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From the EDITOR Artist, adventurer and action hero; our men of the moment take on all types of guises, but James Bond has to be the most talked about thanks to the release of Spectre (p.20). The man has scaled all manner of problems, from skiing off a cliff to skydiving without a parachute, and the production team has ensured he will be tested yet again. For the latest instalment of the franchise, the crew travelled to Mexico, Italy, Austria and North Africa, where they masterminded huge explosions and thrilling car chases. The film won’t fail to impress. Continuing this theme, Matthew Carter follows the evolution of Bond’s favourite car, the Aston Martin, on p.92. With all kinds of gadgets and gismos suitable for a grown-up toy, it’s understandable why the DB10, which has been made especially for Spectre, is the secret spy’s ultimate mode of transport. We also journey to Sölden, one of the locations in Austria used for filming, to experience skiing in style for ourselves. But enough about fiction, we meet a real-life modern-day hero and he lives just around the corner. Ben Fogle speaks to us about pushing his body to the absolute limit and how he mentally navigates his way through punishing challenges: “There’s always something worse, whether it’s being stuck in a jungle with a tarantula on your head, or whether you’re soaking and up to your waist in a river with anacondas.” But it’s his love for Labradors that captures our attentions the most on p.16. While some of these men are dashing about the world looking for adventure, others are happier to stay in London. Local actor-turned-artist Edward Akrout divulges his passion for painting while facing up to the emotions generated by childhood trauma (p.24). He also tells us why he chose Notting Hill over Paris: “You get the impression that the whole neighbourhood is your home. And that’s great; there are very few places in the world, I would say, where you can feel that way.” We couldn’t agree more.

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icture the scene: on Westbourne Grove, nestled in between Daylesford and 202 by Nicole Farhi, another eatery has opened. It boasts high-quality and ecologically-sourced ingredients and is frequented by the usual Notting Hill set of young mothers, models, artists and entrepreneurs. However, this café serves only insects. Fancy it? Probably not, but Ben Fogle does. “I’m thinking of setting up a little grub shop in Notting Hill,” he says over the phone to me one weekday afternoon. “I think it might have legs. Ha!” I have finally managed to pin down the busiest man in England. Between filming a new series, publishing a book, and checking up on his wife and kids, there doesn’t seem to be much time for Fogle to chat. But despite his busy schedule, Fogle, who turns 42 this month, comes across as every bit the lively, charming man from our TV screens. “My favourite, incidentally,” he continues, referring back to insects, “which you always see on shows like I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! are dried maggots. They look disgusting, I’ll give you that, but they’re probably one of the tastiest things I’ve ever had. They taste exactly like melted cheese on toast.” I don’t believe this for a second but Fogle is adamant and begins to describe the best way to eat them as if I could pop down to Waitrose and purchase a few myself. “Cooked, though, not raw,” he continues. “Just blanch it like a marshmallow over the fire – delicious!” It’s not just his taste buds that he has tested. Ben Fogle has pushed his mind and body to extreme limits and a quick look over his CV has me hooked. A seven-day 200km race across the Sahara desert; a swim

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from Alcatraz to San Francisco; a marathon in the Italian Dolomites; a journey in a 21ft plywood boat from La Gomera to Antigua. You would be forgiven for thinking I was referring to the plot of a Daniel Defoe novel. It all sounds very exhilarating, but between the highs there have been some desperate lows. How does he get through them? “If I’m really struggling, if I’m racing across a desert, up the mountain, or the cold is really getting to me, I try to think of the worst scenario I could be in. There’s always something worse, whether it’s being stuck in a jungle with a tarantula on your head, or whether you’re soaking and up to your waist in a river with anacondas.” Fogle also puts it down to stubbornness. “I’m pretty determined. I really don’t like failure. It’s the thing I’m most fearful of and that’s because I experienced so much failure when I was a child. I failed all my exams, failed at sports, failed at friendships – everything. I think that’s why I’m probably a bit more driven now.” A recent series, New Lives in the Wild, saw Fogle visit people living off the land in the most remote locations. Most of them had completely shunned ordinary life and were a little wild and woolly. Did he ever get scared meeting them? “Funnily enough, not really. I kind of trust my instincts. Although, I did one a couple of years ago in the same series where I spent time with a Miami taxi driver who lived in the Philippines,” he explains. “I felt uncomfortable enough that I slept with a knife under my bed, let’s put it that way. But I put a huge amount of trust in the production company and I just assume that these people will not be axe murderers who are going to chop me up into little bits. By and large, they have all been amazing characters.” He has just finished a

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new version called New Lives in the Wild UK, which airs in October and covers areas closer to home, such as Devon, Scotland and Yorkshire. Fogle has collected a vast array of memorabilia from his time abroad to decorate his home in Notting Hill, which he shares with his wife Marina and their two children, Ludo and Iona. “I’ve got oars from when I rode across oceans, artwork I’ve picked up from around the world, antique ponchos ... everything in our house has a story behind it.” It must be tough to leave the family behind for each new adventure, I say, does he ever want to throw in the towel? “The children have accompanied me on some of the trips with Marina; they all came out to Tanzania earlier this year. And we’re all going away a bit later this year, so I don’t think I’ll ever tire of it. I might need to reduce the amount of travel; I think I’ve done 24 long-haul trips this year. I’ve almost forgotten what Notting Hill looks like!”


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Fogle moved to the area with his parents at the age of eight and now lives only a mile from their house. “When we moved to Notting Hill, I remember my older sister was really embarrassed to be there. She used to pretend to her friends that we lived in Holland Park! But there have been huge changes.” He goes on to list the charming boutiques and cafés that have popped up around him (minus grub shops) and cemented the area as a central part of the London scene. “I could never leave Notting Hill. I love the fact that I go off to all these faraway places and come back to my early morning stroll on Portobello Road. All the market holders set up stalls in the morning, and I know everyone. I feel very comfortable.” His house is also a stone’s throw from where Fogle met his wife in Hyde Park, while they were both walking their Labradors. Fogle’s obsession with these furry friends dates back further than this walk in the park – his dog Inca was his luxury item of choice on Castaway, the reality TV programme that started his career. Although Inca has since passed,

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“I have no regrets about my life. I don’t think I could have planned it better if I tried” Fogle welcomed a black Labrador puppy called Storm to the family at the end of last year. Fogle’s fascination with the breed is being immortalised in a new book. “It is basically the complete history – social and historical – of the Lab and what they do. There’s a chapter on all the politicians who have had Labs, all the Hollywood stars, the rock ‘n’ roll Labs, the working Labs. For anyone who has a Lab, you’re basically going to understand how your friends have evolved.” This is his seventh book so I assume that the writing process is fairly fluid. “I found it hard to be quite honest,” Fogle admits. “There was a lot of research and I had someone to help me out. Obviously I do a lot of multitasking, as I’m filming, travelling, cycling, keeping fit, being a dad, having a family, walking the dogs – so I found it quite difficult. It was written all over the world; parts of it were written in the Serengeti, a part was written in Cuba, another part on Vancouver Island off Canada, and another in Iceland. It was a labour of love.” But this doesn’t stop Fogle wanting to do more. “My father has 50 books to his name, so I’ve got to keep up!” he laughs. His stubbornness never falters and neither does his positivity. “I have no regrets about my life,” he says, answering my final question. “I don’t think I could have planned it better if I tried.” Labrador: The Story of the World’s Favourite Dog by Ben Fogle is out now, published by William Collins (hardback, £20, and ebook)

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Enough Mexico, Italy, Austria and North Africa; James Bond has travelled far and wide for his latest film Spectre to defeat the enemy, as has the production team. Hannah Lemon learns about the trials of filming on location


ack in April, Notting Hill residents were all abuzz. On Stanley Crescent, outside a beautiful white stucco house, the Spectre production crew was filming. Naomi Harris, who stars as Moneypenny, and Daniel Craig as the action hero James Bond were saving our great city from total annihilation. People were so excited that they started predicting what their part of town had to do with Britain’s greatest secret agent. Many jumped to the conclusion that the property was the site of Bond’s new apartment after Skyfall saw MI6 sell his previous flat in Chelsea when he was presumed dead. However, this was based solely on the fact that their outfits bore some resemblance to previous interior shots filmed in Pinewood Studios of Moneypenny meeting Bond at his ‘house’. As fascinating as it is to ponder the value of our local street, the Academy Award-winning director for the film, Sam Mendes, is much more interested in international locations for the majority of Spectre. This is a deliberate change from his previous film Skyfall, where, although many of the scenes took place in Shanghai and Istanbul, most focused on London and Scotland. Mendes explains, “Given the fact that Bond is much more engaged in his own journey, we were able to play around with much more widespread locations. There is much more variety and a far greater, physical and geographical journey in this movie than in Skyfall.”

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“The Day of the Dead sequence stands as a reminder of what a James Bond film can achieve” – Barbara Broccoli Harking back to the glamorous settings of older Bond films, Mendes chose exotic locations over the British Isles. Mexico City was the first port of call for Bond, who finds himself on a rogue mission that then leads to Rome, where he meets Lucia Sciarra (played by Monica Bellucci), the widow of an infamous criminal. While investigating these places overseas (poor him), Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of a sinister organisation known as Spectre. This infamous agency and its villains (previously featured in six other Bond films) have been reimagined for the 21st century with a whole set of problems for Bond to face. While shooting on location in Mexico City, the production team chose to film the action during the Day of the Dead parade with a riot of colour and noise to intensify the drama. Producer Barbara Broccoli, who has worked on the Bond films for more than 35 years, says of filming the scenes: “The Day of the Dead sequence stands as a reminder of what a James Bond film can achieve. Here we were in the middle of a foreign capital city with thousands of beautifully dressed extras and a world-class stunt team executing jaw-dropping scenes. That is one reason why we feel that Spectre is such a special moment in the James Bond series.”

Spectacular detail went into preparing the Day of the Dead parade. Gigantic costumes wandered down the street, including ten decorative skeleton maquettes and floats, the tallest of which towered 11 metres high. The carnival centrepiece was La Calavera Catrina skeleton, inspired by an etching from Mexican illustrator and lithographer José Guadalupe Posada, which wore a hat that was ten metres wide. The man power behind the event is even more jaw dropping – 107 different make-up artists took a total of three-and-a-half hours to dress and make up 1,520 extras each working day. But no sooner is this hard work completed, than Bond is onto the next destination. In this case, the eternal city of Rome. The Spectre team opted to film Rome at night because of “the history and an atmosphere of darkness and foreboding – particularly


if you’re dealing with 1920s and 1930s Fascist architecture,” says Mendes. Despite being knocked down at a few hurdles placed by Italian authorities, the filmmakers managed to shoot sections alongside the Tiber, facing St Peter’s Square and the Colosseum, where the team used a total of eight Aston Martins and seven Jaguars to shoot a chase between two cars. For the romantic aspect of the film, however, the filmakers opted for North Africa, Tangier and the Sahara desert. The latter was to be the most punishing. When setting up camp on the barren wasteland outside Erfoud, the filmmakers had to make sure that inhabitants within a 20-mile radius knew to expect loud noises for a scene involving an impressive explosion. This meant that the locations department had to drive out to speak to villagers and nearby nomad tribes; some local nomads were even recruited to be guides and part of the security team. The temperature in Erfoud reached an average of 45°C while filming and 50°C on the hottest day – a worrying statistic given that the team brought 8,000 litres of kerosene to fuel the massive blast. “It is most definitely the biggest explosion of my career,” says Chris Corbould, the special effects supervisor. “It was complicated to plan and to pull off, but it was more than worth it.”

It wasn’t all about sunny climes for this Bond film, though. From hot to cold, Bond travelled to the Austrian locations of Lake Altaussee, Obertilliach and Sölden and, finally, back to England, where City Hall and the London Assembly provided the back drop for high-octane action. The River Thames and a number of its bridges proved useful to Bond once more for a speed boat and a low-flying helicopter chase. However, to ensure that the production team got the go-ahead, 11,000 letters had to be sent out to residents and businesses that fell within the fly zone. Not only that, but each night-shoot involved a location team of nearly 200 personnel that included marshals, security, traffic management and police officers. By travelling the globe, Mendes points out that he “wanted to get back to some of that old-school glamour that you get from those fantastic, otherworldly locations. I wanted to push it to extremes.” The impressive selection of destinations, some of which 007 has not visited before, and the extraordinary effort the team went into securing them, goes to show the importance the scenery has on this next chapter of the elusive spy’s life. And as for the location of Bond’s new apartment? Well, you Notting Hill residents will just have to go and see the film for yourself.

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Centre Stage After years of acting, Edward Akrout has finally followed his passion for art. Hannah Lemon tracks the ups and downs of a path that has been difficult to tread WHEN I SPEAK to Edward Akrout, the term ‘tortured artist’ springs to mind. The checklist of the stereotype unveils itself as he reminisces about bygone years. Misunderstood by his peers. Tick. Smoker. Tick. Overwhelmed by inner conflicts. Tick. But as the conversation moves on, my first impressions are waylaid by a far more poetic reality. Ever since he was a child, Akrout was intrigued by painting and sometimes overwhelmed by its presence. He grew up in a family of artists including his mother’s uncle, who made a great impression on the young Akrout. “I learnt everything from him,” Akrout explains. “Unfortunately, he was an alcoholic. A very interesting man – completely crazy. He took me into this imaginary world, a sort of fairy world. It was great as a child.” Tragically, his great-uncle passed away when Akrout was 15, causing a trauma that was to affect him for years to come. “It was the end of my childhood really,” he says. “After his death, I saw his paintings and then I just realised that being a painter was so dangerous because you are alone with your madness; you have nothing to hold you on to reality. You could just dive completely into your madness and that was too scary for me.” An obsession with painters like Vincent Van Gogh and Francis Bacon only accentuated this fear; art became indistinguishable from the “misery of life”. It was then that Akrout chose acting as a career. You might recognise his chiselled good looks and bohemian brown locks from performances in Mr Selfridge, Swinging with the Finkels and the upcoming drama Bitter Harvest, which he stars in alongside Max Irons, Samantha Barks and Emilia Fox. When we speak, he has just returned from the set of a new television series Houdini and Doyle, where he plays a magician conman. But today, Akrout wants to focus on his art that up until now has been a secret. “It was almost like a trauma,” Photography by: Tom Medwell


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From left/ Shame; Drunken Drama; Head in the Clouds

Akrout uses the simile of a volcano to describe his work, saying that his pieces act like traces left after an eruption, relics of a trauma he murmurs. “I kept my paintings a complete secret. I never talked to anyone about it. I carried on painting but I would never mention it.” Akrout speaks with a soft French lilt, barely noticeable owing to meticulous training at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Continuing the story in a lyrical style only a Frenchman could execute, Akrout tells of the turning point that transformed his attitude to the past. An accident left Akrout with a devastating back injury, and during the recovery after surgery he had time to think and heal in a new way with the support of different people. First, his doctor who told him to “stop drinking, stop smoking and take more vitamins”. Then an artist friend, who saw his work for the first time and said: “It’s such a pity you’re not doing anything because you could grow a lot as an artist, but you have to bear to show it.” And finally, the greatest impact on his life so far – his wife. “We met only a year ago in August and fell instantly in love. It was the first time I had a love story that was absolutely constructive,” Akrout reflects. “She supported me greatly and pushed to show my paintings publicly for the first time, which I did, earlier this year. That was the most terrifying thing I’ve done in my life.” Akrout needn’t have worried – his exhibition in March at Café Royal opened to a great reception. While his oil on canvas portraits use a deeper palette of colours, others are more minimalistic – uncomplicated dark strokes of charcoal and ink sit against a bright white background, sometimes

lifted only with a simple splash of colour. With effortless movement, he deftly portrays a rainbow of emotion. I ask if his great-uncle painted in a similar style, but Akrout replies that he learned more from his relative in feeling than in style. “There was this thing of energy in him that was released when he was painting, very similar to the way I work. I can almost paint with my eyes closed.” Akrout’s language is just as expressive as his art – he uses a simile of a volcano to describe his work, saying that his pieces act like traces left after an eruption, relics of a trauma. The majority of his portraits focus on people. Some with bowler hats and pipes, others looking forlorn or confused, aggressive or happy. “I can come home from a party where I’ve met a character and I have it in me – you know, I’ve got to get it down and just do it,” explains Akrout. One intriguing piece is Drunken Drama, which came about after Akrout saw a man get punched in the face. “He was obsessed by getting back into the night club. He was so stubborn with the idea that he had to get back in and the bouncer was like: ‘You look like s**t. You’re bleeding. You’re not going to get back in.’ And the guy just stood with a mask of stubbornness on his face and didn’t move until he was allowed in. It was gorgeous in a way.” And funnily enough, the product is gorgeous. Droplets of pink ink highlight the scowl in a fun, light-hearted way, striking a comical chord. Is this wit deliberate? “The humour is a way to survive, because if you feel too much, sometimes it can destroy you.


The only way you can survive it is by taking a step back. And humour is one way of doing this. Humour is an art form in itself I think.” Akrout divulges another story regarding America America, a reaction to his first trip to New York. “I was ecstatic when I arrived in the city. It was just crazy!” he smiles. “I’d heard so much about it. Everyone had told me how it is, and I actually got there and it was even better than what people said.” However, it is Notting Hill that managed to seduce him to stay for seven years – no other place seems better suited to a Parisian artist. “I can almost

go around speaking French!” laughs Akrout. It is the sense of community that is the biggest appeal, though; the shops, the people, the welcoming vibe. “There is the sensation that your house doesn’t stop at your walls. You get the impression that the whole neighbourhood is your home. And that’s great; there are very few places in the world, I would say, where you can feel that way.” First Impression by Edward Akrout runs until 1 January at The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch

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Tom’s Table

Tom Kerridge is the hottest ticket on the celebrity chef circuit. Hannah Lemon catches him as he launches his third cookery book and a pop-up in Harrods


efore Tom Kerridge landed himself the role of top chef, publican and TV cooking personality, he was cast as a bully. As a 17-year-old boy from a council estate in Gloucestershire, he had been sent to a youth theatre group by his mother, where an agent scouted him. “All of my parts saw me play either a Borstal boy, a school bully or ‘Thug One’, which was my official title in London’s Burning,” laughs Kerridge. Years later, he could still look the part, standing at 6ft 3in with a shaved head, but for the dimpled, cheeky smile that proudly and comfortably spreads across his face. After a short acting career, which also saw a stint on the Miss Marple Christmas special, Kerridge moved on to cheffing. “I went into the kitchen at the age of 18 and instantly fell in love with the environment,” he explains in a soft West Country accent. “The kitchen space itself, the way it all worked, the staff – everything about it was amazing. So I’ve stayed there ever since.” He worked first in country houses, hotels and restaurants in Gloucestershire, then moved to London to learn from the likes of Philip Britten, Stephen Bull and Gary Rhodes. Kerridge was soon posted as head chef at the Michelin-starred Adlards in Norwich and then, in 2005, he opened a gastropub, The Hand and Flowers, with his wife Beth. Within a year he was awarded a Michelin star, and after seven years he had two – the first time a pub has achieved such an accomplishment. This steady rise to the top has slowly, but surely, won the heart of the nation through programmes such as the Great British Menu, MasterChef and Saturday Kitchen, and also fellow celebrities (between pictures of food and dogs, Kerridge’s Instagram shots include photos of Liam Gallagher, Alastair Cook, Sat Bains and James Martin). Out of all of this, I ask, what has been the biggest highlight of his career? “To be honest, it has to be opening

my own place. The focus suddenly changes from being a chef – where it’s all about the food and what you cook – to running a restaurant. There’s just so much more to it.” That and receiving two Michelin stars, right? “It doesn’t get much bigger than that – I mean three Michelin stars is technically bigger, but...” Is that the aim then? “There’s no end goal, it’s just an ongoing drive. It’s what motivates all of us to come into work every day.” I notice how he refers to his team and colleagues as ‘us’ and ‘we’ and I feel that he must make a fair and considerate boss. A quick look at The Hand and Flowers website and my suspicions are confirmed – the

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majority of photos on the gallery are black-and-white shots of the staff rather than the food. But I wonder if a rougher edge is still lurking underneath the surface. After some research, I uncover a well-publicised Twitter tirade that Kerridge and a few other chefs launched against an amateur blogger after his underpar review of Claude Bosi’s restaurant Hibiscus. Kerridge, via his account, typed a number of expletives aimed at the chap. I ask about the rant, curious as to whether my question will unleash any similar sarky comments, but Kerridge replies honestly and coolly: “It was a huge learning curve for me to find out that I have a voice that people actually listen to. Since then I’ve used it for the power of good by shouting out about the National Farmers’ Union, British farming and pork farming and helping to raise awareness. Whether it’s Children in Need or Battersea Dogs & Cats Home or anything I find that is close to my heart, I use my voice to a good extent now.”

“It’s not supposed to be a coffee table cookery book; it’s supposed to be used” Kerridge describes his food as “robust and honest”, which has been refined during his time at the pub and through the release of three books Proper Pub Food, Best Ever Dishes and his latest edition Tom’s Table: My Favourite Everyday Recipes. The latter showcases simple recipes from roast chicken, chilli con carne and blueberry muffins to more exotic dishes like prawn and chicken gumbo and blackened Cajun redfish. I note that this is a useful book for both beginner and seasoned chefs. “It’s not supposed to be a coffee table cookery book; it’s supposed to be used,” Kerridge explains. “I like the idea of all cooking books having greasy finger marks on them and pieces of paper where people have tried them out. I love seeing people make changes to the recipes.” The injection of international flavours follows Kerridge’s recognition that British cuisine is often swayed by fads and different cuisines. “You can’t help being influenced by fashion, people and trends,” Kerridge explains. “Basically there is a nod to everyday tasty food, which happens to be, at the minute, across the sea in America.” Although he notes that flavours in the US stem from European flavours, thanks to Polish, Irish and Italian immigrants who brought with them the flavours of their homeland that “are now regarded as American staples”. I ask Kerridge what he cooks after a long day at work, but the hours at the pub don’t really allow him to be back for meal times. However, for a quick fix he recommends an omelette. “Get a non-stick pan and fry up your ingredients.


Onions, peppers, chilli and chorizo are a great combination. Whisk up your eggs, pour them in and stir them round like a good Spanish omelette. That’s always a winner.” This welcoming and laid-back attitude to cooking seems to be his signature style and images of family and friends gathered around the dinner table are hard to dispel. “Ultimately the end result is about flavour, taste and people having a nice time,” says Kerridge. If you are hankering for a taste of Kerridge’s food, he has joined Harrods as its next Chef of the Season. This month he will be launching a Christmas range of dishes to go and a 21 cover pop-up restaurant. It will provide the chance for people to taste the flavours from Kerridge’s latest recipe book and see him cooking at the grill with his team from The Hand and Flowers. I joke that despite being so far removed from the ruffian characters of his youth, surely he can get away with aggressively barking orders in the kitchen? But Kerridge smiles: “There are people who do the shouting for me these days.”

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the return of SalonQP The UK’s largest watch fair rolls into town, housed once again at the Saatchi Gallery, this November. A.Lange & Söhne, Tudor and Ralph Lauren make their return to the show, which will this year feature more than 80 exhibitors, including Bremont, Bell & Ross, Chopard, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Harry Winston and Montblanc. Auction houses Bonhams and Fellows will also be in attendance, as will the winning watches from the 2015 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. Founded in 2003 and operated by the Telegraph Media Group since 2014, last year’s SalonQP three-day event attracted over 7,000 visitors, confirming it as one of Europe’s leading public watch fairs. SalonQP, 12-14 November, Saatchi Gallery, SW3

Arachnophobia, POA, MB&F;

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Upgrading an Icon

Tale as Old as Time

Behold Audemars Piguet’s new Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar. Same as the old one, you may think. But take a closer look. Having grown to 41mm, the rakishly handsome timepiece has been enhanced by the addition of a week indicator at the perimeter of its dial. It will now tell you the day and date of the month, as well as the week of the year. A moon phase at 6 o’clock completes proceedings.

It may not technically be the world’s oldest watch brand (Blancpain was founded in 1735) but, having survived wars, political unrest and economic downturns, Vacheron Constantin is the only watchmaker that can claim to have been producing timepieces uninterrupted since 1755 – and it’s now released a book honouring that 260-year journey. More than a celebratory pat on the back, Vacheron Constantin – Artists of Time is a fascinating account of the history of watchmaking by the industry’s longestserving custodian. Order one for your coffee table now. Vacheron Constantin – Artists of Time, out now

One to Watch Each month we select our timepiece of the moment from the watch world’s most exciting creations:

Technical, reliable and handsome to look at, the Tudor North Flag is made with the modern adventurer in mind. It also houses one of the brand’s first in-house produced movements North Flag, £2,430, Tudor


Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, £69,800 (rose gold), £44,500 (steel), Audemars Piguet,

Backes in Business Backes & Strauss, the world’s oldest diamond company, has opened its first flagship in Mayfair. Alongside the brand’s diamond-heavy timepieces, the store houses archives dating back to the 1800s, when Backes & Strauss sourced and polished diamonds for the likes of Cartier, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto and Boucheron. Coinciding with this opening is the launch of the Regent Beau Brummell Tourbillon pocket watch, a moon phase-equipped accessory that shimmers with 1,669 diamonds. Backes & Strauss, 21-22 Grosvenor Street, W1K;

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Look to

the East

The V&A’s fascinating new exhibition, Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection, showcases the prevailing influence of Indian jewellery and jewelled objects on the Western world. Olivia Sharpe reports


n 1910, French designer Paul Iribe designed an emerald aigrette that was pictured on the cover of the then popular fashion journal, Comoedia illustré (Paris, 1 February 1912). While inspired by the Paris performances of the Ballets Russes, its overall design evokes the form of an Indian turban jewel, having been set with an antique Mughal carved emerald. With its natural wealth of gemstones and metals, it’s no surprise that India has a rich jewellery history that has long impacted the rest of the Western world. Following on from the exhibition held at the Met last year, the V&A’s latest display – Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection – presents more than 100 precious objects originating from, or inspired by, the Indian subcontinent, drawn from a single private collection. Pieces date back from the 17th century Mughal dynasty right up to the present day, highlighting the linear progression of styles and techniques, not to mention the shared cultural influences between east and west. Unlike previous exhibitions, which have predominantly focused on Hindu jewellery traditions, the interesting aspect of the V&A’s exhibit, according to its curator Susan Stronge, is that it explores Mughal gemmology. Like the Tudor royal court, the Mughal court in India – which ruled from the 16th to the 18th century – was one of the most lavish in history.

To display their power and status, members would adorn themselves with jewels and this is portrayed in old V&A archive images taken from Susan’s new book, which accompanies the exhibition. These include a painting of Shah Jahan holding an emerald (c.1631-2) and another of Tipu Sultan, who wasn’t a Mughal emperor, but his South Indian court would still have followed many of its customs. Susan stresses that the majority of the pieces on display would have been worn by men and notes how there was even a hierarchy when it came to the different types of stones. Although one would have thought diamonds held the highest status, this was in fact not so. “The most highly valued stone in the treasury was the spinel,” she explains. “People are not very familiar with it today, but in gemmological terms it is similar to ruby. Spinels come in a range of colours, but the most highly valued were deep red. Originating from Badakhshan in Central Asia, these were both very large and very transparent, and were kept in their natural, irregular form.” Of course, with India having been the sole supplier of diamonds to the world at this time, these do also feature heavily, presented as “extraordinary, unmounted stones”. One such piece is the magnificent ‘Arcot II’ 17.21-carat diamond, which was gifted to Queen Charlotte in 1767 from the Nawab of Arcot, who controlled the renowned Golconda Southern India diamond mines.


From left: Three Brahmin couples, watercolour and gold on paper, India, c.1830, ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Brooch by JAR Paris, 2002; Pendant brooch set with diamonds and rubies, 2011, by Bhagat, Mumbai, India; Shah Jahan holding a faceted emerald, Muhammed Abed, Mughal, 1631-2, ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Emerald and diamond clip brooch, Cartier Paris, 1925 (modified 1927); Gold finial from Tipu Sultan’s throne, 1790-1800, Mysore, South India; Nephrite jade backscratcher belonging to Clive of India, Mughal, mid-18th century; Tipu Sultan, watercolour and gold on paper, Mysore, c.1790, ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Box of Tipu Sultan, Mysore, c.1782-99; Diamond turban jewel made for the Maharaja of Nawanagar, 1907 (remodelled in 1935), India. All jewelled objects courtesy of: The Al Thani collection, ©Servette and Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

The exhibition also presents Indian court jewelled objects from the Mughal era. These include a c.1770 ‘backscratcher’ belonging to Clive of India; it represents one of the few non-jewelled pieces, having been made from Nephrite jade (and set with rubies and gold). Such expensive materials indicate that this would not have been used for its traditional purpose, but more likely would have been seen as an emblem of office for court officials (emperors at the time having coveted ceremonial and functional objects made of luxury materials). Another object that Susan finds particularly intriguing is the jewelled finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan: “This is a very poignant piece – when the British defeated Tipu Sultan in 1799, they also seized his treasury. His throne was destroyed, apart from a very few jewelled components. This is a rare survivor.” In the 19th and early 20th centuries, Indian craftsmen were becoming inspired by European design, particularly in Hyderabad under the Nizams. Susan notes how this is illustrated through the inclusion of European open settings, allowing light to shine through cut diamonds and emeralds; this technique, according to the curator, was then “a very foreign concept in Indian jewellery”. In the early 20th century, an influx of Indian maharajas were suddenly arriving in Europe and having their treasures reset according to the latest styles, which, at the time, was predominantly Art Deco. This phenomenon, in turn, led to European designers being greatly influenced by Indian jewellery design. A Cartier emerald brooch that was made for the Paris 1925 Exposition Internationale des Art Décoratifs, for instance, presents an Art Deco reinterpretation of conventional Indian forms.

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India’s rich tradition of jewellery-making continues to this day, having been passed down through the generations. A section dedicated to enamelling explores how in Mughal times, the vivid colours would have been hidden on the backs of jewellery pieces, such as bangles and earrings. For her research, Susan travelled to Jaipur where she visited one of jeweller Amrapali’s (founded in 1978, it specialises in contemporary Indian jewellery) five workshops specialising in enamelling and other such techniques. Speaking to director Sameer Lilani, he comments: “Jaipur is the world centre of coloured stones, so there’s a huge culture of jewellery manufacture. We have between 2,000 and 2,500 craftsmen who do everything, from base metal manufacturing to stonesetting and enamel, and often it is three generations of the same family working for us; the grandfather, the father and the son.” Also being shown in the exhibition is a newlydocumented film on the art of ‘kundan’, a uniquely Indian style of using highly-refined gold to set stones that is still being employed today. Contemporary jewellers continue to look to the east as a major source of inspiration. In 2002, avant-garde jeweller JAR showcased a brooch in Paris that can be seen to replicate elements of Mughal architecture. Featuring an evocative ogee arch silhouette and a fine antique facetted emerald, its design highlights the enduring influence of Indian jewellery traditions on Western culture. 21 November 2015 – 28 March 2016 Bejewelled Treasures: The Al Thani Collection is sponsored by Warstki;




World’s thinnest (3,4 mm) automatic flying tourbillon Platinum micro-rotor World’s lightest titanium cage (0,255 g) Hand finished movement, case and dial Hermès alligator strap 100% engineered and made by Parmigiani Manufacture Switzerland






Archi de Triomphe

Imperiale Woman It was only a matter of time before Chopard’s Imperiale watch, launched in the 1990s, gave birth to a corresponding jewellery line, which arrived in 2010. This year, as part of the maison’s series of advertising campaigns dedicated to its four flagship collections (Imperiale, Happy Diamonds, Haute Joaillerie and Classic Racing), Chopard has starred model Hilary Rhoda as the new ‘Imperiale woman’ and launched five new pieces, which were unveiled at the 2015 Venice Film Festival in September. Encompassing a watch, ring, a pair of earrings, a long chain necklace and a headband, each piece channels the majestic Imperiale motif.

A high jewellery diffusion line sounds like an oxymoron when you consider that the whole purpose of a high jewellery collection is to target an elite clientele who can afford these precious items, rather than the masses. However, there is a burgeoning trend for such collections, as more and more women desire accessible pieces that can be worn day-to-day. Enter Dior’s new Archi Dior medium jewellery collection, a watered-down version of its high jewellery counterpart. Pieces include the Bar en Corolle ring, which references both the New Look’s first line and the 1947 Bar suit, and the Diorama necklace and bracelet, inspired by the 1951 ribboned dress by the same name. From £5,000; Photography: Luigi & Iango

Bulgari Pop-Up at Harrods Cutting Edge As the V&A celebrates all things India this autumn as part of its dedicated festival, Swiss jeweller De Grisogono similarly pays homage to the country’s rich jewellery-making history with its latest collection of earrings, fittingly named India:

Rose gold earrings set with mammoth ivory and brown diamonds, POA,

“Each pair has taken seven days to craft and the open-work featured on the backs allows light to filter through the stones, creating a chiaroscuro effect. I think in volumes, I imagine in colours, I design in lights.” – Fawaz Gruosi (founder & creative director of De Grisogono)

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Bulgari is celebrating its 130 years of Italian masterpieces this year in a special exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum, but fortunately you do not have to travel quite that far in order to enjoy some of the brand’s most iconic pieces. Throughout November, Harrods will play host to the Italian jeweller in a pop-up exhibition in its Brompton Road Exhibition windows, showcasing seven exclusive products that have been reimagined from existing Bulgari collections. These will include the Diva pendant in malachite and pink gold, the Octo watch and the Serpenti Forever galuchat handbag in emerald croco. 30 October – 28 November Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X



Phillip Lim 040for Swarovski, 22 Ways to Say Black, 2010 ŠMark Pillai

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As her family’s company celebrates its 120th anniversary, Nadja Swarovski relives some of the brand’s key designs and collaborations, illustrated beautifully in a new Rizzoli publication

Nadja Swarovski

graced both the Palace of Versailles and the Oscars. Nadja Swarovski elaborates on this dazzling history. We worked very closely with Rizzoli, as well as with our contributors, on every aspect of the book. Our archive contains amazing photographs from the 1890s when my great-great-grandfather established the company, as well as iconic images from the early days of the silver screen, 20th century haute couture and jewellery pieces, and the avant-garde architectural and design collaborations we have created more recently.

Swarovski’s legacy is a glittering one in all senses of the word. The company has become world-renowned for its innovative and exquisite use of crystals and, as such, its history is as studded with stars as its creations are: the brand has worked with the best designers across the decades, from Balenciaga, Chanel and Dior to McQueen and Katrantzou; it has bejewelled Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor (Cleopatra), Madonna and Emily Blunt (The Young Victoria) for their respective performances; and its sparkling installations have

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Swarovski has stayed at the forefront of innovation by working with creative visionaries across the fashion, jewellery, performance and design industries. This focus on ground-breaking collaboration has been key to our company’s success from the very beginning. My great-greatgrandfather Daniel Swarovski frequently travelled to Paris to work with the early couturiers, like Charles Frederick Worth and Jeanne Lanvin, and 50 years later his sons worked with Christian Dior to develop the ‘Aurora Borealis’, a stone inspired by the Northern Lights that Dior never tired of using in his couture and jewellery collections. Fast forward another 50 years: Alexander McQueen opened the floodgates and reintroduced Swarovski into the world of fashion. He created this crystal mesh top with a hood and teamed it up with the most incredibly delicate silk skirt. That juxtaposition between the hard and the soft made it incredibly powerful, yet feminine. Working with him made me realise the importance of putting our product in the hands of creative talents who could embrace Swarovski’s spirit of innovation and ensure our brand remains relevant. When I started in the mid-’90s, people really didn’t know anything about the colour and intricacy of the stones


COLLECTION Christopher Kane, S/S12, © Josh Olins, Trunk Archive

I played with as a child; they only associated Swarovski with the figurines. I wanted to share the stories I grew up with, hearing how my grandfather worked with Christian Dior and Coco Chanel. He understood the importance of putting our crystal in the hands of great designers and I wanted to do the same. I wanted to work with a designer who was the equivalent of Coco Chanel. Of course, it was McQueen. This collaboration created a blueprint that we have used to work with creative talent across the different industries. We are fortunate to have worked with some of the 21st century’s most exciting design talents. These include luminaries such as Ron Arad, Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Tord Boontje, Yves Béhar and the Bouroullec brothers. All our collaborations have been inspirational in the way they pushed the boundaries and responded to the medium of crystal. Supporting emerging talent is so important because that is the source of creativity, and creativity to us is essential in terms of the evolution of the product, or at least in terms of the evolution of the use of the product. The aim of the Swarovski Collective is twofold – to support emerging talent but also to deepen our relationships with established fashion talent. We started it when working with McQueen in the late 1990s and it’s hard to believe that earlier this year we awarded Peter Pilotto our inaugural Swarovski Collective Prize to mark its 15th anniversary. For S/S16 and A/W16, the Collective includes some really exciting new designers in London, Paris and New York, as well as many of last season’s returning talent. Putting our crystal in the hands of these young fashion visionaries and giving them our support is truly rewarding, and the results can be breathtaking. London is such an amazing creative hub: it draws and inspires talents from across the world. The designers that make it their home are among the most innovative in the world. Our London offices are in Mayfair, just around the corner from Savile Row, and I have always loved the area’s mix of fashion, art, luxury and craftsmanship. The retail scene is so vibrant now and many of our closest collaborators, such as Erdem, Nicholas Kirkwood, Hussein Chalayan, Shaun Leane and Stephen Webster, have shops nearby.


We are honoured that the V&A’s director, Martin Roth, will be hosting and moderating our talk [on 13 October]. We worked together on the recent McQueen exhibition and he has a true appreciation of what we are trying to do in supporting creative talents from across the design disciplines. Colin McDowell is one of our most distinguished fashion historians and commentators, so expect a wide-ranging and stimulating discussion on why so many designers are passionate about using crystal as a creative ingredient.

© Swarovski: Celebrating a History of Collaborations in Fashion, Jewelry, Performance, and Design, Rizzoli New York, 2015

SWAROVSKI: Celebrating a History of Collaborations in Fashion, Jewelry, Performance, and Design, £60, Rizzoli New York. Preface by Nadja Swarovski, foreword by Suzy Menkes, introduction by Alice Rawsthorn and texts by Vivienne Becker, Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Deyan Sudjic and Colin McDowell

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Canary Wharf Ice Rink

31st October - 27th February Canada Square park, Canary Wharf

booK TICKeTS TodAy SponSored by offICIAl bAr & KITChen provIder


REIGNING SUPREME The Best of Patrick Lichfield is the latest unmissable show at The Little Black Gallery. Lichfield, one of the 20th century’s most iconic photographers, shot to fame in 1967 with his images of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor for American Vogue. As well as working for esteemed fashion publications, he was appointed the official photographer for the wedding of The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer. The exhibition showcases all genres of this talented artist’s work, including items from the celebrated Unipart Calendar and a fabulous shot of Bianca Jagger on her wedding day in that plunging, white Yves Saint Laurent trouser suit. 3 November–12 December, The Little Black Gallery, 13A Park Walk, SW10;

Good Morning America, NY, 1990, Patrick Lichfield

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& chelsea

Get Creative with Cupcakes Bluebird Food Store is opening its door to all budding Great British Bake Off stars with a cupcake decorating class. Your children can unleash their creative side as they decorate freshly-made cakes with a variety of icings and sprinkles, all provided by Bluebird. The tasty treats can be packaged up and taken home to eat later – if you can resist them that long! 19 November, 4pm, Bluebird Food Store, 350 King’s Road, SW3

Sing it from The Rooftop Atlanta-based singer Elhae (Every Life Has An Ending) will be making his UK debut at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Known for his unique mix of hip hop, R&B and Experimental music genres, Elhae has become a world-renowned artist with some of his latest tracks from his new album, Aura, reaching a million listeners on SoundCloud. Combining Elhae’s unforgettable voice with the stunning setting, the night promises an unmissable event for music lovers. 14 November, 7.30pm, The Roof Gardens, 99 Kensington High Street, W8;

Here Comes Santa Claus The King’s Road gets into the festive spirit this year with the Duke of York Square’s Christmas fair. Watch the streets light up as the 2015 decorations are turned on at 4pm. With something for everyone, you can enjoy the market and get ahead of the seasonal rush with a complimentary wrapping service, while children can meet Santa and his reindeers and revel in the treats of the pop-up stalls sponsored by the Prince’s Foundation. Not in Chelsea for this date? Santa’s grotto will remain open at weekends throughout November and December. 7 November, Duke of York Square, SW3;

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Penelope Skinner Photography: ©Bronwen Sharp

Refusing to be Silenced

Lady of the Night Back for a third year, the mysterious hostess Madame Noir offers the next chapter in her exploration of seduction: Food Noir. Located in one of London’s most decadent establishments the Gore Hotel in Kensington, the series of events combines gourmet cooking with immersive theatre to create a multi-sensory banquet. While surrounded by Madame Noir’s infamous troupe of performers and the innovative soundscapes of Qritikal Media’s visual music, guests will enjoy a delicious fourcourse dinner and a customised cocktail that is prepared and served with the signature flair of Nude Noir nights. 29–31 October and 25–27 November, Food Noir: Temptation, The Gore Hotel, 190 Queen’s Gate, SW7;

The North Pole in Knightsbridge

This November Sex and the City star, Kim Cattrall, returns to the London stage as the lead in Penelope Skinner’s Linda. Shedding the skin of her popular character Samantha, Cattrall demonstrates her diversity as an actress. Playing Linda Wilde, a successful 55 year-old woman who refuses to be silenced because of her age, Cattrall and Skinner explore the hurdles women face in daily life. Combining Skinner’s witty feminist writing with director Michael Longhurst’s award-winning direction, Linda is a production that promises a night of compelling theatre. 25 November–9 January Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W

Whether establishing a new tradition or honouring an old one, start your child’s festive season with a visit to the magical Harrods Christmas Grotto. Venture through Santa’s toy workshop before meeting the man himself at his winter cabin where you will receive a specialised gift and have your photo taken with him and his elves. New this year, you can combine your visit to the North Pole with a trip to the new Disney Christmas Café, or celebrate in style at the Georgian restaurant with a glass of champagne and the mini afternoon tea. 6 November–24 December, Harrods, 87–35 Brompton Road, SW1X

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Annie by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1865 All images: ©Victoria and Albert Museum

Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1868, printed 1875

Peace by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864

Julia Margaret Cameron Celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of one of the most significant 19th century photographers at the V&A’s new exhibition, Julia Margaret Cameron. Exhibiting more than 100 original photographs, the retrospective examines the artist’s relationship with the V&A’s founding director, Sir Henry Cole, who directed Cameron’s first and only exhibition during her lifetime. One of the first photographers to see their work as an art form, Cameron’s images possess a haunting beauty that reveal her innovative technique. Be entranced by the penetrating stares of Cameron’s sitters and fall in love with the serene beauty of her images. 28 November–21 February, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7

Christmas Spirit Much to the excitement of local residents, the annual Rugby Portobello Trust Christmas Market returns for a remarkable 26th year, bringing charitable and festive fun to Notting Hill. Shop for unique gifts, ranging from bespoke leather notebooks and Fairtrade jewellery to boutique chocolates and cashmere shawls. All proceeds from the silent auction will go towards the Rugby Portobello Trust, a local charity that helps more than 1,000 local children and young adults every week, as well as a percentage of the stallholders profits. 17–18 November, 20th Century Theatre, Westbourne Grove, W11

Paul and Virginia by Julia Margaret Cameron, 1864

Walking on Sunshine Following the success of her award-winning book, Black Rainbow, this November the best-selling author, Rachel Kelly, releases Walking on Sunshine. From the stress of parenting, to the pressures of work, Kelly draws on her personal experience of depression to provide 52 useful tools for handling everyday life (one for every week of the year). The authenticity of the text, combined with its conversational tone, lends the book the overall impression of talking to a close friend. Complimented by the witty illustrations by Daily Mail cartoonist, Jonathan Pugh, it is a reliable companion to support the reader through life’s challenges. Walking on Sunshine comes out in paperback and Ebook on 5 November;

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Blanchard Terence Photography by: Jenny Bagert

Sweet Sounds of Jazz In celebration of the EFG London Jazz Festival, Cadogan Hall is hosting an exciting ten-day series of live concerts. The fantastic line-up features some of the most talented contemporary musicians. Opening night includes appearances by supergroup James Farm and the preeminent artists of Partisans. Bringing her vibrant theatricality to the hall, the remarkable vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant will be making her UK debut on the 14 November, followed by equally enthralling performances by (to name but a few) Maria Schneider and Kurt Elling. Tributes will also be made to late greats such as Billy Strayhorn and the King of Jazz, Paul Whiteman. 13 November–22 November, Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1X;

Dino Snores Snuggle up with the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum’s Dino Snore event. Before spending the night in one of the venue’s Gothic galleries, children can enjoy a torch-lit trail of the Dinosaurs gallery, a themed T-shirt making class and a live science show with a museum expert. Ideal for children’s parties, budding paleontologists and the incurably curious child, the event promises a night of roaring fun. The museum also hosts adult-only Dino Snores, which includes a three-course dinner and breakfast, live music, an all-night movie marathon and edible insect tasting. 7 November and 5 December, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7

Fingersnap Photography by: Anthony Elvy

Kurt Elling Photography by: Anna Webber

Cécile McLorin Salvant Photography by: John Abbott

Great Movie Moments Travel back to the golden age of cinema at the Royal Albert Hall with the one-night only performance, The Golden Age of Hollywood. On 4 November, a 100-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by the legendary José Serebrier, will be performing a stunning selection of some of the most celebrated film scores ever written. Be transported back to the American Civil War with the score from Gone with the Wind, battle the Armada with songs from The Sea Hawk, get your heart racing to the music of Ben-Hur and much more! 4 November, 7.30pm, The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, SW7

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Wedding line-up, 1968 From left: Andrew Wiltshire, Alan Johnson, Judy, Linda, Judy’s grandmother, and Johnson’s daughter Natalie


Gone By

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Linda and Alan Johnson on the beach at New Brighton during a trip to Liverpool

The Royal Borough, with its gleaming white stucco houses and affluent residents, is unrecognisable from its former self. Alan Johnson MP recalls the post-war era of overcrowding and extreme poverty. Hannah Lemon reports

Alan Johnson, Bevington Prima ry School, c. 1958

Christmas 1968 at the night shift Christmas dinner in Barnes postman’s delivery office



he thought of reading another politician’s ragsto-riches, man-of-the-people type narrative doesn’t sound very appealing, until you start Alan Johnson’s memoir. This Boy, which was published in 2013, is a unique telling of life in Notting Hill before the word ‘gentrification’ took hold. Johnson deftly and surprisingly focuses not on his life as a young boy and his journey into adolescence, but of his mother and sister’s struggles in the London slums. I meet Johnson in his office, going past the tourists photographing Big Ben, through the security of 1 Parliament Street, and down a warren of corridors. The HQ for the West Hull and Hessle Labour MP is so far removed from his upbringing, I can’t quite believe it. The room, more of a study than an office, is laid out with comfortable sofas and one area underneath a window is decked out with newspaper cuttings and memorabilia of his political achievements, most recently for his constituency in Yorkshire where he now lives. The only remnant of his unsettled history is the hint of a streetwise London accent, a watered down version from his youth, I’m sure. Johnson talks me through the reasons for following in the footsteps of his peers and releasing his book. “Putting the text to Roger Mayne’s photographs was one aspect of it, but also describing what my mother was like and what people were like,” he explains. His mother, Lily, originally from Liverpool, raised Johnson and his sister Linda in the 1950s in a place that was later declared unfit for human habitation. She battled against poor health, a feckless husband, sexist legislation and chronic loneliness to ensure a better life for her children. Johnson remarks that after she died (when he was only 12), Linda’s boyfriend Mike paid for a rosebush and a plaque where they scattered her ashes, but neither of them realised they had to re-subscribe to the cemetery every five years. So Johnson has created the story as a new and fitting memorial for this “very humorous, petite and pretty woman”. It’s fascinating for locals to read as most of us will recognise the names or areas, despite many of them having been rebuilt. Johnson and his sister used to visit their grandmother who lived at Peabody Buildings. On the way there they would pass The Debry, a bombed out section of road, not realising the name was a description of the debris and not a place. Lily used to clean grand houses on Ladbroke Square and Church Street in South Kensington, while the family lived in 107 Southam Street. Overcrowding, appalling conditions and cultural clashes with the influx of different nationalities to the area are

excellently documented by Johnson’s descriptions and Mayne’s photos. Mayne was a prolific street photographer of the time, scanning the streets of Kensal Town for black-and-white shots, capturing the atmosphere on the litter-lined roads that he described as “decaying splendour”. Johnson also mentions his job as a milkman, aged 11, when he delivered bottles to 10 Ruston Close (originally Rillington Place), where serial killer John Christie murdered at least seven women. I ask what Johnson thinks of the affluent arrivals to the borough over the last few decades, but he replies that not much has changed in the disparity between rich and poor. “People say Notting Hill has changed and it has now been gentrified, but that’s because they confuse W10 with W11,” he explains. “London W11 has always been gentrified. If you walked up Portobello Road from our end, the rough end, to Holland Park, it was a sociology lesson – you went through every tier of British society. Notting Hill didn’t gentrify, it’s just the whole chunk of Kensal Town, W11, was suddenly under the same label. It’s always been a poor area.” It is an issue Johnson is passionate about and something he will touch on at the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation’s Autumn Celebration at the V&A. The event, which is to be chaired by BBC Radio 4’s Kirsty Lang, aims to raise funds for charities and community groups in the borough that work to combat poverty, health and social issues. “It’s a channel for people who do have a few bob to contribute to charities in the area,” he explains. “The foundation helps those organisations in parts of the borough that are very poor to raise their profile.” It’s quite incredible that the little boy delivering milk to 10 Ruston Close has moved up the road closer to 10 Downing Street, all the while generously accepting and entirely unbegrudging of his upbringing. It’s not surprising that many reviewers of the book said that it’s a shame he never made it to Prime Minister. But that might be because Johnson spent much of his 20s trying to become a famous popstar (and very nearly making it). But that’s another story.

“If you walked up Portobello Road from our end to Holland Park, it was a sociology lesson”

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The Kensington & Chelsea Foundation’s Autumn Celebration, 28 October, 6.30pm, V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7


Photography: Ian Fleming by Lewis Morley, 1963; ŠLewis Morley Archive / National Portrait Gallery, London

The Writers’


From Ian Fleming to George Smiley, Daniel Pembrey investigates the spy and thriller writers and their famous fictional characters who have lived in The Royal Borough



he King’s Road has become world famous for its music and fashion scene, which was at large in the 1960s. Less well-known is its literary heritage – which is surprising, given some of the authors and fictional characters who have lived, and continue to live, in the area. This heritage runs particularly deep in the spy and thriller genres. Given the release of the latest Bond film, it seems only fitting to look at Ian Fleming and his famous fictional creation, both of whom lived in Chelsea. Also considered are John le Carré’s George Smiley character, Dracula creator Bram Stoker, and Raymond Chandler, author of the Philip Marlowe detective novels. Chelsea continues to attract thriller writers to this day. One is the Booker short-listed author William Boyd, who wrote the recent Bond novel Solo, key scenes of which are set on the King’s Road. Another is Thomas Mogford, who was similarly short-listed for The Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger Award. “Chelsea’s blue plaques are a reminder of all the artists and writers who have thrived in the area, and the raffish element is still in evidence in places like the Chelsea Arts Club,” says British crime author Mogford. “As a thriller writer, it’s a perfect place to work, as it reinforces that beneath any sparkling veneer, there’s always something unusual – often quite dark – going on.”

stuck, I would surface and go on a Fleming walk – past Bond’s flat in Wellington Square to Carlyle Mansions,” says Mogford. “Maybe it was just the act of walking, but it always seemed to work.”

Raymond Chandler, Swan Walk

Ian Fleming, Carlyle Mansions Carlyle Mansions, a substantial red brick building on Cheyne Walk, is where Ian Fleming worked on Casino Royale, his first Bond book. His old flat here recently went on the market for almost £7m following a makeover by its celebrity footballer owner. Back in 1952, Carlyle Mansions was known as The Writers’ Block. Other famous residents included T.S. Eliot, Henry James (who wrote The Portrait of a Lady here) and W. Somerset Maugham, who spied for Britain during the First World War and Carlyle Mansions, wrote the classic The Writers’ Block spy story collection, Ashenden: Or the British Agent. It was Fleming’s first novel that achieved greatest renown and it retains a fascination for writers to this day. “I wrote my first two thrillers in a basement flat in Chelsea and when

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Another admirer of Casino Royale was Raymond Chandler, who felt that the torture scene was particularly well done. Chandler’s move to nearby Swan Walk occurred in 1958, when his own creative output – which included such classics as The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye – was drying up. The hard-boiled detective writer lived in California for most of his life, but had been educated in London. At the base of his Philip Marlowe creation was a ‘lone knight’ trope, much imitated in the thriller genre since. It was hoped that Swan Walk, adjacent to the historic Chelsea Physic Garden, might coax Chandler’s creativity back to life. Alas, his stay here only drew out his alcoholic tendencies.


“Book ideas formed, condensed and rapidly evaporated,” comments Tom Williams, author of the recent and highly authoritative biography, Raymond Chandler: A Mysterious Something in the Light: A Life. “Friends in London rallied around, trying to keep him distracted, hoping a busy mind would be a sober one.” One of these friends was Ian Fleming. “Fleming was in awe of the master. They would often dine together and discuss writing, though it’s not clear how sober these discussions were,” continues Williams. Participating in a BBC radio interview with Fleming, Chandler was already drunk when Fleming picked him up for the drive over to the studio. Chandler would explain during the recording how easily contract killings could be carried out in America, and how some people were better off dead. The recording was carefully edited before being broadcast. Listened to almost six decades later, it remains an enthralling conversation.

Transylvanian mythology. Yet Stoker did achieve a longevity for his creation of which most other writers can only dream; 118 years later, more than 1,000 novels and 200 films have been made about the vampire. Johnny de Falbe, owner of local independent bookstore John Sandoe, notes that Dracula always sells. “In fact, we just sold out of the most recent edition, and are looking forward to getting more copies in shortly.”

George Smiley, Bywater Street

Bram Stoker, St. Leonard’s Terrace

George Smiley’s house

Bywater Street

18 St. Leonard’s Terrace

A short stroll from Swan Walk is 18 St. Leonard’s Terrace, where a blue plaque honours the former occupant Bram Stoker. At first blush it appears to be a paradox; how did this lovely street, overlooking the greenery of Burton Court, give rise to Dracula in 1897? “My revenge is just begun!” the vampire proclaimed; “I spread it over centuries, and time is on my side...” In reality, Dracula was shaped by many influences, including the stagecraft that Stoker witnessed while working at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End, not to mention


Wellington Square from Bywater Street

Two minutes’ walk from the birthplace of Dracula lies the address of a similarly legendary fictional creation – George Smiley. In The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, author John le Carré gives Smiley’s address as No. 9 Bywater Street. The house is on the left as you enter this quaint street from the King’s Road. John le Carré explained: “I chose Bywater Street for Smiley because it’s a cul-de-sac, which is always a headache for watchers. I reckoned Smiley would give himself that sort of advantage over life. The intimacy of the street made it doubly difficult for a surveillance team to escape notice.” Charles Cumming is widely regarded as one of the best spy novelists today. He remarks: “The choice of Bywater Street reveals something about the methodical nature with which le Carré went about constructing his stories, as well as the shadowy nature of Smiley’s character. What’s changed, of course, are the economics. Nowadays, Smiley would be lucky to afford a twobedroom flat in Vauxhall.”

James Bond, Wellington Square And so just to the other side of the King’s Road from Bywater Street, where lived the most famous fictional character of all. James Bond aficionados will debate whether his apartment was in Wellington Square or neighbouring Royal Avenue, the two being highly similar in terms of architecture and ambiance. In his Bond novel Solo, William Boyd places the secret agent’s flat in Wellington Square, which remains open to traffic from the King’s Road (unlike Royal Avenue today). William Boyd also has the secret agent relishing King’s Road life in Solo (which is set in the late ‘60s), and particularly this enclave off it – “that leafy tranquil cultivated spielraum”, Bond quotes to himself from a source he can’t quite recall, as he approaches the front door of his home, in the opening pages of the book. Chelsea has drawn the literary sort for decades, and will surely continue to do so. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in John Sandoe’s independent book shop in Blacklands Terrace, a couple of streets nearer to Sloane Square. Central to the appeal is a Bohemian, independent spirit. “Chelsea has always had a reputation for this,” says Johnny de Falbe, John Sandoe’s owner. “There’s a scene in a Dorothy L. Sayers book in which Lord Peter Wimsey remarks that going to Chelsea is like going to Bohemia, and Sandoe’s still sells books to people of every artistic stripe. It’s perceived as a cultural oasis in a city

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“Lord Peter Wimsey remarks that going to Chelsea is like going to Bohemia” - Johnny de Falbe that appears to be squeezing out independent art. It’s rare and it’s one of the things that makes Chelsea so special.” In an era of ever-rising property prices and greater corporate reach, this Bohemian spirit might seem increasingly elusive. But it’s still there, in John Sandoe’s as elsewhere in the neighbourhood. Long may it continue. Daniel Pembrey is a local author. He will be in conversation with Thomas Mogford about thriller writing at Chelsea Library, Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, SW3 on Thursday 12 November at 6.30pm. All are welcome. For more details, please call 0207 361 3010


The Perfect Gift Candles and Diffusers


ART ANTIQUES BY Rebecca Wallersteiner

with art dealers Rosanna Wilson Stephens and Rita Jones about artist Ben McLaughlin Q. Where does Ben McLaughlin originate from? A. The artist is from London, where he lives and works as a full-time artist. He studied at the Central Saint Martin’s School of Art. He spent years living and showing in America. Q. How did you discover him? A. The artist’s work first caught our eye in London, around 20 years ago and since then we have wanted to represent him. We think he is one of the UK’s best contemporary figurative painters. This will be his tenth show at our gallery. Q. What forms of art will McLaughlin be exhibiting with you and on what scale? A. The artist usually works on smallish panels with still life and portraiture. He is known for his intricately-painted portraits, although he aims to keep his work looser. His compositions reveal brilliant observational skills. The work in our solo exhibition will be mostly small-scale.

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Q. Who does the artist’s work appeal to? A. All sorts of interesting people collect McLaughlin’s paintings, many of whom work in the film and theatre world. His paintings are held in private and corporate collections around the UK, Europe, the US and the Far East. Q. Does the artist have recurrent themes? A. McLaughlin’s paintings are like postcards from the edge of the ‘everyday world’ or stills from an

off-beat movie, shot in locations that seem both nowhere and somewhere familiar: unoccupied suburban houses, lonely street populated by fragmentary figures, glowing nocturnal landscapes. Q. What are his main artistic influences? A. Cinematography, literature and film and in particular the works of Graham Greene and T.S. Eliot. Like Eliot’s poems, McLaughlin’s paintings are steeped with an atmosphere of human alienation. The titles of his pictures are drawn from newspapers, the radio, crossword puzzles and other unusual sources, that deepen their unsettling mystery. Ben McLaughlin, 4–22 November, Wilson, Stephens & Jones, 71 Westbourne Park Road, W2;

Clockwise from top left/ House, Train Carriage, Back of Woman, Tree, Road Sign Left/ Man and Child




Left: Christophe Gin, Camopi, February 2015 © Christophe Gin for the Carmignac Foundation Above: Newsha Tavakolian, Taxi Driver, 2015 © Newsha Tavakolian for the Carmignac Foundation

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Eclectic Art Siegfried Contemporary, together with the Dublin-based gallery Mother’s Tankstation, is presenting an exhibition by Australian artist Alasdair McLuckie. The artist’s work is characterised by his attraction to the exotic, modernism and tribal arts, combined with a sensuous and timeless quality. McLuckie is an avid and obsessive collector of things, which sparks his artistic process. Siegfried, who is the UK Ambassador for Art Basel, uses his chic Bassett Road home/ showing space as the setting for this exciting new work, which includes collages, paintings and drawings on board. Alasdair McLuckie: Nine Times Modern Man and Moon, Until 14 November; Siegfried Contemporary & Mother’s Tankstation, 16 Bassett Road, W10 By appointment only;

Feel inspired by some of the world’s best contemporary photojournalism. The Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective is an exhibition of the six years’ winners of this prestigious annual competition, including Massimo Berruti, Robin Hammond, Davide Monteleone, Kai Wiedenhöfer and Newsha Tavakolian. This year’s overall winner, Christophe Gin, has captured striking black-and-white images that document the beauty of French Guiana and its inhabitants bound by tropical forests and remote villages with high levels of unemployment and violence. Gin spent five months exploring Guiana’s outback where soldiers mingle with gold prospectors and bandits. His elegant and gritty images leap out of the page and embed themselves in our memory. Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective, 18 November–13 December, Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, Sloane Square, SW3;

Left/ Alasdair McLuckie, Untitled, Courtesy of: Mother’s Tankstation

This image/ Ancient Object 7, 35cm high, 34cm wide Right/ Peter Beard earthenware disc in wax reduction and limestone Exhibitor: AD Antiques, Signed & Designed

Winter Art Fair Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the London Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair offers unusual pieces, from antiquity to contemporary, and heaps of inspiration for Christmas shopping. The fair’s highlights include a pair of ravishing 19th century Japanese silvered geese presented by Laura Bordignon, and a stunning Tiffany & Co. gold clutch bag made in 1960 and priced at £45,000, displayed by Moira Fine Jewellery. Curators from the V&A will be giving talks, Alastair Dickenson, from the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, will demonstrate how to authenticate silverware and there will be a champagne bar to swap ideas with antique-loving friends. London Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, 2–8 November, in association with BADA and LAPADA Advance tickets from £15

From top: Reclining water buffalo and a smiling boy, pale celadon stone, Qianlong, 1736-1795; Imperial dated rhyton gong, carved in high relief, 18th century or earlier; Pair of deep U-shaped cups and eight-petal lotus-form stands, the stone pure white, Qianlong, 1736-1795.

The Magic of Jade Coinciding with London Asian Art Week, Marchant, which is highlyrespected for its expertise on Chinese antiques and works of art, will be holding its fifth exhibition of stunning jade, including snuff bottles, vessels, bracelets and pendants. Of particular interest is the exquisitely carved pale jade water buffalo, with a boy seated on its back, from the collection of the Marquis & Marquise de Ganay. The quality of the carving is of great importance in the assessment of the features of jade. Ninety Jades for 90 Years: Marchant 90th Anniversary Exhibition, 5–14 November, 120 Kensington Church Street, W8;

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Clockwise from top: ‘A hundred boys’ inside-painted glass snuff bottle with a ‘cow-herd’ inside-painted agate bottle, Liu Shouben (1943-), Estimate: £3,000-5,000; A large green and russet jadeite ‘crab and duck’ washer, 19th century, on a finely-carved wood stand, Estimate: £30,000-50,000; A pair of cloisonné enamel candlesticks, Qianlong period (1736-1795), Estimate: £10,000-15,000

In Miniature “For anybody drawn to Chinese art and thinking about collecting, the field of snuff bottles is both fascinating and financially accessible. They encapsulate in miniature art form the skill of Chinese craftsmen, the breadth of techniques they employed and the diversity of materials they used,” says Kate Hunt, head of sale for the Chinese Department at Christie’s. “Inside-painted bottles are arguably among the most technically challenging to make and the 20th century snuff bottles signed by certain artists such as Liu Shouben have become highly sought after in recent years,” adds Hunt. The snuff bottles are just two of nearly 750 lots in the Chinese sale at Christie’s, which include works spanning three millennia of Chinese art. Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles, 11 & 13 November, Christie’s South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road;

Right/ 18th-19th century standing figure of Shakyamuni 13¾ in (34.8cm) high Estimate: £15,000-25,000

A Sense of Calm Intense underwater scenes and mystical landscapes have long established Julie Ann Scott’s reputation as one of the UK’s most admired modern Impressionist artists. Her new exhibition at Whitewall Galleries features intensely-coloured renditions of ponds in which shoals of fish swirl in a vibrant vortex of light. “I try to allow the paint to move freely without it being overworked,” says Scott. This creates a romantic fluid effect, which helps to evoke movement and light.

X Marks the Spot Established in 1907 as Map and Booksellers by Alfred Sifton and Francis Praed, The Map House moved from St James’s to Beauchamp Place in 1973. Former Christie’s map specialist Philip Curtis and in-house expert Peter Stuchlik bring together an impressive collection of antique and fine maps. Their stories are plentiful, but a unanimous favourite is that of the young Edward VIII, who would sneak out of St. James’s Palace to work in the basement of the shop. The Map House holds regular exhibitions in its event space and continually sources remarkable pieces from the past. The Map House, 54 Beauchamp Place, SW3; J. & R. Laurie, 1842

Julie Anne Scott, 5–11 November, Whitewall Galleries, W2,

Alison Stockmarr, Black & White, £480 Photography: Richard Hayward

Celebrating Crafts If you’d like to buy a quirky original Christmas present, put a date in your diary for The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair. 120 designers offer a carefully curated mix of exquisite ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, silverware, jewellery and more. Meet the makers of unusual products who will help you choose an unusual piece of work hand-made with individual love and care. 13–15 November, Chelsea Town Hall, Kings Road, SW3;

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Sarah Grove, porcelain padded texture jug, £70


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CHARLOTTE DAVIES talks to Dr Jan Seewald, the executive curator at LUMAS, about how the global brand is revolutionising the way we view art


ometimes it seems impossible to imagine that a piece of art presented against a gallery’s harsh white-washed walls could ever conceivably suit a room of your house. The LUMAS art gallery aims to solve this problem, which is why it rejects the popular ‘white cube’ layout in favour of more homely interiors. Elegant furniture and coloured walls give the impression of a modern domestic space; not only does this style eliminate any intimidating starkness and blank surfaces, it also helps buyers assess whether a work is right for their home. “Compared to usual galleries, ‘the collector’s home’ arrangement gives our visitors the feeling of being in the private rooms of an art collector,” explains Dr Jan Seewald, executive curator at LUMAS. “It makes a huge difference to present photographs that you want to put in your living room in an environment that lets you envision how this could look.” But this wasn’t always the case; he admits: “When we started out, we wanted the typical white cube look of a classical gallery.” But the gallery soon realised “that this actually puts people off coming in, because it creates a boundary”. Since founding LUMAS in New York in 1996, Stefanie Harig and Marc Alexander Ullrich have used their passion

This page/ Paseo del Prado, Havana © Luigi Visconti Opposite from top/ House of Chino I © Werner Pawlok; House of Chino II © Werner Pawlok

for collecting to develop a unique approach to selling art. With 40 branches conveniently placed around the globe, LUMAS’ bespoke, high-quality and limited-edition prints are a passionate collector’s dream. A diverse range of display options and a variety of formats are available for buyers to adapt artworks for their personal tastes and homes. Seewald explains that “curators in Berlin work very closely with the artists to determine how the photographs should be presented”. Discussing what lies behind the success of the brand, Seewald stresses the importance of responding to “current moods and trends” and uses LUMAS’ latest exhibition Viva Cuba! as a prime example. “Reconciliation between Cuba and America is not only exciting on a political level, but culturally as well. We are taking a look at how this historical turning point affects the architecture and the Havanans’ everyday life. We want to give the viewer a sense of the country and of how it has changed in recent times.” Interestingly, the contemporary photographers exhibiting – Werner Pawlok, Luigi Visconti and Larry Yust – all avoid focusing on people in their images. Instead, they tell the story of Cuba through its architecture and cars. Describing Pawlok’s art, Seewald says: “Each image has its own story; the rooms tell the story of their inhabitants, which makes them so irresistible and powerful.” LUMAS’ approach to curating is organic; it was more or less a coincidence that at the same time as Pawlok returned to Cuba, Yust presented his latest series and LUMAS discovered Visconti. With a portfolio of more than 200 contemporary artists, LUMAS works with every individual from conception to installation. For example, after Pawlok’s CubaExpired exhibition, the gallery organised for him to return to Havana to unearth architectural gems he hadn’t previously photographed. “The result was so stunning that we simply had to curate a show around it,” comments Seewald. “We want art to have an effect on the viewer, whatever it is. If the viewer experiences something, we know we’re doing it right.” From joy to nostalgia, Viva Cuba! certainly elicits a range of powerful emotions. Watch this space. LUMAS London, 57 South Molton Street, W1K;


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Photography: Agent Provocateur A/W15: The Classics, shot by Ellen von Unwerth


the line of fire This season sees Agent Provocateur celebrate its beloved icons. While old favourites make a comeback, including the Molly collection (returning in black silk and peach lace) and the Gloria basque (redesigned in black), three new lines have also been added to the Classics range. Featuring AP’s staple powder pink silk and black lace, Amelea has tasteful sex appeal, while Georgie, arriving in midnight blue and French lace, is ideal for everyday elegance. Finally, Donna is the epitome of what AP’s creative director, Sarah Shotton calls “posh filth”. The collection has been brought to life in avant-garde photographer Ellen von Unwerth’s exclusive film. 16 Pont Street, SW1X;

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Attention to Deacon Following in the footsteps of Preen, Jonathan Saunders and Roksanda Ilincic, Giles Deacon has launched his debut 26-piece collection for Debenhams. Wanting to “transcend the gap between bespoke and off-the-peg”, the line (modelled by Daisy Lowe) includes embellished knits, feminine blouses, elegant evening dresses and tailored trousers. Deacon comments: “Edition at Debenhams is a really cool concept; I’ve watched it grow and grow, and I suppose the starting point was wanting to keep that designer name on affordable clothes. It’s great as I am designing, at times, pieces that are slightly more casual, which I don’t always have the opportunity to do on my main line.” Giles/EDITION at Debenhams, £45-£180;

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Rising Star As of 1 November, Jardine of London – a British luxury handbag brand founded by Mary Jardine – will be the newest addition to Wolf & Badger’s website, which has become well-known for launching the careers of emerging designers. Named after the Jardine Star brooch, which was left to Queen Elizabeth II in 1981 by Lady Jardine (the inspiration for the star in the logo), the brand’s debut line includes the classic City bag in Italian or soft carf leather, designed for female urban professionals. Arriving in a variety of colours, our own personal favourite is Dove-Grey. Large City bag in DoveGrey, £795, Jardine of London, available at Wolf & Badger from 1 November;

Leg Work Kick-start the season in Stuart Weitzman’s A/W15 over-theknee boots. Proving that thigh-high boots are no longer the preserve of street walkers, the elegant additions to the brand’s iconic stretch boots include ALLLEGS (a high heel version) and LEGGYLADY (a flat version); both of these have been reworked in stretch leather, ultra-stretch suede and patent leather, and come in a choice of six shades. ALLLEGS, £665; LEGGYLADY, £680;

Cliff Hanger Every A/W season sees master of outerwear Moncler create a special capsule collection to complement its main lines, and this year was no different, on this occasion partnering with fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu. However, rather than emulating Moncler’s signature quilted aesthetic, the fanciful designer was instead inspired by an imaginary journey undertaken by the Russian imperial family in the Soviet Union of the 1960s, to create his own outerwear range. Incorporating rich fabrics such as jacquard and cloqué, Swarovski embellishments and detailed embroidery, it is a collection fit for royalty. Moncler E, available at Moncler, 197 Sloane Street, SW1X;

Stella Shades A good pair of designer sunglasses is an essential accessory on the slopes so why not invest in a pair from Stella McCartney’s Winter 2015 eyewear collection? Available from November, the brand introduces the Falabella line, which sees its iconic bag remodelled in four pairs of statement shades. Five hundred limited edition black styles – featuring a hand-stitched gold metal chain – are also being sold in celebration of the new range. Stella McCartney, 91-95 Fulham Road, SW3;

The Great British Baker This A/W15 sees the launch of Ted Baker’s exclusive collection for Selfridges. Channelling this season’s trend for interior design-inspired clothing (runways were transformed into domestic scenes with models draped in sumptuous brocade and jacquard), the luxurious range now available in store features decadent etched floral prints on tops, dresses, capes, scarves and a cross-body bag – presenting the perfect capsule wardrobe. Ted Baker A/W15 collection, available at Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A;

Best Foot Crawford In anticipation of her forthcoming 50th birthday, Cindy Crawford has released her memoirs, Becoming By Cindy Crawford. In the page-turning tome, the Midwestern supermodel looks back on her long career in the fashion industry – spanning from the mid-1980s, when she was starting out as a self-conscious young model, right up to the present day – and reflects on the invaluable lessons that she has learnt along the way. Photographs taken from Crawford’s personal archive feature alongside those by fashion photographers Annie Leibovitz, Irving Penn and Patrick Demarchelier (to name a few), all of whom have captured the incredible beauty and spirit of this remarkable woman. Becoming By Cindy Crawford, with Katherine O’Leary, hardback £35, Rizzoli New York;

Photography: Cindy in a white slip dress sitting on a crate. © Nico Bustos

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Wool blend dress, £2,010; Jersey neck collar, £170; both Marni, 26 Sloane Street, SW1X; Black leather gloves, £55, & Other Stories,


Portrait of a


Dare to be different with contrasting prints, textures and colours for a bold look that will see you stand out from the crowd


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Above / Ruffled knitted sweater, £315, J.W.Anderson,; Plaid wool skirt, £625, Comme des Garçons,; Patent black croc disco boots, £450, Stuart Weitzman, Left / Yellow Alpaca coat, £1,735, Rochas,; Leia gingham top, £350, A.W.A.K.E,; Wool belt, £345, Rochas, as before; Nat skirt, £1,865, Mary Katrantzou,

Above / Camel frill-edged turtleneck top, ÂŁ465, J.W.Anderson,; Space Maasai gingham skirt, ÂŁ450, A.W.A.K.E, as before Right / Imperial button-detail brocade full-skirt dress, ÂŁ588, A.W.A.K.E, as before

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Country Pursuits With the hunting and shooting season now fully underway, there is no better moment to invest in some traditional attire that will stand the test of time. Transferring the supreme quality of Purdey’s guns to its in-house clothing range, the A/W15 collection is not only ergonomic in the field, but also crafted to the highest standards. The brand recently refurbished part of its Audley Street store so that it now includes a dedicated menswear section, meaning it has never been more of a pleasure to drop in and pick up some pieces from the new collection. James Purdey & Sons, Audley House, W1K 020 7499 1801;


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About Time The worlds of technology and luxury goods move ever closer together, with French fashion house Hermès having recently collaborated with Apple on a collection of stylish watches. The new stainless steel version of the innovative Apple Watch (coming in 38mm or 42mm) speaks to Hermès’ heritage, featuring hand-stitched leather bands in three distinct styles – the Single Tour, Double Tour and Cuff. Each watch’s face can also be customised with three exclusive dial designs inspired by three original Hermès watches. From £1,000, 235 Regent Street, W1B

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Inspired by his recent travels, bespoke eyewear designer Tom Davies has introduced four limited edition collections this season, one of which is Manhattan. The 12-piece line sees Davies draw upon the art, film and architectural movements of New York in the 1930s and ‘50s to create to create a fusion of vintage shapes with the most advanced materials. Each pair features double bloc titanium and arrives in a number of different finishes, from classic dark blue and polished black to a rich chocolate brown with matte retro brown tips. Available in store now, 54 Sloane Square, SW1W;

The Shoe Edit The pressure for men to ensure that their choice of footwear does not let their overall ensemble down has now been lifted thanks to Mr Porter and its latest campaign, The World’s Best Shoes. The leading online men’s retailer has carefully curated a selection of 13 shoe categories from more than 90 of the world’s best designers and brands, including Christopher Kane, Edward Green and Neil Barrett. Alongside this, Mr Porter has also launched a dedicated ‘Shoe’ landing page offering sartorial advice on what outfit should be paired with each shoe type, ranging from office brogues to summer espadrilles, so that footwear faux pas can now be a thing of the past. Or so we hope.


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Top of the Tree With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to add a touch of magic to your children’s wardrobes with Absorba’s beautiful winter range. Founded 60 years ago, the French childrenswear brand has evolved over the years to deliver chic contemporary clothing that remains true to its core values of quality, comfort and functionality. Dressing those aged between 0 and 14 years, its latest collection comprises soft seasonal pieces that look as though they’ve stepped right out of a winter fairytale. Velvet touches and chunky knitwear are guaranteed to warm up little boys’ wardrobes, while the girls’ range adds a touch of sparkle to proceedings, with Swarovski crystal details and shimmering sequins throughout. Absorba, available at

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GrasseRoots Olivia Sharpe talks nights out, grooming rituals and what scents are sexiest on women with new perfumer on the scene, Tom Daxon Bowers


om Daxon Bowers is not what initially springs to mind when I imagine a perfumer. First meeting the unassuming 27-year-old in Soho House, our intended ‘coffee’ soon turns into an Aperol Spritz (or two) and we spend the first part of our meeting reminiscing over our favourite nights out at university, both of us having attended Nottingham once upon a time. While Tom has now left his university years well and truly behind him, with his boyish appearance and casual demeanour, you wouldn’t necessarily know it straight away. However, Tom comes from an impressive fragrance background that makes him more than qualified to have entered into the profession, launching his eponymous brand in 2013. His mother worked in cosmetics for more than 30 years, most notably for UK brand Molton Brown, and Tom subsequently grew up in rural Buckinghamshire immersed in a haze of different scents, often gifted new shower gels and fragrances to test out. While his friends were off honing their football skills at summer camp, Tom was instead spending his holidays in Grasse, France – regarded as the epicentre of perfumery – developing his ‘nose’ as young as four. Years later, he continues to travel back and forth from there to visit his lab and perfumery team, which comprises father and daughter Jacques and Carla Chabert, both of whom are illustrious figures in the industry (having worked for the likes of Chanel, Guerlain and L’Oréal between them). Tom’s range is currently made up of nine fragrances (also coming in body lotions, shower gels and candles), and these have just become available to buy on Mr Porter and Net-a-Porter. My

“I wouldn’t wear a thick jumper in the middle of summer and nor would I wear a heavy, resinous fragrance” personal favourites include the best-selling Sicilian Wood and Cologne Absolute, both scents encapsulating the essence of the brand and indeed, Tom himself; natural, down-to-earth and full of personality. What’s your earliest olfactory memory growing up? Apart from any number of food-related smells, I always remember my mum’s car. She used to have so many testers in the back and I think some candles must have even melted onto the upholstery. It was so strong in there, I’m surprised it didn’t put me off fragrance for life!


What was the first fragrance you bought? I didn’t buy it, but I was given Ralph Lauren Polo Sport one Christmas and remember thinking it was the most sophisticated thing I owned. I mainly wore a yellow Reebok jumper back then, so it probably was. Can you explain the process of creating a fragrance? It’s a fairly long process. We start with an ingredient, which has always been vetted by Jacques to ensure it’s of the best quality. We then establish the mood, whether I want it to be a woody scent or something light and summery, let’s say. Then after the oils have been blended together, we send them to England where they are macerated in metal drums, with the alcohol, for at least six weeks in order for the full depth of aroma to come out. Why did you choose a bear as the logo for your brand? I wanted something to soften the packaging and to make it more welcoming in case it looked austere. I chose a bear because of a photo I had seen of one, looking so at ease and confident in his surroundings, and thought that’s kind of how I want my fragrances to be for the wearer – something that makes you feel great about yourself. How do you apply your fragrance? If you’re already using matching bodycare, you shouldn’t need too much at all to get a lasting effect. And even if it doesn’t last, I would still advise against using more than three sprays at a time, as otherwise it will be too overpowering. I normally spray my neck and wrists. What is your daily grooming routine? I’m only just getting to the age where I don’t baulk the idea of a ‘grooming routine’. Obviously my products form the majority; shower gel, lotion and fragrance, and I’m probably a bit too particular about what I use on my hair, which is fine in this instance I think, because apparently I can make myself resemble a scarecrow if it’s treated incorrectly. What three products are always sat in your bathroom cabinet? Kiehl’s shaving gel, Molton Brown lip balm and an Aveda hair product. Do you have a different fragrance depending on your mood/occasion? Absolutely. For me it’s akin to choosing clothes to wear; I

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wouldn’t wear a thick jumper in the middle of summer and so nor would I wear a heavy, resinous fragrance. What are the most challenging/most rewarding aspects of your job? Any task involving Excel requires a dark, quiet room. Launching a product is a long process and seeing it on sale for the first time is fantastic. Which scents do you find most alluring on women? I always like something a bit unexpected. A more traditionally ‘masculine’ fragrance, something woody, for example, can be very alluring on a woman. Are there any scents you particularly dislike? Anything overpowering isn’t good and I don’t like sweet fragrances; they always smell cheap to me. What are you currently working on? I have just launched my new Resin Sacra eau de parfum, which contains beautiful notes of frankincense, so it is perfect for Christmas. I am also focusing on developing the existing candle collection, which is exciting. Resin Sacra eau de parfum, £105 for 50ml




Purple Reign Beauty trendsetter MAC has shone a guiding light on evening make-up with its new Magic of the Night collection. Highlighting that one’s make-up should never blend into the darkness, the limited edition line features colour-drenched pigments that force eyes to stand out, ranging from deep cobalt violet to royal blue – perfectly capturing the essence of night. Ascent of Glamour colour-drenched pigment, £18 Available from 1 November;

The Art of Fragrance Marking the relaunch of its Brook Street store in style, Parisian perfumer Diptyque has launched its new collection, 34 Bazaar, which is based on the spirit of the very first shop opened by the brand’s founders. It includes a new limited edition eau de parfum, part two of Essences Insensées; following on from mimosa in 2014, the scent features a very special kind of jasmine found in Grasse (regarded as the epicentre of the perfume industry) that isn’t ready to be picked until autumn. Well worth the wait, the rich bouquet has been encased in a Waltersperger amber glass that has been tinted in the ground, meaning no two bottles are the same. Essences Insensées eau de parfum, £100, 37 Brook Street, W1K;

New Revival Now in its 13th year, RéVive’s annual Christmas Artbox this year will feature the work of award-winning photographer, Joel Grey. Grey’s celebrated ‘Boop De Boo’ photograph, taken from his book, The Billboard Papers, was chosen by RéVive founder Dr Gregory Bays Brown as the main image to front the decadent box, thereby hinting at the treasures you can expect to find inside. These include the brand’s four best-selling products from the classic Renewal range. RéVive Artbox 13, £375; available for a limited time at Liberty London, Space.NK.apothecary and Harrods 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X;

The Scent of Christmas Luxury is well and truly in the air this season as in celebration of its first standalone store in Mayfair’s Burlington Arcade, Roja Dove will be spraying one of its bespoke fragrances through the gallery this November, enticing shoppers to open their purses. The arcade, once considered the purveyor of watches and jewellery, is fast becoming the home for luxury perfumery, with no less than five fragrance houses having recently landed here. Roja Dove’s new store will feature the brand’s new bespoke scent, 51, for men and women. 51 eau de parfum, £165 for 30ml;


Natural Healing A day by the seaside can leave skin feeling refreshed and invigorated – and the same applies to a session at Layla Powell’s Hydrohealing spa in Notting Hill. As part of the hydrozyme illuminating facial, a pressurised oxygen jet of microfine water droplets strike the skin like a blast from the ocean, washing away dead skin cells and hydrating the face. The treatment uses Dr Bragi’s patented solution of marine enzymes for a cool cleanse and exfoliation that aims to nurture cell growth and supple skin. This treatment is perfect for those looking for a simple way to reenergize before an evening out, and you don’t even have to get your hair wet. 216a Kensington Park Road, W11 020 7727 2570;



Daniel Galvin in Kensington Daniel Galvin recently opened the doors of its latest salon off Kensington High Street, much to the delight of local residents. Unlike its bustling Marylebone flagship, the new boutique – located in a residential period building on the quiet corner of Abingdon Road – has been designed with ‘a home from home’ ambience in mind, comprising two floors and 18 hair stations. Pop in and get your pre-Christmas party hair fix, while enjoying a delicious lunch courtesy of local delicatessen, Cafe Nouvelle. Daniel Galvin, 67 Abingdon Road, W8; 020 3544 6535,

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Sealed with a Kiss Christmas is a time to show people how much you love them and with that precise thought in mind, YSL Beauté observes the holiday period with its new KISS & LOVE limited edition collection. The brand’s hero products have been smothered with red kisses, including the best-selling Touche Éclat, but it is the new Rouge Volupté Shine shades – enriched with golden pearls to accentuate the lips – that get our personal seal of approval. Rouge Volupté Shine, £26 each, KISS & LOVE collection, available nationwide from 4 November;




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Playing with Print What do you get when you cross two iconic British design houses with a penchant for bold and colourful designs? Try eye-popping prints and daring bursts of colour, courtesy of the House of Hackney and William Morris Archive collaboration. The partnership aims to breathe a new lease of life into Morris’ designs by playing with the scale of recognisable motifs and bringing them up-to-date with a psychedelic new colour palette. This contemporary twist on your favourite Morris prints can be found on a range of soft furnishings and wallpaper designs, as well as in House of Hackney’s exclusive apparel collection. House of Hackney x William Morris, wallpaper from £128 per roll, furniture from £1,295;

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A Touch of Luxe After showcasing its newest designs at the annual Maison & Objet trade fair earlier this year, Hamilton Conte once again proved its worth as a leader in the luxury interiors market. Its latest furniture and fabric range exudes a sense of ‘relaxed luxury’, with standout pieces including the extravagant Théa bar table – with its diamond-veneered top and turned base in solid wood – as well as a complete new collection of artworks by co-founder Fabian Pellegrinet Conte. Exquisite fabrics come in a selection of velvets, chenille and satins, and a wide variety of complementary weaves in both metallic and neutral tones. Théa bar table, £1,198;

As its namesake suggests, Kaizen Furniture takes inspiration from the Japanese philosophy devoted to unending improvement and attention to detail. Applying this ethos to its own manufacturing processes, the bespoke design studio has quickly earned itself a reputation for excellence among its London clientele. Concerned about the depletion of natural resources, Kaizen takes the greatest care to use sustainable materials and is committed to preserving the artisanal techniques of its Georgian predecessors. So if you’re looking to redesign your home, you can trust in its skilled craftsmen to create beautiful, sustainable pieces that are unique to you. For a quote, please visit:

Showing Off Bespoke furniture-maker McCarron and Co has opened the doors of its second London showroom in Notting Hill. Its newest outlet focuses on showcasing the company’s diverse portfolio by drawing on a broad palette of materials and working within a range of architectural environments. The 2,000 sq ft premises should provide ample inspiration for your own home designs through its many purpose-built showrooms.

Practice Makes Pinto Borrowing from the various cultural influences of his childhood, Alberto Pinto earned himself a reputation as one of most talented interior designers of the 20th century. Now his legacy lives on through the continued work of his design house and can be experienced firsthand in one beautiful hardbound volume. Providing a unique opportunity to discover the master of design’s never-before-seen interiors, Alberto Pinto: Signature Interiors contains everything from lavish hotels to beautiful apartments, historical residences and elaborate Middle Eastern palaces. Alberto Pinto: Signature Interiors, by Anne Bony and Hubert de Givenchy, available at Images © Jacques Pépion, from Alberto Pinto, Signature Interiors (Flammarion, 2015)

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Maiden Voyage Why not take an olfactory journey across the globe with L’Objet’s new home fragrance range, Parfums de Voyage? Lose yourself in the heady aromas of the romantic Moroccan Rose Festival with the Mamounia candle, filling your home with the scent of exotic spices, tanned leathers and fresh Nanah tea. Alternatively, transport yourself to the study of a mansion on the Griboyedov Canal with the familiar, masculine scents of leather-bound books, a hearty fire and sweet black tea – courtesy of the Thé Russe incense sticks.

Crosswater’s latest project is arguably its most exciting to date. The Waldorf collection presents the brand’s first complete bathroom collection, offering everything from brass taps to bath fillers, basins and valves. What’s more, its debut freestanding bath – an exquisite fluted design – makes for the perfect bathroom centrepiece. With its distinct leaning towards early 20th century style, the Waldorf collection is ideal for advocates of traditional design; its Art Deco-inspired features, combining rectangular lines with elegant softened edges for a classic yet distinctive look, we believe are sure to stand the test of time. Waldorf freestanding bath, £2,295

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Where’s Waldo?

Gabriella Dyson meets Tom Bartlett, founder of Waldo Works, to talk about capturing the essence of Notting Hill, travelling the world and the importance of the colour red

All images courtesy of: The Laslett Hotel, Notting Hill



s I stalk a trendy-looking couple and their matching Louis Vuitton luggage up the steps of newly opened The Laslett Hotel and into its immaculate foyer, I half expect to be exposed as a fraud in my faded denim jeans and asked to leave immediately. But despite its exclusive postcode and sharp sense of style, I quickly learn that this new boutique hotel welcomes anyone with a penchant for Notting Hill’s art scene. Here is where I’m meeting Tom Bartlett – founder of Waldo Works and the mastermind behind The Laslett’s design – with his bubbly assistant Jess in a room just off the reception dubbed ‘The Library’. “Tom’s a little tired because he’s just got back from a family wedding,” Jess explains. Of course, I’d never had known this had she not informed me, given Tom’s smart all-black attire and infectious morning laughter. We chat briefly about said wedding as well as the recent Notting Hill Carnival – in which Tom’s mother unwittingly found herself barricaded into her own home – before tea is served and the conversation turns to business. “My family has always named their companies after the homes they’ve lived in,” Tom enlightens me when I ask about the meaning behind the somewhat unusual brand name. “I currently live in an old warehouse called Waldo Works and about 12 years ago I started my design studio from there. It started off with just me, then Sascha Von Meister joined as head of interiors and now we’re about 15 people strong.” I’m told that the majority of his team’s background is in architecture, which explains the studio’s unique approach to design. “In architecture we

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lean towards form and function,” Tom explains, “so you tend to have reason to design a building in a particular way.” But having said that, he always allows himself to be a little “whimsical” when it comes to interiors. A quick glance around The Library reveals that almost every element of the room is a nod to Notting Hill’s cultural diversity and vibrant past. Rows of art books are devoted exclusively to British artists and those of Afro-Caribbean descent, while accessories follow something of a retro colour palette. My eyes are drawn to two very stylish red Sottsass lamps standing proudly at either end of the room, which Tom tells me are very ‘Memphis’ and this is apparently very ‘in’ right now (though I confess they remind me of oversized matchsticks). It transpires that Waldo Works and the Living Rooms group had wanted The Laslett to reflect times gone by. “We wanted to capture the essence of Notting Hill back in the late 1980s and early ‘90s,” he explains. As if on cue, Jess places a trendy coffee table book on the table before me entitled Buffalo: The Life and Style of Ray Petri. “Stylistically we started to look at the idea of Ray Petri’s Buffalo and its palette of materials. Notting Hill has always been by far the best area for diversity in west or central London, and it’s great that it still retains the roots of the Afro-Caribbean community.” While the studio has an impressive list of residential clients and has long been making waves in the world of retail (Waldo Works is responsible for Fortnum and Mason’s new beauty hall and also boasts Selfridges, Smythson and Temperley London among its clients) I was surprised to learn that The Laslett is Tom’s first complete hotel project. But like all first time forays, the project had its ups and downs. “What I love about working on a hotel is that you’re working for an imagined client and it therefore allows a degree of creative freedom,” he says. “For The Laslett, we imagined our clientele would probably be in the creative industries and travel quite a bit. They’re avoiding chain hotels and desire something with a sense of aesthetic.” I think back to the couple I followed in earlier and it seems that Tom’s fictional client is no longer imaginary.

“But then came the process of actually doing it. We had inherited a very – how do I put this politely? – nasty hotel! It had previously been a Comfort Inn and it hadn’t been particularly loved. Getting planning permission for a listed building was difficult and then we had the task of getting an entire air conditioning system into the building, which involved re-orientating the entire space. It was a challenge, but we grabbed it by the horns.” By this point we’re leaving the comfort of The Library and strolling into what appears to be the world’s smallest elevator, while Tom begins to tell us an anecdote about his most recent trip to China. It seems he was unaware of the extent of his client’s international fame and found himself on the receiving end of the Chinese paparazzi on more than one occasion. I seize this opportunity to ask if he travels a lot for his work, at which point he begins to reel off an impressive roster of trips he has taken the previous month alone. “Hong Kong, Italy, New York, Toronto, the list goes on!” He laughs as the doors slide open. “But we’re very lucky in this country,” he continues. “Britain exports well above its weight in terms of culture, design and music. That’s why we get asked by people in Canada to do their homes – the world often looks to here to find out what’s going on. London is definitely the place to be.” As we make our way into the guest room, I’m instantly struck by Tom’s ability to capture the essence of Notting Hill that we had discussed just moments before. Not one element of the room appears to have gone unplanned and there’s certainly a sense of space throughout; no doubt a consequence of collaborating closely with local businesses on Portobello Road. Installations come courtesy of Jerome Dodd from Couilles du Chien, while Ben Kelway from Atlas Projects was commissioned to take charge of the artwork displayed in each of the 52 rooms. Abstract paintings by Barry Kamen rub shoulders with creative photography by Brian David Stevens, and when Tom opens up the mini bar and gestures to the various bubblies on offer, I can’t help but notice that its contents have been curated by none other than local chef Sally Clarke.

Almost every element of The Library is a nod to Notting Hill’s cultural diversity and vibrant past


As I take in the room’s finer details, Tom points to a red splash of colour on a nearby canvas and remarks: “There should always be red within a room. Even if that’s just the text on a book, red is the first thing that draws your eye”. I make a mental note of this at the same time as I attempt to scribble down as many names of local designers and businesses as I can. However, before I head off to invest in some new scarlet scatter cushions, I am keen to find out what is next for Waldo Works. “We certainly want to push more hotel work,” Tom confirms, “but we’re also looking at a few developments in London and have our first new build in Kent. We also have various resident projects at home and several builds in Hong Kong, Toronto and New York.” So not too much then, I find myself thinking by the time we’re saying our goodbyes. And yet, as I’m heading back down The Laslett’s stairs, I realise that it’s hardly surprising his studio has earned this popularity when you consider just how successful they have been at transforming this once worse-for-wear townhouse into something truly spectacular. After all, it’s no secret that hard work and attention-to-detail are precisely how Waldo Works so well. Waldo Works Studio, 21-22 Great Sutton Street, EC1V; 020 7251 9170, The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens, W2;

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Kids KINGDOM BY Gabriella Dyson

Photography: courtesy of Chloé

Pretty in Pink If, like us, you found Chloé’s A/W15 womenswear collection irresistible, then you’ll love its childrenswear counterpart. The straight-cut pink Milano jersey sweatshirt dress in particular shows the influence of the main line on the kids’ range, the geometric pattern of gold metallic embellishments bringing a fresh urban element to the piece. Flamboyant pops of red and blue add vibrancy to Chloé’s staple colour palette of grey, brown and ivory, while the French fashion house’s signature powder pink hue returns in classic pieces, such as the adorable pale pink layered spotty dress. Chloé A/W15 collection, available at

Playing House While you may be familiar with Houseology – the online boutique interiors company – you might not have come across its new range of children’s furniture and accessories. Having recently unveiled its exciting new nursery section, it looks as though Houseology is fast becoming the website of choice for mini home decor enthusiasts. With beautifully crafted cribs, high chairs and changing tables, there’s everything you need to give your nursery a stylish edge. Hosting a number of well-known brands, including Charlie Crane, Oliver Furniture and Micuna, you’ll be quite spoilt for choice.

Little Chef Budding chefs will be pleased to learn that everyone’s favourite healthy fast food chain has just released miniature versions of its much-loved cookbooks. Containing all of the character and flair that made Leon’s original large format publications a success, Little Leon recipe books are the perfect size for little hands. Liven up lunchboxes with healthy alternative recipes such as chard and bacon tart, and Diamond Jubilee and soba vegetable noodle salad, or let kids indulge their sweet tooths with a variety of dessert recipes free from gluten, wheat and dairy. Little Leon: Sweet Treats and Little Leon: Lunchbox by Leon Restaurants, £6.99 each, published by Conran;

Sweetest Style Boutique childrenswear brand Tartine et Chocolat is internationally renowned for exuding Parisian elegance in its pint-sized collections. Its latest autumn offerings continue to live up to the hype by providing the perfect solution for every special occasion in the winter calendar. Exquisite girls’ clothes combine a warm and natural colour palette, with precious details such as lace and embroidery, while the boys’ clothes come in the form of sleek monochrome pieces, which can be dressed up or down. C’est magnifique! Tartine et Chocolat, available at

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Rock-a-Buy Baby Walton Street’s Blue Almonds store is all too aware that shopping for a baby can be a lot like having one – a wonderful but painful experience. So whether you’re looking for nursery furniture or personalised gifts, this charming little gem is there to help, with a comprehensive choice of products sourced from around the world, including Moses baskets, blankets and nursery lighting. We’ve got our eye on an adorable bunny ear chair designed by Merve Kahraman. 164 Walton Street, SW3;

Finding the perfect nursery for your little ones couldn’t be easier now that Pooh Corner has opened its doors right on our doorstep. The brainchild of Carol Evelegh, Holland Park’s newest day care centre offers a stimulating and broad curriculum as well as regular trips into the local community. A leading voice in children’s education and founder of the renowned Kindergartens Group, Evelegh has more than 38 years’ experience in childcare. Her expertise can help you navigate the minefield of choosing the right school for your child and the nursery’s tuition schedule will help prepare them for primary school and beyond by developing their independence, creativity and confidence. With a diverse range of weekly lessons on offer – from music classes to ballet – there’s no excuse to miss out on the fun. St John the Baptist Church, Holland Road, W14, 01622 833;

Toe-tally Stylish Tippy Toes Kids is the latest one-stop destination to have landed on its feet in Westbourne Grove. Passionate about bringing new and exciting brands to the local area, at Tippy Toes you’ll find established designers such as Mini Rodini alongside up-and-coming talent, including Les Enfantines and Milk & Soda, not to mention an in-house hair stylist service. 243 Westbourne Grove, W11;

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Cashmere Christmas As adults and children alike get ready for the Christmas party season, MEENa Ameen speaks to Maria Busquets, founder of luxury cashmere childrenswear brand Cashmirino, about her favourite festive pieces this season

If there’s one person you can rely upon to make your Christmas cosy, it’s Maria Busquets. The founder of luxury childrenswear brand Cashmirino has spent more than a decade travelling the world sourcing only the best and most luxurious natural materials to incorporate into her now coveted pieces. Making up her latest A/W15 range are cashmere from Mongolia and silks and cottons from Italy and Spain. Venezuelan-born Maria attributes much of her brand’s success to her own children – Sofia, Monica and Nico: “When my daughters were little, they inspired my designs because all they wanted to do was to dress like their heroines: Cinderella, Belle and Sleeping Beauty. Pinks, purples and lilacs, therefore, became the theme of my girls’ collections, as these were the only colours my daughters would dress in! When Nico came along, I realised all of the things that I was missing in my collection. Soon I started to dress my son as I saw him, my own little prince.” Her children, in turn, have a lot to thank their mother for and often the whole family will sport matching red Cashmirino pullovers and cardigans on Christmas day: “We always have a very big tree because we have so many decorations that I have collected over the years,” explains Maria. Then we have a beautiful candle-lit dinner with the whole family and our closest family friends”. Maria’s (and incidentally my own) personal favourite item from A/W15 includes a burgundy silk Christmas party dress with puff sleeves. The latest range also boasts a kaleidoscope of different colours and


hand-stitched embroidery detailing on collars, cuffs and turn-ups. When it comes to this winter’s wardrobe staples, Maria is all for classic layering: “For the girls, I particularly love the V-neck cable pullovers paired with jeans for a sportier, more laid-back look, or the little cropped cardigan, which again can be styled over a dress for a more elegant ensemble.” For young gentlemen, she believes the brand’s signature reversible cardigan never fails to add a touch of cool to the smartest of outfits. We couldn’t agree more. Left/ Christmas party dress, £242; Below/ cardigan, £92, dress, £172, shirt, £78, cardigan, £107, trousers, £80, 31 Burlington Arcade, W1J;

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The Name’s Martin, Aston Martin Ahead of the launch of Spectre, Matthew Carter takes a look at the iconic cars that have featured in the life of James Bond, 007

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n his long, eyebrow-raising career, James Bond, secret service agent 007, has driven (and wrecked) all manner of cars. His creator, Ian Fleming, had him bombing around the country in a pre-war Blower Bentley while his counterpart from the silver screen has driven everything from a rare and highly desirable Toyota 2000GT to a vast American Ford Galaxie. He’s also driven some real duffers in his time. Bond became Mondeo Man in Casino Royale, while he was issued with an anonymous Saab 900 in the James Gardner Bond book License Renewed. Though, perhaps, something that forgettable makes much more sense than a flashy supercar for a man trying to stay undercover. But mention James Bond’s cars to almost anyone and the image immediately conjured up will be of an Aston Martin. If you’re of a certain age it will be the glorious DB5 first seen in Goldfinger – you know, the one with the ejector seat and all manner of other goodies designed to hinder the chasing baddies. If you’re a little younger, it might be the DBS from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service or perhaps the Vanquish he drove in Die Another Day. In fact, there has been an Aston Martin in 11 Bond movies, including the latest blockbuster, Spectre. All of which goes to show how significant the Bond link is to the tiny British carmaker and why it bent over backwards to provide the car for the new movie. For the DB10 is not a production Aston, nor will it ever be. Instead, it is a one-off created specially for Spectre – well, technically a ‘ten-off’ as that many have been built to

be used in the film or to appear as part of the Spectre publicity machine. None are for general release. It’s not the first time a car maker has created a car specifically for Bond – that honour goes to the Toyota 2000GT; Sean Connery was too tall to fit inside the svelte coupé, so the Japanese company cut the roof off a pair of coupés to create convertibles for You Only Live Twice. But no one has ever gone to quite the lengths that Aston Martin has. Although the DB10,

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which was created by chief designer Marek Reichman, uses existing running gear – underneath the new body lies the engine and drive train from the current Aston V8 Vantage – the body is all new. If there is one criticism that can be laid at the current crop of Astons, it’s that they all look the same and have done for too many years. The DB10, however, is very different. The silhouette might Car: Aston Martin DB9 GT Bond Edition Sean Connery with an Aston Martin DB5 look broadly similar to the V8 Price: £165,000 Vantage – both are two-seater fastback GT cars, after all – but missing. A second DB5 used in Engine: Front-mounted, 5,935cc, V12 petrol the nose and tail treatment are both Goldfinger and Thunderball Power: 547 PS completely new. The nose, in was sold at auction in 2010 for Performance: 183mph max, 0-62mph particular, is more assertive than £2.6 million. in 4.5 seconds before, while the detailing is quite Various other DB5s, some Drive: Rear-wheel drive, six-speed different; the result is a meaner, using the registration number BMT automatic transmission more potent look. Although the ten 214A, have enjoyed cameo roles in later ’10s have all been hand-built at the Aston Bond movies but the company hasn’t really factory in Gaydon, the significant thing is extracted all it can from the link until now. It that the styling, according to the company, “gives a has recently increased awareness of its personalisation glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation programme – called Q by Aston Martin – and introduced a of Aston Martins”. We will only know exactly what that means special Bond Edition version of the DB9 GT. next spring when the new DB11 (yes, the DB10 name has With the imminent arrival of the DB11, the DB9 GT been reserved exclusively for the Bondmobile) is revealed. is the venerable model’s last hurrah. Launched in June, the Aston’s connection with Bond goes back 50 years, GT has an uprated version of the 6.0-litre V2 engine, now when the company first delivered a pair of DB5s to Eon producing 547hp, and (not before time) has been given a Productions for the spy to drive. Goldfinger saw the arrival modern touch-screen infotainment system. There are also of gadgets in Bond’s world, though the original script called black-painted spoilers and diffusers and diamond turned for just one: a smoke screen. Having seen the potential ten-spoke alloy wheels in a graphite colour finish. for some dramatic footage, ideas started coming in thick For the Bond Edition, Aston has a bunch of extras, and fast. Director Guy Hamilton suggested the car should some of which, on paper, sound a bit tacky: 007 Bond have revolving number plates – he’d been getting too many Edition badging on the back of the car is only marginally parking tickets and figured this would be a way of confusing better than stick on bullet holes across the boot, no matter the authorities – while his son suggested an ejector seat. how ‘discreet’ it is. The rest of the kit is fine, though. An oil dispenser, which created a slick surface to unstick The cars – there will be just 150 produced for worldwide following cars, was added, as were Ben-Hur-style spikes on consumption – are finished in a unique Spectre Silver finish the wheel centres and machine guns in the front bumpers. and the Aston badges front and rear are in sterling silver. The There was also a bullet-proof panel that protected the 20-inch wheels are black, the brake calipers grey. There are rear screen, plus a radar-tracking device (something that bright aluminium bonnet vents, side strakes and grille and predated GPS by decades). It took just six weeks to add the the front splitter and rear diffuser are in carbon fibre. The new gadgets but, amazingly perhaps, Aston removed them 007 logo can also be found on the doorsills while the rear all once they’d got the cars back after filming. seat divider in the 2+2 features gun barrel embroidery. Undoubtedly helped by a Corgi Toys model that was Mechanically it’s the same as the ‘ordinary DB9 GT’, the must-have Christmas present for any self-respecting which means a top speed of 183mph and 0-62mph in 4.5 schoolboy back in 1964, it was only later appreciated just seconds, but there are some other extras that will have you how iconic the car had become. The actual car, stripped reaching for your inner Bond. The car comes with a 21-inch of its gadgets, was sold by the factory as a used car, but a Globe-Trotter trolley case with an embossed leather luggage subsequent owner cleverly refitted the weapons, albeit using tag and an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m James Bond non-original equipment. This car – chassis number DP/216/1 Limited Edition watch complete with unique Aston Martin – was stolen from its owner in Florida in 1997 and is still strap. All you’re left to do is find your own Bond girl.



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Shades of Autumn Forget Japan’s springtime cherry blossom; every autumn, red and gold foliage transforms the forested hillsides of Kyoto. Brimming with history, this ancient city is home to 17 UNESCO world heritage sites, and more than 2,000 shrines and temples, including the iconic Kinkaku-ji and its golden pavilion. Culture lovers can experience the best of these activities from the refined and recently-opened Suiran, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Enjoy traditional features, such as a relaxing dip in an onsen (a hot spring) or a customary kaiseki meal, alongside all the comforts of the 21st century.

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The Great Escape Set on a private island in the Maldives, the Mirihi Island Resort is the perfect escape from the British winter. Guests can choose between a private beach or water villa, both with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Unwind on the white sandy beaches or in the newly extended Duniye Spa. The resort boasts two gourmet-standard restaurants, as well as a wine bar and state-of-the-art gym. Experience the natural beauty of the house reef with the on-site diving centre, visit a deserted island or take advantage of Mirihi’s private yacht with a romantic sunset cruise or sunrise fishing trip.

From Snow to Sand To hit the slopes or relax on a luxury beach holiday? There’s now no reason to choose, as Scott Dunn’s new Snow ‘n’ Surf Whistler and California itinerary has both covered. Combining two of the world’s most spectacular locations, the 12-day trip commences in Whistler. With easy access to the resort’s slopes, guests will stay at the Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and then head south for the sunshine at the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel to soak up some rays, splash in the sea and relax on Laguna Beach. Get ready to enjoy the best of both worlds.

An Adventure in Aspen Back by popular demand, The Little Nell’s Skiing & Winter Adventures returns with an expanded programme for families. Be the first down the slopes, gliding through perfect powder, or experience the mountains as never before with a trip alongside the late night ski patrol. At Aspen’s only five-star family hotel, parents can relax in the health centre or with a tipple at one of the four bars, while the hotel provides kids with everything from cribs to childsized robes, cooking classes and jeep tours. Take time to enjoy the picturesque Red Mountain range and use the fantastic ski-in/ski-out access to the resort’s best pistes.

Light-Years Ahead With an illusionistic zero-gravity bed and an automated female voice inspired by John Carpenter’s Dark Star, the Kameha Grand Zürich hotel’s space suite is truly out of this world. Fantasy and reality collide with the innovative decoration by German artist Michael Najjar. Pick the two-night galaxy getaway package for a bodyflying session or flight simulation, a personalised space book by Najjar and the opportunity to visit him in his Berlin studio.


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From luxury suites to contemporary European cuisine, Gabriella Dyson takes a look at everything No. 11 Cadogan Gardens has to offer

Just minutes away from Sloane Square, behind an unassuming redbrick façade, lies one of Chelsea’s best-kept secrets, No. 11 Cadogan Gardens. Originally built as four separate townhouses by Lord Chelsea back in the late 19th century, Cadogan Gardens’ prestigious postcode meant that this stylish boutique hotel was once the haunt of choice for the crème de le crème of Victorian London. A home from home for politicians, artists and socialites alike, the building quickly established a reputation for delivering excellence and now, even though a century has passed, it’s still apparent why. While most boutique hotels will boast ‘character’ and ‘charm’ among their credentials, few truly deliver like No. 11 Cadogan Gardens. You won’t be hard pressed to find a suite that suits your needs, with 54 luxurious guest rooms to choose from spread across six floors. Whether you opt for a deluxe room or a superior suite, every space is decorated with a soft regal palette and a unique array of objects d’art. Complete with an award-winning concierge service, complimentary Wi-Fi and the finest soft furnishings

throughout, we can’t imagine what else you’d need to guarantee a luxurious night’s sleep. Given the hotel’s prime location, we recommend perusing the many boutique shops and designer brands Chelsea has to offer during your stay. There’s everything from Boss to Valentino right on the hotel’s doorstep, not to mention a number of exciting guest shopping privileges to be taken advantage of. Ladies can indulge in a little pampering with 25 per cent off the ultra-stylish Joe’s Salon, while gentlemen can look forward to a chauffeur-driven tour of London and personal styling session courtesy of Thomas Pink. After a day well spent, guests can rest their weary feet in the hotel’s cocktail bar and get acquainted with everything it has to offer. The menu showcases exclusive vintages and limited-edition Champagnes alongside classic cocktails and an extensive wine list. So whether you’re sipping on the finest bubbles or an Old Fashioned is more your style, you’re guaranteed to find your favourite tipple on offer – or perhaps even discover a new one. To wrap up the evening, a sit-down meal at Tartufo is a must. Here you can expect an evening of refined modern European cuisine set in chic and discreet surroundings. Food is light and inventive, owing to head chef Manuel Oliveri’s classic training. We recommend opting for the four course à la carte menu to mix and match mouth-watering dishes such as truffle tortellini with timeless favourites like roast beef fillet and pan-fried John Dory. No. 11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3;

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Snowmobiling, husky-sledding and ice karting – Olivia Sharpe rounds up Lapland’s best action-packed winter snow activities


apland has long been underestimated as simply the home of Santa Claus, but there are many other reasons as to why people should visit with sleigh bells on – from husky-sledding and snowmobiling to the chance to see the Northern Lights. What is more, it is comparatively cheaper than your average ski resort. Touching down in Kuusamo, a short plane ride away from Helsinki, the place has an unmistakeable feel of magic in the air; endless snowy winters, vast woodland forests, frozen lakes and a sparse population reminding me of The Chronicles of Narnia. Arriving at nightfall, it was pitch black when my group and I trudged up through the snow and into our chalet, one of the 14 Rukan Salonki chalets situated within the Lappish wilderness by Lake Salonkijärvi. These have previously been awarded the prestigious title of Finland’s Best Ski Chalet in the World Ski Awards two years in a row and it is obvious why; complete with an inviting sitting room and dining area, kitchen, utility room and an outdoor hot tub, the rustic chalet has everything you could possibly need. Having been designed in classic ‘Scandi’ style, it is fairly minimalistic and bedrooms, in particular, are quite basic, comprising just a wardrobe, dresser, two single beds and a small en-suite bathroom, but given how little time that was spent indoors on our trip, this hardly mattered. Following a restful night, we awoke to a crisp, sunny day and I hurriedly dressed in multiple layers. Quick tip: unlike at chic ski resorts, there is no pressure to make a fashion statement out here (thank goodness) so do not make the mistake I made of packing your


finest winter attire, having ended up spending the majority of time resembling the Michelin Man in ski clothes and thick woolly jumpers. The dining room, where breakfast was laid out every morning, is located in another chalet just a five-minute walk away across a blanket of gleaming white snow. Here guests can fill up on a buffet of hot, creamy porridge, eggs with smoked salmon or cereal and toast, before embarking on their action-filled day. What Finnish Lapland lacks in terms of people it more than makes up with its abundance of reindeer, the population of this woodland animal almost equating to the number of residents, as we discovered when we visited a reindeer farm on our first day. Unlike in Morocco where it is common for camel owners to brag about how many camels they have (as an indicator of their wealth), in Lapland it is considered a taboo subject, equivalent to asking someone how much money they earn. Reindeer sleigh rides are not quite the glamorous affair I had anticipated; envisaging a carriage-like sleigh like that ridden by the White Witch, the reality was in fact a wooden shaft that is made only slightly more elegant by being draped in furs. Then again, the overall experience is magical and it is a very smooth ride; however, if you’re looking for something more fast-paced, then opt for dog-sledding. Historically, husky-sledding is one of the most traditional ways to travel across snow-covered terrain. Each two-person sleigh is driven by a team of huskies, which are guided by the “musher� (driver), while the other person sits in front. The huskies are well-trained, but as the driver, you

are still expected to navigate them along the snow-laden path by using your weight to steer them left or right, and to stop them using the brake. Travelling at break-neck speed through the forests with the bracing wind whipping your face, the overall experience is truly thrilling and a definite must when visiting Lapland. Our second day featured another action-packed itinerary complete with snowmobile safari, ice climbing and night-time hiking. None of these require any previous experience, but there is an age limit of 18 for snowmobiling (each person requiring a driving licence). The majority of people in Lapland own a snowmobile and, despite being somewhat hefty in price, it is well worth it given that the country is covered in snow three-quarters of the year round (and after having a go on one, I almost wished I could take


one home with me). After a quick demonstration by our instructor at the Ruka Safaris Centre, we were off and before I knew it, I was pelting through beautiful snowy forests and across an enormous frozen lake, daring my fellow drivers to race while imagining myself in a James Bond movie. After a quick pit-stop halfway at a small café, where we fuelled up on hot chocolate and pancakes (you will quickly discover that attempting to diet in Lapland is futile, the basic survival rule drummed into us on arrival being that you must eat and/or use the loo whenever the opportunities arise), we were off again. The round-trip was roughly an hour in total, but you can choose to rent the snowmobiles for up to a few days if you so wish. After a heart-warming lunch, next came ice climbing. Beginners are welcome, but I should warn you that it’s not for the faint-hearted; the fierce winds up on the mountains can reach up to -25°C and armed with only ice tools, crampons and a harness to help haul yourself up the seemingly impregnable ice-covered summit, it is fairly daunting. Fortunately, our intrepid guide, who resembled an action Ken doll, soon put us at ease as he demonstrated the correct method of climbing, which surprisingly involves very little upper body strength; the trick is to use your legs rather than your arms to pull yourself up. After a few false attempts, I managed to get the hang of it, but halfway up my fear of heights kicked in and I eventually had to be rescued by our guide (which was by no means a hardship). A Northern Lights safari is another common excursion in Lapland and while there is no guarantee that you will see the spectacular Aurora Borealis, the midnight hike in snowshoes is still a worthwhile experience, the vast forest becoming even more enchanted in darkness. Laplanders pride themselves on being, to quote our tour guide, “a bit weird” and on no other experience was this more apparent than the sauna tour, part of the ‘No Ordinary’ press trip. The sauna is a huge part of Finnish culture, there being more than three million of them for a nation of five million people (equating to roughly one per household). It is where Finnish people go on a weekly basis to relax and unwind (in much the same way that British people frequent the pub).

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Tour groups can choose the complete package, encompassing nine different types of sauna, or else opt for fewer. We chose the three-sauna package, which began (believe it or not) on a tour bus featuring a built-in sauna in the back. One soon gets used to the sweltering temperatures (made even more so by our guide who would continually throw water over the heated stones on the stove, a practise known as “loyly”) and it has been proven to have invaluable health benefits, from cleansing skin and flushing toxins to improving cardiovascular performance. Saunas on the tour range from the extreme ice bath sauna, where you are expected to run across the snow in just a robe and plunge into a freezing cold ice bath (which resulted in me, in my panic, skidding on the ice and falling flat on my backside) to the traditional wood stone sauna; the most common in Finland outside of city areas, it involves hitting one another with birch leaves soaked in water, this bizarre action apparently helping to reduce cellulite. For those in the mood for some holiday adventure this winter, there is truly no better place to visit than Lapland, a country that may lack the glamour one associates with a European ski resort, but more than makes up for it with its bucket list of snowbound activities. And, of course, if you do have time to visit Santa Claus, so much the better.

More Information Tourist Board: Flights: Return flights from London Heathrow to Kuusamo with Finnair costs from £226 return; Accommodation: An overnight stay at the Rukan Salonki Chalets costs from £132, An overnight stay at Luppolinna costs from £770, Activities: visit program, for more details.




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Behind the austere architecture of Moscow’s grand Four Seasons, Jemima Sissons finds solace in the hotel’s extravagant and detailed service and prepares herself for the chill of Russian climes

s views go, it must be one of the finest out there. After a midnight arrival, in falling snow, gliding from the airport in a train past tin-topped wooden houses, the grandeur of the Four Seasons at night overwhelms. Yet this is surpassed still by the candy-coloured domes of Saint Basil’s Cathedral that greet me on opening the curtains in the jet-lagged dawn. It is October but the weather report tells me it’s -10˚C out there. Scurrying tourists heading into Red Square blow puffballs of

icy breath. I return to my slumber – the famous Four Seasons bed has a reassuring familiarity, and the extra pillow with my initial appliquéd on it adds a welcome touch of comfort. I have come on a whistle-stop tour of the Russian capital, basing myself in the newly opened Four Seasons. The hotel is gargantuan, a replica of the Soviet Hotel Moscow – a brutalist 1000-room building that was loved and hated in equal measure. Having been closed in 2002, this was built on the same site. Facing the Kremlin and Red Square, you are seconds away from the action and, undoubtedly,


have some of the best views from any hotel in the city. The hotel now has a far more agreeable 180 rooms, including 41 spacious suites (of those, one presidential and one royal), two restaurants and a zeitgeist-y bar, Moskovsky. The hotel, as you would expect in Moscow, doesn’t do things by halves. The entrance is staffed by liveried doormen. On a busy Friday night they corral a humming phalanx of blacked out cars. The armoured people carriers dispense a parade of shimmery limbs and coiffed men who are spirited into the cathedral-like entrance.

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The Four Seasons hotel in Moscow

Inside there is a mix of clientele. Alongside the soignÊ set supping Champagne, a group of fierce looking female executives thrash out a business plan in the salon – with its green geometric carpets and crystal chandeliers, it is less Soviet brutalism and more modern Russia, even if the reception area has a certain austerity about it. My grand premier suite is designed with the Four Seasons traveller in mind. It is vast and is divided neatly into two by a screen, with a desk on one side, facing the living area, and a TV facing the ever so comfy bed. The desk has a wall-mounted socket with different plug sockets in and ample space for my piles of documents. There are also some enticing sweet treats on the table to comfort me after a long journey from the airport (it is far more convenient to take the train – Moscow traffic is notorious). The next day, after a deep sleep, I rouse myself with a powerful shower, using the sultry looking Roberto Cavalli potions. They smell heady and dramatic, rather like I imagine a Moscow night on the tiles to be. This is confirmed when I take to the town. Having assumed that the best nights out would be in glittery pleasure domes with red carpets, it is a surprise to find that the most fun to be had is in tucked-away speakeasies, down unassuming alleyways, and in esoterica strewn bars. Dinner that night is in Delicatessen. Here the bizarre hit is turkey French toast; it feels like an arranged marriage, in culinary terms, yet it works surprisingly well, especially after a few of the quite sensational cocktails. The Lilliputian martinis are particularly tasty, and as the adage goes, even more so after three. But thank goodness for vodka, for the shock of the chill overwhelms, as we leave for the second

It is a surprise to find that the most fun to be had is in tucked-away speakeasies


club of the evening. It is barely manageable to walk down the street and we hail a gypsy cab – literally a car off the street and not to be recommended for visitors, particularly nonRussian speakers (Uber is a safer bet). The following day it is down to the serious business of enjoying a full Russian breakfast. Although service is a bit slow, the spread is pretty impressive. I begin with some syrniki – soft and fluffy cottage cheese pancakes served with local farm honey and berries – a breakfast that provides vigour for a windswept day of sightseeing. Reinforced further by some dill-heavy gravlax and copious mugs of coffee, it is time to take to the streets. I have a guide for the day arranged through the hotel and a car to go with it; this is highly recommended if you are there for a short period. She leads me past the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a war memorial dedicated to the Soviet soldiers killed during World War Two and then, sticking within the strict walking parameters in the Kremlin, we pass the carbuncular State Kremlin Palace, which used to be the Palace of Congresses, and through to the glistening domes of the Dormition Cathedral. Into Red Square, we haven’t the patience for Lenin’s Mausoleum so make do instead with the multicolour St Basil’s. I cannot resist a peek inside GUM, Moscow’s famously extravagant department store; the eye-raising prices, even for local delicacies, keep this a window-shopping-only experience. The rest of the day is spent shopping, checking out hip stores such as SV Moscow, Le Form and Tsvetnoy Central Market. Back at the hotel it is time to recharge the batteries. I head downstairs to the spa – although I haven’t time for

I cannot resist a peek inside GUM, Moscow’s famously extravagant department store a treatment, I am tempted by the detoxifying Jet Setter reflexology by Amnis. Instead, I swim in the lap pool and ease away the day’s tensions in the steam room, spirits raised by the jaunty murals in the basement complex. That evening I am meeting friends, so we head to the chic Moskovsky bar. Alongside some grilled baby artichokes with marjoram and black pepper, I delve into their cocktails, which are twists on classics. The Moscow Sour is a great pick me up, made with ginger and honeycombinfused Beluga vodka, and a Baked Apple Crusta comes with Calvados, baked apples, maple syrup and orange. These autumnal tipples are almost meals in themselves, but we find room for some of the fine Italian upstairs, in Quadrum. Gamberi rossi – red Sicilian prawns – come with a zingy Campari and lemon marinade, they are melt in the mouth and healthy after a day of hearty fare. To offset any semblance of a regime, we devour the tortelli – handmade parcels with ricotta, mint and lemon. Ending with a boozeladen tiramisu, we reinforce ourselves with coffee, and head off into the night, wrapped up and raring to go. Rates at Four Seasons Hotel Moscow start from £276.56 (including taxes) per room per night based on two people sharing.

The State Historical Museum opposite St Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square

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Break the Ice Skiing down perfect powder, speeding through an alpine valley, dining atop a glacier and staying in luxury accommodation; Hannah Lemon follows in the steps of Britain’s number one secret agent

Ice Q restaurant as seen in Spectre Photography by: Rudi Wyhlidal



riving along the narrow roads of an alpine valley, a man in a dark suit tightens his knuckles around the steering wheel of a black BMW. The car snakes through the trees at super speed as if it is being chased, the snow melting around it. James Bond, 007, is back. Well, not quite. It’s my driver navigating the road to Sölden. But the epic panorama of rich emerald trees and snow-capped peaks is like something out of Spectre – quite literally – as the latest edition of the Bond franchise was filmed here. After a three-hour drive from Munich airport, most of which was spent winding through Austria’s impressive landscape, I arrive at Das Central. The grand chalet (a little too quaint to be suitable for a spy, but appealing to me, nonetheless) is nestled in the Ötztal valley of Tyrol. It is the end of the season, so there is no snow surrounding the hotel, but it looks even prettier for it, like an illustration from a Brothers Grimm fairytale. My junior suite, which is decorated modestly with colourful fabrics and light pine furniture, is big enough for a small family. I unpack my things and take in the view from the balcony that overlooks long, lush fields behind the opposing buildings and the backdrop of breathtaking mountains beyond. The chalet is made up of a warren of

Summer at Das Central Photography: Alexander Lohmann

Junior ‘surprise’ suite Photography: Alexander Lohmann


rooms, including the Feinspitz restaurant, the Marend Stube bar, wine cellar, boot rooms and spa. The latter is filled with kitsch decoration to transform it into a ‘little Venice’ complete with a gondola, which sits in the middle of the pool, and there are adjoining treatment rooms, sauna and steam facilities to use. But a word of caution (learnt through experience): guests may be wandering in the European way – baring all. I head straight for the slopes on the first day. A free shuttle service takes guests to the Giggijoch and Gaislachkogl lift stations, from where skiers can get to the Sölden mountain range of the Alps. Used as the venue for the Alpine World Cup, Sölden has 145km of slopes to keep guests busy, with a good distribution of red and black runs for more advanced skiers. There are also additional activities to entertain the pros, such as the nighttime ski run on a Wednesday. Plus, snow is guaranteed from October through to May thanks to the high alpine location (1.350–3.340 m) and the artificial snow-making systems, which cover 67 per cent of the slopes. If, like me, after a couple of hours of zooming (and falling) down pistes you feel ready for a rest, head to the gourmet restaurant Ice Q, where Daniel Craig filmed scenes for Spectre. Located at 3,048 metres altitude on the Gaislachkogl peak, this experience is not suitable for those with vertigo. The building is designed so that diners jut out of the slope, as if floating over the mountains. When I arrive, the blue skies offer up a crystal clear view of the sparkling snow-covered landscape through the floor to ceiling glass walls. Distracted by the stunning panorama, I almost forget the reason I’ve stopped here – to eat. The menu provides an appetising list of Austrian cuisine, and there’s certainly no better place I can think of to try Weiner Schnitzel. If you’re looking for something to wash down the food, try a glass of Pino 3000, a full bodied threecountry wine (from Germany, Austria and South Tyrol) that is the mastermind of Das Central. The wine has

Marend Stube & Bar Photography: Stefano Scatà

Wine Cellar Photography by: Urs Homberger

For serious oenophiles, the experience you must try is Wein am Berg made the epic journey to the restaurant but matures well in the controlled temperature of the bespoke wine cellar. However, for serious oenophiles, the experience that you must try is Wein am Berg. Vintners from Austria and Portugal come together to showcase their harvest at this famous wine event, while world famous skiers, Frank Wörndl and Günther Mader, take you down the slopes, with a few pitstops for drinks along the way. During my stay, I swill and sample the most exceptional bouquets from local vineyards, a favourite of mine being from the Austrian vineyard Kollwentz. It will definitely be hard to top the moment I was served a crisp glass of sauvignon blanc

Water world Venezia Photography by: Stefano Scatà


Above/ Wein am Berg Photography by: Ernst Lorenzi; Right/ Dining at Ice Q Photography by: Rudi Wyhlidal

The landscape proves itself the ultimate play area for aspiring action heroes half-way down a slope on a table of snow, after a gruelling few hours of ski lessons. The event accumulates in a ‘big bottle party’ at the Giggijoch restaurant with the most innovative canapés (it is the first and probably the last time I will lick steak tartare and mashed potato from an ice cream cone), followed by more wine and an explosion of fireworks as the final swansong. If, however, you choose not to opt into this endof-season occasion, Das Central’s restaurant manager and sommelier, Martin Sperdin, can show you the chalet’s wine cellar where more than 30,000 bottles are stored. Holidays here don’t have to take place during winter either: Sölden makes use of its alpine landscape for summer adventures during the warmer months. The picturesque lakes, waterfalls and fragrant forests are particularly popular with cyclists and hikers. However, throughout every season, the landscape proves itself the ultimate play area for aspiring action heroes – thankfully, minus the crashing vehicles, snow mobile chases and ski lift fights that Bond is so used to. Das Central has double rooms available from €182 (approx. £130) per person, based on two people sharing on a halfboard basis. +43 5254 2260-0,

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Macallan Maketh the Man The Macallan has launched its latest expression in the UK – The Macallan Rare Cask. The whisky has been matured in handmade Spanish and American oak casks to produce a unique aroma. The result is a woody whisky, with sweet notes of apple, lemon and orange, balanced by fragrant spices, root ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. With a rich mahogany-red hue, The Macallan Rare Cask demonstrates the heritage brand’s commitment to wooden casks and natural colour. It has been crafted from 16 different cask profiles – the most ever used for a single whisky by the company and many of the casks will not be used again. Bob Dalgarno is the master whisky maker responsible for creating Rare Cask. “Each of the cask styles result in different character,” he says, “so each imparts its own distinct influence on the final whisky.” To date, the most widely available expressions of The Macallan in the UK come from The 1824 Series, which includes The Macallan Gold, Amber, Sienna and Ruby. The Macallan was founded in 1824 by Alexander Reid, a barley farmer and school teacher. The estate is set on 390 acres of land, on which sheep and cattle graze, bordering the River Spey and was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Widely considered one of the best whiskies in the world, The Macallan has appeared in James Bond films including Skyfall. Charlotte Phillips The Macallan Rare Cask is available from select whisky retailers, £200,

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Kick off at Koffmann’s Chef and devoted rugby fan Pierre Koffmann has been joined by rugby players Tom Croft and Matt Smith to create a Rugby Specials Menu in accord with the World Cup (sorry England supporters, this is probably still a tender subject). The menu sees a combination of the players’ favourite dishes and Pierre’s classic recipes, such as beef Wellington and pistachio soufflé. Five per cent of the profits from each dish go towards the Matt Hampson Foundation, a charity close to both of the player’s hearts that helps athletes who suffer from serious injuries. Until 31 October, Rugby Specials Menu at Koffmann’s; The Berkeley Hotel, SW1X;

Back to Your Roots

Jolly Juice As part of its expanding empire, the LA-inspired juice company PRESS has launched at a new location: the boutique hair salon Duck & Dry. With the hopes of improving nutrition among busy Londoners, the juice masterminds Ed Foy and Georgie Reames have developed a range of different healthy recipes with the help of celebrity nutritionist Gabriela Peacock and fitness expert Harry Jameson. Whether you are suffering from a crippling hangover, need a quick pick me up or just something to calm a shaken stomach, the nutritional drinks will be the answer in a bottle. Duck and Dry, 335–337 King’s Road, SW3;

Following a little nip and tuck, Chelsea’s The Henry Root is back with contemporary artwork, sophisticated interiors and a new all-day menu. The local dining room transitions from a café style for breakfast, with a comfort foodfilled menu, to a bar for after-work cocktails and indulgent dining. The evening menu ranges from elegant dishes of grilled halibut with girolles, while still offering the locals’ favourites of rib-eye steak and grass-fed beef burgers. The restaurant also accommodates kid’s clubs in the morning and large parties in the evening with popular neighbourhood events every week, bringing new vigour to social dining. The Henry Root, 9 Park Walk, SW10;

Tickled Pink The Belgian chocolate master Godiva has wowed us yet again with its new, limited-edition Mousse Meringue collection, with ten per cent of the sales going to Breast Cancer Now, the largest breast cancer research charity in the country. Chocolate lovers can choose from six different pieces consisting of a layered, crispy meringue encasing a creamy mousse in signature dark, milk and white Belgian chocolate. Each comes with a surprising twist, whether it be fruity, zesty, coffee-flavoured or nutty. Mousse Meringue from £16 at selected Godiva boutiques and online at

Boulud’s Bird Celebrate Thanksgiving Day in style this month with a twist of French sophistication at Bar Boulud, located at one of London’s most prestigious addresses. The award-winning brasserie at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park has created a three-course seasonal menu that includes an enticing creamy chestnut soup to start, turkey with all the trimmings, and a pecan, pear and almond dessert to finish. Perfect for those who want to gorge themselves, as is tradition during the festive season. Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X

Shaken, Not Stirred Defined by its legacy and commitment to quality, Belvedere has released a limited-edition bottle in tribute to Spectre. Drawing on more than 600 years of experience, Belvedere has produced an additive-free spirit, diluted with water from its own artesian well. The 007 emblem has been etched by a laser onto the side of each sleek 1.7 litre silver bottle in true Bond fashion. Belvedere 007 Silver Sabre Bottle, £170, exclusively at Selfridge’s

Euro Trip Past the after-work throng of suits drinking outside and the crowded bar inside, The Botanist conceals its delightful bistro behind closed doors. Its menu acts as a culinary ticket to Europe with Weiner Schnitzel, radicchio tortellini, succulent Chateaubriand, fine slices of Iberico ham and the comfort of home with Bakewell tart for dessert. And don’t forget to enjoy the sommelier’s recommendations from the well-stocked wine selection to complement your dishes. This is certainly an indulgent way to experience the continent. The Botanist, 7 Sloane Square, SW1W;

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During the 1800s, Parisian innovators of science, art and entertainment were celebrating their triumphs with a glass of cognac. Courvoisier has revisited the glamour of the Belle Époque with the launch of a new expression. Hannah Lemon reports


eritage brands often revisit their rich histories in order to showcase exquisite craftsmanship. Over the last few years, Jaguar has celebrated 80 years of sports cars, Cartier has honoured a century of the panther and Smythson has marked 120 years of luxury stationery. Next in line is Courvoisier; two centuries have passed since the luxury cognac brand’s inception. Founded by the mayor of Bercy, Louis Gallois, and Emmanuel Courvoisier in 1809, the business flourished and it was subsequently named official supplier to Emperor Napoleon III’s Imperial Court. The reputation of Courvoisier continued to blossom and it became synonymous with the decadence of the Parisian Golden Age, a time that has provided inspiration for the company’s glamorous new redesign.

Scientific innovations, technological breakthroughs and the artistic elite transformed this era into a celebration of optimism, which suited the ethos of Courvoisier. The Lumière brothers pioneered cinema; the term haute couture was coined; cabaret came to the Moulin Rouge; Folies Bergère prospered with the advent of electricity; and the Renault brothers and André Citroën spearheaded the rise of the French automobile industry. In 1889, the Eiffel Tower was built for the World Fair and became a symbol of the joie de vivre and rich cultural expansion of the Belle Époque. At the opening of this landmark, guests from around the world came together in celebration, including inventor Thomas Edison, actress Sarah Bernhardt, the Prince of Wales and Gustave Eiffel himself. And the tipple of choice for such an illustrious occasion? You guessed it – Courvoisier.

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Now, more than a century later, the cognac brand has revisited the Eiffel Tower to commemorate this exciting era with the launch of the limited-edition Célébration Sensorielle gift sets. Taking cognac lovers on an aromatic expedition through Paris, they feature one of two expressions: the Courvoisier Initiale Extra, which combines flavours of old port wine with truffle and hot fruitcake, and the Courvoisier Initiale XO, which harmonises vanilla and crème brûlée notes with candied orange and iris flower. The former comes with two scented candles and the latter with two scented cones, both of which have been crafted to complement and enhance the notes of the cognac and act as an unforgettable sensory experience. Courvoisier called on scent technician Ericka Duffy and perfumer Euan McCall to create fragrances that capture 24 hours in Belle Époque Paris: Brise de Vincennes (the breeze from Vincennes) and Nuit Débordante (heady night). Each has in its heart-note a cognac accord that binds the concept back to Courvoisier. “It was extremely important to not only capture the spirit of moments of the Belle Époque era,” explains Duffy, “but also to pay respect to the cognac itself.” Thanks to in-depth research around the period, Duffy managed to capture historical elements of smell and taste to complement the cognac samples. “For the daytime scent, for example, we looked at the rise of café culture, expositions, world fairs and more. We looked at the new aromas that would have been infusing the era – such as coffee beans, tobacco, exotic flowers and leather luggage.” The scent draws on all the aromas that make Paris so charming in the daytime, when locals would meet in outdoor cafés to sip cognac and watch the world go by. With dusk descending, the second fragrance conjures up the glamour and intrigue of the city after dark. “For the nighttime scent, we looked at aromas of tobacco, candied orange and patchouli.” Set on making the redesign as authentic as possible, Courvoisier’s creative team undertook immersive visits to Paris in order to help shape the brand’s new direction. Reflective of the creativity of the Parisian Golden Age, the team uncovered design inspiration throughout the city. Details taken from architecture of the era, including the unique steel structure of the Eiffel Tower, are gracefully intertwined to produce striking packaging. However, it doesn’t stop there. As part of Courvoisier’s transformation, the brand is launching signature cocktails

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Courvoisier became synonymous with the decadence of the Parisian Golden Age and a bespoke tour through Paris. The latter takes guests past some of the French capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Pont Alexandre III, the Lavirotte building and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It provides cognac enthusiasts with the chance to explore the influential art, architecture, innovation and science of the late 1800s, as well as Courvoisier’s role during the period. But if a trip to Paris is not on your agenda this festive season, you will be just as contented with a journey to somewhere equally glamorous – Courvoisier’s Golden Age. A swig of cognac and a scent of Paris is all it takes. Célébration Sensorielle Initiale Extra, RSP £397, is available at Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Hedonism. Célébration Sensorielle XO, RSP £190, is available at Harvey Nichols and Hedonism. Pricing will vary, check with retailer for details.


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Fit for the Queen

Alice Victoria Bartley & Guest

Jake Parkinson-Smith & Jacobi Anstruther-GoughCalthorpe

Mario Matos & Kelly Rian Sanson

Jessica Patterson, owner of JPR Media Group, & Johnny Cassell

Max Rogers, Parris Taylor & Ollie Mundy

Pips Taylor

WHAT: Raffles 50th Birthday Party WHEN: 1 October WHERE: Berkeley Square Gardens, W1 WHO: Alice Victoria Bartley, Spencer Matthews, Caggie Dunlop, Jessica Patterson, Hugo Taylor, Olivia Cox, Shanie Ryan, Will Poulter, George Lineker and Chloe Green WHY: Raffles celebrated its 50th birthday at the beginning of a new month with not a wrinkle in sight. For one night only, the illustrious nightclub transported Ibiza to the gardens of Berkeley Square with a set from DJ Guy Gerber and the Housekeeping, roulette tables and bejewelled ladies dancing in over-sized martini glasses. The stage was ablaze with laser beams and lights, proudly marking the anniversary of the club. Raffles boasts to be the only known nightclub that HM the Queen herself has visited and certainly lived up to expectations. With a steady flow of Moët & Chandon filling up glasses, guests chose bespoke Vertu phones and limited-edition Bugatti bags to take home.

Pretty in Pink

Spencer Matthews & Guest

Lucinda Apthorp & Arabella Radford

Malita Munyenyembe & Nate Dagogo

Maurizio & Morgan Cortese

Mireille Farmer Smulders & Mary Hanover

WHAT: JF London Launch Party WHEN: 21 September WHERE: Haymarket Hotel, 1 Suffolk Place, SW1 WHO: Joshua Fenu, Ollie Proudlock, Lady Alice Manners, Lady Violet Manners, Hugo Taylor, Louise Thompson, Roxie Nafousi, Jamie Laing and Rosie Fortescue WHY: Friends, fashion royalty and local celebrities came together to celebrate the launch of shoe brand JF London at the Haymarket Hotel. The creative director of the brand Joshua Fenu has fused neon retro with punk to create his latest collection, which is handmade in Italy and features his trademark pink sole. Guests were treated to Luc Belaire Champagne and B.fresh juices to wet their whistles before singing along with a live performance from Lion Babe. Mini-burgers, tempura chicken canapés and salmon lollipops were on the menu to refuel everyone late into the night.

Strutt Your Stuff

Natasha Wylie (Strutt & Parker) & Nick Uglow

Gabriella Wilkin & Brian Hanover

Alison Unfrebile (Strutt & Parker), Peter Antonious, Lauren Hill Photography: Tom Lakeman

Pia Hallstrom & Roberto Malfatti

Poppy Everett & Luciana Birch Reynardson

Shefali Choksi & Deborah Iliffe

WHAT: Cheetah Conservation Fund UK Party with Strutt & Parker and Patrick Mavros WHEN: 7 October WHERE: Patrick Mavros Gallery, Fulham Road, SW3 WHO: Griff Rhys Jones, Maggie De Pree, Fiona Forsyth, Arabella Radford and Sophie Stafford WHY: To celebrate 25 years of conservation, Cheetah Conservation Fund UK invited guests to an exclusive party supported by Strutt & Parker and sculptor Patrick Mavros. The event had 30 beautiful cheetah photographs for purchase to help shed light on the importance of conservation. A live auction had guests bidding against each other for wonderful prizes donated by Aardvark Safaris, including a set of Swarovski binoculars. Guests munched on truffled quail’s eggs and chicken satay sticks, while Champagne and bespoke Cheetah Chaser cocktails, consisting of vodka, passion fruit purée and passion fruit liqueur, were the tipples of choice. A raffle prize of a sculpture of a sprinting cheetah was donated by Patrick Mavros, the winner of which will be announced on 30 October.

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Bip Ling

Emma Miller

Arnold Oceng

Kavita Cola

Lady Alice and Lady Violet Manners

Rosie Fortescue Ollie Proudlock, Hugo Taylor & Jamie Laing Joshua Fenu

Lauren Hutton

Louise Thompson

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Lucy Mecklenburgh

Melissa Steel

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Adam Horne, Eric Wilkinson & Quinten Dreesmann

Alexander Armstrong

Samantha & Brian Heyworth, Dominic Lester, Felicia Brocklebank & Ben Brown

Charles Jencks, Maggie’s Founder

Clara Weatherall, Chairman of the Committee

Desmond MacCarthy

Dori Dana-Haeri, Maggie’s London Development Board Member

Felicia Brocklebank talking to guests

HRH Princess Eugenie

Lady Emma Kitchener-Fellowes & Lord Julian Fellowes

Laura Lee, Maggie’s Chief Executive, with Louisa Lane Fox

Lisa Hogan

Susie Beart & Piers Gibson

Samantha Keswick, Committee Member

Zoe Copsey

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National Treasures WHAT: Premiere of Orchids of Baños Party WHEN: 22 September WHERE: Alfred Dunhill, Bourdon House, W1K WHO: Sir David Attenborough, David Gandy, Henry Cavill, Lily Cole, Nick Grimshaw, Peter Pilotto, Christopher de Vos, Brooklyn Beckham and Fabrizio Cardinali WHY: The Orchids of Baños is a film by producers and directors Johnny Lu and Jeremy Valender illustrating the significant efforts and work of the World Land Trust and of Lou Joust, a celebrated botanist and conservationist, who discovered ten new species of the orchid plant in the Andean cloud forests of Ecuador. Sir David Attenborough, a benefactor of the World Land Trust, was in attendance at the premier with Dunhill CEO Fabrizio Cardinali and a famous crowd of faces who all share a common passion of protecting the natural world. At the event, the charity announced the opportunity to name the orchid species with profits going towards the conservation of threatened plants.

Brooklyn Beckham & Sir David Attenborough

David Gandy & Sir David Attenborough

Fabrizio Cardinali & Clare Waight Keller

Sir David Attenborough & Henry Cavill

Lily Cole & Sir David Attenborough

Nick Grimshaw

The Highest Bidder WHAT: LAPADA Charity Party WHEN: 24 September WHERE: The Plaza, 535 King’s Road, SW10 WHO: HRH Princess Eugenie of York, Lord Julian Fellowes, Alexander Armstrong, Janet Ellis and Charles Jencks WHY: The LAPADA Art and Antiques fair raised more than £350,000 for Maggie’s centres at its beautiful Berkeley Square home. With more than 18 centres across the country, the charity’s aim is to provide emotional and social support to those suffering with cancer and their friends and families. Attendees were treated with a special reception of the arts and antiques before placing generous bids on a variety of exclusive experiences that were on offer, including a private shoot in the hills of Cheshire, holidays and unique artwork. Guests at the charity party were served eccentric Mr Fogg’s cocktails, Berkeley Square gin, and wine selected by Corney and Barrow. A dinner menu was specially created for the event by New Zealand-born chef Marcus Verberne, who is known for his time with Caprice Holdings.

Lauren, Yasmin & Maddie Mills

Danny Huston

Azzi Glasser & Bella Freud

Joseph Corré & Azzi Glasser

Brix Smith Start & Azzi Glasser

Azzi Glasser & Rifat Ozbek

Raise a Glasser WHAT: Azzi Glasser Fragrance Launch Party WHEN: 1 October WHERE: Harvey Nichols, SW1X WHO: Danny Huston, Bella Freud, Brix Smith Start, Joseph Corré, Lara Bohnic, Tim Noble, Nicole Farhi, Sadie Frost, Lisa Snowdon and Azzi Glasser WHY: To launch her latest collection of limited-edition fragrances, Azzi Glasser hosted a private party on the third floor of Harvey Nichols. Moroccan-inspired canapés were served with bespoke cocktails, influenced by the perfumer’s new range and created by chef Jackson Boxer. The stylish concierge floor was transformed for the evening into a luxurious space and guests included those from Azzi Glasser’s exclusive client portfolio. Glasser has filled a gap in the market for bespoke fragrances with her new collection that is tailored to the individual wearer. The perfumes are available for a limited period through the Harvey Nichols concierge service and includes a scent made especially for Orlando Bloom.

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Lara Bohinc & Azzi Glasser

Nicole Farhi & Azzi Glasser

Sadie Frost, Azzi Glasser & Bella Freud

Lisa Snowdon & Azzi Glasser

Tim Noble & Azzi Glasser


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Now is Your Chance MICHAEL SANDS, who is head of sales for properties up to £4 million at Knight Frank Kensington and Holland Park, looks at the enticing opportunities on the prime market With the sales market picking up steadily over the preceding six weeks, the summer months already feel like a distant memory and the busy autumn market is now in full swing. We have agreed several deals in the past two weeks across a wide range of values – from £1.2 million to more than £16 million – as our fantastic list of instructions continues to attract a great deal of interest from buyers motivated to make a move before Christmas. It has been well documented that the Stamp Duty changes that came into force in December 2014 initially impacted the number of transactions that took place in the Royal Borough and vendors have had to adjust their price expectations slightly as a result. But with current activity as it is, there is certainly a feeling, at least here in Kensington and Holland Park, that, 10 months on, the market is beginning to show sure signs of having come through that period of adaptation. There is more confidence moving forward, just as there was 10 months on from the Stamp Duty changes of April 2012. We have a fantastic list of properties for sale at all levels of the market and particularly flats and houses up to £4 million; from a superb onebedroom apartment with a short lease on Gloucester Walk to a four-bedroom house with off-street parking and a west-facing garden on Abbotsbury Road. In particular, our list of instructions between £2 million-£3 million is probably

Holland Park - £2,950,000

the best I have seen in my five years at Knight Frank. We have 16 stunning properties for sale in that price range across Kensington and Holland Park at prestigious addresses such as the Phillimore Estate, Kensington Green, Wycombe Square, Hillgate Village and the Holland Park villas. However, this is set to change very soon as we have offers on the table and are negotiating on seven of those 16 properties as this article is written. Knight Frank Kensington, 52–56 Kensington Church Street, W8 4DB; 020 7938 4311,

Gloucester Walk - £6,750,000


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A Grand Day Out With the aim of raising funds for five chosen charities, Knight Frank Chelsea held a charity evening for local residents and businesses which proved to be a roaring success. The office tells us more about the fun-filled event Knight Frank’s Chelsea and South Kensington offices recently held an extremely enjoyable Charity Quiz evening in aid of five different charities as part of their international Day of Giving. Taking place at the Chelsea Old Town Hall it was a huge success with over 150 guests in attendance and the winner of the quiz received a splendid Fortnum & Masons hamper. The evening was attended by local residents, businesses and clients and many won some incredible raffle prizes and auction lots including (to name a few) a Mulberry ‘Alexa’ handbag, tickets to Newbury Races, dinner at the Harwood Arms, items from William Yeoward and some incredible photographs by the acclaimed Terry O’Neill. Beaufort House provided a bar and kept the drinks flowing all night, serving a variety of cocktails and generously donating 50 per cent of its profits to the evenings proceeds. The evening was kindly sponsored by Albyns London, Child & Child Solicitors and Luxgrove Property Developers, meaning Knight Frank was able to raise an impressive amount for its chosen charities Mary’s Meals, Crohn’s & Colitis UK, Guide Dogs, LandAid and the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. And the good news is that there will hopefully be another bigger and better one next year! Knight Frank Chelsea, 352A Kings Road, SW3 5UU, 020 7349 4300;


Chelsea Old Town Hall

The Big Five


Crohn’s & Colitis UK

Mary’s Meals

Guide Dogs

A UK property industry charity, which helps to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK who are disadvantaged by their economic or social circumstances.

A national charity leading the battle against Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other forms of inflammatory bowel disease.

A global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities.

Aims to help people who are blind or partially sighted enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Bumble Bee Conservation Trust Supports the conservation of all bumblebees and raises awareness and understanding about the social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits that they and other pollinators provide.

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Monmouth Road, Notting Hill W2 Stunning semi-detached five bedroom family home An immaculate family home located in a quiet and peaceful location just off Westbourne Grove. 4 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, dressing room, reception room, sun room, dining room, kitchen, study/bedroom 5, store, garden, off street parking. EPC: D. Approximately 212 sq m (2,281 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £5,150,000 020 8166 5449    


K&C November - 4 Monmouth Road

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Royal Crescent, Holland Park W11 Stunning two bedroom flat An immaculately presented and beautifully refurbished flat arranged over the second, third and fourth floor of a handsome white stucco fronted period building in the heart of Holland Park. 2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, en suite shower room, kitchen, reception room, guest cloakroom. EPC: D. Approximately 94.4 sq m (1,015 sq ft).   Share of freehold

Guide price: £1,495,000 020 8166 5449    


K&C November - 15 Royal crescent

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Horbury Crescent, Notting Hill W11 A spacious five bedroom family house Offering over 4,000 square feet and very well presented throughout, this house has a wonderful feel to it.  5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms double reception room, kitchen/dining room, guest cloakroom, patio, balcony, garden, right to apply for access to Ladbroke Square gardens. EPC: E. Approximately 375.2 sq m (4,039 sq ft).   Freehold 020 8166 5449 020 7727 5750    

Guide price: £8,250,000


K&C November - 18 Horbury Crescent

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Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill W11 Unique four bedroom townhouse This is a house of some 2,000 square feet and wonderfully located in one of the most popular roads in the area.  3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, study/bedroom 4, utility room, terrace, patio. EPC: D. Approximately 190.9 sq m (2,055 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £3,900,000 020 8166 5449    


K&C November - 41A Lansdowne Crescent

06/10/2015 11:30:06

Chepstow Villas, Notting Hill W11 Charming one bedroom flat An opportunity to acquire a charming 1 bedroom flat on the third floor (with a second floor entrance) of a white stucco fronted period building located on one of Notting Hill’s premier street. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room. EPC: D. Approximately 46.8 sq m (503 sq ft).   Share of freehold

Guide price: £850,000 020 8166 5449    


K&C November - TFF 1 Chepstow Villas

06/10/2015 11:31:00



Brunswick Gardens, Kensington W8 Stunning family house with garden in prime Kensington A truly beautiful house that has undergone a complete refurbishment. This house has excellent volume and ceiling heights which provides very good natural light and it retains many period features. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, double reception room, kitchen, breakfast/family room, games room, media room, utility room, garden. EPC: D. Approximately 414 sq m (4,454 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £10,950,000 020 7938 4311  


Brunswick gardens 2 K and C - new

07/10/2015 14:53:56

Inkerman Terrace, Kensington W8 A pretty five bedroom family house with a garden A superb family house located on this highly sought after terrace. The house has excellent proportions and living space. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining area, study, utility room, garden, terrace. EPC: F. Approximately 223 sq m (2,404 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £4,450,000 020 7938 4311  


K&C Mag - Inkerman Terrace - new

07/10/2015 14:57:58



Chelsea Square, Chelsea SW3 An immaculate family house on one of London's premier garden squares This house has been beautifully refurbished throughout and is exceptionally wide, bright and spacious. It is situated on Chelsea Square, one of the best addresses in Chelsea and has the significant benefit of private parking for 2 cars. 6 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, gym, kitchen/breakfast room, patio garden, private parking for 2 cars. EPC: C. Approximately 567 sq m (6,112 sq ft).   Freehold 020 3641 5903 020 7352 1484        

Guide price: £18,995,000


K&C November Chelsea

07/10/2015 15:59:25

Alexander Square, Knightsbridge SW3 Four bedroom house with garden A beautiful Grade II listed Georgian house in this highly sought after private road in Knightsbridge. The house is currently arranged with a one bedroom staff flat on the lower ground floor. 4 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, grand first floor reception room, dining room, family room, eat in kitchen, study, utility rooms, cloakroom, rear garden, access to communal gardens. Approximately 251 sq m (2,700 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £5,750,000 020 3641 5913 020 7225 1225


K&C Nov Alexander Square

08/10/2015 10:19:44



Ives Street, Chelsea SW3 Three bedroom flat with private front door An impeccably presented interior designed duplex apartment, with very good ceiling heights throughout. The accommodation is well laid out and incorporates the highest quality of craftsmanship and finishes. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms, bathroom, reception room, open plan kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, roof terrace, private front door. EPC: E. Approximately 133 sq m (1,440 sq ft). Leasehold: approximately 122 years remaining

Guide price: £3,500,000 020 3641 5913  


K&C Nov Ives Street

08/10/2015 08:59:47

A VERY IMPORTANT DECISION Selling your property is a very important decision, so let our dedicated team walk you through the process.   We offer a personal service you can depend on from start to finish - and one of the most experienced property teams in South Kensington.

Guide price: £995,000

Courtfield Road, South Kensington SW7 A stunning second floor one bedroom apartment beautifully refurbished throughout. 1 bedroom, 1 reception room, 1 bathroom, second floor. EPC: C. Approximately 52 sq m (558 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 6122

For a complimentary market appraisal call into your local sales office or call us on 020 3641 6122    


Guide price: £1,710,000

Roland Gardens, South Kensington SW7 A well-proportioned apartment extending to approximately 896 sq ft that occupies the third floor of this attractive period building. 2 bedrooms, 1 reception room, 2 bathrooms, upper floor, patio/terrace. EPC: D. Approximately 83 sq m (896 sq ft). Office: 020 3641 6122


06/10/2015 11:35:20



Ladbroke Terrace, Notting Hill W11 Gorgeous three bedroom flat with original features to rent in Notting Hill This stunning third floor flat, finished to a high standard, has wooden floors throughout and plenty of natural light. Property comprises master bedroom with en suite bathroom, second double bedroom, third bedroom/TV room, family bathroom, reception and kitchen/breakfast room. EPC: D. Approximately 152 sq m (1,644 sq ft). Available part furnished

Guide price: £1,550 per week 020 7985 9990  


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K&C November 2015

01/10/2015 11:29:47

Victoria Road, Kensington W8 A stunning five bedroom family house Located on arguably one of the most sought after roads in Kensington, Victoria Road has been imaginatively and extensively renovated to the highest specification to provide excellent entertaining space and family accommodation. This beautiful home combines contemporary modern convenience of design and layout. 5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 3 bathrooms and off street parking. EPC: E. Approximately 328 sq m (3,535 sq ft).   Available furnished or unfurnished Guide price: £7,250 per week 020 3641 7308  


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KC October update

07/10/2015 15:50:33



Sloane Court West, Chelsea SW3 Modern and spacious two bedroom flat Beautifully presented flat located on the second floor (with lift access) of this portered building, moments from Sloane Square. The flat features a spacious reception room, recently refurbished bathrooms and eat in kitchen with Miele appliances. 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, generous reception room, eat in kitchen, lift and porter. EPC: D. Approximately 92 sq m (989 sq ft). Available furnished

Guide price: £1,450 per week 020 3641 6019    


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K&C - November 2015 lettings

05/10/2015 12:49:11

Making the Right Move Richard Gutteridge, head of Savills Sloane Street office, shows HANNAH LEMON around an impressive seven-storey town house in Chester Square to discuss the attraction of prime property in Belgravia

Photography by: Sarel Jansen

PERCHED ON Chester Square’s tree-lined streets overlooking a leafy communal garden, is a seven-storey, seven-bedroom palace. A slight exaggeration, but it certainly seems palatial to me. Richard Gutteridge, head of the Savills Sloane Street office, is taking me up and down the softly carpeted flights of stairs to the exquisitely designed rooms. “Buyers are so property savvy – they stay at the best hotels and they expect to buy or rent the best,” he is telling me, as he shows me around the staff quarters, which I wouldn’t mind staying in myself. The property developer Wilben has certainly raised the bar with the finish of this building; this turnkey property is 7,700 sq ft with parking, a spa area, cinema and roof terrace, with a lift to get to it all. “Tall thin houses are becoming harder to sell to the overseas market,” Richard says, “but houses with a lift have a distinctive advantage.” The interiors, style and decoration of the property are bespoke and carefully thought through. Colourful coffee table books on the fashion store Biba and the photographer Tim Walker are artfully placed for guests to browse. “It’s absolutely crucial to fully furnish the property,” says Richard. “I can’t remember the last house we sold that was empty. We always keep the price of furnishings separate to the cost of the house.” This period town house is listed so all the bothers of planning permission have been covered by Wilben. “Convenience is still a massive priority for clients,” adds Richard. What is the demographic of buyers like for super prime property in Belgravia? “Nowadays, we can’t eliminate any avenues, but some of the most recent transactions on this square were with Indians and a UK buyer,” says Richard. He goes on to explain that Savills is exposed to the global market with offices around the world so that staff are ready for any enquiry, wherever it comes from. As well as being the head of Savills Sloane Street office, Richard looks after the India desk. Savills also houses a Russia and China desk and has recently bought a business in the US called Studley. Its exposure globally is vast. Together with its associates, Savills has over 600 offices around the world with more than 30,000 employees and a turnover of £1 billion. “We try and use our size to our strength,” explains Richard, “but we don’t forget that someone could just be shopping in Sloane Street, look around the corner and want to buy something locally.” As has been frequently documented, over the last 15 years the focus on London property has expanded around prime central London to include areas such as Islington, Shoreditch and Earl’s Court. “It’s no longer all about hedge fund managers and bankers – the focus is now on the cutting-edge trendy types.” How does this affect the Royal Borough? “Sloane Square is the blue chip area covering the Grosvenor Estate, the Cadogan Estate and the King’s Road – that will never change. The office is based in an international location and looks after the local area. We’ve actually got a base that people recognise; people literally come off the plane to see us.” Richard goes on to tell me that, in the last year, Sloane Square has seen a lot of international buyers – they appreciate the status of Belgravia. “We have seen micro-changes (e.g. stamp duty and the election) but we always go the extra mile to ensure our clients are satisfied. Sometimes, quite literally. I had a client who was looking to sell a property and interviewed three different agencies over the phone as he was unable to come to London. I was the


only one who flew out to see him in Hong Kong and as such Savills won the instruction and found a buyer within one month.” What are his predictions for the remainder of the year? “I think the market will remain relatively thin, but people who are looking will still be very serious. I think more property will come to the market – my advice here is for owners to be sensible regarding pricing and presentation and give agents time to sell. A big dose of patience, I think, is one of the best prescriptions you can give a seller.” I ask Richard if it is useful for clients to use other properties as a benchmark for pricing. “There have been some historic prices but does one sale give you an absolute benchmark to what the entire market is doing? Probably not,” he replies. “But it might give you a good step. My advice would be spend less time looking over your shoulder at prices other people have achieved and look forwards to what you need to do to sell.” This is certainly sound advice from a person who is fully equipped with extensive knowledge of the area. Does this mean that less people are looking for a quick investment opportunity? “There’s no rule of thumb, but where people used to buy for investment, they are also buying for enjoyment.”

Photography by: Sarel Jansen

Savills Sloane Street, 139 Sloane Street, SW1X 9AY; 020 7824 9020

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1 IMMACULATE APARTMENT WITH PARKING IN POPULAR PORTERED BUILDING hereford road, w2 Reception room/kitchen ø bedroom ø 2 bathrooms ø utility room ø porter ø gym ø communal garden ø underground parking ø 66 sq m (714 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Savills Notting Hill Abigail Frankish

020 7727 5750 Guide £1.15 million Leasehold, approximately 983 years remaining

1 STUNNING LATE GEORGIAN FAMILY HOME seymour walk, sw10 Reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø garden ø 2 external storage vaults ø 236 sq m (2,533 sq ft) ø EPC=C Price on application Freehold

Savills Chelsea Patrick Lister

020 7578 9003

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Reception room ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom with terrace ø 2 further bedrooms ø bathroom ø shower room ø second terrace ø 117 sq m (1,265 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Entrance hall ø reception room/dining room ø kitchen ø master bedroom ø bedroom 2/study ø bathroom ø terrace ø access to communal gardens ø 71 sq m (765 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £1.75 million Share of Freehold

Guide £1.375 million Share of Freehold

Savills Chelsea 020 7578 6903

Savills Chelsea 020 7578 6903



Open plan reception room/dining room/kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø further bedroom ø porter ø parking available by separate lease ø 102 sq m (1,099 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø swimming pool ø gym ø concierge ø underground parking ø 97 sq m (1,035 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Guide £1.69 million Leasehold

Guide £3 million Leasehold

Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5750

Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5750

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Reception room ø kitchen/dining room ø 2 double bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø lift ø porter ø 65 sq m (701 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Reception room ø kitchen ø bedroom ø bathroom ø 2 balconies ø lift ø 60 sq m (647 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £1.4 million Leasehold

Guide £1.4 million Share of Freehold

Savills Kensington 020 7535 2980

Savills Kensington 020 7535 2980



2 reception rooms ø study ø kitchen/dining room ø 3 bedrooms ø utility room ø landscaped patio garden ø off-street parking to the front ø 212 sq m (2,282 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Drawing room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 2 further double bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø terrace ø 97 sq m (1,044 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £4.5 million Freehold

Guide £1.625 million Leasehold

Savills Kensington 020 7727 5750

Savills Chelsea 020 7578 9004

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4 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø decked terrace ø off-street parking ø 130 sq m (1,400 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

2 bedrooms ø bathroom ø shower room ø reception room ø open plan kitchen ø 2 terraces ø stylish furnishings ø 80 sq m (870 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=D

Flexible furnishings £2,500 per week

Furnished £1,100 per week

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington 020 7535 3333

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington 020 7535 3333



2 bedrooms ø bathroom ø open plan reception room/kitchen ø south-west facing balcony ø 77 sq m (720 sq ft) ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=D

2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø utility room ø wooden flooring ø leading from Portobello Road ø 110 sq m (1,189 sq ft) ø Council Tax=E ø EPC=E

Furnished £800 per week

Unfurnished £900 per week

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5751

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5751

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*£36 additional tenant/occupant/guarantor referencereference where required. check out fee -check charged at the of or early *£36inc incVAT VATfor foreach each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor whereInventory required. Inventory out fee end – charged at termination the end of or early termination ofofthe andand the amount is dependent on the property and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details For including fee, visit thetenancy tenancy the amount is dependent on the size property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. moreexample details,inventory visit



IMMACULATE APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF CHELSEA draycott avenue, sw3 3 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen ø guest cloakroom ø balcony ø 219 sq m (2,357 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

Savills Chelsea Nick Walters

0207 578 9012 Furnished £2,750 per week + £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* *£36inc incVAT VATfor foreach each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor whereInventory required. Inventory out fee end – charged at termination the end of or early termination *£36 additional tenant/occupant/guarantor referencereference where required. check out fee -check charged at the of or early of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details including example inventory fee, visit

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3 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø balcony ø patio ø 171 sq m (1,849 sq ft) ø EPC=C

5 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø garden ø 293 sq m (3,159 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Flexible furnishings £1,950 per week

Unfurnished £3,500 per week

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5751

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill 020 7727 5751



2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø 2 further bathrooms ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen ø underfloor heating throughout ø air conditioning ø CCTV ø 162 sq m (1,752 sq ft) ø EPC=C

2 double bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø open plan kitchen ø balcony ø lift ø possible access to communal gardens ø 99 sq m (1,066 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £1,700 per week

Furnished £1,250 per week

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Knightsbridge 020 7584 8585

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Knightsbridge 020 7584 8585

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*£36 additional tenant/occupant/guarantor referencereference where required. check out fee -check charged at the of or early *£36inc incVAT VATfor foreach each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor whereInventory required. Inventory out fee end – charged at termination the end of or early termination ofofthe andand the amount is dependent on the property and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details For including fee, visit thetenancy tenancy the amount is dependent on the size property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. moreexample details,inventory visit


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3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø further bathroom ø reception room ø kitchen ø patio garden ø original period features ø 195 sq m (2,104 sq ft) ø EPC=D

2 bedrooms ø bathroom ø double reception room ø separate kitchen ø wooden flooring ø garden ø 83 sq m (902 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Unfurnished £2,500 per week

Unfurnished £995 per week

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Chelsea 020 7578 9011

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Chelsea 020 7578 9011



2 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø reception room ø guest cloakroom ø comfort cooling ø swimming pool and gym ø 142.81 sq m (1,537 sq ft) ø EPC=E

3 bedroom suites ø reception room ø kitchen ø guest cloakroom ø integrated sound system ø 171 sq m (1,850 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Furnished £1,900 per week

Furnished £3,950 per week

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington 020 7535 3333

+ £276 inc VAT tenancy paperwork fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington 020 7535 3333

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*£36 additional tenant/occupant/guarantor referencereference where required. check out fee -check charged at the of or early *£36inc incVAT VATfor foreach each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor whereInventory required. Inventory out fee end – charged at termination the end of or early termination ofofthe andand the amount is dependent on the property and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details For including fee, visit thetenancy tenancy the amount is dependent on the size property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. moreexample details,inventory visit

Beyond your expectations

Lexham Gardens, W8 A wonderful six bedroom family home that has been tastefully refurbished, overlooking a Kensington garden square. Large first floor south facing formal drawing room with balcony, large Smallbone eat in kitchen, large dining room on the ground floor, master bedroom suite and five further bedrooms. EPC: E

£8,500,000 Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Kensington Office Sales. 020 7717 5461 | Lettings. 020 7717 5459

Six bedrooms Four receptions rooms Terraced Period Balcony Very good decoration

Pembridge Square, W2 A delightful three bedroom first floor lateral apartment located within a handsome Georgian stucco-fronted Villa. The two grand reception rooms are naturally light and benefit from high ceilings and feature fireplaces as well as beautiful views and use of the Pembridge Square gardens. The master bedroom is South-facing with beautiful double doors that open on to a Juliet balcony. There is also an en suite bathroom off the master bedroom with a bath and separate shower. The building has a lift. EPC: E

Hamptons Nottinghill Office Lettings. 020 7584 2014 | Sales. 020 7717 5461

£3,675,000 Share of Freehold • • • • • •

First floor Lateral apartment Three bedrooms Three bathrooms Two reception rooms Access to communal gardens

Beyond your expectations

Chelsea Embankment, SW3 An immaculately refurbished and bright two bedroom second floor flat (with lift). The apartment benefits from a long lease and far reaching River views towards Battersea Park and pleasant views of Chelsea Physic Garden from the rear. Chelsea Embankment is situated in the heart of Chelsea and close to the Chelsea Physic Garden and Burton’s Court. EPC: B

£3,500,000 Leasehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Sloane Square Office Sales. 0203 2817220 | Lettings. 020 7717 5459

Reception room Kitchen Master bedroom with en suite shower room Second bedroom Bathroom Two balconies & communal garden

Beyond your expectations

Drayton Gardens, SW10 A rare chance to acquire this exceptional four double bedroom lateral penthouse apartment. This outstanding property has excellent west facing entertaining accommodation to include a kitchen/dining room, living room and study. It also offers direct lift access, porter, air conditioning, secure underground parking, two terraces and a private roof garden. EPC: C

£4,999,999 Share of Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Chelsea Office Sales. 020 7717 5431 | Lettings. 0207 3700 774

Four bedrooms Flexible living space Lift and Porter Secure underground parking Two terraces and a roof terrace 2664 sq. ft.

Beyond your expectations

Clareville Street, SW7 A superb four bedroom house which has been comprehensively refurbished to the highest standards, offering impressive reception space, four generous bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms and a garage. The property is presented in immaculate decorative order, featuring air conditioning to the upper floors, an intelligent lighting system, NACOSS approved integrated monitored security system and alarm system, and a large integrated garage. EPC: C

Hamptons Knightsbridge Office Lettings. 020 7584 2044 | Sales. 020 7717 5461

£6,500,000, Freehold • • • • •

Reception room Kitchen and dining room Family room Garage Four generous bedrooms with ensuite bathroom

Basil Street, SW3 Situated on the second floor, this immaculately presented two double bedroom property boasts a neutral and contemporary finish. The apartment further benefits a resident porter. EPC: D

£1,295 per week (charges apply)* • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

Hamptons Knightsbridge Office Lettings. 020 7584 2014 | Sales. 020 7717 5461

Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Gas central heating Central Knightsbridge location Porter Lift

Beyond your expectations

Marloes Road, W8 £1,475 per week (charges apply)* A spacious three bedroom duplex garden apartment set over the ground and lower floor of this pretty house conversion, moments from Kensington High Street. Benefiting from a beautiful private patio garden and spacious reception. Offered unfurnished. (1,530 Sq Ft / 142.2 Sq m). EPC: D

Campden Street, W8 £1,585 per week A charming and contemporary three bedroom house located in the heart of the popular Hillgate Village with patio garden and decked terrace. Offered unfurnished. (1,238 Sq Ft / 115 Sq m). EPC: E

Hamptons Kensington Office Sales. 020 7717 5461 | Lettings. 020 7717 5459

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

Roland Gardens, SW7 A beautifully refurbished two bedroom raised ground floor apartment with 19’6 reception room, study/third bedroom and two bathrooms benefiting from a separate kitchen and wooden floors throughout. The property has its own entrance. EPC: E

£1,300 per week • • • • •

*Tenant Charges Tenants should note that as well as rent, an administration charge of £216 (Inc. VAT) per property and a referencing charge of £54 (Inc. VAT) per person will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit

Hamptons Chelsea Office Sales. 020 7717 5431 | Lettings. 0207 3700 774

(charges apply)*

Reception room Kitchen Two bedrooms Third bedroom/office Two bathrooms Own front door

Stamp of Approval Alex Thompson, director at the Winkworth Notting Hill office, and developer André Michaud have teamed up on a unique project that is set to invigorate the local market. HANNAH LEMON reports

André Michaud and Alex Thompson Photography by: Sarel Jansen

Stamp duty. That’s all buyers and sellers are discussing at the moment. “We keep coming back to it,” says Alex Thompson, director at the Winkworth Notting Hill office. “With post-election market activity not faring a great deal better than pre-election, in spite of the result, it became abundantly clear that the cause of the market stagnation had far less to do with election uncertainty and far more to do with the damage inflicted by the punishing stamp duty increases. Stamp duty really is an issue.” With the sums involved now becoming so colossal, it has become virtually impossible for some to upsize locally, making the idea of extending far more appealing than buying something already larger. Working with Alex, developer André Michaud looks to have solved part of the problem at least, through his new bespoke project: 29 Courtnell Street. The property has been nurtured by André as an exciting opportunity for investment; he has drawn up the design of the property, has all the planning in place, and is looking for the end user he would normally sell to, but before the project actually gets underway. The interesting part of this process is that the buyer will be purchasing the property at a much lower threshold of stamp duty. “The government has given us a huge obstacle to overcome,” explains Alex. “Stamp duty has significantly affected the Notting Hill £3–7 million market; it has significantly reduced the number of sales, and, with that, the government’s revenue at this level too.” However, André is offering the chance to create a 3,600 square foot Notting Hill home, one which should be worth the upper part


of that range when finished, and would have otherwise attracted substantially higher stamp duty. As a conversion back to a single family dwelling, there are also significant VAT savings. “A client buys in at a lower level, changes elements of the design they don’t like and keeps everything they do,” summarises André. “In a year’s time, they end up with a bespoke house, exactly to their design, with a healthy increase in value locked in.” Not only does this have positive financial implications, but it also gives buyers the freedom to tailor their dream house. Normally, with this type of project, André has to predict what kind of person will be living there, design it and hope the right buyer comes along. “I’d say that is the most challenging part of any development,” he explains. “I have to try and understand who is most likely to buy the property. What is their age profile? Their family profile? Their likely nationality? Their lifestyle? How often do they entertain?” As he fires out these questions, I wonder if this is even possible, but obviously it has worked well for him in the past. As part of André’s existing portfolio, he has designed and sold a triplex Notting Hill bachelor pad with mahogany wood panelled walls, Carrera marble and impressive visuals, as well as a large Victorian family house, having painstakingly restored much of its period charm and detail.

Alex’s knowledge of the market through his 17 years at Winkworth, combined with André’s developer know-how, make this duo quite a formidable team. “I work with Alex a lot,” André comments. “We’ve known each other for many years and he is a straight talker with fantastic knowledge. Winkworth is perfectly placed for selling this house; after all, it’s only metres from their front door! Plus, they’ve got a great UK and international client base.” With my focus drawn to Alex, I ask if the market is likely to change anytime soon? “Forecasts have become a dangerous game,” he replies. “There are so many external and unforeseen factors impacting this ever-changing market. I think projecting has become nigh on impossible! The long-term trend is always going to be up. To what degree? Who knows.” Winkworth Notting Hill, 178 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RH 020 7727 3227;

“André has everything set up; this is property development for somebody else to do dot-to-dot” For this property, André has drafted an equally beautiful design for prospective buyers that is the epitome of luxury. The building, which is currently divided into two flats, will be transformed into a five/six-bedroom mansion with a basement and kitchen extension, with a walk-on glass balcony above. A grand hallway will open into a light and airy open living area with contemporary features that also maintain its delightful period charm. Other features include Crittall glass partitions, feature staircases, a bar, a gym, and a huge kitchen and dining area, perfect for entertaining guests. André has purposefully drawn up a few options for the basement, which can be designed as an adults’ games room with a 1,400 bottle cellar, a children’s play area or a dining room. The concept at the moment, which is predicted to take 12 months, is set for a family pad, but this could change. Why does this appeal to people scouring the market at the moment? “Buyers so often ask for a project,” replies Alex, “looking to create a home of their own, as well as potentially to add value over and above what they have to spend. However, when faced with the enormity of the task of a real project, they are quickly put off. The work invested by André in setting up Courtnell Street removes much of what might have put them off.” The buyer has the option to work with André’s preferred designers and project managers, or alternatively do it completely alone. For the time-poor customer who wants to be savvy with their money, the ready-made package seems the best option. “André is taking it to the next step where he has costed up the whole project,” explains Alex. “He has everything set up and people ready to go at a moment’s notice. This is property development for somebody else to do dot-to-dot.”

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Queen’s Gate Terrace, SW7 £2,750,000 Leasehold A stunning maisonette with three double bedrooms, arranged on the ground and lower ground floors of this well maintained south facing Grade II Listed building. This wonderful property was extensively refurbished by the current owner 18 months ago and has been finished to exacting standards throughout. Particular thought and effort were put into retaining the period features and combining them with contemporary elegance. Entrance Hall | Reception | Kitchen/Dining room | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Cloakroom | Patio | 1,505 approx Sq ft

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Stanhope Mews West, South Kensington, SW7 ÂŁ1,100 Per week An immaculately presented mews house which has been the subject of a recent meticulous refurbishment programme. The property comprises of two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, a large open-plan living room/kitchen, a guest WC and a good garage with ample space for parking or storage. 2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception room | 2 Bathrooms | House | Furnished | 1220 Approx Sq ft

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Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W8 £7,000,000 Freehold A broad stucco fronted Victorian terraced house which is set back from the road behind a 20’ front garden. The property is beautifully presented and has grand reception rooms including a drawing room, morning room and family room which leads onto the west facing garden. The principal bedroom suite occupies the entire first floor and includes bathroom/dressing room, shower room and study. There are three further bedrooms, three further bathrooms, utility room and a cloakroom. Entrance Hall | Drawing Room | Morning Room | Family Room | Kitchen & Dining Area | Principal Bedroom Suite | Three Further Bedrooms | Three Further Bathrooms | Cloakroom & Utility Room | Front & Rear Gardens | EPC: D

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Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W8 ÂŁ4,950,000 share of freehold A spectacular three bedroom triplex situated on the raised ground, lower ground and first floors of a broad stucco fronted Victorian terraced house. The property has excellent entertaining space including a double reception room with high ceilings and a large kitchen/dining/living room on first floor. The principal bedroom has a large bathroom with sauna. There is a West facing garden and a balcony off the first floor.

Double Reception Room | Kitchen/Dining/Living Room | Study | Principal Bedroom Suite With Bathroom And Sauna | Two Further Bedrooms | Two Further Bathrooms Further Study/Bedroom 4 | West Facing Garden | Balcony | Separate Conservatory and Vault Storage | EPC: E

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Embankment Gardens ÂŁ3,250 per week A unique opportunity to rent an exquisite 2/3 bedroom lateral apartment on the 2nd floor of this period red brick building with views of River Thames and a resident caretaker.

Period Flat 3 Bedrooms | 2 Reception Rooms | Bathrooms | Lift | Resident Parking | Part/Furnished | EPC C | 1914 Approx Sq ft.

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South Terrace ÂŁ9,750,000 STC freehold Occupying a premium position in this desirable residential street, moments from the amenities and facilities of Brompton Cross, this well presented five storey property has generous reception areas and a large private garden, accessed from the ground and lower floors.

Semi Detached Period House | 5 Bedrooms | 4 Reception Rooms | 5 Bathrooms | Garden | Resident Parking | EPC F | 3615 Approx Sq ft

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Courtnell Street, W2


An exceptional opportunity for a buyer to create a bespoke five/six bedroom home of some 3600sqft with full pack prepared, planning in place, designs drawn up and even favoured contractors selected. A road map to create an incredible home, making substantial stamp duty savings along the way.

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St Petersburgh Mews, W2


A simply stunning mews house, blending vintage style with industrial chic perfectly and with a great deal of warmth, to create a truly unique home, one ideal for entertaining. Planning permission is also in place to add another floor above to provide for a fabulous master bedroom suite.

House | Freehold | 3 Bedrooms | Open Plan Living Space | 1 Bathroom | Patio | Balcony | 1478 sq ft

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Abingdon Road W8 ÂŁ7,250,000 An exceptional six-bedroom townhouse with a private garage, swimming pool and cinema, perfectly situated south of Kensington High Street and within easy reach of Holland Park. Freehold. EPC=C

Kensington: 020 7368 4450

Halsey Street SW3 ÂŁ6,500,000 A wonderful, five-bedroom family house finished to the highest standard and located on a prime street just moments from Sloane Square and Knightsbridge. Freehold. EPC=C

Chelsea: 020 7591 5570

Earls Court Road W8 ÂŁ4,750,000 An elegant and fully extended six-bedroom family house, providing excellent living space and with a south facing garden, set in a prime Kensington address. Freehold. EPC=D

Kensington: 020 7368 4450

Redesdale Street SW3 £4,495,000 A beautifully refurbished five-bedroom family home in the heart of Chelsea, situated on the south side of this popular residential street running parallel with the King’s Road. Freehold. EPC=D

Chelsea: 020 7591 5570

Pembroke Gardens Close W8 ÂŁ4,950,000 A truly unique four-bedroom house which has been almost entirely rebuilt and finished to an exacting standard, located moments from Kensington High Street and Holland Park. Freehold. EPC-C

Kensington: 020 7368 4450

Queen’s Gate SW7 £3,750,000 An incredible three-bedroom period conversion set in an imposing Queen’s Gate house, ideally located for Hyde Park, South Kensington and Knightsbridge. Freehold. EPC

South Kensington: 020 7590 0800

020 7221 1117

Campden Grove Kensington W8 A traditional Victorian house that has had all the work done – walk right in… Double reception room, kitchen, dining room, family room, master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms & two further bathrooms, dressing room, utility room, cloakroom, media room, gym, garden, terrace. 3,233 sq ft/ 300.4 sq m The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea EPC rating band C Sole Agent Freehold Guide Price £6.75 million

10 Lambton Place, London, W11 2SH

020 7221 1117

Sutherland Place, Notting Hill W2 Classic Notting Hill stucco heaven that will warm the heart of many a conservationist and those in search of the real deal. Double reception room, kitchen/dining room, master bedroom suite, four further bedrooms, two further bathrooms, cloakroom and utility. Front and rear gardens Terrace 2,364 sq ft/219.62 sq m City of Westminster EPC rating band F Joint Sole Agent Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ4.35 million

10 Lambton Place, London, W11 2SH


A bright and well-presented upper maisonette with views towards stunning communal gardens. The flat also has a roof terrace and balcony and has a large reception/dining room. The entrance is on the first floor. Reception room • 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Kitchen • Roof terrace Access to communal gardens EPC rating D

Guide price £2,150,000

Holland Park & Notting Hill 020 7371 1111

ST ANNS ROAD Holland Park W11

A wonderful mid-terraced house built around 1855 which has an unusually large garden. The house has been completely remodelled by the current owner to provide a faultless blend of classical design and 21st Century technology spanning over 1,717 sq ft. 2 reception rooms • 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Roof terrace • Garden EPC rating E

Guide price £2,750,000

Holland Park & Notting Hill 020 7371 1111


The property comprises of a large south-facing double aspect reception room with impressive views of Cathcart Road and Hollywood Road, spectacular ceiling height and an open-plan kitchen that provides a perfect space for entertaining. Reception rooms • 2 bedrooms Bathroom • Roof terrace • Share of freehold • EPC rating D

Guide price £2,150,000

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020


A fabulous second floor flat that has been refurbished to a very high standard in this prime Knightsbridge location close to Harrods. Reception rooms • 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • EPC rating C

Guide price £3,100,000

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020



Knightsbridge SW3

South Kensington SW7

A brand newly refurbished split level maisonette with high ceilings and plenty of natural light.

A fantastic family flat on the raised ground and lower ground floor with direct access to the communal garden.

Reception room • 2 bedrooms • Bathrooms • EPC rating D

2 reception rooms • 4 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms • Communal gardens • EPC rating D

£900 per week*/£3,900 per month*

£3,350 per week*/£14,520 per month* Knightsbridge & Chelsea

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

020 7584 7020 |

020 7584 7020 |



Knightsbridge SW1

Knightsbridge SW7

A newly refurbished apartment on the raised ground floor of this period building in the heart of Knightsbridge.

A beautiful and spacious flat on the ground floor with large bay windows and wood floors throughout.

Reception room • 2 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • EPC rating D

Reception room • Bedroom • Bathroom • EPC rating D

£945 per week*/£4.950 per month*

£650 per week*/£2,820 per month*

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

020 7584 7020 |

020 7590 4696 |



Notting Hill W2

Hyde Park W2

A fantastic lateral apartment set in an immaculately presented period building located within moments of Hyde Park.

A fantastic family home of around 3,400 sq ft set on the prestigious Hyde Park Estate.

Reception room/kitchen • 2 bedrooms • Bathroom EPC rating D

Reception room • 5 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms • Kitchen/ dining room • Media room • Garage • Roof terrace EPC rating D

£800 per week*/£3,466.67 per month*

£2,250 per week*/£9,750 per month*

Holland Park & Notting Hill

Holland Park & Notting Hill



Holland Park W14

Holland Park W11

A beautiful split level apartment with private garden set on a quiet residential street in Holland Park.

A fantastic refurbished house tucked away in this charming cobbled mews in Holland Park with private parking.

Reception room • 3 bedrooms • 3 bathroom • Kitchen Garden • EPC rating D

Reception room/kitchen • 2 bedrooms • Bathroom • Study/ TV room • Parking • EPC rating E

£995 per week*/£4,311.67 per month*

£675 per week*/£2,925 per month*

Holland Park & Notting Hill

Holland Park & Notting Hill

020 7371 3377 |

020 7371 3377 |

020 7371 3377 |

020 7371 3377 |

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The Old Dairy, Old Church Street

Chelsea SW3


A wonderful 3 bedroom family house, located in a part of Chelsea which is steeped in history. The ground floor has been opened up to create a fabulous 28ft reception room & the property further benefits from a 22ft roof terrace. EPC rating E


020 7594 4740


Draycott Place

Chelsea SW3

An exceptional 3 double bedroom maisonette, with a spacious reception room & fully-fitted kitchen/dining room. The property has an abundance of natural light, very high ceilings & many period features. The property further benefits from a patio area. EPC Rating D


020 7594 4740

ÂŁ3,450,000 leasehold

Holland Park


London W11

share of freehold

A rare opportunity to purchase a fabulous 3 bedroom lateral apartment on the 2nd floor of this stunning Grade II listed white stucco fronted building, situated enviably on Holland Park, one of west London’s most exclusive roads. EPC rating E

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020 7937 7244

Stanford Road

Kensington W8

A 5 bedroom family home in excellent decorative order throughout, superbly located to Thomas’ Day School & the amenities both Gloucester Road & Kensington High Street have to offer. Spread over only 3 floors, the accommodation comprises an attractive drawing room, a dining room/secondary reception room & a modern fully fitted eat in kitchen with a glazed dining area for circa 8-10 people. There are 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a study/5th bedroom, guest cloakroom & a pretty west facing patio garden. EPC rating E


020 7937 7244

ÂŁ3,995,000 freehold

One Westbourne Gardens


Notting Hill W2

leasehold 125 years remaining

A beautifully finished 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment set on the 2nd floor of a new build development in Bayswater. One Westbourne Gardens was completed towards the end of 2014 & is a collection of 9 apartments. EPC rating B

Notting Hill & Holland Park

020 3040 8585

One Westbourne Gardens

Notting Hill W2

A beautifully finished 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment set on the 2nd floor of a new build development in Bayswater. One Westbourne Gardens was completed towards the end of 2014 & is a collection of 9 apartments. EPC rating B

Notting Hill & Holland Park

020 3040 8585

ÂŁ1,795,000 leasehold 125 years remaining

CHEYNE CHEYNECOURT, COURT,SW3 SW3 £8,500,000 £8,500,000 Share ShareofofFreehold Freehold

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WESTBOURNE PARK WESTBOURNE PARK VILLAS, VILLAS, W2 W2 CHEYNE COURT, SW3 £3,500,000 £3,500,000 £8,500,000 Leasehold Share of Freehold

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A ultimate stylish and engaging located period on townhouse, pied-à-terre, the first The demonstrating colourful contemporary detail floor of an impressive stucco-fronted building, with original features onpaired the doorstep of Hyde Park. throughout. This truly exceptional is located in a Recently completed by home its design-conscious design-conscious Recently completed by its wonderful desirableproperty enclave in owner, this and considered property hasNotting been owner, this considered has been Hill, close to Westbourne Grove. finished to exacting standards with undeniable finished to exacting standards with undeniable style style and and luxury. luxury. – Elegant first-floor reception room Two further living spaces – – Incredible – Incredible double-height double-height reception reception room room Contemporary – – Modern kitchen kitchen and dining area – – Modern kitchen Master bedroom suite – Mezzanine library space – – Mezzanine library space Two further bedrooms – Elegant masterdouble bedroom area –– – Elegant bedroom area cloakroom Familymaster bathroom and guest Walk-in dressing room –– – Walk-in dressing roomgarden and balcony West-facing walled Indulgent bathroom –– – Indulgent bathroom Off-street parking Guest shower room for two cars –– – Guest shower Approx. 2,905 ft / 269.9 m. EPC=E Approx. 995 sqroom ftsq / 88.7 sq m. sq EPC=D – Approx. 995 sq ft / 88.7 sq m. EPC=D

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£2,500 £8,500,000 £2,500 per per week week – – admin admin fees fees apply* apply* Long Share LongofLet Let Freehold An architect-designed Kensington home, An Anarchitect-designed architect-designed penthouse Kensington set within home, a recently remodelled to an incredible standard gated recently mansion remodelled block in to Chelsea, an incredible overlooking standard by aa world-renowned interior designer. the byPhysic world-renowned Garden and the interior Thames. designer. property features this a host of the Refined, The unique eclectic and precise, recently latest home technologies, a phenomenal walled remodelled apartment delivers incredible double-height space, natural light and rooftop garden and off-street parking. views over London’s skyline. – Impressive double reception room – – Phenomenal vaulted reception room Gaggenau kitchen / dining area – – Two additional living spaces Media / TV room – – Modern kitchen and dining room Three generous-sized bedrooms – – Master suite Studybedroom / gym and utility room –– further bedroomspatio and bathrooms – Four Landscape-designed patio garden Landscape-designed garden –– bathroom and utility room – Family Off-street parking Off-street parking –– decked Approx. 2,294 sq // 213.1 – Private Approx. 2,294roof sq ft ftterrace 213.1 sq sq m. m. EPC=C EPC=C – – Lift access, 24-hour porter and security * – * – Approx. 3,059 sq ft / 284.2 sq m. EPC=E

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w w vv WESTBOURNE TERRACE, ALEXANDER STREET, W2W2 WESTBOURNE TERRACE, W2 £1,950 per £5,950,000 £1,950 per week week – – admin admin fees fees apply* apply* Long Let Freehold Long Let

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Drayton Gardens SW10 ÂŁ3,250,000 Share of Freehold Chelsea Sales 020 7225 1225 |







Battersea Park

A newly refurbished flat located on the 3rd floor (with lift) of this pretty, red brick period building. The property boasts a spacious 20 ft. west-facing reception room, which is flooded with natural light.


East Putney

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush


3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Lift, Communal gardens, EPC: E

Southfields & Earlsfield

West Putney

Kensington Gate

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

Clanricarde Gardens W2 ÂŁ1,399,000 Share of Freehold Notting Hill Sales 020 7727 7777 |

A beautifully presented modern lateral flat circa 1,300 sq.ft. The property is situated within a well-maintained Victorian building in a sought-after no through road just by Notting Hill Gate.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Walk-in wardrobe, Reception room, Open-plan kitchen/dining room, EPC: E

Pavilion Road SW1X ÂŁ2,750 per week + admin fees* Unfurnished Chelsea Lettings 020 7581 6666 |







Battersea Park

A double fronted mews house, which has been recently refurbished throughout. The property is extremely light and is located on this prime street, close to both Knightsbridge and Sloane Square.


East Putney

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush


5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Utility room, Paved garden, Access to communal gardens, EPC: E

Southfields & Earlsfield

West Putney

Kensington Gate

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

Gloucester Road SW7 £1,950 per week + admin fees* Unfurnished Gloucester Road Lettings 020 7589 5252 |

A well-proportioned town house, perfect for family living, in the heart of South Kensington. The property has been recently renovated and offers a stunning reception room and private parking.

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Utility room, Garage, Off-street Parking, EPC: F

Good to know... *An initial one-off tenancy agreement fee of £240 (inc VAT) per property and a £45 (inc VAT) referencing charge per person will apply. At the end of the tenancy an inventory check-out fee will be charged, this amount will depend on the size of the property and whether it is furnished/unfurnished. For more details visit


2 Double bedrooms 1 Bathroom Bright living space Separate kitchen

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Private balcony Period features and high ceilings Approx. 788 sq ft (73.2 sq m) EPC: current (C) potential (C)

Guide price £1,575,000 Leasehold (approx. 959 years remaining) For more information, call Thomas Middleditch 020 7087 5696 or email

387 Kensington High Street London W14 8QH


3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms Open plan kitchen & living room Access to large terrace

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Garage Close to local amenities Approx. 1,421 sq ft (132.0 sq m) EPC: current (D) potential (D)

Guide price £2,300,000 Share of freehold For more information, call Thomas Middleditch 020 7087 5696 or email

387 Kensington High Street London W14 8QH


1 Double bedroom 1 Bathroom Open plan kitchen & living room Private balcony

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24 Hour concierge Resident only leisure facilities Approx. 562 sq ft (52 sq m) EPC: B

Price £585 pw FURNISHED For more information, call Ken Dowling 020 7087 5696 or email

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.

387 Kensington High Street London W14 8QH


2 Double bedrooms 1 Bathroom Spacious reception room Eat-in kitchen

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Guest cloakroom Caretaker Approx. 865 sq ft (80 sq m) EPC: current (C) potential (B)

Price £695 per week FURNISHED For more information, call Ken Dowling 020 7087 5696 or email

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.

387 Kensington High Street London W14 8QH


5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Reception room Dining room

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Kitchen / breakfast room South facing garden Off street parking Approx. 2,748 sq ft (255 sq m)

POA Freehold For more information, call Robert Lewis 020 3811 2679 or email

174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms (en suite) Drawing room Kitchen

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Balcony Resident caretaker Lift Approx. 1,325 sq ft (123 sq m)

Price On Application Leasehold with 89 years remaining For more information, call Tim des Forges 020 3811 2679 or email

174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Reception room Fully fitted kitchen

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Residents parking Porter Approx. 1,149 sq ft (106 sq m) EPC: current (D) potential (D)

Price £1,200 per week Unfurnished For more information, call Charlie Woods 020 3813 5978 or email

Potential tenants are advised that administration fees may be payable when renting a property. Please ask for details of our charges.

174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


2 Double bedrooms 2 Shower rooms (1 en suite) Reception room with gallery Open plan kitchen

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Terrace Off street parking Approx. 1,970 sq ft (183 sq m) EPC: current (F) potential (D)

Price £3,250 per week Furnished For more information, call David Mills 020 3813 5978 or email

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174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP

Established 1897

COURTFIELD GARDENS, London SW5 An immaculately presented two bedroom apartment on the quiet north-side of Courtfield Gardens. Situated on the raised ground floor of a handsome stucco-fronted mansion block with resident porter, the apartment provides excellent volume and a highly considered finish with south-facing views over well-maintained communal gardens. Gloucester Road and Earls Court provide convenient transport links and local amenities are also within easy reach. EPC rating C.

Share of Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ2,950,000 020 7225 5911



Established 1897

Lexham Gardens, Kensington W8 A superb five bedroom period townhouse (approximately 4,658sq. ft./ 432.73sq. m.) which has been meticulously refurbished and interior-designed, to create a superb family residence. Benefitting from extensive entertaining space, the accommodation includes a drawing room, south-facing reception room, a Smallbone kitchen/breakfast room, formal dining room, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom and dressing room, five further bedrooms, separate study, two large bathrooms and a roof terrace. Lexham Gardens is ideally located to benefit from all of the local amenities and transport facilities of High Street Kensington, Gloucester Road and Hyde Park. EPC rating E. Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ8,500,000 020 3650 4600



Established 1897

RICHMOND MANSIONS, Earls Court SW5 A three bedroom apartment in an elegant building in Earls Court. The apartment has been finished and furnished to an exceptionally high standard. The accommodation comprises an entrance hall, a kitchen/ breakfast room; a laundry room; two interconnecting reception rooms, three double bedrooms with a master suite with walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom; a separate study and guest bathroom. Further benefits include a south-facing balcony, air conditioning, Lutron lighting and under-floor heating in the bathrooms and kitchen. Price: £2,950 per week plus property fees* (£180 admin, checkout £190) References £42 per person * 020 7225 6700



Established 1897

Melbury Court, Kensington W8 A newly refurbished four bedroom apartment on the top floor of this mansion block on High Street Kensington. This stunning property has been recently refurbished and benefits from a modern interior, three reception rooms, a large kitchen, four double bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms, a family bathroom and a guest cloakroom. The apartment is over 2,700 sq. ft. and benefits from a lift, a 24-hour porter and a private driveway. Melbury Court is situated next to Holland Park and is a short walk from High Street Kensington station. EPC rating E. Price: £2,650 per week plus property fees* (£180 admin, checkout £243) References £42 per person * 020 3650 4600




Leasehold – £2,500,000

A wonderful family apartment on the second floor of this stunning red brick Victorian mansion block. Beautifully presented throughout and all the main rooms enjoy views over the communal gated courtyard. Spacious drawing room, dining room, fitted kitchen, 3 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, 2 balconies. The block also benefits from on site porters.


Leasehold – £1,600,000

A charming raised ground floor flat in this handsome Grade II Listed building. The flat offers generous sized accommodation and flexible living space extending to 1,094 sq.ft. The accommodation comprises drawing room, fitted kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, family bathroom. The flat also has sole use of a private 59’ rear garden.


Situated opposite the gates of Holland Park, a charming family house with a pretty rear garden and off street parking for several cars. The property offers excellent family living on three floors. The accommodation is well laid out, but would now benefit from being updated. Large entrance hall, reception room, dining room, kitchen, study, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and guest’s cloakroom.

Freehold – £3,500,000


To Let – £1,850 per week

Hidden away in a lovely cul-de-sac. A family mews house with wooden floors throughout. Modern and very large open plan reception room with dining and kitchen areas, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, shower room, study/bedroom 4, separate utility cupboards and glass door to balcony. Available immediately.


To Let – £1,200 per week

A stunning three bedroom apartment on the third floor of this period villa. Situated on a prestigious residential road, the property is moments away from the open spaces of Holland Park. The flat comprises large reception room, modern fitted kitchen, 3 double bedrooms, contemporary bathroom, extensive hall space and balcony.


One of Holland Park’s most sought after addresses - a beautifully presented corner property located on this quiet tree lined avenue. The accommodation is split over four floors and comprises 2 reception rooms, well presented kitchen/dining room, 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and utility space. The property also benefits from a private west facing garden.

To Let – £3,500 per week

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Bettridge Road, Parsons Green, SW6 £2,879,000 Fulham and Chelsea 020 7731 0051


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This stunning Edwardian house has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme combining a bespoke luxury lifestyle within a traditional character building, to create this architecturally exquisite five bedroom home.

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Clareville Street, South Kensington, SW7 £6,500,000 South Kensington 020 3040 6370

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Following a complete refurbishment, this beautiful house offers four spacious bedrooms with luxury en suite bathrooms, a modern kitchen with dining room and patio garden.

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Lancaster Gate, Bayswater, W2 £1,150 pw Bayswater 020 7563 5090

Well presented four double bedroom flat in a portered block situated in Lancaster Gate. Includes large fitted kitchen, spacious through lounge and three large bathrooms.

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This contemporary home provides flexible living and entertainment space over two floors with three double bedrooms and three bathrooms. Located in a quiet Mews in the heart of South Kensington, the apartment has been immaculately converted and benefits from integrated audio visual systems, lutron lighting and automate interior blinds.

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Sheffield Terrace, W8 £5,750 Per Week unfurnished Sensational Newly Built House

Sitting/Dressing Room | 5 Double Bedrooms | 5 Bath/Shower Rooms (4 Ensuite) | Utility Room | Cloakroom | Formal Front Garden & rear | EPC-E

Reception | Open-Plan Kitchen & Dining Room | Reception and Study | Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom, Walk In Shower,

Petersham Place, SW7 £1,195 Per Week unfurnished

En-Suite Shower Room | 2 Further Double Bedrooms | 2nd Bathroom | Roof Terrace | Garage with Utility Area | EPC D

Unique Contemporary South Kensington Mews House Reception leading to Kitchen | Master Bedroom with

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102 Draycott Avenue Chelsea SW3 4AD

Sheffield Terrace, W8 £7,950,000 FREEHOLD Kensington Freehold House


Sitting/Dressing Room | 5 Double Bedrooms | 5 Bath/Shower Rooms (4 Ensuite) | Utility Room | Cloakroom | Formal Front Garden & rear | EPC-E

Reception | Open-Plan Kitchen & Dining Room | Reception and Study | Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom, Walk In Shower,

Egerton Gardens, SW3 £1,675,000

| Shower Room | Communal Gardens | Rental Investment | EPC C

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Knightsbridge Garden Views Reception Room | Fitted Kitchen | 2 Bedrooms | Bathroom

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Abbotsbury Road, Holland Park, W14 This architecturally designed master piece provides light open plan living spaces with high ceilings, opposite Holland Park. The property was rebuilt around a single cast staircase leading to a mezzanine floor, providing a grand vault of an entrance hall. The property offers 5 bedrooms and a separate staff studio with living rooms looking through a retracting wall of glass, onto a private walled courtyard garden. EPC Rating C.


Holland Park, W14 An interior designed apartment on one of the highest points of Holland Park that occupies the upper half of this beautiful white stucco double fronted villa. The property offers a formal reception room and dining area, state of the art media room, a Boffi kitchen, laundry room, master bedroom suite with study, walk-through wardrobe and bathroom with circular bath and separate shower. Two further guest bedroom suites, one of which has a conservatory style bathroom and on the top floor is an open plan 4th bedroom suite which provides access onto a decked roof terrace with subtle lighting and breathtaking views across north west London. Direct lift access. EPC Rating D. John Taylor UK 48 Berkeley Square, £8,950,000 London W1J 5AX Share of Freehold Tel: 020 3284 1888 Email: MEGEVE • MERIBEL • MIAMI • MILAN • MONACO • MOSCOW • PALM BEACH • PARIS • ST JEAN-CAP-FERRAT • ST PAUL DEVENCE • ST TROPEZ • THE HAMPTONS • VALBONNE

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Russell Gardens Mews, W14 ÂŁ2,400,000

This beautifully appointed mews house spans across three floors and has been lovingly restored by the current owner.

Russell Gardens Mews lies on the western edge of Holland Park, behind Olympia and handy for both Kensington High Street and Shepherds Bush.

Full of character features including an iroko timber staircase, exposed brickwork and a period fireplace. With 4 bedrooms and 2 terraces this mews house radiates light and space.

The Royal Borough Of Kensington & Chelsea

T: +44 (0) 20 7361 0400

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3 bedrooms | reception | kitchen and breakfast room | 2 bathrooms | communal gardens | parking | Epc E


ÂŁ1,950,000 share of freehold

2 bedrooms | open-plan reception and kitchen | bathroom | first floor | high ceilings | fireplace | Epc F

10 Clarendon Road London W11 3AA

020 7229 1414

Devonshire Place Kensington Green, W8 FREEHOLD ÂŁ5,500,000 A larger than average 2,205 sq ft, four bedroom house with an exceptional L-shaped garden, underground parking, 24 hour security, gymnasium and landscaped gardens.

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St Mary’s Place Kensington Green, W8 FREEHOLD £8,750,000 A newly refurbished 3,088 sq ft, five bedroom, freehold house which benefits from 24 hour security, integral garage and off street parking, gymnasium and landscaped gardens.

+44 (0)20 7349 7055 | | Jo Webster Properties, Worlds End Studios,132-134 Lots Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0RJ



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A Money Mogul’s Mansion First new Billionaires’ Row mansion in more than 100 years starts on site: Work has finally begun on the Colwyn Foulkes & Partnersdesigned residence at 3 Palace Green, the first new mansion to be built at Kensington Palace Gardens for over a century. The practice got the thumbs up for the 22,000 sq ft scheme from RBKC planners back in May last year, after developing the “sensitive” design in conjunction with English Heritage, the Kensington Society and the Crown Estate’s heritage advisors. Bouygues UK has since been hired as main contractor on the project, which will employ handmade bricks and tiles, hit Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4, and cost upwards of £18m to build. “The design of the new house, the first in 100 years on Palace Green, had to meet many different design criteria,” said architect Nicholas Colwyn-Foulkes. “As well as providing a new family home to the highest standards, incorporating everything you would expect in such a house, the design has had to satisfy the need to contribute positively to the conservation area and its important neighbours.”

Crouch’s Call Hyde Park Barracks to stay unlisted: Basil Spence’s Hyde Park Barracks has not made the grade for listing, despite Historic England recommending a Grade II rank for the 1970s complex, which the Ministry of Defence is looking to sell. Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport, Heritage and Tourism, has decided that the not-pretty-but-recognisable 94-storey tower and podium “is not of special architectural or historic interest”, leading some campaigners to criticise the decision as “outrageous”. Catherine Croft, director of conservationist group the Twentieth Century Society, which made the listing application, believes that the MoD’s plan to offload the site for many millions may have influenced Crouch’s call: “There is no doubt that if the barracks had been listed, then the value of the site would have been greatly reduced.” The site is currently being marketed for residential development by the MoD (with a stipulation that the buyer sorts out a new home for the Household Cavalry), with some heavyweight developers eyeing up the super-prime prospect.


Elena Dimova, managing director of CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, can’t speak highly enough of the capital’s cultural offerings that make it such an attractive place to live

London is one of the most exciting cities in the world to live in. From top-ranked universities and important museums to beautiful parks and world-class shopping, the city intertwines education, culture, recreation and beauty. According to the Quacquarelli Symonds World University 2015/2016 rankings, the UK has four out of the top eight universities in the world. London is the only city with four universities in the top 35, which is more than Boston, New York, Paris, Sydney, Hong Kong or Beijing. London is home to prominent attractions, such as the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. It also has one of the largest theatre districts in the world, with many major international stars performing on the London stage – from Hollywood actors, such as Bradley Cooper and Nicole Kidman in modern plays, to local greats, such as Dame Judi Dench and Benedict Cumberbatch performing Shakespearean works. Everyone who is anyone in theatre is in London this season. London’s parks are unsurpassed, not only for their magnificent trees, pretty flowers, cute squirrels and handsome peacocks, but also for the many cultural options they offer. Holland Park is home to Opera Holland Park; Kensington Gardens hosts Kensington Palace, the Albert Memorial and the Serpentine Galleries; Hyde Park offers many musical events, including the spill-over from the Royal Albert Hall during the BBC Proms; and, of course, there is the awardwinning Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. London shopping for many is the biggest draw. From highfashion in Sloane Street and New Bond Street, and distinguished department stores, such as Selfridges and Harrods, to chic boutiques and charming markets, such as Portobello, everyone can find something for their taste. For those after culinary delights, you only have to visit Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, The Ledbury in Notting Hill or The Square in Mayfair. Every day in London is an experience. Is it any wonder we all love living in London and so many people from around the globe aspire to be a part of it? CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, 10 Clarendon Road, W11 3AA 020 7229 1414,

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The Only Way is Up Andrew Frost, head of residential at JLL, discusses the future of the city skyline and the high-rise revolution that will change it all. MEENA AMEEN reports What do you do with a city that has tested its barriers, expanded into every pocket of space, and packed as many sardines into one can as possible without bursting through the tin? Simple; instead of building across the horizon, you build up into the clouds. A surge in the population of more than one million people is expected in the next decade and developers find themselves keen to build, following a demand from both overseas buyers, including Hong Kong and the Middle East, and domestic buyers. In the first half of 2015, JLL reported an 18 per cent increase in units under construction, indicating that development activity is definitely on the rise. Following the general election, Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) reforms, and international stock market troubles, there has been a divide in the market between properties above and below £1.5 million. Purchases at the lower end, particularly sub £1 million, saw prices rise steadily in the first half of 2015, while the higher end of the market, over £1.5 million, was far more sensitive.

Until now, the city has resisted high-rise buildings with an emphasis on protecting the historic landscape and views of various landmarks. The London Building Act was introduced in 1894 to ensure no towers were built over 80 ft, but the laws have since become increasingly relaxed. London is the 45th tallest city in the world, far behind Hong Kong and New York, which sit at first and second, respectively. However, it is expected to climb the ladder to 17th position by 2025 as 39 residential towers of more than 40 storeys will be constructed in the next 10 years. The 50-storey Principal Tower is a new residential unit on Shoreditch High Street that will be part of this exciting architectural expansion. With an estimated completion date of 2018, the building is a prime example of the innovative changes that will be decorating the city’s skyline over the coming years. Andrew Frost, head of residential at JLL, believes that increasing high-rise properties in London will not only benefit the residents but also the status of the city: “Raising the roof, as it were, will not only help to deliver greater housing volume, it will also keep our historic capital city among the most spectacular in the world.” Much of the change will be seen by Greater London, which will welcome 60 per cent of the units, consisting of slightly shorter residential towers. Frost describes how this can help the everyday Londoner: “Utilising brownfield land in urban areas almost guarantees the housing delivered will be in the right kinds of locations. So building towers for the right people, at the right prices and in the right places will certainly help to deliver more homes for London.”

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Property News Local property experts offer up their comments on breaking news regarding the luxury property market in prime central London

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Nick Crayson, founder of Crayson, raises his concerns for the prime property market as people are put off moving to London by increasing charges

Lily Terrell, at Carter Jonas, calculates the everrising property prices in London in comparison to wages in the capital

Most industrial nations can attribute much of their economic success to their abilities to mobilise a workforce and move it to where it is most needed. The UK’s Industrial Revolution was down to our ability to mechanise agriculture and release large numbers of workers to train in burgeoning industries. In order for that to happen, people had to be transplanted to new ‘industrial’ areas and housed. In recent times, Europe has become a single market and, again, workers have migrated and emigrated, matching their skills to opportunities in the jobs market. London can attribute its enviable rise in the financial sector to its ability to attract the best workers from Europe and around the world. However, they do not just relocate willynilly. The capital attracts a more sophisticated type of worker and their needs are social as well as economic. The standard of living, including their home, is very much a part of their decision to work in London. If you have the right work ethic, you can do well in London, as many have found. Whether people are from the UK or from overseas, there are opportunities to better yourself and the situation of your family and children. However, if you put a break on the ability to move around the capital or hinder progress up the property ladder, people may start to reconsider whether London is the place to be. I would argue from my experience, that the high Stamp Duty Land Tax rates are now affecting people’s decision-making and that the high moving costs are putting a break on the ambitions of London as a whole. There are many bands of wealth in London, but realistically we are not dealing with ultra-high-net-worth or even high-net-worth buyers for the market of £3–7million homes. These buyers are both often working, paying for childcare and helping take the strain off the public education system and National Health Service by opting for private services. Their income taxes and National Insurance contributions are very important for funding public services. There is a huge risk of squeezing this valuable part of the sector too hard. I sense this immensely with the costs involved in moving home. Finding the odd £400,000 in stamp duty for a £4 million property is not an easy task for most people and it is stopping them moving when they really need to. I sense a danger that quality buyers will be put off coming to London due to what amounts to a crisis. The capital will lose out, as well as the country as a whole, because it is starved of its most valuable resource – people!

Concern continues to rise in London as the percentile increase in Retail Price Index inflation greatly exceeds that of wages. Due to the distressing increase in property prices in prime central London, compared with the currently minimal increase in wages, it has become much less affordable for Brits to buy a property in the capital. Londoners are being forced to buy outside the city and endure the commute due to the endlessly increasing gap between property prices and wages. Twenty years ago, the average annual income in London was £19,000 and the average property price was £83,000, which means back in 1995, Londoners only paid about 4.4 times their salary for a home. Currently in London, the average house price is 12 times the average salary. According to KPMG, first-time buyers need to be

The average house price is 12 times the average salary in London on a wage of at least £41,000 to afford to buy a property in the UK. However, in London, statistics show that the salary level must be at least £77,000. Simple mathematics show the dilemma the British are in when it comes to buying a house in London. The average salary for full-time employment in London in 2007 was £31,484. In 2013 this figure had increased to £35,238. In 2007, the average price of a property was £330,000 and in 2013 had increased to £424,000. If property prices had increased at the same level as wages, the average property price in 2013 should have been £369,348. In other words, between 2007 and 2013 property prices in London increased by 28% compared with wages, which had only increased by 12%. Now, if we go back 20 years, wages in London have increased by 85.5% while property prices have increased by 411%. This needs to be addressed immediately before Londoners can no longer afford to live in their capital. Carter Jonas LLP, One Chapel Place, W1G 0BG

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Stanhope Gardens, SW7 A beautifully appointed raised ground floor two double bedroom apartment, situated in the quiet section of Stanhope Gardens, with a day porter. The apartment offers an east facing wooden floored reception with an outlook over Stanhope Gardens, a separate kitchen, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a further double bedroom with a separate bathroom. Reception/Dining room | Kitchen | 2 Double Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Porter | Communal Gardens | Leasehold 980 Years Remaining

ÂŁ1,750,000 Subject to contract

Cornwall Gardens, SW7 This spacious and bright apartment features a large reception room with separate kitchen, double bedroom with walk in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom. The property is within a short walk of Gloucester Road and the extensive amenities of South Kensington. Access to communal gardens by separate arrangement Large Reception room | Kitchen | Double Bedroom | En-suite Bathroom | Leasehold 169 Years Remaining

ÂŁ1,295,000 Subject to contract

Sales: +44 (0)20 7835 2888 Lettings: +44 (0)20 7835 2889

Kensington Green, W8 1307 SQ.FT/121.14 SQ.M

An exquisite two bedroom apartment the ground floor wing of a magnificent Jacobean style building within a secure gated development. Private terrace, communal gardens, underground parking, gym, porter and 24 hour security.

Price: ÂŁ2,995,000 Share of Freehold 020 7590 9339

Courtfield Road, SW7 454 SQ.FT / 42.2 SQ.M

A superb one bedroom raised ground floor flat with its own private street entrance, 0.13 miles from Gloucester Road station. The reception room has a high ceiling and two large sash windows. Separate kitchen, bedroom with fitted wardrobes, large bathroom and access to communal gardens.

Price: ÂŁ775,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD 020 7590 9339 38 Gloucester Road, SW7


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Elm Park Gardens, SW10

This wonderfully light corner house in the heart of Chelsea is much wider than most houses in the area giving generous rooms on three floors. There is also a playroom and extensive storage on the lower ground floor level as well off street parking for one car and its own garage. This house is an exceptional family house of great character in a Chelsea backwater close to the Kings Road and the St Luke’s children’s playground.

This fabulous modern third floor flat (with lift) overlooking the communal gardens has been refurbished to a very high standard. Beautifully decorated in a contemporary style with wood floors throughout and an excellent fully fitted eat-in kitchen. Situated close to the shops and restaurants on the stretch of the Fulham Road known as the beach.





£750 per week


Warwick Square, Pimlico, SW1


A newly refurbished maisonette situated in one of London’s premier garden squares. The property has its own private entrance and is located on the ground and garden floors of a white stucco fronted, Grade II listed building with use of the communal gardens. The flat has three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms a good sized kitchen/family room with large drawing room, separate dining room and study with high ceilings throughout, there is also a private roof terrace. The property comes with a twice weekly maid and gardener.

A lovely recently refurbished apartment situated on the fifth floor (with lift) of a portered period building, conveniently located to South Kensington and the Gloucester Road. The property is presented in excellent condition with wood floors in the reception and two double bedrooms. It also has the advantage of a large roof terrace and access to communal gardens.



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£695 per week


20 Montpelier Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1HD

CADOGAN GARDENS 4 Bedrooms|3 Bathrooms| 2 Receptions|Balcony|Store room|1,900 sq ft| Resident Caretaker|EPC C An elegant south-facing raised ground floor flat in this well run mansion block, slightly set back from the road behind ornamental gardens. The flat provides flexible accommodation with large interconnecting reception rooms to the front and a kitchen-breakfast room and four bedrooms to the rear. The flat also benefits from having a large basement store room as well as a resident caretaker. Cadogan Gardens is one of London’s finest addresses conveniently close to the transport links of Sloane Square and the shopping of both Sloane Street and the King’s Road.



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WILTON PLACE 5 Bedrooms|4 Bathrooms| 2 Double Receptions|Study| Family room|3,154 sq ft| 2 Balconies|Garden|EPC D An elegant mid-terrace grade II listed townhouse settled between prime Knightsbridge & Belgravia. This period property provides two double reception rooms and is well-lit internally due to its westerly front exposure and open aspect to the rear. The house also offers a patio garden with direct access to Wilton Row, home to The Grenadier Arms. Additional features include air conditioning within all five bedrooms and living room, under floor heating in the sleeping accommodation and a built-in multi room audio system throughout. Wilton Place is situated close to Hyde Park and the excellent shopping and transport links of Knightsbridge.


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Edward House is the pinnacle of 375 Kensington High Street and the tallest tower built in Kensington for thirty years. Comprising of luxury 2 bedroom apartments and 4 bedroom duplexes, Edward House features unique and breathtaking views over London. 375 Kensington High Street boasts world class residents’ facilities including 24 hour Harrods concierge, luxury pool, spa, private cinema and state-of-the-art gymnasium. Call now for details 020 3797 2824. Prices from £2,500,000. Sales & Marketing Suite open daily 10am to 6pm (Thursdays until 8pm). Prices correct at time of going to print. Computer generated image depicts 375 Kensington High Street and is indicative only. Proud to be a member of the Berkeley Group of companies


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Rosary Gardens, South Kensington SW7

A stunning dual aspect apartment split over the top two floors of a period building. The flat benefits from two balconies off the open plan reception room.

£1,300 per week* Furnished

1,232 sq ft (114 sq m) Kitchen/reception/dining room | Two bedrooms | Three bathrooms | Two Balconies | Study | EPC rating D

Chelsea SW10 - 020 7373 1010

Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea SW3

Refurbished to an excellent standard and situated on the second floor, this inviting apartment boasts decorative ceilings throughout, and is entered via a welcoming entrance hall.

£2,500 per week* Furnished

1,209 sq ft (112 sq m) Reception | Two bedrooms| Two bathrooms | Lift | EPC rating C

Chelsea 020 7589 9966

* The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £210 (inv VAT) Credit Reference per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

Drayton Gardens, Chelsea SW10

Situated behind a period facade is a contemporary styled family house. The property benefits from a landscaped, west facing rear garden which leads to a double garage.

£3,500 per week* Unfurnished

3,271 sq ft (303 sq m) Kitchen | Two reception rooms | Four bedrooms | Three bathrooms | EPC rating D

Chelsea SW10 - 020 7373 1010

Holland Villas Road, Holland Park W14

An outstanding and beautifully presented seven bedroom, double fronted Victorian villa, with a wonderful westfacing garden.

£12,000 per week* Unfurnished

7,834 sq ft (727 sq m) Three reception rooms | Kitchen | Seven bedrooms | Eight bathrooms | Gym | Swimming pool | Garage | Garden | EPC rating F

Kensington 020 7938 3866 * The following Tenant charges may apply prior to tenancy commencement: Tenancy Agreement £210 (inv VAT) Credit Reference per application £54 (inc VAT). All advertised prices are excluded and other associated services.

Neville Street, Chelsea SW7

An immaculate three double bedroom first, second and third floor maisonette with its own front door in an impressive stucco building in the heart of South Kensington.

1,481 sq ft (137.58 sq m) Own front door | Entrance hall | Kitchen/ reception room | Guest WC | Master bedroom suite | Two further Bedrooms | Family shower room | Terrace | EPC rating E

Chelsea 020 7225 3866

ÂŁ2,950,000 Leasehold

Courtfield Road, South Kensington SW7

A superb family maisonette positioned south over the glorious communal gardens to which it has direct access and far reaching views.

ÂŁ4,500,000 Share of freehold

2,290 sq ft (212 sq m) Reception/dining room | Kitchen | Family room/study | Four bedrooms | Three bath/shower rooms | Dressing room | Kitchenette | Utility room | Cloakroom | Two private terraces | Direct access to communal gardens | EPC rating C

Chelsea SW10 - 020 7373 1010

Lennox Gardens, Knightsbridge SW1

A lateral penthouse apartment with direct lift access and excellent views of both the communal gardens and the Brompton Oratory.

1,755 sq ft (163 sq m) Reception room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second bedroom with en suite bathroom | Study/bedroom three | Cloakroom/shower room | Direct lift access | Caretaker

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9959

ÂŁ5,950,000 Leasehold

Abingdon Villas, Kensington W8

An exceptional three bedroom house with the advantage of a lovely south-facing garden and terrace.

1,815 sq ft (168 sq m) Entrance Hall | Drawing room | Family room | Kitchen/dining area | Study | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Two further bedrooms | Further bathroom | Cloakroom | South-facing terrace | South-facing garden | EPC rating E

Kensington 0207 938 3666

ÂŁ3,600,000 Freehold

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