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Seka Nikolic on healing the stars

12 Spotlight On...

B  eautiful Hampstead Heath

Concierge 20 Monsieur

Luxury designer watches

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26 The Trend

Blissful bedrooms

29 Designer Focus Georgia Horton’s stunning wallpaper

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Offering the best of outdoor life, yet only four miles from central London, Hampstead Heath is the gem of North West London and this is one jewel of which its residents are fiercely proud

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aking its name from the sprawling green space that starts with Parliament Hill and stretches all the way back to Kenwood House and beyond, Hampstead Heath is an institution and the pride of North West London. Rambling and hilly, spanning nearly 800 acres, the Heath is much less manicured than its Primrose Hill sister, or its royal cousin, Regent’s Park, and because of this, it retains a wild, woodland charm. With ponds, lidos, wooded areas, bridges, open green spaces, a stately home and

unparalleled views across London, the Heath is a vast, green playground for young and old, a captivating part of Hampstead’s history, and a wonderful place to live. The Heath is a Local Nature Reserve and considered an important refuge for wildlife, including muntjac deer, grass snakes, foxes, rabbits, slow worms, squirrels, terrapins and frogs. Common kingfishers, jackdaws, ring-necked parakeets, pipistrelles and Daubenton’s bats are commonly seen over the Heath’s numerous ponds. The surrounding roads and the central village part of South End

Green that make up Hampstead Heath comprise a high percentage of impressive terraced mansion blocks, now converted into large flats, many with views across the Heath. The central village in South End Green, which is stoically attempting to resist invasion from the onslaught of chain stores and eateries, offers a wealth of unique, independent shops and restaurants, giving it an undeniable village feel.

Parliament Hill Hampstead Heath is neatly bookended by Kenwood House at its most northerly point and Parliament Hill

other landmarks. The view is so striking, and so unusual in its capacity to show you the whole spectrum of London landmarks in one view that it is protected by law, preventing extensive building, especially tower blocks and high rises, in the local area. Local respect for the view and hill itself is high, with organisations such as the Heath and Hampstead Society (www.heathandhampsteadsociety.org. uk) battling since 1897 to protect the green spaces of the Heath. At New Year crowds gather at the top of the hill for an informal celebration and to watch the firework displays across London at midnight – the show from the London Eye is clearly visible – as well as lighting Chinese lanterns and setting off their own fireworks. Throughout the year Parliament Hill is popular with sport enthusiasts, who make use of the athletics track, tennis courts, playground and the Parliament Hill Lido. The Lido is an unheated pool, open 12 months of the year, though only for a limited time during winter

months; it is owned and operated by the Corporation of London, which also owns the whole of Hampstead Heath. The Lido was opened on 20 August 1938 and at the time served as an important part of the community, with a diving stage, cafe and areas for sunbathing and spectators. The building is now Grade II listed, and several changes have been made over the years, including removing all the diving boards for safety reasons, providing hot showers, cycle racks and a paddling pool.

Hampstead and Highgate Ponds Swimming areas are plentiful on Hampstead Heath, with over 25 ponds in total for swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife. In the summer, families can be found enjoying both the lido and the popular Highgate and Hampstead Ponds. Highgate Ponds, on the eastern side of the Heath, are a series of reservoirs, which were originally dug in the 17th

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in the south. It officially became part of the Heath in 1888, when it was bought for the people and added to the rest of the land. Its modern day incarnation sees it still as a fairly wild space, with a few large trees, and a playground and athletics track at the bottom of the hill. It is very popular with kite flyers, many of whom can be seen whiling away a windy Sunday afternoon atop the hill, clinging desperately to a soaring kite. Known as Traitors Hill for several centuries, the Hill received its current name in the 17th century because it was defended by troops loyal to the English Parliament during the English Civil War. Parliament Hill is renowned for having one of the best views in London. From the top of the 98 metre hill you can see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the City of London, the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the BT Tower, the London Eye, St Pancras station and the Emirates Stadium, as well as numerous

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This stunning hotel in Buckinghamshire hit the nation’s hearts when dastardly Daniel Cleaver took Bridget Jones on a mini-break one infamous weekend. The elegant Pennsylvania Suite’s four-poster bed was immortalised in the minds of romantics everywhere, as Bridget snoozed among egyptian cotton sheets, while the hotel’s impressive grounds made a beautiful backdrop to a spot of some rather comedic messing about in a boat. In fact, as you walk around the beautiful hotel, memories of the film are everywhere, from the sweeping marble staircase that leads up to the bedrooms, to the rolling golf courses and plush suites. And there’s lots more to offer too, not least through the special Valentines package the hotel is running throughout February, which includes a night’s accommodation, as well as bath oils from the spa, a bottle of champagne and a luxury dinner in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

We arrived on a bitterly cold day, just as the snow was starting to fall. The warmth of the opulent Pennsylvania Suite welcomed us in from the elements with a roaring open fire, a bottle of champagne and a plush sofa to collapse into. The adjacent marble bathroom was a revelation, with the kind of deep bath you can disappear into, a powerful shower, dressing table and ample space. We energised ourselves with a sandwich and cool glass of white wine in The Orangery, and then headed out for a snowy walk across the beautiful grounds, taking in the sweeping greens of the golf course and the frosty trees, before heading to the hotel’s renowned spa. SPC at Stoke Park – as the spa is known – is one of the best things about the hotel. With the kind of high-end urban chic you’d expect from a London spa, this awardwinning place includes a hair salon, beauty rooms, pool, saunas, tennis courts, gym and a beauty shop that sells the SPC product range, as well as other beauty essentials and luxury items. Located in the newly built Pavilion building, which also houses some of the hotel’s more modern bedrooms and suites, the spa really is an oasis. Relaxing

in the deep, warm pool, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, watching the fading light and falling snow was a special moment. We then enjoyed the most divine massage in their luxurious treatment rooms – warm, deeply relaxing and soothing. A perfect way to wind down over the weekend. Then it was back to our suite, still warm and cosy. We cracked open the champagne, remarked on the generous balcony attached to our room – an added summertime bonus – and relaxed in front of the fire. Dinner was a romantic, intimate affair in the fine dining restaurant – a three-course menu with the little extras that you would expect from this level of dining, and an impressive wine list. The next morning, I languished in the divine bath with some soothing bath oils, courtesy of the SPC spa. We then ordered our breakfast, a lavish display of pastries, bagels, tea, coffee, smoked salmon, juice, eggs and other hot dishes – all served from the comfort of our own suite. The hotel has become famous not just for Bridget Jones, but also as a key location in the Guy Ritchie film, Layer Cake, as well as the scene of a crucial game of golf in Goldfinger, and later in Tomorrow Never Dies. It has also featured in romantic comedies Wimbledon, Bride and Prejudice and the 1945 classic, Dead of the Night. Stoke Park is a hotel of the old order, classic and plush; it retains its heritage with a mix of country charm and luxury chic – and makes a perfect option for some ‘reel’ romance this Valentine’s Day. The Valentines 2011 Package at Stoke Park costs from £232 per person, includes one night’s accommodation, special three-course Valentine dinner in the Dining Room, full English breakfast, one gift box of bath oils per couple, a bottle of chilled Champagne and complimentary use of the spa. It is valid for 11, 12, 13 and 14 of February 2011 www.stokeparkclub.com

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from the editor... February has arrived, and the long, dark month of January is finally behind us. As the first tentative signs of Spring start to show, what better way to appreciate it than by taking a long walk across Hampstead Heath? One of the largest green spaces in London, and certainly one of the oldest, it offers a real country feel, right in the middle of London. Find out everything you need to know about the Heath in our Spotlight feature (p.12). The New Year often brings resolutions about the ‘new you’, promises to finally get fit, get healthy, to do those things you’ve always been meaning to do. For healer Seka Nikolic, this time of year brings numerous patients looking for a solution to their various aches and pains. Find out how she channels the body’s energy to help her clients on p.10. Good intentions and resolutions continue on p.36, where Matthew Carter tries out the greenest Porsche around, the Cayenne S Hybrid, while Lee Brooks channels positive vibes as he considers England’s chances in this month’s Six Nations championship – the final test before the Rugby World Cup in September (p.42). Love is undeniably in the air this month, and our Valentine’s specials offer some sensational ideas for creating the perfect romantic atmosphere at home (p.61), unique ideas for presents (p.52),

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elling people you are a bio-energy practitioner – someone who heals people’s ailments by channelling their body’s energies – is often likely to get a raised eyebrow or two, even from the most polite person. From the less discreet, you might even expect outright disbelief. It would take the most stoic of sceptics then, to accept Seka’s incredible story about how she first discovered her gift. “I didn’t set out to be a bioenergy healer. In fact, I discovered I had the skills needed when I was working in a marketing job in my hometown of Sarajevo. I was talking to a colleague in a wheelchair one day, when I got an uncontrollable urge to place my hands on his shoulders. He was bewildered to say the least, and I was experiencing a lot of pain. When I eventually felt able to lift my hands, he stood up out of his wheelchair and walked.” Far fetched it might sound, and yet Seka’s healing abilities were later tested and evaluated by the scientific Institute for Bio-Energy Research in Milan – renowned as one of the world’s most active research institutes investigating energy phenomena. Seka has now been working for over 20 years in the UK and, with clients such as Greg Rusedski, Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave on her books as regulars, it seems that she does indeed have a gift. That said, she is realistic about how the treatment might be perceived. “I will always have sceptics in this field. It’s normal for people to question this kind of thing. I was very sceptical

I love living here, so when the opportunity came up to work here too, I jumped at it.

about it when it first happened to me. But after somebody has had a treatment and experienced the benefits, they are no longer sceptical, so it hasn’t ever been a big problem. In the medical profession I was recognised by BUPA in the 1990’s for M.E treatment, and I get patient referrals from doctors and GP’s every day.” Bio-energy treatment rebalances energy frequencies in the body, which, when you are unwell, are off balance. Seka passes her hands over a patient’s body, and then feels hot pain, which diagnoses problem areas – anything from back pain or eczema to more serious internal or organ problems. She specialises in the areas of ME, and has had great results with MS as well. She also works with couples that have fertility problems, as well as treating physical injuries, skin disorders, depression, asthma and emotional problems. During the treatment, one hand feeds positive energy into the patient, which revitalises the impaired cells, while the other hand extracts the negative energy, thereby balancing the energy level. This leads to the restoration of the patient’s good health. After each treatment, the negative energy is cleansed from Seka’s body by a brief flicking of her wrists. Typical sessions last 30 minutes; Seka does a quick scan of the body, and then works on the specific areas that she feels need energy most. Often clients experience quite strange sensations like hot or cold tingling, but this differs according to each condition. The work is obviously demanding, and Seka sees clients throughout the day, from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm, five days a week. “I treat anything from colds to cancer, from adults to babies. I work five days a week and take long lunchtimes to recharge myself in the middle of the day. I often have lunch and a walk on Hampstead Heath.” As careers go, it’s certainly rewarding, and very different from Seka’s original marketing role in Sarajevo. “Seeing people regain their health after years of illness is always a rewarding experience. And helping babies into the world through my fertility work is always exciting. Seeing people’s happiness when they get their life and energy back – those are the best bits.” But it must also have been challenging at times? “Yes. It

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can be very hard hearing the impact ill health has had on people’s lives when the medical profession can’t help. It was also very challenging in the early stages, when I was unclear and confused about my gift. I had no one to help me or explain what was happening to me. Sometimes I just wished I had dreamt it and it would all go away. The press in my country was quite invasive and people just seemed to want me to help them and their ailments, rather than offer me help through this whirlwind life change. I overcame the fear and initial panic by learning about my gift as much as possible.” Having a new career path forced on you must be a very strange experience, but for Seka, it has meant a whole new way of looking at the world. “I had never had any idea or ambition to heal until my first healing experience. But it really opened my eyes to the power of what we can all do to help ourselves. In my country, natural and herbal remedies are more widely accepted, so on some level maybe I was more open to it than I realised.”  Seka says that growing up in Sarajevo was a positive experience, which set her up with a good family basis for her move to England. “I had a normal life as a child, and my family are close. Moving to London was definitely an eye-opener though, especially as when I first arrived here I couldn’t speak any English!” Seka has lived in Hampstead since arriving in London, and has recently moved her practice to Hampstead as well. “It’s such a lovely area with a great energy and sense of community. I love going to Kenwood House or the local family-run Italian across the road from my office for lunch. And I take time out with a good nosy in the shops on the high street.” Location has also helped with her clientele – the open-minded ethos of North West London providing a solid client base to build her business from. That said, she hasn’t had to work hard to stay busy, despite the unique nature of what she does. “People seem to find me mostly through word of mouth. My celebrity clients are actors, musicians, sportspeople, models – so I guess these people seem more open to trying new things. And, if you regain someone’s health, they tend not to forget and tell everyone they know!” n

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Offering the best of outdoor life, yet only four miles from central London, Hampstead Heath is the gem of North West London and this is one jewel of which its residents are fiercely proud

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aking its name from the sprawling green space that starts with Parliament Hill and stretches all the way back to Kenwood House and beyond, Hampstead Heath is an institution and the pride of North West London. Rambling and hilly, spanning nearly 800 acres, the Heath is much less manicured than its Primrose Hill sister, or its royal cousin, Regent’s Park, and because of this, it retains a wild, woodland charm. With ponds, lidos, wooded areas, bridges, open green spaces, a stately home and

unparalleled views across London, the Heath is a vast, green playground for young and old, a captivating part of Hampstead’s history, and a wonderful place to live. The Heath is a Local Nature Reserve and considered an important refuge for wildlife, including muntjac deer, grass snakes, foxes, rabbits, slow worms, squirrels, terrapins and frogs. Common kingfishers, jackdaws, ring-necked parakeets, pipistrelles and Daubenton’s bats are commonly seen over the Heath’s numerous ponds. The surrounding roads and the central village part of South End

Green that make up Hampstead Heath comprise a high percentage of impressive terraced mansion blocks, now converted into large flats, many with views across the Heath. The central village in South End Green, which is stoically attempting to resist invasion from the onslaught of chain stores and eateries, offers a wealth of unique, independent shops and restaurants, giving it an undeniable village feel.

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in the south. It officially became part of the Heath in 1888, when it was bought for the people and added to the rest of the land. Its modern day incarnation sees it still as a fairly wild space, with a few large trees, and a playground and athletics track at the bottom of the hill. It is very popular with kite flyers, many of whom can be seen whiling away a windy Sunday afternoon atop the hill, clinging desperately to a soaring kite. Known as Traitors Hill for several centuries, the Hill received its current name in the 17th century because it was defended by troops loyal to the English Parliament during the English Civil War. Parliament Hill is renowned for having one of the best views in London. From the top of the 98 metre hill you can see the skyscrapers of Canary Wharf and the City of London, the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the BT Tower, the London Eye, St Pancras station and the Emirates Stadium, as well as numerous

other landmarks. The view is so striking, and so unusual in its capacity to show you the whole spectrum of London landmarks in one view that it is protected by law, preventing extensive building, especially tower blocks and high rises, in the local area. Local respect for the view and hill itself is high, with organisations such as the Heath and Hampstead Society (www.heathandhampsteadsociety.org. uk) battling since 1897 to protect the green spaces of the Heath. At New Year crowds gather at the top of the hill for an informal celebration and to watch the firework displays across London at midnight – the show from the London Eye is clearly visible – as well as lighting Chinese lanterns and setting off their own fireworks. Throughout the year Parliament Hill is popular with sport enthusiasts, who make use of the athletics track, tennis courts, playground and the Parliament Hill Lido. The Lido is an unheated pool, open 12 months of the year, though only for a limited time during winter

months; it is owned and operated by the Corporation of London, which also owns the whole of Hampstead Heath. The Lido was opened on 20 August 1938 and at the time served as an important part of the community, with a diving stage, cafe and areas for sunbathing and spectators. The building is now Grade II listed, and several changes have been made over the years, including removing all the diving boards for safety reasons, providing hot showers, cycle racks and a paddling pool.

Hampstead and Highgate Ponds Swimming areas are plentiful on Hampstead Heath, with over 25 ponds in total for swimming, boating, fishing and wildlife. In the summer, families can be found enjoying both the lido and the popular Highgate and Hampstead Ponds. Highgate Ponds, on the eastern side of the Heath, are a series of reservoirs, which were originally dug in the 17th

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and 18th centuries, and now include two single-sex swimming pools. Mixed pools can be found further south west, nearer Gospel Oak and South End Green; these are known as the Hampstead Ponds. Many of the ponds have been on the Heath since the 18th century and are considered an important part of its history. In 2004 the City of London Corporation tried to close the ponds on the grounds that they were an unsustainable expense and posed a health risk to swimmers. The swimmers challenged this and won in the High Court. To defray costs, the Corporation now charges £2 for swimming. n

Did you know...? • Legend states that Parliament Hill was the site where Guy Fawkes planned to watch the destruction of Parliament in the Gunpowder Plot on 5 November 1605. • According to local legend, Queen Boadicea was buried at Boudicca’s Mound, near the present bathing pond for men, after she and 10,000 Iceni warriors were defeated at Battle Bridge. • Until the 1940s, livestock was reared on Parliament Hill to be sold through Smithfields meat market. • Hampstead Heath was featured on the television programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of the London area, with a focus on Parliament Hill to the south. The episode was presented by Bill Oddie, who lives in nearby Gospel Oak, and watches birds there regularly. • Hampstead Heath has its own constabulary, comprising 12 constables, four with trained general purpose police dogs, which have been responsible for patrolling the Heath 24 hours a day since 1992.

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Love Leather Winter 2010 saw the opening of British luxury womenswear brand, DESA, in Hampstead, as well as their flagship store in St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden. Since the opening, the shops have gone from strength to strength, selling a brand that has combined traditional values of craftsmanship with quality and design for more than 35 years. From their leather heritage, the brand has evolved to include an extensive line of luxury ready-to-wear handbags, small leather goods and shoes for women. From their beginnings in 1972, they have employed skilled craftsmen and artisans to realise their vision of combining tradition, quality and premium

materials with a modern fashion edge, aiming it at the brand-savvy 30-45-year-old women. Now with 70 stores outside the UK and plans for more London stores underway for 2011, as well as plans in the pipeline to open in New York and Paris, it is simple to see why DESA’s collections are so popular. With a mix of innovative artist blends, and modern luxury from signature leather and suede, DESA combines finely detailed and sophisticated pieces in luxury fabrics that appeal to a wide range of women. A little peek in the friendly boutique is a must when shopping in Hampstead.

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The Sho’s Clementina ring is the must-have cocktail ring to accessorise any LBD. With striking Tigers Eye surrounded by Pink Sapphires on a Sterling Vermeli shank, this stunning piece is from contemporary jewellery store, Kabiri. Based in Marylebone High Street, Kabiri’s founder and local girl, Nathalie Kabiri, has made it her mission to scour the globe to bring forth an ever-growing treasure-chest of wearable jewellery that represents a world of beauty and well-deserved indulgence. With pieces ranging from £25 to £60,000, this designer store is a favourite with fashion editors and stylists. £465 www.kabiri.co.uk

Offering an amazing selection of everyday, special occasion and downright eccentric hosiery, this is the definitive tights site. Born from the founder’s dislike of buying tights – “it was either budget packs from the supermarket, which lasted no time and felt horrible, or the horrors of a department store where everything looked the same and instructions might just as well have been written in Chinese,” – MyTights.com offers good quality, good value tights. With exquisite designs from the Scottish twosome Bebaroque, and crazy prints from Celeste Stein, MyTights.com stocks everything you could possibly want to wear on your legs.

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TREND: Designer Charity Shopping This month sees luxury lingerie and swimwear retailers Rigby & Peller teaming up with retail expert Mary Portas to launch its first-ever direct charitable outlet through her groundbreaking Living & Giving Shops, which support Save the Children. Donating designer and haute couture samples, along with end-of-season lingerie, the range will be unveiled at a special Rigby & Peller evening at the London Living & Giving Stores in Primrose Hill on Thursday February 10 from 6–8.30pm. The Rigby & Peller evening will include champagne and canapés, while trained fitters and stylists will also be on hand to advise customers throughout the evening. Living & Giving Stores in Primrose Hill

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White collar and cuff stripe shirt, £89, black braces, £49, black silk bowtie, £49, black and grey enamel and silver cufflinks, £59, all Thomas Pink. Glasses, £274, Montblanc, 01635 277299 and Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph Automatic, £5,900, Montblanc, 13a Old Bond Street, 020 7629 5883, www.montblanc.com


Grey double-cuff shirt, £89, black and white stripe tie, £30, black and grey enamel and silver cufflinks, £59 all Thomas Pink, as before. Grey pinstripe trousers, part of a suit, Ralph Lauren, 020 7535 4600


Grey wool/mohair suit, £695, white double cuff shirt, £85, black and white silk tie, £65 white silk pocket square, £45 all Chester Barrie, 020 7439 6079. Diagono chrono watch 42mm steel-750 18ct white gold case steel bracelet anthracite dial automatic chrono movement super-luminova, £7,050, white gold cufflinks, £1,070 and Aqua BV sunglasses, £190, all Bulgari, 168 New Bond Street, 020 7872 9969

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UK-based stone specialist, Lapicida, opened their new stone studio in Marylebone at the end of last year. The 1,000 square foot showroom is likely to be a hit with existing clients already familiar with the brand’s 25-year track record and history of design innovation. Showcasing over 300 stone products, the studio has been designed to appeal to architects, specifiers, interior designers and design-conscious consumers alike. “The range of products on display in London will illustrate the very best of Lapicida,” says owner Jason Cherrington. The studio’s highlight is surely its stunning range of reclaimed antique stones, which include French bar de Montpellier, French blond bar, Jerusalem limestone, Italian marble and rare old English stone. 34 Lisson Grove, NW3 6UB www.lapicida.com

RETAIL SPACE REDEFINED In designing the interior of Mulberry’s new New Bond Street store, London-based Universal Design Studio has created a retail environment like no other. A vast concrete ‘warehousestyle’ floor provides the canvas for a selection of bespoke features including sculptured oak display stands, distinctive handmade irregular tiles, and an 8.7m-long polished brass cash

RETRO RESURRECTION For the ultimate in retro, pay a visit to Planet Bazaar. Now located in an extensive Victorian railway arch in the gallery area of The Stables Market, Camden, this Andy Warhol-inspired “pop shop” exhibits an exciting mix of vintage furniture, alternative artwork, posters, lighting, rugs, and lifestyle accessories. With an extensive range of 20th century design classics, including second-hand pop art and 50s and 60s-styled homeware, Planet Bazaar is brimming with alternative ideas to contemporary interior design. To find out about the exhibitions and events Planet Bazaar has planned for the coming year, visit their website.

desk. The backbone of the store is an undulating traditionally crafted dry-stone wall, which helps retain heat in the winter and cool air in the summer. Universal Design Studio designed the store with the aim of achieving a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ – something considered highly unusual in retail construction. Mulberry Flagship London, 50 New Bond Street

PLANTS TO GROW UP IN 2011 Plants will grow up this year, say horticulturists. With the popularity of gardening increasing and the availability of space on the slide, urban gardeners are set to find solutions in ‘vertical gardens.’ Climbing plants, such as clematis, honeysuckle and wisteria, are quick growing and cling to walls and buildings to provide privacy, screen eyesores, and draw the eye upward to create the illusion of space. As well as insulating buildings and providing habitat for wildlife, vertical gardens can be used to provide a pleasing contrast to a concrete-heavy environment.

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Start your day peacefully, by waking in a haven of tranquillity. Avoid fragmented, discontinuous spaces by sticking to cool, light colours and blending tone-on-tone hues. Complement detailed, châteaux-inspired furniture with intricate accessories to create the perfect boudoir

Embroidered linens bedroom, from £1,583, from Moghul Curtains and Cushions, 0845 508 2834 www.moghul.com

Valbonne carved armoire, £865, Lovers Lounge, www.loverslounge.co.uk

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, £12.99 Penguin Classics, www.anthropologie.eu

Chateau Carved Chest of Drawers, £425, Lucy Willow, 0845 803 0988, www.lucywillow.co.uk

The Sonnets and A Lover’s Complaint, £12.99, Penguin Classics, www.anthropologie.eu


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Moghul Signature Range, cushions from £32, 0845 508 2834, www.moghul.com

Provence Dressing Table, £316, The White Company, 0845 6788150, www.thewhitecompany.com

Focus Linen Pink fabric, Greg Kinsella 020 7352 7989, www.gregkinsella.com

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rought up in Southern Africa, where she later worked with traditional and fashion textiles, Georgia Horton initially trained in Italy as a fine artist. There she studied the intricacies and disciplines of museum catalogue drawing, architectural restoration, fresco and trompe l’oeil, all of which have influenced her subsequent works. In 2009, Georgia turned her attention from murals to wallpapers, and reflecting her background as an artist, her approach is illustrative and unique. Worlds apart from mass-produced rolls, her specialist wallpapers are printed in short runs. This allows the option of customised colourways, opening the door for customers to use the designs in a variety of ways.

Adopting this very traditional and highly skilled method of producing wallpaper pays dividends; the quality and detail of her designs is top notch. Themes of light and texture, symmetry and spatial illusion unite in The One Collection. Designed on a large scale, the patterns all originate from nature, from the twig nests that sparked “Mikada” to the whispering glade of “Pavilion Palm” and the witty formality of “Lobster Quadrille.” There are nine patterns available in a range of colourways, from sympathetic neutrals to highly dramatic dark shades and metallics. Alternatively, all the designs can be custom coloured to order. n www.georgiahorton.com

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Professional make-up artist and owner of Primrose Hill’s Lost in Beauty, Georgie Hamed, knows better than anyone that looking after your skin is important. Make-up artist to an array of Hollywood starlets, Georgie is adamant that the key to applying make-up is to have a healthy base to work with. So, this month Lost in Beauty joins forces with cult French skin care brand, Caudalie, to introduce the Premier Cru Facial. Packed full of patented antioxidants derived from grapes, the Caudalie range is loaded with powerful natural ingredients that will leave your skin looking radiant, purified, firm and full of vitality. With claims that the facial is as good as a facelift, visit the salon on 22 February and experience the relaxing facial for yourself – there is no better way to sweep away the winter cobwebs. www.lostinbeauty.com 1 hour facial = £25* (Includes a free gift) *Redeemable against any Caudalie products bought on the day

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Want an instant, pain-free Hollywood smile? Then the latest procedure in teeth whitening will help you achieve the perfect smile. The Thermal Diffuser is a new whitening system that The London Centre for Cosmetic Dentistry has

introduced. Dr Mervyn Druian (co-founder of the practice) found that the Thermal Diffuser was the most effective whitening treatment to hit the UK, and it’s fast, taking only 30 minutes. With just three ten minute cycles, a patient’s teeth can be swiftly and safely whitened, giving results that are not only dramatic, but long lasting. The treatment has three revolutionary new concepts that make the process fast, effective and pain-free. The first is the Thermal Diffuser whitening gel, which contains a purer form of hydrogen peroxide that means a faster and more efficient reaction, as well as containing a patent-pending organic activator that reacts with the hydrogen peroxide, triggering the release of the active ingredients at more than ten times the normal rate. The Thermal Diffuser also uses the most technologically advanced, tooth-whitening light on the market, which, with its gentle warmth, is proving to be the most effective and comfortable for the patient, vastly reducing the sensitivity – definitely something to smile about. 020 7722 1235 www.londoncosmeticdentistry.co.uk

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Through the keyhole Professor Ernest Schilders talks to us about the developments in hip surgery, and how technical advances mean better results than ever before

Keyhole surgery to the hip is rapidly changing the treatment of hip pain in young adults. Technical advances, alongside a better understanding of hip problems in young adults, have enabled surgeons to treat patients with keyhole (arthroscopic) surgery. Previously, options were limited to physiotherapy and open surgery. Often the patient was told they would have to live a more sedentary life. However, as this case study shows, hip arthroscopy can help athletes to return to their sporting activities, whatever the level they are performing at. Chrissie Havis is an advanced dressage rider, trainer and judge in her early 30s. She started riding aged 2½ and represented Great Britain as a junior (under 18) and young rider (under 25). Dressage is an Olympic equestrian discipline. Because of the size of some dressage horses, width of the dressage saddle and nature of the discipline (horse’s movements are absorbed continually through the rider’s body, unlike other equestrian sports), the hips are placed under particular stress. Moreover, the rider’s hips are continuously in an extended and abducted position and training is usually for several hours per day.  Throughout 2007, Ms Havis started to experience increasing pain in her hip, which did not respond to physiotherapy. She was seen by a surgeon and keyhole surgery was performed, during which the hip was debrided (cleaned out). Her symptoms subsided, but then recurred within a few weeks of returning to riding. She saw multiple surgeons who had different opinions. One surgeon even

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recommended open surgery with cutting and resetting of the thigh bone. Chrissie was subsequently referred to Professor Ernest Schilders, who specialises in complex keyhole surgery of the hip, and was diagnosed as having a combination of bony and soft-tissue problems in the hip (femoroacetabular impingement, plus labral tear). She had surgery to treat the bony abnormalities, and had a soft-tissue reconstruction followed by a course of intensive postoperative rehabilitation. Chrissie made a full recovery and returned to International Dressage; she recently obtained a Bronze at a Senior Home International in October 2010. Femoroacetabular impingement or hip impingement is a newly recognised condition, where the hip rubs or impinges due to bony abnormalities on either side of the hip joint. This is often associated with damage to the cartilage soft-tissue in and around the hip. The impingement process and the secondary damage can be seen and treated with reconstructive keyhole surgery. Professor Ernest Schilders is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at The London Hip Arthroscopy Centre at The Wellington Hospital. To arrange an appointment with Professor Schilders or The London Hip Arthroscopy Centre at The Wellington Hospital, please contact The Enquiry Helpline on 0207 483 5148 or visit www.thewellingtonhospital.com

Professor Ernest Schilders and The London Hip Arthroscopy centre The Wellington Hospital is delighted to announce the arrival of Professor Ernest Schilders, who specialises in hip arthroscopy and groin injuries. Professor Schilders is recognised as one of the leading hip arthroscopists in the country and is currently conducting several large studies in FAI with longterm research focusing on adductor problems in athletes. Professor Schilders trained as an orthopaedic surgeon in Belgium and the United States. He started his professional career at the University Hospital in Antwerp and has been appointed as a consultant in Bradford Teaching Hospitals since 1999, and more recently in 2008 was appointed as visiting Professor in Sports Medicine at Leeds Metropolitan University. He has lectured internationally about these topics and has published in peer-reviewed journals.


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o the weather forecast got it right for once. Expect snow, it said, and that’s just what we got – by the lorry load. Just before Christmas, London turned white and the roads were treacherous. In the old PC days, the last car you wanted in conditions like those was a Porsche. Actually, that’s not quite true. Give me a frozen lake somewhere up near the Arctic Circle and the keys to a tailhappy 911, and I’m in heaven. That’s where the Porsche winter driving experience takes place, and powering a Porsche sideways out of a bend with nothing to hit except a (comparatively) soft snow bank is pure driving pleasure. But icy roads in the city, with errant cars and taxis slipping and sliding around, not to mention bollards and other street furniture to get in the way, is another story. Or it was. The ‘PC’ mentioned earlier stands for pre-Cayenne. On days like these, a Porsche Cayenne is absolutely the right car for these conditions and, as the snow settled, that’s just what was sitting outside the house. Serendipity or what?

When it was launched back in 2003, many Porsche aficionados dismissed this 4x4 SUV as a jumped-up Volkswagen, conveniently forgetting that the very first Porsche was a go-faster VW Beetle. Why, there was even a diesel version – heresy for a sports car brand. It is true that without the VW Touareg, the Cayenne wouldn’t exist. But if Porsche listened to the purists the company wouldn’t exist today. The fact is that the Cayenne is one of the most successful Porsches of all time. It looks sufficiently different from the VW and, thanks to some clever engineering, it appeals to a different audience. In keeping with the Porsche badge, it’s more overtly sporting and luxurious than the more workaday VW. And Porsche has even managed to make a large 4x4 acceptable in the city (just). The car outside covered in snow was a petrol electric hybrid. In normal use, all four wheels are powered by a potent, supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine punching out 333 hp. But tucked away under the body is a parallel electric motor, adding a further 47 hp to the mix, bringing the total up to 380 hp.


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That provides the sort of power and performance you might expect from a gas guzzling V8, but with better fuel economy and lower emissions: Porsche claims 34.5mpg on the combined cycle and 193 g/km of CO2. In everyday use, expect nearer 28 mpg: still not bad for a car with this performance. Like most performance hybrids, the Cayenne’s electric motor is primarily there to boost top-end performance, but it is possible to run the car in electric mode alone. In fact, it becomes something of a game to see how far you can make it go in electric mode, and it certainly livens up traffic jams. There’s a series of complex displays on the dashboard that let you know when the battery is being regenerated by the petrol engine, when it is boosting overall power and when it’s operating alone. Porsche reckons it can cover ‘short’ distances at speeds of up to 37 mph as an EV. I never got it going that fast in electric mode, but if by short distances they mean a few hundred yards, that I did achieve. The only downside of city use, is the slightly jerky transition between electric and petrol power. You learn to overcome it to a degree, but it’s never quite eliminated. More significant is what Porsche calls ‘sailing’ mode. You’re powering along a motorway and once your desired cruising speed is reached, you ease off the throttle. At this point the petrol engine is switched off, and the resulting reduction in mechanical drag helps cut fuel consumption. OK, it’s a long way from a zero emission saver of the environment, but it’s a start. In other respects, the S Hybrid is a typical Cayenne. It’s recently been given a new look, with the front end much closer to the appearance of the current 911. It’s longer than before, though doesn’t look it, and has lost a bit of weight on the way, though the Hybrid pack soon puts it back on. The interior manages to combine a sporting attitude with a luxurious feel, though – as ever with a German car – to get the base model up to spec involves a severe bashing of the bank account.

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The S Hybrid spec gets you a leather interior, an eightspeed auto ‘box, parking sensors, powered front seats, 18-inch alloys and a standard tracking system, should the car get nicked. But if you want decent bi-xenon lights, satnav, an upgraded interior or need to plug your iPod in, it’s all extra. Even Bluetooth connectivity for the phone is an extra: the test car had around £13,000 worth of options but still lacked heated seats, which would have been a boon in the snowy weather. Ah, the snowy weather: that’s where the Cayenne came into its own. Despite the icy roads and despite the large (optional 21-inch wheels) performance tyres, the Cayenne had ample grip. And when the snow went, it performed like a thoroughbred should, handling like a sports car, albeit a tall one. So, should you buy the Hybrid over the diesel, and is it better than the equivalent VW? The diesel is a little cheaper but perhaps a little less refined on the go. The Hybrid, however, is an intriguing machine and the petrol engine is one of the best. It makes a glorious noise when pressed and delivers its power in one creamy smooth punch. You pays your money and takes your choice. The answer to the second part of the question is simple, though – it’s different: both are great cars, but a Porsche is a Porsche. And that’s enough for most. n

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Depth charge How big should a 3D television be? Having tried out all kinds of screens ourselves, we know one thing: ideally it should be bigger than Sony’s 40LX903. Forty inches in size makes it easy to house at home, and maybe you’ve got a house where anything bigger just won’t work, but for a true 3D centrepiece, the bigger the screen the better because 3D is all about immersion. And that’s tricky if there’s a plant pot next to your 40-inch TV, or the cat walks behind it. Next question: do I need a 3D TV? The answer is no, not yet. Unless you’re a huge fan of Open Season, Monster House or Ice Age 3! 3D TV doesn’t have much for you … yet. And that’s the key. If you’re buying a new TV, you probably plan to keep it for at least three years, possibly five. Seven years is average and the planet’s e-waste dumps are glad of that. And by 2013–14, we have no doubt that there will be a lot of 3D content out there – and we’re talking live TV and live action movies, as well as 3D games. The 40LX903 makes for a good investment in the future. Part of Sony’s ‘Signature’ range, there’s not much this Edge LED-backlit screen can’t do. Away from its 3D capabilities, it can stream BBC iPlayer, Demand Five and YouTube (though sadly not wirelessly, unless you buy a USB dongle), and has a built-in Freeview HD tuner (for BBC One HD, ITV 1 HD, BBC HD and 4HD). 3D without glasses is still a decade or so away,

so for now, we have the active-shutter 3D system, which is partially hamstrung by rather heavy, uncomfortable (and circa £100) glasses that sync with a sensor on the TV. Two pairs are included with the 40LX903, which is relatively generous. Strap a 3D Blu-ray player (in this case we used Sony’s 3D-ready BDP-S470) to the 40LX903 and insert a 3D Blu-ray disc for bright and breezy 3D pictures, though we noticed a lot of flicker and intense, headache-inducing blur around moving objects. It may have a 200Hz mode to speed-up the LCD panel, but it’s not quick enough – and certainly not as impressive as Panasonic’s VT20 plasmas. Our main problem, though, is that the glasses restrict how you look at the screen; bolt upright is the only way. Further up the ‘Signature’ range is the delectable 60LX903 which, at 60-inches in diameter, hosts a much more convincing 3D experience – as its £4,499 price tag suggests.

Sony Bravia KDL-40LX903 3D LED TV, £1,999 Sony BDP-S470 3D Blu-ray player, £229 www.sony.co.uk

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KEF T Series 5.1 super-flat speaker system for wall-mounting, £1,200 www.kef.com

Optoma ThemeScene HD67 HD Ready home cinema projector, £599 www.optoma.co.uk

Philips Cinema 21:9 Platinum Edition 58PFL9955 58-inch LED TV, £3,999 www.philips.co.uk

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SNOW GO Whether you’re a gnarly freestyler or a skiing novice, the indoor SNO!zone at Milton Keynes offers something for everyone. Beginners can enjoy dedicated coaching sessions on a slope devoted solely to them, as more seasoned skiers hone their skills on the centre’s 170m long main slope. Original and varied park layouts provide for the truly advanced skier, while thrill seekers make the most of the SNO!academy’s slide box, down rails, and 30ft flat rail. www.snozoneuk.com/v/milton-keynes 0871 222 5670

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It was such slow, painful torture that you wondered whether this is what it must be like to be squeezed to death by a boa constrictor.

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SPORTSMAN STYLE

Every good watch brand needs a solid GMT in their collection. The designers at GRAHAM London must have been thinking the same thing as they announce the launch of the Silverstone Time Zone – automatic movement, hours, minutes, central second, date and GMT function, all in a 42mm case.

Tanner Krolle is one of Britain’s most luxurious leather goods companies. Having supplied bags to Princess Margaret and both Princes William and Harry, this year sees the relaunch of the company’s classic 1950s Sportsman Bag. Illustrating the brand’s desire to return to its iconic design roots, the bag is one of just ten models to be released as part of Tanner Krolle’s SS2011 collection. The bag is offered in vegetable tanned, English bridle leather and soft, supple deer hide. Linings, pocket configurations, handles and hardware can be individually chosen, giving each customer the chance to create a unique piece.

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INDOOR INTERNATIONAL The O2 plays host to the Gaucho International Polo event for the first time this February. With an anticipated attendance of more than 12,500 people, guests can expect a festival atmosphere as four world-class teams take to the stage. England challenge Argentina, and Scotland take on South Africa before the ultimate Varsity game is played out between Oxford and Cambridge. Played on a reduced-size pitch with three people per side rather than the usual four, Arena

Polo is an up-and-coming sport popular for its excitement and intimacy. Corporate hospitality at the indoor O2 event will be provided by Gaucho, while between games guests can enjoy a host of entertainment, including a celebrity polo match. The unique event will showcase the best polo has to offer, with spectators not even having to worry about the weather. 24 February 2011 www.theo2polo.com

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Only One Trophy With the 2011 Rugby World Cup fast approaching, Lee Brooks previews this month’s Six Nations tournament, which represents coach’s Martin Johnson’s final chance to tinker with his England squad

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hile our boys suffered abject failure on the football pitch out in South Africa last year, there’s been more positive news between the posts for England’s rugby team in the last 18 months. While Martin Johnson’s men aren’t quite dominating the world like they did when he was a player nearly ten years ago, progress is being made. That’s just as well, because 2011 is World Cup year, and having reached the final of the last two four-yearly tournaments (Fabio Capello take note), winning in 2003, England have a real chance of replicating that form this September in New Zealand. But before that all kicks off, there’s the small matter of the Six Nations, one of the oldest and most prestigious tournaments in the world, which this year takes on extra significance, as it provides the final chance for northern hemisphere sides to tinker with their sides before the World Cup. Back in 1871, England and Scotland played the first rugby union international and after a series of friendlies against Ireland and Wales, the Home Internationals competition was set up, comprising the four teams. The annual tournament then evolved into the Five Nations when France joined the fray in 1910, before arriving in its current guise in 2000 with the addition of Italy. The format is simple. Each team plays each other once, with two points for a win, one for a draw and nothing for a loss. Should any team remain unbeaten, they win the grand slam and bragging rights, as well as the title. The six-week tournament kicks off on 4 February with the final round of games taking place on 19 March, giving the European nations six months to prepare without any competition rugby. That’s in contrast to those in the southern hemisphere who have their equivalent – the Tri-Nations – one month before, which is sure to give them an advantage. Ordinarily, the defending Six Nations champions would enter the following tournament with a good chance of retaining it, but this time around, France is struggling for form. Though they dominated last year’s tournament, the opposition was below par and the final match against England was a particularly weak affair. Thereafter, Les Bleus went on to concede 16 tries in their next five Tests with heavy losses to South Africa, Australia and even Argentina, and looked like a side in all sorts of bother.

Instead, the England team enters the tournament as favourite. That’s quite a turnaround from 12 months ago when the boys in white stuttered to a fortunate second place in the group. England last won the Six Nations back in 2003, (incidentally the same year they last won the World Cup) so manager Martin Johnson will be keen to follow through on their favourite tag in the hope that history will repeat itself come the World Cup in September. The squad finally looks settled with youngsters in the form of Chris Ashton and Ben Youngs making a huge impact in the last six months. Similarly, their brand of attacking rugby, which so beautifully dismantled the Australians in their own backyard last summer, seems to be paying dividends. Ireland appears to be the Chelsea of international rugby. Two years ago, they had the world at their feet and a grand slam Six Nations title to boot. Fast forward to today, and Declan Kidney finds himself with an aging team the wrong side of 30. After a disappointing performance in last year’s competition, it’s difficult to see them making much of an impact this year. Joining the Irish in a worrying drop in form is Wales. The little nation won the grand slam in 2005 and then three years later in 2008, but has since gone on a horrific run of form, which has seen them rack up a winning record only marginally better than minnows Italy. Warren Gatland has a big job to do if he is to reinstall some belief in the side. They’ve got a tough opener against England in the tournament’s first match, but expect the dedicated Welsh fans to turn out in force at the Millennium Stadium to throw their weight behind the boys in red. The dark horse of this year’s competition is Scotland. The team in dark blue has made steady progress in the last year, losing just one of their last seven Tests. Andy Robinson’s men shocked world champions South Africa during the autumn internationals and, thanks to their strong scrum and a growing confidence, Scotland could end 20 years of hurt since their last triumph. Lastly, there’s Italy, a side who have competed in the tournament for ten years but failed to establish themselves as a contender, and usually battle Scotland for the wooden spoon. With the Scots looking like they’re going places, the Azzurri could find themselves at the bottom once more. n


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T The Dalmore pays tribute to the past with limited edition, Castle Leod

he Dalmore story begins in 1263 when an ancestor of Clan Mackenzie saved King Alexander III from being gored by a stag whilst out hunting. As a gesture of gratitude, the King granted him the right to bear a stag’s head in his coat of arms. This year, to honour the brand’s Scottish roots, The Dalmore is launching an exciting new limited edition single malt whisky, The Dalmore Castle Leod. By maturing the malt initially in American white oak and Spanish sherry wood, before

transferring it for a final 18 months to barriques in a legendary first cru classe Bordeaux chateau, The Dalmore have created a whisky of inimitable refinement. Richard Paterson, master distiller, describes the Castle Leod malt as “the joyful effervescence of fleshy plums, raisins and citrus fruits, followed by the silky tones of kiwi fruit, honey, caramelised pear and sweet mango”. Proceeds from the sale of this limited edition will go towards the much-needed restoration of Castle Leod, maintaining the legacy of one of the world’s most loved whiskies. n

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LET THE HOURS MELT AWAY

Beat the winter blues with a trip to Zamani Retreat Kempinski, Africa’s first holistic health retreat located on the celebrated northeast coast of Zanzibar. Reopened last month, the retreat is set to become a serious player on the global wellness scene. Offering a holistic experience that promotes physical, mental and spiritual health, the retreat’s ultimate aim is to instil an intrinsic personal happiness within its guests. After an initial health consultation intended to address the specific needs of the individual, three ‘houses’ will offer a wide variety of traditional and contemporary treatments from some of the world’s great healing customs. Zamani Retreat’s policy of experiencing a ‘clean break’ ensures a serene environment and the perfect place to attune body, mind and spirit.

Dar Jaguar in Marrakech was originally built as a fortress; the ancient walls are over a metre thick. Situated in the heart of the old medina in Marrakech, the riad is now a breathtakingly beautiful private guesthouse that blends exquisite traditional Moorish and Oriental architecture with elegant European romanticism. Dar Jaguar is built around a central courtyard which features an antique marble fountain next to

which palm trees intertwine with bougainvillea. Each room has an individual style with heirlooms sourced from all corners of the globe. Furnishings fashioned by local Moroccan craftsmen can even be commissioned to take home. Offering four spacious en suites and one Royal Suite, as well as three different salons, the retreat also has a sundrenched roof terrace and a courtyard whose greenery attracts songbirds until dusk.

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Website of the month: Inspired by the journeys of the 14th century Arabian explorer, Ibn Battuta, Dubai’s new 396-room Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel is a property of iconic stature both inside and out. Designed to appeal to business travellers, holidaymakers and inquisitive tourists alike, the hotel has a lobby spanning 30 metres in height and 90 metres in length. Each of the rooms are furnished in the colours and styles of Moroccan influence, while all of the suites are themed on the African, Asian, Middle Eastern and southern European countries visited by Ibn Battuta. The hotel offers an extensive range of both fine and informal dining, in no less than eight different venues. “In a dance between the

interiors and restaurants,” says Jan Kaiser, the hotel’s general manager. “The Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel offers a true journey in taste and design.”

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A great British

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Some of the nation’s favourite romantic comedies have featured hotels and locations across the UK. Emma Mills visits some of the best places to enjoy some silver screen romance this Valentines Stoke Park Bridget Jones’ Diary This stunning hotel in Buckinghamshire hit the nation’s hearts when dastardly Daniel Cleaver took Bridget Jones on a mini-break one infamous weekend. The elegant Pennsylvania Suite’s four-poster bed was immortalised in the minds of romantics everywhere, as Bridget snoozed among Egyptian cotton sheets, while the hotel’s impressive grounds made a beautiful backdrop to a spot of some rather comedic messing about in a boat. In fact, as you walk around the beautiful hotel, memories of the film are everywhere, from the sweeping marble staircase that leads up to the bedrooms, to the rolling golf courses and plush suites. And there’s lots more to offer too, not least through the special Valentines package the hotel is running throughout February, which includes a night’s accommodation, as well as bath oils from the spa, a bottle of champagne and a luxury dinner in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.

We arrived on a bitterly cold day, just as the snow was starting to fall. The warmth of the opulent Pennsylvania Suite welcomed us in from the elements with a roaring open fire, a bottle of champagne and a plush sofa to collapse into. The adjacent marble bathroom was a revelation, with the kind of deep bath you can disappear into, a powerful shower, dressing table and ample space. We energised ourselves with a sandwich and cool glass of white wine in The Orangery, and then headed out for a snowy walk across the beautiful grounds, taking in the sweeping greens of the golf course and the frosty trees, before heading to the hotel’s renowned spa. SPC at Stoke Park – as the spa is known – is one of the best things about the hotel. With the kind of high-end urban chic you’d expect from a London spa, this awardwinning place includes a hair salon, beauty rooms, pool, saunas, tennis courts, gym and a beauty shop that sells the SPC product range, as well as other beauty essentials and luxury items. Located in the newly built Pavilion building, which also houses some of the hotel’s more modern bedrooms and suites, the spa really is an oasis. Relaxing


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in the deep, warm pool, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, watching the fading light and falling snow was a special moment. We then enjoyed the most divine massage in their luxurious treatment rooms – warm, deeply relaxing and soothing. A perfect way to wind down over the weekend. Then it was back to our suite, still warm and cosy. We cracked open the champagne, remarked on the generous balcony attached to our room – an added summertime bonus – and relaxed in front of the fire. Dinner was a romantic, intimate affair in the fine dining restaurant – a three-course menu with the little extras that you would expect from this level of dining, and an impressive wine list. The next morning, I languished in the divine bath with some soothing bath oils, courtesy of the SPC spa. We then ordered our breakfast, a lavish display of pastries, bagels, tea, coffee, smoked salmon, juice, eggs and other hot dishes – all served from the comfort of our own suite. The hotel has become famous not just for Bridget Jones, but also as a key location in the Guy Ritchie film, Layer Cake, as well as the scene of a crucial game of golf in Goldfinger, and later in Tomorrow Never Dies. It has also featured in romantic comedies Wimbledon, Bride and Prejudice and the 1945 classic, Dead of the Night. Stoke Park is a hotel of the old order, classic and plush; it retains its heritage with a mix of country charm and luxury chic – and makes a perfect option for some ‘reel’ romance this Valentine’s Day. The Valentines 2011 Package at Stoke Park costs from £232 per person, includes one night’s accommodation, special three-course Valentine dinner in the Dining Room, full English breakfast, one gift box of bath oils per couple, a bottle of chilled Champagne and complimentary use of the spa. It is valid for 11, 12, 13 and 14 of February 2011 www.stokeparkclub.com

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Best of the rest... The Victoria at Holkam Shakespeare in Love

At the end of Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Palthrow walks along an endless sandy beach, her hair floating in the wind. Those infamous golden sands make up the stunning Holkam Bay, part of the Holkam Hall estate, and the place where you’ll find the wonderful Victoria Hotel. Each room in this country hotel has been individually designed, taking inspiration from old colonial houses. Classic Moroccan and Indian textiles and furniture have been sourced from abroad, while a blend of antique and contemporary pieces is complemented by the modern comforts of Freeview televisions, big beds, sumptuous duvets and indulgent bathrooms, some with double-ended and roll-top baths. We stayed in The Wash, a large room with a gorgeous black slate bathroom, a huge bed and beautiful views across the Marshes. Dining at The Victoria is also an experience. The simple kitchen focuses on classic British food, sourced from local produce, cooked to a very high standard. Delicious shellfish and samphire from the north Norfolk coast, beef, lamb and

pork from the farms on the Holkham Estate, wild game shot on the estate, and venison from the Holkam herd of Fallow deer really adds to the local feel. The food was delicious, cooked well and served with a smile. Located just a few minutes from Holkam Beach, this hotel is the perfect place to get away for a reviving, and romantic, weekend. Take a walk along the golden sand dunes, before returning to the cosy bar at the hotel to enjoy a quiet pint of ale in front of the fire. Then retire to your bedroom to relax in the bath, looking out at the gorgeous view. The Victoria isn’t the height of luxury, but the hotel has a wholesome, simple honesty, and a warmth that is both endearing and romantic. It makes a great, alternative Valentines escape. The Victoria at Holkham, Park Road Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1RG 01328 711008 www.holkam.co.uk/victoria

The Crown Inn Four Weddings & a Funeral The central relationship in Four Weddings and a Funeral, between Charles and Carrie, is neatly progressed by each one of the four weddings. The night of their first romantic tryst was at the fictitious Lucky Boatman, which was in actual fact The Crown Inn, Amersham, which still houses the same four-poster bed used in the film. A unique hotel in the heart of this old market town, it exudes country charm, while maintaining a high-end luxury feel. Designed by Ilse Crawford, who was also responsible for Soho House New York, Cecconis, Grand Hotel Stockholm and more, the hotel has worked hard to reinvent the idea of the English inn. Rooms and public spaces are modern and fresh, with a heavy emphasis on style. Stay in the main inn in one of the Ilse Crawford rooms, which feature enormous beds, thick duvets, bold furniture, flashes of colour from bright red Roberts radios, as well as large, chic bathrooms with rainforest showers.

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If you fancy treating your loved one to a bit of pampering, the hotel has partnered with The Lemon Rooms – a lovely beauty salon, offering a range of traditional and alternative beauty treatments. Food at the hotel is seasonal and local, and every meal is catered for here, from breakfast to dinner, including elevenses, afternoon tea and snacks. We loved coming in from a walk to a pot of fresh coffee and home-baked biscuits. Amersham is a gorgeous old town, and while staying there, why not also take a walk down the road to the Kings Arms, which formed the exterior of the hotel in the film. n The Crown Inn, 16 High Street, Amersham, Bucks , HP7 0DH 01494 721 541 www.thecrownamersham.com


A TRIP FOR TWO TO SOL RALLY BARBADOS 2011 and 12 DAYS OF SUN-SOAKED MOTOR SPORT ACTION

Thanks to the Barbados Rally Club, you can join the Caribbean’s top rally drivers for a mix of sun, sea and special stages as they fight to retain bragging rights against an international invasion The package includes: • return economy flights on Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick • accommodation for 12 nights (26 May to 6 June 2011) • rental car for your stay • official Sol Rally Barbados souvenir magazines

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• official Sol Rally Barbados polo shirts • invitations to the Sol Rally Barbados Welcome Party • tickets to the VIP Pavilion on Day One of Sol Rally Barbados For more information, visit www.rallybarbados.bb

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L ve... There are a million ways to say ‘I love you.’ We look at some inspired alternatives to chocolates and flowers

For the gentleman...

For the stylishly sporty...

Make your Valentine a happy man this year with the Victorinox range of red-hot must-haves. With a selection of high-quality luggage for the jet-setter, rugged apparel for the outdoorsmen, luxury timepieces for the style conscious, and the classic Swiss Army knife for gadget-lovers, Victorinox has something for every Valentine.

IJP Design is the clothing line created and designed by top golfer, Ian Poulter. Famed as much for his stylish apparel as for his skill on the course, Ian has created a clothing line that fuses fashion with functionality in pieces that can be worn both on and off the golf course. Accessories start from £19.95.

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For the lovely lady... OAK launches its Richmond Park collection just in time for Valentine’s Day. ‘Fallen for you’ is a handsculpted 18ct yellow gold bangle designed to curl delicately around your loved one’s wrist. ‘I’ll always remember’ are 18ct yellow and rose gold rings that look stunning when worn alone, and are amazingly eye-catching when sported together. www.oakfinejewellery.com


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Kiss it better... For the fourth year running, Clinique partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital to raise money for the Kiss It Better appeal. This year, Clinique has created a special Limited Edition Smoothie Kisses Lip Gloss Set. The set of four Vitamin C Lip Smoothie glosses is housed in a brightly coloured pink bag and will be sold exclusively in House of Fraser stores. www.gosh.org/kissitbetter www.houseoffraser.co.uk. www.clinique.co.uk

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Lovers leap to St Helena’s heart shaped waterfall... Woo a loved one at the world’s most romantic natural wonder, the Heart Shaped Waterfall on the secluded St Helena Island. As has been the case for the past 500 years, a sea journey is the only way to reach the island, and visitors couldn’t ask for a more remarkable Valentine’s rendezvous than at the foot of the 100m waterfall. Perhaps here is the place to pop the question... www.sthelenatourism.com

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Love is in the air...

Spoil the one you love by giving them the experience of a lifetime. Mantis has more than 43 stunning eco lodges, wilderness experiences and boutique hotels strung out across the world. Each resort is selected for its unique location, wildlife, culture and beauty. Indulge in the Mantis experience by splurging on a stunning safari or Latin America adventure.

Inspired creators of luxury gifts and accessories, D.L. & Co., give us the Black Dahlia Candle – a dramatic combination of black pepper, jasmine absolute, amber and Mysore sandalwood. Mixed to create an intoxicating blend of sweetness and spice, the candle comes encased in a scallop-shaped glass holder and is available in 10oz (£65) and 15oz (£95) sizes.

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A gift that says a thousand words...

Explore the lost gardens of Heligan...

Luxury pen retailer Graf von Faber-Castell epitomises exquisite craftsmanship. Their pens embody the finest taste in fashion and style and are perfect for a partner who has everything. Celebrate your past, present and future with an Anello pen, named appropriately after the Italian word for ring.

Discover the enchanting story behind one of England’s most mysterious estates, the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall. Find yourself amid tunnels of towering bamboo in lush sub-tropical jungle, or gather some ‘grow your own’ ideas from a working Victorian garden. Elsewhere, the romantic Pleasure Gardens offer the finest surroundings for the perfect Valentine’s walk.

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Florence

Birth place of the Renaissance, and a city where romance and passion can be found in abundance, indulge in the delights of Florence Don’’t miss:

Music: The Food Of Love

Adapted from a fifteenth century monastery, with a façade reputedly designed by Michelangelo, the stunning Villa San Michele boasts spectacular views stretching over the Arno Valley, to the city of Florence. Located in Fiesole in Tuscany (but just 15 minutes from the centre of Florence with the free shuttle bus), the Villa is also famous for its cookery school. The school offers a series of great classes, from half day to longer two, three and even five day courses, with themes such as children’s cooking, cooking for one and healthy eating. Some even include wine tastings at local vineyards, or trips to discover the cuisine of local regions such as Chianti. Don’t miss A Symphony of Pasta, a three day course, with each day taken by a different chef from notable restaurants all over Italy, such as Cipriani in Venice. Another highlight, Italian Intermezzo works with the famous creator of this book of recipes matched to music, Sharon O’Connor, to explore the cultural and gastronomic beauty of Florence. www.villasanmichele.com

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Where to play::

Shoppers’ Paradise

If shopping is your forte, whilst in Florence, it is worth veering away from the obvious choices. Sure, a stroll down Via Tornabouri opens up a plethora of high end options such as Gucci, Armani and Ferragamo. But come on people, we have those at home… Florence is also famous for the wealth of great quality artisan goods, many of which have been made using the same techniques, passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Head to Ponte Vecchio (Florence’s picturesque “old bridge”), lined by quaint, little jewellery shops, where gold and silversmiths have been make their fine creations since the sixteenth century. Via Maggio and the streets around the Oltrano district are also great for hunting out antiques and objet d’art, and for those keen to sniff out a bargain, the antiques flea market near Piazza Santa Croce is also not to be missed.

What to see::

Florence Syndrome

Florence is a city rich in art and culture, after all, it gave us the Renaissance and the dawn of the modern age. So much so, that there is actually a syndrome named after the dizzying heights of admiration and awe the art of this city is thought to induce. So explore, delve deep, but just don’t overdo it… Art lovers should make a pilgrimage to the Uffizi, a huge gallery housing a spectacular collection of Renaissance art by such veritable masters as da Vinci, Botticelli and Raphael. Book tickets to the Uffizi in advance to significantly cut short waiting times, which can be as much as five hours in the summer months. Perhaps that is what causes Florence Syndrome? www.uffizi.com

Where to eat:

Tuscany’s Finest

Only an hour outside of Florence, luxurious resort Castel Monastero’s gourmet restaurant Contrada boasts the direction of internationally acclaimed chef Gordon Ramsay. This sophisticated restaurant offers the flavours of traditional Tuscan cuisine, reworked and given a modern edge in a gorgeous setting amongst chestnut forests and cyprus trees. And if a satisfying lunch leaves you feeling slothful, head down to the Castel Monastero Spa, to try out one of their rejuvenating treatments. www.castelmonastero.com

Where to stay:

For All Seasons

To encapsulate all the romantic and history rich charms of Florence, a stay in the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze is a must. Only a stroll away from the Uffizi gallery and the Duomo (Florence’s famous cathedral), the Four Seasons offers a charming sanctuary, in the heart of the city. Set in a Renaissance palazzo, enjoy the abundant art and beautiful frescoes, as well as spectacular views and relaxing under the trees of a centuries old park. www.fourseasons.com/florence

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Masiel Bebé 18 Bristol Gardens, Maida Vale, London W9 2JQ

Masiel Bebé is a new children’s boutique located in the heart of Little Venice offering the Finest Babies and Childrens clothing from reputable designers

like Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Cosan Baby, Foque and Pili Carrera, one of Spain’s top designers in children’s wear for over 40 years. We are currently the only shop in London offering some of these unique brands and would be delighted to show you our New Spring-Summer Collection at our boutique or shop online and take advantage of our free delivery, either way we will strive to meet all your children’s needs.

020 3490 7216 | sales@masielbebe.co.uk | www.masielbebe.co.uk


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A Piece of Cake

Passionate about Champagne, French Bubbles founders, Maud Fierobe and Stefano Frigerio, wanted to develop a brand with a different and interesting standpoint that gave their business a certain ‘je ne sais quoi.’ Maud, a French native with strong roots in Champagne, and marketing expert husband Stefano, originally from Italy but who both now work and live in Kentish Town, wanted to bring access to authentic, fine quality Champagnes at great prices in the UK, whilst giving something back to local communities directly from the success of their business. The unique aspect about French Bubbles is that they are a boutique supplier of Grower Champagnes to the UK, that come directly from family-run vineyards in Champagne and are only available via their website. The Champagnes are not big names, but are produced to the highest quality by award-winning growers. With a passion for others benefiting from their business, French Bubbles also runs a Charity of the Month campaign, where £1 from every bottle sold during that month will go to that charity. As well as selling directly from their website, French Bubbles also provides bespoke events and tutored tastings, which are tailored to suit the individual client’s needs from both a corporate or private perspective. This month sees French Bubbles hosting a Champagne and Cheese tasting event at La Cave à Fromage in South Kensington on 10 February, in which guests will be able to match four premium Champagnes with a La Cave cheeseboard. Tickets are £40.

Founded in Oxford in 1981, Maison Blanc was the first authentic French Boulangerie and Patisserie in England, lovingly created by Raymond and Jenny Blanc. With stores across the South East, Maison Blanc’s Hampstead and St John’s Wood branches have become local favourites with their stunning cakes and divine patisseries. Raymond and Jenny’s original vision centred on providing customers with a taste of France and, to this day, they have set the standard for subsequent patisseries. Serving a selection of fresh artisan breads, pastries, savouries and their world-famous patisserie, everything on offer is made in Maison Blanc’s very own bakery – how very French! Maison Blanc also offers The Maison Blanc celebration cake range, which includes layered sponges and indulgent mousses enrobed with white or dark chocolate and light, fruity cheesecakes. You only need to give 48 hours’ notice and Maison Blanc can produce a stunning cake for all occasions that can be personalised with chocolate plaques. And with prices starting from £16.99, these cakes will taste even more delicious.

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Enjoy a little Fizz

Food lingo:

Løv Organic has launched its first boutique outside of Paris in a pop-up installation at the flagship Harvey Nichols store in Knightsbridge. Løv Organic has created a range of 22 high-quality organic packed whole leaf teas that are both irresistible and environmentally friendly. The muslin teabags are unbleached and free from staples and glue, allowing the tea leaves to unfurl and release all of their natural aromas, while the reusable Løv Organic metal tins encourage consu­mers to adopt an eco-friendly attitude.

Pico de gallo In Mexican cuisine, pico de gallo, which means rooster’s beak in Spanish, is a fresh, uncooked condiment made from chopped tomato, onion, and sometimes chillies. Other ingredients may also be added, such as lemon or lime juice, fresh cilantro (coriander leaf), cucumber, radish or other fresh, firm, pulpy fruit such as mango. Pico de gallo can be used in much the same way as other Mexican salsas, or Indian chutneys, but since it contains less liquid, it can also be used as a main ingredient in dishes such as tacos and fajitas. One of the sources for the name ‘roosters beak’ Is said to come from the fact that originally it was eaten with the thumb and forefinger, and retrieving and eating the condiment resembled the actions of a pecking rooster.

Website:

Quote:  fter a good dinner A one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relatives. Oscar Wilde

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A spin-off from the glossy magazine of the same name, epicurious.com is a winning mix of all things gastronomic. The big draw is its recipes; pick one or more ingredients you’ve already bought and see what it suggests, or choose from thousands of recipes sorted by type of dish, cuisine or occasion. Check out the Buzz Book Recipes, which are the recipes that have received the most comments and ratings from other users, so you can get other people’s views on the dish before you make it yourself.

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A flair for the new Emma Mills dines at Samarqand in Marylebone, which brings central Asian cuisine to the fine dining world with serious style and aplomb

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have to confess that of all world cuisines, Uzbek food is neither my favourite nor one I know much about. More fool me, it seems. Rich in breads and noodles, as well as sumptuously marinated cuts of meat, especially lamb and mutton, it gives a whole new meaning to ‘taste sensation’. Palov is the most traditional meal – a rice dish, cooked in pork and seasonal vegetables to add flavour. There are also kebabs, bread dumplings, spicy salads and variations on dips such as aubergine and chick pea. New restaurant Samarqand, in Marylebone, which opened at the end of last year, aims to make what has always been seen as provincial and uninspiring cuisine the new foodie trend. And it’s doing a good job so far. Located at the bottom of Marylebone High Street, surrounded by hotels and

other eateries, Samarqand is fairly unassuming from the outside, a sleek single doorway with glass doors, opened for us by a man in full Uzbek regalia. Descend down the stairs, though, and the place opens into a smart, chic space, with a cocktail bar at the far end, cocktail lounge to the left and a series of private spaces beyond. It’s small, but perfectly formed, and the décor is sharp and fresh. Think professional business dinner or a smart night out with friends. We kicked off the evening with a couple of sensational cocktails from the extensive, but not to the point of being overwhelming, menu – served with real precision by the bar staff. They were alcoholic enough to have a kick but unique enough to be drunk slowly. We enjoyed them in the lounge area, complete with a larger than life-size model of a horse that

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actually turned out to be a standing lamp, serenely overseeing proceedings. Bizarre, but brilliant. Dinner called, and we moved into the dining area; long and rectangular but with enough width to give all the tables their own space, it was already humming with happy diners. We started with Aubergine Caviar, spicy aubergine and tomato salsa with red peppers and herbs (£7.50), and Lamb Cheburek, pan fried flat meat pasty with Asian spices and herbs served with homemade chilli sauce (£7.75). The aubergine caviar was a revelation, spicy as it should be with a definitive kick and enough unique flavours to keep us going back for more. The lamb was succulent and rich, the chilli sauce adding more welcome fire. We then shared a Chicken Shashlik, marinated diced chicken, charcoalgrilled and served with raw onion and chill relish (£14.50). This was a dryer dish but nonetheless full of flavor, the chicken was well-cooked and the pungent raw onion gave a nice kick. Kazan Kabob, stewed succulent lamb served with thyme rustic potatoes and baby spinach (£13.95) and Pelmeni Choochwara, steamed aromatic beef dumplings served with tadziki and chilli relish (£12.00) were our mains of choice and they were equally as good as what had gone before – rich with spices and flavour, and the meat was top quality. Size wise, it’s worth getting help from the waitresses about how much you need to order, as sizes tend to vary – it’s a bit more than tapas and less than a standard starter or main – despite this, we had a perfect amount of food. Dessert was a treat of rich honey cake with strong Green tea. The wine selection offered some solid choices to bring out the best in the food. Our Pinot Noir was pungent and rich, with enough depth to withstand the spice but enough subtlety to let the meat flavours through. And we loved the cucumber infused water on offer, an idea we adopted at home straightaway. As a really new cuisine to most of its customers, Samarqand has a bit of an education job to do with its clientele, but that’s where the fun is, and they do it well – gently walking you through central Asian cuisine with delicious dishes that offer something very new to the London food scene. n

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Jennifer Lewis swaps the traditional English breakfast for a more exciting Japanese brunch at ROKA in Canary Wharf

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hen I heard that ROKA, famous for its exquisite Japanese robatayaki cuisine, had launched a Sunday brunch menu, I was more than a little intrigued. My normal approach to brunch is decidedly English so I was excited to explore what ROKA would offer my taste buds. Upon arrival, we were greeted by our ever diligent waiter Malik, who explained Roka’s new brunch concept: the sprawling sushi buffet table positioned temptingly close to us was unlimited, we were to choose two mains to share from their menu and then would be treated to a dessert platter, again to share. The brunch menu is “all about sharing”, he explained to us, clearly encouraging a relaxed Sunday morning atmosphere. The fine drinks menu was also unlimited – whether your drink of choice is a Bloody Mary or a glass of classic Champagne. The restaurant décor comprised various shades of natural wood, finished to give a contemporary yet warm feel to the dining experience. I started with a Cherry Blossom Bellini, a delightfully flavoured tipple, which slid down all too easily. For those who’d like a more wholesome drink, I recommend the Namakemono – a fresh concoction of raspberries, cucumber and apple juice. We began our feast with a trip to the buffet table, a beautifully laid out spread of sushi, sashimi and maki. I was a particular fan of the green tea noodles, while my companion enjoyed the ginger, coriander and basil red cabbage salad. When we returned to our table, we were pleasantly surprised to find a dish of baby squid with chilli and lime, which was soft and exquisitely cooked. It was tempting to overfill on the buffet but we held off in anticipation of our mains. We chose the menu’s hero dish ‘gindara no saikyo-yaki’ (‘black cod’) which did not disappoint. It was served fresh off the restaurant’s central Robata grill, wrapped in a magnolia leaf and marinated in their speciality yuzo miso sauce. It was cooked to absolute perfection: the white fish was so divinely soft it seemed to

melt in your mouth. This was finished off with a ginger stick to cleanse the palate. The second dish was the ‘kankoku fu kohitsuji’ (leg of lamb). The meat was succulent, nicely crisped and bursting with the flavour of the Korean spices. We ate it with simple sesame-seed-sprinkled sticky rice, which complimented the richness of the meat. We ate slowly, savouring the atmosphere of the now teeming restaurant. The Brunch menu, which has been running for just over two months, clearly has already won over a captive audience. Other diners ranged from couples enjoying a Sunday morning treat to groups of friends catching up and families enjoying a civilised morning out - with the added benefit of the children’s play area. The knowledgeable members of staff were always on hand to explain the intricacies of the food preparation or simply help a small girl with her chopsticks. By the time our dessert platter arrived we were nearing fullness but it was too much of a treat to pass up. The hot dark chocolate pudding was utterly delicious. It came with a crunchy top of Jivara chocolate (40 per cent cocoa chocolate infused with malt) to give it a velvety taste, branded artfully with the ROKA name, out of which, when pierced, the Maccha (green tea centre) oozed. It was accompanied with a pear ice cream and a selection of fresh fruits. Our Sunday morning banquet was finished off with fresh mint tea, right on cue to help settle our by now very satisfied stomachs. As we drank our tea, we realised that our morning had slipped nicely into the afternoon, so we left, now truly convinced that Brunch, the Japanese way, was indeed a marvellous way to end the weekend. n

ROKA SUNDAY BRUNCH exclusively at ROKA Canary Wharf The ROKA Sunday Brunch is served with champagne at an all-inclusive price of £38.90 per person Meals for children under ten are complimentary www.rokarestaurant.com

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Choose cosy privacy and your own personal space, over endless rows of tables-for-two this Valentines, and create a romantic escape in your very own home

Red Roses set in black vase with scented candle, £85, Scent by Design, www.gift-library.com

Organic Rose Tea, £7.45, Lov-Organic www.en.lov-organic.com

Kukui Oil Candle, £36.80, Connock London www.connocklondon.com Indulging Light Bath Oil 100ml £24, Green & Spring www.greenandspring.com

Rose Decanter, £477, William Yeoward Crystal, www.gift-library.com Virginia AirEssence, £119, Agraria, www.gift-library.com

Luxury home-catered Valentines Dinner Menu, £460 (includes six courses of oysters, scallops, venison, trio of desserts, coffee and cheese), Penni Black Caterers 0800 389 6107, www.penniblack.co.uk


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Love Wall Lamp, £503, Belle Interiors, www.belleinteriors.co.uk

Romantic Heart Boxes, £70 for 40 chocolates Godiva, 0207 734 8113, www.godiva.be

Bespoke flower arrangements, from £40, Rebel Rebel 0207 254 4487, www.rebelrebel.co.uk

Valentines Cards and Table Place Names, from £4.50, Ruth Springer Design www.ruthspringer.com

Cuvée Rosé, £60, Laurent-Perrier www.laurent-perrier.co.uk

Personalised monogrammed pillows, from £41.50 Monogrammed Linen Shop, 020 7589 4033 www.monogrammedlinenshop.com

Six inch Sterling Silver Apprentice Bowl £499, Mappin and Webb 0800 1114524, www.mappinandwebb.com

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For the first time since being exhibited in London at the Royal Academy and the Fine Art Society in 1938, Ben Uri brings the art of Ludwig Blum to the United Kingdom. The exhibition traces the career of the Czechborn Israeli topographical artist, who immigrated to Palestine in 1923 and settled in Jerusalem at the age of 32, showcasing his extraordinary use of changing light and shadow. Blum is recognised not only as a distinguished artist of the classic mould, but also as the finest topographical artist of his time. The exhibition of 35 works displays Blum’s consistent representation of ‘the real’ in painting the Holy Land. The Land of Light and Promise, 50 Years Painting Jerusalem and Beyond, Ludwig Blum 12 January to 24 April 2011 Ben Uri Gallery, 108a Boundary Road, off Abbey Road, St Johns Wood, NW8 ORH

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SUSTAINABLE SUSHI Silla Bjerrum learnt the pleasures of locally sourced food prepared with care during childhood holidays spent by the sea in Denmark. The lessons she learnt there now inform everything she does as a restaurateur and chef at Feng Sushi. Co-founded by Bjerrum in 1999, the restaurants combine modern sensibility with traditional skills to create contemporary sushi dishes. Using the best ingredients, such as sustainable salmon, line-caught mackerel, local crab and hand-dived scallops, Feng Sushi is the antithesis of conveyor belt sushi. Celebrate the new-look Feng Sushi Chalk Farm restaurant on Wednesday 26 February from 6.30pm until 9.30pm. www.fengsushi.co.uk 1 Adelaide Road, Chalk Farm, NW3 3QE

NIXON IN CHINA OPERA “The meeting of Nixon and Mao is a mythological moment in world history, particularly American history,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, John Adams, whose ground-breaking opera, Nixon in China, is set to show at Hampstead’s Everyman Cinema. Inspired by the meeting that ushered in a new era of political relations between Washington and Beijing, Nixon in China will have its Met premiere on 2 February, with Peter Sellars making his Met directing debut. The opera will be shown in the Everyman Cinema on 12 February. 5.40pm Saturday 12 February everymancinema.com Everyman Cinema, 5 Holly Bush Vale, Hampstead, NW3 6TX

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SATURDAY NIGHT MONKEY BUSINESS Monkey Business has a reputation for being one of the best comedy clubs in London. The venue has played host to big name acts such as Harry Hill, Russell Howard, Russell Brand, Lee Mack, Noel Fielding and Stephen Merchant. It also boasts comfortable seating, a friendly atmosphere and value-for-money prices. Every Saturday night during February the club is running a singles night featuring a solid line-up of top-class comedians and circuit regulars. Sir Richard Steele, 97 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4RL www.monkeybusinesscomedyclub.co.uk

LYNN CHADWICK: THE COUPLE Lynn Chadwick is one of the most eminent British sculptors of the 20th century, and an important addition to any modern art collection. Pangolin London’s Lynn Chadwick: The Couple is the largest exhibition of its kind to concentrate on one of the most prevalent themes of Chadwick’s artistic career: The Couple. Exploring the most intimate of human unions, the exhibition includes works spanning more than 40 years, from seminal early pieces such as Teddy Boy and Girl and Dancers, through to his instantly recognisable seated couples of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. Lynn Chadwick: The Couple 12 January to 26 February 2011 Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG

PHOTOGRAPHY GONE WILD For anyone wanting to learn how to take better photographs, or for those simply aiming to understand their camera better, ZSL London Zoo is running a series of photography workshops. With expert tuition, exclusive Zoo access and awe-inspiring subjects, the courses are perfect for budding wildlife photographers and seasoned snappers alike. The workshops will explain various photographic techniques, such as how to expose correctly, how to attain sharp images and how to photograph moving subjects. Workshops will be run by either Chris Weston, one of the world’’ most influential wildlife photographers or Peter Watmough, who has more than 20 years’ experience of teaching photography. First workshop is on Friday 18 February ZSL London Zoo, Outer Circle Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY www.zsl.org

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Henstridge Place, St Johns Wood NW8 Contemporary house

A newly built, architect designed, wide, low built house offering 6 bedrooms, swimming pool, garden and garage. 5 bedrooms (2 with en suite dressing room and all with en suite shower/ bathroom), bedroom 6/study, sitting room, family room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, gym, guest WC, swimming pool, terrace, garden, off street parking, garage. Approximately 715sq m (7,696sq.ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ15,250,000 (SJW0979582)

KnightFrank.co.uk/StJohnsWood stjohnswood@knightfrank.com 020 7586 2777


Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill NW1 Stucco fronted five bedroom house

This newly refurbished semi-detached house offers exceptional light and space. Master bedroom with dressing room and en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms (2 sharing en suite bathroom), 2 shower rooms, reception room. TV room, kitchen, study, studio, laundry, 2 guest WCs, balcony, front and rear garden. Approximately 387.6sq m (4,172sq. ft) Freehold Offers IEO ÂŁ5,000,000

(SJW100175)

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Greville Place, London NW6

Beautiful period house with parking and garden This is only the third time that this striking property is being brought to the market in its 150 year history. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, self contained flat with own entrance, including bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom, 2 guest WCs, 2 wine cellars, 2 cellars, garden, off street parking. Approximately 440.3sq.m (4,740sq.ft). Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ4,350,000

(SJW090096)

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HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB OFFICE 800 FINCHLEY ROAD LONDON NW11 7TJ T –020 8455 3538 F –020 8457 5090

NORTH END HAMPSTEAD NW3 £3,850,000 FREEHOLD A magnificent newly constructed detached family home (382.7sq m/4,119.4sq ft) peacefully situated adjacent to Hampstead Heath and less than a mile from Hampstead Village. The house which has been designed by Elsworth & Bond in conjunction with the award winning architect Juan Dols features state of the art design and cutting edge technology including an impressive stone covered double volume main staircase leading to the principal living areas and also benefits from a sunny courtyard, a 50’ landscaped private south facing garden and off street parking. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom & Dressing Room, 3 Further Bedrooms (2 with En-Suite Shower Rooms), Family Bathroom, Reception Room Open-Plan with Kitchen and Dining Room, Media Room, Games Room, Gymnasium, Guest Shower Room, Storage, Wine Cellar, Control Room, Lutron Homeworks System, Integrated Sound System throughout, Underfloor Heating throughout, Electric Blinds, Video Entry Phone System, CCTV Monitoring, Off Street Parking. PRINCIPAL AGENT


CAENWOOD COURT HAMPSTEAD LANE N6 ÂŁ3,950,000 L/H: 997 YEARS UNEXPIRED An exceptional penthouse style apartment (247sq m/2,664sq ft) situated on the second floor of this outstanding new development situated adjacent to Hampstead Heath, featuring five balconies and a roof terrace providing stunning and far-reaching views. In addition, the apartment provides underground parking for 2 cars and direct access to an outstanding leisure complex incorporating a swimming pool and gymnasium. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom & Dressing Room, 2 Further Bedrooms, 2 Further Bathrooms (En-Suite), Double Reception Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Guest Cloakroom, 5 Balconies, Roof Terrace, Lift, 24 Hour Uniformed Concierge, Air Cooling Throughout, Underground Parking for 2 Cars, Additional Guest & Residents Parking. HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB OFFICE 020 8455 3538


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REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 69–71 PARK ROAD LONDON NW1 6XU

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ELM TREE ROAD ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £3,850,000 FREEHOLD This low built detached two storey house (225sq m/2,426sq ft) has been comprehensively refurbished and interior designed providing light and spacious well planned accommodation featuring a secluded walled garden and private off street parking for up to three cars. The property is set back from the road within a private crescent shared by only two other houses and is ready for immediate occupation. Elm Tree Road is situated in the heart of St John’s Wood between Circus Road & Grove End Road thus within easy walking distance of St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line), the stylish boutiques and cafés of St John’s Wood High Street and the green open spaces of both Primrose Hill and Regent’s Park. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Dressing Room & Shower Room, 2 Further Bedrooms with En-Suite Bathrooms, Reception Hall, Reception Room intercommunicating with Dining Room, Family Room/Study, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Guest Cloakroom, Landscaped 52’6 x 36’ Walled Rear Garden, Private Off Street Parking for 3 Cars, Large Integral Garage incorporating Utility Area, 24 Hour CCTV Street Security Surveillance. REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 020 7724 4724


The Magic of

Languedoc

If the thought of venturing to warmer climates to invest has ever crossed your mind, then look no further than the truly magical Garrigae resorts scattered around the south of France in the delightful Languedoc region

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hen reflecting on the South of France we automatically think of the wonderful St. Tropez or the super-chic Cannes; however, it seems that the secret of the still relatively undiscovered Languedoc region is about to be uncovered. Launched in 2003 with three operational developments already under their belt, Garrigae seems set to make their mark on the picturesque South of France; a dreamy location that has so much to offer visitors from all around the world and is fast becoming a fashionable tourist destination. The company created by Miguel Espada and his wife Cecile, both Languedoc natives, has the personal touch that larger companies are lacking. With their respective families being wine makers for

generations, it seemed only natural that their love of the vineyards and home-produced fine wine would be entwined in their passion for property. With a vision to provide a little piece of their enviable French lifestyle to investors and visitors alike, Garrigae set out to build and restore boutique developments that would remain authentic and classy, yet not pretentious. The charming Le Couvent de Herepian, a 17th century building that used to house nuns, has been beautifully and sympathetically restored by Garrigae to showcase the very best of French architecture and design. Set in a breathtaking countryside location, the 13 suites ooze glamour and sophistication, as well as fascinating charm – a perfect lovers’ retreat. By complete contrast, Port Rive Gauche, yet another luxury retreat and spa, offers uninterrupted


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views of the Mediterranean from its 11 über-chic contemporary two bedroom suites. Situated in the quaint village of Marseillan, its people make their living from the cultivation of oysters and the distillation of Noilly Pratt – a locally produced and rare authentic vermouth. Why not take a tour around the distillery and enjoy seeing first-hand how this famous beverage is made? The tranquillity of Les Jardins De Saint-Benoit, an extension of the village of Saint-Laurent-de-laCabrerisse, has its very own on-site vineyard, which owners have a share in, as well as a three-acre olive grove. One of Garrigae’s larger developments, this international resort offers outstanding facilities for families with children, as well as high-quality conference facilities. The on-site spa offers a full range of holistic treatments, as well as luxury facilities, including a pool and Jacuzzi. Travelling around the rest of the beautiful countryside and quaint villages of the Languedoc region, Garrigae has cherry picked another two sites to work their magic and share with the world a slice of their wonderful French lifestyle. My favourite by far has to be the 18th Century Chateau De La Redorte, tucked away in the Minervois. An authentic and untouched area of the Languedoc, the Chateau has been the residence of the d’Artois family for five generations, and with the resident Countess d’Artois’s full blessing, Garrigae is now ready to give this architectural masterpiece a new breath of life, restoring the Chateau back to its original beauty. Originally a wine-making estate, Garrigae have arranged a partnership with the Chateau and Franz Vénes, owner of Domaine Massamier La Mignarde, one of the most renowned wine estates in the Minervois region. Each owner will be able to participate in the wine-making process, both tasting and mixing the wine in the Chateau’s secret tunnel. As well as 11 luxury apartments within the Chateau itself, there will also be new outbuildings consisting of 12 duplex properties carefully constructed to lend themselves to the style of the Chateau, all located around a stunning swimming pool. Due for completion in early 2012 is Les Templiers, a 49-unit development located in the pretty medieval town of Pézenas, with its gorgeous cobbled streets and period architecture. Boasting mild winters and long summers, Pézenas would make the perfect retreat to buy that second home close to the Mediterranean. The Languedoc’s coastline is home to one of the longest Mediterranean beaches, stretching 220km along the sea. With its exceptional climate, stunning architecture and pure unspoilt beauty, this location really does offer excellent quality of life. The pace slows down as soon as your plane hits the tarmac, and being just over an hour away from the UK by plane, it makes your second home very close to home indeed. n www.garrigaeresorts.com

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CAVENDISH AVENUE ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8

A rare opportunity to purchase an exceptional Grade II Listed detached residence (510sq m/5,485sq ft) discreetly situated in arguably the most sought after street in St John’s Wood. This truly wonderful family home is set back from the road behind a secure front courtyard and features a mature and magical 217' south west facing rear garden and benefits from detailed planning consent to create a further 111sq m/1,189sq ft by way of a ground floor rear extension to the existing kitchen and the creation of a 61' swimming pool below the rear garden and a double width car lift within the front courtyard area.


AN EXCEPTIONAL GRADE II LISTED RESIDENCE W I T H A M A G N I F I C E N T S O U T H W E ST FA C I N G G A R D E N

Freehold • Guide Price: £17.5M Joint Sole Agents Accommodation Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Family Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Principal Bedroom with Open Plan Split Level Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom, Five Further Bedrooms, Three Further Bathrooms (2 En-Suite), Self Contained Staff Flat comprising Living Room with Open Plan Kitchenette, Bedroom & Bathroom, Utility Room, Guest Cloakroom.

Amenities Secure Off Street Parking for up to Six Vehicles, Store Room, Plant Room, 217' x 44' Landscaped South West Facing Garden.


Templar Court, NW8 £695.00 per week - An immaculate two bedroom apartment in this modern portered building. The apartment features two double bedrooms, reception, fitted kitchen and two bathrooms.

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Lettings. 020 7722 2131 stjohnswoodlettings@hamptons-int.com Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Century Court, NW8 £1,200.00 per week - A newly refurbished three double bedroom apartment set in this popular purpose built block moments from Lords Cricket Ground.


With demand from tenants strengthening, the chances of letting your property now are excellent. Hamptons International continues to attract the most serious tenants thanks to our extensive office network, strong brand and powerful web coverage. Right now, demand is significantly outstripping supply and the market is strong, so if you would like to let your property, it is a good time to talk to us. Call 020 7722 2131 to arrange a free, no-obligation market appraisal. Hamptons St. John’s Wood 99 St. John’s Wood Terrace, London NW8 6PL Lettings. 020 7722 2131 stjohnswoodlettings@hamptons-int.com Sales. 020 7586 9595 stjohnswood@hamptons-int.com www.hamptons.co.uk

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Luxury Family Lifestyle

A beautiful, six bedroom detached family home situated in one of Radlett’s most prestigious roads, positioned on a secluded and elevated plot, approached via carriage driveway, accessed through double electric gates. This stunning property offers premier living space encompassing five impressive reception rooms, six bedrooms, three bathrooms (two en-suite), kitchen/

breakfast room, laundry / utility room, two guest cloakrooms, and a double garage set in mature landscaped gardens and grounds. Centrally located, approximately three miles from Junction 5 of the M1, and approximately five miles from Junction 19 of the M25. Radlett Station is a five minute walk and offers frequent commuter services to London,


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Radlett, Hertofordshire the City and the West End, with the average journey taking under a 30 minute drive. Many of the UK’s exceptional North London schools are close by; including both Haberdashers’ Aske’s Schools, Aldenham School, Edgegrove and Radlett Preparatory Schools – which are all within a five minutes drive.

Guide price £1,995,000 Agents: Aitchisons www.aitchisons.co.uk

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SUNNY MEWS, PRIMROSE HILL, NW1 Located behind an electric gated entrance, a new development of six contemporary mews houses, each with an allocated parking space, decked patios and terraces. These freehold houses offer a fully fitted kitchen, a double aspect reception room leading to a bridged terrace, three double bedrooms one with an en-suite bathroom and an additional family bathroom.

Principal Agent

Freehold

ÂŁ1,100,000


GLOUCESTER AVENUE, PRIMROSE HILL, NW1 Two stunning, newly built five bedroom, three reception room terraced houses (2,715 sq ft / 252 sq m) with patio gardens, roof terraces and secure off street parking. This luxury development features high ceilings, contemporary designer kitchens, wenge wood flooring, underfloor heating, air conditioning and have 10 year building warranties. The lower ground floors also have their own separate entrances which provide further flexibility.

Principal Agent

Freehold

ÂŁ2,250,000

www.hanover-residential.co.uk

020 7372 4499


BLAZER COURT, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8

AVENUE CLOSE, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8

Situated on the sixth floor of this modern purpose built block is this stunning two bedroom, two bathroom apartment (964 sq ft / 90 sq m). The apartment benefits from a south facing balcony, wood flooring, lift and 24 hour porterage. Blazer Court is located opposite the famous Lords Cricket Ground and is within easy reach of St John's Wood High Street and underground station (Jubilee Line).

A beautifully presented and spacious two bedroom, two bathroom apartment (1,244 sq ft / 115 sq m) situated on the ground floor of this sought after apartment building. Having been refurbished to an exceptional standard, the apartment features under floor heating, direct access to communal gardens, 24 hour porterage and limited off street parking.

Principal Agent

Principal Agent

Leasehold

£929,950

Leasehold

£1,275,000

VISAGE APARTMENTS, SWISS COTTAGE, NW3

BENTINCK CLOSE, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8

Set on the sixth & seventh floors, an immaculately presented three bedroom, two bathroom, duplex penthouse apartment (1,362 sq ft/ 126 sq m). The property offers bright and spacious accommodation, including a 31’9 open plan kitchen/reception room leading to a terrace with far reaching views, comfort cooling, passenger lift, secure underground parking and 24 concierge service.

A delightful three bedroom, two bathroom apartment (1,457 sq ft / 135 sq m) situated on the first floor of this highly regarded purpose built block. The apartment features an impressive double reception room with beautiful parquet flooring. The block benefits from porterage, passenger lift and basement storage. Bentinck Close is located in an enviable position opposite Regents Park.

Joint Sole Agent

Sole Agent

Leasehold

£1,295,000

Leasehold with Share of Freehold

£1,395,000


WARRINGTON GARDENS, LITTLE VENICE, W9

ABERCORN PLACE, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8

A rare opportunity to acquire a three bedroom maisonette (1,557 sq ft / 144sq m) set over the raised ground and garden levels of this prestigious purpose built block. The property has direct access to attractive communal gardens and secure underground parking for one car. The property presents the opportunity to reside in the heart of Little Venice, boasting both exclusivity and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.

A stunning four bedroom maisonette (1,902 sq ft / 177 sq m) arranged over the raised ground and lower ground floors of this period property. The property benefits from its own private entrance and features a contemporary kitchen/breakfast room and 40ft private garden. Abercorn Place is conveniently located within close proximity to St John’s Wood underground station.

Principal Agent

Joint Sole Agent

Leasehold with Share of Freehold

£1,500,000

Leasehold

£1,695,000

ABBEY LODGE, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8

EMBASSY COURT, ST JOHN’S WOOD, NW8

A beautifully refurbished five bedroom apartment (2,357 sq ft / 219 sq m) quietly situated on the first floor at the rear of this prestigious building. The property features an impressive double reception room, 25ft kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and all bedrooms featuring en suite facilities. Abbey Lodge benefits from 24 hour porterage, limited off street parking, passenger lift and communal garden.

A stunning four bedroom, four bathroom rear facing apartment (2,980 sq ft / 276 sq m) situated on the fourth floor of arguably the most significant modern apartment buildings in St John's Wood. The apartment offers exceptional quality with state of the art finishes. Additional features include balcony, one underground parking space, 24 hour concierge, passenger lift and communal garden.

Principal Agent

Principal Agent

Leasehold

£2,900,000

Leasehold

£6,200,000

www.hanover-residential.co.uk

020 7372 4499


Lofty ideas The Henson is already a stylish pied-à-terre in a great urban location. Now, with an apartment designed by German designers Felder Felder, it’s giving a whole new meaning to loft conversions, says Jenny White

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he beauty of London is that you can have it all. The liveliness and diversity of a busy city, with the quiet of green space and hidden corners of tranquillity; and nowhere else exudes this quality more than the vitality and energy of Camden, which runs into the subtle calm of Primrose Hill. These two boroughs offer those from all walks of life a place to create a home, while enjoying everything the capital has to offer. And one building, which perhaps reflects this contrast best, is the latest stunning development from leading London property developer, Londonewcastle. The Henson is a six-storey canalside building comprising 46 apartments, consisting of one, two and three bedroom properties, as well as a series of two and four bedroom penthouses, which all have roof terraces, and combines the very best of high-quality urban living with the character and warmth of a historical building. This substantial Victorian building was originally constructed as railway offices and latterly became the home of Jim Henson’s Muppet organisation,

Architects Tate Hindle sympathetically renovated the building, whilst enhancing and restoring the appearance of its historic façade, which fronts onto the Regents Canal. Part refurbishment, part new build, The Henson comprises high-quality, residential apartments and onsite affordable housing, together with B1 offices and design studios. When it came to the interiors, designer Tara Bernerd of Target Living took charge, keeping the style overtly warehouse, with features such as exposed brickwork, timber and pipes and polished concrete ceiling in selected apartments. For Tara, the key to the building’s brief was to capture the essence of Camden’s distinct style, combined with the character of the building. And at the centre of the property’s design is one of The Henson’s striking, luxury loft apartments, designed in collaboration with fashion brand Felder Felder. In keeping with Londonewcastle’s commitment to evolving a lifestyle-oriented residential offering, German-born designers Daniela and Annette Felder were appointed to translate their signature style into an original residential creation, featuring a number of


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bespoke pieces designed exclusively by Felder Felder for Londonewcastle. The rich history and legacy of The Henson building proved an inextricable source of inspiration to Felder Felder. With the rich punk heritage of Camden, and the more sophisticated and refined qualities of Primrose Hill, the location demanded homage to contrasts and playfulness. The result is a modern and sexy apartment, which is distinctly urban and has a clear Felder Felder imprint and aesthetic. As the focal point of the apartment, the living room space features a Felder Felder-designed couch, which is upholstered in the fire print featured in Felder Felder’s SS10 show collection, alongside a metal coffee table and a signature Felder Felder studded metal wall providing a dramatic backdrop. The communal space also features an original lighting feature – a Victorian fabric roll holder with a leather stud detail has been transformed into a standing light. The distinctive colour palette of distressed charcoals runs throughout the design, further adding to the ambient energy. In contrast to the industrial feel of the living room, the bedroom exudes an altogether more sensual and intimate feel. Classic Bordeaux colours permeate with a light installation of individual hanging bulbs, embellished curtains, cushions and mirrors designed by the duo. As art is central to the design of Londonewcastle and Felder Felder, the entrance room has been completely covered in artwork by David Packard, inspired by Felder Felder fashion images. Packard is known for using billboard posters removed from sites around London, re-pasting them, continually tearing, adding and removing layers, using other found images, text and paint to create textural surfaces. Additionally, original Felder Felder sketches provide further originality to the environment. Rob Soning, director of Londonewcastle says, “Londonewcastle is constantly looking to push the boundaries and encourage limitless creativity. This incredible building is home to a vibrant area and the dynamism of Felder Felder – and their own willingness to experiment – is a wonderful example of fashion fusing with interiors.” Stylish and unique, it is clear The Henson offers the complete living environment – a stylish home, as well as a desirable urban lifestyle – and there is no doubt that this is a place where people will love to live. n

The Felder Felder loft is priced at £500,000 www.thehenson.co.uk

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Westbourne Gardens, W2 A selection of two and three double bedroom apartments situated in a fully refurbished white, stucco fronted, lateral conversion on this quiet, residential garden square. Meticulously interior designed to a contemporary, high specification finish with AV Systems, wood floors throughout, good ceiling heights and large windows. Most apartments offer extensive terracing and all benefit from a modern lift, immaculate and attractive common parts. Half the apartments are already sold.

ÂŁ1,100,000 - ÂŁ1,850,000 New 250 Year Lease

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Set in one of West Hampstead’s most sought after roads, a rare opportunity to acquire an exquisite 7 bedroom, 6 bathroom semidetached house arranged over three floors. Spanning 3778 sq ft, this stylish home boasts a bright and spacious interior and has been sympathetically restored to an exacting and meticulous standard by its current owner. Situated behind electric gates with off street parking, “Fawley Prior” is ideally located in the heart of West Hampstead, close to all local transport links. A wonderful family home that must be seen to be fully appreciated.

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Prestige Personified ... Embassy Court has without a doubt become the number one residential apartment block in NW8. Apart from having a 24 hr concierge offering residents basic services, they have been known to go several steps further in ensuring each resident feels truly comfortable. Making restaurant reservations, arranging travel plans, assisting in paying bills and even nipping across the road to get a CafĂŠ Latte with skimmed milk are amongst just some of the tasks the ever ready concierge team have performed. This particular apartment is in excess of 1,550 sq ft comprising of a magnificent master bedroom and en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms and a shower room along with a fully-fitted open-plan kitchen accessed independently or through the bright reception room. The apartment has been carefully furnished with simplicity and sophistication in mind and a buyer could benefit from having these included as part of the sale. Viewing is strictly by appointment and offers are invited in the region of ÂŁ3.2m.


... Imperial on Albert

Situated right in the middle of Prince Albert Road and on the cusp of the Regents Park, this block is without a doubt one of St. Johns Wood’s best locations. True to it’s name, Imperial Court is one of the original “Blue Chip” residential addresses in “The Wood” and this gem of an apartment is nestled perfectly on the ground floor with access to its own patio area and communal gardens. The property measures approximately 1350 square feet and features 2 large bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms, a guest toilet, air-conditioning, underground parking, 24 hour porters desk and a share in the freehold. Viewing is highly recommended and is strictly by appointment only. Offers are invited around £1.495m

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Moving

North

Marsh & Parsons have been selling property in London since 1856, specialising in central and south west London. Now they’re moving to Little Venice. Emma Mills meets managing director, Peter Rollings

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arsh & Parsons has been a part of the London property scene since 1856. It specialises in the selling and letting of quality properties in central and south west London, and has just announced its move to sought-after location, Little Venice, in North West London.

Managing director, Peter Rollings, says: “Whilst Marsh & Parsons has been established for over 150 years, the service we offer has moved with the times. We still believe in good old fashioned service - never forgetting that our job is to get the very best results for both our selling and letting clients. The Little Venice office will compliment our existing network of 14 branches, particularly our nearby North Kensington and Notting Hill offices, which have been selling and letting property in the Maida Vale and Kensal Rise areas for many years. We’ve invested close to a quarter of a million pounds in refurbishing the office and to celebrate the opening, we’re offering to sell our customers’ homes without charging them a penny in commission for the first three months of this year.” Marsh & Parsons has opened in Little Venice because of the location’s natural fit with its existing office network. Maida Vale’s property market is extremely popular, and the area is proving hugely attractive to both overseas buyers and tenants looking for easy access to the City and local international schools and the UK buyers wanting to move to such a great location.  Marsh & Parsons has a unique way of selling and letting properties. Its ‘open register’ policy means that all properties for sale or let in any Marsh & Parsons office can be viewed, sold or let by any negotiator within the whole organisation. This leads to an excellent level of interaction between the offices and offers their clients great value. “When you instruct one Marsh & Parsons office, you instruct them all,” says Peter. The new Little Venice office – which is located moments from the Grand Union Canal and Warwick Avenue – will be run by sales manager, Natasha Greenwood and lettings manager Nik Dennis.  Natasha and Nik have both been with Marsh & Parsons for five years, with Natasha working in the Notting Hill office and Nik working in the North Kensington branch.  “Opening the

Little Venice branch is just the first step in our plans for growth and improvement in the coming year,” says Peter. “From a foundation of award-winning customer service and top quality facilities in our existing offices, we can push on with expanding the network in key areas of London in 2011 to take advantage of the revitalised prime market.” The opening of the 2,000 square foot branch follows Marsh & Parsons being named the Overall Winner of the 2010 UK Estate Agency of the Year Awards.  Marsh & Parsons won the award on the strength of: “Its visionary and hands-on leadership, the second to none training programme, and its particularly impressive sales culture”.  Marsh & Parsons also won the awards for ‘Best Medium Estate Agency in London’ and ‘Best Medium UK Estate Agency’. This new office will mean the company can build on this success as it develops throughout London. “I have always admired Maida Vale,” explains Peter. “It is midway between central and north London and enjoys the best of both worlds – magnificent elegant mansion blocks, secret gardens, beautiful architecture, it’s easy to find and easy to get to and with great communications, it is a compelling mix of positives.” n

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Warrington Gardens W9 ÂŁ1,595,000 This stunning apartment comprises an impressive dual aspect reception room with high ceilings and period features offering fantastic views over lovely communal gardens. The bedroom accommodation boasts an excellent master suite served by a large bathroom, two further double bedrooms, a single bedroom and a further family bathroom. Leasehold.

LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 sales.lve@marshandparsons.co.uk

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Saltram Crescent W9 ÂŁ339,950 This beautiful property boasts an excellent reception room with traditional period features, a modern, well equipped kitchen, a newly fitted bathroom and a large double bedroom. Well located for a variety of local amenities, the property is just a short walk from the transport links of Westbourne Park, Maida Vale and Warwick Avenue. Share of Freehold. Sole Agents.

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State of the market SALES:

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Good location is key for sales

Things are looking up in 2011

Tom Gladwin, managing director at Parkheath,

Chloe Green, assistant manager at

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the current trends in the rental market

The New Year has certainly started with a bang, and some areas are already showing an increase in confidence. At Parkheath we have taken more new enquiries in January 2011 than in any single month throughout 2010. Instructions are up too. This January we agreed three times the number of sales agreed in January last year. So does this mean any uncertainty in the London property market is behind us? Well, that’s something I can’t predict, but working every day in the property market does give me a good view of developing trends. What is certain is that prime London areas will fare better than other parts of London in down times and always be the first to bounce back, usually stronger than ever. The key areas of Belsize Park, South Hampstead and West Hampstead are premier residential areas with a special relationship with City workers, and on the doorstep of some of the most desirable green spaces the capital has to offer. Nestled between, Regents Park, Primrose Hill and Hampstead Heath, yet a mere ten minute journey into town, the area is blessed with superb transport links into the City, Canary Wharf and the West End. Restaurants and shops range from awardwinning eateries and high end boutiques to charming markets, cafes and village stores and pubs. For all these reasons, Belsize Park and South and West Hampstead attracts affluent and knowledgeable buyers not only from the UK, but also from Europe, and Asia. In 2010, prime London house prices rose and more properties sold. This positive sentiment appears to be growing as confidence breeds confidence. An increase in properties coming to the market is still being outweighed by an ever increasing number of buyers. What will happen to prices? Parkheath forecast that in 2011 prime London areas such as Belsize Park and South and West Hampstead will continue to buck the trend of the rest of the UK and property prices will rise by 3-5%.

So, 2011 has started where 2010 finished, with demand for apartments and houses outstripping supply. We have seen demand for one bedroom apartments far exceed the current stock levels, leaving us with very few apartments available for less than £500 per week. This has lead to some properties going for in excess of the asking price. This demand has been boosted by our corporate partners relocating employees to London and new students joining the London Business School. If you have a one bedroom apartment to let, now would certainly be the time to benefit from the lack of supply. As we move into February, we are also seeing enquiries for family apartments increasing dramatically, following the customary seasonal break. We are working closely with our Corporate Services Department who are dealing with many blue chip companies and corporate relocation agents who are planning on relocating families to London in the first quarter of this year. We are seeing a record number of enquiries as the economy continues to recover and firms move more employees to where they are needed. The American School, Jubilee Line, Regents Park and the High Street all mean St John’s Wood is an area many families want to live in. We expect Little Venice and Maida Vale will benefit from this as well, due to the lack of apartments becoming available in prime St John’s Wood.  We are finally starting to see various companies relocate employees to London in preparation for the Olympics in 2012 – the Jubilee Line makes St Johns Wood an ideal location. We have already housed several families over the past 18 months who have been involved with the construction of the Olympic Park, and as this nears completion we are now seeing many more clients heading to London in order to begin final preparations before summer 2012.

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