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Felicity Green on media and Marylebone

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R  oyal and residential Regent’s Park

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Regent’s Park

The plush royal space of Regent’s Park started out life as a hunting ground for Henry VIII, and is now one of London’s most popular parks and residential areas. Emma Mills takes a walk around the immaculate gardens, open spaces and Edwardian villas

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f you look back over history, it seems that the original vision for Regent’s Park was even grander and more ambitious than the smart green space and stunning terraced villas that we know today. But when you consider that the park started out as dense woodland and wild scrubland, it seems to have come quite far indeed. Henry VIII was the man responsible for bringing the piece of land we know now as Regent’s Park under the control of the Crown, seizing it – as royalty were wont to do in those days – from its then owner, the Abbess of Barking in 1538.

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Realising the land would make a great place for hunting deer, and being a bracing ride from Whitehall Palace, he commandeered the land and it remained a royal chase until the mid-1600s, used exclusively by royalty and members of the royal court. The land was leased to tenant farmers for the next 150 years until, in 1811, the Crown realised the parkland offered some serious financial potential. London, by this time, was a very different city from the one Henry VIII had been chasing deer around, with demand for property increasing rapidly. Building on the land – known then as Marylebone Park – would be

a savvy business decision, and also provide the location of a summer palace for the new Prince Regent, who was later to become King George IV. Government architect John Nash was drafted in to design a building plan for the park. His circular design, flanked by a series of impressive villas overlooking smart green spaces, forms the basis for Regent’s Park as we now know it. The park would incorporate two roads, the outer and inner circles, with the palace, a lake and a canal inside. It would be linked to the Prince’s other home at St James’s Palace by a processional road – which would eventually become the now well-

loved and iconic Regent’s Street. This impressive vision would be paid for by building 56 villas and several grand Regency terraces in and around the park, which would then be sold. The park would remain a private space, used only by residents and the gentry; and it wasn’t actually until 1835 that the east side of the park was opened to the public. Sadly, the full scope of Nash’s design was never completed – only eight of the 56 villas were ever built, as the Prince lost interest in the park, preferring instead to make improvements to Buckingham Palace – but much of the essence of his royal residential vision lives on.

High society Because of its location and space, Regent’s Park became a popular place for local societies to lease land. The Zoological Society, which employed

its own architect, Decimus Burton, has leased land in Regent’s Park for centuries, most predominantly the space set aside for London Zoo. And The Botanical Society also leased space in the park for years, before finally handing the land back over to the Crown in 1930. At about the same time, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was opened – the only permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain. Its steeply raked auditorium is one of the largest in London, with 1,240 seats. The theatre features one of the longest bars of any theatre in London — stretching the entire length of the seating, and serves meals and drinks as well as providing a barbeque and staying open till midnight. The theatre is a registered charity, with a board of trustees that includes Sir Peter Rogers, David Conville and Dame Judi Dench.

Sporting chances Green spaces always lend themselves to sporting enthusiasts, and Regent’s Park is hugely popular with runners and cyclists who benefit from the numerous running tracks and clubs throughout the parks. There are also tennis, netball, football and rugby pitches, as well as an athletics track, and softball and rounders fields. The Hub is the centre of sporting life in Regent’s Park, a unique multi-sports facility that offers a wide range of sporting activities, exercise classes and children’s activities for the local community. Situated right in the middle of Regent’s Park it has a cafe, changing rooms, and function space and offers a variety of running and walking routes from its reception. The park was scheduled to play a significant role in the 2012 Summer Olympics, hosting the baseball and softball, but those sports have now been

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y knowledge of Mauritius was limited to one word – ‘dodo’. I soon discovered the ill-fated bird was just one small part of this island’s colourful and eclectic history. Leaving London and its slate-grey skies, tube strikes and general winter weariness, we flew south to the Indian Ocean, took a sharp left over Madagascar and touched down at the south west corner of this small, but perfectly formed paradise isle. Unlike the majority of visitors to Mauritius, we avoided the well-beaten track to the north of the island and followed the traveller palms south west through gently swaying sugar cane fields and trees dripping in lychees. First visited by the

Portuguese in 1507, inhabited and then abandoned by the Dutch in 1638, controlled by the French in 1715 and then surrendered to the British in 1810, Mauritius finally became independent in 1968. With no indigenous population prior to the arrival of the Portuguese, Mauritian culture has since been created by its many immigrants and continues to welcome new visitors with open arms. Shanti Maurice does a good line in warm welcomes. On an island accustomed to reinvention, Shanti Maurice has relaunched itself as a boutique lifestyle resort, and is the perfect base to enjoy a genuine Mauritian experience. Located on the largely untouched southern coast, the resort enjoys unspoilt views to the west across white sandy beaches.

It is obvious from the moment you arrive that the emphasis here is to work with the natural surroundings. This sympathetic mindset is evident throughout; local hardwood has been used in the construction of the villas and fragrant herbs grown on site are used in the restaurants. The 61 villas and suites nestle within 36 acres of tropical garden, impeccably maintained and yet perfectly in keeping with the natural flora and fauna of the island. Gently purring golf carts navigate through immaculate lawns to deliver you to your front door. Villas at Shanti Maurice all face the ocean and combine the luxury of a five star hotel with a distinctly beach house vibe. Thoughtful touches such as complimentary Havaianas and the Spa’s signature ‘Africology’ products in every bathroom suggest someone really knows how to induce maximum relaxation. If the Junior Suites or Luxury Villas are not enough,

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With fashion at the forefront of our minds, we meet Felicity Green, long time Marylebone resident and the first lady of fashion journalism. Find out how she became the editor of a national newspaper at the age of just 24 on p.10. The Fashion coverage continues with our gorgeous feature on the divine Heidi Klein (p.20), and we’re also looking at Mulberry’s new Tillie bag and vintage chic in Primrose Hill (p.19). We take a leisurely stroll around the history of Regent’s Park this month, truly one of the most beautiful and impressive parks in London (p.12), and – with summer in mind – look at luxurious holidays in Mauritius (p.54) and options for a high octane escape at the glorious Goodwood Hotel (p.60).

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Lady In 1950, aged 24, Felicity Green became the first ever female editor of a national daily newspaper. Some 60 years on, and this feisty fashion guru, journalist and passionate resident of Marylebone is still a very formidable presence, says Steven Short

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n Friday afternoon, I’d been arguing with the photographer Terry O’Neill about whether one of his pictures was worth £75 or not. On the Monday morning I was called into the editorial director’s office to be told that I’d been made director on the main board of Mirror Group Newspapers. I was gobsmacked. My editor congratulated me and I went back to my desk. That afternoon I had to sign my first cheque as director. It was for £3 million!” These days, a woman being made board member of a large company is hardly news, but when journalist Felicity Green was promoted to associate editor of the Daily Mirror back in 1972, it was pretty much unheard of. Green began her career in journalism in the early 1950s, working on the long defunct Woman and Beauty magazine: “So far ahead of its time, you wouldn’t believe,” she says. The editor, Phyllis Digby Morton, gave the young hack a break, partly because she liked the clothes she was wearing. “A brown suit I’d designed and made myself,” remembers Green. “Mrs Morton said to me, ‘I will give you a job, if you will do something for me. Suck your stomach in!’.” Green says she’s been trying to do this ever since! In the two years she spent with the formidable Morton, Green learned her trade as a fashion editor

– one who was to change the face of journalism and, in particular, writing for women. Green was poached from Woman and Beauty by the Mirror editorial director, Hugh Cudlipp – “someone recommended me, I’ve never found out who” – where she was to take on the female pages. At the time, these were full of cookery tips and articles on how to be a good homemaker. Green knew that the world of women was changing and that the pages needed to be fun, to engage a new audience, and to be interesting to men, too. She started talking about contemporary issues such as women at work and female contraception, as well as the all-important fashion (girls in bikinis and low-cut evening dresses that appealed to both women and men), and championed young designers, many of whom are household names today. “Mary Quant and I did lots of lovely stories together,” she remembers. “One day I met the chairman of the Mirror Group on the stairs and he asked me: ‘When are you going to stop putting that dreadful Mary Quant stuff in the newspaper?’, but of course people loved it.” Another Green protégé was Barbara Hulanicki, of Biba fame. Green asked the young Hulanicki, at the time an illustrator on the newspaper, if she would like to design a readers’ offer dress for the Mirror, which at the time was selling five million copies a day. The shift


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dress the pair came up with sold almost 20,000 and caused a national shortage of pink gingham. During her 20 years with the Mirror, canny Green kept cuttings of everything she produced – scrap books which chart the evolution of the women’s journalism. The V&A recently asked Green if she would donate the archive to the museum, something she describes as “an immense honour”. Green’s CV also takes in a stint at an advertising agency – her clients included Danimac, whose fortunes she revived by getting Hardy Amies to design for them, and Partos Bras. “I was sent off to America to try and drum up some interest in them,” remembers Green. “I packed them all in a red hat box from Asprey and went to some 20 cities in 20 days – they didn’t know what to make of me!” It was on her return from the States – on the Queen Elizabeth – that she decided to marry her boyfriend, cigar importer Geoffrey Hill, with whom she was to spend the next 40 years. When Geoffrey died in 1992, Felicity returned to Marylebone (the pair had been living in Waterloo and had a home in France). “I’ve lived in Marylebone twice. I was made in Dagenham, like the film,” laughs Green, whose father ran a shoe shop in the Essex town. “I had to get out. It was so boring! So I persuaded my parents to move and we found a flat in Chiltern Court. My life began when we moved to Marylebone!” Green was 22 at the time. The 84-year-old returned to the area 15 years ago. “When I decided to move from the Waterloo house, I made a list of wishes: a ground-floor maisonette with my own front door, shops, buses, tube, taxis, cafés, a porter, a garden – and I got the lot, except the garden. Friends remind me that Regent’s Park is two minutes away but as I remind them, I can’t go out into the park with a glass of wine wearing only my knickers!” Green loves being so central, and describes Marylebone High Street as her own personal shopping mall. She loves her morning coffee and alternates between Le Pain Quotidien, Patisserie Valerie and La Fromagerie, but her favourite spot is Orrery, where she regularly tells the noisy barista to shush (not for nothing did she earn the nickname Ferocity Green on Fleet Street) and dinner at Union Café, where she is such a regular that a wine glass of water and ice – a personal favourite – is placed on the table as soon as she sits down. “Divertimenti is also one of my favourite shops in the world – such lovely things, brilliant for presents

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and they do wonderful things like sharpen your knives for next to nothing!” Green also namechecks Brora, Agnes b, Comptoir de Cotonniers and Matches as favourite shopping haunts – proof that she has lost none of her enthusiasm for the world of fashion. Another career highlight was launching the Marks & Spencer magazine, where she famously interviewed Margaret Thatcher about her fashion tastes (and “certainly did not!” ask about her knicker-buying habits, as has been reported). Today, award-winning Green is about to embark on mentoring a new generation of fashion journalists as part of a programme at Central St Martin’s College. She also has “cheer-up chats” with many of the editors and writers she has worked with over the years, and finds increasingly that the younger generations come to her for advice. “I still sometimes worry about being a failure,” she admits. “But of course, as one friend pointed out recently, I’m too old to be a failure now!” Green clearly relishes her role as a mentor and guide. “I love sharing my experience,” she says modestly. “I like having young friends and working with young people, I find it all very exhilarating.” With her passion for fashion, good food and the finer things in life, coupled with a sparkling sense of humour, it would seem that ‘Ferocity’ Green is still extremely young at heart. I expect her students love working with her, just as much as she with them. n

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Regent’s Park

The plush royal space of Regent’s Park started out life as a hunting ground for Henry VIII, and is now one of London’s most popular parks and residential areas. Emma Mills takes a walk around the immaculate gardens, open spaces and Edwardian villas

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f you look back over history, it seems that the original vision for Regent’s Park was even grander and more ambitious than the smart green space and stunning terraced villas that we know today. But when you consider that the park started out as dense woodland and wild scrubland, it seems to have come quite far indeed. Henry VIII was the man responsible for bringing the piece of land we know now as Regent’s Park under the control of the Crown, seizing it – as royalty were wont to do in those days – from its then owner, the Abbess of Barking in 1538.

Realising the land would make a great place for hunting deer, and being a bracing ride from Whitehall Palace, he commandeered the land and it remained a royal chase until the mid-1600s, used exclusively by royalty and members of the royal court. The land was leased to tenant farmers for the next 150 years until, in 1811, the Crown realised the parkland offered some serious financial potential. London, by this time, was a very different city from the one Henry VIII had been chasing deer around, with demand for property increasing rapidly. Building on the land – known then as Marylebone Park – would be

a savvy business decision, and also provide the location of a summer palace for the new Prince Regent, who was later to become King George IV. Government architect John Nash was drafted in to design a building plan for the park. His circular design, flanked by a series of impressive villas overlooking smart green spaces, forms the basis for Regent’s Park as we now know it. The park would incorporate two roads, the outer and inner circles, with the palace, a lake and a canal inside. It would be linked to the Prince’s other home at St James’s Palace by a processional road – which would eventually become the now well-


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loved and iconic Regent’s Street. This impressive vision would be paid for by building 56 villas and several grand Regency terraces in and around the park, which would then be sold. The park would remain a private space, used only by residents and the gentry; and it wasn’t actually until 1835 that the east side of the park was opened to the public. Sadly, the full scope of Nash’s design was never completed – only eight of the 56 villas were ever built, as the Prince lost interest in the park, preferring instead to make improvements to Buckingham Palace – but much of the essence of his royal residential vision lives on.

High society Because of its location and space, Regent’s Park became a popular place for local societies to lease land. The Zoological Society, which employed

its own architect, Decimus Burton, has leased land in Regent’s Park for centuries, most predominantly the space set aside for London Zoo. And The Botanical Society also leased space in the park for years, before finally handing the land back over to the Crown in 1930. At about the same time, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre was opened – the only permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain. Its steeply raked auditorium is one of the largest in London, with 1,240 seats. The theatre features one of the longest bars of any theatre in London — stretching the entire length of the seating, and serves meals and drinks as well as providing a barbeque and staying open till midnight. The theatre is a registered charity, with a board of trustees that includes Sir Peter Rogers, David Conville and Dame Judi Dench.

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Sporting chances Green spaces always lend themselves to sporting enthusiasts, and Regent’s Park is hugely popular with runners and cyclists who benefit from the numerous running tracks and clubs throughout the parks. There are also tennis, netball, football and rugby pitches, as well as an athletics track, and softball and rounders fields. The Hub is the centre of sporting life in Regent’s Park, a unique multi-sports facility that offers a wide range of sporting activities, exercise classes and children’s activities for the local community. Situated right in the middle of Regent’s Park it has a cafe, changing rooms, and function space and offers a variety of running and walking routes from its reception. The park was scheduled to play a significant role in the 2012 Summer Olympics, hosting the baseball and softball, but those sports have now been

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dropped from the Olympic programme. However, the Olympic cycling road race will go through Regent’s Park, and also the cycling road race in the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

Building a history Despite being predominantly a green space, Regent’s Park is renowned for having some iconic and distinctive buildings. A series of stunning terraces built around the park by Nash remain today, and make up some of the most impressive roads in London. Gloucester Gate, Cumberland Terrace, Chester Terrace (the longest facade in the park), Cambridge Terrace, York Terrace, Cornwall Terrace, Clarence Terrace (the smallest terrace), Sussex Place, Hanover Terrace, Kent Terrace, Park Square and Park Crescent were all designed by Nash. Inside the park, St John’s Lodge is one of two villas from Nash’s plan that remains in the park. The Lodge, now purportedly the property of Sultan of Brunei, is an impressive white villa overlooking Queen Mary’s Gardens in the park’s Inner Circle. It is close to The Holme, the other remaining villa, which overlooks the boating lake and boasts extensive grounds. Both villas

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are still private residences. Queen Mary’s Gardens were one of the latest additions to the park. Created in the 1930s, they are a beautiful series of well-tended gardens, with an especially impressive collection of roses, delphiniums and begonias. The flower beds are arranged in intimate, small spaces interspersed with fountains and statues, and are famous the world over. The park also houses the London Central Mosque, a stunning domed mosque whose golden outline rises majestically above the treeline. Designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd and completed in 1978, the main hall can hold more than 5,000 worshippers, with women praying on a balcony overlooking the hall. The inside of the dome is decorated with broken shapes in the Islamic tradition. The Mosque is joined to the Islamic cultural centre, which was officially opened by King George VI in 1944. While initially designed as an exclusive residence for King George IV and his friends, Regent’s Park has survived several centuries of dramatic change and remains at once the very centre of London life, and a beautifully preserved reminder of the height of Regency elegance. n


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As the weather gets (gradually) warmer it’s time to shed the chunky winter knits in favour of brighter and more interesting attire. Prada led the way for SS11 banishing neutral tones in favour of feisty orange, cobalt blue and emerald green ensembles which kept silhouettes simple for striking effect. This coral dress from Giambattista Valli is an exceptionally wearable form of this trend embodied by its comfortable fine jersey material. The colour is amazingly vivid yet flatters most skin tones and although the sleeveless shift shape meets the minimalist criteria, subtle details such as the lightlydraped bodice and silk ribbon waist detail are great designer touches that will contour and slim your figure. £1,205, www.brownsfashion.com

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New Neutrals If you’re not already familiar with Atelier Abigail Ahern – get acquainted. The quirky line from the North Londonbased designer features a cool twist to traditional homeware, with resin caribous, gunmetal grey chandeliers and vintage Persian-style hide rugs. Used together her pieces help create ambient, interesting spaces which are still warm and inviting enough to work as part of even the most traditional home. 137 Upper Street, N1 1QP www.mydeco.com

Interior Inspiration Anyone looking to redecorate their bedroom could do worse than look to the latest lavish suites at Claridge’s for inspiration. The stunning rooms have been created by fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg and reflect her exuberant and ultra-glamorous style, whilst honouring the grand legacy of the hotel. Inspired by Furstenburg’s own travels, bold prints,

fine fabrics and bespoke furniture pieces are abound, in chic palettes of milk thistle, chocolate and magenta. Finishing touches such as Murano glass crystals, cocktail bars and beautiful photography ensure the suites are the ultimate luxury retreats for even the most discerning of guests. Claridge’s, 49 Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR www.claridges.co.uk

Into the Light Lighting pioneers Lutron are credited with the fabulous installations of some of the City’s most beautiful homes and exhibitions. Their new book, The Book of Light, includes stunning visuals alongside advice on various topics including creating ambience from eminent professionals in the field of interiors, entertainment and architecture. A free online version is available ahead of the limited edition hardback. www.lutronbookoflight.com

A Touch of Spring The new interiors collection from The White Company offers some great bedroom staples such as the Berkley Cotton linen range. Available in white or silver, the line is created using a blend of long-fibre superior cottons, which give a soft, luxurious feel. 12 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4NR www.thewhitecompany.com

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the trend Bathrooms don’t just have to be practical spaces. Transform yours into a homage to luxury and pampering - with indulgent textures, soothing accents, soft, smooth lines and rich, warm tones Shropshire classic slipper bath including white quarrycast ball and claw feet, £1,299.99, Victoria & Albert Baths, www.vandabaths.com

Nome bathroom set, £59.87, Zara Home, www.zarahome.com

Lime, Basil & Mandarin luxury candle, Jo Malone, £260, www.jomalone.co.uk

Christy Royal Turkish limited edition towel, John Lewis, £50, www.johnlewis.co.uk

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Gold Eliza Mirror, £100, John Lewis www.johnlewis.com

Edwardian nickel bathroom accessories Balineum, £36-£89, www. balineum.co.uk

Vintage small perfume bottle, £10 BHS, www.bhs.co.uk

Goldline bath, £31,591, C P Hart www.cphart.co.uk

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Innovations in the way we use space are opening up a host of planting possibilities. ‘Green roofs’ and ‘living walls’ are increasing urban biodiversity and enhancing our quality of city life

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or Victorian town planners, urban green spaces were a means of improving the lives of city dwellers. Since then, as cities have sprawled towards the countryside and grown towards the heavens, municipal city parks and gardens have been in decline. Now, thanks to research into the social, environmental and economic values of things like ‘green roofs’ and ‘living walls’, urban green space is undergoing a revival. The aesthetic appeal of plants in concrete-heavy environments is obvious; so, too, is the positive impact they have on wildlife, but research shows that the benefits of urban greenery go way beyond that. A study by the University of Michigan showed that a 21,000 sq ft green roof will save $200,000 over its lifetime and that on a day that reaches 90°F, the same green roof will reduce insolation – the absorption of solar radiation by roads and buildings – by more than half. If well-designed and cared for, green roofs can help regulate a building’s internal temperature, reduce storm water runoff, and extend a roof’s lifespan. That’s probably why they’re appearing in increasing frequency atop residential homes and office buildings across the city.

Horizontal surfaces are not the only part of buildings sprouting green roots – plants are also growing upwards. Living walls – also known as vertical gardens, green walls or biowalls – are becoming more popular. As well as insulating buildings and providing a habitat for insects and birds, living walls can offer privacy, screen eyesores, and draw the eye upward to create the illusion of space. They also reduce air temperature and lessen noise pollution by absorbing city sounds. For city horticulturists faced with a limited availability of space, living walls offer a great way to make use of vertical surfaces. No longer restricted to traditional tall and skinny plant ranges like conifers and climbers, gardeners can create thriving vertical spaces by planting materials similar to those found on cliff faces. Wild flowers, mosses, and berries, for example, will create tapestries of colour, form and texture in even the smallest of gardens. At home, not only do green roofs and living walls help stabilise the balance between the built and natural environment, they also leave valuable ground space for children to play in, or for parents to host dinner parties. Perfect for urban living. n

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Surely one of the most exciting design collaborations unveiled this month is in the form of the glamorous Aura by Swarovski line. Combing stylish, crystal-encrusted compacts with the renowned formulations of Clarins, the range exudes luxuriousness across body care, cosmetics and perfume. The signature scent is a sophisticated, woody blend of amber and white musk, infused with lychee, pink pepper and tuberose and presented in a cool, highly covetable bottle. Pearlescent lip glosses and a highlighting powder are also available in shades of silver and pink which are enriched with micronized Swarovski dust for an inimitable shimmering finish. The cosmetics are set within jewelled pendants on a fine leather necklace and are even refillable. £22 The collection is available at department stores across London from 31st March

treatment of the month: Kerastraight KS Complex A springtime philosophy of ‘renew, refresh and revive’ lends itself easily to the latest evolution in Keratin-based hair treatments. Kerastraight KS Complex is being adopted by some of the capital’s top salons including Trevor Sorbie, as the antidote to dry and damaged hair. The treatment process involves the application of a protein and 22-carat gold formula under high temperatures, which fortifies and reconditions to produce a fabulously glossy finish and improved manageability for up to four months. Reassuringly, the treatment is free of formaldehyde and is suitable for all hair types, regardless of whether it has been coloured or chemically straightened in the past. Moreover, as the Kerastraight process can be completed within four hours, it is ideal if your schedule won’t allow for the two-day development time common to other Brazilian-devised methods. Charlotte Murray Hair Salon, 646 Muswell Hill Broadway, N10 1BS www.kerastraight.co.uk

Following the vibrant fuchsia lip shades that accompanied SS11 readyto-wear shows such as Fendi and DVF, Paris Couture week saw pink reaffirmed as the make-up tone du jour. Models at Elie Saab wore subtle rosy glows and pretty, pale glosses for a softer, effortlessly chic, daytime look. Capture the trend perfectly with this new palette from Chantecaille, which contains three moisturising lip balms in a graded coral tone. Space NK, 62 Hampstead High Street, NW3 1QH www.spacenk.co.uk

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2.Scream for face cream... Over recent years new ingredients have been developed to improve skin condition. The most recent ingredients to find their way into our clinics and beauty products include; epidermal growth factor (EGF) which speeds up the rate at which our skin cells renew themselves, fullerenes which are powerful antioxidants which nourish and rejuvenate the skin and hyaluronic acid, a natural cellular sponge which helps retain water and plumps up the skin.

3.the appliance of science... From oxygen facials which plump the skin and give it a radiant glow, micro-needling which increases collagen production, to radio frequency for skin tightening and serum absorption, we now have a wealth of treatments to choose from, each giving us a different way of achieving the results we want.

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For great looking skin, it is just as important what we put into our bodies, as well as what we apply to them, says Mary Agnelli

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Skin deep Mr Neil Toft, consultant plastic surgeon at The Wellington Hospital highlights the key issues of skin cancer

Skin cancer is on the increase in the UK over the last 50 years. This relates to increased availability of foreign travel to British citizens and increasing awareness by GPs, dermatologists and plastic surgeons of the problem. The seriousness of skin cancer varies tremendously from a simple slow growing indolent skin lesion to a potentially life-threatening pigmented mole.

are particularly found on the face

The development of skin cancer has two important risk factors namely, cumulative sun exposure and patient skin type. The fairer a patient’s skin, the more likely they are to develop skin cancer. The earlier the diagnosis, the better the outlook. Treatment is usually by minor surgery under local anaesthetic.

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Essentially there are three types of skin cancer that cover 99% of cases and these are described below: Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) This is the commonest form of skin cancer, and has a number of different types of appearance on the skin. These tumours are sometimes known as “rodent ulcers” for their ability to invade local tissue and cause ulceration, as if gnawed by the teeth of a rat or mouse. The commonest form appear as slow growing pink nodules that ulcerate with time and

and neck. However, they can also appear as flat red plaques especially on the trunk and limbs. Such lesions are easily removed by an excision biopsy and do not spread to other parts of the body. It is worth noting that if basal cell carcinomas near the eye or on the nose are not dealt with promptly, then the affected tissue needs to be excised necessitating Once removed, no long term medical follow-up is required. Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) These are four times less common than BCCs. This type of skin cancer usually looks like a large wart that bleeds from time to time. They are common on the

of the feet or underneath the toe or finger nails. It is thought that some patients carry a genetic risk for the development of melanomas. Unfortunately, melanomas have the potential to spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or through the bloodstream. The likelihood of this happening, and therefore the prognosis or outlook, is directly related to how thick the melanoma is on biopsy. The height of the tumour within the skin is measured in millimetres and is called its Breslow depth. Breslow depth of melanomas correlates with 5-year patient survival. The thinner the depth of the melanoma, the better the outlook. Early detection and prompt removal by surgery is essential, as there is no effective chemotherapy available.

scalp of bald men but can occur on any part of the body and in either sex. They are more common in individuals who are on long term immunosuppression after kidney or heart transplantation. A small

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percentage of the tumours can spread to the lymph nodes and other parts of the body. Risk factors for this spread are large tumours, tumours with poor differentiation under the microscope, immunosupression, and those arising on the ear and lower lip. Treatment can either be by surgery or radiotherapy. Melanoma (MM) This is the most serious type of all skin cancers. It usually appears as a changing brown flat mole. Often the edges of the mole are jagged and the colour is not even. Sometimes the melanoma arises “de novo” without any pre-existing skin lesion. Usually these lesions are very dark brown or black in colour. Although sun exposure is a major risk factor, melanomas can arise in dark- skinned individuals particularly on the soles

PREVENTION + Treatment In summary, the key to dealing with skin cancer is two fold, prevention and early treatment. First, the wearing of sunscreen and avoidance of midday sun in both the UK and abroad are important preventative measures. This applies particularly to children’s skin which has less sun protection. Second, with any changing or new skin mole seeking specialist medical attention early is paramount. Minor surgery in the form of a small excision biopsy of the skin under local anaesthetic will remove the lesion and provide the correct diagnosis.

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KEEP THE WORLD TALKING We meet Professor Martin Birchall to find out more about his innovative voice clinic at The Wellington Hospital

The voice is the principal mode of human communication and, as such, is the foundation of successful social interaction and business. The voice links us to people next to us or far away, and each voice is unique to each person.

or rarer problems such as nodules,

The increasing reliance of the modern world on information technology, tele-conferencing, internet calling and voice-activated software means that maintenance of a normal voice will remain a critical means of professional and social success indefinitely.

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Those who depend on their voices the most, however, are also those who are most prone to disorders (known as dysphonia) – over a million people each year in the UK alone. Most of these people have little knowledge of how to prevent dysphonia, or where to go when they develop problems.

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Voice problems may start with coughs and colds; by misuse or overuse of the voice; by lifestyle effects, such as reflux;

warts (papillomas), disorders of nerves and muscles, or throat cancer. Some problems may simply be due to a reaction of the body to stress. However, even excellent family practitioners find it difficult to manage experience, imaging equipment and a wide range of treatment options. To combat the problem, clinics run by specialists such as Professor Birchall’s have particular relevance in the modern world, and are crucial to “There are a number of important warning signs that tell you there is a problem with your voice,” says Martin. “Hoarseness, harshness or breathiness may develop, or the pitch of the voice may change. If you sing, you may have a more restricted vocal range than you used to. The throat may feel sore and conscious effort may be required to talk. Some people develop a dry chronic cough. You may find a lot of mucus in the throat, or you may have to clear your throat embarrassingly often.

Seasonal focus: tree pollen Dr. Harsha Kariyawasam, a consultant in Allergy, Rhinology and Respiratory Medicine at The Wellington Hospital, provides advice and guidance for those affected by tree pollen hayfever As we emerge from one of the coldest winters on record, most people will eagerly welcome spring and then summer. However, individuals who suffer from hayfever will greet the warmer weather with trepidation, especially those afflicted by tree pollens. The peak period for tree pollens range from mid-February for Alder to early April. Silver birch, oak, ash, elm, willow and poplar pollen peak period is late


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Smokers should try to quit smoking, and nonsmokers avoid smoky atmospheres as it is a powerful laryngeal irritant and the main cause of laryngeal cancer

Drink a litre and a half of water or clear fluids every day

Limit your intake of caffeine or alcohol, which dries the throat and increases reflux

Spicy foods also increase reflux and irritation, so eat these earlier in the evening

Home humidifiers help if you are prone to losing your voice

Avoid using the voice intensively if you have a cold or flu

Don’t talk too much in noisy places

Cradling the phone between the shoulder and head causes muscle tension, affecting the voice and throat

If you talk to groups or teach, try using a

A voice (specialist speech and language) therapist can help you decide which patterns, pitch and breathing rhythms are best for you

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March to middle of May in general. Pine trees peak from late April all the way into early July. Grass pollens (Timothy grass in Western Europe) peak in June and July, but extend all the way into the end of summer in early September, depending on environmental factors.

To minimise exposure during these periods:

MEET THE EXPERT Professor Martin Birchall is one of the leading voice box specialists (laryngologists) in the world. Qualifying from Cambridge, he trained in London, Australia and the US. Due to his research-based approach to innovation and quality in patient care, he is one of the most sought-after speakers for international conferences on voice care. With expert voice therapists and singing teachers, he has set up a unique multidisciplinary private voice clinic, using state-ofthe-art techniques in the modern setting of London’s Wellington Hospital.

Stay indoors as much as possible with doors and windows shut during high pollen count days. Sadly, this is a last resort for most people in Summer.

Keep car windows closed and install a pollen filter for the air vents if possible.

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Wash your hair well to clear any pollens clinging to it, as this will prevent them from being inhaled into your nose when asleep at night.

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Wrap round sun-glasses outdoors may be effective for preventing pollens getting on to the eye surface.

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n 1958 Carlo Abarth teamed up with Fiat to produce the Fiat 500 Abarth. In a driving marathon that lasted seven days and seven nights, the car broke six international records and was hailed a masterpiece. The name Abarth has been synonymous with superlative performance ever since. Some 52 years later, the brand launches its first sports watercraft by converting the Sacs Strider 12S into the Powershore Abarth SP. Propelled by three 350hp Yamaha V8 outboard engines, specially built for the exclusive version, the boat offers thrilling

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A gas-guzzling, emission-laying V8 engine is decidedly non-PC these days, says Matthew Carter. So let’s rejoice that Audi doesn’t seem to care…

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ou’ve got to admire Audi for this. In a world where eco is the buzzword, where low emissions and a parsimonious thirst for fuel are vital, and where speed is verboten, the RS5 is an automotive V-sign to the green brigade. This is the spiritual son of the first Audi quattro, a fourwheel drive super coupé with more power than even Gene Hunt could handle. Where the original had 200bhp or so, the hand-built, 4.2-litre V8 shoehorned into the nose of the A5-based RS5 has more than twice that: 450bhp, thank you very much. The engine is essentially a cut-down version of the V10 that powers the mighty R8, and it’s little short of awesome. It hurls the RS5 to 60mph from rest in less than 4.6 seconds and onto a governed top speed of 155mph: take off the restrictor and it would be up to 175mph or so.


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And the noise it makes is just mind-blowing. There’s a deep bass rumble at lower revs that turns into full heavy metal thunder as it nears the red line, which is at a remarkable 8500rpm. All this power is spread between the four wheels via Audi’s excellent S-tronic twin clutch transmission, in seven-speed guise, no less. It goes without saying, therefore, that in performance terms the latest Audi to wear the RS badge is right up there with the best of them. The acceleration is out of this world and the sound is worthy of capturing on disc and listening to on the stereo. It’s so addictive that you find yourself changing down just so the revs can rise and you can get a shot of aural stimulation. The chassis, too, is impressive. In truth, those original four-wheel quattros were blunt instruments in which grip was not always there when you needed it. Many a Quattro driver discovered that Audi hadn’t yet learned how to defy the laws of physics. They’ve come along way since. And while it is still possible to throw the car at the scenery if you’re not clever, chassis trickery now means the levels of grip are phenomenal. A new centre differential feeds the power to the wheel that needs it most: torque vectoring is the term, but all you need to know is that it works. Naturally, there’s a clever piece of technology that allows the driver to modify the chassis and gearbox settings depending on his mood – the Dynamic setting stiffens up the suspension and steering, and sharpens up the throttle response and gear-shift patterns. It’s a good-looking beast, too. The ordinary A5 is handsome enough, but with fatter wheel arches, gaping air intakes either side of the deeper front end and huge alloy wheels, it’s even better. The cabin is one of the best in the business. Sophisticated, modern and beautifully put together, it exudes class. Naturally, there are plenty of toys, too, though as ever with an Audi, you need to be careful what you ask for, as the list price of £58,685 can quickly become a memory. The RS5 is also surprisingly practical. The boot is vast and it’s relatively roomy in the back – a couple of adults

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could endure a journey without too much discomfort. So it’s fast, great-looking, beautifully screwed together and goes round corners better than any slot car. And it makes a noise to die for. What’s not to like? Well, there’s the rub. The most obvious black mark is that, on English roads at least, the RS5 isn’t so much uncomfortably fast as just downright uncomfortable. Forget that Dynamic chassis setting, as the ride is unacceptable: you’ll soon be on first name terms with your dentist as he struggles to replace loosened fillings. And then there’s the economy. The combined figure quoted by Audi might sound impressive at 26.2mpg, but the reality will be horribly different. No matter how efficient it is, a large, naturally aspirated V8 is always going to like a drink – especially if you want to enjoy the soundtrack. But the real problem is more difficult to quantify. The RS5 is rather soulless, somehow; it’s a car that’s difficult to love, one that won’t get under your skin in the way a BMW M3 might. It’s a little too efficient, a little too clinical in the way it performs. That said, the fact that it exists at all is worthy of praise. There are no two ways about it: the RS5 is the last of a dying breed. Enjoy it while you can, and before its glorious V8 engine is consigned to the history books. n

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This 40-inch LED-backlit TV is that rare thing in the world of flat screen TVs: a thoroughly luxurious package. Its highlight – despite the presence of 3D wizardry – is Ambilight. It may not be the headline act here, but this uniquely Philips feature sees three strips of LED lights strapped to the back-side of the TV (both sides and top). The idea is that light is projected onto the walls behind the TV, and this dynamically changes according to the content on the screen (a blue sky and green mountains will see blue light emitted from the top, and a mix of blue and green from the sides – you get the idea). New for this generation of Ambilight televisions is that you can adjust the hue of the light to compensate for coloured walls; it no longer only works accurately on white walls. You can also change the intensity of Ambilight, or simply leave it as an always-on living room light (as LED lights are used, power consumption is negligible). The 40PFL9705 is packed with content too, with built-in Wi-Fi powering Net TV – a portal that gives you access to content such as Cartoon Network and streamed films from Box Office 365 (both £2.99 per month), as well as an open Opera web browser. The latter is rather clunky, but it’s also

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possible to use the TV’s Wi-Fi Media Connect, which puts the desktop of your computer on the TV. And now to the real attraction: 3D. On some LCD TVs, the third dimension can look unreal, as in, unrealistic, but here it’s dazzling – the 40PFL9705 provides easily the finest 3D picture you’ll see on a LED TV, though it’s not quite as impressive as the Panasonic VT20 plasma. A normal 2D picture is even better, with the panel’s 224 LED segments creating a contrast-rich image, though HD is limited to external sources such as Blu-ray; there’s no Freeview HD tuner inside the 40PFL9705, which some will find difficult to overlook on a £1,700 television. Another standout feature that you just can’t find anywhere else is sound quality. Most brands choose to slim down their TVs beyond the 69mm found here, but there’s a good reason for this Philips’ extra girth; two woofers on the rear and two forward-firing tweeters. You might not see the difference, but you’ll certainly hear it.

Philips 40PFL9705 40-inch 3D Ready LED-backlit TV £1,700 www.philips.co.uk

Ricoh CX4 digital compact camera, £259.99 www.ricoh.co.uk ASUS Eee PC 1015PEM 10.1-inch netbook, from £252 www.asuslaptop.co.uk

3D Shiatsu back and shoulder massager, £229 www.homedics.co.uk

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SURF’S UP Running until 9 March, the Quicksilver Pro Surf event is the first stop of the 2011 ASP World Championship Tour. The meet brings the globe’s top-ranked surfers to Snapper Rocks on Australia’s Queensland Gold Coast. With prize money of US$425,000 at stake, expect to see all of surfing’s big guns in the water, including San Clemente’s Patrick Gudauskas and Brett Simpson of Huntington Beach, who both start their second season on tour at the event. 26 Febuary–9 March 2011 ASP World Tour Quiksilver Pro Surf www.aspworldtour.com

MEDIEVAL MAYHEM RARING TO GO The Bahrain Grand Prix will kick off the 62nd FIA Formula One season this month. The 2011 calendar expands to 22 rounds – the longest season in the sport’s history – with the inaugural running of the Indian Grand Prix later in the year. Red Bull Racing will be looking to defend their 2010 Constructor’s Champions title, while Sebastian Vettel aims to protect the Driver’s Champion crown.

Stepping into the Formula One arena for the first time will be Paul di Resta, who replaces Vitantonio Liuzzi at Force India, Pastor Maldonado, who has signed for Williams, and Sergio Pérez, who partners Kamui Kobayashi at Sauber.   11–13 March 2011 The Bahrain Grand Prix www.formula1.com

ADRENALINE JUNKIES Last year’s Winter X Games Europe was the first Winter X Games event ever held outside the United States. For the second year running, the Games will wow crowds at Tignes, France, as more than 125 athletes take to the stage. The Winter X Games see the biggest names in extreme sports compete against each other on skis, snowboards and snowmobiles, displaying their skills on the resort’s slopes, pipes and freestyle arenas. The Games will host eight events and spectators can watch the jawdropping showmanship for free. 16–18 March 2011 www.tignes.net

Shops in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, will board up their windows and close for two days over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday as the town is transformed into a huge playing field, three miles long and two miles wide. In an annual tradition that dates back to 1349, the Ashbourne Shrovetide Football match sees the ‘Up’ards’ – those born north of the Henmore Brook – take on the ‘Down’ards’ – born on the south side – in a battle that would have most health and safety officials pulling their hair out. The game starts at 2pm each day, when hundreds of opposing players attempt to bundle a ball towards goals at either end of the town. 8–9 March 2011 The Ashbourne Shrovetide Football Match

Say what?

I know nothing about racing and any money I put on a horse is a sort of insurance policy to prevent it winning.

Frank Stronach, founder of horse racing entertainment specialist Magna International, talking about his bad luck at the races

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All eyes turn to the Cheltenham Festival this spring for the pinnacle of the jump racing calendar. Richard Brown previews the events every owner, trainer and jockey dreams of winning


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early a quarter of a million people will descend on the Gloucestershire countryside this March for the most prestigious jump racing meet of the year. 200,000 pints of Guinness will be sunk and £600m will change hands as some 500 horses compete in 27 races at the annual Cheltenham Festival. Since 2005 the festival has expanded from three days to four and this year’s event marks the centenary of the first National Hunt Festival (the event’s official title) – something the organisers are commemorating by giving away hundreds of free bowler hats. The festival takes place from 15 to 18 March as the world’s greatest jump horses and trainers take to the track in search of a place in the record books. British jump racing is widely regarded as the finest on the planet and each year more of the world’s best jump horses are trained in the UK than in any other country. With two million people attending horse racing events throughout the year, it’s the second most popular spectator sport after football. There are three different categories of jump racing – hurdles, steeple chase and ‘bumpers’ – and each category has its championship race at either the Cheltenham Festival or the Aintree Grand National Festival – the sport’s two most historic events. In hurdle racing, horses clear timber obstacles of a minimum 3’6” in height along courses that are two, two-and-a-half, or three plus miles in length. Steeple chase races are run over the same distances but horses have to jump a variety of obstacles that include plain fences, water jumps and open ditches. ‘Bumper’ races contain no jumps and are designed to allow novice horses to race on flat ground to become accustomed to racing before they take on hurdles. All races are categorised as juvenile, novice or open depending on the age and experience of the horses running. Although the main feature race of the Aintree Grand National Festival has become the world’s single most famous race, Cheltenham is the undisputed Mecca of British jump racing. After the helicopters have clattered in over Cleeve Hill and the limousines rolled up from around the country, this year’s festival kicks off with the Supreme Novices Hurdle, a race preceded by the legendary ‘Cheltenham roar’ as thousands of spectators elevate their voices into a frenzy of excitement and anticipation. The Champion Hurdle is the feature race of Day One and will see Nicky Henderson’s Binocular looking

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to defend his 2010 victory. Hurricane Fly, recent winner of the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse, and Menorah, who opened the season by winning the Greatwood and the International Hurdle, are also tipped as favourites. The racecourse will be transformed into a catwalk on Day Two as Cheltenham hosts Ladies Day. Visitors have the chance to shop at the arena’s Shopping Village and impress judges at the meet’s annual fashion awards. The day features six races including the Champion Bumper, the Coral Cup and the Queen Mother Chase – a race feared by bookmakers for the fact that favourites tend to perform exceptionally well in this event. For many, it’s the clash between the top English and Irish horses that makes the Cheltenham Festival so special and anyone who has been before will attest that it would not be the same without the hoards of Irish punters who revel in taking on Cheltenham’s bookmakers during their annual pilgrimage to the English venue. Seeing as Day Three also coincides with St Patrick’s Day, the afternoon is sure to test both wallets and livers. The Ladbrokes World Hurdle is the day’s feature race, with current favourite Big Bucks looking to uphold the tradition of hurdlers coming back to win the race for a consecutive year. The festival’s main event, The Cheltenham Gold Cup, is run on the fourth and final day. Spectators will wait to see if Imperial Commander can repeat his 2010 victory against two time Gold Cup winner Kauto Star and 2008 victor Denman, as well as a host of young contenders. Every year a new Cheltenham Gold Cup is minted and with ten ounces of gold, this year’s trophy is worth £9,000 as an ornament alone. Of course, for owners, jockeys and trainers, the feeling of holding the cup aloft in the Winner’s Enclosure is priceless. n

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Toast to Indulgence

The new 150 champagne experience at the Mayfair Hotel pairs premier magnums from Möet Hennessay with gourmet platters in incredible surroundings

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he prestigious Mayfair Hotel has become a byword for luxury and style since its opening in 1927. Yet its continual evolution ensures the discerning clientele are always offered the most desirable packages to complement their glamorous lifestyles. The latest ‘150 at the Mayfair’ bar experience offers a slice of five-star hospitality in partnership with luxe brand Moet Hennessay. Guests can select their preferred magnums to be presented alongside a menu of small plate dining prepared by chef, Silvena Rowe.

The Dom Perignon Rose 2000 is excellent with a light supper of seared scallops, Sevruga caviar remoulade and pomegranate glazed fois gras, whereas succulent spiced lamb cutlets perfectly complement a glass of Dom Perignon 2000. Packages can be enjoyed individually or catering is available for parties of up to 36. How about Swarovski-crystal personalised Moet & Chandon magnum? Or enjoy two 150cl bottles of Belvedere Pure Vodka and have a mixologist at your disposable for the evening. n www.themayfairhotel.co.uk

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Somewhere New It is not only beach resorts which are home to idyllic spa retreats. Tucked within the twisted valleys of Utah, the chic Amangiri hotel gives panoramic views across desert and canyons, and even incorporates a striking stone escarpment into its design. Although the complex blends seamlessly into the landscape, facilities are modern and sophisticated. Highlights include the fabulous spa, which offers unique flotation treatments combined with therapeutic colour principles to promote healing. There is also a gallery displaying the finest jewellery, arts and crafts from the region, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness centre and wine cellar. www.mrandmrssmith.com

Luxe Luggage Wherever you choose to travel, don’t depart without an item from the latest Jimmy Choo 24:7 luggage collection. Proving that suitcases aren’t just practical accessories, the spring line is composed of stylish holdalls, weekend bags and cabin-sized cases in a range of covetable colours and materials. This leopard-print piece is so fashionable that it has proved an instant sell-out.

Ultimate Relaxation Redefining the concept of peace and serenity is the Akatsuki Resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. With each day dedicated to only one booking, you can be assured that your every desire will be satisfied, courtesy of a personal butler and chauffeur, whilst a chef is on hand to prepare delicious Asian cuisine, fresh seafood and European delicacies. Guests can choose accommodation in one of five pavilions, which showcase a fusion of Thai and Japanese design and have various

stunning features such as ocean front decks, walk-in closets and private tropical gardens. Venturing outside will allow you to enjoy exclusive use of the gorgeous Lipa Noi beach, relax in the home theatre or benefit from spa treatments which include dreamy aromatherapy and Thai massage. Or if you’re feeling more adventurous, safari and snorkelling are just some of the activities available nearby.

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Travel Fact Enquiries to one high-end travel website show that Libya, Zimbabwe and Lebanon are emerging destinations of choice for the jet-set.

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Website of the month: Tuscany’s enchanting 13th century villa, Borgo Santo Pietro reopens for the holiday season on 31 March 2011. Whilst the sanctuary is usually known for the antiques, hand-painted murals and tapestries of its lavish interior, focus will shift to the 13 acres of countryside in which it is set, in time for Easter Sunday. On the day itself, visitors will be invited to explore the forest in search of chocolate eggs and tour the striking San Galgano Abbey, before unwinding with a delicious five-course dinner and complimentary massage back at the hotel. www.borgosantopietro.com

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Pristine white sandy beaches, fragrant tropical gardens, giant turtles and multi-coloured lunar landscapes prove there is more to Mauritius than meets the eye. Louise Wise escapes to the paradise island and its Shanti Maurice resort

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y knowledge of Mauritius was limited to one word – ‘dodo’. I soon discovered the ill-fated bird was just one small part of this island’s colourful and eclectic history. Leaving London and its slate-grey skies, tube strikes and general winter weariness, we flew south to the Indian Ocean, took a sharp left over Madagascar and touched down at the south west corner of this small, but perfectly formed paradise isle. Unlike the majority of visitors to Mauritius, we avoided the well-beaten track to the north of the island and followed the traveller palms south west through gently swaying sugar cane fields and trees dripping in lychees. First visited by the

Portuguese in 1507, inhabited and then abandoned by the Dutch in 1638, controlled by the French in 1715 and then surrendered to the British in 1810, Mauritius finally became independent in 1968. With no indigenous population prior to the arrival of the Portuguese, Mauritian culture has since been created by its many immigrants and continues to welcome new visitors with open arms. Shanti Maurice does a good line in warm welcomes. On an island accustomed to reinvention, Shanti Maurice has relaunched itself as a boutique lifestyle resort, and is the perfect base to enjoy a genuine Mauritian experience. Located on the largely untouched southern coast, the resort enjoys unspoilt views to the west across white sandy beaches.


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It is obvious from the moment you arrive that the emphasis here is to work with the natural surroundings. This sympathetic mindset is evident throughout; local hardwood has been used in the construction of the villas and fragrant herbs grown on site are used in the restaurants. The 61 villas and suites nestle within 36 acres of tropical garden, impeccably maintained and yet perfectly in keeping with the natural flora and fauna of the island. Gently purring golf carts navigate through immaculate lawns to deliver you to your front door. Villas at Shanti Maurice all face the ocean and combine the luxury of a five star hotel with a distinctly beach house vibe. Thoughtful touches such as complimentary Havaianas and the Spa’s signature ‘Africology’ products in every bathroom suggest someone really knows how to induce maximum relaxation. If the Junior Suites or Luxury Villas are not enough,

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there is the Shanti Villa. Comprising a stunning master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom, a guest bedroom, open courtyard and wrap-around balcony, dining and living area and, of course, lodgings for the butler/ bodyguard. Privacy around the sizeable infinity pool is guaranteed, thanks to the natural reef and subtle planting. Tearing yourself away from the villas is made much easier by the heavenly treatments available at the Nira Spa. Housed in a tea pavilion surrounded by lily ponds, the waiting area alone is worth the visit. First port of call was a private consultation with the resort’s own Ayurvedic doctor. From the Sanskrit word, Ayurveda is derived from two roots ‘Ayus’ and ‘Veda’, meaning life and knowledge and is an integral part of the Nira philosophy. The aim of Ayurveda is to treat the body, mind and soul for optimum health, which can be achieved by balancing three subtle energies known as doshas.

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Doshas depend on body type and after the consultation guests are presented with a bespoke set of suggested guidelines to follow, according to their own particular doshas. I was delighted to see that butter is well and truly a must for Pitta-Vatas, but sadly alcohol is not. Doshas were put on hold later that evening in the ‘Red Ginger Lounge’, where it would have been rude not to sample the vanilla rum ‘Soma’ cocktail. My consultation was followed by a stimulating ‘Intonga Amasatchi’ treatment, which was not dissimilar to being rolled out with a very fragrant rolling pin. The effect, however, is amazing and will unpick even the knottiest shoulders. One of the signature treatments available is the unmissable ‘Abhyanga Massage’. Performed by two Ayurvedic masseurs, the treatment is more of a ritual than a simple massage. Lasting more than an hour, it is a truly unique sensory experience that will leave your body floating, your mind blissfully relaxed and your skin glowing. There is plenty to do at Shanti Maurice and many comfortable nooks in which to do very little. Teak lounge beds are strategically placed along the beach, by the main infinity pool and in the secluded indigenous flower gardens (the latter being enjoyed by newlyweds we met who had just exchanged vows at the end of the jetty). Beach dozing is made even more heavenly by the unimposing staff, who ferry fresh juice, water and towels direct to your lounger. For the more active guest there is a state-of-the-art gym, running track, tennis court, non-motorised water sports and aqua aerobics led by onsite activity manager, Anthony. A local artist also visits the resort to teach finger-painting, which can be practised at the villas, where paints and an easel are provided (and a stunning view to inspire). Lunchtimes were mostly enjoyed on the deck of Pebbles, one of the resort’s onsite restaurants. Over seen by the charismatic head chef, Willibauld Reinbacher, both Pebbles and the new signature restaurant, Stars, offer a heady mix of cape cuisine and international dishes. With African, Indian and even Chinese influences, everything is sourced locally, is sustainable and seasonal. As a result, three courses suddenly seem perfectly acceptable for both lunch and dinner. Stars also boasts an extensive range of South African wines. A spa menu is on offer for those with a bit more self-control. Exploring the island is a must. Rising early, we drove west to Tamarind Bay to go dolphin watching, then south again to the mysterious ‘Seven Coloured Earth of Chamerel’ and along the Tea road. The scenery, like everything on Mauritius, is a mixture of many elements; lush hillsides give way to sweeping fields and sandy beaches. Brightly coloured Hindu temples sit comfortably across the road from very European-looking Catholic churches. Our final night was spent at Shanti Maurice’s hidden gem, the Fish and Rhum shack. Giant Mozambique prawns and a selection of fresh fish was barbequed and served with dangerously more-ish rum cocktails at this beachfront retreat. Beautifully crafted driftwood tables face the beach, where a huge fire is lit in case moonlight on the water is not romantic enough. A local band entertains us as we sample yet another local rum and try to forget tomorrow, London and slate-grey skies. n For further information, call +230 6037200 or visit www.shantimaurice.com

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Left from top: Nira Spa Pool Nira Spa Yoga Pavilion Two Bedroom Villa Nira Spa Ayurvedic Massage


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Goodwood Beverley Byrne explores all that the Goodwood Hotel has to offer: from motor racing and flying planes to fine dining and indulging, there is something for everyone


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ith a big birthday looming, I’m treating the speed-mad man in my life to a suite at the Goodwood Hotel. He thinks he’s in for a night of celebratory indulgence: little does he suspect that this particular hotel is also the gateway to petrolhead heaven. Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Goodwood Hotel appears from the outside to be a pleasant 18th century coaching inn with glowing Georgian windows, promising a warm refuge for weary travellers.  After circling the car park and salivating over a six-pack of sleek Alfa Romeos, a Ferrari or two plus the odd Porsche, we find that, behind the period façade, the rest of the hotel is unremittingly modern with a vast health club and spa.  The bright reception area is populated by young, accommodating staff, one of whom, promising a pot of tea, shows us to our suite. A sumptuous lounge leading to a separate bedroom is decorated in restrained dove greys, well-executed watercolours and sumptuous curtains.  Alongside mellow antique furnishings and enormous flat screen televisions, contemporary touches, such as a circular Perspex dining table and chairs, add a distinctive flourish. From the exquisitely fine linen to the huge wet room shower and mammoth sarcophagus bath (there’s even a recessed television with floating remote control – ideal for watching soaps whilst we soak), the quality throughout is incomparable. This suite is one of five designed by Cindy Leveson, a celebrated interior designer who is pioneering a programme of refurbishment throughout the hotel and the pleasure dome that is the Goodwood Estate. Circling Goodwood House, home to the Dukes of Richmond, the estate comprises the famous racecourse reputed to be the most beautiful in the world, an historic airfield and racing circuit, and two outstanding golf courses. It also holds all manner of sporting events and celebrations of Britain’s past and present, including the Festival of Speed, Glorious Goodwood and Vintage Goodwood. Since Goodwood has become synonymous with sybaritic pleasures connected with speed and style, its sporting past is naturally celebrated throughout the hotel. Over cocktails in the clubby atmosphere of the Richmond Arms Bar, we examine a fine collection of photographs featuring those motor racing heroes of the l950s and ‘60s who competed here. Until l966, the gruelling Goodwood nine-hour endurance races were held at the racing circuit that embraces the airfield built for the RAF during World War II. Later, as we dine in the Richmond Arms Restaurant, choosing from a menu featuring local organic produce sourced largely from the estate’s Home Farm, we notice an imposing modern mosaic featuring an iconic E-Type Jaguar gracing the courtyard outside.  This modern artistic interpretation of an old classic seems to encapsulate everything  Goodwood has to offer.  As guests at the hotel, we are also eligible to dine at The Kennels, a private members’ clubhouse situated on the estate. Originally built for the hounds

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of the third Duke of Richmond, this splendid building overlooking Goodwood House is, in effect, the ‘Golf Club’.  Successfully combining contemporary art and furnishings with Georgian architecture, the Kennels represents the very antithesis of a stuffy clubhouse.  Goodwood golfers are not required to adhere to a dress code and instead of the ubiquitous ‘golf buggy,’ they swan round in jaunty, specially commissioned half-timbered vehicles featuring chintzy cushions and a built-in wicker champagne cooler. The man responsible for introducing these retro buggies – and the rest of Goodwood’s innovative reanimation – is Lord March. The son of the current Duke of Richmond, when he took over the 12,000 acre estate in the early ‘90s he was determined to bring motor racing back to Goodwood. Gradually events that celebrate a passion for speed, inherited from his grandfather, Freddy March, have become an established part of the social calendar.  It was his grandfather, the 9th Duke, a renowned amateur racer and aircraft engineer, who helped the war effort by donating land to establish the airfield at Goodwood.  Flight training has continued here for more than 70 years, and anyone with a passion for flying can take to the skies over the ravishing Sussex countryside. What birthday boy is not expecting is a flight experience in one of the Flying Schools’ five brand new state-of-the-art Cessna 172s Skyhawk aircraft.  I’d originally intended to surprise him with a thrash round the track where his motorsport heroes had raced. But, as Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton and chums have taken it over for the day, it’s closed to the public.  Still, my partner is over the moon when he realises he’ll be taking off on Goodwood airfield’s grassy runway, alongside an instructor, and circling over the glorious Sussex countryside. I’m no Amy Johnson, so while he’s achieving the ambition of a lifetime, I head back to the hotel to indulge in a spot of cosseting and culture. A wallow in the health club and a relaxing massage in the Waterbeach Spa are followed by a tour of Goodwood House.  The early Dukes of Richmond chose this country property to showcase their art collection, which includes paintings by Van Dyck, Lely, Stubbs and a pair of exquisite Canalettos. It seems the family has always valued excellence, and it obviously remains the yardstick by which the entire Goodwood Estate is still measured. Goodwood Hotel is more, much more than a supremely luxurious place to stay. Whatever your interests, be it motor racing, horse racing, flying, golf or simply being pampered, the hotel lies at the heart of it all. By simply booking in, we’ve effectively become members of the most exclusive clubs in the country, and that’s what makes Goodwood so glorious. Just ask birthday boy – he’s still on cloud nine. n For more information on Goodwood Hotel and the Goodwood experiences, visit www.goodwood.co.uk 01243 775537  Flight experiences in the Cessna Skyhawks start at £119 per person.

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Those seeking a twist on conventional confectionary should behold the delicious range of treats available at Marylebone-based confectioners, Rococo. The store offers everything from handmade champagne truffles adorned with crystallised rose petals to personalised ribbontied notebooks, and also supports Grenadian cocoa farmers through sales of their organic line. The delectable Nebuchadnezzar No. 4 hamper is an ideal gift for Mother’s Day. Chocolate bars infused with natural essential oils, rich floral creams, slices of soft Italian nougat and the über-popular chocolate coffee beans are just some of the treats included. The assortment comes in a luxury gift box patterned with the classic Rococo design and is also available for home delivery. 45 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HG www.rococochocolates.com

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NEWS: If you have sampled the delights of London’s pre-eminent bakers Peyton & Byrne, you’re sure to treasure the new cookbook, which shares the secrets to their delicacies. British Baking includes the recipes for forgotten classics such as Chelsea Buns and Treacle Tart, which both look and taste fantastic. Published by Square Peg on 17th March, £20.

home of Lillie Langtry, the first female to take to the London stage in the 19th century. The interior has been carefully restored and its grand sculpted ceiling, carrera Louis XIV fireplace and original chandelier are beautiful reminders of the restaurant’s historical significance, making it an eye-catching venue for a light supper with friends. 21 Pont Street, W1X 9SG www.langtrysrestaurant.com

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Langtry’s restaurant in Knightsbridge is inviting diners to celebrate Shrove Tuesday as part of their Pancake Week from 7–13 March 2011. Whilst traditional lemon and sugar cravings will be satisfied, guests are invited to try the chef’s various tempting fillings including blueberries with maple syrup, sweet strawberry compote or fresh smoked salmon with lemon and chive cream, in opulent surroundings. The restaurant occupies part of the former

This is the ideal service for those struggling to adhere to their New Year’s dietary resolutions. Choose from various specialised eating programmes including those for weight loss, antiageing or detoxing, and carefully prepared meals of the finest quality will be delivered to your door daily. A 90-day package costs £2,965.50.

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Perfectlyaligned Emma Mills dines at the Orrery in Marylebone, where she finds that the marriage of food and wine is one definitely made in heaven

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arylebone isn’t short of great restaurants, but neither does it suffer for its location; only a short journey to just about anywhere in London, there’s a big argument for venturing further afield to eat. But then, with the Orrery on your doorstep, why should you? Another cracker from the D&D stable, which also takes credit for the wonderful Pont de la Tour, as well as Almeida in Islington, Skylon on the South Bank, Bluebird in Chelsea and Launceston Place in Kensington, Orrery has had an interesting, and at times difficult, past – but seems to

be coming back into its own. After a rather public losing of the Michelin star it had held for eight years in 2008, and the subsequent introduction of a new chef, the restaurant has been quietly building its reputation back up and developing a loyal following. Head chef Igor Tymchyshyn stated just after his appointment at the restaurant a couple of years ago, that he was keen to regain Orrery’s Michelin accreditation, and he’s certainly made some impressive improvements. Pre-starters and pre-desserts were nice simple touches and excellently cooked. My starter of foie gras parfait, autumn chutney, and toasted pain poilaine was heralded as an

DID YOU KNOW...? An orrery is a clockwork model of globes and hoops that illustrates the relative positions and motions of the planets and moons in the solar system. It usually has one globe representing the Sun at the centre, with a planet at the end of each of the arms.

“excellent choice” by the sommelier, and turned out to be just that. A unique dish with foie gras presented several ways and beautifully elegant, it was a delight to eat. The date’s dressed Dorset crab, beetroot, salsify and artichoke was also a revelation – fresh and bold, the sweet artichoke and the salty salsify made the perfect partner to the crab. Mains comprised of Kentish fillet of lamb, beetroot purée, gratin dauphinois and olive lamb jus – a superb dish with the lamb cooked several ways, and the kind of dauphinois that makes you swear to worship at the altar of fat and carbs for the rest of your life; and Tournedos Rossini, served with sauce périgourdine, rich, tasty and delectably moreish. This was followed by some divine pear frangipani and French cheese, as well as coffees and some extremely good petit fours. Throughout the meal, our sommelier paired our food with various glasses of beautifully matched wines and sherries – a lovely touch that really added to the experience. For a local restaurant with a distinctly un-local approach to food and service, you really can’t do much better. n Orrery 55 Marylebone High Street W1U 5RB 020 7616 8000 www.orreryrestaurant.co.uk

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SHOPPING A Taste of Italy in Canary Wharf Head to Jamie’s Italian for a vibrant and versatile menu, fresh seasonal cooking and a few drinks with friends With the weather still dreary and summer a long way away, Canary Wharf has a wide range of restaurants with wonderfully warming dishes on offer and one of the jewels in its culinary crown is Jamie’s Italian. Now well into its second year and more passionate about food and service than ever, Jamie’s Italian showcases the chef’s famous Italian style and visitors can enjoy his trademark classic recipes and fresh quality ingredients. The delicious new menu for 2011 now includes pumpkin ravioli, rabbit ragu pappardelle (which you can try yourself at home using the recipe below) and chilli and mint lamb chops, as well as many old favourites. Friendly and knowledgeable staff will recommend the perfect choice of dish or drink to suit your mood, whether you’re after a glass of cool, crisp white wine and a plate of prawn linguine or a full-bodied red to contemplate Jamie’s famous flash steak. Later in the year, when the sun comes out and it’s time for alfresco dining, head to Jamie’s Italian to enjoy an evening on its large outdoor terrace. Perfect for informal client entertainment or lunch with friends, the terrace is open for full service seven days a week from 11.30am to 5pm. It is also available for private parties, making birthdays or celebrations that touch more special; for booking details and availability, just ask at reception. The restaurant has recently launched an online

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booking service so to reserve a table with the greatest of ease, visit www.jamieoliver.com/italian/canary-wharf to enjoy this spring ‘Italian style’. Jamie’s Italian Churchill Place, Canary Wharf 020 3002 5252 Opening times: Monday-Saturday: 11.30-11.00pm Sunday: 12.00-10.30pm

DON’T MISS... Don’t miss Jamie’s seasonal menu change for spring/ summer, arriving at Jamie’s Italian Canary Wharf in April

To make it at ho me follow Jamie’s recipe. ..

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150g pappardel le 180g rabbit 25g mascarpon e 25g juiced lem on 20g prosciutto 5g butter 10ml olive oil 20 ml cooking white wine 50 ml vegetable stock 5g pang retata 10g parmesan 2g parsley cres s

Fr y your rabbit off with some pa ncetta, diced vegetables of yo ur choice, bay le aves, sage, rosemar y, garlic, chilli and white wine then roast at 90 degrees fo r 18 hours. Heat oil and white wine in a pan and reduce by half Add rabbit and 50 ml of stock Add pasta, masca rpone, lemon ju ice and butter Cook the past a and sauce makin g sure it’s well combined Finish with lemon zest, parsley cres s, pang retata and a drizzle of olive oil!


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DRINK Keep note of the Artesian at the Langham Hotel, Marylebone, if cocktails and rare fine rums are your scene. A vibrant mix of cognacs, champagnes, sweets and sours are blended by the talented mixologists who have a new concoction on hand for each season. Take your drink in a piece of crystal ware designed exclusively for the Langham by John Jenkins. The collection features huge tumblers, intricate spirals and antique shapes inspired by Jacobean firing glasses. 1c Portland Place, W1B 1JA www.artesian-bar.co.uk

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SEE: Enjoy a touch of New York culture from the comfort of London, with acclaimed productions streamed live from New York’s Metropolitan Opera at Everyman Cinemas. The impressive schedule includes ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’, a tragic but romantic masterpiece starring Natalie Dessay. The viewing screens are housed in luxury lounges with slouchy leather sofas and footstalls, adjoining bars and waiter service. 5 Holly Bush Vale, NW3 6TX www.everymancinema.co.uk

If you haven’t yet discovered Artigiano, Belsize Park’s delicious Italian eatery, now may be the time. The restaurant offers a range of tempting traditional favourites alongside dishes with a contemporary twist. It receives rave reviews for its generous portion sizes and good quality wine. The restaurant itself is an ultramodern jewel at the heart of Belsize Village; at night, the stunning colour-flow electronics ensure the ambience is light, fun and inclusive. 12a Belsize Terrace, NW3 4AX www.etruscarestaurants.com


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Relax The Landmark Spa and Health Club is not only renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities and tranquil ambience but for the extensive treatment range available. The luxurious surroundings are the perfect place to try the new Voya Experiences which involve using the finest algae and herbs to invigorate and moisturise. The Signature Seaweed wrap uses leaves which are hand-harvested to exploit their fabulous biological properties and cleanse and tone. Post treatment, enjoy a swim in the spectacular 15m pool before trying out the Sanarium, which uses a combination of light, natural essences and deep heat to evoke intense relaxation. 22 Marylebone Road, NW1 6JQ www.landmarkspa.com

ESCAPE It is worth venturing a little further afield this month to view the March exhibition of Frost & Reed. The gallery is one of London’s oldest and is always popular with art enthusiasts with an interest in modern work and wildlife pieces. The latest display is entitled ‘Works on Paper’ with a focus on the contemporary uses of a traditional medium. The range of documented subjects ensures the exhibition will

enthral most with its collection of cityscapes, still life and nature produced with techniques such as watercolour, crayon and ink. Be sure to view the romantic sketch of rolling hills called ‘Chytton July 4th’ by Ben Nicholson. Jean Dufy’s pen and ink view of the Paris skyline is also breathtaking. 2-4 King Street, SW1Y 6QP www.frostandreed.com

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Resolve to acquire a new skill this year with a visit to the British School of Shiatsu-Do. The centre in Primrose Hill provides a range of workshops which equip attendees with the ability to practice Japanese bodywork. Experts will guide you through the application of pressure, stretch and mobilisation which can be used to provide relaxation and treat sporting injuries. www.shiatsu-do.co.uk

Indulge an interest in psychology with a tour of the former home of Sigmund Freud. The psychoanalytic theorist wrote many of his influential papers here, and all the rooms including his study remain as they were in his lifetime. Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating artefacts in the house is the couch where many of Freud’s patients reclined whilst in therapy. However the entire house has a magnificence with its immaculate gardens and remarkable antiques from all continents. 20 Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX www.freud.org.uk

Make a trip to Pipa in Maida Vale your weekend treat. The gorgeous boutique is a one-stop-shop for all things beautiful, where porcelain dinner services jostle for space with silk scarves, attractive mirror compacts and luxe denim brands. A play area for young children ensures that shopping here is a completely peaceful experience. 1 Formosa Street, W9 1EE www.pipalondon.co.uk

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Arguably the most unique lateral home in Primrose Hill ST GEORGE’S MEWS PRIMROSE HILL NW1


Designed by the late Richard Paxton, renowned as one of Britain’s finest residential architects, a unique and important modern home discreetly located in this quiet mews within the heart of Primrose Hill. This ‘house’ is entered via a smoked glass portcullis revealing a large parking space which in turn provides access via a grand stepped approach (with funicular lift!) The semi-open plan kitchen blends in with the highly original and contemporary interior. Two wings either side of this great space provide the bedroom accommodation with a two storey master suite with dressing room and bathroom on the lower level, a master bedroom and study area above, and across the way is the second wing providing four bedroom suites with terraces.

Stunning reception area which is a double volume space over 70' in length with a curved ceiling, revealing two vast retractable glass roof lights. The key feature of this area is the unique 40’ glass swimming pool.

Guide Price £7,000,000 Freehold Joint Sole Agent

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Lancaster Drive, Belsize Park, NW3 Brilliantly refurbished period house An extremely special renovation of a late Victorian detached house in the heart of Belsize Park. 6 bedrooms, 5 receptions, 5 bathrooms, kitchen / dining room, media / family room, utility room, terrace, gated, double garage with parking for 2 further cars, garden. 483 sq.m (5199 sq. ft) Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ7,500,000

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Park Village East, Primrose Hill, NW1 Beautiful house with parking and garden

Park Village East is semi-detached Grade II* listed Nash villa on the eastern side of Regent’s Park. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms (2 with en suite facilities), bathroom, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, study/library, utility room, guest WC, storage, garden, off street parking for 4 cars. 327.1sq.m (3,521sq.ft) Leasehold 81 years 11 months Guide price £5,500,000 (SJW299321)

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Greville Place, London, NW6 Beautiful period house

This is only the third time that this striking property is being brought to the market in its 150 year history. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, self contained flat with own entrance, including bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom, 2 guest WCs, 2 wine cellars, 2 cellars, 2 balconies, garden, off street parking. 440.3sq m (4,750sq.ft) Freehold Guide price: ÂŁ4,350,000 (SJW277461)

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ST KATHARINE’S PRECINCT REGENT’S PARK NW1 £6,150,000 L/H: 136 YEARS UNEXPIRED An exceptional Grade I Listed residence (319sq m/3,434sq ft) built in 1870 behind an impressive Gothic revival style facade and located in an enchanting setting overlooking picturesque private gardens and Regent’s Park. This outstanding home has been superbly designed by renowned interior designer Bill Bennette and features elegant entertaining areas, a beautifully landscaped private rear garden and benefits from direct views towards Regent’s Park from all the principal rooms in addition to which, planning consent has been obtained for a rear basement conversion. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom and Dressing Room located on Mezzanine Landing, Bedroom 2 with En-Suite Bathroom, Bedroom 3/Staff Bedroom with adjoining Shower Room, Drawing Room, Galleried Dining Room, Reception Room intercommunicating with Study, Sitting Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Conservatory, Guest Cloakroom, 41' Landscaped Rear Garden, Off Street Parking for 2 Cars, Store Room. PRINCIPAL AGENT


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

HAMILTON TERRACE ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £17,750,000 FREEHOLD An exceptional opportunity to purchase a magnificent detached freehold residence prominently situated on the east side of this prestigious tree lined boulevard. The property has been the subject of considerable expenditure and remarkable attention to detail in order to provide a magnificent family home (approx. 836sq m/9,000sq ft) featuring outstanding leisure facilities, perhaps one of the most beautiful gardens in the area and a highly impressive ‘secret’ wine cellar. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Split Level Principal Bedroom, 2 En-Suite Dressing Rooms, Bathroom incorporating Power Shower, Study & Balcony, 5 Further Bedrooms, 4 Further Bathrooms (3 En-Suite), Staff Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room & Kitchenette, Drawing Room intercommunicating with Dining Room, Family Room, Galleried Atrium, Orangery, Moroccan Media Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, 2 Guest Cloakrooms, Indoor Swimming Pool, Gymnasium, Plunge Pool, Sauna, Steam Room and Massage Area, Wine Cellar, Security Room, CCTV, Secure Off Street Parking, Elevating Car Port & Large Integral Garage, Landscaped Rear Garden with additional Heated Swimming Pool and Summer House. SOLE AGENT


INVERFORTH HOUSE HAMPSTEAD NW3 ÂŁ4,250,000 SHARE OF FREEHOLD A rare opportunity to purchase a sensational lateral penthouse apartment (348sq m/3,750sq ft) occupying the entire top floor of this prestigious Grade II Listed mansion which was originally built in 1851 for soap maker and philanthropist William Hesketh Lever. Inverforth House is a superbly located secure gated development of just nine exclusive residences abutting Hampstead Heath in which this penthouse apartment benefits from direct access to over 500sq ft of private terracing featuring breathtaking views over spectacular Listed gardens. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom Suite with Exceptionally Large En-Suite Dressing Room and Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, 2 Further En-Suite Bathrooms, Reception Room, Informal Sitting Room, Living Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room, Guest Cloakroom, Balcony and 2 South West Facing Private Terraces, Extensive Landscaped Communal Gardens incorporating Tennis Court for the exclusive use of Residents, Double Garage, Secure Off Street Parking for 1 Car, Direct Lift Access, 24 Hour Resident Concierge Service, Storage Room. PRINCIPAL AGENT


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

HAMILTON TERRACE ST JOHN’S WOOD NW8 £7,295,000 FREEHOLD A contemporary detached home (331sq m/3,583sq ft) of unique character offering excellent entertaining rooms leading onto a fabulous garden. The property, with natural light everywhere, has been meticulously refurbished and attention to detail is evident everywhere you look. The house is located on the west side of Hamilton Terrace an impressive tree lined boulevard and benefits from excellent transport links including Maida Vale Underground Station (Bakerloo Line) and St John’s Wood Underground Station (Jubilee Line) with the extensive shops, boutiques and restaurants of Little Venice (Clifton Gardens) and St John’s Wood (St John’s Wood High Street) all being close by. ACCOMMODATION AND AMENITIES Principal Bedroom with En-Suite Bathroom, 3 Further Bedrooms, Bedroom 5 (with En-Suite)/Office, Shower Room, Family Bathroom, Entrance Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Double Volume Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Study, Gym, Guest Cloakroom, Secure Off Street Parking, West Facing Rear Garden, Alarm System, Gas Central Heating. JOINT SOLE AGENT


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Property Latest A new way to search with iHome With modern mobile users now able to reserve restaurants, plan transport routes and even arrange dates using new phone applications, it is fitting that they can now find their dream home electronically. Research shows that over half of all property buyers will use mobile devices as part of their search by the end of 2012. In response, Surrey-based estate agency Barton Wyatt has developed a slick function for the iPhone and iPod touch which will enable users to browse their database while on the move. The innovation is designed to appeal to the agency’s sophisticated clientele who use the company for sales, lettings, marketing and management. Owing to the difficult economic times, the current property market is dominated by this type of affluent professional customer and therefore the emerging success of this new concept is of no surprise to partner James Wyatt who acknowledges the need for, “the best service..at the clients’ convenience”. Many users have been using the application to explore locations, conduct detailed searches and access company information and there are plans to allow similar facilitation to property seekers who use a Blackberry, iPad or Android, in the near future.

New Launch in NW London

Countryside Properties are about to launch a brand new development in New Hendon Village, North West London. The project has been eagerly awaited and will see a range of one and two bedroom apartments available near the sought after area of Colindale. The fact that NW9 is tipped for huge urban regeneration will encourage buyers who are drawn by the investment potential of the scheme; and a landscaped environment, guaranteed balcony or terrace and modern, open-plan layout make the apartments very pleasant and affordable homes. www.newhendonvillage.co.uk

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Central estate agency WA Ellis has revealed a surprising upturn in the level of customer enquiries just two weeks before the notoriously quiet school half-term period. The team are now predicting the increased interest will continue through to late autumn and are even considering employing new staff to cope with the demand. The high number of approaches has seen a property which had previously remained unsold attract a bidding war between four eager parties. Another available let has also been suddenly agreed.

Property prices increase as bonuses announced With City bonuses due to be announced any day, a recent property index suggests that there has been a continued growth in sales prices and resilient interest in acquiring high-end homes in London over the last few months. According to Knight Frank, whilst the cost of homes in the UK overall fell by

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The lack of available properties in the London sales market has directly impacted upon the rental scene. 2011 has seen the largest yearly growth in London rents since 1995, attributed to a delay in potential buyers finding suitable properties and a difficult mortgage market. Tenants from the mainstream markets have also been forced into prime sectors to find accommodation, having struggled at a lower level to compete with those who have acquired a gradual wave of new jobs in the capital.

one per cent in the year to January, the average price for a property in Central London has risen 10.3 per cent. Both the internal research team of agents Knight Frank, and the D&G London Property Barometer, suggest that the such a rise in value is also being fuelled by the limited availability of suitable homes.


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Aiming high The top end of the property market is booming, but financing purchases is still an issue, says Jack Jones

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uyer confidence in the £1m plus property market remains high, according to new research. We spoke to estate agents, developers and mortgage brokers, and almost three quarters (73 per cent) of those surveyed say that confidence is either high or neutral among those people considering purchasing properties worth £1m or more. However, just over a quarter (27 per cent) of those surveyed claim that buyers in the prime property market are concerned about future prospects. They believe that the top three obstacles impacting sales of £1m plus properties are a lack of suitable properties, fear of a ‘double dip’ recession, and a lack of finance.  Latest Land Registry figures show that the number of properties sold annually in England and Wales for over £1m increased from 506 for the year to August 2009 to 731 the year to August 2010, an increase of 44 per cent. Signs of continued confidence at this end of the residential property market are supported by estate agents who have seen a marked increase in the number of buyers competing for each property worth £1m or more. Indeed, the Investec £Million Plus Property Market Barometer shows that almost two thirds (65 per

cent) of estate agents surveyed are seeing between six and 20 buyers per £1m plus property. Despite signs of sustained confidence in the prime property market, our research demonstrates that access to finance remains a major issue for those looking to purchase properties worth £1m or more. Some potential buyers are struggling to secure mortgages and other personal loans, due to the less flexible lending criteria adopted by many banks. Mortgage brokers in particular are concerned about the lack of finance. This lack of available credit is supported by the latest figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (November 2010), which reveals that net mortgage lending is estimated to be around £9bn this year, the lowest level since 1980. One solution could be our £Million Plus mortgage, which is targeted at high net worth professionals who do not get paid along conventional lines, but rather accrue irregular income such as lump-sum bonuses. The new custom-made mortgage offering takes overall income and wealth into account, rather than just the value of an individual’s property and their regular monthly income. n Jack Jones specialises in private bank mortgages at Investec Specialist Private Bank.

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Steeles Studios NW3 - £2,750,000 A former artist’s studio dating from 1872, this spectacular home includes a 30ft double volume galleried reception Belsize Park office 020 7431 1234

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

4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms • Access via inner + outer courtyards • 43ft cottage-style walled garden • Secure off street parking •

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Primrose Hill NW1 - £2,250,000 An immaculate pair of newly built town houses, each approaching 2750 sq ft, in sought after Primrose Village Belsize Park office 020 7431 1234

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

2/3 wood-floored receptions • 5/6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms • 2 roof terraces + patio garden • Gated off street parking •

www.parkheath.com


Kylemore Road NW6 - £1,350,000 Conveniently located, an interior-designed period family house with landscaped garden West Hampstead office 020 7794 7111

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

1869 sq ft internal accommodation • 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • 26’6 reception, 20’5 kitchen/diner • Fully refurbished throughout •

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Shirlock Road NW3 - £1,750 pw A stunning 5 double bedroom period family house located moments from the open acres of Hampstead Heath Belsize Park office 020 7431 3104

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

2786 sq ft internal accommodation 30ft reception, 17ft kitchen 5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Private terrace and garden

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Marylebone Majesty A new residential development combines historical splendour with an ultramodern finish. Gabrielle Lane discovers a beautiful solution to the unceasing demand for homes in Marylebone

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t started with recognition in financial terms. Properties in the Marylebone area began commanding sales figures associated with those of glamorous Knightsbridge and Mayfair. It was apparently, easy to see why. Experts acknowledged the area’s proximity to Oxford Street and Regents Park and its convenient access to Underground links. In a sentiment-free analysis, this was cold, hard, commute-conscious cash. Whilst the district’s incredibly central location undoubtedly remains a draw for affluent buyers, it takes no imagination to realise many other reasons why Marylebone has become such a desirable place to live.

The area has both historical and cultural significance, appearing in the Domesday Book of the 11th century as part of the Manor of St Marylebone. It is also the ideal base to explore the delights of the West End theatres, the Royal Academy and the Wallace Collection, which are all minutes away. The neighbourhood itself has acquired a fashionable and boho-chic feel in recent years, thanks to its independent boutiques, garden squares and markets. There is also a great range of organic cafes, street-side bistros and high-end restaurants to suit any occasion. But if location is not enough, the new development of 50 Hallam Street is offering a unique and stylish opportunity which is already generating huge interest.


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The art-deco building previously housed the Offices of the General Medical Council and the Royal Society of Paediatricians and its institutional contribution and impressive appearance led to it securing Grade II designation in 1954. While interior features such as listed ceilings and grand art-deco marble testify to the building’s sympathetic restoration, the three duplex apartments still embody luxe modernity. The properties are designed to maximise space and allow open-plan living and each has at least one garden terrace and three bedrooms in addition to ‘his and hers’ showers and dressing areas. The impact of the practical and airy layout is intensified by warm, natural tones and oak and walnut flooring throughout. Although the apartments also have in common automation systems which are interfaced through Apple Ipads to enable control of music, lighting and entertainment systems, they do have many individual touches which ensure they feel homely. Focal points of the Regent apartment include striking floor-to-ceiling windows which flood the drawing room with natural light as well as a commanding spiral staircase which leads up to the kitchen sun terrace.

Those interested in The Hallam Penthouse will be particularly attracted to the fourth-floor, skylit living space and two outdoor areas which catch the sun at different points of the day. A fabulous fluid lounge/ kitchen space can be partitioned to form a dedicated study if you can’t tear yourself away from home to work! Huge dressing rooms and integrated wardrobes will also captivate aspiring fashionistas! The one-bedroom apartment remains just as striking and luxurious as its larger counterparts and is tucked away on the lower floor of the development giving it the feel of a private, peaceful retreat. The agents have anticipated that The Portland will provide great accommodation for a nanny or other staff-member, should it be required by one of the other residences. This consideration for an owner’s day-today living style, not only embodies the idealism and attention-to-detail of 50 Hallam Street, but captures the dynamic, family-friendly nature of its location within Marylebone. n 50 Hallam Street, Marylebone, London, W1. Three duplex, open plan, luxury apartments. Priced at up to £7.95m. Druce 0207 935 6535

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Pavillion Apartments, London, NW8 £575.00 - 1,600.00 per week - A range of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments.

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Osnaburgh Street, London, NW1 £775.00 per week - A bright 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment close to Regents Park.

St John’s Wood Office

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


Sheringham Street, London, NW8 £650.00 per week - This bright second floor apartment offers spacious accommodation.

Here. There. Everywhere. We were the first UK estate agency to launch an app for iPad, and an app for iPhone, and our website has hundreds of thousands of visitors each month. Whether you want to buy, sell, let or rent, it couldn’t be easier.

Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 £3,000.00 per week - Spacious 5 bedroom and 5 bathroom family home.

St John’s Wood Office

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Set back from the road on an elevated position, an outstanding newly constructed six bedroom detached residence (4,546 sqft/ 422 sqm).

HeatH Drive NW3 GuiDe Price ÂŁ5,500,000 FreeHolD

This impressive family home has been finished to an exceptionally high standard and specification. Arranged over four floors and incorporating numerous luxury features which are complimented by an elegant interior.

The well planned and flexible accommodation comprises a drawing room, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room and family room/bedroom seven on the ground floor, master suite comprising bedroom, fitted dressing room and en suite bathroom. Three additional bedrooms with en suite bathrooms on the first and second floor and a media/cinema room and two further bedrooms and bathroom on the lower floor. The property is further enhanced by secure off street parking for several cars and south facing patio and landscaped garden.

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A striking newly constructed four/ five bedroom detached house (6,002 sq ft) of contemporary design.

Redington Road nW3 The house is arranged over four floors and provides extensive reception space over both the ground and garden levels with open plan living/kitchen/family area of some 2,500 sq ft leading directly out on to the patio and garden and also through to an indoor swimming pool.

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The ground floor provides a grand double aspect reception room, study and impressive entrance lobby. The property also offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms on the first floor plus a particularly bright master bedroom suite on the top floor with en-suite dressing room, large bathroom and secluded roof terrace. There is also an integral garage and off street parking. The house has been completed to a particularly high specification and provides a smart system, air conditioning, underfloor heating and many other eco and noteworthy features.

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A rare opportunity to purchase this outstanding 1920s family home set in a quiet and highly sought after residential road. The six-bedroom house has been much improved and well-maintained by the present owners and features superb and flexible family-orientated accommodation over three floors, with the entire top floor being given over to a master bedroom suite including en-suite bathroom and dressing room. Extending to over 3,400 square feet, the house also

offers wonderful living and entertaining space on the ground floor, including a dramatic reception hall and two intercommunicating reception rooms. Partnered by an excellent and beautifully fitted kitchen/dining/family room with direct and level access out to the rear garden, a further two bathrooms and a garage (currently used as a utility/store room) as well as off-street parking for two cars, this fine home enjoys a superb layout that is difficult to replicate.


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West Hampstead, NW2 ÂŁ1,695,000 Freehold

Benham and Reeves

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St Johns Wood Office: 020 7586 5929


Randolph Avenue, Little Venice, W9 A bright and spacious three bedroom, third floor apartment situated in this white stucco fronted building. The property benefits from a large reception room, two bathrooms, newly refurbished kitchen / breakfast room, and lift access. Ideally located, close to the cafĂŠs, restaurants of Clifton Gardens and canal of Little Venice.

ÂŁ975,000 Leasehold

www.brianlack.co.uk


St Johns Wood Office: 020 7586 5929

Wymering Mansions, Maida Vale, W9

ÂŁ625,000 Share of Freehold

A well presented two double bedroom third floor (top) flat situated in this red brick mansion block within easy reach to Maida Vale Tube Station. Internally, the property boasts great living accommodation and particular features include newly integrated kitchen/diner, large reception room plus access to communal gardens.

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Lords View, St Johns Wood, NW8

ÂŁ875,000 Share of Freehold

Having just undergone a full refurbishment program, we are delighted to offer this highly desirable two bedroom, two bathroom, 4th floor apartment. Lords View is located opposite Lords Cricket Ground, convenient for access to St Johns Wood High Street, Underground Station and the open spaces of Regents Park. The property further benefits from front facing balcony, porterage and garage.

BRIAN LACK AND COMPANY - opening soon at Hyatt Regency, Belgrade, SERBIA. Come and visit us.

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Randolph Avenue W9 ÂŁ1,899,950 This impressive apartment boasts a double reception room with feature fireplace, a newly fitted Roundhouse kitchen, a master bedroom with french doors leading onto a large private roof terrace with spectacular views over the communal gardens. There are three further double bedrooms, a family bathroom with dressing area and a modern newly fitted shower room. Share of Freehold. Sole Agent.

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

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Leith Mansions W9 ÂŁ885,000 This exceptional property boasts a stunning reception room with a feature bay window and a period fireplace, a newly fitted modern kitchen with a breakfast area, an en suite master bedroom to the rear of the building with fitted wardrobes, a further guest bedroom with bespoke built-in storage, a third double bedroom, family bathroom and utility room. Share of Freehold. Sole Agents.

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

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A taste of

the Med

If you fancy owning your own stunning views of the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriatic Sea without the hassle of owning the property outright, then fractional ownership could be the simple answer

D

o you dream of owning an idyllic, second home, where you can escape from the rat race? Do you visualise resting in a sun lounger on your own Italian terrace, with a glass of wine from your own vineyard, watching the patchwork quilt of the countryside laid out before you? If this is your dream, but you’re put off by the thought of navigating your way through foreign legislation, unfamiliar builders, and the cost of renovation and maintenance of the property whilst you’re not in residence, then here is the ideal solution. Appassionata is a boutique fractional business which offers customers fractional ownership in the stunning region of Le Marche, Italy. Founders of Appassionata, Michael Hobbs and Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs visited the culture-rich region of Le Marche in 2004 and immediately fell in love with the beauty of the area, the people and the Italian lifestyle. They decided to set up their boutique business three years later after constantly hearing

about the regrets holiday home owners had with buying a property outright. The idea behind fractional ownership is that you select and purchase the number of weeks you want to use per year, and share the running costs with your co-owners. Owners get an actual stake in the company that owns the property and, therefore, a share of the deed. This purchase is forever, allowing owners to choose to sell their stake, rent out the property for the duration of their weeks, or pass it on to their family whenever they choose. Earlier this year, the Financial Times Weekend Magazine looked into fractional ownership, commenting that: “Fractional ownership, seen through the prism of a global downturn, has become a strikingly attractive and popular option.” Fractional ownership is the easy way of achieving a trustworthy, luxuriously maintained holiday home without the price tag or responsibility of maintenance. Appassionata’s Estate Giacomo Leopardi is set close to Montefiore dell’Aso in the gorgeous and


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culture-rich region of Le Marche. The wonderfully preserved medieval Montefiore Dell’Aso has been voted one of Italy’s most beautiful towns. It offers visitors gorgeous local food, fantastic scenery, classic architecture around the town centre, with beaches ten minutes away and the Sibillini Mountains less than an hour away. Estate Giacomo Leopardi, aptly named after one of Italy’s most famous Romantic poets, consists of two properties in five acres of land, with vistas overlooking the Adriatic Sea, as well as breathtaking views of the Sibillini Mountains. The estate has been created to tempt anyone’s interest in all seasons with a large swimming pool, all-weather tennis court, private terraces, landscaped gardens and newly planted vineyard. Casa Giacomo is a four-bedroom, three-bathroom property comprising 2,150 square feet over two floors. The property is set in its own private grounds of the estate and has been decorated to a luxuriously high standard. The interiors have been created with just the right balance, ensuring a harmonious blend of traditional and modern materials, creating a feeling of home whatever the season. Interior designer, Dawn, worked hard to ensure that the property possesses original art, antique furniture and high-quality modern

fittings which all work together to give the best of classic Italian design, mixed with modern convenience. Casa Leopardi is a spacious and traditional Italian farmhouse that is currently being restored into a wonderful five-bedroom home, which will contain the same exquisite level of high-quality accommodation throughout and will be ready to move into this year. This exclusive development has only ten shares available for each house, but with 40 per cent of the luxurious Casa Giacomo already snapped up by discerning buyers, prospective owners will need to move quickly to own their share of this affordable Italian dream. And if a stake in a gorgeous Italian home isn’t enough to entice you, then buying a share in these properties means also purchasing a stake in the olive oil production from the olive groves around the property, production from the lavender plants, and a share of the wine from the Estate’s vineyards. So, with the New Year upon us, why not make your dream of owning your own Italian estate a reality and start 2011 with a new and exciting adventure that will benefit you year after year? n For more information on Appassionata please visit: www.appassionata.com

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From Tudor to Ultra Modern, beautiful spaces have been our passion for over 100 years. Our attention to detail and outstanding commitment means that our clients receive an excellent service because quality matters. Renovation New builds Maintenance Repairs

www.belsizeconsruction.co.uk 75 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 4SL ∙ Tel: 020 33 555 383 Fax: 020 75 868 965 ∙ contact@belsizeconstruction.co.uk


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Local expertise

Combining a solid knowledge of the area with a team of local experts makes a winning combination for Chesterton Humberts in Hampstead

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arcus Oliver, director of the Chesterton Humberts Hampstead office, was born and raised in Hampstead. “First on South Hill Park Gardens, and then Parkhill Road where my family still live now”, he says. Along with growing up in the local area, he has now worked in the property industry for over ten years in Hampstead, Highgate and Muswell Hill. Together, he and his team have worked a cumulative 45 years in property in Hampstead and the surrounding areas. However, the current team are fairly new to the Hampstead office, who have been in their current location for two years now. They have turned out to be a strong force to contend with in the area, both in sales and lettings. “It is our relatively fresh approach as a team, mixed with the experience and weight of the Chesterton Humberts brand and name in the area that has been such a success for the office,” he comments. “We have grown our portfolio, starting from scratch on the sales side to over 50 properties currently on our books.” Occupying a prime location, the large office is the most noticeable of any agent in the area, sitting right on the corner of the High Street and Heath Street. Marcus says: “We’re directly opposite the tube so we get a large percentage of walk-in applicants. With so many people passing our windows, we can give our clients the best exposure for their properties.”

Though the office may have changed in terms of location and team, the Chesterton name has now had a presence in the area for over 15 years and has strong connections to the other offices in nearby areas, including Little Venice and Camden. Marcus explains: “We all use the same database, which means we can easily refer applicants looking in each area from each office, increasing the efficiency in which we deal with people and broadening their viewing options.” Marcus and his team are dedicated to understanding their clients and their properties in order to provide the best service possible. He says: “We have a policy at Hampstead to get to know each vendor on a personal basis. This helps us to develop in-depth knowledge of each property and its vendor, which is crucial when giving a potential buyer expert information during viewings.” To add to this, Chesterton Humberts is the only agency to have an in-house historian, Melanie Backe-Hansen, on hand to write up detailed histories of a vendor’s property if desired. Marcus comments: “The vendor can have it as a keep-sake as well as using it as a selling point for purchasers. People are fascinated by British history and providing detailed background to some of Hampstead’s historic houses provides another layer of interest for buyers.” To a large degree, Hampstead sells itself. The strong neighbourly atmosphere is quite unusual for London and there are a host of excellent schools, which is a key to drawing families into the area. For health fanatics, dog walkers, and nature lovers, Hampstead Heath is the obvious plus, as one of London’s largest and world renowned green spaces. Marcus adds: “Growing up in Hampstead was fantastic, with so many shops and good eateries. I used to regularly go to local pubs like the Steels and the Haverstock Arms which are truly unique. I also enjoy the regular celebrity spotting, with well-known names such as Chris Martin and Ricky Gervais buying and living in the area.” It’s clearly not just Marcus who is a fan of Hampstead. Like him, buyers and renters are particularly keen on the village-like atmosphere. Coupled with such close proximity to central London, this is a very unique asset.  “It has a lot going for it, so it’s no surprise to me that property is in such high demand and selling at such premium prices”, he adds. n

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WINNER

National Estate Agency Chain of the Year 2010

Hampstead Sales 020 7794 3311

Large Letting Agency of the Year 2010

sales.hampstead@chestertonhumberts.com

Prince Arthur Road NW3

ÂŁ1,150,000 leasehold

A substantial & bright 2 bedroom apartment set in a beautiful detached early Victorian gothic house. Located on one of the most central of Hampstead addresses, the apartment also boasts stunning original features & high ceilings throughout.

chestertonhumberts.com


Hampstead Sales 020 7794 3311

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Belsize Park Gardens NW3

ÂŁ1,150,000 leasehold

An exemplary 2 bedroom raised ground floor apartment set in a classic white stucco fronted building in the heart of Belsize Park. Meticulously refurbished, the property is presented in immaculate condition, but retains period charm throughout.

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WINNER

National Estate Agency Chain of the Year 2010

Hampstead Lettings 020 7794 1125

Large Letting Agency of the Year 2010

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Avenue Mansions NW3

ÂŁ1,150 per week

An impressive & exceptionally spacious family apartment on the second floor of this Victorian mansion block benefiting from amazing views over the communal gardens, high ceilings, lift access, porter & direct access to communal gardens.

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Hampstead Lettings 020 7794 1125

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Old Brewery Mews NW3

ÂŁ1,400 per week

A truly stunning house situated in this prime location in the heart of Hampstead Village. The property has the benefit of wooden floors in the reception rooms, garage for one car, decked terrace, video entry phone & conservatory.

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State of the market SALES:

LETTINGS:

A brisk start to the year bodes well

The heart of Hampstead achieves premium prices

Jeremy Karpel, director OF TK International,

Simone Green, Associate Director of Lettings

comments on the current trends in the residential

at Chesterton Humberts Hampstead, comments on

sales market

THE current trendS in the rental market

The end of 2010 and beginning of 2011 found the top end property market within the prime NorthWest London areas in buoyant mood. Stock levels of housing remained surprisingly low, whilst demand continued to increase month on month. There are a number of reasons why it should continue to improve. Stamp duty will increase on April 5th from four to five per cent on any property purchased at or above £1m, thus producing an increased and unwelcome tax, and buyers will therefore be keen to transact completions prior to that date to make a substantial saving. Secondly, almost record city bonuses are now being paid and invariably this is spent firstly on purchasing principal private residences and secondly on investment property. Thirdly, Hampstead and Belsize Park offer some of the finest and most popular private schooling in London with parents, vying for limited places. Therefore the Spring search begins in earnest from the beginning of the year in preparation for the new Autumn term. No amount of economic upheaval ever changes this annual ritual! Finally, and perhaps most importantly, stock levels still remain low, thus producing increased demand and regular instances of multi-buyers on any one property, which has led to prices being achieved in some cases at parity to the high water mark of summer 2007! The core family 4 -5 bedroom house market still leads the way, particularly between the range of £2.5m-£5m.   Even though we still have a strong Euro against the Pound, overseas buyers are not the pro rata dominant buyers in the market place like a number of people expected. Home grown bankers, lawyers, entrepreneurs and media types - whether actors or musicians - are still our leading buyers and still underwrite the fact that there is a lot of UK wealth in this city. Of course the occasional European born Premier League footballer can occasionally buck the trend, but as we have learnt, one top flight Arsenal player doesn’t always make a summer, let alone a season!  

People will rent in Hampstead because they appreciate its many advantages. This attractive village is a secure and safe place to live, as well as being the residence of numerous intelligentsia and celebrities. The shopping and cafes have dramatically improved over the past decade and its proximity to the transport links of Hampstead Heath, the Northern Line and the Jubilee Line, makes the area a great place to live, with direct links to the City being an obvious bonus for many. We have seen a very strong start to 2011. Stock levels and quality are very good at the moment, with only a slight shortage of two-beds on offer due to their continued popularity. The number of applicants has dipped slightly in February, however we are hopeful that in March we will begin to see the perennial spring/summer renters back on our books. An interesting trend we have seen recently is that people are keen to inject money into refurbishing and improving their properties, rather than selling in the current market. In this instance, they may want to move out and rent for a year, until their renovations are complete. Our clients are looking for two or three-bedroom properties and typically they want to be in the more salubrious heart of Hampstead Village. With this in mind, properties in the centre of Hampstead can really achieve a premium in terms of rental prices, particularly those boasting outside space. Finding a property with offstreet parking is at a premium and notoriously difficult to find in Hampstead Village. It is common knowledge that prices in Hampstead can be steep, with the higher end two-bedroom apartments coming in for a minimum of £900 per week. The sky is the limit for prices - which can soar dramatically in Hampstead depending on your requirements. However, if you want that bit more for your money, best to head down the hill towards South and West Hampstead. They are also lovely areas with excellent transport links.

TK International Hampstead 020 7794 8700 jlk@t-k.co.uk

Chesterton Humberts Hampstead Office 020 7794 3311 www.chestertonhumberts.com

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£330,000 Leasehold

£899,950 Leasehold

Belsize Avenue, Belsize Park, NW3

Randolph Avenue, Maida Vale, W9

Superb, contemporary, one bedroom apartment located on the top floor (3rd) of an attractive semi-detached Victorian stucco fronted property. The apartment, measuring 520 sq ft, boasts wood flooring throughout, kitchen with integrated appliances, good under eaves storage and en suite bathroom. Ideal rental investment or purchase for a first time buyer.

A contemporary two bedroom, two bathroom garden apartment set within a period conversion comprising 1125 sq ft, located moments from Maida Vale Underground Station featuring large reception with folding doors to a beautiful private garden, internal courtyard, modern kitchen, en suite bathroom to master bedroom and en suite shower room to second bedroom.

£1,100 Per week

£1,495 Per week

Finchley Road, Hampstead, NW3

Lancaster Grove, Belsize Park, NW3

Beautifully presented three double bedroom garden flat comprising 1570 sq ft, interior designed to a high specification with own private entrance. Open plan kitchen, large reception opening onto exceptional landscaped private garden. Utility room, master bedroom with contemporary en suite, second double bedroom with luxury bathroom, third double and off street parking space by separate negotiation.

Charming, detached, spacious, three double bedroom family home over three floors in the heart of Belsize Park comprising 25’5 ft reception with solid wood flooring and original features including fireplace and large bay window. The eat-in kitchen has direct access to large courtyard, mature private garden and garage. Available unfurnished from early March.


ABBEY LODGE, ST JOHN’S WOOD, LONDON NW8 An elegant four bedroom apartment (2,310 sq ft / 214 sq m) situated on the first floor of this highly prestigious block adjacent to Regents Park. This bright apartment is offered in good decorative condition throughout and features two impressive reception rooms, eat in kitchen and is enviably located at the rear of the building. Abbey Lodge benefits from 24 hour porterage, limited off-street parking, passenger lift, communal gardens and basement storage.

Sole Agent

Leasehold 133 years

ÂŁ2,750,000


HILL COURT, HIGHGATE WEST HILL, LONDON N6 A beautifully refurbished three bedroom apartment (1,850 sq ft / 171 sq m) situated on the first floor of this modern development, discreetly located next to Highgate Ponds. The apartment features a stunning reception room with solid walnut wood flooring and access to a balcony with views over the landscaped communal gardens. Additional features include a single garage, allocated parking space, lift and day porterage. Hill Court is conveniently located for the amenities of Highgate Village.

Principle Agent

Share of Freehold

ÂŁ1,595,000

www.hanover-residential.co.uk

020 7372 4499


BENTINCK CLOSE, PRINCE ALBERT ROAD, LONDON NW8 A delightful three bedroom, two bathroom apartment (1,457 sq ft / 135 sq m) situated on the first floor of this highly regarded block. The apartment is offered in good decorative condition and features an impressive double reception room. The block benefits from porterage, passenger lift, communal courtyard and basement storage. Bentinck Close is located in an enviable position opposite Regents Park.

Sole Agent

Share of Freehold

ÂŁ1,475,000


THE GALLERIES, 9 ABBEY ROAD, LONDON NW8 A three bedroom apartment (1,279 sq ft / 118 sq m) situated on the second floor of this prestigious modern block on London's famous Abbey Road. The flat is quietly situated at the rear of the block and benefits from comfort cooling, underground parking, passenger lift and 24 hour concierge. The Galleries is well located for the amenities of St John’s Wood High Street and underground station (Jubilee Line).

Sole Agent

Leasehold 990 years

ÂŁ1,399,500

www.hanover-residential.co.uk

020 7372 4499


Vantage Magazine March 2011 St Johns Wood Edition  

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

Vantage Magazine March 2011 St Johns Wood Edition  

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

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