises in recycled funky furs and makes encapsulating hats, cuffs, collars and coats. There will also be some surprise exhibitors, so visit to ensure you don’t miss out. 11 October (11am to 10.30pm) and 12 October (10am to 6.30pm) The 20th Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11 2QA 020 7229 4179; www.20thcenturytheatre.com

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Strider the horse and owner William Reddaway trotted onto Kensington Town Hall’s forecourt this July for a special audience with the Mayor, Cllr Christopher Buckmaster and the Deputy Mayor, Cllr the Lady Borwick, to promote their charity ride round England. Setting off in spring 2013, Strider and his rider are planning to cross 2,500 miles in six months in a bid to raise £250,000 for the Family Holiday Association and Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre.

As one would expect of one of London’s top outdoor venues, The Roof Gardens in Kensington has been exceptionally busy this summer, kick-started by the Jubilee Bank Holiday and followed in spectacular fashion by the Olympic Games. In fact, during London 2012, the Club welcomed more than 5,000 people from around the world, so it’s not surprising that it’s been shortlisted as Best Club in this year’s London Lifestyle Awards. The Roof Gardens’ Live Music season also returns in October with a fantastic line-up of artists every weekend until the end of March next year. Last year’s programme was a roaring success, with 185 different acts performing over 76 nights and more than 7,000 people attending. As a result of this programme, The Roof Gardens received the London Club and Bar Live Music Venue award for 2012, voted by London’s clubgoers and an industry committee panel. Some of the most memorable performances last season included 2011 X Factor contestants and Britain’s Got Talent finalists The Loveable Rogues (since signed by Sony Music). The Tudor Garden’s clear-roofed, heated marquee will play host to the season’s performances and tickets will be available to buy online. Find full details about all the upcoming acts and ticket information (prices start at £15 and include entry to The Club from 10pm onwards) at www.roofgardensclub.com/entertainment.

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Strider (horse) with owner William Reddaway and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the Royal Borough Photography: Philip Gammon

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AR T CAROL CORDREY finds works of art both old and new to inspire and enrich our lives

Multiplied 2012 This distinctive art fair devoted to print editions of contemporary art remains unique in the UK. Its popularity has burgeoned since its inception in 2010 and it returns to Christie’s South Kensington looking bigger and better than ever, with 41 galleries from the USA, Spain, the UK, France and elsewhere across the globe presenting art prints, with prices starting at £100. With new works being launched by emerging and established British and international artists, Multiplied 2012 is the ideal opportunity to enjoy art by spotting new talent or starting a collection at fairly low cost. There’s even more pleasure to be gained from the fair’s appealing programme of art events organised in collaboration with Christie’s Education and, of course, the refreshments at the themed William Norris & Company pop-up café.

Adel Abdessemed, No Smoking, 2012, Edition of 30 Image courtesy of Parasol Unit Foundation, London

Alex Dodge, Everything appears as it is, infinite, 2011, Edition of 30 Image courtesy of Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop & Forth Estate, New York

Rachel Whiteread, Gold Leaf, 2012, Bronze & gold leaf, Edition of 30 Image courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery, London

Multiplied 2012 Christie’s, 85 Old Brompton Road South Kensington, SW7 3LD 12-15 October www.multipliedartfair.com

Francois Berthoud, V (Orange), 2011, Edition of 25 Image courtesy of Fashion Illustration Gallery, London

Q&A with Moira Gemmill, the V&A’s Design Director Q: You have received planning permission and a total of £25 million has been pledged for this project to date but how much more money needs to be raised and can the public help? A: This is a £42 million project. We aim to raise all the money through donations from private individuals, trusts and foundations, and are always pleased to hear from new donors.

Q: With the current funds available, are you able to start building works yet? A: Yes, but there is work to be done to re-route and clear the existing site first. We expect to start building work next year.

changes to the V&A can we look forward to? A: AL_A has come up with an innovative scheme to create a new entrance to the V&A from Exhibition Road, a large underground gallery for our major temporary exhibitions and a courtyard at street level set within the V&A’s historical façades. The courtyard will be used for installations and performances and will house a new café.

Q: Are you planning any major exhibitions or membership opportunities to launch the completion of the project? A: The new gallery will open with a major V&A exhibition but it is too early to give details.

Q: AL_A (Amanda Levete Architects) won the design competition; what external and internal

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AR T CAROL CORDREY recommends local exhibitions worth attending and auctions with prize lots on offer

Iconic Film-Maker, Photographer and Painter

Both images © Willian Klein / courtesy HackelBury Fine Art, London

In the 1950s to 60s, New York artist William Klein was celebrated for his photography for magazines such as Vogue as well as his depictions of urban life that he made into acclaimed feature films and documentaries. In the fashion world, Klein caused a sensation by photographing models not in the typical studio environment but in the harsh surroundings of the streets. Klein was also an accomplished painter who created figurative and abstract works early in his long career, often with flattened forms resembling mechanical parts in the manner of Fernand Léger (1881-1955). This fascinating aspect of his work has been rarely publicised but now HackelBury is presenting some of Klein’s unseen paintings alongside his first experimental photography. It coincides with a major joint exhibition at Tate Modern (10 October – 20 January) that brings together depictions of street and daily life created with a camera by William Klein and Daido Moriyama, the celebrated photographer identified with Japan’s radical Provoke movement. William Klein: Paintings, Etc. 21 September – 20 December www.hackelbury.co.uk

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Stripe and moving black square, 1952

Art’s Most Wanted Maritime & Scientific Models, Instruments and Art

Award-Winning Portrait Artist Item: Campervan, oil on canvas Artist: Craig Wylie Background: Traditional still lifes made serene and modern by this 2008 BP Portrait Award winner Exhibition Price Range: £2,500 – £15,000 Date: 18 October – 3 November Location: Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery, 20 Park Walk Chelsea, SW10 0AQ www.jonathancooper.co.uk

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Item: Remarkable scale model diorama of the Victory preparing to sail, anchored off Agincourt Sound, Sardinia at 3.45pm on 19 January 1805 with the captains of the Active and Seahorse approaching to report Background: Possibly the most complex and detailed presentation of this famous ship yet undertaken Estimated value: £20,000 – £30,000 Date: 31 October Location: 25 Blythe Road, Kensington, W14 0PD www.25blytheroad.com A 1:96 scale model diorama of the Victory preparing to sail, anchored off Agincourt Sound, Sardinia, at 3.45pm on 19 January 1805 with the captains of the Active and Seahorse approaching to report Image courtesy of Charles Miller Ltd Auctioneers of Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments, Objects & Fine Art

Battersea Park Fully Decorated The country comes to town courtesy of the Decorative Antique & Textiles Fair; more than 140 exhibitors from the UK and Europe arrive at Battersea Park with a vast selection of furnishings and decorative items spanning the Georgian period to modern times. Anybody wanting to furnish or add a final flourish to their flat, penthouse, townhouse, manor or mansion will find furniture, glassware, textiles, clocks, paintings, screens, period fridges and ceramics – some created by iconic artists. The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Date: 2-7 October, Battersea Park Price: Tickets £10 (includes catalogue) Information: There will be a free shuttle service from the Sloane Square Hotel every 15 minutes www.decorativefair.com

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Art Thou? Chinese contemporary art expert and Hua Gallery owner SHANYAN KODER shares her top tips for getting started in the world of contemporary art investment THE GENRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART is very speculative, and indeed, people who already invest know that, but Chinese contemporary art, in particular, presents some exciting opportunities for investors. The growth in the market in recent years is due to the government in China investing a great deal in allowing artists to develop, and every indication is that the trend is only going to continue. There are many established artists whose politically-themed works are as well known as they are desirable but it’s more exciting, and there’s more investment upside, to search for the next wave, be it abstract art, installation art, sculpture or design, which is what the Hua Gallery specialises in. To get started in the world of contemporary art investment, you must understand the history of how the movement has progressed to the present day and what is prevalent right now. Given how quickly the contemporary art world has expanded and evolved over the past 50 years, it is crucial to familiarise yourself with a brief background on what has happened. One of the most important factors that distinguishes contemporary art from other movements is that it responds to, or triggers, issues in our world today. It is relevant culturally, politically and socially, which affects both its desirability and its value. Visiting the latest exhibitions at museums and galleries will give you a sense of what issues are hot commodities in this area of the art world, and in addition, joining gallery mailing lists will help you to keep your finger on the trend pulse, as well as ensuring you’re invited to previews. Attend art fairs and subscribe to art-specific magazines to find out about established names and what is happening in the auction market. When looking to purchase for long-term profit, a piece of art must come at a good price and one which is likely to rise in value over time. In this respect, emerging artists have more upside potential than established names. Of course, it is good to own work by an established artist as its price is less likely to fall but the investment potential for such artists has usually already been defined. Spotting emerging artists before their market explodes can reap huge profits. If you do want to invest in art for profit, I would suggest that you buy works from galleries with programmes for new and emerging artists. Galleries are constantly on the lookout for contemporary artists who have undiscovered talent and in most cases have done all the research and hard work for you. When a gallery does decide to represent a new artist, it means that the team believes in the artist’s talent and thinks he or she will be a critical and

Shanyan Koder and works by Guocheng Chen

commercial success. Build a relationship with the gallery and make an effort to understand the artist and his or her creative philosophies. The best galleries are always happy to give catalogues and offer any kind of assistance to help their collectors to understand the art they are buying. Hua Gallery, for example, offers a professional consulting service to ensure you build a collection you love. Being able to connect with the work you buy is one of the best indicators that a piece of art has value, both to you and on the market. Purchasing a work of art often requires a degree of self-reflection and selfknowledge because art appreciation is so subjective. You may respond to a work because it is poetic and beautiful, or because the messages are haunting and disturbing. You will have to dig deep in some cases, where the creative concept may be difficult to digest at first sight, but in every case, it is important to make a connection, be it emotional or spiritual, with the work you collect. Remember to consider any purchase as a long-term investment, rather than a speedy buy-and-sell for a quick profit. Whilst the future value of an artwork is never guaranteed, it is often the case that a work of art will hold or increase in value over time.

Contemporary art is relevant culturally, politically and socially, which affects both its desirability and its value

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Hua Gallery, Unit 7B, G/F, Albion Riverside, 8 Hester Road, Battersea, SW11 4AX www.hua-gallery.com Xuhong Shang: Marred Moonbeam exhibition, 25 September to 31 October

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Exhibition Spotlight THE FACES OF TONY CRAGG One of South Kensington’s busiest areas has been pedestrianised and with a name like Exhibition Road, what better way to celebrate it than with an exhibition by sculptor Tony Cragg RA? CAROL CORDREY investigates EXHIBITION ROAD WILL BE home to five of the acclaimed sculptor’s new works and six others will be displayed indoors at the adjacent Victoria & Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. All are big locations, which makes them perfect for Cragg’s dramatic, innovative sculptural forms that range from bronze, cast iron and steel, to stone and wood. These world-famous museums lie at the heart of our culture and their existence is linked to the Great Exhibition of 1851, the profits from which helped to fund them originally. Now, Cragg’s work will be linking these institutions once again as members of the public wind their way around the museums and the pedestrianised zones to enjoy the sculptures. It is also particularly fitting that Cragg has been selected to launch this new feature of Exhibition Road, as the area brings back wonderful childhood memories of museum visits and of being a student attending the Sculpture Department of the Royal College of Art, which was located in Exhibition Road. The project also feels like a homecoming because Cragg’s studio lay behind the Science Museum from 1973 to 1977. The remarkable and disparate collections of all the museums have inspired him throughout his career. The Exhibition Road show is presented by the charitable Cass Sculpture Foundation, which for the past 20 years has commissioned, displayed and sold sculpture by leading international artists from its vast, beautiful grounds near Goodwood, Sussex. This show is also part of the London 2012 Festival, a 12 week cultural feast spread across the UK. Gaining permission for the Exhibition Road event required careful negotiations with the three London boroughs. Fortunately, Cragg found them all “very keen and helpful” and, in return, he has been sensitive about the choice of work and their locations amidst the imposing, lofty architecture of the surrounding buildings. Throughout his life, Cragg has created dramatic pieces that have ranged from the sharply angular to the soft and fluid, and from the recognisable to the highly abstract: the sculptures in this show will be equally varied but will retain the wonderful originality and thought-provoking qualities that instantly engage viewers. The largest of the outdoor sculptures in Exhibition Road will be Mixed Feelings, which stands five-and-a-half metres tall and is constructed from bronze. Its irregular, fluid shape has a beautifully polished surface that traps light and shade. The whole sculpture seems to be the embodiment of the human spirit, swaying, uncertainly, from one set of emotions towards another before finally reconciling itself at the narrow base.

Above from left / Points of View, Photography: Charles Duprat Mixed Feelings, Photography: Michael Richter Ferryman, Photography: Olaf Faustmann


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Nearby will be the equally dramatic, but slightly more naturalistic, pierced bronze sculpture, Ferryman. It hints at a misshapen or fantastical animal with textured skin, supported on the ground by the tail-end of its rounded body and what could be a leg. The pointed upper section suggests a head and nose looking inquisitively towards the sky. The mystery that pervades this sculpture is certain to make it very popular with young visitors. Near Imperial College will be a smaller but very captivating sculpture, Points of View. Only Cragg could have the skill to present oddly shaped columns comprising lumps of bronze from which human profiles emerge. Viewed from the opposite side, the sculpture reveals more faces that, rather aptly, have different points of view of Exhibition Road. In the Natural History Museum, Cragg displays his large, pale, wooden design, A Head, I Thought. This heavily abstract piece is curvaceous and very tactile. Its jutting ledge at the base gives a jaw-like appearance and the open area above, hints at a mouth. Above that are rectangular apertures that could be nostrils and eyes. All are flanked by what could be drooping ears. However, as the title suggests, Cragg is inviting viewers to interpret the work for themselves. The dark, large-scale Accurate Figure is anything but a clear-cut figurative piece but it is all the more compelling for that. Tall and columnar overall, it has curvaceous sections oozing from it at irregular intervals as if it were melting. This sculpture will look awesome inside the V&A and inspire endless analysis, as, indeed, all Cragg’s work does. Tony Cragg at Exhibition Road 25 August – 25 November 2012 www.festival.london2012.com www.sculpture.org.uk

Above from left / Accurate Figure; A Head, I Thought, Photography: Michael Richter

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EACH YEAR SINCE 2007, Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard, has designed a Haute Joaillerie collection; with inspiration drawn from awards ceremonies attended by top actors and actresses, it has been appropriately named the Red Carpet Collection. This year, Scheufele has played with the theme of colours: exquisite rubies, emeralds, padparadscha sapphires, amethysts and tourmalines pervaded the 60-piece collection. In honour of the 50th anniversary of the death of Marilyn Monroe, Chopard created a special Marilyn Monroe Tribute Set. A bib style necklace (worn by Eva Herzigova at this year’s Cannes Film Festival), it is made up of more than 151 carats of diamond beads,

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30 carats of heart-shaped diamonds and an assortment of almost 19 carats of assorted diamonds. The design echoes Scheufele’s philosophy of the precious stones being “an indispensable ally for women on the red carpet”, not to mention Monroe’s mantra of diamonds being a girl’s best friend. Knockout Chopard pieces shone on the likes of Lana Del Rey, Jane Fonda and Dolores Chaplin at the 2012 Festival and, remaining true to its cinema ties, Chopard was also recently announced as the exclusive jewellery and watch partner for Diana, the upcoming film based on the life of the Princess of Wales. www.chopard.com

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SalonQP Returns Following record numbers of visitors and exhibitors at last year’s event, SalonQP will be returning to the Saatchi Gallery between 8 and 10 November of 2012. Now in its fourth year, the UK’s only fine watch exhibition will present an impressive array of horological delights, including presentations, debates and static exhibitions from the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. With a list of exhibitors stretching from Arnold & Son to Zenith – via the likes of Chopard, Jaeger-LeCoultre, TAG Heuer and Vacheron Constantin, among many others – the event will showcase the watch industry’s finest craftsmanship. SalonQP opens with a VIP reception on Thursday 8 November, with the exhibition open to ticket holders on 9 and 10 November, including a cocktail reception on the Friday evening.

It has been providing its clients with the “most affordable, expensive” watches in the world since 2005 but nothing Christopher Ward has produced before offers quite as much value for money as its new C900 Single Pusher Chronograph. An extremely rare example of a luxury watch being put together by just one man (in this case, either legendary watch maker Johannes Jahnke or his assistant Frank Stelzer), each C900 Single Pusher costs £2,450, despite being one of only 250 made. The automatic chronograph can be started, stopped and reset with a single ‘pusher’, or button. www.christopherward.co.uk

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ONE TO WATCH Each month we select our timepiece of the moment from the watch world’s latest releases

Like all Patek timepieces, the 5396/1R-001 has a timeless appeal and elegance that will never fade. The watch features a mechanical automatic movement, brown sunburst dial and annual calendar complication with day, date and month indications

5396/1R-001, £51,680 (RRP), Patek Philippe

Precision Styling After the news that Burberry will be making a move into the world of fine watches next month – a story the company insists we can’t print with pictures until then – Ermenegildo Zegna has announced it is doing the same thing. Taking the High Performance concept it pioneered with fabrics as inspiration, the brand has unveiled two High Performance Chronographs (£4,000) and a High Performance Sea Diver (£2,200). The former is black ceramic with ergonomic rubbercoated push pieces and the steel-cased Sea Diver, with an operating depth of 300m, features a blackened aluminium insert. www.zegna.com

Available at Harrods, Selfridges and Watches of Switzerland

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From the Office to the

Open Sea

In less than two decades, Panerai has gone from purveyor of military wristwatches to producer of some of the industry’s most popular timepieces. Richard Brown sets sail with the brand’s CEO Angelo Bonati at the annual Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge

All images from Panerai’s British Classic Week © Panerai by Guido Cantini


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THEY’RE THE ARCHETYPAL City boy watches. Bold-faced and portly-proportioned, Panerai’s Luminor and Radiomir timepieces have ridden the oversized wristwatch wave to become the number one choice for any banker looking to make a statement. It’s one reason, among others, that Panerai’s products provoke such a ‘Marmite’ effect. “You hate it or you love it,” admits CEO Angelo Bonati. “There is nothing in between. My opinion doesn’t really make any difference.” We are talking at the Cowes leg of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – an annual series of ten races that commence in Antigua and conclude in the waters of Cannes. Despite the difference in opinion that Panerai elicits, Mr Bonati is adamant the company won’t be changing its design direction any time soon. “Panerai is a very particular brand with very particular clients. We have a different soul to others, different

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passions and a very different history.” That they do. Founded in Florence in 1860, Officine Panerai’s rise to the top of the timepiece industry owes much to the Italian Navy. Having been supplied with precision instruments by the company from before the 20th century, in 1936 the Command of the First Submarine Group turned to Panerai for a watch that would be able to withstand the extreme conditions to which the sea would subject it. The result was the Radiomir, a watch featuring a cushion-shaped case, 47mm diametre and a hand-wound mechanical movement supplied by Rolex. 13 years later – after a World War in which Panerai provided the frogmen of the Decima Flottiglia MAS with timing instruments – came the Luminor. Like the Radiomir, the Luminor took its name from the luminescent material Panerai developed to make its watches legible in the dark and underwater. For the next four decades the brand continued making watches exclusively for the Italian Navy; not until 1993 did

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Panerai produce a series of models aimed at the civilian market. Despite the change in clientele, little about the company’s creations changed. The characteristic large dial remained, as did the iconic crown-protecting lever-clamp device. “The history and character of our watches has stayed very strong,” says Bonati. “We are an Italian brand born out of Florence, the city of art, culture and beauty. Our authenticity is one of the things that keep our clients satisfied.” With its longstanding links to the sea, it is perhaps no surprise that the company is keen to keep its image associated with sailing, and with classic yachts in particular. For the last eight years the Classic Yachts Challenge has run under Panerai’s sponsorship, an event the brand has used to champion the sport, and its own heritage-led persona, across the globe. “The region of the brand is the waters, the sea,” confirms Bonati. “Panerai needs to be always linked to its origin otherwise it runs the risk of losing its path, or losing its clients because they don’t understand you anymore. We consider the classic yacht, not the modern ones, very linked to our place within the watch industry.” More than simply paying to have the event prefixed by its own name, Panerai’s commitment to the Classic Yachts Challenge extends to the company fielding its own Bermudan ketch in this year’s series. Discovered languishing in an advanced state of disrepair in Antigua, Eilean was purchased and brought to Italy in 2006. Following exhaustive restoration, the boat made her UK regatta debut in Cowes this year, one of more than 70 vintage boats that made its way to the

turbulent tides of the Solent. “When we found the boat it was sinking,” explains Bonati. “But as soon as I saw it, I fell in love. We spent four years of our time restoring her and now she is an ambassador for the brand and its future. There is something very special about Eilean: the first Panerai wristwatch was made in 1936; Eileen was made in 1936.” Despite being one of the worst summers on record, 2012’s Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge attracted enough boats to make it the largest and most historically significant collection of vintage vessels to gather in UK waters for more than a decade. Off the back of such events awareness of the Panerai brand is growing year by year, their products appearing in increasing frequency in bars and boardrooms across the country. Bonati has already discussed the flourishing success of his brand within the UK, but what about elsewhere? “The watch industry is growing around the world. The biggest markets for us depend on if you are talking about regions or countries. If you consider regions, then Europe; if you consider countries, then sales in Italy and Hong Kong are more or less the same. China is of course a big potential market. But for now we are selling more to the Chinese in Europe than to the Chinese in China.” Back in Britain, there’s no denying that City-types make up an important

PAM00438 Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica – 44mm.


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PAM00422 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days – 47mm.

contingent of Panerai’s fan-base. How, then, did Panerai suffer when the recession started pinching at the pockets of those in the Square Mile? According to Bonati, it didn’t. “The recession was easy. I think if you have a good business model, a good product and good communication, you can fly over a recession. Maybe you grow less fast than before, maybe you have to work a little harder, but you can continue. That’s what happened for Panerai. Over last few years, we have grown very well.” Indeed, within Panerai’s 150-year history the period between 2006 and 2010 represents one of the brand’s most successful spells. In 2007 Panerai announced the launch of three calibres completely designed, engineered and produced in-house while 2008 saw the opening of numerous boutiques across Asia, Europe and the United States. Recession? What recession? And of the future? Bonati is excited. “We are having a revolution. But one that will see us keep the same soul, the same design and the same positive element that brings Panerai to life. Sometimes I mention Mercedes. If you compare the latest Mercedes with one made ten years ago you see a huge difference but you continue to feel the same car. That’s what has to happen with Panerai; a continual evolution where the history of the brand is never forgotten.” It’s a formula that’s served the company well over the last decade and one that will no doubt see it sailing smoothly into the future. www.panerai.com

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Jewellery

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

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Haute and ready-to-wear jewellery designer Alidra Alic’s imagination must be an extremely pleasant place; a world filled with beautiful flowers, sumptuous colours and delicate, fluttering shapes. We’ve been fortunate to have access to this fairytale floral universe through Alic’s rare pieces of jewellery, as much statements of art and culture as they are aesthetic adornments. The uniqueness of her designs is ensured by Alic’s self-invented techniques, as all the pieces are handcrafted using textures and colours free from manufacturing methods. The result is an entirely organic form whereby the flowers are given a lifelike quality. Alic continues her floral theme with her haute jewellery collection, aptly entitled Flora.

As much a title as a definition, Jessica McCormack’s latest collection seeks to change our perception of diamonds. McCormack juxtaposes different styles, cuts and settings of the precious jewel in order to create individual pieces which still remain within the confines of established style codes. A pair of romantic bow-shaped earrings is contrasted with edgy Torpedo earrings while a minimalist gold Pipe ring is sat next to eternity bands in a classic Georgian cut-down setting. With such unusual but stunning combinations, McCormack plays with our preconceptions of how a diamond can be worn and reveals the endless possibilities it can hold. www.jessicamccormack.com

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CUTTING EDGE Since the successful launch of her first collection for the house, Metamorphosis, Eliane Fattal has continued to work with S.J. Phillips to create one-off jewellery pieces. Her latest collection, Pensée, consists of unique jewels based on 19th century American enamelled flowers

“The collection signifies a move away from the old that was innovative in its time, towards the new in a way that serves the new woman”

Left and above / ‘A Bouquet of Thought’ Pansy and bleeding heart ring with American enamel and gold flowers, £9,750; ‘Think of Me’ two Pansy ring with American enamel and gold flowers decorated with pearls and a single diamond, £6,500 Both Eliane Fattal for S.J. Phillips

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Contemporary British jewellery designer Shaun Leane has teamed up with ancient luxury house Asprey for his latest collection. Leane was greatly influenced by the brand’s British roots and heritage and so created a jewellery line inspired by English woodland flora. The Woodland Collection comprises charm bracelets, earrings and bracelets featuring whimsical symbols of nature including mushrooms, blackberries and acorns. www.asprey.com

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A Joy

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Private jeweller and international gemstone specialist Robert Procop, who has made the pursuit of the perfect diamonds his lifetime goal, was recently announced Editor-in-Chief of Famous Diamonds. OLIVIA SHARPE speaks to the man of the moment about his career

“IT SEEMS AS IF humankind has always attempted to define and illustrate the beauty of a natural diamond, in so many words. Attempts have been noble, if not entirely successful. Because the truth is, one can never hope to truly capture all the lustre of a diamond in just a few sentences.” So it has been said by a Chinese proverb. As mere pieces of carbon, dug from the earth, it is sometimes hard to understand why diamonds are one of the world’s most sought-after commodities. An absolute in the world of geology, the diamond has become a symbol of perfection to us. What is it that makes diamonds so precious? For international diamonds and gemstone authority Robert Procop, this is a question he has been asking since childhood. “You know, when I first started, I didn’t think I was going to do it forever because I was young at the time. But I was always fascinated by diamonds; how a small piece of carbon could become a diamond over millions of years. What is it about a diamond that fascinates everyone?” Procop found himself so perplexed by the diamond’s captivating qualities that he has made it his lifelong ambition to

explore the globe in pursuit of these rare stones. He began buying and selling precious gemstones as a teenager. Through this, he earned enough to support himself at university and, in his final year, to open a jewellery shop on Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. Soon after, Procop was commissioned by President Ronald Reagan to design a symbolic pin for the ‘Just Say No’ drugs campaign. This first commission not only indicated how he was gaining notoriety as the go-to diamond specialist but also his belief in the precious stones as more than objects of beauty. By placing customised pins on noteworthy supporters, Procop generated media hype and sent the message to those with drug problems that they, too, could strive for something seemingly unattainable. Procop used the diamond to create a symbol that was meaningful and universal and helped to change the fortunes of drug victims throughout America. After spending the next few years opening stores and developing a substantial wholesale business in fine jewels, Procop turned his attention to what would be the biggest challenge of his career, recovering the fortunes of what was then Asprey & Garrard (the two jewellery houses merged in 1998 due to financial troubles). Procop was the perfect choice, firstly because of his business prowess and

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secondly due to his ultimate conviction in the preservation of the historic Crown Jewellers. Procop believed it was not just a “merchandising opportunity” but an opportunity to preserve an “historic monument” in need of protection. In February 2000, Procop took Asprey to the Oscars in an attempt to save its fortunes. With no money to spend and heavily in debt, it was a risky decision that could have proved fatal. However, the born businessman rose to the occasion as he had done previously with the ‘Just Say No’ Campaign. By dressing celebrities for the red carpet, the exposure guaranteed that Asprey would, once again, become recognised as a leading luxury goods house. The company went from running at a £100 million loss to a £7 million loss and, shortly afterwards, it was in profit. With Procop at the helm, the company was steered out of financial turbulence and into calm waters. Following the success of the Style of Jolie collection (the jewellery collaboration with Angelina Jolie, which was launched two years ago and taken to the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat this summer), Procop was recently announced Editor-inChief of Famous Diamonds. Regarded as “the Bible” for diamond specialists, Procop hopes to continue predecessor Lord Balfour’s legacy by adding to the existing work and by sourcing “new discoveries, involving notable diamonds, and to enhance these notable diamonds with images and new technical information that

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may provide information not only to the gemologist but also to the collector”. A treasure-seeker at heart, he wishes to tell the untold story of diamonds, because for Procop, it is not the gem but the “interesting and romantic story behind each one that is the real beauty of it.” Despite his other enterprises, the gemstone trader has remained committed to his own company, Exceptional Jewels, which sees him and an élite team showcasing a collection of rare gemstones as jewellery masterpieces. Although Procop acknowledges that 80 per cent of his clients are looking for an investment (selling into “a value, a quality, a rarity”), the private jeweller insists that diamonds are predominantly still exchanged as tokens of love, remarking that one of his most notable clients, Brad Pitt, recently spent a year designing his fiancée’s engagement ring. Like marriage, Procop views the purchase of diamonds as an investment for life: “I believe in its rarity, its beauty and its worth… You have to have the confidence and the belief in its worth, like you would in a piece of gold. Diamonds are integral to society and now even more so.” For Procop, it is not the diamonds themselves that are priceless but the world’s continued belief in their uniqueness, which makes them everlasting. Whether you see the diamond as a rare and beautiful historic artefact, like Robert Procop, or you agree with Henry Kissinger when he pronounced the diamond as nothing more than “a chunk of coal that is made good under pressure”, there has never been a truer word spoken than when it was said that diamonds are, and always will be, “forever”. www.robertprocop.com

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Burlington Arcade houses a sparkling selection of antique, vintage and historic jewellery at stores including Susannah Lovis, Tessier, Johnson Walker, Matthew Foster, and Michael Rose. The exquisite pieces at Hancocks are sourced from some of the world’s finest collections, including Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels and a pair of unique JAR earrings from the estate of fashion doyenne Dodie Rosekrans.

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Richard Ogden’s dedicated ‘Ring Room’ was the first of its kind in London, displaying a vast range of bespoke and vintage engagement rings and wedding bands, as well as fabulous tiaras – including pieces used in the BBC’s Downton Abbey.

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Whilst round brilliant cut diamonds are still the most popular engagement rings (possibly owing to the fact that they emit more sparkle than any other cut), there are two styles that have emerged as leading trends: The ‘Halo’ design which originated in the 1920’s is the one of the most favoured styles as seen on celebrities, including Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba and Gwyneth Paltrow. The unbroken circle Hirsh symbolizes the unity of the happy couple. The main stone need not be a diamond – the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring is a modified halo with a sapphire taking centre stage. The Emerald cut seems to be this year’s biggest trend, which was also popular with style icons such as Grace Kelly and Jackie Onassis and more recently Beyoncé. Both Angelina Jolie and the recently engaged Jennifer Aniston are sporting emerald cut rings.

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HANDBAGS & GLADRAGS:

The ‘It’ Bag The cult of the celebrity ‘It’ bag commenced in the 20th Century thanks to the likes of Grace Kelly and Jane Birkin; it has since become a fashion phenomenon

THE KELLY BAG, designed by Robert Dumas-Hermès in the 1930s, took the glamour of a Hollywood starlet to make it one of the most iconic bags of all time. Recently married to the Prince of Monaco, Grace Kelly was forever in the limelight; a photograph taken in 1956 showed her carrying the Hermès Sac à dépêches, purportedly to cover up her baby bump. The public’s reaction was overwhelming, branding it the ‘Kelly’ bag (a name subsequently adopted by the French fashion house). Thereafter, the bag became as popular as the woman herself. Named after Jane Birkin, the cousin of the Kelly bag was originally designed by Jean-Louis Dumas after the actress complained to him that she couldn’t find a bag that was both stylish

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and practical. Currently sold in a range of sizes and with a made-toorder service, the Birkin bag has since been established as one of the most recognised bags in the fashion industry and by the public, hanging off the arms of film stars and top models. Modern day celebrities are now frequently called upon to endorse designers’ luxury products. The likes of Alexa Chung, Lana del Rey and Gisele Bündchen have all used their high profile status to promote the handbag as an exclusive, must-have item. This makes it more apparent than ever how the handbag holds a fundamental place in contemporary fashion culture. www.hermes.com

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Touch

Master of modern fashion and portrait photography and a legend in both industries, Mario Testino has just launched Private View, his latest book, in conjunction with a new exhibition. OLIVIA SHARPE reports AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S most influential photographers, Mario Testino’s name has already been enshrined on the industry legends’ hall of fame and his list of clients reads like a Who’s Who of the worlds of fashion, celebrity and royalty. Mario’s relationship with photography first began in 1976 when he travelled to London to study the art form; in 1982, his passion firmly established, he moved to the capital permanently, funding himself as a waiter while attempting to pursue photography as a full-time career. Taking a flat in an abandoned hospital near Trafalgar Square, Mario endeavoured to get himself noticed by selling portfolios for £25 to aspiring models. Always one to stand out from the crowd, he dyed his hair pink in order to differentiate himself from other budding


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photographers, looking to make their big break. From humble beginnings, Testino has since become an international and cultural phenomenon. His photography has been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious fashion publications, from Vogue to Vanity Fair, and has contributed to the global success of many a leading fashion and beauty house including Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci through his advertising campaigns. Testino has also been credited with bringing to an end the reign of the “übermodel” – the exorbitant trio Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford of the early 90s – and

In the 80s, Testino dyed his hair pink to differentiate himself from other budding photographers founding a new breed of model which came in the form of British icons Kate Moss and Stella Tennant. 2011 marked Testino’s 30th anniversary as a top photographer and, in honour of this, he received the Gold Medal from the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute, among other prestigious accolades. To celebrate his inaugural exhibition in China, Private

View, the magician with a camera has brought together a comprehensive selection of his best studio work in his latest book, available exclusively at TASCHEN. Celebrity snaps of an ecstatic Gwyneth Paltrow receiving her first Oscar and Jennifer Lopez atop a commode sit alongside, arguably, Testino’s most iconic images of Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as other members of the royal family. The book, a must-have collector’s item, is limited to 1,500 numbered copies, each signed by Mario Testino himself. The Private View exhibition will be on display at the Shanghai Arts Museum from 2 November until 3 December 2012. If you can’t get to Shanghai, get the book. Mario Testino: Private View Available at TASCHEN, 12 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY www.taschen.com

Above from top/ Kate Moss London 2009 Keith Richards and Mick Jagger Los Angeles 2003 Photography: Mario Testino

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FASHION

Keeping It Real When it comes to looking edgy during the daytime, there is always the fear that one is going to end up resembling Julia Roberts at the start of Pretty Woman. Fortunately, king of downtown cool Alexander Wang has always succeeded in striking that near impossible balance between sexy, cutting edge and casual, making his clothing line the go-to for the modern woman. The designer’s latest Resort Collection 2013 features structured elements in the form of built-in bras, neopreneplated bibs and exotic-skin undergarments, juxtaposed with fluid pieces including floating panels, parachute silks and vented seams, in order to retain an off-duty aesthetic. Biker vests, body-con dresses and ‘luxe-grunge’ cashmere accessories feature heavily within the collection. Excitingly, November sees the launch of the Resort 2013 collection at Harrods for the very first time. Alexander Wang Resort 2013 collection Available at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL 020 7730 1234; www.alexanderwang.com

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LBJ: Little Black Jacket A symbol of femininity, elegance and style, the Chanel little black jacket has become a timeless fashion piece. Following on from Tokyo, New York, Taipei and Hong Kong, the special exhibition dedicated to Lagerfeld’s latest book, The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, finally arrives in London this October. The 113 photographs explore the versatility and endurance of the iconic jacket, displaying “friends of the fashion house” modelling the garment to reflect their own inimitable sense of style. Lily Cole shows off her hippy look by wearing the jacket as a cape, while model Stella Tennant emphasises her androgynous appearance, pictured with it draped effortlessly over her shoulders. Here the beautiful Charlotte Casiraghi epitomises Chanel chic.

The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld Steidl, Göttingen, 2012

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Friday 12 October – Sunday 28 October Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, SW3 4RY www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

Gothic Renaissance The latest design by handbag guru Tyler Alexander, the Winifred, mirrors the Goth Rock collections of Alexander McQueen and Burberry Prorsum at the S/S13 Paris Fashion Week Winifred MICI handbag, £853 Tyler Alexandra, www.tyleralexandra.com

Michael Kors A/W12-13: Show Report At this year’s New York Fashion Week, there were many collections which stood out for us but one in particular was Michael Kors and his take on the trends for this A/W12. Classic tweeds were juxtaposed with mohair, big knits and grungy leather, and aran knits were worn with silk and sequinned skirts cut asymmetrically so they were shorter at the front. Sticking to his philosophy of creating “clothing which women really want to wear”, the collection had a distinctly off-duty feel with red and black striped poncho skirts worn with cashmere sweaters. www.michaelkors.com

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Shirt, £460, Vanessa G, www.vanessag.co.uk Trousers, £320, Sonja by Sonja Rykiel at www.harrods.com Fur gilet, £1,495, www.hockleylondon.com Shoes, £239, Ursula Mascaro, www.mascaro.com Ring, £180, chunky bracelet, £495 Both Alexander McQueen, as before


Coat, £3,063, belt, POA, and shoes, £1,400 All Calvin Klein Collection at Harvey Nichols


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Skirt, £667, top, £495, both Osman at The Shop at Bluebird, 350 King’s Road Boots, £970, Manolo Blahnik, 49-51 Old Church Street Green ring, £200, Tomassa, as before Gold ring, £180, Alexander McQueen Hair: Chrysostomos Chamalidis using KMS MAKE-UP: Maria Papadopoulou using Yves Saint Laurent Autumn Look 2012 Collection Model: Wei Chiung Lin at Union Models STYliST’S aSSiSTaNT: Amy Clements


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Styled Down Under Thanks to Thomas Pink, the British and Irish Lions will at least be dressed for success when they tour Australia next summer. The suit and shirt specialists will be fitting the squad with travel blazers, formal and casual wear, shirts and related accessories on what will be the 125th anniversary of the first ever Lions’ tour. The collection will be available to buy in all Thomas Pink and John Lewis stores. For Christmas gift ideas, check out the black velvet smoking jacket and the gold and ruby cufflinks. Thomas Pink, 162B Sloane Street

Shearling-Collar Leather Bomber Jacket, £2,520 Gucci, www.mrporter.com

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Blouson Leather Jacket £2,400, Lanvin www.harrods.com

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Any man appreciative of fine leather goods will already be aware of Coach’s premium leather offerings. Inspired by a well-worn baseball glove, the company has spent more than half a century perfecting its signature glove-tanned cowhide. To inject a slice of New York street style into your wardrobe, check out the A/W12 Bleecker Leather Commuter (£535) and Bleecker Painted Stripe Boston (£645) bags.

You’ve been able to mimic his distinctive look with a tailored tux and Omega Seamaster for years. Now James Bond enthusiasts can smell like the world’s most famous spy thanks to the first the first ever 007 fragrance. Launched in line with the franchise’s 50th anniversary, the gadget-like aftershave bottle is available exclusively at Harrods.

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Leather Bomber Jacket, £799 McQ Alexander McQueen www.alexandermcqueen.co.uk

of the Best… Biker Jackets No longer the preserve of Hell’s Angels affiliates, expect the capital’s streets to be awash with biker jackets this Autumn/Winter. In anticipation, we’ve picked three of the best…

Retro Revisited Invest in a literary way of life this autumn with these vintage Gregory Peck-inspired frames (£260) by Oliver Peoples. Designed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the photochromic lenses provide the modern man with a great way of achieving a classical retro look. www.oliverpeoples.com

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

On the Rocks Inspired by the jazz-and-liquor glamour of the 20s and 30s, William Yeoward’s recent American Bar crystal range is ideal for serving up cocktails. From high balls to punch bowls, each piece displays a sense of understated elegance with a distinct vintage feel. If you’re at a loss as to how to fill your glasses, William Yeoward’s book American Bar is a definitive guide to the best classic cocktails. Yeoward visits some of the world’s most glamorous cocktail bars and shares his favourite recipes, along with fantastic tips on cocktail making and presentation. Signed copy of American Bar, £16.99 William Yeoward 270 King’s Road, SW3 5AW 020 7349 7828; www.williamyeoward.com

I Spy… Channel your husband’s inner James Bond by designing a study fit for a 007 agent

Antique Bronze Hinged Lamp £360, Alexander and Pearl www.alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Hamilton Wing Chair, £870 Fleming and Howland www.chesterfields1780.com

Unique Uniche Family-run company Uniche prides itself on creating vintageinspired pieces with a unique twist, all aimed to bring individual style to the home. The new collection of prints embodies this ethos through the use of original and vibrant design. Each of the selection of five prints, featuring quirky images such as a top hat-wearing owl, is printed onto the original page of a book. With some pages dating as far back as the 1800s, this charming and distinct technique guarantees that no two images are quite the same and that each print adds a creative touch to any home.

Warren Standing Magnifier £150, Ralph Lauren Home www.amara.co.uk

Geographical and Topographical Globe in walnut £3,000, David Linley www.davidlinley.co.uk

Esquire American Oak Partners Desk, £1,995 Alexander and Pearl, as before

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PROMOTION

BRITISH DESIGN here to stay

David Linley has been pushing the envelope of British design ever since he started LINLEY in 1985. With a new store opening in the Burlington Arcade, GEMMA TAYLOR discovers what makes this shop special FOR DESIGNER DAVID LINLEY, England has always been a home but London is where his heart is. It proves to be a continual source of inspiration for his furniture and accessories shop, LINLEY, and the perfect backdrop for its collections. “In one way or another, London is reflected in everything we do,” says Linley. This obsession with the capital city is evident from his latest range of boxes, which have the London skyline as a marquetry inlay, and the amusing architectural miniatures of iconic London buildings such as Apsley House, Chiswick House and the Royal Albert Hall. “Many of our clients live in London and if they don’t live in London, they love London. We design for this customer.” Linley explains that this store will be different because “we will be focusing much more on gifts and accessories of

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an international appeal, because people from all over the world visit the Arcade.” A range of humidors feature flags from all over the world, represented in marquetry inlay, a jewellery box features the skyline of New York, again in marquetry inlay, and a box design is inspired by the Ballet Russes (an early1900s itinerant Russian ballet company). As the Burlington Arcade store is smaller than other outlets, it gives it a more intimate and homely feel. This not only makes the gifts and accessories stand out but also “makes people feel very relaxed in the space”, observes Linley. The pièce de résistance of this year’s collection is an exquisite desk made to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Fashioned from walnut and Bombay rosewood, the main gallery of the desk is an architectural miniature of the distinctive Horse Guards’ Building designed by William Kent in 1745, a building which will undoubtedly be familiar; every year Her Majesty’s official birthday is celebrated with the Trooping of the Colour in front of it. This piece is a true example of fine craftsmanship and took more than 1,400 hours of cabinet-making. Among other attributes are at least seven secret drawers, the most hidden of which contains marquetry inlay depicting one of the horse guards. The desk is being sold in aid of The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry later this year. Linley believes that the Olympics have shown that the identity and concept of ‘Britishness’ has been re-affirmed and that “Britain has demonstrated to the world and to ourselves that Britishness is synonymous with

“Britain has demonstrated to the world that Britishness is synonymous with innovation” innovation and creativity; a cultural melting-pot of ideas with an exciting future.” He adds that “as the focus turns increasingly to the merits of craftsmanship and design within the luxury goods world, Britain has the heritage and expertise to champion this, as well as key players within this field. The renaissance of British design is here to stay.” If you’ve been swept up in Jubilee fever and want to reflect that in your home but don’t know how, Linley has a key tip to heed before starting. “Think about how you live your life, not how you should live your life. Never be a slave to fashion within your home. If you adhere to the whims of fashion, your home will appear faddish and you will only want to change it six months down the line.” So for those with great taste, the Burlington Arcade is an historic destination representing the best of London and Britain, both in terms of the Arcade itself and the retailers within. It is the ideal location for a quintessentially British brand such as Linley, which prides itself on developing products that epitomise the best of British craftsmanship.


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NEWS FROM THE BURLINGTON ARCADE In an exciting new addition to the Burlington Arcade, jeweller Theo Fennell has arrived for the first time, bringing his luxury diamond and ruby accessories to the shopping mecca. This new store aims to take the customer inside Fennell’s mind during the design process. “Short of surgery”, he jokes that he has settled with showing the process of the design alongside the finished articles. Fennell’s latest creation is a prime example of his personal style: “A King’s Road bracelet made up as railings with a bicycle attached, and the road sign perfectly reproduced in hand painted enamels,” he explains. Such attention to detail and unusual design defines Fennell. The Burlington Arcade also continues with the on-going restoration to preserve its almost 200 year heritage since it was unveiled in 1819. From floor to ceiling, each detail of the Arcade is to be delicately restored to ensure its lasting beauty and aesthetic. Fine jewellery designer Wright & Teague has also newly arrived at the Burlington Arcade, creating each piece within the very walls of their store. The collections are inspired by tribal, modern and ancient societies, the vision of which also fits beautifully with that of the Arcade. The Burlington Arcade has kept up its name as a unique shopping destination, home to both contemporary and classic designers, where Lulu Guinness’ pop-art accessories can be found next to The Vintage Watch Company’s famously large collection of vintage Rolex timepieces.

INSPIRATION STATION What are you listening to? The Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Led Zeppelin and The Animals. What are you reading? 21 Twenty One: 21 Designers for Twenty-first Century Britain by Gareth Williams. His selections are small, independent studios and their work tends to the fantastic rather than the functional. It reminds us how much design has become about discussing what contemporary Britain is or should be. Which designer is inspiring you? Thomas Heatherwick. He created the Olympic 2012 cauldron with the 204 copper “petals” that create the flame.

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Kids

KING DOM Prepare to celebrate the spookiest month in the calendar with Hallowe’en costumes, cakes and pumpkins

Hallowe’en High Jinks

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Managing Director of Snapdragon Parties, Julia Dowling, brings us her top tips on how to throw a terrifyingly good Hallowe’en party for the children on 31 October. Pumpkins at the ready...

The Storm in a Cupcake boutique bakery offers a variety of themed and personalised mini cupcakes, including the perfect spooky treats for this year’s Hallowe’en.

Plan: We all know when Hallowe’en is and most people with kids will be doing something that evening, so send invitations early and make sure people know they should dress up, including the adults.

www.storminacupcake.com Size: Remember that size doesn’t matter. Children will be happy with a small party as long as it feels special and a smaller party also allows you to use your resources in a more concentrated way.

Theme: Hallowe’en can be a cliché, so develop a party around a theme. If you want a more ghoulish experience, how about a wake for Count Dracula with a coffin filled with scary food as the buffet, poison cocktails for adults and children, and monsters as waiters? For something less spooky, a pumpkin patch party with carved pumpkin centrepieces and harvest-themed accents is a great alternative. Plenty of sweets and fun decorations are sure to enchant and delight children with delicious autumnal dishes for adults. If you really want to go to town, ask your party planner to theme your home.

Photography: Image 44 photography at www.image44.co.uk and twitter@image44

Silly Spider costume £15.99, Angels Fancy Dress www.fancydress.com

Senses: Sight, sound, smell, touch and taste can all be used to fire children’s imagination; think about dressing up your food as gory eyeballs (quails eggs and food dye) and make a bloody punch (blood orange juice and dry ice to make it smoke). Dust sheets over furniture not only protects it but also creates the haunted house look. Play chilling music (depending upon the age of the children, of course) and keep the lights dimmed. Tempo: Just like everyone else, children thrive from a constant flow of activities and entertainment to keep them engaged: dressing up boxes, face painting and a Monster’s secret treasure hunt are all inspired party game ideas. Favours: No child likes to leave a party, and certainly not emptyhanded. Make up fun and quirky party bags that the children will love and of which other parents will approve.

Adults: Parties can be nightmarish for the parents of guests, who are often relegated to a corner and forced to sustain themselves by pilfered party rings and the occasional passing sausage. Remember that the parents (and nannies) are guests in their own right and shouldn’t be looked upon as a convenient pool of waiters, maids and peacekeepers. Have an adult version of the buffet, with grown-up ghostly drinks. www.snapdragonparties.com

Crayola Crayon costume Angels Fancy Dress, £19.99, as before

Pumpkin Fairy, £15.99 Angels Fancy Dress, as before

Photography: Image 44 photography at www.image44.co.uk and twitter@image44


Brilliant Bubbleology Since its launch in Soho and Harvey Nichols, the latest bubble tea café concept has developed a rapid cult following; so much so, in fact, that the brand has set up its very own flagship café in Notting Hill. With a frozen yoghurt store already in the vicinity, it was sure to be a hit with residents and visitors alike. Four tantalising flavours are available exclusively at the Notting Hill store, including Rose Milk Tea with Rose Petal Ice, Passionfruit & Cucumber, Pomegranate and a Watermelon fruit tea; a perfect pit-stop during a weekend outing with the kids. Bubbleology, Pembridge Street, Notting Hill www.bubbleology.co.uk

Stage Star Party Stage Star Party prides itself on bringing bespoke parties, events, workshops and retail theatre to children of various ages. From fairies and elves or pirates and princesses to X Factor and Hannah Montana, Stage Star Party can design any theme depending on your child’s creative vision and imagination. Having been set up by two professional dancers and actresses in 2007, it is unsurprising that the majority of their parties are based on one of these performing arts. The ‘mini musical’ is the principal product and, no matter what the criteria is, whether it be costumes, props or full-out theming, catering and goodie bags, Stage Star Party can cover your every possible requirement. Theatre workshops offer your children the chance to spend a couple of hours discovering their inner prima donna, with a theatrical journey of dancing, drama and performance. www.stagestarparty.com

A Charmed Life The first recognisable charm bracelets and necklaces appeared during the age of the Egyptian Pharaohs. At this time, precious metals were coveted as protective shields for those entering the afterlife. They were also worn by the dead as ID tags to help the gods in guiding the wearer to his/her proper level of status in the afterlife. Today, charms are most commonly used to mark a key moment in a person’s life and are therefore often presented as birthday or anniversary presents. From the Big Apple to Winnie the Pooh, international jewellery brand Chamilia has designed a whole array of special charm beads to befit all ages and individual tastes. To commemorate a child’s birth, the monthly Birthstone Swarovski charms make for the perfect Christening presents or, in celebration of their 16th birthday, mark this monumental milestone with the symbolic Garden Arches or A Dream is a Wish beads.

The Next Chapter Although beloved children’s author Beatrix Potter died nearly 70 years ago, her enchanting tales live on. For the first time since Beatrix wrote her delightful Peter Rabbit stories as long ago as 1930, Frederick Warne has published a 24th tale in the existing collection. Written by Emma Thompson, the Oscar-winning actress and screen writer was fully adept at incorporating the same distinctive dry humour so characteristic of Potter’s own narrative style. In The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, Peter’s adventures take him beyond the boundaries of Mr McGregor’s garden all the way to Scotland, where he meets the gentle giant and distant Scottish relative, Finlay McBurney. Thompson commented: “I’ve always loved Beatrix Potter, as a child and then as a mother and all the years in between as well. When Mr Rabbit invited me to write a further tale, I was more honoured than I can say. I hope I don’t let him or his extraordinary creator down.” www.peterrabbit.com

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Kids

KING DOM There’s no reason why your children shouldn’t be as excited about the A/W collections as you are; ready, steady, shop!

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AlexandAlexa.com recently branched out from its online collection of luxury children’s clothing (featuring premier junior designers including Little Marc Jacobs, Junior Gaultier and Dior) and launched its own private label. As with the online collections, Kickle’s success was instantaneous.Following its debut, the brand has just launched its A/W12 collection which nods to the new season adult catwalk trends. The collection comprises 55 unique pieces; hero must-haves for boys include brightly coloured trousers, casual tees and hooded motif jumpers and, for girls, signature pieces include faux fur gilets, moleskin shorts and silk threaded capes. In keeping with AlexandAlexa. com’s ethos, Kickle offers fashion-forward, wearable and affordable pieces, with prices ranging from £25 upwards. In other exciting news, AlexandAlexa.com recently celebrated its fifth birthday by designing limited edition party masks inspired by the collections of some of their favourite designers, including Paul Smith, Marni, Roberto Cavalli, Roksanda Ilincic and Junior Gaultier. The masks are being given away in orders throughout September. www.alexandalexa.com

The artistic director of French childrenswear couture house Bonpoint, Christine Innamorato, has designed a very special limited edition range of printed cotton pyjamas, T-shirts, and notebooks, launched in September. The collection features the Chinese artist Ji-Ji’s moody-faced Panda; with its whimsical but subtle detailing, the line is suitable for older girls and boys mothers as well as for babies and children, so now your whole family can be decked out in matching jim-jams. www.bonpoint.com

Rasberry Two-Tone Dress With Pockets, £55

Journey to Middle Earth In time for the much-awaited release of the film version of The Hobbit (out in December), LEGO invites children to partake in the adventures early with their very own The Lord of the Rings LEGO set. Now you can join heroic Frodo and friends on their epic adventure across Middle Earth, travelling from the idyllic Shire to deepest, darkest Mordor via the other many iconic landmarks of Middle Earth in their quest to protect and finally destroy the One Ring. www.thelordoftherings.lego.com

Fur Gilet With Star Print Lining, £48 Long Sleeve Tee With Horse Print, £25 Beige Velvet Trim Dress, £68

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The number one essential in every woman’s make-up bag this autumn is black liquid eyeliner: at almost every runway show, intense eyes reigned supreme. At Mary Katrantzou, the designer lived up to her quirky reputation with models sporting geometric shapes for a bold statement. This look was emulated at Lanvin with heavy winged eyeliner on top and smudged black on the lower lash but this time the line was extended to give a feline flick. Finally, at the Armani show, strong eyes featured heavily as make-up artist Linda Cantello used shades of velvet black and dusky gray, lightened by touches of silver, to create a feminine but powerful gaze. To achieve the look, we recommend MAC’s Blacktrack Fluidline liquid liner. One word of advice, remember to pair bold eyes with natural-looking make-up to keep the look simple. www.armani.com; MAC Blacktrack Fluidline liquid liner, £14, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

BEAUTY ADDRESS BOOK Champagne Nail Bar at Harvey Nichols There is nothing that says luxury pampering more than shopping, a nail treatment and a glass of Champagne. Catering to those ladies who lunch, the Nails Inc. Champagne bar (exclusive to Harvey Nichols) offers visitors a whole selection of nail services with a complimentary glass of bubbly, ranging from the ‘More Time To Shop’ 45 minute Manicure and pedicure up to the highly popular Swarovski Crystal Pedicure. If you have time to kill and fancy a truly indulgent experience, we recommend the Double Decker treatment. Lasting 75 minutes in total, it involves a wellheeled pedicure and manicure. A reminder, though; make sure to bring a spare pair of flipflops as, despite the quick-dry paint applied at the end, it takes up to three hours for your nails to dry fully. This is the perfect way to spend an indulgent Sunday afternoon. Harvey Nichols 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ 020 7235 5000; www.harveynichols.com

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The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) Campaign is celebrating its 20th anniversary by honouring the life and legacy of Evelyn H. Lauder, BCA Campaign Founder and Pink Ribbon Co-Creator. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month so show your support.

THE DREAM COLLECTION The Estée Lauder Dream Collection 2012 will include the Dream Compact (£55, featuring the new Pink Ribbon design); the Dream Pin (£10, decorated with two stones – one BCA pink stone and a blue stone – to represent how approximately one per cent of all breast cancer cases in the US are diagnosed in men); the Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection (£25); and the Perfectionist CP+R with pink ribbon keychain (£68). www.esteelauder.co.uk

PINK WITH A PURPOSE Clinique has created a limited-edition shade of its best-selling lip product, Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm. This special edition balm will come in Plumped Up Pink (£16), housed in a pink cosmetics pouch with a heart-shaped charm puller with the pink ribbon. The product will be available at local Boots branches and Selfridges. www.clinique.co.uk

MODERN ROMANCE As the chosen scent for the BCA Campaign, Jo Malone London has created Red Roses Cologne (£76); an intoxicating blend of seven of the world’s most exquisite roses. Containing the essence of crushed violet leaves and a hint of lemon, it smells like a bouquet of fresh flowers. www.jomalone.com

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Get Red Carpet Ready Equinox caters for a host of celebrity clientele and industry leaders in the US and this October, the high-end fitness club is launching its first UK club in Kensington, just below The Roof Gardens. ANNABEL HARRISON gets an insider’s update WHEN HE OPENS EQUINOX LONDON in the iconic Derry and Tom’s building on Kensington High Street, Equinox CEO and President Harvey Spevak will be unveiling the first step in the fitness chain’s plan to turn Equinox into an international conglomerate. “Equinox London is our first international club. We had been studying and evaluating the London market for many years as we are highly sensitive about where we will develop our clubs. We started getting very serious about the London market pre-recession, but like everybody else, we were concerned about what it would do to our business. However, we soon recognised that our business would not only be okay but that it was going to do very well because of the loyalty and passion of our members.” What, then, exactly is Equinox? “We are much more than a health club. If you want a certain level of quality innovation, an inspiring and motivating environment, with the level of service that we provide, Equinox is the only place you will get it.” If you’re considering joining, the worldwide Equinox community is diverse, made up of people from industries that range from finance and art to media, entertainment and hospitality. Spevak confirms that “it’s a high-end population, an affluent and sophisticated audience. It’s people who seek quality; they are tech-savvy, they are educated and they’re pop culture enthusiasts.” The Equinox offering is spread across a gargantuan 40,000 square feet, comprising assigned studios for Pilates, yoga, boxing, and strength and conditioning, as well as a crèche, library and health food operator. We particularly like the sound of the anti-gravity machine and memory equipment which allows members to save their workouts. Attention to detail seems to be of paramount importance; the personal trainers have graduated from the Equinox Fitness Institute, and luxurious Eucalyptus towels and Kiehl’s products are on hand throughout the club and in the changing rooms.

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Classes declare themselves “superior and innovative” and one look at the offering really does confirm this. Who could fail to be motivated by the thought of attending Whipped!, Shockwave, Barre Burn or Brazilian Tummy Tuck? Leandro Carvalho’s signature class is an intense 30 minute conditioning class that focuses on the abdominal and lower back region and Red Carpet Ready sounds particularly perfect for getting in shape for important events (and dresses); designed by fitness champion Dawn Parker, it includes cardio, plyometrics, alignment and targeted toning. The spa sounds quite spectacular, offering a veritable concoction of the standard treatments you’d expect from a spa as well as the slightly bizarre and utterly indulgent; the Signature 24-carat Gold Facial, which “uses a 24-carat gold mask for maximum hydration, smoothing, and radiance”, the “rejuvenating, vitamin-infused” Caviar Indulgence Facial and, for the chocoholics, the Chocolate Facial. For the body conscious, the Bodymelt Cellulite and Detox treatment promises “to provide immediate inch-loss, break down fatty deposits, cleanse skin at the cellular level, tone and firm underlying muscles and boost circulation and lymph drainage.” So when you’re buffed, scrubbed and toned to perfection, head upstairs to The Roof Gardens for a well-deserved bite to eat or whirl around the dancefloor to show off your now-perfect pins. Watch this space; as soon as the Club has opened, we’ll bring you a comprehensive spa update. Equinox London, 99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA www.equinox.com/uk The monthly membership rate is £180 + joining fee or £160 without a joining fee if you sign up for membership before the launch

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MY BODY IS A TEMPLE PANDORA JONES meets two women who have spent their lives helping clients to learn how to eat what suits them best and how to take proper care of their skin

THE NUTRITIONIST If I’d written this a month ago, I would have been drinking a diet drink and perhaps eating a slice of birthday cake. However, today I’m on water and mashed avocado on Ryvita with Marmite (don’t knock it until you’ve tried it). Miraculously, despite being a fizzy drink and sugar junkie, someone has finally turned both these addictions on their head. After meeting her, I can understand why Vicki Edgson’s PR described her as “one of life’s angels”, a description prior to our session that had baffled me. In just one hour, she filled me with hope that I might not have to live with the habits and habits I’d accepted as being as a part of me forever. In Vicki’s comfy living room, I felt relaxed and at ease about declaring all my food habits (good and bad) to one of the UK’s foremost experts on nutrition. Would she recoil in horror at the idea of two fizzy drinks a day or of skipping breakfast? Thankfully, Vicki has a very personable approach, thanks to 17 years in nutritional therapy; her private clinic is in London but loyal clients travel to her from all over the world (or, as this is such a modern world, chat via Skype). By means of one-on-one assessments, Vicki defines a client’s diet patterns and what they ‘can’t live without’ then offers a regime to suit each person. Her direct question “Are you thriving or surviving?” haunted me for days as I came to the conclusion that the answer was certainly, and depressingly, the latter. Vicki didn’t see me as beyond help, though, and her three week strategy for me (no sugar, except top quality dark chocolate, no fruit, no dairy) was surprisingly manageable. She also supplied me with Ecobalance supplements (to kill bad bacteria) and gave helpful answers to my questions about snacks and breakfast. No diet drinks was incredibly hard but being told by an expert that the chemicals play havoc with natural processes, fat storage and the regulation of blood sugar helped me to stick at it. Changing the language in your head is key to success and Vicki insists on reasons not excuses: “I’d like some dark chocolate as a treat” is a reason but “I’m tired so I need sugar to give me a boost” is an excuse. Practice intuitive eating; if something sometimes disagrees with you, “let your eyes do the walking” and don’t actively seek it out. Mark my words; an appointment with Vicki Edgson might just change your life. www.vickiedgson.com

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THE FACIALIST Lomax on the King’s Road offers exactly what you’d want from a “bespoke fitness, nutrition and well-being” centre; it’s light, bright and airy, with welcoming staff, a chilled little café on the ground floor and a very relaxed vibe upstairs too. It’s suitable, then for intuitive facialist Abigail James, who is also light, bright and relaxed, with a lovely demeanour. I had to confess; I had never had a facial before, nervous about treatments involving the verbs ‘peel’. However, Abigail is more than capable of dealing both with facial novices and connoisseurs, having won over a dedicated fan base of celebrities and beauty industry experts over the years. Lucky enough to experience Abigail’s healing hands for myself, she schooled me in the basics of proper cleansing for my age and how different skin types are affected differently by the skin enemies of sun, sugar and smoking. If you book yourself in, expect an in-depth skin consultation, during which your skin will be treated with the very purest organic skincare, and an aftercare prescription. High-tech elements can be used to optimize anti-ageing results, such as anti-inflammatory LED light to ‘clean’ skin peels made of fruit acids. As I expected, each treatment incorporates a range of rhythmical massage strokes (that have an almost tranquilising effect), holistic therapies such as facial reflexology, craniosacral therapy and myofascial release (to unlock tension in the connective tissue of the face) and Vodder school manual lymphatic drainage work (to re-sculpt the face). Abigail comments: “I think muscle has a mental memory as well as a physical one. There can be a definite response that’s not physical from my facial.” Indeed. I found it interesting that before being a facialist Abigail was the physio for a rugby team; this explains her detailed advice regarding a problematic neck muscle. Whatever age, whether you have a specific skin complaint or simply want to stop the ageing clock, Abigail can sort you out. Abigail is based at Lomax PT Chelsea (293 Fulham Road, SW10 9PZ) and OSKIA in Covent Garden. She also does at home visits for anyone bases in London and the Cotswolds www.abigailjames.com

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Luxury On the Water Anouska Hempel’s Beluga 1 yacht provides a unique nautical experience, combining traditional Turkish gulet design with the dramatic and contemporary style for which Hempel is renowned ANOUSKA HEMPEL HAS gained a reputation for creating decadent bespoke interiors, marrying the traditional with the cutting-edge ever since her first venture designing the Blakes Hotel in Kensington, deemed the world’s first luxury boutique hotel. The design of the Beluga 1 yacht mirrors this precise blend of the old and the new. The exterior of the yacht is unmistakably traditional, with black sails billowing from the twin mahogany masts. Step inside however, and Hempel’s signature monochrome colour scheme pervades the interior and state-of-the-art technology creates an unmistakably contemporary atmosphere.

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The yacht comfortably sleeps six adults and one child, and there are stylish reception rooms in addition to the three elegant cabins. For those wishing to entertain a large party while at sea, hosting a dinner for 30 guests in the stunning outdoor space will pose no problem. The five-strong crew of the Beluga 1, comprising a Captain, engineer, chef, butler and sailor, is on hand night and day to ensure that the boutique hotel-style luxury for which the designer is celebrated is achieved on the ocean. www.beluga1.eu

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SHAKER The M6 convertible is the ultimate soft-top BMW, declares MATTHEW CARTER, but maybe it’s too much of a good thing?

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ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY, we Brits love our convertibles. The UK is one of the world’s largest markets for soft-tops and we buy the cars for their style, their looks and the touch of the exotic they provide. What we don’t do is lower the roof. Apparently nearly two thirds of those who own a convertible never, or rarely, bother with letting the wind ruffle their hair. All of which begs the question; what’s the point of the latest BMW M6 convertible? And while you’re pondering that dilemma, consider this; in its current incarnation, the M6 appears to be a shadow of its former self. The previous generation car, around from 2005-2011, was powered by a mighty 5.0-litre V10 engine punching out 507hp. The new one, in the manner of a retiring couple whose children have left home, has been downsized: the engine has shrunk to 4.4-litres and it’s lost two cylinders to boot. Thankfully, appearances can be deceptive. In the name of ‘Efficient Dynamics’, BMW’s all-encompassing drive to lower emissions, improve fuel economy and so forth, despite its smaller engine, the new M6 is more powerful (560hp, so up 53hp), quicker, less polluting and less thirsty. It’s also got a bigger fuel tank so it’ll

It takes just 4.3 seconds to launch this car to 62mph from rest go a lot further on a tank of gas than the old one, too. That’s progress for you. It also looks much better than its predecessor. Although clearly related, the new version is far more graceful, with its stretched kidney grille making the car look almost Maserati-like from the front. But it’s at the rear where the best news can be found. The outgoing car’s curious clamshell bootlid, which looked for the entire world like an afterthought, has been replaced by a far simpler but more elegant and stylish design. Whichever way you look at it, the 6-Series convertible is a handsome beast, and one that’s enhanced further by the ‘M’ gills, logos, apron and rear diffuser on the top-of-the-range version. The M6 – a ‘proper’ M car engineered by BMW’s M (for Motorsport) division unlike the cosmetically enhanced, production-line M Sport cars – shares its running gear with the latest M5 saloon. That means it has a new twin-turbo V8 delivering exceptional performance. It takes just 4.3 seconds to launch this blunt instrument to 62mph from rest and it will rocket all the way to a top speed limited to ‘just’ 155mph. There are those, of course, who reckon being able to travel at more than double our national speed is not enough and for them the M6 can be delimited moving the V-max figure to


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186mph. Teflon driving licences would be a useful option. Another exceptional feature is the seven-speed dual clutch transmission, which can either be left in automatic mode or the driver can manually shift gears via the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Gear changes, especially when pressing on, take nano-seconds to complete. And it’s accompanied by a burbling V8 soundtrack that’ll be music to the ears of any petrol head. At least it is with the roof up when the sound is generated electronically and piped through the car’s sound system. With the roof down, the sound is somewhat muted, rising to heavy metal mode only when the red line is neared. It’s matched by an incredible chassis that has every single electronic aid yet invented to ensure the driver can fine tune the thing to his liking, though scrolling through the various settings via the iDrive control demands a degree in advanced computer gaming. There’s a school of thought which actually reckons there’s too much choice here. The driver can adjust the damper settings, throttle response, steering feel and the point where the gears shift; finding the perfect set up takes ages and the argument is that BMW engineers should decide on the optimum settings and have done with it. Thankfully, once the driver has made a choice, those settings can be saved and stored on one of two buttons on the steering wheel. The driver can assign, for example, a sporting set up for the ‘M1’ switch and a comfort one for ‘M2’. Feel the need for speed and all you have to do is hit M1; the throttle response is sharpened, the chassis stiffened to teeth-rattling mode and the steering weighting set to heavy. What you’ve then got is a missile, pure and simple, a sort of motorised Usain Bolt. In fact, this is one car that gets better the quicker it goes. At city speeds it feels big, wide and heavy while the ride is jiggly at best – something not helped by the optional 20-inch alloy wheels which look great but, as ever, trade style for comfort. But out on the open road, the M6 becomes a different character. As the engine snarls, so the thing seems to shrink around you. Enjoy masses of grip and agility at odds with its bulk. It’s also beautifully put together with a quality interior and wonderfully engineered cockpit. The cabin is roomy, too, while the rear ‘+2’ seats are actually usable by adults.

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And the hood is a masterpiece. It’s a snug-fitting fabric roof that takes just 19 seconds to lower, something that can be done on the move at speeds up to 25mph. Its clever design at the rear, with twin rear buttresses giving it form, permits a vertical rear window which can be raised or lowered independently of the roof; you can drive roof up, window down, to get the sounds and smells of convertible motoring with no discomfort. Discomfort? Well we’ve established that the M6 is at its best when travelling rapidly, but with the roof down, that turns the fresh air into a whirlwind and the cabin into a noisy, blustery place to be. At lower speeds – ideal hood down, touring mode, in other words – the car isn’t happy. The answer is obvious. Forget the £99,000 M6 convertible (in the test car’s case, actually £111,000 once a few options had been ticked), save £5k, and buy the £94,000 M6 Coupé, complete with lightweight carbon fibre roof. It’s still ridiculously fast but you’ll feel more at one with the car, and you won’t feel obliged to lower the roof on those rare occasions when the sun shines. Of course, if you are one of those few who do like to lower the roof of their convertible – women, ahem, go topless more often than men, according to that survey – £72k will get you an ‘at-a-glance-identical’ 640i M Sport convertible. Performance is not quite in the M6 league (though top speed is also limited to 155mph) but it’s still plenty rapid enough and it’s a good deal more comfortable at everyday speeds. What’s the point of the M6 Convertible? Good question.

IN BRIEF Car: BMW M6 Convertible Price: £99,020 Engine: 4,395cc, V8-cylinder petrol Power: 560 hp Performance: 155 mph max (limited), 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds Drive: Rear-wheel drive, seven-speed double clutch automatic

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The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race drew to an action-packed close in Ireland in July, nine months after its six teams began an epic 39,270 nautical mile trip from Alicante. ANNABEL HARRISON speaks to Georges Kern, CEO of IWC (the Race’s Official Timekeeper) about the levels of ability, spirit and technology required to compete

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the most technically challenging; the most competitive; the toughest; the longest... The more I learn about it, the more I realise that there aren’t enough superlatives to describe the sheer scale of the Volvo Ocean Race. The level of skill required to compete is far and beyon mere nautical competence; the sailors must be the best of the best because their lives are, quite literally, in their own hands and in those of their comrades. They are among some of the fittest and strongest men in the world and with necessity, given how often they are at the brutal, unpredictable mercy of the sea. If you think this sounds overly dramatic, remember that during the 2006 race, tragedy struck when Hans Horrevoets was swept overboard and drowned during a particularly bad storm. This is not for the faint-hearted. However, for all the adversity and agony the race entails, it is thrilling and awe-inspiring in equal measure. Having kicked off in Alicante with an in-port race on 29 October last year, the race itself started the following weekend, comprising six Volvo Open 70s with a crew of 11, made up of Olympic gold medallists, world champions and America’s Cup winners, as well as representatives of 15 nations. The six teams were Groupama sailing team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (the first United Arab Emirates entrant), PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, Team Telefónica and Team Sanya (the first sole Chinese entry). The race came to its climax in Galway, having travelled from Alicante via the far-flung locations of Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient. The logistics for the host cities are quite incredible; in every city, a Volvo Pavilion of enormous scope and complexity, with smaller pavilions for every main sponsor, is erected (and I discover that there are two travelling the length of the course, alternating cities, as each takes such a long time to construct). Travelling to Galway for the end of the race, as a guest of IWC, I saw firsthand an example of how fantastic the atmosphere is in the host port; lively street parties are held to welcome the teams and the effect is so overwhelmingly positive that cities bid for the chance to host the race. In addition to its role as Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, IWC is the sponsor, along with Etihad Airways, of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. When I ask CEO Georges Kern why this partnership was forged, he explains that “IWC Schaffhausen and the Volvo Ocean Race share the same spirit: unique brands, known for inventiveness, technical excellence, outstanding craftsmanship, masculinity and adventure.” During the course of the race, IWC worked closely with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to support the marketing activities of the Volvo Ocean Race and to underpin the presence of the

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. As such, Abu Dhabi was a host city from 1 to 14 January this year and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority organised celebrations and activities in honour of the Volvo Ocean Race not just at the host port but throughout the country. It is a first for IWC to have “such a high-calibre sponsorship agreement in a team sport”. However, one of its most popular timepieces confirms and explains the brand’s inextricable, long-standing relationship with sailing; “It is part of our Portuguese watch family’s DNA. The first Portuguese appeared in 1939 in response to a request for a wristwatch with the precision of a marine chronometer. As part of its further development, we built a man’s wristwatch designed for the hardships of life on stormy seas. So the fact that IWC has committed itself to sailing is firmly rooted in the history of this watch family.” At the end of the race, all the crew members of the boat that set up the fastest of all the 24-hour records, CAMPER, were given a Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. This chronograph was designed as “the perfect companion for competitive sailors: a reliable, functional timepiece, perfected down to the smallest detail, that perpetuates the precision of dedicated nautical instruments.” IWC was present on the official starting boat during the countdown, at the Media Centre – showing the time at all VOR destinations – and at each of the race villages. In addition to the final award for the fastest of all the 24-hour records, IWC awarded a trophy for each leg as part of the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge to the team which had completed the greatest distance within a period of 24 hours. The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team was under the able skippership of two-time Olympic champion Ian Walker of Great Britain, greeted at various ports and at the end of the race by his wife and two children. His team sailed in a Volvo Open 70 racing yacht by the name of Azzam (Arabic for ‘determination’) which is, technologically speaking, one of the most advanced boats of its kind ever built; taking more than 49,000 hours to design and build, it weighs 14 tonnes, has a 31-metrehigh mast and can reach a top speed of 72 km/h. It is clear to me why IWC would want to be involved with this race; it seems to be completely unique and on an unprecedented scale. Despite not being a sailing aficionado, I find plenty of the detail utterly fascinating and the prowess of the teams nothing short of remarkable. Kern is also certain about the benefit to his brand: “The race is unquestionably a major attraction for men and thus appeals directly to the Schaffhausen manufacturer’s core target group. ‘Engineered for men’ is basically IWC’s manifesto.” IWC watches are available at The Watch Gallery on Fulham Road; www.iwc.com

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REBECCA WALLERSTEINER speaks to Ed Smith, former England cricketer, TV presenter, author and Notting Hill resident

ED SMITH ACHIEVED a double-first in history at Cambridge University,

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despite having spent much of his time playing cricket – so it is safe to say he is very intelligent as well as very athletic. A professional cricketer for 13 years, he captained Middlesex and played for England, retiring after breaking his ankle in a freak accident in 2008. On this matter, Ed comments: “Without a broken bone to make the decision for me, my relationship with cricket would have been hard to relinquish and I wouldn’t have written Luck. I would have struggled to give up the pleasure of timing a cricket ball, of feeling the tap of a bat on hard soil on a summer’s day and the thrill of being in control of a match.” Ed appears regularly on Radio 4’s Today Programme and writes for GQ, The Times and The Spectator. Luck, Ed’s fourth book, traces the history of factors outside our control – fate, fortune, destiny and luck – which influence the course of our lives. Ed glows with health and vitality as I join his table for tea and cakes at Granger & Co. in Westbourne Grove to chat. Waitresses hover around us, ogling Ed’s movie-star looks and anticipating our every need.

Yes. Like many cricketers I am very superstitious, as so much about the game is random and about chance. Sportsmen often adhere to the same routines and rituals before playing and these can become addictive and cumulative.

Do you feel lucky? I’ve been very lucky, doubtless in many ways I still don’t realise, even having written a book on the subject. I met my wife Rebecca by complete chance on a train that neither she nor I had been planning to catch. Other people might call this fate but I put it down to luck. I found myself alone in a carriage with a lovely blue-eyed girl in her early 20s, the embodiment of elegance and poise. We spent the rest of that journey chatting and laughing. Forty minutes later we alighted at the same platform. Three years later we were married at St. George’s Church, Campden Hill. The chances of me being on that train were virtually zero.

Are you finding being a writer very different to being a sportsman? Every sportsman lives on the knife-edge of outcomes. He either wins or loses on a daily basis. Being a writer is very different as all experience, however unpleasant, can be turned into material. A writer is necessarily an alchemist and no metal is too dull for him to turn into gold. The playwright Harold Pinter said: “Cricket is greater than sex, though sex isn’t too bad either.”

Do you enjoy living in Notting Hill? Notting Hill has changed during the seven years since we moved to the area from Holland Park but it still feels villagey. We are spoilt for choice with restaurants, places where you can buy good coffee and little shops where you can buy useful things like hammers, nails and pots. I like the smaller, friendly family run restaurants like Ill Portico, on Kensington High Street; the oldest authentic Italian restaurant in London. Another outstanding Italian favourite is Assaggi, at Chepstow Place and the Côte Brasserie in Notting Hill serves good coffee. And it has turned out to be lucky for me that Ed is my neighbour in Notting Hill.

What is luck? Luck is that which is beyond our control. Winning the lottery is luck. My genes and parents are a matter of luck. It is luck if an opponent drops a catch when I am batting. Running into Rebecca on a train was luck.

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Luck – What It Means and Why It Matters (£16.99), Bloomsbury Publishing www.edsmith.org.uk

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Silver Screen Sleepover The Judy Garland room at the Gore Hotel in Kensington, as favoured by the Hollywood darling, delivers a glamorous experience to every guest who chooses to stay there

DUBBED “THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER who ever lived” by Fred Astaire, Judy Garland’s musical career spanned an impressive 40 years, which is made even more remarkable when one considers her untimely death at the age of 47. Renowned for her contralto voice, her list of timeless hits include Over the Rainbow, The Man That Got Away and Meet Me in St. Louis. After having delivered one of her show-stopping performances at the Royal Albert Hall nearby, the Gore Hotel was always the entertainer’s chosen pit-stop. In tribute to the great singer and actress, the bedroom where she once stayed has since been immortalised as the Judy Garland room. Designed with the character and style of the musical legend in mind, the lavish

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decoration, with opulent red and gold hues, is unmistakeably regal and this seems perfectly fitting when one remembers how it once housed a member of old Hollywood royalty. The stand-out feature of the room is undoubtedly the gilt wooden bed, believed to have once belonged to Garland herself who had it specially flown over from America. With velvet red curtains and a magnificent gold headboard, it is emblematic of Garland’s persona as one of the greatest female stars in the history of American cinema. The Gore Hotel, 190 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5EX 020 7584 6601; www.gorehotel.com

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Serene amid the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Ayada Maldives provides everything that you’d expect from a luxury getaway, and more. The pristine beaches of the resort are the perfect spot to take in a famous Maldivian sunset and the surrounding reef provides amazing diving opportunities. Whether you stay in one of the beach or ocean villas, or a sumptuous suite, each option offers magnificent Maldivian beauty with a unique Turkish twist. The ultimate relaxation experience can be found in the AySpa, with a new range of Turkish Hammam rituals. The indulgent treatments use traditional methods to revitalise body and mind, and range from a 30-minute Revitalising Body Scrub to an 80-minute Indulgence Hammam Ritual.

FOR FOODIES The Slow Food Festival in Turin celebrates the best of small-scaleproduced food and delicacies, all with the aim of presenting a delicious alternative to unsustainable fast food production. 25-29 October www.slowfood.com

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Out of Africa The annual Wildebeest migration from Tanzania’s Serengeti plains to the Masai Mara region of Kenya is one of the most dramatic and extraordinary natural spectacles in the world. Kenya’s rolling plains are ideal for enjoying this phenomenon and the weather at this time of year is much cooler than the scalding midsummer temperatures, yet still perfectly comfortable for enjoying a full day of safari. If the idea of camping conjures up images of cramped tents and communal showers, the Masai Mara’s luxury campsites are guaranteed to change your mind. Naibor Camp in the heart of the reserve offers tailor-made safari experiences and excellent accommodation. An early morning hot air balloon ride over the grasslands is simply unforgettable. www.naibor.com

The much-anticipated film adaptation of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi opens the 50th annual New York Film Festival, which aims to showcase the cream of international film art. 28 September – 14 October www.filmlinc.com/nyff2012

FOR OPERA LOVERS One of the world’s most distinguished opera festivals returns once more to the beautiful town of Wexford, Ireland, staging masterpieces by Cilèa, Chambrier and Delius in the stunning new Wexford Opera House. 24 October – 4 November www.wexfordopera.com

Autumn Leaves Although many of us are always sorry to see the dwindling of the summer, autumn is undoubtedly a season known for its astounding beauty, personified by the vivid red and yellow colours of autumn leaves. Arguably one of the best places to appreciate this spectacle is Canada, in particular the rugged beauty of Ontario’s sprawling forests. The Agawa Canyon Rail Tour offers a one day excursion through some of the most stunning natural scenery Canada has to offer. As the leaves of the countless trees turn red, the sight is guaranteed to take anyone’s breath away. www.agawacanyontourtrain.com

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ORIENT ANNA RYDER travels to Shanghai and Hong Kong for the first time to experience as much as she can of what China has to offer; from the hustle and bustle of modern city life to the cultural and culinary delights, there’s something for everyone


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ike so many Londoners, I’m on the go all the time, trying to fit too much into my day. So it was almost a surprise when I suddenly found myself at Heathrow, straight from the office, breathless and booking travel insurance on my iPhone as I ran to check in. I had been so busy that I’d not had a moment to think about my first trip to China; the mysterious, intriguing country that had always captured my imagination. My knowledge of it was rather sparse and full of contradictions – the oldest continuous civilisation in the world, an economic powerhouse and at the frontier of groundbreaking developments, yet it was also a mistymountained land of ancient tradition, culture and history. I realised I had no idea what to expect. As we took off, all the pressures of modern London living seemed to fall away. I started to look forward to the exciting new discoveries that awaited me in the Orient, but the luxurious indulgences began with the flight. Pure relaxation: the chance to lie back and breathe, without my phone buzzing nonstop. I have to admit – flying is not my sport. I tend to be that passenger not getting a wink of sleep and clutching a whisky. But with the ever-faithful BA, from boarding to baggage collection, the whole journey was a pleasure. I enjoyed champagne and succulent beef filet (from a deliciously diverse in-flight menu) and snoozed at leisure until I found myself with my luggage in Shanghai. The city is China’s fastest growing economic metropolis with an intriguing historical reputation. Once known as the ‘Paris of the East’, this sprawling city is China’s melting pot of old and new. As we powered down the new expressways into the heart of

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the city, surrounded by intimidating, gleaming skyscrapers and the hustle and bustle created by a staggering population of 23 million, first impressions did not disappoint. Looking out at the food stalls and push bikes, ancient temples and the hippest of rooftop bars, I felt myself being sucked in by the addictive buzz of the city. The following morning, bright eyed and eager, I hit the button to raise the floor-to-ceiling blackout blinds. The view that greeted me (even while standing in the shower) was extraordinary. To my right was the glittering, centuries-old, golden-roofed Jing’An Temple, whilst looming to my left were too many towering structures to count. I spent the day zipping around the busy city, soaking up as much as possible, firstly at the Bund, comprising myriad grand, historical buildings and one of Shanghai’s top tourist spots. It’s the perfect destination if you feel like splurging out on shopping and cocktails. Next was the restored Xintiandi’s stone houses (shikumen), now renovated into an eclectic mix

The view was extraordinary; to my right, the centuries-old, golden-roofed Jing’An Temple of cafes and restaurants. Finally, TianZiFang; a haven for art lovers, with so much to see and learn about (and even more to haggle over.) Luckily, Shanghai’s wealth of dining options kept me fuelled up and gave me a taste of contrasting but equally delicious Chinese cuisines. I tucked into a traditional Shanghainese lunch – identifiable by its sweet taste and deep red colour – at Ye Shanghai Restaurant. In the evening I indulged in Mountain Mekong region cuisine at Lost Heaven. Seduced by mountains of spring rolls, smoked fish and chilli chicken and the restaurant’s party atmosphere (I’m convinced the group next to us were on a hen party), it seemed only right to end the evening in the openroofed bar with a G&T in hand. It is not until you experience a hectic day of Shanghai living that you truly appreciate what a sanctuary the Puli Hotel and Spa is. From the lighting to the decor, every last detail of the hotel’s design – the textures and layout, the diverse and justifiably tempting dining – has been finely honed to create an oasis of tranquillity. At every turn I discovered artwork and pieces that told a unique cultural or historical story – there was even a traditional pair of male and

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female Foo Dog statues guarding my room from evil spirits. It felt like the hotel had anticipated my every need, from a television screen over the cavernous bath to a beautiful wooden desk, thoughtfully positioned so I could get my work done and still cast the occasional eye out over my new favourite city. My second day in Shanghai brought delights in the shape of a breakfast street food tour. We were guided through the former French Concession, queuing up with locals grabbing a speedy bite to eat on their way to work. The tour consisted of sampling everything in sight including exquisite shengjianbao (Shanghainese fried dumplings) and jainbing (crêpes with egg, coriander and crispy wonton). A word of warning; there is a technique to eating street dumplings. One misbite and all those flavourful juices will end up in your lap! Open-fronted kitchens displayed chefs firing up woks and hand-pulling noodles. We were treated to a trip to the Fuxing Lu Wet Market, overflowing with mouth-watering (and sometimes eye-watering) smells and feisty local shoppers bargaining for squawking live chickens or fish so fresh it was still jumping. I’d experienced a slice of authentic Shanghainese life and somehow still managed to squeeze in a few lunchtime fois gras and chicken dumplings at the famous Ding Tai Feng (luckily still wearing my elasticated, albeit dumpling juice-stained, trousers!) The explorer in me wanted to stay in the city but my feet and back were starting to object. The spa treatment awaiting my return to the hotel was the perfect way to collect my thoughts of the morning’s adventures. A solitary dip in the infinity pool, gazing out in to the lush greenery of the Jing’An Park was followed by a massage treatment, inspired by the healing properties of tea. Reinvigorated, I headed out for one last glimpse of the city at night. The sci-fi skyline of the Pudong side of Huangpu River is an architectural delight. The towering Shanghai World Financial Centre and the oddly retro Oriental Pearl Tower (for

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me, it looks like a building from the 60s cartoon The Jetsons) are brought alive in the darkness, haloed with vibrant colours and covered in twinkling lights. I didn’t want to leave. But it was time for the next leg of my trip: Hong Kong. After a short flight and typhoon warning I arrived to blazing sunshine, starting my short stay with a breathtaking boat trip on the Aqua Luna, one of Hong Kong’s last remaining red sailed junk boats. As the sun set, I soaked up yet another astounding skyline. Just when I thought the view couldn’t get any better, a spectacular laser and lights display began. The nightly Symphony of Lights, named by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, lit up more than 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour to a soundtrack celebrating the diversity and energy of the city.

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Hullett House Loong Toh Yuen main dining room

Our hotel was the ideal base to explore all Hong Kong had to offer. As part of a white-stucco colonial building, formerly the Marine Police Headquarters, boutique hotel Hullett House has ten suites designed to capture a part of Hong Kong’s history, a unique blend of Chinese and British. There is the quirky and bizarre Casam Suite, where the walls are covered in tongue-in-cheek sequence scenes of Chairman Mao. In stark contrast is the peaceful green Stanley Suite, with 26 hand-painted songbirds decorating the walls. My personal favourite was lavish Pui O Suite, reflecting the Art Deco of the 1920s. The rest of the hotel and Hullett House’s restaurants and bars (which cater for any taste or fancy; everything from a delightful high tea in the sun to a traditional Hong Kong dim sum and Chinese wine) are equally beautiful in their design. I found myself wandering from room to room, tracing the hand-painted murals with my fingers and spotting the difference between the Chinese dragon ornaments (five claws) and English dragon statues (two claws). I even ended up in one of the original Marine Police jail cells and stumbling across Hong Kong’s first flushing toilet. My last day was spent ticking off all the tourist ‘must-sees’. I rode the Peak Tram up to the highest point on Hong Kong Island to enjoy the astonishing view. The tram journey itself was rather exhilarating; it’s been running since 1888 and is very steep (I nearly felt the need to get out the whisky again). I indulged in a sleepinducing foot massage and ‘oooh-ed’ and ‘aaah-ed’ over bags, shoes, unnecessary trinkets and souvenirs. As suddenly as I found myself at Heathrow, I found myself on the return flight home. I had been privileged to experience two of the world’s great cities in complete luxury – both cocktails of the old and new, pulsating metropolises of contradictions and contrast. Ever growing, ever changing but ever looking back in celebration and respect of their rich history. I can’t wait to go back.

soft drink mini bar, WiFi, free use of health clubs and swimming pool. For reservations or enquiries, please call +86 21 3203 9999 or e-mail reservations@thepuli.com Stay at Hullett House from £812.79 per room per night. For reservations or enquiries, please call +85 23 988 0000 or email hotel@hulletthouse.com

MORE INFORMATION British Airways offers flights twice daily from London Heathrow to Hong Kong starting from £659.39. Fares in Club World start from £3,195.39 including taxes, fees and charges. British Airways flies from London Heathrow to Shanghai every day except Tuesday. Fares in World Traveller start from £739.59 and in Club World from £3,175.59 including taxes, fees and charges. For more information visit www.ba.com

Stay at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, Shanghai, in a Deluxe King from £449 per room per night based on two people sharing on a bed and breakfast basis. Price includes

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f you have exceptionally high expectations of a place before you arrive, things can go one of two ways. Everyone, whether they had been or not, seemed to have an informed opinion about Gleneagles before I visited, declaring how lucky I was to be going and how amazing my trip would be, amplifying my day-dreamy vision of the place. Happily, expectations were more than met; it is with a heavy heart that I pack to leave, having had the most wonderful weekend. To begin with, and importantly, the journey is easy. The start is an essential component of a long weekend, during which you must instil a carefree, ‘really, we’re away for a week, not two days’ attitude. I am full of praise for civilised flight times and the 11am BA flight from Heathrow is indeed praiseworthy; it does not require an unpleasant early start and allows for a leisurely breakfast at the airport. Our Gleneagles experience starts the moment we arrive at baggage claim; a smart driver meets us (and every other guest) to transfer us to the hotel. The hourlong drive offers exceptional views of vivid, verdant fields and clusters of trees. We are shown to our room in Braid House, a modern offshoot of the main hotel building but still accessible without going outside. It is spacious

and smart and there are several features with which I am particularly enamoured: the L-shaped sofa in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows (the view is spectacular from almost everywhere you can sit or stand in Gleneagles), the electric fire (lovely to lounge next to after swimming), the expansively comfortable bed and the beautiful, shiny, entirely cream and silver chrome bathroom. The middle-level suites are termed the ‘spirit’ suites, each named after one of owner Diageo’s spirits, and are all suitably Scottish and lavish, but if it’s a really special occasion, splash out on the Blue Tower Suite. Climb up your own spiral staircase to enjoy a drink on a private roof terrace with spectacular 360° views of the landscape. In fact, I am tempted to wax lyrical about this all-enveloping landscape because it is, quite simply, one of the best things about Gleneagles. As far as the eye can see, in every direction, are the green, rolling hills, beautiful whether bordered by bright blue sky or angry grey clouds, and thousands of acres of land. Daytimes should be devoted to activity here and you’re certainly not short of options. Head out for an “incredible run” past the immaculate golf course (boyfriend’s words, not mine: I’m in the spa at this point – more on that later), practice your backhand with a tennis instructor, learn how to fly fish for trout, get back on the horse or challenge your inner Olympian with cycling, shooting and

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TLAND PANDORA JONES escapes to the bonnie land of the Scots for two days of dining, drinking, sport, spa-going and Scrabble at Gleneagles – the perfect long weekend away

archery. You can even (which I couldn’t quite believe) test your theory that you might be a natural at falconry. However, my favourite activity is, hands down, our golf lesson with Head Pro Andrew Jowett. My golfing experience totalled two light-hearted driving range sessions years before but after an hour with Andrew, I felt ready to take on Tiger Woods (almost). Cleverly, my swing is filmed and slowed down so that Andrew can correct my stance and explain how to improve my technique. The aching arms the next day (and a few after that) are definitely worth it, as the lesson culminates in me hitting a 150-yardshot and impressing both my (surprised) boyfriend and Andrew. If you have kids in tow and they want to try golf too, this is not a hotel that would prefer children to be seen and not heard (although most during our stay seem exceptionally well-behaved). I can guarantee your kids won’t be bored for a second – if the weather is good, or even merely adequate, send them outside. They can cycle, train a gundog, play polo or Own a Pony for half a day (clearly a full day is just too exhausting). If it’s pouring, drop them off in The Zone (for tweens and teens) or The Playroom (for the little ones). Christmas, a no-expenses-spared festive heaven, sounds as amazing for children as for adults; imagine a (Scottish) winter wonderland of reindeer, Santa, elves and proper presents for the children. There’s even an ice rink. Book now if you’re interested because the hotel doesn’t run to full occupancy at Christmas; none of the classic rooms are sold and the number of children is capped at 120. Make the most of the calorie-expending opportunities because the opportunities to eat and drink come just as thick and fast. If you’re a

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whisky lover, settle down with a Whisky Sour, expertly mixed for us by the smiley Graeme, while having a cigar in the Johnnie Walker Blue Bar in the Dormy Clubhouse; it’s open air with a fire pit in the centre and padded, blue (of course) heated leather seats. Connoisseurs should opt for a Whisky tasting with the unbelievably knowledgeable Christopher Peck. In fact, you’ll encounter wonderful staff at every turn; nothing is too much trouble and they are a constant, welcoming presence. The Dormy Clubhouse (which has recently had a £3 million renovation) is the golfing hub of the whole estate and the all-day restaurant overlooks the closing holes of both the King’s and Queen’s courses. Here you can stock up on golfing essentials (although I don’t think I need these quite yet) or enjoy lunch before/after a golf lesson. Think gastro-pub dishes interspersed with interesting Indian touches, thanks to the tandoor oven; a Chicken Tikka Caesar salad is unusual but very good. We feel like sleeping rather than golfing, though, after a deliciously comforting lunch of cod loin and chicken, mushroom and leek pie. If you fancy an equally informal meal in the evening, head to Deseo, right near Braid House; it’s so relaxed that I feel like I could have stayed in my dressing gown, and actually during the day, guests do, as they wander in, blissed out, from the spa. The menu declares: “DESEO means whatever you wish or desire. You’re free to order whatever you like, whenever you like, how you want it”. There’s a mouth-watering array of antipasto, soups, pastas, pizzas, tapas, meat and seafood on offer and whatever we like turns out to be tapas in the form of meatballs, chicken, prawns, courgettes and white/green asparagus, and decadently rich petit pots chocolate St-Emillion style and rich Spanish-baked cheesecake (so perhaps some cycling tomorrow is required!) The Streathern is perfect for an evening of romantic fine dining (but less child-suited – Deseo is best for that) after a chilled G&T, people-watching, in the busy bar. Our seats are in the conservatory of the otherwise high-ceilinged restaurant, offering a beautiful view as the sun sets. Our exceptionally lovely waiter Matthew plays an essential part in our evening; he suggested the dish of scallops with ham knuckle and parmesan foam to the chef and it appeared on the menu (luckily for guests as it’s unbelievably good). The promise of classical French/Scottish cuisine is delivered; the roast of the day, beef Wellington, is tenderly moist and the pastry melt-in-your-mouth. My boyfriend enjoys a goat’s cheese tartine then rib eye (although he’s definitely envious of the Wellington) and we share ice cream. Special mention must be made of the excellent toppings; melted salted caramel, popping honeycomb and drizzly chocolate. After so much food, naturally I feel the need to lie down and the next morning I am treated to an über-relaxing aromatherapy massage in the spa, which offers all the beauty, body and massage treatments you’d expect, as well

as an array of specialised treatments, including Ayurvedic, Oriental and ESPA Life (recently launched and offering intensive, transformative programmes geared towards improved health and wellness). I love the fact it’s above ground and natural light floods in. A naturopath consultation with Louise Westra is enlightening; naturopathy works in a complimentary fashion in addition to a clinical diagnosis. Iridology is used to assess the health of the body and Louise pinpoints specific ailments, as well as offering advice to me about to how to relieve these. On the morning we leave, there’s just enough time for a lazy breakfast; waffles and French toast are the stand-out favourites. If you need to bring home souvenirs or presents, head to the Shopping Arcade. Mappin & Webb, Dunhill London and Escada, among others, cluster along a wood-panelled corridor, tempting guests in. When the time comes to leave, just 48 hours after our arrival, it is too soon. I half want to stage a sit-in and refuse to move but this is hardly in keeping with the genial, well-behaved manner of the place. All I can reassure myself with, as the car drives away, is that I must come back; Gleneagles is a magical place.

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THREE’S THE MAGIC NUMBER Enjoy an extra day of bliss at Gleneagles, which includes the legendary Gleneagles breakfast and full use of the Gleneagles club facilities 1 May – 31 Oct. 2012 from £970 (two people sharing Sovereign room) 1 Nov. 2012 – 31 March 2013 from £650 (two people sharing Classic room) All prices are inclusive of VAT. Other room rates are available on request

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arrive and revive

The ‘Alm’ we hiked to today was an insider tip from our host. The view from here of sun-kissed mountain peaks reaching for the sky is simply spellbinding. We feel totally free, nearly giddy with joy. We might even spend the night up here. Just like the dairy maid. For information about holidays in Austria, visit www.austria.info/treasures or call 0845 101 1818


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Rocks GABRIELLE LANE experiences a touch of the Chelsea life in Val d’Isère FIRSTLY: A CONFESSION. On my trip to Val d’Isère, despite of investing in some very swanky white salopettes and borrowing an obscenely expensive jacket from a semi-pro, I barely skied. In fact, life didn’t get any more strenuous than being towed round the nursery slope by a charming and impossibly patient French instructor called Max, whose only charge was yours truly. I certainly witnessed the tribes of hardcore, fluoro-clad skiers who flock to the area but they skimmed past in the distance as I sat in a hot tub and drank Champagne; four days out of London, and just an hour and a half away by SWISS International Airways, and I found myself enjoying complete relaxation, Raffles-style. The members’ club has devised a lifestyle membership package which allows clients to sample a range of memorable experiences around the world. In Val d’Isère this takes the form of a stay in Le Chardon, a selection of five suitably stylish chalets and a vibrant

social calendar. From the moment we arrived, our group congregated on the terraces, eating and drinking fabulously well and sharing stories from the slopes, past and present. The first evening, we did little more than feast and get acquainted, as Le Chardon’s brilliant staff topped up our glasses, gave us endless amounts of useful resort advice and made us feel amazingly relaxed and welcome, before showing us to our rooms. Each of the suites at Le Chardon is plush yet rustic, with wooden beams and floors, comfortable double beds, baskets of beauty products and private outside space, but each night I was asleep almost instantly, if not from skiing but from the general buzz that pervaded the trip. While you can, if you wish, ski solo each day, Raffles co-ordinates all of the equipment and lift passes which makes it a real ski-in, ski-out holiday. The team arranged guides who arrived raring to go at 10am every day for those of us keen to take lessons or seek out the


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top spots for a healthy three hours. Max taught me to duck-step, plough, turn (though I could manage left, never right), bought me cups of tea at regular intervals and heroically caught me every time I headed for the fences at 50mph. It was a real luxury to have personal tuition arranged, not least as it spared me the embarrassment of learning alongside the super-skilled ten-yearolds at ski school. For all my talk of food and champagne, I genuinely loved being out in the snow. Lunch on the first day was an informal affair and we tucked into lasagne, chips and plates of salad in the sun at a great café on the edge of the town centre. We spent the afternoon at leisure, some of us watching a film in the chalet’s cinema room, others taking a nap before the evening’s activities. After another gorgeous three course dinner, we set off for Dicks Tea Bar and a full-on party. A slightly more polished version of your classic Euro nightclub, dance music reigned in both rooms and Raffles had

Not surprisingly, the next day’s ski session was subdued but there’s something about the altitude that makes you feel very fresh and ready for La Folie Douce, which is where the official Raffles après-ski was held later in the day. To describe Folie as a café-bar, as it does on its own website, is a slight injustice. It’s very much a little slice of Ibiza, a few thousand feet up. Again we ate; steaks, chicken and everything else we could get our hands on, before the entertainment started: singers, dancers and a very famous DJ (who I can’t pretend to know the name of). The laid-back vibe was infectious and we took court on a designated terrace overlooking the crowd, not before engineering our own rock star moment – waving Raffles flags and jumping around the roof above a crazy crowd below, while one of the Folie team shouted, “I could get in trouble for this!”

ADDRESS BOOK Raffles (www.raffleschelsea.com) Le Chardon Moutain Lodges includes five lodges and weekly rates start from £7,950 (www.mantiscollection.com) Dicks Tea Bar (www.dicksteabar.com) La Folie Douce (www.lafoliedouce.com) Veuve Clicquot Champagne (www.veuve-clicquot.com)

My ski instructor Max heroically caught me every time I headed for the fences at 50mph

SWISS International Airways (www.swiss.com) flies to Geneva from London Heathrow on a daily basis Prices one-way start from £121 and include all taxes

commandeered two tables; my lasting memory is the random mix of people – press and PRs, chalet staff and guests, tourists and locals – dancing on curved leather booths in a ‘we’re going to be friends forever’ kind of way as glasses were clinked, cameras flashed and everyone clambered to join in. It epitomised the tone of the trip; indulgent without being pretentious and a real departure from home while reflecting the best of London society.

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Sunday Cinema Club One of Chelsea’s favourite locals, the Hollywood Arms lives up to its name with its latest Sunday Cinema Club, perfect for whiling away a lazy Sunday evening as the autumn closes in

EVERY WEEK AT 8PM, the elegant Blanchard room at Chelsea’s Hollywood Arms plays host to the Sunday Cinema Club, where guests are invited to sit back and relax in the comfort of a plush armchair, with a sophisticated surround sound system and popcorn thrown into the mix. With a diverse selection of films, ranging from World Cinema to Disney classics, you can be sure that every taste can be catered for. If you’re looking for a tasty meal before the film screening or a long drink while you watch, the menus on offer will not disappoint. It’s difficult to beat the Sunday roasts, with the option of sirloin of

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beef, slow-roasted pork belly, or garlic and thyme chicken, all served with goose fat roast potatoes, Yorkshire puds and ale gravy. The extensive cocktail menu includes everything from classic Cosmos to the outlandish Prometheus’ Torch, a mouth-watering combination of gin, strawberry, lemon juice and prosecco, topped with a flaming marshmallow. All in all, an evening spent at this stylish yet cosy establishment is bound to set you up for the week ahead. The Hollywood Arms, 45 Hollywood Road, SW10 9HX 020 7349 7840; www.hollywoodarmschelsea.com

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Groundbreaking technology is now making it possible to turn your home into a Michelin-starred restaurant. GEMMA TAYLOR finds out more


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CELEBRITY CHEF Heston Blumenthal is famous for creating otherworldly dishes that burst with colours and flavours, often impossible to achieve in home cooking. But this is about to change. By consulting with Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, the Swedish company Electrolux has designed luxury kitchen appliances that are going to change the way we cook forever. The groundbreaking Grand Cuisine Cooking System will make it possible to achieve breathtaking professional results, every time. Roasting a rack of lamb and keeping it tender in the middle, without overdoing the end cutlets, can be challenging for amateurs trying to do it at home. As the Combination Oven has six heat sensors and steam settings, the humidity and core temperature of the lamb can be controlled with absolute precision, ensuring a succulent rack all the way through. Cooked food can be instantly cooled in the Blast Chiller, which is one of the secrets of great eateries. It enables chefs to cook a dish ahead of time, and preserve the original taste, colour and texture until it is needed at the table. For keeping culinary creations fresh for months, the Precision Vacuum Sealer can store marinades, fish dishes, stews, casseroles and even sauces in an airtight pouch. This also opens the door to sous-vide (French for ‘under vacuum’) cooking. The exterior of a steak can char before the centre is cooked so, to get that melt-in the-mouth texture, it needs to cook by resting. With sous vide, the meat is vacuum-sealed and heated through in water, ready to be whipped out and seared at any time.

environment. The impressive induction cook top looks like a stunning uninterrupted slab of onyx. For those keen to show off, food theatre can be performed on the chrome-plated Sear Hob. The silky smooth surface lets food effortlessly slide, requiring only a teardrop of oil to sizzle the perfect steak. Electrolux Design Director Henrik Otto, deliberately created these streamlined appliances with an elegant subtlety that allows them to fit into any architectural environment. Whether your home is a centuries-old country manor or modern city penthouse, the sleek Grand Cuisine Cooking System components will complement all décors beautifully. This range won’t quite let you reach the dizzying heights of liquid nitrogen ice cream but it will help you produce high-end restaurant-quality food that will astonish friends and family during at-home gatherings, proving you don’t need an interest in molecular gastronomy to make a truly sensational meal. www.electrolux.com

The silky smooth surface lets food effortlessly slide, requiring only a teardrop of oil An unusual method and great talking point at dinner parties, it is favoured by world-renowned chefs such as Gordon Ramsey because the bag locks in moisture, keeping food exceptionally juicy, and no resting time means the steak will sizzle on the plate. Frying or steaming a fresh and crisp vegetable accompaniment is effortless with the cutting-edge concave induction cooker and makes the frying pan a thing of the past. This is great for healthy stir-frying, poaching, steaming, searing or even soup making. Induction cooking is also changing the landscape of the kitchen surface: instead of flames, it uses an electromagnetic field to induce heat. This means energy efficiency, cooking precision and a cooler cooking

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Cooking chicken confit in a vacuum pouch with a sweet chicken jus, small onions and roasted asparagus

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LET THE SUN SHINE

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

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

Chocolate Heaven A sentiment recognised by chocolate lovers worldwide, Linda Grayson of Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers once stated that “there is nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate.” This is the phrase that inspired the creators of London’s Chocolate Ecstasy Tours to bring to the Capital the most luxurious and indulgent chocolate experiences the city has to offer. For those of you wishing to celebrate Chocolate Week this October, chocolate tours of Chelsea run on Sundays and Thursday evenings, focusing on the history and progression of the chocolate industry, including the most contemporary chocolate trends. On Saturdays, the most serious of chocoholics can immerse themselves in eight heavenly hours of delicious indulgence, including breakfast, wine and, naturally, a vast array of mouth-watering chocolate samples. Chocolate Week, 8-14 October www.chocolateecstasytours.com

European Charm Mazi (meaning ‘together’) is a charming little Greek restaurant a stone’s throw from Notting Hill, with whitewashed walls, a beautiful little garden and accents of a bright European blue. The menu is all about sharing; despite finding it a little confusing to choose a suitably filling but not greedy combination of cold jars, salads, hot plates and signature dishes, every single one was delicious. Particular favourites are the grilled aubergine with soy and thyme honey (in a jar), the slow-cooked king prawns saganaki and the braised herb crust lamb saddle. Enjoy sampling Greek wine (it’s actually very good) and take home a local delicacy or spirit from the suitably Grecian deli section.

In Wonderland The eccentric and surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland will be found once again at The Dorchester, with the hotel’s Promenade providing the ideal setting for the renowned Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. As guests feast on the range of delicious Wonderland-themed tea-time treats, entertainment will be provided by the dancers of the English National Ballet School who will enchant patrons in the guise of some of Carroll’s most-loved characters. As well as displaying their dancing skills, the March Hare, the Mad Hatter, the Dormouse and Alice herself will be on hand to charm younger diners with a captivating story or two, leaving adults to enjoy a glass of Champagne in the decadent surroundings. 29 October – 2 November The Dorchester, Park Lane, W1K 1QA 020 7629 8888; www.thedorchester.com

Mazi, 12-14 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR 020 7229 3794; www.mazi.co.uk

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DIN IN G Affair of the Heart This November, the sixth annual Grey Goose Winter Ball, in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, will bring the vintage glamour of the Côte d’Azur to London’s Battersea Power Station. Once again, vodka virtuoso Grey Goose is teaming up with the Elton John AIDS Foundation to stage one of London’s most exclusive events, all in order to raise money for an extremely worthy cause. Guests will be transported away from wintery London to the summer haven of the French Riviera, as Battersea Power Station is transformed beyond recognition. A selection of hand-picked character partners will each design a unique lot to be auctioned, contributing to the £2.3 million that has already been raised for the foundation in previous years. This year, internationally renowned photographer Ellen von Unwerth and esteemed fashion designer Gareth Pugh will both design a portable cocktail bar, aiming to reflect their own unique style and flair and to raise as much as possible at auction. A superb dinner will be provided by two Michelin-star chef Hélène Darroze, washed down with a selection of uniquely designed cocktails, the creation of which will be overseen by taste expert Joe McCanta. With entertainment provided by the outstanding singer-songwriter Emile Sandé in collaboration with musician and producer Labrinth, this will be a night never to forget. The Grey Goose Winter Ball London, 10 November Tickets available from ejaf.com; www.greygoosetaste.com/grey-goose-winter-ball

Restaurant Review Superb Sushinho Many are initially quizzical about the idea of Brazilian-Japanese cuisine but those who have visited Sushinho realise that there is nothing bizarre about this fusion. The exotic mix of different cultures is instantly felt thanks to oriental design combining exposed brick and tropical palm trees. As with its décor, Sushinho sets itself apart from traditional Japanese restaurants by offering fusion dishes including the Rio and Samba house rolls and the faultless prime striploin served with farofa (a South American flour mixture similar to breadcrumbs, only lighter) and chimichurri (an Argentinian grilled meat sauce), along with authentic Japanese delicacies. The only dish not complimented by this relationship was the slow-cooked pork belly. Although beautifully prepared, the taste of the pork was somewhat overpowered by the accompanying black bean purée. However, this was more than enough made up for by impeccable service and the restaurant’s signature Passion Crumble dessert to finish. Sushinho, 312-314 King’s Road, SW3 5UH 020 7349 7496; www.sushinho.com


Get Your Skates On East London has been given a welcome revival this summer thanks to the staggering popularity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Once the sporting stars have returned home, though, there are plenty of reasons to make a weekend of it there; if you’re attending a show at the world-renowned O2 Arena or taking your children on the Emirates Air Line, make sure you allow plenty of time for a festive afternoon of ice-skating in Canary Wharf. Canada Square Park is being transformed this November into an enchanted wintertime playground with a twist. Bigger and better than previous years, the rink promises to be an ice skater’s paradise, featuring London’s first ever skate path. Glide around the rink while enjoying seasonal entertainment or cheer on your children from the sidelines with a glass of champagne or warming mulled wine on the viewing terrace. The unique skate path enables skaters to leave the main rink and pirouette their way under sparkling trees around the perimeter of Canada Square Park. Having excelled on the ice, fit in some present shopping before retiring to the luxurious rink side bar and lounge to celebrate in style. 3 November 2012 – 13 January 2013 www.skatecanarywharf.co.uk Tickets at www.ticketmaster.co.uk / 0844 847 1556

Seasonal Delights Indulge in the food of the gods at the Terrace Seafood Bar in Babylon Restaurant up until November: there will be two or three types of British oysters available, paired with superb wines from England. With autumn comes the start of the Gaming season and so expect plenty in the way of hearty, autumnal dishes, perfect for whiling away a lazy Sunday and enjoying country fare in the city. The extensive menu on offer at The Roof Gardens is brought to you by talented Head Chef, Ian Howard, whose vast experience spans more than 21 years. Ian is inspired by simple and authentic food and, where possible, his menu reflects this through its emphasis on local and in season ingredients. Babylon at The Roof Gardens, W8 5SA 0207 368 3993 www.roofgardens.virgin.com

Quick pit-stops for those on a cultural odyssey around the borough: LE CERCLE

MEURSAULT

THE WALLACE RESTAURANT

Whether you are a visitor to the Royal Court Theatre looking for a light meal preperformance, or someone wishing to sample the best seasonal French dishes, Le Cercle, situated minutes from Sloane Square station, is an excellent solution. Each dish on the à la carte menu is richly flavoured and immaculately presented, as are the offerings provided by the Theatre set menu. The real star, however, is the ‘Traditions’ section, comprising five dishes designed to showcase the most appealing elements of the current season. Book your theatre tickets, go early and eat first.

After working up a thirst touring the museums and galleries of South Kensington, remember that Mersault, the sister bar of the popular restaurant l’Etranger, is only a ten minute walk away. The star of this dramatic and moodily decorated bar is undoubtedly the Molecular Mixology menu, serving some incredibly complex and interesting cocktails (some of which can take up to 15 minutes to prepare). The Bofinger, comprising a molecular foam flavoured with Cointreau and Orange, coupled with a Wild Berry Margarita Jelly is just one of the intriguing choices on the unique and handcrafted menu.

As well as housing one of London’s most impressive collections of 15th to 19th century European decorative and fine art, the Wallace Collection also provides the ideal location for a delicious lunchtime dining experience. Nestled inside the peaceful courtyard of the historic London townhouse, the Wallace Restaurant serves a well-rounded range of French brasserie-style dishes. The simple yet elegant flavours of the lunch à la carte menu offer an excellent meal after taking in the exquisite paintings in the collection.

Le Cercle, 1 Wilbraham Place, SW1X 9AE 020 7901 9999; www.lecercle.co.uk

Meursault, 36 Gloucester Road, SW7 4QT 020 7584 9719, www.meursaultlondon.co.uk

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The Wallace Restaurant, Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1U 3BN 020 7563 9505; www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk/ the-wallace-restaurant

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CH R I S T M A S PA RT IE S 2012 OUR FAMOUS SHARED CHRISTMAS PARTIES AND PRE-CLUB RECEPTIONS AT THE ROOF GARDENS ARE BACK FOR ANOTHER YEAR! STEP OUT ON THE SIXTH FLOOR AND BE TRANSPORTED INTO A ROOFTOP WINTER GARDEN FOR A PARTY TO REMEMBER BEFORE YOU DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY IN THE CLUB.


Book a table for 10 or more at our Shared Parties and you get all of the following:

Hire a private space and organise a Pre-Club Reception for up to 400 and we include:

• Glass of champagne on arrival • 3-course meal in the marquee • Selected wines, beers and soft drinks during the meal • Live entertainment by The Mighty Troubadours • Entry to the Club from 10pm to 3am

• Glass of champagne on arrival • Selection of canapés • Selected wines, beers and soft drinks from 7pm until 10pm • Live entertainment by The Mighty Troubadours • Entry to The Club from 10pm to 3am

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The Roof Gardens 99 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA T: 0845 680 0783 victoria.l@roofgardens.virgin.com www.roofgardensclub.com/christmas


Canary Wharf

bars & restaurants • fashion & style • arts & events canarywharf.com


SHOPPING

SAVOUR THE FLAVOUR

OF SPAIN THE QUICKEST WAY TO SPAIN ISN’T ON A FLIGHT; IT’S THROUGH THE DOORS OF IBERICA CANARY WHARF DURING THE SPAIN NOW! FESTIVAL. TAKE A TRIP TO THE MEDITERRANEAN WITHOUT VENTURING TOO FAR FROM HOME

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berica Canary Wharf has taken the tradition of tapas to a whole new culinary level. Its contemporary take on Spanish dishes, and menu created by a two Michelin-star chef Nacho Manzano, can transform an evening in London into a warm Mediterranean night.

The restaurant has been designed by Barcelona-based Lazaro Rosa Violan with an integrated open kitchen so diners can share the cooking experience. The décor follows the tone set by the food creating a modern space and combining elements of Spanish culture.

NACHO MANZANO, IBERICA’S TWO MICHELINSTARRED EXECUTIVE CHEF, TALKS ABOUT HIS CULINARY INFLUENCES WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START COOKING? From a very early age I was used to life around cooking. I remember being very interested in learning more about cooking and managing a restaurant, so at the age of fifteen my father sent me to work in the restaurant of a friend of his. After seven years, I came back to Casa Marcial to help my parents. I realized I didn’t want to copy the recipes of others. I had my own style and way of cooking and wanted to introduce a more gastronomic feel to the menus. WHAT DISTINGUISHES IBERICA CANARY WHARF FROM THE OTHER RESTAURANTS? Ibérica has the spirit of a traditional restaurant, a fine tavern or “casa de comidas” in Spanish. All our stews are made daily. The idea is that the Iberica client will eat the same food, prepared in the same way, as in Spain’s traditional taverns. This cooking, combined with the variety of TAPAS - lighter, newer and more creative - is the key.

Spain NOW! As a partner of Spain NOW! Iberica Canary Wharf has laid on a series of events to celebrate the Spanish culture of food. The festival, held from October to December, promotes the latest creative talents from Spain through a number of exhibitions, performances and events across London. This year, Iberica Canary Wharf is hosting a number of live cooking shows and wine tastings, held inside the restaurant and across Canary Wharf. Tantalise your taste buds, learn a few Spanish specialities and witness the creation of classic dishes with a modern twist. IBERICA CANARY WHARF EVENT GUIDE - HIGHLIGHTS WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER Cooking masterclass, by David Muñoz Wine tasting class, Bruno Murciano MONDAY 15 OCTOBER Live cooking show by Jose Pizarro and César Garcia TUESDAY 16 OCTOBER Live cooking show by Nacho Manzano and Diego Bello THURSDAY 18 OCTOBER Galician wine tasting class by Bruno Murciano Cooking masterclass by Diego Bello Iberica Canary Wharf, Cabot Square, 020 7636 8650. For more information on the forthcoming events please visit www.ibericalondon.co.uk

www.canarywharf.com

@yourcanarywharf


SALON PRIVÉ WHERE: Syon House, Syon Park WHAT: Super Car Show & Concours d’Elégance WHY: In the beautiful surroundings of Syon Park, the UK’s most prestigious Super Car Show & Concours d’Elégance, Salon Privé, enjoyed its seventh year. Several new British debuts, as well as the Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance, place Salon Privé among the leading automotive shows of the world. This year's Boodles Ladies' Day winner for the best dressed, Renée Joyce, was awarded with a stunning rose gold Blossom ring by the luxury jeweller.


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Photography: Social – © Tim Griffiths Car – © James Mann Georgie Thompson and Rupert Penry-Jones

Mr and Mrs Edwin Moses

James Purefoy and Guest

CARTIER STYLE WHERE: Goodwood House WHAT: The Cartier Style et Luxe Concours at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

WHO: James Seymour, Anya Hindmarch, Arnaud Bamberger, James Purefoy, Rupert Penry-Jones and Georgie Thompson WHY: In celebration of its 18th year at the Festival, the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours brought together a spectacular selection of motor cars. The Cartier Style et Luxe Royal Vehicle Concours were divided into five special classes, including state limousines and carriages, official overseas state visit transport, working cars and personal family cars, as well as toy cars owned by Malin Jeffries and Tim Jeffries the Royal Household. Lord March, Brian Johnson and Nico Rosberg

Mr and Mrs Bernard Dreesman

Anya Hindmarch and James Seymour

Sir Stuart Rose, Guest, Arnaud and Carla Bamberger

1937 Daimler V 37HP Shooting brake

Edwin Moses, Guest, Lord March, Brian Johnson and Arnaud Bamberger


LONDON LIVING

Photography: Roo Kendall / British Fashion Council Christopher Kane

Harold Tillman and Caroline Rush

Agi Mdumulla and Sam Cotton with Guests

Mary Katrantzou

BFA NOMINEES WHERE: The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy Hotel WHAT: British Fashion Awards nominees reception WHO: Mary Katrantzou, Jonathan Saunders, Erdem Moralioglu,

Lauren Laverne, Roksanda Ilincic and Livia Firth

Amber Le Bon

Christopher Kane, Livia Firth, Heather Kerzner and Kim Hersov WHY: The British Fashion Awards celebrated the nominees of the British Fashion Awards 2012 with a special reception. The evening event was attended by the most influential industry leaders, designers, retailers, models and celebrities and the winners will be announced at this year’s Award Ceremony, which takes place on Tuesday 27 November.

Jonathan Anderson

Dionne Bromfield and Jaime Winstone

Miranda Richardson, Toni Collette and Laura Bailey

STARSTUDDED

Florence Brundenell Bruce and Oliver Proudlock

WHERE: Mortons Club WHAT: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Fashion Month party WHO: Laura Bailey, Toni Collette, Miranda Richardson, Amber Le Bon, Jaime Winstone and Florence Brudenell Bruce

WHY: Guests were treated to Veuve Clicquot champagne

Laura Whitmore

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Photography: Ollie Rudkin Yasmin Mills

I HEART FASHION

Luca del Bono and Natalia Vodianova

WHERE: Mari Vanna restaurant in Knightsbridge WHAT: Naked Heart Foundation WHO: Natalia Vodianova, Luca del Bono and Tallulah Harlech WHY: As part of her charitable endeavour, Naked Heart Foundation, Natalia Vodianova recently launched the Naked Heart Dessert at Russian restaurant, Mari Vanna; for every dessert sold, 100 per cent of its profits will go towards Vodianova's worthy Foundation which helps to improve the lives of Russian children by building playgrounds throughout her native country Melissa del Bono and Guests

Katia Elizarova and Dasha Zharova

Tallulah Harlech

Jasmine Guinness and Jade Parfitt

WYLD NIGHT

Laura Whitmore and Baukjen de Swaan Arons

WHERE: Wyld Bar at W Hotel WHAT: Baukjen Launch Party WHO: Jasmine Guinness, Jade Parfitt, Laura Whitmore and Sunday Girl

WHY: Founder and Creative Director Baukjen de Swaan Arons held a cocktail party on 29 August to celebrate the launch of her eponymous clothing brand. Guests were invited to discover the new Autumn/Winter 2012 collection, modelled by new faces from Premier Models, while sipping cocktails and listening to music from DJ Edith Bowman. Sunday Girl

Edith Bowman

Baukjen de Swaan Arons and Liberty London Girl


LONDON LIVING

Back row: Alex Partridge, Victoria Pendleton, Kylie Minogue, Laura Trott, Jason Kenny and Andrew Osagie Front row: Emily Pidgeon, Jenna and Asha Randall Kylie Minogue performing

TAKE OFF

Millie Mackintosh

Matthew Williamson and Irina Shayk

WHERE: One Mayfair WHA Launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung WHAT: WHO: Rosamund Pike, Kylie Minogue, Kelly Brook, WHO Ollie Locke, and Millie Mackintosh

WHY: To celebrate the launch of its new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, Samsung held a starstudded VIP Party at the swish One Mayfair venue. Guests including Vernon Kay, Victoria Pendleton and stars of Made in Chelsea enjoyed champagne and canapĂŠs before being entertained with an exclusive performance by the pop world's favourite Kylie Minogue. Irina Shayk Irina Shayk, Mark Wright and Kelly Brook

Elsa Pataky and Rosamund Pike

Sam Harrison, Vernon Kay and Laura Trott Zara Phillips and Laura Trott Francesca Hull and Ollie Locke

Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton and Zara Phillips

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The Concierge What is it you require, sir? How may I help, madam? The Concierge is here to help with every need, whim or wish, however great or small APPAREL

Knightsbridge Watches

BESPOKE DRESSMAKER

88 Brompton Road, SW3 1ER 08000 337 333 www.knightsbridgewatcheslondon.com

Mary Treacy 12 Rickett Street, Fulham SW6 1RU 020 7385 3398 www.marytreacydesigns.co.uk

REPAIRS AND CLEANING Jeeves of Belgravia 271 Kensington High Street 020 7603 0484 www.jeevesofbelgravia.co.uk

69 Lower Sloane Street SW1W 8DA 020 7824 8644 www.sloanetailorsanddrycleaners.co.uk

Babylon at Kensington Roof Gardens

Spa at Bluebird

99 Kensington High Street, W8 5SA 020 7368 3993 www.roofgardens.virgin.com

VINTAGE WATCH SELLERS

350 King’s Road, SW3 5UU 020 7351 3873 www.theshopatbluebird.com

Watches of Knightsbridge

The Chelsea Day Spa

64 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7JF 020 7590 3034 www.watchesofknightsbridge.com

69a King’s Road, SW3 4NX 020 7351 0911 www.thechelseadayspa.co.uk

FOR THE HOME

Urban Retreat at Harrods

FURNITURE AND SOFT FURNISHINGS

87-135 Brompton Road SW1X 7XL 020 7893 8333 www.urbanretreat.co.uk

Bibendum

Katherine Pooley Sloane Tailors & Dry Cleaners

BEAUTY SALONS AND SPAS

160 Walton Street, SW3 2JL 020 7584 3223 www.katherinepooley.co.uk

Chelsea Brasserie

MEDICAL AND DENTAL SERVICES

Louise Bradley

Chelsea Consulting Rooms 2 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BJ 020 7763 9100 www.chelseaconsultingrooms.com

Chelsea Green Shoe Repairs

Kimbolton Court 117b Fulham Road, SW3 6RL 020 7589 1442 www.louisebradley.co.uk

31 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT 020 7584 0776

Nina Campbell

3 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4JJ 020 7370 4999 www.medicare-francais.co.uk

SHOES REHEELED

Medicare Français

JEWELLERY VALUATION

9 Walton Street, SW3 2JD 020 7225 1011 www.ninacampbell.com

Bourbon Hanby

OKA

151 Sydney Street, SW3 6NT 020 7352 2106 www.bourbonhanby.com

103 Lancaster Road, W11 1QN 020 7792 1425 www.okadirect.com

PRECIOUS PIECES

The Lister Hospital Chelsea Bridge Road SW1W 8RH 020 7730 7733 www.thelisterhospital.com

Tiffany & Co.

Stepevi

The Beresford Clinic

145 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BL 020 7409 2790 www.tiffany.co.uk

274 King’s Road, SW3 5AW 020 7376 7574 www.stepevi.co.uk

2 Lower Grosvenor Place SW1W 0EJ 020 7821 9411 www.drberesford.co.uk

JEWELLERY REPAIR

PAMPERING & WELLBEING

Hawkes and Son

HAIRDRESSERS

50-52 Walton Street, SW3 1RB 020 7589 2523 www.hawkesandson.com

Hari’s

81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD 020 7581 5817 www.bibendum.co.uk

7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG 020 7881 5999 www.chelsea-brasserie.co.uk

Daphne’s 110-112 Draycott Avenue SW3 3AE 020 7589 4257 www.daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

Gaucho 89 Sloane Avenue, SW3 3DX 020 7584 9901 www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk

Julie’s Restaurant 135 Portland Road, W11 4LW 020 7229 8331 www.juliesrestaurant.com

Maroush 38 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NU 020 7581 5434 www.maroush.com

Scalini 1-3 Walton Street, SW3 2JD 020 7225 2301 www.scalinionline.com

Cadogan Street Dental Office

Zuma

47 Cadogan Street, SW3 2QJ 020 7581 0811

5 Raphael Street, SW7 1DL 020 7584 1010 www.zumarestaurant.com

HAUTE CUISINE

WATCH REPAIR

305 Brompton Road, SW3 2DY 020 7581 5211 www.harissalon.com

Bar Boulud

Partridges

The Watch Gallery

Richard Ward

129 Fulham Road, SW3 6RT 020 7581 3239 www.thewatchgallery.co.uk

82 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY 020 7730 1222 www.richardward.com

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA 020 7201 3899 www.barboulud.com

2-5 Duke of York Square SW3 4LY 020 7730 7102 www.partridges.co.uk

DINING

DELICATESSENS


THE CONCIERGE

The Grocer on Elgin

Electric House

CHAUFFEURS

6 Elgin Crescent, W11 2HX 020 7221 3844 www.thegroceron.com

191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED 020 7908 9696 www.electrichouse.com

Executive Cars

Chelsea Dogs

020 3170 5838 www.executive-cars-london.com

7 Chelsea Square, SW3 6LF www.chelseadogs.co.uk 07786 325 053

Wholefoods Market

The Sloane Club

63-97 Kensington High Street W8 5SE 020 7368 4500 www.wholefoodsmarket.com

Lower Sloane Street SW1W 8BS 020 7730 9131 www.sloaneclub.co.uk

CHOCOLATIERS

AIR, LAND & SEA

Crown Security Chauffeurs 0845 901 1471 www.crown-chauffeurs.co.uk

BUSINESS AFFAIRS

89 Lower Sloane Street SW1W 8DA 0845 270 6996 www.artisanduchocolat.com

Avolus Ltd 38 Lombard Road SW11 3RP 020 7978 6506 www.avolus.com

William Curley 198 Ebury Street 020 7730 5522 www.williamcurley.co.uk

DRINKING Boujis

LUXURY CAR SERVICES

43 Thurloe Street, SW7 2LQ 020 7584 2000 www.boujis.com

Belgravia Garage

298 King’s Road, SW3 5UG 020 7352 6500 www.thecadoganarmschelsea.com

Juju 316-318 King’s Road, SW3 5UH 020 7351 5998 www.jujulondon.com

Sending Parcels

LITTLE LUXURIES

272 Kensington High Street W8 6ND 0844 257 0668 www.sendingparcels.com

PRIVATE CHEF The Personal Chef

TRANSLATORS

59 Ritherton Road, SW17 8QE 020 7871 1080 www.thepersonalchef.co.uk

Aplomb Translations

PREMIUM COFFEE AND CIGARS

London Battersea Heliport Bridges Wharf, Battersea SW11 3BE 0844 884 8660 www.batterseahelicopter.com

The Cadogan Arms

Pet Pavilion 60 Gloucester Road, SW7 4QT 020 7584 8848 www.petpavilion.co.uk

COURIERS

HELICOPTER CHARTER L’Artisan Du Chocolat

PETS

74 Chancery Lane WC2A 1AD 020 7831 9444 www.aplombonline.com

Tomtom Cigars and Coffee 63 Elizabeth Street, SW1W 9PP 020 7730 1790 www.tomtom.co.uk

Central Translations 1 Eaton Mews West Belgravia, SW1W 9ET 020 7235 9900 www.belgraviagarage.com

VIP Car Hire Queen Elizabeth Street SE1 2JE 0870 200 4949 www.vipservices.co.uk

21 Woodstock Street W1C 2AP 020 7493 5511 www.centraltranslations.co.uk

HOUSEKEEPING & FAMILY HOUSEKEEPING

FINE WINE Handford Fine Wines 105 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LE 020 7589 6113 www.handford.net Florists

FLOWERS

St. Anne’s Housekeeping

Gilding the Lily

YACHT CHARTER/ SALE

58 Kenway Road, SW5 0RA 020 7370 1359 www.stanneshousekeeping.com

Old Brompton Road, SW7 2NB 020 7584 1950 www.gildingthelilysw7.co.uk

Princess Yachts

CHILDCARE

Only Roses

Imperial Nannies

257 Old Brompton Road, SW5 9HP 020 7373 9595 www.only-roses.com

MEMBERS CLUBS Beaufort House 354 Kings Road, SW3 5UZ 020 7352 2828 www.beauforthousechelsea.co.uk

64 Grosvenor Street W1K 3JH 020 7499 5050 www.princess.co.uk

Chelsea Arts Club

Sunseeker

143 Old Church Street SW3 6EB 020 7376 3311 www.chelseaartsclub.com

36 Davies Street W1K 4NF 020 7355 0980 www.sunseekerlondon.com

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17 Radley Mews, W8 6JP 020 7795 6220 nannies@imperialstaff.com

LEATHER GOODS AND ACCESSORIES

Kensington Nannies

Pickett

3 Hornton Place, W8 4LZ 020 7937 3299 www.kensington-nannies.com

149 Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ 020 7823 5638 www.pickett.co.uk

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KENSINGTON 53 Abingdon Road W8 6AN 020 7938 2311

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Henry & James

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CHELSEA 134 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7717 5291

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CHELSEA 2 Cale Street SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

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KENSINGTON & NOTTING HILL 116 Kensington High Street W8 7RW 020 7937 7244 KNIGHTSBRIDGE & BELGRAVIA 31 Lowndes Street SW1X 9HX 020 7235 8090

Crayson www.crayson.com NOTTING HILL 10 Lambton Place W11 2SH 020 7221 1117

Chelsea International www.chelseainternational.co.uk KNIGHTSBRIDGE 14 Basil Street SW3 1AJ 020 7349 9094

Domus Nova www.domusnova.com BAYSWATER 37 Alexander Street W2 5NU 020 7727 1717 NOTTING HILL 17 Kensington Park Road W11 2EU 020 7727 1717

8 Chertsey Street, Surrey GU1 4HD 01483 339740 KENSINGTON 8 Hornton Street W8 4NW 020 7937 9371

Knight Frank John D Wood & Co. www.johndwood.co.uk

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 168 Brompton Road SW3 1HW 020 7584 2044

CHELSEA 9 Cale Street SW3 3QS 020 7352 1484

NOTTING HILL 301 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7717 5311

HOLLAND PARK 10 Portland Road W11 4LA 020 7727 2233

PADDINGTON 4c Praed Street W2 1JX 020 7717 5313

KENSINGTON 162 Kensington Church Street, W8 4BN 020 7908 1100

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

SOUTH KENSINGTON 125 Gloucester Road SW7 4TE 020 7835 0000

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

www.knightfrank.co.uk BELGRAVIA 82-83 Chester Square SW1W 9JH 020 7881 7722 CHELSEA 352a King’s Road SW3 5UU 020 7349 4300 FULHAM 203 New King’s Road SW6 4SR 020 7751 2400 KENSINGTON 54-56 Kensington Church Street W8 4DB 020 7938 4311 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 60 Sloane Avenue SW3 3DD 020 7591 8600


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NOTTING HILL 298 Westbourne Grove W11 2PS 020 7229 0229

HOLLAND PARK 57 Norland Square W11 4QJ 020 7605 6890

SOUTH KENSINGTON 157 Gloucester Road SW7 4TH 020 7871 4111

KENSINGTON 9 Kensington Church Street W8 4LF 020 7368 4450

Russell Simpson

WEST CHELSEA 140 Fulham Road SW10 9PY 020 7373 1010

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 289 Brompton Road SW3 2DY 020 7589 6616

KENSINGTON 103 Kensington Church Street W8 7LN 020 7938 3666

NOTTING HILL 178 Westbourne Grove W11 2RH 020 7727 3227

www.russellsimpson.co.uk

London Sotheby’s International Realty www.sothebysrealty.co.uk CHELSEA 62-64 Fulham Road SW3 6HH 020 7808 8540 MAYFAIR 26A Conduit Street W1S 2XY 020 7495 9580

NORTH KENSINGTON 136 Lancaster Road W11 1QU 020 7313 8350 NOTTING HILL 2-6 Kensington Park Road W11 3BU 020 7313 2890

HYDE PARK 37-41 Sussex Place W2 2TH 020 7479 1999 SOUTH KENSINGTON 5 Kynance Place SW7 4QS 020 7590 9955

Marsh & Parsons www.marshandparsons.co.uk

Messila Residential www.messilaresidential.com KNIGHTSBRIDGE 20 Montpelier Street SW7 1HD 0 20 7589 4452

Plaza Estates www.plazaestates.co.uk KNIGHTSBRIDGE 51 Beauchamp Place SW3 1NY 020 7581 7646

Savills

Proprium SLOANE STREET 149 Sloane Street SW1X 9BZ 020 7589 6298

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SOUTH KENSINGTON 123a Gloucester Road SW7 4TE 020 7373 5052

NOTTING HILL 303 Westbourne Grove W11 2QA 020 7221 1111

CHELSEA 196-200 Fulham Road SW10 9PN 020 7578 9000 KENSINGTON 145 Kensington Church Street W8 7LP 020 7535 3300 KNIGHTSBRIDGE 188 Brompton Road SW3 1HQ 020 7581 5234

Tates Agents www.tatesestates.co.uk WEST KENSINGTON 135 Hammersmith Road W14 0QL 020 7602 6022

SLOANE STREET 139 Sloane Street SW1X 9AY 020 7730 0822

W.A. Ellis

Strutt & Parker

Winkworth

www.struttandparker.com

www.winkworth.co.uk

CHELSEA 43 Cadogan Street SW3 2PR 020 7225 3866

KENSINGTON 118 Kensington Church Street, W8 4BH 020 7727 1500

MARBLE ARCH 29-31 Edgware Road W2 2JE 020 7724 3100

www.proprium.co.uk CHELSEA Rawlings House 2a Milner Street SW3 2PU 020 7591 5570

KNIGHTSBRIDGE 66 Sloane Street SW1X 9SH 020 7235 9959

www.savills.co.uk

Lurot Brand www.lurotbrand.co.uk

CHELSEA 5 Anderson Street SW3 3LU 020 7225 0277

www.waellis.co.uk KNIGHTSBRIDGE 174 Brompton Road SW3 1HP 020 7306 1610

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Drayton Gardens, Chelsea SW10

House with double garage and west facing garden A wonderful house that is bright and spacious. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area, bedroom with en suite shower room, 2 further bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, double drawing room, reception room/study, dining room, utility room, 2 cloakrooms, conservatory, balcony, west facing garden, double garage. Approximately 316 sq m (3,403 sq ft) including garage Freehold

(CHL120017)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Chelsea chelsea@knightfrank.com 020 7349 4300


Knight Frank

Cornwall Crescent, Notting Hill W11 Spacious Notting Hill home

A spacious and light house arranged over four floors and currently consisting of two bedrooms which could be re-configured to create a wonderful family home. 2 - 3 bedrooms, freestanding bath in master bedroom, cloakroom, bathroom, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, guest cloakroom, garden. Approximately 179.5 sq m (1,932 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ2,850,000 (NGH100069)

KnightFrank.co.uk/NottingHill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 7229 0229


Knight Frank

Fernshaw Road, Chelsea SW10

Low built wide and secret house with garage This is a very unusual house that is completely discreet and boasts over 3000 sq ft of accommodation over two floors only. Master bedroom suite with his and hers bathrooms, bedroom 2, bedroom 3/study, bathroom, open plan 37 ft drawing/dining/sitting room and kitchen, entrance gallery, further study, patio terrace, garage. Approximately 279 sq m (3,010 sq ft) Freehold

(CHL120204)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Chelsea chelsea@knightfrank.com 020 7349 4300 JSA: Savills Knightsbridge mmsmith@savills.com 020 7581 5234


Knight Frank

Tregunter Road, Chelsea SW10 Refurbished maisonette with garden

An excellent ground floor maisonette that has very good living space and a lovely garden. The apartment has recently been refurbished and is ready for immediate occupation. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area, 3 further bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, drawing room, kitchen, study, cloakroom, garden. Approximately 187 sq m (2,023 sq ft) Share of freehold Guide price: ÂŁ4,500,000 (CHL100090)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Chelsea chelsea@knightfrank.com 020 7349 4300


Knight Frank

Queen’s Gate Gardens, South Kensington SW7 Spacious ground floor flat with communal garden

A superb apartment presented in fabulous order throughout and located on the ground floor of a well maintained period building. Master bedroom with en suite shower room, second bedroom with en suite shower room, bedroom 3, bathroom, double reception room, kitchen, utility room, communal garden. Approximately 184 sq m (1,987 sq ft) Share of freehold Guide price: ÂŁ3,850,000 (CHL120054)

KnightFrank.co.uk/South-Kensington southkensington@knightfrank.com 020 7871 4111


Knight Frank

Cranley Gardens, South Kensington SW7 Upper maisonette with roof terrace

Located on the third and fourth floors of a part white stucco fronted building, this property offers an abundance of light and has well-proportioned rooms throughout as well as a west facing roof terrace. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms, shower room, reception room, dining room, kitchen, roof terrace. Approximately 150 sq m (1,615 sq ft) Leasehold: approximately 87 years remaining Guide price: ÂŁ2,450,000 (CHL120238)

KnightFrank.co.uk/South-Kensington southkensington@knightfrank.com 020 7871 4111 KnightFrank.co.uk/Chelsea chelsea@knightfrank.com 020 7349 4300


Knight Frank

Argyll Road, Kensington W8

A substantial family home with a garden on the Phillimore Estate A beautiful six bedroom house situated at the northern end of Argyll Road which benefits from a west facing garden and two terraces. Master bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite, 5 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms, double reception room, dining room, office/media room, kitchen/breakfast room, balcony, terrace, garden. Approximately 369 sq m (3,975 sq ft) Freehold

(KEN120108)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Kensington kens@knightfrank.com 020 7938 4311


Knight Frank

Tite Street, Chelsea SW3 Five bedroom Chelsea home

A spacious, low built, family house presented in good condition throughout. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area, second bedroom with en suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom, kitchen, breakfast room, reception room, games room, cloakroom, 2 roof terraces, garage. Approximately 291 sq m (3,134 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ5,500,000 (SLA070627)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Knightsbridge knightsbridge@knightfrank.com 020 7591 8600 JSA: Aylesford International sales@aylesford.com 020 7351 2383


Knight Frank

St Petersburgh Place, Notting Hill W2

Chepstow Villas, Notting Hill W11

One bedroom flat with open plan reception room that overlooks beautiful communal gardens. Accommodation comprises bedroom, bathroom, reception room, open plan kitchen, garden, first floor. Approximately 57 sq m (613 sq ft)

Immaculately presented and totally refurbished top floor flat. Accommodation comprises master bedroom with fully fitted wardrobes, bathroom with separate shower, reception room, study/bedroom 2, hall. Approximately 70 sq m (760 sq ft)

Available furnished or unfurnished

Available furnished or unfurnished

£625 per week

£875 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk/Lettings 020 7985 9990 nottinghilllettings@knightfrank.com

KnightFrank.co.uk/Lettings 020 7985 9990 nottinghilllettings@knightfrank.com

Denbigh Terrace, Notting Hill W11

Dawson Place, Notting Hill W2

An elegant three bedroom family house with private garden. Accommodation comprises 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, dressing room, reception room, family room, eat in kitchen, cloakroom, garden, terrace. Approximately 162 sq m (1,746 sq ft)

A stunning detached villa with excellent living space. Accommodation comprises 6 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, study, self-contained staff flat, cloakroom, garden. Approximately 452.85 sq m (4,584 sq ft)

Available unfurnished

Available unfurnished

£2,350 per week

£12,500 per week

KnightFrank.co.uk/Lettings 020 7985 9990 nottinghilllettings@knightfrank.com

KnightFrank.co.uk/Lettings 020 7985 9990 nottinghilllettings@knightfrank.com


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Market Insight GRAINNE GILMORE, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, discusses how Kensington and Chelsea continues to outperform the rest of the country and monthly rental price changes

For the latest news, views and analysis on the world of prime property, visit Global Briefing at www.knightfrank.com/globalbriefing

Kensington & Chelsea prices vs the rest of the country 170 Kensington & Chelsea

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THE LATEST NATIONAL snapshot of house prices gives an interesting update on values in Kensington and Chelsea. As you can see from figure 1 (right), prices in this area of London have far outperformed those in the rest of the country, rising by around 60 per cent since the start of 2007, according to Land Registry data. In contrast, prices across the rest of England and Wales have struggled to gain ground and are still five per cent lower than they were five-and-a-half years ago. The movement in prices in Kensington and Chelsea reflects the trend across all of prime central London. Knight Frank’s most recent monthly index of prices in this area shows that luxury property values in London’s central postcodes climbed by 0.5 per cent in August, hitting a new record high. Yet the rate of growth has slowed slightly in the last two months, while the annual pace of growth has eased from 12 per cent at the start of the year, to 9.9 per cent now. It is notable that the 4.8 per cent uplift over the past six months has occurred despite a number of potential setbacks. Not least among these was the new, higher, stamp duty charges for buyers of £2 million properties and the uncertainty surrounding the tax treatment of such properties bought through offshore companies. Also, while the Olympics showed off the very best of London to the world, the property market was quiet for its duration, as everyone’s attention was firmly on the competition. Given the stamp duty rises, it is interesting to note that the strongest price growth in prime central London over the past three months was seen in the market for homes worth £10 million. Prices in this bracket increased 2.9 per cent between June and August. In contrast, the growth in prices for homes worth between £1 million and £2.5 million was a more modest 1.4 per cent over the same period, with agents reporting some “stickiness” for homes priced at or just over £2 million. Turning to the prime rental market, the trend in prime central London is quite different, with monthly rents on a gentle downward trajectory (see figure 2, right). Rents are now down 1.7 per cent year on year, with a bigger annual fall of 2.8 per cent for rental properties at more than £1,500 a week. The performance of the rental market in prime central London has been affected by the economic travails in the capital, with the Eurozone crisis putting pressure on economic growth and business confidence. Recruitment has also been hit hard, especially in the financial services sector, which has had a direct impact on the rental market. But despite the dip in rents, activity continues apace, with new lettings volumes up 18 per cent in the three months to August compared to the same period last year.

Figure 1. Source: Knight Frank Residential Research, Land Registry

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1 BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED FAMILY HOUSE WITH SOUTH-FACING GARDEN artesian road, w2 First floor double reception room ø family room ø dining room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 2 further bedrooms ø 2 further bath/shower rooms ø 2 cloakrooms ø 2 terraces ø front garden ø south-facing rear garden ø 191 sq m (2,064 sq ft) Guide £3.75 million Freehold

Savills Notting Hill Oliver Lurot olurot@savills.com

020 7727 5750


There are so many sides to Notting Hill. Elegant, bohemian, cosmopolitan and deliciously eclectic, it has a personality utterly its own. This Autumn, we’re opening a brand spanking new office in Westbourne Grove, with a team that know their Ladbroke Arms from their Lonsdale. See you in Westbourne Grove shortly.

NEW OFFICE NOW OPEN. Savills Notting Hill 168 Westbourne Grove London W11 2RW nottinghill@savills.com

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Oliver Lurot Head of Sales olurot@savills.com 020 7727 5750

Nik Dennis Head of Lettings ndennis@savills.com 020 7727 5751


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1 A NEWLY BUILT HOUSE DESIGNED AND FINISHED TO AN EXACTING STANDARD gilston road, sw10 Entrance hall ø open plan reception room, dining area and kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom with separate entrance for guests ø cinema/media room ø roof terrace

Guide £2.65 million Freehold

Savills Chelsea Charlie Bubear cbubear@savills.com

020 7578 9000


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1 BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED HOUSE IN THIS CHARMING HOLLAND PARK STREET portland road, w11 Double reception room ø family room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø family bathroom ø study ø guest cloakroom ø patio ø 185 sq m (1,991 sq ft)

Guide £3.35 million Freehold

Savills Notting Hill Oliver Lurot olurot@savills.com

020 7727 5750


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1 A BEAUTIFULLY APPOINTED MAISONETTE IN SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION the little boltons, sw10 Reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 2 further bedrooms (1 en suite) ø separate bathroom ø guest cloakroom with shower ø balcony ø 185 sq m (1,991 sq ft)

Guide £3.25 million Leasehold, approximately 986 years remaining plus share of Freehold

Savills Chelsea Henry Reid hreid@savills.com

020 7578 9000


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1 AN IMMACULATELY REFURBISHED PENTHOUSE APARTMENT WITH RIVER VIEWS chelsea crescent, sw10 Entrance hall ø open plan reception room with dining area ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 2 further bedrooms (both en suite) ø guest cloakroom ø utility room ø 3 terraces ø lift ø porter ø underground parking for 3/4 cars ø 264 sq m (2,840 sq ft) Guide £3.95 million Leasehold, approximately 100 years remaining

Savills Chelsea

Jackson-Stops & Staff

Charlie Bubear cbubear@savills.com

Jamie Hope jamiehope@jackson-stops.com

020 7578 9000

020 7581 5881


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1 A BEAUTIFUL DUPLEX FLAT WITH WONDERFUL PROPORTIONS onslow gardens, sw7 Entrance hall ø drawing room ø dining room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø guest cloakroom ø lift ø resident caretaker ø access to communal gardens ø 177 sq m (1,908 sq ft)

Guide £2.95 million Leasehold, approximately 36 years remaining

Savills Chelsea Charlie Bubear cbubear@savills.com

020 7578 9000


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1 SPECTACULAR PENTHOUSE WITH PHENOMENAL VIEWS ACROSS LONDON airlie house, w8 3 reception rooms ø kitchen ø staff kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø guest bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bath/shower rooms ø cloakroom ø roof terrace ø 235 sq m (2,532 sq ft)

Asking £5.35 million Leasehold, approximately 109 years remaining plus Share of Freehold

Savills Kensington Stephen Holmes sholmes@savills.com

020 7535 3300


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1 SOUTH-FACING APARTMENT WITH RESIDENT PORTER st. albans mansion, w8 Entrance hall ø reception room ø family/TV room ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom suite ø 2 further bedrooms ø further bathroom ø study/bedroom 4 ø cloakroom/utility room ø resident porter ø lift ø 194 sq m (2,089 sq ft)

Asking £3.85 million Leasehold, approximately 122 years remaining

Savills Kensington Stephen Holmes sholmes@savills.com

020 7535 3300


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1 A SPACIOUS MAISONETTE ON THE WELL-KNOWN PHILLIMORE ESTATE stafford terrace, w8 2 bedrooms ø reception room ø eat-in kitchen ø 2 bathrooms ø first and second floors ø Phillimore Estate property ø Managed by Savills ø 112 sq m (1,206 sq ft)

Savills Kensington Monika Scott mkscott@savills.com

020 7535 3333 £1,195 per week Unfurnished


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1 A MEWS-STYLE FAMILY HOUSE IN THE HEART OF KENSINGTON phillimore walk, w8 4 bedrooms ø reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bathrooms ø guest cloakroom ø garden ø garage ø Phillimore Estate property ø Managed by Savills ø 166 sq m (1,783 sq ft)

£1,850 per week Unfurnished

Savills Kensington Matthew Hobbs mhobbs@savills.com

020 7535 3333


PROPERTY

Luxury Property Trends The fall in the volume of luxury sales above £2 million (since the stamp duty increase and changes to the budget for property company taxes) is now becoming clear, says DAVID ADAMS, from estate agent John Taylor PROPERTY PRICES HAVE marginally increased in central London but the number of transactions could fall by as much as 30 per cent, compared with first quarter trading. Buyers most impacted are those that live here permanently. The proportion of English buyers registering with John Taylor London, as a proportion of all buyers in the last quarter, fell to only 33 per cent and the largest increase came from Europe, now 30 per cent of all buyers and the largest volumes of those come from Italy (first) and France (second). Whilst it could be argued that this has a lot to do with John Taylor’s strong representation in both of these countries, I think tax in all three countries, and currency concerns, are the major drivers for these changes in buyer profiles. South East Asian, Indian and Russian demand remains strong. Property prices appear to be rising, and sale volumes increasing most, in the £1-2 million bracket in Central London. First floor flats now instantly go to sealed bids as soon as they reach the market and generally achieve asking price or well above, providing the agent has been sensible with pricing. First floor apartments are the most sought after because of the higher ceilings and the second most requested requirement is outside space or a roof terrace. There are new property funds and their managers contact us weekly, all with identical requirements. These managers are going to learn very quickly that raising a £100 million fund is the easy part compared with spending it, which this autumn, with the lack of property available, could be well-nigh impossible. All want properties to which they can add value, usually by buying at or below market rate. In this market, this isn’t either possible or realistic, unless you can close a private deal with a bank who has taken control of a property. The big gap in the market is for five bedroom lateral flats and six to seven bedroom houses in central London, and for houses of greater than 30,000 square feet in greater London and the near Home Counties. None of these are easy to finance, which is why they are not being developed. The smart money is now leaving central London to seek land development opportunities in select areas around the M25, as these areas are not

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subject to the high level of interest from international purchasers seen in central London. However, prices on the Wentworth Estate, for example, are now pushing £3 million per acre, suggesting that much of the smart money is now in competition for these opportunities. International buyers are also catching on and looking for opportunities further afield than central London. The Olympic Games caused a collapse in enquiries as most international purchasers heeded warnings of travel chaos, which didn’t materialise, and headed away for August. It is the first time I have ever had a choice of seats on the Jubilee line during rush hour! I am hoping for a bounce effect from midSeptember as everyone rushes back in, enquiries having already picked up. Whilst house prices in central London are holding due to limited supply, the property market outside of the London commuter zone appears to be in decline, both price wise and volume wise. The only remedy is a property stimulus such as a flat 1 per cent stamp duty for a year. Without this, a malaise is likely to set in with all the follow-on effects on other retail spending. The English seem to stop shopping when their house prices are under pressure and I expect a bold government initiative in this regard, because to do nothing to create a retail recovery would risk electoral defeat. The gap between central London prices and country house prices is about as great as it has ever been, and for a Londoner, there has probably never been a better time to buy, provided you can gain finance. John Taylor, 53 Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K 5JH 020 3284 1888; www.john-taylor.com To contact David, call 07876 545986, email dadams@john-taylor.com or find him on Twitter (@DavidAdamsEA)

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London Living With a rising interest in properties up to £2 million from overseas investors and a lettings team inundated with ‘High Net Worth’ students paying up to £1,000 per week, Prime Central London property market experts W.A.Ellis comment on London’s ever-increasing draw for buyers and renters

Sales Update

Lettings Update

RICHARD BARBER Partner in residential sales at W.A.Ellis

LUCY MORTON Senior partner and head of lettings at W.A.Ellis

There is no doubt that the excitement and focus of the Olympics has increased interest in London from overseas investors; most notably, properties up to £2 million. These are classic investment buyers who are consciously purchasing below £2 million to avoid the higher SDLT (Stamp Duty Land Tax) threshold. The consultation period with regard to the impending annual ‘mansion tax’ and Capital Gains Tax charges on company-held properties priced above £2 million has now finished and we await draft legislation, which is due this autumn. It is obvious that many of our clients are reconsidering the structure in which their properties are held. While we have already seen some company-held properties coming to the market as a direct result of the impending changes, we do not expect a ‘glut’ and we believe that many will simply be transferred into individual’s names rather than be sold. It certainly seems to be the government’s wish that London property investment should not remain a ‘tax free zone’, particularly with regard to gains made during a continually buoyant market. The appetite for investment within central London, in spite of the above, is still apparent – as evidenced by two recent sales during August: one being an unmodernised family house with a double garage in Knightsbridge and the other a charming double fronted corner property in the heart of Belgravia, both of which required full modernisation. Both our sales and investment/development department have remained busy with enquiries for unmodernised property and the rates per square foot attributed to such properties, once developed, remain ever increasing with some projecting figures in excess of £3,500 per sq ft. Sentiment remains positive which bodes well for a strong market during the autumn period.

We have been absolutely inundated with High Net Worth student enquiries from those wanting to get settled prior to the start of the new academic year. They are coming from all around the world and their tenancies are generally being guaranteed and paid for by their parents who are paying up to circa £1,000 per week. We’ve had two properties where three students were bidding against each other. We do not believe that we will have any studio or one bedroom flats left for letting if this frenzy continues. It’s not only students who are trying to get settled before the academic year begins – we have noticed an increase in enquiries in all levels of the market and many prospective tenants, particularly families who have avoided London during the Olympics, are now panicking to get settled before the school term begins. Although there is a high demand for all rental properties, it is essential that they are priced correctly so that available stock lets in September rather than suffering extended voids. The Prime Central London lettings market has been affected by the Eurozone crisis, not least because there are now 40 per cent less jobs in the City than in 2007 and rents have fallen marginally as a result.

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A short stroll from Bond Street and the vibrancy of Oxford Street lies one of central London’s hidden gems. A village of boutiques, independent traders, beautiful squares and an eclectic mix of cafés and restaurants. Welcome to Fitzrovia. Now something new is coming to Fitzrovia that’s as unique as the area itself. Fitzroy Place, a collection of prestigious homes gathered around a stunning landscaped square. Apartments from: £750,000 to over £12,500,000* For further information or to register your interest please contact: Fitzroy Place Marketing Suite 19/21 Mortimer Street London W1T 3JE T +44 (0)20 7323 1077 E enquiries@fitzroyplace.com fitzroyplace.com

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Hamptons Chelsea

Sales. 0207 835 1444 chelsea@hamptons-int.com

Billing Street, SW10 A lovely three bedroom period house forming part of this sought after enclave, situated just off the Fulham Road. This house offers a large reception room on the raised ground floor as well as a beautifully extended kitchen/dining room at lower ground floor which opens onto a south facing garden. Hamptons Chelsea 0207 835 1444 chelsea@hamptons-int.com

£1,295,000 Freehold Period freehold house Master bedroom suite on first floor Set over three floors 1216 sq ft 21’9 x 14’ reception room Lovely private garden

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Kensington

Sales. 020 77175457 kensington@hamptons-int.com

Applegarth Road W14 A superb four bedroom (2379 sq ft) Victorian family house presented in excellent condition, with a wonderful extended kitchen family room leading directly on to a 34 ft garden. Applegarth road is quietly tucked away just off Brook Green and is therefore highly convenient for the numerous shopping and transport facilities found close by.

ÂŁ2,625,000 Freehold 2379 Sq ft Period terraced house 4 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Garden

Hamptons Kensington 020 77175457 kensington@hamptons-int.com

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Knightsbridge

Sales. 020 7717 5461 knightsbridge@hamptons-int.com

Princes Gate Mews, SW7 An immaculately presented three bedroom mews house which has been meticulously refurbished. The property features a superb reception room, study and guest cloakroom on the first floor, a stunning kitchen and separate dining room, two guest bedrooms with en suites and a top floor master bedroom suite with a terrace and an integral garage. Hamptons Knightsbridge 020 7717 5461 knightsbridge@hamptons-int.com JSA Savills Knightsbridge 020 7581 5234 mmsmith@savills.com

ÂŁ3,750,000 Freehold Reception room Kitchen Dining room Three bedrooms (all en suite) Garage Terrace

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Notting Hill

Sales. 020 7717 5649 nottinghill@hamptons-int.com

Ladbroke Grove, W10 A fantastic upper maisonette designed and refurbished as a home to exacting standards, occupying the upper two floors of an end of terrace Victorian building, with fantastic light and far reaching views. The apartment has a lateral feel and is flooded with light.

Hamptons Notting Hill 020 7717 5649 nottinghill@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ1,300,000 Leasehold Large open-plan living/kitchen/dining room 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms One Cloakroom Access to decked flat roof Close to Portobello Road

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Paddington

Sales. 020 7717 5473 paddington@hamptons-int.co.uk

Hyde Park Street, W2 A simply wonderful duplex apartment occupying the top two floors of this attractive blue plaque building. With extremely bright and well proportioned rooms throughout the property comprises a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, fantastic double aspect reception room, three generous sized bedrooms (two en-suite). Hamptons Paddington 020 7717 5473 paddington@hamptons-int.co.uk

ÂŁ3,500,000 Leasehold Blue Plaque Building, Duplex apartment, Fourth and fifth Floor, Residents lift, Double aspect reception room, 3 Bedroom.

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Sloane Square

Sales. 020 7717 5481 sloanesquare@hamptons-int.com

Royal Avenue, SW3 A rare opportunity to purchase an unmodernised, Grade II listed, period family home situated on the favoured western side of one of Chelsea’s most historic squares. The house has been in the same ownership for over 35 years and is now ready for refurbishment and would create a wonderful home for an incoming family. Hamptons Sloane Square 020 7717 5481 sloanesquare@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ4,950,000 Freehold 2 Reception rooms Kitchen 5 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Roof terrace/garden Separate 2 bedroom flat

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Chelsea

Lettings. 020 7370 0774 chelsealettings@hamptons-int.com

Harcourt Terrace, SW10 A fantastic three bedroom apartment on the first and second floors of this converted building in Chelsea. The apartment has been finished to high and contemporary standard with wooden floors and private balcony. The apartment would make an ideal home for professional couple or young family looking for modern space. Hamptons Chelsea 020 7370 0774 chelsealettings@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ1,450 per week Unfurnished Reception room Open plan kitchen 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Private balcony Wooden floor

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Kensington

Lettings. 020 7937 9372 kensingtonlettings@hamptons-int.com

Uxbridge Street, W8

ÂŁ1,200.00 pw, Furnished/Unfurnished

An exceptionally spacious flat with two large double bedrooms on the second floor of an impressive converted warehouse building. The flat benefits from a huge open plan kitchen/reception with wooden floors. The property is just moments from local amenities and transport links.

Large conversion flat 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms A short walk to local amenities

Hamptons Kensington 020 7937 9372 kensingtonlettings@hamptons-int.com

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


Hamptons Knightsbridge

Lettings. 020 7717 5461 knightsbridge@hamptons-int.com

Lennox Gardens, SW1X

ÂŁ525 per week Furnished/Unfurnished

A great opportunity to rent this raised-Ground floor studio apartment on the ever popular Lennox Gardens. The property has wooden flooring throughout and excellent garden views.

Prime location Newly refurbished High ceilings

Hamptons Knightsbridge 020 7717 5461 knightsbridge@hamptons-int.com

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to www.hamptons.co.uk


PROPERTY

A Voice From the Country With the inevitable advent of house-hunting ‘apps’ and websites, it’s a question that many in the property industry are pondering. Is it possible for the automated reasoning of an algorithm to establish a valuation for a home, asks ROB JONES-DAVIES? THERE ARE CERTAIN SECTIONS of the market where the reduction of a property to a series of data could give a fairly accurate guide price, but others where the art of the experienced advisor is undiminished. In simple terms, it’s city versus rural. Think of city properties as commodities and country properties as works of art. To value a work of art, any database-driven app would have to quantify the idiosyncrasies of personal taste, whether a particular artist is in vogue, rarity and of course the competition between buyers which can drive prices sky-high. City property is always easier to price, because in the majority of cases there will be virtually identical products to compare and trade-off against. That is just not the case in the country house market where no two properties are the same. Two similar-sized houses north of the M4, for example, have the same amount of land and would both be seen as having good addresses. One has recently sold for £2.5 million and the other can be bought for closer to £1.15

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million. That came down to a series of factors that you would be very hard pushed to quantify but would be self-evident to any experienced advisor. Generally, house-hunting apps are still in the gimmick phase. But however sophisticated they become, it’s hard to see them being able to factor in anomalies such as flight paths, rights of way, pylon lines, localised smells and noises, traffic density, school runs and so on. It may be possible for an app or a website to provide some useful, basic, step-by-step information for inexperienced buyers; however, it’s doubtful whether this could replicate or replace the more sophisticated negotiation process involved in identifying and purchasing a large country property. ‘A Voice From the Country’ is a series of articles by Middleton Advisors, who act on behalf of private clients looking to purchase country houses and estates in the UK (01235 436271; www.middletonadvisors.com)

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Albert Hall Mansions is a remarkable building with wonderful views over Kensington Gardens. The entrance hall has high ceilings & an elaborate walnut carved staircase leads to 3 of the bedrooms. The property has been refurbished to a high specification & features 2 large reception rooms with a balcony looking over the park, a contemporary eat in kitchen & 5 well proportioned bedrooms (4 en-suites).

ÂŁ10,500,000 share of freehold

Kensington Church Street

020 7937 7244

sales.kcs@chestertonhumberts.com

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Montpelier Mews Knightsbridge SW7

An architecturally designed low built 4 bedroom house in this quiet cobbled Knightsbridge mews. Recently built & finished to exacting standards using the finest materials & offering state of the art features, including a steam room, jacuzzi & rain shower, air conditioning throughout, Bang & Olufsen audio visual system, wood flooring in the principal rooms, a roof terrace & off street parking. Montpelier Mews is quietly but conveniently located close to the world renowned shops of both Brompton Road & Sloane Street & the recreational facilities of Hyde Park.

ÂŁ10,500,000 freehold

Knightsbridge & Belgravia

020 7235 8090

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Kensington Square Kensington W8

A charming Grade II listed Georgian house situated on one of Kensington’s finest garden squares. Approached through a pretty south facing garden, the house features a large interconnecting kitchen/ dining room on the ground floor & an impressive double drawing room on the 1st floor. The master bedroom suite occupies the 2nd floor & there are 2 further double bedrooms (both with en-suites) on the 3rd floor. The lower ground floor is currently being used as a home cinema, office & wellness area.

ÂŁ8,000,000 freehold

Kensington High Street

020 7937 7244

sales.kensington@chestertonhumberts.com

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Eaton Mews North Belgravia SW1X

Quietly located in this quaint cobbled mews in the heart of Belgravia, this charming 3 bedroom mews house was virtually re-built approximately 15 years ago & has been exceptionally well maintained with great care & attention. The property provides light & well arranged accommodation which can be moved into at no further expense. Eaton Mews North is located between Eaton Place & Eaton Square therefore being close to the world renowned shops of Sloane Street & Knightsbridge.

ÂŁ4,850,000 freehold

Knightsbridge & Belgravia

020 7235 8090

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Stanhope Gardens Chelsea SW7

An impressive maisonette situated on the raised & lower ground floor of this prominent purpose built building located in one of the most beautiful & sought-after garden squares in Chelsea. Consisting of 3/4 bedrooms, the property also benefits from a private entrance, a porter & underground parking. The property is perfectly situated for all the amenities South Kensington has to offer.

ÂŁ2,750,000 leasehold

Chelsea & South Kensington

020 7594 4740

sales.chelsea@chestertonhumberts.com

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Scarsdale Villas Kensington W8

Positioned on one of Kensington’s most sought-after streets is this maisonette set within an end of terrace Victorian conversion. The property comprises a reception room with high ceilings & an open staircase leading to a master bedroom suite with direct access to the paved patio, a further 2nd bedroom & a shower room. The kitchen is essentially a conservatory with high ceilings creating a light & airy room.

ÂŁ1,325,000 share of freehold

Kensington High Street

020 7937 7244

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Carlyle Court Chelsea Harbour SW10

A bright & spacious 2 bedroom, 2nd floor apartment boasting a large reception room with sliding doors onto a full width balcony. The property also has 2 double bedrooms, 1 with an en-suite bathroom, a shower room, access to communal gardens & private underground parking.

ÂŁ1,195,000 leasehold

Chelsea & South Kensington

020 7594 4740

sales.chelsea@chestertonhumberts.com

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Pembridge Villas Kensington W11

A beautifully presented 2 bedroom raised ground floor apartment located on this highly desirable street in the heart of Notting Hill. Boasting high ceilings, wood flooring & beautiful distinct period coving. The accommodation features an open plan reception/dining room with floor to ceiling windows, a smartly designed kitchen & 2 generous double bedrooms which enjoy garden views. Pembridge Villas is wonderfully positioned within close proximity to the fashionable boutique shops, cafes & restaurants of Westbourne Grove.

ÂŁ925,000 leasehold

Kensington Church Street

020 7937 7244

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A recently renovated apartment of approx. 1,278 sq ft on the 7th floor (with lift) of a well maintained portered building in Knightsbridge. The property benefits from wood flooring & a modern finish throughout. The accommodation includes a double reception room, eat in kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms & a shower room.

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A superb 4 bedroom flat in this beautiful conversion situated on the popular Holland Park. The property has been refurbished to exacting standards with a contemporary finish & includes air conditioning & a retractable skylight in the reception room.

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An impressive 3 bedroom apartment with impeccable interiors & beautifully tiled flooring throughout. The property comprises a double reception/dining room, a modern kitchen, utility room, cloakroom, 2 generous sized bedrooms with fitted wardrobes & an amazing master bedroom with walk in wardrobes & an en-suite bathroom.

A recently refurbished 3 bedroom apartment in this well run portered mansion block, close to the amenities of Kensington High Street. Comprising an entry hall with dark wood flooring, a double reception room, kitchen, master bedroom with a walk in wardrobe & en-suite bathroom, 2 further bedrooms & a shower room.

£1,450 per week

£1,295 per week

Kensington Church Street

Kensington Church Street

lettings.kensingtonchurchstreet@chestertonhumberts.com

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020 3040 8446

020 3040 8446

Regency Terrace SW3

Danvers Street SW3

A newly redecorated house located just off the Fulham Road. The property has been meticulously modernised & includes 3 double bedrooms with built in storage, a stylish kitchen with dark granite worktops, 2 bathrooms & 2 reception rooms, one of which could be used as a further bedroom.

A bright & spacious interior designed 2 bedroom lateral apartment in this quiet & well located position in Chelsea. The accommodation comprises a large & beautifully appointed reception room opening onto a dining area & kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms & a decked terrace.

£1,300 per week

£1,295 per week

Chelsea & South Kensington

Chelsea & South Kensington

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020 7589 4585

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Strand on the Green, Chiswick W4 A magnificent Grade 11 listed house, combining Georgian elegance with dramatic light-filled lateral space, right on the banks of the river Privacy, spectacular views, and over 8500 sq ft of flexible accommodation, make this a truly inspirational property that it will be difficult not to fall in love with.


Studio, conservatory, garden room Master bedroom suite 5 further bedrooms, 4 further bathrooms, cinema room 2 cloakrooms, two studies, utility room, larder Drawing room, dining room, reception room, library Family kitchen / breakfast room, staff kitchen, kitchenette Three terraces, gardens, captain’s lookout, two balconies, two garages 8,503 sq ft / 790 sq m Guide Price £6.95 million Freehold

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


Scarsdale Villas, Kensington W8 Nicely set back from the road this remarkably attractive semi-detached stucco fronted house beams elegance in true Kensington style Rarely does one find a house in the Royal Borough which accommodates a busy family life but also offers the peace and tranquility of a wide and light private garden on a prime Kensington road.


Three receptions rooms / study Kitchen / dining room Master bedroom suite & dressing room Four further bedrooms / bathroom & two shower rooms Cloakroom / utility room Off-street parking / rear garden / terrace Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 3,165 sq ft / 294 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ6.25 million Freehold

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


Chepstow Crescent, Notting Hill W11 This elegant five bedroom house is a prime example of why its location is one of Notting Hill’s most desirable and sought-after areas to live in This spacious, completely rebuilt and architecturally designed town house – discreetly tucked between its neighbours – is the epitome of classic, understated style.


Three reception rooms & kitchen / dining room Master bedroom, bathroom & dressing room Four further bedrooms Bathroom, two shower rooms & laundry room Cinema / media room Garden & off-street parking Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 3,003 sq ft / 279 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ6.25 million Freehold

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


Chepstow Place, Notting Hill W2 A fresh and extremely well thought-through architecturally designed house in one of the best streets in Notting Hill An elegant, period exterior encasing a cool, sophisticated interior. A fabulous house, re-designed to look beautiful but to function seamlessly on every level.


Double reception room, kitchen / dining room Master bedroom, bathroom & dressing room Second bedroom & en-suite wet room 2 further bedrooms, family bathroom and study Landscaped garden & possible access to Prince’s Square communal gardens 2 cloakrooms, storage room 2,419 sq ft / 225 sq m Guide Price £4.1 million Freehold

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington SW7 A simply stunning three bedroom apartment with wonderful light and space, with right of access to the communal gardens Chic and stylish and wonderfully spacious, this three bedroom apartment is arranged over the entire two floors of this grand mid-terrace period conversion directly overlooking the communal gardens.


Entrance hall & reception room Master bedroom suite Two further double bedrooms suites Study/dining room Guest cloakroom & utility room Storage Access to communal gardens 2,410 sq ft / 224 sq m Guide Price ÂŁ3.5 million Share of Freehold

Sole Agent hello@crayson.com T 020 7221 1117 10 Lambton Place London W11 2SH


At the Top of Her Game ANNABEL HARRISON speaks to Dublin-born and London-based property magnate Liza-Jane Kelly about the interesting, fast-paced career path she has carved out in the property industry

Photography: Sarel Jansen


PROPERTY

AFTER JUST ONE RING, the phone is answered very promptly by Liza-Jane Kelly, Sales Director and equity partner of Marsh & Parsons. Eloquent, passionate and business-minded, it is clear that moving to London all those years ago from Dublin was the right decision. I talked to Liza-Jane about her career in London property and why, in particular, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is so special. What path has your career in the property industry taken? From an early age, there was absolutely no doubt in my mind; I was going to work in property. So, as soon as I was old enough, I joined Dublin’s Sherry FitzGerald to work as a trainee estate agent. It is a really great company, which supports its staff with excellent training, but by the time I was 23, armed with confidence, I was ready to broaden my horizons. So I came to London, one of the most exciting property markets in the world. Some years after moving here, I had an opportunity to buy Marsh & Parsons with Peter Rollings and that’s when my career really started to change. It’s been the most incredible seven years; at times, a lot of hard work, but I’ve loved every minute of it and feel very proud of what we have achieved in that time. What do you love most about working in the property industry? With clients, I love the different types of people you meet; the Royal Borough in particular attracts people from all walks of life and from all over the world. But these days, my role as sales director is less focused on traditional estate agency and more about looking after the sales teams across our 16 offices, which I love. I make sure I visit every office at least once a week and regularly catch up with all team members individually. It’s great to see our people grow and develop within Marsh & Parsons. What’s so special about the London property market? London is a ‘world city’ and everyone wants a piece of it. There will never be a shortage of domestic or international buyers, particularly in Kensington and Chelsea, where the buildings are beautiful, the shopping is world-class and the restaurants are to die for. Having seen what the Olympic Games have done for London, coupled with the Royal Wedding last year and the Jubilee this year, there is absolutely no doubt that London is still on a pedestal as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Can you tell us about your experience of being a successful businesswoman in a male-dominated industry? The property industry is certainly less male dominated now, compared to when I started 15 years ago! So far I’ve been really lucky to work with men who not only respect women but who have actively encouraged me to have a really great career. Yes, it can be intimidating when you’re the only female sat at the boardroom table, but it’s not something that has ever held me back. Regardless of whether you’re male or female, it’s important to be well balanced – tough but fair – as well as being approachable and focused on the results. When it comes to selling property, women are just as good as men – if not better (dare I say!). Buying and selling property is stressful for anyone and women have a natural way of easing people through the process with compassion and rationale. Some of our most successful sales people at Marsh & Parsons are female! Do you invest in property? Yes, London is and always will be a great place to own bricks and mortar. But I haven’t just invested in property – I’ve bought a home, where my husband and I can raise our young daughter. www.marshandparsons.co.uk

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Ledbury Road W11 £3,950,000 A spectacular apartment offering a beautifully designed, dynamic interior within a landmark building in the heart of Notting Hill. Magnificent entertaining space is arranged over two floors with an open plan, galleried reception area, double height ceilings and striking architectural features. The large bedroom suites provide beautifully fitted bathrooms and extensive storage. Further benefits include secure off street parking and private roof terraces. Sole Agents.

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Halsey Street SW3 £3,950,000 This fabulous period townhouse is presented in excellent condition throughout and has been designed with family living in mind. The property comprises a bright reception/dining room, a stunning kitchen that leads out to a private terrace overlooking the patio garden below, a family room, a guest cloakroom and a utility room. The bedroom accommodation boasts a master bedroom suite arranged over the entire second oor, four further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Gordon Place W8 £3,850,000 This charming family house is arranged over four floors and provides an excellent balance of living and entertaining space. The property comprises a kitchen leading through to a conservatory and out to a private, west facing garden, a separate dining room, a double reception room with high ceilings, a study, master bedroom suite with walk-in dressing room, balcony and en suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Bramerton Street SW3 £3,150,000 This wonderful freehold house is located on a very quiet Chelsea street, just off the King’s Road. Arranged over three floors this property features a large double reception room that leads out a small terrace and down to a pretty patio garden below, a fabulous dining room and kitchen, three double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a stunning roof top terrace. Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Westgate Terrace SW10 £2,150,000 This stunning property benefits from a light, well proportioned and open reception room leading to a terrace via French doors, a fully fitted kitchen/dining room spanning the entire width of the building, a large master suite with en suite shower room, a second double bedroom with access to a fabulous roof terrace, a further double bedroom and two bathrooms. Located on a beautifully quiet street in Chelsea a short walk from the excellent amenities of Fulham Road and Old Brompton Road. Share of Freehold.

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Addison Crescent W14 £1,950,000 Interior designed by Nikki Atkinson, Century Lodge is a spacious lateral apartment arranged over two floors. The property features an elegant 40ft entrance hallway/library, a large double reception room, an open plan kitchen and large dining area, a master bedroom with luxurious en suite bathroom, a separate guest bedroom suite with bathroom and a study. This stunning property also benefits from a large landscaped private courtyard, off street parking and security gates. Share of Freehold. Joint Sole Agent: Clabon Estates.

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Magaretta Terrace SW3 £1,950 per week A beautifully presented family house located on a quiet road close to the River Thames, a short walk from the bars, restaurants and boutiques of the King’s Road. The accomodation boasts a large reception room with wooden floors leading down to a bright family kitchen with a large seating area under a conservatory style roof, three superb double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private roof terrace.

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Langham Mansions SW5 £1,450 per week Interior designed to an exceptional standard, this contemporary three bedroom apartment is situated on the first floor of a handsome period building with a porter. The accommodation boasts a bright and spacious reception room, a modern kitchen, three double bedrooms with excellent storage and two modern bathrooms. This incredible apartment further benefits from solid oak wood flooring, a Bang & Olufsen entertainment system and access to a garden square.

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James Wyatt FRICS Head of Valuation John D Wood & Co.

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hether you are thinking of extending your lease, interested in buying your freehold, transferring a property’s ownership, need a valuation for inheritance tax or mortgage purposes or want reassurance you are paying the correct price for a property, the Professional Department at John D Wood & Co. is able to help. Does anyone ever want to overpay for property? In general we have come across buyers whom have paid significantly over the going market rate and only a few whom have paid significantly less. Therefore it is sensible to take professional advice before committing your hard earned cash, as property is very often the largest personal financial transaction anyone will undertake. How is value determined? It is subjective and people can have very different viewpoints as a property can be ‘worth’ substantially more to some individuals compared to others. As Chartered Surveyors we professionally value and examine market evidence to determine ‘market value’ in light of the condition and the tenure of the property. Over the last few years the introduction of higher Stamp Duty levels have created more bottlenecks in the market and have helped to reduce transactional volume. This shortage of property has meant many properties have been sold by ‘sealed

bids’ and the banks, which are still lending, are wary and need advice from professional residential valuers on the underlying value of the property. When economies deleverage, economic growth is often poor as economies dip into and out of recession. Consequently, raising revenue through increasing taxes on income is difficult and historically governments resort to wealth taxes e.g. the window tax and now the proposed mansion tax. This proposed annual tax levy on properties over £2 million, held by ‘unnatural persons’, may deter offshore companies from holding UK properties and many are already considering unwinding their ownership structures and possibly selling their property. This could be a boon to us, as we specialize in valuations for tax purposes and undertake daily negotiations with the District Valuer’s office to determine the correct value. In prime central London many areas are reporting record high nominal prices. However, if an adjustment is made for inflation many areas are actually still below the heights of 2007 and 2008. This demonstrates the current inadequacy of the deferment rate (discount rate) used by surveyors and tribunals in determining the premium for a lease extension or the price of the freehold. We only act for leaseholders and many of our financially minded clients are confounded as to the reasons why tribunals appear to be intransigent to the real world. Nonetheless, it is our duty to make the arguments and it is only a question of time before a new precedent is set and economic reality is incorporated into a new deferment rate.

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GREECE, PELEPPONESE PENINSULA An excellent opportunity to acquire an established and successful holiday lettings business, offering much scope either for additional commercial development or use as a delightful holiday home. 5 luxuriously appointed 1 bedroom villas (fully furnished and equipped). Guide Price €1,050,000 international@johndwood.co.uk 020 7908 1108

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KENT, EDENBRIDGE A quintessential Kentish country house dating from the 15th Century and surrounded by its own exceptional gardens and a variety of excellent outbuildings with further potential. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 receptions, garaging/outbuildings, 2 bedroom cottage. Guide Price £2,650,000 chd@johndwood.co.uk 020 7908 1108

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CHEYNE COURT, SW3 A 2nd floor balcony flat in this popular mansion block, with open aspects to both the front and rear. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, en suite shower room, double reception room, balcony, porter, lift. Freehold Share Guide Price £2,750,000

CARYLE HOUSE, SW3 A well presented 2nd floor flat cleverly arranged to provide two bedroom suites and good entertaining space. 2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, en suite shower room, reception room. Freehold Share Guide Price £1,100,000

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3 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, 2 shower rooms (1 en suite), drawing room, family room with dining area, cinema/media room, study, utility room.

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An extremely well presented and recently rebuilt double-fronted house with ample private parking, situated in this wide, cobbled and gated mews approached from Walton Place. Beautifully proportioned with excellent entertaining space and a cinema. Approx. 2,414 sq ft.

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CLAREVILLE GROVE, SW7 An impressive, double-fronted house on this pretty cherry tree-lined street. The house is partially modernised and is an ideal opportunity for someone wanting to put their own stamp on it. 6 bedrooms, dressing room, 5 en suite bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, cloakroom, roof terrace, garden. Freehold Guide Price £3,250,000

COURTFIELD GARDENS, SW5 A beautifully presented maisonette situated in a corner building. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, en suite shower room, reception room. Freehold Share Guide Price £1,435,000

SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0000 skn.sales@johndwood.co.uk

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3 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, en suite shower room, double reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, lift, communal gardens. Lease to 2155 Guide Price ÂŁ3,500,000

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An immaculately presented lateral flat on the 4th floor, with lift, having fabulous views over communal gardens.

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TALBOT ROAD, W2 A very attractive period stucco-fronted house in this fabulous Notting Hill location, having exceptionally well proportioned accommodation with solid American white oak floors throughout. The house has a lovely energy and feel offering a versatile living space full of imagination and style. 2 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, cloakroom, patio garden. Freehold Share Guide Price ÂŁ1,700,000

HOLLAND PARK 020 7727 2233 hln.sales@johndwood.co.uk

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4 bedrooms, 4 en suite bathrooms, drawing room, dining room, entrance hall, cloakroom, lift, porter. Lease to 2126 Guide Price ÂŁ5,950,000

KENSINGTON 020 7908 1100 kensington@johndwood.co.uk

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One of the finest apartments in Central London, with spectacular views over Kensington Palace and Kensington Gardens. Situated on the 5th floor of a period mansion building, the apartment has recently been refurbished to a high specification. Approx. 3,015 sq ft.

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SELWOOD TERRACE, SW7

DRAYCOTT PLACE, SW3

An excellent family house offered in immaculate decorative condition, with a good sized reception with wood floors, and a spacious rear garden.

A fantastic refurbished flat on the 3rd floor, with well proportioned accommodation throughout.

4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms.

2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room.

Unfurnished £2,350 per week

Furnished £825 per week

CHELSEA 020 7352 8111 chl.lets@johndwood.co.uk

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BOLTON GARDENS, SW7

CORNWALL GARDENS, SW7

An elegant 1 floor flat with views over Bolton Gardens from every room, located on one of South Kensington’s most prestigious streets.

A newly refurbished and spacious flat on the raised ground floor of a handsome period conversion, with direct access to Cornwall Gardens

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room.

Bedroom, en suite bathroom, shower room, reception room.

Unfurnished £1,350 per week

Furnished/Unfurnished £795 per week

SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0044 skn.lets@johndwood.co.uk

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Peel Street, W8

ÂŁ3,450,000, freehold

This property has a sleek contemporary finish and offers an abundance of natural light throughout. The ground floor has been opened up to create a modern kitchen/family room with a wall of folding doors onto a secluded decked rear garden. The first floor has a fantastic 31 ft reception room and there is a luxurious principal bedroom suite situated on the second floor. Entrance hall | kitchen/dining room/family room | double reception room | principal bedroom suite | three further bedrooms | two further bath/shower rooms | utility room | secluded garden | roof terrace | close to Kensington High Street and Notting Hill | close to parks

Winkworth Kensington | 020 7727 1500 | kensington@winkworth.co.uk

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Peel Street, W8

ÂŁ3,450,000, freehold

This property has a sleek contemporary finish and offers an abundance of natural light throughout. The ground floor has been opened up to create a modern kitchen/family room with a wall of folding doors onto a secluded decked rear garden. The first floor has a fantastic 31 ft reception room and there is a luxurious principal bedroom suite situated on the second floor.

ÂŁ28,000,000 Share of Freehold

Entrance hall | kitchen/dining room/family room | double reception room | principal bedroom suite | three further bedrooms | two further bath/shower rooms | utility room | secluded garden | roof terrace | close to Kensington High Street and Notting Hill | close to parks

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Rose Square, Rose Square,SW3 The Bromptons SW3 6RS

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A truly exceptional raised ground floor apartment on an ambassadorial scale. With a wealth of enAtertaining truly exceptional ground floor designed apartment an ambassadorial scale, 7,404 (687.8 sq/m). areas, thisraised property has been to on maximize the feeling of space and sq/ft light with With a wealth of well-proportioned entertaining areas,rooms this property has been designed to maximize the feeling of space high ceilings and throughout. and light with high ceilings and well-proportioned rooms throughout. CGP23335 WIN SALES TLM 02W.indd 2

24 Hour Porter | Six Receptions | Eight Bedrooms | Kitchen | Nine Bathrooms | Communal Gardens |

Eight bedrooms | nine bathrooms | six receptions | kitchen | communal gardens | communal swimming pool | Communal Swimming Pool | Four Secure Parking Spaces four secure parking spaces | 24 hour porter

South South Kensington Kensington office office

020 020 7373 7373 southkensington@winkworth.co.uk 73735052 5052||southkensington@winkworth.co.uk southkensingtonwinkworth.co.uk 123a SW7 4TE 123a Gloucester Gloucester GloucesterRd, Rd,SW7 SW74TE 4TE

Knightsbridge Knightsbridge office office office

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Creighton Road, Creighton Queens Road, Park, Queens NW6 Park, NW6

ÂŁ2,500,000 ÂŁ2,500,000 Freehold Freehold

An impressive family An impressive house in what family is currently house inone what ofisthe currently most sought-after one of the most partssought-after of London. parts of London. Six bedrooms | three Six bathrooms bedrooms ||three double bathrooms aspect reception | double|aspect full basement reception conversion | full basement | side return conversion and loft | side extensions return and | media/cinema loft extensionscentre | media/cinema | centre | living accommodation livingof accommodation approx 3,000 sqofftapprox | 200 metres 3,000 sq from ft | Queens 200 metres Parkfrom Queens Park

Winkworth Willesden Winkworth Green Willesden | 020 8451 Green 1000 | 020 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk 8451 1000 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk

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A rarely available five bedroom penthouse (228 sq m/ 2457 sq ft) with amazing long views over the roof tops of London and beyond. This sixth floor apartment (with lifts) is located in a well maintained modern portered block. Entrance hall | 10m reception room | kitchen | principal bedroom with en-suite bathroom | four further bedrooms | further en-suite bathroom | family

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Peel Street, Peel W8 Street, W8

£3,450,000,£3,450,000, freehold freehold

This property has This a sleek property contemporary has a sleek finish contemporary and offers an finish abundance and offers of natural an abundance light throughout. of natural light The ground throughout. floor has Thebeen ground opened floor up hastobeen create opened a modern up to create a modern

Creighton Road, Queens Park, NW6 Freehold kitchen/family room kitchen/family with a wall of room folding with doors a wallonto of folding a secluded doorsdecked onto arear secluded garden. decked The firear rst flgarden. oor has The a fantastic first floor 31 ft has reception a fantastic room 31£2,500,000 ft and reception there is room a luxurious and there is a luxurious principal bedroomprincipal suite situated bedroom the suite second floor. on the floor. An impressive family house inon what is situated currently one ofsecond the most sought-after parts of London.

Entrance hall | kitchen/dining Entrance hallroom/family | kitchen/dining room room/family | double reception room room double | principal reception bedroom room | principal suite | three bedroom suite bedrooms | three further | two further bedrooms bath/shower | two rooms bath/shower | rooms | Six bedrooms | three bathrooms | double aspect reception | full|basement conversion | side return and further loft extensions | media/cinema centre | further utility room | secluded utility garden room | | secluded roof terrace garden | close | roof to Kensington terrace | close High to Street Kensington and Notting High Street Hill | close and Notting to parks Hill | close to parks living accommodation of approx 3,000 sq ft | 200 metres from Queens Park

Winkworth Kensington Winkworth| Kensington 020 7727 1500 | 020 | kensington@winkworth.co.uk 7727 1500 | kensington@winkworth.co.uk Winkworth Willesden Green | 020 8451 1000 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk

Airlie Gardens, W8

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£2,150,000 share of freehold

An impressive two bedroom flat situated on the raised ground floor of a grand Victorian building. The property has a large drawing room with a high ceiling and French windows leading directly onto a beautifully maintained communal garden. Entrance hall | 9m drawing room | mezzanine study | kitchen | two bedrooms | two en-suite bathrooms | cloakroom | direct access to communal gardens CGP23335 WIN SALES CGP23335 TLM 02W.indd WIN SALES 2 TLM 02W.indd 2

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Creighton Road, Creighton Queens Road, Park, Queens NW6 Park, NW6 An impressive family An impressive house in what family is currently house inone what ofisthe currently most sought-after one of the most partssought-after of London. parts of London.

Creighton Road, Queens Park, NW6

£2,500,000 £2,500,000 Freehold Freehold £2,500,000 Freehold

Six bedrooms | three Six bathrooms bedrooms ||three double bathrooms aspect reception | double|aspect full basement reception conversion | full basement | side return conversion and loft | side extensions return and | media/cinema loft extensionscentre | media/cinema | centre | An impressive family house what is currently one themetres most living accommodation livingof accommodation approx 3,000in sqof ftapprox | 200 metres 3,000 sq from ft |of Queens 200 Parksought-after from Queensparts Park of London. Six bedrooms | three bathrooms | double aspect reception | full basement conversion | side return and loft extensions | media/cinema centre | living accommodation of approx 3,000 sq ft | 200 metres from Queens Park

Winkworth Willesden Winkworth Green Willesden | 020 8451 Green 1000 | 020 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk 8451 1000 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk Winkworth Willesden Green | 020 8451 1000 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk

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£2,300,000 freehold

A charming and well configured four storey family house in this colourful, popular street, set directly behind Westbourne Grove’s most fashionable stretch. The perfect house for a young family. Double reception | kitchen | breakfast room | dining/reception/utility room | four bedrooms | two bathrooms | terrace | patio garden

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Peel Street, Peel W8 Street, W8

£3,450,000,£3,450,000, freehold freehold

This property has This a sleek property contemporary has a sleek finish contemporary and offers an finish abundance and offers of natural an abundance light throughout. of natural light The ground throughout. floor has Thebeen ground opened floor up hastobeen create opened a modern up to create a modern kitchen/family room kitchen/family with a wall of room folding withdoors a wallonto of folding a secluded doorsdecked onto arear secluded garden. decked The firear rst flgarden. oor has The a fantastic first floor 31 ft has reception a fantastic room 31 ft and reception there is room a luxurious and there is a luxurious principal bedroomprincipal suite situated bedroom on the suite second situated floor. on the second floor. Entrance hall | kitchen/dining Entrance hallroom/family | kitchen/dining roomroom/family | double reception room | room double | principal receptionbedroom room | principal suite | three bedroom further suite bedrooms | three further | two further bedrooms bath/shower | two further rooms bath/shower | rooms | utility room | secluded utilitygarden room || secluded roof terrace garden | close | roof to Kensington terrace | close High toStreet Kensington and Notting High Street Hill | close and Notting to parksHill | close to parks

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Princes Mews, W2

winkworth.co.uk winkworth.co.uk £2,650,000 freehold

A simply exceptional mews house rebuilt from top to bottom with exacting attention to detail and outstanding architectural design., featuring a glass cantilevered staircase drawing light down the entire back of the house drawing four floors together effortlessly. Reception | kitchen | master bedroom floor | two further bedrooms | bathroom CGP23335 WIN SALES CGP23335 TLM 02W.indd WIN SALES 2 TLM 02W.indd 2

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Creighton Road, Creighton Queens Road, Park, Queens NW6 Park, NW6

£2,500,000 £2,500,000 Freehold Freehold

An impressive family An impressive house in what family is currently house inone what ofisthe currently most sought-after one of the most partssought-after of London. parts of London.

Creighton Road, Queens Park, NW6

£2,500,000 Freehold

Six bedrooms | three Six bathrooms bedrooms ||three double bathrooms aspect reception | double|aspect full basement reception conversion | full basement | side return conversion and loft | side extensions return and | media/cinema loft extensionscentre | media/cinema | centre | An impressive family house what is currently one themetres most living accommodation livingof accommodation approx 3,000in sqof ftapprox | 200 metres 3,000 sq from ft |of Queens 200 Parksought-after from Queensparts Park of London. Six bedrooms | three bathrooms | double aspect reception | full basement conversion | side return and loft extensions | media/cinema centre | living accommodation of approx 3,000 sq ft | 200 metres from Queens Park

Winkworth Willesden Winkworth Green Willesden | 020 8451 Green 1000 | 020 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk 8451 1000 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk Winkworth Willesden Green | 020 8451 1000 | willesden@winkworth.co.uk

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£2,750 per week

A beautiful three bedroom house which was built within the last 15 years, but has just been refurbished throughout to a very high standard. Two reception rooms | three bedrooms | kitchen | three bathrooms | patio

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Kensington Church Court, W8

£850 per week

A modern and refurbished furnished two bedroom flat situated on the second floor of a period building. Benefits include wooden floors and modern fixtures and fittings throughout. Located in a prime location close to all amenities of Kensington High Street and within walking distance to High Street Kensington underground station. Two double bedrooms | spacious reception room | open plan kitchen | two bathrooms | modern fixtures and fittings throughout | furnished

Peel Street, Peel W8 Street, W8

£3,450,000,£3,450,000, freehold freehold

This property has This a sleek property contemporary has a sleek finish contemporary and offers an finish abundance and offers of natural an abundance light throughout. of natural light The ground throughout. floor has Thebeen ground opened floor up hastobeen create opened a modern up to create a modern kitchen/family room kitchen/family with a wall of room folding withdoors a wallonto of folding a secluded doorsdecked onto arear secluded garden. decked The firear rst flgarden. oor has The a fantastic first floor 31 ft has reception a fantastic room 31 ft and reception there is room a luxurious and there is a luxurious principal bedroomprincipal suite situated bedroom on the suite second situated floor. on the second floor. Entrance hall | kitchen/dining Entrance hallroom/family | kitchen/dining roomroom/family | double reception room | room double | principal receptionbedroom room | principal suite | three bedroom further suite bedrooms | three further | two further bedrooms bath/shower | two further rooms bath/shower | rooms | utility room | secluded utilitygarden room || secluded roof terrace garden | close | roof to Kensington terrace | close High toStreet Kensington and Notting High Street Hill | close and Notting to parksHill | close to parks

Winkworth Kensington Winkworth| Kensington 020 7727 1500 | 020 | kensington@winkworth.co.uk 7727 1500 | kensington@winkworth.co.uk

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£1,500 per week

A stunning and spacious three bedroom flat situated on the third floor of a well maintained portered block with secure underground parking. Located close to all amenities and underground stations of both Notting Hill Gate and High Street Kensington. CGP23335 WIN SALES CGP23335 TLM 02W.indd WIN SALES 2 TLM 02W.indd 2

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Three bedrooms | reception room | fitted kitchen | two bathrooms | guest cloakroom | two private balconies | underground parking | secure building with porters | furnished

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Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge SW1X • 2 Bedrooms

• Kitchen

• 1 Bathroom

• Lift

• 1 Reception room

• Approx. 752 sq ft (69.9 sq m)

£2,100,000 Share of freehold For more information call Simon Godson on 020 7306 1610 or email sgodson@waellis.co.uk

“ Situated at the northern end of this central Knightsbridge terrace with west-facing views overlooking the gardens of Cadogan Place” W.A.Ellis LLP 174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP

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Egerton Gardens, Knightsbridge SW3 • 1 Bedroom

• Balcony (not demised)

• 1 Shower room

• Terrace (not demised)

• 1 Reception room

• Approx. 578 sq ft (53.7 sq m)

• Kitchen

£1,450,000 Leasehold with 93 years remaining For more information call Daniel Wiggin on 020 7306 1610 or email dwiggin@waellis.co.uk

“ A wonderful first floor balcony flat on the favoured side of the gardens”

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

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Ennismore Mews, Knightsbridge SW7 • 3 Bedrooms

• Kitchen / dining room

• 3 Bathrooms (1 en suite)

• Balcony

• WC and laundry room

• Integral garage

• 1 Reception room

• Approx. 2,127 sq ft (197.60 sq m)

£4,650,000 Freehold For more information call Giles Cook on 020 7306 1620 or email gcook@waellis.co.uk

“A beautifully refurbished period mews house in this quiet cobbled mews”

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

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Montrose Court, Princes Gate SW7 • 3 Double bedrooms

• Fully fitted kitchen

• 2 Bathrooms

• Porter

• Double reception room

• Approx. 1,152 sq ft (107 sq m)

“ A newly refurbished apartment in this secure development in South Kensington”

£1,400 per week Furnished

For more information call, Lucy Morton, on 020 7306 1630 or email lmorton@waellis.co.uk

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Queens Gate, South Kensington SW7 • 3 Double bedrooms

• Kitchen / breakfast room

• 3 Bathrooms

• Balcony

• Reception room

• Approx. 2,155 sq ft (200 sq m)

“ A stunning apartment in this period building moments from the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park”

£2,400 per week Unfurnished

For more information call Dave Mills on 020 7306 1630 or email dmills@waellis.co.uk

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LADBROKE ROAD, W11 ÂŁ2,575,000 Share of Freehold

A laterally converted apartment with excellent living and outdoor space. Set on the lower ground floor and covering over 1,900 sq ft, the property has its own private entrance. The central feature is a large double reception with warm oak stripped floors, two wide bay windows and a working fireplace. To the rear is a spectacular architect-designed glass extension that links the kitchen to the garden providing inside/outside living. Of the three double bedrooms, two are en suite. There is also a study area and utility room.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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LEDBURY ROAD, W11 ÂŁ2,700,000 Leasehold

A unique and contemporary triplex in a fashionable and sought-after location. Remodelled by Cubic Studios and accessed via its own private entrance, the property features exposed brickwork alongside high impact stairs that lead to the first floor open-plan living space. There is a stylish kitchen with sleek cabinetry and rare Cohiba granite work surfaces. Cantilevered stairs lead up to the second floor, comprising the guest bedroom with an impressive bathroom and walk-in shower. Finally, the breathtaking master suite occupies the top floor, complete with an indulgent bathroom.


STONELEIGH STREET, W11 ÂŁ2,500,000 Freehold

A beautifully presented house situated close to Clarendon Cross in Holland Park. This lovely property has been recently refurbished with much style and imagination, offering an excellent turnkey opportunity for a young family. The red bricked terraced house is arranged over four floors and has 2,100 sq ft of generous living space. Of note is a very useful rear extension in the basement leading directly onto an attractive walled garden. The house has three double bedrooms and a large study/fourth bedroom.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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DENBIGH CLOSE, W11 ÂŁ2,800,000 Freehold

A contemporary mews house arranged over three floors, set just off Portobello Road. Offered in exceptional order throughout, the property comprises a ground floor reception space and cool open-plan kitchen and dining area. The entire top floor is dedicated to an indulgent master bedroom suite and stylish, modern bathroom. Encompassing the first floor are two further double bedrooms, both of which have en suite bathrooms.


REDE PLACE, W2 ÂŁ3,000 per week

A contemporary mews style property approaching 2,500 sq ft with a bespoke and stylish interior. The ground floor consists of a well-lit reception room with broad oak flooring and a dramatic glass skylight that provides natural light to the floor below. Also on this level is a bathroom and a double bedroom currently arranged as an office. The kitchen is designed around a large island, whilst the additional living area has a sunken seating arrangement. The first floor comprises the master suite with an amazing centre stage bath, alongside a second guest bedroom and a study.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU

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ALL SAINTS ROAD, W11 ÂŁ2,100 per week

A newly refurbished three bedroom home finished to an immaculate standard. This beautiful property is accessed from the ground floor and incorporates a fantastic double aspect living space. On the floor below, is an open-plan kitchen and dining area that leads onto a private patio terrace. An impressive master bedroom and en suite bathroom occupy the first floor, whilst two further double bedrooms and an additional bathroom are on the second. This magnificent home also features an exceptional roof garden with far-reaching views of leafy west London.


HALSEY MEWS, LONDON. SW3 FREEHOLD FOUR BEDROOMS GROSS INTERNAL AREA: 2,217 SQ FT/ 206 SQ M

ÂŁ3,250,000 stc Four double bedrooms, Two en suite bathrooms, Shower room, Large reception, Playroom, Conservatory, Terrace, Two parking spaces. Well presented and spacious four bedroom modern house on three floors. The house is approached through electronic gates into a courtyard area and benefits from two large reception rooms, a family kitchen/breakfast room and a conservatory. The four bedrooms are all on one floor and

have two en suite bathrooms and a shower room. There is the added benefit of air conditioning and a carport for two cars. Halsey Mews is a gated courtyard mews shared with only one other house and is ideally located for the extensive facilities of both Sloane Square and Knightsbridge.

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

chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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VICTORIA ROAD, LONDON. W8 FREEHOLD FIVE BEDROOMS GROSS INTERNAL AREA: 3,660 SQ FT/ 340 SQ M

Price on Application Five bedrooms, Ballroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Roof terrace, Patio, Off street parking, Garage. An exceptional and beautifully presented double fronted low built period house located on one of the most desirable streets in Kensington. The property which has five bedrooms also offers a wealth of entertaining space including an impressive reception room nicknamed ‘the ball room’, double reception room/dining room, large kitchen-breakfast room

and a wonderful roof terrace. In addition there is a study, three bathrooms, two of which are en suite, two cloakrooms, laundry room and wine vault. Bedroom five is ideal for a teenager or house keeper as it has it’s own separate entrance, kitchenette and shower room. Outside to the front of the property there are two off street parking spaces.

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

chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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CROWN LODGE, LONDON. SW3 THREE BEDROOMS UNFURNISHED ÂŁ1,500 PER WEEK stc Three double bedrooms, Three bathrooms, Kitchen, Reception room, Underground parking and Roof terrace. A fantastic penthouse maisonette which has been finished to an excellent standard. This spacious property has three double bedrooms, a sleek, contemporary kitchen and a bright reception with sliding doors leading out onto a west-facing roof terrace with stunning views.

Crown Lodge is a well-run modern building with landscaped gardens, gym, swimming pool and 24 hour porters, quietly located next to the independent shops of Chelsea Green and five minutes from the Kings Road. Available unfurnished for a long term let.

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

chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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DANVERS STREET, LONDON. SW3 THREE BEDROOMS UNFURNISHED

ÂŁ2,450

PER WEEK stc Three double bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Kitchen, Two reception rooms, Study, Garden, Garden room. The accommodation provides generous entertaining space with a modern open-plan kitchen/ family & dining room leading onto the large sunny garden. There is a fantastic light and airy double reception room on the raised ground floor with a separate study.

Further accomodation comprises master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, further two double bedrooms, family bathroom, guest cloakroom and a garden room. Available unfurnished for a long term let.

CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk

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

020 7808 8540

philippa.cockburn@sothebysrealty.co.uk

Guide Price: £1,150,000 Leasehold with approximately 121 years remaining

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Thames Bank, Richmond-upon-Thames SW14 A beautifully refurbished detached Georgian house on the banks of the River Thames. Four reception rooms • Five bedrooms • 0.297 acre of mature gardens Large converted roof extension • Garage • Approximately 5,409 sq ft / 503 sq m • Convenient access to the M3 and M4

020 7808 8540

alex.salkeld@sothebysrealty.co.uk

Guide Price: £5,850,000 Freehold

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Mallord Street, Chelsea SW3 A unique opportunity to acquire this beautiful and modern second floor one bedroom flat. Reception room • Separate kitchen • Master bedroom • Bathroom • Immaculate condition • Situated in the heart of Kensington and Chelsea • The perfect London pied-à-terre

020 7808 8540

alex.salkeld@sothebysrealty.co.uk

Guide Price: £700,000 Leasehold with approximately 90 years remaining

Over 600 Offices in 46 Countries

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Manresa Road, Chelsea SW3 An exquisite triplex apartment situated in one of London’s premier addresses, in the heart of Chelsea. Large entrance hall • Double reception room and dining room • Kitchen • Master suite with dressing room and en-suite bathroom • Two further bedrooms with dressing rooms and en-suite bathrooms • Two cloakrooms • Study • Cinema room • Spa • Gym • Lift Private parking • Porter • Gardens

020 7808 8540

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Price on application Share of Freehold

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QUEEN’S GATE MEWS, SW7 Without compromise this house has been stripped back to the bare bricks and beautifully rebuilt to provide a very high-end one bedroom mews house. Entrance hall, reception room, open-plan Boffi kitchen, bedroom with en suite shower room, further shower room, flat roof.

Freehold £1,550,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955 JSA - Farleys 020 7589 1234

QUEENSBERRY MEWS WEST, SW7 Right in the heart of South Kensington, a two floor mews house in need of improvement. Reception room, kitchen, dining area, first floor reception room, bedroom, bathroom, balcony, garage.

Freehold £1,350,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

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CORNWALL MEWS SOUTH, SW7 A bright and airy south facing two bedroom mews flat in this popular South Kensington mews. Reception room, kitchen, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 2nd bedroom, shower room, laundry room, small patio.

Share of Freehold £1,295,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

QUEEN’S GATE MEWS, SW7 An exceptionally well presented one bedroom flat with a patio in this very popular mews, close to Kensington Gardens. Entrance hall, reception room with open plan kitchen, bedroom, shower room, patio, extensive storage vault/utility room.

Share of Freehold £675,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

www.lurotbrand.co.uk

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ENSOR MEWS, SW7 A super, bright corner house that is just undergoing the finishing touches of a full refurbishment. Reception with fully fitted open-plan kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 2 en-suite bathrooms with separate showers, en-suite shower room, cloakroom, utility room. Wood floors throughout. Brand newly refurbished.

ÂŁ1,950 per week Unfurnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

PONT STREET, SW1 A magnificent raised ground floor apartment of palatial proportions in the heart of Knightsbridge. Brand newly refurbished and furnished to an exceptional standard, this would make a home to be proud of. Double reception with gas fire, fully fitted separate kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, shower room. Wooden floors throughout. Communal heating & hot water.

ÂŁ1,650 per week Furnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

@Lurotbrand @LurotbrandSales @LurotBrandLets

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QUEEN’S GATE PLACE MEWS, SW7 A spacious, bright and wellpresented mews house that would be a lovely family home. L-shaped 1st floor reception room leading to conservatory-style study, fully fitted open-plan kitchen/diner, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 2 further double bedrooms, 2nd bathroom, cloakroom, garage.

£1,450 per week Unfurnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

CRANLEY MEWS, SW7 A newly updated mews cottage in the heart of South Kensington. Could be the perfect home for a professional couple looking for a well presented base situated in a pretty cobbled mews. Reception room, brand new fully fitted open-plan kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), utility area, garage (currently set up as a study).

£925 per week Unfurnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

www.lurotbrand.co.uk

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PROPERTY

58 Sheffield Terrace, W8 A resident between 1934 and 1941, Agatha Christie favoured Kensington and Chelsea above any other London borough. RICHARD BROWN details the achievements of one of literature’s most popular authors

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ONLY TWO OTHER bodies of works have sold more copies than those penned by Dame Agatha Christie: the back catalogue of a one William Shakespeare and the Bible. As a novelist Christie has racked up close to four billion sales worldwide, making her the greatest-selling author of all time; she also holds the Guinness World Record for the most translated individual writing, her books having been translated into at least 103 languages. Born 1890 in Torquay, Devon, Christie received no formal schooling, instead being taught at home by a governess, tutors and her mathematicallyminded father. By the age of five she had learnt to read and soon became adept at creating games and imaginary groups of acquaintances to keep her entertained. On Christmas Eve 1914, at the age of 24, after a tumultuous courtship, Agatha married fighter pilot Archibald Christie. While Archie was fighting in World War I, Christie took work as a nurse in a hospital where she developed the idea of a detective story that would later become her first novel. In late 1926, the couple having travelled to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii, Archie revealed that he was in love with another woman and desired a divorce. Four years later, Christie would remarry, a marriage to the renowned archaeologist Max Mallowan that would last until her death in 1976. During her first marriage, Christie published a collection of short stories, a number of short stories in magazines and six novels, the first of which, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, appeared in 1920, five years after it was written. From that year, until 1965, Christie would produce at least one book every 12 months, proving to be one of the most prolific novelists to have ever put pen to paper. In 1971, in recognition of her some 200 works, Christie was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Her reputation may have been made in 1926 with the publication of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, but it is for two particular characters that Christie is best remembered: the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the elderly spinster Miss Marple, who appeared in 33 and 12 novels respectively. While The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926), Murder on the Orient Express (1934), and Death on the Nile (1937) remain some of Christie’s most popular books, it is And Then There Were None (1939) that stands as the best-selling; notching up more than 100 million sales to date. It is, in fact, the most popular mystery ever written and one of the best-selling books of all time. A huge fan of London, and of Kensington and Chelsea in particular, Christie lived in numerous addresses across the capital; so many, in fact, that the details of exactly where have become blurred. One house she did live in was number 58 Sheffield Terrace, just north of the site of Campden House. Reported to have said, “When I saw it I wanted to live there as badly as I had ever wanted to live in any house,” Christie did so between 1934 and 1941. It was the only address at which Christie had her own workroom and the house where she completed her memorable titles Murder on the Orient Express, The ABC Murders (1935) and Death on the Nile. A symbol of the characteristic charm and enduring quality of Christie’s work, her stage play The Mousetrap holds the record for the longest running West End show. Opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, the show continues to attract thousands of visitors every year, notching up more than 24,600 performances not out.

Dame Agatha Christie has racked up close to four billion sales worldwide

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BARKSTON GARDENS SW5 A spacious & well presented 5 bedroom family apartment set within a well run portered mansion block with views over & access to communal gardens. • Entrance hall • Reception room • Dining room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Master bedroom suite • 3 further bedrooms • Family bathroom • study/bedroom 5 • Cloakroom

£3,000,000 Share of Freehold

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ROLAND GARDENS SW7 A fantastic triplex apartment with a roof terrace on the upper floors of a period property that has been meticulously modernised to an exceptionally high standard. • Entrance hall • Reception room • Kitchen/breakfast room • Master bedroom with en-suite • 2 further bedrooms • 2 shower rooms (1 en-suite) • Roof terrace

£2,495,000 Share of freehold Farleys 44-48 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DY

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The Little Boltons Chelsea SW10

A rare opportunity to acquire a bright ground and lower ground floor maisonette in an elegant period building with a 47ft west facing garden which is accessed from a large terrace off the drawing room. Entrance Hall • Drawing Room • Dining Room • Kitchen • Study • Conservatory • Four Bedrooms • Shower Room Ensuite • Two Bathrooms Terrace • Front & Rear Gardens • Off Street Parking

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Eaton Mews North Belgravia SW1

A well presented contemporary mews house with private parking close to Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. Drawing Room • Kitchen/Dining Room • Master Bedroom with Bathroom Ensuite • Bedroom with Bathroom Ensuite • Study Area Cloakroom • Private Parking (subject to Grosvenor Licence)

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Egerton Gardens, London SW3 Enjoying direct access into lovely communal gardens, a spacious two bedroom flat, with an elegant reception room, offered in excellent decorative order. Egerton Gardens is a prime address nestled between Harrods and the boutiques and cafés in Brompton Cross.

Leasehold: 93 Years Subject to contract Guide Price: £1,950,000

Entrance hall ■ Reception room ■ Kitchen ■ Two Double bedrooms ■ Bathroom ■ Communal gardens

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SUPERB RIVERSIDE LOCATION

PENINSULA HEIGHTS With panoramic views across the Thames this spaceous two bedroom suite apartment has recently had a 1 million pound plus fitout and is now at the height of luxury. Peninsula Heights is arguably one of the riverside’s most exclusive developments. Ideally located on Albert Embankment across the river from Westminster, London’s sights, shops, restaurants and entertainment. 24 hour porterage, gym, sauna, 2 carparks.

£2,500,000 GUIDE PRICE Share of Freehold ABU DHABI • AIX-EN-PROVENCE • • MEGEVE • MERIBEL • MILAN

BARCELONA • CANNES • COURCHEVEL • COSTA BRAVA • GENEVA • GSTAAD • LONDON • MONACO • PARIS • ST-JEAN-CAP-FERRAT • ST-PAUL-DE-VENCE • ST-TROPEZ • VALBONNE

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ONE HYDE PARK

ONE HYDE PARK London’s iconic landmark building and address, 1 Hyde Park, offers both investment and lifestyle with swimming pool, sauna, gym and a spa serviced by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. This is the only five bed lateral apartment comprising half a floor and looking into Hyde Park. Fully dressed with an exclusive design, and ready to move in. Car park and wine store.

ÂŁ32,000,000 GUIDE Leasehold Sole Agent Please contact:

DAVID ADAMS Managing Director - UK

T: 0203 2841 888 M: +44 787 654 59 86 E: dadams@john-taylor.com twitter@davidadamsEA

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Napier Road W14 A charming Victorian house which is both light and spacious. The property has a double reception room on the ground floor and an excellent open plan kitchen/dining/family room on the lower floor with direct access to the garden. Napier Road is quietly located in the Royal Borough within walking distance of local shops, High Street Kensington, excellent transport facilities and the open spaces of Holland Park itself. ÂŁ2,495,000

Subject to contract

Freehold

Warwick Gardens W14 A substantial, 5 bedroom, end of terrace Victorian house arranged over four floors. The property has light and spacious rooms. There is a rear garden with a southerly aspect and a sunny roof terrace. Currently informally arranged with a garden flat the house offers good family accommodation. ÂŁ3,500,000

Subject to contract

Freehold

Harpers and Harrison Property Consultants 53 Abingdon Road Kensington London W8 6AN Tel: +44 (0)20 7938 2311 Fax: +44 (0)20 7937 1431 Email: enquiries@harpersandharrison.co.uk Web: www.harpersandharrison.co.uk


Chiswick Mall, London W4 Immaculately presented 4/5 bedroom house sitting on the banks of the Thames with uninterrupted views of the river. Completely renovated by the current owners to an extremely high standard the property is light and airy with generously proportioned rooms and high ceilings. Subject to contract

Freehold

Ground Floor: Hall; Double Drawing Room leading onto terrace overlooking river; Sitting/TV Room; Kitchen; Dining Room Conservatory. First Floor: Master Bedroom/Study, Bedroom/Dressing Room; Further Double Bedroom; 2 En-suite Bathrooms. Lower Ground Floor: 2 Bedrooms, Sitting Room; Bathroom; Kitchenette; Visitors’ WC; Access to Garden.

Guide Price: ÂŁ5,450,000 (subject to contract) Beautiful gardens with river wall to the Thames. Exceptional views. Harpers and Harrison Property Consultants 53 Abingdon Road Kensington London W8 6AN Tel: +44 (0)20 7938 2311 Fax: +44 (0)20 7937 1431 Email: enquiries@harpersandharrison.co.uk Web: www.harpersandharrison.co.uk


HERBERT CRESCENT, SW1 A stunning double fronted 7 bedroom freehold period house extending to 6050 sq ft, close to Harrods in the heart of Knightsbridge. The house features lift, terrace, swimming pool, lutron lighting. 7 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, 4 Reception Room, ‘Poggenpohl’ Kitchen, Conservatory, Utility Room, 3 Cloakrooms, Balcony, Patio

Freehold

POA OFFICES AT KNIGHTSBRIDGE & MARBLE ARCH


Basil street, sW3 Stunning fifth and sixth floor penthouse apartment comprising 2327 sq ft, with a private roof terrace. The property offers wonderful natural light with the highest contemporary specification, technology, fixtures and fittings. Washington House is an attractive portered mansion block with lift, located in the heart of Knightsbridge, a short walk from Harrods and Hyde Park. Double Reception Room/Dining Room - 3 Bedrooms - 2 En-suite Bathrooms - En-suite Shower Room - Study Area - Fitted Kitchen/ Breakfast Room - Utility Room - Part Air Conditioned - Lift - 2 Balconies - Roof Terrace - Resident Porter

leasehold 130 Years

ÂŁ10,500,000

KNiGHtsBriDGe: 51 BeaUCHaMP PlaCe lONDON sW3 1NY 020 7581 7646


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LOW BUILD HOUSE WITH PROMINENT POSITION Sprimont place, chelSea, SW3

£2,500 per week

a newly renovated contemporary end of terrace house with a lovely presence looking toward chelsea Green. this unusual low built house of approximately 2,750sqft has incredibly flexible accommodation over three floors boasting clever use of natural light, good storage and is finished in neutral tones throughout. a private patio runs around the house which is entered through a pedestrian gate from Sprimont place. located moments from the Kings road and close to Sloane Square, chelsea’s amenities are truly on your doorstep.

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REFURBISHED TWO BEDROOM WITH COMMUNAL GARDENS QUEENS GATE GARDENS, SoUTh KENSiNGToN, SW7

ÂŁ1,475,000 Share of Freehold

A stunning refurbishment of a two double bedroom apartment with access to a large private terrace, split over the ground and first floor of a beautiful White Stucco conversion in the heart of South Kensington. The property also benefits from a share of freehold, access to communal gardens, wooden flooring throughout, ensuite shower rooms to both bedrooms, additional guest cloakroom and plenty of fitted storage.

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Pembridge Crescent, W11

ÂŁ900 Per week

A unique two double bedroom flat on the top two floors of this substantial conversion property in Pembridge Crescent. The top floor has a modern fully equipped open plan kitchen to very large reception area. Extremely bright and spacious, the flat has a fabulous feature of a vaulted glass paneled ceiling. Prembridge Crescent is a popular residential road in Notting Hill and is within easy access to the amenities of Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road along with its wide array of fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, antiques and great selection of pubs and bars. Closest tube stations are Notting Hill Gate and Ladbroke Grove. Available now on an unfurnished basis.

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135 Hammersmith Road, London W14 0QL


Fitzjames Avenue, W14

£1,550,000 Share of freehold

This beautifully presented, three / four bedroom flat is on the second floor of one of the most sought after “Star Blocks” in North End House. The entrance and hallway are impressive with a luxurious Italian granite floor, leading to a light, spacious reception room. This room features a real gas fire and enviable views over gardens, through windows that are deeper than any other floor of the block. There is a fabulous bathroom and ensuite shower room.

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135 Hammersmith Road, London W14 0QL


ASTELL STREET, CHELSEA, SW3 A charming five bedroom freehold family house (4,352 sq ft / 401 sq m) commanding a prominent position in this desirable Chelsea street. Accommodation is arranged over four floors accessed by a generous staircase which is naturally lit from the top. Astell Street is quietly situated between the Kings Road and Chelsea Green and ideally located for Chelsea and South Kensington. Freehold ÂŁ9,500,000 subject to contract 020 7225 6509 Nicholas.shaw@harrodsestates.com

KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE: 82 BROMPTON ROAD LONDON SW3 1ER T: +44 020 7225 6506 MAYFAIR OFFICE: 61 PARK LANE LONDON W1K 1QF T: +44 020 7409 9001

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MONTPELIER SQUARE, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, SW7 Overlooking the gardens of one of Knightsbridge’s premier squares, this elegant period townhouse of approximately 4,247sq ft (395sq m) is arranged over six floors with a lift. The property has been refurbished and furnished to the highest specifications, and incorporates the latest technology. The lower ground, ground and first floors are dedicated to three spacious reception/entertaining areas, with access to either the double height glazed atrium or the roof terrace. Freehold £14,500,000 subject to contract 020 7225 6508 shaun.drummond@harrodsestates.com

KNIGHTSBRIDGE OFFICE: 82 BROMPTON ROAD LONDON SW3 1ER T: +44 020 7225 6506 MAYFAIR OFFICE: 61 PARK LANE LONDON W1K 1QF T: +44 020 7409 9001

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Radnor Walk London, SW3

Arranged over four floors and situated on one of the most sought after roads in Chelsea, a beautifully configured family house. The property boasts four/five bedrooms, open plan living space, a private terrace and a well designed lower ground floor which could be utilised as a separate flat. The property has an array of luxury fixtures and fittings including wooden floors, a beautifully designed kitchen and three bathrooms. Radnor Walk runs due south from the Kings Road to Redburn Street and enjoys easy access to all the shops and restaurants of the Kings Road.

Freehold Guide Price: £3,850,000

Tel: 020 7349 9094

Text: 07962 902 495

Email: william@chelseainternational.co.uk


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

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Brompton Square | Knightsbridge | SW3 3,730 sq ft (346.5 sq m)

A well-presented Grade ll listed period family house, with a garden and superb views over this prestigious Knightsbridge garden square. Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Sitting/media room | Study | Five/six bedrooms | Four bathrooms | Garden | Communal gardens Asking price ÂŁ7,950,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959 JSA: Knight Frank 020 7591 8600

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Bedford Gardens | Kensington | W8 2,895 sq ft (268.94 sq m)

An impressive six bedroom Grade II listed family house with excellent entertaining space, a studio house and a lovely south facing garden. Drawing room | Sitting room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Two studies | Six bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Shower/utility room | Cloakroom | Terrace | South facing garden Asking price ÂŁ5,750,000 Freehold

Kensington 020 7938 3666

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

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Hobury Street | Chelsea | SW10 2,531 sq ft (235.1 sq m)

This beautiful five bedroom family house has recently been completely refurbished with much imagination and flair. Double reception room | Open-plan kitchen/dining room/conservatory | Five bedrooms | Three bath/shower rooms | Study area | Cloakroom | Garden Asking ÂŁ4,900,000 Freehold

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010 JSA Knight Frank 020 7349 4300

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Neville Street | South Kensington | SW7 3,704 sq ft (344.1 sq m)

A superb and substantial white stucco fronted family house with magnificent accommodation arranged over six floors served by a passenger lift. Entrance hall | Kitchen | Dining room | Drawing room | Seven bedrooms | Six bath/shower rooms | Utility room | Guest WC and cloakroom | Secondary kitchen | Garden | Lift Asking price ÂŁ7,350,000 Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

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

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Hans Crescent | Knightsbridge | SW1 1,843 sq ft (171.2 sq m)

An exceptional first floor lateral apartment refurbished to the highest standard with excellent reception space, close to Harrods. Entrance Hall | Reception Room | Study | Dining Room | Kitchen | Three bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Guest Cloakroom | Direct Lift Access | Resident Caretaker Asking price ÂŁ6,950,000 Leasehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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Ormonde Gate | Chelsea | SW3 2,408 sq ft (223.7 sq m)

An exceptional nine bedroom family house with impressive views over Burton’s Court and direct access to the gardens behind. Entrance hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Family room | Nine bedrooms | Five bath/shower rooms | Study | Cloakroom | Utility room | Kitchenette | Wine cellar | Roof terrace | Garden £9,000 per week Unfurnished

Chelsea 020 7589 9966

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

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

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

City Office Professional Valuations UK Commercial & Residential Residential Investment Property Management

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Stafford Terrace | Kensington | W8 1,855 sq ft (172 sq m)

A spectacular maisonette situated in a beautiful period building, ideally located close to Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate. Drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Study | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second bedroom with en suite bathroom | Media room/bedroom three | Shower room | Roof terrace ÂŁ4000 per week Furnished

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Bullingham Mansions | Kensington | W8 1,028 sq ft / 95.5 sq m

An immaculate two bedroom flat on the raised ground floor of this well maintained period mansion block. Reception room | Kitchen | Master bedroom | Double bedroom | Bathroom | Shower room | Porter ÂŁ850 per week Furnished

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The Vale | Chelsea | SW3 4,324 sq ft (401 sq m)

A magnificent house which has been refurbished to a high specification and offers superb entertaining space, and a secluded rear west facing garden. Drawing room | Cinema room | Family room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Five further double bedrooms | Five bath/shower rooms Utility room | Cloakroom | Garden ÂŁ8,950 per week Furnished/unfurnished

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Essex Villas | Kensington | W8 3,722 sq ft / 345.77 sq m

Built circa 1860, this exceptional semi-detached, south facing family house offers well laid out accommodation and is immaculately presented. Double drawing room | Sitting room | Kitchen | Study | Five bedrooms | Four bathrooms | Two cloakrooms | Utility room | Front and rear gardens ÂŁ6,450 per week Unfurnished

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The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine October 2012  

The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine showcases news concerning local residents and events happening in and around the Royal Borough, as well as...

The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine October 2012  

The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine showcases news concerning local residents and events happening in and around the Royal Borough, as well as...

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