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Natural wine, Italian flavaours and fast food meets luxury at Dach & Sons

84 night In The secrets of the Gilgamesh kitchen

85 night out Richard Corrigan’s latest passion

86 culture fix Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park and Eric Bainbridge unveils his

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style 25 wishlist

The rise of Ermanno Scervino

26 the hack

Equestrian essentials for autumn

28 style update

New boutiques, bags and style bibles

34 colour me happy

Style for the seasonal shift

44 interiors inspiration

Divine design & seasonal trends

72 health & beauty update

The little luxuries we’re buying now

travel 92 travel in style

why Instanbul is the destination du jour

95 five of the best

Historical settings everyone must visit

96 food of love

Romance and indulgence in Lyon

100 a tale of two cities

Dubai rediscovered


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s the seasons move from summer to autumn, I have found myself reflecting on a most extraordinary few months. While, at times, the weather might not have been exactly what we hoped for, the sense of celebration and wonder that filled our city from June to September has been not just infectious, but inspirational, captivating and joyful. I know for me this summer has rekindled a love affair with London, with its wide vast river driving its course through the city for the Diamond Jubilee pageant; for its beautiful architecture, providing the kind of striking backdrop to sporting endeavour that other cities can only dream of; and for its loyal inhabitants who, without grumbling, made travelling around the capital a total pleasure during the Olympics. And it seems we’re not the only ones with London, and NW, on the brain. This month Zadie Smith’s eagerly anticipated new novel NW comes out. Set in and around the local area, this new book sees Smith return to her roots, charting the lives of four locals as they make the transition from child to adult. See our profile of Smith and her new book on p. 14. Other bookish thoughts abound this month, with Mike Peake’s trip down literary lane, covering some of the most famous and interesting figures from the world of literature, who chose NW as both a place to live and a source of inspiration, (p. 9). As October brings with it a definite, and welcome, shift in our lives, the fashion world is embracing new colours and shapes (p. 34), and we’re chanelling the new trend for equestrian-inspired style, (p. 26), while our interiors pages see warm tones, rich details and rustic furniture having a revival (p. 44). When we’re out and about, we’re enjoying the delights of a new seasonal game menu at Corrigan’s in Mayfair (p. 85), choosing our favourite local Italian options (p. 83) and eschewing the sunny Med coast for the foodie delights and traditional bouchons of Lyon (p. 96).

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From Keats to Lord Archer, NW London has a rich and diverse literary history, says Mike Peake


ord Archer, a man who either does or doesn’t know a thing or two about writing (depending on your opinion of his novels), recently described Hampstead as having, “more writers per square inch than Fleet Street”. He’s a few years out of date, of course, the ruddy-cheeked scribes of Fleet Street having long since dispersed throughout the city, but we get the point. For reasons perhaps best known to the Gods of culture, this slice of north west London, Hampstead in particular, boasts a set of literary connections that are second to none. From living legends to the ghosts of some of the greatest poets and novelists the world has ever known, these leafy streets are dripping with ink at every turn. Pick up a pin and poke it into a map of NW3 and a classic will have been penned within a street or two. Was it a sonnet? A thriller? A modern romance? Maybe it was the flat in Pond Street that George Orwell lived in when he was working at a Hampstead bookshop called Booklovers’ Corner?

It’s tricky to explain why the area became such a Mecca for the literary set, although noted poet and essayist Dr Johnson once said: “One man can learn more in a journey by the Hampstead Coach than another can learn in making the grand tour of Europe.” Perhaps that was it? Hampstead was a place of beauty, of refinement and the arts, all the while peering inquisitively down at the hustle and bustle of London, where the slums, the prisons, the politics and the high life would provide an endless source of inspiration. “Anybody with a highly developed visual sensibility is attracted to Hampstead because it’s all eye-candy,” says David Tucker, a local guide who also runs London Walks. “Cinema directors, painters, photographers – and perhaps writers too; for the most part, they like beauty. I also think that once you’ve got one or two writers there’s a sort of iron filings to a magnet principle.” And so, one by one, they came… The golden era of literature in Hampstead was arguably the early 19th century, when poets like Keats and Shelley decamped to the area. There was a vibrant literary scene and figures like Leigh Hunt and Joanna Baillie welcomed like-minded visitors to their homes with open arms. Their ‘literary salons’ became arty hangouts for up-and-coming talent, and the good life of Hampstead was very much part of the deal. So too, perhaps, was the feeling of ‘London at arms length’. As Joanna Baillie once wrote: “It is a goodly sight through the clear air, From Hampstead’s healthy height, to see at once England’s vast capital in fair expanse – Towers, belfries, lengthen’d streets, and structures fair.” Baillie might not mean much outside of literary circles today, but in the early 19th century she was something of a legend, says David Tucker: “Her literary salon at her home in Windmill Hill is said by some to have been the first in London. Wordsworth was



apparently a visitor, as was Sir Walter Scott, who wrote of Hampstead’s literary greats of yesteryear, and these Ivanhoe and Rob Roy.” hallowed writers are the subject of much lively debate Back then, as today, Hampstead seemed to at the area’s assorted literary gatherings, the biggest exemplify most people’s idea of a picture postcard of which is the Hampstead Literary festival which village, and the Heath – somewhat wilder than it is took place in September. This year’s guests included now, as period paintings by John Constable vividly bestselling novelist Kathy Lette (Mad Cows, How To show – was a place to sit Kill Your Husband), poet Pam and contemplate. Little has Ayres, Michael Palin, acclaimed changed, and among those thriller writer Robert Goddard, who have more recently called and Rose Tremain, who wrote Hampstead and its environs the book Restoration which home are author Fay Weldon, spawned the 1995 OscarPython-turned-novelist Michael winning film of the same name. Palin and award-winning author The event takes place Maggie O’Farrell. And Joseph every year at the London Jewish Connolly, the well-known local Cultural Centre in North End author, book collector and Road, itself just a stone’s throw owner of former Hampstead from the house that Brideshead bookshop, Flask. Revisited author Evelyn Waugh “I was born in Hampstead,” lived at. He was also a pupil he tells me. “And have never at Heath Mount preparatory lived anywhere else, nor wanted school, the venerable seat of to. From my study, all I can see is learning that was based in trees and other people’s gardens. Hampstead until the 1930s. I love the place.” For proof, look Nearby, at the edge of no further than his just-released the Heath at Number 1 Byron new nove: it’s called England’s Villas is the former home of Cinema directors, painters, Lane and is set in the street of the DH Lawrence, who lived at the same name in Belsize Park. address in 1915 – shortly before photographers – and perhaps Other literary types with he started writing Women In writers too; for the most part, local connections include Love. All literary eyes, however, Tracy Chevalier, who wrote are eventually drawn a little they like beauty Girl With A Pearl Earring, the further south to Keats’ House in historical novel which spawned Keats Grove, where the greatest the hit movie of the same name, and Lisa Jewell whose poet of them all lived from 1818-1820. much-read ‘chick lit’ novels include Thirtynothing and “Keats spent his so-called ‘great year’ there,” says Ralph’s Party. David Tucker. “During which time he turned out eight Behind those panes of glass there are doubtless or nine of the greatest poems in the English language.” many more, but authors – like most of the famous faces Formerly known as John Street, Keats Grove was to be spotted around Hampstead – tend not to advertise renamed in the early 20th century to celebrate the area’s their addresses. most famous ever resident. Ode To a Nightingale was Luckily, the archives are overflowing with details written under a plum tree in Keats’ garden.


The literary lover will find no finer spot in the whole of London Today, this shrine to romantic English poetry is home to the Keats Museum, which houses such treasures as the engagement ring the poet offered to Fanny Brawne and a lock of Keats’ hair. The poet famously died of tuberculosis aged just 25, having fallen gravely ill while living at the house. David Tucker tells of a remarkable encounter that took place some years before. “Keats bumped into the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Highgate at a time when Coleridge was famous, but Keats wasn’t. Keats shook his hand, recognising the great old literary mind – and remember, Keats was a fit young man in his early 20s, with no evidence of TB at that point – but when Coleridge went home and wrote of the encounter he jotted down that, ‘There’s death in that hand’. What kind of person shakes hands with a 21-year-old and senses that?” On a similarly macabre note, a stroll to Highgate Cemetery reveals the last resting place of countless literary figures, from Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy author Douglas Adams to novelists George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans) and Beryl Bainbridge and the playwright Anthony Shaffer, who wrote both The Wicker Man and Sleuth. David Tucker reveals his favourite Highgate Cemetery story: “It involves the poet and painter Dante Rossetti and the model he painted over and over again, Lizzie Siddal, who was very beautiful with extremely long red hair.” When she died aged just 32, a distraught Rossetti leaped into her open grave as she was being buried. “He put poems in the tresses of that long red hair,” Tucker says. “There were no copies of these poems, that was it, and the story runs that some years later he had second thoughts and arranged to have her exhumed. The story is that her hair had continued to grow and had filled the coffin.” More recently, American Audrey Niffenegger set her much acclaimed follow-up to The Time Traveller’s Wife in and around Highgate Cemetery, living in the area and actually working at the cemetery for a long period of time. Her Fearful Symmetry, a macabre novel, conjures up a brooding landscape around north-west London, where the cemetery itself becomes an integral character. Whether it’s a moonlit walk around Highgate or


a Blue Plaque hunt in the lanes around Church Row, the literary lover will find no finer spot in the whole of London. But with winter fast approaching, the wise would do well to wrap up – and have firm plans – before they set out. As Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe said of Hampstead back in 1724: “In winter nothing that I know can recommend it.” Softening, the writer then added that a, “warm house and good company, both which are to be had here, go a great way to make amends.” n London Walks,

After a seven year absence Zadie Smith makes her long awaited return to the world of books this autumn. Lulu Rumsey profiles north west London’s elusive author

Zadie Smith: the next chapter




or Zadie Smith, NW is more than a title. The moniker of the heavily anticipated fourth offering from the internationally acclaimed author is a tribute to the city that raised her, and a source of unending inspiration for her writing. Smith once countenanced that when you have London in a novel, you don’t need much else. Be it ambling through the plots of Kensal Green Cemetery in On Beauty, or going behind closed doors along Willesden High Road in White Teeth, in Smith’s cognisance north west London is elevated from a backdrop setting to recurring character status. Speaking to the Telegraph Magazine in August about her choice to focus once more on her home stamping ground, Smith is forthcoming in her appreciation of north west London, admitting frankly that, “It’s easier to write about the things you love”. Now Zadie splits her time between her New York and London homes, however it’s difficult to imagine that she will ever feel the affinity for the former that innately accompanies the latter. Testament to her affection for north west London, the aptly titled NW has been earmarked by Zadie as the personal favourite of her heavily praised body of work: and the novel awards the area its biggest role yet. Above all else it’s a tale of a city, of protagonists that are merely its inhabitants, and of the life-defining encounters between them that are determined by the complicated, ever-evolving norms and definitions of our modern urban setting. NW follows the lives of four Londoners – Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan – attempting to make their way into adult life, a life they hope lies beyond the childhood boundaries of their Kensal Rise council estate. No one does tragi-comedy quite like Zadie, and NW unearths all that is both beautiful and brutal about London’s north west corner. Smith does more than award her home town a literary role; her deep ties to north west London are manifested in her impassioned defence of the losses the community faces in the wake of public spending cuts. In her blog for the New York Review of Books Smith has deplored the ‘cultural vandalism’ she sees in the plans to demolish Kensal Rise Library and Willesden Green Library Centre, a demolition that includes Willesden Green Book Shop, where White Teeth was launched onto the literary scene all those years ago. On this matter she is clearly frustrated. In a recent interview with The she credited free accessibility to such services for her phenomenal success as a writer: “I don’t think I would have passed my exams without my local library. Without the exams I wouldn’t have gone to college. Without college I doubt I would have written. It’s all so obvious.” The present seems like the ideal time for Smith to make her return. NW is her first release in seven years and one can imagine that Smith, with such an eagerly expectant body of readers, must have felt some pressure in the creation process. In the novel’s development period she faced

No one does tragi-comedy quite like Zadie, and NW unearths all that is both beautiful and brutal about London’s north west corner

no shortage of personal triumphs and troubles; she welcomed the birth of her first child, but also grieved for the loss of her father, and relocated to a part time residence across the pond. Smith has admitted to the tribulations of being a professional writer in the past – she once joked about breaking up with one of her novels while in the midst of writing it – and it’s clear that she writes in response to where her inspiration takes her, not one to religiously follow a schedule. She credits Virginia Woolf with helping her translate the vision for the novel in her mind into the hard copy on shelves today. Anyone who’s read On Beauty, an open tribute to E.M. Forster’s Howards End, will be aware of Smith’s recognition of the influence established literary icons have had upon her writing, something she has labelled in the past as an attempt to legitimise her writing within the English tradition. Although she considers On Beauty to be the finale of an approach she has since abandoned, there’s no denying that, emulative of conservative establishment authors or not, Smith is a valuable component of this country’s literary tradition. Less than a decade after the publication of her debut she was added to the A-Level English Literature curriculum, achieving a level of general affirmation denied to many more experienced, long-standing authors. I was even fortunate enough to study Smith’s novels as part of my undergraduate degree. Emerging just as the dust settles on London’s eventful summer, Smith’s ode to the locale where she grew up is a very personal, evocatively and humorously written tribute to our always intriguing, and ever inspiring capital. n NW is available now £18.99, published by Hamish Hamilton

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A HIDDEN GEM Granary Square in King’s Cross is a real hidden gem – there is always something interesting going on and the fountains that are just outside of the new campus for Central St Martins College of Art and Design are magical. Also, Queens Crescent Market in Kentish Town on Thursdays and Saturdays is a traditional street market and has the most amazing fruit and veg.




This really is home for me. Kentish Town and Camden is where I grew up and I live just streets away from my childhood home. I love the area because it’s really authentic London – there is such a diverse community here. And it’s great fun, its vibrant – there is always something going on. I can’t imagine ever living anywhere else.

eating & drinking Breakfast At the weekend I try to go out for breakfast – it’s a real treat and Kentish Canteen do a great breakfast – the food is always yummy and the prices are reasonable. I love the building and there’s always a buzzy atmosphere.



My favourite walk is to the top of Primrose Hill – for the spectacular views across London. I never tire of it. I will often take some time out during the day and walk from my ‘Greenhouse’ to the Highgate Woods too – they are magical.


I love Floral Street in Covent Garden – home of Paul Smith – my favourite designer. I go there for suits, shirts and even socks! I think Paul Smith is a genius and love that the way that his shop is full not only his fashion, but also objects and things that he loves. Heal’s on Tottenham Court Road is another favourite of mine. I love furniture and mid-century modern classics and I also love their first floor which is great place for present shopping. Heal’s has become a client in recent years and I am so pleased to be working with them.

The Queen’s Wood Café is just next to my office (a giant greenhouse) in Highgate. It is a community café that serves up vegetarian dishes from around the world – the selection is as varied as jerk chicken (my favourite), Mexican chicken fajitas to falafel in pitta bread. It’s ideal for families with children as it has a fantastic organic garden.

DINNER The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is my favourite building in London – I adore the Victorian gothic architecture. I grew up with this building – it has such a presence that dominates and it’s always held an immense fascination with me. I am now lucky enough to have the Marriott Group (who own the hotel) as a client and I do their interior planting. They have the most wonderful atrium space. I really enjoy going to dinner at the Gilbert Scott restaurant – with chef Marcus Wareing at the helm you can expect the best food. I love his take on the British classics and I do have a penchant for the cauliflower pudding baked with nutmeg and cream and the onion rings!




C amden Market

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Upon the banks of a 200 year old canal lies nor th west London’s shopping destination extraordinaire. Camden Lock Market is our most treasured eccentricity, writes Lulu Rumsey


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t would surely never have crossed the minds of the 19th century constructors of Camden Lock’s most emblematic feature, the double locked canal upon which it lies, that little over a hundred years later the site would become home to London’s most alternative fashion scene. Originally accommodating nothing more than T.E. Dingwalls timber yard, the lacklustre industrial roots from which the cultural and artistic integrity of today’s Camden Lock market sprang, only serve to emphasize the uniqueness of one of north west London’s most beloved eccentricities. The punk rock heyday may have passed, but Camden Lock remains a hive of individuality and non-conformity; an eclectic, quirky world of its own


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within a dynamic and changeable capital. Opened in 1973 as an arts and crafts market, Camden Lock has blazed a trail for unique voices in fashion and design ever since. Great food has also become an essential component of the mix, and the place somewhat resembles a United Nations of tastes and flavours, such is the variety on offer. From Kim Thai Lee’s commendable Vietnamese Food Hut to Paul Foley’s delightful Ha Ha Veggies Bar, there truly is something for everyone. International influences don’t merely reside on the food side of things either. Buyers source their items from all around the globe; the souks of Marrakech, palaces of Rajastan and tanneries of Milan all have a home at

Camden Lock. With its eclectic jumble of fashion retailers, diverse cuisine and cultural heritage, all assembled upon the picturesque canal-side location, the market is one of Britain’s most iconic cultural destinations. Its popularity ever expanding, Camden Lock continues to evolve. This summer brought an added dimension, with what will hopefully become a lasting institution on the canal: the Camden Lock Night Markets. Taking place throughout the summer months, (and restarting for the festive period), in the West Yard and Camden Lock Place, the night markets feature all of the sought after attractions of Camden; a unique fusion of fashion, arts and crafts, street foods and homeware stalls. This



Synonymous for many with the trendsetting fashion scene, Camden Lock has long been a magnet for London’s style purveyors

summer they also proffered a series of music events showcasing local talent, an acknowledgement of the important part music has played in the history and culture of Camden; (Pink Floyd, Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Madness and Amy Winehouse all have roots in this borough of London). Synonymous for many with the trendsetting fashion scene, Camden Lock has long been a magnet for London’s style purveyors, a hub for fashion addicts with an eye for eclectic design and a passion for ethical trading. Berty and Gerty, is a particular favourite of the vintage scene and occupies a large space in the West Yard, selling a sassy collection of clothing with a charmingly eccentric service. The night markets make more than a nod to the Lock’s vintage credentials; visitors can immerse themselves in a bygone


era, whether through a lesson with 50s style dance troupe Swing Patrol or a glamorous retro make-over from talented hair and make-up teams. When the markets return midNovember, they will surely offer more unique and quirky ways to get inspired, with an added seasonal twist. Not that the market needs any extra hooks to attract shoppers; whenever visitors come across it they will always be sure to bear witness to a colourful festival atmosphere, great music and one of London’s best selections of original shopping. Go and be inspired. n The Pumpkin and Halloween Festival runs from 24 – 31 October at Camden Lock Market, NW1 8AF

Cause Celebre The independent, village feel of many areas in NW is due predominantly to the hard work and commitment from numerous local residents, with some added support from famous faces, says Marina Licht


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ommunity spirit is certainly alive and well in North West London. While you may think celebrities have little time to get involved in local life, in areas such as Primrose Hill and Hampstead many well-known figures have been instrumental in various campaigns and projects. Primrose Hill residents Sadie Frost and Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw, for instance, played pivotal parts in support of the ‘Primrose Hill Not Plastic Hill’ campaign last year, which – as you would expect – was about cutting back on the use of plastic. They even helped launch a new organic eco Tote bag, designed by local artist Lynne Pritchard, in support of the campaign. Local businesswoman Gillian Anderson Price, a prominent figure in helping organise both the eco bag and the campaign, explains how a couple of famous faces helped create the buzz needed to ensure the campaign and the bag was a success. “We asked Sadie Frost and Nick Grimshaw to endorse the campaign, as they are well-known local residents, and they were more than happy to.” The bag was then launched at the association’s Christmas Fair and is now available to buy at many local shops for ongoing use. While Primrose Hill’s identity is often tied up with a media image of beautiful houses, designer shops and celebrity residents it is encouraging to see that is obviously also a place where community spirit is of fundamental importance. This is nowhere more obvious than in the support behind Primrose Hill Community Library. Having been forced to shut down as Chalk Farm Library after losing its public funding, thanks to 192 local residents


volunteering their time and 494 financial pledges, totalling £593,000, the library reopened in April with a lease of 20 years. Actor Sir Derek Jacobi, who lives in the area, was one celebrity who threw his support behind the library, giving a talk locally about his love of books and how he had used the library extensively. In Hampstead, similar support for community resources saw the likes of former Spice Girl Melanie C and well known DJ and presenter Edith Bowman amongst the crowds who gathered in April to support the opening of the Keats Community Library. The library, a volunteer-run registered charity, took over from Heath Library which, like Chalk Farm Library, was forced to close because of council cuts. The library was able to reopen thanks mainly to local residents who set up a committee to help save it. “We are lucky enough to have the support of some very well known names who have all been actively involved,’ says the library’s manager Ben Noakes. ‘They include the likes of Michael Palin, David Baddiel and Melvyn Bragg.” In addition, renowned writers Dame Margaret Drabble, Alan Hollinghurst, Anthony Horowitz and former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion also leant their support. The library, which is located on Keats Grove in Hampstead is steeped in literary history and was actually built on John Keats’s vegetable patch. Literary stalwarts who used the library included HG Wells, George Orwell and Edith Sitwell. “People in the area have really embraced the library with enthusiasm and passion,” explains Ben. “We even had actress Gemma Jones, who played Bridget Jones’s mother in the Bridget Jones films, volunteering.” Local well-known residents in Hampstead have also got involved with supporting Age UK Camden’s Henderson Court, a day resource centre for the elderly, which was first established in 1985. Age UK Camden is a voluntary organisation, working with the elderly in the borough. Until this year, the centre was almost fully funded by the council, but this is no longer case and support is desperately required to keep it going. This year, the Hampstead Summer Festival raised £7,500 for the centre and they are lucky to also have had support from individual donors, the Pears Foundation, Hampstead, Wells & Campden Trust, as well as local resident David Bedford

(race director of the London Marathon), who ran the marathon for them. The centre also has support from local residents and patrons, Esther Rantzen, Sir Derek Jacobi and Phyllida Law. Slightly further east, Highgate resident, comedian Noel Fielding, has recently joined the fight to save an independent parade of shops in Swains Lane, which are being threatened with demolition – the owner of the site is reportedly planning to knock down the parade and replace it with housing and a supermarket. Fielding spoke at a public meeting at St Anne’s Church in Highgate, which was attended by more than 300 people, where he explained that he’d moved to Highgate because he fell in love with the friendly, village feel – he listed being able to stop and chat to his local greengrocer as one of the many aspects of the village life he loves – something that will undoubtedly change if plans for the demolition go ahead. It is all too easy for us to not to devote time to issues important to the area we live in, and yet it is exactly due to the efforts and support of residents and well-known personalities that North West London is so rich in community spirit. Get involved with something today and not only will you reap the benefits, but so will the neighbourhood in which you live. n


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STRONG AND STRIKING Ermanno Scervino is our definition of an overwhelming label crush. Creative director Ermanno Daelli became renowned in his native Italy as ‘the king of sports fashion’ and, while the Autumn 2012 collection has equestrian inspirations (super soft angora capes, reworked jodhpurs and brushed calf hide boots were all on the Milan catwalk), we adore his take on glamour. Sultry bias-cut black lace gowns and flourishes in the form of chiffon bows and sequin embellishment show the house can do elegance and detail exceptionally well, but it is this dramatic, draped organza bustier modelled by Cara Delevigne that stole our hearts.


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Gucci and Hermès have long stoked our appreciation for accessories honouring country pursuits and fine craftsmanship, but A/W12 is the season for unabashedly embracing the trend





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Walnut Brown Drayton Flat Riding Boot £550, Burberry,


Silk Status Print Scarf, £170, Michael Michael Kors Fall 12


Mini Marcie Leather Shoulder Bag, £400 Chloé,


Felt Cap in Fuchsia, £POA, Ermanno Scervino, 020 7235 0553


Ruth Satchel, £795, Thomas Lyte


Leather and Suede Gloves, £205, CH Carolina Herrera, 020 30965 441



Rose Gold Tone Wrap Around Bracelet, £180, Michael Michael Kors Fall 12


Leather Bridle Cuff, £315, Alexander McQueen,



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Leafing through 113 photographs of the same black jacket might not sound like fun, but this is the Chanel little black jacket, a cult piece which has been personally captured in print by creative director, Karl Lagerfeld. Daphne Grow, Stella Tennant and Dakota Fanning are among the friends of the fashion house pictured modelling the garment in their own unique way, as part of the new book: The Little Black Jacket: Chanel’s Classic Revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld. An exhibition accompanying the glamorous tome will run from 12 – 28 October at the Saatchi Gallery.

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Kate Moss’s trade arguably lies in a show of dark-versus-light, good-girl-gone-bad, making her the ideal face of Salvatore Ferragamo’s autumn collection, which juxtaposes romantic, crochet silk dresses with sturdier military coats and leather details. The stunning advertising campaign was shot in the Russian embassy in Berlin by photographer Mikael Jansson, with a spokesman for the label confirming that it it was Kate’s vibrancy that made her so ideal for the brand.


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Aspinal of London has commemorated the very recent opening of its Marylebone High Street store with a bag named in its honour. Iain Burton, founder and CEO, told us: “Oversized totes are one of the key shapes in handbag design and this one is absolutely stunning.” Marylebone High Street, W1U


Versatile, slightly masculine designs are the signature of Joseph and one which has earned the brand huge success. Its A/W line includes high quality knits designed to be layered, smart jackets and muted prints. Joseph collections always seem to work together in their entirety and so we’re delighted to hear that the full range of its styles and colours will be available to purchase online from mid-October. 21 St John’s Wood High Street, NW8,


Buttersoft leathers and jewelled tones are the mainstay of Milanese fashion label Zagliani which has been making handbags by hand since 1947, ‘pleasant to the eye and marvellous to the touch’. This autumn Zagliani becomes the latest brand to offer bespoke accessories. Clients can now select their desired shapes and colours in the finest crocodile skin.


SW1 may sound like its origins lie south of the river, but its namesake is actually veteran shoemaker Stuart Weitzman. The shoe and handbag line debuts this autumn and defuncts any former reference to contemporary design. Seriously bold styling comes courtesy of Alvaro Gonzalez after eight years at Jimmy Choo and sees peep-toes stacked on geometric columns and art deco motifs sculpted from metal.

If you’re amongst those who live in J Brand jeans, you’ll love its new Ready-to-Wear collection which is just as well cut. The 43 looks for Autumn/Winter remind us of pieces from The Row; they’re laid-back and slightly bohemian with a high-end edge.

TO BUY Last month we unveiled a selection of pieces from THEOUTNET.COM’s very first capsule collection, Iris & Ink, which is available this October – and the more we see of the luxurious, designer-inspired looks, the more we like. This royal blue silk pussybow blouse, £98, deserves its very own mention.

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Gabrielle Lane speaks to the designer heralding the death of the ‘It-bag’


melia Powers has ‘the eye’. We’ve all heard stories of people discovering vintage Louboutins at charity shops for £2, and – on checking through battered stilettoes for a glimpse of a monogrammed black sole (the soles of Louboutins weren’t always lacquered and red, you know) – might have thought it was all a myth. But Amelia is that woman. The one who can spot quality and heritage at 50 paces – and then some. In fact, she spent a decade as a prominent vintage clothes dealer whose reputation earned her custom from the likes of Gucci and Sass & Bide, before progressing to dressing private clients in the elaborate, one-off creations she had acquired. The clients in question include Vogue fashion editors and various figures from the wealthy Dubai set; the occasions as prominent as society weddings. Of course, when meeting, I ask firstly about her own closet. “One of my favourite pieces is an Egyptian


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for a bag it should be worth it,” Amelia says. “It should have goat lining; it should be handmade, in whatever colour you desire. My bags are designed for women who love to be individual and want something special, which is what I also want.” There are no single favourites here: each is designed to be the ‘dream bag’ at that given moment. Amelia works from home listening to Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to tap into the feel of bygone eras and her production team have each worked in the industry for over 20 years. They are experienced in old-fashioned British manufacturing methods and their recruitment is a key part of Amelia’s drive to revive home-grown artistry. To source and dye materials to an exact specification can take up to eight weeks, with the hand construction of the frame and cutting of the fabric a four day process in itself. Why do we lavish so much attention and affection on our handbags? I ask her. “A handbag is a lady’s everyday necessity,” comes the reply. n

If a woman is going to pay thousands of pounds for a bag, it should be worth it metal cape that dates back to 1910, I bought it for £200 from Portobello Market and I have since had it valued at £4,000,” she tells me. “Another of my favourite pieces is a 1850’s Victorian mourning cape, again I bought it from Portobello Market for a couple hundred pounds and have since had it valued at over £2,000. I would never sell them of course; they are both part of my private collection.” Then I ask her how we can all find our own fashion treasures: she gives little away, other than suggesting that ‘London markets’ are the best place for vintage shopping. What kind of skills will we need to hone to discover such lovely things? It gets even hazier. Her PR tells me Amelia is inspired by her ‘rare spiritual gift’: it seems she has ‘the eye’ indeed. Amelia’s shamanistic (healing) training is also credited as the inspiration for her own handbag line, which she began following many enquiries about her own rare finds. If you’re wondering what a spiritual design looks like – when combined with the influence of Hollywood glamour for the first range, the pieces are striking and beautifully made. For the daughter of an architect, structure is the key, shapes are simple and art deco details are dotted throughout. Popular item ‘The Gatsby’ is a black calfskin and python evening bag, while another, ‘The Ritz’, is glossy lizard skin style with an original 1920s clasp lined in shocking pink. Both typify her work. “I hate mass produced products that are overpriced, I believe if a woman is going to pay thousands of pounds

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Double Wool Crepe/Jersey Top £495, and Stretch Felt Skirt, £595, both Roland Mouret,; Shoes, £590, Manolo Blahnik,; Handbag, £11,480, Analeena,; Ring, £150, Tomassa,

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opposite page: Skirt, £667, and Top, £495, both Osman,; Boots, £970, Manolo Blahnik,; Green Ring, £200, Tomassa,; Gold Ring, £180, Alexander McQueen,

Coat, £3,063, Belt, £POA and Shoes, £1,400, all Calvin Klein Collection, 020 7201 8649

Coat, £1,095, Burberry,; Clutch Bag, £1,795, Jimmy Choo,; Shoes, £209, Ursula Mascaró, 020 7935 1795; Ring, £200, Tomassa,

opposite page: Dress, £1,165, David Koma,; Shoes, £260, Sandro, 020 7259 9539; Rings, £150 each, both Tomassa,; Bag, £1,525, Alexander McQueen,

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Handsome reclaimed woods, soft faux fur throws and antique leather in warm, vintage hues are amongst the facets of Ralph Lauren Home which we’ve grown to love and recognise. So imagine our surprise when its flagship London store was decked out with lime green walls, black velvet drapes and red lacquer accessories for the launch of its new Shanghai Luxe collection this month. At its heart is the opulence you’d expect from the brand, with its typical metallic accents switching from gold to silver and lots of fine textiles, but it is definitely a great new option for those seeking exotic, dramatic finishes. Gabriella Side Plate, £75 Carmen Black Crystal Dragon Statue, £800


Led by such renowned figures of art history as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, the legendary Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood’s creative overhaul of Victoriana constituted Britain’s first modern art movement. Manifested in all artistic forms, this autumn’s exhibition at the Tate Britain is a testament to the definitive changes the movement’s pioneers wrought across sculpture, painting, photography and fabrics. In light of the artistic awakening on display, why not take inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites for a little interior decoration? Of the brotherhood, no other championed better its vision for the interior domain than William Morris, whose delightful Morris&Co. collection encapsulates the movement’s richly romantic artistry. Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, Tate Britain 12 September 2012 – 13 January 2013,




The Midcentury Show makes a triumphant return to Lord’s Cricket Ground this October for a stylish one day showcase of vintage furniture, sourced from across the world. In the iconic St John’s Wood setting, close to some serious design inspiration in the form of Future System’s Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre, visitors can peruse a painstakinglysourced collection from such behemoths of design as Wegner, Eames and Jacobson. Featuring an eclectic ensemble of beautiful pieces from an exciting range of dealers that includes Le Style 25, Retropolitan, Hello Dear and Omnipod, this month’s showcase is an ideal day out for anyone looking to innovatively add to their home decor. Enticingly, everything at the show will be available for sale, lease or order on the day. For north west London’s interiors aficionados, this is an occasion not to be missed. Sunday 14 October 10am-4pm,Wellington Place, Lord’s Cricket Ground, St John’s Wood, NW8


These enticingly imaginative interpretations of a simple chair design have been developed as part of the celebrations surrounding the ten year anniversary of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant and social enterprise, Fifteen. The Better Food Foundation’s BIG Chair Project sees collaboration between furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen and an array of talented names and brands from the field of fashion, art and design, including Paul Smith, Burberry, Tracey Emin, Cath Kidston and Sarah Burton. A selection of the chairs are available to win through a lottery, whilst those remaining will be auctioned online, to be concluded with the LIVE auction at Fritz Hansen’s Fitzrovia sister branch. Bidding from now until 9 October. LIVE Auction held at Republic of Fritz Hansen, 13 Margaret Street, W1W 8RN on 11 October. Lottery closes at midnight on 12 October.

TWO WORLDS COLLIDE Taking heed from the spirit of innovation surrounding the London Design Festival, internationally renowned British design company LINLEY will launch a series of creative collaborations this month. Championing novel elements of modern British craftsmanship, design and engineering, LINLEY’s collaboration initiative seeks an overhaul of the traditional boundaries of cabinet making. The legendary design house has always maintained a deep understanding of the necessity of breaking new ground and inspiring original thinking in the design world, and the engaging and intriguing partnerships – the first of which will be with conceptual designer and artist Rolf Sachs and British designer Alex Hull, are sure to prompt stalwart LINLEY fans to fall in love with the design company all over again. LINLEY COLLABORATIONS will be launched at 60 Pimlico Road, 19-26 September 10am – 6pm

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INDUSTRY INSIDER Lee Broom, Designer Theatre school and a stint studying fashion at Central St Martins served as the foundation for Lee Broom’s vibrant and unique design career. Transformation of over 40 bar and restaurants, the styling of personal shopping suites and Harrods’ famous windows and production of elaborate lighting commissions chosen by Tom Dixon, Tracey Emin and Mary Portas are amongst the projects that have earned him more than twenty prestigious awards including Elle Decoration’s Designer of the Year 2011.




How would you sum up your own personal design style? I’d say my style is ever-changing; I like to embrace new techniques and materials, it keeps things more interesting. I’m rather instinctive; I design what feels right for that moment. What are your starting points for a project? I always start a project by sketching and creating mood boards, visuals are key. Being able to see your design enables you to make tweaks, which can often take months. Do you have key inspirations As a designer you are continuously drawing from new inspirations. Working in London is great! There’s so much creativity that I only have to step outside of the studio to be inspired. I tend to be inspired by architects, galleries, fashion; I read a lot of fashion magazines and I own many fashion photography books. It’s such a fast paced industry that there are constantly new styles, textures and shapes to get inspiration from. In light of designing personal shopping spaces and window displays, what advice would you give to anyone looking to transform a small space? Don’t be afraid to fill it. I think it’s really important to create an atmosphere. Keeping things simple and minimalist can be boring; by filling a space you generate a more captivating environment. Do you have a favourite colour?! White What’s next for you career-wise? I’m currently working on a project for London Design Festival where I will be transforming my studio into a Crystal Bulb Shop. I have a new glassware range going into Liberty and I am also planning my next exhibition for Milan 2013!

From the annals of art history, there are some talents who never fail to incite reaction. Gustav Klimt, enfant terrible of the 19th century Vienna art scene, is surely one such artist. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his birth this year, the controversial Modernist artist and founding member of the Vienna Secession takes centre stage once more this month with the publication of Gustav Klimt – The Complete Paintings, by Taschen. Featuring a catalogue of his complete paintings, set alongside all Klimt’s known letter correspondence, the book looks certain to reengage the polarising debates that have long surrounded the artist. Referencing everything from Klimt’s provocative portrayal of women to the contemporary reaction to his work during his career, the book is alluringly beautiful in its representations of Klimt’s incredible works, and for its meticulous detail, constitutes a definitive contribution to Klimt historical scholarship. Gustav Klimt – The Complete Paintings, £135,


AT HOME IN STYLE Autumn Lodge Warm tones and rustic finishes are perfect for this time of year



3 1. From Ralph Lauren’s new Alpine Collection, this fur inspired throw adds a cosy aspect to any autumn interior. Kendall Throw Blanket , £8,000 Ralph Lauren,


2. Crystal tumblers are unapologetically extravagant. A treat for your table. Harry’s Jurassic Tumbler, £75 3. Not your average storage unit, this authentically created, pyramid dresser has a ruggedly charming allure. Brigitta Nightstand, £398 4. Designed in the vein of the intricate structure of coral, this nickel plated bowl is an inspired adornment for any table top. Donna Karan Lenox, £400


5. Hand carved to perfection and timelessly beautiful, add a touch of ostentation with this baroque style mirror. Silver Ornate Round Mirror, £330 6. This modern yet aged tobacco brown interpretation of the classic wing chair structure is understated yet inviting. Groucho Chair, £2,140

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7. Incarnating all the colours of autumn, this montage print cushion enlivens a room. Man’s World Printed Cushion by Laura Oakes, £75


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Jardinieres Citrus Trees wallpaper from Chinoiserie collection, interiors by di’zai’n in Hong Kong


Monuments of Paris from Papiers Peints Panoramiques collection


hen Claud Cecil Gurney was unable to find appropriately skilled artisans to restore the antique wallpaper in his family home, he recognised a need to revive the traditional handpainting techniques which had given 18th century Chinoiserie designs their intricacy and colour. Over twenty years later, the company he founded, de Gournay, remains renowned for bedecking spaces with grand scenes of flora and fauna, interpretations of 19th century French Papiers Peints Panoramiques and more contemporary Japanese and Korean styles which are hand gilded in gold and silver tones onto silk backgrounds. Its couture-like approach to each project has seen de Gournay commissioned to adorn spaces at The Ritz and the Giorgetti penthouse at the New York Plaza hotel and sought for collaborations with Chanel, Matthew Williamson, Jenny Packham and Smythson. With the expansion of its offering, to include hand-made fine porcelain based upon the oriental figurines of the 1760s and wooden furniture,

Le Bresil from Papiers Peints Panoramiques collection



Askew from Chinoiserie collection

Temple Newsam from Chinoiserie collection, Balfour Castle, Scotland



Le Eden from Papiers Peints Panoramiques collection


Our aim is to bring happiness into people’s lives by creating for them light, bright, vibrant and happy interiors Claud Cecil Gurney founder,


it now embodies a unique, bespoke service which captures one’s personal taste. “One of our great strengths is our range of striking and timeless designs we offer across a wide collection of products,” explains Dominic Evans Freke, the director of design and production. “We achieved this by sticking to our philosophy of understanding historic designs and their manufacture, which guides us towards sensitive redesigns and updates of them for our modern consumers.” n

La Chasse de Compiegne from Papiers Peints Panoramiques collection, image courtesy of John Stefanidis

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On The Red Carpet As the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival for the 15th consecutive year, Chopard is one of the most sported jewellery companies on the film world’s red carpets. Each year since 2007, Caroline Scheufele, Co-President and Artistic Director of Chopard, has designed a Haute Joaillerie collection; with inspiration drawn from awards ceremonies attended by top actors and actresses, it has been appropriately named the Red Carpet Collection. This year, Scheufele played with the theme of colours: exquisite rubies, emeralds, padparadscha sapphires, amethysts and tourmalines pervaded the 60-piece collection. In honour of the 50th anniversary of her death, Chopard created a special Marilyn Monroe Tribute Set; a bib style necklace, it is made up of more than 151 carats of diamond beads, 30 carats of heart-shaped diamonds and almost 19 carats of assorted diamonds.


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Haute and ready-to-wear jewellery designer Alidra Alic’s imagination must be an extremely pleasant place; a world filled with beautiful flowers, sumptuous colours and delicate, fluttering shapes. We’ve been fortunate to have access to this fairytale floral universe through Alic’s rare pieces of jewellery, as much statements of art and culture as they are aesthetic adornments. The uniqueness of her designs is ensured by Alic’s self-invented techniques, as all the pieces are handcrafted using textures and colours free from manufacturing methods. The result is an entirely organic form whereby the flowers are given a lifelike quality. Alic continues her floral theme with her haute jewellery collection, aptly entitled Flora.


As much a title as a definition, Jessica McCormack’s latest collection seeks to change our perception of diamonds. McCormack juxtaposes different styles, cuts and settings of the precious jewel in order to create individual pieces which still remain within the confines of established style codes. A pair of romantic bowshaped earrings is contrasted with edgy Torpedo earrings while a minimalist gold Pipe ring is sat next to eternity bands in a classic Georgian cutdown setting. With such unusual but stunning combinations, McCormack plays with our preconceptions of how a diamond can be worn and reveals the endless possibilities it can hold.

Cutting Edge

Since the successful launch of her first collection for the house, Metamorphosis, Eliane Fattal has continued to work with S.J. Phillips to create one-off jewellery pieces. Her latest collection, Pensée, consists of unique jewels based on 19th century American enamelled flowers

“The collection signifies a move away from the old that was innovative in its time, towards the new in a way that serves the new woman”

Out of the Woods

Contemporary British jewellery designer Shaun Leane has teamed up with established luxury house Asprey for his latest collection. Leane was greatly influenced by the brand’s British roots and heritage and so created a jewellery line inspired by English woodland flora. The Woodland Collection comprises charm bracelets, earrings and bracelets featuring whimsical symbols of nature including mushrooms, blackberries and acorns.

Left / A Bouquet of Thought Pansy and bleeding heart ring with American enamel and gold flowers, £9,750 Above / Think of Me two Pansy ring with American enamel and gold flowers, pearls and diamond, £6,500 Both Eliane Fattal for S.J. Phillips,



watch news It’s Complicated

SalonQP Returns Following record numbers of visitors and exhibitors at last year’s event, SalonQP will be returning to the Saatchi Gallery between 8 and 10 November of 2012. Now in its fourth year, the UK’s only fine watch exhibition will present an impressive array of horological delights, including presentations, debates and static exhibitions from the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie. With a list of exhibitors stretching from Arnold & Son to Zenith – via the likes

It has been providing its clients with the “most affordable, expensive” watches in the world since 2005 but nothing Christopher Ward has produced before offers quite as much value for money as its new C900 Single Pusher Chronograph. An extremely rare example of a luxury watch being put together by just one man (in this case, either legendary watch maker Johannes Jahnke or his assistant Frank Stelzer), each C900 Single Pusher costs £2,450, despite being one of only 250 made. The automatic chronograph can be started, stopped and reset with a single ‘pusher’, or button. of Chopard, Jaeger-LeCoultre, TAG Heuer and Vacheron Constantin, among many others – the event will showcase the watch industry’s finest craftsmanship. SalonQP opens with a VIP reception on Thursday 8 November, with the exhibition open to ticket holders on 9 and 10 November, including a cocktail reception on the Friday evening.

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Precision Style

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

Like all Patek timepieces, the 5396/1R-001 has a timeless appeal and elegance that will never fade. The watch features a mechanical automatic movement, brown sunburst dial and annual calendar complication with day, date and month indications 5396/1R-001, £51,680 (RRP), Patek Philippe Available at Harrods, Selfridges and Watches of Switzerland


After the news that Burberry will be making a move into the world of fine watches next month – a story the company insists we can’t print with pictures until then – Ermenegildo Zegna has announced it is doing the same thing. Taking the High Performance concept it pioneered with fabrics as inspiration, the brand has unveiled two High Performance Chronographs (£4,000) and a High Performance Sea Diver (£2,200). The former is black ceramic with ergonomic rubber-coated push pieces and the steel-cased Sea Diver, with an operating depth of 300m, features a blackened aluminium insert.

Swiss movement, English heart

Swiss made / ETA 2671-2 self winding automatic / 38 hour power reserve / 36 x 25.4mm 18ct gold-plate case / 36 Top Wesselton VVS1 diamonds / Crown with blue cabouchon stone / Transparent case back / Galvanic guillochĂŠ sun-ray dial / Alligator deployment strap

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Open Sea

In less than two decades, Panerai has gone from purveyor of military wristwatches to producer of some of the industry’s most popular timepieces. Richard Brown sets sail with the brand’s CEO Angelo Bonati at the annual Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge

All images from Panerai’s British Classic Week © Panerai by Guido Cantini




hey’re the archetypal City boy watches. Bold-faced and portly-proportioned, Panerai’s Luminor and Radiomir timepieces have ridden the oversized wristwatch wave to become the number one choice for any banker looking to make a statement. It’s one reason, among others, that Panerai’s products provoke such a ‘Marmite’ effect. “You hate it or you love it,” admits CEO Angelo Bonati. “There is nothing in between. My opinion doesn’t really make any difference.” We are talking at the Cowes leg of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – an annual series of ten races that commence in Antigua and conclude in the waters of Cannes. Despite the difference in opinion that Panerai elicits, Mr Bonati is adamant the company won’t be changing its design direction any time soon. “Panerai is a very particular brand with very particular clients. We have a different soul to others, different passions and a very different history.” That they do. Founded in Florence in 1860, Officine Panerai’s rise to the top of the timepiece industry owes much to the Italian Navy. Having been supplied with precision instruments by the company from before the 20th century, in 1936 the Command of the First Submarine Group turned to Panerai for a watch that would be able to withstand the extreme conditions to which the sea would subject it. The result was the Radiomir, a watch featuring a cushionshaped case, 47mm diametre and a hand-wound mechanical movement supplied by Rolex. 13 years later – after a World War in which Panerai provided the frogmen of the Decima Flottiglia MAS with timing instruments – came the Luminor. Like the Radiomir, the Luminor took its name from the luminescent material Panerai developed to make its watches legible in the dark and underwater. For the next four decades the brand continued making watches exclusively for the Italian Navy; not until 1993 did Panerai produce a series of models aimed at the civilian market. Despite the change in clientele, little about the company’s creations changed. The characteristic large dial remained, as did the iconic crown-protecting lever-clamp device. “The history and character of our watches has stayed very strong,” says Bonati. “We are an Italian brand born out of Florence, the city of art, culture and beauty. Our authenticity is one of the things that keep our clients satisfied.” With its longstanding links to the sea, it is perhaps no surprise that the company is keen to keep its image associated with sailing, and with classic yachts in particular. For the last eight years the Classic Yachts Challenge has run under Panerai’s sponsorship, an event the brand has used to champion the sport, and its own heritage-led persona, across the globe. “The region of the brand is the waters, the sea,” confirms Bonati. “Panerai needs to be always linked to its origin otherwise it runs the risk of losing its path, or losing its clients because they don’t understand you anymore. We consider the classic yacht, not the modern ones, very linked to our place within the watch industry.”


More than simply paying to have the event prefixed by its own name, Panerai’s commitment to the Classic Yachts Challenge extends to the company fielding its own Bermudan ketch in this year’s series. Discovered languishing in an advanced state of disrepair in Antigua, Eilean was purchased and brought to Italy in 2006. Following exhaustive restoration, the boat made her UK regatta debut in Cowes this year, one of more than 70 vintage boats that made its way to the turbulent tides of the Solent. “When we found the boat it was sinking,” explains Bonati. “But as soon as I saw it, I fell in love. We spent four years of our time restoring her and now she is an ambassador for the brand and its future. There is something very special about Eilean: the first Panerai wristwatch was made in 1936; Eileen was made in 1936.” Despite being one of the worst summers on record, 2012’s Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge attracted enough boats to make it the largest and most historically significant collection of vintage vessels to gather in UK waters for more than a decade. Off the back of such events, awareness of

PAM00438 Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica – 44mm.


PAM00422 Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days – 47mm.

the Panerai brand is growing year by year, their products appearing in increasing frequency in bars and boardrooms across the country. Bonati has already discussed the flourishing success of his brand within the UK, but what about elsewhere? “The watch industry is growing around the world. The biggest markets for us depend on if you are talking about regions or countries. If you consider regions, then Europe; if you consider countries, then sales in Italy and Hong Kong are more or less the same. China is of course a big potential market. But for now we are selling more to the Chinese in Europe than to the Chinese in China.” Back in Britain, there’s no denying that City-types make up an important contingent of Panerai’s fanbase. How, then, did Panerai suffer when the recession started pinching at the pockets of those in the Square Mile? According to Bonati, it didn’t. “The recession was easy. I think if you have a good business model, a good product and good communication, you can fly over a recession. Maybe you grow less fast than before, maybe you have to work a little harder, but you can continue. That’s what happened for Panerai. Over last few years, we have grown very well.” Indeed, within Panerai’s 150-year history the period between 2006 and 2010 represents one of the brand’s most successful spells. In 2007 Panerai announced the launch of three calibres completely designed, engineered and produced in-house while 2008 saw the opening of numerous boutiques across Asia, Europe and the United States. Recession? What recession? And of the future? Bonati is excited. “We are having a revolution. But one that will see us keep the same soul, the same design and the same positive element that brings Panerai to life. Sometimes I mention Mercedes. If you compare the latest Mercedes with one made ten years ago you see a huge difference but you continue to feel the same car. That’s what has to happen with Panerai; a continual evolution where the history of the brand is never forgotten.” It’s a formula that’s served the company well over the last decade and one that will no doubt see it sailing smoothly into the future. n





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Aiming to achieve the debonair gentleman look? Take inspiration from James Bond’s accessory drawer



1 Silk polka-dot square, £50, Drake’s London, 2 18-carat white gold circular cufflinks with onyx inlay, £2,050, William and Son 3 Pocket square and bow tie set, £115, Drake’s London, as before 4 Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M SKYFALL Limited Edition watch, £4,420, Omega 5 Ligne 2 Lighter Windsor, £665, S.T. Dupont, available at Harrods 6 1/18 DB5 scale model, £125, Aston Martin,

7 Round optical cufflinks, £59, Thomas Pink, 18 Davies Street 8 Silverstone Tourbillion Full Black watch, POA, Graham, available at Harrods and Selfridges 9 Silver-plated bulldog handle umbrella, £185, Archer Adams, 10 Cross-grain leather briefcase, £1,050, Smythson, 214 Westbourne Grove





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savour the flavour

of spain The quickest way to Spain isn’t on a flight; it’s through the doors of Iberica Canary Wharf during the Spain NOW! festival. Take a trip to the Mediterranean without venturing too far from home


berica Canary Wharf has taken the tradition of tapas to a whole new culinary level. Its contemporary take on Spanish dishes, and menu created by a two Michelin-star chef Nacho Manzano, can transform an evening in London into a warm Mediterranean night.

The restaurant, accessible in just 20 minutes from St John’s Wood via the Jubilee line, has been designed by Barcelona-based Lazaro Rosa Violan with an integrated open kitchen so diners can share the cooking experience. The décor follows the tone set by the food creating a modern space and combining elements of Spanish culture.

Nacho Manzano, Iberica’s two Michelinstarred Executive Chef, talks about his culinary influences what inspired you to start cooking? From a very early age I was used to life around cooking. I remember being very interested in learning more about cooking and managing a restaurant, so at the age of fifteen my father sent me to work in the restaurant of a friend of his. After seven years, I came back to Casa Marcial to help my parents. I realized I didn’t want to copy the recipes of others. I had my own style and way of cooking and wanted to introduce a more gastronomic feel to the menus. What distinguishes Iberica Canary Wharf from the other restaurants? Ibérica has the spirit of a traditional restaurant, a fine tavern or “casa de comidas” in Spanish. All our stews are made daily. The idea is that the Iberica client will eat the same food, prepared in the same way, as in Spain’s traditional taverns. This cooking, combined with the variety of TAPAS - lighter, newer and more creative - is the key.

Spain NOW! As a partner of Spain NOW! Iberica Canary Wharf has laid on a series of events to celebrate the Spanish culture of food. The festival, held from October to December, promotes the latest creative talents from Spain through a number of exhibitions, performances and events across London. This year, Iberica Canary Wharf is hosting a number of live cooking shows and wine tastings, held inside the restaurant and across Canary Wharf. Tantalise your taste buds, learn a few Spanish specialities and witness the creation of classic dishes with a modern twist. iberica canary wharf event guide - Highlights Wednesday 3 October Cooking masterclass, by David Muñoz Wine tasting class, Bruno Murciano Monday 15 October Live cooking show by Jose Pizarro and César Garcia Tuesday 16 October Live cooking show by Nacho Manzano and Diego Bello Thursday 18 October Galician wine tasting class by Bruno Murciano Cooking masterclass by Diego Bello Iberica Canary Wharf, Cabot Square, 020 7636 8650. For more information on the forthcoming events please visit


Confidence in Excellence

Our Breast Care Unit provides breast screening, state-of-the-art technology and internationally renowned specialists – creating a dynamic breast care service. Supported by a one-stop clinic at The Wellington Hospital - you can be confident you are receiving the highest standard of care at the Wellington Diagnostics and Outpatients Centre

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Backstage beauty Lid Smoothie Antioxidant 8-Hour Eye Colour in Bit O’Honey £17, Clinique,

Creamy Concealer Kit, £23.50 Bobbi Brown,

Rouge Pur Couture Mat in No 205 Prune Virgin, £23.50, YSL,

Skin Caviar Liquid Lift £304, La Prairie,

Lip Pencil, £15.50, YSL

Lipstick in Media, £14.50 MAC,

ÉCLAT MIRACLE, £21 Lancôme,


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Face and Body Foundation £26.50, MAC,

a secret

Smile The fresh-faced innocent with a touch of allure is Autumn’s beauty muse; interpreted beautifully at Nicole Farhi

Sumptuous Bold Volume Waterproof Mascara £19.50, Estée Lauder

Dazzle Lash, £14, MAC

Cream Colour Base in Shell £14.50, MAC,

Airbrush Concealer £17, Clinique, Le Teint Touche Éclat £28, YSL,

Diorskin Nude SkinGlowing Make-Up £31, Dior,

Almost Lipstick in Black Honey £16.50, Clinique


HEALTH & beauty update INTRODUCING AERIN It’s a refreshing change to hear brand philosophies centred on effortlessness, especially when the company doing so is backed by the artistic might of Estee Lauder. Aerin is the new stand-alone range from Estee’s granddaughter and is perfect in its simplicity. The Essential Collection includes multi-tasking products such as lip and cheek colours; the hues are wearable and pretty variations on soft rose and gold, and skincare products have a light floral scent.





A Marylebone favourite for years, Gielly Green is a sleek, cool salon, boasting some of the most experienced stylists in the capital. If you can, request co-owner Fred Gielly, charismatic and disarmingly chic, who cut my hair with expert precision, layering light waves and curls into my sometimes frizz-prone, shapeless locks. The rest of the set-up is just as classy; the space is large, light and tastefully designed, with the added luxury of fully reclining chairs at the sinks, and an exemplary beauty salon downstairs which offers everything from divine facials and brow shaping to pedicures and manicures. 42-44 George Street, W1U


With October being ‘Breast Cancer Awareness Month’ many beauty brands are unveiling special products and events to support the cause. Estee Lauder ambassador Elizabeth Hurley will be fundraising for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation by signing products from the Evelyn Lauder Dream Collection in Selfridges on 8 October from 1pm.


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The teams backstage at Burberry, Missoni and Etro were amongst those touting shapely brows as autumn’s key beauty look. It’s a trend best mastered by the professionals, which is why Vaishaly’s Threading and Tint package is proving particularly sought-after. A sharp, polished result is Vaishaly’s signature and the treatment is performed by her and just three specially trained assistants at the flagship Marylebone clinic. 51 Paddington Street, W1U

JINNYLash in James Street, Marylebone features in the address book of many a beauty editor: its semi-permanent eyelash extensions don’t just differ in length but in their texture and degree of curl too, ensuring an impeccable finish. Those considering the treatment should try the brand’s new range of strip lashes which includes everything from subtle and sophisticated designs to jewel-encrusted, feather enhancements. Each can be applied at home with tweezers and a little slick of adhesive before peeling off.

A sweet yet sophisticated solid perfume encased in an oyster pink enamelled locket might not be a Paddington handbag, but it’s still oh so covetable. Signature So lid Perfume Necklace

£45, Chloé, ww

Foundation isn’t usually the most forgiving formula for large pores so a dedicated product which promises to minimise sebum production, clear out dull skin cells and boost the skin surface as well as evening out colour and tone is a must: Clinique base products have never let us down before.


Must ions Solut p fining ing Make-u e R e r t Po Perfec t n a t Ins ww.c nique, w £23, Cli


INTRODUCING One is the kind of mattifying, refining gel of daydreams and the other is a fabulously movie-star red lip gloss. Sisley’s Belle de Shanghai collection contains a fair few heroes and proves that it’s not just the catwalk taking inspiration from the East this season.

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Checking yourself





health promotion

A Shoulder to Lean on October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Bernie Phelan, breast care nurse at The Wellington Hospital, talks to us about the essential support these specialist nurses give every patient When a woman is referred to the Breast Care Unit, especially with symptoms, many assume that the lump they have found is cancerous, but nine in ten lumps are benign (non cancerous). Patients can be very anxious when they first arrive at the unit, so it is really important to put patients at ease - to introduce yourself, explain your role as a breast care nurse and explain the examination process to them. Patients who visit the unit will undergo a ‘triple assessment’ examination, this includes an examination by the consultant, a mammography and/or an ultrasound and, if needed, a biopsy, before discussing their results with the consultant. I can be with the patient at every stage of the assessment if they wish. After a patient has completed their assessment we will have a tea or coffee and discuss the diagnosis together; many find this very helpful because it can be an overwhelming experience, and I find patients can open up much more this way. I go over the outcome of assessment, explain everything in detail, offering these ladies my support and ensuring they leave fully informed about their condition; but they know they, or their families, can call me at anytime with questions or concerns. And many do. I had a call from a patient I saw yesterday who was thankfully diagnosed with a cyst, but was very distressed when she first arrived. She called to thank me for my support, for listening to her, explaining everything and making her feel like she was the only patient there. Conversations like that really make me feel like I am making a difference. For many women the outcome of assessment will be benign, such as a cyst, but it is equally as important to explain how these cysts develop and why, and how to properly check your breasts for further lumps. Educating patients is a big part of a breast care nurse’s role, so I spend time with patients explaining the importance of breast awareness, early

detection, attending breast screening and how vital a healthy lifestyle and diet is. Patients come to me armed with information now, and I think that is wonderful. I’m passionate about my patients. The whole breast care team are here for one reason, and that’s the patients, and delivering good quality care is paramount at The Wellington. We recently saw a patient who was diagnosed with a breast cancer, she could have had her chemotherapy closer to her home, but she elected to come back to The Wellington because of the quality of care and the emotional and psychological support she and her family received – she didn’t want to lose that rapport. There is a lot of evidence which shows the role of a specialist nurse positively impacts the overall psychological outcome of patients with breast cancer. There are now an estimated 550,000 people in the UK who are living full lives after breast cancer, and a big part of this is because we are seeing patients earlier, thanks to breast screening. There are many developments in the area of breast cancer: latest research has shown that breast cancer should be thought of as ten different diseases, which means treatment can now be much more targeted and precise. Breast cancer care has really progressed in the last ten years, and it has been wonderful to see this happen and be a part of it. Bernie’s Breast Care Advice: 1. Be breast aware, understand the principle, and check your breasts regularly. 2. When you are invited, attend your routine screening. 3. If you find a problem with your breasts, visit your GP. Although many symptoms may be benign, breast cancer caught early has a much better chance of being cured.

The Breast Care Unit With breast cancer being one of the most highly diagnosed cancers among women, it is imperative for women to regularly check their breasts. STEP 1: Stand in front of a mirror and compare both breasts for any difference in size, and any skin or nipple changes. Inspect your breasts with your arms at your side; over your head; and with your hands on your hips. Look for changes such as dimpling, puckering, redness, nipple inversion, nipple discharge, swelling or soreness. STEP 2: You will also need to examine your breasts whilst standing. Raise one arm and place behind the head, with the other hand keep your fingers flat and check the opposite breast. Feel the breast with the surfaces of the second, third and fourth fingers moving systematically and using small circular motions from the nipple to the outer part of the breast and up into the armpit. Use light, medium and firm pressure over each area of the breast. STEP 3: Repeat on the other breast

From GP referral through to diagnosis and treatment, the Breast Care Unit aims to investigate, reassure and discharge or diagnose breast conditions in the course of a single visit. We cover the full spectrum of breast management from the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast disease to breast reconstruction. We also offer a breast screening service at The Wellington Hospital in St John’s Wood and the Wellington Diagnostics and Outpatients Centre in Golders Green. If you have any queries, Bernie Phelan can be contacted via the Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5002.

For further information please visit The Wellington Hospital Or contact the Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5002


Pure therapy Lulu Rumsey experiences the benefits of exclusive skincare in Hampstead


t was assisting dermatologists in Russia that first motivated Nataliya Robinson to use her passion for good skincare occupationally. However, having trained at The London School of Beauty & Cosmetology, it is in her beautiful Hampstead Heath home that she offers face-lift massage, acne treatments and deep cleansing, alongside naturopathic nutrition, Indian Chimpissage and Ayurvedic techniques. The location is important, for it could not be more serene and discreet. Devoid of the austerity of traditional clinical settings, the treatment room is a cocoon of old school glamour – dotted with monochrome prints of Hollywood legends, an art deco dressing table and violet orchids: combined with an appointment-only service, this is definitely a place that is a very special treat for those in-the-know. Nataliya has a large and loyal clientele and practises from 6.30am until 11.30pm, suiting the busy professional. n 07774 544455,

TREATMENT After gauging the horrors I routinely put my skin through, in particular too much sun, Nataliya administers a facial routine that is tailored completely to my individual needs. I undergo the Oxygen Rx Facial, developed by renowned skin care expert Dr Peter Pugliese. It’s ideal for sensitive skin that’s prone to acne, but also has the added bonus of producing anti-ageing effects, by helping increase skin functions and stimulating fibroblasts. Nataliya begins her treatment with a deliciously scented Cocoa Enzyme Mask that removes the keratin build-up that dulls my skin’s appearance. Next comes the Oxygen Rx treatment, applied by mixing solutions together upon my face, creating a germicidal action that makes my skin feel purer immediately. A relaxing facial lymphatic massage follows, designed to improve the lymphatic flow and detoxify my skin. As someone with tiresomely sensitive skin, I had initially been dubious of the potential aftereffects a facial might have. The cooling, anti-oxidant rich Green Tea Mask that Nataliya massaged in removed those doubts and set my concerns at rest. To end, Nataliya used a hydrating and soothing Vitamin C Reversal Serum that neutralises free radicals, leaving my skin glowing. Nataliya has a background in nutrition and, after learning about my bad habit of skipping breakfast, upon my departure she offers me strawberries – it is the most important meal of the day after all. She provides an immaculately proficient treatment experience that’s both professionally advanced and intimate (the clinic is housed discreetly within her own Hampstead home). Needless to say, Nataliya makes wonderful company.


Captivate Your Senses The first internationally-acclaimed Chuan Spa in Europe is now open at The Langham, London. Rediscover your source with luxurious treatments inspired by the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The Langham, London 1c Port land Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA T 44 (0) 20 7973 7550


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SHOW-STOPPING This October, a unique concept restaurant, bar and music space will launch in nearby Islington. Victoriana-inspired House of Wolf will bring experimental dining, drinking and live entertainment all together under one exuberant roof. Every month will feature a new chef in residence, effectively creating a showcase of the UK’s most exciting gastronomic stars of the moment. Beveragewise, traditional Victorian drinks prepared with cutting edge techniques are to be found in the Apothecary Bar, which is complete with scene-setting aged glass bottles, gas lamp lighting and an antique mirrored back-bar. Housed in what was one of London’s first listed music halls, House of Wolf also pays homage to its creative roots with a programme of inspired events, from vaudeville cabaret and literary salons to performance theatre in its own Music Hall. Opens Friday 5 October Monday to Friday, 6pm to 4am; Saturday & Sunday, 12pm to 4am


Foodie favourites eat

Laverstoke Pies


House of Krug Sharing Set Esteemed Champagne house, the evocatively named House of Krug, has long been devoted to creating the ultimate pleasure experience in champagne drinking, so it comes as no surprise that the mantel fell to them to devise the perfect bubbly anecdote to approaching winter blues: the Sharing Set. The new gift set consists of a bottle of Krug Grande Cuvée and includes a nod to the brand’s acclaimed creator Joseph Krug in the form of two eponymous glasses. Developed exclusively by the master craftsman at the House of Riedel, ‘The Joseph’ glasses are a treat within themselves; made from a single piece of glass, they are designed to amplify and perfect the unique tastes and sensations that accompany the connoisseurs’ legendary Champagne. Utterly extravagant and delightfully celebratory, House of Krug’s new creation is at the top of our wish list. POA, Available from Selfridges from October, “

The autumn months mean a welcome return to hearty, warming meals. This October, we’re loving Laverstoke Pies, which are made by hand on Laverstoke Park Farm using the farm’s own meats and organic vegetables. With flavours including buffalo pepper steak, chicken and mushroom and lamb and mint, the pie’s pastry is light and thin and the filling is plentiful and deep, meaning they make an ideal lunch or dinner. The farm’s produce has been the recipient of numerous food industry awards and is served in countless Michelinstarred restaurants across the country. Begun initially as a family project, founder Jody Scheckter takes pride in the farm’s commitment to producing the best-tasting, healthiest food possible, from a natural, bio-diverse environment. Available online and delivered throughout the UK

In the kitchen cupboard…. Ivan Simeoli, head chef, The Wallace Restaurant

Balsamic Vinegar A good 24 yr old balsamic vinegar is always a necessity in my kitchen and I can’t do without it. I love to drizzle some on my heritage tomato tartare or on a lovely autumn game dish to give a touch of pleasant acidity to it.

Espelette Pepper It’s fantastic when dried and ground. It is also delicious when smoked. I enjoy it on buttered bread or if you add it to mayonnaise it adds a lovely chilli flavour.

Home Grown Herbs These are a must for anyone’s kitchen. I grow fresh basil outside on my patio. I pick a bit to finish off most pasta dishes and I love adding some to green salads. It tastes fantastic and it makes you feel more in touch with nature.


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Vantage Loves…

Latest & Greatest All the news and views from the restaurant scene...

CO YO Brought to these shores all the way from Australia by fan-turned-UK manager Bethany Eaton, CO YO coconut yoghurt promotes itself under the remarkably accurate signature, ‘heaven in a mouthful’. Made with freshly squeezed cream from the white flesh of coconut and available in five equally appetizing flavours, CO YO’s virtues are extensive – as dairy, gluten, lactose, soya free, and with no added sugar or artificial preservatives, it ticks every health fanatic’s box; and is soon to be launching its very own Coconut Milk Ice Cream.

A LITTLE PLACE WE KNOW... BAKE-A-BOO Catering for every occasion, from hen parties to lazy Sundays, the afternoon tea at Bake-a-Boo is a treasured local institution. Selfridges may have caught on (Bakea-Boo’s cakes are stocked in its food hall) but the draw of the West Hampstead café remains unparalleled thanks to its charmingly girlie interior and the warm and friendly atmosphere it exudes. For those with a creative side, Bake-a-Boo holds regular workshops, not limited to baking, for adults and children alike.

Michael Nadra comes to Primrose Hill… …One of London’s most talented chefs, formerly of the Michelinstarred Petrus and Chez Bruce, has recently exported his culinary talents to NW. Serving contemporary European food in a vibrant, sleek setting, Michael Nadra Primrose Hill is set to become a local favourite. À la carte, prix fixe and tasting menus will be available, while the weekend brunch will offer a gourmet take on classic English breakfast dishes, utilising everything from foie gras to HP sauce. 42 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 8JD

Champagne and hot dogs… … A new addition to the Fitzrovia dining scene Bubbledogs, which prides itself on not serving caviar with its champagne, pairs lesser known grower bubbles with gourmet hot dogs instead. Genius!

Take in the view… …Duck and Waffle, a new skyhigh spot in the City, is garnering mass popularity with both reviewers and diners due to its unique menu, which includes fried pigs ears served in a brown bag and scallops served on a block of Himalayan salt.Food is sublime, service wonderful and the views are out of this world.

It’s Simple… …Simply Fish, which opened in Camden this month, offers fresh and sustainable fish, cooked to order and served with your choice of sauces and sides.

TO YOUR DOOR FENG SUSHI If you can’t make it to one of their homely establishments, thankfully Feng Sushi (of Chalk Farm and West Hampstead) delivers parcels of its fishy delights to your door. The Japanese eatery combines traditional dishes with modern interpretations, producing deliciously tasty results. Standing out from the sea of Japanese cuisine across London, Feng Sushi is avidly committed to sustainability, only using fish that’s sourced in this manner, and tries hard to use ingredients close to home, usurping air freighting if anything comes from abroad.

Classic burger… …Tommi’s Burger Joint in Marylebone Lane opened in August, and is a classic American style diner, offering delicious burgers with traditional accompaniments. The friendly staff make it the perfect place to take children.

Celebrate 15 years of Nobu London…

…Founder Nobuyuki Matsuhisa will host a Gala Dinner on the 27 September, featuring a bespoke celebratory menu. A proportion of proceeds from the event will go to Ashinaga, a charity supporting the many children orphaned by Japan’s 2011’s tsunami.


The Best of NATURAL Xavier Rousset, head sommelier at 28–50˚ in Marylebone, asks how long the trend for natural wines will last


atural wines are a very grey area and there is a lot of confusion about what they really are; I’m not even sure that natural wine producers agree on it. Their motto is, ‘less is more’, which means they use little, or no sulphur during the winemaking process, no pesticides and no fertilisers during the growing season. As a result, natural wine makers are saying the wines are made solely from grapes with no other additives. I’m very much in favour of organic farming and certainly feel that using less pesticides or fertilisers is the way forward. But where it gets slightly controversial is the debate over chemical additions, in particular the exact levels of sulphur wine producers should be using, as they are not united in their approach. Sulphur is used to help wine protect itself against oxidation and avoid becoming vinegar. You will find it in almost every wine of quality that many of us have been drinking for a long time. But what level should be used? The most natural wine enthusiasts would prefer to keep the level of sulphur very low, however, the less scrupulous winemaker will add a more than needed dose to aid the wine and ‘hide’ a lot of defect. There is that famous saying that ‘good wines don’t give you a headache’, which is linked to the amount of sulphur used. The arguments are well-documented within the EU regulations though and there has been recent talk about bringing the level down, for the better in my view. I often compare natural wines to molecular gastronomy, very few chefs master this art, but when it’s done properly it can be very good, sometimes exceptional. The same applies to natural wine makers; however, sadly, in my experience, not all of them are talented winemakers but will try their hand at natural wines to give them a selling point, without which they would struggle to sell their faulty (mostly oxidised) wines. In recent years, some of the worst wines I have tried have fallen into the category of natural wines! The fate of natural wines will be exactly like the one of molecular gastronomy: the latter has started to fade away, but has laid a blueprint for passionate and talented individuals, pushing boundaries with a new way of thinking. I believe natural wines have been beneficial and improved our industry, but it will never radically change it. n


BACK TO DACH The arrival of the very on-trend Dach & Sons in Hampstead heralds good things for the whole area, says Emma Johnson


inimal-choice menus. Exposed brick. Shared seating. No reservations policies. Fast-food with a luxury twist. There’s a serious trend emerging on the London restaurant scene, and as far as I’m concerned, long may it continue. While I love a top notch Michelin dinner as much as the next person, this pared down approach to dining, coupled with a commitment to doing one or two dishes, and doing them extremely well, actually allows for a lot more variety in dining options. Burger & Lobster, Bubbledogs, MEATLiquor, the recently opened Chicken Shop and now Dach & Sons all offer exactly this approach to eating out, and it’s great to see the successful formula coming to Hampstead. Dach & Sons is brought to us by the people behind the muchlauded Purl in Marylebone and The Worship Street Whistling Shop in Shoreditch. Setting up shop on Heath Street, just up the road from Gaucho, the premise here is American in inspiration and design, with burgers, hot dogs and sliders and a range of sides on offer, all served within a cool, diner-esque setting, rife with illuminated lettering, vintage posters and artwork and furniture crafted from distressed wood and metalwork. So far, so cool. Food-wise, it’s no seven course, gourmet experience, this is all about fuss-free, speedy eating cooked to perfection, but what we

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Local Italian Inspiration FOR wine & antipasti Negozia Classica, Primrose Hill

did eat was fantastic. A burger and a hot dog with a side of homemade beans, slaw, chips and chilli con carne (all excellent), made for a substantial meal. The meat in the burger (sourced from the Hampstead Butcher & Providore down the road) was succulent and tasty, while the chilli dog was well-spiced, the pork sausage juicy and full-flavoured in spite of the tangy sauce. We washed these down with a few interesting beers, served in one and two-thirds of a pint measures, to ensure you can try a wider range of ales. They also do a good line in interesting whiskies, but we decided to shun these and head upstairs to the ‘speakeasy’ Flat P cocktail bar upstairs, accessed very much through a rabbit warren of unlit corridors. The divine little bar has all the quirky, retro charisma we loved at Purl, and makes a wonderful place for a decadent cocktail or two in the winter, with flickering candle light and thick red curtains to block out the light. With Hampstead still struggling to really hold its own as a real eating destination that offers more than chain restaurants and gastro pubs, Dach & Sons is a welcome addition; a great place both for a drink and a quick, fun bite to eat. It’s good to see places like this heading to North West London, and, in the words of Oliver Twist, ‘More please!’. n Dach & Sons, 68 Heath Street, Hampstead, NW3 1DN

A wonderful addition to the area just under a year ago, this wine bar and restaurant is Tuscan in inspiration, with food and wine offering a real flavour of Toscana, served in quirky modern surrounds with exposed brick and rustic paintwork. The meat and cheese platters are especially delicious, with well-sourced authentic produce, while the wine bar space is warm and inviting with a wine list that extends its reach throughout Europe.

FOR pizza & people Pizza East, Kentish Town The new kid on the block in NW, Pizza East follows its siblings’ examples in Shoreditch and Portobello to set down roots in a residential outpost of London and thereby make it the talk of the town. Food at Pizza East is seasonal and fresh, expect a range of divine pizzas with inventive toppings, as well as tapas-style starter dishes and a wide selection of world wines. Décor is classic Soho House, exposed brick and concrete, steel beams, wooden floors with a rustic, vintage overtones, and floor to ceiling retractable windows make this a solid summer offering too.

FOR classic & elegant Il Baretto, Marylebone Compared to the two young pretenders above, Il Baretto is an established and much loved Italian, often name-checked by wellknown local residents, which balances classic Italian dishes with some more inventive and decadent plates. Particular highlights include the tagliolini with scallops and saffron, the salt baked sea bream and veal Milanese. The basement restaurant is a perfect autumn and winter dining space, and is smartly and fashionably designed making it ideal for a gathering with friends.

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Ian Pengelley Gilgamesh, NW1 Executive chef of pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh in Camden shares the secrets to one of his signature dishes

Chargrilled Lamb Chops with Sweet Miso Dressing Serves four


This is a light dish perfect for an autumn evening, the sweet miso dressing provides an Asian twist and the flavours are incredible together. All the ingredients should be easy to find at any Asian supermarket. I love this dish because it is simple to make but is a real crowd pleaser.


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Rack of 8 ribs (best cut of lamb) 40cm rehydrated Gourd 1 tsp sea salt Large pinch of Shichimi pepper 1 tbsp white truffle oil


Sweet Miso dressing

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150g sweet miso (sakyo miso) 150ml sushi vinegar 50g sugar 50ml Mirin (rice wine) 1 tsp mustard powder

Cut down each rib bone to produce eight chops. Clean the bone by scraping with a sharp knife and scour for a polished finish. Take the rehydrated gourd strip and start

Gilgamesh Influenced by his extensive travels, executive chef Ian Pengelley serves up a range of dishes from across Asia, including Shanghai dumplings, Hong Kong style soy smoked chicken and Malaysian beef pendang. Located in Camden’s Stables Market, the restaurant offers a unique dining experience with a 40ft retractable roof, floor to ceiling windows and intricate Babylonian décor, which creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Camden Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8AH


wrapping neatly around the base of the chop bone until you reach the top, tie into a bow and cover the bone in tin foil. Next, sprinkle the chops with sea salt and shichimi pepper before searing the lamb in a griddle pan until brown all over. Cook the lamb chops for eight minutes in a preheated oven at 180°C. Meanwhile, take the sweet miso, sushi vinegar, sugar, mirin and mustard powder and mix all these ingredients together to create the dressing. Take the lamb from the oven and leave to rest for ten minutes. Remove the foil from the bones and drizzle the meat with the white truffle oil, serve with the miso dressing and a rocket salad. n

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Corrigan’s, Mayfair


ichard Corrigan is renowned for truly British cooking, of exceptional quality and sophistication. His first Mayfair restaurant, Bentley’s on Swallow Street, is a mecca for fish lovers seeking classic dishes with contemporary flair; while his eponymous venue on Upper Grosvenor Street in the heart of Mayfair is renowned for cooking and serving excellent meat, poultry and game. Boasting a real talent with wild and foraged food from Britain and Ireland, Corrigan’s expertise with game in particular makes his restaurant the perfect autumn destination. As a huntsman in his native Ireland, Corrigan appreciates that not only does game taste great, but has an average of only five to seven per cent of fat and is full of minerals. “Quite rightly it’s increasingly seen as a healthy alternative to commercially reared animals…and quite impossible to clone!” says Corrigan. This year, Corrigan has created a tailor-made ‘hunters’ menu to welcome the start of the autumn season, which will run throughout October and November. It will feature a range of game dishes, including such delicacies as hare, red and fallow deer, partridge, pheasant and grouse. In addition, special attention will be given to pairing wines with game, and a lunch dedicated to the art of choosing the right bottle is also in the offing. The restaurant, just round the corner from Hyde Park, is a beautifully elegant space, complete with intimate banquet seating and subtly-themed furnishings – we loved the bird lamps and the silver pheasants dotted about. The menu is likely to change as different game becomes available, but I can highly recommend any of the grouse or partridge dishes, succulent and rich in flavour, these are a real treat, and something more unusual; the perfect way to welcome in a new season. n

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October 2012 EVENTS 11-14 Oct SUNDAY Art Fair, Ambika P3 11 Oct – 24 Nov Red Velvet, The Tricycle 17 Oct – 10 Nov Rent, The Cockpit 18 Oct – 24 Nov 55 Days, Hampstead Theatre Until 2 Dec Simon Martin UR Feeling, Camden Arts Centre

A House of Leaves Mornington Crescent, NW1 21 September 2012 – 23 February 2013 This autumn welcomes the David Roberts Art Foundation (DRAF) to our north west London neighbourhood. To celebrate its relocation, the foundation will host A House of Leaves, an exhibition curated by DRAF director Vincent Honoré. Designed to reflect the experience of time, the collection is everchanging and encompasses a range of distinct artistic movements, from abstract minimalism to conceptual art forms. Touching and thought provoking, the DRAF has created a symphonic, naturally evolving artistic impression, featuring works from Louise Bourgeois, Gerhard Richter, Pierre Huyghe and Roman Ondak.

Kris Martin, Mandi VIII, 2006. Courtesy of the artist and David Roberts Collection, London


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Selected Works from the Wonderland Series

Eric Bainbridge: Steel Sculptures

Quaglino’s, SW1

Camden Arts Centre, NW3

Until 14 November

28 September – 2 December

Inspired by tales her mother told her during her childhood, fine art photographer Kirsty Mitchell’s fantastically otherworldly Wonderland collection has captivated audiences the world over. Three years in the making, the impressive project incorporates visually stunning backdrops that span all aspects and extremes of the natural landscape, from snowstorms, to woodlands, to heather in full bloom. Combining art extraordinaire with a culinary experience, Quaglino’s’ display invites guests to become enraptured by Mitchell’s creations whilst sipping on cocktails inspired by the photographs in front of them, all within the setting of one of Mayfair’s most delightful restaurants. Quaglino’s sixth exhibition comes on the tail of London Fashion Week, making it the ideal artistic sanctuary for those still chasing creative thrills.

After a ten year absence, Eric Bainbridge makes a sought after return to the London art scene with an exhibition of new sculptural works at Camden Arts Centre. Emulating the modernist abstraction typified by sculptors such as David Smith and Anthony Caro, Bainbridge works with steel (for the first time) and other cheap and readily available materials associated with everyday life in an aesthetic reconsideration of their worth. In an exhibition of unexpected elements and arrangement Bainbridge has created an inspiring visual display.

Matti Braun, Untitled (2011). Courtesy of BQ, Berlin

Fredrikson Stallard – Pandora Image courtesy of Swarovski

Fiona Rae, Do not scream!! (2010). Courtesy of Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

Frieze London Regent’s Park, NW1 11-14 October Ten years after it first began, Frieze London returns to Regent’s Park this October. The fair’s collection of galleries from across the world annually invites an international audience to refresh the capital’s contemporary art scene. Coinciding with Frieze Masters – a new art fair aiming to bring contemporary perspective on historical art, held nearby in the park, this year promises to cement Frieze’s position as one of the world’s most influential modern art events. Visitors looking to buy can appreciate the extensive range of talent on show, whilst those looking simply to relish the artistic experience will enjoy the Frieze Talks – debates and lectures – as well as the unique Frieze Projects artists’ commissions.

Digital Crystal: Swarovski Design Museum Until 13 January

Franz West, Untitled (2011). Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery

Faced with the end of the analogue era, the Design Museum and Swarovski are collaborating to explore the digital future of memory, with a spectacular visual result. The exhibition includes work by Ron Arad, Fredrikson Stallard and Paul Cocksedge, all of whom have famously been a part of Swarovski’s radial design commissions over the last decade and will rework existing pieces in response to the new brief.


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King Lear Almeida Theatre, N1 31 August – 3 November Until November, Michael Attenborough will direct a production of King Lear, down the road at Islington’s Almeida Theatre. King Lear is part of the World Shakespeare Festival, which seeks to promote the best of UK and international talents in an exploration of the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare. Renowned Tony and Olivier award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce, in the title role, heads the acclaimed ensemble cast. Attenborough’s production promises to be a spectacular rendition of what is one of the greatest tragedies ever written.

Anish Kapoor Lisson Gallery, NW1 10 October – 10 November In celebration of the 30 year relationship between them, the Lisson Gallery will host a spectacular exhibition by Turner-prize winning Anish Kapoor. Known for his engagement with all forms of physical matter and colour palettes, Kapoor’s latest display consists of some entirely new works. The collection presents the interminably inspirational talent that has made Kapoor one of Britain’s best loved artists. Image © Dave Morgan

Ice Rink Canary Wharf, E14 3 November 2012 – 13 January 2013 East London has been given a welcome revival this summer thanks to the staggering popularity of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Once the sporting stars have returned home, though, there are plenty of reasons to make a weekend of it there; if you’re attending a show at the world-renowned O2 Arena or taking your children on the Emirates Air Line, make sure you allow plenty of time for a festive afternoon of ice-skating in Canary Wharf. Canada Square Park is being transformed this November into an enchanted wintertime playground with a twist. Bigger and better than previous years, the rink promises to be an ice skater’s paradise, featuring London’s first ever skate path. Glide around the rink while enjoying seasonal entertainment or cheer on your children from the sidelines with a glass of champagne or warming mulled wine on the viewing terrace. The unique skate path enables skaters to leave the main rink and pirouette their way under sparkling trees around the perimeter of Canada Square Park. Having excelled on the ice, fit in some present shopping before retiring to the luxurious rink side bar and lounge to celebrate in style. Tickets at / 0844 847 1556


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REVISITING HISTORY The beautiful Tuscan village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro has experienced rejuvenation of late. In 2004, American lawyer and professor, Michael Cioffi, began a painstaking restoration of the semi-abandoned medieval village, intricately reviving it from a state of neglect while ensuring its redeveloped form remains inherently true to the beauty and tradition of the Val d’Orcia region. This August sees the opening of its highly-anticipated seven bedroom Hotel Monteverdi. Though spectacularly built on foundations dating from the 11th century, with a state of the art fitness centre, flat screen televisions, private yoga classes and a full-service concierge, it lacks none of the luxury amenities of the modern world. The hotel features authentic Tuscan flagstone and granite, Carrera marble and local wood throughout, and boasts an unencumbered interior that embraces simplicity, elevating the focus to the breath-taking surrounding views of the valley.



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Istanbul, Turkey


Autumn is a marvellous time to visit Turkey; the somewhat stifling heat of summer has passed but the weather remains warm enough for visitors to take in the sights. Istanbul is a city in which there is truly something for everyone, for culture vultures, foodies and shopping addicts, Turkey’s horizon beckons.


The country’s cultural capital, Istanbul is a must-see landmark on any discerning tourist’s map. East meets West in Istanbul and a cruise along the Bosphorous is certainly the most charming way to take such a wealth of scenery in. The river marks the divide between European and Asian influences, and a trip along it allows for fabulous views of Istanbul’s iconic skyline. Among this, the Hagia Sophia is not to be missed; the spires of this Byzantine-era cathedral turned mosque rightfully propel it to the forefront of the city’s horizon. Some of Istanbul’s treasures require a little more exertion to unearth however; for exquisitely unique ceramics, textiles and leather goods, or at the very least a visual treat, visitors should meander through the Grand and Spice Bazaars.



The city’s most exciting hotel is without doubt Marti Istanbul, which recently opened in Taksim, the city’s shopping and cultural hub. Designed by the internationally acclaimed Zeynep Fadillioglu, Marti Istanbul fuses contemporary structure with ornate finishing touches that reflect the city’s heritage, thus encapsulating the alluring contrast of past and present that Istanbul represents. Rooms at Marti Istanbul from €200

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Tropical sanctuary

Recently reopened after an extensive refurbishment, guests are now welcomed back to the shores of Orpheus Island, a beacon of tranquillity set in the heart of one of the world’s most stunning natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef. Surrounded by pristine National and Marine Parks, the biologically diverse setting has inspired the resort’s commitment to entrusting guests with once in a lifetime experiences, be it snorkelling around the reef or a tour of the culturally rich neighbouring islands led by native people.

Wilderness escapes

short haul Treehotel, Sweden Deep in the woods of northern Sweden, tucked away from, and undisturbed by, the outside world, lie five uniquely crafted and utterly original luxury tree houses. Architecturally striking yet completely in tune with their natural surroundings, the concept of Treehotel was evocatively inspired by Jonas Selberg Augustsen’s The Tree Lover movie, which explored the tale of three city men rediscovering their roots by building a tree house together. This is perfect for those in need of a closer affinity with the tranquillity and harmony of nature.

LONG haul Transun

Parisian Chic

The original Parisian palace hotel, Le Meurice, prides itself as the ultimate expression of the city’s charmed way of life. Recently, famed interior designer Charles Jouffre was enlisted to redesign the hotel’s guestrooms, producing a result that is nothing short of spectacular. With interjections of vivid colour, sumptuously lavish materials and custommade bedding throughout, as well as scatterings of unique ornaments from around the world, Jouffre has painstakingly transformed the hotel’s interior into one that epitomises the glamorously elegant atmosphere of an 18th century Parisian home.

Room with A View Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland Nestled scenically in the Swiss Alps lies a veritable haven of tranquillity. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz comprises the Grand Hotel Quellenhof & Spa Suites and the Grand Hotel Hof Ragaz. For its Penthouse Spa Suite, where guests can relish breath-taking views of their Alpine location whilst enjoying a private sauna, steam room and mineral water on tap, the former stands out as our favourite. And yet, Bad Ragaz is far more than simply a hotel retreat; it also includes a Wellbeing & Thermal Spa, two golf courses and eight different restaurants, collectively the recipients of no less than 58 respected Gaut Millau points.

No regions are more enigmatic and unexplored than the globe’s northern and southern extremities. Transun offers voyagers the opportunity to quite literally descend into the unknown, with luxury cruises across the polar regions throughout the year. October is the opportune time to visit the Antarctic. Visitors will cherish views of some of the world’s most unspoilt scenery, utterly intriguing wildlife and experience the calmly resounding sound of silence. For an escape that’s well and truly off the beaten track, nothing else compares. / 01865 265 200 Antarctica Cruise –

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Historical Settings Global destinations rooted in antiquity Xi’an, China

by Lulu Rumsey

Xi’an, China China’s ancient capital under emperors of centuries past, Xi’an is a testament to the astoundingly rich cultural heritage the country possesses. A city of legends and wonders unparalleled elsewhere, Xi’an is most well known as the home of the lifesized Terracotta Army, built by China’s first emperor as an eternal guard in the afterlife. Close to all the city’s cultural hubs lies the Kempinski Hotel Xi’an, providing the ideal luxury accommodation from which to enjoy the city. St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia No city encapsulates Russia’s majestic past better than St Petersburg. Two decades ago Russia’s cultural capital returned to its original title (variously altered as part of a century of ideological upheaval), symbolic of St Petersburg’s affection for Russia’s opulent imperial era. A short walk from St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Winter Palace, the Grand Hotel Europe opened on the Nevsky Prospekt in 1875 and has since proved a favourite among famed circles including ballerina Anna Pavlova and composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Salzburg, Austria Salzburg, Austria

Home of Mozart and setting of The Sound of Music, Salzburg is a stunningly beautiful alpine city steeped in the cultural integrity of its past. Historically valuable for a spectacular skyline that features Baroque, Renaissance and Romanesque influences, Salzburg is a European cultural gem. Hotel Goldener Hirsch is perfectly situated on the Getreidegasse, the very street where Mozart was born and moments from the Festival Hall and Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Udaipur, India

Udaipur, India

The picturesque lakes of Udaipur are one of the world’s most exquisite, romantic spectacles. Built during the reign of the city’s Maharanas, the lakes have lost none of their allure over the centuries. Taj Lake Palace, located upon the waters of Lake Pichola, occupies the former summer resort of Udaipur’s royal dynasty. A marble vision floating atop the lake, the hotel’s regal architecture remains true to the palace’s 18th century roots, allowing for an enchantingly escapist retreat into the past.

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

The ‘Lost City’ of Petra, rediscovered in 1812 after a thousand years of anonymity, is one of the world’s most enigmatic odes to past civilisations. Thought to have been a capital city of the ancient world, the city of Petra remains elusive to this day, its unobtrusive entrance hidden behind huge rocks. Inside lies an architectural wonder of the world – an entire city carved out of the rose-red rock face. The Movenpick Resort Petra lies quite literally at the doorstep of this historic city, allowing guests an illuminative insight into this curious phenomenon. n



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Lyon is not only a foodie destination par excellence, it is a beautiful, welcoming city showcasing the best in French culture, says Emma Johnson



hile Paris might be the city of love, Lyon is without doubt the city of gastronomy. Renowned as the foodie capital of France, its culinary history is as rich and plentiful as the Rhone-Alpes lands it lies in. Small enough to walk around easily, Lyon has all the classic cobbled streets, cafes and restaurants that France is famous for, though unlike Paris, and some of the ritzier coastal towns, this city is quiet, friendly, not touristy and rarely over-

priced. That’s not to say Lyon is not chic, not in the least – the locals and tourists here are some of the best dressed in France and the extensive shopping district in the heart of the city ensures stylish inspiration is never far away. Easy to get to from London on Eurostar, just five hours from St Pancras International with a quick changeover in Lille or Paris, this couldn’t be more suited to a decadent weekend away. Situated on a Manhattanstyle peninsula, with the vast, blue Rhone on the east

side of the city, and the Soane to the west, its central setting means it can claim some of the finest French wines, cheeses and meats as local specialities. Burgundy, Beaujolais and Cote-Rhone make up their wines, while St Marcelin and St Felicien are the delicious, creamy local cheeses. As for their signature dishes, this is the land of offal, and whatever you might think of it, the Lyonnais know how to do offal with certain aplomb; plus there are plenty of other divine local dishes on offer too. Sheep’s head casserole, braised pig cheek, and andouillette (tripe) sausage sit side by side with Lyonnais salad (croutons, lardon and a poached egg), pike quenelle (fish dumpling) and Bresse chicken.

WHERE TO EAT To experience any of this divine food, local bouchons are the place to eat in Lyon – traditional Lyonnais restaurants that guarantee an authentic French meal, in rustic surroundings. While they can be a bit rough and ready, the excellent food, jovial atmosphere and warm service more than make up for it. Café Federations is one of the best; we enjoyed a hearty lunch there of saucisson sec, lentils, pike quenelle and Bresse chicken, all washed down with a ‘pot’ of Cote du Rhone, their delicious local house wine. However, it is also possible to hit the other end of the spectrum here. French culinary god Paul Bocuse is a Lyon legend and an advocate of nouvelle cuisine, a lighter approach to French cooking with a focus on fresh ingredients. His main restaurant, the three Michelinstarred l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges, is a must for any foodie visitor to Lyon, while his central chain of brasseries – named Le Nord, l’Est, Le Sud and l’Ouest –


are also fantastic places to try out his cuisine. Because of its gastronomic history, Lyon also boasts numerous classical French restaurants, whose traditional approach have won them many admirers. A favourite has to be Pierre Orsi, a beautiful Relais & Chateaux restaurant, with wonderful baroque interiors and a secluded roof terrace. Talented grand chef Pierre Orsi and his wife are real personalities, running the restaurant with a mix of quirky warmth and precision excellence. Food was very typically French with modern flair, by that I mean rich, expertly cooked and delicious, Orsi reinterprets the great classics with a refined twist. The matched wine selection was a perfect blend of local specialties, renowned favourites and some unique options, make sure to go with sommelier’s and waiter’s recommendations. Foie gras and seafood are particularly good here, but the key is to relax, let the evening meander by and let yourself be led by the knowledgeable staff. Restaurant Pierre Orsi Relais & Châteaux / Paul Bocuse, Café Federations,

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WHERE TO STAY The St Paul area at the west side of Lyon across the Rhone, but only a five minute walk into town, is the oldest, most traditional part of the city, and the most beautiful. Situated down a small cobbled street is the divine Cour des Loges, an architectural gem dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries, whose 12 year renovation has sensitively recreated the baroque style of old with many original details and furnishings still in place. Our impressive suite boasted a painted baroque headboard, original, antique furniture, an outside terrace and access to the large rooftop garden, (a luxury in Lyon

apparently). There is also a small, but perfectly formed, spa; the pool and relaxation areas are a decadent escape from the world, while treatments are of a quality you would expect to find in some of the best spas worldwide. At the centre of the hotel the recently Michelinstarred restaurant occupies a stunning atrium space, allowing diners to gaze up past the internal arches and walkways throughout the hotel to the sky above. At breakfast and lunch this is a bright, inviting space, while dinner is intimate, romantic and dramatic. The excellent tasting menu is a perfect way to see the best of what the restaurant produces, and we enjoyed the delights of lobster, foie gras and pigeon and washed down with a wonderful bottle of pinot noir. Lyon is a wonderful place for a city break – in summer or winter. Spend the morning walking about the beautiful streets around the St Paul and St Jean districts, have breakfast at one of the little cafes, and then shop at the renowned Les Halles – a covered food market boasting some of the most wonderful food stalls I’ve ever seen, along with several mini eateries where you can have a lunchtime snack of white wine, oysters, saucisson sec, local cheeses and a pain de campagne. Walk off your lunch by pottering around the many historic squares in the centre of town and have an early evening drink at one of the lovely wine ‘caves’ in the city, before heading for supper at a local bouchon. It’s easy to soak up local life here, so easy in fact, that you’ll never want to leave. n Rates at Cour des Loges, Lyon from 250 EUR per room, based on two sharing,


Return Eurostar fares to Lyon from £109, and connecting fares from more than 300 stations in the UK. The author travelled Standard Premier class, which offers calm, spacious surroundings with on-board staff offering a meal, drinks and a selection of magazines.

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While renowned for its modernity and architecture, and its unashamed glitz and glam, Dubai also boasts an older side, with a wealth of cultural exploits. And, at this time of year, it is ideal for an autumn sun break, says Sarah Gilbert


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ooking out over the sun-drenched shores of the Arabian Gulf, it was hard to believe that I’d left the English winter behind. The Palm Tree Court & Spa sits in acres of lush, landscaped gardens overlooking a private white-sand beach. The all-inclusive resort perfectly reflects Dubai’s multiculturalism, with 15 bars and restaurants catering to all tastes, from Asian-Fusion to Italian. We arrived late afternoon and spent the evening sipping cocktails under a Bedouin-style tent at the al fresco bar, before heading for dinner at the White Orchid Restaurant, where we enjoyed sitting at the traditional Teppanyaki table, dining on a range of Asian specialities. The following morning, after an impressive breakfast at La Fontana, we were taken by speed boat past the rows of mega yachts in the resort’s 80-berth marina, for an exhilarating ride out to the open sea. We slowed down to sail along Dubai Marina, the newest part of the city known as the Manhattan of the Middle East for its increasingly audacious skyscrapers. Dubai began life as a tiny fishing village set around the mouth of a nine-mile long creek. Fed by the waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Creek is still at the heart of old – Bur Dubai to the south – and new – Deira to the north, and a vibrant mix of past and present. Against the stunning modern architecture, wooden dhows – the traditional sailing vessel of the Emirates – line up at the wharf to be filled with cargo, and the Creek is criss-crossed by ‘abra’, wooden, open-sided, flat-bottomed water taxis crammed with passengers. Feeling rejuvenated after a delightful lunch at the Captain’s Bar on the beachfront, and inspired by the morning’s on-water activities, I spent the afternoon kayaking around the bay, then swam lazily in the warm water. Feeling more active, my partner played a round on the nine-hole golf course, and then tried his hand – not entirely successfully – at wakeboarding. Sailing, scuba diving, waterskiing, paragliding, fishing and tennis were among some of the other activities on offer, but it was all too easy to just relax and soak up the atmosphere of this expansive and luxurious hotel. That evening, we boarded the Bateaux Dubai, a sleek, all-glass vessel, for panoramic views of Dubai Creek’s shimmering skyline. As we dined on a four-course gourmet menu, we sailed past the domes and minarets of the Grand Mosque, as well as modern landmarks, such as the Twin Towers, the giant-ball topped Etisalat building and the glass-dome fronted National Bank of Dubai. Dubai, a tax-free haven, is often described as a ‘shopaholic’s dream’, and the next morning we decided to test out its reputation. Next to world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa, at over 800 metres – is Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre, with over 1,000 stores. From high-end designers such as Dior and Gucci – to high-street names including Debenhams and Marks & Spencer – it’s also home to a vast cinema and entertainment complex, more than 150 food outlets ranging from fine dining to casual eating, and a vast aquarium with over 30,000 creatures, including tiger sharks and giant stingrays.

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But away from the marble-floored, air-conditioned malls we had a completely different experience in the world’s original shopping malls, the souks. Dubai’s gold souk is the largest in the Gulf and has been restored with a traditional Arabic arched roof. Glittering with gold and gems, it’s dominated by Indian and Iranian craftsmen as it has been for almost a century, and visited by dealers from around the globe. Gold is sold by weight, and pieces with intricate designs – Western or Arabic style – are more expensive. Haggling is expected and all part of the fun. Bur Dubai souk begins at the water’s edge. A mix of old and new, it merges with the textile souk filled with wonderful fabrics of every texture and colour imaginable: silk, brocade, satins, linens and more. The labyrinthine alleyways of the small spice souk in Deira was a sensory delight, filled with aromatic frankincense and myrrh, heavy exotic scents such as amber and jasmine, oudh (Arabic insence), plus an array of spices such as cumin, cardamom and cinnamon. Saffron, known as the ‘gold spice’ and among the world’s most expensive spices, is sold by weight. The UAE is also is the best place outside of Iran to buy exquisite Persian carpets, Bedouin jewellery – chunky bangles, earrings and necklaces, engraved and intricately set with gemstones – or jewel-encrusted bottles of Arabian attars, perfumed oils. Armed with our purchases we headed back to the hotel, looking forward to a relaxing treatment at the resort’s Elemis spa, the perfect antidote to a hard day’s shopping. I opted for the exotic frangipani nourishing body wrap with fragrant Tahitian coconut and frangipani flowers, as I drifted off into a state of total relaxation. Feeling ready for more culture that afternoon, we visited the historic Basakiya district in Bur Dubai, which provides a picturesque glimpse into the city’s past. In sharp contrast to the city’s futuristic architecture, we wandered around elegant courtyards and explored the shady narrow streets and alleyways lined with traditional buildings constructed by Persian merchants

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and now restored to their original state. They were made of sand, stone, coral and gypsum, with thick walls, narrow windows and windtowers to cope with the heat pre-air conditioning. The area is also home to art galleries, museums and cafés and a small souk selling handicraft items. Nearby, the Dubai Museum is housed in the imposing Al Fahidi Fort. Built in 1787, it’s one of the city’s oldest buildings and gives a vivid picture of Dubai’s meteoric rise from a small desert settlement, to the centre of the Arabian world for trade, finance and tourism, all in under half a century. On display are scenes from Bedouin culture. They were renowned for their handling of weapons and that evening, as the moon rose, we had a go at clay shooting and archery at the resort’s shooting club. Horses too, were an important part of their culture and early one morning, we went to the stables – from where experienced riders can take desert treks, or beginners can learn to ride. We were allowed to choose a horse and lead it down to the sea. Horses are natural swimmers and it was a unique experience to ride bareback through the waves. While renowned for its high rise skyline and luxury shopping, it’s been a revelation to discover a very different side to this beautiful city. Dubai really does have it all. n The author stayed at Palm Tree Court ( and flew to Dubai with Emirates (


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living the dream Matthew Carter discovers the link between Grease, 50s-style automobiles, the world’s first earth-orbiting satellite, and a little girl from North London


arah Bradley was born in 1972. It might not be polite to mention a lady’s age, especially in so blunt a fashion, but her date of birth is important to this story. Sarah might be a child of the 70s but she has grown up living in the 1950s. Her home, her wardrobe and her fleet of cars and bikes all hark back to a time when the world was changing. After the bleakness of the immediate post-war period, as the clock ticked round to 1950, the world blossomed. Fashions got brighter, cars got bolder and music got louder. Rock ‘n’ roll began and the teenager was born. Sarah, still two decades away from conception,


was blissfully unaware of the revolution, but that all changed when she was six or seven, and her dad took her to the cinema. They went to see Grease and from that moment on Sarah had a vision of how her future was going to pan out. “I fell in love with the whole era. I used to dream of going to an American high school, living in a 1950s house and driving the cars from the period,” she says. Alas, the American high school sojourn never happened but the rest most certainly has. As a young teenager and with money from a Saturday job, Sarah would scour car boot sales and junk shops for 1950s


artefacts, starting a collection of crockery, radios and other ephemera she stashed away until she could use them – not merely display them – in a house of her own. When she was 17, and getting into the UK’s rockabilly scene, she bought her first classic car. Encouraged by her father, who was into old cars and bikes, she acquired a 1957 Mk2 Ford Consul and used that to take part in the monthly Chelsea Cruise. “Taking part in the Cruise and going to rockabilly gigs I realised I wasn’t the only one fascinated by the 50s, and I got to meet lots of like-minded folk,” Sarah remembers. In fact, the Consul, the Cruise and Grease shaped her life. After school Sarah decided to forge a career writing about cars. She started out working on magazines such as Street Machine and Classic American before moving onto more mainstream motoring titles, and gradually built up a fleet of classic cars and bikes. A keen biker, today she has her Dad’s old 1958 Triumph Thunderbird, a ’62 Triton and a 1939 Harley-Davidson. The Consul’s gone, but she still has the first American car she bought – a 1952 Studebaker, similar to the car driven by the Pink Ladies in Grease. There’s also a 1929 Ford Model A hot rod and a fearsome 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner, powered by a 6.3-litre V8. “It does 9mpg: I don’t use it that often,” she admits. Modern machines? Two, but both her Fiat 500 and Triumph Thruxton bike have a retro feel. You won’t be surprised to learn Sarah lives in a period house, too. Actually it’s a 1930s bungalow just north of London, but it has been modernised… well, as far as the 1950s. To create the look and feel of a period California-style property, plenty of trips to the builders’ merchants were needed during the house’s renovation, and naturally they had to be done in the ‘right’ vehicle, so Sarah imported a 1956 Chevrolet pick-up from California, a one-family truck bought new by the grandfather of the previous owner. The house is a time warp – although, if you look hard enough, you will find the occasional modern kitchen convenience hidden away. Sarah’s wardrobe also reflects the period. Clothes are either genuine 1950s wear or have been handmade to vintage styles. Even her cat has a 1950s connection – he’s called Sputnik, after the Russian satellite launched in 1957. She’d like you to remember the name too. For Sarah has now decided to make her life work for her instead of the other way around. She’s formed Planet Sputnik as a source of all things 1950s for the film, TV and advertising worlds. Lana Del Ray’s Born To Die album cover makes use of Planet Sputnik props, while some of the cars appear in Johnny Depp’s vampire movie Dark Shadows. Other film and TV programmes that have turned to Planet Sputnik include The Boat That Rocked, Cardinal Burns and Margaret, The Tabloid Princess. Working with leading location agencies, Sarah’s kitchen was chosen for an Onken yoghurt advert, and the retrosetting – and the fashions – have been used in numerous magazine and newspaper shoots as well. Among further clients looking for a period feel for commercials have been Lucozade, Avon Tyres and Belstaff, while even the Goodwood Revival meeting has

Going to rockabilly gigs, I realised I wasn’t the only one fascinated by the 50s

From Top: 1929 Ford Model A hot rod Classic bike collection Photography: Hiro Maeda

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sourced props from Planet Sputnik. But although her life has been moulded by that fateful visit to the cinema when she was still a child, Sarah maintains she’s not quite an obsessive about the 1950s: “When I was a teenager I was also mad about Duran Duran… I’ll admit to being obsessive about them!” n

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Kenmore, 58 The Bishops Avenue N2 A superb opportunity to acquire potentially the finest ambassadorial residence on The Bishops Avenue. Planning has been gained for a new build house of 2,738 sq m or 29,460 sq ft set in approximately 1.8 acres. One of the top five plots on the world renowned The Bishops Avenue, N2. The existing house is elevated above the road and provides a perfect setting either to refurbish the existing house or to carry out the full redevelopment plan. The house is less than 300m from Kenwood. Additionally Marble Arch is within 5 miles and Junction 1 of the M1 at Brent Cross is within 3 miles. Sole Agent

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An immaculate newly restored and brilliantly finished double fronted detached house with a large west facing garden set behind a carriage drive and electronically operated gates. 7/8 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, 6/7 reception rooms, landscaped rear west facing garden, swimming pool, private parking. Approximately 845 sq m (9,100 sq ft) Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ15,500,000 (HAM120110) 020 7431 8686

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Prince Albert Road, Regent’s Park NW1 Imposing six bedroom villa with great character

Beautiful stucco fronted house set behind its own secure perimeter with electric gates. The property has been interior designed with great charm and character and benefits from off street parking for several cars, wrap around private garden and swimming pool. 6 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 4 bathrooms. Approximately 546 sq m (5,877 sq ft) Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ14,950,000 (SJW120227) 020 7586 2777

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Hanover Terrace, Regent’s Park NW1 Unique regal residence

One of the grandest houses in London, on the most exclusive terrace inside Regent’s Park. Meticulously refurbished with unsurpassed quality and design. Master suite, 3 further bedrooms, reception room with terrace and spectacular views, private garden and secured parking in mews with gym and additional 2 bedrooms. Approximately 625.0 sq m (6,727 sq ft). Leasehold 121 Years

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Clifton Hill, St John’s Wood NW8

Low built six bedroom detached house with parking

This beautifully refurbished house is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac with garage and one off-street parking space. Further benefits include a multi level secluded rear garden and excellent family accommodation, with the majority of the principal entertaining rooms at raised ground floor level. 6 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, 5 bathrooms. Approximately 386.1 sq m (4,156 sq ft) Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ6,950.000 (SJW110198) 0207 586 2777

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Gloucester Avenue, Primrose Hill NW1 A five bedroom family home

Situated in the heart of Primrose Hill is this architecturally designed property. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area, 4 further bedrooms, 4 further bathrooms, double reception room with mezzanine, family room with dining/reception room, kitchen, front and rear gardens, 2 terraces and a self contained studio. Approximately 293.76 sq m (3,158 sq ft) Furnished/unfurnished Guide Price: ÂŁ3,500 per week (SJW165744) 020 7483 8353

CARLTON HILL ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £6,750,000 FREEHOLD A detached seven bedroom home (418.06sq m/4,500sq ft) arranged over four floors featuring well planned family accommodation and a private rear garden. The house has the added benefit of planning permission to provide a total of 6,250sq ft creating a sub-basement including swimming pool and a private cinema room. Additional consent has been granted to convert the second garage into a guest house with underground parking. Carlton Hill is enviably located within close proximity to the American School in London and all of the amenities of St John’s Wood High Street and St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line). ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 6 Further Bedrooms, 2 Further Bathrooms, Shower Room, Reception Room, Fully Fitted Kitchen, Family Room, Play Room, Study, Guest Cloakroom, Utility Room, Boiler Room, Rear Garden, 2 Garages, Off Street Parking for a further 3 Cars. JOINT SOLE AGENT

REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 69–71 PARK ROAD LONDON NW1 6XU T –020 7724 4724 F –020 7724 6160

ABBEY GARDENS ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £3,575,000 FREEHOLD An immaculately presented interior designed Grade II listed mid-terrace period home (214sq m/2,306sq ft) providing bright and spacious well planned accommodation featuring indulgent principal bedroom suite, a landscaped south facing rear garden and off street parking for two cars. Abbey Gardens is a peaceful tree lined street benefiting from the amenity of Violet Hill Park and is approached from both Abbey Road and Abercorn Place thus within easy walking distance of The American School in London and the extensive facilities of St John’s Wood including St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line). ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Family Bathroom, Double Length Drawing Room, Dining Room, Fully Fitted Kitchen, Family Room/Conservatory, Study, Guest Cloakroom, Utility Room, Landscaped South Facing Rear Garden leading to Raised Lawn Area, Balcony affording access to Garden via Spiral Staircase, Off Street Parking for 2 Cars. PRINCIPAL AGENT

TURNERS WOOD HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB NW11 ÂŁ6,850,000 FREEHOLD An exceptional and deceptively spacious (507sq m/5,460sq ft) family home situated in this enviable position affording direct views towards Hampstead Heath Extension. On the ground floor the house has a plethora of separate living accommodation rarely seen in this vicinity, offering both flexible and spacious entertaining areas. Landscaped gardens surround the property to three sides enjoying breathtaking views across the Hampstead Heath Extension from an elevated position, providing a tranquil country house setting. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 5 Further Bedrooms, 3 Further Bathrooms (1 En-Suite), Sauna, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Sitting Room, Study, Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room, Conservatory, Utility Room, Guest Cloakroom, Landscaped Gardens, Integral Garage, Secure Off Street Parking for 3/4 Cars. JOINT SOLE AGENT


INGRAM AVENUE HAMPSTEAD GARDEN SUBURB NW11 £6,250,000 FREEHOLD A handsome double fronted detached family home (412sq m/4,435sq ft) set behind a carriage drive and abutting Hampstead Golf Club. The house, which has been interior designed to a high standard throughout, benefits from well planned living accommodation and a landscaped 83ft rear garden. Ingram Avenue is undoubtedly one of the finest roads in Hampstead Garden Suburb, located moments from Hampstead Heath and within close proximity to Golders Green Underground Station (Northern Line). ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom, 5 Further Bedrooms, 3 Further Bathrooms (2 En-Suite), 2 Shower Rooms (En-Suite), Entrance Hall, Fully Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Formal Dining Room, Reception Room intercommunicating with Drawing Room, Sitting Room, Library, Study, Utility Room, Guest Cloakroom, Store Room, Summer House/Gym, Landscaped Front & Rear Gardens, Garage, Carriage Driveway. SOLE AGENT

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Belsize Park Gardens NW3 £3,650,000

A rare opportunity to acquire a magnificent garden maisonette occupying the entire raised and lower ground floors of a distinguished semidetached white stucco-fronted villa.

31’8 reception/kitchen 30’8 2nd reception 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms (2 en Suite) Landscaped patio/garden

This exquisite family-orientated home exudes style and character, and successfully blends contemporary finishes with period detail.

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Fawley Road NW6 £2,500,000

A substantial maisonette set across three floors of this detached house. Featuring the main entrance to the building, off street parking and a south facing garden, the apartment includes a self contained studio flat and unconverted basement, which could be developed subject to the usual consents.

3768 sq ft internal area 24’main reception, 2nd reception 5 double bedrooms 19’x 13’private parking area Private front and rear gardens Contact West Hampstead Office 020 7794 7111

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A well presented three bedroom, two bathroom (1,167 sq ft /108 sq.m) duplex apartment situated on the second & third floors of this period conversion. The property is offered in good decorative order throughout and offers a balcony with views towards Parliament Hill. Parkhill Road is situated between Southend Green and Belsize Park both of which offer good transport links and fashionable café's, shops and restaurants.

A beautifully presented three bedroom, two bathroom apartment (1,627 sq ft / 151 sq m) situated on the first floor of this prestigious development located off London's famous Avenue Road. The apartment features two intercommunicating reception rooms with wooden flooring and fireplace. Additional features include 24 hour porterage, limited off street parking for two cars, passenger lift and access to Primrose Hill is located directly behind the building.

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Collection Place, St John’s Wood, NW8




Collection Place is a landmark development created by award-winning architects. This stunning four bedroom, three bathroom contemporary house (229.8 sq m / 2,474 sq ft excluding integral garage) is offered in immaculate condition with secure underground parking. This stunning property is built on the former site of The Saatchi Gallery in Boundary Road, St. John’s Wood and is set around central, landscaped gardens, providing light and airy space and split-level living. Private internal courtyards and decked roof terraces, comfort cooling and underheated stone and oak floors, and spectacular, wood and glass stairs are just some of the interior design features that have been incorporated. Computer Generated Image

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systems run throughout the house, including biometric fingerprint access systems, CCTV cameras, Penthouse, Wellington Court, St John’s Hi-Tech Wood, NW8 Warwick Avenue, Littlecontrol Venice, W9

automatic drive-in shutters to secure parking with remote access, iLight lighting controls, iPod integration cabling, A fantastic three bedroom, two bathroom penthouse apartment (1,550 sq ft / 144 sq m) An elegant five/six bedroom upper maisonette situated in this beautiful Grade II Listed hidden cabling for wireless access points and audio video structured cabling and allowance for wall-mounted and situated on the seventh floor of this well regarded block. The property features spectacular white stucco period house in the heart of Little Venice. Offering spacious wireless control touch panels in all rooms. views and has undergone an extensive refurbishment program offering a very high accommodation comprising 2,500 sq ft / 232 sq m, and featuring a magnificent first standard of modern living. Other features include porterage, passenger lift, basement floor double • Features grand bronze entrance doors reception room with two working fireplaces, ornate cornicing, four storage and a long lease. Wellington Court is situated moments from John'sironmongery Wood bathrooms, utility room, guest WC, 27ft roof terrace and stunning communal gardens • StBronze High Street and opposite St John's Wood underground station with a tennis court. The property is adjacent to Warwick Avenue underground station. • (Jubilee Floor line). to ceiling doors and windows A detached house with the benefit of full planning permission to extend and redesign the external and internal layout creating an outstanding • Wide strip oak flooring in reception with underfloor heating Leasehold Joint Sole3,960 Agent Freehold Solegarden. Agent Springfield £3,750,000 family home of approximately sq ft. £1,999,950 The house benefits from off street parkingShare and a of mature south facing Road is • Master suite en suite flooring in polished Perlato Suevo stone with underfloor heating a prestigious tree lined residential street on the •West Roof sideterraces of St John’s Wood, conveniently located for The American School and the many decked in solid wood • shopping Integral Garage local transport and amenities in the area. Plans available on request.

Springfield Road, St John’s Wood, NW8


Joint Sole Agent Freehold Principle Agent You can now find us at 102 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6PL

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Ormonde Terrace, St John’s Wood, NW8

Templar Court, St John’s Wood, NW8

A newly refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom apartment (112sq m/1,208sq ft), set on the garden level of this purpose built, portered block. This apartment offers an open plan entertaining space with direct access to its own private tiered garden and is situated immediately adjacent to Primrose Hill Park and well located for all the amenities of St John's Wood High Street and underground station.

A fabulous three double bedroom apartment situated on the fourth floor of this modern block. The property has a spacious reception room leading onto a private terrace. It also benefits from a large eat-in kitchen and underground parking. Templar Court features 24 hour porterage and is conveniently located for Lords Cricket Ground and Regents Park.

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Collection Place, St John's Wood, NW8

£1,150 pw

Penthouse, Prince Albert Court, St John’s Wood, NW8

Once the home to the Saatchi Gallery, The Collection is where architecture meets art in A stunning three bedroom penthouse apartment, situated in this purpose built block this exceptional contemporary home combining quality architecture, the finest along Prince Albert Road. This unique apartment benefits from an exceptional roof materials, craftsmanship, technology and design in the most desirable part of terrace comprising 1,131 sq ft, featuring incredible panoramic views across Regents North London. This secure house comprises of three bedrooms, three bathrooms, Park, Primrose Hill and London beyond. Additional benefits include porterage, luxury eat in kitchen, a large reception room, roof terrace, concierge and underground passenger lift, lock up garage and additional limited off street parking. Available to rent private garage. on an unfurnished basis. A beautifully presented presented five bedroom period family period house set within this tranquil crescent, moments from themoments open spaces both Primrose Hill of and Regents A beautifully five bedroom family house set within this tranquil crescent, fromofthe open spaces both Sole Agent £1,995 pw Principal Agent £2,650 pw private Park. The house boasts an exceptional room which leads to a pretty and secluded private rear to garden, elegant withrear Primrose Hill and Regents Park. Thekitchen/breakfast house boasts an exceptional kitchen/breakfast room which leads a pretty and reception secludedroom separate study, master bedroom suite, four further bedrooms, one en-suite bathroom and family bathroom.

Gloucester NW1| £| 3,250,000 £3,500,000 GloucesterCrescent, Crescent,Primrose London,Hill, NW1

garden, elegant reception room with separate study, master bedroom suite, four further bedrooms, one en-suite bathroom and family bathroom.

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Parkhill Road, Belsize Park, NW3

St Stephens Close, St John’s Wood, NW8

A well presented three bedroom, two bathroom (1,167 sq ft /108 sq.m) duplex apartment situated on the second & third floors of this period conversion. The property is offered in good decorative order throughout and offers a balcony with views towards Parliament Hill. Parkhill Road is situated between Southend Green and Belsize Park both of which offer good transport links and fashionable café's, shops and restaurants.

A beautifully presented three bedroom, two bathroom apartment (1,627 sq ft / 151 sq m) situated on the first floor of this prestigious development located off London's famous Avenue Road. The apartment features two intercommunicating reception rooms with wooden flooring and fireplace. Additional features include 24 hour porterage, limited off street parking for two cars, passenger lift and access to Primrose Hill is located directly behind the building.

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Penthouse, Wellington Court, St John’s Wood, NW8

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Warwick Avenue, Little Venice, W9

A fantastic three bedroom, two bathroom penthouse apartment (1,550 sq ft / 144 sq m) An elegant five/six bedroom upper maisonette situated in this beautiful Grade II Listed situated on the seventh floor of this well regarded block. The property features spectacular white stucco period house in the heart of Little Venice. Offering spacious views and has undergone an extensive refurbishment program offering a very high accommodation comprising 2,500 sq ft / 232 sq m, and featuring a magnificent first standard of modern living. Other features include porterage, passenger lift, basement floor double reception room with two working fireplaces, ornate cornicing, four storage and a long lease. Wellington Court is situated moments from St John's Wood bathrooms, utility room, guest WC, 27ft roof terrace and stunning communal gardens High Street and opposite St John's Wood underground station (Jubilee line). with a tennis court. The property is adjacent to Warwick Avenue underground station. An elegant five/six maisonette situatedpermission in this beautiful Grade IIand Listed white stucco period and house in the heart Little Venice, offering A detached housebedroom with theupper benefit of full planning to extend redesign the external internal layoutofcreating an outstanding Leasehold Joint Sole3,960 Agentsq Share of Freehold Sole Agent £3,750,000 spacious comprising 2,500 sq.ft. ft£1,999,950 /The 232 house sq. m. benefits The property adjacent Warwick underground station and is Springfield conveniently located familyaccommodation home of approximately fromisoff street to parking andAvenue a mature south facing garden. Road is for the shops and cafes on Clifton Road and Regents Canal.

Springfield StLittle John’s Wood, NW8| £3,495,000 | £4,500,000 Warwick Road, Avenue, Venice, W9

a prestigious tree lined residential street on the West side of St John’s Wood, conveniently located for The American School and the many local transport and shopping amenities in the area. Plans available on request.

Agent Share Freehold JointJoint SoleSole Agent of Freehold You can now find us at 102 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6PL

t: 020 7722 2223

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Ormonde Terrace, St John’s NW8 Sandringham Court, MaidaWood, Vale W9 AAnewly refurbished two bedroom, bathroom apartment (112sq ft),set set beautifully presented two/threetwo bedroom apartment (1,402 sq ftm/1,208sq / 130 sq m) on levelfloor of this purpose built, portered block. ThisVale. apartment offersproperty an open onthe thegarden fifth (top) of this period building on the Maida This bright plan entertaining with direct access to its ownentertaining private tiered garden and is features space a stunning kitchen with spacious space. situated immediately adjacent to Primrose Hill Park and well located for all the amenities of St John's Wood High Street and underground station.

Templar Court, StSt John’s Wood, Wellington Court, John’s WoodNW8 NW8 AAfabulous three double bedroom apartment onapartment the fourth floor of this well proportioned three bedroom, three situated bathroom (1,486 sq ftmodern / 138 block. property has aground spacious reception leadingportered onto a private sq m) The set on the raised floor of this room prestigious block terrace. located It also benefitswithin from aclose largeproximity eat-in kitchen underground parking. to Stand John’s Wood High Street.Templar Court features 24 hour porterage and is conveniently located for Lords Cricket Ground and Regents Park.

Sole AgentSoleShare Agentof Freehold £1,000 pw£1,495,000

Joint Sole AgentAgent Leasehold Principal £1,150 £1,595,000 pw

Collection Place, St John's Wood, NW8 Hall Gate, St John’s Wood NW8

Penthouse, AlbertSt Court, StWood, John’s NW8 Wood, NW8 ElmPrince Tree Road, John’s

A newly refurbished semi-detached house comprising 2,403 sq ft / 223 sq m Once the home to the Saatchi Gallery, The Collection is where architecture meets art in featuring a largecontemporary reception room, family room, kitchen, five bedrooms, three this exceptional home combining quality architecture, the finest bathrooms (two en-suite), rear patioand garden and ample offdesirable street parking materials, craftsmanship, technology design in the most part of North London. This secure house comprises of three bedrooms, three bathrooms, luxury eat in kitchen, a large reception room, roof terrace, concierge and underground private garage.

An extremely rarebedroom opportunity to acquire a superbly presented contemporary home A stunning three penthouse apartment, situated in this purpose built block (approx. 4,111sq ft) located in a gated development this an highly favouredroof St along Prince Albert Road. This unique apartment benefitsinfrom exceptional John’s Wood location. house provides plannedviews accommodation. terrace comprising 1,131 sq The ft, featuring incrediblewell panoramic across Regents Park, Primrose Hill and London beyond. Additional benefits include porterage, passenger lift, lock up garage and additional limited off street parking. Available to rent on an unfurnished basis.

Gloucester Crescent, Primrose Hill, NW1



A beautifully presented five bedroom period family house set within this tranquil crescent, moments from the open spaces of both PrincipleSole Agent Principle AgentAgent Freehold AgentFreehold £1,995 £2,395,000 pw Principal £2,650£6,200,000 pw Primrose Hill and Regents Park. The house boasts an exceptional kitchen/breakfast room which leads to a pretty and secluded private rear garden, elegant reception room with separate study, master bedroom suite, four further bedrooms, one en-suite bathroom and family bathroom.

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ParkhillCourt, Road,StBelsize Viceroy John’sPark, WoodNW3 NW8

StHamilton Stephens Close, St Gardens, St John’s John’s Wood, Wood NW8

well presented threethree bedroom, two bathroom (1,167 sq ft /108 sq.m) duplex AAbright and spacious bedroom, ground floor apartment which has been apartment situated thestandard second &and thirdis floors of this period recently refurbished to aon high located in one of Stconversion. John’s Wood’s The property is offered in good decorative order throughout and offers a balcony with most sought after period mansion buildings views towards Parliament Hill. Parkhill Road is situated between Southend Green and Belsize Park both of which offer good transport links and fashionable café's, shops and restaurants.

A beautifully presented threefour bedroom, two(2,082 bathroom sq ft /Victorian 151 sq m) A beautifully presented bedroom sq ft apartment 193 sq m) (1,627 mid terrace situated onsituated the first floor thisfloors prestigious development located off London's famous house over of four and presented in superb decorative condition Avenue Road. The apartment featuresthroughout. two intercommunicating reception rooms with wooden flooring and fireplace. Additional features include 24 hour porterage, limited off street parking for two cars, passenger lift and access to Primrose Hill is located directly behind the building.

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£1,095 per week Joint Sole Agent

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Penthouse, Court, St John’s Wood, Prince Wellington Albert Court, St John’s Wood NW8NW8

Warwick Avenue, Venice, Townshend Road, StLittle John’s WoodW9 NW8

AAstunning three bedroom, bedroom two penthouse apartment (2,030 sq ft /(1,550 188 sq fantastic three bathroom penthouse apartment sqm), ft / benefitting 144 sq m) from on an the exceptional 1,131 sq.ftwell roofregarded terrace block. offering incredible views situated seventh floor of this The propertypanoramic features spectacular across Regents Primrose Hill and London views and has undergone anPark, extensive refurbishment programbeyond. offering a very high standard of modern living. Other features include porterage, passenger lift, basement storage and a long lease. Wellington Court is situated moments from St John's Wood High Street and opposite St John's Wood underground station (Jubilee line).

impressive bedroom, four bathroom, story Grade house IIon the AnAn elegant five/sixdetached bedroom four upper maisonette situated in thistwo beautiful Listed favoured sideperiod of St John’s which has been recently refurbished whiteeast stucco house inWood the heart of Little Venice. Offering spacious to an standard andft enjoys a m, prominent position. accommodationexacting comprising 2,500 sq / 232 sq and featuring a magnificent first floor double reception room with two working fireplaces, ornate cornicing, four bathrooms, utility room, guest WC, 27ft roof terrace and stunning communal gardens with a tennis court. The property is adjacent to Warwick Avenue underground station.

Springfield Road, St John’s Wood, NW8



A detached house with the benefit of full planning permission to extend and redesign the external and internal layout creating an outstanding £2,150 perAgent week £1,999,950 £4,850 perAgent week £3,750,000 Leasehold Joint Sole Share of Freehold Sole family home of approximately 3,960 sq ft. The house benefits from off street parking and a mature south facing garden. Springfield Road is a prestigious tree lined residential street on the West side of St John’s Wood, conveniently located for The American School and the many local transport and shopping amenities in the area. Plans available on request.

Joint Sole Agent You can now find us at 102 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6PL

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St John’s Wood

020 7586 2777


A BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED AND RECENTLY REFURBISHED FAMILY HOUSE belgrave gardens, nw8 2 reception rooms ø office ø kitchen/dining room ø 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) ø family bathroom ø wine cellar ø roof terrace ø front and rear garden ø pressurized hot and cold water ø cat 5 wiring ø fire detectors connected to alarm system ø forbes and lomax light switches ø air conditioning to third floor bedroom ø 291 sq m (3,143 sq ft) Guide £3.5 million Freehold

Savills St John's Wood


Alicia Lindsay

020 3043 3600

A UNIQUE MAISONETTE, FORMERLY AN ARTISTS STUDIO hall road, nw8 2 reception rooms ø kitchen/breakfast room ø master bedroom suite with dressing room ø 3 further bedrooms ø 2 further bathrooms ø utility room ø guest cloakroom ø store room ø private rear garden ø 232 sq m (2,494 sq ft) Guide £3.5 million Leasehold

Savills St John's Wood Adam Alster

020 3043 3600

1 REMARKABLE, ARCHITECTURALLY DESIGNED PROPERTY highgate, n6 Meticulously designed ø triple reception area open plan to kitchen ø 4 bedrooms ø 3 bathrooms ø eaves storage ø front and rear gardens ø uncompromised views of London

Guide £2.5 million Freehold

Savills Hampstead Peter Brookes

020 7472 5000

1 NEWLY REFURBISHED VICTORIAN TERRACED HOUSE ON A PRIVATE ROAD clifton gardens, w9 9 bedrooms (4 en suite) ø 6 reception rooms ø family kitchen ø 3 further bathrooms ø 2 kitchenettes ø utility room ø lift ø parking for 2 cars ø roof terrace ø patio garden ø direct access to communal gardens ø 585 sq m (6,297 sq ft)

£7,500 per week Unfurnished

Savills St John's Wood Tim van der Schyff

020 3043 3616

1 RESTORED GOTHIC GRADE II* LISTED HOUSE lyndhurst terrace, nw3 6 bedrooms ø 4 reception rooms ø eat-in kitchen ø 6 bathrooms ø gated parking ø lawned garden ø 470 sq m (5,054 sq ft)

Savills Hampstead Arron Bart

020 7472 5000 £5,250 per week Unfurnished

r at i n g c e l e b2012 Hampstead 020 7794 3311

Glenloch Road NW3

ÂŁ3,000,000 freehold

A rare opportunity to acquire a fine 5 bedroom family house located on this popular road less than 200 meters from Belsize Park underground station (Northern Line) & local amenities. The accommodation comprises 2 large interconnecting reception rooms, a kitchen & conservatory, guest cloakroom, master bedroom with en-suite dressing room & bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms & a south facing patio garden.

Little Venice & Maida Vale 020 7286 4632

Maida Avenue W2

ÂŁ2,250,000 share of freehold

A stunning lateral apartment situated on the 3rd floor of this red brick mansion block with views over the Regent’s Canal. The apartment boasts approx. 1,800 sq ft of living space, comprising 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/ breakfast room & a terrace overlooking gardens. Local amenities can be found in Clifton Road with Warwick Avenue underground station (Bakerloo line) also within close proximity.

r at i n g c e l e b2012 Camden & Regent’s Park 020 7267 2053

Regents Park Road NW1

£1,200,000 share of freehold

Positioned on the raised ground floor of this handsome period house is this charming, light & spacious apartment. The accommodation comprises a grand reception room with high ceilings & a large fireplace, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom & modern kitchen. Located close to the green space of Primrose Hill, Regent’s Canal & the boutique shops & restaurants of the high street.

St John’s Wood 020 3040 8611

Grove End Road NW8

£995,000 leasehold

A superb 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 3rd floor apartment in this well maintained portered block on the corner of Melina Place & Grove End Road. The flat is offered in good decorative condition throughout & boasts a fantastic 29ft double aspect reception room & a well planned kitchen/breakfast room. Ascot Court is situated approx. ½ a mile from St John’s Wood underground station ( Jubilee Line).

r at i n g c e l e b2012 St John’s Wood 020 3040 8622

Queens Grove nw8 £8,500 per week

A 5 bedroom detached house situated in a prominent St John’s Wood location. Comprising a master bedroom suite, 4 further bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, a family room, dining room, eat in kitchen, front & rear gardens, roof terrace, double garage & a separate staff flat with a private entrance. Little Venice & Maida Vale 020 7266 2369

Maida Avenue w2 £2,100 per week

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

St John’s Wood 020 3040 8622

Finchley Road nw8 £790 per week

A modern & spacious 3 bedroom property set on the 4th floor (with lift) of a portered red brick mansion block close to St John’s Wood underground station & The American School. The property offers 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), a modern kitchen & a large reception room with dining area. Little Venice & Maida Vale 020 7266 2369

Clifton Gardens w9 £1,050 per week

A fabulous apartment with a full width decked terrace & direct access to the communal gardens. Comprising a reception with doors to a terrace, home office, a contemporary kitchen, master bedroom suite, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room & off street parking. Located close to Warwick Avenue station.

Hampstead 020 7794 1125

Steeles Mews South NW3 £1,150 per week

A stylish mews house situated in this excellent location. Benefiting from an open plan fully fitted kitchen with dining area, a reception room with access to a terrace, master bedroom with access to the roof terrace, a 2nd double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, garage & off street parking. Camden & Regent’s Park 020 7267 3574

Arlington Road nw1 £650 per week

A contemporary loft style apartment located in the heart of Camden Town. The accommodation is arranged over the 3rd floor (lift) & comprises 2 double bedrooms, a modern family bathroom, large reception with floor to ceiling windows & fully fitted modern kitchen.

Hampstead 020 7794 1125

Ellerdale Road NW3 £995 per week

A truly magnificent 1st floor apartment which has been refurbished to the highest of standards & is set within this lovely Victorian building in the heart of Hampstead Village. Comprising a reception room with fireplace, fully fitted eat in kitchen, a master bedroom suite, a 2 further bedrooms & a family bathroom. Camden & Regent’s Park 020 7267 3574

Little Edward Street nw1 £625 per week

A stylish & unique 2 bedroom duplex, church hall conversion located within close proximity to Regent’s Park. Comprising 2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), a large open plan reception room with modern kitchen & a private patio.

020 7402 9494 16 Park Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SH Facsimile: 020 7724 7055 Email:

Double fronted detached house Ranulf Road, NW2 A handsome double fronted detached house with stunning views. Set back behind a 25 ft carriage driveway this impressive family house offers spacious accommodation, extending to over 4,700 sq.ft. Occupying what is arguably one of the better positions in this premier road on the Hocroft Estate, this beautiful property has incredibly bright rooms which overlook a 124 ft mature south facing garden and private playing fields. Reception Hall • 4 Reception Rooms • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Conservatory • Master Bedroom Suite • 4 Further Bedrooms • 2 Family Bathrooms Terrace • 124Ft South Facing Garden • Carriage Driveway and Garage.


Price on Application

Elegant Grade II listed double fronted stucco house Cavendish Avenue NW8 The house expands to approximately 3,872 sq ft (359 sq m) of well planned accommodation, including 3 elegant reception rooms, a spacious multipurpose media room, a gym with state-of-the-art steam room, 6 bedrooms (including a staff suite), a Balthaup kitchen, a utility room, and a separate WC. Cavendish Avenue is located moments from St. John’s Wood High Street and the open spaces of Regent’s Park. Reception Room • Dining Room • Drawing Room • Kitchen/Breakfast Room • Utility Room • Guest W/C • Multipurpose Media Room With Gym And Steam Room • Master Bedroom With En-Suite Bathroom • 4 Further Bedrooms • Staff Suite • Landscaped Rear Garden.


020 7402 9494

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KING HENRY’S ROAD, NW3 A fabulous raised ground floor apartment with a private garden. Located on a popular road in Primrose Hill, close to the village and park. The apartment benefits from a long lease. Bedroom, bathroom, reception room, garden. £599,999 Leasehold 020 7267 7074


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CASTLE ROAD, NW1 A beautiful period house close to the amenities of Chalk Farm, Camden and Kentish Town. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double reception room, garden. £849,950 Freehold 020 7267 7074


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

Neville Court, NW8 £1,675 per week

A newly refurbished flat in a prestigious block in St. John’s Wood. The property benefits from a stunning, double reception room and period features, and comprises three double bedrooms, one with en-suite, further family bathroom, spacious kitchen, and a separate utility room.

Sutherland Avenue, W9 £1,195 per week

Having been completely refurbished to the highest standard this beautiful apartment has been designed to offer a superb balance of home living and entertaining space. The property benefits from three bedrooms and a private garden leading to a communal garden.

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to

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

Avenue Close, NW8 £2,600 per week

This beautiful, top floor apartment has been interior designed to a very high standard and contains four double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, a separate guest WC, a fantastic, bright and spacious reception room and a fully fitted kitchen with all new appliances.

Pavilion Apartments, NW8 £1,200 per week

A two bedroom property set in the popular Pavilion Apartment building, which benefits from a private terrace, communal gardens, car parking, and 24 hour concierge. The property also comprises two en-suite bathrooms, a cloakroom, a large reception room/diner and a separate kitchen.

The right buyers and tenants delivered fast since 1869. For more information go to


Know thy agent Marc Schneiderman, director of Arlington Residential, sheds some light on the common misconceptions property owners make when selling their house


he first misconception is, ‘More Agents, More Exposure’. Not True. A more accurate interpretation is likely to be: ‘More Agents – Over Exposure’. If you are selling, you need only instruct a sole agent or two joint agents. Of course it is sensible to fully explore which agents are the most appropriate to handle your type of property and a vendor should meet with at least three agents before reaching a decision on who to appoint. You should also ensure that you ask for agents’ opinions of the value of your property in writing, accompanied with a note of comparable sales they have concluded on which they base their value. A sole or joint agent will invest more time, energy and resources and your home will benefit from a level of exclusivity and importance. Secondly, ‘Instruct the agent who gives the highest valuation’. Not necessarily. Tempting as it may be, particularly when a five per cent variation in value on a large house could equate to hundreds of thousands of pounds. An agent who is inexperienced in handling a certain type of property will not fully understand its value, being over ambitious or simply getting it wrong. This will result in a situation where the asking price has to be reduced, perhaps more than once, giving entirely the wrong signals to buyers and wasting a great deal of time. Thirdly, ‘Instruct the agent offering the lowest fee’. Wrong again. In the long term this could cost you, not save you, money. The likelihood is that an agent who quotes a low sales fee may not promote your property as it should. This lack of exposure and mediocre presentation of your home may mean that you do not reach all the buyers out there, or that buyers simply do not take notice. There is no substitute for quality presentation of your home which includes a floor and site plan, professionally taken interior and exterior photographs, a sales brochure and a carefully thought out advertising schedule. It is likely that the agent offering a low sales fee will not offer all of this. While half a per cent saving on fees may be considerable, it may mean that the best buyer for your home just doesn’t know it is for sale. In the end, it is important to remember that you are also paying for the skill and experience of that firm. When it comes to the final and delicate negotiations on sale price with a buyer I can quote many instances where a good agent has earned his fee and an inexperienced agent has lost a sale! n


Vibrant, sophisticated and diverse, London is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Located at its heart, The Residences at W London offer a world-class lifestyle complete with all the perks of being a guest of W Hotels.® The Residences at W London are comprised of eleven exclusive two and three bedroom duplex penthouses situated on the top two floors of W London offering stunning views in a world –class location.

Contact Kate Townrow 020 7499 1012 Gary Hall 020 7480 6848

Hamilton Terrace, St Johns Wood, NW8 This beautifully maintained property, offers well planned family accommodation and is presented in excellent decorative condition throughout. The house comprises approximately 4650 sq ft/432 sq m of internal accommodation over four floors and boasts an impressive 1000 sq ft/92 sq m family/games room, which leads directly out to a delightful and mature 137 ft/41 m South West facing rear garden. A gated front garden provides off street parking for four cars. Hamilton Terrace is located on the west side of St Johns Wood within close proximity of the American School London and both St Johns Wood and Maida Vale underground stations.

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a voice from the Country With the inevitable advent of house-hunting ‘apps’ and websites, it’s a question that many in the property industry are pondering. Is it possible for the automated reasoning of an algorithm to establish a valuation for a home, asks Rob Jones-Davies


here are certain sections of the market where the reduction of a property to a series of data could give a fairly accurate guide price, but others where the art of the experienced advisor is undiminished. In simple terms, it’s city versus rural. Think of city properties as commodities and country properties as works of art. To value a work of art, any databasedriven app would have to quantify the idiosyncrasies of personal taste, whether a particular artist is in vogue, rarity and of course the competition between buyers which can drive prices sky-high. City property is always easier to price, because in the majority of cases there will be virtually identical products to compare and trade-off against. That is just not the case in the country house market where no two properties are the same. Two similar-sized houses north of the M4, for example, have the same amount of land and would both be seen as having good addresses. One has recently sold


for £2.5m and the other can be bought for closer to £1.15m. That came down to a series of factors that you would be very hard pushed to quantify but would be self-evident to any experienced advisor. Generally, house-hunting apps are still in the gimmick phase. But however sophisticated they become, it’s hard to see them being able to factor in anomalies such as flight paths, rights of way, pylon lines, localised smells and noises, traffic density, school runs and so on. It may be possible for an app or a website to provide some useful, basic, step-by-step information for inexperienced buyers; however, it’s doubtful whether this could replicate or replace the more sophisticated negotiation process involved in identifying and purchasing a large country property. n ‘A Voice From the Country’ is a series of articles by Middleton Advisors, who act on behalf of private clients looking to purchase country houses and estates in the UK (01235 436271;


not quantity

Operating independently from his Mayfair base – and never actively acting for more than four or five clients at one time – Simon Barnes is able to provide a personal level of service far beyond the average buying agent or property consultant. His service will be committed, impartial and utterly discreet

work smarter, not harder. T: 020 7499 3434 M: 078 3146 5414 E:

hot property family fortune

A rare opportunity to acquire an exceptional seven bedroom residence (881.8sq m /9,492sq ft) situated on a prominent corner position within this prestigious road linking Hampstead Village to West Heath. The property provides bright, spacious and well planned family accommodation featuring a stunning reception hall, a magnificent indoor swimming pool and a purpose built art gallery comprising 2,000sq ft, providing direct access to the beautifully landscaped south west facing rear gardens.


The property comprises generous accommodation including: reception hall, drawing room, reception room, dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, study, art gallery with adjoining archive room, principal bedroom with his & her en-suite dressing rooms, bathroom & balcony, five further en-suite bedrooms, guest/staff bedroom with ensuite bathroom guest cloakroom, utility room, indoor swimming pool, steam room, plant room, patio, landscaped rear gardens, double width integral garage, carriage drive. n


Redington Road, NW3 POA FREEHOLD Savills Hampstead

Aston Chase

020 7472 5000

020 7724 4724


state of the market

Ben Sloane, lettings manager for Chesterton Humberts in St John’s Wood, talks about recent developments in the residential lettings market

The month of July was extremely busy for the central London lettings market, and here in St John’s Wood we found a large number of people keen to finalise their housing options ahead of the Olympic Games coming to town. As a result the lettings market cooled down slightly during the Olympics as instruction levels remained high, but enquiry levels dropped. Both corporate and private applicants chose to delay property searches until late August rather than face the challenges of travelling across a tourist heavy London or finding temporary serviced accommodation. This led to a situation whereby landlords who had previously been satisfied with high summer demand, were forced to wait a little longer than normal to secure the right tenant and rent for their property. With the British summer now coming to an end (I call this a summer with some degree of hesitation) we are now seeing an increase


in enquires from relocation agents resuming their housing searches for corporate clients, late enrollers from the London Business School and Regent’s College looking for nearby accommodation, and families looking to settle into new homes before the end of the year when attention turns towards the festive season and holidays. Despite the brief quiet period, property volumes in central London remain higher than in previous years, although the increase is not hugely substantial. Landlords are becoming much more reasonable in their rental expectations and the quality of available property is also higher. Properties that are correctly priced and well-presented attract higher demand and achieve asking rents with the minimal amount of marketing time. With this in mind my advice to landlords looking to make the most of this period is that success lies in a combination of setting realistic rental prices and ensuring that your property meets with the high expectations of tenants who can afford to live in central London locations. Recent highlights in the areas have been a family house located centrally on St John’s Wood Road offered to the market for £5,000 per week, a property on Hill Road offered for £1,750 per week, and another house situated on the popular Clifton Hill which was bought through us and let on the day of exchange after being marketed at £3,500 per week, to name but a few. n Chesterton Humberts (St John’s Wood) 020 3040 8622

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