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CONTENTS ABSOLUTELY

February ‘14 INSIDE THIS ISSUE: 07 EDITOR’S LETTER

CULTURE

09 WHAT’S ON

This month’s diary

15 CULTURE NOTES

The latest in local art and culture

16 SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING

Nicki Chapman on what makes a successful pop star

KIDS & EDUCATION

19 AN EDUCATION

Amanda Constance looks at the underhand tactics adopted by ‘pushy parents’

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KIDS NOTES

Keeping them entertained

FASHION

27 ROMANCING THE STONE

Valentine’s Day jewels and trinkets

31 FASHION NOTES

Absolutely style report

HEALTH & BEAUTY

39 IN THE PINK

Valentine’s inspired beauty buys

41 FRESH FACED

The make-up insider with Arabella Preston

HOMES & GARDENS

47 INTERIOR INSPIRATIONS

The latest news, trends and local gems

49 OFF THE WALL

An Absolutely exclusive interiors shoot

FOOD & TRAVEL

57 BITE SIZED

Essential foodie news

59 FOOD REVIEW

Chris Baldacci dines out at the recently refurbished White Hart

65 BEACH BUM

Edwina Langley has a ball in Brazil

PROPERTY

100 LIVING THE DREAM

This month’s prime properties

124 IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Tanya McFeely, Sales Manager at Bective Leslie Marsh

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ick Stein may be quintessentially British in his demeanour - with a wry sense of humour and a no-nonsense, pragmatic approach (to cooking, at least) – but his unquenchable thirst for the exotic and the unexplored is palpable. He also happens to be a culinary hero of mine, so it was with a slight despondence that writer Simon Moore took my place to meet the man himself when he held a lunch with friend and collaborator Sam Harrison. They say you should never meet your heroes, but thankfully Rick comes across just as charming and refi ned as I’d imagined, with that almost child-like awe of the world and its different cultures. And it is these themes of passion and wanderlust that are at the heart of this month’s issue. February is, of course, Valentine’s Day, and even if you’re not feeling the love for this unashamedly consumerist ‘holiday’, it is the perfect antidote to the dreary winter nights that still trudge on. We’ve a host of Valentine gift ideas in our pages this month, plus a gorgeously seductive fashion shoot that will have you downloading the new Myla catalogue sharpish. Elsewhere in the magazine, w riter and broadcaster Beverley Turner discusses a different kind of labour of love at the launch of her brand new antenatal classes at Maggie & Rose on page 12. On page 16, I catch up with music promoter turned television presenter Nicki Chapman. A Chiswick resident since the late nineties, Nicki talks about keeping small businesses alive and why she loves to shop local (when she’s not jetting around the world or having dinner around Gary Barlow’s house, of course.)

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JO BLU Salon

Five Star Salon Thriving In Chiswick Jo, the salon’s founder proudly states “My team work hard to maintain the reputation we have worked so hard to gain. They are each talented in their own unique individual way, which makes the salon an exciting, fun, and creative place to be.

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ARTS & CULTURE FROM BOUTIQUE BARBERS TO SUGARSOAP SUPPLIERS

30 JANUARY 16 FEBRUARY W3 GALLERY

West London artist Polly Nuttall presents her new solo show at W3 Gallery. ‘From Boutique Barbers to Sugarsoap Suppliers’ is a collection of various portraits of Acton traders that represent the ethos of hard work and community spirit. w3gallery.org.uk

what’s on February 2014

SHELTER CHARITY COMEDY NIGHT

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Everyone’s favourite childhood building blocks, Lego, are the surprise stars of the first ever Lego movie, released in 3D this February. Emmet (Chris Pratt) is an ordinary, generic Lego man who gets caught up in a case of mistaken identity when he is assumed to be the saviour of Lego City – the famous MasterBuilder. With the help of the industrious Batman (Will Arnett), a tough - ‘ask questions later’ Lucy (Elizabeth Banks) and the all seeing (at the best of times) mystic, Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman), this band of strangers will unite on an epic quest to defeat an evil tyrant known as President Business (Will Ferrell), who fiendishly plans to glue the whole world together. With a host of Lego’s most popular characters voiced by Hollywood’s leading funny men (and women), this is a fresh and funny story of an epic voyage in miniature scale.

BUSH THEATRE

A band of comic geniuses including Inbetweeners star Greg Davies and Tommy Rowson will be among others taking to the stage in a fun and entertaining evening all in aid of homeless charity Shelter. tabardtheatre.co.uk

High stakes espionage drama is unfolding at the Bush Theatre this month. Ciphers is a story of deception, betrayal and intrigue. When Justine dies under mysterious circumstances, her family become embroiled in a web of deceit that forces them to question if they ever truly knew her at all. The play features the writing talents of Dawn King, who once again collaborates with director Blanche McIntyre in creating a must-see show. bushtheatre.co.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE

WELL READ

Absolutely’s selection of sensational reads – enjoy!

THE NEWS: A USER’S MANUAL BY ALAIN DE BOTTON

The scandal of the ongoing Leveson Inquiry forced us all to evaluate and question the methods of modern day journalists, and reaffirmed the notion that not everything we read should be taken as gospel. Despite this, the importance and authority of the news in contemporary society is ever prevalent. It is this topic

that influential writer and philosopher Alain de Botton has explored in his new book, The News: A User’s Manual - an eye-opening and intriguing guide on the precautions we should take when we read the news.

and his protective mother Eve is conducted behind closed doors and heavy curtains - only venturing outside under the safety of nightfall. As Tyler grows ever more restless under his stifling conditions, a tragedy rocks their quiet cul-de-sac and Eve will be forced to protect her family from secrets that not even love can conceal.

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THE COAT ROUTE BY MEG LUKENS NOONAN

Shoppers are often torn between stocking up on cheap, disposable trends from high street chains or spending more on quality, investment pieces - usually opting for the former. But when journalist and travel writer Meg Lukens Noonan learned of an extravagant $50,000 coat, she impulsively set off on a quest to find out how it was made. This unique journey took her from a fourthgeneration tailor in Sydney to artisan producers all over the world. This is the story of one very special coat and a testament to

£20; Bantam Dell Publishing Group

items of lasting value in a disposable society. £8.99; Scribe Publications

THE DEEPEST SECRET BY CARLA BUCKLEY

Tyler Lattimore is an ordinary teenage boy living under extraordinary circumstances. He suffers from a rare medical condition that renders him fatally sensitive to light. Everyday life for Tyler

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ARTS ARTS && CULTURE CULTURE

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BEV GETS CHISWICK BLOOMING

Chiswick mum of three Beverley Turner has been busy campaigning for better birth experiences for women. Beverely, who is married to Olympic rower James Cracknell, tells Jay Baylis why she's started her own antenatal classes at Maggie & Rose Did you bloom for your three pregnancies? Probably with my first. I was quite blooming because I had no one else to think about other than myself. By the time no.2 and 3 came along I was probably more harassed and lumbering! Where did you and James go for your antenatal classes? I went to Christine Hill in Chiswick, who has helped many Chiswick mums. She ran the most popular antenatal clinic for 35 years and, quite timely for us, has just retired which leaves a nice gap in the market. Where does your passion for antenatal come from? Labour is hard work, I can’t dress it up but I can help women have a positive birth experience. I am not a medical expert but I have come into contact with the most incredible people that work in the maternity services and I wanted to bring them all together under one roof. I have the best midwife, Sheena Byrom, who wrote Catching Babies. We also have Personal Trainer Jade Rodham who has taught pre and post-natal exercise classes at the Hogarth Health Club; Nutritionist Ruth Wood who will help navigate the minefield of conflicting advice surrounding the nutritional demands of pregancy; the best Phsyiotherapist Alan Watson – trust me James and I have used him a lot – and hypnotherapist Maggie Howell who will give an introductory

session to show how relaxation can help the body to birth more easily. What’s the idea behind Bev’s Blooming Bunch? People often say that, in birth, a healthy baby is all that matters. We believe that should be the very least of your expectations. With three children of your own, what’s been your experience of childbirth? For Croyde I went to a stand alone birth centre, attached to St Georges Hospital in Tooting that was run by independent midwives as I wanted the reassurance of having a hospital nearby. I remember my waters broke at home while I was watching Richard & Judy grill John Leslie about the rape accusations and thinking: 'How long can I watch before I call the midwife?!' For Kiki I really didn’t want to go anywhere so I delivered my first daughter in a birthing pool at home on Mother's Day in the brilliant sunshine. I found out I was pregnant with Trixie 10 days after James’ accident (he was hit by a petrol tanker whilst out on his bike in 2010) when he suffered severe brain damage. I call her my miracle baby because all that adrenaline was running through my body hoping James would survive. For all three births I used hypnobirthing to keep me calm and to help with the pain.

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ARTS & CULTURE

What’s the biggest issue facing expectant mums in labour? I think our culture has a fear of childbirth and in communities and cultures that do not fear childbirth they have less tension, fewer caesareans and more straightforward, uncomplicated labours. I honestly believe that if a woman goes into labour, fully knowing what surprises to expect she will have a more positive experience. Women need oxytocin – the happy hormone – to make contractions, but if something happens that causes stress, like the midwife changing shifts and a new stranger appears, or you are in an awkward setting – your adrenalin kicks in and that can shut off all the oxytocin. Did you know that 20 per cent of medical practitioners do not introduce themselves to women in labour? They will either look straight at the monitor first or your vagina. Where else does that happen? We need to humanise labour. Dads need to be able to watch out for the signs; If the doctor comes in, introduce yourself, make contact and say ‘This is my wife, Beverley.’ What are the biggest myths of childbirth? That you should lay on your back to give birth. Have you ever tried to do a poo lying down? Yet historically women have been expected to give birth on our backs in this position, because it is easier for the medical staff. The environment is changing, but we need more bean bags and swiss balls and longer corridors for us to walk down. Bev’s Blooming Bunch antenatal programmes start in January 2014 at Maggie & Rose Chiswick. Seven classes cost £350 and include honourary membership at Maggie & Rose. For more information visit maggieandrose.com or call 020 8994 7211.

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ARTS & CULTURE THE GREEN EYED MONSTER

Othello is a story that’s got it all; war, treachery, doomed love, racial tension, murder and possibly the nastiest villain ever committed to screenplay - the scheming, devious Iago. With such material to work with, it’s little wonder that Othello has undergone many a stage and film adaptation. Now it’s the turn of Orangutan Productions, a brand new theatre company of enthusiastic young creative talent, to put a fresh spin on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Inspired by the ambiance of the film noir genre, and with a key objective to appeal to a broad audience, this production looks set to be an invigorating, ambitious experience that will satisfy Shakespeare enthusiasts and inspire a whole new generation. From 14 January - 18 February; riversidestudios.co.uk

©MIKE BARLOW

CULTURE CLASH DRAWN TOGETHER

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Good news for fans of Bush Hall - they’ve just launched a threetiered membership scheme. Choose from Individual, Family or VIP for access to exclusive guest list places, plus discounts on meals at the Dining Hall and use of the Music House for Children all year round. Perfect for the culture vulture in all of us. From £30; bushhallmusic.co.uk

To say Steven Heller, former art director at the New York Times for some 33 years has an eye for talent is quite the understatement. In this new Taschen coffee table book, Heller has collated the top 100 contemporary illustrators from a range of cultural backgrounds; each with their own distinctive technique and style. 100 Illustrators, £34.99; taschen.com

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This year’s Ealing Music & Film Valentine Festival pays homage to local legend Margot Fonteyn, the beguiling dancer who is often regarded as one of the world’s greatest classical ballerinas. Expect a programme of film screenings relating to music and ballet, as well as talks from famous dancers and choreographers including former prima ballerina of the Royal Ballet, Dame Beryl Grey. 12 - 16 February 2014; ealingmusicandfilmfestival.org

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Nicki Chapman talks, PR, Popstars and presenting with Gemma Billington

icki Chapman exudes confidence and an amiable warmth that instantly sets you at ease. I’m aware, of course, that it should be the other way round in this scenario – Nicki being the interviewee when we meet at the smart new B10 Bar in Chiswick – but, let’s face it, she’s had plenty of practice on both sides. Nicki is bright and friendly, kitted out in a sleek grey Hobbs dress and her blonde, shoulderlength hair immaculately coiffed by the team at the salon, which takes inspiration from the cool blow dry bars of New York. I didn’t recognise her immediately, hidden beneath the hairdresser’s cape, but there was no mistaking her distinctive voice and irrepressible, hearty laugh. Nicki’s impressive career started when, as a teenager, she pushed for her dream job at MCA Records. After receiving offers from two rival companies, she took the bold step of calling the Director of Promotions (who had interviewed her) and asked him to ‘put her out of her misery’. ‘It was pushy but done in innocence’ she reflects. Her persistence paid off and she landed a job as Promotions Assistant, forgoing the opportunity to emigrate to Australia, where she had planned to emigrate to at the age of 19. She notes that things have ‘come full circle’, in a way, now that she’s hosting BBC’s Wanted Down Under series, which documents British families on the cusp of upping sticks and moving to Australia. Now an established television presenter – best known for hosting the annual Chelsea Flower Show and the ever-popular Escape to the Country series – Nicki’s career, however, will always be entwined with the music industry. Married to Music Executive Dave ‘Shacky’ Shackleton, Nicki worked as Head of Promotions at RCA Records before

joining Brilliant! PR with Nick Godwyn (her former boss from RCA), managing acts like Billie Piper and Amy Winehouse and looking after high profile accounts such as the Big Breakfast and the Brit Awards. ‘We were a small PR company but very successful.’ She says, matter of fact. It was Nicki’s comprehensive background in the music industry that led her close friend, entrepreneur Simon Fuller, to cast her in the very ‘industry’ focused judge line-up of Popstars and Pop Idol back in 2001. ‘I’d worked alongside Simon Fuller for many years’ Nicki explains, ‘and he kept saying “come and work for me” and I said “only when the time’s right”. So we did Pop Idol, then I went back to my day job - literally. It’s very different with the judges now - back then it was more about the whole process.’ Indeed, it’s hard to remember a time before the Wembley Arena-filled pomp and hysteria of today’s talent shows, but before hit-churner The X Factor was even a glint in Simon Cowell’s beady eye, Fuller started it all with the creation of Popstars and, later, Pop Idol. The success of the show, even Nicki admits, was unprecedented. ‘I remember having my hair done in the place just down the road on the Saturday of the final’ she reminisces, ‘that’s how much it’s changed, I went to the local hairdressers – I can’t imagine that happening now!’ She laughs. ‘The salon had a ‘Gareth or Will’ poster on the wall - everyone just had an opinion’. The zero-to-hero talent-cum-reality show template is now a television staple, and covers everything from opera to baking, but Pop Idol was the pioneer and seminal in both its format and influence. ‘It really struck the public’s imagination’ Nicki agrees, ‘Even though all those (offshoot) shows have gone on and done wonderful things, I don’t think it’s ever ignited the public’s imagination in quite the same way - that Will and Gareth

battle - because it was the first.’ Still a self-confessed ‘armchair critic’, Nicki keeps up-to-date with the hit-andmiss X Factor alumni and keeps her fingers on the pop music pulse with a regular stand-in gig on Radio 2, a job she describes as ‘self indulgent’. ‘I can’t think of anything better than sitting there for two hours talking and playing great music,’ she says with a laugh. But despite Nicki’s many celeb affi liations, she’s hardly a name-dropper. Every anecdote, every celeb friendship, is simply woven into the conversation without even a hint of gloating or sycophancy. And it’s this humility that I believe is the key to her success – both in front of and behind the camera. ‘To do the job that I do you have to have that absolute passion of working with people,’ She says, ‘they’re the stars of the show, not me. It’s something I really enjoy.’ When she’s not jetting across the world or appearing in front of the camera, Nicki enjoys the simple life in Chiswick, where she and her husband have lived since the late nineties. ‘The places that we have around here are as good as Mayfair and the West End,’ she says with confidence. ‘Chiswick has always been a lovely place to live but over the last ten years or so the high street’s thrived and there’s a real sense of community. I know everyone talks about that, but for me living in London – a faceless city – that’s important. You get the right balance here.’ True to her word, Nicki champions a number of local businesses and insists she’s still in touch with the local tradesmen who helped refurbish her house. ‘Chiswick feels like home’, she says simply, ‘and how often can you say that about a London borough?’ And with that she’s off to a meeting and later, the Radio 2 studios; it’s just another day at the office, after all. 17

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KEW GREEN preparatory school

An Independent School for Boys and Girls aged 4-11 “My children run to school as if it were their first day. I owe it to you and your colleagues. Kew Green Preparatory exudes a comfortable, confident, nurturing and safe aura, where I feel my children delight in being the bright, chirpy and playful individuals that they are.” Parent of Children in Years 3 & 6

Open Mornings 9:15am Wednesday, 15th January 2014

9:15am Wednesday, 5th March 2014

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9:15am Wednesday, 19th March 2014

Please phone to register your attendance at one of our Open Mornings on 020 8948 5999 or mail secretary@kgps.co.uk

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An Independent School for Boys and Girls aged 4-11 Our pupils now enjoy a new theatre, library, specialist facilities for art, music and science and a new suite of teaching areas. “The school fulfils its mission to offer children the opportunity to succeed, to be recognised and to be valued. It achieves its aim to develop the intellectual, emotional and ethical re uirements to tackle the challenges that life will present... they nurture, guide, motivate and inspire, and it is a school of smiles and laughter where there is much fun to be had.” Independent Schools Inspectorate 2010

Open Mornings 9.3 am Wednesday, 22nd January 2014

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9.3 am Thursday, 6th February 2014

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eet Martha. She’s busy organizing Sunday school for her local church, where she’s a ‘key helper’. Then she’s got to get Alfie to his Mandarin lesson, while her other son, Arthur, has his weekly jiu-jitsu class after that. James, her other half, is busy at home cooking meals for the homeless – more church points in the bag, thanks very much. Life’s tricky at the moment. They are desperately trying to buy a house in the catchment area for St Mungo’s but property is just so expensive; it’s all sealed bids, even for derelict houses, or so it seems to her. Then again, they’re using her mum’s home address as back-up, so they should be OK. Martha was educated privately, of course, as was James, but there’s no money in publishing these days, is there? Really, it’s enough to make you move to Kent… Martha is fictitious but hers is a familiar story for any professional London parent. Indeed, a recent

A recent survey has revealed the lengths some professional parents will go to get their children into the school of their choice. Amanda Constance investigates report from education charity, the Sutton Trust, has revealed just how far some wealthier parents will go to get their children into the most-sought after state schools. The survey, entitled ‘Parent Power?’, focuses on the uppermiddle classes. It reveals that a third of professional parents sought out a good school when moving house, with 18% choosing the catchment area of a specific school. This is hardly news for any Londoner, where catchment boundaries are pored over, Zoopla is updated by the minute, and aggressive gazumping near good schools is the norm. I know of one family who rented opposite the school gates of a desirable North London primary (at great cost) because the catchment area had

shrunk to a radius of just 300 metres. Another family, in Camden, rented an additional property on their own street to get into a catchment area, moving back into their own home when their child had secured a place. The research, led by academics at King’s College London and London Metropolitan University, and based on interviews with 1,173 parents across England with school-age children, lays bare some of the more underhand tactics the sharp-elbowed set will use to cheat the system. An astonishing 5% of uppermiddle class parents admitted to buying a second home, then using that address to gain access to a specific school, while 6% of professionals illegally used a

relative’s address for the same purpose. One in 10 confessed to feigning religious beliefs to get into a desirable church school. And nearly one in five wealthier families employed a private tutor specifically to prepare their child for a school entrance exam – almost four times the rate of other parents. While there’s no denying that some of these methods are extremely pushy at best or plain immoral at worst, is it really so bad to do the very best for your child? David Cameron has, after all, pointedly refused to denounce pushy parents but then, he’s in no position to; his kids are at St Mary’s Abbots in Kensington, the Holy Grail of church primary schools for many professional London parents. The Sutton Trust report’s authors, however, are less equable. One of them, Professor Becky Francis, says: ‘Our research shows just how far equality of opportunity is being undermined by the greater purchasing power of some parents. The ability for some parents but not others to use financial resources to secure their children’s achievement poses real impediments for social mobility.’ The report recommends the expansion of lottery-style entry rules to break the middle-class stranglehold on places, as well as monitoring the social background of pupils to help create a more balanced intake. It also advocates means-tested vouchers to enable poorer family’s to pay for extracurricular activities. None of which would be popular with the overstretched professionals who often go to legitimate, if extreme, lengths in an attempt to make sure their children get into good schools. As Nick Faith, from the Policy Exchange think tank, says: ‘It’s not right to stigmatise parents for trying to do the best by their children. Instead of making scapegoats of people who are simply attempting to improve the life chances of their kids, the focus should be on driving up the quality of teaching in the poorest areas.’ The Marthas of this world would surely agree with that.

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KIDS & EDUCATION PARTY PIECES

It’s carnival time at Maggie & Rose this half term. Kids can practise Indian desert dancing, make their own Venetian masks and try their hand at Rio Carnival-style cookery. Activities are geared for kids aged 12 months to 10 years, with prices from £17 for a class to £49 for day-long camps for the older ones. maggieandrose.com

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PLAYING HOUSES

If a plain old Wendy house doesn’t quite do it for you, check out the luxury handmade playhouses by The Master Wishmakers. Weatherproof and with sustainably sourced wood, prices start from £5,000. Pictured is the two-storey Adventurer’s House, £54,000, which might sound steep, but it does come complete with a car, aeroplane, slide, custom-made kitchen and electricity. The team also operate a bespoke playhouse service too. masterwishmakers.com

SPOON FEED

If you’re about to wean your baby, or are worried that your little one is becoming fussy with food, check out the cookery classes by Flavour for Baby. Run in North Barnes by a mum and former Waitrose food buyer, Lydia Gerrett, the classes cost £85 including lunch, and are geared towards tickling the palates of babies aged six to 12 months. flavourforbaby.com

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SHOW TIME

Is your child a fan of Mr Tumble? Can he not get enough of Nina and the Neurons? Catch them in action at CBeebies Live! The Big Band, headlining at Wembley Arena on April 5 and 6. Tickets cost from £13 per child and £52 for a family ticket (subject to a booking fee). Go on, you know you want to. cbeebieslive.com

HAIR DO

A Chiswick mum, Lena Addis, has launched her own online children’s boutique, and stocks these gorgeous Adelaide NYC hair accessories, featuring Liberty prints or Swarovski crystals for a bit of sparkle. Liberty of London Bow Ponytail in Pink Floral, £13, and Popsicle Clip in Pink, £10; miloetmimi.com

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STYLE & FASHION FASHION FOCUS

MY STYLE Wendy Wilson, chief designer and pattern cutter for Closet Clothing

What is the ethos of Closet Clothing? Our clothes are designed and made in London and because of this we can react to trends quickly. We avoid paying import duty and transport costs so can be reasonably priced. This has stood us in good stead during the current recession because girls have less to spend on clothes. We are a high street brand and try to make wearable dresses that are affordable, fit nicely and have a certain standard of quality for the price. What inspires your designs? Every six months we trawl through style.com to see the trends and colours of the following season. I read a few blogs avidly (Garance Doré, The Sartorialist and Tommy Ton) as I think street style is a huge influence on how we dress now. We look to the designers for inspiration but avoid copying other companies’ styles. Closet has a very distinctive handwriting so we try to stay loyal to our look.

What is your most treasured possession? My Cartier Tank Française watch which was a wedding present from my family. I wear it every day and it adds a touch of class to even the most basic outfit. I am a fan of the high/low mix, like wearing H&M with Prada shoes.

What do you think will be on trend for SS14? Pale pink was meant to be the colour for winter, but I think it will be big in spring. Another trend that has been bubbling under is ‘all white’ and the designers are showing a lot black & white. Who is your style icon? Jenna Lyons, Creative Director of J.Crew and Emmanuelle Alt, Editor of French Vogue.

If money was no object, what would you splash out on for your wardrobe? More Marni and a Rick Owens leather jacket. What is your favourite holiday destination? I love travelling and going to a new and unexplored destination. I am very fortunate that we go away a few times a year. Places that I have returned to and still love are Cape Town (pictured, for our annual family holiday) and shopping in Marrakech, which is a place I find inspiring. Who are some of your favourite designers? Prada, Marni and Phillip Lim.

What is your favourite piece of art? In a museum it would be Monet’s Water Lilies. I first saw them when I was 18 and interrailing around Europe. I went to his house, Giverny, before seeing them in the Musée de l’Orangerie and was blown away by the sheer scale of them. To own: a Tracey Emin Neon light sculpture. What is your favourite era in terms of style? I don’t really have a favourite era. I recently saw the Fashion Rules exhibition at Kensington Palace and was excited to see the details of all the dresses, from the Queen’s 50s ball gowns to Lady Di’s overthe-top 80s dresses. What is your favourite local hangout? Ottolenghi in Notting Hill for a Saturday lunch of their delicious salads and coffee and cake. The Havelock for very good pub food and a glass of wine after a workout. Après my Saturday yoga class I enjoy tea and a shared slice of cake with my friend Betty Blythe. closetclothing.co.uk 23

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HOTLIST LOVELY BUBBLY

Tattinger Holographic Rose Champagne, £45, oddbins.com; 178 High Road, W4

OLIVER BONAS

LIMITED COLLECTION BODY, £25; MARKSANDSPENCERS.COM, 236 CHISWICK HIGH ROAD, W4

These adorable love birds will keep your precious trinkets safe. £10; oliverbonas.com

BLENDED WITH LOVE

Blend Collective Limited Edition Blend Collective Love & Unwind bath & shower oil, £24.95; blendcollective.co.uk. Available at The Shoe Station, 12 Station Parade, TW9

TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY

LUXE BOX

Luxe Box are a clever Chiswick-based company that take the hassle out of shopping; putting together delightful gift hampers for your loved ones. The Urban Goddess box is filled with hand-picked treats such as candles, champagne truffles and even a collectible edition of Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen’s original ‘romcom’. Urban Goddess Box: Blissfully Bountiful, £125; luxeboxlondon.com

GORGEOUS GIFTS FOR YOUR VALENTINE CINNAMON HILL

Cinnamon isn’t just for Christmas, you know. This sweet and earthy spice can be used in all manner of cakes, pastries and drinks, and if you (or your loved one) is a die hard fan, look no further than Cinnamon Hill. Their gift packs include fresh, individually packaged cinnamon sticks, hand-made graters and a ceramic cup. Genius. cinnamonhill.com

SARAH MAY JEWELLERY

We’re simply bowled over by these cute, amorous hummingbirds created by contemporary jeweller Jana Reinhardt. Pick up a pair from Richmond’s Sarah May Jewellery before they sell out. Double Hummingbird Earrings, £135; sarahmayjewellery.com

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Look good and feel great this Valentine's Day with these top local businesses HOTTER STOCKIST

Flowers by Cymbidium It has been nine years since Flowers by Cymbidium opened its doors at 182 Castelnau, Barnes, and its flowers have complemented many celebrations since then. As Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, Helmer Cuartas, the proprietor, is getting ready for that very busy day. Flowers by Cymbidium also create beautiful wedding flowers, some of which have decorated the grand ballroom at the Mandarin Oriental; the grand hall at the Inner Temple; the OBE Chapel at St Paul’s and many other venues. An initial wedding consultation is free. 182 Castelnau, Barnes, SW13 9DH, 020 8255 9632, flowersbycymbidium.com

The biggest independent stockist of Hotter Shoes is inviting you for its Winter Sale. If you're after a really comfortable pair of shoes or suffer any kind of foot problem, then a visit is a must. Hotter Stockist have a selection of sizes including extra width and EEE, meaning that everybody can find something for themselves. 424 Uxbridge Road, W12 0NR, 020 8749 3456 chiropodyclinic.co.uk

Boomerang Pilates Amanda and her experienced team offer a range of Pilates courses to assist you to kick-start your New Year in the right way. Whether you’re a complete beginner or not, everyone is welcome and will receive the utmost focus on getting you the results you seek. Pre and post natal sessions, small classes, rehabilitation and 1-to-1 lessons available. Call now to take advantage of a special January offer. 020 8948 5471, boomerangpilates.com

Lumi Power Yoga Lumi Power Yoga is a sleek, bright new studio based in Hammersmith. Lumi Power Yoga offers hot power yoga classes, which are taught from early morning to late evening by highly skilled and experienced teachers. Each class is an immersion into breath and movement through a vigorous set of yoga poses that de-stress, detox and build strength and flexibility, and are suitable for both beginners and experienced yogis. Pregnancy yoga starting in January. Lumi Power Yoga is at 121 King Street, W6 9JG, lumipoweryoga.com

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KEEP CALM AND SEW

Chiswick based alterations and tailoring studio, Stitching Room, where sewing becomes art

NEW IN TOWN

Stitching Room is a family run tailoring and alterations studio, that has been running in Maida Vale for over 4 years, and has now expanded to Chiswick's charming Devonshire Road. With more than 30 years of experience, here at Stitching Room we have proven to be the best tailors in Maida Vale and Chiswick.

ALL YOUR NEEDS UNDER ONE ROOF

At Stitching Room, sewing, alterations and tailoring work is handled with utmost care. We specialise in all kinds of fabric types and garments. From simple hemming to bespoke suits, all done under

our roof. Also we do soft upholstery, bridal wear, silks, fur and leather. With all our products and garments that we make, we promise both luxury and comfort in one place. Most importantly we believe in being unique in our output, a reason why we really offer outfits made personally by our skilled tailors. Everything can be done in our studios, from simple alterations to bespoke sampling collections, dog clothes and childrens garments.

OUR MISSION

As a family run business, we want you to feel at home. Our seamstresses and tailors will attend to you with utmost care. They are experienced enough to give you the highest level of service you deserve. They can give you perfect measurements by checking on it in our fitting rooms. Our sewing skills will give you that perfect fit, go well with the fabric of your choice, reflect your style and personality. It is our guarantee: "there is no place like Stitching Room."

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JUMP UP

The fact that it’s still winter is not an excuse to slack off in the style stakes. It doesn’t get more statement than this Ingenue Mena jumpsuit. The print is muted, so it’s as sophisticated as it is loud. £120; ingenuelondon.com

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Those savvy Scandinavians are always at the forefront of design (and dashing facial hair, by the looks of it). Luxury Danish brand Skagen has just opened a sleek new store in Westfield, stocking a range of beautiful watches and leather goods. We’re smitten already. skagenwatch.co.uk

Fashion historian, writer and broadcaster Amber Jane Butchart has just published Fashion Miscellany: An Elegant Collection of Stories, Quotations, Tips & Trivia from the World of Style - just in time to coincide with February’s London Fashion Week. Th is quirky cloth-bound book does exactly what it says on the tin, and is a veritable font of fashion knowledge and a unique insight into its rich history, illustrated with Penelope Beech’s witty doodles. Published February, £8.99; Ilex Press

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RACY LACY LOOKS FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

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Black plain bra, £42 and black plain pants £21 by Studio La Perla, laperla.com, or at houseoffraser.co.uk 08456 021 03 Lace bunny ears, £7, urbanoutfitters.co.uk

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Black baby doll, halter neck negligee £425, myla.com, 08448736111 Black pants £18 by Sexy Pants and Naughty Knickers, pomlampson.com, 020 7376 5336 Heart and arrow necklace £208, daisyknights.com, 01608811889

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Black body with lace, £376, by Chantal Thomas at petitsbisous.com 020 73527044 Black velvet strappy heels, £570, Gina Gold heart ring, £180 by Daisy Knights, as before

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Black stripy lingerie dress, £350, bordelle.co.uk, 02089684488 Black patent peep toe platform heels £140, Kurt Geiger Star necklace, £180, kirstengoss.com

Photography: Steve Wallington Styling: Alex Longmore Assisted by: Beatrice Trodden Hair & Make Up: Aly Hazelwood using Rococo Nail Apparel Model: Tyler @ FM With thanks to The Portobello Hotel 22 Stanley Gardens, W11 2NG 020 7727 2777

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HEALTH & BEAUTY AGENT PROVOCATEUR

The erotic imagery of famed fashion photographer Guy Bourdin has found a natural home at NARS cosmetics in a new range of beautifully surreal Bourdin-inspired cosmetics. Space NK, 172 Chiswick High Road, W4; narscosmetics.co.uk

POLISH UP YOUR ACT

Nail polish has never been so in vogue; from funky metals to playful effects and glitter. Trends come and go, but some colours will always remain in fashion. Liz Earle has unveiled two new shades in subtle pink and a sophisticated grey that will go with any outfit. £7.50 each, uk.lizearle. com. Available from Boots, Westfield, W12

Beauty Notes

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

Need a bit of ‘me’ time this winter? Why not sign up for the opulent three hour indulgence that is the Russie Blanche Cranberry Banya Ritual at K West Hotel & Spa? This exclusive treatment of Russian origin uses traditional techniques to massage the body and encourage circulation. Well, if it’s good enough for those Russian beauty queens... £250; k-west.co.uk

TRAVEL SETS

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Beauty collaborations abound this month as fashion illustrator Hannah Sharpe teams up with British institution M&S to revamp their cosmetics. Choose from 19 different items emblazoned with Sharpe’s Exotic Girl design – from eyeshadows to lipsticks and even an iPhone case. Prices vary, Marks & Spencer, 236 Chiswick High Road, W4; marksandspencer.com

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ARTS & CULTURE

January is the time for making new starts, and for many of us it’s our computer files, music and photos that need the most attention, says Catherine Lister. Here are some top tips for taking control of your digital world: 1. First, if you share a computer, create different accounts for each person that uses it. Then you are in charge of your files and noone else can delete your contact lists or favourite recipes. 2. For your documents, use the ‘Documents’ folder on your computer and make folders for every topic, such as holidays, school, work or utilities. If there’s a lifetime’s backlog, create a folder called Filing and start your new system with this year’s files. You may never sort out the chaos of yesteryear, but at least you’ll be able to find the most recent tax return or school report. 3. For photos and movies, use programmes designed to do the organising for you – iPhoto and iMovie on a Mac or Windows Photo Gallery and Movie Maker are excellent and you can make folders for different events. 4. Delete old and useless files – just like de-cluttering your house, be ruthless. 5. When you download a file from email or the Internet, it will go to a designated folder. There is a folder called Downloads, but we change our settings so that everything is saved to the Desktop. Whatever you choose, don’t leave downloads where they land – file them or delete them 6. Don’t keep any files on your desktop – apart from the ones you are using at that moment. You won’t be able to find anything and it slows down your computer. 7. Most importantly, back up all your files. We’ll give you a month to get your filing into shape and tell you about back-ups in our next column. Fingertipslondon.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY ALBERTA FERRETTI SS14

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Martha Keith once had a successful career in healthcare, but last year she put this on the shelf to pursue her love of art and illustration. The Chiswick resident launched Love Give Ink, a personalised stationery and greeting card company in late 2013 and hasn’t looked back since. Her charming doodles have found a solid fan base in her local area, and Martha says she has been ‘overwhelmed with local support from Chiswick residents’, adding: ‘We love doing what we do and want customers to enjoy choosing and giving our lovely items just as much as we enjoy making them.’ lovegiveink.com

It’s permanent retro revival at iconic ‘60s brand Biba, and we’re as pleased as punch that they’ve expanded into homewares. We thought the Great Gatsby mania of last year had passed, but these ultra glam furniture and accessories have only gone and renewed our Roaring Twenties obsession. 80 George Street, TW9; houseoffraser.co.uk

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Artist Anna Wright’s humorous prints of quirky animals are perfect for adding a light-hearted touch to your living room. Available from Grandy Art, 189 Munster Road, SW6; annawright.co.uk

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ometimes I am in front of a renovation project of a beautifully preserved period house, for example an Edwardian property. Original features brimming with character bring to mind the many other people who previously lived in the house. The new owners, my client, love this house, but find that it is very uncomfortable to live in; there are problems with heating, sound and privacy etc. Today there are many technical issues that in the 1900s (when the house was built), people were not concerned about. My client, of course, is a family living in 2014, so their various comfort requirements are different to a family living there 100 years ago. This is one of my favourites challenges. There can be many different solutions: new, ultramodern and minimalist, old, retro style or mix and match? I always like to keep as much as I can from a nice old building well preserved, and possibly valorise the historic detail as much as I can, bearing in mind the comfort requirement of my client. Sometimes it is very challenging to keep the original flavour of that building, and to add to the requirements that people expect in modern living. Probably for this reason, many people today tend to create brand new houses which are completely disconnected from the original history of the building. Balance is the rule of all my projects, and clever accenting is the key to making every project exciting and intriguing. apinteriorsltd.com

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innea is the perfect “neighbourhood” restaurant located on Kew Green, opposite Kew Gardens and just a stones throws away from the River Thames and Kew Bridge. The menu is modern European in style with some subtle Swedish influences as the chef/owner Jonas Karlsson is Swedish. Here the aim is very much to offer a wonderful, welcoming and elegant fine dining experience which will leave you wanting to go back again and again. Linnea is the name of the national flower of Sweden, also known as the twin flower and its botanical name Linnaea Borealis. As we are located so close to Kew Gardens, it was also a very appropriate name. Linnea was also the name of Jonas’s grandmother who so inspired him with food and cooking throughout his childhood in Sweden.

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Aeronaut is a spectacular new venue inspired by Acton-born pilot extraordinaire George Lee Temple, the first Englishman to fly a plane upside-down. The brains behind the venture, Laine Brewery, originated from Brighton’s eclectic Laines and it’s the only pub in London to house a permanent indoor circus big top. Intrigued? Satisfy your curiosity with an evening of raucous entertainment, top tipples and hearty pub grub. 265 High Street, Acton W3

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Hart of Barnes

Chris Baldacci escapes the winter chill with an evening of fine dining at the recently refurbished White Hart

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estled beside the river on the Barnes stretch of the Thames, The White Hart was an oasis of warmth on a blustery winter’s night. Following a stunning transformation in late 2013, the pub is furnished with the understated elegance of a Victorian private members club. My companion and I arrived a little early so we grabbed a couple of apéritifs and settled into a corner. The ground floor pub seating is arranged in a circle enclosing a central bar giving the place an open, friendly ambiance. In the warmer months patrons are able to take advantage of the balcony seating area, provided for both the bar and the upstairs restaurant. The latter of which was the focus of tonight’s trip - and oh my, I don’t think I have been in a more refined and lovely dining room. Under chandeliers of wood and rope we sat by a window overlooking the river, absorbed by walls packed full of paintings, photos and attractive ornaments. There is a choice of seating arrangements able to accommodate groups of two to ten, possibly even larger parties, yet there is no sense of overcrowding – each table set a decent distance apart, leaving you blissfully unaware of the world around you. Convivial yet discreet two person

tables, comfortable leather-upholstered nooks in the corner or big, round tables built for many; there is room for any event at The White Hart. The food was, to a dish, wonderful, with MasterChef finalist Tom Whitaker at the culinary helm. Besides a sprinkling of foodie dishes such as the onion veloute (a soup thickened with a roux and cream), the menu was mostly a selection of classics with an enhancing twist. To start I had smoked salmon with wasabi ketchup, which was a little light on the wasabi for my taste but you would not want to distract from the delicious flavor of the in-house cured salmon. For the main both my companion and I could not resist the sound of slow-cooked shin of beef Wellington, served with whiskeywood smoked mash, glazed Chantenay carrots and roast shallots. With light, crisp pastry and a filling that just fell apart, the Wellington was easily one of the most divine dishes I have ever eaten.

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A FEAST FOR THE SENSES

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As Harrison’s hosts a signing for his new book on India, Rick Stein talks curry and eating like a local to Simon Moore...

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t’s a brisk autumn afternoon. Just the kind of day you need your lunch to put a bit of fire in your belly. Having gone searching this past year for the finest and the spiciest India has to offer, Rick Stein is just the man to provide that lunch. He’s toured the world in his quest for the perfect dish, and the tireless work he puts into his four Padstow restaurants has arguably made the little Cornish village a foodie heaven, championing local fish and seafood for miles around. But it’s Rick Stein’s Indian side we’re hoping to coax out today. The menu at Harrison’s is happy to oblige, glowing with the warmth of Eastern wonder. Small wonder, as owner Sam Harrison (who also owns Chiswick favourite Sam’s Brasserie) and Rick Stein go way back: ‘[Sam] was my general manager down in Padstow for quite a few years, and he left to set up his own business. I was very keen to take some part in it, because I’d always admired his dedication.’ Rick says, ‘on the menus at the moment there’s quite a few of my dishes, particularly the Indians ones. And of course, today’s lunch is all from the book.’ And what a lunch: Spiced lentil and squash soup, chicken vindail... it pushes this curry fan’s buttons, that’s for certain. But just how much of a curry fan is Rick Stein? Has he eaten curry for breakfast? Did he take his stomach where few western stomachs dare go? ‘I really lost interest in English food,’ he reveals. ‘Where we were filming, we stayed in quite westernised hotels, but I never touched any of the western food. ...I’ve found there is a certain sort of tenderness in your tummy. It’s not exactly Delhi Belly, it’s just eating a lot of chilli. But after a while it fades and your stomach gets used to it. I largely like eating hot curries for breakfast. People find that extraordinary, but I don’t.’ He continues: ‘I wrote a recipe in the book for my Breakfast Bhaji. That’s

not like the deep-fried fritter – that’s basically just a vegetable curry. I always used to have it in India with a fried egg. The Indians would never have a fried egg, but I like it!’ This appetite for hybrid dishes is typical, and certainly one of the best things about Rick Stein. Whenever he speaks, he reveals an incredible appetite for food and culture, those rich, heady ingredients of worldly experience. I wonder aloud; if he had to pin himself down to one culture, one place in the entire world where he could eat like a local for the rest of his days. Where would that be? ‘I’d probably go to the Languedoc, or the coast of France, around Narbonne. It’s really about the markets. It’s the climate, the markets and the availability of good

fish, particularly. I just love to spend time in France, cooking. Similarly parts of Italy – again, the local markets are unbeatable. And I say France or Italy because as much as I love Indian, Vietnamese, Thai cooking...my upbringing is British, French and Italian food. I could well spend a long time in somewhere like Rajistan. I do love that particular part of India, the open country.’ Well, we didn’t pin him down to one place, but that’s Rick Stein for you. No one place could contain this unerring passion for new sights, new tastes, new ways of thinking about food. So where next for the wandering chef? ‘India was a big high for us, but you can’t go out and do another programme of that sort of intensity.’ He says,’ so we’re going to be a bit more thoughtful how we’re going to film about Byzantium – Greece, Turkey, the Baltic, maybe take in a bit of Northern Italy as well. We’re going east, to Croatia, that end of the Mediterranean... we’re also looking at literature – the connection to poets like Byron and various travel writers that have gone over there. And of course we’ll be talking about Ancient Greek literature and the whole culture of Byzantium. It’s a bit of a mingle of food and culture.’ We’d expect no less from Rick Stein’s enigmatic brand of travelogue. You can picture him now, making his way across the bright waters of the Baltic, over mountains and valleys, uncovering hidden pleasures; simple pleasures; mouthwatering pleasures of the Mediterranean. Somehow, we’ve gotten used to seeing these places in a certain way. Perhaps Rick Stein is just the man to change our minds. And where our minds go, you can be certain – our stomachs will follow. Taken from Rick Stein’s India published by BBC Books, photography James Murphy

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Recipes

Madras fish curry of snapper, tomato and tamarind

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have written at some length about finding this curry, which I have nominated as my favourite. I’ve used the same fish it was cooked with on that day in Mamalla puram – snapper – but in the UK I recommend using any of the following: monkfish fillet, because you get firm slices of white, meaty fish; filleted bass, preferably a large fish, because although you’ll get softer flesh as it has plenty of flavour; or gurnard. I think more than anything else that this dish typifies what I was saying about really fresh fish not being ruined by a spicy curry. I can still remember the slightly oily flavour of the exquisite snapper in that dish because fish oil, when it’s perfectly fresh, is very nice to eat. I always think oily fish goes well with curry anyway, particularly with the flavours of tomatoes, tamarind and curry leaves.

Prawn fritters with kachumber from the Allen Kitchen, Kolkata

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couldn’t work out why these prawn cutlets were so delicious; there seemed to be nothing to them, just a simple batter, a bit of lemon, some onion rings and a bottle of mustard sauce. But the very enthusiastic blogger from Calcutta called Kaniska was keen to point out that this tiny little hole in the wall was one of the most popular foodie spots i n the city. They may have put a secret ingredient in the batter, but I expect the success lies in using chickpea flour and frying the battered prawns in pure ghee. I consumed a few plates of them while having a thoroughly enjoyable conversation about the almost infinite possibilities of street food in that city. Later I woke up in the middle of the night in my hotel with my head spinning, thinking the pace of life was so frenetic that I was surely locked into a madhouse, albeit with some of the tastiest food I’ve ever found. This makes a quite soft batter, not a thick, crisp batter like you’d get with fish and chips.

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12 extra large unpeeled Raw prawns For the batter 60g plain flour 60g chickpea flour ¼tsp salt 1 free-range egg 150–225mlwater 70g ghee, for frying

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60ml vegetable oil 1 tbsp yellow mustard seeds 1 large onion, finely chopped 15g/3 cloves garlic, finely crushed 30 fresh curry leaves 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder 2 tsp ground coriander 2 tsp turmeric 400g can chopped tomatoes 100ml Tamarind liquid 2 green chillies, each sliced lengthways into 6 pieces, with seeds 1 tsp salt 700g snapper fillets, cut into 5cm chunks Boiled basmati rice (page 313), to serve Heat the oil in a heavy-based saucepan or karahi over a medium heat. When hot, add the mustard seeds and fry for 30 seconds, then stir in the onion and garlic and fry gently for about 10 minutes until softened and lightly golden. Add the curry leaves, chilli powder, coriander and turmeric and fry for 2 minutes, then stir in the tomatoes, tamarind liquid, green chillies and salt and simmer for about 10 minutes until rich and reduced. Add the fish, cook for a further 5 minutes or until just cooked through, and serve with the rice.

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Lemon wedges Kachumber salad: 300g vine-ripened tomatoes, thinly sliced ½ cucumber, sliced 100g red onions, halved and thinly sliced 1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped ½ tsp toasted ground cumin seeds ¼ tsp Kashmiri chilli powder Large handful of fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped Freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice To prepare the prawns, pull off the head and peel away the shell, leaving the tail intact. Use a small, sharp knife to run down the back of the prawns and pull out the black intestinal tracts, if visible. Then use the knife to cut almost all the way through the prawns and butterfly them open. Flatten them out a little with the palm of your hand. Pat dry with kitchen towel. For the batter, mix the flours and salt together, whisk in the egg and enough of the water to give a smooth batter the consistency of single cream. Heat the ghee in a heavy-based saucepan or karahi over a medium heat. Once hot, dip 2 or 3 prawns in the batter and carefully lower into the ghee. Fry for 2–3 minutes, turning once, until crisp and golden and cooked through. Drain on kitchen paper. Repeat with the remaining prawns. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over and chutney and kachumber salad on the side.

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Bums and beaches, buns and Bond, Edwina Langley fi nds it all in Brazil

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f you Google the word ‘Brazilian’, this is what the search engine suggests you might be looking for: ‘wax,’ ‘blow dry’, ‘butt lift’. Apparently, when the world searches for Brazil, it’s beauty they’re after. That might seem a little contrived, but in the days leading up to my trip it was generally beautiful things I thought about – Frank Sinatra’s ‘tall and tan and young and lovely’ girl from Ipanema, the colour explosion of Carnival, Gisele Bündchen… The day before I touched down in Rio de Janeiro, British beauty Cara Delevingne had flown in for a Vogue Brazil shoot and as I pulled up outside my hotel, the notorious Copacabana Palace, I was told past guests included Madonna, Marilyn Monroe and Diana, Princess of Wales. Yes, Brazil plays host to the beautiful people, both local and non. Copacabana Palace is indeed palatial and sits overlooking the bay of Copacabana Beach, a glistening white tooth in the curved smile of a beautiful Amazonian. Built in 1923, the hotel is a landmark in its own right and in 2011 underwent a $20million refurbishment, which saw the lobby extend by 90%, its 145 rooms redesigned and the introduction of two new boutiques. In spite of its facelift, however, there is something very traditional about the place. The rooms are elegant and understated – ornate bathrooms in muted colours and a small sitting room overlooking the Atlantic. To swim in the outside pool at night as Fly Me To The Moon floats along on the breeze and waiters plump sun bed cushions nearby, is to feel you’ve arrived back in the 1950s. Cocktail hour will commence after you’ve beehived your hair, the Feijoada (stewed beef with beans) will be served up piping hot, the Pão de queijo (cheese flavoured buns) will be fresh from the oven, looking, of course, beautiful. What’s also beautiful is the view from the top of Corcovado Mountain by the foot of Christ the Redeemer. The 98ft reinforced concrete and soapstone statue stands with arms outstretched, guarding the swell of Rio below. Mighty in size, you can’t help but feel humbled by it, not least since the winds there are so strong that you get treated to a rather different type of Brazilian blow dry. The

view backwards, from Pão de Açúcar (Sugarloaf) mountain overlooking the city with Cristo as the backdrop, is no less beautiful, nor dramatic, plus as you have the added thrill of imagining yourself in a real drama. The 1979 Bond fl ick Moonraker was fi lmed there, most famously the hair-raising 007 v. Jaws battle of the cable car. For those visiting Rio for the World Cup (this June) or the Olympics 2016, there are many more beautiful things to absorb. The Santa Teresa District comprises cobbled winding streets with higgledy-piggledy houses dressed in murals, whilst the tiled steps of Escadaria Selaron, designed by Chilean artist Jorge Selarón, mirrors the bohemian feel the area exudes. But for boho meets music, there’s only one place to go: Rio Scenarium restaurant and nightclub in Lapa. If its décor were to have a theme it would be ‘vintage’. Old televisions, telephones and artwork hang from the walls, its windows are guarded by 1950s-style shutters, fans whirr from the ceiling and people chatter quietly eating dinner downstairs until…the music starts. At around midnight the building erupts, live bands play, bums wiggle and hips sway as the rhythm takes over and you lose yourself in the music. If Rio is the place to lose yourself, then Ponta dos Ganchos is most defi nitely the place to fi nd yourself again. Just a twohour fl ight from Rio to Florianopolis and a 50-minute drive from there, you’ll fi nd you’ve arrived at heaven. Literal heaven. Somewhere so beautiful that only the most beautiful people would visit. Like, Beyoncé and Jay Z, for example. Th is privately owned peninsula lies peacefully near the waters of the Emerald Coast. Discrete but luxurious bungalows (just 25 in total) lie hidden in sunspots on the hillside. Designed strictly for adults, this resort is a no children zone, which means everything really is as peaceful as you’d hope it would be. With a modest but perfectly useable fitness centre and a heated swimming pool, you can work off any Rio-induced stress with vigour. But you don’t really want to stay indoors because Ponta dos Ganchos is all about the outside. Whilst each bungalow boasts an open fi re, double showers, double lavatories, double wardrobes (no arguments allowed), a sauna, a Jacuzzi, and a massive telly, they also feature an outdoor hammock overlooking the coast,

an infi nity-edged plunge pool and an open-air shower. I mean, what more could a human want? Away from bungalow haven, there are nature trails to be had (as an avid walker I would say they are more ‘strolls’ than ‘treks’), which lead you to castaway white sanded beaches. If I were you though, I’d spend most of my time swimming in the bay or canoeing/capsizing around the mini-island. And after all that exercise, there is a sweet little restaurant on site to stock up on those lost calories, serving up my favourite type of food: octopus. I must have had it about three times in a row it was that good. They also made the most delicious baked bread which, although not ideal if you’re hoping to acquire a beach body, is simply too good not to stuff (well, you are on holiday after all). So no, it’s no surprise I didn’t come back from Brazil a more beautiful person. What I did come back with was a tan, a plastic gold necklace of Christ the Redeemer, and newfound love for shaking my posterior. Perhaps that’s what Google means by ‘Brazilian butt lift’.

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Alexandra Jones really dislikes travelling, so what was it about Bermuda that made her never want to leave?

ery rarely do I get the sense that I’d rather not leave a place. I will forever be that ghastly thing that no person with even vague pretentions towards adventure would want to be called – a homebody. For me, home is heavenly. My one, rather doomed, foray into backpacking, for example, ended with me on an early plane back, sick to the stomach (literally and metaphorically) of South America and strange beds and my own stilted Spanish. What, then, to make of Bermuda? On the last day, having spent an afternoon in the sun, hopping from one heartbreakingly beautiful beach to another, I experienced something like an epiphany: a brilliant, completely mad idea that maybe I should just stay. A month, or six, would be about enough.

I turned to our taxi-driver-cum-tourguide (many taxi drivers in Bermuda are also experienced tour guides and can offer tips and potted histories of the island as they ferry you around): ‘You know Larry, maybe I should stay for a while.’ He nodded a little, ‘I guess you enjoyed the Rum Swizzles, then.’ At Sharky’s Bar, a shanty sort of set-up, built around a split in the cliff, facing out onto a crystalline bay you could get any drink you wanted as long as it was rum. On that last afternoon, Sharky had played Smooth Operator by Sade and expounded on the glories of the island and I think the spirit of Mark Twain, who first visited Bermuda in 1867, was hovering around whispering in my ear about how I could go to heaven, but that he was staying in Bermuda. And I thought to myself, you’ve got it right there Mark, clouds and divinity paled in comparison to pink sand beaches and deadly cocktails.

The question is this: was it, as Larry had wryly surmised, the rum talking? After all, I did get on the plane. But in London, far from feeling that familiar relief (a gentle sigh like a cork unstopping, ‘ah, home’), I was still wrangling with the crazy thought that maybe I should have stayed. So, what to chalk this up to? Settled in the 17th century by a shipwrecked Admiral George Somers and his 150 or so crew, the uninhabited island had been overlooked for over a century by Spanish sailors, who had used it as a stopgap on journeys to the new world, but never claimed it. Thought to be the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Bermuda has had a reputation for being a paradise for over four hundred years. And its natural charms are unquestionable; the beaches around the island are some of the best in the world with achingly lovely blue-green waters and excellent marine life for snorkelling

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or diving. A subtropical climate means that temperatures are mild to hot and that more often than not, it is gloriously sunny. The island proper (all 21 miles by 1 mile of it) abounds in lush green vegetation and fresh, wild-growing fruits. It is, quite simply, a beautiful place. Divided into ‘parishes’, houses are often painted in candy-sweet pastels and the church is still considered the heart of the community. The town of St. George’s, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is largely unchanged since it was founded and built in the late 17th century and offers a picturesque glimpse into life on the island way back when. For me, it was enough to walk around and absorb the history, but for those who are looking for more of a story, St. Peter’s Chapel, the oldest Anglican Church outside of the British Isles, is largely unaltered since its completion in 1612. Meanwhile the Royal Naval Dockyard, though geared towards mass-tourism, is

a fascinating hub of shops (be sure to get some cake from the Bermuda Rum Cake Company), museums (the National Museum of Bermuda is housed in the sprawling fortress) and even a Dolphin Quest, where you can swim with the winsome creatures. For their part, the islanders take the paradisiacal reputation seriously. This means two things: firstly, service in hotels, bars and restaurants is in the American mode – quick, quiet, effusive – while locals are almost unfailingly helpful and friendly. Secondly it means that Bermuda is extremely safe. As Larry put it, ‘in the Caribbean you’re told to stay inside your resorts, in Bermuda the whole island is your resort.’ Be that as it may, as befitting a paradise, the hotels cater to a luxury market and can be hard to leave. I stayed in the Fairmont Southampton, a sweeping coralpink building, set atop a hill on the south side of the island. Classically furnished throughout, with grand staircases and dark wooden beams it has a solid, American Deep South charm. I would recommend that you go for a Fairmont Gold stay. Each ‘Gold’ floor has a lounge where breakfast is served in the mornings and where an almost constant flow of canapés, cream teas and cocktails will have you wondering whether to even bother with dinner. Not bothering, though, would be a mistake. The food in Bermuda is often a delight. From the very top end – the Blu Bar & Grill in Warwick Parish is a cool and plush with heavy white tablecloths and comprehensive sushi selection - to the unpretentious local-favourite with a killer Bermuda Fish Chowder – the Swizzle Inn at Baileys Bay, you’d be hard

pressed not to find some really wonderful seafood. My particular favourite was Mad Hatters in Hamilton, where the list of specials was longer than the menu and took our waiter ten minutes to reel off. If I ate nothing other than the reef and beef - steak topped with Guinea chick, a type of Bermudian lobster – for the rest of my life I would be perfectly content. And I’m not even a big fan of red meat. Just like I’m not a big fan of travelling. Perhaps Bermuda, then, is a haven for us homebodies. It is suffused with a particular charm: no nasty surprises, no dodgy characters. There is history: beautiful, engaging, protected pockets of history that spark the imagination. There is food: traditional or nouveau, whatever your tastes, it’s all well cooked and well presented. There are trails to explore: the disused railway forms an 18mile circuit of Bermuda that will have you rounding corner after corner of dazzling island vistas. It can be walked, cycled or taken on horseback. And there is the knowledge that you won’t feel at all guilty if all you want to do is lay on the beach and drink some rum and listen to Sade. Prestige Holidays (01425 480400; prestigeholidays.co.uk) is offering 7 nights departing in April staying at the Fairmont Southampton in a Moderate room on room only flying from Gatwick with British Airways including private transfers. Prices start at £1589 per person and includes 2 free nights saving £416 per couple for travel until end of April 2014. Based on 2 adults sharing. For more information about Bermuda, please visit gotobermuda.co.uk

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Edwina Langley heads east to explore the delights of a very modern Muslim city

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here is Baku?’ ‘Azerbaijan.’ ‘Where’s that?’ This is the conversation I had with pretty much everyone prior to my visit to the Eastern capital. I’d vary my response depending on who I was talking to. To my friends it was: ‘bang next to Georgia, overlooking the Caspian.’ To my mother: ‘on the cusp of Europe, Mumsie. Just bordering Iran!’ Either way it sounded exciting and exotic, exactly the sort of place for an intrepid traveller. When I arrived in Baku it was 4am, so as I drove through nigh on deserted streets to the Fairmont ‘Flame Towers’ hotel, my first impressions of the city were limited. One thing, however, did stand out. The place was immaculate. Pavements were spotless and almost gleamed under the glow of lights from passing cars. It was eerily clean. When I woke up to daylight, however, it all made

sense. For the view over the city from Baku Turkish Martys’ Memorial said it all: it’s just too beautiful to be dirty. Aesthetics are foremost in Baku and its architecture is some of the most interesting I’ve ever seen. A lot of it is fairly new-build, but it doesn’t look it. Much was built in the early 20th century, instigated by its ruling power, Russia, taking inspiration heavily from Europe. The Azerbaijani State Philharmonic Hall (1912) for instance, was built in the style of the Italian Renaissance, whist the Baku Puppet Theatre (1910) owes its design to that of the French. Fountains are abundant and wide streets remind of Parisian boulevards. Not for nothing is Baku known as the ‘Paris of the East’. But then you see plainly its Soviet influence. Part of the Soviet Union from 1920 until its collapse in 1991, Baku’s cityscape nods to that era of structural domination. But there is more than just ‘SovietEuropean design’, for much can be made

of Baku’s Islamic architecture; Shia Islam is, after all, Azerbaijan’s majority religion. Walking through the cobbled streets of the ancient Old City, past the 12th century Maiden Tower, you could be in Marrakech. Stray cats creep cautiously across slim alleyways, whilst washing hangs on lines from balconies above. Mosques stand discreetly near dusty carpets for sale, and Aladdin surely lurks in the shadows. This is the magical walled city that was made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003 – fitting protection for this ‘undiscovered’ architectural jewellery box. But then you turn your attention to the inexplicably new and modern structures of the city, like Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid’s new project, the Heydar Aliyev Centre (2012). A difficult building to describe, it looks rather alien in its current location – by the busy main road that lead out of the city. It’s a conceptual, spaceshipesque structure, which to me, looked like

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“Heydar Aliyev Centre is a conceptual, spaceship-esque structure, which looked like something from the future”

something from the future: ‘in the year 2100, buildings will look like this…’. The curves and fluidness of design make it a shapely madam – extraordinary, huge, and awe-inspiring. Named after Heydar Aliyev (leader of the Soviet Azerbaijan from 1969-82), the centre was built for culture and contains a conference hall, a gallery hall and a museum. It was fitting therefore, that I got to see some of Azerbaijani’s culture in play whilst I was there, a gala concert. This musical spectacle took place in the auditorium and incorporated energetic folk dance (men ‘en pointe’ – shockingly without pointe shoes), a desperately fiddly instrument plucked dextrously and a duo of haunting solos. Turkish dancers meet leaping Cossacks, if you need a visual. In addition to its musical heritage, from carpets to history, Baku houses many museums and galleries. I’m not usually a fan of modern art, but I highly rated 3ABOД, presented by contemporary arts space organisation, YARAT. 3ABOД (or ‘Zavod’) is a new project designed to exploit unconventional art spaces. The Baku Air Conditioning Plant was where I visited – a factory that, one day, was shut down and left untouched for over a decade. This was until YARAT ‘re-discovered’ it and invited 29 young artists to find inspiration there for a new exhibition they had planned. The idea is to be able to walk around the plant and come across installations that seem part of the factory’s DNA. I am not an art buff, but 3ABOД blew me away. One installation, for example, was simply a line of clocks, which had been collected from around the factory and had long-since ceased to tick. What was happening when

they stopped, the installation asked, and why? Another exhibit was a video of a beach, with an ebbing and flowing tide, projected onto a factory wall. It depicted the sort of conditions the air-cooling plant was designed to create. It was mesmerising. I was increasingly coming to believe that Baku was indeed, as its been celebrated, an ‘Islamic Culture Capital’, but its nightlife had yet to be tested. Rated eighth in the top 10 party cities in the world by Lonely Planet, I can tell you now that Baku deserves this accolade. Pacifico, for example, is one of the most popular nightclubs and lies on Seaside Boulevard, overlooking the Caspian. With a ‘Boujis-esque’ feel it has a terrace outside which is ideal for late night tête-à-têtes if the club itself gets a bit steamy – or smoky; Baku appears to be the last place on earth where smoking is allowed indoors. Dancing is pretty wild and drinks flow freely, which, for an Islamic country, is most unusual. So when you wake to the inevitable (and deserved) hangover, what do you eat? If I am to be truly honest, I wasn’t all that enamoured with Azerbaijani cuisine, though thankfully it varies a fair bit. The cow tongue I tried one night, for instance, was disgusting. The Beluga caviar, however, was not. A typical ‘starter’ is a spread consisting of all sorts of cheeses, salamis, olives, nuts and breads – with an aubergine dip that made its way everywhere. One lunch I was presented with ‘Bolva’, a traditional type of soup. It was tepid, and came in a tall glass, which allowed me to dubiously eye its white-ish colour and the green bits floating around inside. A massive gulp of it came straight back up again – apparently along with dill, hard-boiled eggs and cucumber, one of its main components is sour milk. I am still reeling from my visit to Baku. It’s almost indescribable and I still can’t quite get my head around it. What I can say is that I have never felt safer. It wasn’t that I expected to feel ‘unsafe’, but with unfamiliar lands it is something I think about. The genuine warmth of the Azerbaijani people, without exception, made the trip. For whilst many do not speak English, with a right amount of hand gesturing and enthusiasm, you get there in end. And so I’m glad I made it to Baku in the end too. Wherever it is. Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by Zaha Hadid, first opened in May 2012 and celebrated its gala opening in November 2013. The center will host various events to promote Azerbaijani art and culture.

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Netherwood Road, Brook Green, W14 £995,000 Leasehold Brook Green 020 3542 2020 Email sbg@kfh.co.uk

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An immaculately presented three double bedroom, split level apartment boasting a private south facing terrace. This property is excellently located for Brook Green, Holland Park and transport links.

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Three double bedrooms Two bathrooms Large open plan living area High specification refurbishment South facing terrace Over 1,000 sq ft Minutes to the Central Line Sought after location EPC rating G

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Nasmyth Street, Brackenbury Village, W6 £1,250,000 Freehold Hammersmith 020 8563 9633 Email shm@kfh.co.uk

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A tastefully presented three bedroom Victorian bay fronted house, ideally positioned on a picturesque residential road in the heart of Brackenbury Village. Nasmyth Street is perfectly located for excellent local schools and numerous underground stations.

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Three bedrooms Immaculately presented Open plan living space High specification kitchen Luxury bathroom 25ft lawned garden Sought after location Close to Ravenscourt Park EPC rating E

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Gumleigh Road, Ealing, W5 ÂŁ650,000 Desirable three bedroom Victorian terraced house offering period charm and a south west facing rear garden. Located within the Little Ealing and Mount Carmel Primary School catchment area and offering easy access to Northfields underground station. Freehold. EPC rating D. Ealing 020 8799 3890 Email sel@kfh.co.uk

Antrobus Road, Chiswick, W4 ÂŁ895,000 An attractive three bedroom mid terrace Victorian house offering the potential to extend (subject to planning). Situated on a sought after residential road, just north of Chiswick High Road and Chiswick Park underground station. Freehold. EPC rating D. Chiswick 020 8987 0090 Email sck@kfh.co.uk

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Popes Lane, Ealing, W5 £2,395 pcm Furnished or unfurnished Ealing 020 8799 3899 Email lel@kfh.co.uk

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Substantial three double bedroom semi detached house finished to a very high standard. This home features a fully integrated eat in kitchen, two reception rooms, garden and parking.

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Three double bedrooms Two reception rooms Private rear garden Parking EPC rating D

£210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit kfh.co.uk/lettingsfees

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Weston Road, Chiswick, W4 £2,925 pcm Furnished or unfurnished Chiswick 020 8987 0099 Email lck@kfh.co.uk

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Well presented four double bedroom house offering a modern kitchen and private patio garden. Situated near Chiswick Park and Gunnersbury stations.

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£210 tenancy agreement fee per property. Other fees apply, visit kfh.co.uk/lettingsfees

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EXTERIOR OF ASHCHURCH GROVE

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What is your company ethos? We aim to set the standard for property in South West London by combining a personal approach to our clients, an expert knowledge of the local market and a passionate pursuit of results. How do you translate that into giving the best customer service? We offer an unrivalled customer service, bespoke to each and every client of ours. Each office has an abundance of

Charles Lang Associate Manager, Chesterton Humberts, Chiswick

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e expect a very strong and busy start to 2014. With record low mortgage rates, an influx of international investors buying throughout Central and West London, and the

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local knowledge, and a passion for attention to detail, which certainly contributes to making us the number one independent estate agent in Richmond. What properties are you most excited about having on your books? We always have a broad selection of properties on the books, from elegant period conversions to new developments of flats and houses throughout the borough, but when a property on Richmond Hill is put on the market, there’s always a flurry of excitement from our agents and clients. What do you predict for the property market for 2014? I would expect the 2014 property market to be similar to this year, with stock levels remaining low and premium prices being achieved, particularly in the borough of Richmond. It’s clear that at the moment there are a lot more people looking for properties than there are available, no doubt partly due to the improving confidence in the economy and competitive lending rates currently being offered by banks.

capital’s thriving economy all combined, 2013 saw high volume and consistent price growth in the Chiswick residential property market. With no sign of these drivers abating, and a pool of disappointed buyers keeping winter activity high, . Buy to let investors are likely to remain particularly active buyers, taking advantage of low borrowing rates to invest for both capital appreciation and income, but with renewed competition from end users supported by the government’s mortgage guarantee scheme.

1. Property I’d most like on my books and why... I’d have to go for Ashchurch Park Villas for the wide gardens or Boscombe Road for those stunning big rooms. 2. Best place to invest... All over W12 - it’s smartening up at a pace with big developments now full speed ahead. But it’s still way off the finished article so a smart move financially, and the changes will make it a fascinating place to live as it all happens. 3. The most interesting property I have been involved in is... Back in the 80’s, a house that was owned by a model maker for those cyborg/terminator type films – there was nothing more unnerving than meeting those characters and I must admit I completely avoided the basement for fear of what may be lurking there! I’m sure the owner moved them around for fun... or did he? 4. The toughest sale and why... We moved into Shepherd’s Bush in a slow market back in 08 and I was handling our own sale and our purchase! What made things interesting was that I was also handling the flat at the bottom of the chain as well as the large house above our proposed purchase at the top. Dealing with other people’s hopes and dreams can be demanding enough but being personally involved was a sobering experience. Particularly when the first time buyer pulled out at the bottom and we were all left high and dry. Luckily the owner at the top stepped in and bought the flat at the bottom – looking back that closed circle merry-go-round still make me feel dizzy! 5. Finest property showcase... We recently agreed a sale on this beautiful Ashchurch Grove villa. Pure class and rare as hens’ teeth!

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SILVER CRESCENT, W4 An attractive Victorian family house situated on a tree-lined residential road convenient for Gunnersbury Underground station and the excellent array of shops bars and restaurants on Chiswick High Road. Approx. 2,660 sq ft. Energy Rating: E. 5 bedrooms, bathroom, shower room, double reception room, kitchen/dining room/conservatory, basement, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ1,695,000

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Luxurious Lettings

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for Landlords What are the benefits of going through an agency to rent my flat, rather than just doing it privately on my own?

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n the same way that I don’t keep my money under my mattress (however tempting it may be), or attempt to make my own scented candles as thank you presents, if you are a landlord looking to achieve the best for your property, you should definitely be using an agent to help you. At its most fundamental level, the one thing an agent has that a majority of landlords don’t, is time. The time to market, the time to take calls, the time to do viewings, the time to sort the wheat from the chaff, the time to do thorough references, the time to attend training courses on the practicalities and legalities of letting your home, the time to do the job well. Secondly, we have experience, which is particularly important in relation to tenancy agreements. The regulations and laws around a tenancy and the handling of deposits are constantly evolving and by using an agent you protect yourself and give tenants the confidence that working with a reputable agent provides. Finally, we have great contacts. People register with us on a daily basis and this, combined with our relationships with the major relocation agents, and our wide use of both online and print media means that we are not waiting for people to come to us but are proactively getting your property out there the moment we are instructed.

Emma Harvey Head of Lettings, Finlay Brewer � 020 8749 7719; finlaybrewer.co.uk

A magnificent Grade 2 listed detached house, with views of the River Thames with landscaped garden, off street parking and a garage.

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his unique historic Georgian property offers versatile accommodation arranged over three floors. The property further comprises a spacious sitting room with access to a balcony, dining room open to a luxurious bespoke kitchen with Gaggenau appliances, and a family room with access to the garden. On the first floor is a second generous sitting room with access to the balcony, master suite with two en suite bathrooms, fitted wardrobes and dressing area, five further bedrooms and four bathrooms. The property also has the added benefit of a wine cellar.

Details

Thames Bank, SW14 £1,961 Per Week

Contact

Fitz Gibbon, Richmond 0208 940 9920; fitzgibbon.co.uk

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Property News Goodbye to 2013 and Thank You! James Matthews Director of Whitman & Co

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t has been a record year for Whitman & Co with an increasing share of the Chiswick market for the third year running. We have seen capital values pushing up on average 20% in the area with stock levels remaining fairly consistent and demand levels increasing both locally and from Central London. Having now worked in Chiswick for 27 years and seen the undulations in the market, we are confident that prices will continue to push up in the first half of next year by around 10%. After the seasonal summer holiday lull, the Autumn may see a less frenetic market, with interest rates under review and policies in the next election being banded around and no doubt sensationalised.

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inlay Brewer have been supporting Shoots & Leaves at their Christmas tree site on Little Brook Green and giving a donation to the Shepherds Bush Families Project & Children’s Centre for every tree sold. We are delighted to be supporting this charity which has been at the heart of the local community since 1988 and aims to help families in Hammersmith & Fulham who are homeless

or have other unmet housing needs and suffer social and economic hardship. It works to promote the emotional, physical, social and intellectual development of infants, children and young people through the provision of a range of high quality, stimulating educational and recreational daytime services and activities to enable them to flourish and develop both at home and school or college.

Waldeck Road, W4 £800,000

THE BEST OF FAUCONBERG VILLAGE

Located in the highly desirable area of Strand on the Green, this beautiful mid-terrace Victorian house, is a short walk from Kew Bridge Station and Gunnersbury tube and overground station. Offering three double bedrooms, a double reception room, a fully fitted kitchen and luxury bathroom, this property has a wealth of period features, is moments from the River Thames and is situated in the catchment area for Strand on the Green Junior School.

KFH in conjunction with Zoopla.co.uk has compiled a selection of London village guides and found that living in or near to a village in London can typically command a premium in the region of 51%. Each month we’ll feature one of those villages, and this month we’re focusing on Fauconberg village.

Freehold � KFH Chiswick: 020 8742 8686; kfh.co.uk

Annual price increase: 8% | Average house price: £780,356 (Zoopla)

Situated between the A4, which hurtles out of the Capital, and the serenity of the River Thames, Fauconberg village is a charming area in the heart of the Grove Park district of Chiswick, W4. The village used to be a thriving fishing area, and because of its convenient location and rural appeal, the upper classes chose to build country retreats here. Named after Earl Fauconberg, Fauconberg village’s popularity has continued throughout the centuries and today the area is a leafy enclave and Fauconberg Road marks its centre. There Transport links: Chiswick train and underground station (District line) Bus routes: 272 and E3

is a parade of mostly small independent shops, a great deli, a dry cleaners and there’s even an upmarket hairdressers. Charming period houses with large gardens make it a haven for young families.

Interesting Fact : Fauconberg village’s namesake, the 1st Earl of Fauconberg, was a member of the Privy Council to King Charles ll and was married to the third daughter of Oliver Cromwell, Mary.

Main schools: Grove Park Primary The Falcons School for Boys

For more information visit www.kfh.co.uk/village-guides

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Kerr & Co celebrate record sales Robert Barr

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013 was an exceptional year in the property market, especially in Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith. Houses in certain streets have increased by up to 27% in value. At Kerr & Co, we’ve been able to

Christmas with Crisis Ben Wilson

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or the fourth year running, Ben Wilson, senior sales negotiator at Marsh & Parsons sacrificed his own Christmas celebrations to volunteer at London’s homeless charity, Crisis. Every year, ten Crisis centres across London open their doors between the 23rd and 31st December to support the homeless. Ben, who was based at the

meet the astonishing demand by selling more properties in 2013 than at any other time in our 20-year history. This is down to the high level of service we deliver to people selling properties through us. As for 2014, we’re confident that our vibrant patch of London will see continuing growth, albeit at a slower pace than in 2013. The ongoing regeneration (phase two of Westfield - complete with a John Lewis department store, renovation of Shepherds Bush Market and transformation of the BBC Television Centre into a mixed use development) can only enhance the already considerable appeal of the area. Delay no more: now is definitely the best time ever to make a move to Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith.

Hammersmith Centre, ensured that those who passed through the doors received hot meals, health checks, a clean set of clothes, a haircut and a bed for the night. Ben said “I decided to start volunteering for Crisis because I find it shocking that such a wealthy and developed capital like London, has so many homeless people. I wanted to show my support during, what is for many, an incredibly lonely time of year. I really felt I was making a difference to so many people and that’s why this will be the fourth year I’ve been involved.”Touched by Ben’s commitment to such a worthy cause, Marsh & Parsons showed its support to the local homeless community by encouraging all 300 of its employees to donate food and clothes to a charity box held within every office.

Gold Again! Hamptons International

Awarded Best Large Agency For Second Consecutive Year

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amptons International took home Gold for Best Large Agency for the second consecutive year at the Estate Agency of the Year Awards in association with the Sunday Times and The Times, held at The Lancaster London Hotel on Friday 6 December. The event is recognised as one of the most prestigious events in the industry calendar and attracted agents from across the country. It was once again supported by The Sunday Times and The Times, with the winners presented with their awards by television presenter, Penny Smith. Awarding Hamptons International with Gold for Best Large Agency for the second year in a row, the judges commented: “Not only has the team at Hamptons maintained their already high standards, but there was also clear evidence that they have actively sought to improve on them throughout 2013… This year has seen the launch of the Hamptons Academy which was set up to attract energetic people of the right calibre from other industries. There is a generous and thoughtful approach to CSR - a clear example of a strong network of people who collaborate to get results.” � hamptons.co.uk

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£1,395,000 A renovated five bedroom, three bathroom, family house arranged over three floors with bi-folding doors leading to a southerly facing patio and mature garden. EPC = D.

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Devonshire Road, Chiswick

£950,000 Well presented and proportioned three double bedroom apartment, arranged over the ground and first floors of an elegant period house in the heart of Chiswick. EPC = C.

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Sutton Lane North, Chiswick

£1,050,000 A bright and spacious four bedroom period family house retaining many original features including high ceilings, ornate fireplace surrounds and oak flooring throughout. EPC = D.

t: 020 8994 6567

Cambridge Road South, Chiswick

£750,000 An immaculate split level flat in a period double fronted house, conveniently situated for Chiswick High Road, Gunnersbury and Chiswick Park stations and routes to central London and Heathrow. EPC = D.

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Wide semi detached family house 4 double bedrooms Study / bedroom 5 2 bathrooms ( 1 en suite ) Cloakroom and Laundry room

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Generous landing Flat roof area Raised ground floor entrance Minutes from tube stations 929 sq ft / 86 sq m approx.

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Prime Purchase Vendor Advice What are the benefits of having an open house?

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n the current market where demand exceeds supply and many properties attract multiple interest, an “open house” can be an appropriate way to launch a property to the market. At Andrew Nunn & Associates an “Open Day” is structured by prior appointments to view a property. The seller has the ability to “present” the house in its best light to appeal to the likely buyer profile for one day only and then vacate to allow the agent to do their job. Many sellers in Chiswick are families with young children. Being able to tidy up just once is a big attraction for the seller and then, assuming the “open day” is a Saturday, they can go out for the day. 1. Competition Obviously it can create competition between buyers and encourages decisive behaviour from the interested parties. If conducted on a Saturday then it allows couples (both decision makers) to view the property at the same time and immediately discuss the merits of the property. 2. Momentum Not only does the process have impact from the outset (from the phone out organising appointments, through to completion), but, more importantly, once a buyer is selected it gives additional “momentum” to the sales process as the successful buyer has been chosen from a competitive situation. Surveys get booked quicker and an exchange of contracts is achieved within a sensible timeframe. 3. Efficiency Generally an open day on a Saturday enables the agent to show 10-15 buyers around a property during daylight hours, which done piecemeal may take 7-10 days depending on availability of buyers and sellers and their respective work commitments. From a buyer perspective, having viewed a property on a Saturday, they then have the opportunity to discuss its merits and drawbacks leisurely over the weekend and make a decision by the Monday. We find this rarely happens from viewings during the week. 4. One agent has “overview” Only one agent need attend the open day giving them an overview of all buyers, their reactions and their comments. This helps when giving feedback and advice to our clients.

Andrew Nunn Director, Andrew Nunn Associates

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his outstanding and beautifully presented, six bedroom imposing family house has been completely renovated to a superb standard. The house occupies a large plot with expansive gardens that affords an enviable position on one of the most desirable roads in Ealing.

Details

Westbury Road, W5 £4,395,000

Contact

London Estates 020 8741 8485; london-estates.net

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ABSOLUTELY | PROMOTION

KERR & CO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF SUCCESS Chris Kerr reflects on the rise of Kerr & Co over the last 20 years.

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n 4th December 2013, the Shepherds Bush Members Club saw 80+ guests join Chris Kerr, his family and staff to celebrate the 20th anniversary of local estate agency Kerr & Co. The overarching theme of the evening was pride in the achievements of the company in Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith over the past 20 years. During his speech, Chris Kerr painted a vivid picture, both of his early days in the property business and of Shepherds Bush in those days. 1993 was possibly one of the worst years ever in which to set up an estate agency. The country was deep in recession, the property market was in the doldrums, and Shepherds Bush was characterised more by Steptoe & Son than by smart shopping outlets.

In a more serious vein, Chris paid tribute to his loyal and hardworking staff members, many of whom have been with him for over a decade. He noted both how they had helped Kerr & Co to survive its beginnings and to be fully prepared for the better days ahead. He acknowledged that the company's unrivalled local reputation as an independent, family brand, its loyal customer

base, and outstanding professional network stems mainly from his dedicated, knowledgeable and gifted staff members. Chris asked each of them to step up to the front to receive a small token of his appreciation. Next, Chris turned his attention to the office window through which he has watched the gradual transformation of Shepherds Bush over the past two decades. In the '90s, it was scruffy and slightly edgy, peopled by football hooligans, local drunks and plenty of police action. Now, the area is the focus of regeneration and redevelopment on an historically unprecedented scale. There's phase two of Westfield, the transformation of the BBC Television Centre, and various smaller residential schemes along the Goldhawk Road. As the local area has grown and matured, so too has Kerr & Co, investing heavily in marketing and IT systems to provide the highest standards of service. As Chris drew his speech to a close, he remarked how - in spite of all the changes - Shepherds Bush has retained its community spirit. He admitted that he feels very privileged to be one of the more

established estate agents in the area. Chris is particularly proud of the fact that Kerr & Co frequently deals with three generations of the same families. Original clients recommend the agency to their adult children and grandchildren. Chris rounded off the evening with a resounding 'thank you' to his wife, his brother and everyone who has contributed to Kerr & Co's outstanding professional success since 1993. He ended with a memorable toast: 'Let's raise a glass to celebrate 20 years and here's to the next 20'. 75 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 8EH 020 8743 1166 info@kerrandco.com kerrandco.com

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A grand Victorian home offering circa 4,300 sq ft of highly stylish accommodation. The house offers phenomenal living and entertaining space, six bedrooms and a wonderful landscaped rear garden.

there. The current owners’ inspired tastes mix light and glass with bold colours and

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space behind an elegant early Victorian facade, but standard expectations stop open spaces to create a fabulous contemporary living and dining area filling the lower ground and raised ground floors. The lower ground floor houses a modern kitchen/family area, open completely through to the rear of the house with a double height reception/dining space. Sliding glass doors give access to a garden that extends to over fifty feet and has been beautifully landscaped. At the far end of the garden is a summer house that currently serves as home office, but is adaptable and versatile. The raised ground floor is more formal reception space and a study area that have been arranged to maximise the bright and airy nature of the design which includes a

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void with double aspect. Upstairs on the first floor is a fabulous master suite, to the rear of which is a roof terrace looking over the garden. The second floor incorporates two bedrooms with en suite bathroom. In addition to this accommodation, the current arrangement includes an additional and self-contained property over four floors with substantial studio/ reception space and separate roof terrace. All in all, there are six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and four reception rooms. The further possibilities at this property are substantial by virtue of planning permission in place to extend and augment what is an already wonderful home. To the front of the property is off street parking.

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Living the Dream � The most luxuriously appointed properties on the market. FREEHOLD

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very pretty Victorian mid-terrace house, located just off Chiswick High Road. With three double bedrooms, a fully extended kitchen and two reception rooms, this in an ideal family home. This property also benefits from beautiful views over Chiswick Common and an electric AGA.

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substantial detached family home situated in this private, gated development close to Richmond town centre. The property comprises six bedrooms, four reception rooms, five bathrooms, conservatory and kitchen/breakfast room. Further benefits include a double garage, off street parking and a mature landscaped garden.

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his is a stunning five bedroom family home situated in one of the most sought after locations on the lower slopes of Richmond Hill. The property offers an abundance of lateral living and entertaining space throughout and is in excellent decorative order. There is also an opportunity to extend at both ground and first floor levels (STPP).

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stunning ground floor two double bedroom mansion flat offering many period features and secure off street parking in a very desirable location. This striking apartment comprises two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, spacious double reception, modern eat in kitchen and high ceilings throughout.

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Jasmine Hill, Eaton Park Road, KT11

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modern, contemporary detached family home offering flexible and spacious accommodation situated in one of Cobham’s most premier private roads. With a double height galleried entrance hall and high ceilings throughout, it is an impressive property.

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FAIRLAWN AVENUE, W4 THORNTON AVENUE, W4

£465,000 GUIDE PRICE £1,750,000

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An imposing amazingly well Semi-Detached presented triple aspectVilla flatstyled withhouse the added benefit of alined balcony and private garden. Three bedrooms, luxury fivelight, bedroom Victorian situated in this tree residential street running north off Chiswick High Road. bathroom, Master 14' reception room, fully integrated kitchen, gas fired central heating, share WC, in the and private garden withCloakroom, side access. Ideally bedroom with en-suite bathroom, Four further bedrooms, Family bathroom, Separate Twofreehold, receptionbalcony rooms, 31’Kitchen/Breakfast room, Cellar, situated within close proximity of Chiswick Park tube station the extensive shopping andstation restaurant facilities onshopping Chiswickfacilities High Road. Private West facing landscaped garden. Ideally situated within closeand proximity of Turnham Green tube and the extensive of Chiswick High Road.

LINDEN GARDENS, W4 MAYFIELD AVENUE,W4

£330 PER WEEK £2,000,000

newly decorated lowerVictorian groundHouse floor ideally garden flat with west facing garden. Large North double withRoad. wardrobes, reception room with A fantastic Semi-Detached located in theprivate tree lined residential street running off bedroom Chiswick High Master Suite with dressing woodand floors, bathroom withfurther shower over,bedrooms, fitted kitchen, garden. The flat31’ isThrough on onereception of Chiswick's located roads, moments from the shops, room luxury ensuite, Three double Two further bathrooms, room, best Cloakroom, Cellar, 17’ Fully integrated Kitchen/ Breakfast Room, Private 40’ West Situated from off Chiswick HighGreen Road offering proximity is to available Turnham Green Station and the extensive restaurants cafés on the Highfacing Road garden, and 5 minutes Turnham station. close The property early Tube September, furnished. shopping, restaurant and bar facilities.

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SALES LETTINGS POINT WHARF LANE,HEATHFIELD TW8 PROSPECT HOUSE, TERRACE, W4

£350 PER WEEK £399,950

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An immaculately presented two bedroom period conversion flat ideally with commanding views across Turnham Green. Boasting Two bedrooms, 17’ Reception Beautifully presented two double bedroom second floor flat inlocated this highly sought after riverside development. a stunning open plan room, Fully intergrated bespoke kitchen, Luxury bathroom, Extensive builtbedroom. in storage, Long nextroom, to Chiswick High Road offering kitchen reception room, a river side balcony and a master ensuite Largelease, openIdeally plan located reception fully fitted kitchen withclose granite work proximity to all amenities, and No chain. tops, fitted wardrobes riverside views. Underground parking space included.

QUEEN ANNES GROVE, W4 WAVENDON AVENUE, W4

£430 PER WEEK £1,750,000

large, light and presented two double flat on residential this highlyroad desirable the heart Bedford Park, just minutes AAwell presented fourbeautifully bedroom period house ideally locatedbedroom on this prestigious offeringroad closein proximity to allofamenities.Master bedroom with from Turnham Green underground station. Top Family floor position ensures beautiful views fromBreakfast the reception andfitted bedrooms. ensuite shower room, Three further bedrooms, bathroom, 28’ Through reception room, room, Fully kitchen, Private 32’ garden with rear access, Situated South of Chiswick High Road close to Turnham Green Tube Station and the extensive shopping, bar, club and restaurant facilities.

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ST STEPHENS AREA BANISH THOSE JANUARY BLUES Offers Over £1,000,000 Freehold

ESTATE AGENTS & SURVEYORS

With a visit to this elegant 4 bedroom Edwardian Villa in a peaceful setting. Lovingly restored, super family kitchen and with a huge loft to convert, sunny west garden

BY LAMMAS PARK BRAVE NEW OWNER NEEDED

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To rescue this enormous 7 bedroom detached double fronted family house that now need a complete makeover. A rewarding project for those wishing to express their inspirational side

In this warm and cosy 3 bedroom modern town house in a lovely spot overlooking extensive lawns. Fully modernised and has a sunny west garden and garage

£1,100,000 Freehold

£675,000 Freehold

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DAYMER BAY, CORNWALL ROCK and ROLL

ÂŁ2,250,000 Freehold

To this once in a life time opportunity. A wonderful detached family house in this valuable cliff top spot enjoying unrivalled views across the North Cornwall coastline. Rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in the UK this is an all too rare chance and not to be missed. By Rock and across the bay from Padstow this fully restored 5 bedroom, 4 Bathroom detached house has to be seen. Fantastic living space, Amazing gardens, what more could you ever need

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Claygate, Surrey

A highly specified and contemporary Hanse-haus, built to an exacting specification and design. Five bedrooms • Four bathrooms • Open plan kitchen with Miele appliances • First floor living accommodation with galleried atrium void • Off-road parking for at least 5 cars Oak doors • Granite window sills • Triple glazing • Under floor heating driven by an air-source heating pump • Approximately 3,689 sq ft • Energy Rating: B

01932 798 104

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Guide Price: £1,875,000

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Cobham, Surrey

A bespoke property built by Avicam Homes with intelligent lighting and a stylish and modern ambience. Five bedrooms • Five bathrooms • Impressive finishing touches • Spacious kitchen/ dining/sitting room • Three reception rooms • Cinema room • Internal double garage Landscaped garden • Approximately 5,687 sq ft • Energy Rating: C

01932 798 104

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Guide Price: £2,650,000

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Leopold Road, Ealing, W5

£2,500 per week

Orchards of London are delighted to offer to the market for let this tremendous seven bedroom, six bathroom detached family home boasting an amazing private garden with swimming pool ideally located with beautiful views of Ealing Common. The property comprises a grand entrance hall leading onto guest cloakroom, three magnificent reception rooms and conservatory. Leopold Road is a sought after address overlooking Ealing Common and offers excellent access to Ealing Broadway and regular transport links with Ealing Common Station (District lines). Subject to contract the following charges and fees will be payable before the commencement of the tenancy: Preparation of Tenancy Agreement: £200 + VAT (per tenant), deposit, check out fee of £195 + VAT and Renewal Fee of £195 + VAT after initial fixed term.

7 Station Parade, Ealing Common, London, W5 3LD Tel: 020 8992 4242 enquiries@orchardsoflondon.com

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Goldsmith Avenue, Acton, W3

£1,250,000

A truly remarkable six double bedroom family home situated in the ever popular residential area of Poet’s Corner, beautifully presented over three floors, benefiting from a large private garden and spacious accommodation. The property comprises a bright entrance hallway with guest cloakroom, an impressive reception room with separate dining room, a large modern fitted kitchen with breakfast area. Goldsmith Avenue is a desirable street conveniently situated for the Local amenities on Churchfield Road with a further range available in nearby Chiswick.

Coverdale Road, Shepherds Bush, W12

£1,250 per week

This superb five bedroom property benefits from fabulous living and entertaining space presented in immaculate condition and boasting chic and modern design throughout. The property consists of a double reception and dining room with solid oak flooring and built-in storage, a stunning modern kitchen/diner leading out to a beautiful conservatory and private garden. Shepherd’s Bush Market (Hammersmith and City lines) is within walking distance. Any rent advertised does not include additional services such as council tax, water or utility charges unless stipulated otherwise. Additional Tenant fees may apply. Details available on request from agent

82 High Street, Acton, London, W3 6QX Tel: 020 8997 0076 enquiries@orchardsoflondon.com

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Woodville Gardens, Ealing, W5

£3,099,950

This fabulous six bedroom double fronted detached home is situated on a beautiful tree lined residential road in Ealing and boasts spacious living and entertaining space throughout. The property comprises a light and airy entrance hall leading onto three generous reception rooms, a fantastic open plan kitchen and access out into a beautiful private garden. Woodville Gardens is located close to Haven Green which offers an array of shops, bars and restaurants.

Gunnersbury Avenue, Ealing, W5

£1,442 per week

A truly superb seven bedroom family home set across three floors boasting an extensive private garden with swimming pool, and off street parking in an ideal location close to Gunnersbury Park and local amenities. The property consists of a spacious hallway and guest cloakroom, a tremendous open plan living and dining room with feature fireplace and modern kitchen. On the first floor there is a wonderful master bedroom suite with dressing room and en-suite shower room, a further three double bedrooms, family bathroom and storage room. Subject to contract the following charges and fees will be payable before the commencement of the tenancy: Preparation of Tenancy Agreement: £200 + VAT (per tenant), deposit, check out fee of £195 + VAT and Renewal Fee of £195 + VAT after initial fixed term.

7 Station Parade, Ealing Common, London, W5 3LD Tel: 020 8992 4242 enquiries@orchardsoflondon.com

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Sutton Lane South, Chiswick, W4

£825,000

A fantastic five bedroom semi-detached family home boasting bright and spacious accommodation across three floors. The property boasts a delightful front garden and private garage, two large reception rooms with guest cloakroom, a good size modern kitchen/diner and a beautiful private garden which has garage access. Sutton Lane South is a desirable residential road located moments from a fabulous selection of shops, cafés and restaurants in Grove Park.

Hartington Road, Chiswick, W4

£2,300 per week

This stunning five bedroom detached family home is ideally situated in a riverside location, benefitting from spectacular river views and off street parking. This fantastic property comprises three reception areas with high ceilings and original features, five double bedrooms, three bathrooms and a stunning conservatory that leads to a 150’ landscaped garden and private patio with direct views of the River Thames. Local amenities can be found close by with a further range available along Chiswick High Road with its many boutiques, bars and restaurants. Any rent advertised does not include additional services such as council tax, water or utility charges unless stipulated otherwise. Additional Tenant fees may apply. Details available on request from agent

www.orchardsoflondon.com Tel: 020 8995 9797 171 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, London, W4 2DR

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Chiswick High Road, W4

£595 Per Week

Kingscote Road, W4

£1,150 Per Week

A superb top floor two bedroom two bathroom apartment situated in this stunning new build development close to Stamford Brook tube (District Line) and the shopping facilities of Chiswick High Road. The property benefits from South facing views over Chiswick and underground parking. Available immediately unfurnished/part furnished. EPC = B

A fabulously presented four bedroom, family home situated on a quiet residential road. The property benefits from wooden floors, ample storage, utility room and cloakroom. Available immediately. Unfurnished. EPC=E

Burlington Road, W4

Montgomery Road, W4

£1,200 Per Week

A superb five bedroom semi-detached house located just off the Chiswick High Road and moments from Chiswick Business Park, Gunnersbury tube station (District Line) and the shopping facilities of the Chiswick High Road. Rear garden with side access and off street parking for two cars. Available immediately unfurnished. EPC rating = D

£575 Per Week

A three bedroom terraced house located just a short distance from Chiswick Park tube station and the shopping facilities of the Chiswick High Road. The property benefits from a secluded rear garden. Available immediately. Unfurnished. EPC rating = E

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Ennismore Avenue, W4

£375 Per Week

Alfred Close, W4

£425 Per Week

Presented in very good order this second floor flat comprises of a large reception room with ample storage and large bedroom with built in wardrobes. The property is situated on a residential road just off Chiswick High Road. Available immediately. Unfurnished. The rent includes electricity charges. EPC=D

Very well presented flat situated within this well maintained purpose built development located just a stone›s throw from Chiswick High Road and it›s all round amenities. Allocated parking space for one car. Available immediately. Furnished or unfurnished. EPC=E

Marlborough Court, W4

Monmouth Close, W4 £340 Per Week

£550 Per Week

Stunning two double bedroom, two bathroom first floor apartment set within this exclusive new build development ideally located on the Chiswick High Road and moments from Gunnersbury tube station. Available end of January. Furnished/unfurnished. EPC=C

Presented in excellent order, freshly painted and decorated second floor flat located in this popular purpose built block. Allocated off street parking space for one car. Available immediately. Unfurnished. EPC=B

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WESTBURY ROAD EALING, W5 An outstanding, beautifully presented, six bedroom imposing family house completely renovated to a superb standard. The house occupies a large plot with expansive gardens that affords an enviable position on one of the most desirable roads in Ealing. 4526 sq ft/420 sq m. Entrance Hall | Dining Room | Drawing Room | Utility | Cloak Room | Kitchen | Family Room | Master Bedroom with En-suite & Dressing Room | 5 Bedrooms | Playroom | Summer House. Asking Price ÂŁ4,395,000

61, DALLING ROAD HAMMERSMITH LONDON, W6 OJD OFFICE@LONDON-ESTATES.NET

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Woodstock Road Chiswick W4

ÂŁ2,200,000 freehold

A semi detached family home on this wonderful tree lined road in the Bedford Park conservation area of Chiswick. This attractive house has recently been redecorated & also has the scope to extend (STPP). The property boasts a rear garden in excess of 50 ft, 2 separate reception rooms & kitchen/ dining room. On the 1st floor there are 4 bedrooms & family bathroom. EPC rating E

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Wilmington Avenue Chiswick W4

£1,250 per week

An architecturally designed 4 bedroom house in the leafy suburbs of Grove Park, ideal for access to major road links M4/A4 & just minutes from Chiswick mainline station. Boasting a formal reception room, large open plan kitchen with dining area, further reception area, lawned garden, cloakroom, utility room, 4 good sized bedrooms & 2 bathrooms.

EPC rating D

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020 8747 3133

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HAVILLAND MEWS, W12 A classic English inspired architectural house with a roof terrace and ample storage facilities within a gated development. Energy Rating: D. 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 3 reception rooms, roof terrace, garden, 2 off-street parking spaces. £1,800,000 Freehold 020 8419 1273 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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BLYTHE ROAD, W14 A modern and spacious 4th floor apartment located in the luxury block of Kensington West, Brook Green. Comprising of a lateral living space of approx. 1,644 sq ft. Energy Rating: B. 3 bedrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, reception room, 2 balconies, access to swimming pool, gym & tennis court. £1,900,000 Freehold Share 020 8419 1273 shepbush@faronsutaria.co.uk

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THAMES ROAD, W4 A spacious mews style house refurbished to the highest of standards, located in the heart of Strand on the Green, approx. 0.4 mile from Kew Bridge Overground station and Gunnersbury Underground and Overground station. Energy Rating: B. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms. £675,000 Freehold 020 8419 1263 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

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NAPIER SQUARE, W3 A beautifully presented modern mews house located in a new development close to East Acton Underground station (Central Line), the Virgin Active health club and multiple bus routes. Energy Rating: B. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 reception rooms. £1,175,000 Freehold 020 8419 1263 chiswick@faronsutaria.co.uk

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aving moved to London five years ago, I first lived in Fulham and then moved to Holland Park. Like many Londoners, I eventually made the westward step in order to enjoy more space for my money. Originally from Dublin, London was a bit of culture shock with its busy pace of life and sense of anonymity, but Brook Green on the other hand reminds me of home. It has a strong sense of community and a distinct village feel.  With everything on your doorstep, the neighbourhood offers an ideal balance of village and city life. Tube lines and bus services provide excellent transport links around the city, while road access makes for an easy commute to Heathrow and the rest of the country. Brook Green does not have its own named underground station, which has helped keep it such a great secret; however, it is within a short walking distance of six other tube stations.  Its close proximity to the Olympia Exhibition Centre, as well as the luxury shops of High Street Kensington adds hugely to the attraction of the area. Not to mention the fact that you are only a short walk from the Westfield shopping centre and all its offerings.   We see a wide spectrum of residents, from young families drawn to the great schools and safe atmosphere, to young professionals attracted by the gastro pubs, nearby shopping and central line into the city. Among other many excellent schools in the area, The

Ecole Française de Londres Jacques Prevert is an elite international primary school making Brook Green extremely popular with French expatriates. Another major draw is the Green itself; it is noted as the third most popular ‘destination playground’ in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham after Ravenscourt Park and Bishops Park. This is something we are all very proud of, and is thanks to much local fundraising which enabled the refurbishment and re-design of the playground. The continued hard work by local residents and businesses highlights the community spirit within the area. Brook Green property prices lie between the more affordable Hammersmith and Shepherds Bush, and the more expensive areas of Notting Hill, Kensington and Chelsea. Having worked in Brook Green for almost five years, I have watched the market go from strength to strength, attracting more and more people year on year. Prices have increased greatly each year with the price per square foot now regularly exceeding £1,000. With a combination of increasing demand and dwindling supply, we are seeing multiple bids on most of our sales and are in most cases seeing ‘best and finals’ being set. The majority of our sales are therefore being agreed substantially above the guide price. I am very confident about the year ahead and I expect the Brook Green market to continue to prosper. With a rosy outlook, I predict that demand will continue to outstrip supply which, although frustrating for buyers, is great news for those looking to sell... � 020 7603 5181; bective.co.uk

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King Street, W6

£400,000 Leasehold

Excellent one double bedroom flat offers a larger than average living room, modern kitchen, good sized double bedroom and a shower room. Located on King Street and perfect for a buy to let investment or a first time buy. EPC = B

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College Court, W6

£525,000 Leasehold

An opportunity to bring to ones taste , this two double bedroom lower ground floor flat is located in a popular mansion block within a two minute walk to Hammersmith underground station. Property comprises of a larger than average living room, separate kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom and rare outside space. EPC =D

Hammersmith Office 0208 563 0123 hammersmith@bushells.com

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Brouncker Road, Acton, W3

£460,000

This stunning fully refurbished period maisonette offers two double bedrooms with painstakingly restored fireplaces, modern bathroom and open-plan stylish kitchen and reception room leading onto a beautiful landscaped garden. The property benefits from plenty of storage, its own front door and great features. Brouncker Road is a quiet residential road brilliantly located close to Chiswick and Acton amenities within a short walk to the District and Piccadilly lines at Acton Town Tube. The property is also Share of Freehold. EPC = D Acton Office 0208 993 6767 acton@bushells.com PART OF THE EDMUND CUDE GROUP

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ABSOLUTELY Property

Ask the Sales Experts Our panel of professionals give you the edge in the property market 1. Should I redecorate pre sale?

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5. Why hasn’t my property sold?

mall changes can make a huge difference to how the property is received and, in turn, can have an impact on the final sale price. Small repairs of damage from water leaks, burns, or other mishaps are worthwhile as this can prevent buyers from looking for discounts for defects. If the bathrooms or kitchen are clearly outdated, remodelling or re-grouting can be highly lucrative and the work is likely to pay for itself when the time comes to sell. Make the most of what you have; any room that doesn’t get enough sun will benefit from a little wall colour to give the impression of more natural light. Dark colours will often make the room look smaller and it may be harder for the buyer to imagine their furniture in that space.

his really depends on your take on risk. If you are happy to take risks the rewards will often be higher, but there are more pitfalls in doing so. Long term investment is about maintaining the relationship between yield and capital growth, for instance the rule of thumb is the higher the yield the lower the growth. As property prices continue to rise, the rental demand will also continue to do so as potential buyers are forced to rent for longer to save the deposit for their purchase. Any investment should be within close proximity to a transport network, broadening the spectrum of available tenants. Both Shepherds Bush and Hammersmith offer this, along with a plethora of other great local facilities.

hen properties do not sell, 99% of the time this is down to the incorrect price being asked. Pricing is paramount your property will sell if this is correct, and, consequently, the market place will perceive it to be so. Trust your agent to advise and guide you through the process to correctly price your property in the market in which you are selling. This will ensure you achieve the best possible price.

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raditionally the best times to sell are Spring, as families like to move ahead of the school year commencing, and sutumn, to allow time to settle in before Christmas. However, we have seen a continued supply of buyers this summer right through August, which is usually the quiet holiday period. It is a good idea to take pictures of your home in spring and summer when the garden is lush, there are leaves on the trees and the natural light is best. Therefore, no matter when you put your home on the market, buyers can see its full potential.

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hen selling a property, the key is to make your property as appealing to the widest audience possible. It is therefore imperative that you de-clutter and make the property feel as big as you can. Don’t overcrowd the rooms or give the space too much of an identity as it will be harder for the vendor to imagine living there themselves.

1. Tanya McFeely

Sales Manager of Bective Leslie Marsh, Brook Green � 020 7603 5181; bectivelesliemarsh.co.uk

4. Adrian Johnson

2. Dylan James

Manager of Faron Sutaria, Shepherds Bush � 020 8740 7766; faronsutaria.co.uk

Associate Director of Hamptons International, Chiswick � 020 8987 8444; hamptons-int.com

3. Robert Barr

Sales Manager at Kerr & Co � 020 8762 0522; kerrandco.com

5. Edward Prickett

Manager of John D Wood & Co. Richmond � 020 8940 6611; johndwood.co.uk

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ÂŁ1,250,000 Freehold Burnthwaite Road SW6

A beautifully presented four bedroom family house offering 1,450 sq.ft of stunning living space on a popular residential road in the heart of Fulham.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms, Bathroom, Double reception room, Kitchen, Utility, Cloakroom, EPC: E.

A stunning family home which has been finished to a high standard throughout, providing a contemporary large and light living space.

3 bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Cloakroom, Cellar, Roof terrace, EPC: F.

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

ÂŁ1,125,000 Freehold Dalling Road W6 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

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ÂŁ1,050,000 Leasehold Cromwell Grove W6

This extremely spacious three double bedroom maisonette (approx 1,150 sq.ft) on Cromwell Grove offers brilliant entertaining/living space and benefits from a substantial terrace.

3 double bedrooms, En-suite bathroom, Further bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Study, Balcony, EPC: C.

An opportunity to acquire a Victorian cottage on one of the most popular streets in Brackenbury Village.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen/breakfast room, Front and back gardens, EPC: D.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

ÂŁ910,000 Freehold Atwood Road W6 Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Sales 020 8563 7100 | hammsales@dng.co.uk

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£750 per week | Unfurnished Aldensley Road W6

£640 per week | Unfurnished Vespan Road W12

A lovely and light family home situated on this sought-after street in the heart of Brackenbury Village.

A fantastic house which would make a great family home, situated on this quiet road off Askew Road.

4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Double reception room, Eat-in kitchen, Cloakroom, Garden, Shed, EPC: E.

3 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Cloakroom, Utility room, EPC: D.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

£550 per week | Furnished Perrers Road W6

£525 per week | Unfurnished Castelnau Gardens SW13

A beautifully presented two double bedroom cottage on this popular street in Brackenbury Village.

A beautifully redecorated two bedroom flat on the first floor of this popular mansion block, close to the River Thames.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Double reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Patio garden, EPC: D.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Eat-in kitchen, Reception room, EPC: C.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

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£520 per week | Furnished Beauclerc Road W6

£430 per week | Unfurnished St. Stephens Avenue W12

A fantastic two bedroom split-level flat on a lovely tree-lined street in Brackenbury Village.

A gorgeous two bedroom garden flat close to Goldhawk Road with fantastic living space and a lovely private garden.

2 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Reception room, Kitchen/ breakfast room, Dressing room, Balcony, EPC: D.

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite), Large open-plan reception room/kitchen, Garden, Own entrance, EPC: D.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

£400 per week | Unfurnished Sycamore Gardens W6

£350 per week | Part Furnished Brackenbury Gardens W6

A gorgeous light and bright two bedroom flat in this great location close to Goldhawk Road.

A delightful and completely refurbished two bedroom flat situated on a quiet cul-de-sac just off Brackenbury Road.

2 double bedrooms, Bathroom, Open-plan reception room/kitchen, EPC: D.

Double bedroom, Single bedroom, Bathroom, Reception room, Kitchen, EPC: D.

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

Hammersmith & Shepherds Bush Lettings 020 8563 4422 hammlets@dng.co.uk

Douglas & Gordon will charge an initial one off tenancy agreement fee of £240 per tenancy and an individual tenant reference fee of £45 per tenant. For further details please go to www.dng.co.uk/fees

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OARE, WILTSHIRE FREEHOLD AMHERST AVENUE,£2,750,000 W13 £1,695,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and individual country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for thethree artistflJohn Poundoffers House A wealth of character is offered modern by this delightful six bedroom, double-fronted family home arranged over oors. Merton, The property is broadly Palladian in style and on is aall wide, single large windows over looking the each gardens. It was extended 1978 to well-balanced accommodation floors withstorey a 13’ building entrancewith vestibule, two separate receptions measuring over 19’, in modern include a garden room and a large studio breakfast complex including workshop room The property currently hasofvery ceilings and fitted kitchen, cloakroom and a separate room. Onathe upper fland oorsdark there are .six double bedrooms (two thehigh largest bedrooms brick parapets surrounding the roofshower which has good space. measuring 22’), family bathroom, room andstorage a further dressing room/study. A further benefit is the southerly facing garden. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Large room sizes | Three floors | Southerly aspect | Quiet location | EPC: D. over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE FREEHOLD GALLOWAY ROAD, £2,750,000 W12 £725,000 FREEHOLD Anwell extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally 1962offor the artistBush. John The Merton, Poundbalances House A presented and charming  three bedroom Edwardian home in the ever popular ‘Groves’inarea Shepherds property is broadly Palladian in style and is a contemporary wide, single storey building with large the windows over gardens. It was extended in 1978 to period details and proportions with convenience to deliver best of all looking possiblethe worlds. A delightful house which further includetsafrom garden room and large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and benefi a private Westa facing patio garden.  brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Three Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Ground Floor W.C. | Kitchen / Reception Room | Walk-In-Wardrobe | Loft Room with en-suite | over six acres of land Private West Facing Garden | EPC: D.

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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD RIVERS HOUSE, TW8 £325,000 An extraordinary andapartment individual with modern country outlook house intoward a stunning Built originally is inset 1962 for the artistdevelopment John Merton, with Pound House Attractive first floor a southerly Kew location. Bridge. The apartment within a gated is broadly Palladian styleWell and presented is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking It was extended in 1978 toto let designated parking in space. throughout, the apartment would work perfectly as athe firstgardens. time purchase, pied a terre or buy include garden room and a large including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and with an aestimated rental value circastudio £340complex per week. brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | One bedroom | On site gym | Gated development | Parking space | Nr Strand on the Green and the River Thames | EPC: C. over six acres of land

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OARE, WILTSHIRE ÂŁ2,750,000 FREEHOLD ST PETERS SQUARE, W6 ÂŁ2,380,000 FREEHOLD An extraordinary and modern country in a stunning location. Built 1962 artist John Merton, Pound House A rare opportunity to individual acquire a four-storey househouse with separate garage, located onoriginally the northinside of for thethe desirable St Peters Square. is broadly Palladian in style is a wide, single storey with large windows theto gardens. wasreconfi extended 1978 to With its sizeable private rearand garden, the property alsobuilding offers the ingoing purchaserover the looking possibility extendItand gure,insubject include a garden room consents and a large studio complexA including a workshopare and . The property currently High has very high ceilings to the usual necessary being obtained. range of amenities ondark offerroom in King Street and Chiswick Road with a moreand brick parapets surrounding the roofat which hasfurther good storage comprehensive selection available a little afield atspace. Westfield London. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | Entrance hall | Double reception room | Dining room | Kitchen | Study | Utility Room | Master Bedroom with en-suite bathroom | Four further bedrooms | over six acres of land Family bathroom | Garden | Garage | EPC: D.

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RICHMOND ROAD, W5 £807 PER WEEK

JAMES HOUSE, W5 £600 PER WEEK

An amazing family home located close to the amenities of Ealing

A large two bedroom apartment in Ealing Broadway with good size

Broadway and Ealing Common.

accommodation provided to a high standard.

Complete refurbishment | Five Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Cloakroom |

Secure underground parking | Central location | Two Bedrooms | Two

Utility Room | Fees Apply | EPC: E.

Bathrooms | Fees Apply | EPC: C.

For more information on this property call:

For more information on this property call:

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THORPEBANK ROAD, W12 £450 PER WEEK

DUNRAVEN ROAD, W12 £450 PER WEEK

A stunning two double bedroom, two bathroom Edwardian maison-

A recently refurbished three double bedroom split level flat with a

ette arranged over two floors with steps down a private garden.

roof terrace.

Two Bedrooms | Reception | Two Bathrooms | Garden | Resident Parking |

Three Bedrooms | Open Plan Kitchen | Roof Terrace | Fees Apply | EPC: C.

Fees Apply | EPC: D.

For more information on this property call: he her s

sh office | 020 8735 3255

For more information on this property call: he her s

sh office | 020 8735 3255

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Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

Chiswick office | 020 8994 7096

ST PETERS SQUARE, W6 £850 PER WEEK

BROOK GREEN, W14 £845 PER WEEK

A delightful three bedroom lower maisonette situated in this highly

A wonderful three double bedroom first floor apartment located in a

sought-after address with its own private garden.

sought-after gated development on Brook Green.

Three Bedrooms | Two Reception Rooms | Kitchen | Two Bathrooms | Utility

Three Bedrooms | Reception | Bathroom | Kitchen | En suite Bathroom | Balcony

Room | Garden | Communal Gardens | Unfurnished | Fees apply | EPC: D.

Furnished | Fees apply | EPC: C.

For more information on this property call:

For more information on this property call:

Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466 Chiswick office |office 020 8994

Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466 Chiswick office |office 020 8994

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KEW BRIDGE, TW8 £692 PER WEEK

RIVERS HOUSE, TW8 £450 PER WEEK

A brand new luxury apartment, finished to an exceptionally high

An attractive fourth floor apartment positioned close to the river

standard, with two balconies and views of the river.

Thames. Two large bedrooms and OS parking.

Two bedrooms (1 en suite) | On site gym | Secure underground parking |

Two bedroom | On site gym | Gated development | Parking space |

River views | Fees apply | EPC: B

Nr Strand on the Green and the River Thames | Fees apply | EPC: C

For more information on this property call: Chiswick office |office 020 8994 Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466

For more information on this property call: Chiswick office |office 020 8994 Hammersmith | 0207096 7371 4466

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Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year 2013 - Gold (for the 2nd year running!)

Best London Estate Agency

The Negotiator Awards 2013 - Silver

Sunday Times Estate Agency of the Year 2013 (Medium) - Gold (for the 4th year running!)

LETTINGS

The Negotiator Awards 2013 (for the 2nd year running!)

Community Champion of the Year

Coverdale Road W12 £1,250 per week This unique house boasts a superb finish throughout, comprising a double reception room and a separate kitchen with conservatory, leading out to a patio garden. The bedroom accommodation includes a master bedroom with en suite shower room, an office area and three further bedrooms. Benefits include a second reception room at the top of the house, a gym and a roof terrace. EPC=D BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 lets.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk

Fitzgeorge Avenue W14 £550 per week This immaculate apartment is located on the first floor (with lift) of a gated and portered red brick mansion block. The property can be arranged as either a stunning one-bedroom apartment with a dining room or alternatively as a generous two-bedroom apartment. Stylish and contemporary throughout, the apartment is flooded with natural light and further benefits from access to a small balcony. BROOK GREEN: 020 7605 7760 lets.bkg@marshandparsons.co.uk Tenant fees apply, see www.marshandparsons.co.uk/services/lettings/tenant-fees for more information.

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Sulgrave Road W6 ÂŁ1,725,000 Presented in excellent condition throughout, this immaculate family house features a bright double reception room leading through to an extended eat-in kitchen and out to a secluded garden. The bedroom accommodation includes a master bedroom with large en suite bathroom, four further double bedrooms and a family bathroom. Sulgrave Road is located within easy reach of the Westfield shopping centre and the transport links at Shepherds Bush Station. Freehold. EPC=D. Sole Agents.

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