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elcome to our travel issue, brimming with beautiful destinations to inspire: motorbike through the Andes, play sports in Marbella or detox in Tuscany, we bring you the most luxurious places to visit whatever you want to do. Nothing says old-world romance like a trip on the Orient Express and Natalie Cox heads to Venice on a journey filled with art and opulence (p.102). Meanwhile, I certainly found my food paradise in Pulgia where delicious wine and homemade pasta was on the menu (p.109). And just when we are getting over space tourism, Mike Peake brings us the awe-inspiring plans for travel back here on the ground; turn to page 112 to see his predictions on where travel itself is heading.

Once you have decided upon your destination, we take a look at the best method of transport to get you there, whether that be by first-class travel, fractional ownership or private jet (p.116), while Stephen Doig ensures you arrive in style with the best that heritage luggage brands have to offer (p.21). Finally to ensure that you can truly relax and enjoy your time away, we bring you the finest and most secure safes on the market. Works of art in their own right, a luxury safe is fast becoming as treasured a possession as the valuables they are built to protect (p.34). And from private jets to luxury sea travel – as Riva celebrates 170 years of style, we take a look at the history behind the brand that many of the world’s most glamorous actors and socialites adopted as their personal icon. Everyone from Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren to Prince Rainier of Monaco was snapped gracing one of the beautiful vessels, we relive the glory days on page 14. And for those of you who are unable to get away, Cecilia Castle brings a taste of the exotic to your door with a look at some of the best international dining experiences Mayfair has to offer (p.130). So, sit back, drink in hand and begin your journey, wherever you decide to go.

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In 1842 an idyllic spring afternoon on the shores of Italy’s Lake Como saw the beginning of the Riva story. A fisherman visiting from Sarnico, a village on the shores of Lake Iseo, is left in awe after seeing a young Pietro Riva working on a badly damaged boat. The visitor proposes that Pietro returns with him to Sarnico to work on two of his own boats both damaged by flooding. It was this journey that saw the birth of Riva, with its first workshop established on the shore of Lake Iseo. The early pedigree of Riva was that of championship-winning race boats, thriving on the motorboat events and sport initiatives brought in during the Thirties as propaganda by the fascist government. Two of the best pilots of the time, Serafino Riva and Giuseppe Guerini, were friends on land but bitter rivals on water where both used Riva racing boats. From its early days amongst Italian lakes to the harbours of Monaco and the Côte d’Azur, Riva remains one of the most iconic and luxurious yacht makers with its craft occupying some of the world’s most exclusive moorings. The late 1800s saw the creation of Riva’s

The fifties and sixties saw some of the world’s most glamorous actors and socialites sporting the Aquarama first motorboat and by the early sixties international high society had adopted Riva’s legendary Acquarama vessel as their personal icon. Named after the infamous ‘Cinerama’ American experimental film screens, it came with the slogan ‘Sun, sea, joy of living!’. Referred to by Riva as the ‘La dolce vita’ era, the Fifties and Sixties saw some of the world’s most glamorous actors and socialites sporting the Aquarama. Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Sean Connery and Prince Rainier of Monaco are just some of the names that brought Riva and the Aquarama to the forefront of luxury, not only as a remarkable craft but also as a fashion icon. Not just synonymous with actors off-screen, Riva’s craft made numerous cameos in some of the era’s classic films - including an appearance by the Monte Carlo 30 offshorer, driven by James Bond GoldenEye. Despite its duly-earned fame creating classic day cruisers and movie star harbour-hoppers, Riva carried through its racing heritage to win the prestigious London-Monte Carlo race with the Super Aquarama. The 2,700 mile race is regarded as the toughest in the

world and the Riva team won after 14 legs to ensure its racing traditions would live on. The company stayed with the Riva family until 1990 when it was acquired by luxury giant Rolls Royce. Today the company has returned to Italy and is owned by one of the biggest names in luxury yachts, the Ferretti Group. Despite the company changing ownership over five times in its history the original ethos of Riva never changed - craftsmanship, unmatchable quality, and innovative but always functional masterpieces in design. A few distinguished examples - the full mahogany hull of the Aquarama, adorned with no less than ten coats of lacquer; and Riva’s foray into new fibreglass technology in 1970 with the Bahia Mar day cruiser and Sport


Fisherman cabin cruiser. Both were displayed at the 1970 Paris Nautical Fair and kept Riva at the leading edge of boating design. From the Nineties onwards, cementing its position in the luxury yacht market, Riva embarked on a number of high profile collaborations. Firstly with Ferrari, creating the “32’”. Collaborating with the Maranello-based supercar manufacturer resulted in a high performance craft available in yellow, red and black. Riva’s most recent collaborations, with Marc Newson and Gucci, created two individually distinct and classically beautiful versions of the popular Aquariva, intended to perpetuate the iconic Aquarama. This summer Riva celebrated its 170th anniversary

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with a series of events and the launch of its biggest open top yacht, the 63’ Virtus. The company celebrated the occasion in suitable style by sailing some of its most luxurious craft, including the new Virtus, around the French Riviera. The three-day celebrations not only marked a significant year for the company but also for its most popular brand. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Aquarama, the ‘Aquarama Parade’ took place in front of the Monaco Yacht Club and was finished with a presentation of the ‘Riva Trophy’ - awarded to those owners that best interpreted the slogan ‘Be beautiful such as your Aquarama.’

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A venture through the doors of the gleaming, monolithic, Peter Marino-designed Louis Vuitton store in Bond Street (or maison, to give its official terminology) a pantheon of reflective gold, gleaming lights and high octane theatrics, it’s a truly Through-The-Looking-Glass experience. Stairs are lit from beneath in cerulean blue, artworks by Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry jostle for space alongside shoes, wallets and purses. In one corner, a ‘bag bar’, set up like a high-concept Tokyo sushi eatery, offers an over-head conveyor belt of the label’s ultra-covetable ‘It’ Bags, whilst in the other an enclave is devoted to glossy coffee table tomes. But it’s on the walls that the biggest clue to the house’s rich history lies; on floating shelves dancing from floor to ceiling are cases in every shape and size, from decades ago up to present day, all the familiar chestnut brown with the gold LV logo. It’s easy to forget, given the high-fashion showmanship, that Louis Vuitton began life as a luggage label. But in today’s luxury arena, where timelessness, classicism and sense of heritage are valued over translucent trends and ephemera, the world of luxury luggage is the last bastion of investment buying. In 1921, over 60 years after the brand was born in 1854 by Louis Vuitton Malletier, an ad campaign read ‘Show me your luggage and I will tell you who you are’. Today,

a roster of impeccable cases to complete the wellseasoned traveller’s look has become a calling card of good taste (so fabulously executed by Joan Collins in the 1970s when she was snapped with a veritable fleet of monogrammed luggage). As the luxury travel markets become the new target for the fashion conglomerates (Chinese and Russian tourists are the biggest spending power in the world at the moment), the brands who have long catered for the elite are deftly demonstrating why they do it better than anyone else. Part of the appeal and domination of Vuitton in this world is due to the original innovation of the luggage itself. Vuitton was amongst the first, in 1850s Paris, to make stackable cases, designed to be sat atop one another in a pyramid structure, finished in a canvas (as opposed to leather) to make them more lightweight and portable. The rise of Louis Vuitton in the late 1800s and early 1900s happily coincided with the period in which intrepid international travel was born. Images of the visionaries of the era, from Amelia Earhart to Charles Lindbergh, captured the public imagination with their stylish dash; it seemed only fitting that this glamorous world of travel should be accompanied by equally stylish luggage. Vuitton hasn’t stopped innovating since, with designs for the new millennium (under the directorship of Marc Jacobs) coming in zinging graffiti neon and leopard

In 1921, a Louis Vuitton ad campaign read ‘Show me your luggage and I will tell you who you are’

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print, thanks to artist Stephen Sprouse. This summer, the brand mark the season by introducing a range of specially designed, vintage effect hotel stickers, inspired by the grandson of the original founder Gaston-Louis Vuitton’s private collection of antique stickers. At an equally august historical Paris luggage label, Maison Goyard (in fact, the oldest in the capital), the beginnings of the label are entirely at odds with the discreet wealth and old world sense of refinement it is now known for. Travelling long distances was ingrained in the young François Goyard’s blood. From a remote region in France in the late 1700s, he and his family were transporters of wood – the ardour of travel became second nature. After a relocation to Paris and a stint as an apprentice at luggage and leather specialist Morel, Goyard founded his own label in 1792. The brand went on to blaze a trail in terms of branding, with the iconic canvas pattern of an interlocking ‘Y’ (the middle letter in the Goyard family name) acting as a subtle status symbol in 1840s Paris, introduced a pet accessories range (unheard of at the time, but swiftly adopted by the elite) and developed accessories for the new curiosity of the time; automobiles. Goyard, before Louis Vuitton, was one of the first to use cloth as a fabric for the luggage it created, going even as far as to engineer its own

material called ‘Goyardine’, a mixture of hemp, linen and cotton. The effect again was to make travel more lightweight, free and easy. Today, the hand-crafted element of Goyard remains alive and well in its workshops in Southern France, with every single trunk made from start to finish by one craftsman. Special orders are its particular tour de force. Back in the Victorian period the company created a custom-made ‘Writer’s trunk’ for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle consisting of a typewriter, bookcase and desk. Today they have been rumoured to created sumptuous travelling wardrobes for Saudi princesses who want to transport their couture in style (although the company is of course too discreet to confirm or deny such conjecture). Whilst the showrooms of Paris might lay claim to be the leaders of luxury travel items, across the Channel in the UK a sleeper brand has quietly been making impeccable luggage for over 110 years. Globe-Trotter, whilst beginning life in Germany, was founded by Brit David Nelken, who relocated the brand to London in 1901 to compete with the Parisian giants. From the get-go, the label’s USP was its robust craftsmanship and solid structure; the cases are made from vulcanised fibreboard, a material made up of hundreds of layers of bonded paper. The effect is durable and fluid, but sturdy. Globe-Trotter swiftly built up a roster of high-profile clients, particularly British ones who wanted to show solidarity with a UK label that maintains a workforce based in the country (as opposed to manufacturing abroad). The Queen employed Globe-Trotter to make custommade cases for her honeymoon in 1947 (she still uses them) and Sir Winston Churchill relied on the brand. Perhaps most tellingly, explorer Sir Edmund Hilary had such faith in their resilience that he used Globe-Trotter on his 1953 conquering of Mount Everest. Today, with the brand creating cases in a range of searing-bright colours from tangerine to magenta, even if the only thing you’re conquering is the check-in queue, you’ll look impeccably chic doing so. Globe-Trotter, 54-55 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0LB Goyard, Mount Street, W1K 3NH Louis Vuitton, New Bond Street, W1S 2UE

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It’s difficult being an English adult when it comes to learning another language. Not only are we notoriously lazy about it, we’re also left with the task of cherry-picking a lesser-spoken tongue. For foreigners the option is pretty clear: English – that language which vies with Spanish and Chinese as the world’s most widely spoken. But where do we, lucky natural harbourers of this tricky and versatile tongue, invest our energies once we are keen to shed our reputation for linguistic lethargy or, worse still, arrogance? The language chosen must surely go hand-inhand with the reasons why: business or pleasure? Given economic growth, many might assume that Mandarin is the best place for a professional to start. All well and good, until the initial otherness found in the exotic tones has worn off; there are some four thousand characters to commit to memory even before you can add subtleties of communication conveyed by even more. A significant drawback is Mandarin’s inability to transfer into a universal computer friendly language, and this is a factor which might deter a real linguistic world dominance. However, learning Mandarin would be the ultimate in self-confidence boosting. Let’s keep it exotic for a moment; is Japanese a little easier, perhaps? No. And regardless, despite Japan being the third-largest economy in the world,

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it’s not a particularly useful language to learn given the confines of where it is spoken (essentially Japan with some over bubbling of the borders). It would be a good investment from the point of view that few Japanese grasp English well. But all things considered, it might make more business sense to learn some cultural etiquette instead and grin and bear your pidgin Japanese efforts. Remember, never pour a drink yourself (always allow someone else to do it for you) and go heavy on the noodle slurping (this exhibits your enjoyment of them; not doing so rudely suggests they were inedible). German seems increasingly in demand on the translation circuit. However, a large cross-section of Germans are spectacularly good at English, so unless you reach a high level of competency in their language your efforts will likely be embarrassing. Enter French. It doubles as an official UN and EU language (alongside English and Spanish), thus carrying a certain political kudos and there are some fifty countries with Frenchspeaking heritage worldwide, comprising almost a third of the world. And, whilst you might not be a regular business traveller to Vanuatu, you might well have business or skiing ties in Switzerland where French speaking comes into its own. Most of the population in business hub Geneva do speak French (72.3%), with English being second-most common (but a big


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drop at 4.4%) and Spanish third (interestingly, almost equivalent at 4.2%). Belgium, particularly Brussels, is another business honeypot where French is a Francophone minority but has influence. Whilst English flows freely in both locations, true penetration of either of these business worlds would be far superior if served with a smattering of the Gallic tongue. After all, it might be possible to close a deal with a motley collection of business English but what if you want to take business to a deeper level? In the words of Nelson Mandela, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.’ Where passions are involved, Spanish isn’t far away. It has the second greatest number of speakers on the planet; some 329 million, second behind Mandarin which has a whopping four times the amount. Spanish would be an excellent bet from the point of view of ease, given its logical (to the English eye) grammatical structure and phonetic nature. Business men and women wishing to invest and trade with Latin America’s natural resource piles will definitely increase their chances of success if they speak Spanish, given most people don’t speak English in that neck of the woods. Back in Iberia, the Spanish aren’t renowned for their English-speaking prowess either, so you’ll feel useful as a minimum. A UNESCO list of the world’s most widely spoken languages by number of native speakers also flags up Hindi, Arabic, Bengali, Russian and Portuguese. There is a definite element of sense to learning one of these black swan languages; it gives you a niche market to thrive in. ‘In the last four years we have noticed a real shift away from the traditional French, Spanish, German linguistic portfolio in favour of Arabic, Hindi and Polish,’ says Hamid Hamid, Director of Mayfair Consultants’ Tuition Services. The company welcomes clients from the Royal College of Music to the Department for the Environment; from top publishers to hedge funds. ‘The latter type of

clients will take up Spanish and French, yes, but there has been a clear reduction in conventional languages. Brazilian Portuguese is on the up, though, tending to be because of people moving there.’ The company provides expert one-to-one tuition at workplaces or home. At Bond Street Languages on South Molton Street, group learning for fast-track improvement is offered in French, Spanish, Italian and German costing £210 for two full days. If you’re starting from scratch, little and often is the key so you might benefit from several of these. Or, if you’re more seasoned in your language, top-up with one blast to blow away the cobwebs. Though practical, online language courses are a false ticket to success in many cases and at best offer refreshment for the more experienced speaker. Aside from rigidity, isolation and eye-stinging from the screen factor, they rid language of everything it symbolises: communication with people. The fourth and final option is to up sticks and turn a mundane week at home into a full-on linguistic immersion abroad. The ideal scenario would be months but even a week in, say, a chateau (forget Berlitz academies of the 1980s), would be proactive. Going to the country really gets you in the mood, which is half the battle. Chateau de Barrevaques near Toulouse ( is one such fifteen-room boutique hotel, restaurant, spa, swimming pool and French-lesson venue (double rooms cost around 200 Euros a night). Learning a language is many people’s bête noire. Immersion may make for a more natural grasp of the lingo but, still, follow recent professional advice for adult language learners and don’t obsess with getting the accent perfect. It probably won’t happen, it distracts you from the content element (the key here) and it lowers morale. Face up to the fact that the ability to mimic accents is a true property of childhood neuroplasticity. And instead embark gently on a language journey which even for the hyperpolyglots out there - becomes a lifelong challenge and your most faithful companion too.

‘Where do we, lucky natural harbourers of this tricky and versatile tongue, invest our energies?’

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build Is modern architecture culturally defining or a universal language? Tamsin Pickeral looks at some iconic buildings in tourist hotspots to find out It is interesting how general perceptions of countries and their cultures develop, typically as multi-layered jigsaws of people, history and traditions that present a fairly universal impression. Of this, history is instrumental and indelible in shaping the here and now. Architecture is in every case an integral part of these international histories, wearing the scars and aspirations of generations with palpable visibility. In terms of architecture, most tourists will identify England with famous buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, Big

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Ben, Buckingham Palace or St Paul’s Cathedral; these are historic monuments whose bricks and mortar not only represent defining and momentous historic events, but also have significance on a public level to the fabric of the country. Equally in France, Notre Dame, the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur, L’Arc de Triomphe and of course the Eiffel Tower; the pyramids of Egypt, the Vatican in Italy, Taj Mahal in India and the White House in the United States – to quote just a few of the most blatantly obvious. These buildings and monuments, some more ancient


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than others, have over time become inherent symbols of their country, visited and enjoyed by the travelling public. But what about modern architecture? We are, after all, riding the shirt tails of a world spinning into the future at a great pace and along this dizzying trip is an ever expanding forest of shiny new architectural wonders. Modern architecture, with increasingly sophisticated designs, construction methods, materials and ideology is often awe inspiring – not always brilliant and indeed not always appreciated by the public, but impactful nonetheless – and sometimes truly moving. That said, we are of an age that has seen and is witnessing some inherently thought-provoking buildings - such as the Modern Art Museum at Fort Worth in Texas designed by Tadao Ando, the Guggenheim Bilbao by Frank Gehry or the Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany by Zaha Hadid. You wonder if these new monuments to the times will indeed stand the test of time and be as extraordinary in 400 years as they are today. And what of cultural identity conveyed through such modern public masterpieces; are they reflective of ‘place and culture’ or simply of the swiftly moving times? With building practices now so firmly international, there is the sense of a universal language of modern architecture, one that largely transcends national heritages. Or perhaps their point of reference to these heritages are simply more esoteric – London’s Shard for example recalling the many spires of the city’s historic churches through its bold and massive form. Modern architecture in public or corporate fields has largely become entrenched in being taller, larger,

shinier, ‘greener’ or cleverer than its neighbours. This is not necessarily a bad thing, the results can be extraordinary, take the Burj al Arab for example, Dubai’s vertiginous luxury hotel built in 1999 and designed to resemble the billowing sails of a dhow, a traditional Arab sailing boat. It has become a landmark in Dubai and the hotel industry, and through its clever design by Tom Wills-Wright is certainly ‘of its place’; interestingly his brief was to create ‘an icon for Dubai’. In terms of iconic or landmark buildings there are few rivals to Australia’s Sydney Opera House, which, although finished in 1973, counts amongst the modern architectural masterpieces and is tremendous in its sculptural form. It is one of the most recognised buildings in the world and is synonymous with Australia with its shell-shaped and sail-like, brilliant white form glittering at the entrance to Sydney’s harbour; it is with some exceptions universally admired by the public. For its time, the Opera House represented an unparalleled achievement in terms of construction and technical innovation, quite apart from the outstanding creativity and visual impact of the building. Yet, whilst it is heralded today as a landmark building, at the time of its construction it was widely criticised and controversial, not least in the choice of Danish Jørn Utzon as architect – he was at that time relatively inexperienced and there was pressure to commission an Australian as architect. After protracted difficulties with the clients and even press, Utzon eventually resigned in 1966 before the building was opened – a reconciliation was initiated between the Opera House Trust and Utzon in the 1990s.

Above / Buckingham Palace; Right from top / Sydney Opera House, courtesy of Sydney Opera House Trust; Phaeno Science Centre © Klemens Ortmeyer


In 1973, the same year the Sydney Opera House opened in the southern hemisphere, in the northern hemisphere the World Trade Center opened in New York City, USA. When it opened it consisted of the Twin Towers, designed by Minoru Yamasaki (lead architect), then the tallest buildings in the world, and by 1985 five further buildings had been constructed to form the monumental complex at the core of New York’s financial district. Shortly after opening, the Twin Towers lost their height record to the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago. Though marvelled at when opened, it is now, following the horrifying attacks of 9/11, that the site of the Twin Towers and World Trade Center has become ingrained in American cultural identity and symbolic of courage, hope and unbreakable human spirit. All seven buildings were destroyed through the attack and following due to irreparable damage – leaving a gaping wound in the city’s physical and emotional heart. Rebuilding is well underway with One World Trade Center, or Freedom Tower, due to be completed in 2013. It is the tallest building in New York and an elegant and dynamic sheath of glass whose proportions alone are inspiring – though it has not gone without its share of criticism. More moving is the National September 11 Memorial, two

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Whilst it is heralded today as a landmark building, at the time of its construction it was widely criticised and controversial reflecting pools each nearly one acre in size built on the footprint of the Twin Towers. The pools, designed by architect Michael Arad and landscape architect Peter Walker feature the largest manmade waterfalls in America and have the names of every person who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks inscribed into bronze panels edging the pools. The impact of the World Trade Center site is one highly charged with emotion, and indeed defiance and raw public spirit partly reflected in the dizzying heights of the Freedom Tower. Height is key in one of London’s most recent and controversial buildings, the Shard, designed by Renzo Piano and at almost 310 metres the tallest building in the European Union. This is a mixed use building providing office space, residential, hotel, restaurants and a public viewing platform. There is no denying its sheer magnificence; its dynamic and crystalline form being simple, evocative and ultimately visually powerful. The tapering, faceted design recalls London’s history of city spires and ship masts and with its immense height it has inexorably changed the capital’s skyline. The extent of the intrusion of this building on the city has of course been one of the many criticisms levelled at it. In these current times of economic downturn the magnitude and extravagant bluster of the Shard has caused outrage, as

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has its location. It dwarfs the streets and buildings around it throwing scale and proportion to the wind and impedes the view of St Paul’s Cathedral from Parliament Hill. Yet its proponents shout equally as loudly and it has already been labelled ‘iconic’ although it will not be opened until next year. Of interest is the inevitable knee jerk negative reaction with new architecture, which is always subjected to criticism from one corner or another, yet often with time the tide of hostility abates. In fact Renzo Piano intimated recently in an interview that architecture should create some ‘discussion’ otherwise it has failed. Will this be the case with the rash of buildings constructed for the Olympics, including the cross-over architectural sculptural piece by Anish Kapoor, currently the tallest piece of public sculpture in the UK at 114.5 metres? Certainly Kapoor’s red, twisted and wild tower (officially the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower) is a statement. Love it or loathe it there is genuine creativity at work here, it is masterfully unconventional, and indeed brave for such a public monument. Whether the British public will identify with this strangely beautiful and slightly monstrous piece as culturally significant is hard to say, but of the many new buildings opening for the Olympics, I would wager this quirky, convoluted mass will be the most memorable to the largest number of visitors.



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Once upon a time, safes were merely necessities, hidden out of sight. Today, however, there is as much care going into the form as there is function. Mike Peake investigates whether such a practical piece can ever be seen as a thing of beauty

Not that many years ago the fridge in your kitchen was white, and the only way you could bedazzle visitors with it was to have an American style, doubledoor one – or have it filled with Krug. Over the last two decades everything changed, as fridges went from the functional to the fantastic, and today you can spend £10,000 on an appliance that you have a realistic chance of actually falling in love with. Just as metal-doored storage for food has undergone a revolution, so too has metal-doored storage for valuables. Safes have gone from ugly, grey slabs of iron that you’d do well to hide behind a cherished piece of art, to a work of art in their own right. With beauty, however, comes a price tag to match. Today, some of the world’s most luxurious safes are so incredibly valuable that you might just need a bigger safe to keep them in. It transpires that a precise, German touch lends itself very well to the business of safe-making; where Switzerland has cornered the market in fine watches, their neighbour to the north is the last word in exquisite safekeeping for the family jewels. The undisputed kings are a near-century old family firm called Doettling, to whom Jaeger-LeCoultre turned when it wanted somewhere to house its Hybris Mechanica 55 watch collection. Doettling responded with a magnificent 1.5m tall, one tonne leviathan, only 30 of which will ever be made. The perfect complement to the three watches in the Hybris Mechanica 55 collection, which commands an all-in price tag of around £1.5m, safe included, it shows exactly where Doettling are coming from – as does the one they made with Karl Lagerfeld. Their ‘Narcissus’ safe is yours for just over £200,000. ‘We have seen a magnificent increase in the number of safes we sell to the UK in recent years,’ says the company’s Managing Partner Markus Doettling. ‘We put a lot of passion and German craftsmanship into our creations and our customers deeply appreciate it.’ Stockinger is another luxury German safe-maker,

whose CEO Dominik Ribbentrop says that demand for beautiful creations like theirs – which range from around £30,000 to more than £130,000 – took off in the late 1990s when the economy was booming. ‘Today, we will exactly build the safe that the customer requires,’ says Ribbentrop, who hopes to have display safes in New Bond Street soon. ‘They are customised solutions for the most discerning collectors of jewellery and automatic timepieces.’ Watches are often a key part of the safe-making equation, and high-end models frequently come with rotating compartments in which to stash automatic watches and keep them wound up. For proof, see Buben & Zörweg, an Austrian watch technology brand who also make some of the world’s finest safes. ‘Ours are not just about keeping things secure,’ says the company’s Martin Zeiringer. ‘They present themselves as objets d’art.’

‘Ours are not just about keeping things secure. They present themselves as objets d’art’

Images / Jaeger Le Coultre, Doettling Safe

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Top / Jaeger Le Coultre, Doettling Safe Above L-R/ Stockinger for Bentley; Buben & Zorweg Opposite / Aphrodite, Burton Safe


Stockinger, Buben & Zörweg and Doettling are all names familiar to HNWIs all over the world, but the one place they are really given a run for their money is America, where a company called Brown Safe has been quietly carving a niche for more than a decade. The secret of their success, says Brown Safe’s Micah Dougherty, has been to resist the temptation to start making cheap safes for China, although the company’s range does include some surprisingly affordable, off-the-peg models from just a few thousand dollars. Add customisation to the equation, however, and prices quickly rocket. At the heart of every good safe is a slab of metal that is as near to impenetrable as money can buy, and Brown’s are no exception. ‘Even thieves armed with carbide-tipped drill bits and hours of uninterrupted attacking will do little more than mar the surface,’ says Dougherty of Brown Safe’s top-rated models, which use military-grade ballistic armour plating.

At the heart of every good safe is a slab of metal that is as near to impenetrable as money can buy In Europe, safes usually come with a numbered rating from 0-6; zero offering the kind of security that will fox most thieves at least for a while, and six likely to leave them weeping into their bag of TNT. ‘Your insurer will normally ask that valuables are kept in a safe when not in use,’ explains Ben Lewis at Burton Safes, a 22-yearold Yorkshire-based company who

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has recently entered into the luxury safe market with a handful of eye-catching designs in the £20,000£50,000 bracket. ‘A grade zero safe has a £6,000 cash rating, which means it’s also acceptable to store £60,000 of jewellery inside. Grade 3 is £35,000 in cash and £350,000 of valuables – the luxury safes we’re making for people are typically between grades two and six.’ The unique combination of practicality and style that comes with a luxury safe – as well, of course, as their appeal as a talking point at a dinner party – makes them especially attractive. And never more so as people disappear for their summer holidays. Why take all of the jewels and the watch collection when you can safely leave some treasured pieces behind? If a safe is for you, it’s advisable to have it professionally installed, which generally means bolted to the floor. But whether or not it’s for private enjoyment – in the bedroom, say – or slap, bang in the middle of the living room, is your choice entirely. Finally, if you’re a doctor, the temptation to hide your stethoscope – or, indeed, to lock it in the safe – might prove overwhelming. But relax. Today’s luxury safes generally come with a digital entry keypad, or a biometric fingerprint scanner. The balaclavaclad career criminal with the magic touch and super-powered ears is just for the movies. (;;;;





Yoshinori Ishii, Head chef, Umu restaurant

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Yoshinori Ishii, head chef of Mayfair’s Michelin starred Umu restaurant, is worried about fish. Despite, he says, the UK being surrounded by a wealth of world-class marine life, the little blighters are not achieving their full potential. Much in the manner of errant schoolchildren, they are dilly-dallying en route from sea to plate, and what is classed as fresh here most definitely wouldn’t make the grade in Ishii’s native Japan. He has therefore embarked upon a one-man mission to source directly from fisherman around the UK (he has just come back from investigating the situation in Cornwall), and have the fresh fish transported overnight to serve the next day. For Ishii, being head chef involves a lot more than sourcing ingredients. He’s partial to a spot of flower arranging, and took over care of the restaurant’s displays as soon as he arrived. ‘In Japan I did flower arranging and I thought the flowers at Umu were very boring when I arrived. Now I buy my flowers from Paul Thomas Flowers in Shepherd Market.’ When he gets longer periods of time to himself, Ishii likes to travel, though he also wants to visit his homeland. ‘For fun I want to go to Russia, I went before for ten days which was not enough time to enjoy the fishing, I’d like to go for a month or two. For my culinary skills I want to go back to Japan and visit restaurants. When I visited two years ago, I found that they had changed a great deal. All the fishermen and farmers are starting to sell new things and I want to see them.’ After two years at Umu, Ishii can firmly cross living in London off his list of things to do. He first walked the capital’s streets years ago, in time off from his job as chef at the Japanese embassy in Switzerland. ‘I travelled all over

Europe and I love the character of Europe very much. I used to work in America and I liked it, but it’s different from Europe and in my mind I wanted to come back here, but I had no chance until I got the offer to come to Umu.’ Ishii is also keen to separate his European inspirations from the traditional Kyoto fare on offer at Umu. ‘On the one side I trained at the Kaiseki restaurant in Kyoto for ten years so I have the skills needed to create very traditional Japanese food. However, we can only cook those plates if the ingredients are completely correct. Sometimes we cannot get the absolute best quality – well not the best for me anyway – so I have to do something different. This need to incorporate other ingredients into his dishes to keep the level of quality for which Umu is renowned resulted in Ishii developing ‘Modern Sushi’. These dishes use produce not normally associated with sushi: prawn and mango with egg sauce in a harumaki cup is just one delicious example. In Ishii’s opinion, though, the dish that best represents Mayfair is the humble slices of sashimi. ‘It is simple but needs high quality ingredients, a high quality knife and a high level of skill,’ explains Ishii, ‘everything has to be perfect.’ He reckons it takes between twenty and thirty years to get good at preparing the dishes. He personally has twenty years of experience, ‘but I’m still practising every day and I’m yet to make a perfect one.’ Ishii is certainly settled in Mayfair for the foreseeable future, but where would he like to end up? ‘Toyama in Japan’ he chuckles, ‘that’s my wife’s hometown, so she told me to say that!’ The foodies of Mayfair would certainly be sorry to see him leave.


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From iconic film screenings to award winning parks, there are plenty of things to celebrate this month

Genius at work A master of suspense, Hitchcock would have relished filming amidst the winding passageways and majestic high ceilings of Somerset House. It is fitting, then, that a discussion is being held there as part of Film4’s Behind the Screen, entitled The Genius of Hitchcock, which looks at Britain’s most iconic and influential filmmaker. Enjoy a complimentary drink as you marvel at his career, and look out for Tippi Hedren; the star of The Birds will be introducing the film in its newly restored form later that evening as part of the Summer Screen series. The Genius of Hitchcock, 17 August, Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA Tickets are available via Ticket Master (

The waste land Escape the centre of town for the idyllic Northala Fields. The award winning park consists of four artificial hills just begging to be rolled down and several large fishing lakes and fields, which were all developed as part of the rebuilding of Wembley Stadium. This month it plays host to a new centrepiece of stunning natural wood sculptures, the installation of which will culminate in a spectacular performance involving the landscape being turned into a mythical landscape to host a ritual of sound and fire. If that all sounds a bit much, perhaps a picnic on the grass might suit your mood. From 8 August at Northala Fields (

Call the (bath) butler For many, precious time spent relaxing in the bath is the only way to unwind after a long day. For those who require something more than a rubber duck to aid their tub preparation, The Goring Hotel and Molton Brown have teamed up to provide a bath butler to do the job for you. The bath butler draws you a tub full of wonderfully scented bubble bath, the ingredients of which in turn inspire the cocktail they whip up for you to enjoy whilst soaking. The bath butler then (we hope) makes a swift exit and you are left to enjoy a candlelit bath. Jeeves would approve.

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The Goring, Beeston Place, SW1 0JW (020 7396 9000;

A love letter to London Sir Peter Blake – the artist behind the iconic Beatles album cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – is rather partial to his city of residence. So much so, in fact, that the latest exhibition from the Godfather of British Pop Art is a celebration of London and the artists who have lived and worked in the city. Alongside a new suite of London silkscreen prints from Blake himself, a selection of other artists such as Paul Nash and Walter Sickert, chosen by Blake, will be on show. Look out for an updated version of his famous Beatles artwork featuring a new cast of icons and loved ones, where you can test your popular culture knowledge and spot Damien Hirst in the midst. ‘Things I Love at The Fine Art Society’ runs until 1 September at The Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, W1S 2JT (

Pretty in peony For such an esteemed perfumery as Penhaligon’s, the launch of a new scent necessitates not just a party, but the transformation of Harvey Nichols’ fifth floor terrace into a peony-filled English garden. Created by Master Perfumier Olivier Cresp, Peoneve was inspired by ‘a blooming English garden in the summer’. For those wishing to indulge other senses, there is a cocktail and dessert menu on hand inspired by notes within the fragrance. We love the delicious Peony Punch, a gin-based cocktail served in a five litre Penhaligon’s perfume bottle. Do remember to share it. The Penhaligon’s Peoneve terrace is open throughout August at Harvey Nichols, SW1X 7RJ (

Out of Africa The Royal Shakespeare Company will be transferring their major new production of Julius Caesar to the Noel Coward Theatre this August as part of the celebrations for the World Shakespeare Festival. The RSC’s newly appointed Artistic Director Gregory Doran finds dark contemporary echoes in modern Africa in Shakespeare’s great political thriller. Prepare to be enthralled by a wonderful cast, who prove once again that The Bard’s themes of power and betrayal in public and private life are more relevant than ever. 8 August to 15 September, The Noel Coward Theatre, WC2N 4AU (0844 482 5141;

Finding your sea legs If the Diamond Jubilee flotilla in June inspired a seafaring ambition, hitch a ride on one of Sail Royal Greenwich’s Tall Ships for a voyage up the Thames. Budding sailors can take in such places of interest as The O2, Tower Bridge and Maritime Greenwich, as it offers the chance to appreciate both historic and modern London from a unique perspective. Once you find your sea legs, a culinary feast awaits from one of Mayfair’s top chefs Richard Corrigan, of Corrigan’s Mayfair, and Ron Blauuw, the man behind Michelin starred restaurant Blaauw. If you can get a team of 12 or more together you can have a ship to yourself; no commandeering allowed, though. The VIP cruise package, £295 per person, 28 July and 4 August. Tickets are available via Ticket Web (

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Music Capital of the World Guy Portelli, current Vice President of the Royal Society of British Artists and the only sculptor to achieve success in Dragons’ Den (for launching his touring exhibition) is bringing his representations of Pop Icons to London. Along with Keith Haynes, Morgan Howell and David Begbie, the distinctive sculptures and paintings will combine with rare photographs by Nathan Browning and Charles Everest in celebrating some of our greatest musicians who were born in London or who came to prominence through their performances in the capital during the past 50 years. This display of high-quality, contemporary art is deliberately timed to coincide with London 2012, which will include British music in the opening and closing ceremonies as a salute to the historic and ongoing influence of our music industry around the world. London’s Calling 24 July – 18 August (

with Meekyoung Shin, on her new Cavendish Square sculpture

Images from top / Sid Vicious, The Beatles both by Keith Haynes

Impressionism in all its Guises After a career in the American military, Sterling Clark moved to Paris in 1910 where he developed a passion for French works. On marrying Francine, the couple expanded their collection until it became so vast that they needed a separate home for it, establishing an eponymous art institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, which opened to the public in 1955. Important sections of the collection are now on a world-wide tour, currently appearing in London’s Royal Academy of Arts. Art enthusiasts will be rewarded with a huge variety of landscapes, cityscapes, marine subjects, genre paintings, nudes, still lifes and portraits, most of which are by the Impressionists. Works by earlier, famous artists will be included too, such as Corot, Millet and Théodore Rousseau whose steadfast rejection of the Salon’s academic approach to painting resulted in his sobriquet, ‘Le grand refusé’. Among the highlights of the exhibition will be stunning paintings by Monet and self-portraits by Renoir and Degas. From Paris: A Taste for Impressionism is on now until 23 September (

Image / Courtesy Haunch of Venison © Meekyoung Shin

Q: Why did you choose this London location? A: Sophie Persson, a former curator at Asia House, suggested working with the empty plinth in 2008. As a square in the centre of London, I was interested in why it remained empty.

Q: What is the reason for sculpting it in soap? A: Soap has been used for centuries and it dissolves with usage so I feel it expresses the passage of time and history and that connects it with the original sculpture.

Q: Is your sculpture an interpretation of the original equestrian statue that was removed in 1868 or an exact copy? A: I was told that the sculpture was missing and there were no images. After a long search I began to find one or two remaining etchings and a smaller model version of the statue, and decided to make an exact copy.

Q: As it is on display for a year; how will it survive? A: The sculpture will become a unique piece of work bearing the marks of time during its life on the plinth. After London, we hope to put up more statues in various locations all over the world and those sculptures will endure different climates.

Left to Right / Claude Monet, The Cliffs at Étretat, 1885; Edouard Manet, Moss Roses in a Vase, 1882; James Tissot, Chrysanthemums, c. 1874-76 © Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA

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The Finish, Martyn R. Mackrill


Sale Time Recent times have seen the birth of the ‘credit crunch lunch’ but Messum’s is the source of the much more alluring ‘credit crunch bunch’ when this Cork Street gallery attaches bargain price tags to many of its desirable artworks


Chez Toto, Paris, Carlos Nadal

This notable sale has become an annual, mid-summer highlight when both collectors and those working within tight budgets or buying art for the first time are able to thoroughly enjoy the art gallery experience. Start a Collection consists of a ‘bunch’ of around 100 pieces, spanning a wide spectrum of subject matter and artists, many of whom are very highly acclaimed. The event lasts only three days, however, and it is usually a sell-out, so you will need to be quick off-the-mark to secure your favourite item. The entire range of Start a Collection is available to view online ahead of the sale and items can be reserved but priority over sales is given to buyers who actually enter the gallery in the first hour of the opening day. Keen buyers from far and wide queue outside the gallery from the early hours of the first day (made more bearable by the passing out of refreshments by Messum’s). To ensure that all that queueing is worthwhile, we have collated some of the highlights to consider ahead of time. Start a Collection, 16 August: 8am-7pm, 17 August: 10am-6pm, 18 August: 10am-5pm ( (

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Above The influence of Fauvism is evident in the paintings of Spain’s Carlos Nadal (1917-1998) through his intense and unconventional use of colour. His style verges on the naïve with objects appearing to be simply defined yet outlined in black. Nadal’s distinct way of handling paint has made his work very collectable. Chez Toto, Paris is reduced from £32,500 to £18,500.

Left The paintings of Martyn R. Mackrill have the true look and feel of the sea for he is both a passionate artist and sailor. He knows exactly how light and shade fall upon sails, the excitement of hiking as crew members adjust a boat’s weight and the drama of racing, all of which he captures with great feeling and painterly skill. The Finish is reduced from £4,850 to £3,000.


Dahlias, Eardley Knollys

Lauds, Edward Middleditch

Passing the Terrace, John Miller



Royal Academician Edward Middleditch (1923-1987) took inspiration from daily life but this realist style of representation became more abstracted during his later years. Middleditch taught at Chelsea, St. Martin’s and Norwich Schools of Art and his work is in collections around the globe. His depiction of farmyard birds, Lauds, is reduced from £3,650 to £1,500.

Messum’s held an important retrospective of Eardley Knollys (1902-1991) work in 2002. In his early lifetime, this artist ran his own successful gallery and became a shrewd collector, then turned to painting in his 50s. This flower painting, Dahlias, typifies his admiration for the Fauvist approach to simple shapes rendered in strong, expressive colours. It is reduced from £7,850 to £2,850.

Bottom To lift your spirits or as a perfect painting for a sunny, holiday home, look no further than the seascapes of John Miller (1931-2002). His beautifully painted tranquil scenes of expansive, deep blue skies and smooth, wide beaches peppered with a sailing boat, sun umbrella, simple building or palm tree remain immensely popular. One of several of his works within the sale is Passing the Terrace which is reduced from £9,850 to £4,850.


Left Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) – a Royal Academician and one of the most highly regarded British artists of her era. During the Second World War, she was appointed an Official War Artist, though her range of subject matter also included ballet. Ballerina is reduced from £4,850 to £2,500

Below From the wildly threatening to the hauntingly still, seascapes by Julius Olsson (1864-1942) were deeply evocative renditions of the beauty and power of the seas and the skies above them. He was a Royal Academician as well as a member of numerous, prestigious art societies and his Waterfall – Sunlight is reduced from £24,500 to £12,500. Ballerina, Dame Laura Knight

Waterfall – Sunlight, Julius Olsson All images courtesy of Messums

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Prize Lot: BONHAMs

cupid’s bureau This beautifully intricate bureau cabinet is the stand-out lot of the much anticipated Period Design auction at Bonham’s Knightsbridge sale rooms

PARTICULARS: Expected value (item): £6,000 - £8,000 Expected value (auction): £400,000 Estimated range: £300 - £12,000 No. of lots: 300+ Place: Bonhams Montpelier Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1HH Dutch walnut and fruitwood marquetry bombé bureau cabinet Image courtesy of Bonhams

Date: 14 August 2012

The pair of panelled bevelled glass inset doors that adorn the top of the cabinet (most likely added later) conceal a pair of central cupboard doors revealing fourteen graduating doors, encircled by twenty-seven draws and six pigeon holes. Inlaid with incredible detail the piece depicts flowers, birds, butterflies, a military trophy and a figure of Cupid. An elegantly curved fall below the glass doors leads onto two apron drawers and a writing compartment with a slide top typical of the period. The bureau would perhaps benefit from light restoration despite already being in notable condition for such a purposeful item. Standing at almost 7ft in height and 2ft in depth the cabinet possesses a wealth of functionality not just as a classic work of art but as a piece of very usable furniture. (

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Rose-tinted art This pair of Chinese Ormolu-Mounted Moonflasks are a stunning example of Oriental porcelain

PARTICULARS: Expected value (item): £5,000 - £7,000 Expected value (auction): £420,000 Estimated range: £300 - £8,000 No. of lots: 400+ Place: Christie’s, Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3LD Date: 7 August 2012, 10am

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The Famille rose palette of porcelain was favoured most from the early 1800’s along with the faux tobacco leaf pattern, both of which are displayed on these pieces. The intricacy in the hand painted design and the colour scheme used on the pieces is an example of later finer quality wares. As trade developed from the Far East only the finest quality goods were shipped by private traders who rented space on the Dutch East India Company ships. The circular panel at the centre of each piece depicts immortals and attendants with the surrounding foliage reserved on a yellow ground. Each moonflask is mounted on an Ormolu base, a process developed in France and later banned in the region owing to legislation against harmful mercury fumes. The gilt-bronze finish seen with these pieces was most popular across Eurasia and especially in Chinese art. The process involved adhering gold to the object using an amalgamation of gold and mercury. Each piece is in good condition finished with gilt kui dragon handles to the neck. (


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Prize Lot: sotheby’s

Park Avenue Perfection A treasure trove of exquisite art and jewellery from one of New York’s most loved socialites and philanthropists goes on sale this month

Particulars: Expected Value (auction): $6.5 – $9.4 million Estimated Range: $500 to $500,000 No. of Lots: over 800 Place: Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021 Date: 24 & 25 September 2012

Holly Hill, Staircase © Sotheby’s

Both fine and decorative art, along with jewellery, from the personal collection of legendary New York society figure and philanthropist Brooke Astor will shortly be auctioned at Sotheby’s New York. The art, from Mrs Astor’s Park Avenue apartment and her Westchester County estate, Holly Hill, reflects her passion for collecting pieces from around the world. Drawings by the Old Masters Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Canaletto and Nicolas Lancret will be auctioned off alongside Chinese export reverse-painted glass pieces. The lot also comprises of English and French furniture from the 18th and early 19th centuries, as well as lacquer furniture from the Qing dynasty. With regards to Mrs Astor’s jewellery collection, the most renowned 20th century designers will all feature, including Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, Cartier and Bulgari. (

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

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

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

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

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News Classic timepieces to covet now and enjoy for a lifetime

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

3 of the best... Skeleton Watches We lay bare the mesmerising internal workings of three intricate timepieces

Masterpiece Le Chronographe Squelette, £13,600 (RRP), Maurice Lacroix (

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

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

00270, £10,800, Panerai Available at Harrods, Selfridges and Watches of Switzerland

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Race against


The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race drew to an action-packed, adrenalinefuelled close in Galway, Ireland, on 7 July, nine months after its six teams began a 39,270 continent-circumnavigating nautical mile trip from Alicante. Annabel Harrison speaks to Georges Kern, CEO of IWC, about the company’s role as Official Timekeeper and the level of ability, adventurous spirit and cutting-edge technology required to compete



Image / ADOR on the high seas, leg 9 (Photopress/Nick Dana)

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Clockwise from top left / IWC Spitfire Chronograph; The ADOR team (Photopress/Nick Dana); Portuguese Yacht Club Edition VOR front and back

The most physically demanding; the most technically challenging; the most competitive; the toughest; the longest... The more I learn about it, the more I realise that there aren’t enough superlatives to describe the sheer scale of the Volvo Ocean Race. The level of skill required to compete is far and above mere nautical competence; the sailors must be the best of the best because their lives are, quite literally, in their own hands and in those of their comrades. They are among some of the fittest and strongest men in the world and with necessity, given how often they are at the brutal, unpredictable mercy of the sea. If you think this sounds overly dramatic, remember that during the 2006 race, tragedy struck when Hans Horrevoets was swept overboard and drowned during a particularly bad storm. This is not for the faint-hearted. However, for all the adversity and agony the race entails, it is thrilling and awe-inspiring in equal measure. Having kicked off with an in-port race at Alicante on 29 October last year, the race itself started the following weekend on 5 November, comprising six Volvo Open 70s with a crew of 11, made up of Olympic gold medallists, world champions and America’s Cup winners, as well as representatives of 15 nations. The six teams were Groupama sailing team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (the first United Arab Emirates entrant), PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, Team Telefónica and Team Sanya (the first sole Chinese entry). The race came to its climax at Galway, having travelled from Alicante via the far-flung locations of Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient. The logistics for the host cities are quite incredible; in every city, a Volvo Pavilion of

enormous scope and complexity, with smaller pavilions for every main sponsor, is erected (and I discover that there are two travelling the length of the course, alternating cities, as each takes such a long time to construct). Travelling to Galway for the end of the race, as a guest of IWC, I saw firsthand an example of how fantastic the atmosphere is in the host port; lively street parties are held to welcome the teams and the effect is so overwhelmingly positive that cities bid for the chance to host the race. In addition to its role as Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race 20112012, IWC is the sponsor, along with Etihad Airways, of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. When I ask CEO Georges Kern why this partnership was forged, he explains that ‘IWC Schaffhausen and the Volvo Ocean Race share the same spirit: unique brands, known for inventiveness, technical excellence, outstanding craftsmanship, masculinity and adventure.’ During the course of the race, IWC worked closely with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to support the marketing activities of the Volvo Ocean Race and to underpin the presence of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. As such, Abu Dhabi was a host city from 1 to 14 January this year and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority organised celebrations and activities in honour of the Volvo Ocean Race not just at the host port but throughout the country. It is a first for IWC to have ‘such a high calibre sponsorship agreement in team sport’. However, one of its most popular timepieces confirms and explains the brand’s inextricable, long-standing relationship with sailing; ‘It is part of our Portuguese watch family’s DNA. The first Portuguese appeared in 1939 in response to a request for a wristwatch with the precision of a marine chronometer. As part of its further development, we built a man’s wristwatch designed for the hardships of life on stormy seas. So the fact that IWC has committed itself to

The first Portuguese appeared in 1939 in response to a request for a wristwatch with the precision of a marine chronometer


sailing is firmly rooted in the history of this watch family.’ The Portuguese family, one of the most traditionally styled to be manufactured by IWC Schaffhausen, embodies the IWC legacy of seafaring and navigation and, as such, at the end of the race, the crew members of the boat that set up the fastest of all the 24-hour records, CAMPER, were given a Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. The watch was available exclusively during the race itself but, Kern points out, ‘it is possible that a few remaining examples will still be available from retailers for a short time after the race has finished’. This chronograph was designed as ‘the perfect companion for competitive sailors: a reliable, functional timepiece, perfected down to the smallest detail, that perpetuates the precision of dedicated nautical instruments.’ IWC was present on the official starting boat during the countdown, at the Media Centre – showing the time at all VOR destinations – and at each of the race villages. In addition to the final award for the fastest of all the 24-hour records, IWC awarded a trophy for each leg as part of the IWC Schaffhausen Speed Record Challenge to the team which had completed the greatest distance within a period of 24 hours. The Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team was under the able skippership of two-time Olympic champion Ian Walker of Great Britain, greeted at various ports and at the end of the race by his wife and two children. His team sailed in a Volvo Open 70 racing yacht by the name of Azzam (Arabic for ‘determination’) which is, technologically speaking, one of the most advanced boats of its kind ever built; taking more than 49,000 hours to design and build, it weighs 14 tonnes, has a 31-metre-high mast and can reach a top speed of 72 km/h. It is clear to me why IWC would want to be involved with this race; it seems to be completely unique and on an unprecedented scale. Despite not being a sailing aficionado, I find plenty of the detail utterly fascinating and the prowess of the teams nothing short of remarkable. Kern is also certain about the benefit to his brand: ‘[The race] holds enormous potential for IWC as a sponsor and partner, and has many features in common with our brand DNA and IWC’s brand values. The race is unquestionably a major attraction for men and thus appeals directly to the Schaffhausen manufacturer’s core target group. “Engineered for men” is basically IWC’s manifesto.’ Kern is evidently passionate about his ‘multifaceted and challenging’ role at IWC: ‘It involves activities such as overseeing the recent opening of the Flagship Boutique in New York and the further expansion of the manufacturing site. Then there’s the new, global partnership with the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One team. Not only am I privileged to participate

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in the creation of fascinating products: I represent them to the public, as well as managing our operating business.’ This representation to the public, however, can be fraught with challenges. Gone are the days where a brand image could be cultivated by carefully placed print ads; nowadays, ‘consumers are exposed to so many influences that you have to put together an excellent package. That package must fit the brand. It must reflect the core brand values and somehow make them sexy.’ As such, every IWC watch family and product line follows its own, unmistakable theme and story. Sailing is, of course, a strong thread of the brand’s fabric, as are aviation and diving. Hollywood also has strong roots, Kern points out, listing a star-filled roll-call including Cate Blanchett, Kevin Spacey, Jean Reno and Marc Forster: ‘Our presence at the Cannes and Dubai Film Festivals is a natural part of this.’ Essentially, because IWC believes that ‘the luxury industry is all about selling dreams’, evocative stories about the pioneers of aviation (SaintExupéry, Spitfire, Top Gun) and heroes in the worlds of navigation, sailing and diving accompany each “watch family”. ‘Telling these stories may very well not be a necessity, but it certainly adds emotional value to the brand and therefore intrigues the customer beyond his potential passion for Haute Horlogerie,’ explains Kern. Because the world of sport has always held such a special significance, giving back in this sphere is also important to IWC: ‘We support select institutions like the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation [which uses sport as a vehicle for its commitment to social projects]... and we also establish partnerships with organizations working against climate change and environmental damage such as the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Cousteau Society.’ Special editions of IWC watches are launched to support specific projects and provide financial contribution to these projects. The IWC Annual Edition 2012-2013, featuring all the newest timepieces and innovative designs, declares that, at IWC, ‘2012 is a year for high-flyers’. We quite agree, whether these “high flyers” are soaring through the skies or racing over the waves. IWC watches are available from Wempe on Bond Street To request a catalogue call 0845 337 1868;


CONTESSA To own a rare Argyle pink diamond is to own a truly magnificent heirloom. Contessa, beautifully handcrafted in Platinum and 18ct Rose Gold, features an exquisite combination of stunning craftsmanship and the rarest of Australian Argyle pink diamonds. Simply, they are the rarest diamonds in the world and are revered for their unique provenance and intrinsic beauty.

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

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

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

Both Collections are available exclusively from Harrods and Lara Bohinc, 149F Sloane Street (

25 Old Bond Street, W1S 4QB (020 7409 2790;

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

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

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

(020 7482 2212;

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



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A Brilliant Masterpiece Vogue’s jewellery editor Carol Woolton was inspired by the Diamond Jubilee to look at the changing role of diamonds in all aspects of modern art. The Brilliant exhibition ran during Masterpiece London last month, showcasing a rare collection of diamonds and the ingenuity of top contemporary jewellery designers. By structuring the diamonds according to four artistic disciplines (art, architecture, fashion, and sculpture), Woolton invited us to challenge the ways in which the coveted gems are seen by modern society and commented: ‘With the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee putting a spotlight on the Crown Jewels and historic Royal Regalia, Brilliant shows how diamonds, imbued with their own billion-year-old history and majestic role in Britain’s heritage, remain relevant in our modern lives and at the forefront of ground-breaking contemporary design.’ Hubris by du Rose, POA, Jack Du Rose. By appointment only (020 7998 0209).

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


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10 Dawn pendant in 18-karat yellow gold with champagne diamonds, white diamonds and blue diamonds, POA, Ileana Makri ( 11 18-karat yellow gold graduated necklace, £3,725, Africa by Marco Bicego ( 13 18-karat yellow gold and oxidised silver emerald and diamond drop Panna earrings, £54,500, Amrapali ( 14 18-karat yellow gold and oxidised silver emerald and diamond Panna cuff, £28,000, Amrapali, as before 15 Fancy diamond shapes square ring in gold vermeil, £300, Lestie Lee, as before 16 Cat’s eye ring in 18-karat yellow gold with white diamonds, tsavorites and blue sapphires, POA, Ileana Makri, as before 17 18-karat yellow gold graduated earrings, £1,300, Africa by Marco Bicego, as before 18 18-karat yellow gold, pearl and diamond bangle, £1,000, Africa by Marco Bicego, as before 19 Dawn ring, POA, Ileana Makri, as before t h e M AY FA I R m a g a z i n e




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


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Swiss movement, English heart

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

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Summer in the city Inspiration for poolside glamour comes from tropical settings this season. Embrace sleek lines, bold cuts and bright colours for a high fashion take on poolside chic Fashion:

Boo Attwood Photography:

Carlos Lumiere


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Swimsuit, ÂŁ295, Eres. Sarong, from a selection, Athena Procopiou

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This page: Swimsuit, from a selection, Just Cavalli. Sarong (worn as turban), from a selection, Athena Procopiou. Sunglasses, £259, Agent Provocateur by Linda Farrow. Cuff, £255; Ring, £115, both Rachael Ruddick at Selfridges Opposite: Swimsuit, £315, Eres. Necklace and Bracelets, £600 each, Shimell and Madden

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XXXXXX This page: Kimono, £305; Scarf, from £185, both Athena Procopiou at Net-A-Porter. Bikini, £192.50, Seventh Wonderland at Beach Tomato. Clutch, £160, Rachael Ruddick at Selfridges. Ring, £13,620, Alexandra Jefford Opposite: Bikini, £199, Seventh Wonderland at Beach Tomato. Skirt, £670, Marni. Tote, £210, Rachael Ruddick at Selfridges. Shoes, £375, Giuseppe Zanotti. Watch, £1,800, Hermes


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XXXXXX Hair and Makeup: Danielle Ogilvie using Chanel S2012 and Hydra Beauty Serum Nails by Nails Inc Model: Vera at Milk Management Stylist’s Assistant: Amy Clements

This page: Turban, from a selection, Keely Hunter. Jumpsuit, £974, Julien Macdonald at Net-A-Porter. Clutch, £330; Ring, £115, both Rachael Ruddick at Selfridges. Bangle, from a selection, Aigner. Shoes, £620, Joanne Stoker Opposite: Dress, £1,015; Belt, £1,215, both David Koma. Sunglasses, £174, Karl Lagerfeld. Cuff, £125, Rachael Ruddick at Selfridges. Shoes, £765, Christian Louboutin

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Shop boys There aren’t many places in which new, cutting-edge names sit side-by-side next to old-school fashion stalwarts, but at Wolf & Badger’s new Mayfair store, that’s what owners Henry and George Graham achieve. The cool style enclave boasts a slickly edited range of menswear, from exciting London talents like Hentsch Man, Lou Dalton and Baartmans and Siegel to the august tie brand Drakes. For a dash of dandyish whimsy, pick up Helen Ruth’s feather and egg print pocket squares. Wolf & Badger, 32 Dover Street, W12 4NE

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Sphere of interest There’s nothing like the stifling heat of a London summer to make one long for the space, fresh air and general aching coolness of the Scandinavian dream. For a touch of that clean, minimalist aesthetic, these ‘Sphere’ cufflinks from Danish silversmiths Georg Jensen hit a sartorial high note. In a range of new colours, from rose quartz, aquamarine or amethyst, the sterling silver pieces have been entirely crafted by hand, by silversmiths that have trained laboriously for four years in the art.

Time peace

Ensure your skin chimes with the sunny weather this season by investing in Lab Series Power Brightening Serum+ DR4. Designed as an antidote to dull, grey skin, it works to reduce the visibility of dark spots. Perfect for tired, work-weary visages, it reduces sun damage and redness. Even if that elusive holiday is a long way off, at least you’ll have the rested look of a man fresh off the jet from St Barthes.

Hermès may be renowned for leather and impeccable bags, but its sartorial prowess in the arena of watchmaking is just as wow-worthy. Their watch production dates back to 1837, with the most current incarnation named the ‘Dressage’, a fitting nod to the brand’s equestrian history. Lightweight and durable, the Dressage has a strap made in the brand’s specialist, artisan leather strap-making workshops in France. For serious stealth wealth bite, opt for the version in opaline silver with an alligator strap.

Lab Series Power Brightening Serum+ DR4, £46 (

Hermès, 155 New Bond Street, W1S 2UA

Sphere cufflinks, from £170 (

Bright young things

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Brave new ventures When fashion and philanthropy join forces, the outcome can be electric. The Mayfair Magazine is proud to announce that we are the new Media Partner for Fashion for the Brave - the fashion charity raising money for the British forces. With patrons including designers and fashion icons from Hilary Alexander, to Sienna Miller, and Jasper Conran, and sponsored by The Dorchester, Boodles and Vestra Wealth (and supported by The British Fashion Council), we cannot wait for the charity’s annual black tie event. This years items up for auction – conducted by Jeffrey Archer, include lots such as a diamond pendant from Boodles, a bespoke gown from Corrie Nelson, a pair of one of Britain’s finest shoes from Edward Green, and a host of luxury holiday escapes. Fashion for the Brave is on at The Dorchester at 7pm on Thursday 20 September. ( Jewellery images / Boodles

By Natalie cox


Shade away and radiate They hide your jet-lagged eyes, allow you to covertly doze off mid-journey and instantly update your look from frazzled to fashion-forward. Yes, sunglasses are the accessory you will be most grateful for during the holiday season, so investing in a good pair that makes you feel fabulous is a matter of utmost importance. We love Linda Farrow and her attention-grabbing vintage eyewear. Farrow has collaborated with Matthew Williamson and The Row amongst many other brands, so all tastes are catered for. (

Beautiful in Beulah Using the finest silk fabrics cut in the most flattering of ways, Beulah London is fast becoming the go-to label for London’s most stylish dressers. The latest collection features day dresses made from elegant patterned material and sumptuous silk evening gowns notable for their deep V necklines and covered buttons, along with show-stopping separates. Beulah London is also leading the way in the ethical fashion stakes: every garment from the collection comes with a canvas bag made by victims of human trafficking. With the Duchess of Cambridge one of their many well-heeled fans, it seems silly to say no, really. Collection available at Harvey Nichols (


Crease-free cruising Tired of leaving the plane looking more dishevelled than to-die for? Luckily for you, Gucci have developed a capsule collection. Natural materials mean the clothes are wonderfully soft against the skin allowing you to get comfy for the long haul, with eye masks and net cushions also available to ensure your look is utterly coordinated. The collection claims to balance the contemporary values of dynamic elegance and cosmopolitan nonchalance, but in all honesty, we are most excited by the fact their wool is wrinkle-proof. (

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Tech Must-have gadgets for every discerning traveller By Nick Birss

1 Mophie Juice Pack Universal Powerstation PRO, £79.95 ( 2 Apple Airport Express, £79 ( 3 The Asprey Londoner Travel Case 30”, £2,400 ( 4 Canon EOS 60D, £1,149.95 ( 5 AKG K495 NC noise cancelling headphones, £299.99 ( 6 Kindle Touch 3G, £169 ( 7 Limited Edition Dunhill Sentryman Explorer II, £2,600 ( 8 Swarovski Optik’s EL 32, £1,570 ( 9 B&O Beolit 12, £599 ( 10 Apple Macbook Air, £899 ( 11 B&O Beoplay A3, £449 ( 12 Tumi Portable Projector, £695 ( 13 Tumi travel adaptor, £50 (







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Rolling deep in the

Natalie Cox discovers the man at the helm of luxury yacht design and considers the timeless appeal of true innovation


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Achille Salvagni is the name you need to know in the world of bespoke yacht design. The Italian architect became a member of the National Registered Architects Association in Rome in 1999 before honing his craft in Sweden at The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and spending time in Finland and England. Working in counties with such different design aesthetics has clearly influenced the architect, and his name has become synonymous not just with luxury, but with a unique design instinct that combines Italian opulence with the clean touch of Scandinavian modernism and a willingness to push the boundary between art and practical function. Salvagni is now in the tenth year of running his own firm for architecture and interior design, SalvagniArchitetti, which works predominantly on luxury apartments and yachts. In 2007 their motoryacht MikyMar won the World Yachts Trophies Award for best yacht over 24 metres in the interior design category, and since then the industry’s hidden treasure has ceased to be quite such a secret.

He is ‘evolving more and more toward mixtures and turning away from the ‘total look’ concept The 70 metre motoryacht Numptia has also added some silverware to SalvagniArchitetti’s shelf, having won both the Judges Special Award at the World Superyacht Awards for the Interior Design With The Widest Appeal, and the Bespoke Furniture Award at the Show Boats Design Awards. Salvagni’s vision goes beyond trends, giving his boats a timeless yet vibrant feel. As well as his eclectic eye, he claims to possess ‘that subtle and precious ability to deal with real elegance and discretion, mixing things that don’t belong together and playing with styles with a flair for narrative interiors.’ He also explains that he is ‘evolving more and more toward mixtures and turning away from the ‘total look’ concept,’ which is clear from the strikingly bold features of Numptia that do not shy away from being a collection of different statements, rather than mere component parts. Now working with eleven designers in his studio, Salvagni is currently designing numerous projects for around the world in cities such as London, New York, Rome, Paris and Porto Cervo. He is certain to remain the go-to designer for one of a kind yachts for a long time to come. (


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Summer escapes

This summer, get away from the city with our edit of holidays of a lifetime. Detox in a 1,000-year-old monastery in Tuscany or board the Orient Express to Venice with your partner; relive the glory days in Marbella or eat deliciously rustic food in Puglia, or simply jump on a motorbike and travel the open road - the choice, as they say, is yours

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Would you sign up for a 280-day adventure? Richard Yarrow looks into motorbike ‘holidays’ that are redefining the meaning of ‘trip of a lifetime’



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Can you check your diary please? What are you doing on 10 May 2014 and for the next 280 days after that? Fancy a holiday that takes in The Great Wall of China and the Terracotta Army, Mount Kilimanjaro, the Australian Outback, Machu Picchu, Los Angeles and the Kalahari Desert? You’re scheduled to arrive back in London on Valentine’s Day 2015. Bring flowers and chocolates; the love of your life will be pleased to see you… or may have burned everything you own and moved out. If ever the term ‘trip of a lifetime’ was applicable, it’s here. Sign up and you’ll be doing the whole trip – all 48,000 miles of it – on two wheels. The guided tour for up to 16 riders is the longest ever staged by motorcycle expedition firm GlobeBusters. If you can’t spare the time it runs plenty of shorter ones lasting a month or more. Co-founders Julia and Kevin Sanders lead the trips, and Julia explained all sorts of people take part. Recent customers have included a 21-year-old putting an inheritance to good use and a 72-year-old Suffolk farmer who rode from London to Beijing. ‘Generally it’s men in their mid-40s to mid-60s. They might be independent consultants, people who have retired early, or successful business owners with a good management structure in place. They’re all looking for something inspirational; taking off on a bike is a strong symbol of freedom and independence. They’ve had responsibilities and want to take themselves away from that and know it’s just them and the bike.’

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People have ridden long distances since motorbikes were invented, but the guided long-distance adventure holiday is a new phenomenon and a growth business. It was given a boost by 2004’s Long Way Round TV series, a Unicef charity ride by actor Ewan McGregor and friend Charley Boorman. It did wonders for BMW sales – the GS range of enduro bikes is now the UK’s top-selling line – and showed what was possible to a wider audience. Joining a guided tour ticks the box for most bikers with dreams of being Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider, because there’s less risk than just packing your panniers, grabbing an atlas and heading for the Channel Tunnel. ‘A bike is a superb way to travel and can be a real ice-breaker,’ explained Julia. ‘A big BMW is rarer than a giant panda in parts of China and if you stop you’ll have a crowd of 100 people round you in five minutes. A bike can be a real “in” in cultural terms.’ One of GlobeBusters’ most popular trips is from Anchorage, Alaska, to Buenos Aires, Argentina, taking in Prudhoe Bay in the north and Ushuaia at the tip of South America. It’s a 24,000-mile adventure that journeys through Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. Tempted? There’s one leaving next July and you’ll back for Christmas. Not travelling quite so far is John Fulton, who runs Wildcat Adventures. He goes as close to home as Tunisia and Morocco, and as far afield as Eastern Turkey, skirting the borders of Iran, Iraq and Syria. The latter is a 24-day trip covering 5,000 miles.



‘It’s people looking for adventure and they come with us because of our experience,’ said Fulton. ‘We’ve been doing this since 1985 and have taken hundreds of people away in that time. We know which roads to take, which to avoid and what the alternatives are if there’s a problem. The hardest bit for our clients is having the concentration and fitness to be able to ride that much. We only take one day off each week, so we’re not taking rookies.’ There’s no doubt adventure riding is addictive and Wildcat has a 50 per cent rebooking rate from its customers. One of the addicts is Rob Gawthorpe from Oldham who owns a hydraulics company. He completed a 27-day guided tour of Eastern Turkey earlier this year, did Morocco in 2010 and has already signed up for a three-month trip to Mongolia and back in 2014. ‘The appeal is that you get to experience the country, the people, the smells, everything. You can do it in a car or a coach, but you just flash through it in a bubble. On a bike you become part of the environment and you’re able to just drink it all in and stop wherever you want. It’s a proper experience and like nothing else. I can’t get enough of it.’ Part of the thrill is that not everything that happens is predicable. Punctures and occasional component failures are inevitable but can easily be fixed. The same is true for an upset stomach, but often it’s

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nature’s raw power than leads to the most memorable moments. Fulton remembers a Libyan sandstorm that shot-blasted paintwork from the bikes, followed later the same day by a plague of locusts thick enough to blot out the sun. ‘In October 2010, our clients were looking forward to a warm sunny tour in Morocco. Instead they were treated to a storm of Biblical proportions. There were hail stones as big as golf balls, gale force winds and roads were washed away completely. We were forced to change our itinerary but this offered a new challenge, and it’s one that our clients who experienced it still talk about today.’ So have you cleared your schedule from 10 May 2014? GlobeBusters’ round the world trip costs £75,000 and you’ll need your own machine. Starting from London’s legendary biker haunt, the Ace Café, the trip heads east to China, south to Thailand, across Australia, down southern Africa and up South America to a finish in Los Angeles. Included is bed and breakfast, air travel for you and bike, all logistics, two guides and a support vehicle. ‘Four people are all paid up and plenty more have expressed serious interest,’ said Julia. (; 08452 304015) (; 01786 816 160)


pLAYING GAMES Half a century after it put southern Spain on the map, Richard Brown discovers how the Marbella Club continues to provide a playboy’s haven for those looking for hedonistic adventure



The 1968 edition of Country and Townhouse said it all. ‘It breaks new ground, dares to be young, decides who’s who by its own lights, then hides behind iron gates to keep teeming crowds at bay…’. The magazine devoted a whopping 12-page feature to documenting life at Europe’s most fashionable haunt, describing it as ‘the last ditch of the very rich’. Forty-four years on and the hotel that was responsible for transforming Andalusia from an obscure stretch of coastline to a favourite destination among the international jet set continues to provide a haven for the A-list and aristocratic elite. In fact, so assured is Franck Sibille, the resort’s Director General, of the Marbella Club’s appeal, that he tells me he considers his closest rivals to be a handful of hotels located in Miami and Monte Carlo; in the south of Spain, there is simply no competition. They say that without the Marbella Club, there would be no Marbella, and what happened in the two decades after Prince Maximilian von Hohenlohe his son Prince Alfonso, seduced by the stories of the idyllic Spanish lifestyle, brought a patch of sea-side real estate in 1947, explains why. With Alfonso’s contact book a who’s who of American and European socialites, film stars and dignitaries, the Marbella Club was soon accommodating an avalanche of aristocratic millionaires and celebrated playboys. As royalty came and went and media attention grew, more and more people heard about the delights of Marbella. The Duke of Windsor visited, as did the father of the king of Spain. Just 13 years after the Marbella Club opened its doors, it was forced to turn away 4,000 people in just one summer. It was the following year that Country and Townhouse described the retreat as one of the ‘liveliest, clubbiest, most hysterically social’ in Europe. But it wasn’t just the parties that the Marbella Club was becoming famous for. Situated on one of Europe’s most picturesque coastlines, in an area famed for its horses and a short distance from a scenic mountain range, the club’s guests were able to play just as hard during the day as they did at night – powerboat racing in the sea, racing horses through Andalusia’s countryside and shooting game in its hill tops. Captivated by the sporting opportunities the area offered, in the 1960s Prince Alfonso came up with an idea to promote Marbella. Inspired by the notion that few places in the world allow its visitors to experience both alpine skiing and swimming in the sea in the same day, he envisioned the Spring Games – a 12-hour extravaganza that would see invitees compete across a range of adrenaline-generating sports. It was an idea that never came to fruition until three years ago. Then, in 2010, with the help of his nephew

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Pablo Hohenlohe, his dream came through. After thousands of emails and hours of brainstorming, golf, paddle tennis, and motorsports were added to alpine skiing, pigeon shooting and water skiing, and the schedule for what would be the first Marbella Club Spring Games was born. What started as a day organised between just eight friends three years ago, grew to a competition amongst 24 in 2011 and between 28 in 2012. Following the action from the comfort of a luxury coach, I watched as after an early breakfast, this year’s competitors – a roster of sports stars, European aristocracy and various captains of industry – were whisked between six destinations via a fleet of Porches to partake in each event. Sadly, due to a lack of snow, alpine skiing in Sierra Nevada was cancelled and replaced with polo, not that too many competitors were complaining as they enjoyed stunning views of North Africa from the Marbella Golf Resort, raced around Ronda’s Ascari race track and water skied on the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. After an intense ten hours of competition – and make no mistake, in the spirit of Soriano all entrants are there to win – the event culminated the next day in front of 200 guests, aficionados and media at a charity lunch held at Marbella Club’s stunning Villa del Mar. There, the victors – Men’s winner Gregor von Opel (of the European car giant) and women’s winner Flavia de HohenloheLangenburg (Prince Alfonso’s niece) – were announced, before guests placed bids on sports paraphernalia signed by famous sporting idols in aid of the Spanish Cancer Association. In true Marbella Club style, lunch started at just past midday and finished when the dancing stopped, in this year’s case, well over ten hours later. Having partied like it was 1968 all over again, the only thing that could tempt me to emerge from my Egyptian sheets

the next morning was breakfast on the Marbella Club’s stunning terrace, and it wasn’t long before I was vowing to return next year as a Spring Game’s competitor rather than spectator (I await my invite with earnestness!). It may have entertained everyone from Brigitte Bardot to Bobe Hope, James Hunt to Jackie Stewart, and Sean Connery to Elton John, but the Marbella Club’s present client list is as illustrious as ever. Pampered by the best climate in Europe and showered in international awards – including regular mentions in the Michelin Guide and awards for being one of the best hotels in the world – the hotel continues to provide a retreat for well-known football clubs, as well as to the likes of Bryan Ferry, Karren Brady and Tony Bennett. The week before my visit, the hotel had been the choice hideout of Roman Abramovich and girlfriend; the week after, it would play host to the competitors of tennis’ Fed Cup Play Off between Spain and Slovakia. Whether it’s oligarchs looking for hedonistic retreat or sports stars preparing for international competition, it seems the sun continues to shine on Marbella’s most famous club. You can now recreate the Spring Games Experience with the Spring Games concierge. The Marbella Club has created a three-day package including transfers, accommodation, and all the sports arranged for their clients. For more information please email Georgina Shaw at Prices available upon request. BA fly from London Gatwick to Malaga several times daily ( l-r / Sean Connery; Brigitte Bardot & Gunther Sachs; Grace Kelly & Rainerio; Barón Guy de Rothschild & Baron Rede; Prince Alfonso with donkey. All images courtesy of Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

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Peace be with you Image / The indoor pool at the Castel Monastero spa



Once a monastery, and with a 1,000-years of history woven into it’s beautiful stone walls, Castel Monastero has taken detox to a whole new level of luxury. Elle Blakeman visits the Tuscan retreat to see how peaceful life can get

We kicked the monks out. I have some serious Catholic Guilt about enjoying Castel Monastero knowing that it was once a monastery, however once I’m told that they actually left eight centuries ago I can relax. The relatively new Castel Monastero actually took over the ailing but beautiful grounds around three years ago, turning a small, sleepy-looking collection of buildings into a haven of Italian tranquillity. Buried deep into the Tuscan hillside in the heart of Chianti, this breathtaking 75-room hotel is as serene as you would expect a religious order to be. There is an almost religious sense of peace here, clearly a hangover from the monastery days. The spa was probably a little different then, but the surrounding hills, lightly dotted with the odd pale stone house and minute thatched cottage are a throwback to a time from another century, one before stress became a badge of honour and the ‘tox’ that precedes the need to come here to detox was not even imagined. Castel Monastero has been called as the last stop before, well for want of a better word, the nuthouse. It’s the last- chance saloon to hang on to sanity for people with enough power to be sick of it. Hedge funders, film stars, sports stars, people married to hedge funders come here from all over to get back to zero. I can see why; the grounds are sensory overload, and standing within them is enough to bring anyone back from the brink. Rich, vivid colours peep out from the green hills and bushes, deeply scented irises, lavender and brooms pervade the light, balmy air. The birdsong sounds unusually loud here, before you realise that actually this is how they sound, you just rarely hear it anymore. Textures from crunchy gravel under your feet to smooth marble in the spa – it all feels designed to reawaken senses you had long forgotten about. Dr Ali, the London-based celebrity doctor behind the detox clinic, is spoken of with a reverence that would be easy to compare to the religion once housed here. But this is understandable when you know his credentials: personal doctor to HRH the Prince of Wales (after curing a member of his staff who had been suffering with a chronic condition that conventional treatment couldn’t touch) and several other famous personalities, from Richard Branson to Donna Karan; expert in preventative medicine and author of seven best-selling health books. His special detox tea (without question the most foul-tasting liquid I have ever tasted, therefore forcing me to believe it is doing me and my digestion no end of good) must be ingested at least three times daily, and is the result of his travels around India. I go and see Dr Lunghini who trained under Dr Ali; an impossibly Italian man, with a full head of curly black hair and an I-go-running-on-the-beacheveryday physique. He does an energy test and weighs me before resorting to just eyeballing me, to work out the problem. ‘You are too busy,’ he says, ‘you need to slow down.’ This is probably a recurring theme here. Next Dr Lunghini talks of ‘minusing the kilos’ as if it were a case of removing heavy items from an overstuffed suitcase. ‘You can take maybe 2 or 3 kilos

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out, if you want’ (Yes, I want!). ‘But,’ he goes on in his oh-so-masculine way, ‘You must remember women they always want to lose the weight too much, and men don’t like this,’ Also you must not lose weight to be more attractive, men think lots of women are attractive, but then they speak and then it’s a disaster!’. I’m not quite sure how to take this. Dr Lunghini likes to say disaster a lot. In addition to pretty but vocal women, eating late is another ‘disaster’. ‘If you want to know what to eat, just look up,’ he says. ‘If the sun is in the sky then eat, you need the energy to get you through the day, but if it’s dark then you should be winding down so you don’t need to eat so much.’ Avoiding the obvious point that London’s lack of light is rarely reflective of the time, it is an interesting, and certainly easy-to-follow diet tip. ‘It’s a big problem that people often have their biggest meal of the day at night as you eat and drink and gain all this energy and then you go home to rest and sleep. This! This is a disaster!’ he says with force.

Away from the doctor’s stern warnings, the spa program offers an excellent start to getting back on the non-disaster path. You can start your day with yoga in a beautiful outdoor studio: floor-to-ceiling glass walls allow you to overlook the lush vineyards and countryside below as you complete unpronounceable poses (Catuspadapitham anyone?). The rest of the program focuses on detoxing the body from inside out: body scrubs, facial peels, marma massage (agony but worth it, your therapist will hone in on the point that hurts the most, and abuse this knowledge, but you will leave feeling amazing), essential oil baths and so on. Stress will be soaked off and scrubbed away until you, at least your body, feels as good as new (your mind may take a while to catch up). The spa itself is stunning – all neutrals and stone colours, with a relaxing sea water hydrotherapy pool, an invitingly-turquoise looking pool with a higher salt-content than the Dead Sea (incredibly healing for the skin), beautiful Finnish sauna

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and hammam and an indoor pool and Jacuzzi built right into the stone walls of the 1,000-year old building. If you are on the detox you will have a special diet, a delicious menu of fresh fruit (not the citrus fruits though; Dr Ali has a big problem with our acid levels), vegetables and fish. If you are not on the detox make sure you book into Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant where you will see why chefs adore Tuscany – rustic ingredients, beautiful wine pairings and surroundings to properly complement their creations (if you are on the detox I would suggest coming a day early to take advantage of the ‘real’ dining here). Alongside Ramsay’s place in the courtyard, there is La Cantina, a striking restaurant set in the medieval wine cellars of Castel Monastero; dark and atmospheric, there is a sense of free-flowing conversation and Chianti (the wine list is incredible). Although the restaurants are beautiful, you really should dine outside as often as possible here. You can see for miles into the distance as night gently rolls in, and the only light pollution is the candles surrounding the outside tables. Again you will find your senses awakened as you enjoy the food, the scenery, the sounds and scents of being outdoors. ‘You will fall in love with this place,’ said a smart Italian man who took my bags when

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I checked in. I usually decide to do the opposite when told such a thing, however, like every English girl faced with something gorgeous and Italian, I accepted the inevitable. Reader: I think this may be the one. Classic Collection Holidays (0800 008 7288; offers seven nights at the five-star Castel Monastero from £1,278. Price based on two adults sharing on a B&B basis and includes return flights from London Gatwick (other UK departure airports available) to Florence and car hire.

Opposite / The outdoor swimming pool at Castel Monastero at night Top / The grounds at Castel Monastero Left / La Cantina restuarant. All images courtesy of Castel Monastero


Courting Canaletto on the

Orient Express Nothing says old world romance like a trip on this iconic train. Natalie Cox heads to Venice in style on a journey filled with art and opulence



Venice is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, its waterways and cobbled streets synonymous with romance. Steeped in history, it has inspired many an artist, including the renowned eighteenth century painter Canaletto, who immortalised the breath-taking Venetian cityscape, which remains mostly unchanged to this day. In order to make your visit to this delightful city a truly memorable experience, swap the airport for the train station and do it in style, on that bastion of old world luxury the Orient Express. The adventure begins in London with a visit to the National Gallery, where your host for the trip lends you their expertise of both Venice and Italian art as you view works by Canaletto and other pieces that reflect on the Venetian way of life. The following day, the gleaming carriages of the British Pullman await you at Victoria Station to whisk you away across the Channel in style. Once on the continent, you transfer to the legendary Venice-Simplon-OrientExpress, where you can take in the scenery of Europe as it flies past your window whilst enjoying table d’hôte meals complimented by carefully selected wines.

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After a night being lulled to sleep by the train’s gentle traction, enjoy the views of the idyllic Italian landscape before you arrive in Venice for a four-night stay at the Hotel Cipriani. An emblem of Venetian style, it is known for interiors decorated by exquisite local artefacts, classic cuisine with an innovative twist, and the most decadent swimming pool in the city. The evening is best spent admiring the unique views of the Doge’s Palace from the hotel, recognisable in many of Canaletto’s works and a landmark of Venetian architecture. Sip a glass of Prosecco in the heady Italian evening, and visit one of the many world-class restaurants in the city, such as Ristorante Quadri: a true gastronomic monument now run by the Alajmo brothers, who are also responsible for the three Michelin-starred restaurant La Calandre in nearby Padova. Waking up the next day, the whole city awaits to get lost in. Wander down the alleyways and quaysides and discover the locations featured in Canaletto’s major works, including Sculoa di San Rocco and the Chiesa di San Vidal. You can then enjoy more Venetian cuisine in a local restaurant – long lunches are, of course, the

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Opposite / Venice Top / The deck at the Hotel Cipriani Below, L-R / View from the Hotel Cipriani; Bar at the Hotel Cipriani

cornerstone of Italian society – before swinging by the nearby Gallerie dell’Accademia. The gallery houses paintings by Canaletto and his contemporaries Guardi, Bellotto, and Longhi, alongside works ranging from the Byzantine and Gothic fourteenth century to ones by the Renaissance artists. Dinner at the Hotel Cipriani follows, where you can expect the finest Venetian and Italian specialities, from spider-crab and goose foie gras to beef fillet sautéed in dry Marsala wine complemented by rare cheeses made by a selection of Italian farmers. A stroll around the city at night, when the lights reflect off the water, is the ideal after-dinner tonic. A trip outside of Venice awaits the following day, when you head to the Veneto region to visit Villa Pisani, a late baroque palace. Commissioned in the late eighteenth century by Alviso Pisani, who would later be made Doge of Venice, the impressive building boasts frescos by Tiepolo in its ballroom. Back in Venice, the Scuola Grande dei Carmini awaits. Designed by the architects Caustello and Longhena in the seventeenth century, the school of devotion and charity is the only remaining Grand School from the period and is still active today. A fascinating history detailing the

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organisation’s survival against all odds is well worth a listen. After a day so filled with culture, you will be glad of a chance to sit down and enjoy another sumptuous dinner at the hotel. The world-class cuisine is accompanied by a concert featuring music composed during Canaletto’s era. One final day of sightseeing remains, which includes a visit to Ca’Rezzonico, the museum of eighteenth century Venice. After the museum, you are free to explore the city and visit any other sights that you wish to, or perhaps just stroll along the famous canals one last time. Many artists also have their studios in Venice, giving you a chance to discover future Masters and potentially pick up a souvenir canvas. One final dinner with fellow travellers gives you a chance to say your goodbyes to the city and make the most of the fresh ingredients and delicious dishes that make Venetian cuisine so memorable. On the last day, a journey by motorboat to the airport allows you to see Venice one final time in breathtaking style as you cross the lagoon. Canaletto, we are sure, would have approved of a trip that leaves one with a lasting impression of the opulence and romance of a city that you cannot help but fall for. (


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and salads Kate Harrison goes to Puglia, Tuscany’s restless younger sister, in search of a food-focussed holiday

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‘Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti.’ So said Sophia Loren of her beauty. The equally glamorous Audrey Hepburn had a famous liking for pasta too, and it seemed to keep her lithe and lovely enough. These days, we’ve a global fear of carbohydrates, but what if we conceded ourselves a little of what we fancied, and went on holiday to justify our deviant behavior? Well, then Puglia would be one of the continent’s best destinations for it. And what if it actually turned out to be rather healthy, for the body and the soul alike? Italy’s Puglia, largely an agricultural region and with refreshing village mentality throughout, produces almost half of Italy’s olive oil and a large serving of its wine. Acres of the region’s territory are dedicated chunks for farming, both in the crops and livestock sectors, and many inhabitants continue to grow their own produce. So, when tourists flock to the region for all things local, we must seem more than a little deprived of the good, but ultimately really rather basic, life. So you’re armed with a holiday goal of controlled Epicureanism in Puglia (which you’ve just about managed to pronounce well) but where to set up camp? Masseria Torre Coccaro and Masseria Torre Maizza are sister resorts where you would do well to split your time, reaping the benefits of both and keeping all elements of the holiday full of flavour. These resorts are armed with all the facilities you would assume of an establishment asking for between 200 euros and 1,300 euros per suite per night, but they are not necessarily overly luxurious so much as steeped in rustic charm. If you normally splash out on a safe several-star hotel just for the guarantee of comfort, this addition of ‘soul’ to your accommodation will come as a pleasant surprise. The resorts are family-owned and run and it is the dedication of the owner, Vittorio Muolo, and the family atmosphere he emits that really makes them stand out among the accommodation crowd.

Left / Coccaro products Above / Masseria Torre Coccaro

Start off at Masseria Torre Coccaro, a kind of glamorous, convent-style building all painted in white with courtyard cosiness. Suite options range from the Chapel Suite to the Orange Garden Suite notwithstanding the Olive Suite in between, offering vaulted ceilings, private terraces, seaviews, personal grape-tree supplies and hammocks. Everything the doctor ordered. A key feature is the private Coccaro Beach with boutique, restaurant, lounge and open access to the spectacularly clear Salento sea. There is nothing showy about either this or adjoining hotel Masseria Torre Maizza, where you’d be advised to bed down next. An informal atmosphere allows you to relax at another level. This explains the very loyal clientele base, with both staff and visitors proving themselves hotel regulars for many years. You will always find the owner at either of the two properties (or the beach club – sensible man) and it is his personal dedication and interest that makes the hotels so special. What to expect then for breakfast, in a region renowned for its fresh food, even if the classy rustic soul is a happy addition to the equation? A buffet of rich yoghurts, fresh local fruit, homemade jams and pastries, with an à la carte menu offering your obvious English diversions (eggs et al). Lunch can easily be whiled away daily at the beach club where salads and pasta dishes never disappoint. Both are, unusually, complemented with the most unbelievably fresh seafood. When postprandial fatigue strikes at 3pm, hesitate not to reach for a pastry with your tea or coffee. As if turning back time or stepping into a children’s television program portraying idealism, one renowned pastry chef supplies most of the local area. Masseria Torre Maizza is the more recent of the property duo and perhaps has the edge for couples. A smaller, more sophisticated outfit, the property spills onto the hotel golf course and is very picturesque. The restaurant here is smaller and so cosier as a consequence. People tend to dress for dinner but this is certainly not de rigeur nor imposed. The staff exhibit admirable knowledge,



From top / The pool at the Masseria Torre Maizza; cooking school; Coccaro products

Breakfast is a buffet of rich yoghurts, fresh local fruit, homemade jams and pastries particularly when it comes to wine suggestions. This, along with the food, is locally sourced; a commitment of the owner who seeks to draw on Puglia’s advantage as culinary hostess-with-the-mostest of Italy. Masseria Torre Coccaro may be the more established of the two properties, but it should be known that it caters for families; both so that couples are not taken aback and so that those with children have the thumbs up. The owner has only recently moved off-site, having lived there himself for quite some time. The Coccaro Beach Club is located a few kilometres away and can be accessed leisurely yet semi-energetically by bike from each resort. Enough movement to deserve lunch in any case, but a fresh bowl of crudités is always placed on each table in any case, to respond to those sun-induced sugar lows. During the summer season, the hotels offer lots of activities and events including cooking classes, Italian lessons and relaxed jazz evenings. A food lover’s paradise? The best pizzas you’ve ever had for 1.5 euros in the local towns? It’s hard to see how - and more imporantly why - you wouldn’t leave the new Tuscany at least a little bit heavier. ( (

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Horizon Just when we are getting over Virgin Galactic and space tourism, Mike Peake brings us the awe-inspiring plans for travel back here on the ground

In December 2010, a number of British newspapers ran with a story about ‘Holidays Of The Future’ following the release of a report commissioned by Thomson. Awash with artists’ impressions of fanciful floating pods and incredible man-made islands, it was all straight out of Avatar, and while fun to look at, it seemed at first glance to be rather more ‘what might happen if we let a bunch of designers go wild’ than a serious study of where the industry was heading. Behind the space-age technical drawings, however, was an in-depth report that gripped the industry by its shoulders and gave it a shake. In the past 20 years we’ve gone from picking a holiday out of a brochure to previewing every little detail online; we’ve swapped postcards for Facebook and Flickr albums that can be updated by the second.

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With an industry worth $6 trillion a year at stake, the report was a sucker punch to travel and tourism providers all over the world. Ever more change is inevitable, and just 18 months after the report was published plans to change your holiday as you know it are already afoot. While floating pods might seem endearingly sci-fi, leaps in technology could make the impossible possible a lot quicker than we think: the renowned futurologist Ray Kurzweil – who advocates the idea that we’ll all be living longer in the future thanks to millions of microscopic nanobots keeping us healthy from the inside – says that in 25 years time, numerous technologies will be a billion times more advanced than now. So why not pods that rise up and give you your own little slice of sky? Why not hotels that have bathroom mirrors which monitor your health?


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A trend-predicting British company called Future Foundation is rather more occupied than most by where travel is heading, and their research has led to some surprising findings. One of the greatest luxuries of the coming decades, they say, will be to ‘completely drop off the grid’. Which means saying goodbye – temporarily at least – to the iPhone. Dotted around the world already are

numerous retreats where the idea is to step away from technology for a fortnight – places like Teton Lodge in Wyoming which offers discounts for guests who leave all of their gadgets and gizmos at reception when checking in.

In years to come dark tourism will include places that are themselves in danger So, too, will there be an increase in demand for ‘dark tourism’, a name coined as long as 15 years ago for the then-emerging trend of holidaying somewhere slightly macabre, like battle sites. Future Foundation predict that in years to come dark tourism will include places that are themselves in danger – disappearing habitats like glaciers and rainforests. Part of the fun of predicting the future of travel is poring over the grand designs of the world’s architectural community. Spectacular man-made island resorts are


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a recurring theme – such as the magnificent Lilypad concept shown above – as are buildings that go to great lengths to ‘become one’ with nature, like the prizewinning, conceptual Hotel Aliah by Sao Paolo-based Hiperstudio and Arkiz. A similar hotel-in-a-garden concept is the Parkroyal in Singapore, which is almost finished and due to open at the end of this year. Other predictions for the future of travel include ‘carbo-tourism’, where customers comparison-check the carbon emissions of their flights and choose the most eco-friendly, and ‘slowtopianism’, in which tourists say goodbye to the hustle and bustle of everyday life and embrace long trips at an easy pace, possibly on a new breed of air-ships. As the global population increases and the world’s wealth is filtered out to countries where travel is a relatively new idea, tourist levels will soar. And with it, a number of popular spots could disappear off the tourist trail forever. Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal and The Valley of the Kings have all been affected by mass tourism, prompting Thomson to put them on their list of 10 places you may

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never see before you die. The Maldives is on there, too, thanks to the ever-present threat of rising sea levels. But maybe vacations like these won’t be what we’re looking for anyway. According to a survey last year, 11 per cent of us think that a holiday to the moon will be possible by 2020. Richard Branson has sold 550 tickets – at $200,000 a go – for his Virgin Galactic sub-orbital spacecraft, which starts shunting tourists up to space next year. Just as exciting, although fraught with danger if the just-remade Total Recall movie is any indication, is the notion of taking a holiday in your mind only. Or in a park populated by androids, dressed up to look like people from another era. ‘You could inhabit another person’s life,’ says Rohit Talwar, CEO of London-based trendpredicting company Fast Future Research. ‘If you want to be Julius Caesar or Marie Antoinette, you can.’ ( ( (


Jet set First-class, fractional ownership of a private jet, or do you just buy the whole thing? Mike Peake finds out which is best for the high-flying Mayfair resident

On June 11 of this year, NetJets, the market-leading buy-a-share-

Top to bottom / NetJets; Etihad first class cabin; Victor Jets

of-a-plane-and-use-it-as-you-need-it company, put in an order for the largest aircraft purchase in private aviation history. With a total value of $9.6bn, it included 100 firm orders for Bombardier Challenger aircraft and up to 150 Cessna Citation Latitudes. Not bad for a business which the Financial Times, only a month earlier, had said was based on a model that could be viewed with ‘serious scepticism’. NetJets, in the hands of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway since 1998, has certainly been stung during the economic downturn, but is clearly in no mind to take it lying down. The business has been restructured, is leaner than ever – and claims to offer customers the best possible solution for fast access to private aircraft. But is fractional ownership – as the NetJets experience is known – the best way to fly for today’s fast-moving executive in search of efficient, stress-free travel? If you fly all the time the short answer is no; NetJets Europe’s Emily Williams says that buying a plane outright makes economic sense for those who fly more than 400 hours a year. Most of us don’t, which is why business flyers wanting the very best in terms of service and convenience find a lot to like in fractional ownership. A 1/16th share of a NetJets aircraft will give you 50 hours of flying time on your very own or a similar jet per year – and a lot less hassle than flying commercially. NetJets don’t advertise their prices, but one insider claimed that a 1/16th share of a seven-seater jet would work out at around $1.4m over five years. In other words, that’s $1.4m for 250 hours of flying time, equivalent to $5,600 per hour, or if the plane is full, $800 per passenger per hour. Which would put fractional ownership in the same ballpark as some first-class tickets with a scheduled airline – and comes complete with the knowledge that you do actually own a resalable slice of your aircraft. Snapping at NetJets’ heels, of course, are charter hire companies who operate on a very similar wavelength – ready availability, luxury service and


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super-fast check-in are all paramount – and offer the business flyer a rapid travel solution with none of the up-front overheads. The charter companies boast that their per-hour charges – though subject to seasonal variations – work out the cheapest. Says George Galanopoulos of business jet charter hire company London Executive Aviation (LEA): ‘The value in business jet charter centres around time-efficiency, convenience, privacy and personal service that simply cannot be matched by even the finest airline travel.’ Clive Jackson, CEO and founder of private jet charter business, Victor, agrees. ‘We have opened up the world of stress free private jet travel to those prepared to pay the equivalent of a business class fare.’ Victor has also tapped into the marketplace with their own business model that is designed to connect the jet charterer directly to the operators, providing the best market rate. Indeed, the pros of hiring out or part-owning an aircraft appear indisputable. On the subject of efficiency and convenience, Dave Smith at points out that a group of London-based executives needing to visit clients in Ljubljana in Slovenia and then Nantes in France could do the whole trip in a day if they chartered or part-owned the aircraft. Taking the scheduled path, he says, would take up to three days. This ability to choose your own route and also to fly to and from thousands more airports than commercial airliners is a big part of private jets’ appeal – very useful if your

destination is off-the-beaten-track and also if you don’t want inquisitive rivals seeing five of your most senior executives milling around the departure-lounge at Heathrow. As private flight gathers ground, the fight for the top tier of business travellers is nonetheless one that the airlines aren’t giving up easily. While they can’t match fractional ownership or chartering for flexibility or convenience, they do know a thing or two about luxury. It is their job to make the first class experience a very tempting alternative indeed. ‘They’re state of the art,’ says Etihad Airways’ chief executive James Hogan of the airline’s first class cabins’ new private suites. ‘There is a personal illuminated wardrobe with mirror and refreshment cabinet; there is the opportunity of guests having their personal chef tailormake dishes to their particular tastes and preferences.’ And that’s before you get to the entertainment, which includes a 23-inch video screen with 600 hours-worth of movies. Named both Best First Class Airline and Best First Class Catering at last year’s World Airline Awards, UAE-based Etihad is arguably the last word in in-flight luxury – and they’ll only charge you around £4,000 for a short-notice return trip from London to Abu Dhabi, a journey which would cost in the region of £67,000 in a chartered 13-seater Embraer Legacy 650. As with all things, it comes down to circumstances and personal choice. If flight times suit your schedule, an airline with an acclaimed first class service offers luxury, space and the mild sense of satisfaction that comes with turning left – instead of right – upon entering the plane. NetJets and the fractional ownership route offers the very best in convenience. And charter? According to Business Jet Traveller magazine, demand for charter in Europe today is significantly exceeded by the supply of aircraft available for hire. ‘Charter clients have probably never had a better choice of aircraft and at extremely competitive rates,’ they say. Whatever your choice, try not to take a leaf out of Ingvar Kamprad’s book. Legend has it that the billionaire founder of IKEA always flies economy.

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With minimal make-up, you need to make the most of what you have. Rather than messing around with waterproof mascara or false lashes, try the new YUMI Lash treatment at Harrods. Lashes are lifted with a permanent curling lotion (which lasts as long as your lashes – up to 12 weeks), and nourished with a protective, hydrating lotion, before being tinted. The result is thicker, darker, longer-looking lashes in just 45 minutes. Finish with a well-groomed brow: pop into Blink at Fenwicks for the perfect face-framing arch. YUMI Lashes, £80 (one hour), available at Urban Retreat at Harrods ( Threading, from £17, Blink at Fenwicks (



From pedicures to suncream, waxing to rehydrating, Elle Blakeman takes you through the before-you-go treatments to the while-you’re-away must-haves

Bronze Protective Beautifying Suncare SPF 50, £23; Bronze Self-Tanner Natural Glow, £28; both Dior. Available at Harrods (


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No one wants to spend precious holiday time styling their hair so invest in a Brazilian blow dry before you leave. Daniel Galvin offers one of the best in London, using a system that infuses your hair with miniscule particles of keratin, to leave you with smooth, healthy and super shiny hair that will afford you that sleek, low-maintenance look for anywhere between two and four months. It’s worth bearing in mind that you shouldn’t wash your hair for three days afterwards (to allow the products to really take effect), so make sure you book in plenty of time before your holiday. From £226, Daniel Galvin (


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Avoid that just-stepped-off-the-plane look with a tan from celebrity tan expert James Read’s bespoke tanning salon at Agua Spa in the Sanderson Hotel. If you’re short of time, Dior’s new SelfTanner is a great home alternative. From £40, Agua Spa in the Sanderson Hotel. (



and strong

Prepare for the stresses of the sun on your hair with Ojon’s hydrating shampoo and conditioner set. Using only natural ingredients (and it smells divine) your hair will be silky soft and strong enough to be your crowning glory this summer.



Smooth dimpled skin with this rich essential oil from Elemis. With an aroma that conjures up a day at the beach, thanks to the sea fennel and sea buckthorn ingredients, it will help kick-start a slugglish system, combating a build-up of toxins and reducing the appearance of cellulite. For more intensive treatment, the innovative HoneyBelle bodybuffer is a serious piece of kit that will improve the feel and appearance of cellulite in as little as 30 days. HoneyBelle, £346, Bellecore, available at Harrods (

Cellutox Active, £30.70, Elemis (

Hydrating Shampoo £18, Hydrating Conditioner, £19.50, Ojon. Available at Harrods and Fenwicks (

Nourishing Smoothing Body Scrub, £37, Darphin (

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Margaret Dabbs’ ‘Medi Pedi’ is legendary for transforming tired soles into things of pure beauty. Turning chiropody into an art form, her team of podiatrists will see to any foot complaint and have you sandal-ready in no time. And the glamour of the new Bulgari Hotel adds an additional touch of elegance to the task. Luxury Medi-Pedi at Margaret Dabbs at Bulgari, £175 (70 mins), (020 7151 1055;




Exfoliation is key to getting yourself bikini-ready: it will help get rid of any dead skin cells – leaving your skin looking radiant and silky smooth. It will also prepare your skin for an even tan (either fake or real). This new version from Darphin contains several natural oils, making it especially nourishing. For superdry skin, brush some onto your skin in an upward motion.



Complete the effortless beauty look with a lasting manicure. Chip-proof, with no drying time, the GelColor manicure from OPI is ideal for a pre-holiday treat. OPI 30-minute treatment, £40. Available at Selfridges. (

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Ministry of Waxing has achieved cult-like status for making one of life’s more challenging experiences into something much more bearable. With their uber-cool salon and chatty therapists, the place adds some much-needed glamour to an otherwise tiresome task. Leg wax starts at £25, Ministry of Waxing, 17 South Molton Street (

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Protecting your hair from UV damage with Aveda’s Hair Veil and Philip Kingsley’s classic Swimcap is still the best way to stop chlorine ruining your locks. Untangle any knots with Michel Mercier’s miracle hair brush. At the end of the day, add a shot of Morrocan Oil – a miracle product for treating damage, leaving you with silky, shiny hair.

Jasmine and Lily Healing Mask, £60, Chantecaille. Available at Space NK (


Detangling brush, £14.95, Michel Mercier (

Swimcap, £10.30, Philip Kingsley (


Sunleÿa Age Minimizing After Sun Care, £132, Sisley. Available at Harrods (


Protect yourself from the ageing and burning effects of the sun with a good sunscreen. This handy oil-free spray from Shiseido can be used on hair as well as skin, which is great for those who don’t do hats. Get a separate lighter suncream for your face and don’t go for anything less than Factor 30.


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Shiseido Sun Protection Spray £26.45, Shiseido (


Nothing dries out your skin like flying, so take this healing mask in your carry-on and apply liberally when you’re on the plane. The cooling, hydrating formula is great for tired and stressed skin, and by the time you land you will have soft, plumped skin, looking facial-fresh rather than jet-lagged. It can also double as an intensive night cream.

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Help repair any damage with a good quality after-sun. This version from Sisley is ideal as it nourishes sun-stressed skin and traps ageing free radicals. For the body, try BIOeffect’s new body intensive, containing the same cell-stimulating ingredients that have made the face serum such a sell-out product – boosting the body’s production of collagen and elastin. And as it’s a serum, a little goes a long way.


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This Bi-Phase serum from Clarins is ideal to pep up dehydrated skin. If you’ve really overdone the sunshine, opt for SkinCeuticals’ Hydrating B5 Serum, which contains hyaluronic acid, (the body’s natural hydrator) to pack a serious moisture punch as well as helping with tissue repair to limit damage.

Combat the build-up of chlorine, salt and products with this refreshing cleanser that works as a great daily detox for both hair and body, leaving you more room in your suitcase for other essentials. Finish with a spritz of Lancôme’s Aroma Tonic – a zesty, body treatment spray with a high concentration of toning essential oils.

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Aroma Tonic, £20, Lancôme. Available at Harrods (

Sun Care Hair and Body Cleanser, £16.50, Aveda (

Hydrating B5 Serum, £59, SkinCeuticals (

Retractable Kabuki Brush, £26, Guerlain. Available at Harrods (

Pucci Collection Meteorites Pearls, £37, Guerlain. Available at Harrods (

Pigment Regulator, £79, SkinCeuticals (

Bronze Goddess Luminous Liquid Bronzer, £21.50, Estée Lauder. Available at Harrods (

Make-up Keep it simple with a sweep of Guerlain’s bronzing pearls (in a fabulously summery Pucci compact) or a dab of Estée Lauder’s shimmering liquid bronzer. Just a touch of mascara and soft brown eye liner, and a little gloss and you’re good to go.

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Pigmentation can be incredibly ageing, so keep skin looking fresh and radiant by tackling the problem straight away. This Pigment Regulator contains kojic acid to help exfoliate and correct uneven skin tone, brown spots and dark patches.

Eye pencil, £15.50, Laura Mercier. Available at Harrods (

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Silence is Golden It was said to have driven Beethoven to despair and Darwin to distraction. Today, tinnitus affects approximately five million people in the UK, including musicians Plan B and Coldplay’s Chris Martin


more than 15 minutes per week; and lower levels between 85dB and 90dB can cause permanent damage if you’re exposed to them every day. Normal conversation is rated at grow older. There are simple causes which can trigger 60-65dB, whereas a nightclub is 110dB; an MP3 temporary tinnitus – such as a cold or infection, minor player played loudly comes in at 112dB and head trauma or a side effect from some medications. yet surprisingly, a car stereo used whilst But for millions, tinnitus is a permanent irritation. motorway driving is 125dB. Tinnitus isn’t a disease, but merely a Professor Tony Cheesman is an ENT Avoiding noisy environments symptom stemming from a variety of surgeon at The Wellington Hospital. He is completely isn’t a realistic option, conditions. Depending on its severity, a specialist in neuro-otology and was one of especially in the throng of the city; but tinnitus can diminish a person’s quality the pioneers in Skull Base Surgery. Following there are a number of ways to protect of life; and as yet, there is no definitive a lifetime of experience with disorders of the your ears. cure. Some sufferers may hear a medley vestibular system and its central connections, • Taking regular breaks from a of sounds, from ringing, humming, and he now has a considerable interest in balance particularly noisy environment gives your hissing to clicking, rushing and whirring disorders related to the peripheral postural ears a rest. noises. These sounds are continuous, but mechanisms and works closely with • Reducing the intensity of exposure by background noise can dissipate them so turning down the volume can make a big they seem to subside at points during the the physiotherapists of The difference in reducing the risk of damaging day. Silence tends to intensify these noises too, Wellington Balance Unit. your hearing; for example if you can’t hear external so getting to sleep, or trying to concentrate can sounds or background noises when you have your become a tussle. headphones on, it’s too loud. One area where tinnitus can be preventable however is • Using earplugs, especially when at festivals and gigs, can reduce through the lessening of excessive and loud noise: the louder the noise sound levels between 15 and 35 decibels, without spoiling the sound. and the longer you’re exposed to it, the greater you risk damaging Without a cure within our grasp, prevention and awareness is your hearing. paramount. By turning down you can prevent tuning out. Noise levels above 105 decibels can cause damage if endured for he ringing, whistling torment of tinnitus can begin unexpectedly in any age group; and our chances of developing it increase as we


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THE POWER OF PREVENTION Professor Tony Cheesman explains the physiology of tinnitus and why the real power is in prevention Tinnitus is the apparent hearing of sounds in the ears or head, in the absence of external sound. The character of these sounds is very variable. To some people it is an intriguing sensation but to others it can be a devastating intrusion into their life. Tinnitus is best considered as noise generated by the body, of which, we have become abnormally aware. The ear is extremely sensitive at detecting internal body noise, but the noise does not normally reach our conscious thoughts because it is inhibited within the brain. Many people in a totally silent, anechoic room will hear body noise - termed the “sound of silence”. Equally, when we place a conch shell over our ear, we do not hear the sea, but rather body noise as the

shell blocks out the normal background noise, which normally masks these sounds. The fact that there are many hundreds of remedies guaranteed to help is an indication that there is no known overall cure. Currently much of our management is aimed at counselling and helping the sufferer minimise their problems, and learn to live with the tinnitus. Tinnitus is a common symptom of ear disease, and if accompanied by deafness and vertigo, particularly in one ear alone, should be investigated. Current research suggests that the inhibition of tinnitus occurs in the dorsal cochlear nucleus of the brain. This gives future possibilities for medical treatment, but sadly not for many years, which is why any preventative measures are imperative.

For further information and updates, please visit The Wellington Hospital or contact the Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5004

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

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New openings, launches and culinary delights for the month ahead

A cube with a view Situated atop the Royal Festival Hall, a giant semi-transparent cube is playing host to top British chefs cooking for intimate parties of 18 people this summer. A minimum of five courses are served, accompanied by specially-matched wines and innovative light and sound concepts - an alluring prospect even for those rather alarmed by the height. A terrace provides the opportunity to admire stirring views of The Thames and a chance to think up questions for your chef. Those donning the apron include double Michelin star winners Claude Bosi, of Mayfair’s much lauded Hibiscus, Sat Bains and Daniel Clifford. Just don’t look down. Lunch costs £175 per person and dinner costs £215. Daily until the end of September. To book visit

Up your cake intake For those with food intolerances, indulging your sweet tooth is close to impossible unless you compromise on taste. Not for much longer, though, as new baker on the block Jenna Zoe has developed a range of treats free from wheat, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. Up Cakes products, recently incorporated into The Ritz’s afternoon tea, are the perfect indulgence that won’t leave you feeling sluggish. We recommend a ‘ChocBite’ with your afternoon coffee; you won’t believe there’s no butter. (

Loopy for Gelupo Soho’s chicest gelateria, Jacob Kennedy’s Gelupo, is well known for tantalising Londoners with its mouth-watering flavours. In the spirit of ‘a little bit of what you fancy does you good,’ Kennedy has created a range of premium frozen desserts (otherwise known as absurdly tasty ice cream) for the Food Hall at Selfridges. The ‘Gelupo Coppa’ flavours range from the Italian staples of Tiramisu and Zuppa Inglese to the scrumptious Raspberry Lemon Meringue Pie and MintChocolate & Hazelnut Brownie. The most decadent prelude to brain-freeze in town. Selfridges Food Hall 400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB (

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Whisky in your water Tucked above fine wine and spirit specialists The Vintage House, The Soho Whisky Club is in no danger of running dry anytime soon. The newly opened member’s club provides the opportunity for whisky connoisseurs to sample over 300 malts, as well as other spirits and wines. The elegant wooden interior is minimal yet comfortable, and there is also a smoking terrace on which those who get a bit squiffy can compose themselves and enjoy a cigar. (


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Round the world

IN 80 dishes It’s the least patriotic thing about our country, however our love of international food is a great way of embracing other cultures and expanding our horizons. CecilIa Castle explores Mayfair’s flirtation with the best dining experiences that our international neighbours have to offer

If this summer’s Jubilee celebrations are anything to go by, there’s no denying that a fervent national spirit is alive and kicking in us all. Throughout the four-day weekend, London residents and tourists from around the country swarmed the capital’s streets in the hope of catching a glimpse of the Royal Family. Some came simply to be a part of the epic and extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime festivities. As Brits, we are truly proud of the enduring longevity that the Monarchy provides us, as we are of other archetypal British things, namely Wimbledon, weather-complaining, queuing and Mini Morris cars. However, if there is any area where we lack a certain something, it’s cuisine. Naturally, there are things of which we inherently attach our stamp, like jellied eels, hearty portions of battered cod and chips, Christmas pudding, pork pies, Marmite, afternoon tea and great helpings of Branston pickle between slabs of white bread and Cheddar cheese. But when it comes to our restaurant scene, British fare is always rather outclassed in number by its international counterparts. And you need only look at dining in Mayfair to prove the point. Ironically, for a part of London whose parameters are the very British hallmarks of Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and the Eros statue, the cuisine found within it is more often than not, completely foreign. It starts with Europe; Italy to be exact. We naturally believe the majority of migratory Italians took their food to New York when social mobility and ocean-crossing was at its peak at the turn of the 20th century, but London’s love affair with this nation’s food stretches further back still. In they swept with their bewitching durum wheat crop, and turned us all into a bunch of ‘Spag Bol’ aficionados. We’ve never looked back. Today’s Mayfair upholds our long relationship with the country that introduced us to pappardelle, polpette and pizza. You need only note the likes of Semplice, Pescatori, Babbo, Tempo, Theo Randall at the InterContinental

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and Giorgio Locatelli’s Michelin-starred, Churchill Hotel-based, Locanda Locatelli; restaurants that all serve top-notch, authentic Italian meals. But it doesn’t stop there: there’s also a simultaneous flocking to Aurelia in Cork Street, Serafino in Mount Street, Angela Hartnett’s Murano on Queen Street, Amaranto inside the Four Seasons and of course, the ever-celebrated Cecconi’s. Even newcomer Novikov, despite also serving Asian food, has an Italian side to its premises.

Hakkasan still does incredible business with its black truffle roast duck, stir-fry ostrich and various silver cod broths

This page: Top / M Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche Right / Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

Moving on to the land of the frog legs and snails, there can be no other French restaurant which better rules the roost than the timeless Le Gavroche. The Roux brothers’ award-winning, Michelin-starred gem is one of the most sought-after and consistent places to dine in Mayfair. Not only does the food continue to reinvent itself as years tick by, but to know that it’s been running since 1967, suggests that its heritage and history make its long and exquisite menus on offer all the more palatable. In fact, Trip Advisor has just named it as the Best Restaurant in Europe. Close behind, however, is Le Boudin Blanc on Shepherd’s Market, La Petite Maison on Brooks Mews, Bellamy’s and Alain Ducasse, who works his magic every day and night at The Dorchester Hotel. Moving away from Europe and heading out into the Far East, Japanese cuisine is well-catered for by Sake No Hana, the ultra-modern fine-dining spot on St James’s, while Sumosan on Albemarle Street, first launched in Moscow in 1997, is another popular restaurant. Sushi bars pick up the rear of the Japanese spotlight, though Kiku, with its Kaiseki (tasting dishes) dinner options, is a hot-favourite alternative in the area.

Kaya is the Korean restaurant which ought never to be overlooked. Ensconced in Albemarle Street, this little restaurant has a powerful following, not least because it represents a break from the norm. There’s much to be said for its relocation from its original home in Soho to Mayfair, where it has done little else but rival the business of heavyweights like the ever-popular Indian restaurant of Benares in Berkeley Square and the Chinese Princess Garden, nearby. But since we’re on the Chinese page, the dimly-lit Hakkasan still does incredible business with its black truffle roast duck, stir-fry ostrich and various silver cod broths and spicy seafood platters. Most would say, the food served here is among the best Chinese offerings in all the capital. Moroccan cuisine, on the other hand, is seen by the multitasking Momo, which has the added bonus of an outdoor terrace for all those keen on spending summer evenings eating under clear, bright skies, or smoking shisha. Noura on Curzon Street takes care of Lebanese grub; its split level – on one floor there’s a bistro, and another, a restaurant and cocktail lounge – means there’s always something for everyone in this vivacious spot. Lebanese Night, which takes place at the weekends, treats visitors to a sell-out belly dancing show. In truth, however, it’s the Shankleesh, Moutabal, Moudardara and Tabbouleh which keeps people coming back for more. As tourists flood into Mayfair’s interconnecting tight weave of streets on a daily basis, one can only imagine what must swim through their minds on the porches of restaurants found to be serving their own national food. But then again, over the decades, it’s an area that’s become known as the spot to which people flock for good, solid, fine and quality dining. And one in which, lest we forget, restaurateurs dream of opening up culinary businesses. In fact, as the beating, central heart of London town, can it really matter that Mayfair houses so much international food? With its architecture and long history, it is, after all, one of the most pride-swelling British things we have in London.

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Remembering M a y fa i r the history of VEERASWAMY Great Britain in the 1920s was a strikingly different place to the country we know today, as evidenced by an exhibition in Wembley which ran from 1924-25. It was called The British Empire Exhibition, pulled in 27 million visitors, and gave the loyal subjects of the then King George V the chance to see exactly what ruling a fifth of the world really meant. Rich with international culture, the exhibition was also one of the few places outside of India that you could get a curry, thanks to the efforts of a man called Edward Palmer - the great-grandson of a certain General William Palmer who had settled in India years earlier after marrying “the last Mughal Princess”. When the exhibition finished, young Mr Palmer set his sights on a more permanent home for his early ‘pop-up’ restaurant, and settled on Regent Street. There, in 1926, he opened Veeraswamy to an intrigued public: it was the first a la carte Indian restaurant in the UK, and some think it may even have been the first in the world. ‘In the 1920s there were only a handful of restaurants that were genuinely stylish in London,’ says Miss Namita Panjabi, one of the restaurant’s directors, ‘and Veeraswamy became one of them.’ The ambiance, she says, ‘was like a Maharaja’s palace, and the story goes that whenever the P&O ship docked from Calcutta, visiting Maharajas would quickly start missing spicy food and turn up at Veeraswamy.’ Half of the menu during those early years was European, the other half comprising game, rabbit and prawn curries. The clientele was made up not just of people arriving from India and missing a little fire in their food,

but also a local crowd seeking a slice of the exotic. ‘The future King Edward – pre Wallis Simpson – was a regular,’ says Miss Panjabi, who explains that other patrons included The King of Jordan and the King of Denmark - who allegedly introduced Carlsberg beer to the UK after shipping a barrel into Veeraswamy for his own personal use. His duck vindaloo, he pointed out, just wasn’t right without it. In those early days, Veeraswamy relied heavily on curry powder to flavour its dishes, but by the 80s, when travel became more widespread and London acquired something of a “foodie” status, people noticed a discrepancy between the food to be found at the average English curry restaurant and what people were actually eating in India. Indian restaurants quickly upped their game – and Veeraswamy was one of the trailblazers, Today, says Miss Panjabi, each morning begins with the grinding of fresh spices in a stone grinder. ‘India is the size of Western Europe and so there are numerous different states each with different regional cuisines,’ she points out. ‘A curry from Goa is as distinct as one from Kashmir as something from Greece is as a dish from Italy. The art of blending spices and creating recipes is key.’ Pleasingly, Miss Panjabi and her colleagues are keen to make the most of Veeraswamy’s long London history and have invested heavily in restoring something of the luxurious 1920s atmosphere that had been all but erased when they bought it in the 1990s. ‘I think we have recreated something that is reminiscent of the Maharaja era,’ she says.

‘A curry from Goa is as distinct as one from Kashmir as something from Greece is as a dish from Italy’

Above / Veeraswamy in the 1960s Above right / Veeraswamy today


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All that

Get soulful this summer by jazzinG thinGs up in Canary Wharf Canary Wharf Jazz festival

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

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


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

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


Bruce Adams/Alan Barnes Quintet

Saturday 4 August


Kenny Lynch and The Laurie Holloway Trio

Thursday 9 August


Music of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong

Monday 13 August


Essential Jazz: John Colanni (Piano)

Wednesday 15 August


Matt Wates Sextet

Friday 17 August


Big Band Sinatra: Iain Mackenzie

Saturday 18 August


The Best of the Blues Brothers

Friday 24 August


100 years of jazz in 99 minutes

Saturday 25 August


Ultimate Bowie Starring Ed Blaney

Tuesday 28 August


Essential Jazz: Ted Beament

Thursday 30 August


The Mississippi Swamp Dogs A Night in New Orleans

Friday 31 August


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

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

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




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

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

special ROFGO Gulf Collection, a rare collection of Gulf liveried cars acquired from around the world by Duncan Hamilton & Co’s Chairman, Adrian Hamilton. Other collectors are also bringing their own treasured motors, including a number of unique one-offs, such as the 1953 Pegaso Thrill by Touring Superleggera of Milan, the 1912 Bugatti Type 16 number 471, the oldest competition Bugatti and the personal racing car of Ettore Bugatti; while Jamiroquai's front-man Jay Kay will also be exhibiting two cars from his own collection, a Ferrari 330 GT Vignale shooting brake and an Aston Martin DB6 Volante. This year, organisers are excited to be welcoming such motoring greats as McLaren and Fisker, both of whom are attending Salon Privé for the first time ever in 2012, alongside long-established premium marques such


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

Chubb Insurance Concours D’ElÉgance Classes Class A: Ferrari F40 - Celebrating 25 Years Of An Icon Class B: Pre-War Rarities Class C: Closed Sports Cars From The Swinging Sixties Class D: Vee-Twins Through The Ages Class E: Open Sports Cars From The Swinging Sixties Class F: Collection Of Shooting Brakes Class G: Bugatti - The Vintage Competition Series Class H: Important Competition Machines Class I: The Design Class Featuring Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera Class J: Mercedes-Benz Gullwing - The Legend At 60 While Salon Privé has become a calendar highlight for enthusiasts, collectors and buyers of modern and classic super cars, it is also much more than just a car show. A fashionable and glamorous garden party, it caters as much for motoring enthusiasts as it does for guests who simply enjoy relaxing in exquisite surroundings. Standard tickets cost from £195pp + VAT, which includes the delights of Pommery Champagne, a lobster luncheon and traditional English afternoon tea, as well as access to an eclectic mix of premium luxury goods on display from associate sponsors, Audemars Piguet, Boodles and Vertu. Alongside the event’s impressive portfolio of sponsors, which also includes Chubb Insurance and Pommery, will be a number of new brands representing sectors such as yachts and yacht brokers, private jets and

Image / Croatian super car, the Rimac Concept_One

fractional ownership, accessories, fashion, furniture and audio-visual equipment. There is something here for everyone, and in the beautiful setting of Syon Park you can truly experience the fun and festivity of Salon Privé. Salon Privé regular Jay Kay, said: ‘If you are looking for a splendid day out in London, surrounded by beautiful people and, in my opinion, even more beautiful cars – then Salon Privé is the place for you. There are some seriously unique exhibits this year and I for one can’t wait to take a closer look at the Gulf collection and the Ferrari F40 25 years’ celebration. See you there!’


Salon Privé 2012 sponsor Pommery Champagne

With more to see than ever before, Salon Privé is shaping up to be a fabulous sell-out event once again. Tickets are fully inclusive of Pommery Champagne, a lobster luncheon, English afternoon tea and full access to all areas. Book your tickets online with the code MAYFAIR123 for preferential 10% off rates:

Luxury brands This year Salon Privé welcomes back its loyal portfolio of sponsors, including:

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

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

Vertu has carved out a niche for itself in the luxury mobile handset industry, promising, and delivering, ‘Life. Beautifully Crafted’.

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

Thursday 6 September 2012 11am – 5pm: Boodles Ladies’ Day Dress Code: Dress to Impress Fully inclusive daytime ticket: £195pp + VAT 7pm–1am: The Diamond Jubilee Ball at Salon Privé in support of Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity Dress Code: Black Tie with a splash of Fully inclusive evening ticket: £295pp + VAT or £2,950 per table of 10 + VAT The Diamond Jubilee Ball at Salon Privé promises to be a glittering evening of supercars, superstars, Pommery Champagne, complimentary bar, fine cuisine, dancing and topflight entertainment.

Friday 7 September 2012 11am – 7pm: Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance Judging Day Dress Code: Smart/Casual Fully inclusive daytime ticket: £225pp + VAT


Where can I... ? Some of the interesting requests made to Mayfair’s most experienced concierges



Buckingham Dry Cleaners

Jack Barclay

83 Duke Street, W1K 5PF 020 7499 1253

18 Berkeley Square, W1J 6AE 020 7629 7444

Dry cleaner / Clothing repair

Buy a car

VIP Car Hire The Circle Queen Elizabeth Street SE1 2JE 0870 200 4949

City Centre Dry Cleaners


31 Avery Row, W1K 4BD 020 7629 5558

Berkeley Square, W1K 3NA 020 7514 0900

Luxury yacht charter / sale

Rolls Royce

64 Grosvenor Street, W1K 3JH 020 7499 5050

Jeeves of Belgravia 54 South Audley Street, W1K 2QQ 020 7491 8885

Washington Dry Cleaners 18 Half Moon Street, W1J 7BF 020 7499 3711

IT / Tech support Mike Will Fix It 020 7564 7171 / 0776 264 7547

Pensar 0845 402 6797

Wavex 0845 644 8060

Shoes re-heeled James Taylor and Son

15 Berkeley Square, W1J 6EG 020 7491 7941

Charter a helicopter Avolus Ltd 5 Heliport House 38 Lombard Road, SW11 3RP 020 7978 6506

Emtjets 23 Berkeley Square, W1J 6HE 08453 888 248

Exclusive Aircraft

Princess Yachts

Mti Commodities UK Ltd

Rent a Rolls Royce Hanwells 86-91 Uxbridge Road W7 3ST 020 7436 2070

Novum Securities Ltd 47 Park Lane, W1K 1PR 020 7399 9400

Old Park Lane Capital

0800 542 1337

49 Berkeley Square, W1J 5AZ 020 7493 8188

3rd Floor 14 Hannover Street W1S 1YH 020 7183 7988

Thames cruise

First City Air Ltd

London River Cruises

TAIB Securities Ltd

Lister House Chelsea Bridge Rd, SW1W 8RH 020 7259 9313

020 7839 8008

11 Carlos Place, W1K 3AX 020 7533 1600

City Cruses 020 7740 0400

River Thames Cruises

Bridges Wharf, Battersea, SW11 3BE 0844 884 8660

020 7372 2077

Electric cars

1 White Horse Street, W1J 7LB 020 7355 2553

The Electric Car Corporation


1st Floor, 5 Aldford Street, W1K 2AF 020 7495 5270

Marcus Watches

80 Park Lane W1K 7TR 020 7529 5330

Phantom Hire

Mayfair Cobblers

Watch repair

Killik & Co


Spirit of Chartwell

54 Stratton Street, W1J 8LN 020 7493 3505

Cheyne 13 Cleveland Row SW1A 1DH 020 7968 7450

36 Davies Street, W1K 4NF 020 7355 0980

London Battersea Heliport

Sole Man

Artemis 57 St James Street SW1A 1LD 020 7399 6000

46 Grosvenor Street W1K 3HN 020 7337 0443

4 Paddington Street, W1U 5QE 020 7935 4149

4 White Horse Street, W1J 7LG

Buy / Sell shares

Luxury car rental Belgravia Garage

170 New Bond Street, W1S 4RB 020 7290 6500

48-56 Ebury Bridge Rd, SW1W 8QF 020 7730 8888

020 7237 3108/9111

South China Securities Ltd 5-6 Carlos Place, W1K 3AP 020 7491 9225

International Courier DHL 0844 248 0844

Thames Cruises 020 7928 9009

Excel 020 7536 7170

Thames Dinner Cruises


0845 299 4127

0845 607 0809


Audio Visual hire AV2hire.comn

London Executive International 020 7450 0060

Local courier City Sprint

020 3130 0401

0844 888 4111

Russell Talerman

Mayfair Corporation


Go-Betweens Couriers Ltd

34-36 Maddox Street, W1S 1PD 020 7491 0625

020 8224 4005

020 7820 9000

020 7278 1000

Watch Club

Mayfair Prestige

Soho AV

Mail Boxes etc

4-5 Royal Arcade, W1S 4SD 020 7495 4882

0845 862 2142

020 7494 4449

020 7491 0022


Prestige Taxi Crown Security Chauffeurs

MTS Mayfair Translation

0800 731 5675

14 Soho Street W1D 3DN 0795 740 5061

Executive Cars UK

Russian Business Translator

0800 048 3359

0770 411 4323

London Prestige Chauffeur Service


020 7624 2632

Signature Cars

020 7635 2571

TST Car Service 94 Mount Street W1K 2SZ 020 7409 3033

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

Florist Paul Thomas Flowers 4 Shepherd Street, W1J 7JD 020 7499 6889

Wild Things of Mayfair

The London General Practice

47 Davies Street, W1K 4LY 020 7495 3030

Baby sitter

5 Devonshire Place, W1G 6HL 020 7935 1000

William Clarke Flowers

Find a

The Mayfair Medical Centre

020 7580 6403

3 - 5 Weighhouse Street, W1K 5LS 020 7493 1647

020 7127 4838

The Executive Car Service

Teeth @ W1 7 South Molton Street, W1K 5QG 020 7499 7015

Rockabye Babysitters

Urgent Care Centre

9 Wimpole St W1G 9SR 020 7624 0060

42-52 Nottingham Place, W1U 5NY 020 7908 2144



Ingate Place, SW8 3NS 020 7402 3399

Last minute gifts Halcyon Days 14 Brook Street, W1S 1BD 0844 880 8210

Aqua Dental Spa

Arthur Morrice


11 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NQ 020 7584 4661

87–135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL 020 7730 1234

UK Chauffeurs Ltd

25 Manchester Square W1U 3PY 020 7935 5332

020 3326 0513

Crescent Dental Clinic

Dog walkers

13 South Molton Street, W1K 5QW 020 7409 0213

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

Hibiscus 29 Maddox Street W1S 2PA 020 7629 2999


57 Crawford Street W1H 4JL 020 7723 2255

Doug Jarvis

Jeff de Bruges

Central London Dog Walking Service

Linley Accessories

18 Warwick Square, SW1V 2AB 0785 604 5975

46 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JN 020 7290 1410

Chelsea Dogs

Penfriend London

0778 632 5053

34 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QA 020 7499 6337

Lund Osler Dental Health Care

Happy Paws

56 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7JN 020 7838 8969

41 Cumberland Street, SW1V 4LU 0781 846 3286

Personal chef Galor Personal Chef 020 7371 4076

38 Poland Street, W1F 7LY 020 7437 6383

20 Savile Row W1S 3PR 020 7534 7000

N Meyer & Associates

K9 to 5 Club

11 South Molton Street, W1K 5QL 020 7499 1225

46 Broadwalk Court, W8 4EF 0771 006 4871

The Personal Chef


Pall Mall Dental

20 Mount Street W1K 2HE 020 7495 7309

15 Pall Mall, SW1Y 5LU 020 7766 7150

Mayfair Mutts

Personal shopper


Peter Kertesz

54 Curzon Street, W1J 8PG 020 7629 2742

29A Brook Street, W1K 4HE 020 7629 3262

The Guinea Grill

Swiss Smile

30 Bruton Place, W1J 6NL 020 7409 1728

10 Brook Street, W1S 1BG 020 7290 1180

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The Mayfair Dental Practice

21 Woodstock Street, W1C 2AP 020 7493 5511

71 Park Street, W1K 7HN 020 7499 2168

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Upper Brook Street, W1 020 7409 7739

Pawsh Dogs 54 Harwood Road, SW6 4PY 0750 344 8489

Pedigree Pups 0780 433 7486

Pets in the City 75 St Helens Gardens, W10 6LL 020 8962 0700

020 7871 1080

Gabrielle Teare 0798 531 9300

High Heels Sophie Deedes 0759 504 3802

Mark Lord London 0786 658 1230

Threads Styling Consultancy 020 7749 0784


Stationery printer City Images 8 Avery Row, W1K 4AL 020 7495 0421

Mail Boxes etc 8 Shepherd Market, WIJ 7JY 020 7491 0022

020 7823 1888

Henry Bonas 020 3214 2099

Noura 16 Curzon Street, W1J 5HP 020 7495 1050

Randall & Aubin 16 Brewer Street, W1F 0SG 020 7287 4447

RECHARGE AND RECUPERATE Dog grooming Mayfair Mutts

Mount Street Printers

The Wolseley

Upper Brook Street, W1 020 7409 7739

4 Mount Street, W1K 3LW 020 7409 0303

160 Piccadilly, W1J 9EB 020 7499 6996

Pets in the City

Late night ice-cream

75 St Helens Gardens, W10 6LL 020 8962 0700 / 0795 730 3858




Aspinalls 28 Curzon Street, W1J 7TJ 020 7499 4599

Colony Club 24 Hertford Street, W1J 7SA 020 7495 5000

Edgware Road, W2 2HZ 020 7262 3918

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

Crockfords Club


30 Curzon Street, W1J 7TN 020 7493 7771

7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU 020 7287 5555

London Club International

Midnite Cookies

10 Brick Street, W1J 7HQ 020 7518 0000

15 Exeter Street, WC2E 7DT 020 7836 5131

Parks Tower Casino

The Icecreamists

101 Knightsbridge SW1X 7RQ 020 7235 6161

Selfridges, W1A 1AB 020 8616 8694

The Palm Beach Casino

Members clubs

30 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EH 020 7493 6585

Arts Club

The Ritz Club

40 Dover Street, W1S 4NP 020 7499 8581

150 Piccadilly, W1J 9BS 020 7499 1818


Fancy dress Pantaloons 020 7630 8330

So High Soho Ltd 96 Berwick Street, W1F 0QQ 020 7287 1295

Late night food Automat 33 Dover Street, W1S 4NF 020 7499 3033

Benares 12A Berkeley Square House, W1J 6BS 020 7629 8886

Hakkasan 17 Bruton Street, W1J 6QB 020 7907 1888

Mango Tree 46 Grosvenor Place, SW1X 7EQ

48-49 St James’s Street SW1A 1JT 020 7499 9999

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

Spa Illuminata 63 South Audley Street, W1K 2QS 020 7499 7777

The Dorchester Spa Park Lane, W1K 1QA 020 7319 7109

Men’s hair

Concorde Media

020 7682 2682

Top One Hair and Beauty Specialists 53 Berkeley Street, W1J 8EX 020 7629 6465

SAMPLE THE FINEST Backgammon board Aspinal of London 0845 052 6900

London Chess Shop 44 Baker Street, W1U 7RT 020 7388 2404

William & Son 10 Mount Street, W1K 2TY 020 7493 8385

The Barber at Alfred Dunhill 2 Davies Street, W1K 3DJ 0845 458 0779

Spa & beauty

Caviar Caviar House & Prunier 161 Piccadilly, W1J 9EA 0871 961 9577

Harrods 87-135 Brompton Road SW1X 7XL 020 7730 1234

19 Denman Street, W1D 7HP 020 7494 3344


Michael John Boutique

87-135 Brompton Road SW1X 7XL 020 7730 1234

25 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HU 020 7629 6969

Nails Inc 41 South Molton Street, W1K 5RP 020 7499 8333

The Athenaeum 116 Piccadilly, W1J 7BJ 020 7499 3464

020 7297 3344

G&D Events

Nicky Clarke 11 Carlos Place, Mayfair, W1K 3AX 020 7491 4700

Atherton Cox

Mayfair Tanning & Waxing Ltd.

Party planner

25 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HU 020 7629 6969

18 New Cavendish Street, W1G 8UR 020 7487 4048

Mortons Club

The Lansdowne Club

Michael John Hair and Beauty

Sassoon Salon

29 Davies Street, W1K 4LW 0870 787 6626

9 Fitzmaurice Place, W1J 5JD 020 7629 7200

Joe’s Hair Salon 73 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QR 020 7629 3456

60 South Molton Street, W1K 5SW 020 7491 8848

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

Savile Club

45 Curzon Street W1J 7UQ 020 7499 1904

Stratton Street, W1J 8LT 020 7915 2826

Maddox Club

69 Brook Street, W1K 4ER 020 7629 5462

Janet Ginnings Hair and Beauty Salon

Mayfair Spa - The Mayfair Hotel

3-5 Mill Street, W1S 2AU 020 7629 8877

28 Berkeley Square, W1J 6EN 020 7499 0363

Women’s hair

The Dorchester Spa Park Lane, W1K 1QA 020 7319 7109


La Fromagerie 2-6 Moxon Street W1U 4EW 020 7935 0341

Chocolates Charbonnel et Walker The Royal Arcade 28 Old Bond Street W1S 4BT 020 7491 0939


Jeff de Bruges


Burlington Jewellers

Pasha Clinic

13 South Molton Street, W1K 5QW 020 7409 0213

11 Curzon Street, W1J 5H5 020 7629 1495

37 Maddox Street, W1S 2PP 020 7409 7354

Rococo Chocolates

Vintage watches

31 Burlington Arcade W1J 0PG 020 7493 0777

45 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HG 020 7935 7780


David Duggan 63 Burlington Arcade, WIJ 0QS 020 7491 1675

Guy & Max

Perfect Feet Spa

8 Shepherd Street, W1J 7JE 020 7499 5898

7-9 Queensway, W2 4QJ 020 7243 6723

Sautter of Mount Street

Rolex Boutique

Hancocks & Co,

Selfridges & Co

106 Mount Street, W1K 2TW 020 7499 4866

61 Brompton Road, SW3 1DB 020 7581 7073

52-53 Burlington Arcade, W1J OHH 020 7493 8904

400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB 0800 123 400

Fine wine

24 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0PS 020 7499 2032

Berry Bros & Rudd 3 St. James’s Street, SW1A 1EG 0800 280 2440

Jeroboams 20 Davies Street, W1K 3DT 020 7499 1015

Suze in Mayfair

The Vintage Watch Co.

Watchclub 4-5 The Royal Arcade, W1S 4SD 020 7495 4882



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

Michael Marks

Rent a double decker bus

58 Davies Street, W1K 5LP 020 7491 0332

Richard Ogden

Bespoke perfumes Clive Christian

Tiffany & Co.


Harrods, Knightsbridge 020 7730 1234

25 Old Bond Street, W1S 4QB 020 7409 2790



46 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JN 020 7290 1410

Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1W 8EL 020 7730 3434

Exotic pyjamas

Sautter of Mount Street

Jo Malone

106 Mount Street, W1K 2TW 020 7499 4866

23 Brook Street, W1K 4HA 0870 192 5181

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

Harvey Nichols 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ 020 7235 5000

John Lewis 300 Oxford Street, W1A 1EX 08456 049 049

Luxury liquor

Miller Harris 21 Bruton Street, W1J 6QD 020 7629 7750

Ormonde Jayne 12 The Royal Arcade, W1S 4SL 020 7499 1100

Hackett 137-138 Sloane Street SW1X 9AY 020 7730 3331


London Bus Export Company 01291 689741

London Heritage Travel 01353 863273

This 0845 4652 394

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Louis Vuitton

72 Bond Street, W1S 1RR

190-192 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QX 020 7201 4190

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Anderson Wheeler

Bug detectors

4 Burlington Gardens, W15 3ER 020 7491 8548

13 Shepherd Market, W1J 7PQ 020 7499 9315

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16-18 Old Bond Street, W1S 4PS 020 7647 5000

23 Burton Street, W1J 6HH 020 7499 4411

Ralph Lauren

James Purdey & Sons Ltd

1 New Bond Street, W1S 3RL 020 7535 4600

57-58 South Audley Street W1K 2ED 020 7499 1801

Sweepers De-Bugging Service

Gerry’s Wines & Spirits

302-308 Regent Street, W1B 3HH 0870 765 4307

74 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UW 020 7734 2053

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87-135 Brompton Road SW1X 7XL 020 7730 1234

43 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0QQ 020 7493 8937

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45-46 New Bond Street, W1S 2SF 020 7477 2455

28 Burlington Arcade, W1J 0NX 020 7493 9136

41 North Audley Street, W1K 6ZP 020 7491 3237

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Holland and Holland

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William & Son

14 Holland Street, W8 4LT 020 3489 8336

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A stylish and contemporary style mews house in South Kensington, arranged over three floors with a private terrace and fully-fitted eat-in granite kitchen. Master bedroom suite, 2 further double bedrooms, bathroom.



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Knight from Frank around the world hyde park OFFICE 55 Baker Street W1U 8AN 020 7871 5060 (SALES) 020 7861 5522 (LETTINGS)

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£2,500 per week Unfurnished 020 7243 1352

SOUTH KENSINGTON Office 115 Old Brompton Road SW7 3LG 020 7590 0300


A converted barn set over three floors, designed by a local architect and situated in a private mews, featuring a sliding roof and original barn doors. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 receptions, balcony, garage.

Home House Estates 21 Woodstock Street W1C 2AP 020 7493 1911

MAYFAIR OFFICE 119 Park Lane W1K 7AG 020 7079 1523

Horne & Harvey Est. 1803

Marylebone OFFICE 120a Mount Street W1K 3NN 020 7483 8349 (SALES) 020 7861 5522 (LETTINGS) Mayfair OFFICE 120a Mount Street W1K 3NN 020 7499 1012 (SALES/LETTINGS)

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KNIGHTSBRIDGE Office 66 Sloane Street SW1X 9SH 020 7235 9959

MARBLE ARCH OFFICE 29-31 Edgware Road A wonderful 3629 ft town house in one of the finest mews in Mayfair W2occupying 2JE a prime position in the heart of 23A StsqJames’s Street Mayfair Village Street and the3100 lovely green spaces of Mount 020 7724 SW1Amoments 1HA from Berkeley Square, the boutiques of Bond Street Gardens. 3 Reception rooms, 5 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, terace, garden, garage 020 7839 6006 Unfurnished, available immediately for Long let £5,000 per week

CHELSeA OFFICE 134 Fulham Road Jackson Stops SW10 9PY Finding you a MAYFAIR home in Office London’s best addresses... 020 7717 5433 (LETTINGS) 17C Curzon Street Leading London Estate Agents and Chartered Surveyors 5HU Telephone +44 (0)20 7493 W1J 1911 020 7664 6644 (SALES) Knightsbridge OFFICE 168 Brompton Road SW3 1HW 020 7717 5463 (LETTINGS)

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London Head Office 13 Hill Street W1J 5LQ 020 7629 7282

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SLOANE STREET Office 139 Sloane Street SW1X 9AY 020 7730 0822 (SALES/LETTINGS)



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At W.A.Ellis, traditional values like reliability, honesty and polite For Estate Agent Listings please contact Fiona Fenwick at: professionalism underpin our boutique service. And the same Partner will work with you from start to finish.


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Mayfair Stylish interiors, imposing entrances and fashion inspired finishings make up the ten residences of Verge Mayfair, located in the retail heart of London


The contemporary and modern interior design complements the fashion inspired finishes that continue throughout. Nickel inlay pinstripe front doors and vanity units sit alongside Missoni inspired skirting

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On the verge of both Oxford Street and Mayfair the ten apartments of Verge Mayfair have been created specifically for the fashion-minded. Stores including Selfridges, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Hermès quite literally surround this new development, comprising of studio lofts, two bedroom apartments and two bedroom penthouses. An imposing entrance foyer off Derring Street boasts Italian Striata veined-marble flooring, runway lighting and a sculpted concierge desk, serving to suitably impress any accompanying visitors. The studio apartments benefit from floor-to-ceiling windows, providing a bright and spacious ambiance throughout the lofts – which feature a spacesaving pop-up 42 inch plasma television. Luxurious double walk-in showers and bathtubs fitted with plasma Aquavision televisions create the perfect relaxing environment to recuperate after exploring some of the world’s most famed shopping destinations. The elegant and contemporary interiors, designed by Oakmayne Bespoke, boast oiled oakwood flooring and Italian Malteni-Dada kitchen units, adorned with a herringbone iridescent veneer. The contemporary and modern interiors complement the fashion inspired finishes that continue throughout. Nickel inlay pinstripe front doors and vanity units sit alongside Missoni inspired skirting. Spanning the top floor of the building, both penthouses boast entrance halls with Milanese limestone flooring, designed kitchens by bespoke brand Krieder, marble lined shower cubicles and rich woven wool carpets, to provide the perfect retreat from the West End rush. Both penthouse apartments offer large terraces with completely unique and unrestricted views across Oxford Street. Recent developments from Oakmayne Bespoke include the multi-award winning Embassy Court and Cornwall Terrace projects. Studio loft spaces offer 549sqft to 786sqft. Two bedroom apartments provide 1,066sqft to 1,582sqft. Penthouses are 1,507sqft and 1,873sqft respectively. (


Stores including Selfridges, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry and Hermès quite literally surround this new development

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Knight Frank

Savoy Court, Covent Garden WC2 Contemporary two bedroom apartment

A meticulously refurbished apartment located in a secure portered building adjacent to the renowned Savoy Hotel. Optional services provided by the Savoy include housekeeping, concierge services and membership to the Savoy fitness centre. Master bedroom suite, further bedroom, further bathroom, reception room, kitchen, air conditioning. Approximately 111 sq m (1,196 sq ft) Leasehold: 92 years approximately Guide price: ÂŁ2,200,000 (WER120157) 020 8166 7482

Knight Frank

Brook Street, Mayfair W1

Fashionable Mayfair penthouses Arranged over the top two floors of this beautiful period building are two newly constructed apartments. Interior designed and fitted with the latest home automation technology, they offer bright contemporary space in this period setting. Leasehold Apartment one: 2 bedrooms Apartment two: 1 bedroom


2,325 sq ft Guide price: ÂŁ5,500,000 1,453 sq ft Guide price: ÂŁ3,000,000 020 8166 7482

Knight Frank

Bryanston Square, Marylebone W1

A two/three bedroom duplex apartment with private terrace A beautiful interior designed two/three bedroom duplex apartment of Georgian proportions with grand ceiling heights of almost 4m. Comprising 2 bedroom suites both with access onto the private terrace, reception room, dining room (potential 3rd bedroom), kitchen/breakfast room, utility area, guest cloakroom, live in caretaker. Approximately 167 sq m (1,800 sq ft) Leasehold: 94 years approximately Guide price: ÂŁ3,200,000

(MRY100025) 020 7483 8349

Knight Frank

Porchester Gate, Hyde Park W2 Panoramic views across Hyde Park

A luxurious, lateral south facing apartment on the 8th floor of this handsome portered block with outstanding views across Hyde Park. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, covered terrace, air conditioning, underfloor heating, iLight and Speaker Craft Smart Home system, porter, lift. Approximately 216 sq m (2,327 sq ft) Leasehold Guide price: ÂŁ5,750,000 (HPE120101) 020 7871 5066

Knight Frank Kendal Street, Hyde Park W2

Beautiful family home An immaculately refurbished Grade II listed terraced family house offering versatile living space, within close proximity to Connaught Village and Hyde Park. 5 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, shower room, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, dining room, study area, guest cloakroom, wine cellar, roof terrace. Approximatley 234 sq m (2,520 sq ft) Available unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ2,100 per week

Hyde Park Lettings 020 7871 5070


Dukes Mews, Marylebone W1 Private gated mews

A superb, fully refurbished modern house in a quiet, private gated mews located moments from Bond Street Station. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, double reception room, dining room, open plan kitchen, guest cloakroom, terrace, parking by separate negotiation. Approximately 225 sq m (2,420 sq ft) Available unfurnished Guide price: ÂŁ2,750 per week

Marylebone Lettings 020 7871 5070


Knight Frank Bruton Place, Mayfair W1J

Contemporary apartment with terrace Discreetly located close to Berkeley Square and the exclusive amenities of Mayfair village, a contemporary apartment finished to a high standard including walnut flooring, mood lighting and under-floor heating. 1 double bedroom, 1 bathroom, reception room, modern kitchen and terrace. Available furnished Guide price: ÂŁ800 per week

Mayfair Lettings 020 7499 1012


Bruton Street, Mayfair W1J

Ideally situated splitlevel space An immaculately presented duplex apartment adjacent to Berkeley Square. 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), wellproportioned reception room, kitchen, plentiful storage and lift. Available furnished

Guide price: ÂŁ1,300 per week

Mayfair Lettings 020 7499 1012


Knight Frank

Down Street, Mayfair W1J Impeccable lateral elegance

A truly outstanding five bedroom apartment which has been comprehensively redeveloped to the finest standard. Comprises master bedroom suite with dressing room and private reception room, 4 further bedrooms (3 en suite), shower room, 2 reception rooms with balcony, eat-in kitchen, guest WC and utility room. Approximately 355 sq m (3,823 sq ft)

Mayfair Lettings 020 7499 1012

Available furnished. Guide price: ÂŁ4,700 per week (MAQ122020)


original features lovingly restored by Mary-Lu

Your house is a home. we understand. fresh flowers arranged by the local florist By understanding what makes your home unique, we can find people who will appreciate and care for it as much as you. To quote our client Mary-Lu “Knight Frank knows it’s not just a house, it’s a home”. So when it was time to sell her lovingly restored family home she trusted Knight Frank. To find out more about why Mary-Lu chose Knight Frank, visit our website or call 020 3641 9571. new owners successfully secured by Knight Frank

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

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

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

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News Key developments, movements and news from the property world this month

citizenM hotel, Bankside London’s latest hotel is a new breed of luxury. With 24 hour a day services and contemporary design, it’s located at Bankside. Opened on 4 July, the citizenM hotel boasts 24/7 check in and out, the 24 hour canteenM and café, as well as iMac workspaces and a MENDO bookstore. The hotel is built around a central atrium, offering a tranquil space filled with birch trees and a 35-metre art mural. Each room is full of technology, with everything from the temperature, ambient lighting, television and blinds controlled by a central tablet device. citizenM have retained its young and contemporary quirk, whilst adapting to suit the demands of even London’s most discerning visitors. 20 Lavington Street, SE1 (

Banda Property

Continuous prosperity

Intended initially to take the stress and tedious hours out of house hunting, Banda Property has since developed into a fully-fledged property management and acquisitions agent. Specialising in dealing with the central London locations of Knightsbridge, Mayfair, Chelsea, Kensington and Notting Hill, Banda is renowned for a highly tailored approach towards acquiring a new property. The company offers clients a complete ‘turnkey’ service, advising and managing all aspects from acquisition through to project and development management. Still realising the unprecedented stability of the London property market, Banda also offers a bespoke investment service for international as well as domestic buyers, utilising its extensive database of pre and off-market properties.

The home of London’s elite, and boasting some of the world’s most expensive properties, Mayfair stays at the leading-edge of international property due to its exclusive developments, nightlife and retail. Commenting, Camilla Dell of Black Brick Property Solutions, said: ‘The redevelopment of Mount Street by Grosvenor has been an enormous success. The demand for the retail units as well as the prices being achieved for the residential space has increased hugely since the work was completed.’ Currently development work being carried out on North Audley Street could create a similar effect and sustain the healthy rise in property value throughout the area. Aside from extensive residential development, Mayfair’s nightlife has taken two new impressive additions with Robin Birley spending a reported £30million on his new private club, 5 Hertford Street. Gary Hersham FNAEA, Director, Beauchamp Estates, commented, ‘Both Robin Birley and Richard Caring have opened their new clubs in Mayfair and Prada are looking in Mayfair for a larger unit. In addition, there have been several new lettings in Mount Street. The news of two new super clubs in Mayfair can only go to encourage buyers to move into this prime part of London.’


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this month’s

Mayfair home to buy

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Chesterfield street w1j

ÂŁ8,950,000 freehold

A recently renovated & stylish 5 double bedroom Georgian home of distinction. The property features 2 blue plaques confirming that this was once the home of Beau Brummell a friend of Prince Regent, the future King George IV & Anthony Eden a former British Prime Minister.

Mayfair Sales

020 7629 4513


Park street sw1k

hertford street w1j

£3,950,000 leasehold

A substantial apartment situated close to Park Lane. Comprising a double reception/dining room, luxury kitchen, master bedroom suite, 2nd double bedroom, bathroom & a utility room. Approx. 1,980 sq ft.

£1,425,000 leasehold

A double aspect apartment within a well established Art Deco block. Comprising a reception /dining room, kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite, 2nd bedroom, shower room& a Juliette balcony. Lift & porter.

Mayfair Sales

020 7629 4513


WiMPole street w1g

£1,325,000 long lease

st JaMes’s sw1a

A well presented 4th floor apartment situated within a period building & comprising a reception room, open plan kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, en-suite shower room, bathroom, cloakroom & lift.

£625,000 leasehold

This interior designed apartment situated in the heart of St James’s incorporates lavish finishes throughout & features a reception room, double bedroom, luxury kitchen & bathroom. Lift & porter.

Mayfair Sales

020 7629 4513


Wishing all our athletes the best of luck in their quest for gold.

this month’s

Mayfair home to rent

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reeves MeWs w1k

ÂŁ975 per week

A charming apartment located on the 2nd floor of this building in the heart of Mayfair, close to Grosvenor Square. Recently decorated & restyled, the apartment offers well proportioned accommodation including a reception room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms & a bathroom.

Mayfair Lettings

020 7288 8301


PiCCadilly w1j

Clarges street w1j

£2,500 per week

An exquisite 2 bedroom apartment superbly positioned in an exclusive location in Mayfair. The accommodation consists of a beautiful & bright reception room with interconnecting dining room, large study, modern fully fitted kitchen, 2 double bedrooms & 1 bathroom.

£1,350 per week

A newly refurbished 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom modern apartment, conveniently located close to Green Park & Piccadilly. Offering a spacious reception room, modern bathroom & kitchen. Further benefits include a porter & lift.

Mayfair Lettings

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Catherine Wheel yard sw1a

£1,300 per week

A stunning 2 bedroom house in the heart of St James’s. Comprising a spacious reception room with B&O sound system, separate dining room, modern fully fitted kitchen & lovely secluded patio.

davies street w1k

£875 per week

A bright apartment in excellent decorative order on the 3rd floor of this period conversion in Mayfair, close to Bond Street underground station. Comprising a reception/dining room, 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen. The building benefits from access to a communal garden & lift.

Mayfair Lettings

020 7288 8301


Hamptons Mayfair

020 7717 5465

King Street, SW1 Located in the very heart of St James’s, this stunning residence comprising some 3,500 sqft, with it’s own street entrance, has recently been meticulously reconfigured and refurbished by Manhattan Properties, and combines a period elegance in a calm and contemporary style. Hamptons Mayfair 020 7717 5465

£7,250,000 Leasehold (Share of Freehold) 2 Reception rooms Kitchen 3 Bedrooms (2 with dressing rooms) Media room / study 3 Bathrooms (2 en suite)

Hamptons Paddington

020 7723 0592

Portsea Place, Hyde Park, W2 Arranged over four floors, this newly refurbished spacious family home is available to rent on this quiet street in Connaught village. The property features a large eat-in kitchen and terrace at the rear, as well as three double bedrooms and three bathrooms.

Hamptons Paddington Lettings 020 7723 0592

ÂŁ1,675 per week 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Gas central heating Fridge/freezer Gas hob Alarm Patio

Clarges Street, Mayfair W1 A fifth floor penthouse apartment with roof terrace and conservatory. Double reception/dining room • Kitchen • Cloakroom • Master bedroom with en-suite • Two guest bedrooms • Conservatory • Terrace • Lift • Porter Underground parking • Approximately 2,188 sq ft / 203 sq m

Svetlana Shcholokova

020 7495 9580

Guide Price: £5,400,000 Leasehold with approximately 95 years remaining

Over 600 Offices in 46 Countries

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Green Street, Mayfair W1 Grand and spacious ground floor maisonette. Reception room • Kitchen • Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms Guest cloakroom • Private garden

Svetlana Shcholokova

020 7495 9580

Guide Price: £3,600,000 Share of Freehold

Over 600 Offices in 46 Countries


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

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

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

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

020 7600 3456 020 7318 5039 020 7629 7282 020 7318 5196 020 7052 9417

Pont Street Mews | Knightsbridge | SW1 1,470 sq ft (136.6 sq m)

An exceptional reconfigured 3 bedroom mews house with private parking, quietly located in this premier secure mews. Reception room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom with en suite | Second bedroom with en suite | Dining room/third bedroom with en suite | Utililty room | Courtyard | Parking Asking price ÂŁ3,450,000 Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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

Rebuilt behind the period facade, Bridge House is a completely reconfigured and interior designed 3 bedroom freehold house with private parking. Living room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Drawing room | Media room | Master bedroom with en suite | Second bedroom with en suite | Third bedroom | Shower room | Utility room | Parking Price on Application Freehold

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

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ESSEX COURT A beautiful fourth and fifth floor penthouse apartment with undemised south facing terrace, a large reception room and three bedrooms in an exclusive secure location in the heart of St James’s and close to the Park.




An immaculate interior designed two bedroom apartment with high ceilings and balconies overlooking the river Thames, situated on the third floor of this magnificent portered Victorian block.

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

£3.5 million

£1.95 million

£2.2 million

Horne & Harvey Est. 1803

WHITEHALL COURT Stunning three-bedroom apartment over looking the river Thames. This property has recently been refurbished to a high standard boasting high ceilings, wooden floors and stone balconies. The apartment is on the second floor in the main block of Whitehall Court.

£2,500 per week




A lovely two bedroom house located in a quiet secluded area in the heart of St James’s. Finished to a high standard offering a bright and spacious reception room, separate dining room, modern kitchen, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a beautiful private terrace and conservatory.

A charming and spacious one bedroom apartment, newly refurbished to a high standard. Boasting wooden floors an abundance of natural light and fully fitted modern kitchen this apartment is located just minutes from Oxford Street, Bond Street Tube station and the attractions of the west end.



£1,200 per week

£575 per week

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The View, Palace Street, SW1 An incredible duplex penthouse over the 15th and 16th floors of this portered development with breathtaking panoramic views.The accommodation of approx 4500 sq ft comprises four bedrooms, four bathrooms, kitchen, double reception room, open air courtyard garden and roof terrace overlooking Buckingham Palace.The apartment is brand new and also has one underground parking space. £4,500 pw for long-term let £7,500 pw for short let 020 7409 9158



Park Lane, Mayfair, W1 Situated in one of Mayfair’s most prestigious buildings, this well-proportioned one bedroom apartment (with views of Hyde Park) comprises reception/dining room, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and separate kitchen. The building benefits from 24-hour security, concierge service and lift access. Leasehold 121 years £2,000,000 020 7409 9346








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Street, W1J

A spacious mews house offered for rent in the heart of Mayfair

Recently refurbished to the highest of standards, this deceptively large mews house offers approximately 2,949 square foot of internal living space. The accommodation is arranged over five floors and comprises a large 32 foot open plan reception room with a fully fitted Italian kitchen. The top floor master bedroom suite includes a bath/shower room, dressing area and direct access to a south east facing decked balcony;

whilst the second floor consists of two further double bedrooms with en-suites. The house also benefits from a study room, large garage, cinema room, gymnasium with en-suite bathroom, steam room and an internal lift serving four of the five floors. Shepherd Street is situated at the very heart of Mayfair and allows for easy access to Knightsbridge, Hyde Park and many local amenities.


Shepherd Street, W1J ÂŁ3,250 per week

Mayfair & St James office 020 7288 8301

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Pennington Phillips 16 Spectrum House 32–34 Gordon House Road London NW5 1LP t: 020 7267 1414 f: 020 7267 7878

Vibrant, sophisticated and diverse, London is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Located at its heart, The Residences at W London offer a world-class lifestyle complete with all the perks of being a guest of W Hotels.® The Residences at W London are comprised of eleven exclusive two and three bedroom duplex penthouses situated on the top two floors of W London offering stunning views in a world –class location.

Contact Kate Townrow 020 7499 1012 Gary Hall 020 7480 6848

BOURDON STREET, W1 Stunning 6th floor flat with triple aspect and wonderful views over Mayfair. The flat is newly refurbished in a contemporary style with a slick finish to a high standard including wood floors throughout and benefits from high security. Modern furnishings and stylish living space comprising 1331 square feet. 2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Cloakroom, Reception Room, Kitchen, Lift, Porter, Communal Roof Terrace

ÂŁ2000 Per Week Marble Arch: 29-31 Edgware Road London W2 2JE 020 7724 3100

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• A spectacular 10th floor residence of approx 3,700 sq ft

Estimated Completion From Winter 2012.

• 3 spacious bedrooms, all with opulent en suite bathrooms

Price: £3 million

• 4 generous roof terraces totalling approx 1,650 sq ft

To view this breathtaking property please contact Dorothea Garewal on:

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Du Parc

Kempinski Residences


Offering lavishly decorated hotel-apartments with spectacular views over Lake Geneva, the Du Parc Kempinski Residences set the benchmark for Swiss luxury living The Hotel Du Parc, formerly Lake Geneva’s most exclusive retreat, was the famous meeting place of the private ‘The Mont Pèlerin Society’, whose members included seven Nobel Prize winners. Today, the former hotel is the new home of Switzerland’s first development of branded hotelapartments, the Du Parc Kempinski Residences. Located in a UNESCO World Heritage site on the breath-taking Mont Pèlerin overlooking Lake Geneva at the heart of the famous Vaud Riviera, the Kempinski Residences offer spectacular views across one of Western Europe’s largest lakes to the towering peaks of the French Alps. Each apartment offers lake views from a private terrace or balcony. But for days when internationally protected views won’t suffice, each apartment comes accompanied with a complimentary ten year membership to the Mirador Country Club and exclusive access to the Davidoff Cigar Lounge, Givenchy Spa and a private 20 seat cinema. Being located on the historic site of the Hotel Du Parc means the residences benefit from an exterior design protected by the Swiss Ministry of Culture consisting of a classic façade and three commanding roof towers. The surrounding areas offer world class skiing, with the French Alps being a short helicopter excursion away, as well as water sports on Lake Geneva and private vineyard tours. The apartments boast elegant and contemporary interiors utilising the cleanest, most ecological technologies. Designed by internationally acclaimed agency BBG-BBGM, they include bathrooms boasting intelligent phone-activated baths and are fully integrated with systems from Crestron Electronics. The residences consist of 24 south-facing freehold apartments from two to six bedrooms, each fully managed and serviced by the 5-star hotel Le Mirador Kempinski. Eleven apartments were released to the market this spring, with three penthouses yet to be offered for sale solely to non-Swiss nationals. (

The opulent yet sleek interiors carry the spa feel throughout with large bathrooms boasting deep baths and expansive luxury showers

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Being located on the historic site of the Hotel Du Parc allows the residences to benefit from an exterior protected by the Swiss Ministry of Culture


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



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The Mayfair Magazine August 2012  

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