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10. Editor’s letter 12. Five minutes with... Managing director of Dukes, Debrah Dhugga 14. Couture culture 16. Spotlight: Gilty pleasures Access exclusive off-market homes with The Gilt Club 18. Profile: Fran Hickman The Chess Club designer on embracing the bold 93. Back in time: Essie Mayfair’s Persian carpet shop

75. Restaurant review: Bombay Bustle

22. Art news

40. Where watches are made Behind the scenes at Blancpain’s headquarters


77. Travel news

23. Prize lots 24. In her element Michele Oka Doner discusses her new exhibition at David Gill Gallery 28. Pablo Picasso: the year of love, fame and tragedy Ellen Millard previews the Tate Modern’s new show

collection 34. Jewellery news

43. Style her

78. Suite dreams: Adare Manor

44. Fashion shoot

80. City break: Colombo

53. Style him

82. Breathe out Hannah Clugston recharges at Lefay’s Lake Garda resort

interiors 56. Interiors news 58. His and hers Zoe Dare Hall explores the trend for creating two homes within one

35. Objects of desire 36. Chain reaction Rachael Taylor finds there’s more to men’s jewellery

64. Now you see me Unusual household objects

health & beauty 68. Health & beauty news 69. Salon review: Gielly Green


high life 72. Food & drink news


84. Southern comfort Nick Smith goes ‘porching’ in South Carolina 88. Points on a compass The new Jeep Compass SUV

property 94. Property news

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From the APRIL 2018

Editor Hannah Lemon Associate Editor Camilla Apcar

Going for


Designer Fran Hickman urges us to be more daring with our interior choices Words: LAUrEN roMANo

Assistant Editors Marianne Dick Ellen Millard Contributing Editor Lauren Romano


here’s nothing more disappointing when you end up with an oak floor and a white wall,” sighs interior designer Fran Hickman. “It’s really dispiriting when you start off with a bold idea and then people get scared – I wish they wouldn’t,” she pauses. “But I would be the last person to tell anyone how they should live at home.” She might not dictate her design mantra, but whether it’s her easy-going nature or quiet confidence, it hasn’t proved too difficult to make people come around to her way of thinking. Hickman’s previous design credits include Soho House Group, Smythson and Alice Temperley. But

her first project after founding her own studio in 2014 was the Moda Operandi showroom in Belgravia, which she transformed with elegant shell chairs, cabinetry and wood panels featuring light grey and dusty pink terracotta. Since then she has been diligently working her magic across town, from the dreamlike candyfloss-hued Emilia Wickstead showroom on Sloane Street to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Regent’s Park villa. Then, last year, she sent the press all a-flutter with her restyle of The Chess Club in Mayfair, where she did away with the stuffy private members’ club mantle in favour of vivid wallpaper murals and cases of butterflies lining the walls. The project was a chance for Hickman to reflect on her graduate days, when she was a member of The Arts Club. Back then it was “really sort of down at heel”, she says fondly. Alumni from the University of the Arts London were offered memberships for “next to nothing”. “We had the run of the place,” Hickman reminisces. “I was in my early 20s and I loved it because it felt rooted. It’s disappointing when these beautiful listed


buildings are gutted and treated like new, so I didn’t want to do anything flash at The Chess Club. I wanted to do something that felt like it could have been there for a long time but also felt fresh.” In the end “fresh” meant bold colours, feminine touches and vivacious butterflies. It was a trip to Italian architect Carlo Mollino’s Turin abode that inspired the latter feature, after a helpful custodian shared the origin of the apartment’s 316 butterflies with Hickman. “We used the butterfly as a reminder to live for the moment and enjoy beauty in the everyday.” Storytelling and symbolism is at the heart of all that Hickman does – “design is a language; the intention behind an object or a colour is very much part of the story that you’re trying to tell without words” – especially in the current retail landscape. She believes that now, more than ever, it is fundamental that a space has something to say. “It’s so much easier to shop online, so why go out? It might be a matter of the service you receive, or the pleasure the space will bring you, or that it can transport you somewhere else. I always encourage clients to be as bold as possible,” she smiles. But does she practise what she preaches? She describes her home in Notting Hill as “unfinished”. “I’ve bought a few pieces for the house now but I often see new ones and I want to redo everything,” Hickman says. “There’s quite a lot of temptation involved in my job.” Her work portfolio covers both residential and commercial jobs; she admits that the latter are often more enjoyable because of the opportunity to play. There is one project that has been particularly memorable: a refurbishment of a Richard Meierdesigned building in New York, the childhood home of celebrity stylist Elizabeth Saltzman. “We’re taking it back to the 60s to how Elizabeth and her brother remember it as children. So we have primary coloured bedrooms and we’ve reworked psychedelic prints that we found in the house to contrast with the exterior of the building itself, which is very pure and white,” she explains. “The décor inside is quite wild. It’s a dreamy brief. I would never get offered something like that over here in the UK.” As well as homes in Manhattan and London and a co-working space in the UAE, Hickman is working on a project for Farfetch in Tokyo. She refers to her signature style as clear, concise and finely detailed, but would she say she has a trademark touch? “I suppose I have an approach in the way that I might deliver a message,” she hesitates. As for her pet peeves, she is more vocal. “I hate trends,” she shoots back, immediately countering that with, “well, I don’t mind them once they’re over. At the moment there’s too much brass and pink and green everywhere,” she adds regretfully. At least it’s not oak floors and white walls.

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These days, decorating your home is so much more than applying a coat of Elephant’s Breath Farrow & Ball paint to the living room and nailing a Banksy print to the wall. It’s time to get creative. You may not fancy plastering every surface with Cubist colour, but a few Picasso-inspired accessories are a good way to start (p.28). Art and interiors make such good bedfellows that it’s sometimes too difficult to tell them apart: read our round-up of unusual objects, from lamps posing as monkeys to chairs disguised as rabbits (p.64). Need more help? Call in the professionals. Interior designer Fran Hickman is first on the list for stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch (p.18). Alternatively, hop on a plane to test out someone else’s abode with The Gilt Club’s exclusive house exchange service (p.16). Swap your London pad with a Mediterranean super-yacht or a Monaco mansion.

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I live in St James’s from Monday to Friday, and on the weekend I’m in Northumberland, where I grew up. I love working in the city as much as putting my Barbour jacket and wellies on and going to the coastline. I feel very fortunate that I have the best of both worlds. I’ve travelled a lot with my job but don’t like going

I have the same every time: the signature fishcake with spinach, and iced berries with melted white chocolate for dessert.

to the same place twice. I like India and enjoy Europe as well. You don’t always have to travel long haul to enjoy some sun.

I love the small independent shops in St James’s. I like Floris for their amazing candles, and browsing Berry Bros. & Rudd for half an hour.

My favourite holiday is skiing. I love Courchevel 1850, Megève and St Anton. I enjoy stopping for a Glühwein on my way down the slopes.

I’m a very organised traveller. I don’t take three outfits for one evening. I take a pair of shoes for day and night, and work around them. I take my iPod, running clothes and trainers wherever I go.

One of my favourite restaurants is Le Caprice.

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Debrah Dhugga The managing director of Dukes London reveals her favourite St James’s haunts and confesses to an accessories obsession as told to: camilla apcar

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Every year before Ascot I visit Lock & Co. It’s a great experience getting measured for a hat. Last year I wore one of their own designs: black, quite big, with net on the top.

My local supermarket is Fortnum & Mason. That’s where I go if I want a pint of milk.

I’m a handbag freak. They are what I spend all my money on, as well as shoes. My favourite, which I’ve had for about 20 years, is a black quilted Chanel. I have my eye on a black and latte tote bag from Gucci next.

I change my shoes about three times a day. My first Jimmy Choos were orange open sandals, and my most recent were a pair of red court shoes.

But my guilty pleasures are the simple things: going down to the seaside for fish and chips, or having a pyjama morning on a Sunday with a newspaper.






The first exhibition in London solely dedicated to Monet for more than 20 years will not explore his garden and seascapes, but his dedication to architecture.

art flair Claude Monet, Houses of Parliament, Sunset (Le Parlement, coucher de soleil), 1900-1, image ©Kunsthaus Zürich, All rights reserved

Monet & Architecture, 9 April – 29 July,



Pet portaits, canine couture and competitions. Say goodbye to Crufts and hello to Dog Day Afternoon in Marylebone. Free, 11am-5pm, 21 April, St Marylebone Parish Church, W1U,


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Give your house a makeover with a little something from The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair.


7-22 April, Battersea Park,

still time


Get your hands on tickets for the St James’s Summer Garden Party. The event promises food from Fortnum’s and a casino from The Ritz Club. From £50, 6-9pm, 28 June,

Matthew Needham as John Buchanan and Patsy Ferran as Alma. image credit: Marc Brenner

From top: Giltwood rope stool, c.1870, A.M.E Fournier; Painted terracotta rabbit, Austrian, c.1920

mere players Don your raincoats and pack some cushions, the summer season at Shakespeare’s Globe is back with the Bard’s classics. From 25 April,

see her here first Witness Patsy Ferran, a young actor with great promise, in the rarely performed Tennesse Williams play Summer and Smoke – a heartwarming and heartbreaking tale of the vulnerable Alma and her childhood friend John. From £10, until 7 April, image credit: Gimas/








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Gilty pleasures

New asset-swapping members’ club The Gilt Club offers access to the world’s most exclusive off-market properties – rent free Words: Richard Brown



f you have ever seen the film The Holiday, in which a lovelorn Kate Winslet temporarily exchanges homes with workaholic LA executive Cameron Diaz, you’ll understand the basic concept of The Gilt Club. Yet to describe the St James’s-based asset-swapping service simply as Airbnb for billionaires would be to sell the members’ club short. While it was set up to provide access to the world’s most exclusive off-themarket properties, the club has since expanded to cover all manner of millionaire accessories. “As well as a selection of the finest private homes, the assets within our portfolio now include private jets, planes, superyachts and even private estates,” explains Sebastian Orr, who quit his luxury villa rental agency to found the business last year. The premise is membership fee of £5,000. So simple: The Gilt Club how to apply? “Potential members offer an asset members need to send in a of their own – whether brief description of their asset, that’s a Kensington along with some images, and we townhouse or a The Gilt Club is currently accepting guest will then arrange a visit. Brooklyn brownstone, members who do not wish to exchange Collectively, our team has a Courchevel chalet or assets. For an annual membership fee of visited thousands of properties Mediterranean£1,000, guest members can rent owner and we can tell almost instantly stationed yacht – in members’ properties. Guest members if the asset will be suitable for return for access to need to be proposed by an existing owner the club.” the similar worldly member or submit a request to The Gilt Assets do not have to be goods of other Club’s membership committee at worth a certain value in order members. The to be accepted, as long as they exchange scheme are unique and unattainable works on a pointselsewhere. Exchanges are based system, and only completed directly between if there is a significant members. “It’s up to the owner member to discrepancy in the value of assets being traded will review the enquiring member’s biography and money change hands. decide if they want to deal with them. If they are “While some members do use The Gilt Club as a not interested, we will politely decline the way of generating additional cash, most of our request on their behalf.” members see it as a way of sidestepping the hassle Assets currently in The Gilt Club portfolio and fees of rental agencies and gaining access to stretch from Europe to the Caribbean, also amazing properties that would never usually come encompassing Africa, Asia and South America. onto the rental market,” says Orr. “When it comes So which are the most sought after? “We have a to offering up their own assets, our members are private island in the Maldives for 12 people that’s safe in the knowledge that they are swapping with very popular,” says Orr. “There’s also a a trusted group of like-minded people, all of jaw-dropping penthouse on Leblon Beach in whom have been vetted by us.” Rio de Janeiro.” Rather than charging commission on every Sounds like it’s time to join the club. swap, The Gilt Club charges an annual

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clockwise from above: Kinross House Garden and loch in perth; the compass estate, North Villa in marrakech


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Designer Fran Hickman urges us to be more daring with our interior choices W o r d s : L A U R E N RO M A N O


here’s nothing more disappointing when you end up with an oak floor and a white wall,” sighs interior designer Fran Hickman. “It’s really dispiriting when you start off with a bold idea and then people get scared – I wish they wouldn’t,” she pauses. “But I would be the last person to tell anyone how they should live at home.” She might not dictate her design mantra, but whether it’s her easy-going nature or quiet confidence, it hasn’t proved too difficult to make people come around to her way of thinking. Hickman’s previous design credits include Soho House Group, Smythson and Alice Temperley. But

her first project after founding her own studio in 2014 was the Moda Operandi showroom in Belgravia, which she transformed with elegant shell chairs, cabinetry and wood panels featuring light grey and dusty pink terracotta. Since then she has been diligently working her magic across town, from the dreamlike candyfloss-hued Emilia Wickstead showroom on Sloane Street to Benedict Cumberbatch’s Regent’s Park villa. Then, last year, she sent the press all a-flutter with her restyle of The Chess Club in Mayfair, where she did away with the stuffy private members’ club mantle in favour of vivid wallpaper murals and cases of butterflies lining the walls. The project was a chance for Hickman to reflect on her graduate days, when she was a member of The Arts Club. Back then it was “really sort of down at heel”, she says fondly. Alumni from the University of the Arts London were offered memberships for “next to nothing”. “We had the run of the place,” Hickman reminisces. “I was in my early 20s and I loved it because it felt rooted. It’s disappointing when these beautiful listed


this page: the chess club opposite: huishan zhang on mount street. all images courtesy of fran hickman

buildings are gutted and treated like new, so I didn’t want to do anything flash at The Chess Club. I wanted to do something that felt like it could have been there for a long time but also felt fresh.” In the end “fresh” meant bold colours, feminine touches and vivacious butterflies. It was a trip to Italian architect Carlo Mollino’s Turin abode that inspired the latter feature, after a helpful custodian shared the origin of the apartment’s 316 butterflies with Hickman. “We used the butterfly as a reminder to live for the moment and enjoy beauty in the everyday.” Storytelling and symbolism is at the heart of all that Hickman does – “design is a language; the intention behind an object or a colour is very much part of the story that you’re trying to tell without words” – especially in the current retail landscape. She believes that now, more than ever, it is fundamental that a space has something to say. “It’s so much easier to shop online, so why go out? It might be a matter of the service you receive, or the pleasure the space will bring you, or that it can transport you somewhere else. I always encourage clients to be as bold as possible,” she smiles. But does she practise what she preaches? She describes her home in Notting Hill as “unfinished”. “I’ve bought a few pieces for the house now but I often see new ones and I want to redo everything,” Hickman says. “There’s quite a lot of temptation involved in my job.” Her work portfolio covers both residential and commercial jobs; she admits that the latter are often more enjoyable because of the opportunity to play. There is one project that has been particularly memorable: a refurbishment of a Richard Meierdesigned building in New York, the childhood home of celebrity stylist Elizabeth Saltzman. “We’re taking it back to the 60s to how Elizabeth and her brother remember it as children. So we have primary coloured bedrooms and we’ve reworked psychedelic prints that we found in the house to contrast with the exterior of the building itself, which is very pure and white,” she explains. “The décor inside is quite wild. It’s a dreamy brief. I would never get offered something like that over here in the UK.” As well as homes in Manhattan and London and a co-working space in the UAE, Hickman is working on a project for Farfetch in Tokyo. She refers to her signature style as clear, concise and finely detailed, but would she say she has a trademark touch? “I suppose I have an approach in the way that I might deliver a message,” she hesitates. As for her pet peeves, she is more vocal. “I hate trends,” she shoots back, immediately countering that with, “well, I don’t mind them once they’re over. At the moment there’s too much brass and pink and green everywhere,” she adds regretfully. At least it’s not oak floors and white walls.


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birds of a feather The work of eight British talents will go on show – and sale – at Collective Invites, an exhibition celebrating contemporary multidisciplinary craft. Among them, new bespoke wallpapers by digital embroiderer Jacky Puzey.

jacky puzey embroidered wallpaper

23-28 April, 67 York Street, W1H,

Put to the

test Through 15 artworks by American artists Iva Gueorguieva and Dona Nelson, Portal at Sophia Contemporary looks to challenge the two-dimensionality of painting, and emphasise the significance of female Abstract painters. Until 3 May, 11 Grosvenor Street, W1K,

CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE: Iva Gueorguieva, Swinger of Birches, 2017; Missing Trees, 2015; RENÉ MAGRITTE, Les amants, 1928, Courtesy of Galerie Haas AG, Zürich, image ©ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018; Salvo, Tricolore, 1972; piero Manzoni, Alfabeto, 1958; yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin, 1995; image courtesy of omer tiroche gallery

the language of painting Honing in on Magritte’s work between 1927 and 1930, Luxembourg & Dayan’s new show is a Surrealist study of the relationship between words and pictures, and how to interpret visual metaphors. René Magritte (Or: The Rule of Metaphor), until 12 May, 2 Savile Row, W1S,

pumpkin patch “I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness,” said Yayoi Kusama of the humble gourd. Her small-scale paintings have now taken over Omer Tiroche Gallery in bright yellow force. Yayoi Kusama: Small Pumpkins, until 1 June, 21 Conduit Street, W1S,

written appeal More Post-war Italian art from Mazzoleni in a show that also explores the written word, with work from Alighiero Boetti and Lucio Fontana, as well as Cy Twombly and Tracey Emin. More than words..., until 12 May, 27 Albemarle Street, W1S,

culture Upcoming Es ti m ate : £150, 000-£200,0 0 0

Mouton Noir, Franҫois-Xavier Lalanne, 1967 The Important Design sale at Phillips gathers a lively and, in some cases, surreal collection of lots. Anticipation surrounds a 50s Gio Ponti armchair, since – as of August 2016 – the auction house holds four of the top five highest prices for Ponti pieces. Meanwhile, Lalanne’s René Magritte-inspired sheep, which straddles furniture and sculpture, is sure to draw a curious crowd. Important Design, 26 April,


lots Sold: Pablo Picasso, Gros oiseau Picasso, c.1953, partially glazed and engraved ceramic vase, 58.5cm high, Conceived on 23 March 1953 and executed in a numbered edition of 75, Impressionist and Modern Art sale, 1 March, Bonhams, Image ©Bonhams,

upcoming, from top: FranÇois-Xavier Lalanne, Mouton Noir, 1967, patinated bronze, brass, sheep skin, 83.5 x 45 x 95cm, image courtesy of Phillips,; Mahmoud Said, Adam & Eve, 1937, oil on panel, 79 X 55.7cm, image courtesy of Sotheby’s,


£150,000 Es t imat e: £40,000- £60,0 0 0

Gros oiseau Picasso, Pablo Picasso, c.1953 “Dr Walid Juffali, whose collection this piece came from, was a well-known collector, which created a certain amount of excitement. That, coupled with the market for Picasso ceramics, which gets stronger year-on-year, meant there was bidding from all over the world – resulting in record prices for each of the Picasso ceramics in the sale.” – India Philips, global head of Impressionist and Modern art at Bonhams

Upcoming Es ti m ate : £300, 000-£500,0 0 0

Adam & Eve, Mahmoud Saïd, 1937 This oil painting by the founder of modern Egyptian art, Mahmoud Saïd, has been unseen for 25 years and is coming to auction for the first time. The picture portrays Adam and Eve in a colourful desert setting, and is considered an allegory of the independence Egypt was striving for in the year it was created. 20th Century Art/Middle East, 24 April,


In her

element Have you ever wondered what the first humans who witnessed fire must have thought? Now in her fifth decade of artistry, New York-based Michele Oka Doner celebrates the primal element in her new exhibition at David Gill Gallery Words: Marianne Dick


ichele Oka Doner is a difficult artist to define. Since her first solo exhibition in 1968, her creations have ranged from jewellery, home accessories and furniture, to public art commissions, costume and set designs. Yet one common theme is present throughout all her pieces – the natural world. This preoccupation is something the artist attributes to her birthplace of Miami, where one of her most notable public works, A Walk on the Beach, is displayed in the city’s international airport: a terrazzo walkway embedded with oceanic objects cast in bronze. “When I create, I make things that I’m trying to understand how they work. For example, how does a flower open? What makes the bud grow? What’s inside? How does it reproduce?” says Oka Doner, now in her 70s. “Even a beautiful leaf of lettuce on a plate can speak to me about the veins in my own hand. Inspiration is everywhere – it’s just a matter of paying attention and taking the time to notice.”


Michele oka Doner with altar II, image courtesy of david gill gallery


from top: Michele oka doner, ©Gerald Forster; Radiant Table; Chair ‘For Eve’, 2017, image ©Martin Slivka; Burning Bush 44, image ©StudioBasel Opposite page: Altar II

Fire is a natural element that Oka Doner repeatedly turns to, even in her first work in metal, from 1981: a set of fireplace tools called Burning Branches – willow tree branches cast in bronze. In the 2003 tome Michele Oka Doner: Natural Seduction, Suzanne Ramljak draws a similarity between the artist and the Greek god of fire, Vulcan, one of only 12 Olympian gods who worked (he crafted furniture, jewellery, weapons and tools). ‘Like Vulcan, Oka Doner has spent her career harnessing fire, first in tandem with clay and later with metal, which has become her medium of choice,’ wrote Ramljak. In preparation for Bringing the Fire, her new solo show at David Gill Gallery, the artist referred to a book published in 1926: Fire as an Agent in Human Culture, by American ethnologist Walter Hough. It explores fire as a transformative source of heat and light throughout time. Flick through the tome and your mind will wander to early civilisations and the myths that must have surrounded fire; a captivation that is perhaps lost in our modern, technologyobsessed world. “I think we all love camp fires and watching the candle flickering,” says Oka Doner. “When I was travelling abroad many years ago, I saw fire every day. People were keeping themselves warm or cooking. But when I came back to New York I didn’t see any. “The fire we have is captured in the gas stove, we have it tamed. Fire is a primal element like water and earth, so I’ve reclaimed that primacy and I’m bringing it to the David Gill Gallery.” Oka Doner presents a selection of works from various points in her career, ranging from the “intimate to the regal”, as she puts it. Ink prints of human figures – made from organic materials such


“The fire we have is captured in the gas stove, we have it tamed. Fire is a primal element like water and earth, so I’ve reclaimed that primacy” as grass, roots and twigs – watch over gothic, skeletal bronze briars-cum-candelabras. Altar II (2003) is an immense patinated bronze sculpture of an upturned tree stump, its dramatic web of jagged roots adorned with candles. Many of Oka Doner’s creations lie somewhere between pieces of art and functional objects, but she doesn’t separate the two ideas: “my work satisfies my desires and I don’t separate those into function and non-function.” With natural disasters such as the recent Thomas fire in California making headlines, is her decision to focus on the most fascinating yet destructive of elements influenced by climate change? “My work has always been ecological in that it has pointed out the beauty and the necessity of the natural world, not to take it for granted, not to push it out of the way and pave over it,” she responds. “[Environmental] awareness is more prevalent now, so there’s a fertile field for my work to fall on.” In her own home and New York studio, the

artist’s most important concern is having enough display surfaces. It seems one of her most recognisable pieces of furniture – the Radiant dining table and coffee table (1995) – might have been created with this in mind. The two designs are bold, round, celestial and bronze (of course). “Whether it’s the seeds falling out of the tree down the street or the golden yellow Ginkgo leaf in the fall, I need a place to put things that’s not the floor. Somebody once said my home was a great space of tables, and I think it’s true. I have circular tables mostly, and they are like altars.” According to the artist, New York has already embraced spring – unlike London (at time of writing). But aptly, Bringing the Fire begins on the vernal equinox: “the light is returning and I’m bringing more light,” Oka Doner says. Artistically, meteorically and hopefully spiritually too. Bringing the Fire, until 25 April, David Gill Gallery, 2-4 King Street, SW1Y,


Pablo Picasso: of r a e y e th


fame and

y d e g tra The Tate Modern has just unveiled its blockbuster exhibition: an exploration into the artist’s most prolific and emotionally charged year – 1932 Words: Ellen Millard



The life of pablo

Previous page: La RÊve, 1932, Private Collection, image ©Succession Picasso/ DACS London 2017; THis page, from Left: Pablo Picasso in 1932, image ©Cecil Beaton; NUde woman in a red armchair, 1932, courtesy of Tate, image ©Succession Picasso/ DACS London 2017

For Picasso, painting was “just another form of keeping a diary” and the artworks he created during 1932 were indeed highly personal. They were largely influenced by his relationships with his estranged wife, Olga, his son, Paulo, and his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter. The latter sparked a new wave of erotic Cubism and later, after she narrowly escaped death, a series of emotionally charged paintings. These were among the 16,000 works he dated to his 50th year, a pivotal time in his career: he broke records at auction, produced some of his most famous paintings and held his first retrospective in Paris. It is around this significant annum that the Tate Modern has themed its new exhibition, in which more than 100 of his paintings and sculptures are divided into 12 different sections – one for each month of the artist’s tumultous year of love, fame and tragedy. £22, until 9 September, The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1,

Love Nude Woman in a Red Armchair is one of three nudes Picasso painted of Walter, while the couple were on holiday in Normandy. The bright colours and curved lines that make up her body are in direct contrast to the sombre paintings Picasso made of Olga, with whom his relationship had become strained. All three nudes from this series are united for the first time in 85 years in the exhibition.

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Fame Picasso was as known for being a pioneer of the Cubist movement as he was for being master of myriad styles. His work spanned Surrealism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism, to name a few. This creative evolution is best seen in his series of beach paintings. Born in Spain but residing in France, the artist’s fascination with the French Riviera inspired him throughout his career, paving the way for his chameleonic flair. This Woman on the Beach canvas was painted at the peak of his Cubist phase.

Tragedy The latter half of 1932 was traumatic for Picasso. While kayaking on the river Marne, Walter nearly drowned and as a result was sick from infection for several months, causing severe hair loss. This event engulfed Picasso’s work. He began to depict dramatic and often violent and haunting scenes, in which one subject would be attempting to save another – as seen in The Rescue.

THIS PAGE, from left: Woman on the beach, 1932, courtesy of The Penrose COllection; The Rescue, 1932, courtesy of Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel, Sammlung Beyeler; both images ©Succession Picasso/ DACS London 2017

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uch ado was made in the press recently about Ed Sheeran’s decision to wear an engagement ring. The shock! The horror! A bizarre quirk of an out-of-touch celebrity, surely? But the truth is that men are becoming much more adventurous when it comes to jewellery, and designers are responding with collections and collaborations that offer so much more than dog tags and surfer beads. “Tainted by the 1970s moniker ‘medallion man’, gentlemen and jewellery have taken several years to become reacquainted,” muses British jewellery designer Stephen Webster, who has been courting the purses of both men and women for most of his career. His jewels, sold under the tagline “jewellery to separate the men from the boys”, include punky razor blade-inspired pendants and single diamond-dotted drop earrings. These come from the Thames collection, a collaboration between Webster and Blondey McCoy, the young fashion-designer-turned-skater. While Webster’s personal brand of bling attracts a rock ’n’ roll crowd that has always been more comfortable with a skull ring and layers of lariats (fans include singer James Bay), he feels that the scope is widening for masculine jewels. “The democratisation of men’s jewellery has now led to men from all walks of life being able to find a place for jewellery in their wardrobes,” he says. Harrods agreed with him, and held a Stephen Webster men’s jewellery pop-up shop last year. Research released by Barclays in November suggests that British men are now spending an average of £300 more a year on clothes, shoes and grooming than women. It also claimed that men are devoting more money to fashion than to drinks with friends or tickets to sports events. With so much being diverted to looking good, it’s understandable that these modern men desire a little flash for their cash – and what would surely be described as a cocktail ring should it be found on the finger of a woman is now finding its way onto male digits. Oscar Graves, a jewellery brand that launched last year, sells dress rings for men. “Our ethos is quite simply to be the first label to offer a genuine alternative grey riot ring, £325 and the for style-conscious men when it comes to cuban ring, £2,995, both luxury rings,” says Pearse Curran, creative oscar graves director of the Dublin-based brand,


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which can be found in Wolf & Badger’s Mayfair store. “No other area of fine jewellery has been neglected more over the past century than men’s rings.” To redress the balance, Oscar Graves proffers engorged signet rings in silver or gold, set with faceted blue Burmese spinel and smoky quartz, sized to be worn on ring fingers rather than pinkies; as well as heavyset diamond-pavé rings inspired by the Baroque period. This is not to say that pinky rings, the classic male trinket, are out. Plain silver signet rings were worn on pinkies by male models during the S/S18 runway shows of Givenchy, Isabel Marant and Paul & Joe (the latter dressing only its male models in jewellery, while females were left unadorned). There are also plenty more adventurous options out there, like Foundrae’s unisex Scarab rings that layer colourful flashes of enamel over gold to mimic cigar wrappers. An increase in jewellery collections being branded as unisex is a key driver of the expanding choice for men. As gender norms are redefined in every walk of life, jewellers too are less keen to put shoppers in boxes. For instance, Webster and McCoy’s Thames collection is technically a unisex line, despite its masculine undertones. When Kate Moss, who once described jewellery as her “drug of choice”, collaborated with Brazilian jeweller Ara Vartanian last year on a collection of precious talismans littered with inverted gemstones, rose-cut diamonds, swords and sickle moons, it identified as gender neutral. A group of male and female models, who looked like they’d just drifted out of a spiritual retreat, were drafted in to show the versatility of the collection for the official campaign. Brooches for men were another catwalk hit this season, and in the world of high jewellery, brands like Chaumet have reported men buying pins to liven up lapels. Even suiting, the most masculine of attire, is benefitting from jewels as modern dandies sneak a little personalisation into boardrooms and black-tie events. Jeweller Shaun Leane, whose recent sale of couture fashion jewels at Sotheby’s New York raised $2.6 million, launched his first men’s collection in a decade last year. The Arc collection includes slick silver and gold vermeil tie clips and cufflinks that are perfect for this purpose. Also central to the collection are necklaces, bracelets and cuffs designed to be stacked. Vartanian too has responded to the trend for male stacks in his main collections, with edgy zig-zag rings set with black diamonds that slot into one another. Thomas Sabo also has its eye on male shoppers, and this year the jewellery brand launched Rebel Charms, its first charm collection for men. Rather than build up your bracelet, these masculine charms, with motifs like feathers, skulls and snakes, are supposed to be clipped onto necklaces. In its first week, an oxidised silver feather charm from the men’s collection sold in such volumes that it became the brand’s bestseller, over and above any of its women’s charms. “The reaction we had at the launch was incredible,” says marketing director Louisa

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Hopwood. “We had influencers who would see one of my team wearing it and literally take it off their necks.” Layers of charm necklaces are perfect selfie fodder for the stylish man, yet it seems the democratisation of jewellery stretches far beyond posing on Instagram. It is no longer just metrosexuals who are wearing fashionled jewellery every day. As one passionate male jewellery collector told me: “My jewellery sets me free from the mundane; it allows me to express my style. My mates used to laugh at me in the pub when I’d come in with stacks of bracelets and rings across my hands, now they just want to know where I get them.”



watches are made What goes into the making of a modern mechanical timepiece – and why are they so expensive? Where better to find out than at the headquarters of Blancpain, the oldest watchmaker of all Words: Richard Brown


he continued success of the mechanical watch industry owes much to the romantic notion that a collection of cogs, gears and springs can somehow connect our modern, around-the-clock lives to a simpler, less frantic time. It’s an ideal reinforced by the fact that most traditional watchmakers, save for a smattering of Saxon-stationed brands, hail from Switzerland. Thanks to the tourism board’s marketing campaign, most people think of it as a bucolic setting chiming with cow bells and disrupted only by the long, low bellow of alphorns. A place that hasn’t moved on all that much from the pages of Heidi. And, in many ways, life in the Vallée de Joux, the beating heart of Swiss watch land, hasn’t. Water still flows from the River Orbe into Lake Joux. Cows continue to graze the valley’s sides until winter arrives and farmers are forced to make ends meet by other means. From the 16th century, one way of doing so was by handcrafting components for the watch companies that had been established in Geneva by the Huguenots (who had fled religious persecution in France). The tradition continued into the 18th century, at which point – to sidestep a couple of centuries of horological history – several entrepreneurial individuals started centralising production processes into more verticalised operations. One of the earliest to do so was a school teacher turned watchmaker in the hamlet of Villeret. JehanJacques Blancpain’s workshop was located on the second storey of his farmhouse (the inhabitants of the first floor being cows). While it is almost certainly the case that Blancpain began watchmaking prior to 1735 – it was in this year that he recorded his occupation as ‘horologer’ on an official property registry, implying he was already employed in this industry – it is 1735 that modern-day Blancpain considers its founding year. Which makes it the world’s oldest continuously active watchmaker. In 1992, having manoeuvred its way out of the quartz crisis under the joint ownership of Jacques Piguet, head of movement manufacturer Frédéric Piguet and industry arriviste Jean-Claude Biver, Blancpain relocated from Villeret to the nearby villages of Le Sentier and Le Brassus.

The making of a mechanical timepiece In 2010, Blancpain completed its vertical integration by merging fully with calibre specialist Frédéric Piguet, allowing the company to manufacture all of its movements in-house. The watchmaking process


begins at the Le Sentier site, home to approximately 700 employees. Blancpain currently manufactures around 25,000 timepieces a year. Components – plates, levers, bridges, discs, cogs, oscillating weights – are first cut out as rough blanks (mostly in steel and brass) by automatic presses fitted with stamping blocks. Computer numerical control (CNC) machines, accurate to the nearest micron, then mill holes into plates at the points where other components will be attached. A single plate might have 100 milling steps. Components are then cleaned in up to 20 chemical baths. The process of making one component can take six hours. At present, Blancpain manufactures 12 of its own base movements. Whenever a new calibre is invented, the company’s on-site toolmakers may be required to create new stamping blocks to cut out new components. With the most expensive CNC machines costing up to €20 million (£17.7 million), and each new stamping block ranging from €30,000 to €200,000 (£27,000 to £178,000), it’s clear why only the most well-financed watch companies can lay claim to manufacturing movements totally within its own walls.

Artists at work Built in 1770, the cherry-wood-panelled walls of Blancpain’s farmhouse facility in adjoining Le Brassus accommodate both its complicated watch department – Blancpain is the only watchmaker currently manufacturing carrousels, super-complex rotating regulation systems similar to tourbillons – and its Métiers d’Art studio. It’s here that you’ll find the company’s engravers, enamellers and other specialist artists. One watch stands to demonstrate the aptitude of this division. The Great Wave was launched at Baselworld 2016 and was inspired by one of the most iconic images in Japanese art: Katsushika Hokusai’s 1830 woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa. Once Christophe Bernardot, Blancpain’s master engraver, had settled on his subject matter, he was faced with the challenge of capturing the force and dynamism of the wave in just a few millimetres of watch face. Bernardot crafted a three-dimensional engraving in white gold and endowed it with a patina

using shakudo, an alloy of copper and gold historically used in samurai swords. The second part of Bernardot’s quest was finding the right surface material on which to attach the wave. He wanted to showcase his engraving but not upstage it. Examining a wide range of materials, he settled on a stone never previously used for a watch dial: Mexican obsidian. He drilled fine holes through the stone to accept the minuscule feet he’d attached on the back of the white-gold wave. Blancpain distinguishes itself from other brands in its rejection of production line methods, favouring instead hand assembly of watches from beginning to end by a single watchmaker at his own bench. Or as the brand terms it, “an individual watchmaker working on a watch from A to Z”. Should you want to customise your timepiece, a number of components – dials, case-backs, oscillating weights – can be decorated and engraved before assembly. On my visit, I witnessed a range of commissions being worked on, from pieces inspired by famous artworks like The Great Wave, to the skylines of cities replicated on dials. Judging by the number of carnal carvings on show, it seems Blancpain does a healthy trade in erotic engravings, too. Now that mechanical watches have become superfluous to our everyday lives, we buy into the notion that timepieces powered by a spring represent something magical. Blancpain is certainly doing its bit to legitimise this belief. While the world’s oldest watchmaker might be reliant on computer-aided milling machines for its components, it is watchmakers huddled over wooden benches inside an 18th-century farmhouse that breathe life into these miniaturised pieces of art.

The Great Wave watch, inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s 1830 woodblock print The Great Wave off Kanagawa


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he growing vogue for separate ‘his and hers’ spaces, including bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms and studies, might suggest that when space and money are no issue, all we really want is a room of our own. It could even be seen as a desire to lead separate lives, as is quite possible in a penthouse designed by BradyWilliams studio at The Hempel in Bayswater, where the two master suites each occupy their own floor and even have separate entrances. But architect and designer Charu Gandhi sees more than binary division in the master suite. There is actually something rather romantic, she thinks, about his and hers spaces. It’s about using clever design to bring together a couple’s different “interests, habits or timings”, says Gandhi, who in her previous role with Candy & Candy (and now as director of her own design studio Elicyon), has transformed many of the apartments at One Hyde Park. “It’s the symbolism of being separate but together. A couple can indulge their individuality, but they don’t want to do any less together. The focus is on making the relationship work,” she says, having designed bespoke mattresses that are divided down the middle to suit different desires for firmness, and wall-mounted TVs on each side of the bed, “so one partner can sleep and the other watch with their headphones on”. She has also created bathrooms with two distinct but harmonious sides – denoted in accents of nickel for him and gold for her – which meet in the middle


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with a shared bathtub, and furniture that indulges each partner’s hobby. “In Ebury Square, we designed a freestanding bar cabinet for the man’s whisky collection, and a more delicate interpretation for the lady to house her antique crystalware,” says Gandhi. “His and hers spaces are very much about indulging each other. Everyone has their sanctuary – whether it’s their study or wine room, a flower cutting room or a gift wrapping room – that helps them relax and adds value to family life.” If it’s all about customising your personal space, nowhere is that seen more acutely than dressing rooms. ‘Hers’ often look like luxury stores, as seen in designer Sophie Paterson’s vision for the apartments at W1 London, a new boutique development in Marylebone. “Many female clients want a display area within their dressing room to store bags or shoes. We create niches specific to the dimensions of their favourite Birkin or Jimmy Choos with lighting designed to highlight these key pieces,” says Paterson, who has installed sitting areas, fridges and even mini kitchens within dressing rooms. While women like to showcase certain items and want “fluidity” in the design, “to accommodate future purchases or seasonal changes”, she says, men like dedicated slots for each of their items, with high gloss and dark veneers. Add watch winders, leather-clad cufflink storage and cedar backings – which act as a natural moth repellent – to the wish list, comments Graeme Martinow, director at the architecture and interior design practice Boundary Space. The ultimate luxury for her? “Refrigerated fur storage,” he says. “A must if you need to keep your fur in peak condition.” Separate bathrooms have similarly become havens for each half of a couple to express their tastes and habits. Designer Janine Stone describes one female client’s Calacatta marble bathroom, with an antique Venetian mirror and ice blue slipper chair, as “a symphony of glamour and indulgence”. His bathroom, on the other hand, is “unapologetically masculine, from the basalt vanity unit, walnut panelling and cabinetry to the copper roll top bath and dark chinoiserie detailing”. All tastes and whims can be catered to in the new wave of super-sized bathrooms, however, which are of similar proportions to the sumptuous master bedroom they sit next to. In the recently sold Carlyle Penthouse at Chelsea Creek, the Artelior-designed 200 sq ft bathroom – entered through a walk-in wardrobe – includes elegant tub chairs with a side table for candlelit drinks, a TV panel built into the wall and surround sound speakers in the ceiling. Integrated technology tends to be high on men’s wish lists, whatever the room, which includes screens and even phones in showers. Mark Parkinson from property search specialist Middleton Advisors recalls one feature that surprised him – a separate exit out of the property, directly from the man’s bathroomdressing room. “If he has to leave early for work, he can sneak out without disturbing her,” says Parkinson. Decide for yourself whether that’s romance – or a handy way out.



left: duplex master suite; below: master suite details; triplex master dressing table, £6,014; BradyWilliams Vanity Stool, from £1,693, available exclusively at Harrods; right: SHAYNE BRADY AND EMILY WILLIAMS

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Design and conquer Introducing BradyWilliams’ exclusive furniture collection for Harrods


arrods’ third floor furniture department is a veritable treasure trove. Home to the world’s leading designers and brands, here you’ll find everything from bespoke creations by traditional British crafters such as Savoir, to offerings from contemporary Italian furniture houses, including Porada and Cattelan Italia, which celebrate innovative shapes and intriguing details. Interior design studio BradyWilliams will join the floor this spring with a range of furniture designed exclusively for Harrods. Founded by Shayne Brady and Emily Williams, BradyWilliams is synonymous with originality and craftsmanship, and offers a fully comprehensive, bespoke interior design service for both commercial and residential clients. The London Collection reflects this, encompassing a number of signature pieces that boast luxury finishes with a classic edge. The distinctive aesthetic of the BradyWilliams collection was a natural fit for the Harrods home department and its unique selection of interiors and one-off pieces, explains Annalise Fard, director of home at Harrods: “Our discerning buyers have travelled the globe to curate the finest selection of interiors brands to style every home.” The beauty of Harrods home lies with the extensive range of styles, designers and interior looks available. Whether you’re after a minimal and contemporary finish, or a more maximalist feel, there is something to suit every design scheme.

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What does it mean to be showcased in Harrods? We are delighted that Harrods is showcasing an edit of our first collection. To be featured as part of such a prestigious brand is an honour.

How does the BradyWilliams collection complement Harrods’ interiors and design offering? The collection sits harmoniously among Harrods’ extensive range of classic and contemporary pieces, curated as much for their exquisite detailing as their luxurious finishes.

What’s next for BradyWilliams? We’re working on a number of exciting new concepts, including our next furniture collection, which is due to launch in 2019.

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interiors Take a chill pill A daily dose of fun is prescribed at Jonathan Adler HQ, where no idea is deemed too out there. Join in with these decorative acrylic capsules – just what the doctor ordered. From £98,

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Kitchen storage that looks good enough to eat Cabbage bowl, £95; pepper pot, £49.96, both Bordallo Pinheiro,

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An eye for an eye A symbol of protection, the eye is often used as a talisman for good luck. The L’Objet Lito collection celebrates this with all-seeing optics in myriad forms. Balance this paperweight on your desk for good fortune. £250,

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A Good hare day If you can find a better chair than this, then we’re all ears. Forget chocolate: the LVR Editions Baby Red Rabbit stool by Italian brand Qeeboo is the ultimate Easter treat. £447, Qeeboo, COQUIL L E S b ut t e r k n i v es, £ 3 4 f or a set of f o ur , o ka . co m

ON reflection A master of marquetry and masquerade, David Linley challenges the boundaries of perception with his Trompe L’œil – art of illusion – collection. Dive in with the Perspective Swimming Pool Mirror. £750,

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When it comes to eclectic interiors, don’t bury your head in the sand. This ostrich feather palm tree floor lamp by The Kairos Collective is the perfect way to add some whimsy to your home. Pick it up with black or white plumage. £3,500,

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Garden state Those not yet sick of the millennial pink trend should seek out Dolce & Gabbana’s spring make-up. Snap up the limited edition Rosa Duchessa blusher, which features gradient tones arranged in a dainty floral motif. £44,

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Mix and match Jo Malone’s five limited edition English Fields fragrances with its core colognes for endless olfactory possibilities: a spritz of Poppy & Barley is appealing alone, but makes for a truly beguiling aroma when paired with your signature Basil & Neroli scent. £47 for 30ml,

The Nars Spring 2018 Colour Collection is surprisingly lacking in, well, colour. Instead, the new line of lip glosses, eyeshadow sticks and blushers follows a pleasing nude theme, with peach, beige and pewter shades. From £21,

Top of the morning Louis Vuitton’s latest fragrance, Le Jour Se Lève (or Daybreak), is inspired by the first light of day. Notes of mandarin, jasmine and magnolia are combined in this sweet scent, a whiff of which is sure to awaken the senses. From €210,

health & beauty salon review

Gielly Green words: Hannah Lemon


ow many times have you gone into a hairdresser’s with a page torn from a magazine, pointed at it and said: ‘I want to look like that’? Then, every time, without fail, you appear from the salon with hair curled into a Farrah Fawcett poof or cut into a David Bowie mullet. Sometimes, I think it’s down to my own delusions. After all, I never will actually end up looking like Rachel McAdams with her pristine blonde locks, or Sienna Miller with her effortlessly chic ‘just rolled out of bed’ look. But I can’t help thinking I could get a little closer… My experience at Gielly Green is the first time that I have actually ever felt safe being surrounded by stylists and colourists. On entry, I’m sat down at reception, my coat is neatly stowed away and I’m given a latte to warm my hands. Before I can get too comfortable, the friendly, smiley and extremely knowledgeable American senior colourist Devin Holly promptly whisks me away. I’ve struck gold – if anyone is going to do it right, it’s someone straight from Beverly Hills. Sure enough, I am treated with all the charm and expertise of Hollywood royalty. After a vague murmur as to what I would not like (“I’d rather we avoid bright bleached streaks and obvious brown roots”), Holly cleverly intimates what I should, therefore, require: a light colouring around my face and then gradual blonde flecks around the crown, but nothing too harsh. She uses an Olaplex treatment that paints natural blonde tones across my head, but which – unlike balayage – is easier to control.

below: Gielly Green Argan Rescue, £22; Gielly Green Classic Shampoo, £19, and Conditioner, £19

As Holly quietly goes about her business with an assistant in tow to feed her foils, I’m engrossed in a menu of refreshments and the compulsory stack of glossy magazines. Finally, the foils are heated to speed up the process and I’m rinsed by another member of staff, then gracefully handed over to the nimble-fingered artistic director Pol Garcia. After I briefly explain that I want an inch off and light layering, he sculpts away in a matter of minutes. While we discuss his work on the likes of Pippa Middleton, I’m worried he’s not paying enough attention. But the process is entirely second nature to Garcia and after a quick blow dry, he reveals the buoyancy and life he’s chopped, oh-so effortlessly, back into my follicles. Before I leave, Holly runs over to scribble down some recommended lotions and potions, as well as a few styling tips for someone like me who implements a pretty low maintenance schedule. So it transpires that all my hair concerns can be answered – it just takes a team of four expertly trained hair technicians. An experience that, as it turns out, money can buy. Cut and colour (half head) from £230, 42-44 George Street, W1U,


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food & drink

CRACKED IT London’s trusty gourmet grocer, Fortnum & Mason, has sourced these sweet dipping eggs from a father and daughter team in Somerset for the creamiest, most chocolatey Easter breakfast. £20,


I see the sea

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All grown up French restaurant Orrery has just celebrated its 21st anniversary. With the guidance of Ukranian patron chef Igor Tymchyshyn, this neighbourhood eatery in the heart of Marylebone Village has really matured since its beginnings as a Conran restaurant. Delicate, sophisticated mouthfuls abound, the steak tartare (bottom left) is as light on the tongue as its floral presentation denotes. 55 Marylebone High Street, W1U,

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fresh from the kitchen The Game Bird is hosting an exciting line-up of guest chefs throughout the year. Next up is Lisa Allen, executive chef of the Michelin-starred Northcote in Lancashire – expect Northern classics artfully reimagined. 7 June, 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A,


Ole & Steen, Danish bakery and maker of the finest cinnamon slices, has opened a new outpost near Bond Street station. 71 Wigmore Street, W1U,

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s fab and flamboyant as the Sexy Fish restaurant is, it’s the Coral Reef room downstairs that really impresses. The bright aquarium that lines the walls not only makes a funky alternative to wallpaper but brings the beauty of the oceans to life. It’s a good reminder to city folk that their actions have consequences, which is well addressed in the new Sexy Fish cocktail menu that puts the aquatic world first. Plastic straws have been banned – the UK alone uses and discards more than 100 million every day – and swapped with biodegradable versions or reusable metal ones that can be purchased for £7. Not only that, but some ingredients are even recycled from the kitchen. Buy the cocktail menu for £15 and you can make one of the 17 drinks at home, too. Why not start with these?

The new Sexy Fish cocktail menu puts the aquatic world first Scantily Clad Martini, £18

Not one for a Monday night, this recipe is sure to blow the socks and trousers off the most hearty of vodka drinkers – no wonder it is labelled Scantily Clad. Wagyu fat and shiitake mushrooms are marinated in Belvedere Smogóry Forest vodka, which is served over ice and topped with a dried shiitake mushroom.

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Hibiki Japanese Harmony whisky is the base for this creamy concoction that can be served either hot or cold. Pistachio, banana, tonka bean and one whole egg are mixed together. It tastes like a smoothie, but with added Branca Menta liqueur it’s not one you’ll be finding in the gym any time soon.

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The pièce de résistance of the collection is enveloped in bright red coral. Salmon off-cuts from the restaurant are marinated in Hendrick’s gin to add a fishy flavour, then follows basil and fennel cordial and a few drops of chilli oil. The process might sound off-putting but the flavour materialises as a sweet, subtle aroma reminiscent of seaweed snacks.

Siren’s Call, £14 Cocktail and menu images: ©Sim Canetty-Clarke Sexy Fish images: ©Paul Winch-Furness

For those among us with a sweet tooth, this is a quaffable combination of sugary and zesty. St-Germain elderflower liqueur, mango, bergamot and bee pollen are finely strained into a coupette and topped with an ice cube that is indented with the sultry silhouette of Damien Hirst’s bronze mermaid from the Sexy Fish bar. Berkeley Square, W1J,


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food & drink restaurant review

Bombay Bustle WORDS: Marianne Dick


t has been a busy few months for the team behind Bombay Bustle and its sister restaurant Jamavar on Mount Street. Around the time the former launched in November last year, Jamavar – which opened at the end of 2016 – gained its first Michelin star. Initially, Bombay Bustle was named Dabbawala after the dabbawalas of Mumbai, who transport freshly made lunches in tiered containers called tiffins from the homes of workers to their offices via a complex coded system. The name was changed at the last minute due to another UK restaurant owning a similar title, but the nostalgia and casual cuisine is still very much the basis of co-founder Samyukta Nair’s vision. When I visit on a Thursday evening in late January, it feels like it could still be opening week. The restaurant, designed by Fabled Studio to resemble Indian railway carriages and Art Deco buildings, is completely packed (the feeling exaggerated by the cosy table arrangement). Groups of what look like regular families and colleagues are engrossed in food and conversation. It certainly conveys the feeling of weaving through tight, wobbling train aisles as we are escorted to the dessert bar downstairs for a drink while our table is prepared. The basement, dark and moody with claret leather booths and emerald tiles, is meant to resemble the retiring rooms of Indian railway stations. It’s quite a contrast to the candy pinks and pistachios of the main floor, but ideal for relaxing into the evening after tackling the relentless chaos of Regent Street. When we settle back upstairs in a prime corner spot, we start with adipoli prawns – the meaty chunks are served in a fresh garlic, curry leaf and turmeric sauce. Food is brought to the table as and when it is ready, and the achari lamb chop that arrives next blows us away. Juicy and smoky, the thick cuts of meat are prepared simply in pickling spices, allowing the mouth-watering tandoor flavour to prevail. I finally realise what all the Kerala fish curry fuss is about. The fragrant blend of coconut milk, tamarind

FROM TOP: ground floor; Misal Pav; basement; malai jalebi; kulfi; bar; Food images ©Adrian Lawrence; interior images ©Chris Orange

and curry leaves has a gentle fieriness that develops in the mouth. We mop up any remnants with a dosa – a thinner, lighter alternative to naan bread that is made from a pancake-like batter. Somehow, we manage to cram in a dessert of Malai Jalebi (malai is a sweet cream and jalebi is a popular Indian sugary treat), which comes in the form of a rich and saccharine oblong cheesecake with crunchy saffron ‘caviar’ balls and cubes of saffron jelly. The only regret I have is not ordering from the tiffin box menu, which I intend to try for lunch soon. I leave the restaurant feeling like I’ve not just experienced fine Indian cuisine, but also had an exhilarating evening in the heart of Mayfair’s newest culinary scene. The teeming tables are still exploding with chatter as we put on our coats. On reflection, the name Bombay Bustle is actually far more appropriate. 29 Maddox Street, W1S,




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the sky’s the limit Eden Being’s new Spitfire experience includes a night at The Lanesborough, a limousine to Goodwood, lunch for up to four, two 30-minute Spitfire flights and two 360-degree videos. Phew. From £9,000,

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The executive chef of Resplendent Ceylon will swap Weligama for Marylebone to serve Sri Lankan dahl, thambilis and hoppers on our doorstep. Expect five piquant courses, from curried salt-baked beetroot with chilli snow to black tea cocktails. Susantha Medagedara at Carousel, 24 April – 5 May, £39.50, 71 Blandford Street, W1U,

Once the home of the Doge of Venice, the Gritti Palace has been at the height of opulence since the 15th century. Now a hotel, guests can expect intricate tapestries, Murano glass chandeliers and rare Rubelli archive fabrics covering every surface. Outside, the setting is no less distracting; the terrace on the Grand Canal is the best place for quiet reflection, with a side order of traditional Venetian cuisine from the hotel’s Club del Doge Restaurant. From €470 per night, room only,

light years ahead Using a new telescope with 3D technology able to highlight the huge distances between stars and other celestial objects, guests at Soneva Fushi in the Maldives can now wonder at the galaxy in a whole new dimension – literally. From $1,124,


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suite dreams

Adare Manor Words: camilla apcar


ady Caroline Wyndham was a woman of means and motivation. When her husband, the Earl of Dunraven, was bedridden with gout in the 1830s, she suggested transforming their Georgian house into a manor to occupy the outdoorsman. By the 1860s, Adare Manor had not only kept locals suffering from the potato famine in employment (including women, on huge needlework projects), it had become a grand Gothic Revival to rival any private home in Ireland at the time. A convenient half-hour from Shannon airport and an hour to the ancient rocky Burren or the scenic Ring of Kerry drive, the manor became a hotel in 1988, but closed in 2016 for a 21-month renovation. Paying tribute to its pioneer, the top sleep is now the stunning Lady Caroline suite, a trio of rooms overlooking the championship golf course and River Maigue that runs through the estate. The bathroom is all bathtub and immensely fluffy towels. In the bedroom, magnifying glasses rest on books of poetry, stacked either side of a puffy white bed.


Yet the real prize is Lady Caroline’s former sitting room. Heraldic symbols, cherubs and gold paintwork cover part of the ceiling, while the walls tell medieval stories through ornately carved panels. Yes, there are armchairs and a sofa, but I gladly abandoned well-intentioned reading for marvelling over the fine craftsmanship, Latin inscriptions and family crests. Below the sitting room’s white archway sits a low, dark blue velvet table – practically a bench – with only a heavy set of crystal decanters on it. It’s the 21st-century epitome of Lady Caroline’s vision: stylish stately grandeur. A television rises out of a wooden cabinet, controlled from a tablet (that actually works). The high windows have electric curtains that open swiftly with barely a sound, revealing views of Adare like a triptych painting framed by pleated and tasselled valances. The new grey brick of the manor’s extension is not quite a seamless match with the original masonry, but the refurbishment is otherwise flawless. Vast tapestries hang from ceiling to floor throughout the hotel; fires roar no matter the hour; and shining armour and swords are artistically arranged on walls and atop carpet-lined staircases that beg gliding down in a floor-length dress (I packed one in keen anticipation and did not regret being overdressed for a single second). There are stone floors, plenty of wood and deep seating abound – and, crucially, none of it is try-hard or fusty. Best of all, the redevelopment has made what would have been inhospitably cold rooms – despite the many fireplaces still in use – into welcoming and awe-inspiring spaces. The Gallery, where breakfast and afternoon tea is served, is 40 metres long and eight metres high, inspired by the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles with panes of stained glass that stretch to the arched rafters. A 17th-century Flemish choir stall scales one wall. Its intricate carvings demand getting up early to inspect in peace. Along with 42 bedrooms (bringing the total to 104), another new addition is a spa, which draws from Irish roots for its Coladh Samh massage. The phrase wishes someone a sound sleep; the massage starts with hot wax, careful pressure and Swedish techniques. At the end, cool ceramic Ogham stones – 5th to 7th century rocks inscribed with early Irish, appearing simply as a series of strokes – are placed on the forehead, neck and in palms.

clockwise from top left: lady caroline suite sitting room; sideboard detail; bedroom; the great hall; the gallery; adare manor

Full-size Ogham stones are highlighted on a not-in-the-least dull audio tour of the estate, including the Dunraven pet cemetery, a whimsical woodland walk, archery range and French formal gardens. But most interesting is the architecture itself: Adare Manor is a calendar house, with 365 windows, 52 chimneys, seven pillars in the Great Hall reception and four towers to symbolise the seasons. Whichever season you visit, Lady Caroline’s labour – and its update – will not disappoint. Lady Caroline suite, from ¤1,995 per night, bed and breakfast, Adare, County Limerick,



ri Lanka is having a moment. After more than 20 years of political unrest, peace was restored in 2009, prompting a revival in tourism. And its capital city, Colombo, is the perfect starting point from which to explore this diverse island nation, spanning lush tea plantations, 2,000-year-old temples, exquisite coastlines and elephant-filled national parks. The streets bustle with activity: mango sellers barter at makeshift stalls next to piles of bananas arranged in precarious heaps by the kerb, mere inches from the path of daredevil tuk-tuk drivers who weave through the traffic and swerve around buses with impressive precision. Once a bustling and influential port city intersecting East-West trade routes, Colombo has been ruled by successive Portuguese, Dutch and British administrations, each of which has left their mark on the city’s architecture. Crumbling, faded façades that were once important naval and governmental headquarters are now, slowly, being restored to make way for a new wave of luxury hotels. Cranes swing in the skyline as far as the eye can see. Over in the Fort district, regeneration has begun apace. The 17th-century Dutch Hospital – the oldest building in the area to survive the Civil War – has now been transformed into a shopping complex, complete with boutiques and restaurants including the must-visit Ministry of Crab, the brainchild of two former cricket players, which regularly makes the 50 best restaurants in Asia list. The jumbo curry crab can be followed by a walk down to the port for a gin and tonic at the once renowned Grand Oriental Hotel, before a stroll to the National Museum of Sri Lanka, situated on the fringes of the peaceful Viharamahadevi Park.

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Colombo The sprawling Sri Lankan capital is a worthy pit stop en route to the country’s rugged coastline WORDS : l a u r e n r o m a n o

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Jamiul UL-Alfar Mosque; image credit: Athikhom Saengchai/


Where to stay Shut the door on the traffic and general chaos at Residence. Behind its imposing gates sits an 11-suite boutique hotel with an internal courtyard and pool. The former home of an influential barrister, the 19th-century townhouse was once frequented by British governors and Indian maharajas. Yet the cosmopolitan glamour remains, courtesy of grandly proportioned rooms decked out in dark teak and magnolia with jewel-toned accents. From $260 per night, bed and breakfast, seema malaka temple the port


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Where to eat After a gin martini and some live music in the Residence bar, head to Rare, the hotel’s candlelit restaurant that is a popular haunt of the city’s movers and shakers. Here, traditional Sri Lankan ingredients are given a modern twist. Highlights include crab cakes with pungent tomato chutney and lime aioli; Asian sea bass with a roasted almond crust; and homemade passion fruit and chilli ice cream – there’s even a seeni sambol (onion relish) and sprats (a small herring-like fish) soft scoop for those with more adventurous palates.

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Evidence of Colombo’s glory days can be unearthed at almost every corner, if you know where to look. But to really get under the city’s skin, book a walking tour with curator and photographer Mark Forbes of Colombo City Walks. Armed with an iPad loaded with archive images so you can compare park suite at residence then and now, Forbes regales the group with tales of the country’s colonial past. As well as historical monuments, pitstops will include a particularly off-the-beaten-track bar, where you can sample the local arrack, a spirit made from fermented coconut flower sap.

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Breathe out A visit to Lefay’s Lake Garda resort is a tranquil voyage of self-discovery, blending wellbeing with blockbuster views Words: Hannah Clugston

n 2006, when Domenico Alcide and Liliana Leali decided to build the Lefay resort and spa on the hilly terrain around Lake Garda, rather than by the shore, they were heavily criticised. After all, why would a hotelier shun a tourist hotspot in favour of a nauseating road trip up a mountain? But, their ‘foolishness’ was actually wisdom: its distance from the shoreline blesses the resort with breathtaking views and restful tranquillity. And who needs to battle for a spot on the lake when you’ve got an infinity pool? Once you’ve tackled the 10-minute helter-skelter drive up from Gargnano, the scenery and picturesque town below makes it immediately worthwhile. To the right are mountainous peaks; to the left, a carpet of lush forest rolls away into orange-roofed homes and the steely blue lake. In the middle are dining tables, sun loungers, rooms, pools and treatment rooms, all facing the sparkling lake vista.


The Leali family take the protection of this view very seriously, placing environmental concerns at the heart of everything they do. Lefay is carbon neutral; parquet floors are crafted from local olive wood; water from the pools is carefully purified and recycled; and a natural, cruelty-free and vegan-suitable range of skincare has been created. The resort demonstrates that luxury and sustainability make easy bedfellows, as I reflected while floating in the 37-degree saltwater lake. The spa is in the centre of the resort and guests are invited to wear bathrobes all day, apart from at dinner when smarter dress is encouraged. There’s practically no time for clothes, with endless pools, saunas and steam rooms available – all before the treatments, which put Lefay a cut above the rest. You would be welcome to stay the entirety of your stay horizontal in the spa, but taking up one of the Lefay Spa Method Health Programmes is more than advisable. Depending on your preference, these packages can span three to 10 nights. The ‘method’ combines traditional Chinese medicine – diagnostic and therapeutic practises – with scientific Western research (on topics such as ageing and nutrition). My choice was the Spa Discovery programme, beginning with a consultation with a doctor, on everything from sleeping patterns to diet and stress levels. Informed that my blood wasn’t moving properly and my energies were blocked, I was sent straight to the treatment table for moxibustion: a process that involves heating various parts of the body. This was followed by an intense, hour-long Energy Balancing massage. Every crevice and fold of my body was flattened out, with particular focus on my head and neck (where stress and muscular tension usually gathers). The second day included a sequence of exercises from Chinese medicine. I was encouraged to breathe deeply while making a series of slow movements to let go of negative emotions. The

hilarity of trying to do awkward, slow squats in front of a fitness coach somewhat diminished the relaxing aspect, but must have done the trick since I fell asleep during my facial afterwards – although its aim was to illuminate tone and complexion. Everything is done with purpose at Lefay: the hope is that when you return home the benefits are still evident. A massage is not merely an hour of muscle pounding, but a process through which energies are unblocked and balance regained. Three-night Discovery Relaxation is not complete programme, full-board with without the punctuation of treatments, €890 per person, delicious meals. Ahead of my visit, based on two sharing, I had been promised healthy food and was slightly concerned about being served plates of leaves and Citalia offers a three-night needing to nip to the closest town break to the Lefay Resort & to top up on sugar with copious Spa Lago di Garda, from helpings of Italian ice cream. £922 per person, bed and Luckily, this was not the case: the breakfast, including flights food at both restaurants was and transfers, perfectly indulgent. If health is of greater concern, one menu features light ingredients, but at my table there was plenty of locally sourced fish, meat, cheese, seasonal vegetables and – a personal favourite – a dreamy mousse dessert inside a white chocolate case disguised as a lemon, somehow served with steam coming out of its tray. Lefay’s genius lies in its holistic approach to wellbeing, which takes food, sleep, rest, exercise and our connection to the natural world into equal account (another outpost is due to open next summer in the Dolomites). On returning home, I received a number of comments on my clockwise from improved complexion and relaxed demeanour. top left: indoor/ outdoor pool; But then again, I would challenge you to take a infinity pool; lemon dessert; trip to an Italian beauty spot, eat exquisite meals, royal suite infinity pool; lie in a salt-lake pool staring at unrivalled views royal suite master bedroom and not feel well rested.

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Souther n comfort

Tucked away in a sleepy corner of South Carolina’s Low Country, Palmetto Bluff offers an authentic taste of old time America W o r d s a n d p h o t o g r a p h y: N i c k S m i t h



f you ever had a hankering to be transported back in time, to an era of unhurried life in small town America where good taste and understated style are the order of the day, Palmetto Bluff is the place to visit. The largest waterfront property on the east coast of the United States, with 32 miles of riverfront, this stunning gated resort and nature reserve is a

world of extraordinary beauty, traditional architecture and laidback luxury. On the one hand, elegant oaks line tranquil lawns with fish eagles circling high in the hot summer air. On the other, the calm sophistication of grand colonial residences is tastefully reflected in myriad ornamental lakes and waterways. Herons and egrets live alongside chapels and


spacious homesteads, while long secluded nature trails seem to take you into the very heart of the Deep South. Los Angeles and New York are not just miles, but also centuries away. There’s a nostalgia that recalls scenes from Gone with the Wind, and an atmosphere of old time southern American civility. Privacy is everything here; life is slow, easy and uncomplicated. But Palmetto Bluff is also a place to partake of slowcooked cuisine, artisan wines and lightning-fast bluegrass music mixed with Southern boogie. Somewhere to let your hair down, take in a few hours sailing, play a round of golf – on a Jack Nicklaus golf course – or just watch the world go by with a handful of lazy alligators for company. Nature is abundant here. Walk in the gardens at sunrise to experience an unforgettable moment as the sun rises over the May River, flashing gold and orange over the water bristling with birdlife (and even a few dolphins). Take a pushbike along awe-inspiring natural arches of live evergreen oaks. Watch the mist rise through an endless variety of trees and imagine yourself in a place that time seems to have temporarily forgotten. If hiking and gentle exploration appeals, then you’ll lose


yourself in a wooden world of hickory, chestnut and cedar. Most guests will stay at the magnificent Montage Hotel, a lakeside architectural masterpiece. Behind the picket fences, immaculate streets and manicured lawns, the interiors are sedately classic. The atrium sets the tone with ornately inlaid wooden floors and Persian carpets, glorious high ceilings, colossal open fires, oil portraits and formal Regency-style furniture typical of a plantation manor. Meanwhile, the cottages are more relaxed with bare brickwork, pastel soft furnishings, barbecues and plenty of cool air. Gas lanterns line the streets, while porches and balconies are equipped with rocking chairs that seem to form so much of the social fabric of life in the Deep South. Guests gather here at the end of the day to swap tales under the watchful eye of the ever-present Old Glory flag. As quaint as it may seem, and as self-conscious as you may initially feel, they even have a word for this genteel pastime in the Low Country: ‘porching’. There’s an al fresco approach to food, with hardly a formal dinner in sight. I don’t think that I ate inside once and certainly my dinner jacket returned home unworn. Breakfasts tend to showcase the local delicacy of ‘grits’ (a sort of corn porridge) or biscuits and gravy, which is much nicer than it

Porches are equipped with rocking chairs that form so much of the social fabric of life in the Deep South

sounds, like a Southern version of scones. Depending on the time of year, barbecues are the order of the day: locally produced sliders (small beef burgers), corn dogs (artisan sausage in batter), grilled alligator, bison ribs, gumbo, local beers and bourbon. There is also the option to stay in one of the resort’s branded homes or, if you are of a mind to, buy one. The Bluff’s real estate portfolio allows you to take up residence permanently in the stunning gated community (from about £1 million). Palmetto Bluff is an idyll of elegance and refinement, and the best part is that if you choose to invest here, you’ll never have to leave. From $400 per night, room only,


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Originally an all-purpose vehicle during the Second World War, the new Jeep Compass maintains its status as the master of city and country, motorway and mountain Words: Sophie Mclean



tateside, the humble SUV and Jeep motif intersperse the traffic with authority. The Jeep is a nickname derived from the General Purpose or ‘GP’ version that went into production in the US in 1941 and was used during the Second World War. The term was trademarked two

years later and has since been inherently tied to this kind of special exploration vehicle, and influenced the design of many other international sports utility brands. This year Jeep launches its latest family member: the new Compass. A more compact version of the chunkier

Wrangler and Cherokee models, it is still very much in keeping with the adventure-driven soul of the Jeep, but with a sophisticated nip and tuck to the profile. The Compass Limited is the model at the top of the range and the one I decide to test drive.

Hitting unlock on the key fob and watching the eyes of this road-roving animal light up must be one of the most pleasurable reasons to own one. The tall, well-shaped physique of the body is modelled in clay, a Jeep tradition. The Compass also adds


classic high wheel arches, LED rear tail lights and a sleeker version of Jeep’s recognisable sweeping sevensection front grille, giving this car serious presence on the road even when stationary.

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The Compass can climb gracefully up the sharpest of inclines

even rapid-warming seats and a heated steering wheel. And it’s spacious enough for four adult passengers to fit comfortably; wellies and wine wellstacked in the hands-free, autoopening boot. We cruise through late night London, over Westminster Bridge and along the Embankment, heading further east towards Suffolk, our journey’s end. The external handling and response is assertive and firm, which has been made ever easier, thanks in no small part to Apple CarPlay. The Compass glides steadily like a powerful Friesian horse under pedal-tapping feet. Out of London, the traffic easing off, we continue on the motorway. Under low-lit streetlamps, here the Compass shows its long-haul journey prowess after being fairly nifty in heat map traffic. Once we are up to speed, after a little hesitation in lower gears, we continue sprightly on our way. State-of-the-art sensory ‘lane departure’ means I’m automatically nudged back into my tracks should I steer outside of my fast-paced path. Intelligent forward collision control will also warn me through onwardsroad-monitoring if I’m too close to anyone else – and will even, when required, apply the brakes for me. The in-car app Uconnect plots my journey and tells me I’m doing a green-coloured 90 per cent great. It monitors acceleration levels, braking and overall power usage (particularly interesting data if you’re off-roading). After three hours on the road, reaching the most northerly part of Suffolk through winding lanes, this makes for reassuring news. Next on this weekend’s test drive, we ask the sat-nav to take us for lunch. Crowd-pleasing surround sound is chosen as we venture nearer our country watering hole. Parked up and hungry, we pile into the pub, leaving the Compass to survey the village view. Two seconds later I receive a notification on my phone telling me my car’s parking location has been marked in Maps. Very clever, Compass. When we return, bellies full of roasted salmon and venison, the dashboard’s digital voice alerts us that ‘there may be ice on the road’.

Further outdoor afternoon activity is aborted, although the English snowflakes don’t quite justify implementing ‘snow mode’. Rest assured, though, that the Compass can climb, navigate and steer most gracefully over, up and down the sharpest of inclines and surfaces. On our journey back to London, our drive remains smooth and calm – passengers softly sleeping through the relentless foggy rain – and yet we power comfortably on. The Compass succeeds as a suitable ride for escapades in both the city and the country. And it’s certainly robust enough as its original iteration, for any war-like family battles. Compass Limited from £27,995,




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ssie, the Persian and Oriental carpet shop, first opened in 1982, just a few doors down from the Royal Academy of Arts. This is no coincidence; founder Essie Sakhai channels a similar ethos to the grande dame of art institutions by using his boutiques as exhibition spaces to highlight the craftsmanship behind the works. Sakhai, born in Tehran and educated in the UK, descends from a family of carpet dealers whose trade dates back to 1766. His knowledge comes not only from his father, Benayahoo Sakhai, and the nine generations before him, but also from his own extensive research. Sakhai has written three books about the history of rugs and the qualities to look for when purchasing one, advising museums and private collectors, as well as famous clients including the late Sir Lawrence Olivier, Diana Ross, Valentino Garavani and Eric Clapton. The latter has even written the foreword to one of Sakhai’s books (his fourth is to be released at the end of the year), describing him as

“An average 6x9 ft carpet can take up to five years to make” ‘the only person I have met who I trust to influence and educate me on the subject’. For Sakhai, a carpet is the “major light that shifts the room” and his top interiors tip is to buy the carpet first and then design the room around it. What makes Essie carpets so special is that each has been handmade over several years using a method known as knotting. It is a technique that has stayed true to its origins, around 3,500 years ago. “An average 6 x 9 ft carpet can take up to five years to make and will contain some million knots per square,” remarks Sakhai. The design is sketched first on paper, known as a cartoon. After the cartoon is completed, the weaver sets up the loom with base threads made of either cotton or silk. Wool (or sometimes a combination of wool, silk and cotton), which has been dyed using natural materials, is then knotted onto the base threads. Every carpet has thousands and thousands of knots tightened in such a way to create the right density and the best quality carpet. Essie’s passion for rugs is becoming increasingly widespread. He has created the Essie Carpet Club for new and existing customers to learn about everything from kilims and soumakhs to tapestries and textiles under his expert direction. Items can be exchanged, commissioned, cleaned, examined or even used as the backdrop for fashion collections – Paul Smith showcased its A/W14 collection in the store and models for Ethologie’s S/S16 line strutted along an Essie-designed catwalk. In addition, a collaboration with weavers and artists will see Disney creations being released in time for the studio’s 100th birthday in November. Aladdin will be thrilled. 62 Piccadilly, W1J,


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Local agents share their latest market updates

The regeneration game Craig Draper, associate at Knight Frank Marylebone, considers the contemporary charms and competitive prices of this regenerated patch

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night Frank’s Marylebone office has seen improved market conditions over the past 12 months. In fact, its five-strong sales team has been almost rushed off its feet: they are on course to have had 2,000 viewings for the financial year, up eight per cent on last year. “It all comes down to hard work really,” says associate Craig Draper. “We have the largest sales force of any team in Marylebone, and we are working tirelessly to ensure our clients receive the best possible service.” Draper largely credits the renaissance of Marylebone’s popularity to the Howard De Walden regeneration of the high street, followed by the improvement of the retail and public realm as the Portman estate invested in its estate with additions such as the Chiltern Firehouse hotel and restaurant. “It’s a village in the heart of a metropolis,” says Draper, “and that sets Marylebone apart. This is a beautiful part of London with a mix between brand new and exceptional listed Georgian buildings. There’s something for everyone.” The number of transactions in Marylebone has risen in the last financial year. The highest pound per sq ft achieved in 2017 was £5,530, compared to £3,510 in 2013. New developments such as Park Crescent East, the W1 London on the high street and Chiltern Place have elevated the area’s profile even further within prime central London. The last remaining apartment on the market from the Park Crescent East development is 96 Portland Place (pictured left). Fully-furnished for £6.95m, the 3,231 sq ft property was developed by Amazon Properties and has a Grade I-listed façade retention. “These high-spec developments are built as homes, a place to live,” says Draper, sitting in its high-ceilinged living area.

These new builds have also attracted a new profile of purchaser. “One would assume that it’s a lot of international investors, but in fact the majority are living here full-time or for most of the year,” Draper reports. Many are downsizing, selling large houses in St John’s Wood, Regent’s Park, Hampstead, Belgravia or Knightsbridge. “They are taking these beautiful lateral apartments for their later years or wanting to benefit from the concierge, to have a better and easier lifestyle.” Although Brexit remains a talking point, stamp duty is more so: often at 15 per cent, it is making buyers seriously consider the cost of their move – and encouraging a longerterm outlook. “I’ve just this week exchanged on a property where the buyer initially registered two and a half years ago,” says Draper. “In this case they were a resident in Marylebone wanting to upsize, who had been watching the market and the cost of moving had prevented them diving in straightaway. This is extremely common at the moment across London.” Pricing is everything. “Properties with overinflated asking prices simply aren’t selling. However if vendors are willing to listen to our advice and recommendations on pricing, they’re achieving within three or four per cent of guide prices. If not priced correctly to begin with, properties are staying on the market for months and in some cases years.” Vendors are less resistant to these conversations than they were. The message is clear: realism is key. This in turn has led to an uptick in activity. In the 12 months to January, Knight Frank Marylebone has seen an increase in property values, “which completely outperforms the market”, says Draper. 55 Baker Street, W1U, 020 3641 7938,

E xcha ng i ng place s Knight Frank’s Marylebone office had five exchanges in January with a combined sale value of £18.5m. “We’re very busy in all price ranges,“ says Draper. “While we found new developments popular with a British and European clientele, these also went to Indian, Chinese and Middle Eastern buyers – residents, rather than investors.”

Welbeck House, £5.3m Four bedrooms, lift access and 24-hour porter

Nottingham Place, £6.5m Seven bedrooms, three terraces

Chiltern Place, £4.15m Two bedrooms and balcony


Market insight A global topic Partner and head of Knight Frank Mayfair, Harvey Cyzer


irst, the good news. The global economy started 2018 in a very good place, with healthy growth in the most leading markets. It was the strongest coordinated growth spurt for almost a decade, and indicators from the first quarter point to more of the same for the rest of the year. However, we must not forget that the Chinese and US economies in particular are showing signs of capacity constraints, which will lead to more rapid inflation. This, together with ongoing debt accumulation, not just in China but around the world, where total private, corporate and public debt is now estimated to equate to a record 325 per cent of global GDP, means rate rises and more general monetary tightening will be the main economic story over the coming year. This will dent growth in 2019, and weigh on property performance in the medium term. With rate rises likely in the US, China, Canada and potentially the UK, as well as the European Central Bank beginning to taper its quantitative easing purchases, the process of unwinding economic stimuli will accelerate. Despite these moves towards tighter monetary policy, borrowers will still be able to lock in incredibly cheap rates of debt in 2018. The fear of higher future interest rates and higher prices may spur action by investors to crystallise purchases, partly in the hope that property lives up to its reputation as a strong hedge against inflation. The US is set to lead the charge on global rate rises, and the dollar is likely to strengthen against most

major currencies, in particular the euro, sterling and Chinese yuan. For dollar-pegged investors, UK and European property markets will likely appear better value by the end of the year, while buyers from the Chinese mainland will find US or Hong Kong property investments more expensive. The impact of market restrictions is set to become more pronounced in 2018. The mix of tax hikes, outright investment bans and controls on mortgage lending aimed at foreign residential property buyers that are already being felt in places as far as Canada, New Zealand and Australia – together with tighter currency controls facing would-be investors – is beginning to bite. Most noticeable has been the shift in demand, with buyers reconsidering the markets they are willing to investigate for purchases. The process will become more significant in 2018, as recent policy moves come into operation this year. 020 8166 7484,

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From winter to spring Partner and head of Knight Frank Marylebone, Christian Lock-Necrews


he snow in London presented Marylebone and Fitzrovia at their winter best. While sitting at my desk writing this I can even say the modern commercial buildings along Baker Street look more inviting. Walking through Montagu Square or along Great James Street, it would seem much the same 200 years ago. During the snowfall, while some buyers cancelled viewings, others braved the weather to take advantage of being the first to see some new-tomarket properties our office has recently launched. It feels slightly disconcerting to see relatively strong activity levels in Marylebone and Fitzrovia while many of the stories one reads paint a more negative picture of prime central London. We have found the world to keep turning and properties continue to sell. While not looking to

Year to February, compared to last year

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In the coming months, owners with the rare commodity of a terrace or garden will see activity start to increase

tempt fate, neither are we unaware of the potential risks to the market. When measuring our local office performance year to February against last year, the data (above) provides an interesting insight. While we have seen fewer buyers register during the last 12 months, we have seen viewings, offers and sales increase. It is clear those people looking are serious. Although they are out in lower numbers, their willingness to commit has resulted in a real uptick of activity on the previous 12-month period. The market up to £2m remains the most competitive, and during February two of the sales we agreed during the month had multiple parties interested within this price range. The prices we can achieve today are as strong as any point in the area’s history and at this level. In the coming months, property owners with a terrace or garden will see activity start to increase as the winter thaws and their rare commodity finds its place at the top of the tree. 020 3641 7938,



This Spring, with Knight Frank Mayfair. Our understanding of the everchanging market enables us to price your property accurately, so you can rely on Knight Frank to get you moving. Call us today to arrange your free market appraisal. 020 8166 7484 Guide price: £4,500,000

Hays Mews, Mayfair W1J This exceptionally well presented four bedroom townhouse offers contemporary living in the heart of Mayfair. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, roof terrace, guest cloakroom, entrance hall, private parking. EPC: E. Approximately 196.5 sq m (2,115 sq ft). Office: 020 8166 7484



Guide price: £8,950,000

South Street, Mayfair W1K A beautifully refurbished three bedroom apartment offering views over the Mount Street Gardens. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, entrance hall, staff room, 2 storage units, concierge. EPC: E. Approximately 206.5 sq m (2,223 sq ft). Office: 020 8166 7484

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This Spring, with Knight Frank Mayfair.

Guide price: £1,500,000

Whitehall Court, St James's SW1A A spacious two bedroom lateral apartment on the third floor of a beautiful Grade II* listed building. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception/dining room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, lift, porter. EPC: D. Approximately 77.5 sq m (834 sq ft). Office: 020 8166 7484

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Guide price: £3,800,000

Eton House, Mayfair W1K A quiet three bedroom apartment situated within one of Mayfair's finest buildings just off prestigious Grosvenor Square. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception/dining room, kitchen, utility room, hallway, porter, lift. EPC: C. Approximately 121.5 sq m (1,308 sq ft). Office: 020 8166 7484

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MOVE. This Spring, with Knight Frank Whether you're looking to buy or rent, our local team can help you find your perfect property, sooner. Contact us today to arrange a viewing. We'd love to help you. 020 3641 9968

Guide price: £1,790 per week

Montagu Square, Marylebone W1 A luxurious two bedroom flat, finished to a high specification throughout. 2 bedrooms, (1 with dressing room), 3 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, study, guest cloakroom, utility room, security system, garage. EPC: C. Available furnished. Office: 020 3641 9968


Guide price: £5,000 per week

Chandos Street, Marylebone W1 An immaculate, interior designed, Grade ll listed townhouse finished to a high specification throughout. 6 bedrooms, (2 with dressing rooms), 8 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, study, 2 guest cloakrooms, gym, lift, intruder alarm. EPC: F. Available furnished. Office: 020 3641 9968

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Queen Anne Street, Marylebone W1 An immaculately presented three bedroom lateral apartment A spectacular three bedroom apartment, located in a boutique building with a porter and lift access. Master bedroom (with en suite bathroom and dressing room), second bedroom (with en suite bathroom and dressing area), third bedroom (with en suite shower room), spacious open plan reception room/kitchen, utility room, separate guest cloakroom, courtyard. EPC: D. Approximately 277.1 sq m (2,983 sq ft) including courtyard.    Leasehold: approximately 919 years remaining

Guide price: £3,950,000 020 3641 7938  


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Portland Place, Marylebone W1 A refurbished three bedroom apartment Located in a highly prestigious mansion block (with porter and lift access), this superb property benefits from underfloor heating and large bay windows allowing for an abundance of natural light. Master bedroom (with en suite shower room), 2 further bedrooms, bathroom, large reception room, separate kitchen/dining room. EPC: F. Approximately 125.4 sq m (1,350 sq ft).   Leasehold: approximately 105 years remaining

Guide price: £3,150,000 020 3641 7938  


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Fitzroy Place, Fitzrovia W1 A contemporary one bedroom apartment in the heart of Fitzrovia Fitzroy is a unique development located around a newly built London square. Double bedroom (with en suite), open plan kitchen/reception room, decked balcony, 24 hour concierge, communal courtyard. EPC: TBC. Approximately 75.8 sq m (816 sq ft) including balcony.   Leasehold: approximately 131 years remaining 

Guide price: £1,350,000

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Strong starts Local agents report on spring sales and lettings


David Adams,

director, Humberts Mayfair “January and February have seen a surprising level of activity and we’ve had two strong months of sales. Our Mayfair office has received record levels of enquiries from buyers across the continent; we are seeing a ‘Brexit Bounce’ with a surge in European – mainly French – buyers registering. “All appear to be motivated to find something quickly and buy within the next two to three months to get ahead of Brexit. They all want the automatic right to stay here if they are resident when we leave the European Union. Volumes of homes sales remain subdued because fewer British buyers are trading up and paying the high levels of stamp duty. UK purchasers are instead buying second homes overseas, creating booms in Portugal, and a resurgent British market in Spain and Switzerland.”

David Lee,

Alastair Mercer,

“Pastor Real Estate has seen a significant uptick in the number of sales applicants registering to buy through our Mayfair office since the beginning of the year. Many of these purchasers have sought our advice as to which areas within prime central London are likely to offer the best long-term capital growth and the strongest yields. “With this in mind, Pastor Real Estate has commissioned a research report that seeks to analyse areas that have outperformed the rest of the market. Through a combination of pound per sq ft and yield analysis, we will look to identify and examine the facts and figures. Part of the report will highlight variables that are likely to influence growth. “Initial findings suggest that areas where price growth was strongest between 2007 and 2017 had some common characteristics that appear to have driven prices. Statistical analysis found that these areas were strongly associated with high incidence of heritage building stock, including listed buildings; proximity to historic parks and gardens; population density of around 88 people/persons per hectare; high access to green space; and high public transport accessibility. These same factors are also associated with good place-making.”

“Dexters has enjoyed a particularly strong start to 2018 in both sales and lettings, having agreed four sales in the £3m to £5m price range in January alone, which we expect to herald a return to strong levels of high-end property sales in the coming spring months. “In lettings, we have what we believe to be the best choice of lettings property in Mayfair, which includes four newly refurbished apartments off Hill Street by the Berkeley Square Estate (from £1,950 per week to £3,450 per week), as well as a six-bedroom townhouse in Chesterfield Hill with cinema room and lift for £6,500 per week.”

head of sales, Pastor Real Estate

director, Dexters


BUCKINGHAM GATE ST. JAMES’S SW1 A GRAND FAMILY HOME MOMENTS FROM BUCKINGHAM PALACE Situated directly opposite Buckingham Palace and comprising c.15,845 sqft (1,472 sqm), this spectacular 19th-century Grade II listed townhouse is arranged over seven floors and includes five reception rooms, six principal bedrooms, swimming pool, staff accommodation, six person passenger lift, private garage (with car stacker) and 24-hour concierge. Accommodation: Entrance hall, dining room, drawing room, library/living room, second living room, study, 6 bedrooms, 2 dressing rooms, 6 bathrooms, shower room, kitchen, utility/laundry room, 2 staff bedrooms, staff shower room, 3 guest cloakrooms. Amenities: Lift, gym, swimming pool, garage, two balconies, courtyard, two terraces, 24-hour concierge.

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BUCKINGHAM GATE ST. JAMES’S SW1 A UNIQUE 3 BEDROOM, DOUBLE-LATERAL DUPLEX APARTMENT This double-lateral apartment, 5,189 sqft, offers accommodation across two floors and two buildings, with a total width of c.60 feet (18.3 metres) across six windows. Offering views over the grounds of the Royal Palace, this meticulously designed apartment has been renovated for 21st-century living and is serviced by a range of private amenities. Accommodation: Entrance hall, drawing room, living room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom suite with ensuite shower, bathroom and dressing room, two further bedrooms with ensuite shower and bathrooms, guest cloakroom. Amenities: Lift access, secure underground car parking, 24-hour concierge, three private terraces, two utility rooms.

£14,000/week No tenant fees

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TREVOR SQUARE KNIGHTSBRIDGE SW7 A FOUR BEDROOM, GEORGIAN GRADE II LISTED TOWNHOUSE This grade II listed townhouse has been meticulously remodelled and interior designed ,behind the front façade, to an exceptional standard to create a light and spacious contemporary home. With state-of-the-art technology Trevor Square offers a perfect balance of well proportioned reception space ; excellent kitchen/breakfast room and a wonderful family/ media room, as well as bright and airy bedrooms Accommodation: Entrance hall, reception/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, family room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms, guest bathroom, shower room, 2 guest cloakrooms. Amenities: Forbes & Lomax lighting, brand new windows throughout with acoustic glass, garden.

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CHILTERN PLACE MARYLEBONE W1 A TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT WITHIN THE HEART OF MARYLEBONE VILLAGE Located on the fifth floor of this prestigious development, this two bedroom, two bathroom flat overlooks Paddington Street with the master bedroom offering a westerly aspect towards Chiltern Street. Chiltern Place is a sophisticated oasis, proudly standing between the cosmopolitan buzz of Marylebone village and the West End Accommodation: Entrance hall, reception room, dining area, kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, bedroom 2 , guest bathroom. Amenities: Lift, balcony, 24-hour porter.

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We know our neighbourhoods; from where to find the finest cheese, the best cuts of meat, and beautifully baked bread, to where to get your favourite tipple. For 35 years we’ve helped its residents settle, move and grow their lives in the finest homes in these extraordinary areas. If you’re buying, selling or renting in Bayswater, Hyde Park, Marylebone, Fitzrovia, or King’s Cross, talk to us. It’s what we do. 020 3797 8846 K AYA N D C O . C O M


An elegantly restored and modernised Grade II Listed Georgian townhouse and connected mews property, benefitting from 21st Century luxury in a period setting. This unique five bedroom, six bathroom family home is located on the preferred side of Connaught Square, a prestigious address beside Hyde Park, and enjoys access to a beautifully kept residents' garden. With highly sought-after access from both Connaught Square and Archery Close, the property is extremely well lit, and its extraordinary features include a magnificent first floor drawing room with garden views, an integrated garage, an "Endless" swimming pool, passenger lift, Lutron lighting, Crestron home automation, underfloor heating, air conditioning and three private outside spaces. A Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is to be included in the sale. Off and on-street electric charging is available via a Porsche Charging Pedestal, either while parked in the garage or in the mews.

Tenure: Freehold

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£2,500 per week Furnished

3 Double Bedrooms I 3 Bathrooms I 24 Hour Concierge I Interior Designed I Quiet Location Overlooking Park Beautifully presented apartment in this prestigious block with 24 hour concierge quietly nestled behind the Ritz Hotel overlooking gardens & Green Park. Decorated & furnished to the highest standard the spacious accommodation offers excellent storage and solid wood flooring throughout.


£695 per week Furnished

Recently Refurbished I 1 Double Bedroom I Popular Mayfair Location I Air Conditioning I Excellent Storage A wonderfully bright interior designed one bedroom in Shepherd Market which is one of London’s most popular cosmopolitan destinations. The property is refurbished to an exceptional standard to include air conditioning, underfloor heating, bespoke kitchen, marble shower and skylight ceiling to the hall. FURTHER DETAILS FOR ALL LETTINGS CONTACT: +44 (0)20 3195 9595 48 Curzon Street, London, W1J 7UL



7 Bedrooms | Swimming Pool | Garden | Roof Terrace | Lift | Freehold A truly exceptional family house in a sought after Chelsea location with views over Chelsea Physic Garden and beyond. Measuring 6,742 ft² (627 m²), the accommodation comprises: 3 reception rooms, large master bedroom suite with dressing room, 6 further double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 shower rooms, indoor swimming pool, sauna and roof terrace. Freehold.



1 Bedroom | Top Floor Apartment | Wood Flooring | Excellent Storage | Porter | Lift A beautifully presented 1 bedroom Mayfair apartment with lift and porter located moments away from Grosvenor Square and Bond Street Station. Measuring approximately 385 ft² (36 m²) the property would make an ideal pied-à-terre or rental investment. Share of Freehold. FURTHER DETAILS FOR ALL SALES CONTACT: +44 (0)20 3879 8989 11 Curzon Street, London, W1J 5HJ



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Mayfair Showroom 66 Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 3JL 28 offices in central London and over 60 across the capital

Green Street, W1K £6,950,000

A six bedroom penthouse apartment located within this attractive period house with south facing views over the private gardens of Green Street. With direct lift access, there is a spacious reception room with separate kitchen and dining room, four bathrooms and a roof terrace, energy rating c. Dexters Mayfair 020 7590 9590

Royal Avenue, SW3 £6,000,000

Set over four floors, a five bedroom house on one of Chelsea’s most desirable roads. The property has two large reception rooms, four bathrooms and a dining room with views over Royal Avenue. Further benefits include a west facing terrace and high ceilings throughout, energy rating e. Dexters Chelsea 020 7590 9510

Brook Street, W1K £7,450 per week

This attractive seven bedroom family house is arranged over six floors providing spacious and flexible accommodation. There are four reception rooms, seven bathrooms, a lift and the property benefits from one of the largest private gardens in Mayfair, energy rating d. Dexters Mayfair 020 7590 9595

Upper Brook Street, W1K £4,750 per week

A recently refurbished six bedroom interior designed Mayfair townhouse retaining many of its period features throughout. Arranged over six floors, there are four reception rooms, a large separate kitchen, five bathrooms and a private patio, energy rating d. Dexters Mayfair 020 7590 9595 Tenants fees apply: £180 per tenancy towards administration, £60 reference fee per tenant and £144 for a professional check in (All inc of VAT).

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

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3284Mayfair 1888 48 Berkeley020 Square, London W1J 5AX

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AskingPrice: Price:£1,900,000 £1,075,000leasehold freehold Guide

48 Berkeley Square, Mayfair London W1J 5AX

A smart one bedroom flat on the ground floor in a portered block. Benefits from underground parking

This unusually large lateral apartment was created This unusually by joininglarge two lateral apartments apartment together, was created includes by bedroom joining two A and smart one flatapartm on th Harley Street William Mews off street parking within mews. 1 Bedroom, 1onReception Room & 1a Bathroom over approx. 2and kitchens, 3 bedrooms and 2the sitting rooms. 2Located kitchens, 3the bedrooms 2nd floor and with 2 sitting lift and rooms. a porter. Located In need on the 2nd floor the wi and off street parking within 550 sqft. Unbeatable Knightsbridge location. of Freehold. EPC: C 33 years remaining. EPC: D Marylebone W1GLeasehold, Knightsbridge SW7 of modernisation. 33 years remaining. ofShare modernisation. EPC: D Leasehold, 550 sqft. Unbeatable Knightsbri Guide Price: £1,900,000 leasehold

Asking Price: £1,075,000 freehold

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Rent a palace

An inaugural ‘try-before-you-buy’ million-pound rental deal agreed for Westminster mega-mansion


record-breaking rental deal has been agreed by Rokstone for a 11,080 sq ft Grade II-listed mansion in Westminster – a stone’s throw away from Westminster Abbey and the Thames. The ‘try-before-you-buy’ arrangement is £1m per year (£84,000 per month) for the palatial house, which is valued at more than £35m. Stamp duty would have been £2.9m if the property had been bought outright. Becky Fatemi, managing director of Rokstone, says: “Stamp duty, political weakness and Brexit have caused some among the global super-rich to delay buying homes in London. Instead, we are seeing an upturn in ‘try-before-youbuy’ mega-rental deals. “There was just one of these deals in 2013, then three between 2014 and

2015, then it jumped to five in 2016 and six last year.” According to LonRes, in the past five years there have been no residential lets in Westminster or the wider West End in excess of £10,000 per month or on homes of more than 10,000 sq ft. The Edwardian Baroque-style home in question was the headquarters of the Liberal Democrats from 1988 to 2011, and renovated from 2012 to 2015. It now

features five reception rooms, seven bedroom suites and a passenger lift. The master bedroom suite includes ‘his and hers’ Italian book-matched marble-lined bathrooms and a vast walk-in dressing room. There is also a fully-equipped spa, complete with a 13-metre indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and gymnasium; plus 1,315 sq ft of outdoor land to enjoy, which comprises a private terrace garden and a roof terrace. The 1904-1905 mansion was designed by Horace Field and was originally built as the London offices for the North Eastern Railway. Arts and Crafts details, a grand neo-Georgian staircase and stucco ceilings give a nod to this bygone era. Rokstone, 5 Dorset Street, Marylebone, W1U, 020 7580 2030,



A royal restoration Connaught Square townhouse emerges


n 1827 townhouse on Connaught Square has been launched, following a multi-million pound restoration by a team of specialists best known for their work on the Royal Collection. The owners bought the Georgian building a few years ago and later snapped up a mews house just behind on Archery Close, with plans to join the two and create a luxury five-bed measuring more than 4,750 sq ft. A Royal Warrant-holding building consultant was brought in alongside A&M Restoration & Conservation, also a holder of Royal Warrants from Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, to carry out the refurbishment works. Local agent Kay & Co has been instructed with an asking price of £10.25m. The brief was to design a home “like no other on the square” for a young family, celebrating the Grade II-listed heritage, while readying it for electric transportation and energy economy. Comforts include underfloor heating, air conditioning and a passenger lift. In the integral garage houses, a 2016 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid in midnight blue has been made part of the deal. It can be charged either on the street or in the garage.

Oceans apart

New residences in the West End


ceanic House, a Grade II-listed landmark building on the north-west corner of Trafalgar Square, has been transformed into a development of luxury residences including a 5,496 sq ft duplex penthouse. The building is former London headquarters of the Oceanic Steam Navigation Company, owners of the RMS Titanic. The penthouse has multiple terraces and views of the London skyline, with interiors designed and dressed by Morpheus London. It uses the top floor of the original building, with another

added on top. A condition of the planning consent for the new floor was that the original pediment on the upper façade – which had been removed in the 60s – be reinstated. The four bedrooms include a large master with his and hers ensuite bathrooms and individual dressing areas. All the furniture and lighting has

been created bespoke. The asking price is £19.5m. The six two- and three-bedroom residences, of which five remain available to buy, start at an asking price of £4.35m. Viewings are by appointment only,,


An Exceptional Freehold Townhouse of 3,834 square feet in the Heart of Mayfair Village with a Private Garage for Two Cars. Freehold Price On Application

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M O U N T S T R E E T M AY FA I R The quintessential high fashion apartment in Mayfair’s chicest street. A three bedroom first floor lateral of over 2,300 sq ft, immaculately refurbished and sold with the benefit of a long lease.

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As you presently journey around Mayfair, whether you go north, south, east or west, you will pass construction sites building a new residential Mayfair. In our opinion, people will look back on the Mayfair of the early 21st century as a pivotal moment in its 350 year history. Whether retail, offices, culture, hotels or restaurants, the Mayfair offering and selection is the epitome of service and best in class – not just for central London but on a world stage. The residential offering now coming on stream is the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle to complete the picture of a new modern Mayfair. “Mayfair takes back the crown from Knightsbridge” is Wetherell’s battle cry as buyers see the right developments being built in the right place. Don’t wait to buy in Mayfair – just buy in Mayfair and wait – because the best is yet to come.

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Marylebone & Fitzrovia Magazine April 2018  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

Marylebone & Fitzrovia Magazine April 2018  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...