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Let The Games Begin

Fit For A Princess

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Lucie Greene meets Chelsea-based and royalty-endorsed fashion designer, the charming Emilia Wickstead

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Mary Poppins Required

On the 50th anniversary of her tragic death, Mike Peake examines the life of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe

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Past and Present

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Janie Hampton looks back to the 1908 and 1948 ‘Austerity’ London Games and at how sport has changed over the last 100 years When Vesuvius blew her top in 1906, Rome withdrew from hosting the Olympic Games and London had to step in. In just ten months, the White City in Shepherd’s Bush was built, a huge complex of gleaming white shopping malls, palaces of arts, boating lakes and amusements. The sports arena, with its running and cycling track, football pitch, gymnastics and wrestling platforms, held 90,000 people. Ladies clad in woollen costumes thrilled the spectators with their high diving. All three medals in the tug of war were won by British teams of policemen – the City of London, Liverpool and the Metropolitan. When London was selected for the 1948 Games, much of the city had been destroyed by the Blitz but there was neither the time nor the money to build any new arenas. So at the Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena) the ice-skating rink was removed and the pool renovated for swimming. Cycling took place at Herne Hill Velodrome, a war-time barrage balloon site; Finland donated timber to replace the rotting floor at Harringay Arena for basketball; the King lent his back garden – Windsor Great Park – for the cycle road race. At Wembley Stadium, the greyhound track was replaced with a cinder track and German prisoners of war pushed wheelbarrows to create Olympic Way, leading from Wembley Park station. The road is still there today. The 59 national teams were housed in RAF and army camps, schools and colleges. More than 30 Housing Centres were equipped by the Ministry of Works with ‘Utility’ curtains, crockery and wardrobes. While bedding was provided, competitors had to bring their own towels and soap. “Each dormitory has iron beds with horse hair mattresses and coloured quilts,” reported the Surrey Comet. “It looks comfortable and yet bears the stamp of austerity. No charges could be levelled against money being spent on exorbitant luxury.” There were no phones for competitors, so schoolboys with bicycles were taken on as messengers, in exchange for meals. “There were no parties at RAF Uxbridge,” remembered sprinter Alistair McCorquodale. “Just training and early to bed. No alcohol was available; only gallons of Horlick’s malted milk.” The sexes were strictly segregated, and at the cramped Domestic Science College behind Victoria station, Micheline Ostermeyer, the French discus thrower and concert pianist, entertained the women with Beethoven. With food rationing still in place, British athletes had trained on 2,600 calories per day, which was only increased to dockers’ rations of 3,900 calories once they were selected. “Eat plenty of cooked beetroot,” advised Britain’s swimming coach Harry Koskie. “And at least one halibut oil capsule per day.” Angus Carmicheal, an Olympic footballer, found it helped to wear his Olympic blazer. ‘It was quite embarrassing. Restaurants would pile up your plate with extra food saying, “Eat up; we need to build up the British team”. Teams were encouraged to bring and share food. Denmark sent 160,000 eggs; China sent oiled bamboo shoots, dried shrimps and green tea; Hungary sent poppy seeds, paprika and 20,000 lemons; Dutch farmers and ship-owners sent vegetables, ginger cakes and cheese. Mexico sent liver, kidneys and tripe, and the New Zealand team brought mutton dripping and condensed milk. The Americans were very popular with their 15,000 bars of chocolate, 5,000 steaks and daily flights from Los Angeles of planes filled

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with fresh fruit. The French team sent one railway wagon filled with ‘premier cru classe’ Mouton-Rothschild wine, and another with 1,700 kilos of steak. “Drugs?” exclaimed Joe Birrell. “We had drugs in 1948. We ate Horlicks tablets by the handful! With no sweets available, they were a real treat.” Petrol was strictly rationed, so all competitors had free passes for the recently-nationalised London Transport buses and Underground. Corporate sponsorship was accepted from CocaCola, Nescafé, Craven “A” cigarettes, Gillette Razors, Martel Brandy, Sloane’s Liniment and Brylcreem. The total expenditure was £732,268 – about £20 million in today’s money – with a profit of £29,000. “These were the friendliest and least political of all Olympics,” said silver medal winning high-jumper Dorothy Tyler, now 92, the only British athlete to have competed in four Olympics. “All sports took on a new glow after 1948; it was like the sun finally coming out after the war.” Despite the bomb sites and deep economic crisis, the London 1948 Games, or ‘Austerity Olympics’, were one of the most successful, inexpensive and unpretentious of the 20th century. Janie Hampton is the author of London Olympics 1908 and 1948 £6.99 (www.shirebooks.co.uk)

If you could compete in, and win, one Olympic event, which would it be? Karren Brady: The 100 metres. Sir Richard Branson: I’ve been campaigning to get kite surfing into the Olympics. It’s my favourite sport because it’s skilful and looks great. So if we can get that in, then I’ll participate. I realise we might be leaving it a bit late though! Mark Cueto, England rugby player: It would have to be the 100 metre final, wouldn’t it? That’s the grand finale, the one people talk about. Shontayne Hape, England rugby player: It would be quite nice to beat Usain Bolt! Tom Wood, England rugby player: Everyone wants to be crowned the fastest man or woman in the world but I’d like to win one of the less popular ones, like archery. I used to think of myself as a little Robin Hood as a kid. Andrew Burton, CEO of Prestige Ticketing: I’m sure my colleagues would say that with the size of me, it should be the shot put or the hammer! But to win gold in any event would surely represent not just the greatest sporting moment but one of the greatest moments in anyone’s life. Frank Pearn, Chief Finance Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa of J. P. Morgan: The decathlon. I like variety; anybody who can be a world-class athlete in ten different activities is pretty impressive to me. David Wootton, Lord Mayor of the City of London 2011-2012: The Eights in rowing. I rowed at school in Yorkshire, I did it at university and I still do row occasionally. Every time I look at a stretch of water, I don’t look at the scenery or whether it’s polluted, I just think: Could I row on that?

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global audience, Boyle admits this essence must have Britishness at its heart. It’s for that reason William Shakespeare’s The Tempest provides the cornerstone of his vision for a ceremony he has named touches to the London Olympic Games’ Isle of Wonders. It features what will be Europe’s biggest ringing bell, twice the weight of Big Ben, as well as thousands of performers who Opening Ceremony, taking place on 27 July among their number include schoolchildren and NHS nurses. Music is provided by Underworld, the techno duo whose Born How would you define Britishness? It’s a notion that means wildly Slippy soundtrack provided the backing for Trainspotting, although different things to people. To distil its essence concisely is an their contribution earns them a fractionally small part of the total unenviable task, some would say ‘impossible’, yet in a sense that’s £81 million price tag – a three-fold increase on the initial opening what’s been asked of filmmaker and producer Danny Boyle. “Before ceremony cost projection. The figure, not to mention the level of I even started on the detail, I guess I had to compartmentalise my responsibility, is daunting but Boyle admits he must see past the own emotions,” says Boyle. “Honour, humility, modesty, sure... but numbers. “What’s the brief? Not to spend the most money, not to put a feeling of being completely overwhelmed, yes. Fear, that too. Even the ceremony into the record books for something trivial. The brief is panic. This is the biggest thing I’ve ever done. It can’t be taken to do something totally different. I don’t think the UK could quite top lightly – any of it – and it’s constant... every day, every hour. And the spectacular theatrics of 2008 nor do I think we’d want to attempt the pressure just continues to grow.” to,” he admits. “It’s unfeasibly foolish to try because it was such a Danny Boyle, whose official title this summer is Artistic huge, astonishing spectacle. Beijing was the summit of a specific Director of the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, has been charged type of show, so let’s leave it to one side and think differently.” with creating a spectacle that is not only befitting of the greatest The opening ceremony has become an increasingly show on earth but also manages memorable aspect of every Olympic to showcase unique British (and Games. From the iconic image of global) idiosyncrasies in the simple Mohammed Ali with the Olympic knowledge that more than a billion torch in Atlanta in 1996 to the people will fix their gaze on his vision. historic beauty and notional legacy of “It often feels like I’ve bitten off way Athens 2004, the opening ceremony more than I can chew, but it’s such has come to define the Games it an amazing honour to be involved introduces. One only has to recall the in this. There are a huge number pomp of Beijing 2008, a four-hour are involved in the of people involved, and though extravaganza, to realise the lasting I’m on my own in some respects, impression it can make. “For us, I I’m definitely sitting alongside think music must be a big part. For knowledgeable colleagues in others. such a small nation, we possess such I’ll owe them all a large drink once incredible musical talent and I want to the lights go down on July 27!” utilise that fantastic resource available The selection of Boyle was at to us. The world looks to Britain as first regarded as slightly leftfield, but a beacon of music. Again it’s about his credentials are there for all to see. inspiring the young people and one As director of Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary and, most recently, of the ways to do that will be through music. Getting Underworld to Slumdog Millionaire, Boyle has produced a body of work that, at oversee the ceremony is the final piece of the puzzle. I can’t wait every turn, encompasses the spirit and personality of the human for the result. race. “In many ways this project is no different to any other. It’s an “It’s an amazing responsibility that I said ‘yes’ to straightaway. opportunity to bring something new and fresh – not an imitation of In hindsight, a little more thought may have been wise, but I would anything else. And they’re really the principles I attach to all my work. still have said ‘yes’ in the end anyway – after all, I’m a huge sports “Of course, in sport, there is a difference. This is about fan, I live in the East End... I had to say yes. It just felt so right. young people, brilliant people. It’s about sending out a message Danny Boyle is an ambassador for Positive East which works with encouraging participation, encouraging an investment in culture. people affected by or living with HIV in towns around the Olympic site That’s what I want the ceremony to represent. That’s the message I in East London (www.positiveeast.org.uk) want to get out there.” And although the ceremony must relate to a

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Sir Steve Redgrave:

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Sir Steve Redgrave CBE is one of only four sportsmen to have won gold in five consecutive Olympic Games. “Winning the bid was a massive victory for everyone involved and to be part of the bidding committee was incredible, especially because we knew our task was extremely tough. Most of us felt Paris was, politically, the first choice to hold the games, even though our bid on paper was superior. But as times gone by have shown us, the honour doesn’t necessarily go to the ‘best’ country. This time, it did and I can’t tell you how excited I am. London 2012 is going to go down in history as one of the best Games ever, based on exemplary foresight, planning and the legacy left behind. “The best way of describing [my role as Sports Legacy Champion] is overseeing the human legacy. Obviously there’s the material side of it, what’s done with the stadium, the infrastructure, even where the judo mats will end up, making sure equipment gets spread around the country to sports clubs afterwards. It’s that sort of process. But my concern is what sort of benefit this can have for our nation. I want the legacy of 2012 to inspire generations through programmes and incentives, something that we’ll continue to work on going forward. I want it to leave a permanent indent on this country for centuries to come. “As an athlete, there are always going to be things thrown in your path that’ll knock you off what you’re doing. It could be injury, it could be illness, it could be a lack of form; there’s always something there. Diabetes was certainly the hardest thing for me to deal with. So my advice to anyone would be to tackle it head on, learn about what’s holding you back, and regard it as just another hurdle to jump. “Right now, it’s all about London 2012; I can’t look forward beyond that. We’re almost there in terms of preparations and the Olympic Park is looking fantastic. Personally, I might need a little holiday afterwards, just to recoup.” Great Olympic Moments by Sir Steve Redgrave £20 is out now

Victoria Pendleton:

olympic Track Cycling (Team Sprint, Keirin and Individual Sprint)

Are you feeling the pressure? “A lot, a lot, a lot! From myself, from my country; I’m feeling it. It’s like an invisible force. It’s the same for any athlete who’s won gold at the Olympics. It makes me laugh when people say they don’t feel any pressure or expectation. That’s rubbish! It’s on home soil; the whole nation is watching. Whoever can say that’s ‘nothing’ is living in complete denial. “Let’s be frank, nothing will ever beat what’s about to happen this summer. For Team GB, we are some of the luckiest athletes in history because we’re on home soil. So many never get the chance to do that; to represent your country and feel such immense pride. I hope that my performance will top anything I’ve accomplished in the past. The experience of these Games will be impossible to replicate; that’s why I’m calling it a day afterwards and that’s why no stone will be left unturned. “I think in many ways sport will always be a massive part of my life. I’ll still be out on my bike, and will be looking after my body in the same way I have been all these years. I know some people retire and let everything go, but fitness is an addiction... and not a bad one to have, so I’ll be looking to keep myself in shape. Being active has been such a big part of my life that it would feel unnatural to suddenly turn my back on that. And if my last burst of competitive action can see me crossing the finishing line in first place, then that would be the perfect way to leave the sport.” Victoria has been working with Hovis to promote the benefits of eating regularly and healthily. For more information about the Hovis Wholemeal Gold Start Challenge, visit www.facebook.com/hovisbakery

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Rachel Cawthorn:

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“[Going to Beijing with the Olympic Ambitions programme] was incredible. Obviously it’ll be different [for] London because we’ll have a home crowd but I’ll hopefully feel better prepared because I know what to expect, so I can just go in there and get on with the job. Training has been taking place at Dorney Lake, the venue for the 2012 canoeing events, and Cawthorn is confident the experience will provide vital: “I think it’ll be a massive advantage. I know that all my rivals will get the chance to train on the lake at some point before the Games but we’ve been training there for ages. Every course is different, so getting used to the water and the conditions will be really helpful.” Tesco is the official sponsor of GB Canoeing and is proud to support Rachel Cawthorn

Tom Daley:

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“It’s just a matter of keeping my social life separate from my school life and both of those separate from my diving life. They’re pretty much all different worlds. Plus, I’m lucky to have my family and the agency to help me organise everything. “The Commonwealth Games gave me so much confidence and it felt really good knowing that I can pull through a major event and deal with the pressure. “There’s always going to be pressure when I’m competing, but it’s about using it to my advantage,” he says. “I’m extremely competitive. I want to win everything, whether it’s on the diving board or against my brothers, friends and family.” Tom Daley is part of the BMW London 2012 Performance Team. For more information see www.bmw.co.uk/London2012

Rebecca Adlington:

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“I put more pressure to succeed on myself than anyone else; I’m my worst critic. I think most athletes are, to be honest. You’re never going to need someone else to help you focus – the 5am starts alone will do that! Each week I have ten sessions in water and four out of it. I know the amount of work I do sounds like a real drag, and no one can figure out why I want to be up before 5am every morning, but I feed off it. I never hit the snooze button. Gold medals aren’t won by an hour’s extra sleep. “I remember after Rome, people were saying: ‘Aw, that’s sad about your bronze.’ I said: ‘Why? I did a two-second PB [personal best]!’ But it’s hard for people to understand the difference between myself and Michael Phelps. No one wins all the time, apart from him. The rest of us are just normal human beings. “As I’ve got older I’ve begun to understand how much more recovery I need. I know I’m 22, but as a long-distance swimmer I’m hitting my peak. It is one of those things – as you get older, your body changes. Before the last Olympics I was 18 and I could do hard swim after hard swim. Now I can’t – my body tells me it’s giving up. I need the recovery time. That’s physical and mental too – essentially I need to chill out, not freak out. A lot of athletes get worried when they stop being able to do the same work as when they were younger, but it is not about that; it’s about doing the quality work under the proper conditions. “Even though I have the same coach with the same training schedule, my life has only changed since Beijing because everyone seems to think I’m a millionaire – which clearly I’m not. Swimming is far from a rich sport. The biggest difference is that I am now the proud owner of two Olympic gold medals – and you can’t put a price on those. I don’t even flaunt them, to be honest... I think they’re in a shoe bag in the cupboard at the moment.”

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Philips Idowu:

olympic triple jump “I’ll be honest, I’m getting a little tired of going over and over my training schedule, like it’s the perfect blueprint for gold,” Idowu says, bluntly, but with the hint of a smile. “Yes, of course that is my goal, I want gold, but with triple jump, it’s a matter of chance on the day. It’s how you feel when you get up in the morning, or a change of wind speed, or anything like that. I’m not saying it’s down to luck but it’s as much to do with how you feel on the day, in combination with how much you’ve trained. We can only find out on the day, can’t we? That’s all there is to it. “East London’s where I realised I was good at sport, where I was encouraged and motivated by very special people in my life, who pushed me to be the man I could be, and who steered me away from the gangs and crime. I could have fallen into that, very easily. For everybody in the British team, everyone there with me, the pride of competing on home soil is like nothing else. However, for me, who grew up only a few hundred yards away, it’s a rite of passage, one that I’ve been working towards ever since London won the Games in 2005. I’m coming home.”

Sarah Storey OBE:

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Storey has managed what so many before, and after, can only dream of: medal glory in dual events at the Games. The former swimming champ, born without a functioning left hand, claimed five gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Barcelona and Athens in an array of pool disciplines, before swapping over to the cycle track and picking up two golds in Beijing for individual pursuit. “I started cycling as a way to keep fit, mostly in the gym, then stepped it up to using the track at the Velodrome in Manchester. But I was clocking up some good times, so the powers that be recommended putting me forward for a new discipline [and] I soon secured selection for the European Championships. I had a choice to make... Starting again from scratch on the bike represented something completely different and a real challenge that most people never get, so it seemed right to go for it. Physically, there was no issue with my fitness and my disability was no issue as far as I was aware. I was breaking records, doing everything that was asked of me. “I’ve got five events in the Games so my dream is to pick up five golds. And I’d love to see Great Britain in the top five of the Olympics medal table, and top of the table in the Paralympics, which is something very possible with the squad we’ve got. It’s a lofty aim, but that’s what competitive sport is all about, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Beth Tweddle:

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olympic gymnastics

“Finishing fourth in the uneven bars final at Beijing was tough to take. Had it been a different day, the results may have gone a different way but that’s just the way it goes. I still think I have every chance of challenging for a medal in London. “The pressure is always there wherever you’re competing. And I have no doubt it will ramp up in London in front of the home fans. But when it comes to competing, you just have to put it to one side. It is getting a lot easier now because it’s not just myself that is capable of winning medals but a whole a crop of us on both the girls’ and the boys’ side. We’ve also had the experience of competing at European and World Championships on home soil. It can be quite a shock when you suddenly have 15,000 people shouting your name out, especially when we can go to major championships and have just a handful of people in the stands. You can’t buy that kind of experience. “I’m not fussy on a colour. Any Olympic medal would do. But I’ve got a lot to look back on over my career and am very proud of what I achieved so if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. I just want to give it my best shot.” Olympic Games 27 July - 12 August Paralympic Games 29 August - 9 September www.london2012.com


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Something’s got to give

Marilyn Monroe, May 1962

She came to represent the ultimate screen siren and the stereotypical blonde airhead but Marilyn Monroe was neither. Mike Peake discovers that Monroe, uncomfortable with her fame, was a lonely, unsettled soul who remains – 50 years after her death on 5 August 1962 – one of the most intriguing Hollywood actresses of all time the KENSINGTON & CHELSEA magazine

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Two days before Marilyn Monroe died of a suspected overdose in August 1962, Life magazine published a cover story about the enigmatic actress, following a series of interviews by one of the publication’s associate editors. The words of that article, which still linger online and in vintage magazine stores, paint a vivid picture of a troubled, very human woman at the height of her fame. After 50 years of hype, however, Marilyn Monroe has been reduced to something beautiful but rather hollow, an iconic slice of post-war Americana that still looks good on a canvas although it doesn’t really add up to much. But there was so much more to her than that. Marilyn Monroe didn’t give many interviews – not of the meaningful kind, anyway; most of them were short and filled with witty sound bites – but the few, truly heartfelt words which survive, revealed in rare, introspective conversations, resound through the decades, as do those of the people who genuinely knew her. That Life article just before she died was singled out by The Guardian as one of the great interviews of the 20th century. A single paragraph perhaps explains why: “It’s nice to be included in people’s fantasies,” she said, “but you also like to be accepted for your own sake. I don’t look at myself as a commodity, but I’m sure a lot of people have. Sometimes I’m invited places to kind of brighten up a dinner table, like a musician who’ll play the piano after dinner, and I know you’re not really invited for yourself. You’re just an ornament.”

Marilyn Monroe grew up, of course, as Norma Jean Mortenson (she later changed it to Baker), born in 1926 and raised by an assortment of foster families. At just 16, to avoid having to leave California with her carers, she married a local boy called Jim Dougherty. The marriage didn’t last, thanks in no small part to Dougherty being called up to serve overseas during WW2. Upon his return, Norma Jean had been ‘discovered’ by an army photographer looking for a poster girl and she was soon divorced from her GI husband. Dougherty gave a rare TV interview, 30 years after her death, in which he said that the Marilyn he once knew, “just wanted to be a good wife and secure and loved. She wanted to feel like she belonged to somebody.” He recalled with lingering bewilderment a conversation he had had with her around the time of their divorce. “I asked her if she had a cold, and she told me no, the studio had told her to make her voice lower.” It was the start of the sultry, unmistakable Monroe drawl and it marked the end of Norma Jean. Dougherty never saw his teen bride again after they divorced but she remained a part of his life up to his death in 2005 because strangers would regularly come up to him to ask for his autograph. He told the TV cameras that had his ex-wife not died in her Brentwood home all those years ago, her iconic status today would have been greatly diminished. “She’d be a chubby little grandma,” he chuckled.

Above / Lawrence Schiller and Marilyn Monroe on the set of Something’s Got to Give, 1962. The film, which was never finished, would be her last

Marilyn “just wanted to be a good wife and secure and loved. She wanted to feel like she belonged to somebody”

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Keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing

Below / Monroe by the pool’s edge, Whitey Snyder adjusting her makeup, May 1962

Random Monroe quotations from the archives make for fascinating reading and hint at an intelligent, philosophical woman who was trapped in the madness of Hollywood. “If I observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere,” she once said. It was intentionally provocative, though at loggerheads with the Marilyn Monroe who did, on occasion, reveal a gentler side. “Just because you fail once doesn’t mean you’re going to fail at everything” is one of her most fondly remembered observations. “Keep trying, hold on and always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? Keep your head high, keep your chin up and, most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing.” Though outwardly radiant, Monroe’s insecurities made her difficult on set. Says director Billy Wilder, who worked with the actress on The Seven Year Itch in 1955: “She was seldom on time when we worked on the movie, but it wasn’t because she overslept; it was because she had to force herself to come to the studio. She’s emotionally upset all the time; she’s scared and unsure of herself – so much so that I found myself wishing that I were a psychoanalyst and she were my patient. There was no use

getting annoyed. Even at the beginning, when I discovered that I had let myself in for a certain amount of trouble, I found myself liking her. At no time did I find her malicious, mean, capricious or anything but conscientious.” The actor Robert Mitchum who worked with her on River Of No Return (1954) opened up about Monroe many years after she died; he declared her to be “convinced that she was not terribly pretty or sexy and in fact she didn’t have an aura of sexiness about her. She thought this whole lark of being a glamour queen was just that,” he said. “And she would play it, if that was what they wanted.”

Marilyn & Me: A Memoir in Words & Photographs Marilyn Monroe was usually keen to build up a rapport with those who photographed her but one young shutterbug got more of Marilyn than most when he turned up to shoot her for Paris’ Match magazine in 1962. That photographer was Lawrence Schiller, assigned to snap the actress on the set of Something’s Got To Give, and when she told him, “I’ll have a bathing suit on when I jump in, but I’m thinking of coming out without it,” it gave him his big break. Those now-legendary images and other rare shots can be found in a new, limited-edition TASCHEN book called Marilyn & Me: A Memoir in Words & Photographs by Lawrence Schiller, priced at £650. TASCHEN Store London 12 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY www.taschen.com

Above / Book cover, Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller, published in a limited edition by TASCHEN

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Annabel Harrison takes a closer look at India Fantastique, a richly colourful and intricately beautiful tome showcasing the designs of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, marking their 25 years in the fashion and interiors industries Photography:

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Khosla explains that the manner in which the pair’s 25th milestone would be celebrated was considered at length: “It soon became clear that a book, or rather two as it turned out to be, was the ideal vehicle.” Packaged in a slipcase, this two-volume publication is a beautifully produced showcase of fashion and interior design, including hundreds of specially commissioned photographs. Fashion presents 11 chapters of Jani-Khosla designs, followed by two of close-up details, encompassing their specialities chikan (whitework) and zardozi (gold thread embroidery). Interiors presents 15 interiors, ranging from the pair’s own homes in Mumbai and the Himalayas to a magnificent overthe-top apartment in London and a flamboyant wedding venue in Hyderabad. Their hallmark ‘maximalism’ runs riot throughout. “It’s never about the furniture alone,” Khosla points out. “We want to create a home. So every single thing counts: the art, the carpets, the silver, even the ashtrays.” Explanatory text by Gayatri Sinha, one of India’s most reputed art critics, accompanies photographs from the duo’s private albums, with the most aweinspiring locations from across the globe serving as the backdrop. For fashion and fashion detailing, the pair looked to Ram Shergill, a renowned fashion photographer who has done shoots for national Vogue magazines in the UK, India, China, Brazil and Italy, Harper’s Bazaar in the UK, Australia and India, leading men’s magazine GQ and cult fashion and design magazines W, Pop, i-D and Surface. As Jani and Khosla say themselves, these books do indeed act as an “Ode to India as Eternal Muse. Past, Present and Future.”

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Royal Borough News The latest news, best events and areas of interest for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

The London Sale at Christie’s The London Sale, running for a six-week long stint throughout the Olympic summer, is a one-off British-themed exhibition and auction hosted by Christie’s South Kensington. With patriotic feeling high and a swarm of tourists expected to descend on the Capital during this period, the sale should prove extremely popular. Both locals and visitors able to purchase iconic symbols and topography of the city, as well as memorabilia, fashion and paintings. The auction will comprise more than 150 lots in total, with prices ranging from a reasonable £500 up to £200,000 for the most important pieces of artwork. One souvenir expected to stir up considerable interest is the original doubledecker Routemaster bus dating back to an iconic moment in British history: 1966. It is expected to reach between £20,000 and 30,000. 27 July – 3 September Christie’s, 85 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW7 3LD 020 7930 6074; www.christies.com Above / W. Hollar, The Prospect of London and Westminster Taken from Lambeth, estimate: £1,5002,000; Right / Christopher Clark R.I. (1875-1942), British Army Ceremonial lithograph in colours, c.1950, printed by Jordison & Co., Ltd., London: original vintage poster advertising travel to London by rail, estimate: £1,000-1,500 Images courtesy of Christie’s Images Ltd. 2012

The Olympic Torch Arrives The penultimate day of the Olympic torch’s epic journey around Britain sees it arrive in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea at approximately 1.30pm on Thursday 26 July when it crosses Chelsea Bridge into Chelsea Bridge Road, passing the Royal Chelsea Hospital, before heading to Sloane Square and along the King’s Road. It then leaves the borough before re-entering along Kensington High Street to be greeted by a choral fanfare in Holland Park from the only civic run opera company in the country, Opera Holland Park, at approximately 2.30pm. The torch then leaves the borough again for Hammersmith and Fulham before returning for its final leg along Notting Hill Gate before heading into Westminster. The Royal Borough invites all residents to cheer on local torchbearers as they carry the torch on its journey to the Olympic Park. The Council is working closely with LOCOG and TfL to minimise traffic disruption and help residents and businesses plan their day around it. Councillor Warwick Lightfoot, Member Lead for 2012, said: “Having the Olympic torch relay will be very exciting and I am sure that residents and visitors will enjoy seeing the procession. Opera Holland Park and the City of London Sinfonia will put on a fabulous performance, backed by a wonderful community choir to welcome the torch and its bearers.” Holland Park will see activities throughout the day for visitors to enjoy, including operatic performances and ‘Minute Maestro’, where the audience can have a go at conducting the orchestra to sporting demonstrations, and new sports to try for all the family.

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London Live Although many were unsuccessful in getting hold of London 2012 Olympics tickets, due to huge demand, thousands will be able to experience the excitement and buzz surrounding the sporting events in a massive open-air celebration in Hyde Park. London Live 2012 not only sees some of the UK’s biggest bands performing live on stage, including headliners Snow Patrol, Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini, but ticket-holders will also be able to witness live coverage of the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies from the Olympic Park on giant screens. Winner of the prestigious Outstanding Contribution Award at the Brit Awards 2012, Blur is the headline act for the Closing Ceremony Celebration Concert on 12 August which marks the end of the Games. Photography: dutourdumonde / Shutterstock.com

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Our Great Metropolis In celebration of the Olympic Games, the Osborne Studio Gallery is showcasing artists who have chosen to show off our great city through their paintings. A noteworthy contributor to the exhibition is Mao Wen Biao: with much of his work being inspired by high velocity, his latest works include the Olympic sports of cycling, canoeing and sailing. The exhibition’s sporting theme continues with studies by David Harvey and Amanda Ward Thomas tackling a whole range of sports from runners to gymnasts. Similarly, with the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee happening all in the same year, various artists have been depicting the Capital at this moment of great British cultural history. London has always been a favourite subject for the likes of Terence Gilbert, Sarah Maclean and Natalia Avdeeva, and they choose to illustrate this through depictions of the iconic St Paul’s Cathedral and the Olympic Stadium. 10 July – 31 August The Osborne Studio Gallery, 2 Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JU 020 7235 9667; www.osg.uk.com David Harvey ‘Sprinters’

Amanda Ward Thomas ‘Girl on Beam’

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

Above / Giles Deacon and Jeremy Deller Untitled 2012 Image courtesy of the BFC/Bazaar Fashion Arts Foundation

Britain Creates 2012 In association with the Fashion 2012 platform to celebrate London’s hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Britain Creates 2012: Fashion & Art Collusion, in partnership with the Mayor of London, is a unique opportunity to celebrate the longstanding relationship between fashion designers and artists. Top British fashion designers Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Peter Pilotto are teamed with leading contemporary artists Matt Collishaw, Mark Titchner and Jess Flood Paddock. Mayor of London Boris Johnson commented: “As one of the greatest centres for culture and creativity, London is the proud home to some of the best designers and artists in the world and this melding of two dynamic strands will produce an exciting exhibition that will be a highlight of our celebrations for 2012.” Until 29 July, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL, www.fashion2012.co.uk

The BBC Proms 2012 at The Cadogan Hall The Cadogan Hall plays host once again to this year’s BBC Proms for its 118th season. Although not quite as grand a setting as the Royal Albert Hall, the Cadogan Hall lends an intimate atmosphere for some of the world’s greatest musicians, offering Proms Chamber Music and Saturday Matinee concerts from July through to September. International opera singer Alice Coote starts the proceedings with a series of French Chansons. At the end of July, the tantalising sounds of La Tarantella resonate across the hall. Restless and relentless, the entrancing dance form was founded in several Mediterranean countries, and is revived here in a virtuosic performance which sees dancer Anna Dego take to the stage. This August, in honour of the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth, three leading young soloists perform pieces from late in the French composer’s career, when he embarked on a set of six sonatas for various instrumental combinations. Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X 9DQ www.cadoganhall.com

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Tights Michael Hoppen Contemporary is now presenting an exhibition of new work by pioneering Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama. Developed from his earlier series How to Create a Beautiful Picture 6: Tights in Shimotakaido of 1987, his latest collection, Tights, includes a small selection of images depicting close-up shots of legs in fishnets, as well as photographs of legs, mouths and eyes. Pieced together, they become the fragments of an obsessive mind: a face stares out from a discarded newspaper, a woman’s profile is reflected in a train window and glossy lips from billboard models are transposed onto buildings.

Nicolas Altstaedt, Cellist Photography: Marco Borggreve

7 September – 20 October Michael Hoppen Contemporary, 3 Jubilee Place SW3 3TD; www.michaelhoppengallery.com

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Old English Garden In a bid to build on its gardening heritage and create opportunities for people to engage with their communities, Jo Malone Limited has announced the first in a series of continuing projects which aim to improve green spaces. The fragrance, candle, bath and body product company will be funding UK charity Thrive’s largest London garden project; the Old English Garden in Battersea Park. “The British garden has always provided inspiration for Jo MaloneTM fragrances and so we are delighted to be supporting charities that use gardens to bring beauty to urban space,” says Maureen Case, President, Jo Malone London. The garden will be developed by a team of trainee gardeners living with physical disabilities or mental ill health and the new planting design has been created by Sarah Price, an RHS Chelsea Flower Show Medal Winner. www.jomalone.co.uk

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Jubilee Treasure Hunt

A Caring Collaboration

To make the Jubilee weekend even more memorable, the council organised a diamond treasure hunt for the children of the borough. More than 100 children aged between five and 12 embarked on the quest for a picture of a red, white or blue diamond hidden in one of the 32 retail shops which chose to get involved. Both the King’s Road and the Kensington High Street Retail Forums contributed some fantastic prizes, including a hamper and £50 voucher from Whole Foods Market, afternoon tea for six at the Royal Garden Hotel and £100 worth of toys from Peter Jones department store. The fortunate star prize winners were invited to a ceremony on 9 June at the National Army Museum and their prizes were presented to them by the Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal Borough.

Few of us realise that more than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair and a significant number of those would benefit from a canine partner. Proving furthermore why it is the UK’s leading nursing and caring agency, and in recognition of this fact, Draycott Nursing & Care organised a special event at the Orangery in Holland Park on 24 May. The event not only celebrated the dedicated work of Draycott Nursing’s nurses and carers in commemoration of the 15th Crystal Anniversary but also used this opportunity to aid a charity very close to their heart, CaninPartners. Providing specially trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, CaninPartners tailors the dogs’ training to each individual’s needs. During the event, the gifted dogs showed off their skills and the evening offered entertainment from Judge the Poet, The Roving Artist and a Pianist, as well as an exclusive raffle. An impressive total of £9,495 was raised on the night.

www.rbkc.gov.uk Back row / Elizabeth Wood, Jo Hammond (both the Royal Borough’s Neighbourhood Planning Team), David Bownes (Assistant Director – Collections, at National Army Museum), Amaya (Peter Jones), Mayoress (Mrs. Anne Hobson), the Mayor of the Royal Borough (Cllr Christopher Buckmaster), Jade Hoai (Whole Foods Market) Front row / Ryan Trancas (seven), Tomás Trancas (five), Maithili Pittea (nine), Oliver Kelly (eight)

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The Royal Borough Makes Sporting Triumph

Italian Renaissance Left to right / Martyn Steele (Team Manager), Sophie Khlaf, Oliver Khlaf, Alexander Khlaf, Madelaine Sigey, Paul Phelan, Jessica Heather (kneeling front)

For the first time, young people from Kensington and Chelsea won the London Youth Games Regatta at London Docklands on Saturday 9 June. The borough’s unprecedented but most worthy achievement was due to their team victory in the Kayak Sprint, third place in the Kayak Slalom and respectable seventh place finishes in both the Rowing and Sailing competitions. Around 900 young people from 30 boroughs took part in the competition, more than three times the number who took part in 2008 across rowing, kayaking and sailing. Stand-out performances came from the borough’s three Khlaf siblings in the Kayak Sprint and 15-year old Sophie won gold in the Cirrus Junior Female Race. In the Kayak Slalom, the borough finished third overall. www.rbkc.gov.uk/newsroom

Notting Hill Carnival 2012

Originating as a local festival set up by the West Indian Notting Hill community, the Notting Hill Carnival now attracts millions of visitors from around the globe as the largest festival celebration of its kind in Europe. Although on occasion marred by inappropriate behaviour from a tiny minority, this does not stop Carnival being a wonderful and inclusive event which sees the vibrancy and colour of Caribbean culture come to life in West London. With many astonishing floats and the sounds of traditional steel drum bands, not to mention the hundreds of stalls selling the infamous Jumbo chicken and much else, it remains one of London’s most memorable annual events. Getting underway on Saturday with the steel band competition, Sunday remains the official Kids’ Day, when the costume prizes are awarded, and on Bank Holiday Monday the main parade hits the streets. 25-27 August www.thenottinghillcarnival.com

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This April saw the initially surprising collaboration between Tiffany and Co. and the Royal Parks Foundation and both came together to celebrate the newly restored Italian Gardens in London’s Royal Parks. Although not quite as dramatic as the memorable scene in Bridget Jones when Mark Darcy and Daniel Cleaver fall headfirst into the fountain as they wrestle over Bridget, the event was met with sophistication and elegance as guests, including adventure man Ben Fogle and jewellery expert Maria Doulton, absorbed the Italian atmosphere with a Prosecco reception and entertainment from soprano Joanne Grey. Robin Monotti Architects and Mark Titman’s Watering Holes installation in Green Park signals the end of the two-year collaboration between the Royal Parks Foundation, the Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Royal Institute of British Architects and The Royal Parks. Having succeeded in creating a new drinking fountain that is both beautiful and robust, Trustee of the Royal Parks Foundation, Michael Freeman commented: “These new drinking fountains, Watering Holes in Green Park and Trumpet in Kensington Gardens, are fabulous additions to the Royal Parks. They work really well and they’re terrific looking sculptures too.” There are around 35 such public drinking fountains across the eight Royal Parks. www.royalparks.org.uk www.tiffanyandcofoundation.org

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All-Consuming Sport The Olympic Games demand incredible physical and emotional effort on the part of the competitors but through Andrew Hunt’s paintings we appreciate, also, the degree to which that endeavour inspires people of all ages to participate in sport. In this exhibition, marking ten years of success with Cadogan Contemporary, Hunt celebrates the mantra “No pain, no gain” which he feels artists and sportspeople share through their efforts to be the best in their chosen field: “I don’t believe you can be a good artist without immense passion and a lot of hours of ardent strife.” His years of striving have undoubtedly paid off, evidenced by these accomplished, emotive paintings that reveal the agony and the ecstasy felt by anyone involved in sport. Hunt has a great talent for portraying individuality which is especially vivid in Deep Splash and The Crowd (left), his tennis match scene where our attention is focused not on the players but on the crowd; their reactions tell us everything we need to know about the pleasure and pain of competitive tennis. Andrew Hunt’s Olympians 18 July – 11 August Cadogan Contemporary, 87 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LD; www.cadogancontemporary.com

Bulgari and Boucheron Sparkle The auction houses generally busy themselves with less exciting items in the month of August but Bonhams is about to break with that particular tradition when its mid-month jewellery sale offers some gorgeous, alluring pieces by world-famous makers. Amongst them will be a Bulgari swag necklace and earring suite composed of swags of oval and circular-shaped discs interspersed with beads and chain, which will be presented with a tempting estimate of £1,500-£2,000. It will be vying for the attention of buyers who will surely love, also, the beautiful chain necklace designed by Boucheron consisting of four curb-link chains, some 98 centimetres long, set with silver cultured pearls and brilliant-cut diamond-set connectors. This item carries a more expensive estimate of £4,000£6,000 but will it be just too exciting to resist? 15 August Bonhams, Montpelier Street, Knightsbridge, SW7 1HH www.bonhams.com

Q&A Augustus Edwin John drawing being sold with a letter from Dame Elizabeth Taylor Q: The late Augustus John was an acclaimed portraitist, so do we know who sat for this drawing and when this was? A: We have been unable to identify the sitter of this portrait but she might have been one of the many life models who sat for Augustus John over the years.

Q: Was it gifted to the present owner by the artist? A: The picture was gifted by the artist to the art dealer Francis Taylor, Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s father, and one of Augustus John’s friends and dealers. It then passed by descent through the family to Taylor’s son, Christopher Wilding.

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Q: It is to be sold with a letter from Dame Elizabeth Taylor to Mr Jan Leman; what does the letter say and does it reveal anything of their association with this drawing? A: The letter from Dame Elizabeth Taylor confirms that the picture was one that was in her father’s possession and that it was from a series of pictures that Augustus John tore up in a fit of anger, and which Francis Taylor later persuaded him to piece back together. The Taylor family bought Augustus John’s former home in Hampstead in the 1920s, and when Francis Taylor returned to the United States, he became Augustus John’s sole agent in America.

Q: The estimate of £600-£800 seems low for a work by such a famous artist; what price do his paintings usually reach at auction? A: Augustus John’s work varies in price depending on the subject and condition, and works by him can fetch from £400 up to £100,000 for some of his portraits of his muse and mistress Dorelia. 7 August (Interiors) Christie’s 85 Old Brompton Road South Kensington, SW7 3LD www.christies.com

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PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR It’s the season for travel, during which most of us will be putting our cameras to good use to record memorable moments. At the Royal Geographical Society, Carol Cordrey discovers that we can enjoy a myriad of such moments in which all things bright and beautiful have been captured to perfection by award-winning photographers

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The images have emerged from the annual Travel Photographer of the Year competition, which ranks as one of the most prestigious in the world since its inception in 2003. Both amateur and professionals from all corners of the globe submit their pictures because success brings them great acclaim as well as highly valuable international exposure and inclusion in the superb Travel Photographer of the Year portfolio book. Among the most breathtaking shots are a scuba-diver swimming with a Beluga whale, a mighty orangutan in the morning mists of a Borneo rainforest and a man dancing in front of an electric sun at Tate Modern. From the Overall Winner, America’s Louis Montrose, there are images of life in the African village of Tiébélé in which scenes of simple, daily events contrast with the sophisticated, geometric designs the inhabitants paint on their homes. Italy’s Edgard de Bono secured a win in the New Talent category with his mesmerising photo of Senegalese children peeping through a fence during their game of hide-and-seek. The Young Travel Photographer of the Year winner, 17 year old Arne Hansen of Germany, makes a dramatic statement about the ongoing battle between man and nature with his skilful, close-up shot of a walking boot narrowly avoiding crushing a tiny, green, winter shoot. Also from Germany, Thomas Kokta created one of the most magical images in the exhibition with his Canadian snow scene of an illuminated tent glowing under the dancing Northern Lights. The UK’s Thomas Allen captured an arresting image in Papua New Guinea of the vibrantly painted face of a spear-carrying native, staring intensely at the viewer. Adding to the fascination of these new images is a selection of photos from the Royal Geographical Society’s own collection, some dating back to the pioneering days of photography. Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society, sees this linking of old and contemporary photos as a reflection on the Society’s “long-term commitment to the photographic image

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as both a means of visual record and as a source of pleasure and inspiration”. It is undoubtedly an exhibition of world-class photography, so it is certain to provide visitors with ample pleasure and inspiration. The oldest participant in the competition’s history was 88 so what more encouragement do we need to enjoy a camera whenever and wherever we travel and, perhaps, consider entering next year’s competition? Travel Photographer of the Year Until 19 August Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, SW7 2AR The Travel Photographer of the Year book is available at the Exhibition for £25 www.tpoty.com / www.rgs.org

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Exhibition Spotlight WILD PLANET To enjoy the amazing images from Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Natural History Museum wants us to be outdoors which, Carol Cordrey agrees, seems entirely appropriate for an exhibition devoted to the natural world This large-scale, free exhibition, presented to us under the title Wild Planet, is owned by the Natural History Museum and consists of 80 greatly enlarged photographs selected by BBC personality and zoologist, Chris Packham, from the archives of Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has rightly described the exhibition as “the greatest photographic celebration of life ever assembled”. Each of the images has either won or been commended in its category within this prestigious, annual competition to which thousands of photographers from around the world submit entries. The photographs are displayed within weatherproof framed units located on the Museum’s front lawn and as Wild Planet is free to visit and coincides with the long school holidays, it provides the perfect opportunity for entertaining children – regardless of the weather – whilst giving them a healthy dose of fresh air. The variety and quality of the huge photographs will delight adults too, especially those who love to use a camera because the images are accompanied by details about how and by whom the photos were created, plus information about the species featured. Thus the exhibition is aimed at inspiring and educating future wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts of all ages.

Jamie Thom, Leopard With Rising Moon, Wild Planet


PHOTOGRAPHY Shem Compion, Meerkat Moment, Wild Planet

Manoj Shah, Orang-utan And Baby, Wild Planet

Jan Vermeer, Coconut Crab Going Up, WIld Planet

Andy Rouse, Rival Kings, Wild Planet

Amongst the best and my personal favourites are the haunting reflection of Rhinos Drinking at a waterhole in the night light and the incredibly startled looking Young Horned Katydid, or bush-cricket, which is guaranteed to amuse child visitors. The brilliant reverse silhouette Mute Swan looks supremely elegant despite adopting an aggressive pose when it assumed it was under threat from the harmless photographer. Could anything be more sweetly emotive than the lone Leopard Cub or cuddling Orangutan and Baby? And Rival Kings or the crashed-out Leopard with Rising Moon seem to offer irresistible invitations to children and adults for suitably funny captions. From Coconut Crab Going Up we marvel at the huge scale and climbing abilities of this anthropod but the battle for supremacy in Clash of the Bulls is powerful enough to make us wince. Thankfully, tranquility returns courtesy of Sandstone Canyon and Ice Crystals on Glass which also demonstrate the beauty of nature across all climates. Finally, I recommend Rockhopper Rush-Hour and Meerkat Moment for inducing a smile and for reminding us that it is the fine artistic talent behind these superb images that makes wildlife photography look “Simples!� Wild Planet Until 30 September Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 5BD www.nhm.ac.uk

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Art’s most wanted Carol Cordrey puts forward art in various guises to enjoy viewing or to buy for your home

Illustration, illustration, illustration...

The V&A Illustration Awards celebrate the best work of this type that has been published during the past year. A judging panel rewards the artists with prize money and trophies for the best entries across five categories of the competition and selects an overall winner from those five category winners. We, the public, are rewarded with an exhibition of exciting, innovative illustrations and younger artists, in particular, can be inspired by the submissions in the Student Illustrator of the Year category which will have earned the winner £2,000 and the runnerup £1,000. This is the ideal time for aspiring artists to visit the exhibition during the summer holidays and, hopefully, feel encouraged to enter the competition online at the end of November.

Date: Until 31 December Location: Victoria & Albert Museum Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL www.vam.ac.uk Lot 378 by Augustus Edwin John OM, RA

Ode to an Urn

Vintage Vase

Item: 33cm high pair of Dutch Japanned Pewter Chestnut urns and covers

Item: Dramatically coloured Fazzoletto Incamiciato vase

Period: early 19th century

Artist: Fulvio Bianconi for Venini, Murano (designed 1948)

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Race Against Time The Volvo Ocean Race started in the Spanish port of Alicante in October last year and came to its conclusion this July in Galway, Ireland, after the teams have sailed an incredible 39,270 nautical miles The cross-continent course for the 11th Volvo Ocean Race has included stopovers in places as far and wide as Auckland and Miami, resulting in a demanding race which requires a worldclass level of ability, adventurous spirit and cutting-edge technology. In the past two editions of the race, Volvo Open 70s have broken the world 24-hour monohull record and Ericsson 4, the overall winner of the 2008-09 race, sailed an impressive 596.6 nautical miles in one day. Official Timekeeper IWC Schaffhausen has presented a 24-hour record prize per race leg, awarded during the ceremony at each host port, and a special prize for the fastest team over 24 hours was awarded at the end of the race to Team Groupama from France.

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“IWC Schaffhausen and the Volvo Ocean Race share the same spirit: unique brands, known for inventiveness, technical excellence, outstanding craftsmanship, masculinity and adventure,” said Georges Kern, CEO IWC Schaffhausen. The IWC Volvo Ocean Race 2011–2012 timepiece is, as you would expect, extremely durable, practical and stylish with a titanium case, carbon-black dial and black rubber strap. Anti-reflective coating on both sides will be of use to all those who plan to follow in the sailors’ wake. Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition ‘Volvo Ocean Race 2011–2012’; www.iwc.com; www.volvooceanrace.com

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Swiss made / 25 jewel customised automatic chronograph movement / 250-piece limited edition / Exhibition backplate / Premium-grade Louisiana alligator strap / Anti-reflective sapphire crystal / Diameter: 43mm / Calibre: ETA 7750.

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Bremont’s First Boutique “We’re not a flashy brand, not showy,” said Nick English, co-founder of Bremont, when we interviewed him in March. “[Our watches] are for people who like the understated feeling of having something special on their wrist.” And clearly a lot of people do; since launching in 2007, the company’s growth has been nothing short of astounding. Having expanded its presence into 40 retailers across the world, winning various awards along the way, the British brand now celebrates the launch of its first standalone boutique, located on Mayfair’s South Audley Street. “As a British company we felt we needed a showcase to promote ourselves to visitors from all around the world,” said Giles English, Nick’s brother and Bremont co-founder. “The boutique will be more than a traditional watch store.” With an explorers’ club based there, a considerable watch library and the unique Bremont B-1 Marine Clock (the only place you can see this clock), it certainly will be.

of the best… Skeleton Watches

Masterpiece Le Chronographe Squelette £13,600 (RRP), Maurice Lacroix www.mauricelacroix.com

One to watch Each month we select our timepiece of the moment from the watch world’s latest releases

One of the more detailed of Panerai’s pieces, the striking 00270 still comes with the company’s instantly recognisable brushed steel crown protector and 1950s-inspired looks

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Villeret Squelette 8 Jours £47,440 (RRP), Blancpain www.blancpain.com

Grande Complication Squelette £POA, Cartier www.cartier.com

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T i m in g Richard Brown meets Omega President Stephen Urquhart to discuss the brand’s eight-decade Olympic past, Apollo moon landings and the challenges presented in the timing of the fastest men and women on earth

Things didn’t quite go to plan for Omega when it launched the Olympic Countdown timer 18 months ago. A day after the 6.5 metre high clock was unveiled, amongst a fanfare of sparklers, fireworks and flashlight photography, it broke. Cue stifled media amusement and anxious looks of embarrassment between LOCOG, Lord Coe and the Official Timekeeper of the Games. Fortunately for Omega, its track record at the world’s greatest sporting event isn’t littered with similar moments of awkwardness. In fact, since it became the first company to be entrusted with keeping the time at the Los Angeles Games in 1932, Omega has been instrumental in defining, and then redefining, the way sport has been timed, recorded and verified. In the 80 years, and 24 Games, since it supplied LA with 30 high precision chronographs to record its races, Omega has bequeathed the world its first independent, portable and waterresistant photoelectric cell (1945), the first photofinish camera (1949), the first electronic group timing devices (1952), and swimming’s first touch-sensitive contact pads (1967) – instruments that have proved vital in separating the winners from the losers as the skill margins between competitors has continually narrowed, something evidenced in the pool four years ago. As Beijing’s 100-metre Butterfly Final reached its dramatic conclusion, to the eyes of the stadium, and to those of the millions more glued to television screens across the world, the race looked to have been tied. It was left to Omega’s high-speed video cameras to verify the results. They confirmed that Michael Phelps had beaten Milorad Cavic into silver place… by a single hundredth of a second.

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When the 2012 Olympics roll into town they will hold a special significance for the Swiss watch brand. It was in 1948 that London last hosted the Games and it was in that year that Omega’s newly-introduced photoelectric cells and race finish photofinish camera changed the way athletes were timed. The sense of history linking the city to the watch brand is something Omega President Stephen Urquhart admits the company is happy to draw upon. “When the Games were last contested here, Omega was again Official Timekeeper and we’ve been contrasting these two Olympic Games in some of our marketing materials. We’ve actually been focusing more on our connection to the London 1948 than on the 80th anniversary of the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games. It’s been enjoyable to look back at 1948 and what we have described as ‘the birth of modern timekeeping’.” The birth of Omega’s pioneering equipment happened to coincide with the birth of a watch that would cement the watchmaker’s reputation as one of the industry’s heavyweights. Dating back to 1932 – when Omega had patented an innovative design for a unique diving watch – it had taken the Seamaster over a decade to jump from the drawing board to the production line. Part of Omega’s attempt to beat Rolex to the shops with the first water resistant wristwatch – which it did by six years – the Seamaster was not only technically groundbreaking, it was sleek, slender and good-looking enough to appeal to a market who had no intention of taking it anywhere near water. To commemorate the anniversary of a watch, Omega has unveiled the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial ‘London 2012’. “We’ve created a watch that has been inspired by its [the original Seamaster’s] design but which is powered by our exclusive Co-Axial technology,” explains Mr Urquhart. “We also have posters that recall the 1948 100-metre sprint and the photoelectric cells and photofinish images that were introduced in that year.” Using Omega’s Caliber 2202 movement, the Seamaster ‘London 2012’ features an 18-karat gold medallion mounted on its back and, for obvious reasons, is limited to 1,948 pieces.

To commemorate the anniversary of the original Seamaster, Omega has unveiled the Seamaster 1948 Co-Axial ‘London 2012’ While Omega’s association with the Olympic Games has been vital in garnering a reputation for precision, there’s another footnote in the company’s history that makes it the envy of every other watch manufacturer: Omega’s Speedmaster was the first timepiece to make it to the moon. “It is an incredibly important story for us,” says Urquhart. “Particularly because, when the Speedmaster was chosen, we knew nothing about it. The Speedmasters that became the only chronographs to meet the challenge were exactly the same as those available at retailers.” What’s more, the Speedmaster was the only piece of equipment used for every Apollo mission that required absolutely no modification during the testing process. “While we’re obviously proud of the six lunar landings, the story that really mattered was the fact that in 1964 and 1965 the Speedmaster survived the most rigorous testing ever devised for watches.” It was publically, and officially, an endorsement that no amount of money could have bought. “It’s worth noting that half a century after a Speedmaster was first worn in space, they are essentially unchanged today.” Omega’s achievement of sending the first timepiece to the moon wouldn’t be the only occasion the company turned the watch world green with envy. Exactly 30 years later, Omega designed an escapement that had, until then, eluded all other manufacturers. “In 1894, the company created a mechanical watch calibre that revolutionised the way the Swiss watch industry made watches [the Omega],” explains Urquhart. “Then, in 1999, we launched the first seriesproduced watch to be equipped with a Co-Axial escapement… Like the Omega movement more than a century earlier, Co-Axial technology signalled a revolution in mechanical watchmaking.” Urquhart isn’t being hyperbolic; the Co-Axial is the first practical new watch escapement to


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be invented in some 250 years. Differing from the traditional Swiss lever escapement by way of a balance roller carrying a pallet and an impulse pin, an anchor with three pallets, and a three-level coaxial escapement wheel, Omega’s movement really did change the way people thought about making watches. For Urquhart, reducing the amount of friction within a wristwatch and, in doing so, improving the precision of that watch, has been something of a career highlight. “It has been a privilege to be here as our Co-Axial story has unfolded. It has played an essential role in restoring Omega to its position as one of the world’s leading watchmakers.” The close of Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony will mark the beginning of Omega’s 25th Olympic Games. Over a six-week period the company’s timekeepers will be entrusted with the task of recording, displaying and distributing the results of 37 simultaneous world championships. While Urquhart admits that every Games bring its own logistic and technical challenges, in London’s case because of a mix of new and historic venues, Omega’s President shows no signs of being daunted by the task ahead. “At the end of the day, our challenge remains what it has always been: to deliver the best possible timekeeping service to the IOC, the federations and the athletes.”

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1 Fonderie 47 Transforming Cufflinks bracelet, POA, Roland Iten, available at Harrods 2 RM 010 Automatic, POA, Richard Mille, www.richardmille.com 3 Yellow gold Cosmograph Daytona , £23,200, Rolex, www.rolex.com 4 Curved Intrecciato cufflinks, £270, Bottega Veneta, www.bottegaveneta.com 5 Superocean Heritage 42, POA, Breitling, www.breitling.com 6 Engraved rose-gold-plated cufflinks, £110, Lanvin, www.mrporter.com 7 Capeland-10064, £2,940, Baume and Mercier, www.baume-et-mercier.com 8 18-karat cord diamond pavé rose-gold cufflinks, £2,250, Tateossian, www.tateossian.com 9 Pen of the Year 2012, £3,400, Graf von Faber Castell, available at Harrods, The Pen Shop, William & Son and Selfridges 10 Sterling silver money clip with hallmark detail, £105, William and Son, www.flagship.williamandson.com

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We prefer not to be measured by dimensions. Unless it’s a new dimension of accuracy.

No fewer than four exceptional mechanisms enhance the precision of the RICHARD LANGE TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”: the tiny fusée-and-chain transmission, the delicate tourbillon, the ultra-thin Lange balance spring, and – not least – the patented stop-seconds device for the tourbillon which makes it possible to

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

Arije 165, Sloane Street London • George Pragnell 5 and 6, Wood Street, Stratford-upon-Avon Hamilton & Inches 87, George Street, Edinburgh • Harrods 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London Watches of Switzerland 16, New Bond Street, London • Wempe 43-44, New Bond Street, London Lange Uhren GmbH • Tel. +34 91 454 89 82 • www.lange-soehne.com

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

Perfect Palladium Having recently been announced the International Palladium Board’s latest inspirational partner for 2012, jewellery designer Lara Bohinc launched two new ranges on 9 July: the Palladium Fine Jewellery Collection and the Palladium Collision Collection, both demonstrating the metal’s luxury appeal. The Fine Jewellery Collection features five distinct pieces, influenced by architectural structures, in which the palladium lends support to hundreds of diamonds and South Sea pearls. The Palladium Collision Collection includes a ring, pendant and studs, drawing inspiration from the tension of tectonic plates. “Palladium has empowered me to design a bold and luxurious collection”, comments Bohinc. “The lattice formation provides strength whilst allowing for the illumination of the pearls. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working with an unexplored and pioneering new metal, one that has broadened the potential for my future collections.”

Enchant, Tiffany The jewellery powerhouse has once again lived up to its reputation as the world’s diamond authority with its latest collection, Enchant, which features an exquisite array of white and coloured diamonds. Having looked to nature for inspiration, as well as the symmetrical, ornate patterns of 19th century garden gates, enjoy pink butterflies and bright yellow flowers.

Both Collections are available exclusively from Harrods and Lara Bohinc’s store Lara Bohinc, 149F Sloane Street, SW1X 9BZ www.palladiumboard.com

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

Cutting Edge The Eleuterio 2012 collections are inspired by diverse cultures from around the world as well as jewels from antiquity, resulting in a range of fine jewellery designed to suit any occasion

Roaring Twenties In white gold with diamonds and South Sea pearls from Australia, the Celebration collection is full of romance and perfect for weddings or special anniversaries

White gold, diamonds and Australian pearl ring, £4,850 White gold, diamonds and Australian pearl pendant, £4,470

020 7482 2212, www.eleuteriojewels.com

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The early 20th century saw accessorising taken to a new level. Jewels were no longer discreetly worn and instead said as much about your style as your outfit: pearls cascaded down bare backs, earrings hung to shoulder-length and aigrettes (headdresses) became fashion statements. Influenced by the turbans of Ottoman sultans, aigrettes were sported by the chic and rich and Chaumet honours this era with its Josephine collection. www.chaumet.com

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1 Lychee pendant, £200, Catherine Zoraida, www.myflashtrash.com 2 Snake ear pavé earrings in 18-karat yellow gold with white diamonds and tsavorites, POA Ileana Makri, www.makri.gr 3 Diamond and Columbian faceted emerald choker, £68,000, www.binagoenka.com 4 Gold leaf bracelet, £250, Catherine Zoraida as before 5 Snake medal necklace with gold vermeil chain and green topaz, £250, Assya London, www.assyalondon.com 6 Gaillardia Garden 18-karat rose gold, diamond and sapphire earrings, £7,670, Ileana Makri, www.NET-A-PORTER.com 7 Trillion diamond cut earrings with ruby in gold vermeil, £269, Lestie Lee www.myflashtrash.com 8 & 12 18-karat yellow gold and oxidised silver emerald, diamond and pearl drop earrings, and 18-karat yellow gold and emerald necklace with pearl drop, sold as set, £38,000, Amrapali, www.amrapalijewels.com 9 Ash leaf & aventurine earrings, £250, Catherine Zoraida, as before


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THE SIENNA COLLECTION Inspired by the Renaissance Masters, The Sienna Collection reincarnates the artist’s love of colour and creativity. The Sienna Cuff and The Sienna Chandelier drop earrings both feature a superb array of mandarin garnets, pink spinels and diamonds set in yellow gold. The Sienna Collection is truly inspired by a timeless period in European history which celebrated beauty through the adornment of majestic gems.

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Sporting Chic As our sporting stars prepare put Stella McCartney’s Adidas Team GB collection through its paces, we consider her fashion career to date, spanning 15 years

Daughter of Beatles legend, Stella McCartney’s superstardom was already sealed at birth. Although many would like to credit this legacy as the reason for her successful entry into the fashion world, Paul McCartney’s daughter revealed her impressive creative streak at a young age. After finishing at Central Saint Martin’s School, which had previously nurtured the early evolution of John Galliano and the late Alexander McQueen’s talent, her graduate collection was heralded a triumph and saw a 20-something Stella’s acceptance into Chloé Paris as Creative Director in 1997. Despite her first standalone collection after leaving Chloé being criticised (she was dismissed by Karl Lagerfeld as a mere “T-shirt designer”), she prevailed in the face of adversity. Her 2008 show was

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highly praised by Eric Wilson, the New York Times’ fashion reporter: “If it is possible for [McCartney’s] designs to become any more light and ephemeral, as they have season after season, eventually there will be nothing to see besides Sir Paul sitting across the runway.” The name Stella McCartney has today become synonymous with accessible high fashion. One of the leading British fashion designers, Stella’s name has since been distinguished from her musically-gifted father and she has achieved global fame in her own right with stores all over the world. Stella McCartney, 91-95 Fulham Road, SW3 6RH 020 7589 0092; www.stellamccartney.co.uk

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Lucie Greene meets Emilia Wickstead, the New Zealand fashion designer whose exquisite made-to-measure pieces have won over everyone from royalty to Vogue. If the dresses are good enough for Catherine...

Stepping inside Emilia Wickstead’s Chelsea atelier is a bit like entering a boutique from a bygone era. The dresses are chic and contemporary but there’s the distinct atmosphere of propriety – reminiscent of a couturier from the 1960s. Jazz blasts on the stereo. Vast white wooden windows frame artfully arranged sofas, coffee table books and racks adorned with Wickstead’s designs. Customers are ushered in and offered tea and coffee, before being guided to their fittings. This is clothes shopping as it used to be, and – as many of Wickstead’s fans are now deciding – how it should be. New Zealand-born Wickstead has been staging a quiet revolution in London since launching her company just two years ago. The daughter of an Italian dressmaker, she’s carved out a loyal, and eclectic, following of devotees, from the Duchess of Cambridge via Dannii Minogue to Sophie, Countess of Wessex and droves of Chelsea regulars. Vogue editors love her (she’s been featured regularly ever since she persuaded Vogue mavin Sarah Harris to check out her debut collection) and her star is set to rise yet further, having already teamed up with Matches this year to offer her first ready-towear range. Nonetheless, made-to-measure is at the core of Wickstead’s business and is the reason many women flock to her atelier. Emulating days-gone-by where women visited dressmakers for everyday wardrobes, Wickstead offers a full made-to-measure service for everything from separates to evening gowns. Best of all, it’s at the highly reasonable fee of between £300 to £900. Customers can select from several model pieces in a collection. They’re then guided through fabric choice, fit, and length by Wickstead or one of her assistants, and then in three weeks – with one fitting in-between – are greeted with the finished product. “We have women come and buy one-off pieces for special occasions and we also have women buying entire wardrobes,” says Wickstead. “Women like pieces designed for them,” she adds. “Through close contact with my clients I see every day what women want. It’s so important to be fashion forward – they don’t dictate the styles I design, of course, and

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I always try to present them with something new – but at the same time what this business has taught me is that you have to be open-minded. You have to be guided by what women are looking for.” The appeal of Wickstead is that in many ways she is addressing what has been lost in fashion – a sense of personal connection to the designer (few, when purchasing a DKNY dress, can imagine where their garment was made), personalisation, and also a sense of craftsmanship. Everything is made on-site by Wickstead’s team. Rather than staging splashy catwalk shows during the London Fashion Week calendar, Wickstead’s are held in her atelier, echoing the intimacy of Yves Saint Laurent’s presentations to clients. “It’s really crowded and buzzy. I love [the shows],” says Wickstead. Meanwhile her collections also refer back to the past, seamlessly merging modern lines, fresh palettes and playful fabrics with retro touches. “I definitely take inspiration from previous eras. I like the 1950s and 60s, when women were polished and dressed properly.” Wickstead is an unlikely ‘establishment’ designer in some ways. Born in New Zealand, she grew up watching her dressmaker mother at work. It was when she relocated to Milan with her mother and her husband, though, that she first became truly awakened to fashion. “It was incredible! I went from being barefoot in New Zealand to walking the streets of Milan. It’s the heart of fashion. Women and men there are obsessive in the way that they dress. Suddenly there were fashion weeks and designer boutiques.” After discovering a love for design she moved to London to study at Central Saint Martin’s and has remained here ever since. Today, ten years

When we started out, I phoned Vogue and suggested Sarah Harris look at ‘Emilia’s collection’. She did and she loved it down the line, she’s thoroughly ensconced in the scene. She says her mother is an important influence – “She always taught me that quality is so important, and attention to detail” – and Wickstead’s mother now works in the business. Her upbringing has also given her a since of grounding: “I think it’s the New Zealander in me. I still have a sense of balance.” Wickstead’s business is a step away from her Central Saint Martin’s contemporaries David Koma and Mark Fast, who have championed a more directional edginess rather than creating something as immediately commercial as her label. Wickstead says she stumbled on her business model by accident: “I graduated and the recession hit. I had to be inventive. I knew I wanted a business that worked right away and we only had the budget to make one of every piece. I also realised that women, in that climate, were looking more for investment pieces that would last season on season. They were looking for classics. I set up my front room as a showroom and went from there. I worked three jobs to get it going at first.” Wickstead, for all her growing success, hasn’t lost humility. In person, tanned, fresh faced and impeccably groomed, there’s a real sense that she is down to earth. She’s plopped on a sofa in her showroom, clad in a chic black shift dress. Her accent is a curious mixture of Italian, American and New


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Zealand (a relic she says of having grown up all over the place. There are also hints of Portuguese from her Brazilian husband and from the US when she spent some time studying there.) She’s also reassuringly self-deprecating. “I remember when we first started out. I phoned Vogue and pretended to be my own assistant. I suggested Sarah Harris look at ‘Emilia’s collection.’ She did, and she immediately loved it; it was fantastic. I was so young then; I just did stuff like that. I can’t remember if I’ve admitted that to her yet,” she says. It’s an interesting time for Wickstead. Her business, if whispers are correct, is set to expand internationally – with the U.S. first on the agenda. Is she bent on global domination? “No, I want to grow slowly and I want to retain what we’re known for. I want to take baby steps. I don’t want to eat the whole elephant,” Wickstead says – but a smile hints that there’s exciting things on the horizon. Emilia Wickstead Atelier, 28 Cadogan Place, SW1X 9RX 020 7235 1104; www.emiliawickstead.com

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The Wild, Wild West It was one fine day when British-Colombian designer Deborah Fleming sat down in her kitchen and cut out her first swimsuit range; with its retro-style prints and cool cutaway shapes, it was promptly snapped up by Selfridges. Now a luxury swimwear brand, Pistol Panties has twice been winner of the UK Fashion Export awards and has stockists worldwide. Psychedelic Rodeo is the name and motivation behind the brand’s latest sassy S/S12 collection. Appeal to your inner cowgirl in underwired 50s shapes and wild snake-prints which allude to pin-up girl Raquel Welch in the 1968 Western Bandolero! Other statement motifs include the fresh grass and daisy photographic prints, rope patterns and jacquard zebra designs available in the label’s signature cut one-piece swimsuits and frill pants. Pistol Panties 75 Westbourne Park Road W2 5QH www.pistolpanties.com

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Personal Best From humble beginnings as tie makers, Ralph Lauren has grown into “an entire world”. From apparel, home accessories and fragrance, the global corporation has delved into every corner of the premium lifestyle industry, and in each instance has redefined American style. Currently the official outfitter of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams for London 2012, Ralph Lauren has been given the great honour of designing the official Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony parade uniforms for Team USA. Imitate your Olympic heroes in vintage motifs and modern sporting silhouettes in patriotic red, white and navy. The collection features reissued heritage pieces from the 30s and 40s, including fleece warm-ups, a cricket-collar shirt and sweatshirts. Vintage Track & Field designs allude to the sportswear of the 1948 Olympic Games which inspired the collection. www.ralphlauren.com

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Rose-Tinted Glasses Whether you go for D-frame, cat eyes or coloured retro, rock out in the latest designer specs this summer From top: D-frame acetate sunglasses, £185, Prada, www.NET-A-PORTER.com Round-frame ombre acetate sunglasses £300, Cutler and Gross, www.cutlerandgross.com Cat eye glitter acetate and metal sunglasses £225, www.miumiu.com

Reading Between the Lines Daisy Darche has unveiled her highly-anticipated S/S12 collection. Available from Liberty of London, the latest range is inspired by a variety of juxtaposing ideas, from nature and urban city life to aerial photography and floral designs. Comments designer Alex d’Arche: “I imagined a fun, yet elegant and sophisticated collection. The range is for women who want a bit of colour in their lives – something that makes them stand out from the crowd.” Our favourite print from the collection is Lines; with its abstract golden tones and shades of yellow and orange, it takes its inspiration from Japanese and Chinese art and makes for beautifully eye-catching silk kaftans and dresses. The line also includes jackets, tunics, shawls and scarves in multiple prints. www.daisydarche.com

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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


G White silk chiffon blouse, £981, and black stretch leather leggings, £1,147, both Jexika, www.jexika.com Freshwater pearl stud earrings, £98, Coleman Douglas, 020 7373 3369, citrine and silver necklace, £580, silver and carnelian ring, £120, both Amrapali, 020 7584 4433


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Couture lace dress, from a selection, Catherine Walker, 020 7352 4626 Freshwater pearl lasso (worn as bracelet), ÂŁ773, Coleman Douglas, as before; gold-plate, crystal and bead earrings, ÂŁ260, Erickson Beamon

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Left: silk chiffon shirt, £435, and palazzo pants, £645, Issey Miyake; gold cuff, from a selection, Aigner Right: silk chiffon shirt, £435, and harem pants, £465, Issey Miyake; silver and chalcedony earrings, £70, and gold-plated cuff, £320, both Amrapali, as before


Chiffon dress, from a selection, Aigner Freshwater pearl lasso, ÂŁ773, Coleman Douglas, as before


Silk chiffon dress, £1,283, Catherine Deane at Harvey Nichols Gold-plate and crystal harness, £2,635, and gold-plate, crystal and bead cuff, £543, both Erickson Beamon; pearl ring, £740, Sazingg at CoutureLab Hair and make-up: Gill East Models: Lauren Innes and Hannah H at Leni’s Model Management Shot on location at Harrow School, using the heritage site and contemporary sports equipment, arranged through Harrow School Enterprises (020 8426 4638; enterprises@harrowschool.org.uk)

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Athletically Vintage Last time the Olympic Games were held in London, Team USA took home more medals than any other country. 64 years later, Ralph Lauren pays homage to the achievement with its 2012 Olympic Collection, presenting a mix of authentic reproductions, vintage motifs and modern sporting silhouettes in the iconic colour palette of red, white and navy. The Collection features reissued heritage pieces from the 30s and 40s, including fleece warm-ups, a cricket-collar shirt and sweatshirts with felt USA appliqués. Look out for the likes of USA gold medal hopefuls Bryan Clay and Jonathan Horton sporting the Collection during the Games. www.ralphlauren.com

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From Russia with Love

Bosco di Ciliegi remains fairly unknown in the UK but that’s likely to change when the brand expands into Europe, opening Bosco Sport in London. The official apparel provider of the Russian Olympic team since 2002, Bosco sees itself as more similar to the Virgin group than sportswear giants Adidas or Nike, with restaurants, spas and health centres as well as stores. “To be present in a different part of the world, we need to take a step like London,” said Mikhail Kusnirovich, who founded the chain in 1991. www.boscosport.ru

Bosideng Comes to Britain Sticking with an international theme, Bosideng, Asia’s largest down feather clothing company, opened its first overseas flagship store in Molton Street last month. The premium menswear brand’s European range has evolved following collaboration with designers Nick Holland, Ash Gangotra and Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher. “We are expanding to establish Bosideng’s international brand presence,” explains Bosideng founder and Chairman, Gao Dekang. “We have chosen to launch in London, one of Europe’s most influential fashion hotspots.” Expect Bosideng’s high-end Vetallo collection to find favour among London’s stylish, international population. www.bosidenglondon.com

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Shoes with Soul Closer to home, having gone sporty with the launch of its cycling-inspired T-shirts back in the spring, Paul Smith is going classic by collaborating with British bootmaker John Lobb. The result of the colourful encounter? Three special edition pairs of shoes, each hand-made and punctuated with the type of flair for detail for which Paul Smith has become known. Both the Westbourne Oxford and Willoughby Derby will complement any Monday to Thursday suit, and the Lucca loafer is certain to smarten up the casual Friday look. www.paulsmith.co.uk

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

Enduring Style For a classic-meets-industrial look, this wicker Rossini armchair in taupe grey has durability in both strength and style. Dress it up with blue and white striped cushions to add a splash of colour or use putty hued tie-on pads for extra comfort. Scattered around the dining room table or tied in with a neutral toned living room, this chair will work both inside and outside; move it to the patio on a sunny day and enjoy some alfresco dining. Graham & Green 4 Elgin Crescent, W11 2HX 020 7243 8908; www.grahamandgreen.co.uk

Making Waves Wooden flooring never fails to denote a certain level of luxury. With the ability to create natural warmth in both old and modern properties, it has the added bonuses of never going out of style and of adding value to your home. However, it is important with flooring that the end result looks authentic, as otherwise essential personality can be lost from your home. A new concept from Chelsea Harbour-based rug and wooden flooring specialist, Top Floor, Ripple offers a unique wave design for wooden floors. Laser-cut to order, it adds organic contours to the floorboards, bringing character and style to any room. Available in five choices of timber in both engineered and solid wood versions, Ripple can also be pre-treated for use in bathrooms.

Superarchimoon Outdoor designed by Philippe Starck with Dedon for FLOS

Turn On the Lights With summer (supposedly) in full swing, innovative lighting company FLOS has joined forces with outdoor furniture company, Dedon, to create an inspired collection of hand-woven outdoor lighting – so there is no longer any need to head indoors when the sun sets. Designed by Philippe Starck, the Superarchimoon Outdoor and Romeo C3 Outdoor collection illuminates your outdoor seating area while giving your garden extra character as evening descends. The lights come in five different versions: chalk and carbon, chalk and terracotta, terracotta and stone, orange and bronze. New for spring 2012 are the colourways, Panama and Green Wall. www.dedon.de / www.flos.com

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Industrial Chic With people having become more and more anxious about their carbon footprint, industrial, ‘up-cycled’ style has become a key interiors trend. To achieve an authentic factory look that is still homely, opt for bold colours and mix hard-wearing materials such as aluminium, wood, steel, and plastic. Cadillac brown leather chair, £1,495, Andrew Martin, www.occa-home.co.uk; Gregory desk lamp, £320, Christopher Wray Lighting, www.christopherwray.com

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kingdom Summer holidays + bored children = unhappy parents. Get them excited about going back to school

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As your child’s seemingly endless summer holidays draw to an end, make sure they are kitted out with all the necessary equipment before they head back to school

3 1 Set of 10 paper edgers, £10.99, Hobbycraft, www.hobbycraft.co.uk 2 Boys Have A Break backpack, £79, Room Seven, www.gift-library.com 3 Tubes of coloured pencils, £7.95-17.95, Muji, www.muji.eu 4 Mini Micro 3in1 scooter in blue or pink with seat and O-bar handle, from £74.95 each, Micro Scooters www.micro-scooters.co.uk 5 Solid Union Jack children’s helmet, £19.95, Micro Scooters, as before 6 Smooth writing gel ink pens, from a selection Muji, as before 7 Multi-coloured bows iPhone cover, £22.50, Pink Lining www.pinklining.co.uk 8 Glitter tubes, from a selection at Hobbycraft, as before

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A World of Adventure Creating a playroom space that is child-friendly, fun and functional, but which also works with the design of the rest of one’s home, is quite a tricky affair for parents. Already renowned for their high quality innovative designs, InHouse Bespoke Interiors’ latest children’s playroom commission shows off how this complex balance can be achieved. Working with a spacious attic area, the designers have created a room that is simultaneously a playroom, a working area and a performance stage for kids to express their creativity. For your little prima donnas, the stage has been dotted with LED lighting and has a bouncing dance-floor so elaborate dance routines can be practised without fear of injury. Rather than imprisoning their colourful toys and books in a cupboard, the rainbow of closed and open floor-to-ceiling shelving displays your children’s games so that they are within easy reach for little hands, and provide the necessary wow factor. Finally, the study space has been conveniently housed in one corner of the room, so that children studying cannot be distracted, with special rubber flooring for those inevitable hot chocolate and biscuit spills.

The Baba Blog The Baba Blog is the latest one-stop shop for all of your parenting dilemmas and queries. Created specifically for mums and dads, author Leonora Bamford guides her readers through a range of subjects from health and wellbeing advice to children’s party tips. As a busy working mum of two under the age of two, Leonora draws on first hand experiences, giving readers exclusive access to advice from the UK’S leading experts, including fertility expert Zita West and gynaecologist Etienne Horner, housed under one accessible, online roof. www.thebabablog.com

020 7978 2349; www.inhouseinteriors.com

Toy Kingdom In celebration of the much-awaited launch of the new Toy Kingdom in Harrods, which took place on the 14 July, personal friends Oska-Poska Doolittle, the Tin Soldier, the Little Gold Digger, the book-loving bear and others have set up residence on the Third Floor of the Knightsbridge luxury department store. As well as being the one-stop destination for children’s toys and books, the newly-designed Toy Kingdom is also an extraordinary 4-D adventure, featuring six individual worlds designed to inspire the most fanciful of imaginations; a must-visit experience. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL 020 7730 1234; www.harrods.com

Painting By Numbers Kids finally have an outlet for their destructive tendencies with Lacoste’s Croc Art Manifesto. This T-shirt concept enables your children to scribble on their clothes without fear of a severe telling off. Young artists can express their creative side by colouring in the emblematic brand crocodile featured on the T-shirts, available in sizes 4 to 16 years old. Housed in a case-like pouch, kids are given free rein to customise their own T-shirt with one of five brightly-coloured felt tip pens, also included. www.lacoste.com

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

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Little Heroes

Available at Harrods, Rachel Riley’s scrumptious new line is decorated with strawberry, ladybird and butterfly prints, perfect for summer days out. Harking back to a time when little girls dressed like little ladies in proper frocks paired with white ankle socks, the collection features Peter Pan collars, hand-smocking and appliqued velvet roses which blend beautifully with tulle layers, achieving a refined and polished finish which will make you question who dresses better: your little girl or you?

Like their adult counterparts, children can now emulate their sporting heroes this summer with Ralph Lauren’s latest collection. Inspired by the spirit of sportsmanship, the Sports of Summer collection includes fleece warm-ups, a cricket-collar shirt and sweatshirts in suitably patriotic colours: red, white and navy, of course. www.ralphlauren.com

Available at Harrods 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL www.rachelriley.co.uk

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In Full Bloom Blossom has bloomed in the childrenswear industry in the form of Roksanda Ilincic’s latest line, which has finally arrived at UK store Liberty and online designer childrenswear site, alexandalexa.com. Designed for children aged between 0 and 8, it was inspired by her one-year old daughter, Efimia, who models the collection. “[Children] are the best critics - if they love something and don’t want to take it off then it’s a good sign. As always, I loved seeing the clothes come to life. The lookbook shoot was definitely a highlight; rather more chaotic than a usual one though!” A continuation of her pre-A/W 2012-13 collection, the colour palette has kept its boldness and brightness and also features ruffles, contrast bindings and details on the back for little fashionistas. www.roksandailincic.com / www.alexandalexa.com

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ANIMURALS has launched a range of colourful personalised pictures and clocks for children, created by Catriona Luytens. Having grown up in Kenya, her quirky animal handpainted illustrations are inspired by her childhood memories. Personalise your child’s clock with their name of up to 11 letters. 01460 73120; www.animurals.co.uk


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Mary Poppins required

If you’re a first time mother, finding a maternity nurse, nanny or au pair can be a bewildering task. Marina Licht is on hand to guide you to your best solution

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Although you have months to think about becoming a mother, nothing can quite prepare you for when it actually happens. Some high-flying career women who vowed not to give up their job once their little one arrives suddenly decide to embrace motherhood full time. Other new mums, though, discover that they desperately miss their work and want to cut short their maternity leave. However you feel, one thing for sure is that you are undoubtedly going to need a little help along the way. Nanny, maternity nurse, au pair, childminder; it can be difficult to decide which will suit you best when you‘re a new mum. Even if you’ve employed hundreds of people over the years in business, taking on somebody who is going to be looking after the most precious thing in your life can leave many women anxious and hesitant. When it comes to interviewing a nanny or maternity nurse, can you get a real feel for their personality simply by asking them about their past experience, in one session? Will they understand all your baby’s individual needs? The first thing to remember, of course, is that they are not you, so naturally won’t be as in tune with your baby as you are, although this isn’t to say they won’t understand what you require and be everything you want, and more. So consider which childcare option is the best for you and your family: if you’re suffering from severe lack of sleep in the early days and need help getting your baby into a good routine, why not consider a maternity nurse? According to Maternally Yours, which is the sister company to the reputable Imperial Nannies, maternity nurses are great at helping parents adapt to their new addition. “A maternity nurse will take care of all duties associated with mother, baby and nursery,” says Sassi Madath, Overseas Consultant for Imperial Nannies. “This includes some or all of the following: care of your baby’s clothes and equipment; help and advice on establishing the baby’s routine; preparation and sterilisation of bottles; and the night feeds.” Unlike nannies, maternity nurses are self-employed so they pay their own taxes and insurance. Round-the-clock maternity nurses charge anything from £140-180 per 24 hours, which works out at between £5.80 and £7.50 per hour. Imperial Nannies provides both live-in and live-out nannies: a live-in nanny generally works 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, with the option of two nights babysitting in the week, and live-out nannies generally work a 10 or 11 hour day. If you like the idea of a nanny who has trained at

a college steeped in tradition, consider a Norland nanny. Norland was founded in 1892, so is now in its 120th year, and all Norland nannies qualify with a minimum of a level 3 qualification in childcare, They also complete a Norland diploma, which involves learning practical skills such as cooking for all ages and managing difficult behaviour. The agency, which provides many nannies in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea, will appeal to those of you seeking a qualified nanny who has undergone a significant amount of training. The nannies still wear a traditional brown uniform when doing their training (although not when they work for a family). If you’re thinking of going back to work not long after having your baby, but are worried that a nanny is a rather expensive option, a nanny share might be worth considering. You can find a family which lives close by and share the cost of a nanny between you. The nanny can look after your baby at your home, at the home of the person you are sharing with, or even a combination of both. If you like this option, but don’t know how to go about finding a share, try thenannysharers.co.uk, an online database of families looking to share a nanny. “It is a free and simple online search, which will hopefully put you in touch with

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like-minded families in Kensington and Chelsea,” explains Theresa Byrne, who works for the company. Another popular option is an au pair, “an extra pair of hands who can have sole charge of children older than three years of age,” says Valentina Doncevic, Director of APNI (Au Pair Network International), based in Knightsbridge. “It is a good, affordable option for families with children of school age. They receive weekly pocket money, which is usually less than the taxable amount, generally stay up to a year and like to be treated as part of the family.” Unlike the majority of nannies, au pairs are often interviewed by phone as the majority live abroad until they secure a job. As well as figuring out the best childcare option for your family, it is important to consider the personality of the person you’re employing. If you are loud and gregarious, a reserved individual probably isn’t the right fit for you. On the other hand, if you’re a quiet family, could you handle a truly bubbly personality? “Our consultants listen very carefully to the clients’ expectations,” says Louise Taylor of Kensington Nannies. “The conversations we have with [new mums] are crucial in order to understand their needs.” Everybody likes the idea of having a ‘Mary Poppins’ type of nanny, but Mary Poppins might not be right for you. It is only when you start the nanny process and begin doing interviews that you will discover someone who is the perfect fit for your family. Remember, it may take time, so don’t lose heart. Be enthusiastic, positive and pro-active and you’ll find your own Julie Andrews.

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“take good care of my baby...” Maternally Yours 020 7795 6299 www.imperialstaff.com Norland Agency 01225 90 40 30 www.norlandagency.co.uk Kensington Nannies 020 7937 2333 www.kensington-nannies.com thenannysharers www.thenannysharers.co.uk APNI (Au Pair Network International) 020 3239 7778 www.apni.co.uk

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Duravit brings the bathroom to life.

Sanitaryware, bathroom furniture, bathtubs, shower trays, wellness products and accessories: Duravit has everything you need to make life in the bathroom a little more beautiful. More info at Duravit UK, Milton Keynes, Phone 0845 500 7787, Fax 0845 500 7786, info@uk.duravit.com, www.duravit.co.uk


Health &

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

THE TREND Nail It

LATEST LAUNCHES The Thin Line

Flying the flag for red, white and blue on the nails front, the Nautical Collection from nails inc. includes four chic catwalk-inspired nail polishes, perfect for spreading a bit of British fashion fun. Choose The Serpentine for a muted navy slate shade, St James for a glamorous pillar-box red, Whitechapel for a delicate, pearlised tone or The Thames for a classic, cool grey (all £11). Having painted nails backstage at Issa and Daks during London Fashion Week, the patriotic nail experts are renowned for their 15-minute manicure, designed for women wanting luxury with little time to spare.

This August, NARS has come up trumps once again with the launch of its new eyeliner stylo, promising long-lasting effect. If you are not yet a dab hand at application, the super-fine tip results in precise application and versatility, meaning that you can achieve a variety of looks without fear of smudging. Choose from one of four colours depending on your eye colour and skin tone: Carpates (black), Nuku Hiva (brown), Atlantic (navy) and Koala (grey).

nails inc Flagship Store, 41 South Molton Street, W1K 5RP; 020 7499 8333 The Nautical Collection is also available at www.nailsinc.com

Beauty Address Book The Berkeley Hotel Rooftop Pool

Eyeliner Stylo, £19, NARS Cosmetics www.narscosmetics.co.uk

Time To Play For its 2012 Autumn Collection, Guerlain invites women to explore their playful side with a range of beautiful lip colours. Go from tomboy or youthful rocker by day to passionate seductress by night as, from red to pink and pink to red, Guerlain gives us endless opportunities to reinvent our femininity. The brand pays tribute to its two iconic colours, the authentic stars of the House: Rouge d’Enfer and Rose Angelique. Available nationwide from 7 August www.guerlain.com

Made In Heaven In the run up to the Olympics, the Berkeley Hotel has teamed up with professional synchronised swimming team, Aquabatix, to host weekly 90-minute masterclasses throughout July. Far from being all twirling legs and flashing smiles, synchronised swimming is an artistic sport designed to boost flexibility and agility, and is fast becoming the latest fitness craze. Following a performance of one of the team’s award-winning routines, attendees will be invited to take to the water to learn some of the key movements, including skills such as the ‘egg beater kick’ and ‘sculling’. By the end of the class, the group (maximum eight ladies) will have learnt a complete routine. The swimming masterclasses are available every Wednesday until the end of August and are priced at £125 per person.

Swirls of shimmering colour dominate MAC Cosmetics’ latest Heavenly Creature collection, blending metallic, jewelled and earthy tones. For a golden effect, the Aurora Mineralize Eyeshadow has swirls of light yellow-toned pink mixed with olive and red browns, and possesses a champagne sheen for added softness and glow.

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL 020 7235 6000; www.the-berkeley.co.uk

Mineralize Eyeshadow in Earthly, £16.50 MAC Cosmetics, www.maccosmetics.co.uk

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Scents of self

Of all the senses, that of scent is the most powerful. We enjoy the smell of freshly-baked bread, of newly-cut grass and of the first lilac in spring. Scent arouses powerful memories of people and places, which is why perfume has always been so very personal. Jo Foley investigates how to find the fragrance that is just right for you The fragrance industry is huge and, despite the recession, it is growing at the rate of almost 11 per cent year on year, which is why in the UK alone it is now worth some £1.36 billion. Each week, it seems, a new fragrance is launched to join the hundreds of others that grace the shelves of perfumeries and department stores. With such a choice, how can anyone be expected to find the one? Perfume guru Roja Dove has the best advice. He always tells people to look everywhere and try everything, but make sure you spray the scent on paper. “It’s the only sane way to try a fragrance; the paper is free from glues or binders and is as near to skin as it is possible to create. The only thing missing is warmth, so breathe on it heavily to warm it up before you inhale”, he says. Take no notice of those who suggest you can only smell a few at a time; if you take it gently and use the paper spills, you can smell many more than you think.

Most important, when you go shopping for a new smell – go alone. “Never take a friend fragrance shopping. You have your perfume agenda and she has one that’s completely different. Something you love on yourself, she may think doesn’t suit you at all. Contrary to what you may currently believe, it has little to do with how perfume develops on the skin. The idea that fragrances smell different on each individual is becoming a thing of the past; the more synthetics are used in the creation process, the less individual the fragrance will smell. A fragrance has to suit a wearer’s personality.” To underline this, should you wish to commission a bespoke fragrance from Mr Dove, the first thing he will do is take you to tea, so that he can get to know you. As more and more people want their own scent, the bespoke business is growing. However, be warned, this is a lengthy and expensive business; prices start at around £6,000 but


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can escalate, depending on the ingredients (ambergris, one of the costliest ingredients, is approximately £100,000 a kilo, while jasmine is a mere £32,000) and the packaging, while the procedure can take anything from three to 18 months. The extraordinary thing is that almost as many men as women want their own bespoke scent; the ratio is split, 60 per cent female, 40 per cent male. Each creator takes time to get to know the client and their tastes – favourite foods, countries, colours, where they holiday, what music they enjoy – until gradually a picture is built up of what the person is like. Two or three samples are made and the client takes time to discern which is the favourite, until finally the perfume of their dreams is unveiled. Often it is presented in the most glamorous of flacons with engravings and gold stoppers. The formula then stays with the perfumer waiting in custody for re-orders. Lyn Harris of Miller Harris can also use your bespoke fragrance in body products and scented candles. Indeed, her fragrances take a minimum of three months to create with consultations and meetings to ensure that all your wishes and tastes are met. There is no going back once you have committed all this time, energy and money to finding your signature scent. According to Roja Dove it has to be a scent you truly love, one that almost becomes part of you. His view is that smell is not processed in the nose but in the most primitive part of the brain and it can actually alter how you feel. “It has positive associations and makes us feel safe, secure, happy and well – that’s when you know you have found your signature scent,” he says. If you are not quite ready for the full bespoke experience, head to any of the Ormonde Jayne boutiques (Chelsea, Harrods and Mayfair) and have fun discovering

your Perfume Portrait. Here, under the guidance of an expert, smell some 21 raw oils from seven different families which will guide you to one of the 12 fragrances produced by the company. Smell everything from Mexican lime to balsamic and gardenia to vetiver and pink pepper. Every so often you get to refresh your olfactory senses by sniffing a jar of coffee beans to clear the way. An Ormonde Jayne bespoke fragrance will set you back £6,000 but the 12 ready-made perfumes cost from £80. The golden rule with perfume is until you really know what you love, it is worth experimenting with different fragrances (small sizes and eau de parfums are best) and head for places like Roja Dove’s Haute Parfumerie in Harrods, Fortnum & Mason and Les Senteurs in Ebury Street, who have some of the finest collections and a number of perfumes you won’t find anywhere else. You will also get informed advice, much love and huge knowledge of the subject. Do as Dove suggests and smell as many as you can, take the scented papers home with you and whichever one you still love in the morning… buy it.

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in pursuit of victory:

Going East To West Although the Olympic Park is on the other side of London, the borough will still get its fair share of sporting action; cheer those swimming, cycling and running for golds

The Torch kicks off the Royal Borough’s Olympic proceedings when it passes through Kensington and Chelsea on Day 69 towards the end of its planned route, Thursday 26 July – the day before the Olympic Games officially begin – and before continuing on to Westminster for an evening celebration. The fast-paced Men’s Road Cycling race takes place on Saturday 28 July and the equally action-filled Women’s Road Cycling Race the following day, Sunday 29 July. The races begin in Westminster on The Mall and enter the Royal Borough at Knightsbridge, running along Brompton Road to Fulham Road before crossing into Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth,

Richmond and out to Box Hill in Surrey. Indoor Volleyball is taking place at Earl’s Court from Saturday 28 July to Sunday 12 August and Hyde Park will be used for both the Men’s and Women’s Triathlon and Marathon Swimming 10km events during the Games, with the Serpentine Lake used for the swimming portion of these competitions. The Triathlon takes place on 4 August (for the women) and 7 August (for the men) while Marathon Swimming takes place on 9 August (women) and 10 August (men). Huge screens will also be erected for the duration so pack a picnic hamper, soak up the atmosphere and cheer on your favourite athletes.

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the resurrection

Shuffle Matthew Carter finds out why investing in an old Aston Martin can be better than money in the bank

It LIES in a corner, unloved and unlovely. Its bodywork, partly in primer but mostly faded by decades of wear-and-tear at the hands of the elements, is tatty while its broken canvas roof is stuffed in the passenger compartment. The seats are beyond scruffy while door linings are missing altogether. Park ‘The Heap’ on the street and it would be towed away as scrap. Except this Aston Martin DB4 convertible is far from scrap, even in this condition. Kingsley Riding-Felce, managing director of Aston Martin Works, takes a lingering look at the wreck – one of only 70 softtop DB4s built – and declares it’s worth around £250,000. As it stands. Judging by the hieroglyphics on its number plate, this DB4 has spent the most recent of its 50 years sitting under a hot sun in the Middle East, but now it’s back in a wet and windy Newport Pagnell, the town of its birth, to be, well, reborn. From the mid-1950s, Aston Martin was Newport Pagnell and vice versa. The cars were built by hand in the old Tickford Coachworks in what were pretty primitive conditions, a far cry from the ultra-modern facilities at Gaydon where today’s Astons are created. These quintessentially British cars were then sold and serviced over the road by Aston Martin Works. While the old factory (which, back in the day, even had its own cricket pitch) has been torn down to make way for a Tesco supermarket, Aston Martin Works still exists. Today it’s been transformed into a sleek sales and service outlet, all marble and glass and completely in line with Aston’s Corporate Identity diktat.

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One element of AM Works has escaped the attentions of the CI police, however. The heritage and restoration division is charmingly chaotic, with scores of customer-owned classic Astons squeezed cheek by jowl into the oldest part of the building, waiting for service, repair, upgrades or, as in the case of The Heap, total restoration. Better still, the place is staffed by the very people who used to build the cars when they were new. When Aston moved to Gaydon, many of these fabricators, engineers, panel beaters, carpenters and trimmers – craftsmen, one and all – elected to stay put in Newport Pagnell rather than face a 100-mile daily round trip to work and back. It was great news for AM Works; nobody knows Astons better. Old Astons are now big money. Having valued the pile of bits masquerading as a car at a cool quarter of a million, Riding-Felce adds that total restoration will cost the owner another £250,000 to get it to a state where it’s better than new. “But,” he says, “it’ll be worth at least half a million, probably more.” A bold claim? Not really. At May’s Aston Martin Sale, the annual Bonhams auction held at Newport Pagnell that’s become one of the highlights of the classic car year, a 1962 DB4 Vantage Convertible sold for almost £612,000. Bearing in mind it cost just £4,513 when new, that’s a pretty good return on investment. Driven by their hand-built heritage and their rarity – and helped, no doubt, by the James Bond connection – prices of Aston Martin DB4s, DB5s and DB6s have gone through the roof. At a time when share portfolios are no longer worth the paper they’re written on, a classic Aston

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Martin is a rock solid investment that also happens to be fun to own. A painting can’t take you on a trip across Europe and a stash of jewels can’t provide the adrenaline rush a thrash around a race circuit can provide, and that’s why Aston Martin Works is bursting at the seams with cars in for work. If there is a recession going on, it hasn’t yet affected Aston owners. Many of these are important cars, too. There’s one of the ultra-rare DB4GT Zagatos – value around £4 million – in for some work, while a well-known DB3S racer is having a new chassis constructed. Up on a ramp is a simply stunning DB5 nearing the end of its 18-month restoration to become a car that really is better than when it was new. Under a dustsheet lies an example of the four-door Lagonda from the 1980s, an origami design from a time when straight lines ruled. It looks curiously appealing in bright yellow. Take a tired Aston to AM Works for restoration and the first question you’ll be asked is how you propose to use the car. “Some owners want the car to be exactly like it was the day it was made while others might want a car that incorporates sensible upgrades to make it easier to use in today’s traffic conditions,” says Riding-Felce. “Or we can prepare the car for competition if the owner wants to go racing.” If the owner does plan to enter the car into concours competitions then originality is the only way to go, but that means no power steering, no air conditioning and so on. A concours queen is not the most usable car for today. “We have developed a number of discreet improvements that add usability to the cars without compromising the way they look. We can install modern audio systems within period facias, for example, or add air conditioning by hiding the plumbing out of sight while the car is stripped to a bare shell,” Riding-Felce adds. AM Works has also developed a number of upgrades for the engine, brakes and chassis that all improve a car’s dynamic performance. “Heat management is a key area. With traffic conditions


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being far tougher than when the cars were new, keeping these big, powerful, engines cool is much more critical,” says Riding-Felce. “We’ve re-engineered aspects of the car’s cooling system so it can cope.” Throughout the rebuild process, AM Works also builds in a series of ‘milestones’, points at which clear progress is evident and the owner is invited to Newport Pagnell to inspect the work and make a ‘stage payment’. At the end of the process, the owner is given a photo record of all the work undertaken, in a book bound in the same leather used for the seats. The only downside to this increased interest in classic DB Astons is that finding a wreck to restore is no longer cheap and, thanks to their rarity, far from easy in the first place. So where should the smart money go now? The Virage? Riding-Felce winces. In a diplomatic tone, he says: “The Virage was not, shall we say, Aston’s finest hour? Although it had the looks and the power, the rear suspension design doesn’t allow it to handle as well as an Aston should.” Better, he decides, to consider its successor, the Vantage built from 1994-2000 or, if an older model is required, the six–cylinder DBS and its V8 brother from the late 1960s/early 1970s. “There’s also the Vanquish,” he adds. “Although it was built here at Newport Pagnell, not at Gaydon, the Vanquish was the first of the really modern Astons using modern materials such as carbon fibre in its construction. It was [designer] Ian Callum at his best.” When new, the V12 Vanquish was lauded for its looks and its performance but slated for the unreliability of the electro-hydraulic paddle shift actuation of its six-speed manual transmission. “We have a solution for that,” says Riding-Felce. “We can convert any Vanquish from paddle shift to a conventional gear change. It makes a great car even better.” You can pick up a ten-year-old Vanquish for less than £60,000 today. Wonder what it will be worth in 2052? Aston Martin Works Ltd, Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9AN 01908 619264; www.astonmartin.com/aston-martin-works

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Drive Time

Salon Privé is renowned for offering the motoring world exclusive and one-off opportunities to see some of the most exciting and unique cars in the world – and this year is no exception. With all tickets offering exquisite luxury catering, and sponsors from the worlds of luxury jewellery, watches and Champagne, there really is no excuse not to attend

Known the world over as the super car event where manufacturers come to exhibit and debut their latest super and hyper cars, Salon Privé is the place to indulge in a series of motoring firsts. Held annually at Syon Park in West London, the event is in its seventh year and is now firmly established as the UK’s most prestigious super car event and concours d’elégance. This year, London’s Eterniti Motors will be unveiling the Artemis, the world’s first Super SUV, while enthusiasts can also see Croatian super car, the Rimac Concept_One, in the UK for the very first time. Also making its British debut is the Disco Volante 2012, only seen once before at the Geneva International Motor Show in March earlier this year.

Expected to steal the limelight at this year’s event, and on display for the first time in the UK, is the very special ROFGO Gulf Collection, a rare collection of Gulf liveried cars acquired from around the world by Duncan Hamilton & Co’s Chairman, Adrian Hamilton. Other collectors are also bringing their own treasured motors, including a number of unique one-offs, such as the 1953 Pegaso Thrill by Touring Superleggera of Milan, the 1912 Bugatti Type 16 number 471, the oldest competition Bugatti and the personal racing car of Ettore Bugatti, while Jamiroquai's front-man Jay Kay will also be exhibiting two cars from his own collection, a Ferrari 330 GT Vignale shooting brake and an Aston Martin DB6 Volante.


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This year, organisers are excited to be welcoming such motoring greats as McLaren and Fisker, both of whom are attending Salon Privé for the first time ever in 2012, alongside long-established premium marques such as Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz / AMG, Noble and Warr’s Harley-Davidson. The three day event culminates in the spectacular Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance Judging Day on Friday 7 September with a glittering gathering of historic and prestigious cars. Chubb Insurance is acknowledged as the leading insurer of classic cars and super cars and is a company that has won more awards than any other specialist insurer. This year’s competition is judged by no less than 18 industry experts, including Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, five times Le Mans Winner Derek Bell MBE, Director of Design at Aston Martin Marek Reichman, McLaren Styling Director Frank Stephenson, Design Director for Jaguar Ian Callum, and Car Design Chief and Head of Zagato, Andrea Zagato, as well as 5th Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson.

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Class A: Collection of Shooting Brakes Class B: Bugatti – The Vintage Competition Series Class C: Closed Sports Cars from the Swinging Sixties Class D: Open Sports Cars from the Swinging Sixties Class E: Pre-War Rarities Class F: Ferrari F40 – Celebrating 25 Years of an Icon Class G: Mercedes-Benz Gullwing – The Legend at 60 Class H: The Design Class, featuring Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Class I: Vee-Twins through the Ages Class J: Important Competition Bikes

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sponsors, Audemars Piguet, Boodles and Vertu. Alongside the event’s impressive portfolio of sponsors, which also includes Chubb Insurance and Pommery, will be a number of new brands representing sectors such as yachts and yacht brokers, private jets and fractional ownership, accessories, fashion, furniture and audio-visual equipment. There is something here for everyone, and in the beautiful setting of Syon Park you can truly experience the fun and festivity of Salon Privé. Salon Privé regular Jay Kay, said: “If you are looking for a splendid day out in London, surrounded by beautiful people and, in my opinion, even more beautiful cars – then Salon Privé is the place for you. There are some seriously unique exhibits this year and I for one can’t wait to take a closer look at the Gulf collection and the Ferrari F40 25 years’ celebration. See you there!”

Calendar of Events Wednesday 5 September 2012 11am – 5pm: Salon Privé Press Day Dress Code: Smart/Casual Fully inclusive daytime ticket: £195pp + VAT Thursday 6 September 2012 11am – 5pm: Boodles Ladies’ Day

TICKETS Salon Privé 2012 sponsor Pommery Champagne

While Salon Privé has become a calendar highlight for enthusiasts, collectors and buyers of modern and classic super cars, it is also much more than just a car show. A fashionable and glamorous garden party, it caters as much for motoring enthusiasts as it does for guests who simply enjoy relaxing in exquisite surroundings. Standard tickets cost from £195pp + VAT, which includes the delights of Pommery Champagne, a lobster luncheon and traditional English afternoon tea, as well as access to an eclectic mix of premium luxury goods on display from associate

Dress Code: Dress to Impress Fully inclusive daytime ticket: £195pp + VAT 7pm–1am: The Diamond Jubilee Ball at Salon Privé in support of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity

With more to see than ever before, Salon Privé is shaping up to be a fabulous sell-out event once again. Tickets are fully inclusive of Pommery champagne, a lobster luncheon, English afternoon tea and full access to all areas. Book your tickets online with the code K&C123 for preferential 10% off rates: www.salonprivelondon.com

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Dress Code: Black Tie with a splash of Fully inclusive evening ticket: £295pp + VAT or £2,950 per table of 10 + VAT The Diamond Jubilee Ball at Salon Privé promises to be a glittering evening of supercars, superstars, Pommery champagne, complimentary bar, fine cuisine, dancing and topflight entertainment.

This year Salon Privé welcomes back its loyal portfolio of sponsors, including: Audemars Piguet

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2012 is an important year for luxury watch brand Audemars Piguet as it celebrates the 40th anniversary of its iconic Royal Oak.

For exquisite diamond rings and intricate pieces of jewellery, Boodles is every girl’s best friend. Browse a beautiful selection as you sip champagne.

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American Beauty The last summer offering to arrive in the Capital is none other than the 12th addition to the Thompson Hotels’ legacy, the Belgraves Hotel, following NYC, LA and Miami

Thompson Hotels has always looked to inspire “those dreamers, philosophers and visionaries at heart”. With hotels scattered across North America, one could envisage that if Jack Kerouac had begun his road adventures today, one of his pit stops would certainly have covered a Thompson establishment. The company’s first UK offering, the Belgraves Hotel brings a touch of bohemian and American chic to one of London’s most affluent addresses. Described as “today’s rough luxury” by lead British designer Tara Bernerd, the lobby, combining velvet sofa, brickwork and modern art, creates a New York loft scene vibe; the 85 bedrooms continue this theme with earthy wooden floors and palettes of natural grey tones. Marble bathrooms complete with

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smoked glass convey the ultimate in contemporary luxury. Adjacent restaurant Hix Belgravia provides a menu inspired by Head Chef Mark Hix’s around-the-world travels. Middle Eastern green wheat is paired with chargrilled rabbit and British farmhouse chicken is complemented by white polenta. The mezzanine level plays host to Mark’s Bar, the second of Hix’s famous bars, where live jazz music coupled with the cigar fumes from the garden outside harkens back to the glamour and headiness of 1920s New York. Belgraves Hotel, 20 Chesham Place, SW1X 8HQ 020 7858 0100; www.thompsonhotels.com

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Up Close & Personal With more than 26 years experience, his name ingrained in The National Geographic and the honour of being one of the officially credited photographers for London 2012, professional photographer Jon Nicholson has now partnered with luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent to offer people the chance to experience with him life captured behind the lens with a photographic trip to India. Taj Nadesar Palace will serve as the group’s base for four nights, from where guests will begin by exploring the holy city of Varanasi and the neighbouring areas. A&K will provide special access to some of Varanasi’s hidden secrets, and Jon’s familiarity with the city will mean that the group is well-placed to capture the lives and traditions surrounding the sacred River Ganges. After, Varanasi guests, if they wish, can continue with Jon on his next trip through Bhutan, where they will discover rural regions and understand the significance of the country’s religious festivals. Later in October Jon will be taking a photographic journey to Myanmar, where visitors will call upon the mystical former Royal city of Mrauk U.

Restorative and harmonic, the deluxe eco-conscious Fiveelements is close to the Ayung River in the highlands near the village of Ubud, Bali. The resort delivers a wellness programme that originate from the ancient traditions of Bali, nurturing guests’ journeys of healing through treatments and ceremonies. There are also Sacred Arts exercises on offer, including yoga, meditation and Qi Gong. Made from 70 per cent bamboo, the intimate resort has seven bedrooms, each with an open-air bathtub carved from a stone boulder. Utter relaxation guaranteed.

With fake tan sales having skyrocketed recently (possibly encouraged by Pippa Middleton at the Royal Wedding), and fears of skin cancer in the public consciousness, it appears that baking in the sun is no longer as ‘on-trend’ as it once was. With this in mind, Boutique Souk brings the latest fashion in ‘cold-spot’ vacationing. Situated in a rose farm with a stunning backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, the Beldi Country Club in Marrakech provides the ideal cold spot in an exotic location. Each suite is based around an enclosed courtyard and includes a private garden or roof terrace at the rear. With a choice of two large swimming pools, a spa with traditional hammam, tennis courts, and a pottery workshop, the hotel possesses all of the necessary luxury facilities. However, tech-addicts, steer clear: the resort encourages guests to ‘turn off and tune in’ to their natural surroundings on arrival, so expect to find restricted Wi-Fi, no phones in rooms and no televisions.

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Katie Charing revisits Peru, the land of deadly and delicious Pisco Sours, nonplussed llamas and awe-inspiring Inca remains, finding it obvious why the diverse and colourful nation is enjoyed by millions of visitors every year “In the variety of its charms and the power of its spell, I know of no place in the world which can compare with it.” So wrote the renowned explorer Hiram Bingham upon discovering the lost Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in 1911, although he could easily have been speaking of Peru in its entirety. Thus we could barely contain our excitement as we landed at Lima to begin our luxury tour of the highlights of Southern Peru. With hotels impeccably placed around the country, Orient-Express provides a perfect base from which to explore this exceptional destination. In the capital, Lima, a bustling and modern city reflecting the country’s recent economic growth, we stayed at the Miraflores Park Hotel, located in an upmarket district of the city beside the Pacific Ocean. We sampled Lima’s vibrant and growing gastronomic scene in its stylish restaurant, Mesa 18, one of the city’s most fashionable foodie destinations. Head chef Toshiro Konishi, a friend of the famous Nobu Matsuhisa, is a leading practitioner of Nikkei, the union of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine: he served us a truly delicious selection of dishes that made us swear never to return to a chain restaurant again. Highlights were the deeply-flavoured Nizakana deep sea grouper and the innovative wasabi ice-cream. After a short flight to Cusco and guided drive we arrived in the Sacred Valley, once known as the ‘Garden of the Incas’, a picturesque stretch of small villages and ancient ruins spread across mountain slopes northwest of Cusco. We passed through the pretty market town of Pisac before arriving at the Rio Sagrado Hotel, a haven perfectly in harmony with its rural setting. After a relaxing soak in the outdoor Jacuzzi in the hotel’s Mayu Wilka Spa and a couple of refreshing chilcano de pisco cocktails, made with fresh ginger slices and lime, we almost floated back to our suite. The early morning outdoor yoga class on the bank of the Urubamba River left us feeling truly connected to the ancient spirituality of the setting. We spent the day exploring the valley with our prodigiously knowledgeable multi-lingual guide, who brought the history of the sites to life with fast-paced tales and interesting facts from recent research and excavations. Having a top-quality guide is essential to fully appreciate the skill and scientific understanding of the Incas. We wandered through the magnificent Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo,

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where current inhabitants still live in constructions first built under the reign of Inca Pachacuti in the mid-1400s. Next we marvelled at the giant circular ruins of Moray, believed to have been part of an Inca agricultural laboratory, and saw the intricate mosaic of salt pans at Maras, where salt has been harvested since the time of the Incas. After such a fantastic introduction to Peruvian history, we couldn’t wait to visit Machu Picchu the following day. Machu Picchu is deservedly one of the nation’s key tourist attractions, and travellers have flocked to the sacred site for decades. Some traverse one of the famous Inca trail routes through the Andes along paths built by the Incas themselves, while others opt to travel there by one of the spectacularly scenic train routes. Its discoverer reached Machu Picchu after a gruelling mule trek, but now gives his name to one of the most luxurious locomotives in the world, the Hiram Bingham, our transport to this magical site. Anticipation built from the moment we stepped onto the elegant blue and gold train, whose path from Poroy, near Cusco, to Aguas Calientes is one of the world’s greatest train routes. Everything inside was designed to make the journey an experience in itself, exciting the senses and encouraging passengers to sit back and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime ride. We sipped champagne as the train pulled out of the station and relaxed into our beautifully upholstered seats. Used to dull commutes on the Tube, I had packed my iPod and Kindle, but I left them tucked away in my bag for the entire three-hour journey, too mesmerised by the green mountains towering skywards just beside the track. When we weren’t enjoying a delicious brunch at our private dining table, we went for even better views to the panoramic observation car to admire the lush greenery of the cloud forest and the rushing Urubamba River, to whose bank the train clings for much of the route. Energised and excited, we arrived at Machu Picchu in the afternoon, just as the majority of other visitors were leaving, this impeccable timing being one of the many advantages of the Hiram Bingham journey. Photos didn’t prepare me for the feeling of walking amidst the clouds at the sacred site; it felt like an ancient Inca heaven in the skies. Our entertaining Orient-Express guide had a comprehensive answer for any question, from the site’s history to the exotic flora and fauna found there. We had to continue our whistlestop tour, but Orient-Express’s Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located adjacent to the site, would make a fantastic base from which to try one of the many hikes around the area, perhaps to Wayna Picchu, a neighbouring mountain, or the original Inca Sun-Gate, where you can get an awe-inspiring aerial view of the ruins. The return train journey begins just as dusk falls and all guests were invited to the bar to enjoy Pisco Sours and the live band. After leaving the train we were taken to the Hotel Monasterio in the heart of the historic city of Cusco, nestling high in the Andes mountains 3,300 metres above sea level. The building itself merits its own guided tour; originally built in 1592 on the site of an Inca palace, it’s a wonderful

example of Peru’s Renaissance Colonial architecture. Walking through the stone cloisters built on different levels we felt like we were in an Escher painting. As our Audley filofax advised, it’s worth leaving plenty of time to sit outside and enjoy the sumptuous hotel breakfast in the morning. In June this year, Orient-Express opened a second hotel in Cusco, Palacio Nazarenas, a former palace and convent lovingly restored to showcase Peru’s finest artisans and designed with absolute comfort in mind. The hotel boasts Cuzco’s first outdoor swimming pool and oxygenated suites to combat the effects of altitude sickness. On our last day, a relaxed tour took us to the city’s top locations. Cusco boasts one of the most famous and imposing of all Inca ruins, Sacsayhuamán (or with our English pronunciation, ‘Sexy Woman’), located on a hill above the city centre. Its gigantic boulders were cut so precisely by Incan stonemasons that they fit together without any mortar in an enormous jigsaw. In the historic centre, we visited the Inca Sun Temple, partially ravaged by the Spanish when they took control of Cusco in 1534. Some original walls remain, another testament to the early craftsmen, as many Colonial buildings have since been destroyed by powerful earthquakes. Lastly, we were awed by the opulence of the interior of the city’s cathedral, an example of the conquerors’ attempt to impress the natives who were used to displays of gold and riches at sacred Inca sites. Wandering through the cobbled maze of streets in Cusco, we reflected on our adventure. In just six days we’d experienced modern luxury, ancient wonders and pastoral perfection. With so much more of the country to explore, our only regret was that we had to leave so soon.


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Affair With a toddler in tow and another baby on the way, where in Italy can a young, growing family find something for all and still tick the luxury hotel box? Kate Harrison explores Borgo Egnazia came to this world in safe hands. The epic 22-hectare resort, found halfway between the cities of Bari and Brindisi, is independently owned by the Melpignano family, renowned hoteliers indeed, who own two more resorts nearby and an award-winning London B&B. The breathtaking Borgo Egnazia is nestled in Italy’s southern heel secret, or more specifically, the filmic region of Puglia. Borgo (village in Italian) Egnazia is a property that has been ten years in the making and it shows from the off: the entire estate is a dramatic white, grandiose courtyard entrance notwithstanding. The overall effect is one of instant, total calm; nothing can overstimulate the senses here. What better escape from the pressures of modern city living for pregnant working-mother me, my entrepreneurially minded husband and our inquisitive two-year old boy? Connecting with a basic way of living off the land whilst maintaining a high-luxury quota might sound something of a contradiction but at Borgo Egnazia the two co-habit with natural ease. On the one hand, agricultural tools are mounted on walls, dried grasses hang from ceilings and pages from books are framed on walls. On the other, the typically boutique hotel rooms speak volumes about luxury and comfort, elegance and understated mod cons. This mélange of basic tradition and quality is a Puglian thing first and foremost and it is instilled in every aspect of the hotel, which becomes not just a nod to the theme but total indulgence in it.

Aside from the hotel section of the resort where we resided, you also have at your disposal, in terms of accommodation, the Borgo (mainly aimed at families) and stand-alone villas, each with their own pool. These are perfect for larger groups and offer particularly spacious kitchens; when in Puglia, make food a truly family affair and serve with generous portions of entertainment, if you know what’s good for you. I’ve seen orecchiette (small ear) in the supermarket but never imagined it’d be top of my list of pasta varieties to make at home, were I ever to buy that culinary object of the decade, the pastamaker. Small ears were the order of the day, however, in our cooking class and never tasted better than when made by myself, in Puglia, and with meatballs and an authentic mama’s tomato sauce. Cooking classes are actually a real treat on holiday and not the chore you might imagine (for one who doesn’t exhaust herself cooking much at home, granted). Curiously, pasta in southern Italy is made without eggs. Italy has Puglia to thank for most of its fresh produce and for 70 per cent of the country’s olive oil. Borgo Egnazia is certainly in on the game, producing its own oil from olive groves on the estate and wonderfully fragrant herbs too. If golf’s your partner’s thing, benefit from letting him get lost by buggy to smash a few balls, while heading to the spa, although the San Domenico Golf Course is a championship one so you might in fact fancy joining him on occasion. If so, make your destination the bar area since views here of the Apulian coast, just 400 metres

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away, are utterly stunning. In fact you can see the ocean from most holes on the course. Italy’s heel has the country’s longest coastline and it is here that two seas bleed into one anther: the Adriatic to the east and the Ionian to the south. Routinely locking yourself away for an hour in a London spa is a must for any working lady who can budget for it. However, the blandness of the average treatment obtained within such four walls will strike once you’ve been pampered at Borgo Egnazia’s Vair Spa. The offerings include a Slowly, Slowly Facial inspired by the local area and during which fresh almonds, citrus fruits, lavender, rosemary and mint are wafted under your nose before being massaged into your skin. Unsurprisingly, feelings of self-indulgence are at their height. Just what the doctor ordered (or rather should) for a wind-down holiday for pregnant mothers. What to do with the little one when you’ve let your husband free on the range and you’ve eyed up a second spa treatment? Your answer lies in the children’s club, an impressive facility with indoor and outdoor play areas. Children are even offered their own series of books as a souvenir by highly capable staff. Opening out onto one of the several pool areas (one of them heated), it is perfect for parents who want to enjoy their children but also spend the day lounging by the pool and generally taking time out for themselves. You can while away many hours cycling around the resort but jumping in the car and going on a family exploration of the nearby territory is a must, given you’re spoilt for choice in this area. Just a 20-minute ride away, you have two equally appealing options: Alberobello,

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with its famous trulli houses (traditional dry stone hut with conical roof); and Lecce, a baroque city and notably excellent for those all-important ceramic gifts. If you head to the coast, a real treat awaits you in Cisternino. Lined with beach caves upon which perch traditional houses making for a spectacular landscape, this Itria Valley town was, back in the day, the preferred spot for armies. Here, they would hide their boats whilst enjoying open sea views of the enemy. They must have felt almost as pleased with themselves as my family and I did, having landed upon a secret hideaway in our Puglian Borgo. The only difference being we had no enemy to face other than the pulsating routine of the daily grind. We could certainly have done with an extra week or several to fend that one off. www.borgoegnazia.com

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Where Anything can happen... A stint in Ibiza is a rite of passage for any adult fond of a heady mix of sunshine, eating, drinking and dancing. If you intend to retire at dawn, stay at the über-luxe Ushuaïa and for a little less partying and a little more relaxation, head to Sa Talaia, Ushuaïa’s sophisticated little sister, says Annabel Harrison


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The first thing l notice about Ushuaïa, after I’ve appreciated its ten-minutes-from-the-airport location, is an enormous white bulldog statue: eye-catching and utterly unique, as far as receptions go. After being wrist-banded (signature Ushuaïa red and white, branded with THE GUEST) I’m led to my room and I realise the bulldog is not alone. A menagerie of giant animals almost outnumbers guests; a golden crocodile languishes by the pool, pink warthogs and neon komodo dragons relax on the grass, ants crawl in arcs across white walls, striped purple cats tower 12 feet above me and a frog statue (unexpectedly in the same hue as it would be in real life) wearing a crown holds court in the centre of the pool. I start to understand why Ushuaïa proudly declares itself THE UNEXPECTED HOTEL (and in fact, relentlessly, THE [insert suitably Ibiza-scene phrase] HOTEL, at every opportunity). I am constantly encountering ‘unexpected’ details: entry to the beach club is via a huge, keyhole shaped door; you indicate whether you can be interrupted or not by switching your lit-up room number to green, red or a changing kaleidoscope of colours; streamers and heart-shaped confetti are shot out of cannons during the party hours of 5pm-12pm; and planes flying over so close provide an excuse for everyone to try and snap the best shot (rather than huff and puff). Ushuaïa is, make no mistake, for those who love the sun-soaked, colourful, hedonistic side of Ibiza, soundtracked during waking hours by a DJ of the moment – Swedish House Mafia on Wednesdays, Luciano on Thursdays, David Guetta or age-old favourite Pete Tong (also at Pacha on Fridays). The Pooldisco residency, running until 22 September every Saturday, brings a London style of DJs, hosts and performers to Ushuaïa, four years since the Shoreditch House flagship Pooldisco event launched. Dance in front of the stage, be transfixed by the fabulously costumed dancers, catch an inflatable flamingo and enjoy what I consider Ibiza’s best asset: massive ice cannons which sporadically fire out cold air to cool down hot guests. Head to Space (literally a hop, skip and jump across the road) when Pooldisco ends at midnight to enjoy Café Olé which promises to transform the Playa d’en Bossa club into “a place where anything can happen” (quite true). I am easily convinced that, provided you’re prepared to pay (and possibly an extortionate amount) there is no wish you could make that wouldn’t be granted. VIP Boxes (Balinese beds by the pool with great views of the stage) are between ¤4,000 and ¤15,000 for one evening and, by the look of it, are in high demand: as Ushuaïa says, “WE LOVE VIPS”. There is a recording studio, should you be inspired to try your hand at DJ-ing or make your own track. The rates? “Depends who you are”. The Deluxe Presidential Suite is a 104m² beachfront ‘room’ with private check-in,

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champagne, spa treatments, Balinese beds and priority reservations for VIP tables and events. The hotel offers a clever, and by all accounts unique, payment system, Paytouch, for those who don’t want to carry a card – register once and then pay for everything and anything with just two fingerprint scans. The average age of guests at Ushuaïa is 37, reassuring for any who would dislike youngsters overrunning the place out of party hours, and which goes some way towards explaining why the VIP Boxes are always full. When you’re all partied out? You could have a lazy lunch at the Beach Club while people-watching on the beach (I recommend jugs of the white sangria cocktail, the buffalo mozzarella and the cod supreme). You could watch the incredible Teppanyaki cooking demonstration in the Japanese restaurant Minami, with its own Zen garden and outstanding sushi – I’ve never seen anyone break an egg so impressively by dropping it onto the edge of a cleaver. Breakfast is excellent, at 30 euros for outsiders but included in room rates; choose from an extensive buffet and coffee, smoothies and as much cava (or fruit juice spiked with Red Bull) as you fancy. Or you can relax by the hidden, swim-up pool, which is for hotel guests only, to one side of the hotel, which is fringed by hotel rooms opening out onto it. The website may claim that “the rooms at Ushuaïa are your mission control centre for your pre, during and after party manoeuvres” but that’s only true if you have a room overlooking the main action space; mine looks out over the smaller swim-up pool and is a haven of relaxation. Decorated mostly in white, chromotherapy lighting options create an Ibiza vibe, as does THE MAXI-BAR (nothing is done on a miniature scale). If you feel the need to swap the DJ for cicadas, Sa Talaia is ideal (there isn’t an oversized neon animal in sight.) The peaceful, private boutique villa has just 14 rooms (compared to Ushuaïa’s 236), set in the pretty village of Ses Païsses, but guests still have exclusive, 24hour access to Ushuaïa if/when you tire of its tranquility (‘best of both worlds’ springs to mind). A recent renovation has given the mansion a stylish face-lift and I spot subtle Ushuaïa-like touches throughout (huge mirrors, black and white prints, ornate sofas) but for me the highlight is the beautiful pool, surrounded by tall trees, immaculate gardens and white Balinese beds. Bliss. Also affiliated with Ushuaïa and Sa Talaia is the Grand Palladium Palace resort, just a few minutes down

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the road. Its new state-of-the-art spa centre, Zentropía Palladium Spa & Wellness, has several treatment rooms and an extensive list of massages and therapies. Take advantage of the Jacuzzi, sauna and steam baths, as well as navigating the pool channels which are punctuated with every type of water jet device imaginable. En route back to the airport, I am very happy about the civilised flight times (BA, of course): with an 8pm Sunday evening flight and an hour’s time difference, I’m back at City airport by half 9 and home by 10 (ideal for working the next day). Billboards flash past me and I realise, despite the plethora of clubs famed worldwide, such as Space and Amnesia, Pacha is the only one with a logo that’s identifiable without its name; who wouldn’t recognise those famous red cherries? I’d go as far as betting the red Ushuaïa hummingbird might be just as recognisable in ten years time and I hope I’m back at Ushuaïa to see it happen. Ushuaïa’s outdoor breakfast area

ESSENTIAL details Rooms at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel (www.ushuaiabeachhotel.com) range from £150 per night (Double Superior room, two people sharing, breakfast included) to £1166 per night in the Deluxe Presidential Suite (104m² beachfront room with private check-in, champagne, Spa treatments, Balinese beds and priority reservations for VIP tables and events)   Double rooms at Sa Talaia Boutique Villa (www.hotelsatalaia.com) start from £176 per night (two people sharing, three nights minimum, including access to Ushuaïa and complimentary use of a Class A Mercedes or Smart car)    

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British Airways offers up to 10 weekly flights to Ibiza from London City with prices starting from £83 one way and £162 return. From October flights will continue through the winter with two flights a week on Thursdays and Sundays from £75 per person. Prices include 23kg baggage allowance, onboard drinks and snacks and choice of seating. For winter 2012/2013, BA City will be offering two weekly flights with one way fares from £75. For more information or to book, please visits www.ba.com or call 08444 930 737

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London Outdoors There’s no doubt about it: London is going to be crowded this summer. Make the most of it at The Roof Gardens, away from the crowds, alfresco style

If you want to get away from it all, but still soak up the atmosphere, the Roof Gardens are holding an alfresco Secret Garden lunch on 27 July from midday. The secret? You’ll be dining 100 feet above London amid 1.5 acres of gardens. Enjoy a glass of Pimm’s on arrival followed by a three course BBQ in the Tudor Garden (£45 per person). The Club will be open from 10pm; stay on for music, dancing and the awesome firework display. Head to a Secret Garden lunch on 4 and 5 August or 12 August if you miss out on this one, celebrating (we hope) a bumper haul of Team GB golds. On 5 August, kick back, relax and watch a double screening in the Rooftop Cinema of two of our favourite classic movies; Cool Runnings and Rocky. Tickets, at £25 per person, are great value as they include a snack and headphones. If you feel more like dancing,

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the Club, which recently won Best Live Music Venue at the London Bar and Club Awards 2012, is hosting additional Club nights on 2 and 9 August. During the rest of the summer, seafood lovers and cocktail connoisseurs should test out Babylon’s chilled seafood menu, available from Wednesday to Friday (lunch) and Tuesday to Saturday (dinner). For birthdays and parties, the private dining room seats up to 12; enjoy the private terrace overlooking the lovely gardens. For information about Secret Garden lunches or the Rooftop cinema email events@roofgardens.virgin.com or call 020 7368 3971. For Club night enquiries email club@roofgardens.virgin.com or call 020 7368 3992. For Babylon Restaurant call 020 7368 3993 or email Babylon@roofgardens.virgin.com

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“You have to understand, when I opened, I was thinking this was it, just the one restaurant,” says German chef Rainer Becker. Founder of Knightsbridge’s Japan-meets-Vegas hotspot Zuma, he is celebrating its tenth birthday this summer. Ten years is a long time in the restaurant business, but since it opened, Zuma has lost none of its glamorous thrill, nor its popularity. A constant hit with celebrities and London’s international party crowd, it’s spawned six other versions in swanky locations like Hong Kong, Miami and Beirut, as well as three outposts of its more affordable sister restaurant, ROKA. “Being open ten years is quite something – I’m more surprised than proud,” admits Becker, although he obviously has a clear plan for the future, as he trains each chef for his international branches in the London HQ, and has more openings planned, including a (non-Zuma) restaurant in the Shard. “I keep saying that’s it, no more after that, but then each location has its own challenges and therefore its own dynamic and excitement – who knows, I wonder if I will be here to celebrate 20 years?” I’d say almost certainly, so long as Knightsbridge continues to draw the kind of jet setting crowds that still flock to Zuma with all the enthusiasm of kids to a funfair.

It is glam-central – as restaurant critic Peter Harden of Harden’s Guide says: “You practically have to clamber over Lamborghinis just to get into the restaurant.” At a time when we’re repeatedly asked to buy into a ‘back-to-basics’ attitude to restaurants – all the faux-rustic, small-plate, hipper-and-more-locally-sourcedthan-thou joints that have sprung up, the obsessive foraging, the fetishising of nostalgia in both menus and interiors – a visit to Zuma is a reminder of just how much fun a bit of high glamour and ambition can be. It’s a windowless, self-contained world of exotic glitz, in which stone boulders support sushi bars, bamboo wall textures gleam and glow, and hordes of beautiful service staff dance round the room bearing plate after plate of impossibly sexy food. The cuisine is a kind of technicolor take on Japanese cooking (pre-Zuma, Becker spent years honing his craft in Tokyo), in which every flavour and sensation is cranked up to the most intense levels. “Zuma captures that sophisticated but young and vibey feel in a way that Nobu never did, even though the food begs very obvious comparisons,” Harden says. “It’s not just fancy and brash, though; it backs it up with food, décor and service.”

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Right / Racine

In all its showy, internationalist splendour, Zuma is arguably the quintessential Knightsbridge restaurant. Yet just down the road, another restaurant celebrating its tenth birthday is the French Racine, about as different a proposition from Zuma as a vintage Aston is from a Lamborghini Aventador. Run by chef patron Henry Harris, Racine serves up perfect, unfussy French food in perfect, unfussy surroundings – in fact, it does back-to-basics better and more honestly than just about anywhere, easily surpassing mere momentary trends. It has the feeling of permanence – in effect, it has soul. “I opened it because I wanted to have a neighbourhood restaurant people wanted to come to in a nice affluent area without having to blow huge amounts of money in the West End,” says Harris, who names warm garlic and saffron mousse with mussels as his favourite Racine dish. “People used to come and think of the food they ate in France when travelling, and we immediately got great local custom.” Harris notes how those locals have changed over Racine’s lifetime – the wealthy, established Brits of the area have largely sold up and been replaced by a far more international, transient populace. It’s that crowd, though, that presents big opportunities for high-end restaurateurs. If Zuma and Racine represent opposite ends of the Knightsbridge fine-dining spectrum, in the decade since they opened – and most particularly in the last four years – the space between them has seen a tidal wave of restaurant power-players flood into the area. Heston Blumenthal and Daniel Boulud’s restaurants at the Mandarin Oriental, Marcus Wareing and Pierre Koffmann’s eponymous places at the Berkeley, Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus (round the corner from the Berkeley where Wareing’s restaurant was the original Ramsay-run Petrus), Indian hit Amaya. These, and others, have joined long-term big-hitters like One-o-One, Zafferano and The Capital in enabling Knightsbridge to (perhaps) topple Mayfair as London’s most exciting culinary zone. “In the last five years Knightsbridge has gained an amazing concentration of high class restaurants, largely as the result of investment by the hotels,” says Peter Harden. “It’s not like this investment is particularly revolutionary, and it’s partly serendipitous, but with developments like One Hyde Park the area has become an unprecedented global money magnet, which must be a factor.” The hotel investment continues apace – boutique maison the Baglioni is bringing in two-starred Italian chef Moreno Cedroni this autumn, while across the road from Zuma, the Bulgari hotel has landed with a splash and includes an opulent Italian restaurant. “It’s just got better and better. There is such an incredible energy in the area,” says Becker. “I think London is probably the most diverse and exciting restaurant scene in the world – maybe second to New York, but only just.”

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Top restaurant Picks Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – Blumenthal’s first London restaurant puts an English spin on the chef’s culinary flights of fancy, and has quickly established itself as one of the capital’s most exciting destinations. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA www.dinnerbyheston.com Koffmann’s – Koffmann was the toast of London in the 80s and 90s with his legendary La Tante Claire dining room. He came out of retirement in 2010 to bring his exquisite, rustic Gascon cooking to the Berkeley. The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 7RL www.pierrekoffmann.co.uk Bistro Chabrot d’Amis – Chef Thierry Laborde, who had a Michelin star when at L’Oranger in the past, is doing wonderful things in the traditional French style (gingham table cloths and all) at this hidden beauty, opened last year. 9 Knightsbridge Green, SW1X 7QL www.chabrot.co.uk Amaya – If Zuma brings swank and razzamataz to Japanese food, Amaya pulls off a similar trick with Indian cuisine (albeit in a more sultry style) and earned itself a Michelin star in the process. Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, SW1X 8JT www.amaya.biz Petrus – Some critics carped when Gordon Ramsay opened his new Petrus a stone’s throw from his old Petrus (now Restaurant Marcus Wareing, after the two fell out). They were wrong – it’s a calming, intimate swirl of a place, and the food is reliably superb. 1 Kinnerton Street, SW1X 8EA www.gordonramsay.com

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

National Cupcake Week Celebrating all things related to our favourite miniature cake, National Cupcake Week provides the perfect opportunity for all sweet tooth advocates to indulge. Like anything in life, you get out what you put in and so naturally the best cupcakes come from using top quality ingredients. NielsenMassey vanilla is made from the purest Madagascan vanilla of the highest quality, bringing a sweet velvety taste to any cupcake mix. Treat yourself to white chocolate and star anise cupcakes flavoured with the supreme vanilla extract. National Cupcake Week 17-23 September www.nielsenmassey.com

Racing Start Opened a few months ago, and named in honour of owner Frankie Dettori’s achievement of riding all seven (sette) winners at Ascot in 1996, Sette is a charming Italian restaurant, light and bright, with accents of cherry red and iconic black and white prints adorning the walls. Seating just 70, we found it to be very intimate and waiters with strong accents and big smiles recommended a perfectly chilled Gavi and a strong starter offering of calamari fritti, burrata with grilled vegetables and beef carpaccio. Every (excellent) dish was cleared, although the little pizza squares would have been better warmed up. The sea bass just beat the light chilli chicken in terms of the winning main course although for dessert, the tiramisu, “the best I’ve ever tasted”, easily defeated the meringue pudding (more sponge and cream, less meringue). Lovely for a relaxing, low-key evening with a partner or friends. Sette, 4 Sydney Street, SW3 6PP, 020 7352 3435; www.sette-restaurant.com

Cooking with Rowley Six of Britain’s most prominent chefs and food writers will join Rowley Leigh in his kitchen at Le Café Anglais to take part in a series of one-off, collaborative dinners. Each will work with Rowley to create a unique dinner menu that reflects their cooking styles, backgrounds and passions. With Tom Parker Bowles and James Ramsden kicking off proceedings in July, they will be followed by Florence Knight (head chef at Polpetto), Lucas Hollweg (food writer, author and columnist with Sunday Times Style), and Gizzi Erskine (chef, broadcaster and author).

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Dining Hide & Seek Nestled in leafy Holland Park, Julie’s is the perfect place for a relaxed supper with friends. The restaurant has been drawing the great and the good through its doors for more than 40 years and it oozes an elegantly pretty ambience. Stained glass windows, private dining rooms, alcoves stuffed with velvet sofas and fireplaces, and winding staircases guarantee privacy and charm, and there’s a bar area in which to enjoy your first glass of fine red. The menu includes a delicious selection of fish dishes including cod seasoned with chilli and pine nuts; surprisingly mild but tasty. In terms of meat dishes the steak and kidney pie braised in honeydew ale is hearty and homely, especially when eaten with a side of olive oil mashed potato. Just make sure you’ve left room for dessert with chocolate mousse with spiced orange and the Eton Mess, both highly recommended. Julie’s Restaurant, 135 Portland Road, W11 4LW 020 7229 8331; www.juliesrestaurant.com

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Luxury winemaker Penfolds has created its own limited edition glass to honour the provenance of a great wine: the 2004 Kalimna Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon. Chief Winemaker Peter Gago comments: “Behind every Penfolds wine is the joy, energy, research and science that shapes it... The collaboration with South Australia’s finest artists has been a fitting tribute for one of South Australia’s finest wines.” Together, renowned glass artist Nick Mount, Australian design-maker Hendrik Forster and furniture craftsman Andrew Bartlett have created a “unique objet d’art”, not only aesthetically pleasing but specifically built to store the wine in the perfect environment.

Having teamed up with Master Distiller Wilfrido Ortegas Casas, restaurateur and entrepreneur Tom Conran has launched a premium Tequila Chamucos. Although harbouring a pure taste and aroma, the fact that its origins stemmed from creator of pornographic thrillers Antonio Urrutia makes it no surprise that Chamucos (‘little devil’) has a darker side to its character. In recognition of this, every bottle has a distinctive packaging which draws upon the folkloric and mythological legends of pre-Hispanic Mexico. One tip: this is not for doing slammers as you might with an average tequila; sip it and savour the true taste of Mexico.

Forget the gruelling flight and high cost; all you have to do to experience Hawaii this summer is head to Kona Kai on the Fulham Road. The new Tiki-inspired bar transports guests to a Polynesian paradise with its exotic cocktails, authentic cuisine, live entertainment and staff decked out in Hawaiian shirts and dresses. A delicate combination of white rum, lychee and rose syrup, the Muu Muu cocktail is our favourite, combining exotic flavours into a refreshing beverage. For an edible slice of the Tropics, sample some of the starters: we recommend the Hawaiian grilled pineapple and the crispy prawns. For the ideal group snack, the sharing platter is full of tantalising flavours.

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Get soulful this summer by jazzing things up in Canary Wharf Canary Wharf Jazz festival

While London catches its breath between this summer’s Games, jazz-lovers are invited to continue the summer celebrations at the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival. Running from Friday 17 until Sunday 19 August, and completely free for all those who attend, the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival presents a stunning line-up of acts that delve into every corner of the musical genre. The festival features world-class artists and rising stars of the circuit in back-to-back performances in Canada Square Park. Canary Wharf Jazz Festival is one of London’s largest and most respected free jazz concerts and has featured jazz and soul heavyweights from all over the globe. As ever committed to a diverse programme, this year Arts & Events present a line-up that celebrates many great influencers of British jazz music, who have been instrumental in shaping the genre’s unique sound. Canary Wharf Jazz Festival returns with an explosive headliner, as British jazz legend Courtney Pine takes to the stage on Saturday evening. The extraordinary saxophonist is set to perform a much-anticipated showcase, paying homage to his 20 years of jazz innovation and British-Jamaican roots. To complete the cultural experience, dine at one of the four exciting eateries at The Park Pavilion; indulge in authentic Japanese robatayski cuisine Friday 17 at Roka, Canary Wharf, explore the stylish interior and imaginative menu at — The Parlour, or sample the fuss-free great British food on offer at Canteen. Sunday 19 Alternatively, you can always treat yourself to Mexican market food and tequila cocktails on Wahaca’s terrace bar. If it’s a picnic you are in the mood August for, opt for one of The Parlour’s picnic hampers or pay a visit to the Waitrose Food, Fashion & Home at the rear of the jazz stage.

Friday 17 August 7.00-8.00pm Lokkhi Terra 8.30-10.00pm James Morton Soul Collective with special guests Mary Pearce and Snowboy Saturday 18 August 1.30-2.45pm Josh Arcoleo Quartet 3.15-4.30pm Bansangu Orchestra 5.00-6.15pm Dennis Rollins Velocity 6.45-8.00pm Alexander Stewart 8.30-10.00pm Courtney Pine Sunday 19 August 1.30-2.45pm Davide Mantovani Sextet 3.15-4.30pm Voices of Nature 5.00-6.15pm The Soul Reformers 6.45-8.15pm Beats & Pieces The Canary Wharf Jazz Festival is held in Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf and is free.


SHOPPING

keeping it Illustrating that Canary Wharf’s commitment to jazz extends beyond its dedicated jazz festival, Boisdale of Canary Wharf boasts live music performances six nights a week. Supported by its Patron of Music Jools Holland, it’s no surprise that the venue showcases the best in jazz, blues and soul from around the world. The restaurant is one of the most majestic premises to have opened in Canary Wharf in recent years and provides enviable views of the Cabot Square fountains and the City of London skyline. As dedicated to fine drink as it is to music, the restaurant’s Whisky Bar is a 12 metre long glowing wall of amber comprising over 1,000 bottles of malt whisky and is undoubtedly one of the most extensive of its kind in the world. For premier seafood, the restaurant’s white marble Caviar and Oyster Bar serves a definitive range of oysters, Hebridean shellfish, Scottish smoked salmon and a superb range of caviar. Boisdale of Canary Wharf is also able to boast a 16 square metre walk-in humidor containing one of London’s finest selections of Cuban cigars supplied by Hunters & Frankau, as well as one of the UK’s best collections of vintage Cuban cigars provided by Mitch Orchant of Cigars Ltd. For the duration of the 2012 Olympic Games, Boisdale of Canary Wharf will also be offering an array of special group menus and extending its opening hours, including opening from 11am until 6pm on the following Sundays: 29 July, 5 August and 12 August. To enjoy highlights of the day’s sporting action on plasma television screens in private, book one of the restaurant’s four private dining rooms. www.boisdale.co.uk

Soulful Boisdale of Canary Wharf Schedule August’s highlights include: Wednesday 1 August

9.00pm

Bruce Adams/Alan Barnes Quintet

Saturday 4 August 9.30pm

Kenny Lynch and The Laurie Holloway Trio

Thursday 9 August 9.00pm

Music of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong

Monday 13 August

7.30pm

Essential Jazz: John Colanni (Piano)

Wednesday 15 August 9.00pm

Matt Wates Sextet

Friday 17 August

9.30pm

Big Band Sinatra: Iain Mackenzie

Saturday 18 August

9.30pm

The Best of the Blues Brothers

Friday 24 August

9.30pm

100 years of jazz in 99 minutes

Saturday 25 August

9.30pm

Ultimate Bowie Starring Ed Blaney

Tuesday 28 August

7.30pm

Essential Jazz: Ted Beament

Thursday 30 August 9.00pm

The Mississippi Swamp Dogs A Night in New Orleans

Friday 31 August 9.30pm

Kool and The Gang Night with ‘The Sounds of Kool’

Boisdale of Canary Wharf hosts live music performances six nights a week. For a full schedule please visit www.canarywharf.com

In addition to over 200 shops, cafes, bars and restaurants at weekends and on Bank Holidays you can enjoy 3 hours’ free parking in any of the public car parks when you spend £10 at any shop, café, bar or restaurant in Canary Wharf. canarywharf.com

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Anne Fabien APFR (Audemars Piguet France), Nicolas Besancon APFR, Chantal Thomass, Antonio Seward APFR

Hoda Roche and Clotilde Coureau

Artist Davide Quayola and guest

royal oak & racing 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Audemars Piguet's iconic Royak Oak timepiece, being celebrated with a worldwide exhibition which brings together design, photography, sound and film. Launched in New York in March, the exhibition of 100 exceptional timepieces curated by the Manufacture then visited Milan in April and Paris in June, where the preview was attended by more than 700 people, welcomed by Jasmine Audemars, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Tim Sayler, Audemars Piguet’s Chief Marketing Officer and Nicolas Besançon, Director of Audemars Piguet France. Next are Beijing and Singapore. June also saw Audemars Piguet at the Investec Derby Festival as its Official Timekeeper.

Thomas Dutronc and Patrick Bruel

Lambert Wilson and Jasmine Audemars

Her Majesty The Queen at the Investec Derby Festival

Aurelia Jouhanneau, Renee Clark, Juliet Herd & Annabel Harrison

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LONDON LIVING

Photography: Dave M Benett Douglas Booth

Hugo Taylor and Natalie Joel

Vanessa Kirby and Ophelia Lovibond

Arnaud Bamberger and Dita Von Teese

Jack Whitehall and Gemma Chan

Sir Kenneth Branagh and Andy Serkis

Queen's CUP POLO

Chelsea Davy and guest

The Queen’s Cup Final at Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, Egham, is rated as one of the world's top five polo events, attracting some of the top international players. Sponsored by Cartier, it is no surprise that this year’s event drew a large, high profile crowd, including recently knighted actor Sir Kenneth Branagh, burlesque star Dita Von Teese, Chelsy Davy and singer Katie Melua.

Theo Hutchcraft and Dita Von Teese

Ioan Gruffudd

Lady Frederick Windsor and Hermione Eyre

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Edwin and Michelle Moses

Kaya Scodelario

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Pixie Lott

Lara Stone and David Walliams

Louise Roe

Sir Bruce Forsyth and his wife Wilnelia

royal ascot

Jenson Button and Jessica Michibata

Royal Ascot, now in its 301st year, is a highlight of the London summer season and as such, finely attired ladies and gentlemen (about 300,000 of them in total over the five-day event) turned out in force to enjoy a day at the races. Ladies' outfits were in the spotlight more than ever as organisers this year implemented a stricter dress code; no doubt they were thrilled by the ensembles of stylist Caroline Sieber (below right) and Florence Brundell-Bruce (below left) who both looked beautiful in knee-length dresses, with their shoulders covered. Frankel lived up to his ranking as the world's top-rated racehorse, putting in a spectacular performance to claim his 11th successive victory by winning the Queen Anne Stakes. Sent off at 1-10, the shortest priced favourite in living memory at the meeting, he sauntered to an awesome 11-length triumph in the opening race. Eddie and Marie Jordan

Michael Owen

Florence Brudenell-Bruce

Caroline Sieber


LONDON LIVING

Photography: Chris Perry Major General and Mrs Peter Currie

Miss Elena Hawila, Lady Watt, Miss Elke Hawila, Lady Eden

Mrs Aurelia Bonito and Miss Marie McGhie

sloane club

summer party A key event on any self-respecting Sloane Club member's social engagements calendar is the much-anticipated annual Sloane Club Summer Party, held in the grand Great Hall of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. More than 400 members arrived at the venue to sip champage, catch up with friends and enjoy the delicious canapĂŠs on offer. The event was hosted by Tony Murkett, the Managing Director of the Sloane Club, who made a short speech of welcome, and guests looked magnificent in bright, summery attire.

Dr Richard Slee, Dr Janice Murray, Director of The National Army Museum, Mrs Joscelyn Fox and Commander Paul Fletcher

Miss Sarah Pobereskin and Mr David Patterson

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Mr Tony Murkett

Lord Birdwood and Lord Grenfell

Mr and Mrs John Hargrove and Mr and Mrs Ian Cowie

Mrs Trisha Roeser and Mr Tony Murkett

The Hon. Mrs Stanley

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Laura Whitmore and Mason Smillie

Perry Oosting and Mary McCartney Mr & Mrs Perry Oosting, Mary McCartney and Charles Wang Guests

Perry Oosting

Smile!

Lisa Hogan and Craig Cohon

Vertu and Smile Train, a worldwide organisation providing free corrective surgery for children, celebrated the launch of their first charity handset with a private view of Mary McCartney photographs documenting the charity’s work. Guests included Amber Atherton and Laura Whitmore. Vertu Smile Train handsets

Amber Atherton and Laura Whitmore Georgie Finbow and Lucy Williams

Didi Ilse, Anna Matthews and Caroline Chamberlen

Smile Train President Charles Wang and Vertu President Perry Oosting


LONDON LIVING

Daphne Guinness David Gandy and guest

in style Tom Ford and David Walliams Amber Le Bon

With the fashion and jewellery world being very much in the spotlight with some exciting new launches, we have spotted the famous faces in attendance at the various prolific events. A dinner to launch the London’s Men’s Collections took place at 30 this June. Hosted by Tom Ford and Dylan Jones, attendees included Alexa Chung, Daphne Guinness, David Gandy, Livia Firth and Sophie Dahl. A host of celebrities also joined TI SENTO Milano at Somerset House for the launch of its new collections and, in other jewelleryrelated news, Amber le Bon and Daphne Guinness were both spotted sporting Fabergé at high profile events.

Tom Ford and Daphne Guinness

Ana Paula Araujo

Daphne Guinness

Noelle Reno

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Prince Cassius and guest

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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 Fix it quick

Dry Cleaner / clothing repair Jeeves of Belgravia 271 Kensington High Street 020 7603 0484

Sloane Cleaners

71 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8DA 020 7824 8644

Shoes Reheeled Chelsea Green Shoe Repairs 31 Elystan Street, SW3 3NT 020 7584 0776

Watch Repair

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

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

Percy Bass

184 Walton Street, SW3 2JL 020 7589 4853 www.percybass.com

Stepevi

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

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

Land, sea and air

Watches of Switzerland

Avolus Ltd

69 Brompton Road, SW3 1DB 020 7581 7037

Interiors

Dragons of Walton Street

23 Walton Street, SW3 2HX 020 7589 3795 www.dragonsofwaltonstreet.com

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

Louise Bradley

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

Charter a helicopter

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

London Battersea Heliport

Local Chauffeur UK Chauffeurs 020 3326 0513 www.ukchauffeursltd.co.uk

Executive Cars

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

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

Crown Security Chauffeurs

Luxury Car Rental

Private Dining Room

0845 901 1471 www.crown-chauffeurs.co.uk

VIP Car Hire

Bar Boulud

Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 2JE 0870 200 4949 www.vipservices.co.uk

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

Belgravia Garage

Daphne’s

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

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

Yacht Charter/Sale

Translator

Princess Yachts

Central Translations

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

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

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

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

Dentist The Beresford Clinic 2 Lower Grosvenor Place, SW1W 0EJ 020 7821 9411

Cadogan Street Dental Office 47 Cadogan Street, SW3 2QJ 020 7581 0811

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

Dr. Rakus

34A Hans Road, SW3 1RW 020 7460 7324

Medicare Francais

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

Russian Business Translator

3 Harrington Gardens, SW7 4JJ 020 7370 4999

07704 114 323 www.russiantranslatorlondon.yolasite.com

Last Minute Business

Life Saver

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH 020 7730 7733 www.thelisterhospital.com

Sending Parcels

Imperial Nannies

272 Kensington High Street 0844 257 0668 www.sendingparcels.com

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

Sunseeker

International Courier

Babysitters

The Lister Hospital

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


the CONCIERGE

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

The Chelsea Day Spa

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

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

Fine Wine Handford

Urban Retreat at Harrods

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

Sample the Finest Backgammon Board Pickett Only Roses

Zuma

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

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

Housekeeping

Members Clubs

St. Anne’s Housekeeping

Boujis

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

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

Personal Chef The Personal Chef 020 7871 1080 www.thepersonalchef.co.uk

Walk my Dog

Beaufort House

354 Kings Road, SW3 5UZ 020 7352 2828 www.beauforthousechelsea.co.uk

Kitts

Chelsea Dogs

7-12 Sloane Square, SW1W 8EG 020 7881 5990 www.kittslondon.com

7 Chelsea Square, SW3 6LF 07786 325 053

Chelsea Arts Club

Late Night Food

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

Bibendum

The Sloane Club

Gaucho

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

Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ 020 7235 5000 www.harveynichols.com/fifth-floor-london

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

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

Vintage Watches Watches of Knightsbridge 64 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7JF 020 7590 3034 info@watchesofknightsbridge.com

unusual but useful

Bespoke Perfume & Make-up Cosmetics à la Carte 19b Motcomb Street, SW1X 8LB 020 7235 0596 www.cosmeticsalacarte.com

Floris Peter Jones The Grocer on Elgin

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

Wholefoods Market

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

Chocolate L’Artisan Du Chocolat

Party Time

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

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

105 Old Brompton Road, SW7 3LE 020 7589 6113 www.handford.net

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

Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL 020 7730 3434 www.florislondon.com

Jewellery Valuation Bourbon Handy 151 Sydney Street, SW3 6NT 020 7352 2106

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

Shotgun Repair

William Curley

A.J. Bells

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

104 Stephendale Road, SW6 2PH 07703 601 093 www.ajbell.co.uk

The Valmont Club

266- 266A Fulham Road, SW10 9EL 020 7352 6200 www.thevalmontclub.com

Recharge & Recuperate Dog Grooming The Mutz Nutz

Launceston Place

1a Launceston Place, W8 5RL 020 7937 6912 www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk

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

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221 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EA 020 7243 3333 jane@themutznutz.com

Health and Beauty Hari’s

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

Spa at Bluebird

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

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& Chelsea P R O P E RT Y

showcasing the

finest HOMES & PROPERTY from the best estate agents

International interest

The borough continues to attract buyers, both local and international

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Knight Frank

Knightsbridge, London SW7 Magnificent Grade II listed house

Situated on one of London’s finest addresses, this magnificent home, built in 1813, has been carefully restored to a very high and modern specification. Master bedroom suite, guest bedroom suite, 3rd bedroom suite, bedroom 4 with en suite shower, kitchen, 3 reception rooms, utility room, 3 balconies, front and rear gardens. Approximately 297 sq m (3,200 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: £7,500,000 (SLA110202)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Knightsbridge knightsbridge@knightfrank.com 020 7591 8600 JSA: Hobart Slater Hobartslater.co.uk 020 7581 8277


Knight Frank

Scarsdale Villas, Kensington W8

An end of terrace family home with a larger than average garden A wide family home arranged over four floors which has been in the same ownership for 36 years and is now in need of updating. The house has plenty of character, good ceiling height, natural light and will make a wonderful home. 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, storage, roof terrace, garden. Approximately 257sq m (2,776 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ4,700,000

(KEN120169)

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


Knight Frank

Lansdowne Road, Notting Hill W11

Exceptional wide communal garden house with parking A unique property which has a stunning width of approximately 32’ providing wonderful views over the communal garden. Master bedroom suite with dressing room, 4 further bedrooms, 2 en suite shower rooms, bathroom, 2 reception rooms, study, kitchen, utility Roomr, 2 guest WCs, off-street parking, garden, self-contained staff suite with own entrance bedroom, bathroom, sitting room and kitchenette. Approximately 427.4 sq m (4,600 sq ft) Freehold

(NGH120113)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Notting Hill caroline.foord@knightfrank.com 020 7229 0229 JSA: Savills kallen@savills.com 0207 535 3300


Knight Frank

Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W11 Exceptional lateral space in prime location

A newly developed maisonette offering wonderful lateral space, set over the top two floors of this elegant period building. Part of an exclusive development, this apartment has been finished to an exceptional standard. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms all en suite, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, roof terraces, additonal storage, lift with direct access. Leasehold Guide Price: ÂŁ8,950,000 (NGH120094)

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


Knight Frank Bolton Gardens Mews, Chelsea SW10 Secure Chelsea mews house A stunning mews house which is both flooded with natural light and offers a high degree of privacy and security. 2/3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, kitchen/dining room, media room/bedroom 3 with en suite shower room/cloakroom, patio, garage. Approximately 151 sq m (1,633 sq ft)

Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ3,450,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/Chelsea chelsea@knightfrank.com 020 7349 4300 JSA Savills Chelsea chelsea@savills.com 020 7578 9001 (CHL120137)

Ensor Mews, South Kensington SW7

Mews house with patio garden A beautifully refurbished mews house with the rare combination of parking and outside space. Master bedroom with bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom, reception room, dining room, kitchen, study/bedroom 3, patio garden, garage. Approximately 160 sq m (1,724 sq ft)

Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ3,295,000

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

(CHL110070)


Knight Frank Redcliffe Place, Chelsea SW10

Stunning freehold maisonette Presented in good condition throughout, this duplex apartment benefits from superb entertaining space and a large roof terrace. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, bedroom 2, bathroom, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, study area, cloakroom, roof terrace (not demised). Approximately 135 sq m (1,460 sq ft) Share of Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ1,925,000

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

(CHL120197)

The Little Boltons, Chelsea SW10

Spacious one bedroom flat Refurbished to the highest possible standard, this is a stunning raised ground floor flat with fantastic views to the rear looking over the gardens below. Bedroom with en suite bathroom, reception room, kitchen, cloakroom. Approximately 83 sq m (896 sq ft)

Leasehold approximately 24 years remaining Guide Price: ÂŁ1,650,000

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

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Knight Frank Cranley Gardens, South Kensington SW7 Stunning views

A beautifully presented two bedroom flat with good ceiling height throughout as well as access to communal gardens. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, bedroom 2, shower room, reception room, kitchen, communal gardens, lift. Approximately 65 sq m (700 sq ft) Leasehold approximately 36 years remaining Guie Price: ÂŁ895,000

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

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Bolton Gardens, South Kensington SW5 South facing views

A fantastic two bedroom flat with wellproportioned accommodation and a wealth of storage. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, bedroom 2, bathroom, reception room, kitchen, lift. Approximately 81 sq m (882 sq ft)

Share of freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ1,275,000

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

(STK110047)


PROPERTY

Market Insight Grainne Gilmore, head of UK residential research at Knight Frank, provides an expert update about house prices, the effect of stamp duty changes and luxury property in London compared to international property

What’s the latest on London prices? Average London property prices are rising and have been for several years. This is in stark contrast to the rest of the UK housing market, which is struggling to gain any traction at all. The latest official data shows that average house prices across the Capital are up 5.1 per cent year on year, while average prices across the whole of England and Wales have fallen by 1 per cent. Prime Central London property prices have also risen strongly over the last year. The latest Knight Frank data shows that luxury home values rose by 10.5 per cent in the year to June and are at a record high. In fact, the prime property bought for £1 million in 2009 has gained more than £400 in value every day for the past three years. But the rate of growth is beginning to slow and we are not expecting the 5.5 per cent growth seen so far this year to be replicated in the second half of 2012.

worth £2 million and more from 5 per cent to 7 per cent for individuals buying a property. The stamp duty charge was raised to 15 per cent for some of those buying property through a company structure. The move has had little impact on prices so far, with prices for homes worth £2 million and more rising again in June, but there is emerging evidence that activity levels are being affected. The number of transactions on properties worth £2 million or more in the three months to June was 20 per cent lower than the same period last year. At the same time, sales numbers for properties worth less than £2 million have risen.

What effect, if any, are the recent stamp duty changes having in London? In March, the Chancellor increased the stamp duty charge on homes

For all the latest news and analysis on prime property, visit www.globalbriefing.knightfrank.com

How does the recent rise in value of luxury property in London compare to property elsewhere? Prime Central London prices have grown by a larger margin than prime property in any other European city in the year to March, but the rise in value looks modest compared to Nairobi where luxury home prices have climbed by 25 per cent, albeit from a lower base. Other prime performers are Manhattan in New York, with an annual 9.2 per cent growth in prices, and Miami and Jakarta where prices have risen by 14 per cent.

Index of Search Volumes for London Property From France, Germany, Greece and Italy, January 2010 - March 2012

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The increase in interest from Eurozone buyers has been well documented. But it is interesting to note the interplay between global economic and political developments and the interest in Prime London property. For example, as can be seen on this graph, there was a noticeable spike in French people searching for Prime London property, especially for homes worth £5 million or more, on Knight Frank’s global website, just as François Hollande announced his plans for new wealth taxes on those earning more than ¤1 million a year back in February of this year. It will be interesting to see what effect the latest tax announcements have on searches for luxury London homes.

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Knight Frank

Thornwood Gardens, Kensington W8 Exceptional apartment with parking and concierge

This is an impressive three bedroom lateral, second floor apartment located within this prestigious development in Kensington. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, entrance hall, lift, underground parking for 2 cars, concierge. Approximately 184 sq m (1,985 sq ft) Available Unfurnished Guide Price: ÂŁ3,500 per week (KEQ163027)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Lettings kens@knightfrank.com 020 7937 8203


Knight Frank

One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge SW1X

Exceptional duplex in outstanding Knightsbridge development The apartment is a luxurious, spacious and comfortable home interior designed by Candy & Candy. 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room with balcony, kitchen, dining room, underground parking space, wine cellar, storage room and extensive amenities including 24 hour concierge, Mandarin Oriental service and exclusive leisure/spa facilities. Approximately 348 sq m (3,748 sq ft) Available Furnished Guide Price: ÂŁ18,500 per week

(164572)

KnightFrank.co.uk/Lettings knightsbridgelettings@knightfrank.com 020 7591 8601


Why Choose an ARLA Licensed Agent? Jane Ingram, Head of Savills Lettings, is now President of ARLA, having taken over from Tim Hyatt, Head of Knight Frank Lettings, and together they explain the importance of this self-regulatory body for landlords and tenants Would you get into an unlicensed cab? The answer would almost certainly be no. So when letting your property would you use an unlicensed agent? ARLA (the Association or Residential Lettings Agents) is a professional membership and self-regulatory body for lettings agents and lettings agencies in the UK: Tim Hyatt, previous President of ARLA and Head of Lettings at Knight Frank, explains that the role of President is a voluntary commitment which, on top of a demanding job, is a lot of extra work but it was something he felt moved to do. He comments: “Lettings is a very legislative industry and we need to show that protection can be offered to clients in what can be a dangerous minefield. We have all come across rogue agents where landlords and tenants have been exploited, given incorrect or misleading advice or received poor standards of customer service. By promoting ARLA and encouraging all agencies to become licensed, we can ensure that this isn’t allowed to happen.” Jane Ingram, the new President of ARLA and Head of Lettings at Savills, adds: “By using a licensed ARLA agent you can rest assured that you are consulting with a qualified and trained agent who can give you professional up-to-date advice and guidance. You are guaranteed that the agency is covered by the Client Money Protection (CMP) Scheme and has Professional Indemnity Insurance. All licensed members are professionally qualified and required to carry out at least a minimum of 12 hours Continuous Professional Development (CPD) each year. Licensed members are also required to follow the Code of Practice and Rules of Conduct laid down by their professional body. “You also have a route to redress should something go wrong and it is a mandatory requirement that all ARLA members belong to an independent redress scheme; either the Ombudsman Services: Property or The Property Ombudsman Service which gives you the consumer an added level of protection.” Despite being competitors, Tim and Jane have worked closely together

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over the last year and both share the same values with regard to the industry. In his year as president of ARLA, Tim set up a rolling strategy which included improving communication (ARLA has now hired a full-time marketing person dedicated to this role) and promoting licensed membership; ARLA now has 6,000 members and is improving regulations. Jane adds: “As a landlord your property is a valuable asset and the return from letting your property could be in the region of 5 per cent of its capital value, so you want to feel reassured you are working with a reputable agent.” Jane, as the current President, would like to encourage more agents to become ARLA-licensed in order to raise the awareness of what the organisation stands for, so that the consumer can more easily choose an ARLA-licensed agent. She points out that “at Savills our aim is that all of our lettings agents are licensed within 12 months of joining and this is something I would encourage all agencies to do.” Looking at the current market, Jane comments: “The lettings market is seasonal and now is the time when we see the summer surge in Central London with families looking to relocate and tenants, both international and domestic, wanting to live in the heart of London. I think the Olympics will probably have a stalling effect on the market, with people choosing to move either before or delaying until after. There is a slight surplus of stock currently so landlords need to be focused and if they do receive an offer which is within 10 per cent of the asking price, they should seriously consider taking it.” Tim adds: “Rentals have increased since 2009 and you could now see an annual total return on your property of 11 per cent in Central London; you certainly wouldn’t get that kind of a return on your money in the bank.” www.arla.co.uk


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

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

The “Jumeirah Living” logo, trademark and trade name and the Beacon device (“Jumeirah Marks”) are owned by or licensed to Jumeirah International LLC or its affiliates (collectively referred to as “Jumeirah”). The use of the Jumeirah Marks by Grosvenor House Apartments Limited has been authorised by Jumeirah under licence, solely in relation to Jumeirah’s management and operation of the Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living development.


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 OPENS THIS AUTUMN. Oliver Lurot Head of Sales olurot@savills.com 07967 555 443

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Nik Dennis Head of Lettings ndennis@savills.com 07807 999 214


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1 STUNNING FAMILY HOUSE WITH SOUTH-WEST FACING GARDEN AND PARKING chepstow crescent, w11 Reception room ø family/dining room ø study ø conservatory ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 3 further bedrooms ø shower room ø cloakroom ø off-street parking ø patio ø south-west facing garden ø 219 sq m (2,359 sq ft) Guide £4.5 million Freehold

Savills Kensington Johnny Fuller jlfuller@savills.com

020 7535 3300


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1 CONTEMPORARY NEW BUILD APARTMENT cope place, w8 Entrance hall ø reception/dining room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 3 further bedrooms (1 en suite) ø shower room ø cloakroom ø terrace ø lift ø 2 underground parking spaces ø 259 sq m (2,790 sq ft) Guide £6.25 million Leasehold, approximately 997 years remaining

Savills Kensington Thomas Holcroft tholcroft@savills.com

020 7535 3300


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1 SOUTH-FACING, SUPERB VOLUME AND BEAUTIFULLY DESIGNED the lancasters, w2 Entrance hall ø double height reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom with en suite bath/shower room ø 2 further bedrooms ø 3 further bathrooms ø bedroom 4/media room ø patio garden ø communal swimming pool and gym ø valet car parking ø 24 hr concierge ø 267 sq m (2,872 sq ft) Asking £7.25 million Leasehold, approximately 998 years remaining

Savills Kensington Thomas Holcroft tholcroft@savills.com

020 7535 3300


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1 SPECTACULAR APARTMENT WITH ITS OWN PRIVATE GARDEN melbury road, w14 Entrance hall ø drawing room ø study ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom with bathroom and dressing room en suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø shower room/ steam room ø shower room ø second study/bedroom 5 ø cloakroom/shower room ø utility cupboard ø balcony ø garden ø 362 sq m (3,904 sq ft) Guide £7.5 million Leasehold, approximately 995 years remaining

Savills Kensington Thomas Holcroft tholcroft@savills.com

020 7535 3300


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1 A STUNNINGLY PRESENTED MAISONETTE WITH A PRIVATE GARDEN stafford terrace, w8 3 bedrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen/dining room ø media room/bedroom 4 ø 3 bathrooms ø sauna and steam room ø utility room ø landscaped garden ø 225 sq m (2,421 sq ft)

£4,500 per week Furnished

Savills Kensington Monika Scott mkscott@savills.com

020 7535 3333


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1 INTERIOR DESIGNED APARTMENT IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS NEW DEVELOPMENT lancaster gate, w2 3 bedroom suites ø reception room with gallery/study area ø kitchen ø guest cloakroom ø 24hr concierge ø underground parking and valet service ø residents gym and swimming pool ø balcony ø 248 sq m (2,671 sq ft)

£5,500 per week Furnished

Savills Kensington Nik Dennis ndennis@savills.com

020 7535 3333


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1 A BEAUTIFUL AND WELL PROPORTIONED FAMILY HOUSE margaretta terrace, sw3 3 bedrooms ø double reception room ø 2 bathrooms ø roof terrace ø garden ø excellent entertaining space ø 176 sq m (1,894 sq ft)

£2,200 per week Unfurnished

Savills Chelsea Fitore Vula fvula@savills.com

020 7578 9000


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1 A CHARMING TERRACED HOUSE WITH A FANTASTIC GARDEN selwood terrace, sw7 4 bedrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 3 bathrooms ø garden ø 148 sq m (1,593 sq ft)

£2,500 per week Unfurnished

Savills Chelsea Clem Byron Evans cbevans@savills.com

020 7578 9000


Hamptons Chelsea

Sales. 020 7717 5431 chelsea@hamptons-int.com

Harley Gardens, SW10 A truly outstanding Victorian stucco fronted family home. This beautiful period freehold house is quietly situated in a tucked away street in West Chelsea. With accommodation set over four floors, this family home has a lovely double reception room on the raised ground floor and is well presented throughout. Hamptons Chelsea 020 7717 5431 chelsea@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ6,250,000 Freehold Beautiful period features Stucco fronted freehold house 2920 sq ft Stunning location Rear garden


Hamptons Kensington

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

Holland Park, W11 A superb second floor three bedroom lateral apartment, which has been beautifully refurbished with fantastic entertaining space. The property is situated in a classic Holland Park Villa and has excellent natural light.

Hamptons Kensington 020 7717 5461 kensington@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ3,250,000 Leasehold 1820 Sq Ft 3 Bedrooms 2 Reception rooms 2 Bathrooms Balcony Lift


Hamptons Knightsbridge

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

Chesham Street, SW1X Offering superb proportions this wonderful ground and first floor apartment is presented in excellent condition throughout. This five bedroom property is situated in a very well located portered building, featuring a generous lateral entertaining space, a private garden and a garage in Cadogan Lane. Hamptons Knightsbridge 020 7717 5461 knightsbridge@hamptons-int.com JSA Aldine Honey 020 7834 4901

ÂŁ7,475,000 Share of Freehold Reception room Kitchen 5 Bedrooms 5 Bathrooms (3 en suite) Garden Garage


Hamptons Chelsea

Lettings. 020 7717 5322 chelsealettings@hamptons-int.com

Gledhow Gardens, SW5 A fantastic two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in this period building just off the Old Brompton Road, with the stunning bright reception room and bedroom both accommodating balconies. The property would ideally suit a professional couple looking for space and a lovely outlook over gardens whilst being in Central London. Hamptons Chelsea Lettings 020 7717 5322 chelsealettings@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ1,875 per week Furnished/Unfurnished Beautiful reception room Central location 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms 2 Balconies Wooden floors


Hamptons Kensington

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

Abingdon Villas, W8 A beautifully refurbished family house moments from High Street Kensington. The house boasts brand new kitchen and bathrooms, high ceilings throughout and off street parking.

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

ÂŁ2,500 per week Unfurnished 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Off Street parking New kitchens and bathrooms


Hamptons Knightsbridge

Lettings. 020 7717 5463 knightsbridgelettings@hamptons-int.com

Harrington Gardens, SW7 Beautifully presented two bedroom flat available for short or long let offering hardwood floors, modern kitchen and bathrooms, and convenient location near Gloucester Road tube station.

Hamptons Knightsbridge 020 7717 5463 knightsbridgelettings@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ850 per week Furnished/Unfurnished Separate kitchen 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Modern furnishing Convenient location


Hamptons Sloane Square

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

Chelsea Gate, SW1W A unique three bedroom mews style house located in this secure development with porterage. The property has a secure private parking space and amenities of the Kings Road, Sloane Square and the open space of Battersea Park, all close by.

Hamptons Sloane Square 020 7717 5481 sloanesquare@hamptons-int.com

ÂŁ1,000 per week Unfurnished Large reception 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Underground parking Patio Balcony


PROPERTY

International Demand We report on findings from Hamptons International’s Annual International Event, The Collection, which is one of its most successful international property exhibitions to date, with consecutive events having been held in Dubai and Hong Kong at the end of May Showcasing Hamptons International’s superior London, Country and International properties at Hamptons International’s Marina office in Dubai and at the prestigious British Consulate General in Hong Kong, The Collection is a high profile event targeting active buyers and investors in the Middle and Far East. The majority of visitors to The Collection event (53 per cent) were investors seeking new property investment opportunities in London. Visitors to the Hong Kong exhibition were seasoned UK property buyers, 54 per cent of whom already own property in the UK and the vast majority (75 per cent) of these buyers were looking for an apartment rather than a house. Central London, particularly South West Central London, Hyde Park and the ever popular Paddington Basin development, were the area hotspots for Hong Kong and Chinese buyers; however, there was a significant minority of buyers who also showed an interest in purchasing a country residence in the UK. Andrew Phillips, London Director at Hamptons International, said: “The Collection event capitalises on international demand by bringing London and Country property direct to international buyers. Those from the Middle East have long played an important role in driving the London property market and inevitably we saw plenty of interest from that market. Our Hong Kong event was more popular than ever with serious seasoned investors very keen to buy. “Several weeks after the event took place, we are already organising several tours for Chinese buyers who want to view more property opportunities not just in London but into our commuter belt as well.” For further information about how to submit your property to the next event run by Hamptons International, please visit www.hamptons.co.uk or contact your local Hamptons International branch

From left / Andrew Phillips; Exterior of the British Embassy

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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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west Eaton Place Belgravia sw1x

A superb ground floor maisonette, with a wonderful double aspect reception room with high ceilings. situated in a handsome white stucco period building, the apartment benefits from a secluded terrace. west Eaton Place is located close to Eaton square & sloane square. The accommodation comprises entrance hall, drawing / dining room, guest cloakroom, kitchen, utility room, master bedroom with dressing room & en-suite shower room, guest bedroom with en-suite bathroom & a terrace.

ÂŁ3,950,000 share of freehold

Knightsbridge & Belgravia

020 7235 8090

sales.knightsbridge@chestertonhumberts.com

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Rawlings street Chelsea sw3

A handsome 5 storey terraced town house comprising 4 double bedrooms, study/ bedroom 5, dining room, 3 bathrooms, cloakroom & a private terrace. Rawlings street is a prime residential street in the heart of Chelsea which runs between Cadogan street & Milner street & is ideally situated for the extensive shopping & transport links offered by sloane square & Knightsbridge.

ÂŁ3,500,000 freehold

Joint sole agents with sotheby’s Chelsea & south Kensington

020 7594 4740

sales.chelsea@chestertonhumberts.com

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warwick Gardens Kensington w14

A neatly presented semi detached family house with fabulous entertaining space on the raised ground & garden floors. The house is extremely well proportioned with high ceilings & further benefits from a south facing 26ft garden & a large roof terrace.

ÂŁ3,850,000 freehold

Kensington Church street

020 3040 8445

sales.kcs@chestertonhumberts.com

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Templeton Place Kensington sw5

A luxurious lateral apartment set within a Victorian white stucco building. Lavishly designed to a high specification this property is the pinnacle of architectural excellence. Comprising 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a reception room & a kitchen.

ÂŁ2,500,000 leasehold

Kensington Church street

020 3040 8445

sales.kcs@chestertonhumberts.com

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Lots Road Chelsea sw10

A wonderful Victorian family home arranged over 4 floors. The property has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, excellent entertaining space, a patio garden & roof terrace. The property also benefits from southerly views across the River Thames & transport links from Imperial wharf.

ÂŁ1,950,000 freehold

Chelsea & south Kensington

020 7594 4740

sales.chelsea@chestertonhumberts.com

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Pembroke Mews Kensington w8

An exceptionally bright 3 bedroom mews house situated in a quiet enclave behind Edwardes square. The property benefits from a 29ft L-shaped open plan kitchen/reception room on the 1st floor. The master bedroom with en-suite is on the top floor. 2 further double bedrooms & a bathroom are on the ground floor together with the garage. The property is neutrally decorated with wood floors & modern staircases.

ÂŁ1,725,000 freehold

Kensington High street

020 7937 7244

sales.kensington@chestertonhumberts.com

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scarsdale Villas Kensington w8

Positioned on one of Kensington’s most sought-after streets is this exciting maisonette set within an end of terrace Victorian conversion. There is a large reception room with high ceilings & an open staircase leading to the bedrooms & bathrooms on the floor below. Off the master bedroom is a paved patio. The kitchen is essentially a conservatory with high ceilings creating a light & airy room.

ÂŁ1,375,000 share of freehold

Kensington High street

020 7937 7244

sales.kensington@chestertonhumberts.com

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Manresa Road SW3

Elystan Street SW3

This spectacular family home boasts excellent living space & an open plan reception room leading to a patio garden. A separate fully fitted modern kitchen, 4 double bedrooms each served by an en-suite or adjacent bathroom. Further benefits include a cinema room, sauna & secure garage.

A well presented penthouse apartment set over 2 floors in a sought-after development close to Chelsea Green. Comprising 3 double bedrooms with en-suite facilities, reception room with balcony, separate kitchen & guest cloakroom. The building facilities include a gym, swimming pool, parking, communal gardens & 24hr concierge.

Chelsea & South Kensington

Chelsea & South Kensington

lettings.chelsea@chestertonhumberts.com

lettings.chelsea@chestertonhumberts.com

£3,500 per week

020 7589 4585

£1,250 per week

020 7589 4585

Cromwell Road SW7

Adam & Eve Mews W8

A stunning triplex penthouse with outstanding views across London. The property has been refurbished & comprises 2 reception rooms, 3 double bedrooms, 3 modern en-suite bathrooms, a contemporary kitchen & 2 balconies.

A spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom mews house in this popular location just off Kensington High Street. The property comprises a lovely reception room that leads out to a terrace, separate kitchen also leading out to the terrace & a formal dining room.

Kensington High Street

Kensington High Street

lettings.kensington@chestertonhumberts.com

lettings.kensington@chestertonhumberts.com

£2,000 per week

020 7937 7260

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£1,500 per week

020 7937 7260


Argyll Road W8

Pembridge Villas W11

A fantastically proportioned 4 bedroom lateral apartment of approx. 1,874 sq ft. Comprising a stylish eat in kitchen, double reception room with wood floors, 2 bathrooms & a separate utility room. Recently refurbished to a high standard & located just off Kensington High Street.

A 2nd floor apartment in a stunning Victorian conversion in the heart of Notting Hill. Recently refurbished to the highest of standards & comprising an open plan kitchen, a large split level reception room with high ceilings, 2 large bedrooms, 2 beautiful bathrooms with under floor heating.

£1,900 per week

£995 per week

Kensington Church Street

Kensington Church Street

lettings.kensingtonchurchstreet@chestertonhumberts.com

lettings.kensingtonchurchstreet@chestertonhumberts.com

020 3040 8446

020 3040 8446

Eaton Square SW1W

Basil Street SW3

An exceptionally bright south facing apartment on the 3rd floor of this white stucco fronted period building on the north side of London’s most prestigious garden square. Reception room, dining hall, kitchen with utility area, 2 double bedrooms, bathroom, guest cloakroom, lift, porter, balcony & access to square garden.

Beautifully presented & in very good decorative order, this 2nd floor apartment is in one of Knightsbridge’s finest portered mansion blocks moments away from Harrods & Hyde Park. Reception/dining room, eat in kitchen, 2 double bedrooms & 2 bathrooms.

£1,625 per week

£1,095 per week

Knightsbridge & Belgravia

Knightsbridge & Belgravia

lettings.knightsbridge@chestertonhumberts.com

lettings.knightsbridge@chestertonhumberts.com

020 7235 3530

020 7235 3530

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Drayton Gardens SW1O £6,250,000 A rare opportunity to acquire a large, end-of-terrace house offering flexible accommodation over five floors. This fantastic property comprises a striking double reception room, a contemporary kitchen and a large dining area. The bedroom accommodation boasts a master suite with a dressing area and luxury bathroom, three further en suite bedrooms, an additional shower room, a large private terrace and off-street parking. Freehold. Joint Sole Agent.

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Scarsdale Villas W8 ÂŁ6,000,000 This superb family home has been beautifully refurbished throughout and comprises a modern kitchen leading onto the garden, two reception rooms, five bedrooms including a master with en suite bathroom and a further family bathroom. The property further benefits from off street parking and a south facing garden. Freehold. Joint Sole Agent.

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Bedford Gardens W8 £4,950,000 This stunning Grade II listed period Kensington house features a wonderful double reception room on the ground floor, a lower ground floor kitchen/dining room, a large master bedroom suite, a further two bedrooms and three bathrooms. The property also benefits from a separate artist’s studio situated at the end of the superb private garden. Freehold. 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, 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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Denbigh Close SW1 ÂŁ2,800,000 Located in a very popular, modern building with excellent security and a daytime porter, this duplex apartment provides a large reception room with a terrace overlooking the private garden below, a large kitchen with breakfast bar leading to a dining area, two large bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms and plenty of built-in storage. Chesham Street is a popular Belgravia address moments from the international boutiques of Sloane Street. Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Farm Place W8 £2,150,000 Situated in the ever popular ‘Hillgate Village’ area, this charming house benefits from excellent living/ entertaining space throughout and a delightful patio garden. The accommodation includes a large double reception room, a kitchen with access to a balcony, a second reception room, a superb master bedroom with en suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and a bathroom. Freehold. Sole Agents.

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Lennox Gardens SW1 ÂŁ5,000 per week Perfectly situated in prime Knightsbridge, this apartment is presented in excellent condition throughout. The accommodation includes an impressive reception room with vaulted ceilings, a large fitted kitchen, a separate dining area, a generous master suite with dressing room and contemporary en suite bathroom, three further double bedrooms, all en suite and an additional family room with access to a private roof terrace.

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Campden Hill Court W8 £2,500 per week This stunning four bedroom lateral apartment is located in an immaculate portered building in Kensington. The property enjoys a beautiful double reception room, a separate eat-in kitchen, four double bedrooms and two modern bathrooms. The property has been refurbished to the highest standard and enjoys an abundance of natural light.

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£5,250,000 Freehold

Presented in good condition, this five storey end of terrace Freehold house offers versatile living space and is located on the corner of Eaton Terrace and Chester Row. Currently Let but available as an on-going investment. Three receptions | kitchen | four bedrooms | four bathrooms

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Winkworth Knightsbridge | 020 7589 6616 | Knightsbridge@winkworth.co.uk

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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

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

Trevor Square, SW7

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A beautifully presented lateral apartment in this converted former Harrods warehouse. Constructed with the highest attention to details with quality fixtures and fittings the flat has a modern feel. Reception | kitchen | two bedrooms | two bathrooms | communal terrace | porter | secure parking

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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. 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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Brunswick Gardens, W8

£1,485,000 Share of freehold

A beautifully presented two bedroom upper maisonette situated on the second and third floors of a stucco fronted Victorian house. The property has a good sized drawing room with a square arch through to a modern kitchen. The principal bedroom has en suite bathroom whilst the second double bedroom is served by a well fitted shower room.

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Entrance hall | drawing room | modern kitchen with French windows onto ornamental balcony | principal bedroom with en suite bathroom | second double bedroom | shower room

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Peel Street, Peel W8 Street, W8

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

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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

Gordon Place, W8

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A beautifully presented Victorian terraced house situated on the favoured east side of an unique and enchanting garden pathway. The property has an elegant double reception room which leads to a large and an extremely bright kitchen/dining room. Upstairs there are two very generous double bedrooms which are served by two equally generous bathrooms. CGP23335 WIN SALES CGP23335 TLM 02W.indd WIN SALES 2 TLM 02W.indd 2

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Entrance hall | double reception room | kitchen/dining room | master bedroom | further double bedroom | 2 bathrooms | attractive west facing garden

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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

winkworth.co.uk winkworth.co.uk St. Lukes Road, W11

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£3,350,000 Freehold

A wonderful and elegantly proportioned family home of 3387sqft (315sqm), bursting with period charm, featuring a large garden and currently offering the benefit of a separate nanny flat on the lower ground floor.

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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

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

Princes Mews, W2

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A simply exceptional four storey mews house rebuilt from top to bottom with exacting attention to detail and outstanding architectural design, featuring a glass cantilevered staircase flooding light down the entire back of the house drawing four floors together effortlessly.

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Reception | kitchen | master bedroom floor | two further bedrooms | bathroom

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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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Stanhope Gardens, London, SW7

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£3,150,000 Leasehold

An ideal family apartment, this striking three bedroom ground and garden maisonette directly overlooks the attractive communal gardens to which it enjoys access with the benefit of fantastic private outside space. This wonderful apartment is arranged over two entire floors and extends to an impressive 1,893 sq/ft (176 sq/m) of accommodation with an additional 822 sq/ft (76 sq/m) of outside space and has been the subject of an intensive refurbishment programme by the current owners.

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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

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

Lexham Gardens, W8

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£875 per week Unfurnished

A stunning three bedroom flat located on the lower ground floor of this beautiful period building. The accommodation comprises two double bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms, a third single bedroom/study, family bathroom, large kitchen, large reception room, conservatory room and two gardens. The property is available on an unfurnished basis. Lexham Gardens is ideally located for the transport links or either Gloucester Road or High Street Kensington as well as the many shops, bars and restaurants. CGP23335 WIN SALES CGP23335 TLM 02W.indd WIN SALES 2 TLM 02W.indd 2

Three bedroom Flat | one reception room | three bathrooms | lower ground floor | conservatory | unfurnished

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Campden Street, W8

£1,700 per week

A newly modernised terraced house comprising of four bedrooms, double reception room, fully fitted kitchen breakfast room/conservatory, utility room and three bathrooms and a guest cloakroom. Further benefits include a private patio accessed via the kitchen, wooden floors and modern fixtures and fittings throughout. Located close to all amenities of High Street Kensington, Notting Hill and within walking distance to Notting Hill Gate underground station. Terraced house | four bedrooms | double reception room | three bathrooms | guest cloakroom | private patio | furnished or unfurnished

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. 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

winkworth.co.uk winkworth.co.uk Holland Park, W11

£1,000 per week

A stunning two bedroom flat situated in a well maintained white fronted villa on a popular tree lined road. Accommodation includes two double bedrooms with built in wardrobes, reception room with dining area, fully fitted kitchen, family wet room and a en-suite bathroom. Benefits include bright rooms, modern fixtures fittings throughout and access to communal gardens via the master bedroom and side of the building. Located on Holland Park close CGP23335 WIN SALES CGP23335 TLM 02W.indd WIN SALES 1andTLM 02W.indd 1 28/05/2012 10:28 to all amenities of Holland Park and located between Notting Hill, Westfield shopping centre and walking distance to Holland Park underground station. Ground floor flat | two double bedrooms | reception room | fully fitted kitchen | two bathrooms | communal gardens | furnished

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

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PROPERTY

Agency Fees Worldwide David Adams, from estate agent John Taylor, looks at how property prices have tended to rise in areas of high economic activity and how this is reflected in the most dynamic parts of the world Within this orbit, estate agency fees and levels of service vary massively around the world and also within countries. The contrast between Central London and the rest of the UK is probably the most extreme: prices in Central London have soared as international buyers look to preserve and diversify their capital away from the volatility of their own domestic economies. One of the odder features of the capital’s property market is that agents have maintained their fees at 2 per cent (plus) while in other parts of the country where sales are sluggish, fees have fallen to below 1 per cent. By contrast, in Europe property fees have tended to be at a much higher level. John Taylor, the estate agent with offices in places including Monaco, Nice, Courcheval, Milan, Paris and Geneva, has recently established an office in London and is uniquely placed to comment. In 1991 I worked in Australia where the fees are 5 per cent of the first £18,000 and 2.5 per cent of the balance. Normally this worked out at 3 per cent. Agents worked seven days a week, launching houses on site and opening houses every weekend (open house), or every second weekend, as well as advertising mobile numbers, taking calls seven days a week at all

UK (out of London): 1-2%* US & Canada: up to 6% (average fee: 5.4% in 2011)

hours, and driving buyers around the houses. I remember my first mobile number being on every board. Interestingly the Central London market has now moved in this direction but with a twist. Many property transactions in London have a fee paid to the selling agent of 2 per cent for a sole agency and a fee paid to the buying agent by the buyer of 1.5 per cent, yielding a fee of 3.5 per cent for the transaction. In the last decade, we have seen seven days a week services introduced in the capital. Houses are now being launched by agents on site. A number of brands are using open house and I am talking to buyers seven days a week. Buying agents are driving their buyers around the houses. Agents who are offering these services are therefore providing good value for this service. As a comparison, in places like Monaco, the fees can add up to 8 per cent split between buying and selling agents. London is a very competitive market place on fees and it is interesting to see the service levels rising to meet the demand from internationals who are looking at buying a number of properties across a number of centres in Europe, and who are looking for one trusted point of contact for their property requirements. Central London’s International buyers are slowly making Europe one big marketplace. John Taylor, 53 Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K 5JH 020 3284 1888 To contact David, call 07876 545986, email dadams@john-taylor.com or find David on Twitter (@DavidAdamsEA)

UK (London): 2% plus*

France: 5% Monaco: 5% (seller) + 3% (buyer)

South Africa: 6% (plus VAT for for an exclusive mandate paid by the seller)

Australia: 2-2.5% (metropolitan areas); 2-3% (outside metropolitan areas)

New Zealand: 4.5%

Approximate agency fees worldwide (*sole mandates only)

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“My clients enjoy a close, professional relationship where I keep them informed every step of the way making sure their needs are always my priority. It may be why so many of our clients – 97% in fact, are happy to recommend us.”


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Classic Belgravia Townhouse

Wilton Place Belgravia SW1 An elegant freehold family house situated on this extremely attractive terrace with views across to St Paul’s Knightsbridge. The house is presented beautifully throughout and offers flexible accommodation and grand reception spaces. Just around the corner from Hyde Park and a short distance to Green Park and the world renowned shopping district of Knightsbridge, including Harrods and Harvey Nichols. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 6 further bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, first floor drawing room, reception room, dining room, family room, kitchen/breakfast room, laundry, vaults, garden, terrace.

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Entertain on a grand scale

Upper Cheyne Row Chelsea SW3

Freehold Price on application

An exceptional and highly individual freehold house of great volume discreetly located in this charming street in the heart of ‘Old Chelsea’lying between the Kings Road and the river. Designed with over 7,500 sq ft of contemporary double and triple height accommodation with interconnecting reception rooms providing for fabulous family living or entertaining on a large scale. The house has the much sought after benefit of off street parking. ��� Mezzanine Dining Room

• Floating library

• Cinema Room

• Plant Room

• Study/Office

• 6 Bedrooms

• Roof Terrace

• Kitchen/ Breakfast room

• Guest Cloakroom

• 5 Bathrooms

• Patio Garden

• Wine Room

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Ideal Freehold

Adam & Eve Mews Kensington W8 A superb freehold house (107 sq m/1,152 sq ft approx.) ideally situated just moments from Kensington High Street in a highly sought after cobbled mews. Practically arranged over three floors, the property offers light and elegant living and entertaining space complete with an integrated garage. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, shower room/utility room, cloakroom, garage. Refreshingly different estate agents

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Split Level Living

Culford Gardens Chelsea SW3 A particularly bright penthouse flat with a private south facing balcony, in a popular portered red brick period block with a lift. Culford Gardens is a residential one way street behind the Kings Road, moments from Sloane Square, therefore ideally situated for the transport and shopping facilities. 3 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom, private terrace, porter.

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Lennox Gardens, Knightsbridge SW1 • 2 Bedrooms

• Fully fitted kitchen

• 2 Bathrooms

• Balcony

• Reception room

• Approx. 1,030 sq ft (95 sq m)

“ A wonderful first floor apartment with high ceilings in this period building in Knightsbridge”

£1,850 per week Furnished / unfurnished

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

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Queen’s Gate, South Kensington SW7 • 3 Bedrooms

• Eat-in kitchen

• 3 Bathrooms

• Balcony

• Reception room

• Approx. 2,195 sq ft (203 sq m)

“ A fabulous first floor apartment located moments from the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park”

£2,400 per week Unfurnished

For more information call, Charlie Woods, on 020 7306 1630 or email cwoods@waellis.co.uk

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Gilston Road

London SW10

A rare opportunity to purchase a unique double fronted, semi detached white stucco fronted house, set behind a high wall with a secluded pretty garden. There is planning permission to substantially extend from approximately 3,705 sq ft (344 sqm) to 5,280 sq ft (490.52 sqm). Gilston Road is in the heart of the Boltons Conservation Area. Entrance hall: Drawing room: Sitting room: Dining room: Study: Kitchen/Breakfast room: Master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom: Further bedroom with ensuite shower room: Staff bedroom with shower room and cloakroom: Utility room: Guest cloakroom: Front and side garden   Savills Sloane Street 139 Sloane Street SW1

020 7730 0822 Savills Knightsbridge 188 Brompton Road SW3

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020 7581 5234

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COLLINGHAM GARDENS, SW5 Excellent 1st floor (lift) flat with a fabulous drawing room having a dual aspect and views over Bramham Gardens from the balcony. 2/3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), drawing room, galleried dining room, study/bedroom 3. Freehold Share Guide Price £2,250,000

PHILBEACH GARDENS, SW5 An unmodernised ground and 1st floor maisonette with direct access to communal gardens via a private patio. 3 bedrooms, shower room, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, 2 cloakrooms, private patio. Lease to 2136 Guide Price £1,500,000

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3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), en suite shower room, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, storage room. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ4,500,000

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SMITH TERRACE, SW3 A wonderful house offered in immaculate decorative condition with a private roof terrace and a south facing rear garden. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room. Unfurnished £1,950 per week CHELSEA 020 7352 8111 chl.lets@johndwood.co.uk

COLLINGHAM GARDENS, SW5 An elegant refurbished 1st floor flat located in a handsome period conversion with garden views, generous proportions and a front terrace. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room. Furnished/Unfurnished £1,595 per week SOUTH KENSINGTON 020 7835 0044 skn.lets@johndwood.co.uk

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TITE STREET, SW3

CROWN LODGE, SW3

An elegant, recently refurbished flat in a historic building, which was once the home of Oscar Wilde.

A well arranged 1st floor flat (lift) in this popular development just off Chelsea Green, benefiting from a secure underground parking space.

Bedroom, en suite shower room, open-plan reception room/kitchen, hallway.

2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, reception room, caretaker, porter, gym, swimming pool, landscaped gardens.

Freehold Share Guide Price £1,295,000

Lease to 2986 Guide Price £1,295,000

CHEYNE WALK, SW3

PIER HOUSE, SW3

A charming 1 floor Chelsea flat, in an attractive period building on the historic Cheyne Walk with fine views over the river.

A recently updated ground floor flat in a popular portered building on the corner of Cheyne Walk and Oakley Street, benefiting from an off-street parking space.

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Bedroom, bathroom, open-plan reception room/kitchen.

2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, cloakroom, porter, lift. Freehold Share Guide Price £1,200,000

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Onslow Gardens, SW7

ÂŁ1,999,950 | Leasehold

A beautiful refurbished three bedroom duplex on the ground & lower ground floors of this white stucco fronted property with direct access to the stunning communal gardens. Onslow Gardens is very well positioned within easy walking distance of the fashionable South Kensington with its excellent transport links, shopping opportunities and restaurants, as well as moments from Gloucester Road underground station. Two bedrooms, Master bedroom with en suite, Reception, Kitchen, Dining room, Family bathroom

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

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Pier House, SW3

ÂŁ1, 475,000 | Share of Freehold

Superbly presented two bedroom flat on the fifth floor (with lift) of this sought after modern purpose built block. The apartment benefits from excellent contemporary refurbishment which includes marble flooring. The flat has an allocated secure underground parking space and Pier House boasts a smart lobby area with 24 hour porterage, guest parking and is well located on the corner of Oakley Street and Cheyne Walk in the heart of fashionable Chelsea. 987 years remaining on the lease also with a share of freehold. Two bedrooms, Bathroom, Kitchen, Reception, Lift, Porter, Parking space

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

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Ormonde Gate, SW3

ÂŁ550 per week | Furnished

A light and spacious one bedroom apartment on the second floor of this red brick period building. The property, well arranged over 624 square feet, has been neutrally decorated throughout with a modern kitchen and bathroom, and has lovely views over gardens from the bedroom.

Double bedroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Cloakroom

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

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Sloane Court East, SW3

ÂŁ2,950 per week | Furnished

A fantastic four bedroom house quietly situated in the heart of Chelsea. The property has the rare benefit of direct access to the elegant communal gardens and a private garage. This family home, which has been neutrally decorated throughout with wood flooring in the reception, has excellent entertaining space, high ceilings and staff accommodation. Well-located just 5 minutes walk from Sloane Square tube station and the Kings Road and a short walk across the river to Battersea Park. Available from the end August. Two bedrooms, Two bathrooms, Kitchen, Reception room, Study

2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU 020 7581 5011

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Campden Hill Gardens, W8

£3,500,000 Freehold

A spectacular former artist’s studio with extraordinary space and an abundance of natural light. Lovingly arranged over three floors, the property features tremendous vaulted ceilings and large skylights within the open plan reception and kitchen. The master bedroom suite encompasses the lower ground floor with a fabulous dressing area and luxurious bathroom, whilst the second bedroom and guest cloakroom occupies the raised ground floor. The house is beautifully presented throughout and features a private south facing patio garden.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU Email: info@domusnova.com Tel: 0207 727 1717 Fax: 0207 727 2030 Web: www.domusnova.com Domus loves: Dinner at Clarke’s on Kensington Church Street


Hillgate Street, W8 ÂŁ8,250,000 Freehold

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


Leamington Road Villas, W11

ÂŁ3, 500 per week

Affectionately refurbished by De Matos Ryan Architects and interior designed by Carden Cunietti.

Encompassing five luxurious floors, the lower level offers incredible entertaining space and beautiful landscaped gardens, alongside a smart guest bedroom, en suite dressing room and guest shower/cloakroom. There is a stylish mezzanine dedicated entirely to a contemporary fitted kitchen whilst on the floor above, is the formal reception room. The remaining floors consist of the master bedroom suite with sizeable dressing room and en suite bathroom, three further bedrooms and additional family bathroom.

17 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2EU Email: info@domusnova.com Tel: 0207 727 1717 Fax: 0207 727 2030 Web: www.domusnova.com Domus loves: fresh designs at Wolf & Badger on Ledbury Road


Westbourne Park Villas, W2 ÂŁ2,500 per week

Jaw-dropping minimalism and immaculately presented throughout.

Comprising a generous 33’ reception room, the first floor of this two bedroom maisonette features stylish white wood floors, high ceiling and floor to ceiling sash windows. Furthermore, there is a modern white kitchen fully-fitted with all appliances, a utility room and a study. Two spacious double bedrooms and two bathrooms occupy the upper floors, in addition to a wide south facing roof terrace that provides incredible views of the surrounding area.


QUEEN’S GATE PLACE MEWS, SW7 A substantial mews house with excellent living space on the first floor, bedrooms on the second floor and garage and self-contained studio or nanny flat occupying the ground floor. Open-plan reception room, kitchen and dining room; master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and steam room, 2 further bedrooms, shower room, selfcontained studio/office with kitchenette and shower room, patio, terrace, garage.

Freehold £4,200,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

HESPER MEWS, SW5 An exceptionally stylish house with very well proportioned rooms throughout offering contemporary style living together with very high specification kitchen and bathrooms. Reception room, kitchen/dining area, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, double bedroom, shower room, roof terrace, garage.

Freehold £2,350,000 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 £1,250,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

BURNABY STREET, SW10 A delightful four bedroom, three reception room, bay fronted Victorian house located just south of the Kings Road. 4 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, 2 bathrooms, separate cloakroom/WC, roof terrace and garden.

Freehold £1,625,000 STC South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

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PRINCE’S GATE MEWS, SW7 An extremely bright and neutrally decorated three storey mews house in South Kensington which would make an excellent central London home. Eat in kitchen, first floor reception room, open plan study on the top floor, master bedroom with en-suite, large balcony, double bedroom with en-suite, second double bedroom with en-suite, cloakroom and garage.

£1,600 per week Un/part/furnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

DRAYSON MEWS, W8 A mews house that offers excellent accommodation in a lively and desirable location. Being a corner property it is a really light and bright house. Large and bright double reception, galley style kitchen, 5 double bedrooms, study, 3 bathrooms, cloakroom, off street parking space.

£1,480 per week Unfurnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

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CANNING PLACE, W8 The quintessential pad for the successful businessman (or woman!) with a desirable London postcode. Double reception room, kitchen/ breakfast room, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, double bedroom with en-suite bath & shower room, study area, cloakroom, private courtyard, air conditioning throughout.

ÂŁ1,475 per week Un/furnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

HESPER MEWS, SW5 An exceptionally stylish house with very well proportioned rooms. Reception room, kitchen/dining area, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, double bedroom, shower room, roof terrace, garage.

ÂŁ1,300 per week Unfurnished South Kensington Office 020 7590 9955

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The New Facade on Montpelier Street When offered the prospect of a second opportunity in the locally nick-named, ‘cursed office’ anyone would think twice. 20 Montpelier Street has seen more than a handful of estate agents in less than two decades take on this modest, yet attractive ground and lower ground floor corner shop. It is prominent and eyecatching, opposite the hustle and bustle of Harrods, yet thankfully quieter, just away from the by Caroline MacLean Brompton Road traffic, set with Head of Sales & Lettings the serene Montpelier Square 020 7838 3901 carolinemaclean@messilaresidential.com in its background, opposite the landmarks of Bonhams and Montpeliano’s restaurant. Obviously, when considering such an opportunity, I was questioning how Messila Residential were going to root their foundations here where others have failed. Well, I knew the physical walls of the office as I had worked in them for three years, so I went straight to Messila HQ in Mayfair where Messila House, our parent company, has been on South Audley Street since the 60’s. I had been sold the ‘ big family company’ story, but having always worked for family run companies, I felt I had been there, done that, but when I got there I realised it was not just the Al Hassawi family (the owners) that they meant. HQ employs every race, religion and colour you can think of, and each new door I knocked on gave me a new surprise, a chattier character and an even friendlier smile. Any questions with a ‘too good to be true’ answer just got a response ‘that’s Messila for you’. So next I considered the question who on earth are Messila? It didn’t naturally sound to me like an Arabic word to associate with a Kuwaiti company. Turns out Messila is a district in Kuwait where Messila Beach is one of our luxury sea front developments, an extremely well regarded holiday destination with white sandy beaches and clear blue seas. Having now spent time in all our prime central London offices, I have been amazed by the resonance of the Messila name, around the local residents and its association with a truly special and successful family. I have MAYFAIR

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old clients praising my new bosses in high esteem (some of my clients, I have come to learn, know my bosses better than I do)! So it seems I have finally found a family company with true family values and the intellect to be truly successful. Their address book is not half bad either, belittles mine somewhat! So, what does the Messila Group do, or perhaps a more appropriate question is what do we not do? Well, International property is our big thing, on all scales, from unique exquisite hotels to small basement apartments. To give you a few other areas, we love cars, old and new (you may have spotted some of them at the Motcomb Street Diamond Jubilee event of which we were proud to be sole sponsors), we support a lot of charities worldwide, we are moving into restaurants, and we have just acquired a notable Football Club. The Messila name has been quiet behind our estate agency interests for fifteen years but has now decided to grow the office network under a re-brand and find super prime spots in Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Marylebone and Regent’s Park. They have not finished there either; their ambitions only come on one scale, large. Our Messila Residential teams speak anything from Russian, Chinese, Arabic and Farsi to a plethora of European languages, quite surprising I would say, for what looks from the outside like a small independent company. We have our little quirks, of course. My resounding memory of my first day with Messila, is my Director telling me ‘we’re chandelier people so we’ve put a steel beam in your office to support one’. I have to say I was slightly anxious but they beautifully compliment our contemporary, sleek offices and I hope you will enjoy them too. You can read about me and my team on our website and please do; our profiles are there for a reason. We want our clients to get to know our team. As an agent in this exceptional area, that I am privileged to be a part of, I will only ever condone the highest level of customer service and my team know no less. Messila Residential are new to Knightsbridge as a brand but our property background in Knightsbridge and Mayfair goes back nearly half a century. I am so excited by what I have been given to work with and the opportunities laid before me, whatever this market brings for the rest of 2012, which anyone will admit is challenging. Messila Residential are a resilient bunch and my little corner shop is mine again. MAYFAIR

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LATERAL APARTMENT WITH REFURBISHMENT POTENTIAL Park Mansions, Knightsbridge, London SW1X

ÂŁ1,800,000 Leasehold

A spacious two double bedroom apartment situated on a high floor in this popular and superbly located 24 hour portered mansion block. Currently comprising reception room, separate kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, second double bedroom with ensuite shower room, and separate guest cloakroom. The apartment could benefit from a degree of modernisation but benefits from superb natural light, and is available to purchase with a long lease.

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KNIGHTSBRIDGE

MARYLEBONE

REGENTS PARK


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AMBASSADORIAL HOME NEIGHBOURING MOTCOMB STREET Wilton Crescent, Belgravia, London, SW1X

ÂŁ32,000,000 Freehold

An exceptional Grade II Listed, Freehold residence, once home to the late Baronet, Sir Percy Loraine, a British Diplomat. Now adjoined to the Mews house at the rear providing extensive, ambassadorial style accommodation including four reception rooms, seven bedrooms, internal lift, partial air conditioning, several terraces, two garages and three private entrances.

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Eaton Place, SW1 An elegant west facing first floor balcony flat with period features, high ceilings and an impressive 38 ft reception room with the property extending to 1252 sq ft. Located on the corner of the building with great natural light, this white stucco fronted property is located in the heart of Belgravia, a short walk from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge. Reception Room, Bedroom, Bathroom, Shower Room, Fitted Kitchen, Resident Parking Permits Available

Leasehold 24 Years

ÂŁ2,375,000 OFFICES AT KNIGHTSBRIDGE & MARBLE ARCH


Clarges Street, W1 A stunning Mayfair penthouse with a terrace and conservatory. This flat has 3 bedrooms and an open plan reception and dining area. A secure underground parking space is included in this block with lift and porter. Open Plan Reception and Dining Area, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (1 En-suite), Shower Room, Utility Room, Terrace

Leasehold 94 Years

ÂŁ5,400,000

KNIGHTSBRIDGE: 51 BEAUCHAMP PLACE LONDON SW3 1NY 020 7581 7646


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.

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Mayfair W1K One of Mayfairs most exclusive addresses, Fountain House, on Park Lane, offers views of Hyde Park from 2 of 3 reception rooms, and 3 bedrooms. Additional seperate staff bedroom ensuite. Open plan layout, secure 24 hour porterage service and reception.

ÂŁ7,900,000 GUIDE Leasehold Approx 88 years remaining Sole Agent Please contact:

David Adams Managing Director - UK

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Chepstow Crescent, Notting Hill W11 An impeccable five bedroom family house, well located for local schools. Three reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Master bedroom suite Four further bedrooms • Bathroom • Two further shower rooms • Cinema/ media room • Garden • Off street parking • Superb ceiling height Approximately 3,003 sq ft / 279 sq m

Guide Price: £6,250,000 Freehold

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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

Philippa Cockburn

020 7808 8543

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

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CRESCENT PLACE SW3 A truly amazing double fronted house arranged over 3 floors with fantastic entertaining space & a stunning glass feature staircase. This unique period property has been designed in a contemporary style & boasts private parking for up to 3 cars. • Open plan kitchen / reception room • Dining room • Master bedroom suite • 2nd bedroom with en-suite shower room • Study • Shower room • Utility room • Storage • Secluded garden terraces

£4,500,000 freehold

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ROLAND GARDENS SW10 A fabulous newly modernised 3 double bedroom, 3 bathroom garden apartment set within a Victorian period building. The apartment has been meticulously refurbished using high quality materials & attention to detail. • Entrance hall • Reception room • Kitchen/dining room • Master bedroom with en-suite • 2 further bedroom (1 en-suite shower room) • Bathroom • Vaults • Patio garden

£2,250,000 leasehold Farleys 44-48 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DY

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Property

13 Mallord Street, SW3 Richard Brown profiles the life of Winnie-the-Pooh creator A. A. Milne, who moved into 13 Mallord Street, formerly number 11, in the summer of 1919

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So popular are A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh stories that 45 years after the author’s death, the Disney Corporation was happy to pay £225 million for the rights to them. Indeed, since the anthropomorphic bear first appeared in print in 1926, the stories of Pooh and his friends have been translated into several languages, jumping from the page to the big screen to become one of the most successful children’s entertainment franchises of all time: not bad for an anthology of narratives inspired by the lifeless form of a collection of childrens’ toys.

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Born in January 1882 to Scottish school teacher John Vince, Alan Alexander Milne was first educated at his father’s Henley House School in Kilburn, London. From there, having been taught for a year by H. G. Wells, Milne moved on to Westminster School before attending Trinity College, Cambridge. It was there that his literary career began, editing student magazine Granta while penning collaborative articles with his brother Kenneth. His writings soon attracted the attention of Punch magazine to which he started submitting humorous poems and essays. After his first book Lovers in London proved to be commercially unsuccessful, Owen Seamen, Punch’s owner, offered him a job as an assistant editor. He accepted and remained in the position until the outbreak of the First World War. Before then, however, he would be introduced to Seamen’s goddaughter Dorothy De Selincourt, who he married in 1913. Seven years later, having been discharged from the army with a debilitating illness in 1919, Milne’s son Christopher Robin was born. The arrival spurred a change in Milne’s writing style and he started writing short verse tales for children. After the success of The Doormouse and the Doctor published in The Merry Go Round magazine, Milne was encouraged to write When We Were Young, published in 1924. Two of the books that followed would cement Milne as one of the century’s most loved children’s storytellers. Illustrated by his close friend Ernest Shepard, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928) tell the tale of young (fictional) Christopher Robin and his friends Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, inspired by Christopher Robin Milne’s own toys that now sit behind glass in a New York museum. Winnie-the-Pooh, the most famous of the characters, was based on Milne’s son’s stuffed bear, named after a Canadian black bear named Winnie that was used as a military mascot in the First World War. The setting of the stories, the Hundred Acre Wood, was the fictional embodiment of East Sussex’s Five Hundred Acre Wood in Ashdown Forest, on whose northern edge Milne for a time lived. “In that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his bear will always be playing,” Milne once wrote. Milne called 13 (formerly 11) Mallord Street home for most of his creative years; When We Were Young (1924), Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), Now We Are Six (1927) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928) were all completing during Milne’s tenure of the property. It was also the residence where Billy, as Christopher Robin was known, was born and where he was educated by his nanny, Olive Rand. Having lived in flats for years, Milne found it thrilling to live in a house that had “an outside personality as well as an inside one.” While A. A. Milne wrote more than 30 plays and various children’s poems, his name has become most synonymous with the exploits of a certain teddy bear. Nearly half a century after his death, Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh books remain bestsellers, while the wooden Pooh Bridge in Ashdown Forest, where Pooh and Piglet invented Poohsticks, Steve Mann / Shutterstock has become a renowned tourist attraction.

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The Pastor Group is offering our discerning clientele a rare opportunity to reside within the new “Le Simona” building, overlooking Monaco and situated on the edge of an exceptional park. The development comprises of twenty one luxurious four bedroom duplex apartments each offering large terraces and private swimming pool. A further magnificent triplex is available on the top floors of this iconic building, boasting three bedroom suites, private swimming pool and a large roof terrace. This visionary building provides uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean Sea, each apartment benefitting from stylish living space through highspecification design and finishes, all with communal access to the exclusive in-house spa and leisure facilities, such as a contemporary indoor swimming pool, sauna and hammam, gymnasium and massage rooms as well as a concierge service and relaxation garden. The apartments will be completed in the final quarter of 2012 and available to rent for the first time with a minimum 3 year lease.

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St.Mary’s Gate, Kensington Green, W8 Stunning Newly Refurbished 3300 sq ft FIVE Bedroom Family House with Double Garage and Garden in this sought after gated development in the Heart of Kensington. Email for a brochure with floor plan.

Unfurnished, available immediately for Long Let

www.proprium-estates.co.uk 020 7589 6298 justin@proprium.co.uk

ÂŁ4250 per week


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Elm Park Gardens SW10 £ 1,375,000 Leasehold 94 years unexpired Sole Agents A ground floor lateral apartment with two large bay windows overlooking communal gardens to which there is direct access from reception. 2/3 Bedrooms 1 /2 Reception Rooms Kitchen | Bathroom Flexible layout

Redcliffe Square SW10 £1,450,000. STC Share of Freehold An elegant ground floor apartment with high (3.7m /12 ft) ceiling heights in this popular Square with easy access to Earl’s Court / Fulham Rd. 2 Bedrooms: one with bath en-suite Shower/WC | Reception Eat-in kitchen

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Cadogan Gardens | Chelsea | SW3 1,823 sq ft (169.4 sq m)

An extremely attractive and recently refurbished 3/4 bedroom apartment in this well located portered building. Entrance hall | Kitchen | Drawing room | Dining room | Four bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Resident caretaker | Lift | Separate storage | Access to Cadogan Square gardens by separate negotiation ÂŁ3,450,000 Leasehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

St Albans Grove | Kensington | W8 540 sq ft (50.2 sq m)

A charming and very special one bedroom freehold house over three floors, with the advantage of having a lovely terrace. Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen | Bedroom | Bathroom | Terrace Asking price ÂŁ995,000 Freehold

Kensington 020 7938 3666

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Elm Park Gardens | Chelsea | SW10 1,120 sq ft (104.05 sq m)

A beautifully refurbished three bedroom ground and lower ground floor maisonette with direct access to communal gardens. Drawing room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Bedroom two with en suite shower room | Bedroom three/study | Shower room | Utility room | Direct access to communal gardens Asking price ÂŁ1,950,000 Leasehold

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

Stafford Terrace | Kensington | W8 1,421 sq ft (132 sq m)

A super lateral first floor flat situated in a pretty stucco fronted building in this most desirable street. Reception room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Double bedroom Bedroom/study | Shower room | Balcony ÂŁ2,600 per week Furnished

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Our results speak for Horbury Crescent | Notting Hill | W11 2,481 sq ft (230.5 sq m)

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An attractive three bedroom house arranged over four floors.

Abbotsbury Close | Holland Park | W14

Stratford Road | Kensington | W8

1,727 sq ft (160.4 sq m)

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Asking price £1,050,000 Share of Freehold

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Holland Park | W11

A charming four bedroom mansion block flat.

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Abingdon Court | Kensington | W8 1,727sq sq ft (160.4 sq m)

Hale House | Kensington | W8

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Kensington 020 7938 3666

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111

Rupert Wiggin Kensington

Will Allen Kensington

Miles Meacock Notting Hill

James Gow Kensington

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Lansdowne Crescent | Notting Hill | W11 869 sq ft (80.7 sq m)

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Alistair Heather Notting Hill

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themselves... Peel Street | Kensington | W8 LET

A charming two bedroom house offering well balanced accommodation.

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Reception room Kitchen Double bedroom with en suite bathroom Double bedroom with en suite shower room Roof terrace Patio

A stunning newly refurbished light and spacious first floor apartment, located in this prime Holland Park address.

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Victoria Road | Kensington | W8

1,102 sq ft (102 sq m)

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Holland Park | W11

1,190 sq ft (111 sq m)

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4,286 sq ft (398.17 sq m)

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A wonderful Victorian family house.

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Drawing room Dining room Kitchen Study Master bedroom with en suite bathroom Five double bedrooms Four bathrooms Shower room Two cloakrooms Utility room Garden

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£1,350 per week Unfurnished

£8,500 per week Furnished

Kensington 020 7938 3866

Kensington 020 7938 3866

Kensington 020 7938 3866

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Ladbroke Square | Notting Hill | W11

Peel Street | Kensington | W8

Holland Park | W11

An immaculate flat overlooking Ladbroke Square.

A wonderful house boasting superb entertaining space.

A stunning flat in this highly desirable Holland Park villa.

730 sq ft (67.82 sq m)

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Reception room Kitchen Two bedrooms Bathroom Balcony Lift

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1,447 sq ft (134 sq m)

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Two reception rooms Kitchen Four bedrooms Three bathrooms Terrace

£850 per week Furnished/Unfurnished

£1,350 per week Unfurnished

£2,500 per week Unfurnished

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111

Kensington 020 7938 3866

Kensington 020 7938 3866

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Cope Place | Kensington | W8

Brunswick Gardens | Kensington | W8

Prince Edward Mansions | Notting Hill | W2

A superb family house arranged over four floors.

A fantastic Victorian stucco fronted family house.

A beautiful three bedroom flat.

2,098 sq ft (195 sq m)

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Two reception rooms Kitchen Five bedrooms Three bathrooms Garden

£2,250 per week Unfurnished

£4,500 per week Unfurnished

£1,700 per week Unfurnished

Kensington 020 7938 3866

Kensington 020 7938 3866

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111

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Sophie WedlockSmith Kensington

Claire Gamble Kensington

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Kensington 020 7938 3866

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111

Chris Cooke Kensington

Zoe Rose Notting Hill

Eloise Fraser Notting Hill

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Our results speak for Clabon Mews | Knightsbridge | SW1X 2,519 sq ft (234.02 sq m)

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An immaculately presented freehold mews house.

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Margaretta Terrace | Chelsea | SW3 1,888 sq ft (175.4 sq m)

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An extremely well maintained west-facing Grade II Listed house.

Drawing room Dining room Kitchen Six bedrooms Four bathrooms Garden Garage

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Seymour Walk | Chelsea | SW10 A recently refurbished house with wonderful entertaining space.

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Drawing room Kitchen/dining room Three bedrooms Two bathrooms Garden Roof terrace

Drawing room Kitchen/dining room Family room Five bedrooms Five bathrooms Utility room Garden Roof terrace Garage

Asking price £5,850,000 Freehold

Asking price £3,750,000 Freehold

Asking price £4,650,000 Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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Cranmer Court | Chelsea | SW3

Redesdale Street | Chelsea | SW3

Durham House | Chelsea | SW3

A super apartment in this highly regarded block.

An immaculate and beautifully presented maisonette.

An outstanding lateral penthouse flat.

937 sq ft (87.05 sq m)

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Drawing room Two bedrooms Bathroom Shower room Lift 24 hour porterage

Double reception room Kitchen Three bedrooms Two bath/shower rooms Utility room Terrace

Asking price £1,450,00 Share of Freehold

Asking price £1,950,000 Share of Freehold

Asking price £5,250,000 Share of Freehold

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

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Roland Gardens | S.Kensington | SW7

Stanhope Gardens | S.Kensington | SW7

Drayton Gardens | Chelsea | SW10

An exceptional flat with a superb landscaped garden.

A wonderfully bright first floor flat.

A luxurious flat with porter and secure parking.

1,769 sq ft (164.3 sq m)

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Reception room/kitchen Three bedrooms Two bathrooms Garden Two storage vaults

Reception room Kitchen/breakfast room Three double bedrooms Bathroom Shower room

Drawing/dining room Kitchen Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Lift

Asking price £2,650,000 Share of Freehold

Asking price £2,500,000 Leasehold

Asking price £2,295,000 Share of Freehold

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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Chelsea 020 7225 3866

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

Lulu Egerton Chelsea

Jonathan Inglis Chelsea

Simon Rose West Chelsea

Jason North Chelsea

Harry Wigram Chelsea

Stacy Sims West Chelsea

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themselves... Shawfield Street | Chelsea | SW3

Neville Street | Chelsea | SW7

1,636 sq ft (151.98 sq m)

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An excellent Grade II Listed period terraced house with a beautiful garden.

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3,265 sq ft (303 sq m)

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An exceptional family house over only four floors in this prime Chelsea street.

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Four reception rooms Kitchen Study Five bedrooms Three bathrooms Utility room Garden

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2,329 sq ft (216.37 sq m)

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A stunning house quietly situated in the heart of South Kensington.

Double reception Kitchen Dining room Three double bedrooms Two en suite bathrooms Shower room Garden Roof terrace

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£1,900 per week Unfurnished

£4,750 per week Unfurnished

£4,250 per week Unfurnished

Chelsea 020 7589 9966

Chelsea 020 7589 9966

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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Ovington Street | Chelsea | SW3

Elm Park Gardens | Chelsea | SW10

Old Church Street | Chelsea | SW3

A delightful three bedroom family house.

A beautiful flat in immaculate condition.

A wonderful triple aspect apartment.

1,717 sq ft (160 sq m)

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Double reception Dining room Kitchen Three double bedrooms Three bathrooms Garden

Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Reception room Kitchen Access to communal gardens

£1,750 per week Unfurnished

£1,200 per week Furnished

£3,350 per week Furnished

Chelsea 020 7589 9966

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

Chelsea 020 7589 9966

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Open plan kitchen/reception room Four bedrooms Three bathrooms

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Evelyn Gardens | Chelsea | SW7

Onslow Gardens | Chelsea | SW3

Redcliffe Road | Chelsea | SW10

An outstanding ground floor maisonette.

A stunning newly refurbished first floor flat finished to an exceptional standard.

A well proportioned, bright and spacious, split level flat.

2,657 sq ft (246.84 sq m)

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Two reception rooms Study Eat-in kitchen Four bedrooms Utility room Access to communal gardens

1,079 sq ft (100.24 sq m)

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Reception Kitchen Two bedrooms Garden square

Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Reception room Kitchen

£3,500 per week Unfurnished

£1,100 per week Furnished

£850 per week Unfurnished

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

Chelsea 020 7589 9966

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

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Chelsea 020 7589 9966

West Chelsea 020 7373 1010

Zoe Innes Chelsea

Logan Cordy Chelsea

Gabriella Wilcken West Chelsea

Anna Tarsey Chelsea

Nicki Upton West Chelsea

Louise Sergeant West Chelsea

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The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine August 2012