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10 things we really want this month

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Diary dates for February Celebrate the magical world of moomins

20 SCENTS OF ADVENTURE Absolutely meets perfumer Azzi Glasser

This month’s hottest trends and products

Absolutely meets fashion blogger Disneyrollergirl Get lost in the cosmos with star-studded buys

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46 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL The month's best beauty buys

49 DEEP PURPLE

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54 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS News and views from the designers

Vivienne Westwood's new interiors collaboration

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s February dawns and the 14th approaches, everything seems to take on a pinkish tinge. All the hearts and cupids become a bit relentless so in this issue we’ve kept it all to a minimum, restricting ourselves to some delicious Godiva chocolates on page 10 and a round-up of the most romantic restaurants London has to offer on page 64. Instead let’s focus on fashion; this month we spoke with Navaz Batliwalla (aka Disneyrollergirl) about her new book The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman. A compendium of women who prize substance over mere style, it is a must-read for

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anyone who takes fashion seriously. Another impressive woman making her mark on the world of beauty; Azzi Glasser, perfumer of the moment, who doesn’t concern herself with ‘nice smells’ but rather focuses on emotions and character. Find out more about her unconventional approach on page 20. And then there's the eternally fabulous Vivienne Westwood, whose stylish new collection for The Rug Company is something to drool over. We hope you enjoy the issue.◆

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AGE OF INNOCENCE

Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland conveyed a feeling of nostalgia and innocence through her resort 2017 collection, which was inspired by nursery rhymes and children’s drawings. shrimps.co.uk

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SCENTS OF LOVE Inspired by the red Tubéreuse at dusk, this heady candle intoxicates, captivates and beguiles. £55; diptyqueparis.co.uk

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To mark the launch of LGBT+ History Month, Omnibus are hosting a week-long programme of eclectic and thought-provoking theatre, music, comedy, film shorts and visual arts. Not to be missed is a performance from singer-songwriter Jessica Walker, who promises to transport audience to the Weimar dives of 1920s Berlin. 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4;

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7-1 1 Fe b r u a r y Ro s e T he a tre Ki ngs to n bbie is getting married. Everything is set until her sister turns up A determined to change Abbie's mind. This beautiful production from Natalie Audley proves that our pasts remain to haunt us. u 68 Clapham Manor Street, SW4; breadandrosestheatre.co.uk

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Fro m 13 Fe b r u a r y B a tte rs e a Ar ts C e ntre hen her mother is murdered for W protesting governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself with only a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, she embarks on a passionate quest for justice. This highly physical production uses incredible choreography, live instrumental music and song to tell a tale of love, loss and revenge. u Lavender Hill, SW11; bac.org.uk

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Bauer BROTHERS Ongoing Nat u ral Hi s tor y Mu se u m

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Arguably the most accomplished natural history artists of all time, Franz and his brother Ferdinand spent their entire lives studying and drawing nature. Enjoy this rare opportunity to see a showcase of drawings and watercolours, which are not only beautiful but scientifically accurate.

O ngoi ng T he B ritish Lib ra r y o mark the spectacular centenary anniversary of Roald T Dahl’s birth, Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of some of the most celebrated characters from Dahl’s stories. It's a fun premise - imagining that these most beloved fictional characters have been invited to sit for their portrait. Featured sitters include Matilda, Charlie Bucket and the BFG like you’ve never seen before. Each picture is new and has never before appeared in a book. u 96 Euston Road, NW1; bl.uk PREVIOUS WEST END CAST PHOTOS

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songs in musical theatre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina, On This Night of a Thousand Stars and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, this is not to be missed.  93 The Broadway, SW19; atgtickets.com

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MOOMIN midwinter

The craze for all things Nordic continues with a strong focus on Moomins throughout 2017. Absolutely celebrates their magical world Wo r d s P e n d l e H a r t e

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f 2016 was the year of hygge, then 2017 is set to be the year of the Moomins. The Southbank Centre has launched Nordic Matters, a year of Scandinavianthemed events, which kicks off with Adventures in Moominland, an immersive exhibition dedicated to the rounded inhabitants of Moominvalley and their Finnish creator, Tove Jansson. Other global Moomin happenings in 2017 incude the opening of a new museum in Finland, the launch of a new animated series by Wallace and Gromit’s Steve Box and an Easter Moomin festival at Kew Gardens. The exhibition at the Festival Hall focuses heavily on Jansson’s life, featuring original illustrations and artworks as well as letters and personal items from her studio, displayed in an interactive world based on the Nordic landscape of the books. Several of the Moomin stories, such as Comet in Moominland (1946) and Moomin Midwinter (1957) were written against the backdrop of political and socio-economic change in Finland and heavily influenced by Tove’s relationships with family, friends and lovers which defined the narrative and character development. Written during a time of hardship and war, the tolerant world of Moominvalley offered a refuge from the harshness of reality. Jansson explored her art and own sexuality within the confines of this changing political landscape - and her friends, enemies, fears and hopes often found themselves manifested in the complex and emotional stories. Accompanying the Southbank’s exhibition is a pop-up Moomin store in the Festival Hall, selling the ever-popular Moomin homewares. Finish design

company Arabia started manufacturing Moomin-themed children’s ceramics, using Jansson’s original illustrations, in the late 1950s, and a second launch in the 1990s kicked off a Moomin boom that has never really gone away. The high quality ceramics with their simple, practical shapes and the high-shine glaze of the colourful Moomin motifs make the pieces highly collectible – and the limited edition ranges particularly so. The Moomin-themed Easter extravaganza at Kew Gardens is an exciting interactive trail exploring the hidden depths of the gardens, passing vibrant displays of fritillaries, camassias and tulips, and culminating at a magical Moomin Camp in the wild woodland of the Conservation Area. Sophia Jansson, creative director of Moomin Characters and niece of Tove Jansson, said: “All of the inhabitants of Moominvalley possess a deep love and respect for nature, from the Hemulens who spend their time collecting plants or butterflies to the adventurous Snufkin, whose music is inspired by the landscape around him.” ◆  Adventures in Moominland continues at the Royal Festival Hall until 23 April. Book tickets at southbankcentre.co.uk or call 020 7960 4200  The Moomins Easter Adventure comes to Kew Gardens from 1 to 17 April. kew.org

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SCENTS OF ADVENTURE Meeting perfumer Azzi Glasser is an education in all things olfactory. Absolutely is entranced Interview Pendle Harte

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t’s to be expected that Azzi Glasser’s stylish house in Camden Town smells amazing. The scent is both welcoming and exotic and it totally expresses the house’s character. Glasser is London’s perfumer of the moment – she describes herself as a perfume designer – and her magical, mysterious fragrances are intriguing, with a depth and roundedness that you could liken to wine. Azzi is a big personality: chatty, stylish and fun. Our conversation centres very much on love and emotions, on sexiness and identity – worlds away from the marketing-led uniform ideals of the beauty industry, of which she's highly critical. Her skill lies in expressing character through scent, so she’s not

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exclusively interested in scents that are nice. She claims to ‘think in smells’ and this innate scent literacy is at the root of everything. Her studio is lined with shelves of carefully labelled brown apothecary bottles, like an alchemist’s laboratory, and she’s talkative and warm. As well as character, perfume is about love, she says and her signature scent is ‘a real love – and love is strong and powerful and it takes control of your life.’ Her brand The Perfumer’s Story is a year old and consists of 12 fragrances and candles. It’s her first actual brand after 27 years in the industry, though she has designed countless fragrances for clients including Bella Freud, Nicole Farhi, Jasper Conran, Illamasqua and Space NK, among others, since her first own perfume launched in 1999, a

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ARTS & CULTURE / PROFILE are classic perfumes that she professes enormous respect for – Rive Gauche, Arpege, Mitsouko – she’d never wear them. But it was her mother’s trail of scent that started it all, Azzi’s childhood memory of her glamorous mother saying goodbye in false eyelashes and fur coat, leaving ‘an incredibly expensive trail behind her’ which Azzi thought was ‘the most beautiful thing in the world’. Though when she later entered the industry, trails were no more. ‘It was all light and watery in the 1990s, so we brought back chypre, which hadn’t been done since the 70s. I wanted to bring back sexiness and leaving a trail, which was very much against the trend at the time.’ Scent doesn’t have to be pleasing so much as visceral for Azzi and one of her many lines of interest is the ‘art scent’ where, for instance, she might bottle the essence of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, or the smell of a rainy day. How does she go about making a film into a smell? ‘Ha – well I’ve never been to space but I imagine it as dark and claustrophobic. So I imagined the smell of the back of the computer, which reminded me also of the plastic of space suits.’ Even discussing individual ingredients is slightly beside the point for her. ‘These days everything’s all about citrus, or all about oud, or whatever, and that’s nonsense. For me, perfume should tell a story, but that’s not what they teach you in perfumery.’ Each ingredient will smell different depending on its interaction with other ingredients, which means that the possibilities are

fragrance for Agent Provocateur, run by her friends Joseph Corre and Serena Rees. ‘I’d had enough of working in an industry where everything smelt the same and all the brands were taken over by multinationals.’ She had been working for a perfume house creating scents for fashion houses. ‘I wanted to do it myself, design the bottle and everything. There’s no point having a great smell in a bottle that looks like everything else, with no story to it.’ Azzi’s own signature scent is Sequoia Wood, from her own collection; she rarely wears anything else. ‘My Sequoia Wood is just so me. If I leave the house without it I have to go back, because I know that everything would go wrong if I didn’t have my perfume on. I’d just be thinking about it all the time.’ While there

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literally endless. Does she worry that she’ll run out of combinations? ‘Never. It’s like paint – you mix red and white, you get pink. And each ingredient has its own properties, so for instance sandalwood adds longevity, while lemon verbena is volatile and has less lasting power. There are 50 different rose oils, each with different qualities.’ Making bespoke scents for celebrities has become a large part of Azzi’s work over the past decade – but she’ll never start by asking someone what smells they like. ‘Asking what they like isn’t so relevant when you’re creating something that’s going to be the love of their life. I need to get to know their personality, so I look at the way they’re styling themselves already. It’s a bit like a fun psychotherapy session.’ She normally only needs one appointment before setting to work – the fee is £15,000 and for that people get a personalized crystal bottle in addition to 20 regular bottles. And of course she’ll keep the recipe for posterity – people put them in their wills. ‘Helena’ (BonhamCarter, it emerges), for instance, calls her Azzi concoction her ‘armour’ – and ‘people always ask her what she’s wearing. She’s very funny, eccentric, like no-one else – very individual and intelligent; she has exquisite taste and loves heritage and history.’ BonhamCarter’s scent is composed of florals

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that aren’t commercial – ‘you can’t even pick a note in this perfume’ and she has described it as ‘a protective cloud, invisible tool, emotional touchstone and part portal to make-believe land’. Other fans include Johnny Depp – ‘I don’t know if you’ve ever met Johnny’ – whom she describes as ‘intelligent, like a reference book, and very funny and charming; one of the sexiest men on the planet, he loves expensive stuff ’. He calls her a ‘sorcerer’ and believes that ‘three hundred years ago she would have been hung for witchcraft.’ And here’s Bella Freud: ‘It was almost disconcerting to find that somebody had read me in such a spiritual way. It was like she’d nailed a part of me through pure osmosis.’ Apart from being its own language, fragrance uses a lot of musical language. There are notes and compositions, tuning and balance, and an untouchable sense of flow. Azzi’s scent literacy is all about emotion, not lists of ingredients. Her Amber Molecule, for instance, is, she says, ‘a loyal friend who’s always there, comforting, who will make you feel good but is quite predictable. I love wearing it on the plane – it’s a bit like a cashmere scarf.’ And a collaboration with Swedish director Jonas Akerlund led to the simply named ‘Ditch’ because ‘he said he hates perfume but he loves the smell of a ditch, so I thought, fine, let’s do that. It’s wet, muddy and grassy – and lots of people love it.’ Stephen Fry is a fan of Old Books, a scent inspired by ‘libraries and falling apart books in grandma’s attic’ while 54 is ‘the smell of the night – exotic, untouchable, a fabulous woman’ and Tuscan Suede is ‘a really expensive white suede sofa, very sexy’. The idea of home is bound up with the sense of smell on an emotional level, and fragrancing the house is another of Azzi’s interests. She sees her range of candles as being suited to different rooms in a scheme that she calls ‘fragrance architecture’. Her widely praised Black Moss candle is for the hallway or living room (this is the smell that greets me in her house) while Twisted Iris ‘will make your bathroom smell like a stately home bathroom’. So is it fun? ‘Oh yeah,’ says Azzi. ‘Thank God for that, really. It’s so nice to hang out in your own smell world and get away from the ridiculous world. It’s also nice to hear people’s stories over time, because memories are so connected to smell. Smell is so evocative and so intense.’ ◆

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FAUX CHIC Known for their funky take on faux fur, Shrimps is the hot fashion label that has spawned a thousand copycats. Launched in 2013, the brand’s Insta-friendly popsicle scarves quickly transported them to fashion stardom. For Resort '17 the brand has harnessed a palette of dusty pinks and blues, alongside hits of high-shine vinyl. shrimps.co.uk

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It's all about striped knits, sustainable party-wear and luxe lingerie this February Wo r d s j oy m o n t g o m e r y

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SIG NEIGUM Sculptural and timeless: Neigum is the designer to name-drop this season WHO?

Sid Neigum made his London Fashion Week debut last year with an inventive, cohesive, and most importantly, wearable collection, rendered in rich autumnal hues. Holding back from the look-at-me, high drama aesthetic that so often befalls new designers, Neigum handled drapery, fabric and fit with dexterity and maturity. For AW16 the designer premised his collection on the golden ratio – 1 x 1.618 – offering just the right amount of trend-led details (hello cold-shoulders and statement sleeves) alongside an innovative use of rich wool and camel hair.

WHERE?

Based in Toronto, the young designer studied science at university before enrolling in the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2009. He went on to collect an array of awards, including the Toronto Fashion Incubator New Labels award, Mercedes-Benz StartUp competition, and most recently was invited to apply for the prestigious ANDAM fashion award. Talk about a busy year.

Knitted Out

WHAT NOW?

Since his fashion week debut, the buzz surrounding Neigum's brand has gathered momentum. Heralded as ‘a brand to watch’ by British Vogue, the label's looks have appeared on countless high-profile Instagram feeds. For SS17 the designer has upped his game with a simple yet striking collection comprised of black, white, red and gold. From an innovative take on the classic white shirt and a beautifully draped lazer cut dress, to a fire engine red cold-shoulder blouse, this collection delivers hero piece after hero piece, and we want it all. sidneigum.com

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Wo o l a n d t h e G a n g x & O t h e r S t o r i e s

Our favourite designer-look high street store has joined forces with UKbased brand Wool and the Gang, to bring a bit of DIY to your wardrobe. Championing a more sustainable approach to fashion, Wool and the Gang’s collaboration with & Other Stories features a variety of ready-made knitted pieces alongside ‘knit kits’, which offer fashion-lovers a chance to get crafty and create their own looks. Who says knitting was just for grannies? stories.com

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of the best

Madeleine Thompson

Gucci’s striped cashmere knit won the hearts of the fashion crowd this season with its vibrant hues and Alessandro Michele geek chic appeal. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to Gucci then Madeleine Thompson’s striped knit is a serous dopplegänger. Simply pair with straight leg jeans and patent ankle boots come spring. £299; madeleine-thompson.com

LINGERIE BRANDS Best For Basics: HANKY PANKY

DRESS TO IMPRESS Reformation

Meet Reformation: the womenswear label making sustainable fashion chic. Gracing countless red carpet events and high profile parties, the brand's simple yet striking looks are catnip for fashion-forward a-listers. Whether it’s a velvet mini, silken slip dress or floorskimming show-stopper - Reformation has occasion-wear covered. thereformation.com

Sweetheart Mesh Bralette, £65; Signature Lace Bikini - Blossom, £32; harrods.com

Best For Date Nights: L’AGENT BY AGENT PROVOCATEUR

Above: Anjelica Nude Playsuit, £110; Idalia Red Bra & Brief, from £28; lagentbyap.com

SHEER PERFECTION Iro

The shearling jacket is another example of the military trend extending its reach across AW16’s eclectic fashionscape. Iro’s blush pink iteration will summon visions of an ever-nearing spring, while still keeping you protected from February’s cold bite. Cosy, chic and cocooning what’s not to love? £1,850; iroparis.com

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Best For Show-Stoppers: LOVE & LEMONS

Left: Bodysuit, £198; Right: Lace Bra, £145; yoox.com

HIGH HEEL APPEAL Lucy Choi

It's official: mid-height heels are having a moment. Forget the orthopaedic styles of yesteryear and modernise the look with these perfect pointed middies in animal print pony hair, courtesy of Lucy Choi. They will offer serious style credentials when paired with cropped flares and a sparkly knit. £230; shoplucychoilondon.com

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Best For Girly Sets: FLEUR OF ENGLAND

Boudoir Bra & Brief, both £95, fleurofengland.com

Best For Classic Styles: HEIDI KLUM

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1 OSCAR DE LA RENTA JET SEA TANGLE CUFF, £318; modaoperandi.com • 2 FERNANDO JORGE FLUID PARAIBAS BRACELET, £3,800; harrods.com 3 ANNELISE MICHELSON ALGAE SEA LEAVES EARRINGS, £382; annelisemichelson.com • 4 LYDIA COURTEILLE, 18-KARAT WHITE GOLD SAPPHIRE & AGATE EARRINGS, £15,450; net-a-porter.com • 5 ANNOUSHKA MYTHOLOGY LOBSTER AMULET, £7,500; annoushka.com • 6 STEPHEN WEBSTER TOPKAT 18-KARAT GOLD DIAMOND NECKLACE, £2,550, stephenwebster.com • 7 VENYX LADY V RING, £1,700; net-a-porter.com 8 MIZUKI 14-KARAT GOLD PEARL EARRINGS, £1,310; mizukijewelry.com

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The League of Gentlewomen Absolutely meets Navaz Batliwalla, aka Disneyrollergirl, author of The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman

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ime is such a valuable resource; there are literally only 24 hours in a day and that’s never going to change. I think people are starting to realise that it’s so precious.” This is a sentiment you might expect from an elderly relative or perhaps a disenchanted lawyer-turnedyoga-instructor, but not from a fashion blogger star-cum-creative consultant. Navaz Batliwalla, aka Disneyrollergirl, is in many ways the quintessential millennial style maven. Her hit blog chronicles the ins and outs and ups and downs of a fast-paced, multi-million dollar industry. Her Instagram is a wellcurated tableaux of style inspiration, beauty product assemblage and glimpses into an exclusive and glamorous bubble. Yet, in a seemingly curveball move, she has written a book. Not only this, she has written a book that espouses the value of timeworn objects and the joy of style that transcends the trend-led mania of contemporary fashion. The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is a series of profiles and

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I n t e r v i e w J oy m o n tg o m e ry

There’s a belief that POSSESSIONS are SOMEHOW SHALLOW,

but I disagree

interviews with women who embody this unique and seemingly counter-cultural ‘gentlewoman’ aesthetic. "She’s the type of woman who loves design and is a voracious shopper, yet craves meaningful things, rather than chasing trends." Navaz explains. "She is careful about what she buys because she likes quality." The book is illustrated with stunning photography that captures these women – from fashion designers and CEOs to singer-songwriters and comediennes – in their homes and creative studios. In an age of e-books, photo-sharing and perfectly edited Instagram feeds, these eclectic, imperfect and personal spaces become as biographical as the interviews themselves. Well-thumbed books and coffee table detritus are relics of their owners’ stories and embody the garconne’s reverence of beautiful, physical objects. "There’s a belief that possessions are somehow shallow, but I disagree", Navaz argues. "We can’t help attaching an emotional value to things that represent a moment in time or a personal landmark." Navaz set up her blog in 2007 when she was working as fashion director at

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Cosmo Girl magazine. Disneyrollergirl began as a way for the editor to practice her prose (there was minimal writing on the magazine), yet she decided to remain anonymous. Soon the readers started to trickle in, intrigued by this person with such unique insight into an elusive industry. "At the time blogs were really insignificant. No one bothered to look at them and there weren’t very many, especially in the UK," she explains. "But as time went on they started to gain power - in terms of speaking directly to like-minded people and consumers. These days people tend to set up blogs because they see it as a glamorous career, as opposed to having something to say." This rejection of fashion’s commodification is at the heart of The New Garconne. Navaz alludes to the overwhelming ‘content overload’ and ‘perfectionism’ of social media, and

These days people tend to SET UP BLOGS because they SEE IT as a GLAMOROUS CAREER

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lives of modern 20 and 30-somethings. They crave the constant influx of data yet feel disillusioned by the disconnection of digital life. Navaz Batliwalla’s book comes with the renewed fetishisation for homemade, artisanal produce and the touchy-feely appeal of scandi living (hello hygge). This is where The New Gentlewoman succeeds: Navaz Batiwalla captures the zeitgeist of a generation overwhelmed by choice, and instead offers an antidote in the form of modern day muses who propse a different, and perhaps more appealing, way of living. Welcome to the future.  The New Garconne: How to be a Modern Gentlewoman is out now. Published by Laurence King. £16.95

People are wanting TO SLOW DOWN & be more mindful of things like ENDURANCE A& SUSTAINABILITY

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instead looks to ‘minimalist and calm’ magazines like Kinfolk and fashion brands such as Céline and &OtherStories. Are we approaching an era that rejects the Kardashianisation of fashion and visual culture? "I’ve never really liked the celebritification of fashion." She muses. "Most people like it because they want to be told what to wear - they like following. However I’ve been working in fashion for years and that’s the way it works: everything is a reaction to whatever has gone before it." Whether it’s putting away your phone and picking up a book, or choosing quality over quantity, it’s clear that Navaz sees ‘slow’ as the adjective of choice for 2017. This may seem counterintuitive considering the number of brands jumping on the ‘shop from the runway’ bandwagon, yet Navaz remains optimistic for the future: "It would seem that if this carries on fashion is only going to get faster, with people consuming more and more, but I don’t think it’s going to work out this way. I feel like people are wanting to slow down and be more mindful of things like endurance and sustainability." The tension between digital and detox embodied in The New Garconne may seem contradictory (it’s worth noting that the book’s concept was developed on a Pinterest board) however it's a contradiction that is ever-present in the

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FASHION / MOODBOARD

MY INSPIRATIONS Fanny Moizant, Founder of Vestiaire Collective

FAVOURITE FASHION DESIGNER?

I really love what Julie de Libran is doing at Sonia Rykiel, but also Demna Gvasalia at Vêtement. Shoe wise I am fan of Francesco Russo and Gianvitto Rossi.

Fanny Moizant

Roka, Charlotte Street

ULTIMATE STYLE ICON?

I love Charlotte Gainsbourg – she makes denim look chic even when paired with a simple white t-shirt.

BRAND TO WATCH FOR 2017? Racil. They make the most amazing blazers that fit perfectly!

Charlotte Gainsborough

HERO BUY FOR AW16?

Vêtement ankle boots, Racil blazer and a Celine chunky knit.

I really LOVE what JULIE DE LIBRAN is doing at SONIA

Gazelli House

RYKIEL

CAN’T-LIVE-WITHOUT BEAUTY PRODUCT?

Products from Joelle Ciocco are my favourite – I can’t recommend them enough. Joelle is a French Epidemiologist and her products are fantastic because they leave your skin feeling so healthy. You can buy the products in the UK from ohmycream.com, which is a site I’m also obsessed with!

Sonia Rykiel AW16 Francesco Russel

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BEST RESTAURANT?

Roka on Charlotte Street in London has the most delicious Japanese food. I love the open kitchen where you can see the food being prepared and pick up some tips. It all adds to the experience.

FAVOURITE WAY TO RELAX?

Massage at Gazelli. ◆ vestiairecollective.com

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FASHION / TREND PAUL & JOE Star print silk shirt, £303; boutique1.com

BELLA FREUD Cashmere star spangle jumper in ivory, £380; bellafreud.com

MARY KATRANTZOU Stardom coat burgundy, £2,190; marykatrantzou.com

JIMMY CHOO Lockett petite patchwork shoulder bag, £1,409; jimmychoo.com

ELLIE SAAB SS17

MADGA BUTRYM Miami dress, £1,950; magdabutrym.com

ZARA Stars shirt, £29.99; zara.com STELLA MCCARTNEY Star-print low-slung skinny jeans, £415; matchesfashion.com

DIANE KORDAS Diamond & rose-gold Star ring, £1,269; dianekordasjewellery.com

ATTICO Cher star embellished dress, £1,157.44; farfetch.com

PERFECT MOMENT Star dust sweater, £275; perfectmoment.com

STARRY-EYED Get lost in the cosmos this season B y J OY M O N T G O M E R Y

VALENTINO Garavani tan-go pumps, £760; matchesfashion.com

MARC JACOBS Star patchwork leather continental wallet, £160; marcjacobs.com

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CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA Galactica metallic leather & velvet ankle boots, £865; charlotteolympia.com

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> BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

p. 46

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LEADING LADY Photographed by David Sims, styled by Katie Grand and fronted by Winona Ryder; Marc Jacobs' latest beauty campaign is a seriously star-studded affair. Inspired by one of the designers’ favourite films, The Last Year at Marienbad, this artistic campaign exudes plenty of enigmatic Parisian glamour. marcjacobsbeauty.com

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b e au t y R e v i e w

Perfect pedicures, age-defying skincare and the best date night-ready smokey eye palettes W o r d s J OY M O N T G O M E R Y

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lightly nervous about a treatment that sounds so invasive, I am about to undergo my first facial peel. My therapist at Total Body Care, Emma, reassures me that this is the mildest peel, containing 20% glycolic and 10% lactic acid. SkinCeutical products originate from the USA and is used and recommended by dermatologists, plastic surgeons and pharmacies across the world. The products works to chemically exfoliate the skin and can be used to treat acne, hyperpigmentation - areas of darker pigment or brown patches in the skin, dry skin, fine lines and wrinkles, photo-damage, rough texture and ageing skin. Emma warns that the acid may feel slightly uncomfortable – it doesn't feel too afflictive, but I do feel a significant tingle, becoming increasingly aware of a tiny patch of broken skin on my cheek. Emma applies the acidic treatment gently but deftly and allows it to sit on my skin for five minutes, during which we discuss aftercare. Removing the peel, she applies serums and a UV defence cream with SPF50 – crucial as the skin remains ultrasensitive for a number of hours. I am careful not to touch my face, as advised, and remain make-up free until the next evening. And the results? My skin feels rejuvenated and has a definite glow. In truth, I don’t have areas of hyperpigmentation or scarring, but the surface of my skin feels incredibly smooth and maintains a dewy glow for a significant time. SkinCeuticals Facial Peel, £80 ◆

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Under Cover Nars

From the brand that brought you cult classics, including The Multiple and Orgasm Blush, comes Soft Matte Complete Concealer, the makeup artist approved cover-up to invest in now. Coming in 16 shades, Nars’ new formula is ideal for all skin types and will offer sufficient coverage without the cakey finish. Plus, with the addition of hyaluronic acid, this product will keep your skin hydrated all day long. narscosmetics.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES

5

HEAVENLY HAIR Cloud Nine

of the best

Achieving this year's 'undone' styling look is not an easy feat for the average woman, however with Cloud Nine’s wave wand you’ll be nailing mussed-up waves in your sleep. This ingenious wide-barrelled hair tool creates loose waves effortlessly, taking you from day to night with ease. cloudninehair.com

ROMANTIC SMOKEY EYE PALETTES

1

AGELESS APPEAL La Prairie

Line Interception Power Duo is La Prairie’s latest innovation in its fight against ageing. Targeting wrinkles at their inception, this two-step day and night intensive formula offers an alternative to professional procedures, and in just two weeks can make a real difference to your complexion. Youthful, glowing skin here we come. laprairie.com

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SHINE BRIGHT Windle & Moodie

Windle & Moodie’s Light Shine Spray was developed in the world of editorial styling where instant shine was needed to give hair camera-ready glamour. Now we can have the power of the professionals in our hands with this weightless spray. Apply to lengths for a healthy shimmer, or simply spray onto ends for tousled chic. windleandmoodie.com

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PICK SKIN SAVIOUR Healgel

Whether it’s chapped lips, dry elbows or dehydrated dermis, Healgel is the multi-tasking wonder product we’re going mad for. This non-oily aqueous gel has been created to soothe and repair stressed skin and features a plethora of skin-loving ingredients. We use ours as a intensive moisturising night mask for baby soft skin come morning. healgel.co.uk

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1. CHANEL, MULTI-EFFECT QUASAR EYESHADOW, £40; chanel.com 2. LANCÔME, HYPNÔSE PALETTE, £38; lancome.com 3. CHARLOTTE TILBURY, LUXURY PALETTE IN THE GOLDEN GODDESS, £38; charlottetilbury.com 4. MAC, VELUXE PEARLFUSION SHADOW IN GREENLUXE, £25; maccosmetics.co.uk 5. NARS, NARSISSIST MATTE/SHIMMER EYESHADOW PALETTE, £39; narscosmetics.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / PRODUCTS SOIGNE

Nail Polish - Robe Velours; £11 soignenails.com

TOM FORD

CLINIQUE

Creme Color For Eyes Midnight Violet; £30 tomford.com

Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm; £22 clinique.co.uk

DEBORAH LIPPMANN

Nail Polish - Dark Side of The Moon; £10 deborahlippmann.com

KJAER WEIS

Eye Shadow - Pretty Purple; £32; kjaerweis.com

MAC

Lipstick - Instigator; £15.50 maccosmetics.co.uk

KIEHL’S

Super Multi Corrective Cream; £48 kiehls.co.uk

CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Lip Cheat Lip Liner Bad Romance; £16 charlottetilbury.com

JINSOON

Nail Polish Risque; £14 jinsoon.com

CHANTECAILLE

24 Hour Waterproof Eyeliner - Orchid; £22 chantecaille.com

ORBIE

Lacquer High Shine Nail Polish - The Violet; £24 oribe.com

DEEP PURPLE

Be inspired by auberginecoloured hues this February

LAURA MERCIER

Creme Eye Liner - Violet; £19.50; lauramercier.com

B y J OY M O N T G O M E R Y

SURRATT ILLAMASQUA

Complement Eye Shadow Palette; £34 beautyinhighdefinition.com

Lipidique Peccadille; £22 cultbeauty.co.uk

HD BEAUTY

Eye Shadow - Vamp; £28 beautyinhighdefinition.com

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ABSOLUTELY / PROMOTION LESS punishing than a PERSONAL TRAINER, cheaper

than a new

WARDROBE

in 2017 too. So put the straighteners away and let your hair dry more naturally for a flowing style. S h o r t a n d s w e e t A striking way to focus on a new you is with a shorter, bolder cut that works really well with the trend for texture and movement. The confident new you will simply shine through.

START WITH STYLE

Free Olaplex please An Olaplex treatment restructures and strengthens chemically damaged hair. It’s a favourite with beauty editors and it normally costs £45. But if you are one of the first 20 clients to mention ‘Absolutely’ when you book, will give you an Olaplex treatment free with your next haircut. Another great reason to make a visit to Anthony Laban Home, your best New Year’s resolution.

Anthony Laban Home is here to heat up your hair game as the temperature drops

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f your New Year’s resolution is a stylish new look, then visit Anthony Laban Home. We’re less punishing than a personal trainer, cheaper than a new wardrobe and we guarantee to make you look and feel fabulous.

O u r 2 0 1 7 t o p t i p s Hats, scarves and cold wind is hard on your hair, so make sure you’re using plenty of moisturising treatments and conditioner. And if you do suffer from winter frizz, go for a Keratin treatment to either smooth your hair and allow natural movement or give it a gorgeous straight look and a silky shine. The light also changes in the winter months, and your hair needs to compensate. So try a bolder brunette to give richness, add warmth and enhance your skin tone.

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Go blondes It’s decision time for blondes. Either cool down your tone for a cleaner whiter look which will add youthfulness to your skin, or be confident and add warmth by adding sensual copper and strawberry highlights. F r i n g e b e n e f i t s A fringe is an exciting and easy way to change your look and revamp your existing hairstyle. To bring out your eyes and frame your face, fringes need to be heavy and full to exaggerate your cheekbones. And if you wear glasses try keeping your fringe long and swept to one side for a chic, wearable look. C at c h a wav e  Hair with natural waves made a big comeback in 2016 and it’s right on trend

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> INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

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VIVIENNE WESTWOOD'S RUGS

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A WIMBLEDON REFURB

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CAFÉ SOCIETY Burberry have teamed up with The New Craftsmen once again to present a celebration of British craft and creativity at their all-day dining and gifting destination, Thomas’s. This will include events, activities and exclusive products. thenewcraftsmen.com

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10 of the best

Lights

Modern ideas, designs and styles for your home Wo r d s p e n d l e h a r t e

DAVEY LIGHTING

The Hex Pendant, £359; uk.originalbtc.com

SCP

Nelson Bubble Lamp, £350; scp.com

TOM DIXON

Boom Task Light, £185; tomdixon.net

DAVID HUNT LIGHTING

Sputnik Table Lamp, £POA; davidhuntlighting.co.uk

HABITAT

Cinders triple drop light, £160; habitat.co.uk

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Floor Show V i v i e n n e We s t w o o d x T h e R u g C o m p a n y Known for her punk-inspired fashion creations and strident political views, British designer Vivienne Westwood has turned her hand to interiors with a collection for The Rug Company. The range includes the Thistle rug, a nod to her love for Scotland, made from hand knotted silk yarns on a Tibetan wool background and shown above. therugcompany.com

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GAME ON

Alexandra Llewellyn This stunning Desert-themed is no ordinary board game. Embellished with skulls, snakes and cacti made from hundreds of individual pieces of wood and playing pieces of mother of pearl and turquoise encased in brass, it is a real thing of beauty. Your move. £7,200; harveynichols.com

ORIGINAL BTC

Fin Large Pendant, £166; uk.originalbtc.com

editor’s

PICK LIGHT UP

Armitage Lamp This unusual lamp was originally designed by Edward Armitage in 1952 and has now been reproduced by his grandson, Joe. Characterful and elegant, the lamp can now be purchased with extra shades hand-printed by artist Marthe Armitage (Joe’s grandmother) making this a real family affair. armitagelamp.com

PHILIPPE STARCK

Bon Jour Unplugged Table Lamp, £225; conranshop.co.uk

must

HAVE LEE BROOM

Square Decanter Pendant, £240; johnlewis.com

ROOM SERVICE

L’ H ô t e l M a r r a k e c h Planning on jetting off this year? We recommend Jasper Conran’s newly restored private riad in the centre of Marrakech’s Medina. The five suites have been decorated by local craftsmen using traditional materials and serene colour schemes. l-hotelmarrakech.com

JONATHAN ADLER

Globo Table Lamp, £995; uk.jonathanadler.com

LIBRA

WINTER WARMER

The Tripod Spotlight, £480; lightplanlighting.com

Bisque Radiators Source of both heat and style, Bisque Radiators come in a range of designs, shapes and colours including pastels and the Pantone of the Year. For ultimate impact, opt for their Arteplano radiator in etched copper [pictured] which looks particularly striking against a dark wall. bisque.co.uk

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Thistle Gold and Thistle Pewter, Hand knotted Tibetan wool and silk, 2.74x1.83m £6,518 or £1,300/m2

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ARTS & CULTURE / PROFILE

Punk Rug Vivienne Westwood’s new handknotted rugs for The Rug Company have an illustrative quality. ABSOLUTELY admires the collection I n t e r v i e w p e a r l b oy d

V

ivienne Westwood’s latest collection for The Rug Company combines her quintessentially bold designs with her deep sense of heritage. Her constant references to traditional British motifs are subverted and reinvented to create thoroughly modern and decorative designs. Westwood has a long standing association with Scotland and their traditional fabrics such as Harris Tweed, wools and plaids. In 1993 Westwood produced her own tartan called ‘MacAndreas’, named after her husband and design partner, Andreas Kronthaler. The Thistle rug is a gesture to Vivienne’s affinity with Scotland. An abstract graphic of the regal milk thistle, Scotland’s national emblem, is hand knotted with fine silk yarns on a Tibetan wool background. The design is available in muted dusty rose with

Quintessentially

BOLD DESIGNS combine WITH A DEEP SENSE OF heritage gold and dove grey with gunmetal, the silk yarns lending the thistle motifs a captivating iridescence. Moiré is a traditional fabric technique historically used by Westwood on grand silk taffeta ball gowns and velvet suiting in solid colours to create a fluid waterlike movement. For a contemporary feel, Vivienne uses the traditional Moiré motif on the rug with high contrasting shades of soft black and natural white,

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blown up to maximise the monochrome effect, creating a statement piece. Reminiscent of an English rose garden in full bloom, Vivienne’s Rose print with its wide open buds and micro detailed thorn stems has a botanical illustrative-like quality, painted using a soft aquarelle watercolour technique. The details in Vivienne’s Rose are emphasised by a careful blending of the handspun yarns of Tibetan wool, which are then knotted by hand into a rug. The design has also been translated into a finely handwoven tapestry cushion, available in two colourways: blushed ruby red and dusky plum. The Vivienne Westwood collection is available exclusively from The Rug Company showrooms. Each piece has been woven entirely by hand by craftsmen using the age-old weaving techniques and the finest natural yarns for which The Rug Company is renowned. u therugcompany.com

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FAMILY This five bedroom house in Wimbledon has been entirely transformed to create a wonderful family home Wo r d s P e a r l B oy d

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lex Chamberlain lives in Wimbledon with her husband Greg and their two young daughters Elsie and Molly. R&M Lines completely refurbished the family's five bedroom Wimbledon home. The house was extended and adapted with curving, full width folding doors, which open out onto the garden. The final effect has a nautical feel, filling the family home with space and light. Alex: ‘The house is not recognisable as the one we bought. Originally it was curved on one side and gabled on other. R&M Lines had worked on my last property, so I knew they were a great team and I trusted them. R&M lines recommended an architect and it was important for me to use a team that had worked together. We knew we didn't want a standard box extension on the back of the house, which is why we arrived at the concept of the wavy doors and curves on the extension. We also wanted all views to show-off the garden. R&M Lines were part of the whole process and involved at every stage, so we felt confident that our plans were achievable from a building perspective.’

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I LOVE OUR HOME

and I spend more time THERE THAN I EVER USED TO

‘I built up a really good relationship with my Project Manager Tom. It was fantastic having someone I could trust to oversee the whole process because you can’t be there the whole time. I also enjoyed being part of the creative side - Tom understood what I needed and had a really good eye. He was fantastic at making suggestions: from cupboard handles and statement colour schemes, to making the right structural decisions and harnessing the potential of the space. R&M Lines have a strong specialist team who undertake different aspects of the refurbishment and building work. It was a very smooth process; the company have a great work ethic and employ talented individuals who care about what they do and about your home.’ ‘R&M Lines' aftercare really sets them apart and they are always at the end of the phone when you need them. This is why I came back to them for the house. I previously used them for the conversion of the garage into a gym. It is one of my favourite parts of the house which I use every day.’

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‘As a family it has made us incredibly happy because we love our home and I spend more time there than I ever used to. It gives the kids great security and is a fun place to invite their friends to.’ ‘It has also become the social hub of our family and friends. We now have more gatherings, see more people and entertain much more than ever before because we have such a wonderful and sociable space.’ ‘We also wanted our home to be ‘futureproof’. The space is ideal for a young family but obviously kids aren’t kids forever. R&M Lines helped us choose stunning cupboards and fittings, so in time a playroom can become a grown-up space or somewhere the girls can do their homework.’ Alex wanted the home to have ‘fun elements’ but also be functional and adapt to their lifestyle. This included a drop ceiling in one of the living areas

R&M LINES

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with disco lights and ambient lighting depending on the mood. The master bedroom's en-suite has a walk-in dressing room, accessed directly from the shower and leading back into the house, meaning that Greg can avoid disturbing his family when he gets up for work early. Attention to detail also included low-level lighting that meant children could visit the bathroom at night without needing to switch on the lights.◆

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> KITCHEN CONFIDENTIAL: ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS, PINK FIZZ AND VALENTINE'S MACARONS

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ASIAN FLAVOU RS Be transported to Asia with China: The Cookbook. The vast tome of more than 650 recipes is a shortcut to authentic Chinese cooking, from popular staples like Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs and Dim Sum to lesser-known regional classics like Fujian Fried Rice and Jiangsu’s Drunken Chicken. £29.95, Phaidon Press; phaidon.com

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3 of the Best

BAKERIES From biskies to éclairs to freshly baked cinnamon buns, we’ve whipped together the best in London pâtisseries for you to sink your teeth into

CONFIDENTIAL London’s food news and delicious things to see you through February Wo r d s H A N N A H H O P K I N S

By Julia Krupsk a

P E A R L & G R O OV E

Pearl & Groove are the go-to for sweet treats with a twist. Appeasing cravings in the healthiest of ways, ground almonds are used instead of regular flour and every creation is gluten free, forming a nutritious but still wholesomely delectable pudding. 341 Portobello Road, W10 pearlandgroove.com

NORDIC BAKERY

Indulge in a touch of hygge at the Nordic Bakery. This Scandinavian style coffee shop specialises in dark rye bread and cinnamon buns - offering a safe sanctuary to indulge in the two. Also home to the #MyQuietMoment hashtag, they encourage customers to upload a majorly instagrammable snapshot. 37b New Cavendish Street, W1G nordicbakery.com

Thai Guy

MAITRE CHOUX

Maitre Choux is the chic pâtisserie specialising in éclairs and choux pastry. For those not in the know, this light pastry dough contains a soft, hollow inside with a golden, crispy outer shell. They make for the perfect gift box and with Michelin-starred pastry chef Joakim Prat hand-crafting each creation, they’re guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning of taste buds. 15 Harrington Road, SW7 maitrechoux.com

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Kiln

Smoking Goat founder Ben Chapman has once again caused a stir with his latest opening Kiln. As the name suggests, grilled dishes are cooked over an open fire, while plates inspired by the Thai borderlands are packed with spices. kilnsoho.com

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WINE O’CLOCK Enfant Terrible

The brains behind Michelin-starred Pidgin have opened this teeny tiny wine bar, a stripped-back space with 12 metal counter stools and shelves stocked with today’s bottles. A barbershop by day and bar by night, the new opening has a daily changing wine list, cocktails and bar snacks. etbarlondon.com

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PICK LOVE FOOD Pierre Hermé Macarons

Make a splash this Valentine’s Day with a beautiful box of 18 macarons from Pierre Hermé. Voted the World’s Best Pastry Chef in 2016, he has won over crowds with his chocolate boxes and melt-in-the mouth macarons. This latest collection, based on the impish character of Cupidon, is no exception. pierreherme.com

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner it’s time to lock down a table reservation. Make this the year you really treat yourself and your other half with our picks for dining in the capital. 01

CLOS MAGGIORE Romantic settings don’t get more splendidly over the top than Clos Maggiore, which comes bedecked with a forest of white blossoms, fairy lights and candles. If you can peel your eyes away from the décor, sample their Provençal-inspired menu, with dishes like pollock fillet and gazpacho.

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ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER One of the world’s most decorated chefs, Alain Ducasse’s incomparable French cuisine - served in a suitably pared-back restaurant - is where to book if you're really looking to impress (and don't mind blowing the budget.)

ASIAN AFTERNOON TEA Bronte

Tom Dixon-designed Bronte on the Strand has launched its first afternoon tea, taking inspiration from the designers’ ‘collector’s house’ interiors. Served in a gorgeous glass and gold trinket box, the tea will offer British treats with an Asian twist – so there's jasmine smoked ham and miso mustard sandwiches, and spicy ginger and rhubarb cheesecake. bronte.co.uk

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BOB BOB RICARD At Bob Bob Ricard there is a palpable energy and sense of fun that you will struggle to find elsewhere. Slip into one of the Orient Express railcar-inspired booths and ‘press for champagne’ – trust us, you won’t be disappointed.

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NEW TO BATTERSEA BabaBoom

BabaBoom is a fresh Middle Eastern dining experience on Battersea Rise, with a focus on coal-cooked sides including posh kebabs and crisp fattoush salad. Variants not to miss include short-rib adana, date and pistachio and chicken shish, saffron and orange. 30 Battersea Rise, SW11 bababoom.london

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PETERSHAM NURSERIES Housed within the Petersham Nurseries garden centre, the café has rustic charm galore, complete with a stately greenhouse vibe, meadow on its doorstep, and mostly Italian cooking.

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MARIANNE London’s smallest fine dining restaurant seats just 14 people and serves divine desserts like lemon cream and raspberry sorbet, adorned with a tiny decorative elderflower.

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With a GLAMOROUS DESIGN befitting of La Serenissima, this place IS SURE TO IMPRESS ON DATE NIGHT

VENETA

The acclaimed Salt Yard Group turn their hand to Italian, with stellar results Wo r d s H a n n a h H o p k i n s

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eflecting the opulent glamour of the Italian city, Veneta is the latest enchanting space from Simon Mullins and Ben Tish of Salt Yard Group. Fans of their other ventures - Dehesa, Opera Tavern, Salt Yard and Ember Yard to name a few - will be equally taken with this new opening, which takes inspiration from Venice’s vibrant culinary scene. Noticeably more swanky than their other restaurants, and part of the new St James’s Market development, the decor nails old school-cool, with classic bar-counter seating, banquette booths

and intimate tables. It’s hard to peel your eyes away from the handcrafted ironwork chandeliers in the main dining room, but if you do you’ll spot specially-commissioned oil paintings and glasswork from Ramon Otting - designed to reflect the distinctive hue of the water that surrounds Venice. With a nod to the city’s pivotal location on the silk and spice trade routes, the food is distinctively rich and utterly delicious. Standout dishes include kid goat ragu with fresh pappardelle, charcoal grilled monkfish with anchovy sauce and salsify and chicken braised in almond milk with Medjool dates and saffron. A classic

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Venetian raw bar takes pride of place behind the main beautiful bar, offering an ever-changing selection of British and Venetian seafood. There is also one of the most incredible bespoke cheese and salumi selections we’ve ever seen. Despite the plethora of inviting dishes, ensure you save room for pud. The vanilla pannacotta with chestnuts and poached pear is a seasonal favourite, but the warm chocolate ganache with rich milk sorbet, orange curd and hazelnut brittle is sure to draw a smile. Co-founder Simon Mullins has curated an extensive list of wines that focus exclusively on Northern Italian regions, as well as an exclusive range of Italian vermouths and bitters, rarely seen in the UK, giving you plenty of options for a pre-dinner aperitif or Italian cocktail. With a glamorous interior design befitting of La Serenissima, a menu that pays homage to Venice’s eclectic mix of cultures and cuisines and a killer drinks list, this is a restaurant sure to impress on date night. Our tip? Book a table on the mezzanine floor for extra privacy and a vantage point over the bustling floor below. u

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> PORTUGUAL: A BEACH HOLIDAY AND CITY BREAK COMBINED

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ROME: THE ETERNAL CITY

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HILL STATION A tram ride through Lisbon is probably the most fun you can have on public transport. If you can get on one, that is.

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Atlantic City Can’t decide between a beach holiday and a city break? This Portuguese family holiday takes in both Wo r d s P e n d l e H a r t e

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ortugal is having a moment. Portuguese tiles are on every interiors wish list, parties serve miniature pasteis de nata and vinho verde is an increasing presence on wine lists. And as a tourist destination, Portugal has been having more than just a moment for quite some time. Since the invention of the budget airline, Lisbon has been the European city of choice for visitors from all over the world, drawn to its manageable size, unspoilt stylish tiled exteriors and coastal location. No wonder that in 2016 it won several awards, including Best Short Break Destination in the Travel Media Awards, and Lonely Planet lists it as one of the world’s Top Ten Cities for Travel. We are here with two children, who though relatively well-travelled, are still less keen on wandering the streets of a new city than they are on jumping into a pool. And getting out and jumping in again. Again and again until dinner time.

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Martinhal, Cascais

Lisbon COUNTS as one of the world’s TOP TEN CITIES for travel

So our trip is designed to take in both – to visit Lisbon, and to go to the beach and the pool too. We’re aware that our girls – aged seven and ten – are interested in new places and that as a family we’re ready to move on from purely pool-based holidays. This realization is laced with nostalgia, because nowhere is the passing of time more visible than on holidays, which, recurring at regular intervals, always remind us of their predecessors. What was last year’s favourite paddling pool is this year’s babyish reject. So we are heading first to the pool, to Martinhal in Cascais, a family hotel and younger sibling to the established Martinhal in the Algarve, which is known as a haven for parents for its attention to every detail. One of the first things we see on arriving is a bulbous mound emerging from the grass, like a strange crater, or half a huge ball. What is it? The children run towards it, kick off their sandals and take a leap. It’s a trampoline, of course, a landscaped one, raised and visibly bouncier than any other trampoline. It’s

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Lisbon

an unusual looking hotel, a low rise main building in the suburbs of Cascais, set in lush surroundings. It’s small and intimate, though also spread out and uncrowded. Facilities for families – trampoline aside –include indoor and outdoor pools as well as kids’ clubs for all ages, well-thought out accommodation that includes a row of small, modernist houses with doubleheight living areas and sunny terraces as well as standard interconnecting hotel rooms with lavish bathrooms. There’s even a menu of mushy dishes for babies. Cascais itself is a beach town about half an hour’s drive from Lisbon. It’s

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rival a summer weekend in Amsterdam. Immediately we feel for anyone who uses the 28 for actual transport. The tuk-tuks, we discover, began a few years ago in response to this overcrowding, because they’re the only vehicles that can rival trams in negotiating the steep and winding landscape. Abandoning our tram ambition, we take a tuk-tuk ride that becomes a rollercoaster of excitement, a whistlestop tour of Lisbon’s highlights including the fantastic market. But ultimately the effect of tourism on this city's transport infrastructure leaves us feeling slightly uneasy. We are staying at the Four Seasons, which not only has a rooftop running track that offers amazing views over Lisbon and its sunset, but also has a warm welcome for children. Of our two interconnecting rooms, one has been specially prepared with Disney duvet covers, welcome cookies and miniature dressing gowns and slippers (these create enormous excitement). There’s also a treasure hunt that takes kids through the hotel searching for clues. This Portuguese trip does that rare thing of combining grown up pleasures with childish ones, keeping everyone happy. u

Above & right: Four Seasons Lisbon

a beautiful spot, a small town with a busy tourist trade and lots of sweeping beaches. Martinhal runs a regular taxi shuttle into town, so we fall into a lazy routine of heading to the town’s beaches after mornings by the pool. This satisfies everyone’s requirements in terms of relaxation and entertainment and after a few days we are ready to move on. Lisbon is completely transformed since my last visit, which I remember clearly – the late 90s, the early days of budget airlines. Back then, we couldn’t have forseen what effect cheap flights and, later, Airbnb could have on a small city. Then, we got on a passing tram and toured the city’s famed seven hills, some of their impossibly steep winding streets

Cascais is a SMALL TOWN with a BUSY TOURIST trade and lots of SWEEPING BEACHES

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inaccessible by car and narrow enough for washing to be strung overhead. Lisbon’s iconic yellow trams are stylish and clattery, the older ones dating back to the early 20th century, and an actual ride on one is what our children are looking forward to most. But trying to recreate this tram journey today is no joke. Route 28 is reputed to take in the steepest hills but whenever one passes, it’s so crowded (with tourists) that there’s no chance of getting on. We head for the beginning of the line but quickly it dawns on us that we’re not the only ones. A swarm of tuktuks signposts what turns out to be the stop we’re after, only it is surrounded by hoards of tourists, more than enough to

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onti was once the red-light district of Rome but is now its trendiest area, with narrow, steep, paved streets and a huge range of restaurants and small shops. It has a lively atmosphere but is not noisy. It is close to the Colisseum and other major sites but the side streets are not touristy. The best way to experience it is to live like a local, that is to take an apartment. onefinestay has a range of city apartments but the one we chose in Monti was both elegant and convenient. The entrance from the street is by a traditional double door but the flat, where we are welcomed by two of onefinestay’s Rome team, is in contemporary style and spotless, a duplex with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a spacious open-plan living room and kitchen. You are given a welcome pack featuring real Italian coffee (and strict instructions on how to

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make it) and some cold sparkling wine ‘better than Prosecco’ but in truth this is a residential area, with little one-stop shops and nearby bars galore, so you do not need much. To help you explore you are given a smart phone to keep for your stay loaded with information. However, as the man from onefinestay put it – in the nicest possible way–: ‘I recommend you get lost.’ The joy of being so central is that many of the must-see sites are a just a few minutes walk away. Never having been to Rome I wanted to tick them off. Glimpsing world-famous monuments round corners or at the end of streets can make you feel as if you are on a film set. Being fully independent you can avoid being herded on and off buses and joining endless queues and still see a huge amount – in our case the Colisseum, the Roman Forum, the Palatine Hill, the Trevi Fountain, the Pincio, (seat of the Italian government), the Spanish Steps and

Being fully independent YOU

CAN AVOID BEING HERDED on and off buses and JOINING ENDLESS QUEUES

contemplate them in peace from a pew. With the smart phone to hand, plus the fact that, in spite of its seven hills, central Rome is quite small you can make your way through the city with minimal effort. As part of its concierge service onefinestay recommends a range of restaurants and will help book and organise if required. However, we simply walked down the street to L’Asino d’Oro, (The Golden Donkey), one of those places that you think you are quite clever to find but then discover are well known to insiders. And deservedly so – delicious modern Roman food, reasonably priced and great service, with a genuine neighbourhood feel. Having walked up at least four of the seven hills of Rome itself we felt we had earned some pampering, so on our second day we took a twenty minute taxi ride out of the city and up to the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri.

Via Capo di Bove

Rome Cavalieri

the Via Condotti, Rome’s Bond Street, all on foot before lunch. Take a stroll in the shade of the vast Borghese Gardens, where Napoleon’s beautiful sister Pauline lived, look at the house dedicated to the English romantic poets Keats and Shelley, or walk down the Corso, Rome’s Broadway, to the fountains of Piazza Navona. Then stop for some gelato before heading on to the banks of the River Tiber. As you go look into ancient basilicas, where great works of art like the Caravaggio in the Chiesa di Sant Agostino, by the Piazza Navona, with its altar by Bernini, who was also responsible for St Peter’s, seem more meaningful in situ than in a gallery. Better yet you can

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TRAVEL / WANDERLUST Via di San Martino Ai Monti

From its position high on a vertiginous bluff there are unrivalled views over the city of Rome and along the river to the Vatican. Built in the 1960s, the era of the Dolce Vita, when Rome was the epicentre of film and fashion, the world famous luxury hotel was beloved of Visconti and Fellini. It still has that pioneering sixties vibe but has been comprehensively updated, with palatial facilities, such as huge ballrooms with glittering chandeliers, and a fabulous spa. An opulent lunch of scrumptious amatriciana and crisp white wine at L’Uliveto and a relaxing afternoon by the pool on the blue and white striped loungers are just the thing after walking the streets. But this is Rome, where culture is central to existence and the hotel has its own individually curated and idiosyncratic art collection, with over a thousand objects from a Tiepolo tryptich to Nureyevs’ ballet costumes. Along landings and in the enticingly cool bars you may find yourself looking at pop art by Andy Warhol or an exquisite Beauvais tapestry. Via del Boschetto

OUR ONEFINESTAY HOST told us in the

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While the huge and beautiful rooms of the Rome Cavalieri are a dream come true, staying in a city apartment is relaxing just because it soon becomes a home from home: you have freedom to do as you wish, so long as you obey the not very onorous house rules, so for a brief time you are living as a Roman. onfinestay’s offerings range from two bedroom, centrally located flats to sprawling houses on the outskirts. One way or another I am definitely going back. Sadly I could not throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to wish on it. It had been drained, not for maintenance but for a Fendi fashion show. How Roman is that?

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PREP FROM THE BEST The White House offers a warm, friendly and inviting place for children to discover, learn and grow in confidence.

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recently named in the Sunday Times top ten “Best Prep Schools In London”, the White House Prep School continues to go from strength to strength. The 30 year old, family run establishment has founder and principal Mary McCahery - still deeply involved with the school and its pupils - and headmaster Mr. Daniel Cummings, to thank for its success. Their motto ‘Curo et Consocio’ and ethos “Our Family School, Your Family School” set the tone of daily life at the school and demonstrate the importance of family nature and approach. The White House, rated an outstanding school by OFSTED prides itself on being deliberately small in size with one form per year. Smaller class sizes mean that every child can be treated as an individual and benefits from a personalised teaching approach. The closely knit staff body, some of which have been with the school for over 18 years,

know all the children across the school and work tirelessly to ensure every child achieves their full potential. The White House provides ample opportunity for extra-curricular activities; with clubs such as Football, IT, Golf, Karate, Swimming, Choir, Ballet, Computing, Chess, Spanish, Badminton, Science, Cooking and Fashion open until 5pm. Opportunities to learn outside the classroom are also available. Children can step back in time at Kentwell Hall to dress up and immerse themselves in a Tudor day or take a trip to the Bank of England and Houses of Parliament. The White House family, which encompasses Woodentops Nurseries and Woodentops Kindergarten, provides a complete education for children and a developmental journey from their very first day through to their last, at age 11+. The school has grown considerably over the last 5 years with the opening of its Nurseries in Clapham and Balham and a second Kindergarten scheduled to open later this

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year. These, like The White House, are focused on nurturing happy, caring and confident children who have a real sense of curiosity and a love of learning. Recently the school has invested in revitalising its IT infrastructure. This redesign has enabled the adoption of a cloud based curriculum, with cyber security and coding becoming an integrated part of teaching. This works to provide pupils the tools they need in today's developing technological landscape. Students from The White House receive offers from top local and boarding schools, including JAGS, Dulwich College, Alleyns and Emmanuel which is a testament both to the pupils and the outstanding teaching staff. Some of the favourite boarding destinations include Woldingham and Bedales. Over half of the places offered to The White House's pupils this year were scholarships predominantly in academia, music and sport - with one student receiving the notable D.C. Bauer Academic Scholarship to Dulwich College. Alongside a first rate education the School offers excellent pastoral care and places a real focus on good manners and respect for one another, ensuring children are confident without arrogance, self assured and have a strong moral compass. ◆

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“I’ve been head for 24 years in London,” says Hepher, “and moving on from prep is much harder now – particularly for boys.” There are far more prep schools, he explains, but not the corresponding number of places at senior schools. Anyone with a son of 11+ age in London will be aware that places for boys are very limited (partly because boys were traditionally sent away to public school), hence the hideous bottle neck at 11+. “We’ve wanted to open a new school for the past five years,” says Hepher. “The trickiest part was finding the right site.” 106 Piccadilly certainly has the wow

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factor – Aatif Hassan, the boss of Minerva Education, the group behind Eaton Square Schools, admits he fought very hard for it. It’s a very impressive building, bang opposite Green Park and its W1 address will no doubt appeal to the international crowd. The other reason for opening Eaton Square Upper was to get away from the “endless assessments” that children are now subjected to, says Hepher, because it will create an all-through school. “You will be able to join us at three and half,” says Hepher, “and stay until university if you want to.” The school will be non-selective. All pupils, both internal and external will sit the ISEB pre-test when joining Eaton Square Upper, but only for setting purposes. And pupils arriving from other London preps will be interviewed. The bid to create an all-through school is also behind the new Fulham Senior School.

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Like Eaton Square, Fulham has a pre-prep and prep, and pupils enrolled at Fulham Prep School will automatically receive a place at the senior school. “It makes complete sense,” says Neil Brooks who will be head of the pre-prep, prep and senior schools. “The children won’t have to do the 11+. They can stay with us so it will alleviate anxiety.” Existing pupils will do the 13+ for setting purposes, and the school will maintain the 11 and 13+ for children from external schools. Brooks was appointed head of FPS in December 2015, taking over from Jane Emmett who founded the school in the mid-90s. She has always wanted to create a senior school, but it was the acquisition of FPS by Inspired, an international education group that started in South Africa, that seems to have energized the move. It remains to be seen if these new schools will take the heat out of the senior schools market. There are plenty of new preps opening in September, too, including a pre-prep for boys at Faulkner House, a new Wetherby Kensington and Eaton House Boy Prep opening in south Kensington. Demand may continue to outstrip supply for some years yet. ◆ nottinghillprep.com; fulhamprep.co.uk eatonsquareupper.school

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Landor Road, Clapham SW9 A brand new apartment, set behind a striking curved copper facade. Finished to a high standard the apartment benefits from excellent proportions. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen, courtyard. EPC: B. Approximately 73 sq m (786 sq ft). clapham@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 6118

   

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Eland Road, Clapham SW4 An attractive home that has been modernised and extended to exacting standards. The "glass box" rear addition allows exceptional natural light. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, utility, garden. EPC: E. Approximately 201 sq m (2,161 sq ft).  clapham@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 6118  

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Clapham Common North Side, Clapham SW4 A stunning six bedroom house An impressive Victorian family home of superb proportions that has recently been refurbished to the highest of standards throughout. Positioned in a commanding position opposite Clapham Common it boasts spectacular views. 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, 2 double reception rooms, kitchen/dining room, family room, utility, garden. EPC: E. Approximately 350 sq m (3,767 sq ft).   Freehold

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Convent Mews, Wimbledon SW19 An impressive contemporary style detached house in an exclusive gated development. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, drawing room, cinema room, study, kitchen/dining room, utility, WC, garden, garage, off street parking. EPC: B. Approximately 289.8 sq m (3,120 sq ft). wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358

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Murray Road, Wimbledon Village SW19 A new build detached house on a premier village road. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, drawing room, kitchen/family/dining room, gym/7th bedroom, cinema/bar/games room, WC, utility, garden, off street parking. EPC: B. Approximately 517.6 sq m (5,572 sq ft). wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358  

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Murray Road, Wimbledon SW19 A well presented family house in a central Wimbledon location. Master bedroom with en suite, 4 further bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, dining room, kitchen, utility room, WC, garden, off street parking. EPC: E. Approximately 168 sq m (1,808 sq ft). wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358

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Brook Gardens, Kingston upon Thames KT2 A stunning newly built house, finished to an exacting specification. 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms,  3 reception rooms, study, kitchen/breakfast room, games room, WC, utility, garage, garden, off street parking. EPC: A. Approximately 650.6 sq m (7,003 sq ft). wimbledon@knightfrank.com Office: 020 8022 1358

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St John's Hill Grove, Battersea SW11 3 bedroom house for sale moments from St John's Hill This 3 bedroom house benefits from spacious rooms and beautiful decor. A large reception room and study area opens up to a bright kitchen/dining room, leading out to the private garden. The top floor has been converted into a master bedroom with en suite, and there are two further double bedrooms with ample storage space. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Guest w/c, Reception room, Dining room, Garden. EPC: D. Approximately 152 sq m (1,636 sq ft) Tenure: Freehold

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Chatham Road, Wandsworth SW11 Located "Between the Commons" Chatham Road is an exciting and exclusive small gated development of four houses with off street parking. 5 bedrooms (2 en suite), 2 bathrooms, double reception room, kitchen/dining room, media room, downstairs cloakroom, study, utility room, 42 ft south facing garden, off street parking. EPC: B. Approximately: 291.33 sq m (3,136 sq ft).   Freehold

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Queen Victoria’s dentist’s mansion in Putney – it is has been converted into luxury flats and is simply stunning, the grandeur as you drive onto the grounds of the property leaves you breathless.

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Chris Firth

Director, Sales I have been an agent in South West London for 12 years, having managed offices in Putney, Fulham, Battersea and Wimbledon. As well as being a member of both NAEA and ARLA, I have appeared on Homes Under the Hammer twice, which my friends and family are constantly reminding me of whenever a repeat is on TV. I live in Putney with my wife Ellie and two cats Columbus & Hedwig.

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I have worked for Chestertons for just under 5 years. During that time, I have held the positon of Saturday Negotiator, Coordinator and Lettings Negotiator and Lettings Senior Negotiator all experience and expertise gained via the Putney office. I held the level of black belt in the martial art of Kung Fu until I hurt my knee, and in a past work life, worked with British Designers Vivien Westwood and Jasper Conran.  

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Lettings Negotiator I am new to Chestertons and to Putney, but I have already learnt so much in my time here from my amazing work colleagues who have a wealth of experience in the industry, and I am proud to have done 3 deals in my first month already. I’m a real foody and looking forward to what 2017 has to offer.

a sale was agreed at the asking price within a couple of weeks. This was in the lead up toward Christmas where buyers & agents were expecting a quiet market, we however saw a surge of activity with most sales agreeing between 98% and 100% of their asking prices. Both the ‘Post Brexit Market’ and the ‘Christmas Market’ were far better than anyone could have predicted. u

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was born and raised in a small, picturesque village called Boxford surrounded by beautiful chocolate box cottages and open countryside. I have always been fascinated by property and, since I can remember, was spending time helping my dad out at his agency in Berkshire. As I got older, I moved my focus towards sports, and at seventeen left for Bristol to study Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation. However, my mind was still fixed on property, and I soon realised that it was the only career for me. I moved back to Berkshire and spent the next eighteen months working for my dad, who provided me with a fantastic platform to learn and develop my skills. I was lucky enough during that period to work in both the sales and lettings teams, yet I found sales far more rewarding. The satisfaction I felt helping a client successfully sell their property and find their dream home was brilliant. After climbing the career ladder at my dad’s company, I realised I needed to strike out on my own and create my own opportunities. I looked at several areas in and

Clapham common caters well for those who are drawn to the area

around London, but Clapham was where I decided to focus, and I’ve been based here for five years. The majority of properties in Clapham Common are period, with an attractive array of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian styles. This adds to the historical character of the area and attracts a great mix of people. Clapham Common caters well for those drawn to the area, particularly young professionals and those with families. With 89 hectares of Clapham Common to explore, many vibrant bars, outstanding schools, such as Eaton House and Clapham Manor, Saturday markets and excellent transport connections into Central London. Clapham Commonh has a lot to offer and is rewarded with a tightknit community. A few of my favourite places

in Clapham Common include the butchers M. Moen & Sons on The Pavement and the restaurant The Dairy, which serves delicious seasonal British produce. Visiting the Venn Street Market on a Saturday is also a must. Stalls include the Portland Scallop Co, an independent fishmongers selling line-caught seafood from Chesil Beach in Dorset, and The Borough Cheese Company. When I’m not working, you’ll usually find me running around Clapham Common or enjoying a Sunday roast at one of the many local restaurants. Further, afield, I enjoy playing sports, especially rugby and skiing. Property is often the most expensive asset people will buy in their lifetime and, especially after becoming a home owner myself, I understand how stressful the process of buying and selling can be. Being able to help people and make these transactions as stress-free as possible is one of the reasons I continue to love my job. I often get asked by friends, family and clients if there are areas I would recommend they live in, and every time I say, Clapham. It’s my home, and I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. u

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Seymour Road, Southfields, SW18 £1,350,000 Southfields 020 8871 9655 southfields.sales@kfh.co.uk

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A stunning and luxurious two double bedroom school conversion set behind security gates with allocated off street parking. Situated on the first floor, the accommodation offers a 30ft x 20ft open plan living area with a fully integrated kitchen and breakfast bar. There are also large full length windows that offer wonderful views across the City.

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FAMOUS PLACES London hides a plethora of celebrity homes. These are the most recent to come on the market

WHERE CUMBERBATCH LEARNED HIS TRADE

ogan House, a development of luxury apartments being built on the site of a Kensington theatre, is where Benedict Cumberbatch learnt his trade. It was until 2003 the Michael MacOwan Theatre, part of the neighbouring London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). During the 1990s Cumberbatch studied at LAMDA where he completed a post-graduate Diploma in Classical Acting before fame, and his breakthrough Bafta nomination for the 2004 film Hawking, beckoned. He was not the only famous actor to tread the boards at the former theatre. Other big names seen under its lights include Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jim Broadbent, Patricia Hodge, Maureen Lipman, John Lithgow, Martin Shaw, Hermione Norris and David Suchet. The new-build development, which has been awarded a blue plaque in recognition of its starry alumni, will include apartments with up to four bedrooms each with outdoor terraces. Prices start at £1.375 million rising to £5.5 million. More information from Knight Frank (0203 826 0673). u

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Stopes became interested in birth control by mistake. Born in 1880 to scientific parents in Edinburgh, she was subsequently brought to South London with her family. After finishing her schooling, she later followed her parents into science and became a palaeobotanist. And Stopes would have remained an obscure specialist had she not divorced her first husband and begun to write about how a good marriage should work. This led to a chance meeting with Margaret Sanger, who at the time was giving talks on birth control. Stopes included a chapter on the subject in her book, which went on to

be a best seller. The two subsequently set up the UK’s first birth control clinic in Holloway, North London. The house where Stopes was brought up between 1880 and 1892 in Crystal Palace, South West London, is now available to rent. It’s a two-bedroom apartment within the property priced at £1,500 a month through Beresford Residential (020 8033 9162). u

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his former Grade II listed seminary is where until 2007 priests were trained before being despatched to work overseas. And it found fame when its religious looks appealed to the makers of TV series Call The Midwife, who used it to recreate Nonnatus House convent in London’s Poplar, where the story is set. But now the cameras have gone, the builders are moving in. Developer Berkeley Homes is turning the historic home into gated development of 49 apartments which come with a concierge service and access to seven acres of mature parkland. The most stunning of all the homes is the new space created within its former chapel, which is famous in architectural circles for its multiple glass-stained windows and granite pillars. It is also the development’s most expensive property at £6 million and has four bedrooms and the original vaulted ceiling as well as a

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ould this be the house where three-Michelin starred chef C Heston Blumenthal invented snail porridge, triple cooked chips and bacon and eggs ice cream?

The celebrity chef’s signature dishes are all available at his worldfamous restaurant, The Fat Duck, which at one point was voted the world’s best eatery. It was also his first restaurant and while he nurtured it through the early years, Blumenthal lived in this cottage outside the nearby village of Penn before moving to more spacious accommodation in Marlow, Oxfordshire and later Barnes. The property has a compact kitchen as well as two bedrooms and lounge with a fire burning stove. But there’s no sign of the dry-ice machine that Blumenthal has used in the past to make another of his signature dishes, Jelly of Quail on Oak Moss. Penn cottage is now for sale through agent Knight Frank’s Beaconsfield Office (01494 853819) for £525,000. u

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HOME TO A ROYAL FAVOURITE FROM IRAQ

imrud in Iraq was until recently the country’s most historic ancient city and a popular tourist attraction. In 2015 it was destroyed by ISIS militants using dynamite, pneumatic drills and even their bare hands. Before this, the 4,000-year-old metropolis had been regarded as one of the world’s great archaeological treasures. Little remains today, although some items were brought back from the site during the 19th century after the city was discovered and excavated by Hormuzd Rassam. During his career Rassam made several key discoveries including the earliest known example of human literature called the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is in the form of several stone tablets. He later moved to London where he began a successful career as a diplomat and later became a favourite of Queen Victoria. Fittingly, the five-bedroom property in west London where he lived is one of the oldest homes in the area and includes a turret as well as original features that Rassam would have been familiar with, including its gorgeous stained glass doors. Agent Dexters (020 8560 1177) says the property also has several secret doorways. It’s on the market for £2m. u

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LONDON'S FINEST Seven most expensive homes sold in 2016

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he top of the London property can be a heady place for those with even the deepest pockets. Many prime central streets feature average house prices over £10m and it’s not unusual to find properties for sale considerably more than that within the most sough-after locations. Here’s seven of the most expensive sold this year in London.

well as six en-suite bedrooms, a conference room, two roof terraces, cinema, hobby room and a catering kitchen. It also has a staff suite including two bedrooms and a lounge. The property backs on to Holland Park and celebrity neighbours include Simon Cowell, Robbie Williams and Jimmy Page.

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his Grade II listed Georgian house was built in 1737 and sold in March this year for £31.5 million. It was converted from office usage to residential during the 1990s and then upgraded with the help of interior designers Frederic Mechiche and Joanna Wood, who is chums with David Linley. They both reclaimed many of the original Georgian floors and re-installed

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antique fireplaces throughout the property. It has five bedrooms including a master suite with two dressing rooms and bathrooms, as well as two staff rooms, a separate chauffeur’s flat and a basement spa, swimming pool and a gym.

23A EATON SQUARE, BELGRAVIA £30 million

his Georgian-style property is arguably one of London’s most extraordinary mews homes. It may look like a historic address but 23a was built in 1936 out of Portland stone and brick on the site of the back terrace, well area and servants’ quarters of neighbouring 23 Eaton Square. This property’s history can be traced back to the mid-19th century when Eaton Square was constructed by the 2nd Marquis of Westminster. Their most famous owner was Henry Bingham Baring, one of the Baring banking dynasty and a notorious gambler, although Everlyn

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he most expensive private home sold in London this year is this Grade II stucco-fronted Regency villa near Holland Park. It’s one of several similar properties all built at the same time in as clutch of leafy streets between Kensington and Notting Hill. No.9 is famous as the former home of Richard Branson, who sold it in 2006. It was bought by a barrister/financier couple who have spent a small fortune doing the house up. It now has a megabasement including an underground squash court and swimming pool as

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6 CAMBRIDGE TERRACE £28.6 million

hree years ago, this property along with several adjoining Grade I listed houses on Cambridge Terrace overlooking Regents Park were snapped up by a developer with plans to turn it all into a ‘super mansion’. The resulting combined property was originally billed as larger than Buckingham Palace, which they share a designer with – John Nash. The scheme got planning permission in November 2016 to convert it from offices to private dwellings, including the digging out of the basement, although the sale of this part of the terrace took place in April 2016, suggesting that the ‘super mansion’ proposal might not be going ahead.

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112 EATON SQUARE, BELGRAVIA £25.5 million

his house is famous for two reasons. One is that it’s where in May 1940 a group of Tory MPs gathered to plot the downfall of Neville Chamberlain and the subsequent rise of Winston Churchill to power. But more recently – in 2010 – it also featured as one of over a dozen properties owned by Scottish developer Scot Young, who at one point owned over a dozen large houses in Belgravia and an estimated wealth of £400m of his £2 billion fortune, before his death over two years ago. The property was sold in August and offers a classic stucco fronted extertior with views of the six private gardens surrounding the square, which is infact an elongated oblong shape. u

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56 HOLLAND GREEN PLACE, KENSINGTON, £26.8 million 5 Princes Gate, Kensington

5 PRINCES GATE, KENSINGTON £28.5 million

uch a high price might seem like a lot for a flat, but it’s within one of central London’s most sought-after apartment blocks all of which enjoy superb views over Hyde Park while the Royal Albert Hall, Knightsbridge and Harvey Nichols are nearby. Amazingly, £28.5 is quite reasonable for properties within the development. In 2014 a penthouse within it sold for £50 million. No. 5, Princes Gate was buily by famously discreet luxury property developer Mike Spink of Spink Properties.

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STONELLS ROAD, BATTERSEA This stunning cottage is located between the commons in a quiet mews next to Honeywell School and situated moments from the ever popular Northcote. Available mid February. EPC = D.

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AUCKLAND ROAD, BATTERSEA Unique and very well presented split level, top floor flat with approx 1,000 sq ft of floor space. Auckland road is located close to Clapham Junction and Clapham Common. Available furnished. EPC = C.

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ALTENBURG GARDENS, BATTERSEA Substantial five bedroom / three bathroom Victorian house with a west-facing rear garden. Altenburg Gardens is a premier road in an excellent location for the local amenities of Battersea rise, Northcote road, the green open space of Clapham Common and the transport links of Clapham Junction. EPC = D.

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DREAM The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market MANDEVILLE COURTYARD

 BATTERSEA, SW11

£1,650,000

fantastic 2 bedroom loft style apartment located in a secure gated development close to Battersea Park (0.2 miles). This first floor flat has been completely refurbished throughout to the highest standards and offers almost 1,500 square feet of accommodation. Mandeville Courtyard is a well maintained development nestled between Warriner Gardens and Battersea Park Road. Battersea Park Station is located just 0.5 miles away. ◆  Knight Frank Battersea & Nine Elms, 020 3866 2930; knightfrank.com

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and another with a gas feed. The rear, south facing room is a superbly designed space that works for all entertaining and day-to-day living requirements. ◆  Hamptons International Wimbledon, 020 3369 4396; hamptons.co.uk

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ne of two striking new build architect designed family homes built to Keller London’s exacting standard. This property offers high quality specification with a contemporary, well balanced and lateral interior. Entering via the main entrance hall with ‘smoked oak’ floorboards, two well proportioned reception rooms occupy the front of the house, one with a gas fireplace

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£1,350,000 n excellently maintained Victorian period property a short walk from Clapham Junction station, and the village-like shops, cafes and restaurants of Northcote Road. The

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with an additional ensuite bedroom on the second floor. A generous garden completes this special home. ◆  Marsh & Parsons Battersea, 020 7228 9292 marshandparsons.co.uk

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Prince of Wales Drive. Computer generated image, indicative only.

SHOW APARTMENT NOW OPEN Introducing Prince of Wales Drive, a brand new collection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments just moments from Battersea Park, Zone 1 and a mile from Sloane Square*. Set around 2.5 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens, these spacious apartments offer a premium specification and distinctive interior design. The state-of-the-art facilities include a 17m pool, sauna, steam room, 8th floor roof terrace, 24-hour concierge and secure basement parking. Prices from ÂŁ690,000 For your appointment to view the show apartment please call 020 3797 4939 or email sales@princeofwalesdrive.co.uk or visit www.princeofwalesdrive.co.uk

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VAUXHALL, SW8

£403 per we e k

n amazing one bedroom apartment available to rent in a new build block that has just been completed. The property consists of an open plan kitchen living space which has dual aspects windows and views across the park. The kitchen has double fridge freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer (stored in a separate utility area). The bedroom is well proportioned and has a large built in wardrobe, the bathroom has tiled finish and waterfall shower. The property has mood lighting and underfloor heating through out and comes fully furnished. u  Portico Clapham, 020 7501 0454; portico.com

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relaxed family and entertaining areas. The ground floor comprises an entrance hallway, front formal reception room, dining room, an exceptional open plan family space. It is also available unfurnished for £17,000 PCM. u  Knight Frank Wimbledon, 020 8946 0026 knightfrank.co.uk

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LINGFIELD ROAD

WIMBLEDON, SW19

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refurbishment and is presented to an exact standard throughout. At the rear is a wonderful garden measuring nearly 110ft. Lingfield Road is located within 50m of the High Street and Common. Wimbledon

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GOING UNDERGROUND Fed up with parking on the street but have a home with only a small driveway - then how about using a car lift to store your motors?

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f you live in London and drive a car, then you’ll be adept at dodging the capital’s army of parking attendants who pound the streets looking for errant vehicles come rain or shine. It can be an expensive game of cat and mouse; in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for example, tickets range from £80 to £130, or half that if you pay within 14 days. But if you’re clamped then the borough charges £70 to release the clamp on top of the fine, and £200 plus the fine if you’re towed away. Every year four million tickets or nearly 11,000 every day are issued by London boroughs, helping to raise over half a billion pounds from their on- and offstreet operations. Westminster tops the parking league with profits of £46.4 million during 2014/15 from on-street parking enforcement followed by Kensington and Chelsea (£33 million), Camden (£24.5 million), Hammersmith & Fulham (£23.8 million) and Wandsworth (£20.4 million). And then there are residential parking permits, which can run to several hundred pounds a year if you have two cars. For example, Westminster City Council charges £141 per vehicle a year for cars with engines over 1.2 litres. And even then, you’re not guaranteed a space.

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Most London homeowners who have offstreet parking space next to their homes, therefore, cherish their ticket and permitfree lives, and this in part explains why offstreet parking places are so expensive. A double garage in Chelsea recently sold for a record-breaking £670,000 last year. For those who can afford it, there is another way to park your car away from prying attendants or thieves. And that means going underground.

Demand for basement parking spaces has been increasing Demand for basement parking spaces has been increasing recently as the trend for ‘iceberg’ homes has ramped up, driven by planning laws that don’t allow properties to be redeveloped upwards, and so there’s only one place to go to create space; down. “We find a lot of our clients in certain parts of London are car collectors who treat their vehicles as investments as well as transport, so they need to store them somewhere,” says David Grade of Total Lifting Solutions. “In the past, they would keep their cars in secure storage facilities outside London, but it’s a pain for them if they want to drive the cars because they then have to be transported into their London address when they want to use them.” David says his company is the leading supplier in the UK of car platform lifts, which enable home owners to have a basement car park even though space around the side, back or front of their property is tight. Hi lifts are essentially vertical pits the size of a small swimming pool dug into the ground usually up to 3.5 metres deep that use scissor-like lifting

arms to raise and lower a platform above and below ground level.These platforms have a ‘roof’ which, when the lift goes down, creates a flat surface above which if carefully designed, is invisible to the casual eye. David says his company’s standard Marte CT platform is a 2.5m wide by a 5.3m plate that can take a car of up to three tonnes, which means it can handle most large vehicles from a Range Rover to a luxury Lamborghini sports car. One of the biggest concerns is vibration and noise – every time you lower or raise your cars out of the garage the whole house can grind and groan unless you get your platform tech spec right. The question is – do you choose a ‘scissor system’ or a ‘four-post system’? The former uses one or two sets of hydraulic scissors to raise the platform, which creates the least vibration

and noise whereas a four post system is noisier and creates more vibration. These systems are also used in car showrooms, so if you want to see one in action then pop along to one of London’s luxury roadside Ferrari or BMW showrooms, who use David’s lifts to create extra space in the showrooms as well as the spectacle of a car ‘in the air’. And you could add to your collection while you’re there. u

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