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ARTS AND CULTURE

68 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

STYLE

29 WHAT’S ON

10 ABSOLUTELY LOVES

71 A FINE BALANCE

33 CULTURE FLASH

13 CLOSET CONFIDENTIAL

47 COSTUME CAPERS

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Absolutely’s top ten this month

Anna Karenina-inspired style

15 FASHION NOTES

Beautiful ballet flats, plus Paul Costelloe

Our local culture diary

This month’s highlights

Hollywood Costume at the V&A

55 THIS IS ENGLAND

Jasper Conran celebrates the bucolic

16 IN THE BAG

PEOPLE

19 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL

42 A QUESTION OF TASTE

Q&A with Richard Emden

Beauty news and tips

21 BEAUTY FLASH

Absolutely’s best beauty buys of the month

Nina Campbell’s life in design

51 THE ART OF SEEING

Henry Barlow meets BBC arts superemo and author Will Gompertz

Gemma Billington’s picks of the month Rose Uniacke’s elegant interiors

FOOD & TRAVEL 75 THE ITALIAN JOB Q&A with Aldo Zilli

80 RESTAURANT REVIEWS Marcus Waring at The Berkeley and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

85 ESCAPE

We check in at The Llawnroc, Cornwall

86 EARTHLY PLEASURES Truffle hunting across Europe

89 CAPTIVATING COMO

The divine Casta Diva on the Italian lakes

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34 COSTUME DRAMA

65 PITCHER PERFECT

106 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

41 LOVE IS IN THE AIR

66 DIARY OF A DESIGNER

116 MOVING IN

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Embracing fashion’s dark side

Perfect weddings at The Lanesborough

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hat’s She! The Only She! Make an honest woman of her – quick!’ was how Rudyard Kipling and his wife, Carrie, felt the first time they saw Bateman’s. Which, of course, is how we all wish to feel when we see a wonderful interior for the first time, whether it’s our own home, someone else’s (after allowing for the envy to subside) or a grand public residence. The idea of home is always emotive. Traditionally one is expected to sigh with relief upon crossing the threshold of the familial abode after having finished a day’s work, or indeed a journey, to delight in one’s surroundings as if welcomed by an old friend. This, of course, is a more likely response for some than others, depending on the aesthetic of the pad. In this issue, we celebrate some of the most exciting and inspirational designers working today. Rose Uniacke trained as a gilder and restorer, and has lately joined the ranks of the serious antique dealers and designers who cluster on Pimlico Road. She tells us why it’s all about balance (as opposed to symmetry) and the importance of creating rooms with a heart on page 71. One of the grand dames of interior design – and still dizzyingly busy – is, of course, Nina Campbell, whose shop on Walton Street is beloved by so many. I quizzed her about her beginnings in the world of interiors, firstly via her mother’s obsession with both fabric shops and moving house and later through working at Colefax and Fowler before setting up her own business. Turn to page 42 to find out why she thinks the notion of bad taste is all about snobbery, and to get her views on modern art. Ex-Tate curator and BBC culture supremo Will Gompertz is a man who is all too familiar with the world of contemporary art. He’s just completed his first book – a sort of 21st-century answer to Gombrich – and Henry Barlow went to meet him to talk politics, populism and posterity. Turn to page 51 to read the full interview. Elsewhere, we chat to Jane Churchill (p. 66), go behind the scenes at the V&A’s Hollywood costume exhibition (p. 47) and delve in Jasper Conran’s Country tome (p. 55). I do hope you enjoy this issue.

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Olivia von Halle’s elegant pyjamas are inspired by 1920s silk nightwear – and specifically Coco Chanel – making them just the thing for a late night, post-prandial G&T, ideally on a terrace. We’re especially loving von Halle’s reinvention of the oversized man’s shirt, which instantly injects a shot of glamour into lounging about the house. Available at Harrods. oliviavonhalle.com; harrods.com

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HERB COCKTAILS AT BARTS

‘Organic’ has been the buzzword in food for so long that it’s practically passé, but what about at cocktail hour? Now the conscientious can sip herb-infused drinks at Barts, courtesy of its ‘Totally Heraceous, Dude’ menu. The best thing? All the basil, mint et al has been grown in Barts’ back garden. barts-london.com

TATTY DEVINE CRYSTAL LEOPARDS

We are channelling our inner wild thing via Tatty Devine’s crystal leopards, which come on beaded chains with gold tassels and dangling red Swarovski beads. Kitsch heaven. tattydevine.com

POOL AT THE CADOGAN ARMS One of our favourite local watering holes, The Cadogan Arms, this month launches its new ‘Drink, Eat and Play Pool’ nights, which offer aspiring Stephen Hendry types the chance to chalk up a game in the billiards room, have a bottle of beer or glass of ETM wine and share a feast of hearty pub grub, for just £10. All of which means you won’t need to dig too deep in those pockets. cadoganarmschelsea.com 10

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DOTE LONDON A/W KNITS

Autumn has officially arrived and at any given opportunity from now until party season begins in earnest, we will mostly be found at home, snug in our pyjamas. And since this is set to be our look of the season, it may as well be stylishly executed. Enter, then, Dote London, whose AW12 collection is all about classic slips and PJs, teamed with cosy knits. dotelondon.com

GANT AW12 HOME COLLECTION

We have gone giddy for Gant’s AW12 home collection, which conjures images of cosy Scottish highland hideaways. All we need now is the open log fire and a wee dram of whisky. gant.co.uk

THEO FENNELL RAINFOREST EARRINGS

This month we are wishing ourselves away to the tropical rainforest courtesy of Theo Fennell, whose hand-crafted 30.65ct emerald earrings are inspired by their indigenous wildlife. We love the arresting colour, but more particularly it’s the 18ct gold tree frogs we have fallen for. theofennell.com

THE DARJEELING TEAPOT

Playful, exotic and modelled on an Indian elephant… what’s not to love about Jonathan Adler’s Darjeeling teapot? £118; uk.jonathanadler.com

SHAKEN OR STIRRED AT THE JUMEIRAH CARLTON

To mark a half-century of Agent 007, Jumeirah Carlton has dreamt up two packages: the ‘Shaken experience’ (think Aston Martin pick-ups, personal bar tenders and massage) and the ‘Stirred package’ (martinis, spa access and breakfast at the Rib Room). Shaken’ costs £8,616 per room, per night; ‘Stirred’ is £320 per room, per night; jumeirahcarltontower.com

EDMONDS AND GERRISH BESPOKE EVENTS

Professional classical musician Oliver Gerrish and classical dancer Sophie Edmonds are the inspired duo behind the eponymous Edmonds and Gerrish, a bespoke events company that executes themed parties without the faintest whiff of naff. But then it helps that Gerrish helps to run the Georgian Group, meaning that the pair not only has exquisite architectural taste, but also access to some of the most beautiful venues in the capital. Think Bougie Macaron’s old boutique in Covent Garden, subterranean spaces in Clerkenwell and Georgian splendour in Fitzrovia… edmondsandgerrish.com 11

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Courtesy of London Fashion Week, we were treated to a sneak peek of French Sole’s SS13 collection – and it was love at first sight. Expect lollipop reds and pinks, plus deep Yves Klein blues. We’re already wishing away autumn so that we can get our hands on a pair… frenchsole.com

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he smell of autumn has returned and the frenetic rounds of fabric shows around Europe are well under way. My inspiration finds a welcome boost in Milan and all things Italian. What is it about Italy that stirs the creative imagination? The lifestyle, family and food, plenty of noise of the best kind, and that nonchalance of style the Italians pull off so well… a quick walk down Via della Spiga, Milan’s main shopping street, provides more ideas than a month spent elsewhere. Milan is as associated with interior design as it is with fashion, but really it’s all linked. In tune with the more austere look of the catwalks – masculine, military and structured – the season’s interiors are calm and subtle with shades of soft white, greys and neutrals. With those basics as a canvas, you can add your own palette; the most important feature is your own hand-print. For me, there’s nothing as welcoming as a jug of fresh flowers to greet you on your return home; it lifts the spirits. The Costelloe family recently acquired a new fridge, and the cream Smeg sparked off a longing to update our old battered kitchen. It’s enough to start off from one piece and work around it; the Smeg will probably start a revolution! The current vogue for wooden floors allows the use of rugs to add colour and texture to any plain room. We stripped all the floorboards in our house and with the regular heavy-duty footfall that a big family incurs, we can change our look every six months or so in either rugs or painted floorboards. Paulcostelloe.com Follow Paul on Twitter! @paulcostelloe or @paulcostelloeuk

FASHION NOTES JEAN GENIE

To many a weary fashionista, Donna Ida Thornton’s eponymous boutique has long represented the end of an arduous quest to find the perfect pair of jeans, and happily they tend to come in a variety of brilliantly bright colours and arresting patterns. Now the woman behind the shop is to launch her own label; IDA which is set to fuse the ladylike, the rock and roll and the chic. We are all covetous anticipation. idabydonnaida.com

ACCESSORIES ALL AREAS

Harrods this month unveils its new expanded accessories department, now the largest in Europe. The ground floor houses boutiques including Ferragamo made-toorder, the first Tom Ford accessories shop and Louis Vuitton monogramming, while on the lower ground you’ll find Victoria Beckham, and Pucci. We feel a Clueless moment coming on. harrods.com

BOUTIQUE-IN-BRIEF DAVID FIELDEN, 241 FULHAM ROAD, SW3; DAVIDFIELDEN.CO.UK THE IDEA: Quite simply, David Fielden’s wedding gowns are works of art. To celebrate 30 years in the business, the designer has opened a five-storey flagship store in the old Queens Elm pub. THE USP: Contemporary, exquisite and hand-made in

the UK, these dresses brilliantly blend the directional with the classically beautiful. Fielden is at the cutting edge of bridal design, and is famed for his juxtaposing fabrics and textures. THE BUY: Serious red carpet numbers to show-stopping bridal dresses, plus bridesmaid frocks. We’re loving ‘Modern Heroism’, the AW collection inspired by Joan of Arc and Richard II, which is romance itself…

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Congratulations on having been the only British designer to feature on two catwalks at London Fashion Week. That must have been pretty special? I was over the moon to show my designs on such a prestigious platform. I am based in Thailand as we have our own factory there and LFW is such a special time for me. It is so inspiring seeing everybody come together for the love of fashion.

Your collection went on sale at Harrods last month. What did that mean to you? Everything! What better place to exhibit our designs than in the world’s most famous department store? You have collaborated with Swarovski and Jean-Pierre Braganza. What do you enjoy about working with other designers? I love it when a designer’s vision is immediately apparent through their work. We take great care and consideration in selecting designers to unite with – they tend to have a very strong brand image, and I endeavour to keep these visions distinct whilst designing collaboratively. Like all designers, we are dedicated to representing Bracher Emden in a particular manner, and would never compromise there – that’s the beauty of collaboration, a perfect synchronisation!

What was it like? I collaborated with the wonderful Bora Aksu for the second time. His collection is always inspired by a story – last season for instance he drew influence from Henry Darger’s The Vivian Girls. Any other projects in the pipeline? SS13 also welcomes a new collaboration – our debut collection with J.JS Lee. Her label is defined by chic tailored pieces with an androgynous edge. My handiwork often includes a masculine element, but is undoubtedly, unmistakably effeminate luxury. Tell us about your AW12 collection? Some classic styles remain, but also I adopted a new technique; geometric patterns have been laser-etched on to classic Bracher Emden styles. This cutting edge approach moulds perfectly with the remainder of the collection, and unites with existing skills such as layering and appliqué. Our bestseller has been the large Geo Clutch which epitomises our futuristic yet intrinsically feminine style. You’ve been in business for 10 years. How do you plan to celebrate? We’ve had a super busy year so far. We will be launching a classic collection to cement Bracher Emden as a well-established brand. Of course, we will continue with a seasonal mainline collection but some of our signature styles will be available year round.

You’ve come a long way from your nascent days in Covent Garden… When I started, it wasn’t to show the world who I was, it was to enjoy life and do what made me happy – and this hasn’t changed. We have stayed true to our original remit – we do not agree with mass-produced, dull accessories. If a person is to indulge in a luxury item, it should be a real one-off. I feel we have fulfilled these ideas by always using the best quality materials and truly putting love into every single item. Did you always want to design accessories? I wanted to be in the thick of all things fashion and decided the fastest way to get there was by designing accessories. My fashion jobs have included customising trainers for Nike to designing window displays for Moschino.

You have a devout celebrity following – is there anyone you particularly love seeing with one of your creations? Beyoncé was once questioned on her favourite accessory, and responded: ‘My Bracher Emden bag. It goes with everything. I have a safety pin on the strap. It’s been through so many flights, but I don’t want to fix it. I kinda like it like that’. Whose style do you rate? We are huge fans of stylist and blogger Sandra Hagelstam of 5 inch and up. She styled a couple of our campaigns for us. Describe Bracher Emden in three words... Feminine, futuristic, fierce. bracheremden.com 17

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After all those Olympic medals, we Londoners have developed something of a taste for bling it seems. To satisfy our lust for the gold stuff, The Spa at Dolphin Square has launched a 23-carat gold facial and body ceremony. And whilst it maybe the glitter-factor that acts as the lure, as it turns out, gold is also renowned for its healing and anti-aging properties. The treatment uses La Sultane de Saba products enriched with pearl extract, caviar, argan oil and the all-important gold. Facial, £55, £199; body ceremony, 150 mins, £199; dolphinsquare.co.uk/spa

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HE INTENSIVE PERSONAL TRAINING PROGRAMME was devised by celebrity trainer Louise Parker over 12 years ago and has since changed the body shape of hundreds of individuals. Her experience ranges from helping clients recover from longterm obesity, to taking care of some of the most beautiful bodies in the world. The unique programme combines six hours a week of her exercise method, alongside a rigorous dietary overhaul, for a six-week period. “Each week we train you in four 90-minute sessions in the comfort of your own home – bringing the gym to you and saving precious time,” says Louise. “Some clients choose to do three 90-minute sessions over an eight-week period and the results are still exceptional.” The Intensive employs exercise and diet methods that radically shift body fat and totally re-sculpt the body, without compromising metabolism. “It’s so important to teach our clients how to boost their metabolism so that once they have lost the weight they can easily keep it off,” she notes. “So many diets will get the weight off but your metabolism will come to a grinding halt or they are just not sustainable.” The programme’s emphasis on resistance work and an intelligent eating plan ensure the results that clients achieve are long lasting and, most of all, easy to maintain. “No aspect of what we do is

extreme,” she explains. “Every element of the plan is sensible, researched and proven to work. But what we do is put it all together to create massive transformations in our clients’ bodies and lifestyles. “My team are world class and without doubt some of the best in the country. Most come from a Sports Science background and we have two Olympic athletes amongst us. We all share a friendly, no-nonsense approach and between us we offer an unrivalled service to our clients. I’m hugely proud to have such a talented and committed team behind me.”

with, and what has to be done to return you to your former glory.” Louise Parker designs each programme with one of her team before the programme commences, based on the individual’s requirements and deadlines. A rigid, yet balanced food plan is devised, ensuring optimal results. Louise personally monitors your diet diary on a daily basis to ensure you are on the right track and that you get all the support and motivation you need to succeed. In six weeks, you will emerge looking better than you thought you ever could. What Louise Parker does isn’t gimmicky, it is instead an intelligent combination of three factors – nutrition, training and lifestyle – delivered in just the right combination. “Providing you have made the decision to change and are willing to let us guide you,” she asserts, “You simply cannot fail – clients routinely drop two dress sizes on the Intensive.” There are many bespoke programmes available, and following a telephone consultation, Louise will advise a suitable programme and schedule to suit any objective, lifestyle and budget. Louise asks that new clients commit to a minimum of three hours per week to ensure that they achieve amazing results.

You simply cannot fail clients routinely drop two dress sizes on the Intensive Louise Parker believes anyone can have a fantastic body – regardless of age, body type and starting point: “By following my method, you really will be blown away by how you can change your body shape, overall fitness and exceed your own expectations.” Her programme is suitable for anyone wanting exceptional results, in record time. The Intensive is hugely popular with clients needing to be what she calls ‘red-carpet ready’ – whether that’s for a wedding, new job-role or even the school run. “I love helping post-natal mums,” she explains. “Since I had my daughters in quick succession, I fully understand the challenges new mothers are faced

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The Art of Investing

Dr Geza Toth-Feher, West End financier and owner of GGGallery, shares five things everyone should know for a sound art investment

Investing a stake in the €46 billion art business can be highly profitable. Not everyone can get it right, though. When the Arts Council politely declined Charles Saatchi’s gift of Tracey Emin’s Unmade Bed in August, Saatchi may have learnt that some £150,000 investments can’t even be given away.

Fine Art Fund’s Philip Hoffman put it: a Canaletto never does an Enron. 4. Purchase pieces that you can afford to keep for a long time.

investors, intuition will follow over time. 2. Look in the right places. Find galleries with a proven record of recognising commercial talent. Attend their exhibitions, network and learn.

As The Fine Art Fund’s Philip Hoffman put it: a Canaletto never does an Enron

1. Nurture a passion and intuition for your favourite genre of art. Get to know the art scene; visit galleries, research online (artnet.com is very useful) and meet like-minded artists, aesthetes and investors.

2. Buy art that talks to you. Some pieces can take years to significantly appreciate in value. If you can’t enjoy the aesthetics of the work during this time, you probably shouldn’t bother. 3. Looking for a safe bet? £1m-plus acquisitions rarely lose value. As The

5. Research. Investing in unknown or upand-coming artists is like private equity; you need to understand what you are doing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Four ways in which to recognise an upand-coming artist: 1. Intuition – the hardest part. Don’t worry though; as you develop your passion and learn from examples of other artists and

3. Look for the signifiers. Have they been nominated for, or won prizes? Has their work been exhibited anywhere with prominence? Have they been written about?

4. They of course could be a fervent selfpromoter. If they have the talent to match their promotional zeal, you could be on to a winner. If not, check with an impartial source before buying. GGGallery, 15 Blenheim Crescent, W11 2EE GGGallery.co.uk 020 7792 2332

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TRIYOGA

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

ICANDI

iCandi offers the best personal training combined with Pilates to strengthen and tone, giving extraordinary results. One-to-one training keeps you motivated and ensures proper alignment and precise movements, which are essential to consistently improving fitness effectively and safely. Private studio in Parsons Green or home visits by appointment. 07766683700; icandimethod.com

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VITA FIT FOR LIFE

Summer holidays may be a distant memory, but bikini bodies shouldn’t be. Beat the bulge this autumn with Vita’s high-energy Reformer Fitness Concentrate. Experience ten days of time-efficient, heart-pumping training and exceptional results for just £55. Vita Fit for Life, 1a Ives Street SW3; 02075842822; vitafitforlife.com

DUO

Duo’s guiding philosophy of providing a winning and exclusive service means it has a champion team of professionals to meticulously address all of your fitness and health needs. To book a complimentary trial session call 020 7352 5399, or visit duoyouplusus.com

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GIN PALACE

Gordon’s gin last month teamed up with the grandfather of British design Terence Conran to create an array of beautiful new limited-edition bottles. Guests, including Philip Glenister (dressed in Gordon’s gin green), Emilia Fox, Donna Air and Jade Parfitt drank elderflower gin cocktails and tucked into black summer figs while DJ Gemma Cairney spun the decks.

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The stars of The Sweeney were out in force last month as they descended on DSTRKT to celebrate the launch of the film. Ray Winstone – looking every inch the slick east ender – was accompanied by both his daughters, Jaime and Lois, while fellow star Ben Drew was embraced as an honorary son.

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The toast of theatre land turned out to celebrate the official opening of the new St James Theatre, the first new complex of its kind to open in London in 30 years. Guests included Evgeny Lebedev, who officially opened the theatre, as well as Glynis Barber, Isla Blair, Peter Bowles, Wendy Craig, Nancy Dell’Olio, Lord Julian Fellowes, Cameron Mackintosh, Sarah Miles, Stephen Poliakoff, Griff Rhys Jones, Cleo Rocos and Max Stafford Clark. Air kissing central.

JAIME AND ELAINE WINSTONE

DAVID AND FIONA GILMORE

MAX AND STELLA STAFFORD CLARK

NOTES FROM CHELSEA NEW YORK... New York Fashion Week was a blast as I was backstage reporting for Nylon TV, interviewing everyone from Bruce Weber to Christina Ricci. The highlight for me was the Zac Posen show; elegant

and graceful, much like the man himself. If there’s ever been a reason to want to get dressed up, he’s it. I also decided to move and am now settling into my new home in Grammercy Park. As quickly

as I’ve unpacked all my cases I’m already packing them up again as I’m off to LA this week to check out Rankin’s new Gallery opening in LA. By Marissa Montgomery 25

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Fresh, not frozen The Waterhouse Young Clinic’s gentle approach to wrinkle-free skin

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f, like many people, you believe that Botox can only achieve results by freezing your natural facial expressions, it’s time to think again. Dr Mica Engel, one of Waterhouse Young’s cosmetic doctors, unravels the myths about Botox and shares the secrets of achieving a fresh, wrinkle-free appearance – without frozen features. What’s Botox used for? Botox is used to treat frown lines, crow’s feet, ‘bunny’ lines on the nose, smile lines and to tighten the skin around the neck and jowls. It has also become popular for treating excessive sweating of the armpits, hands, feet and forehead, and teeth grinding (which can cause headaches and damage to teeth). Does Botox still have a stigma? People used to think that if you’d had Botox it gave you status. Now it’s an everyday treatment. The stigma surrounding it is far less than it used to be, and with a conservative approach no one need ever know you’ve had it done. How can I look fresh, not frozen? When you smile or frown the muscles in your face contract, causing lines and wrinkles. Over time, these lines become

permanent. Botox works by relaxing the muscle, but too much can stop all movement, which gives a frozen look. We prefer to subtly enhance your features, so rather than give you a stiff, unnatural look, we take a measured approach. We start by injecting very small amounts into precise points in the muscle, thus softening wrinkles but keeping some muscle movement. We’ll see you two weeks later to make sure you’re happy with the results and, if needed, we’ll fine-tune by giving you a top-up treatment. Who should carry out Botox? Botox is a prescribed medicine, so you’ll meet one of our aesthetic doctors for a full skin consultation. If you decide together that it’s the right treatment for you, they’ll prescribe it. Botox injections should only be given by a qualified doctor with relevant training – at our clinic the procedure is always carried out by an aesthetic doctor. Ideally, you should choose someone registered with regulatory body, the British College of Aesthetic Medicine. All our aesthetic doctors and nurses are registered. What are the alternatives? While Botox is effective and safe, there are alternatives, such as: • Dermal fi llers, which are injected into the skin to plump it up and smooth lines; • Dermaroller, a micro skin-needling treatment that triggers the body into regenerating collagen and elastin, making it perfect for treating scarring, facial and décolleté lines and overall skin rejuvenation; and

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BOTOX MYTH BUSTERS

1. Botox freezes your facial expressions You can choose to have a more frozen look, but it’s not necessary. By injecting small, precise amounts, we can soften the lines, but keep movement around the eye area, so you’ll still have your facial expressions. 2. Botox is toxic Botox is a purified form of Botulinum toxin. The concentration of the toxin is very low and when it’s injected in pinpoint amounts it won’t spread to other areas of the body, making it a safe treatment. 3. Botox is painful Most people only feel a mild, stinging sensation, however, some find the treatment uncomfortable. Mica has a lot of experience and skill with Botox injections and many clients comment on her soft touch. In addition, the Waterhouse Young clinic uses a revolutionary new technique to numb the area and minimise any discomfort. The treatment is over before you know it.

• Medical Facials, which give a temporary result by plumping up the skin to soften lines, making them appear reduced. We’ll talk you through your choices at the consultation to help you find the right treatment for you. Whatever you decide, we’ll always take a gentle approach to leave you with wrinkle-free skin that makes you feel great. 27

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Sarah Chang with the

Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra

Friday 26 October, 7.30pm Brahms

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ARTS&CULTURE THE LITTLE BLACK JACKET

12 – 28 OCTOBER SAATCHI GALLERY Following the much-anticipated release of The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, the Saatchi Gallery has announced a collaborative photographic exhibition to mark the occasion. Visitors will be able to peruse Lagerfeld’s 113 photographs, surveying the iconic Chanel black jacket in all its various guises; a cape on Lily Allen, draped around Stella Tennant, or even transformed into a vest on model Edie Campbell. saatchi-gallery.co.uk; thelittleblackjacket.chanel.com *The Little Black Jacket: CHANEL’s classic revisited by Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld, Steidl, Göttingen, 2012, £65, is available in selected bookstores.

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FOOD&TRAVEL MULTIPLEX 18 OCTOBER – 10 NOVEMBER CRANE KALMAN GALLERY

Jonathan Huxley has shown at Crane Kalman Gallery since 1992 and has also been involved in creating large-scale installations for public spaces across the city. We are particularly fond of Red Route 11, his two-metre painting for the EMI building in South Kensington, as well as a huge ultraviolet work that transformed the Met Bar in London. Multiplex, his latest show at Crane Kalman, relates to his working methods and interest in cinema – in particular westerns. 178 Brompton Road, SW3; cranekalman.com

All Alone, 2012, VDNKh area, Moscow, Russia, 2012

Katie Randall picks the hottest tickets in town

SLINKACHU: GLOBAL MODERN VILLAGE UNTIL 27 OCTOBER ANDIPA GALLERY

JOAN RIVERS: THE NOW OR NEVER TOUR

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ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Join the caustic legend for an evening of no-holds-barred, eccentric comedy; for one night only Joan Rivers will be swinging into town as part of her UK nationwide tour. Side-splittingly funny – but moreover, mind-shatteringly blunt – we love her ‘unique’ blend of comedy. Book through bookingsdirect.com (0844 338 0000) Kensington Gore, SW7; royalalberthall.com

It is a small world after all, and this fact is highlighted in Slinkachu’s third solo show at the Andipa Gallery. The worldfamous artist is all about the big questions, this time putting under his microscope the very nature of human existence across the globe via miniature installations of ‘little people’ set amid real urban contexts. His quest? To challenge us to consider the plight of the everyman and open our eyes to a world that we may not have seen or considered. In The Food Chain, tiny figurines continue their back-breaking work of planting rice in a makeshift manhole paddy field, unaware of Beijing’s city life speeding past on the nearby road – a reflection on the reality of the labour-intensive rice production that keeps the world fed, and on the workers overworked and unrewarded. 162 Walton Street, SW3; andipa.com

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ARTS&CULTURE BATTLE CASTLES 9 OCTOBER NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM

History boy, author and TV presenter Dan Snow is set to bring the Middle Ages back to life at the National Army Museum as he embarks upon a fascinating history of castle warfare – a captivating talk not to be missed. 7pm; Royal Hospital Road, SW3; nam.ac.uk

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER PRIVATE TOWNHOUSE IN SOUTH KENSINGTON

‘Le souvenir commence avec la cicatrice’ (‘memory begins with a scar’). So said French philosopher Emile Chartier Alain, and it is this quotation that forms the basis of a new furniture collection by French artist and craftsman Francoise Fredj Weill. The work is from her 2003 Collect-xion furniture series and aims to tell a story in addition to simply being beautiful. Fredj Weill is renowned for combining metal and natural materials in her quest to avoid repetition and conventional trends. We can’t think of any more quirky or innovative pieces. To view the exhibition or for further information, contact event organiser Eloise Benzekri, +44 (0)7825840855. There is no admission fee. South Kensington, SW7

Chelsea resident Lucy Woodruff presents a three-day workshop aimed at demystifying the grand world of opera at the Cadogan Hall this month. Her opera connoisseurship courses are presented by the London-based Masterclass & Co. in association with the Royal Northern College of Music, and on the final day of the course there is even a masterclass with renowned soprano Lynne Dawson (pictured) who is known for her moving performance at Princess Diana’s funeral. The courses have been constructed to appeal both to the neophyte and the specialist – this is luxury adult-education at its best. Participants come away with an enhanced understanding of this multi-faceted art, but rest assured: you will not be expected to sing if you are not inclined. 5 Sloane Terrace, SW1; masterclasscompany.co.uk

NOUR FESTIVAL OF ARTS THROUGHOUT OCTOBER VARIOUS VENUES IN KENSINGTON AND CHELSEA

East meets west at this vivacious arts festival, spanning the length and breadth of our fair borough. Delivering a wide range of artistic talent from the Middle East and North Africa, this is the first time that the festival is expanding beyond Leighton House Museum, with events at the V&A and The Mosaic Rooms. nourfestival.co.uk

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MARKS BY FRANCOISE FREDJ WEILL

DIVAS AND SCHOLARS 9, 10 & 11 OCTOBER CADOGAN HALL

WOMEN OF LA VIEILLE ECOLE: ALEX RUSSELL FLINT 9 OCTOBER – 25 OCTOBER THE OSBOURNE STUDIO GALLERY

In deepest rural France sits La Vieille Ecole – or the Old School House – in the village of Argenton Chateau. The house holds such special significance for painter Alex Russell Flint that he was moved to buy the property in 2010 after having fallen in love with it while studying fine art in Maine et Loire many years earlier. For his latest exhibition, Russell Flint takes inspiration from the once semi-derelict 1850s ex-school, nestled in a steep rock face in the village, and as such has painted 25 young women posing against different backgrounds in the property. Personal and revealing, the paintings provide an enchanting insight into the artist’s current relationship with and past memories of the house. 2 Motcomb Street, SW1; osg.uk.com

HALFWAY TO PARADISE: THE BIRTH OF BRITISH ROCK 13 OCTOBER – 3 MARCH VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

The glory days of rock ‘n’ roll are brought to vivid life via the inspiring images by legendary rock chronicler Harry Hammond on display at the V&A. Halfway to Paradise will explore the exceptional work of the music photographer who documented the emergence of the movement in post-war Britain, capturing all the greats from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to Little Richard and Shirley Bassey (left). The show features more than 60 portraits taken behind the scenes and during performances in the 1950s and 1960s. Cromwell Road, SW7; vam.ac.uk 31

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ARTS&CULTURE SKY HIGH

It’s 50 years since the first James Bond film was released and never has the super spy waned either in the style stakes, or indeed in popularity. Skyfall, the 23rd movie (and the third for Daniel Craig), will doubtless maintain the agent’s standards; directed by Sam Mendes, the film opens post a disastrous operation in Istanbul after which Bond is missing and presumed dead. Back in London, M is under investigation after the details of M16 agents have been leaked on the internet, at which point Bond makes a timely and surprise reappearance. Javier Bardem plays bad guy Raoul Silva. As ever, expect nail-biting, edge-of-seat drama. Skyfall premieres on 23 October.

Culture Flash

THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTS

A GAME OF THRONES

Phillipa Gregory’s The Cousins’s War series is to be adapted as a ten-part, ten-hour series hitting our small screens early next year. Titled The White Queen, the BBC1 drama follows the battles for the throne of the women of the House of York and all the attendant ruthlessness, betrayal, deception and even murder. Starring Max Irons, James Frain, Eve Posenby and Simon Ginty, it is a gripping and rich tale of love and loss. We’re excited already.

ROVING EYE

David Bailey’s new book sees him swap the sartorial for the subcontinent, as his camera fi xes its gaze upon the Indian capital. Bailey’s Delhi Dilemma examines how the new (shopping malls, housing estates and huge internet companies) is attempting to eradicate the well-loved India of old, its prevailing thesis being that the long carved-out Indian identity will endure. Says the snapper: ‘I always start shooting as soon as I get off the plane, once you become acclimatised to a place you stop seeing the differences. These pictures are all about people or the products of people. India must be one of the most photographed places on earth because it naturally lends itself to imagery through the colour and the landscape.’ Bailey’s Delhi Dilemma is published by Steidl this autumn and will be available in all good bookshops and via steidlville.com

BLUE PLAQUE OF THE MONTH… HILAIRE BELLOC, 104 CHEYNE WALK, SW1 The Anglo-French writer and historian may have claimed – via his poetry – to have been defined by his time at Balliol where he took a first in history and to have hankered for his boyhood spent in Sussex, but Belloc spent five years of his adult life at Cheyne Walk. All of which, no doubt, inspired his On Chelsea poem amongst others… 33

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Costume drama Embrace the dark side with moody hues and structured shapes Photographer: Helen McArdle Stylist: Charlie Moore

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Love is in the air

The Lanesborough is the ultimate wedding venue for glamour, beauty and out-and-out luxury, says Katy Jarratt

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he Lanesborough is well-known for having achieved the rare feat of preserving the elegance of an 18th-century private residence in London amidst the modern changes of the city. The hotel’s fascinating history and ornate décor, which harks back to the ‘good old days’ of gentleman’s clubs and gin and tonics, is part of its appeal to couples who are keen to plan a luxurious city wedding. As the former home of the Duke of Wellington in Knightsbridge, it offers the kind of grand, five-star weddings to make would-be brides (and grooms) go weak at the knees. There is a whole variety of nuptial services, which all fall under the expert supervision of Rhiannon Williams, the hotel’s wedding specialist. Paul Gayler, the hotel’s executive chef, provides exquisite tasting menus for the big day, and wedding cakes are individually created by the in-house pastry chef. The Lanesborough’s communal spaces speak of opulence, each boasting different qualities to suit a couple’s tastes. The Belgravia, for example, is perfect for lavish affairs, while the St George’s offers unparalleled views of London which are all romance and contextualise the hotel in the heart of the city. The Wellington is a smaller but beautiful room to host an intimate celebration, while The Westminster has a dramatic glass roof. 

For the rehearsal dinner, The Lanesborough’s Michelin-starred Apsleys is a stunning, glass-ceilinged venue for guests to come together during the build up. After dinner, the groom and his groomsmen can sample The Liquid History Collection in The Library Bar, a range of vintage cognacs spanning 200 years, or – better still – there are rare Cuban cigars to be tasted in The Garden Room. All these decadences are carried out with the same outstanding and bespoke service The Lanesborough has a reputation for providing every day. Should anything extra be needed, there is a 24hour butler on call to service every need. Sign us up! Hyde Park Corner, SW1 020 7259 5599 lanesborough.com

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A question of taste Nancy Alsop meets the refreshingly nonprescriptive Nina Campbell, a designer who is horrified at the idea of showroom-style living

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ou’d never suppose that Nina Campbell was a woman in the throes of the notoriously frantic preparations demanded by a stand at Decorex (which is ‘like going back to school, all the old faces’), such is her poise and unflappable demeanour. Casually she rattles off her to-do list – new collections, festive season preparation ‘all those people who want to be in their houses by Christmas’, new rooms at The Draycott hotel and projects in America and China – as if it were little more strenuous than an amble in the park. She does, though, concede that the forwardfocused nature of the design business is, at times, alarming. ‘Today we were talking about inspirations for January 2014,’ she says. ‘Some of my staff were saying: ‘God, I’ll be forty by then.’ I said: ‘Well, aren’t you lucky? Please, I’ll be dead by then!’ This exchange is typical of Campbell, who, despite the success and accomplishment that has characterised her career in interior design – plus the triumph of her muchloved and lauded shop on Walton Street – happily remains open and downto-earth. Ask her about her family life, and she will endearingly get out pictures of her grandchildren (‘we took my grandson Charlie to the zoo to see the penguins the other day, he was practically suctioned to the glass. He couldn’t talk about anything else that night, especially one naughty penguin’). Enquire as to what makes her proudest, and it’s the idea that via her talent for making comfortable and beautiful environments, she is able to help others. ‘I had dinner with a client last night who has had a horrible year, and she said: ‘You can’t imagine with all the horror going on, having the house has been amazing.’ It was just lovely when she said that. So you have changed someone’s life and that is what matters to me. It’s so nice when you have that rather than someone whinging…’ she says, patently gratified. Campbell’s guiding mantra to be open minded is, you sense, paramount both to the continuing evolution of her work and to her self-image (‘sometimes I see people I went to school with and they seem so OLD! I’m sure I look a hundred, but being busy and

working with brilliant young people keeps you young in mind’). One such co-conspirator and collaborator is Christopher Wilcox of Natural Curiosities, with whom she is working with on a joint project for Decorex. ‘I went on to their stand in New York about five years ago, and I thought: ‘I’d love to have this in the shop, but it just isn’t going to work’’, she explains. ‘Everything was sort of too big and I am very aware that the shop is too small. But then I went on another time, and one of them was there. I told him who I was and he said: ‘Oh my god, I love your things’, and I said: ‘Well actually I love your things’. He said: ‘Did you realise that you can have this collection at any size you like, and that we have this huge archive that we print specially’. So I began to realise it wasn’t just a print shop actually, it’s an art house.’ Since that meeting, they have collaborated on the Capital Hotel and the Chelsea Galleries (‘the designers then love it because they are suddenly being offered an alternative to all those old photographs you see in every 43

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restaurant everywhere. I got to the point where I thought: ‘If I see Frank Sinatra walking along that boardwalk once more I’m going to scream.’’) What advice, I ask, would she give anyone buying art for the first time? ‘If I’m doing a really big house, I’d rather they choose their main pictures themselves. I don’t mind suggesting or editing, let’s say. I’ve just worked for some Russians who have very contemporary art and that’s been quite a learning curve – they’ve got Giacometti sculptures, which are lovely – but they have other things that initially I might not like, but I was brought up by a father who said: ‘Don’t just say no to things, keep your mind open.’ And he was right.’ There was, though, one particular piece that even her

consciously open mind struggled with. ‘There was something that came that I really did think: ‘Oh my god, what is this?’ And the owner’s wife felt the same way I think. It sounds derogatory, but they have a kitchen that opens off the dining room so you see everything in it, and she put it standing by the sink. It’s quite a funny piece, and actually in the end I said: ‘You know, that is absolutely genius.’ You’re standing doing the washing up and you’re cheered up by this strange piece of sculpture, which is very brightly coloured. He had said to me: ‘You’ve made this flat perfect, so I’ve now got to make it imperfect. You have to help me.’ I really like that.’ This instinct to endow homes with her very own breed of ‘perfection’ was, perhaps

instilled from a very young age, when her mother – an Austrian refugee and ever itinerant – insisted on moving house all the time. ‘That definitely informed my childhood, because I was always going, instead of to the toy shop, to Cole’s wallpaper shop. I wasn’t deprived in any way, I remember thinking it was rather fun, and I had quite esoteric taste actually. I remember one bedroom with this grey Toile de Jouy wallpaper with people playing tennis in slightly Edwardian outfits. And then I had yellow curtains. I thought yellow and grey was very smart, but I never really strayed far from my mother.’ Did she have good taste? ‘She did actually. But after the war you couldn’t get anything. So my mother had bought some saffron yellow fabric from God

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knows where, and those was our curtains – you took everything with you because you could never get it again. But what you did have was people to help you because there were no jobs. So we had these had this lovely Croatian couple who lived at home and they brushed the stairs from top to bottom every day. They were lovely people – two men. But my mother wasn’t English, so she had no inhibitions about that and was delighted to have them.’ One stipulation her mother had was that the houses must be within a certain geographical radius. ‘My mother made the most extraordinary comment once. She said: ‘I am already a refugee from Vienna. I don’t need to be a refugee from Belgravia.’ She wasn’t actually a very funny woman, but she said funny things sometimes by mistake. I branched out you see, I went to the other side of Sloane Square which she thought was like a foreign country. She was quite bizarre really.’ And so, armed with her intimate knowledge of fabric shops, off Campbell went to work for the General Trading Company. ‘I did the wedding list there which was very fun because aged 19 I became incredibly bossy to all these brides. ‘You can’t put that plate with that glass!’ And that, I think, gave me the beginnings of the shop, because I sort of loved the objects around me.’ After that, she went off to work for Colefax and Fowler, which was ‘amazing, I really was very lucky. The first bit, I didn’t really understand at all. John Fowler would ask me to do things that I just didn’t understand. But I worked with one woman there called Imogen Taylor who explained to me what he meant when he’d suddenly say things like: ‘I want you to rusticate this wall’. I had no idea what rusticate meant.’ Did it feel bold, I wonder, to then after

three years, launch her own business? ‘Strangely it didn’t. I went off on my own because I suddenly thought: ‘I think I better quit while I’m ahead, before they sack me.’ I thought: ‘Well, if I have my own business, no one can get rid of me.’ A little later, I was anxious to have a shop, and I was doing the work for Annabel’s at that stage, so I said to Mark Birley: ‘Why don’t we have a shop together?’ So we opened a shop called Nina Campbell and Mark Birley which went on for about eight years before we parted ways.’ Since then, her wallpaper has been distributed by Osbourne and Little, she’s decorated projects all over the world and produced her own collections of objects for the shop. Has she, over the years, come to have a clear definition of her style? She deliberates. ‘It’s not really contemporary but I like to think it’s open-minded. As you get older, you get

the courage to say: ‘You know, I don’t actually know what you mean’, whereas when you were younger, you would nod along and pretend you understood. It’s got to be comfortable and easy living – not a showroom. When you go to those sorts of places, you don’t feel wanted; you feel that you’re crushing the cushions or something, or you’re terrified that you moved a book. Oh, and I hate when there’s only one book. I want books.’ It is this that so neatly epitomises Nina Campbell, surely one of the most unpretentious designers in London, as evidenced via her attitude to the very notion of ‘bad’ taste. ‘People can get very snooty about people having bad taste, and you think, well, it’s just different. And actually maybe the appalling thing in the corner is quite fun and funny. Maybe we should just get over it.’ 45

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Costume capers The V&A hosts Hollywood Costume, the capital’s must-see autumn blockbuster exhibition. Absolutely sneaks a peek

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Henry Barlow meets Will Gompertz, former Tate curator, arts editor at the BBC and the 21st-century’s answer to Ernst Gombrich

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t seems fitting that it’s Penguin Books’ Strand office where I meet Will Gompertz, BBC arts supremo and author of the book What Are You Looking At?, which bears the subtitle ‘150 Years of Modern Art in a Nutshell’. The clear, clean lines of the art deco building seem an apt stomping ground for the charming and energetic Gompertz, who arrives fresh from a meeting with his audiobook producer in BBC-approved uniform of Paul Smith jacket, Bill Nighy-esque dark-rimmed glasses and jeans. An instantly engaging presence, he’s instantly eager to discuss the purpose of his book. ‘Most people don’t know what modern art is, to be honest. They know it’s a painting or a sculpture, but don’t know what it’s trying to say, what the ideas behind it are, or what the purpose is. So that’s the point – it’s an attempt to confront people’s preconceptions, or lack of them, and it puts the burden of proof on the reader.’ Thankfully, the book is no dry, didactic tome, but a witty and informative read that mixes historical recreation, informed criticism (Gompertz’s previous role was as a curator at the Tate) and anecdotage. The idea for it came firstly from an article that he was asked to write for The Guardian, and then, of all things, a stand-up comedy course that he undertook to discuss art in an accessible, funny way. There’s a clear personal bias throughout; as Gompertz says, disarmingly, ‘I’ve only selected works of art that I like, and are worthy

of consideration, as I didn’t see the point in including rubbish. I might not like everyone and everything I write about personally, such as Gauguin as a man and Futurism, but they’re hugely important.’ The book has an impressive scope, covering

these nuggets include some of the eccentric characters who have populated the art world, and sometimes Gompertz dramatises their conversations and interactions, an engaging device that he describes cheerily as ‘licenced flights of fancy, which are designed to put the reader in a time and place.’ One of the most enjoyable aspects of the book is that it helps to resensitise the reader (and later viewer) to art, moving on from the ‘Oh, that looks nice’ school and reminding people how trendsetting – even dangerous – art was once regarded that now wanly adorns postcards and teatrays. Whether this is something that will be repeated with the Hirsts and Emins of today is a moot point. As Gompertz says: ‘It’s a fool’s game to try and call on future posterity. Do I think Jeff Koons will be revered in the same way the Impressionists are? I have no idea. The last quarter of a century is impossible to describe in terms of artistic movements – the closest thing I’d describe it as is ‘Entrepreneurialism’ or ‘Commodificationism’. One figure, notably, that he exempts from this description is the ever-controversial Ai Weiwei – ‘an outstanding social artist, an extremely important figure beyond the confines of art, and probably the most remarkable figure working today.’ The book’s potted history of the last century and a half includes movements that most people have heard of, such as Surrealism,

Do I think Jeff Koons will be revered like the Impressionists? I have no idea everything from the Impressionists to the contemporary likes of Damien Hirst and Ai Weiwei in just under 400 pages. However, as Gompertz notes, wryly: ‘I’d actually planned it to be shorter, but then you start digging up fascinating nuggets of information, and you think: ‘Well, I can’t leave that out.’ Many of

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Cubism and Pop Art, as well as some more obscure ones. (Fauvism was an unknown quantity to me until now.) A uniting thread that Gompertz notes, despairingly, is that the history of western art is primarily one dictated by white men. ‘Someone really ought to write this book and just concentrate on women. There are a few who crop up – Emin; Berthe Morisot; Dora Carrington – who are good artists, but if you’re doing this sort of book, people want to know about Manet, Monet and Pissarro, so there just isn’t enough space to cover the major figures and everyone else too. Which leaves you with a sense that we live in a world that doesn’t have female voices in it, which is an enormous shame.’ For Gompertz, it seems clear that the age of Entrepreneuralism is coming to an end. ‘The night that Damien Hirst had his massive sale at Sotheby’s in 2008 was the same night that it became clear that Lehman Brothers was going bust, and so it spelt the fin de siècle, in a sense. What’s going to come next is uncertain, but I don’t know that the establishment of the galleries is going to be part of it. Look at street art and Banksy. People are doing significant, risk-taking things, and you could never put those in a museum. In fact, some of Banksy’s most interesting experiments have been subverting the whole process of exhibition, when he’s doctored exhibits in galleries.’ Understanding the vagaries of the arts world in general is, of course, Gompertz’s day job, and it’s one that he relishes. ‘The most crucial thing at the BBC is that you have to be 100 per cent factually accurate at all times, and that you have to differentiate fact from opinion. This has filtered through to the book, as I lay away at night worrying that I’d got something wrong! But I love working at the BBC, it’s a terrific place. It’s populated by the same sort of people as the Tate – clever, focused, non-egotistical types who understand that the organisation is bigger than they are – but the big difference is that I don’t have to spend my life in meetings.’ Chatting to Gompertz is both hugely enjoyable and illuminating, rather like having the coolest teacher you can imagine. He’s egalitarian in his views, simultaneously describing the traditional white middle-class masculine stranglehold on British popular 53

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culture as ‘outrageous and an utter disgrace’ and heartily concurring with Nicholas Hytner’s remark a few years back that there was a dismal lack of right-wing voices in the arts, with the consensus instead being a liberal-left one. ‘It annoys me how some attitudes towards funding are creating an idea that the arts are ‘difficult’ and ‘exclusive’. They’re not. People who don’t enjoy the arts are missing out on a gloriously rich part of human existence.’ When time’s up, we have a quick chat about theatre and literature – Gompertz raves about Sheridan Smith and Adrian Scarborough in the current production of Hedda Gabler – and discuss his forthcoming commitments, which include a documentary about the past 50 years of James Bond. As we leave Penguin, Gompertz asks me, unexpectedly: ‘Why do

people still love Bond films?’ I start to murmur something about western, phallocentric ideas of masculinity and oppression. He grins as he heads off onto his next appointment. ‘Possibly. Or, of course, they could just be really good fun.’ What Are You Looking At? is published by Penguin, £20 53

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Couleurs de Provence by Othello Radou (1910 – 2006)

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This is England Jasper Conran’s achingly beautiful coffee table book – now repackaged in a gift edition – celebrates all things British and bucolic

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asper Conran may be best known for attiring Chelsea’s great and glam with his clever mix of sartorial elegance and hearty helpings of the irreverent, but, as it transpires, he also has a grand passion for all things rural. Country, his acclaimed coffee table tome, documents in seductive annotated pictures a year spent in pursuit of the bucolic, telling stories of the everyday and the extraordinary, and of local characters and traditions, asking, above all things, what it is to be contented in the true epicurean sense.

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Brick by Brick

Patrick Panioty of London Heritage Design and Build reveals the tricks of his trade Everyone knows how hard it is to find builders. Where do people tend to go wrong? It’s such a personal thing. The relationship you have with your builder is – by the end of the project – one of the closest you have, and you have to find someone you can trust. People go wrong when they start employing too many professionals, or believing unrealistic promises about how quickly things can be done, and to what budget. The most important thing is mutual trust. Having people you don’t know in your house can be the worst thing imaginable, and we understand that. We are based in central London and we know the area and its houses. How are you different? We fit between the architects and the builders. In fact, I really believe that everyone who does up a house needs us. People often start by going to an architect or hiring a project manager before looking for a builder, but most projects are too small to justify that kind of expertise. Plus, involving a project manager adds to the cost and, as an often unnecessary extra link in the chain, can cause confusion. We have a different

approach. We offer a complete turnkey service, so we are in control of everything. At London Heritage, the entire team is employed by us and every project we undertake is finished on time and to budget, thanks to the thorough planning we put in beforehand, and to our extensive experience. For our most recent project, we had ordered the kitchen, bought the paint and chosen the flooring well in advance of the project’s start date, and from there we worked to tight schedules. What sort of projects are we talking about? We do everything. We offer a complete interior design and build package, with projects ranging from basic maintenance work (we are nearby and can be with you very quickly), a new kitchen or bathroom to a complete house refurbishment. Recently we completed a challenging project in West Eaton Place, aiming to improve and add value to a fourthfloor apartment. We took down all of the existing walls and started with a blank canvas. It was very obvious that the living, cooking and dining areas had to share the same space, so

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Life A brief encounter with... Jane Churchill

My idea of heaven is… Spending time with my children. Even though they are practically pensioners, Christmas is still really fun. The thing I’m proudest of is… My kids, they are so entertaining. Something I wish I were better at is… Drawing, like my grandmother, who went to the Slade. I can only draw a stick man. I would describe my style as… Traditional with a contemporary twist, but above all, comfortable. My lucky break was… To open my own business when I was 22. No bank would lend me a farthing, but Alexander Hesketh gave me my first loan. Thankfully, he has since been paid back! The person who would play me in a film would be… Julia Roberts, though I’m sure my children would say Maggie Smith would be nearer the mark. If I could choose someone to write the soundtrack to my life, it would be… Rodgers and Hammerstein, full of life and entertaining. The book that changed my life was… Not Fifty Shades of Grey. My best buy ever was… My shop at 81 Pimlico Road. I have been here 34 years and will probably leave feet first. My favourite saying is… Carpe diem. The best hour of the day is… When I get home from work and have time to myself.

A good night out... Is to go to Les Trois Garcons in Shoreditch, because I love the owners, they are very original. And the perfect night in would be… Like last week when my brother and four friends came for dinner, and we laughed until we cried. At weekends I most enjoy… Walking round different areas of London, such as the City and going into all the amazing Wren churches. Someone whose style I admire is… Hubert de Givenchy. He has effortless style and is beyond charming. The thing that gets me down is… Seeing patients smoking outside the The Royal Marsden Hospital. My favourite holiday is… Greece. There is nothing to beat the weather, the sea and the sunsets. My favourite thing about Chelsea is… That it’s full of life and feels like home. If I could change one thing about Chelsea, it would be… To make it dog mess free. What people might not know about me is… That I eat four meals a day!

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The new Ashville Inc showroom opened on the King’s Road during this year’s London Design Festival – perfect timing to show off its impressive interactive qualities. Designed by Ashville Inc’s Daniel Louisy and Italian furniture pros Vicentin Casa’s Jonathan Kelly, the two-floor space functions as an executive studio apartment displaying lighting, climate control, media units and much more. 541 Kings Road, SW6; ashvilleinc.com

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KATIE WALKER FURNITURE

Show some architectural appreciation with these miniature works of genius by Chisel and Mouse. Each plaster model is handmade and depicts an unsung hero of British and international architecture. Our pick is the Grade II-listed Craven Cottage, home of Fulham Football Club. Designed by Archibald Leitch, it was built in 1896 on the site of a Royal Hunting lodge called Crave Cottage. £99; chiselandmouse.com

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A fine balance Rose Uniacke’s interiors speak of elegance and refinement. Just don’t ask her to talk about her work too much, says Nancy Alsop

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sk Rose Uniacke to talk about her work, and she suddenly comes over the very personification of diffidence. What makes her Pimlico Road shop special? ‘That’s hard to say without elevating myself.’ What’s been her best ever antique find? ‘I can’t say, it’s not easy to have favourites. It’s like having a favourite colour’. What is her advice for first-time antique buyers? ‘Oh my God, I don’t know how to answer that. I always just buy things that I love’. Antique dealer and interior designer Uniacke is, it quickly becomes apparent, that rare thing: a designer almost averse to the idea of talking about her own work. She will, however, lavish praise upon her mother, Hilary Batstone, whose interiors shop she started out in, and who Uniacke credits with attuning her eye. ‘I didn’t study at art school or anything like that,’ she explains. ‘But I used to rearrange my own room as a girl all the time. I don’t know why

but I suppose that my mother always had amazing houses, and that she fostered in me a natural inclination to make the space around one feel right.’ Three years ago now, Uniacke moved out of her mother’s shop and decamped to her own shop and studio – which is about to be expanded into the next door space – just at the end of the road. (‘I can’t imagine being anywhere else other than around Pimlico Road, it’s such a lovely, old-fashioned community here.’) While Uniacke struggles, almost bizarrely, to describe her aesthetic sensibilities, the words I gently put in her mouth are that it speaks of a spare beauty, to which she tentatively agrees. ‘I hope so. I think the way I work, especially in the context of historic houses, is to use old furniture, which roots the building but to mix it with the contemporary. What I love about antiques is the recycled aspect, which is so great. I do also make bespoke

furniture, but that is usually borne out of not being able to find what I’m looking for. The range of sofas were developed because I couldn’t find anything classically leaning but contemporary and comfortable. And where I can, I will use recycled wood in the bespoke items.’ Uniacke’s expertise are myriad and broad-reaching; she trained as a furniture restorer, gilder and a specialist in paint and lacquer, she decorates houses ranging from the historic to the contemporary, she sources and sells important 20th-century pieces alongside English and European furniture from the 17th- to the 19th-centuries (‘though I am not prescribing those periods. If something that doesn’t fall into those periods is interesting, it won’t stop me buying it’), and her latest commission is the flagship offices, set in a Georgian building in Marylebone, for Jo Malone. ‘It’s exciting as it’s my first commercial project,’ she says, though she is typically reticent to say much

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about it. ‘Estee Lauder bought Jo Malone and is now revamping the brand. It’s been an interesting challenge because everything has to be branded. I can’t give away too much, but it finishes mid-December.’ Does she get nervous prior to the opening of her work? ‘I don’t know. I’ve never done it before.’ While Uniacke is reserved when it comes to categorising her work, or defining it too much, there is one rule that she’s tends to abide by: everything in a room must have a purpose. ‘I sometimes think that my style is quite minimal. It has a classical root in a sense, but it is quite contemporary in fact. Generally I don’t use furniture for the sake of it – it must have a function,’ she explains before adding: ‘Actually perhaps that’s not quite true. But I always want to create a room with a heart that makes you want to come in to it. It

should have a balance – though I’m not talking about symmetry. It’s about feeling comfortable without necessarily knowing why. Classically the fireplace was always the heart of a room as, for obvious reasons, everyone would gather round it. Now you have to think of other ways of providing that heart.’

interiors. I do use colour, it all totally depends. I generally wouldn’t use primary colours anywhere but a nursery, but then what if someone in the future wants to use red velevet of the most primary variety?’ About her own home, which is not far from the shop and has been nicknamed Hogwarts by locals on account of the fact that her husband is David Heyman, producer of the Harry Potter movies and that it has gothic leanings, she is effusive. ‘It was built by an artist in 1860, and it’s a lateral house, which is interesting, because at the time, everyone else was building up. It’s constructed around a great octagonal north-facing studio, it’s such an interesting footprint. We worked on it for two years before we moved in, and even now, I cannot resist changing things around a lot.’ As she says, it’s in the blood.

‘Classically, the fireplace was the heart of the room. Now you have to find other ways of finding that heart’ Does she, I wonder, have any particular design bugbears? ‘Yes, but I don’t know if I am going to say what they are,’ she laughs. ‘It’s probably better to celebrate the things I do like. It’s like saying I can’t stand patterned trousers – though actually I really can’t stand them! I suppose I don’t like too much drama, but I have done dramatic

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The Italian Job

Aldo Zilli is covered in awards and still hungry for more. Harriet Compston meets him to talk world records and contemporary Italian cuisine

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Did you always want to be a chef? No, I originally wanted to be a concierge in hotels and learn lots of different languages. That’s why I went to Germany at such a young age – 17 – but then work was only available in kitchens and with food, there is only one language. Culinary heroes? My heroes in London start with the Roux brothers and now Roux junior. In so far as television chefs, I loved Keith Floyd for his bigger-than-life personality. Meal that changed your life? I can safely say that one of the finest (and simplest) meals I ever had was in a shack restaurant on the beach in Portugal – it was fish at its best cooked on an open fire with baked potatoes under the coal. Mamma Mia!

What’s the best thing about Italian food? The best bit about Italian food is that it’s for everyone, but don’t think it’s only about pasta and pizza. The new generation is showering us with tasting menus now, like one of my favourites, Cicchetti in Piccadilly, run by the San Carlo family who’ve taken the Italian tasting menu to another level. What has been the proudest moment of your career so far? I’ve had lots of proud moments in my long career, but it would have to be winning awards for my restaurants, such as ‘best Italian in London’. The list goes on, and let me tell you, it’s not over yet. Tell us about your world record-breaking pancake flipping. What inspired it? My world record was inspired by my little

Rocco. First making him pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and then cooking them on This Morning and Blue Peter. No one has beaten me yet! What projects do you have going on at the moment? Since the sale of my restaurants, life has been very busy with all my new projects and TV work, including the building of Zilli Media, my new company that looks after restaurants and gives advice on food in general. But I can’t reveal it all yet. Top three ingredients you like to cook with? Well, let’s start with a great olive oil, as I always love to finish my cooking with it. Then fish – pretty much any type as long as it’s fresh – I love it! Also, I can’t say I’m Italian if I don’t go for pasta; I could eat it three times a day.

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and lately I released a vegetarian book called Fresh & Green that really champions healthy food made tasty – and easy. There’s also my Fish Cook book where you can find some of the most diverse recipes with fish. Guilty food pleasure? I do have lots of guilty food pleasures from chocolate to nuts to burgers, but my absolute pleasure has to be affogato al caffe! (white chocolate ice cream drowned in espresso coffee!). When not working, where do you eat out in London? If I am going for Italian then I love to taste different little dishes so again, Cicchetti in Piccadilly for me. Or, if I feel a little bit richer then it has to be Zuma in Knightsbridge. What are your favourite plates on the menu at Sub-Zero & Wolf’s new supper club? Well, it depends on the season. At this time of year it will be truffle, game and of course, my absolute favourite: lobster ravioli. What do you knock up for a quick supper? In my fridge and cupboards, you will always find ingredients for a quick meal, such as garlic, onions, basil, tomatoes, parmesan and chilli. So, a quick sauce to make for me has to be arrabbiata with plenty of chilli. Best culinary advice you’ve been given? The best ever advice I ever got has to be that it’s important to keep your feet in your kitchen even if you’re famous. You’re an advocate of healthy eating. Tell us more... Healthy eating has always been my passion

How do you like to relax? Making food with my kids, Rocco, 6, and Twiggy, 4. I love their faces when I make things from scratch, like turning flour and egg into fresh spaghetti. They think it’s genius and so do I! Future plans? The future is very bright for me, as my wife, Nikki, is going back into acting and I have so many different kitchens to work from now, including my cookery school at Stamford Bridge. It doesn’t get much better than that. Go Chelsea! Sub Zero & Wolf and Aldo Zilli have partnered to create a supper club at the newly designed Subterranean Studio for up to 20 guests, who are invited get involved learning new culinary skills - or simply to relax and be fed. £750 per person; two seat minimum booking; sub-terreanean.co.uk

Baked cod with black olive crust and lentils Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

100 ml extra virgin olive oil 1 carrot, diced 1 celery stalk, diced 1 onion, diced 500 g Puy lentils 2 bay leaves 1.5 litres vegetable stock 1 tablespoon breadcrumbs 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon fresh thyme 100 g black olives 4 cod fillets (about 180 g each)

Instructions:

1. Heat half the oil in a large pan and add the diced vegetables. Cook until soft, about 3-4 minutes, stirring to ensure they don’t stick. Add the lentils and bay leaves, stir a couple of times, then add the stock and cook gently until it has been absorbed by the lentils, about 30 minutes. Keep warm. 2. Preheat the oven to 180˚C/fan oven 160˚C/Gas Mark 4. In a food processor blend the remaining oil, the breadcrumbs, herbs and black olives until you have a smooth mix. 3. Place the cod in a roasting tray and divide the olive mixture between the fillets, pressing it down with your fingers over the top and making sure you have an even distribution of the mix. Bake in the oven for 7-8 minutes. Serve the fish on top of the lentils. 77

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FOOD&TRAVEL SHARING IS CARING

Chris Golding – formerly head chef at Galoupet – is the man behind Apero, South Kensington’s latest gastronomic opening at the Ampersand Hotel. Inspired by the culture of Mediterranean communal eating, expect plenty of sharing plates and a perennially changing menu. ampersandhotel.com

Food notes

Breakfast in bed at Brown’s, plus classic cocktails MICHELIN ON THE MOVE

Gastronomic super duo Chris and Jeff Galvin’s Demoiselle in Harrods has been a runaway hit since it opened earlier this year. Now fans of the brothers’ culinary creation can snap up a selection of the restaurant’s dishes to take away. Croquettes of Comte cheese, duck leg confit and parmentier of Scottish beef are just some of the plates on offer to take home and, if you’re anything like us, pass off as your own... harrods.com

SWEET LIKE CHOCOLATE

BOUDOIR BREAKFASTS

Brown’s Hotel has joined forces with Ruinart, the oldest champagne house in the world, to offer guests the Ruinart Rose Interpretation Breakfast in Bed, as part of which the pink stuff is packaged up in a pretty gift box. We don’t mind if we do. The Ruinart Rosé Interpretation Breakfast in Bed package starts at £495 in a Deluxe Room, based on two people sharing. To book, visit https://gifts.skchase.com/browns

Devotees of the sweet stuff will be powerless to resist Chocolate Ecstasy Tours’ Chelsea walk to coincide with chocolate week. The three-and-a-half-hour tour takes foodies around chocolate boutiques and studios and even gives VIP discounts, making the experience all the more sweet. 14 October. £45; to book, visit chocolateecstasytours.com

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1912

The Stafford London celebrates its centenary this year and to mark it, head chef Brendan Fyldes at The Lyttelton restaurant has cooked up a nostalgic new set menu. Appositely, it references the hotel’s opening menu in 1912, featuring dishes such as potted duck on toast with damson jam, spiced cauliflower, homemade black pudding and apple, and grilled flat peaches and rosemary ice cream. And at two courses for £19.12, it’s a bargain too. kempinski.com/en/london/the-stafford-london

MRS CRIMBLE VS CANCER There’s little cosier and more comforting than Mrs Crimble’s macaroons, and now there’s even more reason to pick them up as your choice of tea-time treat. The biscuit maker has teamed up with the Breast Cancer Campaign, and via its new revamped cranberry and choc version, aims to raise £37,000 for the charity. mrscrimbles.com

SHAKE IT UP

Cocktail enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn of the launch of The Classic Cocktail Bible, which provides all the inspiration you will ever need for creating everything from the perfect nightcap to new takes on timeless classics. Published by Spruce, £7.99

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Restaurant REVIEWS Two of the best fine dining restaurants

MARCUS WAREING AT THE BERKELEY

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lthough Marcus Wareing has only been cooking at the Berkeley Hotel for four years, his two-Michelin starred restaurant already feels like such an established part of the fine dining scene that a visit here feels less like an opportunity for a meal than a pilgrimage to culinary greatness. Not that the unpretentious Wareing would welcome such a comparison, of course. For him, the flim-flam of expected fripperies gets in the way of his desire to serve top-quality ingredients, cooked with imagination and precision, in the inimitably stylish surroundings of a David Collins-designed room bedecked with rich colours and a hugely welcoming atmosphere. There are a couple of tasting menus and the chef’s menu, but it was lunchtime so we stuck to the a la carte option. This was a good idea in theory, but in practice the quality of the food was matched by its quantity; there’s little danger that you’ll be leaving hungry. However, given that every morsel is of the absolute finest quality, it seems churlish to moan. From the

amuse-bouches of tomato gazpacho and lamb fillet to the final morsel of Wareing’s sublime signature custard tart (as requested by the Queen at her 80th birthday banquet), it’s all brilliant. To name all the best things that we had would be a laundry list of gastronomic accomplishment, but highlights included a starter of quail with girolle mushrooms in a delicate consommé, a very fine main course of pigeon, and a cheese trolley that should be the envy of any other restaurant in London. All this was accompanied by a selection of wines that were frequently unusual (Spain featured prominently, rather than the more conventional France or California) and entirely brilliant. Calling Marcus Wareing the most down-to-earth fine dining experience in London might sound like ambiguous praise, but that’s exactly what it offers. If you want pretension and expense, head up the road, but if you’re after a brilliant meal, you won’t be disappointed. Just make sure you don’t have any breakfast beforehand.

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ith three Michelin stars firmly under his belt for the Fat Duck in Bray, one already knows that anything conjured up by Heston Blumenthal is going to be not simply good, but bordering on the magical. And at Dinner, his restaurant based in the opulent surrounds of the Mandarin Oriental, this gastronomic wizard doesn’t disappoint. The concept is all about Britain’s culinary past and provides a foodie education that would make any cookery teacher weep. Headed up by Heston’s protégé, Ashley Palmer-Watts, there’s a tantalising menu featuring dishes dating as far back as the 14th-century. A perfect example is Rice and Flesh (c. 1390) – a vibrant yellow risotto with saffron, calf tail and red wine accompanied by a punchy mascarpone. The already legendary Meat Fruit (c. 1500) is equally sublime, the chicken liver parfait shining bright in its mandarin orange jelly casing. The main course features a plethora of options; the Black Foot pork chop with hispi cabbage, lardo, ham hock and Robert sauce was cooked to perfection, accompanied by an inspired touch of pork crackling popcorn. The spiced pigeon was also absurdly pretty, complemented by deliciously tender artichokes. The wine list is, meanwhile, immaculately chosen; the mouth-puckering Vincent Girardin Vielles Vignes Puligny-Montrachet 2008 being a highlight. Dessert took top prize. After the unmissable Tipsy Cake (c. 1810) – a buttery baked brioche soaked in Sauternes with chunks of spit-roast pineapple – we were wowed by liquid nitrogen vanilla ice cream, made right in front of us, whipped into a cone and finally finished off with a topping of our choice. A complete spectacle – just like the meal itself. Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, SW1 020 7201 3833; dinnerbyheston.com

The Berkeley, Wilton Place, SW1X 020 7235 6000; the-berkeley.co.uk

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Here’s to going to the pub early.

Introducing new breakfast menus at The Pantechnicon, The Orange and The Grazing Goat, featuring light and healthy dishes, fresh juices, muesli, and of course our fully cooked breakfasts. A great reason to head to the pub early! cubitthouse.co.uk T H E T H O M A S C U B I T T • T H E P A N T E C H N I C O N • T H E O R A N G E • T H E G R A Z I N G G O AT

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The foodie quarter The Chelsea Quarter Cafe and Riverside Quarter Kitchen are a lesson in stylish understatement, winning food and fabulous service

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he Brompton Quarter Café has, ever since it opened, been our standard pit stop as a prelude to whizzing around both the V&A and, of course, neighbouring Harrods. Perhaps it’s the unfailingly friendly service, or maybe the celestially decorated, white-washed space which always lifts our spirits, or maybe it’s the superbly executed breakfasts and small plates (smokier and more delicious moutabel you will not find this side of Lebanon); whichever of these winning ingredients it is, we have not found a casual breakfast or lunch spot to rival it yet. It stands to reason then that we were thrilled when the burgeoning group opened two further cafes, first with the Chelsea Quarter Café on the King’s Road in October 2011, and most recently with the River Quarter Kitchen in Battersea. But as its ever-delightful founder and owners Valeria and Doron Zilkha are keen to make clear: ‘We focus on keeping each site individual, and most important, reflecting the area’s identity. We don’t just want to copy and paste a concept, as we see it happening more and more in high streets.’

While the thematic continuity is of simplicity, refinement, clean lines and excellent food, each has its own distinct character. Chelsea’s newest addition has become a mecca for A-listers and devotees of the already legendary English breakfast bun (eggs, sausages and mushroom served in an irresistible toasted bun), while over in Battersea, it’s all about river views, familyfriendly fun and contemporary European cuisine in a carefully crafted menu that includes pizza and pasta, with head chef Massimo Tagliaferri’s speciality being braised lamb shoulder with spring onion, courgette

and brodettato sauce. As the Zilkhas say: ‘We love all our locations, as London holds beauty everywhere, but being by the river is very special. Battersea foodies have embraced our place with great admiration. What drives us is growing local communities.’ Chelsea Quarter Cafe, 219 Kings Road, SW3; 020 7352 3660 chelseaquartercafe.com; River Quarter Kitchen, Molasses House, Plantation Wharf, SW11; 020 7978 5055; riverquarterkitchen.com 83

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The south of Cornwall is known for its prevalence of unspoiled coves, quaint fishing boats, sandy shores and calm, lapping emerald waters. The chocolate-box fishing village of Gorran Haven, which sits at the eastern-most point of the Roseland Peninsula, is no different. Expect the requisite Cornish minute village parishes, fishing port and semi-dilapidated white-washed cottages, from whence the Llawnroc Hotel, which opened last year to great acclaim, is just a few steps away. Modern yet discreet, boutique yet spacious, it is positioned in a remote valley and is an idyllic spot a world away from more touristy parts of Cornwall.

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The Llawnroc Hotel’s 18 rooms are all graced with modern artwork and bespoke furnishings, but the immediate impression is of their capacious size. Each room is different, but all work with the same vivid palette of gold, purple and black. The large bed takes centre stage, but it’s the view, which stretches out across the ocean and down to sleepy Gorran Haven, that is the real winner. Ask for a room with a balcony, upon which an afternoon tipple is a delight. The rooms also come with Playstation, wide-screen television and an iPod dock.

THE BATHROOM

Sliding glass doors mean that from the bathroom, the endless sea, the quaint village and a proudly-billowing Cornish flag, are all visible.

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Suites with a balcony start from £200, while a Sea View room is priced at £139. To book call 01726 843461 or visit thellawnrochotel.co.uk

There’s no on-site spa, but Roc Solid Breaks, exclusive to the hotel, provides the perfect alternative. Choose from adventures including the ‘Roc-ey Waters’ package, which includes surf lessons, ‘Roc-ing Horse’, which sees guests riding on nearby beaches with various local guides, or ‘Roc the Baby’ for those with a brood in-tow. Alternatively, relax in the Llawnroc’s cosy library, where a plethora of books line the walls on stacked shelves.

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Whether it’s within the cosy dining room that you choose to eat your breakfast, lunch or supper, or out on the decking that overlooks the narrow paths that sweep down to the pretty village below, the Gwineas restaurant serves up fish caught by the Llawnroc’s very own fisherman that very morning. Expect exquisite Gorran Haven lobster, clams and scallops, Mevagissey cod, Cornish duck and crab, all usually served alongside generous portions of sumptuous Helford Blue Cheese. The Mevagissey Rattler battered cod, which comes with crushed peas and homemade tartar sauce, is our pick. At the bar, Cornish ales take centre stage; just metres away from the Cornish coast and water, it’s the perfect tipple to help wash down a hearty meal. 85

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Three of the best places for hunter gatherers to unearth the much-prized truffle PALAZZO SENECA ITALY

Italy is the most famously truffle-bearing of all the countries that are fortunate to be rich in these so-called ‘black diamonds’. But it is the central Italian region of Umbria – and specifically the truffle-capital Norcia – upon which serious hunter gatherers should focus their attentions come truffle-hunting season. Indeed, a stay at the impressive Palazzo Seneca, the family-run, whitewashed hotel set within a 16th-century Umbrian palace and situated at the heart of Sibillini National Park, has the potential to be anything but the laid-back sojourn some of its guests opt to enjoy there. For at the time of the year that the much-revered and highly-valuable subterranean mushroom is ripe for picking, Palazzo Seneca’s ‘Truffle Package’ is ideal for enthusiasts. Guests will be treated to a guided tour with a ‘trifulau’,

which is to say, a professional truffle hunter, who guides and tutors newcomers to this endlessly fascinating, age-old practice by demonstrating all the techniques he and his helpers follow as part of the ritualistic unearthing of this precious foodstuff. And that’s not all: there is also a truffle-focused cooking class with head chef Flavio Faedi to follow, plus of course the earthy and rare speciality appears in abundance on the menus at both the Granaro del Monte restaurant and the exquisite Vespasia. Choose from local farmers’ poached eggs with black truffle sauce, risotto with black truffle sauce and fresh ‘giuncata’ cheese and gnocchi made from Castelluccio potatoes stuffed with black truffles. You get the picture. It’s divine. Palazzo Seneca costs from £111 per double room. Book at palazzoseneca.com; 0039 0743 817 434

CRILLON LE BRAVE FRANCE

Romantics like us go weak at the knees at the very thought of travelling by train, so it is with unbridled enthusiasm that we embrace Eurostar’s direct service from London to Avignon. In just over six hours you can be winding your way past vineyards, poppy fields and olive groves to the hilltop village of Crillon le Brave where, amongst the cluster of medieval yellow-ochre buildings, you will find an achingly beautiful five-star hotel named after the town in which is sits. Made up of seven restored houses joined together by original cobbled alleyways and Romanesque arches, Crillon is like a village within a village. Rustic yet luxurious, the 32-bedrooms have cottagey décor with exposed beams, tile flooring, full-length windows and distressed wooden furniture. Despite the panoramic views of picture-perfect Provence afforded by

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its terraces, the truffle hunting season here – in autumn and spring – is Crillon’s main draw. Join truffier extraordinaire Eric Jaumard in the forest with his trusty canine companion, where he talks through the techniques which have been keeping the age-old practice alive in this delectable corner of France. There are some fantastic truffle and wine weekends worth looking out for too: they cater for a morning of hunting, a wine-tasting visit to the worldfamous winery of Chateaneuf-du-Pape, before a dinner whose menu is, of course, peppered liberally with truffle on every course. Rooms at Hotel Crillon Le Brave range from €250 to €510 per room per night; suites from €360 to €780 per room per night; (crillonlebrave.com; +3349 065 6161). Eurostar has a direct service from London to Avignon with prices starting from £109 return (eurostar.com; 08432 186 186)

KEMPINSKI PORTOROZ ISTRIA

The Slovenian and Croatian truffle scene is often overlooked in favour of that found in Italy and France – but unjustly so. The peninsula of Istria, which sits just across the water from Venice, boasts three sorts of black truffles, as well as the coveted white variety – the most valuable in the world. The epicentre of the buried Istrian treasure’s terrain is the hilltop town of Buzet, but there are worthwhile visits to the nearby truffle-rich Motovun forest, too (your final destination depends entirely on which guide you follow, for hunters each own different plots of land and guard them passionately). The Kempsinki Portoroz, which is situated on the Slovene stretch of Istria, is the place to turn for the complete experience. The luxurious hotel should be your first port of call when it comes to booking visits to local truffle sites, tours with professional hunters

and lessons in how to pick and what to look for. There are plenty of packages available, plus there’s the chance to combine earthy pursuits with other local activities: private jet tour overs the Slovene mountains, visits to the asparagus festival in April, the Dekani olive festival in June and the salt, wine and olive festival in Piran come October. Don’t miss Istria in November, however, for that’s when Buzet’s much-loved annual truffle festival, a trade show where hunters, gatherers and all truffle enthusiasts descend to heap praise on the highly-prized rich and earthy flavour these gems produce, takes place. Double rooms start at €195, which includes a breakfast buffet until 12pm, entrance to the Rose Spa (pool and sauna area), entrance to the fitness and free Wi-Fi. kempinski.com/en/portoroz/palace-portoroz/ welcome/; +386 5692 7000 87

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tanding on the steps of Casta Diva and gazing upon the resplendent Lake Como lapping languorously at its lovely shores, it hardly takes a Byronic imagination to conjure images of the palazzo’s first resident casting her glance at upon the same scene, some two hundred years previously. Then known as the Villa Roccabruna, its operatic soprano owner Giuditta Pasta, would have graced the same sweeping staircase and, squinting into the distance, she may just have caught a glimpse of her opposite neighbour, Vincenzo Bellini, as his rowing boat bobbed into moonlit view en route to enjoy an evening of her hospitality. The sole difference between Pasta’s experience and mine? That nobody will be rowing their way back home at the end of the night, inspired by my muse-like presence, to pen Opera Norma (unless, of course, those local charmers’ flirtations are to be believed); after all, the soprano was the inspiration for the opera in which she would later sing first soprano at La Scala in Milan. I, meanwhile, have trouble crooning along in tune to songs of infinite repetition on the radio. But only there are we at variance. For should La Pasta drop in on her former abode these days, she would find the awe-inspiring view little changed. As for the luxurious modifications? I can little imagine that she would find them disagreeable. The spectacular position constitutes, of course, the immediate draw of Catsa Diva, which is just a ten-minute drive from the pretty town of Como. But the 13,000sqm ‘resort’ (do not be put off by the word; this is about as far from the traditional, all-inclusive affair as you can get) has much to offer the design – and the relaxation – conscious. First there’s the floating swimming pool, which no doubt

during the summer months would have been a most welcome addition to the singer’s world, this portion of the lake being off-limits to swimmers. But when the weather is less conducive to sun lounging (Como is no stranger to rain), the route back to the hotel takes you – via the 19thcentury boat dock – past the spa, which has four treatment rooms, all designed to be shared and each dedicated to one of the four elements. Neither would our soprano, I conjecture, turn her nose up at the Bellini terrace, nor the L’Orangerie restaurant which serves up the very finest examples of traditional local food and overlooks the water, spilling out onto a laketeetering terrace in the warmer months. Casta Diva is a place of infinite romance – as Bellini himself would have no doubt attested – and for those so inclined, little is dreamier than settling in for a late night prosecco on the lake-facing balcony that almost every room is in possession of. Traditionalists may prefer the elegance of the rooms in the old palazzo, but the resort’s architects have been prudent enough to keep the new additions – large, contemporary rooms set into the rocks on the vertiginous incline from the road down to the lake – entirely in sympathy with the landscape. Meanwhile for those coming with a brood in tow, there is the option to rent your own self-contained house, but with all the joys of room service at your disposal. All of which myriad options explains just why Casta Diva, the first major five star hotel to open on Lake Como for a century, is keeping the old grand dames on their toes; as evidenced by the glut of dark shades and glamorous bodies on display on our visit, the elegant international set now has an option other than La Villa D’Este. If you are moved to set foot outside the soporificsurrounds of the hotel have a wander round the pretty streets of Como, which abounds with charming wine bars and informal

pizzerias, while those with a head for heights should bag a place on the funicular railway, the views from the top of which are unparalleled. But a trip to Lake Como would not be complete without an exploratory boat ride, which can take the form of a private yacht hire, or simply catching the local transport. We settle on Bellagio, as lauded by every guidebook as the jewel in the lake’s crown. Sure enough, we are met by scenes of almost absurd beauty; pretty higgledy piggledy steps wind their way up to only very slightly wider thoroughfares thronged with tourists during the summer, though it’s worth noting that as a village it is, to a certain extent, a victim of its own pulchritude; the chocolate box perfection has ensured its popularity with the fanny-packed brigade who coo over the tourist memorabilia that stares from almost every shop window. If you do decide to stay, the Villa Serbelloni is the grand hotel, its neo-classical yellow façade greeting visitors immediately as they step off the boat (previous guests have included Churchill, JFK and Clark Gable). A more impressive and ornate breakfast room you will not see, plus there’s the Michelin-starred Mistral restaurant to sample, with its experimental cooking which features the likes of peacock on the menu, no less. It is, perhaps, one for those who favour the old-fashioned, its interior being a paean to the 1970s. The views, meanwhile, are achingly beautiful, whatever your preferred aesthetic. Perhaps, after all, one’s beloved may yet be inspired to write that aria… castadivaresort.com; +39 031 3251 villaserbelloni.com; +39 031 950216 Monarch is operating new flights to Milan from Birmingham, London Gatwick and Manchester airports with fares, including taxes, starting from £35.99 one way (£60.99 return); monarch.co.uk. 91

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Equestrian enthusiasts take note: Explora Patagonia and Explora Atacama – the only hotels with stables in the country – have introduced a new way to see Chile from your saddle. Riding specially trained breeds, which include Chilean Criollos and Arabians, guests are afforded the opportunity to live the life of the gaucho expert horsemen who, a century ago, would rely on horses to cover the Patagonian pampa. The private equestrian explorations cover 8km to 35km per day, through forests and prairies – the perfect way to see one of the most extreme landscapes on earth. explora.com

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The Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort is a far cry from the English Riviera, but this month the five star tropical hideaway will channel the spirit of Torquay. Specifically, the chic resort fixes its gaze upon Fawlty Towers, scene of much farce, misunderstanding, outrage and many a violent recrimination as penned by ex-Python John Cleese. From 24 – 29 October, the hotel hosts a madcap dinner show which is loosely scripted and based on the hopeless and hapless antics of Basil, Sybil, Manuel and Polly; the show first debuted in Edinburgh in 1997 and has ever since been a sell out. Celebrate the show’s 15th anniversary at anantara.com

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It was widely expected that the spectacular Olympic Games would slow down sales market activity in central London. However at E&V, we have been pleasantly surprised by the very healthy levels of transactions and the numbers of new buyers being registered through our vast international network. Chelsea, Belgravia and Knightsbridge have continued to prove appealing and highly attractive locations for cash-rich domestic and wealthy international buyers. The inevitable seasonal surge of buyers that we have seen throughout September should continue in October before settling down until the end of the year. Alix.McAlinden@engelvoelkers.com

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Park Mansions SW1 A modern and spacious flat on the fifth floor of this well located building in Knightsbridge. The property is neutrally decorated and carpeted throughout. Large reception room • Eat-in kitchen • 3 double bedrooms, with storage and en suite/bathroom 3 bathrooms • Porter • Lift

£1,250 per week Unfurnished

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Williams Mews SW1X A fantastic flat on the fifth floor of this purpose built building in the heart of Knightsbridge. Reception room • Modern kitchen • 2 double bedrooms 2 bathrooms • Balcony • Lift • Porter

£1,400 per week Furnished

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

KNIGHTSBRIDGE

Pavilion Road SW1X A very well presented one bedroom flat on the first floor of a modern building on the highly sought after Pavilion Road. Kitchen • Double bedroom • Shower room • Caretaker

£550 per week Furnished

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

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In their own words

Ed Mead FRICS, director, Douglas & Gordon hen I tell people I’ve been doing this since the late 1970s, they tend to say they weren’t born then, and that – like anything else in life – if you keep doing something long enough you get good at it. I’m very lucky in that I enjoy almost all my days at work, with my biggest issue being that the older I get, the more difficult it is to bite my lip. I’m fortunate because my business partners give me carte blanche to say what I think is going on, rather than simply telling everyone things are wonderful. Whilst that may not win friends within the industry, it seems that there are those who appreciate the honesty. Over the years, it has led to various opportunities in print, including weekly columns in The Telegraph and Sunday Times, and has raised my profile to the extent that I now sit on the Board of The Property Ombudsman and have been elected a Fellow of the RICS via something called ‘the eminent route’. Having started as many did by failing at something else – a mechanical engineering degree at Bristol in my case – I completed stints at some of London’s best-known agencies at a time when no one appreciated the value of training. The attitude of the bigger firms was that they thought people would work for them for peanuts because of their name. Well it didn’t work then and, controversially perhaps, I’m not sure it works now. Anyway, many boutique outfits love employing those trained elsewhere

and my more entertaining times were had with such agencies over the years. It would be fair to say though that, somehow, selling wasn’t my thing and after banging heads a couple of times with Ivor Dickinson, now our MD, almost 20 years ago he persuaded me to lead the Chelsea office of D&G and we haven’t looked back since. Motivating a crack team and applying decades of knowledge in an area that really needs it like Chelsea have proved a fulfilling combination for me. The fact that opinions expressed are of seeming interest to those who commentate is a bonus. Guidance in this area of PR from real experts proved vital and I’ve never shirked from having a good scrap in print, on TV or in front of a live audience about why estate agents are a necessary part of life. I’ve devoted almost as much time to lamenting the fact that successive Governments have shied away from regulating them too, and I’m still staggered that people in this country prefer a cheap agent to a good one. If I was to regret two things that have changed over the years, one would be that most view their house as an asset and not as a home, and secondly that the internet has turned estate agents into key holders who’ve lost the knack to sell buyers what they need, not what they think they want. Douglas and Gordon, 45 Sloane Avenue, SW3; 020 7225 1225 douglasandgordon.com

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Chelsea Bridge Wharf

Beautiful Four Bedroom Penthouse with River Views

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ossibly the best penthouse apartment in Chelsea Bridge Wharf, this spacious three bedroom property resides in one of the most glamorous developments in London, just 0.75 miles from Sloane Square and adjacent to the wide open spaces of Battersea Park and the River Thames. It boasts light and spacious living due to its floor to ceiling glass and the benefit of “comfort cooling” systems throughout. 3 Double Bedrooms : 3 En Suite Bathrooms : 1 Further Bathroom : Extensive Reception/Dining Room : Eat-in Kitchen : Wrap-around Balcony : 24 Hour Porter : River Views : Underground Parking Available (at an added cost) : 2552 sq ft/ 237 sq m

0207 584 1100

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

£4,750,000 LONG LEASE

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Walton Street SW3

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spacious newly renovated two double bedroom upper maisonette with its own street entrance, plenty of entertaining space and a pretty south facing roof terrace. Perfectly situated for access to Knightsbridge, Sloane Square and South Kensington. Two double in kitchen room Doublebedrooms Bedrooms: :Two Twobathrooms Bathrooms:: Large Largeeat Eat-in Kitchen: Spacious : Spaciousreception Reception Room leading terrace : Subject to contract Leadingtotosouth Southfacing Facingroof Roof Terrace

0207 584 1100

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LONG LEASE ÂŁ2,395,000 SUBJECT TO CONTRACT

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PROPERTY

Luxury Lettings A light flooded apartment in the heart of Knightsbridge

WHAT This beautiful property combines classical elegance with contemporary living. A newly refurbished raised ground floor flat, it is flooded with natural light, and features a double reception room with high ceilings, a stunning fireplace and fantastic views overlooking the garden square. There are two double bedrooms – with fitted wardrobes – which have plenty of elegant windows, making them extra light, and both are served by two smart ensuite bathrooms which come equipped with his and hers basins.

WHERE Situated in Lennox Gardens, a much-coveted leafy square in the heart of Knightsbridge, the location is second-to-none. Keen shoppers and the sartorially minded will delight in its proximity to the two neighbouring department stores – Harrods and Harvey Nichols, while the culturally minded can amble to some of the world’s best museums. The green open spaces of Hyde Park are a short walk away, whilst local transport links are conveniently close, providing a quick journey into the West End.

WHY The location is prime, and the property typifies central London’s charming period architecture with wellproportioned rooms, high ceilings and an abundance of natural light. DETAILS Lennox Gardens, SW1 £1,055 per week, available furnished CONTACT Benham & Reeves Residential Lettings, 285 Brompton Road, SW3 020 7581 2112; brlets.co.uk

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PROFILE PROPERTY

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Patrick Bullick, managing director, STANLEY Chelsea 020 7352 9556; stanleychelsea.co.uk On the whole I hate shopping but I do like Walton Street with its small boutiques, many of which participate in STANLEY Chelsea’s local loyalty card 10 per cent discount scheme. It also has ITSU, my favourite for a quick ‘no-carb’ lunch from the conveyor belt.

PLACES TO ENTERTAIN THE KIDS

Barclay Macfarlane, partner, Strutt & Parker LLP 020 7731 7100; struttandparker.com Bishops Park has been transformed following extensive restorations. It’s a great place to take the children; they’ll have endless fun in the playgrounds, plus the historic urban beach has been restored, as well as the ornamental lake. River walks are wonderful too.

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Tom Ward, director, aspire 020 7736 6110; aspire.co.uk The first British-grown Tamarisk, Acacia, Mahogany and Maple trees were planted at Fulham Palace gardens, grown by noted botanist Bishop Henry Compton (1675 to 1713). A predecessor also grew grapes there, some of which Elizabeth I ate.

Nancy Saleh, lettings manager, Engel & Völkers London 020 7590 3700 engelvoelkers.com I love Skandium, which is round the corner from our Chelsea office. I spend a lot of time browsing the store for interiors ideas. Less is more as the saying goes, and the Scandinavians have got it right. Perfect for anyone looking for sleek, quirky furniture and gifts.

Tom Moses, senior negotiator, Martin & Co 020 7351 0387 martinco.com Tucked away just off the Chelsea embankment you will find the sanctuary of the Chelsea Physic Gardens. It’s a great place for mums to push the pram around, or simply to sit back in the award-winning café and unwind with a lovely herbal tea.

Robert Stewart, manager, Hamptons International 020 7384 1001 hamptons.co.uk Cote in Parsons Green. For years we grumbled that you couldn’t get a high quality affordable meal locally – not so any more. Cote offers modern French cuisine in a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, and the food is so good that the Good Food Guide awarded it winner of ‘the best value restaurant in Britain’ for 2009.

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Hamptons Fulham Sales. 020 7717 5299 fulham@hamptons.co.uk

St James Street, W6 - £995,000 Freehold A delightful period house in this quiet cul de sac a short distance from the river in Hammersmith. The property has excellent living accommodation and a private patio/garden. The house has been sypathetically refurbished by the present owners to create a beautiful and comfortable family home. Reception Room Three Bedrooms Two Bathrooms Patio 

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Tyn e mo u th S tre e t

ÂŁ650,000 With beautiful views over the Thames, this exceptional two bedroom apartment with a balcony, is perfectly situated within a highly sought after development.

020 7381 7381

ÂŁ1,150,000

A unique three bedroom house, situated at the end

of a popular street in Sands End, South Fulham.

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private decked garden.

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ÂŁ1,225,000 This stunning four bedroom family home offers ample space for entertaining, with an outstanding kitchen, separate reception room and a beautiful lawn garden which is perfect for a late summer barbeque.

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PROPERTY

Prime purchase A smart period London townhouse with ultra-luxe interiors

WHAT This period double-fronted house in Pimlico has been intelligently reconfigured so that it now comprises four/five bedrooms, making it ideal for a large family. Whilst the exterior is all classic smart London townhouse, the interior is sleek, contemporary and stylish throughout. WHERE Right in the heart of Pimlico, the property is ideally situated for the boutique delights of Ebury Street, as well as its gastronomic offerings. The

cultural colossus that is Tate Britain is nearby, as is Pimlico Road, an interiors enthusiast’s mecca. It is great for transport links too, with Victoria, Pimlico and Sloane Square stations all within easy walking distance, while Battersea Park – in all its verdant glory – is nearby as well. WHY The drawing room is a particular boon, on account of both its beautiful oak floors and impressive marble fireplace, and the fact that it spans the entire width of the house, ensuring elegant

and spacious proportions. On the top floor, there is a superb sliding glass roof, making it light, bright and airy, plus there’s a flat roof (currently used as a herb garden) and a wine cellar. DETAILS Westmoreland Place, SW1V £3,750,000, F/H CONTACT Carter Jonas 47 Beauchamp Place, SW3 020 7584 7020; carterjonas.co.uk

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CHESHAM PLACE, SW1 POA, 999 YEAR LEASE

This stunning four-bedroom penthouse apartment undoubtedly has the elusive wow factor. The magnificent period façade belies the immaculately contemporary interior and state-of-the-art technology, making it the best of both worlds. Arranged over the top three floors, it has direct lift access, and overlooks the gardens of Chesham Place and beyond to Cadogan Place, plus there’s a fabulous west-facing roof terrace. An added bonus is the two-bedroom apartment which is ideal for guests or staff. Through Beauchamp Estates; 020 7499 7722; beauchamp.co.uk

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CHELSEA CRESCENT, SW10 £3,950,000, L/H

Th is beautifully refurbished, extremely spacious and cleverly re-designed penthouse apartment has a huge reception room with open-plan kitchen and dining room, as well as sliding doors on to terraces to the front and rear of the building. On the lower floor is a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, and the property also has a utility room, cloakroom, lift, underground parking, 12-hour week day porter and 24-hour site security. Situated within the much-loved and well-appointed Chelsea Harbour development just off Lots Road, it borders both Fulham and west Chelsea and is within easy walking distance of the newly opened Imperial Wharf overground station. Through Jackson-Stops & Staff; 020 7581 5881; jackson-stops.co.uk 124

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PROPERTY

MABLETHORPE ROAD, SW6 £1,185,000, F/H

Recently and elegantly refurbished throughout with great attention to detail, this stunning four-bedroom property is immaculately presented throughout. It has three bathrooms (two en-suite), a fabulous kitchen/breakfast room, plus there’s an ultra

stylish bespoke patio garden, and a large loft. Mablethorpe Road is a mere amble to the Munster Road and as such is convenient for the many shops, bars and restaurants of both Munster Village and Fulham Road.

Transport links are excellent, with Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway stations within walking distance. Through Hamptons International, 020 7384 1001; hamptons.co.uk

ROSAVILLE ROAD, SW6 £1,295,000, STC, F/H

This five-bedroom house is situated on a popular road in the heart of the area known locally as ‘the Villes’. The property, which is well-presented throughout, is on the south side of the tree-lined street, making it sunny and bright and ensuring that its 144sqm south-facing garden is ideal for summer entertaining. Not only does it have excellent accommodation (drawing room, kitchen/dining room, master bedroom with en suite, four further bedrooms), but it also boasts an impressive new pod room. Rosaville Road is a short walk from Parsons Green and Fulham Broadway. Through Strutt and Parker; 020 7731 7100; struttandparker.com

WARDO AVENUE, SW6 £850 PER WEEK

This superbly presented four double-bedroom family house is situated on a popular street just off the Munster Road, close to Bishops Park and is thus ideal for families. The property comprises a bright double reception room with hard wood flooring, eat-in kitchen with doors leading out to an impressive 30ft garden, four double bedrooms, (one with en-suite bathroom), family bathroom and cloakroom. Oenophiles will be delighted by the cellar, while there are plenty of quaffing and scoffing opportunities at the nearby Parsons Green. Through Sullivan Thomas; 020 7751 8898; sullivanthomas.co.uk

LOTS ROAD, SW10 £1,250 PER WEEK

This recently redecorated house is just moments from the river and all the shops and restaurants of the King’s Road. Arranged over four floors, the house has four double bedrooms, and a further two smaller bedrooms. Its large eat-in kitchen makes it just the thing for families, plus there is a double reception room, and patio garden. The real boon is the roof terrace with direct river views, making it a covetable spot for al fresco entertaining. It’s also handily positioned close to the transport links of Imperial Wharf. Available immediately, furnished or unfurnished. Through Martin & Co; 020 7351 0387; martinco.com 125

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

Lettings: 020 7727 5222

Holland Park Avenue W11

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ÂŁ1,175,000 Leasehold

A wonderfully light and contemporary duplex apartment is presented to the market in this convenient Holland Park location. The apartment is beautifully presented throughout, with high ceilings on the 1st floor and French doors leading onto a decked flat roof. This property would make an ideal pied-a-terre or would suit a young professional looking for a base in central London close to transport links to the city. Approx 941 sq ft, open plan kitchen/reception room, master bedroom with en suite, study/2nd bedroom, utility room, WC, decked flat roof. Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5111 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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Ladbroke Terrace W11

ÂŁ1390 per week Unfurnished

A spacious and bright top floor apartment with lovely roof top views and excellent storage throughout. Situated in this very convenient location just moments away from the amenities and transport links of Notting Hill Gate, the green open spaces of Holland Park are also just a short walk away. Approx 1750 sq ft, reception room, kitchen/breakfast room, 3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, available to rent immediately. Holland Park Office: 020 7727 5222 holland.park@jackson-stops.co.uk

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

Balvaird Place, London, SW1V

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ÂŁ1,950,000 Freehold

A superb four bedroom (with garage) Freehold house within this private secure gated development with porters in SW1V. Benefiting from a first floor drawing room, communal garden square and located just a short walk from Pimlico Tube Station within the well known Bessborough Gardens development. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms, Kitchen/Dining Room, Utility Room, Internal Garage, Communal Gardens, in excess of 2,000 sq. ft. Pimlico Office: 020 7828 4050 pimlico@jackson-stops.co.uk

Fast find AB49279

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Palace Street, London, SW1E

£1,375 per week

A fabulous, spacious lateral flat on the eleventh floor of ‘The View’, a desirable contemporary development located within minutes of Victoria or St. James Park stations. 3 Double Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, 2 Reception Rooms, Terrace, Off-Street Parking, 24 Hour Concierge, Gym.

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

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

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Chelsea Crescent, Chelsea Harbour, SW10 ÂŁ3,950,000 Leasehold 100 yrs approx Situated on the 4th and 5th floors of this landmark development, this is a spectacular newly refurbished penthouse apartment modernised to a very high standard. Principal features include a 31 ft. reception room and 3 terraces, two of which look directly over the river. Walking distance to Overground train and riverboat taxi. 3 Bedrooms, 3 En-suite Bathrooms, Open-plan Reception Room, Fitted Kitchen, Cloakroom, Utility Room, 3 Terraces, Lift, Porter, Underground Parking for 3 Cars. Chelsea Office: 020 7581 5881 chelsea@jackson-stops.co.uk Joint sole agent Savills 020 7578 9000 41 offices covering the UK London: office 17c Curzon Street W1J 5HU

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Ovington Gardens, London, SW3

ÂŁ2,250 per week

An impressive stucco fronted house in a fantastic location moments from the shops and restaurants of Knightsbridge and a short walk from Hyde Park and Harrods. 5 Double Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception Rooms, Cloakroom, Full-Length Balcony, Paved Garden, access to Communal Gardens.

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

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Three is the magic number If you are looking to buy or sell in South Kensington D&G now have three offices with the opening of our new Harrington Road office.

ÂŁ1,200,000 Freehold Bishops Road SW6 A rare and exciting opportunity to purchase a four double bedroom house in need of modernisation in a popular Fulham location.

4 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Dining room, Kitchen, Cloakroom, Garden.

Fulham Sales 020 7731 4391 fulhamsales@dng.co.uk

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North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington Kensington Gate South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park

Clapham Southside East Putney West Putney Southfields & Earlsfield

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ÂŁ1,095,000 Share of Freehold Cranley Gardens SW7 A fabulous two bedroom top floor flat with roof terrace on this prestigious street in South Kensington.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, Roof terrace (non-demised), Access to communal gardens by separate arrangement.

South Kensington Sales 020 7581 8888 sthkensales@dng.co.uk

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ÂŁ3,500,000 Share of Freehold Royal Avenue SW3

A bright and immaculately refurbished three bedroom first floor lateral.

ÂŁ2,300,000 Leasehold Cornwall Gardens SW7

A spacious and beautifully presented maisonette overlooking this popular garden square.

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Chelsea Sales Office: 020 7225 1225 chelseasales@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Balcony, Caretaker, Lift.

Kensington Gate Sales Office: 020 7581 1152 kengatesales@dng.co.uk

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

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North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington Kensington Gate South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park

Clapham Southside East Putney West Putney Southfields & Earlsfield

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£1,950,000 Leasehold Elystan Place SW3

A beautifully refurbished first and second floor flat Chelsea Sales Office: 020 7225 1225 with a well-designed and contemporary living space. chelseasales@dng.co.uk

£630,000 Leasehold Danehurst Street SW6

We are delighted to offer to the market a fantastic two bedroom garden flat.

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2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room with open-plan kitchen, 2 terraces, Lift, Porter.

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

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/dining room, Garden.

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£2,500 per week Furnished Cornwall Gardens, SW7

A stunning, newly refurbished property, designed Kensington Gate Lettings 020 589 5252 kengatelets@dng.co.uk to the highest standard.

£1,650 per week Furnished/Unfurnished Petersham Lane, SW7

A fantastic house in this quiet location close to the amenities of Gloucester Road.

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3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Communal gardens.

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

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen.

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Text dng to 84840 for details of properties near you now.

North Chelsea Fulham Hammersmith & Shepherd’s Bush

Kensington Kensington Gate South Kensington Notting Hill Pimlico & Westminster

South Balham Battersea Battersea Park

Clapham Southside East Putney West Putney Southfields & Earlsfield

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£1,350 per week Furnished Princes Gate, SW7

A newly refurbished flat located moments away from South Kensington underground.

£775 per week Furnished/Part Furnished Radipole Road, SW6

A fantastic opportunity to rent an immaculately presented flat in the heart of Fulham.

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Chelsea Lettings 020 7581 6666 chelsealets@dng.co.uk

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Porter.

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

3 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen, Roof terrace.

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