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January diary new year parties, last minute gift ideas and winter activities for families
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For the Family
alexander Wang, lulu Guinness and
Beautiful scenes of nW london
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Please sir, can i have some more?
Black magic, gothic chic 38
Giles coren on how to get more when eating out 24
health & Fitness neWs
Winter Wonderlands in the snow
2012: lookinG Back
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From the editor J
anuary always leaves me in a reflective mood – looking back over the past 12 months and considering what next year will bring. And this January more so than ever, as it will be my last issue of Vantage – in the New Year I move on to new titles and new challenges, and a new team continues the Vantage journey. For this, our 30th issue, we bring you a 2012 retrospective, looking at how NW played its part in some of the biggest events of the year – the London Olympics and the Diamond Jubilee, for instance; and some of the smaller ones too – the Kings Troop moved from St John’s Wood after two centuries, community support kept libraries open, and a beach opened in Camden. See our rundown of the year on p. 24. As the cold weather really starts to bite, we find inspiration in images of NW London encased in snow. These striking and haunting shots, all taken by local photographers, remind us of the unparalleled beauty of nature, and how much our landscape can be changed by a simple coating of white. The winter wonderlands can be seen on p. 14. Keeping warm and eating well are a big part of the festive season, and to make sure we’re getting it right, we speak to the inimitable Giles Coren about getting great service when eating out (p. 20), and review Michael Nadra’s new opening in Primrose Hill (p. 86). To ensure you’re ready for the new year we’ve uncovered the best in gothic glamour, a major trend this winter (p. 34), while showcasing the best in apres ski style (p. 38), finding out how to declutter your wardrobe (p. 54), talking to Giles Deacon about his collaboration with Matches (p. 37) and lusting over a very special collection from Chanel (p. 31). As I sign off, I would like to thank all our readers for the unwavering support of Vantage as we grew from new kid on the block to firmly established member of the NW scene. As a local girl myself, I will remain an avid reader and look forward to an exciting year ahead. I wish you all the best for an inspiring and successful 2013 and beyond. Best wishes,
Emma Johnson Editor Follow us on Twitter @VantageNW Winter Wonderlands, p. 14
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Lighting up the Year This winter, locals strolling along Regent’s Canal will probably notice a rather unusual Christmas tree lighting up the riverside. It is actually a piece of art, the Electric Christmas Tree, created by Gary Card, an international set designer and artist. Having collaborated with Stella McCartney and Nick Knight, Card is known for his extraordinary and groundbreaking artworks, and his new creation, made out of Vauxhall Ampera pieces, is no different. Perched on the side of Regent’s Canal, it is a quirky and interesting addition to the Christmas spirit in NW. Kings Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, N1C
new Year’s eve at the Langham
Situated at the top of Regent’s Street, The Langham is one of Marylebone’s most iconic and beloved hotels and therefore a prime venue to see in the New Year. The Langham’s critically acclaimed restaurant, Roux at the Landau, offers a New Year’s Eve soiree which will see Team Roux preparing an exquisite eight course dinner accompanied by a champagne reception and a live concert from renowned jazz duo Nigel Price and Miles Danso. Revisiting French cuisine, father and son Albert and Michel Roux are putting together their legendary culinary expertise to finish off the year in style. From £245pp, Roux at the Landau 1C Portland Place, W1B 020 7965 0165, www.rouxatthelandau.com
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hampstead homage London native artist Mistah has created a limited edition screen-print paying homage to West Hampstead. With a little help from locals, Mistah successfully depicted the buzzing life of West Hampstead as part of his urban landscape ‘Where We Live’ series. From pubs to restaurants and most cherished streets, the personality of the area is gathered in one piece of art called #whamp. This is definitely a must have for residents and lovers of Hampstead. Three exclusive coloured designs are available, to hang anywhere in the house. www.mistah.co.uk
Image by Sussie Ahlburg
Image by Sussie Ahlburg
Dream work The Freud Museum has partnered with Christie Brown from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to give a new interpretation of the significance and nature of Freud’s large collection of ceramic and bronze figurines. In the ‘Dream Work’ exhibit Christie Brown puts on show the ceramic characters she created based on Freud’s figurines, with the notion that, as the receptacles of human emotions, these objects have a life of their own. Until 10 February, 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 www.freud.org.uk
BriDal Heaven Suzannah Boutique near Little Venice – whose previous clients include Pippa Midleton, and Katharine Jenkins – offers a range of stunning vintage-style bridal designs created locally. From a 1930’s silk gown to a 1950’s boudoir dress, all her pieces boast the charm that belongs to vintage fashion, with a modern touch. Suzannah also offers a bespoke service for more authenticity and an immaculate fit. 6 Bristol Gardens, W9 www.suzannah.com
Farmer Tom There are usually a lot of people standing between us and the meat on our plate: the farmer, the butcher and the cook. Taking a slightly new approach to the idea of cutting out the middle man, Tom Jones, chef at The Abbey Tavern in Kentish Town, undertakes every single one of these roles himself. Tom, who grew up in a farming community in Wales, sources, farms and cooks all the animals you will eat at the Abbey Tavern, and that’s why the cuts he has on offer change every day. The menu, though, always stays in the same vein – rustic, authentic flavours and simply made dishes. 124 Kentish Town Road, NW1 www.abbey-tavern.com
mime iT As part of the London Mime Festival 2013, the Jacksons Lane Theatre in Highgate presents premiere performances of Simone Riccio’s ‘Nothing moves if I don’t push it’. In this captivating show Riccio, a London-based Italian circus theatre artist, uses gravitydefying techniques from circus and mime – including high octane acrobatics, German wheel and Chinese pole – to tell the story of Giuseppe Tato, a man full of memories, fantasies, ghosts and contradictions. This is an impressive show that will challenge your imagination. 18-20 January, Jacksons Lane Theatre 269a Archway Road, N6, www.jacksonslane.org.uk
Image by Yani Joseph, www.talkcoffee.co.uk
Ask West Hampstead locals what is still missing in the area, and they will probably tell you it’s a local coffee shop. Until now. New café, Wired, recently filled the gap by opening their cosy café on West End Lane. Grab a cup of tasty Climpsons and Sons roasted coffee or one of their delicious muffins and stay wired for the day. West End Lane, NW6
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Wall to Wall New Year is the perfect opportunity to bring some changes to our homes, and why not change completely the atmosphere of a room by replacing dull wallpaper? We love Fired Earth’s new collections of wallpaper prints. The colourful and artistic designs give any room an instant lift and a new dimension. From flowers and leaves to tiles and stripes – and with quirky names such as Mrs Peel, Alhambra or Dinner at Eight – there’s something to fit any room. 74 - 75 Marylebone High Street, W1U www.firedearth.com
Kentish toWn Kaleidoscope In 2013, Kentish Towners will have more than one occasion to discover or rediscover the creative past of their area. An exhibition tour, stretching over several months and organised by the ‘Many Cultures, One Community’ collective, intends to retrace the historical moments that marked Kentish Town, from the 1940’s to today. Each month, a different venue will host talks by historians and professors, with performing arts workshops, film screenings and more. Other than revisiting the past, the exhibition tour also intends to inspire the new generation to make their own history. In June, the project will culminate with a carnival, reminiscent of the festivals that took place in the 1960’s and 1970’s in the area – a perfect homage to one of the most creative and dynamic neighbourhoods of London. www.manyculturesonecommunity.com
Film in space The Camden Arts Centre is kicking off its 2013 cultural program with an exhibition of film and expanded cinema selected by artist film maker Guy Sherwin. Through works of 17 experimental artists, ‘Film in Space’ revisits expanded cinema, a movement that culminated in Britain in the early 1970’s. Younger artists are also put in the spotlight for the versatility of their work using newer digital technologies. 15 December to 24 February 2013 Arkwright Road, NW3 www.camdenartscentre.org
theatre oF Friendship After the sellout success of Old Money, Hampstead Theatre is welcoming to the stage another wonderful play, Di and Viv and Rose. The comedy, directed by the critically acclaimed Anna Mackmin and starring BAFTA winners Anna Maxwell Martin and Gina McKee, offers a smart exploration of the impact of friendship on life and life on friendship. Three women, aged 18, meet at university and, while their friendship blossoms, life soon gets in the way. 17 January to 23 February 2013 Eton Avenue, NW3 www.hampsteadtheatre.com
persian cuisine Newly opened Hana restaurant is bringing a different flavour to the food scene in West Hampstead, and we’re already a fan. Going back to the roots of traditional Persian cuisine, the menu offers tasty and visually attractive dishes with a modern twist, from charcoal grilled meats to Persian stews with tomatoes, aubergines and fresh herbs. 351 West End Lane, NW6
It’s a dog’s lIfe Gaucho restaurant will combine canine pampering, fundraising and good food in one event. On 6 January, Gaucho’s chefs will treat participating pets to a range of treats while their owner enjoys a delicious three course Sunday lunch. For every dog attending, Gaucho will give £5 to Hounds for Heroes, a charity which trains assistance dogs for injured members of the UK armed forces. 64 Heath Street, NW3 www.gauchorestaurants.co.uk
Carlton McFarlane, Hubbub driver Image by Bill Knight
To mark the New Year, Highgate Contemporary Art gallery is showing the paintings, prints and ceramics of 20 different artists, including work from Angela A’Court, Louise Balaam, Russell Frampton, Gohar Goddard, Karen Lynn and more. With a view to nurturing fresh talent, Highgate will give a central place to the works of Nathan John Booth, an upcoming figurative artist exploring the themes of humanity, psychology and cultural interpretation. 26 Highgate High Street, N6
Q&a: Hubbub North West Londoners value their local independent shops for the quality of both their food and their service, and now they can get this expertise delivered straight to their door. Online business Hubbub – which currently operates in Islington – will be officially launching in Highgate, Archway, Belsize Park, Chalk Farm, Hampstead, Highgate, Kentish Town, Maida Vale, St John’s Wood, South Hampstead and West Hampstead in January. With shops such as The Ginger Pig, La Fromagerie, Earth Natural Foods, Hansen & Lydersen and Saponara Italian Delicatessen on their books, you can now benefit from the best quality produce while supporting your local shops, and get it delivered to your door. Vantage spoke with Marisa Leaf, the founder of Hubbub, about her brilliant idea. What was your primary reason for creating Hubbub? As a human rights barrister, I worked very long hours and, by the time I left chambers, the only places I could buy food were supermarkets or takeaways. It frustrated me not to be able to buy the great food made and sold by the brilliant independent shops in my neighbourhood and I knew there were many more people who felt the same way. How do you choose the local shops you partner with? We handpick shops for their exceptional quality, and when we open a new area, we pound the streets to find the little gems. We also always ask our customers for recommendations. We prioritise fish, meat, fruit, vegetables and bread because this is where the expertise of small shops and their short supply chains add the most value. Speaking of value, we don’t charge anymore than local shops would to buy inhouse, our delivery charges start at £3.50. Why did you decide to roll out the operation in North West London? This area is great because so many people really care about the quality of their food here. And the kind of people who care about what they eat also tend to care about supporting their local shops. But these are also areas where people work long hours and where good shops close relatively early, Hubbub changes that. n www.hubbub.co.uk
Snowfall is always so refreshing, so pure... I lose the cares of this world walking my son to school just down the road. Nothing beats this feeling.
Image: YeeMeng Lee, www.flickr.com/photos/42502867@N00/
YEEMEng LEE Hampstead resident
An unusually large snowfall in December 2010 made Hampstead even more serene and beautiful than usual. I walked all over the village to capture images of a very still and peaceful winter weekend – a very special day. Erik JEpson ex-Hampstead resident
Images: Erik Jepsen on Flickr
lmost every photographer I spoke to about winter in North West London said that the main thing about snow was how different it made the green slopes and woodland they were used to shooting in the summer. As if this covering of white changed everything. “It’s almost as if all humans have gone to the moon on holiday, and there is just you there and it’s all different; an unusual peace and quiet, in a desolate white-covered everything,” says local photographer Zoran Matic, whose haunting image (right) captures the isolated beauty of a simple scene on Hampstead Heath. Despite the disruption to our lives, the endless column inches about council failures, gritting policies and stranded motorists, snow seems
The nicest part of a snowy Heath is early in the morning before too many people appear. It is still, tranquil. I quietly marvel at the wonder of it all.
Zoran Matic Local resident and photographer
Image: Mark Meynell, www.markmeynell.wordpress.com
After a hard frost, Regent’s Park felt as if it was in suspended animation – it meant that we could enjoy wintery London at its beautiful best.
18 Mark Meynell Marylebone resident
Image: Carol Howard on Flickr
Image: Martine Davis, Martine Davis Gallery, www.martinedavisgallery.co.uk
Image: Raha Saber, www.rahasaberphotography.co.uk
Walking along the towpath of Regent’s Canal to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, the icy water and snow-covered paths and trees created a magical looking world. I have walked along this route a dozen times and yet I felt like I had never been there before.
All images: William Wallace, www.londoniscool.com
William Wallace www.londoniscool.com
to bring out the inquisitive, delighted child in all of us, our imagination escaping to the magical times of fairytales and a long forgotten past. Nigel Winder, editor of HampsteadHeath.net, whose striking image opens this feature, describes his haunting, expansive image of the ponds near Kenwood House as a veritable Narnia; and the eerie blue light, tinged with a warm orange glow and stark trees certainly conjures up ideas of a distant land. While senior associate minister at All Souls Langham Place in Marylebone, Mark Meynell, who provided our cover shot this month of the frozen gates at the entrance to the Queen Mary Gardens in Regent’s Park, recalls a world stopped still for a time, a pause from reality. Nature takes centre stage when it snows, our modern world stumped by the simplicity of something soft and white falling from the sky. For her shot of an oak tree in Regent’s Park (left hand page), St John’s Wood photographer Martine Davies describes it as being ‘decorated by nature’. “London is one of the most beautiful places in the snow, especially the open spaces of Regent’s Park and Hampstead Heath where you feel you are in the wild countryside with the rolling hills and forested clusters, but are in fact in the centre of London. To me, the Heath feels like a friendly giant, keeping its eye over London town.”
The striking thing about Carol Howard’s image (left hand page) is the fact that it is nearly 50 years old, and yet could have been taken this year. “I was given a collection of slides by a friend in about 1965. This image reminds me of my family. We lived near Hampstead Heath, and I was born in the year after the coldest winter my parents could remember. This shows another winter in black and white, starkness all around, tall trees covered by the snow, all else has been obliterated by the whiteness.” Perhaps some things really never do change. As local resident and professional photographer Raha Saber’s shot (left hand page) shows, a snowy day always brings people together. “As I walk through Hampstead I pass my neighbour who is carrying his skis, see children dragging their sledges up Kite Hill, adults making snow angels along the way. Everyone’s inner child has come out to play. There is such a togetherness too. Someone’s making a cup of tea for the stranded driver, someone else is helping the elderly cross an icy path; there is a wonderful sense of unity and camaraderie. I can think of nowhere else I’d rather be caught in a snowstorm other than my beloved Hampstead.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. This my enduring memory of NW London in the snow too. Beauty, togetherness, surprise and joy. n
Please sir, Can i have
some more? Food fan, presenter and culinary commentator Giles Coren tells Stephen Milton why eating out should mean speaking out
ne must wonder if Giles Coren exercises his opinion just for sheer reactionary purposes. For years now, the food critic, presenter and all round pot-stirrer has lived to agitate the upper foodie industry and the loftier echelons of high society that orbit around it. He once looked back on his early career, saying: “I wasn’t happy unless jobs were lost, reputations were ruined and ‘closed’ notices were up in the window by the end of the week. I remember reading an interview in the Financial Times with the owner of a restaurant I’d just panned, in which he declared that ‘Giles Coren’s review cost me £150,000,’ and thinking, ‘Is that all?’” But is this for public benefit or is he simply rattling the cage? A recent column, castigating the glaring antiquities of latest Bond outing Skyfall, was dumped by request after Times editors claimed 007 overload. So Coren decided to juice up his venom for the film, the highest-grossing in the franchise with unanimous critical praise, and place it on his wife, Esther Walker’s food blog, Recipe Rifle. It went as follows; “I am ashamed, as a journalist, of the five-star ratings this film garnered across the board from sheep-like critics afraid or unable to look through the hype, to its rotten soul. I am ashamed, as a man, that women are still compelled in the 21st century to watch [such] movies. I am ashamed, as a British
person, that this film will be mistaken abroad for an example of prevailing values here. It is a sick, reactionary, depressing film and its director, Sam Mendes, should be ashamed of himself, all the way to the bank.” Is this really a fair breakdown of easily the best Bond ever? Does Coren simply need to catch another screening and accept the iconic spy for what it is; pure unadulterated, escapist brilliance? Does he just want his voice to be heard above everyone else’s? “Of course,” he mocks. “Don’t you? I’m certainly not going to see that film again, I wouldn’t put myself through it and I still stand by the fact that once everyone steps back from the hype machine, they might see the real picture.” Whether they do or not, it’s clear that Coren isn’t afraid to go against the grain. In fact, you could argue, he positively revels in it; he certainly courts controversy as a writer and reviewer. And yet, I find Coren to be a delightfully affable, charming fellow to interview, who lacks the pomposity of his Times column. So, maybe it’s all a simple ruse? A regular staple on our screens thanks to appearances on Gordon Ramsay’s F Word, Channel 4’s Animal Farm and a career-defining series of advertisements for Bird’s Eye, Coren has now become a reluctant darling of the BBC, fronting culinary programme Our Food, as well as the surprisingly successful Supersizers, alongside ‘work wife’ Sue Perkins.
Photograph © Colin Thomas
I want to empower people with getting the treatment that I get in restaurants, possibly because of my arrogant personality, possibly because I’m a critic. You don’t have to be Michael Winner, but you can become more demanding.
Away from adventures in instigation, the critic and literary enthusiast has just published his latest offering, How to Eat Out, a guide to the art of dining in restaurants. Now, this wouldn’t strike you as something many would seek assistance with but, apparently, most fall foul to the ultimate eatery faux pas. “Impoliteness and rudeness – that is the cardinal sin,” he says. “Restaurants and eateries that don’t treat you as an equal – they are the biggest wrongdoers. Now I’ll be honest, I’m a food critic, so most owners and proprietors tend to know who I am, but now, most places are using some form of bouncer or surly door host – generally of Eastern European descent – who isn’t so familiar with me. So I get to the door awaiting a lovely experience, and the hired help immediately looks you up and down with an attitude that is wholly unacceptable. And c’mon, this could be a place that’s slightly out of your price range, or worse yet, massively so, but you’re going because it’s a special event. “I want to empower people with getting the treatment that I get in restaurants, possibly because of my arrogant personality, possibly because I’m a critic. You don’t have to be Michael Winner, but you can become more demanding.” So let’s bypass straight to the fun part… the naming and shaming of offenders in this culinary bible? “There have been a couple along the way – a very fashionable restaurant in Charlotte Street called Roka that I even returned to in order to gauge whether their rudeness was a one-off or actually part of the standard experience. And it should be said, it’s generally the door staff who ruin an experience. After all, they’re the first and
last people you see. They have the ability to shape a restaurant visit however they like.” And what of closer to home then? Will the Kentish Town homebody humiliate any local establishments or is that just a little too local for comfort? Coren, who grew up in Hampstead, seems unusually biased. “Kentish Town has the best spots in the world, simply by default of one crucial criteria – I can stroll home in a matter of minutes from every single one. Although we do have a local Italian which in theory is Italian but ultimately, is a step sideways from dog food. A Bolognese there was I’m pretty sure, a product of simply squeezing out the innards of a sausage, while save for Parmesan, they used two slices of Kraft cheese and laid it on top of the pasta and sauce.” So where in the area ticks all the boxes for Coren, wife Esther, and baby daughter Kitty? “The Bull and Last, on Highgate Road, was once a pub and has now moved into gastro pub and restaurant territory. It’s owned by new management who buy good, fresh things and cook them well. The staff are young, attractive and knowledgeable – it’s a winning formula. “And there’s the Kentish Canteen, right beside the tube station, which serves a delightful mixture of food and is another wonderful place we love to go to. There’s also a place called the Southampton Arms, a cider and ale house, where they have a leg of pork under a hot plate at the bar, and you can have pork battered for four quid a pop. It’s incredibly warm and sociable, and that’s what people want now.” So what’s next? Having fronted Beeb series Our Food – an exploratory documentary which looks at British food – it seems the powers that be have enough faith in the sometimes handsome, lovably arrogant Coren, and have offered him a Stateside version for BBC America – boasting an overtly imaginative title... “It’ll be called Their Food,” says Coren. “And fundamentally, we’ll be looking at the biggest differences between our food, and theirs. I know, the title, it was all me,” he laughs. Unfortunately, fans of the Coren/Perkins double act shouldn’t hold their breath for a return to the small screen anytime soon because the quirky pairing has no new material. The twosome rather randomly joined forces back in 2007 for BBC Four series, Edwardian Supersize Me, a play on the original Morgan Spurlock idea where they both dined on the diet of a wealthy couple of that era. Big ratings saw subsequent series that took in other periods of time (and their foods), but Coren fears that until a new age of dining comes along, the TV experiment might end there. “We essentially covered too much, too quickly,” he laughs. “We were hopping back and forth between decades and eras, and essentially covered off all of the interesting bits. I suppose there’s the temptation to go back to the Stone Age and examine fishing techniques, but I’m not sure the dress code would suit a prewatershed audience. “What’s great is that we’ve seen real passion emerge from our viewers, an interest not only in the food itself but in the art of eating. And it doesn’t all have to be served up with pomp and seriousness. If you can’t enjoy the dining experience with a smile on your face it can all get a little staid.” Someone needs to tell those bouncers... n
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After an extraordinary year for London, which saw the best in sporting
The year started well for North West London as Kentish Town singer Michael Kiwanuka was featured on BBC Sound of 2012, the prestigious annual list of the most promising British musical talents. Previous nominees on the list include Adele and Jessie J. Michael was born and bred in Muswell Hill and bought his first guitar in Crouch End shop Rock Around the Clock.
February February saw a sad send off, as St John’s Wood bid farewell to the King’s Troop after hosting its gunners and officers for nearly two centuries. The mounted unit fired a 41-gun salute to mark the official start of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, before closing its barracks for the last time and heading to Woolwich, its new home.
March This month, King’s Cross station unveiled its new western concourse as part of the station’s £547m refurbishment. The impressive white steel structure, while very modern, was designed to blend with the old brick structure of the original 1852 building so as to keep an authentic atmosphere.
april Community spirit triumphed in April and, thanks to the support
of local residents, two libraries were able to reopen in North West London. The Primrose Hill Community library, previously known as Chalk Farm library, counted amongst its supporters actor Sir Derek Jacobi, and recieved 494 financial pledges. Over in Hampstead new volunteer-run Keats Community library – replacing the Heath Library – opened thanks to the passion and dedication of the community, including actor Michael Palin.
May Bringing the seaside to residents stuck in the capital, The Roundhouse was the first to give North West Londoners a taste of summer. The cultural venue cast a tropical atmosphere on NW London with deckchairs resting on 150 tonnes of sand. BBQ food, beer and Hawaiianstyle cocktails were available at the Tiki hut bar.
June June saw the celebration of 60 years of the reign of HRH Queen Elizabeth II and NW London had its part to play in the Jubilee festivities. As part of Royal Flotilla, the Queen chose to use the Spirit of Chartwell, a barge owned by St John’s Wood resident Philip Morrell. While Morrell was sailing on the richly-decorated barge, the streets and parks of NW filled up with residents sharing this historic event with neighbours enjoying picnics and free concerts.
1. & 6. Image ©Anish Kapoor; 2. Pcruciatti, Shutterstock.com; 3. Rob Wilson, Shutterstock.com; 4. Joe Seer, Shutterstock.com; 5. Featureflash, Shutterstock.com; 7. Radu Razvan, Shutterstock.com; 8. The Royal Barge’s Royal Cypher, image Jessica Mirabella; 9. Featureflash, Shutterstock.com; 10. Roundhouse, image Will Pearson
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excellence and Jubilee celebrations, Clemence Duron looks back at the best moments of life in North West London
Kilburn native Bradley Wiggins became the first Briton to win cycling competition Tour de France, fulfilling his childhood dream and rising to the status of hero in NW London, and throughout the rest of the UK. Meanwhile on 26 July, the Olympic Torch wound its way through Camden towards King’s Cross; first lit at the Roundhouse, it was then carried by local and sporting greats, including Clive Woodward, down Chalk Farm Road and on to Granary Square in King’s Cross.
by Arne Jacobsen, sitting along other objects, including an Iphone 4S, stamps and an Olympic torch.
In October, the Lisson Gallery in Marylebone presented an exclusive exhibition of Anish Kapoor’s recent works, including wall and floor sculptures and works on canvas, as a celebration of the gallery’s 30 yearlong collaboration with the Turner-prize winner artist.
With the London Olympics in full swing, Hampstead’s athlete Chris Tomlinson competed in the Long Jump, and made it to the final after qualifying with an impressive jump of 8.06m. Competing beside Team GB Greg Rutherford in the final, Chris finished in sixth place. Diversions from the Olympics included the hotly anticipated openings of Chicken Shop and Pizza East to much fanfare and excitement, the former being the first in a new venture for Soho House and a bona fide success in every respect.
Thousands of people descended on Hampstead to attend the village’s Christmas Festival, one of its largest street parties of the year, to enjoy live entertainment, food, drinks and gift stalls. Actor and Belsize Park resident Sean Bean switch on the lights, and was joined by other high profile personalities including Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Burton and comedian Jon Culshaw.
Culturally, December was an important month for the area, as the much anticipated Hampstead Arts Festival was reinstated after two year’s absence. The revamped festival included classical music concerts with high profile guests, from piano genius Stephen Kovacevich, and literary talks from Man Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson to novelist Nick Harkaway. n
Hampstead design icon Kenneth Grange contributed to London’s new Design Museum’s foundation, and to mark the event, a time capsule containing various objects relevant to 2012 was laid in the new museum’s foundations. Grange chose to include a Cylinder Line coffee pot designed
address book Sophie Alexandra Wurr Director, Hair of the Dog I opened Hair of the Dog London – a new concept dog and cat boutique on Highgate High Street – with the aim of sourcing a well-designed stylish range from around the globe, with particular emphasis on handmade, natural and organic products. We also have a high-end grooming salon that overlooks our courtyard garden. 24 Highgate High Street, N6 www.hairofthedoglondon.com
HIDDEN GEM A hidden gem of a boutique has to be Tomfoolery, a divine on-trend contemporary jewellery shop in Muswell Hill. Nawar is great too – it’s right opposite the shop and has some gorgeous bits and pieces for presents; plus they sell my favourite jeans brand, Made in Heaven. 109 Fortis Green Road, N10 www.tomfoolerylondon.co.uk
I regularly go to Beautiful Beauty Salon in Archway to get my Shellac manicure done – all the girls there are absolutely amazing and total perfectionists! I also love Face It on Highgate High Street – they do the best facials and really are skin experts. 639 Holloway Road, N19
My favourite thing about the area is the parks and the pubs! You really can’t beat North West London parks for good long walks. Highgate Woods in particular is so beautiful in the Autumn when all the leaves fall. Plus, the pubs around here are the best, and very dog friendly, which is great!
FOOd and dRInK Breakfast Kalendar on Swains Lane does a brilliant Eggs Benedict and freshly squeezed juice. They are also very dog friendly, so I take Mr Echo there before his long walk in Parliament Hill Park just opposite. 15 Swain’s Lane, N6
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Highgate Woods is beautiful, and has a great little café. I also adore Waterlow Park. Handily located just opposite the shop, it has such a pretty flower garden and duck pond, and is very convenient for all our doggie clients! Highgate is the best place for the perfect dog-friendly Sunday – start with brunch at Kalendar, have a walk in any of the gorgeous local parks, pop into Hair of the Dog and leave your pooch for a grooming treatment, a wash and dry or simply a spruce up, whileyou visit some of the lovely unique boutiques. www.waterlowpark.org.uk
Lunch I am usually at the shop for lunch and love to nip out and treat myself to one of High Tea of Highgate’s savoury Cheese and Rosemary Scones – it has to be tasted to be believed! With a pot of one of their unique teas – almond or lavender are particular favourites. They also make the best cake ever! 50 Highgate High Street, N6
Dinner It has to be, The Red Lion & Sun, which has the most amazing pub food and great atmosphere. I often come here on Sundays, for their perfect roast, while the dog snoozes happily by the fire.Heaven! 24 North Road, N6
Charlie Villis, Freddie Villis, Will Chapman, Helena Warwick, Marco Galvan and Olivia Glennie
Rob Mccallum, Josh Parkinson, Oliver Proudlock and Jamie Laing
Sarah Burke, James Tuffin and Lauren Booty
SUITCASE ISSUE 3 PARTY, MARYLEBONE 4 DECEMBER 2012 The release of fashion and travel quarterly magazine Suitcase is always heralded with some kind of glamorous shindig, the third issue being celebrated with mojitos and popcorn at Sheridan & Co. in Marylebone. Attendees included Jamie Laing, Oliver Proudlock and The Honorable Phillipa Cadogan, daughter of Viscount Chelsea, who partied alongside models from Storm and Models 1 and Rankin’s team of assistants.
Caitlin Buchan, Jess Graham and Kerry Patterson
10a Blanford Street, W1U www.suitcasemag.com
Guests enjoy the party
Alex Hananes , Ebony Atakorah and Graham Robert Moore Alasdhair Willis, Jochen Zeitz, Stella McCartney and Usain Bolt
Glittering social events in our area
Wretch 32 and Usain Bolt
Guest with Stella McCartney
FUNDRAISING GALA FOR THE ZEITZ FOUNDATION AND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON, REGENT’S PARK
Usain Bolt and Finchley Children’s Choir
22 NOVEMBER 2012 The auction in full swing
Usain Bolt, an ambassador for the Zeitz Foundation which works to protect eco-systems around the world, hosted a recent dinner at ZSL London Zoo which raised £175,000 to support its conservation projects. The event also supported the Zoological Society of London’s efforts to protect cheetahs and African wild dogs and guests bid for auction lots including the opportunity to fly to Necker Island and run 100m against Sir Richard Branson. Stella McCartney, Ozwald Boateng, Suzy Menkes, Colin Jackson and others enjoyed dinner by Yolam Ottolenghi and a musical composition by Richard Sissons. Outer Circle, Regent’s Park, NW1 www.zeitzfoundation.org
Stella McCartney and Usain Bolt
Stella McCartney, Usain Bolt and Jochen Zeitz
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COLDPLAY AND PARIS FOR KIDS COMPANY, CAMDEN 28 NOVEMBER 2012
Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion of Coldplay invited Jo Wiley and Greg James of Radio 1 and Melanie Chisolm of the Spice Girls to a private view of their ‘Mylo Xyloto’ artwork at Proud Galleries. The event was part of a four day exhibition of the quirky canvases by talented creative Paris. Album Artists provided the original designs, which were then sold for over £600,000 to benefit Kids Company, a charity which offers emotional and educational guidance to vulnerable children.
Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidj with Chris Martin
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 www.proud.co.uk www.albumartists.co.uk
Members of Coldplay were in attendance Guests enjoyed Champagne
Lucie Silver and Hannah Matthews
Anabel Fielding CEO of Quintessentially Weddings and guest
LAUNCH OF THE SECRET QUINTESSENTIALLY WEDDINGS GUIDE, MARYLEBONE 5 DECEMBER 2012
Toby , Naomi and Paul from Quintessentially Weddings
Caroline Hurley, CEO of Quintessentially Weddings
Representatives from some of our favourite luxury wedding and fashion brands congregated in the Quintessentially ballroom for Champagne and Harrods canapés ahead of the publication of The Secret Quintessentially Weddings Guide. The tome navigates through the wedding planning process with insider tips. Members of the British Fashion Council mingled with designer Bruce Oldfield and his team as well as guests from Jenny Packham, Elizabeth Emanuel, Pandora, Smythson, Jo Malone, Nobu, The Dorchester and The Savoy. Quintessentially House, 29 Portland Place, W1B www.quintessentiallyweddings.com
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CHANEL’S HIGHLAND FLING 4 December 2012 saw Chanel present its annual Metiers d’Art Collection, an opportunity for the house to showcase the craftsmanship and heritage of the ateliers it holds dear. Ensembles of tweed and cashmere – pleated, buckled and belted – were teamed with ruffled silks, and strewn with beads and crystals, as models took to the runway in the beautiful surrounds of Linlithgow Palace in West Lothian for a Scottish-themed spectacle. The presentation reflected Chanel’s work with Barrie Knitwear, a production partner for 25 years, which it rescued from financial difficulty early last year. www.chanel.com
THE EYES HAVE IT
Usually the go-to for bold clutch bags honouring the power pout, it is a select number of Lulu Guinness pieces in the shape of an eye which are proving a real talking point. Inspired by street artist Banksy, 40 special editions have been made with each accompanied by a unique artwork by emerging graffiti artist Fin Dac. As Vantage went to press, the Lulu Guinness team were debating whether to release just another ten items in light of a huge response. www.luluguinness.com
FRENCH TWIST Carven – a favourite of two NW boutiques, Cochinechine and Press – as well as Marylebone address Matches, has unveiled its collaboration with Petit Bateau. The upshot is a good line of quality basics with more structure: cotton jersey lends itself to fitted red dresses with contrasting shirt collars, quilted day jackets and polos for the weekend and all pieces are in store now. www.petit-bateau.co.uk
ALEXANDER WANG: MULTI-TASKER
As 2012 drew to a close, Alexander Wang was confirmed to take the helm at Parisian label Balenciaga, a move which had industry insiders praising a commercially-minded decision, following the departure of Nicolas Ghesquière after 15 years. Alexander Wang will continue to oversee his eponymous label which he has built into a mainstay of sporty, rock and roll tinged pieces: his vision was hailed by Isabelle Guichot, chief executive as Balenciaga, as ‘modern’ and ‘cosmopolitan’. www.alexanderwang.com
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Known first for her distinctive look as a 1960’s muse, and later for her directorship of imaginative fashion spreads in both British and American Vogue,, Grace Coddington’s illustrated memoir lifts the lid on her glittering life and career and is now available through Random House. Having worked with Coddington in London and New York, American Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour recently commented: “It’s a big thing. She’s given so much to this magazine – she’s one of the great unsung heroines of our business.” Disclosing that Coddington preferred to write the book entirely from memory, Wintour revealed in conversation with Daily Telegraph writer Luke Leitch that she would never release her own autobiography. Grace: A Memoir by Grace Coddington is available through Random House at £25
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PhotograPhy: Rachel Pearce StyLINg: Gabrielle Lane
1. added gloss Lip Maestro Lip Gloss in 501, £25, Giorgio Armani Beauty, www.armanibeauty.co.uk 2. snap happy Black Diamond Croc Ring, £8,450 Joubi, www.joubi.co.uk 3. the end Spike Clutch, £875, Christian Louboutin, www.harrods.com 4. magnetising Deco Cuff in Black and Gold, £198, Fabel www.59strings.com 5. deadly nightshade Fur Harness Knucklebox Clutch, £1,585, Alexander McQueen, www.alexandermcqueen.co.uk
7 8 6. silver style 18ct White Gold, Diamond and Ruby Adjustable Chain, £2,575, Theo Fennell, www.theofennell.com 7. skeleton key 18ct White Gold, Diamond, Black Diamond and Ruby Skeleton Key Pendant, £31,000, Theo Fennell, www.theofennell.com 8. heaven scent £195, Tom Ford Private Blend, www.tomford.com 9. killer heel Ava in Ruby, £650, Gina, www.harrods.com 10. hell for leather Daniellah Corset, £POA, Agent Provocateur, www.agentprovocateur.com
A mAtch made in heaven
Giles Deacon talks to Gabrielle Lane about bringing his playful style to Matches
ne tends to think of capsule collections as composed of a few fail-safe pieces – the commercial, wear-with-anything numbers we live and die in. However, if it was this kind of neutrality Matches CEOs Tom and Ruth Chapman were after when they commissioned Giles Deacon to design an exclusive line, they must be sorely disappointed. The 16-piece range which is now available at Matches boutiques (including the Marylebone flagship) is a riot. There are dresses and shirts, based very much on the irreverent but stylish Giles main line, but there are also notepads, stickers and the small matter of ten dolls. “The dolls totally reflect the Giles aesthetic,” the designer tells me. “They are full of character and quirks and look like good trouble! The characters I illustrated, that we used in the prints, lent themselves really naturally to becoming 3D people with ostrich hair and Swarovski embroidered eyes and French knickers, they’re beautifully done and only ten of them exist!” Deacon says he was keen to do a spin-off, in addition to his core collection because he likes ‘the mix, and it’s all very jolly’, and Matches was the ideal partner: “Matches is good at supporting British designers and promoting them on a worldwide stage,” he explains. “I love their progressiveness. Tom and Ruth mix creativity and business in the most exciting manner and I feel customers really respond to it.” Both old and new fans of Giles will be pleased that the label’s signature illustrations (this time drawn on iPad while people-watching at Claridge’s) make a notable appearance, backed onto silk shifts as well as both A-line and bodycon dresses. What tips would Deacon say to customer’s looking to finish off their outfit? “Get your underpinnings right, underwear is really important. And make sure you make an effort with shoes!” (It comes as little surprise that he later acknowledges that ‘humour and playfulness are vital in life and not just in wardrobe’.) Unsurprisingly, owing to the interest in the collection, Deacon doesn’t rule out future capsule lines. “Even with good strong sales, fashion is still a very expensive business, and collaborations help you keep growing.” Lucky us. n 87 Marylebone High Street, W1U, 020 7487 5400 www.matchesfashion.com
Be chalet chic this winter, with chunky knits, warm furs, soft cashmere and sleek trousers Photography: Antony Nobilo Fashion: Wendy Tee
Mick button cashmere scarf with black leather pockets, £285, and Jane cashmere sweater, £315, both Madeleine Thompson, www.madeleine-thompson.com; Fur headband, £120, Marielle Designs, www.marielledesigns.co.uk; Leggings, £99, James Lakeland, www.jameslakeland.net
Vienna Joplin style jeans, £148, MiH Jeans, www.austique.co.uk; Boots, £765 Sergio Rossi, www.sergiorossi.com; Leather quilted puffer jacket with fur collar, £475 Marielle Designs, as before; Linen t-shirt, £70, Filippa K, www.london-boutiques.com
Jersey and leather leggings, £530, Gomez-Gracia, www.gomez-gracia.com; Waistcoat, £370, Madeleine Thompson, as before; Fur headband £120, Marielle Designs, as before; Sweater, £120, Boutique by Jaeger, www.jaeger.co.uk; Brompton calfskin leather backpack, £308, Rachael Ruddick, www.rachaelruddick.com; Black Nappa boots, £395, United Nude, www.unitednude.com
Trousers, £239, DvF, www.dvf.com; Quilted jacket w ith fur cuffs , £2,7 00, N ina N austdal, www.nina-naustdal.com; Stretch-jersey turtleneck top, £61, Splendid, www.net-a-porter.com
StyliSt aSSiStant: tarra Chong Hair: leigh Keates MaKeup: yuko Fredriksson using Shu uemura Model: anya Barker at Storm Shot on location at Bodo's Schloss in Kensington, a new restaurant, bar and old-fashioned disco, reminiscent of an Austrian alpine lodge. 2 Kensington High Street, W8 4PT 020 7937 5506 www.bodosschloss.com With thanks to the Royal Garden Hotel, a luxury hotel and meeting venue in the heart of Kensington. 9 Old Court Place, W8 4PL 020 7937 8000 www.royalgardenhotel.co.uk 42
BEauty The January beauty launches ranking highly
1. The post party season slather commences with the Moisture Surge Overnight Mask from Clinique, which works to restore radiance while you sleep. The formula is oil-free so won’t clog pores. £28, Clinique, www.clinique.co.uk
2. Typically the silkier the lip colour, the less time it lasts but Rouge Eclat Lipstick from Clarins is definitely ‘the one’, thanks to its serious staying power and Vitamin E formula. If you’re over autumn/winter’s trend for deep red, try ‘Juicy Clementine’ – a quick way to boost tired complexions. £18.50, Clarins, www.clarins.co.uk
3. Miracle creams for the face are great, but it’s often our hands that are left unprotected from the elements. This Anti-ageing Hand Cream sinks in quickly and is designed to reduce the appearance of age spots. £28, Anne Semonin, www.annesemonin.com
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4. The culinary truffle season may be coming to an end but Stella McCartney’s new L.I.L.Y Absolute fragrance is infused with its earthy essence, layered with dry white woods, patchouli and amber. The effect is a feminine scent that avoids being too sickly. £65, Stella McCartney, www.selfridges.com
5. At the core of Chanel’s new Les Printemps Precieux range is a highlighting face palette which gives skin a translucent, glow-enhancing veil and evens its tone. If you’re a fan of tanning, this might just convert you to au natural beauty. £46, Chanel, www.chanel.com 6. It seems everyone who’s ever had a skin concern is on the Clarisonic bandwagon and for January, the travel version of the cleansing tool is being updated. Mia 2 has a graded speed setting and timer, which beeps when it’s time to focus on a new facial zone. £130, Clarisonic, www.clarisonic.co.uk
7. Every glamourpuss needs a beautiful, sparkling finishing powder for face and decolletage. The subtle pink tones are illuminating. £43, Guerlain, www.harrods.com 8. Estee Lauder is having an indisputable colour moment. Its limited edition Pure Color Heavy Petals nails collection includes delicate hues such as Coral Cult. £14.50, Estee Lauder, www.esteelauder.co.uk
beauty update NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Start 2013 on a skincare high with a visit to one of Lost in Beauty’s super facialists. Antonia Burrell specialises in natural, ethical and sustainable beauty solutions and has now devised The Primrose Hill Polish in honour of local residents. A 90 minute session includes Antonia’s signature method of toning and muscle-lifting massage movements, while lymphatic drainage and acupressure promises to brighten and even the complexion without any need for make-up. From £120, 117 Regents Park Road, NW1 020 7586 4411, www.lostinbeauty.com
CAROUSEL OF DREAMS
Each new collection from Paul & Joe Beauté brings with it gorgeous packaging, worthy of a proper dressing table era. The Spring range (out in January) is no different, a fantasy theme of Paris sees pressed powder, eye shadow and lipsticks wrapped in illustrations of carousels, cats and elephants. From £17, www.paul-joe-beaute.com
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From exclusive capsule collections to dedicated concessions, Selfridges has continued to align itself with all things fashion and art over the past few seasons but its latest endeavour – No Noise – is its quirkiest yet. From 11 January to 8 March the department store has partnered with meditation specialists Headspace, to offer a peaceful suite for contemplation. In addition, a host of big brands have been asked to drop their conspicuous signatures with the aim of encouraging considered purchasing at an integrated ‘Quiet Shop’. On the beauty front, Crème de la Mer have signed up, letting the effectiveness of its nutrient-rich Miracle Broth garner devotees alone. The de-branded pots are sure to become the beauty enthusiast’s collector’s item. No Noise Limited Edition Moisturising Cream, £190 Crème de la Mer www.cremedelamer.co.uk
THE BIG FREEZE
CoolSculpting, a method of body toning which uses freezing temperatures to contour, has enhanced its treatment methods with use of the new CoolCurve+. The applicator draws fat cells between two plates and is particularly effective at helping break up deposits in stubborn, exercise resistant areas. It is available at several clinics in the local area including Dr Nick Lowe’s Cranley Clinic in Cavendish Square. 020 7499 3223, www.coolsculpting-uk.com
If there’s one person with beauty tips worth sharing, it’s make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury, who made her name in fashion editorial shoots and has become the professional of choice for many a supermodel along the way. With this in mind, Tilbury has launched her first blog stacked with video guides, product recommendations and backstage secrets. Our favourite piece of advice so far? MAC Cosmetics’ brush cleaner quickly removes make-up spillages on clothes. www.charlottetilbury.com
GIORGIO ARMANI GOES pOp
‘New generation nude’ is the buzz phrase for the springtime offering from Giorgio Armani which is on counters this month. Linda Cantello, the brand’s international make-up artist, combats the predicament that ‘women are drawn to colour but afraid of it’ by blending the taupe and turquoise tones in this palette to produce an eye shadow that suits all. Face and Eye Palette, £60, and Blushing Fabric in Fuchsia, £29 www.armanibeauty.co.uk
A Life in MoveMent World renowned posture-enhancement and body shaping is now available in Marylebone under the guidance of Ivana Daniell
vana Daniell most certainly practises what she preaches. Having originally set up her studio in Singapore, the beautiful Italian former dancer glides around her Marylebone outpost with a big smile on her face, the body of someone half her age and an almost regal gait, which is fitting when rumoured clients include royalty. Not to be confused with an average Pilates class, Movement Therapy is both Ivana’s forte and passion, with the aim of restoring the body to its optimum form and condition. The stress of daily life, lack of knowledge and a desk-bound culture, mean many of us breathe too shallowly, have poor posture and experience many of the aches and pains that arise accordingly. 20 years of expertise across Pilates, the Gyrotonic method (circular and fluid exercises akin to yoga and swimming) and the Alexander Technique has rendered Ivana the go-to specialist for ‘haute couture’ exercise programmes which seek out and address areas of concern. Clients start with a two hour By Alexandra Barton assessment examining their lifestyle, body type, medical history and efficiency Rare, if not non-existent, is the time we spend of movement and are then talked ensuring we are sitting up straight, breathing properly through a course of action which targets or considering our body type. But that is what Ivana breathing, the core muscles, the pelvis and helps me to do throughout our session, offering bodily alignment as required. If a client fantastic insight and plenty of recommendations. would also benefit from supplementary Just from watching how I entered the room, Ivana treatments including sessions with a was able to identify the aches and pains I might nutritionist or Ayurvedic practitioner, experience in everyday life, leaving me in no doubt Ivana is also on-hand to advise. she was an expert; tingles in my arm and occasional Of course, the bespoke programmes knee tenderness were immediately attributed to my come with a fabulously Italian analogy stronger left side and we talked about ways I could to inspire: “Our body is a Ferrari that address the imbalance. She also noted slight ‘scoliosis’, has been perfectly designed, but needs or a curve of the spine. maintenance.” n
Initial postural assessment with Ivana Daniell at Life in Movement costs £200 although Vantage readers can book a consultation for just £100. Subsequent sessions with a qualified Life in Movement instructor are £90, and £150 with Ivana 020 7486 1918 www.ivanadaniell.com
Ivana is also well-versed in Ayurvedic principles and with it, the physical traits that co-vary. Even though I consider myself a relatively active person, it was beneficial to hear about the particular type of training I should be focusing on. Speaking to Ivana is very much like getting tips from a good friend and I find myself remembering to sit up straight, breathe more deeply and hold my shoulders back long after I leave our session, buoyed by encouraging emails from the lady herself.
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Floris is delighted to announce the opening of a new Bespoke Perfumery Boutique at 147 Ebury Street, Belgravia, 282 years since Mr and Mrs Floris opened the doors to their first Perfumery at 89 Jermyn Street.
Perfect Prints In 1948, when textile manufacturer Zika Ascher commissioned Cecil Beaton to design exclusive haute couture prints, the latter probably didn’t imagine his creations would one day adorn our walls. At the time, Ascher’s goal was to create fashion designs that would brighten the dull post-war British wardrobe, a project which saw him approach several artists, among them Cecil Beaton, Matisse and Henry Moore. The project gave way to a splendid collection of designs in which Beaton’s signature brushwork is evident, amidst zesty florals, colourful stripes and quirky motifs. These designs have now been reproduced for use in the home and form the original Cecil Beaton fabrics collection – also inspired by some of the artist’s photographs and glamorous drawings. With cushions, upholstery and wallpaper to choose from, there are numerous colourful ways to give your home a Beaton touch. www.cecilbeatonfabrics.com
InterIors inspiration The righT sTripes
Shabby chic lovers can’t go wrong with Cole and Son’s latest Festival Stripes wallpaper. The Cambridge (pictured) is our favourite colourway by far, bringing a touch of riverside glamour to North West London. If taupe-cum-mushroom isn’t your hue of choice, go for nautical navy in your hallway or sitting room, while coral or peach would be ideal for the bedroom. If feature walls are la dernière saison, try covering just the ceiling or cupboards, teamed with simple cream paint elsewhere. To avoid embarrassing decor faux-pas, you can design your own hand-crafted bespoke stripe – with more than 150 combinations, the possibilities are endless. www.cole-and-son.com
De Gournay, specialists in exquisite handmade wallpaper, fabrics, porcelain and furniture, has added a collection of cushions to its repertoire. Incorporating the intricate Chinoiserie, Japanese and Korean styles, many of the Oriental inspired cushions feature flora and fauna from the likes of 16th century Japanese screens and 18th century Chinese prints. All the designs are painted on a range of pure silk in a variety of textures including duchess heavy satin. www.degournay.com
New year, new you, new diary. Where better to keep those resolutions on record? Purveyors of the smartest desk-dwelling stationery in town, Smython’s Panama diary comes up trumps for its compact size and bedazzling colour range. It’ll keep your study looking bright all year. £76, www.smythson.com
Our new favourite artist Roo Abrook is responsible for these cute and quirky animal prints, painted onto the pages of vintage books to create a wonderful fairytale-like design. Hang side by side inside oversized industrial frames to create a whole forest of fun in your home. £9.95 (unframed), www.rockettstgeorge.co.uk
marcel’s wonders Having worked with brands as diverse as B&B Italia and M.A.C Cosmetics, Marcel Wanders has now collaborated with Bisazza Bagno to create his first bathroom collection, comprising two distinct ranges. Opt for the Baroqueinfluenced Antiques Series or the sleek, contemporary Architectural Series. We’ll take both. C.P. Hart 103 - 105 Regent’s Park Road NW1
rug and home
Handmade from rare breed Manx Loaghtan sheep at the Langley Chase organic farm, these rugs are happy slung before the fireplace, thrown over beds and sofas or even hung from the wall for an original take. Infant children and pet proof, these wooly mammoths will last a lifetime. Winner of multiple Organic Food Awards, you can also do your weekly mutton shop in the same order. Sorted. www.langleychase.co.uk
keyhole INDUSTRY INSIDER BELINDA CORANI, FOUNDER OF HOME CONSCIOUS, THE HOME MANAGEMENT SERVICE Home Conscious offers a variety of property services, from sourcing a new home to arranging both minor and major renovations, repairs and styling. Interior design-trained Belinda is the ideal person to advise on re-organisation for the new year. How did the idea for Home Conscious originate? Home Conscious was born out of my personal styling business Style Conscious. When you’re visiting clients in their homes, going through their wardrobes, helping them make changes; you get to know clients very well. They naturally ask your opinion on other areas of their lives. I was asked by a client in Hampstead to help them de-clutter their house prior to moving home and ended up facilitating not only the clearance and removal day, but advising on the subsequent purchase and renovation of their new property. This led to helping many of their friends and family do the same thing and the business went from there. Currently, I am helping a few families find properties in St John’s Wood and Hampstead; many are moving from Canary Wharf and are seeking somewhere bigger with a garden. My job is to find the right property, note the renovation work that needs doing, arrange quotations for the work and manage the project while the client gets on with their life. It’s all encompassing; from house hunting to move-in day and beyond. But it’s clearly helpful for the client to have one person working from beginning to end on their project. Can you tell us about some of the more interesting projects you’ve worked on? One assignment that is particularly close to my heart was moving an elderly gentleman from a seven bedroom mansion on Hamilton Terrace to a much smaller home in St John’s Wood. With a vast amount of art and furniture dating back to the 1930’s, the house was a time capsule, with a working servants’ bell board, original wallpapers, art deco bed frames and a mangle and dumb waiter in the basement. It was a huge decluttering process involving both auction houses and charities. Everything needed practical work including art restoration, upholstery and silk rug repairs as well as a vast amount of bespoke items for the new house. Then every item was fitted onto a floor plan, ahead of removal day, to ensure a smooth transition. The whole removal project took a few months and I still maintain his house today. Where should you start when de-cluttering? Ideally in the rooms that need it most. Although, it’s often
prudent to start in the bedroom as that’s where people have a tendency to squirrel things away, out of sight of visiting guests. I am currently helping a lady in Maida Vale clear her flat after a long illness. It’s been beneficial for her to sleep in a room that is clean, simply furnished and un-cluttered; while we deal with the rest of the property as her time permits. It’s important to go at the pace of the client, whether it’s a room at a time or from the attic to the cellar. What are your tips for keeping things organised? In order to have that oh-so-covetable, uncluttered look in your home, you need proper storage to house your possessions. Leaving clutter on the floor or shoved into over-spilling wardrobes gives the impression that you’re not on top of things and gives your home a slightly chaotic feel. If you’re moving home, it’s incredibly important to declutter before moving out. Not only to save costs on the removal, but not doing so means that you’ll have to either buy or build storage for all the items you take with you. Make the effort to start de-cluttering as soon as you know you are moving.
Clients naturally ask your opinions on other areas of their lives
If you’re staying in your present home for a while I would suggest tackling your clothing first by rotating the items in your wardrobe, (put the unseasonal items away in a suitcase). After this, look to the larger groups of items such as unused toys, household paperwork and books. This will make a sizeable initial dent and will encourage you to continue with the process.
How much time do de-cluttering projects typically take? De-cluttering takes time there’s no doubt about it. Always triple the amount of time you think it’s going to take. Very few people can resist leafing through a photo album or old school reports and while these are fun things to do, they will distract you. It shouldn’t be a wrench to remove items that are redundant or irreparable, but so many people feel they have to retain things – often for psychological reasons. I’m there to help them through it because I know that, not only can decluttering be a daunting prospect for many people, it’s often an on-going problem as well. How can you strike a balance between achieving an organised home and retaining a personal feel? It’s very much about thought, organisation and making the effort. Most homes demonstrate the owner’s interests and talents, however, not all will be structured to display these attributes. Sometimes it just takes some thought and a quick re-jig of the furniture to accomplish a home that is individual, yet practical. Mostly, clients want a fresh pair of eyes to look at their home, put ideas into practice and deliver the functionality they need. Others want their interiors rebuilt, updated with the latest technology and using the newest fabrics and wallpapers; all with an eye on their personality! n Home Conscious 07780 615 815 www.homeconscious.com
Award-winning designer Luigi Esposito is one of Londonâ€™s latest creative sensations. Kate Racovolis takes a look inside his latest Hampstead Heath project
All images: Tom Sullam www.tomsullam.co.uk
uigi Esposito’s latest project looks is a carefully curated exhibition of luxury and attention-to-detail. As the head of his design firm, Oro Bianco, which he co-founded in 2011, Esposito has just overseen the styling of a house in Hampstead Heath, to stunning effect. Fusing his signature bold American style with his personal approach to design, has resulted in a striking project and a truly impressive family home. Esposito began his career as a visual merchandiser for Prada and Donna Karan, and as a design consultant for Ralph Lauren; all of which have greatly influenced his present style in interior design. At Oak Lodge in Hampstead Heath, a newly built property, the project certainly took its lead from his considerable experience. “We usually reconfigure layouts to create the most effective use of space and circulation,” explains Esposito. “But here the only structural change we made was to extend the master suite to create a walk-in wardrobe and a bigger en-suite, so, goverened by the apartment’s footprint, we concentrated on creating an high quality range of finishes.” This attention to detail shows throughout, from the ‘fish-scale’ tiles that clad the wall in the entrance hall, especially created for them by Steve Charles’ Decorum Est, to polished plaster walls and bespoke wood panelling. “We used an Italian joinery company to create all the panelling and doors to the reception room, all designed by Oro Bianco, and off-set them with luxurious Ralph Lauren furniture to create a relaxing clublike atmosphere,” says Esposito. The effect is impressive. In addition, a seating area is framed by a Philip Tsiaras image split across nine panels, which then leads into the dining area, enhanced by a mirrored ceiling encased in bespoke Italian casting. In the master bedroom, the wardrobes are also bespoke pieces, designed by Oro Bianco, while the private balcony boats beautiful McKinnon & Harris patio furniture.
Working in the fashion industry allowed me to appreciate how textiles, textures and patterns can work together to create a harmonious result
Other rooms haven’t been forgotten either. “We are incredibly proud of the day-room,” says Esposito. “Created to allow the client to practice yoga and meditation in a soothing, yet multi-purpose space, the room was finished in dull gold polished plaster, with églomisé panels introducing nature and life.” Esposito’s creative direction at Hampstead Heath shows just how formative his years in the fashion world have been for his personal style. ‘It is amazing how much you can learn about someone simply from the way they put an outfit together and the pattern, fabric and colours they display in their dress sense,’ Esposito said. However, there is a clear distinction that must be made between fashion and interiors. ‘We try not to be guided by what the fashion and design industry offers to us at any one moment. I like to think I design individual projects for individual clients, where each projects’ essentials are based on my clients’ needs and lifestyles, rather than on seasons or trends. Our aim is to create a timeless space that is built to last and to design furniture that will be passed down through the generations.” n www.orobiancointeriordesign.com
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We prefer not to be measured by dimensions. Unless it’s a new dimension of accuracy.
No fewer than four exceptional mechanisms enhance the precision of the RICHARD LANGE TOURBILLON “Pour le Mérite”: the tiny fusée-and-chain transmission, the delicate tourbillon, the ultra-thin Lange balance spring, and – not least – the patented stop-seconds device for the tourbillon which makes it possible to
set the watch with one-second accuracy in the first place. Never before has an A. Lange & Söhne watch been endowed with so many complications that simultaneously enhance its rate accuracy, settability, and readability. And so, this remarkable timepiece truly deserves the honorary attribute “Pour le Mérite”.
Arije 165, Sloane Street London • George Pragnell 5 and 6, Wood Street, Stratford-upon-Avon Hamilton & Inches 87, George Street, Edinburgh • Harrods 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London Watches of Switzerland 16, New Bond Street, London • Wempe 43-44, New Bond Street, London Lange Uhren GmbH • Tel. +34 91 454 89 82 • www.lange-soehne.com
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A Vision shAred: The Power PlAyers Watch-collectors looking for something unique to kick off their New Year could do a lot worse than procuring a 4987G or 5396G. They’re the reference numbers of the limited edition timepieces Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. jointly released towards the end of last year. Commemorating the fifth anniversary of the former’s boutique in the latter’s world-famous Fifth Avenue flagship store, the watches pay homage to a partnership that stretches back to 1851. Limited to 50 pieces, the Art Decoinspired Ladies Gondolo watch (4987G) features a curved, tonneau-shaped case in 18-karat white gold, accented with no less than 164 round brilliant-cut diamonds. Two dial options are offered: choose the matt blue sunburst dial with white painted Roman numerals for understated elegance or the white mother-of-pearl dial with powdered gold numerals for a perfect day-to-evening timepiece. For men, the Annual Calendar creations (5396G) display the day, date and month in apertures, moon phases and 24-hour indication on a smart black dial. The watches are limited to an exclusive 100 pieces and all have a sapphire-crystal case back, as well as featuring an exclusive engraving. As these are available only in the States, you’ll have to factor in the cost of a flight to get one.
watch news And the WinneRs ARe…
When experts from the watch world gathered at the 2012 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix at the end of last year, it was TAG Heuer’s Mikrogirder that they voted the best overall watch of the year. “Our chronograph is the ultimate in high-precision timing; it consigns quartz to historical oblivion,” said JeanChristophe Babin, the company’s CEO, upon accepting the award. Other brands scooping gongs at what are effectively the Oscars of the watch industry included Chanel with its Flying Tourbillon Première (Best Ladies’ Watch) and MB&F with its Legacy Machine N°1 (winner of both Best Men’s Watch and the Public’s Choice award). Another noteworthy victor was HYT’s H1 Titanium Black DLC (Innovation Watch Prize), a watch that uses two reservoirs of fluorescent liquid to indicate the time. www.gphg.org/ horlogerie
Fresh from plugging the Seamaster Planet Ocean as 007’s wristwatch of choice, 2013 sees Omega extend the collection with the Seamaster Planet Ocean Ceragold. Distinguished from the rest of the range by ceramic Ceragold bezels (a material new to the world of watchmaking), the models come equipped with a helium escape valve and Omega’s own Co-Axial calibre 9301 movement. The timepieces feature 18-karat red gold cases and allow would-be James Bonds to descend to a depth of 600 metres. Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.50mm Chronograph Ceragold £20,950 www.omegawatches.com
one to WAtch Each month we select our timepiece of the moment from the watch world’s most exciting pieces
With its shiny, grey, hand-stitched alligator strap and moon phase display, the 4968G is an illustration of why Patek’s complicated watches are among the most distinctive and valuable timepieces a woman can own 4968G, £39,380, Patek PhiliPPe
While nearly all of the top watchmakers now produce worldtime timepieces, none have managed to mastermind a creation that enables the user to adjust the time in the travel zone to the nearest minute. None, that is, except Jaeger-LeCoultre. Thanks to a new dual-wing movement that uses two independent barrels and gear trains, the company’s Duomètre Unique Travel Time does just that. Unveiled towards the end of last year, the stunning 100-piece limited edition series comes in 18-karat white gold and features a globe-shaped day/ night indicator at 6 o’clock. Yours for £30,400. www.jaeger-lecoultre.com
Breitling No one does aviation watches quite like Breitling. As the company takes to the skies with new ambassador David Beckham, Richard Brown speaks to Vice President, Jean-Paul Girardin, about the future flight path of this famous brand
AG has Diaz and DiCaprio; Omega, Kidman and Clooney; Rolex, Federer, Woods and Placido Domingo. Breitling, comparatively, has wing-walkers, a jet-man and, err, John Travolta. Danny Zuko aside, when it comes to the employment of international ambassadors, Breitling hasn’t exactly invested in household names. Until, that was, last year drew to a close. Then, as December reared its head and Christmas wish-lists were being written, the brand unveiled its newest emissary: a marketing masterpiece in the shape of a (soon-to-be-Sir, surely?) David Beckham. A footballing-superstar-come-style-guru may not have been the most obvious choice for a brand more associated with aviation than sporting achievement but in terms of mass appeal, few come as universally adored as old Golden Balls. “It has to be more than a product placement,” said Breitling’s Vice President, Jean-Paul Girardin, of celebrity endorsements when I spoke to him two weeks before the Beckham news broke. “It is important that they are professional, that there should be a clear link between product and ambassador.” Other than the fact that he spends a lot of time in the air, flitting between time zones, the link between Beckham and the Transocean Chronograph Unitime (the watch for which he is now the face) might not be the most transparent. Not that it will matter too much to Breitling; for the company, the association allows for a press release that can be littered with words like “precision”, “style” and “icon”, as much to describe the footballer as the time-teller. Launched at this year’s Baselworld watch fair, the modern Unitime is a reinvention of a watch originally launched in the 50s, a self-winding world-timer that now exists as a sought-after collector’s piece. It’s an important watch for Breitling, one that simultaneously signifies its 21st century technical prowess, in the use of an in-house movement, and recognises its aviationdominated past.As Girardin explains: “In 2004 we started developing our first in-house mechanical movement which launched in 2009. Three years later [with the Transocean Chronograph Unitime] we have proved we are able to produce not just quantity but quality. It’s important to be able to show our consumers that we have that sort of in-house innovation capacity.” So confident is Breitling in the quality of that innovation that the watch comes with a five year warranty. As the images on these pages will testify, Breitling is a brand dedicated to aerial endeavours. What started in
the 1930s, when the company began producing onboard chronographs for aircraft cockpits, progressed into World War II, when Breitling became the go-to-brand for The Royal Airforce in equipping their Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes. Seven years after the end of the war, the company launched the watch that would arguably define it: the Breitling Navitimer. With looks that animated aviation enthusiasts and mainstream watch lovers alike, the timepiece would quickly become a cult chronograph and design classic. Having celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, the Navitimer is today the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production. “Technically, it is completely different from the originals,” points out Mr Girardin. “It is now water resistant, it is made with sapphire crystals and it uses different movements. But from a design point of view, it is very similar. We are the only watch company truly dedicated to aviation. In the Navitimer you can see that dedication and the consistency of our brand.” You can see it in other places too. Breitling’s sustained commitment to aviation sees it sponsoring the fixed-wing jet pack flights of Yves Rossy, as well as its own jet team, a team of wingwalkers and the first balloon to successfully circumnavigate the globe (the Breitling Orbiter) without stopping. But while the Navitimer may continue to act as the cornerstone of Breitling’s range, you can’t accuse the brand of relying on its most popular timepiece to swell sales. In 1995 Breitling launched the Emergency, a watch equipped with a radio transmitter that when activated broadcast at the frequency used for distress calls. Following a crash or a forced landing, and the unscrewing a protective cap, the Emergency would send out a signal on which rescuers could home in. Mr Girardin explains that the watch’s USP proved to be more than a novelty. “We have already located more than 20 people by using the Emergency. We have some examples we cannot tell you about, relating to the Air Forces; they are happy to be saved, but it seems not happy to talk about being saved. We had two UK helicopter pilots flying from South America to Darfur. When they hit a patch of high pressure they began to experience autorotation [where a helicopter’s rotor system begins turning through air pressure rather than engine power] and were forced to jump 30 feet from the helicopter into the sea. They both had an Emergency watch and we were able to save them.” More recently, there’s been Breitling’s collaboration with Bentley. Predating the relationships between the likes of Hublot and Ferrari, and Ball and BMW, the partnership has proved to be one of the more successful unifications between the automobile and watchmaking worlds. It came in 2003 when Bentley announced its return to the supercar sector with the world’s most powerful sedan: the Continental GT. “Bentley had been taken over by Volkswagen and completely repositioned as a truly luxury car, not just the production factory of Rolls-Royce. This made it a perfect match,” explains Mr Girardin. “They wanted to
rejuvenate the classic days and the GT became the symbol of this new Bentley brand. They asked us to bring a little dynamism to the dashboard and we designed the Breitling of the Bentley GT dashboard clock.” The company then went one step further by presenting their customers with a collection titled Breitling for Bentley. “These were not just recreations but a completely new brand, almost; a new product, a new aesthetic, a new pricing position. It was a meeting of high performance and luxury.” The range now stretches to some 16 models, with customers being able to tailor the details of each to their specific requirements. No other watch-car collaboration can count itself such a triumph. Tracing its roots back to 1884, yet still independently owned, Breitling is a rarity within its industry; having served the same single company for more than 20 years, so is Girardin. In the next year or so, Breitling will hope that Brand Beckham proves as lucrative an investment as Brand Bentley did, but what of the future after that? “There are now many brands claiming they have close links with aviation but we are the only ones truly focused on that relationship. Most of our technical features have been gained through this association. Some brands try to do everything; we know we cannot. We will continue to focus our energy and resources on that segment.” Of the luxury watch industry as a whole? “There won’t be as many changes as we have seen in recent years. There was a trend for the merging and acquisition of independent brands by big groups but now I think that the remaining independent brands are the ones that stand a good chance of coming into their stride. We are quick; we can create special products. “If you talk about the size of the watch, I think we’ve achieved the ultimate diameter. Breitling, for one, will not be going any bigger. You still have to wear your watch in a convenient manner. Geographically, I think the Swiss watch industry is about to go to war over China.” Let’s hope the Chinese like planes. If they don’t, Breitling can always rely on Beckham. n www.breitling.com
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Forget the January blues; kick-start the New Year with a range of race-inspired accessories
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1 Aston Martin Racing driving gloves, £125, Hackett, www.hackett.com 2 DS Podium Big Size GMT, £495, Certina, www.certina.com 3 RT Watch Mechanical Racing cufflinks, £175 Tateossian, www.tateossian.com 4 Ducati Quattroporte 4 Wheeled Extended Trip, £695, Tumi, uk.tumi.com 5 Submariner Date in Steel, £6,050, Rolex, One Hyde Park 6 Contemporary cufflinks, £200, Montblanc, 13 Old Bond Street 7 Bridle Hide green travel shoe horn, £60, Ettinger, www.ettinger.co.uk 8 Bentley-inspired Number 1 Monza weekend holdall, £420, Caracalla, www.caracalla1947.com 9 C7 MK11 British Racing Green, £399, Christopher Ward, www.christopherward.co.uk 70
Swiss movement, English heart
Swiss made / 250 piece limited edition / ETA Valjoux 7750 self-winding chronograph with ĂŠlaborĂŠ finish / Bi-compax, galvanic, sapphire blue dial / 45 hour power reserve 316L stainless steel case / 43mm diameter / Transparent case back / Blue alligator deployment strap
jewellery news Out Of the WOOd
The newly-refurbished Manguette on Gordon Place is anything but your average jewellery shop, specialising in semi-precious stones, amber and pearls set in 22 or 24-karat gold. Founder Michelle Manguette has more than 30 years’ experience in the jewellery industry and, being a born traveller, she has sourced gemstones from distant climes. Also stocked in this treasure trove of exquisite pieces are Parisian brands Adelline and Vaubel (both exclusive to Manguette UK) and US designers Margo Morrison and Coralia Leets. Whether you’re looking for small trinkets or investment pieces, Manguette has something for everyone. www.manguette.com
Cutting edge Spotted on the wrists of Jay Z, Gwyneth Paltrow and Karl Lagerfeld, the rest of the world soon followed suit when they saw the universality and versatility of the diamond-studded gold-ball bracelets, created by Shamballa jewels. The jewellery label has now added a new design to its growing repertoire;
Featuring a diamond pavé ball and a connecting Tibetan purpa dagger, and symbolising victory over evil, the Laughing Skull pendant is a testament to the founders’ of Shamballa Jewels, brothers Mads and Mikkel Kornerups, desire to explore further their fascination with spirituality and ancient cultures through their fine jewellery creations Laughing Skull Purpa pendant, £24,400 Available at Harrods, www.harrods.com
Like most one-of-a-kind items, the limited-edition Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra collection was discovered by chance. As the jewellery house was refurbishing its Place Vendôme residence, some planks of letterwood resembling hieroglyphs were unearthed. Untouched for 25 years, the founders set about carving the speckled black wood into the lucky four-leaf clover shape. The pieces were contrasted with rose-gold motifs and placed on simple chains. www.vancleefarpels.com
Keeping With traditiOn
We have always loved Fabergé’s sense of tradition. Its latest Matelassé collection is inspired by the lavish furnishings of the Romanov palaces, featuring the quilted design inherent to Fabergé which recalls the classical-revival style of the turn of the century. However, the house has always reinvented itself by drawing on the contemporary fashion world and fusing fabric and jewels. The Bandeau ring, with its sculptural yet sleek design, is one of the highlights of the most recent collection. www.faberge.com
the man With the gOlden tOuCh
British designer Alex Monroe is loved for his commitment to capturing the English countryside in his signature designs. The Goldcrest collection, named after the designer’s favourite British bird, now includes a Teeny Tiny range, a selection of his most iconic pieces recreated in miniatures, along with textured wedding bands, engagement rings and gemstone rings. www.alexmonroe.com
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From vintage Chanel earrings and bejewelled rings to ornate brooches and pendants, raid your family’s jewellery boxes for accessory inspiration this 2013
1 Love of God gold-plated Swarovski crystal necklace, £1,305, Tom Binns, www.tombinnsdesign.com 2 Gold-tone resin flower clip earrings, £560, Dolce & Gabbana, www.dolcegabbana.com 3 Vintage earrings, £295, Chanel Vintage, www.farfetch.com 4 Gold-plated glass pearl Virgin Mary necklace, £385, Dolce & Gabbana, www.NET-A-PORTER.com 5 Allegra 3-band ring in 18-karat yellow gold with pink tourmaline, peridot, citrine quartz, blue topaz and pavé diamonds, POA, Bulgari, www.bulgari.com 6 Vintage cuff, £950, Chanel Vintage, as before 7 24-karat gold-plated Swarovski crystal and pearl clip earrings, £270, Bijoux Heart, www.NET-A-PORTER.com 8 Gold-tone crystal and velvet necklace, £610, Dolce & Gabbana, as before 9 24-karat gold-plated crystal bracelet, £295, Oscar de la Renta, www.oscardelarenta.com 10 Girlie Queen gold-plated Swarovski crystal earrings, £330, Erickson Beamon, www.NET-A-PORTER.com 11 24-karat gold-plated crystal ring, £210, Oscar de la Renta, as before 12 Mini Luna 18-karat gold-plated vermeil bracelets, £105 each, Monica Vinader, www.monicavinader.com 73
London Ice ScuLptIng FeStIvaL
he UK’s biggest international ice sculpting competition returns to Canary Wharf – just 20 minutes on the Jubilee Line from St John’s Wood – for three unforgettable days, with live sculpting and free ice-themed fun for people of all ages. This year, eleven teams of celebrated sculptors, including newcomers from the USA, are set for a dramatic showdown on Wood Wharf. As well as watching world-class sculptors carve unique designs from giant ice blocks, visitors to the Festival can try their own hand at sculpting by signing up for a Masterclass*, get in touch with their inner Banksy on the ice graffiti wall or show off some moves on the ice chess board. If all the action gets too much, the Winter Market offers visitors a breather from all the excitement with warming drinks and snacks such as Alpine raclette, sweet crêpes and hot chocolate. If that’s not enough, there’s plenty of entertainment with ice-themed activities throughout Canary Wharf and its shopping malls, including face painting and arts and crafts workshops, live ice carving, a snow pit with real snow to play in and mysterious glow entertainers. Other highlights during the Festival include “illuminated” twilight performances, a Northern Lights laser show and, for art-lovers, Canary Wharf’s Winter Lights exhibition ‘Voyage’ by Aether & Hemera: A Journey into Imagination on Canary Wharf’s Middle Dock. Plus, don’t miss the last opportunity to skate at Ice Rink Canary Wharf, located beneath the soaring buildings in Canada Square Park and bathed in twinkling festive lights. The new rink’s season finishes with the festival so this is the last chance to explore London’s first skate path and Boisdale On Ice, the pop up bar and restaurant created exclusively for the rink by famous Scottish restaurant and music venue, Boisdale of Canary Wharf. With so much to see and do, Canary Wharf and London Ice Sculpting Festival provide the perfect mix of free entertainment and more than 240 shops, cafes, bars and restaurants offer Festival fans warming respite from watching the chilly creations unfold. For more information visit londonicesculptingfestival.co.uk, canarywharf.com and skatecanarywharf.com Throughout Canary Wharf, FREE Friday 11th January, 11am – 7pm Saturday 12th January, 10am – 8pm Sunday 13th January, 11am – 6pm
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health & fitness new balance
Marylebone is home to Indaba, a veritable yoga sanctuary and probably one of the largest and most comfortable in London. Indaba features three modern yoga studios, equipped with parquet floor and heat control so that your body is in perfect condition to make the most of the workout – the upper studio even offers a unique view of Marylebone. It’s in this safe and suitable environment that you will discover the benefits of yoga, in a selection of classes for every level, including Iyengar, Anusara, Astanga, Acroyoga and more. To start 2013 on a healthy streak, we recommend the Indaba Basics Course. This four week workshop is specially designed for beginners and focuses on breath, body awareness and balance. Each week you will be introduced to new principles and postures so by the end of the course you’ll be ready to join other classes and deepen your knowledge of yoga. Taught in a small group at a steady pace, an Indaba workshop is a great way to start the year with a newfound confidence in both body and mind. Workshop starts 5 January Indaba Yoga, 18 Hayes Place, NW1
alkalive On a hunt to find that one supplement to give us the little boost we need, we found Alkalive. The new supplement was designed by some of the world’s leading exercise and nutrition experts to improve workout performance and recovery by reducing lactic acid. By restoring the balance of PH in the body and facilitating the supply of oxygen, this supergreen drink helps alleviate heavy and tired muscles. Designed as a supplement rather than a sports drink, it can be taken pre, during or post exercise. By the variety of its ingredients, Alkavive drink is also a fantastic daily treatment to improve general health. Made of wheatgrass powder, spinach and blackcurrant, it is full of anti-oxidants and minerals. www.alkalive.co.uk
When it comes to fitness, we all have different goals and different needs. It seems natural then that the most effective workout must be a bespoke one, specially tailored for you. Bodydoctor, based in Primrose Hill and St John’s Wood, trains beginners and professionals alike to attain their goal in just a few weeks. The philosophy at the health and fitness centre is to expand physical boundaries gradually so that you gain both flexibility and energy, rather than overloading the body and ending up with sore and tight muscles. The best way to benefit from their expertise is through a six week personal training course, which combines resistance, core and flexibility work, as well as cardiovascular exercises. Your strength and heart-lung function is measured throughout the process, allowing the trainer to build a program suitable to your body composition and fitness level. By combining strength and flexibility in each exercise, Bodydoctor offers a fitness training much more efficient than your average gym. www.bodydoctor.com
for the family LittLe fashionistas
Shopping for children’s clothes and coming up with style ideas can be time-consuming. Thankfully, personal stylist Kari Nyack, based in St John’s Wood, takes the stress out of the task and even injects a good dose of fun into it. After a home consultation, Kari puts together a unique wardrobe for your child or baby, based on their personality and lifestyle, and conveniently brings it right to your door. Part of the fun is that the little ones get to participate in the creative process, ensuring they look trendy and confident on the playground. www.stylemybabylondon.co.uk
The Papouelli ladies, Nicole, Maggie and Felicia, have been making shoes for nearly ten years and, having children of their own, it’s safe to say they know what’s best for little feet. Beautiful, timeless and, most importantly, practical, their shoes tick all the boxes for fit and comfort. The cosy boutique on Marylebone Lane is a real gem for parents looking for quality shoes with a unique and contemporary design, from pumps to boots, school shoes and bridesmaid slippers. 98 Marylebone Lane, W1U www.papouelli.com
Good deed As the New Year is approaching, and we start thinking about resolutions – what better time to do a good deed and give your children a new responsibility? With its educational and unique adoption gift concept, Udopt provides a good way of increasing children’s awareness of global warming and getting them involved with endangered animal species conservation. For that Udopt has teamed up with several UK leading animal charities including WWF, The Aspinall Foundation and RSPB, offering an array of animals to adopt and sponsor, close or far from home, from guide dogs to African elephants and Artic penguins. The gift smartly comes with a fact book, adoption certificate and regular updates and news about the adopted animal. www.udopt.co.uk
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A chArming tAle
With a collective imagination that knows no limits, The Stuff & Nonsense Theatre Company is back with a new play based on the popular tale The Elves and The Shoemaker. Brilliantly bringing together theatre, music and puppetry, the fun-packed one hour show tells the enchanting story of an unsuccessful shoemaker whose life is changed when two mischievous elves climb through his window. This energetic, surprising and hugely engaging show is bound to mesmerise children. Jacksons Lane, N6 www.aloadofstuffandnonsense.co.uk
What was Dutch East India like in the seventeenth century? Children and parents can go back in time during a fun-filled day of activities organised by the Wallace Collection on 12 January. Built around the Journeys East: A Discovery of Hidden Treasures exhibition, the special event promises to be both educational and entertaining, with talks exploring the Collection’s Dutch masterpieces and the history of Dutch East India, interactive music sessions with the Joy of Sound and costumed performances by Rembrandt’s Jean Pellicorne and Govaert Flinck’s Young Archer. There will also be the opportunity to show off your artistic talents with traditional Indian Rangoli pattern workshops. Manchester Square, W1U
Bespoke pArty treAt
For 2013, children’s cupcakes are out, and choux pastry is in. Run by Nadia and Victoria, two Cordon Bleu-trained chefs based in Belsize Park, Choux London make little pastry puffs filled with flavoured crème patissière and topped with smooth icing. Pastries can be personalised for children’s parties or other occasions, making them the perfect treat, and, with no less than eight differentflavour sinc ludings altedc aramel,the y’regr eatfor adults too. www.choux-london.co.uk
French touch As the weather gets colder North West Londoners are lucky enough to have a stylish children’s clothing house that has proved its savoir-faire for nearly thirty years. Sitting on Marylebone High Street, Bonpoint offers everything you need to build up a child’s wardrobe, with collections sized from newborn to 12 years. The brand, originally created in France in 1975, has a long standing history of collections defined by their subtle colours, beautiful materials and perfect cuts. 52-54 Marylebone High Street, W1U www.bonpoint.com
HealtHy Holidays Dr Deepak Suri, consultant gastroenterologist at The Wellington Hospital, looks at how unhealthy foods can trigger irritable bowel syndrome, and how best to avoid this over the holiday period 80
ating well over the festive season can be challenging. There are delicious chocolates available all the time, and it seems a shame not to have just one more slice from the cheese board, or pour another glass of wine. Between Christmas and New Year many people gain weight – even those that are normally quite careful can put on a few pounds – and, while most people worry about an expanding waistline, they often do not consider the other effects festive eating habits can have on the body. Many of the foods and drinks that cause weight gain can also trigger Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is stomach pain or discomfort which is accompanied with unpredictable bowel habits, with sufferers complaining of bloating, urgency and difficulty going to the loo. The most common foods and drinks which can trigger the symptoms of IBS include all the usual Christmas culprits: • alcohol • fizzy drinks • chocolate • drinks that contain caffeine, such as tea, coffee or cola • processed snacks, such as crisps and biscuits • fatty foods • fried foods • Wheat and dairy products can also aggravate the stomach TrEaTMENTS IBS, though very common, can be debilitating when left unmanaged. There is currently no single test which confirms or refutes IBS, but blood tests, including wheat allergy, are required. Both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments can be
helpful, and one big change you can make is through your diet, cutting out as many of the food groups above as possible. Taking pro-biotics have also shown to have some benefit and are often favoured by patients as they are a natural treatment. It is also important to be careful of the kinds of fibre you eat if you have IBS; soluble fibre found in fruits can be helpful, but in many patients consuming large quantities of insoluble dietary fibre (bran, roughage) can make matters worse, by exacerbating pain or bloating. Drug treatment aims to alleviate symptoms with medications to act on pain, constipation, and diarrhoea. You may be offered antispasmodics to help with spasms or cramps and anti-diarrhoeals to help with loose bowels and urgency. If dietary fibre supplementation is unsuccessful then a number of laxatives can also be considered. Due to the key role the nervous system plays in the digestive tract, some anti-depressant drugs can also be very effective when used at low doses, while stress management – such as relaxation training and meditation – can help, as can regular exercise, walking, yoga and getting adequate sleep. If you have a high body mass index (BMI) as Dr Lisa anderson explains below, and regularly eat a diet which lists the foods above, you may be at higher risk of developing IBS. So take care of what you eat over Christmas and look out for the tell-tale symptoms: • abdominal pain and cramping • a change in your bowel habits – bloating and swelling of your abdomen • excessive wind • an urgent need to go to the toilet • a feeling that you need to open your bowels even if you have just been to the toilet • a feeling you have not fully emptied your bowels
GP SESSIONS: ObESIty Dr Lisa Anderson, Private GP at The Wellington Hospital, looks at the medical effects of obesity a recent survey found that 26 per cent of adults in England are obese. Obesity describes somebody who is very overweight and has a high degree of body fat. The most commonly used way to assess this is the body mass index. BMI is simply your weight in kilograms divided by your height in metres squared. You can do this yourself by using an online BMI healthy weight calculator. If your BMI is: • 20 - 24.9, you would be considered a normal weight • 25 - 29, you would be considered overweight • 30 - 40, you would be considered obese • over 40, you would be considered as morbidly obese Being obese increases your risk of
For further information please visit The Wellington Diagnostics and Outpatients Centre www.wellingtondiagnosticscentre.com Or contact the Enquiry Helpline on 020 7483 5002
developing a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as: • Type 2 diabetes • Heart disease • Some types of cancer, such as: breast and colon cancer • Stroke • Depression • Back and knee problems The goals of treating obesity are: • to prevent further weight gain • to gradually lose weight through a combination of a calorie-controlled diet and regular exercise • to avoid regaining any lost weight • to improve your general health and reduce the risk of obesity-related complications If your BMI is over 25, and you would like to reduce this, do this through eating a healthy balanced diet and take up regular exercise which you begin slowly and build yourself up to.
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Hedonism Wines The Hedonistic ancient Greeks believed that the pursuit of pleasure was a worthy endeavour, and it is a philosophy that Hedonism Wines in Mayfair seems to be following closely. The concept behind the sparkling new two-floor wine shop is that they either stock every single wine or spirit you are after, or else they source it for you. Tremendous attention is given to every single bottle – the 3,500 wines and 1,000 spirits are immaculately presented in a temperature and humidity controlled space, and the extensive shop offers everything from everyday wines to extremely rare vintage bottles – their oldest one dates back to 1774. It’s safe to say they own one of the most valuable wine cellars in London; or in other words, a true paradise for oenophiles. For those with less wine knowledge, the staff – made up of Michelinstarred sommeliers – can provide expert advice to guide you through wine tasting sessions. www.hedonism.co.uk
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Little Venice queen of cakes, Mich Turner will be appearing this winter on Britain’s Best Bakeries, visiting 36 bakeries throughout the UK with tv chef and restaurateur Peter Sidwell to taste the produce and understand the passion behind British baking at its best. Catch up with her at 4pm, everyday, on ITV.
cook HoT oFF THe Press The extremely talented team behind The Salt Yard Group, which specialise in Spanish and Italian small plates, and who now have three acclaimed central London restaurants, (Dehesa, Salt Yard and Opera Tavern), have finally released a long awaited cook book. Salt Yard: Food & Wine from Spain & Italy contains signature recipes from the three restaurants, including courgette flowers stuffed with goat’s cheese and drizzled with honey, mini Ibérico pork burgers, and sweet treats such as churros with hot chocolate sauce. The book also includes thoughtful essays by renowned design critic Stephen Bayley, food journalist Kevin Gould and members of the Salt Yard team. Salt Yard: Food & Wine from Spain & Italy, £30 www.saltyard.co.uk, also at Heal’s Foyles and Jeroboams.
Last Minute Luxury
You might be all ready for Christmas but if you haven’t put your order in for mince pies from The Bertinet Bakery, you’re missing out. Divine little pies, made with a rich, buttery sweet pastry, filled with delicious mincemeat and infused with Grand Marnier and rum and topped with frangipane and flaked almonds, these are some of the best mince pies we’ve ever tasted. A perfect size for a teatime treat, but small enough that you won’t feel guilty for having two, they are packaged in a beautiful handcrafted wooden box tied with bakers’ string, meaning they even make great presents. “Richard Bertinet’s pies are a delight you’ll never forget,” wrote Tom Parker-Bowles in The Mail on Sunday recently. Praise indeed. Mince pies, £14 for a box of 12, plus P&P www.thebertinetkitchen.com “
in the kitchen cupboard… David Moore, owner of Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied David Moore is the owner of the Michelin-starred Pied à Terre in Fitzrovia and L’Autre Pied, in Marylebone. He also runs a restaurant consultancy business providing invaluable knowledge to restaurants old and new. He lives in Bloomsbury with his wife Val and has two little girls. These are his three cupboard essentials.
1. 00 Flour: Double zero flour, or Doppio zero is the best flour for pasta making. My two girls, Fauve
and Frankie, say Dads’ pasta is the best! They love helping me roll it. This is the same flour that we use at Pied à Terre and currently Marcus makes spaetzle with this flour.
anchovies to the butchers and ask to have them placed inside the shoulder after boning. The salty anchovy flavour seasons the meat beautifully.
2. Tinned Anchovies: Tinned
3. Amalfi lemons: When in season, these are a must-have, their flavour is truly outstanding. Grate a little zest over a salad to add a marvellous fragrant zestyness, and squeeze a little juice to heighten the flavour of s auces, salads and casseroles.
anchovies are a must have ingredient. A simple bruchetta is picked up with a sliver of anchovy, a salad dressing blended with anchovy adds a wonderful picante flavour; but my favourite is a boned rolled shoulder of lamb. Take the
London’s Latest… the best news from the capital’s restaurant scene... CoCktails in st John’s Wood Lovely gastro pub The New Inn, which opened last year, serving rustic, seasonal food with a fine dining twist, also boasts the unusual honour of Image by Walther Dorighelo serving some of the best cocktails in the area. Such tempting tipples as Inn Keeper - rum with peach puree and pineapple juice, and the Breakfast Martini - with stoli citros, Cointreau and orange marmalade, mean having a drink here is a lot more interesting than just ordering a pint. www.newinnlondon.co.uk
a Winter’s eve Hampstead Heath’s favourite pub, The Stag will be throwing a very special New Year’s Eve party this December. Utilising their renowned outside space, the garden will be lit, heated and protected from the elements under a magnificent stretch tent. On stage will be one of London’s finest Rockabilly acts – Daniel & The Camden Cats, followed by a DJ Set from All Night Long. Tickets are £20 for outside tables, or £50 for a special five course dinner in the G Wadley Dining Room. The pub is also open on Christmas Day, and all throughout the rest of the festive period. www.thestaghampstead.com
the Milan ConneCtion The New Year so often brings out the best in all of us, with wellmeaning resolutions and pledges to eat more healthily and do more about the environment. Lucky, then, that Feng Sushi, with branches in West Hampstead and Chalk Farm is leading the way with sourcing sustainable fish and serving up some of the healthiest, freshest dishes, both in their restaurants and through their excellent delivery service. Not only do they have a full nutritional information sheet available, cataloguing the calories, fats and sugars in all their sushi boxes, dishes and individual servings, but their menu includes sections such as ‘Veggie Monday’ and ‘Light & Healthy’, helping you to pick the best meal for you. www.fengsushi.co.uk
Every evening after work, from 6 – 8pm the Milanese head to local bars for some aperitivo – cocktails and sherry served with free small plates of food. And now the tradition has come to London. At Banca in Mayfair, aperitivo will run from 5pm – 7:30pm on Tuesday to Friday, offering classic Italian treats laid across Banca’s impressive long bar that spans the entire length of the restaurant. Cocktails, such as the Negroni, Aperol Spritz or Bellini, will be served alongside dishes such as salted cod fritters, vitello tonnato and seared octopus with borlotti beans and paprika. A perfect way to warm up your appetite before dinner. www.bancarestaurant.com
Madder than a hatter Sanderson’s new Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea is just the perfect mix of crazy and delicious. Organised in collaboration with Shoreditch based design collective Luna & Curious, the tea couples British food with bespoke, Englishmade ceramics. Guests will receive a menu, hidden inside a vintage book and food consists of dainty sandwiches and home-baked savoury and sweet scones, as well as a huge variety of teas and sweet treats. www.sandersonlondon.com
A very merry ChristmAs Nigel Lister, head sommelier at The York and Albany in Camden reveals some of his best suggestions for food and wine matching this Christmas
s family and friends gather round the dinner table during Christmas, certain traditions fall into place – turkey, goose or maybe that well-hung rib of beef. But what about the wine? Is it time to open that special bottle or will everyone be too busy chatting and tucking in to notice? Whatever you choose, I would always try to take certain things into account. First of all, consider the weight and texture of the food, matching lighter wines to lighter dishes and vice versa. Red wine can drink beautifully with fish for example, as long as it has lower tannins like pinot noir or Beaujolais, especially if the fish is firm and been caramelised in a hot pan with butter for instance. Secondly – and this is especially true at Christmas – the accompanying sauces need to be taken into consideration when choosing wine. Turkey may be a lighter meat, but throw in cranberry and bread sauces, and a rich gravy, not to mention your chipolatas and stuffing, and you have quite rich flavours. That said, ask seven sommeliers what goes best with turkey and you’ll probably get seven different answers. With this in mind you should relax, safe in the knowledge that there is no right or wrong choice. What do you fancy to drink? If it’s a white wine I’d suggest you go to Burgundy. The St. Aubin 1er Cru from Paul Pillot – like the vast majority of white burgundy – is 100 per cent chardonnay; elegantly oaked, it has enough personality to cope with the various flavours and a freshness to clean the palate. It’s special enough to feel like an occasion wine too. Its more famous (and expensive) neighbours Puligny and Chassagne Montrachet would be happy partners too. If you’d rather drink red, then you could happily stay in Burgundy with pinot noirs from Nuits St George, Gevrey Chambertin or Cote de Nuits Village – or you might prefer the fantastic Clos Henri from Marlbrough, New Zealand. My preference, though, would be to head down to the Rhone valley for a delicious Chateauneuf du Pape – the Reserve des Oliviers, from Favier. Rich and spicy, yet fruity and elegant, I think it would step up to the plate marvellously. Another popular choice for the big day is beef. If we were serving it as we do at The York and Albany – a roasted fillet of Hereford beef, creamed wild mushrooms and fondant potatoes – then I would have to opt for the 1998 Chianti Classico Reserva from Cortevecchia, Tuscany. www.gordonramsay.com/ yorkandalbany
seasons Michael Nadra’s first North West London outpost in Primrose Hill manages to blend urban chic and style with a warm local welcome
he problem with having a favourite local eatery is that if you visit too often, and the menu doesn’t change, it’s in very real danger of becoming samey. Luckily, not only does Michael Nadra Primrose Hill have a large restaurant spread over three floors, but it also boasts a wonderful courtyard garden and a cosy martini bar, making it the kind of place you can keep returning to without getting dining ennui. On the night we visited, winter had arrived a vengeance and, in need of something to warm our hearts and minds before dinner, we stopped
dine in the martini bar for a cocktail. Cosily ensconced on one of the sofas, looking out at the courtyard while sipping on our excellent drinks and perusing the delicious sounding menu we soon forgot about the wind and rain. The menu here has a variety of tasting options, or a simple prix fixe offering six or seven starters, mains and puddings to choose from. After trying some of their delicious homemade breads, we opted to start with tempura of soft shell crab and black tiger prawn, scallop and chive dumplings. The crab came with a daikon salad, carrot and ginger purée, roasted chilli, garlic, soy honey and was an excellent example of Asian-inspired cooking, boasting well-sourced and tasty crab and excellent complementary flavours. The dumplings – also Asian-inspired – were excellently cooked, showing real skill for dim sum; served with a spinach and broccoli velouté and crisp red onions they had an engaging range of textures and tastes. For our main course the flavours sat much more in the European stable, with venison cooked three ways and grilled iberico presa. The venison saddle, shank and sausage roll were a revelation, the sweet pastry and pungent deer a fantastic take on a sausage roll, while both the saddle and shank were excellently cooked, pink and juicy. Root vegetable rosti and cavolo nero provided well–matched seasonal flavours, while the port jus was rich and sweet. The star of the meal, though, was the Iberico Presa – a cut from the muscle between the top of the shoulder and the beginning of the loin. Grilled, and served with confit pork belly, this dish was excellently cooked, the Iberico pork especially tender and flavourful; accompanied by savoy cabbage, creamed potatoes and butternut squash purée, the latter providing a subtle sweet hit after the delicious pork. We accompanied this divine food with a lovely bottle of Gigondas from the impressive wine list, and finished our evening with a little nightcap back in the martini bar, vowing to return in the summer to see how different it looks with sunshine pouring through the floor to ceiling windows. Primrose Hill is lucky to have such a good neighbourhood restaurant serving such high quality food just steps away from your front door. 42 Gloucester Avenue, NW1 www.restaurant-michaelnadra.co.uk
LocaL Wine Bars For wine experts Vinoteca
With 300 wines on their list, including tipples from Croatia, Austria and Greece, Vinoteca’s selection is second to none. Add to the fact that the team at the Marylebone bar are some of the friendliest and knowledgeable we’ve come across, as well as the wonderful food and relaxed, cosy atmosphere and we can’t think of a better place to try wines from around the world. In addition, all the wines you try at Vinoteca are available to take home at shop prices, meaning you can pick up a real gem, tried and tested. www.vinoteca.co.uk
For a taste o F italy Degò
Degò used to be a highend Italian restaurant downstairs, and a wine bar upstairs, but recently it has done away with the restaurant and rolled out the wine bar concept throughout. A great decision, ensuring you can benefit from one of the best Italian wine lists in London, and couple it with classic plates of Italian snacks and tapas. Match a glorious bottle of Salice Salentino or Chianti with cheese and meat boards, salads, ossobucco and rice, tortellini and spaghetti. During the summer, tables on the street make for perfect people watching, while winters are especially cosy if you’re booked into one of their booths. www.degowinebar.co.uk
For a great setting aviary Bar
This has to be one of the quirkiest bars in all of London, let alone NW. With a 4am licence, décor that includes fish tanks, woodland and baroque themes, winding tunnels, vintage mirrors, a disco dance floor and hidden corners and booths that can be hired out for the night, the wine list is only part of the experience here. Very much a place for those in the know, the wine selection offers an impressive range of vintage and non-vintage Champagnes, as well as a variety of tipples from France, Spain, Argentina and beyond. www.theaviarybar.com
Paul Walsh 28–50˚, Marylebone Paul Walsh, executive chef at 28-50˚, a stylish wine bar in Marylebone, shares his recipe for a modern take on a classic dish
luxury PraWn CoCKTaIl Serves four
The key to this dish is not to use too much prawn dressing otherwise you drown the whole dish in sauce. Good ingredients will speak for themselves; so prawns must be firm, fresh and sweet, not soft and mushy, the lettuce must be crisp, and the vinaigrette not too oily.
• 2 drops of tabasco sauce • 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup • ½ tablespoon Dijon mustard • ½ tablespoon of Worcester sauce • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar Mix together, add salt to taste.
• 500g olive oil • 150g cabernet sauvignon vinegar • 100g balsamic vinegar, reduce by half Mix together, add salt to taste. to serVe
PickleD cucumber Prawns
• 400g Icelandic Prawns • 100g dill, (50g chopped, 50g picked sprigs) • 1x iceberg lettuce
• 1 x cucumber peeled, deseeded and diced • 50g chardonnay vinegar Mix together, add salt to taste. lemon confit
• 100g mayonnaise • 70g tomato fondue (a fresh tomato paste made by taking ripe tomatoes, removing the skins in boiling water, taking out the seeds and roughly chopping, before cooking down slowly on the hob until all the moisture has evaporated)
28-50˚ Like its sister on Fetter Lane, 28-50˚ Marylebone is a relaxed, wine-focused bar and restaurant offering over thirty wines by the glass, carafe and bottle, and a French bistro-style menu. Executive chef Paul Walsh previously spent five years working at Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road, where he was the sous chef to Clare Smyth. He has over ten years’ experience of working at some of the country’s finest restaurants, and has also worked with Anton Edelman and Marcus Wareing. 15-17 Maylebone Lane, W1U www.2850.co.uk/marylebone
• Peeled skin of 2 lemons • 20g lemon juice • 60g sugar • 50g water Blanche the lemon skin three times in water, then slice thinly. Bring the rest of the ingredients to the boil and pour over sliced lemon skin. Leave to cool.
Chop iceberg lettuce into large pieces, dress with balsamic vinaigrette and lightly season with salt, then place in serving bowl Spoon over this one large tablespoon of prawn dressing. In a separate bowl, mix together prawns and pickled cucumber, add to this a little chopped dill and lemon confit, dress with balsamic vinaigrette and lightly season with salt. Add prawns to serving bowl, and cover with one more tablespoon of prawn dressing. Finish with sprigs of fresh dill, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and add some croutons for texture, if desired.
Murano, W1 Italian fine-dining is a very on-trend movement in London at the moment, but Murano does it best, says Emma Johnson
ngela Hartnett has long shaken off her Gordon-Ramsayprotégé mantel, and established herself as an outstanding chef in her own right. Having spearheaded the opening of both York & Albany in Camden and fine-dining Italian Murano in Mayfair within months of each other in 2008, she is now a fully-fledged member of the London restaurant scene. Seasonal selections are big news at Murano – they recently offered an entire white truffle menu – along with a hyper-seasonal autumn menu, and tasting options too. On the night we visited, flowers had been replaced on the tables by tiny pumpkins and the warm lighting and low hum of conversation made for a cosy, warm escape from the cold winter streets. The menu is split into five sections, with four savoury options and one dessert selection, prices start from two courses up to five, meaning you can create the perfect meal based on how you’re feeling. We started with some of the amazing Italian breads they specialise in here – salty focaccia and crunchy olive sticks soaked up in divine olive oil were sublime. We followed this with some pheasant agnolotti and pumpkin tortelli, the latter an exceptional example of how just a few seasonal ingredients
cooked with expert precision can create a wonderful dish. Scallop and sea bream ceviche was up next, the herb tempura a delicious accompaniment. Following this, the kitchen kindly put together a little taster of their white truffle risotto – with the last white truffle in the kitchen. (We’d expressed sadness that the white truffle menu wasn’t available the evening we visited, such is the exclusivity of this wonderful fungus). This was easily the star turn of the meal, the white truffle pungent and bold through the rice, tempered by excellent seasoning and the tangy bitterness of some Parmesan. Further dishes of lamb with cavalo nero and monkfish with smoked bone marrow impressed with their depth of flavour and creativity, while butternut squash torta with stem ginger ice cream, was a surprisingly successful dessert. Finally, don’t forget the wine here, one of the best Italian wine lists in London, this offers some of the most interesting and unique bottles you’re likely to find outside Italy. n www.muranolondon.com
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At the end of the world In January, while Europe is plunged into darkness and cold, the southern hemisphere is bathed in summer light and discloses its best natural colours and abundant wildlife. This time of year is best to explore the breathtaking lands of Patagonia, at the extreme south of Argentina and Chile. The mysterious beauty of its everlasting snow-capped mountains, emerald green lakes, sparkling rivers and verdant forests have attracted explorers for centuries. No wonder they call it ‘the end of the world’. Starting at El Calafate, the gateway to a kingdom of ice blue glaciers – including the majestic Perito Moreno – travellers can head south to Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost point of the Andes. In this austral part of Patagonia, valleys alternate with peaks, and penguins and albatross thrive on the seashore. An excellent place to stay is Patagonia Camp, a luxury tented camp offering horseridding, kayaking and trekking and designed so as not to disturb the surrounding scenery. www.abercrombiekent.co.uk
TRAVEL in style HOT SPOT in January
MuSTique, WeST indieS This beautiful, exclusive private Caribbean island is a must for anyone wanting winter sun and oodles of exclusivity
Its Caribbean location means Mustique enjoys year round good weather, and the island is a mecca for the famous and fabulous. From 26 January to 3 February, Mustique hosts its annual Blues Festival at the legendary Basil’s Bar, a one week festival of infectious riffs and rhythms that boasts some of the best and biggest names in Blues from around the world. This year, performers include Shemekia Copeland, multi-Grammy awardwinner Joe Louis Walker, Tod Sharpeville and Julian Brunetaud.
This privately owned island boasts over 100 villas and two hotels. One of our favourite villas is Toucan Hill, a stunning Moroccan palace, whose hilltop setting affords stunning 360° views of the Caribbean and the Atlantic. Design is grand and opulent, with dramatic architecture throughout, antique wood furniture from Bosnia, antique ceremonial drum frames from SE Asia and elaborate silver furniture from India. Outside, the beautifully landscaped gardens create a seductive Moorish fantasy, complete with mosaic tiled fountains, a domed octagon dining pavilion, elegantly detailed colonnades, jewelled lanterns, numerous verandas, balconies, two infinity pools and a rooftop Mirador – making this the perfect venue for hosting luxurious parties. www.privatelabel.com
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The Adventure Travel Show returns to Olympia this January. With exhibitions from the world’s leaders in intrepid travel, it’s the perfect place to plan your next adventure, and Vantage readers can get £4 off advance tickets just quote ‘VANTAGE’ when booking. 0871 230 7159 www.adventureshow.com
Cook Up a Storm
Cooking courses are a great way to improve your kitchen repertoire, and they’re even better when paired with a luxury week away. In March, renowned London chef – and the youngest to ever be awarded two Michelin stars – Tom Aikens will be running masterclass of modern French cooking at the prestigious Royal Palm in Mauritius. The course consists of a series of specialist classes and private dinners, cooked by Aikens. Dedicated to serving ethically sourced, seasonal ingredients of the highest quality, Tom will be working with the Royal Palm and the island’s local suppliers to re-craft his acclaimed signature dishes with a Mauritian-inspired twist. The exclusive event will conclude with a demonstration of Mauritian cuisine hosted by both Tom Aikens and Royal Palm’s award-winning French chef, Michel de Matteis. Here, guests will discover the fusion of flavours and European influences that trace the island’s heritage. 25-27 March 2013, £150 www.beachcombertours.co.uk
room With a viEW The huge terrace and bubbling whirlpool in the Penthouse Suite at the Rome Cavalieri are the perfect place to relax with a glass of Champagne and look out over the whole of Rome from one of the city’s highest hillsides. You can even spot St Peter’s in the distance below. Inside the decadence continues with Andy Warhol’s paintings, Karl Lagerfeld furniture, marble baths, Swarovski crystal taps and your own private gym. From 8,790 Euros per night www.romecavalieri.com
WintEr SUn short haul: Morocco Just a four hour flight from London, Morocco is the perfect place to get some quick winter sun. While temperatures on the coast tend to be fairly cool for this time of the year, the inland setting of Marrakech means the weather is warm enough to sit outside during the day, and enjoy the cosy warmth of a riad in the evenings. The very trendy Riad el Fenn is one of our favourite places to stay in Marrakech in the winter, many of the rooms boasting large tiled fireplaces and deep marble baths. At the top of the riad, a vast rooftop terrace and bar is the perfect place to relax. www.riadelfenn.com
loNG haul: Dubai While January is known as Dubai’s coldest month, it still sees temperatures in the low twenties with the added bonus of zero humidity around this time. Since its opening in late 2010, One&Only's The Palm has quickly become Dubai’s most distinguished and sought after luxury resort. Rooms and suites are among the largest in Dubai and feature modern design touches and sumptuous oversized bathrooms. This intimate beach resort has just 64 rooms, 26 suites and four villas, and offers a tranquil yet vibrant island-feel getaway. www.oneandonlyresorts.com
Mountains In-the-know Sydneysiders hightail it to the Blue Mountains for indulgent weekends of boutique shopping, gallery-hopping, rugged outdoor pursuits and a stellar food and wine scene. Annabel Goldie-Morrison tags along
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he one million hectare Greater Blue Mountains region has been a UNESCO World Heritage Area since 2000, thanks to its remarkable geographic, botanic and cultural values, including sites of Aboriginal cultural significance. The endless panorama of peaks and forested valleys is only an hour or so west of Sydney and easily reached by car or train. As we set off, the seemingly-endless suburban sprawl of Sydney eventually gives way to fields and open spaces, and before long we are surrounded by dramatic landscapes as far as the eye can see. Covered in eucalyptus trees, the breathtaking wilderness is indeed blue, a feat of nature caused by light refracting through the particles of oil from the swathes of Australia’s signature tree. Our base for the next few days is Lilianfels, a Luxury Collection Resort located in the town of Katoomba, hub of the National Park. The elegant country house hotel is set in two acres of manicured gardens, perched on the edge of the escarpment with incredible views over the surrounding landscape. Formerly the residence of New South Wales’ Chief of Justice, Lilianfels is now a favourite destination for foodies, spa aficionados, romantics and nature lovers. The old world chic may not be to everyone’s taste, and certainly wouldn’t work in the city, but up here in the mountains it feels like a home from home and is just perfect after an active day spent exploring the area. The open-plan salon, complete with grand piano, is full of cosy sofas and big armchairs in which to lose yourself with a good book, or relax with a cup of tea. French doors open onto a pretty terrace, perfect for lingering over one of Lilianfels’ famous High Teas on a sunny afternoon. There’s more than a hint of the country house here, and the reading and billiard rooms add to the effect. Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire stayed here recently whilst filming The Great Gatsby, and it’s no stretch of the imagination to envision them propping up the stately mahogany bar (in costume of course!), pre-dinner cocktail in hand. The relaxing atmosphere is greatly aided by the wonderful staff – service is friendly and unpretentious, ever present and yet discreet. There are 85 rooms and suites, all recently refurbished and decked out in elegant Victorian style with canopied beds and pretty floral designs, with spacious marble bathrooms and all the technology you could need, including iPod docks and big flat screen TVs. Our room looks out over the Jamison Valley, and with the window open we have a constant supply of fresh mountain air tinged with the cleansing smell of eucalyptus. In the grounds of the hotel there’s a heated swimming pool surrounded by loungers and beautiful gardens, and a tennis court shaded by pine trees. Back inside there’s another pool, and the Lilianfels Spa with four treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and hot tub. The spa offers all-day pampering packages, stress-busting massages and various other beauty and
Factbox Echoes Hotel A Luxury Collection Resort rooms from AUD $395 B&B www.luxurycollection.com/echoes Lilianfels, A Luxury Collection Resort rooms from AUD $350 B&B www.luxurycollection.com/lilianfels Sheraton on the Park rooms from AUD $280 www.sheraton.com/sydney Tread Lightly Eco Tours www.treadlightly.com.au NSW Tourist B oard www.visitnsw.com
therapeutic treatments. The signature treatment, ‘The Lilianfels Retreat’, is an extremely indulgent four hour experience which includes a Payot facial, massage, body wrap and polish and is finished off with a volcanic stone foot treatment. Lilianfels’ crowning glory, which Sydneysiders frequently drive an hour and a half for, is the food. Darley’s restaurant, housed in the original Lilianfels House, is famous for fine modern Australian cuisine using seasonal, locally-sourced produce. The dining room features ornate original fireplaces, crystal chandeliers, designer wall prints and plush furnishings. The food is sublime, and we enjoy delights such as tuna sashimi, fabulous local venison and Blue Mountains Wagyu beef during our stay. Even the side dishes are memorable, my particular favourite being the crispy polenta chips with rosemary, Manchego and truffle mayonnaise. The desserts are suitably delicate, the perfect finish to an extraordinary meal, and the impressive wine list features excellent Australian wines as well as international varieties. It’s no surprise that Darley’s has won a ‘Chef’s Hat’ – the Sydney equivalent of a Michelin star – for several years running. Echoes, also a Luxury Collection Resort, sits adjacent to Lilianfels, and has just 14 rooms and suites. Previously separate properties, Echoes and Lilianfels are now combined under Starwood’s Luxury Collection umbrella, and guests staying at either can use the facilities from both. The recently refurbished rooms all have uninterrupted panoramas of the National Park, and are contemporary in design with outdoor seating areas. Echoes Restaurant is right on the edge of the cliff, and serves up contemporary Australian dishes accompanied by an extensive wine list from vineyards in the nearby Hunter Valley. The backdrop of mountains and lush valleys is distracting to say the least, and in the summer diners can sit on the terrace and soak up the fresh air, sounds of the bush below and an 80km view. Luckily the food is good enough to bring our attention back into the room, and when visiting we try mouth-watering crispy tempura soft shell crab with green papaya, goat’s cheese mousse decorated with pretty flowers, macadamia crusted lamb loin and pan fried Barramundi. The desserts are almost sculptural, and the melt-in-the-mouth passion fruit and Italian meringue tartlet is so delicious I end up having it two meals in a row. Guests at both Lilianfels and Echoes have a great variety of activities available right on their doorstep. Just around the corner at Echo Point is the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation, and from here there are numerous bush walk trails varying from an easy amble over to the first Sister, to a thigh-burning descent right to the bottom of the valley. Complimentary bikes are
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available at Lilianfels, and there are scenic mountain bike trails to nearby waterfalls, caves and canyons. The Blue Mountains region is rich in indigenous Australian heritage and examples of Aboriginal habit can be found in many places in the area. Just around the corner from the resort is the Koomurri Aboriginal Centre at Echoes Point, where we watched a story-telling performance, and learnt about the local human history. A great way to see the Jurassic Park landscape is at nearby Scenic World, which includes the Scenic Railway – the steepest railway in the world – descending 415 metres through the sandstone cliffs to the rainforest floor, and the Skyway, a glass-bottom aerial cable car that traverses 250m above one of the vast valleys, giving a great view of waterfalls and ravines below. An hour’s drive from Katoomba took us to the spectacular Jenolan Caves, the world’s oldest open cave system. An enormous network of underground limestone ‘rooms’, the caves were formed about 400 million ye ars ago and ar e fille d with s trange and twis ted sculptural formations. For an educated and insider view of the natural environment, we took a couple of tours with Tim Tranter, owner-operator of Tread Lightly Eco Tours. An award winning guide, wildlife rescuer, fire and rescue team member and all-round eco-guru, Tim has lived in the Blue Mountains for over 45 years and anything he doesn’t know about flora and flora, geology and natural history probably isn’t worth knowing. While hiking along forest paths, Tim imparted knowledge on everything from how the mountains were formed to
the type of stone we were walking on, to the species of bird flying past. On another day, we woke at dawn and Tim drove us in his four wheel drive through the Megalong Valley spotting wildlife and admiring the varied landscape, before heading off road into the National Park. Our destination was a clearing on a hillside, where we were to have breakfast with kangaroos. The ‘roos are wild, and not remotely interested in sharing breakfast with us, but we have a marvellous spread of organic, eco-friendly goodies including homemade bircher muesli, while watching young joeys box with each other and wallabies and ‘roos graze in small groups just across the clearing from us. Before reluctantly making our way to the airport, we couldn’t leave without spending some time in Sydney. For a short city stay, Sheraton on the Park is a perfect five star central base. Rooms have magnificent views over leafy Hyde Park, St Mary’s Cathedral and Sydney Middle Harbour. Ours was a flying visit, but we squeezed in a tour of the iconic Opera House and had lunch at the famous Bondi Beach – for a true Aussie experience – before getting on a plane home. n
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New Year’s eve Parties Start 2013 with style in the city Las Vegas
LaS VegaS One of the most opulent New Year’s Eve celebrations must be in Las Vegas, the city of indulgence. On the last day of 2012 the city comes alive with hundreds of shows and entertainment, but for the utmost in parties we recommend the Mandarin Oriental’s presidential package. This decadent offering includes three nights in the presidential suite, a gala dinner at their restaurant with world-renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire personally cooking six courses, spa treatments and a table at the Mandarin Bar. www.mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas
Sydney Harbour is famous for hosting the most impressive fireworks in the world, meaning the bay overflows with tourists eager to take a peek at the lights. For a front row view of the action, book a table, or even a suite, at one of the waterfront hotels near Sydney Harbour Bridge. The most privileged view can be caught from the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel – their waterfront rooms overlook Sydney Bay, stretching from the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House. www.fourseasons.com/sydney
It is said that Funchal has one of the best Fim de Ano (end of the year) celebrations in the world. By the end of November the streets are already tastefully decorated with lights and the seasonal flowers of Madeira, including the bright red poinsettia. As New Year’s Eve approaches, streets fill with music, artisanal food and craft stalls. On 31 December, hotels throughout the city offer decadent gala dinners, the best being at The Vine, a sophisticated and modern five star hotel situated in the city centre, which offers panoramic views of Funchal. www.hotelthevine.com
rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Opulence is the key to the midnight celebrations in Rio, with a dazzling 15 minute fireworks extravaganza heralding 1 January. The Sofitel, one of the most prestigious hotels in Rio, has 388 rooms with balconies where you can catch a glimpse of the festivities from afar while enjoying a sumptuous dinner. If you feel like popping your toes in the sand after the show, head to Ipanema beach, a five minute walk from the hotel, to enjoy the live music and pop a bottle of champagne. www.sofitel.com/rio-de-janeiro
In the run-up to New Year, this celebrated city of music hosts an array of concerts and operas at the Musikverein, while the Staatsoper stages its traditional performance of ‘Die Fledermaus’. On New Year’s Eve the height of the celebrations converges with live entertainment in the city centre’s paved streets around Stefanplatz. For a night of pure Viennese elegance you can also attend Le Grand Bal at the Hofburg Palace, where a whole evening’s catalogue of dance entertainment is accompanied by a luxurious gala dinner. The magnificent Hotel Imperial, inaugurated in 1873 by Emperor Franz Josef 1, conveniently situated near the Opera, offers an incomparable luxury experience to top off your stay in Vienna. www.imperialvienna.com
Emma Johnson visits a secluded private house in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and finds a warm, welcoming escape from modern life
aking up at Queenwood Lodge – a private house situated amidst the trees and rolling slopes of the Bowood Golf Course – it’s hard to believe I left London just 12 short hours ago. Drawing back the curtains, I can see frost on the grass, and beyond the garden gates, deer are grazing in the morning sunlight. Downstairs the sounds and smells of coffee being freshly brewed and breakfast cooking make their way up the winding staircase. Outside it is perfectly still and quiet, aside from a few intrepid golfers ambling across the fairway. A couple of hours down the M4 from London – or just over an hour via train direct from Paddington – Bowood Hotel, Golf and Country Club is an idyllic country spot adjacent to the renowned and beautiful Bowood House and Gardens. The hotel itself boasts a luxurious spa, numerous well-appointed bedrooms and a great restaurant offering modern and innovative cuisine – but by far the best way to experience this special place is by hiring out Queenwood Lodge, which sleeps eight and is offered with full or partial catering and a butler service. Decorated in a classic country style, complete with an inviting sitting room, study, two open fires and a grand dining room, the house has plenty of space for large families or groups of friends to relax and adjust to a slower pace of life. On waking the morning after we arrive, we slope downstairs to a table beautifully laid for breakfast, with bread rolls and pastries fresh from the kitchen, and locally-sourced eggs and bacon sizzling away. The chef and housekeeper tend expertly to our every need, never encroaching but always on hand if we need them. Queenwood Lodge feels so like your own home that it can be initially strange to be so looked after in your own house, as it were, but we
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find we get used to it quickly…! Following our hearty breakfast, the boys head off for a round of golf – leaving direct from our front door and taking a golf buggy to the clubhouse – while the women of the party decide to take a stroll through the grounds to the spa. After a lazy morning of steaming and dozing in the jacuzzi we wander slowly back to the house to prepare lunch. You can have a fullycatered provision at Queenwood, but we like the gentle pace of providing our own lunch and lingering at the table well into the afternoon, feeling very spoilt when Ellie, our housekeeper, turns up after lunch and insists we leave all the clearing
There’s only one thing for it, we decide, we will simply have to return
and washing up to her. A soothing couple of hours in front of the roaring log fire follows, before we decide to head out for a late afternoon drink at the local pub, The Landsdowne, situated just outside the majestic Bowood gates. The walk through the woods is pleasantly peaceful and, rejuvenated by a couple of ales, we return to the house, where tea and coffee awaits us. Showering and changing for a dinner that we’ve ordered previously in the day, feels wonderfully decadent, and as we are ushered into the dining room – beautifully laid with the best china, crockery, linen, fresh flowers and lots of candles – we are all making resolutions to employ permanent staff on our return home. We dine that evening on scallops, venison, fillet steak, raspberry mille-feuille and salted crème caramel, beautifully cooked by our private chef, and enjoy some of our own wine, with no extra corkage fees, though you can equally order from their great wine list at the main Shelburne Restaurant. We sleep well that night, in the spacious, beautifully appointed bedrooms complete with large bathrooms and wonderful showers. The next day dawns bright and sunny and, before leaving, we take a gentle stroll around the garden, where we find croquet sets, pool tables and a large garden table. Wistfully we imagine being here in the summer, watching the sun set behind the golf course while sipping a glass of rose and nattering about our day. There’s only one thing for it, we decide, we will simply have to return. A thought that gives us all another reason to smile. n www.bowood-hotel.co.uk
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Luxury Brand Show Back and bigger than ever, the Luxury Brand Show 2013 will be showcasing the finer things in life alongside some of the fastest cars on the market
he Tullett Prebon London Boat Show has an exciting partner. Complementing the impressive collection of boats on display is the Luxury Brand Show 2013; an array of the world’s finest motoring, travel, jewellery, interiors, leisure and finance products. At the Supercar Gallery browse, and buy, some of the finest vintage and modern day supercars. The ultimate GT, the Vanquish, is a masterful blend of art, technology, craftsmanship and pure adrenalininducing design. Powered by a completely reshaped, new generation V12 engine, clothed in all-carbon-fibre body panels and equipped with an innovative touch sensitive centre, the car is the first of a new breed of
Aston Martin. Hot on its heels is the new DB9, the latest progeny of an illustrious bloodline. Discreet potency cloaked in a choice of Coupe or Volante bodywork, this car combines the timeless qualities of longdistance touring ability with sports car precision and unprecedented power. Beneath the DB9’s new skin lies a state-of-the-art VH architecture, dramatically improving structural integrity, optimising weight distribution and lowering the centre of a mighty 6.0-litre V12 engine. Carbon ceramic brakes and three-stage adaptive damping together with an even more luxurious interior makes this definitive grand tourer the best DB9 yet. For ocean riders, the all-new Pearl 75, which won Motor Yacht of the Show at this year’s Southampton
Boat Show, offers owners sleek and innovative design powered by twin MTU 1250 HPs engines that afford a comfortable cruising speed of 25 knots and a top speed of 30 knots. Created by the acclaimed studio of Bill Dixon, the design incorporates vast areas of specialist glass that maximise light while large rectangular bonded glass port lights flood the cabins with sunlight by day and moonlight by night. The effect is dramatic and creates bright, open spaces. Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the offerings from Club Wembley, the ultimate way to enjoy world class hospitality and all the sport and entertainment at Wembley Stadium. Imagine coming into the stadium to have breakfast with Roy Hodgson before work or watching England training just metres away. This unique membership offers the chance to attend ‘money can’t buy’ experiences that promise to create incredible memories. For the ultimate rush, adrenalin junkies can enquire about the Jetlev, the most exciting water-based flying machine in the world. It can fly at heights of up to 50 feet and has been clocked at speeds of up to 50mph. The JF 250 will cruise for three hours at open throttle. Should that not be enough, visitors can bring excitement home with the Wolf dual fuel luxury kitchen cooker range, which features gas range-tops with dual-stacked sealed burners for reduced cooking time and even heating. Ingredients can be kept chilled at the perfect temperature with the PRO 48, the largest residential refrigerator-freezer on the market. Watch-lovers are also catered for thanks to GirardPerregaux and its new Hawk Collection sports watches. The new Hawk range features an uncompromisingly avant-garde design forged by a manufacturing expertise that dates back to 1791. Two models, one a chronograph, the other for diving, launch a new line that boldly takes its place in the heritage of the renowned brand. Now in its second year, and offering something for everyone, the Luxury Brand Show has become the destination of choice for the most discerning of buyers. n For further information and ticket purchases visit www.theluxurybrandshow.com
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listing See below for eS eState agentS agentS in Yo YoUr area
Arlington residentiAl 8 Wellington Road, NW8 9SP 020 7722 3322 www.arlingtonresidential.co.uk
hAmptons internAtionAl 99 St John’s Wood Terrace NW8 6PL 020 7717 5319
mArsh & pArsons 35 Maida Vale, W9 1TP 020 7368 4458 www.marshandparsons.co.uk
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sAvills 7 Perrin’s Court, NW3 1QS 020 7472 5000
99-101 Parkway, NW1 7PP 020 7867 2053 122 St. John’s Wood High Street, NW8 7SG 020 3040 8611
lAurenCe leigh 020 7483 0101 www.laurenceleigh.com
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family house, located on one of the quieter streets of Maida Vale. ft of living space, including a double reception room with parquet suite, kitchen, conservatory & garden. The amenities of Maida Vale .
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Winnington Road, Hampstead Garden Suburb N2 Substantial new double fronted detached house
Sahara is an elegant and beautifully proportioned new freehold mansion. 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, sitting room, study, reception room, cinema, 2nd kitchen, plant room, gym, steam room, guest WC, Indoor swimming pool, 84 ft garden. Approximately 837 sq m (10,086 sq ft) Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ13,750,000 (HAM294331)
KnightFrank.co.uk/Hampstead firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7431 8686
Chester Place, Regents Park NW1 Rarely available Regency home
Grade I listed period house which combines original features including open Regency fireplaces. Master bedroom with en suite dressing room/study and bathroom, 6 further bedrooms, drawing room, sitting room, playroom/media room, dining room, kitchenette, wine cellar. Approximately 385.5 sq m (4,150 sq ft) Leasehold: 140 Years 10 Months
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Embassy Court, St Johnâ€™s Wood NW8 First floor apartment in a portered block
A magnificant four bedroom apartment within a prestigious portered block. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, 3 further bedrooms (all with en suite facilities), sitting room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room. Approximately 290.0 sq m (3,121 sq ft) Leasehold: 993 Years 11 Months Guide Price: ÂŁ6,350,000 (SJW120108)
KnightFrank.co.uk/St-Johns-Wood firstname.lastname@example.org 020 7586 2777
St Katherine’s Precinct, Regent’s Park NW1 Magnificent Grade II* listed house
A stately Gothic home with period architecture, modern interiors and a contemporary specification in a secluded enclave in Regent’s Park. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 6 reception rooms, kitchen, garden, off street parking. Approximately 574.4 sq m (6,183 sq ft) Leasehold: 117 Years 7 Months
KnightFrank.co.uk/St-Johns-Wood email@example.com 020 7586 2777
BERKLEY ROAD PRIMROSE HILL VILLAGE NW1 POA FREEHOLD An imposing former piano factory since skilfully redesigned to create a substantial private residence (537.9sq m/5,790sq ft) featuring exceptional open plan living space and well planned family accommodation. The building has a large number of environmental and eco-friendly features including a biomass boiler, solar panels and reclaimed wood to name but a few. Further benefits include a self-contained B1 office and a magnificent roof terrace providing breath-taking views of the London skyline. Occupying this prominent corner position on Berkeley Road, the property is at the heart of picturesque Primrose Hill Village, famed for its iconic park just 300 metres from the property and within close proximity to an array of bespoke shops, restaurants and cafĂŠs. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom Suite comprising Bedroom, En-Suite Bathroom, Wardrobe, Dressing Room and Private Balcony, 3 Further Bedrooms, 3 Further Bathrooms (1 En-Suite), Shower Room, Open-Plan Living/Dining/Kitchen, Gym, Den, Laundry Room, Store Room, Balcony, Roof Terrace. SOLE AGENT
REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 69–71 PARK ROAD LONDON NW1 6XU T –020 7724 4724 F –020 7724 6160
WEST HEATH ROAD HAMPSTEAD NW3 GUIDE PRICE £4,750,000 FREEHOLD An exceptional and deceptively spacious (386sq m/4,150sq ft) family home forming part of an imposing detached period residence located directly opposite the Heath on the corner of West Heath Road and Redington Road. This semi-detached home has been painstakingly restored and extended to a very high standard providing bright and spacious well planned family accommodation arranged primarily over three floors only featuring a 61' south west facing landscaped rear garden, a double length garage with drive approached from Redington Road in addition to parking for two further cars on the carriage drive to the forefront of the property. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Dressing Area & Bathroom, 4 Further Bedrooms, 2 Further Bathrooms (1 En-Suite), Shower Room (En-Suite), Reception Hall, Reception Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room, Media Room, Small Study/Computer Room, Utility Room, Plant Room, Balcony, 61' South West Facing Garden, Detached Double Length Garage, Private Off Street Parking for 2 Further Cars. JOINT SOLE AGENT / ALSO AVAILABLE TO LET £4,500 PER WEEK
ABBEY ROAD ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £3,750,000 FREEHOLD A lovely Grade II Listed detached period house (266sq m/2,862sq ft) situated within the St John’s Wood Conservation Area. The house, which is set back from the road and arranged over three floors only, features a charming conservatory linking the studio to the main house. Further benefits include a landscaped private rear garden and off street parking for 2/3 cars. Abbey Road is enviably located within close proximity to the American School in London whilst in easy reach of St John’s Wood’s fashionable shops, restaurants and nearby to transport links including St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line). ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 2/3 Further Bedrooms, 2 Shower Rooms (1 En-Suite), Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Family Room, Conservatory, Studio House with Gallery, En-Suite Bathroom, Kitchenette, Gallery/Bedroom, Guest Cloakroom, Underfloor Heating to the Conservatory and Studio, Off Street Parking for 2/3 Cars, Separate Side Entrance leading to Rear Garden. SOLE AGENT
REGENT’S PARK OFFICE 69–71 PARK ROAD LONDON NW1 6XU T –020 7724 4724 F –020 7724 6160
PARK SAINT JAMES PRINCE ALBERT ROAD NW8 £3,300,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD A rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully presented three bedroom, three bathroom apartment (183sq m/1,970sq.ft) set on the first floor of this well regarded, purpose built modern block. The apartment benefits from three private terraces, views towards Regent’s Park, porterage and underground parking. Park Saint James is an exclusive portered block located directly opposite Regent’s Park with excellent security provided by uniformed porterage. The development is located on the prestigious Prince Albert Road, only a moment’s walk from Regent’s Park and the restaurants and shops of St John’s Wood High Street. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, Two Further Bedrooms both with En-Suite Bathrooms, Spacious Fully Fitted Kitchen, Formal Reception Room, Guest Cloakroom, Three Private Terraces with views over Regent’s Park, Underground Parking, 24 Hour Resident Porterage. SOLE AGENT
Hermitage Lane NW2 £2,450 per week
An attractive detached gated residence with driveway parking for four cars, and with high ceilings, wood floors and air conditioning throughout. A beautifully presented family house, the property is well located for nearby travel links and within easy reach of Golders Hill Park and Hampstead Heath.
2840 sq ft 5 bedrooms 4 bathrooms 37’3 double reception Conservatory to 50’ garden Contact Belsize Park Rentals Office 020 7431 3104
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Belsize Park NW3 £2,500,000
Set over the entire raised ground floor and part of the first floor of a semidetached stucco-fronted villa, this is a stunning apartment of impressive dimensions and proportions.
2138 sq ft 4 bedrooms plus study 3 bathrooms 30’ reception, 26’ kitchen/diner Share of freehold
With period features throughout, there is an attractive rear garden and a semicircular balcony off the 18’ master bedroom.
Contact Belsize Park Sales Office 020 7431 1234
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King Henry’s Road NW3 £1,100 per week
Enviably situated moments from Primrose Hill and also convenient for the travel and shopping facilities of Swiss Cottage, a bright garden level apartment with off street parking for two cars.
1381 sq ft 3 double bedrooms 3 bathrooms (2 en suite) 17’9 x 17’6 reception 16’6 conservatory/2nd reception
With private entrance, this spacious apartment offers a 2nd reception/ conservatory which opens to a private rear garden.
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Adamson Road NW3 £1,175,000
Featuring a stunning 33’6 entertaining area, this is a bright, spacious home set on the 2nd floor of a red brick Victorian conversion on a popular residential road.
1450 sq ft 3 double bedrooms 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) 33’6 reception, 16’ kitchen Share of freehold
Adamson Road is situated just moments Contact Belsize Park Sales Office from Swiss Cottage tube station, and 020 7431 1234 within walking distance of Primrose Hill and Belsize Park.
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A beautifully refurbished detached house with elegant and spacious entertaining spaces. This bright and airy house opens to a hugely impressive entrance hall which has a wealth of restored original features and fireplaces, as well as high ceilings throughout, large windows and stunning fireplaces. This Georgian house, built c.1815 and believed to be one of the oldest within the area, extends to c.5,021 sq ft. Other features include a pretty rear garden, a gated driveway with off street parking for four to five cars, a full home
automation system and impressive interior design. The house is located on Abercorn Place, conveniently situated between Abbey Road and Maida Vale. The accommodation comprises a grand drawing room, elegant dining room, study/library, kitchen/breakfast room, master bedroom suite with his and hers dressing room and en suite bathroom, four further bedroom suites and eaves storage. The house also offers many options for entertainment with a TV/media room and a gym.
Abercorn PlAce, nW8 £10.175M FREEHOLD Savills St John’s Wood www.savills.co.uk
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St J o h n’ s Wo o d, N W 8 Set back behind a gated driveway, an impressive house providing family orientated accommodation of circa 3,787 sq ft/ 352 sq m, conveniently located within a few hundred yards of St John’s Wood High Street , St John’s Wood Underground station and a few moments walk from Regent’s Park. The house is presented to a high decorative standard and benefits from a rear patio garden and parking for several cars. 2 Principal bedroom suites with private sitting rooms and ensuite bathrooms, 2 Further bedrooms each with ensuite shower rooms, Drawing room, Dining room, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Guest cloakroom, Storage rooms, Terrace, Patio garden, Off street parking for several cars FREEHOlD
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GUIDE PRIcE £5,500,000
R e g e n t ’ s Pa r k , N W 1 A third floor apartment of 3,309 sq ft/ 307 sq m within a sought after mansion block with 24 hr security porterage. The flat, which is one of the largest in the building, features 3 impressive reception rooms with high ceilings and is located 150 metres from Regent’s Park and Marylebone High Street. 4/5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Shower rooms, Drawing room, Dining room, Sitting room, Study/bedroom 5, Kitchen/breakfast room, Guest cloakroom, Crown estate parking permit 130 yeAR leASe
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102 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6PL
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Violet Hill, St John’s Wood, NW8
Ryders Terrace, St John’s Wood, NW8
A bright, split level two bedroom maisonette opposite the charming Violet Hill Gardens. Entered via a private entrance at ground level with the accommodation spread over the first and second floors, this apartment benefits from an open plan kitchen reception room and terrace. Ideally located off Abbey Road, within easy walking distance of The American School and St John’s Wood High Street.
A beautiful two bedroom mews house (1,035 sq ft / 96 sq m) arranged over three floors with a large reception and dining area occupying the entire first floor. The house is presented in very good decorative condition and Ryders Terrace is located close to both St John’s Wood High Street and underground station (Jubilee Line).
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Abbey Court, St John’s Wood, NW8
Templar Court, St John’s Wood, NW8
This exceptional raised ground floor three bedroom apartment (1166 sq ft / 108 sq m) has been recently refurbished to a very high standard. The property benefits from a double reception room, family bathroom, separate WC and modern fully fitted kitchen. Abbey Court is positioned in an attractive area on Abbey Road and is ideally located with many convenience stores and exquisite restaurants nearby.
A fabulous three double bedroom, two bathroom apartment (1,422 sq ft / 132 sq m) 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 an eat-in kitchen and a reserved underground parking space. Templar Court features 24 hour porterage and is conveniently located for Lords Cricket Ground and Regents Park.
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Hall Gate, St John’s Wood, NW8
Hamilton Gardens, St John’s Wood, NW8
A recently refurbished semi-detached house comprising 2,403 sq ft / 223 sq m featuring a large reception room, family room, kitchen, five bedrooms, three bathrooms (two ensuite), rear patio garden and ample off street parking. Hall Gate is conveniently located on Hall Road close to the junction of Grove End Road therefore offering easy access to both St John’s Wood High Street and underground station (Jubilee Line).
A well presented Victorian family house (2,455 sq.ft / 228 sq.m) located on this quiet residential street in St John’s Wood. The house offers spacious accommodation over five floors and benefits include a 31” reception room occupying the entire first floor, a kitchen breakfast room and a south facing patio garden.
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Viceroy Court, St John’s Wood, NW8
Frognal, Hampstead, NW3
A stunning two double bedroom, two bathroom apartment situated on the sixth (top) floor of this prestigious block on Prince Albert Road. The apartment features an impressive 28’ double reception with balcony overlooking Regents Park. Viceroy Court benefits from 24 hour porterage, passenger lift, limited off street parking and the use of an exquisite communal roof terrace with panoramic views across the London skyline.
This beautiful refurbishment has taken 3 years to complete and the house now offers exceptional lateral living in the heart of Hampstead Village with the benefit of leisure facilities including a swimming pool, Jacuzzi and cinema room. This lovely house has 4 reception rooms to the ground floor as well as a large kitchen/breakfast room opening out onto the rear terrace and garden. Parking for 4/5 cars.
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102 St John’s Wood Terrace, St John’s Wood, London NW8 6PL
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Castellain Road, Maida Vale, W9
Northwick Close, St John’s Wood, NW8
A beautiful two bedroom apartment measuring approximately 800 sq ft/75 sq m located in a quiet residential street and looking out to exquisite, park-like communal gardens. This garden-level property comprises two bedrooms, family bathroom, spacious kitchen and reception leading to private decked terrace which itself leads to a giant communal space.
A delightful mews house in a pretty cobbled street located a short walk to the canal and shopping of Clifton Road and the amenities of Little Venice. Light and bright the house comprises: three double bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en-suite to master bedroom) modern fitted kitchen, spacious reception with hardwood floors and French doors to lovely private patio garden. In addition there is a private garage.
£650 per week
£750 per week
Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale W9
Eyre Court, St John’s Wood, NW8
A stylish, spacious and light two bedroom property in the heart of Little Venice. Located on the raised ground floor with gloriously high ceilings throughout, the property comprises large master bedroom with en-suite shower room, second double bedroom, second modern bathroom, large reception with open-plan kitchen and additional mezzanine study/reception area. The property features wooden flooring throughout.
A bright & spacious three bedroom apartment (1,207 sq.ft. / 112 sq.m.) on the 5th floor (with lift) in a secure, portered mansion block opposite St John’s Wood underground station (Jubilee Line) and within a short walking distance of The American School and Regent’s Park. With stylish wood floors, the property is offered in excellent condition throughout.
£795 per week
£900 per week
Sunny Mews, Primrose Hill, NW1
Clarence Terrace, Regents Park, NW1
Located behind an electric gated entrance, a recently built development of six contemporary mews houses. This house offers a fully fitted kitchen, a double aspect reception room leading to a bridged terrace, three double bedrooms one with an en-suite bathroom and an additional family bathroom. The house also benefits from one allocated parking space.
An impressive two bedroom, two bathroom first floor split level apartment (1105 sq ft/ 102.7 sq m) with grand double height reception and direct access onto an east facing balcony that overlooks the park and boating lake. Clarence Terrace is a much sought after period terrace with resident porters and reserved underground parking located on the western perimeter of Regents Park.
£1,000 per week
£1,450 per week
Boundary Road, St John’s Wood, NW8
Hamilton Gardens, St John’s Wood, NW8
A newly redecorated five bedroom, three bathroom, semi-detached house set over three floors and benefiting from a south facing rear garden, garage and additional on-street parking. Boundary road is conveniently located a short walk from The American School and the shops and restaurants on Abbey Road.
Brand newly refurbished to an exacting standard; this mid terrace Victorian house offers spacious and contemporary accommodation with superb attention to detail throughout. Accommodation comprises double reception room with hardwood floors, contemporary fully fitted kitchen leading on to dining room, and west facing rear garden, study, four double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 en-suite).
£2,000 per week
£3,250 per week
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Canal Boulevard, NW1 A quite spectacular penthouse apartment with sensational terracing taking in panoramic views, designed with flair and innovation to create a truly stunning sun drenched pad. Offering approximately 1350sqft of entirely flexible accommodation with doors from all principal rooms spilling out onto 2 amazing roof terraces. Hamptons St. John’s Wood Office 020 7717 5487 email@example.com
£1,250,000 Leasehold 2/3 Double Bedrooms Fantastic Entertaining Space Spacious Kitchen/ Diner Penthouse Apartment Two Roof Terraces with Panoramic Views
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Church Row, NW3 This is without doubt one of Hampstead Village’s finest period properties. This handsome house is double-fronted and offers a unique façade, of some 5 windows in width. The house provides around 4,200 square feet of gracious accommodation and features a spectacular drawing room occupying the whole of the first floor. Hamptons Hampstead Office 020 7717 5449 email@example.com
Price on Application, Freehold 4/5 bedrooms Spectacular entertaining space Conservatory Self-contained flat Pretty 70’ garden Wonderful period features
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St. Mary’s Mansions, W2 £1,050 per week A beautifully presented four bedroom apartment with high ceilings, wood floors, spacious reception room, and fully fitted eat-in kitchen set within an attractive red brick mansion block conveniently located for the cafes, restaurants and shops in Little Venice and a moment’s walk from Warwick Avenue Underground.
Portland House, NW8 £695 per week A wonderful two/three bedroom apartment located on the second and third floors of this purpose built block in St. John’s Wood. The accommodation comprises a bright reception room, a modern well equipped kitchen, two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and two bathrooms, one which is an en-suite. The apartment also benefits from a lift.
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Hanover Gate Mansions, NW1 £750 per week
A bright and spacious apartment comprising an entrance hallway, fitted eat in kitchen, reception room, family bathroom and two double bedrooms (one with ensuite bathroom), and wood floors throughout. Hanover Gate Mansions’ is a secure, building which benefits from a porter and caretaker.
Balcombe Street, NW1 £415 per week A charming one bedroom apartment set on the ground floor of a period conversion in the heart of Marylebone. The property incorporates a contemporary bathroom and kitchen, and benefits from excellent storage.
020 7402 9494 16 Park Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4SH Facsimile: 020 7724 7055 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A rare opportunity to acquire this 3 bedroom duplex apartment Regent's Park, NW1 The flat has the benefit of a large reception room with high ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, utility room, separate WC, balcony, lower floor store room, 24 hour porterage, private rear garden and 2 secure underground parking spaces. Clarence Terrace is located on the south side of the outer circle of Regent's Park with easy access to the West End. The park has 410 acres of glorious parkland with a boating lake, lawns and rose garden. Reception Room • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • Kitchen • Utility Room • Separate WC • Balcony • Private Garden • 2 Secure Underground Parking Spaces • 24 Hour Porterage
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Asking price £2,395,000
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A charming detached 4 bedroom property St John's Wood, NW8 A charming detached property comprising of 2,862 sq ft (266 sq m) of accommodation. The house is arranged over 3 floors and benefits from a delightful rear garden with access to a studio house and off-street parking for 2/3 cars. Abbey Road is located within close proximity to the American School in London and in easy reach of St John’s Woods fashionable shops, restaurants and nearby to transport links including St John’s Wood Underground station (Jubilee Line). 2 Reception Rooms • Kitchen • 4 Bedrooms • 3 Bathrooms • Parking.
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Loudoun Road, St Johns Wood, NW8 An opportunity to acquire a deceptively spacious contemporary family house (297sq m/3,195 sq ft) situated within this recently constructed development of five townhouses. The house has been finished to a high standard, featuring spacious living accommodation air-conditioning and under floor heating. The property is situated at the northern end of Loudoun Road, within three quarters of a mile of St Johns Wood High Street with itâ€™s multiple shops and transport facilities (Jubilee Line). Further benefits include a roof terrace and garage for a single car.
Freehold Guide Price: ÂŁ2,695,000
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“Ocean’s Edge” Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia Awaken to the serene surroundings and breathtaking view of the endless Coral Sea; the ultimate in luxurious relaxation and exclusivity. This contemporary architect designed detached beachfront open plan home is perfect for holidaying with family and friends or a romantic escape with your loved one. This majestic tropical beach house provides accommodation for 2-6 people with 3 King Suites which can be split into singles depending on your needs. All living and dining areas feature endless views of the Coral Sea with large glass doors which when open enjoy cool ocean breezes. With the exclusivity of the location, “Ocean’s Edge” is ideal for holiday making. Enjoy the outdoors by relaxing on the designer sun lounges beside the large luxurious beachfront infinity edge saltwater swimming pool or from the comfortable corner daybed on the terrace whilst gazing out over the big blue sea. Or stroll along the tranquil sea and keep an eye out for dolphins as you walk along the beach!
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The spirit of St John’s Wood Rescorp Residential is pleased to offer for sale two beautifully refurbished apartments located on London’s Avenue Road in St Johns Wood. Avenue Road is regarded as the most prestigious address in NW8 and these properties are beautifully located only minutes from both Regents Park and Primrose Hill AVENUE LODGE This ground floor apartment features a large reception room with a fully fitted modern open plan kitchen, a large master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a further bedroom with an en-suite shower room and a guest toilet. The apartment also benefits from off street parking and an external lock up storage room
95 AVENUE ROAD This apartment features a large reception room with a fully fitted modern open plan kitchen, a large master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, two further large bedrooms, a shower room and a guest toilet. The property also benefits from a porterage service.
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Randolph Crescent W9 ÂŁ1,695,000 This rarely available apartment has been beautifully designed to create stylish yet practical living space. The stylish and immaculately presented accommodation boasts an elegant reception room with an interconnecting, well equipped kitchen/ breakfast room, a spacious master suite with dressing area and en suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms with en suite shower rooms, and a guest cloakroom. Share of Freehold. Joint Sole Agent. LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 email@example.com
Essendine Masions W9 ÂŁ1,200,000 This property has been completely refurbished to the highest specification, boasting a fabulous reception room, with excellent entertaining space, high ceilings and an abundance of natural light, a smartly designed fully fitted kitchen, a large master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms and a beautiful family bathroom. Essendine Road is a quiet tree-lined street close to Maida Vale underground station (Bakerloo Line). Share of Freehold. Joint Sole Agent. LITTLE VENICE: 020 7993 3050 firstname.lastname@example.org