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JUNE / 2014

CONTENTS 9 11

ABSOLUTELY LOVES

Absolutely’s top picks this month

TALKING TOPICS

What’s on and buzzing in Chelsea

STYLE 25 FASHION NOTES

We tip toe in gold brogues and go loco for Coco Fennell’s dresses

26 NICE DAY FOR A WEDDING Looking for ‘the’ dress? We may well have just found it for you

30 ROYAL COURT

Yesteryear glamour in chic surroundings

39 ALL WHITE ON THE NIGHT Bridal designer Zaeem Jamal gives tips and advice on how to find the perfect dress

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um-tum-te-tum. Tum-TUM-te-tum’. This is me humming the beginning of Here Comes The Bride. If the very idea of this tune has your stomach brimming with butterflies and your toes a-tingling, this issue is for you. Welcome, bridesto-be, to our inaugural wedding special. You’re going to love it. First things first, the dress. Who to go to? Hmm… How about someone who designs for royalty – does that sound alright? Enter world famous designer, Bruce Oldfield. Bruce entertains me this month with tales of royal appointments and wedding anecdotes, all from the comfort of his bridal showroom on Beauchamp Place. Next up, the cake. Who to approach? Will Fiona Cairns – designer of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake – do, do you think? Best read our Q&A with her to find out. All this plus behind the scenes at Vivienne Westwood (oh, yes), catering ideas, guest outfits and flowers – if you

want to think of us as your exclusive wedding planner, we’re OK with that. Now, to those of you for whom the word ‘bride’ has you running for the hills. Fear not ladies, this issue is also for you. Because not only does this month herald wedding season, but it also trumpets racing. And you don’t think we’d have forgotten about that, do you? Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Sam Waley-Cohen tells us about the blood, sweat and danger of amateur jockeying (and what it feels like to fall off in a Grand National) and if that wasn’t race-y enough, Director of Highclere Stud Jake Warren talks raucous dancing at The Birdcage (Royal Ascot lovers, you’ll know what this means). Safe to say, through this issue we believe we’ve got our backs covered. Whether they’re in tulle or racing silks however, is totally up to you.

Catherine Hales discovers her bride gene going behind the seams (scenes) of Dame Vivienne Westwood’s Davies Street shop

40 DESIGN ROYALTY

Bruce Oldfield, iconic designer of sumptious gowns, thrills Edwina Langley with royal tales from his bridal showroom

52 RIDING HIGH

Fancy being an amateur jockey? Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, Sam Waley-Cohen, talks risk-taking and the Grand National

INTERIORS 57 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

Recently engaged Beata Heuman reveals her dream wedding list. Sorry ‘their’ dream list

F O O D &T R AV E L 62 FIT FOR A QUEEN

Royal wedding cake designer Fiona Cairns tells us how she went about designing the cake of the century

68 STREET STYLE

Leo Bear takes to his bicycle to explore America’s art world gateway: Miami

PROPERTY 110 PROPERTY NEWS News and views on the area

118 PRIME PURCHASE

A delightful period house on Kenyon Street is what to buy this month

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Talking TOPICS / June Book Review

Queen Caroline Cultural Politics at the Early Eighteenth-Century Court

by Dr Joanna Marschner Published by Yale University Press, £40 crupulously researched and elegantly written, curator at Kensington Palace Dr Joanna Marschner’s fascinating biography of Queen Caroline, re-evaluates her importance in Georgian history. Blonde, blue-eyed and fashionably chubby, Caroline was much sought-after as a royal bride. At 22, she married George II, who became King when his father died. Crowned alongside her husband in 1727, Caroline was loved by the British people. Cleverer than the dim George, she played a key role in politics and supported freedom of the press. Though born and raised in Germany, Caroline spent much of her life at Kensington Palace where she surrounded herself with leading artists and thinkers, such as Voltaire. She managed private matters as deftly as public ones, and kept her husbands’ mistresses under close surveillance (Henrietta Howard, the Maîtresse en Titre, was appointed her lady-in-waiting). Caroline’s tolerance and loyalty won her George’s esteem (he left her as regent when abroad) and they had eight children. She was widely mourned when she died in 1737, not just by the adoring public, but by her husband, who refused to remarry. They lie side by side in Westminster Abbey.

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out the strawberries and cream and tell Sir Cliff to start warming up the old vocal chords, it’s Wimbledon time once again. The historic tennis championship, the oldest and most prestigious in the world, will see players from the four corners of the planet gather to battle it out for the title of Wimbledon Champion. Last year’s tournament saw Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic for the Men’s Singles titles, which went some way towards healing the hole in the nation’s heart created by Tim Henman’s failed attempts. The women’s title went to French player Marion Bartoli, who

became the centre of a media storm when BBC commentator John Inverdale made derogatory comments about the player’s appearance and who has since retired from tennis due to injuries sustained throughout her career (not due to ignorant, chauvinist assessments of her looks). Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Murray and Japanese newcomer Nishikori have all qualified for the Men’s Singles and the Ladies’ list includes both Williams sisters, Maria Sharapova and British hopeful Heather Watson. Our Pimms is nicely chilling and we’re set for whatever drama awaits us on court. CHURCH ROAD, WIMBLEDON, SW19 5AE 020 8944 1066; WIMBLEDON.COM

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Book Picks A CURIOUS CAREER

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Lynn Barber 16.99 Bloomsbury The award-winning journalist whose celebrity encounters have enthralled and appalled, but have never been less than compulsively fascinating, takes us through her career, from Penthouse submissives via plotting a bank robbery with Shane MacGowan and having a fraught dinner with Marianne Faithful. Peppered with interview transcripts, this is just the sort of book you will devour too quickly and wish was much, much longer.

Catherine Merridale £10.99 Penguin The Kremlin: a symbol of all that is Russian, its walls and towers built by Italians, its purpose and ideology shaped by centuries of dramatic history. This is an atmospheric portrait of the fortress that has dominated Moscow as much as it has dominated how Russia is perceived by the world. Little known truths and abundant detail produce a riveting study that reveals not just the buildings but also the country.

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& SONS David Gilbert £8.99 Fourth Estate When it arrived in hardback earlier this year it was preceded by a big noise from across the Atlantic and lengthy, excitable reviews in the broadsheets. The story of ageing novelist A N Dyer and his family is very much your Big American Novel. Think Jonathan Franzen and Michael Chabon. Think epic solid, absorbing read. Think tour de force appearing somewhere on the cover in quotation marks.

Simon Winder £9.99 Picador The Habsburgs spent roughly 600 years dominating Europe, ruling Empires and steering art, culture and religion. They were a vast and complex dynasty, deserving of a vast and complex history. Which this is not. This is instead a far more readable and immediately entertaining personal journey through Habsburg history, rife with anecdote and humour - the perfect introduction for curious minds.

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John Crace £12.99 Constable Readers familiar with John Crace’s regular Guardian column will know what to expect from this collection. Readers unfamiliar are in for a treat – 131 books rendered down to less than a thousand words of perfect pastiche, wavering between bemused amusement and vitriolic parody. Books you may have always wanted to read but now do not have to.

Terence Conran £25 Conran Octopus Ltd An indispensable guide to modern living that reminds us that style does not have to be divorced from comfort or practicality, that minimal does not mean bare, or that decoration should not mean obscuring. The essentials of Conran’s legendary style are collected here and beautifully displayed for what they are – accessible, affordable and desirable.

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TROOPING THE COLOUR 14 June Buckingham Palace t’s that time of year again, when we wish Her Majesty happy birthday and I spend the day celebrating on the Mall and drinking the Royal Family’s health. This will be the Queen’s 88th official birthday and, in accordance with tradition, the Trooping the Colour will pay tribute to our monarch with an incredibly well-rehearsed and complex routine that dates back to 1748. God save the Queen! Buckingham Palace, SW1; trooping-the-colour.co.uk

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ART&CULTURE must see

WILLIAM KENT Throughout June The Victoria and Albert Museum Something of a multi-tasker, during his lifetime William Kent turned his hand from painting to designing sculpture, architecture, interior decoration, furniture, metalwork, book illustration, theatrical design, costume and landscape gardening. All this was at the same time as earning to title of the leading architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. This exhibition will seek to shed some light on this remarkable man’s contribution to British architecture, from Gothic to Grecian and from palaces to pavillions. Cromwell Road, SW7, 020 7942 2000; vam.co.uk

ARTIST OF THE MONTH Chelsea-based art consultant Nicholas Campbell chooses June’s art pick

DAVID MARTIN

or lovers and collectors of Scottish contemporary art, our choice this month is work by the very talented David Martin. Martin has become one of the leading Scottish artists creating paintings that are playful and evocative. After retiring from teaching art in the 1980s, his personal career went from strength to strength. His highly-regarded landscapes and still life’s are in important public and private collections in the UK and, from viewing his current exhibition at John Martin gallery (80 Fulham Road), it is easy to see why. For us The Musicians Table (pictured) is vibrant and playful. A great artwork by a great artist, for under £10,000.

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6 June - 2 August Michael Hoppen Gallery r Harold Edgerton’s exhibition ‘Abstractions’ D showcases the incredible innovations of the brilliant MIT professor who was the first photographer to ‘stop time in its tracks’ and alter the way we look at the world. 3 Jubilee Place, SW3, 020 7352 3649; michaelhoppengallery.co.uk

Nicholas is Head Consultant and Director of Narcissus Arts; narcissusarts.com

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Let us open up the exciting world of racehorse ownership for you. Goffs London Sale in association with QIPCO: Monday 16th June Royal Ascot: Tuesday 17th June – Saturday 21st June

For more information please contact Eimear Chance on: +44 (0)207 1520 132 • echance@greatbritishracing.com www.greatbritishracinginternational.com

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BELLE Directed by Amma Asante

n November 1781, the crew of the slave ship ‘Zong’ threw 142 African slaves overboard. When the ship’s insurer refused to pay for the dead slaves, the owners took the insurer to court in litigation known as ‘The Zong’. In the late 18th century, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Mansfield, adopted two great nieces: Dido Elizabeth Belle and Lady Elizabeth Murray. So far, so conventional. What was extraordinary though, was that Dido was the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of Sir John Lindsay and a woman about whom very little is known. Belle tells Dido’s story. Dido (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is brought up with her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) in the glorious surroundings of Kenwood House. Her position is ambiguous; she is forbidden from dining with guests, yet she is a wealthy heiress, brought up as one of the family. When Dido and Elizabeth are brought to London for Elizabeth’s coming out, Dido encounters the entrenched racism of the period. Despite advances from men of ‘position’, Dido falls for the idealistic young law student John Davinier (Sam Reid): their love story is played out against the backgrond of The Zong case. To some extent, the film conflates The Zong with an earlier slave-trade related case ruled on by Lord Mansfield (The Somersett case). It is unfortunate when history is muddled up and presented to an audience who may never be able to separate fact from fiction. But this is the inherent danger of creating art from life. Whilst it may not reflect Dido’s life to any real extent, Belle is a beautifully shot, civil rights drama. By Camilla Norton

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PLANT OF THE MONTH with CLEMMIE HAMBRO

GEUMS am totally obsessed with my Geums. I plant them everywhere. They are perfect in every way, gee-ing (see what I did there) up the late spring border right the way into late summer, with its pretty daisy face, naughty vibrancy and love’em and leave’em approach to life. Mostly orange, but now coming in a dizzying array of shades and variations, they clash satisfyingly with anything blue, purple or pink, creating a pleasing pop, especially when combined with a lively acid green like a Euphorbia. My personal favourite is Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’.

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SIMON SAYS: JOIN THE CABARET What could bring Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Alexandra Burke together that doesn’t involve a TV show with the letter ‘X’ or the word ‘Factor’ in it? The London Cabaret Club Gala Launch Party, that’s what. Hosted at South Ken’s The Collection, with Johnnie Walker Gold Label cocktails and flutes of Moët & Chandon in-hand, guests such as the beautiful Olivia Inge and the dazzling Darcey Bussell enjoyed dinner and live entertainment (think cabaret acts and dancing soldiers) and a set by Miss Burke herself too. If life is a cabaret, old chum, join the Cabaret Club.

Chelsea’s got

THE X-FACTOR MIAMI MAGGIE’S Nightclub Maggie’s 4th birthday was the reason for much revelry found there last month. Surprise guest ‘Phil Collins’ serenaded attendees, who sipped Belvedere cocktails as they boogied on down. Decked out in Maggie’s shades, the Miami Vice theme went down a storm, and so it was multicoloured partygoers that were seen stumbling down the Fulham Road in the early hours, looking for taxis.

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I TAKE THEE, VIVIENNE Catherine Hales IS BRIDE FOR A DAY, BEHIND THE SCENES AT Vivienne Westwood, DAVIES STREET

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dentity is key to the success of any designer. Chanel summons visions of elegant monochrome suits, whilst Versace heads up the garish gold patterns of ‘camp’. Calvin Klein on the other hand, will always remind me of Gwyneth Paltrow in the nineties. My point is, each promotes something distinctive and inimitable, and it was this line of thought that occupied my mind as I walked down Davies Street to the Vivienne Westwood Boutique. What is Dame Vivienne’s USP? Pictures of Helena Bonham-Carter and Dita von Teese appear in my mind’s eye, along with some of Dame Vivienne herself, tangerine-coiffed, making everyone around her look uninspired and underdressed. All of these women have been labelled ‘eccentric’ during their time in the spotlight and I wonder if that is perhaps what sets the Vivienne Westwood brand apart? And if that is the case, what type of women commission wedding dresses from the luxury British label? As I am welcomed into the shop, the enormous chandelier and sumptuous ottomans do nothing to dispel my impression of eccentricity and singular taste, and I am later informed that Dame Vivienne herself had a lot of input in the decor, styling it to look like the backstage area at an incredibly glamorous theatre. The shop has been

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in situ since 1991 and although Dame Vivienne’s famous first shop was located in World’s End, Chelsea, this was actually the first to bear her name. ‘The decor has pretty much remained the same,’ says Jenny, the store manager, who herself is decked out in full Vivienne Westwood gear including what she calls her ‘bondage boots’. With her is Jessica, the press officer for the fashion label, who gestures to the kaleidoscopic racks of beautiful clothes and adds, ‘Up here is where we keep the Paris Catwalk Collection and the Red Carpet Collection, our ‘off-the-pegcouture’. Only Selfridges and Matches stock this. It’s quite an exclusive range.’ I look around, wide-eyed, wishing I had an infinite amount of time as I would try everything on. And then buy it. However, I wasn’t just there to ogle dresses. In honour of our wedding issue, I had come to the boutique to experience what an initial couture appointment at Vivienne Westwood would be like. Jenny and Jessica lead me downstairs, where I can’t help releasing a melodramatic gasp. I’m probably being a bit over the top, but the sight of so many white dresses, including a particularly princess-y number adorning the mannequin, is a little too much for me. ‘All of these dresses are just samples,’ Jenny informs me. ‘Anything can be made in any colour, any fabric, anything you want, for any event.’ Regaining my composure, I ask what the process

THE SIGHT OF SO MANY WHITE DRESSES... IS A LITTLE TOO MUCH FOR ME would be if I came in wanting a couture Vivienne Westwood bridal gown. ‘You ring up and make an appointment. For the meeting we would bring you down here to look through the book,’ Jenny gestures to a large lookbook lying open on the low table. ‘On an iPad, we would go through the styles. I would then ask you about the event, the venue, whether you want something with sleeves, something dramatic, something slinky...’ Jessica tells me they currently have several international clients who have specific cultural requirements, all of which they make sure are catered for. The next stage is trying on a couple of styles, an essential part of the experience. ‘Westwood dresses need a body in them,’ says Jenny. It is Jenny’s job to use her expertise to advise people, based on their body shape and personal preferences, and then make recommendations. After this, they will have chosen the silhouette the dress will be based on. Then things get serious. Couturiers from the studio will come to the boutique to take the brideto-be’s measurements and discuss any changes they wish to make to the initial design, be it a lengthened train, a different corset or some extra embroidery. ‘Really the world is your

oyster,’ Jenny smiles wickedly. ‘It just depends how much money you have.’ We all have a good laugh, and mine turns Machiavellian as I mentally scroll through the chaps I’d have to marry to acquire a top-end £90,000 design. But the bespoke element doesn’t end with style. Fabrics also open up a whole realm of possibilities as several people opt out of ‘traditional white’ and go for something more striking. Dita von Teese, for example, wore a deep purple Vivienne Westwood gown when she married Marilyn Manson. For the next phase, measurements are applied to the pattern, to create a calico version of the dress. I am pleased to hear this is done whilst the bride stands on top of a little platform, thus affirming my lifelong impressions of what the process would entail. One or two calicos can be made depending on the complexity of the dress, and once the dress is cut in the final fabric, there are one or two more fittings. Altogether it’s a three to four month process. Having heard all this, and examined several of the dresses, I decide to indulge my imagination and beg Jenny to model some for me. It’s like dressing up a daughter, I think, and I can’t stop myself cooing like a proud mother as I thumb the luxurious material. Jenny is right, once she puts a dress on, it is transformed. She tells me, laughing, she often gets invited to the weddings of the brides she assists. Her favourite was a steampunk wedding where the bride wore purple, with a burnt orange stripe; a gown the bride pulled off brilliantly. As I leave, having thanked both Jenny and Jessica profusely, I start thinking again about Vivienne Westwood and what makes her unique. There is no doubt that many of those who favour her vivid colours and dramatic styles are often considered bold and fashion forward. But after having seen the dresses up close – observed the craftsmanship, care and sheer luxuriousness of them – and after having heard about the sorts of brides that buy them, I am led to a different conclusion. It isn’t so much that the designs are eccentric; it’s more that the people who realise quite how special they are, are frankly, much more interesting. 6 Davies Street, W1K, 020 7629 3757; viviennewestwood.co.uk

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Ann Summers is a bit risqué, isn’t it? A bit high street? Not since the delightful Giles Deacon decided to collaborate. Described as ‘bold with a dash of naughtiness’, the Giles Deacon for Ann Summers Range consists of baby doll lace dresses, cami suspenders and a host of bras. It’s sassy, saucy and best of all, it’s sexy. Su3 Victoria Place, 115 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W, 0870 0534 094; annsummers.com

There’s something altogether rather ritzy about the idea of gold shoes. But imagine gold brogues… too much? Never! This pair by Mauro Grifoni fit the bill. Best foot forward. £424, Available from Harrods, 87135 Brompton Road, SW1X, 020 7730 1234; harrods.com

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Looking for a flattering summer outfit? Go to Coco Fennell, whose quirky, colourful dresses show off the very best of your bust, bums and tums. Poppy Delevingne and Daisy Lowe are fans, as will you be once you’ve purchased this adorable Love Me Not Dress. £79; cocofennell.com

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After some chic shades? These Thurloe sunglasses in walnut from Finlay & Co. are what to look out for. Founded in 2012, F&C are best-known for their handcrafted wooden frames. And now they’re stocked in Harvey Nicks, there’s really no excuse not to nab ‘em. £205, Available in Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X, 020 7235 5000; finlayandco.com

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Whether you’re going for a day at the races or celebrating nuptials, this is what you should be wearing

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 DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, MAELEE LEATHER TRIMMED TWEED JACKET, £640; harveynichols.com

 ARMANI COLLEZIONI, TURQUOISE AND GREY WAFFLE KNIT JACKET, £680; harveynichols.com

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DRESS, REEM JUAN; SHOES, PEDRO GARCIA; HAT, GINA FOSTER

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 VIVIENNE WESTWOOD ANGLOMANIA, PRINTED SILK-CANVAS SKIRT, £315; net-a-porter.com

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Striped knitted dress, £2,160; missoni.com Black twinkle hat, £195; Rizvi @ hat-gallery.co.uk Gold Bangles, £160 and £180; Jake McCombe @ fao-shop.com

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Leopard print Jumpsuit, £410; Sea NY @ oxygenboutique.com Printedtinselcoat,£1,050; hollyfulton.com Black and white shoes, £175; lkbennett.com Braid Band with Bow, £85; Rizvi @ hat-gallery.co.uk Silver Rings, £100 each; Modjool @ fao-shop.com

Many thanks to the Old Royal Naval College, which provides the dramatic backdrop for films such as Les Miserable, Pirates of the Caribbean, Skyfall, The Kings Speech and is the 12th most visited tourist attractio in the UK. ornc.org Photography : Catherine Harbour at LHA Represents Photo assistant: Rosie Welsh Styling: Abi Rogers at Carol Hayes Management Stylist assistant: Gem Hair and Make up: James Butterfield at My-Management using Mac

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TOWN & COUNTY FLOWERS stablished for 25 years we have a huge amount of experience in arranging flowers for weddings. Be it bridal flowers, arrangements for the church, displays for the reception, the bride’ s bouquet or the groom’ s buttonholes, we fulfil your every need. We are happy to meet with you to help and advise, ensuring that you have the best flowers possible on your wedding day.

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SAY ‘I DO’ AT CINNAMON KITCHEN rides needn’t comb the four corners of the globe for somewhere exotic to exchange their vows. Cinnamon Kitchen brings all the flavours of India to your wedding day without leaving London. Rather fittingly situated in the historic East India Company spice warehouses (now transformed into the stunning Devonshire Square development), Cinnamon Kitchen is the perfect location in which to tie the knot. 9 Devonshire Square, EC2M 020 3281 7622; weddings@cinnamon-kitchen.com, cinnamon-kitchen.com

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YOUR PERFECT MATCH he luxurious Jumeirah Carlton Tower in Knightsbridge is the perfect venue for your special day. Enjoy a reception in the glamorous Ballroom or say ‘I do’ with an intimate wedding ceremony in the Garden Rooms. Select from a range of wedding packages including a complimentary first night at the hotel for the happy couple. To find out more, call 020 7858 7171; jumeirah.com/jct

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BESPOKE ENGAGEMENT RINGS imon Wright offers a complete bespoke service, personally making your jewellery in platinum and gold, using the finest diamonds and gemstones. An appointment involves viewing the stones, a short tour of the workshop, and a sit down design session, all in his Clerkenwell studio workshop. By appointment only.

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ONE GREAT GEORGE STREET n exclusive Wedding Venue in the heart of Westminster invites you to their Wedding showcase on Sunday 21st September 2014. Experience the ambiance of a wedding in their ornate surroundings, while enjoying fine food, entertainment and handpicked suppliers to help you with your wedding inspiration.

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ON THE NIGHT BUYING A WEDDING DRESS IS PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT WARDROBE INVESTMENT YOU WILL EVER MAKE – AND ALSO THE HARDEST. HERE, BRIDAL DESIGNER Zaeem Jamal PRESENTS HIS TOP TIPS FOR FINDING THE PERFECT GOWN

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job is to help you discover the vision of your perfect gown and to support, guide and inspire you. Good designers make beautiful dresses because it is their passion to do so. Make sure your designer is still motivated by the wonder of the journey.

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Visit a good, well-organised bridal show for inspiration... The wedding market is booming and the shows are a great place to meet new talent, connect with old favourites, and to see what’s new. London’s ‘White Gallery’ is a must.

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Be choosy with your fabrics... Your designer should understand which fabric will work best for your design. However, not all designers stock a wide range of samples or work with particular fabrics. Ask to see fabric samples and check which fabrics your team tend to work with most. Lace, for example, is quite a specialised fabric, and not every design house uses it well.

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Choose a team with integrity... It is important you are confident they have your best interests at heart, are willing to listen to you and resolve any challenges pro-actively and well. Look for giveaways such as how much time they spend listening to you, versus how much time they try to tell you what they sell. Are they good at getting you to explore your options, and are they creative, inspired and excited about creating a beautiful piece with you for your big day.

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ROYALTY FROM RIPON TO ROYAL PALACES, Edwina Langley MEETS LEGENDARY DESIGNER Bruce Oldfield TO LEARN HOW THE BARNARDO’S BOY ROSE TO REGAL HEIGHTS

You can only give half truths in interviews,’ says iconic dress designer, Bruce Oldfield. ‘You can’t really say all the things you want to say, as you’re just going to offend and upset people.’ I imagine for somebody like Bruce this is particularly difficult. The 63-year-old has dressed some of the biggest names in recent history – Diana, Princess of Wales, Joan Collins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Barbra Streisand – and he clearly loves a good tête-à-tête. Casually dressed in shirt and trainers, we start off in his shop on Beauchamp Place but move across the road to his bridal showroom because he hates the thought of people listening-in. Settled on the sofa, overlooked by racks of sumptuous bridal gowns, he entertains me with amusing anecdotes and stories from his creative past. Delivered in a gravelly voice, he resorts to pronounced whispers when he says things he probably shouldn’t, but can’t seem to hold back. ‘There’s nothing worse than sitting here, with the bride trying dresses on, and the mother and the sister arguing. The worst dresses are made in committee,’ he says matter-of-factly. ‘You only have to look at the high street to see when

that’s been done. Take it away.’ I consider it must be irksome at times being dictated to. It’s his name on the dress, whatever a bridezilla might demand, so he surely has to draw a line somewhere. ‘I think it’s a damn privilege, actually, to have a designer sitting there who’s got a trained eye and who can be objective. I think the girls should be…’ He falls short of saying ‘grateful’, but I assume that’s what he means. ‘You’ve been thinking about being a ‘princess’ since you were seven. Now’s your moment, dear, make the most of it.’ Bruce Oldfield was born in 1950 to Lawrence Oldfield, a Jamaican boxer, and the half-Irish Lally, who gave him up to foster care shortly after birth. His early childhood was spent in County Durham, under the charge of seamstress Violet Masters, who taught him to sew. ‘The first nod to my future career was in 1956, when I sat and drew a wedding dress that a client of Violet’s was describing to her. That was 58 years ago.’ At eight years old, he started to make clothes for his foster sister, Linda’s, dolls. ‘[Her] Sindy was the best-dressed in the county!’ he boasts, before adding, ‘actually, this is a good time to get Barnardo’s in. Fost-er-ing,’ he says, directly into my dictaphone (Bruce is Vice President of Barnardo’s, the charity that organises foster care for vulnerable children). ‘Our foster mother created

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a family. I have two foster brothers and two foster sisters. I’m making a wedding dress for my foster sister’s (Linda’s) daughter. If you fancy fostering, we need carers for Barnardo’s children.’ By 13, Bruce’s mischievous behaviour had become too much for Violet and he was moved to a Barnardo’s home in Ripon, North Yorkshire, where he attended Ripon Grammar. Raised in the North, does he consider himself northern? ‘London is my home,’ he confirms. ‘I was born here and then went up there. But I was drawn back down for career reasons; I don’t know if I could have done what I’ve done in the North East.’ At 18, Bruce went on to do a teacher-training course but swiftly realised he would have made a ‘crap teacher’. ‘I was so impatient. And I knew it too. If I was going to do anything, I should start it now.’

THE DUCHESS OF KENT DECIDED TO DO HER EXERCISES IN FRONT OF THE WINDOW... Barnardo’s funded him through St. Martins School of Art and Design and gave him a loan to start his eponymous fashion house in 1975. Five years later, he was approached by Vogue to restyle the young Lady Diana Spencer prior to her royal nuptials, and it was this relationship that propelled him into the international sphere. ‘Vogue had, I think, been asked by the palace [to restyle Diana]…and we were already very well-known to Vogue. They dragged in dresses that [Diana] tried on in the editor’s office, and then she chose designers she liked. I was one of them, I don’t know why. I think the things I did were probably the simplest. And then she became the President of Barnardo’s, and it just linked too easily.’ He talks about his former showroom, on 41 Beauchamp Place, where Diana ‘and all the Royals’ used

to come. ‘It’s now a chiropodist, it’s disgusting. You’re in there having your toe nails clipped where once Diana sat!’ He motions to a window on the right. ‘This is where the Duchess of Kent decided to do her exercises, in front of the window. One of those open-topped buses doing a tour of London came past. ‘And on your right, you’ll see the showroom where Princess Diana comes to have her dresses made…’ And there’s the Duchess of Kent, doing her…’ he flaps his arms up and down to mimic, what I assume are, leg exercises. His royal clients, however, aren’t the only customers of note; Bruce has designed for a legion of celebrities too. The dress he made for the young Lisa Butcher who married, albeit briefly, Marco Pierre

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White, is currently on display in the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 exhibition. ‘I was actually rather pissed off with the V&A,’ he chides. ‘I have so many better dresses than that. And that dress was 17 years ago, so it doesn’t represent me. But then I guess their point isn’t to do with representing me, it’s to do with a dress ‘in time’. Nevertheless, it still pisses me off.’ As Lisa walked down the aisle, Bruce divulges, Marco looked at her dress – a £3,000, backless floor-length number – and didn’t like it. ‘And he told her,’ Bruce said. ‘They divorced six weeks later. The

I GET EMOTIONAL NOW THAT I’M OLDER dress was quite racy, but we did put a huge veil on it. It was very, very naughty,’ his eyes light up. ‘The whole wedding was a PR stunt.’ More anecdotes follow; one particularly amusing one was where he tells of designing the wedding dress for (the now) Queen Rania Of Jordan and, en route to the wedding, being sent off to the wrong palace. ‘I don’t speak any Arabic and [the driver] didn’t speak any English, so I was saying ‘I don’t think we’re going to the right place’. It was quite funny, I thought [people had] seen the dress and I was going to be shot in the desert!’ His royal connections are very important to him, and he

fidgets when I ask him about the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe for the recent Australian tour. ‘I was delighted to see her wearing Catherine Walker couture…’ he pauses theatrically. ‘And I was also amazed to see her wearing an American designer – Diane von Furstenberg – which is a first. Most Royal families, in most European countries, only wear designers of their own country. Diana did not wear anything like that until she was divorced. So it was great. The Duchess of Cambridge’s style is quite different from Diana and the Duchess of Cornwall. She’s snubbing fashion in a way. She doesn’t want to be seen as a fashion plate, and quite rightly so, because she’s her own person. But, you know, if she ever wants a frock, I’m always here.’ We also discuss the Duchess of Cornwall, who Bruce dresses on occasion. ‘She’s great, she really is. She’s also the President of Barnardo’s. We have a good relationship.’ I ask if he ever felt any allegiance towards Diana and he replies, simply, ‘no’. ‘Diana and Charles were divorced 18 years ago and you rarely discuss the previous wives of your client’s husband! It’s a different person, a different age, a different period in my life. I have no problem with it at all.’ He’s lived in Chelsea for 20 years, with his two dogs Babe and Baz, and happily mixes his working and private life. ‘It’s all one big thing. I’m kind of thinking about it all the time – but it’s not really work, is it, making frocks?’ I glance at the dramatic, extravagant creation to my right and beg to differ. ‘Well, it is when you get downstairs and there are a lot of dresses to be made and ‘huff’ tempers,’ he concedes. He showed again in New York this year – ‘a bit disappointing, I must say’ – but says he’ll go back there again in September. Whatever happens he is adamant he’ll never retire. ‘When I look at Oscar de la Renta and Giorgio Armani, they’re all 80+. I’m 64 next month and I’m fine about it, fairly healthy, fairly fit.’ We chat briefly about his autobiography, Rootless, which he says wasn’t a sentimental undertaking – ‘No, I don’t get emotional.’ A small amount of

probing later, however, and he backtracks. ‘I get emotional now that I’m older. You get more and more thin-skinned.’ Having only ever designed madeto-measure couture, he’s now coming round to the idea of ‘collaborations’ and is currently in discussion with high street brands. ‘I do have to think of a pension!’ he quips. ‘It’s quite amazing the amount of people who are interested. But as far as any definite plans, there’s nothing in the pipeline. I’ve got quite a lot of weddings coming up.’ I baulk at the number he must have to attend, but at least he enjoys them. ‘No, I hate them. I just don’t like going out any more. I’m not very social, in fact, I’m totally antisocial.’ I consider that must be one of Bruce’s ‘half truths’. For going on the lively and amusing conversation we’ve just had, far from ‘antisocial’, he appears delightfully social. And for a right royal designer like Bruce, I wouldn’t expect anything less. No. 27 & No. 34 Beauchamp Place, SW3, 020 7584 1363; bruceoldfield.com

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HEALTH&BEAUTY GLOW GET IT

If you’d rather glow than bronze this summer, Chanel’s Les Beiges collection is what to look out for. The All-in-One Healthy Glow Fluid (£34) comes in a range of tones to varnish your skin with a natural-looking glow, whilst the Healthy Glow Sheer Powder SPF 15 (£39) gives a fresh, radiant finish with every brush. Available from Boots, 148-150 King’s Road, SW3; chanel.com

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Toni & Guy, Sloane Square hether you are a laid-back or super efficient bride, looking the part on the day is a priority. Few brides-to-be are likely to make radical hair changes, but subtle highlights or ‘touching up’ are par for the course. But what happens when, a few days before the wedding, a hairdresser bungles the job and you end up with nicotine yellow roots instead of the platinum ones you were after? Luckily, when this disaster befell me before a wedding (not mine, thankfully), Toni & Guy in Sloane Square came to the rescue. I was placed in the highly capable hands of Jayson Gray, an expert colourist. He examined my locks. ‘So easy to get right and much more difficult to fix,’ he said, shaking his head. ‘Can you?’ I enquired, my lower lip quivering. ‘Of course,’ Jayson replied. Unperturbed, he professionally covered my roots with dye, applied various toners and rinses, and shortly after – as good as his word – my roots matched the rest of my hair once again. Hurrah! Now, if only T&G could get me to the church on time as well, we’d really be in business. By Catherine Hales

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es, we like the idea of looking like bronze goddesses, hence our interest in this, the Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Collection by Estee Lauder. Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (£40) is the perfect highlighter for sunkissed eyelids, whilst Cheek Glow (cream blush, £25) moisturises cheeks, dry from the sea. The Luminous Liquid Bronzer (£28) patches up any tanning blemishes, and the Eau Fraîche Skinscent (£47) spritzes your body with top notes of amber and coconut milk. Available from Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X, 020 7235 5000; esteelauder.co.uk

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If the word ‘plump’ was applied to any part of our bodies, we’d probably be insulted. However, ‘plumping’ our cheeks to iron out wrinkles is something we have no problem with. Melvita’s new Plumping Rose Collection is designed for just that. It includes a radiance serum (£34) to cleanse the face and neck, and a radiance cream (£30) to eliminate signs of tiredness. Youthful skin really is just a pump away. Available from John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1A, 020 7629 7711; uk.melvita.com

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The Kindergartens are delighted to announce that they are opening two new nursery schools in Holland Park, W14 and Aubrey Walk, W8. These will be sister nurseries to their highly successful Pooh Corner Kindergarten in SW7. The new kindergartens will offer a very exciting and unrivalled education. Morning places are available now.

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Reach your personal fitness goals with the new Pilates Reformers at The Peak Health Club & Spa, Knightsbridge. Sculpt your body with Pilates classes alongside one-on-one Pilates Reformer sessions with a specialist Pilates trainer or personal trainer.

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Bridesmaid Petal Baskets. Nothing will hold that glorious confetti more securely than this sweet little Monsoon basket in ivory (the colour, not tusk!). £12, Unit 17 Cardinal Place, Victoria Street, SW1E, 020 7828 4294; uk.monsoon.co.uk

ittle Bevan. We cannot get over this little shop in Pimlico. Presenting childrenswear for special occasions, we love their wedding range – the little Aster dress (from £395, pictured right) and the Mandarin Shirt and Pirate Buckle shoes for boys (from £75, and £24 to hire, respectively, pictured above) in particular. 53 Moreton Street, SW1V, 020 7821 9499; littlebevan.co.uk

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SUITS YOU, SIR Weddings, Ascot – they all require such specific costumes. But if you’re savvy, you can wear the same to both. This Gieves and Hawkes Charcoal Sharksin Three Piece Classic Morning Suit – in 100% wool with the iconic Savile Row roped shoulder – is just the ticket. £1,100, 1 Savile Row, W1S, 020 7432 6403; gievesandhawkes.com

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LET IT POUR It’s Father’s Day on 15th June and if you’re after a father ‘n’ son outfit, we suggest this Le Petit Bateau Iconic Yellow Raincoat (£130) for you, and the Junior Iconic Raincoat (£68) for your boy. 106-108 King’s Road, SW3, 020 7838 0818; petit-bateau.com

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THE DORCHESTER SPA he Dorchester is one of London’s true behemoths. Looming over Park Lane, its’ grandiosity is a reminder of a bygone age when Britain was truly great. Yet below the pomp and ceremony of the lobby lies an ocean of tranquility in the Spa of the same name. With Father’s Day on the horizon (somewhat appropriately around the start of the World Cup), I took it upon myself to sample the Aromatherapy Associates Refinery Men’s Facial, which the spa have a special June offer on for the occasion. Before going, decades of blood, sweat and insufficient moisturising had left my face resembling Clint Eastwood in the Dollars Trilogy, only less fanciable. Over the course of an hour though, my friendly therapist, Sandra, expertly combined relaxing hand strokes with the necessary exfoliating expertise required to leave my face looking as good as it felt upon completion. Kids, this year Daddy doesn’t want a personalised tankard or a golf-related novelty. Daddy wants this. By Harry Harland

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HORSES FOR COURSES Foals, Frankel and partying at The Birdcage, Director of Highclere Stud Jake Warren takes us inside the stables

ABSOLUTELY Is there such a thing as a ‘typical day’ at the stud? JAKE WARREN A typical day on the stud varies throughout the year. We are currently coming towards the end of what’s known as the ‘breeding season’. This window is between the 1st January – 1st June, and in this time we are mainly trying to achieve three things: 1. Get the 50 or so mares here under our ownership or management, in foal. 2. Safely raise 40 or so newborn foals. These are exceptionally valuable commodities which can in some instances be worth over £250,000 from birth. 3. Manage our stallion Paco Boy, who covers on average over 100 mares a season at a charge of £8,000 per mare. With these three things happening at once, our day on the stud doesn’t end! But we have a great team, managed by my family, that are working their socks off to keep the show on the road. ABS What do you enjoy most about your job? JW Aside from the thrill of being involved with a winner, the bloodstock business is extraordinary. The people I deal with on a daily basis might be from all walks of life, but they’re bound by a love of horses. ABS Highclere Stud has been in your mother’s family for over 100 years. What does that heritage mean to you? JW My great-great grandfather laid Highclere Stud down in 1902 and his passion runs through us all. I feel very proud to be continuing the work he started. Highclere Stud has been the source of many champion racehorses because of its excellent pasture, setting and management, so continuing that is going to be my challenge.

which takes a lot of planning. We had 1,000 people dancing in tails and top hats last year, which was quite a sight! ABS During Ascot week how do you manage the pressure? JW If you get a horse to run at Royal Ascot the pressure is off ! It’s the equivalent of the Olympics for us. ABS Your father, John Warren, is HM The Queen’s Racing Manager. Is that something you would like to do one day? JW It is a job that would be a huge honour for anyone in the business to take on.

ABS How do you find working with your parents? JW Pretty disastrous sometimes, as expected! But fundamentally, we get on really well. We find it easy to switch between professional and non-professional matters, which helps, and although I wouldn’t necessarily tell them to their faces, they’re pretty good teachers! ABS Ascot is fast approaching – how are you preparing for it? JW On the horse front we are working with all our trainers deciding which horses could be suitable for which races. We’re also going to be sending a very well bred filly of ours to the inaugural Goffs London Sale, the night before the Royal meeting, which is a new and very exciting aspect of the week. Taking place at Kensington Palace, I think it will be a fantastic opening night for Royal Ascot and I’m looking forward to being there when some very valuable racehorses are auctioned right in the heart of London. I also run a big party on the last day in the Royal Enclosure called The Birdcage,

WE HAD 1,000 PEOPLE DANCING IN TAILS AND TOP HATS LAST YEAR, WHICH WAS QUITE A SIGHT!

ABS Frankel sired your most recent foal. You must have high hopes? JW It’s early days yet, but he’s seriously exciting. He comes from our best mare whose progeny have amassed over £2.5m at public auction before even setting foot on a racetrack! And the fact that Frankel sired him too just adds to the dream of possibilities. ABS A spot of trivia. Downton Abbey is filmed at your uncle’s home, Highclere Castle. Do you have any involvement with the show at all? JW No, I’m afraid not. My acting career died with the curtain drop of my abysmal performance in The Pirates of Penzance aged 12!

The Goffs London Sale, in association with QIPCO, 16th June, The Orangery, Kensington Palace, W8; goffs.com. Royal Ascot (17th-21st June) features seven QIPCO British Champions Series races.

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hen I meet amateur jockey and businessman Sam Waley-Cohen, it is straight off the back of his quadruple win at the Warwickshire Hunt Point-to-Point at Mollington. He greets me with a massive grin, one that envelopes his entire face to such an extent I instantly think of him as Sam ‘Smiley’-Cohen. ‘Yes, it was a good weekend,’ he says. ‘In fact, we’ve had six winners in the last six races we’ve run.’ Six, I gush, how exhausting. ‘Well, you want to win, so you’ve got be fit enough. At four races a day, I can probably still ride my best. Once it gets to six or seven, I’m more of a passenger.’ We are sitting in GAILS on Fulham Road discussing race preparation, specifically, how one keeps momentum going race after race. ‘Confidence affects it,’ he says. ‘If you’re too confident you might start being too bullish. And if you’ve had a bad couple of rides you might start being too negative. So it’s a fine line that makes a difference between winning and not winning.’ I can’t really imagine Sam being too bullish, or rather, arrogant. Yes, I’ve only known him five minutes, but he is immediately warm and modest; you can’t help but like him. This must be how he earned himself the moniker ‘the gentleman jockey’. He laughs when I suggest it and seems a little bashful. Perhaps it embarrasses him. As a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who enters the world’s top and most dangerous horse races for pleasure, he’s probably sick of being socially divided from his fellow jockeys. ‘The last Corinthian’ the papers call him. ‘It’s not irritating,’ he replies when I ask, ‘I think it’s great that people still think it’s a good thing to

have amateurs in sport. The amateur bit doesn’t fuss me at all…except that you have to be more prepared. If you go out on a big stage, it’s easy to be tagged negatively if you’re not fit enough. You almost have to be more professional than the professionals to make sure you can compete.’ Sam was born in 1982 to racehorse breeder and trainer Robert Waley-Cohen and his wife Felicity. Educated at St Edwards, Oxford and Edinburgh University, he raced to fame coming fifth in the 2007 Grand National at Aintree, riding Libertine, his father’s horse. He won the delayed King George VI Chase in 2010 on Long Run (another of his father’s horses) and the following year, on the same horse, achieved monumental success by winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup – the first amateur jockey to do so in 30 years. When we met, alas, it was not in such a blaze of glory, for just a few weeks prior he had fallen at Fence 9 in this year’s Grand National. When conversation steers towards it, he looks, understandably, uncomfortable. ‘It was just so disappointing. We went in there with such high expectations.’ Frankly, I’m surprised he’s not sitting in front of me in crutches, bandaged up like a mummy, as his fall looked bloody awful. ‘It’s a bit like driving too fast on a narrow road, getting to a corner and realising you’re not going to get round. You get to the fence and know you’re going to fall – a split second before – and you’re like ‘oh God…’ To be honest, that was a really bad fall. You’re at the front of the Grand National so you’ve got 40 horses behind you, coming thundering over you. You just curl up into a little ball.’ I tell him I imagine, having just knocked yourself out of a world-class race, that’s probably what you feel like doing anyway. ‘Obviously the wind is knocked out of you, because you get ploughed into the ground at 30mph, and you’ve fallen from the back of the horse, which is probably 7ft. Then everybody

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comes crashing over you. So, it’s not a great experience,’ he stoically laughs. ‘But then you stand up, make sure everyone else is alright around you and live to fight another day.’ Camaraderie between the riders is clearly important. I’d even read somewhere that they talk to each other during races. Since I assume they don’t discuss the weather, what do they talk about? ‘It’s not ‘do ya fancy a drink?’’ Sam confides. ‘In a race like the National, which is long, you might say ‘how are you going?’ but we’ll probably be too focused on the race. Or else you might say, ‘I’m just on your left, right, whatever,’ to try to help the person in front of you not inadvertently take you out! In the National, there’s much more willingness to accommodate someone because you’re in that situation. But it’s not ‘banter’.’ It would be easy to spend all our time chatting racing, but that would be to ignore the fact it is ‘merely’ Sam’s hobby. In 2009, following a successful stint with Louis Dreyfus Trading Ltd, Sam founded Portman Healthcare, a chain of dental practices. By 2011, the business had expanded to include eight clinics, and Sam was awarded Spears Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. ‘The Clare Balding thing was completely untrue,’ Sam says, when I cite the oft publicised assertion that he got the idea for it from Clare Balding’s unfortunate comments about jockey Liam Treadwell’s teeth. ‘We had started the business before then,’ he confirms. ‘The idea was based on a couple of things. One was an Austin Powers joke of ‘bad British teeth.’ That and there was a dental practice near a racecourse I’d always pass, and I’d think, ‘why aren’t there any dental chains?’’ Today, Portman boasts more than 21 practices and 100,000 patients. But regardless of any stats he might reel off to me, just looking at him is

persuasive enough of its success; his teeth are perfectly straight and blindingly white. I’m certain he’d feel most uncomfortable being heralded a ‘white teeth ambassador’, but his Celebrity Ambassadorship for the Bone Cancer Research Trust is one he is not uncomfortable with. Tragically, Sam’s younger brother, Thomas, died in 2004, just days after his 20th birthday, having fought bone cancer for almost a decade. Approximately 550 people are diagnosed with the illness in the UK each year, and of those 550, only half will survive. Since 2006, the charity has funded 38 research projects – totalling more than £1.7m in research grant spending – helped, no doubt, by Sam’s endorsement. ‘To be involved with the Bone Cancer Research Trust is something that is incredibly close to my heart,’ he says. ‘It’s a fantastic charity, really positive, as something so specific isn’t necessarily on top of everybody’s agenda. To help promote it in any way I can is a good thing. I’ve been roped into this bike ride…’ He is referring to the RideLondonSurrey100 on 10th August (a 100-mile cycling challenge), which he is undertaking on a tandem bicycle with his wife Annabel. ‘I’m going to have Bella on the back, screaming behind me, probably not peddling.’ I ask if his 14-month-old son, Max, will be cradled in the basket. ‘Possibly. In fact, he probably could be.’ In London Sam lives in Chelsea, ‘a fantastic place’, but I get the sense his heart is in the countryside. ‘City life in London is so grounded in terms of your connection to nature. When you’re out on a horse, there’s

blood and sweat and the disaster of animal life.’ He says it so casually but there is a huge amount of risk involved. Now he has a family, does he ever think of (excuse the pun) reining it in? ‘The truth is that there are risks in life anyway. You do a risk assessment, even if it’s subconsciously. I was on a stag party in Spain and bull fighting had been organised. I went in with a bit of bravado and then I thought, ‘what the hell am I doing? I’m getting out!’’ he chuckles. ‘The thing about racing is that you don’t think it’s you that’s going to get hurt. You go in there thinking you’re going to win (or hope you’re going to win). The second that doubt creeps in, or [you think about] taking the more cautious route, you’re not going to win. So in that sense, no, Max has had no real impact in terms of my ‘risks’. But it does make it easier to accept things that haven’t gone well. You go back and life goes on.’ With his brother’s initials stitched into his saddle, Sam rides out in his family’s chocolate and orange silks. I facetiously enquire if this is because he’s a fan of a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and he looks at me strangely before confirming, ‘it’s not’. In spite of that faux pas, Sam insists on paying for coffee, which only confirms what I thought at the beginning. Sam ‘Smiley’-Cohen is indeed a gentleman, the kind most sports these days need more of. I very much hope he’s not the ‘last’ Corinthian – but he may well be racing’s finest. To sponsor Sam in RideLondon-Surrey100 or donate to The Bone Cancer Research Trust call 0113 258 5934; bcrt.org.uk

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Have you ever had to fight your way into The Botanist? Edwina Langley finds out what lies beyond its crowded facade

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or local residents, The Botanist needs little introduction. Testament to this comes with just Googling ‘Sloane Square’ (the first listing, before even the square itself, is that of ‘The Botanist Bar and Restaurant’). I had never eaten there before. This is because it is always so full of sharp elbows, it’s all I can do to fight my way inside for a drink (I daren’t imagine the Kung Fu kicks I’d need to pull off to battle my way to a table). Luckily, a request to review it secured entry, avoiding any such war-like scenarios. Arriving at the dining area, I marvelled at the space. Surely this couldn’t be the same hotspot that, under the weight of an army of suits, I’d nearly drowned in months earlier? I was led to a small table by the window, where my date ‘E’ awaited, and straight-off ordered two glasses of Joseph Perrier, Cuvee Royale Brut; the victory of finally making it to any table warranted such celebration.

Those slipped down rather nicely, though strangely slowly; we gossiped for half an hour without ordering, and never at any point felt hassled to get on with it. When we finally did get on with it though, we dived into the starters. E went for Seared King Scallops, Sweetcorn and Black Truffle, which we perceived would challenge the chef because it would require a skilled balancing act. Truffle can be very over-powering and sweetcorn, obviously sweet, meaning the scallops could lie limp and get lost

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on the plate. Luckily, they led the flavour stakes and everything else fell nicely in line. I opted for something I wouldn’t usually go for – a savoury dish with fruit in it. The Wild Bass and Mango Cerviche with Smoked Chilli Salt was light and summery, another good balancing act. That said I would have loved some more of the salt – because I’m unhealthy like that. E’s main course was the Peterhead Cod Fillet with White Asparagus, Roast Artichoke and Salsa. Whilst the fish was bang-on and the rest well-seasoned, it sadly didn’t manage to convince us that there is a place, on any plate, for sunlight-starved, turns-mushy-inyour-mouth white asparagus. I went for Grilled Devonshire Red Chicken Breast, (proper green) Asparagus, Broad Beans, Peas and Minted Hollandaise, with a side order of fries and a green salad. Chicken breast, whilst not exactly a complex component, is much harder to get right than you might think; one minute overcooked and it’s dry and tasteless. Luckily that wasn’t the case here. My main course was simple, yes, but the juiciness of the chicken elevated it from merely a ‘good dish’ to a delicious one. All this was eased down with a crisp bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Touraine. Come pudding, since we’d (or rather I’d) devoured the breadboard too, there was little room left for much else. I managed to get through half a selection of sorbets, which provided the sugary hit I seem to require to end every dinner these days. E tucked into her specially designed ‘non-dairy’ cheeseboard – they accommodated her dairy intolerance perfectly – and very much enjoyed that too. A glass each of Oloroso sherry for the road, and we were off, resolute in our conviction that a table at Sloane Square’s The Botanist is most definitely worth fighting for.

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FIT FOR A QUEEN ABSOLUTELY So, it all started with a fruitcake you made for a friend at Christmas. Is that right? FIONA CAIRNS Yes, I was making some miniature fruitcakes, iced and decorated, as gifts one Christmas and my husband, Kishore, suggested that I should sell them. ABS How did you go from there to setting up your own business? FC Kishore said I should start at the top, so I contacted the buyer at Harrods and took some of my cakes for them to see. The following week, I got my first order from them and we have been delivering every Thursday since then, 28 years ago! ABS Then Waitrose and Selfridges took note and came aboard. That must have been such a thrill... FC It was exciting and challenging, though as the orders started to come in, it was not an easy time for any of us, if I am honest! I was working from home at the very beginning, literally in my kitchen. I soon needed

THE DUKE & DUCHESS WERE VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN PROCESS to take people on to help. I expand into a converted barn in my garden and from there, we used to supply Waitrose, Harrods and Selfridges. ABS Where are your cakes made now? FC After 14 years we outgrew the barn at home and moved to nearby industrial premises in Leicestershire. We started with one building, which we converted and equipped, and we now have four. ABS You only use natural ingredients and were awarded the Good Egg Award in 2012 for your commitment to

THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE’S WEDDING CAKE DESIGNER Fiona Cairns TALKS TO Absolutely ABOUT HER CAREER IN BAKING AND HOW SHE WENT ABOUT TAKING ON THE COMMISSION OF A LIFETIME free range eggs. Why is using free range so unusual? Since we know they taste better, why doesn’t everyone use them? ABS Thankfully many more people now use free range eggs, they are widely available and much more affordable. I do think they taste better, but I also feel that the welfare of the hens producing them is important. ABS You got selected to make the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding cake. How did that come about? FC I am not sure how the process worked, we were told that we were on a shortlist and that we would be told when the decision was made. It wasn’t like a royal bake-off! ABS And then you got the call saying you’d been successful... FC We really weren’t expecting to be chosen. So when my husband took the call it was amazing. We were very excited but also concerned. It was a huge responsibility – and an honour. ABS How involved was the Duchess in the cake design? FC The Duke and Duchess were

both very much involved in the design process. We worked to a brief, prepared by the Duchess, and then sent sketches and samples for approval. These would come back to us with her handwritten notes and comments, so we knew they were her decisions. ABS How long did it take to make? You must have had rather a few sleepless nights… FC It was a very stressful time for all of us, but we only had about two months in all. Once the design was finalised and the fruitcakes baked, we could get on with making the flowers and building the cake. A team of us then went to Buckingham Palace for three days to assemble it. ABS We gather the Duke and Duchess saved three tiers of the cake – did they eat one at Prince George’s christening?

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FOOD&TRAVEL FC I believe they did, that is the tradition. ABS We’re sure that was your most challenging commission – but have there been any others that spring to mind when you think of ‘a stressful day at the office’? FC We once made a cake in the shape of the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for Sir Paul McCartney. He played a concert there, in 1990, and it won a Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Stadium Attendance in History’. ABS What is your favourite cake to eat? Or perhaps you’re bored of cakes? FC I could never get bored of cakes, there are so many flavour combinations to try! I particularly like the way white chocolate, rose and cardamom work together in the summer months. I like to bake with the seasons, and so my favourite cake will change throughout the year. It could be a rich, dark fruitcake or a spiced ginger cake in the winter, and a light lemon sponge in the summer. ABS A really good cake should have...? FC A balance of taste and appearance is really important. We always try to ensure that our cakes look as good as they taste and the two should go hand in hand. ABS You support the Akshar Trust, a charity which works with hearingimpaired children in Vadodara, India. Why this charity? FC My husband is Indian and we visit Gujarat every year. A friend of ours runs the Akshar Trust and we really wanted to help. Through education, the children are given the skills and confidence to have a useful and fulfilling life – they are all from underprivileged homes. ABS What was your wedding cake like and did you make it? FC It was a very traditional royal iced tiered cake, made by a friend of my mother’s. To be honest, I wasn’t that interested in it at the time, little did I know!

ABS If you could design it now, what would it look like? FC If I was getting married now, in the early summer (I did marry in May, but in the 1980s) I would make a tiered cake of light sponges, filled with fresh fruits and flavoured cream. Decorated with fruits and crystallised flowers, it would look and taste delicious – but it wouldn’t be at all what you might think of as a traditional iced wedding cake. ABS Do you watch BBC’s The Great British Bake Off? FC Not always, but I do love it! ABS What do brides most commonly want from a wedding cake these days – or is every commission different? FC We do spend a great deal of time with the bride, and sometimes also the groom, to make sure that they have a cake which is very personal to

MY FAVOURITE CAKE WILL CHANGE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR them. We find that a mixture of cakes is very popular, so everyone can have a slice of their favourite. We often make a rich, dark fruitcake and then supply cutting cakes in chocolate or vanilla sponge. ABS Finally, what have you got coming up for the rest of 2014? FC I have lots of projects to work on and the bakery is always busy. I am having a new kitchen built at home, which is very exciting too. Fiona Cairns cakes are stocked in Waitrose. fionacairns.com

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Whole [Lotta] Food Foodies, take note. Whole Foods Market have opened their ninth UK store…in our fi ne district of Fulham. Yes it’s true, Fulham Broadway now plays host to the delightful Market, which features virtually every healthy and organic ingredient known to man. Traditional fi shmongers, greengrocers, a butchery counter and shelf-uponshelf of freshly baked breads, cakes and pastries can be found within the golden (green) doors of this hunger-inducing SUPER market. So dust off your shopping basket and get down there…before we eat it all. Seriously. 3-6 Fulham Broadway, SW6, 020 7386 4350; wholefoodsmarket.com

RECIPE

Reginette pasta with beetroot & sour cream sauce SERVES 4 Preparation time: 15mins Cooking time: 10mins YOU’LL NEED 280g Reginette pasta 4 shallots 2 cloves garlic 1 pack of cooked beetroot 2tsp olive oil 200ml low fat sour cream 2 large handfuls rocket small bunch chives, finely chopped salt and pepper

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Take off the heat and add the beetroot and sour cream to the pan. Blend the mixture using a hand blender or food processor to a coarse sauce. Taste and season.

Twenty years is a long time to stay in the same job. Which is why Matthew Harris is commemorating his two decades as head chef of Bibendum Restaurant and Oyster Bar. He and former head chef (and founding partner) Simon Hopkinson have designed a brand new menu, including lots of Bibendum Classics, like fish soup with rouille and dishes to share, such as côte de boeuf with béarnaise sauce. Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3, 020 7581 5817; bibendum.co.uk

Once the pasta is cooked, drain and return to the pan. Pour the warm sauce over the pasta and toss to coat the pasta well. In a separate bowl, dress the rocket with a little oil or your favourite dressing. Scatter a little rocket over each plate then top with the beetrooty pasta. Drizzle over any sauce left in the pan and sprinkle over the chives. Top with the remaining rocket and a few shavings of Parmesan. lovebeetroot.co.uk

THE FOOD OF LOVE ood at weddings is very important. No one wants overcooked fillet of beef and soggy canapés, especially when there’s a neverending flow of bubbly to soak up. This is why wedding organisers, Kasimira, have such a good reputation; they

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meat with chive infused butter, pickled baby Lebanese cucumbers, fennel and red cabbage coleslaw and a side of rustic hand cut chips. Meanwhile, for those looking for something lighter, we’ve also created a simple but fresh lobster salad made with heirloom tomatoes, sweet baby Thai basil and crisp lobster bread, with lemon and chive dressing – a lovely

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lighter dish perfect for spring. Finally, for dessert, our decadent rich valrhona chocolate pavé is served with charred roasted apricots and pistachio ice cream. Needless to say, it’s become an instant hit! Why not come down and try it for yourself? The proof is, after all, in the pudding…

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ost likely built as a royal hunting lodge in 1550, Great Fosters has enjoyed a legion of noteworthy owners, including Judge Doderidge (Solicitor General to James I) and Sir Robert Foster (Charles II’s Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench and Common Pleas). In the early 20th century it was passed to Queen Alexandra’s lady-in-waiting Baroness Halkett, and then to the Earl of Dudley, and Gerald Montagu, before current custodians, the Sutcliffe family, acquired it in the 1930s. It was they who converted it into a 43-room hotel, which has been (and continues to be) enjoyed by a host of Hollywood stars. Best of all, for those about to embark on their honeymoon, the hotel is a stone’s throw from Heathrow.

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hose looking for a wedding venue, it’s useful to know Great Fosters have 50 acres of beautiful parkland, and since the hotel is licensed to hold civil ceremonies both indoors and on the lawn, it really does sell itself as a strong contender for the perfect Surrey wedding. The gardens were re-designed in 1918 by architect W.H. Romaine-Walker to convert them back to their former Elizabethan glory. Clipped yew hedges, a knot garden and the ‘Drake sundial’ (allegedly donated by Sir Francis Drake) means there is much to see and discover on a leisurely wander round. Important to note though, the gardens allow four-legged friends but the hotel has a strict no dogs policy.

tay in The Italian room (not pictured!) allegedly the one Emma Thompson requests when she visits. Overlooking the front of the hotel, this deeply rich red room boasts a four-poster bed with an ornately decorated en suite, including a truly mammoth bath (seriously, you can swim in it). A desk for writing, lots of cupboard space, Italianate furniture and quattrocento doors, make it a wonderfully romantic haven for a night or two.

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fternoon tea is served in the Bar room, a space not as ‘in tune’ (décor-wise) with the building’s history, but comfortable nonetheless. All the usual – finger sandwiches, home-baked scones – are served up with delicious bespoke teas, and a few hours later, you can return for a punchy cocktail. Dinner is served in the Oak Room, where gravadlax is carved at the table and Dover Sole, served on the bone. Excellent wines are served too, by a delightful sommelier. Breakfast can be eaten downstairs, but let’s face it, why not have it in bed when it’s on offer?

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A stay in one of the Historic Bedrooms is £425 per room, per night, including VAT. For wedding enquiries call 01784 480 411. Great Fosters, Stroude Road, Egham, Surrey, TW20, 01784 433 822; greatfosters.co.uk

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STREET Style COLOURFUL AND CULTURAL, Leo Bear EXPLORES THE GATEWAY TO THE AMERICAN ART WORLD: Miami

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t’s the run-up to Art Basel Miami Beach, where collectors, gallery owners, artists and celebrities congregate to admire pop-up art installations and swap digits at swanky private parties, and I’m here to get a taste of what Miami has to offer the layman. I’m told more private jets land in Miami on December 3rd than anywhere else in the world – and that the incoming crowd are dropping more than $1m a night on works of art. In other words ‘it’s great fun; eight days of intense debauchery,’ says Philip Hoffman, CEO of the UK’s Fine Art Fund. ‘Make sure you take sunglasses.’ The thing is, I’m early to the party. Art season spans December

to March (peaking in December) and it’s November – but nonetheless there’s a palpable sense of excitement in the air. At my hotel, The James Royal Palm, the staff are gearing up to host a cocktail-cum-spa-lounge conceived by ex-Ralph Lauren creative Mark Cunningham. But before I dive into the art scene, I need to get my bearings. This is my first trip to Miami and I’m keen to explore my surroundings of South Beach. I start by booking an architectural bike tour with Dragonfly Tours. A couple of hours later I descend to the lobby and pray the tattooed man sitting in the corner isn’t my guide. He’s in surf shorts, mismatching Converse and has a braided beard.

He springs up and introduces himself as John, my guide. He’ll be showing me all of Miami’s architectural wonders – and really he’s a wonder in himself. It turns out he used to tour with Nine Inch Nails but gave it all up because the crew lacked hygiene. Miami is grit, glamour and gorgeous buildings. Freewheeling down Collins Avenue, I’m quickly seduced. Lined with low-rise pastel buildings decorated with coral from the Everglades, the traffic-free boulevards are dotted with palm trees, giving a laid-back campus-like feel to the area. South Beach reminds me of Westwood, a village-y suburb of Los Angeles known for its 1950s cinemas, grassy sidewalks and goodlooking undergrads. John describes

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the architecture as ‘tropical deco’. I’m not sure if he’s made it up, but it’s apt either way. The city has certainly come a long way. In the seventies it was the cocaine capital of the world, notorious for cars blowing up by the side of the road and daylight shootings. Later came a spell as ‘God’s Waiting Room’, when kooky retirement settlements prevailed. Today it’s a breezy coastal paradise populated by hip outdoorsy types who skateboard to work. During our bike ride, we visit glorious art deco buildings including the Lincoln Theatre (now an H&M), the Jackie Gleason Fillmore Theatre and the Betsy Hotel. The tour is an education; new words start to enter my vocabulary like ‘eyebrow ledges’ and ‘ziggurats’ (the trademark stepped effect found on many an art deco rooftop). We finish up on Ocean Drive outside the beleaguered Versace mansion. Recently acquired by the owners of the neighbouring property Hotel Victor, plans are in motion to convert the late fashion designer’s home into a jazzy ocean-facing restaurant. While the architecture warrants the airfare in itself, I’m actually here for the art. Home to an array of internationally renowned galleries including MoCA, Noma and the new fabulous Pérez Museum designed by Swiss duo Herzog & de Meuron, I’m keen to see something truly unique to Miami. So I hail a cab to the Wynwood district. There, street artists such as Retna, an LA-based artist who counts Hermès and Louis Vuitton among his clients, flock to leave their mark. The result is an explosive mix of bold and distinctive murals. But there’s much more.

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you find in New York’s Soho – but with a much more vivid colour palette thanks to the year-round Floridian sunshine. You can wander around solo or join a guided walking tour. Of the galleries, the Rubell Family Collection, one of the largest private displays of modern art in the world, is a must-visit, and for emerging talent, try the Bakehouse Art Complex, a former bakery now home to 65 studios occupied by budding young artists. Here, you can buy something to take home or commission something original that won’t break the bank. What’s remarkable is that Wynwood’s ascension from down-and-out to downright cool has all happened in the last ten years – stimulated in large part by the Miami Basel Art Fair. Offshoots of the fair now take place in Wynwood, generating a lot of speculation and hype, so it will be interesting to see how the area continues to evolve. Tanked up on art and architecture, I head back to the comparatively historic district of South Beach for some much needed R ‘n’ R. Most of the hotels on this 8.5-mile stretch of soft yellow sand have private beach clubs attached to them, and The James is no exception. Horizontal on a sunlounger, I feel incredibly content. A male model in bright-orange shorts brings me a hamper of fruit and Fiji water, and I smile remembering an earlier encounter with one of Miami’s most eminent gallery curators – Conrad de la Torre of Gary Nader Fine Art – who told me: ‘Miami is the gateway to the American art world. If you want to do well, you have to come here… Where else can you hang out in five-star hotels and buy milliondollar pieces of art in shorts and sandals?’ And that pretty much sums up Miami. It’s very cool. Even for art novices like me.

THE DAMAGE The Walls lie at the heart of a wider ten-block area boasting great swathes of spray art, op-art and roll art – sometimes covering whole buildings – as well as more than 50 art galleries. A formerly stagnant area of vacant warehouses, Wynwood now sparkles with the kind of intrinsic attitude

Virgin Holidays (virginholidays. co.uk) offers five nights room-only at The James Royal Palm (jameshotels. com) for £1,499 per person including flights with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow and car hire. For more information about Miami, visit miamiandbeaches. com. Art Basel 2015 runs from December 4-7 (artbasel.com/miami).

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Natural wedding hen one thinks of an English wedding, is there a place more beautiful to consider than the rugged, rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales? Let Natural Retreats make it happen for you. The Sanctuary rests on top of a hill with wondrous views and can accommodate ceremonies for up to 100 guests. Expert caterers ensure the champagne flows throughout the reception afterwards, whilst mouth-watering menus fly out of the kitchens. Guests can also stay in the grounds, in one of the 18 three-bed lodges, so you can rest assured everyone is close at hand to celebrate your special day. Rental prices from £2,500 for The Sanctuary, The Platinum Wining & Dining Package costs £87pp. Lodges are available for hire at £360 per lodge for a 2-night stay when the entire site is hired. naturalretreats.com

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The world is your oyster hen we read that luxury travel company Brown + Hudson’s brochures have no itineraries (you make them up yourself), we could barely contain our excitement. What better way to celebrate your wedding than to honeymoon in South Africa, experiencing a ‘bush and beach’ safari, tailor-made just for you? Or enjoy respite from the office, with a ‘road trip’ on horseback through the Nevada desert? These are just two ideas thought up by clients, and Brown + Hudson made it happen. Where does your imagination take you? brownandhudson.com

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here are 3.5million birdwatchers in the UK, which means there will be much interest in this five-day birdwatching holiday in…no, not the British Isles, somewhere slightly warmer. The Anse Chastanet resort in St. Lucia nestles in an environment perfect for spotting rare and exotic indigenous birds, and is currently offering a spectacular opportunity to do so. The birdwatching package includes a trip to the resort’s plantation (through the jungle) to spy on Broad-winged Hawks and American Kestrels, a visit to the Millet Bird Sanctuary to find the St Lucia parrot, and a hike to the top of Gros Piton in search of the Red Neck Pigeon and the St. Lucia Oriole. If you can, pack up and fly away now. ITC Luxury Travel offers prices of £1,895 pp based on 2 adults sharing a Superior Hillside Room for 7 nights including return flights from London Gatwick with British Airways. itcluxurytravel.co.uk, ansechastanet.com

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Eat Amsterdam The new Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam has some exciting news – Librije's Zusje Amsterdam, a world-class restaurant has recently opened. Located next to the romantic courtyard garden of the hotel, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Offering such delights as a multicourse tasting menu (three courses for €68, six courses for €110), mackerel meringue, sherry-marinated North Sea crab, and lamb with Anchois sauce, have so far featured. A Michelin-star is surely just around the corner. Get there now, we say. waldorfastoria.com

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BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW A leading child psychologist says it’s time parents and schools engaged with what their children are experiencing online. Only then can we help them negotiate the ‘toxic digital world’, says Amanda Constance ILLUSTRATION PHIL COUZENS

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hat are our children doing online? Most of us have little idea and we succumb all too easily to the collective hysteria when we hear about the latest vulnerable teenager who has apparently fallen prey to the pressures of a toxic digital world. Social media, online gaming and pornography can all be easily accessed by children yet remain alien to many parents, and what we don’t know or understand, we fear. The media doesn’t help. The coverage earlier this year of the suicide of private-school girl Tallulah Wilson – who was apparently addicted to photo-sharing on Tumblr – was a case in point. Reams of newspaper print were given over to coverage of the telegenic teen with the papers quoting Wilson’s mother’s plea for other parents to ‘stop this poison spreading’ and calling for an industry ban on sites that promote self-harm or suicide. The knee-jerk reaction to each of these stories is to impose censure or bans; we want to protect our children by prohibition. But a leading child psychologist says we’ve got it all wrong. Professor Tanya Byron believes that the idea that we can ‘protect’ our children from the internet is unrealistic and unhelpful for them.

HOW ARE WE GOING TO TEACH CHILDREN TO BE RESPONSIBLE DIGITAL CITIZENS IF WE DON’T ENGAGE WITH THEM?

‘How are we going to teach children to be responsible digital citizens if we don’t engage with them?’ she says. Prof Byron, who specialises in work with children and adolescents says: ‘There is a moral panic around the internet, this idea that it’s going to hell in a handcart …. that is irritating and unhelpful.’ Rather than demonising the digital world, Prof Byron says we must work harder to understand it and communicate with our children about what they experience online. Speaking at a conference on the need to build ‘emotional resilience’ in today’s high-achieving teenagers, held at King’s College School in Wimbledon, Professor Byron says

that risk-taking is a natural part of child development and parents need to understand that for today’s young people much of this ‘would now take place online.’ She notes the perverse irony, particularly in middle-class families where, ‘We’re telling children that it’s too scary to go outside. We don’t let them out of the door into a real community but we then ‘tech’ them up with a multi-media emporium at home and send them into a much bigger global online community that we don’t understand.’ Prof Byron thinks our teenagers get a very bad press and described the present younger generation as ‘awesome’, the most emotionally articulate and engaged ever seen. Part of this comes through their engagement with the wider world via the internet. ‘Through their connectivity, kids are incredibly aware, but that doesn’t always help them. Awareness without life experience can sometimes be very challenging, so it is our responsibility to bridge that gap.’ ‘Digital technology is an exciting place to be. We must equip our children to cope with the bad parts,’ she says. And we can only do that by knowing where they go and what they do online. Every parent should visit the sites their children visit. See what they see and read what they read, and only then can they really provide the support and guidance many teenagers desperately need. Prof Byron told the assembled audience of heads, deputy heads and pastoral heads from many of the UK’s top independent schools that they needed to do more, too. Banning phones or web access – as Eton did with SnapChat earlier this year – would not solve the problem. Just like parents, schools need to be addressing the underlying issues associated with social media and online gaming sooner rather than later. Leaving such discussions until Year 9 was ‘too late’. Many pupils will have smartphones from Year 5 onwards and schools need to be engaging with pupils about their use from then. And old-fashioned parenting still has a role. ‘We can set limits’, she says, ‘we can say it’s time get off the screen just like we can say it’s time to stop eating chocolate cake.’

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Stevenage Road SW6 £5,000,000 This incredible seven-bedroom house extendes to approx. 4,500 sqft. The ground floor features a superb bay fronted reception room, a stunning kitchen/family room leading out to the beautiful landscaped garden, a boot room with separate entrance and WC. The exceptional lower ground floor comprises the nanny studio with en suite shower room and fully equipped kitchenette, laundry room, a gym, office, a cinema room and a covered patio with stairs leading up to the garden. Freehold. EPC=C.

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Redesdale Street SW3 £4,950,000 This impressive period house is located in the heart of Chelsea on the south side of a popular residential street running parallel with the King’s Road. The house has been beautifully refurbished and offers a fabulous open plan kitchen/dining room, a double reception room and a study. The generous bedroom accommodation provides a master suite, three further bedrooms and three bathrooms. The house also benefits from a south facing roof terrace and a patio garden. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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College Place SW10 £2,650,000 This stunning three-bedroom townhouse is located within a private gated development offering an integral double garage and a private garden. Situated opposite the English National Ballet School this fabulous Chelsea townhouse boasts excellent accommodation arranged over four oors including a superb reception room with a terrace, a separate kitchen, dining room and a utility room. College place is a secure gated development with a porter and dedicated parking. Freehold. EPC=D. Joint Sole Agent.

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nce described as a ‘village of palaces’, Chelsea has a reputation as one of London’s most sought after areas. Inward foreign investment has been crucial and the term ‘safe haven’ is commonplace on every buyer and renter’s lips. It seems that ex-pats and applicants from all parts of the world simply cannot resist this thriving pocket of London. Spring is now upon us and traditionally is an active time for the lettings market. With its grand detached houses, impressive portered mansion blocks, beautiful garden squares, modern riverside developments and idyllic mews houses, renters flock to Chelsea in search of the Central London lifestyle yet with a quiet village feel - a rarity in the busy capital today. The lettings market in Chelsea remains active across all areas. The majority of the activity at the moment seems to be coming from two bedroom apartments priced around £800-£1500 per week and three bedroom houses and apartments around the £3,000 per week mark. Applicants currently have choice, therefore presentation is key in the London lettings market to achieve the maximum rental without void periods. Prospective corporate tenants seek

good quality family homes finished to a high standard, along with two or three bedroom lateral apartments. Relocation agents are especially busy during this period looking to place their corporate clients, therefore attention to detail including good kitchens and bathrooms, modern fixtures and fittings and window dressings all help secure a good tenancy at the best rental rate. With its riverside qualities and beautiful architecture, along with the copious choice of luxury shopping and dining, there is no other area in London which offers the lifestyle Chelsea does. As a local agent, it is my responsibility to help my applicants understand its unique charm and superiority. Having worked for an airline, I realise the importance of customer service and I aim to apply the same passion to every viewing, putting myself in my applicants’ shoes and fully understanding their wants and needs. For me, it is not just about finding them a place to live, it is about finding them a home whilst educating them on this amazing city and what it can offer them. Chelsea really is the pinnacle of the capital and I am proud to call it my home, as well as my work place. � 020 7589 6677; bective.co.uk

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ELM PARK GARDENS, Chelsea, SW10 A beautiful, contemporary one bedroom apartment on the fourth floor (with lift) of a stunning period red brick building. The bright reception room benefits from a vaulted sky-light with direct views across the communal gardens and ample space for dining and entertaining. Further accommodation includes a separate kitchen, a large bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom and a guest cloakroom. Elm Park Gardens is a quiet residential road ideally situated for access to the shops and restaurants of Chelsea and South Kensington. EPC rating E. Leasehold approximately 67 years remaining Guide price: ÂŁ1,495,000 +44(0)20 7225 6700 andrew.gunnforbes@harrodsestates.com

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EGERTON CRESCENT, Knightsbridge, SW3 A stunning property located in this quiet leafy crescent, yet moments from Harrods and the amenities of Knightsbridge. Accommodation of approx 3428 sq ft comprises; on the lower floor a large eat in kitchen with access to the paved garden and utility room. On the ground floor the dining room, reception room and study. The large formal reception room takes up the entire first floor with balcony and views of the communal garden to the front. On the second floor the master double bedroom, bathroom and dressing room, and on the 3rd floor the guest double bedroom and single bedroom, plus large walk in wardrobe and bathroom. This wonderful house is rare to the lettings market, and available for short term lets over the Summer of 2014. Available now, furnished. EPC Rating: D. Price per week: £18,500 Plus Property Fees: £180 Admin & £310 Checkout. References: £42 per person* *http://www.harrodsestates.com/tenants +44(0)20 7225 6602 karen.boland@harrodsestates.com

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A wonderful opportunity to let this impressive family home in the heart of Chelsea.The property offeres fabulous entertaining space and benefits from access to both private and communal gardens. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), shower room, cloakroom, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, utility area, garden, access to communal gardens. EPC Rating E.

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A unique opportunity to let this elegant duplex apartment located on the first and second floors of this impressive period conversion in the heart of Belgravia. The apartment benefits from well proportioned rooms, high ceilings including original cornicing and wood flooring in the reception and dining rooms. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), reception room, dining room, kitchen, roof terrace. EPC Rating E.

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A delightful split level apartment located on the top floor (with lift) of this impressive period conversion. The property is extremely bright and spacious and benefits from a west facing roof terrace and plenty of storage. 3 bedrooms, 2 en suite bathrooms, cloakroom, reception room, kitchen, 2 roof terraces, balcony, lift. EPC Rating E.

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A charming and well presented cottage in this highly sought after area of Chelsea close to the Fulham Road and Brompton Cross. The house benefits from good reception space. Ives Street is situated just off Draycott Avenue close to the excellent restaurant and shopping facilities of the Fulham Road and the King’s Road. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, reception room, conservatory, kitchen, small patio. EPC Rating D.

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ocated in the Loire Valley, a beautiful house with a heated swimming pool and a natural pond set in 1.5 hectares of land, providing a successful self-catering business with four Gites. There is huge potential to increase the existing income by accommodating a chambres d’hote or a restaurant. The farmland has a lake and the land runs on to the River Authion which runs parallel to the Loire until it joins it at Angers. There is also the possibility of acquiring up to a further 10 hectares of land.

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Situated in close proximity to Parsons Green Underground Station and Fulham Road, this residential road is one of the most beautiful in the area.

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A stunning maisonette in the popular Alphabet Streets located on this residential road and close to Hammersmith Broadway and Bishops Park.

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• Energy efficiency: Band D

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£1,000 per week*/£4,333 per month*

A lovely family house quietly located on this residential road in the popular Alphabet Streets and close to Bishops Park benefitting from great entertaining space.

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Kingwood Road, SW6

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Clean lines, style and oozing opulence is only one of many ways to describe this fantastic three bedroom first floor apartment that has been refurbished to a very high standard. The flat is set close to many local shops and restaurants that line the popular Munster Road. • • • •

Exceptional finish throughout Three double bedrooms Open plan kitchen/living Front and rear mansard loft

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Hazlebury Road, SW6

£1,550,000

A charming four bedroom house situated in this delightful Victorian terrace in the popular Bury Triangle of South Fulham. The house has been extended to create a versatile family home that is within close proximity to many local restaurants, shops and schools. • • • •

Four bedrooms 42’ garden Walking distance to South Park Master en-suite

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Rosebury Road, SW6

£945 per week

A beautifully presented four bedroom house in the popular Sands End area of South Fulham. The property is close to Fulham’s prestigious schools which include the L’Ecole des Petits and Marie D’Orliac. It is also within walking distance to South Park and the shops and restaurants of the Wandsworth Bridge Road. • Over 1700sq ft • 24’ double reception room • Bose surround sound system • Master en-suite

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HOUSE HUNTING Peter Shaw Director of Featherstone Leigh

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Property I’d most like on my books and why? I’d love to sell the gasometers on Imperial Road. They are beautiful iconic structures from a bygone era, but they will provide land for much needed new homes in the area. Best place to invest? Most of Fulham has proved extremely popular with investors as property

A SHIFT IN THE LETTINGS LANDSCAPE

here provides good rental prices and fantastic capital growth, creating some of the best combined yields in London. The most interesting property I have been involved in is... We currently have a very interesting 3 bedroom mews house with parking in Elysium Place which is ‘L’ shaped with great open living and is bursting with character The toughest sale and why? The toughest sale I have ever experienced is currently going through right now, so I might leave commenting about this for the future! Finest property showcase: A truly unique three bedroom property with gated parking in a quiet Parsons Green cul-de-sac. The property is tucked away providing rare tranquility in this small culde-sac and offers over 1600 sq ft of fantastic open living space. Elysium Place, SW6: £1,725,000.

OVINGTON MEWS, SW3 £1,795 PER WEEK

Zoe Rose Head of London

Lettings, Strutt & Parker � 020 7589 9966; struttandparker.com

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Property of the month

he rental landscape in Chelsea is changing fast and Strutt & Parker has seen a sharp increase in buy-to-let investors over the past two years. Looking at recent data, in Q2 2012 only 2.3% of buyers in Chelsea were purchasing property for investment – in Q1 2014, 26.2% of its buyers were investors. Investors are no longer so focused on rental yields, and are happy to invest for the capital uplift alone – and the quantity of properties, particularly family houses, available to rent in the area has jumped accordingly.”

Linton Property Developments launch collection of luxury apartments at Two Six Eight Fulham Road

£975,000 - £3,250,000 Linton Property Developments is delighted to launch Two Six Eight Fulham Road, a former public house, which has undergone an extensive conversion and restoration process to offer a collection of just six luxury apartments in Chelsea. Offering a one bedroom apartment, four two bedroom apartments, and one stunning lateral three bedroom penthouse, the development has been expertly converted to maximise space, light and character. The result is a beautifully restored period building with complimentary high specification modern interiors. Two Six Eight Fulham Road is ideally located a stones throw from the trendy coffee shops, restaurants, bars and luxury boutique shopping on the Fulham Road.

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e all know that moving home can be one of life’s most stressful experiences. But preparation is key. Begin by clearing the approach to your home, as this is where fi rst impressions are made – and before anyone has stepped through the front door. By tapping into the good weather and using the additional daylight hours to work on tidying up the front garden, you can bring some sunshine into your home and maximize your selling potential.

SUMMER MARKET STARTING

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here is now a little more choice for buyers in Fulham as more property is coming onto the market, which is good news for all! Demand for property remains high (with 24 buyers registered for every available property) and a steady flow of buyers are still coming through our central London offices. The latest changes within the mortgage market has started to slow down the conveyancing process, which sellers who are currently ‘under offer’ should be aware of - and buyers should be prepared for in advance of making offers. With the spring market behind us, we are very busy and expect to remain so right the way through to the summer holidays.

LILLIE SQUARE, SW6

� 020 7731 0031; fulham.fineandcountry.co.uk

What makes you the go-to-agent in the area? Having just won Best Marketing Estate Agency in the UK for the fi fth year running. We have the latest in cutting edge technology which helps push the boundaries on what is achievable when selling your home. How long have you been in the area? I have been operating in the area for 21 years and in that time I have gained an unparalleled knowledge of my local area. What is your company ethos? Due to the fact that I am also an investor, developer and designer of properties it enables me to look at a property from all perspectives to advise on how to maximise the development and income potential. What can we expect for the market in the Spring/Summer? You have to be thinking there is no end in sight to the sharp rise in property values and as the saying goes “make hay while the sun shines”.

D&Gdiary Ed Mead Executive Director,

Douglas & Gordon

� 020 7963 4600; douglasandgordon.com

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illie Square is one of the largest and most high-profile residential developments in London. The one million square foot development has transformed a 7.4 acre car park on Seagrave Road into a of 808 high-end homes set around a new garden square. On offer is the 21st century lifestyle that buyers are seeking – 24 hour security, 5* services including concierge, porterage and a private residents club with swimming pool. Lillie Square will provide a range of stylish

one to three-bedroom apartments from 524 to 2480 sq ft as well as contemporary four and five-bedroom family homes with private gardens and secure garage parking, all designed by architects and urban designers Paul Davis + Partners. Completions are scheduled for 2019.

Prices start from

£595,000 � Lillie Square

020 7381 9800; lilliesquare.com

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ne year until the event that will defi ne the following five for the Chelsea market. Political interference has always been part of the English economic landscape but never has it impinged in quite this way. Anyone denying a top end slow down has their head in the clouds and apart from those who have to sell transactions elsewhere are in abeyance with buyers perhaps enjoying a rare moment in the sun. A beneficiary of this unintended political skewing would seem to be the rental market. Demand, perhaps augmented by those unwilling to buy for now, is pushing precious returns up at last.

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the Lettings Experts Our panel of professionals give you the edge in the property market

1. Why should I use a property management agent?

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he two principal reasons are to help protect your asset and to free up your time, a good managing agent will also ensure peace of mind. Management service levels differ wildly within the industry, so focusing on what Maskells can offer our clients: we limit the number of properties we manage per account manager so that our level of service remains high and our account managers have more time per property to, for example, attend the property with the contractors so that you or your tenant can go about your day – we believe that we are the only property managers that make this important distinction. Our property management arm can also provide a concierge service dealing with the home, travel and other lifestyle requirements for both the Tenant and the Landlord. This allows us to add value as we are in a position to understand the needs of both parties. We are very aware that poor property management can determine if a Landlord stays with a particular agent, so we pay special attention to our service and ensure our team are experienced and understand our clients requirements.

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Capital growth in Central London shows no signs of slowing down

2. Short-term or long-term tenants?

4. Best buy-to-let investments?

hilst we do have some short term let properties, we find the demand in the area is much stronger for properties available for long-term lets. We believe this is due to the type of prospective tenant that tends to register with us. Strutt & Parker has a longer than average tenancy length, which allows us to build good relationships with our Landlords and Tenants. In Chelsea the majority of tenancies we agree will be on the basis of a term longer than 12 months and it is very common to have an ‘Option to Renew’ for a second and third term, or even a multi-year tenancy from the point of offer.

ental demand is consistently good for one bedroom apartments which appeal to young professionals so these are a good option for buy-to-let investors. Many renters prefer to be within 10 minutes of a tube station and close to good shops and amenities so take this into consideration. Presentation is very important and an attractively furnished interior will help properties let quickly so landlords should factor refurbishment and furnishing expenses into their costs. Three bedroom properties (with at least two bathrooms) also have wide appeal, both for small families and the increasing number of professional sharers looking to rent a home together to save money.

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any of our clients have owned their rental properties for many years, which means that the rental yield on their initial investment is pretty good. However, buying for rental investment in the current market would have to be for long term capital growth. Rental yields are generally 3-4% which seems to just about cover costs, but the capital growth in Central London shows no signs of slowing down.

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ully furnished! Our tenants are mainly wealthy foreign students, or other international tenants who have homes in other parts of the world. They therefore want to be able to arrive in London with a suitcase and have everything that they need already in the property, right down to fully equipped kitchens and a change of linens. The only exception really are large houses, where corporates are relocating families for some years, and they will then tend to a relocation package which enables them to bring all their own furniture with them.

2. Alice Umfreville

4. Marc von Grundherr

� 020 7589 9966; struttandparker.com

� 020 7938 3522; brlets.co.uk

1. Peter Herman-Taylor

3. Emma Mills

5. Karen Boland

� 020 7581 2216; maskells.co.uk

� 020 7581 8431; jackson-stops.co.uk

� 020 7225 6602; harrodsestates.com

Contact Managing Director, Maskells

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Lettings Manager, Jackson-Stops & Staff

Lettings Director at Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, Kensington branch

Lettings Director, Harrods Estates

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the Sales Experts Our panel of professionals give you the edge in the property market

1. Should I redecorate pre-sale?

3. Where should I invest?

5. How do sealed bids work?

t’s always a good idea to repaint your property prior to bringing it to the market, especially if it has been tenanted previously as it can start to look tired after 2 years. You should look at the exterior too and decide if outside walls, the front door and window sills need attention. Potential vendors are always amazed how much better their house looks once they have painted it and often wish they had done it before they were ready to market it. Regrouting bathrooms and new carpets are also a good addition if you have the funds.

nvesting in buy-to-let properties can be highly lucrative if the right area is selected. Earls Court will soon be embarking on £8bn regeneration scheme. The Earls Court Masterplan aims to create 7,500 homes, new health, cultural and community facilities as well as 23 acres of green space including the five acre Lost River Park. The scheme is set to complete in 2030. Purchasing a new property off-plan or an existing dwelling in Earls Court would be my advice!

he confidential nature of this process can mean that homes are sold for more than the seller anticipated. Equally, where time and process are key issues, for example during the administration of an insolvent company or execution of a will, sealed bids can be of use, as they help expedite matters, without the need to wait for regular sale timing. The process is relatively simple. The details of the property are publicised and the terms of the sealed bid, including the deadline date must first be stated. Potential buyers then submit their bids, which can include terms as well as price, by the stated deadline. The vendor opens all the sealed bids after the deadline and selects the bid they wish to proceed with. Do not assume that a vendor is tied to an offer made as a sealed bid; in fact many vendors will later accept a higher offer that comes from one of the initial bidders or an alternative source. Often sealed bids are used as a means of flushing out serious buyers.

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arketing a property at too high an asking price is the number one reason for a property not selling. Whilst it’s good to be bullish about asking price, it’s essential to keep an eye on comparable evidence within the market place. Even the most prestigious of properties will fail to generate interest if the price is unrealistic. Make sure the internal and external photography is excellent; a superb shot of the front of the property will instantly impress a prospective purchaser – never forget the value of a first impression.

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Contact 1. Emma Stead Associate Director, Douglas & Gordon

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he most interest a property will receive is in the first couple of weeks that it is openly marketed. It is fresh to the market and battle worn buyers, searching for their perfect property with limited supply available, will flock to it. This is the time a vendor is most likely to get offers but they should not get complacent. Often the best offers will come in that initial marketing period. It is always a good idea to listen to your agent’s advice; I can’t count the number of times I have heard ‘I wish I had accepted that offer!’

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4. Benson Beard

� 020 7610 9755; featherstoneleigh.co.uk

� 020 7589 6677; bective.co.uk

3. Kyle Best

5. Paul Finch

� 020 3747 4997; homehouseestates.co.uk

� 020 7499 7722; beauchamp.co.uk

Director, Featherstone Leigh

Senior Negotiator, Home House Estates

Associate Director, Bective Leslie Marsh

Sales Manager, Beauchamp Estates

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020 7381 4998 • 190 Fulham Palace Road London W6 9PA sales@lockettestates.co.uk • lettings@lockettestates.co.uk • www.lockettestates.co.uk

Parsons Green Lane, SW6

£995,000

A fantastic opportunity to purchase a modern house in this superb location in the heart of Parsons Green. This is an ideal investment as the site has huge potential for possible future development and is therefore a sound investment for anyone to purchase, either as a home, pied a terre, rental investment or for a developer/investor. EPC D Two Bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception Room, Kitchen, Garden

Burlington Road, SW6

Fulham High Street, SW6

A modern spacious three bedroom house located close to both Putney Bridge and Parsons Green underground stations. EPC D

An immaculately presented one bedroom flat located close to the shopping and transport amenities of both the Kings Road and Fulham Road, within walking distance to Putney Bridge underground station. EPC C

Three Double Bedrooms, Two Bathrooms, Two Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Garden

Bedroom, Bathroom, Open Plan Reception Room/Kitchen

£595 per week

£320 per week

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Offices throughout London

Mablethorpe Road, SW6 £695,000 Leasehold

Ranelagh Gardens, SW6 £670,000 Leasehold

Superb condition two bedroom ground floor conversion flat with a private garden located in the sought after Munster village area. Property comprises an outbuilding in the garden, heated flooring, two double bedrooms, spacious bathroom and separate wc. Fantastic opportunity for first time buyer or a buy to let. EPC = C.

A brilliant two double bedroom flat located a stones throw away from Putney bridge station and moments from the Hurlingham Club. The flat comprises a lovely open plan kitchen, bathroom and communal gardens. Located perfectly for local amenities and transport. EPC = C

Fulham Office  020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Office  020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Park Gardens, SW6 £600,000 Leasehold

Kings Court Mansions, SW6 £760,000 Leasehold

A fantastic double bedroom garden flat in the much sought after Fulham park gardens.. This property has a pleasant layout with a large open plan kitchen and airy reception room leading on to the garden. Location is perfect to local shops and a short distance from Parsons Green station. EPC = C.

A bright and spacious top floor flat in this popular mansion building located in central Parsons Green, very close to both Fulham Broadway and Parsons Green underground stations. The property offers three bedrooms, a spacious kitchen/dining area with a balcony, bathroom and a separate living room. EPC = D

Fulham Office 020 7731 9680| fulham@bushells.com

Fulham Office  020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

Acton  Balham  Bloomsbury  Battersea  Camden  Clapham  Dulwich  Fulham  Hammersmith  Islington  West Hampstead

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Purcell Crescent, SW6

£750,000 Freehold

A wonderfully bright and spacious two double bedroom period conversion arranged over two floors. This lovely flat comprises of a separate kitchen, good sized living room, and a great views overlooking the park. Quietly Located in close proximity to Munster Village area. EPC = D

Fulham Office 020 7731 9680 fulham@bushells.com

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Prime Purchase Vendor Advice How long does the exchange process take?

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xchange of contracts depends on a number of variable factors which can be managed by both the seller and buyer. The usual target to exchange on a property is between 4 and 8 weeks once an acceptable offer has been agreed and at KFH, these are the targets that our Londonwide Conveyancing panel of solicitors aim towards. Communication is key and it is imperative that all parties work closely to ensure that contracts are exchanged within the targeted timescales and this usually means managing the process between buyer and seller, their solicitors and also mortgage brokers if applicable. The process can be expedited by taking a number of important steps either prior to an agreed sale/purchase or immediately after. For the seller this includes having a solicitor in place from day one of marketing and having returned all appropriate documentation for the property. When selling a leasehold property it is also prudent to apply for the Management Information Pack as soon as possible as some Freeholders or Managing Agents can take up to 4 weeks to supply this important information and this can be one of the main sources of delays. For buyers, again it is advantageous if they have already instructed their solicitor and that they have put funds into their solicitors account for the relevant property searches. Should the buyer require a mortgage, then it is essential that the mortgage application is submitted immediately to allow the mortgage valuation to be undertaken quickly and a mortgage offer issued.

Anthony Bell Sales Manager at Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward’s Fulham branch ď §

020 7731 0051; kfh.co.uk

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n immaculate wider than average newly refurbished and extended end of terrace period house offering 2200 sq ft of well laid out accommodation. The property features on the ground floor a wide reception room with wood burning stove and wood floors, study, and grand hallway with ample fitted storage. The stunning kitchen family room boasts a mercury range cooker and integrated steam oven and has bifolding doors opening onto the landscaped garden. On the top two floors are five airy bedrooms, a beautiful family bathroom with separate shower and an additional shower room.

Details

Kenyon Street, SW6 ÂŁ2,250,000 Freehold

Contact

Sullivan Thomas with Carter Jonas 020 7731 3333; sullivanthomas.co.uk

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“A truly rare investment opportunity in the heart of Fulham Broadway … GREAT RENTAL YIELD POTENTIAL”

Freehold Building, Commercial space to ground floor and basement, Residential accommodation arranged over top three floors, Great Location, Investment opportunity.

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Dawes Road SW6 Freehold £1,350,000

Lochaline Street W6 £1,125,000

Mid Terraced House, Three Bedrooms, Two Reception Rooms, Potential to develop subject to necessary planning consents.

Averill Street W6 Weekly Rental: £700 Similar Required

Three bedrooms, Two reception rooms, Large modern eat-in kitchen, Groundfloor cloak-room, Ensuite master bedroom, Paved garden.

Tel: 0208 563 0202 | 404-406 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1LU

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IN FULHAM ONE POUND BUYS YOU 55 PER CENT OF A LATTE OR IT COULD SELL YOUR HOME To celebrate the launch of our Fulham office we are inviting people to sell their home with us for only one pound. This promotion will save you thousands of pounds and there is no catch, we’re simply looking to establish our business in the Fulham area.

fjlord.co.uk SALES

SALES

FURNESS ROAD, SW6

£725,000

INDIGO MEWS, N16

GUIDE PRICE £495,000 - £535,000

A fantastic opportunity to acquire a lovely two bedroom period flat in need of some modernisation situated on a popular residential road in Fulham. The property is also within close proximity to the Imperial and William Parnel parks.

A bright and well proportioned one bedroom warehouse conversion located in an exceptionally quiet and secluded private Mews. This apartment boasts a wealth of features including wooden floor boards, large windows and high ceilings affording lots of natural light.

FULHAM 020 7610 6551

Ref: FJL036000055 | EPC –C

STOKE NEWINGTON 020 7923 0158

VERTEX TOWER, SE8

GUIDE PRICE £550,000 - £600,000

EWALD ROAD, SW6

Ref: FJL033401892 | EPC –C

£1,399,950

Open house May 24th! Superior executive two bedroom property with stunning views. With the benefit of two underground allocated parking spaces and concierge. Conveniently located in Greenwich village and Cutty Sark Docklands Light Railway.

This stunning period property comes to the market place after extensive modernisation and refurbishment have taken place, all completed to a high standard.

GREENWICH 020 8293 8555

FULHAM 020 7610 6551

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IN FULHAM ONE POUND BUYS YOU 55 PER CENT OF A LATTE OR IT COULD SELL YOUR HOME To celebrate the launch of our Fulham office we are inviting people to sell their home with us for only one pound. This promotion will save you thousands of pounds and there is no catch, we’re simply looking to establish our business in the Fulham area. Either pop in for a cup of coffee to take advantage of our opening promotion or call us on 020 7610 6551. fjlord.co.uk

BLACKHEATH, BOW, CANARY WHARF, CHISWICK, CLERKENWELL, FULHAM, GREENWICH, HACKNEY, HAMPSTEAD, ISLINGTON, SHAD THAMES, STOKE NEWINGTON, SURREY QUAYS, WANSTEAD, WAPPING

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T LE STEPHENDALE ROAD, FULHAM, SW6 ÂŁ1,100 per week

Fine and Country Fulham are proud to present this stunning 4 double bedroom house with two en-suite bathrooms in the ever popular Sands End in Fulham. The property is laid out over 3 floors creating over 1700 sqft of living space and a large patio garden. Not to mention the large Utility room at the end of the garden. The property comprises of a double reception room with feature fire places, the kitchen is bright with floor to ceiling bi folding glass doors extending the width of the kitchen. Refurbished to a high standard, with brand new appliances throughout. On the first floor there are 3 double bedrooms, one has its own shower room and the other two make use of the family bathroom. In the loft conversion lies the master bedroom and master en-suite, the room is light and spacious and benefits from Velux windows and a Juliette balcony. In built cupboards throughout create ample storage. Fees Apply.

Tel +44 (0)20 7731 0031 100-102 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TF Email fulham@fineandcountry.com

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PARK MANSIONS KNIGHTSBRIDGE, SW1X £700 per week

A stunning one bedroom apartment located in the heart of Knightsbridge. The property, has been recently refurbished to a high standard, consisting of a bright reception room with wooden floors and feature fireplace, a separate fitted kitchen with granite work surfaces, master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a beautiful en-suite bathroom. This wonderful property is ideal for any discerning tenant and is located moments away from the many shops, restaurants of Knightsbridge as well as being a stone`s throw away from Hyde Park. Knightsbridge Station is the closet tube. Fully Furnished. Available 5th July. Fees Apply.

HANS ROAD, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, SW3 £835 per week

This beautiful one double bedroom apartment is located on the top floor of a stunning period building opposite the World Famous Harrods department Store. The property is both stylish and spacious in equal measure. Accommodation comprises a large reception with rooftop views, an excellent sized double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, en suite shower room, modern fully fitted kitchen, wooden floors through-out and a fabulous roof terrace. Hans Road is an exclusive Knightsbridge address with easy access to fashionable shops, bars and restaurants. Closest transport link is Knightsbridge tube station a few minutes’ walk away. Available 6th July 2014. Fees apply.

Tel +44 (0)20 7731 0031 100-102 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London, SW6 2TF Email fulham@fineandcountry.com

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Duchess of Bedford House, W8 A completely modernised ground floor flat situated close to Kensington High Street and Holland Park. Kitchen, hallway, 3 double bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, c.1340 sq ft. Porter, parquet flooring, service entrance. Leasehold +- 140 years. EPC = D

ÂŁ2,495,000 Leasehold JSA Knight Frank 020 7938 4311. AB55274

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Chelsea

020 7581 5881 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Queen’s Gate Mews, SW7 A completely refurbished house located in a sought after quiet mews. 5 double bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, reception room, kitchen and dining area, cloakroom, garden and garage; paved garden and sizeable internal garage. EPC = C

ÂŁ5,350,000 Freehold AB56403

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Holland Park

020 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Westmoreland Terrace SW1V ÂŁ3,295,000 Freehold Pimlico & Westminster Sales 020 7931 8200 | pimlicosales@dng.co.uk North

Chelsea

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Fulham

An exceptional terraced house that has recently undergone a complete refurbishment. Cleverly designed to ensure there is natural light throughout, the house provides substantial living accommodation.

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington

Kensington Gate

5 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (3 en-suite), Double reception room, Eat-in kitchen/family room, Utility room, Roof terrace, EPC: C.

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

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Chesilton Road SW6 ÂŁ2,950,000 Freehold Fulham Sales 020 7731 4391 | fulhamsales@dng.co.uk South

Balham

Battersea

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Battersea Park

A stunning family house offering 2,732 sq.ft. of versatile living and entertaining space. The house is located on one of the most sought-after streets in Fulham for its convenient proximity to Parson's Green.

Clapham

East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

5 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (1 en-suite), 2 reception rooms, Kitchen/ dining room, Utility room, Cellar, Garden, EPC: D.

West Putney

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Draycott Avenue SW3 £1,795,000 Leasehold Chelsea Sales 020 7225 1225 | chelseasales@dng.co.uk

Greswell Street SW6 £795,000 Share of Freehold Fulham Sales 020 7731 4391 | fulhamsales@dng.co.uk North

Chelsea

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Fulham

A fantastic two/three bedroom maisonette presented in excellent condition. In a prime central location the property is a short walk from the shops, bars and underground station of South Kensington.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Dining room/ bedroom 3, Kitchen, Roof terrace, EPC: C.

A charming two double bedroom flat with a fantastic south-facing garden. The property offers 850 sq.ft. of living space on a popular residential road on the Alphabet Streets.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Conservatory, Garden, EPC: D.

Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington

Kensington Gate

South Kensington

Notting Hill

Pimlico & Westminster

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Lamont Road SW10 ÂŁ2,500 per week Fees apply Unfurnished Chelsea Lettings 020 7581 6666 | chelsealets@dng.co.uk

Chesilton Road SW6 ÂŁ1,250 per week Fees apply Unfurnished Fulham Lettings 020 7731 4791 | fulhamlets@dng.co.uk South

Balham

Battersea

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Battersea Park

A beautiful family house decorated to a very high standard with a wonderful kitchen. The house is ideally located on this very quiet street between Kings Road and Fulham Road.

3 double bedrooms, 2 single bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Double reception room, Kitchen, Study, Cloakroom, Utility room, Balcony, Patio garden, EPC: E.

A well presented terraced house in a fantastic Fulham location. The house offers an open-plan kitchen/dining room with French doors that open on to a south-west facing garden.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Double reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Cloakroom, Utility area, Garden, EPC: D.

Clapham

East Putney

Southfields & Earlsfield

West Putney

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Gowan Avenue SW6 £1,175 per week Fees apply Unfurnished

A stunning family house which has been beautifully refurbished throughout ideally located for local schools, Bishops Park and within a short walk of local amenities.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Double reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Paved garden, EPC: E.

A smartly presented flat in a popular development benefiting from a day porter. The flat has access to a communal roof terrace and will be redecorated throughout prior to the next tenancy commencing.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Reception room, Kitchen, Communal roof terrace, Lift, Porter, Parking, EPC: C.

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

Royal Belgrave House SW1V £625 per week Fees apply Furnished Pimlico & Westminster Lettings 020 7931 8300 | pimlicolets@dng.co.uk South North

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