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Editor ‘Can’t repeat the past?… Why of course you can!’

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby


f past is prologue, then we in Mayfair have the setting for a truly great story. Who hasn’t lived, or at least partied here at some point in history? Taking a wistful view of the past, a direct result of the film release of Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby, we have looked back to a time when amusing oneself was a full-time job and Mayfair’s establishments were rife with dapper men and glamorous women sipping Gin Fizz and dancing the Charleston (something that you can happily still do if you know where to go*). A time when the dresses were fabulous (page 28), the bars were dark and the cocktails strong (page 86). The enduring photographs of this and the subsequent eras support this rather romantic view, and this month we look back on the frankly mesmerising archives of two of the 20th century’s most iconic society photographers, Terry O’Neill and Erwin Blumenfeld (pages 20 and 40). This month also marks the centenary of that homage to elegance, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As royalty and their subjects alike prepare to visit what is sure to be a spectacular event, Sandra MacKenzie looks back on 100 years of orchids, water features and strict rules on the use of garden gnomes (page 16). And before we get too sentimental, gracing the past with a misty-eyed nostalgia that is almost certainly untrue, we bring you back to the modern day with a fabulous guide to the summer season, from the Monaco Grand Prix to the Henley Royal Regatta (page 11). All of which should be more than enough to keep you busy until the next issue.

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011 | Mayfair’s summer season Organise your summer with our definitive guide to the top events in and out of town 016 | A hundred years of spring Celebrate the centenary of The RHS Chelsea Flower Show as we trace an iconic, floral-scented history 020 | Life through a lens We meet legendary photographer Terry O’Neill ahead of a stunning new Mayfair exhibition 024 | Great Scott Mike Peake tells the story of Scott F. Fitzgerald’s life, love and how he came to write the great American novel 028 | All that jazz The best of 1920s-inspired fashion and how to get the vintage look 030 | The storyteller Elle Blakeman meeds media mogul and entrepreneur, Charles Finch 104 | Run to Monaco Richard Yarrow reports on the ultimate Formula 1 experience with a three-day tour from Kent to Monaco

039 | Art news 040 | Exhibition focus The iconic fashion photography of Erwin Blumenfeld at the ever-chic Somerset House 042 | Industrial revolution British painter L.S. Lowry’s industrial imagery of townscapes arrives at the Tate Britain 047 | Prize lots

079 | Interiors news 080 | Linley’s world Kate Racovolis meets David Linley to talk secret drawers and Art Deco interiors



053 | The green light Gemfields, fronted by Mila Kunis, unveils a new glamorous collaboration 054 | Watch news 057 | Lange’s legacy We meet Wilhelm Schmid, CEO of historic German watchmaker, A. Lange & Söhne 061 | Roar of the twenties Dress like Gatsby this month with classic twenties-inspired men’s accessories 062 | The American dream Emulate the the golden twenties with diamonds and sapphires 065 | Jewellery news

004 | Editor’s letter 008 | Contributors 035 | My life in Mayfair: Trevor Pickett 037 | Couture culture 121 | Suite dreams: The Wellesley 123 | Remembering Mayfair: 9 South Audley Street

067 | Style spy 069 | Style update 070 | Only the strong survive Indulge in the dark side of fashion with power heels and dazzling jewellery in this month’s fashion shoot


Food & Drink 085 | Food & drink news 086 | That’s the spirit We pay tribute to the speakeasy culture and the art of American cocktails 090 | Restaurant review: Babbo

Beauty 093 | Beauty news 097 | Spa review: Aromatherapy Associates

Travel 109 | Travel news Long haul or short haul – you decide 110 | Into the blue We round up the top yachting escapes for a summer on the sea 118 | City break: Dubai This month we visit the glamorous Dubai in the United Arab Emirates

Property 158 | Property news 160 | Park life Find a modern summer escape at this villa in southern Portugal 162 | The height of luxury Tel Aviv’s new addition to the skyline attracts a buzz with a new development designed by Richard Meier

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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 Daniella Isaacs Brand Consistency Hiren Chandarana Laddawan Juhong Senior Designer Lisa Wade Production Hugo Wheatley Alex Powell Editor-in-Chief Kate Harrison Client Relationship Director Kate Oxbrow General Manager Fiona Fenwick

daniella isaacs Daniella is a Drama graduate of Bristol University, and is an actress and freelance journalist. This month she brings us the best of the catwalks to get the vintage look of the Jazz Age. richard yarrow Richard is a freelance motoring journalist and a former associate editor of Auto Express. He writes for national newspapers, consumer publications and the automotive business press.

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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.

mike peake Mike has written extensively for The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. This month he remembers Scott F. Fitzgerald’s literary legacy – the great American novel, The Great Gatsby.

angelina villa-clarke Angelina has been a travel and lifestyle journalist for over 20 years. She has lived in Barbados and has travelled widely. This month, she takes to the high seas and finds the top yachting adventures.

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.

KATIE RANDALL A post-graduate of the University of Westminster, Katie is a fashion and lifestyle journalist who has written for a number of publications and websites, including and The Publican.

kate racovolis This month Kate meets nephew of the Queen, David Linley. An alumnus of Columbia University’s Journalism School, Kate has a background in fashion writing and is currently working on her first book.

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Fashion in Film Festival

Now in its fourth year, this festival praises all that is chic on the silver screen. Celebrating the influence of the seminal Parisian director Marcel L’Herbier, screenings and discussions will be held in various London locations including the BFI and Ciné Lumière. ( iMAGE: BIFI Cinémathèque française

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St. Regis International Cup The international polo season will start on a high at the historic Cowdray Park Polo Club. In its sixth year, the match will see England compete with South America. Book for a spot of afternoon tea and sip on Bloody Mary’s while watching the highly anticipated match. (Visit for more information. For tickets visit,

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Cannes Film Festival Iconic director Steven Spielberg has been appointed as jury President for the 66th year of this notorious film festival and with The Great Gatsby kick-starting the event, the films on show are bound to be exciting. (

Olivier-award-winning, Zoë Wanamaker will tread the boards this summer in this provocative comedy about marriage, love and infidelity. Book tickets early as this production at the Duke of York Theatre is certain to be a sell out. (

2 2 M ay – 7 September

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre The von Trapp family will be taking centre stage this summer in The Sound of Music alongside the adaptation of the Austen classic, Pride and Prejudice. Ideal for a family outing, pack a picnic or pre-book a dinner hamper and don’t forget to top up at the Pimm’s bar. (

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International Art Fair

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The 20/21 Art Fair, held at the Royal College of Art in Kensington Image: sir peter blake, the eiffel tower, 2009 Gore, is quickly becoming an essential date in the diary for art followers. With over 60 dealers, the art for sale showcases the top artists from around the globe, including Mattise, Picasso and Braque. British favourites are also on offer with Damien Hirst and David Hockney headlining. (

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Polo on the Beach On the sandy beaches of Newquay, the Watergate Bay Hotel plays host to a weekend of polo, Veuve Clicquot champagne, barbeques and live music. ( From 25 June

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Last year Matilda stole the nation’s hearts; this year Willy Wonka will be the one pulling in the crowds. With Sam Mendes (Skyfall) directing and Warner Bros producing, this Roald Dahl classic is guaranteed to be a hit. (charlieandthechocolate


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Gaucho Polo

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The Cartier Queen’s cup

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Chelsea Flower Show To mark the centenary of the Chelsea Flower Show, HRH Prince Harry has collaborated with awardwinning landscape designer Jinny Blom to pay a poignant tribute to Princess Diana. The RHS takes over the Royal Hospital for five days and, as always, it promises to be a sell out. (

Hollywood A-listers, royalty and a crowd of 25,000 will attend the Cartier international, often cited as the biggest polo match in the sporting calendar. Her majesty famously attends Finals Day to present the cup to the winning patron. Added extras include; Champagne picnics, massage tents and a luxury retail village. (

Celebrating Argentina’s sporting and cultural heritage, The Gaucho Polo returns to the O2 for its third year. Celebrate into the early hours at the after-party, while sipping on the finest Argentinian wines. (


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Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts This ten-day festival is overflowing with discussions and talks from historians, film-makers, novelists and scientists. In the bookish town of Hay-on-Wye, see the likes of Rupert Everett and John le Carré. (

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Monaco Grand Prix Aside from being one of the most glamorous summer destinations, Monaco also plays host to Formula One’s Circuit de Monaco, which provides an exciting test of driving skills. ( image © finn beales


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13-24 June

BP Summer Screens

Hampton Court Palace Festival

The Royal Opera House will be screening three world-class performances across London and the rest of the UK – The Royal Ballet’s Mayerling, Puccini’s glamorous La Rondine and his passionate aria, Tosca. (

British icon, Cliff Richard is headlining this open air festival alongside Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and Jools Holland. Jamie Oliver will be providing the picnic hampers – now all we need is the sun to shine. (

14-23 June

Meltdown Festival Yoko Ono is turning 80 this year, and to celebrate her special day, the Southbank Centre has asked her to curate the experimental festival. (

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18-22 June

Royal Ascot

The five day Royal-meeting is the most famous in the horse-racing calendar. The celebrated Gold Cup event is held on Ladies’ Day and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes is held on the Saturday – make sure you invest in a show-stopping hat. (

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In its tenth year, this foodie festival promises world class food from the finest chefs, including sumptuous tasters from Raymond Blanc and Ben Tish. Some of our favourite restaurants will be in attendance, including Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle. (

18-22 June

BNP Paribas Tennis Classic Set within the grounds of the exclusive Hurlingham Club, the event showcases some of the best tennis stars as they warm up for Wimbledon. (

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The world-renowned tennis tournament is always a key date for the English summer diary. Most tickets were sold in December, however it is worth queuing for same-day matches – when the sun shines, there’s nothing quite like sitting on Henman Hill with a punnet of strawberries and cream. (

This art fair showcases the height of luxury with over 150 exhibitors from all over the world, featuring the most decadent antiques, art, jewellery and watches. (

Masterpiece London

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The Open Championship

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Henley Royal Regatta The Royal family is often in attendance at this prestigious rowing event. With over 200 races over five days, this annual regatta attracts international crews and even some Olympic champions. (

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BBC Proms


Founded in 1895, the BBC Proms consists of more than 70 concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, showcasing the best of British music and performance. Over 1,400 guests can attend each concert and additional events include Proms in the Park and Proms Literary Festival. (

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

2 9 J u n e – 2 1 J u ly

Tour de France

First organised in 1903 to increase sales for L’Auto magazine, this cycling race has become one of the most popular sporting competitions. Now in its 100th edition, the tour will begin in Corsica and end at dusk in Paris. (

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Award-winning actress, Eve Best will be making her directorial debut at the picturesque Globe theatre this summer. Macbeth, otherwise known as ‘the Scottish play’ will also star the fantastic Samantha Spiro. (

This festival celebrates competition cars and legendary drivers. Lamborghini, Porsche and McLaren cars will take to the race tracks. This year, Goodwood will be celebrating its 20th anniversary – expect stars of the racing world to be in attendance. ( 15

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Golf’s oldest major championship will return to the East Lothian coast at one of the most spectacular, challenging courses in the world. (

One hundred years of spring To mark the centenary of The Chelsea Flower Show we trace the history of this iconic floral exhibition WORDS: SANDRA MACKENZIE

from top: Gardeners carrying pots at the Show, 1931; Queen Mary at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 1934. Images courtesy of RHS Lindley Library


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From left: Beatrix Havergal (1901-1980); Roses at the Chelsea Flower Show, 1965; Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show, 1976. An exhibition will be held in the Great Pavilion on the history of Chelsea all images courtesy of RHS Lindley Library

or most of this May, a team of over 800 people will be frantically busy in the grounds of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, preparing for an event that is the highlight of the year for gardening enthusiasts across the world. The Chelsea Flower Show celebrates its centenary this year, and is set for another spectacular showcase of innovative, inspiring and intriguing horticultural creations. Despite celebrating gardening achievements from across the world, the event remains quintessentially British in nature. Filled with complex traditions and protocol, heavily featuring the Royal Family and continually proving the necessity of going on with the show no matter what the weather decides to do, the event is seen by many foreigners as a perfect encapsulation of the native temperament. Consistently reflecting trends of the day as well as playing a large role in setting those for the future, the show remains the most important event on the horticultural calendar, with exhibitors travelling from around the world to present their masterpieces. Beginning life under the auspices of the newly renamed Royal Horticultural Society, the first annual Great Spring Show was held in 1862 under the patronage of Prince Albert, and continued until 1912, when it was cancelled to make way for the first Royal International Horticultural Exhibition. Leading nurseryman Sir Harry Veitch elected to use the Royal Hospital grounds for the event, which proved to be such an ideal setting that the following year the Great Spring Show relocated and the Chelsea Flower Show was born. General

strikes and World Wars aside, the exhibition has returned to these grounds every year since then, setting the stage for a spectacular celebration of their illustrious hundred-year history. Although the gardens are the main draw, there are also numerous additional displays of greenhouses, tools, scientific advances and ever-popular flower arranging. While these may seem demure enough occupations, the show has not escaped controversy in recent years, with Irish showman Diarmuid Gavin responsible for much of it thanks to his increasingly flamboyant and outrageous garden creations. Managing to trump

‘Despite celebrating gardening achievements from across the world, the event remains quintessentially British in nature’ his 2011 Avatar-inspired Garden in the Sky, one of the most memorable images of last year’s show undoubtedly came from the sight of seventy five red-coated Chelsea Pensioners lining the walls of his Magical Tower Garden – an 80-foot, sevenstoried garden with a lift running through the inside and a slide around the outside. Subtle it was not, but it was a truly impressive spectacle it was – and it provided incredible views for the fortunate few allowed to enter. This year media spotlight has been focused on rather more unlikely troublemakers, in the form of the plastic garden gnome. These 


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 unsuspecting characters have long been the subject of a heated debate, with the main bone of contention resting on a difference of opinion as to whether they are ‘tacky’ or ‘adorable.’ Traditionally, the RHS has taken the former view, but 2013 sees the retraction of a decadesold ban on garden gnomes, which have historically been forbidden along with any other ‘brightly coloured mythical creatures’. The unusual rule, ostensibly there to prevent statues distracting from the gardens themselves, had become increasingly unpopular, with some

‘2013 sees the retraction of a decades-old ban on garden gnomes, which have historically been forbidden’

Right: Three Chelsea Pensioners. Date 1935. An exhibition will be held in the Great Pavilion on the history of Chelsea, courtesy of RHS Lindley Library


gardeners, most notably Jekka McVicars, who repeatedly went so far as to smuggle in her lucky gnome Borage by hiding him in foliage. The change in the rules is being celebrated with a special display of gnomes – hand-painted by a crop of celebrities, including Dame Maggie Smith and Rob Brydon – which will later be auctioned on eBay in aid of the RHS Campaign for School Gardening. Of course, much of the world’s attention will be focused on the presence of the Royal Family, guaranteed to be out in force to support the show. The Queen herself has been at every event since 1971 without fail, and has witnessed some truly magnificent displays through the years, often in celebration of royal milestones. In 1937, King George VI’s coronation inspired a magnificent Empire Exhibition, in which the full reach of the Commonwealth was represented through horticultural delegations, including pines from Canada, gladioli from Eastern Africa and a giant prickly pear from Palestine. More recent Royal commemorations have been equally celebrated by the show; last year saw the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee honoured in a specially

designed garden featuring giant floral lions and unicorns as well as three floral corgis, complete with bowls, bones and play balls made from chrysanthemums and stallions. This year, the focus will be on the younger Windsors thanks to Prince Harry’s collaboration with Jinny Blom for Sentebale, the children’s charity he co-founded in Lesotho. Aimed at raising awareness for the charity’s work, the garden will draw inspiration from the country’s traditional architecture and dramatic landscapes. Charitable causes have acted as the muse for several of the Show’s most memorable gardens through the years, and look set to inspire even more exciting work this year. Eyecare charity SeeAbility will be making its debut appearance with a thought-provoking creation focusing on the ways in which visually impaired people might experience a garden setting. WaterAid returns for a second year, after a silver medal-winning performance with a tear-drop-shaped garden, conceptualising the importance of water and sanitation and giving and sustaining life. Sustainability is the overarching theme of the centenary Show, and it is appropriate for more reasons than one, with the environmental impact of gardeners work under more scrutiny than ever. After one hundred years, the Show continues to maintain its reputation as the leading event in garden design and continues to draw visitors from across the world to London to celebrate the world’s finest horticulture. With preparation for the centenary now well underway, all we have to do now is show up and pray the British weather decides to co-operate. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show runs from 21 – 25 May 2013 (



Life through a lens From Audrey Hepburn to Zsa Zsa Gabor, Terry O’Neill has snapped the great and good of film, music, politics and sport over the last six decades. Here, he tells Jessica Moore about the importance of dignity


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: THE ROLLING STONES IN TIN PAN ALLEY; Brigitte Bardot with Cigar, Spain (1971); FAYE DUNAWAY; all images copyright terry o’niell


ondon is photogenic, even in the rain. It has provided a backdrop to some of the most iconic images of the past 50 years: the Rolling Stones in the entrance of the Tin Pan Alley club in Soho; The Beatles outside Abbey Road Studios in St John’s Wood; Jean Shrimpton at the doll’s hospital in Hammersmith… A man stood behind the camera for these and countless other shots. And this city – his city – was the inspiration. Huddled under an umbrella, dodging puddles across Grosvenor Square Gardens and skirting around the back of The Dorchester towards his studio, it’s easy to see why. ‘You get more out of shooting in London if you’re a Londoner,’ says Terry O’Neill, the East End cockney and internationally renowned photographer. ‘And I love Mayfair,’ he adds warmly. ‘It’s a great part of London – and it hasn’t changed much over time.’ O’Neill should know. He’s kept the same W1 studio for 30 years, its elegant facade drawing down to a ramshackle basement, crammed with boxes boasting some of the world’s most famous names – Greta Scacchi, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Blair, John Travolta… If ever a career featured an A-Z of celebrities, it’s O’Neill’s – and his new book proves it. ‘It’s a collection of all my favourite images, but I’m using shots I haven’t used before – and I’ve done it alphabetically.’ The tome starts with AC/DC and ends with Catherine Zeta-Jones by way of Brigitte Bardot, Nelson Mandela and Vivienne Westwood – to name just a few. It catalogues a star-studded career that spans six decades. Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the 74-year-old’s unaffected manner, his beginnings were humble. Born in Romford to Irish parents,

O’Neill left school at 14 with a dream of becoming a jazz drummer in America. He bagged a job at Heathrow Airport, thinking it would lead to air stewarding and a chance to get across the pond. ‘Instead, they got me taking photographs at the airport. I didn’t know what I was doing, so I just did my own thing. I was taking pictures of people having their make-up done, sitting in the airport lounge.’ In the age of studio portraiture, O’Neill unwittingly broke out with his own style of reportage: ‘Other airport photographers would never have thought to take that kind of picture back then.’ Aged 20, he got a job at the now-defunct newspaper, Sketch. ‘One day, I was sent to photograph this event called Night of 100 Stars. I walked in and there were three guys dressed as women. It turned out one of them was Sir Laurence Olivier. The paper ran eight pages on it.’ That was his big break. He then began snapping the rising stars of the music industry. ‘I did the first shots of The Beatles and the paper sold out. So they asked me who else I could photograph. I’d been following this group called the Rolling Stones, so I went to photograph them, and it took off from there.’ Later, he accompanied both Elton John and David Bowie on their world tours. ‘I thought Bowie was weird when I first met him. It wasn’t my kind of music – but then I got to know him better. He’s a very cool guy. He’s a man of mystery, and that comes through in the pictures.’ There are many reasons why the stars of music, film, politics and sport line up to be snapped by O’Neill. Firstly, he takes a damned fine photograph – not to mention a kind one. ‘I’d never intentionally take a bad picture’, 

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FROM LEFT: Frank Sinatra, Miami (1968); JEAN SHRIMPTON; Audrey Hepburn, St. Tropez (1967); all images copyright terry o’neill


 he says – and by ‘bad’, he means unflattering; O’Neill is not in the business of humiliation. Secondly, he is a nice guy. Softly-spoken and twinkly-eyed, he puts people at ease – which means he’s well-liked but not over-familiar. ‘Never become too friendly with anyone you photograph, otherwise you’ll end up sitting there chatting while someone else is taking the pictures,’ he warns, betraying the businessman beneath the affable exterior. His final trick is that he has absolutely no desire to take centre stage. ‘The trick is to disappear into the background. That’s when you get the best pictures.’ But O’Neill says, suddenly cross, ‘They don’t let that happen any more. Photographers aren’t able to be creative nowadays, we’re not trusted. So say I get a gig to photograph Daniel Craig – every shot is controlled. That’s not the way to do work!’ Rather than raging against the publicists, however, O’Neill blames the paparazzi. ‘They’re animals. They don’t deserve to have cameras. They’ve ruined it for everyone. People used to love being photographed. Now, they’ve declared war.’ There are other things he hates, American Idol for example, ‘has produced a situation where there are no true stars any more’. Digital photography is ‘a joke. It’s not serious. You’re on a shoot and everyone’s gathered around the screen – no one’s paying attention to what’s being photographed.’ That trait of paying attention characterises O’Neill’s work. He snapped a reel of Audrey Hepburn on a film set when a dove just

happened to land on her shoulder. He got Mick Jagger in a hairnet. His image of an exhausted Faye Dunaway, taken after she won her Oscar for Network, has been nominated for the most iconic Hollywood image of all time.

‘I’d never intentionally take a bad picture’ – Terry O’Neill These and other well-loved images are known the world over and O’Neill has piles of boxes of as yet-unused shots in his studio, which he trawls through to create new exhibitions and new books. In London alone, his work is currently on display at both the Alon Zakaim gallery in Mayfair (running this May) and at the V&A’s sell-out David Bowie is... exhibition. His ability to eke out the character behind the stars and show them in their ‘best’ – most flattering, most engaging, most likeable – light, is perhaps the secret to O’Neill’s ongoing success. It explains why he shuns today’s celebrities and the convenience of modern photography in favour of old-fashioned elegance. ‘I just want to give people dignity,’ he shrugs. And that, like his beloved Mayfair, hasn’t changed a jot over time. David Bowie is... runs at the V&A until 11 August. Terry O’Neill: the A-Z of fame is published by ACC Editions on 13th May. The Opus, a special limited edition, includes an exclusive collectable print of Brigitte Bardot. Images from the book are exhibiting at Alon Zakaim Gallery from 15 May - 22 June.

As the long-awaited film adaptation of The Great Gatsby hits the silver screen this month, Mike Peake looks at the glamorous, tumultuous world of F. Scott Fitzgerald


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n 1998, when the American publisher The Modern Library compiled a list of the 100 greatest 20th century novels, its all-knowing editorial board put James Joyce’s Ulysses at number one. Just behind it, at number two, was a slender 1925 text called The Great Gatsby, that was less than one quarter of its size. Not only had its author, F. Scott Fitzgerald written the finest American novel of the 20th century, he had achieved literary greatness in the time it took his Irish contemporary to pen a couple of chapters. Fitzgerald’s life was much like that of the titular character in his best-known book: short, sad and enigmatic. Perhaps the most tragic part of it, is that the regard with which the world holds The Great Gatsby today eluded Fitzgerald during his lifetime. He died knowing that his first novel – This Side of Paradise – was his most successful, and that from a book-sales point of view at least, everything since had been a bit of a disappointment. Just like van Gogh, Keats and Bach before him, adulation only really arrived after he had gone. Gatsby is a captivating tale of love and society, of passion and jealously and the idle indifference of the seriously wealthy in 1920s New York. In Fitzgerald’s hands, it manages to capture the spirit of the age as vividly as the Chrysler Building or the jazz of Duke Ellington. Now, with Gatsby fever suddenly upon us thanks to Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling new movie adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the man behind the book is once again being thrust into the spotlight, 73 years after his death. We think he’d be quietly pleased about that. ‘He’s the greatest writer of the 20th century,’ says Fitzgerald’s biographer, Ruth Prigozy. ‘You can take a Fitzgerald sentence and you want to

re-read it because it’s just so beautiful.’ It’s a sentiment that countless critics agree on today, but the acclaim the author deserved was never quite there during his rollercoaster of a career. Writing had been his life; by the age of 13 the Minnesota-born Irish Catholic was penning short stories for his school newspaper, and by the time he was at Princeton University in his late teens, he was working on his first novel. The initial two drafts of it were rejected – though publishers told Fitzgerald he was onto something and should continue – and he

‘The initial two drafts of it were rejected – though publishers told Fitzgerald he was onto something and should continue’ eventually got it right the third time. This Side of Paradise, released in March 1920, was a surprise hit for the 24-year-old author, selling almost 50,000 copies. It didn’t make him outrageously wealthy, but it did confer entry to the good life, as well as ensuring that Fitzgerald and his new wife, Zelda, were invited to all of New York’s best parties. It also bumped up his appeal as a short stories writer – he wrote more than 150 of them during his career, and for sums that seem astronomical today. As his stock was rising, so too was his inclination to let his hair down. Following what the late Fitzgerald historian Matthew J. Bruccoli described as a ‘riotous’ summer in Westport, Long Island in 1920 – which would be the setting for much of The Great Gatsby – the 


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 Fitzgeralds took an apartment in New York’s West 59th Street and holidayed in Europe. With mounting bills to pay and Zelda pregnant with their only child (a girl they named Scottie), work began in earnest on Fitzgerald’s second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, which was published in March 1922. Travels to France and Italy followed and whilst overseas, Fitzgerald got to grips with his third book, one he’d been toying with for a while. It was based around a wealthy enigmatic character called Jay Gatsby… The Great Gatsby was released on April 10, 1925, just a couple of weeks before Fitzgerald struck up a friendship in Paris with an up-andcoming author named Ernest Hemingway. The critics heaped praise on the novel – but it wasn’t the commercial success Fitzgerald and his publishers had hoped for. A decade after its publication, the author estimated that it had sold less than 25,000 copies in America. Falling through the cracks as so many incredible works of art before it had done, Gatsby did virtually nothing to lift Fitzgerald’s career, and his English publisher elected not to print it at all. By the end of the 20th century – and 60 years after Fitzgerald’s death from a heart attack, aged 44, in December 1940 – Gatsby had sold millions. Inclusion on school reading lists helped, but the novel had also found a place in the hearts of book lovers all over the world. The thin little book and its captivating cast had become the inspiration for no less than six movie adaptations, an opera, several plays and even a computer game. It had come to embody a golden, forgotten era. The frustration Fitzgerald must have felt as

Fitzgerald Facts • In 1921 he wrote a short story called The Curious Case of Benjamin Button which was turned into a movie starring Brad Pitt in 2008. • He was a regular short story writer for Esquire magazine. • He was one of the many people to work on the script for Gone with the Wind. • His admirers included the writers T.S Eliot and JD Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye.

the world turned its back on him is hard to imagine. A fourth novel – Tender is the Night – was nine years in the making, during which time the author grew increasingly dependent on alcohol and witnessed the mental collapse of his wife. Repeatedly, he would find himself knocking on the doors of the big studios in Hollywood, where he worked on movie scripts on a largely uncredited basis. One contract with MGM was worth almost a million dollars a year in today’s money – recognition, perhaps, for Fitzgerald’s writing talents – but it barely covered his debts. Worse, the work was anathema to a man who was convinced that he had one great novel in him. What he didn’t know, of course, was that he’d already written it. ‘The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next and the schoolmasters of ever afterward,’ he once said. How right he was.

All that jazz As Fitzgerald’s classic The Great Gatsby takes to the silver screen, Daniella Isaacs examines the lasting impact that the flapper girl style has had on women’s wardrobes

W BELOW: dress and hat from dressed to kill by virginia bates, photography by malcolm venville; MARCHESA s/s 12


hat is it about the 1920s that’s got us tapping our toes this month? The excitement over the arrival of The Great Gatsby across various sectors – from food and drink to fashion – shows that the era left a lasting impression. This season, glittering costumes, sequined literally from head-to-toe, have made a reappearance on the fashion scene. Sequined dresses and scarlet-stained lips are once again in vogue, and the recent collections of Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Marchesa to name but three have carried the baton of Jeanne Lanvin and Coco Chanel into the 21st century. Virgina Bates, London’s vintage style guru and owner of beautiful antique emporium, W11 in Holland Park, celebrates this ‘reminder of fabulous times’. During the period between the two World Wars, fashion for women was rapidly modernised as their role in society increased. This new-found independence, alongside the celebration of peacetime was expressed with frivolity and

sparkling outfits. Hemlines shot upwards and shoes were suddenly in the limelight – leather Mary Janes became an instant craze. Bates describes the change as a ‘huge statement’ that women were making. The new woman had arrived; she was footloose, fancy free and loving every minute of it. ‘There is a twinkle in her eye and she has a cocksureness’ said Flapper Magazine in their November 1922 issue. ‘It was the most decadent of decades, with clothes that have the wickedest of stories,’ says Bates. The tight-laced corsets that had been virtually mandatory during the Victorian era were loosened; in their place came heavilyembellished, loose-fitting gowns. Bates celebrates the flapper dresses in her latest fashion tome Dressed to Kill. ‘The splendid beadwork mixed with sequins created a weighted dress that came to represent the decadence of the time,’ she says. Waistlines were dropped and androgynous silhouettes were considered the epitome of beauty. Shoulders and shins – and a little cleavage – were on show for the first time.

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Suddenly headwear was a wardrobe essential and it became an unwritten rule that a woman could not leave her home without donning a hat. Bobbed hair became the fashion and the cloche hat became a huge trend, as its close fit meant the perfectly positioned hairstyle would stay in place. ‘Hats were adorned with a corsage of flowers, feathers, or jewellery, which were fun and completely in tune with the frivolity of the age,’ says Stephen Jones, one of Britain’s top milliners. The style was so influential that hints of it, if not entire collections, are still reflected on the runways today. Ralph Lauren took inspiration from the era soon after founding his brand in 1974. As costume consultant for the orginal The Great Gatsby film, starring screen siren Mia Farrow as the shimmering heroine Daisy Buchanan, Lauren’s designs exuded opulence and a real sense of fun. He adorned Farrow in soft, pastel colours and shimmering gowns. With the release of the new film version, Art Deco designs have returned to the runways once more. Baz Luhrmann’s

interpretation is filled with decadent designs by Miuccia Prada, with show-stopping dresses embellished with crystals, sequins and fringing embodying the free-spirited climate of the 1920s. Gold fringing, floral-printed chiffon dresses and georgette crepe gowns were also seen at last season’s fashion week and, most recently, Giorgio Armani gave a celebratory nod to Fitzgerald in his A/W 13 collection. Between cloche hats, drop-waist silhouettes and crystalembellished headwear, it is clear that the 1920s style isn’t going to disappear anytime soon.

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STORYTELLER As Media mogul Charles Finch prepares to open his second Chucs Dive & Mountain Shop in Mayfair, alongside running his media empire, Elle Blakeman meets the man himself to talk butlers, the art of dressing well and why he travels ‘like a duchess’


heard a story that when Charles Finch was younger, and a little down on his luck, he downsized his apartment but kept his butler. When he threw parties – which he continued to do – his butler would be forced to stand in the bath, as there was no room for him to stand anywhere else. ‘Yeah that was probably me,’ he says, shrugging as if asking staff to linger in the bath due to limited guest-to-floor-space ratio is something that’s simply inevitable at some stage in life. Finch is certainly not a man who does things by halves: a writer, director, CEO, entrepreneur, publisher and legendary party thrower, he is the personification of both industrial creativity and the good life. ‘I had very bad examples,’ he says. ‘My mother travelled like a queen and my father was a movie star, which helps.’ Born into an enviably glamorous world (his father was legendary actor and Academy Award winner Peter Finch and his mother writer Yolanda Turnbull), Finch grew up in Jamaica, before going to school in both France and Scotland and ending up in California in 1982, writing, directing and producing under Hollywood heavyweights Peter Guber and Jon Peters. ‘I think growing up in the movie business makes you naturally very inquisitive about people’s stories and the stories that surround you,’ he says. This inquisitive nature has given him an endearing and easy charm, which, if not entirely responsible for his success, must at least have contributed greatly. Indeed, Finch is as engaging a person as you are ever likely to meet, he calls films ‘movies’ (which I love), works in an office decorated with model boats, fishing trip photos, latest release books and a very large orchid sent by Chanel (after their joint pre-Baftas party held at Annabel’s last February) and is absolutely bursting with energy at our end-of-day meeting, jumping up and moving around the room to point out various things, or at one point to threaten to defenestrate his PA over the under watering of the aforementioned orchid. Front covers from past issues of

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Finch’s Quarterly Review (his self-declared ‘mad newspaper’ – a broadsheet dedicated to celebrating life ‘in its most eccentric forms’) line the sea-blue wall behind him, and there is a huge boardroom table that crosses into the next room with a sliding door that allows him to join his staff in an open plan office or exile them from his eye line. In 2005, after years spent writing and directing films in Hollywood, he set up London and Paris-based media company Finch & Partners, representing A-listers and luxury brands alike, with a client list consisting of everyone from Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchett to LVMH and Ralph Lauren. ‘I directed three movies, which I wrote, and then I wrote about six or seven for other people. I then produced several more before going bust on one. So I was broke again and that’s when someone recruited me and said “why don’t you start representing talent?”’ I wasn’t that attracted to representing talent, I wanted to represent brands. I felt what we did in the movie business was incredibly impactful on brands, whether they were Coca Cola or a fashion brand and then I thought of bringing the two worlds together. Why can’t I be representing Gucci as well as representing Sharon Stone?’ Unsurprisingly, given his contacts book, his parties for the awards season – the Oscars, Baftas, and Cannes – are legendary. ‘We have people calling months ahead, saying they are friends with this person or that person or asking if they can buy a table, and so on, but we always say no, they are very specific and niche.’ Do people get upset at not being invited? ‘It’s just a party,’ he shrugs, putting the histrionics of the A-list world into cool perspective. It was in 2011 when he opened Mayfair-based Chucs Dive & Mountain Shop, less a fashion brand than a labour of love and a personal crusade to end the ‘scruffy period’ of terrible sportswear. ‘Chucs is my love and my dream,’ he says. ‘Where I grew up – in the Caribbean – there is no history of dressing badly for the beach or for sportswear. People dress in white to play tennis and they wear khaki to go fishing. It is a lot more elegant.’ Although yearning for a more refined era, Finch is adamant that the collection is not about nostalgia. ‘It’s classic, I don’t see it as retro,’ he says. ‘I wanted to bring back the world that I know, which is the Caribbean, and I felt there wasn’t anyone else on the market who did that.’ It’s a move that has gone down well with the target client list, with stars and the well-heeled often seen  Issue 1: Summer 2008



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A Life Less Ordinary

While celebrating legends in and beyond their lifetimes, Nick Foulkes praises individuality in a sea of homogeneity and the fact that there’s never a dull moment at Finch’s Quarterly Review


A view of Positano from a Riva Aquarama (for bookings, ring Lucibello on +39 089 875032) Lunch at Lo Scoglio and a fitting with the tailor, The rumble of the engine as I rev up the Riva, The warm, leathery smell of a Bentley Azure, The fragrant blue smoke of my favourite cigar…


hese, rather than copper kettles, woollen mittens, raindrops and whiskers, are a few of my favourite summer things, and the image above reminds me that I should really spend more of my time experiencing them. In our lives that are so full of important jobs to be done, meetings to be taken, targets to be met, earn-outs to be, well, earned out, we often lose track of the things that make our lives what they are. The truth is that often we are so busy chasing the deal that will bring us all we want that we forget to enjoy what we already have (yes, there is a touch of Hallmark greeting-card morality about that, and it is a cliché, but then clichés have a disconcerting habit of being accurate). The Mediterranean sun on your back; the teak deck of

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a yacht (preferably someone else’s) beneath your feet; a dive into invigorating waters; the comforting bulk of a Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk II Pro 3000 Metres on your wrist… Not that you really need a watch to tell you if it is time for a long lunch at the Hôtel du Cap, and a large cigar afterwards. Of course I take it for granted that you are the sort of enlightened individual who knows that true love is the greatest of all these blessings. But while we are waiting for love, summer offers so many compensations—the chance to be fitted for voile shirts and linen suits; the opportunity to wear a pair of Tod’s in an almost ecclesiastical shade of purple; or the excuse, if one were needed, to get the bewitching Shiel Davidson-Lungley at Meyrowitz to make you yet another pair of sunglasses. The truth is that I would love to have been born with, or even have been able to earn the money to indulge my aesthete tendencies, but I wasn’t and I

haven’t. However, from time to time I snatch consoling moments from such a life, whether it is a long, sun-drenched lunch; or a great cigar and cup of tea on a pavement table in Jermyn Street in the company of the world’s finest cigar merchant, Edward Sahakian; or an afternoon savouring the rattle of dice as I face art dealer Fabien Fryns over a Max Parker backgammon board at the upper (not the lower) pool of the Marbella Club. I was at a seated dinner the other day (a ridiculous term—after all, I tend not to eat dinner in places without chairs) when a man told me his plans to make a fortune by buying a venerable apparel name and turning it into a brand making mass-produced tat in China. Just what the world needs. A little bit of me died, just as it did when I heard that Association footballer and paragon of male elegance Mr Wayne Rooney wed his fiancée in Portofino. I have nothing against the Rooneys—far from it. Their cheerful vulgarity is


oddly endearing; it is just that my own personal fantasy view of life from the terrace restaurant of the Splendido as a part of the jet-set pageant circa Julie Christie in Darling (a belief I cling to along with the existence of Santa Claus) took another dent. But at least the Rooneys are enjoying themselves. There is a life of lotus-eating ease and (a dirty word, this) luxury to be enjoyed, so why spend the summer thumbing away at the BlackBerry working out how to leverage your non-share capital while spreadsheeting your MBA into yearon-year core competency? I felt like telling my branded-tat-focused dinner companion to relax a little. After all, the graveyards are full of indispensable people and I have always thought the graveyards of the Mediterranean, with their cypresses, are better than most. In the meantime, look at the picture at the top of this page and remember that living well is the best revenge. —Nick Foulkes

Taking Care of Business Nick Foulkes professes that there has never been a better time to become a citizen of Finchland, a province in which style, manners, taste and talent thrive above fortune


IKE the past as viewed by LP Hartley, Finchland is another country and they do things differently there, or rather here, because if you are reading this then you too are an inhabitant of Finchland. Finchland is more of an attitude than a geographically specific location, although there are locations in it, of course. Confused? Well, you’re not the only one, but let me try and explain. The world according to Finch is a sort of Neverland scripted by F Scott Fitzgerald and Ian Fleming, a world in which gentlemen open doors for ladies, are men of their word and wear properly tailored tweeds (rather than the pantomime, pimped-up, Savile-Row-alike-Richard-Roundtreemeets-Gerald-Harper-as-Hadleigh stuff one sees too much of these days). It is a world of eternal values from which vulgarity is banished and in which talent and good manners are more important than a good bank balance. Indeed, it is a world of balance in which nothing as, well, brash as the recent polychromatic blinged-up boom and ensuing catastrophic bust could have happened. Inhabitants of Finchland simply had too much taste to make loadsamoney in the recent gold rush and, consequently, we have had less to lose in the crash.

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Instead, we have been busy with the things that matter: perfecting our “left and right” technique when shooting woodcock; knowing when we are too good to double in tournament backgammon; and perfecting our extempore, off-the-cuff Academy Award acceptance speeches. The fact that Charles has had to pawn his Purdeys and the rest of us could not hit a barn door with a blunderbuss, that we crash out of backgammon tournaments in the first round, and that the head has dropped off the only trophy that any of us has recently picked up (my “Havana Man of the Year 2007” statuette) is beside the point. As I may have said before, we try and live life as we feel it ought to be rather than how it is. In recent years, it has been tough but at last we feel that things might be turning our way. In recent months a whole new lexicon of euphemism has sprung up to describe the financial holocaust; we talk of the “current climate”, “weathering the storm” and so on. Whatever the result of this Darwinian and Malthusian winnowing might be, we would like to think that there will be a return to real and lasting value. A little less decadence might not be a bad thing, and as we have never had any money at least we won’t miss it now it has gone. Take the picture above; it shows James Mason and John Gielgud in the 1985 Bafta-nominated film The Shooting Party. There is something eternal in the image and we can take consolation that while things are bad for us the period in which this film was set was immediately prior to that blood bath the First World War and it is to be hoped we don’t have another one of those to look forward to. It is a pity that the shooting season is over, not

because we are a bloodthirsty bunch – far from it; FQR is with Prince Aki von Schwarzenberg who contributes to this issue and admits that he does not even need to kill anything when out shooting for him to feel it is a day well spent – but because we like the tradition and pageantry of the thing. However, as one shooting season draws to a close in Europe then another one opens on the other side of the planet, in the New World. The link between shooting with guns and shooting with cameras is little more than a pun (and a weak one at that), but film is an important part of the topography of the realm of the imagination that is Finchland, both as a means of escape from the tawdriness of the modern world and as one of Charles Finch’s passions. (The son of an Oscar winner, Charles is, technically speaking, second-generation Hollywood aristocracy.) The Academy Awards may only have begun in 1927 (the first ceremony was in 1928) but, given that film is scarcely a century old itself, the Oscars are as historic and traditional in their way as the orders of nobility of the Old World. And as the Oscars loom, we at FQR set Hollywood in our sights – but not the here-today-gone-tomorrow evanescence of meretricious crap that is made merely to sate the bulimic appetites of a society weaned on disposable popular culture that is not worthy of the name. No, that would not be the FQR way. Instead, even in that most superficial of societies, Hollywood, we have searched for and found real value and longevity. In this issue of FQR, the veteran producer Al Ruddy writes on what it was like to win an Oscar


in the early 1970s, when he carried off an Academy Award for a little picture you might have heard of called The Godfather, and then win again in the early 21st century when he produced Million Dollar Baby, a movie that he says nobody wanted to make (even though he had his old friend Clint directing and starring in it). Charles Finch, son of Oscar winner Peter Finch (did I mention that already?) gives his carefully considered Oscar survival guide. And completing our survey of that apparent oxymoron, Hollywood culture, LA’s favourite restaurateur Michael Chow writes about four decades of feeding and befriending the world’s greatest artists, telling how he has built up one of the world’s most important art collections. Mind you, I would have to say that if I had to choose between one of Michael’s ethereally, transcendentally, almost mystically delicious green prawns and some of the stuff that calls itself art these days the prawn begins to look like a seriously good investment. These are the sort of people whom Charles likes to call mavericks and I suppose that in a time of excess, when success was cheap and money shouted, while talent whispered and could barely make itself heard, they were the outsiders. But now, when success is no longer so easy and a generation of young hotshots is finding that they are not masters of all they survey, it is time for those who, in the words of another of our favourite people, Mariano Rubinacci, “know how” to take control and show us how things are done properly. – Nick Foulkes is Editorial Director of Finch’s Quarterly Review

ne of the things that has amazed me about the “current economic crisis” – and I can’t tell you how sick I am of hearing those three words – is the unfolding revelation of just how many very banal people made huge amounts of money. Back in the good old days (whenever they were), money men were meant to be sober-sided individuals, the Captain Mainwarings of life: “risk-averse”, as they say in financialese – or dull, as we say at FQR. They were not gods; they were men, and rather unremarkable ones at that. One of the very few things I remember from my studies of our beautiful language and its literature is Samuel Johnson’s definition of a stockjobber as “a low wretch who gets money by buying and selling shares”. Hardly a noble calling, then. And yet in the past 20 years or so these “low wretches” have assumed a Nietzschean status in our society. Take disgraced financier Sir Fred Goodwin, just one of the many pantomime villains of the financial conflagration. I saw a picture of him at a day’s shooting and he looked so, well, normal. He had none of the flamboyance with which I like to associate shooting. Instead, he evinced all the sartorial flair of… sorry to be so blunt… a suburban bank manager. And yet our society has conspired to reward these very ordinary men, to heap cash and honours upon them until they can be quite forgiven for getting a little bit above their station and thinking that they were superior to the forces of nature, one of which is the old rule that what goes up has a habit of coming down. Of course, we all like money, even we cerebral individuals who inhabit the lofty moral and intellectual plane of life at FQR. In fact, we like money a lot, as it buys us the trinkets that divert us from pondering the futility of existence and, on the whole, the presence of the folding stuff makes the journey from cradle to grave more comfortable

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than it might be. Plato recognised this well enough and, in his Laws (think John Grisham in sandals and a chiton) he accepted that some men would always be better off than others, arriving at the slightly Orwellian conclusion that each man “by a law of inequality, which will be in proportion to his wealth… will receive honours and offices as equally as possible, and there will be no quarrels and disputes”. It takes a classical scholar of the rigour and intellect of London Mayor Boris Johnson to fully understand what the old Greek was getting at, but even I can get the gist of Plato’s notion that “the legislator” should determine the basic unit of wealth and “permit a man to acquire double or triple, or as much as four times the amount of this”. Any more, however, and he must “give back the surplus to the state, and to the gods who are the patrons of the state”. In giving up the excess, “he shall suffer no penalty or loss of reputation; but if he disobeys this our law anyone who likes may inform against him and receive half the value of the excess, and the delinquent shall pay a sum equal to the excess out of his own property, and the other half of the excess shall belong to the gods”. It is worth reflecting that if Plato were in charge of Great Britain and his wealth ratio of 4:1 were enshrined in law, Sir Fred’s pension pot of £16m would mean that the rest of us would receive a minimum of £4m. Or, if it is true to say that from 1993 until 2007, Dick Fuld of Lehman Brothers received half a billion dollars, then the humblest hamburger flipper would have made 125 million bucks in the same period, albeit without having to cope with the stress of running a generations-old multibillion-dollar business into the ground. And I would hazard a guess that the workplace of the average chef de cuisine in Mr McDonald’s eponymous restaurants spends less on his workplace

environment than John Thain, former CEO of Merrill Lynch, who is said to have dropped $1.2m on sprucing up the office in early 2008. Thain was probably spending too much time looking at curtains and antiques to spare much attention for the collapsing financial markets. he recent period of decadence flouted Plato’s law of the relative ratio of affluence with an almost obscene blatancy and now it would appear that the gods have decided their tithe is somewhat overdue. One of the lessons we can take is a rather trite one – that much as we like money and the things it can buy us, we must be careful not to let it stand in the way of our dreams. Look at Plato; he may have been born into a posh Athenian family and he could have pursued a life of Fred Goodwin-like indulgence, but instead he chose to hang out with Socrates. Together with Theaetetus he started something called the Academy (for all I know, he might have given the first Academy Awards); and we are still talking about him over 2,000 years later. In short, the guy is a legend. So in this issue we have assembled our own little pantheon of legends and whether people, places or things, they represent the triumph of individuality over conventional wisdom. A couple of years ago my friend, art dealer Fabien Fryns, told me about his latest discovery. Fabien has introduced some of the major Chinese artists to Western collectors, in fact Fabien is something of an individual himself, but back to his discovery; I was expecting to hear about yet another unpronouncible Chinese painter. Instead, he told me the story of Larry Schiller, who, it seemed, had photographed the American 1960s in its entirety: Kennedy, King, Newman, Redford, Monroe and, my favourite Schiller, the one above of Tippi Hedren and Hitch himself in a typical cameo as the backseat driver. Fabien understood



that it was time for Schiller to shine again. I have met Larry with Fabien and I am pretty sure that both of them would make Charles’s Maverick List. One of the most individual people I have yet to meet is the mother of our features editor. If you were German during the 1980s and going to a certain sort of party the chances are that you would have bumped into Gloria von Thurn und Taxis, a party girl whose sobriquet, an acronymic shortening of her name, TNT, said all you needed to know. But then, just to confound us all, this former cynosure of the international set became une femme sérieuse… but not too sérieuse, as she reveals when she writes about her groupie-like crush on the artist who I believe is called Prince again. And on a personal note, as a young man I modelled my hat-wearing on David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth, so I am thrilled that the maker of that epoch-defining film, Nic Roeg explains how to go about becoming a legend. Apparently, it requires a baffling death. In fact, this issue of FQR positively brims with legends. We have Prince Alfonso Hohenlohe’s legendary medallion photographed on a powerboat out at sea in front of the legendary Marbella buffet with its legendary chocolate mousse. Sticking to the waves, New Wave legend Debbie Harry offers vital tips on pop stardom. We sneak a peek at Fulco di Verdura’s legendary jewellery and sup on Maya Even’s legendary fish soup, bouillabaisse. If you can’t face cooking it yourself, next time you are in Cannes (about which Hollywood legend Sharon Stone writes) simply head off to the legendary Tétou, and if you have trouble getting a table, drop the name of our very own in-house legend Charles Finch. That’s quite a lotta legends and certainly enough for one paragraph. – Nick Foulkes is Editorial Director of Finch’s Quarterly Review


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in the chic Dover Street store. Recently they had Julia Roberts on the phone, calling to order a red one-piece swimsuit. ‘Nobody – including me – believed it was her,’ says Finch. A call to her agent confirmed that it was. This season is a big one for the brand, with a new designer on board – ex Fendi and Chanel’s Eric Wright – they are showing at the London Men’s Collections for the first time and will be launching their first ‘multi-purpose sport shorts’ that can handle swimming, tennis, running and anything else those handsome athletic types can throw at it. ‘It’s a big deal,’ he says. They are also looking to open another store, again in Mayfair. ‘I like Mayfair. When people go to British movies they love to see period drama and be reminded of the great exports of our country. People like the Burlington Arcade because of the man in the top hat and they like our hotels, Claridge’s and The Connaught.’ This comparison to ‘the movies’ is something that comes up a lot. ‘Movies are about stories and distribution – they are about selling a dream and a vision, so there is a lot of similarity [with fashion].’ He has a few new ventures up his sleeve, including a launch with Jaeger-LeCoultre and a collaboration with Kevin Spacey and Jameson Irish Whiskey called ‘First Shot’, giving young filmmakers a shot at a big break. Given that in the last three months alone Finch has been to 23 countries, is there a chance that things are going to get even more fast-paced in the Finch & Partners business? ‘I never considered myself a business person, I’m a creative executive – a creative guy. A real businessperson would travel economy and stay at a Travelodge but, needless to say, that ain’t happening – I travel like a Grand Duchess.’ I would expect nothing less.

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revor Pickett first walked through the Burlington Arcade, as he astutely remembers, on 16 June 1980, holding a little blue book. He must have kept it close-by, since it held all the money he had to his name at age 16, after leaving his home in Essex to start a new life in London. It amounted to £2,000 – the result of meticulous saving from Christmas presents, pocket money and working in his parents’ bicycle shop: ‘When I was a child we were made to earn money, but for real things. We couldn’t wash the car or clean the house for money, we were never spoilt,’ says Pickett. He is known today, of course, aside from his vivacious and eccentric personality, for his leather goods shop in the Burlington Arcade, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year after opening in 1988. Initially, Pickett thought his London calling was working in a department store, but after several job offers from Harrods and Harvey Nichols to name but two, he found himself drawn to the theatre after watching numerous shows such as The Chorus Line, which led to dreams of a life on the stage.

‘I couldn’t make the West End stage so I’ve ended up with a stage on Burlington Arcade’ – Trevor Pickett

FROM TOP: TREVOR PICKETT; PICKETT SHOP in the burlington arcade; BAG, £575, pickett; ACORN CUFFLINKS, £1,200, EMMA WILLIS; RICHARD JAMES on savile row; Flasks, £79 each, PICKETT (

‘I couldn’t make the West End stage so I’ve ended up with a stage on Burlington Arcade – which opens every morning at nine o’clock,’ says Pickett. He will still occasionally break out in song mid-sentence, which never fails to bring a smile to his audience. As you would expect of the founder and owner of a leather goods business, Pickett’s personal style is immaculate, although surprisingly subdued compared to his energetic personality. ‘I think there is an insecurity in your youth where you want to be something and you have to create your mark and I think I was becoming this Sloane ranger type person from Brideshead Revisited,’ he says. ‘Now I can quite easily stick a really expensive pair of shoes on and the rest of it is Zara, that’s why I joke about “The Devil Wears Zara”. Another day I can be wearing something very expensive, but it is about how people wear things. With clothing, it shouldn’t wear you – you should wear the clothing.’ Although he rarely indulges in shopping sprees, Pickett has a few local favourites, from Richard James on Savile Row to Emma Willis on Jermyn Street, whose acorn-shaped cufflinks he adores. 35

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culture This month we celebrate the glamour of vintage style including Fabergé jewellery, the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon and 175 years of Brown’s Hotel W O R D S : kate raco v o l is

If past is prologue, then there is great cause to celebrate this month. 175 years ago, Mayfair saw the opening of Brown’s Hotel, paving the way for a stylish new era of hosting Mayfair’s fashionable guests, from Rudyard Kipling through to Stella McCartney. To celebrate the anniversary, the hotel have launched the 175 years suite package – book a night in one of its famous suites, you will be entitled to an additional night for just £18.37 – 1837 being the year the hotel was established. This month also sees London’s most creative influencers, including Nicole Farhi, Stephen Jones and Tony Chambers come together for the Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon, where they will award a prize to support emerging artists. The 2013 title was taken by London-based ceramicist Hitomi Hosono, whose intricate work will be exhibited at the St Pancras Renaissance Chambers Club. If you can’t make it, console yourself with their new Enchanting Tree – a fun way to serve their Champagne, honouring the house’s Art Nouveau heritage. And as we are fascinated with glamour from the past this month, our eyes have been drawn to Lara Bohinc’s new Apollo clutch, a beautiful nod to vintage sartorial style, echoing the style of the roaring twenties and Fabergé’s delicate egg pendants, encrusted with bright precious stones from Les Favorites de Fabergé collection. While we are at it, why not indulge a little more with new soaps from Acqua di Parma, the Italian perfumery known for its iconic Art Deco bottles and beautiful ingredients. The Magnolia Nobile has notes of bergamot, lemon and cedar and will leave you with soft and citrus-fresh hands. If you are looking for a new book to read, add awardwinning author Anthony Marra’s debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena to your list, an extraordinary and moving tale about the lives of three unlikely companions set against the backdrop of a war-torn Chechnya from 1994 to 2004. Afterwards, step out of your bookish world and return to the digital age with a new app from, which allows you to book almost any event in town on your phone – from cooking classes to gallery exhibitions. Not only does it stop the need to queue (not that we ever would), but it’s also the only place you can get hold of certain tickets – e.g. for one of the last ever music concerts at the Battersea Power Station on 17 May.

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Founding Director of Fine Art Commissions, Sara Stewart

Art goes floral this month as we visit W.H. Patterson at the Chelsea Flower Show and Bonhams auctions a stunning garden-themed oil on canvas by Sir Stanley Spencer WORDS: CAROL CORDREY

Flowers by Renoir Mayfair’s W.H. Patterson was one of the first distinguished fine art galleries to appear at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and, over the years, Patterson’s has become a byword at this prestigious event for top quality paintings, particularly those with botanical subjects. This year’s visitors will be particularly excited when they see that Patterson’s display includes work by Impressionists such as Esquisse de Fleurs by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), who revelled in portraying flowers, showing them in abundance in warm tones, luxuriant mixtures of varieties and with soft outlines. (

Up the garden path A painting by Sir Stanley Spencer is likely to set the auction room alight at Bonhams this month. Garden Path, Cookham Rise was painted in 1949 and bought from the Royal Academy in 1950 and has since had an unbroken provenance. Spencer loved painting nature in meticulous detail, typified here in the lush plant life. The featured garden is located near where he lived in Cookham, Berkshire. Its subject matter sets it apart from the religious paintings that Spencer became most famous for, so the auction anticipates international interest, with an estimated price of £400,000-£600,000. Modern British and Irish Art, 29 May, Bonhams (

Q: Can a client stipulate a drawn, painted or sculpted portrait? A: Yes, the client chooses everything. Our role is to research consistently good artists to recommend to our clients. We then advise which artists are better at painting children, for example, or who is available at short notice, or who can work from photographs or to a deadline. We remain ‘on hand’ until the client is happy. Q: How long does it generally take to complete? A: It depends on the artist’s method and whether the portrait is painted from life, or from one sitting and subsequently from photographs. If done from life, it can be quite quick – the client sits for a few hours and is part of the process. The portrait is finished when he or she stops sitting, so it is generally up to the client’s schedule. We work with many international clients who commission portraits in London. If they are busy, they’ll have one sitting and the portrait will be worked on from photos and shipped when finished. Others choose to be painted from life as they like the experience of spending time in an artist’s studio. Q: Have any of your artists been responsible for famous portraits? A: Nicky Philipps painted the double portrait of HRH Prince William and HRH Prince Harry, which is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, but we don’t reveal information about celebrity portraits as they are part of private collections. (


TOP: Esquisse de Fleurs (circa 1910-1914) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir; LEFT: Garden Path, Cookham Rise by Sir Stanley Spencer RA; ABOVE: Nicky Philipps, Hugh Bonneville, oil on canvas, 46ins x 38ins

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Q: Do the artists you represent span a broad range of styles and costs? A: Yes, we represent over 30 artists, ranging from established portrait painters to talented newcomers. Costs range from £500 for a drawing to an average of £5,000 for a portrait in oil.

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beautiful women One of the most iconic photographers of his time, Erwin Blumenfeld captured everyone from royalty to film stars. This month, as Somerset House celebrates his New York days with a spectacular new show, Carol Cordrey looks at the man behind the lens

Evelyn Tripp in a Dior Sargent Dress (variant of photograph in American Vogue November 1949) Š The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Grace Kelly 1955 for Cosmopolitan © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld; City Lights © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld; Support for the Red Cross for the cover of American Vogue March 1945 © The Estate of Erwin Blumenfeld

his remarkable success story opens in Amsterdam in 1935. The principal character is Erwin Blumenfeld (1897-1969), German by birth with Jewish parents. Following the collapse of his leather goods business, he finds work as a photographer and, fuelled by ambition, moves to Paris the following year. His avant-garde approach to the medium produces distinctive, highly artistic photographs, particularly in the realm of portraiture and his client list expands to include artists such as Georges Rouault and Henri Matisse. All of this brings him to the attention of the renowned photographer, Cecil Beaton and work with French Vogue follows. However, the darkening clouds of WWII cause him to flee France in 1941 for a new life in New York. Suddenly, everything gets really exciting as legendary figures at Harper’s Bazaar enter the story. Blumenfeld works with them to create some of the magazine’s fashion shoots and he continues to experiment with techniques employing solarisation, colour slides and photomontage to achieve his idiosyncratic style. More work emerges from American Vogue, where he creates some of its acclaimed cover images. He also secures contracts with others such as Cosmopolitan, where he takes his iconic image of Grace Kelly in 1955, a beautiful shot which subtly highlights her natural elegance and charm. Later, high-profile fashion and cosmetics houses such as Dior, L’Oréal, Helena Rubinstein, Max Factor and Elizabeth Arden will hand-pick Blumenfeld for their advertising campaigns. He is commissioned to photograph Marlene Dietrich and underscores her renowned sexuality by presenting her partly clothed. Viewing his photography as an art form, Blumenfeld relished any opportunity to incorporate references from art history into his work, a good example being Johannes Vermeer’s

masterpiece Girl with a Pearl Earring that he appropriates for one of his American Vogue covers. Some of his most memorable photos use Caravaggio’s style of dramatic lighting to highlight the faces or poses of his models; on other occasions his excessive use of white produces versions of silhouettes in which minimal colour picks out salient features. Picture frames and mirrors are used to clever effect, the latter creating a surreal depth within which the repeated images subtly reinforce the beauty of the clothes and the women wearing them. In the late 1950s, Blumenfeld turned his artistic talents to motion pictures and to creating his autobiography. The story ends in 1969 when Blumenfeld dies, but his legacy to the world, an oeuvre of distinctive images, has earned him the reputation as one of the most innovative and influential photographers of all time. The Blumenfeld story can be enjoyed all over again this month at the Somerset House exhibit and on TV when BBC 4 presents an hour-long film, The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women. ‘Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941-1960’ runs from 23 May – 1 September at Somerset House (

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Industrial Powerful, raw and gritty – a new exhibition at the Tate Britain reconfirms the achievement of L.S. Lowry as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city w o r d s : R e b e c c a W a ll e r st e i n e r


n only child, L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) was born in Stretford, in industrial northern England. He spent much of his life there creating drawings and paintings of its people, streets and factories, influenced by French Impressionism and Symbolism. In June, Tate Britain will present 80 of his works in the first major exhibition since his death. With this show, curator Helen Little and art historians Anne Wagner and T.J. Clark aim to reappraise Lowry for a new audience and argue for his achievement as Britain’s pre-eminent painter of urban landscapes. They have chosen to include the Tate’s own paintings, Coming Out of School (1927) and The Pond (1950), alongside significant loans. ‘He was fascinating and very Victorian looking – with big hands and a waistcoat, which was often splattered with white paint,’ said


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friend, Carol Ann Lowry. Though they shared the same surname they were not related and met when she was thirteen and he was 57 years older. Carol Ann lived nearby and approached Lowry, whose work she greatly admired. Now in her sixties she remembers him fondly. ‘I called him “Uncle Laurie” as our relationship was part uncle and niece, part mentor and pupil and it changed the course of my life.’ Her mother, Mattie, encouraged the friendship as Lowry (L.S.) was polite, considerate and generous, treating her daughter to restaurants, the ballet and the seaside. ‘He was the king of people-watching and interested in everything I did,’ she recalls. Their unusual friendship lasted for two decades until Lowry died from pneumonia aged 88, bequeathing Carol Ann his collection of paintings and all his estate, worth around

£300,000. Although at ease with her, he felt shy and awkward around other women all his life and never married – or even had a girlfriend. Fellow artist Harold Riley befriended Lowry when he was an art student. ‘He was an extremely private person who confided in very few people and was difficult to know.’ Then in his forties, Lowry still lived with his mother, a woman who completely ruled his life. He was desperate to please her – but she was reportedly so controlling that he was only able to paint late at night after she was asleep. ‘She did not understand my painting, but she understood me and that was enough,’ he once commented. His mother was Lowry’s first and possibly only love. The emotional wasteland and loneliness of his life isolated with her, was reflected in his paintings that depicted wastelands and derelict buildings – for 


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example The Empty House (1934) and Industrial Landscape (1955), included in The Tate’s exhibition. Lowry found another friend in Adolphe Valette, his French-born teacher at the Manchester School of Art – a painter of Symbolist landscapes and admirer of 19th century French Impressionism. He studied drawing in the evenings with Valette, who became his mentor and main artistic influence, but Lowry never gave up his day job, secretively hiding it from his art-world friends, who believed him to be a full-time painter. ‘If people call me a Sunday painter – I’m a Sunday painter who paints every day of the week!’ he said. ‘After Lowry retired in the 1950s,

his work shifted to more expansive, large industrial panoramas, for example, Industrial Landscape (1955), as he had more time to paint,’ says Little. ‘He saw the beauty in working-class, industrial landscapes and viewed the city as a rich and varied subject matter,’ she says. He was fascinated by buildings and the lives of people within and his favourite subjects were drawn from the streets he tramped daily. ‘A country landscape is fine without people, but an industrial set without people is an empty shell. A street is not a street without people… it is as dead as mutton,’ he said. Lowry drew inspiration from the urban landscapes on his doorstep, particularly in Pendlebury, in Greater

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Manchester, where he lived from 1909 to 1948. ‘Factory chimneys were a more familiar sight than trees,’ he later recalled. Little has chosen to display Coming Out of School (1927) – the first painting by Lowry to begin the Tate’s collection: ‘This enigmatic picture depicting hurrying matchstick-like figures set against a backdrop of smoking chimneys and mills is one of the earliest works he exhibited,’ she says. It reveals his vision of shared activity tinged with individual loneliness. In the 1920s, he often drew children playing in the streets of Salford and later remembered that ‘scores of little kids who hadn’t had a wash for weeks would come and stand around me.’ Lowry was famed for his austere palette, using only four or five colours painted onto a white background to emphasise his stark figures and the smoggy pallor of the industrial sky. ‘In the 1920s he experimented with applying layers of white paint and observing them change over time,’ says Little. She has borrowed Snow in Manchester (1946), as it typifies Lowry’s beautiful handling of white. He worked as an official war artist in 1939 a stint which darkened his palette. ‘He drew the derelict shells of bombed-out houses and factories and many of his war paintings are gloomily devoid of human activity,’ she says. Towards the end of his life Lowry achieved fame and commercial success – but preferred to ignore this L. S. Lowry and live in his modest, un-modernised house. Lowry’s paintings did for industrial landscapes what Lucian Freud did for the female physique. This remarkable new exhibition, uniting 80 of his masterpieces is bound to establish his place in art history as Britain’s leading painter of modern urban life. Indeed Little promises that L.S. Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life will throw new light onto his unique vision. ‘L.S. Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life’ runs from 27 June - 20 October at Tate Britain.

‘A street is not a street without people… it is as dead as mutton’ –

from top: Coming Out of School; Ancoats Hospital Outpatients’ Hall 1952; L.S. Lowry Piccadilly Circus 1960 (Private collection The Estate of L.S. Lowry Image, courtesy of Christie’s Images Limited)



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bonhams | PRIZE LOT Almeria figurine by Demetre Chiparus


n honour of the highly anticipated cinema release of The Great Gatsby, the Jazz Age is very much in vogue. Bonhams is celebrating the trend with its 20th century Design Fair on 19 June. This Art Deco figurine, known as Almeria is one of the most sought-after pieces to be auctioned in this lot. The sculptor, Demetre Chiparus, was inspired by the tradition of Russian dance – particularly by the Ballets Russes – and the work of Serge Diaghilev in the 1920s. It is thought that the muse for Almeria was the acclaimed ballerina Bronislava Nijinska. Careful attention has been paid to the exotic costume of the figurine; the Ballet Russes used sumptuous fabrics and semi-precious stones to create striking designs. Made from rare cold-painted bronze to form this striking pose the sculpture represents the sense of freedom that women felt after the First World War. The sculpture was seen as cutting edge at the time of production in 1925 and marks an important moment in time for women’s independence. (

Particulars: Expected Value (item): £200,000 - £300,000 Expected Value (auction): £1.5 million Estimated Range: £1,000 - £300,000 No. of Lots: 120 Place: New Bond Street Date: 19 June

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christie’S | PRIZE LOT Famille rose models of pagodas, 18th-19th century


he Yongle Emperor, from the Ming dynasty, created the Porcelain Pagoda of Nanjing – one of the medieval wonders of the world – to honour his parents in the early 15th century. This pair of famille rose model pagodas, which form part of the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art auction, are based on the famous building in China which became a symbol of Asian elegance and exoticism for Europeans. The porcelain structures are over eight feet tall with nine upper storeys, each with upward-curving tiled eaves – typical of roofs in southern China. They are decorated in underglaze blue with iron red enamel and date back to the Qianlong and Jiaqing periods (circa 1750 - 1800). The larger pagodas were prized by European royalty due to their rarity; King George IV purchased similar models for his Royal Pavilion in Brighton in 1804. This pair also have royal connotations and have been sent from the stately Castello di Vincigliata in Fiesole, Italy. They are the first of their kind to come to auction. (

Particulars: Expected Value (item): £250,000 - £300,000 Expected Value (auction): £5.5 million Estimated Range: £2,000 - £450,000 No. of Lots: 300 Place: King Street Date: 14 May

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SOTHEBY’S | PRIZE LOT A 1997 Patek Philippe

Particulars: Expected Value (item): £250,000 - £316,000 Expected Value (auction): £4.6 - £6.7 million Estimated Range: £ 1,400 - £250,000 No. of Lots: 402 Place: Sotheby’s Geneva Date: 11 May


atch connoisseurs should pay a visit to the Important Watches sale at Sotheby’s in Geneva this month as it is celebrating some of the finest horological creations that have entered the market over the past two centuries. The impressive group of watches include designs from renowned manufacturers such as Rolex, IWC Ingenieur and Patek Philippe. The vintage timepieces include a watch that belonged to a US Air Force pilot, who used the model during his missions in Southeast Asia. The watchmaking icon, IWC Ingenieur will lead an entire section of the sale. Spanning a 50-year history, the pieces were originally designed for a group of engineers and have retained their concept of providing a rugged, water-resistant and anti-magnetic design over the generations. Complementing the vintage designs, there is also an exceptional group of modern timepieces on offer, spearheaded by the 1997 model from Patek Philippe (left). This rare wristwatch is among only ten pieces which are cased in platinum and its classic design belies the complexity of the movement it houses. Aside from the rest of the sale, this iconic chronograph is well worth booking a trip to Geneva for. (

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oloured gemstones have long been deemed the poor relation of diamonds, but we believe this is soon to change with the unveiling of Gemfields’ fine jewellery collaboration. A total of 36 designers were chosen to demonstrate the beauty of coloured gems; Chinese influences were prevalent in the ruby pieces by Wendy Yue and Dickson Yewn, while Stephen Webster and Shaun Leane both added a more dangerous edge to their emerald pieces. Gemfields has always been committed to transparency, something which newlyappointed brand ambassador Mila Kunis (pictured right) is keen to stress: ‘It’s a real luxury to own jewellery and gemstones… Given that, I think it’s important to pay attention to what you’re wearing and where it came from.’ (

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

Artistic profusion As the collection was designed to pay homage to British botanical art, it was only fitting that Vacheron Constantin’s Métiers d’Art Florilège was unveiled at Kew Gardens’ Marianne North Gallery last month. Created exclusively for women, the dials of the trilogy of watches combine the artistic crafts of enamelling, guillochage and gem-setting in a tribute to the illustrations within Robert John Thornton’s The Temple of Flora (1799). Boasting a 65-hour power reserve and comprising 18-karat white gold cases and dials, VC’s Métiers d’Art Florilège has been created as a limited series of 20 collector’s watches, each priced at £90,700. (

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

‘A marriage of colours and materials, Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady 31 manages to boast both timeless femininity and contemporary elegance’ Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual Datejust Lady 31 in Yellow Rolesor, £9,650, Rolex Boutique, 29 Old Bond Street ( 54

Virtual Reality It’s a digital wristwatch that, technically, will do less than your smartphone. Why, then, will the entry-level Slyde set you back £4,800? Keen to find out, we trialled one. Our verdict is that if you’re a gadget-loving gizmo-worshiper, you’ll enjoy sliding over a touch-sensitive screen to change the appearance of several swanky, virtual mechanisms. If you prefer more understated timepieces, this isn’t the watch for you. Owing to the three or four seconds the Slyde takes to wake itself up after it’s turned itself automatically off, nor is it for anyone who demands to read the time in an instant. Which, when it comes to watches, is sort of the point. ( Charitable Chronography Purchase IWC’s latest creation and you’ll be supporting disadvantaged children across the globe. A fittingly athletic-looking release for a charity that aims to better the lives of youngsters through sport, the Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition ‘Laureus Sport for Good Foundation’ features a signal-red stopwatch hand, black rubber strap and is water-resistant to six bar. Its case back is engraved with the winning entry to IWC’s Time To Move children’s drawing competition. Limited to 1,000 pieces, it’s yours for £9,950. (

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y c a g e l s ’ e Lang Established in Glashütte in 1845, the name defined German watchmaking for more than a century. 168 years later, having survived two World Wars, disbandment and expropriation, A. Lange & Söhne has re-established its position at the top of the watchmaking hierarchy. Richard Brown speaks to company CEO Wilhelm Schmid, the man charged with the task of keeping it there


ew brands have the ability to unite watch enthusiasts in near universal adulation. Rolex is perhaps one, Patek Philippe the obvious other. The trouble with the former is that when you produce more than a million units a year, it’s hard to continue peddling the notion of exclusivity; unfortunate for the latter is that when your creations command the highest prices in the industry, both at auction and retail – whether justifiably so or not – discourse has a tendency to centre on money rather than mechanical mastery. Step in A. Lange & Söhne, a brand which, as purveyor of some of the world’s best performing, and arguably best looking, timepieces – themselves produced in numbers still loyal to the word ‘exclusive’ – occupies a hallowed ground within the watchmaking world. To discuss the value of an A. Lange & Söhne, or a ‘Lange’ for short, is to talk not about money but about aestheticism and craftsmanship. So revered, in fact, is Lange in the mind of Philippe Dufour (of ex-JaegerLeCoultre and Audemars Piguet status) that the now-independent watchmaker considers the brand practically peerless. ‘Take ten movements out of the current range of any contemporary brand,’ he said, speaking to

watch magazine Revolution, ‘Put them next to a Lange movement, and comment honestly on what you see. That is the best way to judge — by examining the truth.’ The truth of the matter is that A. Lange & Söhne possesses something every watch manufacturer wishes it did: genuine authenticity. As a firm whose roots lie 168 years in the past, and as a company that continues to make watches by hand, in tiny numbers, in small workshops at the base of sleepy, snowy-covered mountains, A. Lange & Söhne is the genuine article, the real McCoy, a brand manager’s dream. Still presided over by the ancestors of its founding fathers, it’s a brand with a human story to tell; something that no amount of money or PR-spin can buy. This story began in 1845 in the then remote town of Glashütte, near Dresden, East Germany. In the December of that year, Ferdinand Adolph Lange set up the first production pocket-watch workshop, aiming to turn 15 apprentices into accomplished watchmakers. Under Ferdinand, the man also responsible for introducing the metric system to watchmaking, and his sons Emil and Richard, Lange garnered a reputation for producing some of the world’s finest timepieces. One hundred years after the company’s 

above: Five of this year’s A. Lange & Söhne debuts, from left: 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar, 1815 Up/Down, Saxonia Annual Calendar, Grand Lange 1, Grand Lange 1 ‘Lumen’


above, middle: the store in singapore; below: A. Lange & Söhne pocket watch presented by Kaiser William II to Sultan Abdul Hamid II during his visit to Turkey in 1898


formation, and the firm’s main production building lies in ruins, having been destroyed by Allied bombs. Three years later, the company’s assets are seized and expropriated by the new communist regime. The name A. Lange & Söhne is about to pass into legend. Had it not been for the determined endeavours of one Walter Lange four decades later, the story may have ended there. Luckily, for anyone interested in the instruments we use to measure time, it didn’t. In November 1989, following the collapse of the East German government, the Berlin wall came down and two Germanys became one. For Walter, great-grandson of Ferdinand Adolph, the reunification of Germany presented an opportunity he’d waited his adult life to materialise. Armed with little more than an unfaltering ambition to once again make the best watches in the world, and a friend in the name of industry expert Günter Blümlein, he re-established the Saxon company and set forth in the image of his forebears. ‘The example given by his courageous ancestors had taught Walter Lange and cofounder Blümlein that, even under extreme conditions, with a clear goal in sight and by planning every step carefully, it is possible to establish a company and guide it to success,’ says Lange’s present-day CEO Wilhelm Schmid. ‘Walter and Günter are credited with reviving

the A. Lange & Söhne brand after a hiatus of 40 years by supplying a convincing answer to the question of what a Lange wristwatch should look like at the end of the 20th century.’ That answer was presented in 1994 in the shape of four highly sophisticated timepieces: the Lange 1, the Saxonia, the Arkade and the Richard Lange Tourbillon Pour le Mérite. ‘For almost four years we had worked hard, often under extremely difficult conditions,’ explains Walter in his memoirs, The Revival of Time. ‘We had built the production areas, renovated a building, developed technology, recruited new technical personnel… We had developed four new watches under enormous pressure.’ Walter will never forget showing his collection for the first time. ‘They lay on the presentation table under the critical eyes of the 12 most reputable jewellers in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. I am convinced I will never experience something like that again. Normally, dealers order watches discreetly, cool calculators as they are, as they don’t like the competition to be able to see their hands. But due to the fact we only had 123 watches to offer them at this time, they put their usual reserve aside. Their opinion was euphoric and they ordered the watches openly. And the jewellers ordered as many pieces as we could give them… Since there was no way of dividing 123 watches evenly by 12, the last pieces had to find their new owners by chance – the shorter end of a

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matchstick finally pointed to the new direction a Tourbillon would be taking.’ Via an unswerving dedication to realising the aim on which it was re-founded, and with the assistance of several Swiss watch manufacturers, including IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre, A. Lange & Söhne was back in business. Nearly 20 years on, thanks to the seminal success of watches like the trailblazing Datograph of 1999 and the trilogy of watches launched to commemorate the brand’s 165 year anniversary in 2010 (165 Years – Homage to F. A. Lange), the brand continues to excite watch experts as much now as it did then. Indeed, anyone in need of proof of Lange’s continued commitment to its manufacturing philosophy need only consider the company’s Grand Complication, launched earlier this year. With seven functions, including a grande sonnerie, a perpetual calendar, and a split-seconds chronograph accurate to 1/5th of a second, it features a density of complications uncommon even in the category of grand complications. It has 14 indications, spent seven years in development and takes a full 12 months to make. It’s the most complicated wristwatch Lange has ever made, and it’s yours for €1.9 million. In the last three months, Lange has launched five new watches and opened boutiques in Singapore, Paris and Palm Beach. As reputation

has spread, demand has soared. With the lucrative opportunity posed by this fact, will output at the small Saxon manufacturer be heading skywards? ‘Without compromising on quality, we will moderately increase our production to meet the growing global demand for our watches,’ Schmid tells me. ‘Emphasis is placed on “moderately”. To maintain the high levels of quality the share of manual work and the degree of vertical integration is more likely to increase. We will extend our premises in the first place to improve production processes. The training of new talents will be another key measure in the years to come.’ The two most regurgitated buzzwords you’ll hear in the watch industry are ‘tradition’ and ‘innovation’. As a firm so loyal to its Saxon roots (without Lange there would be no Glashütte) and as a company so devoted in its quest for perfection, A. Lange & Söhne is a brand to whom the words still attach meaning. With the passing of Blümlein in 2001, and the well-earned retirement of Walter on the horizon, one of the most revered names in timekeeping is at risk of falling into the hands of businessmen rather than watchmakers for the very first time. Fortunately for the brand’s admirers, Schmid realises the importance of Blümlein and Walter’s story to A. Lange & Söhne’s future. ‘By striving to implement their vision,’ he says, ‘we continue their life’s work.’ (

above: Walter Lange with the bust of his greatgrandfather; Inside the movement L095. 2 of the Grand Lange 1 Lumen; The Grand Lange 1; All Images courtesy of Lange Uhren GmbH


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#1 1920s Art Deco earrings, £395 Rewind Vintage Affairs ( #2 1920s platinum diamond necklace, £12,950, Heirlooms ( #3 Diamond and onyx target ring, £8,350 Richard Ogden ( #4 French diamond and platinum brooch, from a selection, Boivin On show with Lucas Rarities at Art Antiques London, Kensington Gardens (12-19 June) ( #5 Platinum, natural pearl, old-cut diamonds and two pear-shaped diamonds bandeau (1924) ( #6 Lily cluster diamond headband set in platinum From a selection, Harry Winston (harrywinston. com) #7 Duke printed satin-moiré clutch, £795, Anya Hindmarch ( #8 Art Deco style sapphire and diamond plaque ring, £3,600, Richard Ogden ( #9 Jean Fouquet aquamarine and diamond cuff bracelet, from a selection, Hancocks London ( #10 Art Deco necklace in platinum with round brilliant diamonds (early 1920s), Alexander E Tillander ( #11 South Sea pearl and rose cut diamond swirl earrings, £3,170 Susannah Lovis ( #12 Diamond ear clips, from a selection, Dusausoy, on show with Lucas Rarities (as before) #13 Akoya cultured pearl strand necklace From a selection at Mikimoto ( #14 Faux pearl and crystal tassel brooch, £125, Butler & Wilson, Susan Caplan Vintage Collection, ( #15 Acacia antique silver headdress, £505, Jenny Packham (jennypackham. com) #16 Art Deco 1.07-karat sapphire and diamond ring, c.1935, Robin Haydock, from a selection, Grays Antiques ( #17 Art Deco style sapphire and diamond ring £6,900, Richard Ogden ( #18 Cartier cufflinks, from a selection, Hancocks London ( #19 Pewter resin feather ring, £219, Miriam Salat, Harrods ( 63

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

Vanity fair ‘Peacocking’ has become a popular term in contemporary culture to describe someone who is a strutting show-off. In myths and legends, however, peacocks are depicted as noble, beautiful creatures which bring good luck and fortune. Graff’s peacock diamond brooch, recently unveiled at The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) exhibition in Maastricht, shows the bird in all its glory; its feathers are adorned with exquisite coloured diamonds fanning out in true ceremonial style. At the heart of the brooch sits a 20.02-carat fancy deep-blue, pear-shape diamond, one of the rarest blue diamonds in the world. This can be detached and worn separately from the brooch. It comes as no surprise that this is one of Graff’s most valuable pieces, worth an astounding £66 million and reinforcing the company’s dominance in the diamond industry. (

True Colours Jewellery designer Kiki McDonough is not afraid of colour. In fact, her trademark is using semi-precious stones in an array of bold hues, making her a pioneer in modern jewellery design. Pick and choose from these pretty, interchangeable drop earrings, in citrine, blue topaz, amethyst, green amethyst and lemon quartz, as well as various cuts, shapes and colours. An easy way to wear coloured jewellery this spring. (

CUTTING EDGE Miriam Salat launched her eponymous collection of resin, sterling silver and 18-karat gold vermeil in 2010. Her S/S13 pieces are once again inspired by the designer’s love of travel and culture

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Jeweller dealers tell us what to look out for when buying vintage jewellery 1. Opt for signed pieces by major designers such as Cartier or Tiffany & Co. 2. Try to spot the next big thing; natural pearls went up in value dramatically five years ago, while coral (Mediterranean) is now starting to increase in value. 3. Buy from an established dealer with a good reputation. Look for signs of membership of one of the two trade associations (BADA and LAPADA). 4. Check that the piece hasn’t had any major repairs or the stones replaced. 5. Ask if the stones have been ‘heat treated’. ‘Natural’ stones will always be worth more. 6. Invest in pieces with both wearability and style. Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair, 6-16 June (

‘The Miriam Salat woman is the new gyp-set [gypsy + jetsetter]. Adventurous and free-spirited, she is a bon-vivant who travels off the beaten path. Whether shopping in a Moroccan souk or exploring the ancient temples of Bhutan, she is always distinctive, always put together and never loses her impeccable chic’ Navy resin Art Deco earrings, £219, Miriam Salat, available at Harrods 65


Resident’s Journal

Image / Delfino restaurant, 121 Mount Street

From the Editor Dear Residents, It is our great pleasure to announce that the Residents’ Society of Mayfair and St James’s has settled on a date for its Summer Garden Party, due to be hosted in Mount Street Gardens on 24 June. The annual event is a highlight in all Mayfairians calendars; flick to the Notebook page for more information. We have also been exploring a modern-day Mayfair institution this month, the Curzon Cinema on the street of the same name. Having recently undergone a revamp, we went down to find out how the cinematic experience will be improved. The Journal would also like to welcome Jennifer Bradford-Davis to its pages, an international interior designer who will be writing a regular column on everything aesthetic. This month she divulges tips and tricks to assist you when planning the perfect spring party and reveals the places she visits in W1 to help her throw the ultimate bash. We hope you enjoy this new addition. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with news and feedback; email: Katie Randall, Editor The Mayfair Residents’ Journal

The Residents’ Society of Mayfair & St James’s Committee Members Chairman Anthony Lorenz (Events & Traffic)

Secretary Richard Cutt (Crossrail & Finance)

Planning Applications Ronald Cottee (Planning)

Membership Pol Ferguson-Thompson (Membership & Website)

Traffic Lois Peltz

Police Mary-Louise Burrows

Licensing Derek Stratton

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The Notebook The most local news happening in the heart of the area this month

Host a Spring Fling After a long unforgiving winter in London, Mother Nature is beginning to deliver a taste of spring. Tablescape designer and entertainment enthusiast Jennifer Bradford-Davis is in the party spirit Subtle Effusion Tablescape by Jennifer Bradford-Davis


eing a hostess in Mayfair is easy when you have such marvellous and authentic shops and services accessible to you. Personally, I love Asprey, Thomas Goode & Co., Paul Thomas Flowers and The Admirable Crichton. My preference when entertaining is to host a sit-down dinner and I always suggest using the traditional approach of place setting cards. The basic rule is to seat guests in alternating genders. Be sure to separate couples and to place people next to each other that are not

Four Seasons spring vase, £3,000 Asprey (

Set of six octopus place card holders, £1,840, as before

previously acquainted but that might share common interests. Once you have seating arrangements configured, why not place those name cards in whimsical unexpected place-setting holders, such as the new Asprey sterling silver octopus holders? Or you could be more thematic and feature little Chinese Pagodas, found at Thomas Goode & Co., the oracles of tableware. Each guest should have access to salt and pepper, without having to reach over their neighbour. This can make or break a dinner conversation and I have often opted to go without rather than interrupt a good story. The next consideration is salt and pepper shakers versus a cellar. I prefer cellars for the sheer convenience; also the act of shaking is not always very elegant. I recently discovered a regal set of topiary salt and pepper cellars at Asprey. If you have these supremely crafted pieces on your table, I suggest two to three guests share a set. Entertaining and the design surrounding it is my passion; it presents a wonderful opportunity to share your home and your aesthetic with friends. Have a joyous spring. (

Lunch with the stars Would you like to have lunch with Jimmy Carter? How about with Dolce & Gabbana or Marco Pierre White? The Financial Times has curated a selection of interviews to celebrate the newspaper’s 125th anniversary with the release of its Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews anthology. Edited by the Financial Times editor, Lionel Barber, this book draws together its best moments since 1994. It’s the perfect book to pick up and put down as you please, if you are in need of some creative inspiration and a dose of the FT’s witty prose. Lunch with the FT 52 Classic Interviews, £20 (Penguin) available from Hatchards, 187 Piccadilly, W1J 9LE

A date for your diary Summer beckons, following the announcement of the date for the Residents’ Society of Mayfair and St James’s (RSMSJ) Summer Garden Party. Held in the leafy confines of Mount Street Gardens on 24 June, Sir Michael Parkinson will preside over the night’s events, which promises to include a raffle, music and, of course, canapés. Guests can also look forward to exquisite champagne and cocktails. Now all we have to hope for is beautiful weather. Tickets cost £25 for RSMSJ members and £30 for non-members. Tickets are available from the Mayfair Library or from For further details call the organiser Howard Evans on: 07950 776704 or visit:

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A delectable candlelit dinner awaits The Friends of the Mayfair Library group at The Rag, this April. Following a drinks reception and four courses of culinary delights, the evening also entails entertainment in the form of soprano and tenor singers, who will perform popular songs, including opera, made famous in the thespian surrounds of London’s West End. Tickets for members of the Residents’ Society of Mayfair and St James’s cost £65. For booking contact: 020 7499 6510, or The Rag on: 020 7930 9721 (

Until 4 May Norman Parkinson: A Centenary Celebration Norman Parkinson spent his lifetime traversing the world in pursuit of the perfect shot: what resulted was an incredible body of work that contains glamorous portraits of some of the world’s most beautiful women, alluring scenes from cultural spots across the globe and exquisite fashion stories, played out in the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. The Chris Beetles Fine Photographs gallery pays homage to Parkinson’s talent and eye. 3-5 Swallow Street, W1B 4DE (

15 May – 1 June Mary Fedden

Until 17 May Instinct for Water

A romantic exploration into the endless possibilities of how to represent life around us, the Richard Green Gallery’s Mary Fedden exhibition features a vast collection of the eccentrically charming works by this notable artist. Coming a year after her death, the display epitomises Fedden’s utterly distinct artistic touch, which, although taking inspiration from Matisse, Picasso and William Scott, remains unequivocally unique. 33 New Bond Street, W1S 2RS (

The matter of water takes centre stage at the Belgravia Gallery this month, following the launch of Greek artist Maria Filopoulou’s Instinct for Water. The exhibition features a collection of Maria’s painted works, each fixated on the central aquatic theme of inspiration: from the murky underwater apparitions of swimmers and divers to the sprawl of beach slumped sun worshippers. A refreshingly relieving interlude for city constricted dwellers. 45 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JL (

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Image: Blue Still Life: The Lamp, by Mary Fedden, signed and dated 1987 © Richard Green Gallery, London

25 April Dinner and Diva


Outstanding events for Mayfair residents keen to get out and about


Planning & Society Ground-level developments and societal structural changes in the area

Planning applications in the local area APPLICATION RECEIVED: 21 March ADDRESS: Green Street PROPOSAL: Installation of a new external painted metal spiral staircase and landing to provide access from the ground floor to the rear lower ground level garden. A first floor door opening will be formed within an existing window opening.

APPLICATION RECEIVED: 6 March ADDRESS: Hertford Street PROPOSAL: Replacement of doors at ground floor level, replacement of doors and windows at fifth floor level and external alterations to facade at ground and first floor levels.

APPLICATION RECEIVED: 21 March ADDRESS: Bruton Street PROPOSAL: Minor internal alterations at second floor level. APPLICATION RECEIVED: 19 March ADDRESS: Park Lane PROPOSAL: Removal of part of an internal basement wall to allow extension of the gymnasium. APPLICATION RECEIVED: 15 March ADDRESS: Mount Street PROPOSAL: Addition of one air condensing unit within acoustic enclosure at first floor level within internal lightwell. Satellite dish at roof level. APPLICATION RECEIVED: 14 March ADDRESS: Bruton Street PROPOSAL: Display of temporary set of Christmas lights on the front of the building for a period from the 15 November 2013 until 6 January 2014.

Planned road works and closures in and around May STREET



Brick Street (At the junction with Piccadilly)

Lay 3m of 90mm PE main and abandon 3m of 100 ductile iron main

29 April - 13 May

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Hill Street (Hill Street junction with South Audley Street)

No excavation, for traffic lights only

30 April - 10 May

British Telecommunications plc 0800 800 150

Deanery Street

Build two concrete chambers (2,315mm x 737mm x 1565mm deep) in footway. Demolish one existing jointbox or cabinet base. Erect/renew one PCP cabinet and base (600mm x 300mm x 1000mm). Install 26m of two poly ducts in footway. Reposition 17m of one-way poly duct

30 April - 7 May

British Telecommunications plc

South Audley Street

Demolish 2 existing jointboxes , rebuild 2 existing jointboxes. Install 46m of one-way poly duct in carriageway. Install 4m of two poly ducts in footway

30 April - 10 May

British Telecommunications plc

Piccadilly, St James’s (from the junction of Sackville Street going into Piccadilly)

Lay 7m of 125mm PE main and abandon 7m of 150mm ductile iron main

7-20 May

National Grid Gas plc

Hertford Street

Lay 5m of 125mm PE main and abandon 5m 150mm ductile iron main - works in carriageway of Park Lane

27 May - 17 June

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Nigel Stowe, Operations Director at Curzon Cinemas is spearheading a new era for the group. We pay a visit to the Mayfair venue to talk sweet treats, luxury service and the importance of appreciating the art of film


here is nothing more frustrating than paying to see a film and then right at the climax of a key scene, the screen goes black or the sound cuts out. This type of situation, although a rarity, does occur and can ruin the continuity of a story and the viewer’s immersion in the plot. The Curzon Mayfair is one of the few cinemas still championing the artistry of the projectionist, with two specialists in its employ. As a point of difference from most modern-day multiplexes, the Curzon Group value the skill of the people who, from their lofty positions above the screens, ensure a perfect viewing experience. This is just one of many features that lead to the conclusion that Curzon not only value the art of film, but revel in its history and will always appreciate the glorious days of the silver screen and the industry’s past. Nigel Stowe joined the group in September 2012, with a background in TV post-production and luxury hospitality, having previously run The Ivy restaurant for 10 years and the prestigious Arts Club for a year. His illustrious career background and attention to detail has undoubtedly been transferred to the cinematic environment and the Curzon cinema in Mayfair has undergone a subtle transformation. He admits that when working with a listed building, one is limited as to the structural

changes that can be made, but little details have been spruced to convey the overall impact of development. Nigel has seen to the paintwork, the refreshments and also the staff training so that the cinema really can corroborate its claim to be the best cinema group in London for quality independent film. ‘We understand that when visiting the cinema, most guests want to enjoy a fantastic movie – it’s the reason they come. Service is still important though. Our staff have always been attentive and friendly, not to mention film enthusiasts, but now they are also getting extra training in hospitality and going the extra mile.’ Installing a sense of The Ivy service is key, although Nigel jokes that it will not be quite as intense a process as seen at the exclusive restaurant, where an entire document teaches employees the correct way to treat a lady when she enters a room. Nigel is also incredibly keen to stock local produce, alongside a carefully selected range of champagnes and spirits to suit all budgets. He is interested in Dalston Cola, an E8-based young business that crafts its own cola and Covent Garden-based sweetie connoisseurs Sugar Sin already enjoy pride of place on the Mayfair cinema’s bar. One of the most exciting developments is the launch of the Royal Box package, which offers

the chance to view your favourite films, screenings of the Met Opera and of other exciting exhibitions, from the comfort of an elegant elevated box. Champagne, naturally, is on ice and the staff will bring up everything that you desire from the bar downstairs. The two boxes seat four guests; therefore quiet viewing is guaranteed – perfect for true film buffs. The evolution of the Curzon Group is just beginning, steered by Nigel Stowe and his knowledgeable and dedicated team; whether partnering with The British Museum to screen a tour around one of their upcoming exhibitions or delving into their extensive film poster archives and showcasing the results on the walls of their cinemas. Watch this space. (

The Mayfair Concierge Some of the most interesting requests made to Mayfair’s most experienced concierges


Dry cleaners/repairs Buckingham Dry Cleaners 83 Duke Street, W1K 5PF 020 7499 1253

Electric cars The Electric Car Corporation 1st Floor, 5 Aldford Street, W1K 2AF 020 7495 5270

Luxury car rental Mayfair Prestige 0845 862 2142 Luxury yachts Princess Yachts 64 Grosvenor Street W1K 3JH 020 7499 5050

Sunseeker London 36 Davies Street, W1K 4NF 020 7493 3441 Rent a Rolls Royce Hanwells 86-91 Uxbridge Road, W7 3ST 020 7436 2070


Audio Visual hire 020 3130 0401

Local courier City Sprint 0844 888 4111

Buy / Sell shares Artemis 57 St James Street SW1A 1LD 020 7399 6000

Prestige Taxi Crown Security Chauffeurs 0800 731 5675

International Courier DHL 0844 248 0844

Watch repair Marcus Watches 170 New Bond Street, W1S 4RB 020 7290 6500


Charter a helicopter Emjets 23 Berkeley Square, W1J 6HE 0845 3888 248

IT/Tech support Mike Will Fix It 020 7564 7171 07762 647547

Sartoria This undeniably chic restaurant brings authentic Italian flavours, Milanese-inspired interiors and a touch of London style to its equally stylish clientele. 20 Savile Row, W1S 3PR 020 7534 7000

Private Dining Room Corrigans 28 Upper Grosvenor Street W1K 7EH 020 7499 9943

Translator Central Translations 21 Woodstock Grove, W12 8TX 020 7493 5511

DENTIST Aqua Dental Spa 25 Manchester Square, W1U 3PY 020 7935 5332

Doctor Lees Place Medical Centre 11 Lees Place, W1K 6LN 020 7036 6060

The Mayfair Dental Practice 71 Park Street, W1K 7HN 020 7499 2168

The Mayfair Medical Centre 3 - 5 Weighhouse Street, W1K 5LS 020 7493 1647


Baby sitter Rockabye Babysitters 9 Wimpole Street W1G 9SR 020 7624 0060 020 7580 6403

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Florist Wild Things of Mayfair 47 Davies Street W1K 4LY 020 7495 3030

fine brokerage concierge TLG The Ultimate Boutique Fine Brokerage Bureau Expertise Exclusive Yachts and Private Jets Brokers’ Elite Selection. By Appointment only. 125 Mount Street W1K 3NS


Casino The Palm Beach Casino 30 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EH 020 7493 6585

Late night food Hakkasan 17 Bruton Street, W1J 6QB 020 7907 1888

Fancy dress Pantaloons 020 7630 8330

Freggo Ice-cream Bar 27-29 Swallow Street W1B 4QR 020 7287 9506

Massages Mayfair Spa - The Mayfair Hotel Stratton Street, W1J 8LT 020 7915 2826

Maddox Club A boutique sanctuary in which to party, with a DJ booth within a restaurant, successfully creating a venue, where partying and dining co-exist under one roof. 3-5 Mill Street, W1S 2AU 020 7629 8877

Party planner Concorde Media 020 7297 3344 G&D Events 020 7682 2682 Henry Bonas 020 3214 2099

Michael John Boutique 25 Albemarle Street W1S 4HU 020 7629 6969

Spa & beauty Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa 29 Davies Street, W1K 4LW 0870 787 6626

Men’s hair Atherton Cox 18 New Cavendish Street, W1G 8UR 020 7487 4048

Women’s hair Janet Ginnings Hair and Beauty Salon 45 Curzon Street W1J 7UQ 020 7499 1904

Sassoon Salon Sassoon believes that great hair design begins with the client, and creates sophisticated looks that are technically precise, effortlessly chic and easy to recreate day after day. 60 South Molton Street, W1K 5SW 020 7491 8848


Backgammon board Aspinal of London 0845 052 6900 Caviar Caviar House & Prunier 161 Piccadilly, W1J 9EA 0871 961 9577 Cheese La Fromagerie 2-6 Moxon Street W1U 4EW 020 7935 0341

Members’ clubs


Dog grooming Mayfair Mutts Upper Brook Street, W1 020 7409 7739

Personal shopper Gabrielle Teare 07985 319300

Chocolates Rococo Chocolates 45 Marylebone High St, W1U 5HG 020 7935 7780

Humidors Linley 46 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JN 020 7290 1410

Luxury liquor Gerry’s Wines & Spirits 74 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UW 020 7734 2053

Cigars Sautter of Mount Street 106 Mount Street, W1K 2TW 020 7499 4866

hot chocolate Ladurée 71-72 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QX 020 7491 9155

Fine wine Jeroboams 20 Davies Street, W1K 3DT 020 7499 1015

Luxury hamper Fortnum & Mason 181 Piccadilly, W1A 1ER 020 7734 8040

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Gatsby glamour The long-awaited release of The Great Gatsby provides the perfect excuse to explore the brand behind the costumes, the ever-chic Brooks Brothers. Established in 1818, and actually mentioned in Fitzgerald’s original book, America’s oldest retailer has been formative in developing the popularity of the collegiate style, mixing classic sartorialism with jazzy flamboyance. If you want to become as dapper as the cast, head down to Regent Street for some limited-edition fin de siècle apparel. (



Aristocratic airs Albert Fouquet was an early 20th century amateur connoisseur whose fragrance – Eight & Bob – was so popular that he was constantly besieged with requests from his American friends, including J F Kennedy, to send it over. Even WWII didn’t halt the need and Fouquet simply hid the bottles in books before sending them across the pond. Now the family of Fouquet’s butler, entrusted with the recipe, have reproduced the scent: a stunning fragrance which, because of its use of Andrea – a Chilean plant that only be picked in December and January – remains as exclusive as ever. From £80, Eight & Bob (

Monopoly style

In the frame Ray Liotta, the Goodfellas star, was the obvious choice to don Oliver Peoples’ latest range; both the mafioso and the sunglasses simply scream Hollywood heritage. Inspired by an old sketch that founder Larry Leight stumbled across, they clearly appreciate that a bold shape, thick acetate frames and metal filigree possess recurring currency. Available in neutral, grey and tortoiseshell, the arrow plaques on the temples are a nice detail displaying minimalist restraint, but let’s not pretend – with these, it’s all about the front. (

The bowler hat has a colourful history. Its brim has been casting shadows as far as Texas and Bolivia in the West, and India in the East; however, for all its travels, its roots are firmly planted at Lock & Co. Precious few are seen nowadays of course, but if you’d like to keep the tradition alive in your own little way, Guy & Max are offering these 18-karat gold bowler hat cufflinks, to celebrate the launch of a ‘little sister’ store on May Day in Shepherd Market – the original home of the May Fayre. Cufflinks, £69, Lock & Co. (


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Check mate Bold graphic checks were everywhere on the S/S 13 catwalks. Louis Vuitton took the trend to the extreme as models emerged down an escalator entrance before walking down the neon yellow checked stage. With beehive hairstyles and mini dresses, there is no denying that the sixties are well and truly back in fashion. Achieve the retro style by investing in a monochrome mini or take a subtler approach with a checked blazer. Neon and white geometric prints update the Mary Quant-inspired look. And if you want to wear the trend into the evening, take inspiration from Vuitton’s sheer organza and beaded square dresses – c’est chic. (

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Sanderson in bloom


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Rupert Sanderson names each of his designs after a different daffodil. At least with over 20,000 varieties, he won’t be running out of choices anytime soon. To launch his new collection, a huge daffodil installation in the shape of a vertiginous shoe grabbed attention at his Mayfair store. Slip on a pair of the tropical Birdie heels to get into the spirit of spring. Birdie heels, £625, Rupert Sanderson (

#1 Millie Clutch, £395 Aspinal of London (

#2 The Madras, £1,100 Miu Miu ( #3 The Verve, £1,619 Salvatore Ferragamo (

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Liberty’s crew Liberty is famous for its floral patterns, J Crew for its bold prints, so it’s no surprise that the two have decided to collaborate. We love these sleek cigarette pants – simply pair with a crisp white shirt for a chic summer ensemble. Or invest in the floral clutch bag – a bright addition to any outfit. Trousers, around £130, J Crew with Liberty (

The Jaeger store on Regent Street has had a makeover. A host of exciting British designers are showcasing their unique collections on the second floor of the boutique. We love the playful designs of the silk scarves by Age of Reason. Visit the store for a speedy lesson in the latest need-to-know rising stars in the British fashion world. Scarf, £98, Jaeger, 200-206 Regent Street, W1B



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LEFT Black jacket, from a selection, Todd Lynn ( Blouse, from a selection, Versace, ( Black wool shorts, from a selection, Christian Dior ( Black wide belt with squared buckle in gold finish, £330, and heels in black patent leather, £455, Gucci, as before. Pearl bracelet and metal and glass pearl cuff, both Chanel. Clear diamanté floral necklace, £850, Carole Tanenbaum, as before 73

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ABOVE Yellow and pale pink double face printed draped bustier, from a selection, Christian Dior (020 7245 1330). Mainline marchesa (worn as shorts), £379, La Perla. Matroyshka clutch in gold and in turquoise, £420, both CH Carolina Herrera. Navy ankle tie court, £290, Carolina Herrera. Pearl bracelets, Chanel (020 7235 6631)

RIGHT Gold asymmetric gown, £690, CH Carolina Herrera ( Shield brooch, £420, Carole Tanenbaum, as before. Pearl bracelet and gold metal cuff with glass pearl, Chanel, as before. Cream leather court shoes, from a selection, Christian Dior ( 76

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British flair

Let twenties glamour inspire your home this month, with Art Deco lighting and decadent chaises longues WORDS DANIELLA ISAACS

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In recent months, many designers have given Britain’s heritage a celebratory nod and luxury furniture brand, Parker and Farr, are the most recent to follow suit. The England Collection showcases the grand designs and craftsmanship synonymous with Britain’s artistry. The intricately designed covering of this Blenheim sofa will add a country feel to your living room. Sofa, £2,200, Parker and Farr (

Twilight of the twenties

Add a theatrical touch to your home with Charles Edwards’ Art Deco-inspired lighting range. This hanging Rise & Fall round Eydon light is one of our favourites as it captures the decadent designs reminiscent of the 1920s. Hang the bronze design over a kitchen table or in a hallway to create an eye-catching focal point in your home. Light, £6,480, Charles Edwards (

Wall to wall We love a touch of leather in our interiors which is why we have completely fallen in love with Fameed Khalique’s latest wallpaper range. The pearl collection is made from aniline leather, making it ultra soft to the touch, while the luminescent finish is sure to make an impact in any room. Use to adorn a single feature wall for a serious statement look. From £451 per tile, Fameed Khalique, (

Recline in style There is a certain amount of elegance that accompanies a chaise longue; however, the sweeping curves and hand-made tufts make this design particularly luxurious. Kick off your heels and relax while maintaining all the right style credentials. Chaise Longue, £7,480, Christopher Guy (


This black, silver and crystal perfume atomiser epitomises old-school glamour. The vintage-inspired design will add an elegant touch to your dressing table. Just fill with your favourite scent and spritz away. Perfume Bottle, £155, Katharine Pooley (



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Nephew of the Queen, chairman of Christie’s and luxury furniture aficionado, we meet David Linley to talk Art Deco, Claridge’s and the future of British design W O R D S : k a t e raco v ol i s


avid Linley grew up asking questions. Lots of questions. ‘I have forever been fascinated by the way things work,’ he says. From a young age, his curiosity led him to begin peering underneath pieces of furniture to try and find out how they came to be – he must have known that he was never going to be anything less than a hands-on kind of man. ‘My father and I spent many days tinkering with cars, trying to fix broken parts or make things work better, so I knew that I wanted to do something that involved an element of engineering,’ he says. ‘When I was a small boy, my grandmother challenged me to find a secret drawer in a bureau, which she treasured. I still remember the exhilaration when I eventually found it. I couldn’t understand how it was possible to conceal something so cleverly, so I resolved to find out how.’ His passion for woodwork really took flight when he studied at Bedales and went on to learn under the iconic British furniture designer, John Makepeace at Parnham House. It was here that Linley was challenged to step outside of his comfort zone and was taught how to become a financially self-sufficient entrepreneur. ‘It was because of him,’ he says, ‘as well as other influences along the way that I decided to embark on phase one of my career.’ He started out making bespoke pieces by commission. He went on to found his eponymous furniture design and manufacturing business, which has stood on Pimlico Road since 1985 and became chairman of Christie’s in 2006. He is a maverick collector and a devoted husband and father, as well as an avid wearer of polo neck jumpers (which has become something of a signature style). And

although he is nephew to Her Majesty the Queen, his royal connections haven’t dictated his success. It’s clearly the quality of his pieces that has won him international recognition and acclaim. For evidence of this, you need look no further than the walnut dining tables in his showroom in Mayfair (which he opened in 2005), or the ten Bentleys that Linley designed the interiors for in 2011, with Santos rosewood detailing and a cigar humidor concealed between the two back passenger seats. But Linley as a company, is still very young in comparison to the anticipated longevity of its work. A Linley sycamore table, for example, that has been acquired at some point in the past 28 years is expected to last for generations. It is hoped that it will become an antique in the future – the type of piece that would probably (if it has not already) feature in a Christie’s auction of its own one day. Linley’s skill is such that he somehow manages to turn even basic things like paperweights into objects of desire. The motifs that recur in the designs are careful not to err on the side of ‘edgy’, for the very reason that the pieces are meant to outlast numerous trends – more Christian Dior than Alexander McQueen. Geographic references, including maps and flags are a Linley favourite. This month sees the launch of the London box, which comes as either a cigar humidor a jewellery box with the London skyline designed in marquetry on its lid. While the Tectonic Bar is this year’s pièce de resistance, which will be unveiled at the Masterpiece antiques fair this June. The freestanding bar is crafted from ebonised walnut with white gold leaf and nickel accents. On the outside, the walnut looks as though it has split, revealing a glowing metallic core, but is in fact an illusion created to symbolise shifting tectonic 

Main image: Globe, £3,000; left: the London box, £4,500, both Linley


 plates beneath the earth. The cracks form the outlines of the continents of the world. There is (of course) a secret button to unlock the bar cabinet to open the doors, revealing the gold-leaf interiors. This is a very Linley way of enjoying an aperitif or two, with an obligatory concealed humidor and fridge also inside. But what could really ensure Linley’s longevity in future is the inspiration from which the company began: ‘When I first started out in the furniture world, many of my pieces were inspired by architecture,’ he says. ‘This really came about because, as a child, my father used to – so embarrassing for me as a ten-year-old –

‘Claridge’s is all about a sense of timeless glamour and with Linley I feel we have achieved just that’ – Stephen Alden drive up towards interesting houses he had spotted from the road and knock on their doors asking to have a look round. No wonder then that much of our furniture design is inspired by architecture and architectural details! Over the years we have built up a highly skilled design team who all bring something new to the table. We come up with all sorts of weird and wonderful ideas from discussions had over lunch, from travelling to different corners of the earth, from exhibitions in London and abroad, from reading, from clients suggesting items they would like to see in the shop and from day-to-day observations.’ Reinterpreting eras from the past are also very much a part of the Linley style, especially the glamorous ones – and Art Deco is most certainly one of them. ‘Linley has been creating Art Deco-inspired pieces for private clients since I first started the company in 1985,’ he says. ‘Many of the collections since have been inspired by the movement and this even extends to our interior design division with the design of over 20 Linley


suites at the jewel of Art Deco, Claridge’s. What attracts me to it is that designers associated with the Art Deco movement, such as Sue, Grault and Vera, worked according to the motto “no modernity without tradition, no tradition without modernity”.’ The suites at Claridge’s have been immensely popular among guests. Stephen Alden, CEO of The Maybourne Hotel Group says, ‘Linley understands Claridge’s, the history and the guest, and gets it right. [It] is all about a sense of timeless glamour and with Linley I feel we have achieved just that.’ History plays an incredibly important role for Linley: ‘Recreating the atmosphere of a past era allows for continuity in the fabric of society,’ he says. ‘If you take away history, you have nothing.’ After some 30 years in the business, Linley has come a long way from the curious young woodworker he once was. He created a company that produces pieces both stunning and commercially viable – a combination that demands a delicate balance. But British design has changed, particularly in the way people buy furniture. Luckily, Linley has been able to adapt: ‘In the past it was much more common to buy cheaper pieces that would be thrown away after a few years and replaced,’ he Linley. ‘Over the years, clients have realised that commissioning something special is much more fulfilling.’ Linley is an avid collector of special pieces. And as the chairman of Christie’s it’s no wonder he can’t help but be influenced by what’s around him. But is collecting a talent that comes naturally, or can it be taught? ‘It is definitely something you can learn. When I was young I started collecting small objects with my pocket money, as I got older I kept my eyes open for other things to acquire,’ he says. ‘I think the art of collecting develops as you gain experience. By looking and exploring and asking questions, tastes grow, confidence grows and knowledge grows.’ Linley, 46 Albemarle Street, WIS ( Masterpiece London, 27 June – 3 July (

From top left: A Linley suite at Claridge’s; the Claridge’s Map Room, Showroom in Mayfair; Union Flag collection; David Linley; A collection of Linley accessories including leather bookends, vide poche, leather key ring, silver pebble paperweight, Belgravia tri-time clock and Belgravia frame

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Food & Drink news

Flower-infused menus, Jazz-age cocktails and award-winning chefs give us plenty of reason to celebrate in Mayfair this month

The jazz age

Corrigan’s in bloom

Reminiscent of the locations described in Fitzgerald’s classics, 45 Park Lane perfectly encapsulates the glamour of the Jazz Age. To celebrate the release of The Great Gatsby, Bar 45 has added three 1920s-inspired cocktails to its repertoire: the Negroni, the Manhattan and, our personal favourite, an Old Fashioned, made with vintage whiskey, bitters and a splash of water, served on the rocks. Get dolled up, grab a partner and get ready for a serious night out on the town. Bar 45, Park Lane, W1K

Spring has arrived and with it The Chelsea Flower Show. To celebrate the blossoming buds, head chef Chris McGowan at Corrigan’s has been inspired by all things floral for his new menu, using wild herbs and flowers grown on the nearby rooftop garden at Bentley’s Oyster Bar. Start with English asparagus with Cornish crab and apple blossom, followed by aromatic roast Elwy lamb with lavender and rosemary salt. Corrigan’s, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K

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Master menu Kerri Moss, winner of MasterChef 2012, has taken residence in Selfridges at her new restaurant, The Corner. Her menu is full of hearty choices and takes inspiration from the dishes Moss rustled up on the show – try the roast rack of lamb with a mint and caperberry relish and ensure you save room for dessert – the goat’s cheese parfait with blackberry puree will show you why she was crowned winner of the series. The Corner Restaurant and Champagne Bar, 2nd Floor, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A

And the winner is…. Fortnum and Mason’s Food and Drink awards look set to become the foodie equivalent of the Oscars. The judging panel includes Tom Parker Bowles and Angela Hartnett, who face the difficult task of selecting the winners for ‘Best Food Book’, ‘Best Television Personality’ and many more. We doubt the ceremony will include weepy speeches and floor-length dresses (here’s hoping), but we are intrigued to find out who will be given the F&M seal of approval. 85

That’s the One of the more popular US imports to Mayfair, cocktails have been synonymous with hedonistic fun and glamorous sophistication ever since they first appeared in cut-glass coupes in dedicated ‘American bars’. Chris Murray takes a look at an enduring love affair


t’s amazing what happens when you blend things together. It’s hardly rocket science – mix two or more ingredients including an alcoholic spirit or two and come up with a suitably adventurous name. And yet the transformative power of cocktails, as opposed to their more straightforward cousins – wine, beer and spirits ‘on the rocks’ – is noted time and time again, with the ability to turn a gathering into an event. Interestingly, the origin of the cocktail seems to be a matter of controversy. One version has it that an 18th century Virginian bar owner, one Betsy Flanagan, was responsible for the term as she used cockerel feathers to identify mixed drinks. Well, maybe, but one thing is sure – the cocktail as a concept is an American invention. The original idea of the cocktail bar as a discreet entity seems to have occurred in the mid 19th century and became instantly popular. The whole romance behind the invention and concoction of the mixed drink – and the extras in the form of various paraphernalia, such as 



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 the different mixing vessels and the tiny umbrella, not to mention the flamboyant preparation – caught the imagination of the drinking public. Certainly there were peaks and troughs in the popularity of cocktails after the initial enthusiasm of the late 19th century – Prohibition, two World Wars and a global depression were hardly minor obstacles. Paradoxically however, Prohibition, which befell the US in 1919, was seen as a challenge by those who sought to circumvent the law and the cocktail was not conspicuous in its absence behind closed doors and the faux respectability of the illegal speakeasy drinking dens. The cocktail bar (or ‘American bar’) was soon to be seen across the Atlantic, in Paris and London in particular. By the 1880s, the cocktail bar was a fixture in Victorian London’s West End. The cocktail craze was here. Usually attached to a hotel, restaurant or theatre, these venues became the preserve of the fast set, the younger men and their rakish elders. By Edwardian times, women were more likely to be seen inside, either in small groups or on the arms of their beaus, never on their own, of course. But just what is a cocktail bar? Historically they came in all shapes and sizes but had a few things in common: the bar staff was often in livery or at least in smart dress and there would be a large selection of drinks and mixers often of the high-quality, hard-to-get variety. There would be an expectation that the customer would enter into the spirit of the whole thing and dress accordingly. The décor would be suitably smart. A classic American Cocktail Bar was to be found at Piccadilly Circus at the Criterion Restaurant, conceived by the chief caterers of the day, Spiers and Pond. It was the first American-style bar in London and it was even run by an American to boot, one Leo Engel, who went on to write an early drinks manual in 1880, entitled American & Other Drinks. By 1889, the décor included an impressive eagle in gold


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leaf with talons holding forked lightning, carved cupids and marble tables; so much for Victorian restraint. Happily, you may still enjoy a cocktail today in the opulence of the Long Bar at the Criterion, which even now has a whiff of the Edwardian about it. The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, in The Strand was another early cocktail venue with a celebrity bartender, Ada Coleman. In the early 1900s, she created the Hanky Panky cocktail (in a cocktail shaker over ice, pour: half and half Italian vermouth, dry gin and two dashes of Fernet Branca, garnish with orange peel, since you ask). She went on to serve this and other mixtures to the wealthy and famous of the day. After the lean years of post WWII, the cocktail bar began to flourish again in the capital.

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In one of the world’s most stylish and opulent urban districts there are naturally various special drinking venues either tucked away or blatantly announcing their existence. It goes without saying that to enjoy their delights one must dip in one’s pocket. Technology is a double-edged sword for this world; where once a favourite spot could be kept secret, now everything is out there on a list at the touch of a button. In the cocktail world, everyone is on their toes, the bar is (literally)set high. It takes dedication, imagination and stamina to stick with a formula that creates a regular clientele or a rolling tourist trade. Of course it helps if the bar has a romantic history behind it, as many do, or if the décor is satisfyingly swanky, but the bottom line is that a successful ambience has to be in place before one even approaches the subject of drink. We are lucky today to have dozens of great cocktail destinations all with impeccable service in Mayfair, but the following deserve special mention. Many of the Grand Old hotels such as The May Fair, Stratton Street, which opened in the 1920s, are in possession of classic, classy cocktail

bars. The May Fair has two; the more famous May Fair Bar, which is roomy and smart and the cosier Quince Bar, my preference, used more by the hotel guests (but open to the general public). The Connaught experience is another that must be tried; the Carlos Place hotel also has two super-smart bars, The Coburg and The Connaught – the last is all marble floor, high ceilings and leather chairs. A request for the house Martini results in the confection being theatrically made at your table. The nearby Claridge’s Bar at the hotel in Brook Street was formerly a buffet bar when designer David Collins was invited to transform the space in 1999. This he did with much-appreciated restraint, keeping the geometric 1930s style but updating the colours and creating a great bar counter space with red leather bar furniture. Piccadilly marks the southern boundary of Mayfair and on this limit sits one of the landmark cocktail venues of London – The Ritz. The great Swiss hotelier, César Ritz, opened this

‘These venues became the preserve of the fast set – the younger men and their rakish elders’ temple to luxury in 1906 and it was a success from the first check-in. The great and the good from home and abroad flocked to be pampered within its walls. Today its Rivoli Bar, restored back to its early 20th century splendour is a magical, cosy and intimate space, low ceilinged and full of playful Art Deco design features such as nudes in lit-glass relief panels and leopardskin chairs under the gaze of a copper and brass image of Leda and the Swan that’s just this side of camp. If you want to capture the original spirit of the cocktail in modern Mayfair then you need look no further.


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DINING OUT Babbo, Albemarle Street WORDS: elle blakeman


talian food can be tricky can’t it? A casualty of its own universal appeal, there’s almost something too easy about it, which can put you off Italian restaurants in favour of more complex menus. Personally, I’m a firm believer in never ordering anything that I can make at home (chefs of Mayfair can rest easy knowing that my repertoire mostly consists of various breakfast cereals and avocado toast). Babbo, however, the discreet blink-and-youmiss-it Italian restaurant on Albemarle Street is enough to banish thoughts of tomato-drenched pastas and doughy pizzas. With an elegant yet warm and fairly traditional dining room – including framed family pictures and a wooden staircase – Babbo has been winning over the

diners of Mayfair since it launched in 2009. It also helps that new head chef, Carlo Scotto, is out to make a point. His new spring menu is a feast of rich Italian flavours, going back to what made us all fall in love with the nation and its food in the first place: homemade tortelloni, fresh basil and rich tomatoes and milky ice cream, and of course his hero ingredient fresh creamy burrata (flown over from Italy twice a week) – a buttery kind of mozzarella so delicious it instantly improves everything it’s added to;

‘There is a beef cheek that’s so tender it falls apart the second it’s touched’ Babbo could serve this on a car tyre and people would ask for more. In fact Scotto, who earned his stripes under Angela Hartnett and the Galvin brothers, is so enamoured with his burrata that he has created a whole menu for it. Stirring it into fresh pasta, tender beef fillet and Caprese-style berries; and yet somehow you still want to ask if there’s a cheese plate… Obviously the burrata is not the only star of the show, there is a beef cheek that’s so tender it falls apart the second it’s touched, while his apple semifreddo with amaretto jelly is like an alcoholic children’s dish, gleeful, simple and delicious. There is also a wonderful wine list, full of vintage treasures. However, there is no getting away from the all-consuming greed-inducing capabilities of the burrata – worth visiting for alone. Babbo, 39 Albemarle Street, London, W1S (020 3205 1099)


escape A tranquil oasis amidst the hustle & bustle of Mayfair. A unique dining experience begins as you walk down a tree-lined pathway to reach The Greenhouse. London fades away and calm descends. Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Bignon’s acclaimed light touch with highly flavoured dishes brings a thrilling dimension to classic French cuisine. Make your reservation today at

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Treatment of the month City-paced walking, endless stairs and general running around takes its toll south of the ankles. May is official Foot Health Awareness Month (who knew?), making it the ideal time for a foot MOT. Margaret Dabbs’ spas – havens of brilliant white and mint shades – offer everything from reflexology to 3D laser scanning. The Medi Pedi is the signature treatment here; working on dry skin, the podiatrist will overhaul your soles, smoothing hard skin, removing calluses and re-shaping nails. The process does feel ‘medical’, with serious tools (from a scalpel to some sort of a drill – all pain-free!) and a specialist therapist with knowledge of all aspects of foot health – a world away from the standard paint-and-file jobs. 45 minutes later and my feet look like someone else’s – I could audition for the next Graduate poster! Dabbs also has a great line of products so you can keep up the good work at home, and you will want to – you’ll leave feeling like you are walking on air. Medical Pedicure, £80 (

s w e n y t u a e B Embrace summer with flawless skin, the ultimate pedicure and a touch of Chanel words: elle blakeman

The eyes have it No one does drama like Chanel. The new Jeux de Regards collection is an invitation to throw off the usual nude tones of spring and go bolder. We love the inky indigo shades of this palette. Team with lashings of black mascara and kohl for a seriously eye-catching finish. Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in ‘Fascination’, £37, Chanel (

Gold standard

To celebrate World Foot Health Awareness Month, Margaret Dabbs is offering a complimentary Biomechanical Assessment (usually £80) at the Margaret Dabbs Foot Clinic and Nail Spa, Marylebone Village on Tuesday 28 May 2013. To book, call 020 7487 5510 and quote ‘WFHA’

Let there be light Former model and fashion editor Linda Rodin revolutionised the beauty industry with her line of luxury oils for the face, body and hair. Now, devotees of the cult favourite Olio Lusso can enjoy the signature jasmine and neroli scent in their homes too, with this beautiful scented candle that promises to ‘gently infuse the air with a sense of wellbeing’. The chic, pillar design will come as no surprise to those familar with the minimalist brand and it even comes with a set of Rodin matches – a great hostess gift, if you can bear to part with it that is… Olio Lusso scented candle, £81, Rodin (

Fans of Lancôme’s Absolue range will be thrilled to hear that the brand has finally added a serum for the first time in 50 years. Light and silky, the Oléo Serum is full of essential oils and rich in fatty acids, leaving skin plumped out, restored and radiant. Absolue Oléo Serum, £150, Lancôme, available nationwide (

One-stop shop The BB trend is showing no signs of waning, and now our favourite Japanese beauty brand is getting in on the act. Already the go-to brand for flawless, poreless skin, Shiseido’s BB cream provides light coverage without sacrificing any of the potent ingredients we expect from them, including antioxidants and UV protection. Perfect Hydrating BB Cream SPF 30, £28, Shiseido, available exclusively at House of Fraser ( 93

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Heart disease is the single biggest killer of women in the UK – HCA Hospitals unite to advise on how to keep young at heart


ndulgent meals, a few glasses of wine in the evening, driving over walking, the occasional social cigarette – these are behaviour patterns we all recognise as part of a modern lifestyle, but long term repetition of these activities could lead to heartbreak when it comes to your health. As many as one in five women will develop heart disease in their lifetime, with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) the greatest threat. This condition refers to the narrowing of the arteries caused by the build-up of fatty deposits (known as atheroma), which restrict blood flow and, if left untreated, can result in a heart attack.

Reduce The Risk The good news is that for many, basic lifestyle changes can considerably reduce the risk of cardiac disease. Professor Richard Schilling, Consultant Cardiologist at London Bridge Hospital explains: “Simple changes to your routine can drastically cut your risk. Managing your weight through a diet that is low in saturated fat, cholesterol and salt, whilst ensuring you do not exceed the recommended 2-3 units a day of alcohol should help to keep your heart healthier for longer.

Whilst the risk of cardiac disease to men is well documented, the fact that heart disease kills three times more women than breast cancer is often overlooked, highlighting the importance of knowing the risk factors.

The pressure to ‘have it all’ can lead to increased stress levels, resulting in negative coping mechanisms e.g. smoking, eating poorly, and drinking more. Regular exercise can help maintain a healthy weight and keep stress levels down, but if stress persists it’s vital that you seek help to ensure these behaviours do not impact on your health long term.”

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Dr Wyn Davies, Consultant Cardiologist at The Harley Street Clinic notes the importance for women to understand the risk factors of cardiac disease, which include:

Whilst prevention is key, Dr. David Lipkin, Consultant Cardiologist at The Wellington Hospital highlights the importance of monitoring your health and seeking help when symptoms arise:

1. Being Overweight – This places strain on your heart as it is required to work harder to pump blood around the body. 2. Diet – Too much salt can increase your blood pressure, heightening the risk of stroke; whilst saturated fat and high cholesterol increase fatty build up in the arteries. 3. Smoking – Favours the development of cholesterol deposits inside the lining of arteries. 4. Family history – The hereditary nature of heart disease means you are at greater risk of developing it if your family members have suffered from the condition. 5. Alcohol – Drinking too much increases blood pressure and can lead to weight gain. 6. Stress – Whilst this can raise blood pressure, increased levels also acts as a trigger for other negative behaviour patterns that impact heart health.

“The risk of heart disease increases with age in women and there is a marked increase in incidences after the menopause. If you are concerned, at-home monitoring can be useful. Regularly monitoring your weight is a strong start, whilst pharmacies offer cholesterol tests. For those who are more concerned, CT scans are readily available within cardiology departments to search for chalk in the arteries.”

If you are worried about your heart health, you can make an appointment at one of HCA’s outstanding hospitals; London Bridge Hospital, The Harley Street Clinic, and The Wellington Hospital by visiting or calling 0843 770 4432.



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

‘Almost any woe can be aided by one of their 12 body oils’


ou can smell the essential oils seeping out through the door before you even go into the Aromatherapy Associates spa. Just a few metres away from the rambunctious Knightsbridge I felt a huge sense of relief as I swooped in off the street, followed by a sense of total tranquility for the next two hours, in my own little oasis in which emails and phone calls were temporarily halted. All of the treatments are designed to rebalance and restore the mind, body and spirit, and are adjusted to fit your specific needs. If you are on the tail end of a cold, select the Immune Recovery to clear your head, or if you have just stepped off a long-haul flight, book yourself in for a Jet Lag Cure to help get you back onto London time. The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience is its signature treatment, during which I discovered that almost any woe can be aided by one of their 12 body oils. My therapist, Erica, asked me what I hope to achieve from my session, more interesting than the standard: ‘Do you have any areas of concern?’ (to which I am always tempted to answer, ‘Everything’). To start, there was a blind scent test to pick the oil – an instinctive choice that apparently reveals a lot. During the pressure-point scalp massage, my breathing pattern slowed into a deep rhythm, as the scent of the oils enveloped me – the De-Stress Mind oil with frankincense, petitgrain, wild camomile and rosemary lulled me into an completely meditative state. The 90 minutes also includes a facial using a deep-cleansing balm, giving my skin a much-needed drink. When roused from my semi-snooze, I spent some time in the relaxation area, designed to ease your body back into the real world, and when I did rejoin it, that awaiting ‘to do’ list suddenly seemed far less daunting. Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience, 60 or 90 minutes, from £50 or £75. 5 Montpelier Street, SW7 (020 7838 1117;


Better than cure

This month, The Wellington Hospital discusses the benefits and limitations of cervical screening


t’s that time again. You open the letter that’s dropped through your door and out peeps the teal green guidance booklet, prompting you to book your visit with your GP for your cervical smear. However, one in five never make the appointment, and for those aged under 35, the figures are more grim – one in three. Even though it’s not the most appealing letter you could ever receive, it is quite an important one. Checking the health of your cervix is essentially the idea behind the screening, with the aim to detect any abnormal cells that may lead to cervical cancer at an early stage. Cell anomalies are detected by examining the cells from the surface of the cervix that are collected via the smear. Screening achieves results because cervical cancer, in the vast majority of cases, is preceded by a long precancerous phase. Screening is by no means compulsory; undertaking screening is your decision and not just because a letter has dropped through your door. During Cervical Cancer Awareness Week last January, Macmillan posted a useful blog, highlighting the pros and cons to help people decide whether screening is right for them.

Hormone Replacement Therapy Dr Shauna Mukherjee, Private GP at The Wellington Hospital, offers some expert advice on HRT As menopause approaches, many women experience distressing symptoms. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) relieves symptoms such as hot flushes and, in the past, was also recommended to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease, caused by the body’s decreasing production of oestrogen. Recent studies highlighting potential risks of HRT have led more women to seek alternatives, and often non-drug related measures to help them through this time. The safest option to help ease menopausal symptoms is simple lifestyle changes. Taking regular aerobic exercise like running, cycling or swimming may reduce hot flushes. Sleeping in a ventilated room should reduce night sweats and improve sleep. Cutting down on alcohol, smoking and caffeine may also help, as well as improving general health. 98

Benefits • It reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer. • The number of women who develop cervical cancer has halved since the 1980s due to most women regularly having cervical screening. • Cervical cancer is now an uncommon illness in the UK due to regular screening. • NHS cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives a year in England.

Limitations • Cervical screening can show minor changes that may go back to normal on their own, but knowing they are there can be worrying. • Sometimes, too few cells are taken, or can’t be seen properly and the test will need to be done again. • Regular cervical screening can prevent cancers from developing, but it doesn’t prevent every case. • Cervical screening doesn’t pick up every abnormality of the cervix. • Some women find the test an unpleasant experience. Natural remedies such as evening primrose oil, ginseng and black cohosh are marketed in health food stores for menopausal symptoms. While providing relief for many women, there is little evidence to support the benefits believed to come from taking such products. There may also be a risk of interaction with other medications, so always consult your GP before using complementary treatments for menopausal symptoms. If symptoms persist, your GP may consider prescribing drug treatment. Tibolone is a common alternative to treat HRT but shouldn’t be used if there is a risk of breast cancer. Low mood is often associated with menopause, so antidepressants are routinely prescribed and can help with hot flushes. However these come with side effects, so benefits must be weighed up against risks. Clonidine, Gabapentin and Pregabalin are other medications that have been shown to reduce hot flushes in some menopausal women and you can discuss these with your GP.

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It is important to remember that if you receive abnormal results from a cervical screening test it doesn’t mean you have cancer. An abnormal result identifies changes within the cells of the cervix, and some of the conditions could develop into cancer if they are left untreated. If cervical cancer is diagnosed, further tests will take place to establish the type of tumour, its grade and the degree to which it has spread. This process is called staging and helps determine the most appropriate treatment. Due to the nature of how cancer can develop, a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is established to recommend and manage your case and will usually include your consultant, clinical specialist nurses, radiologists, radiotherapists and oncologists. You will be kept fully involved with this decision-making process. Cervical Screening Awareness Week, 9 -15 June. For further information or if you would like to arrange an appointment at The Wellington Hospital, please contact the hospital Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5004 or visit

Meet the Specialist Dr Shauna Mukherjee is a Private GP who sees children and adults for all medical problems, and has a special interest in menopause, fertility and screening for female cancers. She also offers contraception and sexual health counselling as well as health promotion for men and women. Dr Mukherjee provides a personal service to each individual and gives time and attention to the specific needs of her patients, offering a caring, supportive and holistic role as their primary health care provider. She can also arrange cervical smears.


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As the annual HPA Gaucho International Polo tournament returns to The O2 in May, Jamie Morrison, England polo captain, shares his experience of the thrills and spills of the game


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Polo is often associated with grass pitches, sunshine and picnics, but what does playing in an arena bring to the game? I actually think playing in an arena is much more exciting for the spectator! It’s very fast-paced and because you’re sitting within close proximity of the game you can feel the power and adrenalin close up. And what makes the O2 venue so special to play in? The O2’s has become an iconic venue in London, both for music and sporting events, so I’m really excited to be playing again this year. It’s a unique place to play polo in. Would you like to see polo become as big as football in the UK? I don’t think it’s about competing with football – it’s a sport that has its own skill and appeal. I love encouraging more people to get into polo – so if anyone going to the Gaucho International at The O2 enjoys watching the match (which I’m sure they will do!) then I’ll be happy. It’s even better if they fancy a go themselves – you just need to give your local club a call to try it out. What has been the highlight of your career? Probably winning medals, including two gold medals at the FIP European championships.


What about one of the most challenging moments? One of the most challenging times any sportsman faces is injury, as it usually means you can’t compete and there can be long recovery periods. I’ve had to tackle broken eye sockets, I’ve broken both kneecaps and I’ve had numerous hand injuries (among others!) Recovering is such a huge challenge so overcoming each injury is a great achievement and very rewarding. Polo has always been synonymous with entertainment, food, wine and luxury – do you think this is an important aspect of the game? Absolutely – I think for spectators it’s such a great sport to watch. I recommend going with a group of friends, getting dressed up and making a day out of it – watching polo while tasting food and great wine is fantastic fun. Where will the 2013 polo calendar be taking you? After the Gaucho International at the end of May, the UK polo season starts, so I’ll be based in Berkshire over the summer. I’ll probably then head over to Spain and perhaps to Copenhagen for international matches. Jamie goes head to head with Argentine Captain Nacho Figueras at the upcoming HPA Gaucho International Polo at The O2 on 21 May. Tickets from £20 (

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argentine inspiration Perhaps you’ve been lucky enough to visit the sultry South American gem of Argentina, enjoying juicy steak, full-bodied wine and a little polo while you’re there. You may have stumbled upon Nicolas Audebert’s Cheval des Andes estate, set within the beautiful wine region of Mendoza; surrounded by the vineyards and facing the Andes, you’ll also find a polo pitch right at its centre. That’s the Argentinian way. And luckily for us, we can get a taste a little closer to home at The O2 this summer. We’ll be waiting with bated breath as the world’s greatest polo players fly in to The O2 to compete in this prestigious tournament. Through three international matches, players will be vying for the honour of taking home the championship on Tuesday 21 May 2013. Offering delicious South American food by Gaucho, live music and top DJs alongside the polo, there really is no better way to kick off the summer sporting season. As England take on the mighty Argentina at this year’s HPA Gaucho International Polo match, England captain Jamie Morrison will go mallet-to-mallet with Argentinian rival Nacho Figueras. We’ll be sipping on the local wines as we watch; the biggest consumer event ever staged in Europe and 50 of Argentina’s best wineries will fly over especially for the occasion, presenting more than 200 varieties.

Veuve Clicquot will be creating a unique Champagne garden at the VIP after-party, held at Indigo2, while Tanqueray Gin will be hosting a ring-side party and hospitality package. We’ll be taking up the Club Gaucho premium hospitality package which includes meeting the players, a Veuve Clicquot reception, VIP access to the arena and after-party. Post match, you’ll find us enjoying the Thames-side views on board the ‘Polo Express Clipper’ a 150 seater catamaran.

Sponsors IG will continue its sponsorship of Team England and are joined by Cheval des Andes a LVMH winery in Mendoza who will sponsor Team Argentina. La Martina and HR OWEN Maserati are also taking roles as official merchandising and official car partners. Royal Salute will be sponsoring Team Scotland, and sponsors of the opening match – between two teams captained by Thomas Kato and Yevgeny Chichvarkin – will be Merchant Hub and Hedonism Wines.

Don’t miss the third annual HPA Gaucho International Polo event at The O2 in London on Tuesday 21 May 2013 Tickets from £20, Follow the latest news on Gaucho Polo via social media: @gauchopolo @gauchogroup and For further information contact:


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he Monaco Grand Prix is always the jewel in the Formula One calendar. The narrow street circuit and tight turns mean it’s not everyone’s favourite for all-action overtaking, but the heady cocktail of history, location, glamour, romance and sunshine is impossible to beat. Former F1 champion Nelson Piquet famously said it was like trying to cycle around your living room, but that a win there was worth two anywhere else. Attending any F1 race is an experience like no other, but Monaco is something else again. Anyone privileged to attend is witnessing the ultimate test of driving skill. So what better way to do that than by turning the race weekend into the final destination of a truly memorable five-day luxury road trip to the South of France? The only qualifying criterion is access to a supercar to make the journey in. Starting the week before, The Run to Monaco is a celebration of driving. Places are limited to just 30, ensuring a bespoke and exclusive experience. The opportunity to lap the closed Monte Carlo street circuit in a $250,000 supercar – hours before Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button do the same – is a fitting climax to the adventure. Throw in two more track-driving opportunities, three days’ journey through rural France, fantastic food and wine, an array of high-quality entertainment, concierge service, glamorous parties and some of the leading hotels in the world… what’s not to like? The icing on the cake is that your car will be shipped back to the UK, allowing you to stay on for a well-earned break before flying home. ‘Having worked in motorsport and been to a lot of Grand Prix, I always felt the experience could be made more exciting to match the on-track action,’ says Christo Thompson, MD of The Run To Global Ltd, which stages the event. ‘We’ve tried to create the ultimate adventure for people who love both the sport and the finer things in life.’ 


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The Run To Monaco begins with an early start at Brands Hatch in Kent – one of the most iconic circuits in the UK – and a hearty breakfast by award-winning London caterers. The first challenge is to negotiate an on-track obstacle course in a Caterham Seven Superlight, one of the most agile cars on the planet. There will be a spectacular prize for the fastest time – last year it was a racehorse. At 9.45am it’s time to ‘start your engines’ and proceed to the grid. After a formation lap of the circuit, which was the venue for the British Grand Prix on 12 occasions, it’s time to head south for the Channel Tunnel. Once on the continent, the route snakes through pretty villages and a national park, ending at the Château de Beaulieu where the two-Michelinstarred chef Marc Meurin will have prepared lunch. The afternoon drive ends at the Hotel Royal Champagne, set on a hill overlooking the region’s vineyards. In the evening, a fleet of Citroën 2CVs will whisk everyone to the famous chalk cellars for an underground banquet.

Day two starts with a drive to Circuit Dijon-Prenois, where the track cars will include the stunning Radical SR8 RX, which holds the lap record for production cars at the famous 13-mile Nürburgring circuit by an astonishing 23 seconds. A leisurely afternoon drive will see the convoy enter the Alps, arriving at the luxurious Au Coeur De Village hotel. Dinner will be a lively Savoyard feast on the terrace.

Day Three The route on day three takes in roads that are regularly described as among the best in Europe. Expect soaring mountain views, tight switchback curves and a host of long flowing corners, all set in some of the world’s most beautiful scenery. A picnic lunch will provide a counterpoint to the buzz of Monaco. The afternoon ends at Château Saint-Martin, high in the hills above the coast. Leaving the cars there, guests are whisked by helicopter into Monaco, getting a bird’s eye view of the principality and avoiding the traffic jams. The

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Royal Riviera in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is the group’s base from now on and a celebration dinner on its private beach rounds off the day. Expect film footage of the three-day adventure, prizes and excellent food and drink.

on a superyacht and ending with VIP tables in Amber Lounge, the quintessential Grand Prix party. Chauffeurs will take guests back to the Royal Riviera at their leisure.

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Sunday is race day – and there will be no time for a hangover! The Champion’s Lounge will be home to numerous former F1 veterans, dropping by to soak up the atmosphere and share some stories. Then it’s time for the Grand Prix itself and another chapter in the history of the most iconic race in the world. The terrace looks over both the hill after the first corner – traditionally the scene of much action – and the exit of the tunnel, along towards the swimming pool complex. This includes the chicane widely regarded as the best point for overtaking on the course. Hospitality will carry on long into the night, completing a truly unforgettable experience. Places on this year’s Run to Monaco are still available at the time of writing. Visit or call 0207 706 8502 for more information.

Day four is Saturday, the first day of the Grand Prix weekend, and the excitement is building. It begins with breakfast on the Royal Riviera’s terrace, overlooking the waters of the Côte d’Azur. Port Hercules, the centre of the Grand Prix action, is a 10-minute hop in high-speed launches and guests will be escorted to the Champions Lounge, the best track-side roof terrace in Monaco. Now for one of the highlights of the event – you will be strapped into a $250,000 supercar, piloted by a former F1 star, and taken for a ride round the Monte Carlo circuit. That means flashing past some of the biggest yachts in the world and through the famous harbourside tunnel. Saturday night will be for sampling the event’s wilder side, beginning with a drinks reception

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Governor’s Residence, Burma Set in the leafy Embassy Quarter of Yangon, Burma’s largest city, the Governor’s Residence brings the old-world glamour of the 1920s to life. Just a short drive away from the dusty streets of Yangon, the colonial-style mansion is a quiet haven – bask in the sun under parasols while sipping on lemongrass cordial, or soak up the tropical surroundings at the Kipling Bar while reclining on the teak armchairs. Dinner is served alfresco on the lanternlit veranda above the picturesque lotus ponds with cuisine inspired by a mix of European and Burmese dishes. With just 42 rooms, this hotel is filled with charming personal touches; it will leave you wanting to return to the decadence of the Roaring Twenties. (

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This month, inspired by The Great Gatsby, we bring you two hotels with a nostalgic air of Art Deco and 1920s glamour

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A favourite haunt of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and other American literary icons, the Hotel Pont Royal epitomises the café culture Paris is known for. Surrounded by cobbled streets and art galleries, this boutique hotel sits in the centre of the stylish Saint-Germain des Prés, with rooms that overlook the city. While you are there, book a table at the romantic L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon and feast on French-inspired tapas. (

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TRAVEL TIPS Don’t leave home without… This luxury travel set from Mayfair’s L&B. Make the most of your beauty sleep by investing in this assortment of travel essentials: wrap up warm in the cashmere blanket and rest your head on the silk pillow – the neutral hues and elegant designs will ensure you complete your journey in total comfort. £280, L&B (

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blue Forget landing on a new piece of terra firma, the top holiday destinations are those with a distinctly watery feel. From gorgeous yachts that glide through tropical tides to cutting-edge design vessels that offer Michelin-starred adventures, there’s definitely something in the waters words: ANGELINA VILLA-CLARKE


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Sail the Gatsby scene Get to grips first-hand with the setting of this month’s blockbuster film The Great Gatsby by stepping onboard (in bare feet only, of course) Edminston’s classic motor yacht The Highlander. She will take you along the Hamptons, stopping off at Sag Harbor and its idyllic beaches, Newport, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. You can mingle with New York’s laid-back socialites or create your own scene – the colonial-styled yacht has a stunning canoe stern, perfect for afternoon tea, followed by cocktails under the moonlight. Charter available from £40,000 per week for eight guests, May to September, (

Adventures on-board an Indonesian Phinisi For those yearning for a swashbuckling jaunt at sea, then Tiger Blue is the lady to do it with. Sailing around the remote eastern Indonesian islands, such as Komodo, Rinca and Maumere, the traditional phinisi schooner is a breathtaking sight. While adventure is at the heart of these trips – think diving, swimming with dolphins and climbing volcanoes – on-board comfort has an elite party set firmly in mind. There are en-suite cabins, a laundry service and chefs that cook the fish you’ve caught during the day. The seven-night Komodo itinerary costs from £2,180 per person, including food and activities, (


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Boutique cruising along the Amazon Offering the experience of a five-star hotel while cruising down the Amazon is Aqua Expedition’s Aria Amazon. The customdesigned ship imagined by stellar Peruvian designer Jordi Puig boasts suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, a bubbling Jacuzzi, star observation deck and an onboard boutique. As you sail along the Amazon deep into the remote Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, top Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino, meanwhile, cooks up a storm in the galley. In fact, you can even partake in cooking classes under his tuition. You’ll be rustling up the perfect ceviche and pisco sours in no time – just the thing before you try your hand at piranha fishing. Fans of the water safari experience should also keep the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam on their radar when the company launches its new luxury vessel the Aqua Mekong in early 2014. It will have 20 outward-facing suites with floor-toceiling windows, a spa, library, screening room and observation deck with swimming pool and lounge bar. A three-night Amazon River Discovery Cruise costs from £1,609 per person, (

Fabulous in the Flores Better known for their ultra-sleek resorts, Asian hotel brand Alila has transferred its design finesse to the seas. Just launched is its very own luxury wooden phinisi, the Alila Purnama, which takes guests on voyages of discovery through Raja Ampat and the Komodo Islands and the Flores Seas, docking at Bali. Onboard guests can tailor the itinerary according to their interests but can expect to do so in style. Oversized daybeds allow you to take in the incredible changing views as you lounge under the billowing sails, and if that isn’t relaxing enough, there are on-board spa therapists to calm you further. How swell. Seven days exclusive hire of Alila Purnama for 10 people, sailing around the Komodo Islands, costs from £35,933 per person, inclusive of all meals and activities. (

Riding the wave in the Maldives It’s no surprise that Per Aquum’s glitzy Maldive’s resort, Huvafen Fushi, is one step ahead of the curve when it comes to yachting. With an underwater spa, a subterranean wine cave and its line-up of starry events, – think Karl Lagerfeld’s sound designer as DJ and Nicolas Maillebiau perfumery workshops – it is widely regarded as one of the hippest hotels on the planet. Now Huvafen Fushi has also added a traditional dhoni sailing vessel to the mix. Check into a beach bungalow with your own plunge pool and stretch your sea legs with one night onboard the ivory-sailed lovely. Seven nights cost from £3,000 per person inclusive of breakfast and dinner, speedboat transfers, international flights and one night on a luxury dhoni. (

Decked out for the Aeolian islands Sailing can’t possibly get more stylish than boarding a Lungarno yacht. Check into one of the gorgeous Lungarno Collection hotels in Rome or Florence, owned by the Ferragamo family, and you’ll have access to their Swan Yacht collection. Just launched is the new Swan 90 S Alix, which is available for sailing around the Aeolian islands. The seven small islands that make up this volcanic archipelago north of Sicily include the jet-set haunts of Panarea and Stromboli, known for their pristine waters that are perfect for diving and exloring its colourful sea life. On-board it’s all gleaming decks, fine linens and billowing sails. The Aeolian itinerary costs from £35,000 per week for six guests. (

Making a splash in St Tropez If there’s one place to go yachting it’s St Tropez. Quite fittingly, the Riviera’s iconic hotel Byblos has just launched a glamorous Princess V65 yacht, the Algandra. Guests can hire it for the day (why not pop down to Le Club 55 and really make an entrance?) or spend a few days at sea to escape the party scene. You can bob along the coastline, with picnics at quiet hidden 

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bays, or plan an itinerary that will take you to Monaco, Antibes, Cap Ferrat and on to Corsica. Cream leather banquettes, sliding glass doors and a deluxe stateroom mean this is seriously sexy sailing. The Algandra costs from £3,320 to charter the boat per day with six guests. (

Super fun on a super-yacht Don’t think that jaunts on an ocean wave are just for the young, hip and single. This month, uber-luxe yacht company Y.CO is launching Ocean Paradise, a 55-metre gleaming motor yacht with just about every gadget under the sun to keep you and the little ones amused. If your budget permits, you and 11 guests can enjoy an outdoor the cinema, dance floor, and even a water slide from the upper deck. There’s a retro arcade game table, Playstation and a veritable armada of water toys, including jet skis, sea bobs, kayaks, towables and wake skates, so there is plenty of fun and action aboard. Factor in the 12 members of the crew to take care of your every whim and it’s the kind of holiday every average oligarch would enjoy. Weekly charter of Ocean Paradise costs from £221,174 for 12 guests. (

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One way to take the stress out of organising your yachting expedition is to let someone else do the hard work for you. Have your own private consultant from MGMT Concierge plan the trip from start to finish. Their knowledge spans further than luxury yachts and you can plan almost any activity you can think of – such as real estate purchases or super-car racing. The team had a high-profile hand in arranging for the superyachts to visit London during last year’s Olympics, so rest assured that your high sea adventure is in excellent hands. (020 7193 3206;









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Stuart, 3rd Baronet of Hartley Mauditt; and George Ashburnham, 3rd Earl of Ashburnham whose Godfather was King George III. The 2nd Duke of Westminster met Coco Chanel in Monte Carlo in the early 1920s and it was during this period, at the height of Chanel’s success, that she began to move within the fashionable set of British aristocracy, including Winston Churchill and the Prince of Wales, who would become King Edward VIII. The relationship between Bend’Or and Chanel continued until the early 1930s and there are rumours she turned down his proposal of marriage. It was at this time, in 1930-1, that the Duke of Westminster gave Coco No.9 South Audley Street as a London home, and for offices for her thriving business. The house was refurbished at a cost to the Duke, and the parish rate books show ‘British Chanel Ltd’ and Madame Gabrielle Chanel moving into the house in October 1932. However, Chanel only remained in the house for two years, moving out in November 1934. Melanie Backe-Hansen, House Historian (

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Carlton Gardens, SW1 This property has an illustrious past: Lord Kitchener, Prime Minister Gladstone and President De Gaulle have all resided at Carlton Gardens. On the doorstep of St James’s Park, with views overlooking Buckingham Palace, the three-bedroom penthouse is nestled in the heart of London’s oldest district. Quietly situated behind a landscaped garden, the property is very private, offering a calm oasis away from the hubbub of the city. Spanning 2,454 square feet, the rooms are bright and spacious, yet still have a homely feel. With a charming terrace, which has stunning views over London’s skyline, the apartment is perfect for entertaining, particularly during the summer. £7.5 million. 3, 5 Carlton Gardens, St James’s, SW1. For further enquiries contact Knight Frank (020 7499 1012; 136

Balfour Place, W1 With Mount Street and Park Lane in walking distance, Balfour Place is nestled in the heart of Mayfair. Set within a historic Georgian building, this one-bedroom pied-à-terre showcases architectural innovation. The freestanding walnut staircase acts as a feature throughout the apartment; it joins with the kitchen and leads up to the master bedroom suite on the floor above. The white interiors and large bay windows give the property a bright, modern and minimalist feel. Designed using the latest technology, Balfour Place is exemplary of contemporary living at its most chic, all with some of London’s best restaurants, bars and shops on its doorstep. Balfour Place, Mayfair, W1. For further enquiries contact Chesterton Humberts (020 7629 4513;

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An immaculately presented lateral apartment of c. 2,368 sq ft with west facing views over the Green Street Gardens. This property on the 2nd floor of this smart portered block is ideally located for Hyde Park & all the amenities of the West End. This spacious apartment boasts 3 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, 2 reception rooms & benefits from wood flooring & air conditioning. EPC rating C

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Walpole Mayfair Arlington Street, SW1 Three-bedroom apartments providing the ultimate in sophisticated living are available in a sought-after development in Mayfair. Designed in a contemporary style, the apartments are finished to a high standard with bespoke furniture and benefit from a 24-hour concierge service. Walpole Mayfair is an award-winning and prestigious development by Oliver Burns and was once the home of Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole. Leasehold approximately 999 years remaining £11,500,000 020 7409 9346



The Lancasters, Hyde Park, W2 A beautifully furnished, three bedroom, triplex apartment in this highly sought-after development. The lower ground floor of the property comprises two double bedrooms both with marble en-suite bathrooms, spacious kitchen with dining area that leads out to a patio, media room, study and a bathroom. The ground floor consists of a vast living room with double height ceilings and French windows leading out to the elegant communal gardens. Above that is the master suite with plenty of storage and an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower. This grand apartment has the rare advantage of direct access the building’s gym and swimming pool. The building also benefits from a fantastic concierge and valet service. Available, furnished £8,000 pw 020 7409 9158





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The Hat Factory, W1F - ÂŁ1,500 per week - Long Let A stunning interior designed apartment in the iconic Hat Factory development offers a unique contemporary living space. The apartment comprises of an open plan reception room with vaulted double height ceiling, high specification kitchen, private terrace, two double bedrooms and beautiful Carrera marble bathrooms.

Orwell Studios, W1W - ÂŁ2,200 per week - Long Let This fantastic penthouse apartment boasts over 2400 square foot of luxury living space. A wrap around balcony provides stunning views over Oxford Circus and the London skyline. The open plan reception room offers fantastic entertaining space. Two double bedroom suites. Available furnished/unfurnished.












PALACE GARDENS TERRACE, W8 - DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY A unique opportunity to purchase three self contained residential houses set within and around a private gated courtyard, and two further adjacent mews houses arranged as ground floor premises with two further self contained flats above. The total existing site comprises 695m2 (7093sqft) of gross internal space and benefits from off street parking and open-air terraces. Although the properties are situated with the Kensington Conservation Area they are not listed. There is potential to implement exciting architectural plans for a C11,000sqft mansion or two smaller developments. There have been consultations with the council for the proposed scheme, subject to full planning. Architects plans will allow for 7 bedrooms with en-suites and walk-in wardrobes, kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, office with kitchenette, cinema, gym, 17m in-ground swimming pool, spa, laundry room, 2 internal courtyards, 1 external cobbled courtyard. The proposed lateral 3 storey house could extend to 18-19m in width.




Knight Frank Kensington Roddy Craggs 020 7938 4311



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YORK BUILDINGS A beautifully presented and spacious three bedroom freehold house. Recently refurbished yet retaining many original period features the property is arranged over five floors, with a spacious kitchen/dining room occupying the entire lower ground floor that leads on to a charming and private patio garden.

£5 million




Recently refurbished and well presented one bedroom apartment situated on the fourth floor of this fully portered building in the heart of St James’s.

A wonderful 2 bed 2 bath apartment on the 3rd floor of this magnificent Victorian mansion block. Modernised to a high standard with a fantastic entertaining space and high ceilings.



020 7839 6006

23a St James’s Street, London, SW1A 1HA


£2.2 million

Horne & Harvey Est. 1803

WHITEHALL COURT A magnificent sixth floor apartment in this impressive Victorian mansion block. This property boasts high ceilings and French windows leading onto stone balconies with stunning views over the River Thames.

£4.95 million




Bright and spacious one bedroom apartment. Situated on the fourth floor of A charming one bedroom mews in the heart of Mayfair. This property has this charming period building in the heart of St James s the property has been been newly refurbished but has retained many period features. Boasting recently refurbished to a high standard and boasts wooden floors throughout. wooden floors throughout and lots of natural light. (Price includes heating and hot water).


£600 per week


£795 per week

BAYSWATER ROAD, HYDE PARK W2 Extremely spacious four bedroom apartment with mostly wooden floors, an excellent kitchen and bathrooms and a very large reception room ideal for formal entertaining, on the first floor of this prestigious purpose built block. The property is located directly opposite Hyde Park within easy walking distance of Marble Arch. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Cloakroom, Reception Room, Kitchen, Lift


We believe that every building is one-of-akind. Every design is created to a unique, specific and personal vision. And every project requires individual understanding, research and planning. Blending architectural flair with building surveying professionalism. Collaborating with clients, suppliers, engineers and builders. Together we create original and beautiful bespoke houses. We are experienced and pragmatic, fresh thinking and innovative; we are Pennington Phillips.

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Apartments from £900,000 to £15,000,000. Located just 5 minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus.* 020 7323 1077

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life We bring you a Portuguese escape with this five-bedroom villa, situated in the naturally beautiful Algarve


adies, pack your Heidi Klein swimsuit, gentlemen, your Vilebrequin trunks. In fact, tell as many of your friends and family as you like to do the same, because you will want them all to come along to this five-bedroom villa in the Algarve in the green coastal region in southern Portugal. Contemporary design radiates from the inside out and floor-to-ceiling windows afford spectacular views over the lagoons and lush, natural surroundings of the Ria Formosa, part of the Unesco nature reserve. There is an abundance of space here; open-plan living and dining areas look out over the spacious terraces and you will never be short of natural light during the day. Meanwhile, the kitchen is fitted with Gaggenau’s hard-working, modern kitchen appliances. It’s also a design lover’s haven. Two of the bedroom suites are on the ground floor, but to reach the master bedroom there are two rather exciting options: ascend the glass staircase, or travel via the circular glass elevator. There is also a 180-degree view from the master bedroom though full-length glass panels. Below, on the lower-ground floor, there is an office space (although hopefully by the time you reach the villa, work will seem very, very, far away), as well as a gymnasium, spa, sauna, steam bath and the fifth bedroom suite. There is also, of course, a garage to stow your vehicles in and an outdoor pool – you may never leave. Approximately £10,220,000. For further enquiries contact Savills (020 7016 3740;


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‘Designed from the inside out with floor-to-ceiling windows affording spectacular views over the lagoons’


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The height

of luxury The Meier-On-Rothschild is a palatial skyscraper heralding a new era for luxury apartments in Tel Aviv


rt meets innovation in a new residential development in Tel Aviv. The Meier-On-Rothschild, which is due to be completed in early 2014, is a landmark project currently underway, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect, Richard Meier. His personal style is reflected from the inside out on each of its stunning 42 storeys. It is already boldly making its claim on the Tel Aviv skyline and will be the city’s tallest residential building, with 141 ultra-modern residences (over half of which are already sold), attracting buyers from across the world. With dramatic views over the Rothschild Boulevard, Neve Tzedek, Old Jaffa and the Mediterranean, the Meier-On-Rothschild is ideal for contemporary living. Residences range in size from 1,000 to 16,000 square feet, and cost from £784 to £1,306 per square foot. For further enquiries, contact Beauchamp Estates (; 0207 722 9793)