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From the EDITOR “I think nature is unconditionally perfect and beautiful and anyone who takes on the task to make it even better is amazing.” Rather unexpectedly, this lavish praise of the annual RHS Chelsea Flower Show came from British comedian Ricky Gervais, one of hundreds of thousands of people who want to attend the world’s top horticultural event, and here at The Kensington & Chelsea Magazine, we quite agree that the talent on show at Chelsea is fantastic. In our annual Flower Show issue, we shine a spotlight on some of the gardens we’re most looking forward to seeing this year, from Kamelia bin Zaal’s Beauty of Islam garden to HRH Prince Harry’s second Sentebale effort and Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s first appearance at the show (p. 16). For those unlucky enough not to get tickets, those who live in and around Chelsea can enjoy artistic floral creations locally, thanks to the annual Chelsea in Bloom competition, now in its tenth year. This year’s theme is Fairy Tales and retailers on the Cadogan Estate, encompassing Sloane Street, Sloane Square and Duke of York Square, have been tasked with creating magical shop fronts to reflect the enchanting world of make-believe; we’re hoping for quite the Cinderella story (p. 54). A show of equally epic but rather more sparkling proportions is the watch and jewellery industry’s annual showcase in Basel; Olivia Sharpe and Richard Brown have done the hard work for us and recommend, in their comprehensive event round-up, the best new products available and the trends to follow, both in horology and jewellery, in 2015 (p. 38). As the Flower Show approaches and we celebrate all things that are good and green in this world, we also congratulate Liz Earle on the 20th anniversary of her eponymous, and hugely successful, skincare company (p. 30). If you’re yet to discover the delights of her cult Cleanse & Polish product, which I am proud to say I have happily used for 15 years, visit Liz Earle in Duke of York Square this May.




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In the world of flowers and ferns, grass and greens, blossoms and bonsai, this verdant extravaganza is the highlight of the horticultural year: welcome to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2015. Annabel Harrison reports Gardening: it ain’t rock ‘n’ roll but they like it. It’s a fact; more people visit the Chelsea Flower Show each year than Glastonbury. You could easily fill Twickenham (twice) with its yearly batch of visitors, bristling with just as much excitement and anticipation as a prematch crowd of rugby fans (albeit less rowdy and far more impressively turned out). Which Show Garden will dazzle the most, they wonder? Which royals will be in attendance? Will the weather hold out? And, crucially, where is the nearest glass of champagne? This year promises as many delights as the last,

with Show Gardens giving visitors a truly international insight into the global delights of horticulture; be entranced by elements inspired by the beauty of Islam, the colours of Lesotho (in Prince Harry’s Sentebale garden), the charm of the British countryside and the perfume fields of Provence. We’re delighted to see Breakthrough Breast Cancer creating a garden for the first time too, drawing attention to a health issue that is bound to touch every show visitor in some way during their lifetime. Read on to find out more about some of the gardens that we’re most looking forward to seeing.


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The Daily Telegraph is the only exhibitor to have been awarded the top prize of Best Show Garden at Chelsea three years consecutively, so it’s no surprise that someone of Marcus Barnett’s calibre has been chosen to design its garden this year: he already has RHS Gold, Silver Gilt and Silver medals of which to boast, as well as a rather unconventional career path; Marcus was in the army for seven years before he established his own design practice. This year’s Telegraph garden will be “bold, with a striking planting palette underpinned by a strong, rectilinear framework”. Interestingly, inspiration came from the 20th century artistic De Stijl movement, which championed simplicity and abstraction, in both architecture and painting, by using only straight lines, rectangular forms and primary colours. This might not seem the most obvious (or easy) theme for a garden but Marcus has achieved it by using plants in vibrant reds, blues and yellows, balanced by quieter greens and whites. “[The] strong rectilinear geometry created by paths, waterways and differently sized blocks of colour and texture will stand out whether the garden is seen from within or from above,” explains Marcus. “Two walls punctuating the boundary hedges will act as a foil for the planting, while trees and hedges will provide dappled shade as well as vertical and sculptural form.” telegraph.co.uk/gardening


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Woodland Realm Jo Thompson has not only been chosen to design the garden of sole show sponsor M&G Investments (quite the responsibility) but she is also the only designer at the show to be joined by an all-female planting team; we hope to see far more women creating masterpieces there in the coming years. This garden is in safe hands; Jo has designed several show gardens in the past, winning Gold, Best in Show and Best New Rural Garden. It is probably safe to say that the M&G garden will be the only one this year to boast a large natural swimming pond and a two-floor writing room, inspired by that of poet Vita Sackville-West at Sissinghurst Castle. “I wanted to create a special garden for M&G that is a retreat,” explains Jo, “yet follows the principles of traditional British gardening: local materials such as oak and limestone surrounded by typical cottage planting with more than a hint of the woodland.” Lovers of the English countryside will adore the tumbling roses and peonies in a palette of greens, punctuated by soft pinks, lavender blues and creams. jothompson-garden-design.co.uk

Safe Haven This artisan garden sounds most delightful; developed around the concept of ‘the nest’, the environment is meant to be both uplifting and reassuring, with a focus on relaxation and emotional support. A woven willow lounger in a woodland setting will be nestled under a ‘quirky’ quercus (oak) tree, a symbol of strength and longevity; designer Sarah Eberle suggests this as a place to be on your own (if desired) but not alone. She has previously won nine RHS Gold medals. The Haven is a national charity that provides free, tailored, emotional and physical support to people affected by breast cancer. thehaven.org.uk


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Prettily Provencal We adored the Gold medal-winning L’Occitane Garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2012, which depicted a sunny Corsican landscape and fields of Immortelle flowers so we have high hopes for L’Occitane’s 2015 offering. We expect to be transported to the French fields of Grasse, famed worldwide for its perfume production, thanks to James Basson; he will draw directly on his own knowledge of Grasse – he has a home there – to create a garden that makes the most of key plant species, scents and colours that populate the Provencal landscape. “The structure of the garden is taken directly from the surrounding agricultural architecture of Grasse; it’s a space that would be found around the fringes of the famous town. The garden will recreate the Provencal hillsides and the history of the perfume industry and will include osmanthus, iris, bergamot, lavender, thyme, fig and rosemary, all key ingredients in the L’Occitane Grasse fragrance collection.” We predict that this garden is going to smell rather wonderful.

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RHS Chelsea GARDEN CATEGORIES For those not quite up to speed about the garden variations at Chelsea, each falls into one of these three categories; Show Gardens Show Gardens represent the best of garden design, planting and construction and are some of the largest gardens created at the show. They are not themed and so designers are free to take inspiration from any idea. Fresh Gardens Fresh Gardens complement more traditional Chelsea exhibits and may embrace new technology, trends and materials. Designers are encouraged to be brave and step outside what might be thought of as a traditional Chelsea garden, choosing the size and shape by using any number or combination of 3m x 3m modules to create a space that fits their concept. Artisan Gardens Artisan Gardens reflect both traditional and modern approaches, using artisan methods and natural materials from sustainable sources. “Rustic and timeless with a stylish modern twist,” says the RHS. Artisan Gardens use the wooded backdrop of Ranelagh Gardens and demonstrate what can be achieved in a small space (either 5m x 7m or 5m x 4m).



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DID YOU KNOW? • The first event was officially called The Great Spring Show; however ‘The Chelsea Flower Show’ quickly caught on.

Make Or Break It’s always exciting to welcome a newcomer at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and this year our attention has been taken by Breakthrough Breast Cancer; its garden draws inspiration from the genetic research and breakthroughs in breast cancer research being funded by the charity. It is based on a DNA helix shape and so designer Ruth Willmott (who won a Fresh Garden Gold medal in 2013) will put in place a hard stone pathway that will be crossed by a ribbon of soft pink planting including Iris sibirica and Myosotis sylvatica. “Water pools in the garden ripple every ten minutes to represent the shocking statistic of women diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK,” Ruth explains, “while white-stemmed trees and a green and white planting scheme create an ethereal feel, with a sculpture by Rick Kirby symbolising the courage and dignity of all those fighting the disease.” The designer lost her sister-in-law to breast cancer in March 2014 and sought to help the charity raise funds for its research and reach its £100 million target. breakthrough.org.uk

• In 1951 The Great Pavilion replaced a number of smaller tents; at roughly 11,775 sq.m., it could house 500 London buses. In 2000, a new pavilion replaced the large canvas marquee which was cut up and turned into 7,000 handbags, jackets and aprons by the Old Chelsea Marquee Company. • The cycle of planning for the show lasts 15 months. It takes 800 people 33 days to build the show from bare grass to the finished article. • The Show Gardens, ranging in size from 10m x 10m to 10mx 22m, are built from scratch in 19 days. • Over the past 100 years there have been more than 250 exhibitors from other countries; Holland has sent the highest number of exhibitors. • Displays at RHS Chelsea have been influential in bringing back into fashion otherwise forgotten plants, like old roses and auriculas. • HM The Queen is the patron of the Royal Horticultural Society and during her reign

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Show Garden Profile

Heritage & Culture: The Beauty of Islam

Rebecca Wallersteiner speaks to Kamelia bin Zaal about the inspirations behind her first Flower Show garden, which celebrates the beauty of Islam Making her Chelsea debut, Dubai-born landscape designer Kamelia bin Zaal’s contemporary Islamic garden, The Beauty of Islam, promises to be one of the highlights at this year’s Flower Show. “I am delighted to be sharing my passion for plants, trees, Islamic culture and history,” Zaal tells me. Her garden is designed so that she can draw upon the peaceful and respectful qualities of Islam through poetry, calligraphy and planting. It is intended to act as a sanctuary in the busy, urban environment of Chelsea where people will be able to escape, meditate and feel inspired and creative. “I have channelled the movement and sound of water to draw visitors into a mix of sensory experiences directing them through the garden,” she adds. This promises to be a romantic dream of a garden, suitable for poets and painters, as well as seasoned horticultural lovers. “There will be plenty of

Islamic calligraphy, sculpture, textures and a play of shade and light, all coming together to celebrate the positive side of Islamic and Arabic culture,” says Zaal. Poetry, which is deeply rooted in Arabic heritage, is engraved into ecologically sourced marble and will draw visitors further into the garden. People should feel uplifted and relaxed by a delicious scent of herbs and flowers, and the sound of water playing. “Each section of the garden has a different character, reflecting aspects of my Islamic heritage,” Zaal explains. “All the environmentally-friendly plants have been chosen for adaptability to the challenging Chelsea environment; they need less sunshine and water than other species.” Thus her garden contains diverse planting typical of Islamic and Arabic countries, including orange, olive, fig and pomegranate trees and roses, as well as plants such as cardamom, thyme, pepper, turmeric, roses, rosemary and papyrus. Visitors can look forward to being taken on a horticultural journey along the ancient

Zaal’s designs draw upon Islam’s peaceful and respectful qualities through poetry and planting. Spice Routes of the Arabic empire that once reached across sea and land from the Arabian Gulf to Europe. Based on a traditional Arabic pattern set into a 45º angle, Zaal’s enchanting garden breaks away from the typical courtyard quadrant. Four walls create different ‘rooms’ in the garden, in which one can discover the wide variety of plants with water flowing through each section: “An Islamic garden has always traditionally been a walled garden, protected from the outside and offering a place for calm reflection.” Dividers of stainless steel and cement add a contrast of textures, off-setting the diversity of plant life throughout. The centrepiece of the garden is a sculptural arch made from white Portuguese marble and inlays of faux mother-of-pearl, representing the United Arab Emirates art of pearl diving. Another highlight is the central tranquil pond with nearby fragrant herbs and edible plants. From top/ Woodland garden; Al Barari aerial view


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Zaal began planning her garden last November: “It has been satisfying to watch lines drawn on the page becoming reality and my vision gradually coming to life,” she comments. Has she always been a keen horticulturalist, I ask? “As a child I loved playing outdoors, admiring plants, trees and collecting flowers, which my grandfather encouraged me to pursue. The desert landscape of my country is a place of extraordinary, wild beauty and its serenity has inspired my vision for the garden. I hope that visitors will enjoy it.” Although she lives in Dubai, where she runs the landscape design company, Second Nature, the designer grew up in England and her mother is Scottish. After school, she trained as a garden landscape designer at London’s Inchbald School of Design. Her practice specialises in creating themed gardens, including a ‘botanic’ garden for her family’s 18.42 million sq ft Al Barari (‘wilderness’ in Arabic) development in Dubai. Sponsored by her family’s property business, Zaal is the first Emirati landscape designer to appear at the Chelsea Flower Show. Thus Zaal’s stunning garden celebrates the peaceful and poetic side of Islam, and highlights her rich heritage. We wish her every success at Chelsea. secondnature.ae greenworks-uae.com


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A Royal Touch:

Sentebale – Hope in Vulnerability HRH Prince Harry’s garden brings the vibrant colours and energy of Africa to Chelsea once again, reports Rebecca Wallersteiner Royal admirers will be paying close attention to this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. For the second year, Prince Harry is presenting a garden inspired by his charity Sentebale, to be showcased on the Main Avenue and sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation. The Hope in Vulnerability garden is modelled on the children’s centre in Lesotho, where Prince Harry’s charity supports vulnerable children with AIDS and HIV. It has been designed by Matt Keightley, the 30-year-old designer of the Help for Heroes garden, which won the People’s Choice award at last year’s show. “I am honoured to be working with Sentebale, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, and Prince Harry on this year’s very special garden. It is such an inspirational project,” enthuses Matt. “Prince Harry’s garden will use a mixture of British plants and those native to Lesotho to recreate the landscape of Africa. It will give visitors a taste of Lesotho and the vibrant atmosphere of the camp.” Thus there will be plenty of glowing yellows, luminous oranges and blazing reds, evoking the heat of Africa, against an arid landscape. “Ribbons of colour will dance through the beds linking hard and soft landscaping elements,” Matt explains. Lesotho, known as the ‘forgotten kingdom’ and the ‘Mountain Kingdom’, will be brought to life thanks to a design that evokes the feel of the native landscape and celebrates the work of Sentebale. Prince Harry spent part of his gap year in 2004 in Lesotho, which is one of South Africa’s poorest countries. Poverty and AIDS are rife, with one in three children orphans. “Prince Harry invited us out to Lesotho to learn more about the important work he and his team do with local children. He was keen for me to see the landscape for myself,” says Matt.

Prince Harry and his team hope to germinate a papaver aculeatum (an orange-coloured poppy), native to Africa, which has never been shown in England before. All previous attempts to germinate this poppy at Chelsea have failed and neither the Prince nor Matt will know until shortly before opening day whether they have been successful. Other features include children’s footprints carved into the rocks, a water feature and traditional hand-made African pots. There will also be a wild flower meadow and a rocky waterfall inspired by the terrain of Lesotho. The centrepiece of the garden will be a striking hut, built from coppiced sweet chestnut using traditional African building methods. It was inspired by one of the buildings at the Mamohato Children’s Centre, which will

There will be glowing yellows, luminous oranges and blazing reds, evoking the heat of Africa open at Lesotho a few weeks after May’s show. Shade is created by the hut’s traditionally thatched roof and Matt will use a peeled-bark fence tied together with stripped bark to frame the garden. He started designing gardens at the age of 17, when he transformed his parents’ back garden, much to their delight. This set the path for his future career and, after achieving a degree in Landscape Design, he set up his own company based in Richmond. He has designed gardens in Paris, Cairo and Perth as well as modern gardens for Kensington and Chelsea homes; his ‘urban oasis’ garden in Fulham was featured on Grand Designs


in 2013. He is also head designer at the Maidenhead landscaping firm Rosebank. Following in the footsteps of his father, HRH Prince Charles, who designed a garden for the Chelsea Flower Show in 2002, Prince Harry is thrilled to be presenting his second Sentebale garden this May. The charity was set up by the Prince in memory of his mother, Princess Diana, who paid many visits to African AIDS patients and did much to highlight the plight of orphans and vulnerable children living in Africa. In 2013 Sentebale’s first African show garden at Chelsea won Silver and this season Matt’s stunning garden is bound to be a strong contender for a Gold medal. Who knows? Following the news that Prince Harry will leave the army this year, perhaps he will choose to pursue a career in garden design. Green fingers seem to run in his family. sentebale.org; princes-foundation.org; rosebank.co.uk

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As L.K.Bennett launches its latest collaboration with British model Laura Bailey, Olivia Sharpe considers the secret behind the brand’s enduring success


lthough many high street retailers struggled to stay afloat during recent tough economic conditions, L.K.Bennett has always managed to rise above its competitors and succeed in the face of adversity. Since it was first founded by Linda Bennett back in 1990, it has expanded its presence in the UK from one to 43 standalone stores (not including concessions), with more than 130 branded locations worldwide. The reason? While it has maintained a strong product offering throughout, it cannot be denied that L.K.Bennett has greatly benefited from its famous female fan base and recent high-profile collaborators. A few years ago, there was some speculation that the once-dubbed “queen of the kitten heel” brand (due to its blend of comfort and glamour) was in danger of being kicked off its throne, with queen of retail Mary Portas labelling it as “boring” in an article for The Daily Telegraph back in 2010. But then the ‘Kate effect’ swept over the nation and L.K.Bennett was just one of the high street retailers to benefit from this unofficial royal brand ambassador, with sales for its classic nude sledge heels reported to have skyrocketed after she was seen sporting them. L.K.Bennett seems fully aware of the power of women such as the Duchess of Cambridge in helping to boost brand awareness and sales. Shortly after opening its first New York flagship store in 2012 (its second store opened last month on Madison Avenue), L.K.Bennett US president Tony DiMasso was quoted in an interview withThe Guardian as saying how the company had a lot to thank the Duchess for, given its sudden surge in popularity: “Kate Middleton is an elegant lady, she wears our clothing and our shoes very well, and the American public are infatuated with her, which has definitely helped us, being new to the American market. The great press we’ve received because of her has helped people come to the store and see the brand.” And it’s not just the Duchess of Cambridge who has

helped transform the brand’s persona. In 2013, L.K.Bennett partnered with Tank magazine’s fashion editor Caroline Issa to create a collection of Thai-inspired shoes and handbags, which was an instant sell-out. Speaking to Issa a couple of years later as to why she agreed to partner with the brand, she explains how, in her opinion, L.K.Bennett sets itself apart from many other womenswear retailers by tapping into what its female customers actually want: “I relate to the brand’s offering of a range of products that can take a woman from day-to-night, as well as giving her a lot of comfort for great value so she can go about her day without thinking about what she’s wearing but knowing she looks great.” Rather than standing still in the ever-changing retail market, she believes that L.K.Bennett has “always responded quickly to the critical trends while staying true to its brand DNA,” and this is why it has maintained its lasting appeal.

Clockwise from top/ Rosamund Pike A/W13 campaign; Bella yellow blue, £275; Monica navy yellow, £275 Opposite page/ Laura wears Silvana blue white, £245


Right/ Bella navy red, £275 Below/ Claudia navy red, £295

Just a year later, Issa was succeeded by another influential British female – actress Rosamund Pike, who fronted the brand’s S/S13 and A/W14 campaigns and created a capsule collection of handbags. With her English rose beauty, classic style and Hollywood stardom, L.K.Bennett could not have hoped for a better ambassador and during this exciting time, the retailer’s then chief executive Didier Drouet was reported saying how both partnerships (Issa and Pike) were indicative of the team’s commitment to transforming L.K.Bennett into “a truly global brand”. Somewhat surprisingly, both women were complete novices when it came to fashion design but whatever experience they lacked they clearly more than made up for when it came to helping the brand’s public persona. This year, the retailer has teamed up with model, writer and British Fashion Council ambassador Laura Bailey on a capsule collection for S/S15. The collection is, in many ways, quintessentially L.K.Bennett, with elegant, classic and easy-to-wear shoe styles designed for the sophisticated and mature woman. Saying that,

“True style defies labels and simply reflects the personality and the moment” - Laura Bailey Laura Bailey has undoubtedly injected her own style and personality into the range, presenting a collection that combines “timeless understated glamour with a modern edge”. Unlike Issa and Pike, Bailey already had design experience, having created her first handbag collection with Radley (for whom she had served as a model) in 2012, which was well-received. This time round, Bailey was expected to turn out a collection of footwear, and she comments how she was heavily involved with the process from start to finish: “I loved working creatively with the team, from the initial mood boards to the fast samples, shoots to sales,” she says. “I relied on the technical expertise of the L.K.Bennett team to realise my vision in developing a collection that is simultaneously nostalgic and modern.” Bailey’s many visits to the glamorous Amalfi Coast during her lifetime was the main inspiration. Whether “riding a Vespa from Positano to Ravello” as the more carefree young model did in her early 20s, or more recently, time spent

there on “family holidays or stolen weekends”, the enduring beauty of the coastline has never failed to capture her imagination. This sense of timelessness led Bailey to consider iconic actresses of Italian cinema, such as Monica Vitti, Sophia Loren and Anna Magnani, as her muses. For Bailey, it was essential for “the designs to be as chic and brave as the iconic actresses and landscapes I was inspired by” and the collection therefore features a “clash of bold prints and solids, brights and neutrals, matte and shine” that is reminiscent of the 60s and early 70s. Always ensuring practicality, the collection includes five classic styles – incorporating a statement block-heeled sandal, a pointed cross-over strap sandal, an ankle-strap kitten heel, a playful summer flat and a sharp-pointed stiletto – each of which has been cleverly designed to be worn on either the streets of London or the sands of Capri. It also includes a trusty clutch to complete the range of summer holiday essentials. For Bailey, it is almost next to impossible to choose her favourite style (“I change my mind all the time”) but if she had to pick one, it would be the navy and red Claudia shoe coming in a high chunky heel and a “flattering” ankle cross-strap. Commenting on her own style, Bailey admits that she is fairly changeable – “more spontaneous in the moment depending on my mood and circumstance” – but if she had to sum it up, she would describe it as being a mix of English eccentric and tomboy princess. Saying that, Bailey astutely observes that true style is one that “defies labels and simply reflects the personality and the moment”. This is no doubt why, then, Bailey chose to partner with a brand that has never sought to follow trends but has instead always looked to the changing personality and lifestyle of its female customer. Like Pike and Issa, the prospect of a collaboration with L.K.Bennett “proved irresistible”, strongly relating to the model with its “classic but cool, romantic luxe” and for “representing the best of British style”. With endorsements such as this, L.K.Bennett is well and truly back on its retail throne. My only thought is, who’s next in line? Shoes range from £195 to £295, with the clutch at £275 L.K.Bennett, 164-166 King’s Road, SW3; lkbennett.com


Caroline Issa S/S13 capsule collection


Nature Second

One of the UK’s leading skincare brands, Liz Earle celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and the grass has truly never looked greener for the award-winning company. Olivia Sharpe speaks to the eponymous founder about her achievements to date and plans for the future


t has always irritated me slightly when articles describe middle-aged female celebrities as looking at least ten years younger than they are. After all, with a lot of money, your own chef and (most likely) a very good surgeon, most of us should. However, when it comes to Liz Earle, this description is completely justified. At 50, the beauty expert’s flawless complexion and practically wrinkle-free skin are testament to her award-winning skincare range which, like Liz herself, is 100 per cent natural. Liz may look far younger than her age but when it comes to her business acumen, she has always been light years ahead of the industry. She started her career as a beauty journalist and wrote more than 30 books on the subjects of natural health and wellbeing. After establishing herself as one of the leading authorities in the field, she was asked to host the first ever beauty programme on UK television, Beauty Wise on the BBC. It was at this time that her close friend and former marketing executive at John Frieda, Kim Buckland, approached her with the idea of launching her own range of skincare products, having spotted a gap in the market for reasonably-priced, premium brands. Liz comments: “30 years ago the market was quite polarised, with high-end brands sold behind counters at huge expense in department stores or cheaper, mass-market brands on supermarket and high street chemists’ shelves. Now there is a hugely growing middle market of reasonably-priced, premium quality products, which is good news for consumers.” Despite its success, the brand has always maintained affordable price points and this is no doubt why it has kept its loyal clientele over the years. After the range launched on TV home shopping channel QVC in 1996 (the first product sold out within half an hour), two years later saw the business move to the Isle of Wight and the first shop opened in 2001 in Ryde. The London flagship store in Chelsea’s Duke of York Square followed in 2006. While the use of natural ingredients within cosmetic products is now an established trend in the industry, this wasn’t the case when Liz and Kim first started. This, coupled with the fact that the pair began selling

their initial products by mail order (something which was greatly looked down upon in their day), makes them in many ways pioneering figures in the beauty world. Liz’s passion for plants stemmed from her father, an Admiral in the Royal Navy, who nurtured her interest in the botanical world from a young age. “He was a keen plantsman and I spent much of my childhood learning about botanicals from him,” she tells me. “Our garden was his sanctuary on dry land. A practical man, he especially loved practical plants, such as vegetables for eating and herbs for remedies, which is where I learned to love naturally active ingredients.” As she’s always been impeccably put together when I’ve met her, I am surprised to hear Liz describe herself as having been a tomboy – “I was very much an outdoors child: climbing trees, planting seeds and building dens” – and the tenacious young girl

Liz Earle started her career as a beauty journalist and hosted the UK’s first beauty TV programme would even concoct her own lotions and potions in a bid to cure her eczema (something she has constantly battled with). “I used to collect fallen rose petals and mix them with water in an attempt to make rose water, and inevitably would end up with brownish mulch,” she says, laughing. In some ways, Liz’s skin disorder turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as it resulted in her desire to find a cure, and subsequent fascination with naturally based ingredients that can help calm and soothe the skin. All of the products which now make up the extensive Liz Earle range – which includes skincare, bath & body, fragrance, haircare and make-up – uphold the brand’s philosophy of harnessing the potent powers of the finest quality ingredients that work on every skin type. This includes the first product Liz ever created, the best-selling Cleanse & Polish, which remains the cornerstone, and only cleanser, of the entire portfolio. Rather than keeping it a trade secret, Liz is more than willing to tell me why the hero product has proven so successful: “I chose the skin-purifying extracts of rosemary and eucalyptus to keep the skin clear and problem-


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free, combined with cocoa butter and hops to soothe drier skins, so it works for all.” Today, the company has a dedicated team of ethnobotanists, whose job is to assess the impact of sourcing a product on its surrounding environment and community. Liz made the decision 16 years ago to uproot her family of six from the stresses of urban life and move to a farm in Wiltshire. A firm believer in the philosophy what you put in on the inside is just as important as the outside, their organic home has its own herb garden complete with herbs not just for culinary use but also for their “therapeutic benefits” and even for “flower arranging, notably rosemary, flat-leaf parsley and bay”. There is also a greenhouse filled with a variety of flower species, among which are Liz’s favourite rose-scented pelargoniums and roses – “the old-fashioned, fragrant varieties, with their captivatingly feminine scent”. Indeed, of all flowers, roses hold the most significance to Liz, as she confides that it was white roses that her now husband (filmmaker Patrick Drummond) brought her when he picked her up on their first date. While Liz spends the majority of her time in the country, she also makes time to visit her flagship store in Chelsea, an area she considers to be “an oasis of calm” from the city’s “hustle and bustle”, and the horticultural lover naturally never misses the annual Chelsea Flower Show. After selling the company to Avon in 2010, this gave the founder time to refocus her energies on another subject which she has always been passionate about; wellbeing. On her dedicated website, you will find numerous articles on how to live a healthier, more balanced life, including extracts from Liz’s latest book released this year, Juice, which shares the health expert’s favourite immune-boosting juices. While most of us do not have the luxury of owning our own farm and therefore could argue that this way of living is not sustainable in London, what is so refreshing about Liz’s philosophy is that the real secret to healthy skin remains very simple: “The old chestnuts still hold true,” she says. “Plenty

of water plus a decent amount of beauty sleep. I try to get at least an hour or two of sleep before midnight, as I think an hour’s sleep before midnight is worth at least two after.” 2010 was also the year that Liz founded her charity LiveTwice, which aims to offer opportunities for disadvantaged people through practical skills training and personal support to communities in the UK, Italy and Kenya. If this wasn’t enough, she has worked closely with the Prince’s Trust for several years and was one of six industry leaders chosen to pair up with talented young people who received support from the Trust for the Tomorrow campaign in 2012, raising a total of £100,000 through the sales of a special edition Cleanse & Hot Polish Cloth Cleanser. Juggling so many different projects at once, one might think Liz no longer has time for her skincare brand – but this is far from the case. As the company marks its 20th anniversary this year, we can expect many exciting launches, including a new haircare range. Due to her unswerving commitment to only sourcing natural ingredients, she explains production of this range had to stop briefly but now thanks to Mother Nature, they’ve been able to bring it back: “Unfortunately, working with real plant ingredients takes much more time and calls for greater care and skill... so it’s actually reassuring if something goes out of stock for a short while, as it ensures authenticity. It’s far easier to work with standard synthetics but the results obtained from the natural plant world are just so much better that I believe they’re worth the extra effort it takes.” This summer will see the launch of a limitededition Cleanse & Polish Beauty Trio, presented in a tin coated in the brand’s signature blue. It will include three versions of the cult-classic cleanser, each with a different fragrance: Rose & Lavender, Grapefruit & Patchouli and Orange Flower & Chamomile. There will be a new addition to the Strengthening Nail Colour Collection too (also arriving in the company’s iconic blue). Throughout her impressive career, Liz Earle has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to foreseeing beauty and food trends, and the expert predicts that the next ten years will bring even greater transparency


when it comes to “the sourcing and provenance of brands’ ingredients”, thanks to the internet and social media. It is just as well that Liz looks as good as she does seeing that she has always eschewed advertising as a means of promotion, making her, in many ways, her own walking advertisement. And judging from the fact that her company, which started out with just four products, is now sold in more than 82 different countries and has won multiple beauty awards, this decision has evidently paid off. “I think we’re all pretty wise to the unrealities of advertising nowadays,” she shrewdly observes. “Especially the younger generation who’ve grown up with so many filters and special effects on their camera phones.” The mother of five has always encouraged her children to be comfortable in their own skin and this has evidently worked; she tells me how her 20-year-old son Guy unashamedly has his own shelf of grooming products which she insists is “not just because he is an Earle!” Listing her biggest achievements to date, there are two in particular which come to mind: “My five children and the multi-award-winning Cleanse & Polish – now with well over 100 beauty industry awards and kind of my sixth child. No doubt it will feature in large on my epitaph.” Liz Earle Skincare & Treatments, 38-39 Duke of York Square, SW3; uk.lizearle.com; lizearlewellbeing.com


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Still Waters Run Deep In a striking move away from the androgynous, pale beauty of Tilda Swinton, Italian jewellery brand Pomellato has instead called upon exotic, dark-eyed Mexican actress Salma Hayek to front its latest campaign. Shot by renowned fashion photographers Mert and Marcus, each and every image, all of which were unveiled during Milan Fashion Week, showcases why Hayek was the perfect choice as the brand’s new ambassador; she poses, looking irresistibly sultry, against an open-sky, swimming-pool backdrop while sporting pieces from the brand’s most iconic collections. The classic Capri range, pictured here in the form of a turquoise and rose gold necklace with matching earrings and a turquoise and ruby ring, shines ever more brightly on the glamorous Hollywood star. Capri collection, POA; pomellato.com




Luck Be a Lady While it may be one of the oldest jewellers in the world, Cartier has always succeeded in keeping up with the times and this is no doubt why it has maintained such a lasting appeal. Its Amulette de Cartier collection, in particular, is indicative of the brand’s desire to create pieces which can be worn by modern women in everyday life. The precious charms (officially launched on 1 April) are described by the house as “magical talismans” and encompass natural gemstones which carry their own hidden message or good luck charm. These have been set into pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings. From the opal symbolising happiness to the lapis lazuli (for serenity), find the one that encapsulates you. Amulette de Cartier collection, from £1,420; cartier.com

Cutting Edge 2001 was the year the first piece of Louis Vuitton jewellery was created: a Monogram bracelet. Featuring the house’s iconic LV initials, with alternating flowers in a circle and a star, this recognisable motif has since developed into five distinct ranges: Idylle, Sun, Star, Fusion and Dentelle. This year, the house releases the new Monogram Idylle collection:

The new contemporary collection of easy-to-wear jewels includes hoop earrings, charm necklaces and stackable rings, all of which feature three shades of gold: yellow gold for the diamond, rose gold for the star and white gold for the round flower.

Beneath the Rose

Pink sapphires – although historically less well-known than their blue counterparts – have recently been gaining popularity in the jewellery world, largely because of their similarity to pink diamonds (and their comparatively lower price point). Luxury British brand William & Son has chosen to pay homage to the gemstones’ natural beauty in a new high jewellery collection, Beneath the Rose. It takes its name from the phrase Sub Rosa – which refers to an act of secrecy and dates back to Roman and Greek mythology – as the company wished to highlight its commitment to exclusivity when it comes to its bespoke commissions. The sapphires have all been rose-cut and many of the pieces are set in rose gold, heightening the femininity of the collection which includes a spectacular large pink sapphire necklace, as well as a tennis bracelet, earrings and rings. Beneath the Rose, POA; williamandson.com

Working Progress Last year saw luxury jeweller D’Joya celebrating Antoni Gaudi’s birthday with a one-off fine jewellery collection inspired by the revered architect’s work. Continuing its appreciation of architecture, the latest bespoke range draws on iconic buildings around the world, and each piece incorporates a priceless jewel. The grandeur of the Duomo cathedral has been reimagined into a Gothic-style pendant featuring salt-water pearls, diamonds and a princess diamond centrepiece, set on a trinity motif, while the exquisite windows of SainteChapelle are referenced in an ornate diamond ring. The collection has launched as five pieces but with plans to build on it over time. djoya.com




Time After a year of working tirelessly, Baselworld is the time when the pinnacle figures of the high jewellery industry come together to reveal their latest creations. From show-stopping timepieces to one-of-a-kind suites and never-before-seen stones, Olivia Sharpe presents the jewels which dazzled us most this year This page/ 18-karat white gold necklace with diamonds and a graduation of South Sea and Tahitian pearls, Yoko London Opposite, clockwise from top left/ Sapphire and diamond double brooch with secret watch, Graff Diamonds; Garden necklace in satin yellow gold with white diamonds, blue topaz, tsavorite and orange sapphires, Roberto Coin; Rare Touch gold mesh bolero jacket, Jacob & Co; Fiori in Fiore necklace, Pasquale Bruni; Jeux du Contraire ring, Sicis Jewels; Frog ring, from the Animalier collection, Roberto Coin; Héra the peacock ring, from the Animaux de Collection, Boucheron; Summers in Provence high jewellery timepiece, Fabergé; Snake skinny bracelets, Messika Joaillerie; Première Rock timepiece in pastel blue leather and steel triplerow chain, Chanel; Pensée de Diamants bracelet, Boucheron


The Transformers When spending an astronomical amount of money on a piece of fine jewellery, there is some comfort in knowing (for the buyer, at least) that it can be worn in more ways than one. Along with its Fascination watch, Graff Diamonds also brought out a sapphire and diamond double brooch with a secret watch, which can be worn in three different ways: as a single piece, as individual brooches or as a single brooch with a tassel. During Chanel’s S/S14 fashion show, Cara Delevingne sported the Première rock timepiece in black but, never one to be conventional, the supermodel wore the watch as a belt (there was more than one attached before you start panicking, ladies). This year, the house has released its latest version of this model in pastel blue. Messika has always succeeded in combining the traditions of high jewellery with contemporary designs; its skinny bracelets utilise an innovative technique which was patented by the house in 2007. This system of invisible nano-springs provide elasticity to the diamond strands, thereby giving the pieces flexibility. Founder of Jacob & Co, Jacob Arabo is well-known for his bold and daring creations and this year he unveiled two standout collections: Cerastes and Rare Touch. The latter includes a diamond mesh cuff that was worn by Madonna on her MDNA tour, and a bolero jacket made from gold and diamonds. Whatever will they think of next?

Super Natural It is no secret that flowers and nature have long been a source of inspiration for jewellers, and the Basel halls were once again bursting with pretty perennials, heralding the arrival of spring. Carla Amorim looked to her native Brazil for her Botanic fine jewellery collection, while Fabergé was drawn to summers in Provence for its new high jewellery watch; limited to just five pieces, the self-winding 37mm model includes a diamond-encrusted dial decorated with precious gemstones, mother-of-pearl flowers and turquoise leaves. At Roberto Coin, the jeweller refreshed his Garden collection to include an enchanting pendant featuring a beautiful blue topaz surrounded by tsavorites, white diamonds and orange sapphires. However, for us, the winner for the prettiest piece had to go to Pasquale Bruni; its new collection, Prato Fiorito, includes a stunning Fiori in Fiore necklace encompassing pink sapphires and diamonds, with a pavé flower and a drop of multifaceted morganite.


The Rarer, the Better Rare is a word that gets bandied around a lot in the Basel halls, as every year sees the most precious diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls displayed in all their glory. As part of its tenth anniversary collection launched this year, Parisian jeweller Valérie Messika created a ten-piece collection of unique high jewellery sets, which not only showcases the founder’s design talent but also the spectacular diamond, a stone that has always been very close to her heart (her father, Andre, is a key player in the diamond trade). The stunning Manchette Swan cuff design, which uses the graceful lines of marquise-cut stones to replicate the bird’s plumage, truly allows the diamonds to speak for themselves. Along with a number of emerald suites, Indian jeweller Amrapali paid tribute to its iconic lotus motif with an 18-karat yellow gold, ruby and diamond necklace. Every year, Japanese jeweller Mikimoto presents one-of-a-kind high jewellery pieces and this year, the Pearl Drape necklace was one of the most talked-about. Then again, its Legend necklace, featuring a captivating water opal and spectacular 24mm Baroque South Sea pearl, certainly lived up to its name. Yoko London showcased its impressive collection of pearls in all shapes, sizes and colour varieties, bringing out natural pink Freshwater pearls and dark grey Tahitian pearls in new, contemporary designs.

Blue Steel We journalists have a habit of pulling trends out of thin air, but when it came to this year’s Basel, there was undisputedly a recurring theme: and this was the colour blue. As well as being the bezel colour of choice for several new watch models, blue gemstones also played a key role in this year’s jewellery collections, ranging from sapphires and topazes to Paraiba tourmalines and lapis lazuli. Well-known for her playful designs, French jeweller Lydia Courteille unleashed an octopus pendant but what made this underwater creature truly captivating was its array of sapphires in deep shades of blue, green and violet, plus a dazzling opal. Sutra Jewels has never been one to shy away from colour, and the brand certainly demonstrated it this year with its new turquoise necklace (predicted to be the next 'in' stone), a piece that has since been listed as one of the show's favourites. Chopard revisited its iconic Happy Hearts collection by bringing out new pieces featuring the openwork hearts motif also in turquoise, and for its high jewellery range, it unveiled the 41.57-carat oval Paraiba tourmaline ring. In order not to detract attention away from this exceptional stone, the simple design features a slender lacework ribbon of diamonds. Finally, Stephen Webster lived up to his reputation for being a rocks god with his new Gold Struck collection; inspired by the Cheapside Hoard (the world’s largest cache of Elizabethan and Jacobean jewellery discovered in London more than 100 years ago), it includes the electrifying finger ring set with turquoise, amethyst, tanzanite and blue topaz.

Clockwise from top left/ Ruby necklace, Amrapali; Manchette Swan bracelet, Messika Joaillerie; Haute Joaillerie Temptations earrings, Chopard; Turquoise necklace, Sutra Jewels; Octopus pendant, Lydia Courteille; Gold Struck finger ring, and Lady Stardust earrings with pink sapphires, amethysts and white diamonds, both Stephen Webster; 18-karat white gold, diamonds and South Sea and natural colour Freshwater pearl ring, and 18-karat white gold, diamonds and natural colour pink Freshwater pearl earrings, both Yoko London; Pearl drape necklace with Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds, Mikimoto


Time is Precious

Legends of the Hall At this year’s Baselworld there was a definite feeling of nostalgia in the air. Rather than brands showing off with one-of-a-kind pieces in order to make headlines, many were instead paying tribute to their heritage. British jeweller Garrard commemorated its 280th anniversary with two new collections: the Regal Waterfall collection reinterprets two historic symbols relating to the brand (the Regal and Waterfall motifs), while the second collection, Bow, presents a modern interpretation of three diamond brooches Garrard designed for Queen Victoria in 1858. Spanish jeweller Carrera y Carrera similarly delved into the past in order to mark its 130th birthday, launching the Universo collection. This has been inspired by an old travel diary owned by an adventurer who was fascinated by a 2,600 year-old sculpture discovered in Spain in 1897; the Lady of Elche. Rather than launching an entirely new collection, Marco Bicego instead updated those that have won the jeweller a loyal fanbase over the years, including his oldest, Paradise (launched 12 years ago), which has been slightly adapted to include larger coloured stone pieces. The jeweller’s Marrakech collection did see an entirely new piece unveiled this year – a woven white gold bracelet – but even this turned out to be a subtle homage to the brand’s history, with each of the 15 strands representing a year since the company was first founded.

While jewellery and watches are typically divided into separate camps, what happens when the worlds of haute joaillerie and horologie come together? While we were relieved to see that watchmakers are finally realising that women no longer just value a watch for its number of diamonds, this doesn’t mean to say that we can’t all appreciate a bit of bling. And who better to do this than the king of diamonds himself, Laurence Graff? The jeweller followed his £33 million headlinemaking Hallucination watch, launched last year, with the Fascination model; worth $40 million, it features an astounding 38.13-carat D Flawless pearshape diamond at its centre that can be removed and converted into a bracelet or ring. Both Harry Winston and Boucheron captured our imaginations with their own interpretations of the secret watch, the former having created the aptly-named The Jeweller's Secret; inside what appears to be a make-up compact (an exquisite mother-of-pearl, pink sapphire and diamond case) is a delicate pocket watch. Boucheron nearly stole the limelight with its Lierre de Lumière timepiece. This true work of art took about 650 hours to make and has a total of 1,223 stones. With such beauty and artistry on show, both jewellers and watchmakers have truly surpassed themselves this year.

Clockwise from top left/ Regal Waterfall earrings, Garrard; Garza sculpture, Carrera y Carrera; Bow necklace with South Sea and Ashoka pearls, and white diamonds, Garrard; Lierre de Lumière secret timepiece, Boucheron; Mademoiselle Privé Coromandel timepiece in 18-karat beige sculpted gold, Chanel; The Jeweller’s Secret, Harry Winston; Limited-edition gold Fox watch, from Sicis O’Clock, SICIS Jewels; VIII Grand Bal Cancan watch in pink gold, white ceramic, feathers and diamonds, Dior; Fascination watch, Graff; Marrakech white gold and diamond bracelet, Marco Bicego; Blue sapphire ring with white gold and diamonds, Garrard


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SHOW Each Spring, Basel becomes a hive buzzing with watch aficionados as buyers, journos and collectors amass for the world’s largest watch fair. Amid the classic and the contemporary, the refined and the sublime, these were the watches that most caught our eye. Richard Brown reports

The biggest news from Baselworld 2015 was that TAG Heuer will be partnering with Google and Intel to produce a smart watch. Interesting not for the product itself – we are still yet to see it – but for what the collaboration reveals about the Swiss mechanical watch industry. Which is that it’s nervous. It won’t tell you so, but in the wake of the Apple Watch, it is. With the quartz crisis still fresh in the minds of the industry’s leading stalwarts, brands are seeking to protect themselves against the greatest threat they’ve faced for 30 years. And while Swatch, Breitling, Montblanc and Frederique Constant have all, in some way, embraced the digital, it is TAG that’s spearheading the Apple counter-attack face-on. “We don’t know for the moment if the [digital] market exists,” TAG’s general director Guy Sémon admitted to Wired magazine. And yet, revealing the collaboration with Google, LVMH watch chief JeanClaude Biver hailed it as the “biggest announcement” of his 40 year career – quite the sound-bite from the mouth of a man who, having sat at the helm of Blancpain, Omega and Hublot, is widely considered as the grandfather of the modern watch industry. ‘Innovation’ is the word touted most among watch manufacturers. The next two years will be the time for brands to prove it’s more than a frivolous buzzword. In the meantime, here’s what mesmerised us from the world of the mechanical.


1. Patravi ScubaTec £16,500, Carl F. Bucherer Equipped with a helium valve, luminescent hands, an ultra-precise, automatic movement and rugged rubber strap, the Patravi ScubaTec is well-spec’d for life underwater. It looks pretty special on dry land too.

2. Classic Fusion Enamel Britto £41,000 (in platinum), Hublot After partnering to produce last year’s multicoloured World Cup football, Hublot has again joined forces with Brazilian cubist artist Romero Britto. The result is a beguiling, brightly-coloured piece of pop art.

3. Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time £85,800, H. Moser & Cie. Moser’s Venturer Tourbillon Dual Time takes us back to the convex shapes that were popular in the 1960s. Its hands and dial are curved at the edges to follow the curvature of the rounded sapphire crystal that sits above.

4. Calatrava Pilot Travel Time £31,120, Patek Philippe Yes, that does say Patek Philippe on the dial. A pilot’s watch is perhaps not what you’d expect from the brand, which is half of the appeal. The other half is its bold, 42mm size and classically masculine design.

5. Chamber of Wonders New World £31,300, Girard-Perregaux The trio of watches comprising Girard-Perregaux’s Chamber of Wonders collection immortalise the worlds imagined by ancient cartographers. The dial of the New World (pictured) blends tones of blue and pink aventurine, calcite and Canadian nephrite and takes around 95 hours to create.

6. PanoReserve £15,800, Glashütte Original One of the best-looking watches at this year’s Baselworld was Glashütte Original’s PanoReserve. A head-turner by anyone’s standards, the watch is now

available cased in red gold with a matte-black dial or in stainless steel with a deep-blue dial. The black version wins it by a whisker.

7. Lux Sable £12,400, Nomos Glashütte A lady looking to avoid the usual suspects when choosing a wristwatch might like to consider Nomos Glashütte. The Lux Sable comes with a manual-winding movement, Art-Deco-inspired case and in lesser-spotted aubergine.

8. Pontos S Regatta £5,800, Maurice Lacroix Implausibly light thanks to its forged-carbon case, the Pontos S Regatta features a ten-minute countdown indication at 12 o’clock, allowing sailors to keep track of time in the minutes they spend jostling for position before a race. A 45mm diameter and luminescent-coated hands add extra visibility.

9. El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition £8,100, Zenith Should you ever need to time something to a fifth-ofa-second, the 300 measurement divisions on Zenith’s Chronomaster 1969 Tour Auto Edition will allow you to do so. Alternatively, simply sit back and drink in its sporty styling.

10. Aquis Depth Gauge £2,300 Oris This patented diver’s watch measures depth using a unique gauge built into the sapphire crystal that allows water to enter the watch, the first timepiece in history to do so (intentionally, anyway). It comes with both a stainless steel and a rubber strap. Choose the rubber.


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Watch and jewellery specialist Fraser Hart has been trading in luxury timepieces since 1936. Following Baselworld, its team of experts presents its own ‘best in show’ guide

11. Day Date 40 £41,700, Rolex Chris Haynes, watch specialist at Brent Cross: “Rolex’s Day-Date 40 returns to the timeless proportions of the original. Inside is Rolex’s next-generation movement, a phenomenally well-engineered mechanism that promises timekeeping that is twice as good as the current movement, 15 per cent more efficient and will keep going for 70 hours off the wrist. A new benchmark has been set and this will filter through the rest of the range in the coming years.”

12. Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy £4,630, Omega George Komodromou, merchandise planning manager: “This was my favourite watch of Baselworld 2015 because it’s not only a cool-looking watch but it also has a great story behind it, being a tribute to the 45th anniversary of the legendary Apollo 13 mission. The enamel (Snoopy) case back is a great finish too.”

13. Pelagos £3,020, Tudor Jason Evans, Swansea store manager: “We saw lots of titanium at Baselworld this year but there was just something special about the Tudor Pelagos. Not only is it a superb-looking watch and comfortable at the deepest depths, but it has an urban coolness combined with a vintage feel. I can see this watch becoming a

timeless classic and as soon as I was able to get this watch on my wrist I knew I was sold.”

14. Dolcevita £2,130, Longines Susan Knights, head of ecommerce: “My favourite watch would have to be the Longines Dolcevita. I love how the curved rectangular face sits comfortably on my wrist while the delicate dial and polished bracelet mean I can take it from day to night. With timeless elegance, this would definitely be my personal choice.”

15. Elite 6150 £5,600, Zenith Brian Bailey, Kingston store manager: “Since its launch in 1994, the Zenith Elite has retained its reputation as a high-end, classical timepiece. The new Elite 6150 goes that little bit further with a slightly larger 42mm case housing a self-winding movement that has an incredible 100-hour power reserve – a first for the Elite range. I adore the simplicity and elegance of this watch as well as its ultra-thin design. The cambered dial is punctuated by sleek, graceful hands, which will appeal to all watch enthusiasts looking for that understated, elegant look.”


16. The Maestro Frank Sinatra Limited Edition £975, Raymond Weil Jim Sharples, regional manager: “For me, Raymond Weil has stolen the show. Its continued link with music is reinforced by its new association with Gibson guitars and the Gibson watch; its support of the Sinatra 100th birthday this December; its limited Sinatra watch (limited to 1,212 pieces); and the extension to the Tocatta range with the new watch supported by Nicola Benedetti. If this isn’t enough, it has also launched a stunning Piper pilot watch. Well done to all at RW. Exciting times ahead.”

17. Navitimer 01 Limited Edition £7,190, Breitling Adam Obernik, junior watch buyer: “My standout Basel watch is the Breitling Navitimer 01 Blue edition with a diameter of 43mm because it’s so slick! This is an exclusive version of the legendary Navitimer with a black dial featuring blue counters and an inner bezel. The movement is a Breitling in-house manufacture Calibre 01 visible through a transparent case back. With only 1,000 pieces being produced worldwide, this makes it a highly-sought-after limitededition Breitling for this year and we will be lucky enough to have these at Fraser Hart.”

18. B55 Price TBA, Breitling Dan Bailes, Solihull store manager: “It’s so exciting that real watchmakers are now stepping into the smart watch/phone era. Bearing this in mind, my Basel watch choice has to be the new Breitling B55. Using a Breitling app on your smartphone and a

Bluetooth link to your phone, this piece allows you to not only manage your alarm and time zones from your watch via the app, but also to record flight times. It perfectly links Breitling’s history of aviation to a smart watch.”

19. Seamaster Aqua Terra £4,630, Omega Stephen Douglas, logistics manager: “Having always been a fan of Omega, and after spending my childhood playing the part of a secret agent, the logical watch for me is the new Omega Bond watch. With the move away from the traditional Seamaster and Planet Ocean, this watch is a little more discreet than the limited-edition pieces of previous years. The contrast between the blue and yellow on the dial gives a modern twist on a classic design. This, all combined with the reliability of Omega, makes it my watch of choice this year.”

20. Carrera Cara Delevingne Edition £3,150, TAG Heuer Myalee Sofield, head of buying: “The TAG Heuer Carrera Cara Delevingne Edition is based on the 41mm steel Lady Carrera but has a titanium-carbide coating and anthracite dial with rose gold-plated indices and hands, making it light and versatile to wear no matter what the occasion. There are two models; one with a diamond-studded bezel and one without diamonds. I love the strap version which has padded calfskin with the diamond-shaped chequerboard stitching. Each strap also carries Cara’s signature on the reverse side and the case back features her trademark Lion tattoo.” To find your local Fraser Hart store, visit fraserhart.co.uk




The Blue Hour

Portugieser Party

A relatively under-the-radar brand in Britain, Junghans has been a purveyor of slim-line, pared-back precision instruments since 1861. Based in Schramberg in Germany, the company remains independently owned and is highly respected within watch circles. Junghans’ Meister watches debuted in the 1930s, were refined during the 1960s and remain the company’s principal collection. In celebration of what Junghans calls the ‘blue hour’ – the brief moment only observed during sunrise and sunset – this year sees the Meister range presented with a deep-blue dial, adding an additional elegance to a enduringly smart aesthetic.

For the Chinese, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. For IWC, it’s the Year of the Portugieser. Celebrating its 75th birthday, the brand’s most prestigious range of timepieces has been modernised with a host of design and technical updates. Most recently reworked is the Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer. With a 24-hour dial, it offers 13 time zones, with each location named on the outer ring. The limited-edition model is available in a run of 100 red gold cases and 500 stainless steel cases. Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer, £18,750 (red gold), £7,500 (stainless steel); iwc.com

Meister range, from £1,550 junghans.de

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

The Big Bang is the most recognisable model in Hublot’s range, and this one is a real favourite. Combining steel, ceramic, resin, rubber and carbon fibre, this variant is inspired by the world of motorsport. A watch on the cutting edge of design and fashion.

Big Bang, £11,000, hublot.com


A Question of Sport Every watch brand has a creation that defines it; a preeminent collection that shapes the association between company and consumer. In Audemars Piguet’s case, that’s the Royal Oak and its sportier sister the Royal Oak Offshore, whose latest incarnation is the Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph. Driven by a peripheral oscillating weight in satin-brushed 950 platinum, the watch comprises 335 parts and a tourbillon carriage that takes a watchmaker three days to assemble. Water resistant to 100 metres and protected by a forged-carbon case and screwlocked crown, it’s a watch that’s meant to be worn, whatever the terrain. Royal Oak Offshore Selfwinding Tourbillon Chronograph, £201,200; audemarspiguet.com

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Fashion Forward Earlier this year, the Fashion Illustration Gallery found a second London residence within The Shop at Bluebird; its Mayfair gallery deals in prints, drawings, collages and paintings by some of the world’s most illustrious fashion illustrators, including K&C Magazine interviewee David Downton, Tanya Ling and the late Antonio Lopez. The unique skill of these artists has been called upon by almost every major fashion house and industry publication and now their work is on show here in Chelsea to be admired, and bought. Over the next 14 months, the gallery will be hosting a series of projects and events that aim to provide an education into this particular art form for Bluebird customers and the general public alike. theshopatbluebird.com / fashionillustrationgallery.com

TSAB Fashion Illustration Gallery, David Downton, 100 years, 2008


Illustration: Mai Osawa

Prepared For Battle This spring, the Little Black Gallery will be hosting Bulletproof, a unique photographic collection by Australian artist Vee Speers. Essentially, this exhibition began seven years ago in another Speers exhibition entitled The Birthday Party; young children – the subjects of Bulletproof – were photographed on their way to an imaginary party. Now they are in a transitional stage of adolescence and, although Speers aims to immortalise fragile moments of innocence and youth, her subjects appear strong, proud and equipped. They are armed for a battle that represents life and the challenges it will inevitably bring as they continue to mature.


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Bulletproof, 28 April – 16 May, at The Little Black Gallery 3A Park Walk, SW10 thelittleblackgallery.com All images © Vee Speers

Under One Roof This new concept store in South Kensington, ICONAU, is a one-stop shop for fashion-forward and beauty-conscious women. When you’ve finished perusing the ground floor boutique's selection of contemporary Australian designers such as Sass & Bide and Josh Goot (no doubt adding a few pieces to your summer wardrobe), indulge in a treatment downstairs in the beauty salon. The highly experienced team are sure to make any spending-induced pangs of guilt drift away. Iconau, 70 Gloucester Road, SW7; iconau.london

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Bird’s Eye View We are witnessing one of the greatest grouse eras of all time; in light of this, an exhibition succinctly titled A Celebration of Grouse will soon be on show at one of our favourite local design houses, Patrick Mavros. The exhibition will present wildlife photographer Tarquin Millington-Drake’s stunning grouse images, a selection of Churchill shotguns and silver sculptures of the bird by Patrick Mavros. Visitors will also have the opportunity to find out more about the sporting opportunities offered by E.J. Churchill, an award-winning clay pigeon shooting ground. According to the experts, May is a crucial time on the moor for grouse, so there’s no better a time to appreciate this revered bird.

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The Sport of Kings Now in its eighth year, the St Regis International Cup marks the beginning of the highly-anticipated (and ever glamorous) polo season. The opening international test match will take place on the emerald-green lawn at Cowdray Park and the talented Audi England team will take on The Americas. Expect to witness some high-octane polo and indulge in the satisfying sideline sport of people-watching, this being an event penned in the diaries of many a famous face; in the past, it has welcomed Rosamund Pike, David Gandy and Poppy Delevingne. Guests can also make the most of trade stands, bars, food and entertainment; for those who book in advance, front row picnic positions are available.

A Celebration of Grouse, 5-6 May Patrick Mavros, 104-106 Fulham Road, SW3 (free but necessary to register interest at concierge@patrickmavros.com) Photography: Tarquin Millington-Drake

St Regis International Cup, 16 May stregis.com/polo

Blinded by the Lights In its electrifying 11th year, Symphonic Rock is returning to the Royal Albert Hall this May. For one evening only the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra moves away from its classical roots and instead will blast its way through classic rock and pop anthems by Eric Clapton, Coldplay, Adele, Elbow, Bon Jovi, U2, Queen and Led Zeppelin, to name but a few. New on the programme this year is a special tribute to The Beatles, whereby the British band’s most classic hits such as All You Need Is Love, I Want To Hold Your Hand and Let It Be will be performed. Each song is accompanied by a light show that adds to the great atmosphere of this spectacular evening. Symphonic Rock, 1 May; tickets from £19 to £62 royalalberthall.com

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Nikki Stevens' Gone Tomorrow will soon take up residency at Cricket Fine Art, showcasing large-scale paintings of animals that have been painted alongside and on top of scientific graphs, mathematical equations, and man-made symbols and formulas. Nikki aims to highlight the growing obsession humanity has with data and the extent to which the natural world is changing as a result of it. “Big cats no longer walk on the wild side; they roam freely amongst the signs and symbols of a carefully constructed society,” she says. The London-based artist’s watercolour work has attracted collectors from around the world and has also won her numerous awards.

On 14 May Uri Gellar, an internationally acclaimed illusionist who was taught by Salvador Dali, will open the boutique International Art Fair taking place at the prestigious Royal College of Art. Despite many of the 60 participating galleries being UK-based, artists from all around the world will be represented. The fair is an opportunity to speak to knowledgeable exhibitors, browse pieces that belong to different disciplines and also add to collections. Oils, original prints, watercolour pieces, drawings, collage, photography and sculpture at the fair span from 1900 to the present day, making for a very eclectic selection of pieces.

Gone Tomorrow, 20-30 May Cricket Fine Art, Chelsea, SW10 cricketfineart.co.uk

International Art Fair, 14-17 May Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, SW7 20-21intartfair.com (admission £8)

From top/ Paper Tiger X; Vortex Cheetah

Contemplative Creations The Flying Colours Gallery recently hosted a successful exhibition of the BP Portrait Award finalist Jennifer Anderson. This was the Scottish artist’s first solo show in eight years and it showcased nearly 30 new and never-beforeseen figurative paintings; these are sensitive and soft, depicting women “wrapped up in their own contemplative dream-world”. As well as painting on canvas, Anderson has used ceramic tiles and metals as media. As the women in Anderson’s paintings are surrounded by space and not all of their body is shown, viewers are encouraged to consider what may be going on beyond the parameters of the picture. Flying Colours Gallery, 6 Burnsall Street, SW3 flyingcoloursgallery.com

Jennifer Anderson. Looking Glass

A Helping Hand Kensington and Chelsea’s Arts Grants Scheme for 2015-16 is now open to artists and organisations that are looking to receive funding for projects. Individuals can apply for grants for up to £1,000 and organisations for up to £3,000. Although there is no specific criteria for entry, the Royal Borough’s commitment stems from its belief that art events benefit the local area and its residents, so all entries must make their proposed benefits clear. Applicants are advised to discuss their planned project with a member of the arts team prior to submission. Visit the website for more details.

From top/ Maria Rivans 'Lexie'; A Touch of Passion; Dodo Burgner 'Two women in conversation'


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Inside Look It’s been 150 years since Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and, to mark the occasion, the V&A Museum of Childhood will showcase an exhibition entitled The Alice Look. A number of garments, photographs, rare editions and illustrations will show Alice in a new light, depicting her as a follower of fashion, demonstrating the extent to which she has influenced the fashion industry herself and how, for the benefit of contemporary audiences, the character has been sartorially kept upto-date. Thus, as well as honouring the original character envisioned by Caroll, modern interpretations such as Annie Liebovitz’s photographs for US Vogue, book cover designs by Dame Vivienne Westwood and examples within popular culture will all be on display. Curiouser and curiouser, indeed. The Alice Look, 2 May – 1 November V&A Museum of Childhood museumofchildhood.org.uk Clockwise from left/ Alice in Wonderland, Juvenile Productions 1950s; Alice in Wonderland, The Little Blue Library, published by The Little Blue Book Company 1928; Baby the stars shine bright, Kumiko Uehara, Japan. 2011 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London (costume)

Wander In Image courtesy of Mulberry

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Until 2 May, the Saatchi Gallery is playing host to Wanderland, an exhibition that provides a unique insight into the world of Hermès and the fashion house’s Parisian roots. The 11-room installation set has been designed by Hubert le Gall and is inspired by the liberating urban art of wandering. Each room has a different Paris-inspired landscape as its backdrop and includes intriguing objects such as a deck of cards or a pair of boots that have been taken from the Hermès achive, the museum collection of Emile Hermès and Hermes’ contemporary collections. Make sure you catch the exhibition before it makes its way to Paris and Milan. Wanderland, until 2 May Duke Of York's HQ, King's Road, SW3 saatchigallery.com

London Craft Week is in its inaugural year; the non-profit initiative celebrates London as a creative hub for craftsmanship and provides the 35,000 craftsmen currently working in the UK a platform from which to showcase their skills. The week-long programme has been carefully curated to communicate the magic and attention to detail involved in craft and consists of galleries and workshops hosting events at a number of different events across London. Demonstrations are also being shown in department stores such as Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges, and shops like Soane Britain and Mulberry. Wherever you happen to be during this action-packed week of May in London, you can be sure to catch something exciting. London Craft Week, 6-10 May londoncraftweek.com

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Enchanted Gardens Residents of Chelsea who were unlucky enough to miss out on a Flower Show ticket can still enjoy floral delights locally thanks to Chelsea In Bloom. Annabel Harrison takes a closer look I must confess; I can get rather lost in a good fairy tale. Recent film adaptations of old favourites – Sleeping Beauty reinterpreted as Maleficent and several Grimm Brothers’ stories woven together for Into the Woods – have been hugely popular with viewers of all ages, showing that adults can benefit from a couple of hours of escapism just as much as the children do. So we’re delighted by this year’s theme for the festival of floral art that is Chelsea in Bloom; Cadogan has chosen Fairy Tales, following Creation in Colour last year and Chelsea Through the Ages in 2013. Retailers on the Cadogan Estate, encompassing Sloane Street, Sloane Square and Duke of York Square, have been tasked with creating magical shop fronts to reflect the

Last year Kate Spade was the receipent of Chelsea in Bloom’s Gold Award enchanting world of make-believe; we expect them to draw upon the familiar motifs of tangled love affairs between princes, princesses and zealous suitors, the ever-present ‘good versus evil’ conflict and uplifting rags-to-riches tales. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show sells out well in advance due to huge demand for tickets so Chelsea in Bloom, now in its tenth year, is a wonderful (and free) way to feel involved even if you won’t set foot inside the show grounds at Chelsea Hospital. The artisticallyinspired event runs annually in support of the Flower Show in the local area (18-24 May) and enthusiastically ensures, as Cadogan explains, “that the whole of Chelsea celebrates the world-famous Flower Show as inventive floral displays spill out on to the streets”. The displays are judged by an expert panel and last year New York fashion brand Kate Spade, located on Sloane Square, was the recipient of the Gold Award. Its eye-catchingly vibrant, Rio-inspired display of flowers and birds of paradise, really ran with the Creation in Colour theme. Silver was awarded to Liz Earle for a cheery blue, purple and yellow ‘wish you were here?’

beachside scene, complete with sunloungers, seagull and lemonade cart in the brand’s signature turquoise hue. L.K.Bennett in Duke of York Square was very successful, scooping both the Bronze and the People’s Champion Awards; buds and blossoms bursting through the shop-front windows, as if being squeezed out of a tube of paint, were used to create a veritable explosion of colour. The People’s Champion Award is chosen by members of the public, so visit the website to ensure your favourite is in with a chance. Make sure you clear enough space in your diary to spend a whole afternoon in Chelsea when the Flower Show has rolled into town because, as well as all the retail therapy in the area and the beautiful Fairy Tales window displays, of course, a multitude of other family-friendly Chelsea in Bloom activities will be on offer, including free rickshaw rides, guided tours and (essential) pop-up champagne bars. Many restaurants and bars not officially involved will also enter into the floral spirit with themed drinks, dishes and menus. chelseainbloom.co.uk


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French Sole, 2007

Kate Spade, 2014 (Gold Award)

Ted Baker, 2012

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Celebrating Crafts Put a date in your diary for COLLECT 2015, the international art fair for contemporary objects at the Saatchi Gallery. Held over three days, and celebrating its 12th year, the fair shows museum-quality works from a variety of artists and craft-makers. “COLLECT is at the heart of the Crafts Council’s mission to make the UK the best place to make, see, collect and learn about contemporary craft,” enthuses Rosy Greenlees, executive director of Crafts Council. This year also sees the return of Project Space, situated on the top floor, with artists showcasing their exciting new works alongside the latest Crafts Council Touring Exhibition, I AM HERE, at COLLECT Open, featuring jewellery from some of the world’s leading craftspeople. COLLECT 2015, 8-11 May (free entry) Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, SW3 4RY craftscouncil.org.uk

Clockwise from top right/ Katrin Spranger, View of the CCD#1 honey jewellery installation in Munich during Schmuck at Bucks N Barter, 2013; Echoes of Light, Tim Rawlinson, 2014, represented at COLLECT by The Gallery at London Glassblowing. Photography: Ester Segarra, £3,200; Julia Manheim, Bangle, 1985. CC Collection. Courtesy of Crafts Council and Todd White Art Photography; Hold Out Your Hands, Adi Toch, represented at COLLECT by Bishopsland; Lynn Chadwick, Oblong B Ring, 1970-1. 18-karat gold. Edition of 40. Courtesy of Pangolin London and the artist’s estate; Gareth Neal & Zaha Hadid, Tall Black Vessel and Oak Low Vessel, represented at COLLECT by Sarah Myerscough. Photography: Petr Krejci.

with art dealer Robert Young on his new Folk Art exhibition following his gallery’s refurbishment Q. When did you first become interested in folk art? A. My love affair with folk art began in my teens when I bought a dugout chair that I saw in a shop window. Function and wear tell much of the story of ancient hand-made pieces, for they help to make direct links to the past, to the person who made them and the people who used them. Q. How would you explain folk art’s current huge popularity? A. In recent years many younger people have been visiting our gallery. They have been attracted by the originality and power of folk art, which looks terrific when incorporated into both traditional and modern spaces and when juxtaposed with contemporary design. Part of folk art’s allure

capture our imagination and it is often texture and imperfections that make something sexy. Q. Has the market for folk art changed in recent years? A. When we began dealing in the 1970s, there was little demand for primitive art and vernacular furniture. At the time, other dealers and collectors felt that folk art was not refined enough for the major antique fairs. This has now changed, with rustic art commanding high prices and attracting serious interest at major art and antique fairs like Masterpiece London, where we will be exhibiting again this June. Above/ Frock-coated man astride a spotted horse,c.1820, of Swedish origin is that it appeals to the child in us. We spend our time looking for unusual, individual and creatively designed and conceived pieces that

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Art Around the World

If you’d like to buy someone an original, quirky present, then head for the Spring Fair organised by Selvedge magazine at Chelsea Town Hall on 25 April. The fair offers a carefully curated mix of antique textiles and handcrafted materials so whether you’re searching for something with which to make your own dress or cushions, or unusual accessories such as hand-woven baskets, you’re bound to find inspiration among the 90 stands. Meet the makers of unusual products like Hanny Newton’s hand-embroidered bow ties, Grain and Knot’s individually carved spoons and bowls, and Rebecca Brown’s beautifully painted ceramics. Your purchase from one of these craftspeople could one day become a folk art treasure. Swap ideas over tea and cupcakes in the charming pop-up café.

Over three days, Art15 – which is sponsored by Citi Private Bank – “offers a unique perspective as a truly global art fair,” says event director Kate Bryan. Visitors can expect to see world-class art courtesy of 134 exhibitors from 41 countries, all delighted to share their specialised knowledge with you. “The art world is now flat – with Asia as important as Europe. Art15 recognises this,” adds Philip Dodd, Chair of Art 15’s Advisory Board. If you happen to be looking for a wedding or anniversary present for clued-up art-loving friends this is the fair for you. Prices range from an affordable £50 to £10,000 and highlights include vibrantly colourful new work from celebrated British painter Stella Vine. A lively programme of free events comprising talks, films, projects and art demonstrations will take place throughout the fair.

Selvedge Spring Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, Old Kings Road, SW3 5EE. Tickets are available online (selvedge.org) £5 in advance or £7.50 on the door

Art15, 21-23 May Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX artfairslondon.com

Creative Flair

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Sensing Space Explore SPACE at the 286 Gallery this May. A new exhibition curated by artist Cat Madden brings together young artists and designers who have different ways of working with space. From photographs evoking the tranquillity a person can experience in the vastness of space, and textile and jewellery work to much more enveloping painting and sculptural work, the exhibition will offer a diversity of creative expressions with which to engage. By fusing different materials and methods together and playing with scale, texture and time, Gallery 286 will become part of the artwork too. Not all the decisions we make are conscious, and it is these subconscious memories and instinctive reactions to shape, light and space that visitors to SPACE are invited to experience first-hand. SPACE, 3-15 May Jonathan Ross Gallery, 286 Earls Court Road, SW5 020 7370 2239; gallery286.com Open Wednesdays 12-6pm.Viewing by appointment at other times. Email jross@gallery286.com to receive invitations to Private Views

AUCTIONS: MOST WANTED Fit for an Emperor The two scroll paintings up for auction were the property of British diplomat Cedric Maby and his wife Anne, who lived in China between 1930 and 1957. Maby studied Mandarin, developed a keen interest in Chinese culture and collected paintings and ceramics. “The painter is Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), who is considered one of China’s greatest modern masters. He was a versatile artist and worked in many different styles, but he is particularly known for his landscapes, of which this is an early example painted circa 1930,” comments Kate Hunt, from Christie’s South Kensington. While Zhang Daqian’s works were largely enjoyed by the literati and scholarly classes, the handscroll of female immortals would have been painted with the tastes of China’s wealthy 19th century merchant classes in mind. The subject matter depicts the Queen Mother of the West, known in China as Xiwang Mu, together with all her beautiful attendants. The painting on silk is very long – nearly 11 feet in length – and is in fabulous condition. Its format is intended to tantalise the viewer to gradually unroll the handscroll and enjoy it in sections. The paintings are just two of nearly 600 lots in the Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles sale at Christie’s South Kensington on 12 and 15 May, which include works spanning three millennia of Chinese art. Description (right): Hanging scroll, ink and colour on paper, painted by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), inscribed and signed with two seals of the artist On sale: 12-15 May 2015, Christie’s South Kensington at the Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles sale Estimate: £40,000 to £60,000


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House Rules As Christie’s South Kensington celebrates its 40th birthday, Jack Watkins speaks to chairman Nic McElhatton about his rise from humble porter, the birth of Antiques Roadshow and Queen Victoria’s bloomers “I think there’s a perception that Christie’s is a bit of a club, that’s it’s ‘too posh to shop’,” says Nic McElhatton, chairman of the longestablished auction company’s branch in Old Brompton Road. “But I like to describe Christie’s South Kensington as an alternative museum within the SW7 cultural hub of the V&A, Natural History and Science Museums. Anyone can come in free of charge, and if they were to visit once a week, they’d see something different each time they walked through the door.” It was such diversity, from theatrical and pop memorabilia to Asian fabrics, old clocks and Victorian sporting art, which entranced Nic when he first joined the company 30 years ago. Having acquired a degree in fine arts, he’d been a figurative painter with a studio on the quayside in Newcastle overlooking the Tyne for three years, before following his future wife, a stage manager he encountered while doing a temporary job at the Newcastle Playhouse, back to London. Struggling to find motivation for his painting, he applied to leading auction houses Bonhams, Sotheby’s, Phillips and Christie’s for a job. The latter was the only one to reply, offering him a temporary post as a porter, which soon became a permanent one. Also taken on as a porter that same day was Edward Dolman, who went on to become chief executive. These days, porters are called arts handlers and applicants are so highly qualified Nic reckons he’d struggle to get a foot in the door – but you sense he has never lost the wonder he first felt when joining the company all those years ago. On the wall of his office is a copy of Thomas Gainsborough’s portrait of James Christie, a former Navy midshipman who’d worked for a Covent Garden

auctioneer before founding the now-historic fine arts auction business in 1766. Gainsborough was a neighbour, and Christie counted Sir Joshua Reynolds as another friend. “He was selling the work of artists who were his contemporaries in auctions and he was really the first person to do that,” says Nic. “We follow his ethos even today.” Even so, Christie’s South Kensington is a relatively new establishment in the company’s now-international portfolio of branches, which includes salerooms as far afield as Shanghai and Dubai. For nearly 200 years, the London headquarters of Christie’s has been in King Street, Mayfair. However, the growth of the collectibles market in the mid-1970s found the company struggling to cope with volume and therefore looking to open a new saleroom. It acquired the Old Brompton Road auctioneer Debenham Coe, and the first sale on the new site was to epitomise the enduring eclecticism of Christie’s South Kensington. Held in March 1975, it was described in the catalogue as a ‘Sale of Dolls, Toys, Miniature Furniture, Children’s Books, Automata, Musical Boxes, Talking Machines and Records’. Sales in the following months encompassed costumes, textiles and ‘Lead Soldiers and Dinky Toys’. “When I first walked into the company it was something I’d never imagined,” enthuses Nic. “Alongside furniture and paintings, there were sales of ephemera, things like Victorian Christmas cards – 80 lots worth about £8,000 for the whole sale. There would be a silver sale every two weeks, sales of teddy bears, cameras, just endless categories of sales. We even did one of cooking ranges. The threshold value was quite low. We’d sell things for as little as £20 to £40. The place was just this incredible treasure chest.” It was on a visit to Christie’s South Kensington, and seeing the queues of people who’d come to have items valued by the saleroom’s team of experts, that a BBC producer gained the inspiration for Right/ A Givenchy-designed black satin gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for £467,000 in 2006 Image courtesy of Christie’s


Christie’s South Kensington Exterior, March 2015 Image courtesy of Christie’s


Antiques Roadshow. “Of course, it changed with the advent of the internet, when people could send in digital images, but back then people would just turn up with carloads of stuff,” recalls Nic. Even today, Christie’s South Kensington takes about £500,000 a month over the counter in unsolicited goods. While the average lot value is £4,971 – with more than 30,000 lots offered every year – some items can sell for as little as £500. As Nic says, this is not excessive in comparison to modern retail prices. “The trouble is that the media tends to reinforce this idea that Christie’s only sells expensive stuff, like a Picasso expected to make $140 million in a May sale in our New York branch. But Christie’s South Kensington is unique across the group as a fantastic alternative retail venue. If you want to buy something unique, whether it’s a beautiful work of art or an object, we are a great alternative to retail – and you can really make a statement in your home.” The valuation desk is open Monday to Friday and anyone can walk in with either a portable object or a photo of an item to get it assessed by the team of 40

Charlie Chaplin’s hat and cane fetched £82,500 in 1987 specialists. A phone call before visiting is recommended to see if the particular expert in the field relating to your item is available that day. Meanwhile, along with a series of videos on the Christie’s South Kensington website in which experts talk about personal spheres of interest, a series of Christie’s Lates are being held to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of the saleroom, offering the chance to find out what happens behind the scenes, as well as to listen to guest speakers and meet specialists in person to talk about art, design and collecting. Alternatively, simply turn up and watch one of the auctions. For those with popular tastes, there have been some exciting events over the years. The hat and cane of one of South London’s very own heroes, Charlie Chaplin, fetched £82,500 in 1987. In 2006 a Givenchy-designed black satin gown worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold for £467,000. And in a sale celebrating 50 years of James Bond films in 2012, props from various 007 films – including the swimming trunks worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale – raised a vast amount for charity. Earlier this year a Noel Coward painting sold for £43,750. Queen Victoria’s bloomers have even been up for auction. “Yes,” Nic says, laughing. “All kinds of weird things.” If you’re curious about art and have eclectic tastes, Christie’s South Kensington in its 40th anniversary year, and beyond, is definitely worth a visit.

MORE INFORMATION Christie’s Lates are being held every first Tuesday of the month through 2015 at 85 Old Brompton Road. They run from 6pm to 8.30pm, and the next are on 5 May (Asian Art) and 2 June (20th Century Design). Find out more about Christie’s South Kensington’s anniversary celebrations at christies.com/csk40

SPOTLIGHT Save the Children illustration by Quentin Blake; sold at Christie’s South Kensington in 1985

Charlie Chaplin’s hat and cane fetched £82,500 in 1987



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Celebration His new Sloane Square store is bound to take the capital’s smartest postcode by storm; PHOEBE MCDOWELL speaks to Michael Kors Courtesy of Michael Kors, by Inez and Vinoodh

Few designers have more of a Midas touch than Michael Kors. He launched his eponymous company in 1981 and now, 34 years later, his product stable has expanded to include accessories, footwear, watches, jewellery, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, eyewear and fragrance. His celebrity fans include some of the world’s most influential and best-dressed women: the Duchess of Cambridge, Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow, to name but a few. And most recently, his MICHAEL Michael Kors line has democratised the luxury market, catapulting the brand (and its profits) into unchartered territory. What Kors has created, and cultivated, is a golden opportunity. As the vanguard of London’s luxury market, space in Sloane Square is a hot commodity. It was no surprise therefore when Michael announced it as the location of his new store; undoubtedly disappointing the many fashion houses who clamour each time the property rumour mill starts turning. Recognising the distinguished retail nature of the square, the store will offer an exclusive bespoke service for the Miranda tote bag from the Michael Kors Collection; finish choices range from matt and shiny crocodile and personalised accents such as monogramming are available, making for the ultimate sartorial statement. We interviewed the fashion behemoth to find out more about the new Sloane Square store, life at the helm of his namesake brand and his love affair with the Royal Borough.

Why did you choose Sloane Square as the location for your new UK store? This is our only store in London that will be selling readyto-wear from the Michael Kors Collection, so we needed to find a space that just felt right. We’re in great company on Sloane Street, which I think is one of the most chic streets in the world. What was the desired aesthetic? We want all of our stores around the world to transport you into the Michael Kors lifestyle. There are sleek fixtures, mirrors and vintage photographs that evoke that sense of jet-set glamour. What differences in style do you see in British and American women? I love that the Brits aren’t afraid to experiment with trends. The variety of quirky style you see on just one street in London always inspires me. Who is the Michael Kors woman? She’s the ultimate jet-setter. She’s always on the go and she needs clothes that can keep up with a fast life and that can work anywhere from Shanghai to St. Barths. She’s sporty, sexy and glamorous. What is your ideal day in London? A quick stop at the V&A Museum for inspiration, shopping for vintage luggage at Bentleys on Walton Street and eating lunch at the River Café. I love going there on a sunny day, getting a massage and eating dinner at Rules so I can feel like I’m in Downton Abbey. And then on to a show!


To what do you attribute the success of your brand? I’ve always stayed true to myself and my vision, so I think people trust us to help them look and feel their best. And great quality is appreciated everywhere. Famed for your enviable tan, how do you cope with London’s lack of sun? When it rains I head to the Aman Spa in The Connaught; it may not be sunshine but it’s pure relaxation. Which Londoners are at your dream dinner party? Kate Middleton, Prince William, Alfred Hitchcock, Mick Jagger, Yasmin le Bon, Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Mirren, Elton John and Charlie Chaplin. Who have you most enjoyed seeing wearing your designs? I always love seeing real women out and about wearing my clothes and carrying my accessories, but I especially loved when Kate Middleton wore our spring 2014 coat. Have you perfected a work-life balance? If so, how? In today’s digital world it can be hard to shut off, but when I have time I love to travel. A few days in the sun are just what I need to recharge my batteries and relax. What’s one question you wish you were asked more? How film influences fashion. [On this note, Michael is hosting a film series in partnership with Vanity Fair and Fashion & Cinema entitled Icons of Style. On 14 May, Michael will be live in conversation with Kate Hudson, Ali MacGraw and Rene Russo at the Ham Yard Hotel Cinema. The conversation will be followed by a screening of Love Story. Tickets are available to purchase at hamyardhotel.com/michaelkors] What’s the philosophy you live by? If you’re authentic, people trust you. The tricky part for a designer is to be authentic but at the same time surprise people. If not fashion, what? Broadway! Michael Kors 29 Sloane Street michaelkors.com


The Voyage Out Once reserved for the likes of Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, the gingham trend has since witnessed a revival on the catwalk and is being worn by women the world over. As part of her new Voyage collection, Diane Von Furstenberg has reinterpreted this glamorous retro trend in a series of luxury travel accessories, encompassing clutches, satchels, totes, travel adaptors and make-up pouches, all of which have been designed for the modern globetrotting woman. Think more along the lines of Brigitte Bardot on her wedding day or Audrey Hepburn on holiday in the Cote d’Azur. In order to ensure style does not take the place of practicality, each of the pieces is waterproof. Check it out (no pun intended). Voyage collection, from £38 (for the cosmetic cases) to £328 (for the satchel style bags) uk.dvf.com

HER STYLE By olivia sharpe

In the Swim of Things

Carry the Can Kate Spade has never failed to charm and delight us with her whimsical collections. Staying true to this, the brand will soon be releasing a limited-edition red-leather watering can handbag. Available from May, the bag has been specifically designed to celebrate the start of the Chelsea Flower Show and will therefore be exclusive to the Sloane Street store. It’s limited to just 130 pieces, so make sure you get your hands on one before they sell out. Limited-edition red leather watering can, £270 katespade.co.uk

As the weather begins to heat up, our thoughts naturally turn to beachwear. And while we cannot guarantee that our bodies will be ready, at least we can ensure that our wardrobes are prepared for the season ahead with Hermès’ new swimwear collection. The French house has created a bold and colourful line of bikinis and cut-out swimsuits in some of the brand’s signature prints – including Les Coupés, Coaching and Les Lettres d’Hermès – as well as block colours. The range also includes kaftans, beach towels, sarongs and lightweight jackets. From £350 uk.hermes.com

Bull in a China Shop The majority of us would be far from pleased if we found out that someone had named their pet dog after us; and yet, in the case of Brazilian artist Rafael Mantesso’s English bulldog – named after footwear designer Jimmy Choo – it is nothing short of flattery. After finding himself alone in a flat after a divorce, Mantesso was inspired to fill the space with whimsical illustrations of his pet dog ‘Jimmy’, photographing him in witty poses ranging from police line-ups to fashion parades. After coming across the illustrations, Jimmy Choo’s creative director Sandra Choi commissioned a series of tongue-in-cheek images for a limitededition collection. The Pre-Fall 15 line of accessories (including clutches, purses and iPhone cases), available from 15 May, arrives just as the Sloane Street store reopens following a revamp.

Bed of Roses With a new store on Ebury Street due to open in the next few weeks, British luxury fashion brand Beulah is truly blossoming into its own since it launched in 2009. The beautiful new S/S15 collection now available truly epitomises the season, bursting with pretty perennial pieces that have evidently been designed to get you through the forthcoming months of pressing social engagements. One of our favourites from the latest collection is the dusky pink Amelia skirt. The elegant and feminine design, featuring a statement bow, is ideal for summer cocktail parties.

Jimmy Choo, 32 Sloane Street jimmychoo.com


Ship Shape In a further bid to expand its presence in Europe following its 40th anniversary, Elie Tahari has cast its net wide and opened its first UK shop-in-shop in Harrods. The store is currently carrying the brand’s well-received S/ S15 collection, which was inspired by a “shipwrecked high-tech bohemian” and includes ribbon-mesh sweaters, anorak coats and mid-length skirts which have deliberately been given a weathered appearance, alongside the brand’s accessories and sportswear collections. We are well on board.

Strike a Posy Florals were literally bursting from the seams at Jenny Packham’s S/S15 show, and we’re not just talking about the clothes. The new Lorelei jewellery collection (which once again draws reference to Packham’s muse, Marilyn Monroe) includes mini fuchsia peony flowers and delicate petals scattered with crystals, which have been adorned onto drop gold chain necklaces, statement cuffs, cocktail rings and chandelier earrings. Jenny Packham S/S15 Lorelei collection jennypackham.com

Elie Tahari shop, Fourth Floor Fashion Lab at Harrods; harrods.com

Hot Off the Heels For most brides, it’s all about the dress. However, when Sophia Webster was imagining what she would wear to her own wedding, her thoughts (naturally) went straight to shoes. With this in mind, the British footwear designer has launched her first bridal shoe collection; all of the pairs have been designed with the cool bride in mind and are certain (if we know anything about the designer) to make a statement down the aisle. Seven of Webster’s signature styles have been reimagined in a romantic palette of baby pink, ice blue and ivory, but in keeping with her playful side, have each been stamped with the slogan ‘Wifey for Lifey’ on the soles. Who could possibly say no to that? Sophia Webster Bridal, prices from £350 net-a-porter.com; sophiawebster.com


Look to the

East Embrace the changing season with bold and beautiful Orientinspired floral prints and dramatic feathered ensembles Photographer:

Rachell Smith


Elizabeth Hoadly

Dress, POA, Giles, couture@giles-deacon.com; Earrings, ÂŁ310, Amrapali, amrapalijewels.com

Body, £296, La Perla, laperla.com; Trousers, POA (made to order), Zeynep Tosun, zeyneptosun.com; Hat, £585, Sophie Beale, sophiebealemillinery.com; Belt, £62, Elizabeth Kelly, etsy.com; Clutch bag, £2,495, Alexander McQueen, alexandermcqueen.com

Jacket, £530, Marina Rinaldi, gb.marinarinaldi.com; Skirt, £1,600, Erdem, net-a-porter.com; Belt, £62, Elizabeth Kelly, as before; Shoes, £450, Brian Atwood, net-a-porter.com

Dress and shoes, POA, Dolce & Gabbana, dolcegabbana.com; Clutch bag, ÂŁ2,095, Alexander McQueen, as before; Belt, ÂŁ62, Elizabeth Kelly, as before

Jacket, ÂŁ1,200, and skirt, ÂŁ975, both Simone Rocha, simonerocha.com

Top, £1,115, and trousers, £1,502, both Antonio Berardi, antonioberardi.com; Earrings, £250, Amrapali, as before

Dress, ÂŁ750, Carven, carven.com; Necklace, ÂŁ145, Pebble London, pebblelondon.com

Dress, £8,370, Julien Macdonald, julienmacdonald.com; Shoes, £620, Aquazzura, aquazzura.com; Cuff, £590, Dior, dior.com

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Sink or Swim

Into the Blue

Since its launch in 2007, Orlebar Brown has created quite the buzz when it comes to swimwear. Its tailored swim shorts are designed to be practical enough for the water but smart enough for the lunch table. Given the passion the brand has for travel, it seems fitting that its S/S15 collection was inspired by our planet. The collection comprises shorts featuring earthrelated photography that ranges from aerial shots of the Himalayan Mountains to charming Getty archive images of docked boats in Portofino. All are made from Italian cotton poplin that has been treated with Teflon to produce a water-repellent seal, so dive on in.

Since opening its men’s flagship store in Sloane Square last year, Tateossian has had a great deal to celebrate, not least its 25th anniversary. In light of this, the jewellery and accessories brand has commissioned Lino Lasanno and Lorenzo Perini, designers for Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino, to create its 25th Anniversary collection that launches this May. Taking inspiration from the Tateossian archive, the brand’s most iconic cufflink and tie-clip designs have been reimagined, and bracelets are also now being included. Each piece is adorned with the semi-precious blue Paraiba stone, a colour with which the brand has become synonymous.

Orlebar Brown, 73 Duke of York Square, SW3; orlebarbrown.com

25th Anniversary collection, from £105; Tateossian, 55 Sloane Square, SW1W, tateossian.com


Making Scents Of It It’s not just wardrobes that require makeovers for warmer climes; fragrances do too. But if you’re reluctant to say goodbye to your trusted winter scent, look no further than Hermès. Its new Le Jardin de Monsieur Li, the fifth fragrance in the Jardin series, was created by one of the best noses in the business, Hermès’ in-house perfumer, Jean-Claude Ellena. He travelled east where it is said that “life begins the day you start a garden”, and, after visiting many a Chinese garden, used their harmony and diversity as his inspiration. Delicate notes of jasmine, kumquat, mint and sap will make you wonder why you were ever so hesitant. And if you needed an excuse to peruse the newlyrenovated Bond Street Hermès emporium, this is it. Eau de Toilette natural spray, £84 (100ml) hermes.com


Big on Berluti Although the starting point of Berluti has always been shoes, it would be an injustice to sideline its clothes. The entire S/S15 collection nods to the art of origami, using the pattern-cutting and crafting techniques in the building of its geometrically-assembled pieces, something that also filters through to smaller details on pockets, pleats, collars and lapels. The colour palette comprises mossy green, camel, burnished orange, mimosa yellow and warm pink, and the blends of silk, silk and linen, and linen and cotton give the collection a rather sporty aesthetic, encouraging gentleman to opt for something a little more relaxed this season. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road; harrods.com

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As part of its new Hendrick’s Horticultural Oasis project, the Kensington-based hotel Blakes has partnered with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson and installation artist Rebecca Louise Law to transform its courtyard into a bohemian hideaway; guests can while away time there sipping on Hendrick’s cocktails infused with herbs, some of which are freshly grown in the garden. Well-known for his boho aesthetic, Williamson has incorporated his own brand’s textiles, in collaboration with Osborne & Little, as well as specially curated objet d’arts from Rockett St George. Law’s artwork will be displayed within the cabinet of curiosities in the Blakes’ birdcage, featuring a canopy of scented flowers. Hendrick’s Horticultural Oasis, 19 May – 14 July Blakes, 33 Roland Gardens, SW7; blakeshotels.com




BY Phoebe McDowell

Hell for Leather Timothy Oulton’s background in antiques is still evident in his design and his collections’ aesthetic, despite the designer claiming to have been more “daring” this season. His S/S15 collection features two new leathers: the Vagabond and the Warrior. The former has been carefully treated by hand, a number of times, to create an authentic distressed look, whereas the latter is made from the softest cow hides that have been treated, again by hand, to temper and soften the leather. Also new for S/S15 is the Glacier range, which includes Iris lighting that resembles the porthole of a ship, and a Museum dining and coffee table which is crafted from reclaimed English oak parquet flooring, salvaged from old dance halls and disused buildings. Timothy Oulton at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X; harrods.com/home/furniture

Photography: timothyoulton.com

Nina’s Touch

Bearing Fruit The late Oscar de la Renta was famed for his couture creations. However, his eye for design was not reserved exclusively for ball gowns. In the latter part of his life he had his feet firmly planted in both the fashion and interior design industries; his collections were always a masterful mix of the luxurious and the exotic, and this is still the case for the brand’s latest S/S15 collection. It includes royal blue bowls and jugs that have been inspired by the flower buds of an artichoke, ornate brass and silver pineapple candlestick holders, bamboo canes that line an octagonal tray and canes that have also been used for a tray stand. From £25; oscardelarenta.com


Nina Campbell teamed up with And So To Bed earlier this year to produce a stunning collection that is now available in the bed specialist’s King’s Road store. The Charleston Collection comprises a Maud bed and co-ordinating furniture such as a bedside chest, chest of drawers and a dressing table. Inspired by the zeitgeist mood of the 1930s, the collection finds strength in mirrored glass, silver-lacquered wood and rich, dark timbers. Pieces are finished with hand-applied silver-leaf etching and distressed glass-inlay mirror detailing. This collaboration really is a lesson in understated glamour. Bed, from £8,150 593 King’s Road, SW6; andsotobed.co.uk



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Chez Meroni Founded in 1970 by the Meroni family, furniture brand Lema has certainly stood the test of time, having just opened its first London flagship store. The new arrival on the King’s Road brings with it to the capital the clean lines and understated aesthetic for which the interiors house is renowned. Arranged over two floors, the space will showcase the latest Lema Casa range alongside a bespoke atelier where visitors can develop tailor-made solutions for large-scale projects. lemamobili.com/en

Out on the Tiles Building materials are not usually considered fashionable must-haves, but we believe Bisazza Mosaico’s to be ahead of the curve. Each square of the company’s recently launched collection, Contemporary Cement Floor Tile, is an artistic creation that will make the floor the talking point of any room. Designer India Mahdavi – famed for her dusty pink interiors in the Lecture Room & Library at Sketch in Mayfair – recently created a 1970s-inspired design comprising geometric shapes in a muted but diverse colour palette. As part of its newly-launched mosaic tile collection, Bisazza rummaged through the Emilio Pucci fashion archives to create mosaics inspired by the Italian fashion house’s signature prints. The collection includes three limited-edition panels – Collane, Fontan and Vivara – all of which are made by hand using traditional tessellation techniques. Bisazza, 60 Sloane Avenue, SW3 bisazza.com

Rack ‘em Up The Harrods home collection, filled with the crème de le crème of interiors brands, never ceases to inspire. This season, it is divided into three very distinctive lines: Brooklyn New Industrial, Restoration Chic and Tailored Scandi. The latter nods to the pared-back trend that so many have embraced in recent years, with its clean lines, freshness and practicality. Muted linens and discreet metal accents complement blonde wood and classic oak. The Fritz Hansen egg chair (pictured) in polished tan leather cuts a beautiful silhouette and is the ideal statement piece for a contemporary space, while the Casina spinning storage rack further channels the trend with its simple geometric box shelves. Chair, £10,820 Storage rack, £9,995 harrods.com/home/furniture

Charity Starts in the Garden Continuing its commitment to supporting urban community gardens, the proceeds from Jo Malone London’s latest limited-edition scented candle will be donated to a number of charities that care for and cultivate gardens. These include a new community garden in Manchester in partnership with the Whitworth Art Gallery, which works alongside adults who live with mental health. The White Lilac & Rhubarb candle is a fruity concoction that is delicate but robust and has been likened to an early summer garden in bloom. With our unpredictable weather, we can’t bank on being able to enjoy the natural aroma of our gardens so this is certainly the next best thing. Available from 1 May, £42 (Jo Malone London will donate £42 minus VAT); Jo Malone London, 150 Sloane Terrace, SW1X; jomalone.co.uk


A Home Away from Home Alice Blunt speaks to local interior designers and members of the British Institute of Interior Design – April Russell, Harriet Anstruther and Stephen Ryan – about how the Royal Borough is a hidden interiors treasure trove The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is well known for having inspired artists, musicians and writers over the years. What is less commonly known is its influence on the world of interior design. The local area is filled with a plethora of interior designers, some of whom are members of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) – the sole professional organisation granted the prestigious accolade of Institute status by the Minister of State – which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Take local designers and BIID members April Russell, Harriet Anstruther and Stephen Ryan, for instance. All three founded now-thriving businesses in the Royal Borough, and each claims that the area has provided them with a constant source of inspiration. April, who worked in the business for more than 20 years and has become noted for her ‘less is more’ philosophy, often encourages her local clients to look to the natural beauty of their surroundings when decorating their home. She comments: “Keep your eyes open and look around at the wonderful architecture that surrounds us, such as the Royal Hospital building and Albert Bridge. Make a note of the different building materials and nature itself… Spring is coming, so look out for texture and colour.” Similarly, Harriet of Harriet Anstruther Studio finds that Kensington in particular (where her studio is based) has “the advantage of multiple museums, parks and listed buildings”, not to mention her favourite museum of all, the V&A, which “houses so many wonderful things”. Stephen Ryan, who owns an interior-design consultancy in Holland Park, also recognises that the leafy beauty

and beautiful Victorian mansions have sparked his imagination. Saying that, he acknowledges the area’s numerous design resources as being essential to his business’ success too. “My most important point of call for sourcing is the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour,” he states. “It is primarily a ‘trade’ centre, with its vast range of fabric houses, lighting, furniture and flooring.” As for Harriet Anstruther, the designer singles out Nina’s House on the King’s Road, with its great range of furniture, lighting and accessories, as one of her favourite haunts. All three experts agree that the Royal Borough can subsequently seem like quite a daunting place for nonprofessionals looking to decorate their home. So Harriet believes it worth investing in “good professional advice”, as this is “key to a project, big or small, going smoothly and on schedule”. She says it is essential that clients choose someone they can trust, and thus recommends a designer or practice that holds a membership with the BIID. Adding to this, Stephen says: “There is an enormous amount of behind-the-scenes organisation in developing a cohesive scheme for any type of project. There is so much more involved than one might imagine – more than simply choosing a few colours. The BIID is a user-friendly and worthwhile place to start your search for a vetted and professional interior designer, from new young designers to respected British ones with more than 30 years’ experience.” Visit the BIID website for more details. biid.org.uk; aprilrussell.com; harrietanstruther.com; stephenryandesign.com





Annabel Harrison interviews Rachel McDiarmid and Carly Willson-Pemberton, the founders of Rachel Willson Interiors, in their chic Belgravian office


Sisters Carly and Rachel seem to be living the dream. Their company headquarters are on Motcomb Street – the epicentre of beautiful Belgravia – and Rachel lives nearby in Knightsbridge, while Carly is based by the river in Putney; these are some of the loveliest areas of London in which to work, live and play. What’s more, the sisters originally hail from Portugal so family gatherings take place in the sunny climes of Quinta do Lago, and they are following in the footsteps of their developerdesigner parents, keeping the skill-set in the family. It’s a cool spring afternoon when I visit Carly and Rachel at their office; we settle into welcoming monochrome tweed armchairs (which I think give off a touch of Chanel-chic) around a slate grey, artfully distressed metal meeting table. It’s a neutral, chic and professional space, although Rachel and Carly exude a relaxed vibe in mismatched checked shirts; after a few minutes of conversation, during which they finish a number of each other’s sentences, I’d wager it’s not the first time they’ve turned up to work in similar outfits. We proceed to discuss the sisters’ own style and way of working, their family’s design background and the benefits for clients working with Rachel Willson Interiors. What’s the best thing about working with your sister? Carly: We get to points much faster than you would with a general partner. We can give each other looks when we’re with clients and know exactly what the other is thinking! Rachel: Clients will throw out a question that in theory you should go back to the office and think about, but because we are sisters and very much on the same page, we think alike and answer in the moment; we know that the other person is going to be absolutely fine with it. The only downside is that our parents live abroad so we both like to travel home at the same time! When you were children, did you have cool bedrooms or did you go through that stage of too much pink and My Little Pony? C: No, no, none of that! Because our dad is a property developer in Portugal, we moved a lot and our mum would always let us decorate our own rooms. She’d say, “These are your bedrooms; do what you like.” So we’d sit with the designer and go through our ideas. What are your own houses like? C: I live in Putney with my husband and two kids. Maysie is nearly nine and she wants to be an architect; she is really interested in design and very arty. We are designing a bedroom for a girl the same age as her so I asked: “Maysie, what would you want?” An eight- or nine-yearold girl wouldn’t necessarily want pink and flowers. She was brilliant: “Silver and purple”.

Do clients ever ask for a complete surprise? R: Some people don’t want to be involved; they want an initial presentation to get the feel but things do change. We did a house recently while the clients were on holiday and we had to change the wallpaper at the last minute; she walked in and said “Oh I’m so happy!”. We have done big reveals, especially for houses in Portugal where the clients don’t live there and the house is their second home; they will open the door and haven’t seen it at all. Do you use the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour as a key resource? C: We do indeed. R: We also design our own bespoke fabrics for clients. If they say that they really like a certain fabric but that “the colours are just all wrong”, we can change it. C: We have a company that does all our rugs for us; we send designs and they make them. This [Carly points to the smart rug beneath our feet] is hand-knotted by women in Portugal. It’s amazing to watch them. We use a lot of suppliers in Portugal because that’s where we started; we get very good wool, leathers and skins there. What’s coming up for Rachel Willson? C: At the moment, we are doing a full renovation in a five-bedroom house in Chelsea, something in the country and something in Holland Park. We aren’t just interior

“We can design our own bespoke fabrics for clients, as well as hand-knotted rugs” designers; we’re time-management people too. R: If someone is renovating their house, we will oversee the whole project, from liaising with the kitchen company to doing all the bathrooms and bringing our own builders on board if necessary. We enjoy this most, because we will be doing the interiors as well, so when we choose, for example, the colours to stain the wood floor, we are thinking about the sofas, the curtains et cetera. The result is going to have more continuity and it makes sense to do that, if the client is at the refurb stage. Apart from Portugal, are there any other countries that you find particularly inspiring? R: I find America quite inspiring. I was in Miami recently and even just structurally, with the Art Deco, it’s got that real mid-century feel. And we love mid-century architecture; it’s all coming back. rachelwillson.co.uk





Summer Sun Among the many glamorous women who have spent their summer holidays in the Riviera was notably the late Coco Chanel, who had a residence there between 1929 and 1953. To commemorate this, the brand has created a make-up collection inspired by its founder’s love of the Mediterranean, featuring warm, sun-kissed colours for the face, eyes, lips and nails. The exclusive Lumière d'été illuminating powder, embossed with Chanel’s signature camellia flower, will instantly deliver a natural golden shimmer with just a few strokes onto the cheeks and décolleté. Limited-edition Lumière d'eté, £40.50 Collection Méditerranée, available from 8 May 020 7493 3836

Golden Touch Rose gold is a trend that has filtered its way through jewellery, fashion, homewares and now, it would seem, even cosmetics. German brand ZOEVA has created a selection of make-up brushes coated in this luxurious shade. The Rose Golden Luxury Set encompasses eight essential tools for the face, eyes and lips, and comes with its own matching rose gold clutch in which to keep them. Rose Golden Luxury Set Vol. 2, £55 zoeva-shop.de

Green Fingers Every year, Guerlain refreshes its iconic Aqua Allegoria scent and this time round, master perfumer Thierry Wasser was inspired to create the latest Teazurra fragrance by the relaxing spirit of green tea. The scent’s signature note has been enhanced with jasmine originating from southern Italy and the house’s iconic note of bergamot (sourced from Calabria). The new fragrance has been housed in a bee bottle, featuring a dramatic golden cage. Aqua Allegoria Teazurra, available from May; guerlain.com

Hats Off They say that a hat can cover a multitude of sins but it should never take the place of your make-up; this has been highlighted at milliner Phillip Treacy’s fashion shows time and time again, with the designer relying on MAC Cosmetics to complement his incredible headwear creations. This year sees the milliner and make-up brand coming together once again, this time in a unique collaboration whereby Treacy has drawn inspiration from his impressive archive to create a trio of spectacular new pieces. Each of these has been paired with its own collection of products to enhance the overall look. With social season about to commence, this new collection comes at the perfect time. Phillip Treacy x MAC collection maccosmetics.co.uk

Hide & Seek This month, Harrods department store will mark its long tradition in the world of perfumery with its first-ever garden at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Fragrance Garden has been created in collaboration with award-winning designer Sheena Seeks, who was inspired by the mid-19th century tradition of ‘enfleurage’, whereby the scent of flowers is captured in wax. The end result is what she refers to as a “perfume laboratory”, featuring flowers common to the perfume-making industry (including roses, violets and lavender) enclosed in oversized laboratory beakers and test tubes, conveying the cross-fertilisation of nature and science. Visitors with smartphones or iPads will also be able to enjoy augmented reality images coming to life on the giant screens which divide the garden. harrods.com

Work It 'Work hard, play hard' is a motto we are familiar with but striking the balance between the two is not as easy as it looks, especially when it comes to our appearance. While we would all love to be able to go home from work and transform ourselves into glamazons before the evening ahead, invariably we have to make do with a quick change of shoes and make-up redo at the office. However, this is all about to change thanks to Selfridges’ new beauty scheme. From 30 April, the department store will be launching a series of ‘boardroom to bar’ lunchtime beauty fixes, from 15-minute express treatments to beautifying packed lunches and exclusive product showcases by the leading names in beauty, to transform you during your lunch break. Work It at Selfridges, available from 30 April every Thursday for six weeks between 12-3pm selfridges.co.uk

Right to the Core Signing up to certain gyms is almost like making a pact with the devil; once you’ve done it, there’s no way of getting out of it. Fortunately, this isn’t the case with Core Collective, a unique new fitness destination due to open this month. With no sign-up fees, contract or monthly charges, the boutique gym gives visitors the luxury of training if and when they feel like it (which, for many of us with busy lives and jobs, can be subject to change). With the motto ‘Get rid of what you don’t want. Tone up on what you do,’ Core Collective will specialise in Velocity, Accelerate, Resistance and Focus (personal training). Core Collective, 45 Phillimore Walk, W8

Take Cover With so many different levels of coverage now available, from foundations and tinted moisturisers to BB and CC creams, you may find that your make-up bag is now overloaded with lotions and potions. Now thanks to Cover FX’s revolutionary new product, Custom Cover Drops, all of these varying levels of coverage have been combined into one product. Simply by adding one to four drops into any of your existing liquid formulas – whether this is a moisturiser, serum, primer, oil or foundation – you can instantly transform them into the perfect coverage, with the number of drops you add controlling the pigment’s intensity. Custom Cover drops, £36 for 15ml coverfx.com


Kids KINGDOM BY Phoebe McDowell

Point to Point French fashion house Bonpoint is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and its S/S15 collection makes it very clear to us why the brand remains such a resounding force in the global children’s fashion industry today. The new collection takes us on a sartorial adventure across four continents whereby New Mexico’s folklore, Africa’s wilderness, England’s garden romance and St Tropez’s 70s era have all been referenced. We particularly love the Mexicanstyle embroidered skirts and peasant dresses for girls, not to mention the Riviera-chic collarless shirts and colour-pop jackets for boys. Bonpoint, 15 Sloane Street, SW1X bonpoint.com/gb

Off the Wall Ana Moly is the answer to all your decoration prayers when it comes to your children’s room or nursery. The British brand’s illustrated wallpaper collections feature eye-catching, animal-inspired prints, including zebra, fish and geese, all of which are bound to capture your child’s imagination. And if you’re already a fan you’ll be glad to know that the company has also expanded its range to include tableware; time to stock up on what is a charming dishwasher-safe and oven-friendly ceramic collection. Printed wallpaper (10m roll), £78; ana-moly.co.uk

Fit for a Prince (or Princess) Considering Dragons of Walton Street was responsible for kitting out the nurseries of baby royals William, Harry, Beatrice and Eugenie, and more recently, the Suite Dreams nursery at Grosvenor House Hotel, the quintessentially British brand certainly knows a thing or two about beautiful and imaginative children’s interiors. For a pretty and fun take on a nursery or bedroom there are a number of character designs, such as Beatrix Potter and Winnie the Pooh, to choose from, or for those who prefer more traditional designs, the new Cherish cot bed with elegant drapes is the perfect choice, whether you welcome a little boy or girl to your family. Cherish cot bed, £4,995; dragonsofwaltonstreet.com

Pioneers of Panache Less is never more for Oilily; the Dutch brand has distinguished itself over the years thanks to its whimsical childrenswear collections comprising bold colours, charismatic patterns and spirited detailing. Its S/S15 collection is our favourite to date with crochet pineapples on the pull tabs of zippers, tropical birds of paradise and comic book-inspired prints. Oilily encourages little ones to throw caution to the wind and clash patterns and pieces (there’s no need to worry about any fashion faux pas; let them exercise their imaginations and clash away). Its bird and alligator backpack (£36.50) and shoulder bag with 3D beaks and feet are a fun, practical way to keep all possessions in check for summer holidays.

Garden Party This season sees all-American brand Ralph Lauren presenting its beautiful collection of special-occasion summer pieces for kids. For girls, there are bright and beautiful floral graphic-print dresses with grosgrain ribbon sashes, whereas boys can smarten up in preppy soft cotton, slight-stretch chinos, boat shoes and Oxford shirts in a picnic-inspired gingham print. Cue the summer garden party. Ralph Lauren, 39-141 Fulham Road, SW3 ralphlauren.co.uk

Oilily, 9 Sloane Street, SW1X; oililyworld.com

Swim Style Ever since Heidi Klein extended her luxury swimwear line to include children’s pieces, mummies and daughters have been making equally stylish poolside statements. The S/S15 collection comprises four lines (from £44) that include neon-pink and coral-toned zigzags, sky-blue daisies, jasmine flowers and blue-and-white stripes, and choices range from v-back one-pieces to classic triangle and reversible bikinis. And it’s not just the styles that have attracted our attention: all of the pieces are made from lightweight quick-dry fabric which blocks out 97 per cent of the sun’s harmful rays. Heidi Klein, 257 Pavilion Road, SW1X; heidiklein.com

To the Manner Born When it comes to social graces, it is important to start when they’re young and The Milestone Hotel’s To the Manner Born package does just that. Sessions have been curated by Alexandra Messervy – formerly a consultant at the prestigious Lucie Clayton College and organiser of many a Royal engagement (the christening of Prince Harry for one) and children will learn etiquette, manners and appropriate behaviour. Whilst age-old crockery conundrums will be addressed, there will also be more contemporary and topical issues like the pros and cons of social media. The package includes an overnight stay in a beautiful room or suite for a family of up to four at the fivestar Kensington hotel, English breakfast, afternoon tea and one two-hour etiquette lesson. Package is priced at £1,230 (extra etiquette lessons can be included from £180 per session) The Milestone Hotel, 1 Kensington Court, W8 milestonehotel.com

The Garden of Science The National Schools’ Observatory Garden is hosting Dark Matter at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. The conceptual garden pays homage to the dark matter that fills the universe and aims to explain how forces in it can be seen by their effects on other objects, something that is not generally understood, especially by little ones. Designed to inspire children in the study of science through astronomy, the garden also coincides with the centenary celebrations of the publication of The General Theory of Relativity. Who knows? You may even get an eager helper in the garden following the show. schoolsobservatory.org.uk

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Birds of a Feather The pupils of Garden House School have prepared the finest artwork to rival that of anything in the Saatchi Gallery, all in the name of a good cause. Hannah Lemon reports Pliers. Drill. Glue. Hairspray. Hairspray? “It’s to attach the glitter.” Lora and Siobhan, two mums from the parents’ association at Garden House School, have a somewhat eclectic selection of tools stretched across a dining room table. The annual fundraiser quiz night is fast approaching and they are in charge of organising the art display for the silent auction. The pictures they are assembling have been created by the pupils and are laid over every table, sofa, chair and window sill as the two parents prepare to attach the display cases. Every year the parents at the school nominate charities they would like to sponsor. Only three make the parents’ association’s shortlist and one final general vote determines the winner. Kids Company was the lucky candidate this time, which is why the sculptural pictures are of birds, the charity’s logo. “We always try to link the art project to the charity as it makes it more real for the children,” explains Lora. “It makes it tangible, especially when you are trying to explain it to four-year-olds.” Kids Company was founded in 1996 by Camila Batmanghelidjh. The charity reaches more than 36,000 vulnerable children, young people and their families across London, Bristol and Liverpool and provides a safe and caring environment to deliver services that cover physical and mental health, housing, arts, sports, education and employment. “I think the children really associate with this charity,” says Lora. “They understand that it’s for children who are not as fortunate as them.” A portion of the funds raised also goes to The Royal Hospital Chelsea, a neighbour the school chooses to support every year.


The Garden House School children, who range in age from three to 11, have lovingly decorated 500 small polystyrene birds which sit on blossom branches put together by the two mums. Each one is individually designed with a variety of materials including gold glitter, white pearls, coloured sequins, stamps and even snippets from the Financial Times. The pictures will be exhibited for three nights at Saatchi Gallery’s Gallery Mess before the quiz night, offering parents, children and the public a chance to see them before they are auctioned off. The project is very much a community endeavour. Knight Frank has supported the school’s fundraising ventures over the last few years to enable the purchase of all the relevant equipment, hairspray included. “We try to go to local shops to source everything. They are all so supportive; we always get a good discount,” says Siobhan. Wild at Heart has supplied the blossom, India Jane the magnolia and Denny Plastics the frames. The quiz night follows a similar theme and will be decorated in cherry blossom in preparation for the auction. “The parents bid against each other for the art project. It’s quite fun,” laughs Lora. “Everyone gets quite competitive!” I suggest the pupils have a quiet word with their parents in order to make sure they win. Garden House School Exhibition, 27-29 April, Private Room at Gallery Mess, King’s Road, SW3 4RY Garden House Quiz Night, 30 April Royal Hospital Chelsea, SW3 4SR kidsco.org.uk


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Iro nma Public entry is now sold out across all UK Ironman events but you can still get your hands on a place with Macmillan. Ensure you are on the start line and sign up for a place today. The extreme challenge consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle and a 26.2 mile run. Not sure you are quite ready for an Ironman event yet? If not, Macmillan has places in two Ironman 70.3 events – that’s half the distance. Every stroke, pedal and step you can will help to ensure no one has to face cancer alone.

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high life Because It’s worth it Despite the fact it’s on the other side of the world, I’m already planning my next trip because New Zealand is now my favourite country (and not just because I’m an avid fan of Tolkien’s tales of Middle Earth). Hire a car, stay as long as you can and explore to your heart’s content; always factor in extra journey time because every ‘scenic attraction’ and ‘place of interest’ is staggeringly beautiful. In the North Island, explore urban Auckland, hit the beach on the Coromandel Peninsula, pose in front of hobbit holes in Matamata and bungy into a canyon in Taihape, before taking the ferry to the South Island. There, marvel at surreally turquoise lakes and rivers, trek to the highest point in buzzing Queenstown for the best view of lightning-shaped Lake Wakatipu and be blown away by the West Coast’s glaciers and Mount Cook. AH; newzealand.com

Photography: Zain Hirani



THE WORLD BY annabel harrison

All About You If the thought of spending your summer holiday on a beach where the music is pumping and the cocktails are flowing from lunchtime makes you come out in a cold sweat, Google Cas Gasi. Book yourself in, alone or with friends, for a restorative detox or yoga retreat over the summer and you’ll come home feeling like you’ve actually done yourself some good. For its new wellness packages and retreats, Cas Gasi has teamed up nutritionist and yoga teacher, Carolyne Ji. She will assess your diet, lifestyle and family history, and help you to work out where and how you could do better, integrating the Chinese five elements and Ayurvedic dosha philosophies into her advice. There will also be lots of yoga, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, and although the 135-year-old house is in the heart of Ibiza’s countryside, Cas Gasi is just 12 kilometres from the island’s main beaches, bars and restaurants. casgasi.com

Regency Style The Langham is gearing up for its 150th birthday celebrations and has spent accordingly, to the tune of £7.5 million. A total of 43 spacious rooms and suites are being renovated in the Club Wing, which will be renamed the Regent Wing, while the Sterling Suite will be unveiled in May 2015; this will house six (yes, six) bedrooms and boast butler service, a private media lounge and “special security features” (although you’re unlikely to be privy as to what these are unless you book in). We particularly like the sound of The Langham Club Lounge’s adult-only Drawing Room and the library’s Writers’ Corner for budding Rowlings and Mantels. Wifi is complimentary (as it should be) and so are the pressing of three items of clothing upon check-in (which we deem a most thoughtful offering), afternoon tea, early-evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. london.langhamhotels.com

Vine Times Wine-estate hotels are increasingly attracting a more refined holidaymaker, and none more so than the venerable Estate Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine in the Douro region. Following a three-month renovation over the course of the winter, the Relais & Chateaux hotel and winery’s medieval doors have been flung open once again, allowing guests to soak up the atmosphere of the 12th-century abbey (it’s a Spanish cultural heritage site), its Michelin-star restaurant Refectorio and tranquil, sun-dappled surroundings. By June the hotel will also boast a world-class spa (complete with a ‘spa sommelier’ to help you with the spa menu and recommend treatments and products) and eight new guest rooms, while the reconfigured refectory, monk cells and cloisters will be enhanced by ultramodern facilities. Rooms from £280; ledomaine.es

Market Comment The Hummus Trail The right answer is often the simplest as Nick Crayson finds out from his time in the Middle East. He shares some of the lessons he learnt whilst on his travels

I am just back from travelling in The Holy Land where I entrusted myself with the propitious task of finding the best hummus money can buy. Sometimes spelt houmous, hummous, hoummos, humos, hommus and hommos, the dish has been around for millennia. But why does hummus matter? It’s just a blend of chickpeas and sesame, lemon and garlic – often garnished with any of these: fava beans, parsley, cumin, paprika, hot pepper sauce, eggs or pickles and usually with a big glug of olive oil. It matters because it is a huge common denominator in a region that desperately needs common denominators. Hummus is a dish that is eaten by all throughout the troubled region of the Middle East. Everyone seems to love hummus. I queued with Jews and Muslims alike to get into Abu Hassan – a famous hummus eatery in Jaffa. This popular hummus destination has been around for almost 60 years and was bustling with all sorts and showed how, when eating hummus, everyone can get on just fine. It’s just when they stop that you get the problems. I met a political adviser from the US State Department who was attached to the US Consulate in Jerusalem. The peace process he was out there to broker had fallen as flat as a pitta bread. He was not sure when both sides were going to get back around the table. He was not

eating hummus at the time, but he should have been. I mentioned that the peace process needed to focus on things we all had in common, not on the things that separate us – no wonder the prospect of peace in the Middle East is currently, in my opinion, a shambles. Of course, the other issue that was bothering me was the UK General Election. Our problems here in the UK look insignificant to those in the Middle East. It certainly looks like politicians from all sides will be doing a lot of sitting together amongst the new landscape of British politics. Then it struck me! In 2001, the former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook declared that: “Chicken Tikka Massala is now a true British national dish, not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences.” It was not lost on me that given the ever-changing tapestry of the UK population, it will not be long before hummus becomes our national dish, but please, can whoever serves it up remember: it is a dish best served warm. Crayson, 10 Lambton Place, W11 2SH; 020 7221 1117 crayson.com

Hide and Souk Tucked away from the hustle, bustle and ferocious bartering of the old, maze-like Medina, the Mandarin Oriental’s Marrakech hotel is a tranquil anthesis to the chaos of the walled old town. Opening this month, the collection of 56 private-walled riads is set amid 20 hectares of landscaped olive groves. A further seven suites occupy the main building and come with their own rooftop pools and views of the Atlas Mountains. Get into the swing of things at Marrakech’s premium golf courses, to be found just a five-minute drive away, or relax on site at the palatial spa which boasts two traditional hammams. mandarinoriental.com/marrakech


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World The intrepid Gabriel O’Rorke ventures ever further south into otherworldly Chile in the most enviable of fashions, against a backdrop of gargantuan glaciers and in the company of penguins and whales


came here for solitude,” says the captain posted at Cape Horn this year, his white, black and gold naval hat perched proudly atop his brow. Mist and sleet shroud the small island, the captain’s house taking pride of place at the highest point, alongside a squat lighthouse and a wooden church. He is describing the southernmost tip of land in Chile. Today the water around the island here is as still as a pool but strong winds, huge waves and icebergs have ruthlessly taken the lives of thousands of sailors over the past few centuries, casting these waters into legendary realms. We, thankfully, are not floating on a wooden sailboat but are aboard the Via Australis, a sturdy cruise liner with 64 cabins and four Zodiac boats which are ready to whisk us off on expeditions during our four-day cruise to Ushuaia on the Argentine side of Patagonia from Punta Arenas in Chile; founded in 1848, this windswept city sits on the famous Magellan Strait which separates mainland Chile from Tierra del Fuego, the largest island in South America. We board the blue and white vessel at sunset, sipping Pisco Sours (Chile’s national cocktail made with lemon juice, icing sugar and pisco liquor) as we pull away from the harbour. Soon the call for dinner sounds over the tannoy and we filter down to the Patagonia Dining Room. Breakfast and lunch aboard the Via Australis are buffet-style whilst supper is à la carte with three options to choose from, plus a chef’s salad. Tucking into congrio (a local white fish sometimes referred to as kingklip) with potatoes and Chilean wine, we clink glasses with the rest of our table and compare tales, thoughts and expectations for the journey ahead. Returning to our cabin later that night we crawl into the large double bed and sleep like babies, lulled to sleep by the waves. The next morning we wake as the boat navigates its way through Admiralty Sound before putting down anchor in Ainsworth Bay. Wrapping up, we venture out on deck to be greeted by the spectacular Marinelli Glacier. This part of the world is nothing short of epic, and the roll-call of those who have trodden these

Photography: Gabriel O’Rorke


shores ranges from the recent ventures of the British writer, Bruce Chatwin, who set foot in Patagonia 40 years ago (beginning a journey which would be recorded in the celebrated In Patagonia novel) to the travels of Darwin and Fitzroy, which are the most poignant for this particular trip. The members of the crew of the HMS Beagle who scoured every bay, inlet and channel in these parts between 1828 and 1836, making maps, (which were only bettered in very recent years with the dawning of satellite technology) have become immortal as the names of the very landmarks we pass. Lowering the Zodiacs, we make for Ainsworth Bay where we explore the pebbled beach and ancient birch woodland, hearing tales about the native tribes that once inhabited these parts. A small fox watches us through the trees, unfazed and apparently well aware of his prime position with no predators.

As lunch is served back on board, we continue on our journey to the Tuckers Islets and Santa Cruz Island with its colony of Magellanic penguins. Skirting the islands on the Zodiacs, it’s impossible to peel my eyes away from these little fellows who look like they’re wearing tuxedos and are wobbly as drunkards on land, yet so agile in water. As we return to the Via Australis, playful dolphins leap around the Zodiacs, inquisitive and eager to check out the visitors. As if this isn’t enough, the next day the sea life ups the ante and as we’re having a tour of the bridge with the captain, my husband spots a couple of whales just in front of us. It’s awe-inspiring; mother and calf flip their tails and send spray through their blowholes. What better sight could one hope for when gliding through Whaler Channel? The landscape amazes at every turn and in the afternoon we disembark at Pia Glacier, our eyes crawling up the sheer front of the 800-metre-high wall of ice. For anyone who has been to Dubai, this is, staggeringly, the same height as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Little do we know, though, that this incredible frozen river is just the appetiser; back on board, we wend through Glacier Alley passing no fewer than five glaciers, some hanging, others reaching down to

“She’s not so passive is the Pacific,” jokes one of the guides as our vessel ventures out of sheltered fjords into the ocean

Photography: Gabriel O’Rorke

the water. These are named the Romanche, German, French, Italian and Dutch glaciers and the crew brings us food and drink from each country – from beer and sausages to cheese, pizza and Dutch doughnuts – to enjoy the sights in the most memorable of styles. Getting used to our life aboard ship, we are shaken from our comfort zones at 3am the next morning when the trusty vessel ventures out of the sheltered fjords into the lap of the Pacific Ocean. “She’s not so passive is the


Photography: Gabriel O’Rorke

Pacific,” jokes one of the guides, who warned us of the potential waves the night before. This time we’re rocked not to but from sleep as the waves lap against the sides of the boat, but soon the night passes and we pull into the calm waters of Wulaia Bay; it’s a landmass once home to the Yaghan (also known as Yamana) tribe, the most famous member of which was Jemmy Button, the young boy who was brought to Britain in 1830 by Captain Fitzroy on a journey in which he met King William IV. Setting off again we commence the most extreme part of our voyage, a six-hour stretch to the southernmost tip of Southern Chile; Cape Horn. Due to the unpredictable weather, it is often impossible to land on this craggy island but luck is with us and the legendary waters lie calm. So, without much ado we traverse the wooden walkways to meet the captain who stands watch over the end of the world. On our last morning, we peek out of the window at dawn to see a little boat chugging alongside us

and buildings on the distant shore. The first sign of ‘civilisation’ in a week, red roofs and long warehouses harking back to pioneer days materialise as the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia, slides into view. Stepping down onto Argentine land marks the end of a wonderful journey that has taken us through landscapes that almost seem to belong to another realm.

MORE INFORMATION The Mantis Collection (mantiscollection.com; 01483 425465) offers trips with Australis from £978 per person one-way for an all-inclusive fournight cruise. Air France / KLM (airfrance.com) offers daily flights from 18 UK airports via Paris or Amsterdam to Santiago de Chile from £592.


A Thousand Splendid Suns Anwer Bati visits the charming Italian village of Portofino on the Ligurian coast, finding it postcard-pretty and replete with a raft of lovely restaurants. The gem in its crown, the Belmond Hotel Splendido, is as discreetly luxurious as it was in the 1950s


f you’ve never been to Portofino, you might imagine that it would be rather like St Tropez, but you would be mistaken. Yes, they’re both former fishing villages and they both attract their fair share of the super-rich and their requisite mega yachts, but unlike the glitzy French fleshpot, Portofino has somehow managed to retain a certain elegance and a more restrained glamour. So that might explain why crueller commentators sneered when Wayne and Coleen Rooney decided to celebrate their marriage there back in 2008. But that’s not really fair to the Rooneys. It’s likely that Wayne and co. were attracted by exactly what draws other visitors; the stunning setting. That’s certainly what captivated the British aristocrats who established Portofino as a winter resort when they started visiting Italy’s Ligurian coast in the late 19th century, enticed by its mild climate and watercolour beauty. Though the prices these days would induce fits of the vapours, those early tourists would still recognise the picturesque little harbour and the handful of small streets with their pastel-washed buildings. They might be surprised, however, that most of those now house fashionable restaurants and tiny designer boutiques, and that the place, with only 300 permanent residents, virtually closes down out of season. Portofino really took off as a destination in the 1950s after actor Rex Harrison bought a villa in the hills above, following the lead of wealthy Italians. Soon fishing became a thing of the past as his fellow movie stars started visiting, and it became so well known that in 1954 part of the film The Barefoot Contessa (starring Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner) was shot there. The only place for the stars to stay – today as in the


50s – was the Belmond Hotel Splendido. Oozing exclusivity, the serene four-storey hotel, once a monastery, became host to the likes of the Duke of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. More recent guests at what has become one of the finest hotels in Europe include Cate Blanchett, Bryan Ferry, Dame Maggie Smith, Sir Michael Caine and George Clooney. Set high above the village, it has only 69 bright, airy rooms and suites – almost all with stunning sea views – but it is spacious, set in fragrant gardens planted with olive trees, bougainvillea and wild herbs. It also offers parking – at a premium in Portofino, where the many day trippers have to arrive by ferry, bus or outrageously expensive local taxis. Even vans supplying harbour shops and restaurants have to leave the village by 10am. Expect old-fashioned style and discreet luxury – rather than ostentation – in every aspect of the hotel, and immaculate service from the impeccably drilled staff. Attention to detail stretches from the fact that rooms have British plug sockets to fresh flowers and child-sized bath robes. There is even a range of VIP services for guests’ dogs. Add in tennis courts, a wellness centre, kids’ club and the magnificent pool, and it’s no surprise that many people choose to venture out only occasionally. Though the Splendido is traditional in the best possible way, it has not stood still, with some rooms recently decorated in contemporary style, including the magnificent Dolce Vita suite, designed by Michael Jouannet, which opened last year in a building on the hill next to the main hotel. The late 1990s saw the opening of the Splendido Mare, a 16-room offshoot of the main hotel on Portofino harbour itself. Standards are just as high, though only a few rooms have a harbour view, including the impressive Ava Gardner suite with its huge terrace, and residents at both hotels can use the facilities of the other. There is a frequent shuttle between the two or an attractive ten-minute walk if you feel energetic.

Many guests opt for half-board, not surprisingly because the restaurants at the hotels are as good as any in the area. Choose from La Terrazza, the terrace restaurant of the Splendido smoothly run by urbane manager Luca Calvia – with its classic Italian dishes and superb views of the Gulf of Tigullio – or have a light lunch at the pool restaurant. Opt for the buffet, have a pizza or try the Spaghetti Elizabeth Taylor, with a sauce made of three types of tomatoes. At the Splendido Mare is Chuflay by the bustling Piazzetta – the heart of the harbour – specialising in fish and seafood, and nearby is Gelateria San Giorgio, owned by the hotel and offering the best ice creams in the area. Portofino has several other good restaurants too, as well as the usual tourist traps. On the Piazzetta, Puny

Portofino is unforgettable, and so pretty that it has been recreated in Florida and Japan is generally considered the best in town, a favourite with former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and a host of other celebrities, including Steven Spielberg, who gather on the terrace. Pesto sauce originated in Liguria and Puny serves an exemplary version. It’s packed in the evening, so make sure you book. Hidden around the corner is Da u Batti – small, lively and run by the Foppiano family for more than 40 years, it serves the best scampi in town and its sauce recipe is a well-guarded secret. Along one end of the quayside is O Magazin, run by two sisters and offering excellent fish. Almost next door is Winterose, a wine bar (expensive, as drinks come with delicious nibbles) and shop which sells a range of produce, including La Cappelletta olive oil, locally produced by the Duchess of Westminster. There’s not


much in the way of night life but try the once-legendary La Gritta, a bar which is frequently mentioned in Richard Burton’s published diaries. There are many good, less expensive, restaurants in nearby resorts too: the charming Santa Margherita Ligure and the lively and much bigger Rapallo, both most enjoyably reached by the fast ferry. In Santa Margherita, try Skipper, with its floating platform, for chef Suny Verrone’s accomplished fish and seafood; she is a local culinary star. In Rapallo, Da Mario – near the main shopping street and the ferry terminal – is a good place, full of locals, for an unfussy lunch. There are few formal attractions in Portofino but, if you feel like a little exercise, you should trek up to Castello Brown, dating from the 16th century, and now a party and wedding venue (the Rooneys apparently considered it). It has superb views of Portofino and the surrounding area, and it was the setting for Elizabeth von Arnim’s 1922 novel, The Enchanted April and the 1992 movie starring Joan Plowright. Milan’s fashionistas love the area and lower down the hill, towards the sea, is a villa owned by designers Dolce and Gabbana.

Portofino is unforgettable, and so pretty that it has even been recreated both at a Florida resort and in Japan. It’s a tribute to the hitherto unsuspected good taste of the Rooneys that they chose to party there. belmond.com


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Amid beautiful ruins and bustling bars, and under the bluest of Mediterranean skies, Amy Fletcher bases herself at the urbanely modern and sophisticated Pallas Athena to explore the myriad splendours of the grand dame of the ancient world


remember the first time that I heard the story of Odysseus, the wily wanderer who was desperate to return home. I listened wide-eyed, enthralled by tales of magic that could turn men into pigs, battles with one-eyed monsters and seas filled with dangerously tempting sirens. For me, it was the beginning of a life-long fascination with Greece and its history. And yet, although I have spent long summer holidays on its beautiful islands and can recount a number of myths and legends, I am a little ashamed to admit that I’ve never stayed in Athens itself. So my partner and I decided to set this right and take a weekend break to this most ancient of European capitals. In search of a hotel in the perfect location for visiting key ancient sites, but a bit different from the usual five-star city-fare, we head downtown to the newly restored Pallas Athena, hoping to find it luxuriously urban-chic. And we aren’t disappointed: it oozes style, beautifully designed with an eclectic mix of pieces. The Pallas Athena prides itself on being an art hotel; the Graffiti Suites, perfect for families, are decorated from floor to ceiling with anything from forests and mountains to cartoon characters and superheroes, although if this is a bit too much, there are other rooms with slightly subtler but no less unique pieces. Even corridors double up as galleries, debuting work by local artists throughout the year. Guests can request which design of room they’d like and we’re delighted to see a large turquoise hippo in the corner of ours – a fabulous homage to the ancient Eygyptian ‘William’, housed at the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art. It adds an amazing splash of unexpected colour to our bright and airy white-walled room. Won over already, we head to the bar and restaurant which offer a fantastic view over the fairylit Kotzia Square. You must try the hotel’s signature Metaxa-Mojito on the balcony as you soak up the sights and I recommend the seabass carpaccio too, so fresh it tastes as if it has come straight from the sea. Follow this with what I can only describe as the best lamb I have ever eaten; it’s slow-cooked, as tradition dictates, drizzled with Cretan honey and falling off the bone. The sweetness is subtle and offset well by the bitter, earthy undertones of the Cretan super-green stamnagathi it’s served on. Feeling over-indulged, we finish by sharing the hotel’s hot chocolate pie – rich, delicious and the perfect end to a scrumptious meal. We take a stroll downtown to the popular Psiri district, keen to explore. The small, winding lanes of this old industrial area are lined with traditional tavernas and stylish bars, bustling with a fashionable crowd who revel into the night. It’s easy to see why this East Villageesque neighbourhood is a favourite with locals, and we

spend our night enjoying live jazz at the Verve Café, where we stay for hours, chatting with the famously friendly and welcoming Athenians. We’re greeted the next day by beautifully clear skies and a shining sun. The Pallas Athena breakfast includes deliciously thick Greek coffee and traditional delights such as dakos, apaki and mizithropitakia, all sourced from the small organic Agreco Farm in Crete, which the hotel owns (all of its luxurious bath, body and beauty products are produced by the farm too and there is a boutique shop in the hotel where they can be purchased if you want to take some home). As we have only a day to explore the city, we turn to the fabulous staff for advice. Of course, a trip to the Parthenon is an absolute must and we take advantage of Pallas Athena’s Cultural Package, which offers a tour around the city and entry to both the Acropolis Museum and the Parthenon, just a short walk from the hotel. On your way there, be awed by the rich cultural heritage on display in Monastiraki Square: Tzistarakis Mosque, now the site of a museum, presides over

It takes only a little imagination to picture the awesome Parthenon as it once was it, sitting beside the ruins of Hadrian’s Library and, winding up towards the Parthenon, we pass the ruins of the Roman Agora and the Tower of the Winds. On the southwest slope of the Acropolis, we are rewarded by the stunning sight of two theatres: the newly restored Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which is still used to stage plays and concerts, and the Theatre of Dionysus, now a crumbling site, but so large it once could entertain 17,000 spectators at a time. The road to the top is rocky and hard work in the beating sun but the panoramic view is every bit as awesome as I hoped and it’s no wonder the ancients chose this as their holy citadel. Despite the ongoing construction work and centuries of ruin, the buildings retain a sense of their former majesty and it takes only a little imagination to picture it as once was: the six maidens perched on the Erechtheion gaze out over the city, the tiny temple of Athena Nike remains relatively intact and, most magnificent of all, the Parthenon stands tall, overshadowing its neighbours. The surviving Parthenon sculptures that remain in Athens have now been moved into the impressive Acropolis Museum, opened to the public in 2009; no trip would be complete without seeing them. We while away the rest of our day in the beautiful labyrinthine streets of Plaka, the old neighbourhood



nestled beneath the Acropolis. There is no shortage of authentic restaurants, cafés and small shops selling everything from handmade jewellery to local souvenirs. Although we intend to spend the afternoon doing more sightseeing, we lose ourselves in these narrow lanes, where lively shopkeepers and bustling taverna owners are eager to stop and pass the time of day. All too soon, it is night once again. As the end to our weekend looms, we find ourselves feeling the very opposite of Odysseus, desperately wishing we could stay longer, and knowing that we will most definitely return.

opinion divided During the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the Seventh Earl of Elgin crossed the seas from Athens to England, bringing with him a precious cargo. Among his spoils were a large number of the Parthenon sculptures, now housed in the British Museum and widely known as the ‘Elgin Marbles’. Ownership of these marbles is a hotly debated issue, especially following the recent landmark decision to loan one of the pieces to the Hermitage Museum in Russia. Greece maintains that the

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removal of the marbles by Elgin was the greatest damage to have befallen the Parthenon in its entire history and insists they should be returned. Did You Know...? • The British Museum owns 247 feet of the original 524 feet frieze • The marbles are more than 2,500 years old • Because the Parthenon was used by the Ottoman Turks as a gunpowder magazine, in 1687 a round of enemy artillery fire blew up the whole store, causing three-fifths of the frieze to fall.




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Through the Keyhole We’re delighted to announce that The Cross Keys, Chelsea’s oldest pub, is well and truly open for business once again. It has been part of the local landscape for more than three centuries, welcoming artistic punters such as Dylan Thomas, Agatha Christie and Bob Marley, but found itself home to unwanted guests in 2012 when it closed and squatters moved in. Happily, it’s now in the safe hands of DM Group (founded by Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson, who also own two pubs in Fulham). Over the last decade 1,000 pubs have closed in London; this is a trend that we certainly hope doesn’t continue, and DM Group is doing its bit, investing in the ‘Great British Pub’ industry through projects like The Cross Keys. It’s a Tuesday when we visit and, impressively, it’s packed full of happy customers. I’m pleased that the wood-burning fire and exposed brick walls remain and I like the addition of hanging silver chrome lamps and huge vintage mirrors. Head chef Natasha Cooke has created a menu that is comfortingly hearty, meaty and British; I devour exceptional white garlic soup, and my friend Sarah deems the foie gras and chicken liver parfait “the best I’ve had in a long time”. Her Cornish mussels are seasoned to perfection and my roast chicken with gnocchi, potatoes and vegetables is simply delicious. If you have space for pudding, the treacle tart is quite the treat and the lemon curd ice cream is tartly tangy. Opt for a glass of Picpoul de Pinet or a craft beer to wash it all down. The Cross Keys has already proved a hit with locals in less than a month; long may this continue. Annabel Harrison The Cross Keys, 1 Lawrence Street, SW3 5NB 020 7351 0686; thecrosskeyschelsea.co.uk



DRINKING Down the Garden Path

Cloudy Bay will once again be showcasing its own garden at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show. In association with Vital Earth, it is the work of landscape gardeners and brothers Harry and David Rich (the youngest ever Chelsea design duo) and it aims “to visually portray the subtle layers of complexity that make up Cloudy Bay wines”, with accents of deep red and delicate white representing the New Zealand winery’s signature Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Colour is not the only thing reflecting the wines’ qualities, though: water features nod to the crispness and cleanness of the Sauvignon Blanc, while wood acknowledges the barrel-ageing process, and planting demonstrates Marlborough’s micro-climates and soil types. The garden will also be the ideal place to enjoy a glass of Cloudy Bay wine, so make sure to head to garden plot MA17 to admire and enjoy. cloudybay.co.nz

To Beer or Not To Beer Our favourite local speakeasy bar, Barts, has launched a new Aspall cyder and salad-based cocktail menu. You may or may not know of a recent debate that has contested the classification of whether cyder is a beer or wine, but even though Barts hasn’t announced which camp it is in, its cocktails are nothing short of refined; served in champagne coupés, they comprise a mix of Aspall cyder with fine spirits such as Tanqueray gin and Belvedere vodka. The tipples have been created to evoke feelings of being in a crisp countryside setting, so enjoy a Classic Countryside Crunch, a Blackberry Beets or a Cy-der Cucumber when London gets too hectic this summer. Barts, Chelsea Cloisters, SW3 barts-london.com

Buon Appetito! Kensington has been treated to an authentic slice of Sicily by way of IDDU. While the restaurant is an outpost of the area’s newest private members’ club, The South Kensington Club, this eaterie does not require membership and, in fact, it’s anything but exclusive. The convivial part-café, part-restaurant is based around the Sicilian tradition of establishing friendships by sharing simple but delicious food and locally grown wine. Ingredients are sourced from founder Luca Del Bono’s beloved Sicily, and whilst recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner have a Mediterranean flair, they primarily nod to the island’s traditional cuisine. The extensive wine list showcases great examples of Sicily’s best offerings, while IDDU’s coffee beans imported from the north-east of the island are freshly ground all day. And when the sun shines there is an outdoor alfresco area where you’ll be sure to spot local residents, aperitifs in hand, any day of the week. IDDU, 44 Harrington Road, SW7

Skye’s the Limit

Floral Fancies

It would be hard to argue what Skye Gyngell is better at: writing or cooking. And now the Aussie chef and Vogue food editor will be making it even harder for us to decide this month as she releases her own book covering all of these culinary credentials. Named after her latest restaurant Spring, the book leaves no stone unturned as everything from the restaurant’s interiors to its staff’s uniforms is discussed. It also features more than 80 recipes for breads, pasta dishes, seafood, meat dishes, salads and vegetables, desserts and drinks. As if the recipes weren’t inspiring enough, these have been illustrated with mouth-watering photographs that capture the soul of Skye’s food as well as the restaurant’s ambience.

Let’s face it; touring the Chelsea Flower Show is hungry work, so while you’re in the business of appreciating fine and delicate things why not make a refuel pit stop at the Bulgari Hotel’s Rivea restaurant for its own themed afternoon tea? The summery and sweet offering is available throughout the show’s duration and will take subtle cues from it in the form of precious miniature baskets filled with lime-flavoured vanilla cream and red fruits. Naturally, it will also honour the traditional ritual of fingersized sandwiches, scones and, of course, an abundance of tea to quench your thirst and hunger after the action-packed day.

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Wine Time The Rothschild Collection has been announced as the official partner of London Wine Week; a festival in its second year that celebrates the grape and vine of the capital. In ode to the Rothschild Collection, which is produced in the Bordeaux region and further afield in Chile and Argentina, distributor Waddesdon Wine has curated a programme of wine tastings that will see its in-house experts hosting a series of walk-in and seated tastings across the capital. The collection Handford Wine Merchants in South Kensington is hosting a tasting session whereby enthusiasts can get to grips with the nose and body of Rothschild collectives such as Chateau Clarke 2009, Moulin du Duhart 2010 and Rothschild Blanc de Blanc Champagne. Waddesdon Wine: Rothschild Collection’s London Wine Week 2015 tasting, 19 May 12-2pm Handford Wine Merchants 105 Old Brompton Road, SW7; handford.net

To Market, to Market You can’t be sure of many things in life but the freshness of the fish at the new Little Chelsea Fish Market is something that can be guaranteed. The restaurant-come-market enables visitors to take home a catch-based on their favourite meal from breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don’t be surprised, however, if you struggle to recreate the dish first time round; its head chefs are DSTRKT’s Georgi Yaneff and Greg Stauffer. The menu changes depending on the catch of the day, and the à la carte menu is always available, offering raw products such as oysters, ceviche, platters, smoked and cured fish, and salads. Little Chelsea Fish Market 14 Hollywood Road, Kensington, SW10 littlechelseafishmarket.com

A Pearl of Pleasure

Meeting at a very elegant crossroads between jewellery and food is Japanese pearl brand Mikimoto and French pastry house Ladurée, which have come together to create a sumptuous rose and lychee patisserie collection. It comprises a pyramid of choux and pearl-print-adorned box of macaroons, both of which emulate the iridescent sheen of a pearl. In addition to the exclusive flavour, customers can also choose from existing Ladurée flavours. If you ever needed an excuse to buy Mikimoto’s exquisite pearls, the decorated pearl-print gift box of eight macaroons is it; it comes free with all purchases more than £1,000 in the Harrods Fine Jewellery Room. Mikimoto Box, £19.80, Harrods, harrods.com


Photography: James Mason - JAB Promotions/REX Sarah Brown, Bec Astley Clarke MBE and Laura Bailey

Amber Nuttall and Savannah Miller

Sarah Brown

Amber Le Bon

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Laura Bailey

Laura Whitmore

Nicola Mendelsohn and Sarah Brown

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Laura Bailey, Sienna Guillory and guest

LONDON LIVING Images courtesy of: The Conran Shop

La Dolce Vita WHAT: Conran Italia launch party WHEN: 23 March WHERE: Conran Shop, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 WHO: Bob Geldof, Richard E. Grant, Mary Greenwell, Sabrina Guinness, Paula Reed and Brix Smith-Start WHY: Although Jasper Conran’s new collection, Conran Italia, was meant to be the star of the show, guests at its launch party became increasingly distracted by a 1960s Fiat Cinquecento vintage car that had found its way into the store. At one moment the eponymous founder could even be seen (drink in hand) popping out of its sunroof with friend Jacob Kenedy, whose restaurant Bocca di Lupo was responsible for an assortment of decadent nibbles. Despite being served delicious venison tartare and bruschetta, guests made a beeline for the Gelupo pop-up (no doubt something to do with the special tutti frutti flavour). And it wasn’t just the fare that paid homage to the collection’s Italian spirit; the music did too, blaring over clinking glasses filled with Negroni cocktails.

Fiat cars including a vintage Fiat 500 and the recently launched, limited edition Ron Arad Fiat 500

Petersham Road Theatre

Petersham Road Theatre and Malphino eight-piece band

Jasper Conran and Jacob Kenedy

Charitable Souls WHAT: Astley Clarke & Theirworld charity launch WHEN: 10 March WHERE: Rumpus Rooms, Mondrian London hotel WHO: Laura Bailey, Amber Le Bon, Sarah Brown, Laura Carmichael, Bec Astley Clarke and Savannah Miller WHY: An exclusive cocktail party kicked off the start of a partnership between the British jewellery brand Astley Clarke and children’s charity, Theirworld. While previewing the charity bracelet that Astley Clarke has created, guests viewed photographs of children and stories of their education as part of an exhibition created by award-winning photographer Simon Urwin. Hosted in the exclusive Rumpus Rooms at the Mondrian hotel, guests took in the unrivalled panoramic views across London while quenching their thirst with Lanique Sours and U’Luvka vodka cocktails. And purely because drinking can’t be done on an empty stomach, guests indulged in a truffle and polenta croquette and smoked salmon and caviar blini or two.

Petersham Road Theatre and Malphino eight-piece band

Jasper Conran with vintage Fiat Cinquecento

Lilah Parsons

Louise Roe and guests

Leading Lady WHAT: Louise Roe’s book launch WHEN: 2 April WHERE: Ralph Lauren's New Bond Street store WHO: Caggie Dunlop, Rosie Fortescue, Zoe Hardman, Marissa Montgomery, Ashley Roberts and Louise Roe WHY: Many people could take a leaf out of Louise Roe’s new book, Front Roe: How to be the Leading Lady in Your Own Life, though ironically, the women at its launch seemed to have everything in their lives in check, not least their sartorial choices. The fashionable crowd chatted the night away, breaking only to sample the impressive selection of canapés. Although these were all great, the jerk pork pancake emerged as the clear favourite. While we imagine Ashley Roberts was tempted to bust into Pussycat Dolls-style dance moves when DJ Zoe Hardman eventually took to the decks for her set, the Dancing On Ice judge managed to contain herself and was instead seen posing for photos with the woman of the hour, Louise Roe, and fellow guest Marissa Montgomery.

Caggie Dunlop


Rosie Fortescue

Laura Whitmore and Zoe Hardman Photography: Kwame Lestrade


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Insider’s Scoop

Shaun Leane

Jonathan and Julie Akeroyd

Tamsin Blanchard and Harriet Quick

WHAT: Swarovski private dinner and Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty viewing WHEN: 17 March WHERE: Dorothy & Michael Hintze Sculpture Galleries, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road WHO: Nadja Swarovski, Jonathan Akeroyd, Tord Boontje, Claudia Donaldson, Lisa Marie Fernandez, Mary Katrantzou, Stephen and Assia Webster, and Claire Wilcox WHY: Following the opening of the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the V&A, Nadja Swarovski hosted a dinner to celebrate her brand’s close relationship with the late British fashion designer – something that blossomed after the two were first introduced in the 1990s. Lucky guests were treated to drinks and a private dinner whereby Claire Wilcox – the exhibition’s curator – gave a talk, before experts led an intimate, private tour around the exhibition. It comes as no surprise that the retrospective sold 30,000 advance tickets in record-breaking time; however, if you’re quick and queue-savvy there’s still a chance to be overwhelmed by McQueen’s mastery before the exhibition closes in August.

If the Shoe Fits

Flora Hesketh and Lucinda Bearing

Hannah Martin and Patrick Fredrickson

Jonathan Long, Myleene Klass and Ben Cooke

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WHAT: L.K.Bennett London by Laura Bailey launch party WHEN: 24 March WHERE: L.K.Bennett, 39-41 Brompton Road, SW3 WHO: Donna Air, Laura Bailey, Olivia Grant, Laura Jackson, Daisy Lowe, Erin O’Connor and Martha Ward WHY: Is there anything that Laura Bailey can’t do? Apparently not. The model, writer and British Vogue editor has launched a capsule collection with L.K.Bennett. To celebrate, fashionistas and friends alike flocked to the flagship store in Knightsbridge to preview the collection which comprises one handbag and five shoe designs, all inspired by the Amalfi Coast. Guests were further reminded of Italy as they enjoyed sage crostini nibbles and Prosecco, yet far from yearning for an impromptu holiday, they were in great spirits, helped by DJ Lou Hayter’s song choices. Bailey herself was a vision of summer chic in a turquoise and orange ensemble, enhanced by a pair of her own Claudia shoes.

Lock In David Webb and partner

Giorgio, Mia and Carrie Viventi

Inge Van Lotringen and Ben Cooke Photography: Angus Taylor Photography

Roxanne Heristchian and Jonathan Long

WHAT: Lockonego’s tenth birthday party WHEN: 26 March WHERE: Lockonego, 394 King's Road, SW10 WHO: Myleene Klass, Jonathan Long and Ben Cooke WHY: To celebrate ten years of preening and primping the luscious locks of the Royal Borough, Lockonego co-founders Jonathan Long and Ben Cooke threw a little shindig in celebration. Myleene Klass proved to be the ultimate endorsement for the salon as she showed off her lovely new bob (something she now refers to as a ‘Klob’). Guests were fed and watered by King’s Road restaurant Eight Over Eight; its bespoke cocktails (named after the two hair aficionados) went down a storm and guests were delighted to discover that the sushi boxes they had enjoyed during their hair appointments were also on offer.

LONDON LIVING Photography: Dave Benett at Getty

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Property News PRIME RESI provides us with a comprehensive monthly round-up of key news about the local luxury property market

En Route Chelsea-Hackney line safeguarding route confirmed: Crossrail 2 “has taken a major step forward” as safeguarding for the proposed route has now been confirmed by the Secretary of State for Transport, with the King’s Road station positioned around Dovehouse Green and Sydney Street. The announcement means that land that may be required for Crossrail 2 in the future is now protected from conflicting development. TfL’s Safeguarding Directions refresh the old Chelsea-Hackney line directions and instruct local authorities to consult TfL on planning applications for land; safeguarding does not allow the actual construction of CX2, or for TfL to acquire any property. Following a formal consultation with local authorities, developers and the public last year, the safeguarded areas around the King’s Road were reduced to exclude the Royal Brompton Hospital’s Emmanuel Kaye Building. Another consultation, which should provide more detail on precise station locations, is due to take place in the autumn.

Chelsea safeguarded areas. Areas in blue are of surface interest. Map by Transport for London.

High Chief RBKC names new planning chief: The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has appointed a new Executive Director for Planning and Borough Development to replace the outgoing Jonathan Bore. The current Head of Development Management and Conservation, Graham Stallwood will take up the key post (which incorporates responsibility for planning policy, planning application decisions, conservation, building control, arboriculture and land charges) later this year. Since joining the Council in November 2011, Stallwood’s been credited with beefing up the Planning Enforcement team, reducing turnaround times for planning applications (RBKC now has the fastest major application service in London, apparently), launching the preapplication advice service and expanding the Development Management and Conservation & Design teams.

Market Comment Going Online Laurelin Taylor, Head of Lettings in Knightsbridge & Chelsea, highlights the highs and lows of the property market

The Knightsbridge & Chelsea rental market is one which in recent years has been particularly challenging to predict. Whilst it is a given that December through to February will be quieter than the summer months, it is proving difficult to anticipate when the lettings market will pick up after the usual winter slowdown. March 2015 has proven to be a slow starter and this is very likely down to the impending General Election, but as spring approaches enquiry levels have increased and better quality applicants are getting in touch, partly due to the launch of Onthemarket. Onthemarket (onthemarket.com) is a portal which was launched on 26 January 2015. It was set up to provide our clients and applicants with an option outside of the two main portals. It is dedicated to listing only properties which are offered by agents with a high-street presence. There is no third-party advertising on the website, which ensures a clean and sleek display of our clients’ properties and a straightforward search for applicants. At Carter Jonas we are subscribed to Onthemarket and Rightmove, and we have received excellent feedback from both our clients and applicants as a result of having streamlined our marketing accordingly. Despite this exciting new tool, however, there is still an imbalance in supply versus demand, with an excess of available stock and a shortage of applicants. This can be overcome with careful pricing and by ensuring that properties are being presented in their best light. With so much stock to choose from, applicants can afford to pick and choose and, as such, their tendency is to offer on properties that meet their criteria precisely and are both in excellent order and priced according to market conditions. Over the next month or two we expect the usual upsurge in interest across the board, meaning that the first few weeks of spring, whilst the market remains somewhat subdued, could be seen as an ideal opportunity to have any such work carried out to your property with the aim of launching to the strongest possible market post election. Carter Jonas LLP, 47 Beauchamp Place, Chelsea, SW3 1NX carterjonas.co.uk


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Safety First Council cracks down as half of Kensington & Chelsea’s basement builds fail safety checks: Almost half of domestic basement projects across Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, and parts of Westminster failed unannounced safety checks during a two-day crackdown by the Health and Safety Executive. HSE inspectors raided basement sites across the three boroughs on 11 and 12 March, slapping enforcement action on 62 of those sites – a 48% hit rate. 44 Prohibition Notices were served, requiring dangerous practices to stop with immediate effect, 12 Improvement Notices were handed out, requiring safety improvements to be made, and 63 Notifications of Contravention were issued, identifying material breaches. In a similar inspection drive last year, the overall enforcement rate across 107 sites was one in three (36%). Inspectors judged conditions at two projects to be so dangerous that they “were forced” to close the sites. More than two-thirds of the Prohibition Notices served dealt with the risk of workers falling from height, either into unguarded excavations or through unprotected floor openings, as well as unshored excavations. Inadequate welfare provision accounted for half of the Improvement Notices. RBKC Council warned property developers that they were “being closely scrutinised” a few days before the spot checks, and recently recruited a third more planning enforcement officers to crack down on errant works. The council dug in further a few days after the HSE inspections, slapping stop notices on eight projects in a single day on 17 March. Enforcement officers ordered work on eight basement schemes to stop as developers were failing to stick to agreed Construction Traffic Management Plans (CTMP).

Market Comment Playing Politics Elena Dimova, managing director of CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, suggests that timing is key to getting the best price for your property

Election fever is all around. Are we at a crossroads? There is no doubt that the political overhang is making everyone reflect on London property. Non-resident property owners are reading the headlines and reviewing their property portfolios, not least in view of major currency volatility over the last few quarters impacting their profits on UK property in recent years. For example, someone who bought a property in Kensington and Chelsea four years ago and paid in euros, will be looking at a currency performance of 25% in addition to a property performance of over 40%. These profits are hard to ignore. Futhermore, from 6 April 2015, non-resident property owners will be liable for Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on their London properties. Many of our clients have been asking if they should obtain a Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) valuation now to support their property’s valuation at the rebasing date, 6 April 2015, or have a retrospective valuation at the point of sale. The likelihood is that it will be more expensive for a surveyor to do a valuation to the rebasing date 10 years from now and that a retrospective valuation will be more vulnerable to being challenged due to the greater margin for leeway. Whereas both ways of doing this should be acceptable to HMRC, it is worth investing in a RICS valuation now to save potential costs and even possible headaches later. Going back to the General Election, the one thing markets do not like is uncertainty. Once the outcome is known, the market takes the news, absorbs it and moves on. While in the weeks prior to an election, all players tend to pause for breath with a bit of trepidation, once the result is known people rush to the market. Spring is traditionally the busiest time for property. If you are planning to be part of the post-election party, you want to be ready for the beauty contest to come. Prepare to launch your property in the next two to three weeks and take advantage of the pent-up demand, which will unlock the day after the election. If you want to sell, now is the time to act and beat the rush. CENTURY 21 Sophia Elena, 10 Clarendon Road, W11 3AA 020 7229 1414; century21uk.com


Mastermind Buying A Property in SW6 with Mark O’Neill SPECIALIST SUBJECT: Fulham and Parsons Green If you are looking to move from the Royal Borough to Fulham you could not do better than to draw on Mark’s vast experience. Mark would be delighted to talk to you about your potential move and answer any questions you might have on the major benefits of the area.

Mark O'Neill Office Head E mark.oneill@knightfrank.com T 020 7751 2400

Over the course of the last 22 years Mark has worked for three estate agents in Fulham, often seeing six or seven properties per day meaning he has probably seen more Fulham properties than almost any other agent! He joined Knight Frank nearly seven years ago, opening a new office for the company on the New King’s Road in Parsons Green. Since then he has dealt with many families moving from Kensington and Chelsea. His informed, diplomatic and straightforward approach has led to highly successful results for hundreds of clients, many of whom regularly seek out his advice. Mark is regarded as a highly talented property professional who has acted with integrity and professionalism throughout his career whilst always keeping a sense of humour. A father of two young daughters, Mark can certainly relate to the issues of bringing up a young family, the difficult choices in education and the logistics of the daily school run - in fact all the factors that are so familiar in vibrant and cosmopolitan Fulham and Parsons Green.

203 New King’s Road, London SW6 4SR


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Testimonials “Mark was spot on with his initial value of our house. Knight Frank managed to turn around the sale in a very short time period and I know that I picked the best company to do the job.” Miss M, Quarrendon Street “The team at Knight Frank Fulham did a fantastic job for me, selling my flat in West Kensington.” Mr C, Perham Road “Mark, thank you for sticking with us and remaining so calm throughout the process. I definitely felt at one point you were the only person who could save the transaction and that you did with aplomb!” Mrs H, Landridge Road

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The Charm of Chelsea James Pace, Partner and Office Head for the Knight Frank Chelsea branch, tells us why we can still rely on Chelsea’s charm and style Over the last 10 years London has become one of the greatest cities in the world, if not the greatest. The Olympics in 2012 was the catalyst and the city as a whole has benefitted from huge public and private investment in facilities and infrastructure which hadn’t been seen in decades. More international and wealthy buyers have chosen London as a destination in which they wish to own a property. Additionally, many residential areas, which were typically seen as the poorer relation to Chelsea, have seen widespread ‘gentrification’ and have, in turn, established themselves as alternative destinations within the capital. What has this meant for Chelsea? The area was once known as the ‘village of palaces’ and its unique history has always held a special place for both domestic and international home buyers. Its backbone is the world-famous King’s Road; it has many intimate garden squares and has easy access to two of London’s most beautiful parks. It is more of a brand than a residential district but even Chelsea cannot be totally immune to the rise of so many other areas in London. For this reason, I believe we have not seen the same price rises as many of our neighbours within the last couple of years.

But the market is evolving again and there are many exciting developments on the horizon, which will continue to place Chelsea at the top of London’s most desirable areas in which to live. Chelsea Barracks is a huge site and will transform the area to the south of Sloane Square. In the west, the Lots Road redevelopment is a £1 billion project and will see eight acres of derelict land turned into housing, restaurants, retail opportunities and three new bridges. West Chelsea in particular currently has a lack of public transport links. But following a large-scale public consultation last year, TfL has settled on the fire station on King’s Road as being the ideal location for a new station when Crossrail 2 becomes reality. This new service will link the south-west of London to the north-east but we are still many years off. What we can see here and now, however, is that many new restaurants such as The Ivy and Kurobuta are choosing to open their doors here in Chelsea, and another recent trend seems to be an incredible growth in juice bars. These, together with the many existing restaurants, art galleries, shops and properties, give Chelsea a unique blend of establishments to live among. Last year I asked a client why he liked living in Chelsea and his response was simple: “It has everything you could ever want in a city within a small area and has the most fantastic atmosphere in which to live.” Chelsea will always be a jewel in London’s crown. As it continues with its own regeneration, the prices will undoubtedly follow. Knight Frank Chelsea, 352a King’s Road, SW3 5UU; 020 7349 4300 knightfrank.co.uk

Petyt Place, Chelsea, SW3 – guide price £6,750,000


Abbotsbury Road, Holland Park W14 A four bedroom house with off street parking and a garden The house is arranged over three floors, has excellent natural light, generous entertaining space and a good sized west facing garden. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 reception room, kitchen, utility/store room, garden, patio/terrace, private parking for two cars. EPC: E. Approximately 171 sq m (1,850 sq ft). Freehold

Guide price: £3,750,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/kensington kens@knightfrank.com 020 7938 4311  

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York House, Kensington W8 Exclusive four bedroom apartment in gated development with parking York House is one of the most sought after residences in Kensington. This four bedroom apartment has excellent ceiling heights throughout and is in very good condition having recently undergone full refurbishment. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, double reception room, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, study, guest cloakroom, parking, 24 hour porterage. EPC: C. Approximately 285 sq m (3,074 sq ft).   Share of Freehold

KnightFrank.co.uk/kensington kens@knightfrank.com 020 7938 4311  

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Cresswell Gardens, Earls Court SW5 Beautiful four bedroom duplex flat for sale A beautifully presented ground and first floor flat located in the desirable Cresswell Gardens. This red brick period building has fantastic ceiling heights and boasts generous volume which allows light to flow throughout from the west facing reception room. The flat has been furnished to a high standard, featuring modern appliances whilst maintaining period charm. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, balcony. EPC: C. Approximately 143 sq m (1,536 sq ft).   Share of Freehold

Guide price: £3,150,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/chelsea chelsea@knightfrank.com 020 3641 5903  

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Trevor Square, Knightsbridge SW7 Two bedroom apartment with porter and parking A lateral apartment located on the second floor of this converted former Harrods warehouse in the heart of Knightsbridge. Master bedroom with dressing area and en suite bathroom, guest suite, reception room, dining area, kitchen breakfast room, access to communal gardens, underground parking space, 24 hour concierge. EPC: C. Approximately 148 sq m (1,592 sq ft).

KnightFrank.co.uk/knightsbridge knightsbridge@knightfrank.com 020 3641 5913 Harrodsestates.com enquiries@harrodsestates.com 020 7225 6506 Â

Share of Freehold

Guide price: ÂŁ5,350,000

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From an existing blank canvas, an exciting and rare opportunity to create a significant and imposing home on one of the finest roads in Notting Hill and, arguably, in prime central London. With the professional team ready if needed, 12 Pembridge Place is all set to start its progression to a truly exceptional home. EPC: G Planning permission has been granted by the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to increase the size of the property from approximately 3,931 sq ft to approximately 9,429 sq ft.

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Hewer Street, North Kensington W10 Two bedroom warehouse style conversion A unique opportunity to acquire a beautifully designed warehouse conversion of an old Victorian dairy, offering wonderful living with huge volumes, space and a magnificent glass roof that illuminates the whole house. 2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, 2 shower rooms, kitchen, reception room. EPC: C.  Approximately 194 sq m (2,086 sq ft).

KnightFrank.co.uk/nottinghill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449 Domusnova.com sales@domusnova.com 020 7221 7817


Guide price: £2,750,000

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K&C May - 11 Hewer Street

02/04/2015 16:29:14

Lansdowne Crescent, Notting Hill W11 Fantastic flat with stunning views A rare opportunity to acquire a light, well presented flat with a large roof terrace and stunning views of the communal gardens behind, to which the flat has access. Arranged over the third and fourth floors, this stunning flat benefits from a triple aspect and is flooded with natural light. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,  reception room, kitchen, conservatory, roof terrace, access to communal garden. EPC: E. Approximately 132 sq m (1,418 sq ft).   Share of Freehold

Guide price: £2,950,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/nottinghill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449    

@KnightFrank KnightFrank.co.uk


K&C May - 5,2 Landsdowne Crescent

02/04/2015 16:48:25



Oxford Gardens, North Kensington W10 A stunning double fronted six bedroom house Completely transformed by the present owner, this family home offers almost 5,500 sq ft of space over five floors, with extraordinary volume, space and light throughout. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining area, play room, wine cellar, gym, utility room, garden. EPC: C. Approximately 507 sq m (5,467 sq ft).   Freehold

KnightFrank.co.uk/nottinghill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449 Bective.co.uk ladbrokegrove@bective.co.uk 020 7221 0330        

Guide price: £10,950,000

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K&C May - 88 Oxford Gardens

02/04/2015 16:27:51

Pembridge Villas, Notting Hill W11 Beautifully modern town house with off street parking A spacious house that was part of the Berkeley homes development, offering great entertaining and bedroom accommodation over four floors. It also comes with the rare benefit of secure underground parking. 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, double reception room, kitchen, study, utility room, terrace, 2 patios, secure off street parking. EPC: C. Approximately 264 sq m (2,843 sq ft).   Freehold  

KnightFrank.co.uk/nottinghill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449   Marshandparsons.co.uk sales.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk 020 7368 4450        

Guide price: £4,750,000

@KnightFrank KnightFrank.co.uk


K&C May - 7e Pembridge Road

02/04/2015 12:00:28



Portland Road, Notting Hill W11 Three bedroom house with patio garden An opportunity to acquire an immaculately presented and newly refurbished three bedroom family house with a patio garden, located moments from the ever popular Clarendon Cross, in the heart of Holland Park. 3 bedrooms, bathroom (en suite), shower room (en suite), reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, garden. EPC: D. Approximately 140 sq m (1,505 sq ft).   Freehold

Guide price: £3,250,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/nottinghill nottinghill@knightfrank.com 020 8166 5449    

@KnightFrank KnightFrank.co.uk


K&C May - 104 Portland RD

02/04/2015 11:58:23

Cornwall Gardens, South Kensington, SW7 A three double bedroom triplex with garden room and private terrace A superb triplex apartment occupying the second, third and fourth floor of this beautiful Victorian pillar fronted building with a private atrium room leading onto a roof terrace. This spacious triplex offers a wealth of grandeur throughout. As well as superb living accommodation the apartment further benefits from a private garden room and terrace. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen, terrace. EPC: E. Approximately 273 sq m (2,938 sq ft).    Leasehold

Guide price: £4,650,000

KnightFrank.co.uk/southkensington southkensington@knightfrank.com 020 3641 6122  

@KnightFrank KnightFrank.co.uk


K & C May - South Ken PH

02/04/2015 16:29:31



Cambridge Place, Kensington W8 An extremely unique five bedroom house A fabulous five bedroom house in a prime Kensington address. The house has been refurbished to a high standard and offers wonderful entertaining space. 5 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, utility room, kitchen, wine cellar and an adjoining garage. EPC: E. Approximately 340.6 sq m ﴾3,667 sq ft﴿. Available unfurnished

Guide price: £4,750 per week KnightFrank.co.uk/KEQ211733

KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings kensingtonlettings@knightfrank.com 020 7937 8203  

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07/04/2015 17:02:01

Lennox Gardens, Knightsbridge SW1X Modern and spacious two bedroom apartment Located on the second floor, this flat is bright with high ceilings and offers views of the beautiful garden square. The property is well located for all the international shops and restaurants of Knightsbridge. 2 double bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, reception room, modern kitchen, lift and access to communal gardens. EPC: D.   Available furnished

Guide price: £1,700 per week KnightFrank.co.uk/KNQ213317

KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings knightsbridge@knightfrank.com 020 7591 8601  

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All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £276 will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit KnightFrank.co.uk/tenantcharges

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07/04/2015 12:02:17



Chepstow Place, Notting Hill W11 A newly refurbished second floor flat A newly refurbished second floor flat with a lift in this modern building on Chepstow Place. 3 bedrooms, ensuite shower room, bathroom, reception room and kitchen. EPC: D. Approximately 116 sq m (1,249 sq ft). Available unfurnished

Guide price: £1,550 per week KnightFrank.co.uk/NHQ175765

KnightFrank.co.uk/lettings nottinghilllettings@knightfrank.com 020 7985 9990  

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All potential tenants should be advised that, as well as rent, an administration fee of £276 will apply when renting a property. Please ask us for more information about other fees that may apply or visit KnightFrank.co.uk/tenantcharges

61-69 Chepstow Place

07/04/2015 15:35:53


1 THREE BED APARTMENT WITH SPECTACULAR VIEWS ACROSS THE CITY kensington heights, w8 Reception room with dining area ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite shower room ø 2 further bedrooms ø guest bathroom ø utility room ø balcony ø lift ø 24 hour porter ø underground parking space ø 102 sq m (1,103 sq ft) ø EPC=C Asking £1.9 million Leasehold, approximately 998 years remaining plus Share of Freehold

Savills Kensington Stephen Holmes sholmes@savills.com

020 7535 3300


1 BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED STUCCO FRONTED FAMILY HOUSE tor gardens, w8 Double reception room ø study ø kitchen/dining/family room ø master bedroom suite ø 4 further bedrooms ø 3 bath/shower rooms ø south-facing garden ø off-street parking ø 340 sq m (3,662 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £9.85 million Freehold

Aylesford International

Savills Kensington

Charlie Parkin charlie-parkin@aylesford.com

Sarah Birch sbirch@savills.com

020 7351 2383

020 7535 3300

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Reception room ø bedroom ø bathroom ø concierge ø parking ø swimming pool and spa facilities ø 59 sq m (632 sq ft) ø EPC=B

Entrance hall ø double reception room ø kitchen ø 2 bedrooms ø 2 bath/shower rooms ø communal gardens ø lift ø gym ø 99 sq m (1,071 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £1.25 million Leasehold

Guide £1.5 million Share of Freehold

Savills Kensington bharvey@savills.com 020 7535 2980

Savills Kensington tholcroft@savills.com 020 7535 3300



Double reception room ø open plan kitchen/dining room/family room ø 2/3 bedrooms ø 3 bath/shower rooms ø cloakroom ø landscaped front garden ø rear patio garden ø 127 sq m (1,366 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø further bedroom ø family bathroom ø 83 sq m (899 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £2.85 million Freehold

Guide £1.5 million Freehold

Savills Kensington sbirch@savills.com 020 7535 3300

Savills Notting Hill afrankish@savills.com 020 7727 5750

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Reception room ø kitchen ø bedroom ø bathroom ø 70 sq m (753 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Entrance hall ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite shower room ø 2 further bedrooms ø access to communal gardens ø 111 sq m (1,192 sq ft) ø EPC=C

Guide £995,000 Leasehold

Guide £1.895 million Share of Freehold

Savills Notting Hill afrankish@savills.com 020 7727 5750

Savills Chelsea akaruzaite@savills.com 020 7578 6903



Reception room/dining room ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite bathroom ø 2 further double bedrooms ø bathroom ø terrace ø 142 sq m (1,530 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Reception room ø kitchen ø master bedroom with en suite shower room ø second bedroom ø bathroom ø garden ø residents parking ø 121 sq m (1,304 sq ft) ø EPC=D

Guide £2.15 million Leasehold

Guide £1.35 million Share of Freehold

Savills Chelsea apwright@savills.com 020 7578 9004

Savills Chelsea tbirkert@savills.com 020 7578 6904

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1 BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED PERIOD HOUSE IN THE HEART OF NOTTING HILL portobello road, w11 Open plan reception room/kitchen ø media room ø 3 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø guest shower room ø 2 terraces ø 153 sq m (1,647 sq ft) ø EPC=E

Savills Notting Hill Abigail Frankish afrankish@savills.com

020 7727 5750 Guide £2.95 million Freehold




BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED FAMILY HOME IN THE HEART OF CHELSEA drayton gardens, sw10 Master bedroom suite ø 5 further bedrooms (1 en suite) ø 2 reception rooms ø dining room ø conservatory ø eat-in kitchen ø 3 bathrooms ø garden ø 320 sq m (3,444 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=D

Savills Chelsea Danielle Fearnon dfearnon@savills.com

020 7578 9020

Unfurnished £4,500 per week + £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* *£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees.

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2 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø reception room ø eat-in kitchen ø bathroom ø guest cloakroom ø 130 sq m (1,406 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C

4 bedrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 3 bathrooms ø terrace ø 172 sq m (1,855 sq ft) ø Council Tax=H ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £1,150 per week

Unfurnished £2,200 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington shyde@savills.com 020 7535 3333

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Kensington shyde@savills.com 020 7535 3333



3 bedrooms (1 en-suite) ø reception room ø eat-in kitchen ø further bathroom ø guest cloakroom ø 2 patios ø 174 sq m (1,877 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=F

2 bedrooms ø octagonal reception room ø eat in kitchen ø bathroom ø walk-in wardrobe ø private terrace ø 93.9 sq m (1,011 sq ft) ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=E

Unfurnished £1,500 per week

Unfurnished £875 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill lgood@savills.com 020 7535 3333

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Notting Hill amackinnon@savills.com 020 7727 5751

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*£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees.


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Bedroom suite ø reception room ø kitchen ø cloakroom ø lift ø gym and swimming pool ø air conditioning ø 24 hour concierge ø 84 sq m (908 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C

Bedroom suite ø reception room ø kitchen ø shower room ø interior designed ø split level ø 56 sq m (607 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=E

Furnished £1,600 per week

Furnished £725 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Knightsbridge cbshanahan@savills.com 020 7584 8585

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Chelsea jargles@savills.com 020 7578 9020



Bedroom ø reception room ø open plan kitchen ø bathroom ø lift ø wooden flooring ø 76 sq m (825 sq ft) ø Council Tax=F ø EPC=C

3 bedrooms (1 en suite) ø 2 reception rooms ø kitchen ø family bathroom ø underfloor heating ø patio garden ø 134 sq m (1,479 sq ft) ø Council Tax=G ø EPC=C

Unfurnished £750 per week

Unfurnished £1,895 per week

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Chelsea jargles@savills.com 020 7578 9020

+ £276 inc VAT one-off admin fee and other charges may apply* Savills Knightsbridge cfgladwin@savills.com 020 7584 8585

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*£36 inc VAT for each additional tenant/occupant/guarantor reference where required. Inventory check out fee – charged at the end of or early termination of the tenancy and the amount is dependent on the property size and whether furnished/unfurnished. For more details, visit www.savills.co.uk/fees.

Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Petersham House, SW7 A spectacular three bedroom penthouse apartment presented in immaculate condition, offering superb panoramic views over Central London. This stunning flat offers very generous contemporary accommodation and direct lift access. EPC: D

£10,000,000 Leasehold • • •

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Hamptons Knightsbridge Office Sales. 020 7717 5461 | Lettings. 020 7717 5463

Large dual aspect reception room Kitchen Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room Second and third bedrooms Wrap-around terraces and hot tub

Adam & Eve Mews, W8 A beautifully presented three bedroom mews house that has been refurbished to exacting standards using the best materials and with a sharp eye for design. The ground floor offers versatile kitchen living space, the second floor provides a large living room with access to terrace. EPC: C

£2,950,000 Freehold • • • • •

Hamptons Kensington Office Sales. 020 7937 9371 | Lettings. 020 7717 5459

Three bedrooms Balcony Roof terrace Approximately 1,308 sq ft Local parks: Holland Park & Kensington Gardens

Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

St.Quintin Avenue, W10 A truly unique property set on a tree-lined avenue in North Kensington offering 2,454sq ft of practical family accommodation whilst incorporating meticulous planning and detail throughout. EPC: C

£2,250,000 Share of Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Notting Hill Office Sales. 020 7717 5311 | Lettings. 020 7717 5341

Four bedrooms Share of Freehold Garden Three reception rooms Tree-lined avenue 2454sq ft

Bina Gardens, SW5 A fantastic opportunity to acquire this exceptional and truly unique 3 bedroom penthouse apartment. This impressive flat boosts stunning and far reaching views of London, together with private terraces with exclusive use. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, 2 further bedrooms, shower room, utility room/wc, top floor reception room and kitchen/breakfast room. EPC: D

Price on Application Share of Freehold • • • • • •

Hamptons Chelsea Office Sales. 0207 835 1444 | Lettings. 020 7717 5433

Penthouse with lift Two terraces and a balcony Stunning views across London Three bedrooms Split level 1,226 sq. ft.

Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Chelsea, SW3

£4,950,000 Freehold

A meticulously refurbished Grade II listed house providing well planned, bright and flexible accommodation, leading onto a delightful south west facing secluded garden.


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Hamptons Sloane Square Office Sales. 020 7717 5481 | Lettings. 0207 717 5483

Three bedrooms Three reception rooms Garden plus separate patio Grade II listed period house End of terrace 1,921 sq ft

Stanhope Mews West, SW7 This delightful mews property has been fully refurbished, finished to exacting detail and is presented in a contemporary style. EPC: D

£1,100 per week Furnished • • • • •

*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 www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Knightsbridge Office Lettings. 020 7717 5463 | Sales. 020 7717 5461

(charges apply)*

Two bedrooms Two bathrooms Hardwood floors A wealth of natural light Newly refurbished Contemporary styling

Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Elsham Road, W14 £525 per week* Furnished A bright two bedroom first floor flat situated in this pretty conversion close to Holland Park and Kensington High Street. Benefiting from wooden floors in the reception room, a lovely modern kitchen and plenty of natural light. EPC: C

Pater Street, W8 £675 per week* Furnished A spacious two bedroom apartment with wood floors on the fourth floor of this beautiful mansion block moments from Kensington High Street. Benefiting from stunning views and excellent entertaining space. EPC: E

Hamptons Kensington Office Lettings. 020 7717 5459 | Sales. 020 7937 9371

*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 www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Coleridge Gardens, SW10 A fantastic three bedroom furnished apartment with wooden floors throughout. Situated on the fifth floor of this modern development including access to the Gym, Swimming Pool and Tennis Courts. Also included is one underground parking space, and a second space via separate negotiation. EPC: C

£1,800 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 www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Chelsea Office Lettings. 020 7717 5433 | Sales. 0207 835 1444

(charges apply)*

Fully furnished Wooden floors throughout Roof terrace Underground parking Swimming pool Gym

Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Cadogan Lane, SW1X This fabulous four bedroomed mews style house is elegantly arranged over three floors and with elegant décor along with spacious rooms throughout. The property has an extremely impressive kitchen/ diner opening onto a private garden. There is a formal drawing room on the first floor with three excellent sized double bedrooms and a further single bedroom. The ground floor also has a garage and cloakroom. EPC: D *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 www.hamptons.co.uk/rent/tenant-charges

Hamptons Sloane Square Office Lettings. 0207 717 5483 | Sales. 020 7717 5481

£2,950 per week Unfurnished • • • • •

(charges apply)*

House Four bedrooms Garden Garage Open kitchen/diner

Sloane Square, Chelsea SW1 This meticulously refurbished property features three large double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, a grand reception room, separate dining area, kitchen, a lift, high ceilings, two balconies and boasts exceptional west facing views with seven windows overlooking Sloane square. The property has been finished by renowned development brand Aristo in the pursuit of the very best an artist and craftsman are able to produce. The property boasts Lutron lighting, Crestron control through iPad for Audio Visual system, climate control air conditioning and continuous fresh air ventilation throughout, invisible fire detection system, quadruple low iron glass pane, triple sealed, ultra-silent windows, Sonos and Crestron music system.

£7,975,000 »»Heart of Chelsea »»Grand reception room »»Three bedroom suites »»Smart Home Control system »»High ceilings »»Two balconies »»Exceptional views »»1,898 square feet

Top Trumps Henry Hopwood-Phillips goes behind the scenes at Marsh & Parsons to ask the sales teams about the highlights and the more surreal moments of working in Prime Central London

Craig Tonkin

Ian Barrett

Central London Area Sales Director

Associate Director, Earls Court

Length of time in agency: 19 years.

Length of time in agency: 12 years.

Number of properties sold: Well, we sold 55 properties through the Kensington office last year, so multiply that by 19 years...

Number of properties sold: I have simply lost count!

Most recent record: We recently sold a ground and lower ground floor apartment on Lexham Gardens for very close to £2,000 per square foot. Most expensive property: A house on Essex Villas. Strangest property sold: I sold a property that belonged to a lady of the night once! Most specific request: To have enough room for a music studio.

Most recent record: £1,850 per square foot for a fourth floor walk-up in SW5. Most expensive property: My wife! Strangest property sold: A half landing cupboard/studio. Fastest property sold: 20 minutes. Most random request: After a viewing in SW5, the buyer asked me to drive them back to their home in Islington!

William Hughes-Ward

Chris Nicholls

Director, South Kensington

Sales Manager, Pimlico

Length of time in agency: 16 years. Number of properties sold: 500+ Most recent record: Four racks of ribs at the Big Easy. Most expensive property: An £18 million property on Chesham Place. Strangest property sold: A houseboat at Cadogan Pier. Fastest property sold: Four hours. Most specific request: A north-facing room for an artist - it’s because the light is better apparently.

Length of time in agency: Almost eight years. Number of properties sold: In my career?! Hundreds! Most recent record: We’re just about to exchange on a first floor, one-bedroom flat in Pimlico for £995,000, and almost £1,600 per square foot. Strangest property sold: Rio Cottage on Grosvenor Road, a tiny detached cottage right on the Thames. Most notable sale: I’ve sold the same flat on Ebury Street twice without marketing it either time. Most random request: “Can you fit all four of us in your Smart car?”


From left/ Craig Tonkin, Ian Barrett, William Hughes-Ward, Gillian Pushkarna, Chris Nicholls Photography by: Sarel Jansen

Gillian Pushkarna Sales Manager & Associate Director Length of time in agency: Seven years plus 15 years of property development in Kensington and Chelsea. Number of properties sold: Many, several times over throughout the years. Most recent record: I sold a studio apartment on Buckingham Gate for £2,091 per square foot. Most memorable sale: A £1.2 million property in 1995 – that was a big price back in the day! Strangest property sold: One full of Christmas decorations ... in June. Most unusual viewing: A house with approximately 20 cats leaping around. Most specific request: A property that wasn’t overlooked by any others, so the buyer could freely walk around naked. Well, that’s what he told me at least! marshandparsons.co.uk


Elegant, high-end dwelling exquisitely decorated throughout Matching people and property in London for 150 years.

Pembroke Square W8 ÂŁ4,250,000 A beautifully presented four-bedroom Grade II listed family house ideally located overlooking an elegant garden square boasting great proportions and good ceiling height. Freehold. EPC=E

Kensington: 020 7368 4450 sales.kns@marshandparsons.co.uk

Wilby Mews W11 ÂŁ2,950,000 A wonderful three-bedroom showcase house in highly sought-after cobbled mews in prime Notting Hill with access to prestigious private communal gardens of Ladbroke Square. Freehold. EPC=C

Notting Hill: 020 7313 2890 sales.not@marshandparsons.co.uk

Morton Mews SW5 ÂŁ2,800,000 A splendid five-bedroom mews house refurbished to an exacting standard with a stylish contemporary finish and solid wooden oak floors located in a private gated cobbled mews. Freehold. EPC=D

Earls Court: 020 7835 0620 sales.ect@marshandparsons.co.uk

Bolton Gardens SW5 ÂŁ2,500,000 A large and extremely stylish two-bedroom apartment spanning the entire garden level of an imposing Victorian building with access to stunning communal gardens. Leasehold.

Earls Court: 020 7835 0620 sales.ect@marshandparsons.co.uk

Talbot Road W2 ÂŁ2,495,000 An exceptional three-bedroom maisonette offering flexible accommodation throughout, conveniently located in the heart of the Artesian Village section of Talbot Road. Leasehold. EPC=D

Notting Hill: 020 7313 2890 sales.not@marshandparsons.co.uk

Marloes Road W8 ÂŁ1,799,950 A beautiful, interior designed two-bedroom garden flat, which offers an exclusive urban retreat with spacious living/entertaining space including a seperate study and gym. Leasehold. EPC=D

Kensington: 020 7368 4450 sales.skn@marshandparsons.co.uk

Westbourne Park Road ÂŁ1,200,000 A charming, two-bedroom spacious and very bright south facing upper maisonette located just a short walk from the vibrant Portobello Road. Share of Freehold.

North Kensington: 020 7313 8350 sales.nkn@marshandparsons.co.uk

Kensington Church Street W8 ÂŁ725 per week A contemporary and stylish two-bedroom apartment recently refurbished to exacting standards and presented in immaculate condition throughout with access to private walled roof terrace. EPC=C

Kensington: 020 7368 4450 lets.skn@marshandparsons.co.uk

St Anns Villas ÂŁ595 per week A truly delightful two-bedroom apartment presented in excellent order throughout, flooded with natural light and further benefitting from excellent fitted storage.

Holland Park: 020 7605 6890 lets.hol@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Lansdowne Court, W11 ÂŁ10,500,000 LEASEHOLD A spectacular penthouse apartment of breath-taking design, with glass external walls taking full advantage of the sensational views offered by such an elevated position. The apartment is accessed through a discreet private courtyard and lift and features expansive living and entertaining space, both inside and out, a fabulous master bedroom suite and up to four additional bedrooms. Six Bedrooms | Reception Room/Bar | Reception/Dining Area | Kitchen | Four Bathrooms | Maisonette | Private Lift | Roof Terrace | 4,056 Approx Sq Ft

notting hill | 020 7727 3227 nottinghill@winkworth.co.uk


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Ossington Street, W2 ÂŁ3,950,000 Freehold An elegant, well presented family house with large west facing garden in this immensely convenient Notting Hill spot with wonderful living space over the ground and first floors and a self-contained flat over the lower ground floor with own front door providing excellent flexibility. Six Bedrooms | Four Reception Rooms | Three Bathrooms | 2,352 Sq Ft | Freehold

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Phillimore Walk, W8 £2,150,000 Freehold An attractive and well presented three bedroom mews house occupying approximately 1,436 sq ft/133 sq m over three floors only. This wide house is well arranged with excellent entertaining space as well as a garage. Phillimore Walk is located on the Phillimore Estate which is just north of Kensington High Street and therefore benefits from the shopping and transport facilities of the area. Holland Park and Kensington Gardens are also within easy walking distance. Entrance Hall | 27’ Reception Room | Kitchen | Principal Bedroom with En Suite Bathroom | Two Further Bedrooms | En Suite Shower Room | Further Bathroom | Garage | EPC Rating D | JSA Strutt & Parker: 020 7938 3666

Kensington | 020 7727 1500 kensington@winkworth.co.uk


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Vicarage Gate, W8 ÂŁ950,000 Share of Freehold A spacious and very well presented one bedroom garden flat (775 sq ft/72 sq m) located in a quiet Kensington cul-de-sac. The property is situated to the rear of a large Victorian terrace house. There is a generous reception room with folding doors onto the garden, a well-equipped kitchen, shower room and a double bedroom with French windows onto the garden. Vicarage Gate is a quiet and sought after cul de sac off Kensington Church Street which is close to Kensington High Street and Notting Hill Gate. The green open spaces of Kensington Gardens and Holland Park are also within easy walking distance. Entrance Hall | Reception Room | Kitchen | Double Bedroom | Shower Room | Garden | EPC Rating D

Kensington | 020 7727 1500 kensington@winkworth.co.uk

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Sloane Court West, SW3 ÂŁ1,450 per week A stunning two bedroom, top floor maisonette, in extremely good condition with superb aspects over communal gardens. The property features a large reception modern kitchen with dining area and an exceptional master bedroom with a wealth of fitted cupboards. Two Bedrooms | One Reception | Two Bathrooms | Period Maisonette | Roof Terrace | Communal Gardens | 1,433 Approx Sq ft | Unfurnished | EPC Rating E

Draycott Avenue, SW3 ÂŁ1,695 per week A three double bedroom maisonette situated over the first, second and third floors with a private street entrance and decked roof terrace. The property has been refurbished to a high standard throughout. Period Maisonette | Three Bedrooms | Two Reception Rooms | Two Bathrroms | Roof Terrace | Balcony | Un/Furnished | 1,459 Approx Sq ft | EPC Rating D

Knightsbridge & Chelsea | 020 7589 6616 knightsbridge@winkworth.co.uk


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Montpelier Street, SW7 £2,250 per week A newly refurbished mid-terrace period townhouse with a white stucco facade located in ‘Knightsbridge Village’ and moments from Hyde Park. The property offers a wealth of reception space with a modern kitchen and adjacent family area on the lower ground floor. Five Bedrooms | Two Receptions | Four Bathrooms | Period House | Private Street Entrance | Resident Parking | Un/Furnished | 2,299 Approx Sq ft | EPC rating D

St Georges Court, Chelsea, SW3 £650 per week An exceptional, well presented and interior designed fourth floor flat in this prestigious block situated on Brompton Cross. The property which was refurbished in a minimalist style features hard wood floors throughout, concealed storage and a high quality kitchen and shower room. One Bedroom | One Reception | One Bathroom | Period Flat | Resident Parking | Furnished | 640 Approx Sq ft | EPC rating C

Knightsbridge & Chelsea | 020 7589 6616 knightsbridge@winkworth.co.uk

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Charlesworth House, Stanhope Gardens, SW7 £2,680,000 Leasehold A rare opportunity to acquire a spacious maisonette in one of South Kensington’s most sought after modern developments. The property spans 1,219 sq/ft (113sq/m) and features a split level reception/dining room with easterly views overlooking Stanhope Gardens (to which there is access STUCC), modern kitchen, guest WC and two bedrooms each with en-suite bathrooms on the lower level. Charlesworth house is a modern building that was built in the 1990s but retained the original stucco facade and is one of the few blocks in South Kensington that offers 24 hour porterage and secure car parking. Reception/Dining Room | Kitchen | Two Bedrooms Both with En-suite Bathrooms | Porter | Parking | Access to Communal Gardens (STUCC) | Gardens Views

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Southwell Gardens, SW7

ÂŁ880 per week

An impressive and well-proportioned two double bedroom, two bathroom flat located on the ground floor of this period building. The property benefits from a south facing reception room, separate kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a further second bedroom with separate shower room and separate guest cloakroom. Both bedrooms also benefit from excellent built-in storage. The property is available now on an unfurnished basis. Two Bedrooms | One Reception Room | Two Bathrooms | Raised Ground Floor Flat | Unfurnished | EPC Rating E

South Kensington | 020 7370 6767 southkensington@winkworth.co.uk

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So 020 7221 1117 hello@crayson.com www.crayson.com 10 Lambton Place, London, W11 2SH



Selling property. It’s what Crayson are known for. For us, it’s about getting the best possible price for our clients, regardless of how the market is performing. To find out more about our professional approach to selling property, please get in touch.

020 7221 1117 www.crayson.com

So Hereford Road, Notting Hill W2 Secluded behind an anonymous gate, and sheltered by a terrace of stucco houses is a truly unique contemporary London house. Reception room, dining room, kitchen/dining area, master bedroom suite, seven further bedrooms, five further bathrooms, staff flat, utility room, garage and off-street parking for up to 5 cars, entertainment room with bar, cinema and wine cellar. Gym/pool/spa Garden 10,706 sq ft/994.6 sq m City of Westminster EPC rating band C Sole Agent Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ17.5 million

ld 10 Lambton Place, London, W11 2SH

020 7221 1117 www.crayson.com

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 Sole Agent Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ4.5 million

10 Lambton Place, London, W11 2SH

020 7221 1117 www.crayson.com

Artesian Road, Notting Hill W2 An absolute delight in Artesian Road: an un-messed about family house - grab it now‌ Double reception room, kitchen, master bedroom suite, one further bedroom and bathroom, cloakroom, terrace and front and rear gardens. Separate lower ground flat: reception room, kitchen, one bedrrom and one bathroom. 2,017 sq ft/187.38 sq m City of Westminster EPC rating band D Sole Agent Freehold Guide Price £3.25 million

10 Lambton Place, London, W11 2SH

BOVINGDON ROAD, SW6 £3,800,000 Freehold

A sensational, newly refurbished property by Brazilian architect Marina Breves fusing South American contemporary style, custom finishes and perfect execution. Expansive open-plan kitchen living areas lead onto a south-facing landscaped garden, while high-quality fittings have been used throughout, including Miele, V-Zug, Gaggenau and Vola. – – – – – – –

Large open-plan living space Home cinema room Luxurious master bedroom suite Two further double bedrooms Study, cellar & utility room Architect: Marina Breves Approx. 2,649 sq ft / 246 sq m. EPC=D

Domus Nova Notting Hill 17 Kensington Park Road W11 2EU 020 7727 1717 nottinghill@domusnova.com

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£650 per week – admin fees apply* Long Let A simply stunning newly refurbished onebedroom property designed by Gianni Botsford Architects. Finished to the highest standard throughout and offering the opportunity to live in an incredibly unique apartment of this type, this property is conveniently located for the many amenities on Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road. – – – – – –

Open-plan living space Contemporary kitchen One double bedroom Smart bathroom Architect: Gianni Botsford Architects Approx. 530 sq ft / 49.2 sq m. EPC=E * domusnova.com/administrationfees

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£2,250 per week – admin fees apply* Long Let Originally owned by architect and interior designer Colin Radcliffe, this dramatic house offers unique and contemporary living in the heart of Notting Hill. Lonsdale Road is moments from Westbourne Grove and Portobello Road with Notting Hill Gate Underground station close by. – – – – – –

Large reception room Beautiful kitchen and dining area Three double bedrooms Two smart bathrooms Roof terrace and balcony Approx. 1,743 sq ft / 162 sq m. EPC=F * domusnova.com/administrationfees

Domus Nova Notting Hill 17 Kensington Park Road W11 2EU 020 7727 1717 nottinghill@domusnova.com

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vv OAKWOOD COURT, W14 £4,250,000 Leasehold

A sensational mansion apartment with beautiful interiors by Caroline Legrand Design. Offering exceptional lateral space and superb family accommodation, including a large patio garden, this home is unique. – – – – – – – – – –

Magnificent double reception room Boffi kitchen Luxurious master bedroom suite Three double bedrooms Four bathrooms Marble-tiled hallway Large patio garden Access to communal gardens Interior designer: Caroline Legrand Approx. 2,695 sq ft / 250.4 sq m. EPC=E

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WESTBOURNE GARDENS, W2 £1,955,000 Share of Freehold

Overlooking a garden square and interior designed with a cool Scandi feel is this superb two-bedroom apartment arranged over the upper floors of an attractive period building. Westbourne Gardens is located close to all that Notting Hill has to offer. – – – – – – –

Open-plan living space Designated dining area Bespoke kitchen Two double bedrooms En-suite shower room Two balconies Approx. 1,152 sq ft / 106.9 sq m. EPC=F

Domus Nova Bayswater 78 Westbourne Grove W2 5RT 020 7221 7817 bayswater@domusnova.com

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£1,250 per week – admin fees apply* Long Let Lovingly refurbished and interior designed by Miranda Lockhart Interiors, a stunning two-bedroom garden maisonette situated on a beautiful tree-lined street. Located in a quiet residential area, within easy reach of Notting Hill. – – – – – – –

Open-plan living space Sleek kitchen Two double bedrooms Two bathrooms [one en suite] Patio garden Interior designer: Miranda Lockhart Approx. 1,203 sq ft / 111.8 sq m. EPC=D * domusnova.com/administrationfees

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Queensdale Road

newton Road

Holland Park W11

Notting Hill W2

A superb house on the corner of Queensdale Road and Queensdale Place with a south/ westerly aspect.

A beautiful house set on a quiet one way street tucked behind Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill.

3 reception rooms • 4 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms • Kitchen Media room • Patio area • Off-street parking • EPC rating E

2 reception rooms • Kitchen • 3 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms Garden • EPC rating

£2,750 per week*/£11,000 per month*

£2,500 per week/£10,833.33 per month*

Holland Park & Notting Hill

Holland Park & Notting Hill

addison Road

PoRchesteR Place

Holland Park W14

Hyde Park W2

A stunning apartment with a westerly aspect set in a period building in the heart of Holland Park.

A newly refurbished studio apartment set in a well maintained, portered development located on the prestigious Hyde Park Estate.

Reception room • Kitchen • Bedroom • Bathroom EPC rating C

Studio • Shower room • Furnished • EPC rating D

020 7371 3377 | jon.gittins@carterjonas.co.uk

£550 per week*/£2,383.33 per month* Holland Park & Notting Hill

020 7371 3377 | jon.gittins@carterjonas.co.uk

020 7371 3377 | jon.gittins@carterjonas.co.uk

£495 per week*/£2,145 per month* Holland Park & Notting Hill

020 7371 3377 | jon.gittins@carterjonas.co.uk

*Rent excludes administration fees. Please contact our branch who can provide this information.

Herbert CresCent

Hans PlaCe

Knightsbridge SW1

Knightsbridge SW1

A stunning house set over six floors (with lift) in the heart of Knightsbridge, located only moments from Central London.

A high specification maisonette with its own private entrance on one of the most prestigious squares in Knightsbridge.

4 reception rooms • 7 bedrooms • 6 bathrooms Air conditioning • Swimming pool • Conservatory EPC rating D

2 reception rooms • 4 bedrooms • 4 bathrooms (all ensuite) Kitchen • Patio garden • EPC rating E

£22,000 per week*/£95,333.34 per month*

£2,750 per week*/£11,916.66 per month*

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

020 7590 4696 | laurelin.taylor@carterjonas.co.uk

020 7590 4696 | laurelin.taylor@carterjonas.co.uk

FulHam road

Vale Court

Chelsea SW10

Chelsea SW3

An exceptionally large split level two double bedroom two bathroom apartment with a large south facing terrace.

A redecorated apartment on the lower ground floor of a well maintained mansion block in an ideal location set back behind the Kings Road.

Reception room • 2 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms Kitchen • Terrace • EPC rating C

Reception room • Bedroom • Bathrooms • Kitchen 49 sq m • EPC rating D

£975 per week*/£4,225 per month*

£495 per week*/£2,145 per month*

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

020 7590 4696 | laurelin.taylor@carterjonas.co.uk

020 7590 4696 | laurelin.taylor@carterjonas.co.uk

Victoria Road W8 Guide price £13,500,000

Orme Square W2 Guide price £17,000,000

Victoria Road W8 Guide price £8,750,000

Earls Terrace W8 Guide price £10,500,000

recently sold. Abbotsbury Road W14 Guide price £13,950,000

Here are some of the properties we’ve sold in the Royal Borough. With unparalleled service along with excellent results, you could also be one of our many happy customers. Contact Gareth Jones today for a free market appraisal:

Gareth Jones 020 7471 9833 gareth.jones@carterjonas.co.uk

Lansdowne Road W11 Guide price £14,000,000


Pont Street Chelsea SW1

A beautifully styled apartment on the second floor of a period conversion in the heart of Knightsbridge. Reception room • 2 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Kitchen • 1,202 sq ft EPC rating C

Guide price £3,100,000

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

0207 584 7020 tom.mayfield@carterjonas.co.uk

Queen’s Gate Place South Kensington SW7

A beautifully refurbished apartment with fantastic high ceilings and original wooden flooring throughout, situated on the second floor of a period building conveniently located close to Hyde Park and with access to Communal Gardens. Reception room • 2 bedrooms Bathroom • Kitchen • Communal gardens Integrated AV system • EPC rating E

Guide price £1,995,000

Knightsbridge & Chelsea

0207 584 7020 tom.mayfield@carterjonas.co.uk


Colbeck Mews

London SW7


A unique, architect designed 3/4 bedroom, 2 bathroom house, situated on a quiet mews in South Kensington & offering great versatility with an abundance of striking design features. The house offers a generous master suite on the top floor, which benefits from plenty of natural light & access to a large south facing terrace to the front, with a smaller terrace to the rear, along with an open plan living room, which is modelled in a contemporary loft style. EPC rating D


020 7594 4740



Onslow Square

South Kensington SW7

An extremely special and beautifully refurbished 2nd floor lateral apartment (with lift) on one of London’s most desirable garden squares. The property has 2 large double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a separate dining room, separate kitchen, bespoke carpentry, wood flooring throughout & is exceptionally bright due to its east/west aspect. It further benefits from a storage room in the basement which measures approximately 77 sq ft & is located within a beautiful white stucco fronted period building. EPC rating D


020 7594 4740


ÂŁ2,850,000 leasehold

Abingdon Road


Kensington W8


An outstanding family home that has been completely modernised to an exceptionally high standard. Accommodation comprises a bright double reception room, a family TV room, dining room & a separate fully fitted kitchen. There is a large master suite with a walk in wardrobe & a luxurious bathroom, 2 further double bedrooms & a family bathroom. Further benefits include a patio at ground level & 2 terraces on the upper floors, an abundance of storage throughout & an in built music system. EPC rating C


020 7937 7244



Stanford Court


Cornwall Gardens SW7

share of freehold

A spacious 1st floor, lateral apartment (with lift) in a portered building with the benefit of a communal garden. Spread over 1,230 sq ft the property is filled with natural light & comprises a large double reception room, a fully fitted kitchen, 2 well proportioned double bedrooms, a 3rd bedroom/study, bathroom, shower room & cloakroom. In need of some updating, this is an ideal opportunity to add your own stamp to the property. EPC rating E


POLO IN THE PARK 5th | 6th | 7th June 2015 Hurlingham Park, Fulham SW6

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020 7937 7244



Bark Place

Notting Hill W2


A beautifully renovated 4 bedroom period house, with separate mews house accessed from both the garden & St. Petersburgh Mews. With plenty of light & space, this property makes a wonderful home full of style & fluidity. EPC rating D


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Notting Hill

020 3040 8585



Elgin Crescent

Notting Hill W2

Rare to the market is this impressive 5 bedroom, end of terrace period house on Elgin Crescent. The property benefits from a large private garden leading directly onto beautiful communal gardens behind & potential to extend (subject to planning permission). EPC rating E

Notting Hill

020 3040 8585


ÂŁ8,750,000 freehold

Open for Business The Harrods Group has steadily expanded the property arm of the company ever since it was established in 1897 and Kensington is the next mark on its map, as Ella Harris reports

Nicholas Shaw


The eminent name of Harrods is more commonly known as the supplier of luxurious and extravagant gifts, designer clothes and decadent food but there is something missing from this list: property. Harrods Estates was set up by the Harrods Group in 1897, originally operating from within the department store. The discreet and bespoke VIP services it offers have gone from strength to strength and include the sale, letting, acquisition and management of some of the most exclusive properties in central London and prime overseas locations. Supported by the strength of the Harrods brand, the property arm of the company has successfully developed strong brand awareness in key international markets, predominantly Russia, the Middle East and Asia, with the result that international clients now account for 89 per cent of sales and lettings. In addition to the experienced professionals on the Russian and Middle Eastern desks, Harrods Estates is able to call upon the skills of the interpreters from all over the world who are on hand in Harrods. As part of this ongoing expansion, Harrods has announced plans to open a new office in Kensington on 30 April. With offices currently in Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Chelsea, the new branch in the Royal Borough, situated on Kensington Church Street, seems like a natural step. The Kensington base will have a team of eight and will be headed up by Nicholas Shaw, who has a wealth of experience of the Kensington area, both professionally and as a local resident. Nicholas joined Harrods Estates in 2010 as a senior sales negotiator and has worked his way up to sales manager at the company, having previously worked for Moretons in Westminster and Chard in Notting Hill and Kensington. Nicholas commented: “I am delighted to have been appointed to head up the new office on Kensington Church Street. As a local resident,

I know and love the area, which is popular with families, professionals and those seeking to be near the range of excellent UK and international schools, particularly the British, French and Americans. We have operated in Kensington for a long time, so it is fantastic to have a stronger presence there and enable those from the local area to pop in and meet the experienced, friendly team.” The 1,272 square foot office will incorporate residential sales, letting and acquisition of Kensington’s finest properties, along with asset management, property management and new development services. To celebrate the launch of the new office, Harrods Estates is offering up to 1 million reward points for Harrods Rewards Points members who sell, purchase or let their property through the agency, which equates to £10,000 to spend in store, subject to terms and conditions. Shirley Humphrey, Director at Harrods Estates, commented: “Nicholas’ years of experience as an estate agent and local knowledge made him the perfect choice to head up the new office on Kensington Church Street. This opening forms an integral part of the Harrods Estates expansion plan to open further offices in prime London locations over the next five years. “Despite the slow-down in super prime purchases in the first few months of the year, Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Belgravia will continue to draw in the high net worth individual looking for a luxury home in central London. The shortage of stock will also continue to play a crucial role in the demand for property in these locations.” Coming soon: Harrods Estates, 48-50 Kensington Church Street, Kensington, W8 4DG; 020 3650 4600 harrodsestates.com


Established 1897

Sloane Court East, Chelsea SW3 A beautifully presented two bedroom apartment (approx. 802 sq. ft.) in a popular red brick mansion building, located moments from Sloane Square. The apartment is set on the raised ground floor and accommodation includes a bright reception / dining room with a fireplace, kitchen, large master bedroom with built-in wardrobes, second bedroom and a family bathroom. Residents in Sloane Court East benefit from a resident porter, access to Burton Court gardens (by separate negotiations) and close proximity to the amenities and transport links of the King’s Road and Sloane Square. EPC rating D. Leasehold: approximately 110 years remaining Guide price: £1,650,000 +44 (0)20 7225 5752 john.harris@harrodsestates.com


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Established 1897

Thornwood Gardens, Kensington W8 A beautifully presented two double bedroom apartment (1,570 sq ft / 145.8 sq m) on the ground floor of Thornwood Lodge, which forms part of this private gated development in the heart of Kensington. The property benefits from a very spacious reception room of almost (460 sq ft / 43 sq m) and a well-equipped kitchen/ breakfast room. There is also a front patio off the reception room and a rear patio off the master bedroom. Thornwood Gardens is a gated, recently built development which is arranged around an open garden square with 24 hour porterage, security and secure underground parking. Located off Kensington Church Street, between Notting Hill and Kensington High Street, the property is ideally situated for all the local superb amenities and is also within a few moments’ walk of Holland Park. EPC rating C. Leasehold: approximately 990 years remaining Guide price: £3,595,000 +44 (0)20 7225 6509 nicholas.shaw@harrodsestates.com


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Established 1897

Carlyle Court, Chelsea SW10 An immaculate and beautifully presented two bedroom apartment available for rent in Carlyle Court, Chelsea Harbour. The property, which has wooden flooring throughout, comprises of a bright reception room / dining area a kitchen, two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, built in storage and a balcony. The apartment offers a secure underground parking space as well as the benefit of 24 hour security. Available now on a furnished basis for long term let. EPC rating C. Price: £550 per week Plus property fees: £180 Admin & £180 Checkout. References: £42 per person* *http://www.harrodsestates.com/tenants +44 (0)20 7225 5881 candice.fletcher@harrodsestates.com


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Established 1897

Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill W2 A selection of stunning three to four bedroom apartments in this attractive period conversion in Notting Hill. The apartments have recently been refurbished to a high standard and benefit from lots of light, wooden flooring throughout, high ceilings and period features. Pembridge Gardens is conveniently located for the shopping, transport and entertainment facilities of Kensington High Street and minutes away from Notting Hill and Portobello Road. All are available for long term lets on a furnished basis. EPC rating from D to E. Price: £1,300 per week Plus property fees: £180 Admin & £210-£250 Checkout. References: £42 per person* *http://www.harrodsestates.com/tenants +44 (0)20 7225 6821 sam.wright@harrodsestates.com



Established 1897

Trinity House, Kensington High Street W14 This stylish three bedroom apartment (1,471 sq ft/ 137 sq m) is located on the 7th floor of this new landmark development on Kensington High Street. The spacious open-plan reception room has been beautifully designed to incorporate a kitchen, dining and living area, opening onto a small terrace. There are also three double bedrooms, three bathrooms and utility room plus one underground parking space. 375 Kensington High Street is a luxurious new development located at the western end of Kensington, benefiting from 24 hour concierge and security, underground parking and a stunning leisure suite for residents only, comprising gymnasium, swimming pool, spa area, treatment rooms and cinema. Managed by Harrods Estates Asset Management. EPC rating B Leasehold: approximately 998 years remaining Guide price: ÂŁ3,150,000 +44(0)20 7225 6509 nicholas.shaw@harrodsestates.com


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Portobello Road W11 ÂŁ2,950,000 Freehold Notting Hill Sales 020 7727 7777 | nhsales@dng.co.uk




A fully refurbished and stunning house located on Portobello Road, Notting Hill. Arranged over three floors, the property extends to 1,623 sq.ft. and boasts a private, secluded roof terrace.

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush


Kensington Gate

3 bedrooms, Bathroom, 2 shower rooms, Large reception room, Kitchen, Media room, Roof terrace, EPC: E.

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster


Redcliffe Mews SW10 ÂŁ1,695,000 Share of Freehold Chelsea Sales 020 7225 1225 | chelseasales@dng.co.uk




Battersea Park

Situated on the eastern side of, what is regarded as, one of Chelsea's most attractive mews is this beautifully presented and recently refurbished flat, with a shared garage.


East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Shared garage, EPC: B.

West Putney

Elystan Place SW3 ÂŁ4,950 per week Fees apply Unfurnished Chelsea Lettings 020 7581 6666 | chelsealets@dng.co.uk




A stunning five bedroom family home, which has been extensively refurbished. The exceptional property is located on Elystan Place, a charming street just by Chelsea Green and close to Sloane Square.

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush


Kensington Gate

5 double bedrooms, 5 bathrooms (4 en-suite), 3 reception rooms, Large kitchen, Utility room, 2 cloakrooms, Roof terrace, Garage, Balcony, EPC: D.

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster


Edge Street W8 ÂŁ1,195 per week Fees apply Furnished Kensington Lettings 020 7792 1331 | kenlets@dng.co.uk




Battersea Park

A spacious ground floor flat, presented in excellent condition, with wooden floors throughout. Ideally located on this quiet street moments away from Fox Primary School and Notting Hill Gate.


East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Open-plan kitchen, EPC: D.

West Putney

BODENS 102 Draycott Avenue


Kensington Green, London, W8 ÂŁ2,300,000 Share of Freehold Superb Kensington First Floor

Chelsea SW3 4AD

| Balcony | Car Parking | 24 hour Porter | Lift | Leisure Complex | Communal Gardens | EPC C

Entrance Hall | Reception Room | Kitchen | Two Double Bedrooms | Ensuite Bathroom | Shower Room


Kensington Green, London, W8 ÂŁ2,695,000 Share of Freehold

| 24 hour Porter | Lift | Leisure Complex | Communal Gardens | EPC B

020 7589 2000

Stylish Kensington Flat Entrance Hall | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Large South Facing Reception Room | Kitchen | Car Parking


020 7589 2000

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BODENS 102 Draycott Avenue


Princes Gate Mews, SW7 £1,495 PER WEEK Unfurnished Superb South Kensington Mews House

Chelsea SW3 4AD

| Cloakroom | Master Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom and Balcony | Double Bedroom 3 | Terrace | Garage | EPC C

1st Floor Reception | Ground Floor Fully Fitted Eat in Kitchen | Double Bedroom with Ensuite Bathroom


Marlborough, SW3 £525 PER WEEK Unfurnished

(ideal as study/dressing room) | Bathroom | Communal Courtyard | Furnished £550 Per Week | EPC C

Newly Updated Flat Reception and open-plan kitchen area | Double Bedroom leading to the second bedroom

020 7225 0433


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BRIDGEMAN HOUSE, KENSINGTON, W14 • 1 Bedroom • Furnished • 1 Bathroom • High spec fittings & fixtures • Open plan kitchen & living room • Approx. 641 ft (59 sq m) • Private balcony • EPC: current (B) potential (B)

GUIDE PRICE £1,000,000 LEASEHOLD For more information, call Jessica Conway 020 7087 5926 or email Jessica.Conway@eu.jll.com

JLL 387 Kensington High Street London W14 8QA


HAVILLAND MEWS, SHEPHERDS BUSH, W12 WOLFE HOUSE, KENSIN • 2 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Open plan kitchen and living room • Direct access to communal garden

• Resident’s parking • Furnished • Approx. 672sq ft (58 sq m) • EPC: current (B) potential (B)

• 3 Bedroom penthouse • 3 Bathrooms • Beautiful views over London • Private roof terrace

GUIDE PRICE £600,000




For more information, call Jessica Conway 020 7087 5926 or email Jessica.Conway@eu.jll.com

• Finish • 24hr s • Appro • EPC: c

JLL 387 Kensington High Street London W14call 8QA For more information, Kyle Best JLL.CO.UK 020 7306 1630 or email Kyle.Best@eu.jll.com

WOLFE HOUSE, KENSINGTON, W14 • 3 Bedroom penthouse • 3 Bathrooms • Beautiful views over London • Private roof terrace

• Finished to a high standard • 24hr security and concierge • Approx. 1995sq ft (185.3sq m) • EPC: current(C) potential (C)

PRICE £3,150 PER WEEK FULLY FURNISHED For more information, call Kyle Best 020 7306 1630 or email Kyle.Best@eu.jll.com

JLL 387 Kensington High Street London W14 8QA


BRIDGEMAN HOUSE, 375 KENSINGTON HIGH WOLFE STREETHOUSE, KENSIN • 1 Bedroom • 1 Bathroom • Stunning views • Leisure facilities

• High spec fittings • 24hr security and concierge • Approx. 518sq ft (48.1sq m) • EPC: current (B) potential (B)

• 3 Bedroom penthouse • 3 Bathrooms • Beautiful views over London • Private roof terrace





For more information, call Kyle Best 020 7306 1630 or email Kyle.Best@eu.jll.com

• Finish • 24hr s • Appro • EPC: c

JLL 387 Kensington High Street London W14call 8QA For more information, Kyle Best 020 7306 1630 or email Kyle.Best@eu.jll.com JLL.CO.UK

LAWRENCE MANSIONS, CHELSEA SW3 • 2 Double bedrooms • Reception room • Bathroom (en suite) • Basement storage room • Shower room • Communal patio area • Kitchen / breakfast room • Approx. 1,033 sq ft (95 sq m) • Entrance hall • EPC rating: current (C) potential (B)

GUIDE PRICE £2,250,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD For more information, call Daniel Wiggin 020 7306 1610 or email dwiggin@waellis.com

W.A.Ellis 174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


EATON SQUARE, BELGRAVIA SW1 • 2 Bedrooms • Bathroom (en suite) • Shower room (en suite) • Drawing room • Dining room

• Kitchen • Terrace • Lift • Porter • Approx. 1,559 sq ft (144 sq m)

PRICE ON APPLICATION LEASEHOLD For more information, call Richard Barber 020 7306 1620 or email rbarber@waellis.com

W.A.Ellis 174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


CHELSEA EMBANKMENT, CHELSEA SW3 • 2 Double bedrooms • 1 Bathroom (en suite) • 1 Shower room • Reception room • Kitchen/dining room

• Study • 2 Balconies • Spectacular views • Approx. 1,258 sq ft (116 sq m) • EPC rating: current (C) potential (C)

PRICE £1,650 PER WEEK FURNISHED For more information, call Diana Hilary 020 7306 1630 or email dhilary@waellis.com

W.A.Ellis 174 Brompton Road London SW3 1HP


W.A.Ellis will make an initial one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240 per tenancy plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be required as deposit for all properties. For further details of our services and charges please visit waellis.com.

STAFFORD TERRACE, KENSINGTON W8 STAFFORD TERRACE, KENSINGTON W8 • 3 Double bedrooms •3 bedrooms 1 Double Bathroom (en suite) •1 (en suite) 3 Bathroom Shower rooms (2 en suite) •3 Shower rooms (2 en suite) Guest cloakroom Guest cloakroom • Reception room • Reception room


• Kitchen/breakfast room • Kitchen/breakfast room Media room • Media Gardenroom Garden 2,403 sq ft (223 sq m) • Approx. Approx. 2,403current sq ft (223 m) • EPC rating: (D)sq potential (C) • EPC rating: current (D) potential (C)

FURNISHED For more information, call David Mills 020 7306 information, 1630 or emailcall dmills@waellis.com For more David Mills 020 7306 1630 or email dmills@waellis.com

W.A.Ellis 174 Brompton Road W.A.Ellis SW3Road 1HP 174London Brompton London SW3 1HP


W.A.Ellis will make an initial one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240 per tenancy plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be required as deposit for all properties. For further details of our services and charges please visit waellis.com. W.A.Ellis will make an initial one-off tenancy agreement charge of £240 per tenancy plus £60 referencing charge per tenant. A minimum of six weeks’ rent will be required as deposit for all properties. For further details of our services and charges please visit waellis.com.

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Campden Hill Gardens, Kensington, W8 £3,450,000 Holland Park 020 3542 2111 hollandpark.sales@kfh.co.uk


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A beautiful three bedroom end of terrace maisonette featuring three stylish bathrooms, large designer kitchen, triple aspect reception room and high ceilings. The property is located close to local amenities and Holland Park.

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Three double bedrooms Three bathrooms Large designer kitchen High ceilings South facing reception Private garden Shared freehold EPC rating B

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Warwick Road, South Kensington, W14 £3,445pcm Holland Park 020 3542 2120 hollandpark.lettings@kfh.co.uk

A spacious and bright three bedroom, two bathroom property with separate kitchen and private balcony. Set within a portered building in South Kensington close to excellent transport links.

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Three bedrooms Two bathrooms Spacious reception room Separate kitchen Private balcony Portered building Furnished EPC rating C

£210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit kfh.co.uk/lettingsfees

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Centre yourself around London’s vibrant West End

Soho Square, W1 Prime residential property in historic Soho garden square. Prices from £2,250,000

Buckingham Street, WC2 An immaculate development next to the tranquil Victoria Embankment Gardens. Prices from £2,200,000

Duck Lane, W1 Exceptional living with uncompromising design features in the heart of Soho. Prices from £1,775,000

Hollen Street, W1 Ten beautifully constructed apartments in the heart of vibrant Soho. Prices from £1,500,000

Maddox Street, W1 A stunning boutique development in an attractive period building close to Mayfair. Prices from £1,300,000

The Pathé Building, W1 A brand new refurbishment in the former home of the Pathé film company. Prices from £1,175,000

To find out more about some of London’s best developments, call 0207 420 3050 or visit cbre.co.uk/londonhomes Prices correct at time of going to print. Except for Buckingham Street and Duck Lane images are computer generated.


SYDNEY STREET,LONDON, LONDON SW3 020 7351 7822 FAX:M: 020 7351 2274 117117 SYDNEY STREET, SW3 6NR 6NR TEL: TEL: 020 7351 7822 07530 689536 e-mail: ginny@hlrlets.com website: e-mail: sophie@hlrlets.com website:www.hlrlets.com www.hlrlets.com

St Georges Square, London SW1V

Cr anmer Court, LONDON SW3

A well-proportioned first floor flat located at the tip of St Georges square and overlooks the gardens. The double reception room has high ceilings and leads onto the kitchen which has ample storage and work surfaces. The large double bedroom is located to the rear of the building with plenty of wardrobe space and gives access to a large private roof terrace.

A fabulous refurbished property located on the fifth floor of this popular block close to Sloane Square and King’s Road. The property offers wonderful south facing views and a comfortable double reception room. The fully fitted kitchen is well equipped with a breakfast area. The master bedroom has good storage including a walk in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom and there is a further twin bedroom and shower room.



per week FURNISHED


£1,500 PER WEEK


Elystan Place, London SW3

One Denman Place, London W1D

A totally refurbished five bedroom house situated close to Chelsea Green ideal for the local restaurants and shops on the King’s Road. The house has been designed with great flair in a modern contemporary style and includes a media room and a wonderful master bedroom leading onto a terrace. It has air conditioning and sound system throughout and the added benefit of a private garage.

This stunning third floor apartment has been individually designed and furnished by award winning designer Kit Kemp. It is light and airy with floor to ceiling windows, beautiful oak floors in the living space and a sleek Boffi kitchen. The king size double bedroom has an ensuite bathroom beautifully designed in marble and oak. There is a also a fully integrated AV control system.



£4,950 PER WEEK


117 Sydney Street London SW3 6NR Lettings: 0207 351 7822 or info@hlrlets.com


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Ham Yard Homes HLR Residential announces the exciting chance to be a resident at One Denman Place within the exclusive Ham Yard Village. Ella Harris reports

In the heart of buzzing Soho, the Ham Yard Hotel has been up and running for less than a year but has firmly established itself as one of London’s finest venues. Moments from Mayfair this resting place for the elite is surrounded by the Ham Yard Village, a peaceful green space complete with a bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg. Those wanting more than just a fleeting visit now have the chance to call this place home within 24 one, two and three-bedroom apartments at One Denman Place. The apartments are available to let for periods of 90 days or more and can be accessed via an exclusive entrance with a dedicated reception on Denman Place or via the hotel itself. The interiors have been individually designed by co-owner and designer Kit Kemp in her award-winning and world-renowned modern British style and innovative mix of colour, pattern and texture. The apartments are light and airy with full-length warehouse-style windows, some with spacious terraces and views overlooking the London rooftops. Each property is immaculately presented with beautiful detailing including fabric-covered walls, grey oak floors, bespoke furniture, Italian Boffi kitchens, luxurious marble bathrooms and a fully-integrated audio and visual control system. HLR Residential, the Chelsea-based agency overseeing the lettings, commented: “We are very excited to be able to market the independent apartment building at Ham Yard, which has to be one of London’s latest hot spot ‘destinations’. Tenants of these exceptional apartments not only benefit from being cared for by a five star hotel but are also part of a unique and inspiring environment in the heart of the West End.” Alongside the hotel’s 91 individually-designed bedrooms and suites are 13 independent retail stores as well as a restaurant and bar with outdoor

dining. There is a drawing room and library, spa and gym, state-of-the-art theatre, several private event rooms, a 1950s-style bowling alley and a rooftop garden with sweeping views of the Soho skyline; all of which can be accessed by the happy new tenants of One Denman Place. HLR Residential, 117 Sydney Street, SW3 6NR; 020 7351 7822 hlrlets.com Ham Yard Hotel Courtyard

The living room in apartment 19, One Denman Place




ÂŁ3,250,000 freehold

4 bedrooms | double reception | eat-in kitchen | 4 bathrooms | comfort cooling | patio | EPC C




ÂŁ1,360,000 leasehold

2 bedrooms | open-plan reception and kitchen | 2 bathrooms | storage | 24-hour concierge | parking | Epc B

10 Clarendon Road London W11 3AA

020 7229 1414



CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk




CHELSEA OFFICE 2 Cale Street, London SW3 3QU +44 (0)20 7581 5011 chelseaoffice@henryandjames.co.uk


West Halkin Street, Belgravia, SW1X An elegant and spacious 2 bedroom apartment is situated in one of the most sought after streets in the heart of Belgravia. Having recently undergone refurbishment of the highest quality throughout it not only offers an exceptional lateral layout over the 2nd floor, but is also flooded with natural light looking onto open views from all the rooms offering sought after privacy. The rear of the apartment has a generous sized roof terrace, ideal for entertaining. The property has the added advantage of a resident caretaker and a long lease and is therefore ideal as either a home or as a long term investment. EPC Rating E



Eaton Square, Belgravia, SW1W An exquisite lateral penthouse, refurbished to the highest standards with views overlooking the immaculate gardens of Eaton Square. Comprising of two reception rooms, opening onto two terraces, two bedrooms, marble bathroom and shower room. On the central part of this grand square, this top floor apartment has an attention to detail in the interior design which is outstanding. EPC Rating E

John Taylor UK 48 Berkeley Square, London W1J 5AX Tel: 020 3284 1888 Email: london@john-taylor.com

£6,950,000 Leasehold



Queen’s Gate, SW7 1,720 SQ.FT/162 SQ.M

A newly refurbished 4 bedroom apartment occupying the third floor (with a lift) of a beautifully maintained corner building. Kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room, dining room, 2 en-suites and a further shower room.

Price: £3,650,000


020 7590 9339

Collingham Gardens, SW5 843 SQ.FT/78 SQ.M

A wonderfully light 2 bedroom flat situated on the 5th floor (top) with a lift. The spacious reception room has three south facing windows with roof top views towards the communal gardens. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and a shower room serves the 2nd bedroom. The flat enjoys access to the beautiful, award winning communal gardens.

Price: £1,250,000

Share of Freehold

020 7590 9339 38 Gloucester Road, SW7




Country Living Henry Hopwood-Phillips talks to Edward Northall of Dominic London about a country pile in the city Stone Hall apartment; £3,225,000 share of freehold Photography by: Rob Cadman

“The land around Stone Hall has long been associated with workhouses of some sort,” Edward Northall, Sales Manager at Dominic London, observes. Its current guise is the result of a request by the Board of Guardians for a new building to cost no more than £9,000 in 1847. Later a hospital, it acquired more land when it was joined to what had been the St Margaret and St John workhouse – thankfully, its more recent history as housing is an awful lot cheerier. Very few places in the capital boast Stone Hall’s Jacobean stamp, with round-arch arcades, parapets and other classical elements jumbled together in a pleasant vernacular that includes latticed windows, a clock and the like. It’s just off Kensington High Street and matches manor-house seclusion with all the amenities of central London life. “What we have here, nestled in a gated community with underground parking, is a place where privacy is key,” Edward comments. With 24-hour security and porterage, it’s easy to see what he means; the grounds are endowed with a sense of sanctuary. One of the Hall’s ground-floor apartments has fallen into the hands of Dominic London, an independent local estate agent founded in 1988. Boasting views overlooking the communal gardens, a 32-foot reception room, a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom, a second bedroom, a shower room and access to the building’s gym, its sale is naturally attracting a lot of attention. “I’m personally very optimistic about this property,” Dom Iglesias, the agent’s founder,

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notes. “It may be a buyer’s market at the moment – people are scrutinising their options for longer in general – but this is so unique, it will defy the trends.” Dominic London, 38 Gloucester Road, SW7 4QT; 020 7590 9339 dominiclondon.com


HOMES TO VIEW COURTFIELD GARDENS SW5 An exclusive development of five luxurious apartments, with stunning views over the private and tranquil garden square.

The building is positioned on the tranquil northern side of this beautiful London garden square and boasts impressive views into the gardens and beyond. Each apartment has been superbly finished to the most exacting standards, blending period charm with modern fixtures and fittings. Excellent transport links are found close by with Gloucester Road & Earls Court underground stations, along with Hyde Park, Knightsbridge and the fashionable King’s Road, Courtfield Gardens offers much to a buyer looking for a prime central investment.

COURTFIELD GARDENS SW5 Price on application EPC rating: TBC | Ref: SLO140029



Sales: 020 7768 7273 Lettings: 020 7768 7269 chelsea@cluttons.com

OVINGTON COURT SW3 – LEASEHOLD A well presented three bedroom apartment arranged across the fifth floor of this portered, period mansion block.

OVINGTON COURT SW3 – LEASEHOLD £2,150,000 – 3 bedrooms EPC rating: C | Ref: SLO150043

Ovington Court is located on the corner of Ovington Gardens and Brompton Road, only a short distance to Harrods and the other famous shops, museums and amenities this vibrant area offers. ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡ ¡

Reception room Dining room Private balcony Porter Lift access

020 7373 5222 info@hogarthestates.co.uk www.hogarthestates.co.uk


Hogarths Harrington GaRdens SW7

• Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Maisonette • Share of Freehold

£1,499,950 £1,635,000


• Two bathrooms • 2/3 beds • Two bedrooms • Lift • Private Garden • Private terrace • Share of Freehold • Share of freehold


£1,265,000 £2,450,000

020 7373 5222 info@hogarthestates.co.uk www.hogarthestates.co.uk


Hogarths Nevern Square SW5 • Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Private gardens • Share of Freehold


Nevern Square SW5

• Great Views & of Gardens • Lift access • Mansion apartment • Two bedrooms • Two bathrooms • Share of freehold • Garden access


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20 Montpelier Street Knightsbridge London SW7 1HD

Rawlings Street Chelsea | 4 bed | 3 bath | EPC: E | 1,901 sqft A very attractive five storey, four bedroom, west-facing house in the heart of Chelsea. It’s ideal location at the preferred southern end of Rawlings Street is close to the excellent shopping and transport facilities of Sloane Square and the Kings Road. The house is currently let until June 2017 and would make an ideal rental investment.


Draycott Place Chelsea | 1 bed | 2 bath | EPC: D | 750 sqft Charming and elegant one bedroom first floor apartment situated in a fine red brick period building with period features throughout. The flat also has the added benefit of having a separate W.C for guests. Draycott Place is situated in the heart of Chelsea and runs between Sloane Avenue and Cadogan Gardens, making it extremely convenient for the transport facilities at Sloane Square, as well as the many shops, restaurants and cafes on the Kings Road.


T: +44 (0)20 3770 3474



Fine Tenants for Fine Properties 1, 2 & 3 beds required Tel: 020 7581 2222




Globe Trotters

The Luxury Property Show provides international investment opportunities

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Bermuda’s Luxury Real Estate Specialist Whether you are seeking a beach, boating or golf estate, historic home, private island or quality condominium, Sinclair Realty offers the finest cache of properties in Tucker’s Town and island-wide. As Bermuda’s exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, we look forward to providing you with the depth of expertise and excellence that is characteristic of everything Christie’s does.

Tel +1 441 296 0278 | estates@logic.bm | www.sinclairrealty.com

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WHY BUY BERMUDA? Geographic Convenience • London – less than 7 hours • New York – 2 hours • Toronto – 2.5 hours

Quality of Life • Britain’s oldest self-governing overseas territory • International financial centre • One of the world’s highest standards of living • Subtropical climate • Pink sand beaches & turquoise waters • Miles of world-class golf • No personal or corporate income tax or capital gains tax

Tel +1 441 296 0278 | estates@logic.bm | www.sinclairrealty.com

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Buena Vista Park Villas










GIBRALTAR BUENA VISTA PARK VILLAS is a luxury private gated development in the South district of Gibraltar. Phase three includes 3 exclusive townhouses and 8 unique villas, with extensive customisation options, in terms of internal layouts and finishes. All properties will have amazing sea views across the bay of Gibraltar towards Spain and across the Straits of Gibraltar to North Africa. One of the few places in the world that offers views of two continents. Townhouses from £1,850,000 Villas from £2,900,000 Gibraltar is a british overseas territory, where the language is english, the currency is sterling (£) and education and law are based on the british system.

Attractive Fiscal benefits in Gibraltar: • NO VAT • NO Capital Gains Tax

• NO Inheritance Tax • ZERO Income Tax*

*Zero Income Tax applies to Category 2 Tax Residents on their income over £80,000 per annum.

For more information contact Robert Martin Sales Manager BV Homes Ltd Tel: +350 200 65825 Email: Robert@BVhomes.gi



In the Lap of Luxury Calling all local estate agents and international delegates; the Luxury Property Show is back in town to showcase prime property across the globe

The Hurlingham Club

The picturesque lawn under the imposing white pillars of the Hurlingham Club is an ideal surface for a spot of croquet. The grand Georgian private members’ club has always retained its passion for quintessentially English pastimes but has also kept up to date with modern facilities too. In November it will play host to a unique exhibition that will mix the old with the new in similar style. The Luxury Property Show provides a platform for companies in the luxury property industry to meet and sell to a most discerning audience of buyers. Whether that’s a majestic estate in the Cotswolds or a plush new development in Bermuda, the two-day show offers unparalleled sales opportunities. Now in its ninth year, the show attracts many of the world’s leading property companies. It is the only property exhibition to focus exclusively on the luxury market and is committed to ensuring estate agents meet as many buyers as possible. A brand-new format is being rolled out for the exhibition in 2015 operating under the global business information and media group Overseas Property Professional (OPP). It will provide the real estate community with a range of cost-effective solutions for developing meaningful business relationships with partner companies in new markets.

OPP ensures that the event will centre on an intensive day of highlyorganised one-to-one networking meetings to help generate international business. There will also be a matchmaking service that will help provide a solution for international developers and master agents looking to gain a foothold in the UK, by pairing them with the crème de la crème of the UK overseas property industry. For international delegates, it’s a fantastic way to maximise the use of limited time, by leveraging OPP’s industry knowledge to ensure that meetings are organised with only the most competent, capable and prolific UK agents. And for local delegates, it’s a great opportunity to source new international products at a time when demand for quality overseas property opportunities is once again on the increase. The Luxury Property Show, 3–4 November The Hurlingham Club, Ranelagh Gardens, SW6 3PR theluxurypropertyshow.com




It came through the French Revolution unscathed. It would be a pity if it came to grief on the M25.

• UK Residential Removals

• Car Transportation & Storage

• Worldwide Relocations

• Office & Commercial Moving

• Weekly European Removals

• Antiques, Fine Art Packing,

• Storage Services

Storing & Moving Telephone: 020 3773 5796 E-Mail: enquiries@abels.co.uk www.abels.co.uk

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Trophy Penthouse

Design Condo

A luxurious 6243 ft² penthouse in Vienna‘s city center with superb sky terrace providing monument views. Price on request

Private pools and panoramic views for a lifestyle of luxury. € 1.420.000,-

LUXURY LIVING IN THE WORLD‘S MOST LIVEABLE CITY Sky-High Living Panoramic glazing and vast terrace space characterize this light and airy home. € 2.650.000,-

Vienna is the No.1 city offering the world‘s best quality of life. The Austrian capital is known for its cultural attractions and historical architecture and apart from being a desirable place to live offers one of the most stable and promising markets for home buyers and property investors.

Luxury Garden Apartment A one-of-a-kind urban home spreading over 2 floors and featuring classic architecture and park-like garden. € 5.500.000,-

Family Mansion T. +43 (0)1 890 5533 | M. +43 (0)676 394 0837 office@avantgardeproperties.com www.AvantgardeProperties.com

From a unique hillside location this dream home overlooks the entire city of Vienna. Price on request

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Cadogan Square, Knightsbridge SW1X

A refurbished lower ground floor apartment located within a Grade II listed red brick building that epitomises traditional Knightsbridge architecture.

1,984 sq ft (604.72 sq m) | EPC Rating B Two reception rooms | Kitchen | Two bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Terrace

Cathcart Road, Chelsea SW10

A stunning Chelsea five/six bedroom spacious house finished to an excellent standard with a large private garden and ample storage throughout.

ÂŁ2,250 per week Unfurnished

Knightsbridge 020 7235 9996


ÂŁ2,750 per week Unfurnished

3,597 sq ft (334.2 sq m) | EPC Rating D Kitchen | Five bedrooms | Two reception rooms | Five bathrooms | Study | Balcony | Private garden | 2,714 sq ft (252.16 sq m)

Chelsea SW10 Lettings 020 7373 1010 Westchelsea.lettings@struttandparker.com

Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea SW3

The property has two bright reception rooms and an extremely smart kitchen.

Cadogan Square, Chelsea SW1X

A split level apartment comprising a large light reception room with extremely high ceilings and wooden floors and direct access to a private patio garden.

ÂŁ4,150 per week Furnished/Unfurnished

3,597 sq ft (334.2 sq m) | EPC Rating D Two reception rooms | Kitchen | Three bedrooms | Three bathrooms | WC | Balcony | Lift | 2,228 sq ft (207 sq m)

Chelsea Lettings 020 7589 9966 Chelsea.lettings@struttandparker.com

ÂŁ1,600 per week Furnished/Unfurnished

1,586 sq ft (147.3 sq m) | EPC Rating D Two reception rooms | Kitchen | Three bedrooms | Two bathrooms | Patio garden

Chelsea Lettings 020 7589 9966 Chelsea.lettings@struttandparker.com

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Château de la Pichardière, Richelieu, France

Price on Application

This is a beautiful property of 241 hectares with a small 18th century castle. It boasts all the facilities for high-level equestrian use including stables and stud farms, as well as training and preparation of racing horses. The property is evenly divided into farmland, meadows and forest. The castle has 6 bedrooms as well as beautiful reception rooms, all of which are in very good condition. Lulu Egerton 020 7225 3866 lulu.egerton@struttandparker.com

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Bathurst Street, Bayswater W2

An impressive three bedroom apartment situated on the first floor of a period conversion moments from Hyde Park.

1,677 sq ft (155.8 sq m) | EPC Rating D Reception | Eat-in kitchen | Master bedroom suite | Second double bedroom en suite | Third bedroom/study | Further bathroom | Roof terrace | Access to communal gardens

Notting Hill 020 7221 1111 nottinghill@struttandparker.com

ÂŁ3,975,000 Leasehold

Cadogan Gardens , Knightsbridge SW3

A beautifully designed and well balanced apartment extending to 1,209 sq ft, comprising two bedrooms and a stunning reception room.

ÂŁ3,750,000 Share of Freehold

1,209 sq ft (112.3 sq m) | EPC Rating C Large entrance hall | Reception/dining room | Kitchen | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Second double bedroom with en suite shower room | Resident porter | Access to communal gardens by separate arrangement

Chelsea 020 7225 3866 Chelsea@struttandparker.com

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Halsey Street, Chelsea SW3

A beautifully refurbished Grade II listed four bedroom family house offering bright well planned accommodation, leading onto a pretty landscaped west facing paved garden.

2,280 sq ft (211.8 sq m) Double reception room | Open plan kitchen/ dining room | Conservatory | Master bedroom with en suite shower room | Bedroom two with en suite bathroom | Bedroom three/Cinema room | Bedroom four | Shower room | Guest cloakroom | West facing garden

Chelsea 020 7225 3866 Chelsea@struttandparker.com

ÂŁ5,250,000 Freehold

Scarsdale Villas, Kensington W8

An outstanding and beautifully presented five bedroom semi-detached family house, occupying 3,464 sq ft, with offstreet parking for two cars and a lovely garden.

Price Upon Application Freehold

3,464 sq ft (321.8 sq m) | EPC Rating E Entrance hall | Drawing room | Kitchen/ family room | Master bedroom with en suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | Further bathroom | Shower room | Media room | Kitchenette | Wine cellar | Two cloakrooms | Utility room

Kensington 020 7938 3666 kensington@struttandparker.com

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