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UP UP & AWAY

DAME JUDI DENCH

EXPLORING THE HILLS OF GSTAAD

MAY 2015

ON HER AWARDS & THE UPCOMING ELECTION

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56 07 EDITOR’S LETTER

26 20 SUMMER SOUNDS Family, foodie festivals for the more bohemian sophisticate

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08 ABSOLUTELY LOVES

What we’re coveting this month

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WHAT’S ON

Diary dates for May

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COLOURFUL HEIGHTS

fa s h i o n

26 FASHION CONFIDENTIAL

This month’s hottest trends and products

30 PRETTY IN PASTEL

This month it’s all about sorbet shades that look good enough to eat

Graphic artist Yoni Alter talks London, art and his most recent work

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NOTHING LIKE A DAME

Dame Judi Dench on awards, politics, Bond and India

H E A LT H & B E AU T Y

38 BEAUTY CONFIDENTIAL May’s best beauty buys

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Food & Drink

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Gemma Billington heads to Gstaad for an unlikely, but lovely, summer destinaton

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The latest openings, recipes and reviews from the local area

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53 Helen Baron picks this season’s top buys for little ones

News and views on the area

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EDITOR’S letter

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inter has thawed and the weather is finally improving, and I’ve realised something big. I have always been resolute in my preference of autumnal fashion over summer style, but I have, in fact, been lying to myself. I’ve been pondering this lie over the past few chilly, enduring months, convincing myself that I enjoy being wrapped up, hidden away from the cold and, in all my originality, only wearing black. It is, I’ve realised, a very British trait to confer with friends that one would rather wear thick black tights and a thick black roll neck than bare any flesh. While I do like my winter threads, it does get a little tedious after the 24th week of wearing the same thing. This year I welcome summer fashion with open arms and have personally pored over our style guru, Charlotte Adsett’s fashion pages. Turn to page 26 to see her edit of the hottest spring trends to throw on this month.

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You’ll need to head somewhere to wear your new seasonal wardrobe, so skim forward to page 12 for what’s on in the area this month, or to page 20 for my edit of the three family festivals for London’s most savvy sophisticates. We’ve also had the pleasure of interviewing the revered Dame Judi Dench in the wake of her newest film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. She talks Bond, India and the upcoming election (see page 16). We have our usual wealth of beauty, interiors, food and property content to enjoy. So flick, read and enjoy this issue, and I will see you next month, by which time I will have replaced my all black uniform for a vibrant set of threads. u

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FOODIES FESTIVAL

2 3 - 2 5 May S y o n Pa rk et yourself to Syon Park and feast on an unbelievable array of delicious G food and drink available. The ever-growing festival will also include demonstrations from 2010’s MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker and award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur Aldo Zilli.  Park Rd, TW8; foodiesfestival.com

KITCHEN GARDEN PARTY

16 May Ki tc he n G a rde n or one day only the usually out-ofF bounds walled kitchen garden at Chiswick House will be opened to the public. See its bountiful seasonal flowers and produce, making the most of the event by taking home some of the garden's best herbs and plants. ◆ Chiswick House and Gardens, W2; chgt.org.uk

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A unique and entertaining play about bucket lists, life planning, and the disappointing reality that you will not live forever, this is charming show makes you think about your mortality and how to make the most out of the time you have left on Earth. Told through an interwoven web of moments, characters and stories, Buckets is a delightfully clever production converting the inevitability of death into inspiration for living.

16 -17 May O ly m p i a L o ndo n wealth of insider A knowledge is available at the UK’s only anti-ageing health and beauty show, with stylists, medical experts and celebrity speakers helping both men and women to look incredible no matter what their age. ◆ Hammersmith Road, W14; london.anti-ageingshow.com

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SOPHIE HUNGER 2 0 May B u s h Ha ll aking an epic return to London’s music scene, the M cosmopolitan Swiss singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sophie Hunger will showcase her versatility and talent at Bush Hall. Expect to see her in full jazz-pop mode playing the guitar, harp and piano at the Chiswick institution. Do not miss the chance to see this truly talented woman perform. 310 Uxbridge Road, W12; bushhallmusic.co.uk

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23 May Under the B r id ge ince releasing her debut S album in 2003, London born R&B and soul singer-songwriter Teri Walker has collaborated with a host of musical greats, including Cee-Lo Green and Jennifer Hudson. Established as one of the finest soul voices of her generation, Walker puts on an impressive, emotionally-attached and beautiful performance. ◆ Fulham Road, SW6; underthebridge.co.uk

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PLAY OF THE MONTH Throughout May The Lyric Hammersmith

BUGSY MALONE o re-open the Lyric Hammersmith after a massive 16.5 million pound redevelopment, the first professional London production of Bugsy Malone in over a decade will be staged. With an all-child cast, aged from nine to 18, this play is the perfect fit for the theatre – it’s celebratory, inclusive and surprising. Directed by the Lyric’s talented artistic director Sean Holmes, the story of

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prohibition gangster life makes for an unforgettable theatrical experience, with kids sending custard pies flying and gunge firing through specially-made goo pistols. Entertaining for both young and old, book now because, as Fizzy knows, tomorrow never comes...  King Street, W6; lyric.co.uk

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ARTS & CULTURE / PROFILE Being such an

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products for the famed art institution has now become its best-selling merchandise. But this is Alter just warming up. “Everything I work on leads to more ideas to explore,” he explained. Preferring to mix, match and clash colours, Alter clarified that what excites him the most is the process of seeing which combination of colours “draw your eye in; are vibrant and impactful.” Alter said that his work “is the result of collecting elements and overlaying them in order to imply a world without borders – that’s how I like it.” It’s no surprise, then, that the designer lives in a world without borders. While the now London-based Alter will never forget his Israeli roots, he “fell in love with [his] wife and the city” while completing his MA in graphic design at London

Breakthrough graphic artist Yoni Alter shares his work, his love of London, and the exciting shape of things to come. Wo r d s a b s o l u t e ly

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napologetically bold, Chiswick’s Yoni Alter has been making waves in the global art scene. Since stamping his brightly coloured mark on the design sphere, the Jerusalem-born graphic artist has been captivating audiences ever since his 2014 debut at London’s Kemistry Gallery. Alter’s signature? Vivid graphic illustrations and multi-coloured cityscapes. The 34-year-old’s simple-but-powerful on-going series, Shapes of Cities, has cemented Alter's status as master of dimension, as he employs a unique stencilling technique to create depth in his 2D screen prints. Taking the city’s most iconic structures, the designer cuts to-scale stencils and layers them. Creating a fascinating, kaleidoscopic

rainbow, his work demands attention. And attract attention he has. In addition to designing the 24m-long art banner that covered all of the double decker buses in Shoreditch, Alter also caught the eye of the Tate. His range of

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College of Communication. “Being such an impressive place, in so many different ways, you can't help but to get inspired. It’s a world in and of itself.” And just like that London became Alter’s muse. As the inner city gave him the electricity and excitement he sought, the natural beauty of Ealing’s “quiet and leafy” surroundings gave him the space he needed to ignite his intricate creative thought-process. To this day both aspects of the town he calls home allow him to incorporate the cultural and visual aspects of London into his work. But what’s next, we asked. “The dream project would be the largest possible wall, but I’m currently developing a new series that I hope will get as much love as Shapes of Cities.” Well, with that in mind, he’s certainly one Chiswick resident to watch.  yoniishappy.com

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DAME The epitome of ageless cool, Judi Dench appears in a ground-breaking play broadcast live on election night… Judi for PM? Wo r d s A l i s o n H a m n e r

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ame Judi Dench loves a challenge. Recently turned 80, she continues to take on starring roles and new ideas. She’s currently gracing the sequel to the surprise movie hit, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as the love interest of the equally cool Bill Nighy. And this month she’s treading the boards at the Donmar Warehouse in The Vote, a play set in a fictional polling station, to be broadcast live on TV on the evening of May 7. It’s the next step in a career remarkable for its longevity and successs. One of the country’s biggest stars of the stage and screen, Judi has been an actress for 60 years including four decades on the British stage for the National Shakespeare Company and the Old Vic.

Judi’s numerous films include 10 Baftawinning performances plus seven Oscar nominations and a win for a hilarious eight-minute performance as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love. Not one to be typecast, she has owned numerous roles from her wickedly nuanced performance as the vengeful lesbian in Notes on a Scandal to her heartbreaking portrayal of crumbling dementia in Iris. And of course her recruitment as M in 1995’s Bond blockbuster, Goldeneye, added new fans to her audience for her convincing role as 007’s superior, sadly succumbing to a fatal end in last instalment, Skyfall. Judi’s latest film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, centres on an eclectic gathering of retirees, eager for a last sip of the summer wine amongst the colourful commotion of India’s Jaipur.

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Having appeared in the first episode, Dench was obviously considered essential for the second. “One moment I was at home, the next, on a plane back to Rajasthan,” she laughs. “I don’t even remember anyone asking me. But I was so grateful to go back.” Why does she think The First Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was such an unexpectedly big hit? “I think probably it was quite refreshing to have something that was about people our age who are all struggling and trying to not fit into a slot and not be taken for granted. To do something daring and defy what’s happening to them.” As one who defies her age over and over again, she might have something, there. Judi also enjoyed working with much of the original cast, including fellow Dame of the British Empire, Maggie Smith and American silver fox, Richard Gere. “You don’t have to worry about making a fool of yourself in front of them because they’ve seen you making a fool of yourself for 50 years or so,” she says.

The location of the film affected her profoundly, too. “The whole experience of India changed me,” she says. “The one thing I didn’t have to act about Evelyn was her passion for the country and the people. I just was bewitched by it.” Best Exotic Marigold Hotel director John Madden has called Judi ‘box office gold’. But famously, she doesn’t take her success for granted. “I’ve always been afraid the next role isn’t going to come,” she says. “Trevor Nunn once came to wish me luck and said, ‘why are you always in tears on a first night?’ I said, ‘it’s because I never think I’m going to be employed again.’ “And although it’s been

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quite a jokey, light-hearted thing to say, in the depths of me, I still have that fear and perhaps it’s very healthy to be like that. Perhaps I don’t want it to change.” What Judi doesn’t like is being offered parts that are just like the ones she’s just played, which happens all the time. “I don’t want to play somebody like the last person I’ve played – I want to play a person who’s as different as possible.” she says. The many roles she has taken are testament to her love of trying something new. Judi’s life has revolved around acting and she met her late husband, Michael when she was playing Portia in The Merchant of Venice in 1971. Their 42 -year-old daughter Finty will be joining Judi, playing her daughter in James Graham’s new play The Vote at Donmar Warehouse on election night. Judi’s last appearance at the Donmar was in the 1970s. The play has a huge ensemble cast of about 50 actors, including Mark Gatiss, Catherine Tate and Timothy West. It’s set in a fictional London polling station in the last hour-and-a-half before polls close and will be screened on More 4 at that exact time on election day itself, from 20:30 to 22:00. Judi will play a voter who arrives at the polling station with her daughter to join the the ‘diverse, diligent and often hilarious individuals’ who turn out to vote. No doubt Judi will be as convincing as ever – no part is too difficult for this amazing Dame. 

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DISCOVER

Summer Sounds Fancy the freedom of a festival this summer? We round up the top three festivals for a more sophisticated crowd W o r d s R o m y va n d e n b r o e k e

Wi l d e rn ess et in Cornbury Park in picturesque Oxfordshire, Wilderness Festival is the leading boutique event in Britain. Despite popularity growing rapidly, the festival has managed to defend its reputation as one of the most sophisticated, family-friendly events of the year. Snapping up the Best Festival Activity Award in 2013 from the UK festival awards, the 2015 timetable of extra curricular activities is continuing in the same vein. Feeling delicate after a heavy night on the Pimms and prosecco (yes, it’s that kind of festival)? There’s plenty to help refresh and revive you for the evening ahead. Indulge in treatments at the wellbeing spa, take a refreshing dip in the emerald lakes or eat away your hangover at one of the festivals S

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Kitchen Table). Other highlights for this year’s festival include Bjork headlining, an exciting schedule of engaging talks and debates, and an extensive theatre and arts timetable, with a performance from solo violinist, Diana Yukawa, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland performed by Opera Holland Park. And if this isn’t enough you can also horse ride, go fly fishing, try your hand at archery, learn how to do the tango, create your own perfume, watch the Wilderness cricket match, play ping pong, meditate or even get a facial. There are also Mortimer Nannies who will be onsite offering bespoke babysitting to any parent looking for a break from trekking around with their little ones, although with such a great timetable of things to do, it’s likely you wont want to… until it gets dark. wildernessfestival.com u

numerous long-table feasts. Once again, Wilderness has drawn in chefs at the helm of London’s restaurant scene to cook extravagant banquets for hungry revellers. Chefs keeping festivalgoers fed this year include Angela Hartnett, Niklas Ekstedt (the man behind Michelin-starred EKSTEDT), Mark Hix, Nuno Mendes (Chiltern Firehouse), Scott Hallsworth (Korobuta) and James Knappett (formerly Noma, now

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Po rt E l i o t festival like no other, Port Eliot has succeeded in staying under A the radar from mainstream festival-goers year on year. The festival is set within a Grade-1 listed house, park and garden in Cornwall, and celebrates all things artistic. With a programme covering music, literature, food, fashion and entertainment, and with a fullyfledged ‘Children’s Area’, the festival is ideal for families and the more experienced party animal alike. The festival attracts a refined crowd; successful and cultured Londoners looking for something more than just live music. Festival sleeping conditions aren’t

Discover ARCHIE BRONSON Outfit’s GARAGE-BLUES-psychkraut MUSIC the norm either, think: airstream trailers kitted out with working kitchen, toilet and all the key mod-cons; pre-erected tents in the Tangerine fields; or you can go all out and camp in one of Yurtel’s luxury yurts, which are equipped with king-sized beds, handcrafted ash furniture and fresh flowers. Don’t miss the talk with artist and environmentalist Kurt Jackson as he discusses the concept of ‘place’ with executive director of Greenpeace, John Sauven; or discover the unique sounds of Archie Bronson Outfit as they play tracks that are described as garage-blues-psych-kraut music; or dance the night away to the deep tracks of DJ, Andrew Weatherall. porteliot.co.uk u

Williams-Ellis in the mid 1920s in the style of a Venetian village, the area is already famous from being the backdrop to the 1960s television show The Prisoner (a clue to the number 6 name). Each year the festival secures bigger and better acts and chefs; this year they've scored Grace Jones, DJ Harvey, Andrew Weatherall, Kate Tempest and Ghost Poet. Food is a big focus here too, with London's leading street food vendors setting up shop and banquets hosted by imitable chefs. You can also indulge in a proper slap up meal at the 2 AA rosette holding Hotel Portmerion, where head chef Mark Threadgill will be cooking up a storm. festivalnumber6.com u

Festi va l No.6 he newest festival on our list, and one of the last of the summer, Festival No.6 is a cut above the rest. Set in Portmeirion in South Wales, a picturesque village built by Sir Clough

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PETAL POWER

p. 29

PRETTY IN PASTEL

p. 30

RETURN OF THE MADGE Madonna is the face of Versace for SS15. The iconic singer was shot by renowned fashion photographers Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott and models body sculpting statement pieces from the summer collection. versace.com

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st y l e C e n t r a l

Annie Leibovitz, Vogue, July 2010

Alphabet tote bags, suede and disco shoes are at the top of our must-have list this month Wo r d s c h a r l o t t e a d s e t t

VAULT COUTURE Wo r d s S T E P H A N I E K I N G

ault Couture’s purpose is exactly how it reads: to store your high fashion pieces in a safe, climatecontrolled, air-purified vault in Central London, preserving their integrity for weeks, months, or even years to come. But Vault Couture is not simply a glorified spare room; it is a revolutionary clothing concierge service. How so? The innovative company founded by Mounissa Chodieva, a perennially jet-setting business executive, also promises same day collection and delivery. Think of it as your personal Net-A-Porter, but you’re shopping your own wardrobe and using Vault Couture’s premier couriers to escort your exclusive designs to wherever in the world you need them to be. So as you whisk off to far-off destinations on a moment’s notice, your Chanel and Christian Dior can, too. This month marks the first anniversary of the launch of Vault Couture’s Virtual Vault, an iPad-/iPhonefriendly, interactive software allowing its clients to neatly see their stored items (and styling advice) on an easy-to-use digital platform. With a range of packages to suit your storing requirements, preserving your high value items in pristine condition has never been simpler. Discreet, intelligent, stress-free. Now that's high vaultage. u

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Tailor Made MAX&Co.

Fashion darling Olivia Palermo has signed up as the style ambassador for Italian fashion label Max&Co and stars in their latest summer campaign. Olivia models the collection which comprises of modern tailored ‘foundation pieces’ such as midi skirts, silk blouses and a classic trench which all fit into Olivia’s own timeless style aesthetic. For Olivia’s video style tips on creating the perfect workwear wardrobe, go to: maxandco.com

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A IS FOR ABSOLUTELY Mar y Katrantzou x Ma tc h es fa s h i o n .c o m

of the best

Queen of the digital print, Mary Katrantzou has collaborated with matchesfashion.com on an exclusive collection of alphabet tote bags, ‘Initials’, launching 22nd April 2015. Through A-Z, the 26 designs feature a different mix of architectural, graphic and abstract prints. Priced at £575, each initial bag is a limited edition run of 20. matchesfashion.com

LEOPARD PRINT The print that’s always in vogue

01

ONE TO WATCH Alice Archer

Continuing with their ethos of championing new fashion design talent, cult Mayfair boutique Browns have discovered Royal College of Art graduate Alice Archer and produced her debut capsule collection. Alice’s trademark style is the most exquisite embroidery that creates a 3-D effect. Our stand out piece is the ‘Becca’ silk maxi skirt. £2,000; brownsfashion.com

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SAY IT WITH SUEDE Victoria Beckham

Move over leather, suede is the new star of our wardrobes. This season’s most coveted fabric featured heavily in many key SS15 shows including Balenciaga, Burberry and Valentino. This chic button up shirtdress set to be a summer classic as it ticks all the modern-meets-retro trend boxes. Shirtdress, £1,150; victoriabeckham.com

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DISCO PLATFORMS Saint Laurent

Nothing quite sums up the Seventies Disco super-trend like these metallic ‘Candy’ platforms by Saint Laurent. These are show-stopping shoes to party like it’s 1979 in; team yours with sheer opaque tights and a mini dress on the dance floor. Platforms, £885; harrods.com

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01. ANNA-KARIN KARLSSON Sunglasses, £365; annakarinkarlsson.com 02. MARC CAIN Backpack, £315; marc-cain.com 03. SOPHIA WEBSTER Shoes, £300; brownsfashion.com 04. MAWI Clutch bag, £525; mawi.co.uk 05. SHRIMPS Faux fur jacket, £395; matchesfashion.com 06. CHRISTOPHER KANE Shopper bag, £750; matchesfashion.com 07. HOUSE OF HACKNEY Dress, £235; houseofhackney.com 08. CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA ‘Kitty' flats, £525; charlotteolympia.com

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FASHION / TRENDS CHARLOTTE OLYMPIA

Wedges, £795; charlotteolympia.com

OSCAR DE LA RENTA Dress, £1,775; harrods.com

P.A.R.O.S.H Skirt, £414; farfetch.com

SHOUROCK

Necklace, £460; brownsfashion.com

MARC BY MARC JACOBS, Bag, £245; harveynichols.com

DOLCE & GABBANA

FRENCH SOLE

Ballet Pumps, £120; frenchsole.com

OSCAR DE LA RENTA SS15

ERDEM,

Skirt, £545; brownsfashion.com

Dress, £1,200; net-a-porter.com

PETAL POWER

ETRO

Trousers, £345; mytheresa.com

Bold botanical prints are blooming this season B y charlot te adset t

SIMONE ROCHA

Bag, £300; brownsfashion.com

PIERRE HARDY Sandals, £712; thecorner.com

PIERS ATKINSON Headband, £570; piersatkinson.com

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Chiffon pleated dress, £660 Tibi at Net-a-porter.com Earrings worn throughout, £550 Shaun Leane ‘Albina’ shoes, £535 Bionda Castana Locket necklace, £950 and Dice bangle, £350 both Annina Vogel at Selfridges ‘Hana Hollow’ ring, £120 & ‘Divan’ ring, £320 both LeiVanKash

PRETTY IN

Strike a sweet note in this summer's sorbet shades that look good enough to eat Fashion Editor charlot te adset t P h o t o g ra p h y h e l e n mCca r d l e

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Lace shirt, £430 A.W.A.K.E. at Browns Silk midi skirt, £815 Roksanda at Net-a-Porter.com ‘Atlanta’ bow mules, £475, Bionda Castana Gemstone ring, £450 and horseshoe ring, £2,850 both Annina Vogel at Selfridges

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Knitted jumper, £360 Vintage Céline at Celestine Eleven Chiffon maxi skirt, £345 Alice + Olivia at Harrods Patent 'Lottie' box bag, £750 Charlotte Aluna ‘Leandra’ heels, £475 Bionda Castana Locket necklace, £850 Annina Vogel at Selfridges

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'Je T’Aime Jane' jumper, £275 Bella Freud at Harrods Crepe trousers, £390 Phillip Lim at Net-a-Porter.com ‘Anouk’ suede court shoes £375 Dice bangle, £350 Annina Vogel at Selfridges ‘Divan' ring, £320 LeiVanKash, other rings from £550 Annina Vogel at Selfridges

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Fashion Editor: Charlotte Adsett Photographer: Helen McCardle Model: Alisa at Profile Models Make-up: Camila Fernandez using Mac Cosmetics

Crepe top, £420 Alexander Lewis Lace skirt, £785 Giambattista Valli at Browns Faux fur clutch, £335 Shrimps at Start Boutique Locket necklace £850, dice bangle £350, rings, from £550 each, all Annina Vogel at Selfridges

Nails: Jessica Thompson using OPAT polish Hair: Leigh Keats at Premier Hair and Makeup using Baptiste Fashion assistants: Hannah Sargeant and Emily Belfiore Photographer's assistant: Luke Johnson Retouching: The Invisible Touch Shot in JJ Loft space in East London With thanks to JJ Locations www.jjlocations.com 020 7749 0500

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BARE NECESSITIES

p. 41

FITNESS CONFIDENTIAL

p. 44

SCARLET WOMAN Chanel favourite, Keira Knightley has now taken on a further role at the French fashion house as the face of their Coco Rouge lipstick line. Great news for fans of the dramatic lip. chanel.com

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08/04/2015 12:30


q&A

Primer, bronzing gel and the smell of spring; all to keep you looking fresh this May W o r d s R o m y va n d e n B r o e k e

NATURAL ENHANCEMENT The leading permanent make up specialists Wo r d s A b s o l u t e ly

How did you first get involved in the field of semi-permanent make up? I was first and foremost an advanced beauty therapist but I had my own award-winning salon which led me to perform cosmetic artistry. Working alongside leading surgeons propelled me to launch Natural Enhancement - an embodiment of all I have learnt. Why get some natural enhancement? Everyone over the age of 30 will start to lose the shape and colour of their features. We restore the natural borders and shades back into the areas that have aged and faded. Gone are the days of harsh tattooing, what we offer is very different. Soft hues are placed into the skin with the gentle application of pigment so that people’s faces look good naked – essential for busy individuals who want easy beauty. You are also one of the most prestigious training schools in the country, how long have you been teaching for? My passion is and will continue to be to raise the standard of my industry. For over ten years I have been passing my skills onto my students. I work to help them develop them into conscientious individuals and it’s so rewarding!

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES

8 of the best

ROSE GARDEN Acqua di Parma

SERUMS

Fragrance maestros, Acqua di Parma have succeeded in bottling the smell of spring with their new scent for women, Nobile Rosa. Notes of Damask and Centifolia rose dominate, but is softened with hints for amber and musk. From £87 for 125ml; acquadiparma.com

best

BUY

editor’s

PICK BRONZED BEAUTY

01

Laura Mercier

Decided to take a spring break, but want to enhance your tan into the summer? This bronzing gel from Laura Mercier glides on and can be built up at the same time as your natural tan. £26; harrods.com

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Prime your face with the new Touche Éclat blur primer from YSL beauté. Working to smooth and refine the skin’s surface for easy make up application, the light reflecting pigments mean that you could wear just this and look as radiant as ever. £29.50; yslbeauty.co.uk

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ROCK THE AGES Jo Malone

This limited edition collection of scents for women from beauty giants, Jo Malone, is ideal for those who flit between fragrances. Buy them all, at only £42 a pop, and choose from smells such as Tudor Rose and Amber or Birch and Black Pepper. jomalone.co.uk

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04 07 1. ELEMIS, Absolute Eye Serum, £30; timetospa.co.uk 2. GIVENCHY, Hydra Sparkling Serum, £45; houseoffraser.co.uk 3. NATURE BISSÉ, The Cure Pure Serum, £206; net-a-porter.com 4. SUNDAY RILEY, Bionic Anti-Aging Cream, £175; cultbeauty.co.uk 5. NUXE, Nuxellence® Detox, £47; uk.nuxe.com 6. TOM FORD, Intensive Infusion Treatment Essence, £82; harrods.com 7. CODAGE, Sérum N° 03 Radiance and Energy, £73; selfridges.com 8. VERSO, Super Facial Serum 4, £95; net-a-porter.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / PRODUCTS

EX NIHILO

Rose Hubris Eau de Parfum 50mL, £150; harrods.com

THE BASE

THE BRONZER KIEHL’S

THE FRAGRANCE

Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream, £23.50; kiehls.co.uk

CHANEL

Les Beiges SPF 15 Healthy Glow Sheer Powder, £39; johnlewis.com

THE NAIL VARNISH

THE BROW SHAPER

BOBBI BROWN

DEBORAH LIPPMANN

Natural Brow Shaper & Hair Touch Up, £16; bobbibrown.co.uk

All About That Base Base Coat, £18; selfridges.com

THE LIP BALM THE CONCEALER

SAINT LAURENT

Touche Éclat Rock Lace Limited Édition Concealer, £25; yslbeauty.co.uk

BOBBI BROWN

Lip Balm SPF 15, £16; bobbibrown.co.uk

THE PRIMER THE EYE SHADOW

SAINT LAURENT TOM FORD

Eye Color Quad in Cocoa Mirage, £63; selfridges.com

BARE NECESSITIES

THE MAKEUP BAG

This season’s essential beauty buys for a fresh spring finish

Touche Éclat Blur Primer, £29.50; yslbeauty.co.uk

THE LIPSTICK

B y R O M Y VA N D E N B R O E K E

THE MASCARA

& OTHER STORIES

LIPSTICK QUEEN

Scuba and Leather Pouch, £29; stories.com

CHANEL

Inimitable Intense Volume Length Mascara in Noir, £25; houseoffraser.co.uk

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Sheer lipstick in Medieval, £22; johnlewis.com

MAY 2015

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HEALTH XXXXXX &/ XXXXXXX BEAUTY / PROMOTION

I was asked to AMPUTATE A TOE so the foot would fit into

DESIGNER SHOES!

Doctor Who? Absolutely talks to the man behind many a face, Dr Khan I n t e r v i e w A B S O L U T E LY ABSOLUTELY: How did the Harley Street Clinic come about? DR KHAN: My wife was working in medically-based skincare and had a room in Harley Street where she saw celebrity and media clients. She suggested I start working with her one day a week to supply the demand for botox and dermal fillers. Within six months we had a full time clinic and have gone from strength to strength. AM: What is the philosophy of the clinic? DK: A light touch is our philosophy. We want you to look your best. We offer everything from a facial to a full facelift, give honest advice and never let you overdo it! AM: How do you differentiate between cases when considering surgical or nonsurgical procedures? DK: There are lots of factors to consider, including your lifestyle, health and what you want to achieve. For instance, if you have a young child to look after, full on laser resurfacing that makes you look scary for

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a week is unacceptable. We spend time during your consultation talking about your expectations and how we can achieve them. AM: Are there different benefits to both? DK: Sometimes only surgery will achieve the result you want, but some people do not want surgery, or their health may not permit it. There are always ways of improving the skin’s tone, texture and quality, and that can be as valuable as full on surgery. Ultimately, it’s the assessment that’s vital to a happy ending. AM: What is the longest surgery you’ve ever performed? DK: Fat removal and body sculpting can be take up to four hours or more. AM: If someone is determined to get a procedure, but in your expert opinion it’s not necessary, how do you deal with it? DK: We don’t do it and explain why. Unfortunately, someone somewhere may perform the procedure.

AM: In you opinion, what public figure has used surgery well? And, what about a celebrity who has taken things to far…? DK: There are many examples of good and bad surgery; Sharon Osborne for instance has openly admitted to having surgery and has looked amazing, however she may have gone a little far now. People who have had great surgery often do not admit to it. Gillian Taylforth is an example of good and appropriate procedures, she has returned to EastEnders looking younger than the son she is supposed to have given birth to 45 years ago. Gillian has had Silhouette Soft Sutures and regular facials with us. AM: What is the most common request you get? DK: To lift jowls and reduce forehead lines and crows feet. AM: What exciting innovations and techniques are you excited about? DK: Silhouette Soft Sutures have revolutionised minimally-invasive facelifting. AM: How do you stay discreet posttreatment? DK: There may be some bruising and swelling, so plan your treatments in advance so that you can keep out of sight if you want to. AM: What’s the most bizarre request you’ve ever had for surgery? DK: Toe amputation to make the foot fit into designer shoes – totally inappropriate!  The Anti-Ageing Show London takes place on the 16th and 17th of May at Olympia. Hammersmith Road, W14; london.anti-ageingshow.com

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Fitness

CONFIDENTIAL Get in shape with the top fitness trends, tips and gear Wo r d s R o m y va n d e n B r o e k e

GET HOT The best hot yoga classes in London

By Elizabeth Hut ton

Bikra m Yoga

here are many different types of hot yoga, the most famous is undoubtedly Bikram. The 26 Bikram-certified poses work to bring your mind together with your body so that after 90 minutes you feel at peace. It’s very hot. It’s very tricky. It’s very effective. The moves have a profound healing effect so if you’re feeling less than 100% this class is for you; you may even leave with a new sense of perspective. u 7 Elm Grove, SW19; bikramyogawimbledon.com T

Yotopia

mprove your strength, flexibility and energy while also reducing your risk of injury and stress at the wonderful Yotopia in Covent Garden. As one of London’s most popular hot yoga studios, Yotopia is known for it’s friendly, knowledgeable and helpful instructors. Leading you through a lovely flow of deeply stretching movements, Jennifer Potter’s class was a challenging but rewarding session that left us aching the next day. Proof that this studio know how to make you use muscles that you didn’t even know how to exist. u 13 Mercer Street, WC2H; yotopia.co.uk I

Hotp od

ou might have ordered sushi to your office before but we can bet you haven’t ever ordered a hot yoga studio. Thanks to Hotpod you now can. With their portable, inflatable, heated pods, up to 20 people can climb inside and enjoy an aerobic and cardiovascular Vinyasa Flow workout. The 37 degree heat will warm the muscles, helping to aid flexibility and deepen the meditation. You’ll emerge with a recharged energy store - ideal for beating that midday slump. u Locations all over London; hotpodyoga.com Y

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Sport Appeal We a r e H a n d s o m e

The new activewear from summer clothing brand We Are Handsome combines tropical prints, warm colour combos and looks damn good come rain or shine. We're in love. wearehandsome.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY / NOTES

8 of the best

KIND CRISPS

EARPHONES

The Giving Tree

You may have heard of kale crisps, but now you can snack on the equally tasty and healthy broccoli crisps from The Giving Tree. Each bag comes in at a mere 80 calories. givingtreesnacks.com

best

BUY BEATS BY DRE, Powerbeats2 Wireless, £169; beatsbydre.com

RUN ALONG

TED BAKER Dover in-ear Headphones with Mic/Remote, £44.95; johnlewis.com

Active in S tyle

You workout to look good so why look bad while doing it? Online activewear boutique Active in Style stock an edited selection of the best sports gear. activeinstyle.co.uk

FRENDS, Benefits Headphones and Hollywood Regency Taylor Caps, £139; nordstrom.com

BANG & OLUFSEN H6 Bronzed Hazel, £329; beoplay.com

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B AT ONE

PICK

B London Boutique

Stretch yourself properly with these stylish yoga mats from B London Boutique. Look cool at the hot yoga classes handpicked by us and choose from aztec and navajo prints. blondonboutiqe.com

MASTER & DYNAMIC Proenza Schouler Headphones, £276.62; farfetch.com

CHIC CLEANSE

URBANEARS Humlan On-ear Headphones, £44.99; selfridges.com FRENDS, Benefits Headphones and Stingray Taylor Caps, £185; avenue32.com

42 Juice

These beautifully packaged juices from 42 Juice are all raw and natural, with each packed full of nutrients and vitamins, and promise to heal you from the inside out. 42juice.com

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HAPPY PLUGS Gold Deluxe Edition In-ear Headphones, £39.99; selfridges.com

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ABSOLUTELY / PROMOTION Prioritisation, in the end, IS THE BRIDGE

BETWEEN MOTIVATION

and success

Take this scenario, which is something I've witnessed many times over the years. A person is well aware that to get the body they want they need to up their weekly training programme, yet they cannot commit because life gets in the way. Suddenly they have a big event coming up such as a birthday or a wedding, and despite life getting busier in the lead up to said event, they somehow manage to make time to work out frequently in the gym. How? It's simple. They prioritise their workouts to achieve their goals. Now, of course, sacrifices may have to be made. Making sure to get out of work on time, earlier nights, health-conscious eating and cutting down on alcohol. Even waking up earlier for a pre-work gym session. In short, exercise has become an important part of their routine. u K E Y P O I NTS

PRIORITISATION IS KEY Regular exercise is vital for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, yet most of us still aren’t active enough. How do we make a change?

I

P r i o r iti sati o n have been helping people achieve their goals for the best part of a decade. My job is to motivate and guide people, but sometimes, as is the case for all in my profession, people slip through the net and don't achieve the results they want. This can be for many reasons: a lack of self-confidence or self-motivation, no time or even just not knowing how to go about making a change. That said, sometimes, even those eager to make a change don't

get to where they want to be. Most people do realise the importance of exercise to achieve their goals, but life can get in the way. Whatever the commitment or excuse for finding the time to exercise and eat well, there are ways to turn this around, and that's through prioritisation and having realistic expectations. Even personal trainers can fluctuate with their own personal progression unless we keep ourselves driven and working towards specific targets. Prioritisation, in the end, is the bridge between motivation and success.

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• It's not just what you give up but what you take up. Find something you enjoy and do your best to prioritise it. •Plan your exercise sessions a week in advance. Book yourself onto classes and make sure you stick to them. •Find a training buddy. Support can only drive you more, and a little competition never hurt anyone. • Book a session or two with a personal trainer. We can give you tailored plans to help you achieve the best results. • Commitment is key, so stick to your plan and keep prioritising on the days you have allocated. • Above all, find time to relax. If you're sticking to your plan, a little time off will only make it all feel the more satisfying. ● VOJI N S OK K I C Health and Fitness Manager, The Hogarth Health Club, Airedale Avenue, W4; thehogarth.co.uk

MAY 2015

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ABSOLUTELY / PROMOTION The simple sandwich becomes a decedant delight in Syon Park

SOAK up the atmosphere with LIVE MUSIC and a refreshing COCKTAIL jams, cakes and breads, olives, cured meats and more. Then, head over to the Street Food Avenue and tuck into delicious cuisine from around the world. Why not try your hand at bee keeping, oyster shucking and sushi rolling in the New Tasting Theatre, and forage for herbs to create healthy cocktails or booze infused canapés. The Cake and Bake Theatre hosts London’s best bakers who will be teaching aspiring cake connoisseurs 3D cake modelling, chocolate making and sugar craft skills. After a day of feasting and fun, soak up the bustling atmosphere on the grass, as live music, refreshing cocktails and Pimms from the Giant Pimms Teapot and Galleon Mojito bars will certainly help you to relax. And with a chilli eating competition and Picnic in the Park masterclasses in the Children's Cookery Theatre, everyone is sure to have an impossibly tasty day out. ◆

FOODIE FUN

Celebrate the arrival of summer with a local craft beer

The ultimate festival of food and drink is coming to Syon Park. Think: Champagne masterclasses and chilli eating competitions.

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oodies Festival sets up camp in Syon Park this May Bank Holiday, and we are giving away VIP tickets. Enjoy a plethora of Michelin-starred food from celebrity chefs, masterclasses, produce from artisan producers, and more street food than you can shake a satay stick at. Pull up a pew in the Chef’s Theatre and watch MasterChef champion Ping Coombes cook her favourite dishes from the series before trying them for yourself at her Malaysian pop-up. Michelin-star chef Jesse Dunford Wood of PARLOUR, TV chef Aldo Zilli, Adam Handling of Adam Handling at Caxton, Matt

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Robinson of The Bluebird, Michael Weiss from Quaglinos, Steve Drakes of Drakes and Richard Kirkwood of The Wright Brothers will also cook their signature recipes for you to try and recreate at home. The Champagne and Craft Beer Theatre invites you to attend a masterclass with experts Charles Metcalfe and Neil Phillips, who will guide you through British sparkling wine and the finest vino of the season. Or, learn the best food pairings for your favourite brew from beer expert Melissa Cole. Sample produce from more than 200 artisan producers at the Producers Market, where companies will be selling their award-winning cheeses, sauces and

WIN VIP TICKETS TO FOODIES FESTIVAL

u To celebrate Foodies Festival’s 10th anniversary we are giving away five pairs of VIP tickets. As a VIP you will start your day with a glass of bubbly, attend a food and drink masterclass, receive full use of the VIP area and take home a goody bag. For your chance to win send your name and contact details to: info@zest-media.com; foodiesfestival.com/syon-park

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SOUL FOOD Wisconsin-born, London-based chef Tim Anderson won MasterChef in 2011 because of his ability to temper bold ingredients. Now he’s written up 100 of his most soulful Japanese recipes into his inaugral cookbook, Nanban, and we love it. £25; waterstones.com

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A Great Match Wine and food pairings for the month of May B y J a n e Pa r k i n s o n

Crab cakes

he succulent and fruity nature of crab meat makes it a no-brainer match with dry and crisp whites or dry and fruity rosés. When it’s served fishcake-style, though, the wine needs to be especially fresh to cut through the richness of the oil in which it’s been deep-fried, but also needs to be fruity enough to match the chilli sauce that’s often served on the side. Austrian’s signature white grape is a great option because it’s dry, zingy and fruity and is fantastic value for money, Signature Grüner Veltliner 2013 £6.99, Morrisons.  T

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amb is actually one of the most versatile meats when it comes to pairing with different wines. When it’s roasted with rosemary and garlic you could go all out with a big Tuscan red like a Brunello di Montalcino or you could try a delicious blend of grapes from the south of France, where you can pick up a serious bargain. This one, made from Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre grapes, is so fruity and herbal it’s crying out for roast lamb, Tesco Finest St-Chinian 2013, £8.99.  L

Chocol ate & nuts

here are far too many scare stories out there about matching wine with chocolate, but it can be really a successful pairing, and both with dry and sweet wines. However, when it comes to milk or dark chocolate covered in nuts, or honeycomb, or both, there is one hedonistic match, and that’s a Rutherglen Muscat from Australia. For a gooey but fresh one that’s full of honeyed, toffee loveliness, try Campbell’s Rutherglen Muscat, £12.49, Waitrose.  T

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From the 22nd to the 25th May, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will be serving a specially crafted feast to celebrate the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Each dish will be artfully constructed to replicate garden scenes. Park Lane, W1K; alainducasse-dorchester.com

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Foodie It girl and columist for The Independent Anna Barnett, who counts Nicholas Grimshaw and Henry Holland among her pals, has released her first cookery book, Eat the Week. The recipes look banging to say the least. £17.99; murdochbooks.co.uk

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oming all the way from Islington, Smokehouse has opened up shop in Chiswick and is already impressing the locals. The restaurant-cumpub is the brainchild of Executive Chef Neil Rankin and has opened up on Sutton Lane North in what was formerly a local watering hole. Rankin oversees the menu, with a particular focus on quality meat, which he sources from small scale farms outside of the city and butchers fresh on-site. What a guy.  C

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FOOD & DRINK / RESTAURANT REVIEW Bo Ssam pork belly is a WINNING COMBINATION of apple and pork and the FIERY MARINADE KEPT IT CLASSIC but with a CLEVER KOREAN TWIST

Seoul Food

Absolutely indulges in hybrid Korean fare at new restaurant Jinjuu on Kingly Street in Soho

– thighs or wings – served with spicy Gochujang Red sauce and Jinjuu Black Soy sauce for dipping. The meat and batter combo was succulent and deliciously salty. That said, the only thing making it ‘Korean fried chicken’ were the aforementioned sauces. We then tucked into a platter of Bo Ssam pork belly. Twice-cooked Black Berkshire pork belly came generously coated in a dweng-jang and gochujang glaze and served with a side of apple cabbage kimchi. Taking the winning combination of apple and pork and adding in the fiery marinade kept it classic but with a clever Korean twist. Then we tucked into a bibimbap bowl; this traditional dish is comprised of fresh white rice, seasonal vegetables and your choice of meat – we went for Bulgogi marinated beef fillet – before being topped off with a fried egg and a drizzle with tangy Gochujang sauce. It could’ve done with a little more sauce, but the thinly sliced beef was tender, tasty and worked beautifully with the different elements of the bowl. We skipped dessert, which I regret in hindsight, but after such a feast of fried and fiery dishes, our stomachs could take no more. I guess I’ll just have to go back. u

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aving explored the many culinary delights of New Malden, the Korean area of London, I was a little skeptical about eating at Jinjuu. I like authentic Korean, but I knew not to expect that here. Translated, the Kingly Street Korean restaurant's moniker means Pearl, a seemingly unrelated name but pretty nonetheless. The inaugural restaurant from celebrity chef Judy Joo has brought refined, hybrid Korean food to the centre of London. We started our feast with the kong bowl; a full bowl of steamed edamame topped with the most moreish Jinjuu chilli panko mix

imaginable. The Sae-woo pops – skewered crispy fried prawn cakes – were, sadly, a little flavourless, but the accompanying gochujang mayonnaise was totally addictive. The Jinjuu carnitas fries were ordered our of sheer curiosity: the menu's description reads, “Korean-Mexican Disco Fries,” but left little to be desired. They were nothing more than soggy chips slathered in too much kimchi and topped, bizarrely, with grated mature cheddar. The tuna tartare however, was beautiful. Slices of raw tuna came seasoned with soy and ginger, and finished with jalapeno and shallot salsa. Then came the bigger plates: we began by sharing the signature Jinjuu chicken, The Jin Chick. A portion of Korean-fried chicken

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> MOUNTAIN HIGH: GEMMA BILLINGTON DISCOVERS GSTAAD p. 56 UK GETAWAY: THE VINEYARD SPA

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THE HILLS ARE ALIVE We find out what Julie Andrews' favourite place has to offer in summertime, as Gemma Billington goes on an Alpine adventure to Gstaad. Glacier walks, chocolate factories and remote cabins are just the beginning...

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hy would you go to Gstaad in summer? I had been posed this question before setting off on my brief, mid-July sojourn to the idyllic Alpine village, and during the train journey from Berne airport through the picturesque Swiss landscape, I had time to ponder it. True, it was a few degrees cooler here than the London I’d left behind (typical) and the chalets did seem to have something amiss without their snow-covered roofs and icicles, but Gstaad outside of ski season is certainly not without its charms. For one thing, Switzerland is visually stunning in summer. The alpine peaks are still dusted in snow but the land flourishes with spring flowers. Everything is a lush shade of green, and great plumes of cloud seem to tumble down the mountains. The two-hour train journey simply flew by, with the glorious views providing ample distraction.

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Gstaad’s motto is: ‘Come up, slow down’ alluding to its leisurely pace and high altitude. Actress Julie Andrews, who owns a holiday home in the area, describes it as the “last paradise in a crazy world.” Along with Andrews, a plethora of famous dignitaries have chosen Gstaad as their holiday getaway, and looming over the centre of town is the retreat of choice for the world’s elite: the famous Gstaad Palace hotel. Chugging into the quaint train station, a chauffeur in immaculate Gstaad Palace uniform doffs his peaked cap and imperceptibly takes my cases from me. A lift to the hotel is welcome but somewhat superfluous; the Palace is mere minutes away and is visible from practically every angle with its castle-like structure and extravagant towers. The Palace may look imposing on the outside, but once inside it’s as cosy and intimate as any alpine chalet. The interior decor is a tasteful Swiss palette of subtle check, muted colours and traditional wooden

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TRAVEL / WANDERLUST furniture. A small balcony jutting off my spacious bedroom provides views across the village and a personal sanctuary in which to sit back, take in the sublime surroundings, and relax. Gstaad Palace opened in December 1913 and, following a hugely successful inaugural skiing season, the building was extended the following year. The hotel has survived two World Wars and ensuing economic turmoil, and has been managed by the Scherz family for nearly 80 years. After the Second World War, international music stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Édith Piaf and Louis Armstrong held exclusive concerts at the Palace, and the hotel has attracted Hollywood stars and royalty throughout its history, welcoming everyone from Paul McCartney to Princess Diana. Rumour has it that Michael Jackson, friend of Palace regular Liz Taylor (whose husband-at-the-time Richard Burton said they “only felt home in Gstaad”), enquired about purchasing the Palace, simply because he “liked the castle.” The hotel is still synonymous with celebrity clientele and there’s a distinct air of

glamour to it, particularly inside the retro Greengo night club, which opened in the 1970s. But the Palace embodies a relaxed, intimate atmosphere, and it’s this plus an unrivalled personal service that keeps guests – celebrity or otherwise – coming back year after year. But what is Gstaad’s appeal outside of skiing season? Well, for starters, summer may be the one time you’re physically able to stay in the Palace – its winter season sells out months in advance. However, another attraction is that, unlike other alpine resorts, Gstaad is very much open over summer, and there’s a host of cultural and sporting activity. Most famous is the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open tennis tournament, which

The Palace embodies a RELAXED, intimate ATMOSPHERE that keeps GUESTS COMING BACK year after year takes place in late July and this year celebrates its centenary. The Palace is a family-friendly place, hosting a kid’s summer tennis tournament and offering family-friendly packages throughout the season, including a delightful Willy Wonka-inspired excursion with a trip to legendary chocolate factory Maison Cailler. For active types who can pry themselves away from the Palace’s restaurants, bar, pretty terrace area or award-winning spa, there’s an Olympicsized outdoor heated pool (one of the first to be built in Switzerland), an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, Pilates studio and gym. The mild summer temperatures and majestic views are perfect for nature lovers who can indulge in woodland walks, hikes and biking, plus a highly-recommended outing to the nearby Glacier 3000, which has even more high-altitude rambles and simply breathtaking views. For adrenaline junkies (or hard-to-please teenagers) the Palace can organise high-octane activities like paragliding, jeep safaris and even river rafting.

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Another must-do is a visit to the Palace-owned Walig Hut, a traditional Swiss cabin 1,700 metres above the village of Gsteig, originally built in 1786. With little but the dulcet chimes of cowbells for company, Walig Hut makes a whimsical lunchtime or dinner excursion (traditional Swiss fondue is cooked by a private chef, followed by a shot of fiery Kirsch) or even a romantic overnight stay. Condé Nast Traveller awarded it Best Wilderness Hotel in 2013, and it’s easy to see why. One of my last excursions organised by the Palace was a horse drawn carriage ride around Gstaad. Our guide (born and bred in Gstaad) was infectiously enthusiastic, not to mention thoroughly knowledgeable. As the afternoon began to give way to evening, we trotted through the pristine town centre, where cars are forbidden and the Chanel and Louis Vuitton boutiques are ensconced in pretty, traditional chalet designs. Outside of the centre, at the grassy feet of the mountains, our guide told stories of growing up in Gstaad and pointed out her childhood home. In a moment of utter tranquillity, I deemed Gstaad to be the most romantic, idyllic and serene place on earth. So, why would you visit it in summer? My answer is, why would you not?  Rates start from £348 (490CHF) in a Single Classic room (per room and night including half-board, all taxes and service) and from £525 (740CHF) for a Double Small Room. For further information and reservations call (+41) 33 748 50 00 or visit: palace.ch

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he Vineyard Spa is, unsurprisingly, a haven for Epicureans. The hotel and spa is owned by the Michael family, who also preside over the Peter Michael winery in Knights Valley in California. The hotel is inspired by the Judgement of Paris, a famous wine tasting in 1976 that saw Californian wine surpass classic French wines in a blind tasting held by British wine merchant, Steven Spurrier. The hotel displays a large-scale painting of the notorious tasting, also by the same title, which united some of the wine world’s most influential wine writers and journalists. The hotel prides itself on its impressive private art collection, as well as its 3,000 bins, with around 100 of them available to taste by the glass.

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he “5 Bubbles” spa is nice, but it’s definitely not the hotel’s focal point. The swimming pool isn’t great for swimming in, as it’s round and quite small, but the palm tree-framed atrium in which it is set is glorious on a sunny day. The treatment rooms, although airy and light, are equally unexceptional, which is by no means a comment on the service you’ll receive: The therapists are welcoming and thorough, with customer service clearly at the forefront of their training. We went all-out, first indulging in a pedicure, which incorporated paraffin wax treatment and high quality Mavala nail polishes. Then came the massage; let's ignore the irritating, predictable muzak, because the masseuse was competent and responded to each and every knot in my back. This, combined with the delicious Darphin oils used was so good and relaxed me so much that I had to take a nap afterwards.

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ne of the best things about the hotel is the restaurant. Go all out and opt for the wine tasting menu; each delectable course comes with a sip of Californian wine and a sip of French wine so you can partake in your very own version of the Judgement of Paris. Head chef Daniel Galmiche believes, “Eating out is one of the greatest pleasures of life. I have made it my mission to communicate this.” There’s no doubt that he’s succeeded in his quest, even for my vegetarian companion, who was resigned to the belief that French chefs just don’t do vegetarian food. Not the case, as the seven-course menu was altered to suit her tastes. Meat or no meat, we were both very impressed.

THE DAMAGE Rooms start from £194 per night. The Vineyard, Stockcross, Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8JU; 01635 898 103; the-vineyard.co.uk

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CALIFORNIA CALLING Their first foray into interior design, Rodarte’s new collection for the The Rug Company marries high couture with an ethereal dose of West Coast cool. ‘Cobalt’, £1,535 per sq m, by Rodarte, for The Rug Company; therugcompany.com

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DESIGN WEEK

Junior Vintage Leather Brass Studded Armchair, £945; alexanderandpearl.co.uk

Clerkenwell

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PICK SPRING TO LIFE Habitat

Habitat’s new SS15 collection incorporates mixed mediums, handmade items and pared down geometrics to create a striking and textured style that works anywhere from the bedroom to the patio. We particularly love their woven pendant shades. habitat.co.uk

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‘Elipse’ collection, from €1115 per sq m excl. tax; taiping.com

Pendant Light with Copper Shades, POA; roseuniacke.com

MUT DESIGN

‘Float’ collection, €23,843.64; mutdesign.com

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Bourgie’ lamp, by Ferrucio Laviani, £322; amara.com

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‘Sol’ and ‘Luna’ fragrances, £55 for 350g; roullierwhite.com

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Blue Dot Real Good Chair, from £139; heals.co.uk

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‘Still’ collection, by Formafantasma, for Lobmeyr, prices vary; lobmeyr.at

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‘A Superb Lacquered Copper Coffee Table on Floating Plinth 1980s’, £4,200; talismanlondon.

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Are your cherished pictures hanging on the wall looking a little tired or outdated? Spring clean your walls at Snappy Snaps and receive 20% off canvases and frames. Simply bring your cherished old or damaged canvases and photo frames to the store and they will archive these, print new ones with updated or restored images and give you the 20% discount. 182 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PP, 020 8994 0854 snappysnaps.co.uk

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Angie’s Little Food Shop is the UK’s sole stockist of a range of hand-made, handpainted South African ceramics from a collection of artists including Janet Lightbody and Gemma Orkin. Janet’s eccentric and humorous collection includes this mouse cheese platter. 114 Chiswick High Road, W4 1PU angieslittlefoodshop.com

KINDLE STOVES With the rocketing price of fuel, having a wood burner installed into the heart of your home is set to become more and more popular. Family run Kindle Stoves in Teddington supply and install stoves approved by DEFRA to burn in Smoke Controlled Areas and offer the latest in cleanburn, high efficiency stoves. To bring a living fire to the heart of your home call 0208 973 3995 or visit the showroom 10am - 5.30pm Mon Fri and 10am - 5pm Sat; kindlestoves.co.uk

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CURTAIN CALL Curtain Call on Friars Stile Road, just a stone’s throw from Richmond Park, have lots of ways for you to bring the deer into your home! Large floor cushion, lovely scatter cushions, throws and doorstops, and, if you want to take them away with you, wash bags, laptop cases and hip flasks! 020 8332 6250; curtain-call.co.uk

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Spring has well and truly sprung – making us pine for exotic summer shores. For those of us who can’t jet off quite yet, why not add a touch of tropical charm to your English garden with House of Hackney’s printed deckchairs? Paradise feels closer already. £215; houseofhackney.com

Summer blooms once again at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Meander through the famed flower show and see stunning gardens and impossibly beautiful colours while getting in some of the very best people-watching and celebrity-spotting. 19-23 May; rhs.org.uk

ROSA ‘SKYLARK’ ith its perfect pink globes of massed petals, the Rosa ‘Skylark’ is a classic variety of English rose that works well alongside bronze Fennel, Clematis recta and Veronicastrum ‘Fascination’. The beautiful colour fades from a deep pink at the beginning to a lilac with a bright white centre which is a truly stunning thing to see. kategouldgardens.com

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The Scent of Summer etersham Horticultural Society will be sharing their how-to knowledge and advice to help you create a garden that not only looks great but smells amazing. An often-neglected sensual element, choosing flowers, herbs and shrubs for their scent can have a huge impact on how peaceful and relaxing your outside space is. 19 May; petershamnurseries.com

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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 requirements 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 9:30am Thursday, 30th April 2015 9:30am Wednesday, 10th June 2015 To register your attendance at one of our open mornings, please phone 0208 846 9153 or mail secretary@rpps.co.uk

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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, 6th May 2015 9:15am Wednesday, 20th May 2015 9:15am Wednesday, 24th June 2015 To register your attendance at one of our open mornings, please phone 020 8948 5999 or mail secretary@kgps.co.uk

Kew Green Preparatory School

Layton House, Ferry Lane, Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3AF

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Billieblush is the go-to label for modern-day princesses, and if the latest collection is anything to go by, icecream colours reign supreme for SS15. Girly but in a good way, pastel hues are paired with brighter sorbet shades for an overall sugar-rush effect. Available at designerchildrenswear.com

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his is our investment buy of the month. Beautifully crafted by French brand Charlie Crane, the chair comes with a light, curved wooden frame made from eco-friendly European beech (buying for kids needn’t mean buying tacky plastics). The Liberty-esque flower-print seat cushion (which affixes neatly but securely with velcro) is 100% cotton, and there’s a padded strap to keep wriggly babies from rocking themselves out of their comfort zone. Machine washable and super manoeuvrable, its suitable from newborn to seven months. The natural rocking motion soothes and comforts baby and the portability means you can easily keep her near. Also available in Frou Frou Pink, Gentle White and Aruba Blue. ◆ LEVO Baby Rocker in Frou Frou Blue, £170; nubie.co.uk

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SMALL TALK Keep your kid looking fresh this spring in the hottest fashion finds

ROCK & ROLL

Kids clothing brand Marie-Chantal have gone gaga for Fifties styling this season. Pieces from the collection include this piped dress, available in a gorgeous bright coral or citrus colour in both kids and baby sizes. Think Mad Men but mini. Piped dress (size 3-12 years), £185; mariechantal.co.uk

HOPPING MAD

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Mamas and Papas have teamed up with fashion forward bunny Fifi Lapin on a spring/summer collection for 0-4 year-olds. Among the range you’ll find a quilted chambray jacket, a printed sweater, a gingham pocket dress and, of course, Fifi herself. £12.95; mamasandpapas.com

Greenberry Kids

Bringing the sweetest South Korean baby brands to London, Greenberry Kids’ have a curated selection of clothes that will make your kid the envy of every fashionconcious child in town. greenberrykids.com

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Alex Theophanous The founder of online kids boutique alexandalexa.com talks family life, style & work in Richmond ale x an dal e x a.c o m

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO GO LOCALLY AS A FAMILY?

“We’ve discovered The Victoria Pub just near Richmond Park, in Sheen. Shhhh....don’t tell anyone, but the food there is amazing!”

WHAT GAVE YOU THE IDEA TO START AN ONLINE KID’S BOUTIQUE? “Well there was that sudden realisation that I would have to take my two out of control under-five-year-olds, in my car, to Selfridges to buy some of the brands that I liked. Just the idea of parking my car, chasing them around the department store and then the commute home was enough to fill me with fear. So, Alex and Alexa was born. Now their bedroom is the changing room...”

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT LIVING IN RICHMOND?

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT?

“Launching Global Kids Fashion Week in 2013 was a massive success. It took 6 months of planning, and a team of young talented people working all the hours, but in the end we created and launched a 40 minute runway show that was streamed globally to our customer base, showcasing the coolest kid’s fashion on the planet!”

WHAT IS YOUR TOP TIP FOR BALANCING WORK AND FAMILY?

“It would be easy to mention the beauty of Richmond Park, so I won’t. I love that I can drop my kids off at the German School in Petersham, and then walk up the road to Richmond Station. Not perfect in the winter, but it is WOW in the summer.”

“Recruit the best management team that you can trust, then empower them to run the show”

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Advice for students and parents on picking the best kind of holiday tuition before exam season starts

he epithet of last month’s column focusing on the T need for balance in the build up to stressful public exams, should not be lost in their aftermath. Post exam leave and the long summer break should absolutely provide respite from arduous hours in the library. Of course steam must be let off and of course heady summer nights will be at the forefront of most teenagers’ priorities. And rightly so – they have worked incredibly hard (we hope) and should be rewarded for their efforts. I still vividly remember the post-GCSE holiday that my friends and I were let loose on… it was almost considered a rite of passage. Eleven weeks, give or take, is a considerable chunk of free time. Having spent so much time focusing on academics, it should be used as valuable period to align interests and skills. Encourage your child to balance their socialising with time to be productive and achieving – whether undertaking work experience, attending a sports camp, visiting a language school or perhaps becoming involved in local voluntary work. By broadening their horizons in this way, teenagers will not only learn the hugely valuable skill of balancing work and play, but with their achievements their confidence will flourish and they will relish the parties even more. 

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emember the slow food movement? A reaction against mass-produced, air-freighted food led to a minor revolution. Well, now we have slow education. One of its promoters is Mike Grenier, an English teacher and housemaster at Eton who cofounded the movement. Grenier says: “It struck me that the model of processing people through exams with narrow ideas about teaching, was mimicking the worst aspects of a McDonald’s production line.” He became interested in creating a model for education that makes time for creative teaching and learning. It is less about teaching to the test and more about allowing children to think independently. It advocates long-term projects to allow children to experiment – and sometimes to fail as they learn. Matthew Moss High School, a mixed comprehensive in Rochdale, signed up to the movement 18 months ago and so far, it’s a great success. Three lessons a week have been freed up in years 7

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and 8 to give students time to develop projects they are really interested in. At the end, a viva examination explores their knowledge and understanding. The school has also developed a scheme whereby younger students volunteer to attend classes given by sixth-form pupils. The topics they teach aren’t connected to the exam syllabus; they are just of personal interest to the student teacher. Some critics query whether such ‘project-based learning’ is a return to the bad old days of the 1970s when children were left with gaping holes in their factual knowledge. But Grenier robustly refutes this, saying that slow education is avowedly not anti-academic. “We’re not progressive,” says Grenier. “The academic is fundamental. We also believe in teaching people how to do stuff. It is about producing self-reliant children and adults. In fact, it could be seen as highly academic, since it values learning for its own sake rather than for where it could lead.”  sloweducation.co.uk

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A bright and beautifully proportioned Victorian family home (236 sq m/2,538 sq ft appox.), full of character and charm and flooded with natural light. The house is extremely well balanced and can be accessed at the raised and lower ground floors. 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (2 en suite), kitchen, dining room, reception room, kitchenette, utility room, garden. EPC Rating E.

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A beautifully presented three bedroom maisonette (109 sq m/1,171 sq ft approx.) converted from the upper floors of this substantial Victorian terraced house. The flat boasts a full width reception room featuring three large windows, high ceilings and feature fireplace. 3 bedrooms, reception room, kitchen, bathroom, shower room, storage. EPC Rating D.

A well presented spacious garden flat (80 sq m/859 sq ft approx.) converted from an imposing Victorian terrace house. The flat is accessed either by its own private entrance or through the communal building. 2 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, shower room, kitchen, reception room/ dining area, utility/storage, south facing garden. EPC Rating D.

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An immaculately presented family home has been completely refurbished to a very high standard throughout. The property boasts two floors of reception space, with plenty of room for entertainment. 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (2 en suite), reception room, study, kitchen/dining room, garden. EPC Rating E.

A stunning warehouse apartment that has been fully refurbished with lift access and underground parking in this iconic building in West London. This apartment is arranged over 2,000 sq ft and offers very unusual lateral living space. 3 bedrooms, en suite bathroom, en suite shower room, cloakroom, open plan reception/kitchen/dining room, private parking, lift. EPC Rating F.

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This classic flat fronted Victorian home is only moments from the open space of Ravenscourt Park and Ravenscourt Park tube station. Offered in excellent condition benefitting west facing garden and detached garden studio/office.

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£1,100,000 Freehold

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• Three double bedrooms • Further nursery/office • Two bathrooms

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Ashlar Court comprises an elegant Grade II listed three-storey early 20th century building arranged around a central, south facing courtyard. The Ballroom apartment is 1400 sqft with a stunning vaulted reception area.

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£850,000 Leasehold plus S of F

A spacious and newly refurbished two double bedroom garden flat in this convenient and popular residential location only moments from the Chiswick High Road and Stamford Brook tube station (District Line).

• Excellent residential location just off Chiswick High Road • Walking distance of Stamford Brook and Turnham Green tube stations

• West facing garden • Two double bedrooms • Two bathrooms

• Cellar • Side access • EPC rating = E

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y childhood dream was to be a criminal lawyer. Coming from a family of lawyers and with an uncle featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's “most successful lawyer” with 245 successive murder acquittals, I thought it seemed like a very exciting job! After finishing school, I went on to do a degree in Hospitality Management before giving in to my passion for property. Having moved house a number of times during my childhood, I recall the days of house hunting with my parents as well as the exciting build of one of our homes. My dad often tells me that one of my most used phrases as a child, particularly while looking out of the car window was “you could do a lot with that house”! Having grown up in Dublin’s fair city, I made the exciting move to London and am now into my seventh year with Bective in Brook Green. The area reminds me a lot of Ireland, with its strong sense of community and village-like feel. We see a lot of young families drawn to the great schools and safe atmosphere, as well as young professionals attracted to the blend of boutique stores, gastro pubs and great transport links. For more than six years, I have watched the market go from strength to strength with prices growing each year and the price per square foot now exceeding £1,100. I am very confident the Brook Green market will continue to prosper, provided sellers listen to honest and experienced local agents.

grew up in a picture postcard village called Brill on the Oxfordshire/Buckinghamshire border. It comes complete with windmill and is well known for being the hideout of the Great Train Robbers. Growing up in the countryside fed my love for animals, and when I was small I wanted to be a vet, anything that stood still long enough would be bandaged like a mummy in no time! Before I worked in estate agency, I ran a livery yard full of very high maintenance and expensive event horses. After breaking too many bones, and getting fed up with being cold, wet and covered in mud all the time, I decided to move to London and see what opportunities it held. I’d always had an interest in houses, particularly listed and period properties; the history, stories and lives that have been lived in them fascinate me. Knowing this, my brother, who was working in recruitment at the time, sent me for an interview with a lovely independent firm in Fulham. They offered me the job as lettings negotiator and it went from there! I have worked in Brook Green for the past five years and loved seeing it grow and prosper during that time. I love the village feel the most. In Brook Green you can easily forget you are in London. I treasure walking my labrador, Tam, on the Green at lunchtime and meeting lots of familiar faces doing the same thing. It really is a wonderful place to work. The current market is very exciting, we have lots of serious applicants looking to move quickly, the market is fast paced, properties are in demand and prices are on the rise. Now is the time to strike!

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Corringway, W5 This spacious four bedroom detached family home is located in the desirable Haymills Estate offering well arranged family accommodation and has undergone a complete refurbishment programme in 2014. Superb patio and garden with private garage and forecourt parking. EPC: D

Guide Price £1,399,950 Freehold • Detached family Home • Four Bedrooms, Three Bathrooms • Off Street Parking, Garage • Underfloor Heating • Refurbished 2014

Hamptons Ealing Sales. 020 8454 7605 | Lettings. 020 8567 9647

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Crofton Avenue, London, W4 A lovely end of terrace four bedroom family house in this modern development in Chiswick. The house boasts off street parking for two cars, utility room, eat in kitchen and rear reception room, four bedrooms, three bathrooms and a rear garden. EPC: D

£1,299,000 Freehold • 4 Bedroom Semi Detached House • 3 Bathrooms • Garden • Private Parking • 1676 Approx Sq Ft

Hamptons Chiswick Sales. 020 8454 7601 | Lettings. 020 8454 7603

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www.kerrandco.com Coningham Road, W12 £665,000 Share of FH A fantastic two bedroom split level flat occupying the top two floors of this impressive Victorian building providing in excess of 920 square feet. The property offers spacious and naturally light accommodation and is centrally located for ease of access to the broad spectrum of facilities Shepherd’s Bush offers.

Sulgrave Road, W6 £499,950 LH A truly lovely first floor flat within this impressive period mansion block. Sympathetically refurbished over the years, it benefits from being naturally light and spacious and has in excess of 560 sq ft of accommodation. The property is within easy access of local facilities in Hammersmith Broadway and Shepherd’s Bush Westfields shopping complex.

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www.kerrandco.com Cathnor Road, W12 £450,000 LH An extremely well presented raised ground floor, one bedroom flat with well proportioned rooms and high ceilings. This stylish flat offers a large double bedroom, a generous reception room with exposed brick chimney, original cornice and stripped pine sash bay windows, a well appointed kitchen and bathroom. This is certainly one not to be missed.

Devonport Road, W12 £925,000 Share of FH A contemporary three bedroom, three bathroom flat occupying the ground and lower ground floors of this newly built Victorian styled building. The property offers in excess of 1,300 sq. ft. of accommodation and provides light and spacious living over two floors. Situated at the north end of Devonport Road, it is close to all the facilities that Shepherd’s Bush has to offer.

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GRAHAM ROAD, W4

ÂŁ1,150,000

An immaculately presented four bedroom semi detached family house offering an excellent balance of living space and entertaining space | Luxury master suite | Three further double bedrooms | Luxury bathroom | Downstairs WC | Living room | Fully integrated kitchen | 19' Breakfast room | Hard wood floors | Private south facing garden | Ideally situated in this tree lined residential street offering convenience for Turnham Green and Chiswick Park tube stations and the shops and restaurants of Chiswick High Road.

PRIORY AVENUE, W4

ÂŁ499,950

A rare opportunity to acquire this first floor conversion flat set within a Grade II listed house on one of Bedford Parks premier roads | 1/2 Bedrooms | 14'Reception Room | Fully fitted kitchen | Luxury bathroom | Host of original features | Communal roof terrace and landscaped garden | Share in the freehold | Ideally situated in this prestigious tree lined residential road offering close proximity to Turnham Green Station and the extensive shopping and restaurant facilities and Chiswick High Road.

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GAINSBOROUGH ROAD, W4

ÂŁ1,000,000

A fantastic opportunity to purchase this recently renovated split-level apartment ideally situated in Chiswick's sought after Bedford Park area | Three double bedrooms | Luxury bathroom | Luxury shower room | Open plan kitchen | Private entrance | Share of freehold | The property has been finished to the highest standard and offers close proximity to Chiswick High Road's shops, cafes & restaurants | Transport links include Stamford Brook and Turnham Green Stations and the 94 bus route.

BINDEN ROAD, W12

ÂŁ1,750,000

An elegant three storey semi detached period house offering an excellent balance of livingand entertaining space and close to all amenities. Luxury master suite, Three further bedrooms, Two further bathrooms, Two reception rooms, Bespoke fully integrated kitchen / breakfast room, Utility room / basement, Under floor heating, Private 40' South facing landscaped garden with garden lighting by moonlight design, Immaculate order throughout. Ideally located in this prestigious residential road offering close proximity to all amenities. No chain.

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Prime Purchase Wolseley Gardens, W4 £1,300,000 Freehold

Wingate Road, W6 £2,250,000 Freehold

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ingate Road is one of the most popular and fashionable roads within the Brackenbury Village area, comprising attractive semi detached houses whilst being moments from the open space of Ravenscourt Park and Ravenscourt Park tube station. The property is a classic flat fronted pastel painted terrace house

offered in excellent condition throughout and benefitting from a west facing garden and detached garden studio. Hall, double reception room, cloaks, kitchen/ conservatory dining room leading out to rear garden. On the upper floors are three bedrooms, family bathroom and first floor master bedroom with en suite bathroom. Andrew Nunn & Associates 020 8995 1500; andrewnunnassociates.co.uk

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spectacular four bedroom Victorian home which has been beautifully refurbished throughout, with fixtures and fittings of the highest quality and a 69ft garden. Located in the Fauconberg Village area, this stunning family home is a turnkey opportunity, situated on a prime local road close to Gunnersbury tube, Chiswick station, the River Thames, Chiswick House and Grounds. Excellent local amenities and Chiswick High Road are within close proximity. KFH, Chiswick 020 8987 0090; kfh.co.uk

Montpelier Row, TW1 £3,850,000

2 Kew Bridge, W4

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timeless features blend with contemporary fittings for a perfectly balanced interior. Properties have underfloor heating, bespoke kitchens, fitted wardrobes, and selected apartments have the added luxury of fully fitted walk-in dressing rooms. Featherstone Leigh, Chiswick: 020 8994 6567 Kew: 020 8940 7676 featherstoneleigh.co.uk

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his ten bedroom, Grade II listed four storey Georgian House was built in 1724. The house has retained a wealth of original features and measures circa 4552 sq ft gross internal and the west facing rear garden is 75ft in length. Highlights include the large reception room, dining room and kitchen/ breakfast room and private parking. John D Wood & Co. 020 8940 6611, johndwood.co.uk

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Summerlands Ave, W3

ÂŁ950,000

A beautiful completely refurbished four bedroom home well presented throughout and ideal for a growing family or buy to let investor. This property has been fully extended in to the loft and benefits from an Ensuite bathroom, three generous bedrooms on the first floor, with family bathroom and on the ground floor a fantastic through reception opening out to a landscaped garden and a modern kitchen.

Friars Place Lane, W3

ÂŁ1,145,000

Set back from the road, this fantastic 5 bedroom, four bathroom terraced house is located on a prime residential road on the popular Goldsmith Estate. Ideal for a large or growing family, the property provides excellent off street parking and has been fully renovated through out to a high standard and extended into the loft. Coming onto the market with no upper chain and in a sort after location.

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Maldon Road, W3

ÂŁ1,350,000

A stunning and well presented five bedroom period property situated on one of Acton's premier residential roads. Ideal for a growing family or buy to let investment, this family home boasts two impressive receptions with feature fireplace and high ceilings, separate dining area with french doors leading onto the garden and a fully fitted kitchen.

Westbourne Ave, W3

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A stunning and beautifully presented four bedroom terraced period property, situated on one of Acton's premier residential roads. Ideal for a growing family, this property offers over 1627 sq ft of accommodation space and includes a charming large reception with high ceilings and period features, a stunning modern kitchen diner, four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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with... MANI SHEIBANI Sales Manager at Featherstone Leigh, Chiswick 020 8996, 6567 featherstoneleigh.co.uk

Welcome back JUSTIN KNIGHT Bective, Brook Green 020 7603, 5181 bective.co.uk

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Most satisfying transaction I’ve had: We were one of four agents instructed to sell a stunning period property on Ravenscourt Road, which we got despite its Hammersmith and Fulham postcode. From the outset we were thoroughly proactive and we ended up selling the property, for a healthy sum.

I never thought I’d see: 2 Kew Bridge Road become a collection of luxury apartments. I used to drive past the building when it was office space, and it even used to be a roller disco! Today, Albany Homes have created an impressive riverside development, which sold out in its first release.

Most interesting property I’ve been involved with: A quirky mews style townhouse in the heart of Old Brentford, which was built onto the side of an old coach house. Inside, the architecture was stunning - it had beautiful exposed brickwork and high beams that had been reclaimed from Canary Wharf.

Finest Property Showcase St Mary’s Grove, W4. £2,500,000. A magnificent five bedroom home in the heart of Grove Park. We sold it years ago to the current owners, and now it’s back on our books.

Bective Leslie Marsh is delighted to welcome back Justin Knight MRICS to Bective and the Brook Green area. Justin’s knowledge of local housing and the special nature of this delightful community are second to none. Justin will be assisting Tanya McFeely and her team, helping them to remain Brook Green’s number one agent.

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The INSIDE SCOOP of NEWS in your area Edmund Cude have a new brand:

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oldest names in the London property business – but it has now launched under its new name: Portico. It’s fresh, relevant and distinctive and will be deployed across the network of 11 central London offices alongside a new fleet of black Mercedes-Benz company cars. And with the new change comes an entirely new customer proposition. Edmund Cude was entirely lettings focused until three years ago when the company acquired big-name Bushells, but the new brand will be known for both lettings and sales, and will offer both landlords and vendors a range of bespoke packages providing services they simply can’t get from other estate agents. In autumn last year, the company spoke to over 1,000 existing and potential customers to find out what they loved and hated about selling and renting property. Customers particularly liked the insightful approach that Edmund Cude took to helping landlords understand their obligations and vendors understand their local market dynamics.

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But landlords often expressed frustration at having to pay expensive contractors to resolve minor maintenance issues in their rental properties. So these values of approachability, insightful property knowledge and the creation of a team of twenty in-house tradesmen, became the cornerstones of Portico’s new proposition. Edmund Cude has served as the company’s moniker for nearly two centuries, and Bushells has been around for nearly 80 years, but in a crowded marketplace of companies typically bearing the owner’s surname, they wanted something fresh.

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ace-painting galore was the order of the day at Finlay Brewer who had no trouble fully embracing the ‘Make Your Face Funny For Money’ theme of Red Nose Day 2015. Batman and Superman bravely escorted buyers around stunning houses whilst Pirate Mike and Catwoman Claire talked

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with vendors, who kept impressively straight faces through the selling process. The day is always a source of great amusement in all of our offices, particularly in Askew Road where Bryony, our professional pole dancing instructor, demonstrated her extraordinary skills and invited those visiting the office to try their hand at this surprisingly hard activity; if only there were space for some of those pictures! Finlay Brewer raised £240 for Comic Relief and would like to thank everyone who supported them. To see more go to Finlay Brewer’s Facebook page. finlaybrewer.co.uk

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Associate Director of John D Wood & Co, Richmond 020 8940 6611; johndwood.co.uk Why this area? Richmond is one of the greenest boroughs, and is both diverse and vast. Consequently it offers a wide variety of different types of architecture, resulting in different challenges every day! What is your company ethos? To serve the best interests of our clients at all times, to provide sound advice and a professional service and generate the best possible price for our clients. What are your favourite properties right now? A four storey Georgian gem on Montpelier Row in Marble Hill with ten bedrooms, and a development of nine apartments in Mortlake opposite the Mortlake Brewery. Plans have been submitted to develop the Brewery and the site, so these flats will be a canny buy. Market predictions around the General Election? The market under £2 million is currently performing strongly with properties above this selling at a slightly slower pace. It is a good time to start house hunting whilst properties are sensibly priced and there is less competition in the marketplace.

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ake a look at the unremarkable property details of this three bedroom Victorian house in South London and very little jumps out, apart from maybe its slightly shabby interior. And even that’s not too surprising – after all, the house is in the boho neighbourhood of Poets’ Corner near Herne Hill. “It’s one of those areas where a TV executive will live next to a wood cutter who will live next door to an up-and-coming singer,” says Anthony Shoring of local agent Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward. He says this property is generating plenty of online and offline viewings since it was listed on portal, OnTheMarket.com. So given South London is awash with terraced houses like this, what’s all the fuss about? The answer is that houses of this size and price within walking distance of a tube are becoming rare these days. The million-pound period home market is rapidly making its way further and further south of the Thames. Poets’ Corner is a rack of around six

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roads built between the twin forks of Railton Road and Dulwich Road north of Herne Hill. The area is called Poets’ Corner because most of the roads are named after bards – including Shakespeare, Milton and Chaucer. The developer who built these streets and houses during the late 19th century would be pleased. The area attracts the more artistic type including Claire Rayner’s son and restaurant critic Jay Rainer and singer La Roux, the ‘falsetto from the ghetto’ was brought up here. Poets’ Corner is popular not only because it’s a Conservation Area, but also because you’ve got one foot in Brixton and its reputation for urban grittiness, pop up

restaurants, famous bars and clubs, while having another in Herne Hill, which is rapidly becoming an outpost of Dulwich. “I’ve been selling homes here for eight years and the biggest joy of this area for me is Brockwell Park and its Lido, which is at the end of Chaucer Road,” says Anthony Shoring. He says one downside is that good local schools are a bit thin on the ground and that therefore the area attracts media types either without children or whose children have flown the nest. People like this, therefore, don’t need such large houses and tend to have more money at their disposal. This is all pushing up prices locally, and quite dramatically too. Houses like this have been going for nearer £1m but this property, because it needs money spending on it, is going for somewhat less. “If the property’s right around here then there’s huge demand,” says Anthony. “We sold a house on Barwell Road recently and, after first listing it for £800,000, it went for £827,000 after sealed bids.” He also says a similar property to that on Chaucer Road but in better condition went for £940,000 in Shakespeare Road recently, “which was new ground for us.”

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KE Y FE AT URES Off-street parking Stunning period family home Three bathrooms Arranged over three floors Five bedrooms Wooden floors and bay windows Landscaped private garden

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KE Y FE AT URES Semi-detached family home Exceptionally spacious Immaculately presented Five double bedrooms Dressing room Large garden and garage Close to transport links and amenities

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MARLBOROUGH CRESCENT, W4 A beautifully presented Grade II Listed semi-detached family house convenient for Turnham Green Underground station and Chiswick High Road with its excellent array of shops, bars and restaurants. Approx. 1,887 sq ft. 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite), en suite shower room, double reception room, kitchen, dining room, conservatory, utility room, cloakroom, garden. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ2,300,000

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THORNTON AVENUE, W4 A beautifully presented Victorian semi-detached family house located just off Chiswick High Road. Thornton Avenue is convenient for Turnham Green Underground station and the excellent array of shops and restaurants on Chiswick High Road. Approx. 2,263 sq ft. Energy Rating: F. 5 bedrooms, bathroom, 2 shower rooms, reception room, kitchen/dining room, family room, cloakroom, west facing garden, off-street parking. Freehold Guide Price ÂŁ2,395,000

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Chiswick Lodge, Chiswick

ÂŁ1,495,000 A contemporary four bedroom town house situated behind the renowned Chiswick Mall, walking distance to the River Thames. Substantial south facing garden and off street parking. EPC = B.

t: 020 8994 6567

Compton Crescent, Chiswick

ÂŁ1,350,000 An immaculate fully extended four bedroom family home in Grove Park. Well configured, tastefully decorated and an abundance of living space with plenty of natural daylight. EPC = E.

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St. Mary’s Grove, Chiswick

£2,500,000 An exceptional detached doublefronted house with stunning interiors and décor situated on a substantial corner plot of St. Mary’s Grove in the heart of popular, family orientated Grove Park. EPC = E.

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Park Road, Chiswick

£1,595,000 A unique and substantial three bedroom family home situated on one of Grove Park’s premium roads with a fabulous 100 ft. (approx.) garden and the stunning Chiswick House grounds close by. EPC = D.

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Luxurious Lettings EXPERT ADVICE

POLLY WILLATTS Conveyancing Manager at Londonwide Conveyancing, KFH 0800 023 1800; kfh.co.uk

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elays can occur throughout the purchase process for a variety of reasons, many of which are outside the control of your conveyance. However, delays caused by conveyancers are very common, so it’s important to choose carefully. You are putting the biggest, most stressful financial commitment of your life in their hands and it is their attitude, experience and work ethic that will mean either your success or failure. Ensure that your conveyancer is not too busy with too many cases; that they use email rather than the post; that if they are going on holiday they will arrange adequate cover; and that they are experienced enough to pre-empt potential issues. Opt for a conveyancing firm that offers a no sale no fee guarantee and if in any doubt, ask your local agent for a recommendation.

St Albans Avenue, Chiswick, W4 ÂŁ6,499 PCM

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his beautiful four bedroom house is set in the heart of Chiswick, in Bedford Park, W4. With only a short walk to Turnham Green tube station, this property is in an excellent location. The property comprises four generous bedrooms, two bathrooms, reception room, open plan kitchen/dining room, cloakroom and private garden. The property is very well presented

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throughout. The kitchen/dining room is spacious and finished to a high standard, with French doors that open out onto the garden, which has a large patio area. The double reception room is a beautiful open space with bay windows at one end and doors leading out to the garden at the other. The first floor comprises three bedrooms and bathroom. There is an additional bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. EPC rating E. Available furnished. Knight Frank, Chiswick 020 3757 6230; knightfrank.co.uk

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A fully detached Victorian house transformed and remodelled into a unique 5 bedroom 4 bathroom home featuring an amazing 100' west facing garden with a riverside "al fresco" terrace.

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THE HEART OF ST STEPHENS SPRING IZ SPRUNG, THE GRASS IZ RIZ, BE SURE TO COME AND SEE WHERE THIS ONE IZ! A classic detached double fronted Victorian residence offering spacious and thoughtfully restored family accommodation yet with fantastic potential to extend. Full of valuable original features it offers Hall, Cloaks, Dramatic Double Recep, Separate Dining Room, Family Kitchen/Breakfast Room, 5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (1 en-suite) Forecourt Parking, Lovely 110' Secluded Garden.

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Wingate Road, Brackenbury Village, W6 Guide price £2,250,000

An elegant four bedroom terraced family home offering two bathrooms, double reception room and 59 ft garden. The property is located in a sought after road in Brackenbury Village close to local amenities and excellent transport links.

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Hammersmith 020 8563 9633 hammersmith.sales@kfh.co.uk

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Wolseley Gardens, Chiswick, W4 £1,300,000 Chiswick 020 8987 0090 chiswick.sales@kfh.co.uk

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A beautiful four bedroom Victorian home which has been refurbished throughout to the highest standard offering two bathrooms, double reception room and 69 ft garden. Located in the Fauconberg Village area, close to transport links.

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Four bedrooms Two bathrooms Double reception room Kitchen/dining room Private garden 1,714 sq ft of living space Freehold EPC rating D

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Grosvenor Road, Hanwell, W7 £650,000 Ealing 020 8799 3890 ealing.sales@kfh.co.uk

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A well presented two bedroom home with summer house and outside storage. The property is located close to Oakland’s school, West Ealing station, multiple bus links into Ealing Broadway and local parks.

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Two bedrooms Ample storage throughout Summer house Outside storage West facing garden Good transport links Freehold EPC rating D

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Gratton Road, Brook Green, W14 OIEO £1,500,000 Brook Green 020 3542 2020 brookgreen.sales@kfh.co.uk

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A stunning maisonette offering 1,765 sq ft of living space which has been refurbished to a high standard throughout. The apartment offers flexible accommodation arranged over two floors with own private entrance. Situated moments from Kensington train and tube station.

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Three bedrooms Three modern bathrooms Open plan living Contemporary living Private entrance Naturally light Shared freehold EPC rating D

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Hammersmith Broadway, Hammersmith, W6 Prices from ÂŁ475,000 A stunning collection of four completely refurbished one bedroom apartments set on two floors of a period building in central Hammersmith. The specification includes bespoke high gloss kitchens with an excellent range of integrated appliances and fitted flooring throughout. Leasehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email newhomes@kfh.co.uk

Sutherland Road, Ealing, W5 Prices from ÂŁ475,000 An elegant new build scheme of one and two bedroom apartments, expertly designed to mirror all the traditional features of the adjacent houses. All the apartments have been built to a high level of finish incorporating all the latest technology. Off street parking is available by separate negotiation. Leasehold. Land and New Homes 020 8222 7200 Email newhomes@kfh.co.uk

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Spencer Road, Chiswick, W4 £2,384pcm Chiswick 020 8987 0099 chiswick.lettings@kfh.co.uk

A three bedroom apartment that has been finished to a high standard offering two bathrooms, large reception room and communal garden. The property is situated close to Chiswick train station.

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Chancellors Road, Hammersmith, W6 £4,420pcm Hammersmith 020 8563 9633 hammersmith.lettings@kfh.co.uk

A stunning two double bedroom apartment set within an exclusive brand new development. The property boasts river views, communal swimming pool/spa and gym. Situated moments from Hammersmith tube station.

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floor heating Luxury fitted open plan kitchen Balconies with river views Communal swimming pool Furnished EPC rating B

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WORMHOLT ROAD, W12 £1,950,000 FREEHOLD You will often see the expression "family house" crop up in estate agents descriptions. Normally all we mean by this is that there is sufficient room in which to accommodate a family but as every mother and father knows it takes more than bedrooms and a glamorous kitchen to make a family house into a family home. Clearly this property was designed and conceived by someone who understands family life because in addition to the four generous double bedrooms, the through reception, the three bathrooms, the frankly massive kitchen/family room and the 100 foot plus private garden. Four Bedrooms | Two Receptions | Three Bathrooms | Garden | Very good decoration | EPC: D

SHEPHERD’S BUSH & ACTON | 020 8735 3266 shepherdsbush@winkworth.co.uk

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GROVE PARK ROAD, W4 1,750,000 A TRULY STUNNING SIX BEDROOM HOUSE WITH THE MOST GORGEOUS LIVING SPACE This house has been extended by the current owners, in partnership with their architect to provide wonderful family accommodation. Certainly a massive feature of this home is the superbly designed kitchen/dining/family room. This provides a superb living space for the whole family. It also benefits from being a short walk from local shops including a lovely cafe, deli and convenience store as well as the mainline station with Waterloo just 30 minutes away. Overall, the house has been very cleverly planned and with the benefit of off-street parking, a viewing is essential.

CHISWICK | 020 8994 7096 chiswick@winkworth.co.uk

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BENBOW ROAD, W6 ÂŁ2,600,000 FREEHOLD A stunning four-storey Victorian house in Brackenbury Village. Extremely well presented throughout and complete with a south facing garden is this lovely home offering lots of living and bedroom space with scope to extend into the loft space, subject to the usual consents. With the incredibly popular Brackenbury Village and the environs of Hammersmith on your doorstep, this sizeable home offers period charm in a great location. Five Bedrooms | Double Reception Room |Dining Room | Garden Room | Conservatory/Study | Kitchen | Utility Room | Bathroom | Shower Room | Cloakroom | Potential For Loft Conversion | South Facing Garden | EPC Rating F

HAMMERSMITH | 020 7371 4466 hammersmith@winkworth.co.uk

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GORDON ROAD, EALING BROADWAY, W5 GUIDE PRICE ÂŁ2,300,000 An impressive double-fronted detached residence, offering scope to modernise and reconfigure to your own liking. Well placed for the shops, bars and restaurants of Ealing Broadway as well as the prospect of Crossrail over the coming years. The property offers 3,400sqft of space with period features to include ornate cornicing and large room sizes; together with a rear garden extending over 100' and a front driveway for three cars. An opportunity not to be missed. Scope to Improve and Enlarge | Big Room Sizes | Ealing Broadway Location | No Chain | EPC Band: E

EALING & ACTON | 020 8896 0123 ealing@winkworth.co.uk

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STANLAKE ROAD, W12 £525 PER WEEK

SAWLEY ROAD, W12 £500 PER WEEK

A pretty two double bedroom end of terrace Victorian house with off street parking.

A well presented four double bedroom house with off street parking and south facing garden.

Double Reception Room | Extended Kitchen Dining Room | Bathroom | Garden |

Four Double Bedrooms | Reception Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | South Facing

Off Street Parking | Unfurnished | Fees Apply | EPC: D

Garden | Off Street Parking | Furnished | Fees Apply | EPC: E

For more information on this property call Shepherds Bush & Acton Office | 020 8735 3255

For more information on this property call Shepherds Bush & Acton Office | 020 8735 3255

SANDOWN HOUSE, W4 £595 PER WEEK

AUTUMN RISE, W4 £450 PER WEEK

Very light and spacious two bedroom two bathroom second floor flat overlooking Turnham Green.

Beautifully presented one bedroom top floor flat situated close to Turnham Green and only a few minutes walk to Chiswick Park Station.

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and spacious | Overlooking Turnham Green | Furnished | Available now

Available now

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BANIM STREET, W6 £550 PER WEEK

HAMMERSMITH GROVE, W6 £430 PER WEEK

2 Bedrooms | Reception Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | Garden | Unfurnished |

2 Bedrooms | Reception Room | Kitchen | Bathroom | Part furnished | Fees apply |

Fees apply | EPC: F

EPC: C

For more information on this property call Hammersmith office | 020 7371 4466

For more information on this property call Hammersmith office | 020 7371 4466

PERRYN ROAD, W3 £865 PER WEEK

QUEEN ANNE'S GROVE, W5 £830 PER WEEK

Conservatory | Off-street parking | Downstairs cloakroom | Large garden | Study

Set over three floors | Close to Ealing Common tube station | Attic conversion |

| Master bedroom with en-suite | Fees Apply | EPC: D

Downstairs WC and Utility | Fees Apply | EPC: D

For more information on this property call Ealing & Acton office | 020 8896 0123

For more information on this property call Ealing & Acton office | 020 8896 0123

A beautiful two bedroom house set in the heart of Brackenbury Village offering easy access to Hammersmith Broadway.

A most impressive and substantial five bedroom period property presented in excellent decorative order throughout.

A great, two double bedroom, raised ground floor flat in a Victorian building close to all the facilities of Hammersmith Broadway.

Winkworth are proud to offer this spacious five bedroom, three bathroom house with a garage and off street parking.

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Dukes Avenue, Chiswick W4 An immaculately presented, 2 bedroom first floor conversion flat This large first floor flat has been finished to a high specification and has a feeling of space throughout. The living accommodation comprises 2 large double bedrooms, large bathroom and reception room which leads to a modern open plan kitchen. The flat maintains many of its period features thoughout and further benefits from bespoke storage space and a west facing roof terrace.EPC:E. Approximately 65 sq. m (699 sq. ft.) Share of Freehold.

Guide price: £899,950

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Cygnet House, Chiswick Mall W4 A superb 4 bedroom, Grade II listed period house with stunning river views Situated in the highly sought after riverside location of Chiswick Mall, Cygnet House has been completely refurbished and comprises a sizable entrance hall, large double reception room, kitchen/family room, patio, utility room, 4 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + WC and garage. There is also a garden to the rear of the house in addition to a separate and private riverside garden to the front of the property. EPC:E. Approximately 195 sq. m (2,094 sq. ft) Freehold.

Guide price: £2,750,000

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