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Contents February 2015 Features 022 | A surreal life Felix Bischof traces famed designer Elsa Schiaparelli’s illustrious life in Mayfair 052 | Some like it haute We remember the work of fashion legend Jeanne Lanvin as a new exhibition opens in Paris 060 | Only connect It’s never too late to learn about art with London Art Studies’ creative classes 080 | Cruise control We meet four of Mayfair’s supercar dealers who reveal the latest trends




014 | Contributors

027 | Swing into orbit Robinson Pelham unveil the Asteroid ring, featuring an ultra-rare Paraiba tourmaline stone

016 | Editor’s letter 019 | My life in Mayfair: Francis Sultana, furniture and interior designer 020 | Couture culture Our latest dispatch on the arts, film and theatre releases 115 | Remembering Mayfair: William Marsh, Mount Street

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028 | Jewellery news 030 | Screen time Alex Doak looks at the watches of the silver screen, and the more elegant face of product placement 035 | Watch news 037 | A moment in time As IWC Schaffhausen opens its New Bond Street store, we meet the brand director Simon Chambers to talk craftsmanship



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Contents February 2015 Fashion 043 | Style spy 044 | Style update 046 | The portrait of a lady This month give your wardrobe a fine update, with fabulous millinery and elegant jewels


Resident’s Journal

Our insiders’ guide to Mayfair in association with The Residents’ Society of Mayfair & St James’s (from page 109)

Interiors 065 | Interiors news 066 | An American in London We meet the Texan-born interior designer Holly Hunt as her eponymous showroom opens in Mayfair


Food & Drink

085 | Travel news

102 | Food & drink news

086 | From Paris to Berlin Clare Vooght experiences a charming culinary journey at Berlin’s Waldorf Astoria

105 | Wine and dine Find your inner sommelier, with an evening of wine tasting and food pairing at Claridge’s

090 | City break: Belfast Immerse yourself in heritage and culture with a visit to Northern Ireland’s capital city

106 | Dining out: The Grill at The Dorchester

092 | Suite dreams: Rosewood London

070 | Sophisticated style Tom Dixon’s sculptural, British heritage inspired vases make for the perfect finishing touch at home


Art 055 | Art news 056 | Exhibition focus: Alan Cristea’s 20th anniversary exhibitions 058 | Prize lots

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072 | The fabric of society Angelina Villa-Clarke shines the spotlight on the historic Venetian textiles house, Rubelli 076 | An eye for elegance We talk with designer Katharine Pooley about her global success and her signature style





095 | Beauty news 098 | The body doctor We experience first-hand the benefits of David Marshall’s personal training programme

136 | Property news The latest news in prime central London property from and Knight Frank

100 | Spa review: COMO Shambhala Urban Escape

162 | The Harrods effect A new report looks at the fascinating link between the world-famous store and nearby property prices

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hat defines the vast world of award-winning design? This is the question we’ve set out to answer in our February edition of The Mayfair Magazine. Good design – whether in the realm of fashion, interiors, art or fine jewellery – holds so much power to provoke thought, inspire and ultimately, define the culture of our time. And where better to observe the influence of design than from here in Mayfair, where the tastemakers and trendsetters come together. We meet the elegant Holly Hunt, whose eponymous interiors brand has just opened the doors to its first European showroom on Grafton Street. With her all-American charisma, Hunt is at the forefront of the minimalist style of interior decoration, and is set for a hugely successful year ahead (page 66). And from decorating your home with furniture, to adorning your walls with art, our Prize Lots this month offer an eclectic mix of exceptional art, from Jeff Koons to Robert Longo, so you won’t be short of inspiration (page 58). Moving onto the world of horology – and a world where design is at its most intricate – one of New Bond Street’s newest arrivals is IWC Schaffhausen. We meet the company’s brand director Simon Chambers to talk about why this move is a defining moment for the brand (page 37). And a fashion designer’s name is undergoing a renaissance of sorts, as the late, great fashion icon Elsa Schiaparelli’s revived label prepares to show in Paris, and a new book about her controversial legacy by Meryle Secrest is published. Felix Bischof traces her illustrious life in Mayfair (page 22) and you will see just why she was a true visionary of her time.

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My life in MAYFAIR F r a n c i s S u lta n a furniture and interior designer

‘I ‘[Mayfair] has become the centre for art and design in Europe’ – Francis Sultana

Francis Sultana’s new CELIA Collection will be on show at David Gill Galleries from 12 February ( from top: francis sultana (photo by Solina GuÉdroitz); Thaddells Cabinet from the Celia Collection by Francis Sultana; Anderson & Sheppard Old Burlington Street shop, photographed by Christopher Simon Sykes (; Turnbull & Asser shirt, tie and handkerchiefs (turnbullandasser.; Egyptian pen, nib and lid, from Armorial at Thomas Goode & Co. (armorialparis. com;; armorial at thomas goode & co, photo by alexander james

have lived in Mayfair for the past seven years and love my neighbourhood – I have everything I need in my life just a short walk away. I laugh to myself as I live off the most luxurious high street in the UK (Bond Street) and now the stores are overflowing into so many of the side streets. I love Mount Street and South Audley Street and we are just spoiled for great restaurants. It’s also great that it has become more residential, as it was becoming rather more like a ‘business’ district and so I am happy the trend has gone the other way. [Mayfair] has become the centre for art and design in Europe, with many of the blue-chip galleries from abroad now opening spaces in the neighbourhood. The wealth is here but also the architecture and the culture – everything is in one place. I love observing retail so I am also spoiled for choice – I like to explore Dover Street Market for directive high fashion, and I love tailoring. My tailors are Anderson & Sheppard and Turnbull & Asser make my shirts, so I love to go visit many a haven for menswear to see what to order for the future. I love stationery, too, so my new favourite is the luxury French brand Armorial, which has just opened at Thomas Goode in a space that I designed myself. My restaurants are Scott’s and The Wolseley but I love the bar at Bentley’s and of course rotate between George, Harry’s Bar, 5 Hertford Street and returning to Mark’s Club. David Gill has been my partner for over 20 years and together we have built the design gallery business, now based in St James’s. My role as artistic director means working closely with the artists and designers we represent for each collection – I love the challenge of editing each designer’s work. It has been an honour to work with such inspiring artists and designers over the years such as Zaha Hadid, Grayson Perry, the Campana Brothers and Fredrikson Stallard. The very things that inspire me creatively can also cause the headaches – but that is why I love doing what I do. It is constantly challenging, pushing my creative boundaries and making me a better designer and curator in the process. Chelsea is still where the heart of the old school interior design community lies. It is really the hub for the profession especially around Chelsea Design Centre. However, I have expanded my studio and am now designing more furniture so we may move the show room to Mayfair sooner than we expected, as it’s more of an international platform for the work that I am producing. I am established enough now that my client base will find me, whether I am in Mayfair or Chelsea – and of course there will be less travelling to work every day. I think Mayfair will go from strength to strength but it needs to have new emerging talent and not just the big brands, as this will give the area its unique character and bring the best to one wonderful corner of London.’ 19


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A journey through time

Entrance to the Fine Rooms image © Rhod Walls

What better way to spend an afternoon than by getting lost in one of Mayfair’s most acclaimed historical and cultural hubs? Perhaps rather than getting lost, be guided through. The Royal Academy of Arts is running a series of tours through the institution, exploring selected works from the RA collection, giving an intriguing insight into the gallery’s heritage. The one-hour tours give guests access to the John Madejski Fine Rooms – a must-see for any art or architecture aficionados. RA Tours at the Royal Academy of Arts, free, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J (020 7300 8000;

Couture culture Colin Firth stars in Kingsman: The Secret Service, The Royal Academy of Arts opens the doors to one of its private rooms and we’ve got Valentine’s Day sorted


Treasure Island


or those not acquainted with Robert Louis Stevenson’s coming-of-age novel from which the wooden-legged, eyepatched pirate originates, Treasure Island is a story that is sure to please any adventurer. It follows young Jim Hawkins’ epic journey through the moral ambiguity of the grown-up world after he stumbles across a treasure map. Jim sets sail to find the buried loot and on the way encounters a talking parrot, sword fights, mutiny and the notorious Long John Silver. Dramatist Bryony Lavery’s adaptation turns the play on its head by writing in Jim as a young tomboy, performed with a mixture of innocent curiosity and witty bravado by talented newcomer Patsy Ferran. But the set is the true star of the show as designer Lizzie Clachan has created a sort of Rubik’s Cube dynamic, allowing the stage to swiftly transform from

‘It follows young Jim Hawkins’ epic journey through the moral ambiguity of the grown-up world’


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tavern to schooner, to desert island – the perfect escapism for any young buccaneer. Treasure Island is at the Olivier Theatre until 8 April ( words: hannah lemon

Easily one of fashion’s most influential forces, even after his death in 2008, Yves Saint Laurent’s reputation for being a ground-breaker, a risk-taker and a visionary is celebrated in this beautifully presented book by fashion historian Jéromine Savignon. She opens the door to Saint Laurent’s studio, which gave birth to sartorial magic, giving the reader an exclusive insight into the designer’s processes and secrets that make his brand and his work so memorable. Illustrated divinely with over 40 previously unpublished documents, Savignon celebrates the fashion designer, who dominated the catwalks of the 1960s and 1970s, and the first leading couturier to lend his name to a prêt-à-porter range while still making brilliant haute-couture creations. The perfect read for the follower of fashion, or one who can appreciate a true artist’s work. Yves Saint Laurent’s Studio by Jéromine Savignon, £16, published by Actes Sud (

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Kingsman: The Secret Service


anners maketh the man,’ as Colin Firth declares in his rather dapper role as Harry Hart in the latest spy-action film, Kingsman: The Secret Service. Based upon an acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar, the film tells the story of a spy organisation, whose headquarters are located in Savile Row tailor Huntsman, but for the sake of the film, its name is changed to Kingsman. The very British and welldressed Hart has a new recruit for the agency: a diamond in the rough, but well-natured teenager by the name of ‘Eggsy’ (Taron Egerton), whose longdeceased biological father was a Kingsman, and now it’s time for him to take the crown. He’s put into the training programme,

which coincides in great timing with a global threat from the evil nemesis Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson). The film is arguably as much about the killer garbs as it is villains, which reflects in reality, as menswear e-tailer Mr Porter has created a capsule collection including suave suits, umbrellas and briefcases. Having teamed up with some of Mayfair’s favourite heritage brands such as Turnbull & Asser, Drake’s and George Cleverley, the range is being sold on Kingsman shows us that the modern gentleman is certainly alive, and armed with martial arts and nifty gadgets. Kingsman: The Secret Service will be released in cinemas on 29 January

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A surreal



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The legacy of style icon Elsa Schiaparelli lives on, as her namesake label has been revived, and as a new tome by Meryle Secrest reveals her life in London among some of the top tailors, couturiers and milliners in 1930s Mayfair w o r d s : F el i x B i s c h o f


n her autobiography, Paris-based designer Elsa Schiaparelli, or ‘Schiap’ as she became known, wrote of her amorous motivation behind the opening of a second boutique across the Channel in the 1930s. ‘Now this year I had an English beau who followed me wherever I went, and was an incorrigible dreamer. He had la manie des grandeurs, and persuaded me to open a house in London.’ More than half a century after Schiaparelli put pen to paper, biographer Meryle Secrest now reveals that this mysterious figure went by the name Henry Spence Horne. What’s more, it is in his brother Sir Allan’s Mayfair property, located a mere stone’s throw from Hyde Park, that Italian-born couturière Schiaparelli welcomed an illustrious list of clients who were keen to invest in her trademark style, a wild combination of innovative fabrics and knife-sharp cuts, brimming with surreal details. After

‘Schiaparelli welcomed an illustrious list of clients who were keen to invest in her trademark style’ charting the lives of Salvador Dalí, Frank Lloyd Wright and Modigliani among others, Secrest revisits Schiaparelli’s courageous

path to Parisian haute couture fame. When Maison Schiaparelli opened at 6 Upper Grosvenor Street in 1933, it joined a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ of the decade’s leading dressmakers. Mayfair in the 1930s offered everything for the elegant wardrobe, from imported Parisian fashions to the elegant creations of homegrown talent such as Victor Stiebel. Schiaparelli’s salon displayed her idiosyncratic style at best. Novelist Barbara Skelton, who joined the firm’s international coterie of models, remembers understated furniture and scattered, signature pink cushions in strong opposition to other couturiers’ interiors, where ornate, period furniture basked in the ballroom glow of crystal chandeliers. During Schiaparelli’s tenure, 6 Upper Grosvenor Street was home to tailors, client advisors and milliners such as Parisborn Simone Mirman, who was to join the company after eloping to London in 1937 and continued to produce much-publicised hats under her own name. In addition to choosing Mayfair for business, Schiaparelli was also a private resident. As documented by Secrest, Schiaparelli and Horne’s brother Sir Allan both lived in twin Italianate villas on nearby Lees Place. As well as a secluded courtyard, the elegant 

opposite page: A Schiaparelli hat January 1st 1938 / Getty Images. this page: schiaparelli


properties featured a set of two clandestine doors connecting the residents’ bedrooms. This cunning architectural feature might also shed a light on the evolving relationship between Sir Allan and Schiaparelli outside of business hours. Many of Schiaparelli’s London clients formed part of the capital’s social and cultural elite, wearing designs, on occasion deemed ‘shocking’, to great effect. Secrest mentions the spectacular wardrobe of Lady Jane Clark, wife of noted aesthetician Kenneth Clark and an accomplished hostess counting both Man Ray and Salvador Dalí as friends. A loyal patron, Clark would adopt the couturière’s most extrovert flights of fancy, including a dress and matching hat from the Newsprint collection, which assembled Schiaparelli headlines in monochrome on white silk. Secrest argues Schiaparelli’s success to have stemmed from a balance of publicityengendering designs and more wearable outfits. Auctioneer Kerry Taylor, who has sold numerous Schiaparelli lots in the past, explains: ‘Her clothes were more imaginative, striking and more challenging than other designers of the time. They required a woman with self-confidence who liked to make an entrance.’ Customers of the made-to-measure salon and street-level boutique included members of high society and the city’s bohemian circles. Before the opening of her own UK business, Schiaparelli’s designs had already intrigued the capital. For her wedding in June 1937, Wallis Simpson ordered 18 designs, including a sky blue wool jacket with sculptural butterflies supplementing buttons and a blue and silver lamé ‘déshabillé’. Taylor has sold Schiaparelli creations from the estate of Doris Delevingne, the later Viscountess Castlerosse, whose Schiaparelli evening


coat, designed in collaboration with Jean Cocteau, is included in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s permanent collection, joining other surviving, London-made examples, a highlight of which is a black evening jacket. Intricately embroidered using gilt thread, pearls and diamanté, it is part of an ensemble worn by Lady Alexandra Dacre to a masked carol party in December 1938. Regularly visiting nearby institutions such as The Ritz, Quaglino’s, the Embassy Club and the Café de Paris, Schiaparelli became a fixture in London’s social calendar. Her signature appears next to Edith Sitwell and Diaghilev in Lord Berners’ Faringdon House guestbook, the backdrop to raucous themed parties. Schiaparelli also embraced much of Britain. On vacation in Scotland, she visited local cloth manufacturers using centuryold mills. Returning with innovative woollens as souvenirs and inspired by ancient clans at home in the Highlands’ rough-edged reverie, Schiaparelli’s first London collection was premiered in

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1934 under the title ‘Stormy Weather’. Out on the town, she combined her own designs with expertly crafted English classics. ‘Only the rich can afford cheap clothes’ is one of the bons mots coined by Schiaparelli in an open letter to her daughter Gogo published in the Daily Express in 1936. Insisting on quality of fabric and fit, she visited Savile Row institution Anderson & Sheppard, with Horne recorded as introductory reference. The company’s measuring books reveal that her choice of Mayfair tailor follows Schiaparelli’s unorthodox spirit. While the suit would have been adjusted to size, the cut remains quintessentially masculine. It comes as little surprise that Marlene Dietrich is another of the few female customers recorded. After getting married to the father of her daughter Gogo in 1914, the pair were deported and left for France shortly after. One of Gogo’s favourite Schiaparelli dresses, mentions Secrest, was an evening gown

bearing a strategically placed embroidered heart on the bodice. Despite Gogo wearing this creation throughout her debutante season, Secrest could not trace a suitable image. Later, Secrest stumbled upon the contemporary interpretation of the dress. To the biographer, this anecdote perfectly encapsulates the work of designer Marco Zanini, who acted as the creative director of the re-launched Diego Della Valle-owned Schiaparelli label from 2013 until just recently. Zanini and Christian Lacroix, who had designed a capsule haute couture collection for the house, combined a certain wearability with an understanding of the house’s codes, recasting Schiaparelli’s ideas preserved in museum archives for a contemporary wardrobe. While a new designer is yet to be named, it surely won’t be long before the latest Schiaparelli creations can be spotted in Mayfair once again. (

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lying in as part of the new collections for 2015 is Robinson Pelham’s new Asteroid ring. Revolving around the concept of the solar system, the piece has become a staple of the luxury jeweller and every collection sees it reintroduced with a different stone. The Paraiba tourmaline, fast becoming one of the industry’s most fashionable gemstones, takes centre stage this time round, its vivid blue-green hue showcased in all its brilliance. The exceptional rarity of this stone (one Paraiba tourmaline is mined for every 10,000 diamonds) makes it ideal for this particular collection. When it comes to other new pieces launching, this year sees an explosion of kaleidoscopic colour and bold shapes in the Oxygen collections, while the Evoke range brings a more subdued elegance. Paraiba Asteroid ring, £18,000. Robinson Pelham, 30 Elystan Street, SW3 (


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Jewellery news Say it with jewellery this Valentine’s Day; opt for the sun, moon and stars or the most traditional (and beautiful) diamonds WORDS: OLIVIA SHARPE

Fly me to the moon She may have only come under the radar in 2009 but London-based jewellery designer Noor Fares’ career has already taken off into the stratosphere; her coveted pieces are currently stocked in Liberty, Matches and Dover Street Market in the UK (to name a few). Her latest collection, Tilsam (meaning talisman in Arabic) revolves around the sphere, or orb, as its central theme and includes beautifully carved rings and pendants in clear quartz, moonstone, rose quartz and labradorite. The jeweller has also drawn upon astrology with Eclipse, a series of rings complete with gold and diamonds which refer back to astrological instruments used in the past to record the stars. Far from being star-gazing nonsense, this is, in our opinion, Fares’ best collection yet. (

CUTTING EDGE In time for Valentine’s Day, Tiffany & Co has created the ultimate romantic range of high jewellery pieces, the Tiffany Enchant heart collection:

These romantic designs have been inspired by the intricate patterns of traditional 19th-century gates that border sumptuous gardens and grand estates.Tiffany designers have contrasted these ornate jewels with a clean-lined bracelet of 18-karat white gold covered with more than nine carats of diamonds and over 55 carats of vibrant spinels. Above: Enchant hinged bracelet with spinels and diamonds in 18-karat white gold and line bracelet; key on fine chain. Both from a selection, Tiffany & Co., 28

Empire of the sun Fashion designers and jewellers alike have been cashing in on the recently resurrected ancient coin trend and the latest to follow suit is newly launched brand Dubini. Founded by Benedetta Dubini, the jewellery designer looks to her Italian heritage to create her collections, the latest of which, entitled Empires, features coins emblazoned with the faces of some of the greatest Roman and Greek historical and mythical figures, from Artemis to Alexander the Great. The pieces are set in 18-karat yellow gold and feature a multitude of coloured stones, thereby paying tribute to the rich history of Italian craftsmanship. ( Holy Trinity There are some high jewellery brands you can always rely on, when seeking out that perfect gift for a special occasion, and one of these is Cartier. This year sees the French jeweller adapt its Trinity Ruban Solitaire ring, the ultimate symbol of love which was first popularised in the 1920s by Jean Cocteau, into a pair of earrings and matching necklace, creating the perfect bridal or engagement ring set. (

Ever seen a Hollywood hero checking the time on his iPhone? Of course not, says Alex Doak, as he lifts the lid on the classier side of product placement

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poiler alert (sort of)! Autumn’s smashhit spectacular Interstellar features two Hamilton watches and one of them plays a big role. No, make that a HUGE role. To the extent that Matthew McConaughey’s dimension-straddling spaceman of the future owes his life to this resolutely old-fashioned concoction of springs and cogs. True watch nerds would have noticed from the screenfilling close-ups (logo nice and prominent) that despite its vintage styling, the watch is actually a custom build. In fact, Hamilton has gladly bent to the wishes of Hollywood costume departments for more than 60 years now, garnering over 400 film appearances as a result, from on Elvis Presley’s wrist in Blue Hawaii to Interstellar’s sci-fi forebear, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

‘The placement of watches in films is a gentlemanly affair; the studio approaches Switzerland, not vice versa’ But consider this; despite the specific requests of Interstellar’s production team, even Hamilton was taken aback when the film started. The team had no idea about its starring role, least of all expected it. Why? Because, unlike the clunking Ford Mondeos of Casino Royale fame, or all those label-forward Pepsi bottles in Back to the Future, the placement of watches in films is a reassuringly gentlemanly affair; the studio approaches Switzerland, not vice versa, and money rarely changes hands. After all, a high-end wristwatch is a highly personal choice – something that speaks volumes of you or a Hollywood idol alike, thus a bigger priority for the costume department than accounts. It also speaks of refinement and quiet expertise, above the gaudy notion of a paid-for

appearance. So while you might think that Jeremy Renner’s chunky IWC ‘Top Gun’ chronograph in The Bourne Legacy is a deliberate bit of product placement, as IWC’s PR manager Sophie Hue-Williams reveals, it’s more civilised than that. ‘Our team in the US market has an excellent relationship with many of the studios,’ she reveals, ‘and they often get approached directly, requesting a selection of watches be sent over to the costume department. No money exchanges hands,’ she reiterates. ‘The watch is chosen purely in line with whether it fits with the character or the film setting.’ It’s a common situation, attests Darryl Collis, whose company Seesaw Media is the UK’s most successful product placement agency, and responsible for equipping Mr Renner with a Belstaff jacket to perfectly complement his matt-black IWC. ‘The first type of product placement is where guarantees are made,’ Collis explains. ‘In other words, “I will pay you X, and you’ll give me Y; a nice logo shot for example, in return for you smashing up 85 of our cars.” But watches,’ he continues, ‘tend to fall within the second type: “prop placement”; a scripted necessity, a shorthand for what the director wants to get across about a character or setting. For example, there’s Colin Firth’s Bremont in the new Kingsman film. This reinforces his character’s Britishness, sense of tradition and military background.’ Kingsman: The Secret Service is the very first cinematic outing for Bremont, after years of casual endorsement from the likes of Tom Cruise, Bear Grylls and Taylor Lautner. And in keeping with the Henley-on-Thames watchmaker’s plucky, keen-as-mustard Britishness, it came about almost accidentally, after the film’s director Matthew Vaughn spotted a Bremont on a colleague’s wrist. ‘This was a really lovely tie-up,’ says co-founder Nick 

main image: Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014 (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk); left: Bremont kingsman watch in rose gold


right: Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2014 (Photo: Jaap Buitendijk) below, from left: bremont kingsman watch in black; Hamilton Khaki Special Edition Interstellar, worn by Murph (played by Jessica Chastain); IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Top Gun


English, ‘which happened very organically, without placement fees being involved, which is wonderful. Matthew is a big watch fan and one area he was particularly interested in, other than the British angle, was Bremont’s strong tie with the military and other special units around the world. There was real credibility here which I think is important if the watch is going to be taken seriously in this film.’ Of course, there are exceptions to the trend, and you never get far talking product placement without talking James Bond – a cinematic franchise that hasn’t so much made product placement an art form as a cash cow. Necessarily so, it must be said, as EON Productions are obliged to raise as much as a third of its budget through deals with the likes of Sony, Bollinger, Ford, Heineken (famously trumped in Skyfall by Macallan, who didn’t pay a penny) and Omega watches too, for an undisclosed fee. After all, Bond’s wristwatch has always played a starring role in his outlandish exploits, whether dissecting a train or unzipping a woman’s dress. And in stark contrast to Cubby Broccoli having to provide Sean Connery with his own Rolex Submariner in Dr No (1962) after Rolex declined to loan one, the modern deal is a rare example of a movie watch falling within Darryl Collis’s first category, where deals are struck and guarantees are made. ‘Which makes for some rather unsubtle moments in the film,’ as Collis wryly notes. ‘At the beginning of Skyfall, when Bond is ripping the train apart with a Caterpillar

‘It was actually Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming who originally chose Omega, not the accountants’ digger, audiences are left asking questions when the camera lingered on a close-up of Daniel Craig’s left hand, changing gear… Until they spotted the perfectly in-focus Seamaster Aqua Terra on his wrist.’ But despite these awkward-but-necessary moments, it will come as a huge relief to watch fans to learn that it was actually Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming who originally chose Omega, not the accountants. The blue-dial Seamaster 300M diving watch to be precise, for 1995’s Goldeneye. ‘The colour blue really suited Pierce [Brosnan],’ she recalls. ‘I was dressing him in lots of blue shirts and the blue bezel and dial of the Seamaster matched perfectly. Plus, blue suited Commander Bond’s naval background too. Of course, I had to check that Omega would be interested in placing its watches on Bond!’ Hemming adds with a glint in her eye. ‘But I was utterly convinced that Commander Bond, a naval man, a diver, and a discreet gentleman of the world would wear this tough but sophisticated watch.’ Because of Hemming’s careful consideration back in

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below, from left: Interstellar, 2014 (Photo: Melinda Sue Gordon); Daniel Craig in Skyfall wearing an Omega Seamaster watch

the 1990s, the relationship between Omega and Bond remains a sensible one that, unlike Heineken, we as the audience readily buy into. And it perpetuates what’s arguably the longest watches-in-movies saga in cinematic history. A saga of such obsessive detail and debate that it has helped inspire a fan site called exactly that: Watches in Movies. All the Bond films are in there, with accompanying screengrabs, but a casual browse reveals the sheer scale of Hollywood’s love affair with a decent watch, from The A-Team to Zulu. ‘I would say that the prop masters do a fine job,’ says James Enloe, the owner and administrator of ‘It’s their job, after all, to make the character look “right” and the good ones do that very well. ‘But while the most popular brands tend to be Rolex, Casio, Omega, TAG Heuer or Breitling, the really fun ones are the lesser known brands, like Sjöö Sandström (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) or Alsta (Jaws). In fact,’ Enloe concludes, ‘the Alsta in Jaws is the perfect example of what makes watch-spotting fun at the movies; just the pride of knowing what the actor is wearing.’ So, just as Props or Costume choose their watches for a very good reason, it’s now down to you to appreciate their choice… and have a good stab guessing what it is in the process.

Telling the Wrong Time Sometimes, Hollywood doesn’t get it quite right but you’d have to be quite the horology connoisseur to spot the examples below: Quartz watch, Pearl Harbor (2001) Despite so many other historical inaccuracies, it looked like Michael Bay had got it right with Josh Hartnett’s WWII-style military watch, until a close-up reveals its seconds hand ticking once a second, as if driven by quartz technology, which didn’t come about until the 1970s. Omega X-33 ‘Bulgari’, Minority Report (2002) Tom Cruise’s character is racing to clear his name from a predicted act of murder and the countdown to the act itself is courtesy of an Omega X-33 Speedmaster digital watch, re-branded by CGI as a Bulgari. Nope, we don’t know why, either. Beeping Panerai PAM074, The Transporter (2002) A getaway driver played by Jason Statham awaits his cue during the tense opening scene of the teenage-boy cult classic. His finely engineered mechanical chronograph ticks down to zero hour, at which point it emits a distinctly electronic ‘beep’. Patek Philippe ‘Calatrava’, Drive (2011) Another getaway driver for hire, Ryan Gosling’s ‘driver’ wore a Patek gifted by his father in the original book by James Sallis. The dubbed ticking noise was wrong enough in the film but the major gaff was using flimsy fakes rather than the real thing.


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Saving the seas Sister brand of that other great purveyor of ‘affordable luxury’, Frédérique Constant, Alpina was revived in 2002 to provide first-time watch buyers with a Swiss-made, mechanical timepiece that they could actually afford. Whereas Frédérique Constant does the same thing with traditionally-designed watches, Alpina has carved a niche within the sports watch sector. For each purchase of the Alpiner 4 Race for Water Chronograph, the company will contribute £33 to Race for Water, the international organisation dedicate to the preservation of water. The watch costs £2,180; for that you get a well-made, self-winding chronograph and the knowledge that only seven others will find their way to UK shores. Alpiner 4 Race For Water Chronograph (

A family affair If, in the age of the luxury mass market, you aspire for something that still remains faithful to the word exclusive, you might like to learn of a small Swiss watchmaker by the name of H. Moser & Cie. The company produces only 1,000 pieces a year and manufactures eight of its own calibres, using its own regulating organs and balance springs. The end of last year saw the brand’s Venturer Small Seconds come second at Montres Passion magazine’s Watch of the Year Awards, sandwiched between pieces from industry behemoths Piaget and Bulgari in first and third place. Not bad for a family-run firm that employs just 50 people. Venturer Small Seconds, £12,300, H. Moser & Cie (

Saxon Sophistication Like A. Lange & Söhne below, Glashütte Original is a brand that embodies the historic tradition of fine mechanical watchmaking. The manufacture is renowned for a number of extraordinary complications, among them exquisitely engineered chronographs. Taking its dedication to stopwatches further than ever before, the company’s Calibre 37-01 is the first it has conceived and built specifically as a chronograph movement. It debuts inside the Senator Chronograph Panorama Date, which is available with either a platinum or red gold case. Frankly, it’s hard to pick between the two. Senator Chronograph Panorama Date, £36,800 ( Living Legend Few brands have the ability to unite watch enthusiasts in universal adulation. Rolex is one; Patek Philippe the obvious other. A third is A. Lange & Söhne. To discuss the value of a ‘Lange’ is to talk not about popularity or price but, specifically, craftsmanship and aesthetics. Take the Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst; an infallibly gorgeous one-minute tourbillon with stop seconds, a black enamelled dial and artisanal finishes, enclosed in a 38.5mm platinum case. It will cost you £140k. You pay for what you get. Lange 1 Tourbillon Handwerkskunst, £140,000 (alange-soehne. com)


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in time

As IWC Schaffhausen makes its much-anticipated New Bond Street debut, The Mayfair Magazine meets brand director Simon Chambers to talk creativity and craftsmanship


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How is this IWC boutique different from others around the world?

Did the company always have its sights set on Bond Street?

Our Bond Street boutique offers a contemporary design concept which not only restores the building’s Art Deco exterior, but also follows the same code internally. IWC’s signature monochrome colours will be augmented by piano-finished Macassar wood, polished stainless steel and Carrara marble. We will also be among the first IWC boutiques to benefit from an in-house watchmaker with full service facilities.

Opening an IWC boutique in London is the realisation of a long-held ambition for the brand. It was important to find the right location, and the right opportunity, which would guarantee longevity to the project and a ‘home’ for IWC in London. We chose Bond Street because of its global recognition, one which is synonymous with luxury and elegance, and in keeping with our global reputation as a Swiss luxury watch manufacturer. The IWC

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‘The new boutique features an all-new lighting concept by renowned French lighting designers Ponctuelle’ boutique at 138 New Bond Street will offer a full product assortment, including our boutique exclusive watches, and uniquely, a limitededition watch has been created especially for the London boutique.

What can new and existing customers who visit the new store expect to experience? The boutique will essentially be a destination where both new and existing customers can choose from the best selection of IWC timepieces in the UK. The new boutique features an all-new lighting concept by renowned French lighting designers Ponctuelle, ensuring all timepieces displayed are perfectly lit. The retail concept we’ve created not only reflects our unique identity but offers an exceptional customer experience, along with a

dedicated and highly qualified retail team to advise our clients on choosing the perfect watch. For those looking for a more bespoke service, our boutique team will also offer VIP retail and private consultation.

What will your customers be pleasantly surprised to find at the new boutique? We’re delighted to introduce a unique ‘London Boutique’ Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar in stainless steel, manufactured exclusively for the boutique in limited edition of only 38 watches. Customers will also be pleased to discover that an IWC watchmaker is located within the boutique, offering maintenance advice, servicing and a wide selection of watchstraps. The first floor of the boutique offers the experience a members’ club ‘lounge’, complete with fireplace and a bespoke drinks menu.

How has the brand managed to expand over the past decade or so? IWC has over the years developed 



relationships with some incredibly influential partners, particularly in the film industry which allows us to engage with a great many people. The brand is an official partner of a number of celebrated global film festivals, including London, New York, Beijing and Dubai, and is also popular among A-list names from the industry, including Cate Blanchett and Kevin Spacey. In addition our other partnerships, such as Laureus, Mercedes and The Charles Darwin Foundation in Galapagos, together with an exceptional product offer has allowed IWC to achieve a much greater global recognition, which is now supported by a growing worldwide network of boutiques.

‘The brand still offers that high level of skill, precision engineering and craftsmanship’ How does IWC strike the balance between heritage and innovation? As with any brand looking to not only grow and develop, but also stay true to the essence of what made the brand popular in the first place, IWC places a huge amount of importance on both elements. The designers and watchmakers at IWC are constantly striving to offer the customer unique and innovative complications such as the digital date perpetual calendars, or utilising new materials such as carbon fibre, titanium and ceramic in their case manufacture. At the same time, the brand still offers that high level of skill, precision engineering and craftsmanship, which have set the brand apart since it was first founded in 1868.


The newly launched Portofino Midsize collection played with the idea of style, and elegant androgyny. Do you see IWC as a women’s brand as much as it is a men’s brand? Since the beginning IWC has always been popular with women, despite the very male offering. Back when the brand was founded, IWC created a number of beautiful timepieces for women. As the years went by and the offering from IWC became more male focused, families such as the Portofino and Portuguese collections remained popular with women who preferred that slightly larger, well-proportioned and more classic-looking watch than the small delicate female selection offered by other brands. Ultimately IWC is still a ‘man’s brand’, but responding to the increasing interest among women for mechanical timepieces by offering the Portofino Midsize collection designed specifically with them in mind.

What does it mean to wear and own an IWC watch? ‘Probus Scafusia’ – craftsmanship made in Schaffhausen – is our guiding principle and exemplifies everything about those who choose to own and wear an IWC watch. Since the business was established in 1868, IWC has developed a reputation for innovative solutions and technical inventiveness which combine engineering and precision with exclusive design. IWC Schaffhausen, 138 New Bond Street, W1S (

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King of cashmere Sat next to its Italian epicurean neighbour Cecconi’s is cashmere and fashion house Brunello Cucinelli, which has reopened its doors to reveal an impressive expansion and refit. The generous development has allowed for an entirely new space on the first floor devoted to tailoring in the ‘suit room’, and more laid-back clothes designed the Italian way: effortlessly smart even when casual. Take a visit to the beautifully designed store, even if it’s just to smell the candles. Brunello Cucinelli, 3-5 Burlington Gardens, W1S (020 7287 4347;

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A cut above Globally renowned in the style stakes, Savile Row is not only a place of heritage, it’s also home to new establishment tailors injecting a contemporary edge. Richard James is one of these tailors, and his latest collaboration with Mr Porter shows his talent for updating classics time and again. The casual capsule collection, themed around corduroy, is the perfect weekend wear, with staples to carry you from winter to spring. Wool cardigan, £545, Richard James x Mr Porter (

Victory sign As the beginning of this year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Sir Winston Churchill, historical clothier Turnbull & Asser is celebrating him as one of its most illustrious customers with a unique collection. His prime ministerial wardrobe, including the Turnbull & Asser siren suit with a pocket for his cigar, was and is still hugely iconic. The collection includes a dressing gown, a bow tie and pure silk pocket squares, which illustrate his signature style perfectly. Pocket squares, £75, Turnbull & Asser, 71-72 Jermyn Street, SW1Y (020 7808 3000;

A noble scent Gentlemen’s Tonic is truly an urban sanctuary in the heart of Mayfair for the modern man looking for a traditional barbershop. A visit here will leave you feeling totally relaxed and ultimately groomed. Now you can take home a little piece of this experience in the form of three signature scents. Junzi sprays with hints of bergamot, clary sage and vetiver make for a charming scent that’s perfect for day or night, work or play. Junzi eau de toilette, £69 for 100ml, Gentlemen’s Tonic, 31a Bruton Place, W1J (020 7297 4343;


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Since its inception in 1978 by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley, Escada has always celebrated beautifully bold colours, whether it’s harlequin-diamond prints of primary colours on a cardigan in the 1980s, or the brand new style for S/S15 featuring splashes of iris violet and orchid blossom pink. The fashion house instantly brightens up our wardrobes with accessible, functional pieces and whether you prefer to make a courageous sartorial statement with colour or prefer a subtle nuance, Escada’s new range has something for every woman. Escada ( photography by Julia Noni for Escada

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Work of art Art and fashion continually work together like hand in glove, and this extends to one of Mayfair’s most-loved heritage brands, Asprey. The Bond Street luxury goods house’s S/S15 handbag collection, designed in collaboration with esteemed accessories designer Katie Hillier, was inspired by her visit to Richard Hamilton’s Fashion-Plate exhibition. We love this 167 mini in cinnamon calf, it’s the perfect transitional piece for your collection, seamlessly introducing seasonal colours for the summer months. 167 mini bag, from a selection, Asprey, 167 New Bond Street, W1S (020 7493 6767;

Tickled pink Feel every inch the enchanted princess in this ethereal dress, from Burberry Prorsum’s newest offering, The Birds and the Bees collection. The rose pink dress in layered tulle jumps off the hanger; its gloriously voluminous texture makes this piece a stand-out purchase. Pair with ballet pumps for a super feminine take on a classic English garden party look, or take glamour to the next level with skyscraper heels and an embellished clutch. Rose cobweb tulle dress, £1,895, Burberry Prorsum, 121 Regent Street, W1B (020 7806 8904;

In Rossi’s shoes To be stocked in Dover Street Market is like a fashion-world badge of honour; Rei Kawakubo only selects the outstanding young blood or industry veterans, and now it’s shoe designer Gianvito Rossi’s turn to have its moment in the spotlight. Two exclusive new colourways will be available – so prepare for some February retail therapy. Carey shoes, £620, Gianvito Rossi at Dover Street Market, 17-18 Dover Street, W1S (;


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he Lanvin brand we know and love today, under the creative directorship of bow tie-wearing Alber Elbaz, may look worlds apart from the early designs from Jeanne Lanvin. Elbaz is known for his mise-en-scène runway presentations, quirky campaigns and dresses on the red carpet; Lanvin for her lavish dresses with dropped waists, wide skirts and crystal embellishments. But they both design with a certain simple complexity and elegance, which you just can’t help but fall in love with. In the first retrospective dedicated to the

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extraordinary mind behind the name, Elbaz and Palais Galliera are collaborating to showcase Lanvin’s own designs through a collection of more than 100 pieces, coming from the museum itself and the fashion house’s archive, Lanvin Heritage. Having celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2014, the brand is the oldest French fashion house still in business. Paying homage to the spirit, skill and creativity of the great artist and the fashion legacy which she has left behind; it’s well worth the trip across the Channel for. ‘Jeanne Lanvin’ runs from 8 March – 23 August at Palais Galliera, Paris (




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The best of science and art come together through remarkable NASA photographs, stunning portraits by Sargent and marvellous images of Marilyn Monroe Words: Carol Cordrey

A portrait of the artist The American, John Singer Sargent 1856-1925, had a bravura, elegant style of painting that earned him great international acclaim and commissions, yet his early career had a serious setback. The cause was Madame Gautreau’s portrait, which caused a scandal at the Paris Salon in 1884 because of its eroticism. The sitter’s mother protested vehemently, too, so Sargent escaped the debacle by making London his home where, fortunately for us, he continued to paint for the rest of his life. Another captivating chapter in his story will be revealed at the National Portrait Gallery, where loans of Sargent’s work will feature his friends who were at the forefront of the arts. We can read them not just as rare portraits of the likes of Robert Louis Stevenson, Ellen Terry and William Butler Yeats, but as an insight into Sargent’s cultural interests and how noncommissioned works of friends left him free to experiment with poses and styles en route to becoming the brilliant artist we recognise today. Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends, 12 February – 25 May (

Space age For any art dealer or auctioneer it is ‘such stuff as dreams are made on’ as the great Bard famously wrote. The stuff, in this case, comprises a group of remarkable photographs that have been discovered after languishing for years in Houston’s Manned Spacecraft Centre. They are bound to cause a sensation when they fall under the hammer this month because each photograph provides an historic record of man’s encounters with space. Among them is a space ‘selfie’ by the legendary Buzz Aldrin, taken during a spacewalk from Gemini 12 (1966); the only clear photograph of Neil Armstrong on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission (1969); Harrison Schmitt photographed by his Commander on Apollo 17 Eugene Cernan, showing Schmitt with the Earth above the American flag (1972); and the earth’s eclipse of the sun during Apollo 12 (1969). From the Earth to the Moon, Auction: 26 February (

Q: How did you come across these images, some of which have never been published before? A: I was lucky enough to meet some people from 20th Century Fox who had seen my work before. I created a few ‘artist’s proofs’ of Marilyn prints embellished with diamond dust. They loved the concept and gave me access to the archive where there were so many amazing images. Q: Where have these images come from? A: They are all from her time at Fox Studios, a mixture of stills from her films, such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and a rare collection of photography stills, test shots and outtakes. Q: What was your inspiration behind the images and diamond theme? A: It was linked to her famous song Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend, but there was a fascination with her face. I’ll never get the chance to paint her in real life so translating her photos into art was the closest I could get to doing her portrait. Q: How did it feel to work with Marilyn Monroe’s images? A: She’s the ultimate woman I’d want to be in front of my easel. There were so many photos to choose from – some showing her innocent side, some a more sultry look, and others transmitting her playful personality. Fox Presents The Films of Marilyn: The Diamond Dust Collection by Simon Claridge. On until 31 January (


clockwise from top: Group with Parasols by John Singer Sargent, c.1904-5 © Private collection; marilyn: THE DIAMOND DUST COLLECTION by simon claridge (COURTESY OF Washington Green; image courtesy of bloomsbury auctions

Artist Simon Claridge, about his landmark exhibition of Marilyn Monroe images



20th Anniversary Exhibitions

The remarkable growth in scale and prestige of Alan Cristea’s eponymous gallery over the past 20 years is certainly cause for celebration, and the revelry begins with two exhibitions of work by some of the world’s most revered artists Words: Carol Cordrey


or all of us, and for Alan Cristea in particular, this exhibition will be a landmark event and perfectly exemplifies that old proverb, ‘great oaks from little acorns grow’. Consequently, his success is a story I am eager to tell, as it is both inspirational and timely. Cristea bought Waddington Graphics in 1995 and set up in his own gallery that same year at 31 Cork Street. Around a decade later, the Alan Cristea Gallery’s burgeoning reputation as a source of work by the finest emerging as well as internationally established artists necessitated

expansion to adjacent premises at 34 Cork Street. Both locations became magnets for art lovers and collectors because of their non-stop programmes that showcased contemporary paintings, works on paper, sculpture and installations. Such achievements would have been more than enough to satisfy most art dealers but the Alan Cristea Gallery managed, also, to establish itself as the largest publisher of contemporary editions and prints in Europe and as a prominent member of the International Fine Print Dealers Association. The seemingly tireless Cristea, himself, is

above, lefT: Herb Garden, 2014 by Howard Hodgkin. Image courtesy Howard Hodgkin and Alan Cristea Gallery, London. above, right: Duplex Etching: Yellow, Orange, 2014 by Ian Davenport. Courtesy Ian Davenport and Alan Cristea Gallery, London

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right, bottom: Remembering Wallace Ting, 2010 by Jim Dine. Courtesy Jim Dine and Alan Cristea Gallery, London

treasurer of the Society of London Art Dealers. Over the decades, the gallery has encouraged, collaborated with and developed some of our most respected and famous artists, such as the 1985 Turner Prize--winning artist, Howard Hodgkin, Royal Academicians Michael CraigMartin, Allen Jones and Gillian Ayres, as well as Julian Opie, Richard Woods, Jim Dine and Ian Davenport. These are just some of the gallery’s numerous artists who are paying homage to Cristea and to the 20th anniversary of his gallery by creating a print for the celebratory show. Some of the images reference Cristea himself or the gallery staff who Julian Opie has praised for being ‘a formidable team’. The prints are being made into boxed sets in very limited editions of just 40. It is worthy of note that all profits from their sales will be donated to the Greenhouse Charity and to Cancer Research UK. In addition the British Museum London, and an American museum will have sets donated to them.

Hodgkin considers the gallery to be, ‘a global force with a major presence at all the world’s important art fairs’. Proof, indeed, that ‘great oaks from little acorns grow’. Alan Cristea Gallery 20th Anniversary Exhibitions, 28 January – 14 February, 34 and 31 Cork Street, W1S (

below: Tivoli, 2011 by Gillian Ayres. Courtesy Gillian Ayres and Alan Cristea Gallery, London.

‘The gallery has encouraged, collaborated with and developed some of our most respected and famous artists’ Running concurrently, the 20th Anniversary Portfolio will be displayed in 34 Cork Street, and the display of highlights from the past 20 years will be at 31 Cork Street. You will find pieces from Cristea’s personal collection and wonderful works by late luminaries such as Patrick Caulfield, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso and Dieter Roth. Adding to the excitement will be prints by Josef Albers, Henri Matisse and Georges Braque, making it a must-see exhibition for your February agenda. Hodgkin reflects on his many happy years working with Cristea as a period in which both, ‘have grown and grown old together’. Now,

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#1 18th century Italian giltwood and painted mirror In the Period Design sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge, this giltwood mirror is certainly a standout piece. Decadently gold in colour, the rectangular glass plate is encircled by a shaped pediment, adorned with carved scrolling acanthus leaves, in true 18th century style, and centred by a pair of charming seated cherubs. It would make any space in which it hangs one of grace and grandeur. Expected value £5,000 – £7,000, Period Design at Bonhams Knightsbridge, 17 February (

#2 Balloon Dog (Red) by Jeff Koons Arguably one of the most important contemporary artists of the past century, Jeff Koons is not the sort of artist who goes unnoticed. His pieces are often met with smiles, frowns, debates and cheers of adoration; they are certainly influential, but also controversial at times. He tests the boundaries between art and mass culture, such as in his Balloon Dog (Red) in porcelain with metallic glaze; it’s happily nostalgic and inconspicuously iconic. Expected value £6,000 – £8,000, Evening and Day Editions at Phillips London, 22 January (

#3 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible Feel every inch James Bond in this suitably smart and timelessly elegant British beauty. The original engine has been rebuilt with care, and the exterior cosmetically restored, but the interiors and top have been left untouched. However, it’s one of only 39 produced in left-hand drive, making it exceedingly rare, providing a golden opportunity for the discerning collector. Expected value €1,600,000 – €1,900,000, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais at Bonhams Paris, 5 February (

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#4 Untitled (Rose, from Ophelia) by Robert Longo

#5 A Baroque mother-of-pearl inlaid table top signed by Franz de Hamilton

Effortlessly cool Brooklynite Robert Longo is perhaps most well-known for his Men in the Cities body of work from the early 1980s, but since then he’s also become known for his Ophelia oeuvre. In this series, he works with charcoal and ink to produce a programme of mysterious red roses in full bloom, and an archival pigment print of this is being offered at Phillips on Berkeley Square. Expected value £2,500 – £3,500, Evening and Day Editions at Phillips London, 22 January (

Following a hugely successful Of Royal and Noble Descent auction in 2014, which took a sale total of almost £2.7m, Sotheby’s welcomes its 2015 edition. It is set to be an exciting sale; offering a Chinese hardstone and coral sceptre, and an Abraham Roentgen commode. But all eyes will be on the rare Franz de Hamilton mother-ofpearl table top; a precious piece featuring his signature still-life subjects. Expected value £22,000 – £38,000, Of Royal and Noble Descent at Sotheby’s, 24 February (

#6 Mother of God 1987 by Mir Javad Azerbaijan may not be among the first countries that come to mind when it comes to collectable art. However, the Buta Festival 2015 will soon change that perception, as it showcases the hugely diverse nation and its art. One exhibition at Sotheby’s champions the work of artist Mir Javad, who worked in Moscow throughout the 1960s and 1980s. His work was banned as it did not conform to the customary social realism style, which makes his work particularly sought after. The piece will be exhibited at Sotheby’s, 16-19 February (;

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Annabel Harrison meets Kate Gordon, founder of the popular London Art Studies lecture series, to find out why we could all benefit from opening our minds to cultural delights that the capital has to offer this spring

above: Bridgeman Images; Olympia, 1863, Edouard Manet (1832-83) / MUSÉE d’Orsay, Paris, France, Giraudon; right: Kate Gordon, Founder of LAS



earning keeps you young, passionate and engaged. Why wouldn’t you want to be those three things?’ I can’t disagree with Kate Gordon’s words here; my active grandmother, who is firing on all cylinders, is a constant source of inspiration to me on this front, engaging weekly in competitive bouts of bridge and golf, and reading voraciously about all manner of topics. Just because you’re older certainly does not mean you have to slow down or allow your brain to switch off. Spending time in the company of Kate provides a similar level of inspiration; the founder of London Art Studies (LAS) is very enthusiastic about the merits of life-long learning. ‘One of the great joys in life is to be able to continue to learn. The brain needs to be stimulated and you need to

be passionate about something. The most attractive people, and those who are most fun to be with, are engaged, and learning and doing and seeing.’ Kate practises what she preaches; LAS is her first business venture and with this comes an onslaught of learning, and not just about art. ‘I was saying recently that I didn’t realise quite how relevant my degree was until I set up my own business. I read Russian and English at university and yet I’m staggered, today, by how much I learned about running a business there without even realising it. You have to make the decisions to drive the business forward, about appropriate collaborations, and who to hire – and fire – as well as deciding between the urgent and the important.’ This business, LAS, is an interesting concept, and one that has been welcomed with open arms by Londoners in the two and a half years since its launch. The motto is ‘connecting through culture’ and Kate aims to provide short, fun, informative courses about art – ‘usually accompanied by great food and wine’. Classes are limited to 14 students for the classes that are held at Koffmann’s, while the new sociable and entertaining talks at the Bulgari Hotel can host up to 47 people. And the social element is almost as important as the education itself, Kate explains (which should appeal to those who are envisaging a silent room, a strict teacher and overly keen pupils). However, thanks to the calibre of lecturers and high academic standards, it becomes ‘the kind of learning you wish you’d done in school. If you have the smallest amount of interest in art, you will 

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‘At London Art Studies, whether you have the smallest amount of interest in art or a great deal of knowledge, you will learn’

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 learn. If you have a great deal of knowledge, you will learn. Our lecturers pitch it at both levels and it does work.’ Kate adds that one student described LAS as ‘a spa for the mind’ because ‘she’d rather be in class for a day learning things and meeting people than lying on a massage table. For her life it suits her better to get an energy boost from learning.’ This sounds like something Kate herself would agree with. Before setting up LAS, she worked at Sotheby’s and as a television arts producer for CNN on The Art Club. ‘The time at CNN taught me the most about loving the work you do. I couldn’t wait to get to the office some mornings, and loved discovering both new artists and some very bizarre ideas. We did a piece on a man whose wife painted one of the

world’s great paintings on his chest every morning; it was the only time I’d ever seen this seasoned cameraman’s footage shake, as he was laughing so hard! As a TV producer, it’s important to be organised and curious. I’d say both of these were key factors in setting up London Art Studies.’ I thoroughly enjoy speaking to Kate. We digress repeatedly from my interview questions and art-related topics, happily losing ourselves in discussions about the perils of being an adolescent, our favourite teen movies, Greek sarcophagi, orators (notably, Obama, Hitler and Cicero), Homeland and The Great British Bake Off. This increases my conviction that an LAS course would definitely not be a staid, dry experience, especially when one considers the term schedule and the wide range of topics covered. ‘I’m particularly looking forward to our new LAS Evening and In Focus sessions at the Bulgari hotel. You can choose to equip yourself on what’s hot in the art world over evening cocktails or morning coffee and the topics are going to be great – ranging

‘Lecturers come from Sotheby’s, Christie’s, both Tates, the ICA, the RCA and The National Gallery’ from Rubens and Dumas to Alexander McQueen and Impressionism,’ says Kate. Kate personally selects all the LAS lecturers and most come recommended by other lecturers, as well as from Kate’s time spent heading up the Public Programmes Department at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where she was ‘fortunate to hear a wide variety of speakers. We currently have lecturers from Sotheby’s,


left: taken from Bridgeman Images; Whitney Museum hosts press preview for Jeff Koons retrospective (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

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Christie’s, both Tate galleries, the ICA, the RCA and The National Gallery on our books. I’m still looking, though, for a great furniture lecturer, and to expand our jewellery team. We were incredibly fortunate that Joanna Hardy [Sotheby’s, BBC Antiques Roadshow] was, and continues to be, our main jewellery lecturer.’ One comment that Kate makes, after I express a preference for classical art over contemporary, stays with me long after we part ways. ‘Someone said to me: “All art was contemporary once”.’ Of course this is true, but I hadn’t kept this at the forefront of my mind and it has already allowed me to consider modern art with fresh eyes. Kate has been surprised to see its connections with the past, again and again: ‘We have a terrific course with Ben Street who traces the links between the Old Masters and today’s contemporary art.’ She references the Diptych of Federica da Montefeltro and Battista Sforza, 1474 by Piero della Francesca and Félix González-Torres’ Untitled (Perfect Lovers) from 1991. Our capital city is undoubtedly a big source of inspiration for Kate – ‘there’s so much to see and do in London right now, and people are hungry to learn’ – and despite a soft, refined American accent, she has lived in London since the age of four. ‘I spend much of my time in Mayfair and I love the Royal Academy of Arts,’ says Kate. ‘I’m looking forward to the forthcoming Goya and Ai Weiwei exhibitions there. I think the influx of galleries in Mayfair makes it one of the most exciting places to be in London. And I also enjoy visiting Dover Street

Market and La Petite Maison at the weekend.’ I for one am looking forward to attending an LAS lecture to confirm what I already suspect; that it would be a most satisfying use of my time and rather more engaging than art classes were at school. (

above: Getty Images; Details of Renaissance Paintings: One Plate, 1984, Andy Warhol (192887), Private Collection © Christie’s Images

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4 February: The Big, Beautiful Art Market (Ben Street)

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A lobster sat ornately as a dinner party centrepiece can make even the most cynical of guests smile. Take this decoration one step further and it’s truly a cause for celebration, as artist and accessories designer Jessica Russell Flint proves with her ‘Lucky Lobster’ linen napkins. The gorgeous napkins add an element of fun to the table, and will certainly be the talking point of any gathering. Lucky Lobster gift box of eight linen napkins, £85, Jessica Russell Flint (

Rock and roll In an exciting variation of its annual Bright Young Things campaign, this year Selfridges is celebrating a more mature crowd who only later in life tried their hand at certain vocations. Starring in this project is Den Woods, formerly an actress, who began crafting leather chairs aged 57. This custom-made, artisan seat would make a beautiful musing spot. Oak rocker, £3,200, Den Woods for Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A (020 7318 3391; 65

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Luxury design brand HOLLY HUNT is renowned for its award-winning interiors. With a first stand-alone European showroom based in the heart of Mayfair, we meet the creative ingénue at its helm, CEO Holly Hunt WORDS: AMY WELCH


e can often take for granted the elegance of clean lines and soft neutral tones in a world filled with so much to choose from when it comes to interior decoration. When I first met Holly Hunt at The Wolseley, she was dressed in a turtle neck jumper and in black from head to toe, and was in London for just a few short days to finalise the details for her brand new showroom. It was easy to see just where the sleek, chic, interiors of the HOLLY HUNT brand came from. Hunt began her career over 30 years ago, opening her first showroom in 1983, in Chicago’s iconic Merchandise Mart. Having received numerous design awards, (Innovation Award from New York C&G, IIDA Leadership Award of Excellence and Top Showroom in the Best of Best Awards, to name but a few) HOLLY HUNT interiors has championed a fresh and polished aesthetic, becoming the premier design brand for high-end interiors in the US. Minimalism with eclectic touches would aptly


describe the brand’s new Mayfair showroom on Grafton Street, and the structure and palette of each collection can’t help but reflect a timeless approach to design and craft. On whether it differs from her Atlantic showrooms, the native Texan simply chimes, ‘come and visit and you tell me’. Often lauded the definitive ‘accidental

‘Mayfair seems to be awakening and redefining itself as the location for exclusive high-end luxury’ businesswoman’, Hunt originally set out on a career path to retail buying, but maintains that she was always a designer at heart. Dynamic by nature, and radiating confidence, Hunt remains a true tour de force within the industry, although much has changed since her 1980s debut. ‘I wish our industry could catch up with the instantaneous

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demands of today. Clients are younger, richer, more design aware and demanding.’ For those unfamiliar with the trailblazing brand, Hunt designs high-end furnishings, textiles and lighting for clients worldwide (London-based designers have been importing her creations for years). But among contemporary pieces of her own design you’ll also find pieces by designers such as Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Alison Berger. From the very beginning, Hunt always worked closely with international designers. ‘When we found

Christian Liaigre in the early 1990s he was the favourite,’ and it was this infamous partnership that realised Hunt as one of the design industry’s most powerful figures. ‘The collaboration was very good for us both in large part because the timing was perfect. The style filled an emerging opening in America, trending from very traditional toward modern and making room for a great modern eye with clarity of vision.’ A modern eye for detail is one thing the designer has in spades and inspiration strikes perpetually, her best creative periods 


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being always, today and tomorrow. ‘The first step is the idea, sketch and then the edit eye. We seldom go from paper to great piece direct.’ Housing all the walnut-veneered elegance and detailed proportions synonymous with her Studio collections, HOLLY HUNT’s latest showroom appears a perfect addition to Mayfair’s sophisticated surroundings. Yet, the move is an interesting one, as the Grafton Street showroom is surrounded by jewellers and fashion brands. So, what was it that drew the native Texan to Mayfair? ‘London specifically is the centre for global wealth and trade at the high end. Mayfair seems to be awakening and redefining itself as the location for exclusive high-end luxury.’ Knoll acquired HOLLY HUNT Enterprises in 2014, for a widely known figure within the design industry of $95 million, and greatly

‘Designing furniture is like threedimensional sculpture and frequently requires different pairs of hands to rework and redefine’ encouraged the expansion to Europe. ‘There are big hopes and plans following the acquisition but it is too early to start to define the difference,’ Hunt explains. ‘Knoll is committed to keeping the HH brand as a standalone entity and true to the HH culture and direction: its quality, service and growth in solid steps, never letting best get in the way of better.’ Thus sums up Hunt’s formidable attitude towards both design and business. Why have best when you can strive for even better. As for what the future holds for Holly Hunt, brand and person, ‘eventually I will be happy to have more personal time but will stay busy in some corner of the industry. I cannot sit still.’ HOLLY HUNT London, 20 Grafton Street, W1S (


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Having just celebrated its 125th anniversary, the luxurious textiles brand Rubelli reveals why its past continues to shape its future. Angelina Villa-Clarke meets the tastemakers behind the Venetian company


f you’ve ever watched an opera at La Scala in Milan, stayed a night at the Aman Canal Grande in Venice or caught an episode of Game of Thrones, then you would have experienced the visual glories of Rubelli. The Italian heritage fabric company, which is still going strong five generations after it was founded, is the go-to name for internationally acclaimed designers, costume makers and ‘starchitects’ the world over. In short, if you’re after an historically accurate piece of damask, an indulgent silk wall covering for exquisite velvet window drapes for your newest mansion, then Rubelli is the name to turn to. Founded in Venice by Lorenzo Rubelli in 1889, the very premise of Rubelli pivots around these roots in the city. Today the company remains based in a standout palazzo on the Canal Grande in Venice, notwithstanding its major presence in the world’s leading cities, and is still a family-run company, with Nicolò Favaretto Rubelli as CEO. ‘Venice “belongs” to the heart of Rubelli and through our collections we bring to our clients a little piece of this unique city,’ says Nicolò. ‘Venice through the centuries has been renowned for the high standards of its textile production, and its past links to the silk trade; this is the thread that connects all of the Rubelli lines.


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‘No other place is as beautiful or magical as Venice,’ he continues with passion. ‘This is what we experience daily, and what forges our inspiration.’ These days the Rubelli Group encapsulates four prestigious interior brands: Rubelli Venezia, renowned for modern-day fabrics inspired by the past; Dominique Kieffer by Rubelli, a sophisticated, contemporary collection with the acclaimed new creative director Paola Navone at the helm; Donghia, which focuses on rich fabrics, upholstered furniture, wallpapers and trimmings; and the modern Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli. Giving some insight into each brand, Nicolò comments: ‘Each collection offers a different direction: there’s a New York style for Donghia; the experience of fashion out of Milan for Armani/Casa Exclusive Textiles by Rubelli and a northern European flavour – now blended with the wisdom of Paola Navone – for Dominique Kieffer by Rubelli.

‘The Bolshoi opera house in Moscow was one of our most exciting challenges’ ‘Interestingly, apart from Rubelli Venezia, the design directors of these brands are not Venetians, and this brings richness to what we develop,’ he continues. ‘When Paola Navone presented her colour palette to me, for instance, I realised there were no reds or golds – it was based around petrol blue tones. This was very unusual for us, but her reply was that those were Venetian colours that identify with Rubelli’s – not Kieffer. It’s progressive to embrace these different perspectives.’ As well as Rubelli’s fabrics being used in countless private homes, the brand’s impact on the interiors, style and cultural worlds can also be seen in many important projects of our time. When La Scala Theatre in Milan was being renovated in 2002, for example, Rubelli was

called upon to research and produce an Empire-style damask to decorate all the boxes in the theatre, finally supplying a total of almost 4,000m. At the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, the main stage curtain is made out of a stunning Rubelli fabric spun from pure gold yarn. The company also helped restore Italy’s oldest café, Caffe Florian, which first opened its doors St Mark’s Square in 1720. Following a revamp in 2012, it now features sumptuous velvet on its banquettes in an historically accurate rich, carmine colour. As well as Rubelli creations being used for costumes in many period blockbuster films, such as Dangerous Liaisons, the company also features in the design schemes of many of the world’s luxury hotels: from the glamorous Conrad outposts in London, Istanbul and Brussels to the uber-luxe Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. ‘The Bolshoi opera house in Moscow was one of our most exciting challenges,’ recalls Nicolò. ‘It allowed us to weave real gold threads – like it was common to do centuries ago. Then there’s the Gritti Palace, the most aristocratic hotel in Venice, which was recently overhauled. It is now fully dressed in Rubelli and its overall new design – which is utterly charming – was led by the artistic director of our brand Donghia, Chuck Chewning.’ Rubelli’s archive museum, found at the company’s glorious Renaissance HQ in the Palazzo Corner Spinelli, near St Mark’s Square, is a touchstone for the brand’s designers. Here, more than 6,000 textile records are kept, with the oldest documents dating back to the early Renaissance period. A source of inspiration for new collections and a reference point for important restoration projects, the archive holds a mine of fabrics, such as historical items of clothing, a series of liturgical vestments and valuable fragments of rare cloth. There’s also an extensive library of 2,000 books on the history of fabrics and art. Rubelli’s design director Alberto Pezzato reveals its importance: ‘Our historical archive is a vital source for the Rubelli Design Studio 

left, top: Sofa – Mirafiore, Rubelli 2015 Substance & Extravagance collection. Screens – Tatlin & Mirage, Rubelli 2015 Substance & Extravagance collection. left, below: Lady Roxana wall, Rubelli 2015 Substance & Extravagance collection


and every year we invest in it with new key acquirements. The original textile documents give us the opportunity to develop new, innovative ideas. For instance, we hold some fragments of Venetian velours from the Renaissance period that I always revisit – they continue to fascinate me.’ Chuck Chewning, the American artistic director of Donghia and the Rubelli Design Studio, also agrees: ‘While I find inspiration from looking back at all periods of history, I particularly love the whimsy of the fabrics from the 1930s and the complexity and decadence of the fabrics from the 18th and 19th centuries. During these latter periods in

knowledge to continuously develop and create something new, unexpected and relevant for today. Tradition and innovation is our mantra.’ With that in mind, the company continuously seeks to collaborate with new, emerging designers as well as established names. ‘We like to work with designers on specific projects, and it is always enriching to experience a fresh point of view,’ says Nicolò. ‘For our own lines we seek long-term relationships that guarantee a strong continuity in our collections. But we have also promoted young designers to create artworks, such as the talented Daniele Bortotto and Giorgia Zanellato, who created Acqua Alta for the Biennale of Art 2013. It was

‘For our own lines we seek long-term relationships particular, textiles were truly pieces of art.’ In fulfilling the brand’s top-end reputation for fine fabrics, authenticity is key to Rubelli’s production process. At its weaving factory near Como, north Italy, the company recently reinstated four original hand-looms from the late 18th century to use for special refined projects. These work alongside the 28 state-of-the-art looms in a highly specialist modern facility. ‘Just over 125 years ago, my ancestor Lorenzo Rubelli purchased a weaving mill that had already existed in Venice for over two centuries,’ Nicolò comments. ‘This is the heritage that we are proud to honour. We have restored the hand-looms that weave velvets in the same way they were produced centuries ago; it is part of our mission and duty to keep such tradition alive. But, saying that, while we feel privileged for having such a rich tradition, we do not want to turn into a museum. Our experience is valuable as long as it can provide us the


inspired by the Venetian phenomenon of “high tide” and featured precious silk tapestries.’ Proving to be a valuable resource for the world’s most talented interior designers are, of course, the core group of textiles across the four labels. Take the most recent style for A/W14 collection from Armani/Casa by Rubelli, for instance. Featuring rich materials, shapes and surfaces found in nature, it is a covetable gathering of opulent but pared-back metallic linens and silks featuring shells, stones, and delicate palm leaf motifs. Meanwhile, Paola Navone’s first collection for Dominique Kieffer for 2014/15 incorporates an array of fabrics, from smooth textures that gleam with the appearance of metal to unpicked, raw natural linens, in a vibrant blue palette with flashes of orange, fuchsia, and acid yellow appearing deep within the weaves of fabric. And while fabrics are certainly the focus of the company as a whole, current work sees more of


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an expansion into furniture, glass statement pieces and a foray into leather interiors, with the launch of Rubelli’s Studioart sculptural leather wall coverings. Recent highlights include Donghia’s clean-lined furniture, its ‘Origami’ lamps and modern chandelier collection that is handmade by artists on the island of Murano. In terms of inspiration for continually creating new work, it comes from a variety of places. ‘You have to keep your eyes open and bring your mind to interesting places, where it can be stimulated,’ says Alberto Pezzato. ‘Ideas develop when we are in touch with beauty, with unusual combinations, with different cultures.’ ‘The process is to always be looking for new inspiration,’ adds Chuck Chewning. ‘This creative process is constantly in play. As I travel, researching, visiting exhibitions, seeing interesting architecture, I am always discovering details and elements that can be used in new designs.’

Always looking ahead, on the horizon for later this year is the Milan International Expo, a type of World Fair that embraces innovation, culture and creative arts, at which Rubelli are working on having an innovative presence. The company will also continue working with luxury Italian footwear brand Santoni, after launching a widely praised shoe and handbag line for A/W14. Nicolò adds: ‘At present we are working with the Middle Eastern royalty on one of their private palaces. We are in the process of developing several bespoke opulent silks – and it is a delight to work for people who really appreciate our skills and challenge us to bring something new and different.’ At Rubelli, it seems as if that has always been the way. For more information, visit The archive collection is located at Rubelli, Palazzo Corner Spinelli, San Marco, Venice, and can be viewed by prior appointment, +39 041 25 84 411

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In ten years, Katharine Pooley’s interiors business has grown from one boutique to an internationally recognised luxury brand. Speaking exclusively to The Mayfair Magazine, the designer talks inspiration, high-profile projects and conquering the Mayfair market


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atharine Pooley has long been renowned for creating gracefully polished interiors with subtle Far Eastern influences. Having recently designed the Royal and VIP lounges at Heathrow Terminal 5, Pooley has worked internationally on prestigious projects, from chalets in Verbier to a palace in Qatar. In each instance, Pooley’s team of designers focuses on an entirely bespoke experience; sophisticated and detailed interiors for their eclectic clientele. ‘When people speak of a ‘house style’, I always think this is restrictive and I would hate for our designs to be confined within my own personal style parameters,’ says Pooley. ‘I would rather look to others, both within my team and our clients, for collaborative inspiration.’

‘Mayfair contains some of the most beautiful properties in the world, and to do this architecture justice is my ultimate goal’ For many years, Pooley worked as a banker in Asia, based in Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam and Bahrain. Falling in love with the furniture, objects d’art and superb craftsmanship these countries had to offer, further travels greatly inspired the design and life philosophy so evident in the designer’s projects today. Pooley explains: ‘In both my personal and professional lives I look to push myself hard. I believe in living for the moment and filling each day with as much as you can.’ On returning to the UK, Katharine Pooley London was born, marrying the rich and diverse cultures of the Far East with classic contemporary interiors – a significant change from the narrow parameters of ‘taupe’ the London interiors market was previously designing with. ‘A clever, well thought-out design allows for multiple usages of a single space,’ says Pooley of her remarkable ability to create perfect harmony between comfort and luxury. ‘Choose


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a comfortably padded sofa with elegantly tuned legs, or a lighting system that casts flattering shadows but that also allows the carrots to be chopped fingers intact.’ Numerous London abodes spring to mind, adorned with geometric end tables and chrome-finished trinkets; the name Katharine Pooley no doubt behind each one. A recent project on Grosvenor Square was one of particular attention to detail in the Katharine Pooley London portfolio. The entrance hall featured a gold leaf and porcelain chandelier, with other details of poured metal, hand-embroidered wall coverings and semiprecious stones sprinkled throughout the pied-à-terre. ‘This was a wonderful commission for a client with a high regard for beautiful detailing and quality, we paid close attention to exquisite detailing within the design,’ Pooley recalls. The designer’s bespoke service, which characterises itself by charm, humour and an obvious obsession for detail, approaches each diverse project with the same seamless service, marrying the best personalities of a 30-strong team with the client’s specific needs. ‘We always start with the client: their taste, their lifestyle and their priorities. We study the property; its context and its architectural qualities and highlights, to how we envisage the potential of what their home could become,’ says Pooley. ‘I am always confident that I can put together the perfect team, led by myself, and equal to the challenge in hand.’ Mayfair is an area which Pooley classes to have impeccable taste for interiors. ‘In Mayfair only the best will do. In 2015 we are finishing two adjoined 10,000 sq ft private residences and I can safely say that every inch of both properties has been carefully designed and will be exquisitely dressed,’ says Pooley. ‘This is what the market in Mayfair demands and it is a market I push to excel within. Mayfair contains some of the most beautiful properties in the world, and to do this architecture justice is my ultimate goal.’ Katharine Pooley Boutique, 160 Walton Street, SW3 (




From the era of the Bentley Boys racing their supercars around Berkeley Square to the slightly quieter but equally impressive landscape of today, Mayfair has always been a destination for motoring enthusiasts. We meet four supercar dealers who reveal the latest trends in their showrooms W o r d s : R i c h a r d Ya r r o w


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very town has its ‘Car Dealer Row’ where members of the automotive retail industry gather for mutual benefit. Manufacturer-defined corporate identities mean they can be very similar across the country; soulless corporate boxes that lack much in the way of history. There’s only one place where bespoke design, luxury brands and architectural tradition come together – and that’s Mayfair. Premium car dealers have gathered on Park Lane, Berkeley Square and its environs for decades, drawn to the area by the promise of wealthy residents, foreign visitors, embassies and that unquantifiable sense of British tradition. Luxury marques such as Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin have flagship stores here, while newcomers such as Infiniti hope to make the most of the opportunity. Future technology is represented thanks to the BMW i showroom, which opened in 2012, while tuning firms such as Brabus and RUF also have concessions. But perhaps the grandfather of them all is Jack Barclay’s showroom, today selling Bentleys and Bugattis to the rich and famous. It’s been on the same corner of Berkeley Square since 1953. While other Bentley outlets around the world are simply named after their location – for example, Bentley Moscow or Bentley Sydney – Jack Barclay is one of the few that’s allowed to be different. ‘He was a successful racing driver, he’s part of the history of the brand, part of what made Bentley what it is and that’s what brings people to our dealership,’ explains Derek Bennett, general manager of the business. Over two floors, the site can hold around 20 cars and Mr Barclay is so ingrained in the brand that the Art Deco-style downstairs showroom is known as The Hall of Fame, and features evidence of his racing prowess on one wall. ‘Our customers are wealthy petrol-head entrepreneurs and come from all walks of life,’ continues Bennett. ‘They generally have a residence locally and then property elsewhere, but we also sell a few cars outside the London region to customers as far away as Scotland.


They have business in London so come to us because we have such a large selection. They want the association with Jack Barclay.’ Also once on Berkeley Square, but since 1999 based on Park Lane, is Stratstone Aston Martin. It’s a split site, with three cars in one showroom plus a boutique store next door that takes another two. Dealer principal Nik Boxall says that his customer profile was similar to that of Jack Barclay. ‘It was a very good year for us in 2014, with a 10 per cent improvement in sales,’ he explained. ‘There’s a lot of optimism in the UK, people are more confident and we’ve had a couple of great new special editions, such as the DB9 Carbon, which have been successful for us.’ Boxall says he is hoping for new product launch announcements towards the end of this year, leading to forward orders. He puts some of the success down to attending more events where likely customers will be, plus successful brand-building with local partners such as Berkeley Homes, Bang & Olufsen, Boodles and Sunseeker. ‘Mayfair is iconic and Stratstone built its empire from central London. Where else would you want to buy your Aston Martin?’ The showroom is near-neighbours with BMW Park Lane, a business which comprises three elements – BMW itself, MINI and the BMW i showroom, which sells the German group’s latest venture, the i8 supercar and i3 compact hatchback. Both are plug-in models featuring an electrified powertrain. The site, a former Lexus dealership, remains the UK’s only i brand store. Interestingly, it was the i3 which was the single biggest seller for the business last year. ‘We found 2014 to be an exceptional year for us because of the number of new models,’ says Mark Worthington, head of business. He predicts more of the same in 2015, with the arrival of the new X6, X5 M and X6 M. ‘There’s such a lot happening and we’re very excited by what we will have to offer our customers. We have a large corporate sales department and make every effort to engage with the central London business community.

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We also have a specialist department to work with the large diplomatic and VIP population, and also tax-free and export sales.’ The family of Robert Forstner has been in automotive retail since 1923 – he’s the third generation – but only in Mayfair since 2009. The company, called Bob Forstner Park Lane, specialises in exotic high-performance cars and holds UK franchises for Brabus Mercedes and RUF Porsche. The London showroom is 300m2 and has space for seven models, but the business also runs a ‘car hotel’, which has room for another 70. These represent stock for sale as well as vehicles kept for their owners, maintained by the company and flown around the world wherever and whenever they’re wanted.

©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited

©Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited

‘I’ve yet to find a better place to meet high net worth individuals’ Forstner explains: ‘We came to London because 2008 was a terrible year on the continent and what one notices, particularly in Mayfair, is that it’s less susceptible to global crisis. I’ve yet to find a better place to meet high net worth individuals.’ Most popular with customers is the Brabus Mercedes G-Wagen luxury SUV, and particularly the flagship version which boasts a massive 700bhp. The car was originally a military vehicle launched in the 1970s, but was quickly converted for road use when it was obvious there was customer demand. ‘It’s a vehicle which can go anywhere but is not so huge that it’s impractical in London,’ explains Forstner. ‘It starts off as a regular G63 Wagen and then gets the engine upgrade. On Park Lane we have a design studio where you can personalise the interior with all the different leathers, stitching, wood carbon fibre. Nothing is impossible.’ With an average tag of around £220,000 it’s the perfect Mayfair machine.


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Travel news Stay close and travel to a decadent new hotel in Zürich or book yourself in for a stay at an Indian palace; which will you choose? words: BETHAN REES

Live like royalty with a stay at the Suján Rajmahal Palace in the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur. Opening this month, the palace is steeped in a rich an indeed colourful history, as it was originally built for the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1729 and has since housed royalty from around the world. This is reflected through its elegant design with an original marble staircase, intricate chandeliers and mirrored ceilings; so rest assured you will be staying in a place fit for a king. (



Short haul

Kameha Grand, Zürich

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Zürich is increasingly becoming one of Europe’s most stylish metropolitan centres, with its world-class shopping and impressive architecture. Set to open on 28 February is the Kameha Grand Zürich, designed by interiorsstar Marcel Wanders, and it’s the perfect base from which to explore the culture-filled Swiss city. With 11 individually themed suites – from the Poker Face suite with roulette tables to the Serenity suite, kitted out with yoga accessories – there’s something for every taste and lifestyle. (

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Suján Rajmahal Palace, Jaipur

Calling all food lovers – take a sojourn to Berlin to discover a new offering from the Walforf Astoria, and learn from French culinary master Pierre Gagnaire words: clare vooght

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to Berlin


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sking a 13-Michelin star chef for an impromptu cookery lesson is not exactly the done thing, but it’s clear Pierre Gagnaire doesn’t like rules. The French master gastronomer – known by most Mayfairians as the chef behind Sketch – arrives half an hour late for our interview at his Berlin restaurant Les Solistes in The Waldorf Astoria, and it has taken weeks to pin him down. He also avoids questions such as ‘what’s the best way to cook mashed potatoes?’ – dismissing the idea as ‘funny’ and ‘very English’, reasoning that ‘the best doesn’t exist, the emotion is the most important’, and insisting it depends on the atmosphere, the weather and the company – which brings me to the conclusion that Gagnaire prefers spontaneity, and might respond well to being asked to give a few journalists an on-the-spot demo of a dish of his choice. I’m right, and ten minutes later we’re in the kitchen watching the Picasso of cuisine whip up a smoked John Dory – ‘For me, Germany is smoked’ – with mashed potato, saucisse de Morteau, pancetta, apple, generous lashings of sauce made with butter and cream, artfully topped with paper-thin slices of raw mushroom. Gagnaire and his team are unflappable; I wouldn’t often describe a kitchen as serene, but this one is almost as relaxed as the hotel’s beautiful Guerlain spa (which was so tranquil I nearly drifted off during my Radiance facial).

With three chefs assisting, they are like actors in a well-rehearsed play; running through every move in near silence, communicating seemingly through intuition. They do this for 20 minutes, unfazed by four dictaphone and iPad-wielding journalists recording their every move, before Gagnaire calmly hands us each a plate of beautifully cooked, delicate white fish that’s given brawn by the red meats and brought back with the mushroom slices and creamy sauce. When our plates are clean I’m almost a little sad it’s over – until I remember we’re due back in the restaurant for the seven-course tasting menu in a couple of hours. With a precious snippet of time to myself I head back to my 28th floor tower suite. The marble bathroom and flashes of gold-leaf decor drop hints of the roaring 1920s, while modern features such as the Bose sound system, Nespresso machine and TV set into the bathroom mirror ensure 21st-century creature comforts aren’t lacking. But the city view is the biggest USP. From my east-facing suite is the famous Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church below – left after the Second World War to serve a reminder of peace and reconciliation – the Reischtag and the TV tower, as well as the elephants, giraffes and flamingoes in Berlin’s famous zoo. If you feel the urge to venture outside, visit the obvious Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate and Tiergarten park, then take a trip to KaDeWe, Berlin’s answer to Harrods, visit KPM (Königliche Porzellan-Manufaktur) for stunning handmade porcelain,

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or see the permanent Helmut Newton collection at the Photography Museum. Today, though, I’m not leaving the relaxed surroundings of the hotel. After a luxurious soak in my suite’s huge bathtub, made all the more delightful by Salvatore Ferragamo products, it’s time to head back to Les Solistes. The Waldorf Astoria is a fitting place for a Pierre Gagnaire restaurant, with the hotel chain responsible for some world-famous recipes: the Waldorf Salad, of course, Thousand Island dressing and red velvet cake. The hotel is currently holding The Taste of Waldorf Astoria, in which Gagnaire and other chefs are competing to create the next iconic Waldorf Astoria dish, which will be judged this month. Gagnaire says the menu at Les Solistes, which won its first Michelin star in October 2013, is still a work in progress. It’s French first and foremost, but Gagnaire believes every restaurant has to fit the city it resides in. ‘To understand the city we need time. We try to feel the market, with the price, the product, the fish from the lakes. You must meet the people, you must feel what they want. The market is not like in London. Berlin for me, you feel the past, and also the future.’ The tasting menu at Les Solistes certainly showcases the finest of French cuisine, with Gagnaire’s signature whimsical touch. Creamy foie gras with red tuna, hazelnut and kombu jelly, playfully mixes textures; roasted porcini is tempered with a cold coffee infusion and iced cream flavoured with thyme; and perfectly

pan-fried grouse with juniper nods to the restaurant’s location with a little sauerkraut. The sommelier expertly matches the wine to every course and the drawn-out dining experience concludes five hours later with French cheeses and several desserts: herby pastry canapés with desiccated coconut, sorbets, poached fruit, chocolate cake – each bringing a twist with an unusual flavour. Pierre comes out to chat to us after dinner and the subject turns to what sets the Berlin restaurant apart from the rest of his ventures. ‘It’s not a dish, it’s a spirit. A restaurant isn’t only the food, it’s a story,’ he says. ‘We’re in the west. After 1989, all the new construction and energy was in the east, and now people are returning to the west. Each time I come here it’s changing, and we’re part of it.’ (



city which Liam Neeson, George Best and CS Lewis have all called home, Belfast’s role in producing its great cultural exports has often come second to headlines about conflicts between protestants and catholics. But in spite of a tumultuous history, the city has much to offer in the way of arts, culture and beautiful architecture. Belfast is also a city of firsts: wander up to the University Quarter to see the vast red-brick Tudor Gothic-style main Queen’s University building, where women could hold office 12 years before they were even able to study at Oxford. Or see an exhibition or show at the listed Ulster Hall, where Led Zeppelin played Stairway to Heaven live for the first time. The pedestrian-friendly city also had its very own version of the leaning tower of Pisa: before a renovation corrected its tilt, the Gothic-style Albert Memorial Clock leaned four feet. Café and gallery-hop through the Cathedral Quarter (The MAC is worth visiting for performances and exhibitions and Belfast Exposed for photography), before taking a look around the impressive Baroque Revival-style City Hall in Donegall Square. History enthusiasts will be treated to insights into some of the most important moments in Ireland’s industrial history in the Titanic Quarter, which sits at the mouth of the River Lagan and at the site of the largest ever regeneration project in Northern Ireland. You’ll witness Belfast’s history as a major shipbuilding city as the two yellow Harland & Wolff gantry cranes, nicknamed Samson and Goliath, come into view. The wholly immersive Titanic Museum gives a captivating, interactive look into the history of the Belfast-built ship, complete with special effects. The exterior design is as innovative as what’s inside; dubbed ‘Northern Ireland’s answer to the Sydney Opera House’ by The New Yorker, the impressive building is made up of four to-scale representations of the ship’s bow. (

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A city of high culture and art, Belfast offers the ultimate escape to immerse yourself in historic monuments and museums words: clare vooght Culloden Estate and Spa

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Giant’s Causeway

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Giant’s Causeway


Medieval Norman Castle in Carrickfergus, Belfast

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Where to stay Culloden Estate and Spa offers an elegant retreat just outside the city. The classic suites are spacious and include ultra-soft beds, marble bathrooms and contemporary art. The spa, complete with a steam room and Jacuzzi is a good reason not to leave, but the most exciting part of the hotel is The Mitre restaurant: an afternoon tea overlooking the Belfast Lough and coastline will keep you occupied for hours. (


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Giant’s Causeway

Culloden Estate and Spa

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The new Titanic visitor centre in Titanic Quarter

The bar in the opulent Merchant hotel holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive cocktail ever created: a £750 Mai Tai made with a rare 17-year-old rum. The cocktail is no longer available, as only a few bottles of that particular rum exist today in private collections, but a regular Mai Tai under antique Baccarat chandeliers is just as special. (

Mayfair recommends Revere in the sight of the Giant’s Causeway; the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is made up of some 40,000 interlocking hexagonal basalt columns. The site was formed from an ancient volcanic eruption, but the folklore version is more fun: so the legend goes, it was built by the giant Finn McCool who really wanted to get to Scotland.

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dreams … at Rosewood London WORDS: BETHAN REES


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alentine’s Day; it’s that day of the year which you either loathe or love. If you are part of the latter, more affection-inclined crowd, head to Rosewood London. For the ultimate weekend of romance, the hotel is offering guests the perfect package. You will be collected in a chauffeured Jaguar and taken to a private helicopter for a flight above the capital, before heading to a cooking class in a private dining room to create the perfect aphrodisiacal menu. After suitably indulging, you’ll be led to the Garden House Suite for your very own firework display on the terrace, accompanied by live jazz and Champagne. For

‘For the ultimate weekend of romance, the hotel is offering guests the perfect package’ the proverbial cherry on the top, visit the hotel’s Sense Spa for a couples’ massage and be gifted a personal candle from Roja Dove, have a piece of bespoke jewellery made by awardwinning designer Shaun Leane, and receive a gorgeous bouquet of McQueens flowers. But these are not the only reasons to book a stay at the Grade II-listed Holborn hotel; it even caters for the aforementioned Valentine’s loathers. Sitting proudly on High Holborn, the former Pearl Assurance headquarters were sensitively renovated by Tony Chi and Associates into a truly grand hotel, which opened in 2013. The 1914 Edwardian Belle Époque establishment was already recognised as a landmark, and the restoration was carried out with respect to its history, but has also introduced some stunning contemporary features. From the super-kitsch bulldog statues, to the grand Pavonazzo marble staircase, which stretches through all seven storeys, Rosewood London makes for a memorable stay in the city. At the hotel, your plate will never be left empty, and your glass will never be left dry with

thanks to the various restaurants and wateringholes. The Holborn Dining Room is a bustling grand brasserie by restauranteur Des McDonald, who learned to cook at The Ritz and was previously the head chef at The Ivy. It’s elegantly adorned with blooming McQueens bouquets, patina copper-topped bars and impressive marble columns throughout. The menu reads like a traditional bistro, but using locally sourced ingredients teamed with exciting culinary combinations such as squash and bakewell tart with chestnuts, shrimp burger with jalapeño tartare and a caramel mousse cigar accompanied by blackcurrant sorbet. If you’re so inclined, saunter over to Scarfes Bar for a nightcap of carefully crafted cocktails to the soundtrack of a live swing-jazz band. For the serious whisky drinker, try an indulgent cocktail named The Humidor, which is made from Chivas 18 Year whisky, dry white port, Barolo Chinato and Pernod absinthe. It’s not for the faint hearted. There are several suites, which cater to all needs and numbers, including the colossal Grand Manor House Wing, which comes with its own postcode; the only hotel suite in the world to do so. For a couple, the Grand Premier Suite is the perfect size, with a separate lounge and guest bathroom so you won’t be under each other’s feet. The room itself is glamorously understated, and such design details don’t go unnoticed; the Etro merino wool throw, the Tizio and Kaiser Idell lamps and the Chinoiserie-style toothbrush mugs are just the tip of the style iceberg. Meanwhile, the personal bar is well stocked, including a sloe gin created by Sipsmith distillery exclusively for the hotel. With this attention to detail, you might even feel tempted not to leave your room. As I left through the imposing wrought iron gates, I was just looking for an excuse to return, even if just for a swift cocktail at Scarfes Bar. Prices start from £380 per room per night. The Valentine’s gift package is priced at £100,000. Rosewood London (020 7829 9888;

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Bed of roses Over the centuries, the rose has been a symbol of great beauty with its delicate, feminine scent. Maison Francis Kurkdjian has brought two exquisite varieties together in its new eau de parfum À la Rose. In each bottle are the essential oils from 250 centifolia roses from Grasse, which give the perfume its sweet, honeyed and carnal accent, and 150 Damascena roses from Bulgaria. It’s topped with a vibrant marriage of the scent of pear and lychee. À la Rose, eau de parfum, £145 for 70ml, Maison Francis Kurkdjian (

Beauty news We bring you some of the best beauty products using the power and scent of roses from Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Aromatherapy Associates, and Elemis celebrates its 25th anniversary w o r d s : ka t e r a c o v o l i s & b e t h a n r ee s

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A 25th anniversary is certainly one to celebrate – an cult beauty brand Elemis is marking its quarter-of-acentury birthday with an elegant silver-lidded new package of its iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Known for its anti-ageing abilities using the power of the marine algae Padina Pavonica, this cream is certainly a powerful potion. £15,000 from the proceeds of the Silver Edition will go towards funding the research and treatment into gynaecological cancer. Beauty for a good cause; what’s not to love. Pro-Collagen Marine Cream Silver Edition, £99, Elemis (

Diamonds may be a ‘girl’s best friend’, but since 1987, Guerlain’s pearls have been a companion for make-up bags around the world. The multi-coloured powder pearls with a nostalgic violet scent were seen on dressing tables everywhere, and Guerlain has reinvented the cult classic for spring 2015. Now in a compact, the lightrevealing powder beautifully corrects and perfects skin. A classic now as it ever was, and the ultimate handbag essential for a woman on the go. Météorites compact, £40, Guerlain (

Velvet glove Give your body a soothing hug with this Aromatherapy Associates Limited Edition Rose Body Velvet, which is designed to leave your body feeling nourished and lightly scented, as well as smoothing out the fine lines. Launched to celebrate the aromatherapy expert’s 30th anniversary, this cream will melt into your skin with the sumptuous combination of rose, geranium, kola oil, and sandalwood; pure bliss. Limited Edition Renewing Rose Body Velvet, £50, Aromatherapy Associates (


Trips & Falls Consultant Knee Trauma Surgeon, Mr Chinmay Gupte discusses common knee injuries and the best treatment options available


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nee injuries caused by trips and falls are very common, with approximately 135,000 incidents in the UK each year. Depending on the severity and cause of the injury, some people will head straight to their local A&E department, while others may wait for symptoms to develop before making an appointment with their GP. Why do we fall? The most frequent factors that can trigger a knee injury include: sports injuries, slipping on wet surfaces or steps, injuries at work and falls related to balance problems.

Treatment of injuries Following an assessment by a knee specialist, your treatment options will be discussed. Depending on the nature of the injury, this will vary from a simple support bandage to bracing, with some cases requiring an operation. The most common knee ligament injury is partial damage to the medial collateral ligament. Usually, this is treated by a period in a knee brace, physiotherapy and crutches, with no operation needed. If the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is injured, immediate treatment of the injury should consist of rest, ice, compression, elevation (R.I.C.E), with support using a hinge knee brace. If a large swelling is present this can be aspirated with a needle into the knee to remove the blood that causes it. Surgery to reconstruct the ACL should be considered, especially if you intend to return to playing contact or twisting sports, or you have an associated the meniscal injury.

In general, knee conditions are divided into four categories: • Damage to the knee ligaments (cruciate and collateral ligaments) • Injuries of the shock-absorbing cartilages (medial and lateral menisci) Meet • Damage to the bones of consultant the knee Mr Chinmay Gupte PhD, MA (Oxon), FRCS • Injuries to the knee (Tr & Orth), BM BCh is a Consultant Orthopaedic cap and its Surgeon at the Wellington Knee Unit. His main interests are in the diagnosis and treatment of sports knee injuries associated and knee arthritis in children and adults. With the aim of structures improving outcomes in patients with knee conditions, Mr

If a meniscal injury is symptomatic for more than six weeks, a keyhole operation (arthroscopy) Gupte helps run a research programme in ACL may be required. A torn reconstruction, osteoarthritis and meniscal surgery at meniscus can either be Symptoms of Imperial College London. He is also Director of stitched back together or knee injuries Training for Orthopaedics for North-West London and past president of the Royal Society of the torn segment removed. The symptoms of a knee Medicine Orthopaedics Section. Recovery after removal of the injury will vary between torn portion of the meniscus is different people and are much quicker than if it is repaired. dependent on the nature and severity of the injury. Common signs Physiotherapy that damage has been caused to the knee Physiotherapy after a knee injury will initially include: swelling, pain, limited range of consist of reducing the swelling of the knee, while movement and looseness when moving the knee gradually regaining the range of movement. in different directions or the knee giving way Thigh and buttock muscle-strengthening is also when bearing weight or turning sharply. important. The physiotherapist should work closely with your surgeon to assess progress and Testing and diagnosis tailor rehabilitation according to your needs, so If a serious injury is suspected, or pain and that you make a speedy and optimal recovery. instability persist for more than four weeks, an orthopaedic consultation is recommended. The consultant will take a full history surrounding the injury and examine you. Most types of knee injuries are investigated with an MRI scan and sometimes an X-ray. These tests are analysed by a radiology doctor specialising in knee injuries, and the outcomes are discussed with the orthopaedic consultant to diagnose and advise a treatment plan. For further information, or if you would like to arrange an appointment at The Wellington Hospital, please contact the hospital Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5004, or visit 97

e h T dy r Bo cto do David Marshall’s Bodydoctor training programme promises spectacular body transformations in record time. We put it to the test to discover the results behind the hype first hand


et fit, lose fat, call the doc. If you do that, I will change your life forever,’ says personal trainer David Marshall. With a who’s who of high-profile clients ranging from England footballers (Frank Lampard went on to set the record for consecutive football games) to actors, models and TV presenters passing through his studios, Marshall has complete faith in his abilities to make people fit and enjoy the process. The man behind numerous major celebrity transformations from Lily Allen to Sophie Dahl has been transforming bodies – and lives – for over 20 years. Better known as The Bodydoctor, Marshall is an intriguing character; with a self-confessed weakness for bacon sandwiches he’s more likely to chant blessings as you finish your final reps than bark orders akin to basic training. ‘You only look good when you feel good,


and you only feel good when you’re healthy. That only happens when you restore your body to optimum health – and put your body back into balance, the aesthetic is a by-product,’ Marshall says with conviction. ‘You need to have fun doing it, or you look for excuses to quit, and you need to enjoy life while you’re doing it.’ Also on his client list are the three male leads in Sky’s mega-series Game Of Thrones: Kit Harrington, Alfie Allen and Richard Madden. Apparently, they requested the ‘Body Doc’ regime specifically, in order to bare all for the series. Having had three children back to back and suffering muscle damage from pregnancy, I was dubious to say the least that Marshall’s celebrity transformations could prove effective on someone who has participated in absolutely no form of exercise in over five years. Glancing

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around his Mayfair and Belgravia studios (I combine my training between the two) the Bodydoctor quickly assures me otherwise. ‘Pregnancy is the ultimate example of the body being out of balance,’ he tells me. The studios are predictably kitted out with every fitness machine you could possibly imagine – and a fair few you couldn’t. The first thing I notice is the space afforded each client. The Belgravia studio is spread over 3,500sq ft, but there are never more than two trainers working at one time. It feels like my own oasis. The philosophy is ‘everything you need, and nothing you don’t, available for you.’ My personal favourite was a contraption fondly named the ‘spaceship’. A novel take on the StairMaster, it will elicit a derrière that is ‘out of this world,’ Marshall informs me. A cliché perhaps, but anything close to rivalling Pippa Middleton and I certainly wouldn’t be one to complain. Down to business, and we begin with a session to measure my body fat in inches and to assess my fitness boundaries and starting level, moving on to cover all the exercises I would be doing in great detail. The idea is to break down each movement into individual components of posture, breathing, timing and core awareness to ‘pre-programme’ my muscles over an unfamiliar range of movements. Unfamiliar is an understatement. Together with nutritional advice to enhance results, it’s understandable why the Bodydoctor has been described as fitness teaching rather than training. The philosophy is rather clean cut; train to a level where the body accepts exercise. Ultimately, practicing each exercise with correct posture and core awareness gears your body towards maximising your energy expenditure in minimal time. Once learned, the exercises are hard to forget. Inevitably, with three children, some sessions are missed, so I’m given homework to do on my own to keep the rhythm going. Over the six-week programme (completing three sessions per week) a varied regime is implemented, along with my nutritional guide. Far from my fears of liquid diets and kissing

steak dinners goodbye, the guide focused on a surprising increase in natural produce and consuming more protein than I ever imagined. Marshall’s programme is based on resistance training, cardio work and Kettlebells, but the exercises are very similar to pilates, with the emphasis on long, lean muscles over a full range of movements, everything emanating from the core. It feels like yoga with weights. I spend a lot of time on Marshall’s favourite, the GTS, a machine which uses a glideboard to replicate every kind of lunge, and resistance exercise conceivable. Every exercise works from the tummy out. The increase in protein suddenly becomes clear; muscle requires protein. ‘You

‘Three weeks in and the results are much faster than expected’ create lean muscle, you raise your metabolism, you burn fat and lose weight – simple,’ he chants happily. Three weeks in and the results are much faster than expected. I can actually identify different muscle groups within my physique and areas I had frankly given up hope of tightening begin to show tone. The prospect of a sleeveless LBD no longer terrifies me, and I’m actually enjoying my sessions. By the end of the programme I have gone down two dress sizes, improved my overall shape and most amazingly of all, have more energy than I thought humanly possible with three children under five. Suffice it to say, I’m a convert. For personal training or to sign up to the six-week fitness programme, contact David Marshall at Bodydoctor Fitness, 36 South Audley Street (020 7499 9990) or 119 Eaton Square, Belgravia (020 7235 2211;


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Spa review COMO Shambhala Urban Escape WORDS: Aimee McLaughlin


isiting the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape is like discovering your very own spiritual retreat in the heart of this bustling part of London that is Mayfair. As I step out of the jabbering, touristfilled hubbub of Old Park Lane and into the super-chic, super-minimalist Metropolitan by COMO hotel, a serene tranquillity descends and I am swiftly offered a cup of invigorating ginger tea while I wait for my treatment. The hotel’s holistic wellbeing sanctuary plays host to a feast of Asian-inspired therapies for the mind, body and spirit. Its latest offering, the Celgenics Couture Facial, comes from the creator of Celgenics skincare Marian Bourne. Bourne is no stranger to the holistic healing process: she has 20 years of experience as a craniosacral therapist, kinesiologist and nutritionist. Her new

anti-ageing, non-invasive facial uses a combination cold laser therapy and Ayurvedic plumping techniques to promote skin cell repair and renewal and to lift and tone the face. Brace yourself for the technical part – the cold laser therapy aspect of the treatment involves applying red and near-infrared light over the skin, feeding the skin cells with light energy and accelerating the normal rate of tissue healing. This means that any inflammation of the skin and scar tissue formation is left dramatically reduced. For the second part, Marian uses her knowledge of

‘The spa’s latest offering, the Celgenics Couture Facial, comes from the creator of Celgenics skincare’ specific acupuncture points to physically lift and tighten the skin, softening any visible lines or wrinkles in the process. Depending on skin type and age, she recommends a weekly series of four to six treatments, followed by a monthly top up to see the best results. After Bourne has worked her magic, I can visibly see the difference in my features. My skin feels butter-soft, my cheeks in particular are much fuller and my whole complexion is left clearer and brighter. Having seen the holistic light, I am full of promises to abandon my current skincare regime, and leave feeling wholly uplifted and balanced, as I work my way back to reality and into the busy city. Celgenics Couture Facial, £160, Como Shambhala Urban Escape at Metropolitan by COMO, 19 Old Park Lane, W1K (


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Make a wish Welcome the Chinese New Year in Michelin-star style at Hakkasan with a Chinese Wishing Tree tradition; write your aspirations for the year on red ribbons and they’ll be placed throughout the restaurant. The nine-course menu features grilled Chilean seabass, stir-fry lily bulb with garlic shoot and a kumquat wishing tree with caramelised macadamia. May all your wishes come true. Chinese New Year menu, £88.88 per head, Hakkasan, 17 Bruton Street, W1J (020 7907 1888;

Food & drink news Celebrate the Chinese New Year at Hakkasan and we bring you home-cooked meals from Quattro Passi WORDS: BETHAN REES

Highland fling Whisky drinkers, rejoice! The Connaught Bar and The Dalmore distillery have collaborated to produce an exclusive cask, especially for the hotel, which also comes as part of a beautiful gift set with bespoke John Jenkins glassware. Enjoy on its own or in an 1815 Whisky Sour as created by The Connaught’s director of mixology Agostino Perrone: add lemon juice, caster cane sugar, tawny port, Matusalem oloroso sherry wine and an egg white, shake with ice and enjoy. The Connaught cask gift set, £315, available from The Connaught Bar, 16 Carlos Place, W1K (020 7499 7070;


Sweet comfort At Christmas time during the First World War, Princess Mary would send tens of thousands of tins full of home comforts to the serving troops. In 2014 Fortnum & Mason did the same for British servicemen and women, and are now selling the handsome Tommy’s Tins in-store, containing a bespoke set of playing cards and two blocks of milk chocolate. The brushed-gold colour and heavy embossing appears almost identical to the originals, and would make a charming memento for any history enthusiast, or simply an alternative gift for chocolate lovers. Tommy’s Tin, £20, Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, W1A (020 7734 8040;

Stars in their eyes Throwing a dinner party can be a daunting prospect. What should you cook? How should you present it? Put down your apron, and relax, with a two Michelin-starred helping hand from Antonio Mellino of Dover Street’s Quattro Passi. Now you can bring the Amalfi Coast experience to your own home, and have Mellino cook southern Italian comfort food for you and guests. Why not surprise your loved one on Valentine’s Day, or have Mellino cook a bespoke feast for your friends? Michelin-starred dining at home with Antonio Mellino, prices on request, Quattro Passi, 34 Dover Street, W1S (020 3096 1444;

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here are fewer finer things in life than ingluding in a glass of Champagne, especially in the elegant surroundings of Mayfair’s five-star jewel of a hotel Claridge’s. Add this to an evening of an indulgent four-course dinner, matched perfectly to a variety of wines, and you’re in heaven. Throughout 2015, Claridge’s head chef Martyn Nail and sommelier Charles Segond are hosting a series Wine Dinners, starting the programme off with a bubbly bang on 30 April, with one of the most acclaimed Champagnes Dom Pérignon. It’s the ideal opportunity to hone and refine your knowledge of wine and food pairings and is an offer that’s hard to refuse. From £175 per person. Claridge’s, 49 Brook Street, W1K 020 7107 8872;

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ometimes, nothing beats a warming dish of true comfort food, and whether your palate yearns for a peppered Aberdeen Angus prime rib, lemon sole goujonettes or bread and butter pudding, the newly reopened Grill at The Dorchester will certainly leave you feeling fully satiated and completely comforted. However, I use the word ‘comfort’ cautiously; don’t expect to be served your average home-cooked meal, with the customary splash of gravy on the rim of the plate and runaway petits pois on the table, The Grill takes simple, familiar dishes and pushes them to the most extravagant and indulgent level. Well, let’s not forget we are talking about one of Mayfair’s – if not London’s – most illustrious, historical and lavish hotels. Having been closed for seven months to undergo a full facelift and reinvention, The Grill, which was first established in 1931, has duly earned its gastronomic reputation; but the new restaurant is barely recognisable. Out with the tartan patterns, boudoir-esque crimson studded-back chairs and the colossal murals featuring kilt-wearing Scots, and in with butterscotch leather, oak parquet flooring and a striking hand-blown Murano glass chandelier. Commissioned by the hotel, Parisian interior architect Bruno Moinard has totally re-imagined the eatery, and with such an extensive list of prestigious previous projects including Christie’s New York, Hermès’ Paris headquarters and Cartier Champs-Élysées, he knows how to sensitively handle such important and esteemed spaces. He has brought a touch of The Dorchester’s rich history all the way from the 1930s and harmonised this with a delightfully sleek contemporary edge. Spearheading the kitchen is Alain Ducasse’s protégé Christophe Marleix, who has spent

almost a decade working with the Dorchester Collection, and with him pastry chef Ludovic Cuny, who has introduced an extensive and rather exciting sweet soufflé offering, the first of its kind in London. With a unique take on some classic flavours such as Diplomático Reserva with raisin ice cream and Tahitian vanilla, it’s imperative you leave space to sample the puffed up pillows of a candied sensation. Add charming, superlative service and you’ll want to make The Grill at The Dorchester your new home. The Grill at The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, W1K (020 7317 6531;

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

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Reimagining Mayfair Each month we invite Mayfair’s experts to share their vision for the area

In the first of a series of monthly discussions, five Mayfairians gather at the Royal Academy of Arts’ private members’ club to discuss the future of Mayfair as a centre of the arts, culture, community and luxury


t’s early on a dark Tuesday morning in London, but in the Royal Academy of Arts’ sky-lit Academicians’ Room, the atmosphere is distinctly vibrant. Indeed, important works of art adorn the walls of this private room, but this morning, five Mayfairians have gathered to talk about Mayfair’s future as a destination for culture and community, in balance with its luxury offering to all who live and work in the area as well as visit it. Headed up by Harvey Cyzer, partner and head of Knight Frank Mayfair, sitting together are Haydn Cooper, director for Mayfair at Grosvenor; Andrew Renton, director at Marlborough Contemporary; Charles Saumarez Smith, secretary and chief executive of the Royal Academy of Arts; and Simon Fitzpatrick, head of litigation and the arts team at Boodle Hatfield LLP in Mayfair, who is also on the board of Brown’s London Art Weekend and a director of the Bond Street Association.

All representing different facets of Mayfair’s eclectic world of commerce and art, they’ve come together to debate the ever-changing cultural landscape in Mayfair, in response to a project launched by the Royal Academy of Arts, entitled Reimagining Mayfair, which called for speculative proposals from established architects to design a public space for the immediate vicinity of the RA’s Burlington Gardens entrance. One design entailed an Italian-style, pedestrianised piazza, while another imagined the space hosting a revived (and less debaucherous) version of the 17th-century May Fair, from which the area originally took its name. Of the incredible array of entries, however, some questions remained common. Does the Mayfair community need more public spaces, and how do the existing ones function? From the recently redeveloped Brown Hart Gardens to Berkeley Square, how does each make

Mayfair a destination for culture, and how could they be better used? Should there be a balance between culture and luxury? And with a noticeable lull on weekends in the area, how can businesses that focus on the arts come together to even the scales between retail, culture and community? As a response, the idea of more galleries and also retail shops opening on a Saturday, was floated. Fitzpatrick kicks off the debate: Fitzpatrick: Mayfair is more balanced towards retail at the moment, and [from] my involvement in the Bond Street Association where I’m a director, it’s quite clear that the cultural parts, the jewellers and the art galleries feel as if the Bond Street Association only represents the retail because it’s the retail that everyone associates Bond Street with, which is a misconception. To make a diverse area you need a mixture of both and I think there’s a growing realisation from lots of people within

Mayfair that that’s exactly what we need. Saumarez Smith: I’ve always felt that there’s an opportunity to make Mayfair on Saturdays a bit like Chelsea in New York, where the galleries open and people come to the neighbourhood and they don’t just shop, they go to art galleries. A lot of the American galleries are opening up here, but there still seems to be a culture that it’s a weekday operation and not a weekend operation. Cyzer: People come into the West End on the weekends predominantly to shop, to eat and have coffee in their jeans; its a casual atmosphere. If the message was a bit more uniformed across the board, and people started to come in to galleries and they spoke with their friends and family, the movement would begin, but at the moment it’s certainly not here. Renton: One of the problems that the art world has is the geography of London. New Yorkers are very spoiled, they have numerous areas they go to: they go to Midtown 57th Street, Chelsea, and now to the Lower East Side, for example. In London, what used to be the cutting edge of art used to be within the East End, but the galleries are all very far apart from each other, and actually it takes you a whole day to see a handful of exhibitions. Saumarez Smith: It does feel as if it’s changing because of Victoria Miro gallery and Gagosian coming back. I sense that they’ve realised it’s in their collective interest to be clustered, so you can go shopping, get your hair cut, get your suit made and then out you go to a gallery, all in Mayfair. Cooper: If you take Gagosian as an

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example, we’ve worked a lot with them, and they’re taking a lot of our buildings and looking at the location for where they’ve decided to go, it’s a very off-pitch, niche area, which is right at the very end of an important retail luxury pitch, but it has been changed through public realm improvements. I think it’s that element of public art and public grounds coming together that means you end up bringing people to an area which is more than just for the shopper. Renton: In terms of that audience we have

‘Having a more regular programme of events on Grosvenor Square would be a great benefit to Mayfair’ to try and figure out who that mythical audience is, because it’s several things. But I think what’s really interesting in relation to art and retail, lets say, is clearly at a certain point there’s a massive intersection between the two. Certain people who are into high-end shopping are clearly the same people who are into high-end art or what have you, so this location works very well for them. Cooper: Having a more regular programme of events on Grosvenor Square would be a great benefit to Mayfair. Renton: All of these public programmes speak about the outside, but if it’s not such a great day out there I don’t know whether public events should only be outside. Marlborough has a gallery on the ground floor

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and first floor and I’m interested in what happens away from street levels as well. Everyone is talking about Bond Street, ground floor Bond Street, but there are loads of little galleries on the first floors of Bond Street. Fitzpatrick: Yes and part of the idea behind Brown’s London Art weekend was to encourage people up to the first floors who may, without encouragement, feel a little intimidated. The theme was openness and accessibility for the benefit of Mayfair as a whole. Cyzer: Also we had the switching on of the Mount Street lights last Christmas, it was in the evening and it was Christmas; people were making merry and having fun. I think there are plenty of public occasions where people will happily travel a long way and walk straight in. It’s about bringing people into Mayfair, culturally as well as for shops and eating, look how many events Berkeley Square has had over the years. Cooper: Grosvenor Square is the one location that springs to mind that could actually be so improved, even by covering over part of it, it’s still very architecturally pleasing. It could be enormously used especially with Crossrail on the doorstep and for the Bond Street West station, with probably about 200,000 people a day coming out of Bond Street West and Crossrail West coming down there, it’s going to be very populated. Trying to get a gravitational move of culture from one place is very difficult when it has to be inside, because you have to find buildings or combine buildings, you have to find the space.

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The Calendar Outstanding events for Mayfair residents keen to get out and about this month




The depths of February can be dark, cold and somewhat uninspiring. Handel House Museum, in partnership with the British Harpsichord Society, is hosting a recital entitled Winter Blues. Renowned harpsichordist James Johnstone will play a range of music composed by established musicians, including the likes of Froberger, Purcell, Draghi and Ritter. The gentle sound of a harpsichord, which is created through the use of a keyboard where each key plucks a string, will be the perfect way to reinvigorate any waning enthusiasm for the current year. £9, £5 students, 6.30pm, Handel House Museum, 25 Brook Street, W1K, 020 7399 1953 (

A practical class entitled Life Drawing for Valentine’s Day is taking place in the Royal Academy’s Life Room this month. Creative drawing techniques will be taught alongside developing observational skills, with an emphasis on the use of charcoal and pastel. The historic Life Room will make for a romantic setting for couples to discover hidden talents and skills while enjoying one another’s company. Adopt the old-fashioned method of courting by drawing your partner a picture this Valentine’s Day, regardless of artistic ability. It will be remembered for years to come. £140 per couple, 1pm, Life Room, Royal Academy Schools, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J, 020 7300 5839 (

HIX Mayfair, situated in Brown’s Hotel London, is offering diners the chance to learn how to carve like professional chef Mark Hix. The demonstration will take place in an intimate dining room setting and the skills learned at this two-hour class will give participants the chance to understand the basics of carving effectively. There will also be a chance for guests to eat the meat they carve, along with a platter of starters and matching wines. A maximum of 10 people per class will give plenty of opportunities to ask Hix questions about his culinary technique. £185 per person, 6pm, HIX Mayfair, Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, W1S, 020 7518 4166 (

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The Notebook Local news from around the area

Image Courtesy of Marriott Hotel Park Lane

TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED Antique and decorative arts specialist Mayfair Gallery has recently developed a ‘virtual tour’ programme using Google Maps that allows website visitors to browse the South Audley Street gallery and its vast and varied inventory from the comfort of their own home. (

PART OF THE CLUB 12 Hay Hill is expected to launch within the next couple of months. Describing itself as being ‘a new breed of business and social club’, the organisation’s members will have access to high-end office space and a traditional private society, all under one roof. The dining room will be run by Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin. The work will be carried out by Bluu, an office design company. (

FRENCH INVASION Iñaki Aizpitarte, the culinary mastermind behind Le Chateaubriand in Paris, is due to open Le Chabanais on Mount Street in the spring of this year. Head chef Paul Boudier will be leaving France to head up the new Mayfair eatery, and Kevin Lansdown, former manager of seafood restaurant Scott’s, will take charge of the service. Diners can expect an informal experience with a menu which changes depending on the availability of fresh ingredients. Aizpitarte is known in France for his creativity, so this new venture will be a welcome arrival for Mayfair residents. PRESERVING HISTORY The looming figure of the Duke of York in St James’s Park has undergone a substantial facelift, giving the 181-year-old figure a ‘good-as-new’ shine. Due to many years of weather damage, the bronze statue at the top of the column had developed a green tinge which has now been removed as part of a £100,000 restoration project. The 183ft monument was erected in 1834 at a cost of £15,760. The funds for the project were raised by stopping one day’s pay from every serving soldier in the Duke’s army. To remove the green pigment, the 14ft statue of the Duke has been repainted, rewaxed and buffed. (


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NEW LOOK The London Marriott Hotel Park Lane has recently undergone a complete design overhaul with a townhouse-inspired theme. Interior design firm RPW Design was tasked with giving the hotel’s bedrooms a chic, smart and luxurious look and feel, as well as coming up with a new-look welcoming lobby, meeting rooms and executive lounge. The hotel is housed within a Grade II-listed building, which means the contemporary interior will make for an interesting contrast to the old exterior. (,



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

Planning applications in the local area DATE RECEIVED: 8 December PROPOSAL: Installation of structural deck at rear second-floor level for an acoustic enclosure housing seven air condenser units ADDRESS: Old Bond Street DATE RECEIVED: 8 December PROPOSAL: Display of temporary vinyls on the front and sides of existing hoarding at groundfloor level until 28 March ADDRESS: Old Bond Street DATE RECEIVED: 9 December PROPOSAL: Installation of recessed downlights ADDRESS: Grosvenor Street DATE RECEIVED: 10 December PROPOSAL: Installation of wall-mounted air condenser unit to rear first-floor level ADDRESS: Bruton Street

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any Mayfair properties have been taken over by designer retailers, restaurants and hotels, meaning larger residential properties in these prestigious postcodes are all the harder to come by. While there are plenty of homes on the market in Mayfair, buyers who are looking for extra space are having to resort to extensions to give themselves the extra square footage they desire. The most popular and frequently employed method of home extension in the area has been the aptly named ‘iceberg’ extension. Homeowners in the past have burrowed down several storeys to create multi-level basements that house an assortment of leisure rooms and extra living quarters. Swimming pools, elaborate garages and cinemas often fill these subterranean spaces. This kind of extension

isn’t without its problems, and home owners often face opposition from neighbours of proposed works. Westminster Council says that to remedy this, it ‘maintains tight control on construction times and is currently working on a policy to limit the size and impact of basements in the city’. The opportunities are there for buyers to extend their homes, but it takes work. (

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n his book London Biography, Peter Ackroyd says London’s story is characterised by the noise it produced. In some quarters it was louder than others. At the beginning of the Georgian period the loudest noises were those produced by the tools of craftsmen in Mayfair. In the 1750s, Mount Street fast became a popular address with luxury furnituremakers, cabinet-makers and upholsterers who aspired to receive commissions from the residents of the recently developed aristocratic Grosvenor Square. One of the most prominent furniture-makers on the street at the time was William Marsh (active 1765-1810). Marsh and his partner Thomas Tatham (1763-1818) carried out private commissions for the residents of Grosvenor Square, who were eager to showcase their ranks within the polite society by commissioning one-off luxurious pieces of furniture. This interaction between classes – craftsmen and high society – was typified by Marsh’s relationship with the Prince of Wales (later George IV). Their skills were often applied at Brighton Pavilion and at Carlton House on his behalf, and in 1806 the duo completed a yew-wood bookcase for the Prince at the latter residence, which remains part of the Royal

Collection to this day. The bookcase’s four busts of Hermes Propulaios are coupled with the palm sprays, and it is inlaid with ebony stylised flowers and mounted in bronze and gilt bronze, with a marble top shelf and a central roundel. Currently displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum, a pair of narrower mahogany bookcases supplemented the set. Georgian cabinet-makers and upholsters are considered the ancestors of the modern interior decorator, as the success of furnituremakers such as Marsh saw the fascination with the beautification of the household grow. By the end of the Victorian era emphasis on interior decoration had become so paramount to the creation of any aristocratic environment, the practice entered the commercial sphere and the hospitality sector. In Mayfair, a lasting example of such splendour is the interior of the Connaught Hotel, particularly the central open-well staircase made entirely of teak by Maple & Co, furniture-maker to the royal family and owner of the prestigious hotel, which is located just round the corner from where Marsh and Tatham would have taken their first royal commissions. By Penelope Sacorafou (

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Culross Street, Mayfair W1K

A three bedroom freehold house with lift and patio An immaculately presented three bedroom town house situated within one of Mayfair's premier streets, boasting lift access, a private garden and garage. 3 bedrooms with en suites, 3 reception rooms, study, kitchen, 2 guest WCs, garden, garage, lift. EPC rating C. Approximately 272 sq m ﴾2,923 sq ft﴿ Freehold 020 8166 7482 020 7578 5100

Guide price: £7,500,000 ﴾WER140100﴿


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Mount Street, Mayfair W1K

An elegant two bedroom lateral apartment A beautifully presented two bedroom apartment of 1,502 sq ft overlooking arguably Mayfair's finest street, benefiting from lift access and a caretaker. Bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom with en suite shower room, reception room, kitchen, guest WC, lift, caretaker. EPC rating D. Approximately 140 sq m ﴾1,502 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 46 years remaining mayfair@knightfrom 020 8166 7482 020 7529 5566

Guide price: £4,250,000 ﴾WER140225﴿

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Warburton House, Mayfair W1K

A bright and spacious three bedroom apartment A beautifully finished three bedroom lateral apartment overlooking the private gardens of Green Street, featuring direct lift access and concierge. 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, one further bedroom, shower room, kitchen, reception room, lift, concierge. EPC rating D. Approximately 180 sq m ﴾1,940 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 119 years remaining Guide price: £7,000,000 020 8166 7482  


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Charles Street, Mayfair W1J

Grade II listed town house on Charles Street A rare opportunity to acquire a Grade II listed town house in one of London's most exclusive addresses. Spread over six floors, the property is also home to a beautiful 34ft walled garden. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, staff quarters, kitchen, study, 3 guest WCs, patio garden, lift. Approximately 535 sq m ﴾5,756 sq ft﴿ Freehold Guide price: £15,500,000 020 8166 7482    


50 Charles Street MM Aug

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Culross Street, Mayfair W1K

A unique three bedroom town house with parking A charming three bedroom town house situated within one of Mayfair's most secure, gated streets. 3 reception rooms, 2 studies, snug, sun room, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, guest WC, conservatory, terrace, garden, lift, parking. EPC rating E. Approximately 220 sq m ﴾2,370 sq ft﴿ Freehold 020 8166 7482

Guide price: £7,000,000 ﴾WER140142﴿

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King Street, Covent Garden WC2 A two bedroom duplex penthouse with terrace

A well presented two bedroom duplex apartment situated on one of Covent Garden's premier streets, boasting a wrap‐around terrace and a spacious reception room. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom, shower room, reception room, kitchen, terrace. EPC rating E. Approximately 134 sq m ﴾1,438 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 138 years remaining 020 8166 7482 020 7240 3322

Guide price: £2,499,950 ﴾WER140165﴿

PH, 34 King st MM Feb

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King Street, Covent Garden WC2

An attractive three bedroom penthouse with terrace A spacious three bedroom duplex penthouse with two well proportioned reception rooms and a coveted 45ft terrace. 2 bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, additional bedroom with en suite shower room, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, utility room, guest WC, terrace, lift. EPC rating E. Approximately 275 sq m ﴾2,962 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 112 years remaining 020 8166 7482 020 7580 2030

Guide price: £6,950,000 ﴾WER140207﴿

4,42 King St MM Feb

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Mayfair Chambers, Mayfair W1K

Two bedroom apartment in an exclusive development An elegant two bedroom duplex residence situated in a newly built Mayfair development, offering very high specification, concierge service and a terrace. 2 bedroom suites, reception room, kitchen, guest WC, terrace, concierge. EPC rating B. Approximately 121 sq m ﴾1,302 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 998 years remaining 020 8166 7482 mayfair@hamptons‐ 020 7717 5465

Guide price: £3,850,000 ﴾KRD143819﴿

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Dover Street, Mayfair W1S

A well proportioned lateral apartment with porter Situated on the first floor of a period block on fashionable Dover Street, this two bedroom apartment offers both lift access and porterage. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, second bedroom, family bathroom, reception/dining room, kitchen, lift, porter. EPC rating C. Approximately 106 sq m ﴾1,141 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 899 years remaining 020 8166 7482

Guide price: £2,575,000 ﴾WER140210﴿

2,33 Dover st MM FEb

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Whitehall Court, St James's SW1 A two bedroom lateral apartment with porterage

A contemporary two bedroom apartment situated on the sixth floor of an imposing historical building, boasting impressive views of St James's. Bedroom with en suite shower room, second bedroom, bathroom, guest WC, open plan kitchen/reception room, 3 balconies, lift, porter. EPC rating E. Approximately 159 sq m ﴾1,714 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 104 years remaining Guide price: £4,750,000 020 8166 7482 020 7839 6006


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Albion Street, Hyde Park W2 Impressive townhouse close to Hyde Park

An elegant Grade II listed house offering extensive accommodation with well‐proportioned rooms and excellent entertaining space. 5 bedrooms, 5 en suite bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, family room, conservatory, 2 terraces, 2 storage vaults. Approximately 336 sq m ﴾3,622 sq ft﴿ Freehold Guide price: £5,250,000 020 3544 6140        


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Connaught Place, Hyde Park W2 Exceptional penthouse with outstanding views

A magnificent interior designed penthouse of grand proportions, situated in a prestigious Grade II listed building overlooking Hyde Park. 5 bedrooms, 5 en suite bathrooms, reception room, dining room, media room, study, kitchen, utility room, staff area, roof terrace, direct lift access. Approximately 500 sq m ﴾5,386 sq ft﴿ Leasehold: approximately 125 years remaining 020 3544 6140

Guide price: £20,000,000 ﴾HPE140240﴿

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13 Charles Street, Mayfair W1K Split level apartment

Situated in an impressive building with direct lift access. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining area, utility room, guest cloakroom, lift, comfort cooling. EPC rating G. Approximately 195 sq m ﴾2,102 sq ft﴿ Available furnished Guide price: £2,750 per week

Mayfair Lettings 020 8166 7799 ﴾MAQ92773﴿

Mount Street, Mayfair W1K

Two bedroom apartment A stylish two bedroom apartment with plenty of natural light, recently redecorated throughout. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room. EPC rating G. Approximately 102 sq m ﴾1,100 sq ft﴿ Available furnished Guide price: £1,750 per week

Mayfair Lettings 020 8166 7799 ﴾MAQ194885﴿

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19/01/2015 12:02:36 Heron Court, Hyde Park W2

Spectacular four bedroom lateral apartment An exceptionally bright four bedroom penthouse apartment offering 1,884 sq ft of living and entertaining space. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, multiple balconies and direct lift access. EPC rating D. Approximately 175 sq m ﴾1,884 sq ft﴿     Available furnished Guide price: £1,850 per week

Hyde Park Lettings 020 3641 7941 ﴾HPQ205384﴿

Wimpole Street, Marylebone W1 Grade II listed house

An impressive Georgian townhouse located on one of Marylebone's most prestigious streets. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, 4 reception rooms, fully fitted kitchen, lift, roof terrace. Furnished by separate negotiation. Approximately 466 sq m ﴾5,015 sq ft﴿     Available unfurnished Guide price: £6,250 per week

Marylebone Lettings marylebonelettings@ 020 3641 5853 ﴾MRY206311﴿

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Most MPs would choose new council tax bands over a mansion tax Seven in ten MPs believe that a higher rate of council tax is a better option than a new mansion tax on high-value homes. A recent survey by polling organisation ComRes and the British Property Federation, found that 69 per cent of MPs across all parties think council tax is the way to go if property taxes are to be reformed. 92 per cent of Conservative MPs, 89 per cent of Lib Dem and 39 per cent of Labour support the idea of council tax rebanding over a mansion tax, while just 56 per cent of Labour’s MPs are towing the party line and supporting a new annual levy on high-value dwellings. Meanwhile, 75 per cent across parties (87 per cent of Labour MPs; 64 per cent Conservative) – believe council tax needs a revaluation anyway, with 53 per cent plumping for a revaluation before 2020.

Property News PrimeResi brings us the latest news in prime central London property

Old War Office-to-Resi: Hinduja Group lands 57 Whitehall The race to buy one of the most iconic buildings in central London is over. The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the sale of Churchill’s former stomping ground, the 1,100-room Old War Office, to the Hinduja Group, in partnership with Spanish group Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos. It’s rumoured that the purchase price sailed over the £300m original valuation, after the MoD received around 25 serious bids since the building was put on the market in September 2013. The 580,000 square foot landmark at 57 Whitehall – which has been sold on a 250-year lease – is likely to be transformed into luxury homes and/or a very high-end hotel. Srichand P Hinduja and Gopichand P Hinduja told India’s Zee News: ‘We will make every effort to honour the heritage and restoration of this national monument, elevate its status and reconnect it with the public. We will forge a new future for the site, creating a vibrant and sustainable destination that retains and enhances the historical importance of the building. We are proud to be playing such a crucial role in this new chapter for the Old War Office.’ Established in 1914, the Hinduja Group employs some 70,000 people around the world; brothers Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja topped The Sunday Times Rich List last year, with a combined fortune of £11.9 billion.


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Wave of £100m+ enquiries hits London as super-rich flee Moscow Wealthy Russians are flocking to the Royal Borough to ‘get their money out of Moscow’ after a dramatic currency plunge – of 50 per cent against sterling – in December heightened fears of an economic meltdown. Beauchamp Estates registered a clutch of six £100m+ Russian buyers – all looking to buy across Kensington, Belgravia and Mayfair – in a few days, and a 10 per cent boost in enquiries from Russian buyers. ‘Wealthy Russians are desperate to get their money out of Moscow at present,’ claims Gary Hersham, managing director of Beauchamp. ‘I currently have half a dozen Russian clients urgently looking to spend over £20 million each on buying a new home in prime central London. For them the address must be Belgravia, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Regent’s

Park, its got to be a prestigious postcode and ideally a park side or leafy address.’ Knight Frank, JLL and Rokstone have all reported similar experiences, with JLL predicting that ‘between 200 and 300 Russian investors could flock to the capital in the next six months, looking for an investment’. ‘There has been a big upturn in Russian buyers since the collapse of the rouble and the slowdown in the Russian economy due to international sanctions,’ says Rokstone’s Becky Fatemi. ‘Wealthy Russians want to get money out of Moscow and deposit it in safe havens, of which London real estate is a no brainer for them. Over the last 12 months Russian clients have purchased over £100 million worth of prime London residential property via us. Before the rouble collapse just one in five of my clients was Russian, currently two or three in five are Russian.’

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‘There has been a big upturn in Russian buyers since the collapse of the rouble and the slowdown in the Russian economy due to international sanctions’


Partner and head of Knight Frank Mayfair, Harvey Cyzer, imparts his knowledge of the local property market Much of Mayfair and St James’s was built in the 18th century to provide exclusive luxury town houses for the wealthy; establishing the area as London’s premier address. However, the Second World War dented its desirability as a residential district, with businesses moving to Mayfair as other areas of London were destroyed. Over time, as post-war temporary office permissions expired, properties have been converted back for residential use. In addition, the instability of international markets has seen an injection of wealthy international purchasers wishing to invest in the safety of prime central London property. These combined have created the biggest surge in commercial to residential conversions since the 1920s. The strength of residential property values in the West End has increased the opportunity for developers to cash-in on the demand for large houses. Currently, around 85 per cent of all construction in Mayfair is run by developers, who hope to meet the demand set by the influx of international purchasers. This is highlighted by the marked acceleration in the share of £10m-plus properties sold in the past 12 months; with Mayfair accounting for 31 per cent of all central London sales in the three months to August 2014. Buyers from Kensington and Knightsbridge are beginning to see Mayfair as a truly residential area; highlighted by the 65 per cent increase in the number of London-based applicants in Mayfair and St James’s over the past 12 months. Mayfair has been the strongest-performing residential market in prime central London since 1976; where a £250,000 investment would now be worth approximately £17m. The accelerated conversion rate is set to strengthen this further, with regeneration of locations such as Dover Street, Clarges and Albemarle Street cementing Mayfair back in its prime residential position. 137

1 BEAUTIFULLY REFURBISHED TOWNHOUSE ON A GARDEN SQUARE sussex square, w2 Entrance hall ø reception room with balcony ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom with en suite and mezzanine dressing area ø 3 further bedroom suites ø patio garden ø garage ø 289 sq m (3,117 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £4.95 million Freehold

Knight Frank

Savills Mayfair

Antonia Thorp

Charles Lloyd

020 7871 5060

020 7578 5100



A UNIQUE LATERAL PENTHOUSE IN THE HEART OF COVENT GARDEN henrietta street, wc2 3 double bedrooms ø reception room ø open plan kitchen ø 2 bathrooms ø terrace ø lift ø 230 sq m (2,476 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=C

Savills Mayfair Diana Tran

020 7578 5100 Flexible furnishings £1,950 per week + £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* *£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit

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Ogle Street, W1W A beautifully presented four bedroom Fitzrovia townhouse, which has been sympathetically refurbished with great flair and charm. The property offers bright flexible living accommodation throughout, including a lovely first floor drawing room and a superb top floor reception room / bedroom four that leads on to a fantastic roof terrace. EPC: C

Hamptons Mayfair Office Sales. 020 7717 5465 | Lettings. 020 7717 5467

From £4,850,000 Freehold • • • • •

Four bedrooms Three bathrooms Townhouse Refurbished Roof terrace

Grosvenor Square, W1K Set on the third floor of this well maintained mansion block, the property is newly refurbished throughout and offers a master suite, and two further bedrooms. EPC: E

£2,750 per week Unfurnished • • • • •

Hamptons Mayfair Office Lettings. 020 7717 5467 | Sales. 020 7717 5465

Three bedrooms Two bathrooms Master suite Third floor Newly refurbished

Beyond your expectations

Royal Westminster Lodge Arranged across the top floor (fifth) of the building this penthouse apartment is well laid out offering three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen and impressive 24 foot long reception room. In addition there is a tandem parking space for two cars in a secure underground car park. EPC: E

£1,450,000 Leasehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Pimlico & Westminister Office Sales. 020 3281 7214 | Lettings. 020 7717 5345

Leasehold 980 years 5 months Three bedrooms One reception room Two bathrooms, flat Top floor, period 1,155 approx sq ft

Stanhope Terrace, W2 A stones throw from Hyde Park in the popular Hyde Park Estate of W2 is this spacious corner family residence boasting six to seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, four reception rooms, two roof terraces and a garden. EPC: D

£6,500,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Hyde Park & Bayswater Office Sales. 020 7717 5473 | Lettings. 020 7717 5343

Four reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room Six to seven bedrooms Four bathrooms Utility room Two roof terraces





Magnificent riverside penthouse apartment on the Southbank opposite St Paul’s with breath-taking panoramic views of the London skyline, moments from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and Tate Modern, in one of London’s most exciting and vibrant areas.

Susan Cohen T +44 (0)20 3195 9595 E

Offering a rare opportunity to purchase a stunning architecturally designed apartment, the property offers 4,600 sq ft (428 sq m) of luxury living space including a spectacular reception room with full length glass windows, separate dining and drawing room areas and a galleried library, four double bedrooms, a wood panelled study together with two terraces and balconies. Additional amenities include 24 hour concierge service and two parking spaces. • Leasehold: Approximately 986 years remaining

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Elegant modern one bedroom Mayfair apartment behind a period façade located within moments of Piccadilly and Green Park tube and a short walk to the exclusive shops of Bond Street, St James’s and all the amenities of this sought after area.

Susan Cohen

This well presented apartment extends to 668 sq ft (82 sq m) and has the benefit of many original features including high ceilings throughout, moulded cornices, solid wood flooring and a beautiful marble fireplace to the reception room. The property has been finished to an excellent specification to provide spacious accommodation: entrance hall, reception room, double bedroom with fitted robes, tiled bathroom, fully fitted kitchen with integrated appliances, entry phone system. • Share of Freehold

T +44 (0)20 3195 9595 E


£575 per week

Superb recently refurbished and beautifully furnished split level one bedroom apartment moments from Kensington High Street and a short walk from the tube. Conveniently located close to the amazing choice of shops, restaurants and amenities of the area. Extending to 586 sq ft (55 sq m) this bright, spacious property boasts wooden floors throughout, large reception area with fully fitted open plan kitchen, double bedroom, luxury tiled bathroom and good storage.



£800 per week

Newly refurbished first floor high specification luxury apartment in a small modern residential block located in a Mayfair mews moments from Berkeley Square and walking distance to Bond Street and Green Park tube. Accommodation extends to 610 sq ft (56.67 sq m) and benefits from excellent storage, wood flooring throughout. Accommodation: entrance hall, reception room, balcony, fully fitted kitchen, double bedroom, tiled shower room, utility cupboard.


Spencer Taffurelli T +44 (0)20 3195 9595 E

Spencer Taffurelli T +44 (0)20 3195 9595 E

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ÂŁ6,000 per week

Set over the top two floors of this portered period building with the benefit of private off-street parking on the driveway a stunning 2370 sq ft (220 sq m) Mayfair penthouse apartment with direct lift access and roof terrace overlooking Hyde Park. Accommodation: spacious reception, luxury fully fitted kitchen, master suite with dressing room and bathroom, two further double en-suite bedrooms, guest cloak room, mood lighting, air conditioning and surround sound system.

FURTHER DETAILS: Spencer Taffurelli T +44 (0)20 3195 9595 E


ÂŁ795 per week

Interior designed 900 sq ft (83 sq m) two bedroom Marylebone apartment in a luxury development moments from Bond Street, Marylebone High Street and the shops, restaurants and transport links of Oxford Street and the West End. This wonderfully bright property offers: large reception room with wood flooring, two double bedrooms with fitted robes, two bathrooms (one en-suite), fully fitted kitchen with granite worktops, excellent storage and air conditioning.

FURTHER DETAILS: Spencer Taffurelli T +44 (0)20 3195 9595 E

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West Halkin Street, BELGRAVIA, SW1X An elegant 2 bedroom apartment situated in one of the most sought after streets in Belgravia. Having recently undergone refurbishment of the highest quality throughout it not only offers an exceptional lateral layout over the 2nd floor, but is also flooded with natural light. The rear of the apartment has an amazing sized roof terrace. Resident caretaker and long lease of approx. 116 years. Ideal as either a home or as a long term investment. EPC Rating E John Taylor UK 48 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AX Tel: 020 3284 1888 Email:

£4,500,000 Leasehold ABU DHABI MEGEVE •


One Hyde Park, Knightsbridge SW1

Located at One Hyde Park in the heart of fashionable Knightsbridge, this exquisitely designed three bedroom apartment provides extensive lateral accommodation and the most stunning views of iconic London landmarks.

2,977 sq ft (276.57 sq m) Balcony | Reception room | Bedroom 3/ Study/Television room | Dining room | Kitchen | Master Bedroom | Utility room | Bedroom 2 | Plant

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

ÂŁ18,750,000 Leasehold

Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge SW1X

A spacious triplex apartment over the top three floors of this period white stucco fronted building, with private lift access, high ceilings, roof terrace and planning permission to create approximately 3,900 sq ft of internal accommodation.

3,224 sq ft (299.52 sq m) Entrance Hall I Drawing room | Dining room I Kitchen I 6 bedrooms I 4 Bathrooms I Cloakroom I Roof terrace | Storage | Private lift | Access to Communal gardens

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

ÂŁ7,800,000 Leasehold

Lowndes Square, Knightsbridge SW1X

An immaculately presented three/ four bedroom lateral apartment on the second floor of this 24 hour ported purpose built block with views over the communal gardens.

2,260 sq ft (209.96 sq m) Entrance Hall | Reception room | Sitting room | Master bedroom | Bedroom two with en suite shower room | Bedroom three | Bathroom | Guest cloakroom

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

ÂŁ9,750,000 Leasehold

Park Lodge, Knightsbridge SW7

A unique, low-built house with an exceptional lateral footprint, behind a 47 foot wide faรงade, enjoying south facing views over the gardens to the rear of Brompton Square.

Price on Application Freehold

4,704 ft (437 sq m) EPC rating C Entrance hall | First floor drawing room | Kitchen/dining room | Study/dining room | Four en suite bedrooms | WC | Swimming pool | Media room | Garage

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959


Skyscape Collection takes the London penthouse to a whole new level. A sweeping lateral living experience that seamlessly blends inside and outside space, with some of the most breathtaking views of the city skyline. Experience Skyscape and it will turn your idea of penthouse living inside out.

For more information please contact Ben Babington:

020 7664 6649

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Inverness Mews, Bayswater A newly renovated house set at the end of a private mews, located just off Queensway. Reception room / open-plan kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Finished to an exceptionally high standard the property features ‘smart home’ controls, comfort cooling, underfloor heating and programmable lighting. EPC Rating C

Guide Price: £2,300,000

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Davies Street, W1K A newly refurbished top floor (with lift) apartment in an exclusive portered building located between Grosvenor Square and Bond Street. Comprising entrance hall, reception room, dining room, separate kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, further double bedroom, study/bedroom and family bathroom. EPC Rating E

ÂŁ1,600 per week (fees apply)


Star Yard, WC2A A 19th century house which has undergone complete refurbishment to a high specification including a lift, air conditioning and integrated media system. Arranged over five floors this house comprises large entrance hall, kitchen, drawing room, media room, gallery, four bedrooms, five bathrooms and terrace. EPC Rating D

ÂŁ3,750 per week (fees apply)

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Hyde Park Street Hyde Park W2

A fabulous lateral apartment located within a period stucco fronted building and very close to the amenities of Connaught Village and Lancaster Gate and Marble Arch stations. Reception room • 4 bedrooms with en suite • Entrance foyer • Porter • Leasehold

Asking price £6,750,000

Hyde Park

020 7402 1552

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Chesterfield street Mayfair W1

An elegant Grade II listed townhouse set on a prime residential street in Mayfair, moments from Berkeley Square. 4 reception rooms • Dining room Principal bedroom with dressing room and en suite • 4 further bedrooms, 3 en suite • Further bathroom • Further shower room • Roof terrace • 2 further terraces Lift • Approximately 5,265 sq ft including wine vault • EPC rating F

Guide price £14,000,000


020 7493 0676

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South Audley Street Mayfair W1K

Steeped in history and based at the southern end of South Audley Street, is a grand freehold, stone fronted townhouse which has been meticulously refurbished to exacting standards whilst incorporating the latest technology with classic period features. South Audley Street is considered one of London’s prime streets in the heart of elegant Mayfair and moments from Hyde Park. Mayfair now houses London’s most exclusive shops, hotels and restaurants making it one of London most elegant districts. This alluring freehold townhouse has been meticulously refurbished in a style which highlights all its period features, as well as incorporating the latest in modern technology and interior design. Benefiting from a lift, elegant bedrooms and two reception rooms. Early viewing is highly recommended.

Freehold House Eight Bedrooms Two Reception Rooms High Ceilings Fully Air Conditioned Lift Roof Terrace Cinema Room Gymnasium In excess of 6,200 sq ft Heart of Mayfair

Freehold £20,000,000 Sole Agent

5 Dorset Street, London W1U 6QJ

020 7580 2030

The Harrods effect Iconic department store Harrods has seen residents flock to its neighbouring streets from all over the world for decades. A new report from Harrods Estates proves this is no coincidence, revealing the store’s influence over surrounding property prices


ith its ornate façade overlooking Brompton Road, Harrods is one of the most recognisable landmarks in the capital, welcoming more than 300,000 customers each day. For many years, estate agents have noted wealthy purchasers and tenants across the globe wanting to live as close to the world famous department store as


possible, many opting for apartments as a second home. Harrods’ role in making Knightsbridge super-prime and its influence over property prices has long been suspected, although previously this was mere conjecture. In a newly commissioned report by Harrods Estates, statistics prove for the first time huge spikes in property prices around the Harrods store. Examining property sales across prime central London over the past three years, the report, in association with Lonres data, has uncovered a discernible difference in property prices within five, ten, 15 and 20 minute walking distances of Harrods. Properties within a 20 minute walking distance from the store are valued as 70 per cent above the average price per square foot for prime central London, with apartments accounting for 72 per cent of sales, the report reveals. ‘Some commentators have put

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opposite: harrods department store; above: illustration showing the harrods effect; left: harrods estates office; below: one hyde park

the success of the ultra-prime residential market in Knightsbridge down to what they call the “One Hyde Park Effect”. However One Hyde Park only dates back to 2007 and there has been a premium market in Knightsbridge for much longer than this,’ says Simon Barry, head of new developments at Harrods Estates. ‘Closeness to the open spaces of Hyde Park and the

‘Residential properties within a five minute walk of the emporium were found to have an average value of £2,149 per square foot’ uniqueness of Harrods are the two main factors which have helped make Knightsbridge a sought-after address since Victorian and Edwardian times.’ Residential properties within a five-minute walk of the emporium were found to have an average value of £2,149 per square foot between 2011 and 2014, which is a staggering 20 per cent price premium over the surrounding Knightsbridge average (this, in turn is 133 per cent more than the London average). ‘“Super rich” buyers like Knightsbridge because of Harrods,’ says Barry. ‘Being within walking distance of the only department store of its

kind – not only in London but in the whole world – has a ripple effect on prices far wider than we previously thought.’ For further enquiries about The Harrods Effect report contact Harrods Estates and for further information on homes for sale or to let please contact Simon Barry or Shirley Humphrey at Harrods Estates (020 7225 6506;


Originally part of a magnificent terrace of Grade II listed Georgian townhouses, 5 & 6 Connaught Place has been transformed into a collection of seven luxury residences to include lateral apartments, duplexes and a penthouse. The Burlington Residence is an opulent lateral apartment on the second floor with direct views over Hyde Park from eight windows, offering hand crafted interiors and full concierge services. The interior designed show apartment is now available to view.

Photography of show apartment

Prices from £11,750,000 – Long leasehold with share of freehold upon completion +44 (0)20 3302 4939



Hyde Park, W2

Portland Place

Mayfair W1B

A beautifully presented 3 bedroom apartment on the 1st floor (with lift) of a desirable purpose built portered block on the prestigious Portland Place. This newly refurbished apartment comprises an entrance hallway, reception room with dining area, fully fitted kitchen with a breakfast area & connecting media room, master bedroom with dressing room & en-suite, 2 further double bedrooms with en-suites, guest cloakroom, utility, porter, lift & private parking by separate negotiation. EPC rating C

ÂŁ5,250,00 leasehold


020 7269 4513

Grosvenor Square

£2,250 per week long let

Mayfair W1K

Outstanding, newly refurbished 2 bedroom apartment, located on one of London’s most premier squares. Extending to approximately 1,178 sq ft & comprising 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen & reception room. The apartment also benefits from parking by separate negotiation & 24 hr uniformed porters for the building. EPC rating D


0207 288 8301

Additional charges apply. Administration: £222 References per tenant/guarantor: £42 Inventory check (approx. £95 - £200 plus VAT)

Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, W1 A beautifully presented apartment in this sought after building moments from Hyde Park and Grosvenor Square, comprises a large reception/dining room, fully fitted kitchen and two bedrooms both with en suite bathrooms. Additional benefits from concierge and 24hr security. EPC rating C.

Leasehold: approximately 112 years remaining Price: ÂŁ2,650,000 +44 (0) 20 7409 9047


Green Street, Mayfair, W1K A rare and stunning apartment with a daytime porter, providing approximately 2,300ft2 of lateral living space. The property comprises a spacious reception room, fully integrated kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, further double bedroom with en-suite and a guest cloakroom. Green Street is conveniently located in prime Mayfair within easy reach of all the shopping, entertainment and transport facilities. Available, unfurnished. EPC rating B.

Price per week: £2,950 Property Fees: £180 Admin & £210 Checkout. References: £42 per person*

+44 (0) 20 7409 9158


Park Lane, Mayfair, W1K Stunning Penthouse located on Park Lane with fabulous views from a beautiful terrace that overlooks Hyde Park. Furnished to a very high specification, this open-plan property boasts; duel reception room area, dining room, master bedroom (with en-suite bathroom and built in TV’s in both shower and bath area’s), two further double bedrooms (with en-suite bathrooms), large kitchen, lift access and porter service in this luxury apartment building. Available, furnished. EPC rating D.

Price per week: £6,000 Property Fees: £180 Admin & £252 Checkout. References: £42 per person*

+44 (0) 20 7409 9158


Park Street, Mayfair, W1 A beautiful three bedroom lateral apartment situated on the fourth floor of this well presented building in the heart of Mayfair. Accommodation comprises two south facing reception rooms, fully-fitted kitchen/breakfast room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and guest WC. Additional benefits from concierge, 24hr security and lift. EPC rating C.

Leasehold: approximately 104 years remaining Price: ÂŁ3,849,000 +44 (0) 20 7409 9205


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Mayfair Magazine February 2015  

The Mayfair magazine celebrates the dynamism of the area and brings you the latest features, articles and reviews in the definitive guide fo...

Mayfair Magazine February 2015  

The Mayfair magazine celebrates the dynamism of the area and brings you the latest features, articles and reviews in the definitive guide fo...