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in the classic tradition

56 interview

Exploring Wigmore Hall and

Get to know IWC’s CEO

its legacy with John Gilhooly

Georges Kern

14 age of innocence A novel setting for a

60 women’s trend

Road to El Dorado

62 men’s trend

literary classic

17 london you’re beautiful Admiring the beauty of the

Gold Standard

capital through the work of


David Gentleman





25 wishlist

La Perla’s stunning summer range

26 finishing touches

Fashion: Boo Attwood

Accessories with print and sparkle

Photography: Carlos Lumiere

32 jungle fever

Inspiration for poolside glamour comes from tropical settings this season. Embrace sleek lines, bold cuts and bright colours for a high fashion take on beach chic

Laid-back, tropical style

44 interiors trend


Summer Holiday

47 elegance & idiosyncracy

Showcasing LINLEY sophistication

68 health & beauty update

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78 wine & dine

89 travel wishlist

28˚-50˚ Wine Workshop & Kitchen, luxury tapas and Champagne from Bubbledogs

80 night In


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South American delights from Caravan

Uncovering a hidden gem with this perfect Californian hideaway

travel in style A luxurious round-up from Ibiza to Thailand

81 night Out

93 five of the best

Divine inspiration with our pick of

84 culture fix

exotic wedding locations

Camden Fringe, a spot of Shakespeare

94 miami is the place for me

and an update from the treasured

Embracing the sights, sounds and

New End Theatre

style in Florida

Meat feast at Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

from the editor


he phrase ‘cultural’ is bandied about these days to mean a whole host of things. It conveys a dedication to the arts, a range of options to amuse and delight, a diversity of nationalities in one place and a more erudite approach to entertainment. In North West London our cultural diversions are at once historic and cutting edge. From the extraordinary Wallace Collection, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the delights of Keats, Burgh and Fenton Houses, to the modernity of the Roundhouse, the Catto Gallery and the Museum of Everything in Primrose Hill, the contemporary and the classic sit happily together. And, nowhere more so perhaps than in the stunning surrounds of Wigmore Hall in Marylebone. A local icon and an international treasure, this beautiful hall boasts over one hundred years of musical excellence. I met executive director John Gilhooly there recently to talk about the challenges for classical music in a modern age, as well as how it feels to be the youngest leader of any of the world’s great concert halls. Read our exclusive interview on p. 8. We continue our artistic tour of the area with a look at some of the paintings by local artist David Gentleman, whose lovely images of Camden Market, Regent’s Park Road and the view from Primrose Hill capture a different side to our beautiful city (p. 17). And we get another viewpoint from local author Francesca Segal, whose debut novel The Innocents is set in St John’s Wood and Hampstead and offers a modern take on Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Meet her on p. 14. Fashion-wise this month we’re getting inspiration from the jungle for some serious poolside glamour (p. 32), and taking what we’ve learnt to mix with the great and gorgeous in Miami (p. 94); while our interiors section looks to Linley for inspiration for sophisticated homes (p. 47), and House of Hackney for the other extreme – the epitome of quirky and kitsch (p. 42). We also have reviews of the new 28˚-50˚ restaurant in Marylebone (p. 78), an American style treat to cook at home from Caravan head chef Miles Kirby (p. 80) and the most decadent picnic ever from Nobu(p. 75).

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Wigmore Hall has been a feature of Marylebone cultural life for over one hundred years. Emma Johnson met with executive director John Gilhooly to talk about running such a historic venue and the challenges of preserving classical music in a modern, digital world


aunched in 1901 as a leading venue for classical music, Wigmore Hall has remained at the forefront of performance and composition to this day, and stands proud on Wigmore Street amidst a clutter of modernity and change. Its traditional glass awning, beautifully lit at night, imposing brick structure and resolute commitment to classical excellence has ensured that it remains as important and revered as ever. Previously named Bechstein Hall, after the German piano maker based next door, it was patronised by numerous composers and musicians, especially leading German artists, for some 13 years until WW1 broke out in 1914. As German companies and trading wound up in Britain, Bechstein closed his business and the Hall was sold and stood empty for three years. Then in 1917 it was reinstated as Wigmore Hall; its opening concert featuring Beethoven sonatas for violin and piano played by Albert Sammons and Vassily Safonoff. Following the keynote performance, this period saw some incredible concerts from such artists as Cortot, Gieseking, Serkin, Casals, Segovia, Lotte Lehmann, Supervía, Elisabeth Schumann, the Busch Quartet and the Hungarian Quartet. In addition, premieres of works by Bartók and Elgar were performed, Janác˘ek attended a concert of his chamber works, and Prokofiev and Hindemith both took part in concerts. In 1946 things changed again, as the Arts Council took over the lease of the Hall, and throughout the 40’s and 50’s once in a lifetime events pushed the Hall’s profile ever higher. Legendary Dinu Lipatti gave his only London


recital, Francis Poulenc appeared with Pierre Bernac, Joan Sutherland, Christa Ludwig, Victoria de los Angeles and Elisabeth Schwarzkopf all sang there, Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears performed together (with many of Britten’s important works having their first performances at the Hall), Lotte Lehmann gave a famous series of master classes, and 15 year old Daniel Barenboim played Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata in short pants. Then the sixties saw the dawn of a new era for Wigmore Hall, when Australian William Lyne took over, staying for an impressive 43 years till he retired in 2003, having since hired the current artistic and executive director John Gilhooly in 2001, who remains to this day. Lyne’s reign saw the Hall go from strength to strength, and he introduced a variety of new initiatives, including themed concerts based around specific composers (which began with a highly successful series of 22 concerts celebrating Fauré), and the popular Sunday morning coffee concerts. To this day, new and distinguished artists from all over the world continue to be attracted to the hall, including András Schiff, Steven Isserlis, Graham Johnson with his original Songmakers’ Almanac quartet, Olaf Bär, Geoffrey Parsons, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Quasthoff, the Lindsay, Borodin, Takács, Hagen and Endellion Quartets, Cecilia Bartoli, Margaret Price, Ian Bostridge, and the first of the Hall’s resident quartets, the S˘kampas. In 200, a series of concerts were devised (52 in total, to run from Dec 2000 to July 2001) to mark its centenary. Two years later, to mark his retirement William Lyne arranged a further festival of 43 concerts featuring 33 major international artists.


The current directorship has continued Lyne’s good work, and made some impressive steps forward in the Hall’s development, most notably spearheading the purchase of a long lease which has secured the Hall’s future and removed the financial burden of rent. In addition, Gilhooly’s work to attract a series of modern composers and singers has attracted full capacity audiences and dramatically increased the appeal. Over the past ten years, celebrated American musician Brad Mehldau has overseen a jazz series and acclaimed young composer Luke Bedford as become the Hall’s first-ever composer in residence. Gilhooly has also introduced late-night concerts, expanding the number of concerts in each season, and created a highly successful programme of live recordings, marketed as Wigmore Hall Live and transmitted through the BBC, with recordings sold throughout the world. Widely respected for his imaginative and challenging programming, John Gilhooly has seen box office takings break all records, and the number of people becoming Friends of Wigmore Hall also reach record levels. Gilhooly has also worked to ensure the Hall’s place in the local community, with the Wigmore Hall Learning department working creatively with children of all ages in many schools, encouraging children to interact with trained musicians and respond to music in many innovative ways, usually climaxing with a concert at the Hall. There are lecture series based around the current season programme for adults, and a recent new initiative, Music for Life, a groundbreaking programme in which musicians are trained to work with dementia patients, has been nationally recognised. I met with John Gilhooly at the Hall to talk about his experience of working at such a historic venue and his plans for the future. We meet on the eve of a much-heralded concert from opera superstar Joyce DiDonato, an award-winning American mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera regular, over from America for two exclusive, and instantly sold out, performances at Wigmore Hall, the second of which will be broadcast live on Radio 3. When I arrive on the morning of her performance people are queuing out the door for returns, and there is a palpable excitement in the air.



John has generously found a spare hour to talk to me on this most momentous of days, and he and I take a burgundy velvet covered seat in the main Hall – whose world renowned acoustics lend themselves rather handily to my ancient Dictaphone. Having been appointed here aged just 32, there’s been a lot of talk about you being the youngest leader of any of the world’s great concert halls; did you feel quite a lot of pressure when you started? Not really, because it was more retrospective, which was good. I’d been here for five years before it was ever mentioned. When I came here I was very quiet and I kind of had a plan about what I wanted to do, but I think if you shout from the rooftops without actually proving yourself, you shoot yourself in the foot. So, when you first started was there anything specifc that you really wanted to change and develop? When I was appointed overall director I really wanted us to acquire the lease of the hall – and I think owning the hall now has secured the future. That was a very significant moment. No longer paying rent and being able to pump the money that we used to spend on rent into artistic programing is great. Launching the first live record, Wigmore Hall Live, in 2005, which I see very much as my baby, was wonderful too. Also, artistically, I felt that, while it was regarded as a Great Hall, Wigmore hadn’t quite reached its full potential, particularly in relation to contemporary and early music – and there was the challenge of bringing in the new, without alienating a loyal, core audience. People are always saying classical music is dead, and I say if you present it in a particular way it’s not, and the figures are here to prove it. Seven years ago we were selling about 120,000 tickets; now we sell 190,000. Why do you think there is this reaction to classical music? It’s lazy journalism. I think it’s very easy for commentators to have this knee-jerk reaction and say classical music is dying. But it’s not true. We know that when Apple Itunes was launched, almost ten per cent of its output in the first two years, was classical. When

I’m in the foyer, because I stand out there quite a lot and chat to the public, I meet people from all ages, and they have different reasons for coming. People in their fifties have more time to come because their children are at university, the older generation come along for our regular concerts, and our Wigmore Lates sessions sell to a very broad demographic. If you look at photographs of the hall and of the audience over the years, you see a mixed audience; young and old. And if you take an audience any night this week you’ll see the same thing. It’s been ever thus; there will always be a mixed audience. Look at our live broadcasts through the BBC, a quarter of a million people of all ages tune in across the country, and that’s just via the radio – it’s more online. Do you think digital media is becoming more important to classical venues like Wigmore Hall? Yes. I think the big challenge is to embrace the new media world now. I can’t predict how and when that will happen, nobody can, so our next step will be to be as prepared as we can, installing permanent cameras, streaming sold out concerts, becoming our own broadcaster, even streaming to schools. We’re able to do so much for audiences of all ages in London, if we could just flick a switch and make that national, that would be a wonderful legacy. And I think we have the capability to become the world’s most important online resource of chamber music, so there’s lots of possibility. A busy time then? It always is. And it changes, of course. A lot of my time is taken up with meeting artists and agents, and having conversations. I try to see each major ensemble and each major artist personally at least once, if not twice, a year, and I’ll try to see their agent as well. Managing those relationships is key to my day; and some of these relationships have led to some incredible partnerships and opportunities. We have thirty world or UK premieres here next season, and we now oversee the largest scheme for commissioning new chamber music in Europe, and we do that in conjunction with concert halls across the world, Carnaby Hall and the Lincoln Centre for instance, and halls in Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin and Koln – we even have links with Tokyo and with Australian festivals. We jointly commission a composer or artist that we all like, split the cost of the commission and it travels as a tour. It starts at Wigmore Hall and ends up in Sydney – this guarantees that the work is heard all over the world, not just here. It’s that sort of international, working relationship that’s really put the hall back on the map. Last year you were listed as one of ‘London’s Top 100 Opinion Makers’ by Time Out Magazine and listed in the Evening Standard’s ‘Most Influential’ list. Is it quite important for you that someone in the classical music field has been recognised in that way? Yes, it’s good to have somebody flying a flag for all of this and saying it’s worthwhile, and the fact that it’s coming from the Hall, from what’s regarded as an iconic space, I think is important, because people are


more likely to listen to the message. If I have a legacy, that legacy is to prove that classical music is not dying and that we’ve got to be very careful. Particularly those who comment on classical music, because doom and gloom mongering is not the answer, and it could become a self-fulfilling prophecy, because it’s a way of putting people off.

tie in with the curriculum. We have late night concerts here regularly too, and there are lots of young people up here at 10pm and then some of them will go down to the bar at 11.15pm for a more informal cocktail evening. And that’s all part of the new mix here, and it’s wonderful to see.

What about your plans for Being appointed as chairman of the Royal Philamonic the future, is difficult to Society recently is presumably both an honour and a keep innovating? dream role? I’m beginning to form in my It was very nice; but they had to twist my arm to mind now what 2015/16 will be, and you do wonder, do it, because it’s very time consuming! But I felt it was though it hasn’t happened yet, when you will run out good for them to have somebody young to do it, and of steam. Sometimes artistically you run up against it’s changed the a brick wall. But if you dynamic to have stand back for a few If I have a legacy, that legacy is to prove weeks then suddenly it will a younger person involved. It’s also all flow again. Because that classical music is not dying given me scope to do every season must be more of the things different, and I believe very close to my heart, much that unless you’re such as taking over the Music For Life project which constantly renewing and refreshing the programming works with people with dementia. We train musicians to eventually it will just fail. It’s a very small space here, go into care settings to work with the staff and with the and people say to me how do you keep filling that small people who have dementia. It’s extraordinary. space as you do? And I say well, it’s about big ideas and that tiny little platform, and it’s about creating the right The outreach and community work you do here at the conditions so that the greatest musicians want to bring Hall is considerable isn’t it? big ideas to that little space. My focus now is to keep There’s a huge educational program. Last week opening out what we do here to a wider community. we had toddlers running around here; then there’s a Looking at how people consume music, how they brilliant program for the under-fives, which is now copied get to music and how we bring music to them is very everywhere, called Chamber Tots, where we work to tell important, and how we kind of light that flame. That’s a stories through music, then we work with schools and we challenge for every arts institution. n

a musical marvel The design of Wigmore Hall – which boasts some of the most perfect acoustics in the world – was created by architect Thomas Edward Collcutt, one of the most distinguished architects of his day. The distinctive arts and crafts cupola over the main performance platform was designed by Professor Gerald Edward Moira, who often worked with Collcutt.The painting symbolises ‘the striving of Humanity after the great voice of Nature’ and mankind’s struggle to catch an echo of the music of the gods.The central figure represents the Soul of Music, who stands holding the Genius of Harmony – a ball of eternal fire whose rays are reflected across the world. A tangled network of thorns separates this portion of the picture from the other figures, suggesting that man in this life is too clogged with materialism to approach the spiritual perfection that is music. To the left, a musician plays in a blissful trance; while urging him on is the figure of Love, with roses in her hand. On the right, a


composer is seated writing his music on a scroll, encouraged by Psyche, who represents the eternal striving of the human soul. Other outstanding architectural features include the mahogany panelling and marble pillars in the Hall, the Sicilian marble stairway in the foyer with its alabaster handrail, and two of the original lamps above the exit doors beside the stage. The Hall’s two pianos are Steinways, chosen by pianist András Schiff and Ulrich Gerhartz of Steinway. In 2004, John Gilhooly oversaw an extensive refurbishment programme for the Hall, replacing all the seats, installing new lighting and air conditioning, putting in place a re-designed restaurant, improving facilities for recording and broadcasting, and other necessary elements to bring Wigmore Hall fully into the new century. The refurbishment was widely praised for being completed on time and on budget. 36 Wigmore Street, W1U 2BP,

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Innocence Local author Francesca Segal’s first book, The Innocents, is a modern interpretation of Edith Wharton’s classic novel The Age of Innocence, and is set entirely in her home stamping ground of North West London. Rebecca Wallersteiner meets her




hen Francesca Segal arrives late she is so apologetic, warm and charming that it is impossible not to immediately forgive her. Fresh-faced, she looks much younger than her 31 years. We meet at Pain Quotidien, in Hampstead Heath, close to where she lives and both order iced coffee. This cosmopolitan enclave has inspired The Innocents, her impressive debut novel. “I grew up in North West London and write about familiar local types and the timeless themes of love, attraction and marriage,” explains Francesca. “People have always been torn between their need for stable relationships offering support and reliability and the attraction of something less predictable, spiced with a little danger – which makes them feel more alive.” Subtle and gently satirical, Francesca’s book examines her familiar world; that of privileged, interlinked families living in Hampstead Garden Suburb and St. John’s Wood. Francesca has ambitiously re-located her favorite early 20th century novel, Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, to modern day North London, altering aspects of the plot and adding a little chutzpah. “I first read Wharton’s House of Mirth when I was twelve and it really influenced me. It reminded me of my own upbringing in North West London’s close-knit Jewish Community, but I hope that my novel will transcend its context, as my theme is universal. Wharton was somewhat anti-Semitic, but this can partly be explained by the atmosphere she was living in,” says Francesca. She has replaced the tea rooms of 1900’s New York with the patisseries and pubs of modern Hampstead. Her made-up characters are recognisable types who walk their dogs on Hampstead Heath and shop at the local Daunts, Boots, M&S and Sainsbury’s. After negotiating the Northern Line they drop into the Roebuck pub, near the Royal Free Hospital, to enjoy a pint of beer and watch football. “Are both your parents English?” I ask. “No. My father, a writer, came from Brooklyn,” she replies. It turns out that Francesca’s dad was Erich Segal, who wrote Love Story, the best-selling novel in the US in 1970, when he was 32. And he also wrote the screenplay for the Box Office hit film – so it isn’t surprising that Francesca feels most inspired by an American author. Though she looks like an English rose and speaks BBC English, she has the easy confidence of American women. “I was born at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, then attended King Alfred School in Hampstead, before going to Oxford to read experimental psychology and then to Harvard University,” she says. Francesca’s father taught students at Harvard which provided the setting and inspiration for his Love Story, which is based on real events. Oliver Barrett and Jenny Cavilleri come from completely different backgrounds; she is intellectual and musical, whereas he is sporty, but they manage to transcend their differences through love. In contrast to her father, Francesca chose to set her own 21st century love story in London, within the world she knows best: the Jewish

community of North London. In contrast to Oliver and Jenny who bond over milk shakes and burgers, Adam and Rachel, her central characters bond over bagels and Challah bought from local bakeries. “Did watching your father at work influence you?” I ask. “While I grew up I observed that writing is very hard work and as well as having talent one needs to work doggedly at it to succeed. My dad was always busy working at his desk when I woke up, so I never deluded myself that writing was something romantic. My earliest memories of my father are inextricably linked with his identity as a writer. Our games all had language at their core. My father spent hours composing songs and limericks, reciting poetry and recording interviews with me on his Dictaphone, when I was small,” she replies. “Did you work for a newspaper before writing your novel?” “Before writing The Innocents, I spent three years writing for The Observer and a year working at Tatler. Geordie Greig, the editor at the time, was a lovely boss,” says Francesca. “It is really brave of you to take two years off to write your book. How did you finance yourself?” I wonder. “I am lucky to have an understanding scientist husband, who works in stem cell research at Harvard and has been unendingly supportive. I wrote the book on spec but you just have to have faith to build the table.” How did you and your husband meet? Did you meet in falling snow at Harvard like the cute couple in Love Story?” I ask. “No. We met in London when I was travelling back and forth from New York – my playground,” she replies. Both Francesca’s The Innocents and her dad’s Love Story deal with universal themes – the complexity and confusions of attraction and desire. In both novels the central characters are magnetically drawn to their opposites. “Well isn’t it true that opposites often attract?” says Francesca. In The Innocents Adam, engaged to stable, predicable Rachel becomes obsessed by her free-spirited, troubled cousin Ellie, who has horrified her family by starring in an ‘art’ erotic film and smoking marijuana. Ellie’s adventurous approach to life makes Adam realize how insular his world and existence really are and he longs to break free. Ellie attracts men like bees to honey; all bored by their predictable lives and stable homes who daydream of something more exciting. But of course they run away when they get too close to danger. Cowardly Adam flirts with rebellion but is incapable of carrying it through. “Do you know how many copies of The Innocents you have sold?” I ask. Francesca replies: “We won’t know for a few months yet, but I am really pleased by all the interest and positive reviews it has received. It is so exciting to walk into Hampstead’s book stores and see my novel displayed on the shelves.” “And are you now working on your next?” I ask. “I’m inching towards it,” she smiles. n The Innocents, by Francesca Segal, published by Chatto


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beautiful Jack Watkins meets Camden artist and designer David Gentleman, who is reponsible for a whole host of unique and extraordinary images of his native, and much loved, NW London 17




f the fine arts world had its own equivalent of the poet laureate, there could hardly be a more fitting candidate than David Gentleman. Accomplished in lithography and engraving, as well as watercolour, a lifetime’s dedication has gone into capturing the nation’s scenery, from the vanishing cornfields of Suffolk, to the eddying crowds of Piccadilly Circus. The octogenarian artist’s latest book, London You’re Beautiful is another work in his characteristic style, traditional without being conservative, impressionistic yet never trivial. While it does not ignore the locations familiar to the tourist, its chief value is to remind those of us resident in the city of the observational delights to be found in the streets, squares, parks and markets beyond the West End, on both sides of the River. Even if you have never heard of Gentleman, you will almost certainly have encountered his work. Born in 1930 to artist parents, he trained at the Royal College of Art, and his style was influenced by Eric Ravilious and Edward Bawden – the latter a friend and tutor. His designs have adorned the Penguin Classics and Shell posters, and he has been our most prolific designer of Royal Mail postage stamps. Most memorably, in 1979 he was commissioned by London Transport to design the mural decoration for the Northern Line Underground platforms at Charing Cross Station. Typically, the artist used modern production methods to tell the story of the medieval craftsmen who built the original Charing Cross, commissioned by King Edward I in the 14th century. For fifty-six years, Gentleman has lived and kept his studio at the top of an early Victorian house in Camden Town, with glimpses of Parliament Hill amidst the urban jumble of chimneypots and TV aerials. For some years he says his watercolours were mostly done outside of London, in the countryside of Essex and

All images Š David Gentleman



Suffolk, or on trips abroad. David Gentleman’s Britain, (1982), was an evocative watercolour tour of the country, enhanced by Gentleman’s prose – like many artists he is also an insightful and expressive writer. London, You’re Beautiful, he explains, is an attempt to look afresh at the city, ‘capturing its changeable skies, its restless people and its still quite wild places, from Hampstead Heath to Rainham Marshes.” The book works as a kind of visual diary, (he painted one picture for every day of the year and accordingly they are arranged chronologically) complimented by Gentleman’s notes, through each month of the year, and there are fascinating explanations of his working methods. The project absorbed him completely for a year “with no let up,” touring London on bus or by foot, sketching rapidly. It’s almost impossible to choose which subjects he does best. His drawings of human figures in Camden’s markets and or squeezed onto the Tube are as captivating as those of long distance views afforded from the heights of Hampstead Heath, or of the drowsy meadows around Richmond. It’s also a brilliant record of London’s endlessly varied architecture – a subject which has always attracted him. Pictures of Modernist concrete flats in Highgate are rendered newly interesting when placed next to the Gothic of the cemetery, and the leafy squares of Bloomsbury beckon you to visit to see them for yourself. In fact, this book is so good, it could be a visual companion to the Pevsner Guides of London. n All images from London, You’re Beautiful by David Gentleman, published by Penguin May 2012

address book Archana & Nirmala Sicka SquareCircle Designs Archana and Nirmala Sicka are co-founders of luxury accessories label, SquareCircle Designs, producing exquisite silk scarves and pure cashmere shawls. The mother and daughter designers returned to London after several years in Paris and are now based in St. John’s Wood. Their first collection, Pegasus, was inspired by their love of horses and their colourful and original designs are coveted by the Hollywood elite and Indian Royalty. SquareCircle also designs an exclusive line for the Guards Polo Club in Windsor.

The Area

Our family has always lived in North West London, originally in Hampstead before moving to St. John’s Wood. We’ve always loved the creative vibe which surrounds us in this area everywhere we go. The historical and the new go hand in hand. We used to love watching the Kings Troop, horses and cannons, proudly thundering past our front door each morning.


Beauty Favourites

Prestige in West Hampstead is run by our favourite facialist, Shahala; she specialises in laser treatments and other facials as well as doing the best eyebrow threading! We use Sali’s London for our hair; Sam, the owner, head stylist and master colourist is great, and I never go anywhere else! For de-stressing it’s easy to pop into our local Neal’s Yard in St John’s Wood for a mini pamper treatment such as an aromatherapy massage or Indian head massage...heaven! And we like to keep fit at the Garuda Pilates Studio & Clinic in Abbey Gardens, St. John’s Wood. James d’Silva’s pilates classes and one to one yoga sessions are amazing.



Our lives are shaped by our two Jack Russels, Pumpkin & Ashley. We travel everywhere with them! A favourite walk would be either Kenwood House followed by lunch at dog friendly The Spaniards Inn. Or Primrose Hill, followed by treats at Sweet Things Cakery on Regent’s Park Rd, where they make the most fantastic rainbow cakes and allow dogs!

eating & drinking BRUNCH

We love any place where our dogs are welcome and our local pub, The Salt House, is perfect for great food and fun. Laura, the new manager has infused it with her lively personality; even Gordon Ramsay now follows The Salt House on Twitter! 63 Abbey Road, NW8

COCKTAILS Friday evenings at the V&A are something else, with a swanky lounge atmosphere. After visiting an exhibition, we love to enjoy a great combination of stylish Latin Jazz from the DJ’s decks and adventurous cocktails, poured by the skilled mixology crew. Cromwell Road, SW7



We were absolutely mesmerised by Gallery 196 when we stumbled upon this truly hidden gem tucked away at the top of Regent’s Park Rd. Everything here is hand selected with love by owner Susan Holt on her travels through India. Come here to find truly original gifts and gorgeous home accessories. 196 Regent’s Park Road, NW1

We love the buzz of the traditional street market on Church Street, the abundance of fresh fruit and veggies are wickedly tempting; and the freshly made samosas and kebab skewers at the popular kebab stall make great bites for drinks parties, (which we sometimes get away with passing off as ‘home made’!) Also on Church Street we love Tin Tin Collectables in Alfies Antique Hall, owner Lesley is an absolute darling and has a wealth of entertaining anecdotes about his beautiful vintage clothes and who wore them.

We absolutely love Gilgamesh, owned and run by ‘bad boy’ chef, Ian Pengelley. This is one of the few London restaurants where the food is still the star, especially the delicious Black Rice. The fantastic service and unusual decor make it a great place for entertaining friends. The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1

ICE CREAM Gelato Mio in St. John’s Wood High Street offers the best ice cream served in very generous scoops. 138 St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8


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Image courtesy of La Perla SS12 Collection

THE STYLISH STAPLE You don’t expect teeming mood boards and in depth cultural references to back swimwear collections, but then La Perla isn’t one to stick to black one-pieces. Yves Saint Laurent’s Mondrian dress, Andy Warhol’s pop art collages and timeless animal prints are saluted in the label’s current swimwear collection which is awash with geometric shapes, bright colours and couture-esque details – a frill here and a tuck there. Of course, what La Perla does well is cut and a combination of lightweight Lycra and clever contouring means more of us can get away with the fashion-forward designs than it initially appears. Embrace the poolside princess within.


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FINISHING TOUCHES Versatile prints and interesting textures worn with a touch of sparkle




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Polly Calf Hair and Leather Pumps, £740, Charlotte Olympia

2. INSPIRE INTRIGUE Bespoke Necklace, £POA, Bina Goenka

3. GEOMETRIC COSTUME JEWELLERY Kailasha Collar, £224, Buba


Lily Metallic Snake-effect Suede Shoulder Bag, £550, Mulberry

5. A Movie Star Moment


Lipsofire Frame, £198, Oliver Peoples 020 7935 8200

6. Power Dressing Cuff, £555, Erickson Beamon for Maria Grachvogel

7. Something for Him Hommage à l’homme, from £48 (Special Edition, £1,000) Lalique,


This August several of London’s finest department stores receive the A/W12 collection from Faith Connexion, a brand which has previously garnered its UK popularity through online shopping portals and is becoming more well-known by the day. Essentially, the label offers quirky French fashion with a contemporary twist (who else could make a metallic gold parka as wearable?) and designer Ilan Delouis has spoken of his desire to communicate simple messages of hope and faith through his work. While that may sound quite an intense ambition, luxurious detailing and great fabrics – from finely strung sequins to leather on black – pervade the range, making each piece that bit more special and interesting. It may be (sophisticated) rock and roll, but we like it.

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YEARS ON Fashion is architecture: 15 The fusion of colour and print which has become it is a matter of the Matthew Williamson signature has been proportions. honoured 15 years Coco Chanel



Our top tip for last-minute sun seekers? Take note of Missoni’s latest collection. While few bikinis look as fashionable as a zesty trademark print, the range also includes the kind of elusive kaftan-come-evening dresses and day-to-night playsuits that you’ll live in. Packing disaster averted.

on. The Primrose Hill-based designer has produced two limited edition scarves for Harrods, having ploughed through his label’s archives. The first is a black and white graphic print with pink edging and the second a digital take on tribal style. From £199


It was Yves Saint Laurent who famously said ‘dressing is a way of life’ and inevitably there are occasions which call for simplicity. With this in mind L’AGENCE is a new collection of super soft jersey separates curated by well-known American retailer Ron Herman which fit well and feel comfortable. The 11 pieces include t-shirts, skirts and dresses in a pared-down palette of black, white, grey, ecru and stripe. Prices start from £70.

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JAMES LAKELAND There’s nothing like having sophisticated wardrobe options on your doorstep, says Gabrielle Lane


or fashion entrepreneur James Lakeland, it’s an ‘easy stroll up the high street’ between his home and his eponymous flagship store, and a trip he makes regularly to check on the merchandising and shop window of his local boutique. And while a typical morning starts with a croissant from The Bread Shop or Gail’s, perhaps a glance at Larizia, or childrenswear store Ben’s with his daughter, each season – without fail – starts in Italy. “I would like my collections to be known for beautiful garments that are made in Italy to the highest quality,” James explains. “I always start the design process in Italy. I choose my fabrics and then work with the factories to create the mood boards and stories for the season. Invariably by my side throughout this period is Sylvia, my Italian production manager, and Judy, who helps me on dress design: we have been working together for over ten years.” It’s a fail-safe strategy; James admits that many of his customers love the fact that the line is produced in Italy, as well as its luxuriousness. “We really take great pride in the way that our clothes fit and drape on the body. I want the women who buy my clothes to love them and to come back again and again,” he says. “We have a number of die-hard customers who buy the bulk of their wardrobes with us.”

These wardrobes likely consist of colourful prints and classics with a twist – a sharp white t-shirt softened with ruffles, a simple shift dress with ruching in flattering tones, and jackets with statement buttons and oversized lapels which work with everything else. And while typical fashion conversations can often descend into ‘inspirations’ and ‘muses’, it’s James’s common sense attitude that has turned his dream into a flourishing reality. “I always keep in mind season upon season exactly who my customer is and what she needs; this is paramount to building every new line,” he agrees. “Start small if needs be, but always keep your goal in mind: I first started in a tiny showroom in Cavendish Square which fitted nothing but a table, chair and two rails of clothes, but I’ve grown the business to what it is today. It is a continuous journey.” n 134 St John’s Wood High Street, NW8


Bikini, £199, Seventh Wonderland,; Skirt, £670, Marni, 020 7245 9520; Tote, £210, Rachael Ruddick,; Shoes, £375, Giuseppe Zanotti,; Watch, £1,800, Hermes, 020 7499 8856





Fashion: Boo Attwood

Photography: Carlos Lumiere

Inspiration for poolside glamour comes from tropical settings this season. Embrace sleek lines, bold cuts and bright colours for a high fashion take on beach chic

Turban, POA,; Jumpsuit, £974, Julien Macdonald,; Clutch, £330, and Ring, £115, Rachael Ruddick,; Bangle, from a selection, Aigner,; Shoes, £620, Joanne Stoker,


xxx Dress, £1015, and Belt, £1,215, both David Koma,; Sunglasses, £174, Karl Lagerfeld,; Cuff, £125, Rachael Ruddick,; Shoes, £765, Christian Louboutin, 020 7491 0033

Coral silk chiffon dress, £1,283, Catherine Deane at Harvey Nichols,; gold plate and crystal harness, £2,635, and gold plate, crystal and bead cuff, £543, both Erickson Beamon (020 7259 0202); pearl ring, £740, by Sazingg at COUTURELAB (

Swimsuit, £295, Eres, 020 7235 4261; Sarong, POA, Athena Procopiou,


Black lace couture dress, price on application, Catherine Walker (020 7352 4626); freshwater pearl lasso worn as bracelet, £773, Coleman Douglas (020 7373 3369); gold plate crystal and bead earrings, £260, Erickson Beamon (020 725 90202)


Swimsuit, £315, Eres, 020 7235 4261; Necklace and Bracelets, £600 each, Shimell and Madden,

Her: Kimono, £305, and Scarf, from £185, both Athena Procopiou,; Bikini, £192.50, Seventh Wonderland,; Clutch, £160, Rachael Ruddick,; Ring, £13,620, Alexandra Jefford, Him: Top and trousers, Orlebar Brown; Belt, Paul Smith; Shoes, John Lobb; Glasses, Linda Farrow



Hair and Makeup: Danielle Ogilvie using Chanel S2012 and Hydra Beauty Serum Nails by Nails Inc

Models: Vera at Milk Management James Hampson at FM Management

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wish list ROLL WITH IT Luxury furnishings brand Sanderson has launched a diffusion line of fabrics and wallpapers with medium scale, versatile prints for the design conscious. The first incarnation of the Sanderson HOME range is entitled Maycott and features fresh floral motifs in tones such as primrose and pale blue which can be layered. The effect is modern and simple, rather than twee, and the styles are deliberately intended to work for all kinds of living spaces including the kitchen, living room and bedroom. Paste-thewall application is another twist which will suit the nominated decorator.


Interiors inspiration

SOMETHING DIFFERENT We’re not averse to infusing North West London homes with a touch of the playful subversion that characterises an East London label. House of Hackney is an interiors brand renowned for providing traditional British furniture and homeware pieces drenched in personality. Wallpaper is typically vibrant fuchsia or striking monochrome and flocked with animal cut-outs; lampshades juxtapose Victoriana with the psychedelic 1960s and there’s an abundance of luxurious floral bed linen. While it might initially sound a bit garish, statements like the new Wild Card Buttoned Back Sofa honour the high quality craftsmanship of a traditional Chesterfield with a modern twist. Wild Card Buttoned Back Sofa, £3,700, House of Hackney




Luxury crystal house Waterford has expanded its lifestyle offering to include innovative and attractive interiors products. The company has enlisted designers Jo Sampson, John Rocha and Billy Canning to design sleek pieces inlaid with bevelled crystals including console tables, mirrors and lighting. Brushed steel and smooth shapes feature throughout the range and evolved from consideration of the cut of the stones, giving each design a very modern finish . Waterford Interiors is now available at Harrods


London silversmith Grant Macdonald was tasked with translating the elegance and engineering excellence of Aston Martin into its very first eponymous accessories collection and the result is a charming selection of items, perfect for entertaining. There’s a sterling silver and black ruthenium plated dining service, a gorgeous centrepiece bowl lined with 24 karat gold, swirling-stemmed champagne flutes inspired by carbon fibre and even a sophisticated hamper loaded with bone china crockery and a Scottish lambs’ wool rug.


HERITAGE AT HOME Two hall benches designed for Kenwood House in the 1770’s and missing for over a century have been rediscovered by antiques dealership Godson & Coles. The Robert Adam pieces were sold at auction in 1922 following the death of the fifth Earl of Mansfield and have recently resurfaced. Donations from the Iveagh Bequest and The Art Fund mean they can be returned to Kenwood this autumn following its extensive restoration.

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Clive Christian is the latest furniture house to commemorate a noteworthy British summer. The Majesty Collection is a range of solid walnut limited editions each adorned with the Clive Christian coat of arms and accented with gold leaf. One of the most covetable designs is a classic armchair, upholstered in regal red velvet; each of the 60 produced has been handembroidered and will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Clive Christian OBE. Imperial Majesty Arm Chair, £6,216 Clive Christian,

trend SUMMER HOLIDAY Dream of sun-kissed shores and relax and unwind in travel inspired al fresco settings Desert Modern Dining Table, £15,400, and Desert Modern Dining Chair, from £2,500 Ralph Lauren Home,

Missoni Home Jocker Throw £240, Heal’s,

Vase Manon from £35, Katharine Pooley



Freestanding Garden Parasol in Ecru £149, John Lewis

Gordon 4 Person Picnic Hamper £250, Fortnum & Mason

English Country Garden Bench £1,425, Burford Garden Company

Travel Secrets by Tanya Rose £25, Mason Rose,

Pennini, Sardine and Scimmie Large Scented Candles £380, Fornasetti Profumi Raymond Blanc 5 Burner Gas Barbecue £1,199, John Lewis,

Brass Bowls from £49, Louise Bradley

Cuba Day Bed £2,350, Indian Ocean


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LINLEY has been creating beautiful furniture and room schemes for a quarter of a century, including apartments at renowned London residence The Lancasters, and more recently desirable new suites at Claridge’s hotel



ritish design company LINLEY has pursued excellence in fine furniture and interiors for over 25 years in reflection of the passions and experiences of its namesake and founder, David Linley. To this end it has become internationally renowned for its painstakingly-detailed bespoke projects and has evolved to encompass a comprehensive design service. The team works to put together interior decoration schemes and implement its installation alongside a project manager or architect. Whilst some of the products the designers select may be tailormade in-house or taken from the LINLEY retail furniture collections, the team can also source furniture, fabric or carpeting from many other companies using their exceptional contacts. LINLEY is responsible for many sophisticated residential and commercial property spaces including sumptuous suites at Claridge’s which channel both traditional British and art deco styles while sensitively enhancing the building’s iconic architecture and aesthetic. The most recently renovated of these rooms is a striking and palatial arrangement with rich blue tones, dark woods and the added opulence of a king-sized bed, walk-in wardrobe, mirrored furnishings and exquisite marble bathroom. LINLEY also devised a style for luxury property scheme The Lancasters which enhanced bright rooms with double-height windows, original marble fireplaces and surrounds. The team incorporated the original stunning cornicing and chose off-white walls to complement the existing pale tones. Features such as velvet chairs, artwork and imposing bookcases with an antique feel gave each apartment a great sense of character, and luxurious materials such as leather, velvet and silk wallpaper were layered to create a cosy yet glamorous finish.

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Triplex Apartment, The Lancasters

Triplex Apartment, The Lancasters

Family Residence in Holland Park

Family Residence in Holland Park

“The aim for The Lancasters project was to create a style that represents ‘scaled down opulence’. The designers conjured up a feeling of elegance, luxury and comfort.”

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Family Residence in Holland Park

LINLEY Suite at Claridge’s

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

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

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

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

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



watch news Bremont’s First Boutique

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

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

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

Villeret Squelette 8 Jours, £47,440 Blancpain,

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

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

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


Grande Complication Squelette £POA, Cartier

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The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race drew to an adrenaline-fuelled close in Ireland on 7 July, nine months after its six teams began an arduous 39,270 nautical mile trip. Annabel Harrison speaks to Georges Kern, CEO of IWC, about the company’s role as Official Timekeeper of the race and the level of ability, spirit and technology required to compete


This page: Portuguese Yacht Club Edition, Volvo Ocean Race Opposite from top: Spitfire Chronograph Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Photopress / Nick Dana


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

The race came to its climax at Galway, having travelled from Alicante via the far-flung locations of Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient. The logistics for the host cities are quite incredible; in every city, a Volvo Pavilion of enormous scope and complexity, with smaller pavilions for every main sponsor, is erected (and I discover that there are two travelling the length of the course, alternating cities, as each takes such a long time to construct). Travelling to Galway for the end of the race, as a guest of IWC, I saw firsthand an example of how fantastic the atmosphere is in the host port; lively street parties are held to welcome the teams and the effect is so overwhelmingly positive that cities bid for the chance to host the race. In addition to its role as Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, IWC is the sponsor, along with Etihad Airways, of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. When I ask CEO Georges Kern why this partnership was forged, he explains that “IWC Schaffhausen and the Volvo Ocean Race share the same spirit: unique brands, known for inventiveness, technical excellence, outstanding craftsmanship, masculinity and adventure.” During the course of the race, IWC worked closely with the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority to support the marketing activities of the Volvo Ocean Race and to underpin the presence of the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team. As such, Abu Dhabi was a host city from 1 to 14 January this year and the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority organised celebrations and activities in honour


of the Volvo Ocean Race not just at the host port but throughout the country. It is a first for IWC to have “such a high calibre sponsorship agreement in team sport”; however, one of its most popular timepieces confirms and explains the brand’s inextricable, long-standing relationship with sailing; “It is part of our Portuguese watch family’s DNA. The first Portuguese appeared in 1939 in response to a request for a wristwatch with the precision of a marine chronometer. As part of its further development, we built a man’s wristwatch designed for the hardships of life on stormy seas. So the fact that IWC has committed itself to sailing is firmly rooted in the history of this watch family.” The Portuguese family, one of the most traditionally styled to be manufactured by IWC Schaffhausen, embodies the IWC legacy of seafaring and navigation and, as such, at the end of the race, the crew members of the boat that set up the fastest of all the 24-hour records, CAMPER, were given a Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph Edition Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012.


From top: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Photopress / Nick Dana

Portuguese Yacht Club Edition, Volvo Ocean Race - back


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

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

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With many of the countries of the world partaking in the most ancient of sporting events this month, we bring together international jewellery designers who have drawn inspiration from their heritage 1 Lychee pendant, £200, Catherine Zoraida, 2 Snake ear pavé earrings in 18-karat yellow gold with white diamonds and tsavorites, POA Ileana Makri, 3 Diamond and Columbian faceted emerald choker, £68,000, 4 Gold leaf bracelet, £250, Catherine Zoraida, as before 5 Snake medal necklace with gold vermeil chain and green topaz, £250, Assya London, 6 Gaillardia Garden 18-karat rose gold, diamond and sapphire earrings, £7,670, Ileana Makri, 7 Trillion diamond cut earrings with ruby in gold vermeil, £269, Lestie Lee, 8 & 12 18-karat yellow gold and oxidised silver emerald, diamond and pearl drop earrings, and 18-karat yellow gold and emerald necklace with pearl drop, sold as set, £38,000, Amrapali, 9 Ash leaf and aventurine earrings, £250, Catherine Zoraida, as before












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10 Dawn pendant in 18-karat yellow gold with champagne diamonds, white diamonds and blue diamonds, POA, Ileana Makri, 11 18-carat yellow gold graduated necklace, £3,725, Africa by Marco Bicego, 13 18-karat yellow gold and oxidised silver emerald and diamond drop Panna earrings, £54,500, Amrapali, 14 18-karat yellow gold and oxidised silver emerald and diamond Panna cuff, £28,000, Amrapali, as before 15 Fancy diamond shapes square ring in gold vermeil, £300, Lestie Lee, as before 16 Cat’s eye ring in 18-karat yellow gold with white diamonds, tsavorites and blue sapphires, POA, Ileana Makri, as before 17 18-carat yellow gold graduated earrings, £1,300, Africa by Marco Bicego, as before 18 18-carat yellow gold, pearl and diamond bangle, £1,000, Africa by Marco Bicego, as before 19 Dawn ring, POA, Ileana Makri, as before



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



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Get soulful this summer by jazzing things up in Canary Wharf Canary Wharf Jazz festival

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

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


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

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


Bruce Adams/Alan Barnes Quintet

Saturday 4 August 9.30pm

Kenny Lynch and The Laurie Holloway Trio

Thursday 9 August 9.00pm

Music of Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong

Monday 13 August


Essential Jazz: John Colanni (Piano)

Wednesday 15 August 9.00pm

Matt Wates Sextet

Friday 17 August


Big Band Sinatra: Iain Mackenzie

Saturday 18 August


The Best of the Blues Brothers

Friday 24 August


100 years of jazz in 99 minutes

Saturday 25 August


Ultimate Bowie Starring Ed Blaney

Tuesday 28 August


Essential Jazz: Ted Beament

Thursday 30 August 9.00pm

The Mississippi Swamp Dogs A Night in New Orleans

Friday 31 August 9.30pm

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

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

In addition to over 200 shops, cafes, bars and restaurants at weekends and on Bank Holidays you can enjoy 3 hours’ free parking in any of the public car parks when you spend £10 at any shop, café, bar or restaurant in Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf is easily accessible via the Jubilee Line from Hampstead, Marylebone and St John’s Wood.



Backstage beauty Pure Color Nail Lacquer Metal Mania Collection in Smashed and Nouveau Riche £14.50, Estee Lauder,

Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation £24, MAC Cosmetics

Sculpting Powder £34, Kevyn Aucoin

Noir Couture £TBC, Givenchy

Studio Sculpt Concealer £14.50, MAC Cosmetics

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sculpt and shine Hypnôse Brow Shaper £20.50, Lancome

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Jean Paul Gaultier S/S12 was among the shows championing high maintenance beauty – fashion at its glossiest and most desirable. Embrace bright tones, airbrushed skin and luscious lashes

Pucci Collection Terra Azzura Powder Blush £51, Guerlain,

La Petite Robe Noire eu de parfum £42, Guerlain,

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a spritz Addict Vernis Croisette Collection Lipstick in Jet Set £24, Dior,


HEALTH & beauty update PROBLEM SOLVED The issue: Dry, flaky post-holiday skin The solution: Hydraquench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase


With Clarins having such a great reputation for skincare, it’s unsurprising that a real summer hero product comes courtesy of the brand. The new Hydraquench range contains two types of hyaluronic acid (known for its plumping, hydrating effects) and a host of natural extracts including Fair Trade Katafray Bark Extract, produced as part of the Clarins drive to support local communities and encourage sustainable development. The formula is available in creams, gels, lotions and masks – but we don’t think you can beat the ultra-intensive serum for soothing the aftereffects of sun exposure. £40, Clarins,

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expert advice…

DETOX One of the country’s finest facialists, Su-Man understands the body and how the smallest of changes to your daily life can lead to the biggest transformations 1. Boil two litres of pure still water together with a generous bunch of flat-leaf parsley and simmer for ten minutes. Allow to cool and drink throughout the day ideally for a week. You should feel lighter and have more energy. 2. Change your daily meal plan. My rules for meals are: eat good quality produce, a large breakfast; and a good quality lunch (but a smaller sized meal) followed by a small light dinner. 3. Sauna once a week. Sweating releases toxins and the stress built up in the body from too much food and drink. 4. Have a whole body and face massage once a week, especially after heavy eating and drinking. This can release the stress that we put on our bodies and also increase the blood and Chi flow throughout the body and therefore help the body with the detoxifying process. 5. Find an exercise that you love so you can do it for the rest of your life and not just for a week…



ADDRESS BOOK The Third Space, 13 Sherwood Street Many gyms host Pilates as just a small side offering so it’s impressive to hear that The Third Space provides the very best for beginners looking to improve their posture, core strength and body tone. There’s a range of high-tech equipment for an intense workout, enough space and consideration for highly effective one-to-one sessions and a dojo (a suite with a fully padded floor) which overlooks the swimming pool. Our tester reported feeling great after just one session, declaring, ‘the club is amazing’. The Third Space is currently offering 20 per cent off each client’s first one-to-one session.


20 years after the foundation of luxury fragrance house Lalique, two limited edition crystal flacons have been released, containing its very first scent, Lalique de Lalique. The exquisite bottles reflect Lalique’s previous design collaborations with the likes of Worth and Molinard and are adorned with 24 karat gold honeysuckle leaves. 350 40ml bottles have been created as well as 50 600ml deluxe editions, each perfected by eight master glassmakers. Extrait de Parfum 40ml, £750 and 600ml, £5,800, Lalique


NEW RELEASES 1. When Estee Lauder does vibrant colour it does it so very well. The highly pigmented shades of the Violet Underground range include fuschia, crimson, violet, pink and black, which can all be used dry for subtle shine or wet for a striking finish. Pure Color Five Color Eyeshadow Palette in Violet Underground, £40, Estee Lauder 2. Content Beauty & Wellbeing in Marylebone is championing all natural skincare range Ambre, which includes 12 bath, face and body products derived from plants and developed using only cold processes to retain active nutrients. From £8, Ambre, 3. Eclectic European fashion is referenced in OPI’s new nail varnish collection, ‘Germany’. The 12 striking shades have a metallic edge and include three sumptuous reds. Schapps Out of It, Deutsch You Want Me Baby? and Danke-Shiny Red, £11 each, OPI




health promotion

Forward Thinking In 1990, The Wellington Hospital was the first private hospital in the UK to establish a comprehensive, self-contained neurosurgical unit. Capital Neurosurgeons consultant, Andrew McEvoy, talks about benefits of being able to work together as a team, for both patients and doctors


apital Neurosurgeons was put together because the neurosurgeons at The Wellington wanted to work collectively as a team, and create more of a group dynamic. It’s crucial in the private sector that you have a critical mass of doctors available to ensure that what you offer is safe and effective. Obviously I can’t be here every second of every day, and having the Capital Neurosurgeons group means that any patient can come into the Acute Admissions Unit (AAU) any time (day or night) and there’s always direct neurological advice for any patient problem. The group all have different areas that we specialise in too. This means we can target who the very best person for any particular condition is. Recently, for instance, a patient was sent to me with a pituitary tumour; some of my colleagues in this group are specialists in that specific field, so I was able to refer the patient to them, ensuring they received the very best possible care. What we’re doing here is quite unique in private practice. It’s much more of a collaborative network. One of the major benefits for patients, and for us, is the continuity of care. The Wellington Hospital provides excellence throughout the whole patient journey. Often it’s the case that we manage patients to a stage where they’re medically and surgically fit, but they might need rehabilitation to get the very best long term outcome. We work extremely closely with the Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit and neurologists here, and it’s always nice to see just how well patients have progressed. It’s rewarding to see them getting better and I’m

lucky enough to have witnessed some really extraordinary things here. I deal with a lot of tumours for instance; it’s a practice that we’re really trying to develop here with the expertise within Capital Neurosurgeons. It’s often these cases where you feel as if you’re really making a difference to the long term survival of a patient. We also perform a lot of spinal surgery – aiming to get patients back to work, sport and normal functioning as quickly and effectively as possible. The most exciting thing is how the field of neurosurgery is expanding. I’m sure that during my career in medicine, neurosurgery will have a place in all the major disabling disorders of our time - such as stroke, epilepsy, spinal cord and head injury. I think in my lifetime we’ll explain why people have depression and psychosis for instance. It’s the most exciting field, the next frontier really. DID YOU KNOW…? • The Neurosurgical Unit at The Wellington Hospital was established in 1990. Since then it has developed into the country’s leading private neurosurgical service • Ten consultants currently operate at the unit, specialising in a range of disciplines, including: - Neuro-oncology - Skull base surgery - Head injuries - Brain tumours - Spinal surgery - Strokes • The unit is well-facilitated for neurosurgical care being home to home to one of the largest imaging departments in the country

GP Sessions: Sporting Sense Dr Lisa Anderson, private GP at the Platinum Medical Centre, will be providing extra support during the height of the Olympics During the Olympics it’s not only transport which will be running to full capacity, but health services too. With an extra four million people in the capital this summer I will be extending my hours to provide an ‘on the day service’ to both regular patients and those visiting London. Our vast services available at the Platinum Medical Centre, including a sophisticated diagnostic suite, means patients can potentially be seen, investigated and treated within the same day,

For further information please visit The Wellington Hospital Or contact the Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5000

and where necessary have quick-access to some of London’s top specialists. Should an individual require an emergency hospital admission, I can rapidly refer these patients to our Acute Admissions Unit; providing a truly ‘one stop’ service. Additionally, with the installation of the new children’s play area, I can now also see children from newborn upwards, which is one of my specialist interests. The Platinum Medical Centre is located adjacent to Lords Cricket Ground, who will be hosting the Olympic Archery Tournament. It is within easy reach of central London hotels, other Olympic venues and the Jubilee line. For appointments please call the enquiry helpline on 020 7483 5000


contemporary Cool The COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at The Metropolitan Hotel in Mayfair offers a unique, minimalist approach to wellness that focuses on the expertise of resident and visiting therapists, says Lulu Rumsey Treatment Renowned musculoskeletal therapist, Rohan Quarry Day, specialises in his selfdeveloped Musculoskeletal Deep Tissue Therapy (MDTT) and is in residence at the spa for three months this summer. When I visit him for a treatment, it’s towards the end of a stressful week – my back is aching and my limbs are tired. Tanned, energetic and friendly, Rohan is the epitome of the healthy lifestyle he enjoys in Singapore where he currently practises full time.


he Metropolitan London has a contemporary cool edge that makes it stand out from its older, perhaps more traditional, Park Lane contemporaries – and the hotel’s spa, the newly unveiled COMO, Shambhala Urban Escape, has an equally individual allure. On these shores it is somewhat a pioneer of its kind and only two others exist worldwide, one in Turks and Caicos and the other in Bali. Therefore, if you’re not escaping to sunnier shores this summer, then COMO Shambhala’s Asian-inspired therapies are a nod in the direction of exotic escapism and almost as heavenly. The uniqueness of the treatments is characterised by divine Dr. Perricone facials, and this is the only spa in the country that uses this heavily sought after wrinkle-busting


American skin care line. This summer and autumn the hotel will also become home to some of the world’s leading specialists. Yuki Nishikubo, renowned for Japanese Acupuncture and integrative medicine brings her unique approach to the spa, while, in line with the COMO Shambhala holistic approach, the spa will also welcome Susan King, a famed intuitive counsellor, whose therapies seek to access clients’ inner wisdom in order to help them develop fresh perspectives and better life choices. Minimalism reigns in COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, and its simplicity is a welcome escape from the troubling intricacies of everyday life in the city. The spa’s décor may be low-key, but the quality of the therapies it offers mustn’t be underestimated; its treatments are first class. n

The treatment starts with Rohan asking me to stand up straight, and he immediately identifies several areas of concern just by looking my posture. He follows this with a vigorous full body massage, waking up my muscles and allowing him to see problem areas more clearly: a small pink patch appears in the middle of my back almost immediately. Rohan explains that these are the exact muscles which are under stress when sitting at my desk every day. He then slowly focuses on pressure points and areas of weakness in my back and hips. It’s not a light, relaxing massage – he talks the whole way through, suggesting ways I can help reduce pain at home – and the pressure he uses is considerable. But I can already feel it working, and certain twinges and aches start to loosen. When he works on my hips (‘the body’s shock absorbers’) I can see immediately that the right hip – which he shows me is springy and strong – is in much better shape than my left, which has a dull ache and much less bounce. After 15 minutes of working through the hips with various stretches my hip is markedly softer and more supple. I leave with my shoulders feeling lighter and lower, my aches and pains gone, and, if it’s even possible, taller. Rohan’s technique is understandably in high demand, but you should make the most of him while he’s here; his expertise is unparalleled. Emma Johnson

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DISTINCTIVE SERVICE The Royal Garden Hotel is pleased to be the official hotel partner for

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe The Royal Garden Hotel is just a stone’s throw away from Kensington Gardens, where the spectacular show is being performed, making us the ideal location to relax before or after the spectacle. Join us at Park Terrace Restaurant to enjoy the unique Lion, Witch & Wardrobe themed afternoon tea and children’s menus or the seasonal Sunday lunch and dinner menus. We look forward to welcoming you.






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Birthday Bento Nobu London celebrates its 15th Anniversary this year and, never one to do things by halves, it has created the ultimate in decadent summer dining – a Michelin-starred picnic in a beautiful handmade bento box. The 15th Anniversary Bento Box is the ultimate in luxury takeaway, containing three tiers of head chef Matsuhisa’s specialities, beautifully presented in detailed and delicate packaging sourced from a boutique designer in Tokyo, and stylishly gift-wrapped together with a gold sash for guests to take home and treasure. Book the Bento Box 24 hours in advance, collect it from Nobu London on Old Park Lane, potter across the road to Hyde Park, find a sunny spot, pop open some Champagne and enjoy! Anniversary Bento Box, £250 for two people 020 7447 4747


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If you, like us, are suffering from a bad case of houmousfatigue, then these new treats from G’Nosh are the perfect antidote. The gourmet dips come in five unique flavours and are perfect as a pre-dinner treat, a lunchtime snack or a BBQ accompaniment. Made with natural ingredients and no artificial flavourings or preservatives they’re delicious enjoyed with crusty bread, seeded crackers or carrot batons. The more inventive among you might also like using them as a dressing for a salad, spreading on a pizza base, or even stirring into pasta. For a Mediterraneaninspired taste, choose from the sun-dried tomato & basil chunky or the spicy red pepper muhumarra; while sweet black bean and smoky roasted aubergine babaghanoush are perfect with toasted flatbreads; and we love the fresh taste of the chunky beetroot & mint, great served with a slice of goats cheese. £2.49, from Selfridges Harvey Nichols, Wholefoods


We are steadfastly ignoring what the weather is trying to tell us, and feel sure that a warm and sunny summer is just around the corner. Pairing perfectly with cold meats, soft cheeses and salads, a cool bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé is the perfect summer lunch accompaniment. Salmon pink with silver tints, and made with a large proportion of Pinot Noir grapes in the blend, this sublime Champagne is refreshingly dry, but still boasts enough flavour to work with savoury and sweet foods, or just to enjoy on its own for a special occasion. Available at Majestic Wine Warehouses and John Lewis

In the kitchen cupboard…. Nick Selby, co-owner of Melrose and Morgan, luxury delicatessens in Primrose Hill and Hampstead “I work closely with our chefs to make sure we are producing the best seasonal food possible that is bursting with flavor. While it does change from season to season, here are some ingredients that will be taking centre stage in my larder this summer.”


Podere Fonte Christiano Olive Oil All my salads at home get a drizzle with this peppery Tuscan delight. It is produced by Ulrich Gerza and his wife Barbara Ungaro who were customers of ours in Primrose Hill before heading to the hills of Umbria. We are very lucky that it’s produced exclusively for Melrose and Morgan.

Quinoa This is my favorite grain at the moment. Nutty and nutritious and super easy to prepare – give it a rinse and cook gently in three times the amount of water until it’s all absorbed and fluffy. Serve it with steamed asparagus, peas, mint and some crumbly feta.

Cornish Sea Salt All good cooking is about using the best quality ingredients but it’s also about how the well food is seasoned. Cornish Sea Salt retains over sixty naturally occurring trace elements making it much tastier and healthier than table salt.

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Beloved by everyone in St John’s Wood, Panzers is Tardis-like in its ability to fit a lot into a small space. It has a wonderful grocery section, a huge variety of world foods, a well-stocked deli which makes sandwiches to order, and an impressive cake selection too. It specialises in American and Jewish specialties, importing such treats as Skippy peanut butter, salt beef and Hershey’s chocolate bars.

Vantage Loves… See Woo Chilli Oil These specialty chilli oil infusions are the kind of kitchen cupboard staple that can be used for a whole host of recipes. They come in a variety of flavours, including shrimp, anchovy and vegetarian, and are imported straight from the food markets of Kowloon. Not only can they be used as an authentic dipping sauce for dim sum, but they can also be used for cooking a stir fry, or be added to curries, pastas, casseroles and snacks – even something like cheese on toast or scrambled eggs!

TO YOUR DOOR The Good Fork

This specialist food company sources authentic and artisan ingredients from around the Mediterranean and delivers them, together with food provenance stories and quick and tasty recipes. Boxes include an intriguing mix; some ingredients you can just open and eat and others will add new sunny flavours to your cooking.  For regular culinary inspiration try their monthly deli-boxes, or just treat yourself or friends to a one off deli-box or their limited edition boxes with other lovely foods. From £28.50

Chicken Shop & Pizza East comes to Kentish Town… …the first visuals of the new venture Chicken Shop and Pizza East on Highgate Road in Kentish Town have been released. The Pizza East restaurant will look similar in design and form to previous ventures in Portobello and Shoreditch, serving top notch Italian fare in a very ofthe-moment tapas format. New venture, The Chicken Shop, will be situated in the basement and dedicated to serving the finest rotisserie chicken. Chicken will be the only main course available, served quartered, halved and whole. Simple sides will include triple cooked chips, creamy coleslaw, corn on the cob and salad; takeaway will also be available. Both restaurants are due to open at the start of September.

The White Horse reopens… …offering a tasty menu of sharing dishes and plates, with succulent meatballs and spicy prawns, this local favourite’s new look is relaxed and clean. 154 Fleet Road, NW3 2QX

Mazi makes Greek cool… …this adorable Notting Hill restaurant reinvents traditional cuisine and aims to turn misconceptions of Greek cuisine on their head, combining traditional produce and classic recipes with a modern twist. Translated in English as ‘together,’ Mazi revives the sharing culinary traditions of Greece.

Gelupo comes to Selfridges… …cool down in style, Gelupo, the highly lauded artisan gelateria and delicatessen, has launched an exclusive range of premium frozen desserts which are now permanently available in the Food Hall at Selfridges.


The best bubbles Sandia Chang, owner and manager at new restaurant Bubbledogs, takes us through some of her favourite lesser known grower Champagnes


y perception of Champagne changed the day someone said to me: “A glass of great champagne is merely a glass of great still wine with bubbles.” With that in mind, I brushed aside all the glitz and glamour that is usually associated with Champagne. I started tasting more unknown producers, and tasting them not in flutes but in white wine glasses, and I began to learn about the character of the farming, rather than just the winemaking process. Producers of Grower Champagnes – or ‘Farmer’s Fizz’ as we sometimes like to call it in the industry – see the grapes through from vine to bottle. They are also the winemakers who harvest, crush, taste, blend, and create the beautiful bubbles in these magnificent wines. The large Champagne houses that we know very well own on average 1000 hectares of land, and produce millions of bottles every year. By comparison, the growers own very little land and produce far less to compete in the same market. Dominique Moreau is the producer of Marie-Coutin Champagne in Aube. With her rugged farmer’s hands, she slaves over her 2.5 hectares of vines and produces incredibly authentic wines. Concordance is her 100 per cent Pinot Noir Cuvée with zero dosage (added sugar) and no added sulfur. This wine reminds me of baked red apples and cereal in the morning – toasted bran flakes in cold milk, with a slight dusting of cinnamon and nutmeg. Cedric Bouchard from Roses de Jeanne is my hero. He started with only 1.37 hectares of vineyard in Aube with the philosophy of only bottling one variety, one vintage, and from one single plot of vines. His wines have very tiny fine bubbles to minimize the impact and to maximize the pure flavours. La Bolorée is made with 100 per cent Pinot Blanc from a small plot of 40-year-old vines. The wine is packed full of flowers, corn, ginger, lime, Charentais melons, and wild fennel. The sensation of the bubbles feels like watching tiny sparkling glitter fall slowly in a shaken snow globe. Another of my favourites, Chartogne-Taillet, is a 12 hectares family-run estate in Merfy, and Alexandre Chartogne is the third generation Chartogne-Taillet to be looking after the vineyard and winery. Their cuvée St Anne is the friendliest champagne I have ever tasted, full of everything you would ever want in a glass of champagne: happy pears and friendly apples with chalky minerality and a beautiful fragrant flower wreath on top. At Bubbledogs I’m proud to have a champagne list solely made up of grower champagnes. We want to offer guests an opportunity to try something unique and rare and also to support these smaller houses. n


First Class Degree The newly opened 28˚–50˚ Wine Workshop & Kitchen on Marylebone Lane brings its successful Fetter Lane formula to the North West, with impressive results, says Emma Johnson


his quirky wine bar and restaurant has been enjoying a roaring trade on Fetter Lane ever since it opened to much press fanfare three years ago. While the City branch is a moody, atmospheric basement complete with floor to ceiling wine bottles, the Marylebone version boasts floor to ceiling windows instead, a circular bar in the middle of the restaurant and bags of a natural light. The setting on Marylebone Lane is tucked away and discreet, but provides enough foot traffic for a relaxed session of people watching, and enough privacy for a romantic night out. Seats at the bar are more casual, while tables for two and four are dotted around the outside of the room and are a good place to get the most out of the menu here. With a focus on wine over food here you should really pick your wine first, and then add some food in around it as an accompaniment. That’s not to say the food isn’t good – it is – but it’s a best supporting act to an excellent wine list (more on that later). Starters take the form of soups, salads, tarts and pâtés. It was a warm evening so we plumped for a gazpacho and a goats cheese tart; simply cooked and presented, the emphasis was on flavour and both were delicious. We had already enjoyed a delicious glass of Jacques Picard, Brut, so we accompanied our starters with

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Posh Tapas FOR SPANISH SPECIALITIES Iberica Cesar Garcia, head chef behind Iberica, ran a Michelinstarred restaurant in Spain, and wanted to bring the idea of high end Spanish dining to London in an affordable way. The result is a full-hearted traditional Spanish eating experience in local Marylebone. The menu boasts a substantial collection of classic Spanish treats, from Sunday lunch family sized portions of paella to the Iberica ham croquettes recommended by Garcia, as well as an extensive range of Spanish wines. Lastly, for an alluring takeaway option, in addition to the main restaurant Iberica also has a deli and wine shop.

FOR UNIQUE FLAVOURS The Providores and Tapa Room a cool glass of Kerner, Valle Isarco from Italy on the sommelier’s suggestion. Fresh and crisp with overtones of a Riesling, it can handle strong flavours, and even be enjoyed on its own, but worked well with our more delicate dishes. There was a serious gear change as we headed in our main courses, as we both decided to try a Gevrey Chambertin, Domaine Duroche, a bold and punchy selection with our excellently cooked steaks. My Teres Major steak (28 days aged US Grain fed beef) was a revelation of tasty meat – juicy and melt in the mouth, while my date’s sirloin (28 days aged Herefordshire beef) made a good case for the British meat contingent, pink and succulent it went especially well with the wine. Also on the menu are charcuterie platters, oysters, a range of meats and fish as well as intriguing desserts and varied cheese plates, meaning you can settle in for the night, or day, and work your way through a series of interesting wines, matching them to anything you fancy. And, don’t miss the Wine Collectors List, with bottles ranging from £50 to just under £300 there are some really special tipples here too. 28˚–50˚ is a super addition to the NW London restaurant scene, and is the perfect place for a foodie lunch with friends, a romantic dinner or quick bite to eat. We love it. n

A much-beloved Marylebone icon, this incredible restaurant offers serene fine dining upstairs and a more frenetic elbowto-elbow experience downstairs. You can’t book, and you might have to queue. But queue you will, because the food here is excellent. Downstairs, the Tapa Room delivers food more adventurous than the average London tapas bar. Famed treats such as the lamb shoulder spring rolls with chipotle means the Tapa Room has a big following and a perennially bustling atmosphere. The food is supplemented further by The Providores’ impressive premium New Zealand wine list.

FOR CURED MEATS Opera Tavern The Salt Yard Group’s approach to high end tapas, focusing on provenance and quality, has revolutionised the way we eat tapas and Opera Tavern is the jewel in its crown. For a relaxed experience sit at the bar, where the waiters serve delicious wine and bring out little plates as you order them. The standout treat on the menu is the selection of Spanish cured meats, cut from the bone; and we also love the Pinchos Morunos, delicately spiced and smoky skewers of pork, calves liver or prawns.

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Miles Kirby Caravan, NW1 Miles Kirby is co-founder, head chef and head roaster at Caravan, which opens in Kings Cross this August. He shares a unique recipe, inspired by South America

Parmesan grits with truffled soy mushrooms & wild boar sausage Serves four

5. Stir the polenta occasionally to prevent it forming a skin or developing lumps. 6. The polenta should have the consistency of thick, creamy porridge THE SAUSAGE

Allow for one large wild boar sausage for each person. If you can’t find wild boar, you can use any coarsely ground pork sausage. Grill the sausages until cooked through, then slice them into 1cm thick circles. Set them aside.

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Ingredients & Method PARMESAN GRITS

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400ml milk 50g butter 50g corn meal grits or yellow polenta 40g crème fraiche 75g grated Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper, to taste

1. I n a medium sized pot, bring the milk and butter to the boil. 2. A  dd the polenta and cook for three minutes, stirring constantly. 3. R  emove from heat and allow the polenta to cool a little. Stir in the crème fraiche and Parmesan then season with salt and pepper to taste. 4. P  ut a lid on the pot and set aside while you prepare the mushrooms


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Grits are a food of native American origin, common in Southern American cookery. They are quick and easy to prepare and delicious, too. This recipe can be served at any time of the day.


1 small diced onion 2 cloves of crushed garlic 50ml vegetable oil 400g clean, mixed, wild mushrooms ¼ cup light soy sauce ¼ cup water 3 finely-sliced spring onions ¼ cup chopped parsley 2 tsp white truffle oil

6. Finally add the truffle oil and season with salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large frying pan, heat the oil and gently sauté the onion and garlic. 2. Add the mushrooms to the pan and turn the heat up. 3. Sauté the mushrooms until brown and soft for about three minutes. 4. Pour the soy sauce and water into the pan and allow to reduce by half. 5. Stir in the spring onion, and the parsley.


Spoon the grits into a 1cm thick ‘pool’ on to the centre of a large plate for sharing. Scatter the pickled mushrooms evenly over the grits, letting the juice from the pickle fill any shallow points in the grits. Arrange the sliced sausage evenly over the plate, sprinkle over some more Parmesan and serve. n

Miles Kirby Miles Kirby hails from New Zealand, having begun his career in the kitchens of the capital, Wellington. A move to the Netherlands saw him take up the post of sous chef at the News Café, before Miles then headed to London, where he became head chef at acclaimed local favourite The Providores and Tapa Room in August 2001, a position he held until 2009. In February 2010, Miles opened Caravan on Exmouth Market – a restaurant, bar and coffee roastery. Caravan’s second site, Caravan King’s Cross, opens this summer in the Granary Building.

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he past 18 months has seen steak cement itself as the food du jour, with a range of high-end dedicated restaurants opening across the capital. Amongst them was Gillray’s at the London Marriot Hotel County Hall and it definitely holds its own. The restaurant was decked out by design company Blacksheep who have created a traditional English drinking and dining space with oak furniture, chandeliers and Chesterfield sofas and the ambience is relaxed – you might find yourself sharing a sofa with a neighbouring table but it adds to the feeling of a rustic British brasserie and you can still catch up with friends in comfort. Phenomenal views of the London Eye and River Thames also make this successful date territory. We started with delicious fruit cocktails and opted for scallops with bacon, pea and mash and Cornish oysters as starters, which were fresh, well-cooked and tasty. For the main we navigated a selection of prime cuts, each matured for 35 days and sourced from the Duke of

Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey Estate. In the end I had the 150g Ladies Cut Fillet cooked rare with peppercorn sauce and triple cooked chips, while my friend chose a bone-in fillet with red wine and bone marrow sauce, although there’s also T-bone, sirloin, rib-eye and Porterhouse varieties listed too. And even a 1kg ‘Bull’s Head’ for the protein fiend! We were both ridiculously happy with our choices – the quality of the seasoning and the tenderness of the meat testified to the fact that we were in a smart restaurant (with mains averaging £35) but it was still steak – hearty and unpretentious and the staff were friendly throughout, topping up our glasses of wine and chatting to us about the impending Olympic Games. In fact, our main courses were so good we couldn’t manage dessert, which with trifle, apple crumble and other home-made treats available, was a bit of a shame. n


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guest list Benedict Cumberbatch

Daphne Guinness and Nick Knight

Mario Testino

Hilary Alexander and Pat Frost

Daphne Guinness and Gareth Pugh

PRIVATE VIEW of fashion’s finest The private view event which preceded the auction of The Daphne Guinness Collection, sold to benefit the Isabella Blow Foundation drew fashion luminaries including Gareth Pugh and Mario Testino to Christie’s to reflect and admire 102 pieces of haute couture and catwalk clothing, including many iconic Alexander McQueen creations. Isabella Blow was born in Marylebone and like Guinness, had an eclectic passion for design. The Isabella Blow foundation provides support to aspiring creatives and the auction of many of Guinness’s own treasures raised an incredible £476,800. n

The date: 26 JUNE 2012 The location: Christie’s, SW7


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Various Venues The Camden Fringe 2012 30 July – 26 August A brilliant and local alternative to the Edinburgh Fringe, Camden’s popular annual jamboree of comedy, theatre and dance has garnered a local following with those wanting to discover the newest faces in niche and experimental performance, taking to the stage at some of north west London’s best known cultural hotspots. Dotted between 14 venues, from the Camden’s People’s Theatre and the Etcetera to Tristan Bates, this year’s offering, the festival’s seventh, spans four weeks of stand-up comedy, puppet shows, experimental theatre and even opera, meaning there really is something for even the most discerning culture critic.

Regent’s Park LolliBop Festival 17–19 August Beat holiday cabin fever with a trip to LolliBop, the UK’s biggest festival for kids, as it descends on Regent’s Park for a third year of family fun, shows and activities. Aimed at children up to the age of ten, the festival will feature some of the most popular faces in kids’ entertainment, including performances from The Gruffalo, ZingZillas and Dick & Dom. With a multitude of events on offer (workshops by Horrible Histories, a bespoke Bike City with a Wacky Races obstacle course and a BMX stunt display area for older kids, food workshops, animatronic dinosaurs, a dedicated Science Zone by the Science Museum… the list goes on) there’s plenty to keep those with even the shortest of attention spans amused.

culture fix With the summer holidays in full swing, the August cultural calendar places keeping the kids entertained high on the agenda, with a selection of the best family-friendly activities. From fun and games galore at the brilliant LolliBop Festival to creating robot costumes at the Camden Arts Centre, there’s plenty on offer to banish boredom. Plus, grown-ups can unwind with tasty tapas style nibbles at the Nomad outdoor film screenings or check out this year’s Camden Fringe Festival

August 2012 EVENTS Until 27 Oct The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, National Theatre Until 16 Oct Superhuman, Wellcome Collection Until 14 Oct The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, The Serpentine Until 24 Oct Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye


Queen’s Park Lexi Cinema Presents The Nomad cinema The Goonies: 18 Aug The Graduate: 8 Sep The Big Lebowski: 22 sep

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Camden Arts Centre Summer Holiday Family Days Every Saturday in August, 2PM – 4.30pm Prompted by the Camden Arts Centre’s current exhibition, the outlandish The Bruce Lacey Experience, a series of workshops designed for children aged 5-11 years will take place this month. Drawing inspiration from mythical folklore traditions and Lacey’s menacing robotic sculptures, children will be free to unleash their imagination in response to weird and wonderful briefs under the guidance of artists Serena Korda and Jonathan Baldock.

Lauderdale House, N6 Much Ado About Nothing 22 – 28 August The tea lawn at Lauderdale House provides the setting for the Shooting Stars Theatre Company performance of Shakespearean comedy, Much Ado About Nothing. Updated for a modern day audience, the performance hurtles through the quick-witted dialogue, with eavesdropping and misunderstanding adding to the general calamity.

Cross your fingers for pleasant weather, bring cushions and a blanket and expect heartbreak and hilarity as the Bard’s amorous couples, the bickering Benedick and Beatrice and the lovestruck Claudio and Hero meet their fates.

Roaming pop-up cinema, The Nomad is hauling its outdoor screen to Queen’s Park for three evenings of filmic frivolity, promising a dose of 80s nostalgia, classic 60s cinematography, and cult 90s comedy with screenings of The Goonies, The Graduate and The Big Lebowski. What’s more, with restaurateurs Salt Yard Group providing the refreshments, the Nomad experience couldn’t be further from your average night at the flicks. Ibérico burgers with manchego and guindilla, hot dogs with romesco sauce, guindilla and mustard alioli and signature salt cod croquettes are all on offer at the mobile kitchen. Ushers and usherettes will also be meandering their way through the crowd, laden with unusual snacks, including smoked paprika or cinnamon and lemon popcorn.

Culture Focus NOT QUITE THE END FOR THE NEW END By Julie Carbonara When Hampstead’s New End Theatre suddenly shut down at the end of August last year, it took everybody by surprise, especially as its very last production, Where’s Your Mama Gone?, had been widely praised. Yet although 27 New End is now home to a synagogue – the Village Shul – the New End Theatre’s name and work lives on in ‘New End Theatre Beyond’. Brian Daniels, the theatre’s previous, and final, owner has a new theatre production company which is going from strength to strength. Having produced the world premiere of Pat Rowe’s play ‘Jerusalem Tango’ – with a four-week run in Leeds followed by two sold-out performances at the Arts Depot in London’s North Finchley, the company has big plans for autumn too. In October they are producing a tour of ‘Sophie Tucker’s One Night Stand’ which will be at the Arts Depot on 24 and 25 October, a previous sell-out show originally at the New End Theatre. In January 2013 they are bringing from the Czech Republic ‘Shoah’, a play about two holocaust survivors. This will have two performances at the LJCC [London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green] on Monday 28 January 2013 and one other London venue yet to be confirmed. It may be an unusual turn but then the New End has never been run-of-themill. Built as a hospital mortuary in 1890, 27 New End was converted into a theatre in 1974 and soon acquired a reputation as a platform for new writing. Steven Berkoff premiered his one-man show there in 1981, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson performed their alternative comedy and among those who trod its boards were theatre greats such as Dame Judi Dench and Michael Williams. The theatre succeeded in carving itself a comfortable niche in the London fringe scene, and also built a faithful audience spanning a wide section of NW London, an area that has long been a favourite with intellectuals and artists who are notoriously difficult to please. “We attracted a large Jewish crowd – we probably were the only theatre in England doing Jewish-interest work but not exclusively so,” said Brian. “Our Jewish audience were great theatre-goers as well as the good and the great of Hampstead.”

Village life

Hampstead offers everything about luxurious, rustic country living, with the kind of cultural charisma only found in London, says local resident Marc Schneiderman


have lived in Hampstead for over 20 years and love almost everything about it. While neighbouring areas can scream wealth and indulgence, the parts of Hampstead that I love quietly whisper. I am particularly drawn and attracted to the architecture. I walk past the early Georgian houses in Upper Terrace with a mixture of admiration and envy. A combination of both my work and being a local resident has taken me to the majority of houses in the area, and it’s the mixture of homes and people that make living there so special. The home I live in I have put together piece by piece. It was originally three flats which I restored to their original state as one family house. My street is a remarkable combination of different architectural styles creating a personality all of its own. For me there are three things that make Hampstead special; the beautiful natural landscape of Hampstead Heath, its historical buildings and its long association with intellectuals, actors, artists, poets and architects. Perhaps the most stunning building of all, and one of the oldest in Hampstead, is Fenton House, a handsome 17th century house with a walled garden that has been little altered throughout its 300 years. Fortunately, it is now under the control of The National Trust, thus


ensuring its future for many years to come, and enabling visitors to see and appreciate its considerable beauty. Another local delight is Hampstead Heath and all of its impressive 790 acres. It is simply magnificent – one of my favourite places, with different parts of the Heath having their own characteristics. The swimming ponds, fishing ponds, woodlands,  playgrounds, training tracks, all adjoining the stately home of Kenwood House and its ground means long walks at the weekend are always different. It is also the highest point in London with views across the city.  As you can imagine the wildlife is very diverse, with the Heath being an important refuge fora vast range of animals including some you might not expect to find in a London park – muntjac deer, grass snakes, slow worms, two species of bats, parakeets and terrapins. This is in addition to the small zoo in neighboring Golders Hill Park with deer, donkeys, maras, ring-tailed lemurs, and birds of prey. There is plenty to do in Hampstead, boutique shopping, countless pubs – with The Spaniards Inn being one of the oldest and most famous – cinemas, theatres and historic music venues. In my view, Hampstead is a vibrant, friendly and beautiful place to live and I feel lucky and privileged to call it home. n

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My Hampstead top five Lobster Spaghetti at Villa Bianca in Perrins Court Hot chocolate at The Coffee Cup on Hampstead High Street The Mystical Fairy Shop in Flask Walk (for my daughters!) Walking my Lurcher on Hampstead Heath The sight and sound of bats, owls and foxes in my road at night


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wish list Californian Class Offering the kind of luxurious escape and secluded retreat that restores the mind and rejuvenates the body, the award-winning, and completely extraordinary, Rancho Valencia in Santa Fe re-opens this September following a $20m renovation. Nestled in a magnificent secluded canyon setting, amidst 40 acres of rolling hills and lush landscaping, Rancho Valencia is renowned for its natural charm and classic California character. The redesign channels the best of native Californian style, where off-white wood, brown leather and iron fixtures are used in conjunction with bursts of vibrant colour and geometric prints. All rooms are vast one or two bedroom suites, individually designed and boasting handpainted tiles, fireplaces and private garden patios. This intimate hideaway also offers guests divine food at its restaurant, beautiful al fresco places to relax with a cocktail or glass of local wine, indulgent facial and body therapies at the spa, and refreshing swimming pools.


TRAVEL in style HOT SPOT AUGUST: Ibiza Why: While recent years have seen Ibiza’s reputation as a party island become more and more prevalent, there is a totally different experience to be had on this beautiful Spanish hideaway. Flightwise you’re looking at a speedy two hours from any London airport, while weather wise from May to September you can expect azure blue skies and bright sunshine, tempered by the cooling sea or mountain breezes. WHERE: Head for one of the smaller villages on the island that have still retained their local, rustic feel but benefit from a smart boutique hotel. We love Sa Talaia, set in the pretty village of Ses Païsses. The peaceful, private boutique villa has just 14 rooms, and a recent renovation has given the mansion a stylish face-lift – think huge mirrors, black and white prints, ornate sofas – and a beautiful pool, populated by tall trees, immaculate gardens and four-poster Balinese beds. Bliss. As an added bonus, the property’s sister hotel is the party-central Ushuaia, to which guests have exclusive, 24-hour access should they tire of Sa Talaia’s tranquility. Double rooms at Sa Talaia Boutique Villa start from £176 per night, including access to Ushuaïa and complimentary use of a Class A Mercedes or Smart car,

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Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The Body Holiday, St Lucia

Located in the heart of Monaco, the Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo specialises in scientific approaches to anti-ageing, developed over 15 years. The spa is committed to offering real regeneration for the mind and body, and boasts stateof-the-art equipment and superior medical partnerships to ensure that guests receive the best possible care. The wide range of treatments includes thalassotherapy, marine treatments and affusion massage. Guests can stay at the Hotel Hermitage next door, which has direct access to the spa and offers guests intimate luxury.

Based on four key pillars of relaxation, restorative beauty, exercise and good diet, The Body Holiday’s motto is, ‘Give us your body for a week and we’ll give you back your mind’. Set in a very private cove in the north west of the island, the resort is a very private retreat and offers a full wellness programme, with everything from archery to Pilates, Ayurvedic treatments to Reiki as well as a renowned CACI skincare clinic. Renowned for their treatments, therapies and activities, it is little wonder that the spa has been voted one of the best resorts in the Caribbean.



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This personal concierge service is a travel essential for busy people, and also specialises in some of the most unique holidays and events. Jonathan Wallace works 24/7 for all his clients, booking holidays and business trips, organising private planes and cars, and even locating tickets for sold-out events, such as this year’s Olympic Games. Recent commissions have included chartering a six berth luxury Gulet; sourcing a villa on the isle of Mustique fully stocked with wine and food on arrival and hiring a private yacht.

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SIGHTS TO SEE: The island is steeped in history and the influence of the Phoenicians, who arrived 27 centuries ago, springs up again and again. Ibiza is habitually linked to hippies, reasonably so, as they arrived in their droves in 1978 and never left. Indeed, the vibe of the island reverberates (slowly, for speed is as foreign to the Ibizencans as a lack of spirituality) with a casual, happy, hippy resonance and even the architecture is sympathetic to this; buildings have smooth walls and curved edges. The island is easy to explore as it’s very small (there are only three main roads and you can’t drive more than 41 kilometres in any one direction), so hire a car or a bike and explore for yourself. From clubbing to culture, fine dining to dancing and spa-going to cycling, the expression ‘spoilt for choice’ can’t help but spring to mind. DRESS TO IMPRESS: In keeping with the fashion ethos of the island, the locals’ advice is a fairly good rule of thumb: ‘Wear whatever you want, as long as you look good’.

The Palace Hotel in Tokyo has opened the first Evian SPA in Japan, a concept which invokes a ‘journey of water’. With panoramic views of the Imperial Palace Gardens, and mystical Mt. Fuji in the distance, an Alpine-inspired design and a pristine, white ambience that is at once remarkably serene and very Japanese, the evian SPA TOKYO is the place to escape the world. The spa’s treatment menu cultivates watery themes, with facials, body scrubs, therapies, journeys and rituals that celebrate celestial restoration, mineral enrichment, precious nourishment and renewed vitality. Products by Paris-based Anne Semonin are incorporated throughout.

Room with A View Paresa Phuket, Thailand Perched high on the cliffside, Paresa is surrounded by tropical forests and offers the most breathtaking views across the azure blue waters of the Andaman Sea. Whether from your private villa, your clifftop infinity pool or your bath tub, every guest is guaranteed the most spectacular view. Extending out dramatically from the stunningly sculptured cliff tops of Kamala overlooking the spectacular azure waters of the Andaman Sea, Paresa embraces the exclusivity of its natural surroundings to create an oasis of tranquility, coupled with unrivalled luxury which retains its Southern Thai roots.


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five of the best exotic wedding Locations Stunning settings for the most important of occasions One and Only Palmilla

One & Only Palmilla, Mexico With its own traditional whitewashed chapel, with arched doorways and windows, set on a hill overlooking the lush Mexican landscape, Palmilla is a truly special place to get married. Arrive at the chapel by horse-drawn carriage, and say your wedding vows amid flickering candlelight and swaying palms. Two dedicated celebration consultants will ensure that planning a wedding abroad is an entirely smooth process, including handling all legal details for marrying in Mexico, décor for the chapel service, dining at the reception, entertainment, flowers and photographers.

Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, France Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa

Château Saint-Martin sits atop the rolling hills of the French Riviera, and provides a romantic and enchanting place to get married. The onsite chapel is perfect for intimate ceremonies for up to 20 guests, while for larger events, the immaculate gardens under the shade of century-old olive trees provide a perfect setting for up to 150 guests. Hold reception drinks on the terrace, which has stunning views over the Mediterranean coastline, while two-Michelin star chef Yannick Franques creates a personalised wedding menu, matched with wine from the hotel’s impressive wine cellar.

Parrot Cay, Carribean

Parrot Cay

If the largesse and drama of modern weddings seems at odds with your own personal ideal, then Parrot Cay offers a real alternative. Choose from a simple ceremony in a tiki hut on the powder-white sand, or the intimate setting of a secluded spa cottage overlooking the island’s wetlands. Even larger celebrations have a relaxed feel – hire one of the privately owned residences at Parrot Cay which all provide extensive living areas ideal for open-air parties, as well as a private beach for a ceremony and reception. The resort can assist with legal arrangements, as well as bespoke catering, flowers and fireworks.

Ponta dos Ganchos, Brazil

Ponta dos Ganchos

Set amongst 25 acres of lush green foliage, this sublime resort specialises in being able to offer everything from the very intimate to the very lavish. Small weddings for up to 12 guests are held on the private island facing the resort’s secluded beach. Bride and groom cross a small candlelit bridge to the island, before arriving at a private gazebo decorated with flower petals and candles and are married with a backdrop of the setting sun. For larger weddings, the entire resort can be hired out, and a dedicated team will provide special menus, cakes, decoration, musicians and photographers.

Montpelier Plantation & Beach, West Indies

Montpelier Plantation & Beach

The Hoffman family has transformed this renovated 18th century sugar plantation in the West Indies into an elegant boutique hideaway creating the perfect place for a secluded wedding. Guests can get married in the incredible 18th century Sugar Mill, or opt for the beach or lush gardens. Customised wedding packages include flowers, champagne, a dedicated wedding co-ordinator, spa treatments and all legalities and couples can be assured that the personal approach to service ensures everything little thing will have been thought about. n



is the place for me Louise Rose heads to multicultural Miami for fusion food, sumptuous spas and an enigmatic buzz that keeps her coming back for more


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Left from top: Palm Grove Pool EDGE Steak & Bar Lobby Area Presidential Suite All at the Four Seasons Hotel Miami


city for the young or just young-at-heart, I’ve been to Miami a number of times and already know it’s the place for me. A jumble of high-rise big-name hotels and colourful Art Deco boutique gems sit alongside the bustling beaches, nightclubs and restaurants, coming together in one fast-paced, pumping nexus for anyone who’s anyone looking for a good time. Often called the ‘Magic City’, it’s a melting pot of cultures and ages; an American gateway to the buzzing streets of Latin America and one big fiesta to remember. While some come to party by night (although, of course, you can find places to party all day, too) Miami also boasts a plethora of gorgeous urban sanctuaries from which to hide from the mayhem, decked out with infinity pools, private beaches and world-class spas. But if relaxation is what you’re after, you won’t need to wait until you leave the country to start. Travelling in style, the British Airways Club World experience ensured mine and my partner’s holiday began the moment we stepped into the Heathrow Lounge, reminiscent of a top London eatery. With leather bound booths and high tables, chic, experienced travellers ordered Eggs Benedict from the all-day à la carte menu. Stepping onto the plane we were greeted immediately by smiling stewards, a full-bodied Rioja and cheese and biscuits on tap – and that was before the fillet mignon even arrived, which was closely followed a host of delicious dishes, with ample choice and exemplary service – in short, we ate like kings. Later, reclining under a cosy quilt, I took great pleasure in knowing nobody could reach me, finally able to catch up on films, reading and some much needed ‘me time’. While the handy plug socket would have allowed me to work onboard had I brought my trusty laptop along for the ride, a holiday is a holiday, after all, and I planned to make every moment until touch-down count. Rising above the city skyline as we approached from Miami International Airport, the Four Seasons

Hotel appeared like a dazzling pillar of sophistication. Just a block from Biscayne Bay it sits in the heart of downtown Miami, fifteen minutes from South Beach. One of the area’s AAA Five Diamond hotels, and situated in the financial district, it’s great for both business and leisure trips. Upon arrival we checked into our beautiful suite, complete with far-reaching views across the city, and headed straight for the pool, keen to cool off and get into the chilled-out vibe. As we walked out onto the seventh floor terrace, the tree-lined, two-acre oasis that awaited us was a far cry from the flurry outside. Had it not been for the cool high-rise backdrop, we could easily have forgotten we were in a city at all. After a fantastic full-body pool-side massage, we sprawled out for a couple of hours to make the most of the late afternoon rays (as certainly all weather-beaten Brits do) enjoying a soak in the neighbouring whirlpool before settling down with a Mojito from the poolside bar, Bahía. Too stuffed from our indulgent plane journey to order a full meal upon arrival, we selected a ‘light bite’ to share and settled on the Florida key lime pie. When in Rome…

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Feeling fully refreshed from the journey across the pond yet slightly full up from our tea-time ‘snack’, that evening we were keen to sample what the Americans do best at the hotel’s EDGE, Steak & Bar, which boasted an array of interesting cuts of meat and fresh indigenous seafood. With a sleek and modern style, much like the rest of the hotel, the restaurant was both elegant and relaxed – from the contemporary dining room and lively bar to the outdoor terrace surrounded by lush greenery and flickering candles. Knowing from past State-side experience to always order seafood when there’s a speciality bar, we opted for the jumbo shrimp with chipotle cocktail sauce and the stone crab claw with mustard remoulade. Both were light, fresh and spiced just-so. We followed with a Black Angus filet mignon accompanied by a chimichurri sauce and a New York Strip with classic béarnaise; chargrilled on the outside and perfectly pink in the middle. If there’s one thing the Americans can cook better than anyone else, it’s a steak. While sad to be leaving our first pit stop we were equally excited to arrive at the Mandarin Oriental for the second leg of our trip. Our gorgeous room had a Far East twist, a welcome addition to the fusion of styles and influences that make up Miami’s eclectic culture. A tranquil sanctuary with waterfront views, it’s also home to one of the most beautiful spas in the world. And I couldn’t wait to try it out. Choosing the hydrating oxygen facial, what followed was 80 minutes of pure cooling and hydrating bliss, leaving my skin looking younger and visibly lifted. Featuring six stunning VIP spa suites, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Biscayne Bay, each gorgeous treatment suite has been custom designed for specific treatments; three are created especially for couples


wishing to share their experience. Bamboo, rice paper, glass and natural linens provide a welcome ambience of total harmony, quite at odds with the salsa-dancing city outside. Whether you’re a hotel resident or not, the on-site restaurant Azul offers a delicious blend of modern European flavours with American and Asian influences and is certainly worth a visit. The magnificent white marble open kitchen vied for our attention as we gazed out at the picturesque views. Ordering the carnaroli risotto with a soft poached hen’s egg, pan seared bass with brioche crusted scallops and the Japanese hot pot with sake marinated black cod, each dish was more divine than the last. For post dinner tipples we headed to M-Bar for a cheeky cosmopolitan before venturing out to see what Miami’s nightlife had to offer. With its own private sandy patch of beach, the next day we relaxed and enjoyed the sea, sun and sand without the hubbub of the South Beach crowds. And with so much time spent shore-side, my holiday companion and I felt somewhat inadequate compared to the buff buns of steel around us. While he chose to hit a few balls on the tennis courts, I stood and applauded from the side-lines, martini in hand. Offering myriad exclusive hotels, flawless eateries, sumptuous spas and white sandy beaches, Miami boasts an energy quite like any other American city; the language is mostly Spanish, the coffee is mostly Cuban and the laid back attitude akin to the Caribbean. Not the first time I’ve visited Miami, it certainly won’t be the last – the enigmatic buzz of the place just keeps me coming back for more. n

MORE INFORMATION Louise flew to Miami from Heathrow with British Airways Club World, flights from £1,381 one-way The Four Seasons Hotel Miami Executive suites from £300 a night Mandarin Oriental Hotel Miami Suites from £450 a night

From Top Left Clockwise: Hotel Exterior Beach Cabana Spa Suite Oasis Pool and Beach Club All at the Mandarin Oriental

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


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


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


Fisker, both of whom are attending Salon Privé for the first time ever in 2012, alongside long-established premium marques such as Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz / AMG, Noble and Warr’s Harley-Davidson. The three day event culminates in the spectacular Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance Judging Day on Friday 7 September with a glittering gathering of historic and prestigious cars. Chubb Insurance is acknowledged as the leading insurer of classic cars and super cars and is a company that has won more awards than any other specialist insurer. This year’s competition is judged by no less than 18 industry experts, including Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, five times Le Mans Winner Derek Bell MBE, Director of Design at Aston Martin Marek Reichman, McLaren Styling Director Frank Stephenson, Design Director for Jaguar Ian Callum, and Car Design Chief and Head of Zagato, Andrea Zagato, as well as 5th Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson. Chubb Insurance Concours D’ElÉgance Classes • • • • • • • •

Class A: Collection of Shooting Brakes Class B: Bugatti – The Vintage Competition Series Class C: Closed Sports Cars from the Swinging Sixties Class D: Open Sports Cars from the Swinging Sixties Class E: Pre-War Rarities Class F: Ferrari F40 – Celebrating 25 Years of an Icon Class G: Mercedes-Benz Gullwing – The Legend at 60 Class H: The Design Class, featuring Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera • Class I: Vee-Twins through the Ages • Class J: Important Competition Bikes While Salon Privé has become a calendar highlight for enthusiasts, collectors and buyers of modern and classic super cars, it is also much more than just a car show. A fashionable and glamorous garden party, it caters as much for motoring enthusiasts as it does for guests who simply enjoy relaxing in exquisite surroundings. Standard tickets cost from £195pp + VAT, which includes the delights of Pommery Champagne, a lobster luncheon and traditional English afternoon tea, as well as access to an eclectic mix of premium luxury goods on display from associate

Croatian super car, the Rimac Concept_One

sponsors, Audemars Piguet, Boodles and Vertu. Alongside the event’s impressive portfolio of sponsors, which also includes Chubb Insurance and Pommery, will be a number of new brands representing sectors such as yachts and yacht brokers, private jets and fractional ownership, accessories, fashion, furniture and audio-visual equipment. There is something here for everyone, and in the beautiful setting of Syon Park you can truly experience the fun and festivity of Salon Privé. Salon Privé regular Jay Kay, said: “If you are looking for a splendid day out in London, surrounded by beautiful people and, in my opinion, even more beautiful cars – then Salon Privé is the place for you. There are some seriously unique exhibits this year and I for one can’t wait to take a closer look at the Gulf collection and the Ferrari F40 25 years’ celebration. See you there!” n

TICKETS Salon Privé 2012 sponsor Pommery Champagne

With more to see than ever before, Salon Privé is shaping up to be a fabulous sell-out event once again. Tickets are fully inclusive of Pommery champagne, a lobster luncheon, English afternoon tea and full access to all areas. Book your tickets online with the code VANTAGE123 for preferential 10% off rates:

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

This year Salon Privé welcomes back its loyal portfolio of sponsors, including: Audemars Piguet



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

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

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

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

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An impressive period conversion occupying the entire ground floor with own entrance and private garden. Approx. 888 sq ft. 2 bedrooms, bathroom, reception room. £425,000 Share of Freehold 020 7267 7074 Greenstone 83 Boundary Road, NW8 0RG 020 7625 7000

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GAISFORD STREET, NW5 A 1st floor apartment with twin doors leading out to the cast iron balcony and communal gardens. Approx. 406 sq ft. Bedroom, bathroom, open-plan kitchen/reception room. £330,000 Leasehold 020 7267 7074

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Clifton Villas, Little Venice W9 Stucco fronted semi-detached villa

On one of the most popular streets in Little Venice, located only a short walk from The Regent’s Canal. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom with steam shower, 4 further bedrooms (1 with en suite bathroom), steam shower, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, 2 guest WCs, rear garden. Approximately 391.8 sq m (4,217 sq ft) Freehold Guide Price: £5,950,000 (SJW120070) 020 7586 2777

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Kent Terrace, Regent’s Park NW1 Beautiful Nash Terrace house

This elegant terrace is ideally located next to Regent’s Park and Marylebone. Master bedroom (with en suite bathroom and separate walk in wardrobe), 5 further bedrooms (2 with en suite facilities), bathroom, 2 reception rooms, TV room, kitchen, breakfast room, dining room, 2 guest WC’s, wine cellar, 2 terraces. Approximately 340.4 sq m (3,664 sq ft) Leasehold 91 years 7 months Guide Price: £5,500,000 (SJW100178) 020 7586 2777

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Fitzroy Road, Primrose Hill NW1

Charming lateral house in the heart of Primrose Hill First time on the market for nearly two decades. A wide semi-detached house retaining many original features. 4 bedrooms (3 with en suites), bathroom, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, rear garden, off-street parking. Approximately 260.1 sq m (2,800 sq ft) Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ5,250,000

(SJW120181) 020 7586 2777

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New End, Hampstead NW3

Exceptional space in the perfect place A truly exceptional property housed within this Grade II listed building. It has been painstakingly rebuilt to an extremely high standard and contemporary style with bespoke features throughout. 4/5 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 4 bathrooms, kitchen, south facing rear garden, secure private parking. Approximately 300.2 sq m (3,231 sq ft) Share of Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ5,950,000

(HAM110183) 020 7431 8686

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Wellington Court, St John’s Wood NW8

A stunning seventh floor penthouse apartment with parking

Wellington Court is located in the heart of St John’s Wood, moments from St John’s Wood High Street and underground station (Jubilee line). 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, reception room, eat-in kitchen with access to decked terrace, guest cloakroom, wooden floors, air-conditioning and direct lift access. Integrated music system and intelligent lighting. Available furnished Guide Price: £2,500 per week (SJQ163890) 0207 483 8353

original features lovingly restored by Mary-Lu

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

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CLIFTON HILL ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 GUIDE PRICE £6,500,000 FREEHOLD A Grade II listed detached period house presented in shell condition. The property, which benefits from a new roof and other works, extends to 483.9sq m (5,209sq ft) and offers a unique opportunity for an incoming purchaser to complete the house to their own specification and finishes to create a stunning family home. A new Pedini kitchen incorporating a range of Wolf, Gaggenau and Miele appliances, together with a range of bathroom sanitary ware and fittings are included. The property further benefits from planning permission to create a sub-basement room, providing a potential total area of approximately 5,400sq ft. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom and Dressing Area, 3 Further Bedrooms, 2 En-Suite Bathrooms, En-Suite Shower Room, Reception Hall, Double Length Reception Room, Study, Sitting Room, Family Media Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Wine Store, 2 Guest Cloakrooms, Utility Room, Self-Contained Studio Flat, Roof Terrace, Large Sunken Terrace, Rear Garden, Integral Garage, Off Street Parking for 2/3 Cars. SOLE AGENT

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CHALCOT CRESCENT PRIMROSE HILL NW1 £2,950,000 FREEHOLD A charming four bedroom end of terrace family home (204.8sq m/2,204sq ft) situated in the heart of Primrose Hill. The property, which is presented in good condition throughout, retains a host of period features and provides spacious, well planned living accommodation arranged over four floors. Further benefits include a private courtyard garden and resident’s only permit parking. Chalcot Crescent is at the centre of the picturesque Primrose Hill Village, famed for its iconic park just 100 metres away, with its electric mix of bookshops, cafés and restaurants. The house is conveniently located within walking distance of both Chalk Farm Underground Station (Northern Line) and to the open spaces of Regent’s Park. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Shower Room, Reception Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Drawing Room, 2 Cloakrooms, Utility Room, Courtyard Garden, Storage Vault. JOINT SOLE AGENT

Primrose Gardens NW3 - £3,750 pw Elegant refurbished 5-storey house in a favoured location Belsize Park Lettings Office 020 7431 3104

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

3015 sq ft internal accommodation • 32’3 reception opening to terrace • 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms • Optional lock up garage •

Lancaster Grove NW3 - £2,300,000 Immaculately presented newly refurbished garden apartment with an open plan feel Belsize Park Sales Office 020 7431 1234

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1856 sq ft internal accommodation • 28’6 kitchen/diner, 20’9 reception • 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • 60’ private walled garden •

Buckland Crescent NW3 - £1,750,000

Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234

1970 sq ft internal accommodation • 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • 38’ vaulted reception, balcony • 20’11 kitchen/diner •

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

Stylish upper maisonette within a white stucco Belsize villa

Heath Hurst Road NW3 - £1,300,000 Spacious maisonette with terrace opposite Hampstead Heath Belsize Park Office 020 7431 1234

2228 sq ft internal accommodation • 19’7 reception, separate dining area • 3 double bedrooms plus study • 26’6 roof terrace •

Belsize Park 020 7431 1234 South Hampstead 020 7625 4567 West Hampstead 020 7794 7111

Little Venice, W2 A charming coach house with lovely views directly over the Regents Canal. This wonderful family house has been attractively designed to contemporary standards and opens onto a large south facing garden of some 95 ft/ 28 m. Top Floor Master Bedroom Suite Comprising of Bedroom, bathroom and balcony, 3 further Bedrooms : I further Bathroom : Guest Cloakroom : Double Reception Room : Open Plan Kitchen : Dining Room : Small Conservatory : Private Rear Garden : Large Terrace : Off Street Parking For 2 Vehicles AVAILABLE TO RENT


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St J o h n’ s Wo o d, N W 8 A beautifully presented semi-detached period house with great lateral space over 3 floors only and located on one of the most sought after roads in St John’s Wood. This low built house was recently refurbished and makes an excellent family home that opens onto a south facing garden. Both St Johns Wood High Street and underground station are within a short walk. 5 Bedrooms : 4 Bathrooms (2 en suite) : Guest Cloakroom : 3 Reception Rooms : Kitchen/Breakfast Room : Garden Studio Room : Double Garage : Landscaped Front and Rear Gardens AVAILABLE TO RENT

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1 BRIGHT UPPER MAISONETTE, SUPERBLY LOCATED CLOSE TO THE VILLAGE redington road, nw3 Reception room ø dining room ø family kitchen ø 4 bedrooms ø 2 bathrooms ø balcony ø off-street parking for 2 cars ø 220 sq m (2,362 sq ft)

Savills Hampstead Simon Edwards

020 7472 5000 Guide £2.45 million Leasehold, approximately 962 years remaining

1 DETACHED HOUSE IN A SOUGHT-AFTER GATED DEVELOPMENT westover hill, nw3 3 reception rooms ø kitchen ø 6 bedrooms ø 6 bathroom/shower rooms ø indoor swimming pool ø terrace ø lawned garden ø integral double garage ø 513 sq m (5,520 sq ft)

Price on application Freehold

Savills Hampstead Simon Edwards

020 7472 5000

1 STUNNING DUPLEX APARTMENT IN THE HEART OF LITTLE VENICE warwick avenue, w9 3 double bedrooms ø reception room ø dining room ø kitchen ø 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) ø patio garden ø access to communal gardens ø 201 sq m (2,164 sq ft)

Savills St John's Wood Tim van der Schyff

020 3043 3616 £2,350 per week Unfurnished

1 PICTURESQUE REGENCY HOUSE IN HAMPSTEAD VILLAGE downshire hill, nw3 5 bedrooms ø 3 reception rooms ø eat-in kitchen ø 2 bathrooms ø entrance hall ø patio ø south-facing garden ø 280 sq m (3,011 sq ft)

Savills Hampstead Arron Bart

020 7472 5000 £3,200 per week Unfurnished


HARTHAM ROAD, N7 A fantastic split-level apartment with a roof terrace, situated in a period conversion located on a desirable road in the popular Hillmarton Conservation Area. 3 bedrooms, bathroom, reception. ÂŁ685,000 Leasehold 020 7267 7074

BELSIZE AVENUE, NW3 A secure and private 1st floor apartment with a lovely outlook to the communal gardens, situated to the rear of a popular purpose-built block. Bedroom, bathroom, reception, communal gardens. ÂŁ450,000 Leasehold 020 7267 7074


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TYTHERTON ROAD, N19 A striking property arranged over three floors of a Church conversion in leafy Tufnell Park. With stone pillars, original windows and other bespoke features throughout. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, garden. ÂŁ1,100,000 Leasehold 020 7267 7074


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Hamptons St. John’s Wood Office Lettings. 020 7717 5487

Pavilion Apartments £550 - £1200 per week

Elm Tree Road, St. John’s Wood, NW8 £2,950 per week

A selection of stunning one and two bedroom apartments in this sought after block opposite Lords Cricket Ground. The properties benefit from 24 concierges.

An extremely rare opportunity to acquire a stunning six bedroom family home in this highly favoured St John’s Wood address. The house provides well planned accommodation featuring excellent entertaining areas and further benefits from a patio garden, two roof terraces and single garage.

Lords View One, St. John’s Wood Road, NW8 £595 per week

Clifton Gardens, W9 £1,050 per week This spectacular property offers fantastic living space and two very generous bedrooms. The main feature of the property is a large private decked garden that leads off from the main reception room and has a beautiful view over the communal gardens. Clifton Gardens is ideally located in the heart of Little Venice with local shops, restaurants and cafes’ being a no more than one minutes walk away. You will also be within a short walk for Warwick Avenue Underground Station as well as the popular Regents canal.

A spacious two bedroom apartment located on the sixth floor of this well maintained purpose built block. The property comprises reception / dining room with balcony, spacious modern fully fitted kitchen, two double bedrooms with wardrobes, bathroom, guest WC.

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At Hamptons International, we specialise in quality properties regardless of price. We’ve built our name by offering quality properties of all sizes and prices. With an expanding network of 86 branches, apps for iPad and iPhone and award-winning marketing, the exposure we can offer is second-to-none. However what really sets us apart is the local expertise of individual offices. It’s their passion that ensures that every customer has an experience beyond their expectations. To find out how we could help you, please contact Chloe Ellis on 020 7717 5487. We would be delighted to hear from you.

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Frognal Lane NW3

ÂŁ8,950,000 freehold

Manor Lodge is a splendid detached Grade II listed 6 bedroom house with secure off street parking, a double garage & a private garden. The accommodation comprises an entrance hall, master bedroom suite, 5 further bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 3 large reception rooms, kitchen, study & a separate self contained studio flat. Frognal Lane is located under ½ a mile from the eateries & amenities of Hampstead Village.

Camden & Regent’s Park 020 7267 2053

Oval Road NW1

ÂŁ1,999,995 freehold

A semi detached period house in a highly desirable road in Camden. The house is currently arranged as 2 separate apartments; the ground floor flat comprises 2 bedrooms, a reception room with open plan kitchen & a bathroom. The raised ground floor apartment occupies 2 floors & consists of a large reception room leading to the kitchen/diner with direct access to a garden, a master bedroom with en-suite & dressing room, 2 further bedrooms & a guest bathroom.

r a b t e i ng l e c 2012 St John’s Wood 020 3040 8611

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Hill Road NW8

£1,999,950 share of freehold

A superb duplex conversion set on the 1st & 2nd floors of this grand Victorian house. The apartment is in good decorative condition throughout & offers 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a 32ft reception room, a driveway & garage. Hill Road is a pretty tree lined road which is approximately half a mile from St John’s Wood underground station ( Jubilee Line).

Little Venice & Maida Vale 020 7286 4632

Wymering Road W9

ÂŁ1,500,000 freehold

A spacious corner house in the heart of Maida Vale benefiting from its own patio garden & off street parking. The house is arranged over 3 floors & provides excellent & adaptable accommodation with a kitchen/ breakfast room, 2 reception rooms, master bedroom with en-suite, 3 further bedrooms (1 with en-suite) & a separate family bathroom.

r a b t e i ng l e c 2012 Little Venice & Maida Vale 020 7266 2369

Maida Avenue w9 £2,300 per week

A beautifully modern & well presented 4 bedroom house in the heart of Little Venice with views over Regent’s Canal. Comprising 4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large reception room, modern large eat in kitchen, private garden & off street parking for 2 cars.

Hampstead 020 7794 1125

Fitzjohns Avenue nw3 £1,395 per week

An impressive 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom newly refurbished 1st floor apartment with exceptionally high ceilings, benefiting from integrated sound system, air conditioning, recessed lighting, double glazing, ornamental balcony, parquet floors throughout & access to communal gardens.

Wishing all our athletes the best of luck in their quest for gold. Little Venice & Maida Vale 020 7266 2369

Clifton Gardens w9 £1,050 per week

A fabulous apartment completed to an exceptionally high standard. Comprising 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a reception room leading to a full width decked terrace, direct access to the communal gardens & off street parking. Within close proximity to the local amenities & Warwick Avenue underground station. Hampstead 020 7794 1125

Buckland Crescent nw3 £895 per week

A truly exquisite 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Parisian style raised ground floor apartment in this beautiful period conversion situated in the heart of Belsize Park & within close proximity to Swiss Cottage & Primrose Hill. The property benefits from exceptionally high ceilings, bespoke fixtures & fittings, private decked terrace & garden.

St John’s Wood 020 3040 8622

Clifton Hill nw8 £3,750 per week

A well presented Victorian villa offering approximately 3,000 sq ft of family accommodation & entertaining space. The property provides a wealth of period features including restored box sash windows & working timber folding shutters. This family house is situated in one of the most sought-after roads in St John’s Wood. Camden & Regent’s Park 020 7267 3574

Rochester Road nw1 £1,650 per week

A beautifully presented home located in this highly desirable residential street between Camden & Kentish Town close to Camden School for Girls. Comprising a double reception room, study, eat in kitchen, dining room, master bedroom with en-suite, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom & a private rear garden

St John’s Wood 020 3040 8622

Carlton Hill nw8 £665 per week

A beautifully presented 2 bedroom apartment located in the heart of St John’s Wood. Comprising 2 equally sized bedrooms, reception room with beautiful hardwood floors, modern bathroom, fully equipped kitchen & access to a communal garden. Close to transport links & within easy access to the American School. Camden & Regent’s Park 020 7267 3574

Oval Road nw1 £825 per week

A spectacular flat refurbished to a high specification & located on the 1st floor of this block. Comprising an open plan reception room/dining /kitchen, master bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2nd bedroom/study & a luxury bathroom. Other benefits include under floor heating & parking by separate negotiation.

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Milton Park is an exceptional and enchanting double fronted threestorey Edwardian house that has retained many of its original features including fireplaces, tessellated entrance hallway, and an arts and crafts style balustrade. Other features include a stunning country style kitchen/breakfast/reception room with slate floor and floor to ceiling French doors and windows overlooking its large, ecologically-friendly landscaped garden.


The outstanding secluded rear garden, which can only be described as an oasis in suburbia, is over 100ft at its widest, with decked paths and stone patio areas. It features a natural 55ft swimming pond, eco-friendly heating and filtration. It also has a separate fish pond, a lawned area approached via a footbridge over the pond and direct access to Parkland Walk. Parkland Walk is London’s longest nature reserve at 4.5 miles (7.2 km) of linear green


Highgate, N6 walkway and a Site of Metropolitan Importance. In addition to such an enviable location, the property also boasts five bedrooms, two bathrooms, one ensuite, and an ensuite shower room, while three generously proportioned reception rooms and a beautiful kitchen and dining room with lots of natural light make this a wonderful family home. In addition, there is extensive storage space, including a large basement room, and options for off-street parking as well. n

Guide Price ÂŁ1.85M, Freehold Benham & Reeves, Highgate

020 8348 2341


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A well presented Victorian villa offering approximately 3,000 square foot of family accommodation and entertaining space. The property is presented in excellent condition throughout and provides a wealth of period features including restored box sash windows and working timber folding shutters. The garden level consists of polished ceramic tiles throughout, a spacious and contemporary eat in kitchen, TV/living room, double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, guest cloakroom and a conservatory leading onto a west facing lawned garden. The ground floor boasts wood floors throughout, a large double reception room, study/fifth bedroom and a guest cloakroom. The first floor comprises a modern family bathroom, master bedroom with a modern en-suite bath and shower room and two further double bedrooms. This charming family house is situated on Clifton Hill, one of the most sought-after roads in St John’s Wood. n

Clifton Hill, NW8 ÂŁ3,750 per week Chesterton Humberts

020 3040 8622 136

Ellerdale Road, Hampstead, NW3 £3,250 Per Week Joint Sole Agent A beautifully presented five bedroom family home arranged over three floors conveniently located a short walk away from Hampstead Village. Property benefits from two reception rooms, an extremely large fully fitted eat-in kitchen with doors out to a charming garden, en suite bathroom to master bedroom, en suite shower room, family bathroom, guest wc, electric garage and off street parking space. Available immediately on an unfurnished basis.

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Gayton Road NW3

Canfield Gardens NW6

Fitzjohns Avenue NW3

£495.00 Per Week Sole Agent

£595.00 Per Week Furnished

£695.00 Per Week Sole Agent

Beautifully appointed, light and airy, first floor, two bedroom apartment with private balcony accessed via French doors leading from the kitchen. The second bedroom provides an additional study/ dressing room. Available immediately on a furnished or unfurnished basis.

Beautiful, elegant, two bedroom apartment with high ceilings and floor to ceiling sash windows, refurbished to a high specifiation. The property comprises of a spacious reception with stylish separate kitchen and modern bathroom. The apartment also boasts underfloor heating and access from the communal hallway to a private roof terrace.

A fabulous, newly refurbished to the highest of specifications, two double bedroom, two bathroom apartment situated on the raised ground floor of a period conversion with high ceilings and private terrace leading from the reception. The apartment boasts stylish, quality German kitchen, Grohe bathrooms, beautiful oak wood flooring and neutral decor throughout. Available unfurnished.

Property Divas Limited, 34a Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, NW3 1NH 020 7431 8000

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Vantage Magazine August 2012 - St John's Wood Edition  

All the latest on interiors, food and drink, fashion, interviews, beauty, family, homes and gardens and travel in this dedicated luxury life...

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All the latest on interiors, food and drink, fashion, interviews, beauty, family, homes and gardens and travel in this dedicated luxury life...