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CONTENTS 9

EDITOR’S LETTER

30 LET’S GET TRUNKS

76 GET THE LOOK

Absolutely’s top ten this month

32 IN A SPIN

78 GREEN WITH ENVY

10 ABSOLUTELY LOVES

Interview with founder of Love Brand & Co Find your Spring style

ARTS AND CULTURE

64 BEAUTY FLASH

13 WHAT’S ON

67 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

Our local culture diary

17 CULTURE FLASH Th is month’s highlights

18 SUBURBAN VILLAGES

Nick Barratt on Chelsea and Fulham’s history

22 SOCIALS

The launch of Vicomte-A

50 GUIDE TO 2013

What the area has in store for this year

STYLE 25 CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL How to style it up in velvet

27 FASHION NOTES

Barbour, boutiques and Paul Costelloe

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Our top 10 moisturisers

Beauty news and tips by Wendy Rowe

Natalia Miyar reveals drawing room secrets Marcus Barnett on his luxury landscape designs

FOOD & TRAVEL 83 STAR QUALITY

Interview with The Berkeley’s Marcus Wareing

FEATURES

86 RESTAURANT REVIEWS

43 PRIDE OF BRITAIN

80 FOOD NOTES

46 HEART OF SASS

91 TRAVEL NOTES

55 A GOOD YEAR

94 THE WHITE STUFF

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71 WAX LYRICAL

108 PROPERTY NEWS

72 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

124 MOVING IN

Kirstie Allsopp on interiors and house prices The iconic life of Blondie’s Debbie Harry

Health advice from four top local experts

Ten of the best candles

Tara Craig on her interior winter warmers

Tucking in at the Michelin-starred Medlar Baker & Spice and Claude’s Kitchen La Dolce Vita at Trasierra

Top ski breaks around Europe

News and views, plus Ruth Bloomfield

Local agents give their recommendations

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feel rather sorry for January. Amidst an explosion of fireworks, balloons and confetti, January 1st is born. But once Big Ben has struck 00:01, and the fireworks have sizzled to smoke, where else is there for January to go? With its notoriously dismal weather, the thunderous ‘back to work’ cloud it hovers over our heads, and that odious pressure to detox, there’s really nothing to look forward to is there? No. Wrong! At Absolutely we have discovered January is one of the most uplifting and exciting months of the year. Yes, I’m exaggerating slightly, but morale is crucial to making the most out of what could become a highly productive month for all of us. Take the inspiring Detox Guide we feature, for instance. I have never detoxed in my life, but this year I am adamant I shall. For the advice provided by our top local health specialists makes me want to own the abs and the skin and sense of serenity they tell me is so easily obtainable. Similarly, our What’s On in 2013 is certain to blow away January blues in one big gust, for there’s so much to look forward to this year. If you’re looking to redecorate, have a read of what happened when I met star of Location, Location, Location, Kirstie Allsopp. You won’t be afraid to mix old with new after that, nor fear that horrible monstrosity left to you once, which is currently residing in the attic. We also profile the iconic life of Blondie’s Debbie Harry, so that come mid-January (when we’re struggling through our month of abstinence) we can comfort ourselves we were never that wild. And with our Q&A with the delicious Marcus Wareing, plus a fascinating history lesson by BBC’s Dr Nick Barratt, there’s so much to read in this issue I doubt there’s time enough in January to do it. With any luck you’ll be so distracted, your detox will carry on into February and you won’t even notice. Well, that’s the plan anyway. I very much hope it works.

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LOMAX AT MAGGIE’S

Want something a little more inspiring than a grilling hour in the gym to kick-start your New Year health regime? Lomax Bespoke Fitness has teamed up with nightclub Maggie’s to host a series of 1980s dance fitness classes. Led by choreographer and X Factor dancer, Chloe Tangey, bop around the dance floor to a fine selection of 80s classics. Each week you’ll burn off hundreds of calories whilst, strangely, enjoying yourself. Every Wednesday from 9th January, 7pm. £15 per class, Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, SW10; maggies-club.com

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There’s only one way to deal with the inevitable rainstorms that accompany January and that’s to try to look like Audrey Hepburn whilst enduring them. This Tapestry Trench Coat nods to that iconic number worn by the starlet in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but the embroidered arms add a unique twist to the timeless waterproof. Now all we need is a dashing George Peppard to carry an umbrella for us. £198, 131-141 King’s Road, SW3; anthropologie.eu

THE METROPOLITAN JEWELLERY BOX BY DAVID LINLEY If you own jewels so rare and valuable they’d look great in a museum, perhaps it’s time to put them there – sort of there. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is the model for David Linley’s latest jewellery box. Featuring carved Corinthian columns and secret storage compartments, it is the only jewellery box of its kind in the world and we’ll wager, won’t be hanging around for long. £24,000, 60 Pimlico Road, SW1; davidlinley.com

Thank you letters. Urgh. It’s not that we’re not grateful - it’s just that finding time to do them takes forever. And isn’t it such a rigmarole? Jolly along the process with ‘The Funky Colours Collection’ by The Grosvenor Stationery Company. Bright colours like ‘hot pink’ are sure to shoe off writer’s block and wend you on your way. 250 headed edged sheets and 100 edged envelopes, £374; 47 Elizabeth Street, SW1; grosvenorstationerycompany.com

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GRANDE LEATHER TOTE BY VICTORIA BECKHAM

Everyone needs an eye-catching handbag. The luminous Grande Leather Tote by Victoria Beckham is precisely what we’re looking for. Smart, chic and electric – it’s gotta be brand Beckham. £2,315; Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1; harveynichols.com

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New year, new knickers. Myla’s S/S13 collection is brimming with beautiful pieces that are not only feminine and just a bit sexy, but the bras supply much needed comfort and support as well. We love their names too – the Raquel Dusk High Apex with Bondage knickers is our particular favourite. £60; Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1; myla.com

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD’S CLIMATE REVOLUTION T-SHIRT

Launched at last year’s Paralympics closing ceremony, Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Climate Revolution’ T-shirts were conceived to raise awareness for ‘the fight between the idiots and the eco-conscious.’ All profits from these statement pieces go to rainforest charity, Cool Earth, and priced at just £50 each, we think they’re pretty cool too. 430 Kings Road, SW10; viviennewestwood.com

SLOANE SNEAKERS

For those to whom ‘detox’ is a dirty word, take time out this January to visit the world’s oldest known bottle of Courvoisier cognac. Bottled by the two Curlier brothers in 1789, the bottle is currently on display in the Tasting Room of the Wine Shop in Harrods. Sold to the department store by Dutch collector, Bay van der Bunt, it’s priced at a cool £95,000. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1; harrods.com

DEBRETTS 2013 DIARY

Start as you mean to go on – with organisation. Debretts 2013 diaries come in Aqua, Gold, Peacock and Violet and are made with real leather, moiré silk liners and marker ribbons. There’s even a gents option in Teal. Fitting snugly into any handbag, make sure the home of your appointments is as glam as the appointments themselves. £49.50; debretts.com

Yes, yes, it’s the name that first caught our attention but once captured we were intrigued. Designed by British-based shoe brand, Pinucci, Sloane Sneakers are not your average trainer – you probably wouldn’t go for a run in them. But you probably would wear them for an afternoon amble round the shops – or rather, afternoon scurry around the sales. £150; pinucci.com

ABSOLUTELY LOATHES… FOOTBALL HOOLIGANS

During the season we see our civilised streets transformed into a gargantuan ocean of kit clad, beer swigging, chant chundering ruffians, who deafen us with expletives and terrorise our lamp posts. We ironically note the ‘controlled zones’ around such footballing areas have nothing to do with containing these masses, but refer instead to the yellow lines on which we, the law-abiding residents, cannot park. Pubs are monopolised, public urinating encouraged and if you fancy getting from one end of the district to another during play, you’re better off de-touring via the M25. 11

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5 JANUARY CHELSEA CINEMA The Metropolitan Opera produces another epic saga, Hector Berlioz’ most ambitious opera – Les Troyens. All the build-up, anticipation, death and destruction of the Trojan War are represented by fierce characters backed by the Met Principal Conductor, Fabio Luisi’s, equally ferocious musical direction. Not to be missed by opera aficionados. 206 King’s Road, SW3, 0330 500 1331; curzoncinemas.com

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FOOD&TRAVEL

What to do, when to see, where to go... Fred Beckett picks this month’s top tickets

WAR HORSE: FACT AND FICTION ART EXHIBITION UNTIL 31 MARCH NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM

This interactive exhibition explores the facts and fiction surrounding real life war horses and the men they helped protect. Using exclusive material from Michael Morpurgo’s hit stage production by the National Theatre, this exhibition stands as a poignant tribute to a very tragic time in our past. Royal Hospital Road, SW3, 020 7881 6606; nam.ac.uk

GAIET Y IS THE MOST OUTSTANDING FEATURE OF THE SOVIET UNION: NEW ART FROM RUSSIA UNTIL 5 MAY SAATCHI GALLERY

‘Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union,’ so said Joseph Stalin. Not for the faint-hearted, this collection of photographs serves to shock, disturb and move in equal measure. Examples include a black eyed woman, who downs a beer next to the man who abused her, and a 60-year-old prostitute revealing scars from her profession, photographed next to another prostitute – her daughter. A tragic reminder of a very severe period in Russian history. Saatchi Gallery, SW3, 020 7811 3081; saatchi-gallery.co.uk

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S KOOZA UNTIL 10 FEBRUARY ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Kooza, the newest Cirque du Soleil extravaganza to come to Britain’s shores, combines their trademark acrobatics with hilarious clowning around. Kooza is the story of a loner (The Innocent) who tries to find his way in the world, encountering trapeze-artists, contortionists, the high wire and Wheel of Death as he does so. Perfect entertainment for all the family. Kensington Gore, SW7, 0845 401 5045; royalalberthall.com

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LIANE CARROLL 2 JANUARY 606 CLUB

Liane Carroll is one of the UK’s leading jazz vocalists and has worked with such talent as Ladysmith Black Mombazo and Paul McCartney. She appeared on stage as a headline act at Glastonbury, was voted Best Female Jazz Vocalist at the Ronnie Scotts Jazz Awards and has twice won the BBC Jazz Award. Head down to the 606 Club this month to hear her strong vocal and piano performance. 90 Lots Road, SW10, 020 7352 5953; 606club.co.uk

BRUNO BISANG: 30 YEARS OF POLAROIDS 15 JANUARY-9 FEBRUARY LITTLE BLACK GALLERY

Featuring images of Monica Bellucci, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell and Claudia Schiffer, Bruno Bisang’s exhibition of polaroids includes a number that are signed by the models themselves. Formerly used for testing lighting, angles and moods, these polaroids reveal the extent of Bisang’s artistic vision. 13A Park Walk, SW10, 020 7349 9332; thelittleblackgallery.com

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Brighten the doom and gloom month of January with a homemade tea. While magnificent marmalade bubbles away, Ursula in the AGA kitchen demonstrates how to make various tea breads to accompany the delicious spread. Includes Rum Plum Bread, Milk Rolls and Assorted Brioche. 227-229 Brompton Road, SW3, 020 7581 8065, divertimenti.co.uk

ROYAL COURT THEATRE 11 JANUARY-9 FEBRUARY NO QUARTER From multiple award-winning playwright Polly Stenham (That Face, Tusk Tusk) comes this drawing room drama, which questions if there is a right or wrong way to live one’s life. Robin retreats to his family home and withdraws from the outside world finding comfort and solace in music. But as his safe haven starts to crumble around him, how far he will go to save it, is called into play. Starring Maureen Beatie, Downton Abbey’s Zoe Boyle and Tom Sturridge, Jeremy Herrin directs. Sloane Square SW1, 020 7565 5000; royalcourttheatre.com

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THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS

TRIVIAL PURSUITS PETER JONES

Peter Jones is the Mecca of Chelsea. Just looking at its glass curtain walls overlooking Sloane Square is to feel at home. But from whence did this institution come and who indeed was Peter Jones? Peter Rees Jones (1842-1905) was the son of a hat maker who moved to London from Wales to find work. He started as a draper in Hackney before opening a small drapers shop (‘Peter Jones’) in 1871 on what is now, Draycott Avenue. In 1877 he relocated to 4 and 6 King’s Road (where the shop stands today) and in time bought out the entire block. In 1902 the store suffered financial trouble and after Jones’s death, was sold to entrepreneur, John Lewis. Allowed to retain its name, Peter Jones underwent a £107m refurbishment, completed in 2004.

Addressed as ‘Mr President’ on set, Daniel Day-Lewis’s all-consuming methods were once again brought into play in his magnificent personification of the 16th President. But if we put aside his awe-inspiring performance and turn ourselves to the film, I’m afraid to say ‘The ultimate homage to Abraham’ it just ain’t. Charting his final fated months, the film details how he insured the House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment, marking the epochal abolition of slavery. With the well-worn life of Lincoln in question, Spielberg’s biggest problem was creating tension in the face of the famous outcome. Whilst it’s important to set the historical scene, Tony Kushner’s script is so slowly paced, so lazy at humour, that I managed to scamper to the Ladies and stock up on jelly babies without missing so much as a scene change. The absence of Civil War battle scenes means it really is a film of intrinsically wood panelled rooms and worthy tête-à-têtes. And what novel nuggets of information do we learn by the end? That Lincoln was a kindly old gent who struggled to balance his political and family life. Yawn. It’s like a very pretty history lesson – vaguely edifying but ultimately leaves one clock-watching and biting the heads off jelly babies. In cinemas nationwide from 25th January. ALICIA MACDONALD

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Co-host of 95-8 Capital FM Breakfast show and co-founder of October House, Dave Berry, gives us next month’s music must-buys

CALVIN HARRIS FEAT. TINIE TEMPAH  DRINKIN’ FROM THE BOTTLE I saw Calvin Harris live last month and he surprised everyone by introducing Tinie Tempah on stage to perform this with him. Great live, great on radio and great to have Mr Tempah back too.

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Anthony Kiedis’ autobiography tells how he needed coaxing into singing slower tunes, like the classic, Under The Bridge. But this little ditty shows his confidence is stronger than ever.

RIHANNA  STAY

My co-host and occasional spooning partner, Lisa Snowdon, introduced me to this and it was love at first listen. A beautiful tune, showcasing just what she can do with that voice of hers. 17

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WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? genealogist consultant, Dr Nicholas Barratt, guides us through the fascinating history of ‘suburban villages’, Chelsea and Fulham

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t’s amazing how we take the layout of modern London for granted and forget that the vast, teeming city that surrounds us is a relatively recent creation. You only need to glance at a map from the first decades of the 19 century – little over two centuries ago – to realise most of what we now call ‘central London’ was actually open fields and meadows. Today, if we wished to reach Chelsea or Fulham, we’d jump on a tube train and hurtle along underground, avoiding the bustling commercial and residential streets congested by cars and delivery vans,

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CLOCKWISE FROM FAR LEFT, DR NICK BARRATT, THE ROYAL HOSPITAL CHELSEA, METRO-LAND ADVERTISEMENT, OMNIBUS CHELSEA

‘The famous World’s End public house on the King’s Road can be seen on maps from 1795’ compounded by seemingly endless road works and parades of traffic lights. Back in the 1790s and 1800s however, a carriage journey would take you away from newly built terraces, squares and parks and into open countryside as you progressed through turnpike gates (interspersed with clusters of farms and windmills) as you headed towards the villages – yes, villages – of Chelsea, Kensington and Fulham.

The famous World’s End public house on the King’s Road can be seen on maps from 1795 and its name could not have been more appropriate. Surrounded by common land, open fields and a few orchards, it stood the first sign of imminent civilisation as you approached London on the river road from the west.

Dominating the landscape at the time would have been Kensington Palace and the Royal Chelsea Hospital – with a cluster of newly developed properties around Sloane Square or along Cheyne Walk by the river. Footpaths criss-crossed the common land, where today we’d see multi-million pound mansions set in grand streets. Fulham remained a prime location for market gardens well into the middle of the 19 century and since the Bishop of London owned much of the land, it was very much part of the river ‘Palace economy.’ Rural isolation, however, was not to last long. The 19 century witnessed a period of rapid and confused change. New technology, economic expansion and accelerated population growth transformed London into a vast sprawling metropolis. Railways snaked across the landscape creating new towns out of sleepy villages; Battersea, for example, grew exponentially once Clapham Junction was sited nearby, for it meant that commuters could afford to live a bit further out. Economic expansion also meant a growing percentage of the ‘working class’ could leave the slums that cluttered central areas and find more affordable accommodation. Consequently, a rash of house building turned greenbelt into brick terraces, footpaths to bustling highways, and bridges began criss-crossing the Thames. Yet Chelsea and Fulham managed to retain their quintessential village character. In many ways this was due to their proximity to the river and the fact that their previous closeness to the centre – and the all-important presence of palaces nearby – had made them desirable places of residence for the wealthy and aristocracy, who needed to be close to Court and the source of power. Money attracts money and so the nouveau riche industrialists and commercial magnates of the Imperial age also aspired to move there. Thus large houses and gardens that were swept away in other parts of the inner suburbs, were preserved in these areas. We now consider districts such as Chelsea and Kensington as part of the centre of London, yet in the 1860s and 1870s they 19

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would still have been considered ‘outer suburbs’. It was only the further expansion of the railway networks, in particular to the north and west, that created the type of uniform, planned and much-derided outer commuter suburbs that were constantly mocked in popular culture. Throughout all this change, Chelsea and Fulham retained their kudos as places to live, coming up trumps when more illustrious neighbours, such as Kensington, experienced periods of decline. Even the rules governing the naming of the 32 London boroughs, created when Greater London was born in 1965, were bent in Chelsea’s favour. The new boroughs were meant to only have one name, but ‘Kensington and Chelsea’ was created to reflect the prestige of both. Fulham was resurrected seven years later when it took its place alongside Hammersmith as part of the borough’s name. From rural village, via a desirable suburban outpost, to an inner-London village again, places like Chelsea and Fulham reflect the rich and dramatic history of our amazing city, unique in their own identity and each having a role to play in the wider story of Greater London.

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On a crisp December night, carolers descended onto St Paul’s, Knightsbridge for a winter service in aid of The Haven. Lady Gabriella Windsor delighted with her festive reading and Gaby Roslin’s Twelve Days Of Christmas was heralded, a particular highlight.

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‘Bolly’ flowed freer than The Seine at Vicomte Arthur de Soultrait’s launch of flagship London store, Vicomte A. Guests flocked from as far afield as Paris and New York, and included a red troo-ed Henry Conway and the arresting Olivia Grant. The party continued to the Brompton Club, where fireworked bottles blazed as the revelry continued. A surprise Arthur missed his dawn Eurostar? Mais non!

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In aid of Make A Wish UK, Chamilia UK and Ernest Jones Jewellers launched new jewel the ‘Wish Bead’ at the Corinthia Hotel last month. Jo Wood worked the slick look in black, whilst Jaime Winstone wrapped up warm, sporting a blonde crop. Guests enjoyed Champagne and festive canapés together with a specially created ‘Christmas Wish Cocktail.’

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BEST OF BRITAIN

Barbour Gold Label, the collaboration between Barbour and British designer, Alice Temperley, has excited us since their first collection launched in 2011. So you can imagine our excitement when we were allowed a sneak peak at their SS 2013 collection. With amber parkas, knitted capes, and the biker chic wax cotton Blackthorn jacket, we simply cannot wait to get our mitts on it all. Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1; harrods.com

Savy sales advice from our style guru

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fter the realisation that austerity measures will be in place until 2018, now is the time to plan your sales technique so you get the most out of January sales. Make a list of items you have seen, and where you saw them, because bargains will differ from store to store. Stick to the list or you will end up spending more than you planned. A lot of stores will fill their floors with old stock, specifically for the sale period, so be ruthless. For the more traditional sales, the early bird catches the worm and that means an early start on the high street. Furniture, bed linen or kitchen items can be acquired at a considerable mark down during a sale period, as stores make room for their new lines. The smart shopper will devise a plan of action early on and for most, it will be worth it. If you’re planning a mid-winter break, remember most airlines offer a great January sale. Therefore through the ‘doom and gloom’ period, you’ve something to look forward to! Let’s enter 2013 with as much hope and optimism as we can muster. Who knows, such an inauspicious date could surprise us all. paulcostelloe.com; follow Paul on Twitter! @ paulcostelloe or @paulcostelloeuk

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BEST FOOT FORWARD Since Gent’s shoe designer Oliver Sweeney’s current AW 2012 collection was inspired by fine wine, there are some opulent designs on sale. It’s most convenient, therefore, that a pop-up shop has now opened on the King’s Road. Whet your fashion appetite with a visit. 104 King’s Road, SW3; oliversweeney.com

BOUTIQUE-IN-BRIEF VIOLET’S BOX, FULHAM BROADWAY STUDIO, SW6; VIOLETSBOX.COM THE IDEA: Imagine a dressing up box brimming with clothes you actually want to wear. Th is is Violet’s Box. The brainchild of Violet Naylor-Leyland, find exquisite vintage and costume pieces available for sale or rent.

Calf-length dresses slit to thigh, gigantic satin bow headbands, chunky necklaces, bold bracelets… it’s all there in Miu Miu’s Resort 2013 collection. Pairing sophisticated designs with statement accessories is on trend this Spring and muted colours are easily offset by a bold lipstick or vibrant eye shadow. Oriental in style, look East for chic this January. 185 Sloane Street, SW1; miumiu.com

CALIFORNIA SOUL

Throw some sun on your wardrobe this season with splashes of colour from Clover Canyon. The L. A- based womenswear brand is soon to be stocked in Harvey Nichols and with designs inspired by classical and contemporary art, the Californian look is now well within reach. Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1; harveynichols.com

THE USP: It’s a vintage shop with attitude. Each piece is personally selected by Violet so quality is top-notch. Offering a by-appointment service means those after personal styling advice get the royal treatment, whilst those needing costumes pronto can click and buy online. THE BUY: Corsets, kimonos, dirndls – and everything inbetween. 07970 191 581; info@violetsbox.com 27

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EMMETT LONDON

The Emmett Winter Sale is now on. In store and online, it features casual and formal shirts, ties and accessories. One of London’s well-kept secrets and a treasure trove of bargains! Visit emmettlondon.com to find out more

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MARTA JONSSON

The energetic Icelandic shoe and fashion designer, Marta Jonsson, founded her own company – Marta Jonsson – in London, 2009, following many successful years in the shoe industry. Marta offers quality leather shoes for women, men and children as well as bags to match. All her pieces are made with love and passion in Portugal. 124 Kings Road, SW3; 020 7531 3445, martajonsson.com

LEONARD JAY

New to Chelsea is Leonard Jay from the City of London, specialising in English tweeds and suits complemented by Loake and Church’s shoes. You can pick up a deal on Gant, as they also stock casual wear, but the best news is that their sale has just started in store. 335-337 King’s Road, SW3; leonardjay.co.uk

SYLVIE QUENTIN

With boutiques on the King’s Road, Connaught Village and Kensington Church Street, Sylvie Quentin have just launched their Spring collection in store. Full of colour and featuring some great dresses, the collection includes incredible accessories too. Best of all, you can now buy online at: sylviequentin.com

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Get Trunks Absolutely catches up with Love Brand & Co. Founder & Creative Director, Oliver Tomalin, as he talks trunks, elephants and budgie smugglers…

What is Love Brand & Co? Love Brand & Co. is a British lifestyle label linked to elephant conservation. We create swimwear and ready-to-wear apparel that raises awareness and funding for the forgotten and often overlooked issues facing wild elephants. Instead of retrofitting social responsibility, our loving and responsible concept forms the DNA of the brand, hence the simplicity of the name, Love Brand. Trunks for Trunks! What a great idea. Tell us more Our debut collection of Men and Boy’s Classic Shorts is popularly known as ‘Trunks for Trunks’, swimming trunks for elephants! It is a phrase that caught on and is one of our slogans along with ‘Life Blended Better.’

Winter, brrr, we’d love a holiday! What designs are selling well this winter? Our prints differ greatly and sell as well as each other. Fresh with fun names, they remain inherently unique. Our Classic shorts, for example, are available in sizes for men and boys – perfect for all ages to enjoy in the winter sun. How do you come up with your prints? Many of our prints are actually vintage designs that I have sourced and adapted to swimwear. For our Spring/Summer 2013 Collection I have created my own series. I come from an architectural and art background and love design. What are they made out of? All our swim shorts are made from nylon, milled in Japan. The prints are limited

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STYLE of two elephants make the shape of a heart. Many animals are in need of charitable assistance. Why did you support elephants? In the past 100 years 90 per cent of the world’s Asian elephants have disappeared. They are simply running out of space – and time – as the human-elephant conflict continues and habitats diminish. The remaining elephant herds have nowhere to go, other than ever closer towards extinction. We support charities like Elephant Family that are dedicated to stopping this from happening. So far have raised over £6million towards conservation projects. You design swimwear for men and boys. Us girls feel left out. Are you planning to launch women’s swimwear? I am asked this a lot and my lips are sealed. It is something I would love to do but not just yet.

edition so we never rerun a design and only a small few of each are made. This means it’s unlikely you’ll stroll down the beach and pass someone in the exact same pair as you – always awkward! Our fabric is very soft and dries extremely quickly, both key attributes to swimwear. Why are your trunks different? Aside from the uncompromising quality of our shorts, what really makes them special goes back to my core point about Love Brand. They are not just shorts, they stand for something. Customers are actually assisting elephant welfare – five per cent of sales by Love Brand & Co. are donated to charity. Furthermore, by wearing the brand you are raising awareness for endangered elephants – the ends of our drawstrings are tusk shaped and our logo

Our bikinis and swimsuits only last a month before their colours fade and they start to sag like sacks of potatoes. How do we preserve them? In terms of preserving the elasticity, don’t wash or dry them ‘hot.’ With swimwear colourfastness, wash them by hand in some warm fresh water to get rid of the salt (or chlorine) and then air dry. After extensive exposure to sunlight, colours (especially lighter pastels) will fade. Opt for darker colours. At the end of the day, it’s worth paying the extra bucks for quality – and if possible, buy more than one pair. Budgie smugglers, what are your thoughts on them? I think they are hilarious. Probably the biggest beach faux pas, along with extreme sunburn and the white socks-sandals combo. The top three beaches you’ve been to are…? That’s a hard question. My life so far has

been one long beach recce – my parents, my sister and I have lived in Barbados, Hong Long, New Zealand, Japan, UAE and England. My father loves a good beach holiday and from the places we have lived in, we’ve holidayed all over the world. So I consider myself extremely fortunate to have experienced a number of unforgettable beaches. The top would have to be in the Bahamas, where my girlfriend’s family have a house, as the sea is bluer than anywhere else on earth. There is a secret secluded beach in the Exumas, but that is going to remain a secret! Another favourite is the beach in Punta del Este, Uruguay, for no other reason than I went to the best beach party of my life there. The third would have to be the Fulham Road aka ‘The Beach,’ where I live in London. Living in SW3 what do you like about the area? I love living in Chelsea. Lots of pubs, restaurants and shops tucked away amongst beautiful streets. It’s where lots of my family and friends live. Finally, what’s coming up in 2013? I am very excited about my Spring/Summer 2013 Collection and the second ‘Trunks for Trunks’ swim event in the Serpentine. Every year we host swimming races in the lake to raise money for Elephant Family. Absolutely readers can get in touch with Love Brand & Co. to either race or find out more about it. Everyone is invited for a picnic in the park to support our swimmers and generally get involved. lovebrand.com 31

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VELVET SHIRT, £555, BY PAUL SMITH; VELVET TROUSERS, £375, BY PAUL SMITH; SILVER PLATED BIB NECKLACE WITH TURQUOISE, £400, BY DANNIJO; STUD SHOES, £595, BY JOSEPH

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In a spin Stylish outfits for fresh Spring wardrobes Photography by Rose Watson Styling by Claire Bucknell

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NAVY SILK AND NEOPRENE DRESS, £650, BY SPORTMAX; LEATHER AND NEON LEATHER SHOES, £430, BY WALTER STEIGER; 18CT YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, £22,926, BY YOUMNA

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SEQUINED COTTON DRESS COAT, £2,300, BY NICOLE FARHI; BROWN LEATHER BELT, £65, BY NICOLE FARHI;STRETCH LYCRA THIGH HIGH BOOTS, £675, BY WALTER STEIGER; 18CT YELLOW GOLD EARRINGS, £1,762, BY YOUMNA

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WOOL AND SILK BLEND DRESS, £1,650, BY JONATHAN SAUNDERS AT HARVEY NICHOLS; LEATHER SUEDE AND STUD SHOE BOOTS, £600, BY VALENTINO; 18CT YELLOW GOLD AND DIAMOND EARRINGS, BY NOURBEL & LE CAVELIER; 18CT GOLD CRYSTAL RINGS, FROM £1,394, BY YOUMNA

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LIGHT PINK SATIN CREPE DRESS, £730, BY PAULE KA; MICRO MOSAIC EARRINGS WITH PINK TOURMALINE, LOLITE AND DIAMONDS SET IN 18CT YELLOW GOLD, BY NOURBEL & LE CAVELIER

STYLED BY CLAIRE BUCKNELL, CLAIREBUCKNELL.COM PHOTOGRAPHER: ROSE WATSON HAIR AND MAKEUP: WENDY TURNER AT NAKED ARTISTS USING COSMETICS A LA CARTE AND L’OREAL PARIS ELNETTE HAIRSPRAY MODEL: BROOKE AT SELECT ASPINAL OF LONDON, 0845 052 6900, ASPINALOFLONDON.COM DANNIJO, DANNIJO.COM JOSEPH, 020 7823 9500, JOSEPH.CO.UK HARVEY NICHOLS, HARVEYNICHOLS.COM MILLY, MILLYNY.COM NICOLE FARHI, 020 7499 8368, NICOLEFARHI.COM NOURBEL & LE CAVELIER, NOURBEL-LECAVELIER.COM PAUL SMITH, 0800 023 4006, PAUL SMITH.CO.UK PAULE KA, 020 7823 4180 SPORTMAX, 020 7518 8010 VALENTINO, 020 7235 5855, VALENTINO.COM WALTER STEIGER, WALTERSTEIGER.COM YOUMNA, YOUMNA.COM

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Not just This Morning... but every morning

Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner at Stowe Family Law and resident family law expert on ITV’s This Morning. Leading the UK’s largest dedicated family law firm, she has more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings.

· One of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator through the newly-formed Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA).

· The first Chief Assessor and Chief Examiner of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

· A Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: a global association of lawyers recognised for expertise in their respective countries.

Located in WC1, Stowe Family Law specialises in family law issues and covers a wide range of cases. From divorce to cohabitees’ rights, with dedicated international and children’s teams. The team also offers mediation, arbitration and collaborative approaches and benefits from a specialist in-house forensic accountancy department that tracks down hidden assets and can provide immediate financial advice.

If you need family law advice, early support can be essential. Stowe Family Law can help. Contact 0207 7421 3300 or email chiefexecutive@stowefamilylaw.co.uk 8 Fulwood Place, Gray’s Inn, London WC1V 6HG www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk www.marilynstowe.co.uk

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SCULPT YOUR BODY SLIM IN SIX WEEKS

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eight loss expert, Louise Parker’s amazing body transformation programmes have changed the body shape of hundreds of individuals over the past 15 years. Her experience ranges from helping clients recover from long-term obesity, to taking care of some of the most beautiful bodies in the world. Her unique, flexible programmes inspire amazing results in the shortest possible time, and create habits that last a lifetime. Louise Parker believes anyone can have a fantastic body – regardless of age, gender, body type and starting point: ‘By following my methods, you really will be blown away by how you can change your body shape, overall fitness and exceed your own expectations.’ Louise has a programme to suit every goal, each combining her approach to fitness and nutrition with inspirational support to ensure you reach you goals. Her signature programme, The Intensive, is the ultimate kick-start, ensuring the best body fat reduction possible in a six week period. This unique programme combines six hours a week of her exercise method, alongside a rigorous dietary overhaul. ‘Each week we train you in the comfort of your own home – bringing the gym to you and saving precious time,’ says Louise. ‘With our support, you simply cannot fail – clients routinely drop two dress sizes on The Intensive.’

The Intensive employs exercise and diet methods that radically shift body fat and totally re-sculpt the body, without compromising metabolism. ‘It’s so important to boost your metabolism so that once you have lost the weight you can easily keep it off,’ she notes. ‘So many diets will get the weight off but your metabolism will come to a grinding halt or they are just not sustainable.’ The programmes’ emphasis on resistance work and an intelligent eating plan ensure the

to lose just want to tackle the diet before they do the fitness angle – and we understand that. Others may be within close reach of their goal but frustrated that trend dieting and stubborn eating patterns are shortcircuiting their exercise efforts.’ The Optimum Weight Programme supports you to your goal with a Food Plan based on your individual basal metabolic rate, lifestyle, culinary likes and teaches you how to approach food forever. ‘One size does not fit all – but we know what works, and ensure our methods integrate with whatever challenges you face.’ Directed from the Louise Parker consulting rooms in Belgravia, the Optimum Weight Loss programmes’ three phases supports clients from an intensive weight loss phase, through to maintenance where clients consolidate their weight whilst still enjoying active social lives. ‘We’re intent on amazing results and teaching our clients how to eat for optimum nutrition the majority of the time, but most importantly how to integrate meals and enjoy the pleasures of food and wine without trend dieting. Our clients learn to eat intelligently. Balancing fantastically healthy, simple food with the occasional indulgences, a true balance can be taught.

The Optimum Weight Programme supports you to your goal with a Food Plan based on your individual basal metabolic rate, lifestyle, culinary likes and teaches you how to approach food forever results that clients achieve are long lasting, and, most of all, easy to maintain. ‘No aspect of what we do is extreme,’ she explains. ‘Every element of the plan is sensible, scientific with a clear vision of longevity.’ Louise Parker offers her inspired nutrition method in the Optimum Weight Loss Programme for clients who want to learn her method without personal training at this time. ‘Some clients with larger amounts of weight

Contact Louise and her team on 0800 084 2828 to find out more or email info@louiseparkerpersonaltraining.com 2 Eaton Gate, SW1W 39

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Beautiful bags and stylish shoes For this season’s top accessories, look no further than Zaeem Jamal

BAGS OF ELEGANCE The Zaeem Jamal handbag collection features expertly crafted evening and day bags that are both timeless and elegant. Individually handmade in Northern Italy by master artisans with generations of experience, the collection melds together traditional craftsmanship with contemporary design. Each bag features the brand’s signature lining ‘flower of life’ pattern, symbolising regeneration. The metal ‘flower of life’ inspired accessory on the front of each clutch bag opens to hold a specially selected crystal, from our in store collection, all of which are ethically sourced. These unique crystals have been selected by specialists, working with our sourcing teams to ensure that the crystal chosen by each client, not only reflects their individuality and personal taste, but helps preserve the environment and support the communities from whom we source our gems. The ‘Crossover’ collection features leather and suede clutches, ranging from the jumbo day bag to small, elegant evening pieces. Functional details such as optional metal chain shoulder straps, internal zips and phone pockets, make each bag practical as well as beautiful. The ‘Rainbow’ boston is an elegant larger bag, named after the original model which features strips of striking rainbow/

chakra coloured leather, centred on the exquisite light beige leather. The Zaeem Jamal ‘sourcing with integrity’ policy is a strong element driving the careful selection of leathers used in our handbags and shoes. Careful research during development means the brand only uses leather from herds which have been reared and treated with care, and allowed to mature in a natural and respectful environment. This is reflected in the energy, texture and feel of each skin.

CHIC SHOES Working with master shoemakers in Florence, each pair of shoes combines effortless beauty and style, with comfort. Careful padding and specially researched angles and arches create footwear that is functional and graceful, to enable buyers to both feel and look fabulous, all day and night long. The brand’s signature soft metallic lining, also featuring the ‘flower of life’ pattern, is a sensuous and supportive envelope for each foot, representing both style and purpose. This is enhanced further by little flowers under the sole. The range consists of classic colourful suede, leather and satin pumps and ballerinas, as well as exquisitely hand embroidered shoes. Zaeem Jamal, 309 King’s Road, SW3; 020 7100 2072; zaeemjamal.com 41

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n a national newspaper last October, Kirstie Allsopp was grilled on her reputation as a Stepford Wife, and then described as having ‘nation’s nanny’ tendencies. This vexed me somewhat as the two are polar opposites in my opinion. As I headed to interview the lifestyle guru on her newest design range for children, ‘Little Living’, I wondered which character would suit her best. Would she, Stepford-like, greet me at the door dressed in a Cath Kidston apron, smile sweetly and offer me a cupcake? Or would she bear the face of ‘matron,’ comment on the puddle leaking from my sodden umbrella and suggest I hotfoot it to the ladies to comb my hair? The instant I met her however, it was clear to me that she was neither; for in under

a minute she had referenced the weather disrupting her son and husband’s recent trip to Kenya and predicted that with two sisters staying that week, her house would likely come to resemble Piccadilly Circus. A Stepford would never let-on that weather and visitors could upset the natural order of things and the ‘nation’s nanny’ just wouldn’t stand for it. Kirstie’s ‘que sera sera’ approach spoke volumes – unlike Stepfords, she is human and unlike Nanny, relatable. She speaks with authority in a way that means you don’t interrupt, but you can’t help but instantly like her. We sat in a room with the view of London, (the top floor of Peter Jones), surrounded by Kirstie-style made-up beds. An explosion of pink and orange characterised the Alphabet linen designs,

whilst the pale purple Alberta had the sort of understated sophistication that would appeal to teenage wannabe 10 year olds. Although Kirstie herself, is all about the design process. ‘It’s probably one of the nicest things that I do professionally. I take small pieces of fabric – flowers, things from Instagram – and transfer them pretty accurately onto fabric. That’s the fun bit. The Top Dog design is literally made up of silhouettes of dogs that I know. I’ve ensured that there’s a dachshund, a border terrier and a whippetlooking dog, just so I can tell my godchildren I’ve made material with their dogs on it.’ It’s no surprise that Kirstie is a godmother, and that she should consider her godchildren when designing, serves to confirm something you already suspect: she is precisely the sort of

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where it fits into their pristine home. But you can mix and match.’ I started making mental notes as she dished out a lightening list of dos and don’ts. Her lesson, interrupted solely by a series of yawns (‘I had both children in my bed last night’), fascinated me to such a degree, I was worried if I appeared too interested she might think I was just using her for my own interiors information (I was). ‘I hate people buying flat-packed furniture,’ she continued. ‘There’s so much second hand stuff out there that’s cheaper and better. If you must buy the other, for God’s sake buy it off eBay. Flat packed furniture loses

godmother you’d want for your children. She’d not only remember birthdays and turn up at concerts, but any monstrosities that happen to find their way onto bedrooms walls would be instantly expelled, however old the godchild. Thinking of my own walls (currently naked) I asked about the latest decorating trends. ‘Interiors these days are so polarised,’ she answered confidently. ‘What worries me is that people don’t seem to see you can merge two different looks. They lose confidence. There’s still a lot of glass, steel and white smooth walls around. And then there is a lot of rural, floral, vintage-inspired stuff. And I think you can mix the two – soften things a bit. Also, not being afraid of older things is important. A lot of people are frightened of things they get left – an ugly old sideboard – and they just can’t see

“I hate people buying flatpacked furniture. The whole thing is a bit of a con” 75 per cent of its value the second you walk out the door. The whole thing is a bit of a con. It’s allegedly cheaper because you go there and you load it into your car. But people aren’t looking round and seeing that actually, you can get a beautiful vast mahogany chest of drawers, paint it white, and have something much nicer than a faux Edwardian chest you’ve had to put together yourself.’ The store she’s not mentioning is IKEA and whilst it has its uses, I agree, providing statement furniture shouldn’t be one of them. In fact it’s rather comforting that Kirstie should still care so much about interiors, for

as house prices rocket out of all affordability, it’s becoming less about where you live and more, what you live in. Even Robbie Williams recently labelled the cost of Chelsea properties ‘astronomical,’ a lament Kirstie echoed when I asked if we should be buying at the moment. ‘In Kensington and Chelsea? You’d be lucky! The change in stamp duty has seemingly had a dramatic impact on our transaction levels, which are falling all the time. This pushes prices up, which in Chelsea are now at an all time high. But a lot of people buying these properties aren’t living in them. Whilst I don’t live in my London home at the weekend, I live there more than I do anywhere else – not just two or three months of the year. Recently a house was sold on our street for a great deal of money, but it’s basically unoccupied.’ She has a point and it’s rather sad to note that some of London’s most exquisite houses are out of reach of those who’d make the most of them. Still, there’s no point dwelling. At times like this, the Allsopp ‘rule of thumb’ is best applied – ‘Buy the best you can afford in the area you most want to live.’ As our interview drew to a close, we strangely ended up chatting about bicycles. ‘I saw someone bike passed me with their child in the basket,’ she said, ‘and I thought “I’m not entirely sure that’s what they’re used for.”’ How apt we should end the conversation where it began – with children. It was then that I came to the irrevocable conclusion, Kirstie Allsopp is neither a Stepford Wife nor the ‘nation’s nanny’ – but I’d happily put her down as Mother of Britain. Kirstie Allsopp’s Little Living Collection is available from Peter Jones, Sloane Square, SW1; johnlewis.com 45

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other to Madonna, granny to Gaga and a name so synonymous with the word ‘icon’, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was part of it. Debbie Harry, lead singer of rock band Blondie, is widely considered the face of the 1970s New–Wave revolution and as for Punk, well, she practically gave birth to it. Indeed it’s entirely appropriate to consider her a ‘matriarch of the music industry’ for she pioneered female liberation like no other before her. ‘Not suppressing’ her sexuality wasn’t enough for Harry. She used it – a performance technique so common these days it’s no wonder we forget where it came from.

Born in Miami in 1945, at just a few months old, Harry was adopted by shop keepers Catherine Harry and Richard Smith and moved to New Jersey. ‘As the first child they had to be really good parents,’ she told Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs in 2011. ‘I don’t think that they really knew jack about the music business... My mother always envisaged me having a life very similar to hers – marriage and family.’ One can’t blame Catherine for not adequately predicting her daughter’s future, for it’s unlikely anyone else would have been able to either. Harry started her music career in the late 60s as a backing vocalist for folk rock band The Wind in the Willows. In 1974 she joined The Stilettos and it was 47

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there that she met her future lover and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein. Splitting from the group, Harry formed Blondie with Stein in 1975, named–so after the catcall truck drivers would often shout at her. Recruiting Clem Burke to drums, Jimmy Destry to keyboard and Gary Valentine to bass, the band enjoyed varying degrees of success in the late 70s. But it wasn’t until they released their third album, Parallel Lines, that they hit the big time. Featuring their first US No. 1, Heart of Glass, Parallel Lines saw Blondie burst from the underground, led almost entirely by their front man – a woman. From there, hit followed hit – Call Me, One Way Or Another – and Harry descended

into the lifestyle of a–typical rockers: sex, drugs and rock n’ roll. ‘I was one of those idiots who thought they were gonna live forever,’ she remembers. After their sixth album, the band split and Harry embarked on a solo career achieving chart success across the world. Reforming again in 1997, Blondie have remained active ever since, releasing their ninth studio album in 2011. Today, at 67, that notorious hair and those prominent cheek bones continue to set her apart. Indeed, Debbie Harry is as ravishing as ever. Which is why it is timely that friend and photographer, Brian Aris, has chosen now to present an exhibition of never before seen shots. Crediting her as

‘the punk princess’ in his diary on the day they first met, Aris photographed Harry throughout her career. The results will be on display at Proud Gallery, Chelsea, from 17th January. Featuring pictures of Harry in her flat in New York, this unique collection captures the raw essence of the woman – her boldness, her playfulness – and stands as a worthy tribute to the life of an icon. But what would Harry make of this attribute? ‘Iconic? I guess so,’ she once said, ‘but it’s impossible to live up to. I’m still sort of a cult figure.’ We won’t disagree with that. Blondie: Photographs by Brian Aris, Proud Chelsea, 17th January – 17th February 2013; proud.co.uk

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ROYAL COURT UP AND COMING 2013: THE LOW ROAD 21 MARCH-27 APRIL SLOANE SQUARE Penned by Bruce Norris, The Low Road tells the tale of a young entrepreneur who is ‘in it to win it.’ But as he’s thrust into the harsh world of capitalism and finance, he quickly discovers where a cut-throat ambition to make money will lead him. Dominic Cooke directs this three part fable. Sloane Square, SW1; 020 7565 5000; royalcourttheatre.com

MILTON JONES ON THE ROAD 19 APRIL HAMMERSMITH APOLLO The King of one-liners, Milton Jones returns to the Hammersmith Apollo with his new Tour On The Road, which features his trademark observations, strange wit and surreal humour. 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6, 020 8563 3800; hammersmithapollo.com

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THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG DECEMBER Peter Jackson really knows how to tantalise his fan base; by splitting The Hobbit into three parts. This will have been a whole year since t he first instalment of The Hobbit and re-watching the Lord of the Rings simply isn’t enough to satisfy that Middle Earth mania.

LONDON MARATHON 21 APRIL FINISH LINE  ST JAMES’S PARK With record-breaking numbers applying each year, the Virgin London Marathon is one of the year’s key charitable events. 35,000 runners are expected to compete this year so get down to the finish line to support the efforts of these very sporting fundraisers. The Mall, SW1; virginlondonmarathon.com

BRITAIN’S GREATEST BATTLES EVENT 20 APRIL NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM An array of esteemed lecturers gather to discuss Britain’s greatest battles. Courage, valour, might and extreme conditions form the criteria for which Britain’s Greatest Battle will be decided. Royal Hospital Road, SW3, 020 7881 6606; nam.ac.uk 52

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ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA 4 JUNE CADOGAN HALL Featuring Mozart, Weber, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, the line up for this performance marries intense emotion with moments of light-hearted wit. Including Weber’s Overture to Euryanthe and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 (Pathétique), Pablo Boggiano conducts soprano Ayako Tanaka in this dramatic programme, highlighting the extraordinary talents of some of the world’s best composers. 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1, 020 7730 4500; cadoganhall.com

THE NORTHERN RENAISSANCE: DÜRER TO HOLBEIN UNTIL 14 APRIL THE QUEEN’S GALLERY, BUCKINGHAM PALACE

Bringing together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the 15th and 16th century, this exhibition includes prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer, mythological paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger, displayed next to the finished oil portraits. Highlights include Portrait of a Man by Hans Memling and Martyrdom of Saint Ursula by an artist of the anonymous Master of the Magdalen Legend circle. Buckingham Palace, SW1, 020 7766 7301; royalcollection.org.uk

BOAT RACE 31 MARCH

Head to the river banks of the Thames to see the 159th Boat Race go by. With Oxford’s 76 wins to Cambridge’s 81, it is set to be a neck and neck battle, not least due to the extraordinary drama which unfolded at last year’s event. Along the River Thames; theboatrace.org

LANA DEL RAY 19-20 MAY HAMMERSMITH APOLLO THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 21-25 MAY THE ROYAL HOSPITAL

Following the extravagant displays on show in 2012, the bar has been raised even higher this year. Book tickets early. Royal Hospital, SW3, 0845 260 5000; rhs.org.uk

Doe-eyed, sultry and 60s inspired, Lana Del Ray brings her soft, ethereal voice to the Hammersmith Apollo for two nights only. After the success of her debut album, Born To Die, Del Ray is hot property. The unique Hammersmith venue is sure to sell out as audiences gather to experience her delicate live performances. 45 Queen Caroline Street, W6, 020 8563 3800; hammersmithapollo.com

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THINK YOURSELF HEALTHY

Grace Belgravia’s natural health expert, acupuncturist and author, Emma Cannon, gives her top 10 tips for healthy thinking Winter is the time of year for quiet reflection and contemplation. A time to get your house in order and to build up your energy reserves for the year ahead. Make sure you don’t over do it. Take it easy and re-coup your energy to emerge in the Spring, a stronger, calmer you.

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Don’t obsess over food. Behind every over or underweight person is an emotional issue crying out to be addressed. If you struggle with food, contact: eating-disorders.org.uk   Practice gratitude – when you feel grateful you attract good things into your life. Set time aside each day to focus on all that is good in your life. Ghandi said ‘We must be the change we wish to see in the world.’  If you see something or someone in need, don’t wait for someone else to help. Be the change yourself – make a difference.

Love is the message. Our true nature is to give love and be loved, and cultivating a loving attitude towards life will have repercussions for those around you. If we all focused on giving and accepting love, it would raise the vibration of the world. Pay attention to the areas of your life that need addressing. If you feel fearful, remember the classic saying: ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’. Vow to value your intuition this year.

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Bodydoctor, Dave Marshall, issues some strict rules for keeping fit...

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ARGETS Be objective and realistic – part of a successful fitness routine is meeting specific targets. Set a date to reach them. RGANISE YOUR TIME Cut down on high-intensity cardio. Instead, focus on a strict resistance training programme along with clean, green nutrition. EALISE POTENTIAL People have a repetition number set in their heads. Remember, what doesn’t challenge you, won’t change you. If you can squeeze out a few more reps, dig deep and do it. Download the free 98 page sample ebook for iPad/ kindle from: bodydoctor.com/epub. Bodydoctor Fitness, The Crypt, St Peter’s Church, 119 Eaton Square, SW1, 020 7235 2211; bodydoctor.com 59

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EAT YOURSELF HEALTHY

Food and health consultant, and practitioner, Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, gives us 10 steps to healthy eating…

In my experience, to be at the top of your game you need to feel great in every way. But how do you achieve a lean, fit, healthy, focused, agile and youthful body instead of one that bloats, sweats, breaks out in spots, or aches all over? These tips will get you in great working order:

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Give yourself a quick detox every morning: first thing, drink a glass of hot water with sliced lemon. Add fresh ginger if you have joint pain or stomach problems, and ¼ tsp turmeric if you have bad skin or inflammatory disorders.

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PICTURE YOURSELF HEALTHY

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COCONUT OIL Use something rich in coconut oil to protect the skin from harsh winds and central heating. It leaves the skin soft, supple and hydrated. It’s especially good for people who suffer from eczema and psoriasis.

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CONDITION I put a few drops of coconut oil into the palm of my hand and rub it into my hair. Then I wrap my head in a towel and go to sleep. It is a Malaysian tradition to deeply condition the hair.

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HEALTH&BEAUTY HYDRAFACIAL AT WATER HOUSE YOUNG

Non surgical facelift is how this treatment is billed... And it does not disappoint. Every skin issue is suitably treated, no blemish left untouched. A special hand piece is the weapon of choice – and a multi-talented weapon at that. Removing impurities in the skin, whilst infusing with super nourishing serums, it provides a brilliant way of making sure the pores soak in the products. A red laser light acts as the final flourish, which aids circulation, reduces redness and irritation, and stimulates collagen and elastin production. Best of all, there’s no pain, just lovely staff and a chair so comfortable one almost falls asleep. The result? Excellent! Glowing! And thoroughly rejuvenating. From £200. 21 Devonshire Street, W1, 020 7486 3849; waterhouseyoung.com

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Juicy tips for new beginnings by beauty expert, Wendy Rowe

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always like to start the New Year with a fresh outlook for exciting times ahead. After one last hurrah on New Year’s Eve, the party season is officially done – it’s time to nourish your body. Organic, cold-pressed juices are a fantastic way to cleanse your system, as the unpasteurised juicing process keeps the natural enzymes, mineral and vitamins in the juice. This pure, raw drink will therefore not only detox your body, it will put the nutrients it needs back into it. It’s the body cleanse that’s got A-list approval too: ‘I always have cold-pressed juices for two weeks before the Victoria’s Secret show. It makes me feel healthy, clean, alert and energetic. I love them and have them a lot when I’m in NYC,’ says supermodel Toni Garrn. Actress Ashley Madekwe loves Plenish Cleanse juice to restore her body: ‘They rebalance your salt and sugar intake, so post-cleanse your body understands when you’re having too much.’ I’m a big foodie and love to eat, so I do find juice cleanses quite hard, mentally, however they are the best way to lose weight quickly whilst boosting your immune system. And after a couple of days you don’t miss food so much, you’ll begin to see results and feel much lighter with more energy. Plenish Cleanse, £240 for 6; plenishcleanse.com. wendyrowe.com; follow Wendy on Twitter! @wendyrowemakeup

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Zap those bags and wrinkles with Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules by Elemis. Made naturally, each contains Moringa Oil, extracted from the Tanzanian ‘Miracle Tree’, which has been used by Africa women for centuries. Containing 1,700 per cent more antioxidant power than any other oil, these capsules help to repair the visible signs of ageing, clearing skin cells and restoring elasticity. £62 for 60 capsules; timetospa.co.uk

STAYING REVIVED

Give your poor winter skin some much needed pampering with newly launched Revive Massage & Body Oil from Aromatherapy Associates. Made with pure coconut, jojoba and peach kernel oils, apply and massage into dry skin daily. £38, 5 Montpelier Street, SW7; aromatherapyassociates.com

Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment, £4.95; pawpawshop.co.uk

Elizabeth Arden, Eight Hour Cream, £25; elizabetharden.com

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, £9.50; kiehls.co.uk

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Sweat and stretch, relax and rejuvenate at Triyoga. With London’s best teachers, it offers classes for all levels, as well as exquisite treatments (ranging from massage to facials), an organic café and a lifestyle shop. Try two weeks of unlimited yoga for just £20. 372 King’s Road, SW3 (at Beaufort Street), 020 7483 3344, triyoga.co.uk

Health & Beauty Get the body you want and deserve

VITA FOR LIFE

Intimate class sizes and time-efficient workouts make this Chelsea fitness hotspot a must for the New Year! With Vita’s unique Reformer Fitness Concentrate, targeted high-intensity low-impact workouts achieve results in as little as six sessions. Try a discounted introduction package and watch the fat melt away! 1a Ives Street, SW3, 020 7584 2822; vitafitforlife.com

JESSICA’S RECIPE BAG

Finding time to shop, plan and cook is stressful for many people – and yet, eating dinner together is a really special time in the day (as well as being much healthier than snacks and takeaways). Jessica’s Recipe Bag delivers the ingredients you need to make delicious meals, using simple but inspiring recipes. Turn dinner into a treat, not a chore. Enter the code “ABSOLUTELY” when ordering to claim 50% off your first bag, 020 3609 8696; jessicasrecipebag.co.uk

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HYPOXI

HYPOXI® provides a highly effective non-invasive, natural targeted fat burning treatment, requiring no pills or lasers. Creating results only comparable to that of surgery (without the pain or need for recovery) HYPOXI® manipulates your body’s natural processes to ensure fat loss in the more difficult areas. It smooths and conditions your skin, boosts blood circulation and is highly effective in cellulite reduction. 3 Farm Lane, SW6, 020 7385 8885; info@hypoxifulham.co.uk

BARRECORE

The barrecore workout is intelligent exercise. Classes are high-energy and low-impact, using the ballet barre to perform small isometric movements with your body weight as resistance. They use high repetition to work the muscles to capacity for a full-body interval training programme, thus effectively, efficiently and safely creating the highly coveted ‘barre body.’ Expect to see results in just 8 to 10 classes. 77 Kings Road, SW3, 020 7349 7500; barrecore.co.uk

BEAUFORTS

Fancy a Brazilian Blow-Dry to start off the year? Or maybe your hair is looking so lacklustre in these dull winter months that hair extensions are the only option. Beauforts Salon on the King’s Road offers all these treatments and more. From manicures and pedicures, follow in the footsteps of celebrity clients, including Adele and Calum Best, and drop in this month to take advantage of their fantastic January offer – 30% off all colour and highlights treatments. 374 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7352 4288; beaufortssalon.co.uk

KINGS ROAD DENTAL CLINIC

Constant exposure to film and TV means people are looking to emulate the stars with a picture-perfect smile and a more youthful appearance. The Harley Street Dental Group is able to give clients what they most want – clean, white, straight teeth and a smoother complexion. Resolved to improve your look in 2013? HSDG has four offers to make you smile: • Straight: 30% off Invisalign • White: 25% off Enlighten • Clean: 25% off Cleaning • Smooth: 25% off Botox, fi llers and hydration Quote ‘Absolutely offer.’ Valid until 28 February 2013. 295 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW3 020 7636 5981 harleystreetdentalgroup.org

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Tone up, slim down

With famous fans like Cheryl Cole, Robbie Williams and Tamzin Outhwaite singing its praises, it’s no wonder why HYPOXI® is building its reputation, as the perfect ‘go to’ treatment for expert body shaping as well as skin firming and conditioning

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YPOXI® is the first training concept to combine alternating high and low pressure with exercise, to help target fat in those troublesome areas which just won’t budge. The simple 30 minute workout is safe, pain free and completely natural – helping your body to tap into stubborn fat stores while you work out. ‘We have clients who have lost up to two clothing sizes in just a matter of weeks,’ says Emma Gabriel from HYPOXI®-Studio Fulham. ‘HYPOXI® enables our clients to re-sculpt their bodies, through targeting specific areas, in a way that cannot be achieved through conventional training and within such a short period of time.’

WHY IT WORKS HYPOXI® is the brainchild of Dr Norbert Egger, an esteemed Austrian sport scientist. Over the course of many years working in the weight loss industry, he noticed that, despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, many men and women still struggled to reduce fat in the problem areas of the stomach, hips, buttocks

and thighs. Knowing that good circulation and exercise are critical to achieving and maintaining weight loss, Egger set about developing the revolutionary training concept that is HYPOXI®. HYPOXI® is the first patented training concept to combine advanced compression technology with exercise to kick start your circulation into those trouble spots. A fast and sustainable weight loss treatment, it has been scientifically proven to be up to three times more effective than regular training for targeted fat loss.

WHY PEOPLE LOVE IT HYPOXI® has gained a real cult following across the globe due to its ability to meet the high demands of men and women looking to burn fat and reduce cellulite, fast. Hailed as the ‘lunch time body shrinker’ by Cosmopolitan magazine, the gentle 30-minute sessions will leave you feeling energised, not exhausted! Perfect for people needing to kick start weight loss or those who exercise regularly but cannot shift fat from problem areas.

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A highly effective non-invasive, natural targeted fat burning treatment, requiring no pills or lasers. HYPOXI® creates results only comparable to that of surgery, but without the pain or need for recovery.

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HYPOXI® manipulates your body’s natural processes, ever so slightly, to ensure fat loss in the more difficult areas. It smooths and conditions your skin, boosts blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, and is highly effective in cellulite reduction.

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HYPOXI®-Studio Fulham 3 Farm Lane, SW6 1PU 0207 385 8885 info@hypoxifulham.co.uk hypoxifulham.co.uk

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INTERIORS THE ALBATROSS WING CHAIR Spend a winter eve with a good tale, curled up on a Soane Albatross Wing Chair. Designed by the furniture and interior designer Lulu Lyttle, it is based on an early Georgian model with very fine lines. Made using traditional upholstery, it’s somewhere you can quietly retire to when needing some home comforts. The version shown is in deep mahogany, tight covered with selfpiping, but an elegant loose cover can be made. 117cm high x 86cm wide x 79cm deep, £4,500.00; soane.co.uk

Interior Inspirations Interior designer, T. Craig, brightens up dark evenings with this selection of winter warmers

YELLOW KHUMBU BLANKET

Bring a touch of colour to a sitting room or bedroom with a yellow knumbu blanket. Designed by the grande dame of refined and timeless interiors, Rose Uniacke, this collection of luxurious cashmere throws are handmade in Nepal and sized to drape elegantly over any king size bed without getting lost in a sea of bed linen. Available in yellow, pale grey, navy and cream. Khumbu Blanket, 220cm x 240cm, £1,100; roseuniacke.com

WALL HANGINGS

Adding warmth to a room via wall hangings is a centuries old tradition which has now been turned on its head. The Rug Company has released a series of stunning modern designs, created by top British designers such as Vivienne Westwood Paul Smith, Suzy Hoodless and Alexander McQueen. Hummingbird Ivory wall hanging by Alexander McQueen for The Rug Company, hand woven cashmere, pashmina and silk, 1.52m x 0.91m, £4,495; therugcompany.com

FLEUR DE LYS ANDIRONS

Add a sculptural element of interest to any fire surround with these stunning and unusual brass and polished steel fire dogs. 58.3cm high x 48cm wide x 60.5cm deep, £1,250 ; jamblimited.com

TINO ZERVUDACHI: A PORTFOLIO Be inspired by the internationally acclaimed wunderkind, Tino Zervudachi. Partner in the foremost British interior design house, Mlinaric, Henry and Zervudachi, Zervudachi demonstrates what is needed to create an interior that encompasses the key composites of form and function, hand-in-hand with comfort and elegance. Authored by Nastasha Fraser-Cavassoni, this inspiring book follows the cosmopolitan growth and artistic honing of a truly outstanding individual. Tino Zervudachi: A Portfolio, by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni (published by Rizzoli), £50; pottertonbookslondon.co.uk

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Cushions made using a geometric fabric add personality and colour to a scheme. This canework design has been enlarged to modern scale for this new softly shimmering fabric. The motif has a raised, textured look, created by the use of ‘shrink’ yarns on its reverse side. This gives the fabric dimension without sacrificing the soft appearance. Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon, Silk Fret £230.80 per metre; turnellandgigon.com

This crisp geometric design of concentric diamonds is derived from the Schumacher fabric of the same name and is originally based on a traditional Moroccan fretwork pattern. Schumacher at Turnell & Gigon, Soho Diamond £75.80 per single roll (4.5 m x 67.5cm); turnellandgigon.com

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Pretty and feminine, these glasses help balance out the bold geometric chair patterning. It’s advisable to keep glassware simple when using an overload of colour to dress a dining table. Sara Wine Goblet, £6.99; zarahome.com

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ASTER WALL LIGHT

The contemporary colour palette used for this unique Aster wall light brightens up dark spaces without overbearing them. Collection III, £1,750; helengreendesign.com

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hen does a soldier decide to change his career to that of a landscape garden designer? On the front line, during training, over a period of leave? That was the question at the forefront of my mind as I headed to Fulham to interview garden designer du jour, Marcus Barnett. ‘It was nothing dramatic or impressive,’ he told me after a very fi rm handshake. ‘It just dawned on me that I wanted to build gardens. I actually tried to ignore the idea. But I never imagined a lifelong career in the military.’ After completing RMA Sandhurst in 1991, Barnett served seven years in the Scots Guards where he undertook a series of commands and military appointments. In 2003, he enrolled in the Inchbald School of design – completing the course in 2004. Talent and determination propelled his career forward, and in 2005 he exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show. It was there that Savills spotted his talent and subsequently offered him sponsorship in 2006 and 2007. In 2011, he beat six other designers to win further sponsorship from The Times (in association with The Royal Botanic Garden)

and his garden was relocated to Kew, following the show. Today, he has 25 projects on the go. It sounds like rather a hefty workload, but with a background in organisation and strategy, he is more than qualified to manage it. Luckily most of it is based in London, although his reputation is such, his client list is now stretching overseas. Instantly intrigued, I quiz him on his ‘foreign clients’ hoping for an impressive list of the world’s highest fl iers. Quite why I thought I’d be able to lure into indiscretion, a man schooled at the foremost military training ground in the world, I’ve no idea. Safe to say, I didn’t succeed. He did tell me however, that projects in the pipeline include a park in Central London (an infuriating response – which park?), a ‘glaringly modern’ villa that needs revamping in the South of France, an ‘obscenely modern’ project in Nigeria, and a large-scale landscape in a ‘Type A’ suburb in Taiwan. So, France, Nigeria and Taiwan. Not what I’d call similar terrain. I wonder where he gets his inspiration from. ‘I’ve definitely got a natural tendency to draw on traditional English design,’ he says. ‘I’d say

my style is suitably modern. But all my designs are created to last – they have longevity.’ I revert back to his clients and ask if there are any specific ‘types’ he prefers to work with. ‘My ideal projects,’ he responds tactfully, ‘are those where the client isn’t afraid to embrace a modern style. It’s exciting to be free and adventurous with materials, shapes, forms and ideas.’ His eyes are sparkling now and it’s clear to me that he is somebody who is doing exactly what they were born to do. Though I couldn’t help but wonder if perhaps there might be another obscure career-change in store, like piloting perhaps? He laughs. ‘My aim is to have a legacy. To create something that people can enjoy and that won’t come into its own for 200 years. I want to plant trees and build for the future generation.’ He makes it all sound so simple. There must be a downside – otherwise, we’d all do it. ‘YES!’ he exclaims, ‘it’s very stressful. When undertaking personal projects, you’re dealing with someone’s home so naturally they’re passionate about it. I can work with them for four years – that’s a long time. There can be 79

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rainy months, which makes building and planting difficult. Of course there have been disasters...’ I think about his own garden, and wonder if in spending so much time and effort on other peoples, whether that might be considered a bit of a disaster. But en contraire. Th e Times have recently exhibited the results of his two month garden redesign. It now boasts a Wendy House, lots of new trees, shrubs, and even a garden shed. It does sort of beg the question, does the man ever relax? Thankfully the answer is yes. In fact, he is shortly to embark on a family holiday to Morocco. ‘It will be peppered with work,’ he warns, but assures me he will defi nitely take time out to enjoy it and also partake in another of his great passions – kite surfi ng. ‘Kite surfi ng!’ I shriek. ‘With the whole family?!’ ‘My children don’t kite surf yet,’ he chuckles, ‘but they will... they don’t have a choice!’ With that, our 30 minutes are up. As I walk back down the King’s Road, I think about the conversation I have just had and the extraordinary man I have just met. Marcus Barnett is clearly someone who enjoys freedom. Freedom to do what he loves – garden design. He is adamant, however, that the success of his business lies in his team; skilled workers with whom he has a great relationship. But I think it’s his passion for the business that propels it forward. It couldn’t survive without it. After all, anyone can plant a seed – but it takes care, patience and passion, for a garden really to grow. 80

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Don’t miss out on truly special moments at Maroush… Need a moment for relaxa- Looking to spend quality time Is there a party spirit in you? Or is it the time for a bit of tion during a hectic shop- with friends and family? adventure and exploration? Then make Maroush II on Beauping trip in Knightsbridge Come and enjoy a fine dining ex- champ Place your post-clubbing Yes, you can have it at Maroush or Kensington? Take a break and pop into your nearest Ranoush branch. Relax and savour our traditional favourites: Mezze, Shawarma baked dishes and sweets, and your choice of freshly squeezed juice cocktails or wine to complement your meal. If you’re in Mayfair or on Oxford Street, Maroush V on Vere Street (near Bond Street) is within walking distance offering the same fresh fare.

perience at the classy and modern Maroush V where you’ll be treated to authentic Lebanese food cooked to perfection using only the best quality natural ingredients. The ground floor is energetic and buzzy, and the basement is particularly lively at night, when live music and belly dancing pick things up. The mezzanine is the perfect date spot, quieter and more intimate.

destination! Believe it or not, you’ll find it packed at 3 AM! So come by and see and be seen at the celebrity hotspot that Maroush II is… and just to make sure that you don’t miss out on your favourite Shawarma or Shish Taouk sandwich, we’re open until 5 AM! If the West End is where you find yourself, Maroush V is also open until 5 AM (Th-Sat, 2 AM on other days) for your after dance and party meal!

Bakehouse! With three branches now open in Earl’s Court, Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner, and a fourth opening soon near Marble Arch, that is where East meets West! Combining the best of Mediterranean dishes with freshly baked artisan and Lebanese breads, you’ll enjoy magical treats that satisfy even the most discerning of food lovers. Make Maroush Bakehouse the source of your daily bread as well!

Because these are YOUR moments, make them forever memorable at Maroush!

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Quality Two Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing talks to Nancy Alsop about keeping his head in the kitchen – and stealing his children’s sweets

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Did you always want to be a chef? From the age of about 14, yes. I followed my brother into catering and went to catering college straight after leaving school. Prior to that I thought I would go into the family fruit and vegetable business. Who are your culinary heroes? I am probably a little bit old for heroes but I have huge respect for Guy Savoy, Nobu Matsuhisa, Daniel Boulud, Danny Meyer, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King. What was the meal that changed your life and why? It was the Chinese meal that Mum and Dad took me to on my 18th birthday. It made me realise that I needed to go to London to learn to cook properly. What’s been your proudest moment? My children give me lots of proud moments. Last summer my eldest son was awarded the sports prize for his year group. My other son has just been selected to swim backstroke, he is so delighted that I cannot help but be proud of him. However, personally I think being given the opportunity by the

Maybourne Hotel Group to work with them and open a restaurant in my own name was great and something I will always be proud of. You and your team just won an Acorn Award – what did that mean to you? Well, Dimitri Bellos our restaurant manager received an Acorn this year. I am very proud of his achievements; he started with us as a commis waiter and has moved through the ranks. Chantelle Nicholson received an Acorn a couple of years ago; she is now the general manager at The Gilbert Scott. The success of both restaurants is down to the hard work and passion of the dedicated teams in each site. When individuals are recognised by their peers it is a huge boost for them and for me as an employer. I could not do it without them. What are your current favourite dishes at Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley? It’s a difficult choice – like asking me to choose my favourite child! The dishes would not be on the menu if I didn’t like them. However, I know the haunch of

venison that we serve on our lunch menu is very popular with our guests. What are your top three ingredients? Salt, sugar, vinegar. Without them many dishes would be flavourless. Ultimately I like most ingredients and the challenge is to make something tasty. What’s the best culinary advice you’ve ever been given? Chef and friend David Nicholls, who founded the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation on behalf of his son, once offered me some very sound advice. I use it time and time again: ‘Don’t make important decisions on emotions. Sleep on it. You will wake with a different opinion in the morning and make a more considered decision.’ Where do you eat out in London when you’re not working? I like to try everywhere and there are so many new places at the moment. I recently enjoyed an evening at 34 and Delaunay remains a favourite but equally I would return to Ducasse at the Dorchester for a special meal or go to Goodmans for a steak.

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What do you like to knock up for a quick supper? I don’t tend to cook quick suppers as I am normally at work. Risotto is a favourite or a dish that can be used to empty the fridge – bolognese is a good one. What’s your guilty food pleasure? Chocolate biscuits and cake (and the kids’ trick or treat sweets. They now hide them). How do you like to relax? I like to watch sport on TV, such as football and boxing which is always relaxing. Equally I love exercise; it gives me time to think and makes me feel healthy. I recently broke a bone in my foot after competing in a charity boxing match ‘Rumble in the Kitchen’. Seven weeks later I am now finally managing some exercise again and I have really missed it. What are your future plans? To expand the company using loyal talent grown from within. Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1, 020 7235 1200; marcus-wareing.com

COFFEE CHOCOLATE MOUSSE 100g 70% chocolate 100g egg yolks 120g sugar syrup 175g semi-whipped whipping cream 2x shots of espresso, cold 1x tsp ground coffee

Ingredients:

MASCARPONE CREAM 500g Mascarpone 200g semi-whipped whipping cream 150g egg yolks 150g masala 2x gelatine leaves

Ingredients:

SABLE BRETON 500g butter 450g demerara sugar 160g egg yolks 675g flour 10g salt 45g baking powder

Instructions:

• Using the yolks and sugar cooked to 121°C, make a sabayon. • Scale off 90g and fold into the warm chocolate. Make sure it’s free from ‘particles.’ • Once the mix is cold and fluffy, pour in the cold coffee and add the ground coffee. • Gently fold in the cream, make smooth,

but being careful not to over work the mousse. Ensure the mousse is strong enough in coffee or and add more coffee if necessary. • Whisk the yolks with sugar until they are light and fluffy. • Fold through mascarpone then the cream. • Warm the masala and add bloomed gelatine before straining. • Fold through mix until smooth. • Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. • Slowly incorporate the yolks. • Add the flour, salt and baking powder and mix well until completely smooth. • Cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for at least an hour before use.

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Roll the sable out. Bake at 170°C until golden Cut out into 7.5cm discs and leave to cool Using a cutter as a mould, place back over the sable and pipe the chocolate mousse around the inner rim, with the tiane mould in the centre keeping a clear hole. Allow to set. • On top of the mousse, pipe the mascarpone cream (still with the mould in the middle). Allow to set. • Once firm remove the two moulds and spray with part 61% chocolate to part cocoa butter; freeze. • For service allow the rings to come up to fridge temperature and finish with grated 70% chocolate. 85

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Restaurant REVIEW

Edwina Langley takes a culinary journey down the Kings Road to discover wet walnuts and a fondu of leeks

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he entrance to Medlar on the King’s Road is so discreet, I walked straight passed it. The unassuming grey-fronted restaurant, characterised by the spindly green Medlar name, blends in almost too well to its surroundings, you are in danger of confusing it with an upmarket antiques shop. In the midst of a rainstorm, I arrived for dinner. Swimming through the door, a legion of staff stood ready to take my coat – mercifully unfazed by the jumpers, scarves and bags that accompanied it. I walked into the restaurant and what first struck me was how small it seemed – and by small, I mean close – when in fact, as I think back to it now, it probably wasn’t that small at all. The dining area was set up mainly in tables of two, which suggested its intimate feel was not accidental. We sat down and were instantly introduced to our waiter who looked after us throughout the night. Opting for sommelier assistance, we started off with a deliciously crisp glass of champagne – precisely what was in order after my swimming gala. I opted for the venison tartare to start, mainly because I was excited by the idea of polenta chips. It arrived, a perfect crown of ruby flesh, scattered decoratively with pickled

mushrooms and those ‘chefy’ herbs, made to look slapdash on the plate but had most likely been placed there with tweezers. It was so good, I practically ate my fork. My dining partner opted for the crab raviolo, which she said was delicious and properly satisfied her curiosity as to what a ‘fondu of leeks’ would taste like: ‘scrumptiously leeky’, apparently. Her one complaint was that salt and pepper weren’t on the table, and when we asked for it, it was taken-away half way through the main course. My food was seasoned perfectly, but ‘everyone has different tastes,’ she reminded me, which I suppose is a fair observation. At around this point our sommelier returned to check we had enjoyed his wine choices. We had done, very much, though our appreciation wasn’t entirely enough to prevent a fit of giggles when we learned the wine I had been drinking was unfairly titled ‘Bolyki.’ Our main courses arrived as resplendent as that which had gone before. I chose the gnocchi of cavolo nero and reblochon because it contained ‘wet walnuts,’ and wasn’t that just a bit intriguing? I don’t know what I was expecting but what I got looked like an edible meadow. Brilliant green in colour, each gnocchi had been drizzled with melted

reblochon, making what could have been rich and heavy, light and incredibly moreish. The walnuts were not, in fact, wet but dry, which added crunch to an otherwise softly textured dish. My friend had the duck, which I tried and can verify was the perfect pinkness, perfect plumpness, perfect everything. After that mountain of food we couldn’t possibly eat another mouthful – so naturally ordered the tarte tatine for two and polished off the lot. I am not a pudding person but what the chefs at Medlar infused into that sticky, sweet, apple pastry of joy is something worthy of the word ‘heavenly.’ We had arrived at 7:30pm and were still in our seats chatting at 11pm – a miracle since the norm these days is for waiters to breathe down your neck, as if willing you to stuff your face and get out. At Medlar, they filled up our water glasses and left us to it. ‘As good as it gets,’ said Jay Rayner. ‘The best value anywhere in Chelsea,’ said A. A. Gill. With its shiny new Michelin star, I say there’s just no meddling with Medlar – it really is that good. 438 King’s Road, SW10, 020 7349 1900; medlarrestaurant.co.uk

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FOR YOUR AMUSEMENT

It saddens us to think that in this month of abstinence we might have to steer clear of champagne bars like Amuse Bouche. Following its refurbishment however, the opening of Claude’s Kitchen – a delightful English establishment using line-caught sardines from ‘little boats’ off the Cornish coast and free range, organic, rolled and stuffed pork belly (YUM) – means we can enter-in guilt free, safe in the knowledge we are only grabbing a bite to eat. Now, how to avoid that bar? A blindfold? 51 Parsons Green Lane, SW6; amusebouchelondon.com

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If you fancy a break from Gstaad, Val d’Isere and St. Moritz this year, you won’t find better than The Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina. Nestled discreetly in a small traditional Ladin Village in the Italian Dolomites, this 5* hotel has been owned by the Pizzinini family since the 1930s. With a double Michelin-starred restaurant, St. Hubertus, and an award winning spa, a stay here offers its guests VIP treatment. Just don’t enjoy spa-ing too much, as you may not make it out to the slopes. From €395 (£321) per night, includes breakfast and service; rosalpina.it

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

Whilst it’s painful to leave the children at home when we go on holiday, sometimes it’s a bit painful taking them with us as well. One can feel more exhausted coming back than one did when one left. Nanny Too, a new luxury nanny-hire service created by travel company Tots Too, seems to hold the answer. Introducing families to hotels with trusted, professional nannies available to hire, Nanny Too allows you to enjoy a couple of hours a day – or however long – childcare-free. So now you can get that suntan you dreamt of when you booked your dream break in the first place. Bliss! At Tots Too Partner Hotels in Crete, Mauritius, Portugal and The Maldives; totstoo.com

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IN THE LAND OF OLIVES AND ORANGES

Amidst a veritable forest of olive trees and orange groves in the Sierra Morena Mountains, sits Trasierra, a 16th century house which has been restored into a boutique hotel. Just an hour away from Seville, Trasierra has a quaint village feel; each of the buildings are connected by cobbled paths. Founder Charlotte Scott has ensured its quintessential Spanish design has the air of an old English country house. The food on offer includes veg grown from the back garden and their newest venture, the Hill Yoga weekends (next one scheduled for May), means it’s a haven for those after a more spiritual retreat as well. Bryan Ferry sings its praises. Rooms start from €330 (£269) per night for a suite in high season; trasierra.eu 91

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The hotel

Devilish to find though it may be, visitors to Maison Talbooth quickly swap exasperation for delight as they note with relief upon arrival that this place is well worth any battle with the satnav. Something of a trailblazer, the hotel opened 40 years ago to much fanfare on account of having been one of the first truly boutique offerings in the country – and happily its reputation has never dwindled. Cosy flagstone floors throughout, comfortable yet grand reception rooms and exceptionally warm hospitality make Maison Talbooth an utter joy. Staff will happily run guests down to the nearby town of Dedham Vale, which is not only all Georgian elegance itself, but is also the gateway to Constable country walks along the River Stour to Flatford Mill.

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The bedrooms

Each is named is named after a literary leviathian (Browning, Wordsworth, Kipling, Shakespeare etc), and so duly we settle in to Shelley, whose elegant windows, chandelier and beautifully comfortable bed make it a sublime melange of the grand and the cosy. There are, of course, anthologies of the great man’s poetry lying about to further inspire.

Get there

Greater Anglia operates a regular service from London Liverpool Street to Manningtree, from where a taxi takes roughly ten minutes.

The bathroom

Equal in size to the bedroom – which is saying something – its vast proportions accommodate an enormous bath/Jacuzzi slap-bang in the middle of the room, as well as an excellent power shower. There’s an abundance of fluffy white towels and robes, as you would expect in a place this dedicated to luxury.

Price tag

Doubles from £245 per double, based on double occupancy unless otherwise stated, including VAT and full English breakfast. milsomhotels.com

The spa is a source of great pride at La Maison Talbooth – and it’s easy to see why. Situated in the Pool House, the expert therapists use Dermalogica products and a soothing manner to ensure you spend a pleasingly soporific time here. For those hardier than we were, the outdoor pool is worth a plunge – but is perhaps most inviting during the warmer months.

The restaurant

Le Talbooth – just a short drive from the main hotel, which the staff are happy to drop off and collect from – is a grand timber-framed building where the excellence of the riverside setting is matched by the menu. Championing Anglo-French cuisine, which includes such dishes as Colchester crab ravioli and cumin roasted scallops to start and breast of Creedy Carver duck to follow, local provenance is essential here. There’s an excellent list of both old and new world wines at prices for all pockets. Meanwhile, try the avocado and chilli and rye bread at breakfast (served in the main hotel); it has a sublime kick and is just the thing to start the day. It is little surprise then that it should be so covered in awards and accolades, including the 2002 Conde Nast Johansen Guide Award for Restaurant of the Year.

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TSCHUGGEN GRAND HOTEL, AROSA

Otto Herwig came to Arosa in 1883. He was recovering from a lung condition and he needed clean mountain air to recuperate. It must have worked because he set up the Berghilf Sanatorium for lung patients in 1892. And so Arosa became primarily a place for bronchial sufferers until the winter season of 1929/1930, when it transformed into the Tschuggen Grand Hotel. Now, apart from Mario Botta’s new 43,000 sq/ft spa, the peace and quiet and fresh air of the little mountain-top village has hardly changed. The hotel lies at the top of a winding road and, when it finally comes into view, it’s like some secret place surrounded by pine trees that’s just sitting in the side of a mountain, waiting to be discovered by errant travellers. As well as taking on Mario Botta’s architectural vision, Carlo Rampazzi has recently been entrusted as designer of the rooms and, my word, it feels like you’re in an artist’s vivid dream. Huge, taller-than-needed headboards with individually decorated squares, colourful-patterned ceilings, high-back chairs and, in the south-facing rooms, just the panoramic gloriousness of the Alps. With 400 sq/ft to walk around in the smallest room, space isn’t exactly lacking, and the adjoining bathroom with marble-covered surfaces and heated floor is amazing. The spa triumphs: hot and cold pools, 12 treatment rooms, Swedish and Turkish saunas, a Jacuzzi… any sore joints after a hard day’s skiing will be well and truly loosened up. To add to this, the newly-built Tschuggen Express takes 12 people straight from the hotel onto the mountain in two and half minutes. The amount of times mornings have turned into mayhem with the disorganisation of assembling skis and heading to the chair lifts – that hassle is, thankfully, completely gone. Doubles available from £390 per night. For further information and bookings visit tschuggen.ch or call +41 81378 9999. Easy Jet flies to Zurich from London Gatwick. Flight prices start from £35.99 per person.Visit easyJet.com to book. The Swiss Travel System provides a dedicated range of travel passes and tickets for visitors from abroad. The Swiss Transfer Ticket covers a round-trip between the airport/Swiss border and your destination. Prices start at £85. 00800 100 200 30 or visit swisstravelsystem.co.uk 95

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CHALET EDELWEISS, COURCHEVEL

Walking into Courchevel’s Chalet Edelweiss, you are struck immediately by its most unique draw: at once you are in, without question, the most luxurious chalet in this exclusive location, but equally, what overwhelms you is a comforting sense of warmth and intimacy. A newly built, 3000sq/m model of Alpine perfection located directly on the Bellecote piste, the chalet’s interior is a lesson in timeless elegance and envelops you in a homely world of sumptuous furnishings in hues of biscuit and cream that contrast beautifully with its unsurpassable collection of contemporary art; you’ll question whether the guarding presence at the door of the indoor pool and spa area really can be a Dali: it can. Spoilt as you are inside the chalet, which unwinds seven floors upwards around a magnificent spiral stairway, one gaze out at the breathtaking panoramic views is sure to jolt your memory as to why you’re actually there – the skiing. Incorporating a 50sq/m ski-room complete with instructors on hand, Edelweiss has ski-in ski-out access, so you can be kitted out and on the piste within minutes exploring the Trios Valleys, the largest ski area in the world. And off the piste? Your wish is the chalet’s command. A recommended course of action would be to indulge your weary limbs on the spa floor, relaxing in the Hammam and sauna, or allowing the dedicated massage therapist to work out the stresses of the day before retiring to your palatial en-suite to glam up and emerge reenergized and ready for a glass of champagne or two at the chalet’s in-house nightclub. Always on hand to top up your glass, the staff display a marriage of attentiveness and discretion; ready when you need them and invisible when you don’t. A 7-night stay at Chalet Edelweiss, Courchevel 1850, starts from £9,950 per person (based on 16 sharing) including daily cleaning, chef and butler (courchevelprestigechalets.com). We travelled as guests of Summit Retreats (summitretreats.com) and Easyjet (easyjet.com) in association with Courchevel Tourism (courchevel.com). Easyjet offers daily flights from London Gatwick & London Southend to Geneva from £50. Morton’s 2&8 Club hosts the nightclub at Chalet Edelweiss; call 020 7499 0363 or visit mortonsclub.com.

BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL, ST. MORITZ

Overlooking the serene St Moritz lake, Badrutt’s Palace is perfectly located to enjoy the vistas – and facilities – of the surrounding Engadin Valley. This Swiss ski haven was, at one time, just a summer retreat. In the 1860s, no-one wanted to brave the St Moritz winter, so Caspar Badrutt made a bet with five rich Englishmen that if they stayed for the winter and didn’t enjoy themselves, he would foot the bill. If they enjoyed themselves, however, they would pay and spread the word. Needless to say, Badrutt won the bet and word did indeed spread. Fast. The only difference now being that Badrutt’s Palace has kept advancing with the times, yet maintains its historic foundations. Despite its size and hints of its lavish past, there is no sense of vulgarity. It’s just pure beauty. badruttspalace.com

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Sea of dreams

Family holidays needn’t be chaotic. Pendle Harte enjoys a relaxing stay at Corfu’s Marbella Beach Hotel, where everything is, mercifully, easy

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ravelling to Greece when the headlines scream doom and gloom doesn’t feel quite right. Or does it? Are we supporting a dying economy with our imported pounds or exploiting a disastrous situation? What about rioting and will people resent us? We weren’t sure. The travel industry assures us that it’s fine, safe and a good idea to visit Greece. And anyway, it seems that there’s Greece, and there’s Corfu. In Corfu, it’s business as usual, from the bustling airport to the tourist trail. Corfu is a place that relies so heavily on tourism that there’s little industry here that’s not fuelled by it in some way, from big hotels to shops selling snorkels and lilos, and if we all stayed away there would be no economy at all. The same applies to most of the islands and much of the mainland too, thanks to its beautiful, craggy coastline, sunny climate and decades of tourist-friendly development.

Marbella Beach is one of the island’s finest hotels (the confusing name refers to its beautiful beach, not the entirely unrelated Spanish resort) and it’s a large, hilltop structure, spread over an irregularshaped site, an easy half-hour taxi ride from Corfu’s airport. While we are in the taxi, my phone rings. ‘Ms Harte? I’m afraid you’re going to miss dinner, but would you like us to set something up in your room for you? Do the children have any preferences?’ Someone at reception has clearly been reading my mind. The children haven’t eaten and it is getting late. This feels like a good start to a week that’s designed to be undemanding and indulgent. We arrive in our deluxe family suite to find, as promised, a meal laid out for four, complete with – oh joy – a bottle of wine, plus mini desserts for the children. Switching off the extreme air-conditioning and opening the (two) balcony doors, we

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acclimatise to the fiercely warm evening air and wonder what the view will hold when the sun rises. Though not huge, our accommodation is cleverly designed for a family of four: there’s a children’s bedroom with its own bathroom, a living area with a sofa and outsize television, plus a main bedroom with a second outsize television (our girls are very impressed with this – two televisions!) and a decadent-sized bathroom. When the sun does rise, it reveals spectacular views from both balconies. We can look down over the hotel’s manicured gardens to the beach and along the luscious coastline. And because of the angle of the rooms, and the lack of internal doors, we can see the sea from anywhere in the suite, including the bathroom. It’s a well-equipped arrangement; we have an espresso machine, a constantly refilled fruit bowl, a mass of toiletries, an extravagance of towels and a well-stocked mini bar.

You can hire a car and tour the island easily from Marbella Beach, and a day in Corfu Town is definitely not to be missed, but if you’re here for a week as a family there’s ample amusement to be had without leaving the hotel. There are five swimming pools for a start, and access to the beach (clear water and good snorkelling) is down some rocky steps. We spend the week wafting from meal to meal via the pools, the beach and our balcony, with a few visits to the gym and some of the planned activities – we avoid pool aerobics (too comical) but enjoy archery, while our daughters (age six and three) love the daily mini club, run by the energetic and lovely Steffi, who takes everybody’s children off their hands for a very welcome two hours every afternoon. You can never be hungry at Marbella Beach. Mealtimes comprise an allencompassing spread and the buffet offers a schizophrenic abundance of international favourites in a dining room that overlooks the sea. For children, it’s heaven. Left to their own devices they can have coco pops and pain au chocolat for breakfast, followed by spaghetti and chips for lunch and dinner. For us, ultimately, the most delicious things were the simplest and most local – yoghurt

and honey, for instance, and tomatoes and feta. Every evening brings entertainment that ranges from the bizarre but more hilarious than you’d expect (an Eastern European Beatles tribute band) to the fun for all the family (fire-eaters on the beach). If you wanted to eat out every night, you’d have to hire a car since there’s nowhere really to walk to, but this is a family holiday and it’s hugely convenient to stay put. Moreover there’s a kids disco every single evening and who could bear to miss that? With its beautifully kept grounds and spacious feel, Marbella Beach offers proper relaxation. It may be large, but it doesn’t feel crowded; it may be family-oriented but it’s not full of screaming brats. It retains a calm, almost otherworldly feel, while catering quietly to your every need.

If you’re here for a week as a family, there’s ample amusement to be had without leaving the hotel

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REDCLIFFE SQUARE, CHELSEA, SW10 A characterful and spacious apartment situated close to the amenities of Earls Court. The accommodation comprises an impressive entrance hall/dining area with high ceilings, large reception room, eat-in kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

ÂŁ1,250,000 Share of freehold

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Gloucester Road SW7 ÂŁ3,500,000 A unique opportunity to acquire this striking and beautifully refurbished Victorian terraced house with a large west facing garden. Occupying over 2,000 sqft, this generously proportioned Grade II listed home has recently been completely refurbished and now comprises two reception rooms, a separate kitchen, a superb patio garden, four double bedrooms, two bathrooms and a roof terrace. The property is situated at the northern end of Gloucester Road, opposite Kensington Gate. Freehold.

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Sailmakers Court SW6 £1,995,000 This superb penthouse apartment is presented in exceptional condition throughout with incredible views of the River Thames. The accommodation includes a breathtaking reception room with a conservatory area over looking the river, a large eat-in Bellini kitchen, a master bedroom with en suite shower room that occupies the upper floor, three further double bedrooms all with en suite bathrooms and a further WC. The apartment also features underfloor heating and secure off-street parking. Leasehold. Sole Agents.

FULHAM: 020 7736 9822 sales.ful@marshandparsons.co.uk

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PROPERTY NEWS

STAND AND DELIVER

ED MEAD, DOUGLAS & GORDON I’m glad that Christmas has given me time to read the bumpf from the recent Autumn statement. Bottom line is that if you’re going to have to pay the Annual Levy you have a problem. Your choice will be to stay and pay a large annual charge plus tax on any gain after April 2013, or, if you unwrap your property into your own name you may be left with a huge IHT liability. I suppose HMRC is telling you to effectively make sure you don’t die in your own house. Lovely. Still, pensions are the next big worry. Bank of mum and dad will need to buy to let properties themselves rather than helping their kids. Watch this space. emead@douglasandgordon.co.uk

Douglas & Gordon, leading London estate agents, once again took to the streets on one of the coldest days in December for the third annual D&G Charity Day in aid of the children’s charity Kids Company. Over 350 removal boxes were filled across the company’s 19 offices, weighing over 6.5 tonnes, to create Christmas hampers for London’s most vulnerable children. This years master removers Anthony Ward Thomas supported the charity day by providing lorries, removal men and boxes for the day to help transport donations from the D&G offices to the Kids Company Headquarters in Blackfriars. The day was also supported by The Keyholding Co who helped collect donations across their network. The items, ranging from packets of pasta to luxury boxes of chocolates, were packed into thousands of individual hampers by Douglas & Gordon staff, ready to be handed out at

Christmas to the 17,000 children that are looked after by Kids Company. As well as food and 750 toys, Douglas & Gordon collected over £10,000 from generous donors within Douglas & Gordon territory. Ivor Dickinson, managing director of Douglas & Gordon said: ‘Once again we have been amazed by the generosity of homeowners and businesses within D&G land. In previous years we have collected over 8.5 tonnes, but considering the recession, it is no surprise that the total donations weighed in at 6.5 tonnes. We are we are still astonished by the amount received which will create hampers for thousands of Kids Company families most in need over Christmas. We would like to thank everyone who has generously donated to this worthwhile cause. For further information please contact Ivor Dickinson, managing director at Douglas & Gordon, on 020 7963 4600

NEW OFFICE LAUNCH

Marsh & Parsons is proud to announce the opening of their 17th office, in the heart of South Kensington. Situated on Harrington Road, the space has undergone a £350,000 refurbishment, will boast a hightech media wall and will be managed by Associate Director and sales manager, William Hughes-Ward, who has 12 years experience working in the prime central London property market. To celebrate its opening, Marsh & Parsons will be offering the first 100 customers in the new South Kensington office a 0% sales fee in the first three months, with the offer lasting until March 29th. This is a reduction from the standard commission of 2.5%, and will save customers in the area an average of around £27,355 per sale. Marsh & Parsons on 020 7368 4458

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A LOST HOUR...

Would be spent at Tate Britain. The gallery holds the largest collection of British art in the world and its permanent collection boasts works from Tracey Emin, Sam Taylor-Wood and Turner.

THE MOST FABULOUS COCKTAIL IS...

Delcias de Portugal, Warwick Way. Head to this unassuming Portuguese delicatessen for the best wine on offer in the area. The staff are charming, knowledgeable and will help you choose the perfect bottle, for any occasion or budget.

Reunion. Set in the luxurious Grosvenor Hotel this chic and intimate bar offers a devilishly tempting array of champagne and cocktails. My favourite is still the Lychee & Elderflower Collins.

BEST KEPT SECRET

SW1

FAVOURTIE RESTAURANT...

ENGEL & VÖLKERS GO RUSSIAN STANDARD

Engel & Völkers in Chelsea are holding a number of networking events, representing the 36 countries their offices are located in globally and last month was centred around Russia. A hand-picked guestlist of those in the Russian community were treated to Russian Standard vodka with expert cocktails from Cassis, Knightsbridge and got to see the best properties on offer in Russia and London. Contact them for information on other networking parties planned for 2013. Engel & Volkers, 020 7584 1100

Retromania, Upper Tachbrook Street. A wonderful vintage shop around the corner from Victoria Station. The place is a treasure trove and you will be sure to walk out with a bargain.

MOST FABULOUS PROPERTY... STYLISH BOUTIQUE

Our hot property of the month is a fantastic interior-designed loft-style two bedroom apartment on Howick Place. It has a fabulous reception room with exposed features and is furnished to the highest standard. A true rarity on the rental market.

The Cinnamon club, in the stunning Grade II listed former Westminster Library. It offers exceptional Indian cuisine and is popular with local Members of Parliament.

CAROLINE HAWKINGS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL 020 7717 5162

RUTH BLOOMFIELD The residents of Chelsea were given a little pre-Christmas gift by the Government when controversial plans for a socalled Mansion Tax on properties worth £2m or more were ditched by Chancellor George Osborne. Estate agents from Flood Walk to Danvers Street breathed a collective sigh of relief at the news, but where does the status quo really leave us? One thing is certain. Prices in the area remain astronomically high. The Candy Brothers recently spent £75m on Gordon House, which lies within the grounds of the Royal Hospital, fighting off competition from Roman Abramovich, and which they plan to double in size and sell for an estimated £150m+ Pity poor old Robbie Williams, a mere international pop star who has been house hunting locally and is finding the “astronomical” prices” frightening - even though he’s worth £100m. “I don’t know how anybody can afford to live in London full stop,” he said. However, according to forecasts by Savills estate agents, the wild growth in prime central London will settle this year/2013 with the market stagnating and no above-inflationary price increases expected until at least 2015. So bad luck to those who enjoy calculating the paper profit their properties are earning, but good news for those not keen on living in a ghetto of absentee oligarchs, where the local pub has been closed down to make way for another McMansion. Consider the cautionary tale of how Hampstead mutated between the 1970s and today: once a quirky urban village where millionaires and artists rubbed shoulders and everybody used the local, independent shops. Now this pretty suburb is a tourist attraction stuffed with chain stores where most of the locals vanish to the City in the morning – or aren’t in fact there, since their NW3 home is only one of their bases around the globe. Future capital growth is not to be sniffed at, of course, but in the here and now a little bit of stability could be just what Chelsea needs.

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KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Thurloe Square SW7 A beautifully presented upper maisonette arranged over four floors with views of the communal gardens. 2 reception rooms • 4 bedrooms • 3 bathrooms Good decoration • Private decked terrace • Balcony Patio • Communal garden

Guide price £5,000,000 Share of freehold

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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Onslow Square SW7 A fantastic opportunity to acquire a bright and spacious flat on the fourth floor of this centrally located South Kensington block. 2 bedrooms • 2 bathrooms • Balcony • Good decoration Lift

Guide price £1,800,000 Leasehold

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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CHELSEA

St Catherine Mews SW3 A stunning recently refurbished house situated in a private gated mews in the heart of Chelsea. Reception room • Kitchen/dining room • 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Roof terrace • Garage

£1,350 per week Unfurnished

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

CHELSEA

Jubilee Place SW3 A unique apartment on the third floor of this purpose built block in Chelsea Green. Reception room • Modern kitchen • Double bedroom Tiled shower room • Roof terrace • Caretaker • Lift

£600 per week Furnished

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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BELGRAVIA

Chesham Place SW1 A recently refurbished apartment on the third floor of this period building in Belgravia. Reception/dining room • Kitchen • 2 double bedrooms with built-in storage • 2 bathrooms • Wood flooring • Lift

£650 per week Furnished/unfurnished

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Sloane Street SW1 A superb, newly refurbished lateral apartment just moments from Knightsbridge. Double reception room • Contemporary kitchen Cloakroom • 3 double bedrooms • 3 bathrooms Air conditioning • Porter

£3,000 per week Furnished

Knightsbridge & Chelsea 020 7584 7020 knightsbridge@carterjonas.co.uk

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or many people, living within a stone’s throw of the office could potentially feel claustrophobic or all-consuming. However, if, like me, you love your work and you also love where you work then it can feel like a tremendous privilege. I have lived in Pimlico for almost ten years now, first as a young batchelor and now as a happily married young man. Pimlico has provided the perfect backdrop for both these stages of my life and apart from a short sabbatical at our Jackson-Stops & Staff Holland Park office, I have also spent most of my working life in Pimlico. Prior to living here, I spent a short while in Chelsea and another – even briefer – period residing just off Sloane Street in Knightsbridge. Both areas clearly have their own merits and attract a great many loyal, die-hard residents, but for me it can only be Pimlico. My wife and I divide our time between London and Hampshire, but I often find myself running back to all that Pimlico has to offer. If that well-known phrase, ‘location, location, location’ is anything to go by, then Pimlico simply has it all: stunning architecture provided by Thomas Cubitt, among others; peaceful streets to spend time meandering through; the Pimlico Grid, The Westmoreland Triangle, The Moreton Triangle and the stunning garden squares such as Eccleston, Warwick and St George’s. Then of course there are the fantastic local residents, who add to the unique sense of community. I shall not embarrass them by naming them, but they know who they are. One of my favourite pastimes is eating out and we are fortunate that Pimlico offers a

plethora of different cuisines to sample. If you’re after a traditional English pie and a glass of cider, perry or fruit wine you can do no better than a visit to Chimes; the Pimlico Tandoori is renowned among locals for its excellent home cooking – and you can take your pick of fabulous Italian food at O Sole Mio, Carrafini and Uno, among others. If you enjoy preparing good quality, organic food at home then a visit to the Pimlico Road Farmers Market and Tachbrook Street Market is a must. For cultural excursions we are close by to the highly acclaimed St James’s Theatre, the West End, as well as the National Theatre, where Felicity and I recently enjoyed a wonderful production of She Stoops to Conquer. In terms of advice, for buyers it can be useful to prepare a ‘wish list’ and if you find something that falls within a 60% strike rate then you’re doing well, the perfect property is virtually impossible to find. I would strongly urge sellers to put their housekeeping in order, eg lease information, service charge documentation, any planning applications and a preferred solicitor. Applying for local searches in advance of agreeing an offer can also save time. Finally, be realistic in terms of what you ask. A huge amount of time can be saved by not spending the crucial first few weeks treading water before being asked for a price reduction in order to agree your deal. Our figures this year indicate we are achieving 98% on average of our initial guide price. 16 Sussex Street, SW1V 020 7828 4050; jackson-stops.co.uk

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New Globe Walk, SE1

Arguably the best address for Sale on Bankside

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ighly sought-after Benbow House is moments from both Shakespeare’s world famous Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern, adjacent to Millennium Bridge, boasting spectacular views of neighbouring St Paul’s Cathedral, right the way over to Canary Wharf. Overlooking the River Thames, these two penthouses have become available to purchase in this prime location moments from the City and the pick of London’s art, theatre and culture scene.

7 Bedrooms : 6 Bathrooms : 3 Reception Rooms : 2 Kitchens : Dining Room : Utility Room Sun Lounge : Study : 2 Terraces : 2 Balconies : 24 Hour Porter : Caretaker : Off Street Parking Approximately 7890 sq ft

0207 584 1100

chelsea@engelvoelkers.com 293 Brompton Road London SW3 2DZ www.engelvoelkers.com/chelsea

£14,000,000 GUIDE PRICE

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Lennox Gardens, SW1

Two Bedroom Property to Rent just moments from Knightsbridge

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beautifully refurbished lower ground floor flat in an impressive period building in the heart of Knightsbridge, just a short walk to both Sloane Square and Harrods. The property benefits from two wonderful private patios and access to communal gardens. 2 Bedrooms : Reception Room : 2 Bathrooms : Period Building : Approximately 1100 sq ft

0207 584 1100

chelsea@engelvoelkers.com 293 Brompton Road London SW3 2DZ www.engelvoelkers.com/chelsea

ÂŁ900 PER WEEK

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PROPERTY

LUXURIOUS

LETTINGS PARTHENIA ROAD FULHAM

SW6

DETAILS ÂŁ1,750 pw Furnished or unfurnished

CONTACT Featherstone Leigh 020 7384 3012 featherstoneleigh.co.uk 62 New King’s Road, SW6

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truly stunning five bedroom family house with a private garden to let in the heart of Parsons Green. This Victorian style property has been very well looked after and benefits from a cellar, a private balcony and a private garden. Entering the house, a hallway leads into a stunning double reception room with solid wood floors, a working fireplace, bay windows and high ceilings. The kitchen is separate with a dining area, granite worktops and modern appliances including a fridge

freezer, a dishwasher, a separate washer dryer in the basement and access via bi-fold doors onto a paved garden. On the first floor is a master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower and a walk in wardrobe. A further double bedroom is on the same floor with private balcony and en-suite shower. On the second floor is double bedroom with a bathroom. On the third floor is a further double bedroom with large built-in wardrobes and a separate shower room.

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We’re not just big in property, we’re the best.

Hamptons International wins Large Estate Agency of the Year 2012. To find out how our industry-leading approach could benefit you, contact us today. We’d be delighted to help. Hamptons Chelsea

134 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW10 9PY Sales. 020 7717 5431 chelsea@hamptons-int.com Lettings. 020 7717 5433 chelsealettings@hamptons-int.com

Hamptons Pimlico & Westminster

50 Belgrave Road, Pimlico & Westminster, London SW1V 1RQ Sales. 020 7717 5477 pimwest@hamptons-int.com Lettings. 020 7717 5479 pimwestlettings@hamptons-int.com

Hamptons Sloane Square

7 Lower Sloane Street, Sloane Square, London SW1W 8AH Sales. 020 7717 5481 slonesquare@hamptons-int.com Lettings. 020 7717 5483 sloanesquarelettings@hamptons-int.com www.hamptons.co.uk

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Sloane Square Chelsea Hamptons Islington Lettings Hamptons City Lettings 7824 5455 8242 Lettings. Lettings. 020 7717 Lettings. 020 020 77177370 54370774 sloanesquarelettings@hamptons-int.com citylettings@hamptons-int.com chelsealettings@hamptons-int.com islingtonlettings@hamptons-int.com PimlicoCity andSales Westminster Hamptons Lettings. 020 7834 7316 Sales. 020 7717 5435 pimwestlettings@hamptons-int.com citysales@hamptons-int.com

Commercial Street E1 - £525 per week

A beautifully refurbished and spacious one bedroom apartment with large balcony in the popular Exchange Building development benefiting from 24 hour concierge.

Chelsea Manor Street, SW3 - £495 per week Furnished/ Unfurnished A beautifully refurbished one bedroom flat in an extremely popular block off the Kings Road. The flat has a huge reception room and a light and bright bedroom. Hamptons Sloane Square 020 7824 8242

Star Place E1W - £799 per we A beautiful two bedroom apartme waterside views of St. Katharine D throughout and 24 hour concierge

Gatliff Road, SW1W - £650 Per Week Furnished A spacious and bright two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with a large open plan kitchen/living room and a huge balcony. Hamptons Sloane Square 020 7824 8242

Cathedral Lodge, EC1 - Leasehold - £475,000

This exceptionally spacious unmodernised 1 bedroom Square Mile apartment is on the 5th floor of an extremely popular lift-serviced building with concierge and parking.

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A 2 bedroom apartment located o mansion block close to Oxford Str and the Theatre district.

Lower Sloane Street ,SW1W- £1,500 per week Unfurnished Elm Park Gardens, SW10 - £900 per week Furnished An elegant four bed apartment on the third and fourth floor of this attractive A stunning two bedroom two bathroom ground floor apartment with direct The Wallpaper Apartments, N1 - £995 per week – Long Let Chadwell Street, EC1R - £725 period building with access to the beautiful communal garden. access to beautiful communal gardens. This vast two bedroom property offers over 1500 sq. ft. of space and Bright and airy split level period c Hamptons Sloane Square 020 7824 8242 Hamptons Chelsea 020 7370 0774 benefits from high quality fixtures and fittings throughout, integrated and fittings throughout whilst off media system, large decked garden and two bathrooms. Upper Street and Exmouth Marke

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Hamptons City Lettings Lettings. 020 7717 5437 citylettings@hamptons-int.com Hamptons City Sales Sales. 020 7717 5435 citysales@hamptons-int.com

Commercial Street E1 - £525 per week

A beautifully refurbished and spacious one bedroom apartment with large balcony in the popular Exchange Building development benefiting from 24 hour concierge.

Star Place E1W - £799 per week A beautiful two bedroom apartment with a large terrace offering stunning waterside views of St. Katharine Docks, modern fixtures and fittings throughout and 24 hour concierge.

Fernshaw Road, SW10 - £850 per week Furnished A fantastic top floor newly refurbished two bedroom apartment that has been finished to the highest standard and would suit a professional couple looking for a home in Chelsea. Hamptons Chelsea 020 7370 0774

The Little Boltons, SW10 - £1,750 per week Unfurnished A stunning three bedroom duplex apartment on the second & third floors of this white stucco fronted building with private terrace on the highly sought after Little Boltons. Hamptons Chelsea 020 7370 0774

Cathedral Lodge, EC1 - Leasehold - £475,000

Charing Cross Road, WC2 - Leasehold - £725,000

Vincent Square, SW1P - £695 per week Furnished

Grosvenor Road, SW1V - £1,150 per week Furnished

A fabulous two bedroom apartment boasting a lovely reception room overlooking The Wallpaper Apartments, N1 - £995 per week – Long Let the playing fields, wood floors, modern decor, balcony, use of communal gym, This vastand two bedroom property offers over 1500 sq. ft. of space and parking porter. benefits from high quality fixtures and fittings throughout, integrated Hamptons Pimlico and Westminster 020 7834 7316 media system, large decked garden and two bathrooms.

A stunning two bedroom apartment situated on the 10th floor of a sought after Chadwell Street, EC1R - £725 per week – Long Let riverside development boasting a superb reception with floor to ceiling windows

This exceptionally spacious unmodernised 1 bedroom Square Mile apartment is on the 5th floor of an extremely popular lift-serviced building with concierge and parking.

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A 2 bedroom apartment located on the 3rd floor of a lift serviced period mansion block close to Oxford Street. Ideal for access to central London and the Theatre district.

Bright and airy split level period conversion with high quality fixtures and river views. and fittings throughout whilst offering fantastic access to the City, Angel/ Hamptons Pimlico and Westminster 020 7834 7316 Upper Street and Exmouth Market.

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PROFILE

MOVING IN

NOTHING’S BETTER THAN THE INSIDE SCOOP. LOCAL AGENTS GIVE THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS...

KIDS

Tom Moses, senior negotiator, Martin & Co 020 7351 0387; martinco.com If you have a budding Jonny Wilkinson running around the house, then get your child a few steps ahead of his peers. Rugby Tots for 2-7 year olds offers a specifically designed play programme using the multiple skills of rugby to create a fun environment.

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Robert Stewart, manager, Hamptons International 020 7384 1001 hamptons.co.uk Helen Green Design know more about interior design than anyone else I know. They consistently produce luxurious yet liveable spaces for their national and international private clients.

YOU NEVER KNEW THIS ABOUT

Tom Ward, director, Aspire 020 7736 6110; aspire.co.uk The first crossing to exist on the Thames was the old wooden Putney Bridge, connecting Putney to Fulham. Come 2014, we could be looking forward to a new pedestrian and cycle bridge called The Jubilee Bridge, which was first suggested nearly 100 years ago.

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LOCAL HANGOUT

Nancy Saleh, lettings manager, Engel & Völkers London 020 7590 3700; engelvoelkers.com The Markham Inn for Sunday brunch or dinner is the place to go. The food is delicious- they change their menu every so often to keep it interesting, and the atmosphere is really cosy.

STREET

Barclay Macfarlane, partner, Strutt & Parker LLP 020 7731 7100; struttandparker.com Parson’s Green triangular piece of land is surrounded by impressive Victorian and Georgian architecture. Situated on the north corner of Parsons Green is the iconic White Horse Pub famous for its BBQ and beer garden.

TIME OUT

Patrick Bullick, managing director, STANLEY Chelsea 020 7352 9556; stanleychelsea.co.uk There is no such thing as a ‘mum’ in Chelsea. In Chelsea we only have ‘mummies’ and far be it from me to tell a Chelsea mummy what to do, but if forced, I would suggest sniffing herbs at the Chelsea Physic Gardens.

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Hazlebury Road, SW6 £1,195,000

A beautiful four double bedroom family home with a light, open plan double reception room and a fabulous kitchen/breakfast room, opening out onto a plush lawn garden. • • • • • • • •

4 double bedrooms Study/further bedroom Stone fireplace Lawn garden Large double reception Ample storage Close to South Park & Eel Brook common Close proximity to amenities & transport

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Kilkie Street SW6 £650,000

A newly refurbished two bedroom, two bathroom property finished to a very high standard. Boasting double height ceilings and a spacious gallery kitchen. 2 double bedrooms 2 modern bathrooms Bright sitting room Private roof terrace Shared garden Close to Imperial Wharf Amenities within walking distance

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BEAUTIFUL BENBOW HOUSE IS ARGUABLY THE BEST ADDRESS ON THE BANKSIDE, OVERLOOKING THE RIVER

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ighly sought-after Benbow House is moments from Shakespeare’s worldfamous Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern, adjacent to Millennium Bridge and boasts spectacular views over St Paul’s Cathedral and all the way to Canary Wharf. The stunning architect-designed interior of the principal apartment provides breathtaking views of the best of London’s skyline and clean, smooth arches provide beautiful contemporary living space extending out to the balconies and terraces. There is an abundance of living space including a generous reception room, separate dining and drawing room areas and

even a media and gallery library overlooking the reception room, with double floor-to-ceiling glass windows and plenty of natural light. The property also benefits from four further bedrooms. Materials and appliances used in the principal apartment include limestone flooring, wood panelling and joinery in Jarrah hardwood with plenty of storage space that has been cleverly built in. The kitchen is comprehensively fitted with Gaggenau and a large capacity fridge, freezer and wine cooler. The secondary apartment is designed in a different contemporary style with lightwood flooring and an ultra-modern kitchen fitted in.

DETAILS

Benbow House, New Globe Walk, SE1 £14,000,000

CONTACT

Engle & Volkers 293 Brompton Road, SW3 2DZ 020 7584 1100 engelvoelkers.com aluminium with Miele appliances and glass panelled storage. The flat comprises reception area, kitchen, dining area, two en suite bedrooms and a study. 129

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PRIVATE VIEWING Manager Lisa-Jane Straton takes you round her favourite property

BUCKINGHAM GATE, PIMLICO

SW1

DETAILS ÂŁ995 pw Furnished or unfurnished

CONTACT Benham & Reeves 285 Brompton Road Knightsbridge, SW3 020 3468 2005 brlets.co.uk

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This easy to maintain apartment takes in 1,020 sq ft of furnished modern space. It’s new to the rentals market and is one of my current favourites offering two good sized double bedrooms (one with smart en-suite bathroom), a full bathroom with shower and a wonderfully light and spacious reception space linked

with a gloss finished kitchen and large glazed doors opening onto a private balcony. The apartment benefits from under floor heating, private underground parking and 24hr porterage and enjoys a convenient location at Buckingham Gate close to all the amenities you could wish for and residing in an area brimming with historical charm.

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London London Lettings Lettings Chelsea Chelsea & & Riverside Riverside

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Redcliffe Redcliffe Street, Street, Chelsea Chelsea SW10 SW10 l l l l

Contemporary Contemporary Apartment Apartment Two Two Double Double Bedrooms Bedrooms

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Two Two Bedroom Bedroom Apartment Apartment Wonderful Wonderful Roof Roof Terrace Terrace

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Newly Newly Refurbished Refurbished Apartment Apartment One Bedroom One Bedroom

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Balcony Balcony & & Patio Patio Terrace Terrace Furnished Furnished

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Duplex Duplex Apartment Apartment Two Two Bedrooms Bedrooms

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Large Large Patio Patio Garden Garden Short Let Short Let Only Only

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London’s Letting Agency www.brlets.co.uk

Area Battersea

From £250 £345pw pwFurnished Furnished

Area Wharf Imperial

From £250 £400 pw pw Furnished Furnished

Area Chelsea

From £250 £495 pw Furnished

| 1/2 1Studio Bedroom | 1Bedrooms Reception||11 Reception Bathroom 1 Bathroom | | Gym | Near Amenities Balcony | 24hr Parking Concierge | Tube Nearby

Studio | 1/2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception Manhattan/Studio | 1 Bathroom 1 Bathroom | Parking | Gym | Near Amenities Balcony | Gym | 24hr Concierge | Parking

| 1/2 1Studio Bedroom | 1Bedrooms Reception| 1| 1Reception Bathroom 1 Bathroom | Parking Gym Sloane | Near Amenities Balcony | Lift | Porter ||Near Square

Kensington 020 Knightsbridge 0207938 75813522 2112

Kensington 020020 7938 3522 Imperial Wharf 7348 7620

Kensington 020 Knightsbridge 0207938 75813522 2112

Area Chelsea

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From £250 £550 pw pw Furnished Furnished

Area Putney

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From £250 £575pw pwFurnished Furnished

Area Wharf Imperial

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From £250 £700 pw pw Furnished Furnished

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| 1/2| Bedrooms | 1| Reception 2Studio Bedrooms 1 Reception 2 Bathrooms 1 Bathroom | Parking | Gym | Near Amenities Parking | Gym | Communal Garden

| 1/2| Bedrooms | 1| Reception 2Studio Bedrooms 1 Reception 2 Bathrooms 1 Bathroom | Parking | Gym&| Amenities Near Amenities Lift | Porter | Close To Tube

Kensington 020 Knightsbridge 0207938 75813522 2112

Kensington 020020 7938 3522 Imperial Wharf 7348 7620

Kensington 020 7938 3522 Imperial Wharf 020 7348 7620

Area Chelsea

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From £250 £875pw pwFurnished Furnished

Studio | 1/2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception 2 Bedrooms | 1 Reception | 2 Bathrooms 1 Bathroom | Parking | Gym | Near Amenities Porter | Garden | Close To Sloane Square Kensington 020 Knightsbridge 0207938 75813522 2112

Ten offices open six days a week Monday – Saturday Beaufort Park 020 8732 7980 Canary Wharf 020 7517 6088

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City Ealing Hampstead Highgate

Area Wharf Imperial

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From £250 £895 pw pw Furnished Furnished

Area Knightsbridge

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From £250 £995 pw pw Furnished Furnished

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Kensington 020020 7938 3522 Imperial Wharf 7348 7620

Kensington 020 Knightsbridge 0207938 75813522 2112

020 7213 9700 020 8280 0140 020 7435 9681 020 8341 2335

Hyde Park Imperial Wharf Kensington Knightsbridge

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020 7402 9866 020 7348 7620 020 7938 3522 020 7581 2112

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Ten offices open six days a week: Beaufort Park Canary Wharf City

Johnny’s not the only one growing in 2013

Ealing Hampstead Highgate Hyde Park Imperial Wharf Kensington Knightsbridge And overseas in: Dubai Hong Kong Mumbai Singapore

Not only are we central London’s leading independent, lettings-only specialist, we are expanding our overseas operations. Along with our 10th new office in Ealing, we also have 4 overseas offices with experienced, dedicated property managers. We have been serving landlords since 1956 and can guarantee local homeowners and overseas investors the best possible rentals obtainable. Full property management, furnishing packages, refurbishment and homestaging services also available.

Call us now on 0800 092 9656 or email info@brlets.co.uk or visit www.brlets.co.uk

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TREGUNTER ROAD PRICE ON APPLICATION F/H

A very impressive semi-detached family house (4433 sq ft) in this sought-after location in the Boltons conservation area. Accommodation is arranged principally over four floors with a large attic space that could be converted (subject to planning). The house is approached through a wide front garden with secure parking behind an electric gate. At the rear is a wonderful 50’ landscaped garden with summer house. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 4 further bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, 2 guest cloakrooms, drawing room, sitting room, study, dining room, TV room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, wine cellar, large attic space, front garden with secure off-street parking, 50’ garden, large roof terrace. Bective Leslie Marsh 020 7589 6677

LIVING

Absolutely THE MOST LUXURIOUSLY APPOINTED PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN OUR MANOR

THE DREAM PIMLICO GRID PRICE ON APPLICATION

This wonderful lateral apartment in the Pimlico Grid is new to the market for lettings or sales. Close to Warwick Square, this stunning and unique property has been an exciting project for the current owners and comes to the market newly developed to the highest standard. With incredible architectural planning and interior features, the three bedroom property offers sophisticated accommodation. The showpiece is the kitchen conservatory overlooking the private garden – a true oasis in the heart of London. Jackson-Stops & Staff, Pimlico 020 7828 4050

MASTER CLASS BY TIM MACPHERSON, PARTNER AT CARTER JONAS

Recently, we have experienced very differing responses to property, which can defy logic and be hard to explain to our clients wanting to sell quickly. We have been instructed to sell an attractive maisonette and a pleasant freehold house in central Knightsbridge. Both of these properties were priced just above the £2 million level – so incurring the extra stamp duty at 7% – but nevertheless, both achieved over this level in a matter of days. Meanwhile, we have a couple of flats below the £2 million level in good locations, which have languished frustratingly on the market despite comparable evidence supporting their market prices. It seems desirability of specific properties in terms of their attractiveness is key in driving this market’s activity despite the fact that most flats and houses are purchased in Knightsbridge for long-term investment purposes.

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CADOGAN SQUARE £2,500 PER WEEK

This is a superb newly refurbished penthouse apartment in the heart of Knightsbridge, in exclusive Cadogan Square. The accommodation, which includes an impressive master bedroom, two additional well proportioned bedrooms and two bathrooms, has been refurbished to exacting standards. The apartment also benefits from a large private roof terrace with entertaining space and views across the square. The property is a short walk from the shops and bars of Knightsbridge and Sloane Square. Available Furnished.

CRANLEY GARDENS

SLOANE STREET £3,000 PER WEEK STC

A superb newly refurbished three double bedroom lateral apartment moments from Knightsbridge. The property has gone through extensive refurbishment throughout and comprises a large double reception room with wood floors, contemporary fully fitted kitchen, three double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a cloakroom, plus air-conditioning throughout and an on-site porter. Carter Jonas; 020 7584 7020

£2,000 PER WEEK

Th is stunning three bedroom ground floor maisonette with a large west-facing terrace and a separate private patio is beautifully decorated throughout and is ideally located moments from South Kensington and Gloucester Road Tube. Available furnished. Stanley Chelsea; 020 7352 9556 135

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Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

Queensdale Place W11

Lettings: 020 7727 5222

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ÂŁ1850 per week Unfurnished

An extremely light, contemporary house in this quiet cul-de-sac in Holland Park. The property has undergone extensive refurbishment and features wood flooring and central music system/surround sound throughout. Large open plan kitchen/dining and reception room with balcony, three double bedrooms, three bathrooms, study, terrace.

Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5222 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

Fast find AB45993

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Inverness Mews W2

ÂŁ2,250,000 Freehold

Commercial unit with B1 use. Planning permission granted to convert into a large three bedroom house, approximately 3313 sq ft. Situated close to Bayswater and Queensway underground stations. Proposed plans include three bedrooms, three bathrooms, open plan reception/kitchen, study, utility room, media room, balcony & garage.

Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Fast find AB49568

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Pimlico Office: 020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

Winchester Street, SW1

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POA Leasehold

A marvellous two double bedroom upper maisonette in Pimlico, SW1V. The apartment is located within a period stucco fronted corner building with an excellent reception room and a well-appointed eat-in kitchen with separate utility room. Both bedrooms are spacious and benefit from built in storage and the bathroom has recently been refurbished. Reception Room, Kitchen, Master Bedroom, Double Bedroom, Bathroom, Utility Room. Pimlico Office: 020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

Fast find AB50094

41 offices covering the UK London: office 17c Curzon Street W1J 5HU

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Tufton Street, Westminster, SW1P

ÂŁ2,400 per week

An outstanding, spacious and impressive duplex penthouse apartment spread over the fourth and fifth floors of Eglise House, a fabulous new development boasting exceptional views of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Open-Plan Reception Room, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Under-Floor Heating, Climate Control, Large Terrace. Available now. Furnished/Unfurnished. Pimlico Office: 020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Fast find AB40605

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Chelsea Office: Sales: 020 7581 5881 | Lettings: 020 7581 8431 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

www.jackson-stops.co.uk/London

Sloane Court West, Chelsea, SW3 ÂŁ2,950,000 Leasehold, 125 years remain With views towards the open spaces of Burton Court and the communal gardens, this is a most elegant three bedroom first and second floor maisonette with tall ceiling height and attractive curved windows. Reception room, Kitchen, Dining Room, Master Bedroom with en-suite, Two further Bedrooms, Bathroom, Communal Gardens, Views of Burton Court. JSA Faron Sutaria 020 7730 8762

Chelsea Office: 020 7581 5881 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

Fast find AB50390

41 offices covering the UK London: office 17c Curzon Street W1J 5HU

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Beaufort Gardens, Chelsea, SW3

ÂŁ1,250 per week

A very well presented and spacious three bedroom duplex penthouse apartment in this prime Knightsbridge location. Reception Room, Kitchen, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Guest Cloakroom, Direct Lift Access, Roof Terrace. Available now. Unfurnished. Chelsea Office: 020 7581 8431 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Fast find AB48586

19/12/2012 11:41


Give your property the best chance When you instruct D&G to sell your property it will appear on the 15 leading property portals plus our own website, which is probably very unfair on all the competition.

Cornwall Gardens SW7 ÂŁ1,850,000 Share of Freehold A beautifully presented two double bedroom flat with a vast amount of entertaining space located on this popular garden square.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Patio, Access to the communal gardens.

Kensington Gate Sales Office: 0207 581 1152 kengatesales@dng.co.uk

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Purcell Crescent SW6 ÂŁ950,000 Freehold A wonderful opportunity to purchase a bright and spacious four double bedroom house in a convenient Fulham location.

4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Garden.

Fulham Sales Office: 020 7731 4391 Fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

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£1,295,000 Leasehold Monmouth Road, W2

A fabulous second floor apartment situated in this quiet road off Westbourne Grove.

£895,000 Leasehold Clanricarde Gardens, W2

A delightful apartment located in this quiet no through road.

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Notting Hill Sales 020 7727 7777 nhsales@dng.co.uk

2 double bedrooms, En-suite shower room, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Utility room.

Kensington Sales 020 7792 1881 kensales@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Open plan kitchen, Dining room, Utility room, Courtyard.

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We would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who donated so generously once again to the D&G / Kids Company Charity Day. On 6th December we once again closed all our offices and D&G’s 200 employees donned their Kids Co hooded tops to take to the streets from dawn til dusk collecting as many items as possible. At the end of a rewarding, if exhausting, day we collected more than:

– 6.5 tonnes in contributions – 350 full removal boxes

“We are thrilled that this year the Douglas & Gordon staff have collected even more amounts of food, toys and donations. All of these donations will help create even more Christmas hampers for London’s vulnerable children.” Camila Batmanghelidjh, Kids Company www.kidsco.org.uk www.douglasandgordon.com

very kindly donated by Anthony Ward Thomas Removals

– 750 toys – £10,000 in donations

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ÂŁ850 per week Furnished Kempsford Road SW5

A rare opportunity to rent an exceptional three bedroom property which has been brand newly refurbished to an immaculate standard.

Kensington Gate Lettings: 020 7589 5252 kengatelets@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Open-plan kitchen, Terrace.

ÂŁ625 per week Furnished Cheltenham Terrace SW3

Chelsea Lettings: 020 7581 6666 A recently refurbished flat on the 5th floor of this excellent portered block situated just off the chelsealets@dng.co.uk Kings Road. Bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Central heating and hot water included, Porter.

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ÂŁ495 per week Furnished Gloucester Road SW7

A stunning, contemporary flat boasting plenty of natural light in this fabulous location on Gloucester Road.

Kensington Gate Lettings: 020 7589 5252 kengatelets@dng.co.uk

Double bedroom, Bathroom with shower over bath, Reception room with open plan kitchen.

ÂŁ350 per week Furnished/Unfurnished Colwith Road W6

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An immaculate and very spacious first floor flat which has been fully refurbished to the highest standard.

Fulham Lettings: 020 7731 4791 fulhamlets@dng.co.uk

Double bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Shared garden.

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