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63 WATCH NEWS
Ferran Adrià on elBulli’s eternal legacy
Vodka on the rocks with a twist of revolution
15 The Sixth Sense
32 Style Update
A day in the mind of Heston Blumenthal
Box clutches, sturdy pumps and a bit of Cannes glitz
Montblanc’s Signature for Good campaign
19 July Diary
34 When the Sun Goes
70 GREEN WITH ENVY
Summer is here: street parties and late nights at London Zoo
24 Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire Our intrepid writers get their hands dirty in some of London’s finest kitchens
28 Humble Pie
Bruno Loubet talks honest food
The ‘Bulli’ ® Andrew Rae
40 The List
Cocktails meet couture
43 Best of Beauty
We can’t get enough emeralds
Health & Family 75 Wishlist Marta Federico teaches your kids how to whip up an Italian feast
76 Nursery News
44 Beauty Update
Mini-ponchos, summer sandals and the easy way to find a nanny
Aesop travel kits and the new generation of GHDs
78 Canteen Conundrums
Does the secret to youthful skin lie in this ancient Japanese tipple?
51 Edible Remedies Discover the hidden pleasures of your favourite foods
Should your child opt for packed lunches or school dinners in the quest for a balanced diet?
Food & Drink 85 Wishlist Become a connoisseur with the Antique Wine Company
86 Foodie Favourites
Achieve Parisian radiance with Chanel’s latest offerings
46 Beauty and the Yeast
64 the power of the
Golden-age glamour for elegant summer evenings
Bond Street welcomes Breitling
Burger pop-ups and gourmet picnics
The striking work of international photographer Miles Aldridge
89 When the Boat Comes In
54 Interiors Inspiration
Find your plaice in the sustainable fishing debate
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92 The Darjeeling Limited
56 golden grill
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From the editor
he world’s greatest icons all have something in common: they’re not afraid to grab the status-quo and shake it until it trembles. Whatever your opinion of the late Apple visionary Steve Jobs, few can deny he’s one of the greatest minds of our generation, with a skill (among others) for sound bites. “Your time is limited” he said, “so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.” Opening our dedicated foodie issue is one man who has lived by this philosophy, and his own, more simplistic articulation “creativity means not copying”. I get a little star struck by Ferran Adrià: godfather of haute cuisine, inventor of molecular gastronomy and head chef and owner of what was (before it closed) widely regarded as the best restaurant in the world – elBulli – ahead of a dedicated exhibition at Somerset House (p. 10). Few chefs, after reaching dizzying celebrity heights, manage to keep their credibility – and likeability – not just intact, but continually on the rise. Live a day in the mind of Heston Blumenthal (p. 15). Gemma Knight gets the local lowdown from Bruno Loubet as he opens his new King’s Cross eatery and showcases his talents at Taste of London (p. 28) while Gabrielle Lane discovers the power of saké. The Japanese tipple may taste sublime with yellowtail sashimi, but its powers to lighten and soften the skin are now being discovered by the Western market. She gets ahead of the beauty boom (p. 46). We also test out (with varying degrees of talent) the area’s most exciting cooking classes from the origami of dim sum to the knifewielding talents of The Ginger Pig’s butchers (p. 24) and get serious about sustainable fishing with Marylebone’s FishWorks (p. 89). While Steve Jobs’ motivational pep talks have inspired millions to fight for their dreams, I can only hope that one day I’ll succeed in living – and dining – by another great luminary’s pearls of wisdom: “When I am full, I stop eating” – Tyra Banks.
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It is with great pleasure that Henry Hopwood-Phillips and I open the June edition of the Belgravia Residents’ Journal. It has been wonderful fun compiling our inaugural issue and we do hope you enjoy the read. In this issue, Henry has delved into the world of arts and culture, interviewing Kate Gordon, the founder of London Art Studies (page 20) and visiting the Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition extravaganza (page 16). Now in its 245th year, the exhibition remains a champion of all things aesthetic, serving as a window into the contemporary art world. Meanwhile, our main focus for this edition centres on the various street parties that pop up in Belgravia in June. We hope to whet your appetite for a superbly sublime summer season.
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El Padrino As Somerset House holds a retrospective exhibition on 50 years of elBulli, Kari Rosenberg and Carla Roman get a little star-struck by Ferran AdriĂ ; the godfather of haute cuisine and hysteria-generating history-maker
Ferran with bullis Barcelona 2008 from Reinventing Food 10 Image by Phaidon
Clockwise From Left: Ferran poses with French bulldogs (bullis) in a press shot at the Boqueria market in Barcelona, 2008, taken from Reinventing Food, Ferran Adrià; Langoustine with quinoa; Spherical green olives; Mango and black olive discs; Passion fruit tree, all taken from A Day at elBulli; Ferran’s notebook pages from 24–25 February and 11–12 June, 1992 taken from Reinventing Food, Ferran Adrià
“We Catalans believe you must always plant your feet firmly on the ground if you want to be able to jump up in the air” Joan Miró, 1948, Partisan Review
“Ferran Adrià did not feed us. He deflowered us” Giles Coren, The Times
“We are caught up in a madness for the new, and it’s because of me” Ferran Adrià, 2009, Madrid Fusión
t’s hard to differentiate, when it comes to Ferran Adrià, between surreal fact and hyperbolic fable. He’s the doyenne of modern haute cuisine and inventor of molecular gastronomy, although, by all accounts he hates the melodramatic foodie term, preferring “techno-emotional cuisine” instead – fact. He was the first to conceive of using foam and liquid nitrogen in the kitchen – fact. His internationally renowned restaurant elBulli (read as El Bulli before a logo redesign in 2000) five times achieved the top spot in Restaurant magazine’s The World’s 50 Best Restaurants from 2006-2010, despite when it was open serving customers only lunch or dinner across 15 tables for less than half of the year – fact. Following a work experience placement in 1983 during summer leave from national service, Ferran returned as head chef in 1987 at the tender age of 25, gradually becoming a cult figure in his Catalonian hometown. Rising to co-owner in 1990, it wasn’t until a New York Times cover story in 2003, 13 years later sparked “a paradigm shift” by putting a chef on the cover – Ferran told The Telegraph last year – followed by a TIME Magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World accolade in 2004, that he shot to international stardom,
kicking off the rise of the celebrity chef culture. (He lent his voice to the 2007 Pixar movie Ratatouille and was immortalised in The Simpsons’ episode The Good Wife where he served his diners a course called Regret; a soup made from “the tear of its server”.) Telling Colman Andrews, author of Reinventing Food: “This will be the last book about me. No, really. The last one that I will collaborate with” it’s easy to believe that Ferran is as guilty of curating his own mystery as the legions of journalists, critics and culinary imitators that follow in his enigmatic wake. Teaming up with Somerset House, Ferran is this year involved in a major retrospective exhibition named elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food, charting the evolution of his career and the legendary restaurant by taking a behind-the-scenes look at the Cala Montjoibased laboratory and kitchen, which delighted diners for more than 50 years. Those who have read – or at least flicked through on a designer coffee table – the multitude of books on Ferran and his achievements, may already feel they’ve had all the behind the scenes imagery, annotations, recollections and recipes they can stomach. But this will in fact be the world’s first of its nature, showcasing a multi-media display of each of the vital ingredients that make up the edible creative of Ferran and his team. Discover research (handwritten notes and hand-drawn sketches); preparation (plasticine models, which were made for all the dishes served as a means for quality control of colour, portion size and position on the plate, and the speciallydesigned utensils used); presentation (original tasting menus, cutlery laid on the tables and salivating shots of the creations), and plaudits (original restaurant reviews and other press clippings) combined with archive footage of the chefs and clientele.
Clockwise from Top Left: The Thaw 2005 ® Photography by Francesc Guillamet courtesy of Somerset House; Kitchen and serving area; ‘Folie’ salad both taken from A Day at elBulli; Book jacket Reinventing Food, Ferran Adrià by Colman Andrews; The Seeds 2006 ® and The Soup 2004® Photography by Francesc Guillamet courtesy of Somerset House
In total, the elBulli team invented 1,846 dishes, and in so doing, led the food revolution which has inspired and influenced a generation of chefs (who before him could scarcely imagine chicken curry ice cream and Kellogg’s paella) including Heston Blumenthal, René Redzepi, Joan Roca, Andoni Aduriz, Massimo Bottura and Grant Achatz. His biographer Colman likens him to a gourmet “Picasso” (which incidentally is the one man Ferran would love to have at his table – but more from him later). With Ferran and his team’s game-changing philosophy of “creativity means not copying” – a type of “culinary science fiction” or shedding of the “cultural culinary baggage” writes Colman – it’s questionable, many say, whether such gastronomic originality, shaking the foundations of centuries-old wisdoms, could ever come to pass again. And while the restaurant in its original form closed its doors to the public two years ago, making worldwide headlines (“It reminds me of how I felt when I heard the Beatles were breaking up,” wrote Jay McInerney, quoting a “gourmet friend” in Vanity Fair) “the spirit of elBulli is still very much alive” says Ferran. The restaurant will morph into a foundation that, from 2015, will convert elBulli into an experiential centre, much like the original eccentric inventor’s lair, and an archive – Bullipedia – categorising the DNA of the wealth of cookery firsts. His accent is so thick that it’s difficult even for a Spaniard to decipher as the interview is conducted via a translator, although his wacky charisma and unique intonation is in no way diluted. “It’s about human
values; sharing, freedom, passion, a sense of love” he says of the exhibition. “Not just to learn, but to reflect. The word I like to use is to ‘reflect’. The language of cooking is one that everyone understands. It’s a nice way to try and understand the new trends because everyone in the world understands cooking.” Completely self-taught – and at one point seriously considering a football career instead – does he feel such institutions for education are worthwhile? Or do all the best chefs learn organically? “No no no no!” he shouts emphatically. “It’s the opposite. It is obligatorrry! It was different when I went into the kitchen as there were hardly any cooking schools in Spain. It is really important to have some training behind you.” But some of the most groundbreaking chefs were never formally trained, I counter. Surely that’s saying something? “Now, yes, but it’s changed so much in the last 50 years, and it’s so difficult, nearly impossible for somebody to get the chance to be a good chef if they haven’t gone to cooking school. Almost impossible! “[The world] has changed a lot – it has opened up to a lot more people. Before [when I started out] it was for business people; those who work, have meetings. Tourism has made it a more global project, open to everyone. Just because a restaurant is in a specific country it doesn’t mean it is only for the people of that country now. It is for everyone.” Recognising that guides, stars and accolades are all “part of the system”, with his bushy brows and frenetic brown eyes, Ferran screams maverick chef, despite the worldwide acceptance of his crazy, experimental style. The camera loves him, and although when he started out the idea of celebrity chefs would have seemed absurd, he’s all for the change and the international foodie-craze that seems set to last: “I think it’s fantastic, although in the world of celebrity there are nice people as well as arrogant ones.”
Colman quips that it would be easier to count the chefs not influenced by elBulli than those who are and it’s a sentiment Ferran can’t help but reiterate. “There are so many sons of elBulli. I think around 2,500 people [careers] have been created by it. I consider myself a son of elBulli. There are hundreds and thousands of cooks around the world with the same philosophy.” So can anything really be new anymore? “The world has united as one. Wherever you go – Latin America, Northern Europe, Thailand, Jamaica, Switzerland, Mexico, Peru – people can have new styles or be creative and adapt to trends. New ways of thinking happen once every 30 years or so. No one knows exactly when. They can recreate something but it may not be totally new.” It’s well documented that Ferran likes to avoid the glitz and glamour. Frugal with himself but generous with friends, he shuns five star hotels for comfortable B&Bs and would rather a fine bottle of Champagne over a new pair of shoes (or more than one pair at all) any day of the week. The son of a plasterer and a beauty salon worker, his feet are still firmly planted in his working-class upbringing. He does his food shop at the local market “La Boqueria; the most beautiful market in Barcelona, and even the world” and his favourite restaurant is a family run Japanese place. “If I had to choose one it would be in Tokyo, it’s so special. It is called Mibu. It belongs to a Japanese couple who are very mystical. It’s a real experience, you must go.” At home he loves eating cured ham and seafood, but isn’t keen on red peppers. He has his eggs sunny-side up: “egg white crispy and the yolk runny” still enjoying the simple things in life, harking back to his first ever ‘eureka!’ concoction of meat and potato stew. If he could pick anyone to cook for him at home it would be his brother: “He has already cooked for me so many times I wouldn’t have to contract him!” although Robert De Niro comes in a close second.
I make the mistake of asking what he’ll do now that elBulli has closed, only for a fired-up Ferran to exclaim in horror (cue Frankenstein crescendo): “It hasn’t closed! It’s alive!” …It’s alive! Fact. n
elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food, in partnership with Estrella Damm, tickets £10 5 July – 29 September, Embankment Galleries West, Somerset House, WC2R elBulli2005-2011, a culinary catalogue consisting of more than 14,000 pages will be published by Phaidon in 2014. For further reading see Reinventing Food Ferran Adrià: The Man Who Changed The Way We Eat, by Colman Andrews, £19.95; A Day at elBulli, by Ferran Adrià, £39.95 and The Family Meal, Home cooking with Ferran Adrià, by Ferran Adrià, £24.95 all at phaidon.com Visit elbullifoundation.org for more information
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he first time I remember cooking was when I was around 12 years old. I had just tasted dolmades for the first time and so I found a recipe to try and make them myself. I took a vine-like leaf from the side of my mum and dad’s house and made them from scratch. I’m not too sure how successful they were – or how edible for that matter – but my parents said they liked them. I think my mum was just being polite really. But nobody died so I guess they were OK. I think the first significant food experiment I did was concocting what are my now famous triple-cooked chips. I created that particular cooking method in the early 90s before I even owned The Fat Duck. Making a new ‘revolutionary’ dish isn’t always straightforward. Sometimes it’s more about exploring a technique than creating a dish from beginning to end. Take sound, for example. I was working on the effects of sound for many years before “sound of the sea” came onto the menu at The [Fat] Duck. It intrigued me, but the transition to the menu wasn’t instantaneous. I might be working on a few things at once that bring added value to a current dish or lots of different discoveries that culminate to create a brand new one in its entirety. It’s an ongoing process as opposed to making a fresh start for every new dish. However, everything doesn’t always go according to plan. I almost blew myself up once. I think that might have been one of my finer moments. It was still early days at The Duck when it was really just me and a pot wash guy, my KP [kitchen porter]. I had an old stove
which you had to switch the gas on for and leave for a couple of seconds before lighting. Anyway, I switched it on and then the phone rang. I was always super excited when the phone rang in those days as I was always hoping it was someone wanting a reservation and not someone wanting a delivery… I used to get calls from locals thinking we were a Chinese takeaway because of the name. So after a nice chat and taking the booking, thinking I was only gone a second, I bent down and lit the stove. The next thing I remember I was sitting on a counter on the opposite side of the kitchen and all I could smell was burnt hair and skin. I turned around and my KP’s face was white and his jaw was on the floor. The crazy thing was that I still had to do service because it was just me and him. So I strapped a packet of frozen peas to my head and directed him from the other side of the pass as I couldn’t go into the hot kitchen. It was the service from hell but we got through it. Most of my restaurants are situated in Bray (The Fat Duck, The Hinds Head, The Crown). One of the best bits of advice I ever got was from Derek Brown – who used to be the head of Michelin – just after I received the third star. I thought I should look at a new site and considered moving to a bigger and better location. He advised me to leave well alone and not to change the magic. And he was right. I think The Duck is probably still the only three star in the guide with only two spoons and forks [awarded for facilities] but I’m glad I never changed it. I spend more than 70 per cent of my time in Bray when I am not filming so it makes sense to have
I almost blew myself up once. I think that might have been one of my finer moments
the other restaurants there too, apart from Dinner which is in Mayfair of course. My team and I can be working on about 500 dishes between the restaurants, TV and Waitrose. Media work comes in spurts. So when you’re filming a TV programme it’s full on, day and night for a set period, but then it’s over and back to the day job. I think over a year it’s about a 70/30 ratio. Most of my kitchen time is in development. It’s just one big continuous cycle. I will get a bit consumed by the latest bit of kit no matter what the expense. I am completely self-taught but I wouldn’t recommend that route to anyone. Even though it worked for me, that has got a lot to do with my personality and how I approach things. Self-taught is not the right way, it was just my way. And honestly, looking back, it was a harder way in many instances. Learn the foundations first. It’s fine if you create a dish that jumps off the plate sings a song and lands back upside down, but if it doesn’t taste good, then what’s the point? Learn the foundations of the craft first. Then develop your own style. I was never tempted to give up even though I almost didn’t have the option a few times. I came very close to financial ruin. In fact, the day I got the third star [in January 2004] I was in Madrid at an event doing a demonstration about multi-sensory cooking. I was planning on remortgaging my home when I got back in order to pay the wages. But after that third star, the phones started ringing and the restaurant filled up. And that was that really. When I’m not working I love going to friends’ houses for dinner. There is nothing nicer than being cooked for. People always say that it’s stressful cooking for me although I can absolutely say that it’s a lot worse for me. When you come over to my house for dinner, I can’t just knock up a spag bol or chuck a roast in the oven. People expect to be able to eat the plate I serve it on. n
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LOCAL Update Covering the whole of North West London
STREETS AHEAD Wouldn’t it be lovely if Portman Village’s boutiques, restaurants, pubs and salons were to spring out onto the streets in the name of a fabulous summer fiesta? Well, imagine no longer, for in July the Portman Village Street Party returns, this year featuring a Wimbledon tennis theme (think artificial grass, strawberries and cream, Pimms) plus activities for all the family, delicious tasters from local eateries and a fantastic line up of live entertainment. We’re not keeping score, but we love this (Wimbledon? Love? Oh never mind).
3 July, New Quebec Street & Seymour Place, W1
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE Touted as ‘London’s wildest night out’, the lovely people at ZSL London Zoo are now giving visitors the opportunity to experience the internationally renowned attraction after hours. Zoo Lates caters for creature enthusiasts and party animals alike, with talks, comedy and cabaret running alongside pop up bars, a street-food fair, fairground rides and a film festival – and lest we forget, a rare chance to gawp at the night time antics of the zoo’s 17,500 residents.
Every Friday in June and July, Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1
If a star-studded cast, a Best New Comedy award and five Olivier nominations is a guaranteed recipe for success, then the new production of The Ladykillers might just have something to shout about. The show has gone from strength to strength since breaking all box office records at the Gielgud Theatre during its debut, and now (boasting a few new faces) the production plans to return to its home in the West End. If you’re a fan of the 1950s original or a bit of a black comedy connoisseur, this is a treat not to be missed.
29 June - 25 October, the Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R
KNOW THYSELF Jewish immigrant Ruth Borchard was the autobiographical writer who first recognised the cultural and historical significance of self-portraiture. The result was an assortment of portraits by a huge range of artists (she paid each 21 guineas to provide one) which remains Britain’s only art collection dedicated solely to the medium. To ensure the continuation of this incredible legacy, the Borchard family recently launched a self-portrait competition across artists of all ages and experiences, awarding a prize of £10,000 to the winner and choosing around 200 of the works to be displayed in a local three month exhibition.
21 June - 22 September, Kings Place Gallery, 90 York Way, N1
BACK TO HER ROOTS In homage to a local icon and superstar, and to what would have been the late great singer’s 30th birthday, Amy Winehouse’s family has joined forces with Camden’s Jewish Museum to create Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait, an intimate showcase of her life and career. The exhibition will feature previously unseen photographs and many of Winehouse’s personal belongings, each intended to draw attention to her personal style and Jewish heritage.
3 July - 15 September 129-131 Albert Street, NW1
A Promising Start In the first ever exhibition of her work, Anna Mirecki’s stunning paintings will be showcased at Hampstead’s historic Burgh House this month. Following a career as Head of Interior Design at Designer’s Guild and a stint as founder of the Designer Card Company the exhibition is inspired by her travels.
Until 30 June, New End Square, NW3
A young Amy outside her Nan’s flat in Southgate. Photographer unknown © The Winehouse family
True Colours David Mamet is known for his hard-hitting plays – Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna and The Untouchables, to name a few – and Race, currently playing at the Hampstead Theatre, is no exception. Set in the aftermath of a sexual assault, the play follows the black female victim, the white male accused and the resultant court case, asking insightful questions about our perceptions and realities and, above all, what it really means to be a victim.
Until 29 June, Eton Avenue, Swiss Cottage, NW3
Freedom American-style, 1971, B. Prorokov
MIND CONTROL The lengths to which nations have gone to manipulate the minds of their citizens is astounding – and if you’re as fascinated as us, visit The British Library’s newest exhibition. Propaganda: Power & Persuasion provides an in-depth look at international state propaganda through the 20th and 21st centuries, analysing leaflets, films and even tweets, and examining the psychological elements behind them.
Until 17 September, The British Library 96 Euston Road, NW1
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Ubuntu Education Fund Charity Gala, Camden
James Caan and wife Aisha
Jacob Lief and Conor McCreedy
South African Entertainers
2 May 2013 The sixth annual night of entertainment in aid of the Ubuntu Education Fund was held at The Roundhouse in Camden, with more than 400 of the world’s leading philanthropists and entrepreneurs in attendance. The evening raised £671,000 to benefit social and educational initiatives for children and their families in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. St John’s Wood-based businessman James Caan and Arsenal Football Club’s chief executive Ivan Gazidis were amongst those who enjoyed performances from the likes of the London Community Gospel Choir.
Chalk Farm Road, NW1 ubuntufund.org
Freshly Ground performing
Jade Parfitt and Nick Mainwaring
J. Crew Pop-Up Store Launch Party, King’s Cross 23 May 2013 In preparation for the opening of the brand’s permanent Regent Street store later this year, J. Crew threw a party to offer its trendy guest list a sneaky opportunity for some late night shopping. Creative director Jenna Lyons was joined by many local faces including Tallulah Harlech and Caroline Issa. Belvedere provided the drinks and potted shrimp was the canapé of choice.
4 Stable Street, N1C
Jenna Lyons and Patrick Cox were in attendance
Victoria Williams and Polly Stenham
Hayden Kays and Victoria Williams
The theme of the exhibition was dreams
Guests surveyed the artwork
In Dreams Private View, Camden 6 June 2013 An arty crowd including singer Florence Welch and playwright Polly Stenham went along to the private view of In Dreams at the Cob Gallery in Camden. The exhibition was curated by local boutique Guts for Garters and explored various creative interpretations of the reason why people dream. Guests were treated to vodka cocktails on the night.
25 Royal College Street, NW1 cobgallery.com
Guests in conversation
Victoria Williams Polly Stenham and Florence Welch
Walter Hugo, Zoniel Burton Mille Browne and Sara Rourke
Zandra Rhodes, Cameron Borgonovo and Erica Peters
Fiona Lambert, Henry Holland Zara Martin & Lauren Smith
Zara Martin and Henry Holland Kate Bostock, Roland Mouret and Fiona Lambert
Graduate Fashion Week, Earl’s Court 2-5 June 2013 It may have been held way out West but the Vantage territory was well-represented at Graduate Fashion Week, a showcase for the industry’s emerging talent. A week of shows culminated in a gala hosted by designer and Primrose Hill-resident Henry Holland and attended by Central Saint Martin’s Fashion MA course director Louise Wilson. Other industry figures lending their support included David Gandy and Mary Katrantzou.
Adam Jones, Todd Lynn and Holli Rogers
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Award-winning design by Lauren Smith
Out of THE FRYING and Into
What happened when two Vantage writers learnt to cook with Londonâ€™s leading restaurants? By Gabrielle Lane and Lulu Rumsey
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Cocktail-making at The Gilbert Scott With bartender Dav Eames Gabrielle: After some more intensive cooking classes, a cocktail
or four was well deserved. Dav taught us a host of new party tricks – it turns out shaking drinks with ice aids dilution, so James Bond isn’t such a tough guy after all. However, if we learnt one thing it’s that a balance between sweet and sour is the key to perfect cocktail: lemon vs. syrup, lime vs. elderflower and grapefruit vs. s-hhh...ugar.
Dim Sum-making at BO London With dim sum chef Darren Wun Lulu: Of all the culinary destinations on our menu, the chance to get behind the stove at Bo London to tackle dim sum was the one I was most looking forward to. The experience didn’t disappoint, but it was a real eye opener to the Julia Child adage that cooking is an art form. We tried our hand – quite literally, because dim sum has a lot to do with deft hand movements and crafty finger applications – at a few of the most popular items on Bo London’s menu, under the gaze of the unimpressed, but enduringly patient, head chef. One of our more successful attempts was the goldfish (so called for the shape they resemble). We used a mix of natural orange dye and egg yolk to paint an orange smear in the centre of a circle of potato flour pastry, followed by a smudge of cod paste on top. From there, the intricate part began: after making a parcel of the ingredients, we moulded a couple of tail fins, eyes and a back fin – et voila. From certain angles the fish likeness was tenuous, but we were proud of our creations all the same. I learnt that dim sum is a dish best approached with plenty of patience, care… and more patience.
Oh to have hand-eye co-ordination and to fit dim sum-making in before piano playing
Gabrielle: Oh to have hand-eye coordination and fit dim
sum-making in before piano playing, while wearing your hair in French plaits. The steps to a perfect dumpling involved cupping a circle of potato flour dough in your palm and folding the outside in towards the centre to make a triangular peak. A casual flick of the thumb will flute the edges, just for fun. It’s a tricky but amusing business and the team were enviably skilled– too much filling and you’ll end up with a fist full of fish paste; overenthusiastic folding and you’ll be left with a very small sandwich. Luckily, everything looks better buried in black truffle flakes.
A set lunch of four dim sum and dessert is £25 per person 4 Mill Street, W1S bolondonrestaurant.com
Lulu: “It’s a bit odd when someone comes in mid-January, brushes the snow from their shoulders and says ‘Three mojitos please’”, said Dav, as he clapped (to release the flavour) shreds of mint leaves into a glass of ice and sugar. “Mmm,” I mumbled, not willing to disclose that such a seasonally-uneducated person would most likely me – and fair enough, I justify in my head. Even The Gilbert Scott’s been rocked by the misfortune of our terrible weather: the rain was beating down outside while we made Rhubarb and Ginger Sours and A-pear-atifs. And Dav has been forced to reinstate a few wintery selections on the menu because the summer just won’t arrive. We gleaned such handy asides as using egg white to give a cocktail a softer, velvety texture and twisting an orange skin to let it sweat out natural oils. The A-pear-atif was a no-brainer, even for newbies like us: equal measures of Belvoir elderflower cordial, Hendricks gin and pear flavoured Grey Goose were thrown on top of crushed cucumber and lime juice and served in a ‘frozen’, cucumber centered glass. I say ‘thrown’, but there’s actually a lot of artful moving and shaking involved. Rhythm has eluded me throughout my life, so I’m not sure why I thought I might find it behind the bar in The Gilbert Scott, but needless to say I didn’t. “It’s like this, like this, like this…”demonstrated Dav with ease but it was all falling on deaf ears. On with the mojitos. The Gilbert Scott is open Monday to Wednesday from 10am to 12am, Thursday to Saturday from 10am to 1am and Sundays from 10am to 11pm St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, NW1 thegilbertscott.co.uk
Butchery at The Ginger Pig
Grilling at MAZE
With manager Kevin Pavelin
With head chef Matt Pickop
Gabrielle: Ten minutes in
to my class at The Ginger Pig I found myself locked in the meat fridge with the lights out (3°C, FYI). Next to me, Lulu whispered: “It’s like that scene from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” followed swiftly by: “I’ve got meat on my shoes.” To say we didn’t take easily to being butchers is an understatement. The Ginger Pig is one of London’s finest butchers, complete with its own gaggle of Japanese tourists taking pictures. Each week the team take delivery of a 240lb body of beef and additionally prepare 30 rib-eye cuts, typically used for ten steaks each, as well as ten roasting joints and 40 ribs. Beef constitutes a third of the company’s business, with pork belly the second most popular request, and all meat is traceable to its own farms in the Yorkshire Dales. The poultry is French and known for its flavour. The key here was using a sharp knife in clean, single strokes. It’s hard work and you won’t gain three years’ worth of anatomical knowledge in an hour, but you will grow in confidence with cuts you wouldn’t usually try. Kevin’s favourite is shoulder of lamb, slow-cooked for five hours. You’ll also discover a passion for quality – The Ginger Pig uses dedicated pork cuts for sausages, adding nothing more than seasoning and optional rusk.
Lulu: An uncomfortable truth hit me head on during our visit
to The Ginger Pig. It wasn’t in the freezing cold meat cupboard (where hooks glinted they were so sharp) and it wasn’t the moment head butcher Kevin Pavelin proffered a pig’s trotter that more than closely resembled my basset hound’s foot; no, I think the realisation came from looking at the pictures of the cattle-populated Yorkshire Dales, held up proudly above the meat cuts. “When you make meat cheaply”, says Kevin, “what suffers ultimately is the animal”. As well as a conscience check, my physical being got its own wake-up call. We escaped hauling carcasses from the delivery truck, but heaving a knife through a rib-eye cut (fur still on) was a challenge enough. While Kevin tugged fat from meat, there we were, nervously inept and finger-nails’ deep in a clammy white sludge. It’s not a class for the squeamish.
Butchery Classes from £135 per person 8-10 Moxon Street, W1U thegingerpig.co.uk
Lulu: We began with the marinade – a light, summery concoc-
tion that’s “versatile” and “easy to make” (surely the bywords all orderly chefs’ hold sacred). Next door there was some confusion over which pot contained the cumin, but aside from that all ran smoothly for the Vantage chefs. Jointing the chicken made cavemen of us both: we each eschewed plastic gloves and got our hands dirty instead. A sensible move, because jointing is a process that seems to be all about feeling your way before you bring yourself to apply the knife. My first attempt was rough around the edges and a couple too many bones got lost in the expelled innards (what’s a wing between friends?) That aside, what remained was a fairly intact, tentatively spatchcocked chicken.
Jointing the chicken made cavemen of us both
Gabrielle: There is
something awkward about jointly grappling with a raw chicken with a man you’ve just met. He pushes, you pull, somewhere in the middle you’ve accidentally mistaken a wing for a leg and disposed of the “skin-whereall-the-flavour-is” and then you end up, four hands inside a chicken carcass, trying to save the day. Thankfully Matt Pickop is a professional: a man who can butterfly 15 birds in eight minutes, who has not an ounce of his boss, Gordon Ramsay’s trademark temper. “Are you lefthanded?” was his only quip as he fumbled around in the culinary debris. I’m not. “Are you?” I asked enthusiastically, hoping to ignore the mounting significance of his question. My carving may have gone awry, but Matt’s class is ideal for those who have always left the barbecues to the boys and who don’t have a kitchen full of fancy ingredients. You’ll pick up lots of useful tips – such as choosing vegetable oil to cook steak to avoid burning it, preserving its flavour. You’ll leave wanting to marinade everything you cook for the next three weeks. The delicious recipe (red chilli, cumin, lemon juice, honey, garlic, salt and pepper) is idiot-proof and tastes great, regardless of the geometry of your poultry. n
Chicken and Pork Master Class, £75 per person 10-13 Grosvenor Square, W1K gordonramsay.com/maze
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HUMBLE PIE As his new eatery opens in King’s Cross, and the Taste of London festival kicks off on our doorstep, Bruno Loubet talks to Gemma Knight about farms, family and accidentally working for Raymond Blanc
or an internationally acclaimed chef who has graced the kitchens of Pierre Koffmann, Raymond Blanc and the Four Seasons (to name a few), Bruno Loubet bears no resemblance to the red-faced, ruthless kitchen demon I was expecting. He just loves to cook. “For me, it was a passion from day one,” he says, making me instantly suspicious that he is being quaintly glib – because surely, no one who has governed some of the country’s finest kitchens could possibly be this nice. But I get a sense of something more when I mention the competition. “I mean what do you call competition really?” He replies, again slightly unnerving me with his modesty. “If there’s a restaurant right next door to you doing exactly the same thing you do, but for half the price, that would be competition. I think it’s good to respect what the other chefs are doing, because they’re doing it for a reason. And you take what you can take, and if you can give, you give”. Well, that told me. It’s hard not to quickly warm to the man himself thanks to the unaffected, sincere way he speaks about
his career and the lilting French accent that thickly ladles itself over his English. It’s clear he’s a family man (his three daughters are responsible for the enduring presence of the beetroot ravioli at his Soho restaurant, because “If I take it off the menu, they won’t talk to me”) who likes to cook for his loved ones more than anything :“It’s not at all effort, it’s just pure joy and pleasure and happiness”. You don’t achieve this sort of success without being business savvy, but it’s comforting to think that it’s his ability to create great food, and not demolish rivals or please critics, that’s chiefly responsible for getting him here. His story begins at the age of 14 when, hating school, he dreamt of attending the local cooking academy.“I was a bit of a naughty boy at school on purpose so that I could go and do that” he says, a trifle Above from Left: ruefully. “And then I entered the catering school in Bruno Loubet, Bordeaux and everything changed for me. Suddenly I photography by became the best one in the class, instead of the last one.” Amy Murrell 2012® Taste of London The next thirty years brought a patchwork of Food photography by learning curves – from cooking for the Admiral during Amy Murrell 2012®
his national service, writing to every two or three Michelin starred restaurant in Europe (“but, you know, it didn’t have as many as it does now” he demurs when I sound impressed), then ending up in London at Pierre Koffmann’s La Tante Claire, the only one to offer him a job. A handful of impressive posts followed, until one day he decided – on a whim – to call Raymond Blanc’s famed Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. “I was just thinking it would be nice to look around, I really thought it was out of my reach. But I went there and ended up talking to Raymond Blanc for four hours and he offered me a job” he tells me, still sounding surprised to this day.
I ended up talking to Raymond Blanc for four hours and he offered me a job After a year Raymond Blanc transferred Bruno to his Oxford-based eatery Le Petit Blanc, where he stayed for two years before being head-hunted by the Four Seasons and, within a year, earning them a Michelin star and a reputation as one of the best restaurant-hotels in the country. Feeling that it was time to spread his wings, it was then that he opened his first restaurant, Bistro Bruno Loubet, where his classic signature dishes of hare royal and boudin blanc have, as Bruno himself is forced to admit, now attained the ranks of “super-dishes”. He and his family then decamped to Australia for nine years, where Bruno managed a string of restaurants. “I had really had enough of London life
and the stress, and at the time for the French, Australia seemed very exotic and different and healthy – and sunny – so it fit the bill”. Bruno has nothing but praise for Australia, but stresses that the greatest benefit it offered was a chance to step back and gain some perspective with which to tackle the London dining scene. And tackle it, he did. It’s lucky, then, that Bruno Loubet – always interested in produce and growing his own vegetables – didn’t follow his original dreams of owning a farm, rather than a bistro. This concept is nevertheless central to his newest venture, Grain Store, and one which Bruno is passionate about promoting during his appearance at this June’s Taste of London festival, a gathering of chefs and restaurants which takes place each summer. “The fact that we’re going to use more vegetables and make them the centrepiece of the plate is a great angle and something that needs to be shown and talked about” he enthuses, clearly excited by his latest vision. It’s abundantly clear to me (if not to him) that this man was destined to have his own kitchen, and he now obviously relishes the opportunity Bistro Bruno offers for creativity. The dishes are inspired by every conceivable cuisine with the menu cleverly designed around the habits of his customers, although the food is dictated by his own tastes above all. He gives chefs who favour “the technical aspect or the latest trend” their dues, but prefers food created by someone who really loves to eat (here he singles out the chef at The Ledbury for notable praise) and consequently creates dishes more about flavours and “honesty” than fashion. As we bid eachother goodbye I ask if he can remember the first thing he cooked. He pauses a moment, then regales me with a story so picturesque and provincial I can almost taste the Chantilly cream. He tells me he once saw a recipe in a bookshop for choux à la crème (think elaborate profiteroles) but, being twelve, couldn’t afford to buy it. Instead, he memorised the page, went home and created an entire tray – “caramelised on the top and everything” – which was met, upon the return of his parents, with total disbelief. “My mother said ‘where did you get the money to buy these from the patisserie?’ and I said ‘No, no I made them!’ and she wouldn’t believe me. She thought it was too beautiful to be made” he chuckles, adding “and I was very impressed with myself because I didn’t know I could do something like that.” There again is that enduring surprise at his own abilities and it strikes me that it’s incredible for such a humble, diffident man to have achieved such success. Yet again I’m forced to put it down to skill and understanding – and I’m comforted that this hasn’t been outshone by his louder, more ruthless competitors. In a world where everyone is so eager to sing their own praises, I’m left feeling that we could all do with a dash more of the Loubet logic in our lives. That, and the occasional plate of beetroot ravioli. n
Bruno Loubet will appear at Taste of London, Regent’s Park, 20-23 June For tickets, information and the full chef line up visit tastefestivals.com/london
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STYLE Update MARNI gets arty Consuelo Castiglioni, founder and design chief at Marni, sought out the clean-lined illustrations of Argentinian artist Romina Quiros for this year’s Winter Edition Denim range, which just arrived in store. True to a minimalistic brief, PVC shopping bags, T-shirts and shirts have been blotted with free-flowing black forms, supplemented with a recurring pink ball and swathes of ice blue.
THE SMYTHSON ENVELOPE No, not an addition to its luxurious stationery range, but the season’s ‘It’ bag. The gilt-framed box clutch comes in suede, satin or lizard skin with a delicate chain strap.
From £995, smythson.com
SCARF FACE Present buying has become easy with the recent unveiling of Harrods’ Scarves, Hats and Gloves room. Filled with new and exclusive styles from brands such as Givenchy and Valentino, the lower ground floor space also gives status to accessories from emerging labels such as Lily & Lionel. Belsize Park-based Matthew Williamson is represented with two designs that pay homage to his signatures – a pastel butterfly motif scarf and another Eastern flock pattern in exotic tones.
Precious Rose Silk Scarf and Butterfly Scarf by Matthew Williamson, both £210 at Harrods
CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA PLAYS POLO Whether or not you are attending the Veuve Clicquot Gold Cup on 21 July, invest in a piece from Charlotte Olympia’s Lovely Bubbly collection, created in honour of the event, purely because fun and frivolity is what designer Charlotte Dellal does best. Her classic heel shapes such as the Dolly have been given a Champagne-themed twist through the use of a blush pink and gold colour palettes and lashings of glitter and bubble-shaped embroidery. The range is available from 7 July for a limited time only.
From £595, charlotteolympia.com
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power pumps It’s about time we stopped taking a cavalier attitude to ballet flats and invested in a pair built to last. Miu Miu’s new vision of its classic pump is sophisticated and sturdy. Spike-toed and glossy in patent, or soft and chic in suede, the shoes are available in a kitten heel or flatform design with sharp bow details. The monochrome style (left) is very S/S13.
GOLDEN MOMENTS Amidst a social calendar of premieres and parties in Cannes in May, The Ultimate Gold Collection Fashion Show raised more than $25m for amfAR as part of the 20th Cinema Against AIDS gala. With former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld styling bespoke looks from the likes of Chanel, Armani and Burberry, metallic hues (in honour of sponsor LoveGold) were always going to become an instant trend. Enter Roland Mouret’s new and exclusive line of dresses for A/W13, available in draped etched-lurex.
when the sun goes down Photography: Jon Attenborough
Dress, £14,020, Roberto Cavalli, robertocavalli.com Necklace, £977, earrings, £366 and cuff, £577, all Erickson Beamon, 020 7259 0202 Necklace (worn underneath), £695, Jenny Packham, jennypackham.com
Dress, from a selection, Vivienne Westwood Gold Label, 020 7439 1109 Hair band, ÂŁ98, Butler & Wilson, 020 7409 2955; Pendant, ÂŁ215, Mawi, mawi.co.uk
Gown with belt, £1,823, Catherine Deane, catherinedeane.com Necklace, £365, Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane, atelierswarovski.com Cuff, £390, Shourouk, harrods.com Ring, £190 and glitter clutch, £485, both Mawi, mawi.co.uk Heels, £1,105, Roberto Cavalli, robertocavalli.com
Satin coat, £2,845; skirt, £635 and top, £450 all Miu Miu, miumiu.com; Necklace, £645 and cuff £475, from the Diana Vreeland Legacy Collection atelierswarovski.com; Sunglasses, £190, Heidi from Wolf and Badger, wolfandbadger.com Heels, £800, Christian Dior, dior.com
Dress, £1,381, and beaded underdress, £1,944, both Alberta Ferretti, albertaferretti.com Earrings, £245, Mawi, mawi.co.uk; Peridot, tsavorite and diamond ring in yellow gold, £11,540, Robinson Pelham, robinsonpelham.com Bracelet, £125, Vivienne Westwood, 020 7439 1109 Hair & make-up, using Shu Uemura Cosmetics, Aveda Hair Care and Nails Inc: Charlotte Gaskell (lharepresents.com) stylist’s assistant: Daisy Bunyan | Model: Agnieszka Gwara at Nevs Models | LOCATION: WITH SPECIAL THANKS TO Simpson Exclusive, simpsonexclusive.com, 020 3411 4399
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1 Green snakeskin and suede cut-out stilettos, £560, Aperlai, avenue32.com 2 Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve, £40.89, johnniewalker.com 3 Bubbly Pandora box clutch, £695, limited edition Charlotte Olympia and Veuve Clicquot Lovely Bubbly collection, charlotteolympia.com 4 Silver cocktail shaker, £269.95, Carrs Silver, selfridges.com 5 Patrón 100% Agave Tequila Silver, £43.29, patrontequila.com 6 Veuve Clicquot Brut NV, £46.99 and Brut Rosé NV, £54.95, veuve-clicquot.com 7 Long satin gloves, £95, Agent Provocateur, agentprovocateur.com 8 Stone Tibet lamb and Punched Rex Rabbit thea coat, £1,985, Hockley, hockleylondon.com 9 Fresh Skin Compact in Level 01, £37, Aerin, aerin.com 10 Pure Colour nail lacquer in Pure Red, £14.50, Estēe Lauder, esteelauder.co.uk 11 Signature lipstick in Apricot Sun, £20, Estēe Lauder, as before12 18ct yellow gold, rubellite, diamond and pink sapphire coronet ring, £12,750, Theo Fennell, 0207 591 5000 13 18ct yellow gold pink tourmaline tulip tryst ring, £7,250, Theo Fennell, as before 14 18ct yellow and white gold pink spinel fern tryst ring, £9,750, Theo Fennell, as before 15 18ct rose gold, pink topaz and diamond ring, £23,500, Theo Fennell, as before 16 Shalimar perfume extract 30ml, £202, Guerlain, harrods.com 17 Pewter tray, £179, Carrs Silver, as before18 Victorian emerald and diamond necklace, £33,500, Bentley & Skinner bentley-skinner.co.uk 19 Perfect cubic ice cubes created using LEKUE Cubic Ice Cube Tray, £15, selfridges.com 40
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BEauty July 1. This month Chanel unveils a beauty ritual which fuses science and nature. Le Jour is an energising day cream with jasmine and salicylic acid for micro-exfoliation while La Nuit plumps and restores when applied overnight. Le Weekend is a velvety hydrating treatment with rose water for use one day a week. The trio is available from 19 July and promises Parisian radiance.
£172 (x3 Coffret 50ml), Chanel, selfridges.com 2. Ever since their 2012 release we’ve been big fans of Lancôme’s must-have Rouge in Love lipsticks. That said, we’re considering a switch to Gloss in Love, an equally bold take on its colour collection with added shine. The 12 tones in the range include Just Strass, a pearlescent top coat which lasts.
£20, Lancôme, selfridges.com
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3. Cire Trudon isn’t one for limp floral bouquets. Its newest candle launch is a lavish collaboration with Mexican house Arquiste Parfumeur, boasting the essences of mahogany, guava and gunpowder. The scent is rich and seductive, with a burning time of more than 55 hours.
£70, Merida Scented Candle Cire Trudon, 36 Chiltern Street, W1U 4. Guerlain adds to its Aqua Allegoria fragrance line around this time every year. Always fruity, always floral, the fifth summer edition is a fresh blend of citrus notes including mandarin and grapefruit. You may have seen it in John Lewis stores already but it goes nationwide on 1 July.
£39, Guerlain, harrods.com 5. MAC Cosmetics’ next colour collection, Tropical Taboo, is a tribute to samba. Expect shimmery eye shadows in swirling hues of pink and green as well as a range of fiery lip colours. Its Mineralize Blush in Sweet Samba is a slightly easier way to wear the trend and great for contouring tanned skin.
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LES YEUX BLEU Jewelled eye tones are to 2013 what the taupe nail lacquer was to 2011. Now, as then, Chanel has a monopoly on the perfect hues. L’été Papillon de Chanel offers a vivid vision for the season in which lids are shaded with colours named Jade Shore and Moon River and bottom lashes are coated with Inimitable Waterproof mascara in Limelight. The less adventurous should opt for a touch of its long-lasting eye liner in True Blue.
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THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT There was a time when GHD did ‘sleek and straight’ hair days. It still does of course. But it also does tumbling waves, fizzy, deconstructed tendrils and just about every look in between. The man revolutionising the way we see our styler is the brand’s newly-appointed global creative director Sam McKnight, who has partnered fashion photographer and Kentish Town-resident Rankin for a campaign to launch the new Eclipse model, a tool with ceramic plates purposely redesigned to enable versatility.
GHD Eclipse, £195, ghdhair.com
GADGET GIRL While laser hair removal has been available in London’s salons for a while, visiting somewhere for a course of treatments doesn’t suit all schedules. It’s this added convenience that made the original Tria home device popular and has led to the refinement of the Tria 4X. The device has been dermatologically tested and leads to a 70 per cent reduction in hair growth after two treatments; it typically causes permanent hair removal after three months of twice weekly use.
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INTRODUCING AESOP This July, premium Australian health and beauty brand Aesop unveils its Marylebone store complete with hair and skincare collections built on efficacy and backed by scientific research. Conveniently, its London travel kit becomes available in the same month, showcasing eight products including shampoo and conditioner, body balm, cleanser and mouthwash in a handluggage friendly 50ml size.
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FOR TANPHOBICS Given the number of neon ensembles created by designers at London Fashion Week, make-up artists went armed with all manner of faux-glow. If you’ve not yet tackled your fear of fake-tanning and all its tell-tale signs, the LDN: SKINS range might be the one. The lotion has a much lighter consistency than the hundreds we’ve tried, which means it absorbs quickly and doesn’t go patchy on drier areas of the skin. Visit Daniel Galvin in George Street for a therapist-applied spray tan and maintain yourself at home.
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yeast Does the key to maintaining youthful skin lie in the ancient arts of the East? Gabrielle Lane speaks to the experts about the beauty benefits of the Japanese rice wine, sakĂŠ
his June, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association released new figures showing that sales of skincare products account for just under a quarter of the UK beauty market, making face and body creams the second largest shareholder of a local industry which last year generated more than eight-and-a-quarter billion pounds. Although income to the sector did shrink overall, a decline attributed largely to consumer recession and a five per cent reduction in sunshine hours impacting upon sales of sun care, the amount spent on prestige products grew by eight per cent, proving that consumers are still willing to pay for luxurious formulations which promise to cleanse, tone, moisturise and – increasingly – to delay the ageing process. The CTPA’s annual report recommended that: “There have been a number of successful product launches this year. While 2012 was an undeniably difficult year for the industry… strong new product development that brings real innovation will prove to be a significant weapon in attracting consumers.” So what exactly are the billion-dollar ingredients set to revive our sagging skin and with it, the beauty economy? As blemish balms and complexion correctors (the multi-tasking BB and CC Creams to you and I) filter to UK shelves from their position as a mainstay of the Asian beauty market, it may – literally – pay to look East. Dr Sunil Chopra, the renowned clinical director of The London Dermatology Centre in Marylebone, has recently been commissioned to explore the use of kojic acid for its anti-ageing properties in a 20 page academic paper. While the results of his research won’t be available until December 2013, kojic acid is produced during the saké fermentation process and the Japanese rice wine has been touted as a skin-boosting miracle for centuries. Geishas, so the story goes, used to bathe in it. “It’s actually known for its skin-lightening abilities,” Dr Chopra explains. Images of the flour-white faces of the Maiko loom large as well as the trials of Chiyo Sakamoto in Memoirs of a Geisha. “Kojic acid affects the skin’s production of melanin so it can help reduce the appearance of age spots. However, anything that dissolves in water does not easily penetrate the skin deeply. It will lighten skin but when applied nightly its effects will take at least three months to show; it must be applied overnight because kojic acid is affected by the sun. If it is exposed to UV rays it could make skin turn very dark, so it has to be used with sun block.” Is kojic acid the magic moisturiser in saké? “Absolutely not!” exclaims Dr Chopra. “It’s an acid, so it’s a terrible moisturiser, but it does have antibacterial properties so it might help with skin conditions such as acne.”
Kojic acid affects the skin’s production of melanin, so it can help reduce the apoerance of age spots
Image courtesy of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, 2011 Fox Searchlight Pictures
At artisan health and well-being boutique Fresh, on Marylebone High Street, its Saké Bath soak is highly popular. Fresh founder Alina Roytberg tried various blends of the at-home treatment in her quest to discover the secrets of the geishas’ smooth complexions; the final formulation is 50 per cent saké. When I visit, the team recommend using a shot of the concoction in a very hot bath once a week to boost circulation and assure me that the relatively strong scent when opening the bottle becomes milder in water. In fact, the bath oil sits alongside a candle and fragrance in the range, for those wanting to fully embrace the exotic ritual. So, why is it the beauty routine of the geisha that is so revered? For Liza Dalby, the only non-Japanese woman ever to have trained in the art, the answer is clear. “This is not an easy life...but it can be an artistic, glamorous one,” she wrote in her memoir Geisha in 2000. “As an object [the geisha] is exquisite and expensive, disciplined and cultivated with effort and difficulty. Ultimately, this is why she is admired.”
It’s not just independent brands looking to capture the mystical allure of the orient either. Industry powerhouse Proctor & Gamble has trademarked Pitera™, the named essence it believes holds the key to saké’s effectiveness. A key component of its SK-II skincare brand which retails in 13 countries, Pitera™ was discovered by scientists visiting a saké fermentation plant in Japan in the 1970s. Those involved in the manual brewing process were found to have wrinkled faces, but remarkably youthful hands, triggering a search to isolate the specific form of yeast which produced a nutrient-rich liquid by-product. SK-II suggests this by-product is a blend of vitamins, minerals and amino acids and that results from using its range can be seen in fourteen days: a bottle of its 65 Facial Treatment Essence is sold once every 22 seconds worldwide, while its Ultimate Perfecting Serum, with ‘eight times’ concentrated’ Pitera™ will set you back £250. Alice Leung, who looks encouragingly younger than her 33 years, is one advocate of saké-based beauty products. “I’ve been using SK-II and other Asian brands
Sake ferment filtrate, Pitera™ is the active ingredient in the SK-II line. Its Facial Treatment Masks should be applied for 20 minutes for a smoothing effect.
Facial Treatment Mask £82 for ten
The SK-II range includes products speicifically designed for anti-ageing.
One bottle of the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is sold every 22 seconds worldwide.
Essential Power £130
Facial Treatment Essence £65
As an object the geisha is exquisite...and cultivated with effort...Ultimately this is why she is admired for three years, since being recommended them by a friend. I’ve tried lots of luxury brands but these types of products make my skin softer.” However, if alcohol-laced baths or ambitious price tags don’t appeal, there is another option hailing from Japan which is said to boost radiance. Ko Bi Do, the art of facial massage, is thought to have originated in 1472 when the Empress at the time requested special care to maintain her beauty. Thankfully, seven centuries later, sessions are available in Belsize Village and St John’s Wood, courtesy of trained therapist Fiona Hurlock.
A range of saké-based beauty products is available at Fresh in Marylebone High Street.
Saké Bath 400ml, £59.50 and Saké Eau de Parfum, £59
“It was initially practiced without any oils or lubrication,” she explains. “However, Ko Bi Do has evolved over the years to incorporate products to allow for the application of techniques and prevent dragging of the skin.” The foundations of Japanese facial massage lie in traditional oriental medicine. It is said that good health is the foundation of clear skin and this arises through the flow of a force termed ki. “The massage uses a combination of both slow and fast massage techniques to help balance the flow of ki and blood in the face, scalp, neck and shoulders,” says Hurlock. “The techniques applied include stroking, kneading, percussion and pressure. The movements used aim to address different issues; for example, percussive techniques are often used to help stimulate facial nerves, whilst deep kneading techniques address blood stagnation and increase circulation.” Of course, you could also enjoy the saké trend in a more traditional way… n
ADDRESS BOOK The London Dermatology Centre, 69 Wimpole Street W1G the-dermatology-centre.co.uk Fresh, 92 Maylebone High Street W1U fresh.com sk-ii.co.uk skinceuticals.co.uk Ko Bi Do sessions with Fiona Hurlock start from £45 fionahurlock.com Geisha by Liza Dalby is published by Vintage Books
This Pigment Regulator contains kojic acid to reduce the appearance of existing hyperpigmentation and improve skin tone.
Pigment Regulator £79
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EDIBLE REMEDIES Hair Few hair treatments begin with an opportunity to taste the mixture destined for your lacklustre locks, but I was surprised to find that the Protein Peanut Butter Smoothie treatment at tiny-but-trendy salon Hari’s was really rather pleasing to the palette – and delighted (as you can imagine) that the restorative, conditioning effects of the peanut butter, coconut milk and banana blend were even better. After the mixture was painted on (causing an immediate peanut butter on toast craving as the smell is overwhelming) then rinsed off, my hair felt instantly glossy, healthy and soft. Who knew the humble peanut was so multi-talented?
Hari’s Hair & Beauty, 305 Brompton Road, SW3
Face Despite my therapist’s repeated warnings that the lactic and salicylic acid in the pumpkin face peel created a sensation ranging from tingling to, as she phrased it, ‘unbearable’, I was relieved to find the experience a painless one – although the skin-soothing pomegranate and cranberry mask that followed (reminding me of a tropical cocktail) was very welcome just the same. The Natura Spa’s Clarifying Pumpkin Facial includes a double cleanse, tone, exfoliation, deep cleansing mask, lymphatic massage, serum, mask and moisturisation
Gemma Knight tests some summer treatments good enough to eat
(what could justifiably be referred to as ‘the works’) and really does leave your skin feeling smoother, firmer and squeaky clean. I’d try every single treatment on the menu just for an excuse to visit this sweet, friendly little spa all over again.
Natura Day Spa, 64 Hampstead High Street, NW3
Body On a damp day, the soothing, low-lit treatment rooms at Aromatherapy Associates are about as comforting a place as exists on earth. I opted for the coveted Detox and Revive full-body treatment, starting with an all-over scrub using natural exfoliating grains and olive extract, followed by layers of hydrating gels and essential oils, the latter containing coconut, peach, grapefruit (known for its excellent diuretic and cleansing abilities) rosemary and juniper berry. It sounded so good I almost didn’t know whether to absorb or lick it. I was then wrapped in plastic film to give the oils time to sink in, and treated to a more than welcome foot massage. The therapists are skilful, while the treatment delivers exactly the detoxing effect and burst of energy it promises so that, by the time I left (smelling I might add, good enough to eat), it’s all I can do to stop myself gracing the pavements with a Gene Kelly-style rain dance. n
Aromatherapy Associates, 5 Montpelier Street, SW7
wish list FOOD MEETS FASHION Since graduating from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Miles Aldridge has established himself as a fashion photographer on the international stage. His style remains inherently British; there’s an irreverent sense of humour behind images of unhinged beauty queens writhing on the kitchen floor, an irony in smart stilettos drenched in tomato sauce and pseudo-erotic pictures of caviar (yes, really). I Only Want You to Love Me is the title of both his new monograph from Rizzoli and a dedicated summer exhibition at Somerset House, both of which are worth a look.
10 July – 29 September somersethouse.org.uk/shop/ rizzolibookshop
Main image: Venus Smiles Inset: I Only Want You to Love me All images © Miles Aldridge 2011
BACK TO BASICS Exceptionally long-standing furniture brand Ligne Roset set itself quite a challenge when it came to creating the 2013 collection: to help customers unplug from their technology-centric lives and rediscover a more natural ethos. It’s for the individual to judge whether they’ve succeeded or not, but either way, we can’t get enough of the raw, functional edge to its new pieces, and we think you will approve.
23/25 Mortimer Street, W1T ligne-roset.co.uk
ALOHA ALFRESCO It was looking a little uncertain for a while there, but it seems as though we’re having a summer after all – and to us that means just one thing: time to migrate from dining room to decking and enjoy those long, light evenings. But it can still get a wee bit nippy, so The Conran Shop has picked the ideal time to unveil its rustic Qrater firepit. Created by designer Dirk Wynants, this patio essential sits on a pedestal to prevent heat damage and includes a hole to allow water drainage, letting you linger over your alfresco feast until the stars come out.
55 Marylebone High Street, W1U conranshop.co.uk
strawberry fields Based on the design of a winged armchair, we just can’t take our eyes off And So To Bed’s new Churchill design. A bold addition to any bedroom, it is upholstered to order but also gives buyers the option of selecting from a pre-chosen range of fabrics and leathers. We’d go for this sumptuous and contemporary red and white stripe motif, guaranteed to have you craving strawberries and cream for breakfast.
15 Orchard Street, W1H
LONDON CALLING London-based interior designer Lee Broom has had quite the illustrious career, so it’s no surprise that his new collections are as innovative as ever, not to mention perfectly in-keeping with the punk revival currently being celebrated at The Metropolitan Museum’s Punk: Chaos to Couture exhibition. Time to embrace your inner rebel.
Available at Liberty, Regent Street, W1B
WOODN’T THAT BE NICE RUSTIC CHARM ‘Tis the season for summery soirées – preferably ones involving Pimms. But the perfect party can always be let down by an out-of-date dining table. We’re tempted to trade in ours for Brissi’s fresh new Breton Oak piece, a stunning but practical table with a distressed finish. Think provincial kitchens dappled with afternoon sun.
22 Marylebone High Street, W1U brissi.com
If you haven’t yet discovered WorldStores, it’s about time you paid a visit to the fabulous homewares website for page after page of stylish goodies by everyone from Alexander Rose to the V&A. We have a particular soft spot for the extensive range of wood burning stoves (because, sadly, summer can’t last for ever) and their ability to warm your home while creating a snug, comforting ambience. At least we’ll have one thing to look forward to come autumn.
Golden gRILL The Grill Room at Café Royal holds the bygone scandals of London’s old high society, Gabrielle Lane celebrates its return to golden glory
“Prince of Wales, Duke of York lunch frequently. Always plain food and no fuss. Call head waiter and notify the manager.” At first glance it’s a casual aside – barely legible and just 20 words long; a brief insight into the dietary preferences of a former heir to the throne and his company, and with it, a great tidbit of historic royalist trivia. Yet these two sentences might just hold the key to a property deal worth an estimated £90m. They were found in a Waiters’ Handbook, scrawled in the course of daily life at the Café Royal in the early 19th century and portray its identity as a glittering social hub at the heart of British high society. Nearly 100 years later in 2008, Israelibased Alrov Group took a 125-year lease on the site, forming part of the Regent Street pocket of the city which the Crown Estate is now keen to restore to its former glory. Last December it revealed the result of its investment to be a 159-room luxury hotel, built around the original Grade-I listed dining rooms, with the aim of attracting the elite and aristocratic once again. Central to its plan is the restoration of the former restaurant’s Grill Room, a lavish salon depicted in The Café Royal oil painting by Charles Ginner in 1911, which now sits in the Tate gallery’s collection. Originally a draw for celebrated artists and writers such as Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, each generation has laid claim to its romantic and cultural antiquity. It is said to be in this
room that Aubrey Beardsley debated with James A. McNeill Whistler, Richard Burton courted Elizabeth Taylor and Mick Jagger and David Bowie danced the night away. While Ginner’s masterpiece reveals that the space used to be both taller and larger than it is now, and one cannot be certain whether it will recapture its discerning clientele, Donald Insall Associates, together with architect and Marylebone-resident David Chipperfield, have certainly made a valid attempt at reinstating its physical grandeur, not least through the use of 46,000 sheets of gold leaf. While the project as a whole took four years to finish, the Grill Room’s transformation was complete in two. The work involved assessing the original fabric of the building, making repairs and highlighting the authentic Louis XVI detailing such as the stunning intricate ceiling cartouches. Although evasive about the final cost of the refurbishment and the difficulties faced, telling me, “luckily, we didn’t encounter any big challenges when restoring this room” Donald Insall Associates were required to redesign the south east corner of the lounge, where the character was found to be more modern. Under-floor heating and cooling mechanisms, as well as lighting and electrical floor boxes were amongst the needs of a functional entertaining area for 2013 and even the recreation of its multiple dramatic ballroom mirrors were styled to allow for discreet ventilation slots. While it is still intended as a decadent meeting place, the Grill Room is now envisaged as a Champagne bar, with The Café Royal’s Ten Room offering an all day à la carte menu. Curved red leather bench seats which wrap around small cocktail tables provide a touch of modernity and an evening events schedule includes showcasing emerging DJs and soul singers. Although many have questioned the use of the Grill Room in this way, the hotel team is adamant that such a combination of the old with the new will create a vibrant ambience. Indeed, although eminent in the field of gleaming gallery spaces – he is known for his work on the Neues Museum, Berlin – David Chipperfield was considered by many to be an unusual choice to head up the Café Royal project, famed as he is for minimalist décor and intellectual buildings of the continent. But the designer himself was keen to try something new. He told interviewer Marcus Field at the reopening of the venture: “I thought it would be interesting to be much more wilful, camp even, than we normally would. It is difficult to separate oneself from one’s design moralities. Should you do it? Maybe not. But once you’ve decided to do it, you have to go with it.” n
Café Royal, 68 Regent Street, W1B hotelcaferoyal.com
Oil & vinegar set from Bodum
Selection of plates from Hoganis Keramic
Heart of the
Kettle from Bamix
Pear bowl from ASA
The wise recognise that nothing of value in this world is ever given away for free. ACHICA, the luxury online lifestyle store does, however, aim to give people what they really want at prices they cannot refuse. Signing up to the website requires no fee, and once registered as a member you’ll be kept up to date with new promotions with daily or weekly notifications of exclusive shopping events, which provide amazing reductions on designer goods. An enormous range of homeware, garden and lifestyle products from luxury labels are available at up to 70 per cent off the RRP. Products are carefully selected by in-house experts whose goal is to give their customers the very best from across the globe at great prices. These events run for only 48 hours, so customers must act quickly to get their hands on the best in furniture, soft furnishings, bed and bath, kitchenware, garden furniture, art, travel, fashion accessories, childrenswear and more. Offers, ideas and inspiration may come from the experts’ blog and free magazine, which are available for browsing while you shop, where there is also news of regular competitions and special offers. Promotions begin at 6.30am, and on Thursdays there is a late-night shopping option. Irrespective of the position of the sun in the sky, however, there’s no doubt that there will be something on ACHICA that will catch your eye. n
Shopping events daily at ACHICA.com
Ceramic kettle from Hoganis Keramic
Kitchen scales from Bloomingville
Selection of cups from Hoganis Keramic
We prefer not to be measured by dimensions. Unless it’s a new dimension of accuracy.
No fewer than four exceptional mechanisms enhance the precision of the RICHARD LANGE TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”: the tiny fusée-and-chain transmission, the delicate tourbillon, the ultra-thin Lange balance spring, and – not least – the patented stop-seconds device for the tourbillon which makes it possible to
set the watch with one-second accuracy in the first place. Never before has an A. Lange & Söhne watch been endowed with so many complications that simultaneously enhance its rate accuracy, settability, and readability. And so, this remarkable timepiece truly deserves the honorary attribute “Pour le Mérite”.
Arije 165, Sloane Street London • George Pragnell 5 and 6, Wood Street, Stratford-upon-Avon Hamilton & Inches 87, George Street, Edinburgh • Harrods 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London Watches of Switzerland 16, New Bond Street, London • Wempe 43-44, New Bond Street, London Lange Uhren GmbH • Tel. +34 91 454 89 82 • www.lange-soehne.com
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treasure trove On 12 June, Chanel opened its new London flagship store; an astounding 12,600 sq ft, the three-floor boutique showcases the universe created by Karl Lagerfeld in its monochrome, tweed and chic entirety. Browse the glittering array of costume and fine jewellery or the brandâ€™s signature watches, as well as fragrances and beauty products, handbags and shoes. The interior has been conceived by New Yorkbased architect Peter Marino who accepted the challenge of embracing the â€œinherent elegance, audacity and refinement of the legendary House with a timeless panacheâ€?; soft gold and bronze materials, a range of textures and highly polished reflective surfaces contrast the architectural with the artisanal. Lovers of Chanel will certainly feel at home in this Maison.
Chanel, 158-159 New Bond Street chanel.com
watch news The Jewels in the Crown It’s the world’s oldest diamond company with a history that stretches back to 1789 so it’s only fitting, then, that when Backes & Strauss stepped into the watch world in 2006, it should do so with timepieces dedicated to the world’s most valuable minerals. Drawn from the Backes & Strauss archives, a 19th century brooch with two linked hearts was the starting point for today’s Victoria Princess diamond watch. Inspired by the story of Queen Victoria, who was so smitten with Albert that she proposed the second time they met, the watch features a pink mother of pearl dial and is set with 604 ideal cut hearts and arrows diamonds. Should you find Backes & Strauss’s signature designs reminiscent of a certain other watchmaker, then there’s a reason for that: each of the brand’s watches is crafted in the Geneva workshop of one Franck Muller.
A Window into the Watch World Anyone bemused at the astronomical prices commanded by mechanical wristwatches could have done worse than pay a visit to Harrods last month. With the help of master-craftsmen from Jaeger-LeCoultre, visitors were invited to witness the internal workings of an intricate timepiece, from the smallest pinion to the largest barrel, via a series of watchmaking and engraving workshops. Away from the Brompton Road windows, Jaeger-LeCoultre has been mesmerising us with its Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3 Jubilee. Visually stunning, the watch is the first JLC to be equipped with a Flying Gyrotourbillon. We want one.
One to Watch Each month we select our product of the moment from the world’s most exciting innovations
When it comes to smartphones, the new Vertu Ti, with symphonic sound, tuned in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen, and musical punctuation from the London Symphony Orchestra, really is the last word in luxury Ti, £6,700, Vertu vertu.com
BOND STREET FOR BREITLING It’s the mythical address every luxury brand dreams of calling their own. Now, joining the likes of Chanel, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana, Breitling is able to boast its very own Bond Street boutique. The flagship store opened last month in a location likely to appeal to both domestic and international consumers. In addition to Breitling’s Emergency II that wowed us at Baselworld in April, expect the store to display a selection of limited edition pieces.
Breitling 130 New Bond Street
Power of the
Annabel Harrison speaks to Christian Rauch, director of writing culture and leather at Montblanc, about the companyâ€™s global Signature for Good campaign in support of UNICEF and why we should all make time for writing
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here is every chance that you possess a Montblanc pen yourself, that you’d like one or that you know someone who does. The company has been producing pens, or ‘writing instruments’ (as I learnt was the preferred, and more suitably evocative term when speaking to CEO Lutz Bethge two years ago) for 104 years and in the time since, it has become the luxury brand synonymous with writing instruments, as Hermès is to handbags, Rolex to watches or Louis Vuitton to luggage. You may have used your pen to sign a birthday card or write a note to your husband or wife. However, one thing is certain; you can read and write. These skills, which many of us take for granted every day in our privileged lives, as simple as speaking or eating, are skills that are not as commonplace in other parts of the globe. In fact, whole swathes of countries are home to millions of people who have not mastered these skills or, rather, have not been taught them. Montblanc is a company which has been inspired by its very reason for being to help those as far removed from the luxury industry, and of the worlds of owners of Montblanc products, as could be. Its Signature for Good campaign entered its tenth year at the start of 2013 and
its driving force is the belief, shared by Montblanc and UNICEF, that all children should be given access to good education. The campaign has raised more than $5 million to date. This was the first project Christian Rauch worked on when he joined Montblanc and he is passionate about it, employing the scrupulous politeness, eloquence and mild humour that I have come to expect from the company’s senior management. He enquired at first if it would make more sense for Montblanc to buy medicine or build a hospital but UNICEF’s goal was clear: it is important to have medicine but as soon as you leave it with people who cannot read the instructions, then the value of the medicine is zero. “The most important value you can give to people is the ability to read and to write, because only then will they be able to lead a life which is not dependent on others. Therefore we support UNICEF in this fight by building schools together. You would not believe how difficult it is, or how long it takes, to convince parents that it is worth sending their kids to school.” The campaign this year is based around the Meisterstück, which is for Montblanc “the eponym for the ability to write your own destiny and your own thoughts”. The new version is “very discreet, but it has a nice little story. It has a ring on top which is engraved with little bricks, and one of the bricks is marked with an individual number. You will be able to go online, enter the number then see the area where your personal donation is helping to build a school in Africa. We’re also doing small leather goods and jewellery like cufflinks, all with the brick detail, but of course the main object is the writing instrument because the campaign supports the fight against illiteracy.” Rauch himself has a history with Montblanc, a brand he has always loved: “My parents gave me a Meisterstück fountain pen for my graduation and I’m still using it, even though I now have a nice selection of others, as you can imagine. But I still love it.” Lutz Bethge also uses his oldest Montblanc pen; Rauch smiles and explains that he tries to convince his CEO to use one of the current editions. Mr Bethge tests them and he likes them “but at the end of the day he’s always travelling with his Meisterstück. He’s so much in love with this pen, which is a very typical Montblanc story.” In addition to his existing affinity with the brand, Rauch is cut from the right cloth for Montblanc; he is multilingual and enjoys music, arts and literature, fitting for a director of writing culture. His career trajectory is interesting; before joining Montblanc in 2009, Rauch had spent nine years working for Sony and he was
Reading and writing are skills which many take for granted every day in our privileged lives
“the master of making sure that the quality and standards fit to the highest expectations. That ultimate search for quality often reminds me of what I’m doing today.” Followers of fashion may have seen Burberry’s Art of the Trench website, tapping in to its consumers’ emotional attachment to its iconic coat, and Montblanc has a similar offering in its My Meisterstück platform, asking owners; “What’s your story?” It may have been inspired by Rauch’s comment that “all over the world, everybody is telling me his or her story about their Meisterstück, even if I haven’t asked for it!” To my mind, in this fast-paced technological age where iPhones and Blackberrys reign supreme, I feel drawn to a company which champions the art of writing. As a child with a vivid imagination and a voracious appetite for reading, I wrote numerous stories in careful, curly script; as a teenager I laboured over more fountain-pen-smudged essays than I may have cared to. However, by the time I went to university, every piece was typed. Examinations of three hours which required putting pen to paper took my peers
and I by painful surprise as our hands adjusted. My grandparents may be email and text savvy but I know a handwritten card means much more to them. Rauch confirms that while gadgets are in constant daily use, a pen seems to be where people turn “whenever they want to write a personal note, a thank you or a love letter.” At Montblanc, employees always write the first sentence of every letter by hand and having received one such letter, in fact entirely handwritten, I can testify to this. “People really appreciate the value of the handwritten word because the amount of impersonal messaging we get is crazy... If I receive something handwritten, I know this person did it just for me; he or she took the time to sit down and write. There is no delete; you have to think beforehand about what you write and the effect is totally different from an email.” Does this concern unite Montblanc customers? “They all care about their own character and cultured lifestyle, so people who spend money on a fountain pen all appreciate the moment when they sit down and enjoy watching their thoughts become reality on the piece of paper.” Montblanc as a luxury brand is discreet, which sits well in this post-recession climate; it is not, in Rauch’s words, a “bling bling” company and products aren’t immediately identifiable from afar. “Those who fall in love with our objects don’t purchase them to impress their peers but because they appreciate the objects for themselves. So it’s about self-indulgence, connoisseurship and knowledge, rather than just impressing somebody else by showing what you can afford.” Brand values are well established and one of the most important is the idea of the lifelong companion. “We want to create products which accompany you for your life and for the life of your kids.” This must apply as equally to a Montblanc watch as a piece of jewellery or a wallet. “There are consequences of this, of course,” Rauch concedes, “and one is that the brand does not create fashion products. We would never do a leather good in the ‘colour of the season’.” Limited editions fall on the other side of the fence; the opposite of an ubiquitous, seasonal must-have, they each appeal to a small group of people interested in
longevity and history. “We try to honour people who really changed something in their field. Einstein is an easy one because he was in all matters a great human being. It’s about the heritage these people left which is still with us today.” The concept and design stages of the limited edition process particularly appeal to Rauch. “It’s really fun because we also, for a German at least, try to be funny sometimes, like we did with the Hitchcock. We tried to simulate the Vertigo effect on the writing instrument, so if you turn it you really have the same feeling, or we have a knife as a clip, the same one which was used in Psycho.” Attention to detail is of paramount importance, as is going the extra mile. Rauch’s favourite part of his job is being with passionate collectors; “It’s a lovely feeling. You see how happy they are and you discuss with them what they like and what they don’t; this is what brings the most happiness to me.” I have a feeling that even if I were the twelfth person to stop Rauch that day to tell him my Meisterstück story, he would listen just as graciously as if I were the first.
For every Signature for Good piece sold between now and the end of March 2014, Montblanc will donate part of its proceeds to raise at least $1.5 million for UNICEF’s education programmes unicef.org, montblanc.com
Match Embrace all things bright and beautiful this summer
1 Coated backpack, £65, Fred Perry, fredperry.com 2 Pop Quiz backpack, £75, Herschel, selfridges.com 3 Hartsfield leather and organic cotton-canvas holdall bag, £290 WANT les Essentiels De La Vie, mrporter.com 4 Eagle logo scarf, £99.95, Armani Jeans, Harrods, harrods.com 5 Matchstick cufflinks, £89, Paul Smith Accessories, paulsmith.co.uk 6 MRG watch, £6,000, CASIO Concept Store London, Covent Garden 7 Eterno Chrono Watch, £475, Brera, breraorologi.com 8 Tri-print suede backpack, £1,495, Pierre Hardy selfridges.com 9 Lenon stripe acetate sunglasses, £227, Tom Ford, matchesfashion.com 10 Silver monkey cufflinks, £230, Deakin and Francis, deakinandfrancis.co.uk 11 El Primero Chronomaster 1969, £6,300, Zenith, zenith-watches.com
Swiss movement, English heart
The high-tech, high quality ceramic of the Coral’s bezel and bracelet creates a watch of both ethereal beauty and astonishing durability. The 24ct PVD gold accents add a delicate luxury to a timepiece as vibrant and precious as the “rainforests of the sea” from which it takes its name.
Pantone’s Colour of the Year has been translated into this season’s ultimate statement jewellery trend
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1 All white gold and emerald diamond pendant with platinum chain, £3,400, Lucie Campbell, luciecampbell.com 2 18-karat white gold, uvarovite garnet and diamond earrings, Kimberly McDonald, £4,250, net-a-porter.com 3 Jade Embrace brooch, POA, Michelle Ong, harryfane.com 4 Double surround emerald ring, POA, Jessica McCormack, jessicamccormack.com 5 Emerald ring, POA, Gemfields: Monica Vinader, harrods.com 6 Alhambra pendant in yellow gold and malachite, POA, Van Cleef & Arpels, vancleefarpels.com 7 Uvaronite garnet, black diamond triangle earrings, £6,880, Kimberly McDonald, farfetch.com 8 White gold, emerald and diamond ring, £7,100, De Grisogono, degrisogono.com 9 Fly By Night Couture bracelet set in 18-karat white gold with black diamonds and Gemfields emeralds, £52,300, Stephen Webster, stephenwebster.com 10 Hanging Gardens of Babylon necklace, POA, Nourbel & Le Cavelier, nourbel-lecavelier.com 11 New World sterling-silver large pear bloodstone earrings, £2,222, Armenta, talismangallery.co.uk 12 Oxidised silver, amazonite, quartz and diamond ring, £1,225, S&R Jewellery, talismangallery.co.uk 13 Glittering Grape fancy brooch, POA, Michelle Ong, harryfane.com 14 White wedding gold-plated Swarovski crystal necklace, £830, Erickson Beamon, net-a-porter.com 15 Platinum emerald and diamond cluster ring, POA, Lucie Campbell, as before
jewellerynews Drop in the Ocean Brazilian jewellery house H. Stern has blown much of its competition out of the water with its new Iris collection, which was inspired by the depths of the sea. The study of detailed accounts of aquatic specimens discovered on the 1873 H.M.S. Challenger expedition, and then translating these shapes into 18-karat noble, yellow and rose gold pieces, has resulted in a collection which captures the rich and vibrant life found in the ocean. The sultry Katie Holmes stars as the Greek goddess of the sea and sky for the summer campaign.
Cutting Edge To celebrate its partnership with L.A. Dance Project and founder Benjamin Millepied, Van Cleef & Arpels has unveiled four unique High Jewellery pieces drawn from the world of dance
Van Cleef &Arpels has had a strong association with dance ever since choreographer George Balanchine formed an artistic partnership with the house after a trip to the boutique. Three ballerina clips and a zip necklace have been created as a tribute to a new ballet by Millepied
Pandora’s Box Before the arrival of the clutch bag, fashionable ladies would take out beautifully bejewelled boxes to hold their evening essentials. As much a work of art as a practical accessory, these boxes were all the rage from the 1920s until the 70s and many will be on display at Goldsmiths’ Hall. The Ultra Vanities exhibition will showcase more than 300 minaudières from some of the most revered jewellery houses including Chaumet, Cartier and Boucheron. Appreciate changing styles over the decades and the levels of craftsmanship involved.
Ultra Vanities: Bejewelled Boxes from the Age of Glamour; 31 May – 20 July thegoldsmiths.co.uk
From top: Ballerina clip in white gold and diamonds, Zip Ballerina necklace in white gold and diamonds Both POA, Van Cleef & Arpels, vancleefarpels.com
Banana Republic is an apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering contemporary and covetable style for men and women. Founded in California in 1978, the brand gathered a loyal following due to its hit safari-themed collections and eccentric catalogues. In 1983 the company was purchased by GAP, which is credited with taking Banana Republic into a more sophisticated direction. Nowadays, even its everyday pieces, such as t-shirts and jumpers, are made from luxurious fabrics including supple silks and rich cashmeres. With a design team dedicated to creating pieces that are both professional and individual, whole outfits can be instantly updated with any number of the vibrant accessories, whether it be a supple leather handbag or statement jewellery piece, to create looks that carry from office to evening.
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With the Jubilee Place expansion bringing 25 new stores to Canary Wharf, these are the just-revealed shops, haunts and boutiques to start getting excited about
anary Wharf is undergoing one of the largest retail expansions currently underway in the UK. The extension of the Jubilee Place Mall introduces 25 exciting new stores to Canary Wharf ’s existing portfolio of more than 280 shops, restaurants and bars. The retail stores and dining spaces within the mall extension will open in early November. From premium fashion labels to independent designers and sought-after cosmetics, Jubilee Place will be home to Banana Republic, COS, Orlebar Brown, The White Company, Emmett London, Rituals, Oliver Bonas and bareMinerals. In addition, Le Pain Quotidien will be offering rustic French fare, from wonderful homemade spreads to sweet pastries, to be enjoyed around a communal table. Camille Waxer, Chief Administrative Officer for Canary Wharf Group, said: “With the office population at Canary Wharf growing and the needs of our shoppers increasing we felt it was the right time to expand. Banana Republic, Cos, The White Company and Orlebar Brown are all sought-after brands that will enhance what is already a thriving shopping destination. We are absolutely delighted to welcome these stores to Canary Wharf.”
COS, Collection of Style, is a line for men and women who desire fashion that is both sophisticated and accessible. Designed in London by an in-house team, each collection stays true to the brand’s ethos of favouring timeless style over passing trends. The end result is collections consisting of timeless cuts featuring original detailing, for fashion that transitions seamlessly through each passing season. COS’s balance between new techniques and innovative fabrics is a running vein through all the pieces and is a factor that ensures each design feels at once classic and modern. In store, knowledgeable customer service, streamlined interiors and beautiful packaging finish the luxurious COS experience.
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Emmett London is adding another store to its portfolio of three shops which includes one on Jeremyn Street. Emmett London’s shirts combine heritage British tailoring with fresh European elegance and just a hint of eccentricity.
Orlebar Brown’s collection consists of simple but stylish men’s jackets, polos and sweats. The brand is best known for its signature swim and beach shorts. Made using French fabrics and Italian zips, all Orlebar Brown’s tailored swim shorts are made in either the UK or Portugal. Quick drying, versatile and available in a range of styles, lengths and colours, these swim shorts are ‘bridge items’, meaning they can be worn both on and off the beach but deserve to be worn on both.
The White Company
Set to occupy one of the largest stores within the Jubilee Place Mall extension, The White Company store will house the brand’s homeware, fashion and children’s lines. Each article of clothing is carefully designed and crafted to uphold The White Company’s signature elegance. A true lifestyle brand, every homeware item works harmoniously together, whether it be intended for entertaining, storage or just pure aesthetic, by layering the calming colour palette of pure whites, rich beiges and soft greys that define The White Company.
Founded in 2000, Rituals is the first brand in the world to pioneer a combination of luxury home and body cosmetics. Rituals’ daily indulgences from bath oil to scented candles are made with the belief that with the right products any beauty routine can be upgraded into a ritual.
Oliver Bonas is a boutique-style line of shops that celebrate inspiring and creative designs. Style staples are available alongside a carefully selected array of quirky and original gifts from coffee books to art work. Oliver Bonas boasts a collection of exclusive womenswear and eye-catching sunglasses, bags and scarves with new must-have pieces stocked throughout each season. A range of luxury interior furnishings from statement furniture including large velvet ottomans or smaller soft furnishings like the vibrantly printed cushions, can be bought in a variety of bold colours to brighten up any city home.
bareMinerals’s award-winning mineralbased makeup illuminates and evens complexions while being kind and gentle on the skin. With expert skincare products and full eye and lip assortments to browse through instore, experience the transformative power of minerals. www.canarywharf.com
Whether youâ€™re a professional or amateur, conditions and injuries affecting your hand and wrists, shoulders, knees and back can have a major impact on your enjoyment of tennis. If you find yourself sitting courtside, speak to your GP who can refer you to see an orthopaedic specialist. Led by eminent consultants, The Wellington Hospital offers a range of orthopaedic services to help you return to the court. Call us today and get that injury seen to
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Tell Mama They say that learning to cook from an early age helps children’s cognitive and communicative development, alongside promoting the importance of healthy eating. And while fish fingers and chicken nuggets still seem to be the hideous default kids’ menu favourite (even in some of the finest eateries) Marta Federico is having none of it. At her Italian Mama’s Kitchen course at La Cucina Caldesi, your little ones will be rolling gnocchi and seasoning ragù before they can say Margherita with extra cheese. Specifically aimed at 6-12 year olds, she will also teach them a little Italian, helping them to absorb the culture, minus the saturated fats.
Italian Mama’s Kitchen, £45 (a light lunch is also included) Monday 15 July, 10.30am – 1.00pm 118 Marylebone Lane, W1U, 020 7487 0754
PONCHO PARADISE You so rarely see a well-dressed child in a practical, fashionable poncho – and now that we’ve seen how heart-breakingly adorable the effect can be (not to mention the convenience of no sleeves or fastenings) we really can’t imagine why. For the best of the best (and a bespoke service to boot) Little Ponchos should be your first and last port of call, with its warm, comfortable ponchos made from 100 per cent wool and the world’s finest tweeds. A must-have for any tot about town and ideal as a British ‘summer’ warmer.
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COLLARS WITH CLASS Two lovely ladies once met on Primrose Hill, bemoaning (while walking their largely identical doggies) how hard it was to find a really nice collar. They began to make their own as a result and, hey presto, their company Holly & Lil was born. Featuring quality handmade leatherwork and a range of truly individual designs, we’re particularly fond of the High Days and Holidays collection – perfect for pups who like to dress for the occasion.
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PARTY TIME If the daunting task of organising a birthday bash is looming large, you’ll be more than a little relieved by our latest discovery. Carousel brings together a truly dazzling array of party ‘extras’, providing a one-stop-shop for all the celebratory trimmings.
FIT FOR A PRINCE Everyone’s going royal baby mad this season, and Little Punk London is no exception. In honour of the soon-to-be newest heir, the beautifully British childrenswear brand has launched its Royal Baby Range. The crown-logoed baby hats and bodysuits are certainly as adorable as they are patriotic, but we have to admit the attitude-filled super-soft onesies are our personal pick.
THE NANNY NETWORK A simple concept which, incredibly, only came into existence in 2009, findababysitter.com is a user-friendly website which aims to bring parents together with babysitters and nannies, offering help with identity checks and cutting the costs of finding quality childcare. The site was originally founded by parents Tom Harrow and Vanessa Cook, who are very much in tune with the strains and pitfalls of finding trustworthy, reliable carers.
HAPPY FEET We know that Caramel Baby & Child make beautiful things, but now they’ve collaborated with Ancient Greek Sandals we’re more excited than ever. Handmade leather sandals are available in burgundy, orange metal and cotton; on-trend and comfy.
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LEADERS OF THE PACK Based in London and operated by designer Alicia (with help from Oscar, whom she describes as “lead model, muse, and Shihtzu extraordinaire”) Jojo & Jax is the revelation pampered-pooch owners have been waiting for. Quite simply, they make leads; but these are easily the most luxurious dog leads around, combining leather and silk for a truly opulent and unique look. Walkies will never be the same again.
We happen to be big fans of cult classic Kenzo Takada and his fantastic 1970s Jungle Jap collections. Consequently, you can imagine that when we got wind of a collaboration with Melijoe.com, we had to share. The result is a feisty collection of urban-savvy dresses, sweats and tees, all featuring the iconic Kenzo tiger.
CANTEEN CONUNDRUMS Whether it’s school dinners or packed lunches, Gemma Knight’s team of local experts say school days don’t have to mean scandalous diets
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t’s hard enough making sure your little ones (and not so little ones) are eating a balanced diet when they’re under your watchful gaze, so sending them unsupervised into the realm of the school canteen and its tempting – but not always nutritious – goodies can be just a little bit daunting. And let’s not even mention the horrors of throwing together a packed lunch on the questionable basis of packaging that screams ‘Low Fat!’ ‘100% RDA!’ and ‘No Sugar!’ as you desperately try to get your brood out the front door on time. What we’re lacking is a little solid and clear education on the subject that doesn’t change every other week. While food fads may come and go, knowing the basic, unalterable rules of nutrition should provide you and your family with a lifelong manual for making healthy choices, separate from crazy crash diets. Nutritionist Sarah Walford of Hampstead’s NW3 Nutrition knows that, with childhood obesity at an all-time high, packed lunches and school canteens each offer a unique set of diet-dilemmas. She recommends basing packed lunches on a good source of protein and some complex carbohydrates to keep your child sustained and their blood sugar levels balanced
Packed lunches and school canteens each offer a unique set of diet-dilemmas throughout the afternoon. As well as meat and fish, she advises including vegetarian proteins such as chickpeas, lentils, beans and tofu, but to avoid thinking of cheese as a protein as it is high in saturated fat and often high in salt, too. Processed meats like salami and ham should be limited as they are often high in salt and may contain preservatives and additives that can affect behaviour, while complex carbohydrates can be provided by wholegrains like rye, wholewheat and brown rice. Sarah is also keen to point out that a balanced lunch should always include some fruit and vegetables. Raw vegetables are more nutrient dense than cooked varieties, so she suggests cutting carrots, peppers and cucumber into sticks. It would be rather cruel not to include a dessert, but Sarah warns against buckling to the temptation of chocolate, filling the role with a yoghurt (although making sure it has less than 15g sugar per 100g) or some healthy homemade biscuits. When it comes to school dinners, the rules – and, consequently, the advice – is much the same. Sarah strongly advocates educating your child on good sources of protein, complex carbohydrates, vegetables and fruit, making sure that they know white pasta with tomato sauce or a jacket potato with cheese provides little nutritional benefit and won’t keep them full for long. If they choose a sandwich, Sarah urges that you encourage them to opt for brown bread over white and a filling that includes some salad. But there is, of course, a wider on-going issue at play during any discourse involving school dinners; that of the lack of nutritious options available. Even in the
canteens of fee-paying institutions were the standard of food is high, it is nonetheless tempting for schools to rely upon easily mass-produced fare with low nutritional value, such as pizza, pasta and processed meats, so that even the most health-conscious child can find selecting a balanced meal a tricky affair. Henry Dimbleby and John Vincent, co-owners of London restaurant chain Leon, have become only too familiar with this issue since they were approached by the Department for Education last year and asked to contribute to the School Food Plan, set to be launched this summer and designed to raise the levels of nutritious food available in school canteens by 30 per cent. “Most schools have a three-week menu that covers the whole term and is based on nutrient-based standards handed down from the local authority” John Vincent explains. “This has done a lot to improve food quality and children are now eating less unhealthy food and a lot more vegetables. But ‘fish and chip Friday’ is still the most popular lunch of the week and we need to make sure that a positive food culture is built into the whole school so that children are inspired to genuinely change their eating habits.” So does this mean children are better off relying upon the nutritional value of packed lunches until things improve? Interestingly, it seems not. John Vincent says: “Making a nutritionally-balanced packed lunch day after day is hard, and research shows that only one per cent meet the nutritional standards which currently apply to school food, meaning even a ‘mediocre’ school meal is usually better than the alternatives.” The key, whether lunch comes courtesy of the school canteen or the lunchbox, is encouraging your child to try as many different foods as possible and to consume them in moderation – something which the school canteen staff should be keeping an eye on (avoiding whole plates filled with roast potatoes or any double helpings of lasagne) and which comes as a notable benefit of homemade packed lunches. Luckily, with nutritionists abounding, Jamie Oliver chomping at the school dinner bit and people like John and Henry on the case, today’s children are increasingly aware of the importance of healthy eating and are better equipped than ever before to dictate their own health-friendly diet. But as the damning child obesity figures show, there’s still a long way to go in tackling the problem for good. And getting there will be no piece of cake. n
For more information, visit nw3nutrition.com leonrestaurants.co.uk/school-food
Put this at the top of your To Do list 1 in 8 women in the UK will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Many cases show no symptoms and have no family history of the disease. With The Wellington Hospitalâ€™s digital mammogram technology, abnormalities can be highlighted earlier, allowing for a greater chance of a full recovery. Our breast care service covers the full spectrum of breast management from the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease to breast reconstruction. We offer breast screening, breast awareness demonstrations for concerned woman and a triple assessment clinic for woman with breast symptoms. To make an appointment with our breast care team contact us on 020 7483 5000.
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health & fitness The Firm From firming to anti-cellulite, the new Active Reverse Body range from Sanctuary is designed to ensure your body reaches its full potential, with each of the five products formulated to improve problem areas over a four week period. There’s no doubt former prima ballerina Darcey Bussell, an ambassador for the range, knows how to keep in shape, so we’ll be following her pirouette no questions asked. She says: “Ballet lengthens muscles and gives you tone without adding bulk. To help keep my limbs looking firm and toned now I use Active Reverse Tight & Tone Body Serum followed by Firm & Boost Body Butter to restore my skin and keep it hydrated and toned.”
Active Reverse Body launches online from 20 July and in stores from August sanctuary.com
It’s Show Time For most women (80-90 per cent to be precise) cellulite is an unfortunate fact of life, no matter how many wheatgrass shots or spinning classes we invest in. And once it’s made its home in our upper thighs, it’s pretty hard to shift through diet or exercise. We know we’re a bit early for fashion week (us mere mortals need time to prepare) but we’re hot-footing it to EF Medispa for the Lipotripsy Catwalk Confidence treatment today, which attacks the cellulite, achieving (we hope) ‘pin perfection’. Utilising the Radial Wave Therapy which stimulates fat break down and collagen synthesis, it promises to improve our skin’s elasticity by increasing blood circulation and oxygen levels. We’re ready for our close up.
If the Friends cast’s sage advice on what to do when you “wana quit the gym” hasn’t proved effectual, may we recommend a different kind of physical education that doesn’t hold you ransom when life gets in the way. From Muay Thai kick boxing and Spinalates (exactly what it sounds like) to Abs and Tone and Beach Body Blitz, there’s no membership fee or contract to tie you down at My Fitness Boutique – just a multitude of classes to sign up to as and when it suits. Next door to David’s Deli, a post Circuit Blitz schnitzel is hard to resist – we won’t tell if you don’t.
174 Mill Lane, NW6 myfitnessboutique.co.uk
Lipotripsy Catwalk Confidence treatment, £350 a session, EF Medispa. For optimal results, eight treatments are recommended. 69 St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8
Anyone for tennis?
Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith, Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician at The Wellington Hospital has worked at both the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. She breaks down the main causes of tennis injury The British summer brings with it strawberries and Wimbledon, and the annual hunt for that neglected racquet. For many, it’s fingerscrossed that your court fitness survived the hibernation, too. So how do we ensure that we last the whole of the tennis season? You may be surprised to learn that lower limb injuries are more common in tennis than upper limb ones; ladies are more likely to injure a calf or foot, while the gents are more likely to sustain an ankle or groin injury. We take a closer look at the tennis serve.
to drive upwards from the ground; this is a plyometric or rebound springing action, a quick bend at the knees and spring up from the ground, powering up through the balls of your feet. You’re aiming to hit the ball at a high point in front of you, and you need to achieve good rotation through the body with your racquet coming up from a ‘back scratch position’. Developing a good thoracic rotation will help you to reduce excessive load on cuff tendons in your shoulder, and will maximise the use of the energy driven up through your legs.
The Follow Through Finally the follow through is just as important; after contact is made with the ball, you need to let the momentum of your serve carry you forward onto the court, landing with your front foot. Your back foot then follows forward into the court for the end of the serve, allowing you to be ready to meet your next shot. The overhead serve is a complicated action, which requires skill and Breaking it down: The Toss regular practice in order to improve performance The toss is as important as the serve. If you and to reduce risk of injury. throw the ball incorrectly and it passes over Some players present at my clinic describing Dr Catherine Spencer-Smith MBBS the top of your head, it is essential that you loss of form when serving, but when we dig DRCOG MRCGP MSc MFSEM is a Sport and don’t try to hit the shot (you can observe further, it’s often because pain is inhibiting Exercise Medicine Physician (sportdoclondon. this in professional tennis players). If you them. The repetitive overhead nature of tennis co.uk). She specialises in the diagnosis and try to hit the shot off an incorrect toss, means that rotator cuff tendon problems are treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions and has expertise in groin, hip, knee and ankle you’ll perform a poor sequence of actions, common – the muscles stabilising the shoulder conditions, overuse injuries, and injuries and your muscles will actually alter the aren’t working cohesively. This problem affecting the shoulder and spine. She natural biomechanical action drawing in becomes more common as we get older. In fact, also helps those who have failed other muscle to compensate. If you repeatedly a study revealed that more than half of tennis to recover despite previous continue to correct a bad toss, your muscles will players aged 50 years or over, regularly experienced treatment. ‘learn’ to develop poor patterning. The toss of the a shoulder problem. ball (done correctly with a straight arm) should occur It’s thought that high velocity of forces over time while you transfer your body weight from your front foot, to your produce a subtle laxity within the shoulder, which means that the back foot. Throwing the ball above and a good distance ahead of you head of the humerus starts to ‘ride up’, creating an impingement of will help you to maximise your hitting power. It also helps to prevent the cuff tendons above it. If the muscles which control the shoulder you hyper-extending your lumbar spine, which can lead to potential blade (scapular stabilising muscles) are poorly conditioned or fatigue facet joint and vertebral problems such as ‘pars’ stress fractures. easily, the abnormal impingement increases. Thankfully, most shoulder problems will settle with a conservative approach of physiotherapy, Creating Force/Power sometimes with the addition of injection therapy, and temporary rest In order to meet the ball and to get force behind the serve, you need from training.
GP SESSIONS: Summertime Tips With the school holidays approaching, Dr Lisa Anderson, Private GP at The Wellington Hospital advises how to stay safe in the sun: • S un safety – protecting adult skin is vital in the sun to avoid sunburn and heat exhaustion. A sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 should be used and one that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Sunscreen should always be reapplied after swimming even if the sunscreen is labelled ‘waterproof’. Children’s skin is much more delicate and more easily damaged by the sun so as well as sun protection clothing, a high factor sunscreen should be used. • Sunburn – should this occur then the skin should be cooled by
sponging water on it and paracetamol or ibuprofen can help reduce the pain from the inflammation. Aftersun lotions, aloe vera and calamine lotion can also help. • W asp and bee stings can causes allergic reactions which can range from mild skin allergies to more severe symptoms. If you know you are allergic to either wasp or bees make sure you have your medication with you at all times • Mosquito bites can cause swelling, blistering and intense itching. If you know there are mosquitoes where you are then use a good insect repellent lotion before going out in the evening. Other repellents include tea tree oil and citronella • Foot care – remember that however comfortable flip flops are, do not be tempted to wear them all the time as they do not give any support to your feet and can give you heel pain if worn for too long.
For further information or if you’d like to arrange an appointment at The Wellington Hospital, contact the hospital Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5000 or visit thewellingtonhospital.com 83
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6 Old Court Place Kensington Church Street London W8 4PL
www.maggie-jones.co.uk 020 7937 6462
wish list WINE WAITS FOR NO MAN Founded 25 years ago by Stephen Williams, The Antique Wine Company is the global leader in supplying fine wine for both daily consumption and luxurious experiences. As well as specialising in antique vintages, they can advise on recently produced varieties for investment grade selections, capable of becoming future collectables. With the international headquarters set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse in Marylebone, locals can attend the AWC Wine Academy, a luxurious space ideal for both ladies who lunch and corporate events. Try the Shades of Provence Rosé Masterclass or the Super Tuscan event; a term used to describe some of the most innovative and superlative red wines from the region.
Shades of Provence: Rosé Masterclass & Regional Food Pairings, 3 July, £95 Super Tuscan Event, 10 July, £295 53 Queen Anne Street, W1G awcwineacademy.com
Foodie favourites BASKET CASE Nothing says temperamental British summer quite like a rained-off picnic. But we’re an optimistic bunch, and no matter the forecast you’ll find us spreading the gingham in Golders Hill Park. Forget the soggy sandwiches; Melrose and Morgan’s picnic for two includes an unctuous Mrs King’s Pork Pie with homemade Gardener’s relish, a hunk of Montgomery cheddar from Neal’s Yard Dairy as well as a quinoa and roasted courgette salad. Wash it all down with a bottle of Luscombe’s Lemonade and homemade chocolate brownies. Each canvas hamper is packed with an emergency poncho – but worst case scenario, it will taste just as good eaten at the kitchen table.
Requires 24 hours’ notice, £39.95 Oriel Hall, Oriel Place, NW3
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Fermented, sprouting, pickled or smoked, Bruno Loubet has a way with vegetables. His newest Granary Square-based opening in the heart of King’s Cross features leafy greens at its core while Grain Store’s interior, designed by Russell Sage, blurs the lines between cooking and dining room with an ‘exploded kitchen’.
Burger pop-ups are having a moment. And then another moment. When will this moment end, I hear you cry? Providing you haven’t had it ‘up to here’ with the trend, get yourself down to the Lord Wargrave and avoid the beef patties by ordering the BBQ pulled pork version served with cheese and slaw or the short rib beef royal with truffle mayo. Tell ‘em, Vincent.
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BOOK TO BASICS Jamie Oliver, Emma Thompson, Colin and Livia Firth and Dame Judi Dench are just a few of those contributing recipes to this charity cookbook. Opening with a foreword from Meryl Streep about Women for Women International you’ll learn to cook traditional Afghani flatbreads stuffed with falafel and Kosovan sticky doughnuts, while giving back to the communities from which the recipes came. Weaved throughout are some inspiring stories.
Share: The Women for Women International Cookbook, edited by Alison Oakervee, Kyle Books, £25. Photography by Philip Webb
THE REAL NEW DELHI Rebecca Jones joins many of London’s food critics in praising Camden’s modern Indian fare
ndian food lovers, be warned. Namaaste Kitchen may have received the Asian Curry Awards’ accolade for Best Chef of the Year in 2012 but don’t expect Tikka Masala or the comforting sight of a linen tablecloth on your visit. You won’t know you miss it until you have to order between Rajasthan Laal Maas and Murgh Makhanwala under purple mood lighting. “Are these curries?” my friend and I asked the waiter tentatively, eyeing the menu with confusion. “Yes,” he beamed. “Although we can make you a traditional dish if you’d like.” Of course not. How could we? Us? Two women of the world. We plastered on fake smiles and ordered that old favourite Chettinad Chicken From Tamil Nadu. As well as Goan Sea Bass and a lovely bottle of Sauvignon. Awkward ordering moments aside (you can spot the first-time diners by a mile) Namaaste Kitchen merges elements of the two London culinary camps. Its banks of cream leather seating, wall of lights
and gleaming bar make it feel modern and laid-back – almost like an upmarket canteen. Yet its theatrical open kitchen and a commitment to immaculate presentation, put it on par with some of the more exclusive eateries in central London. It was busy on a Tuesday evening and most people stayed for a couple of hours: diners are a mix of family and young friends and it lacks the heavy sense of occasion of many Indian restaurants. Part of the ambience comes from the street-food style of some of its dishes. With its fish plates especially, it’s easy to see the real departure from pyramids of rice and buttery sauces. The scallops are flavoured with mangoes and seared tomato salsa and jumbo king prawns taste great when paired with yoghurt, a touch of mustard and spices. Meat here is grilled in various ways, including on a hot iron griddle called a tawa and over coal flames on a sigri. You can choose Peshawari lamb chops (with papaya and ginger), smoked lamb with green chilli and mixed peppers, or even tandoori duck breast in a fresh salad. In fact, I think those who will like Namaaste Kitchen best are people who usually avoid the richness of Indian food. The chettinad chicken was a perfectly seasoned medium heat dish, but it was much lighter and drier than expected. If you do have a treasured local curry house, you might find yourself missing the guilty pleasure of thick, tangy sauces. However, the healthier cooking approach does mean that you aren’t left feeling like you need a lie-down halfway through the main course. And, there’s room for dessert. The house special is a platter of coconut and almond rolls with a carrot samosa but we were sold on the mango brûlée which was the ideal way to round of an interesting and tasty supper. n
64 Parkway, NW1 020 7485 5977, namaastekitchen.co.uk
Love your heart I was concerned about my heart, especially at my age, so I went for a check up at a HCA Hospital. Now I’m back gardening and playing with the children and would recommend HCA for your heart healthcare and all heart concerns.
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Comes in Sustainable fishing is going mainstream. Kari Rosenberg goes out on the Weymouth waters to land a catch (and a cold) for Maryleboneâ€™s top seafood eatery, FishWorks
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ne more drift!” I hear above the roaring waves. I’ve picked a day when the sea is “a little choppy” to go fishing aboard the Skin Deeper with skipper Ian Taylor and his crew, off the fair shores of Weymouth. The catch is mainly focused on sand eels, the squirming live bait for next week’s wild sea bass expedition which will see the boys head off for a few days at a time, line and rod – the most sustainable way to fish – at the ready. But while we’re here, out in the big blue, we’re trying our bass-luck anyway. We achieved our eel quota in the first netting, also landing a few mackerel (using the traditional seine method) that will end up grilled and garnished on a FishWorks plate before you can say “batten down the hatches”. Delving into the murky waters of sustainable fishing, my initial request through the Marylebone-based seafood eatery – “to follow a fish from sea to seasoning” – seemed like a reasonable one, and a hands-on (if not a little messy) way to learn about the environmental topic du jour. But the more I’ve learnt, the more confused I’ve become; this is not a case of right versus wrong, good versus bad. Each side has its own, outraged and often contradictory voice on the topic, the intricacies of which couldn’t be covered in a thousand pages, let alone three. In simple terms, seafood is sustainable if the practices with which it is fished can be maintained indefinitely without reducing the species’ ability to preserve its population and without adversely impacting on others within the ecosystem. But identifying which fish come from sustainable sources is easier said than done: assessing populations is no simple task and a multitude of misleading (or simply false) packaging means customers are often duped. Greenpeace (greenpeace.org.uk) states that there are two main factors in determining whether or not a fishery is sustainable. The first is how healthy the population is and the second is the method used to catch the fish. Some techniques are clearly destructive (bottom trawling ploughs up the sea floor) but opinions on others aren’t so black and white. The destructive statistics are endless,
but the path to permeating public consciousness, from which widespread action will hopefully follow, seems to be on the horizon. A relentless campaigner, Charles Clover has written a plethora of articles for The Sunday Times in support of its Sea Rescue crusade, while his film The End of the Line was the world’s first major documentary about the devastating effect of overfishing and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009. Examining the imminent extinction of bluefin tuna, it is now shown in schools around the country. Clover saw a noticeable shift in awareness after the film (and subsequent book) came out. “Channel 4 BRITDOC (a non-profit film foundation supported by Channel 4) actually did a survey following the film’s release to see how much it had influenced behaviour and found that it’d had a large impact, in the UK at least, as An Inconvenient Truth” he says. “Without [the film] I don’t think you would have seen Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s programmes made, or the huge shift against discards [chucking dead fish back into the sea when they are perfectly good to eat]. It established overfishing as one of the world’s great environmental problems.” While many, quite rightly, are behind the animated Hugh’s Fish Fight drive and his Save Our Seas Charter, calling for, among other things, the preservation of marine reserves and the outlaw of bottom trawling in marine protected areas, fishermen claim the high-profile cases sometimes do as much harm as good, their widereaching assertions tarnishing those whose methods are always above-board. As I bobbed along on the increasingly vigorous waves, wishing I’d accepted the extra layer of waterproofs, Mike Berthet, director of fish and seafood at M&J Seafood, which supplies FishWorks with its bounty, explained the importance of utilising more “underappreciated” species often swept up as bycatch. He championed the tastiness of dabs and gurnard (often offered as specials at the restaurant) while I tried to hold on to last night’s linguine. Leaders in the industry, and carrying one of the largest ranges of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified products – the world’s foremost
environmental certification and eco-labelling programme – Mike takes his responsibility of advising his chefs on underused and over exploited species seriously, often going out on the boats to see first-hand where his stock is coming from. He also lends his support to The Fishermen’s Mission which provides funding and care for the families who send their men to sea – “the most dangerous occupation there is outside of war” says Mike, with an average of 25 men not making it back every year. We discussed the importance of alternating fishing zones or MPZs – a similar idea to the agricultural philosophy of leaving fields fallow, whereby certain areas are fished for a maximum time and then left to ‘refill’ – and about the logic of taking seasonality into account too, which again can become an ambiguous truth when drawing up static, all-encompassing laws. Official advice says to avoid buying fish during breeding or spawning times, known as the ‘red’ months, and below the size at which they mature. The ‘green’ months are outside the breeding season and are thus the best time for fishing and eating. Mike says some of the worst culprits for flouting laws altogether are based in the East in countries like North and South Korea and China. Charles Clover agrees, adding Taiwan and Japan into the mix, but he also throws in a few closer to home. “The bogeyman of the moment in European waters is Iceland for awarding itself a huge, unsustainable catch of mackerel. After that I suppose you need to include the Mediterranean countries, for 100 per cent of fish stocks in the Mediterranean are overfished.” Mike and I barely skimmed the surface of the matter, but new legislation is being debated in Brussels, the crux of which states that fisherman have to land all of their catch (not dump what was perfectly edible fish back into the sea). New rules will require boats to be fitted with cameras which are triggered to record when the nets are pulled up. In latent terms, the nets, logbook and film must correspond. Debbie Crockard, fisheries policy officer at the MCS says of the imminent legislation: “There are lots of details still to be ironed out in the technical measures, and of course there are some areas we had hoped would be stronger. With regards to discards for instance, the devil will be in the detail, in line with the Council’s proposal [that] a five per cent discard allowance will be made in certain circumstances. “But the current wording may mean that you can still discard more than five per cent of one species (or group of species) in a given fishery as long as this is balanced with a reduction of discards in another – this could weaken incentives to improve the selectivity of fisheries with high discard rates.” Clover adds: “We have a new, slightly oversold reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy which will be dramatically better for Europe’s seas than the last one. I don’t think you could have had that without widespread public understanding of overfishing. The bluefin tuna, which we championed in the film, is now being fished within the scientific advice apparently, which makes a change. And the restaurant sector has moved about 25 per cent towards sustainable sourcing, according to a study by our website Fish2Fork.”
Catch of the Day
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Atlantic cod Atlantic salmon Wild Atlantic halibut European eel Atlantic bluefin tuna King or tiger prawns Sturgeon and caviar Whitebait Orange roughy Skates and rays
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Sardine or pilchard Anchovy Black bream, seabream or porgy Coley or saithe Herring Mussels Skipjack tuna Dab
* Taken from fish2fork.com, the campaigning restaurant guide promoting sustainable fishing
WWF states that only 0.6 per cent of the world’s oceans are designated as protected. And while the work of celebrities propel the debate into the public consciousness, it isn’t all plain sailing from there. The subject remains highly provocative; nuances and loopholes lead to a minefield of complications. We pulled back into Portland Harbour, cold, windswept and a little wobbly. Ian and his crew ‘landed the catch’, still smiling and joking, even though stocks weren’t as plentiful as they could have been and the job they do earns them less than a basic office job might. Exhausted and slightly sniffly from the day’s work – a rude awakening for more of an ‘indoors type’ – the only reward could have been a piping hot battered (sustainable) fish and chips, still glistening from the fryer. You had me at halibut. n
With thanks to Ian Taylor and his crew who supply FishWorks with its wild sea bass. 89 Marylebone High Street, W1U, 020 7935 9796 fishworks.co.uk, mjseafood.co.uk. For more information visit mcsuk.org fishermensmission.org.uk, endoftheline.com
Speciality brews are fuelling a great tea renaissance across Britain and are even being featured on Michelin-starred menus. Gavin Haines finds out more over a cuppa (milk and two, in case youâ€™re wondering)
ylvain Orebi is brave. Not only has the Frenchman opened a tea salon in north west London, but he has come to Britain – where 165 million brews are consumed every day – claiming we know nothing about tea. It’s like us heading over to Paris and telling them they’ve got their Merlot all wrong. “We’re going to teach the Brits how to drink tea,” he says, as we sip an infusion at Kusmi, the Marylebone tea salon he opened last month. “The problem is Britain has the tea of its colonies; the black tea from India and Sri Lanka, which is so bitter you have to add sugar and milk and lemon to make it taste good. This is not a problem for the French and I think we have a lot to teach the Brits.” He may have a point; while colonial ties have dictated tea trends in Britain, across the Channel the French have been enjoying a smorgasbord of infusions thanks largely to Russian asylum seekers. “Like Britain, Russia has a long history of tea,” explains Sylvain. “They used to get it from the camel caravans that came overland from China, but it was cheap and very bitter so they drank it through slices of orange.” The Russians then started experimenting with other blends – rose petals, spices and herbs were popular flavour enhancers – setting a trend that would eventually arrive in France. “With the Russian Revolution in 1917 a lot of white Russians had to leave the country pretty quickly,” he said. “Many came to settle in Paris.” They brought their tea with them and introduced French palates to a gamut of speciality blends; there were Earl Greys with orange blossom, fruity teas, spicy brews and earthy infusions that were said to have many health benefits. Nearly a century later, British drinkers are finally discovering the appeal of speciality teas. According to the UK Tea Council, sales of such brews are increasing seven per cent annually, fuelling a leafy renaissance in a country where tea sales had been fairly stagnant. The profusion of infusion is good news for London’s top restaurants, which claim speciality teas are often easier to pair with food than wines. So much so that the Michelin-starred restaurant Gauthier Soho has employed a dedicated tea sommelier to advise diners what brews they should be quaffing with their meals. “We noticed at lunch people weren’t drinking alcohol because they needed to go back to work so we started offering tea as a substitute to the wine,” says the restaurant’s chief tea sommelier, Damian Sanchez. “It’s not just a case of putting a tea bag in hot water and removing it when you think it is brewed; it’s about matching teas with certain foods.” Sanchez highly recommends the 2012 first flush green tea with morel mushrooms and crispy pancetta with yuzu curd. “With the green tea you’ve got this very earthy element on the nose; it has grass and spinach notes which complements the earthiness of the mushrooms.
There’s also a touch of spice on the nose, which will complement the saltiness of the pancetta, while the smooth finish will clean the palate from the texture of the curd.” Bill Gorman, chairman of the UK Tea Council also draws parallels between tea and wine. “Consumers are doing with tea what they were doing with wine 20 or 30 years ago,” he says. “Wine became fashionable again and for decades now we have had the most wonderful range of international wines. What’s happening with tea is that consumers are rediscovering it again – the variety and the health benefits.” Sylvain Orebi is certainly benefitting from the great tea renaissance. Since buying Kusmi from its Russian owners in 2003, he has been opening tea salons around the world – he has two stores in New York, two in Milan, nine in Paris and now one on London’s Marylebone High Street. Walking into the shop is an aromatic experience; peppermint, cinnamon and strawberry scents hang deliciously in the air. Customers shove their noses into tins, taking in the powerful bouquets of the blends. “Our detox tea is the best seller,” claims Sylvain. “It’s a blend of green tea, mate, lemongrass and lemon oil – it cleanses you.” But if you are drinking tea for the health benefits, the UK Tea Council claims you can’t beat a good old fashioned British brew. “The nutritional value of many of these herbal infusions is really not clear,” says Bill. “But with proper tea – either green tea or black tea – there are a lot of good scientific, peer-reviewed studies which shows your average cuppa has got a considerable number of wellbeing benefits.” However, from a commercial point of view, sales of the humble brew could be healthier. Only 12 per cent of tea is drunk outside the home and Bill thinks the hot beverage industry could learn from the coffee market. “Coffee’s volume has remained static but its value has grown because people are paying £3 for a coffee in Starbucks rather than a few pence on instant coffee at home,” he says. “You’re getting a really great professionally produced drink, which you don’t always get with a cup of tea – in the same Starbucks they’ll bung the bag into a cup and use the hot water out of the coffee machine, which is no good for black tea.” And that’s frustrating because making a decent cuppa is hardly rocket science, says Bill. “It’s dead simple; use freshly drawn water (you need oxygen and nitrogen in the water) boil it, put your bag into the mug and then pour the boiling water onto the tea,” he instructs. “Brew it for the strength you want, take the bag out and add the milk last. It’s very simple, but very easy to cock up.” n
For a good local brew try: Kusmi Tea, 15 Marylebone High Street, W1 Amanzi Tea, 24 New Cavendish Street, W1G silverlanterntea.co.uk, hampsteadtea.com
LET THE SUN SHINE
The new terrace at The Rib Room Bar & Restaurant in Knightsbridge is the ideal destination for summer. A secluded and sophisticated venue for morning coffee or light meals, the terrace becomes a cigaristâ€™s paradise in the evening with an extensive choice of whisky, cocktails and wine complementing a new cigar menu. For more information visit theribroom.co.uk or call 020 7858 7250 Jumeirah Carlton Tower, Cadogan Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9PY
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chez Alain A relaxing getaway to the south of France never goes out of style. And with its lavender fields and olive groves, Provence has forever been the epitome of quaint, rural pleasures. An ideal place to stimulate the senses, the region is easily reached and, by all accounts, notoriously difficult to leave â€“ now more so than ever thanks to La Bastide de Moustiers, a 12-room inn opened by internationally renowned chef Alain Ducasse after he stumbled upon the unspoiled little corner of the region almost twenty years ago. Unsurprisingly, it is the restaurant which takes centre stage, with the retreatâ€™s new two-day Michelin-starred Spa Package giving guests the opportunity to experience many of the culinary delights on offer, breathing in the aromas of roasting meats while being intermittently preened.
Photography by David Bordes
TRAVEL in style HOT SPOT
Bouffémont, France Combine a weekend in Paris with a trip to the tranquil French countryside
With breathtaking views of Montmorency Forest, tranquil lakes and the largest French river beach – L’Isle-Adam – Bouffémont is the ultimate summer destination for large families or small groups of friends. Just a 20-minute drive west of Charles De Gaulle International airport, this small village in the Île-de-France region is a charming old town, and won’t be over-run by Brits abroad even during the summertime peak.
If it’s good enough for royalty, it’s good enough for us. Château Bouffémont, situated 30km north of central Paris, is the epitome of regal French class and opulence, a truly sensational private rental property ideal for weekends (or months) away, as well as intimate fairy-tale weddings. The Beaux Arts landmark, which dates back to the 19th century, has been transformed into a beautiful, luxurious ten-bedroom private venue which can sleep up to 32 people and boasts five grand halls, a private bar and lounge and an international golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Villa in Ibiza? Madina in Morocco? Forget it. We’ve tasted Bouffémont and we’re not going back. chateaubouffemont.com Eurostar operates up to 18 daily services from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord, with return fares from £69 eurostar.com, 08432 186 186
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GOLDEN AGE GLAMOUR SHORT HAUL
Marrakech, Morrocco Newly renovated hotel La Mamounia has seen 90 years of regal Moroccan glamour come and go (as well as the likes of Winston Churchill). In addition to creating Icône, a unique new vintage, the hotel will be celebrating its nine decades in style by offering an exclusive three night wine experience where guests can enjoy a tasting visit to the legendary wine cellar. mamounia.com
DEJA VU In 1969, Switzerland’s Bern Kunsthalle played host to perhaps the most radical take on the art exhibition format the world had ever seen – and now, thanks to The Fondazione Prada, the same collection is being reimagined and reconstructed in the beautiful Venetian palace, Ca’ Corner della Regina. When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 aims to breathe new life into the original concept while maintaining the visual relations between the works on display. A fantastic excuse to spend a weekend in the floating city (as if we needed one).
Until 24 November Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice
HEALTHY EATING For a trip utterly saturated with gastronomic delight, Les Prés d’Eugénie, the rustic retreat of legendary chef (and nouvelle cuisine pioneer) Michel Guérard is set amongst sprawling floral gardens in a tiny village close to Bordeaux. Offering a veritable banquet of eating opportunities, including a three-Michelin starred restaurant, test out the Minceur Essentielle, Guérard’s celebrated weight loss programme. michelguerard.com
The newly re-opened Hotel Cala Del Porto understands the Tuscan appeal better than most (beautiful food, beautiful architecture, beautiful people...). Stay in a leafy villa overlooking the Archipelago and dine in its two exceptional restaurants – everything you need to live la dolce vita.
Punta del Este, Uruguay During its summer season (December to March), South America’s answer to St Tropez attracts celebrities and royalty alike, luring them with its ultra-chic restaurants and nightclubs, lashings of old fashioned glamour and brazenly ostentatious vibe (the street signs, we’re told, are sponsored by Visa). Still relatively unknown to all but the international elite, this is a destination not to be missed if you’re seeking an alternative to European glitz.
Daniella Isaacs lives the Downton Abbey dream at Swinton Park, Yorkshire with falconry, forestry and a touch of fine-dining
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ince Downton Abbey and Paradise Lost have taken pride of place on my Sky planner, I have endlessly day-dreamed about residing in my own grand estate; the drawing rooms would be adorned with authentic Anaglypta wallpaper, chandelier-filled dining rooms would welcome me for 18-course feasts of game shot on-site, and the endless grounds would play host to various gentrified pursuits such as croquet and horse riding. So when I got the opportunity to escape the daily grind in exchange for a long weekend at the ancestral castle of Swinton Park on the Swinton Estate, I could not have packed my weekend suitcase faster. After just a couple of hours on the train from King’s Cross (or around a three-and-a-half hour drive from north west London) the tumbling hills of the Yorkshire Dales were in clear view. On arrival we were swiftly collected from Northallerton station and arrived at the picturesque estate within half an hour (unfortunately in a taxi and not a horse-drawn carriage). Situated within 200 acres of parkland, Swinton Park could easily pass as a splendid aristocratic home. In fact, Queen Victoria was considering adding the property to her royal portfolio, but she opted for Balmoral Castle instead, because apparently the pheasants at Swinton flew too high for her husband to shoot. With just 30 bedrooms, each named after a nearby town, abbey or public figure, they exude a traditional country style. Designed by the current Lady of the Manor, Felicity Cunliffe-Lister, no two rooms are the same. Forget the repetitive mod-cons and bright white bathrooms synonymous with London’s corporate hotels, Swinton Park pays homage to the Britain of yesteryear and each room has a real sense of homeliness. We resided in the York Suite; comprising two floors which included a sitting room, cloakroom and grand bathroom which had the most indulgent free-standing bath, and a blissfully comfortable four poster bed. In keeping with the rest of the hotel, our room was filled with charming personal touches such as a complimentary decanter of gin and an adorable teddy that was “available for adoption”. After enjoying a tipple in our room and relishing views over the picturesque deer park we were ready to experience all the estate had to offer. If, like me, you are a restless traveller, Swinton Park is the ideal retreat. The hotel is a gateway to activities including forestry, shooting, fly fishing, cooking lessons, a nine-hole golf course and falconry, all run by residents from the estate. Over the weekend we chose a variety of pursuits to enjoy, falconry being a particular favourite. The small aviary, just a two minute walk from the estate, is full of birds. Although nervous at first, we very quickly became at ease with our new feathered friends (particularly Ellie, the very compliant tawny owl) and in under ten minutes they were flying to perch on our shoulders and showing off. The trekking centre, across the road from the hotel, is also a must for the itinerary. The Shetland horses were exceptionally well behaved and being two north west London girls, let’s just say horse riding does not come naturally! However, Gordon and Deidre, our designated companions, treated us perfectly, and our trot around the parkland offered gorgeous views. Experienced riders are also welcome; the centre hosts cross-country treks as well as visits to a nearby racing track.
We could have easily spent the entire weekend partaking in the endless activities within the immediate grounds of the hotel, however we wanted to experience real country life, and so decided to venture for a long walk through the estate (isn’t that what country folk do?) With a map in hand and Barbour jackets at the ready (provided by the hotel) we set off on our excursion; anyone would have thought we were locals apart form the fact that my girl-friend was adamant about wearing her heeled ankle boots through the muddy fields. You can take the girl out of the city... After a lengthy two hour walk, we finally reached our destination. And what a treat we had in store. Bivouac is the alternative accommodation site on the Swinton Estate; if you want to experience the very in-vogue weekend break of glamping, then this is the place to do it. With a myriad of shacks, bunk barns and yurts, the site is charmingly eclectic in style. Filled with mismatched furniture and bunting galore, the eco-friendly accommodation is very Huckleberry Finn, ideal for those wanting to get back to basics with nature. We decided to take the easier option of stopping at the site for a spot of lunch; the food was delicious, organic and full of flavour. The butternut squash platter was delicious, served on a rustic wooden slate and packed full of simple ingredients; country life can not get better than this. On the subject of food, the piece de resistance of Swinton Park Hotel is Simon Crannage’s delectable cuisine. Samuel’s restaurant, situated in the grandest room within the property, provides a gloriously oldfashioned affair. Large chandeliers hang from the high ceilings and candlelit tables fill the lofty room; the experience is simply fantastic. As a coeliac, I constantly have to limit my food choices at fine-dining restaurants, however at Swinton that was not the case; they were more than happy to modify any order to suit my requirements. Crannage changes his menu seasonally in accordance with the produce grown within the four acre walled garden. The menu is a hearty fare; my particular favourite was the fillet stone bass served with lightly spiced Jeera mussels and toasted coconut, which was full of tropical flavours. Crannage doesn’t just wait until dinner to impress; to add to the gluttony of it all, we were treated to an indulgent afternoon tea – warm scones, crustless sandwiches (no corkscrew curls for me then) and a selection of perfectly sweet creations. After a weekend of languishing in the country air and becoming accustomed to life on the estate, I had settled comfortably into my role as Lady of the Manor – perhaps too much so, because as we headed for the grand doors to get into our taxi, the affable porter Seamus gently reminded us that we had to leave the Barbour and wellies at the door, and purchase our own for those Hampstead Heath walks. It looks like Downtown Abbey will have to suffice for now. n
MORE INFORMATION Daily rates at Swinton Park Hotel start from £195 including breakfast To make a reservation or for more information, visit swintonpark.com or call 01765 680900
While street signs warn St. Lucians of the perils of ‘liming’, there isn’t much time to laze about on this spectacularly scenic and still very much untouched Caribbean island. ‘Coconutting’, however, is another matter. Kari Rosenberg embraces the luxurious hotels, jaw-dropping scenery and slightly bonkers – but utterly charming – locals 100
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here’s definitely something in the coconut water. “It’s the tree of liiife”, said our chauffeur with a booming laugh straight from the belly, as he picked us up from the airport in the south of the island and transported us through the winding rainforest-roads to the luxurious hotels in the north. It’s a tradition, he told us, for a baby’s umbilical cord to be planted with a palm tree seed on a child’s fifth birthday in the family’s backyard: the fruits of the first harvest will raise enough funds for a first bank account, from which the child will draw a sum to buy its first home. “The coconut has maaany uses,” he continued, the details of which were confirmed by almost every Lucian we came into contact with, in between their professing about the quality of the bananas. But it seems the local fruit’s greatest asset is its milk, of which nobody can get enough, hacking off the top and glugging its contents at every given opportunity. Full of animated patriotism and a welcoming but slightly loopy charm, quite different to the vibe on other Caribbean islands, I’m putting the Lucian nutty-ness down to fervent coconut consumption. I want what they’re drinking. After marvelling at the quirky designs and tropical colours of the fabulous homes dotted along the cliff edges (helicopter airport transfers are also available and are highly recommended for motion sickness sufferers) we pulled up at Cap Maison, a family-run, boutique hotel in the truest sense of the word; the various sized apartments are decked out in authentic, rich dark wood, the villa suites boasting rooftop swimming pools edged by curved cream walls, framing the deep blue ocean vistas from every angle. I discovered beautiful and intricate features hidden in every nook and cranny; a distressed turquoise bench to perch on, an arched tiled-tunnel with no purpose other than to look pretty and provide another corner for a love-struck couple to hide away from the penetrating sunshine. Not that much hiding is required here; this hotel is perfect for those wanting complete privacy (just ask Mick Jagger, who unfortunately I just missed) catering to VIP guests with nonchalant expertise. The spa is small but contained; treatments can be taken in-villa or on-balcony, a service which I’d suggest taking up. For a deep tissue massage (or any of the other treatments available) the therapists have hands of steel, so your knots will have nowhere to hide; it’s also the perfect way to wind down after a game of golf, should you wish to make use of the nearby 18-hole Championship course. The real pull to stay at Cap Maison is The Cliff at Cap, a stunning restaurant which has become an attraction in itself (not to be confused with the one in Barbados – there’s no link) serving up the kind of cuisine you’d expect along the Côte d’Azur in the most exotically-genteel setting imaginable. Begin your evening with sunset rum punches on Rock Maison, a wooden deck built atop a large rocky outcrop, adjoined to a Jacuzzi size-and-shaped natural rock pool that sits just in front of the restaurant, submerged in seawater. Hosting one party at a time, Rock Maison is utterly private, joined only to the main eatery by a few cobbled, sea-covered stones and a zipwire used to courier a basket of Champagne to the multitude of newly engaged grooms whose brides-to-be could have only said “yes”. Back at the main restaurant I sampled three of the mouth-watering starters (in preferential order); a caramelised
foie gras and apple tarte tatin, the liver rich and iron like against the delicate sweetness of the soft apple, just bigger than three mouthfuls, but not quite as rich as if it had been four; a fresh and zingy ceviche of reef conch and big eye tuna and a small fragrant decanter of tomato soup. This was followed by jerk shrimp, a refined but still-astasty version of the eponymous Caribbean speciality. However, the menu changes regularly, so don’t bank on any specific dishes if you’re planning a trip soon. Apart from ‘liming’ where the dark volcanic sand meets the turquoise crystal clear waters (that’s loitering to you and me, but street signs ruling out the activity would suggest it’s an irresistible problem here) the best way to see the beaches – both in the north where Cap Maison sits and in the south where you’ll find the magnificent Pitons – is by yacht. The hotel has its own luxury 46ft power yacht that you can hire out privately, along with a captain and crew (US$2,000 for eight hours) but there are plenty of other impressive vessels to choose from, too. When sailing down the west coast, a day at Sugar Beach is imperative. The blinding white sand which is imported from Guyana and azure waters just beg to be splashed in. It’s no wonder the area was once named The Jalousie Plantation (meaning jealous) by its former French inhabitants who fought for possession of the island with the British 14 times before the country gained independence in 1979. When popping over to the south, it would be criminal not to lunch at Dasheene in the five-star Ladera Resort. Sitting behind the Pitons, the views from the eatery are too phenomenal to describe in writing, rendering all conversation about anything but the seascape utterly irrelevant. We had a glorious Sunday BBQ while a local band added to the atmosphere (as if it needed any enhancement). The rooms at the hotel are also worth a peek at, even if you’re not staying. With only three walls, they are totally open to the elements, each lined along the cliff edge facing the awesome volcanic plugs. The ‘back-to-basics luxury’ may not be to everyone’s taste – air conditioning is non-existent and a mosquito net only protects the bed from the dogged little beasts, but should misguided birds become a problem, the hotel provides water guns for protection. Before heading back to the boat, make time for a trip to the Sulphur Springs at St. Lucia’s drive-in volcano
and immerse yourself like a hippo in the hot, pungent smelling mud and boiling volcanic waters. As well as the coconuts, the locals swear by the mud’s magical powers for curing all sorts of medical problems as well as promising baby-soft skin. Amazingly, nobody has thought to bottle the stuff and sell it to the Western market; getting fully smothered myself I can confirm that the claims are true, so locals, start bottling before Estée Lauder gets wind of it. If you don’t manage to wash off all the mud under the ‘rustic’ showers provided, take a dip at Marigot Bay on the way back to Cap Maison and marvel at what mother nature is capable of. A very different but equally deluxe hotel welcomed us for the second leg of the trip. Pulling into the private harbour, surrounded by glamorous villas, The Landings is a far more Americanised, glossily furnished and family friendly resort featuring the largest 2,300m2 suites closest to the beach anywhere on the island. Part hotel, part privately-owned by a wealth of A-listers (the same goes for Cap Maison) every suite and villa is utterly plush; my two bedroom version included two balconies, one facing the beach and the other The Landings’ private marina with a hot tub to boot. The youngsters can make full use of the kid’s club programme here including Creole lessons and cookie baking (coconut and banana flavour, of course) while mum and dad can switch off in the gorgeous candle-lit Soleil spa. Home to two distinct restaurants, The Palms creates fresh and seasonal fine dining. I enjoyed a thick, velvety shrimp bisque followed by succulent grilled mahi mahi while the deep fried banana doughnut that came on top of my fresh fruit salad was a naughty but welcome surprise. The Beach Club has equally tasty dishes but in a more informal setting: choose the surf and turf followed by the chocolate fondant for a guaranteed stand-out meal, and be sure to seek out the eccentric general manager Lyle Pauls who has hosted everyone from Jermaine Jackson to The Queen. He’ll give you some tantalising insider snippets over a glass of fine wine. During dinner, he filled
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me in on Her Majesty’s poison of choice; “Gilby’s gin and Vermouth – shaken over a slice of lemon lining the bottom of the glass with the ice cubes on top” as well as her thoughts on a certain Arabic head of state, whom she surmised was “full of ‘beans’”. If the little kids (or big ones) fancy a break from the hotel grounds, there’s plenty of great outdoorsy stuff to do, aside from the myriad nature hikes, which we all know children can’t get enough of. Ziplining through the rainforest is a hoot for all ages and the crazy guides will have you in fits of laughter as soon as they’ve strapped you up; harness, hairnet, helmet and all. While safety is always of the essence, don’t be alarmed by the guides’ ‘surprises’ in store such as shouting “Don’t die!” as you faithfully leap from a tree, occasionally jumping on with you, swinging upside down while belting out I Shot the Sheriff. Ask for a drink and fresh coconut water is the only choice out among the big trees. If you insist... Segway riding is another fantastic Lucian past-time; explore the hills and abandoned war bunkers by electric scooter, which is easy to steer once you get the gravitysensitive concept. We were encouraged to bathe our feet in the river just as the guide (who yes, you guessed it, had been gorging on the milk) threw in a loaf of bread, encouraging the billions of small carp in whose home we were intruding to nibble away at our toes with gusto. His sidekick – “just call me lil’ man” – chuckled with glee as he watched on and picked fruit from the noni tree, another so-called miracle plant whose leaves and fruit “cure anything”. The lively Rodney Bay harbour is best for experiencing the authentic shops, bars and restaurants. It’s the number one place to come for nightlife, too, other than on a Friday evening where you’ll be at The Jump Up, a wholly unmissable weekly street party in Gros Islet. Tourists and locals jammed happily together, sipping on rum punch and dancing to reggae. The atmosphere was very foreigner-friendly (although admittedly, I could have left the Mulberry in Hampstead) while the jerk chicken and meat
kebabs filled our nostrils with spicy aromas, becoming increasingly appealing as the rum worked its magic. The locals seemed to love playing host to travellers and I didn’t think twice about any potential safety concerns. The trip ended far too soon but Charles, our happy go-lucky driver for the winding journey back south made it pass quickly with his crazy stories and impressive historical knowledge. Insisting on calling me “lil’ genie” for the duration of the drive due to my holiday-style bun and crossed legs, he regaled us with stories of former high profile passengers. “I gotta tell you lil’ genie mon… Chelsea Clinton is not a morning person!” He points out the 52 varieties of mango en route and of course, the acres of banana plantations. We pull up to the airport and say our farewells as Charles ticks his mental checklist, ensuring we have experienced everything the island has to offer.“Ey, lil’ genie mon!” Yes Charles? “You’ve tried the coconut water, yes?” n
MORE INFORMATION Rooms at Cap Maison range from £270 per night for a garden view room in low season to £1,600 per night for a three bedroom villa in peak season.Vast two bed or three bed apartments to buy from US$1.2m. No condo fees or service charges. capmaison.com, +1 758 457 8670 Rooms at The Landings range from £250 per night for a one bedroom villa in low season to £3,500 per night for a three bedroom villa in peak season. One bed apartments to buy from US$475k; two beds from US$700k and three beds from US$975k. thelandingsstlucia.com, +1 866 252 0689 Ladera Resort, ladera.com For ziplining visit rainforestadventure.com For Segway tours and other activities visit lucianstyle.com
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The house offers spectacular family accommodation and is presented in immaculate condition following a recent refurbishment programme. Entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, guest cloakroom, 6 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, 3 shower rooms (2 en suite), gym with separate WC and kitchen, office, store room, rear garden, carriage driveway, off street parking. EPC rating E. Approximately 609 sq m (6,555 sq ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ9,350,000 (HAM060139)
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Arkwright Road, Hampstead NW3 Refurbished house in Hampstead
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Hamilton Terrace, St John’s Wood NW8 Exceptional family home with parking and mews
A charming semi detached period house situated on one of St John’s Wood’s most prestigious roads. 6 bedrooms (2 in separate mews house with garage, kitchen and reception room), 5 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms. Further benefits include planning permission to increase the property to 7,000 sq ft. Mews house EPC rating D. Approximately 400.2 sq m (4,308 sq ft). Sole Agents.
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The Old Chapel, St John’s Wood NW8 Grand design
A historic former church just off St John’s Wood High Street with planning permission to convert into a truly unique and breath taking residential house of approximately 14,000 sq ft incorporating reception area with vast triple height ceilings, swimming pool and underground parking. Freehold Guide price: £15,000,000 (SJW080316)
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LUXURY APARTMENTS & PENTHOUSES FOR SALE OVERLOOKING LONDON’S REGENT’S PARK
£2.8m - £9.75m Correct at time of printing
Joint sole selling agents Savills St John’s Wood 15 St John’s Wood High Street London NW8 7NG
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MARLBOROUGH PLACE ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £6,395,000 FREEHOLD A classically inspired Regency style residence (481sq m/5,177sq ft) designed by Robert Adam architects and originally constructed by Galliard Heritage in 2004. The house, which has been maintained by the current owners to an exceptionally high standard, features elegant entertaining areas with period proportions, as well as a charming conservatory leading onto a private rear garden. Marlborough Place is ideally located within close proximity of the shopping and transport facilities of St John’s Wood High Street, including St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line) and the American School in London. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom & Shower Room & ‘His & Her’ Dressing Rooms, Bedroom 2 with Dressing Room & En-Suite Shower Room, 2 Further Bedrooms, 2 Further Bathrooms (1 En-Suite), Drawing Room, Fully Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Dining Room, Family Room, TV/Sitting Room, Conservatory, Utility Room/Kitchenette, Guest Cloakroom, Plant Room, Underfloor Heating, Comfort Cooling/Heating, Video Entryphone, Integrated Music System, South Facing Landscaped Split Level Walled Rear Garden, Double Width Integral Garage, Driveway Providing Secure Parking for 2 Further Cars with Underdrive Heating. EPC/C. JOINT SOLE AGENT
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REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 69–71 PARK ROAD LONDON NW1 6XU T –020 7724 4724 F –020 7724 6160
ROBIN GROVE HIGHGATE N6 £6,250,000 FREEHOLD A unique family home (522sq m/5,942sq ft) set discreetly off Highgate West Hill, standing in a west facing double plot of almost 3/4 of an acre. The house, which has been well maintained by the current owners features expansive well planned entertaining areas, including a large conservatory and a library with the capacity to store some 3,000 books, together with well-balanced bedroom accommodation. The house is approached via a footpath from the property’s garage and parking which is just off Highgate West Hill. Highgate Village’s shops and restaurants are within 500 metres and Hampstead Heath is less than 300 metres away. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 5 Further Bedrooms, 3 Further Bathrooms (1 En-Suite), Shower Room, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Library/Study, Conservatory, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Guest Cloakroom, Utility Room, 3 Store Rooms, Extensive West Facing Rear Garden, Landscaped Front Garden, Garaging for 2 Cars, Additional Private Residents Off-Street Parking. EPC/F. SOLE AGENT
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NORTH END HAMPSTEAD NW3 ÂŁ3,950,000 FREEHOLD A magnificent detached family home (383sq m/3,593sq ft) peacefully situated adjacent to Hampstead Heath and less than a mile from Hampstead Village. The house which has been designed by Elsworth & Bond in conjunction with the award winning architect Juan Dols features state of the art design and cutting edge technology including an impressive stone covered double volume main staircase leading to the principal living areas and also benefits from a sunny courtyard, a 50' landscaped private south facing garden and off-street parking. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom & Dressing Room, 3 Further Bedrooms (2 En-Suite Shower Rooms), Family Bathroom, Reception Room Open-Plan with Kitchen & Dining Room, Media Room, Games Room, Gymnasium, Guest Shower Room, Storage, Wine Cellar, Control Room, Lutron Homeworks System, Integrated Sound System throughout, Underfloor Heating throughout, Electric Blinds, Video Entry Phone System, CCTV Monitoring, Off-Street Parking. EPC/C. SOLE AGENT
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REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 69–71 PARK ROAD LONDON NW1 6XU T –020 7724 4724 F –020 7724 6160
ELSWORTHY ROAD PRIMROSE HILL NW3 £7,995,0000 FREEHOLD An exceptional five bedroom semi-detached residence (330.8sq m/3,561sq ft) with a magnificent 95ft landscaped rear garden and off-street parking. The house, which is presented in immaculate condition throughout, provides spacious and versatile family accommodation with high ceilings and many original period features. Located in this enviable Primrose Hill location, the house is situated only a short stroll from Primrose Hill Village with its wide selection of bespoke shops, boutiques, restaurants and street cafés whilst within easy reach of transport links to the City and West End. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with Walk-In Wardrobe & En-Suite Bathroom, 4 Further Bedrooms (1 En-Suite Bathroom), Family Bathroom, Shower Room, Fully Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Library/Study, 2 Guest Cloakrooms, Utility Room, Boot Room, 95ft Rear Garden, Off-Street Parking. EPC/D. SOLE AGENT
Parkhill Walk NW3 £1,525,000
Parkhill Walk is a gated enclave of modern houses, equidistant to both Belsize Park’s transport and shops, and to Hampstead Heath. This bright, contemporary house with patio garden benefits from private parking.
1442 sq ft/134 sq m 22’3 reception, 15’6 kitchen 16’6 master bedroom, 3 further bedrooms 19’ rear patio garden Reserved parking space Contact Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234
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Glenmore Road NW3 £3,000,000
The Edwardian family houses of Glenmore Road offer superb period detailing. This distinguished example is perfectly positioned for the transport and café facilities of Belsize Park.
2894 sq ft/268 sq m 34’ through reception 18’6 kitchen/dining room 19’6 master bedroom, 4/5 further bedrooms Walled patio garden
Flexible, spacious accommodation, and a delightful patio garden.
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Primrose Gardens NW3 £1,250,000
Full of period detail, a garden maisonette on the raised ground and first floors of a handsome Victorian house, with easy access to both Belsize Park and Primrose Hill. The private garden extends to 38’ with a large patio area.
1051 sq ft/98 sq m 18’3 period reception 18’9 kitchen/dining room 18’ master bedroom, 2nd double bedroom Pretty, secluded garden Contact Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234
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Hillfield Road NW6 £1,650,000
A substantial period family house in a popular West Hampstead location close to Fortune Green. Soughtafter features include fireplaces, stripped wood floors and bay windows.
2516 sq ft/234 sq m 30’9 double reception 27’ kitchen/breakfast room 19’ master bedroom, 4 further bedrooms 134’ rear garden
The 134’ sized-garden is rare for the area.
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Winnington Road, London N2
Winnington Road is located off Hampstead Lane, between Hampstead and Highgate Village and is within easy reach of Kenwood House and Hampstead Heath. An elegant double fronted detached house providing spacious family accommodation in excess of 605 sq m (6,500 sq ft) with the potential, subject to obtaining necessary consents, to enlarge or extend. The property stands well back from the road behind a carriage driveway on a very generous plot of almost 0.60 acre. This fine home has been in the same family ownership for many years and is in a very sought after location affording access to Hampstead Heath and London's West End. EPC rating = E
Guide Price ÂŁ7.85 million Freehold
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102 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6PL
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BUTTERMERE COURT, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8
A well-presented two double bedroom apartment (836 sq ft / 77 sq m) situated on the third floor of this portered block in St Johns Wood. The property benefits from a secure underground parking space, passenger lift, balcony and porterage. Furthermore, the apartment benefits from having an extended lease of approx. 995 years remaining plus a share of the freehold. Buttermere Court is well located for the shopping and transport amenities of St Johns Wood and Swiss Cottage.
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BERRIDGE MEWS, WEST HAMPSTEAD, NW6
A beautifully presented modern townhouse (1,424 sq ft / 132 sq m) located in this discreet location set behind electric gates. The house has been maintained to an exceptional standard and offers stylish living over three floors. The house benefits from an integral garage plus off street parking for one car and a patio garden. Berridge Mews is conveniently located for the shopping and transport amenities of West Hampstead (Jubilee line).
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MATLOCK COURT, ST JOHNS WOOD, NW8
A newly refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment (950 sq ft / 88 sq m) set on the third floor of this small, well maintained purpose built block located on the corner of Carlton Hill and Abbey Road. The property has undergone an extensive renovation program and features a stunning kitchen, impressive reception room, wooden flooring and Juliette balcony. Other features include a lock-up garage, additional storage, communal roof terrace and passenger lift. The nearest underground station is St John’s Wood (Jubilee Line).
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PAVILLION APARTMENTS, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8
An immaculately presented two bedroom, two bathroom apartment (1,185 sq ft / 110 sq m) situated on the eighth floor of this purpose built block featuring spectacular views into Lords Cricket Ground and the London skyline. Benefits include underground parking, passenger lift, communal garden and 24 hour porterage. Located close to St John’s Wood High Street which has a distinctly English village feel yet enjoys a cosmopolitan population and mix of restaurants and shops. St John’s Wood tube station (Jubilee Line) is just two stops from Bond Street in the heart of the West End.
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Westfield, Hampstead, NW3
Cambridge Terrace, Regents Park, NW1
Offering easy access to the beautiful amenities of Hampstead this desirable two bedroom, two bathroom apartment is situated in this highly sought after development, coveted for its panoramic views over London as well as the excellent condition it maintains throughout. Westfield also benefits from a 24 hour concierge service, garage parking and access to leisure facilities including a gym, Jacuzzi and swimming pool.
A newly refurbished garden apartment set within this stunning Nash Terrace on the outer circle of Regent’s Park. The apartment has been refurbished to an exacting standard offering one double bedroom with en suite bathroom, good size reception room, kitchen, guest cloakroom, private parking and access to communal gardens. Cambridge Terrace is located on the east side of Regent’s Park with public transport only a short walk away.
£595 per week
£750 per week
Goldhurst Terrace, St John’s Wood, NW6
Ormonde Terrace, St John’s Wood, NW8
This recently transformed 2/3 bedroom maisonette, with restored Victorian features throughout, comprises of a garden level entrance leading to a large downstairs reception/3rd bedroom, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, 2nd bedroom with direct access to the south facing garden. Upstairs houses a light and airy kitchen/reception with balcony and stair access to the garden.
A newly refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment (112sq m/1,208sq ft), set on the garden level of this purpose built, portered block. This apartment offers an open plan entertaining space with direct access to its own private tiered garden. Ormonde Terrace is situated immediately adjacent to Primrose Hill Park and opposite Regents Park and well located for all the amenities of St John’s Wood High Street and Underground Station.
£895 per week
£950 per week
The Yoo Building, St John’s Wood, NW8
Neville Court, St Johns Wood, NW8
A beautifully presented two bedroom, two bathroom apartment situated on the second floor of this modern development architecturally designed by Philippe Starck. The apartment features a stunning double volume reception room with an abundance of natural light. Additional benefits include 24-hour concierge service, passenger lift and secure off street parking.
A stunning newly refurbished four bedroom, three bathroom third floor flat in this red brick mansion block set on the famous Abbey Road within walking distance to St John’s Wood Tube Station and the American School. The flat offers excellent living accommodation and comprises a large double reception room, which has a tiled and heated floor, a feature fireplace and a balcony, a beautiful fully fitted kitchen and three modern bathrooms.
£1,250 per week
£1,575 per week
Collection Place, St John’s Wood, NW8
Penthouse Stockleigh Hall, St Johns Wood, NW8
This stunning four bedroom, three bathroom contemporary house (264 sq m / 2,849 sq ft excluding integral garage) is offered in immaculate condition and secure underground parking for two cars. Luxury features include comfort cooling, Crestron Automation, underfloor heating, limestone and timber floors, decked roof terrace, 24-hour concierge and CCTV.
Situated atop this exclusive 1930s luxury mansion block with uniformed porterage and reserved parking, the Washington Penthouse is presented in excellent decorative condition. This stunning apartment (1,915 sq ft / 177 sq m) provides spacious living accommodation and 574 sq ft / 53 sq m of terracing with far reaching views over Regents Park.
£2,500 per week
£2,950 per week
1 SPECTACULAR PENTHOUSE WITH SENSATIONAL VIEWS ACROSS LONDON columbas drive, nw3 3 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 3 bedrooms ø 4th bedroom/study ø 3 bathrooms ø swimming pool ø gym ø 24hr porter ø underground parking for 4 cars ø extensive south-facing terracing ø lift ø set in about 2 acres of grounds ø 336 sq m (3,616 sq ft) ø EPC=C Guide £5.95 million Share of Freehold
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1 STYLISH FAMILY HOUSE IN DESIRABLE STREET farm avenue, nw2 4 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø 5 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø 2 further bathrooms ø guest cloakroom ø utility room ø rear garden ø off-street parking ø 310 sq m (3,334 sq ft) ø EPC=C
Guide £2.85 million Freehold
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A CHARMING APARTMENT SET ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF THIS POPULAR BLOCK prince albert road, nw8 Reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 3 bedrooms (all en suite) ø guest cloakroom ø 2 terraces ø secure underground parking ø 183 sq m (1,970 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £2.95 million Share of Freehold
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A LOW BUILT HOME LOCATED IN THE HEART OF MAIDA VALE biddulph road, w9 2 reception rooms ø playroom ø kitchen/dining room ø 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø family bathroom ø guest cloakroom ø utility room ø patio ø garden ø planning consent to extend to approximately 3,300 sq ft ø 227 sq m (2,443 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £4.25 million Freehold
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AN APARTMENT WITH DIRECT VIEWS ACROSS REGENT'S PARK prince albert road, nw8 Reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø master bedroom suite ø 3 further bedrooms (2 en suite) ø guest cloakroom ø terrace ø secure underground parking ø 179 sq m (1,933 sq ft) ø EPC=D Guide £3.975 million Share of Freehold
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Cunningham Place, NW8 The house has a large, well designed fully fitted eat in kitchen and generous living areas provided by two double receptions rooms, over two floors boasting period features with an elegant, maintenance free paved garden to the rear or the property.
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Priory House, HA7 Priory House is a spectacular seven bedroom family house, with a total square footage of 8,600, protected on all sides by three acres of spectacular grounds. Built around 1530 on the foundations of what is believed to have been the original C13th Priory offering substantial outbuildings with planning permission.
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16th century gem Seven bedrooms Three bathrooms Seven reception rooms Three acre grounds Stables with planning permission
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Ormonde Terrace, NW8 £950 per week A beautifully presented newly refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in this portered block with direct access onto a private garden. The apartment offers fantastic open plan entertaining space. EPC: C
St. Marys Mansions, W2 £750 per week St Mary’s Mansions is ideally situated in Little Venice close to the canal. A spacious and refurbished raised ground floor three bedroom apartment in this attractive red brick mansion block close to Paddington Station. EPC: D
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Albert Street, NW1 ÂŁ1,750 per week A beautiful mid terrace five bedroom townhouse with garden. Ideally located on a sought-after street close to local amenities, Regents Park and Camden Town tube. EPC: D
Pavilion Apartments, NW8 ÂŁ1,150 per week A fantastic two bedroom two bathroom apartment facing Lords Cricket Ground. This immaculate apartment benefits from 24 porterage, underground parking & communal gardens. EPC: C
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Springfield Road, St Johns Wood, NW8 An elegant and imposing, semi-detached family house situated on this extremely desirable tree lined avenue. The accommodation 3,181 sq ft/ 295.90 sq m, which is arranged over four floors, is offered in excellent decorative condition. The house boasts a wonderful open planned garden level floor and benefits from a delightful landscaped south facing rear garden. Springfield Road is located on the west side of St Johns Wood within half a mile of The American School London. EPC rated â€“ E
Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ4,650,000
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Mount Pleasant Road, NW10 £1,895,000
Mortimer Crescent, NW6
An impressive semi-detached Edwardian house comprising approximately 2,683 sq ft/249 sq m. The house, which is arranged over three floors, is offered in good decorative condition throughout and boasts a delightful 110ft/33m rear garden. EPC - E
A spacious four bedroom semi-detached family house, newly refurbished behind a gated driveway. A key attraction is the entertaining space provided by a 20ft kitchen/breakfast room, a double reception room with sliding glass doors onto a patio garden. EPC - C
Hamilton Terrace, NW8
Denning Close, NW8
JSA – Aston Chase
A beautifully presented two/three bedroom, two bathroom apartment situated on the top floor of this impressive period block. The apartment features an impressive 300 sq ft reception with a balcony offering far reaching views and a communal private garden. EPC - E
Located within a private enclave, a low built detached house which has recently undergone a complete refurbishment. Benefits include three/four reception rooms, five bedrooms, a rear garden and off street parking. EPC - D
Share of Freehold
www.laurenceleigh.com / 020 7483 0101
JSA - Behr & Butchoff
Village People So how has the market changed since you started out? The market has moved tremendously, there is no question about that. 2008-9 was only a blip, as central London is an international market with worldwide appeal. Historically it was only the wealthy Arabic clients that honed in on central London but that has extended in recent years to include Malaysians, Nigerians, Chinese, Russians and now most recently to the rapid number of buyers from the Indian sub-continent. Although I was born and have lived in St John’s Wood most of my life, I come from an Indian background, so Rescorp Residential has been built on this niche. What are first time buyers looking for in St John’s Wood? I think St John’s Wood is a very unique area, and it attracts a certain type of buyer because of what it provides – you’ve got Regent’s Park, Lord’s cricket ground, a number of good schools, both British and American. As such, I think you find that young people are attracted to those resources which are just some of the reasons why NW8 is such a popular area. Geographically, we’re sort of a suburb within the city. You’re only a mile or so away from Oxford Street so you have the best of both worlds.
Vic Chhabria, director of Rescorp Residential, is keen for St John’s Wood to return to its village-like roots How did Rescorp come into existence? Rescorp Residential was set up in 2006 and started trading in 2008. I’ve always had a passion for property; I’ve been mesmerised by it since I was ten years old. My first step to enter the industry was through an interview with a well-known agent in St John’s Wood, and after the interview, I thought I had aced it, only to receive a phone call to say that I was not being offered the job. ‘Too ambitious’ was the term used and that I wouldn’t last twenty minutes there. As much as I was very disappointed at the time, the agent in question actually did me a huge favour looking back: I guess he saw the passion that I couldn’t see. Anyway, off I went to the next agent and worked there for free, i.e. commission only. I was there for six to eight months, made the contacts, developed my own website, and then we parted amicably. How was starting up during the recession? Probably the toughest thing I’ve done in my life. I was in an industry that was spiralling downwards, even in central London. But it just motivated me even more to work harder as the opportunity was there and it was just a matter of time before things would turn around. And of course they did.
How do you think the high street will develop in years to come? I was in a St John’s Wood High Street Association meeting last month and one of the main issues of concern was the over commercialisation of the high street. The overall opinion of the panel was to make a concerted effort to turn the area somewhat back into a village, and I think that would be absolutely fantastic. I’m completely in support of maintaining the charm of our high street which will have a positive effect on property prices. What do you think puts you above your competitors in the area? Unlike a lot of our peers who have been around for years, we’re a very young and humble company by comparison. Our personality and philosophy as an organisation is based on service and commitment. Not being dictated by a corporate structure gives us the freedom to tailor our services to our clients. No two clients are the same, so how can we standardise the way work? If we are given the opportunity to sell/rent a property, then we will leave no stone unturned, even if it means flying across the world to close a deal, which I have done on numerous occasions. How do you see the company developing within the next five years? Although our core focus in St John’s Wood was primarily in sales, we have recently launched a lettings and management department, and our aim is to grow this facet of our business rapidly over the next 24 months. With the effort and direction being taken, I am confident that Rescorp Residential will continue to grow and strengthen within St John’s Wood and we look forward to an ever increasing database of properties to offer. Is there ever a bad time to invest in property in London? I will answer this with caution and what I believe to be true. Property can never be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away, purchased with common sense, paid for in full and managed with reasonable care, it is about the safest investment in the world. n
Rescorp Residential, 58 Acacia Road, St John’s Wood, NW8 email@example.com, 020 3348 8000
Triton Force Renting in central London has never been so desirable. Jones Lang LaSalle introduces the impressive new Triton development in Regentâ€™s Place
he Jones Lang LaSalle’s Central London Residential Lettings team is known for leasing high specification new build apartments in London’s most sought after boroughs. Offering a wide range of beautifully designed apartments across the West End and beyond, they are ready to assist in your rental search. Jones Lang LaSalle is delighted to now offer to the rental market the newly completed landmark residential building known as The Triton. While renting in the Triton, you will experience the vibrancy of living in the centre of London, yet also enjoy the tranquil serenity of neighbouring Regent’s Park. The development comprises 94 beautifully appointed and creatively designed apartments, ranging from studios to large three bedroom residences with panoramic views across London. A number of apartments are also offered with a secure underground parking space. Amenities include a 24 hour concierge service, secure underground car parking, comfort cooling and under floor heating and all are offered on a fully furnished basis with superb contemporary finishes as standard. The Triton is located in the new business and residential hub known as Regent’s Place, comprising café’s, landscaped gardens, a theatre, restaurants and other luxurious lifestyle amenities, including late night grocery shopping. Located adjacent to Regent’s Park, residents can also enjoy outstanding sports and leisure facilities such as tennis courts and football pitches. For those wishing to study or teach in London, The Triton is the perfect base, with UCL (University College London) University College Medical Centre, The London Business School (Regent’s Park) and The American University on Marylebone High Street all within easy walking distance. There are numerous transport links close by and it is ideally located for St Pancras International Station and the Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Circle Underground lines found at Warren Street and Great Portland Street Stations. The Triton is also within easy reach of the M1 and M40 motorway for swift access in and outside London. With prices starting from £450 per week for a long let studio, rising to £2,500 per week for a three bedroom sub penthouse apartment, be the first to enjoy all there is to offer at the Triton. Please contact the dedicated lettings team to register your interest and arrange a viewing. n
Anna Kind Jones, Lang LaSalle Lettings 30 Warwick Street, W1B 020 7087 5553 firstname.lastname@example.org, joneslanglasalle.co.uk
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Marylebone Village, at its best.
Kay & Co are delighted to offer the entire Howard de Walden Estate residential portfolio. Over 700 properties, from studio apartments to luxury period homes, in the heart of fashionable Marylebone Village. For information on currently available homes to rent please contact a member of our lettings team today.
Hyde Park & Bayswater 020 7262 2030 Marylebone & Regentâ€™s Park 020 7486 6338
Nottingham Terrace, Regents Park
020 3394 0013 firstname.lastname@example.org
ÂŁ775 Per Week Furnished A recently refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom flat on the second floor (with lift) of this popular portered block. The property features a separate kitchen, a spacious reception room and wood flooring throughout reception areas. This property is ideally located moments from the open spaces of Regents Park, the fashionable Marylebone High Street and Baker Street Underground Station. EPC: C.
Harley Street, Marylebone
020 3394 0013 email@example.com
ÂŁ750 Per Week Furnished or Unfurnished A bright and spacious two bedroom flat on the fourth floor (with lift) of this popular purpose built block. The property benefits from a large double aspect reception room, a separate kitchen, two double bedrooms and a family bathroom. It is ideally located moments from the open spaces of Regents Park and the fashionable Marylebone High Street. EPC: D.
Bryanston Square, Marylebone
020 3394 0013 firstname.lastname@example.org
ÂŁ3,800,000 Leasehold A highly desirable three bedroom, three bathroom garden apartment facing Bryanston Square, close to both Marylebone High Street and Marble Arch. This spacious apartment features a large reception/dining room, a separate kitchen and a beautiful conservatory/private patio garden room. EPC: D.
The Triton Building, Regents Place, NW1 - £425 to £2,500 per week - Long Let The Triton Building at Regent’s Place offers an exciting opportunity to live in a vibrant hub close to Regents Park and ideally located for UCL and The London Business School. The amenities of Marylebone village and Oxford Street are all located nearby. Nearest transport links can be found at Great Portland Street underground and Euston Rail Station. A range of apartments benefiting from 24 hour concierge, comfort cooling and secure underground parking. Available from June 2013, Jones Lang LaSalle are delighted to offer a range of studio, one, two and three bedroom residences for rental, both furnished and unfurnished. Call today to avoid disappointment and register your interest.
30 Warwick Street, London, W1B 5NH
020 7087 5557 joneslanglasalle.co.uk
Manor Apartments, Abby Road, NW8 - £800 per week - Long Let A newly refurbished and beautifully appointed two double bedroom apartment within this sought after block. Benefiting from two attractive marble bathrooms, fully fitted kitchen and the latest ‘Smart Home Technology’. Manor apartments is excellently located on the Abby Road, close to all the amenities of St John’s Wood High Street and underground station. Offered furnished or unfurnished.
One Osnaburgh Street, Regents Place, NW1 - £450 per week - Long Let A well-appointed double bedroom apartment in this newly completed building. Located a short walk from Regents Park and Great Portland Underground Station and close to the many amenities of Marylebone village. Fully furnished with contemporary tiled floors, bespoke kitchen and 24 hour concierge.
Charles Street Mayfair W1
Situated in an elegant period building and approached via its own private entrance, a contemporary three bedroom, two reception room apartment of approximately 2,898 sq ft / 269 sq m ( including vaults) benefiting from high ceilings and two entrances from Hays Mews and Charles Street.
Charles Street is one of Mayfairâ€™s premier addresses running West from Berkeley Square and is within walking distance of Mount Street and Bond Street as well as the open spaces of both Hyde Park and Green Park.
Accommodation and Amenities: Master bedroom with en suite bathroom • 2 further bedrooms with en-suites • 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/breakfast room • Study • 2 guest WCs (one with a shower) • Courtyard/patio • 2 vaults • EPC-D
Share of freehold
Guide Price: £5,500,000
Joint Sole Agents JONATHAN ARRON RESIDENTIAL
020 7604 4611 jonathanarron.com
The spirit of St Johnâ€™s Wood Rescorp Residential are privileged to offer for sale this interior designed fabulous raised ground floor apartment
This property has been completely refurbished to an exceptional standard and now offers 4 bedrooms (3 with en-suite shower rooms), a double reception room, a fully fitted kitchen and a powder room. Wellington Court is beautifully located only seconds from St Johns Wood High Street and station and the block benefits from a 24 hour porter service. This is a perfect apartment for a young family who want to be close to the hub of St Johns Wood.
58 Acacia Road, St Johns Wood, London NW8 6AG - T: 0203 348 8000 www.rescorp.co.uk
LD Director LETTINGS
Please call us for viewing arrangements. Vic Chhabria
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This is a unique opportunity to acquire an extraordinary family house, made up of what were originally two semi-detached houses in a wonderful village location. The property is detached and is set behind a forecourt providing off street parking. The house offers hugely spacious and very flexible accommodation of some 7,800 square feet. In addition to the generous bedrooms, of which there are as many as nine, the entertaining space is impressive and varied,
including a drawing room, dining room, sitting room, media room and a range of extra rooms suitable for a variety of purposes. Perhaps the most unusual and impressive feature of the property, however, is the luxurious indoor pool and leisure complex, which offers a heated pool with a retractable marble cover, serving alternatively as a â€˜dance floorâ€™, along with showers, changing rooms, a steam room and gymnasium. As the house benefits from two staircases, it lends
Gayton Crescent, NW3 itself to a variety of layouts. There is also the unusual benefit of a very smart and spacious self-contained apartment to one side. In addition to the off street parking at the front of the house, to the rear is a large and beautifully landscaped, double width, south facing garden. Gayton Crescent is an extremely sought after address, curving off Gayton Road, and down to Willow Road and is therefore convenient for access to both Hampstead High Street and the Heath.
Guide Price ÂŁ8,950,000 Freehold Hamptons Hampstead Office firstname.lastname@example.org
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Blomfield Road W9 ÂŁ1,950,000 This beautiful, interior-designed apartment is situated on the upper floors of an imposing period house in the heart of Little Venice. The bright accommodation boasts an excellent triple aspect reception room with a modern, well equipped kitchen, a spacious master bedroom with a beautiful en suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and a stunning family bathroom. Leasehold. EPC=D. LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 email@example.com
Westbourne Terrace Road W2 ÂŁ1,850,000 This elegant apartment comprises a large reception area, a modern kitchen leading through to a conservatory, which opens onto the private garden, a large master bedroom with en suite bathroom, plenty of built-in storage and French doors leading through to the garden, three further bedrooms (one en suite) and a further bathroom. Westbourne Terrace Road is a short walk from the canal and the superb local amenities on Clifton Road. Share or Freehold. EPC=D. Joint Sole Agent. LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Warwick Avenue W9 £1,400 per week A stunning split level apartment in an excellent location on Warwick Avenue. The property, having undergone extensive refurbishment throughout, offers a large double reception room leading to a manicured decked and grassed garden, a fully ﬁtted separate kitchen, a study or ofﬁce room, a master bedroom with beautiful en suite bathroom, two large double bedrooms and two bathrooms. EPC=D LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 email@example.com
Portnall Road W9 £475 per week This fantastic property is located close to Westbourne Park & Maida Vale and offers spacious, split-level accommodation. The property is arranged over the ﬁrst and second ﬂoor of a period conversion in Maida Vale, comprises an eat-in kitchen, a modern reception room, two double bedrooms and a modern bathroom. Ideally located for access to the local amenities and transport links of Westbourne Park Underground Station, Portobello Road and Paddington. EPC=D LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 firstname.lastname@example.org
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