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s there anything more depressing than a New Year detox? Other than the sandwich cart on a London Midland railway service, I think not. ‘New Year New You’ headlines scream from every corner when all you want to do is crawl under a duvet, eating food heavily laced with butter and liquor. June however, is the perfect time to shake off the slothinducing aspects of the previous season and make some positive changes for your wellbeing. For this reason, we have compiled an expert guide to investing in your health – from helping you get back in shape to finally getting a good night’s sleep (page 91). And while we may be getting a spring in our step, Argentinian polo titan Nacho Figueras is frankly putting us to shame. As the British polo season gets into full swing, I meet the impossibly suave Figueras to talk about balancing his life with work and charity, along with his hopes for the ‘sport of kings’ (page 20). Meanwhile, London is the backdrop to a host of cultural events this month – London Art Week begins on 28 June, and Rebecca Wallersteiner catches up with leading Mayfair art dealers Edmondo di Robilant, Johnny Van Haeften and Philip Mould (OBE)to find out what they have planned (page 68); while on the other side of town, fashion’s top editors are gathering to see the London Collections: Men S/S 13. The event is now a firm highlight on every editor’s calendar and with Dolce & Gabbana and Tom Ford showing this year, the affair promises to be a suitably spectacular one – Stephen Doig reports on the labels to watch out for (page 32). And if you’d rather just go to the movies, Hollywood legend Robert Redford is back on form in new film, The Company You Keep. In an exclusive interview with The Mayfair Magazine, the former Sundance Kid talks to us about trailblazing the industry, passing the torch and why he supports journalism. Friends in high places…

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012 | Golden boy Hollywood icon, Robert Redford gives us an exclusive interview on his latest film 016 | Out in the open As the 113th US Open arrives at Merion Golf Club, we meet British golfing legend, Tony Jacklin 020 | A true connoisseur As the polo season gets into full swing, Elle Blakeman meets its unofficial poster boy, Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras 024 | World first Richard Yarrow tests the latest offering from Lexus – the speedy, high-tech LS 600h L 028 | He’s in fashion Stephen Doig steps behind the scenes at Mr Porter for secrets to sartorial success 032 | Let’s hear it for the boys We welcome London Collections: Men and bring you the latest trends 091 | Health management Find out how to tackle stress and insomnia and give your body a pre-summer fitness boost with our expert guide

037 | Style spy 038 | Style update 040 | From dusk to dawn Bring out your glamorous side this summer as elegant eveningwear takes the focus of this month’s shoot

083 | Food & drink news 084 | Road to Singapore Executive chef Tong Chee Hwee of the Hakkasan Group takes some time out from cooking to talk about his new kitchen at HKK 088 | Restaurant review: Kaspar’s, The Savoy

Regulars 006 | Editor’s letter 010 | Contributors 065 | My life in Mayfair: Nicola Winwood 080 | Couture culture 115 | Suite dreams: Flemings 117 | Remembering Mayfair: Handel House Museum

Collection 049 | A world of watches 051 | Watch news 052 | Baselworld 2013: The watches The top trends from the world of men’s watches 055 | Jewellery news 056 | Baselworld 2013: Best of Basel jewellery We report back on Baselworld’s extravagant 2013 showcase of fine jewellery for women

Beauty 101 | Beauty news Ready yourself for summer with indulgent new products from Crème de la Mer 103 | Spa review: Michael John



107 | Travel news Long haul or short haul – you decide 108 | Spanish inquisition We test out SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain to see if a macrobiotic diet lives up to its ultra-healthy reputation 112 | City break: Hong Kong For a fashionable sojourn make your way to Hong Kong for its stunning landscape, style and food

067 | Art news 068 | Seven days of beauty To mark the arrival of London Art Week, we meet three of Mayfair’s leading art dealers 073 | Prize lots 078 | Exhibition focus Grayson Perry remains as controversial as ever at this year’s summer exhibition at the Royal Academy

130 | Property news 132 | Hot property: The Manor, Davies Street, Mayfair WIK 160 | A place in the sun Marrakech is a destination for the rich and famous just as much as it is for investors who are also looking for the perfect holiday villa

Interiors 058 | Interiors news 060 | La Vie en Rose Kate Racovolis meets Rose Uniacke at her showroom on Pimlico Road


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Editor Elle Blakeman Assistant Editor Kate Racovolis Contributing Editor Kari Rosenberg Art Editor Carol Cordrey Food & Drink Editor Neil Ridley Collection Editor Annabel Harrison Editorial Intern Josh Minopoli Brand Consistency Hiren Chandarana Laddawan Juhong Senior Designer Lisa Wade Production Hugo Wheatley Alex Powell Oscar Viney Editor-in-Chief Kate Harrison Client Relationship Director Kate Oxbrow General Manager Fiona Fenwick

Stephen Doig Stephen is an award-winning fashion writer who has worked for Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. This month, he meets the man behind the online powerhouse that is Mr Porter and gives us a heads up on the new men’s collections. richard yarrow Richard is a freelance motoring journalist and a former associate editor of Auto Express. This month he test drives the new Lexus LS 600h L to see if the end result lives up to the hype.

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Carol Cordrey Carol is an art critic and editor. She organises the annual London Ice Sculpting Festival and is permanently on the art scene bringing us the latest happenings. RICHARD BROWN Richard is deputy editor of Canary Wharf, The City and Collection, our dedicated watch and fine jewellery section. He specialises in men’s style, popular culture, timepieces, travel and finance.

KARI ROSENBERG Contributing editor Kari takes to the sun-drenched streets of Marrakech to check out the property scene and finds out why this area is causing such a stir with those looking for a luxury second home in the sun.

mike peake Mike has written extensively for The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. This month he investigates the growing issue of insomnia for our Health Management special report.

kate racovolis Kate is an alumnus of Columbia University’s Journalism School and has written widely on luxury interiors, fashion and lifestyle. This month she meets the ultra-stylish British interior designer, Rose Uniacke.

rebecca wallersteiner Avid art, health and travel writer, Rebecca contributes regularly to The Times, The Lady and The Telegraph. Ahead of London Art Week she meets three of Mayfair’s most prominent art dealers.

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Hollywood legend Robert Redford reminisces on a glorious past on screen, explains why he’s so interested in the press, and suggests that his time at the box office isn’t quite over yet W O R D S : s t e p h e n m i lt o n


obert Redford rarely grants interviews. The Hollywood legend is one of the few enduring icons of the Golden Era of cinema whose name alone virtually guarantees the success of whatever he happens to be doing. Outside of the movie world, he’s a businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist and importantly someone who understands the wider ability of art to spread powerful messages. For the central message of his latest film, The Company You Keep, Redford has momentarily levelled his walls. He plays a wanted former antiVietnam war militant, running from a journalist (Shia LaBeouf) who discovers his true identity. Redford, now 76, also directs the film. It is something, he says, that is close to his heart – an


innate curiosity in the workings of the press, perhaps sparked by his role as Bob Woodward in All The President’s Men, the Academy Award-winning political thriller on the Watergate scandal. Even so, with The Company You Keep reigniting his interest in the power of the press, Redford does not enjoy this aspect of his career at all, which explains why he so rarely gives interviews. ‘Personally, all I want to be remembered for is the work. That’s why it’s hard for me to do publicity,’ he says. Born in 1936, Redford has lived through more media events than Watergate. It’s this experience together with his interest in journalism – its whole track and its future – that drives his self-appointed responsibility to tell a story.

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‘If journalism gets threatened by changing times and politics, I almost take that personally and I want to show it in a film,’ he says. ‘This is how journalism is today. If I wasn’t interested in journalism, I wouldn’t have done this interview.’ For Redford, these ‘changing times and politics’ are the result of the online world. ‘The internet has changed things drastically,’ he notes, sombrely. ‘Everyone is a journalist now. Anyone can be a journalist. Anyone can tweet. ‘How can the general public find the truth when there are certain TV news shows that just lie – brazenly – and with smiles on their faces?’ he asks. ‘The public might think, “I guess that’s the truth then”. This is dangerous.’ It’s perhaps surprising, given his obviously passionate interest in the press, that he didn’t pursue it as a career. ‘I like the idea of journalism [but] I see my job as an artist to show things, to draw a picture’ – and indeed, Redford’s art has seen him star in a long stream of cinema classics such as The Great Gatsby, The Sting, The Way We Were, Out of Africa and Brubaker, to name just a few. He also founded the Sundance Film Festival, one of the world’s largest independent film festivals. Ludicrously handsome despite his years, Redford is a quintessential box office draw. A

blueprint, a rugged pioneer for those who followed – Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Bradley Cooper. He’s often name checked by today’s A-listers as the spark that ignited their Hollywood dreams, but it’s not necessarily a notion that pleases the Angeleno, who now lives in Sundance, Utah, with second wife Sibylle Szaggars. For his latest role, Redford needed to source old photographs – something he didn’t relish. ‘It just makes me feel old!’ he laughs. ‘I had to go through archival stuff and find photos of myself and then be depressed, but it was just something I think was right for the film – to show that time passes. People age.’ The Company You Keep shines the spotlight on the Weather Underground movement, a leftist faction created as a clandestine revolutionary party for the overthrow of the US government in the early 1970s. At the time, Redford sympathised with their efforts. ‘I was of that age, I was of them in spirit but because I was starting a career in the New York theatre as an actor at that time, and I was also starting to have a family, I was obligated to that,’ he says. ‘So I wasn’t a part of it, but I was certainly empathetic to what they were doing because I also thought it was a wrong that was going to cost unnecessary lives. It was also a war designed 

from left: film still from THE STING (1973); on the set of ORDINARY PEOPLE (1980); THE GREAT GATSBY (1974); THE CANDIDATE (1972); BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969).all images © Moviestore collection


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‘I like movies these days to make them think’ – Robert Redford

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by people who had never gone to war, and it had a lot to do with kind of a tragic history in the United States and the mistakes it’s made that they never seem to learn by, so that was my own personal criticism about my country and history.’ Re-examining this long neglected part of American political history was, Redford explains, a bid to simplify it for the 21st generation audience. ‘I like movies these days to make them think,’ he says. ‘Some films are made not to necessarily think, but it’s like eating cotton candy – you have a wonderful ride and then it’s over and that’s all you really want. ‘Other films are designed in a way to at least make you ask a question afterwards,’ he continues. ‘The second thing has to do with a criticism I have in my own country – I don’t think we are very good at looking at history as a lesson to be learned so that we don’t repeat a negative historical experience. We are not good at that.’ Clearly cinema and its storytelling power remain a potent draw and he admits he has no intention of stopping. Indeed, he recently signed on for a role in the new Captain America blockbuster alongside Chris Evans. ‘I can only tell you that I don’t see any point in stopping as long as you can keep going

forward,’ he says. ‘It requires a certain amount of re-invention. If you get caught in one track I think that can be dangerous. I think success has a dark side to it. You want to be careful if you’ve had success at something that you not try and follow it by just duplicating it. Use that to launch you in a different direction. That’s why I’m doing the Captain America film next. It goes into a totally different direction because I have the opportunity to do that.’ A key member of Old Hollywood, while Redford definitely remains relevant today, the glory days of the Golden Era are far gone; it’s a different landscape now. ‘I think you’d be nostalgic if you’d missed that era and couldn’t make those films,’ he muses. ‘I can make those films but it makes me sad there’s not more support or flexibility for them, to make them easier to be made. But at least I’m able to make them.’ He is also in a position where DiCaprio’s star turn in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby will inevitably be compared to his own. However, it’s something that apparently hasn’t even crossed his mind. ‘Oh I heard about it,’ he smiles. ‘Yes, but whether I think it’s the right idea to remake it, I have no idea. They have every right to remake it. I don’t think about it. I did that in 1973!’ Passing the mantle of Gatsby seems, in a way, a sign that Redford is finally relinquishing his leading man status and matinee-idol looks, like time intended. It’s a liberating experience for the actor, whose own struggle to prove his worth early on in his career is something he still recalls. ‘I’m glad I’m allowed the freedom to experiment; it never used to be like that,’ he says. ‘When I first came onto the scene I was pigeonholed straight away – the blonde hair, the look. I was screaming “I’m an actor”, but it’s a message that can’t be heard when people are saying you are something different – an image, a brand. ‘That was troubling for me – I felt caged. But that’s Hollywood for you. I got over it and I’m someone different now.’ ‘The Company You Keep’ is on at cinemas this month

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image: Merion Golf Club Hole #9, Copyright Unknown/ Courtesy of USGA Museum


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tood on the ninth green at Hazeltine in the final round of the 1970 US Open, Tony Jacklin faced the biggest putt of his life. The Englishman had led the field in each of the first three days of golf’s second oldest major, taming winds of up to 40mph. Success would see him become the first Briton since Ted Ray in 1920 to get his hands on the US Open Championship trophy. Defeat at this late stage in the tournament would have him remembered as one of sport’s biggest chokers. But after three-putting for the first time in the tournament on the eighth to drop a shot, Jacklin had a monstrous 30-foot putt on the

‘It was the best I have ever played and the best week of golf I ever enjoyed in my professional career’ – Tony Jacklin ninth just to make par. He struck the ball and it sped off down the green. The line was good, but the pace looked too hot. However somehow, despite the speed, the ball thundered into the back of the cup and dropped in. ‘The pressure just eased right there,’ said Jacklin. ‘It was then that I believed it could happen.’ Nine holes later, Jacklin hit the winning putt to secure his first US Open title – and in doing so became only the second golfer to hit four consecutive subpar (72) rounds – 71, 70, 70, 70 – in history. ‘It was the best I have ever played and the best week of golf I ever enjoyed in my professional career,’ he added. ‘I led from start to finish and increased my lead every day. The first day was exceptionally windy, which made me feel very much at home as I grew up on links golf courses. ‘I got off to a good start and was the only player to break par on the first day with 71 to give me a two-shot lead. The next day, I extended it to three shots and then to four shots the following day and eventually I won by seven. ‘The US Open is probably the hardest of 


 the majors to win – the USGA always set the course up to be a supreme examination in pin placements, pace of the greens and that sort of thing – so I was pleased with my performance.’ It’s perhaps unsurprising, then, that 40 years passed before another British player tasted glory, with Northern Ireland’s Graeme

‘I’m not sure this is a course that will suit McIlroy, because one of his assets is that he hits the ball a long way’

above left: David Graham holding the trophy of the 1981 US Open Championship at Merion G.C. in Ardmore, Pa., Sunday, June 21, 1981, Copyright Unknown/ Courtesy USGA


McDowell winning in 2010 and then his countryman Rory McIlroy triumphing the following year. Can Britain make it three out of four this year? We’ll find out when the 113th edition of the US Open gets underway on 13 June on the East Course of Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Jacklin has less than favourable memories of Merion, having missed the cut there at the 1971 tournament when he was defending champion, with a score of 12 over par after two rounds. ‘It was an old-fashioned golf course and there was a lot of

strategy involved then,’ he said. ‘I certainly found it challenging and I didn’t manage to do a very good job. ‘I don’t think the course suited my game and maybe I didn’t have enough preparation. The tournament required a bit more course knowledge as you had to strategise your way round, really thinking about your club choice.’ As a result, Jacklin tips a player like McDowell to do well there this year. ‘He’s good from tee to green,’ said Jacklin. ‘You have to be good off the tee to compete. You have to hit the fairway and stay away from the rough. I would imagine the areas around the greens will be very tricky, which will put a premium on iron approach shots.’ ‘I’m not sure this is a course that will suit McIlroy, because one of his assets is that he hits the ball a long way – and I’m not sure that’s what this course is about. But McIlroy is a very good player – there’s no doubt about that. He was world number one earlier this year and has the ability to go on and dominate the sport. ‘The major advantage that he has got is that when he set out, he made a commitment to playing in the United States and winning as many majors as he can. He’s already got a couple (The US Open in 2011 and US PGA in 2012) and I think that’s because he’s benefitting from that commitment to win. He will also have learned a huge amount from playing in America.’ The man who deposed McIlroy in the rankings was a certain Tiger Woods. The

above, centre: Lee Trevino after winning the 1971 US Open Championship at Merion Golf Club, (East Course), Ardmore, Pa, Copyright Unknown/ Courtesy USGA Archives

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opposite page, top right: Ben Hogan and wife Valerie (centre and left) pose with the US Open Trophy at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., 1950. (Copyright Unknown/ Courtesy USGA Museum)

14-time major winner has seen something of a resurgence in recent months, following a turbulent two years where his personal life was in the headlines and his form dropped away. But the American won three titles before the end of March and regained the world numberone ranking for the first time in two-and-a-half years earlier this year. He also tied for fourth in the first major of 2013 – the Masters – and will be confident of his form heading to the US Open, the tournament where he last tasted major success back in 2008. ‘Based on the last couple of months, Woods is certainly the best player in the world again and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him win more than one major this year,’ said Jacklin.

‘From my observations, he’s close to being back to where he was in 2000 and I think on present form, he’ll be favourite for all the majors. Things have changed since his early days of success. He’s got older and the quality of the field has improved. ‘But he’s got so much more experience now and he is physically in good shape. He’s a threat wherever he goes. He’s back now, having been derailed for two or three years for all the reasons we know, and looking very comfortable both of the golf course and on it – so beware. That’s all I would say.’ Tony Jacklin CBE is the Official Host of the 2013 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. For more details please visit


Legendary Argentinian polo player, model for Ralph Lauren, St Regis Connoisseur and all-round promoter and defender of the sport – meet the king of the sport of kings, Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras W o r d s : E lle B la k e m an

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very sport has its poster boy. Football has Beckham, tennis has Nadal; polo is lucky enough to have the flowing brown locks and easy charm of one Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Figueras, the Argentinian captain of the Black Watch Polo Team. Like the above, Figueras has become synonymous with his sport, and has also racked up modeling and promotional contracts alongside his day job. He has been modelling for Ralph Lauren since 2000, and three years ago became the first ever St Regis ‘Connoisseur’ as the hotel – which has a fabulously long history with the game, dating back to the Midnight Suppers thrown by New York society darling, the honorable Mrs Astor – declared him a ‘perfect gentleman’ and an ‘expert’ in matters of taste. ‘Don’t believe everything you read,’ says Figueras with a self-deprecating smile and an impossibly deep Argentine accent. ‘There’s a big tradition with the St Regis hotel and polo and once they decided to start promoting and being a part of the polo events around the world, the idea of working together came about.’ Unlike other sports stars, who happily promote everything from razor blades to designer underwear, for Figueras, the sport always comes first. ‘It’s not that I’m doing other things than polo, my relationship with St Regis is with the polo rings at the hotels, while my relationship with Ralph Lauren is a 13-year-old one, and they are very respectful of what I do,’ he says. I’m sure they are; given the RL logo it’s hard to imagine a better ambassador for the brand than Figueras – arguably one of the greatest polo players of all time. With his masculine good looks and enviable lifestyle he is the very embodiment of the Hamptons glamour they represent. Despite some early murmurings from fellow players that Figueras’ focus may be elsewhere, his dedication to the sport was unwavering. ‘In the beginning, I was getting all this feedback from people saying, “What are you doing? What is this?” But I thought to myself,

“This is a great opportunity. This is a perfect bridge to help me achieve my dream and my vision of polo becoming a bigger, more visible sport.” So I used the money to buy a better horse and to become a better player. The difference [between him and other models] is that I am a real polo player who does endorsements on the side.’ For Figueras, it’s all about bringing attention to his sport, something he often cites as one of his ‘missions in life’.

‘You don’t need to have money to play polo you just need to want it’ ‘I was getting some recognition and I realised that I had something in my handle to talk about this sport,’ he says. ‘It was something I wanted and something I realised I needed to do for the sport. ‘I started feeling the responsibility of not just doing something about it, but saying, “Ok this brand is going to put my picture in a magazine and someone wants to sponsor these polo events around the world with me and around me, I need to do something about it”.’ His devotion is paying off, in the 27 years he has been playing, Figueras has noticed a real difference in the number of people watching the games. ‘I think there are more and more 

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people watching, and then more brands are sponsoring. As soon as the brand situation gets bigger then TV will come in. It’s a process and I think it’s happening now.’ He is also keen to spread the message that despite common opinion, polo doesn’t have to be an elitist sport. ‘It is elite if you live in central London or New York or Chicago because the world has pushed land and horses outside of the cities, but if you live in the countryside where horses are not so rare, then it’s a lot more accessible than people think. ‘My goal in life is to take polo into the city, so it’s not just some niche, elite sport but something all children can do. I started working towards this by helping to organise the Veuve Clicquot Manhattan Polo Classic on Governor’s Island in NY [where Prince Harry played in 2009]. To help the sport grow and popularise it – that would be perfect. ‘I understand that logistically polo is not so easy, but I also believe that if you have a passion you don’t need to have money to play polo you just need to want it. If you want it, you’ll do it.’ Having been born in where he believes to be the best place for the sport – ‘It is, without a doubt, the best place in the world for polo’ he says without a flicker of reservation – Figueras’ journey into the world of polo began at the age of just nine. At 14, he moved out from the family farm in Buenos Aires to one outside the city belonging to the family of polo player Lucas Monteverde, and just three years later he went pro, leaving his home country altogether for Paris. Doing so much so young can often have negative consequences – just look at the

constant conveyor belt of the crash-and-burn stories of Hollywood’s teen stars. Did he struggle with such achievement early on in life? ‘At 17 you think you know everything anyway,’ says Figueras. ‘So when someone told me, “You’re going to Paris for five months” you say “Sure no problem!”’ And thankfully, it wasn’t. Success at such a young age does not seem to have done him any harm; instead of falling out of clubs or dating a string of women, Figueras has now been very happily married to former model Delfina Blaquier since 2004. They have four children, who travel regularly with him, including a four-monthold baby. ‘It’s good. I think family keeps you busy and your feet on the ground. They allow me to feel contained and well. I don’t know if I would be so happy travelling around the world [without them]. When I’m with them I don’t feel homesick, wherever I am. When you’re with your family you’re with your family – it’s home.’ Are the night feeds and nappy changing a tough ask on top of his other demands? ‘Once you have four, it’s the same,’ he says with a dismissive wave. ‘I actually think it works out better, you do all these great things and then you go back home and change diapers and be a father. I like it, I think it’s a great thing.’ Is the constant travelling a problem? ‘No, it’s part of my life. I love playing polo; it’s my passion so if that’s what it takes, I’m happy. And I’m lucky, because polo needs to be played in good weather; I live a life where I follow the sun.’

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World first A powerful engine, two world-first systems and a multimedia screen that is bigger than in any other car currently available in the UK – we test the new Lexus LS 600h L w o r d s : r i c h a r d ya r r o w


or many years, luxury saloon car motoring – whether you sit in the front and drive, or in the back and are chauffeured – was about putting a modern interpretation on a bygone era. It was about taking the qualities that Rolls-Royce and Bentley epitomised decades ago and translating them for a new audience. Vital elements were sophisticated design, controlled power and quiet refinement. Jaguar, plus the German trio of Mercedes, BMW and Audi, did it particularly well. Then, quietly, an interloper appeared. In 1983, the chairman of Toyota, a man named Eiji Toyoda, challenged his engineers to build the world’s best luxury car. Six years and 450 prototypes later, their creation was ready. Sold under the brand name Lexus, the LS was launched in 1989 in the key market of North America. Within two years it was the region’s best-selling luxury car, and the company quickly earned a reputation for outstanding customer service and ultra-reliable vehicles, which wafted along untroubled by the outside world. Lexus arrived in the UK a year later and close to 600 cars were sold. In 2012, with a much-expanded range, the total was more than 8,400 and it’s on target to achieve at least the same again in 2013. Throughout that time, the LS has remained the flagship vehicle, still a testament to the ‘everything we can do in one car’ credo that Mr Toyoda promoted. But it also pushed the boundaries of what is acceptable and expected in a luxury saloon, and in 2007 Lexus introduced a petrol/electric powertrain to the LS range. Badged the LS 600h, it was the world’s most powerful hybrid production car. For 2013 comes an all-new interpretation of the LS and it can still boast that claim to fame. And with the launch of the LS 600h L – the extra letter denoting a longer wheelbase – comes the world’s only hybrid luxury limo. Customer feedback said the LS was good, but needed to be better in every way. The result is 3,000 modifications over the outgoing model. 


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 Given that ownership of a LS 600h L is as much about the rear seat passenger experience as the driving one, let’s start in the back. There is vast legroom and a console of buttons hidden in the flip-down central arm rest that would be comprehensive enough to grace many dashboards. From it you can control temperature, audio, seat adjustment – there are Ottoman foot stools – and the TV display that’s housed in a fixed upright leather surround between the front seats. It’s the first time I’ve seen a screen fitted like that, and to my mind it looks somewhat incongruous. One in the back of each front head rest, the option favoured by everyone else in this segment of the market, might have been smarter. The bottom line is everything is sumptuous leather and if you can’t get comfortable it’s because there’s something wrong with you, not the car. For the driver it’s a very similar story, with a huge range of adjustability to the driving position. The way the seat and steering wheel move back as you turn the engine off is a very German trait, giving the driver more space to exit. There’s plush wood on the steering wheel, door trim and dash, which is all very premium, but it’s spoiled slightly by chromed plastic detailing. It just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the cabin. The other oddity is the joystick-style controller for the infotainment system. Lexus has clearly put a great deal of effort into developing this, as shown by the integrated wrist rest behind it. But it is pretty horrible to use. There’s not enough resistance or feedback to your fingers, so it just floats about. It controls an on-screen cursor allowing you to select certain functions, but when you move the joystick to click on something, it sails straight past. Irritatingly, I found myself going backwards and forwards several times just trying to make a simple adjustment to the satellite navigation. Owners would probably get used to it with time but first impressions weren’t good. On the road the LS wafts along with impressive refinement, courtesy of the 5.0-litre V8 engine mated to an electric motor.


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Together they provide combined peak power of 439bhp, giving a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds. Emissions of 199g/km are exceptional for such a big and powerful machine. However, for anyone running this as a company car, the 26mpg fuel economy I was getting coupled with the high 30 per cent benefit-in-kind tax is less appealing. One of the criticisms of the LS, stretching right back to 1990, is that it’s has never been the most engaging car to drive. The length of the wheelbase makes it a challenge, more so with this limo version, but this is Lexus’s best attempt to date. Another appeal for LS buyers has always been the company’s pioneering approach to new technology; it debuts on the LS then filters down to lesser models. This time round we get LEDs for all exterior lights, a 12.3in

‘There are two world-first systems on the car – one is Climate Concierge, the second is an Advanced Illumination System’ multimedia screen, which is the biggest of any car on sale in the UK today, and adaptive high-beam headlamps that can stay on for longer without dazzling oncoming drivers. There are two world-first systems on the car – one is Climate Concierge, a multi-zone ventilation system that take cabin heating and cooling to a new level, integrating them with seat and steering wheel warming to make the car’s occupants more comfortable more quickly. The second is an Advanced Illumination System (AIS), with soft white interior lights and LED instrument panel lighting. With striking new exterior styling, the LS 600h L is an impressive machine, but slightly flawed by some of the details. If you’ve £99,495 to spend on something that isn’t German, and want the only hybrid in its class, this is probably the car for you.


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fashion Clicking into the future, Stephen Doig talks to the Mr Porter team about the secret of the site’s success in menswear


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t’s not too much of a gender stereotype to suggest that, for most men, the idea of a Saturday afternoon shopping trip in London’s West End is about as appealing as open heart surgery. And yet, the online retail experience for the discerning gentleman who knows his Oxford from his Derby was surprisingly lacklustre and unappealing. That is, until Natalie Massenet, founder and CEO of the titanic online success story Net-a-Porter announced that she was to launch a brother site to her womenswear presence. Cherry-picking a crack team of menswear operatives – her first move was to appoint Esquire’s Jeremy Langmead as editor-in-chief – the site celebrated two years in existence this spring. Hours spent sifting through tangled hangers, scuttling from changing cubicle to clothes rail and elbowing past London’s teeming masses (a process that would have the bravest of men curled up the foetal position two hours in) are replaced by a crisp white bag bearing your purchase, delivered as and when you want it to be. Sartorially informed men haven’t been this grateful since the invention of the pocket square. ‘It’s more of a focus on style than fashion’, says the slickly attired Toby Bateman, the site’s buying director, of the secret ingredient to Mr Porter’s success. And he should know. Overseeing hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of stock, his team scour the catwalks to bring their finely honed fashion point of view to Mr Porter’s international customers. Alongside Langmead, Bateman has steered Mr Porter from its launch in 2011. ‘Our customer is considered and aware, he’s a less “fashiony” customer than you might have at Selfridges or Harrods, he’s conscious of style rather than what’s fashionable.’ Five minute trends aren’t his thing, clearly. The site has two types of customer, says Bateman. ‘We have one category who come to the site for a specific reason. They need a white shirt, they search for it on the site, they click straight into the relevant section, they select the pieces and that’s their experience. But we also have a more

casual browser who’ll come to site because he’s interested in our editorial content (an area of the site called The Journal, with interviews, reviews, trend features and video content), he’ll read about a design name he’s heard about for example, he’ll notice the shoes the person in the interview is wearing, he’ll click through and buy them.’ The brands on offer are wide ranging but not overwhelming – from directorial, draped Rick Owens elongated sweaters to preppy Ralph

‘Our customer is considered and aware, he’s a less “fashiony” customer than you might have at Selfridges or Harrods’ Lauren polo shirts, handsome Turnbull & Asser shirts to sporty New Balance trainers. ‘We don’t offer everything,’ says Bateman. ‘What we do is offer the very best edit of what’s available. We bring the strongest pieces to the customer so that what you see on the site has been carefully selected, it’s not just a case of having 15 types of shoe from a certain brand on there.’ The customer, in other words, doesn’t have to sift through chaff to find the wheat. Certainly, if proof be needed that the Mr Porter authorities were style arbiters, a glimpse at their HQ, an impeccably designed edifice perched atop Westfield Shopping Centre in west London is testament enough; Jake Phipps’ Jeeves bowler hat light fittings illuminate a pristine, Galactica-style meeting room, a wood-paneled library creaks under the weight of magazines style tomes (I glimpse Hardy Amies’ seminal ABC of Men’s Fashion), rails swing with McQueen jackets emblazoned in dragonfly wing print and Valentino camouflage-print cashmere cardigans. If it weren’t for the rather humdrum view of Shepherd’s Bush roundabout, this could be a futuristic temple of high style. Despite the gloss, Bateman acknowledges 


that there have been challenges in communicating and engaging with the modern male customer. ‘We’ve deliberately kept things simple and straightforward’, says Bateman of the clean design and easy-to-follow categories. ‘We have clear navigation to make is easy to browse.’ One of the biggest hurdles has been the issue of size and fit. To that end, simplicity has been key. ‘We’ve had to overcome the preconception that returning items is hard to do, we’ve got a really simple process in place. There are no forms to fill in, it doesn’t have to be packaged up, you don’t have to go off to the Post Office – you just call up or email and we’ll come and pick up free of charge.’ The issue of negotiating size has been tackled by ‘maintaining a very honest way of relaying information,’ says Bateman. ‘If something’s a bit small on the arms, we say that clearly. If something fits large, we say that.’ One of the boldest moves that Mr Porter pioneered was to invest heavily in suiting – tricky sartorial terrain to negotiate when the whole luxury of buying tailoring involves tinkering with the fit of a jacket or the fall of a pair of trousers. Savile Row heavyweights are offered on the site, however brands for suiting include Richard James, Spencer Hart, Canali and Dolce & Gabbana. The key here, according to Bateman, is knowing your ‘drop’, as in the difference in inches between the size of the jacket compared to the size of the trousers – the smaller the drop, the skinnier the suit silhouette. The site also offers advice on the technical aspects of suit buying along with a video manual on what to look out for. As for future plans, Mr Porter is set to branch into lifestyle. The site already stocks books and candles, and has run a series of limited edition collaborations with certain brands, but later in the year the site will begin selling luggage from Globe-Trotter and Rimowa. It’s also set to stock audio equipment in the form of headphones, reveals Bateman. ‘We’re not about to become a luggage shop or an audio specialist, but we noticed that these are the things that are part of our man’s life – he travels, he’s into his music – and we’re bringing our edit of these things to him.’ Whether he’s boarding that flight in floral-print Balenciaga or lemon yellow J Crew, Mr Porter’s got it covered. (

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Top Mr Porter pieces #1 Loro Piana unstructured linen doublebreasted blazer. Adding a relaxed feel to formal dressing, this jacket demands a crisp pair of white chinos against a riviera setting. £1,660. #2 Burberry slim-fit metallic cotton shirt. Embrace your inner Bowie with this high-octane shirt. You know you want to. £350. #3 Marc by Marc Jacobs Freddie Panelled Merino Wool Sweater. A rich colour palette and butter-soft wool make this a slick weekend option. £235. #4 Lanvin burnished leather brogues. Beautifully constructed and utterly timeless, these brogues are as handsome as they are discreet. £615. #5 Charvet slim knitted silk tie. This bottle green tie from one of Paris’s oldest shirt makers is an intelligent alternative to a standard silk tie. £105.

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Stephen Doig welcomes London Collections: Men and tells us what to look out for this season


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hen the well-heeled gentlemen of 17th century St James’s and Piccadilly first began frequenting the tailors just north of the area (a little-known street called Savile Row began to house some of them), did they forsee that their sartorial prowess would one day mark the city as one of the most accomplished menswear leaders in the world? With the evolution of St James’s and Savile Row as destinations for stylish gentlemen, London became an epicentre of tailoring, and one that remains so to this day. It’s this excellence that’s once again being recognised on a global stage, with the founding of London Collections: Men last year, which is set to celebrate its fourth season this June. Those impeccably dressed dandies of yore might well baulk at the renegade styles that have since evolved on the London menswear map – swamping knit sweaters that trail to the knee, wrestler attire remade as daywear, shards of wood making up a particularly eye-catching hat – but it’s testament to London’s skill and scope that the high-octane experimentalists in menswear sit happily alongside Old Guard stalwarts. This season, heritage labels and master tailors such as Gieves & Hawkes, Hardy Amies, Richard James and Spencer Hart will show collections alongside menswear offerings from Christopher Kane, Richard Nicoll, Jonathan Saunders and JW Anderson – designers predominantly known for

energetic new brands. This is, after all, the city that founded punk, that blazed a trail in street style in the 1980s and brought about the slim suit silhouette in the 1960s. The launch of a stand-alone menswear fashion week also serves to show the global fashion community that London is no longer a sleepy backwater. Milan and Paris hold their own menswear weeks – now London is showing that it’s on a par, just as its fashion week has become arguably the strongest and most exciting prospect on the fashion week calendar (editors used to miss it out entirely, now they do so at their peril). The menswear contingent of London fashion is so integral to the city’s identity that HRH Prince Charles hosted a reception to celebrate the launch of London Collections: Men. Will blazing neons and silky bomber jackets be gracing palace wardrobes alongside handsome tailoring sometime soon? Watch this space. 

‘The high-octane experimentalists in menswear sit happily alongside Old Guard stalwarts’ their womenswear. Add to this potent mix some left-of-centre, offbeat names and street style brands – Guild of Labour, Craig Green, Astrid Andersen – and some global titans such as Alexander McQueen and Burberry Prorsum – and the lineup packs a considerable punch. It’s a fitting way to represent the city’s style heritage, placing grand gentlemen of tailoring alongside


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Fashion East Menswear Installations Lulu Kennedy founded Fashion East as a petri dish of fledgling talent, and her menswear lineup is just as strong as you’d expect from the woman who found Gareth Pugh, Roksanda Ilincic and Richard Nicoll. Look out for bold and brilliant offerings from Joseph Turvey, Nasir Mazhar and Kit Neale.

Mr Start Philip Start founded Start Boutique in Shoreditch with his wife Brix back in 2002, and his standalone menswear store has supported slick, impeccable tailoring in an area known for casualwear. With his own line in existence since 2008 (shirting is a speciality), he describes his menswear as ‘architectural’.

Burberry Prorsum A welcome return this season from one of London’s menswear icons – this is the brand that invented the cotton gabardine trench coat, so it’s heartening to see them back in the city in which their style is so engrained.

Norwegian Rain A lot more positive than the name suggests, T Michael and Alexander Halle have created a brand that are masters of edgy outerwear and utility garb, with a focus on eco products and pioneering fabric technology.

Sibling This design trio raised headlines when they sent male models on the catwalk in huge knits emblazoned with humorous slogans like ‘Kill Me Now’, so we’re eager to see what theatrics are on offer this time around. With superstylist and editor Katie Grand styling their shows, they also have some serious fashion clout behind them. London Collections: Men, 16-18 June

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Toddle off The secret to beauty might be a mystery for many, but not for Italian shoe specialist Tod’s. The label operates from its factory – a gleaming white marble structure in Ancona – where hand-crafting, traditional techniques and a series of rigorous processes remain at the heart of production. Opting for a pair of handsome leather Oxfords in hazelnut brown would be telling of your good taste. Tod’s signature Gommino driving shoes, too, exude stylishness, especially in popping blue or olive green. (

Just the tonic Well-kept males (or those aspiring to be) should flock to Gentlemen’s Tonic – the unattested go-to place for bespoke grooming. Opt for its famed Wet Shave and Prep Facial, which leaves skin soothed with a fresh glow. Or try traditional shaving classes with cut-throat razors; but should the very prospect petrify, the ebony shaving set is perfect for at-home preening, followed by Soothing Aftershave Balm from its new collection. Wet Shave and Prep Facial, £52; Aftershave Balm, £26, (

Fashion ties Stylish daytime jaunts or glamorous evening escapades crave a spot of eccentricity, so opting for a New Alber silk bow tie from Lanvin should be just the ticket. Crafted in France, its camouflage pattern and oversized shape nod towards dandy details with a contemporary garnish. Bow tie, £75, Lanvin (

3 of the best… LINEN JACKETS #1 DUCHAMP The warm zephyrs of summer will waft smoothly over this light doublebreasted blazer from Duchamp London and its silhouette is a streamlined yet masculine one. £495 (



#2 HACKETT There is to be no better friend during the summer months than a breathable linen jacket. Hackett inhabits a world of pristine tailoring and sublime quality, and this linen blazer hued in blue is the result. £395 (


#3 MICHAEL BASTIAN Achieving sartorial perfection is no mean feat, but Michael Bastian’s checked salmon jacket with suede elbow patches will take you one step closer. £690 (


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Baguette to go Fendi have been making fashionistas swoon with their fabulous bags ever since the ‘Baguette’ was declared the epitome of exuberant accessorising. This season, the Italian brand have gone for something a little different. The 2 Jour is a boxier, more mature affair, with beautiful chiselling and block colouring to delight the Fendi follower’s eye. But will it make it into the hall of fame? Time will tell. 2 Jour bag, £1,720, Fendi (

3 of the best… BRETON tops #1 aPC It is hard to imagine the classic Breton stripe ever going out of fashion. We love A.P.C’s offering: a knitted jumper with white striping on navy. Sartorial bliss. £145 (


#2 VALENTINO Valentino Red’s creation alludes to subtle assertion, with its military shoulder detailing, gold buttons, miniature polka dots and a classic stripe. £290 (

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#3 MAJE The shapely illusion of this Maje top should not be underestimated where femininity is concerned and can be perfectly paired with a pair of light denim jeans. £185 (020 7493 5530)


Grecian glamour Warmer, sandier shores beckon and where is more perfect to swell your swimwear collection than at new luxury label, Elle-en-Jette? From scouting the world’s most glamorous destinations for inspiration, designer Victoria Baker-Harber has condensed her vision into one timeless collection in an ode to Grecian goddesses. The collection is as elegant as it is feminine and caters to a discerning clientele with great taste. From £70, Elle-en-Jette (

In the shade Basking by the pool is never complete without the propping-up of sunglasses. The feline-detailed collection by Oliver Peoples is an intelligent move towards sharp eyewear of the highest order. Greens, tortoiseshells and nudes stand out as hues most befitting of a collection that is so au courant – this is exceptional architecture for the face. Sunglasses, from a selection, Oliver Peoples at Mallon and Taub (


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Long summer nights provide the perfect setting for sensational evening dresses. Choose between elegant, knee-length pieces in nude or jewel tones or go flawlessly full-length for serious impact p h o t o g r a p h e r : J o n At t e n b o r o u g h s t y l i s t: S i o u x s i e

Dress, £1,381, and beaded underdress, £1,944, both Alberta Ferretti ( Earrings, £245, Mawi ( Peridot, tsavorite and diamond ring in yellow gold, £11,540, Robinson Pelham ( Bracelet, £125, Vivienne Westwood (020 7439 1109)


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this page Dress, £14,020, Roberto Cavalli, ( Necklace, £977; earrings, £366 and cuff, £577, all Erickson Beamon (020 7259 0202). Necklace (worn underneath), £695, Jenny Packham (

opposite Dress, £1,248, Safiyaa ( Earrings, £68, Butler & Wilson (020 7409 2955). Heels, £540, Manolo Blahnik (020 7352 8622)

this page Dress, £4,270 Hervé Léger (020 7201 2590). Turban, stylist’s own. Necklace, £831 and earrings, £304, Erickson Beamon (020 7259 0202). Ring, £105, Vivienne Westwood (020 7439 1109). Brooch, £690 (worn on turban); Zebra ring, £750 and heels, £1,105, all Roberto Cavalli (

opposite Dress, from a selection, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label (020 7439 1109). Hair band, £98, Butler & Wilson, (020 7409 2955). Pendant, £215 Mawi (

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THIS PAGE Satin coat, £2,845; skirt, £635 and top, £450, all Miu Miu ( Necklace, £645 and cuff, £475, from the Diana Vreeland Legacy Collection ( Sunglasses, £190, Heidi, from Wolf and Badger ( Heels, £800, Christian Dior (

OPPOSITE Gown with belt, £1,823, Catherine Deane ( Necklace, £365, Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane ( Cuff, £390 Shourouk ( Ring, £190 and glitter clutch, £485, both Mawi ( Heels, £1,105, Roberto Cavalli (


CREDITS Photographer: Jon Attenborough ( Stylist: Siouxsie ( Hair and Make up: Charlotte Gaskell ( using Shu Uemura Cosmetics, Aveda Hair Care and Nails Inc Stylist Assistant: Daisy Bunyan Model: Agnieszka Gwara at Nevs Models With a special thanks to Simpson Exclusive; 020 3411 4399 for the location in Corfu, Greece

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

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

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

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

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he watch and jewellery world’s answer to Fashion Week was back this year amid record numbers of visitors. Over an eight-day period at the end of April, Baselworld presented the collections, creations and innovations that had been keeping the sector busy over the previous 12 months. Wth a newly-built hall of biblical proportions, more than 1,000 new stands and buyers from 100 countries, 2013’s show was an extravagant indication, if evidence were needed, of the flourishing state of the industries involved. Worldclass brands were all accounted for, from Bulgari and Boucheron to Rolex and Rado, all showcasing their inventions from Baselworld embodiments of their flagship boutiques. The Mayfair Magazine was among the 3,600 members of the media invited to attend; read on for our verdict of the event.



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Watch news Treasured timepieces, horological heirlooms and modern masterpieces WORDS: RICHARD BROWN

Good things, small packages Every watch brand has a particular ‘thing’. Breitling’s is aviation. Zenith’s is precision. What Piaget specialises in is the field of ultra-thin movements, so it’s no surprise, then, that its latest creation sets not one but two records in that category. Laying claim to being the world’s thinnest mechanical self-winding watch (9.4 mm) and boasting the world’s thinnest minute repeater movement (4.8 mm), the Emperador Coussin Ultra-Thin Minute Repeater comes courtesy of a brand that has created no less than 35 in-house movements in just 14 years. Of course, world records come at a price; the 18-karat pink gold watch will separate you from £200,000. (

ONE TO WATCH Each month we select our timepiece of the moment from the watch world’s most exciting pieces:

‘Originally designed to meet the timing needs of professional racing drivers in 1963, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is now one of the most iconic timepieces a watch aficionado can own’ Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona 40mm, £50,100 Watches of Switzerland, 29 Old Bond Street

A Very British Partnership Away from Baselworld’s main halls, British brand Bremont announced it will be teaming up with the Bletchley Park Trust to produce a limited-edition timepiece. Called the Codebreaker and inspired by a classic 1940s officer’s watch, the piece will be made with a unique flyback chronograph GMT automatic movement and will incorporate historical artefacts from Bletchley Park, including pine from the iconic Hut 6 and paper from one of the few remaining punch cards. Part of the rotor of the watch will be made from the wheel of an original Enigma machine. 240 steel Codebreakers will be made and 50 in rose gold. Bremont Boutique 29 South Audley Street (

Regatta Ready Unveiled to the watch world at SIHH in January, the three watches that make up Panerai’s 2013 collection have now arrived in the UK. The pieces feature the company’s new in-house flyback chronograph calibre P.9100 and a new Radiomir 1940 case, inspired by the Radiomir of the 1940s. Of the three, with its regatta countdown function, which is displayed via an overlaid orange hand, the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio is perhaps the most striking (£11,800). It’s certainly our favourite. (


Feeling blue Noteworthy, colour-wise, at Baselworld 2012 and among the prevailing whites and blacks, was the frequent use of royal blue on both faces and straps. This year the trend was even more manifest with varying degrees of blue being the colour of choice for myriad brands. Away from Rolex’s Cosmograph Daytona in platinum – our One To Watch this month (page 49) – our other azure-shaded favourites included Hermès’ navy Arceau Chrono Colors (£4,350), Glashütte Original’s Midnight Blue Senator Sixties Panorama Date (£3,500) and Patek Philippe’s Gondolo 8 Days, Day & Date Ref. 5200 (£39,960).

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In April, we visited the world’s largest watch fair. Amid the classic and the contemporary, the refined and the sublime, these were the timepieces that most caught our eye, reports Richard Brown A constant force You may not be aware of the countless components that go into making a mechanical wristwatch but know this; of the ones that do, the escapement is probably the most important. Responsible for transferring the power to the instrument that keeps the watch ticking, it effectively controls how accurately your timekeeper keeps time. It’s exciting, then, when a brand announces that it has just reimagined the escapement in a way that will revolutionise the way watches are made forever. After five years of R&D, Girard-Perregaux did just that. The company’s Constant Escapement uses an extremely thin blade (1/6th of a human hair) to store energy and deliver near constant force to where it’s needed (see GP’s website for an explanation as to how). The movement takes its place in a comfortable round 48mm diameter case in white gold with a curved case band. Featuring a hand-sewn alligator strap and folding clasp, the model will be offered in Girard-Perregaux’s Haute Horlogerie collection for £98,000 (excluding tax), exclusively at Harrods. 52

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Mesmerising appeal Several years ago Maurice Lacroix set forth with the aim of creating the most innovative way of measuring time. Following in the footsteps of the unconventional Roue Carrée, 2013 saw the Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse (£10,500) become the product of that ambition. While the watch’s skeletonisation and off-centred hours impress, it is the piece’s perplexing seconds’ indicator that really draws the eye. Driven by the ML215 calibre – a new Maurice Lacroix movement and the 12th to be entirely developed in-house – the hand marks out a linear reading of the seconds, in alternating horizontal and vertical 15-second cycles. Turning on its axis, as though in full levitation, the hand produces a mesmerising optical illusion. The Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse is available in two limited series of 125 pieces each. We don’t expect them to remain on the market for long.

The Music Machine by MB&F Away from the largest of brands, in a hall aptly named the Palace, the impatient eyes of a group of expectant journalists fell upon a black box on the centre of a table. What had MB&F, a company dedicated to creating the most radical of horological masterpieces, brought to the show? As the box was lifted, the answer was revealed in the shape of a, well, music box. Well, a ‘Music Machine’ to be precise. Encircled by the most inventive of timepieces from the most daring of brands, you’d think it would have been a bit like bringing a water pistol to a gun fight. And that may have been the case, had this not been MB&F. With its dual propellers and twin silver cylinders mounted on sleek ‘landing gear’, 33 in white, 33 in black, the collaboration with Reuge, the premier manufacturer of music boxes on the planet, looked more spaceship than music device. Inspiring to look at, beautiful to listen to, like everything else in the Palace of Dreams, the Music Machine was out of this world. Prepare to depart with just shy of £8,500 should you want one.

Toe to toe Into the deep


‘Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe’ £7,330, Blancpain

‘Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II’ 904L Steel, £5,950, Rolex

Take to the skies

BR-01-92 Airspeed £3,200, Bell & Ross


‘Montre D’Aeronef’ Type 20 Annual Calendar £7,300, Zenith

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Buccellati White Gold Bracelet with Violet Jade Centre Stone From the Buccellati Unique Cuff Bracelet Collection


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Jewellery news With spring comes the arrival of pretty, bold coloured stones and statement earrings WORDS: OLIVIA SHARPE

The jazz age As the pre-eminent jeweller in New York during the 1920s, Tiffany & Co. was the likely choice for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, bejewelling Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher in legendary Tiffany diamonds and cascading pearls. To coincide with the film’s recent release, the jewellery house brought out its own lines of Art Deco-inspired jewellery pieces: the Great Gatsby and Ziegfeld Collections. Continuing in this celebration of the Jazz Age, Tiffany & Co. has also released its annual Blue Book inspired by the jewellery of the era. The unveiling of the collection took place last month at the Blue Book Ball in New York and 20 of the pieces within the collection were worn by the actors in the film. These pieces therefore most poignantly refer to this period of American glamour, in particular the Savoy Headpiece. Other statement pieces include the Tiffany green tsavorite and diamond ring and the spectacular corsage suite with diamond flowers. (

CUTTING EDGE London Jewellery Week (LJW) exhibitor Fei Liu has been creating a stir on the international fine jewellery scene ever since he launched his eponymous label in 2006. The designer returns this year to LJW to present his latest collection of BESPOKE pieces

‘The chance to rework a piece of Chinese history into a contemporary setting is what inspired many of my BESPOKE designs. Working with antiques is a challenge and a joy, as I am able to take tradition and combine it with technology’ Rock Crystal Cuff made with hand-carved rock crystal, platinum and diamonds from the BESPOKE collection, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery,

Golden Opportunity The Goldsmiths’ Pavilion is set to return this June to Somerset House and will see 114 jewellery designers showcasing pieces. This is a rare opportunity for visitors not only to get up close and personal with the jewellery on display but also with the skilled craftsmen who often remain behind the scenes. The fine jewellers displaying their work include Chelsea-based designer Lily Hastedt, Sarah Herriot, Ingo Henn and Ute Decker, among others. 26-29 June (

London Jewellery Week 2013 While we couldn’t put it on a par with Baselworld, the world’s largest watch and jewellery convention held a month ago, London Jewellery Week is still a highly regarded event within the industry. The UK’s biggest and brightest jewellery festival, now in its sixth year, sees newcomers mixing with established designers and, packed full of shows and exclusive launches, it is open to everyone. While most of the excitement takes place under the roof of Somerset House, glittering celebrations will also be taking place across the capital, including shop window displays in Mayfair, pop-up venues in North London and treasure trails in Greenwich. London Jewellery Week, 7-16 June (


La Esmeralda’ necklace, from a selection, Fabergé (

True colours The halls of Baselworld were a riot of colour as designers experimented with new and explosive coloured diamonds. Brumani and De Grisogono welcomed us into summer with their vibrant mix of colourful creations. One particular shade stood out from the rest and that was green. The ‘colour of the year 2013’ (so heralded by the Pantone Colour Institute) manifested itself most commonly through the emerald. Fabergé’s Les Danses Fantasques includes the La Esmeralda suite featuring cabochon emerald beads. Universal and appealing, the lush colour gave a fresh lease of life to jewellery collections.

The Merchant of Venice

‘Sugar’ watch, from a selection, De Grisogono, (

La Esmeralda’ ring, as above

Marco Bicego’s Murano collection has been inspired by the colours and artisanship of the small Venetian island of Burano, a place that has forever been close to the designer’s heart. Murano bracelet, £4,270, and Murano earrings, £1,270, both Marco Bicego (

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best of basel jewellery From floral blooms and lush greens to whimsical creatures and pop-colour gemstones, jewellers reawakened the halls of Baselworld this year with their fresh and summery collections Words: Olivia Sharpe

our pick of... Watches Fashion houses proved they could keep up with the mastery of the Swiss watchmakers


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First presented in Toronto at the launch of its Fall 2013 Secret Treasures, Swarovski decided to bring its new capsule collection with fashion jewellery brand Shourouk to Basel, much to the delight of fashionista visitors. From statement earrings to crystal bib necklaces and neon bracelets, the accessible new range is one to watch for S/S13.

Flower power Flowers bloomed bold and beautiful as jewellers championed S/S13’s top fashion trend: florals. While Mikimoto and Schreiner Fine Jewellery went for the full bouquet, Chopard opted for a single, striking 3D-effect poppy ring from the Red Carpet Collection. Gucci reworked the label’s historic flora pattern in solid silver to create its latest jewellery collection. This year saw Garrard unveil its Tudor Rose collection for the very first time and the reinterpretation of the heraldic emblem of England, presented in 30 different pieces, is a testament to Garrard’s historic legacy as one of Britain’s oldest jewellers. But no matter how the flower was presented by designers, the end result was the same: feminine, beautiful and delicate. From top: Floral bouquet earrings, £3,700, Mikimoto (; ‘Poppy’ ring from the Red Carpet Collection 2013, from a selection, Chopard (; Foral bouquet pendant, £4,400, Mikimoto (

#1 ‘Tudor Rose Suite’, from a selection, Garrard ( #2 Diamond necklace from the Red Carpet Collection 2013, from a selection, Chopard (

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All creatures great and small ‘Wings’ 10th anniversary pendant £20,000, Garrard (

Many designers caused smiles to break out with their playful and humorous selection of animal figurines on display at the convention. From Boucheron’s charming Tortoise and Pink Flamingo rings in rose gold and quartz to dark knight Stephen Webster’s creatures of the night, these jewellers are living life on the wild side.

‘Serpent Bohème’ bangle from a selection, Boucheron 164 New Bond Street ‘Flamingo’ ring £17,400, Boucheron 164 New Bond Street


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Knock on wood Victorian Woodworks scours the world for antique and reclaimed wood to lovingly restore and use as flooring in grandiose establishments. Drop into its new Mayfair showroom to peruse its many collections; from original oak, elm and pine that are up to 400 years old. The timbers come in a range of classic patterns, from Versailles to Chantilly and Herringbone. The Grand Collection, Ruskin Chantilly, from £420 per square metre. Victorian Woodworks, 4 Farm Street, W1J (020 7730 6957)

s w e n s r o i Inter Keep calm and relax as subdued and muted tones sweep through the world of interiors this month wordS: josh minopoli

FINISHING TOUCH This Sterling Silver Ambassador Collection from Georg Jensen pays homage to some of the brand’s most iconic designs. We love the intricate design of this candelabrum – a piece of artwork in itself. Candelabrum, £17,600 Georg Jensen (

Material world Some of the UK’s last remaining heritage mills have worked on this stunning fabric collection from Evitavonni. Drawing on Hollywood’s golden years for inspiration, the bespoke wool, linen and silk fabrics come in beautifully glamorous subdued greys and elegant nudes. From £60 per metre (

Doing the dishes Alessi is synonymous with good taste and style. Its latest collaboration with Claudio Raimondo brings us the ‘Joy n.1’ steel bowl, made with a crinkled effect. Its uneven rim makes it a truly stunning piece of tablewear for you home – wouldn’t you agree? Bowl, £115, Claudio Raimondo for Alessi (

Wall to wall Feature walls demand careful consideration and there is nothing more considered than this sculptural, Celtic-like ‘Ties’ wallpaper from Larsen. We can’t resist the enthralling interlocking design, while the pewter pallete of neutral, earthy tones soothes and much as it empowers. Wallpaper, £75 per roll, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler (

Softly, softly Eminent Italian luxury now comes to you in cushion form with Missoni’s homeware range. Each one is crafted in Italy and the label’s signature zigzag pattern is unmistakable. Combine the stony tones of this cushion with the resplendent multi-colours of the main collection to transform your living space into a veritable smorgasbord of pattern. Cushion, £355, Missoni Home ( 58

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As Rose Uniacke unveils her newly revamped showroom on Pimlico Road, we sit down with the iconic British interior designer to talk personal style and working with Jo Malone London W o r d s : K at e R a c o v o l i s


he chic Rose Uniacke is sitting in her brand new office on the lower-ground level of her showroom on Pimlico Road, smartly dressed and warmly wrapped in a navy version of one of her cashmere scarves. Her showroom for her and her design team, which originally opened in 2009, has just expanded and given a makeover to allow for more, much needed space. She has designed and sourced furniture for dozens of apartments in London and abroad and was aptly named a ‘Trader in taste’ in Architectural Digest Collector’s edition this year. Just a few months ago, she also made her debut in designing the interiors for brands – namely, Jo Malone London’s headquarters on Grosvenor Street in Mayfair. Although, her new showroom has an art gallery-like feel – one that is noticeably more contemporary than those of many designers who also sell antiques and their own designs. ‘I’m not a minimalist necessarily,’ Uniacke says. ‘It depends on the architecture. I like to be respectful of the space. I always like to create a heart in a room, and also a heart in a home, so it might be [anchored by] a piece or a seating area or something.’ One of the most intriguing aspects of Uniacke’s work and showroom is the absence of fuss and clutter. Her style – even though she doesn’t intend for her work to be particularly recognisable – reflects a pared-down personality. She also tends not to overfill an apartment with too many pieces. ‘I don’t design like that,’ she says. ‘But there are some people who have wonderful collections and it is fun to create a space for that. ‘I don’t think I over furnish, but I do some projects that are much fuller in their design. Sometimes I design in a simpler way and don’t use furniture for the sake of it.’ At the same time, her showroom is like a treasure trove of important antiques that range from the 17th century right up until the 20th century, including a Regency ebonised and ormolu-mounted sofa (circa 1810) and a Roman walnut refectory table, a pendant lantern by Adolf Loos (circa 1900-1910). Her career as a designer has taken off swiftly and with much success in the last four years, which started when she was a young girl. ‘I was always interested in furniture, I loved furniture and I was always doing my own rooms from a really early age and reorganising and repainting the walls. I just liked having an environment around me that felt personal and it was mine and 

‘I like to be respectful of the space. I always like to create a heart in a room’ – Rose Uniacke

LEFT: ROSE UNIACKE; FAR LEFT: Hoof Table Lamp, from £1,200


 I liked to recreate different moods and feelings in the space,’ she says. Pimlico Road, the hub for some of the best interiors in town, is a place she not only loves, but has grown up with. Her mother, Hilary Batstone, opened her antiques shop on Holbein Place some 30 years ago, which Uniacke used to do the buying and styling for. ‘She had very good

‘I grew up in houses that were comfortable and felt like home – they weren’t precious’ – Rose Uniacke taste and her houses were always lovely, so I grew up in houses that were comfortable and felt like home – they weren’t precious. So there’s that aspect of design that I’ve taken with me,’ she says. ‘If I get stuck on something I might ask my mum. She’s got a great eye.’ And Uniacke seems to have inherited her mother’s good taste. ‘I do what I do naturally,’ she says. Her design is informed by a historical understanding of shape and form, but her relaxed – but of course, still refined – approach to design reveals a calmness that you can’t help but feel when you sink into one of her warmly hued off-white sofas. She was also originally trained as a furniture restorer, gilder and specialist in paint and lacquer, so her work today, combined with her upbringing, is the fruitful product years of experience of working on the smaller details, which has clearly contributed to her knowledge of her craft. The evolution of her business has taken a rather organic course too. She launched her bespoke range because she couldn’t find exactly what she was looking for. ‘It started with the cashmere range because I was looking for blankets for beds for a project. So I started to make them and it was the same with all of it; we just started to develop either versions of pieces that I particularly loved, or simplified pieces that I was looking for, or wall lights that I just couldn’t find anywhere. So I started to make


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them – simple designs that had some classical reference or modern pieces but made with very traditional techniques, and beautiful hinges and things,’ she says. Occasionally you will see how Uniacke can add quirky touches to very classic pieces, as with her Hoof Table Lamps with beaten wrought iron tripod hoof legs – a reminder that interior design doesn’t have to be serious in order to be successful. It is difficult not to smile a little when you see the little legs on this particular design – the scene from Beauty and the Beast with dancing teapots and candelabra momentarily comes to mind. In December last year, she celebrated the launch of Jo Malone London’s new headquarters, which she was commissioned to design. Although working with a brand was new to Uniacke, she jumped at the opportunity to foray into a new branch of the design world. ‘It is totally different. Apart from the fact that

it’s much quicker and very defined and I’m trying to design something that will reflect their brand – it’s very brand-centric – so I made the space look like one of their boxes. Everything in it was reflective of anything you can use to make perfume, so there were leaves and we had some photographs of flowers so there are some natural elements in it.’ Could designing the space for a restaurant be next? ‘I like working with interesting spaces; something that feels fabulous and comfortable and relaxed,’ she says. Regardless of the project, she will always work in a way that combines the old with the new – a style frequently adopted by modern British designers. ‘It’s not a requirement but it happens and I think it’s a good reflection of the way we live and the way one collects things over time.’ Rose Uniacke, 76 - 82 Pimlico Road London SW1 (; 020 7730 7050)

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My life in MAYFAIR N i c o l a W i nw o o d Fair Director, Masterpiece London


he mantra is very much plan, plan, plan,’ Nicola Winwood, the fair director of Masterpiece London says. Which comes as no surprise, since on 27 June, Masterpiece will see over 160 exhibitors showing some of the world’s best fine art, antiques and design over eight days, including Linley, Hamiltons Gallery and Sam Fogg (to name just a few of those based in Mayfair). But Winwood has already been working on the 2014 fair at the Masterpiece headquarters in the historic Ely House on Dover Street; ‘And for certain things, I am already focused on 2015 and beyond!’ she says. Winwood started her career in London at the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, after she graduated with her Masters in Contemporary History. ‘I worked my way through the ranks of this prestigious fair learning from seasoned dealers and organisers, and one of the most important parts of this early stage of my career was the opportunity to work on every aspect of the fair,’ she says. ‘This gave me a great grounding in event management and allowed to me establish a close relationship with the exhibitors, which helped develop my historical knowledge and artistic connoisseurship. As a result, I became the assistant director of The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair in just seven years and this wide-ranging experience proved invaluable in 2009 when I was asked to launch Masterpiece London.’ Mayfair has been the backdrop to Winwood’s career from the beginning and she has always loved its mix of art and culture. ‘What is so fantastic about the creative offerings of Mayfair is that there are amazing retail and gallery spaces on almost every street, from Dover Street Market to Philip Mould, so there is always something new to see and appreciate – which is most inspiring. It is the historic centre of the art world. Having been a hub since the 1700s, I think it will continue to always have a draw for those in the art and antiques world. The beautiful setting as well as being home to some of the finest dealers seals its position as an international hub for the arts,’ she says. But she also admires the area for its culinary merits, just as much as its creative. ‘The ever-classic Cecconi’s is excellent for an after-work wind down and Automat is a delicious American brasserie that offers an exceptional brunch menu,’ Winwood says. ‘A personal favourite is Little House, part of the Soho House Group, which is an oasis in Mayfair and has an international art collection, which I love. There are great works by Jenny Holzer there. Just opposite our offices is Dover Street Market, which is a beguiling mix of fashion and art, and a hive of creativity.’ Masterpiece London, 27 June - 3 July. South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chelsea Embankment, SW3 (

‘What is so fantastic about the creative offerings of Mayfair is that there are amazing retail and gallery spaces on almost every street’ – Nicola Winwood

FROM TOP: NICOLA WINWOOD (photo by Luke Sheridan); DOVER STREET MARKET; A George IV ‘Royal’ Ewer & Basin by William Elliott. 1820. Exhibited by Koopman Rare Art at MASTERPIECE LONDON; LITTLE HOUSE; AUTOMAT; LOBSTER SPAGHETTI FROM CECCONI’S


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A spectacular new commission of Her Majesty The Queen and a stunning wildlife exhibit await Mayfair’s art lovers this month words: carol cordrey

David Shepherd CBE’s annual competition to find the Wildlife Artist of the Year will be exhibited at the elegant Mall Galleries this month. Talented painters and sculptors from all over the world apply for this coveted title. The exhibition provides the chance to buy spectacular art across all scales, with profits being donated to David Shepherd’s Foundation which protects endangered wildlife. Adding to the excitement will be work by one of our official 2012 Olympic artists, Jeremy Houghton, plus artwork by celebrities such as Joanna Lumley. And to inspire you to join in, Hazel Soan, will give free painting demonstrations on Wednesday 5 June. Wildlife Artist of the Year runs from 4 – 8 June (;

Out in the open The distinctive work of British sculptor, John Atkin, can be enjoyed in public spaces around the world and one of his prestigious commissions was to create a large-scale sculpture in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Park. Now, we can enjoy his brilliant creativity much closer to home in Covent Garden’s Bull Inn Court. This new piece is wall mounted to give the impression that it is emerging from the newly developed building that used to function as the Charing Cross electricity generator. Atkin utilised architectural salvage from the building to create interlocking forms that reflect the machinery and materials once used to power the area, particularly its theatres. In doing so, he has linked science and art, and ensured that his bronze sculpture provides a powerful link with Covent Garden’s fascinating heritage. Bull Inn Court (behind the Strand). (

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Ralph Heimans, about his Jubilee commission to paint H.M. The Queen Q: Was this commission intimidating? A: I did feel a great deal of pressure, not only because the subject is possibly the most recognised face of our times, but because of the significance of the Diamond Jubilee. The sheer scale of the portrait was daunting, but I wanted to emphasise the space around the figure to convey a sense of her being alone in her own thoughts. The Queen has had an extraordinarily singular life, but there is a universal aspect to the experience of memory. Q: Why did you choose Westminster Abbey? A: Because of its historical and personal significance. But while I wanted to capture The Queen in a private moment, I also chose the Abbey because of its public significance. It forms part of the fabric of our collective memories. I also gave a lot of thought to the symbolism of what she would wear. The Robe of State from her Coronation in 1953 is a symbol of the sense of duty that she has carried throughout her reign, however, I wanted to portray Her Majesty without a crown to express a more personal dimension. Q: Did you ask Her Majesty to pose like that? A: I definitely intended for the mood to be nuanced. She has an extraordinary inner calm and sense of determination, which I sought to capture in her expression and pose. There is a certain power and depth of beauty in the contemplative spirit. From 23 June at the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey (


TOP LEFT: Sublime Desir by Corinne Dupeyrat; ABOVE: The Coronation Theatre Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2012 BY Ralph Heimans; LEFT: PUBLIC SCULPTURE IN COVENT GARDEN BY JOHN ATKIN

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Seven days of beauty London Art Week : 28 June to 5 July 2013 Rebecca Wallersteiner meets three leading Mayfair art dealers Edmondo di Robilant, Johnny Van Haeften and Philip Mould (OBE) to find out what they are planning for the fifth London Art Week


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he success of Master Paintings Week, now in its fifth year and established as one of the key events in the summer art calendar, has led to a collaboration with Master Drawings and Sculpture Week to create London Art Week. Each of the 20 galleries and three auction houses participating are within a short walk from one another, highlighting the unrivalled expertise to be found in Mayfair. First on in my trio of Old Masters experts is Edmondo di Robilant, who flamboyantly welcomes me and offers to guide me around his Dover Street gallery. A Venetian aesthete, with startlingly blue eyes, he specialises in Italian and French schools. Formerly at Colnaghi, he co-founded the Dover Street Gallery Robilant + Voena in 2005, dealing in a wide range of fine art ranging from Old Masters to contemporary. As the maestro guides me around his gallery’s paintings – every one of which is a stunning world-class masterpiece – he reveals an impressive expertise built over many years of operating in the international art scene. So what is he planning for London Art Week? ‘We will be presenting two remarkable, rarelyseen portraits of stylish women by Giovanni Boldini, painted at the height of the Belle Epoque and a reaction against Victorian restraints,’ he answers. His dazzling Portrait of Anna Elizabeth

Hansen (1902) and Portrait of Betty Wertheimer (1906) celebrate the era’s new found joie de vivre, high fashions and freedoms. ‘With his sweeping brushwork, Boldini masterfully captures these two society beauties, who show themselves quite openly – in a way that would have deeply shocked the Victorians – and takes an obvious sensual delight in rendering their shimmering flesh tones,’ says di Robilant.

‘With his sweeping brushwork, Boldini masterfully captures these two society beauties’ – Edmondo di Robilant Perfectly at ease, with their flirtatious gazes turned boldly towards the viewer, they radiate fin-de-siècle glamour and sexuality. These two ladies, who could have stepped from a Henry James novel, glamorously encapsulate the gilded luxury and sensuality that society enjoyed in this decadent era. Along with friends John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler, Boldini was the artist of choice for the Belle Epoque elite. A year before he painted this, Sargent finished an exquisite double portrait of Wertheimer, with her sister, Ena, now owned by the Tate. 



 A short walk away in St James’s, charming art connoisseur, Johnny Van Haeften greets me at his gallery, which deals exclusively with Dutch and Flemish Old Masters. Encompassing two floors, with compact, green-painted walls, it has an unmistakable Low Countries feel. Of Dutch

‘Lely perfectly captures the bawdy merriments of the Restoration court’

LEFT: Head of a Man, circa 1762-1770, by Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727 – 1804)


ancestry, but very much British by birth and upbringing, Van Haeften began his career working for Christie’s and is now one of the driving forces behind London Art Week. ‘It makes great sense to pool our resources and clients and hold London Art week together,’ he explains. He has selected an intriguing painting, The Card Players, by Gerard Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) for Art Week. ‘The elegant simplicity of the composition, the delicacy of the brushwork and subtlety of the psychological observation are typical of this period,’ he says. Ter Borch depicts three stylishly dressed figures playing cards. All have their eyes cast down, although the couple appear to be flirting. The mood is of stillness and calm, but ambiguity. The couple seem unaware that the mysterious, half-hidden lady in the foreground holds all the aces. She appears both physically and emotionally detached in contrast to her frivolous companions. While we are privy to her cards and can admire her glowing shoulders, draped with a fur stole, her face is hidden from our view. She gives no clue to her inner thoughts. Is there perhaps another hidden game being played here – with the stake being the handsome gentleman rather than the coins scattered on the table? As is so often the case with ter Borch we are left wondering whether there is a deeper significance and in the absence of the artist we will never know. ‘This exquisite painting is characteristic of the high-life genre brought to perfection by the

artist in the late 1650s and early 1660s’, says Van Haeften. Card games were a popular theme – with some representations emphasising the idleness of the players and others providing the scenario for amorous dalliances, with the ace of hearts symbolising romance. Debonair Philip Mould is renowned both for his expertise on the history of the British portrait and as a TV art pundit. We meet at his Dover Street gallery, in between his filming sessions. He explains that his focus for London Art Week will be two delightful early paintings by Sir Peter Lely (1618-1680), Portrait of a Gentleman (c. late 1640s) and Two Children Singing (c 1650). ‘England’s leading painter from the Civil War to the end of Charles II’s reign, Lely is particularly interesting for the baroque way in which he introduced eroticism to English portraiture. Having learnt many of the lessons of Van Dyke, he combined them with a brazen quality suitable for the new regime of the Court of Charles II – with its scandalous excesses and harem-like atmosphere,’ says Mould. Everyone of consequence sat for him and his talent and character dominated the English art world of the second half of the 17th century. Lely perfectly captures the bawdy merriments of the Restoration court, where dashing favourites competed for Royal affections and beauty was power. He famously immortalised the actress Nell Gwyn, the King’s seductive mistress. Although chiefly remembered for his portraits of languid society beauties, Lely painted some lyrical pictures early in his career. With its delicate, romantic lighting and soft brown and black tones, Portrait of a Gentleman, is an excellent example of his early style and technique. The young gentleman, with a hint of a ‘tache’ above his full upper lip, leans backward, gathering his cloak to his chest – giving the portrait a sense of movement and spontaneity. As we stand before Lely’s Two Children Singing, Mould points out the touchingly sensual lyricism in the way Lely has rendered the gentle curls of the children’s hair. ( (

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BONHAMS | PRIZE LOT Imperial Fabergé jewelled silver gilt and enamel cigarette case Particulars: Expected Value (item): £150,000 - £200,000 Expected Value (auction): £4 million - £6 million Estimated Range: £15,000 - £1,200,000 No. of Lots: 265 Place: New Bond Street Date: 5 June 2013


rt as an expression of love will always be well received. This stunning rectangular cigarette case with softened corners by Fabergé was a gift to Emperor Nicholas II from his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna. It was given upon the birth of their second daughter, Tatiana, at the family’s summer retreat at Lower Palace in Peterhof; the words, ‘From your loving Alix, Peterhof 29 May 1897’ are inscribed on the inside in an exact replica of the Empress’s handwriting. The presence of a resplendent, double-headed Romanov eagle, encircled by mesmerising gilt vines on a haze of lavender enamel is further testament to its Imperial ties. The reverse showcases a delicate, four-petal flower as the centre point of arabesque leaf vine decoration. A rose diamond thumb piece sets the entire object alight in a dazzling display of ostentation and opulence. The exceptional craftsmanship, pristine detail and ornate design are telling of its illustrious origins from the Fabergé workshop and its stately provenance. The piece was recently rediscovered in an American family’s collection and now finds itself in The Russian Sale at Bonhams, being heralded as one of the Russian art season’s most significant pieces. (

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christie’s | PRIZE LOT Magritte’s ‘La chambre du divin’


wo wooden silhouettes are the main focus of this remarkable early painting by René Magritte, entitled La chambre du devin (‘The seer’s chamber’). The Surrealist work was completed in 1926. A jagged, flame-like opening in a ghostly cavity wall makes passage for this double human cut out in wood, joined by two planks. Menacing poles extend from roughly cut holes in the ground and plumes of blue act as the backdrop to a piece that professes mechanical allusions as an undercurrent. There is a definite level of intrigue that inhabits this painting and it leaves observers infatuated by its otherness. The duality of the wooden silhouettes is noteworthy, underlining Magritte’s theme of doubles from this period, seen shortly after in Le sens de la nuit, for example. The historic work was conceived when his now unmistakable Surrealist style was in its infancy, and would exhibit in his first one-man show at the Galerie Le Centaure in 1927 – featuring 49 paintings and 12 collages – as well as appearing in an important article about his work the same year. (

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SOTHEBY’S | PRIZE LOT Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue


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iet Mondrian’s Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue is an extremely important work by the renowned artist. It was painted in 1927, during a time when Mondrian was developing what came to be known as Neo-Plasticism – a term coined by the artist – a non-representational form of art involving a grid, delineated by black and grey lines with planes of primary colour. This square composition captures the essence of these ideals in crystal clarity – small planes of red, yellow and blue around the outside of the canvas encased by lines of black with a large, dominant white plane; a style which was born out of his intention to fulfil a purified aesthetic. This square form was a typical format, which Mondrian returned to in 1927, making a departure from the lozenge-shaped pieces he produced in 1925 and 1926. The form boasts a meticulous geometry and rigorous spatial order, a marriage that excels in this modernist vision. The first owner of the work was Werner Max Moser, a professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, whose family enjoyed its presence until 1990, when it was auctioned in London. The piece is oil-on-canvas in the artist’s original frame, with initials signed PM and dated ’27 in the lower right-hand corner. (

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small differences

This month, Grayson Perry RA will take over an entire room of the Royal Academy’s renowned Summer Exhibition. Carol Cordrey considers the always colourful, always controversial artist’s new show


rayson Perry never did fit the mould of the publicity shy, muscular potter who loved to simply throw clay in his studio. Instead, the boy from Essex developed a love of parading himself in public as the Turner Prize-winning transvestite whose alter ego was Claire, a strangely glamorous character who posed for cameras in Shirley Temple-style dresses with appropriately curled and bowed hair, clutching her beloved teddy bear, Measles. Perry’s divided personality


stems from a deeply troubled childhood, but surmounting all that is remarkable artistic talent that combines with a highly intelligent questioning of conventions to produce provocative, innovative works of art. He is best known for making pots in traditional, elegant urn shapes that are decorated with text and figurative designs, which reference his own angst, issues of religion, violence, consumerism, sex or class.

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Within his 30-year career, Perry has also worked with cast iron, bronze, printmaking and tapestry, and it is this last medium that he has utilised for the major project, The Vanity of Small Differences, and which will dominate an entire room at this year’s Summer Exhibition. It

‘The tapestries and their actual titles have been inspired by famous paintings’ comprises six, very large-scale tapestries for which Perry’s primary source of inspiration was Hogarth’s series of eight paintings entitled A Rake’s Progress that charted the financial and social rise then fall of a rake, appropriately called Tom Rakewell. In doing so, Hogarth was satirising contemporary society and Perry is doing the same through his tapestries, which feature the character Tim Rakewell involved with what Perry describes as ‘modern moral subjects’. The tapestries and their titles have been inspired by famous paintings that promoted religion, wealth and status, such as Masaccio’s Expulsion from the Garden of Eden or Gainsborough’s Mr & Mrs Andrews or The Annunciation by Carlo Crivelli. ‘It’s from Freud and it’s about snobbery really,’ says Perry of his choice of title. ‘We’re all desperate to think that we’re individuals whereas only small things make people different from each other. My tapestries show someone dealing with class mobility like Hogarth did.’ The narrative within each tapestry is derived from the incidents, objects and conversations that Perry experienced on visits to various locations,

such as Sunderland and Tunbridge Wells. ‘I think nothing has as strong an influence on our aesthetic taste as the social class in which we grow up,’ he revealed. ‘For this project I focus on the emotional investment we make in the things we choose to live with, wear, eat, read or drive. Class and taste run deep in our character – we care’, is Perry’s assessment of what it means to be English in the 21st century. Traditionally, tapestries are associated with portraits of heroic events and people, viewed in stately homes, castles or museums, but Perry has literally woven into his work the varied personalities and aspirations of people from all classes. For example, in The Adoration of the Cage Fighters we see disparate characters that range across a pregnant, resentful-looking mother holding a baby, two near-naked bald men sporting tattoos and a group of women dressed provocatively for a night out on the town. They are placed in a room that dazzles with its cluttered, gaudy décor. Demonstrating the other side of the social scale is The Upper Class at Bay, which makes a clear nod to Mr & Mrs Andrews. This version shows a well-dressed couple walking through a vast landscape, elegant and large homes occupying the background while the foreground is dominated by a caricature of stag hunting – the stag clothed in chequered, country fabric. Questioning this image of upper-class living is a man carrying a placard about class war near a field of protesters’ tents. His tapestries are richly detailed portraits of contemporary English life that give a new perspective on the medium and on our society; quite simply, Grayson Perry at his best. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 10 June – 18 August (

LEFT: Grayson Perry RA Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, 2012; BELOW: Grayson Perry RA The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012




Channel your inner artist If you are staying at 45 Park Lane over the coming months, make sure you pack your paintbrush. The hotel, which is filled with art by Sir Peter Blake and Damien Hirst, is offering private lessons with a series of acclaimed artists. If you would like to take your appreciation of art to the next level, some of the artists you could be taught by include Richard Young, Patrick Hughes and Jane McAdam Freud. The afternoon session begins with curator Roy Ackerman CBE, who will share his insights about London’s art scene, and concludes with a glass of Champagne to celebrate your accomplishment. The Studio Experience, from £1,000. 45 Park Lane (020 7493 4576)

Couture culture Discover a new book, pick up a new skill or sit back, relax and watch as Downton’s leading man takes to the big screen. Meanwhile, we’ve got Father’s Day covered


The Passion Play

the philosophic read The Examined Life: How We Lose and Find Ourselves by Stephen Grosz £14.99, Chatto & Windus Psychoanalyst Stephen Grosz imparts his knowledge about living a full and happy life.

‘Wanamaker subtly depicts the breakdown of a once confident woman into an anxious version of herself’


THE literary read The Fun Stuff and Other Essays by James Wood, £18.99, Jonathan Cape Wood is an eloquent literary critic and comments on the most important writers of our time, from Tolstoy to Hardy. THE art book Francis Bacon by Martin Hammer, £14.95, Phaidon The latest in the Phaidon Focus series of illustrated books on modern masters is perfect for a quick, intelligent read.


dultery is at the heart of this drama, which sees a happily married couple descend into anguish and despair due to the complications caused by an affair. James (Owen Teale) and Eleanor (Zoë Wanamaker) have been married for 25 years when the attractive Kate (Annabel Scholey) intrudes and presents a dilemma for the couple. Wanamaker subtly depicts the breakdown of a once confident woman into a frail and anxious version of herself. This downfall is accentuated further by playwright Peter Nichols’s clever device of introducing alter egos for the couple (Samantha Bond, Oliver Cotton) in which they voice the characters’ inner fears. Cotton’s rather comic portrayal of Jim (James’s alter ego) embodies the youthful sense of lust that has been revitalised since embarking on the illicit affair. Whereas Bond juxtaposes Wanamaker’s outwardly calm repose as she reveals the anguish of a betrayed wife. David

THE holiday read The Baroness by Hannah Rothschild £8.99, Virago This biography of Pannonica ‘Nica’ Rothschild is a fabulously intriguing insight into the famed New York society family.

image: Oliver Cotton as Jim and Owen Teale as James (photo: Johan Persson)

Leveaux’s slick direction does full justice to the modern classic; the oratorios of Beethoven, Mozart and Bach punctuate the transitions and hint at the grand feelings of passion that words cannot express. With just a 14-week run, tickets are in high demand and deservedly so. Passion Play, Duke of York’s Theatre, until 3 August words: DANIELLA ISAACS

THE historic read Paris by Edward Rutherfurd £18.99, Hodder & Stoughton For an epic historic novel about the City of Light look no further. THE fiction read Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser, £12.99, Allen & Unwin De Kretser’s new book is a moving story about travel, work and modern dreams.

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Father’s Day

There are many ways to thank dad for Father’s Day – breakfast in bed, a new pair of socks or sitting down for a game of cards. This year, we bring you five of our top gifts to make this year a special one to celebrate our patriarchs


Summer in February


an Stevens, aka the dashing Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey, is a very convincing performer, particularly when his character lives in the post-Edwardian era in the early 1900s. This month, he stars in Summer in February alongside the Australian beauty Emily Browning, and Dominic Cooper – a stellar cast for an incredibly moving story of love, passion and betrayal set in 1913 surrounded by the beauty of the Cornish coast. The setting is majestic and appropriately melancholic at times, which is truly transformative in its ability to unwittingly draw you into another time. But one of the strongest qualities of this film is its enthralling plot. The screenplay was written by Jonathan Smith and is based on his 1995 novel and now the story

has been vividly transferred from page to screen, following AJ Munnings (Dominic Cooper), Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning) and Gilbert Evans (Dan Stevens) as they become entangled in a complicated love triangle. Munnings, one of Britain’s finest artists, is a dominating figure in the story, and seems to be the least likeable. He is at the heart of the complex romance, involving the aspiring young painter Florence and Gilbert Evans, who share a fervent romance. At times you might question whether true love can prevail over all challenges, but regardless, this is a story that will tug at your heart strings in highly emotional way. Summer in February arrives at cinemas on 14 June (

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History notes Brown’s Hotel first opened in early Victorian London and as the establishment proudly turns 175, its restaurant HIX London launches a grand menu inspired by the era. The dishes will change during each season of the year-long anniversary, with its inaugural menu comprising such historic (and largely forgotten) delights as Hochepot soup, rabbit and wallfish pie and Savoy cake with oranges. We sense a whole new wave of food fanaticism coming on. Brown’s, 33 Albemarle Street, W1 (

s w e n k n i Food & dr Take your palate on a scintillating journey this month with a new Middle Eastern food bar at Harrods and a revitalised brunch menu at 34 WORDS: JOSH MINOPOLI

Chez chocolat Chocolate has taken a defiant lunge towards the mouth-swirling, bouquet-deciphering world of fine wine thanks to gourmet chocolatier Hotel Chocolat. The launch of its Rabot Estate Marcial 70 per cent dark bar from its 1745 range hails from its own plantation in Saint Lucia. Each label details the duration of cocoa roasting, the very chocolatier who oversaw the process and the year of harvest. (

Food shopping Harrods is yet again showing off its ability to offer world-class cuisine, this time injecting a Middle Eastern ambiance with their new Mezzah Lounge on the fourth floor. Serving Arabic and Indian dishes to share, peckish shoppers will love the opulent open-plan kitchen, fresh produce and full charcoal grill. Typical meze dishes include Warakenap – vine leaves with rice, lemon, tomato and olive oil and Shishtouk – chicken skewers marinated in bewaz and garlic sauce. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X

Making a meal of it Brunch is a fashionable affair and not an eyelid will bat should you choose to take your eggs Benedict with a glass of Champagne. 34, the suave restaurant well versed in the Mayfairian language of stunning oaky interiors with a smattering of contemporary art, also has a new brunch menu. Head chef, Paul Brown has reinterpreted his menu to point towards innovation with a dash of classicism. Menu highlights sure to induce sensation include a lobster thermidor omelette and a crab and grilled asparagus frittata. 34, 34 Grosvenor Square (South Audley Street entrance), W1K 83


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In the private dining room of HKK, the Hakkasan Group’s latest venture, we meet executive head chef Tong Chee Hwee, as he talks about moving from Singapore to London and the next big move in Las Vegas W O R D S : K AT E R A C O V O L I S


t is Wednesday evening at HKK and the softly spoken chef Tong Chee Hwee has a strenuous task ahead. As executive head chef of the Hakkasan Group globally – which includes some 15 restaurants across Europe, the Middle East, the US and India – he needs to feed 60 people for dinner, each of whom will see 15 delicate plates arrive at their table over the next few hours. It’s no easy feat when it is also expected that each and every one of those dishes look like they have been specially designed to be photographed for a cookbook – and they taste just as good. Hoping that HKK, one of the five Hakkasan restaurants in London (including Hakkasan at both Hanway Place and Bruton Street, Yauatcha and Sake No Hana), will soon earn a Michelin star of its own, chef Tong has set his team on the right path. His kitchen here is surprisingly calm. But after meeting the man himself – which you will too at the end of your meal at HKK when he personally hallmarks your menu with a red ink stamp – this aura is probably to be expected. He started his career in Singapore at age 18 and grew up eating Hakka cuisine – a very distinct and authentic type of Chinese fare. ‘When I was seven, our family was very poor. We used to go to the mountain for firewood every day, and we used a wood fire for cooking at home,’ he says. ‘My grandmother used to cook 

LEFT: Chef Tong Chee Hwee IN HIS KITCHEN at HKK (PHOTO: Mark Whitfield); BELOW: Lychee wood-roasted Peking Duck


‘I wanted to be a chef so that I could cook for my mother and grandmother’ – Chef Tong

ABOVE, FROM LEFT: chef tong and the team at hKK (PHOTO: Mark Whitfield), DINING ROOM, BAR aND PRIVATE ROOM AT HKK (PHOTOS: Mark Whitfield); HAKKASAN, HANWAY PLACE


 delicious food and such talent passed to my mother as well. When I look back at that difficult time for my family I just felt that I wanted to be a chef in the future so that I could cook for my mother and grandmother.’ It may sound rather hunter-gatherer, but chef Tong’s upbringing laid the foundations for his career in the kitchen that has not only lasted, but has thrived over the past three decades. Now that’s professional experience – and it makes author Malcolm Gladwell’s ’10,000 hour rule’ (that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill) seem like a short sprint, rather than a lifelong marathon, in chef Tong’s case. The formative years of his cooking career took place under his master chef at a restaurant called Happy Valley in Singapore in the 1980s. ‘He was very strict. But he taught me to respect food and cooking.’ Chef Tong was taught to be precise and hardworking, which has shaped his personal style throughout his entire career. Even in the texture of tofu, perfection is paramount. And yes, there is a perfect consistency, which is realised in one of the dishes at HKK in the poulet de bresse and ginseng soup with pillows of silken bean curd, which actually tastes of soya beans and melts in

your mouth. Interestingly, he believes that ‘food is important, but is second to presentation’, because if you don’t achieve the raisedeyebrows-in-delight reaction when the plate arrives, or at least spark some curiosity, something is wrong. He made the move from Singapore to London after working at the Sheraton, the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton, when he caught restaurateur Alan Yau’s eye, and was asked to open the first Hakkasan in Hanway Place in 2001. Just two years later, the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it still retains. And from the outset, the concept has won a hefty collection of accolades for its fine modern Cantonese cuisine. But the move wasn’t easy. ‘I think it was a difficult start for the Hakkasan Hanway Place, especially the first year,’ he says. ‘As a newcomer I was unfamiliar with the places and the people, and as a chef I need to work hard to research the taste of local people and also the international food culture that can be found here. ‘Because there is such a difference in cultures it was a big transition. And I found that I couldn’t access the same ingredients that I was used to in Singapore. Even if I tried to find the same sauce, it might have been a different brand, which also changes the taste,’ he says, citing yellow bean sauce as one of the ingredients he

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RIGHT: Dim Sum Trilogy; all images courtesy of the Hakkasan Group

initially missed from home. The majority of the fresh food comes from within the UK – the cherry-roasted Peking duck at HKK, for example, is specially grown in Ireland for the restaurant. He has kept the mentality of healthy eating that he grew up with at the fore of his menus, preferring to let the ingredients sing with flavour without dousing them in too much butter or sauce (not that his menu is rabbit food – it is hearty, but makes you feel well nourished). Firmly established in London by November of 2010, Hakkasan was ready to expand, choosing Bruton Street for its next location, which also won a Michelin star for 2012. Fine Cantonese cuisine had barely existed before Hakkasan’s arrival in 2001, and the restaurant played a huge part in setting the trend. ‘We would see between 500 and 600 guests on an average Saturday night in Hanway Place. And we were turning away the same number that we could accommodate,’ general manager of HKK Mark Hastings says. ‘Mayfair is the epicentre of food in London, so it made perfect sense for us to open the second restaurant there.’ HKK opened last December, inspired by the Chinese banqueting tradition, serving a set tasting menu for lunch and dinner. After 11 years with the Hakkasan Group in

London, chef Tong is more ambitious than ever. Hakkasan has just opened in Las Vegas overseen by the group’s international executive chef Ho Chee Boon, as well as a new nightclub, and HKK has its sights set on that Michelin star. With a kitchen that is more than half the size of the entire restaurant area, that day may arrive sooner rather than later. Chef Tong is constantly trying new things, no matter what the cuisine. ‘I often go to other restaurants in London and around the world to taste other food and see what other chefs are doing. Not just food, but in ambience, design and mood too,’ chef Tong says. ‘Most of my inspiration comes from nature, flowers, plants and such. Delicate chinaware, dishware and cutlery also inspire me a lot. I sometimes get inspired by new technology and new products as well.’ But there will be plenty of time for experimenting his laboratory-like kitchen later – he must now focus his attention on those hungry guests for the first of the 15 courses. We hope you brought your appetite. (


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DINING OUT Kaspar’s, The Savoy WORDS: elle blakeman


id you know it’s bad luck to lay a table for thirteen people? Superstition has it that the first to leave a table of 13 diners will meet a rapid demise. The Savoy – having supposedly inflicted the death of diamond magnate Woolf Joel in 1898 following exactly this situation a month earlier – is not taking any chances. Thus Kaspar, a three-foot high cat was sculpted to join awkward tables of a dozen and one to avoid the risk of another post-dinner passing.

‘The scallops were perfectly cooked and served with tomato verbena jam, a sweet, tangy addition’


Winston Churchill, a frequent Savoy diner, adored Kaspar, insisting that the cat join him for every political dining club meeting he held there, thus raising the feline’s profile to the hotel’s most famous resident. Natually when it came to naming the new restaurant – Kaspar’s was the obvious choice. The restaurant has been pitched as ‘informal, brasserie chic’ to keep up with the modern, perhaps less stuffy London diners. But don’t worry, this is still very much The Savoy and its version of informal is still marvellously special. The décor is elegant 1920’s – thick, swirled carpet, powder blue booths and panelled armchairs, while a theatrical seafood bar takes centre stage, illuminated by a stunning Murano glass pendant light. Here you will find chefs finely slicing today’s citrus cured wild sea bass or shelling oysters from the oyster bar, the presence of whom clearly adheres to the ‘informal’ brief and makes a charming addition to the room. The staff could not do enough to make our evening better and our waiter was so enthusiastic about the menu I almost ordered three starters so as not to disappoint him. A real highlight were the scallops, perfectly cooked and served with tomato verbena jam, a sweet, tangy addition that worked fabulously well. There are some great-looking pastas and a few meat dishes on the menu but frankly if you are not interested in going for the seafood, this may not be the place for you. From the seafood bar we narrowly avoided ordering the Siberian Gold Caviar, settling on the Isle of Skye lobster (I’d recommend going with a whole one, I only ordered a half and regretted it). To finish, there are British classics – sticky toffee pudding and strawberries and clotted cream – all with various additions of Champagne and elderflower, however the Valrhona Manjari chocolate sphere was streets ahead. In retrospect, it’s probably a good thing I didn’t get the whole lobster. Kaspar’s, The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R (020 7420 2111)


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Take charge of your health this month with our guide to curing some of life’s most common ailments – from sleep deprivation to long-term stress P h o t o g r a p h s : N e i l M a r r i o tt f ASHIO N E D I T OR : l U C IE dO D D S


Fed up with being unable to get any shut-eye? You’re not alone… Words: Mike Peake

Sleep tight




he Wall Street Journal recently announced that insomnia had become a $32bn industry, and for anyone who knows the insides of their eyelids like the back of their hand, this will come as no surprise. ‘Up to 30 per cent of us are suffering from short-term insomnia on any one night,’ says Dr Irshaad Ebrahim at the London Sleep Centre. ‘And about 10 per cent of the population have long-term sleep problems. So in London, that’s about a million chronic insomniacs.’ Chronic insomnia is characterised not just by a long-term inability to get a good night’s sleep but by drowsiness during the day, confusion, memory problems and other career-killing symptoms. It can quickly lead to depression – and the newspapers are littered with reasons that sufferers owe it to themselves to sort it out. ‘Insomniac caused fatal crash after falling asleep at the wheel,’ screamed a headline in the Birmingham Mail in February. There’s also the notion that insomnia can even make you obese. Swedish researchers discovered at the start of this year that tired people choose bigger portion sizes in the morning than they do after a good night’s sleep. Which leads to a classic vicious circle: overweight people are more likely to suffer from sleeping problems than anyone. Can’t sleep? Eat more. Overweight? Can’t sleep. Most worrying of all, insomniacs have an increased risk of suicide. ‘Insomnia can lead to a specific type of hopelessness, and hopelessness by itself is a powerful predictor of suicide,’ says Dr W Vaughn McCall who worked on a study at Georgia Health Sciences University. Far from being something that can be dealt with through stifled yawns, insomnia needs expert help. An easy fix might be Sleep Cycle, a Swedishdesigned app that monitors your movement after you place your iPhone under your pillow. As your body behaves differently according to the sleep phase you’re in, when you hit your lightest sleep the phone wakes you up (within a 30-minute window) to ensure you arise refreshed. As with all good ideas, though, there might be a

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catch. New research from the American Medical Association is now telling us that looking at our smartphones and other back-lit screens is part of the reason we’re not sleeping in the first place. ‘Diet, smoking and alcohol can also affect your sleep,’ says James Mallinson, a Harley Street-based hypnotherapist ( who regularly helps people with sleep disorders. ‘Your body needs the naturally occurring hormone melatonin to sleep, and this not something to be found in rich, fatty foods.’ Eggs, turkey, cheese and bananas, he says, will all give you a melatonin boost, but cigarettes should go because nicotine is a stimulant. Alcohol too: it

‘Up to 30 per cent of us are suffering from short-term insomnia on any one night’ might make you drop off, but it will also probably make you wake up in the night. Excessive drinking, cigarettes and late nights – in effect, burning the candle at both ends – are probably the most common cause of short-term sleep disorders in London. ‘People get the work-life balance all wrong,’ says Dr Ebrahim. ‘People also often have an underlying root cause of their insomnia,’ adds Mallinson. ‘Just as a nagging tooth means you need a dentist, so insomnia might mean a visit to a sleep specialist.’ His tips for getting your sleep back on track include turning off all electronic devices 30 minutes before bedtime, and then breathing deeply for five minutes before lights out. He also recommends getting at least 15 minutes of exercise outdoors. ‘It will boost serotonin, which will help balance your melatonin levels,’ he says. One final thing to try before consulting the experts is what Mallinson calls ‘shock therapy’. ‘Go to bed in a different room, and much later than usual,’ he says. ‘Changing the associations you have with your current room may give your system the kick start it needs.’

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Can getting in shape ever be fun? Elle Blakeman joins one of London’s most elite gyms to find out




ames Duigan doesn’t believe in guilt. He of the ‘clean and lean’ Bodyism gym that claims responsibility for the perfectly honed bodies of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Elle Macpherson (a model literally known as ‘The Body’ – the singular!) is so not about punishing the body into shape: ‘You have to let you go of the shame and the guilt,’ he says with feeling. ‘Our philosophy is based on selfacceptance – it’s the only thing that works’. In an industry known for its quick fixes, celebrity endorsements and gruelling, often totally

‘Once people get over that tipping point of feeling good from exercise, then it’s easy’



bizarre diets (maple syrup and cayenne pepper anyone?), Duigan’s common sense approach – ditching the self-loathing and eating food that actually looks like food – is disturbingly refreshing. Sadly, this is also an industry where people are set up to fail – if every diet or exercise DVD actually worked, we would never need another. Duigan believes that the reason we try and fail is in our head. ‘People have a deep-rooted belief that they’re not good enough and that they don’t deserve it. They believe it won’t work. ‘When you believe that you deserve to feel good, choices become easier. And once people get over that tipping point of feeling good from exercise then it’s easy; it’s harder not to.’ Duigan’s genuine passion for his clients’ wellbeing is something that has been passed to his staff, a collection of supremely happy, healthylooking people whose clean skin, clear eyes and perfectly streamlined bodies are enough to make me sign up for whatever they tell me to do. My trainer, Tom, visibly winces when I tell him that I hate my arms – ‘Don’t hate your body,’ he says with a pained expression. ‘We’ll get there, it’s not a problem,’ and just like that he brushes decades of arm-specific

paranoia aside. It’s reassuring, handing over your worries to someone who can fix them. About 80 per cent of my workout is core strengthening – planks, squats, lunges – but not as I’ve done them before, Tom is constantly readjusting my stance, ensuring that I am doing each one correctly. He gives me a thick elastic band to wrap around my ankles and instructs me to bend my knees and walk sideways like a crab. I look ridiculous but I’m told this is amazing for toning up thighs. Duigan developed this band as an answer to those ‘I can’t make the gym today’ excuses and says it’s an integral part of Macpherson’s workout – say no more (the body!). After these I’m told to move the band above my knees and turn my knee in and out like a bad Elvis impersonator. But it’s fun and I have the surprising realisation that I am actually enjoying my time here. Before my session, Duigan reminded me that our bodies are designed to move but we sit behind a desk all day – so exercise should be enjoyable. I do just 10 minutes of cardio overall, which I find a little too easy – come on now Tom, I can Spin with the best of them – but the Bodyism viewpoint is firm: no hardcore, red-faced, can’t-breathe cardio. Apparently despite all the Type-A good intentions, too much cardio can actually flood the body with the fat-storing hormone cortisol. We stick to the elliptical and I’m instructed to stay at a steady pace throughout. While I am doing this, a woman with a seriously enviable figure comes in, followed by her trainer; Tom greets her by name like an old friend. It’s like a healthy version of Cheers. This philosophy behind the Bodyism world – no shame, no guilt, no judgement, just genuine support – is what keeps people coming back. As Duigan says, ‘You have to live in your body for the rest of your life – be kind to it, be gentle with it. Make feeling good your goal and as a side effect, you’re going to look amazing.’ Who can argue with that? Bodyism at the Bulgari Hotel London, 171 Knightsbridge, SW7 (020 7151 1010)

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As lives get increasingly busy, stress has become a badge of honour for many of us. Here, Olivia Doyle looks at the long-term effects of stress and explores the best way to deal with it

Don’t stress




re you stressed? Sorry, ridiculous question, of course you are. You’re probably reading this on a treadmill, while Skyping the New York office. Because busy no longer means working at full steam for a morning, answering a few emails and grabbing a late lunch. When we weren’t looking, busy got busy. So much so that it’s now a badge of honour; the modern equivalent of the Four Yorkshiremen sketch, we are now so much more stressed than anyone we know. The constant presence of technology doesn’t help. The permanently ‘on’ culture, fostered by 24/7 access to the online world wherever we are. Likewise the recession has also made things tough, we need to at least act stressed in order to show that we are working as hard as the next guy, harder in fact. And nothing says hardworking like that pale skin-, dark eyes-, caffeine shakescombination. It’s a ‘survival of the fittest’ culture says Cary Cooper, professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University, who argues that co-worker empathy is down and that those who can’t ‘keep up’ risk losing their job. So we’re stressed; what’s the problem? Well health-wise, it’s bad. Study after study shows that being stressed is one of the most toxic things you can do to your body – heart rate and blood pressure rises, breathing becomes faster while your digestive system and immune system slow down to deal with the anxiety. The body’s response to stress is to release cortisol – a biological hangover from the caveman days when a stressor was more likely to be a physical threat than office equipment – the ‘flight or fight’ response when these were the only two options. Over time, consistently high cortisol wears down the immune system and the body loses its ability to regulate inflammation, which is why you will be much more susceptible to every cold and flu bug when you are stressed and why chronic stress can lead to serious illness. Cortisol also causes us to store fat around the middle and slows metabolism, so being stressed often leads to weight gain

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(and that’s before the self-medicating Merlot or sugar-boosting morning croissants). So, dealing with stress is no longer a backburner issue, but what do you do about it? ‘Changing how you respond to stress and how you think about stressful situations is as important

‘The modern equivalent of the ‘Four Yorkshiremen’ sketch, we are now so much more stressed than anyone we know’ as maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine,’ says Susan Charles, professor of psychology and social behavior. ‘Before anything else, calm down,’ says Shabir Daya, a pharmacist with online health store Victoria Health ( ‘Close your eyes and take a deep breath.’ Mediation can be great for helping you take a ‘deep breath’ and thanks to a host of new apps, it can be done whenever you’re free. ‘Meditation not only has a positive impact on our mental and emotional wellbeing, but also on our physical wellbeing,’ says Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of new app, Headspace. Another key stress buster is exercise, as the endorphins released help to relieve the symptoms of anxiety. It doesn’t even have to be heart-pounding cardio: ‘Virtually any form of exercise, from aerobics to yoga, can act as a stress reliever,’ says the Mayo Clinic. Daya also recommends taking a supplement. ‘Without doubt the supplement of choice is Magnolia Rhodiola Complex,’ he says. ‘It contains extracts of magnolia, which physically relax muscles and nerves as well as helping to reduce elevated stress hormones including cortisol.’ Finally and most importantly, Daya recommends staying positive and trying to regain perspective. ‘When you are stressed, it is easy to fall into a cycle of negative thoughts – but remember the good things in life.’

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A flawless complexion is on every woman’s wish list. After a lot of research, Elle Blakeman has finally found the answer

Skin deep


f you’ve always had glowing porcelain skin then turn over now, this page is not for you. If, however, you have a light-up magnifying mirror permanently on in your bathroom and your dresser contains more products than Space NK (and collectively adds up to be the most valuable thing you own) then read on. For we alone understand the unique hell that troubled skin inflicts. Pigmentation, blotches, scars and, whisper it, acne – an increasingly common affliction in women over 30 – is such a difficult thing to live with, quite simply because there is nowhere to hide.

‘The results really are incredible, after just a few peels my skin was brighter than it had been in years’



‘It’s time to re-evaluate who we think gets acne,’ says Dr Susannah Baron, of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. ‘It’s not recognised enough how much it affects the lives of adult women. ‘For many, it kicks in later in life when they have to juggle families and careers’ she says. ‘It’s a major psychological problem,’ agrees Tony Chu, medical director of the West London Dermatology Centre. ‘I have had patients who have cancelled their weddings as the stress made their skin worse.’ The UK skincare industry is worth over £15 billion, which, despite the wealth of information, brands and formulas (or perhaps because of it), has left women nothing but confused. Do you need a serum, an antioxidant, a peel? Is face oil good or bad? And what on earth are free radicals? Ironically, the make-up we use to mask blemishes can make things worse. ‘Conventional make-up formulations can inhibit the body’s ability to detoxify,’ says Jane Iredale, president and founder of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. ‘Make-up can sit on the skin, blocking pores and stopping it from functioning properly.’

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However, before you go cancelling impending nupituals or worse, there is hope; the new SkinCeuticals Balancing Micropeel Treatment is quietly causing a revolution among those on the never-ending quest for beautiful skin. Devised by Charlotte Johnson, head therapist at EF MEDISPA (whom I secretly name the Skin Whisperer, such is her innate understanding of what skin needs), the treatment combines nutritional consultations with colonic irrigation and SkinCeuticals Micropeels (a brand that I have known many a beauty editor run to when her skin is in trouble). ‘You can’t just look at the skin on its own because that is rarely the whole picture,’ she says. ‘If you have food intolerances or you are stressed or dehydrated, that will prevent your skin from looking good, so peels and creams will only tackle the surface of the problem.’ Using a gentle but effective percentage of glycolic acid, this peel – unlike others, which can leave you with a telltale redness – has no downtime, therefore no need to confess at the office or the school gates. And having firmly adopted the ‘no pain no gain’ mentality of the true beauty junkie, I was pleased to note that it wasn’t painful. Ok, it’s not pleasant, but the sensation is more warm and prickly than actually uncomfortable, and it’s quick – just three minutes! While the peels are fabulous (it’s hard not to be evangelical about them), it’s the holistic approach that makes this treatment work so well. ‘What happens on the outside is often a reflection of what is happening on the inside,’ says Esther Fieldgrass, expert and founder of EF MEDISPA. You need to work with everything – nutrition and digestion as well as facial treatments – in order to achieve the results.’ And the results really are incredible, after just a few peels my skin was brighter than it had been in years, acne and scarring had all but vanished, while a stubborn patch of sun damage had finally faded. It’s like winding the clock back a few years and a few holidays. EF MEDISPA, 69 St John’s Wood High St (020 7449 6923;

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Put this at the top of your To Do list 1 in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Many cases show no symptoms and have no family history of the disease. With The Wellington Hospital’s digital mammogram technology, abnormalities can be highlighted earlier, allowing for a greater chance of a full recovery. Our breast care service covers the full spectrum of breast management from the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease to breast reconstruction. We offer breast screening, breast awareness demonstrations for concerned woman and a triple assessment clinic for woman with breast symptoms. To make an appointment with our breast care team contact us on 020 7483 5004. MAYFR_Wellington_BreastCare_Ad_May2013_5004.indd 1

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Beauty news It’s all about the glamour this month as we celebrate the arrival of summer words: elle blakeman

Treatment of the month Long, thick eyelashes are the last word in effortless glamour. Jinnylash, a blink-and-you-miss-it salon the heart of Bond Street is the secret go-to for London’s elite who wish to give their eyes a bit of a boost. Over a relaxing two hours, individual lashes are glued directly onto your own, giving you beautifully long, curved but natural-looking eyelashes that should last around four to six weeks. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes, but be warned – it’s addictive. Lash extensions, from £100, Jinnylash (

Golden girl Worried about exposing skin that hasn’t seen the light since you donned a pair of black tights seven months ago? Happily, Crème de la Mer has come to the rescue with its first in-sun range: reparative sun lotions, packed with restorative sea minerals and botanicals designed to help support collagen, revitalise the look and feel of sunexposed skin as well as protect against UV damage with SPF 30. There’s also a brilliant gradual tan for the ideal pre-holiday base. Soleil de la Mer collection, Crème de la Mer (

Who doesn’t want Tamara Ecclestone’s famously glamorous tresses? Taking high-end haircare to a new level, the society beauty has released SHOW, a collection of decadent products to tease, twist and manipulate hair into place. Ranging from staples such as dry shampoo and volume mousse to luxuries such as a rose water-scented hair fragrance, it’s everything you need for enviable locks. From £32, SHOW (

Lipstick jungle To paraphrase Marilyn Monroe, give a woman the right lipstick and she can conquer the world. Ok, it should be shoes, but a powerful pout can always give a good pair of heels a run for their money in the glamour stakes. We love this new deep crimson shade from Sisley. Phyto-Lip Shine, £32, Sisley (

Absolutely flawless Bobbi Brown understands the importance of great skin. It’s new long-wear compact gives the flawless effect of liquid foundation but in a handy compact, making it ideal for keeping make-up fresh throughout the day. Long-Wear Even Finish Compact Foundation, £32, Bobbi Brown (

Doctor’s note Dr Philip Levy is the new need-to-know name for serious skincare. The Geneva-based dermatologist is the number one Botox doctor in Switzerland and believes that skin ageing is entirely reversible if you know how. His new range utilises plant-derived stem cells to strengthen skin, making it denser and tighter in just eight weeks. From £235, Dr Levy ( 101

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Spa review Michael John W O R D S : k at e r a c o v o l i s

‘It is easy to feel like one of its A-list celebrity clients from the moment you walk in’


ew salons in Mayfair can boast to have seen as many trends in hairstyles over the years as Michael John. Since it opened in 1967, it has become a staple for the stars, Mayfairians and Londoners – for its team of artistic colourists and hair-cutters and their nimble, tuned-into-detail hands. Comfortably tucked away on Albemarle Street, it has quite simply been the place to have your locks maintained – or transformed – into photo-shoot ready styles for decades. Visiting the salon is a glamorous affair with its golden old-world interior and it is easy to feel like one of its A-list celebrity clients from the moment you walk in. But what you may not know, is that its beauty salon is also the perfect escape from the real world, to relax and enjoy a facial, body treatment or enjoy a (not as relaxing) wax. The SkinCeuticals facial is ideal to couple with your hair-do, or as a very enjoyable treatment on its own. The products speak for themselves – SkinCeuticals is known for its hardworking skincare range – so when combined with your own little golden-walled cocoon (aka treatment room), the results can only mean one thing; total relaxation for an hour or more. There are several to choose from: the Calming & Restorative Facial, designed for sensitive, acne-prone or rosaceous skin. It will give your complexion a much-needed dose of hydration and a deep cleanse to wash away all of the bacteria that gathers on your face throughout the day. The City Recovery Facial uses classic techniques to tackle the stresses of everyday life, from the usual cleanse, exfoliation, extraction and the use of high-frequency machines to ensure your circulation is boosted and your skin is restored and stays clean for days to come. There is even a bespoke option for these facials – so if one doesn’t already exist that fits your needs; you can design your own. SkinCeuticals facial, from £70. Michael John, 25 Albemarle Street W1S (020 7629 6969)




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Dr Usamah Jannoun, Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at The Wellington Hospital, takes a look at tennis and how to avoid injuries whatever your age


ennis is a great sport for keeping fit, regardless of how old you are. As a keen county club tennis player myself, it is easy to see how one can get carried away with the game on a lovely summer day, playing for extended periods of time on the court and pushing the body further than it’s been before. As with any other sport, tennis can unfortunately bring about an injury. Injuries mostly occur due to repetitive strain of your muscles, tendons, joints and the back, as you put your body under continued stress without resting for proper periods of time to heal. The most commonly affected areas include the shoulder, elbow, wrist, lower back, knees and ankles. In the adult population, the most common cause of injury is poor technique and the imbalance of muscle strength in the arms and legs. When playing tennis it is important to take into account the type of shoes that are worn, selecting the correct racket (look at the size, weight, grip and string tension) and not playing with wet or old tennis balls. Surfaces that offer low frictional resistance, such as a clay court, also cause fewer injuries. As you age, muscle strength declines and muscles tire more easily, reducing their ability to absorb repetitive shock or stress. Joints become less flexible and more prone to injury. Unfortunately it is not uncommon nowadays to hear of injuries such as tennis elbow, rotator cuff strain, swollen and painful knee joint, sprained ankle and calf strain. The simple rules to ensure you are prepared for your time on the court are to ensure you:


• Use the correct equipment for your level of play. • Wear proper tennis shoes for the type of court you are playing on. • Address your technique by getting some simple tips from a pro or tennis instructor. • Know your limitations and don’t overdo it. In adolescence, especially during a growth spurt, injuring the lower back can cause a stress reaction to the bone, which can lead to a stress fracture of the spine. It can take up to one year to fully heal from this type of stress injury and can be very frustrating to a young player. The best way to avoid this type of problem is by training in moderation and listening to your body when it is struggling to cope with the training load and injury. It is important again for the player to listen to their body and also to apply some variation in their training, giving the body a change in activity to recover. Avoiding repetitive strokes on a daily basis can also help alleviate continual problems. For those of you with your eyes set on the court this summer, take a little time to think about your technique and the equipment you have been relying on – a few small adjustments can ensure you can continue to enjoy competing with as few injuries as possible. Enjoy the summer and maybe see you there out on the tennis court. For further information or if you would like to arrange an appointment at The Wellington Hospital, please contact the hospital Enquiry Helpline on 0207 483 5004 or visit

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Meet the Specialist Dr Usamah Jannoun, MD, FFSEM worked for two years in two major orthopaedic and trauma centres in Germany and Switzerland before moving over to the UK in 1994, where he has since established himself as a full-time sports and musculoskeletal physician. He previously worked part-time as an NHS consultant in musculoskeletal medicine, leading a spinal pain unit in the south of England. Since 2010, he has worked full-time in a private practice. (


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Whether you’re a professional or amateur, conditions and injuries affecting your hand and wrists, shoulders, knees and back can have a major impact on your enjoyment of tennis. If you find yourself sitting courtside, speak to your GP who can refer you to see an orthopaedic specialist. Led by eminent consultants, The Wellington Hospital offers a range of orthopaedic services to help you return to the court. Call us today and get that injury seen to

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Prepare for summer with a detox visit to Koh Samui or a Six Senses spa in Switzerland WORDS: JOSH MINOPOLI

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TRAVEL TIPS Don’t leave home without… The In Transit range from This Works tends to jetlagged or tired skin. Try Muscle Therapy, with notes of marjoram, black pepper and clove to soothe in-flight muscle aches. £18, This Works ( There’s an app for that… White Noise Ambiance Lite Recline in your chair and block out the calamity of aeroplane travel and crying babies with soothing sounds from White Noise Ambiance Lite. Ocean waves, campfires and rainstorms are just some of the calming sounds that will alleviate stress and lull you into a gentle sleep. Free from the iTunes App Store

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Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa in Thailand’s utopian Koh Samui is the sort of place you arrive looking bedraggled and leave looking radiant. For a sanctuary is exactly what it is, with a host of holistic initiatives to detoxify your body and an attractive wellness programme to counteract stress and enhance sleep. There are three detox categories to choose from – depending on whether you are a novice or a pro – based on Asian healing ideas of a restricted but highly nutritious diet. Opt for therapies such as the Far Infrared sauna sessions or yoga classes, and later retreat to your serene beach-side villa for peaceful relaxation. (

Short haul

Alpina Gstaad, Bernese Alps Leading a healthier lifestyle is not always a realistic goal, but at the Six Senses spa at The Alpina Gstaad in the Bernese Alps in Switzerland, the notion comes directly into focus. The contemporary interior – with its soft, fluid lines and natural materials – induces tranquillity from the off. And there is just about every sort of room you can imagine, from a salt room and hammam to a yoga studio and oriental room. Colour therapy, Ayurveda and special therapies such as Moxibustion and Chakra Balancing make up just part of a comprehensive programme to revive your body. (

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Can a macrobiotic lifestyle cure whatever ails you? Elle Blakeman travels to the Spanish hills of Alicante to find out



r Mera genuinely believes we can live forever. I’m not sure I want to, but the point is I’m starting to believe him – which I hadn’t expected. I’m in eastern Spain at a conference at the Sha Wellness Clinic where several world-renowned doctors have gathered to discuss healthy ageing, and while not everyone is trying to make the case for cheating the human condition altogether, all agree that our current lifestyles – invariably containing stress – processed foods and general unhealthy habits, are accelerating the end game. Sha is not about living forever, but rather finding ways to help the body to work at optimum levels, given a break from the epic physical toll of daily stress, of constantly leveling the effects of sugar, caffeine and alcohol, and the trudging digestion of meat and dairy through systems only designed to deal with these on an occasional basis. Founded by Alfredo Bataller, when he discovered that a macrobiotic diet brought him back from the brink of stomach cancer, Sha is a dedicated spa-meets-clinic oasis that balances Eastern and Western values. It’s a place to recharge, with the help of medical, fitness and nutritional experts who can guide you to better health. Helpfully, Bataller already had a holiday home in the Alicante mountains, which he built upon to become the impressive four-storey recuperation spot it is today. At 64 he looks fantastic, and is certainly a great advertisement for the philosophy. Macrobiotic literally translates to ‘long life’, and the basic principles include eschewing dairy, meat, caffeine and alcohol, replacing them with large quantities of seasonal vegetables, whole grains and some fish. But

before you go running back to Gaucho begging for red meat and a large glass of Malbec, this is not something that has to be done 24/7, in fact during one of my many consultations with Dr Prange, Sha’s nutritionalist, I was told that even introducing this for just a day or two a week would have serious health benefits. Interestingly, Sha is not the only one to be singing the praises of a plant-based diet. From Stella McCartney’s Meat Free Mondays to Gwyneth Paltrow’s mostly vegetarian recipes in her new book It’s All Good, it seems the dark days of Atkins are well and truly behind us. Even Bill Clinton, once famous for jogging down to McDonald’s for a fast food feast, has now become a vegan following a quadruple bypass – a good enough reason to put down the steak knife. However, macrobiotic does not mean starvation or dull meals (honestly) and one thing Sha does fantastically well is create meals in its restaurant – diners are not just other Sha inmates, but locals who have simply come for the evening, something that I have never seen at a detox spa before. The restaurant itself is beautiful – all starched white linens and silver service, while full floor-to-ceiling windows give a panoramic view of the surrounding villas and over the Spanish hills. At nighttime it’s a beautifully romantic backdrop to your evening and complements the unhurried enjoyment of your meal. The chefs are Michelin-starred and the menu is elegant, complex and genuinely delicious. Clearly with a point to prove, each dish is a whirlwind of ingredients – tuna tataki, mushrooms with truffle oil, caramel and almond crumble with vanilla ‘ice cream’ –

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which leave you feeling anything but deprived. You can even order organic wine (although I’m reminded – several times – that this is not the key to rapid weight loss). There are three different menus – one strict (Kushi), one less so (Biolight) and the Sha menu (the show-off, macrobiotic two fingers up at anyone who thinks it can only serve up boiled quinoa and kale), but you will be put on one, or a mix of all three, by a joint agreement with your doctor. For example, those looking for rapid weight loss will be Kushi only. I am firmly told by Dr Prange that only he can change this – it’s no good pleading with the waiters as they cannot give you anything from a different menu. I enjoy that I look like someone who may attempt to coerce a waiter into changing my miso soup for a salmon fishcake. However even the ‘extravagant’ Sha menu only has 1,200 calories a day. While the diet is the backbone of the clinic there are various programs at Sha, focusing on everything from weight loss and anti-stress, to those that help you stop smoking, cure insomnia and even help with fertility issues. The days are filled up with visits to various experts, and continuing in the philosophy of fusing the best of Eastern and Western medicine, there is seemingly no end of therapy you can get here: acupuncture, cupping, colonic hydrotherapy, a complete menu of massages: lymphatic drainage, Thai, relaxing. You can be wrapped in seaweed, ginger or aloe vera and bathed in detoxifying salts and mud. All will be tailored to your needs, which are rapidly and impressively assessed by the doctors.

Along with the standard weight and BMI tests, you will also have a blood test to assess cholesterol and other potential issues, and an interesting sort of hand evaluation – these are also strangely revealing. Using all of this information, you can then work out a plan for your time at Sha. Most programs are for a minimum of a week, but two or three is preferable to see real results. There is one former high-profile lawyer here who is now in his seventh month at Sha. Frankly if I could do the same, I would. Each day is gently planned so you are kept occupied without feeling busy. There are cooking classes for those who want to take some recipes home with them and being so close to a stunning natural park, you can also go catamaran sailing, jet skiing, golfing or simply join the weekly walk to the Sierra Helada mountains. On one of these trips I spoke to a woman who had been unable to make it even half way up the hill on her first week. By week three she was racing ahead, convinced and converted to the macrobiotic way of life. After just three days I leave feeling lighter and fresher, like I’ve been retuned. Not quite immortal, but certainly closer than before. Wellbeing Escapes ( offer a five-day Discovery Break at SHA Wellness Clinic from £1799 pp sharing. This includes all the treatments on the detox programme, full board accommodation in a Deluxe Suite and return flights from the UK to Alicante. For more information on SHA Wellness Clinic please visit

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ong Kong seems to have proved Einstein right – you can be in two places at once. Having worn many hats in the past, this city is a place of multiple personalities, and is a fusion of all things east and west. Hong Kong started out as part of Imperial China, and then changed hands between the British and Japanese before being dutifully returned to the Chinese once more in 1997. These outside influences remain strong and are important to Hong Kong’s eclectic identity. Where else, after all, could you be served traditional Chinese delicacies accompanied by English condiments? Arriving in Hong Kong can be an overwhelming experience. The 24-hour, frenzied pace of this city can be a lot to take in. To get acquainted with the metropolis, start your journey on Hong Kong Island. This island is the main centre for international business and its towering skyscrapers create Hong Kong’s iconic skyline. Around Central (located on Hong Kong Island), you will find much evidence of the city’s colonial past. Leading up from Central is the famous Peak Tram and Escalator; take these to the top – The Peak – for some spectacular scenery on the way and stunning views at the top. Kowloon is next on your agenda, with astounding food and shopping options. While in Kowloon, look back to Hong Kong Island and take in the stunning vista of the skyline; it’s the best place to see it. Tsim Sha Tsui is the main tourist drag in Kowloon but don’t let that put you off – it’s one of the best spots for shopping. Mong Kok is another great area, particularly for markets. Take some time to look beyond the towering pillars that surround you to find a surprise. Forty per cent of Hong Kong’s total land area is a protected National Park – mountainous terrain that is ideal for hiking, remote valleys and idyllic deserted beaches just moments from the centre of the city. The best place to start your exploration of Hong Kong’s green spaces is on Lantau Island where you can visit its lovely beaches and take a ride on the Ngong Ping cable car.

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Where to stay Book yourself a room at The Upper House and enjoy the breathtaking views of Victoria Harbour. Occupying the top 10 floors of a 50-storey skyscraper, its enormous apartment-style suites and penthouses all offer at least 180-degree views of Hong Kong through their almost entirely glass walls. The service is second to none, the free maxi-bar is well stocked and the bathroom may be bigger than any you’ve seen – you won’t want to leave your room. (


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It would be wrong to visit Hong Kong and not start at least one day in the traditional Cantonese way. Dim sum, or yum cha, in Cantonese is normally eaten on the weekend with family. The best spots are Luk Yu Tea House, or Maxim’s Palace City Hall. Get there early to beat the crowds.

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ayfair is spoiled with hidden gems but Flemings is one that is worth making a fuss about, even if for selfish reasons you would like to keep it to yourself, to keep its ‘cool’ factor intact. It is not overly ostentatious, but is glamorous from the moment you set foot inside and are welcomed in the lobby filled with ornate gold-detailed interiors like a silver-screen star. The hotel has an illustrious history, founded in 1851 by Robert Fleming, a victualler, servant and valet to the Marquis and Marchioness of Anglesey at 1 Old Burlington Street. A sense of nostalgia follows you around the hotel, which has been converted from six townhouses into hotel rooms and serviced apartments. Each room has a different design and mood, which is a welcome departure from the cookiecutter accommodation that some larger, chain hotels offer. The rooms are quirky and if you appreciate good design, you will love the occasional wall covered in stamps or graphic prints and bursts of colour. One important constant is that the beds are large and cushy – so be prepared for peaceful slumber.

The Grill is worth a visit for its rib-eye steak with peppercorn sauce and hand-cut chips – a British classic done perfectly. The restaurant and bar are located in the basement, which lack natural light, but there is something quite romantic and relaxed about its lowly lit space. The Front Room comes with a brighter setting and is more like a lounge – ideal for business meetings or a spot of quiet reading. While this hotel might not seem like the obvious choice for business, its facilities are very accommodating, with a meeting room appointed with classic interiors, including a fireplace, leather-studded chairs and wooden tables. Green Park is on its doorstep and is ideal for an afternoon picnic for which the hotel can arrange a fully-equipped hamper to take on your journey. From £229 per night. 7-12 Half Moon Street, WIJ (020 7499 0000;

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Overlooking Kensington Palace and Hyde Park this gracious hotel offers exceptional value and service and is a landmark of unique character and 21st century elegance. Knightsbridge shopping, Kensington High Street antiques, the Royal Albert Hall and magnificent museums are all near at hand. From the stylish design and decor to the small thoughtful details and the discreet, yet warm personal service, our aim is to make every guest feel special, cared for, and most of all, at home.

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o. 25 Brook Street may look like many other brick terraced houses in Mayfair, but as the blue plaque reveals, it was the former home of celebrated composer George Frideric Handel. Today, the house has been restored into an 18th century home as it would have appeared when Handel composed his renowned work, Messiah. Brook Street is named for its connection to the River Tyburn – now underground – which ran near today’s Bond Street tube station, close to the path of South Molton Lane. The houses along the street were built during the early 18th century, when the new streets and houses of Mayfair were spreading out over fields. By August 1723, No. 25 had become the home of Handel. Handel first travelled to England in 1711, by which time he already had a reputation as a skilled performer and composer. During these early years Handel wrote a number of his celebrated works, including Water Music in 1717, as well as

Acis and Galatea in 1718, and in 1719 he was appointed Master of the Orchestra at the Royal Academy of Music. During this period Handel lived with his wealthy patrons, but by 1723 he was able to move into his own house in fashionable Mayfair. It was during his residency in Brook Street that Handel composed many of his most famous works, including Zadok the Priest for the coronation of King George II in 1727 (which has been performed at every coronation since); Messiah (1741), first performed in London in 1743; and Music for the Royal Fireworks in 1748. Handel remained at 25 Brook Street for 36 years until he passed away in April 1759. His house continued as a sought-after address throughout the following centuries. In the early 1900s, the ground and first floors were converted into shops and during the 20th century it was transformed a number of times. In the 1990s, musicologist Stanley Sadie and his wife Anne established the Handel House Trust to restore the house and create a museum to honour its former famous occupant. The museum officially opened at No. 23 (former home of Jimi Hendrix) and No. 25 in November 2001. Melanie Backe-Hansen, House Historian (


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Comprising just 12 family houses, Culross Street is a quiet, secure, traffic free, gated enclave close to Hyde Park. ACCOMMODATION Ground Floor Entrance Hall ■ Dining Room ■ Study ■ Guest Cloakroom First Floor Drawing Room ■ Library ■ Conservatory ■ Kitchenette Second Floor Master Bedroom ■ En Suite Bathroom ■ Separate Dressing Room Third Floor Three Bedrooms ■ Two Shower Rooms Lower Ground Floor Kitchen ■ Family/Media Room ■ Patio ■ Utility Room ■ Wine Cellar 3,444 sq ft ■ EPC Rating E


GUIDE PRICE £12,500,000


102 Mount Street, London W1K 2TH T: 020 7529 5566

120a Mount Street, London W1K 3NN T: 020 7499 1012

The Lancasters, Hyde Park W2 Wonderful park views

A David Linley interior designed apartment. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, 2 further en suite bedrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, family room/bedroom 4, study, terrace, comfort cooling system, access to gym and swimming pool, concierge, private parking. Energy rating F. Approximately 251 sq m (2,709 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ6,500,000 (HPE130059) 020 3544 6140

Devonshire Place, Marylebone W1

A luxury two bedroom apartment in fine period conversion A beautifully interior designed two bedroom apartment situated on the second floor (with lift) of a fine period building in the heart of Marylebone Village. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, second double bedroom, shower room with WC, reception room, fitted kitchen with dining area. EPC rating C. Approximately 89 sq m (963 sq ft) Leasehold 998 years approximately Guide price: ÂŁ1,795,000 (MRY120131) 020 3641 7938 Joint agent: Sandfords 020 7224 4994

Leinster Gardens, Bayswater W2 Magnificent penthouse

An interior designed penthouse apartment located within a Grade II listed building close to Hyde Park. 4 bedrooms, 4 en suite bathrooms, triple aspect reception room/dining room, Italian designed kitchen, cloakroom, wrap around roof terrace, direct lift access, air conditioning, porter. Approximately 244 sq m (2,630 sq ft) Share of Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ4,750,000 (HPE130051) 020 3544 6140 Dukes Mews, Marylebone W1 Charming mews location

A beautifully refurbished house in in a private mews, located moments from Oxford Street. 3 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, shower room, reception room/dining room, kitchen/ family room, terrace, garage. EPC rating C. Approximately 226 sq m (2,433 sq ft) Available unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ3,250 per week 020 3641 5853 (MRQ88287)

The Lancasters, Hyde Park W2 Wonderful park views

A spectacular second floor apartment. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, mezzanine study, comfort cooling system, access to gym and swimming pool, valet parking, concierge. EPC rating D. Approximately 253 sq m (2,727 sq ft) Available unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ4,500 per week 020 3641 7941 (HPQ178578)

All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, administration fees will apply when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges. Charles Street, Mayfair W1

Split level top floor apartment A newly refurbished three bedroom flat in this portered building to rent in Mayfair. 3 double bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, guest cloakroom, large reception room, kitchen/ dining room and direct lift access. EPC rating D. Approximately 159 sq m (1,706 sq ft) Available furnished Guide price: ÂŁ2,500 per week 020 7647 6611 (MAQ92773)

Red Lion Yard, Mayfair W1

Beautiful three bedroom mews A stylish mews house for rent, tucked away in the heart of Mayfair. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen/conservatory, utility room, garage. EPC rating D. Approximately 179 sq m (1,923 sq ft) Available furnished Guide price: ÂŁ2,250 per week 020 7647 6611 (MAQ172039)

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Beyond your expectations

Half Moon Street, W1 This sublime top floor apartment, located in a high quality building with a lift, has recently been refurbished to an exceptional standard. Featuring a well proportioned reception room with views extending to Green Park. The property has extensive storage, and it also benefits from an eight channel mood lighting system. EPC: E

£1,575,000 Leasehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Mayfair Office Sales. 020 7717 5465 |

Reception room Kitchen Bedroom Shower room Comfort cooling Lift

Spring Gardens, SW1A A great opportunity to rent a stunning and modern two bedroom two bathroom apartment with views directly overlooking Trafalgar Square. The property has been refurbished to a high standard with excellent entertaining space, and is located a stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and the amenities of the West End. EPC: F

£1,095 per week Furnished • • • • • •

Hamptons Mayfair Office Lettings. 020 7717 5467 |

2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Refurbished Stunning Views Central Location Furnished

Beyond your expectations

Hyde Park Square, W2 A beautiful, bright and spacious three bedroom apartment in this very sought after location moments from Hyde Park. The property also has access to a lovely garden square.

£1,150 per week Unfurnished • • • • • •

Hamptons Paddington Office Lettings. 020 7717 5343 |

3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Separate kitchen Bright and spacious Communal garden Moments from Hyde Park

Albert Embankment, SE1 A stylishly presented 2 bedroom riverside apartment with high specifications and breathtaking views of the river Thames. 24 hour concierge and private parking. Chain free. EPC: C

£2,600,000 Share of Freehold • • • • • • •

Hamptons Pimlico & Westminster Office Sales. 0203 281 7214 |

24 hour Concierge Private Parking Gymnasium 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms (Both En Suite) Dressing Room Balcony

property news Marsh & Parsons

It’s an exciting month in Mayfair with stunning properties arriving on the market and an innovative new way to assess London’s property prices

Marsh & Parsons has reached something of a milestone. Its 19th office has just opened on Baker Street, on the site of the former Beatles Apple Store. ‘The demand for property in Marylebone is high, with fashionable shops, restaurants and bars to suit all pockets,’ says Peter Rollings, chief executive of Marsh & Parsons. The new branch will offer the unique Marsh & Parsons experience of top customer service to Marylebone, Bloomsbury and up to Regent’s Park.’ Join us in celebrating this exciting new addition to the area. Marsh & Parsons, 94 Baker Street, London W1U (; 020 7368 4458)

Half Moon Street

Postcode power

Living in this newly refurbished apartment means that your local cinema will be the historic Curzon just around the corner, Shepherd Market will be your go-to shopping mecca and Green Park your virtual back garden. In addition to the jaunts for retail therapy in Mayfair, Half Moon Street offers a quiet, relaxed feel. The one-bedroom apartment sits on the top floor, with views extending to Green Park from the reception room. It has been designed with convenience in mind; there is a gas fire encased by a bespoke marble mantle that can be controlled from a remote. The floors have been made from light oak in a chevron pattern, which combined with the (also bespoke) kitchen, crafted in Zebrano, make one stunning abode for modern life. Leasehold, £1.75 million. For further enquiries contact Hamptons International (0207 758 8440)

Leading Mayfair and West End estate agent Wetherell has collaborated with Dataloft and TfL for an innovative new project – the captial’s first London Underground property map, astutely revealing the average prices and rental values. Peter Wetherell, managing director of Wetherell says: ‘People talk about Postcode Power, but from our new Wetherell tube map Londoners will be able to have an easy way to view dramatic property price and rental rises and falls between tube stations. Its staggering to see that just a few stops along same the tube line can mean rises and falls in property values worth hundreds of thousands and even millions of pounds.’ For a copy of the new Wetherell London Underground Property Map and the key findings from the tube station research contact Jayne Weldon at Wetherell (; 020 7493 6935)


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Mount Street Mount Street and all of the destination food and fashion for which it is known is on your doorstep here – and will soon have you immersed in this peaceful, beautiful and stylish world. This apartment offers spacious and comfortable living and is one of the largest on the street to arrive on the market of late, with four double bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is also plenty of space for entertaining, from an elegant entrance hallway to two reception rooms, a dining room, study, kitchen and guest cloakroom. £9,750,000, Chesterton Humberts (; 020 7629 4513)

65 Duke Street If you are lucky enough to secure one of the 16 new flats at 65 Duke Street – newly launched by Grosvenor – to rent, you will find yourself surrounded by the natural beauty and quiet charm of Mayfair, while also being near the buzzy environment of Selfridges, Oxford Street and Grosvenor Square. Helen Green Design have created the interiors and each apartment draws on the historic features iconic to the area, including a redbrick façade and leaded casement windows; however, there is a choice between two design palettes – classic and contemporary – so that you can create your living space at your discretion. Will Bax, director for Mayfair at Grosvenor says of the development: ‘65 Duke Street is testament to our exacting standards and our commitment to offer our customers a variety of rental products in Mayfair. Keeping these properties within the portfolio also highlights our emphasis on placemaking and ensuring the sustainability of the communities that we are proud to steward.’ For further information on 65 Duke Street contact Grosvenor Lettings (020 7312 6449) or Wetherell on (020 7529 5577)


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HOT PROPERTY Davies Street Mayfair W1

legantly named The Manor, this building on Davies Street offers a stylish and spacious three-bedroom apartment near Berkeley Square and Claridge’s. It is situated so that the amenities in the area could quite happily become your local haunts, from the Mount Street Printers to Nobu. There is a fourth bedroom, which is also perfect for a study. And over the 2,584 square feet that make up the apartment, there are also two reception rooms, a Bulthaup kitchen with appliances by Gaggenau and Miele and two Juliette balconies. For added convenience the property comes with a car parking space on license and there is a resident porter, lift access and storage at the basement level. The modernity of the apartment is obvious, as it is fitted with a high-tech Crestron system so you can control the television, audio, curtains, lighting and gas fires all from a dedicated device. The Manor, Davies Street, WIK. Guide price £10 million

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Hyde Park & Bayswater 020 7262 2030 Marylebone & Regent’s Park 020 7486 6338

W1 Harrowby Street, Marylebone ÂŁ2,950,000 Leasehold An attractive penthouse in superb condition situated atop this sought after apartment building. This property benefits from a double height reception room as well as terraces, two car parking spaces and a concierge service. Flats of this size and calibre very rarely come to the market.

020 3394 0012

W2 Craven Hill Mews, Bayswater ÂŁ2,295,000 Freehold A spacious and well-presented three bedroom, three bathroom mews house located within walking distance to Hyde Park and Whiteleys Shopping Centre. The property is arranged over three floors and occupies approximately 1,690 sq ft. Craven Hill Mews is a very short walk from Kensington Gardens, Paddington Station and Lancaster Gate Underground.

020 3394 0012

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A GRAND NEWLY REFURBISHED MANSION HOUSE IN THE HEART OF MAYFAIR MAYFAIR LONDON W1 MAIN HOUSE Two storey reception hall | Drawing room | Dining room | Media room | Kitchen/breakfast/family room | 2 Master bedroom suites with dressing room and bathroom | 3 Further bedroom suites | Bedroom 6 | Leisure complex comprising swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gymnasium, media room, beauty treatment suite, shower and changing room | 2 Guest cloakrooms | Wine cellar | Servery kitchen | EPC rating = C


MEWS HOUSE Sitting room with dining area | Kitchen | 3 bedrooms (en suite) | Garaging for 2 cars | EPC rating = C



PRICE ÂŁ45 MILLION TENURE FREEHOLD T: +44 (0)20 7824 9044 T: +44 (0)20 7499 7722

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Mount Street Mayfair W1K

£9,750,000 leasehold

A rare opportunity to acquire one of the largest & most luxurious apartments ever available on the world famous Mount Street, Mayfair. This stunning interior designed, duplex apartment extends to approximately 3,810 sq ft. Comprises entrance hallway, 4 magnificent reception rooms, high specification kitchen, 4 double bedrooms, 3 luxurious bathrooms, guest cloakroom & utility room. Long leasehold of approx 110 years.

EPC rating E

Mayfair & St James’s

020 7629 4513


Mount Row Mayfair W1K

ÂŁ2,000 per week

An interior designed, 3rd floor apartment on a quiet street in the heart of Mayfair, finished to a high standard. The apartment comprises 3 bedrooms (2 double), 2 bathrooms, kitchen, reception room, terrace, dining area & hallway. Secure access through key operated lift & fully furnished. EPC rating C

Mayfair & St James’s

020 7288 8301

Your reward for all the late nights in the office.

Leinster Gardens, Bayswater, W2 A stunning Grade II listed house which has been beautifully restored to combine original period features with contemporary style. Accommodation includes two reception rooms, dining room, media room, two kitchens, seven en-suite bedrooms, guest cloakroom, utility room and a balcony. Leinster Gardens is in close proximity to the green spaces of Kensington Palace Gardens and Hyde Park. EPC rating D.

Freehold ÂŁ9,000,000 020 7409 9346


Park Lane Place, Mayfair, W1 A wonderful three bedroom duplex apartment benefiting from two private terraces both of which boast views over one of London’s finest land marks Hyde Park. The apartment offers approximately 2,000 sq.ft and comprises a spacious living room, fully integrated kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom suite, two further double bedrooms, separate shower room, guest cloak room and storage room. Other benefits to this apartment include a 24 hour porter, one secure underground parking space and air conditioning. Direct access into the London Marriott Hotel Park Lane allows the opportunity of arranging room service and access into the hotels gym and swimming pool for a separate fee.

Available, furnished £3,950 pw 020 7409 9158




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3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms 40 ft reception room Double garage & studio Separate paddock

A distinctive Victorian country residence, The Old Chapel is located at the head of a quiet lane within the cattle grid area of the New Forest in a truly unspoilt area surrounded by open forest, with the benefit of immediate outriding for those with an interest in equestrian pursuits. EPC rating E

02380 284697 Lyndhurst







New Forest National Park • • • •

4 bedrooms 1 acre formal garden Full stabling 2.5 acre paddocks

Impressive equestrian country residence enjoying an enviable setting adjoining the open forest with first class outriding and superb views over beautifully landscaped gardens and the surrounding New Forest National Park. EPC rating E

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Chester Row | Belgravia | SW1 2,938 sq ft (272.9 sq m)

Located on the favoured section of Chester Row moments from Elizabeth Street, a very well presented five bedroom townhouse with garden. Drawing room | Dining room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Family room | Sitting room | Master bedroom suite | 4 further bedrooms | 2 further bathrooms | Cloakroom | Balcony | Garden Asking price ÂŁ5,350,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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Pont Street Mews | Knightsbridge | SW1 2,408 sq ft (223.7 sq m) EPC rating E

A recently developed three bedroom house, located in what is regarded as the finest mews in Knightsbridge, with private parking. Drawing room | Living room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Media room | Study | Master bedroom suite | Two further bedrooms | Two further shower rooms | Private parking Asking price ÂŁ5,850,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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The Triton Building, Regent’s Place, NW1 - £425 to £2,500 per week - Long Let The Triton Building at Regent’s Place offers an exciting opportunity to live in a vibrant hub close to Regents Park and ideally located for UCL and The London Business School. The amenities of Marylebone Village and Oxford Street are all located nearby. Nearest transport links can be found at Great Portland Street Underground and Euston Rail Station. All apartments benefit from 24 hour concierge, comfort cooling and secure underground parking. Available from June 2013, Jones Lang LaSalle are delighted to offer a range of studio, one, two and three bedroom residences for rental, both furnished and unfurnished. Call today to avoid disappointment and register your interest.

30 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NH

020 7087 5557

Hollen Street, Soho, W1F - ÂŁ1,400 per week - Long Let This stunning apartment in the former Henry Heath Hat Factory is new to the market and offers impressive warehouse living space in vibrant Soho. Open plan reception room with vaulted ceiling, high specification kitchen, two double bedrooms and stunning Carrera bathrooms. A/C. Private terrace.

Merchant Square East, Paddington, W2 - ÂŁ850 per week - Long Let This modern development is in the heart of Paddington Basin offering contemporary canal side living. Excellent transport links with Paddington Station and underground nearby. A beautifully interior designed apartment with three double bedrooms and large open plan reception room. 24 hour concierge. Secure underground parking space.












HEART OF BELGRAVIA, SW1 - GRADE II LISTED HOUSE A rare opportunity to acquire the Freehold of this substantial property currently arranged as three apartments but with the potential to convert back to its former glory as one house. The property comprises of approx. 6,867sqft arranged over 6 floors. On the lower ground, the en-suite master bedroom (with dressing room), 2 further bedrooms one of which has an en-suite and one family bathroom. The ground floor houses the kitchen, office and dining room. The first floor consists of 2 further reception rooms. The second floor is currently arranged as a bedroom with en-suite and dressing room. Three further bedrooms (one with en-suite), bathroom, kitchen and cloakroom are situated on the third floor. On the fourth floor is a studio/bedroom with a separate sleeping area on the mezzanine, a bathroom and sauna. The property has the added benefit of a balcony and roof terrace.



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ALDFORD HOUSE PARK STREET LONDON W1 £8,000,000 leasehold A luxurious three bedroom apartment of 2,201 sq ft located on the third floor of this sought after portered building. Boasting stunning views over Hyde Park from the reception room and overlooking Mayfair village and Grosvenor Chapel from the master bedroom. The property has been meticulously refurbished to the highest standard and boasts a large terrace that spans the length of the apartment.Enviably situated on Park Lane, Aldford house is an impressive 1930’s building with 24 hr Porterage.

HANS CRESCENT KNIGHTSBRIDGE LONDON SW1X £3,000,000 leasehold This wonderful apartment is situated on the first floor of this well kept building. Benefiting from high ceilings, south facing reception room with French doors leading onto a balcony overlooking Hans Crescent, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, two further bedrooms, family bathroom, modern fitted kitchen, roof terrace and air conditioning. Ideally situated minutes walk from the world famous Harrods, Hyde Park and all the amenities of Knightsbridge.

HYDE PARK, LONDON W2 £6,900,000 freehold A magnificent 4,700 square foot property close to and with views over Hyde Park which would benefit from modernisation and extension, subject to planning. The house, which has 7 bedrooms and 6 reception rooms, was built in the 1930’s and has the generously proportioned rooms typical of the era. The house is only a stone’s throw from Hyde Park but also very convenient for all the amenities of Connaught Village, Oxford Street and The Heathrow Express.

ANNOUNCING THE OPENING OF BEAUCHAMP ESTATES PRIVATE OFFICE AT 29 CURZON STREET, W1 “ THE BENCHMARK OF SERVICE FOR PRIVATE CLIENTS” Beauchamp Estates Private Office offers a one-stop solution for both new and existing clients providing the same high quality personal service and attention to detail that Beauchamp Estates’ existing clients have come to expect. The diverse range of services encompasses all aspects of relocation to London, including access to an unrivalled network of professionals and consultants, specialising in legal, accounting and taxation solutions. We also provide a bespoke service designed to satisfy any spontaneous luxury lifestyle requests.

For further information please contact: Olga Hersham Tel: +44 (0)20 7408 0007 Mob: +44 (0)7812 671 623


MONTAGU SQUARE, MARYLEBONE W1 An important Grade II listed Regency house that has been meticulously restored with a wonderful kitchen and bathrooms, wooden floors throughout and beautiful original features. The house is centrally located in this prestigious garden square and within walking distance of Hyde Park Marble Arch and Oxford Street. 5 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 3 Cloakrooms, 5 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Roof Terrace, Communal Gardens.




A place in

the sun

With year-round sunshine and a stable economy, Marrakech is attracting rich and famous icons and international investors alike. If it’s good enough for Yves Saint Laurent, it’s certainly good enough for us WORDS: KARI ROSENBERG


arrakech has always attracted the rich and famous, with icons such as Yves Saint Laurent and Jean Paul Gaultier both having bought houses there. With a stable economy and year-round sunny climate, international investors are looking to the North African city when it comes to purchasing property. Known as the ‘ochre’ or ‘red city’, Marrakech sits at the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas mountains and comprises both an old fortified sector, known as the medina, as well a number of modern, luxurious neighbourhoods. The fifth-largest economic power in Africa, Morocco’s year-round sunshine, diverse landscapes and beautiful architectural monuments are attracting property buyers from all over the world to invest in first as well as second homes in the country.


Assoufid, located 10km south west of Marrakech’s city centre (and around 8km from Marrakech International Airport) on an undulating tranquil and semi-desert-like landscape, is a luxury gated development spread throughout 222 hectares, designed by US-based firm U+B Architecture. Comprising a range of spacious villas, a beautiful 18-hole golf course designed by Niall Cameron, driving range, golf clubhouse, and a five-star luxury hotel, the development ensures 24-hour security, and boasts the construction, finishes and services of quality rarely seen in the area. Developed by Assoufid Properties Development SA its main shareholder is Kuwait-based North Africa Holding Company, which is the private equity arm of KIPCO group, one of the biggest diversified holding

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‘The development boasts the construction, finishes and services of quality rarely seen in the area’ companies in the Middle East and North Africa. On completion, there will be approximately 80 properties, varying between four architectural styles. Choose Art Deco for a 1920s Casablanca feel; Contemporain for traditional native materials; Atlas, for an indigenous Morrocan Berber look or Hivernage, which is inspired by the homes of wealthy merchants. The villas are available in varying sizes, from three to eight bedrooms, with net internal areas ranging from 300m2 to over 1,000m2. All feature comprehensive state-of-the-art fixtures, elegantly designed landscape gardens, covered terraces and large heated swimming pools as well as optional gyms, tennis courts and guest pavilions. The properties are sold freehold with a construction deficiencies guarantee of 10 years against hidden defects. Prices range from €1,950,000 to €2,770,000 (, 020 7349 9772


A L D F O R D S T R E E T, M AY F A I R W 1 Stunning traditional apartment with high ceilings and period features in an exclusive Mayfair location. Entrance hall, double aspect reception room with feature fireplace, modern fully fitted eat-in kitchen master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, double bedroom, family bathroom. Price: £900 per week – Furnished

S A C K V I L L E S T R E E T , M AY F A I R W 1 Bright top floor apartment in modern development close to Old Bond Street. Large reception/dining room, fully fitted open plan kitchen, 2 double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, luxury bathroom, shower room, air conditioning, additional basement storage room. Price: £950 per week – Furnished